Monday, August 3, 2015

William D. Fountain bigamy claim

On 17 January 1842, William D. Fountain married Francis Dies in Crawford County, Georgia.  However, on 6 August of that same year, John Dies, presumably Francis' father or brother, brought charges against Fountain claiming that he committed bigamy.   This record was found in the Crawford county loose records at the Georgia archives.  More work needs to be done to determine what happened next.

Wilkinson County]  Be it remembered that on the sixth day of August, in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred & forty two John Dies of Crawford County & State aforesaid by his lawful attorny and Sam Beall ..... [gap in original] personally came before me Saml J. Bush a justice of the peace and acknowledged themselves to owe to his Excellency the governor of said State and his successors in office the sum of five hundred dollars, current money of the said state, to be levied of their goods & chattels, lands & tenements to the use of the said State, if he the said John Dies shall fail in the condition underwritten.
         //signed// S.J. Bush J.P.                                    //signed// John Dies  //seal//
The condition of the above written recognizance is such, whereas one William D. Fountain was this present day brought before the justice within mentioned at the instance of the above bounden John Dies and was by him charged with commiting the offence of bigamy knowingly and wilfully on the seventeenth day of January last past, in the county of Crawford & state aforesaid, and thereupon was bound in a bond on recognizance for his personal appearance at the next Superior Court to be held for the County of Crawford & State aforesaid //insert// on the third monday in the present month August.  If therefore the said John Dies shall & do at the next Inferior Court to be held for the county of Crawford on the third monday in the present month August in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and fortytwo, prepare or cause to be prepared one bill of indictment of the said felony, against the said William D. Fountain, & shall then also give evidence there concerning the same, as well to the jurors that shall their inquire of the said felony, as also to them that shall pass upon the trial of the said William D. Fountain; that there the said recognizance to be void or else to remain in full force for the said State.

Friday, July 3, 2015

Deed of Trust from Abselia Morris to John Perry

Experimenting with ArchiveGrid, I found a document in the Alabama archives where Apselia (Abselia) Morris, widow of Benjamin Morris, executed a deed of trust to John Perry, trustee of her grandson Michael W. Rabun.   While not proof of anything, it does add to my speculation that there is some sort of connection between Perry and Abselia or her husband.  Names have been spelled as they appear.  Interestingly, Absela Morris also included Ned in her will to go to Michael.  However, since her will was written in 1848 but not executed until 1865, that of course did not happen. The witness Columbus Perry is John Perry's son. 

The original deed can be seen on the Alabama State Archives website. 

Georgia, Crawford County}}  Know all men by these presents that I Absela Morris for and in consideration of the sum of five dollars cash in hand paid by John Perry of said county as well as the love and affection which I have for my grandson Michael Rabun of Alabama, have bargained sold & delivered and by these presents do bargain sell and deliver unto the said John Perry a negro man by the name of Ned about twenty eight years, forever in fee simple. To have and to hold upon the following uses & trusts that I, the said Absela am to have the use control hire and benefit of the labor of the said Ned during my life, then the said trustee, the said John Perry is to convey and deliver the said negro man to the said Michael W. Rabun his heirs and assigns forever in fee simple.  In testimony whereof I have set my hand and affixed my seal this the twenty seventh day of January eighteen hundred & fifty five.

                                     Apselia X Morris
                                             her mark

In presence of
G C Hancock
Columbus Perry
G C Culverhouse J.J.C.

I hereby acknowledge the delivery and reception of the within bill of sale and the property therein conveyed & accept the trust therein ?confided? to me.  January 27th 1855.  John Perry

Recorded the 8th day of February 1855  James I Ray, clerk

Sunday, April 26, 2015

James Larkin Hendricks will

Oconee County, Georgia, Wills 1875-1966, p 193, available online at  James was the brother of Warren David Hendricks and the son of George Washington Hendricks and Jane Keith.  He died of cancer on 11 June 1921.

Georgia, Oconee County}}  Last Will and Testament of Jas. L. Hendrix

I Jas L Hendrix of said state and county, being of sound and disposing mind and memory, do make this my last will and testament, hereby revoking and annulling all others, by me heretofore by me made.

Item 1st) I desire and direct that my body be buried in a decent and Christianlike manner suitable to my circumstances and condition in life.

Item 2)  I desire and direct that all my just debts be paid as soon as practicable by my executor hereinafter named and appointed.

Item 3)  I give, bequeath, and devise to my beloved wife, Elizabeth Hendrix, for and during her natural life, my tract of land in Statham Barrow County Georgia containing twenty nine and three tenths acres (29.3) the same being the same tract of land which was deeded to me and Pool W. Hendrix jointly and later Pool Hendrix deeded his one half undivided interest to me, said tract bounded on north by Day, East by a public road, South by Thrasher, West by ?Afrin? and being about one half mile west of present site of S. A. L. Ry depot in said town of Statham.   At her death said land is to go to and be divided between my estate and my son Oscar Hendrix upon said Oscar paying over to my estate the sum of three hundred ($300) Dollars before coming into his half interest in said land. The half coming into my estate as well as the three hundred dollars to be paid by Oscar to be disposed of as hereinafter directed.

Item 4)  I have delivered to my sons Pool W. Hendrix and Carl W. Hendrix possession and controll of my place near Eastville, Ga Oconee County together with certain personal property for running said farm and they have agreed to assume an indebtedness against said land, and it is my will and it is my will and desire and I hereby give, bequeath and devise to my said sons Pool W. and Carl W. Hendrix my said tract of land in Oconee County, about one mile north of the town of Eastville, eighty two (82) acres more or less, bounded on north by Breedlove, East by Thomas, South by R. L. Malcom, and west by a public road leading from said town of Eastville, and lands of Hardy Breedlove. This land to go to and become the property of my said sons Pool W. and Carl W. Hendrix upon their paying of the loan which is on the property or whatever part thereof remains unpaid at my death and upon their paying over [[end of page]]

[[start of page 2, reads like clerk may have left out a few words]] and grandchildren the sum of three hundred ($300.00) dollars each.  My Grand Children are to receive the share that would have been coming to their father or mother if in life,  in other words my children Arvie Jane Graham, Fulton Hendrix, Vercy Hendrix, Candie Hendrix are to receive the sum of three hundred dollars each, or their children if I should survive them shall receive the respective share of their father or mother, and the children of my deceased son Warren Hendrix, to wit Fred, Carrie, Dottie, Willie and David Hendrix are to receive their father's part or the sum of three hundred ($300) dollars to be equally divided between them .

The payments of said sums being a charge upon my estate and upon the land.

Item 5) I give and bequeath to my son Oscar Hendrix one mule to be selected by him after my death.

Item 6) I give and bequeath to my wife Elizabeth Hendrix one milk cow to be selected by her after my death.

Item 7) I give and bequeath to daughter Mrs. Georgia Ann Palmer five ($5.00) dollars and no more, she having heretofore received from me her share of my property real and personal.

Item 8)  My son Archie Hendrix who enlisted in the U.S Navy during the war with Germany and who was on board a U.S. steamship Cyclops which disappeared and was never heard from is supposed to be dead but in case he is in life and shows up at any time he is to receive the sum of three hundred ($300) dollars to be paid as the other items in item fourth of this will, except, however this item shall not be a charge upon the lands.  

Item 9)  All the rest of my property real and personal shall shall [sic] be sold by my executor hereinafter named and appointed, at public or private sale, with or without advertisement and without any order of court.  And the proceeds thereof shall be applied to the payment of debts which I owe and the obligations outstanding which are a charge or lien upon the lands herein described if there is a residue after the legacies hereinbefore specified are satisfied, the remainder if any shall be equally divided between my children, share and share alike, except Grand Children shall receive the share of their parent to be equally divided between them.

Item 10) I hereby constitute and appoint my wife Elizabeth Hendrix sole executrix of this my last will and testament and expressly confer upon her power, as such, to administer my estate, excusing her [[end of page]]

[[start of page 3]] from giving any bonds or making any returns to the ordinary, and I expressly confer upon her full authority and power to sell any part of my estate which is not hereinbefore specifically devised, at public or private sale, with or without notice, as she may deem best, and without any order of court, making good and sufficient conveyances to the purchases and holding the proceeds of said sale to the same uses and trusts as hereinbefore declared in the several items of this will
And I further expressly confer upon her full power and authority and power to borrow money for the use of my estate, in any instance where she may deem necessary and proper, and to secure the same by lien, security deed, trust deed, or other form of security to or on any part of my estate not herein specifically devised, all this she may do without any order of court and without making any returns to the Court of Ordinary.  This the 21st day of May 1921.
  [[ss]] J. L. Hendrix

Signed, sealed, declared, and published by Jas L Hendrix as his last will and testament, in the presence of us, the undersigned who subscribe our names hereto, in the presence of said testator, after he had signed his name thereto, and at his special instance and request, and in the presence of each other.  This the 21st day of May 1921.

 [[ss]] F. S. Dooley
 [[ss]] John F. Ridgeway
 [[ss]] F. A. Gillen

Probated Jan 2, 1922
Recorded Feb 10 1922

Monday, January 5, 2015

Happy New Year and a fresh start for Sally Turner Powers.

Well, I was doing ok there for a while but the fall got away from me.  Did some useful research but need to get some posts up.  To try to make sure I get at least one post a week this year, I plan to join along with the 52 ancestors in 52 weeks blogging prompt, with the slight change that mine will all be people I am researching but not necessarily an ancestor (I love collateral lines).  I also want to try to put a little more emphasis this year on the women in the family. 

The first prompt of the year (a fresh start) pertains to so many ancestors, leaving behind home and family to travel into the unknown.  For me, one of the most interesting was Sarah (Sally) Turner Powers.   Born in the late 1700s in Marion County, SC, she married John Powers on 4 January 1813.  It was not a happy marriage.  Sally was from a comfortable background, certainly not rich but she did bring some money and land into the marriage.  John, on the other hand, was considered pretty shiftless.  After 10 years (and 4 children), they separated, reportedly because Sally kicked him out.  They never divorced and Sally never remarried.  John did marry again bigamously and raised a second family in Darlington County, SC.   A few years after Sally and John split up, she moved with the children to  Alabama and then eventually to Georgia.  Interestingly, the move to Alabama was as part of a group - not unusual - which included some of John's relatives.   After a few years, Sally moved first to Crawford county, then Houston County, GA, where she lived out her life living with her daughter Margaret Powers Moore. 

The whole story of Sally and John deserves more time and space than I've given it today, but I admire the fact that she would not only kick out an abusive husband, but actually take the family to distant and at the time rather remote locations, to give the children a better chance.  Her oldest daughter, Veronica, ended up in Tennessee and at present little is known of her later life.  Her other two daughters lived their married lives in Houston County, GA, living next door to each other.  Son Charlie stayed in Georgia as well, but not near his sisters.  Later records show that the children did inherit some of Mom's spunk, when they fought their half-siblings in a bitter battle for their share of their father's estate, in 1868. 

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Morris and Sessions connection

On a recent trip to the Wilcox County Courthouse, I found this deed which definitely seems to link the Sessions and Morris families. 

(page) 161

The State of Alabama, Wilcox County} This indenture witnesseth that I Daniel J. Morris of the state and county aforesaid for the love and affection I have and bear for John Sidney Sessions and for the better support livelihood & maintenance of the said John Sidney Sessions do give grant and confirm and by these presents do give grant and confirm the following Cattle viz two cows and calves one barron cow, one two year old heifer and one two year old steer marked with a poplar leaf in the right Ear Crop and split in the left ear and I Daniel J. Morris for the love and affection I have for William James Henry Sessions and for the better support livelihood and maintenance of the said William James Henry do give grant and confirm and by these presents do give grant and confirm to the said William James Henry Sessions the following Cattle viz one cow and calf, one cow and yearling, one three years old heifer, two three years old steers and one year old heifer Marked with a poplar leaf in the right Ear Crop and split in the left ear the said John Sidney Sessions and William James Henry Sessions to have and to hold the above mentioned cattle and their increase forever and I the said Daniel J. Morris do warrant and forever defend said cattle to the said John Sidney Sessions and William James Henry Sessions theirs heirs executors administrators and assigns or against any person or persons who may or shall [one word] claim the same

Given from under my hand and seal this April 19th AD 1834 and of the Independence of the United States the fifty eighth year.

                                                    Daniel J. Morris //Seal//

Sealed signed and delivered in the presence of
  William G W Sessions
   Stephen Morris

The State of Alabama, Wilcox County} Personally appeared before me Duncan C. Smith Clerk of the County Court of said County Stephen Morris one of the subscribing witnesses to the within deed who being duly sworn upon Oath saith that he saw Daniel J. Morris sign seal and deliver the within deed on the day and year therein mentioned and for the purposes and considerations therein named to John Sidney Sessions and William James Henry Sessions, that he signed his name as a witness and that he saw William G. W. Sessions his name as a witness to the same
sworn & subscribed the 21st April 1834             //Signed// Stephen Morris
  //signed// DC Smith Clerk

Recorded the 22nd April 1834

Monday, September 22, 2014

Martha Patman Peterman letter

This letter was originally found on the Georgia Virtual Vault website, in their FileII documents, recently added on line.  Martha Jane Patman (1823-1873) was born in Oglethorpe County and died in Taylor County.  She was the first wife of Columbus James Peterman.  This letter was written to her sister and brother-in-law,  Elizabeth Catherine Patman Bowdoin and Josephus Bowdoin .  I have added punctuation where I think it would go, but all spelling is retained as she wrote it.  Other people named are:  Isham Patman (Martha and Elizabeth's brother), Lorena (Carter Patman), Isham's wife.  Hypatia - Elizabeth and Josephus' daughter, about 18 months old at this time.  Davy is uncertain but probably their oldest brother David Patman.    James Peterman is probably Columbus' brother James Robert.  I find no evidence that he had a daughter but he had married in 1851.  I have not been able to identify Martha Nate (possibly Nite?).  Elias Patman is another brother, married to Columbus Peterman's sister Lucinda. And of note- she can't spell "hear" (puts it as "here" each time) but gets acquaintance right.


Georgia Oglethorpe Co March the 31st 1853

Dear brother and sister i take my pen in hand to drop you a few lines which leaves us all well and i hope when these lines comes to hand they may find you all enjoying the same blesing [.]  the conexion is well as ?fore? are now a year and nothing of importance to write [.]  we have heard of the death of our brother Isham [.]  he had apoplexy [stroke] fits [.] he had one on saturday and died on thursday afterwards with the third one [.] he never spoke after he was struck with the last one[.]  Lorena is a going to live with her mar [ma?] she wrote to Davy[.]  Isham was here one saturday and had the first fit the next[.]  i would be glad to see you all and if i cant se you i would be glad to here from you[.]  You surely have forgot me and dont care for me[,] i want to here from you once and a while if i cant see you[.] you must write me son [soon] and all the nuse [news.]  if i could see you i could tell you so many things of the things there is in oglethorpe and all of your acquaintance[.] it would do you good to here who is maried and who hasnt[.]  there is some that hasnt married yet that wants to and when i come i will tell you them all[.]  it is two [too] tedious to write[.]  you must write how large Hypatia is and how much she can talk and all about her and kiss her for me[.]  i want to see her very bad[.]  James Peterman wife has a daughter and Martha Nate has a son[.] they was both born the same day[.]  Martha has the fever[.] she has had the fever ever since her baby was three days old[.] he is six weeks old[.]  she cant set up yet[.] the dr says she is mending[.] i cant see it if she is[.] Oh turn over [turn the page over]

[back page]
god [good] night Cate[.] how do you do this night[?] i wonder how you are a geting on a raising of chicanes [chickens][.]  i have 40 and has a very god garden for the time of year[.]  my pease [peas] is in blom and my plants is most large enouf to set out[.] the potatoes was nipt right smart monday morning[.] they is as hy as my hand[.] well i must write some a bout the corn crop[.] Columbus is a planting of corn[.] he will get done planting it in a few days[.] there is some dun there corn[.] there is some that is a going to commence planting coton monday[.] we expect to come this summer if we can[.] Elias and Lucinda says they will come with us when we come[.] you must write soon and all the nuse[.] give my love to all enquiring friends if there is any and except [accept] a portion yourselves[.] no more only remains your sister until death Martha J. Peterman.

[To] Elizabeth C. Bowdon and Joseph D. Bowdon

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Thank you Georgia Archives!

I happened to visit the Georgia Archives webpage yesterday and saw that new information had been added to the Virtual vault, indexed original documents.  I put in some family surnames and quickly found a letter from my 2Great - Grandfather asking for financial relief after the war and, even more marvelous, an 1853 letter from my 3Great Grandmother to her sister, just chatting about the family!  That one will get transcribed on here sooner or later, but just getting to read it was such a treasure!  My family was poor,  largely illiterate, and whatever the opposite of being hoarders is, so very little has come down to us.   This was a small window on the past that I never would have expected.