Thursday, June 23, 2011

Will of Thomas E. Brown

A while back I ordered the will of Thomas E. Brown hoping for a clue to the possibility that he could be the illegitimate father of hubby's 2nd great-grandfather, James Calaway Mullins.  No such luck. Although he turned out to be hubby's first cousin six times removed.

So I thought this would be a good place to share the will.

Hawkins County Court Clerk, Wills Vol.: 2 & 3, 1826-1921, page 169
Thomas E. Brown
      Know all men by these presence that I Thos. E. Brown, jr, of the County of Hawkins & State of Tennessee, viewing the uncertainty of life and the certainty of death do make this my last will and testament, at my death I wish all my just debts and funeral expenses paid out of my estate.
     I further will that my beloved wife, Mary M. Brown, shall have the use of the homestid houses her life time, also to have one horse & one cow and beds and furniture, and my will is that my son, Samuel M. Brown, shall have the one hundred acres tract of land I bought of Abiga Martaine.
     I further wish to divide my mountain farm I bought of C. M. Starnes between my two sons, Sam'l M. Brown & Thomas Jesse Brown, beginning in the road where the road that they travel from Uncle Mat Cope's intersex the mountain Road, thence with said road toward Clinch mountain to a pair of draw bars called the meadow drawbars, thence towards Clinch mountain with fence that divides the meadow and what is called Born field to the uper end of meadow, thence with pathway of Mat Martain's passing near his chimney to the branch, thence up said branch and with said hollow to top of said mountain Martin Gap.
     My wish is that my son, Thomas Jesse Brown shall have alll the East side of mountain farm not sold to Tip Jones and Calaway Cope and I wish Sam'l M. Brown, my son, to have the South side of farm as I have divided, and I wish my son Samuel M. Brown to live with his mother and take care of her while she lives and If Samuel M. Brown, my son, should fail to take care of his mother and support her she is to have her support of home stid or dowry; and should I have at my death cash on hands after my debts and funeral expenses is paid, I wish it Equally divided between my two sons, Thomas Jesse Brown and Sam'l M. Brown and daughter Alice Pearson and my wife Mary M. Brown, This is my last will and testament, revoking all other wills made by me through life, in witness of the above I hereunto set my hand and seal, the Aug 8th 1899.
                                                                        Thos. E. Brown (Seal)
     James M. Brown
     Robt. K. Cope                                              Probated Aug 6th 1900

I ordered the Will through Strictly by Name.  You might want to check it out. They have documents from Georgia, Missouri, Kentucky, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia.

Monday, June 6, 2011

A Corner in Ancestors - Ellis Family

The Syracuse Herald, March 11, 1917, page 10


A "Corner in Ancestors" was a syndicated column published in various newspapers across the United States by McClure Syndicate. It was first written by genealogist Eleanor Lexington and then taken over by Frances Cowles.

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