Sunday, October 15, 2017

Peter Self's Wife

© Kathy Duncan, 2017

Regarding Peter Self (1787 – after 1860) of Chatham Co., NC and Benton Co., TN, there has long been disagreement over who his wife was, either Martha Moss or Elizabeth Vick. Some on Ancestry have gone so far as to merge these two into one in an effort to reconcile the differences, dubbing her Elizabeth Martha Moss. Recently, a researcher assured me that “popular opinion” holds that she is Martha Moss. Frankly, my preference is documentation or at the very least a preponderance of the evidence. Oral history is of value because is usually contains a grain of truth. Secondary sources are usually fraught with errors, but can often be of value. Popular opinion is just that, opinion.

All that being said let’s turn to the issue of who Peter Self’s wife was.

On the 1850 census of Benton County, Tennessee her name is simply Elizabeth Self.

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On the 1860, when she is living in Benton County, Tennessee with her daughter, Elizabeth (Self) Park, her name is still Elizabeth Self. No hint of Martha. Plus, now we see some disagreement over whether she was born in Virginia or North Carolina.

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 A lawsuit in Benton County filed in Chancery Court establishes who the children of Peter Self were:

“No 52 Rule
15 Trial

Elizabeth Self et al
VS     A Bill
Peter Self Jr
Filed 14th Sept 1859

D.P. Hudson Clerk & Court Master
To the Hon Stephen C Pavatt presiding in chancery at Camden.
The bill of complaint of Elizabeth Self the widow of Peter Self deceased, Wiley Ellis and his wife Nancy, Joseph Park and his wife Elizabeth, Duncan H Self, Iley N Self all citizens of Benton County TN except Iley N and Duncan the latter of whom is a citizen of Rutherford County TN & the former of Decatur County.  Humbly complaining your orators & oratrixes would most respectfully show unto your Hon, that your oratrix Elizabeth Self is the widow of the late Peter Self, and that your oratrix Nancy is a daughter of the said Peter Self, and that she has intermarried with your orator Wiley Ellis.  That your oratrix Elizabeth Park is a daughter of the said Peter and that she has intermarried with the said Josiah Park and that your orators Duncan H. Self & ILey N Self are the sons of the said Peter Self.”

It is important at this point to put Peter Self’s children, based on the Chancery Court lawsuit, in birth order. They are as follows:

1       Nancy (Self) Ellis b. 1818
2      Peter Selph b. 1820
3      Duncan Hyder Selph b. 1825
4      Elizabeth (Self) Park b. 1827
          Iley Nunn Selph b. 1830

The question then becomes are they all the children of Elizabeth? Reading further into the lawsuit the following information sheds some light on that:

“They charge that the claim set up to said land by the said Peter Jr is a fraud upon the rights of your oratrix Elizabeth Self and upon the balance of your orators.  They charge that the said deft refuses to premit his said Mother to enjoy any portion of his father's estate unless she will reside with him, And that his treatment to her is such as to make his house a very unpleasant abode for her.  That his language towards her is disrespectful and insulting.  That on one occasion when a friend was endeavoring to induce him to premit a portion of the property to be used for the support of his mother, he after enumerating a few articles of little value said if she would not accept that, she might go to Hell & pump thunder.”

Now we know in quite colorful language that Elizabeth was the mother of Peter Self Jr., and, therefore, of the children born after Peter: Duncan Hyder, Elizabeth, and Iley Nunn. We only need to figure out if she is also the mother of Nancy.

Since Elizabeth Self had a granddaughter and great-granddaughters through Duncan Hyder Selph named Elizabeth Vick Selph and others named Betty Vick Selph, it seems more profitable first to research the possibility that she is Elizabeth Vick and see if that yields an answer.

In the probate settlement of Giles Vick of Chatham, North Carolina which begins in 1797, but continues well into the early 1800s, there is a document in which Peter Self, Presley Moore, and Penny Vick, on behalf of William and Richard Vick, appoint John Stroud as their attorney to represent their interests in Giles Vick’s estate. That document is signed 25 January 1816. Peter Self is evidently signing in right of his wife, as is Presley Moore. This record also indicates that Nancy Self, born 1818, was a daughter of Peter Self and a daughter of Giles Vick since the document predates her birth by two years.

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Now the question is, did Giles Vick have a daughter named Elizabeth? contains this record transcript:

”File contributed for use in USGenWeb Archives by:
Donnie Pickard March 5, 2014, 6:03 pm

Source:   Personal
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Nancy Vick married Presley Moore August 1810 Chatham Co., North Carolina.  According to Presley Moore's 1812 pension no record is available for their marriage.

Married by Wright Kirby.  Nancy Moore's post office address was lone Elm, Henderson Co., TN.  Nancy had no record of her marrige and no bible.  Witnesses to her widow's pension for the War of 1812 were T.H. Davis, Elisha Hendrix, William Stone and G.G. Moore.  The marriage was August 1810 Chatham Co., NC.

Chatham Co., N.C. Guardian Records -page 94 (reel 38)
Wright Kirby return as Guardian for the Heirs of G.Vick, nothing comes to hand in the fund ___ great (? the sum not at this time known..........Wright Kirby Guardian

Nancy (Vick) Moore was one of the orphans listed in the Guardianship record. She was the daughter of Giles Vick and Delilah (Flowers) Vick.

Nancy (Vick) Moore was married to Presley Moore (my ancestors)

These are the other heirs as listed in the bible records below:
Elizabeth Vick was bornd 16 day of Oct 1789
Nancy Vick was bornd the 18 day of September 1791
Jenny Vick was bornd the 23 Day of November 1793
Richard Vick and William Vick was bornd the 12 of Nov 1795

Richard Vick his hand and pen 1810 [or 1818?]

Drawned of from the old record by Duncan I. Ellis January the 27 1875 for ant
Nancy Moore

Additional Comments:
(Image letter/note came from Henderson Co., TN.  It listed the heirs of Giles and
Deliah (Flowers) Vick)

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Of note is that Duncan I Ellis, grandson of Peter Self transcribed this record for his Aunt Nancy Moore. Nancy (Vick) Moore died in 1879 in Henderson County, Tennessee and in 1875 needed documentation for her claim to Presley Moore’s pension. This would seem to indicate that Richard Vick had transcribed the Giles Vick bible and gave it to Elizabeth (Vick) Self or Peter Self of Benton County, Tennessee and that transcription was in the possession of the Ellis family, descendants of Peter Self. In fact, Richard Vick may have copied the Giles Vick family into a bible that he presented to Elizabeth Vick and Peter Self on the occasion of their marriage.

The combination of all this information indicates that Peter Self of Benton County, Tennessee was married to Elizabeth Vick, daughter of Giles Vick of Chatham County, North Carolina. It also, reinforces the idea that Peter Self was from Chatham County, North Carolina.

There is no indication that Peter Self of Benton County, Tennessee was ever married to a woman named Martha Moss, who is linked to the Peter Smith Self of Southampton County, Virginia. That naturally raises the question, was Peter Self of Benton County, Tennessee the same person as Peter Smith Self of Southampton County, Virginia? 

Stay tuned!


Saturday, October 14, 2017

Eliza Mariah (Jameson) McMullin

© Kathy Duncan, 2017

On May 12, 1867, Jasper N. Jameson sat himself down to write a letter to his nephew R. W. McMullin. When he did, he created documentation that he had an additional sister, Eliza Mariah (Jameson) McMullin, who has been unaccounted for by Holcomb/Jameson researchers until now. He also inadvertently created documentation that his father was Robert Jameson, a “pioneer” of Jefferson County, Missouri. Evidently, Esther (Holcomb) and Robert Jameson lived in Jefferson County, Missouri prior to their move to Jasper County, Missouri.

The letter auctioned on ebay. By the time I found it, it had been archived on a website called WorthPoint. The image for the letter was no longer available, but fortunately the seller had transcribed the letter and included some speculation about it.

The seller’s notations:

“Up for auction today is a 2 ½ page handwritten letter that was written by a Jasper N. Jameson who was living in Salt Spring Valley California at the time he wrote this letter back in 1867. I had a difficult time finding this particular place and I believe it's in Calaveras County / but I also found a Salt Spring Valley in Glenn County, California. Either way, I don't think it ever was or is a very large town; might quite possibly be a ghost town right now. I would love to know any more information if any one has any. I did find a great web site that talked about a Salt Spring Valley California , some of the families and the mining operations going on back in the 1860's. You can view that site at;


As far as the letter goes, it's written to "Watson W. McMullin". W Watson lives, I'm not sure because the letter didn't come with its original envelope. I also want to note that Jasper seems to be staying with Watson's uncle, Volney Brooks.”

The seller’s partial transcription of the letter, which offers a tantalizing glimpse into the life of the Jamesons in California:

"Salt Spring Valley Cal
May 12 th , 1867
Dear Watson,
I recived your kind letter of the 7 th April yesterday which gave us much pleasure to hear from you and to learn that you were all well. We are all well except your aunt Amanda. She is very unwell. She has been sick for along time. She is just able to walk acros the house and has ben so for some time. I don't kno whether she is mending or not some times I think she is and then I think she is not. It is hard to tell tho she is under the treatment of a good doctor. He thinks he can cuer her. The rest of your Aunts, Uncles, cousins are all well.......Times are dul Money scace, provisions tolerable high. The people generly live prety well. Nearly all kinds of bisness is dull. People think they are doing well if they make but little more than a living. I have been so bissy that I have had no time to work my quortz to prove it but it is still thare and I still think it will give me a lift as soon as I can get to work it and if so as soon as I mak it I will get maried, that is if I can. I don't know how that will be for I am so insultingly ugly that my face insults nearly every young lady that I get acquainted with but if I should make a rase I ma look better for money goes a long ways with them in this country.......Thare is erbs groing in that country that dos not gro One of them is the butten snakeroot which I wish if you pleas and can by any means send me 2 or 3 ounceses of the root. You can dry the root and pulverize it and seal it up in a bottle or a paper and send it by the male or express and if you haf to pay for the carige of it thare, I will return you the money as soon as I learn the amount and send me some of the seed of the butten snakeroot.........At this time but remain yours until death, write soon so good by. Jasper N. Jameson to R. W. McMullin."

A search of the census in Missouri eventually turned up this promising household:

16 Oct. 1850, District No. 42, Jefferson County, Missiouri:

John T McMullin 37 M W Farmer $500 b. MO
Eliza M  30 F W b. MO
Jane C 13 F W b. MO
Joseph C. 10 M W b. MO
Richard W. 8 M W b. MO
Mary C. 1 F W b. MO

The same household in 1860:

13 Oct. 1860, Plattin Twp., Jefferson County, Missouri:

John McMullin 48 M Farmer $?500-$1,200 b. MO
Eliza 40 F b. MO
Joseph 18 M Farmer b. MO
Ritchard 18 M Farmer b. MO
Mary 11 F b. MO
Thomas McMullin 8 M b. MO
IdA A. 4 F b. MO
James 2 M b. MO

A search for Richard W. McMullin turned up the following Goodspeed biography:

R. W. McMullin is the present treasurer of Jefferson County, and is the editor of the "Jefferson Democrat".  In the family of his parents, John T. and Eliza M. (Jamison) McMullin, were ten children, four of whom are living.  R. W. the third child, and the eldest now living, was born in Jefferson County, June 2, 1842.  John T. McMullin is a son of Samuel McMullin who was a native of Ireland, and settled in Jefferson County, near Valle Mines, in the latter part of the eighteenth century.  Eliza M. McMullin was a daughter of Robert Jamison, who was also one of the pioneers of Jefferson County.  The parents were married about 1837, and settled on a farm on Plattin Creek; the father was born in 1812, and was three times elected assessor of Jefferson County, performing the duties of that office to the satisfaction of all.  R. W. was educated in the common schools, and in the winters of 1860 and 1863 taught a district school.  In August, 1862, he enlisted for three years in the Thirty-first Regiment Missouri Volunteers, but was discharged at the expiration of three months on account of throat and lung diseases contracted in the service.  February 1, 1863, he was appointed deputy county clerk under Samuel A. Reppy, in which capacity he served until May, 1865, being then appointed county clerk by Gov. Fletcher, retaining the latter office until November, 1866, when he was elected to the same position on the Radical ticket, and performed the duties of the office to the satisfaction of all and to his own credit.  In June, 1871 Mr. McMullin purchased the "Jefferson Democrat," a paper in which he had been interested for some time previously.  He still owns and conducts the paper, which is the most newsy and firmly established paper in Jefferson County.  Mr. McMullin was elected county treasurer of the county in 1884, being elected to the same position in 1886.  In March, 1864, occurred his marriage to Miss Mary E., daughter of B. S. Reppy, who died in 1865.  The following year he married Miss Mary E., daughter of E. F. Honey, and to their union have been born four sons and four daughters.  Mr. McMullin is an elder in the Presbyterian Church, and belongs to Joachim Lodge, No. 164, A. F. & A. M., and also to Cape Stone R. A. C., No. 33.  He has taken great interest in Masonic matters and has served as D. D. G. M. of his Masonic district.
[Source: History of Franklin, Jefferson, Washington, Crawford and Gasconade Counties, Biographical Appendix, Goodspeed Publishing Company, 1888.]

Jefferson County, Missouri marriage records reveal that Richard Watson McMullin married Mary E. Honey on 24 November 1866.

Additionally, there is this biography of Richard Watson McMullin from Missouri History Encyclopedia:

McMullin, Richard Watson, was born in Jefferson County, Missouri, June 2, 1842, son of John Thompson and Eliza M. McMullin. Both his parents were native Missourians, his father having been born in Jefferson County in 1812, and his mother in the same county in 1817. His father died at the age of seventy-six and his mother at the age of forty years. His paternal grandfather and grandmother came from the north of Ireland in 1808 and his maternal grandparents, Robert Jameson and wife, from Scotland in 1806. Richard W. McMullin was reared on a farm, receiving a common school education, and in 1862 espoused the Union cause and enlisted in the Thirty-first Missouri Infantry Volunteers, but after serving several months was discharged, disabled after a severe attack of illness. Several years later he had the misfortune to have both his arms badly crippled. Nevertheless an active and enterprising spirit compensated in a large measure for his physical disadvantages, and he has been a diligent and useful man of affairs in his county. In 1865, he assisted to establish the "Jefferson Democrat," and on the 1st of January, 1900, he purchased and took entire charge of the paper, which he has made on e of the most valuable and useful local journals in the State. He has served in various public capacities, county clerk, county treasurer, probate judge and deputy collector. He has been a zealous and influential Freemason, joining the lodge in 1866, and holding all the offices of honor and trust, and having an equally honorable official connection with other recognized secret orders. His political affiliations are with the Democratic party and he enjoys the full confidence of his copartisans, as is proved by the fact that he has served as a member of the Jefferson County Democratic committee, and of the State Democratic central committee, and was president of the convention in 1878 which gave to Honorable M.L. Clardy his first nomination for Congress. Mr. McMullin was married November 25, 1868, to Miss Mary E. Honey, daughter of E.F. Honey, clerk of the circuit court, and a member of one of the oldest and best families of Jefferson county. He is an exemplary member of the Presbyterian Church and has held the position of superintendent of the Sunday school for twenty-five years.
[Source: Missouri History Encyclopedia, 1901; Vol. 4; Section M; p. 279]

Thus, Richard Watson McMullin of Jefferson County, Missouri was the nephew, R.W. “Watson” McMullin, who Jasper N. Jameson was writing a letter to in 1867.

Additionally, Jefferson County, Missouri records revealed the date of John T. McMullin and Eliza Mariah Jameson’s marriage:

John F. McMullin and Eliza Mariah Jamison married on 21 April 1835 by Wm. G. Walker at Jefferson Co., Mo. the hand written index has John T. McMullin and Eliza Mariah Jameson
[Source:   Jefferson Commissions and Marriages 1826 – 1838, p. 102]

John Thompson McMullin’s obituary appeared on 1 August 1888 in the Jefferson Democrat:

“DIED – At De Soto, July 29, 1888, John Thompson McMullin, in his 77th year. While in the discharge of his duties as Deputy Assessor, on the 16th, he was caught in a rain storm, which produced chills and fever; the fever assumed typhoid form and there was also inflammation of the bowels. During his last 21 hours he could neither see, hear, speak nor swallow, but con-tinued to breathe, almost once for every second of time.

He was buried on Monday, at his home on the Plattin. Mr. McMullin was of Irish parentage, and was born in Washington County, Missouri February 14, 1818, and was brought to this county before he was two years of age and resided here ever since. Of the early history of this county, he knew more than any one now living. His was an active and efficient particular in the pioneer struggles for the advancement of civilization, education, morality and religion.

As a county official, school teacher or minister of the Gospel, his influence always was for progress in what was right and good. In the neighborhood he was an ever-ready counsellor and guide; to those in sickness and distress, a minister of peace and consolation – while his hospitality, generosity and charity were only bounded by his means. His life was a struggle with poverty, but cheerfully borne. Twice comfortable homes were sacrificed by his having stood security for the contracts of others; but he never gave up the battle and would at once strike out to prepare another home for his family.

His first wife was Eliza M. Jameson, daughter of Robert Jameson, mother of the pioneer settlers of this county. To them were given nine children. Some of them died at an early age – two after having arrived at maturity. There are now but four living. He was married four times, his second wife living but a year or two, and his third but a month or two. His fourth, now left a widow for the second time, is a daughter of the late James Gowan of De Soto.”

Eliza Mariah (Jameson) McMullin died on 11 March 1861 and is buried in the McMullin Cemetery in Plattin, Jefferson County, Missouri

John Thompson McMullin died 29 July 1888 and is also buried in the McMullin Cemetery in Plattin, Jefferson County, Missouri.

Friday, August 4, 2017

Divorce: Grandison D. Nevill and Minerva Peterson

© Kathy Duncan, 2017

Finally, the divorce record of Minerva and Grandison D. Nevill has surfaced.

It turned up online in a PDF entitled "Landowners From Lost Circuit Court Minutes, 1807 - 1855" from the notes of Matt G. Lyle (1872 - 1950), compiled by Irene M. Griffey. This document is located on the tngenweb site. As an attorney, Lyle spent a large portion of his career researching Montgomery County Circuit Court records to establish land ownership titles. These records come from his private notes. They are important because courthouse fires in 1878 and 1900 supposedly destroyed the circuit court records. However, there are an astounding number of Montgomery County, Tennessee records that are available. It is more likely that the circuit court records were lost in a fire in 1895:


The Roof Fell In and the Building Was Wrecked by Fire.

Clarksville, Tenn., Feb. 8. -- During a trial in the Circuit Court room at Court House this morning the roof of the structure fell, causing a panic among the crowd in attendance at the trial. The building instantly caught fire, and in the rush for safety William Joslyn's leg was broken and a number of other persons sustained serious injuries. Judge Wilson jumped from a window to the ground, a distance of thirty feet, and was slightly hurt. Owing to the intense cold the firemen had hard work fighting the flames. The loss is probably $15,000.
 [Source: The New York Times, New York, NY 9 Feb 1895]

But I digress. In Lyle's notes was the following record:

NEVEILL, MINERVA vs GRANDISON NEVILLE. Sep Term 1836. Divorce. And doth accordingly order adjudge and decree and that the Complt. be and she is hereby divorced from the bonds of matrimony heretofore solemnized between her and the said defendant and restored to all the rights of a femme sole. The Court doth further order, adjudge and decree that she had the entire and sole right to all the property of every kind to which she is entitled free from the claim of her husband.

Circuit Court Minute Book 1836-1840, page 19

This final decree is just a few months after Minerva Nevill ran her divorce notice in June 1836.

Lyle's additional notes reveal that in 1838 and 1839, there was a dispute between Minerva's mother Nancy Peterson and her children, including new son-in-law Meredith Howard (Minerva's second husband) over the land they had inherited from father Roland/Rowland Peterson. The upshot was that the land would have to be sold. Lyle must have been researching this to establish a title for a later landowner or for one of the Petersons. Minerva's divorce from Grandison Nevill would have been important because they were married at the time Minerva's father Rowland Peterson died in 1835. It would have been important to establish that Grandison D. Nevill had no claim to her property.

Roland Peterson's 1820 will names only his wife Nancy and son Isaac. All the other children are unnamed. It is a very brief will, lacking in specifics. It can be found in Montgomery County, Tennessee Wills 1834-1836, vol G, beginning on page 209.

Rowland Peterson's property sale was held on 23 December 1835, but was not recorded until April 1836. This record is in Montgomery County, Tennessee Wills 1834-1836, vol G, beginning on page 306. The Nevills purchased several items at the sale, but due to the handwriting it is very difficult to tell when the purchase is made by Mr. Nevill or Mrs. Nevill. This is a list of the items purchased by the couple:

Mr. Nevil 1 mare 51.37 1/2
Mrs. Nevil 1 set of window curtains .50
ditto 1 Table 6.75
Mr. Nevill 1 Lot of glass 2.50
ditto 1 set of cups & saucers .50
ditto sugar Bowl & ? .25
Mrs. Nevil 2 candlesticks .25
ditto 1 Beareau 17.00
ditto 1 looking glass 2.50
Mr. Nevill 1 dozen plates .75
Mrs. Nevill 1? .25
Mrs. Nevill 1 Basket .25
Mrs. Nevill 2 ars .56 1/4
Mr. Nevill 1 smoothing iron .12 1/2
Mr. Nevill 1/2 doz chairs 3.00
Mr. Nevill 1 set ? for curtain .34
Mrs. Nevill 1 Bed of furniture 10.00
Mr. Nevill 1 oil cloth 1.00
Mr. Nevill 1 set of Knives & forks 1.50
Mrs. Nevill 1 ? iron .13
ditto 1 tea Kettle & ? .50
ditto 1 pair andirons & shovell 37 1/2

From the sale total of $1,407.74, $61.37 was deducted because it was for the sale of a horse and bed that belonged to Minerva Nevill. Minerva and Grandison Nevill had purchased her property to keep it from being sold to someone else, and then had the amount of the sale credited to them.

This is the record that ties Minerva Nevill to the Peterson family.

If any Howard or Peterson researchers have any additional information, I would love to hear from you.

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Susannah (Walton) Nevill Surprises Her Descendants

© Kathy Duncan, 2017

The title for this entry is as a bit of an understatement. Recently, I was cautioning another researcher that our ancestors surprise us all the time. In the other researcher's case, my work had connected a group of half siblings to her grandfather, and no one on that side of the family, who is now living, has ever heard of these people before. She is understandably taken aback.

Today I am joining her with my own unsettling and surprising revelation in my Nevill line. The more I research a family line, the more I think I know them. They become full blown characters in my mind. This is the case with Solomon Nevill Sr. and his wife Susannah (Walton) Nevill. After researching this line since the early 1980s, I had developed a clear picture of them. They had migrated from the Orange County, North Carolina area to the Montgomery County, Tennessee area shortly after 1810. At the time of their migration, they already had a large family of children, most of whom were born in North Carolina. Susannah's extended family, including the Waltons, Meriweathers, and Barkers, also migrated to the Montgomery County, Tennessee/Todd County, Kentucky area. According to the census, Solomon was a farmer, and they appear to have lived out the rest of their days in Montgomery County, Tennessee. That seemed pretty straight forward until I started digging through Montgomery County, Tennessee deeds last night. That's when Susannah (Walton) did a mic drop.

In my decades' long search for Grandison D. Nevill and his second wife Martha E., I've compiled over 100 pages on his siblings and their children. I have not started posting it here because it's, dare I say, incomplete? I am going to post the bare bones of what I had on Solomon Nevill Sr. and wife Susannah Walton here, and then I will add the new twist information. That's my way of warning you that this is a long post.

For those of you who have been researching Solomon Nevill Sr. and wife Susannah Walton, this first bit of what is known about them is pretty standard fare, and you probably also have it in your notes, but I am going to run through it first...

Solomon Nevill Sr. was born 15 April 1777 in North Carolina to Jesse and Elizabeth (Parks) Nevill. He married Susanna Walton, daughter of Edward and Barbara (Hester) Walton.

Edward Nevill McAllister, a descendant of Grandison Dandridge Neville and an early, avid Nevill researcher, left in his research papers a transcript of Solomon Nevill's bible, which was owned at that time [no date given] by Mrs. Bessie G. [Glascock] Moss. This is a copy of the McAllister transcript:

"Solomon Nevill was born April 3, in the year of our Lord, 1777
Susanna Nevill, his wife was born December 15, in the year of our
Lord 1775.
Solomon and Susanna Nevill was married March 17, 1795.
Edward W. Nevill was born April 5, in the year of our Lord, 1798.
Jesse P. Nevill was born August 27, in the year of our Lord, 1799.
Barbara H. Nevill was born Oct. 23, in the year of our Lord, 1803.
Edwin W. Nevill was born Jan. 24, 1806.
Solomon C. Nevill was born Feb. 1, in the year of our Lord, 1808
Elizabeth W. Nevill was born Nov. 2, 1809.
Granderson D. Nevill was born August 21, in the year of our Lord 1812
Susanna O. Nevill was born Nov. 30, in the year of our Lord, 1814.

Solomon Nevill, Sr. departed this life Jan. 20, 1848, being 70 years,
9 months, and 12 days old.
Edwin Walton Nevill departed this life Nov. 5, 1871.
Betsy Ann Peoples was born Oct. 5, 1819 died Oct 20, 1894."

This morning I am realizing that I should have questioned why Susannah (Walton) Nevill's death is not recorded if she predeceased Solomon Sr. Additionally, if any of the elder sons died young, why aren't their death dates recorded as well?

The Edward Walton Nevill papers (in the vertical file of the Clarksville, Tennessee public library) contain a 1946 letter from Robert F. Vaughan of Louisville, Kentucky, who reported owning Solomon Nevill's bible. In his letter to Frank Barker, written on 5 December 1946, Vaughan reported that the bible had been in "cold storage" for quite a while and that it was in bad condition; however, he "rescued" the following information from it:

"Solomon Nevill was born April 5, 1777 and died January 21, 1848.

He married Susanna Walton who was born December 15, 1775 and died September 5, 1841.

The following children born to this union:

Edward Walton Nevill Born April 5, 1798
Jesse Parks Nevill Born November 7, 1799
John Sims Nevill Born August 27, 1801
Barbara Hester Nevill born October 23, 1803
Edwin Walton Nevill Born January 24, 1806
Elizabeth Whitley Nevill Born February 1, 1808
Solomon Corbin Nevill Born November 2, 1809
Grandison Dandridge Nevill Born August 21, 1812
Susanna Orange Nevill Born November 30, 1814"

Given the differences between these two transcripts, they appear to be from two different bibles, the former descending through Edwin Walton Nevill's family and the latter through sister Elizabeth Whitley (Nevill) Vaughan's family.

Edward N. McAllister's transcript is important because it provides a wedding date for Solomon and Susannah (Walton) Nevill as well death dates for Solomon, his son Edwin W., and Edwin's second wife Elizabeth Ann (Peoples) Nevill. Robert Vaughan's transcript is important because it provides the middle names for all of Solomon Nevill's children and reports a death date for Susanna (Walton) Nevill that is missing from the bible owned by Moss. As of this morning, I realize that it is odd that Solomon's death date is not included in the Vaughan transcript, but that might be attributed to its bad condition.

Note that neither bible record provides a middle initial or name for Solomon Nevill. That, however, is a topic for another day.

Census records for Solomon and Susanna (Walton) Nevill:

1800, Orange County, North Carolina, p. 523:

Benjamin Nevil  00100 - 00100; 4 slaves
Solomon Nevil  20100 - 00100; 9 slaves
Jessee Nevil  12201-21011

At this time the Solomon Nevil household was composed of--

one male under ten = Jesse Parks Nevil
one male under ten = Edward Walton Nevil
one male 16 - 26 = Solomon Nevil Sr.
one female 16 - 26 = Susanna (Walton) Nevil

1810, Orange County, North Carolina, p. 819:

Sol Nevill  31010 - 2001; 11 slaves

The household is composed of--

one male under ten = Solomon Corbin Nevill
one male under ten = Edwin Walton Nevill
one male under ten = John Sims Nevill
one male 10 - 16 = Jesse Parks Nevill
one male 26 - 45 = Solomon Nevill Sr.
one female under ten = Elizabeth Whitley Nevill
one female under ten = Barbara Hester Nevill
one female 26 - 45 = Susanna (Walton) Nevill

1820, Montgomery County, Tennessee, p. 219:

Solomon Nevell  120110 - 11010

The household is composed of --

one male under 10 = Grandison Dandridge Nevell
one male 10 - 16 = Solomon Corbin Nevell
one male 10 - 16 = Edwin Walton Nevell
one male 16 - 26 = John Sims Nevell or Jesse Park Nevell or Edward Walton Nevell
one male 26 - 45 = Solomon Nevell, Sr.
one female under 10 = Susanna Orange Nevell
one female 10 - 16 = Elizabeth Whitley Nevell
one female 26 - 45 = Susanna (Walton) Nevell

Either two of the elder sons have moved, or they are deceased. Neither Edward Walton Nevill nor Jesse Parks Nevill appears as a head of household in Montgomery County, Tennessee in 1820. Evidently, Barbara Hester Nevill, who is about seventeen years old, has married Needham B. Farrier and moved out of the home. There are slaves present in the household, but the columns need to interpreted.

1830, Montgomery County Tennessee, p. 39:

Soloman Neville  00001001 - 00020001

The household is composed of --

one male 20 - 29 = Edwin Walton Neville?
one male 50 - 59 = Solomon Neville Sr.
one female 15 - 19 = Susanna Orange Neville
one female 15 - 19 = Rachel (Higginbotham) Neville, wife of E.W.?
one female 50 - 59 = Susanna (Walton) Neville

Son Edwin Walton Neville and Rachel Higginbotham had married only a few months prior to the census and are likely living with the Nevilles since E.W. Neville does not appear separately on the 1830 census. Elder sons Edward Walton Neville, Jesse Park, Neville, and John Sims Neville do not appear as heads of household in 1830.

1840, Montgomery County, Tennessee, p. 263:

Soll Nevill  000000001 - 0

Soll Nevill's household is composed of --

one male 60 - 70 = Solomon Nevill Sr.
Susanna (Walton) Nevill is not present

Solomon C. Nevil 000001 - 120010001

Son Solomon C. Nevil's household is composed of --

one male 30 - 40 = Solomon C. Nevil
one female under 5 = March C. Nevil
one female 5 - 10 = Barbara Ann Nevil
one female 5 - 10 = Eugenia C. Nevill
one female 20 - 30 = Frances Bell Slaughter Long
one female 60 - 70 = Susanna (Walton) Nevill?

By 1840 Frances B. S. (Long) Nevil had endured at least six pregnancies, but only three of her children survived infancy. This may explain the presence of what appears to be Solomon C. Nevill's mother Susanna (Walton) Nevill in the household. She had probably gone to lend the family a hand since Frances was likely also pregnant with daughter Frances Nevil who was born in 1840.

Now for the mic drop...

Last night I began reading Montgomery County, Tennessee deeds online at FamilySearch. These had been unavailable to me previously. They are located in the online catalog. Anything in the catalog with a camera next to it can be easily accessed. Just click on the camera.

This is a deed from Susanna Nevill to E.W. Nevill and others found in Montgomery County, Tennessee, Deed Bk. S, 1840 - 1842, pages 320 - 321 [image 166-167]:

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"Susannah Neville
To } Deed
E.W. Neville & others

Know all me by these present that I Susannah Neville having by deed of separate maintenance from Solomon Nevill Sr. bearing date the 20th April 1838 and conveyed to Solomon Neville Jr. three negroes to wit Phebe Jackson & Louisa one thousand and sixty dollars in notes and one horse for my use and benefit and subject to any future use I chose to make of it in writing in the presence of two respectable witnesses I therefore by virtue thereof do hereby direct and appoint that sd property it increase as well as any other property I may hereafter acquire to the exclusive use and benefit of my children as hereafter named viz Jackson to my daughter Barbara Farrier the balance of my property of whatever kind to be equally divided between four of my children to wit my son Edwin W. Neville and Solomon C. Neville my daughters Barbara Farrior & Elizabeth W. Vaughn provided always that in case any of the above named persons receive a legacy from their fathers estate equal to their interest in the above named property to be null and void and so much thereof as would have fallen to their portion to be equally divided the others specified in this instrument to have and to hold the same their heirs and assigns forever

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after my death reserving to myself the entire use and control of said property as fully as the same is given to me by virtue of said deed during my life time. In testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this the 20th April 1838.                  Susanna Nevill
Teste  Saml Wade
William Neblite
State of Tennessee  }
Montgomery County}
Personally appeared before me Samuel McFall clerk of the County Court of Montgomery County William Neblete Samuel Wade the subscribing witnesse to the within named deed of gift who bring first sworn depose and say that they are acquainted with Susanna Neblete (sic) and the within named assignor and that she acknowledged the same in their presence to be her act & deed on the day it bears date. Witness my hand at office this 3d day of January 1842.   Samuel McFall
Registered 17th January 1942  Received January 6th 1842"

The upshot of this deed of separate maintenance is that Solomon Nevill Sr. and wife Susannah Walton separated or divorced in April of 1838. Note the wording of the document. She names "four of my children," which does not mean that she only has four children living at that time.

On 7 February, 1842 S.C. and E.W. Neville sold Pheby and Louisa,  who they had received by deed to gift from the late Susan Nevill to John R. Harris for $300. This record is also in Deed Book, page 356.

On 2 February 1842, N.B. Farrior, husband of Barbara Farrior, sold Jackson, aged 10 or 12, to J.R. Harris, for $500. Jackon had been inherited by deed of gift from Susan Nevill, dec'd. This record is also in Deed Book S, page 356.

So why isn't my Grandison D. Nevill, who was also living in 1842, included in Susanna Nevill's deed of gift to her children? On 7 April 1838, just 13 days before Susanna's deed of separate maintenance was drawn up, Solomon Nevill Sr. had given his son Grandison D. Nevill four slaves: Judah and her sons Lewis and Albert, and girl named Mary. No valuation is recorded. What is of note is that the deed was registered 19 April 1838. Is it a coincidence that it was registered one day before Susanna's deed of separate maintenance was drawn up? I don't think so. This record is in Montgomery County, Tennessee, Deed Book P, page 427 [image 224]

The slaves Grandison D. Nevill received from his father were eventually valued for more than the slaves that Susanna received through her deed of separate maintenance. This is likely the reason he was not included - because he had just received this substantial property from his father. Or, she viewed the transaction between Solomon Sr. and Grandison as a scheme to move property out of Solomon's possession so that she would not be entitled to it in the separation or divorce.

In any event, on 3 December 1838, Grandison D. Nevill sold Judah age 25, Lewis age 6, Albert age 4, and Delilah age 6 months to Joab Hardin for $1,400. By then, Grandison D. Nevill was a resident of Dickson County, Tennessee. This record is in Montgomery County, TN Deed Book R, page 1 [image 288].

My tentative conclusion is that there were two bibles: his and hers. Each has a record of their own death but not the other's death. This may even be a sign of a split of allegiance among the children--that the children did not record both deaths in both bibles. Since they were still separated at the time of Susanna's death, if their graves are ever found, I do not expect them to be together. Plus, I suspect that she was, in fact, living with son Solomon C. Nevill in 1840.

My biggest question will probably never be answered. What happened?? Why did Susanna at the age of 60+ decide that she could no longer live with Solomon?

Now I need to poke around for a deed of separate maintenance, which I have not found yet in the Montgomery County Deed Books. Maybe Court Minutes? Additionally, I need to read all of the Nevill deeds in Montgomery County, Tennessee.

Keywords: Solomon Neville, Solomon Nevill, Solomon Corbin Neville, Solomon Corbin Nevill, S. C. Neville, S. C. Nevill, Granville Nevill, G. D. Nevill,

Saturday, July 1, 2017

Louise (Davis) Dendy Family Tree

This is the family tree for my great-grandmother, Louise (Davis) Dendy. I do not believe that Joshua Davis and his wife belong on this tree.

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And there are the children of her great-grandfather, John Renfro who died in Gibson County, Tennessee:

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