He was born in (now) Wilkes Co, GA in May 1763. At age 4 the family moved to Bedford Co, VA where he resided about 2 years. From thence he was removed to Chatham Co, NC where he resided until he was 24/5 years of age. He then removed to Hancock Co, GA where he resided upwards of twenty years. He then removed to Blount & afterwards to McMinn Co, TN at which last State he resided until about 1841, at which time he settled in Talladega Co, AL. He was a farmer, carpenter and millwright.