Tuesday, December 22, 2015

a facebook post....

Brenda: And which one would I be in this group? wink emoticon
Brenda: Guess if I have to ask, I already know I'm the crazy one. Lol.
Deb: I like to think that I'm the crazy one!
Lisa: Hey, you two can fight it out. I'll be happily sane!

Monday, December 21, 2015

This was in Grandpa Tom's book in Grandma Gilley's handwriting.

transcribed by my mom Janet Axsom.
aunt minerva collection.
This 14th day of March 1960- One year since Pop passed away- has been a real snowy Lonesome day and I'm all alone. Minerva was the only one of the children that has called (this 9 oclock) nine oclock and my usual bedtime. Some way am not sleepy.
Just thinking of what the year has been Like, that I wished to think about and the decisions I wished to make. By that time I have decided to deed the property to LeLand and Minerva and shall not let them know only thru this if they should happen to see it. Should any one of the children wishes to own it, they will have to fix the value according and if it is sold to a stranger, I wish enough to be taken to put a good fence on the Cat Creek Cemetery on the park that is on the "Creswell-Maxwell" part of the farm from Dunkin to Maple Land at least.
That is why I have chosen these two-would have put John & LeLand had John been closer. I find these two can think of all concerned with the least hard feeling or hurting words.
Each child has had their share in helping with the home-Jim with Grandpa and helping Evie buy chairs, LeLand with fence and taxes, John everyway even to the allotment. Grace with taxes and a home to take them to in sickness.

1870 Census Tazewell Co Census

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Witten Maxwell birthdate 1804. 66- M. W. TN. Farmer
Alice-Alsie. 65 F. W. VA birthdate 1805.
Mary J. 30. F. W. Va. At Home. Birthdate 1840.

Death Records Tazewell County Thurman Wilson and Ruth Wilson

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James Maxwell white male.
Jane 80 yrs old, Clinch, old age. 1868

Tazewell Co VA Census

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1860 Tazewell County Va. Henry Maxwell 23. M. Carder. VA
One Maxwell married a William Marrs-they may have been living with his sister Sally. p. 142
1850 Tazewell Co VA census
James Maxwell-68 years- farmer-VA
Mary Maxwell 64 years-birth date would've been 1782-(1786 )wife
James Maxwell 32 years born 1818 son.
1850 Tazewell County VA census
Witten Maxwell 46- wagon maker
Ailsey Maxwell 45
Susana Maxwell 22
James Maxwell -20-farmer
Jane Maxwell 16
Henry Maxwell 15
Francis 13

ok. have done a massive amount of typing today. and I have noticed a few things.

The Maxwells seemed to like the names Thomas, James, John, Robert, Henry, Margaret, Sallie, Mary. When you have a bunch of Maxwells with the same first name naming their children the same first names, and then marrying several siblings into the same families....so very confusing. just exactly how many James Maxwells are there? my great grandparents honored their ancestors by giving their children family names....Minerva Alice. my grandma Grace. little Eugune's middle name of Higdon. Mildred Evie. John. it is cool.

Annals of Tazewell County, Virginia pages 491-3

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On account of the prominent part the Maxwells performed during the pioneer settlement of Tazewell County, as well as the positions of honr later occupied by their descendants, our space here is too limited to undertake a history of the family. The reader is referred to Pendleton's History of Tazewell County, published in 1920, for many statements therein concerning various members of the family, and especially reference is here made to pages 342-343 for a condensed statement. In Volume I, Annals of Tazewell County the readers will find frequent references to members of this family. Therefore, only a brief outline of the genealogy of the family will be herein noted. (See also pp. 374-379 of this volume.)
James Maxwell, of Scotch Irish descent, came from Ulster, Ireland, to Pennsylvania, and settled there in the early part of the eighteenth century. He married a Miss Roberts, and moved to Augusta County, Virginia, (now Rockbridge Co.). He had three sons: Thomas, James, and Robert. Thomas and James settled on Bluestone, and Robert on Plum Creek in Tazewell County about 1771 or 1772. Thomas was a noted Indian fighter and a soldier in the Revolutionary War. He was in the battle of King's Mountain. Was made Captain of Militia of Washington County, and was killed by the Indians at Maxwell's Gap while taking part in the rescue of the wife and children of Thomas Ingles, who had been made captives in Burke's Garden by a band of Shawnee Indians. James Maxwell was a soldier and Indian scout in 1774, and was later a soldier in the Revolutionary War. He was the first Sheriff of Tazewell County, which was formed in 1800.
Robert Maxwell, who settled on Plum Creek and had eight children, namely: Robert, Mary, John, Margaret, James, Jennie, Mattie, and Elizabeth. Jennie and Mattie were killed by Indians in 1781. Margaret married David Whitley.
James Maxwell, son of Robert, married Mary Witten. Their children were: 1. Robert, 2. Witten, 3. James, and there were two daughters.
1. Robert Maxwell (son of James) married Margaret Bates. Their children: (a) Thomas , (b) James W.
(a.) Thomas Maxwell (of Robert, of James) married Martha Gillespie, daughter of William B. Gillespie. He died during the second year of the War between the States. Thomas and Martha Maxwell were the parents of two children: Robert, dec'd., and Mary, who married Cum Taylor. The children of Cum Taylor and Mary Maxwell Taylor are: Mattie who lives in Washington, D.C.; Bess, who married John McFarland; Nell, who married John McCauley; Margaret, who married Albert Peery, son of J.E. Peery; Kate, who married Ward Peery, son of J.E. Peery; Robert, who married Margaret Todd; Frank; and Hugh, who married Evangeline Albert.
(b) James W. Maxwell (of Robert, of James) was born May 3, 1840, and married Parmelia Ann Deskins, daughter of of George W. Deskins, August 27, 1872. He died October 21, 1924. They had the following children: Wyrene Parmelia; Margaret Joanna; John Radar, who married Minnie Cecil; James Sidney; Clara Cecil; Robert L., who married Leola Daily: George Bates, who married Margaret Mahood; adn Virginia, who married T.W. Gillespie.
2. Witten Maxwell (son of James), married Alsie Quicksall. Their children: Frank and Jane, dec'd. Frank married Evaline Leedy and they had the following children: Martha, who married Robert M. Sparks; Mary, who married John Maxwell; Albert, who married KAte Bolling; John Henry, who m arried Mary Umbarger; George, who married Susie Bush; and Sallie, who married Raymond Ellis.
3. James Maxwell (son of James) married Nancy Lawson. Their children: Myrtle, who married Tuck Cooley; Georgia, who married Thomas Long; Nannie, who married Isaac Taylor; and Tiny, who married Clay Trivett. James Worth married Ruth Patrick, second wife. Their children: Drayton, who married Josie Cole; Harry, who married Willetta Beavers; and Ivory. (See also pp. 374-380.)

Annals of Tazewell County, Virginia

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June 2, 1918 being my fiftieth marriage Anniversary, also I am seventy-two years and six months old. I, Mary Ann Fields, will endeavor to write frommemory a brief hisotry of the Maxwell and Witten families. What I learned on my grandfather's knee, when I was a curious and inquisitive child.
James Maxwell came to America from Ireland in the Eighteenth Century in the days of George Washington. He was a Scotch and Irish descent. Was in several Indian skirmishes during the Revolution. He fought at the Battle of Kings Mountains. Was never wounded. He was a very large man, over six feet tall, and weighed 225 pounds, broad shouldered, well built, had a powerful voice, had coarse straight hair which stood straight on his head, fair complexion, blue eyes, he was considered a very powerful man. He married a Miss Roberts, some time before the Declaration of Independencxe July 4, 1776. Raised a family during the hostilities with the Indians, the mothers with their children lived in forts together for protection. My own grandfather and mother lived in the same fort in Virginia. They used to tell me of their many hardships, trials and fear of the Indians when living in forts.
In the course of human events and the Indians became less hostile and more friendly to the white man. My great-grandfather emigrated to the western part of Virginia. Settled in Tazewell County, Virginia on Cavitts creek near Clinch River, four miles from the Courthouse. He owned a nice farm, owned cattle, horses, sheep and hogs, was considered a "well-to-do " farmer at the time. His horses, cattle and sheep ran at large for want of fences and enclosed pastures. He kept four large Dane dogs for protection when he went in search of his cattle and horses. He had a large dog before and behind him, his gun on his shoulder, a knife at his side. He never looked to the right or left, went straight forward with a firm step and a fixed determination to conquer or die. The Indians never molested him, they were deadly afraid of him, called him: "The Great White Chief." He left two dogs with the family. He had a neighbor, a small sickly man, named "Scaggs", whom the Indians called "Nobody."
My great-grandfather and his sons worked hard, cleared the timber from their land built a crude log house and out buildings, had a garden, also set out a young orchard, had also fields to raid corn, rye, and such grain as they could get seed for. Autumn rolled around and he had to take his horses and sons and go to King's salt works, now called Palmer works, to get salt, to save his meat, also for his stock. The mother was left with the younger sons and oldest daughter. The mother was confined to her bed with an infant. Some stray skulking Indians were passing through came to the little house in the forest, scalped and tomahawked the two little sisters, Jennie and Mattie Maxwell. They each had a pet lamb, they asked their sister, Mary if they could to in the orchard to find their pets, she gave them her consent. They tarried too long, she went in search of them found the dead lambs adn the two children slain, one was dead the other died that night. Oh, the horrors of that awful night, no friends near them to lend a helping hand. Oh, the sad home coming of that father. Night settled down upon them, in the bleak forest. Night where the screams of the owl shrills ghastly through the stillness. Could you imagine anything more horrible? His farm at one time had been an Indian village, there were large mounds still in the orchard of pinwincles shells, they had got them from the creek and Clinch river, they had used them for soups. I had the pleasure as a child of visiting the old homestead of my forefathers, where he lived and raised his family. I do not know when he sold his farm. There was born to this union: Robert Maxwell, Mary Maxwell, John Maxwell, Margaret Maxwell, James Maxwell, Jennie and Mattie killed by the Indians and Elizabeth Maxwell. I never knew who my grandfathers brothers married his sister Margaret married David Whitley, had a home on Clinch river a few miles from the county seat in Tazewell County. He was a fine mechanic, very thrifty and industrious. He built a fine grist mill run by water power, also a saw mill, cut all his lumber. He and my grandfather Deskins built the two first stone dwellings in Tazewell, both on Clinch river, six miles apart, of lime stone in the rough dressed by hand, built very substantial and strong, well finished in those pioneer days. At that time were considered mansions, they are now in good condition, still inhabitated. They are living monuments of honest labor of over a century ago. Many of their posterities are living and bear the name of Whitley in Tazewell County, Virginia.
Elizabeth Maxwell married William Marrs, raised a family, his sons, William and Maxwell Marrs, married two sisters Jennie and Sallie Brooks. Maxwell Marrs had a family, two have visited his widow and children. William and his wife had no family. The brothers and their wives are buried in Tazewell. The rest of the Marrs families moved to Kentucky. James Maxwell, my grandfather was born the spring of 1780, was married to Mary Witten, daughter of Jerry Witten, she was born in 1780. They were married in the year of 1804. They lived a long and happy life. He was of a lively and jolly temperment, honorable, sober, industrious man, a fine mechanic, a wagon maker by trade, also plows and harrows, and all kinds of implements by hand. He lived near Clinch river, owned a good farm, an orchard, a good home and shops. The Maxwell families owned very few slaves. They preferred land, fine horses and cattle, grist mills, merchantile, also fine mechanics. They were good citizens, beloved by all who knew them. Sober, industrious, kind husbands, and fathers. No office seekers, not rich but well-to-do. The bone and sinew of the Country. The happiest days of my life, I spent in my grandfather's shop among his sharp, bright and well kept tools. I spent a good part of my time when a child with my grand-parents. They always kept the big red apples for me, which made me very happy. They were the fond parents of five chldren; three boys adn two girls, namely; Witten Maxwell, Robert Maxwell, Sallie Maxwell, James Maxwell, Margaret Maxwell.
Witten Maxwell, the first born in the year 1805, married Alice Criswell. They had five children, namely: James C., Susan, Henry, Evans, Mary G., and Francis M.
Susan Maxwell married Montraville Stelle in 1850. They were a lovely couple. There were born three sons, and one daughter. They all died of flux in ten days. Later she had a daughter, Rebecca, and the mother died of diphtheria during the War of the Confederacy.
Witten Maxwell and wife are both dead. Witten was killed by a railroad train near Pisgah in Tazewell. He was far in the eighty-ninth year, if he had not been killed he perhaps would have lived to a grand old age.
Grandfather Maxwell died in the spring of 1866, being eighty-six years old. Grandmother died in the year of 1873, being ninety-three years old.
Robert Maxwell was born in 1807, the same year as Abraham Lincoln's birth. Married Margaret Bates. Her mother was the daughter of Ebenezar Brewster, married Thomas Bates. The young husband and wife moved by wagon, went to Illinois. After they got to their destination, very soon little Margaret came to brighten their home in the west. But it was only a short time when the sad news came that the young wife had lost her life. The kindhearted Ebenezar Brewster made ready to go horse back for little Margaret to bring her home to be reared the grandfather and mother. He made the lonely trip, found little Margaret, carried her safe and sound horse back on a pillow in front of him all that distance to the anxious grandmother who was waiting. The little girl was only two years old. This was in pioneer days, railroads, telegraph, telephones, and steam boats had not been in use. Illinois seemed so far west at that time, wehn the morning came he was to take his leave, all relatives and neighbors came from far and near, made a great gathering to say good-bye, and God speed a happy return. But thought it doubtful if they should ever see him or the little girl. But the same God ruled over the destiny of man then as now. And they both returned to the arms of loved ones. She grew to womanhood. Was a devoted and affectionate wife and mother. A most estimable Christian character, esteemed and beloved by all who knew her. They were the fond parents of nine children. Four boys and five girls, namely: Thomas Bates, Charles J., Mary E., Sallie, James W., Manerva, John Chatten, Johanna, and Laura Maxwell. Charles, James, and John all fought in the Confederate Army. John C. was a prisoner on Johnston Island. After the surrender of Lee they all returned home, during the month of May, Margaret Maxwell, Sallie Maxwell, and John C. were taken with a strange malady from which all died. Sallie and John C. were buried the same day. In the fall Jahana died, a promising young girl. Thomas Bates died with flux during the war. The father died in the fall of 1904 in his ninety-seventh year. There are only two living to my knowledge. They were buried near Roarks Gap on his farm. He never was rich, but a well-do-do farmer, also a merchant of note. He was frugal, honest, sober, respected, and honored by all who knew him. A kind husband adn a good father. Near the family burying ground stands a large and sturdy oak,below it at the brink of a little hill a large living spring of pure water runs gurgling into Clinch river. Near this spot the Roarks family was taken prisioner by the Indians, the youngest child too small to walk, they dashed it's brains out against the big oak. It may not be standing now, I have seen it many times. Sallie Maxwell married James Deskins in 1839. Was the parents of of two boys, namely: Stephen Rush, and Moses Shanon, the mother died at an early age. Later her husband married Miss Rachel Herndon, had two cihldren, George and Elizabeth. He sold out his farm, moved his family to Linn County, Mo. Moses Shanon and George Deskins both died in the Union Army.
James Deskins and wife are buried in Lynn County, Mo. Stephen Rush married and lived on his father's farm. I had the pleasure of visiting his family and Elizabeth Smith and family in North Salem, Mo.
James Maxwell married Nancy Lawson, they were the parents of four children, James Worth and Sallie Ann, Frank Mc., and John Maxwell. They are dead and are buried in the Deskins Cemetery. Two of the children are dead, Frank and Sallie.
Margaret Maxwell married Berdine Deskins, July 14, 1840. Were the fond parents of five children, three sons and two daughters.
George Washington was born April 8, 1841. He was drowned in Clinch river at the age of two years. Stephen Rush, was born April 22, 1843. Mary Ann Deskins was born December 31, 1845. Sallie E. Deskins was born March 10, 1847. John Witten Deskins was born April 28, 1855. Stephen Rush fought in the Confederate Army. Was gunner in Captain Jackson's battery.
Berdine Deskins was born December 19, 1816. departed from this life April 15, 1897. Was eighty years and six months.
Margaret Maxwell Deskins was born January 14, 1818 departed from this life September 15, 1886. They are buried in the Dickenson County, Virginia. Peace be to their ashes.
The rest of the family are still living. Mary Witten Maxwell my grandmother was of the famous stock of Witten's and Cecil's from England. It was always a well grounded fact that a large fortune was awaiting the Witten heirs in London. Which they never received from an unknown cause, a missing link among some of the heirs.
My grandmother was a loving wife, a kind and affectionate mother. A most estimable woman, a noble Christian character, many times I have found her in secret prayer when a child. She was a Methodist.
The Witten family were long lived people. Jerry Witten, her father was ninety-six years at this death. Her brother James Witten was ninety-three years when he died. She had twin sisters, Hettie and Lettie Witten. They lived to a grand old age. Moved west and died. My grandmother had two cousins captured and made prisoners by the Indians; James and Mary More. They were quite young and Mary could not keep up with them, so they left her behind. Some people took her as their own. She never got home. They liked James, he would show fight when they wanted him to carry blankets and bows and arrows, and throw them down. He was spirited and high tempered. He was with them seven years. When he returned he was very much an Indian. Wore beaded suits, cap and moccasins, sang and danced their war songs, would give their war whoops, he said he liked the Indian life. He wrote a history of his life with the Indians afer he came home. I read it when I was quite young. I do not suppose the book is to be had at this time. I enjoyed reading it very much.
The Maxwell and Deskins families were represented both in the Union and Confederate Army. Now I learn from Virginia that several of both families have responded to their countries call, and are at the front in service in this great struggle for the freedom of all nations, tongus and people who are suppressed and denied their freedom. May they be an honor to the cause and may return to loved ones at home and free America. "God speed the day that all may be free."

Cresswell, Willilam and Ann Allen 18 June, 1677 Richmond Co. VA.

aunt minerva collection. handwritten on a MFA livestock minerals notepad.
p#68 Marriage Records before 1699 Baltimore. (Genealogical Publishing Co. 1979 John Fisbel)

Alexander Perry Harrison, born Feb 10 1860 died March 27 1925

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His father Alexander Harrison. his mother Harriet Hughs came from Tazewell County Virginia in 1840 settled in Harrison Co. Missouri-he married Louisa Pauline Williams, May 17, 1877.
Rose Ann Feb 14, 1878
Mary Jane Feb. 10, 1879
Charles Franklin Aug. 30 18__
Harriet Mae April 18, 1891
from Sylvia Payne-clipping in handwriting.

Annals of Tazewell Co., Virg. Vol. I 8/13/87

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p.169 James Maxwell qualified as Sheriff First Court of Tazewell Co. June 180(runs off side of paper.)
p.175 (1800-1801) James Maxwell Sheriff of County
p.437-438 Thomas Maxwell killed by Shawanae Indians-had on white hunting shirt- requested to remove it- refused- Indians attack killing Maxwell (in pursuit of Indians who had attacked Thomas English family). (Burke Garden-Wolf Creek Gap.) (1787)
p.24 Colonel James Maxwell settled on Clinch in 1772- lived there until 1784- during that time two daughters were killed by Indians.
p. 259 December term- William H. Maxwell qualified to practice law in this court. (1851)
Send for Revolutionary War Records- form to fill out. Washington D.C. ask for additional form SAS.
p.411 John Maxwell, Thomas Maxwell, citizens of Tazewell Co. posted as citizens in these forts. (Burks Garden). probably voluntter fort.
John Maxwell chosen as spy for the group. (June 1776)

Vernon E. Utterback

aunt minerva collection. hand written on notebook paper.
Vernon E. Utterback, age 91, died July 7th at the Mercy-Genesis Hospital in Davenport, Iowa.
Born in Harrison County Missouri June 13, 1903, spent his early years in Grundy County and over the last 55 years lived in Iowa. Attended the Brimson schools and was graduated from the High School. He was married to Marsha Ingraham in 1960. He retired in 1972.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Marsha; his parents, Bart & Emma Maxwell Utterback; brother, Harmon Utterback; sisters, Marie Utterback Dority and Colleen Utterback. Survived by sisters, Lorene Pederson, Hillsboro, OR; Roberta Utterback, Columbus, OH; Lois Beal, Greenville, MI; sister-in-law, Gladys Utterback, Liberty, MO; step-daughters, Ruth Carraher and Verona Potter, step-sons, David, Daniel, and Joseph Hodges, all of Davenport, IA. Nieces, Karen Utterback and DeAnna Phillpe. Nephews, Mark and Michael Pederson and Victor Beal. Great nieces, Nora, Edith, and Ingrid Pederson; great nephews, Michael Pederson, Jay, Steven, Mark, and Adam Phillipe. Several cousins and many friends.
Funeral services in celebration of his life were held July 12th at the El Bethel Assembly of God Church in Davenport, Iowa. Burial was in Davenport Memorial Park.

1860 Tazewell Co. Census. #1255

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Witten Maxwell. 55. farmer. born in VA.
Alice Maxwell. 54.
Mary J. Maxwell. 25. according to Creswell records she would have been 28 (close.)
41 years old, her name was still Maxwell.
Witten Maxwell was born 1805 or 1804.
1860 & 1880 census dates figure out right.
Alice had to die between 1860-1878. wonder why Witten was making a deed to his daughter in 1873.
Wonder if Mary Jane Maxwell daughter of Witten Maxwell ever married-evidently not-Francis Maxwell 1880-lists Jane as sister 50. I suspect Witten Maxwell's reall name was William Witten Maxwell. (Harman's Annals.)
Witten Maxwell killed by railroad train-Pisgah-near Tazwel-89th year.
Mary Fields-Annals of Tazewell says Witten Maxwell born in 1805 married Alice Creswell had 5 children. James C.-Susan-Henry Evans-Mary G. could by J.- and Frances M.
Mary F. says James died 1866. Mary died 1873.
Pat Surface 1-703-988-3581
#1. Review Cora Bertrams D.A.R. papers- I'm sure the James mentioned there and in the James will is the same James that married Mary Witten-Also di you notice on the back of one of the typed sheets she mentions that James and Jane are buried outside the fence of the Crockett place-headstone destroyed.
#2. According to Creswell bible records Alice Creswell was born Tuesday-19 Nov. 1805-and that Alice Creswell married Witten Maxwell 4 March 1827. Children born to Alice Creswell and Witten Maxwell are:
#1. Susy C. Maxwell 12 May 1828
#2. James C. Maxwell 17 Dec. 1829
#3. Mary Jane Maxwell 26 Dec 1832
#4 Henry Maxwell 4 June 1835
#5 Frank no record. some places indicate his name may be Evans Frank.
no death dates mentioned on James C. Maxwell.
Deed book 15-Page 245-(29 Sept. 1873) $200.00 -Black Mare- 4 head cows & - would have been his daughter.

Vadah Gamble and I went to Court House, got this at Bethany Court House, 1st Floor, West side of First Floor.

handwritten, upper right corner missing, aunt minerva collection.
No. 119 Day of Return Nov. 29 1883. name of child: 5th child. Higdon Gillie May, white. born Oct 4 1883. Father American Age 31, born Ind. mother American age 24, born Ind. name of mother Mary Alice Higdon, Frox Creek. Name of Father Philip Higdon, farmer. Medical Attendant J.W. Wiley, Bolton, Mo.
No. 411 HIGDON Female, sixth child. white. born Nov. 3 1885 Fox Creek twp. Father American age 39. born Indiana. Phillip Higdon. Mother American age 26 born MO. Mary Alice Higdon. attending G.W. Sellars, Mt. Moriah.
#8. Feb. 7, 1887. Gilleland, Male. 1st. White. Date of Birth. Feb. 4, 1887. Fox Creek Twp. father American. Iowa birthplace. 28 years old. Mother American. Indiana. 18 years old. Full name of mother Flora May Gilleland. (maiden name George.) Battle Creek Neb. father Calvin Gilleland. farmer. W.S. Lowe, Bolton, MO. Dr. who delivered.
Recorded Feb 17, 1885. Quigley male. 8th child. white. Birth date Feb. 6, 1885. Harrison Co. MO. American. father. American, age 45. mother American age 38. Maiden name of mother was Etta Springer Quigley. Fox Creek Twp. Father Franklin Springer. farmer. Dr. J.W. Wiley, Bolton. (over)
(this corner is ripped. first thing you can see is 1885. Quigley. female. eleventh child. (Birth date.) FEb. 5, 1885. Fox Creek Twp. father American. Ind. 50 years of age. Mother American Ind. Francis H. Springer Qiugley. father name Franklin R. Quigley. farmer. Born. Dr. Jw. Wiley. Bolton, Mo.
1880 Census Fox Creek Twp.
first place is their birth, second place fathers birth, third place mother's birth.
QUIGLEY, Franklin. farmer. Ind.-Ire.-France.
/wife, Henrietta. feeamle. Ind.-Ohio-NY
Harriet, female, age 14, daughter. Mo-Ind-Ind
Josephine, female, 11, daughter. Mo-Ind.-Ind.
Sarah, female, 5, daughter. Mo-Ind.-Ind
John, male, 3, son. Mo-Ind-Ind
Stella, female, daughter, 9 months old. Mo-Ind.-Ind.
1860 Census
GILLILAND, Josea. male, 50. farmer. VA-NC-NC
Cosby. female. wife. 40. VA-VA-VA
Frank. male. son. 12. Mo-Va- VA
Cynthia. female. daughter. 9. MO-VA-VA
Eliza. female. daughter. 7. MO-VA-VA
Emily. female. daughter. 3. MO-VA-VA
George. male. brother. 28. ?-NC-NC
Kester. male. brother. 20. ?-NC-NC
Cynthia. female. 64. keep house. VA-VA-VA
Emily. female. 26. daughter. ?. VA-VA-VA
Henry. male. 24. son. ?. VA-VA-VA
Gregg. male. 22. son. ?. ?-VA-VA

Thomas Witten Maxwell

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Father: James C. Maxwell
mother Minerva Maxwell
their children were Henry, Thomas Witten, Mary Emily.
Minverva, the mother, died with twins.
James C. Maxwell comes from family of 5, 3 boys and 2 girls.
Father: Witten Maxwell
Mother: Alice Creswell
their children were Susy C. Maxwell b. Monday, May 14, 1828; Grandpa James C. Maxwell b. Monday Decebmer 17, 1829; Mary Jane Maxwell b. Wednesday December 26, 1832; Henry Maxwell b. Tuesday June 4, 1835.
Witten Maxwelll Born 1805, married Alice Creswell, killed by train 89 years old. His father was James Maxwell. his mother was Mary Witten. His children were James C., Susan, Henry, Evans, Mary G., and Francis M.

cousin Mona's family:

My Great grandma Durham (my dad's Moms mom). She lived to be over 100. I was just a little girl but do remember her vaguely.
Sharyn Mc Kee Byers Jerry got her eyes! Megan Lynn Bubb Cribb Ellie is named after her! Renee Carmichael-Puryear I remember her so clearly, even what she smelled like, and the cookies she had. smile emoticon Kristen Boyer Toso Wow Mona Haggard David Somers That would be your great, great grandma Kristen ar Renee Carmichael-Puryear Maggie Cole, her daughter, was on the Smuckers Jelly Jar!! Mona Haggard David Somers Really Renee? I had never heard that story.. Renee Carmichael-Puryear Yep, her kids made sure she got on! I believe she lived in Ravanna (sp?) and lived to either 102 or 103. I think my Dad will remember, he and Mom used to visit her quite often. Did you know that Grandma Durham, Elizabeth Owens, had 9 brothers and sisters? They all grew up in southern IA, quite the prominent catholic family. Her parents came from Cork County Ireland and I'm blank on where her Mom came from in Ireland. But Doc Durham, not a drop of Irish in him, only Grandma.

Sunday, December 20, 2015

United States 1790-1870 U.S. Federal Census

A US Federal census has been taken every 10 years since 1790.
1790 census information: name of each head of household, number of males, number of females, number of slaves.
1800-1840 Census information: Name of each head of household. Males and females are listed separately in age categories.
1850-1870 census information: names of all household members, sex, age, state or country of birth, value of property.

Brutally Murdered In Own Home

Mrs. Amanda Shirley, of Bolton Neighborhood, Brutally Murdered Sunday During Absence of Husband Sunday night about nine o'clock the telephone rang and in response to the call, Coroner A.L. Bonser, was informed that a woman in Fox Creek Township was dead, and that the circumstances surrounding the case were rather suspicious. Coroner Bonser at once made arrangements to proceed to the scene where perhaps a crime had been committed, but just at that time it began to rain, and the trip was postponed until the next morning. Monday morning, the coroner, accompanied by W.F. Towns and the write, were driven to the scene in an auto, and we here briefly give our readers an outline of the case as we found it.
The dead woman was Mrs. Amanda Shirley, wife of J.E. Shirley, and at the time she met her untimely death, was at her own home, alone, with the exception of her youngest child, a little girl about three years of age. The Shirley home is situated in the southeast corner of Fox Creek Township, about five miles north of Melbourne, and perhaps three miles southeast of old Bolton.
The affair is a peculiarly sad one, as the victim was a woman well respected in the neighborhood where she lived, was 27 years old, and the mother of the four children, ranging in age from three years up to nine or ten. So far as the writer knows, no motive is given for the crime. When we arrived at the home mad sad and desolate by the act of some low brutal miscreant, a sight met our eyes which we will never forget, and we sincerely hope may never again be our lot to witness. The wife and mother lying cold in death, the good neighbors gathered around with tear stained cheeks, the four motherless little children nestling close to the distracted husband and father, whose frame quivered with the pent up emotion of his awful sorrow. When the casket was placed in the spring wagon to convey the remains to the little cemetery only about a half a mile away, it seemed that the poor distracted and bewildered companion's heart would surely burst asunder, his grief was so great. Although Ed Shirley was an entire stranger to us, we never within our memory saw anyone who we so deeply sympathized with , and when we shook his trembling hand and in our weak way offered him our profound condolence, it became necessary for us to turn away in order to conceal our emotion. As we go to press further developments are under progrress, and the web is being woven. Below will be found the coroner's inquest in full:
AT THE RESIDENCE OF ED. SHIRLEY State of Missouri, County of Harrison: ss. At an inquest held at the undersigned, A.C. Bonser, coroner within and for Harrison County, Missouri, in the twp. of Fox Creek, in said county, over the dead body of Amanda Lucille Shirley, who was supposed to come to her death by violence. The following testimony of witnesses was taken before said coroner and the jury, and was then and there recorded in writing, and subscribed to by the witnesses. Jasper E. Shirley, of lawful age being first duly sworn, testified as follows:
Q. Mr. Shirley, you are the husband of the woman over whose dead body this inquest is being held, are you not?
A. Yes.
Q. Mr. Shirley, tell in your own way the circumstances surrounding the death of your wife?
A. Well, I left home between ten and eleven o'clock on Sunday, Sept. 17th, 1911; I did not return until between four or five o'clock Sunday evening, and drove up near the house to two trees, at the west end of my home, and I let the two boys out and then tied my team. The boys ran on to the door to open it, then they tried the two doors on the south, and found them fastened . Then one of the boys went to the other side of the house at the other door, when he came back he said, "let us in".
Then they went to the window, where the screen is torn off, and I says, "boys, one of you go in and open the door and let me in." I was still near the team when they opened the door. I picked up a bucket of peaches and took them in the house. The boys had gone upstairs, and when I had set the peaches down, I went upstairs. When I got part of the way up, the boys said, "mama is asleep." I went on up the stairs, I saw her lying on the floor, and my first thought was, she has fainted. I took her by the hand, I saw she was cold in death. I went down stairs and phoned to my father's, mother answered and I told Manda was dead. I went to the door and I saw on the hill south, Tom Maxwell and family, and called to them to come as quick as possible. Tom came soon and asked, "what is the matter?" I told him, "Manda is dead."
We went upstairs together. Tom remarked, "she has only fainted, I feel her heart beating." I took her by one hand and he by the other as he said, "let's rub her and bring her to." I said, "no,Tom, she is dead." Well, Tom placed his head on her breast to see if he could hear the heart beat-he said he could hear her heart beat. He asked me to try, I laid my head on her breast, and I could not hear her heart, and I said, "no, Tom, she is gone." We then went down stairs, Tom's wife drove up with the team, and she asked what was the matter, and I said, "Manda is dead." She says, "have you done anything yet?" and I said, "call the doctor as soon as you can." Mrs. Maxwell phoned for Dr. Saylor.
Q. Where did you go in the morning?
A. I went to my father's, first going to Mr. Utterback's.
Q. For what purpose?
A. I went to take my wife's uncle's wife to Mr. Utterback's.
Q. In what position was your wife's body when you first observed it?
A. Well, she was lying on her back, with her hands outward and backward. Her lower limbs were straightened, and her dress was above her knees. Our little girl about three years old was at home with her. The boys said when going upstairs, "Blanche told us ma'ma is asleep."
(signed) Jasper E.Shirley
Testimony of Dr Saylor:
Q. Dr. you may tell when you were called, and what the conditions were when you arrived, and all you know about the case.
A. Am not certain just what time I was called to Shirley's, but think it was about five or six o'clock p.m. Sept. 17, 1911. Was just lighting lamp when I came. I asked someone what had caused the death, and was informed, cause of death unknown. I then went upstairs to the body, found the body lying on the back, with shoulders slightly turned to the right, head turned to the left, so that the left cheek was on the floor, with arms extended at about right angles from the body, elbows slightly flexed, hands on floor back down,and partly closed. Lower limbs extended, and floor sprinkled with blood. Found her underwear loosened and around just below the hips, and underskirts up above the hips, and partly twisted around the body. I replaced clothing as found. I found skin around each wrist discolored. I then waited for Dr. Magraw, who arrived about an hour and a half afterwards. We went to the room together. After we had made partial examination of the body and surroundings, we stopped and called the coroner. At near 10:00 o'clock Sept 18, 1911, owing to the urgency for care of body, Dr. Magraw and myself made further examination of the body, and we found no hemorrhage from the body no wounds but found the neck broken. The only blood found on the body was on the left leg, below the knee. Am certain the blood on the leg was not from the body.
Q. From your examination of the body, what in your judgement caused death?
A. A broken neck
Q. Was there any evidence of strangulation?
A. No. In my judgement the lady had been dead three or four hours. E. Saylor, M.D.
Testimony of Dr. Magraw: My name is Jodia A. Magraw. I arrived at Ed. Shirley's about 8:00 o'clock p.m. Sept. 17, 1911. I was told Mrs. Shirley was dead. In company with Dr. Saylor, we passed upstairs to where the body was. I found her lying on the floor on her back, the shoulders turned some to the right, the head to the left, the face lying flat on the floor, her arms at right angles, the elbows flexed extending above the head, the hands lying on the back and slightly flexed, the legs separated, with the right foot slightly bent inward: the floor was sprinkled with blood. About 9:00 o'clock p.m., we called the coroner, viz., Sept. 17. About 10 o'clock a.m. Sept. 18, Dr Saylor and I made further examination of the body. We found no broken bones, no open wounds, but a broken neck. On the left leg below the knee were spots of blood. There was no part of the body that the hemorrhage came from. The dress and a skirt were above the knees, and the under part beneath the hips, with one large spot of blood on them near bottom. Decomposition had set in when I first saw her, on the under side of body and around the wrists, but on no other upper part of body. In my judgement the cause of death was a broken neck. There was no evidence of strangulation. The back of the neck had post mortem appearance. In my judgement there was no evidence of self-destruction. Judia A. Magraw, M.D.
Verdict of the Jury: We, the undersigned jurors, impaneled and sworn on the 18th day of September, 1911, at the township of Fox Creek, county of Harrison, State of Missouri, by A.C. Bonser, coroner in and for said county, to diligently inquire and true presentment make how and by whom Amanda Lucille Shirley came to her death, having viewed the body and heard the evidence, do find that the deceased came to her death in Fox Creek Township, Harrison County, Missouri, by a broken neck, received at the hands of some party or parties unknown to the jurors. Given under our hands this 18th day of September, 1911.
Woman near Melbourne Meets Death in a Horrible Manner in Own Home
One of the most revolting and barbarous tragedies known to annals of crime was perpetrated in this county on last Sunday afternoon, when some unknown party entered the home of Jasper E. Shirley, residing five miles north of Melbourne, and eighteen miles southeast of Bethany, and by brute force assaulted and outraged the wife of Mr. Shirley, Mrs. Amanda Lucile Shirley; she paying as the price of her resistance and womanly modesty the ghastly and terrible sacrafice of her life.
Mrs. Shirley and a little three year old girl were the only persons on the place at the time, Mr. Shirley and the other children having gone to John Utterbacks, accompanied by an aunt of Mrs. Shirley. Later they went to the home of W.H. Shirley, father of the husband, for some peaches-not returning until after the tragedy.
When Mr. Shirley and children returned late onSunday afternoon, one of the little boys was the first to enter the house. He went up stairs and discovered the body of his Mamma lying on the floor, partly denuded, and came down and reported that "Mamma was asleep." This aroused the suspicions of Mr. Shirley, who at once made investigations, finding that his wife had been assaulted, was dead, and that she had her neck broken, that her body was partly denuded and bore evidences of outrage and assault. Things in the room were disturbed adn her clothing torn. Every indication was that the brute had met with a terrible resistance and had only accomplished his purpose after a hard struggle and by main strength.] The indications in the diningroom are that Mrs. Shirley was preparing dinner at the time of the arrival, and the conjecture is that she fled upstairs for protection. All the screens were fastened from the inside, both doors and windows, except one which was broken open, and through it the assaulter had evidently made his escape.
The word was quickly spread about and reached the coroner at this place about 9 o'clock Sunday evening. The sheriff and prosecuting attorney were at Cainsville at the time. On Monday morning the coroner, Frank Towns, and W.H. Crouch, went over to the scene of the tragedy being met at that place by the sheriff and prosecuting attorney. An inquest was held and the verdict brought in that the woman had met death from a broken neck at the hands of a second party.
The body of Mrs. Shirley was buried at the Mt. Pleasant Baptist church on Monday afternoon. The particulars of the funeral are not known.
Vigilent work was at once begun by the sheriff and county officials to apprehend the perpetrator of the crime. An effort was made to secure blood hounds at Beatrice, Nebraska, but the attempt was unsuccessful, as the blood hounds were out of town at the time and could not be secured. On Wednesday morning, Chas. Davidson, residing near the Shirley place, in the edge of Grundy County, was arrested, we understand, charged with the crime. He stoutly attests his innocence and says he will be able to prove that he had nothing to do with the affair.
The wife of Shirley and the wife of Davidson had had a quarrel a few days before adn Mrs. Shirley, it is alleged, got the better of the controversy and handled Mrs. Davidson rather roughly. Some think this was an incentive to the tragedy.
Mrs. Shirley was a rugged, robust woman of 27 years, of splendid character and was held in high esteem. Davidson is a man of medium size and middle age. We have not learned as to his standing in that community.
The preliminary trial of Davidson will take place on Wednesday evening in Fox Creek township, before justic Frank Spinger.
As we go to press no further particulars of the crime are available.
from Bethany Republican Sept. 21, 1911
this was my greatgreatgrandparents Maxwell's neighbor.
aunt minerva collection. this has a handwritten note across the top: "Earl Shirley always said mother was pg. at time of death."
mother as in Amanda Shirley? or mother as in Aunt Minerva's mother Gilly Mae Maxwell? hmmmmm.

In The Name of God Amen

aunt minerva collection "James Maxwell will compliments of Cora Whitley Maxwell Bertram."
I James Maxwell of Tazewell County being weak in Body but of sound mind and memory Calling into mind the mortality of the Body and Knowing that it is appointed for all men Net (?) to die, Therefore do make and ordain this my Last Will and Testament as followeth (to wit)
First I appoint my two sons William and Robert to be my Executors to settle all my affairs and after paying all my Debts to make the following Distributions.
Itm. first I will and Bequeath unto Jane my well beloved wife all my personal Estate to her use while she Lives and at her Death it all that Remains to my Daughter Mary as to her use as long as she Lives adn at her Decease it and all that remains to her son Maxwell Commell.
Likewise unto my daughter Mary I will and Bequest 150 acres of Land in the Vack Valley being part of a Survey of 665 acres at the uper End Joining lines with James Karrean (?) and at her Decease to fall to Her son Maxwell Campell.
Itm. unto my four daughters Elizabeth Margret Jane and Nancy I Bequest an Equal share of on tracat of land in the Rich Mountain contains 250 acres and likewise in Equal share of 515 acres of Land in the Back Valley Be the Residence of a tract of 665 acres in which Mary has her share.
Itm. unto my two sons John and William I Bequest on Dollar Each they having Recieved there Share Before.
Itm. Unto my son Robert I will and Bequeath the Land I now live on and a small tract lying Between the tract I Live on and James Peerys with all the appartences (?). my negro man Dan I Will to my wife during her life and (copy runs off page her and comes back with )....I will him to my son Robert.
I now make the above my Last will and Testament and Remove and do away with all other and mke ordain and Establish this my Last will and testament.
Signed Sealed Ackeowledged in the presents of this 28th day of August 1820
(signed) John Laird
(signed) Thomas Witten
(signed) James S. Witten
(signed) James Maxwell Seal
James Maxwell Will 39.1821.March O.B. Recorded Will Book No., 1 page 137
In Tazewell County 27th March 1821(?last number could be a 7 maybe?) This this last will and testament of James Maxwell dec. was exhibited in Court and duly proved by the oaths of John Laird, Thomas Witten, and James S. Witten, the Subscribing witnesses (?) and ordained to be recorded. (initials.) On the motion of William & Robert Maxwell the Executors named in the within will who entered into bond with Thomas Witten & James Peery their securities in the penality of $500 conditions as the law directs. Probate of this said will is granted. there is no due from. Teste, J(?) T. Fisbank(?) DC

This copy of the 1810 Montgomery County, Virginia census was made from microfilm. Census takers apparently used phonetic spelling in most cases, therefore oringal spelling was used as far as could be determined. Where some names could not be deciphered a question mark was uded, however part of some names were included to give help to those searching for a certain name.

Columns are headed as follows:
1. Free white males under 10 years of age
2. Free white males 10 years and under 16
3. free white males 16 years and under 26 including heads of families
4. free white males 26 years and under 45 including heads of households
5. free white males 45 years and upwards including heads of families
6. free white females uner 10 years of age
7. free white females 10 years and under 16
8. free white females 16 years and under 26 including heads of households
9. free white females 26 years and under 45 including heads of household.
10. free white females 45 years of age and upwards including heads of families.
11. all other free persons excpet Indians not taxed.
12. Slaves.
yay! a key! yay!
now....not a single name I recognize. so guess I'll just put the whole thing on here....aunt minerva had this document for some reason, I guess.....
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Henry Surface 1-0-0-1-0-1-0-1-0-0-0
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45th Virginia Infantry 1st Edition J.L. Scott

aunt minerva collection from Pat Surface Tazewell, Va. 14 Jan 1992
Copyright 1989 H. E. Howard, Inc. Manuractured in the United States by H.E. Howard, Inc., Lynchburg, Virginia Printed by H.E. Howard, Inc. ISBN 0-930919-80-7
p. 104: Maxwell, James C.: Co. A., Enl. 5/29/61 at Wytheville. Sick 9/61. Elect4ed Lt. by 7/62. Captured at Winchester, 9/19/64. POW Ft. Delaware. Released 6/17/65. 5'10" tall, grey eyes, dark hair, res. Tazewell Co.

Saturday, December 19, 2015


aunt minerva collection
Ely William, The Big Sandy Valley Catlettsburg KY 1887. Reprint Baltimore.1969. p.81. "The Marr family...if of French origin, descendants of the Huguenots. The family settled in Maryland before the American Revolution."
Harman, Annals of Tazewell County, Vol II p. 376 "Elizabeth Maxwell married William Marrs, raised a family, his sons, William and Maxwell Marrs, married two sisters Jennie and Sallie Brooks, Maxwell MArrs had a family, two have visited his widow and children. William and his wife had no family...the rest of the Marrs have moved to Kentucky."
Pendleton, History of Tazewell County p. 432,433. A sketch on the Maxwell Family - "James Maxwell, who was of the Scotch-Irish blood, came from the province of Ulster to America and settled in Pennsylvania early in the 18th century. He married a Miss Roberts, and moves to Augusta County now embraced in Rockbridge. Three of his sons, Thomas, James, and Robert, were among the first settlers in the present Tazewell county. Thomas and James settled on Blueston, not very far from the present town of Graham; and Robert located near Plum Creek, about two miles west of present town of Tazewell. They came3 in about 1771 or 1772."
Chalkey, Chronicles of the Scotch-Irish, Vol. II p.120, Maxwell vs. Pickens. "Bill. 1807. Orator is James Maxwell of Tazewell County. In 1772 orator went from Botetourt, where he lived, to present Tazewell County to make a settlement. It was then a wilderness. He was in company with Samuel Walker. Found a tract with some improvements, viz: The foundation of a cabin, some rails split and some trees deadened. That night they fell in with a party of hunters, among them Uriah Stone, who claimed to have made the improvements, and orator purchased it, and the same year moved his family there and lived until 1784. In that time two of his daughters were killed by the Indians. William Ingles set up claim to the land and devised it to his daughter Rhoda, who married Bird Smith. Thomas Peery disposes in Tazewell County in 1809, that in 1772, when deponet went to that country, James Maxwell had made James Peery disposes that he went to Tazewell with Major Maxwell. John Peery disposes that John Tollett moved from Georgia to New River. Thomas Witten disposes that he was on the land in 1771. Samuel Walker is about to remove out of the country and amd William Wynne is is aged and infirm in 1807. Mathias Harman disposes, 1809, that when he first came to this country the land in dispute was called Ingle's Crabb Orchard and there was an old improvement on it. This was in 1760. Henry Marrs disposes that that he first knew Maxwell on the land in 1773, 1774. About three weeks after murder of Maxwell's daughters, two of Robert Moffitt's sons were taken prisoners by Indians, and about a week after that the family of Capt. Thomas Ingles was taken out of Burk's Garden by Indians and depredations were committed until 1793. Daniel Harman, Sr. deposes that 22d June, 1809, that about 49 years ago he was on a hunting expedition and camped on the land in dispute and took shelter in a small cabin built there, said to be Inglis's. Col Inglis did not himself make the settlement, but it was made by his uncle, John Ingles. Joseph Hix deposes as above, that 44 years ago Col Wm. Inglis told him that the land was his and he claimed it under his uncle, John Inglis. Lawrence Murray deposes as above, that 33 years ago he was in Wright's Valley at Uriah Stone's cabin. William Cecil deposes as above, that in or about 1771 he, in company with his brother and father, was on the disputed land. Deed dated 24 September 1805 by John Tollett and Margaret of Tazewell County to Thomas Pickens: 200 acres by survey in 1753, part of Loyal Company's grant. Recorded in Tazewell 24 September 1805." Fromstudying the original documents of this case [located in the Augusta County Courthouse in Staunton] other facts are gleaned: Maxwell built a "tubb" mill on the property. John Tollett settled on the land after James Maxwell moved off, but he had to remove also. The land lay on the outside of the settlement, adjacent to the wilderness. When Major Maxwell removed he moved about 3 1/3 miles to place where he now lives. James Peery said that when he came in 1772 with Capt. Samuel Walker and Major James Maxwell , they planted corn, tended it, and returned home. The following fall Maxwell moved his family to the land. John Peery said that John Tollett moved from Georgia to New River, about 60 or 70 miles from the land, purchased the land of Bird Smith who lived about 70 miles from it. Christopher Marrs deposed that in 1773 he went with his father to Maxwell's mill and and frequented the mill until one was built nearer the settlement. There was a cabin Maxwell had built for himself, and 8 or 10 others occasionally built by inhabitants for forting against the Indians. When John Tollett moved from the land in 1791 he moved to my fathers for about 10 days then moved to Montgomery County, and later back to the disputed land. Henry Marrs deposed that Mr Maxwell got his mill running in 1773/1774. In July 1790 John Tollett moved from New River. He lived on the land about 3 years, then because of the Indians he moved his family to the house of Samuel Marr about 10 days then back to Montgomery County. In 3 or 4 months he moved back and resided on said land about 4 years, then moved to Sandy River for 2 or 3 years, then back to the land in dispute. James Starr depsoed on Oct 14 1809 that he and Thomas Pickens were living on the land in dispute in 1808. Samuel Walker deposed 30 Oct 1807 that the disputed land lay adjacent to Sandy and it was the way the Indians came in. Daniel Harman, Sr. said that Uriah Stone owned a "corn right" on the bluestone about 7 miles from the disputed land. Joseph Hix said Mr. Looney tried to purchase the land, but Ingles and he did not agree on price. Joseph made "my home the greater part of the time with Col. Englis about 55 miles, but I kept stock in Burk's Garden. Lawrence Murray said that Uriah Stone lived 33 years ago on his fathers land in Wright's Valley. Mr. Tollett has built a fine house , a saw mill, and a grist mill on the disputed land. Thomas Pickens won this case.
I am assuming Ingles, Inglis, & Englis are the same person. deb
DAR "GRANDFATHERS PAPERS " Series 3, Vol. 51, Robert Maxwell. gives the following information: James Maxwell was born about 1750 at Ulster, Ireland. He married Jane Roberts in Pennsylvania. His death occurred 27 March 1821 in Tazewell County. Issue: Thomas; James (m. Mary Witten): Robert (m. Mary Maxwell); William; John (m. Jean Maxwell); Mary (m. Audley Campbell); Margaret (m. David Whitley); Elizabeth (m. Wiliam Marrs); Nancy (m. Paul Whitley); Mollie; Jane. See fotnotes on Robert Maxwell below.
Pendleton, History of Tazewell County,p. 432: "Robert Maxwell, who settled on Plum Creek, had eight children. Their names were as follows: Robert, Mary, John, Margaret, James, Jennie, Mattie, and Elizabeth. Jennie and Mattie were killed by the Indians. Margaret, a daughter of Robert & Mary Maxwell, married David Whitley. James Maxwell, son of Robert, married Mary Witten, who was who was a daughter of Jeremiah Witten...Note the discrepancies in the material on James and Robert Maxwell above.
Brock, Virginia and Virginians Vol. II p.842-sketch on James Robert Hicks, M.D. - "James Robert Hicks married Eliza Virginia Walker, whose mother's name was Sally Caldwell, daughter of William Caldwell. William Caldwell died 4 February 1849, aged 85 years, and left 500 direct descendants. Dr. Hicks is a grandson of Joseph Hicks, Jr., son of Joseph, Sr. who first settled on Wolf Creek. The mother of Dr. Hicks is Elizabeth Maxwell, daughter of William Maxwell, who was born in Ireland." Note: This may not be this William Maxwell. William Maxwell was living in Giles County in 1827 (Tz. Town Tax Records)

Petitions to form Tazewell County.

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During the last half of the eighteenth century southwestern Virginia was developing rapidly. County after county was formed. Creating a county was very simple-as soon as an area had what they considered a sufficient number of residents to support a county government, they petitioned the state, setting forth in the petition the proposed boundaries. The request was not always granted. A total of six petitions were submitted before Tazewell County became a reality. These documents are extremely valuable. Many names appear on them which are not in the tax lists. Primarily these new namesw are those of young sons. No law has been found which establishes the minimum age for petitioners, but some of those in these lists may have been 18 years, or less. Some cheating on ages may have occurred.
The petitions reveal important information concerning the contiguity of the residents. Unlike the tax lists, which have been rearranged so that all surnames starting with the same initial letter are together, the names of gthe petitioners are in the order in which they signed...and it appears someone carried the paper from house to house soliciting the residents support.
One must be alert to inaccuracies in these records. It is obvious that some supplicants names appear more than once in the same petition, and there may be errors in names as well. Also keep in mind that signing was voluntary. Mere absence from a list does not prove nonresidency.
Petition of inhabitants of Wythe and Russell counties to form a new county. (Virginia Legislative Petitions, Wythe Co.-Oversize Box 13, #2989, October 23, 1793.) To begin on Flat Top Mt., northwest of the Clover Bottom, thence with Montgomery County line to where it crosses between houses of Henry Harmon and Robert Evans, thence to top of Garden Mt., where the road crosses the same between Garden and Spangler's Mill, thence to top of Garden Mt., where the road crosses the same betweenm Garden and Spangler's Mill, thence with the top of said mountain to Clinch Mt. and along the top of Clinch Mt. to a point from which a line to run due north will strike the house of George Greene in Russell County, and from thence on the same course to a point from which a line to run due east will strike the beginning. (denied) Petitioners:
James Maxwell.
John Maxwell.

1880 Census Of Tazewell County, Virginia

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at top: 88th Census Dist. house Name June 8-9 18801 age sex occupation. born.
SALLIE 50 F Wife K-House VA
Mollie WISE age 8 female bound born VA. (guessing this is like life in servant?)
Evaline 45 F Wife K-House VA
Nancy 15 F daughter VA
Albert 14 M son VA
John 12 M son VA
George 6 M Son VA
Sallie 4 F daughter VA
MAXWELL JANE 50 F Sister K-House VA
(Aunt Minerva has handwritten "brother to James C.")
410. Robert 76 M Retail Merchant VA
Robert 20 M grandson VA
9. HENRY E MAXWELL (aunt Minerva has written 'brother to James C.' next to this.....) 44 M Miller VA
Nancy 35 F wife K-House VA
George 10 M son Farmer VA
Hugh 8 M son VA
Alice 6 F daughter VA
Mary 4 F daughter VA
Sallie 2 F daughter VA

1860 census Tazewell Co VA compiled by Tazewell Historical society

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page 166. Post Office Baptist Valley 2nd day of August 1860
1154 1125 JAMES MAXWELL 70 M VA farmer (8) $600 (9) $455
Polly 70 F VA (13)
James 48 M farmer
Nancy 28 F VA (13)
James W. 4 M VA
Sarah 2 F VA
page 187 Post Office Cedar Bluff 9th day of August 1860 1289 1255 WHITTEN MAXWELL 55 M VA FArmer (9) $270 (13)
Alice 54 F VA
MAry J. 25 F VA (13)
page 187 Post Office Cedar Bluff 9th day of August 1860 1292 1257 Alexander S. Huffurd 25 M VA Physician (9) $330
Larissa 18 F VA
Charles H. 1 M VA
JAMES C MAXWELL 29 M VA Saddler, (8 ) $75 (9) $465
I'm reading this....this is MY GREAT GREAT GRANDPA JC MAXWELL!!!! is he a boarder in this household? what do the numbers in ( ) mean? and the $ amounts? accessed property value, perhaps? wish I had the key to this census! so I could understand it better!
1049 Marrs, William 53 M Farmer VA
Sally 50 F VA
HENRY MAXWELL age 23 M Carder VA (pretty sure he is living with his sister and her husband, here....)
1056 THOMAS B MAXWELL 30 M Merchant VA
Martha L. 24 F VA
Robert E 1 M VA

other info from 1870 Tazewell Co VA census.

occupations: Attending School. Domestic Servant. Farm Laborer. Keeping House. Weaver. Farmer. At Home. Sheriff. Miller. Physician (2!). Miller. Carpenter. Stone Mason. Lawyer.
born in NC. VA. KY. MD.
youngest was an infant age 2 months. oldest 87 year old woman.
last names: Kelly. Helmandollar. Wiles. Burross. Witten. Carver. Tilson. Chapman. Fudge. Cameron. Harman. Shann. Holly. Smith. Peery. Doak. Young. Pate. Weimer. George. Horton. Sawyers. Howard. Higgenbotham. Gillespie. Asbury. Crusenberry. Hoops. Davidson. Pack. Bowling. Williams. Sparks. Booth. Jordan. Anderson. Halsey. Stevenson. Ringstaff. Noah. Blankenship. Pack.

1870 Census Tazewell Co VA Jeffersonville Twp. Post Office Tazewell Court House

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WITTEN MAXWELL 66 M W TN Farmer (8) $400 (9) $100 (19)
Alice/Alsie 65 F W VA Keeping House
Mary J. 30 F W VA At Home.

Maiden Spring Township Post Office Knob 1870 census Tazewell Co, VA

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584 584 JAMES MAXWELL 57 M W VA farmer (8), $500 (9) $400, 17, 19
Nancy 48 F W VA Keeping House, (16) (17)
James 14 M W VA Farm Laborer (16) (17)
Sarah 12 F W VA (16) (17)
Frank 9 M W VA
John 6 M W VA
Pollie 87 F W VA (written to side, Brother to Witten Maxwell.)

1850 Census Tazewell Co Va. Tazewell Co. Hist. Soc.

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661. JAMES MAXWELL, age 68. Farm. VA.
Mary Maxwell age 64 VA
James Maxwell age 32 Farm, VA
Peggy Maxwell age 40 VA
Thomas Maxwell age 20 Farm VA
Charles Maxwell age 18 farm VA
Marietta age 16 VA
Sarah age 13 VA
James age 11 VA
Minerva age 7 VA
Charter age 5 VA
Betsy Brewster age 69 VA
1119 CAMPBELL MAXWELL age 44 farm VA
Jane 45 VA
David 27 farm VA
Mary 24 VA
Isaac 17 farm VA
James 17 farm VA
Susan Paris age 18 VA
Other families in the census....neighbors...possibly friends or relatives? people they went to church with or traded favors with. people they knew. John A. Goff. Geo. W. Deskins. Jas/Jos. Brown. Charles Taylor. Francis Peery. Mag. A. Miller Samuel Cecil. Thomas Davis. John Rader. Whitten Cecil. Jos/Jas Daly. Jas. Mitchell. Wm. Holly. Jas. M. Morton. Wm. Morton. Wm. Luster. Stephen Odle. Jacob Glanden. Stephen Glandon. Jas/Jos Gillenwater. Zack Bailey. Hugh G. Baly. Jeremia Brown. Betsy Webb. James Whitt. John Vandike. E. (female) Vandike. Isreal Vandike. Rebecca Low. Luther Low. Calvin Low. Washington Low. Bunyon John Low. Bunyon Whitt. Adam Beavers. Jacob Hinker. John Stephenson. David Christian. James Burk. Jacob Griffith. Mike Hickman. Lavina Wingo. Jno. Brown, Sr. Nancy Lambert. Atnansome Farmer. John Johnston. Hiram Compton. Jospeh Rhea. Thos. Peery, Esq. Chas. H. Greever. Thomas Witten (son of Samuel). Rufus K. Harrison. Wm. S. Watkins. Wm. Elswick, Jr. Stephen Spraker. Thomas Brown. Polly Harmon. Wm. Gilphin. Andrew Baldwin. Jos/Jas. Spence. Wm. Snider. Peter Alder. John Thomas. Polly Spence. Jos/Jas. Heneger. Thos. S. Bandy. Chaster Harman. Thos. Barret, Sr. Robert Barrett. Robert H. Barrett. Martin Dalton. Moses Hankins. James White. William White. William W. Dawson. Milburn Whitt. Arch Whitt. Tobitha Quicksal. Andrew McGuire. James Brewster. Bird Lockard. John M. Lockard. Wm. D. Hart. John A. Brown. Wm. Moore. Sarah Brown. John Allen Compton. James White. Hiram Stevenson. James M. Harper. Burl Ratliff. James M. Cecil. Bennit Creed. Wilson Patrick. Louis Rose. David Rose. David Snader. James McAdams. Ruth Remines. Elihu Hankins.
of course, I am fascinated by old census records. these had been transcribed and typed, so easy to read. but you know there could be typos. some people giving their information could've been illiterate. or hard to understand. census taker could've incorrectly recorded information. people could of course have lied. or just been plain skipped. so, I did some stats. (I like to think I could've been a historian.....humor me.) there were 17 babies under age of 1. 2 youngest children in this census were both 4 month old girls. 184 aged 1-10. 173 aged 11-20. 81 aged 21-30. 48 aged 31-40. 49 aged 41-50. 24 aged 51-60. 20 aged 61-70. 3 over age 71. the oldest was a 79 year old man. there appear to be old married couples, some with children living with them. some with none. there are different last names in some households that don't match head of household. step children? grandchildren? other relatives taken in? farm help? a ward of some kind? there were young couples. they listed their birth place as mainly Virginia, but there were a few other places....Maryland, Tennessee, South Carolina, North Carolina, England, New York, Kentucky, Pennsylvania, Illinois, Ireland.
occupations listed: mainly farmers, but also Brkmsn, Wgnmkr, tailor, carpt., bksmth, Methodist Preacher. there was a 50 year old woman in one household listed as blind, and a ten year old girl in another household also listed as blind. one household had a 16 year old male listed as Idiotic.
on back in Aunt Minerva's handwriting: "Mary Ann Fields says Witten Maxwell was killed near (can't read) which is in Tazewell County.
"Montiville Steele & Susannah Maxwell married Jan. 23 1851." "I think most of what Mary Anne Fields remembered and wrote is correct on the Maxwells. She has William Marrs mixed up with Henry." "The marriage record of 25 apl 1804 says Wm. Maxwell-Mary Witten by David Wood is surely wrong." "Jan. 23 1806 William Maxwell married Elizabeth Maxwell by Henry Harmon."

Abstracts of Tazewell County Will Book #1 from 1800 to 1832

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JAMES MAZ XWELL page 137 Made 17 March 1819 Proven 27 March 1821. Will. Weak in body. Executors: sons, William & Robert. Wife: Jane. Daughter: Mary, and Mary's son, Maxwell Commell. To daughter, Mary, 150 acres in the Back Valley (Being part of a survey of 665 acres at the upper end joining lines with James Harrison) which at her decease goes to her son, Maxwell Campell. Four daughters: Elizabeth, Margret, Jane, and Nancy--equal shares of tract of land in the Rich Muntain containing 250 acres and an equal share of 515 acres of land in Back Valley (the residue of the 665 tract). Sons: John (has recieved his share), William (has recieved his share), James (has recieved his share), Robert (land I now live on and a small tract lying between the tract I live on and James Peery's.) Negro man, Dan to wife and after her death of Robert. Witnesses: John Laird, Thomas Witten, James S. Witten.

Supplemental Application for Membership to the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution

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typewritten application
Washington D.C.
State: Texas
City: Fort Worth
name of chapter: Six Flags
Computer Code Number: 6-100-TX
National Number: 666 769 A705
Mrs. Cora Elizabeth Whitley Bertram. wife of Jack Lloyd Bertram. Residence 7150 Ta,aracl Road, Fort Worth, Texas 76116.
Descendant of James Maxwell.
The undersignted have investigated and approved the applicant and her application. (signed by Chapter Registar. I read it as Melba Horvell Randolph?) I'm not the best at reading handwriting anymore.... #696669 16 Sept. 1989. Application, duplicate, and Fees received by Treasurer General $25.00 Sept. 25 1989. Application and duplicate received by Registar General Sept. 27 1989. Applicaton verified and approved Nov. 18 1991. signed by Roberta S. (? not sure what the last name is?).
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Cora Elizabeth Whitley Bertram being duly sworn. I was born on 23 Feb. 1927 at Keller Texas, married on 12 July 1945 at Ft. Worth, Texas to Jack Lloyd Bertram born on 21 Sept. 1926 at Sulpher Springs, Texas. I am thje daughter by blood line of James Oliver Whitley born 29 aug. 1903 at Keller, Texas died at Ft. Worth Tx (hospital) on 25 Sept. 1979 and his first wife Gladyes Katheryn Maxwell born 5 May 1908 at Rio Vista, Tx. married 29 april 1926 Ft. Worth Tx.
The said James Oliver Whitley was the child by blood line of Charles Tiffany Whitley born 27 Feb 1859 at Tazewell Co. Virginia died at Keller, Tx. (Tarrant Co.) on 19 aug 1911 and his first wife Nancy (Nanny) Emeline Meacham born 30 Aug 1866 at Ripley, Tn. (Lauderdale Co.) died at Keller, Tx. on 25 March 1938. married 9 Oct. 1887 Keller Tx.
The said Charles Tiffany Whitley was the child by blood line of Rufus C. Whitley born 8 Feb 1827 at Tazewell Co, Va. died at Keller, Tx-Tarrant Co. on 1918 and his first wife Elizabeth H. Gregory born 19 June 18345 at Pittsylvania Co, Va. died at Keller, Tx- Tarrant Co. on 5 Oct. 1901, married 30 Aug. 1851- Tazewell Co, Va.
The said Rufus C. Whitley was the child by blood line of James Whitley born 1 June 1798 (handwritten above is "stone date 48y 2m & 22d) at Wythe Co, Virginia (now Tazewell) died at Tazewell, Va. (Taz. Co) on 23 aug. 1845 and his first wife Sarah Lain Moore born 22 Jan 1804 at Abbs Valley (Taz.Co.) Va. died at Albany, Gentry Co, Missouri on 16 A[ro; 1890 married ca 1822 Taz. Va.
The said James Whitley was the child by blood line of David Whitley born ca. 1772 at Botetourt Co, Virginia died at No. Tazewell, Va.-Taz. Co. by 30 Oct 1844 (will Pv'd) and his first wife Margaret Maxwell born ca 1776 (ag. 74- 1850 c) at Montgomery Co, Va. (now Taz.) died at No. Tazewell, Va. - Taz. Co. by Dec 19 1851 (Est. settle) married 24 Jan. 1797 Washington Co, Va.
The said Margaret (Peggy) Maxwell was the child by blood line of James Maxwell born ca 1745-50 at Ulster, Ireland died at Tazewell, Va. -Tazewell Co. by 27 Mar. 1821 (will prv.) and his first wife Jane Roberts who died at Tazewell Co., Virginia.
this took her back 7 generations. generations 8, 9, 10, 11 blank)
typewritten notes at bottom: AE (Abb. for Actalis Suae) means in the year of his/her age: therefor Ae70 indicates that a person was 69 years old and in his seventh year- from Pg. 167 of "VA. Vital Rec's of Va. Mag. of Hist. Bio. Wm. & Mary Qt. & Tylers Qt.". note: used initial "C." I have seen many legal doc. and they are always signed -"R.C." not sure that it ever stood for a name---C.W.B. (then her handwritten signature)
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References for Lineage. Give below authorities for EACH statement of Birth, Marriage, Dath dates and place and connections between generations from the applicant through the generation of the Revolutionary ancestor. Published authorities should be cited by title, author, date of publication, volume and page. Send one certified, attested copy or photocopy of each piece of unpublished data. Proofs for line of descent comprise wills, administrations, deeds, church, town, and court records, Bible, cencus and pension records, tombstone inscriptions, genealogies and such other records. TRADITION is not acceptable. Give National Numbers and relationships of any close relatives credited with this ancestor.
1st Gen: 666769-MY N.D.A.R. #
2nd Gen> 666769- MY N.D.A.R. #
3rd Gen: Births: C.T. Whitley & Wm. H. Meacham Bibles. Marr. Lic. #2571-Tar.Co, Tx. Deaths: Death Cert. Tar. Co., Tx & Newspaper obits. Parantage: 1880 Tar. C. Tx. cens. P.30 L.42, 43, & 44.
4th Gen: Births: Copy of pg. James Whitley Bible & 1900 Tar. Co Tx. Cen. P. 21 L.4&5. Marr. Taz. Co. Va. Lic. B. (1851-1853) p. 5. Deaths: Photos of Headstones-Tar. Co Tx. Parantage: Chancer Court Suit-Tazewell C., Va. Order Bk. 1832 pgs. 253-254 & 266-267.
5th Gen: Births: Photo Headstones-Taz. C., Va. & Cen. Taz. Co, Va. 1830 & 1850. Taz. Co. Va. Cen. F. M432 R#979, P.228, L.13 (age). Marr: "Capatives of Abbs Valley" by Rev. James Moore Brown D.D., New Edition With Intro, Notes, Appx. Maps & Illsstr." by Robt. Bell Woodworth-pub.1942 McClure Co. Inc. Stanton, Va. (p.43). Deaths: Headstone (ment. above) & Albany (Gentry) Mo. newspaper Obits. Parantage: "Abbs Valley" pg. 80 & David Whitleys Will-W.B. #2 Pg.278-280, Taz.C.Va. Compare to pg. 253-Chancery Court Rec. of Gen. #4. (use 4th Item in the Will.)
6th Gen: Births: Tazwell Co, Va. Cesn. 1830 & 1850-M432-979, pg.153 (something tiny handwritten above that looks like "62227)", L.10 Marr: Washington Co, Va. Deaths: Will (used in Gen.#5) & Will B.#3 pg. 37&38 (Estate Settlement) Taz. Co. Va.
7th Gen: Birth: Taz. Co. Va. census 1820 (age est.) Death: Will Book #1 p. 137 (also names wife). Parantage for Gen. #6 (Margaret/Peggy Maxwell-Whitley) Compare James Maxwell Will & Deed Bk. #3 P.256 to 259 . Taz. Co. Va. OTHER IMPORTANT PROOF: Daughters and Spouses- Deed B.#5 pg/474&475 (as well as deed B.#3--Year he moved family to (Now) Tazewell Co., Va. & CHILDREN KILLED: Chancery Court Suit (N.S.45) Augusta Co, Va. & "Preston & Va. Papers-Drapers Cat. Manscripts Cal. Series T" pub. Wis. St. Hist. Soc. 1915 pg.142 (SEE ATTACAHED EXTRA PAGE) Give, if possible, the following data: My Revolutionary ancestor was married to Jane Roberts at Pennsylvania before 1772.
CHILDREN OF REVOLUTIONARY ANCESTOR (By each marriage, if married more than once.)
Elizabeth married Henry Marrs. Margaret/Peggy b. 1776 married David Whitley 24 Jan. 1797. Jane married John Maxwell 8 Jan 1807. James b. 1780 married Mary Whitten 1804. Nancy married Paul Whitley 10 June 1801. Mattie & Jennie were kiled by Indians in 1782 (Chancery Suit No. 45) there is some handwritten stuff that ran off the dge of paper when it was copied, looks like dath dates, perhaps..
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The said James Maxwell who resided during the American Revolution at Montgomery & Washington Counties, Virginia (Now Tazewell Co, Va.) assisted in establishing American Independence, while acting in the capacity of Capt. (1778) Fincastle& Montgomery Co.Va. Militia 1775-1783-Liet. Washington Co., Va. Militia-Pvt. Va 5 Reg. Cont. Line FEb. 1776-Feb. 1778 PLE OF ALLIG.
My ancestors services during the Revolutionary War were as follows: 1. 1776-1778 under Capt. Gross Scruggs Co.-5th Va. Reg. -Col. Joshia Parker (copy from Nat. Archives.) 2. Oath of Allegiance - 1777 3. Sworn in as Lieutenant-4, April 1776 Fincastle. 4. Sworn in as Capt. 4, August 1778 Montgomery Co. Va. (List of Capt. James Maxwells Militia Company from Records of Fincastle & Montgomery Counties -1775-1783-for Revolutionary War---at the Virginia State Archives-Richmond, va.) 5. Kings Mountain.
COPY ATTACHED. Give references by volume and page to the documentary or other authorities for MILITARY RECORD: Where reference is made to unpublished or inaccessible records of service, the applicant must file the official copy. "Hist. Reg. of Virginians in Rev." by John H. Gwathmey Pub. 1983 Richmond, Va. "Annals of Southwest Viriginia" by Lewis P. Summers Part I, p. 695 Pub. 1929, Abington, Va. "Early Adventures on Western Waters" Vol. I by Mary B, Kegley pg. 149. "Montgomery Co, Va-The First 100 Years" by Judge C.W. Crush pgs. 17, 18, 46, 106, 121&121. "Battle of Kings Mountain Participants-October 7, 1780" by Hist. Soc. of Washington Co. Va.
Eligibility Clause. "Any woman is eligible for membership in the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution who is not less than eighteen years of age, and who is descended from a man or woman who, with unfailing loyalty to the cause of American Independence, served as a sailor, or as a soldier or civil officer in one of the several Colonies or States, or in the United Colonies or States, or as a recognized patriot, or rendered material aid thereto; provided the applicant is personally acceptable to the Society." (Constitution, Article III, Section 1.) Marriage in every instance means legal and lawful marriage. DAte of marriage may be substituted for dates of birth and death where such date proves the soldier to have been living during the Revolution and of a suitable age for service.
The following form of acknowledgement is required: Applicant further says that the said James Maxwell (name of ancestor from whom eligibility is derived) is the ancestor mentioned in the foregoing application, and that the statements hereinbefore set forth are true to the best of her knowledge and belief. The applicant also pledges allegiance to the United States of America and agrees to support its Constitution. This applies to applicants for membership within the United States of America and its territories. Signature of Applicant: (signed) Cora Elizabeth Whitley Bertram. Print or type name exactly as you wish it to appear on DAR Certificate. "Cora Whitley Bertram." Subscribed and sworn to before me at Arlington Texas this 8th day of September 1989. (signed) Kathy W Morrison Signature of Rotary. my commission expire 6-11-92
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"Archives of the Pioneers of Tazewell County, Virginia" by Netti Schreiner-Yantis Page 274-exerpts from the Original Court Records-Chancery Ct. N.S.45-Augusta Co. (helps to clear up the hard to read original copy.) page 275-The discrepancies that have come up as to "who" the correct children of James Maxwell are. page 147-Taz. Co. Va. Land Tax Lists.- land description of James Maxwell is consistant with Will & Deeds before mentioned. page 166 Taz. Co. Va. Land Grants 1800-1825 also consistant.

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note written on back of an envelope addressed to aunt minerva from Patricia W. Surface, postmarked Sept. 13, '94. "Do you have the Witten information from Greenup, Witten Cecil by Elise Greenup Jourdan? published 1989. our museum has it for sale for about $40.00 + postage & Family Series publications has it in paperback for about $25?


Kent & Vicki Doze's sons

Vicki Doze: The last time I ever sat on Santa's lap. Taken at the big people's Golden Ag Tech Christmas Party a long time ago!

when my mom and Grandma Grace made pies, they would take the leftover crust & make us kids little cinnamon sugar pastries...

Jean Frisbie: My mom use to do this too and then I done this when my girls were little for them. They always liked to get to eat them because they were sweet.
Renee Carmichael-Puryear: My Mom too! I had forgotten that and what a beautiful memory you brought back!! Thank you Chica!

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