Family Histories

Family Histories for the Rose and Kirkpatrick Families

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Friends of Friends Friday: Investory of the Estate of Dr. Henry Bourne, Elbert, Georgia 1852

Henry Bourne was a physician born in Virginia in 1793.  He moved to Elbert, Georgia before his 1833 marriage to Mary "Polly" Hutson Heard, the widow of Barnard Heard, son of early Georgia governor Stephen Heard.

Henry Bourne died intestate; his estate was probated in 1852.  Among the inventory, the following slaves are listed:


1 Negro boy, Tom
1 Negro boy, Jerry
1 Negro boy, Sam
1 Negro boy, Manuel
1 Negro man, Zachariah
1 Negro boy, Anthony
1 Negro man, Moses
1 Negro man, Aaron
1 Negro man, Dick
1 Negro man, Gabe
1 Negro man, Billy
1 Negro boy, Pane









1 Negro man Jim
1 Negro woman Floy (?) and child Taylor
1 Negro boy Scott
1 Negro girl Mary
1 Negro woman Esther and child
1 Negro woman Lucky (?)
1 Negro woman Lizzy
1 Negro woman Kitty
1 Negro woman Abigail
1 Negro woman Jane and child
1 Negro woman Martha
1 Negro woman Cloris (?)
1 Negro man Bob
1 Negro man Lot
















 


The document below dated 1858 shows slaves given for hire by Powhatan B. (P.B.) Bourne, Henry's son and still a minor, to Jeptha Denard:  Jim, a man; Jace (?), a boy; and Mary, a girl.  Jane, a woman, and her two children were hired out to Mary Bourne, Powhatan's mother and guardian.  Aaron and Old Man were sold as a credit with Jane.




































In April 1859, the following slaves were listed among the share that was owned by Henry Bourne's son, Powhatan.

1 Negro man James
1 Negro man Jerry
1 Negro woman Jane and two children, George & Jeff
1 Negro boy Paul
1 Negro girl Mary
1 Negro man Aaron




























Henry Bourne's widow, children and stepchildren all died after the Civil War. 

Friday, March 3, 2017

Friends of Friends Friday: Will of Cary Curry - Baldwin, Georgia, July 1819

Cary Curry, born in Albemarle, Virginia in 1754, moved south to Georgia before his marriage to Mary Cox in 1784 in Warren, Georgia.  He made his will in Baldwin, Georgia in 1819, and died there in 1821. 

In the name of God Amen. I Cary Curry of the County of Baldwin & State aforesaid being in a low state of health but thanks to God of a sound mind & memory, do make ordain & constitute the my last will & testament in manner & form following,
Viz, I give & bequeath unto my Daughter Margaret Willis my negro girl by the name of Silvah with other of my property which she has had. I give & bequeath unto my daughter Elizabeth Baker my negro girl by name of Sook with the other property she has had of me. I give & bequeath unto my daughter Nancy Moore my negro boy by the name of Peter and five hundred dollars in cash when collected with the other property she has had of me. I give & bequeath unto my daughter Mary Patterson my negro girl by name of Lucy and five hundred dollars in cash when collected with the other property which she has had of me. I give and bequeath unto my daughter Permela Curry my negro girl Candis and my negro boy Ned & a horse to be worth seventy five dollars when she leaves her mother. I give and bequeath to my daughter Sarry Curry my negro boy Dick and my negro girl Fanny and also a horse to be worth seventy five dollars when she leaves her mother and I give & bequeath unto my son Elijah Curry my negro boy by the name of London and five hundred dollars when collected and I also give & bequeath to my son Cary Curry my negro boy by the name of Enoch & five hundred dollars when collected & he of age. I give & bequeath to my grand son Cary Willis my negro girl by the name of Betsy at the death of my wife, and all the rest & residue of my Estate I give & bequeath unto my beloved wife Mary Curry all my land containing four hundred and forty five acres whereon I now live together with my negroes, Easter, Watt, Tom, Arthur, Rose, Jacob, Major, Joe, Phillip, Henry, Selina & Sophia, to have & to hold during her natural life and at her death to be equally divided amongst my legal heirs & I will all my Stock of Horses, cattle, hogs, sheep, house hold & kitchen furniture, & I give to my beloved wife Mary to dispose of at her will & to give as she sees fit at any time to my children which is now single and also if my wife wishes to move I will that she sell my land at her own discretion and I nominate constitute & appoint my beloved wife Mary Curry sole Executrix of this my last will & testament. In witness thereof, I have set my hand and affixed my seal this day of July 1819.
Signed in the presence of us, John H. Lawson, Robert Miles, John Miles (Cary Curry
Georgia Baldwin County, duly proven in open court on the 20 Jul 1921, John Miles & John H. Lawson, Thos H Kneau Clk. Article about Cary (5903), on 19 Jun 1821. Died at his residence in Baldwin, Mr. Cary Curry, sen., in his 62d year. 


Curry bequeathed a slave named Silvah to his daughter, Margaret Willis, wife of Dempsey Willis of Talbot, Georgia.  Margaret died in 1829; her husband in 1851.  No Dempsey Willis is shown on the 1850 slave schedule.

A slave named Sook was bequeathed to daughter Elizabeth Baker, wife of Jeremiah Baker.  Jeremiah died in 1849 and Elizabeth in 1859, in Alabama.  No will has been found for either and Elizabeth is not listed on the 1850 slave schedule.

Nancy Curry Moore, wife of John Moore, was given a slave named Peter by her father.  Both Nancy and her husband died after the Civil War.

Permelia Curry was bequeathed two slaves named Candis and Ned.  She married Labon Beauchamp in 1819; both of them died in Jackson, Florida in 1856, no wills located.  Neither is recorded on the 1850 slave schedule.

Cary Curry left his daughter Sarah two slaves named Dick and Fanny.  Sarah was married to Peter Colwell (Caldwell) and living in Morgan, Georgia, where she died in 1825.  Peter Colwell died in Alabama in 1849 with no will.

Son Elijah Curry was left a slave named London.  He was married to Susan Sims in 1824 and made his will that same year.  He named his father-in-law, Leonard Sims, executor of his estate.  He die din 1825.   Susan was remarried to Shelman Durham and they moved to Attala, Mississippi, where he died after the Civil War.  Durham is shown on the 1850 slave schedule for Attala, Mississippi with four slaves; two females ages 40 and 26, and two males ages 21 and 13.

Elijah Curry Will


Cary Curry Jr. was bequeathed a slave named Betsy.  He died in Texas after the Civil War.

Cary Willis, Cary Curry's grandson (son of Margaret)  was given a slave named Betsy, and at the death of his grandmother Mary (Cox), the remaining estate.   Mary was left the slaves named Easter, Watt, Tom, Arthur, Rose, Jacob, Major, Joe, Henry, Phillip, Selina, and Sophia. Her death date has not been established.

Cary Willis, an ordained Baptist minister, is shown with 20 slaves on the 1850 Muscogee, Georgia slave schedule and 27 in 1860.  He died after the Civil War. 

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Friends of Friends Friday: Will of Simon Charles Morriss, Taliaferro, GA 1834

Simon Morriss (sometimes spelled Morris) was born in Westmoreland, Virginia in 1766.  He moved from Virginia to Georgia before 1820.  He died in Taliaferro County in September 1834 and left the following instructions in his will.

He left his widow, Susannah (Lyne), three negroes of her choosing.  He left his daughter Hannah Overton, two negroes named Annie and Travis.  He left his daughter Francis Morriss (her husband was a cousin) a girl named Louisa.  He left his daughter Nancy Darden, a girl named Charlotte, and he left his daughter Susan Woodall, a girl named Izzard.

Hannah Morriss was married to Gilchrist Overton; she died in 1856 and her husband in 1860.  In his will, he left an unspecified number of slaves to be divided into shares and given to his second wife, their infant daughter, and his grown children and their children.  He instructed that any remaining slaves be sold and the proceeds used to pay any outstanding fees from his estate.  None of the slaves in his estate are listed by name.

Simon's remaining children died after the Civil War.

Simon Morriss will

Treasure Chest Thursday: Family of Edward T. Rose, Fayette, Alabama

Edward Rose was the elder brother of my great-grandfather, Elbert Gunn Rose.  They grew up Pickens, Alabama, where their father, Thomas Archibald, was a farmer.  After his marriage to Emily Going in 1879, Edward moved to nearby Fayette County, where he opened a general mercantile store and became a prominent citizen of the county.  He served as mayor from 1918 - 1920.

I found this photograph from the Fayette Banner at the Cobb County (GA) library's Georgia Room


This photo would have probably been taken in the late 1920's to early 1930's.  Three of Edward and Emily's four children - Ernestine, Thomas Alfred and William, are pictured, along with some of their grandchildren, and Emily's sisters.  Son James Edward died in 1925; since he is absent from this picture, I presume it was taken after his death. 


Friday, January 27, 2017

Friends of Friends Friday: Baptism Records of Oak Grove Presbyterian Church, Pickens, Alabama


While researching family in Pickens County, I found the following listings of pre-Civil War baptisms at Oak Grove Presbyterian Church.

18 Mar 1856, Tom, a colored man, belonging to John Summerville

29 Jul 1856, Ben, a colored man, belonging to James Cunningham

1 Mar 1857, Molly, a colored woman, belonging to W. H. Summerville, age about 24 years

6 May 1860, three colored children of Jiles, belonging to Mrs. James Siammerville (Summerville) - Jiles, Jack and Nancy, age 1 year, 4 years, 5 years

21 Oct 1860, Jack, a colored man belonging to Capt. James Summerville, age about 24 years

21 Oct 1860, Jane, a colored woman about 24, belonging to John Billups

31 Mar 1861, two colored children belonging to B. B. Salmond, by Rev. A. M. Watson

Marker at original site of Oak Grove Presbyterian Church



Monday, January 9, 2017

Military Monday: 1891 Reunion of Co. K, 10th Alabama, CSA


Co. K, 10th Alabama Infantry, held a reunion at Odena Plantation in Talladega, Alabama in 1891.  John "Piney" Oden, a Captain in the unit, is standing in the middle of the front row with a cane.  His wife Kate (Crumpler) stands next to him.

John Oden designed and built Odena, including a church and cemetery.  The home was later known as the Oden-Sanford farm.  The house burned and the only thing Oden was able to save was a mantle clock given to him this day.  (The home was rebuilt some time later, but demolished in 2013.)

Odena was a small community near Sylacauga with a few stores, a school, a sawmill and grist mill.

John Oden (left) and his brother Dempsey Oden

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Wednesday's Child: Joshua and Netta Boyd


Cousins Joshua H. Boyd, died in 1859 at age 4 months, and Netta Boyd, died 1870 at age 5 months.  Buried at Boyd Family Cemetery in Newton, Missouri.