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151 "He volunteered and after going to Yanceyville, NC, where they found he was a black smith detailed him to work in shops at Danville, VA, for the Confederate Army, and was called out to go to Richmond, VA, where he was taken by the Yankees."

Source: North Carolina Digital Collections: David Walker (Widow's Application for Pension)
Groom, Satira (I26721)
 
152 "He was the sunshine of our home." Harrison, Vincent Lea (I16660)
 
153 At least one living or private individual is linked to this note - Details withheld. Living (I39938)
 
154 "Heading down the hill on Holder Street is the home of Sharon Kupit. In my childhood it was the home of the Halls: Miss Annie, beloved teacher, Bessie, who died when I was about 10 years old; Ruth, mother of Jimmy Cheyney and a beautiful woman; and John Lewis, who deserves an article about himself. With them lived "Aunt Dote", sister of their mother, never married and a sweet and patient old lady to Milton's children. Seems to me that she was always seated in a corner by the fire in cold weather or by the window in warmer times. They were a beloved family."

Source: Milton Memories by Jean Scott, The Caswell Messenger (29 September 2009). 
Hall, John Lewis (I39939)
 
155 At least one living or private individual is linked to this note - Details withheld. Living (I39941)
 
156 At least one living or private individual is linked to this note - Details withheld. Living (I39942)
 
157 At least one living or private individual is linked to this note - Details withheld. Living (I39943)
 
158 "Heading down the hill on Holder Street is the home of Sharon Kupit. In my childhood it was the home of the Halls: Miss Annie, beloved teacher, Bessie, who died when I was about 10 years old; Ruth, mother of Jimmy Cheyney and a beautiful woman; and John Lewis, who deserves an article about himself. With them lived "Aunt Dote", sister of their mother, never married and a sweet and patient old lady to Milton's children. Seems to me that she was always seated in a corner by the fire in cold weather or by the window in warmer times. They were a beloved family."

Source: Milton Memories by Jean Scott, The Caswell Messenger (29 September 2009). 
Williams, Dora B. (I39945)
 
159 At least one living or private individual is linked to this note - Details withheld. Living (I39937)
 
160 At least one living or private individual is linked to this note - Details withheld. Living (I39746)
 
161 At least one living or private individual is linked to this note - Details withheld. Living (I38881)
 
162 "His mother, Bessie Gatewood, was a cousin to my grandmother, Cora Daniel Jeffress. I use to go with my grandmother for years to visit with Bessie and she of course always talked about the successes of her son. I wish I had known him." Source: Carolyn Johnston CCHA Facebook Comment 29 October 2011. Daniel, Cora (I7476)
 
163 At least one living or private individual is linked to this note - Details withheld. Living (I46622)
 
164 At least one living or private individual is linked to this note - Details withheld. Living (I46623)
 
165 "Homer Frederick, second son of George and Effie, b. Dec. 11, 1902, in Shannon County, MO, married Lorene Dolifka in Kansas City and owned a grocery store in Casper, WY, until his death in 1957. They had no children."
Source: "Texas County, Missouri, Heritage" 
Frederick, Homer Edwin (I3003)
 
166 At least one living or private individual is linked to this note - Details withheld. Living (I3004)
 
167 "I cannot confirm dates on this, but there is a Scott family story about a contest selling subscriptions to the Caswell Messenger (before the time of Mr. Stephens) and Bea McMullin Lea, wife of Howard Lea, won the contest -- a Model T Ford, if my memory is correct. Incidentally, her husband was killed in January 1925, when the strap to his overalls was caught on a gas-operated woodsaw and pulling him onto the blade, killing him virtually instantaneously. Search the CM for that story. I have seen it, but do not have a copy."

Source: Jean Bradsher Scott Comment Posted 4 February 2014 to the Caswell County Historical Association Facebook Page. 
McMullen, Nancy Bee (I25271)
 
168 "I have heretofore given to my daughter, Emeline Shuford, decd., and to her children and conveyed by deed and otherwise (reserving to Jacob R. Shuford a lifetime estate therein) property real and personal which I estimate at ten thousand dollars, and now I give and bequeath to them, viz. Marcus L. H., Mary Elizabeth, James Martin and Harriet Louisa Shuford each a negro girl to be worth four hundred dollars and young and if suitable ones are not amongst my negroes at my decease my executors are directed to purchase them, also a horse, bridle and saddle each to be worth one hundred dollars, also a bed and furniture each to be worth twenty-five dollars and a cow and calf each, and no more of my estate except the interest in the land and gold mine in Georgia hereinafter mentioned."

Source: Will of James McConnell Smith (Asheville, North Carolina, 9 February 1850).
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Served as the Shufordsville (Buncombe County, North Carolina) postmaster 1 August 1866 to 14 January 1867 and 12 September 1873 to 23 February 1874. 
Shuford, Marcus Lafayette Hoke (I3249)
 
169 "I have heretofore given to my daughter, Emeline Shuford, decd., and to her children and conveyed by deed and otherwise (reserving to Jacob R. Shuford a lifetime estate therein) property real and personal which I estimate at ten thousand dollars, and now I give and bequeath to them, viz. Marcus L. H., Mary Elizabeth, James Martin and Harriet Louisa Shuford each a negro girl to be worth four hundred dollars and young and if suitable ones are not amongst my negroes at my decease my executors are directed to purchase them, also a horse, bridle and saddle each to be worth one hundred dollars, also a bed and furniture each to be worth twenty-five dollars and a cow and calf each, and no more of my estate except the interest in the land and gold mine in Georgia hereinafter mentioned."

Source: Will of James McConnell Smith (Asheville, North Carolina, 9 February 1850). 
Shuford, Harriet Louisa (I3251)
 
170 At least one living or private individual is linked to this note - Details withheld. Living (I65513)
 
171 At least one living or private individual is linked to this note - Details withheld. Living (I43428)
 
172 "I was at Church (Christmas) and Valentine and Narcissa McAlpin were married in Church before preaching commenced. It was a novel thing to me. Pritchard married them in the Baptist Church. On yesterday, John Kerr Jr. gave his experiences and was received by the church. He will be baptized next meeting if the weather will admit. It is expected that Mrs. Vallentine will also be baptised at the same time."

Source: Paul A. Haralson 25 December 1842 Letter.
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1850 US Federal Census
Name: Thos J Valentine
Age: 34
Birth Year: abt 1816
Birthplace: Virginia
Home in 1850: Yanceyville, Caswell, North Carolina, USA
Gender: Male
Occupation: Coach Maker
Family Number: 36
Household Members:
Name Age
Joseph J Lawson 38
Abigail Lawson 33
Robt Lawson 12
Catharine Lawson 9
Benjamin Lawson 6
Elizabeth Lawson 4
Eveline Lawson 1
Thos J Valentine 34
James Walker 19 
Valentine, Thomas J. (I26231)
 
173 "I was at Church (Christmas) and Valentine and Narcissa McAlpin were married in Church before preaching commenced. It was a novel thing to me. Pritchard married them in the Baptist Church. On yesterday, John Kerr Jr. gave his experiences and was received by the church. He will be baptized next meeting if the weather will admit. It is expected that Mrs. Vallentine will also be baptised at the same time."

Source: Paul A. Haralson 25 December 1842 Letter.
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She apparently died before the enumeration of the 1850 U.S. Census, as Thomas J. Valentine was living, presumably as a boarder, in the Joseph J. Lawson household. Thomas J. Valentine also remarried later in 1850. 
McAlpin, Narcissa G. (I26230)
 
174 "I was scarred, but I stayed and watched because I wanted to see the twister even though I was scared. When it skipped to the other side of the church where we were, we didn't try to watch though, because we didn't know what it was going to do or where it was going next. I was just shocked when it twisted those trees apart."

Caswell County Deputy Sheriff James Ashby said the tornado damaged several houses, one church, a cemetery, took the roof off an auto sales building, demolished a seed storage house, tore down trees, and injured one boy who was hit by a brick. 
Smith, Gregory Lynn (I74262)
 
175 At least one living or private individual is linked to this note - Details withheld. Living (I64328)
 
176 "In 1791 almost simultaneously with the move to divide the county a step was taken which might have resulted in a new town but it never reached this point. The 1791 Assembly ordered that David Shelton, Charles Boulton, and Michael Montgomery serve as public inspectors at a recently established public warehouse on Thomas Harrison's land. Harrison owned land between Providence and Blanch, and it is probable that the warehouse was located in the vicinity of Blanch. The site was known as Antioch. . . . How long the warehouse was operated and what other activities were conducted in the vicinity are not known. The only other reference to it seems to be that recorded in the county court minutes of July 24, 1793, when David Shelton resigned as inspector."

"In September 1792 a commission composed of Zephamiah Tate, Thomas Donoho, Solomon Parks, David Shelton, and William Rainey was appointed 'for letting the building of the Court House and other Public Buildings . . . for the County of Caswell & the Court house to be planned on such a Construction as the building may not exceed Five Hundred pounds." [This was the first courthouse to be build in what would become Yanceyville.]

"Fords, it seems, were gradually being abandoned in the late eighteenth century and replaced by bridges. In April, 1793, in response to a petition the court ordered a bridge built across a well-known landmark as it was used by those passing between Red House and Milton. David Shelton, William Rainey, and Michael Montgomery were appointed commissioners to superintend the work and to inspect the bridge when it was completed. Again the builder was expected to keep it in repair for seven years. Jesse Carter undertook to build it but asked to be relieved and William Sanders was given the contract."

Source: When the Past Refused to Die: A History of Caswell County North Carolina 1777-1977, William S. Powell (1977) at 98-100, 101, and 495. 
Montgomery, Michael (I27749)
 
177 "In 1889, Dr. Fearrington married Mary Franklin Pass, daughter of J. C. Pass, of Yanceyville and later of Faison. . . ." Source: American Biography: A New Cyclopedia, The American Historical Society (1932), Volume XLVI at 88-89. Family (F12878)
 
178 "In 1941 Coleman King and Emory Foushee decided to go into business together. The shop was called Foushee and King's Men Shop. It was the first to ocupy this store in the Kirby Building. (This store is now occupied by Roxboro Florist.) The store opened in the fall of 1940. It was operated until May 1943 when they were forced to liquidate because of World War II."

Source: The Heritage of Person County, Volume I, Madeline Hall Eaker, Editor (1981) at 45-46 (Article #32-A, "C. Coleman King--Roxboro Businessman" by Linda Long Wooten).
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Six children were born to George Campbell Foushee and Lula Lee James Foushee:

1. Ella Maude Foushee (1893-1972) married John Blackard. She is buried in Mt. Zion United Methodist Church Cemetery.

2. John Wallace Foushee (b 1898) is a farmer. He married Sallie Pearl Williams in 1922.

3. Morris Campbell Foushee (1901-1908) is buried in Memorial Park, Roxboro, N.C.

4. Caviness Banks Foushee (b 1903) is a farmer. He married Helen Elizabeth Pearce (b 1909) in 1936.

5. Omega Thomas Foushee (1906-1979) was a clerk in Leggett's Dept.. Store for many years. She is buried in Memorial Park, Roxboro.

6. Emery James Foushee (1909) was a partner in Foushee's Men's Shop until he retired. He is active in several civic organizations. He married Rosa Thomas in 1931.

Source: The Heritage of Person County, Volume II, Madeline Hall Eaker, Editor (1983) at 155 (Article #192 "George Campbell Foushee" by Helen P. Foushee). 
Foushee, Emory James (I2772)
 
179 "It appears that Dr. Nathan Turner, who left county in 1823 is dead, and James Turner authorized to administer estate." Source:
Minutes of the Caswell County Court of Pleas and Quarter Sessions, April 1828 Session. 
Turner, Dr. Nathan M.D. (I72137)
 
180 "It is believed that she was the daughter of Hezekiah and Nancy Boswell of nearby Orange Co., N. C. (became Alamance in 1848)." Source: At the Foot of the Lake: The Pattillo-Patillo Family and Allied Lines, Millard Quentin Plumblee (1987) at 249. Boswell, Nancy Jane (I39874)
 
181 "James M. Boswell, born 1822, died c. 1878, married 30 April 1849 Julia Ann Brannock, daughter of Alexander N. and Susan (Foster) Brannock. She was born 13 September 1830, died 25 January 1901 and was buried on the left side of her husband at the Boswell Cemetery on Pinson Creek. Inscription on her white marble marker is still clear and intelligible, while his is an unmarked native stone."

Source: At the Foot of the Lake: The Pattillo-Patillo Family and Allied Lines, Millard Quentin Plumblee (1987) at 249.
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Boswell, James M. (I27272)
 
182 At least one living or private individual is linked to this note - Details withheld. Living (I15895)
 
183 "Jane Lapsley Armstrong was the daughter of Thomas Lapsley who died in Orange County about 1780. His wife was Charity Anderson, born Apr. 17, 1725, Lancaster, PA, daughter of the John Anderson and Ann Moore listed above."

"Sources: Family records, published and unpublished, as verified by available public records. Richmond family research continues under the auspices of the Richmond Family Association; the writer serves as Southern Family Genealogist for this association."

Source: The Heritage of Caswell County, North Carolina, Jeannine D. Whitlow, Editor (1985) at 451-452 (Article #597, "John Richmond Family" by Jessie Richmond Hooper).

See also: Mrs. Mathew L. Hooper Letter (19 August 1984).

 
Anderson, Charity (I8645)
 
184 "Jane Lapsley Armstrong was the daughter of Thomas Lapsley who died in Orange County about 1780. His wife was Charity Anderson, born Apr. 17, 1725, Lancaster, PA, daughter of the John Anderson and Ann Moore listed above."

"Sources: Family records, published and unpublished, as verified by available public records. Richmond family research continues under the auspices of the Richmond Family Association; the writer serves as Southern Family Genealogist for this association."

Source: The Heritage of Caswell County, North Carolina, Jeannine D. Whitlow, Editor (1985) at 451-452 (Article #597, "John Richmond Family" by Jessie Richmond Hooper). 
Lapsley, Jane (I22979)
 
185 At least one living or private individual is linked to this note - Details withheld. Living (I2429)
 
186 At least one living or private individual is linked to this note - Details withheld. Living (I2430)
 
187 At least one living or private individual is linked to this note - Details withheld. Living (I2434)
 
188 At least one living or private individual is linked to this note - Details withheld. Living (I2435)
 
189 "John Lea b c 1755 d sp 1782 Charlotte Co Va, will probated 6 Jan, 1783 (Ref John V. McElroy, Springfield, Ky.)"

Source: Amite County, Mississippi 1699-1890 (Volume #3): The Environs, Albert Eugene Casey (1957) at 558.
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To the Court of Charlotte County, sitting in Chancery, your Orator, Martin Elliott, administrator of the goods and chattels of John Elliott, deceased, and William Elliott and James Elliott humbly show that in or about the year 1783, a certain John Lea departed this life, having first made and duly published his last will and testament which is recorded in the Court and is hereby prayed to be held and taken as part of this Bill, that among other clauses in the said testament there is the following, to wit:

"Item. My will and desire is that my three Negroes and my two horses and my feather bed, likewise eight thousand weight of tobacco in the hands of my brother Joseph Lea and saddle should be sold to the highest bidder and the money arising therefrom to be equally divided among my three brothers and six sisters, to wit, William Lea, Joseph Lea, and Andrew Lea, Elizabeth Clark, Mary Walden, Ann Bennett, Sarah Penn, Milly Elliott, and Lucy Green all which I give to them and the heirs of their body forever. But if my sister Lucy Green should die without heirs of her body, my desire is that her part should be equally divided among the eight aforementioned brothers and sisters."

And the said testator appointed his brothers William and Joseph Lea executors of this last will and testament, of whom the said Joseph Lea qualified according to law, and undertook the burthen of the said executorship; and your orator states that John Elliott, now deceased, (who having died intestate your Orator, Martin Elliott, has Legally qualified as his administrator) and your Orators William Elliott and James Elliott were children of Milly Elliott, deceased, and were entitled to the said Milly Elliott's share of the said estate, that on a partial settlement of the claim of the said John Elliott on the 17th of July 1795 he was entitled to 3574# of tob. that the said John Elliott received 1847# of tob. in part of the same and the balance amounting to 1727# of tob. is now justly due to the estate of the said John Elliot, that your Orators William and James Elliott are also entitled to their shares of the estate of the said John Lea, deceased which have never been settled and paid to them and fore as much as your Orators are without remedy at common law, To the end therefore that the said Joseph Lea, executor of John Lea, deceased, may be held as defendant to this Bill to answer the same on oath and may be compelled to render a true Account of his transactions in his Executorship and to pay to your Orators whatever sums of Tobacco and money shall appear to be justly due to your Orators the commonwealth Writ of Subpoena commanding the defendant &c and to grant your Orators such relief as the rules of Equity may require.

Wm Mumford Attorney for Complainants

[It is interesting that the children of brother Ambrose Lee (decd) are not named and shows that as of 1800, sister Milly is now Milly Elliott with two children James Elliott and William Elliot. It's all one sentence so it's difficult to read and I can't tell if Martin Elliott is also a son?. A Capt Thomas Dudley died about 1778-1779 as two men Robert B Dudley and Thomas Dudley are advertising for claimants in august 26, 1779 in the issue of Virginia Gazette (Williamsburg, Virginia) Published September 4, 1779 Since the death date of John Lee is 1783, it is probable that Milly's sons are not of age until 1800. She would have married John Elliott abt 1779-1780.]
 
Lea, John (I27374)
 
190 "John Lewis and Claudia Watkins were parents of two children: Mary Rice, born in Milton in 1868 and Maggie Smallwood, born in 1870 in New Bern, N.C. Maggie married William Baskerville Lewis, a third half cousin by virtue of a mutual great-grandmother. Anna Beaufort Ragland who married first, Robert Lewis and secondly, Thomas Stamps. They eventually settled in Danville, Va., where W. B. Lewis & Sons tobacco Co. remained a family enterprise until his death. They raised to adulthood five children: Claudia Williams Wright (Mrs. Thomas) of Durham, N.C., William Baskerville of S.C., Gordon Ragland of Danville, Va., all deceased, Charles Watkins of Conn. and Warner Meriwether of S.C."

Source: The Heritage of Caswell County, North Carolina, Jeannine D. Whitlow, Editor (1985) at 561-562 (Article #768, "Descendants of Samuel and Elizabeth Watkins" by Mrs. Mary Singer).
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American Genealogical-Biographical Index (AGBI)
Name: Maggie Smallwood Lewis
Birth Date: 1860
Volume: 103
Page Number: 439
Reference: Ragland Gen: 118 
Watkins, Maggie Smallwood (I36291)
 
191 "Josias Slade, born in 1718, a grandson of the immigrant William, was owner of Slades' Tavern in My Lady's Manor, north of Baltimore, and served as informer during the Revolution. Many of the Slade descendants settled in Anne Arundel, Baltimore, and Harford counties of Maryland; however, some later generations migrated to North Carolina, Georgia, Kentucky, and Ohio." Source: My Slade Phenomenon, Cheryle J. Crockett (2008) at 31. Slade, Josias (I30537)
 
192 "July 21st (Sunday) [Yanceyville, 1850] attended Sunday School - examined a class on the history of Abraham - made short talk to the Sunday School - at eleven o'clock lectured to the servants from Mat. 7th - after dinner rested a while - walked over to Mr. Johnston - John Hooper and myself spoke of ghosts, etc. - after tea went to the Methodist Church and saw Yancey Jones married to Martha Miles and William Waddleton [Watlington] to Mary Jane Slade, etc."

Source: Diary of Reverend John Sharshall Grasty (April 1 - December 31, 1850).
 
Family (F1750)
 
193 "Known Soldier" is a well known grave of Private Charles W. Graves (1893-1918). Graves was an infantryman in the American Expeditionary Force who fought in World War I. On October 5, 1918, Graves was killed by German artillery shrapnel on the Hindenburg Line. His mother received the telegram from the War Department that informed her about Graves's death; however, his body was not returned to America until March 29, 1922 when they brought American soldiers' remains from France and Belgium aboard the troopship, the Cambria to New York.

The U.S. Government had the idea of creating Unknown Soldier and "Known Soldier" in Arlington Cemetery to honor World War I soldiers. Graves was chosen for "Known Soldier" by a blindfolded sailor who picked Graves's name from American soldier remains list, but his mother objected to his burial at Arlington. The War Department wanted to give his body in flag draped coffin on a parade on Fifth Avenue, New York with generals, admirals, and politicians before his mother buried Graves in the cemetery near Antioch Church on April 6, 1922. On September 22, 1923, Romans decided to relocate Graves' body from Antioch Cemetery to Myrtle Hill Cemetery as unofficial designation "Known Soldier" after his mother's death and his brother's agreement. Graves was buried a third and final time. On November 11, 1923, Armistice Day, Charles and the other 33 young men from Floyd County who died in World War I were honored with three Maxim guns and 34 magnolia trees. 
Graves, Charles W. (I55263)
 
194 At least one living or private individual is linked to this note - Details withheld. Family (F1148)
 
195 "Last of the family." Source: Descendants of Joseph Pointer (1812-1879), Isabelle Gauthier Pointer (1992). Pointer, Kate (I19760)
 
196 At least one living or private individual is linked to this note - Details withheld. Living (I17504)
 
197 "Lucy Lea b c 1752 m _____ Green"

Source: Amite County, Mississippi 1699-1890 (Volume #3): The Environs, Albert Eugene Casey (1957) at 558.
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To the Court of Charlotte County, sitting in Chancery, your Orator, Martin Elliott, administrator of the goods and chattels of John Elliott, deceased, and William Elliott and James Elliott humbly show that in or about the year 1783, a certain John Lea departed this life, having first made and duly published his last will and testament which is recorded in the Court and is hereby prayed to be held and taken as part of this Bill, that among other clauses in the said testament there is the following, to wit:

"Item. My will and desire is that my three Negroes and my two horses and my feather bed, likewise eight thousand weight of tobacco in the hands of my brother Joseph Lea and saddle should be sold to the highest bidder and the money arising therefrom to be equally divided among my three brothers and six sisters, to wit, William Lea, Joseph Lea, and Andrew Lea, Elizabeth Clark, Mary Walden, Ann Bennett, Sarah Penn, Milly Elliott, and Lucy Green all which I give to them and the heirs of their body forever. But if my sister Lucy Green should die without heirs of her body, my desire is that her part should be equally divided among the eight aforementioned brothers and sisters."

And the said testator appointed his brothers William and Joseph Lea executors of this last will and testament, of whom the said Joseph Lea qualified according to law, and undertook the burthen of the said executorship; and your orator states that John Elliott, now deceased, (who having died intestate your Orator, Martin Elliott, has Legally qualified as his administrator) and your Orators William Elliott and James Elliott were children of Milly Elliott, deceased, and were entitled to the said Milly Elliott's share of the said estate, that on a partial settlement of the claim of the said John Elliott on the 17th of July 1795 he was entitled to 3574# of tob. that the said John Elliott received 1847# of tob. in part of the same and the balance amounting to 1727# of tob. is now justly due to the estate of the said John Elliot, that your Orators William and James Elliott are also entitled to their shares of the estate of the said John Lea, deceased which have never been settled and paid to them and fore as much as your Orators are without remedy at common law, To the end therefore that the said Joseph Lea, executor of John Lea, deceased, may be held as defendant to this Bill to answer the same on oath and may be compelled to render a true Account of his transactions in his Executorship and to pay to your Orators whatever sums of Tobacco and money shall appear to be justly due to your Orators the commonwealth Writ of Subpoena commanding the defendant &c and to grant your Orators such relief as the rules of Equity may require.

Wm Mumford Attorney for Complainants

[It is interesting that the children of brother Ambrose Lee (decd) are not named and shows that as of 1800, sister Milly is now Milly Elliott with two children James Elliott and William Elliot. It's all one sentence so it's difficult to read and I can't tell if Martin Elliott is also a son?. A Capt Thomas Dudley died about 1778-1779 as two men Robert B Dudley and Thomas Dudley are advertising for claimants in august 26, 1779 in the issue of Virginia Gazette (Williamsburg, Virginia) Published September 4, 1779 Since the death date of John Lee is 1783, it is probable that Milly's sons are not of age until 1800. She would have married John Elliott abt 1779-1780.] 
Lea, Lucy (I27365)
 
198 "Married - In Prince Edward County, on July 27, by B. M. Smith, Rufus F. McAdin, of Yanceyville, N. C., to Miss Mollie Floyd Terry."

Source: The Richmond Whig & Public Advertiser (Richmond, Va.), Friday, July 30, 1858, page 2, column 5.
 
Family (F1769)
 
199 "Mary Lea b c 1736 m (1) Simeon Walton m (2) George Penn widower of sister Sarah Lea."

Source: Amite County, Mississippi 1699-1890 (Volume #3): The Environs, Albert Eugene Casey (1957) at 557.
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To the Court of Charlotte County, sitting in Chancery, your Orator, Martin Elliott, administrator of the goods and chattels of John Elliott, deceased, and William Elliott and James Elliott humbly show that in or about the year 1783, a certain John Lea departed this life, having first made and duly published his last will and testament which is recorded in the Court and is hereby prayed to be held and taken as part of this Bill, that among other clauses in the said testament there is the following, to wit:

"Item. My will and desire is that my three Negroes and my two horses and my feather bed, likewise eight thousand weight of tobacco in the hands of my brother Joseph Lea and saddle should be sold to the highest bidder and the money arising therefrom to be equally divided among my three brothers and six sisters, to wit, William Lea, Joseph Lea, and Andrew Lea, Elizabeth Clark, Mary Walden, Ann Bennett, Sarah Penn, Milly Elliott, and Lucy Green all which I give to them and the heirs of their body forever. But if my sister Lucy Green should die without heirs of her body, my desire is that her part should be equally divided among the eight aforementioned brothers and sisters."

And the said testator appointed his brothers William and Joseph Lea executors of this last will and testament, of whom the said Joseph Lea qualified according to law, and undertook the burthen of the said executorship; and your orator states that John Elliott, now deceased, (who having died intestate your Orator, Martin Elliott, has Legally qualified as his administrator) and your Orators William Elliott and James Elliott were children of Milly Elliott, deceased, and were entitled to the said Milly Elliott's share of the said estate, that on a partial settlement of the claim of the said John Elliott on the 17th of July 1795 he was entitled to 3574# of tob. that the said John Elliott received 1847# of tob. in part of the same and the balance amounting to 1727# of tob. is now justly due to the estate of the said John Elliot, that your Orators William and James Elliott are also entitled to their shares of the estate of the said John Lea, deceased which have never been settled and paid to them and fore as much as your Orators are without remedy at common law, To the end therefore that the said Joseph Lea, executor of John Lea, deceased, may be held as defendant to this Bill to answer the same on oath and may be compelled to render a true Account of his transactions in his Executorship and to pay to your Orators whatever sums of Tobacco and money shall appear to be justly due to your Orators the commonwealth Writ of Subpoena commanding the defendant &c and to grant your Orators such relief as the rules of Equity may require.

Wm Mumford Attorney for Complainants

[It is interesting that the children of brother Ambrose Lee (decd) are not named and shows that as of 1800, sister Milly is now Milly Elliott with two children James Elliott and William Elliot. It's all one sentence so it's difficult to read and I can't tell if Martin Elliott is also a son?. A Capt Thomas Dudley died about 1778-1779 as two men Robert B Dudley and Thomas Dudley are advertising for claimants in august 26, 1779 in the issue of Virginia Gazette (Williamsburg, Virginia) Published September 4, 1779 Since the death date of John Lee is 1783, it is probable that Milly's sons are not of age until 1800. She would have married John Elliott abt 1779-1780.] 
Lea, Mary (I27370)
 
200 "Mary Lea b c 1736 m (1) Simeon Walton m (2) George Penn widower of sister Sarah Lea."

Source: Amite County, Mississippi 1699-1890 (Volume #3): The Environs, Albert Eugene Casey (1957) at 557. 
Walden, Charles (I27377)
 

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