I find that the only two marriages in Caswell County, NC, for the ELLIOTT surname, during the 1780's, were this one between James WALKER and Elizabeth ELLIOTT (21 November 1781) and one between John ELLIOTT and Zilpha / Zilpah SIMS (abt. 20 August 1785).
The bondsman for the marriage of John ELLIOTT and Zilpah SIMS was a James JOHNSON, in spite of the fact that her father and some brothers were living in the area, and a witness was Ald. (Alderman?) MURPHEY.
John and Zilpha had two ELLIOTT children: Zilpha (abt. 1786) and George Sims (14 February 1788). They migrated to Tennessee, in the area which is now Montgomery (or perhaps Stewart) County, while it was still quite wild. John ELLIOTT was killed by Native Americans on May 18, 1789 (NGSQ 51:220). Zilpha remarried in 1792, to a man named James McCARROL. I have seen her death date given as 1793, so perhaps in first childbirth after that marriage?
Daughter Zilpha ELLIOTT is said to have married a WALKER, perhaps a cousin? James WALKER and Elizabeth ELLIOTT reportedly settled with other WALKER kin in Robertson County, TN, to the east of Montgomery.
George Sims ELLIOTT married a woman named Henrietta R. OLDHAM, although there is some question about her exact maiden name.
After the death of John ELLIOTT in 1789, administration of his estate was granted to George OLDHAM and Daniel JOHNSON. Then Zilpha was put in charge of both the assets and the children. When she remarried in 1792, a George NEVILLE was appointed guardian of son, George Sims, and apparently young George was completely an orphan at age five!
There was mention of a James ELLIOTT, thought to be a brother of John, and also some lands in Sumner County, that were perhaps being held for young George.
Zilpha SIMS's mother was Zebia RICE.
Might Elizabeth (ELLIOTT) WALKER and John ELLIOTT be siblings? Did John's daughter, Zilpha, marry a son, or other relative of James WALKER?