MIGRATION OF 18TH CENTURY PROGENITORS
Most Acree lineages dating from the colonial era in America show descent from the following seven 18th-century progenitors. The first five were presumed sons of William Acree (c1710-c1767) of Hanover Co., Virginia. The latter two were unrelated to them and to each other.
- John Acree (c1735-1814), who settled in Bertie Co. NC in the late 1750s
- Joshua Acree (c1735-1777), who remained in Hanover Co. VA
- Abraham Acree (c1735-c1788), who settled in neighboring Caroline Co. VA
- Isaac Acree (c1735-c1820), who settled in Warren Co. NC
- William Acree (c1735-1796) - ("William 1"), who moved first to Warren Co. NC and settled finally in Wilkes Co. GA
- William Acree (1752-1833) - ("William 2"), who moved from Frederick Co. MD to Guilford Co. NC as a teenager and settled finally in Wayne Co. KY
- Jacob Acra (c1710-1772), who lived in Middlesex Co., VA
The animated map below shows where the above men lived, moved and, in three cases, died - in decade "snapshots" from 1750-1800. (Jacob Acra stayed in Virginia.)
THE NEXT GENERATION
These progenitors had the following sons:
|John Acree||Joshua Acree||Abraham Acree||Isaac Acree||William Acree 1||William Acree 2||Jacob Acra|
|will||will||Bible record||will||will||Pension record||Church record|
|Edward*||William*||John*||Isaac Jr.||William Jr.||John*||John|
|John Jr.*||Joshua Jr.||James*||Joshua*||Shearin||William Jr.*||William|
* Known to have surviving male Acree lines
CLUSTERS OF EARLY 19TH CENTURY ACREES
Several of the sons and most grandsons moved west and south during the early decades of the 19th century, following the American Revolution. They usually settled near their siblings and first cousins in geographic clusters, as shown below.
- Descendents of John moved into northwest Tennessee.
- Descendants of Joshua moved into southwest Tennessee and southern Kentucky.
- Descendants of Abraham moved into east Tennessee.
- Descendants of Isaac stayed in the North Carolina/Virginia border area.
- Descendants of William 1 moved into Georgia and Alabama.
- Descendants of William 2 moved into southern Kentucky.
- Descendants of Jacob Acra remained in Virginia.
The most prolific clusters appear to have been those of:
- John's great-grandson, Edward C. Acree (1808-1845) in Stewart Co., TN
- John's grandson, Nathaniel B. Acree (1811-1891) in Stewart Co., TN
- John's grandson, Joab C. Acree (1799-1885) in Montgomery Co., TN
- John's great-grandson, John H. Acree (1817-c1900) in Bertie Co., NC
- Joshua's son, John Acree, Sr. (c1770-c1845) in Pulaski Co., KY
- Joshua's grandson, Beverly D. Acree (c1792-1844) in Madison Co., TN
- Joshua's great-grandson, Thomas O. Acree (1801-1877) in Bedford Co., VA
- Abraham's grandson, John W. Acree, Sr. (c1800-c1865) in Rhea Co., TN
- Abraham's grandson, Matthew Y. Acree (1796-1878) in Sullivan Co., TN
- Abraham's grandson, Ambrose Acree c1788-1867) in King William Co., VA
- Isaac's grandson, James Acree (c1809-c1860) in Warren Co., NC & Brunswick Co., VA
- William 1's grandson, Nathaniel Acree (1786-1875) in Lowndes Co., AL
- William 1's grandson, Lewis Acree (1783-1844) in Jackson Co., WV
- William 1's great-grandson, Albin A. Acree(1826-1898) in Gordon Co., GA
- William 1's great-grandson, Allen Acree (c1800-1877) in Banks Co., GA
- William 1's great-grandson, Abner D. Acree (c1802-1869) in Meriwether Co., GA
- William 1's great-grandson, Wylie W. Acree (1827-1911) in Muscogee Co., GA
- William 2's grandson, Green B. Acree (c1816-c1900) in Adair Co., KY
- William 2's grandson, Denton L. Acree (1815-1867) in Clinton Co., KY
- Jacob's son, Thomas Acra (c1750-c1808) in Gloucester Co., VA
- William 1's presumed great-great grandson, Samuel Acree (c1827-1895) in Polk Co., FL
An Acree descendant today may usefully estimate the identity of his line's early progenitor by defining where his early 19th-century Acree ancestors chose to live.
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