Notes: IV. Presidential Appointee

Notes for William Chribbs: IV. Presidential Appointee

Note 1. The Chribbs children were listed in Elizabeth Chribbs v. William Chribbs, October 1806 General Court orders, Indiana Territory General Court Case Files, Box 10, Folder 678, Indiana State Archives, Commission on Public Records.

Note 2. Hannah’s middle name has generally been listed in genealogies as McKinley, although the basis is unknown beyond the “M” that appears on her gravestone. Perhaps she was named instead after her father’s business partner, James McCawley of Smithland, Kentucky; in handwriting, the two names are remarkably similar.

Note 3. “Squatters Report of 1807,” Illinois Libraries, Vol. 59, No. 5, Springfield, Ill.: Illinois State Library (May 1977).

Note 4. 1850 U.S. Federal Census, Benton Township, Osage County, Mo., Family No. 516 (listing Ohio as Hannah’s place of birth); 1880 U.S. Federal Census, Crawford Township, Osage County, Mo., Family No. 88 (listing Pennsylvania as Hannah’s place of birth).

Note 5. The Papers of Thomas Jefferson, Vol. 35: August to November 1801, Barbara B. Oberg, ed., Princeton University Press (2009), pp. 391-92. The two letters from the unidentified supporters have not been found.

Note 6. Jacob McGavock Dickinson was a Tennessee Supreme Court Justice (1891-93), an Assistant Attorney General of the United States (1895-97), Secretary of War (1909-1911), and later a lawyer in Chicago. Details on Dickinson’s papers at the Tennessee State Library and Archives can be found at:

Note 7. William Chribbs certificate of appointment, Oct. 8, 1801, Jacob McGavock Dickinson Papers, Box 44, Tennessee State Library and Archives.

Note 8. The Papers of Thomas Jefferson, Vol. 38: July to November 1802, Barbara B. Oberg, ed., Princeton University Press (2011), p. 12.

Note 9. Ibid., p. 21.

Note 10. Ibid., p. 121.

Note 11. Report of the Secretary of the Treasury on the State of the Finances for the Year Ending June 30, 1856, U.S. House of Representatives, 34th Cong., 3d Sess., Ex. Doc. No. 2, Washington: Cornelius Wendell, printer (1856), p. 531.