Isaac Mauney
Isaac Mauney

Excerpts copied from Margaret Walker Freel's history "Our Heritage, The People of Cherokee County, North Carolina, 1540-1955" ---published by the Miller Printing Co., Asheville, N.C. From Chapter 16, Cherokee County Family Bible, page 310:

Mauney (E. S,. Mauney) Isaac Mauney, who lived on Valley River at what today is the "Wood Place" was born in Tryon (now Lincoln) County, N. C. His father was 'Jacob Moony, Jr.' signer of Tryon County Declaration of Independence in August following Mecklenburg, in May 1775. Isaac married Sarah, daughter of George Rush (German descent) whose father, Charles Rush, first settled in Pennsylvania, thence to the Shenandoah Valley, Va. It is thought he came from Alsace-Lorraine.

In 1818, Isaac Mauney and family, together with his father-in-law, George Rush and clan, left Lincoln and came to Macon County, N. C., and about 1840 removed his family to Valley River, Cherokee County. This remained his home until his death in the 1870's. There were seven children born to this union. Isaac married three times. His second wife is known only as Karon. His third wife was Emily Armstrong from the East, who tradition has it, danced with Lafayette on his visit to the U. S. in 1824. No issue by either.

He was a farmer and owned a number of slaves before the War Between the States. After their freedom, for their faithfulness, some were given land high up on the Mauney plantation. Many members of his family are buried with him and his three wives in the family plot on the plantation.

Many of his descendants have attained distinction in the fields of education, law, medicine and public service, as well as in the humbler vocations of life.