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WILL: Sampson Co., N. C. Wills:
Will of Solomon Sessums - Sampson County North Carolina Book 1 page 137 Solomon
Sessums Sen will: September the 1st in the year of our Lord 1831. In the name of God, Amen. I: Solomon Sessums Senr of the County of Sampson and State of North Carolina being of sound and perfect mind and memory (blessed be to God) do this Twentyfifth day of August in the year of our Lord One Thousand Eight and Thirty One make and publish this my last Will and Testament in manner following, that is to say: I give my Soul to God who give it to me, also give and bequeath in time to my son Blake what he has already had to be his out right. Also to my daughter Lawreigna Hailes what she has had and four head of sheep Also to my Son John what he has already had Also to my Son Solomon what he has already had Also to my Son Owen what he has already had Also to my Son Lemon what he has had, one feather bed and furniture, one musket gun and the sheep this is coming from John Sessums Also to my daughter Elizabeth ----- and what she already has Also to my daughter Sophiniah one feather bed and furniture, one cow and calf, four head of sheep Also to my daughter Mary Ann one bed and furniture, one cow and calf, four head of sheep Also to my son Gray one bed and furniture, all my tools and gear of all kinds Also to my grandson Colan one-ed heifer and all the hogs this is called his Also to my beloved wife our bed and furniture, on Sorrel mare, bridle and Saddle and all the kitchen furniture of all kinds, table and all it's furniture and all the hogs that is called my own and the remainder part of my stock of cattle also all the wheat and cords wood and bear the remainder part of my stock sheep to be equally divided between my wife and my son Gray Sessums. Also to Gray one grindstone, one case of bottles and all the cider cask and my cart. And I hereby make and ordain my Son Nicholas and Gray Sessums Executors of this my last Will and Testament.
WILL: In witness whereof I the said Solomon Sessums Senr to this my last will and testament put my hand and seal the day and year above written, Signed, Sealed, published and delivered by the said Solomon Sessums Senr to the ------ his last will and testament.
WILL: In the presence of us who were present at the time of signing, sealing thereof Signed and Delivered In presence of William J. Hall, Gray Sessums State of North Carolina Sampson County Court of Pleas and Quarter Sessions August Term 1832 The was the forgoing Will duly proven in open court by the Oaths of William Hall and ordered to be Recorded sd Hall being a subscribing witness Thomas S. Faison, Clerk
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|In a message dated 9/9/2008 8:18:36 P.M. Central Daylight Time, |
There are no Harbins buried in the cemetery on the Waverley property. And the cemetery has not been properly cared for. All of the graves are Hungerford and Harris. I last visited the cemetery in November 2006 and have a correct list of the burials. Waverley was purchased from Col. William Bruce by Dr. Morgan Harris in April 1823. and he finished the house; hence, the initials on the chimney MAH (Morgan and Anna Harris.) The property was known as St. George's or Bowles Purchase until 1835 when after Dr. Harris' death, his second wife, Etheldra Chapman Harris recorded the deed and called the property Waverley. She probably chose the name after Sir Walter Scott's popular novels and to honor her mother's Scottish ancestry. No one in the family ever seems to have known.
Waverley was inherited by Nannie Gwinn Harris, daughter of Dr. Morgan and Etheldra Harris. She married Gerard Wood Hungerford who owned Society Hill. They spent time at both houses for some years, finally selling Society Hill to Dr. Smoot and raising their family at Waverley. Her second son, John Gwinn, was my grandfather. John Gwinn Hungerford was given property from the Waverley estate when he married and he built his home Sunnyside on Piccawaxon Creek just below where Rte. 257 curves to head to Cobb Island. He raised a large family there. Sunnyside House burned maybe 30-40 yrs. ago,
but a new house was built closer to the creek in 1946 and is still occupied by a member of the Hungerford family.
I have good information on these families. If anyone has any interest or questions, please get in touch with me. AHJinPA@comcast.net.
Anne Hungerford Johnson
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|At what date Jonas Sutton bought his farm at Sandbrook no known record reveals. The commodious farmhouse is said to still stand today and until recent years was occupied. It is a long inn-like structure, the first story built of stone surfaced with plaster, and the second story of wood. There is a verandah the full length of the second-story front, the house being built in the side of a hill. Originally a lane lead from the buildings to the Flemington Highway; but the only present approach is by way of another long neglected lane, a continuation of the lane of a neighboring farm, in from Sandbrook.|
At the summit of the rising ground on this farm is the Jonas Sutton family burial ground, long since abandoned; a small square enclosure fenced round with a rough stone wall. Here and there through a tangle of woodbine, briars and fallen saplings one catches the gleam of white marble or one stumbles along amid sunken graves and finds the earlier and less visible markers of red sandstone. Such is the gravestone of Jonas Sutton: of carved red sandstone, with the simple inscription:
(Drawn March 25, 1797; probated November 11, 1797)
To wife Elizabeth, all lands and movable estate, etc.
To son Amos _____; Amos to pay certain amounts as follows:
To daughter, Prudence, 120.
To son, Jonathan Sutton, 100.
To son, Jonas Sutton, 120.
To son, Nathan Sutton, 75.
To William Sutton’s children, when 21 years of age, 110 equally divided: Elizabeth excepted.
To John Sutton’s children, when 21 years of age, 120 equally divided.
To Sarah Sutton’s children, 120 equally divided.
To Joshua’s son, Jonas 25 when 21 years of age.
Witnesses: Joseph Laquear
Adam Bellis, Jr.
“First Settlers of Piscataway”, by Orra Eugene Monnette, Vol. IV, p. 629.
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Name Relation Marital Status Gender Race Age Birthplace Occupation Father's Birthplace Mother's Birthplace
Parker BURDETT Self M Male W 42 WV Farmer WV WV
Agness BURDETT Wife M Female W 35 WV Keeping House WV WV
Cisenus BURDETT Son S Male W 18 WV Farm Laborer WV WV
Evaline BURDETT Dau S Female W 17 WV At Home WV WV
Sarah BURDETT Dau S Female W 16 WV At Home WV WV
William BURDETT Son S Male W 14 WV Farm Laborer WV WV
Emma BURDETT Dau S Female W 12 WV At Home WV WV
Mary BURDETT Dau S Female W 10 WV At Home WV WV
Henry BURDETT Son S Male W 7 WV WV WV
Charles BURDETT Son S Male W 5 WV WV WV
Hiram BURDETT Son S Male W 3 WV WV WV
John BURDETT Son S Male W 1M WV WV WV
Census Place Wood, West Virginia
Family History Library Film 1255416
NA Film Number T9-1416
Page Number 415B
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|HISTORY OF ECHOLS FAMILY |
A short history of our family from the first that landed in America till the present time, as far as I can ascertain----.
John Echols an Englishman came to America about the end of the 16th or the beginning of the 17th Century and settled in Caroline County, Virginia, and married a tall redheaded woman named Mary Cave and by her had five sons and three daughters. I shall begin with his sons first and carry out their family as far as my knowledge extends.
John was his first son who left Virginia a young man and settled in the lower part of N. Carolina and raised his family, of whom I know nothing.
Abraham was old John's 2nd son, married Sarah Tamer and by her had two sons and several daughters. His sons were Joseph and Joshua. Joseph married a Miss King, and by her had 2 sons and 5 or 6 daughters. His sons were Abraham and Jeremiah who left Virginia in time of the Revolutionary War and went to Pennsylvania. Of their offspring I know nothing. Joshua married Hannah Brown, had a number of children of whom I know but little. He had one son Darius, a conspicuous man in Habersham County, Georgia. The rest of his family lives chiefly in the upper part of Georgia. Old Abraham had one daughter who married James Hodges a very worthy man, his family moved to Tennessee. He had one son named Jessee and he had a son named James who was a commanding officer in Tennessee and got drowned in Cumberland River near Cairo. Jessee had one daughter named Tabitha, that is all I know of the family. Old Abraham had another daughter named Sarah who married John Rowden and by her had 4 sons and one daughter. His sons were Abraham, Laban, Josee, and John. Abraham married a woman named Chick, moved to Tennessee. I know nothing of his family. Laban married Milly Adams raised a large family. I know nothing of them only two of his sons to wit, Hubert and Lot, who live in Gwinett County, Ga. Josee married Susannah Adams, moved to Tennessee, of his family I know nothing. John married Milly Brewer, a widow, the daughter of old Jeremiah Reeves,
sister to Rev. Malachi Reeves and Rev. Jeremiah Reeves. He also moved to Tennessee and was drowned in the Tennessee River. Of his family I know nothing. Old John Rowden's daughter was Tabitha. She married Glover Crain, had several children by her and then died. He had one son named Joseph Crane who married a Miss Hood. They had several children, one son named John Glover Crane who was a wholesale merchant in Charleston, S.C. Joshua Crane had a daughter married a Mr. Whitman, a Baptist preacher and a teacher in the Penfield Academy, Green County, Georgia.
P.S. James Hodges daughter married John Lacy. Wm Glass and Hally Shaw Lacy had one son named Elijah and he and wife parted. Glass had 5 sons and 3 daughters. His sons were Hubbard, Mason, Frederick who married Betsy Strother and he was killed by the Indians in Alabama. The other three, David, Elish and Elijah. Mason married a Miss Wyatt and lives in Fayette County, Georgia the rest of his sons I know nothing. His daughters were named Tabitha, Patsy, and Sally. Tabitha married Richard Wood and by him had three sons and one daughter. Her sons were Winston, William and Willis. Her son William represented three different counties in the state of Georgia and was Colo. of the same counties. He then moved to Randolph County, Alabama and represented that county and is Colo. and judge of the court. Willis, her third son married a Miss Cochran and died young. Richard Wood's daughter was named Elizabeth and married Samuel D. Echols. Hally Shaw raised a large family in Jackson County, Georgia. I know nothing of his family only E. B. Shaw, his grandson, who lives in Gwinett County, and is a very eminent Baptist preacher.
P. S. If I mistake not, old Abraham Echols had a daughter who married a man by the name of Hubbard in Virginia. I know nothing further of them.
The third son of old English John Echols was named William. I don't know who he married. He had several sons and daughters. His sons were John and William. John was one of the largest men ever raised in Virginia. He was a Quaker preacher. That's all I know of him or his family as I never saw him but once. William was also a very large man, married a widow Spradlin. By her had three sons and four daughters. His sons were Joel, Elcanah, and William. Joel and Elcanah moved to Tennessee. Settled on Cumberland River near Caro. I was once at Elcanah's house after his death. He had a large family. I know the names of none of them only his youngest son named Richard. They are a very wealthy family. Joel I think they told me had no child. William, the third son, married a girl by the name of Elizabeth Farmer - a schoolmate of mine in Virginia. He moved to Alabama, settled in Madison County near Huntsville and was a very great wholesale merchant in that town. I know but very little of his family. He had a daughter married Richard Holden also a wholesale merchant in Huntsville and also had two sons who moved to Mississippi. One of them was killed by a man and the other wrote to me about it. I think the one that wrote was by the name of Larkin. The one that was killed I think was by the name of Joseph. That's all that I know of that family.
Old William Echols daughters married William Wynne, Vardre McBee and Daniel Williams and Richard Anderson. Of Wynne's family I know nothing as they moved to Tennessee in an early date. Old Vardre McBee moved from Virginia to South Carolina before the Revolutionary War and was a Capt. In that army and was said to have done as much damage to the British and Torries in that part of the country as any Capt. In that country. He had two sons, to wit, Silas and Vardre. Silas was a very large man, went to Mississippi and died there. I know nothing of his family. Vardre still lives in South Carolina, Greenville District. He has six children, only one married, that a daughter, married a Mr. Carson. He has one daughter Malinda single, one son Luther, the rest I don't know their names. He is said to be the richest man in that part of the state. His property is estimated at one million dollars.
Old Vardre has several daughters. I don't know their names. One married a man by name of Ross. How many children she had I know not. I only know one of her sons who is by name of Rice F. Ross. One married a man by name of Asher. They have one son in Dade County, Georgia, by name of William Asher, a very smart man. That is all I know of that family.
Daniel Williams, who married the third daughter of old William Echols, went to Tennessee, raised his family there. Of his daughters I know nothing. His sons were Sampson and Oliver. Sampson was said to be an uncommon smart man, represented his county many years. There is a very fine town in Tennessee named in hone of his name - Williamsburg. Sampson Williams was a very large man, rather cross-eyed. Richard Anderson married old William Echols fourth daughter, had five children by her and she died. I know the names of two of their sons, which were Medy and John. Medy became very rich, owned the first merchant mill I ever saw, on Banister River in Virginia, where was a considerable town built named Medsville in honor of Medy Anderson's name. They both had families of which I know but little.
Joseph Echols was the fourth son of old English John Echols. He never married, consequently had no family. He was an afflicted man, had what was called the asthma which prevented him from lying down. He never lay down for forty years -- had an instrument made that fitted his forehead and sat and slept. His common vocation was hunting and trapping on the River at which business he made considerable property as he lived in the frontier country where game was plenty.
Richard Echols was the fifth son of English John Echols who married Caty Evans - he was my grandfather - and by her had fourteen children. Three died in infancy. The rest lived to raise families. Their first son was Moses who married Betsy Wynne. They raised a considerable family. Their first son was John who married Fanny Formby and moved from Virginia to Tennessee. I know but little of the family. He was a one-eyed man, he was very smart and had great property. Their second son was Obediah. He married Betsy Terry. He died at about 65 years of age. I know but little of his family, only one son who lives in the western district of Tennessee by name of Champness Terry Echols, a Baptist preacher. Moses third son was by name of Moses who married a Miss Terry - cousin to his brother Obediah's wife. I know nothing of his family. Their fourth son was by name of Evans who married Anna Terry, sister to his brother Moses wife. They live in Virginia. I know no more of their family. Old Moses daughters were by name of Rebecca, Priscilla, Tabitha, Betsy, Lucy and Frances. Rebecca married Edward Akin. I have no knowledge of their family. Priscilla married David Bates in Halifax County, a very large man who offered for the legislature in the county that he was born and raised in when he was about twenty-five years old. He got every vote that was given in the county and the county was very large. He continued to go to the legislature as long as he stayed in Virginia. He then moved to Georgia, Wilkes County. He became a representative of Wilkes County in Senate and was once appointed President Senate pro tem - you can see his name in the digest of the laws of Georgia. He became so fat that it was supposed by the doctors that his fat melted in him, killed him before he was sixty years old. He weighed nearly four hundred pounds. He raised his family in Wilks County, Georgia but after his death they moved to Tennessee. I have but little account of them since. He had one son named Randolph and one named Anderson. Of the rest I have no account only one daughter named Susanah who married James Johnson of Oglethorpe County.
Old Moses third daughter Tabitha married Nathan Formby. He moved from Virginia to Georgia and died in Walton County. He raised four sons and several daughters. His sons were named Moses, Obediah and Nathan. The other I don't know the name of, he married a Miss Harvie in Newton County and died there. Moses and Obediah live in Newton County. They both have families but I don't know the name of either of their wives. Nathan lives in Alabama. I know not of his family. One of old Nathan's daughters married John Whitaker and one married Henry Nichols. One Israel Moore and one married a Mr. Park. I know nothing of the family. Old Moses fourth daughter Betsy married Marlin Farmer. I know no more of the family. His fifth daughter Lucy married Jonas Meadows and that's all I know about them. His sixth daughter Frances married a man by the name of Shelton. I have no account of them further.
Old Richard Echols second son was named John. He married Lucy Koore, raised a large family by her. They had three sons and six daughters. Their oldest son was James. He married Nancy Winbush of South Carolina. He moved to Alabama in an early date, so I know but little of his family. I have heard that one son named George, a doctor, and another named Saml - that is all I know of them.
Old John's second son was named John. He married a Miss Moore. He also moved to Alabama. I know nothing further of them. Old John's third son was named Saml. He married Jane Holloway of Elton, Putnam County, Georgia. He moved to Alabama so I know nothing further of them; old John's daughter was Prudence who married Christopher Irwin. They raised a large family of sons and one daughter who died young. I know nothing more of them only Christopher and David. Christopher lives in Walton County, raised several sons and one daughter. I don't know the names of the sons tho I am told they are smart young men. His daughter was Sophrony. She married Raman Ray. They live in Cobb County. David Irwin lives in Marietta and is a very imminent lawyer and a very wealthy man. He has a family that I know very little about. Old John's second daughter was by name of Temperance. She married Jno. Rodgers. They raised several sons. I know of only two of them, Dr. James Rodgers, who married Wm. G. Springer's daughter and lives in Carrol County. He has represented that county in the legislature of Georgia. David Rodgers lives in Stewart County and has also represented that county in the State Legislature. Old John's third daughter named Caty never married, died young. His fourth daughter Patsy married Capt. William Ellis. They live in Pike County near Griffin. They have raised several sons and daughters. I know only two of his sons, Richard and Thomas. One of them is a doctor, both very large men. They had one daughter married a man named Wilson who lives near Griffin. Old John's fifth daughter named Liddy married Skelton Standifer, moved to Alabama. I know no more of them. His sixth daughter Lucy married Nathan Williams and raised their family in Jasper County. I know nothing further of them only one son, a doctor who lives in Meriwether County, Georgia.
Old Richard Echols third son was named James Echols, a very large man, had a very singular mark in his features. He had one black eye and one blue eye. He married Elizabeth Palmer, widow of John Palmer of Richmond County, Virginia. Her maiden name was Elizabeth Milner. By her he had five sons, three daughters. His oldest son was Milner, who married Susannah Sansom, had ten children. Their first son was Samuel Dorril Echols, who married Betsy Wood. By her he had four sons and four daughters. His first son was named Alfred. He married a girl named Thirston. They had one child and then they parted. His second son was named Wood Echols. He married a girl by name of Patrick, had three children, moved to Alabama and died shortly after he went there. I know nothing of his family. Third son named Winston M. Echols married a Miss Summer Cain, had one child and she died. He married again but I know not to whom. His fourth son is named John, a young man not yet married. His oldest daughter was named Maryan. She married Colo. Thos. J. Johnson, who lives in Herd County, near Franklin. They have children but I know not their names or how many. His second daughter was named Mahaley, married Mercer Babb, had one child and she died. Her daughter is a daughter named Antonett. Saml's third daughter Betsy Ann married a Mr. Hollandworth, lives in Heard County,. They have one child. I know nothing of them. His fourth daughter Susannah not yet
married. Milner's second son was named James, died an infant by a fall out at the door. His third son was named Richard, died an infant also. His complaint was the Flux. His fourth son was named Robert Milner Echols. He married Mary Melton and by her had twelve
children. His first son was named Jonathan Milner Echols, died at the age of seventeen years. His death was caused by an over hard march in the army in very hot weather. His second son was named Dorrel Sampson Echols, died an infant. His third son was named Thomas Jefferson Echols, married Lucinda A. Pate and by her had three sons, the first Jonathan M. Echols, his second son died young, his third son was named Robert Milner Echols.
Robert M. Echols, fourth son of Robert Walton Echols, a youth, his fifth son Samuel D. Echols, his sixth son named Richard, died young. His seventh son Joseph a little boy. Robert M. Echols first daughter Rhoda married Thos. J. Trammel, had nine children by him - to wit -Collumbus, Georgia, John Robert, Thos., and Ugnias. Her daughters are Tabitha, Martha and Susan, the youngest not yet named. His second daughter Martha married Doctor John G. Waddel, she had one child and died when it was nine days old, named Thomas Echols Waddel, who lives with his father in Alabama. His third daughter Elisa, his fourth daughter Mary Ann, his fifth daughter Frances, none married. Robert M. Echols was a man that filled many responsible offices. He represented Walton County upward of twenty years in succession, was six or seven years president of the senate. He was Major General. He was also Judge of the Court and one of the Trustees of the University at Athens and - of all he was member of the Baptist Church at Sardis, Clerk of the same. He was appointed by Congress a Colo. in the United States Service to command 13th Regiment in Mexico. He was also appointed by the President to pay off the soldiers in Mexican War - his office was at New Orleans. He died in Mexico at the National Bridge whilst in command of the 13th Regiment on the third day of Dec., 1847 in the 49th year of his age.
Thos. Echols, the fifth son of Milner Echols, married Polly Harper. By her had six children, two of whom died young. His first son was Robert H. Echols, married Elizabeth Morris. His second son, Joseph M. Echols, married Virginia Norton, had by her three children. Thomas' first daughter, Susannah North Echols, married John Chappel, lives in Merriwether County, has several children. Her oldest is William, her second one named John, the rest small, I don't know their names. His second daughter Mary not married. Milner Echols' sixth son named William Sampson Echols, married Kitty Holder, had by her four sons and two daughters. His oldest son John Thomas Echols married a Miss Kelly, has several small children. His second son Robert M. Echols not married. His third son Lumpkin not married. His fourth son, an infant named Thos. Rhodes Echols. His first daughter Martha who married Jos. Selvy who had one child by her and ran away and left her. Second daughter Frances not married.
Obediah Echols, seventh son of Milner Echols, married Hannah Holder - sister of his brother William's wife - had five children by her. His first son James Echols, his second Tapley, his third John Bunyan, his first daughter Susannah, his second Nancy who married a Mr. Shaw. Obediah Echols, son of Milner, died in Milledgeville in the 31st year of age. Was a very good businessman, was appointed Surveyor Genl. before he was thirty years of age.
Milner Echols first daughter named Leah died before she was three years old. Her death was caused by a burn. His second daughter Patsy married Joshua Ammons. She had two children. First daughter Mary married James Mobley. They have three children. Their oldest a son
named Samuel Iverson Mobley, second a daughter named Susan Martha Mobley. Joshua Ammon's second is a son named John Milton Ammons, not married. M. Echols third daughter named Nancy married A. B. Rose, by him had nine children. First son named Augustus died about his fourteenth year. Second Dolphus, third son Theophelus, fourth son Aurelius, fifth son William, sixth Marcus, seventh Agenius Mercer, none married. His first daughter Sarah died at about Seventeen years of age, second daughter Martha died at about eight years old.
Robert E. Echols was the second son of James Echols. He married Elizabeth Davis, they had three sons and one daughter. His first son was Wm. Milner Echols. He was a tanner by trade and married in Montauleo, Jasper County, Georgia. I know nothing more of this family, only that he lives in Monroe County. His second son was named Jessee Mercer Echols. He married a girl named Sandel Carrel. They had no children. They live in some of the Cherokee Counties. He is in some office on the railroad, the last I heard of him. His third son named James lives in ____ County, Alabama. I know nothing more about him. Robert E. Echols daughter named Lucy married and went to Tennessee. I know no more about her.
Absolom Echols was the third son of James Echols, married Nancy Sansom. They had no children. He was killed by Johnson Hammock in Alabama. Hammock was condemned to be hanged for it but killed in jail before the day of his execution. Obediah Echols was the fourth son of James Echols. He married Elizabeth Strong. They had one child and his wife and child both died. He then married Elizabeth Flournoy, by her had two children, a son and a daughter. The daughter died an infant and his wife also died about the same time. His son was named Philip Henry Echols. He had a great deal of property left him by his grandfather Flournoy. He was educated at Schenectady College in New York. He studied law under Judge Berrien at the City of Washington and married the Judge's daughter, Margaret Berrien.
He returned to Georgia and practiced law and died on the Cirquett in Marion County at his uncle Absolom Echols. Obediah then married Elizabeth Jones, a widow in Hancock County and by her had several sons and daughters. His first son by his last wife was by name of James Walter Echols, a very rich man and lives at Auburn, Alabama. His brother Samuel now lives with him, a doctor. Their father, Obediah Echols, lives in Mississippi, Carroll County, has four daughters married and lives near their father. The names of the men that they married I don't know, only one married a Mr. Foreman, he has two small sons lives with him, one named Judson, the brother I don't know the name.
James Echols daughter - first daughter was named Leah Echols. She married Robert North. They had four sons and four daughters. Two of their daughters died young. Their first son named Wm. North married Frances Arnold, had several children. I don't know their names. They live in Coweata County, Georgia. Their second son Anthony North married Polly Hubbard, a second cousin to him. They have a large family of children chiefly grown and several married but I don't know who to. He has one son named Robert and another named Hubbard and one daughter named Adaline. Their third son named Abraham, married Hiss Holms. They have a large family but I don't know their children's names. The fourth son named Marcus married Dosha Thurmond. She had two or three children and died. He then married a widow but I don't know her name. Robert North's first daughter Patsy married a Mr. Hale, never had any children, her husband died. She is now a widow. Second daughter Lucy married James Willis, had several children, moved to Alabama and there she died shortly after she went there.
James Echols second daughter named Mary Echols, married Jeremiah Reeves. They had five sons and four daughters. One of the daughters died young and another fell into the spring and drowned. Their first son Absolom Echols Reeves, who lives at Rome married Elisa Tyas, by her had one daughter who died at about the time she was twenty years old while she was attending Association in Chattanooga County. John N. Reeves, their second son, never married, lives in Augusta. Jeremiah Reeves, their third son, married at about 40 years of age, lives in Walker County. Their fourth son, James M. Reeves, never married. Joseph Reeves, their fifth son, married a Miss Hodge and lives in Chattanooga in Tennessee and keeps a tavern in that town. Jeremiah Reeves first daughter, Leah, married Samuel Neblick, lives in Jackson County, Georgia. I know nothing of their families. Their second daughter Elisa married Ben Powell. I know nothing of their family, only they have one son named Evans Powell. James Echols third daughter named Elizabeth Echols married Thos. M. Fagg. He then ran away, left wife and child and never been heard of since.
Benjamin Echols was Richard Echols fourth son. He married Sabra Hendrick, his own cousin and by her had three sons and five daughters. Their first son was Richard, he married Betsy Smith his cousin. They had no children, were very wealthy. They differed, parted and never lived together any more. He died from a fever taken in Floyd's army in 1815. John Echols, their second son, married a girl named Merrel, raised a large family in Mississippi. I know none of his children, but his oldest daughter Elmira. Benjamin Echols was old Benjamin Echols third son. He married Betsy Ellis, lives Chattanooga County, had a large family of children. His first son is Richard Echols, married but don't know who. Second son Abner not married, third son Robert lately married to Miss Verner. Their first daughter Caty not married. Second daughter (I know not her name) married Amay Dickson, a very fine man. He had several other daughters but I don't know their names.
Old Benjamin Echols first daughter Lucy married Samuel Paine, had several children; one son named Samuel lives near Rome. One of his daughters married a man named Williamson. She is now a widow. Benjamin Echols second daughter Betsy never married, died rich. Third daughter Sally married Luis Rolston, had three children, one son Robert, the others daughters. One married a man named Edwards. I know nothing of their family. Fourth daughter Caty married Jacob Lawridge, moved to Mississippi, had several children. I know the names of but two of them, one boy named Legon, one John –
Fifth daughter named Citty married J. Dyche, moved to Mississippi. He shortly died. I know nothing further of the family ---
Obediah Echols was old Richard Echols fifth son. He married a very rich old Irishman's daughter. His name was Wm. McDaniel, her name was Caty McDaniel. He had five sons and two daughters. His sons, William who died at about 19 years old, second son Benjamin Echols. He was a nearsighted man, not very bright, but had the most extensive recollection of any man. He inherited a large estate from his grandfather McDaniel's estate but had not forecast enough to take care of it. He married Betsy Milner in Kentucky, his own cousin. They had several children, one son named Obediah, one daughter named Mariea. I know nothing more of his family as they moved to Tennessee but left Blind Ben - as we called him. Old Obediah Echols third son was James, married Sally Rutledge, raised several children. I know but little about them only one of his sons named Silas Echols said to be a very smart man. James was a great farmer, a great hand to make tobacco, and from that was called Horn Worm James. Old Obediah's fourth son was named Obediah. He married a Miss Franklin in Virginia but moved to Georgia and died young, left two children, a son named Josephus and a daughter. I know not where they are.
Obediah's fifth son was named Elijah. He married a girl by name of Willingham. I know nothing more of his family. He was said to be the greatest millright that ever was seen in the State. Old Obediah's two daughters were named Betsy and Nancy, one married Thos. Rutledge, the other married Wm. Arnold. They both moved to Tennessee. I know nothing further of their families. Old Obediah's wife died. He then married a widow Jones near Richmond in Virginia. Her maiden name was Jackson, she was a half sister to the great General Lawson. By her he had two sons and one daughter. His first son was Philip Jackson Echols, lives in Crawford County, Georgia, and one son lives in a little town in Monroe or Forsyth County, the name of the town I don't recollect. That is all I know of his family. He has been Clerk of the Court in Crawford County. His second son was Samuel Echols. He married Sally Booker and moved to Alabama and died. I know but little of his family. Old Obediah's daughter was named Polly Echols who married a man by name of Raney, moved to Giles County, Tennessee and died a few years ago, so I was informed by a letter from his daughter. Old Obediah was a Baptist preacher of the highest order of his day.
Joseph Echols was sixth son of old Richard. He was a Methodist preacher, married Polly Stamps and by her had five sons and four daughters. First son Ruben married Betsy Owen, of whom I know but little. He moved to Mississippi and died shortly. He had several sons, I don't know their names. He had one daughter Sarah, married Samuel Marshall, a very fine man, lives in Coweata County. Another daughter Caty married a man by name of Bell, of them I know nothing.
Joseph's second son was Levi, married a Miss Hubbard, became vastly rich and died soon. He lived in Washington, Wilks County, had but one child, that was a boy named Joseph Hubbard Echols. He is a man of great learning. He is a Methodist preacher and a lawyer and he was the president of the Female Academy in Madison, Morgan County, Georgia. Joseph Echols third son named Simeon married Caroline Van Allen, daughter of Peter L. Van Allen. He was a very great lawyer, and was killed by Wm. H. Crawford in duel on the bank of Savannah River in South Carolina at Barksdale Ferry. Caroline Van Allen was said to be worth $20,000 when Simeon Echols married her. They moved to Mississippi near Columbus to a little town called Athens where he shortly died. His wife lives at the same town and keeps a public house. I know nothing of their family.
Joseph Echols fourth son was Josephus, a very tall man, became a doctor. He went to Alabama to a town called Selma and by his Partner I am told he got very rich. I heard he married but I don't know who to, consequently know nothing of his family.
Joseph Echols fifth son, William, was also a doctor, never married, had a wen on his neck which was cut out and he died immediately at about 24 or 25 years of age. Joseph Echols first daughter Tabitha married Thomas Cooper, had no child, died in Cowetta County. His second daughter Caty married a very worthy man in Jasper County named Archibald Standifer. She was upward of forty years old when she married, had no child. His third daughter Rebecca never married, lives in Newnan, Cowetta. His fourth daughter Olive married an Englishman named John Daugherty, lives in Coweata County, keeps a public house, he is said to be a very fine man, I know nothing of his children.
Old Richard had five daughters, the oldest named Mary Echols, married Thos. Wynne, had 2 sons and 4 daughters. His first son was Obediah, married Onry Bolton in Virginia, had by her several children, first son John Wynne lives Oglethorpe, married a girl Owen, of his children I know nothing only one son named Glen Wynne married a daughter of Samuel Lumpkin and lives in Coweata County. Thos. Wynne's second son Thos. Wynne Jr. was left very rich by his father but alas - he was a drunkard and gambler and married onto a very low family, spent his property in a few years and went over seas to some foreign land, his family lives in the upper part of Georgia. He had one daughter married a man by name of J. Brand, and two of his daughters married two brothers named Fincher. I know but little more of the family.
Old Thos. Wynne's first daughter married Wm. Arnold, had three children, one son and two daughters - she was by name Rhoda, weighed nearly 400 pounds. Her son was William, married a Miss Milner, had two sons by her and died. One of his sons is a wholesale merchant in Charleston, South Carolina, the other one I know but little about. One of her daughters married Samuel Lumpkin of Oglethorpe, the other married David Owen of Newnan, Coweata County, all very wealthy people.
Thos. Wynne's second daughter married Levi Marshall - a brother to the great preacher Abraham Marshall - they had several sons and daughters. First daughter married Robert N. Crawford of Columbia County. I know but little about the rest of their children. Thos. Wynne's third daughter Kitty married John Bolton, they had three sons and two daughters. Their sons were Thos., Charles and John. Thos. lives in Newnan, Charles lives Wilks, vastly rich. John died. He lived in Cobb County on the Chattahoochee River near Montgomery's Ferry. Their daughter Betsy married Philip Cooper and died shortly, their daughter Polly married Thos. Sims, lived in Washington, Wilks County. He died and then she married a man by name of Sherburn, he died.
Old Thos. Wynne's fourth daughter Lucy married William Booker, had by him three daughters and one son, their names were Polly who died, Sally who married Samuel B. Echols and now lives in Alabama. Third daughter Lucinda married William Galbreath, they have one daughter married Absalom Echols Roberts and another married a Mr. Hester and they also have a young son I know not his name. The son of Wm. Booker was the notorious John W. Booker who died in Monroe, Walton County, Georgia.
Old Richard Echols second daughter, Drucilla, married Wm. Owen, raised a large family. They all went to western countries but one daughter, her name was Rhoda. She married the Rev. Malachi Reeves. I know but little of the family since they went to the west. Old Richard's 3rd daughter Sally who married John Milner and moved to Kentucky in a very early date raised a very large family. Their sons were Armstead Milner, a very rich man, John Milner and Mark Milner.
Old Richard Echols fourth daughter Anna married James Daniel, had five children, four sons and one daughter. Their sons were Moses, Hopkins, Echols Daniel and Jeremiah. Their daughter Caty never married. Echols Daniel married but never had children by his wife. He is a vastly rich man, lives in Floyd County. Hopkins married the widow Crane, the grandmother of John Glover Crane of Charleston. Jeremiah Daniel married but I don't know who. He moved to west. I know nothing of his family.
Old Richard Echols fifth daughter Elizabeth married William Raney, had one daughter named Betsy Hunter Raney. She married a very great lawyer by name of Edward Jones who lives in Giles County, Tennessee. Of their family I know nothing more.
A Short Account of my Great Grandfather Walter Evans Family
He was a Welchman. Came to America about the beginning of 17th century, married Betsy Holcomb and settled in Caroline County, Virginia. He had several sons and four daughters. Who his sons married I know not. One of his daughters named Caty married Richard Echols – my grandfather. One other named Kitty married Daniel Terry. From them sprang the Colquitt family. One other of his daughters married John Hendrick. From them came the family of Jones, Smith and Ligon. Another of his daughters married Richard Hubbard. From
them sprang the Hubbard family of Oglethorpe County, Georgia.
Old English John Echols had three daughters which I could have inserted had I known enough about them to give any satisfactory account of them. I only know they married outlandish men, one an Englishman named Nicholas Gilington. Of their family I know nothing. The second daughter married an Irishman named Murphy. I know nothing of their family only they had two sons, Joseph and William, that was called the greatest Baptist preachers that ever was known in Virginia of their day. Old English John Echols third daughter married a Scotchman named Marshbank. I know nothing of their family only the family of Deens in DeKalb and Floyd County sprang from that family.
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William Smallwood Taylor 87.266 CH Â£258.5.1 Jun 15 1765
Appraisers: William Price, John Elgin.
Creditors: William Eilbeck, Robert Hoefor, Jr., Michell ---.
Next of kin: Barton Buxner, Ann Taylor.
Administrator: John Maddox.
William Smallwood Faglor 5.40 D CH Â£312.17.3 Oct 30 1767
Sureties: Richard Speake, Joseph Hanson.
Distribution to: Representatives unknown to this Office.
Administrator: John Maddox.
Daniel Bryant 43.230 CH Â£21.15.6 Apr 5 1750 May 5 1750
Appraisers: Thomas Speake, William Smallwood Taylor.
creditors: Joseph Hanson Harrison, Clement Kennedy.
Next of kin: Elisabeth McCan, William Bryan.
Administratrix/Executrix: Elisabeth Bryant.
Anne Taylor 21.434 A CH Â£12.12.4 Â£6.10.2 Aug 10 1745
Sureties: Edward Maddox, Benjamin Maddox.
Received from: Thomas Carpenter, Aaron Nalley, David Davis, Edward Maddox, William Ward, William Brawner, John Newton, Mary Speake.
Payments to: Clement Kenneday, Mr. William Elbeck, Daniel Dulany, Esq., Walter Hanson.
Representatives: accountant (brother), Elisabeth Taylor (sister), of the half blood; John Maddox, Elisabeth Maddox, Benjamin Maddox, Phebe Clements wife of Joseph Clements.
Administrator: William Smallwood Taylor.
Mrs. Theadolia Speak 64.272 CH Â£277.10.8 May 19 1758 Jul15 1758
(also Theodoria Speake)
Appraisers: William S. Taylor, James Elgin.
Creditors: Bay Smallwood, Walter Hanson for MM Dreghorn & Scott.
Next of kin: John Speake, Hezekiah Speake.
Executor: Richard Speake.
William Benson 65.470 CH Â£507.19.0 May 19 1758 Jun 31 1758
Apraisers: Bay Smallwood, William S. Taylor.
Next of kin: John Millstead, Edward Millstead.
Administratrix: Jane Benson.
Acton, Henry, Prince George's County, 5th Dec., 1742;
14th Jan., 1742.
To son Henry, "Aberdeen" and "Acton's Addition."
To son John, daus. Anne Dunning and Barbara MacPherson and granddau. Hannah Dunning, personalty.
To wife Hannah, extx., residue of estate.
Test: William Taylor, Elizabeth Ward., William Eilbeck. MCW 23.29.
James McBane 45.109 CH Â£35.4.5 Nov 22 1750 Feb 28 1750
Appraisers: William Smallwood Taylor, John Blancet.
Creditors: Norman McLeod, Mary Martin.
Next of kin: Anne McBane.
Administrator: William Eilbeck.
QUISENBARY, CRISTOPHER., Durham Parish., Charles Co. 20 Oct 1750
15 Aug 1753
To wife Sarah and my three children; William., Thomas and Elisabeth, all my estate.
To son Thomas, cattle, 147 A. lying bet. the downs In the parish aforesaid, called the "Last Choice," the other called "Quisenbary's Addition."
To son James.
To son John.
Wife Sarah, extx.
Wit: Bayne Smallwood, John Chickscales, Wm. Smallwood Taylor. 28.507
6/11/1741: From John Sanders of CC, planter to Joseph Gardiner of CC, planter and his wife Martha in consideration of land called "Wood Stock Bower", 100 ac. which was bequeathed by John Sanders to Martha Sanders, his dau., now the wife of Joseph Gardiner and for 7500 lbs. tobacco, Sanders sells to Gardiner "Williams Purchase" lately conveyed by William Smallwood Taylor and his wife to the afsd. John Sanders, 195 ac. (CC Land Rec.). On the same date, Joseph Gardiner and his wife Martha conveyed their land to her brother
Charles County Land Records, 1733-1743; Book O#2,
Page 507. Recorded Jun 20, 1741. May 9, 1741 from William Smallwood Taylor of CC, planter, & Mary, his wife, to John Sanders of CC, son of John Sanders, late of Mattawoman in CC, decd, in consideration of a parcel of land (which is part of a tract of land called Christian Temple Manor lying at Mattawoman in CC) that was purchased by deed of John Smoot & Posthuma his wife of CC by the afd John Sanders decd and by the will of sd John Sanders devised to his afd son John Sanders who by deed dated today conveyed the same to sd William Smallwood Taylor, in consideration of a tract of land called Williams purchase, hereafter mentioned, and also 5000 lbs tobacco, and for divers other causes, Taylor sells Sanders a tract of land called Williams Purchase, lying in CC, originally granted to William Seargent of CC, and by him sold to the afd John Sanders decd, who, by his will, devised it to his daughter, the aforementioned Mary, and is bounded by the head of one of the branches of the white marsh about a mile from Richard Carpenter's, the head of Daniels branch, the head of another branch of sd marsh, then down sd white marsh branch, containing and laid out for about 195 acres. Signed - William Smallwood Taylor, Mary Taylor. Wit - Robt Hanson*, S Hanson*.
Charles County Court Records, November 1741 Court, Liber T#2, Page 274
William Smallwood Tailor, by his petition to this Court, sets forth that he is possessed of a parcel of land whereon he now dwells, being part of Christian Temple Mannar, the bounds of which is precarious, and he therefore prays the Justices here to appoint Commissioners to perpetuate the bounds thereof, whereupon it is ordered that Commission issue, returnable here, to William Eilbeck, William Winter, Richard Price, & Henry Brawner, Gent, to examine witnesses touching the premises.
Charles County Court Records, March 1741/2 Court, Liber T#2, Page 322.
Pursuant to the order of last Nov Court, Commission issued to William Eilbeck, William Winter, Richard Price, and Henry Brawner, Gent (not being any way related to the petitioner, contiguous proprietor, nor interested in sd land), to examine witnesses touching the bounds of a tract of land in CC, being part of Christian Temple Manner, in the possession of William Smallwood Tailor. Signed Dec 11, 1741 - Edmd Porteus.
And now here, William Eilbeck and William Winter, two of the Commissioners, return to this Court the Commission afd, and the certificate and deposition following, viz - We certify that we have given notice and that we have executed the within Commission. Signed - Will Eilbeck, Wm Winter.
We met on sd land on Mar 1, 1741/2 according to appointment, and proceeded to take the following deposition.
Mar 1, 1741/2. Richard Coombs, age about 89, declares that about 50 years ago, this deponent rented the land we are now on, being part of Christian Temple Mannor, of one, Edward Ford, and says that this deponent's enclosures, at the time of Edward Ford's, his landlord's, death, reached to the place we are now at, being the 2nd ridge from the head of a main Spring branch that falls into Allinsons branch, and at the time of sd Ford's death, he had a fence, stood on the sd Rige [Ridge], and further, he said he had liberty from his sd landlord to work or tend ground to the afd Spring branch where falls into Allensons branch, but never did tend that way as far as he had liberty, but that he used to tend about 9000 plants between a gully and a spring, which is close by Allensons branch, and to the best of his remembrance, his tobacco ground came within 20 yards of sd Spring, or thereabouts, but as to a certain distance, he is not positive.
Charles County Court Records, June 1742 Court, Liber T#2, Page 385.
William Smallwood Taylor and Lawrance Macnamaria, by their petition to the Court, set forth that they became bound in an administration bond for Jemima Parker, adm'x Jonas Parker, that they are apprehensive the sd Jemima will embezzle and make away with the sd estate, to their prejudice. They therefore humbly pray the Justices here to take it into their consideration and make such necessary order thereon as to them shall seem mete and &c. Whereupon, it is ordered by this Court that attachment issue, and that Bayne Smallwood and Richard Harrison, Gent, be appointed appraisers in sd attachment to value the estate of Jonas Parker or such part thereof as shall be found remaining in the hands of the adm'x afd, and when the same so attached that the petitioners afd take the same into their hands, and return an account thereof to next Aug CC Court.
1642-1753 Rent Rolls Charles County, Maryland Hundred - Chicamuxen: Rent Roll page/Sequence: 352-6: CHRISTIAN TEMPLE MANOR: 1000 acres; Possession of - 200 Acres - Mason, Mathew: Surveyed 12 April 1659 for Thomas Allanson on the South Side of Piscataway near the mouth of Mattawoman Creek: Other notes - 1000 Acres - William Bladen Esq from Edward Ford 6 Feb 1710, 100 Acres - John Saunders from John Woodward, recorded by John Newton 26 Feb 1716,50 Acres - John Saunders from Gerard Marshall 28 May 1720 John Saunders from John Smoot 7 Aug 1721, 1000 Acres - Prior Smallwood from Thomas (Allison) Allanson 7 March 1723, 800 Acres - Thomas Cowper (?) from Thomas Bladen 14 Feb 1723, 800 Acres - George Mason from Thomas Cowper (?) 14 Feb 1725 William Smallwood Taylor from John Saunders son of John 9 May 1741 (?),
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|John Coe died in Prince George's County in 1763 at the age of 47. He left no will. His wife Mary was appointed administratrix of his estate; sureties were James Alder and William Stevens. An inventory was taken July 20, 1763, Among other items the estate contained a nine-year-old horse, wearing apparel, a six-year-old gray mare, yearling colts, two sows, eight pigs, a calf, two large hides, a calf skin, two rugs, beds and bedding, a woman's saddle, a parcel of old books, a violin, an earthen pot, two guns, an old spinning wheel, a chest, an old grindstone, 43 pounds of old powder, a parcel of knifes, 1 pare of pinchers, some ails & gimblets, I pare of flames, 1 iron candlestick, an old hand saw, I candle mold, a parcel of tubs, I pare of cart wheels, 1 bushel of salt, 3 Barrels of Ingion Corn, 46 weight of bacon, 1 old saddle & bridle, 60 feet of pine planks, Square table, 7 sheep, 60 Gallon Crocks, 10 weight of wolf, I pare of pot hooks, 95 weight of pot Iron, 1 old frin pan..... pails, I piggon, I washin tub, 5 bushels of wheat, 1 old 'umbel; Cash 1:14:6. The estate was valued at 84 pounds, 14 shillings, The inventory was taken by John Wynn and James Wood and was signed by Samuel and Casandra Coe as next-of-kin. The two greatest creditors were named as John Bayne and James Leiper.|
"Prince George's County, On the 22nd Day of November Anno Dom 1763 came Mary Coe Administrator of all Singular the Goods, Chattels & Credits of John Coe late of County died & made Oath on the Holy Evangelists of Almighty God that the within is a just and true Invry of the same which comes to her hand at the time of the making thereof & that what hath since or shall hereafter come to her hands possessions or Knowledge she will make an additional Inventory. That she knows of no concealment or imbezlement or any part of the deceds Estate that if she discovers any to be she will acquaint the Comry Gent. or his Deputy that the same may be inquired into and that she will truly give an acct. of all & every part of the deced's personal Estate that shall hereafter come to her hands, possession or Knowledge
Sworn before me G, Scott D. Comry Gent."
At his death John Coe left ten children. In 1767 the court of Prince George's County appointed Mary Coe, James Alder and Samuel Coe as their guardians, There has been some speculation that the Samuel Coe named in the guardian bond was Samuel Coe of Calvert County, MD (see "The Descendants of Samuel Coe of Calvert County, Maryland"). It seems more likely, however, that this was actually the oldest son, although it does seem peculiar that he would be named as a guardian of himself. The bond appears as follows:
Maryland Know all men by these presents that Mrs. Mary Coe James Alder and Samuel Coe of Prince George's County are held and firmly bound unto Samuel, Casandra, Mursilvor, Richard, Roziah, William, Mary Ann - Ann Elijah, and Milborn Coe in the full and just Sum office hundred pounds current Money to be paid unto the said Samuel Coe and Elijah, Milborn, Mursilvor, Richard, Roziah, William, Mary Ann and Ann Coe their heirs Adm. or assigns to which well and truly to be made. We bind our selves to every of us and severally in and for the whole firmly by these presents. Sealed with our Seals and Dates This 25th day of March Anno Dominini 1767. The condition of the above obligation is such that whenever the Honorable Company General has lately transmitted to the Justice of Prince Georges Court the Balance remaining due on the Estate of John Coe deceased which appears to be eighty-eight pounds, fire shillings and Ten pence if therefore one of the above bound Mary Coe, James Alden and Samuel Coe or any other person on their Behalf shall will truly satisfy and pay unto the said orphans namely Samuel, Casandra, Elija, Milborn Mursilvor Richard Roziah William Mary Ann and Ann Coe their Adm no and Assigns or lawful guardian or guardians their respective part or partitions of John Coe Deceased.
Estate According to the Act of Assembly in such cases late made and Provided them the above obligation to be Void and of none effect - otherwise to stand and remain in full force and Virtue in Law
Sealed and Delivered
in the presents of Mary Coe
Edward Sprigg James Alder
Jind Samuel Coe"
It is possible that the Samuel Coe named above was indeed the Samuel Coe of Calvert County, MD, although he is clearly referred to as Samuel Coe of Prince George's County. If this was indeed the Samuel Coe of Calvert County, it strongly suggests a relationship between the two families, and, in fact, almost certainly fixes Samuel Coe as a brother of John Coe. No other Samuel Coes have been discovered in Maryland during the period.
John Coe and his wife Mary attended St. John's Parish Episcopal Church, Prince George's County. The births of two of their children are recorded in the church register, as are the births of many of their grandchildren.'
John Coe married about 1743, most likely in Charles County, MD, Mary.
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1802-3 & 4
NAME: ACRES: ANIMALS: SERVANT: MISC:
George Antrican 60 Acres of Land 1 Saw Mill
George Bishop 100 Acres of Land 3 Horses, 5 Cattle
Nehemiah Baker 80 Acres of Land 3 Horses, 3 Cattle
Joseph Baker 65 Acres of Land 2 Horses, 4 Cattle
Joseph Baker, Joseph Williams 56 Acres of Land 1 Horse, 3 Cattle Shoemaker
Edward Baker 130 Acres of Land 2 Horses, 5 Cattle Shoemaker
Elizabeth Baker 126 Acres of Land 2 Horses, 3 Cattle
William Baker 90 Acres of Land 2 Horses, 4 Cattle
Joseph Bishop 161 Acres of Land 4 Horses, 8 Cattle
Margaret Bishop House & Lot 1 Cow
James Camprey, James Owen, Joseph McAfee 10 Acres of Land 1 Cow Weaver
Abraham Farr 100 Acres of Land 3 Horses, 6 Cattle
Robert Green 190 Acres of Land 3 Horses, 15 Cattle
George Green 200 Acres of Land 5 Horses, 8 Cattle
Joseph Griffith, Adley Brown 75 Acres of Land
Joseph Holston 50 Acres of Land 1 Horse, 5 Cattle
Benjamin & Geroge Holston 50 Acres of Land 2 Horses, 2 Cattle
Joseph Holston 50 Acres of Land 1 Horse, 2 Cattle
George Hunter 450 Acres of Land 2 Horses, 3 Cattle add 50a.1.57 & ded. 7.201/2 chg. John Fox
Abraham Hoops, Jonah Garrett, Joseph Regester 100 Acres of Land 2 Horses, 3 Cattle
James Howard, Jonathan Howard 150 Acres of Land 3 Horses, 7 Cattle
Robert Regester 46 Acres of Land
Daniel Hoops 50 Acres of Land 2 Horses, 2 Cattle
Thomas Hammer 20 Acres of Land 2 Horses, 1 Cow Storekeeper
Thomas Johnson 40 Acres of Land
Samuel Lewis 140 Acres of Land 2 Horses, 2 Cattle
Abraham Lewis 60 Acres of Land 2 Horses, 3 Cattle
Joseph Merredith 200 Acres of Land 3 Horses, 6 Cattle
John Morgan 72 Acres of Land 3 Horses,4 Cattle
George McNealy, David Catherine 36 Acres of Land 1 Horse, 1 Cow
John Mendenhall 80 Acres of Land 2 Horses, 5 Cattle
Aaron Matson 10 Acres, 1 House 1 Cow Weaver
Daniel McGowen 90 Acres of Land 2 Horses, 5 Cattle
Joseph Pratt ded. 2.85 chg. Abner Hoops 180 Acres of Land Horses, Cattle
Richard Passmore 95 Acres of Land 3 Horses, 6 Cattle
William Russell 150 Acres of Land 3 Horses, 6 Cattle ded.58 ac.1.69 chg. Obed. & John Russell
Joseph Robbins, Jr. 60 Acres of Land 2 Horses, 1 Cow
Joseph Robbins, John Regester 13 Acres of Land 1 Horse, 1 Cow Chairmaker
Moses Russell, Joseph Baker 20 Acres of Land 1 Cow Blacksmith
Joseph Regester, Obediah Russell House & Lot Chair Maker
James Sill 60 Acres of Land 4 Horses, 6 Cattle
Matthew Wood 140 Acres of Land 4 Horses, 10 Cattle
Daniel Williams 100 Acres of Land 1 Horse, 4 Cattle
Samuel Worrall 40 Acres of Land 2 Horses, 2 Cattle
Isaac Worrall 260 Acres of Land 4 Horses, 4 Cattle
Joseph Williams, James Yarnall 190 Acres of Land 3 Horses, 3 Cattle ded.20 a.70c chg. Jos. Sharp
Nicholas Wooless 80 Acres of Land 2 Horses, 2 Cattle Blacksmith
Joseph Wilkinson 170 Acres of Land 3 Horses, 6 Cattle
James Yarnall 250 Acres of Land 4 Horses, 16 Cattle
Joseph Sharp 20 Acres of Land
Eli Yarnall 170 Acres of Land 5 Horses, 15 Cattle
John Yarnall 38 Acres of Land 4 Horses, 4 Cattle
Owen Yarnall 22 Acres of Land 1 Horse Joiner
William Yarnall 93 Acres of Land 3 Horses, 3 Cattle
Abraham Hoops Real Estate
Job Pyle Taylor
Isaac Frame Blacksmith
George Russell Carpenter
Joseph Sharp Labourer
Evan Pennell Weaver
John Mullen do
Benjamin Hampton Carpenter
George Yarnall Labourer
gone James Hibbins do
Isaac Baker Carpenter
Samuel Plankenton do
gone Henry Boman Blacksmith
William Managh Joiner
Amos Nupker Labourer
James Russell Shoemaker
Seth Hoops Carpenter
David Catherine Labourer
William Regester do
Samuel Newel do
Abraham Hoops Personal
Jesse Russell Labourer
John McGowen do
Daniel Regester Carpenter
gone Nehemiah Baker Labourer
Enoch Yarnall Shoemaker
Jonathan Howard Labourer
Aaron Sill Carpenter
gone Isac Morgan Weaver
Enoch Malin Labourer
gone Jeptha Baker do
Joseph Elliott Weaver
Joseph Russell Labourer
Thomas Regester Mason
Robert Regester do
Joseph Pratt Carpenter
Robert Regester Shoemaker
Abraham Robins Carpenter
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|Ganum Cox MCBEE was born in 1816 in Tennessee. He died on 13 October 1863 at the age of 47.|
The following is what Mayme Parrott Wood wrote about Ganum Cox McBee in the book Hitch Hiking Along the Holston River - Page 143:
(During the Civil War) "Lemuel and Sarah Meek McBee's son Ganum Cox, was taken from a sick bed out into a woodland and shot by 'riff-raff' who followed the army killing and robbing anything or anyone in sight. His clothes were taken off and stolen. One of the offenders was convicted by identification of the shoes which he was wearing. He served a term in prison. The terrors of this war are not to be forgotten." Gannum Cox McBee died 13 October 1863. The last few years of Gannum Cox McBee's life certainly were tragic. Between the 12th and the 16th of November 1861, three of his ten daughters died. I would imagine there was some sort of epidemic. Gannum Cox McBee married Malvina Lamar (b. 1820) and she was still alive for the 1900 US Census.
1850 Census. Jefferson Co, TN, 13th Dist, Hh 1611
G. C. McBee, age 34, b. TN. Melinda, age 30.
Sarah K. age 8, Mary Jane 6, Nancy 4, Eliza E. age 1
Eliza Douglas, age 21.
In 1850, G. C. McBee owned two slaves, a male age 24, and one age 9.
1860 Census. Jefferson Co TN, Hh 2052
G. C. McBee, age 44, b. TN. M. age 40, female.
E. Douglas, age 30.
S. C. McBee, age 18, female. M. J. 16, female. N. E. 13, female. E. E. age 10, female. H. L. age 7, female. A. J. age 2, female.
1870 Census. Jefferson Co TN, Dist 7, New Market P.O., p.401, Hh 4
Melvina McBee, age 48, b. TN
Sarah C., 26. Eliza E. 20. Amanda J. 12. Emma C. age 9.
Adam A. Douglas, age 35, b. TN.
[I never found Melvina in the 1880 census.]
1900 Census. Jefferson Co TN, Dist 7, New Market, Sheet 9A, Hh 153
William Callaway, age 40, b. Nov 1859, married 18 years, b. TN
Sarah C., wife, age 57, b. Jun 1842, no children
Melvina McBee, mother-in-law, age 79, b. Jun 1820, has 1 child living.
||12-1-2008 05:01 PM|
|Charles County Land Records 1792-1796; Liber N#4; Page 187. Dec 14, 1793 from Joseph Thompson of CC, planter, to Gerard Wood of CC, Physician, for 652 Â£, land called part of Burlins Hills, part of Belains Addition, part of Cranes Low grounds and Hogpen enlarged, lately surveyed and reduced into 1 entire tract, and bounded by a dividing boundary between sd Joseph Thompson and the heirs of Belain Posey,|
the south line of Burlins Hills, a dividing boundary between sd Joseph Thompson and Thomas Hancock, a stake where a boundary of Doctor William Watts' land called Coombes purchase (purchase) formerly stood, a tract of land called Smoots fish Pond, Zachia Swamp, Beavers Lodge and Beavers Lodge enlarged, sd Joseph Thompson's part of Cranes low Grounds. Signed - Joseph Thompson. Wit - B. Fendall*, Wm D. Briscoe*. Elizabeth Thompson, wife of the sd Joseph Thompson, relinquished her right of dower, Recorded Dec 21, 1793.
1642-1753 Rent Rolls Charles County MD Hundred - Piccawaxen or Wm&Mary: Rent Roll page/Sequence: 295-53: 1642-1753 Rent Rolls Charles County MD Hundred - Piccawaxen or Wm&Mary: Rent Roll page/Sequence: 295-54: BELAINES HILL: 300 acres; Possession of - 200 Acres - Musgrove, Charles : 100 Acres - Posey, Mary : Surveyed 24 Aug 1654 for Richard True on the West side of Wicomico River near the fresh of the River and near the land of John Courts: Other Tracts Mentioned: Holt's Divising;
1642-1753 Rent Rolls Charles County MD Hundred - Port Tobacco: Rent Roll page/Sequence: 330-199: GRUBBS VENTURE: 83 acres; Possession of - 83 Acres - Bayne, Walter : Surveyed 13 Feb 1670 for Thomas Grubb at a bound Red Oak called Pipers boundary tree run thence E.N.E.: Other Tracts Mentioned: CRANES LOW GROUND; Conveyance notes - 83 Acres - John Crane from Walter Bayne; 4 March 1716, Included in Resurvey of CRANES LOW GROUND escheat 13 Oct 1722, folio 408,,
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|The will of Joseph Church of Little Compton, Esq. is dated 15 February 1710/1711, proved 12 March 1710/1711. It names eldest son Joseph Church, son John Church; daughters Elizabeth Blackman, wife of Joseph Blackman; Mary Wood, wife of Lt. John Wood; Deborah Gray, wife of Samuel Gray; and Abigail Simmons, wife of William Simons. 1|
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|The POPE Cemetery (or what is remaining of it) is located on Cider ForkRoad in Whiskey Run Township, Crawford County, Indiana. This cemeterywas not listed in the Crawford County Records until E. H. Jackson sentrecords and a hand drawn map showing the location to the library. DStewart White and J Bullington Jones, descendants of the POPE clanvisited the site in the mid 1970's and at that time some stone markerswere still standing. Since then, the burial spots have been over run bycattle and all stones destroyed, as well as large overhead power linesrun through the old family cemetery. Cider Fork is a dead end road, which ends in the valley where ChiefOuisky (Ouiska) camped with his tribe in the summer time. In this valleyis located the home place of the late Beatrice Baylor who did research onher family when it was not "the thing" as it is today. She vividlyremembered being told, "when her grandmother was a child the grandmotherremembered seeing the Indian encampment". Another researcher of this line(L Crecelius Benham) remembers as child exploring caves in this area withher father and finding arrow heads. Look at the obituary of Pilgrim Houston Pope (grandson to thisPilgram Pope II - via son Elijah Pope III) for a story on therelationship of his family to Chief Ouisky of the Mohawk Indian tribe.Family folklore handed down always said that Mary Ann Pope was adescendant of a Mohawk Indian Princess. The obituary for Pilgrim H.Pope was found in Bea Baylor's research papers by Bea's niece, M. L.Baylor Bell. Ms. Bell now has all of Bea's research. The source was notlisted on the newspaper clipping but it is believed to be the local paperof the time. At the 08-11-2003 Crawford County Historical Meeting,Richard Eastridge, the county historian, made mention of the fact thatChief Ouiska (Ouisky) was buried in the Pope Cemetery, if so this givesmore credence to a relationship of the Chief and the Pope families. E.H. Jackson is checking further for more conclusive information but itdoes appear there is more than just folklore to the Mohawk Indian storieshanded down through the years in this family. Land Purchased: - 1816 -- August 30, purchased land in Crawford County, Indiana - 1823 - June 16, purchased 40 acres on the North side of Whiskey Runthrough bond to George Wiman of Harrison County, Indiana. Wit.Elijah Pope and Green Bethells. By October 1823 court term, GeorgeWiman was deceased, late of Crawford County, Indiana, Order Book A255-56. - 1840 -- October 28, Pilgrim two deeds 40 acres each from Lewis Pearson(Crawford County, Indiana (General Index of Deeds Book 3-287) - 1842 -- November 27, Pilgrim Pope - William Proctor, 40 acres (CrawfordCounty, Indiana, Grantor Index Book 3-331) - 1843 -- October 9, Pilgrim Pope to Elijah Pope, Jr., 40 acres -original sold at Jeffersonville, Indiana (Crawford County,Indiana, Grantor Index: Book 3-406) Census: - 1820 -- Crawford County, Indiana, page 11 - 1M 26-45, 4F under 10, 1F26-45 - 1830 -- Crawford County, Indiana, page 243 - 1M under 5, 1M 5-10, 1M40-50, 1F 5-10, 1F 20-30 - 1840 -- Crawford County, Indiana, page 919 - 1M 15-20, 1M 50-60, 1F5-10, 1F 10-15, 1F 15-20, 1F 40-50 - 1850 -- Crawford County, Indiana, page 38 - 1860 -- Crawford County, Indiana, page 98, taken July 13, 1860 Civil Records: - 1824 -- August 11, bond for 150 1/2 bushels of corn between Pilgrim andJeremiah Tadlock to William Lowden (Crawford County, Indiana,Civil Records A-2, 1820-1832 page 289) - 1825 -- Pilgrim Pope vs William Lowden on appeal - for plaintiff $15.75(Crawford County, Indiana Order Book A-288) WILL: - 1860 -- June 19, Will written/probated 08-20-1860 (Crawford County,Indiana, Will Record 2, 1859-1915, page 10) Appt. John Coble asexec'r, wit: Argustus Argenbright and George W. Argenbright - 1861 -- January 28, Court term, affidavit by Jacob Poe claiming JohnCoble incapable of acting as exec'r of estate of Pilgrim Pope,deceased. Joel Crecelius appointed adm'r by the court,security by Jacob Poe and Josiah Whitehead (Crawford County, IndianaProbate Book 7-1, 1853-1865, page 349) 1863 -- October 27, Court term, settlement of estate by admin'rCrecelius (Crawford County, Indiana, Probate Book 7-1, 1853-1865,page 479, Crawford County, Indiana, Grantor Index Book 10-119 Below is information quoted from Pilgrim Pope's Will as found inBook 2 page 10: "Dated 06-19-1860" Recorded 08-20-1860 Wife Sarah to have all personal property and her lawful share of proceedsof real estate after it is sold. Residue to go to heirs after deductingwhat has been paid each one; viz: Mary Ann Crecelious (spelling) Elijah Pope Sarah Hansleman (spelling) Mahala Rawlings Exec - John Coll------ (unable to read) Wit - Augustus Argenbright and George W. Argenbright Below is information quoted from Sarah Pope's WILL as found in Book2, page 53-54 "Dated 12-02-1861" Recorded 04-09-1867 - Heirs of Elizabeth Tower (deceased) $2.00 - Mary Crecelius $2.00 - Grandchild - John Freeman $2.00 - Grandchild - Sarah E. Miller $2.00 - Elijah Pope $2.00 - Sarah Hansleman personal items - Daughter - Mahala B. Rawlings to have remainder of estate Exec - Friend - Eli Stewart Wit - Luke Wood and Andrew J. Bailor|
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|John Allen Ross was the ggrandson of Rice Farrar Ross (12-3-1776 to 4-8-1856) and Sarah Bonham (8-5-1787 to 3-29-1849). He was the grandson of William W. Ross (12-5-1815 to about 1865) and Mary Ann Hendrix (3-25-1825 to 7-23-1904). Mary had a brother, William Hendrix, who was wounded in the Civil War. John was the son of Isaac Rice Ross (1851-1943) and Mary Rutha Barton Ross (1850-1929).|
Mary Rutha Barton was the gggranddaughter of Joshua Barton (August 19, 1718) and Jane Dubart Barton. She was the ggranddaughter of David Barton (March 15, 1744) and Hanna Hill Barton. She was the granddaughter of Thomas Barton (November 26, 1844) and Tabitha Hodges Barton. She was the daughter of William Hill Barton (about 1815, Wilson or Rutherford County, Tennessee) and Susan Allen Barton. Rutha married Isaac Rice Ross, November 31, 1873, in McNairy County, Tennessee.
The 1860 census of Jacks Creek, Henderson County, Tennessee, shows William Hill Barton as age 47 and Mary Rutha as age 10. She had seven brothers and sisters
Romona Irene Duniven was the gdaughter of William Dunevent (about 1830) and Martha Dodson (about 1830)
She was the daughter of William Henry Dunivan ( note name change) (1865, Lincoln County, Tennessee- 1832 in Amarillo, Texas), and Nancy Elvira Luella Strickland (1869, Fayetteville, Tennesee-1949, Amarillo, Texas). W.H. and Nancy were married in 1885 in Fayetteville, Tennessee. W. H. was employed at a flower mill at the time.
Irene was the gdaughter of John Strickland and Martha Abbott.
Nancy had a brother, High Strickland, and two sisters: Mrs. Pernie Parish, and Sarran Duniway. She probably had others. She was a member of the Methodist Church. So was Irene until after her marriage, when she joined the Baptist Church with John. At one time John taught the Youth Sunday School Class, at First Baptist Church, Lone Oak.
The 1900 census of Hunt County showed these living in the home: Isaac Rice , Mary Rutha,. Mary Susan, Martha Elizabeth, William Thomas, Charlotte Lenora, John Allen, James Charles, and Ivy Lee Ross. The 1910 census showed Isaac, Mary R., Mary S., William T., Charlotte L., John A. and Ivy L. Ross. The 1920 Hunt County census showed Isaac, Mary Rutha and William T. living in one house . John Allen Ross, Mary Susan Stinson and Wesley Stinson, were living in another house near by. The 1930 census showed Isaac, Mary Susan and William Thomas living in one house. John Allen, Irene, Bryan, Wilson and Evelyn Marie were living in another house near by.
When Isaac Rice and family moved to Texas they first lived in Cooke County, Texas.
John Allen Ross was born November 11, 1887 in Kentuckytown, Grayson ,County, Texas. Later his family moved to Wolfe City, Hunt County, Texas. In 1894 Isaac was saved and joined the Baptist Church. Due to his work on the farm John did not get to go to school beyond the eighth grade. He did a lot of reading and helped to educate himself. The family next moved to Lone Oak, Texas. During World War I, John served as a Sergeant in the U. S. Calvary, stationed at Camp MacArthur, in Waco, Texas. His job was to train soldiers. Between 1917 and 1919 the camp trained 40,000 men. The worst thing that happened to him was the terrible flu and pneumonia which led to his emphysema. He never fully got over it. It probably contributed to his death. John’s greatest “Birthday Party” was that first Armistice Day. John, and his brothers, worked hard on the farm. Still they had time for hunting and fishing. They always had good guns and dogs. One of their dogs was named “Spits”. John, and Tony Chapman, went down to Corpus Christi, to pick cotton and swim in the ocean. They remained good friends for years to come. Romona Irene Duniven (note name change) was born August 21, 1905 near Commerce, Texas. On May 7, 1922 John and Irene were married in Lone Oak, by Bro. C. J. Rogers, pastor of the Lone Oak Baptist Mission. John was age 34 and Irene 16. Even though John owned a house in Lone Oak, they lived on a farm north of Lone Oak. Life was quiet for Irene who came out of a family of 14 children. At the time of her marriage the Duniven family lived in the Commerce area.. Henry and Nancy (Nannie) farmed there for 10 years before they moved to Amarillo in 1926. Most of the other Dunivens moved to Amarillo also.
Bryan Allen was born April 12, 1924. John Wilson was born February 26, 1926. Then came the “Depression “which hit the family very hard. The mules, cows, chickens and farm equipment had to be sold. Mules went for $5.00 each. The house in Lone Oak had to be sold.. The family had to rent a little place in Lone Oak. Evelyn Marie was born June 9, 1928. The Isaac Rice and John Ross families moved up near Greenville, Texas. That is where the families lived when Mary Rutha Barton Ross died in 1929. It was a very sad time for all of the family. Irene gave her children their Christmas presents early to help comfort them. Then there were no presents when Christmas came.
The John Ross family moved to Amarillo for 11 months. The family moved everything they had in their Model T. Ford. They even had to help push the car up “Ranger Hill”. John worked at a Mobile Oil filling station (the Midway Service Station on Madison Street) which was owned by Henry and three of his sons.. The Ross family lived in a duplex, owned by Carl Duniven. It was located at 909 N. Taylor, Street. Wynona Lee was born in Amarillo on March 23, 1931. Walker and Hattie Bell Rhoden, and family,lived on the other side of the duplex. Hattie, Viola, and some of the other Dunivens, were a great help to Irene at that time.
John felt like the higher altitude made it harder for him to breathe. He was also anxious to get back to Hunt County to help his Ross family. Also, it could have been that John was not fond of working for his Duniven relatives. Anyway, he took the family back to Hunt County. This time to the Riley Grove Community, which was about 5 miles south west of Commerce. Isaac Rice, William Thomas Ross and Mary Susan Ross Stinson were running a farm. John’s family moved about a mile from them and helped on their farm. Bryan and Wilson started to school there at Riley Grove. Things changed with the death of Mary Susan in 1934. Isaac went to live with James Charles and Lilly. William Thomas went to Savoy, Fannin County, Texas, to live with his cousins, James E. and Sarah E. Barton. The Bartons are buried in the Oak Hill cemetery, in Fannin County. That meant that John had to find work anywhere he could. Finally he had to work for the W.P.A. (Works Projects Administration) in Commerce. The family could not afford to run the car, so it was traded for a cow and calf. From that time on the family never owned a car. That meant that John had to walk to Commerce and back each day to work. Soon the cow was sold to the government. Roosevelt was buying up cattle and killing them to raise prices. During this period Mary Dell was born January 8, 1934.
So many of the veterans were having such a hard time that the government opened up the CCC.s (Civilian Conservation Corps) and allowed veterans to join. John got in and was sent to work on the Palo Duro Canyon, and later to Linden, Texas. He was paid $30.00 a month with room and board. He sent most of it home each month. It was a very hard time for the family. Irene took care of her five children with no transportation. With school, shopping, sicknesses, etc., things were most difficult. Along with the childhood diseases, the children had, Irene had to have surgery, Bryan had pneumonia, Bryan and Wilson had diphtheria, from the school vaccinations. The doctor who gave them was later declared insane. John did not get to come home very often. The family decided to move to Lone Oak. Charlotte Lenora Bass (John’s sister) found a place for the family to rent. It was owned by Dora Vice, who became a helper and friend to the family. After a time the house burned to the ground from a spark, that came from the wood stove flue. It lit the wood shingles. The family saved what they had on. Charlotte Bass (John’s sister), offered to let the family of seven move into the two back rooms of her home. The move was easy. There wasn’t anything to move. Charlotte was a life-saver for the family. Some time later the family rented a small house a few yards from the city water tower. It was four rooms and a path. Later the family rented the Coppage house, and it was larger. They lived there until the move to Abilene. On one occasion Irene went to visit a neighbor. While knocking on the door a large dog came around the corner and lunged at her. She twisted her leg trying to get away from him. Her leg hurt her the rest of her life.
The Ross children entered school at Lone Oak. After a time John came home from the CCC.s. Finally he did have to join again, for a time, to make a living. While in Lone he did all kinds of jobs such as farm work, lawn mowing, janitor at church, sexton for two cemeteries, W.P.A., and other things. Bryan and Wilson were working in most of these things. During the cotton harvest the whole family would pick (not pull bolls). Irene was often the best “picker” in the field (both black and white). She liked farm work better than house work. For one thing, she got to be with family more. The late summer picking helped the family to buy school clothes and supplies. During those years cotton picking went from 40 cents a hundred to one dollar a hundred. Bryan and Wilson were also janitor at the school and did painting and dipped water out of storm sellers. Bryan worked for the A.A.A. measuring land for air photos (farmers were paid to cut back on planting cotton), one summer working at Majors Air Force Base, in Greenville (a case of mumps put a stop to that), and at a flower mill in Greenville. Wilson worked at Love Nit in Greenville. It was a clothing manufacturing company. Irene cooked school lunches at the school and worked at a mattress factory. At one time Bryan was manager of a theatre and Wilson ran the projector and other equipment. Bryan hired the extra help, and supervised them.
The owner had gone to Galveston, Texas, to work in a defense plant. Bryan and Wilson were quite active in sports and in Boy Scout programs. They both became “Life Scouts”. F.P. Scott, Superintendent of Schools, and Jesse Miller, Principal of the high school, were the Boy Scout leaders. Mr. Scott was also Superintendent of the Baptist Sunday School. All of the family were active in First Baptist Church, Lone Oak. One highlight was when the church was able to call Rev. Ira Hampton Peak ( a nephew to John) to come be pastor for a year while he was in Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. He went on from there to pastor some great churches in Texas, Missouri and Louisiana. One summer he had Edgar Hallock to come lead the music for a revival. Edgar later became an outstanding missionary in Brazil. . John respected outstanding people. He named Bryan for William Jennings Bryan, Wilson for Woodrow Wilson and Winston Byrd, for Winston Churchill and Admiral Robert Byrd.
In 1943 Bryan and Wilson graduated from high school. Wilson left for Hardin-Simmons University, Abilene, Texas, and Bryan went off to war. After training in four places in the United States, he served in France, Belgium, Holland and Germany. He came home, after the war in Europe, expecting to help with the invasion of Japan. With the dropping of the two atomic bombs, he got out of the army.. He moved the family to Abilene, Texas while on leave in July of 1945. John became the manager of the Hardin-Simmons Riding School horses and barns. He loved the work, with the horses, and association with the students. He continued to work there until he retired in 1953. The move was a blessing to the family. Each anniversary John would call upon the family to celebrate the move. Irene worked at Hendrix Memorial for over 30 years, retiring September 1, 1977 at the age of 70. She worked in Central Supply, and was made a Licensed Vocational Nurse because of her work. For a time Mary Dell also worked there. While attending Hardin-Simmons, Marie worked at the university bookstore and post office. She was putting up the mail when Abilene Hall burned. Truman Kirk had to rush her out. She wanted to finish her job. Bryan got out of service January 23, 1946 and entered Hardin-Simmons on the 30th. Winston and Mary Dell attended Hardin-Simmons. Wilson finished Hardin-Simmons in 1947, married Jimmie Ruth Meek, from San Angelo, and went on to Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth. While in school he pastored First Baptist Church, Gene Autry, Oklahoma, and then the Terrace Acres Baptist Church, in Fort Worth. Jimmie served as secretary at the Sagamore Hill Baptist Church, Fort Worth. When he graduated he and Jimmie went to the mission field in Costa Rica, Mexico, and later to the Spanish Baptist Publishing House in El Paso, Texas, where they served for 37 years. Wilson served as Director of the Business Services and Finance Division. Jimmie worked in the library. On one of his furloughs, Wilson earned a masters degree from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and one from Texas Tech University. Bryan finished college in 1948 and he and Alice Louise Cook, from San Angelo, were married and moved to the seminary. Alice graduated from Hardin-Simmons in 1947. Alice was secretary at the Harris Avenue Baptist Church when they married, .Alice was later secretary at the Broadway Baptist Church, Fort Worth. Bryan pastored the West Fork Baptist Church, Azle, and the Enterprise Baptist Church, Whitewright, Texas. He worked for the O’Neal-Foster Construction Company. After graduation he pastored four churches :Pleasant Valley Baptist Church, Post, Westview Baptist Church, Slaton, Lakeview Baptist Church, San Angelo and Tennyson Baptist Church, Tennyson. Also as a Director of Mission for 21 years. Alice taught kindergarten for 27 years. When Wilson and Jimmie retired they moved to Fort Worth. Wilson died of cancer, September 1, 1989, at the age of 63. Jimmie now lives at the Waterford Retirement Center, Fort Worth. Their children are:Becky, Judy and Gary. Bryan and Alice live in San Angelo. Their children are :Richard, Randall, Norman and Charlotte.
John’s Ross siblings were: William Thomas, James Charles, Ivy Lee, Martha Elizabeth, Mary Susan and Charlotte Lenora. They have all died. Irene’s Duniven siblings were:` William Ruby, John Arthur, Carl Lonnil, Henry Erb, Viola Minnil, Eula Mae, Almer D., Herbert Lee, Rual Ernest, Ethel, Leona, Hattie Bell and Grady Garland. All of them have died.
Isaac R., Mary R., Susan and Wesley are buried in Lone Oak, Texas. Martha Elizabeth is buried in Oklahoma, and Charlotte is buried in Caddo Mills. James C. is buried in Fort Worth, and William is buried in Fannin or Grayson County. John and Irene are buried in Abilene.
John and Irene were godly people. They loved the Lord, the Bible and the church. They believed in, and practiced prayer. They were strong on moral values. They said, “no sexual sins, no smoking, drinking, gambling, dancing or drugs”. John explained one thing this way “if you want to smoke, leave home!” They felt the same way about cursing, dirty stories and dirty pictures. They were both honest. They never wanted to take advantage of anyone. When John hired help, he believed in paying them right. John and Irene were hard workers and taught the same to their children “ An idle mind is the devil’s work shop”. They loved their children, and when they grew up, and had families, John and Irene looked forward to their visits in a great way. Nothing seemed to please them more. They had a high regard for education, even though they did not get to complete their formal education. Their encouragement led to their children receiving a number of college and seminary degrees. Irene spent hours reading to the children, and many of the stories were from the Bible. Irene ordered bird cards for the children. She wanted them to love nature. She made a lot of the Thanksgiving and Christmas decorations out of construction paper. Real eggs were painted for Easter eggs. There is no telling how many birthday cakes Irene baked. Irene did not spank often, but she did have children stand in the corner, or churn until the butter came. John enjoyed spending time with educated and cultured people. He felt they were a help to him. The Riding School and hospital afforded John and Irene excellent places for valuable friendships. Dr. Rupert Richardson, President of Hardin-Simmons, and two professors, were pallbearers at John’s funeral. Dr. Lindell Harris, Bible Professor at Hardin-Simmons, conducted Irene’s funeral. Hospital friends served as pallbearers. Dr. Powell, C.E.O. for Hendrix Hospital, and Dr. Morgan, the family doctor, were close friends of Irene. John was romantic. He loved poetry, nature, and his sweetheart. He loved to give Irene the first lilac of the season. It is interesting to read love-letters John and Irene wrote to each other, before marriage, and while John was in the CCC.s. Irene got a thrill out of buying, or making, presents for the children and grandchildren. She was a good customer of the hospital gift shop. She must have had a big heart to hold that much love for her family. John and Irene were good at writing letters. They kept the children informed on what was going on at home. They were thankful to be able to own their own home on Hickory Street. They did not have a car. This limited their contacts with relatives. They were glad that some of these folk did come to see them. This included Dunivens, from Amarillo, Arizona and California. Some of the Hunt County Ross relatives did get to come some.
John and Irene loved picnics in the parks, especially if grandchildren were present. John loved the Abilene State Fair., and times sitting in the mall talking to old friends. After retirement the television afforded enjoyment. They were strong “Dallas Cowboy” fans. Since Mary Dell did not marry she got to live with John and Irene until their deaths. She was a joy and delight, as well as a dedicated helper. She also “loved those Cowboys”. After the death of her parents she went to live with Marie and Truman. A trailer home was moved in for her. She really loved her time there. Due to a chemical imbalance, she moved to the nice Mulberry Manor nursing home in Stephenville. There they could help to regulate her medications. Mary has done much reading, and has added to the knowledge she gained by attending classes at Hardin-Simmons, years earlier. She has written some beautiful poetry. Her spirit has been a blessing to the nursing home, as well as to her family. You can’t find anyone who loves the Lord more than Mary. She is the pet of the family. One year she was chosen as Resident Volunteer Of The Year for the state of Texas. Her plaque is displayed at the nursing home. She loves people and she loves nature. She loves it when family members come to see her. Marie has been a special caregiver to her. Mary Dell has dealt with many health problems with a courageous spirit.
Evelyn Marie graduated from Hardin-Simmons in 1951 She married Truman Kirk in 1948.. She was a fourth grade school teacher for 37 years.most of this in Cisco, Texas. Marie lacked only 3 hours completing requirements for a master’s degree. Family needs took priority. Marie has not only helped Mary Dell, but has also been a minister to all of the families “she went about doing good”. Marie has bean an excellent writer. Many of her articles have appeared in newspapers, while others have been shared with family and friends. Truman graduated from Hardin- Simmons and the University of Texas Law School. He worked for four newspapers, served as a judge and as an attorney. He also served on the Abilene City Commission. Like Marie, he was an active church member. Through his law practice he was able to assist a lot of needy people. He was a big help to the Ross family as well. Cancer brought him to an untimely death at the age of 71. Marie is now living at the Stilwell Memorial Residence in Waco. Their children are: Kendall, Karen, Kalene and Kevin.
Wynona Lee, second Ross daughter, was born March 23, 1931 in Amarillo, Texas
Wynona married Bill Troup, January 29, 1949, while they lived in Abilene. The ceremony was performed by Dr. Criswell in Dallas. She is a graduate of Mc Lennon Community College with a major in journalism and minor in art. She has enjoyed painting and decorating her home. Also teaching and practicing her profession. She has spoken to various civic clubs on various phases of art. Bill was a chemist for the TXU and the TPL companies for 40 years. He was a good provider for his family. The Troups have lived in the Waco area for 51 years. Bill died of cancer November 16, 2005. The children are Randall and Teresa. Wynona continues to live in Waco. She is fighting a good fight against cancer.
Rutha Nan was born in Lone Oak December 1, 1940. She moved with the family to Abilene, Texas in 1955, and graduated from Abilene High School. She went to Hardin-Simmons one semester. She met Walter Van Dusen at the beginning of the semester and married him at the end. She and Walter were married February 14, 1959, at the University Baptist Church, Abilene. She graduated from Eastfield College in Mesquite in 1980 with an associate of science degree in digital electronics. For the past 20 years she has been working for Locheed-Martin , missils division, as an electronics technician, with high security clearance. Walter served in the Air Force for 7 years ( including the Vietnam War period. He attended the University of Texas, at Arlington, on the G. I. Bill. He graduated in 1971 with a major in electrical engineering. He worked for TXU for 30 years. He is now retired. The two sons are Darrel Ross, and Anthony Scott. Walter and Rutha live in Mesquite. They enjoy hunting, fishing, camping and boating.
Winston Byrd Ross was born February 22, 1943 in Lone Oak, Texas. He moved with the family when they moved to Abilene in 1955. He graduated from Abilene High School in 1961. He worked for the Abilene Reporter News for four years, part of the time as District Manager. On August 24, 1963 he married his high school sweetheart, Gloria Jean Williams, in Denton, Texas. Gloria was born in Terrell, Texas June 24, 1943. She graduated from Texas Woman’s University, Denton, in 1965. She received a Master of Fine Arts degree and a Master of Recreational and Leisure Management degree from the University of North Texas in 1979. She has taught art and has sold paintings. Along with his work, Winston attended the following Universities: Hardin-Simmons, University of North, Texas, Texas A. and M., University, University Texas at Arlington and University of Texas at Dallas. He completed 3 years of studies. He completed the 30 hours required to take the CPA exam. He took the 3-day exam and passed it the first time around and with flying colors. On June 1, 2006, he retired after 42 years with Seven Eleven (the Southland Corporation). He started at the bottom and ended up as Director of Franchise Accounting (Director is the next step below Vice President. He had 9 Division Controllers and 2 Department Managers reporting to him).. Their son is John Winston Ross.
After John and Irene died the children determined that they would continue to get together each year. Winston and Gloria have hosted most of these. There is food, fellowship and a time of sharing. Each person is given a chance tell what has been happening in his life that year. Around 45 adults and youth participate. The Ross family members do love one another. It would be great if John and Irene could tell what they are enjoying now. They were truly prepared for their rewards. They had been “good and faithful servants”. They are in heaven ready to welcome their very large family. They are saying:“May the circle be unbroken”
Bryan and Alice had 4 children, Wilson and Jimmie, 3, Marie and Truman 4, Wynona and Bill, 2, Rutha and Walter, 2 and Winston and Gloria, 1. Truman and Marie set the “grandchild record”, but Winston and Gloria are coming on fast. It would be great if some family member could write a history of the grandchildren and their families.
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|Transcript of interview with Margaret Hatfield, June 11, 1992, for the film "West Virginia"|
Source: WV History Film Project
MARGARET HATFIELD INTERVIEW, SOUND ROLL 51
MARGARET HATIELD, TAKE ONE, CAMERA ROLL 179, SOUND 51
Q: Margaret, tell me who was Devil Anse Hatfield?
MH: Devil Anse Hatfield was probably one of the most colorful, charismatic ... Devil Anse Hatfield was probably one of the most color and charismatic characters in West Virginia history, and for that matter in American folklore. But unlike a lot, well of legendary figures, somebody bit Paul Bunyan, ? ? there was somebody that existed that that story started from. There's a kernel of truth in the biggest leading detail in the world. But Devil Anse, he existed. He was real and actually who he was he was the son of Ephraim? Hatfield and Nancy? Vance. He came along at a time in history when it was possible to be a character ten feet tall. He fulfilled all the requirements. ...
MARGARET HATFIELD, TAKE 2, CAMERA 179, SOUND 51
Q: Margaret, start that up again.
MH: Devil Anse Hatfield, he was the son of Ephraim Hatfield and Nancy? Vance. But he came along at the time in history when legends were being built and he had all the material for it. He was witty; he was a practical joker. He was a very tough, crusty old character. Now, all legends start with a kernel of truth. Johnny Appleseed was a real person, so was probably was Mike Fike 'Paul Bunyan.' And for all I know Pecos Bill. A lot of things got built on to Devil Anse that he just didn't do, but an awful lot of it was true. Some of it -- he let people believe what they wanted to believe about him; he didn't bother to deny it. I mean there were stories that were told that you should have had better sense than to believe. If you did, then that that was your problem. He'd let you go along with it.
Q: What was he like a person though and what was he like to his grandsons and --
MH: He was one of the most popular people that I have ever heard of or done any research into. They said you could tell when Devil Anse Hatfield was coming to town because every dog and kid in the country would be out following him. ... Children loved him. I've never heard anyone who personally knew the man say a hard word against him.
Q: How was it that he became at the center of this storm that we call the Hatfield-McCoy feud?
MH: For one thing, Devil Anse and several of the other Hatfield were at the center of that storm simply because the tallest pine tree gets struck by lightning. They were property owners; at one time the Hatfield family owned the biggest part of the Tug valley. Well, they owned both sides of the river from over around ?? Beach at Knox? Creeks all the way down to almost to Williams and a lot of the watershed creeks, Mate? creek where we are now. This creek from one end to the next was Hatfield country, Pigeon creek, Blackberry creek, from the mouth of Blackberry all the way around the river, what the called the big bend of the river, clear into the head of Blackberry creek.
This was Hatfield country; these people owned tremendous enormous tracts of land, the Hatfields and their near relatives, the Vances, also the Farrels, Musicks, Davises -- all these people were closely related. They were first cousins, double first cousins. Some of them so close, some of them related so different ways that they didn't know how they were related.
Q: So how did that land ownership relate to the trouble?
MH: The land ownership -- at that time you've got to remember at the time of the Hatfield and McCoy feud which some of the trouble may have started in the Civil War -- my research leads me to believe that it probably didn't. The land ownership at that time in the 1870's and 1880's, people were in here, agents in here buying enormous tracts of mineral. They were also buying timber for big outside holding companies. And of course the people to get to, the people that you wanted to buy the mineral off of, you had to deal with the Hatfields and as I said their near kin. If you could run those people off, if you could run those families off, you could get that land very, very cheap or especially the mineral, they weren't interested in the land. If you get the mineral -- well they brought it in some instances for twenty five cents an acre.
Q: How did the McCoys, McCoy family get involved in land speculators and the Hatfields. Pull it all together.
MH: The McCoy family had no intent of ??? or anything like that. The McCoy family was used by land speculators. There was trouble going on and hard feelings going on and land speculators. My mother always said there was never a lawyer so ignorant or worthless that he couldn't cause trouble for people. And lawyers in places like ? there's a book, the lady's name is Miller, she's from WVU, there's a book about that particular, the economic aspects of that area, that sometime -- You see the Hatfields and the Vances came in here in the late 1700's. The first white man he may have been half Indian, the first white into this area was a man named Abner Vance. He came from Abbington. He killed a man in Abbington, Virginia. Shot him off a horse ? ? river and he came down here hiding from the law. Now he was related to the Hatfield family. He may have been -- you get into frontier genealogy in that time, it is harder than -- you can't imagine because the census were inexact.
Q: What's important to know about the kind of people the Hatfields came from.
MH: The Hatfield that came down here, Ephraim Hatfield came from Virginia. Now Ephraim Hatfield I was told at one point in my life -- I don't know if this is true or not -- but Ephraim Hatfield was a drummer, continental drummer at the Battle of Kings Mountain. His father, I do know this for a fact, his father Joseph Hatfield was chief scout for Campbells Virginians at Kings Mountain in ?. And they came down in here a lot; it was possible. You know that they paid Revolutionary War soldiers in land patents cause the government had no money. ...
HATFIELD INTERVIEW, TAKE 3, Camera 179, SOUND 51
Q: Was this really a family feud that we've heard so much about -- this Hatfield-McCoy feud?
MH: It wasn't the whole family on either side. It was really a couple of families out of two big clans. Now there were parts of the McCoy family that had nothing whatsoever to do with it, just as there were parts of the Hatfield family. People write about the Hatfields leaving Tug river by the flocks, herds and gaggles. They didn't. One family or two families of Hatfields moved away from Tug river and that area. That's like saying 'I dipped two soup ladles out of the sea.' They're still over there; look in the Matewan phone book.
Q: I want you to tell me about some of the characters involved in the feud. I'm just going to give you some names. ...
HATFIELD INTERVIEW, TAKE 4,
Q: Tell me why the story is a tragic story.
MH: It's a tragic story ... The story of the Hatfield-McCoy feud is tragic in that neither family caused that feud. It was incidents that wouldn't have happened if they hadn't have been instigated from with out to a great extent. It was done by self-serving people who had their own little particular ax to grind who wanted to gain control of property or what-have-you. They used people to -- for example, let me tell some of the McCoy family, Ranel McCoy's family in particular who were really the only ones that were deeply involved in it. Those people didn't have the money to patent? the Hatfields. They didn't really have the political base or anything else, and they were just, they were prodded into something that was totally -- as I said messing with people that they knew better than to mess with, that these people were dangerous as a cocked pistol.
Q: The Hatfields were that dangerous?
MH: ... If you pushed. Normally, they were the friendliest, most generous hospitable people on earth. But if you pushed them, it was very, very risky business. They wouldn't let their own push them, much less somebody else. And that's what happened.
Q: Let's talk about some of these players. Cap Hatfield.
WEST VIRGINIA, MARGARET HATFIELD
HATFIELD INTERVIEW, TAKE 5, SOUND ROLL 52
Q: Margaret, let's talk about some of these folks. Cap Hatfield
MH: Cap Hatfield was sort of a debt? unto himself. From all I have been able to find out from research and talking to people, I think Cap really enjoyed a bad hat, a bad character. Now when he died in the early 30's, he died in Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland. They operated on him and they found that he had a bullet fragment in his skull pressing on his brain, which may have accounted for some of his shall we say "antisocial" behavior. What happened to his eye, there's all kinds of stories goes around about why Cap only had one eye and his name was William Anderson Hatfield, Junior.
Why they called him Cap that it because Devil Anse's rank in the Confederate army. There was no such thing. When Cap was about nine or ten years old, he put his own eye out. He did what every kid in the country had been told to do at least told not to do at least fifty thousand times. Pistols and rifles used to load them with a percussion hammer. ...
Q: How'd Cap Hatfield put out his eye. Give it to me in brief form.
HATFIELD TAKE 6
Q: Tell me how Cap lost his eye?
MH: A percussion cap like what was used on a pistol or a rifle to set off the charge of powder, Cap got one and he put it one rock and he smacked it with another rock and naturally it blew up. That's what put his eye out. He didn't shoot his own eye out. Though McCoy shot his eye out. His brother didn't put his eye out. He put, he accidentally doing a greenhorn kid trick, put his eye out. That's why he was also called 'Cap.'
Q: What about Ellison, who was killed on election day.
MH: Ellison Hatfield was probably had one of the best reputations ? ? none? of the Hatfields. He wasn't a trouble maker. He had no bad reputation for liquor, women, or anything else that some of the other men unfortunately were pre-disposed to. Course they didn't know anything about it and they said people made up deliberate slanders.
Q: One of those might have been Johnse Hatfield?
MH: Now Johnse was a ladies' man, and he wasn't a bad character really. He wasn't considered to be dangerous or anything of the sort. He was supposed to have been extremely good looking. If he looked anything like some of the others, I can understand why women had the problems staying away from Johnse. But he was also a very strong and a very brave man because that's how he got out of the Kentucky Penitentiary. He killed a man with a ? --
Q: That's a little far afield for us. Let's keep going. Uncle Jim Vance?
MH: Now Jim Vance was known. A lot of the people who knew him called him Crazy Jim. Jim Vance's family when he was about fourteen or fifteen years old, they lost tremendous tracts of land. He didn't own land until he was up in his sixties, till Devil Anse took the Grapevine Tract back from Perry Cline and his associates. Jim Vance evidently must have sharecropped or something like that. Jim Vance was an old, bitter man, and he blamed the Clines and the McCoys for the loss of all that land; and he was determined to make them pay for every rock, clod, and gravel, and every deer the Vance family had ? ?.
MARGARET HATFIELD, TAKE 7
Q: Let's switch to the other side of the fence.
MH: Do I have to?
Q: Yes, you do. Let's talk about the three McCoy boys that stabbed Ellison.
MH: The three McCoy boys, the oldest one -- that would have been Tolbert, and then there was Pharmer -- I think they called him Dick -- and the young one, Bob. The young one, Bob, was about fifteen, sixteen years old. Tolbert McCoy was in his late twenties. Now Tolbert had a reputation as a trouble maker, especially when he was drinking. They got over there on that election ground and like a lot of other people, Tolbert was the one who started it. Pharmer and Bob jumped into it. What happened -- really what they did to Ellison Hatfield was a very, very foul dirty trick. Ellison Hatfield was not armed. They jumped on him; they shot him once. They stabbed him about 32 times. Tolbert had a pistol; the other two had knives, and when three men jump on one, now granted, Ellison Hatfield was six foot four and he weighed about, probably about 230 pounds. But three armed men on one unarmed man, is pretty sorry behavior.
Q: Further downstream, actually before that, Roseanna McCoy.
MH: Roseanna McCoy. Roseanna back then -- I get this from people who knew her, had seen her personally -- she was a very pretty girl. She was up to an age -- now we hear about what Roseanna did. Roseanna's ride and what have you, and we think of a fifteen or sixteen year old girl. Roseanna McCoy was in her early twenties. She was older than Johnse Hatfield. These mountain girls -- getting on a horse and riding of a night -- that was nothing. They'd grown up riding horses, mules, and billy goat if they could catch one. Very few people rode saddles because saddles are expensive. Now what Roseanna did was tore a strip off the end of her petticoat, made a hackamore? bridle, which most of us knew how to do by the time we were old enough.
Made a hackamore bridle, which means she tied a slipknot in the end of it, put it over the horse's jaw and came across the mountain from Burwood? There's a well marked road across through there. As a matter of fact, that road we called it the sledge road. It was there until I was a good sized child in the fifties. It's across the river down there in the shoals, in the ol' Hatfield bottom and went down about to where Cumberland Village is now, Matewan High School, down there at the logging camp where Devil Anse and Ells?? Elias and all of the rest of the Hatfields were down there cutting timber.
She went down there to them. Now once she topped that ridge and hit down the Tug river side of it, she was going go across McGinnis Hatfield's corn field and across the river into another Hatfield bottom and down that road. As far as Hatfields were concerned, she was in danger of anybody getting her per se was minimal. But now the fact that she did do what she did was pretty -- it took -- because she knew that her daddy was going to take a hide of her and feathers off of her when he caught her for what she had done.
Q: Do you think that Devil Anse objected to that romance?
MH: Devil Anse objected to that romance because of who she was. Not because she was a McCoy, but because she was Ranel? McCoy's daughter because the parents and brothers and sisters have been known to have, especially in this area, undue influence on one partner in a marriage. Well, that later found that out when Johnse married Nancy McCoy, who was Roseanna's first cousin. I think they wished he'd have married Roseanna because if he had, Roseanna's family wouldn't have anything to do with her.
Q: You hear a lot about all the men in the Hatfield and McCoy's feud, but you seldom hear, aside from Roseanna's story, about Nancy and Roseanna and Vicy Chafin. What was the role of these women?
MH: Now Nancy apparently, her chief role was trouble.
MARGARET HATIFIELD, TAKE 9
Q: Margaret, tell me about these women.
MH: The women of Appalachia, and this is still true in a lot of cases, they're much stronger than the men. This happens all over the south, but especially in Appalachia. The men, in facing sickness, unemployment, something like that, generally they'll cave in. The women don't. The women -- you couldn't kill one of them with a hammer. The old women were very soft spoken. They appeared to be subservient, but you didn't have to be around them very long until you found out who crowed and who laid the eggs. You knew who ran that place. So many of them were natural born ladies. These women -- they didn't survive, they prevailed.
Q: And they prevailed against some pretty tough conditions here in these mountains?
MH: They prevailed against horrible conditions. The ones -- an awful lot of them died in childbirth. An awful lot of them died, lost babies to ailments that a dollar's worth of medicine would have cured. Sometimes it was from lack of proper food, lack of proper sanitary conditions and as my grandma always said, 'Poor people had poor ways.' They couldn't do any better than they did. They didn't have the where-with-all that -- as I said they not only survived, they prevailed. There's an old lady up here that's sent about five kids to college digging ginseng.
HATFIELD INTERVIEW, SOUND ROLL 53
HATFIELD INTERVIEW, TAKE 10, ROLE 181, SOUND 53
Q: ... we forgot a couple of folks, one of your favorites, Frank Phillips.
MH: Frank Phillips had a chip on his shoulder. Now his family had one time owned a considerable amount of property. He was raised as an orphan from somewhere over on the John's creek, over in that area. He just had -- he lost a good part of that property through fraudulent dealing of lawyers who were entrusted as his guardians. Frank Phillips had a bad attitude. Frank was possibly would have been willing to fight with anybody, but as I said, it was a chip on his soldier. And he was another one that was used. They knew he had a bad attitude.
Q: But did he have sort of a life long vendetta against Devil Anse.
MH: He had no reason to, aside from the fact that he married Nancy McCoy after Johnse left and Vance took up with her.
Q: But another player in this did and that was Perry Cline.
MH: Perry Cline did have sort of a life long vendetta and the thing that people say: 'Why would Perry Cline want two or three hundred acres of property that belonged to Devil Anse when he owned so much more of his own?' But the thing of it was where that was accessed the mouth of Peter creek and all of that through there, and that property -- where as the rest of that property was up the creek -- that property was on the river. Now on the river was where the wanted logs grown; you get the two hundred foot trees out of there -- the hardwood furniture. The furniture great wood and it sold better then than it does now. And that's what he wanted with that property.
Q: One of the things that was said about the feud that it was a series of mountain justice events, where justice was meted out at the end of a Winchester. Was that really the way it was?
MH: In some instances, it was.
HATFIELD, TAKE 11,
Q: Let's pick up that train of thought, which was that it was reported that this was mountain justice at the end of a rifle, but there is actually another side to it. There were --
MH: Well, there was another side to it. Very often it was, I have heard members of the Hatfield family refer to a Winchester rifle as a Hatfield lawyer, which to a point, that had a tendency to happen every once in a while. But now you go back in the old court records and you find a whole series of actual law suits, like where Devil Anse took back the Grapevine tract of land.
Q: Say that again for me shorter. Say ... I've heard ...
MH: It has been said by members of the Hatfield family that a Winchester rifle, a yellow boy carbine, was a Hatfield lawyer. They also said that a 38 special was a discussion ender. But all the way down through the feud years you also find records in the court houses of where there were actual litigations where these people actually went to court and tried to do it the right way. Now, very often the courts disappointed them.
Q: This is another case of the actual and what was reported being really different and all throughout this feud you've got newspapers in the big cities in the east writing one thing, and another thing is happening. Tell me about this yellow journalist?
MH: For one thing it sold newspapers. ... The yellow journalism sold newspapers, and these people would come down here and they wrote stories. They were looking at the people of Appalachia from their own cultural bias from what sociologists call 'ethnocentrism' and the Appalachians were different. They only way that a bigot has to look is down his nose. He can't look straight ahead. That was part of the problem there. But the wilder the story, the more yellow-back novels you sold, the more newspapers you sold. It continued up until, even today sometimes you'll find some of the wildest stories I ever saw in my life. There wasn't no possible way that it could have happened.
Q: What effect did that all mis-reporting on the feud have for the people who lived here?
MH: It caused the Hatfields in particular to be very bitter. It caused them not to talk. The people who knew what happened, who actually knew what happened were very reluctant to talk about it. Also, you've got to remember that some of those people lived into the forties and fifties, and outs? murder one doesn't have a statute of limitations. Those warrants were still out. As a result they were hesitant to talk about it.
Q: What are some of the lessons of the Hatfields and McCoys. What do they tell us about this place and these people?
MH: That, as I said earlier, it is an older culture. It is a different culture. Appalachians meet every qualification for being a minority group. They always have been. As my grandma said, 'We've always been here and we've always been different.' Culturally different and because of that, we deal with things differently. ... that was the way on the frontier, and remember these people had been more or less isolated in this area since the late 1700's. On the frontier, that was the way you handled things because you didn't have courts and formal structured government to deal with it for you. And these people, their memories of formal structured government in the stories that have been passed down went back to the Revolutionary War.
Why did we fight the Revolution? Because of strong central government. They were against it, and the same thing with the Civil War. I think that had a lot to do with why so many people in this area were Confederate sympathizers. It certainly wasn't because of slave ownership, because they didn't own them. It was because of the idea of strong central government they didn't like. They really still don't.
Q: Why have you been so drawn to the Hatfield-McCoy feud?
MH: Because I am one. But also because when I was growing up in the late forties and fifties, there were still a lot of people around. I've talked to people who knew Roseanna McCoy personally. They grew up with her; I've talked to people who were on the election ground when Ellison Hatfield was killed. I've talked to three people many years ago who were on the river bank when the McCoys were shot. And these stories you would hear them, you'd hear them and it just caught my attention.
MARGARET HATFIELD TAKE 13,
Q: Margaret, there's been a lot of people moving away from the southern coal fields in the last 20-25 years.
MH: It goes back farther than that. From right after the end of World War II up until the mid-1970's, I'd say somewhere around four-fifths of every high school graduating class, left. They didn't do so by choice, but there was no employment; there was nothing here, and nothing to come back to. They left to go -- a few of them went to college, they left to go into the service or find work. And as I said, there was no other choice, no way for them to come back here. Now some of them in the last few years as we're getting older, they've retired from jobs here and there, they drift back to live here after they retire.
Q: What impact has that out migration had on this area?
MH: ... The out migration has taken the seed corn out of this area. We don't have the people that the population base, the young population base, that are having families and raising them here, that produce the strength in government, in schools, in your society. We just don't have -- the older people tend to be more conservative. Younger people tend to be more liberal an progressive. We don't have that young population base.
Q: What will that mean for this area in the future?
MH: I can only speculate. Now some of the people who left out of here, who had to go because of employment ...
MARGARET HATFIELD, TAKE 14
Q: Margaret, look in your crystal ball. What's the impact of that out migration?
MH: As I said before, a lot of the people that left here, they kept their ties and their children do come back. But the out migration means decreasing population, a continually decreasing population; and it also means an increasingly large number of people who stay here simply because they can't make it any where else. They're not -- they don't have sufficient educational level; they're --. In the face of change you got three choices: adapt, migrate, or die. They're not adaptive enough to be able to migrate, so they stay here even though there's nothing to do except maybe draw welfare or whatever. And at the rate it's going unless something drastic happens, I don't see it getting ...
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|Johannis was the tailor of All Saints parish Yorkshire. Johannis received a 10 yr lease on a messuage, garden, land, and wood in Cannock (Staffordshire) from William de Shriburn. Rector of Bolton Percy.|
Towards the end of 1349, Johannis was sued by William for pulling down a chamber there and selling the timber, digging pits, and selling the stone and clay, and cutting down and selling oak, ash, hazel, and apple-trees.
(fn. 164). 9 th Dec 1343 17th year of King Edward III after the Conquest - the said Monastery and Park of Gryseley (Nottinghamshire) adjoining, and three hundred acres of land, ten messuages, twelve bovats, with the appurtances of Gryseley, which Richard le Carter, John Pygot, Robert Newbell, John le Carter, Thomas Dey, Roger Pygot, Hugh son of Agnes, John le Maisterman, Henry le Cartre.
He lived in the Parish of Cussworth. During the Revolt of 1381, he blocked Kings highway w/ dung, in 1384 John Carter burnt county rolls, in 1386 John took a tenement as Lord of the Manor. In 1391, John bought Adamsgrove (in Chiltern Langley-now Abbotts Langley) from Thomas Atte Lee & in 1393 he rec'd Chapmanscroft estate at Chippersfield. He removed to St. Albans, Hertfordshire, sometime long before his death in 1393 & left Adamsgrove to son Richard which can be tracked to Thomas of the Mill.
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Property name: Waverley
Date Listed: 8/11/1975
Inventory No.: CH-30
Location: Waverly Point Road, Morgantown, Charles County
Description: Waverley is a large two-story brick house. The five-bay, Flemish-bond principal facade of the main block, facing the Potomac River, has a centered, elliptically headed entrance framed by paneled jambs and headed by a leaded fanlight. Within the doorway and flanking the double door are narrow tapered colMNUs and three-pane sidelights. At the base of the fanlight and hidden by a shelf above the door are two small lead figures of a boy and girl, purportedly giving good fortune to those who pass beneath. Flanking this entrance are four large windows of 12/12 lights, with flat arches of splayed stretcher brick. Across the second floor level are five windows of 8/12 sash. Below the first floor windows are four small wood-barred cellar windows. There is no watertable. Toward the end of the 19th century a one-story porch was built across this elevation and traces of its outline can be discerned in the brickwork. A brick entrance stoop now fronts the doorway. The rear (north) elevation of the main block was originally only three bays in width, but a later addition (c. 1823) built against the east end toward the northeast corner extended this facade an additional two bays at both floor levels. Centered on the original wall area is an arched doorway similar in treatment to that of the principal facade except that the arch frames an unornamented board panel. Original brickwork behind this panel negates any possibility that the arch once framed a fanlight. The two flanking windows and the three second floor windows are treated in the same manner as those of the facade. On both elevations the roof cornice is of stepped brick with one course of brick set on the diagonal in a sawtooth fashion. The two first and second floor bays of the addition consist of transomed end doors and adjacent windows treated the same as those of the main block. At the time that the addition was made, a two-story porch with balustraded roof supported by tapered Doric columns was built across the entire rear facade. Mortises for the floor and roof joists of the porch, provided for when the wing was built, but punched into the walls of the main block, document the fact that the addition and porch were contemporary to one another. This porch was removed and rebuilt in the 1960s. Both ends of the main block are of common bond construction, with two windows on each floor level on the fully exposed west end. At each end of the house are two flush chimneys joined by brick curtain walls to a point slightly above the roof peak. On each end of the house, between the top of the curtains and the top of the attic window heads, the initials "MAH" (for Morgan A. Harris) are set in glazed headers. Just above the initials, again at both ends, is a small lozenge, also of glazed headers. It is thought that the curtains, initials, and small diamonds were additions made after the house was first built. The roof is presently covered with slate, but fragments of earlier wood shingles survive in the attic of the main block. At the east end of the house stands a long one-story kitchen-hyphen wing of undetermined age. All interior woodwork is characteristic of the Federal period.
Significance: Waverly is well known throughout the lower Southern Maryland region, not only for its distinctive architecture, but also as the house supposedly built by Dr. Morgan Harris, member of a once prominent and influential family. Although it is now an accepted fact that Dr. Harris did not actually build the house, his influence on its present form establishes a close bond between the two.
In a message dated 9/9/2008 8:18:36 P.M. Central Daylight Time,
There are no Harbins buried in the cemetery on the Waverley property. And the cemetery has not been properly cared for. All of the graves are Hungerford and Harris. I last visited the cemetery in November 2006 and have a correct list of the burials. Waverley was purchased from Col. William Bruce by Dr. Morgan Harris in April 1823. and he finished the house; hence, the initials on the chimney MAH (Morgan and Anna Harris.) The property was known as St. George's or Bowles Purchase until 1835 when after Dr. Harris' death, his second wife, Etheldra Chapman Harris recorded the deed and called the property Waverley. She probably chose the name after Sir Walter Scott's popular novels and to honor her mother's Scottish ancestry. No one in the family ever seems to have known.
Waverley was inherited by Nannie Gwinn Harris, daughter of Dr. Morgan and Etheldra Harris. She married Gerard Wood Hungerford who owned Society Hill. They spent time at both houses for some years, finally selling Society Hill to Dr. Smoot and raising their family at Waverley. Her second son, John Gwinn, was my grandfather. John Gwinn Hungerford was given property from the Waverley estate when he married and he built his home Sunnyside on Piccawaxon Creek just below where Rte. 257 curves to head to Cobb Island. He raised a large family there. Sunnyside House burned maybe 30-40 yrs. ago, but a new house was built closer to the creek in 1946 and is still occupied by a member of the Hungerford family.
I have good information on these families. If anyone has any interest or questions, please get in touch with me. AHJinPA@comcast.net.
Anne Hungerford Johnson
Dr. Morgan Harris. By Ann Morson, he had a son named Walter Harris. What's left of his tombstone is at Mt. Tirzah and was located by Scott Lawrence. It reads: In Memory of
Son of Morgan & Ann L.
who departed this life
on the 21st August, 1817
aged 9 years, & 8 months
I have his second wife as Etheldra Jane Chapman, dau. of Samuel Chapman and Elizabeth Parker Grant. I have that Etheldra died in 1867.
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|William Lawrence Conrad, 91, a big man with a firm handshake, a soft voice and a big heart, died Sunday afternoon, Jan. 20, 2008, in his home. He found joy in his family, his community and his church. He gave of himself, using his talents and patient spirit to help his fellow man.Funeral service will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday at First Lutheran Church, 320 S. State St., Lexington. Burial will be in Forest Hill Cemetery after the service.Mr. Conrad was born in Davidson County on May 2, 1916, to William Henry and Hattie Hege Conrad. He was raised near Erlanger Village, where he was a member of the community band and chorus. Being the second of 12 children, he was a mentor and friend to his siblings throughout life. He fell in love with Gladys Mae Evans, married her on July 3, 1941, and spent 66 happy years by her side. Of all of his accomplishments, he was proudest of his wife and their three girls.He retired from Burlington Industries after 45 years of service. During his retirement, he continued gardening and discovered new talents of wood crafting and antique restoration. He loved the challenge of finding anything broken and making it like new again.Mr. Conrad was a charter member of West Lexington Fire Department, where he served as assistant chief and a member of the board of directors after retirement.Most importantly, Mr. Conrad was a lifelong member of First Lutheran Church. He served his church by being a Sunday school teacher, an assistant Scout leader, a member of the Church Council, the choir and the Lutheran Brotherhood.Mr. Conrad is survived by his wife, Gladys, who adored and respected him throughout their marriage; and their three daughters, Jean (Schuyler) Darstein of Pfafftown, Gail (Don) Simmons of Lexington, S.C., and Ann (Joel) Ragan of Pfafftown, who still believe that their daddie helped God hang the moon. He was the proud Papa of Jenna Thomas, Marla (Vinton) Bruton, Katie (Joel) Dutton, Jason Simmons, Conrad Ragan and Clay Ragan. His newest delights are his eight great-grandchildren, Mae, Max and Lucy Thomas, Callie, Addison Kate and Jack Dutton, and Conrad and Caroline Bruton. Additonally, he is survived by four brothers, Max, Jim, Lee and Bruce Conrad; and three sisters, Pegge Swicegood, Barbara Ann Owens, and Jane Palmer. He is also survived by 29 nieces and nephews.Mr. Conrad was preceded in death by his parents; his brother, Virgil; his sisters, Margaret Hendrix, Martha Conrad, and Hazel Wilhoit; and by his son-in-law, Max Bost.Special thanks go to friends and family who faithfully visited and comforted Mr. Conrad in his final years; to his caregivers, Nancy Byerly, Mary Stokes and Patty Phelps; and to Hospice of Davidson County for making his final days of life dignified and peaceful. Rather than sending flowers, please send memorials to First Lutheran Church Building Fund, P.O. Box 308, Lexington, NC 27293 or Hospice Home of Davidson County, P.O. Box 1941, Lexington, NC 27293.Family will greet friends in the church narthex immediately after the service and at other times at the Conrad home.Though we have an empty spot in our lives at the passing of this great man, he will live in our hearts forever. "There are three things that last forever; faith, hope, and love; but the greatest of these is love." I Corinthians 13:13Online condolences may be made at www.davidsonfuneralhome.net .|
||NC Bertie Co
||1-25-2004 10:07 AM|
|John Cake Sr. to William Wood Wit: Anthony Filgo, William Cowand, |
John Cake Jr.
||11-30-2008 05:06 PM|
|The will of THOMAS SCOTT (1752-1817) was written in Breckinridge|
County, Kentucky. In it, he names his wife and seven children and six negro
slaves. Spelling mistakes were made by the clerk in the original.
WILL OF THOMAS SCOTT
Breckinridge County, Kentucky. WILL BOOK A p. 15
In the name of God Amen, I Thomas Scott, Senr of the County of
Breckinridge and state of Kentucky now being of a sound mind and memory
calling to recollection that its appointed once for mortal men once to die and
highly requisite for him before death to make a distribution of his estate
according to his own will and pleasure therefore know all men by these
presents that I do hearby constitute and orda this my last will and testament
and do revoke and disannull all and every other heartofore made by me and do
appoint and nominate my dearly beloved wife Alice C. Scott and William Scott
my executors lawfully and righteously to act according to the following
distribution (to wit)
First I recommend my mortal body to the ground to be buried at a decent
like manner at the dissepion of my executor next my soul to the Lord who made
it was praised by his name.
First I do will and bequeath unto my above said wife Alice C. Scott the
plantation whearon I now live containing 256 acres with its appurtenences all
my household and kitchen furniture and stock of horses, cows, sheep &c to me
now belong entire and my negro man slave Joseph and negro Hall and Anthona and
Moses and Alfred and Smith and all my farming utesils entire and hogs to have
and to hold enduring her natural life provided she remains a widow that length
of time but provided nevertheless she should marry then I do give her one-
third part of the aforesaid estate and the residue to be equally divided
amongst my children together of her namely: William Scott, Thomas Scott,
Samuel Scott, Joanna Slaughter, Charite Simmons, and Elizabeth Simmons and
Alic Simmons and at the marriage or death of my beloved Alice C. Scott I wish
the legatees to complimise and agree in the division of the aforesaid estate
without making sail thereof provided they possibly can and I do hearby enjorin
my executor Alice C. Scott first to discharge my funeral charges and lawful
debts. Given under my hand and sealed with my seal this 24th day of February
Witness present: Joseph Hudson, David Hoskinson
Kentucky Breckinridge County Court
At a County Court held for the County afsd the 17 day of March 1817 the
within was proved to be the act and deed of the within named Thos Scott, Senr.
now dec'd. by the oath of Joseph Hudson a witness thereto and laid on for
further proof. And at another term of the same court began and held for the
County aforesaid the 19th day of May 1817 the within meeting purporting to be
the last will and testament of Thos Scott dec'd was fully proved in due form
by David Hoskinson another witness thereto and sworn to by Alice C. Scott
executrix and Wm. Scott the Executor therein named and ordered to be recorded.
Att. Jo Allen, clk Breckinridge County Court.
The move from Charles County had begun. Brother James moved to Prince
Georges County, selling "Indian Quarter" to his brother Samuel. Gustavus may
have been in Montgomery County. William died sometime before 1810, leaving his
share of land to brother Samuel.
THOMAS SCOTT and ALICE, and son WILLIAM , moved first to North
Carolina. Their sons, Thomas (1795) and Samuel (1798), were born there, their
daughter Joanna was married there.
Back in Charles County, Maryland, Samuel Scott died in 1810. His daughter,
Harriet Scott, sold "Indian Quarter" soon after. The land had been in the
Scott family nearly 100 years.
Eleanor married Samuel Dixon right after her mother died in 1792. Sam
Dixon was a Catholic. Eleanor was 40. Sam died in 1796. Elizabeth Dent appears
to have died young. Nothing further is known about sister Sarah Scott.
Then, in 1793, THOMAS SCOTT got a land grant for 637 acres on Panther
Creek in Hardin County, in Kentucky, and 256 acres on Rough Creek.
Charles County, Maryland, Inventories,1791-1797; Page 86. Christian Scott - Inventory. Late of CC, decd. Appraised Mar 28, 1792.
Negro women: Betty (about 50), Milley (20). Negro girl Nancy (2) .
Total amount: Â£164.5.6.
Signed - Saml Turner, Saml Amery.
Creditors: Gerard Wood, M Blair.
Nearest Kin: Eleanor Ilian Scott, Thomas Scott.
CC, Jun 18, 1792. Then came James Scott, administrator, and made oath.
Certified by John Muschett, Registrar of Wills.
||NC Bertie Co
||12-6-2006 08:33 PM|
|Joshua Freeman, 8/24/1794; Nov Term 1794; Wife Mary, sons John, William, Joshua, and Jacob; daughters Christian Wood, Mary Copeland (wife of Samuel Harrell), Sarah Sutton, Celia Campbell; Thomas Sutton, sons William and Jacob Exrs); Test, James Jones, Hardy Freeman, Timothy Walton|
||9-21-2003 11:22 PM|
|personal property sold from estate of Nicholas Gurganus III, 1 shotgun to Nathan Barfield, 1 dutch oven to Jacob Casteel; others at sale: Mason Kimmy, Lott Ballard, William Cox, Lewis Jones, John Blake, Thomas King, William Paradise, Stephen Meeks, John Pitman, Mark Wood, Seven Covington, Frances Willey, Barry Jarman, Benjamin Barrons|
||NC Chowan Co
||12-31-2006 07:05 PM|
|will of John Norcom, Chowan; wife Elizabeth, sons John and William, daughters Susan Ann and Sarah Elizabeth, brother James Norcom and Edward Wood exrs; test, W. Middleton, Isaac Feltison|
||NC Bertie Co
||1-20-2007 09:12 PM|
|will abstract of William H. Heckstall, probate 5/1848; wife Elizabeth, sons John, William, Theodore George Heckstall, sons Thomas I. and James H. Heckstall, daughter Mary Tadlock (wife of William), Annette and Deborah Heckstall, son Thomas I. and Charles W. Jacocks exrs; test, Joseph Cooper, James Wood|
||NC Chowan Co Edenton
||11-14-2004 11:32 PM|
|William Wood 45, Henrietta 39, Emily 16, Sidney 12, Charlotte 9, William 6|