Friday, December 23, 2011


I have a cold just in time for Christmas, Oh Joy.   I am taking my vitamin C and all my herbal concocotions and it made me remember some notes I have on illness and old time remedies,.

(TL NOTE  from the book Knox County Kentucky history  by Elmer Decker )
....found in the Bible of  Captain Charles Gatliff  born in 1777
 A cure for the corns. Go to a linden bush in the morning before the sun rises take holt of the top of a limb and say, Good Morning, Good Morning. For what have I come here? To cure the corns of my toes. Then brake off the point of the twig of the bush and drop them down, and you must say the whole of the words over for every corn that you want to cure and when you have done this turn your back to the bush and go away

This is from "Every Man His Own Doctor: Or The Poor Planter's Phyfician."  by John Tennent  published about 1730
"I shall begin with a Cough, which is the Foundation of many bad Distempers, and therefore should be taken care of as soon as possible.  It may be cured in the Beginning with riding moderately on Horseback every Day, and taking only a little Ground Ivy Tea sweeten'd with Syrrup of Horehound, at Night when you go to Bed.  But in Case it be violent, it will be proper to bleed Eight Ounces, and be constant in the Use of the other Remedies.  In the mean while, you must use a spare and cooling Diet. without either Flesh or strong Drink.  Nor should you stove yourself up in a warm Room, but breathe as much as possible in the open Air.  And to prevent this Mischief, don't make your self tender, but wash every Day in cold Water,
and very often your Feet. "
Ailments & Remedies  by: Kim Jones Dean
Asthma Sourwood Sapling - Cut a sapling longer than your child is tall;
split/fork the end lengthwise and place a lock of hair in the fork.
Put sapling over doorframe and when the child is taller than the stick is long,
the Asthma will be gone. Some people used Locust, Pine or Popular saplings
cough syrup using moonshine, honey, lemon juice and rock candy
Ear Ache - Female Place fresh urine from a male in the ear 
Ear Ache - Male Place fresh urine from a female in the ear 
more can be found at

 Here are some more modern recipes

Elderberry Cordial/Syrup
1 cup brandy
¾ cup elderberries
½ cup honey
Let steep for three weeks.
Strain out and discard the elderberries, then add honey
Drink ½ oz. at first sign of a cold

Cold and Flu Cough Syrup
2 cups water
2 tablespoons fresh grated ginger
2 tablespoons fennel seeds
Simmer herbs and water on low heat until water volume is one cup. Strain out and
discard herbs. Add ½ cup honey and store in the refrigerator. Take 1 tablespoon
three times a day at the onset of cold symptoms.
Shelf life: 3 months stored fridge

Fire Cider
1 tablespoon fresh chopped garlic
1 tablespoon fresh grated horseradish
1 tablespoon fresh grated ginger root
1 chopped white onion
1/8 teaspoon cayenne powder
2 cups apple cider vinegar
Steep herbs in vinegar for four weeks
Using a piece of cotton muslin, strain herbs from the vinegar and discard.
Add1/2 cup honey to the vinegar. Take one tablespoon three times a day at
 the onset of cold symptoms. Stores well in the refrigerator for about one year
Time to go make a cup of tea,  I will add more when I feel better. 

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Death by Indian

Several of the Wallen/Wallin/Walling  (or W. for clarity) family members are said to have died in Indian attacks.
I believe that many of these accounts are just variations of  these  three incidents.

 John W.'s (1740-1836) wife did die in an attack 17 Mar 1785 though  there is no evidence yet about what her name was. He may have been married several times.
 John W.(1740-1836) was likely attacked at his home, reputed to be on the outskirts of the "civilized" area.
 Joseph W. (1735-1792) and a younger man named Thomas W. did die in an attack near Lot
John's Wife
Name may have been Francy, Lucy, Hale,McKinney,Cox or Roberts, no records have yet given proof of her name.
Colonel Arthur Campbell wrote to Governor Patrick Henry on March 26, 1785:   “since the muder of Mrs. Wallen, which I mentioned in my laster letter, a Mrs. Cox was shot at the Indians, but hapilly escaped."
On the same day Col. Joseph Martin, who had built Martin’s Station in Powell Valley also wrote Governor Henry, from his home in Henry Co., VA, stating : “i Ihave enclosed a letter from Ellis Harlin, who is from Chickamauga. On the 17th instant a party of Indians came to the house of John Wallen." Spring Creek area on March 17, 1785 
TL NOTE  I have found no details of just how Mrs. W. was killed , though the story is that she was scalped . Martin says she was killed about 15 miles from his station, which would have to be up Powell Valley, thus placing their residence somewhere in the vicinty of the present Rose Hill Community. This John W. was a son of Elisha W.  Sr., (1708-1785) and brother of Long Hunter Elisha W. (1732-1814),  for whom Wallen’s Ridge in Powell Valley was named.

The Home Invasion
...quotes Thomas Carter’s letter found in the Draper manuscripts:
"Sometime in the year 1789, John Wallen build a small cabin at the mouth of Stock Creek where Clinchport is situated now. He located his cabin on the Kentucky Path, and no double, helped to entertain some of the hundreds of settlers who were emigrating to Kentucky at the time oveer the Wilderness Road. Wallen was not left long in the peacable enjoyment of his new home in the wilderness. Benge and his forest bloodhounds soon found his cabin. One morning, must at daybreak, his wife, opening the door was shot at by an Indian and slightly wounded. Quickly closing the door, she bared it to prevent its being forced. Wallen, who was yet in bed, then hastily across and snatching the gun from its rack, shot and killed the Indian nearest the door. The other Indians then rushed upon the house trying to effect an entrance, nor did they retreat until Wallen had killed three of them. After driving the Indians away, Wallen and his wife went to Carter’s Fort, eight miles distant.”
TL NOTE If this story is accurate on the date, then this lucky woman is a new wife of John's. I believe it might be true because the location seems different- now they went eight miles to Carter's instead of 15  miles to Martin's.

The Lot Attack
"Tommy Wallin who came to Wallins Creek.  There were about seven killed here. they were some of his boys who were killed. The Indians killed the seven Wallin men. Watts was an Indian. Wallin killed Watts brother in Tennessee is why they came here, said killing in Tennessee was above Kyles Ford. Hancock, County...some say that Wallin's dog led them to his body while others say that his dog stood over the bodies, protecting them from wild beasts. At any rate these men had been killed by Indians and it is the first known death of a white man to be scalped in Harlan County. The ridge, the creek and the town of Wallins' Creek were named for them. The actual location is at the end of the old abandoned logging road at a place which was referred to in old records as the Lot/Lott,  situated between Blanton Branch and Rob Blanton Branch TL NOTE  In 1993, the two most common names in that community(Knox/Harlan County, Ky) are Helton and Wallen . ( My 5th great grandfather John Helton is listed at Wallen Creek, Harlan, KY. The Tommy W. said to have killed the  Watts brother is an odd story about continuing to attack the indian after he was dead. )

Joseph and Tommy
From an account of Joseph's death recorded in a family Bible last reported to  be owned
the Weddel family: "Joseph was killed by Indians. There he built a fort and took a company of his settlement and his  oldest son Thomas Walling, 12 in number and over on to the Three Forks of the Cumberland to the place now called the Lot in the state of Kentucky. When there him and his son and 8 out of 12 others was killed by the Indians".
 Many say it was a nephew Tommy not actually his son. Story rates a likely . We do know that Milly W. was a widow in 1794. She was listed as such in a storekeeper's account book.

It was Elisha the Longhunter killed in KY on a hunting trip.
"On the hunters' return to camp the other men saw blood on the snow and found the remains of him and his companion; some say that Wallin's dog led them to his body while others say that his dog stood over the bodies protecting them from wild beasts.  At any rate, these men had been killed by Indians and it is the first known death of a white scout to be scalped in Harland County, Kentucky. The ridge where they camped, the creek, and the town of "Wallins" were named for him.
His body was found whence almost decayed recognized by the buttons on his clothes".

TL NOTE  This is not likely considering the records and grave in Missouri.   Long Hunter Elisha was still living in the valley in 1785, sometime soon thereafter leaving for Missouri , his time there appears well documented. Of course one of the Wallen boys killed could have been an Elisha namesake.

 TL NOTE Elisha W. Sr. (1708- about 1784) It could have been  Elisha Sr, killed that day  This version of Elisha Walling Sr's death has some credence. Since no will has been located  it would  indicate his death was unexpected, for normally when ill, a person would have written a will  (but at 76 ...?)  It is notable that the line " the first known death of a white" is often repeated in the various stories.    So this story rates a maybe. (If anyone has access to the original  source of the quote I would love to hear from you)

Sources to look for
1. Name: Hamilton, Mullins, Weaver. (1992). Unsettled settlements: Indian Forays on the Holston and Clinch Rivers 1773-1794. Clintwood, VA: Mullins Printing
2. Name: Wallen, Delmar H. Sr. (1993). Families and History of Sullivan County, Tenn, Vol I, 1779-1992. Complied by Holston Territory Genealogical Society.
3. Name: Wilder, M.H. & H. B. (1991). A Wallen/Walling Genealogy, vol II Baltimore: Gateway
4.Virginia State Papers, Vol. IV, page 20
5. O. C. Helton, "The Wallin's Creek Killings, Knox County, Kentucky", MS 1993,

FAMILY PATH   Turner to Tompkins, to Wilburn, to Wallen.

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Copenhaver, German Immigrant

This gentleman is not a blood relative but I believe he was a brother-in-law to Thomas Meece  and at least familiar with Jacob Mosser, Thomas Meece's father-in-law. This is just a short  timeline I saved about a man who was undoubtedly a dedicated soldier for the  young United States of America.

Jacob Koppenheffer of Rublingen Wuitternburg, German. His son,
Wolfgang Koppenhofer September, 1732 arrived in the Colonies with his wife, Anna Marie Haffner
His son, Johann Thomas Copenhaver(d 1760), had come over earlier in September,1728
Johann Thomas married three times, first Anna Marie Zinn,then Anna Elizabeth Holtzman, and lastly Catherine Elizabeth Lehman
 his son with Anna Marie, Thomas Copenhaver, was born 1739 in Pennsylvania.
Thomas married Catherine Mosser of Bethel Township,  July of 1764, Thomas purchased 137 acres from Jacob Mosser (don't know relation to Catherine) in Lancaster Co. PA 
 March 5, 1772, Thomas and Catherine  at the ‘Orphans’ court about debt owed to the survivors of a Jacob Moser.
June,1774 one  of nine appointed from Hanover to attend meeting to discuss actions of  Parliament of Great Britain . The chairman of the committee, Colonel Timothy Green, stated,

"In the event Great Britain attempting to force laws upon us by the strength of arms, our course we leave to Heaven and our rifles."

1776 Captain Thomas Copenhaver - Militia in Colonel Timothy Green's Battalion
1776 Wife Catherine dies
1777 serving under Colonel John Rogers' 6th Battalion also under Colonel Alexander Cowrey
1778 marries second wife, Elizabeth Miese
 takes Oath of Allegiance to his new country
1783 Elizabeth dies
1784 married Julianna Seig
1802 Thomas died
1803 estate auction

 For a really fun read of the history of the Revolution
 go here 
it is a British view of the Founding Fathers, There is enough truth on the surface of his story that it is worth reading carefully.Our founders were eloquent in speech and that can also, based on your view be propaganda , but they had a vision of what could be and they had to persuade the masses that it could be done. They were all criminals by their very action to challenge the Crown. And there were more Loyalist  than Rebels at the start of the troubles. Like I said, read the article and see what 235 years later we can still argue about.

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Witchery Today and Yesterday

In The News December 2011
Unbelievable news that Saudi Arabia has executed a woman for “witchcraft and sorcery” by beheading.

  I am related to a Salem Witch. John Proctor(executed on August 19,1692) the husband of my eighth great aunt Elizabeth Bassett (jailed,found guilty.but released) 
 ( Ok,I am reaching a bit, but it is my blog) 
Several of Proctor's children, Elizabeth's  sister and sister in law were also accused. One might wonder why the Bassetts were targeted so during the trials and this little ditty could shed some light on that 
William Bassett(1624-1703), Elizabeth's father, was part of a group of 12 men who "...petitioned against their neighbor John Hawthorne for serving too much strong drink despite the 'advice of his friends to the contrary'..."[10,11] John Hawthorne ( or a relative with the same name) was one of the Salem Hysteria judges.

I have found that even before the Trials there had been other accusation of witchery in the family
Ann Holland Burt Bassett (about 1600-1670) Elizabeth's grandmother, was accused of witchery in 1669, this bit from her trial shows just  how outrageous these charge could be.

"but Goodwife Burt said she could not cure her own husband because he would not believe in her God, but her maid did and was cured."
&  "he 'was goinge to fetch some things for his wife and he saw old goody burt coming out of the swamp and shee was in her smo(c)k sleeves   and a blake hancacher and black cap on her head and hee looked upp and suddenly shee was gone out of sight"

   That was it, truly, a comment about her God and some guy blinked and she was out of sight.
   Part of my interest in Elizabeth Bassett Proctor is that the play and movie  THE CRUCIBLE are VERY loosely based on this couple, but even more than that bit of Hollywood,  is that much of our basic rights in court, ownership of property when accused, treatment of prisoners can be traced back to this couple and the other "Witches". In many law making sessions after this horrible  time the treatment of these people  were held up as examples of what needed to be fixed in the legislation to prevent these  atrocities from recurring.

     My husband is also related to a Salem Witch, in fact the oldest woman killed during the madness of the trials. Her name was Rebecca Townsend Nourse (Nurse) (b 1621 d.19 Jul 1692) I have read that she was a kind hearted woman respected by most people of the area.  There had been some snide remarks made about her taking in an orphan Quaker boy that may have led to the accusations against her.

 Excerpt of the Death warrant of Rebecca Nurse
" Command you that upon Tuesday next being the 19th day for [torn] Instant July between the houres of Eight & [torn] in [torn]  forenoon the same day you Safely conduct the s'd Sarah Good Rebecka Nurse Susann Martin Elizabeth Howe & Sarah Wild From thier  Maj'ties goal in Salem afores'd to the place of Execution & there Cause them & Every of them to be hanged by the Neck untill they be dead and of the doings herein make return to the Clerke of the said Court & this precept and hereof  you are not to fail at your perill..."  

   There is a concise timeline of the events to be found at   University of Missouri-Kansas City Law School

    the link to Salem Trials is at
(TL NOTE They have many other trials to explore also, spend some time)

  There have been many scholarly attempts to find a single reason for these wild accusations leading to executions of nineteen people in 1692 everything from moldy food to power hungry ministers.  I think it was people allowing themselves to be sheep.  ( read Orwell's ANIMAL FARM for more information)

Saint Augustine of Hippo, an influential theologian in the early Christian Church, argued in the early 400s that God alone could suspend the normal laws of the universe.  In his view, neither Satan nor witches had supernatural powers or were capable of effectively invoking magic of any sort.

Too bad we don't read the classics anymore.

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Cost of living 1848

These items were sold at an estate auction in
 Claiborne, TN   appears to be in October 1848

173 lbs bacon $10.38
rifle gun $11.25
shotgun $3.20
tin pitcher $.12 ½
 blue pitcher $.37
 two candlesticks and dish $.16
 pail $.25
two steers $21.00
 five hogs $15.16
cow and calf $10.12 ½
horse $66.00

Hector O. Johnson, Unfortunate Soldier

Hector Johnson born February 1847 to Benjamin and Rachel (Bowmer) Johnson
At the young age of 14 (he lied,said he was 17) Hector joined the Union Army as private on November 5, 1861 at Camp Wolfford, KY and reported for muster at Camp Boyle, KY  on January 1, 1862. I can just imagine the young boy's excitement as he embarked on this grand task, anticipating the adventures that lay ahead.
   Hector was assigned to Captain Bolin's,3rd Regiment, Ky Infantry( Co D)
 This unit had been organized at Camp Dick Robinson, Ky., on October 8, 1861.  Originally attached to Thomas' Command til November, 1861, then the 11th Brigade, Army of the Ohio, During the war this  regiment would lose 6 Officers and 103 Enlisted men killed and mortally wounded and 192 Enlisted men by disease. Total 301 lost.
   Almost immedately on January 7th, the infantry unit set off for Renick's Creek, near Burkesville , and were on to the mouth of Greasy Creek on January 17 . The regiment moved to Nashville, Tenn.,March 18-25; then marched to Savannah, Tenn., and to Shiloh March 29-April 7.
  Hector, however,  was not at the famous Shiloh battle, He had become  ill and was listed as absent with leave on March 10,1862, he is shown July 28th as disabled in Nashville and was apparently sent to a Lexington hospital. What ever his ailment was, it was a long recovery.  He was still in the hospital  on  September 2, 1862 when the  Confederate army returned to Lexington following the Battle of Richmond.
  Major General Edmund Kirby Smith led 11,000 Confederate soldiers into the city,  only to find  that Union forces had destroyed their (Union) government stores and supplies before fleeing from the city. The sick and injured had been left at the hospital and were claimed as P.O.W. Hector was one of them. It appears that Hector never returned to  service. His  active military career appears to have lasted about 10 weeks.
 He died on 19th May, 1936,Russell county, KY. His grave has a military service headstone.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

John Shepherd (1734-1810)

The Shepherd family were first located in VA then moved to North Carolina.  The best,by far, source of information on the internet is . The man worked so hard you simply must visit.  Those here that are related to the Turner side should take a peek also because the Shepherds and Turners lived in the same area and some were even neighbors. I have found the names together on road work orders.
  John, our subject today, was born in 1734 VA and died 1810 in NC. The son of George Shepherd and  Elizabeth Mary Angelique Day (love that name!) He married a woman named Sarah, (TL NOTE her name may have been  either  Jennings or  Rash)  John was evidently quite successful as farmer as you can see by the bequest he left each of his family members.

named his wife Sarah and gave various amounts of money to each child to "make equal to the rest"
to Anne Viars, or her three daughters, - $90 to be divided between them;
(the only one with children mentioned in will-why? was she ill?)
to Susannah Vannoy - $160 -;
and to James - $10 -;
and to Lucy Pumphrey - $70 -;
to John Shepherd, Jr. - $130 -;
to Nancy McQuerry, - $90 -;
to Steven Shepherd - $80 -,
and to Lewis - $50 to make him equal
to the rest; and
to Sally Jennings - $127.50 -;
to Delpha Judd - $135 ;
and to Andrew Shepherd I have given $250;
the inventory
Will Book 2, p 308, excerpts below:
105 acres of land -50 acres of land --50 acres of land
2 negroes --4 horses and --various bond and IOU debts
 The complete will and inventory are at this site   reading the inventory is very interesting,  so please visit. 
Oh by the way this line is said to be related to  singer, guy named Waylon Jennings.  Have a good day!

Thomas Turner (1664-1744) Will

born Abt. 1664 in Frederick Co. Virginia, and died June 1744 in Frederick Co. Virginia
was married to Susannah Anthony
Frederick Co., Virginia Will Book 1:24-26.
In the Name of God Amen, the 10th day of February, in the Year of our Lord, 1743.
 I Thomas Turner in the County of Frederick and Colony of Virginia being very sick
& weak in Body but of Perfect mind & memory Thanks be Given unto God Therefore
 calling into Mind the Mortality of my Body and knowing it is appointed for all
Men to Die do make & ordain this my Last Will and Testament that is to say
Principally & first of all I give and recom'd my soul into the hands of God that
gave it, and for my Body I recomand it to the Earth to be Buried in a Christian
 like form at the Discretion of my Exuter for nothing Doubting but at the General
Resurection I shall Receive the same again by the Mighty Power of God & as touching
 such Wordily Estate whereinwith it hath Pleased God to Bless me in this Life
I give & dispose of the same in the following manner and for  Imprimus It is my
Will and I do Order that in the First place all my Just Debts and Funeral Charges
be paid and satisfied and
Ten pound out of my whole estate to my son Anthony Turner
further it is my design to continue with him during my life.
Item I give to my Son John Turner Five Shillings
Item I give to my Son Robert Turner Five Shillings
Item I give to my Daughter Ann Sutton Five Shillings
Item I give to my Daughter Sarah Pickren Five Shillings
Further as I said before I design to live with my son Anthony Turner during my life to be maintained out of my substance.
Item Further it is my will & desire when what I have already mentioned is paid what is Remaining to be equally Divided between my son Anthony Turner and Roger Turner and likewise my son Anthony Turner I constitute make and ordain my only & Executor of this my last Will and Testament all & singular my Goods and Chattles Lands Messages or Tenaments to his Heirs and Assigns forever after my Decease he performing all what I have already mentioned and I do hereby Disalow revoke and Disanull all other former Testaments Wills Legues and Enno by me in any ways before this time Named Willed and Bequeathed Ratifing and Confirming this and no others to be my Last Will and Testament. In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand the Day & Year before Written.
Thomas Turner (TT) [his mark]
Pronounced and declared by the said Thomas Turner in the Presencs of us the Subscribers Thop Norwood, Robert Ewins, Mathew Ewins.
At a court held for Frederick County of Fryday the 8th Day of June 1744. This Last Will & Testament of Thomas Turner Daced was Proved in Open Court by Robert Ewins & Mathew Ewins two of the Witnesses therein who made Oath that they join Thoephilus Norwood sign the  same as a Witness: and Anthony Turner Esq. therein Named having made Oath thereto according to Law the same is admitted to Record.
1 Dec 1744, 6 Nov 1744. Value of estate given as 22 pounds, 1 shilling, 8 1/2 pence
 for cash (Pennsylvania currency), crops (rye and wheat),
 farming utensils, horses, household items and furniture,
stock and wearing apparel,
report taken by Thomas Swearingen, Richard Morgan and Thomas Shepard,
 report submitted to the court by his executor Anthony Turner. Book 1:33.

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Cost of good times in 1809

FIRST TAVERN RATES as established during the first court
of Knox county. KY  on June 23, 1809
Six shillings equals one dollar--three pence equals four and a half cents.
For wine by the gallon or less--6 shillings. ($1)
For rum or French Brandy by the gallon  or less--6 shillings. ($1)
Whiskey by the gallon or less--12 shillings.($2.)
Gin by the gallon or less--24 shillings. ($4)
Cordial by the gallon or less--24 shillings ($4)
Brandy made of Peaches by the gallon or less--($2.66)
For a warm dinner, supper or breakfast--1 shilling /6 pence. (abt 24 1/2cents)
For a cold dinner, supper or breakfast--1 shilling. (abt 17cents)
For a horse standing at hay or fodder for 12 hours--1 shilling /6 pence.(abt 24 1/2cents)
Corn or oats by the bushel or smaller quantity--6 shillings ($1)
Lodging per man for one night--6 pence. (9 cents)
These prices were determined by the court which basically was town board and court in one. I was surprised they bothered to set prices til I  found this note from a Revolutionary War soldier talking about his pay for service
Job Broughton, rank Private.,
"For my services as a minute man I was promised $8 per month, full rations for myself and my wife. The rations got best, as for the money I never got it, and if I had it would have taken
$500 to buy a half pint of whiskey."  (TL NOTE no mention made about when he was interviewed but  it must have been after 1809 since the court was still using shilllings and he said dollars)

Elizabeth Wilburn, Hot Grandma

     My Elizabeth was married to Eli T(h)ompkins about 1820. She was the daughter of Morning Wallen and Stephen Wilborn of TN. There has been some discussion that she was perhaps the second wife of Eli, the first could have been a Martha Beatty, (TL NOTE I believe "Beatty" was Betty as in Elizabeth.)  They  had  a lot of children at the very least these four girls Nancy Tompkins Morgan, Malinda Tompkins Adams, Mary Tompkins, Burnetta Tompkins Turner, and quite likely these two boys Charles Storm Tompkins and Benjamin H. Tompkins , &  possibly Andy. 
The marriage ended sometime between about 1840 to 1850, apparently the papers were loose and no date is on them.

Marriage Notes for Eli Tompkins and Elizabeth Wilborn: Transcription of divorce papers:

To the Honorable the Judge of the Laurel Circuit Court, in Chancery sitting, your petition in Eli Thompkins humbly complaining, would respectively show unto your honor that some 20 years since he married his wife, Elizabeth and **** as a family *** life tolerably well for some time but at last
         by degrees a fire began to rise in the breast of my wife till it has grown to such an extent, that it cannot be put out with management and good treatment or with water.
She seemed to be everything but a wife and everything but a prudent woman. I have a large family of gals and boys and I am willing to take them and work for them and do all that is in my power if I could get them out of her company. She is no wife to me nor has she been for 4 or 5 years, she is loose in her habits and plays too much with other men. With her there is no confidence in her virtue or chastity. Adultery seems to be her pleasure, therefore your petition in **** in Justice and mercy on your honor to set aside the marriage contract to divorce me and dissolve the union between us and in mercy ever will pray a he is in duty bound and prays that said Elizabeth Thompkins may be made a *** to this bill.

     Ok, now really what do you think Grandpa Eli meant "with water" ?
Elizabeth  has been a bit hard to track after the divorce, She remarried a man named Dudley Faris in 1859  Elizabeth died in  the fall of 1873 (TL NOTE found this on internet M.E. makes me believe she was  named Martha Elizabeth-remember the note above)

"M. E. Tompkins married Dudley Faris in Laurel Co. in 1859, the date is given is February 29, 1859, although it was a leap year and the date cannot be correct. Witnesses were Burnetta Tompkins and Mary Tompkins, clearly Elizabeth's daughters."       from Casey Meshbesher 

 Census July 20, 1860, Laurel county Kentucky, Page 102
Dudley Farris m 60 ky farm laborer
Elizabeth Farris f 55 ky
Viva Farris f 11 ky
Bernetty Farris f 18 ky

 I don't know if Dudley died or they divorced. I am still looking but Elizabeth was calling herself Thompkins again in her will.

      Notes for Elizabeth Wilborn: Transcription of Elizabeth Thompkins' will.

I, Elizabeth Thompkins of Laurel County being  feeble in health and
advanced in years and being of sound mind and disposing memory and
desiring to make such disposition of my estate as seems to me justice do make and constitute this my last will and testament.
It is my will and desire that my daughter Nancy Morgan have one  bee hive.
This my desire that my daughter Malinda Adams have one bee  hive.
This my desire that my daughter Mary Thompkins have one bee hive.
This my desire that my grandson W. S. Turner have my red heifer calf and  bed clothing, bedstead.
It is my desire that my daughter Burnetta Turner have one bee hive and all the rest of my estate consisting of household and kitchen furniture and one brown milk cow 2 years old heifer, two head of sheep, and five head of hogs.
This is my will and desire that Robert Early be appointed Executor of this my last will and testament. It is my desire that this instrument be placed upon record in the Laurel County Court.
Witness my mark and signature this 25 of Aug, 1873.
Witness: W. E. Smith      Elizabeth Thompkins mark
John Sparks   State of Kentucky

Laurel County Court, Oct. two 1873, a paper purporting to be the last  will and testament of Betty Thompkins was produced to court and by the oath of W.E. Smith subscribing who also attended the signature of John Sparks. Whereupon the same to record this day by: L. Ewell
(TL NOTE  "grandson W. S. Turner"  was William Sherman , my great-grandfather)

I have done some reading on the Wilborn  (also Wilburn) , have found several notes about them being, shall we, say a bit rowdy.  If you consider that Elizabeth was also a descendent of  our Bad Boy Tom Wallen , there can be little doubt that it was in her DNA .
 Her daughter Malinda has been referred to on the internet as Wild Child  She will require her own page.

Monday, December 12, 2011

Abbotts of RI

We don't know alot about DANIEL ABBOTT SR
from   The Great Migration Begins    Sketches PRESERVED PURITAN

REMOVES: Providence possibly in 1636, and certainly by 1639
FREEMAN: Requested 19 October 1630 and admitted 18 May 1631 [MBCR 1:80, 366].
ESTATE: "Daniell Abott" (Sr.)was granted three acres behind the Pine Swamp in Cambridge on 5 January 1634/5 [CaTR 11].
His proportional rating in the division of Fresh Pond Meadow was 1/2 [CaTR 13].

 May 18 1631(or 1637 ?)
 Fined five shillings "for refusing to watch, & for other ill behavior showed towards Captain Pattricke"
[MBCR 1:87]; the fine was remitted in the general amnesty of 6 September 1638 [MBCR 1:243].
In the 8 February 1635/6 list of houses, Daniel Abbott appears with one house [CaTR 19].
   In the Cambridge land inventory on 10 October 1635 "Daniell Abott" held two parcels of
land: "one house with backside about half a rood"; and three acres behind the Pine Swamp [CaBOP 27].
These two parcels (owned house N. W. cor. Holyoke and Mount Auburn Sts.)were purchased by John Russell and appear under his name in the inventory of land carried out about 1639; the third parcel in Russell's  inventory may also have belonged to Abbott [CaBOP 60-61].

Marriage -  Mary-- ; according to the "Enroulments of Burialls" in Providence
"Mary Abbott wife unto Daniell Abbott of this town of Providence departed this life in the year 1643, or thereabouts"    [PrTR 5:203].
   On 20 May 1644 Daniel Abbott sold to Robert Morris five parcels of land in Providence: twenty acres upland, a share of meadow, sixty acres, another share of meadow, and a fifth parcel the details of which are no longer  legible [PrTR ]
 "Daniell Abbott Husband to said Mary departed this life in the year 1647" [PrTR 5:203]
 (*See TL NOTE 1)
  On 27 July 1650 Nicholas Power and Gregory Dexter were ordered to "take the goods belonging to the children of Daniel Abbot deceased into their hands & take notice of the goats, & also care of them, to see to the disposal  of them & bring in a list into the town, & record them" [PrTR 2:49].
22 January 1650/1 See Roger William letter to the Town of Providence (SEE Mary Abbott)

24 May 1673, a grant was made "unto Daniel Abott [Jr.]  and Thomas Wallin two lots together" [PrTR 3:244-45];   the combining of these two grants by the town may indicate that this was in fact a grant made in the right of the elder, deceased, Daniel Abbott, the grantees here being his son and son-in-law, and only known heirs. On 16 and 21 November 1685 two grants of land were made to Daniel Abbott "in the right of his deceased father 
 Daniell Abbott" [PrTR 14:186-87].   Although not recorded as such, Daniel Abbott  was a proprietor in Providence, for on 27 April 1680 the town   voted "that whereas there is no record in our town book now found extant that Daniell Abbott formerly inhabitant in this town of Providence, deceased, was an equal proprietor with the rest of the purchasers within the township thereof, though known to this town to be a purchaser with them. This town doth thereupon order & it is hereby
ordered that Daniell Abbott his son and heir by right of succession, be now recorded a purchaser in his father's room & stead" [PrTR 8:69-70].
In 1676 Daniel Abbott was  one the the Providence men "that stayed{staid} and went not away:" during what became known as King Philip's War .  Thomas Wallen was there also. It is a very interesting story I may try to include later 
 (*See TL NOTE-2)
 Daniel Abbott married Margaret White ,- he filed the following prohibition against her;
" Whereas my wife Margrett through her maddness of folly & turbulency of her currupt will, hath often threatened   to ruinate my family, routeing me (as she saith) of horse & foote, destroying me root & branch, putting out one of  her owne eyes to putt out both mine, & sett my house on fire: And is since deparated from me takeing away my Children  without my consent. And as I have been enformed, is now plotting micheife with wsome , of her turbulent Spiritt, that when I am absent from home to rifle my house & take away my goodes, to accomplish her Divelish resolution against me. These are therefore, not only to advise, but alsoe to charge all persons vpon theire perrill to forbare any such illegal proceedings, and alsoe do hereby foreworne & forbid allpersons whatsoever, to forbare bargaineing with, contracting of Debts, or receiveing any part of my estate of my sd wife Mrgrett without my approbation."l (Published 7 August 1683:)
28 January 1684: "These are to desire the Towne, that the within Written prohibition may be put upon the publick record of this Towne, And alsoe published in this Towne meeting." 
(*See TL NOTE-3)
 Apparently they must have settled their differences  somewhat because as his wife  she signed a deed dated in 1709;  and Margaret was mentioned in her husband's will in 1717 but Margaret's problems were not over yet. Late in the year 1717, Margaret filed a complaint against her son Daniel Abbott for relief:

"Upon the Cumplaint of Mrs Margret Abbott widow of Mr. Daniel Abbott deceased that shee wants Relief and being sensible that the sd Daniel Abbott her deceased husband left a compitent Esstate; sufficiant to releife his sd  widdow and being informed that his son Daniel Abbott administred upon sd Esstate and being also sum thing insable of the same where upon wee doe order as hereby it is ordered that the sd suruiueing Daniel Abbott shall  pay to the Relief of his mother the sd Margreet Abbott the sum of Eight Shillings per weeke curant money into the   hands of one of  the over seers of the poor of sd Towne except he prouide for her sum other way to her content  until sum further  order be taken."
(*See TL NOTE-4)

 Letter from Roger Williams to the town fathers of Providence, dated 22 February 1650/1.
It does not name Thomas Walling, but Williams knew of Wallings past:
 "I understand that an unknown age  one of the Orphanes of or dead freind Dan: Abbot, is likely
(as she herselfe told me) to be disposed of in mariage[.] Tis true that she is now come to some yeares:
But who knowes not, what neede the poore maid hath of yor fatherly Care, Councell & Direction: I would not  disparage the young man (for I heare he hath bene Laborious) yet with your leaue
 I must say I durst not, you will not give yor daughters in mariage to such those liues have bene in such
 course without some good  Assurance & Certificate of / his/ not being engaged to other women or otherwayes criminous, as allso of his Resolution to forsake his former course, least (this Jnquireie being neglected) The Maid & orselues repent when Miserie hath befallen her, & a just Reprove & charges befall orselues: of wch we haue no neede"[.]
   (* See TL NOTE 5)
  1 -Apparently the Abbots had no family on this side of the ocean because others were asked to handle their affairs. 
      I am guessing both children were so nearly adult age that they were able to take care of themselves in most matters.
      I have not seen any mention of guardians
   2- Daniel Abbott (Jr.) married Margaret White (Colwell,Walling)  in 1678. This is the same Margaret that had been publically  whipped for her affair with Thomas Walling(Wallen) prior to their marrage .
   3-Not sure but perhaps he was asking for a repeat publishing of the same statement? destroying root and
   branch what do you suppose that means? I am guessing a reference to male anatomy)
   4- I did not transcribe this passage & for some reason made a note of the fact but now can not remember  why,   I apologize to whomever did the work for not giving credit.
      I presume that Daniel III did not even want to speak to his mother if he was using the Overseer of the
     Poor to pass the money to her each week. If she was alive today, I wonder what the doctors diagnosis might be ?)
   5- I understand this to be asking the town to verify Tom is not engaged to any other women & that he truly intends to settle down.  Mary is mentioned several times in records after Thomas starts misbehaving -see his page.)
I beleive CaTR stands for Cambridge Town Records and PrTR stands for Providence Town Records but I am not sure

Berry Hill of TN

Nancy Smith Hill divorces Berry Hill
Very interesting story here  found at the Slaven Rootsweb mailing list. It was posted originally it seems in 1997 the submitter names are Robert Slavey <> & Lanny & Sharon Slavey

Scott Co. TN Deed Book "A",  page 256, Slaven  to Isaac Blevins , dated 24 July, 1854,  a Rebecca Slaven  is the widow of the recently deceased William Slaven also spelled Slavy in same deed), and the other heirs are:
 Sally Slaven, Nancy Slaven, John Slaven, and William Slaven (jr)  Rebecca's name at the place of her mark
is Rebecca Caulfur.

Page 258 of the same Deed Book has said Rebecca as the administrator of William Slaven's estate, witnessed by Berry Hill, dated 7 March, 1853. page 313 of the same Deed Book, dated 28 November, 1855 repeated William Slaven (Sr) must have died 1853, possibly  1852.
(TL Note  Really need to ck the dates, why would two pages later in the deed book be dated 17 months earlier?   Blevins name will show again in Wallens Turner stories)

What follows is the divorce of Nancy from Berry and she claimed that Rebecca was living with Berry.

To the Hon. E. Alexander Judge S C
The Petition of Nancy Hill, formally Nancy Smith, a citizen of Scott county State of Tennessee, respectfully
 represents unto your Honor that some time about the year 1838 or thereabouts she was united in wedlock to   one Berry Hill then a citizen of Campbell county Tennessee   now as your Petitioner
is informed and believes a citizen of Kentucky - your Petitioner States that she lived with her said husband from   the time of the union up to the year 1851, except the Space of about three years when he was absent from her during all which time she faithfully demeaned herself as a dutiful loving and obedient wife.
 ***  about December in the year 1851 her said husband took one Rebecka (sic) Slava or Slaven and left the State of    Tennessee leaving without just cause. your Petitioner and her said husband  has since the last mentioned time been living in open and notorious  adultry with said Rebecca Slavy or Slaven ****
 the primises(?) consider(?) your Petitioner prays your Honor that the said Berry Hill a nonresident of this State, be made a party defendant to this Petition and required to answer the same and that on the final hearing of this cause your   Honor dissolve the Bonds of Matrimony hereunto existing between the Said Berry Hill and Petitioner and that  Petioner be restored to all the rights privileges and immunities of a free sole and for general releif(sic) and that process issue and she will pray &c 
Nancy Hill
Young Sol (???)
State of Tennesse Scott county, this day personally appeared before me John L Smith. Clerk of the Circuit court of Scott county. Nancy Hill  the Petitioner and makes oath that the facts Stated in the foregoing Petitioned of her own knowledge are true and those Stated on  information she believes as true That she makes this aplication(sic) not out of collusion or levity with her said husband  but in good faith for the purposes therein set forth, 
Sworn to and subsanted(sic) before me this the _ day of December 1853
Nancy Hill (her mark)
J L Smith Clerk
State of Tennesse Scott county on this the second day of December A D one thousand eight hundred and fifty three
personally appeared before me John L Smith Clerk of the Circuit Court of said County   Nancy Hill who being duly  Sworn according to law States that owing to her Poverty she is unable to bear the expenses of the Suit this commenced in the circuit court of said county by a petition for a Divorce, and that she is entitled to a recovery for a matter within  the Jurisdiction of the Court
Sworn to and subscribed
Nancy Hill  her mark
before me on the day and year last above written J L Smith Clerk
State of Tennesse - To Sheriff of Scott county Greeting you are commanded to summons Berry Hill to appear before the Judge   of our circuit court, at a court to be held for the county of Scott at the court house Huntsville on the 4th Monday of March   next to answer the Bill of complaint of Nancy Hill for (_?_- copy faded) fail not & have then and there this writ  
Witness J L Smith Clerk of said court at office in Huntsville this 4th Monday of ___1853 
 J L Smith Clerk
Endorsed, Summons Nancy Hill vs Berry Hill Divorce - Is'd January 5th 1854
came to hand the 13th of March 1854 John Lewallen Sheriff Executed on BerryHill July the 8th day 1854
  John Lewallen Sheff at the July Term 1854 of the Circuit Court for Scott county the following
 entry was made, to wit,
The Divorce was finalized in 1854, Nancy even asked for her name to be changed back to Smith- 
 Which actually helped me find her in the census as a Smith with children named Hill, Yeah Nancy!!

Scott Co. TN Circuit Court Order Book
Causes Determined July 1854
Nancy Hill
V                   } Divorce
Berry Hill

State of Tennessee - 
the Circuit Court for Scott county the following entry was made, to wit,
Tuesday July 25th 1854
Nancy Hill
Berry Hill
Be it remembered that this cause coming on to be finally heard and determined before the
Honerable Ebenezer Alexander Judge &c upon this the 25th day July AD 1854 upon the bill and proof
and it appearing to the satisfaction of the court that the complaintant is a citizen of the county
 of Scott and that the defendant Berry Hill had been served with a subpoena and copy of said bill,
 and that the said Berry Hill had been guilty of adultry as charged in said Petition   The court is therefore pleased to order adjudge and decree that the bonds of Matrimony heretofore existing(?) Said Nancy Hill and defendant Berry Hill be dissolved and  for nothing held and that the name of Petitioner be changed from
Nancy Hill her present name to that of Nancy Smith her maiden name,
It is further ordered that the said Berry Hill pay the costs of this cause and that execution
issue and that the defendant is inhibited and enjoined from in anyway interferring with or
taking possession of either of Petitioners Children
(Note: above item is followed by these accounting items)
Clerk Smith 4 copies 75 = 3.00 6 countin 25=1.50 12 & (issue?) S W 10 =1.20
Clerk Carlock (issue?) 10 = 70 1 copies 25
Bill Cost 50 Motion 25 1 order 25 1 coutin (sic)
25 certifying 2 Trusted ? 0. Judgement 75 Dock &  NO 25   38
Sheff Joel Clutun ??  & 2 copies returned ?? 1.0 ???
Sheff Buttram 2 copies not Ex'd  50=1.50
Sheff Smith 3 (issue?) S W 25=75 1 copy returned Exd sv =1.2
(TL NOTE NOW Let 's review --We see Rebecca is a widow by at least 1853 and Berry was witness for land transactions so he did know her. )
Scott Co. TN Circuit Court Order Book page 201   Monday 3rd January 1859 
State vs}   Berry Hill   Sally Slaven
               Charged with  Lewdness
 Cause Stricken from the docket
(TL NOTE Sally Slaven was a daughter of William Slaven and Rebecca Calfur. 
She is later Sally Hill  referred to as the wife of Berry Hill, in some land transactions some of the property is property  where Berry Hill lives. Some have theorized that she and Berry may have married to avoid the lewdness charge or perhaps just had to show they were already married/  Ifind it interesting that the charges occured in Scott Co. TN not in KY where they lived.
Did Rebecca have a notorious adulterous affair with Berry then lose him (or pass him on) to her daughter?
 Or was Nancy presuming he was living with Rebecca not the young Sally? )

Here are three more points to ponder in the 1860 Wayne Co. KY Census record:
608/599 Rebecca Slaven...age 54...
        Nancy Slaven.....age 30
        William Slaven...age 24
        Zarilda Jane Slaven....age 6
next family
609/600 Berry Hill...age 40
        Sarah Hill.. age 35(her age )
        William ...age 12
        John ...age 2

Who is Zarilda born in 1854 she was not listed as an heir in July 1854 so either Rebecca was still
     pregnant or Zarilda was not William's child.
Who is this William Hill age 12  too old to be Sarah's (Sally) unless they were together before 1851
   Remember Nancy said he took off for 3 years. Then came back and left again.
   Would Rebecca have really lived next door to a former lover that was now married to her daughter?

1870 Parmleysville Dist 7,p.183b
Berry Hill 50,Tn     Sallie,50
William22--John 14--Rebecca 11---Lewis[Louis] 6---Mary 4
1880 Wayne Co.Ky
Berry Hill 67,Tenn  --Sarah 40,Tenn
John 25 Ky --Rebecca 22--Lewis 16--Nancy 14----Bonow[?] 11 --Wiley 7

1900 Wayne co., KY
Berry Hill 83,Tenn  --Sarah 60, KY married for 35 years and mother of 9, w/ 6 children living
Wiley 22

Berry owned 50 acres Difficult Br. Grant Date: 12/15/1855 on 11 July 1849 in Wayne Co., KY.
He owned 50 acres Difficulty Cr. Grant Date: 05/18/1859 on 30 August 1858 in Wayne Co., KY.

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Marmaduke Kimbrough

Seriously, who would not love to claim a relative name Marmaduke.  This man married a great aunt of mine about 1760 in NC.  He was a very well to do gentleman and he was great friends with my uncles, even making them guardians of his children ( see the will)  Now, Marmaduke died before the war broke out ( ""thereafter killed by a falling tree" ) and as in many families there was apparently a difference of opinions of which side to take in the batlle.  Because my uncles chose  the Tories , the second husband of their sister Mary moved to remove them as guardians and I presume this also prevented further duties as executors of Marmaduke's estate.,  because they had "removed and attached themselves to the Enemies of the U S by  taking up arms against same and not having discharged trust reposed in them by Testator." They were replaced by Joseph Williams
   I read that John Kimbrough, Marmaduke's eldest son by his first wife, was also a Tory, so I have personally always presumed that Marmaduke might have also sided with the Loyalist , if he had lived but who knows. I have always questioned why Mary chose a man that was obviously against her brothers was it a matter of her heart or something else.  It was a difficult time for all ,
I am certain
Will of Marma Duke Kimbrough
In the Name of God Amen I Marma Duke Kimbrough of Rowan County in the Province of North Carolina, Being in Health, and of Perfect Sense and Memory,  do make and ordain this my last Will and Testament, and do dispose of all my Real & Personal Estate in manner & Form following Viz.,
Imps., I Give and Bequeath unto  my Son John Kimbrough, The Lands, whereon he now lives, Called Uwarry, likewise The following Negroes,
 Viz. Matt, Dick, Bob, Reuben, Dave, Absalom, Moss, Jane, Sett, Amy, & Setts child called Ida,
Together with what of my Estate he hath  already Reciev'd to him and his Heirs For Ever.
Item, I give and Bequeath unto my son Orman Kimbrough-the place whereon I now live, called the Shallow Ford, together with Two  improvements of Land adjoining the aforesaid Tract to him and his heirs For Ever
Item, It is my desire that the Tract of Land purchas'd of Thomas Bryan lying on Deep Creek, likewise the Tract of Land purchas'd of  Thomas Turner near the Shallow,___w may be Sold, and the Money arising therefrom, to be Laid out in Lands, to the best advantage,
 at the discretion of my Good Friends, my Executors, hereafter mentioned, and the Lands so purchased to be Equally Divided amongst, (The Following) My Beloved Wife Mary Kimbrough, my son George Kimbrough, my Son Golman Kimbrough, & my Daughter Anna Kimbrough to them
& Their Heirs For Ever,
Item, It is my desire likewise that the following Negroes Viz. Dick junor, Sam, Ceazor, Hannah, Rachel, be Equally Divided amongst my
 Beloved Wife Mary Kimbrough, my Son George Kimbrough, my Son Golman Kimbrough, my Son Orman Kimbrough, & my D_aughter Anna Kimbrough,
 by my Executors, whenever they shall come of Age, To them and their Heirs For Ever, -----
Item, It is my desire likewise that all my Just Debts be paid out of the out standing debts due to me, and the Rest Remaining, Together  with the Rest of Personable Estate to be Equally Divided amongst my Beloved Wife Mary Kimbrough, & her children above mentioned,  Observe that this now mentioned is not part of the legacy to my Son John Kimbrough which is first mentioned, and I do constitute and
 appoint my Beloved Friends, Roger Turner Junr. & Elias Turner, my Executors to This my last will and Testament, Revoking all other  Wills by me formerly made. In witness whereof I have hereunto Sett my Hand & Seal  This Twenty Second day of October, One Thousand Seven Hundred & Sixty Eight -----

Mar.'d Kimbrough
Sign'd Seal'd & publish'd
In presence of -----
Samuel Mosby
Elias Turner
James Forbis
(Marmaduke Kimbrough Will, Augt. Term 1769)
(Registered in Book B. Pages 158 & 9)
Courtesy of Susan Meier

Kimbrough /Turner  Children Notes
Anna Kimbrough
was born on October 27, 1761, in Rowan County, North Carolina. LDS files say she married Wyatt Garner in 1780  in Rowan County. (Can't find record in Rowan County) Anna and Wyatt  said to have had had 6 children.  Several of the land transaction of the Kimbroughs mention Wyatt Garner  including and one  on the Shallowford of the Yadkin River in 1783, that says  land is adjacent Wyatt Garner. Wyatt undoubtedly died in the late 1790's. Anna may have married William K. Jones in Surry County on October 16, 1815.

will filed in Surry co. NC
The will of George KIMBROUGH [2] names: (written 31 October 1844; proved Surry County, NC, August Term, 1846) abstract of names
"George L., Rebecca and Sarah Kimbrough the children of my deceased son Orman"
"my son John" "the children of my said son John" "the children of my son Marmaduke Kimbrough"
"my daughter Catherine Howard...I have paid debts both for her and Philip Howard"
"my daughter Anna Jones...her husband Spencer Jones" "my daughter Mary Welch" "my daughter Rebecca Brock"
Executors: "my son John Kimbrough" and N. L. Williams Witnesses: John A. Lillington, George Carver
George's son Marmaduke had the nickname,"Hollowfoot Duke"

Goldman Kimbrough was born on June 1, 1766, in Rowan County, North Carolina.Goldman was ready to start a family.  He married Mary "Polly" Allen on March 18, 1792, in Wilkes County, North Carolina. Thomas Allen was bondsman. Mary was the daughter of Richard Allen, and the first Sheriff of Wilkes County in 1778 and Rev War veteran.  In her father's will, proved  in Wilkes Co., 1770, he names daughter Mary Kimbrough, and seven other children. The family  moved to Maury Co., TN about 1813,
and on to Franklin Co.,, AL in 1817. He died in 1835 in Walker Co., AL at the age of 63.
Mary survived him. Only two sons are known at this time, Marmaduke and Goldman, Jr.
(TL NOTE On the 2 March (?year?) Thomas TURNER was one of the bondsmen for Richard ALLEN'S Sheriff's Bond (Wilkes Will Book 1, page 11)
Ormond was only about 18 months old when his father died. He married Elizabeth Davie of Surry or Stokes Co., \ Marriage bond No. 000145757, County of Surry, State of North Carolina was
issued Ormond and Elizabeth Davie on October 13, 1795. M. D. Kimbrough was the bondsman.
Elizabeth Davie was the daughter of James and Sarah (Hays) Davie. Elizabeth died on April 29, 1802, after having 3 children. Ormond's second wife was Mille Patillo from Scotland (family stories say the his children called her Aunt Milly and were fond of her) date of death of Ormond is placed at about 1818 based on a bill of sale dated January 1, 1819 signed by  George Kimbrough and Peter Clingerman as Administrators of the estate of Armon Kimbrough (sic).
 A Negro man, named Grand Peter, was sold at public auction to Benjamin Howard for $456 as part of the estate settlement.

Wallen, Ralph and Joyce

This couple might not be my relatives. There has never been any official paper connection of them to my relative "Bad Boy" Thomas Wallen.  There is however the proximity and the time which makes it possible they are related.  but I notice Tom never named a child Ralph or Joyce  which has made me speculate Ralph was pehaps an uncle or cousin so please note them as "MAYBE"  or "LIKELY" not certain. 

1595  presumed date of birth Ralph and Joyce
1623 married before arrival July 10th in Plimouth on the "ANNE"
1623 Ralfe Walen: received a small homesite in division of lands
1627 land division Ralph & Joyce in Eaton company
1627 Ralph & Joyce each given a single share apparently had no children as of June 1st
1633 Ralph on freeman list
1633  Ralph taxed 9 shillings March 25th
1633 "Goodwife Wallen" named as a guardian of Mercy Fuller July 30th (TLNOTE 1)
1634  Ralph sold acres to Thomas Clark for 20 bushels of corn & 40 shilling
1634  "Widow Wallen" on the tax list  ( TL NOTE 2)
1637  Ralph allotted mowing ground "where he had the last year"  March 20th
1638   Ralph acknowledged paid in full from Thomas Clark Feb. 2nd 
1639   Ralph's name  in list  with later annotation "dead"
1643  Ralph is not on list of all men 16-60 able to bear arms in August
1643 "Joyce Wallen Widdow" sold to Edward Bangs,"her house etc." sold
          September 7th
1645   "Joyce Wallen widdow" arranged to "winter her cow" March 3rd
1660  John Jenkens of Barnstable makes claim on property as "heire apparent of
          Ralph Wallen, Deceased.." June 9th     (TL NOTE 3)

           (TL NOTE 1) 1633 the term "Goodwife" is typically a single female head of a household &
           (TL NOTE 2)  "Widow Wallen" makes me wonder if there could have been some
           other Wallen family. Why else is there a Ralph in 1637 & 1638
           because even if it was a Ralph Jr. he would be no more than 10 yrs old (** see 1627)
          this again could support my Tom as a nephew to Ralph theory.
              (TL NOTE 3)   The most likely explanation for this is that Jenkens is married to Ralph's
           daughter & would have been the legal manager of  all his wife's property.
           This does not help to clarify the matter of any other children Ralph &
           Joyce may have had.  It only indicates that for whatever reason Jenkens did not
          expect anyone else would come forward to make a claim on the property.

Ralph & Joyce Wallen
This couple are presumed to be Ralph's parents
Ralph WALLING Sr 25   Marriage: Margaret LAWSON in 1587 in , Yorkshire, England
Ralph married Margaret LAWSON in 1587 in , Yorkshire, England. (Margaret LAWSON was born in , Yorkshire, England  Son Ralph went America
 TL NOTE 4 I have no idea where I found this -please proceed with caution

Ralph  born about estimated 1595  marriage latest was 1623 and probably deceased by 1639 up to 1644
Joyce born about estimated 1595  second marriage was 1644 to Thomas Lumbard/Lombard

 Ralph and Joyce sailed from port of London, arrived in Plymouth, Mass. on July 10, 1623  aboard the "Anne"   They were on the third ship of Pilgrims arriving at Plimouth. The "Mayflower" in 1620 and the "Fortune" in 1621 preceeded them. The arrival of the "Anne" and her sister ship, the "Little James" brought the total number of colonists to about 200. (The Anne and the Little James were classed as the last of the Pilgrim Ships.)
 **In 1627, a division of land and assets in Plimouth was made. Ralph and Joyce Wallen were assigned to the thirteen member Francis Eaton company. Their group was given "an heyfer of the last yeare called the white belyed heyfer and two shee goats." The documents were signed by Governor William Bradford, Edward Winslow, Nathaniel Morton, Nathaniel Clarke and Samuel Sprague. In 1633 the freemen of the Colony were listed and Ralph Wallen was on the list. He was on the Plimouth Colony tax list for 1632/33.(See *TL NOTES 5)
 In 1633/34 the name "widow Wallen" replaced her husband's on the tax list. Joyce Wallen continued to live in Plimouth until she sold her land on September 7, 1643. The will of Nicholas Snow who had come to Plimouth on the "Anne" with the Wallens gives the names of his neighbors: Ralph Wallen, Thomas Clarke, Manessah Kempton, Edward Bangs and the Hopkins family.
The will of Dr. Samuel Fuller on July 30, 1633 directs that "my daughter Mercy be and remaine to Goodwife Wallen". "Goodwife" was a term used for a single female head of a household.
(See *TL NOTES 6)

Ann, the first child of Ralph and Joyce Wallen, was born either at sea or shortly after their arrival, the story varies.  Ann married John Smalley, a tailor. The Smalleys moved to Eastham then to Little Compton, RI, then later to Piscataway, New Jersey. Thomas and Richard,  reptuted  to be the sons of Ralph and Joyce Wallen, moved to Providence, Rhode Island.

ESTATE: In 1623 Plymouth land division "Ralfe Walen" granted an unknown number of acres as a passenger on the Anne [PCR 12:6]. In 1627 Plymouth land division Ralph Wallen and Joyce Wallen were the ninth and tenth persons in the company of Francis Eaton [PCR 12:12]. In list 1 January 1632/3 [PCR 1:3].
   Assessed 9s. in Plymouth tax list of 25 March 1633 [PCR 1:10]. He was one of the purchasers [PCR 2:177].
   On 24 February 1633/4 sold to Thomas Clark, for twenty bushels of corn and 40s. in money, "so much land next adjoining to the said Thomas, on the south side of his dwelling, as maketh up a former moiety the said Thomas bought of the said Raph twenty acres," and also "one share of meadow ground belonging to the said lot when division shall be made thereof" [PCR 1:25].Also in  list of 7 March 1636/7 [PCR 1:53],  On 5 February 1637/8 "Raph Wallen acknowledgeth to have received of Thomas Clark £18, in full payment for the lands he bought of him" [PCR 1:76].
   On 20 March 1636/7 allotted mowing ground "where he had the last year" [PCR 1:57].and in list of "1639," with later annotation "dead" [PCR 8:174].
The Great Migration at Ancestry .com
Much of Wallen family information from "Elisha Wallen, the Longhunter" by Carolyn Wallin, wherein she cites many sources
TL NOTES 4 I read it was half a cow per person so one cow was two people only
TL NOTES 5 I think this Sprague is a relative on Lord side
 TL NOTES 6  I read that "Bad Boy" Tom  was caught near where Joyce was living which led the writer to   surmise he may have been heading to a familiar area, again not proof just theory, of the relation to Ralph and Joyce

Random Genealogy My goals

I have been collecting internet tidbits about my family since 1999.  Here I am nearly 12 years later with so many notes that I have decided  to share them with others.
  First I must confess that I started collecting with  absolutely no thought to violation of copyrights or even giving credit for hard work done., and for that I apologize. I never realized how much I would accumulate or that I would be unable to go back to the original sites where the information was found.  I will include any and all source material that I have but these many if not most of these sources were quoted by others, therefore I can not swear they are true or accurate.  I will be posting  only what seems plausible.  I am trying to include any side notes or my thoughts while reading the various sites. 
  The  journey started with a packet of pages sent to my mother by her cousin,
Zora Ethel Baker (1921-1989)  She had traced and recorded our Turner family to 1667 Thomas Susannah Turner.  When I purchased my first computer, I decided to buy a family tree program and enter it all so that her work would be preserved for the "Digital Age".  As I proceeded I expanded my original project to include an album to be shared with my family that included family photos to be presented at our family reunion in 2000., my millenium contribution.  Since then I have never stopped prowling the many websites that contain information that has so very often verified and enhanced the tree the magnificent Ethel Baker had laid out for me.  Over the years, I have been notified of several small errors in the work, but most have  proven to be my typograpical mistakes not hers.  She still has me in awe.
  The trees have been posted at Ancestry. com  &  Rootsweb. com  as Church Lord Smith Turner
and Tribal pages as  Smith and Turner History Tree   (
  I will try to post by various family names to make searches easier and more relevant.
  Please let me know if these pages are helpful to you.