Jemima Clancy?


This is a map of Nashville from 1805. Here’s a link to the original, if you want to compare how the map maker made certain letters. And here’s a later, cleaner version of that 1805 map.

The newer map renders the name you see there on Lot 80 as “Jemima Clancy.” The hitch in that particular interpretation is that, in 1800, there were only three Clancy families living in the USA. None of them in Nashville. Which isn’t to say that by 1805 someone’s widow or daughter couldn’t have been here, but is to say that a land-owning woman named Jemima Clancy anywhere in the country probably would have left more of a trail than her name on one map.

There were Chaucys living in the country, but not many more than Clancys and, though it’s rare to find women on census records that old, no Jemimas and no one living in Nashville.

There were quite a few Cheneys. And I did find two Jeremiah Chaneys. The senior Jeremiah lived at Marsh and Barren Hundred, Washington, Maryland, which is an amazing name for a place. His son, who I’m just digging into, was also Jeremiah Chaney and he served in the Revolutionary War and lived (and died) over in Overton County.

So, my question for you dear readers is, do you think that name could be “Jeremiah Cheney?”

5 thoughts on “Jemima Clancy?

  1. Ibid. on trying “Jemima Chancy,” although I’ll bet you already have. Googling her shows her losing a lawsuit in November 1778 when we were still the Watauga settlement:

    This kind of detective work both fascinates me for hours and drives me insane. Good luck!

  2. Grandfille! I had not seen that. That’s got to be her. Chancy. That is the one last name I hadn’t tried, but dang, that’s got to be it.

  3. I can’t find her in the census records, but–and I don’t know if this tells us anything or is just an interesting coincidence–every early census record I look at shows a lot of female head of household Chancys. Moreso than any of the other last names I looked at.

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