I've just added the wills of my 5th great-grandparents, William W. Walker (abt. 1780-abt. 1840) and his wife Nancy Townsend Walker (1785-abt. 1850) to my tree. William and Nancy were both born in Virginia, probably in or near Frederick county. This is at the northern tip of the state around Winchester, right on the Great … Continue reading Two New Walker Wills
Five wives, nine lives, and an understated obituary.
William Lanier was my 5th great-grandfather, himself the grandson of a Barbadian immigrant. He came to Nashville before 1807 from Beaufort County, North Carolina. Previously, I had an abstract of his will, but I recently found the original online at Family Search with more detail, including the names of several enslaved people (in bold, below). … Continue reading Will of William Lanier, 1811
Robert Shaw was my 5th great-grandfather and along with his wife, Elizabeth Hamilton, one of the earliest white settlers of Sumner County, Tennessee. I Robert Shaw of Sumner County and of Tennessee do make and ordain this instrument which is subscribed with my name to be my last will and testament revoking all others. First … Continue reading Will of Robert Shaw, 1823
Miles Bembry I is the first Bembry I have on record in America, and my "brick wall." Recently, I was surprised to discover that he moved from Edgecombe County, North Carolina, to Pulaski County, Georgia late in life to join his sons, Thomas and William. Miles died in November or December of 1838. His son … Continue reading Slaves Held by Miles Bembry
William Bembry I, son of Miles I, died deeply in debt. His estate file (once I found bits and pieces of it in three different places) contains almost 200 pages, mostly documents regarding payment of debts. Only a few enslaved people are listed on the inventory. They are: 1 Negro Woman Crean (?) and her … Continue reading Miles Bembry II’s Plantation