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William Joel McCorkle


Born:  12 Jul 1782, Mecklenburg County, North Carolina
Death: 1845, Colbert County, Alabama

William Joel McCorkle was the son of Thomas McCorkle (1742 - 1796) and Sarah Elizabeth Greer.  Joel was born 12 Jul 1782 in Mecklenburg County, North Carolina.
From Jill Jobe:
Thomas McCorkle died approx. 1783. Sarah Elizabeth Greer McCorkle then married second time to William Bain, a Scottish weaver from Wick, Caithness, Scotland who had been living in Mecklenburg County for some time. They took Joel with them and traveled to Blount County, Tennessee.  After a few years, Joel went back to Mecklenburg County, NC, where he lived with his relatives, probably spent some time being educated, and met and married Elizabeth Waddell.  They had two or three children, and traveled back to Blount County, Tennessee, where they had more children and settled for a number of years.
William Joel McCorkle married Elizabeth Waddel about 1803.  Elizabeth was the daughter of William Hugh Waddel and Jane (Jean) Cathey.  She was born 13 Sep 1784 in Mecklenburg County, North Carolina.  Their marriage produced nine children.
Children of Joel McCorkle and Elizabeth Waddel
Name Birth Death Spouse
Sarah Miller McCorkle 16 Feb 1805   James Clark
m.15 Nov 1836
Mecklenburg Co, NC
William Waddel McCorkle 08 May 1808
Mecklenburg Co, NC
11 Mar 1897
Colbert Co, AL
Mary Matilda Phillips
m. 27 Feb 1844
Thomas Jefferson McCorkle 29 Sep 1809 24 Dec 1895
Colbert Co, AL
Mary Elizabeth Autry
m. 1832
Jane Adaline McCorkle 12 Jan 1812    
Mary Levina McCorkle 22 Jul 1814    
Esther Carroline McCorkle 22 Sep 1816
Blount Co, TN
23 Oct 1893
Franklin Co, AL
John R. Hurst
m. 11 Jan 1838
Bain Alexander McCorkle 29 Nov 1818   Martha J. Jennings
m. 25 Oct 1855
Loiza Elizabeth McCorkle 30 Jul 1821
Blount Co, TN
Aft. 1878
Franklin Co, AL
Linus McClung
m. 04 Jul 1848
Isabela Lucinda McCorkle 14 Jan 1824   James Young
m. 16 Sep 1846
The 1810 Census shows Joel McCorkle living in Mecklenburg County, North Carolina.  The Census shows that there are two "Free White Males" who are under 10 years old (William Waddel McCorkle, age 2; and Thomas Jefferson McCorkle, age 1) and one "Free White Male" between the ages of 26 - 44 (Joel McCorkle, age 28).  The Census also shows that there is one "Free White Female" who is under 10 years old (Sarah McCorkle, age 5) and one "Free White Female" between the ages of 26 - 44 (Elizabeth Waddel McCorkle).  The family had one slave.

1810 Mecklenburg County, NC, Census



Names of Heads
Of Families

Free White Males Free White Females   Slaves
< 10 10-15 16-25 26-44 45 > < 10 10-15 16-25 26-44 45 >

Joel McCorkle

2 - - 1 - 1 - - 1 -   1
From Jill Jobe:
Joel McCorkle was in the War of 1812, representing Blount County, Tennessee, serving under Captain Edward Buchanan.
From Jill Jobe:
As farmers did back then, Joel probably farmed the land until it was not adequately productive - then he decided to move on, selling at least some of his land in 1819. He may have moved down into Georgia and even back to Mecklenburg County, North Carolina, for a while.  Family history states that he moved into Alabama from North Carolina.  He entered the Spring Valley area of Franklin/Colbert County, Alabama around 1830. There he settled in for the long haul.
Joel and his family eventually relocated from Blount County, Tennesse, and settled around Spring Valley on the mountain to the southeast, known as "McCorkle Gap" in east Corbert County, Alabama.
The 1830 Census shows that Joel and Elizabeth had moved their family to Franklin County, Alabama.  The numbers on the Census indicate: one "Free White Male" between the ages of 10 to 14 (Brian Alexander McCorkle), two "Free White Males" between the ages of 20 to 29 (William Waddel McCorkle and Thomas Jefferson McCorkle), one "Free White Male" between the ages of 40 to 49 (Joel McCorkle); one "Free White Female" less than 5 years old (Isabella Lucinda McCorkle), one "Free White Female" between the ages of 5 to 9 (Loiza Elizabeth McCorkle), two "Free White Females" between the ages of 10 to 14 (Esther Caroline McCorkle and Mary Levina McCorkle), two "Free White Females" between the ages of 15 to 19 (Jane Adaline McCorkle and Sarah Miller McCorkle) and one "Free White Female" between the ages of 40 to 49 (mother Elizabeth Waddel McCorkle).  There was no longer a slave listed on the Census.

1830 Franklin County, Alabama, Census


Names of Heads
Of Families

Free White Males Free White Females Slaves
5-9 10-15 15-20 20-30 40-50 < 5 5-10 10-15 15-20 40-50

Joel McCorkle

  1   2 1 1 1 2 2 1  
From Jill Jobe:
When firstborn daughter Sarah, lost her husband, she settled back in with Joel and Elizabeth along with at least one of her children.
Joel McCorkle and his family were still living in Franklin County, Alabama, in 1840 according to the County Census.  It is a little more complicated to decipher the family members who are still at home, however.  We can know for sure that the oldest "Free White Male" and oldest "Free White Female" between the ages of 50 to 60 are Joel and wife Elizabeth.  From here, it's pretty much guesswork.  The youngest male was more than likely Brian Alexander.  Since Thomas Jefferson McCorkle married Mary Elizabeth Autry in 1932, the one "Free White Male" between the ages of 20 to 30 had to be William Waddel McCorkle.
The youngest "Free White Female" between the ages of 10 to 15 should have been Isabela Lucinda McCorkleEsther Carroline McCorkle married John R. Hurst on 11 Jan 1838, so she was no longer in the family home.  Sarah Miller McCorkle married James Clark on 15 Nov 1836 so she was also out of the family home.  There were two "Free White Females" between the ages of 15 to 20.  These would have been Loiza Elizabeth McCorkle and Mary Levina McCorkle.  Logic indicates that the one "Free White Female" between the ages of 30 to 40 was the next-oldest sister Jane Adaline McCorkle.  It is also entirely possible that either Mary Levina or Jane Adaline McCorkle had married and left home, and that eldest daughter, Sarah Miller McCorkle Clark, had moved back in with the family.

1840 Franklin County, Alabama, Census

Names of Heads
Of Families

Free White Males Free White Females Slaves
5-10 10-15 15-20 20-30 50-60 < 5 10-15 15-20 30-40 50-60  

Joel McCorkle

    1 1 1   1 2 1 1    


Land records for Brian A. (Alexander) McCorkle, Thomas J. (Jefferson) McCorkle and William W. (Waddel) McCorkle are located about 25 miles S. of Tuscumbia which would put them in Franklin Co., Alabama.
Joel McCorkle died in 1845, Colbert County, Alabama.
The 1850 Census shows his son William McCorkle (spelled McKorkle on this Census) living with his mother (Elizabeth) and their three daughters (Modina, age 6; Asabella, age 4; Mary, age 2) in District 5 of Franklin County, Alabama.  William Waddel McCorkle was listed as being 45 years old, but he actually was only 42.  This Census says the he, his mother, and eldest daughter Modina were all born in North Carolina while the two youngest girls were born in Alabama.

1850 District 5, Franklin County, Alabama, Census

Name Age Sex Occupation Birth
First Last
700 Elizabeth McKorkle 70 F Farmer N. Carolina
  William   45 M   "
  Modina   6 F   "
  Isabella   4 F   Ala(bama)
  Mary   2 F   Ala(bama)
Elizabeth Waddel McCorkle died about 1850.

A special thanks to Jill Jobe (and her research partner of many years, Richard Austin Bain),
who shared photos and information about McCorkle family - including Joel McCorkle. 
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If you have additional information on Modena McCorkle Gray or her family, please contact me.