Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Benjamin Sport-Isbol Hendrix Marriage Bond

Rowan County, NC Marriage Bond (03-070);
Benjamin Sport to Isbol Hendrix, Jan 1, 1815;
Elijah Lyons, Bondsman, R Powell Witness , Jan. 1, 1815
Original in the North Carolina State Archives Bond#OOO131991, Image 003585, Record 03 070

State of North Carolina Rowan County}
KNOW all Men by these presents, That we Benjamin Sport & Elijah Lyons of the state aforesaid, are held and firmly bound unto the Governor of the State of North Carolina for the time being, in the just and full sum of Five Hundred Pounds, current money of this State, to be paid to the said Governor, or his preceptors or assigns: To the which payment well and truly to be made and done, we bind ourselves, our Heirs, Executors, and Administrators.

Sealed with our Seals, and dated this first day of January--Anno Domini 1815
The Condition of the above obligation is such, That whereas the above bounden Benjamin Sport hath made application for a License for a Marriage to be celebrated between him and Isbol Hendrix of the county aforesaid: Now in case it shall not appear hereafter, that there is any lawful cause or obstruct the said marriage, then the above obligation to be void, otherwise to remain in full force and virtue.

Sealed and Delivered in the Presence of us}
R. Powell [Witness]
Benjamin [Mark] Sport
Elijah Lyons [ Bondsman]

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Teresa McVeigh
07 Mar 2007
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Obituary of George W. Sports, 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.

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Teresa McVeigh
6 Nov 2010
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George W Sport(s) Confederate Disability Discharge, 1863

Army of the Confederate States
Certificate of Disability for Discharge

Pvt. George Sports of Captain Buist's Company (C) of the [Adkin's?] Batt. SC, Ripley's Brigade, a resident of Marlborough S. C. was enlisted by Capt. Sparks at James Island S. C. on the 12th day of April 1862, to serve 3 years or war. He was born in Marlborough Dist. In the State of South Carolina, is Twenty five years of age, five feet nine inches high, light complexion, blue eyes, and by occupation, when enlisted, a Carpenter.
WE certify that we have carefully examined the said George Sports of Captain Buist Company , and find him incapable of performing the duties of a soldier in any department of the service, because Organic Disease of the heart, the result of rheumatism.

St. Julien R[aversel?]
Senior Surgeon of Board
Station General Hospital, Columbia, S. C.
June 11th 1863
Discharged this 25 day of June 1863, at Columbia.
C. D. Melton
Major Commanding Post.

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Teresa McVeigh
16 Jun 2014
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Mary A McCollum testified at George Sport's Guardian hearings, 21 Jan 1856

State of South Carolina
District of Sumter }

On this 21st day of  January A.D. 1856 before Mr. J. W. Stuckey, a Magistrate within and for the District and State aforesaid, personally appeared Mary A. McCollum, aged 33 years and a resident of the District and State above mentioned who being duly sworn according to law saith on oath, that she resided in Marion District S.C. in the year 1851. That Elizabeth Sports Widow of Benjamin Sports and the Mother of George Sports was a near neighbor; that the said Elizabeth Sports died she thinks in the month of February of that year; that the deponent was at the residence of said Elizabeth Sports while she was a [Cofin?] in the House. She further testifies that she knew George Sports the son of said Elizabeth Sports and that he was then a small boy she thinks about 13 years of age at the time his Mother’s death. And she further states that she has heard it said that Benjamin Sports the father of George Sports was a soldier in the War of 1812. And further this deponent saith not.

Mary A. McCollum

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Teresa McVeigh 
25 Mar 2007 
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George W. Sport's Guardianship, 1856

George W Sport(s) was a 13 year old minor when his mother died and a Guardian, Abner N. Bristow, was appointed in in June, 1856. Lucretia (Henagan) McCollum testified concerning George's age and the death of his parents.

State of South Carolina
Sumter District }

On this fourth day of March A.D. 1856 before Mr. J. W. Stuckey, a Magistrate within and for the District and State aforesaid personally appears Mrs. Lucretia McCollum a resident of the District and State aforesaid who being duly sworn saith on oath that she resided in Marlb[orough] District and knew Benjamin Sports about the year 1842 [at that?] time he was attending to business for the late Hon. B. K. Henagan, a Brother of deponent. The said Benjamin Sports was said to have been a soldier in the War of 1812, and died in Marlborough District about eight years ago. Deponent knew Elizabeth Sports the wife of said Benjamin Sports, and testifies that she survived her husband the Sd. Benjamin Sports, about three years. And died in Marion District S.C. (where deponent then resided) in February 1851. Deponent was at the house of said Elizabeth Sports when she died, and made her burial clothes.  She further declares that she knew George Sports, the son of the above named Benjamin & Elizabeth Sports from the time that he was a child and believes he is about Eighteen years of age, by the age of a nephew of hers, a son of Hon. B. K. Henagan, they being about the same age. She further declares that the said George Sports is the only minor child of Benjamin and Elizabeth Sports deceased and She testifies positively that having known the said George from his early childhood, he is a minor as aforesaid without any doubt. Deponent further testified, that the aforesaid

Benjamin Sports and Elizabeth Sports lived together as man and wife from the time she first became acquainted with them about the year 1842 until the death of said Benjamin Sports and that they were recognized as such by all their acquaintances, none doubting that they had been legally married and their children legitimate. And further this deponent saith not.

 Lucretia McCollum

Sworn to and [discharged?] before me on this the year and day within written and I certify that the above deponent is a disinterested and credible witness, and that I have no interest in this matter.

J.W. Stuckey

State of South Carolina
District of Sumter }

I Geo. S.C. Deschamps Clerk of the Court of Common Pleas for the district and State aforesaid do hereby certify that J. W. Stuckey whose [E?] Signature appears above and is, and was at the time of signing the same a magistrate for the District and State aforesaid duly Commissioned & Sworn, that all his official acts as such are [En?] to [?] faith and [?] that the aforesaid District Court is a Court of record having General Jurisdiction and that I have no interest in this matter.

Given under my hand and [oath?]
of office at Sumter C.H. this
12th day of March A. D. 1856
G.S.C. Deschamps

State of South Carolina
Marlborough District

J.E.P. Ervin
Judge of the Court of Ordinary for the District of Marlborough State aforesaid, which [being?] a Court of Record, do hereby certify that Abner N. Bristow of same District and State was by this court on the 30th day of April 1856 appointed Guardian of George Sports a minor son of Benjamin Sports deceased in [witness?] whereof.

I do here unto set my hand and seal of office at Marlborough C.H. this day of June 1856.

E.P. Ervin  O.M.D.                                                                                                              


Later Abner Bristow applied for Bounty Land for his ward due to his father's service in the War of 1812:

Washington, 23 Feby 1857
Geo. C. Whiting, Esq.
Comr. Pensions

The application No. 246.549 for bounty Land for George Sports minor child of Benjamin Sports made by A. N. Bristow it appears by a letter [inform?] your department failed to give the name of the Capt. Under whom said Benjm. Sports served. Having [received?] the facts for said A. N. Bristow (Guardian) my recollection is that Capt. Bigham of South Carolina militia was the officer.


The land grant was approved and Bristow sold the 160 acres to William Rogers of Bishopville.

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Teresa McVeigh 
27 Mar 2007
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Tuesday, June 2, 2015

William Dallas Ivie Death Certificate

Certificate of Death 12511
William Dallas Ivie
May 12, 1966
Habersham County Hospital, Demorest, Habersham County, Georgia
Usual residence—Cornelia, Habersham County, Georgia
Male, White, Born Ga. 11/16/86
Spouse Dora W. Ivie
Occupation Carpenter, Industry woodwork
Was deceased ever in US Armed Forces? No
Father Cranford M Ivie
Mother Martha Harper
Cause of Death [has been redacted but was uremic poisoning, kidney and heart failure on original certificate]
Mortician: Thos. J. MaGahee, Cornelia, Ga. 
Informant: Henry Ivie, Cornelia, Ga.

William Dallas Ivie, age 22 (abt 1908)

Sunday, May 31, 2015

Eliza Cassandra (Taylor) Ivie 1901 Confederate Widow's Pension Application, 1901, page 4, Habersham County, Georgia

Eliza Cassander (Taylor) Ivie Confederate Pension Application, 1901, ([page 4). Questions for Witnesses (by A. W. Harper) continued, Affidavit of Physicians, and Ordinary’s Certificate. 

26. Is applicant able to earn a support at labor of any sort, if not why? No. Because of age and infirmity. 
27. How was she supported for 1899 and 1900? By her husband and children. 
28. How much did applicant contribute to her support for last two years? Nothing
29. Give a full and complete statement of applicant’s physical condition? Already stated weak from age and disease
30. What interest have you in the recovery of this pension by the applicant? None

Sworn to and subscribed before me this 18th day of Feb. 1901
M. Franklin, Ordinary, Habersham County}                              A.W. Harper

Affidavits of Physicians. 
State of Georgia
Habersham County}
Personally before me comes Dr. I A Ketron and J K Burns both known to me to be reputable physicians of said county,...sworn…
Mrs. E.C. Ivie …an examination…applicant suffered from chronic inflammation of the liver, was weak and feeble from age, not able to do any labor 
And we have no interest in said pension if allowed.  

Sworn to and subscribed before me this 18th day of Feb. 1901
M. Franklin, Ordinary, Habersham County}                       
I A Ketron MD
J K Burns, MD

Ordinary’s Certificate
State of Georgia
M Franklin County}
I, M. Franklin, Ordinary for the said county, hereby certify that the applicant, Mrs. Eliza C. Ivie resides in said county, and has been a resident since …1838, 
and that the witnesses, Mr. A. W. Harper, and Drs. I. A. Ketron, and J. K. Burns are of trustworthy character, and that their statements are entitled to full
faith and credit. 

…I further certify that the tax digest of Habersham County shows that the applicant returned for taxation in her own name in 1899 nothing worth of property, 
and in 1900 nothing worth of property. 

Witness my hand and official seal, this 18th day of February 1901. 
M. Franklin Ordinary
Habersham County

Eliza Cassander (Taylor) Ivie, Confederate Widow's Pension Application 1901, page 3 Witness

Alonzo Wayne "Squire" Harper is Witness for the Confederate Widow's Pension Application of  Eliza Cassander (Taylor) Ivie, 18 Feb 1901, Habersham County, Georgia. 

Note: A. W. Harper was married to William Wilson Ivie's sister, Sarah Elizabeth Ivie, so he was Eliza C. Ivie's brother in-law. 

Questions for Witnesses
State of Georgia
Habersham County}
A.W. Harper of said State and County, having been presented as a witness in the support of the Application of Mrs. Eliza C. Ivie 
for a Pension under the Act of 1900, and after being duly sworn true answers to make to the following questions,
deposes and answers as follows:

1. What is your name and where do you reside? A W Harper. Habersham County near Mt. Airy Georgia
2. Are you acquainted with the applicant, Mrs. Eliza C. Ivie? If so, how long have you known her?
Over forty years
3. Where does she reside, and how long and since when has she been a resident of this state?
Demorest, Habersham Co. Ga. Resident of this State all her life
4. Where and when was she born? I don’t know except what she says
5. Were you ever acquainted with her husband? I knew him fifty years
6. Where did he reside in 1861? Habersham County
7. When and to Whom was he married? December 1859 to Eliza C. Taylor
8. When and where was he born? Don’t know of my own knowledge
9. How long have you known him? Fifty years
10. Where and when did W.W. Ivie enlist in the war between the States, and in what Company and Regiment did he enlist,
and how do you know this? 
In 1862 in Smith’s Legion in Clarkesville served in this Legion until discharged August 1863. Re-enlisted in July 1864 in
Co. H 11 Ga. Cavalry. Because I was with him. 
11. Were you a member of the same company and regiment? I was
12. How long did he perform regular military duty? Up to the surrender
13. When and where was his Company and Regiment surrendered and discharged from service? 
At Statesboro S.C. April 1865
14. Were you with the command when it surrendered? I was not on detail service
15. Was the husband of the applicant present?
He was with command up to about 60 days before the surrender to my knowledge. I left about that time on detail. Have understood he was. 
17. Where and when did he leave command? At surrender so I have understood. As I have answered he was with the command up to 60 
days prior to the surrender when I left on detail and have always understood he was at the surrender
How do you know all this? All my own knowledge by being with him in service
18. Where and when did W. W. Ivie die? Cornelia Ga. 21st Dec. 1900
19. Where did he reside at his death at his death and how long had he been a resident of Georgia?
Cornelia Ga. All his life.
20. Do you of your own knowledge know that applicant is the lawful widow of W.W. Ivie? I do
21. Has she remained unmarried since her soldier husband’s death, and is now his widow? Yes. Yes, & she is now his widow. 
22. What property, effects or income has the applicant...? Nothing
23.  What property, effects or income did the applicant have in 1899 and 1900…? Nothing
24. Has the applicant conveyed any property in last two years, or given any away…? She has not
25. What is Applicant’s physical condition and her chances and ability to earn support? 
She is weak form Age and diseased been in bed off & on for some time

Saturday, May 30, 2015

Eliza Cassander (Taylor) Ivie Pension Application, 1901, page 2

1901 Application by Eliza Cassander (Taylor) Ivie, widow of William Wilson Ivie, for Indigent Widow's Pension for his service during the Civil War, Co. H, 11 Georgia Calvary, page 2

Questions for Applicant
State of Georgia
Habersham County}
Mrs. Eliza C. Ivie of said State and County, desiring to avail herself of the Pension allowed to Indigent Widows of Confederate Soldiers, under Act of General Assembly, passed 1900, hereby submits her proofs, and after being duly sworn true answers to make to the following questions, depose and answers as follows:

1. What is your name and where do you reside? Eliza C. Ivie, Cornelia, Ga., Habersham County
2. How long have you been a resident of this state? 63 years
3. When and where were you born? Nov 1838 in Habersham 
4. When and where was your husband born—state his full name, and when you and he were married? Feb. 1836 in Habersham County, in Habersham County Dec. 1859 to W.W. Ivie
5. When and where and in what Company and Regiment did your husband enlist or serve during the war between the States?
He first enlisted in Smith Legion in May ’62 and then he enlisted in July 1864 at Clarksville Company H, 11th Ga. Calvary
6. How long did your husband serve in said Company and Regiment? about 9 months years
7. When and where did your husband’s Company and Regiment surrender and was discharged? In April 1865 in Statesborough, SC
8. Was you husband present at the time and place where his Company and Regiment surrendered? Yes
10. When and Where did your husband die? 21st day of December 1900
11. Which of the following grounds do you base your application for Pension, Viz. Age and Poverty…? Age and Poverty
12. If upon the first ground, how long have you been in such a condition….? Have not been able to maintain myself for three or four years
13. What has been your occupation since your husband’s death? Have not had any occupation since death of mny husband
14. How much can you earn gross, by your own exertion or labor? Not anything
15. What property, real or personal, or income do you have or possess, and its gross value? Have none
16. What property, real or personal, did you possess at death of your husband….? Have none
18. How have you been supported since death of husband, and especially for 1899 and 1900? By my children
19. How much did your support cost for each of those years, and how much did your contribute by your own labor or income? 
Did not cost much, 2 not anything
20. What was your employment during 1899 and 1900—how much did you receive for each year?
I tried to do a little housework. Did not receive anything. 
21. Have you a family? If so, who compose such family? Give their means of support. Have they any lands or other property? 
Have none. I am living with my son.

Sworn to and subscribed before me this 18th day of Feb. 1901} Eliza C. Ivie
M Franklin, Ordinary
of Habersham County

Eliza C Ivie Pension Application 1901

1901 Application by Eliza Cassander (Taylor)  Ivie, widow of William Wilson Ivie, for Indigent Widow's Pension for his service during the Civil War, Co. H, 11 Georgia Calvary

Widow’s Indigent Pension 1901
Name: Mrs. Ivie E. C.
County: Habersham
Widow of: W.W. Ivie
Co. “H 11 Ga Cav
Approved 4/23 1901
John W. Lindsey
Commissioner of Pensions

Power of Attorney
State of Georgia
Habersham County}
I, Eliza C Iva hereby authorize M Franklin
of Habersham County, to receive and receipt for the pension allowed&
remit the same to me at Demorest, by his check or registered mail.
Witness my hand this 18th day of Feb. 1901
Executed in the presence of
M Franklin, Ordinary,
Habersham County} Eliza C Ivie

William Wilson Ivie and Eliza Cassandra Taylor Marriage Record, Habersham County, Georgia, 1859

License and Marriage Record of the Marriage of William Wilson Ivie and Eliza Cassandra Taylor

22 Dec 1859, Habersham County, Georgia


License--Georgia, Habersham County. Wm. W Ivie and Eliza C. Taylor 7 Dec 1859, C H Sutton. 

Marriage--Georgia, Habersham County. 22nd day of Decr 1859. John Suggs, M. G. Recorded Feb 1, 1860

Friday, May 29, 2015

Potts Family Record (abt 1895), White County, Georgia

Potts Family Record Page which was inserted into the John Wesley and Nancy (Potts) Warwick Family Bible (page 3)

J. P. Potts was borned Dec 4th 1835
M. E. Potts was borned May 26th 1842
Nancy Hannah  “ “ Oct. 18th 1861
Ella Eveline “ “ April 15th 1864
Joel Daniel “ “ March 23th 1866
William Charley “ “ March 3th 1869
James Thomas “ “ August 30th 1871
Lewis Monroe “ “ May 22th 1874
Rufus Alexander “ “ Jan. 24th 1877
Eugenia Elizabeth “ “ August 20th 1879
Jesse George Potts “ “ August 19th 1880
Claud Lee “ “ Sept. 10th 1886

Here is Joe’s Children
Marion Luther was borned March 26th 1887
Sallie May “ “ Dec 26th 1888
Emma Malinda “ “ July 3th 1898
George Daniel “ “ June 25th 1891
J.P. Potts was married May 24th 1860
J. D. Potts was married Oct 24, 1886
W. C. Potts Died April 15th 1874

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

John Wesley Warwick (1858-1917) Bible, page 2, White County, Georgia

John Wesley Warwick (1858-1917) Bible, page 2, listing births and marriages of some his children



Wylie I Warwick born January 19, 1884 Mary M Warwick born Jun 1, 1885 Henry C Warwick born August 21, 1887 Icie Dora Warwick born January 10, 1890 Charlie D Warwick born Febuary 14, 1892 Tomas O Warwick born January 14, 1895

Jessie Lee Warwick born July 25, 1896 Genie E Warwick born December 18, 1898 Birty Selena Warwick B August 7, 1901 Burnice Warwick born Jun 6, 1904 Henry Warwick was married to Letcher Moore December 6, 1908 Wiley Warwick was married to Icie Potts Oct 13th 1909

Monday, May 25, 2015

John Wesley Warwick (1858-1917) Bible, page 1, White County, Georgia


 Flora Freeman was married to Charlie Warwick August 27, 1925 Tomas Oscar Did April 17 1895 J.W. Warwick died Feb 3rd 1917 Dora Warwick was married to Dallas Ivie Feb. 1, 1914 Charlie Warwick was married to Alice Dooley Jan. 3, 1915 Lee Warwick was married to Lelia Palmour Oct. 21, 1918 Genie Warwick was married to Robert Craven April 7th 1918 Bertie Warwick was married to Tollie Allen July 16th 1921

Husband, J W Warwick Born, May the 9 1858 Wife, N H Warwick Born, October 18 1861 Married, J W Warwick was married to N H Potts December the 25 1882 Floyd Kennimer was married to Mamie Warwick December 25 1907

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Will of Martha (Beazley) Reynolds, 1753, Essex County, Virginia

In the name of God amen I Martha Rennalds of the County of Essex widow being in Perfect Health & of mind and memory sound as usual for preventing disputes which might arise about such Estate as I shall leave at my death do make and ordain this my last will and Testament as follows Imprimatur: I give unto my son Cornelius Rennalds the use of my Negro Boy Will

During his natural life and after his death to his Heirs forever also I give my said son after my Decease my great Bible. Item I give and bequeath all the Residue and Remainder of my Estate Real and personal to my Five five children and Grand Child hereafter named Viz: Cornelius Rennolds Elizabeth Rucker Ann Beazley Manrgaret Leandall Mary Goode and my grandson Cornelius Reynolds son of William Reynolds Deceased—to be equally Divided amongst them, lastly I do Constitute and appoint my son Cornelius Rennolds & my son in law Thomas Rucker Executors of this my Last Will and Testament. In witness I have hereunto set my Hand and seal this  
Tenth day of March in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and fifty three—

Sign’d sealed & Published
In the Prescence of us

Martha (M her mark) Reynolds (seal)
David Dishman
Thomas Reynolds
William Moore

At a Court held for Essex County, at Tappahannock on the 18th Day of September Anno Dom. 1753

This Last Will and Testament of Martha Reynolds Deceased was Presented into Court by Cornelius Reynolds one of the Executors therein mentioned who made oath hereto and the same being proved by the oaths of David Dishman & Thomas Reynolds two of the witnesses hereto and thereupon the same is admitted to us and on the motion of the said Cornelius and his performing what the Laws in Such Cases Requires Certification  is granted him for obtaining a probate hereof in due form—

Test. John ?

Know all ye men by these presents that we Cornelius Rennolds , Thomas Rennolds & Davis Dishmore are held and firmly bound unto Thomas Waring William Dangerfield Mungo Roy William Roane and Simon Miller Gent. Justices for Essex County in the sum of two hundred pounds Current money to be paid said Justices and their successors his Executors, Administrators, and assigns. To the which payment well and truly to be made we bind ourselves and every of us, our Heirs, Executors, and Administrators, jointly and severally, firmly by these presents. Sealed with our seals, dated this 18th Day of September Anno Dom. 1753

The Condition of this obligation is such That if the above bonds Cornelius Rennolds Executor of the last Will and Testament of Martha Rennolds Deceased do make or cause to be made a true and perfect Inventory of all and singular the goods, Chattels and Credits of the said Deceased which have or shall come to the hand & Possession or Knowledge of any other person or persons for him and the same vs made do exhibit into the County Court of Essex at time as he shall be – here unto required by the said Court of the same Goods, Chattels, & Credits of all other the Goods, Chattels, and Credits of sd. dec’d. which at any time after shall come to Hand or Possession of any other person or persons for him to well and truly administer according to laws & further to make a true and just account of his actings and doing therein when thereto required by sd. Court & also shall well and truly pay & deliver all decrees contained & specified in sd. Testament as far as Sd. Goods, Chattels, & Credits will there unto extend of the laws shall charge then this obligation to be Void & of None effect or else to remain in full force of Virtue.  
Cornelius Reynolds (seal)
Thomas Rennolds (seal)
David Dishman (seal)

At a Court held for Essex County at Tappahannock on the 18th day of September Anno Dom. 1753
Cornelius Rennolds Thomas Rennolds & David Dishman acknowledged this bond to be their proper act of deed and the same is admitted to record is truly recorded. 
 Test. John ?

1739 Orange County, Virginia Tithe List

Excepted from

Orange County, VA - Tithe Lists, 1734-1739, Charles Arthur Hoppin,    William and Mary College Quarterly Historical Magazine, Vol. 27, No. 1. (Jul., 1918), pp. 19-27.

Orange County was created by act of assembly August 1734, from the westernmost portion of Spotsylvania County. Orange county when first created included the now counties of Augusta, Fred erick, Culpeper, Madison, Greene, Shenandoah, Rockbridge, Rockingham in Virginia, a great proportion of the territory of the present State of West Virginia, and the whole of the present State of Kentucky.

Year 1739

A List of Tithables in the precinct of James Pickett, Constable.

Thomas Rucker                 3    Walter Vaughan             1

John Howard                   1    John Rogers                3

Wm Crawford                   2    Walter Lenord              3

Benja Coward                  3    Thos Brown                 2

Richd Maulden                 3    John Shelton               1

Thos Morgan                   2    Wm Loggins                 1

Benja Thomson                 1    Jonathan Gibson's Quarter  4

Major LeVaune [?]             3    Martin Trapp               1

Thos Jackson                  6    John Bush [or Rush?]       2

Thoss Coleman                 1    John Forrester             3

Fras Pickett                  1    Wm. Williamson             1

Michael Gary                  2    John Farrow                1

Isaac Tinsley                 1    Moses Battley's Quarter    5

Henry Ware                    3    Leonard Phillips           2

Wm Rucker                     1    Patrick Walsh              3

Wm Pierce                     2    John McDaniel              2

Peter Rucker                  6    David Phillips             2

John Gath                     3    John Zachary               2

Thos Stanton                  1    Wm Phillips                5

Thos Zachary                  1    Robert Morgan              1

David Zachary                 2    Benja Cave                 5

Ann Stogdill's Quarter        2    Blan Ballard's Quarter     2

Wm Offil                      1    John Grymes Esqr Quarter  15

Jonas Archer                  2    John Stone                 1

Jas Stevens                   1    Michael Holt               3

From Library of Virginia website: http://www.lva.virginia.gov/public/guides/tithables_vanote.htm

The noun "tithable" when it appears in the seventeenth- and eighteenth-century records of Virginia refers to a person who paid, or for whom someone else paid, one of the taxes that the General Assembly imposed for the support of the civil government in the colony.

The terms "tithe" and "tithable" had ancient roots in English law and referred to the tax of the tenth portion of the livestock and certain other agricultural products for the support of the church. The term "tithable" developed a different and restricted meaning in seventeenth-century Virginia, where it came to apply to persons on whom the colony's tax laws assessed a poll tax or capitation tax, literally a tax on each "head."

By 1658, when the assembly passed a law defining "What Persons are Tithable," a "tithable" was a member of the potentially productive labor force: free caucasian males age sixteen or older plus "all negroes imported whether male or female, and Indian servants male or female however procured, being sixteen years of age" (Hening, Statutes at Large, 1:454-455). Subsequent laws made the immigrants' descendants tithable, too. Slaves and servants did not pay their own taxes; their owners or masters were therefore "tithable" for themselves and for the taxes on their servants and slaves.

Lists of tithables for a county or a household, then, do not enumerate anyone under the age of sixteen or any adult white woman unless they were heads of households. Relatively few tithables lists are extant.

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Marriage of Cornelius Reynolds and Margaret Carter, 1647, St Alphage London Wall Parish, London, England

Marriage record of Cornelius Reynolds and Margaret Carter, 14 Mar 1647, St. Alphage London Wall Parish, London, England

Transcription of text in document
1647 Mariages 
March the 14 Cornelius Reynolds and Margaret Carter

St. Alphage London Wall was a church built directly into the Wall of London. It was also known as St. Alphage Cripplegate. Alphage is also spelled Alphege and Elphege. He was a Saxon saint. It was said to have been established before 1608. There were two subsequent churches, both now demolished. 

The Parish was within the walls of London in the City and County of London.

Map about 1667 from the Family Seach Wiki showing the parish:


Thursday, May 21, 2015

Susannah Reynolds Deeds 1675-1705

Deeds and Grants which identify Susannah (Susan) Reynolds as the daughter of Cornelius Reynolds and wife of John Goss and Thomas Meador

From Cavaliers and Pioneers, p. 168, Patent Book No., 6 (VA):

MR. THO. MEAD. 640 acs., New Kent County, N. side of Mattapony Riv., upon branches of Peanketank maine Sw., about 2 mi. from Mr. Tho. HOLMES; 6 Oct. 1675, p. 570. On Timber Br., along lland of Johnn PICC & Jno. MADDISON. Granted to Cornelius REYNOLDS 6 June 1664, assigned to Richd. SANKEY, who assigned to sd. MEAD. 8 Jan 1673."

Book 12 page 154 Deed. 14 Dec. 1705. Thomas Meadors (sic) and Susanna Meadors Daughter of Cornelius Reynolds deceased sell John Taliaferro, for 6 negros, 300 acres in the Freshes of the Rappahannock River which was granted Mr Cornelius Reynolds 16 April 1683, and by him given to said Susanna as by assignment recorded 14 June 1683.


Thomas Meades (sic)

Susanna x Meades


Jno Battaile

James Coghill

Weldon Jefferson

Ack by Thomas Meades (sic) and Susanna his wife and rec 11 Feb. 1705 / 6.

Old Rappahannock Co Deed Book 7 - 1682-1686; pg 43-44

TO ALL TO WHOM these prsents shall come, I THOMAS LORD CULPEPER, Baron of Thorsway, his Majties. Lieut, and Govnr: General of Virginia send Greeting in our Lord God everlasting. Whereas his Majtie. hath been gratiously pleased by his Royal Letters Patents under the Great Seale of England bearing date at Westminster the Tenth day of October in the Eight and Twentieth yeare of his. Reigne amongst other things in the sd Letters Pattent contayned to continue the antient lidge of granting Fifty acres of land for every person imported into this Collony of Virgo.: NOW KNOW yee that I the said THOMAS LORD CULPEPER &c. Governer &c, doe with the consent of the Coun cell of State accordingly give CORNELIUS REYNOLDS Three hundred acres of land according to the antient and lawful' bounds thereof being in the Freshes of Rappa: on the South side of the River in the County aforesaid the said land being formerly granted unto JOHN GODFREY deced and lately found escheat to his Majtie, as by an Inquisition recorded in Mr, Secretarys office under the hands and seales of Coll, ISAAC ALLERTON Escheatr: Generall of said Collony and a Jury sworn before him may appeare dated the Fourteenth day of Decembr: One thousand Six hundred and Eighty one the moyety whereof was sold and assigned him the said JOHN GODFREY the Sixth of May 1674 by RICHARD PERK INSON the assigne of JOHN DOLTON who possessed the said land by the last Will and Testament of THOMAS FARRELL deced; the other moyety being sold to said JOHN GODFREY by the said JOHN DOLTON the legatee of said THOMAS FARRELL assignee of JOHN SPEED the eighth of Aprill 1674 as by the several! Deeds upon record may appeare and since granted to the said CORNELIUS REYNOLDS who lately made his composition according to Act; To have and to hold the said land with his due share of all mines and mineralls with all right and privilidges in as larg manner as hath been allowed since the first plantation, To be held of or: Soveraigne Lord the King &c. yeilding and paying &c. Given under my hand and the Seale of the Colony this Sixteenth day of April One thousand six hundred eighty and threen

Recordatr Test NICHO. SPENCER Secrety, THO: CULPEPER

Recordatr x4 die Junii anno 1683 Test EDMD, CRASKE CI Cur

June 4th 1683: Be it known unto all men by these presents that I CORNELIUS REYNOLDS doe freely give unto JOHN GOSS all the within mentioned land during his own natural life and to my Daughter, SUSAN, his Wife and her heires forever, and if in case my Daughter SUSAN should dy without an heir then the said land is to return to the said CORNELIUS REYNOLDS and his heires forever Witness my hand the day and year above written



Recordatr x4 die Junii 1683. Test EDMD. CRASKE Cl Cur

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Transcription of the Will of Cornelius Reynolds, 1734, Essex County, Virginia

1730-1735 Essex County Virginia Will Book No. 5; Antient Press: Page 320-231

IN THE NAME OF GOD AMEN the fifteenth day of Aprill in the year of Christ one thousand seven hundred & thirty & four I CORNELIUS REYNOLD of Essex County being weak in body but of perfect sence memory thanks be to God for the same do make & ordain this my last will & Testament as followeth viz.

Item I give & bequeath to my Son WM REYNOLD all my land whereon I now dwell after my wifes decease & if he should dye without heir the same to my Son CORNELIUS & if he should dye without heir then the same to return to my Daughter SARAH & if she should dye without heir then the same to be Equally divided amongst my three daughters Vizt. ANNE, MARGARETT and MARY.

Item I give to my five daughters vizt. ELIZABETH, ANNE, SARAH. MARGARETT MARY twelve shillings a piece to buy them each of them a gold ring before they come to ye age of Eighteen Except ELIZA. which already past that age.

Item I give to MARTHA my beloved Wife all the rest of my Estate both real & personall during her natural life not to be Interuped or called to account by any person for the same provided she never marry but and if she should marry then my will is that my sd Estate be Immediately equally divided amongst my six children vizt. WILLIAM. CORNELIUS, ANNE., SARAH, MARGARETT MARY, And do constitute & ordain my sd Wife sole Executrix of this my last will & Testament, IN WITNESS whereof I have sett my hand & seal the day & year above written.

In presents of us BLOUMFEILD LONG, Cornelius Reynolds


At a Court held for Essex County at Tappa on the xviiith day of February MDCCXXXIV This last Will and Testamt. of Cornelius Reynolds decd was presented in Court by Martha Reynolds the Exx, therein named who made oath thereto and being also proved by the oaths of John Long Blomfield Long two of the witnesses thereto was admitted to record

pp. KNOW ALL MEN by these presents that we MARTHA RENNOLDS, BLOM. LONG & THOS. THARP are held & firmly bound unto WM. DAINGERFIELD, SAL. MUSCOE, ROBT. BROOKE, JAS. GARNETT, NICHO. SMITH & RICHD. TYLER Gent Justices of the County of Essex in sum of two hundred pounds Sterling this xviiith day of Febry MDCCXXX I V

The Condition of this obligation is such that if the above bound Martha Rennolds Exx of the last will and Testament of CORNELIUS RENNOLDS decd do make or cause to be made a true and perfect inventory of all the goods chattles & credits of the sd decd the same

so made do exhibit or cause to he exhibited in the County Court of Essex at such time as she shall be thereunto required by the sd Court & further do make a just and true account of her actings and doing therein when thereto required by the sd Court and do well and truly pay and deliver all the Legacies contained & specified in the sd Testament as far as the goods chattles and credits will thereunto extend according to the value thereof & the Law shall charge They this Obligation to be void „ . .

Martha A Reynolds

Bloumfeild Lang Mos, Tharp

At a Court held for Essex County at Tappa on the zviiith day of February MDCCXXXIV (those bound) acknowledge to be their act & deed which is ordered to be recorded.

From Early Colonial Settlers of Southern Maryland and Virginia's Northern Neck Counties, by mrmarshall2004@yahoo.com, on Rootsweb http://wc.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=GET&db=mrmarsha&id=I031844

William and John Reynolds land grant, 1697, Richmond County, Virginia

Land grant issued to William and John Reynolds, 15 Oct, 1697, Richmond County, Virginia, by the agents of the Fairfax Proprietary. Taken from the Archives at the Library of Virginia. North Neck Grants, reels 288-311.

William and John Reynolds Land Grant 1697


279 William and John Reynolds 500 acres Exam’d. 

Margaret Lady Culpeper, Thomas Lord Fairfax to all whereas know ye that we of and in consideration of the composition give and grant unto William Reynolds – John Reynolds of the County of Richmond five hundred acres of land in said county bounded as followeth, viz. beginning at a marked white oak the corner tree of the land of Robert Payne by the side of a sunken ground opposite to a certain glade, and extending by the said Paynes land north eight hundred and sixty poles to a white oak, thence East ninety three poles to a Spanish Oak, thence eight hundred and sixty poles to the roadside near or almost thence to the prime station ninety three poles containing and being now laid out for five hundred acres. Together Royall mines excepted to have and hold yielding


280 Yielding and paying ten shillings yearly provided dated the fifteenth day of October one thousand six hundred and ninety seven. 

W.F., G.B

Friday, May 15, 2015

Abstract of the Wills of Martha Reynolds (1753) and Cornelius Reynolds (1734), Essex County, VA

Will of Martha Reynolds, 10 Mar 1753, 18 Sep 1753

To Son, Cornelius; to dau.s: Elizabeth Rucker, Ann Beazley, Margaret Leandall, Mary Goodloe; to grandson, Cornelius Reynolds, son of William Reynolds, dec'd. Executors: Son Cornelius Reynolds; Son-in-law, Thomas Rucker. Witness: David Dishman, Thomas Reynolds, William Moore (W.B. 9, p.246), Essex County, Virginia

Will of Cornelius Reynolds, 15 Apr 1734, 18 Feb 1734

To sons: William Reynolds, Cornelius Reynolds; to dau.s: Sarah, Annie, Margaret, Mary; To my wife, Martha. Witness: Broumfield Long, Samuel Bizwell, John Long (W.B. 5, p. 320), Essex County, Virginia

Transcribed by Sudie Rucker Wood, The Rucker Family Genealogy with Their Ancestors, Decendants, and Connections, Old Dominion Press, Richmond, VA, 1932, p. 175

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Thomas Rucker's Will, Culpepper County, Virginia 11 June 1763

Will of Thomas Rucker, June 11, 1763, Oct. 20, 1763.

    "In the Name of God, Amen.  June the eleventh day in the year of our Lord One Thousand Seven Hundred sixty three.
    I, Thomas Rucker of Blumfield Parish in the County of Culpeper, having my sound and Perfect Sense of mind, and memory Thanks to the Almighty God for the same, and Calling to mind the mortality of mankind and that all men must die, Therefore as Touching such Worldly Estate that it hath Pleased God to Bless me in this world with I do give and Bequeath in manner and form following.
    Imprimis.  First and Principally I Bequeth my soul to the almighty God that gave it to me, and my Body to be Buried in a christian like manner at the Direction of my Executors.
    Item:  I give and Bequeth unto my well beloved son John Rucker all that Tract or Parcel of Land situate, lying and Being in Culpeper County and Bound between Cornelius Ruckers line, his line, and the road that now parts it from the Land I now live on to him and his heirs forever  
    Item:  I give and bequeth unto my beloved son George Rucker the Land and Plantation I now live on, it being Bounded by the Road that now is Thomas Rucker Jun. his line, the river and William Craford's line which said land and plantation I give to my son George and his heirs for ever.
    Item:  But and in case my son John Rucker should die without heir then his Part as above mentioned shall be and I give the same unto my son William Rucker and if in the like case my son George Rucker should die without heir that the part laid off for him above mentioned shall be and I give the same to my son Muldin Rucker, the above two Parcels of Land shall be to my two said sons William and Muldin and their heirs for Ever if Either of the forementioned John Rucker and George Rucker should die without heirs as above mentioned.
    Item:  I will and Desire that my wife, Elizabeth Rucker shall have the work and I do lend her the two negroes, as shall be here mentioned (viz) Jack and Hannah which said negroes I do lend to my Elisabeth for and during her Natural Life and no Longer and After the Decease of my said wife Elisabeth then the said Negroes and future increase of the said Negroes Hannah if any shall be at the Decease of my said wife shall return to my Estate and shall be as I shall hereafter mention.
    I lend unto my wife Elisabeth my manner Plantation I now live on For and During her Natural Life and no Longer and at the Decease of my said Wife Elisabeth then the said Lands and Plantation to return to my son George as above mentioned.
    Item:  I lend to my wife Elisabeth all and Every of my Estate that Remaineth and Every of my Estate Personal and all and Every Negro shall be sold and then the money arising thereby shall be Equally Divided Between my Children as shall be hereafter named, Thomas, Peter, Mary, John, Elisabeth, Martha, William, Muldin, Isaac, Easter, Franky, George.
    Item:  I constitute Nominate and appoint my Two sons Peter and John to be the Executors of this my last Will and Testament, utterly Revoking, Disallowing and Disannuling all former and other Wills, testaments, Bequests, Legacies by  me formerly made and Done and allowing this and only this to be my last will and Testament.  In Testimony whereof I do hereunto set my hand and Seal the Day and Year above written.  Signed Thomas Rucker

Transcribed by Sudie Rucker Wood, The Rucker Family Genealogy with Their Ancestors, Decendants, and Connections, Old Dominion Press, Richmond, VA, 1932, p. 176-178

I have not found Page 1 of the Original Will. Below is page 2 and 3

Source information:  Will Book A, p. 350, Culpeper County, Virginia

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Wyatt Paul's name is probably not Dight Paul (c 1810-c. 1870)

I don’t believe Ezekiel ("Zeke"), Nancy and John Paul’s father was named Dight Paul, although that error is perpetrated all over the net. That was the name ONLY on the 1850 Census where he appeared with Zeke, Nancy and John:

42  114  114 PAUL           DIGHT          40   M    M    FARMER         500       NC
1   114  114 PAUL           NANCY          39   F    M                             SC
2   114  114 PAUL           JANE           14   F    M                             SC              
3   114  114 PAUL           MARY           12   F    M                             SC                    
4   114  114 PAUL           CATHARINE      10   F    M                             SC
5   114  114 PAUL           NANCY          9    F    M                             NC
6   114  114 PAUL           GEORGE         6    M    M                             NC
7   114  114 PAUL           JOHN           3    M    M                             NC
8   114  114 PAUL           EZIEKIEL       3/12 M    M                             NC
9   114  114 PAUL           WILLIAM        12   M    M                             SC

On Waytt Paul's daughter Nancy Paul English’s DC he is listed as Wyatt Paul, b. SC--which is a primary document that should be a bit more reliable than the Census. Her mother was listed as Nancy Miles [Myles], b. SC. Informant was W E English, her grandson.

On Wyatt Paul's son Ezekiel Paul’s DC his father is listed as Wyatt Paul, b. Robeson Co., NC. Informant was Colon Paul, his son. In addition, Zeke’s name is Ezekiel Wyatt Paul. That seems to indicate he might have been named for his father.

On Nancy Sports Paul’s chart she lists him as Wyatt Paul. This chart is not reliable, since it has been altered several times and there are several versions, but all versions list him as Wyatt Paul and he was her father-in-law, father of her husband John Paul.

On the 1840 Census he is Wyatt Paul:
1840 United States Federal Census
Name: Wyatt Paul
Township: Rockingham District
County: Richmond
State: North Carolina

On the 1860 Census he is Wyatt Paul:
Name:Wyatt Paul
[Dight Paul]
Age in 1860:51
Birth Year:abt 1809
Birthplace:South Carolina
The Dight Paul on Ancestry's Index  was added by an Ancestry subscriber as an alternate name. The Census clearly says Wyatt.

The 1870 Census also clearly says Wyatt Paul:
Name:Wyatt Paul
Age in 1870:61
Birth Year:abt 1809
Birthplace:South Carolina

With 5 documents (plus son’s name on tombstone) saying Wyatt Paul and only one Census saying the name Dight Paul, I am not sure why DIGHT is the one everyone seems to like best. I think this is a mistake being repeated over and over which should be corrected.

Copyright Teresa McVeigh 12 Apr 2015 

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Rev. Wiley P Warwick headstone (1771-1856)

Photo of Rev. Wiley P. Warwick, Methodist minister, headstone, Mossy Creek United Methodist Cemetery, Cleveland, White County, Georgia. Photo by Theron Rogers 9 Feb 2015

To the Memory of
Rev. Wiley Warwick
Was born in Sussex County, Va
Mar 17, 1771
And died May 7th 1856
57 years in the Ministry

Wiley Warwick, Senr and Mrs. Elizabeth Bell marriage license, 1846

Marriage License of Rev. Wiley P. WARWICK, Sr. and Mrs. Elizabeth BELL (Beall), Hall County, Georgia. License 7 Oct, 1846. Marriage 8 Oct. 1846. 

Georgia, Hall 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,
Wiley Warwick, Senr. and Mrs. Elizabeth Bell
According to the Constitution and Laws of this State: and for so doing this shall be your sufficient License.
Given under my hand, this Seventh Day of October 1846
E.M. Johnson, CCO
Georgia, Hall County.
I Certify, that the above Parties were duly joined in Matrimony, by me, this Eight day of October 1846
W.H. Evans, M. G.

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Abstract of Thomas Henry Warwick Pension Application, 1915

Thomas Henry "T H" Warwick (1845 GA-1929 TX) applied for a pension for his Civil War service in 1915.  The Pension was allowed March 1, 1916.

Abstract of T H Warwick Pension Application,  Page 1

Soldiers who are in Indigent Circumstances, State of Texas, County of Parker: T.H. Warwick, application for Pension of 1913.

Served the Confederate States, did not desert, and never abandoned post. “Surrendered at Cleveland or Clarkesville, Ga. (Have forgotten which) in the later part of April , at least in April, 1865, the war having closed.”

Resident of Texas since 1900, no income greater than $300 a year, no property over $1000, no aid or pension.

Age: “I will be 69 in Jan. next, i.e. Jan. 1916”

Born: “White County, Cleveland, Ga.”

How long have you resided in Texas? “Since 1874”

County reside: “Parker County, been here 30 od years of the time.”

How long and PO address: “30 odd years, Weatherford, Texas”

“ Never applied for a pension before”

Occupation: “Farmer, but out of commission now. Reasonably good now, is better than it was 4 months ago, but am played out.”

State served: “Cleveland, Ga.”

How long served: “From 1863 to 1865,  but I cannot give the dates.”

Letter of Co., number of regiment or battery: “Don’t remember letter but was in Captain Harrilson’s Co., Col. Finley’s or Fenley’s Regt. of Ga.Vol. Calvary, In the Confederate Army Service.”

Transfer: “Not transferred, was in the same Co. and Regt. From 1863 to 1865; close of war: some of the boys call it Ga. State Troops, but we were in Confederate Service all the time. Calvary.” 

Abstract of T H Warwick Pension Application, Page 2

Commission: “Not commissioned, was a private.”

Detail: “I was a volunteer, but was on detail service, scouting much of the time in my army service.”

Assessed value of home: “$600”

Value of other property: “Nothing else subject to taxation.”

Have you transferred property? “No Sir.”

Signature: T H Warwick

Sworn: 19th Oct. A.D. 1915

Signed: T F Temple, County Judge, Parker County, Texas 

Affidavit of Witnesses:

State of Texas, County of Parker,  Before T. F. Temple, county Judge of Parker County, appeared R.L. Braselton and Jno. R. Brown, “credible citizens,” swore know T.H> Warwick and bonafide citizen of Texas since January 1 A.D. 1900. 

Abstract of T H Warwick Pension Application, Page 3

Certificate of State and County Assessor

Jno. R. Pickens, State and County Assessor in County of Parker, certify T. H. Warwick is in tax rolls of said county with a homestead valued at $500, and other property “nothing.”

19th Oct 1915 Jno. R. Pickens

“ I know Mr. Warwick to be a good man; he says he served in the Confederate Army all the time from 1863 to close, and was paroled after he surrendered. His witnesses of service, Mr. Westmoreland and Mr. Densmore, call it ‘Ga. State Troops.’ I think this is a mistake; but you can verify or disprove his statement by consulting the ‘War Records’ at Washington. I therefore recommend that he be pensioned unless you find he did not serve and this I do not believe you will find.”

T.F. Temple, Or Judge Parker County 

Abstract of T H Warwick Pension Application, Page 4

Office of Commissioner of Pensions, State of Texas, Austin

To Adjutant General, War Department, Washington, D.C.

Request military record of T.H. Warwick, Captain Harrilson’s Co., Col. Finley’s, Georgia Vol. Calvary

J C Jones 

Abstract of T H Warwick Pension Application, Page 5

War Department, Adjutant General’s Office, Washington, Oct. 27, 1915

To Commissioner of Pensions, State of Texas, Austin

No record found of Col. Finley’s Regt., Georgia Calvary, C.S.A. nor any record of service, capture or parole of T. H. Warwick as a member of Fifth Battalion Georgia Volunteers (Major Finley), which latterly became 5th Regiment Georgia Reserves, C.S.A.

H.P. McCain, The Adjutant General

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Abstract of John Simmons' (c 1658-1737) Will 1737 Charles Town, Berkeley, SC

John Simmons. Charles Town, Berkeley County, bricklayer. Sons: Ebenezer, north part of house and land on Bay in said town; John deceased. Daus: Susannah Scott, south part of house and land on the Bay where Mr. Saxby now lives; Elizabeth Holmes, house where I now live which is on middle of the Bay in said town; Martha Sumnas, deceased; Elizabeth. Grandsons: John Simmons; Ebenezer Simmons; William Scott; Susannah Mason; Susannah Scott, house where Mr. Hamerton now lives west on land of Maj. Blakeway, deceased, south on land of Mr. Joseph Wragg; Rebecca Simmons; Ann Scott, under 18 years; Elizabeth Scott, under 18 years and unmarried; Ann Vanvelsen, house at north end of said town where Mr. Barsdall now lives; Ann Simmons, dau. of Ebenezer Simmons, house and land west of land formerly belonging to Maj. Blakeway, deceased, south on land of John Simmons, north of land of Isaac Holmes; Mary Scott. Son-in-law: William Scott. Mentions: to children of my son John Simmons, deceased, land in Berkeley called Beech Hill; Francis Holmes; to children of my daughter Martha Sumnas, deceased, land in Craven County; Ann Scott and her sister Elizabeth Scott; to grandsons William Scott and Thomas Simmons, house and land on west where Mr. Barksdall now lives, south by an alley leading to the Bay, north on land of Mr. Splat, deceased; £20 yearly for five years to poor of said town; £20 yearly to Trustees of Meeting House where I belong; Exors.: son, Ebenezer Simmons and dau. Susannah Scott. Wit: Jas. Vanvelson, Xtopher Smith, John Ballantine, Richd. Mason, Wm. Scott, Jr. D; 18 Apr 1733. CODICIL. Mentions: dau Susannah Scott, wife of William Scott of Charles Town, shopkeeper; oldest child of said dau. Wit: Robt. Foulis, Simon Legare’, Jr., Daniel Legare’

D: 21 Mar 1737 P: nd. R: 12 May 1740, p. 4

From Abstract of the Wills of the State of South Carolina, 1670-1740, Vol. 1, by Caroline T. Moore and Agatha Aimar Simmons,  Will Book 1740-1747

Transcribed by Teresa McVeigh 15 Mar 2015

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Death notice of Ebenezer Simmons (c 1700-1763) and his daughter Anne (Simmons) Roche in the SC Gazette

Death Notice of Ebenezer Simmons
Death Notices in the South Carolina Gazette, 1732-1775, Saturday, October 15, 1763, p. 31-2

On the 6th instant, died at sea, in the 63rd year of his age (on his return from Rhode-Island, whither he lately went for the recovery of his health), Ebenezer Simmons, sen. Esq. [6 October, 1763]

And on the 11th died, Mrs. Anne Roche, the wife of Mr. Francis Roche, and the daughter of said Simmons, [11 October, 1763]

Abstract of Will of Ebenezer Simmons (1700-1763) Charleston, South Carolina

Will of Ebenezer Simmons, Charles Towne, Gent. Wife: Mary, house where I now live during her widowhood. Sons: Ebenezer, the younger, said house at death of my wife, land and wharf at E end of Broad St. purchased of Mr. Edward Bellinger and Mr. William ____, residue of estate James, 3 tracts purchased of Mr. Samuel Jones, deceased, on SW end of Johns’ Island, lots in Charlestown; John. Dau. Ann Roche. Mentions Francis Roche; maintenance and education of dau’s children from estate. Exors: 2 sons___ and James; Mr. John Savage of said town, merchant. Wit: Wm. ____II, Her. Hull, Thos. Lamboll.

D: 4 Aug 1763 P: 21 Oct 1763 R: nd. P. 247 [Part of Will in original book destroyed]

From Abstract of South Carolina Wills, 1760-1784, p. 35, Will Book QQ 1760-1767

Saturday, March 7, 2015

Stephen Looney Book Published

It's not really genealogy, but it is family. My wonderful, brilliant husband's textbook was published this week. Analysis of Biomarker Data

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Marriage License of John Hopson Tiller and Mary "Polly" Raines (1853)

Georgia Oglethorpe County I hereby certify that John H Tiller and Mary Raines were joined together in the Holy Bond of Matrimony on the 1st day of November 1853 by me. Mial? Smith, J.I.C. Recorded the 7th day of April 1854 Henry Britain, Ordinary

John Hopson Tiller (CSA) headstone application

Application for military headstone for Capt. John Hopson Tiller, CSA by his grand-daughter-in-law Mae Bell (Clark) Callaway (Mrs. Hugh Thomas Callaway) 1 Nov 1949. Hugh Thomas Callaway was the son of Mattie Tiller, daughter of John Hopson Tiller.

Application for Headstone or Marker Upright Marble Headstone, Christian Emblem Enlistment date: March 4, 1862 [checked] Discharge Date: April 26, 1865 [comment--not shown] State: Georgia, Rank: Captain, Comapny: Echol's Light Artillery Regiment: Captain Tiller's Co., Ga. (Echol's Light Artillery), CSA Name: Tiller, John H. [Capt. scratched through] DOB: 6-2-1827 [comment--not shown] DOD: 2-1900 Name of Cemetery: Clarke Cemetery, Lexington, Georgia Ship to: Mrs. H. T. Callaway, Lexington, Georgia Freight station: Crawford, Georgia Application date: 11/1/49 Verification: 21 Nov 1949, Tate Ga. 1 Feb 1950 7959412

Saturday, February 7, 2015

The Looney School

LOONEY SCHOOL. Looney School was established in 1861 by Morgan H. Looney, who first rented and then bought the old Upshur Masonic College from the Bethesda lodge in Gilmer, Upshur County. Looney's school averaged 200 students annually for the ten years (1861–71) he ran it. Courses in English, mathematics, ancient languages, composition, spelling, and other subjects were offered during the ten months the school was open each year. During the years 1868–70 grades ranged from the elementary level up to the study of law. With such a variety of subjects, the length of the school year, and the number of students attending, Looney had to build a large staff of teachers. Among his teachers were J. L. Coven, Miss Achsa Culberson, W. A. Hart, M. L. Looney (a brother of Morgan H. Looney), Lafayette Camp, Oran M. Roberts (who later became governor of Texas), J. C. Reagan, and J. B. Norman. In 1863 the Looney School building was destroyed by fire. Until a new one could be completed, temporary arrangements had to be made for housing the school. The new building, a two-story frame structure, was opened in 1866. On the lower floor were six big classrooms. Upstairs was an auditorium evenly partitioned by one center wall, but not all the way across. There was a door at the back of each partition. Girls came in one door and sat in their section, while the boys came in the other door and sat in the other section. The teacher could see both sections from an elevated platform. Over the years about 2,000 students attended Looney School. Notable graduates included Charles A. Culberson, Judge Sawney Roberts, who became a state Supreme Court justice; Sam Templeton, who became attorney general of Texas; and Sallie Stinson, who married James Stephen Hogg. Many graduates became contributing members of society in such fields as law, medicine, education, and business. While the school was flourishing, Looney left Gilmer because of his wife's poor health; the school closed shortly after his departure, probably in 1871.

James David Carter, Masonry in Texas: Background, History and Influence to 1846 (Waco: Grand Lodge of Texas, 1955). Doyal T. Loyd, A History of Upshur County (Gilmer, Texas: Gilmer Mirror, 1966). Dudley Goodall Wooten, ed., A Comprehensive History of Texas (2 vols., Dallas: Scarff, 1898; rpt., Austin: Texas State Historical Association, 1986).

Texas State Historical Association website: http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/kbl22

Morgan Harbin Looney (Part 2)

Morgan Harbin Looney (Part 2)

On 8 Aug 1852 he married Amy Melissa Black in Coweta County, Georgia. She was the daughter of Cyrus and Elizabeth (Harkey) Black. Amy was born about 1835 in Coweta County.

In 1853 Morgan taught at the Old Starrsville School, Starrsville, Newton, Georgia.

About 1855 they had a son, George L Looney, who died in infancy. In May 1856, son Edgar Hayden Looney was born in Hart County, Georgia.

In 1857 Morgan taught in Palmetto, Fulton County, Georgia. Later that year he moved to Fayetteville, Fayette County, Georgia to head the Fayetteville Seminary, where he taught until 1860. In 1858 he wrote Southern Arithmetic,  ublished by G. C. Welch Company in Newnan, Georgia. In 1859 he and his brother George Cleveland Looney published a newspaper, The Literary Casket. In May 1860 Charles Edward Looney was born. On the 1860 Census in July  they were living in W. E. Redwine’s Hotel, Fayetteville, GA.

In 1861 the family moved to Gilmer, Upshur County, Texas where Morgan opened the Looney School. Daughter Maud was born there 23 Feb 1866 and daughter Myrtice was born there 3 Sep 1868. The Looney School was a prominent private school for ten years until 1871.

In 1870, due to Amy Melissa’s declining health, they moved to the mountains of Arkansas. Son Earl Mortimer Looney was born in Fayetteville, Arkansas 4 Feb. 1870. In Fayetteville, Morgan taught school, lectured, did some legal work, and pleaded eloquently for the University of Arkansas to be located in Fayetteville.

Amy Melissa died in 28 July 1871 in Fayetteville, AR. She is buried in Evergreen Cemetery.

Sacred to the Memory of
Amy M.
Wife of
M.H. Looney
who died in
July 28, 1871
Aged 31 years

Has a hand pointing to a crown with "Heaven" written upon it.

Fayetteville Democrat, Fayetteville, AR July 8, 1871, page 3, col 3&4:

In Memoriam.

    Died in this city on Thursday the 29th, ult., at sun-set, Mrs. Amy M. Looney, wife of Prof. Morgan H. Looney, in the 32nd year of her age. She embraced religion in early life and joined the M.E. church South--living a consistent member until death. Her understanding was vigorous, and her intuitive perceptions were quick and discriminating. Her imagination was lively, but it was tempered and regulated by sound judgment. Her sensibilities were strong, but they were directed and controlled by Christian principles. Early a professor of Christianity, she was well established in its distinguishing principles, not merely as a system of doctrines, but as a rule of life; and while she was able to give a reason of her faith and hope, she proved the soundness of the one, and the justness of the other, by a practical conformity to the requirements of the gospel. High was her standard of piety, but not visionary; strict her observance of Christian duties, but not austere. Cheerful without levity, she gave new proof, that THE WAYS OF WISDOM ARE PLEASANTNESS, AND HER PATHS PEACE. In Social life she was engaging in her conversation and manners, adapting herself happily to the characters of those with whom she was conversant, and always uniting the useful with the agreeable. The poor were the objects of her charity; the afflicted of her sympathy. Her alms accompanied her prayers. In the relations of a wife and a mother, she exhibited those virtues which rendered her a signal blessing and ornament to her family, to which she was most highly and justly endeared. Independent in judging, and adhering to what was fit and obligatory, she took no counsel from the fashionable world., in what related to religion and morals, but pursued such a course as was adapted, to mould her children into the Christian temper and character, and to form them to VIRTUE AND GLORY. This was the object of her supreme desire, and of her most fervent prayer. Her system of education was happily adapted to attain it. Highly propious was its influence; and the result may justly furnish perpetual encouragement to all parents, to go and do likewise. In this present time she lost not her reward. Seldom have children manifested an equal degree of filial respect and affection.
    During a long confinement, she gave astonishing proofs of the power of religion. Under its divine influence, she sustained all the pains and distresses of a lingering disease, not with serenity merely, but with cheerfulness. Retaining the faculties of reason and speech until her last moments, she was enabled to impart salutary and pious advice to all around her. These impressions will never be obliterated.
    In the spiritual world, as in the natural, clouds often obscure the face of Heaven. Few of the children of God uninterruptedly enjoy the light of his countenance. There are seasons when they are liable to be in heaviness, through manifold temptations. Here was a favorable instance of exception. From the time of her entrance into her chamber under a fixed persuasion that this would be her last sickness, she appeared never to have one serious doubt respecting the safety of her spiritual state. Her cheerfulness could not escape the observations of any person who saw her. The Christian hope being now an anchor to her soul, sure and steadfast, the winds and tempests could neither agitate nor disquiet her. This hope raised her....and the tender assiduities of home, was done to try to save her to her family and friends. But all was unavailing. The debt of nature must be paid. In her youth and beauty, blessing and blessed, the light of her home, the guardian angel of her household, she was called away. And to the stricken hearts of her husband and children came the awful shadow. All sympathize with the widowed husband, and the orphaned children to this their untoward affliction. May God, who tempers the wind to the shorn lamb, temper the awful trial to them.
    The long line of carriages that followed the corpse in procession, and the large crowd that gathered at Evergreen Cemetery on Friday evening to see her interred attest the estimation in which, though a comparative stranger, she was held by our citizens.
    Now, dearest sister, farewell. Sweet be the sleep of thy holy dust in its peaceful home, until the glorious morn of the resurrection when we shall greet thee again,--greet thee on those bright and blessed shores where pain and suffering, sickness and death, sorrow and anguish shall be feared and felt no more.
    "While I gazed--with speed surprising, down the stream she plunged from sight; Gazing still, I saw her rising, Like an angel, cloth'd with light."
E.J. Dawne

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