RUSSELL Family

First Generation

1. Brice1 Russell, Sr. (#21828) birth date unknown.

He married Jane Rachel Thompson. (Jane Rachel Thompson is #21827.) Jane became the mother of Rachel Russell in Augusta Co., Va, before 1757. Jane became the mother of Jane Russell about 1762. Jane became the mother of James R. Russell 2 Nov 1771.

Brice became the father of Rachel Russell in Augusta Co., Va, before 1757. Brice became the father of Jane Russell about 1762. Brice became the father of James R. Russell 2 Nov 1771. Brice Russell Family Scalped and Left For Dead

Brice Russell was born in Scotland, date not known, but in the 16th century. He was educated for a minister in the High Church of England, Presbyterian. He fled from that country to America in the day of the Presection. There were four of the Rus sell brothers. Brice landed in Virginia and never heard of his brothers again. The Russells of the New England states and of N. Carolina are supposed to be of the same family.

In those days the parents called a son to the ministry and educated him for that purpose. Brice was selected by his parents to be a minister, but never preached. The bible which his father gave him when he started to America was, in 1900, in th e possession of his great grandson, Rev. G.B. Russell of West Point, MS. The bible was published in 1648, perhaps the oldest bible in the country.

Brice moved to the Watanga Valley (perhaps Sullivan Co., in E. TN) the beginning of the Revolutionary war.

He married Jane Thompson. Their children were: 1 - George Russell (killed by Indians?) 2 - Heugh Russell 3 - Jane Russell m. George Birdwell 4 - Rachel Russell m. Joseph Birdwell 5 - Isabelana Russell m. Raif Nailor 6 - Polly Russell 7 - James Russell 8 - Andrew Russell m. Agnes Martin 9 - Brice Russell m. Susan Phillips

The mother of this family, Jane Thompson Russell, was scalped by the Indians and left for dead, she was found by some negro children who reported to the white family nearby. The white family took her in till her own family could come for her. Sh e was scalped down to the ears and lived for years afterwards. This is one of two cases only in history of ones living after being scalped. At the time Jane T. Russell was scalped her son George was supposed to have been killed by the Indian s as he was never seen again. At the same time two of her daughters, Rachel and Isabelana, were carried away captives to Detroit, MI and kept until they were grown. The girls were between 8 and 12 years old years old. During their captivity the y were not mistreated except to be made slaves to work for the Indians.

They were made to "run the gaunlet" between two rows of Indians who had clubs which they tried to use on the victims, if they lived they were not bothered again. Rachel, being the older and stronger would fight back - despairing of ever being abl e to escape, and preferring death to captivity all of her life, she determined at the first provocation to kill an Indian, this she did thinking they would kill her, but to her suuprise they treated her better and called her brave woman.

Raif Nailor, a Frenchman, also a captive, planned his escape and told the girls of his plans. If they wished to take chances with him, they would make the attempt together. The girls agreed. On the night set to start, the Indians all asleep , as near one o'clock as they could guess, they slipped away. Taking a horse which they had selected to assist them in their desperate undertaking, they made all possible speed. Before the close of the second day, they heard the Indians and dog s on their trail. Hastily holding a consutation, it was decided that Rachel being the stronger of the girls should take her chances, while Raif took the younger girl on the horse to make the run for their lives. If they escaped they would retur n for Rachel. Rachel hid in a large hollow log, she heard both Indians and dogs cross over the log several times that day and night. Nailor and Isabelana made their escape and after two days he returned to find Rachel.

After three months and a perilous journey they reached the Watanga Valley.

Their mother, who had been scalped, told her husband that she had a premonition that the girls would be home and for him to go to the river to meet them. There had never been a word concerning the girls since they disappeared.

Both girls married and went on to have families of their own. The younger girl Isabelana married the Frenchman, Raif Nailor.

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Brice Russell, Sr. and Jane Rachel Thompson had the following children:

child 2 i. George2 Russell (#38898). George died in Killed By Indians ?.

child 3 ii. Heugh Russell (#38899).

child 4 iii. Isabelana Russell (#38900). She married Raif Nailor. (Raif Nailor is #38901.) Raif participated in the GEDCOM 42872465 event in See Note On Brice Russell.

child 5 iv. Polly Russell (#38902).

child 6 v. Andrew Russell (#38904). He married Agnes Martin. (Agnes Martin is #38905.)

child 7 vi. Brice Russell, Jr. (#38906). He married Susan Phillips. (Susan Phillips is #38907.)

child 8 vii. Rachel Russell (#6726) was born in Augusta Co., Va before 1757. Rachel died 24 Sep 1824 in Prob. Knox Co. Tn, at 68 years of age. She married twice. She married Joseph Birdwell in Sullivan Co., Tn Or Nc, 1788. (Joseph Birdwell is #6725.) Joseph was born in Bend Of The James, Botetourt, Stafford, Or Augusta Co., Va 19 Feb 1767. Joseph was the son of George Birdwell, Sr. and Mary Looney. Joseph died 1 Aug 1801 in Knox Co., Tn, at 34 years of age. Joseph became the father of Rachel Birdwell in Knox Co., Tn, 1796-97. Joseph became the father of Jinney Birdwell in Knox Co., Tn, 1797-98. Joseph became the father of George Birdwell, Sr. in Knox Co., Tn, 1794 OR 1795. Joseph became the father of Mary Birdwell in Sullivan, Tn, about 1789. Joseph became the father of Elizabeth Birdwell in Sullivan, Tn, about 1791. Joseph became the father of Sally Birdwell in Sullivan Co. Nc, about 1793. At 34 years of age Joseph became the father of Russell Birdwell in Knox Co., Tn, 1 Apr 1801. (See Joseph Birdwell for the continuation of this line.) She married Lewis Hill in Knox Co., Tn, Jul 1804. (Lewis Hill is #7832.)

Rachel became the mother of Rachel Birdwell in Knox Co., Tn, 1796-97. Rachel became the mother of Jinney Birdwell in Knox Co., Tn, 1797-98. Rachel became the mother of George Birdwell, Sr. in Knox Co., Tn, 1794 OR 1795. Rachel became the mother of Mary Birdwell in Sullivan, Tn, about 1789. Rachel became the mother of Elizabeth Birdwell in Sullivan, Tn, about 1791. Rachel became the mother of Sally Birdwell in Sullivan Co. Nc, about 1793. At 45 years of age Rachel became the mother of Russell Birdwell in Knox Co., Tn, 1 Apr 1801.

child 9 viii. Jane Russell (#21826) was born about 1762. Jane died about 1824. She married George Birdwell, Jr. EST 1778-1804. (George Birdwell, Jr. is #21825.) George was born in Botetourt, Va 18 Oct 1760. George was the son of George Birdwell, Sr. and Mary Looney. George died about 1816 in Davidson Co., Tn. George became the father of Isaac Birdwell in Sullivan, Tn, about 1788. George became the father of Milton Birdwell in Sullivan, Tn, about 1798. George became the father of Andrew Birdwell before 1812. George became the father of Hugh Birdwell in Davidson, Tn, before 1813. George became the father of Polly Birdwell in Davidson, Tn, before 1820. George became the father of Samuel W. Birdwell before 1832. (See George Birdwell, Jr. for the continuation of this line.)

Jane became the mother of Isaac Birdwell in Sullivan, Tn, about 1788. Jane became the mother of Milton Birdwell in Sullivan, Tn, about 1798. Jane became the mother of Andrew Birdwell before 1812. Jane became the mother of Hugh Birdwell in Davidson, Tn, before 1813. Jane became the mother of Polly Birdwell in Davidson, Tn, before 1820. Jane became the mother of Samuel W. Birdwell before 1832.

child 10 ix. James R. Russell (#38903) was born 2 Nov 1771. He married Anne Bryant circa 1790. (Anne Bryant is #38908.)

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