Friday, January 10, 2014

Leaving out Nancy

Turner Cates was born about 1811 in SC and died abt 1870 in Crawford County, GA.  Among his children, he had a daughter Nancy who married first Thomas Lewis and then, after he was killed in the Civil War, David Cumby.   She had 4 children by her marriage with Thomas and another 4 with Cumby.   However, something seems to have gone wrong in her relationship with her father, presumably relating to that second marriage.  His will, dated 24 Sep 1870, divides his estate evenly, except that the portion going to Nancy was to go to her 4 Lewis children and she herself was only to get $5.  No mention was made of the 2 oldest Cumby children who were already born by this time.   Turner had been very close to Thomas Lewis' father Nimrod and in fact was the guardian of the 4 Lewis children for their share of Nimrod's estate, so perhaps he did not want Nancy remarrying, even though that would have been common at the time.  Perhaps there was an issue with the fact that Nancy's new husband David Cumby was probably related to Turner's wife (not Nancy's mother) Matilda Cumby Cates.  It's impossible to tell at this distance why this estrangement, but it adds an interesting twist to the family story.

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