Sunday, November 13, 2016

Sarah Rowe Sandifer part 2

Back in February, I theorized about the death date of Sarah Rowe Sandifer, based on an estate being distributed to her grandchildren.  I finally made it to the Georgia archives to look up the file there and it sort of confirmed what I thought.  The estate was in fact hers, but she had died on 18 April 1914, so a little earlier than I had expected.  The estate was not completely settled until 1920.  Her son, John S. Sandifer was the administrator since she died without a will.  The main portion of her estate was the property, which was sold to H.C. and W.A. Belcher for $2250, a good sum in those days.

There was also an interesting document in the file showing that Sarah's guardian prior to her marriage was Elisha Mills.  In September 1849, he petitioned to be released from the guardianship on the grounds that Sarah was now married.

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Nimrod Lewis's War of 1812 records

I had long ago seen that a Nimrod Lewis (and yes, there were more than one) had served with the Georgia Militia in the war of 1812.  Unfortunately, the only records remaining were muster rolls, which did not tell much about what the unit did nor was there anything to show that this was our Nimrod Lewis.

Recently the National Archives began a project with Fold 3 to index the War of 1812 land warrant applications and unlike some of the pensions, these were available to militia members as well.  The index is free and the record can then be ordered from the archives.  I looked at the Ls and there was a Nimrod Lewis from Georgia, so I ordered the record.  Unlike the militia roster, this record confirmed that it was the Crawford County man.

The records show that he actually enlisted twice.  He first enlisted at Waynesboro in Captain Roger Gamble's unit, in March 1814 and served with that unit until they were discharged in September of that year in Point Petre.  This is probably Fort Point Peter, near the Georgia-Florida border.  In January 1815, he volunteered for Capt Stephen Blount's unit, again enlisting in Waynesboro.  They were discharged in February 1815 at Savannah.

His application was made in 1851, when he was 63 years old.  In 1854 Nimrod was awarded 80 acres of land in Ohio but assigned his claim to Jesse Stone.  It is probable that he sold the claim to Stone rather than starting over at age 66.