The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 31, July 1927 - April, 1928

Southwestern Historical Quarterly

George C. Childress
George Campbell Childress was descended from an ancestry of
considerable distinction. On his mother's side enough is known
with certainty to warrant its reproduction, while some items of
interest may be ascertained concerning his father.
His grandfather, Col. Elijah Robertson, was a descendant of the
Robertsons of the original colony of Virginia, who had immigrated
from Scotland.41 Col. Elijah was a member of the North Carolina
General Assembly and his eldest brother, Major Charles Robertson,
was a member of the Provisional Congress of North Carolina which
assembled at Halifax and framed the "first free and independent
government of this country."148 Charles and his brother, James,
were judges of the selected court of five members who were to de-
cide all things that "were to be settled." This court's jurisdiction
had no limitations, but was supreme in the state. These men also
served in the Revolution: Charles was a major in Thickety Fort,
Cedar Spring, and, later, Guilford Court House and King's Moun-
tain,1" and Elijah was a participant in the battle of Point Pleas-
ant4" in Lord Dunmore's War.
In 1780, General James Robertson accompanied by Colonel
Elijah Robertson, led a group of immigrants from North Carolina
(Wautauga) into Tennessee and established a settlement. This
settlement was called Nashboro.46 In 1787, Nashville (Nashboro)
was founded.
14"J. R. Gilmore, The Rear-guard of the Revolution (New York, 1886),40.
148Ibid., 72.
1"Ibid., 276-278. L. C. Drake, King's Mountain and Its Heroes (Cin-
cinnati, 1881), 118-119, 421.
146V. A. Lewis, History of the Battle of Point Pleasant (Charleston,
W. Va., 1909), 117.
"James Phelan, History of Tennessee (Boston and New York, 1888),
Nashboro was named after General Francis Nash of North Carolina,


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