Sunday, January 12, 2014

The heirs of Nimrod Lewis

This is one of my favorite documents from the Crawford County records at the Georgia archives, because it provides proof that my ancestor, Martha Lewis Morris, was the daughter of Nimrod Lewis.  I had long assumed she was.  There were two primary Lewis families in the county (probably unrelated).   Martha and her husband lived near Nimrod right after their marriage.  Martha was born in SC, where Nimrod was known to have lived (the other Lewises in the county came from NC) and in 1930, he has a daughter the appropriate age to be Martha.  Most importantly, Martha named her 2nd son and 2nd daughter Nimrod and Pheraby respectively.  All of this made it likely that she was closely related to Nimrod and probably his daughter, but this record makes it conclusive, listing all the children of Nimrod.

 Georgia, Crawford County} The petition of Jonathan Wilder respectfully showeth that Nimrod Lewis late of said County deceased departed this life domiciled in said County intestate that he was possessed at the time of his death of property both real and personal to the amount of five hundred dollars, that his heirs at law are Stephen Morris in right of his [[wife]] Martha Morris, Samuel Smith in right of his wife Almira Smith, Jonathan Wilder in right of his wife Fereby Wilder, Nancy Walker, the children of Thomas Lewis deceased, and Marcena Lewis, that it is necessary for the winding up and distribution of said estate that there should be an administrator on said estate, that your petition hereby tenders a bond in the sum of one thousand dollars with G P Culverhouse & J W Avant as securities.  Wherefore your petition prays that citation may issue in terms of the law for letters of administration on said estate and for the appointment of your petitioner as such administrator & your petition will ever pray & e

Culverhouse & Avant
Petioners [sic] attys
Court of Ordinary at Chambers July 26th 1868

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