Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Christain and Martha (MCMULLEN) RUSMISEL graves

These are pictures of the headstones on Christain and Martha (McMULLEN) RUSMISEL's graves.

Johann Christian RUSMISEL was born 14 Feb. 1787 in Tulpehocken Township, Berks County, PA. He died 7 Sep 1860 near Mount Solon, Augusta County, VA.  He as the son of Adam and Rachel (SCHUMACHER) RUSMISEL. Christian married (1) Anny SHELLY, daughter of Christian and Fanny SHELLY, Jr.

Christian Rusmisel Headstone

He is buried at Union Presbyterian Church Cemetery, near Parnassus, Augusta County, Virginia.
Christain Rusmisel
Departed this life
Sept. 7, 1860
73 Years 6 months 29
"Blessed are the dead
which die in the Lord"

Martha  A McMULLEN [McMULLEN]  was the daughter of James and Mary (HENDERSON) McMULLEN. She was born 11 Feb 1805 in Augusta County, VA and died 29 Jun 1887 near Mount Solon, Augusta County, VA. She married (1) James W. TAYLOR , 7 Jan 1874 in Augusta County, VA  and was widowed when he died in Ohio in 1827. She married (2) Christian RUSMISEL 6 Oct 1831 in Augusta County, VA.

Martha McMullen Rusmisel headstone
Martha McMULLEN RUSMISEL is buried at Union Presbyterian Church Cemetery, near Parnassus, Augusta County, VA.

Monday, December 6, 2010

Obituary of Christian RUSMISEL (1787-1860)

Obituary of Johann Christian Rusmisel, born 14 Feb 1787 Tulpehocken Township, Berks County, PA, died 7 Sep 1860 near Mount Solon, Bath County, VA. He was the son of Adam and Rachel (Schumacher) Rusmisel.

September 14, 1860 issue of the Staunton Vindicator: Near Mt. Solon, on the 7th inst., Christian Rusmisel, in the 74th year of his age. In the death of Mr. Rusmisel, Augusta County has lost another of her aged and valued citizens. He was born in the county, and never had even a temporary residence out of it. He was a good man in all the relations of life - affectionate and devoted as a husband and father - warm as a friend and neighbor; he was also a christian. Since early life he had been a consistent member of the German Reformed church. He died in the full hope of a glorious resurrection. P.

Note errors: (1) He was born in Pennsylvania and 2) he was a soldier in the War of 1812, and most likely went outside the county then.

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Saturday, November 6, 2010

George W. SPORTS Obituary (1838-1899)

The State (newspaper), Columbia, SC, 6 Feb. 1899
Special to The State

Orangeburg, Feb. 4--Mr. George Sports of the Limestone section of the county died very suddenly here today on the streets, being stricken while attending to business. He was about 60 years of age, but was in fairly good health, leaving his home this morning without any feeling to indicate the fearful and fatal attack which overcame him.

An inquest was at once held, and a verdict of death from natural causes rendered, after which his remains were taken in charge by friends.

Monday, October 25, 2010

Obituary of James McVeigh (1818-1897)

Obituary of James McVeigh Jesup Sentinenal, Jesup, Georgia, Thursday, May 20, 1897

Mr. James McVeigh died in Jacksonville on Sunday last and was brought here to be buried by his wife some of his children. We do not know his age but he was a very old man. The writer having hear him spoken of as old man McVeigh and a teacher nearly 60 years ago. He was a Scotchman and came to this country when a young man. He was well educated and taught school for many years and in his better days was rated an excellent teacher. He had reached his dotage for a few years before his death and had become somewhat childish. He was an excellent pensman of which he prided himself a great deal. He was County surveyor of this county a number of years ago.

He was twice married and leave six or seven sons five who came from different sections that they live to be at the last sad rites. He had two daughters but only one which is now living, the other having died only a few weeks ago his sons are good citizens and respected in the communities in which they live.

Transcribed by Teresa McVeigh, 25 Oct. 2010

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Capt. Charles Wright Bond's Company of Lindsay's Georgia Militia, Muster Roll, Cherokee War 1838

Bond's Company of Lindsay's Georgia Militia Cherokee War Muster roll dated Feb 2, 1838, Franklin County Georgia

Bond, Charles W Captain

[Charles Wright Bond born 1795, died 1874 Murray County GA]

Laughridge, Benjamin Lieutenant /

Baird, William W Sergeant

McCall, William P Sergeant

Smith, Alfred Sergeant

Carter, James S Corporal

Gentry, Thomas C Corporal

Smith, Samuel Corporal


Albritton, Isaac G

Adams, Mead

Baird, John P

Baird, Robert E [Born 1818, died 1892 GA]

Bryan, Benjamin K

Bryan, George
Butler, Elijah

Caldwell, William W

Camp, William P [Died Floyd County GA]

Carter, Charles W

Cleveland, Benjamin M

Cleveland, James M

Cleveland, Jeremiah

Cleveland, Thomas C

Cleveland, William

Collage, John

Crook, John

Davis, Eli C

Dill, Jot

Edwards, Lewis

Farmer, Thomas

Finch, Ephraim O

Fuller, Cooper B [Died Franklin County GA]

Garner, Joseph

Gentry, Andrew J

Gentry, Martin B

Holcombe, Theophelus

Hooper, Jesse C

Hughes, Benjamin P

Jones, Alfred H
Jordan, William

Kerly, Stephen

Looney, Joseph
Mabry, James

Mabry, Joel S [Died in Franklin County GA]

McNeil, Benjamin
Mitchell, David W [Thought to have died in Whitfield County GA]

Mitchell, Thomas C

Mitchell, Wiley M [Born 1802, died 1862 Franklin County GA]

Parker, Micajah

Payne, Littleton M  [Born 1814, died 1888 Franklin County GA]

Purcell, Darius E [Died in Franklin County GA]

Reed, George W
Sewell, Charles W [Born 1814, died 1884 Franklin County GA]

Sewell, Christopher

Sewell, Henry [Born 1805, died 1891 Hall County GA]

Spears, Roland B

Smith, Benjamin S

Smith, Jackson P

Smith, Stephen C

Starrett, William

Stubbs, George W

Taylor, John

Taylor, Thomas

Warmack, Johnson

Warmack, Thomas P
Wilkinson, Isaac A
Williams, Johnson
Weaver, Fredrick A
Weems, Asa [Died in Texas]
Wright, Robert

Franklin COUNTY, GA - Military Indian Wars Capt Charles W. Bond Lindsay's GA Militia Cherokee War 1838


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This file was contributed for use in the USGenWeb Archives by:

WwLSARANDOLPH@aol.com Linda Ayres

Monday, October 11, 2010

Edward and Isabella (LAUGHTON) McVEIGH

The family story told about my great-great-grandfather, James McVeigh (1819-1897), was that he came from the Isle of Man.
My cousin Harold Danson wrote to the Isle of Man History Society in 1984 for any information they had on McVeighs on Man. He received a reply from their researher, Mrs. Sylvia Mylchreest, on 25 Mar 1984 which contained the following information:

19 Jun 1825 : "Ed. McVey and Isabelle Laughton married. t.t. John Lewin and Mary Druid." From "Register of Baptisms and Marriages of the Catholics of the Isle of Man 1817--March 6, 1849."

From the "Sun," Isle of Man newspaper"

Jun 19 1832: "Edward McVeagh announces that he will not be responsible for any debts incurred by his wife Isabella McVeagh."

Aug 8 1834: "Edward McVeagh announces his removal from Church Street to the house lately occupied by Mr. Corran, Saddler, Bond Street, where he offers for sale an assortment of cut and plain glass etc."

1837 Not in Pigots Trade Directory

1841 Not in Bond St. in Census

No record of the family in the Church of England marriages and baptisms.."

This agrees with the family tale that James' family owned a "glass factory." James also named his oldest son David Edward McVeigh. From this, Cousin Harold concluded that Edward and Isabella (Laughton) were James' parents. David may be James' father (or his brother), but Isabella is probably not James' mother, since David and Isabella married when James was about six years old.

Teresa McVeigh
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Sunday, October 10, 2010

James Lawrence McVEIGH (1858-1924) Pension Application 1897 Abstract

This is the 1897 Pension application of James McVeigh. In it he is declared incompetent and his youngest son, Andrew Jackson McVeigh, is made his Guardian. It says he has resided in Georgia since 1 Apr 1844 [which is incorrect since his first marriage was that date], is 78 years old [b. 1819], and served three years inb the Confederacy [he said he served 16 months on the 1895 application].

Power of Attorney:

Wayne Co, GA, A.J. McVeigh, Guardian, authorizes Hon. J.M. Terrell of Atlanta, GA to receive the pension check and remit it to John Massey, Ordinary, Jesup, GA. 16 Feb, 1897.

Wit. John E. Bennett (?) and John Massey


Wayne Co., GA, A.J. McVeigh, guardian for James McVeigh, resident of Wayne Co., has resided in GA since 1 April, 1844 and is 78 years old, by occupation school teacher, and enlisted in military service during the war between the states , served three years in Co. I, 25th Regiment of Georgia Volunteers. Old age and body diseased: 1st ruptured very badly, 2nd Rheumatism. Owns nothing in the world except this pension which was allowed in Liberty Co. in 1896.

16 Feb. 1897, Wit: John Massey, Ordinary, who attests to his validity.

Abstracted by Teresa McVeigh 10 Oct 2010

James Lawrence McVEIGH (1858-1924) Pension Applications 1895 and 1897

James Lawrence McVeigh's 1895 Pension Application 1895
Transcribed by Teresa McVeigh

May 6, 1895: Power of Attorney signed, Hinesville, Liberty Co., GA, assigning POA to W.A. Wright of Atlanta, GA to receive pension and remit it to James McVeigh by Registered Letter in Hinesville, Liberty, Co, GA. Wit. Lewis Ashmore and J. Soleman Ashmore.
Questions for Applicant:

Resides in Liberty Co, P.O. Hinesville, GA and resided there Jan. 1, 1884. Resident of GA about 59 years. [Since c. 1836]. Born in Ireland in 1819./

Volunteered for the Confederate forces. Enlisted 1861 in Savannah in Co. I, 25th VA Regiment and remained in it about 16 months then "discharged in onsequence of physical disability." Was discharged "Dec 1862 on the Altamah River on account of physical disability to wit: rupture."

Present occupation: nothing with no income.

Occupation: teaching school.

Pension sum necessary for year: "about 100 dollars."

Condition: " I am physically unable to perform any labor, and have been partially so for several years." Base application upon "age, infirmity and poverty." Unable to earn living several years. No property or income. "I had a home in 1893. Sold it and used the proceeds."

Resided in Liberty Co. 1893-4 and no taxes except the home. Supported by his sons 1893-4, it cost about 100 dollars per year, and he contributed nothing, was not employed and had no pay. His wife is dead and he has 6 children (1 female and 5 males) "aged respectively 15, 17, 20, 23, 40, and 45. Their means of support is by their own Labor."
Wit.: J. Sloeman Ashmore, Ordinary/

Questions for Witness:

Jesse Brewer, resides near Hinesville in Liberty Co., GA, and has known James McVeigh over 50 years. James "resides near Jesup, GA part of the time, but perhaps no regular home. He served in the Confederate Army, in the same Regiment with myself, but not in the same Company. He enlisted in August, 1861 in the Altamaha Scout. Afterwards connected with the 25th GA Regiment....He served probably over twelve monhts, and was discharged on account of physical disability. I do not know of him having any property, effects, or income. [In 1893-4 he probably had] a horse, which he probably disposed of because he now travels on foot. His occupation has been teaching school, but he is physically and mentally incapacitated for any business, being probably about seventy-seven years of age." He is unable to support himself "on account of age and infirmity." He was supported in 1893-4 "I suppose by living among his friends & relatives" and is "unable to earn his support by labor of any kind." 6 May 1895 (Witness cut off bottom)

Affidavit of Physicians:
Alfred S. Hendry and T.S. Layton, physicians in Liberty Co, examined James McVeigh and found:

"He is suffering from [irreversible?] inguinal hernia and is physically unable from extreme old age and disease to perform any manual labor whatsoever" to support himself.

2 May 1985 Wit: J. Sloeman Ashmore.

Ordinary's Certificate:

[J. Soleman?] Johnson of Liberty Co. certifies James McVeigh is a resident of Liberty Co., Jesse Brewer and he are of good character, and oaths were sworn on the affidavits. Also there was nothing in the tax digests for Liberty Co./ 6 May 1995. Wit: J. Sloeman Ashmore
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1897 Pension Application, abstracted by Teresa McVeigh

Power of Attorney:

Wayne Co, GA, A.J. McVeigh, Guardian, authorizes Hon. J.M. Terrell of Atlanta, GA to receive the pension check and remit it to John Massey, Ordinary, Jesup, GA. 16 Feb, 1897.

Wit. John E. Bennett (?) and John Massey

Wayne Co., GA, A.J. McVeigh, guardian for James McVeigh, resident of Wayne Co., has resided in GA since 1 April, 1844 and is 78 years old, by occupation school teacher, and enlisted in military service during the war between the states , served three years in Co. I, 25th Regiment of Georgia Volunteers. Old age and body diseased: 1st ruptured very badly, 2nd Rheumatism. Owns nothing in the world except this pension which was allowed in Liberty Co. in 1896.

16 Feb. 1897, Wit: John Massey, Ordinary, who attests to his validity.

Sunday, September 26, 2010

James Lawrence McVEIGH (1858-1924) Headstone

My great-grandfather's grave in Highsmith Cemetery, Waynesville, Brantley County, Georgia.

Birth: May 10, 1858  Ludowici, Liberty (now Long), GA

Death: Oct. 28, 1924 Waynesville, Brantley, GA

Family links:

Children also buried in Highsmith Cemetery:

Mamie McVeigh Harrison (1888 - 1971)

James Henry McVeigh (1895 - 1969)

Norman Shaw McVeigh (1900 - 1981)

Leland Urquhart McVeigh (1903 - 1984)


Rebecca Jane Wright McVeigh (1867 - 1932)


Highsmith Cemetery

Brantley County

Georgia, USA

Created by: Jerry Van Herrin

Record added: Jan 24, 2009

Find A Grave Memorial# 33193878

Taken from  Find A Grave

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Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Arelia Darnella TAYLOR SPORTS (1863-1950) Death Certificate

Arelia D. Taylor

Place of Death: 83 Suffolk Dr., Dorchester Terrace, Charleston, SC

Date of Death: 10 Oct 1950

Cause of death: Pyelomylitis--pneumonia, fracture of left femur

Birth: 3 Sep 1863 Florence, SC

Father: Levi Taylor

Husband: Joe E Sports (deceased)

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Arelia Darnella TAYLOR SPORTS Obituary

Florence Morning News, Thursday Oct. 12, 1950, p. 10, Deaths and Funerals, Mrs. Joe E. Sports:

Mrs. Joe E. Sports

Mrs. Arelia Taylor Sports, 87, widow of Joe E. Sports, died Tuesday night at the home of her daughter, Mrs. W. W. Windham of Charleston, after a long illness. Mrs. Sports was a former resident of this city.

Funeral services will be held in Florence Friday afternoon. the hour and place will be announced later by Waters Funeral Home. Burial will be in the Tabernacle Methodist Church cemetery near Evergreen.

Mrs. Sports was born in Florence county, September 3, 1863, a daughter of the late Levi and Sarah Burris Taylor. She was a member of the Tabernacle Methodist Church.

She is survived by six daughters, Mrs. J. H. Eaddy and Mrs. O. N. Jeffords of Florence, Mrs. Isla Stocks of Walterboro, Mrs. John Morris and Mrs. Loley Bryan of Andrews, and Mrs. Windham of Charleston; a son, Dudley Sports of Georgetown; 37 grandchildren, 43 great grandchildren, and one great great grandchild.

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Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Tabernacle Church Centennial, Florence, South Carolina

My great-great-grandparents, Levi R. and Sarah Jane (BURRIS) TAYLOR, with his brother William E TAYLOR, were charter members of this church.

Monday, August 9, 2010

Grave of George Cleveland LOONEY (1836-1927)

This is the Headstone for George Cleveland Looney, son of Noah and Frances Cleveland (McNEIL) LOONEY. He Was born 6 Feb. 1836 in Carnesville, Franklin, Georgia and died 27 April 1927 in Atlanta, Fulton, Georgia (according to his death certificate). He was a renowned educator and opened many schools across Georgia and Florida prior to public schooling.

Headstone marker found on Find A Grave

Find A Grave Memorial:

George Cleveland Looney
Birth: Feb. 6, 1836
Death: Apr. 28, 1927

Fayetteville City Cemetery
Fayette County
Georgia, USA

Created by: Linda Abbott
Record added: Nov 30, 2004
Find A Grave Memorial# 10005643
Photo added by Evening Blues Jan 23, 2007
George Cleveland Looney
Capt. Co. I 2 Georgia Calvary
Confederate States Army
Feb. 6, 1836 Apr. 28, 1927

The cemetery is also known as John W Lynch Cemetery.

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John Angus and Nellie Sue (GRIMSLEY) McVEIGH Fatal Car Accident

My great Aunt and Uncle, John and Nellie Sue (Grimsley Childers) McVeigh, were killed in a car-truck accident in Williamsburg County, South Carolina. I would love to correspond with their family and friends.

Florence Morning News, Saturday, May 24, 1975, p. 2A, column 5, transcribed by Teresa McVeigh, 25 Oct 2009:

Accident Fatal to Local Couple

A Florence couple died Friday about noon in an automobile-truck collision on a secondary road intersection in Williamsbrug county. They are John Angus McVeigh, 77, and his wife Nellie Sue McVeigh of 310 Covington St.

Investigationg officer S.W. Stroud of the S.C. Highway Patrol said the accident occured when the car in which the McVeighs were travelling apparently crossed an intersection in front of the tractor-trailer truck driven by Iner Lee Anderson, 23, of Rt. 3 Andrews. Anderson was travelling east on Secondary road 16 six miles west of Andrews.

Mr. and Mrs. McVeigh were pronounced dead on arrival at the Georgetown County Hospital, Plm. Stroud said.
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Thursday, June 17, 2010

Wilburn Wells Carnes’ Eastern Cherokee Application, page 3

Transcribed 17 Jun 2007 by Teresa McVeigh from microfilms obtained from NARA by Jim Gilmer

21. To expedite identification, claimants should give the full English and Indian names, if possible, of their paternal and maternal ancestors back to 1835:

William Wells Carnes, the son of Wells Carnes, who was the son of Richard Carnes

(Under this head the applicant may give additional information that he believes will assi9st in improving his claims.)

I hereby appoint Joby Galt of Canton, Ga. my true and lawful Attorney to receive and ? in my name

Note—Answers should be brief but explicit; the words “Yes,” “No,” and “Unknown,” etc., may be used in cases where applicable. Read the questions carefully.

I solemnly swear that the forgoing statements made by me are true to the best of my knowledge and belief.

(Signature.) Wilburn Wells Carnes

Subscribed and sworn to before me this 20 day of March 1907

My commission expires Sept 7 1907 Wm Galt, Notary Public, Cherokee County

(The following affidavit must be sworn to by two or more witnesses who are well acquainted with the applicant.)

Personally appeared before me Wm. J. Reynolds and Thomas Hardin who, being duly sworn, on oath depose and sway that they are well acquainted with Wilburn Wells Carnes, who makes the foregoing application and statements, and have known him for 30 years and 15 years, respectively, and know him to be the identical person he represents himself to be, and that the statements made by him are true, to the best of their knowledge and belief, and they have no interest whatever in his claim.
Witness to Mark. Joby Galt
Signature of Witnesses, William J, (his X mark) Reynolds, T J Hardin
Subscribed and sworn to before me this 20 day of March 1907.
My commission expires Sept 7 1907 Wm Galt, Notary Public, Cherokee County

Note. Affidavits should be made, whenever practicable, before a notary public, clerk of the court, or before a person having a seal. If sworn to before an Indian agent or disbeursing agent of the Indian service, it need not be executed before a notary, etc.

Wilburn Wells CARNES Eastern Cherokee Application: page 2

Wilburn Wells Carnes’ Cherokee Application, page 2, transcribed 14 Jun 2010 by Teresa McVeigh from microfilm obtained from NARA by Jim Gilmer.

14. Were they ever enrolled for annuities, land, or other benefits? If so, state when and where: Unknown

15. Name all your brothers snd sisters, giving ages, and if not living, the date of death:

Name                     Born   Died

(1) Wiley F. Carnes 1851 Living

(2) Amanda Payne 1845 Living

(3) Matilda McClain 1842 Living

(4) Isabel Carnes 1847 Living

(5) Julia McClain 1853 Living

(6) James Carnes 1840 About 1863

(7) Wm Carnes 1855 1858

16. State English and Indian names of your grandparents on both father’s and mother’s side, if possible:

Father’s Side             Mother’s Side

Richard Carnes         Wm. Herring

Delphia Carnes           Herring

17. Where were they born? On Paternal side Pickens Co. Ga. And South Carolina respectively

18. Where did they reside in 1851, if living at that time? Franklin Co., Ga.

19. Give names of all their children, and residence, if living; if not living, give dates of deaths:

Holloway Carnes Dead

Wells Carnes         “

Richard Carnes      “

Wm Carnes           “

Sam’l Carnes         “

Sallie (Carnes) Walters) “

Betsy Carnes                “

Lydia Carnes                 “

Have you ever been enrolled for annuities, land, or other benefits? If so, state when and where: No

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Wilburn Wells Carnes' Eastern Cherokee Application: page 1 (March 20, 1907)

Commissioner of Indian Affairs,
Washington, D.C.

I hereby make application for such share as may be due me of the fund apporpriated by the Act of Congress approved June 30, 1906, in accordance with the decree of the Court of Claims of May 18, 1905 and May 28, 1906, in favor of the Eastern Cherokees. The evidence of idenity is herewith subjoined.

1. State full name--
English name: Wilbern Wells Carnes
Indian name:
2, Residence: Cherokee County
3. Town and Post office: Ball Ground
4. County: Cherokee
5. State: Georgia
6. Date and place of birth: Feby 11" 1849. Franklin Co. Ga.
7. By what right do you claim to share? If you claim through more than one relative living in 1851, set forth each claim separately: My father Wells Carnes
8. Are you married? yes
9. Name and age of wife or husband: Olivia Carnesa Oct 25 1862
10. Give names of yoiur father and mother, and your mother's name before marriage.
Father--English name: Wells Carnes
             Indian name:
Mother--English name: Clara Carnes
              Indian name:
              Maiden name: Clara Herring
11. Where were they born?
Father: Franklin Co. Ga.
Mother: South Carolina
12. Where did they reside in 1851, if living at that time?
Father: Franklin Co., Ga.
Mother: Franklin Co. Ga.
13. Date of death of your father and mother--
Father: Dec 25" 1858  Mother: 1897

(Transcribed 13 Jun 2010 by Teresa McVeigh from microfilmed records obtained from NARA by Jim Gilmer)

Wilburn Wells Carnes' Eastern Cherokee Application: Cover (29 Mar 1907)

Wilburn Wells Carnes' Application for a share of the money awarded the Cherokee Indians in lawsuits in the US Court of Claims Under ther Treaties of 1835, 1836, and 1845. This is the cover (transcribed by Teresa McVeigh, 13 Jun 2010 from microfilms obtained by Jim Gilmer from NARA).

No. 20030
EASTERN CHEROKEES'Application of Wilbern Wells Carnes

For share of money appropriated for the Eastern Cherokee by Act of Congress approved June 30, 1906, in accordance with the decree of the Court of Claims of May 18, 1905 and May 30 1906.


Rec. Mar 29 1907

Wilburn Wells Carnes' Eastern Cherokee Application: Rejected (1908)

Wilburn Wells Carnes applied for a share of the money awarded the Cherokee Indians in lawsuits in the US Court of Claims Under ther Treaties of 1835, 1836, and 1845. This is a copy of his rejection by the Indian Office of Eastern Cherokees, Washington, DC, for a share of the money appropriated as settlement in the US Court of Claims due to Eastern Cherokees alive 28 May 1906. Transcribed by Teresa McVeigh 13 Jun 2010 from microfilmed records obtained from NARA by Jim Gilmer.

No. 2003 Action: Rejected

Name: Wilbern Wells Carnes and 4 children.

Residence: Ball Ground, Ga.

Reasons: The applicant and his father and paternal grandfather were never enrolled in any roll. Ancestors lived in Franklin Co. Ga. in 1835-6. Could not have been parties to Notice of 1835-6 1846 (See letters herein)
An explanation of this record is taken from the NARA website:
Selected Microfilmed Records Pertaining to Eastern Cherokee Enumeration

The Eastern Band of Cherokees traces its origin to the more than 1,000 Cherokee members who eluded forced movement westward in 1838-39 by remaining in the mountains. Approximately 300 of these individuals were living on tribal lands in 1838 and claimed U.S. citizenship. Other tribal members living in Tennessee and North Carolina towns were not immediately found and removed. Throughout much of the 1840s Federal agents searched the mountains of North Carolina in attempts to remove the refugees to the Indian Territory. By 1848, however, the U.S. Congress agreed to recognize the North Carolina Cherokees' rights as long as the state would recognize them as permanent residents. The state did not do so until almost 20 years later. With only minor changes, the lines of the current reservation were established in 1876 and in 1882 a regular reservation was established. The Eastern Cherokee Reservation consists of approximately 56,668 acres in five counties in North Carolina: Cherokee, Graham, Jackson, Macon, and Swain Counties. The following information concentrates on those Cherokee residing in the east after the western migration.

Special Enrollment and Claims Records, 1906-1910

Pursuant to an act of 1902, the Cherokee filed three suits in the U.S. Court of Claims to press their claims for funds due them under their treaties of 1835, 1836, and 1845 with the United States. The court awarded more than 1 million dollars to be distributed to all Eastern Cherokee alive on 28 May 1906, who could prove that they were members of the Eastern Cherokee tribe at the time of the treaties. They also had to prove that they were descended from members who had not been subsequently affiliates with any other tribe

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Marriage License of Wells CARNES and Clarissa HARRING (HERRING), Franklin County, Georgia, 27 Sep. 1839

Marriage License, Microfilm on Georgia's Virtual Vault, Franklin County, Georgia Marriage Book 1834-1850, p. 89, transcribed by Teresa McVeigh 10 Jun 2010:

Franklin County}

T[o] any Judge Justice of the Inferior Court Justice of the Peace or minister of the Gospel you are hereby authorized to join in the holy state of matrimony Wells Carnes and Clarissa Harring given under my hand this 26th day of September 1839.

Thos King CCO

The above was solemnized by me this 27th day of September 1839.

John B Wade, P.G.

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Marriage License of David Looney and Jane Scoggins, 15 Dec 1858 Franklin County, Georgia

This is the marriage license of David L Looney (c.1845-1920), son of Larkin and Frances Looney, and Malinda Jane Scoggins (c. 1848-1927).

Transcription 8 Jun 2010 by Teresa McVeigh
Taken from Georgia's Virtual Vault Website
Microfilm of Franklin County, GA Marriage Book 1868-1882, p. 111

Franklin County}

To any Minister of the Gospel Justice of the Inferior Court or Peace of the Peace you are hereby authorized to join in the Holy State of Matrimony Mr. David Looney and Miss Jane Scoggins according to the Constitution and Laws of the State; and for so doing this shall be your sufficient license.

Given unto my hand and official signature this 15th Day of December 1868

? Morris Ordinary

Franklin County}

I hearby certify that the above named parties were duly joined in Matrimony by me the 17th day of December 1868.

B. P. Vandiver, J.P.

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Friday, May 28, 2010

Marriage License of Samuel Carnes and M Mary Looney

Marriage license transcription for Samuel Carnes and M Mary Looney by John B Wade:

Franklin County

To any Judge Justice of the Inferior Court Justice of the Peace or minister of the gospel you are hereby authorized to join in the holy state of matrimony Samuel Carnes and M Mary Looney according to the constitution and laws of this state and for so doing this shall be your sufficient license given under my hand this 19th day of January 1845

Thomas King CCO

Franklin County

I certify that the above named parties were duly joined in matrimony by me this 19th day of January 1845

John B Wade MG

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Samuel Carnes (1817-1898) Tombstone

Samuel Carnes married M Mary Looney 19 Jan 1845.

Inscription on Samuel Carnes' tombstone, Samuel Carnes Cemetery, Hart County, Georgia:

SAMUEL CARNES                                                                   

Co. 4E Regt. Inf. GA Res.

Confederate States Army

1817 1898

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Lawsuit Concerning Waddy and Mary (Lewis) Thomson's estates (1817)

A lawsuit over property brought by the heirs of Waddy and Mary (Lewis) Thomson in Albemarle County, Virginia, 1817. It includes abstracts of Waddy Thomson's Will, Robert Lewis's Will, and the marriage contract of Waddy and Mary before their marriage in 1766.

by Lyman Chalkley
Crenshaw Fretwell vs. Scott, &c.--O. S. 280; N. S. 99--Bill, 1817.

Orator bought land in Albemarle from James Scott, who purchased under a deed of trust by Mary Thompson to John Nicholas and Alexr. Garrett, trustees, and by Scott's direction deed was made to orator. A counter claim has been set up by representatives of Waddy Thompson, viz: Philip Grafton and Ann Lewis Grafton, his wife, of Kentucky; James Poindexter and Mary, his wife, of Kenawha; Jesse Davenport and Susanna, his wife, of Augusta; said James Scott and Mildred, his wife, of near Fredericksburg;

William Poindexter and Judith, his wife, of Bedford. In 1760, Robert Lewis died, testate. By his will his daughter Mary, then Mrs. Cobbs, was possessed of 1,000 acres on waters of Ivy Creek. On 12th December, 1766, said Mary, widow of Samuel Cobbs, being about to marry Waddy Thompson, made marriage settlement with Waddy. Waddy died 1801, leaving above representatives, the issue of said marriage, testate. Mary survived Waddy 10 years.

Will of Waddy Thompson of Albemarle.

Wife, Mary, youngest daughters, Ann Lewis Grafton, Mary Poindexter, Susanna Thomson, Mildred Thomson, and Judith Poindexter; granddaughter, Mary Lewis Slaughter; son, Nelson Thomson, deceased; daughter, Sarah Lewis, wife of John Lewis; daughter, Elizabeth; sons, David Thomson, Anderson Thomson; Waddy Thomson; brother-in-law, Nicholas Lewis; son-in-law, James Poindexter. Dated 6th March, 1801. Recorded in Albemarle, 1st June, 1801.

Will of Robert Lewis of Fredericksville Parish, Louisa County.
Son, John Lewis, land at North Garden sold by John to Hon. Wm. Nelson, made to John as marriage portion; son, Nicholas Lewis; son, Robert; son, Charles; son, William; four daughters, Jane Meriwether, Mary Cobbs, Mildred Lewis, Sarah Lewis; daughter, Ann Lewis, now wife of John Lewis, land purchased of Capt. Christopher Clark. All his children now living, viz: John Lewis, Jane Meriwether, Aaron Lewis, Nicholas Lewis, Mary Cobbs, Mildred Lewis, Robert Lewis (infant), Charles Lewis, William Lewis, Sarah Lewis, interest in 8,000 acres on Greenbrier in Augusta, his part of 100,000 acres granted to Col. John Lewis of Augusta, testator et als. also 200 acres in Albemarle patented to him 10th March, 1756, joining John Linthers (Sinters). Daughter, Elizabeth Barrett, deceased. His children received legacy from Col. Nichs. Meriwether. Son-in-law, Maj. John Lewis, husband of Mildred of Spottsylvania. Dated 1st September, 1757. Proved in Albemarle, 11th September, 1766.

Marriage contract, 12th December, 1766, between Waddy Thompson of Louisa; Mary Cobbs of Albemarle, and William Lewis, both been formerly married. Recorded in Albemarle, May, 1767.

THOMPSON vs THOMPSON (Albemarle County, Virginia 1820) Estate of Mary (LEWIS) THOMPSON

A lawsuit brought by the Administrator of the Estate of Mary (LEWIS) THOMSON for her heirs against the Executor of the estate of Waddy THOMSON. The court decided for her heirs and said they should receive rent monies for past usage of Mary LEWIS' lands, which were not included in Waddy THOMSON's estate.

Virginia Reports, Jefferson-33 Gratton, 1730-1880, Argued and Determined in the Supreme Court of Appeals of Virginia by William Munford, by Thomas Johnson Michie; Thomas Jefferson; Peachy Ridgway Grattan, 1904, The Michie Co. [online on Google Books books.google.com]

Thompson's Administrator vs. Thompson's Executor

Decided, March 4th. 1820.

Deputy Sheriff—Administration of Estate—Submission to Arbitration.*—The deputy of a Sheriff to whom administration of the estate of a deceased person has been committed, is not authorised to submit to arbitration a suit revived in the name of the Sheriff as administrator, to which the deceased, in his llifettme. was a party as are put in after his death, the executors, (in a case where the common law rule governs.) should be charged a reasonable rent for the land, to be paid to the persons entitled in reversion or remainder, according to their several rights.

Mary Thompson widow of Waddy Thompson, filed a bill in Chancery in the County Court of Albemarle in September 1805, stating that, by a marriage contract, dated the 12th of December 1766, and recorded in May 1767, all the estate which the said Waddy Thompson might claim in her right under the Will of Samuel Cobbs her first husband, was vested in William Lewis as trustee for the use of herself and her heirs forever; and all the estate which she claimed or then had under the Will of her father Robert Lewis, was vested in the said William Lewis, in trust, for the use of the said Waddy Thompson and herself during their lives and the life of the longest liver; and, in case hp should die without issue by her, *then the said estate was to return and be vested in her in the same manner as she then held it; but, if she should die leaving only one child, she was to have a right to dispose of one half; or, if two or more children, of one third part, in fee simple:—that the true meaning of the contract was, that, in the event of her being the survivor, she should enjoy the whole during life:—that Waddy Thompson died in March 1801; having, by his Will, but not intentionally, made a different disposition: that Waddy Thompson, executor of the deceased, insisted that the crops made that year were assets in his hands, although the plaintiff was entitled to them under the marriage contract, by virtue of which her interest, for her sole use and benefit, vested at his death; and especially, because, at least one half of the hands employed on the plantation of the decedent were of her own estate:—that, at the time of her said husband's death, she had issue by him five daughters:—that, after his death, and during the year in which he died, a considerable crop was made on the land which was in his occupation at the time of his death, besides a crop of tobacco, on hand, of the preceding crop, all which came to the hands of the executor, who refused to allow her any part for the maintenance of herself and two daughters living with her.

The Bill therefore prayed an account to be rendered by the said executor; and for such decree as might be agreeable to equity.

The defendant, by his answer, referred cree, and directed the bill to be dismissed with costs:—from which last decree the plaintiff appealed to this Court; and, afterwards, upon her death, the cause was revived in the name oi Rice Garland, Sheriff of Albemarle County, to whom administration of her estate was committed.

Stanard and Call for the appellee, moved that he be permitted to file a plea here in the following words; viz.:—"And the appellee Waddy Thompson executor of Waddy Thompson, by his attorney, comes and
says that the appeal prayed by Mary Thompson from the decree of the Superior Court of Chancery for the Richmond District, atjd which now depends in this Court in the name of Rice Garland as her administrator, (the same appeal having1, since the same was prayed, abated by the death of the said Mary Thompson, and been revived in the name of her said administrator,) ought not to be farther prosecuted by the said administrator against the said appellee ; because he says that, after the decree from which the said appeal was prayed, and the said appeal had been prayed and allowed, and after the death of the said Mary Thompson, administration on her estate was duly committed to the said Rice Garland as Sheriff of Albemarle, by the order of the County Court of Albemarle; and George W. Kinsolving, being the duly qualified deputy of the said Rice Garland, took upon himself, (as rightfully he might as deputy aforesaid,) the administration on the estate of the said Mary Thompson, with the knowledge and full assent of the said Rice Garland; and, being so qualified and acting as the administrator of the said Mary, with full authority from his said principal to act, in all things touching the same, with like effect as his said principal could, afterwards, to wit, on the 6th day of April in the year 1313, the said George W. Kinsolving as administrator aforesaid, and the said appellee, by their bond, sealed with their respective seals, and now to the Court here shewn, did mutually and interchangeably bind themselves, each to the other, in the sum of *one thousand dollars, to
be paid when thereto required, with a condition there underwritten, reciting the facts, of the said decree of the Superior Court of Chancery for the Richmond District; the appeal therefrom by the said Mary Thompson, and her death; and stating that the said George Kinsolving administrator of the said Mary Thompson, and the said appellee had by mutual consent referred the matter in controversy to the decision of Samuel Shelton, Charles Yancey and William Woods, and to abide by their award, to be binding on them as if determined in the regular course of law; and, in that event, if the party against whom the award should be made, should abide thereby, then the said obligation to be void, else to remain in full force: and the said appellee avers, that the said referees did take upon themselves the burthen of the said arbitrament, and did, thereafter, to wit, on the 6th of April 1813, at the County of Albemarle. in the presence of the parties to the said submission, in pursuance of the said submission, arbitrate and determine of and concerning the matter in controversy in the said appeal, and did then and there award and determine that the said Mary Thompson was not entitled to any part of the crop made, in the year 1801, on the land held by her deceased husband Waddy Thompson the testator of the appellee; the said year 1801 being the year of the death of her deceased husband, and the crop made that year, claimed by the said Mary, being the matter in controversy in the said appeal; and they did farther award, that the said George W. Kinsolving should pay the appellee the costs by him expended in the said suit, in which the said appeal was prayed, up to the time of the said award; which award, subscribed by the said arbitrators, is also to the Court here shewn, and of which the said George W. Kinsolving then and there had notice; by reason of all which premises, the said appellee says all manner of error and errors, defects and imperfections, done or suffered, in or by the said decree, were removed, destroyed and released, and the said representative of the said Mary "Thompson disabled from urging the same on the said appeal; all which the said Waddy Thompson is ready to verify.''

Upon the motion to receive this plea, the following was the Court's opinion.

The Court, not deciding whether a plea, such as that offered in this case, would have been proper in this Court, had the alledged submission been agreed to by Rice Garland the Sheriff, who is the party to the suit now depending, is of opinion that the Deputy Sheriff had rib right to make the submission; and therefore the plea offered is rejected by the Court. The case is therefore to come on, upon it's merits.

After argument, by Wickham for the appellant, and Stanard, Call and John Robertson (Attorney General,) for the appellee, JUDGE ROANE pronounced the opinion of the Court as follows:—

The Court is of opinion, that the provision contained in the 54th section" of the Act concerning Wills, &c. (R. Code of 1819, 1st vol. p. 388,) and which provides that the Emblements, severed between the 1st of March and 31st of December in any year, shall be assets in the hands of the executors, does not apply to this case, if it applies to the case of lands held for life only; it being a new provision materially affecting the rights of the parties, and introduced into our Code subsequently to the execution of the marriage contract in the proceedings contained:—but the opinion of the Court is, that the principle of the common law in relation to Emblements, and which is in some respects more favourable to the representatives of the tenant for life than the provision of that section, is to govern in this case; it being wholly unimportant whether the husband holds in right of his wife by virtue of a marriage contract, or by the general principles of law. That principle gives to the executors such emblements, and such only, as were seeded in the lifetime of the tenant for life:—but, in relation to such crops as were afterwards put in, the Court is of opinion that, in the case which has happened, the executors should be charged a reasonable rent for the land, to *be paid to the wife and the children, according to their several rights accruing on the death of the husband, and for which purpose the said children ought also to have been made parties.

The Court is farther of opinion that, as the provision contained in the 53d section of the said Act. was in force at the date of the contract aforesaid,(1) it concludes the said wife and children from demanding any hires for the slaves remaining on the land at the time of the death of the testator, but that the same were to continue thereon until the end of the year.

Both decrees are to be therefore reversed with Costs, and the cause remanded to have the requisite parties made, and the cause finally proceeded in, pursuant to the principles of this decree.

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Obituary of Elizabeth Sydnor (ANDREW) DAVENPORT (1800-1888)

Obituary of Elizabeth Sydnor (ANDREW) DAVENPORT (1800-1888)

Mrs. Elizabeth Sydnor Davenport was born in Elbert County, Ga., October 28, 1800, and died in perfect peace, October 10, 1888, in Campbell County, Ga., where she had lived since 1830. She was the daughter of Rev. John and Mary O. Andrew, and was the last [surviving] of nine children, six daughters and three sons, one of whom is our now glorified Bishop James Andrew of precious memory. She was married to William Davenport, December 10, 1818, by Rev. Gabriel Christian, and survived, in much feebleness, her husband, about nine years. Her educational advantages were few but possessing a strong natural mind, being a lover of books and a constant reader of current literature, particularly that of her church, she developed into more than ordinary intelligence. Converted in childhood, she joined the Methodist Church and lived seventy-three years in its fellowship. Her Christian life was beautiful, devoted to her church and the cause of Christ, she kept all religious interests well in mind. She was hopeful and looked with great faith for the triumph of Christ's Kingdom, and when, because of infirmity of age, she could not attend the public meetings, she wrestled in prayer for the power of the Holy Ghost upon the preacher and congregation. She was affectionate as a mother, and faithful as a wife, but she was fond of the Bishop especially, and watched with amazing interest the points in his life that identified him with the history of the church. Left, as she felt, almost alone in the world, because of the death of the friends of her youth, she became quite taciturn toward the last, but when she did talk it was in beautiful expressions of soon being with the saints in rest. Hers was a life of prayer, of usefulness and of trial, but also of triumph.

Jno. M. Bowden. [from the Wesleyan Christian Advocate Atlanta), Jan. 23, 1889]

Obituary of William DAVENPORT (1796-1877)

OBITUARY of William Davenport (1796-1877)       

WILLIAM DAVENPORT was born in Oglethorpe County, Ga., September 8, 1796; and died in Campbell County, Ga., March 28, 1877. The subject of this notice was married to Miss Andrew (sister of our late bishop [James Osgood] Andrew), who still survives him, and with whom he lived a devoted husband, a bright and shining light in the interests of Church and country. He possessed in a rare degree practical common sense, and an inquiring mind, added to a fair education, that kept him well informed as regards the great political, literary, and ecclesiastical movements of the age. He liked to read. In his house the minister of Jesus could not only find a home, but books of theology and early Methodism. He was wise in counsel, and his great soul was felt in the correctness and cogency of his admonitions. To use his own language, he was "born with an unusually incredulous heart, and for several years made an honest effort to be an infidel." In 1824 he attended the Salem camp meeting, in Clarke County, Ga. At a night service, as he approached the stand, Dr. Lovick Pierce rose and with unusual emphasis read Charles Wesley's hymn, beginning, "Stay, thou insulted Spirit, stay," which produced a strange feeling in his heart. The text was Rom. xi:22 – "Behold the goodness and severity of God." When the sermon closed the last fragment of infidelity was gone, and he, for the first time seeing himself a lost and ruined sinner, knelt for prayer and called on God to be merciful. At that meeting he was converted, and joined the Methodist Episcopal Church, in the communion of which he lived a faithfull and useful member to the end of his life. His views of the plan of salvation were more than ordinarily clear and correct. Although brightly converted, he was often in great doubt and Darkness, which he ascribed to not coming to Jesus when he was a child. But withal, he had the true, Scriptural idea of trust in God. He was an invalid for about six years – for ten months confined to his bed. During all these years of gloom he wrestled in prayer to God for unmistakable assurance of his acceptance with God. Fifteen months before his death, when bathed in penitential tears at the mercy seat for the witness of the Spirit, he said, "If I have never again have it, and am finally lost, I will tell the enemy till doomed, I still trust God." O, how grand such faith! At last the cloud lifted, the shadows fled, and he exclaimed, "My God is reconciled," etc. He never had another doubt – praised God all the time- often saying "Hallelujah" – "Glory be to God" – "Happy, so happy" – "Bright, bright." He had always been devoted to the Sunday-school, the children, and young people, but now he exhorted them, and all who came near him, to meet him in heaven, and not to be discouraged though satan should pursue them to the gates of the city. He had reached "through great tribulation" faith's beatitude in sight of the Jordan, and there rejoiced in hope of an entrance being administered unto him that would be all the sweeter because of the afflictions. His departure was ecstatic. As the ship loosed its moorings he exclaimed distinctly, "Heaven, sweet heaven;" "Farewell;" "Glory, Glory:" and "was not, for God took him."

John M. Bowden [from the Wesleyan Christian Advocate (Atlanta), unknown issue in 1877] Shortened version ran in Southern Christian Advocate 5 Jun 1877.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010


Last Will and Testament of Dicey Kennedy (Canady) Davenport
Campbell, County, Georgia, August 4, 1834

In the name of God Amen. I Dicey Davenport of the county & state aforesaid being weak of body but of sound mind memory (revoking all others) do make and ordain the following as my last will and Testament.

First I give and bequeath to my Beloved GrandChildren James Warren, John Milton, Harriet Amanda, William Jesse & Charles Warren & Robert Early the Children of my Beloved Son Lovett (Jouett) Davenport an equal interest in a Negro Woman Hannah Secondly, I give & bequeath unto my beloved Grand Children Overton Fletcher, Eliza Garland, Matilda Ann, Dicey Sarah, James Thomas Lovett Harbirt, John Andrew & MaryOverton the children of my Beloved Son William Davenport an equal and joint interest in my negro woman Sarah & her child Amy and it is my will and desire that the said negroes should be subjuct to the control and management of my said two sons respectfully until such time as the youngest child of either comes of age then the said negro woman Hannah to be sold & the money equally divided unless she should have a child or children & in that case they may be divided or sold & divided as my said son Lovett may think best and when the youngest child of my said son William shall become of age then my will is that the said Negro Sarah and child Amy with any increase that may be shall be equally divided amongst the children of my said son William

But as the said negro woman Hannah is at this time as I understand ________ ________ by virtue of any execution from Clark County and may sold under said executions my will & desire is that in case she should be sold that all the above named children of both my sons aforesaid shall be jointly and equally interested in the remaining negroes and it is my will and desire that my two beloved sons Lovett Davenport and William Davenport be the executors of this my Last will and Testament and likewise that they equally divide between themselves the remaining part of my property & that they sell acertain Lot of Land lying in this county to wit number Thirty five in the first District (formally Carroll) in such manner and at such time as they may judge proper and divide the money between themselves

In Testimony whereof I have hereunto let my hand & seal this fourth day of August one thousand eight hundred and thirty four

Test Dicey Davenport
Thomas B. Watts L Berry Watts Hugh Longino


Personally Appeared before us Johnson (?) County B. Thompson and David D. Smith Justices of the Inferior Court of Said County Berry Watts and Hugh Longino who after being sworn saith on oath that they saw Dicey Davenport sign the within will for the purposes therein contained and that at the time she assigned she was of sound mind Sworn to us Subscribed
L BerryWatts
Before us this 1st January 1836
Hugh A. Longino, P. B.Thompson J.J.C David D. Smith J.J.C., S. P. Bonion (?) C.C.O.

Will of William Hewell

Will of William Hewell
9 Sep 1818
Oglethorpe County, GA, Will Book B, pages 166

In the name of God amen. I William Hewell of Oglethorpe County Being in my perfect senses do make & ordain this as my last will and Testament --- First my will & desire is that my son Jas D Hewell (Should he live to return from the army) have my beast & saddle & all my carpenters tools of every description for money lent & services done heretofore.

2ndly, my will  & desire is that my beloved wife Susannah Hewell have one Bed & furniture during her life.

3rdly my will & desire is that all the residue of my property be sold & all my just debts be paid, & the overplus be equally divided among my four children (to wit) Frances Rosberry Charlotte Pass Jas D Hewell and Susanah Davenport –

4thly I appoint Wyatte Hewell & Jouett Davenport my executors to this my last will & testament revoking all others, to which I hereunto set my hand & seal this 9th day of Septr 1818

Signed and acknowledged In presence of

William X Hewell

John Andrew
Gabriel Christian
Josa Ragan

Probate of will follow:
State of Georgia }
Oglethorpe County }

You John Andrew & Josa Ragan do solemnly sware that
you saw the within named William Hewell sign seal
publish & declare the within Instrement of writing to be his last will &
testament & at the time of his so doing he was of sound mind & memory to the
best of your knowledge & belief, so help us God

John Andrew
Josa Ragan
NB Ragan did not see him sign
But heard him declare this his will
Sworn to & subscribed in open
Court novr term 1818
Ordered to be recorded
MaRainey C. C. O.
Recorded the 6th of November 1818
MaRainey C.C.O.

suanj  originally submitted this to Turkett/Johnson Family Tree on 8 Aug 2009 on Ancestry.com

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Abstract of Will of Martin DAVENPORT (24 May 1735 Hanover County, Vriginia)

Virginia Land Records, Gen. Pub. Co., Baltimore, 1982 p 82 and 99, Records of Hanover county, The Small Book, 1734-5:

May 24, 1735 Martin Davenport's Will. sons David, James Martin, and Wm Davenport (best land in King Wm) my father Davis Davenport decd. Wife Dorothy Davenport administrator, security Paul Harrelson.

Will of James DAVENPORT (01 Dec 1803 Oglethorpe County, GA)

Transcription of the Will by SharonDavenport60 on Ancestry.com 1 Jan 2010:

Transcription of the Will of James Davenport by SharonDavenport60 on Ancestry.com 1 Jan 2010:

Will of James Davenport 01 Dec 1803 Oglethorpe County, GA

In the name of God Amen -

I James Davenport of the County of Oglethorpe and state of

Georgia being of sound mind and memory, do make constitute, and

appoint this my Last Will & testament, in manner & form following that is

to say, first -

I give my beloved wife Frances Davenport one negro girl Amelia

with her futer (sic) Increase, with all my household & Kitching (sic)

Furniture to her, her heirs & assigns forever.

Secondly, I give to my son John Davenport one negro boy Cart

to him his heirs and assigns for ever -

3rdly I give to my son James Davenport the tract of land

whereon he now lives, to him his heirs & assigns forever -

4thly I give to my son William Davenport five hundred Dollars in

lieu of & for money advanced me; & other services some years past, & if

the aforesaid sum of five hundred Dollars should not be sufficent, when

an Equaltable adjustment can be obtained, including the Interest of the

money advanced - it is my disire that a sufficent sum be drawn, out of

that part of my Estate lent to my beloved wife, at her death as shall be


5th I lend to my beloved wife Frances Davenport, all my Estate

of every kind whatsoever both real & personal (not heretofore Disposed

of)during her natural life; and at her Death to be equally divided,

amongst my children William, & Jesse Davenport, one sixth part each of

what there may be at my said wifes Death, to them, their heirs & assigns

for ever -

I also give to my three daughters Susanah Hewell Frances

Hewell & Henritta Johnson one sixth part each of what there may be at

my said wifes death During their natural lives & at their or either of

their Deaths their or either of their parts to be divided amongst their

respective children & their heirs & assigns forever

Lastly I do nominate & appoint my beloved wife Frances

Davenport Executrix John Davenport & Jesse Davenport - Executors of

this my last will & testament hereby Revoking all others heretofore by

me made; in testamony whereof I have hereunto affixed my seal &

subscribed my name this first Day of December 1803

Signd & seald & acknowledged " Jas. Davenport

in prisents of ---

Wm. Harvie }

J. W. Moore } Recorded Feby. 3rd day 1804

Wm. Moore }

Will of Francis (JOUETT) Davenport

Some Georgia County Records Vol 2, Rev. Silas B. Lucas, Jr., Southern Historical Press, 1977, Easley, SC, Will Book B p. 14, will abstract:

Francis Davenport of Oglethorpe Co. Last Will and Testament dated July 24, 1820; probated March Term, 1822. He gives his slaves to his five grandchildren, viz., Richard Rosbery's son John; Jesse Howell's son John; Joliett Davenport's daughter Mary Frances; Jesse Davenport's daughter Mary Francis; and John Poss' daughter, Francis, when they become of age or marry. He gives his son Jesse Davenport the homeplace where "I now live," provided he moves to this State. Executors: Hezekiah Luckey and Joliett Davenport

[Note: The abstractor put "he" and "him" but Francis is female, the widow of James Martin Davenport]

James DAVENPORT's Will (recorded 3 Feb 1804)

Two abstracts of James Davenport's Will.
Some Georgia County Records Vol 2, Rev. Silas B. Lucas, Jr., Southern Historical Press, 1977, Easley, SC, p. 131-2, will abstract:

James Davenport of Oglethorpe Co. To my beloved wife Francis Davenport one Negro girl Amelia, & furniture. To my son John Davenport one Negro boy Carr. To my son James Davenport the tract of land where he now lives. To my son William Davenport $500 in lieu of, and for money advance me, and other services some years past. At my wife's death the remainer of my estate to be divided among my children, one sixth each to sons James, William, and Jesse Davenport, and my daughters, Susanah Hewell, Frances Hewell, and Henrietta Johnson. Exor: Wife Frances and John, James, William and Jesse Davenport. Dated 1 Dec 1803. Signed: Jas. Davenport. Wit: Wm. Harvie, Jno. Moore, Wm. Moore. Rec. 3 Feb. 1804.

Oglethorpe Co. (GA), by Sarah Quinn Smith, 1962, Wills: Will Book A, p 131

pg. 14 Abstract of James Davenport will:

Davenport, James. Recorded Feb. 3 1804.

To beloved wife Frances gifts, including all household furniture. To son John Davenport. To my son James Davenport the tract of land he now lives on. To my son William Davenport five hundred dollars and other considerations. Lands to beloved wife Frances all my estate both real and personal during her life and at her death to be equally divided amongst my children hereafter named. I give to sons James, William, and Jesse Davenport one sixth part of residue. To my daus. Susannah Hewell, Frances Hewell, and Henrietta Johnson one sixth part. Exrs: Wife Frances Davenport, John Davenport, James, William, and Jesse Davenport. Wit: William Harvie, J.W. Moon, William Moore.

Saturday, May 15, 2010

The Swan Tavern and Jack Jouett's Ride

The Swan Tavern and Jack Jouett's Ride, written by Teresa McVeigh, 16 May 2010

The Swan Tavern in Charlottesville, Virginia was owned by Capt. John Jouett, Sr. in 1781. He was a Captain in the Virginia State Militia, as was his son, Capt. John "Jack" Jouett, Jr., who later ran the tavern.

In June 1781 British General Cornwallis ordered the capture of Governor Thomas Jefferson and Virginia’s government who had fled Richmond and reconvened in Charlottesville. On the third of June Jack Jouett saw the approach of the British under Lieutenant-Colonel Banastre Tarlton from the Cuckoo Tavern in Louisa County, Virginia. Jack captured a British dragoon and stripped him of his uniform. He rode forty miles through the night on back roads to warn Governor Thomas Jefferson, Patrick Henry, Richard Henry Lee and other members of the General Assembly of the approach of British forces. All along the way he spread the alarm. On the morning of the fourth of June the stopped at Monticello to warn Jefferson's wife and family, only pausing for a glass of Jefferson's Maderia. In his old age he used to laugh and say he would "do it again for a glass of Mr. Jefferson's Maderia." Then he rode on the Charlottesville and warned the Assembly. Eluding capture, most legislators fled to safety in Staunton, Virginia. Tarleton’s men destroyed some court records and military stores, but spared the town from destruction.

One of the Delegates had the narrowest escape of all. General Stevens had been ill at the Swan Tavern. He and Jack Jouett started out on the road to Staunton. Captain Jack had on an officer's cap with a showy plume. General Stevens was shabbily dressed and road on leisurely and unconcerned when they were spied by the British. Jack led the British on a merry chase while the "old farmer" escaped into the woods.

After the War, Jack Jouett was awarded two pistols and and a sword by the Virginia Assembly in gratitude. He ran the Swan Tavern and he and his cronies would smoke pipes and tell tales around the fireplace or out on the large front porch on summer evenings. He moved to Kentucky in the Spring of 1782 and took up a military land grant there in what became Mercer County, Kentucky. Kentucky was then a county of Virginia and he served as elected representative to the Virginia and Kentucky legislatures for five terms. He died 1 Mar 1822 in Bath County, Kentucky.

At some later date, the running of the Tavern was taken on by John Jouett, Sr's nephew, Jesse Davenport, son of his sister Frances Jouett and James Martin Davenport. John Hammond Moore writes in "Albemarle, Jefferson's County" (page 97):

Those who went to Charlottesville on Court Day frequently gathered in taverns....A more convenient rendevous for many was Jesse Davenport's Swan Tavern on Court Square. It was so popular that early in January 1822 the harrassed owner published this sad notice in the Central Gazette:

It was the misfortune of the subscriber to have taken a stand, which from its conveniency to the Court House, and from its rooted habits, for houses have habits, too, was the open and convenient resort of the idle and noisy. He has long known that this was an annoyance to travellers and his friends, and he has attempted to remove it. But he has found that the crowd will gather, whilst the attraction remains, and to root out the evil forever, he has nailed up his Bar-Room. To his friends, to travellers, to the public, he promises in their ROOMS the best of liquors--he promises his ardent assiduity to please, and a calm and quiet house. To those who have patronized his Bar-Room exclusively, he returns his thanks for their punctuality of attendance, and kindly begs them to remember the hearth by which they so often reposed, is without a fire!

Jesse Davenport died 28 Sep 1822 and his family moved to Oglethorpe County, Georgia to take possession of land left to him in his mother's will.

The historic Swan Tavern marker. This photograph is taken from the Historical Marker Database: http://www.hmdb.org/Marker.asp?Marker=18552

Inscription: Site of old Swan Tavern where lived and died Jack Jouett, whose heroic ride saved Mr. Jefferson, the Governor, and the Virginia Assembly from capture by Tarleton June 1781.

Erected 1910 by the Monticello Branch of the Association for the Preservation of Virginia Antiquities.

Location. 38° 1.892′ N, 78° 28.626′ W. Marker is in Charlottesville, Virginia. Marker is on Park Street north of Jefferson Street, on the right when traveling north.

[Note: This marker is incorrect. Jack Jouett later moved to Kentucky and died there.]

Site of the old Swan Tavern, Charlottesville, Virginia. This picture is taken from the Charlottesville city website:
 This townhouse was later built on the site.

Teresa McVeigh 2010

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Will of Rev. James McNeil (c1763-c 1834)

Will of James McNiel (c 1763-c 1834)

22 Jul 1833 , Reddies River, Wilkes County, North Carolina

Rev. James McNEIL (c1763-1834), son of Elder George and Mary (COATS) McNEIL

James McNiel's Will, Wilkes County, North Carolina, Book 4, p. 179

In the name of God Amen, I James McNiel of Reddies River Wilkes County State of North Carolina being weak in body but of Sound mind and perfect memory and considering the uncertainty of this present life do make and ordain this my last will and testament in manner and form following viz. In the first place I commend my soul to God who gave it and my body to be decently buried at my decease at the discretion of my Wife and family the expenses whereof and all my just debts to be discharged as soon as expedient. 2nd as to worldly substance it has pleased God to bless me with, I have already given the following amounts first to my oldest son Larkin McNiel Decd the sum of three hundred and twenty five Dollars, and to John McNiel my second son three hundred and twenty five Dollars, and unto my son Simeon Eller three hundred and twenty five Dollars, and unto George McNiel the sum of three hundred and twenty five Dollars, and unto William McNiel the sum of three hundred and twenty five Dollars, and unto Oliver McNiel the sum of three hundred and twenty five Dollars, and in the next place I give and bequeath unto my other two daughters to Wit Nancy and Rebecca the tract of land and Mill which I purchased of the estate of Robert Viars decd. which I price at three Hundred Dollars, also each of them a Horse worth twenty five Dollars and a good bed furniture to each of them worth thirty Dollars and each of them a Cow and Calf worth ten Dollars, and all that the above lacks of making the sum of three Hundred twenty five Dollars to each of them to be made up to them a good Saddle and bridle, and Hock or Household and Kitchen furniture to make them equal to the first mentioned children. And unto my youngest Son Eli I give and beqeath all the balance of the land whereon I now live which I have not deeded to William and Oliver McNiel to be his at the death of his mother which I price at three Hundred Dollars, also the young colt and the yoke of oxen (illegible here) which is in my will that he have (illegible) think expedient, and the colt when he arrives at the age of Twenty One years, which will make him equal with the aforementioned children. And then it is my will that my beloved Wife Polly have full possession and enjoy the benefit of the said tract of land as long as she lives if she thus prefer to do so. And all the balance of my estate I leave with her for the purpose of paying my debts and making up the two aforementioned daughters, to Wit, Nancy and Rebecca equal with the rest and for her own proper use and benefit. And that she have full power after all the children be made equal the sum of three Hundred and twenty five Dollars each, to dispose of the balance as she may think proper among the children, and lastly, I leave my beloved Wife Executrix and my Son William Executor to this my last Will and testament, revoking all other wills by me heretofore made. In Witness whereof I the said James McNiel have hereunto Set my hand and Seal this 22d day of July in the year of our Lord One thousand eight Hundred and thirty three and in the presence of these Subscribing Witnesses.

Test James McNiel
Larkin Shepherd
Thomas McNiel

Letter written by G. W. McNeil, Sr. 28 May 1898

Letter written by G. W. McNeil, Sr. 28 May 1898

28 May 1898 , Maple Springs, Wilkes, North Carolina

From" George Michael Eller and Descendants of His in America," by James W. Hook, 1957, New Haven, CN, pg. 400-404. [This book is on-line in Ancestry.com's Card Catalogue. and in many libraries]

The following important letter written in 1898 by George W. McNiel Sr.3, son of Thomas McNiel2 and grandson of Rev. George McNiel1 was published in the memorial booklet above referred to. It helps to name and identify descendants of Rev. McNiel. Maple Springs, Wilkes Co., N. C., May 28, 1898. ' Mr. W. H. Eller,' Dear Cousin and Friend: - With respect to you I will answer your kind letter of June 25, 1896, hoping that you will excuse my neglect of not answering sooner. 'I will gladly give you all the information concerning the McNeils in Wilkes that I am able. My grandfather, George McNeil, came from Scotland and his two brothers, John and Thomas, also came from Scotland. They left their native land, looking back with love as long as they could see a green leaf, on account of their religious freedom. George McNeil, my grandfather, came into the State of Virginia and married a Miss Coats, and as the country settled up, being a Baptist minister by profession, was called for to constitute Baptist churches and to attend as pastor of Baptist churches. He came into Grayson County, Va., after which he came into Wilkes County, N. C., and constituted and attended churches here. He attended more or less churches down the Yadkin River. He was pastor of a church near the head of the Yadkin River. He lived in Wilkes County in about two and one-half miles of New Hope church on the north fork of Lewis' Fork Creek. He was afterwards registrar of deeds of Wilkes County (this was about the date of 1802). His son, William McNeil, volunteered in the war of Revolution, and his son, Joseph McNeil, said he would volunteer and go with William, but he was not old enough. George McNeil and wife lived near the farm of Esq. Henry Lenderman, late deceased; from this union six sons and two daughters were raised, viz.; John, who married a Cleveland and who lived near Greenville, S. C., where Col. Benj. Cleveland, the hero of King's Mountain, lived; my uncle, William McNeil, moved to the State of Tennessee, Clayborn Co.; my uncle, James McNeil, settled in Ashe County, but moved to Redie's River in Wilkes and married a Miss Shepherd - they raised six sons and three daughters; uncle Joseph McNeil lived on the homestead of his father and married a Miss Wilson and they raised three sons and three daughters. The Rev. James McNeil, his second son, was well known by his friends as a Baptist minister, living near Moravian Falls, N. C., at the time of his death, and was a faithful and respected preacher of great ability. The eldest son of Jos. McNeil, being named Larkin, married a Ferguson and raised three sons named respectively, Franklin, John and Milton; Franklin being a soldier of 1861. The Rev. Milton McNeil, and family are well known in the county of Wilkes. My uncle, Benj. McNeil living on South Lewis Fork, three miles from old Lewis Fork Baptist Church, married a Miss Lips and raised seven sons and one daughter, all moving west but Enoch McNeil, who died near Moravian Falls in the year of 1865 or 1866. 'My father, Thos. McNeil, married a Miss Parsons, being a daughter of Rev. James Parsons, of Surry County, living on New River, near the Old Fields in Ashe County, and was a soldier in the war of 1812. He labored as a Baptist minister in Ashe and Wilkes Counties. 'You stated that you wanted me to give information about any ministers living at that time. I will give the names of Rev. Thomas Proffit and Rev. Smith Ferguson, who won many friends. 'My father, Thos. McNeil, and my mother raised three sons and three daughters. The oldest being named James and being near fifty years of age, who died near Salisbury in the service of the Southern States on Feb. 16, 1855. The second son, Jesse McNeil, died from typhoid fever at his father's home on North Lewis Fork on the date of June 8, 1830, being near twenty years of age. I, the youngest. My father, Thos. McNeil, lived to the great age of eighty-three years. He died September 8, 1865, He had two sisters not yet mentioned in this article. Their names were: Elizabeth and Polly respectively. Elizabeth married Robt. Bingham, of the State of Virginia, being a Revolutionary soldier and living once near Hall's Store, Stony Hill. They raised three sons named respectively William, Joel and George; Esq. George Bingham, of Watauga County, raised five sons, one of whom, Maj. Harvey Bingham, well known by many friends, went to the Senate of North Carolina in 1876. Mr. Thos. Bingham, having many friends, represented Watauga County three times in Legislature of North Carolina. Esq. John Bingham and Dr. Philmore Bingham are known by many friends. My aunt, Polly McNeil, married, Mr. Henry Miller, a son of Uncle William Miller, who was a soldier of the Revolutionary war, and lived on the farm where Mr. F. D. Hall now lives on the south fork of Lewis Fork Creek. They raised two daughters, one married a Parks, the other a Lankford. Mr. Harry Miller lived on a farm in Caldwell County on the Yadkin River, moving from there to the State of Illinois; Uncle Henry Miller's grandaughter wrote to me giving her name as Mrs. Clarisa Rebecca Parks. My uncle, James McNeil, raised his family on Redie's River, having six sons and three daughters, the oldest named Larkin; others were John, George, William, Oliver and Eli. Fanny, married Capt. Simeon Eller, Rebecca, married the Rev. John Vannoy, a Baptist minister well known in Wilkes and Ashe; the younger sister being Nancy and married Edward J. Dancy, who lived in the town of Wilkesboro about the date of 1840. 'I further state that I was acquainted with Esq. John McNeil, Jr. He lived in Overton County, Tenn. He visited North Carolina about the date of 1840. His grandfather was uncle James McNeil, Sr. His widowed mother was a Miss Vannoy. He has or had four brothers, viz; John, Jesse, Neil and James. The Rev. John Vannoy, a Baptist minister who married Miss Rebecca McNeil, lived in Ashe County on Beaver Creek. He was pastor of the old Baptist church at Beaver Creek many years. They had many friends as far as they were known, and raised quite a large family of children, four sons and four daughters, viz.: Jesse, William, James and Wiley, Mary, Louisa, Tilda. Mr. James Eller, of Wilkes County, married Louisa and Henry Hardin married Miss Tilda. The latter named moved to Colorado. Mr. Jesse Vannoy was in the late war of the '60's and died there. So I will not write any more. I have given the most important history according to my knowledge of the McNeils in Wilkes. 'With my best wishes I will now close. Your friend and cousin, G. W. McNeil, Sr.'

Will of John McNeil (c1758-1848)

Will of John McNeil (c1758-1848)
1 Jan 1848 , Franklin County, Georgia

Abstract of the Will of Rev. John McNeil (c 1758-1848), son of Rev. George and Mary (Coats) McNeil, written 1 Jan 1848 and probated 1 May 1848 in Franklin County, Georgia

Historical Collections of the Georgia Chapters, Daughters of the American Revolution, 1926, Chas. P. Byrd, publisher, Atlanta, GA [this book is on-line on microfilm on Ancestry.com and in many libraries]

Vol. I, p. 314, Index of Will Book B, Franklin County, GA, 1848-1867
John McNeil
Jan. 1 1848--May 1, 1848

" Of advanced age." Wife Frances with whom I have lived in social quietude 62 years; son Benjamin, daus. Jerutha McNeil, Francis Looney, property of both to be in trust of son Benjamin McNeil, who with "wife Frances" Exrs. Wittnesses: John McFarland, Elijah Griffin

Note: His wife was Frances "Fannie" Cleveland and daughter Frances Looney was Sarah Frances "Fannie" Cleveland Looney, married to Noah Looney

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Teresa McVeigh 2010

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Elder George McNEIL (c 1720-1805)

Elder George McNEIL was born abt 1720 in Glasglow, Scotland and died 7 Jun 1805 in Wilkes County, North Carolina. According to family tradition, he was educated to be a Presbyterian minister, but after his arrival in Virginia he became a Baptist minister. About 1750 he moved to North Carolina and eventually settled in the area that is now Wilkes County. He is listed there on the 1790 and 1800 Censuses. He marched and served as chaplain with the forces of Col. Benjamin CLEVELAND which fought at the Battle of King's Mountain  October 7,1780, a pivotal victory by the American Patriots against the Bristish forces in the Southern Campaign.

26 Oct 1905 a granite marker was erected at the grave of Rev. George McNeil in the family cemetery at Parsonsville, Wilkes County, North Carolina, according to the book "George Michael Eller and his Descendants..." by James W. Hook (New Haven, CN, 1957).

Front face of Memorial to Elder George McNEILL 
Elder George
Was Born
In Glasglow
In or About
The year 1820
And departed
This life
June 7, 1805

Back face of Memorial to Elder George McNEILL

He was one of the
pioneer Baptist
Preachers and org
anizers of the Yadkin
and later of the
Mountain District
Baptist Associations
who was a patriotic
citizen and companion
of the American
Army in the War
of the Revolution

Committee members to erect the memorial (all descendants of George McNEILL)
Committe [sic]

Thanks for the photos from A Family Tree: Roots to Buds

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