Archive for ‘Historical Documents’

October 4, 2012

Account of John Hall, Guardian, Macon Co., NC

The Hall family of Macon County, North Carolina, has been researched fairly well, as far as I know. Still this is a great example of finding information in an unexpected place, in this case the death date of one of the named children.

Wednesday June 17th 1840

John Hall Guardian of Robert, Mary F. & Rebecca Jane
Hall infant Children of the said John Hall by his deceasd[?]
wife Caroline Hall appeared in open Court and
exhibited the annexed account.

John Hall Guardian of Robert, Mary F. & Rebecca
Jane Hall in acpt. with his sd. wards Dr_

To Cash Recd from David L. Swain Administrator
of the estate of George Swain Decd_ and from Ezekiel
H. McClure Clerk & Master in Equity of the County of
Buncombe on account of the Sales of the real estate
of the said George Swain Decd on the 20th of March 1830[?]
One Thousand Dollars _ _ _ _ _ _ $ 1.000_00

The foregoing Sum was recd_ as the Guardian
of Robert, Mary F. & Rebecca Jane & Elizabeth C. Hall
and on the 21st day of March 1839 the said
Elizabeth C. Hall departed this life…
Sworn to in open Court
John Hall
H. G. Woodfin D. C.

Source: Macon County, North Carolina, County Court Minutes Book 3, 1838 – 1855: 98; North Carolina State Archives, Raleigh; NCSA micropublication C.061 30001.

October 3, 2012

John Harvey Derrick Asks to Be Apprenticed to Saml. R. Lambert, Macon Co., NC

While this record holds wonderful information about John Harvey Derrick, including his date of birth, I wish he had named his allegedly deceased parents!

Minutes of Saturday 28 March 1840…

John Harvey Derrick came into Court alledging that
he is without father or mother living & asking the Court
to bind him to the Tailoring business under Saml. R. Lambert
under the following conditions, that the Sd. Lambert takes
the said Derrick until he arrives at the age of twenty one
years being sixteen on the 14th April next, as an indented
apprentice, that in considerations of the labour & services of
said youth (not to be subject to laborious farming work) the
said Lambert agrees to give the said Apprentice nine
months schooling in a reputable English school, find
him in good & suitable Clothes & Boarding, and teach &
instruct him in all the art & Mystery of the Tailoring
business in its various departments & at the expiration
of said apprenticeship to furnish him with a neat &
new suit of Jeans Clothing Hat shoes &c- the following Justices being
present, viz Johnathan Philips, Jacob Siler, Saul
Smith, & John Wild, John Howard

Source: Macon County, North Carolina, County Court Minutes Book 3, 1838 – 1855: 89; North Carolina State Archives, Raleigh; NCSA micropublication C.061 30001.

October 2, 2012

The Minor Heirs of James and Emilia McHann, Macon Co., NC

The following record begs the question as to why James McHann was appointed guardian of his own children after his wife’s death. One answer could be that the children were heirs to an estate received through their mother, possibly from her parents or other relatives, a fairly commonplace occurrence.

Minutes of Wednesday 23 Jay. 1840…

James McHann appointed Guardian of his minor heirs
viz: Marion[?], Ann, Sarah, Malindas[?] Birchet, &
Wilkie – who entered in to Bond & gave for Security
Two Hundred Dollars Saml. Bryson in the sum of two
hundred Dollars – and qualified as such
the above children are the minor heirs of Emilia McHann[?]

Source: Macon County, North Carolina, County Court Minutes Book 3, 1838 – 1855: 71; North Carolina State Archives, Raleigh; NCSA micropublication C.061 30001.

October 1, 2012

Three Generations of Smiths in One Record, Macon Co., NC

My recent lecture on researching the poor focused on Georgia records, but truthfully, many of the records I used as examples can also be found in other states, albeit in different forms. Here is one example of a court record establishing support for an illegitimate child. Note that this one record names the child and her age, both her parents, and her grandfather.

Minutes of Monday Jan. 20th 1840

State & Elizabeth Smith vs Larken Johnson } Bastardy

Ordered by Court that Larkin Johnson pay the sum
of sixty Dollars for the maintenance of Elizabeth Smiths
bastard Child of which he stands convicted as the reputed
father as appears of records and that Sci-fa issue to
him to appear at next Court & show Cause if any he
have why Exceution [sic] should not issue for the same

Barbary Smith the infant Bastard Child of Elizabeth
Smith be bound to Joseph Smith the Grandfather till she
attain the age of 18 now being two years old

Sci fa issued 16 May 1840

Source: Macon County, North Carolina, County Court Minutes Book 3, 1838 – 1855: 67; North Carolina State Archives, Raleigh; NCSA micropublication C.061 30001.

August 20, 2012

Amanuensis Monday: “Sillah” Walker Binds Out Her Son, Warren, 1877, Morgan Co., GA

An 1877 Indenture of Apprenticeship between Sillah Walker and Peter “P. G.” Walker, both of Morgan County, Georgia, binding Sillah’s son, Warren, aged nine, to Peter. Notice the amount of detail about Sillah, her family, and their circumstances contained in this document.

Note: When transcribing, I added space between the paragraphs and slightly changed other formatting of the original to make the whole easier to read.

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June 23, 2012

John Hudson’s Children, Forsyth Co., GA

I found the following while reading Forsyth County’s early deed books. It was recorded near the front of the volume (see the source, below) before the index.

Record of the Birth of John Hudsons children
William Hudson was born December 2 1817
Forest Hudson was born January 24 1819
Elizabeth Hudson was born April 21 1820
John Hudson was born March 22 1824
Berry Hudson was born December 2 1826
Henry Hudson was born January 13 1829
Jane Hudson was born January 2 1831
Rilla Hudson was born September 8 1832
Eliza Hudson was born September 10 1834
Recorded this 10th April 1839
W. D[?]. Roy[?]

Now, aren’t you curious as to why that was written into the deed record? Me, too!

Source: Deed Book E, 1838 – 1839, Forsyth County: frontmatter; Clerk of the Superior Court, Cumming, Georgia; Georgia Archives film RHS 3607-3608 (Drawer 170, Box 44).

June 1, 2012

Feature Friday: The Negro Exodus, 1882

The following item was found in the 4 January 1882 issue (Vol. 2, No. 50) of the The Advertiser, published in Clarkesville, Habersham Co., GA.

The Negro Exodus.

The Atlanta Post-Appeal says that on the 28th December between five and six hundred negroes from Edgefield county, South Carolina, passed through Atlanta on their way to Arkansas. They are under the leadership of a colored preacher named Hammond who had promised to have a chartered train waiting for them at Augusta, but failed to do so, and the party had to pay full rates to Atlanta. They say they found it too hard to make a living in South Carolina and determined to go elsewhere. Hammond went to Arkansas some time ago and examined the country, and on his return advised the negroes to go out there. It is expected that thousands, altogether, will go.

November 22, 2011

Pertaining to the Estate of James Alexander, Oconee Co., SC, Part 2

An inherited collection of papers yielded the following original document pertaining to the Alexander family of Pickens Dist., SC, later Oconee Co., SC. The first part of the transcription can be found in yesterday’s post.

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November 21, 2011

Pertaining to the Estate of James Alexander, Oconee Co., SC, Part 1

I have lately inherited a goodly number of papers relating to the Watson family from my grandfather Watson’s youngest sister, Dixie. Part of these were kept and maintained by the eldest brother of the family, Ralph Watson, who is now deceased. Uncle Ralph saved several important family papers, including the complete chain of title for his grandfather Daniel Alexander Watson’s land with a copy of the original land entry.

One of those documents provides clear evidence of the relationships between various members of Dan’s mother’s family, the Alexanders of Pickens District and later Oconee County, South Carolina. This Complaint for Partition of Real Estate is likely a copy sent to Dan and his siblings, James F. and Elizabeth Watson.

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November 18, 2011

Feature Friday: “The scene of battle seems to be changed from Chicago to Pine Mountain”

The following items follow a story about a dispute that happened in the Pine Mountain area of Rabun County during August, 1894. The first item is from the 3 August 1894 issue (Volume 1, Number 7) of The Clayton Argus.

The scene of battle seems to be changed from Chicago to Pine Mountain. We hear that one day last week a number of boys met at or near the post office at Pine Mountain and by some means a dispute arose which precipitated a fight the result of which was knives. It is also stated that the boys had been taking on some tangle foot. We are sorry that so many of our young men participated in this useless habit of drinking. Boys, quit it, and you will certainly be glad of it.

In the subsequent issue, published 10 August 1894 (Vol. 1, Number 8), the editor names two of the subjects.

We hear that Guss Billingsley and Wood Bryson, the chief sufferers in the riot at Pine Mountain in our last week’s issue are getting considerably better. It was thought that Bryson was fatally wounded, but we are glad to hear that he was not.

I guess those two thought better the next time they were offered “tangle foot.”

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Quotations excerpted from my upcoming volume Rabun County, Georgia, Newspapers, 1894 – 1899, expected to be released in 2012.