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Journeys Through Jackson 1999 Vol.09 No.07-08

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  • Journeys Through Jackson is the official journal of the Jackson County Genealogical Society, Inc. The journal began as a monthly publication in July 1991, was published bimonthly from 1994 to 2003, and continues today as a quarterly publication. The journal issues in this digital collection are presented as annual compilations.
  • J o u r n e y s ^ T h r o u g h J a c k s o n HB w > ' ^ ^ © r r r c A B ® ^ T h e O f f i c i a l J o u r n a l o f t h e J a c k s o n C o u n t y G e n e a l o g i c a l S o c i e t y , I n c. v J V o l . I X , N o . 7 - 8 J u l y - A u g u s t 1 9 99 V_ JACKSON COUNTY GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY, INC. 1999 Officers President RickL. Frizzell Vice Presidents Betty P. Foti Sharon B. Carnes Secretary Marilyn G. Morton Treasurer David C. Frizzell Librarian Dorris D. Beck Office Manager Ruth C. Shuler Computer Coordinator Kirk E. Stephens Chair, Publications R. Larry Crawford Journeys Through Jackson is the official publication of the Jackson County Genealogical Society. Members and non-members are invited to submit genealogical materials for publication, with the understanding that the editor reserves the right to edit these materials for genealogical content, clarity, or taste. The Society assumes no responsibility for errors of fact that may be contained in submissions, and except where noted, the opinions expressed are not those of the editor or of the Jackson County Genealogical Society. The Society accepts no advertising for this publication except for notices for other non-profit groups. From the Editor U Mea culpa, mea culpa. By the time you receive this issue of Journeys, both July and August will be over. The beginning of a school year is always a busy time, but excuses are not in order. (Now was that not clever, just to make some changes in last issue's opening?) But even later this time. Apologies. Notice the outstanding announcement on the first page. The nominations came in, thanks to a number of you, and a very deserving person won the Holden Award this time. In this issue, you will notice a little of everything. The outstanding feature of this issue is John Cook's transcription of Henson Cook's presidential pardon following the War Between the States. We hope the Pardon itself will print legibly, since this is our first effort to publish one of these. Also notice that a good bit of our effort this time is involved with official records of one type of another. Furthermore, we are pleased to run a couple of letters from 1860, the poignancy of which become very evident when we realize that this man, who so obviously missed his family, would never see them again in this existence. Get those Heritage Book stories in, and start ordering books. The deadline in January 2000 will be here before we realize what has happened. Until next time, happy hunting. V i s i t u s a t o u r w e b s i t e : h t t p : / / w w w . m a i n . n c . u s / j c g s/ ^ Journeys Through Jackson July - August 1999 T a b l e o f C o n t e n t s 1999 Holden Award 103 JCGS Photo Album 104-108 Organization of the Fisher Reunion .-. 109-112 JCGS Library Acquisitions 112 Abstracts from Jackson County Orders and Decrees 113-114 Two 1860 Letters of William Riley Killian 115-116 The Henson M. Cook Petition for Pardon 117-120 1938 Jackson County Death Certificates 121-125 Knowing Who They're NOT 125-126 The Richard Wilson Heirs Equity Case ! 127-131 Three - Generation Descendancy of Richard Wilson 132 Jackson County Heritage, Vol. I I Brochure 133-136 Index 137-138 B i l l C r a w f o r d i s t h e 1 9 9 9 H o l d e n A w a r d W i n n e r r At the Society's annual picnic held August 13, Bill Crawford was presented with the Society's Distinguished Service Award, the Robert Lee and Drucilla Holden Award, Named for the Holdens and endowed by their granddaughters, JCGS members Nancy Wilson and Mary Katherine Robinson, the award is given annually according to nominations solicited from the membership. Bill Crawford has always been one of the most loyal members of ova Society. He has . been a Society member since its inception, and was one of the principal workers on the Jackson County Heritage Book. He served the Society as its President in 1997 and 1998, and during his tenure/the Society grew to unprecedented levels in membership. Without the efforts of Bill Crawford, the Society's cemetery book would not be a reality. He and Mack Sutton traveled innumerable miles to record as many cemeteries as they (or anyone else) could find. He has also been heavily involved in the same effort for the Swain County Genealogical Society, where he also serves as an officer. Bill's methods of doing genealogy are a combination of gathering facts, pictures, and family stories to preserve the past. He interviews Jackson Comity residents by the dozens, and his acquaintances in this county alone number into the thousands. He is a constant advocate for the Society, and frequently shows up at the Society office with a new membership or a book sale. In accepting the award, Bill remarked, "I love the people of Jackson County." He proves that assertion every day for the Jackson County Genealogical Society. . J 103 Journeys Through Jackson July - August 1999 ^ J C G S P h o t o A l b um *p~- ^ The photographs on this page are shared by JCGS member Marie Treadway. The picture above shows Fannie Dills Mathis with her children Rosa Irene Mathis (Anders) (with flag), John Lee Mathis, Flora Belle Mathis (Powell) holding Zora Mae Mathis (Williams). Below is Marie's great - grandmother Hasaltine Mathis with her son-in-law John Owen Brown. ^ 104 Journeys Through Jackson July - August 1999 J C G S P h o t o A l b um >J is S^-'fh' fc » m ^ These photographs are shared with the Society by Smoky Mountain High School teacher Dwight Moses. They show the mess at Tuckasegee in the flood of 1940. J 105 ^ Journeys Through Jackson July - August 1999 J C G S P h o t o A l b um The above is another of the flood photographs. The Tuckasegee Wesleyan Church is plainly visible in the background. Dwight Moses also shares with us the World War I pictures below. On the left is a picture of Crawford Wood. The right is unidentified. Help, members? K^ *w 106 Journeys Through Jackson July - August 1999 J C G S P h o t o A l b um >J We change our emphasis (our Journey Through Jackson, as it were) from the Tuckasegee area to Barker's Creek with this page. The top photograph is shared with us by JCGS member Debra Dotson, who identifies these folks as Rob and Sally Moody Ensley with children Tom, Hubert, Reuben, Clinton, and Lee. The bottom picture is of the "straight", courtesy Bill Crawford. ^ > •J 107 Journeys Through Jackson July - August 1999 ^ J C G S P h o t o A l b um V_^ JCGS member Lloyd Cowan took the picture above and shares it with the Society. Lloyd's words: " Early Deitz, age 99, celebrates Homecoming at Speedwell Baptist Church, Sunday July 25, 1999, with 'oldtime friend and foxhunter buddy,' Roy Fox, age 83. Both 'pioneer Gospel Quartet Singers,' both sing tenor, almost introduced all-male Gospel Quartet to the area. Early, with his brother Sam Deitz, and neighbors Norman and Hampton Hall also of East Fork, sang with the first all-male 4-part harmony quartet in Jackson County. Roy Fox, with brothers Harley and Weaver, joined by Speedwell neighbors Oscar Ashe and Cling Pressley, quickly followed suit in promoting all-male Gospel groups. It was during the early 1920's that churches promoted choir competition, community singings; normally a woman sang the alto or 'high tenor' part. Early will be 100 years old December 17,1999. If he lives to 2000, he will have lived in three centuries, having been born December 17, 1899!!" V^ [The Editor is especially pleased to run the photograph above, since Early Deitz is a first cousin of the editor's maternal grandfather, and since Roy Fox is the widower of a first cousin of the editor's mother. The connection derives through the Norman family. Should the picture above not print very clearly, please be aware that the original is in color.] 108 Journeys Through Jackson , July - August 1999 O r g a n i z a t i o n o f t h e F i s h e r R e u n i o n S e p t e m b e r 1 5 , 1 9 3 5 [Ed. The following is shared by JCGS member Gene McClure. The document contains six typewritten pages, which we will condense here. The document was also expanded by Gene, who added some penciled-in names and dates. The genealogy included here is of great value to Scotts Creek - area researchers.] President - W.J. (William Jarrett) Fisher Vice-President - Robt. B. Fisher Secretary-Treasurer - W J . Fisher, Jr. Historian - Ben Fisher, Canton Assistant Historian - Mrs. Belle Fisher Malonee, Sylva Assistant Historian - Lawrence Watson, Sylva Finance Committee - Ed Fisher, Sylva; Harry, Fisher, Clayton; Robt. Fisher, Jr., Sylva Organization Committee - William Vance Davis, Geo. C. Snyder, Sam H. Monteith Place and Date: September 1, 1936 at R.W. (Rufus Wilburn) Fisher's Remarks by President-Elect W.J. Fisher, C.S. Fullbright, R.R. Fisher, Geo. C. Snyder, James Reed, Hugh Monteith, Rev. Bob Cook Genealogy James Fisher was bom 1794 and died July 13,1869, aged 75 years Mary Gillon Fisher, wife of James Fisher, was born 1794 and died May 5,1855, aged 61 years They were the father and mother of 12 children, 5 boys and 7 girls: Thomas Fisher, Allen Fisher, Rufus Fisher, Lawson Fisher, James Fisher Mary Fisher Monteith, Nellie Fisher Coward, Nancy Fisher Shular, Darkis Fisher Queen, Betty Fisher Robinson Hall, Margaret Fisher Henson, Matilda Fisher Bumgarner Allen Fisher and Darkis Bryson Fisher had eight children: LaFayette Fisher Lucious Fisher Dan Fisher Wibb Fisher Bill Fisher Jim Fisher Sallie Fisher Martha Fisher Rufus Fisher was born August 10,1822. Rufus Fisher was 23 years old when he went to school to EU Arrington in the year 1845. Rufus Fisher and Catherine Allen Fisher had 10 children: J Thomas Jasper Fisher - Ray James LaFayette Fisher - Queen William Jarett Fisher - Davis Rufus Wilburn Fisher - Allen W. Fisher - Died in infancy Mary Magdalene Fisher - Allison Nancy Thalita Fisher - Ensley Iter Cumi Fisher - Davis Florence Fisher - Watson 109 Journeys Through Jackson July - August 1999 Thomas Fisher - lsl wife, Adaline Allen Fisher; 2nd wife, Manerva Sutton Fisher; 3rd wife, Fannie v_y Gibson Fisher. Thomas Fisher had 9 children: Sara Ann Fisher - Queen Harriett Fisher — Fanner Alice Fisher - Allen Candas Fisher - Farmer Bill Allen Fisher - Snyder Jim Fisher - Gibson Children of Thomas Fisher and second wife, Manerva Sutton Howard Fisher - Fisher Martha Fisher - Moody Pollie Fisher - Bumgarner Lawson Fisher and Betsy Dills Fisher had 2 children: Cling Fisher - Miller Rufus Fisher - Brown Mary Fisher Monteith and Sam Monteith, her husband, had' 9 chiuldren: Thomas Monteith - Queen George Monteith - (Roxie) Allen Sam Monteith - (Kate) Allen Mag Monteith - Angel Margaret Monteith - Brown Nancy Monteith - Moody Ellie Monteith - Enloe K^z Darkis Jane Monteith - Hall - Hyatt Martha Monteith - Zachary Nellie Fisher Coward and Ben Coward, her husband, had 7 children: Jim Coward J. Van Coward Bill Coward Elihue Coward - Wike Nancy Coward - Akins Mary Coward - Moffitt Martha Coward - never married Nancy Fisher Shular and Jack Shular, her husband, had 3 children: Allen Shular Martha Shular Lucious Shular Margaret Fisher Henson and Bartlett Henson, her husband, had 7 children: Jim Henson - Buchanan Bill Henson - Shular Rufus Henson - Crawford Mary Henson - Bryson, Nelson Darkis Henson - Watson Ellie Henson - Ensley ^_> Lewis Henson 110 Journeys Through Jackson July - August 1999 Matilda Fisher Bumgarner and Ellik Bumgarner, her husband, had 6 children: John Bumgarner Jim Bumgarner Charlie Bumgarner George Bumgarner Bill Bumgarner Rebecca Bumgarner Darkis Fisher Queen-and Huston Queen, her husband, had 4 children: Mollie Queen - John Snyder Emmie Queen - LaFayette Fisher John B. Queen - Mary Jane Bryson May Bell Queen - Estes Bryson Betty Fisher Robinson Hall and Jack Robinson, her first husband, had 3 children: Dillard Robinson - Mary Henson Octavie Robinson - Lee Snyder Mell Robinson - Snyder, Robert Graves [Ed. The Robinson first name is in error here.] Members present J.T. Allen (Cornelia, GA) Artie Allen (Cornelia, GA) C.S. Fullbright (Hendersonville) Allie Y. FuUbright (Hendersonville) T.J. Fisher (Sylva) R.L. Cook (Sylva) CC. Fisher (Sylva) Emma Hyatt (Ela) Pallie Monteith (Beta) Louis Allen (Cornelia, GA) Mrs. Louis Allen (Cornelia, GA) Mrs. C.C.Fisher Mrs. W. V. Davis W. J. Fisher Fannie Fisher Paul Rickman (Sylva) Mrs. Chas. Moore (Sylva) Dorothea Moore (Sylva) Wilfred Moore (Sylva) Carol Moore (Sylva) Margaret Sutton (Sylva) Paul Sutton (Sylva) Helen Sutton (Sylva) Billy Sutton (Sylva) Peggy Jo Sutton (Sylva) Hugh Monteith (Sylva) Mrs. Hugh Monteith (Sylva) Mary Kathryn Monteith (Sylva) Hugh Monteith, Jr. (Sylva) Frank Monteith (Sylva) Mrs. Frank Monteith (Sylva) S. H. Monteith (Sylva) Ida Monteith (Sylva) Harold Cooke (Sylva) Dr. L.T. Allen Joe Clyde Fisher J.O. Fisher (Whittier) Mrs. J. O. Fisher (Whittier) Ed Parris Joe Ensley Gertrude Ensley J.A. Reed Sallie Reed Sadie Fisher Oliver (Sylva) W. H. Oliver (Sylva) Burl Pannell Mrs. Burl Pannell Billie Burl Pannell Jess Jones Mrs'. Jess Jones L.T. Watson Mary J. Watson Mrs. Pearl Parris Nelson Parris Bobbie Raye Parris W.O. Allen Ila Allen Charles M. Reed Mag Fisher Edd Fisher Addie Reed Eugene Fisher Mrs. Eugene Fisher Mary Jean Fisher Frank Fisher Barbara Ann Fisher Teanice Aiken Cole Aiken Maggie Greene J.H. Greene Fannie Greene Wanda Louise Greene Cole Ridley Blanche Ridley Mr. And Mrs. W.C. Allen Mr. And Mrs. Robert Fisher Charles Allen W.O. Allen, Jr. Earl Coward Earl Reed Mary Kathleen Fisher Dixie Parris Ruby Fisher Janet Fisher Guy Fisher Mrs. Lloyd Fisher Lloyd Fisher Elizabeth Fisher Clifton Fisher Mrs. Clifton Fisher Audrey Fisher Nannie Fisher J.P. Reed Wanda Joe Dills Allen Fisher Belle Fisher Mallonee H.C. Fisher (Clayton, GA) Billie Fisher (Clayton, GA) Hilyer Fisher (Clayton, GA) Mary Alice Fisher (Clayton, GA) J 111 Journeys Through Jackson July - August 1999 ^ Dewey Ensley Dennis Ensley Fannie Ensley R.R. Fisher (Addie) W.B. Fisher (Andrews) John Davis (Sylva) Jerielee Pannell (Sylva) Dan P. Parris Thad Reed Mr. And Mrs. Edward Parris Sally Mae Monteith (Sylva) Rachel Conley (Sylva) W.B. Stiles Jerdy Stiles Effey Stiles Clarlue Stiles Mrs. J. B. Justice (Franklin) Jr. Dills (Sylva) Albeit Dills (Sylva) Pearl Bumgarner (Sylva) William Harris (Sylva) Carolee Harris (Sylva) Nannie Cunningham (Kings Mt.) Jettie Cunningham (Kings Mt.) Dessie Cunningham (Kings Mt.) Tommie Fisher (Sylva) J.W. Reed (Sylva) Mrs. J. W. Reed (Sylva) Delmas Reed (Sylva) Deloise Reed (Sylva) George Snyder (Sylva) Ethel Snyder (Sylva) Zeb Cooke (Sylva) Mrs. Zeb Cooke (Sylva) Edward Cooke (Sylva) Barbara Cooke (Sylva) Glenn Cooke (Sylva) Wayne Cunningham (Kings Mt.) Fannie Cunningham (Kings Mt.) Leon Sutton (Sylva) Mrs. Leon Sutton (Sylva) Linda Sutton (Sylva) Willie J. Davis (Sylva) Jack Davis (Sylva) A.A. Allen (Sylva) Leonard Allen Roscoe Pannell J.F. Moore G.R. Lackey Mrs. Edna Cooke Lackey Charles Guy Reed Willie Monteith Sue Monteith Mack Monteith M.B. Cannon Mary Fisher Cannon Rebecca Sue Cannon Mrs, C. C. Mason Mis? Louise Mason ^ ^ J C G S L i b r a r y A c q u i s i t i o ns Call No. 975.6 975.6 975.6 810 Author OBCGS McRae, Barbara Hamilton, Alice M. Hoyle, Joy Phillips Title 77ie Heritage of Old Buncombe County, North Carolina, Volume II Franklin's Ancient Mound: Myth and Mystery ofOldNikwasi Blue Ridge Mountain Memories Handed Down then Passed Around Donor Walter, Roberta Hall Elise Terrell Joy P. Hoyle 112 Journeys Through Jackson. July - August 1999 A b s t r a c t s f r o m J a c k s o n C o u n t y O r d e r s a n d D e c r e e s [Ed. The following is taken from one volume of Jackson County Orders and Decrees 1869 - 1908. This volume is housed at the North Carolina State Archives. Abstracted 13 July 1999 by Larry Crawford. Some punctuation has been added for clarity.] P. 53 Jackson County In the Probate Court To the Judge of Probate of said County The petition of Thomas Cabe and wife Parthena, David F. HaU and wife Rachel, Manson Wilson and wife Brunetta, W.H. Bryson and wife Agnes, David G. Bigham and wife Mary, Richard M. Wilson and wife Hix, M.B. Allison and wife Jane, heirs over twenty one years of age and citizens of said county... Respectfully showeth unto your honor that John Wilson late of said county died intestate leaving him surviving his relict and widow Mary Wilson in the year [blank] and your petitioners his only heirs at law whom his real estate decended [sic] between them equally to be divided as tenants in common. Each of his said children [named again] being entitled each to there[sic] part thereof. Your petitioners further show tiiat the said intestate at the'time of his death was seized in fee simple of pieces and parcels of land at different places in the county aforesaid (to wit): One tract of land on Big Savannah known as the old homestead.. .one tract joining said home tract on the east side containing seventy five acres more or less. Your petitioners further show that they desire to have partition of said land made amongst them according to their respective \ rights and interest therein, but owing to the size of the said tracts, the number of the parties ^^ interested, and the nature and quality of the soil and other causes, it is impossible that actual partition thereof can be made without serious injury to the parties interested. Your petitioners therefore pray your Honor to order a sale of said lands on such terms as your Honor shall deem just and reasonable and that the proceeds of the said sale may be divided amongst them according to their respective shares and interest in the said lands and may be paid to them according to law and the course of this honorable court. And your petitioners as in duly bound will ever pray... A.L. and T.F. Davidson Arty for Petitioners (Ordered for sale by R.F. McGee, who states he will sell on 1st Monday of April A.D. 1875) (Notice dated 22 Feb 1875) (Sold to W.A. Enloe 5 Apr for $1052.50.) 113 Journeys Through Jackson July - August 1999 Orders and Decrees, continued p. 89 State of North Carolina Jackson County Superior Court To the honorable the Judge of Probate: The petitioner A. J. Long showeth that he qualified as Administrator of George Buchanan deceased on the 6th day of March 1876 in the court. Your petitioner further showeth that the best information which he has been able to obtain the amount of debts against the estate of the Intestate is about the sum of [blank] dollars and that he is of the opinion that the charge of administration will amount to the sum of twenty dollars.. .Your petitioner further showeth that the said Intestate at the time of his death was ... possessed of the following real estate in Jackson County NC to wit: the farm and premises where he last lived adjoining lands of R.H. Cannon, J.H. Frizzell, and others, also three sevenths of another tract adjoining the above named known as Section No. 33 in District No. 3 containing about 35 acres; the valuation of the first named tract being estimated at about three hundred dollars and the valuation of the last named lot at about one hundred and fifty dollars, And that said lands decended[sic] to his heirs, children and their heirs to wit: A.C. Buchanan of Jackson County, NC; Margaret Buchanan, wife of B.S. Buchanan of Bradley County, Tennessee; Josie Deitz, wife of W.H. Deitz of Murry [sic] County, Georgia; Amanda Cope, wife of William Cope of Jackson County, NC; Rebecca Frizzell, wife of James Frizzell of Jackson County, NC; Dellie Brinkley and Alice Brinkley, minor heirs of Mary Brinkley, deceased wife of J.R. Brinkley; Emelis Buchanan, John Buchanan, Callie Buchanan, and Bell Buchanan, minor heirs of Louisa Buchanan, deceased wife of James V_^- Buchanan of Jackson County, NC; and Cora Buchanan, Syntha Buchanan, and John Buchanan, minor heirs of said George Buchanan of Jackson County, N.C. (Requests sale of land to pay Buchanan's debts) (Dated March 1876) Note: In another reference, A.C. Buchanan died 27 November 1875 [Ed. In the 1850 Haywood County census, the oldest child in this family was named Caroline. Is this the same person as A.C.?] ^ > 114 Journeys- Through Jackson July - August 1999 T w o 1 8 6 0 L e t t e r s o f W i U i a m R i l e y K i l l i an [Ed. The following came into our hands courtesy of the correspondence of Mack Sutton. Mack had initiated an e-mail correspondence with Mac Hayes of Rosamond, CA, whose mother owns these letters. With the gracious permission of Mr. Hayes, we are printing these letters. They are of incredible value to researchers of the Hughes family. According to Mr. Hayes, who is William Riley Killian's great - grandson, Killian and a fellow Methodist circuit rider named Roby Goss rode from Missouri to Jackson County on horseback in 1860. The first letter is being printed here because of its genealogical value. The second is shared because of its loving message to a wife and family that Killian would never see again. He died in Tennessee on his way back to Missouri. Killian was married to Margaret Hughes, one of the Rafe Hughes daughters of the Ravensford section, now in Swain County. Spacing has been added for clarity, and paragraphing to indicate different pages in the originals.] Northcarolina Jackson co July the 14 AD 1860 OconyluftyPO Dear Wife & Family I now imbrace this opertunity of communicating a few likes to you to let you know that I am in tolerable health at this time although I have bin Somewhat puny the most of the time since I landed here but I thank the Lord that I feel Some better. I also hope that these lines will find you all in good health & under the Shaddow of the Almighty I can inform you that I have Seen the most of the connection in this country and they are all well at presant your Father and mother is well but they have broke very much your brothers and Sisters is all well and doing tolerable well but E E nations has had a hard trial Alfred nations her husband has bin jealous of her and left her twice but is living with her now he accused her of being too thick with Self and every body els that looked at her or Spoke to her and eaven Asoph Hughs they have had a terable time of it Elviery has one child - and marthy one and if shee has luck shee will soon have another Self has quit the baptist and joind the Methodist and is now riding the circuit I haven" seen nancy and Turpin yet but I suppose they are well they have boath lately bin Excluded from the Church and it is said by Som rongfully J I have been to see mother. She was up and about but complaining some she is tolerable frail Andrew Cope and family was well Anjaline Cope has two children and not married times seems to be dull here the country looks old and some talking of going west I have not determined when I shall start for home I will write to you about the time I start I wish to hear from you all very much and think the time, long when I shall see you all again I hope the Lord will spare us all to meet again and to enjoy each others company Write to me and let me know how you are all doing I wrote to S.L. Killian to send me Hamilton Mingus's note:tiiat I hold against him for sixty dollars, and have it directed to jackson Co Webster PO If he has not sent it on I wish him to start immediately in haste It is in my large pocketbook on the medicine case Roby Goss has started on for Davidson County on the 10 of this instant with the presiding elder Roby was improving very much in health when he left Lufty He rode 16 miles horse back in one day over old Smoky the roughest road I ever saw Wayne Battle started to go to the Allom cave on old Smokey the other day with several others and he died before he got there There has bin several deaths in this vacinity in the last few days I believe there will be several familys move to the west this fall from this country and perhaps Some of the connection I have nothing of importance to write at presant only remaining your affectionate husband until death WmR Killian To Margaret Killian J 115 Journeys Through Jackson July - August 1999 Northcarolina Jackson CO August 3rd 1860 OconyluftyPO Dear Wife and Family I now imbrace this opertunity of communication by letter to let you know that I am in tolerable health at this time, and hope these lines may find you all in good health at their arival I have not received any inteligence from home only one letter as yet that I received about 15 Days back I am very anxious to here from you all at this time the friends are well as fare as I no there is Some cases of Sickness in this country now such as fluse and feever As to thehealth here I don't consider it any better then Missouri My health has not bin very good cince I have bin here although I have not bin confined but a few days I feel thankful to the great head of the Church that it is as well with me as what it is I have just past through a very interesting meeting on lufty which commenced on last Friday and closed on last night with a general Stir there was only 2 or 3 conversions during the meeting the whole neighbourhood prity mch belongs to the church and they seem to get along in harmony I have injoyed my self tolerable well with the brethern here There is a meeting commences to morrow at Shole Creek which I expect to Attend and from there to Savanna and then to locus old fields which commences on Friday before the third lords day in August then I expect to start for home as soon as possible my mind is on home and my family all the time and my prayers is for the wellfare of you all I hope the Lord will permit us all to meete Again and injoy each others company and According to my feelings now I don't think I Shall ever take as long a trip as this from my family while I am permitied to live I hope you will all remember that we are only probationer here and prepair for a nother mode of Existance which is Eternal As for riches in this life it is vanity I have tried me things of this world in diferent ways and have proved them to be vanity and vexation of Sperrit by the grace of God I am Determined to Serve the Lord while I live and now my children companion & friends if V^_y I never See you in this life take my advise if you have Set your hearts on any known Sin forsake it Amediately and Seeke forgiveness with a firm resolution to Serve the Lord while you live and the Lord will answer your potitions in mercy I could write many things on the Subject of religion but I hope these few remarks will Suffize at presant and that you will beare them in mind and make that nessrry preperation that if we Should never meete in this life that by the grace of God we ma all meete in heaven where parting is no more last evening About 11 oclock there was a curious circumstance took place as I was returning from Evning meeting there was a larg comet past so nere that we could plainly feel the heete and in A few rninits after it pased there was two loud cracks one Amediately after the other and went off with a droll lumbering for Several minuts like unto hot rocks thrown in to a barrel of water which Alarmed some of the females very much I have not herd from Roby Goss cince he left he was conciderable on the mind when he left here I have nothing more of importance at presant to write only if S.L. Killian hant Sold my place I want wheete Sowed in good time and fodder taken & c Yours affectionately WmR Killian V^/ 116 Journeys Through Jackson July - August 1999 T h e H e n s o n M . C o o k P e t i t i o n f o r P a r d o n [Ed. The following document is submitted to us by JCGS member John D. Cook of Wyoming, Delaware. John's note explains some of the genealogy-behind the individual Henson Cook, who was the patriarch of the Jackson County Cooks. Henson Cook's post office was Caler's Hill, which was the general area between Sugarloaf and Ochre Hill in the Scotts Creek section of Jackson County.] John Cook's note: "On a recent trip to the archives in Washington, DC, I found on microfilm the petition for a pardon from Henson Marvin Cook. According to the petition Henson was born in Buncombe County, North Carolina. I believe this document, along with census records, helps answer the question among Cook researchers as to where Henson was born. Henson Marvin Cook, or H.M. t o o k , as he was known, was born June 27, 1805, in Buncombe County, NC. (Various spellings* of his name include He'nci, Hence, Hance.) He married Elender McCall, daughter of Samuel and Elender McCall. They resided in an area of Haywood County that later became Jackson County where they raised their family. Based on census records, it is suggested that his father was John Abraham Cook, born ca. 1775. According to the 1820 census there were 12 children, 5 sons and 7 daughters, Possible sons of John Abraham Cook are Jacob, George, Isaiah, and Henson. I am submitting copies of the petition for a pardon, the pardon, and a deciphered typed copy..." John D. Cook 10884 Willow Grove Rd. Wyoming, DE 19934 Jackson County North Carolina September 23rd 1865 H.M. Cook ^ PostMaster " ' Calers Hill Jackson Co. NC Said office created in the year 1862 Convention Hall Raleigh, N.C. Oct 2nd 1865 Respectfully for'd With a recommendation That the petitioner H.M.Cookbe Pardoned and restored To his rights As a citizen J.R. Love, Delegate from Jackson County H.M. Cook Jackson Co. NC Petition for Pardon 1st. Exception Rebel Postmaster Executive-Office Raleigh Oct 2nd 1865 Pardon Respectfully Recommended W.W. Holden J 117 Journeys Through Jackson July - August 1999 ^ O To His Excellency Andrew Johnson President of the United States of America Sir: The petitioner H.M. Cook aged sixty - one years, born in Buncombe County & state of North Carolina, and a resident of Jackson County & state of North Carolina would respectfully represent that he is excluded from the benefits of the amnesty proclamation issued 29th May 1865 under the excepted classes of First Clause, that is, that he has been a Post Master under the Confederate States of America at Calers Hill, Jackson County, North Carolina. Said office was created in the year 1862, since the state of North Carolina ceceded from the old Union. I was not & never have been a Post Master under the United States government. The office aforesaid having been created during the rebellion. I took it as an accomodation to my neighbors and friends. This I suppose is my one offense to the government of the United States. I was always and still am a Constitutional Union man, and opposed the Act of Secession; and before the Act of Secession always acted with the Democratic Party; but after my state, the state of North Carolina by a Convention of the people went out of the Federal Union, I then felt it my duty to abide by the decision. I have not been with the army of the state of North Carolina or that of the Confederate States, but as a citizen of North Carolina performed all the requirements of my state during the rebellion. Your petitioner has taken the oath as prescribed in the Amnesty Proclamation May 29, 1865, and expects in good faith to carry it out in the future. Said oath as taken by him is herewith annexed. Your petitioner asked to be pardoned and restored to the rights of a citizen in a free government. This he will ever ask. Given under his hand at Webster, Jackson County, North Carolina Sept 23rd 1865, and of the Independence of the United States, the 89th. Respectfully, Your obe't serv't H.M. Cook £2,1 \~s I J, <<* cJl.A „..,or.. County, Stain nf North-Carolina, do Holomnly swoar or affirm, in prpsonco of Almighty' • • {led, that T will honccforth faithfully (tnpport, protect"ana^defondTfhe^C^ tho Unitod States and tho Union of the Statos tbbronndor; and. that I •will, i n j l i k a j ^^ mannor, nbido by and faithfnlly support all laws and proclamations which.havo.oo«njs£f; mado dnrinjr the oxistinjr, robollion with roforonco to tho emancipation of gUVoa,i?S<>,^j* holp rac God. fjg /£ /7J/4?Y?LL^---' • •>;>&&£ Sworn and subscribed to this tho ..*?..:.... day of A. D., 18G5, boforo I t is horoby cortifiod that tho abovo IS 118 i n r r s t s , . . _ . _ .. Journeys Through Jackson July - August 1999 A N D R E W J O H N S O N , raSS335ST fl? TES WTSm STATES 0 $ A S S S I C A , - TO ALL TO WHOM THKSE PRKSKNTS SHALL COME. GREETIXC: f/- JsCoc-J&Lriyi. 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(//U&Zu&J <~/oy Mr 14r«W%/.' $U4~1. /Jr~'/£t^_^ JTrcirY..,y y JTY.,/r. 120 Journeys Through Jackson July--August 1999 1 9 3 8 J a c k s o n C o u n t y D e a t h C e r t i f i c a t e s o f P e r s o n s B o r n P r i or t o 1 9 00 [Ed. Key to reading the following: Name of deceased; spouse; date of birth; place of birth; date of death; father; father's place of birth; mother; mother's place of birth; informant; informant's address; cemetery. An asterisk denotes a known error in the certificate.] Webster Mason, Charles Clarence; h/o Cumie Enloe; 4 Apr 1884; Jackson Co.; 16 Jun; John James Mason; Greenville Co SC; Helen McFee; Buncombe Co.; Louise Mason; Dillsboro; Parris Ashe, William Donald; 14Jan 1891; Webster; 16 Jun; J. Robert Ashe; Webster; Alice Higdon; Oklahoma; Mrs. Thad Pressley; Speedwell; Webster Bradley, Loranza Dowdy; h/o Lola Hall; 25 May 1878; Jackson Co.; 6 Aug; H.T. Bradley; Jackson Co.; Elrnira McMahan; Jackson Co.; Walter Bradley; Dillsboro; Savannah Ashe, L. Haston; h/o Erixie Ensley; 27 Jun 1889; Jackson Co.; 8 Nov; Price Ashe; Jackson Co.; Margaret Ashe; Jackson Co.; W. N. Cook; Webster; Webster <• Sylva Ensley, Haynes C ; h/o Selma Carnes; 16 May 1896; Jackson Co.; 17 Jan; S.W. Ensley; Jackson Co.; Margaret Queen; Jackson Co.; Olin Ensley; Sylva; Old Field. Crawford, Reece Jefferson; age 79,9,18; Balsam; 15 Mar; R. J. Crawford*; Balsam; Livsa McClure; TN; Clifton Crispe; Sylva; Old Field Gosnell, Nora May; w/o M.S.; 12 Sep 1897; Buncombe Co.;i29 Mar; Harry Payne; NC; not given; not given; M.S. Gosnell; Sylva; Wesley Chapel Ammons, George Harve; h/o Lila; 1879; NC; 22 Apr; nothing else given except Informant ,J Burton Ammons; Sylva; Lovedale ^^ Worley, Blanche Walker; w/o Josh; age 45; Franklin, NC; 7 May; Bob Walker; NC; Mary Gray; Franklin; Josh Worley; not given; Beta Wild, John Baldin; 25 Aug 1866; Macon Co.; 17 Jun; Rev. B.G. Wild; Macon Co.; Mary Anne Bird; Burke Co.; Roy Cowan; Webster; Webster Reed, James Phillip; wid/o Marcella Farmer;. 1 Apr 1860; GA; 17 Jul; Crosley Reed; GA; Elizabeth Mince; GA; T.E. Reed; Sylva; Old Field Evans, Eidellia Harrison; h/o Maggie; age 77,4,21; Maggie, NC; 13 Aug; Fidelia Harrison Evans; Maggie; not given; not given; Charlie Evans; Sylva; Love Chapel Marcus, Addie; w/o William; 11 Jun 1891; Cherokee Co.; 20 Dec 1937; John Plemmons; GA; Susan Reed; NC; William Marcus; Bryson City; Graham Co. Norton, Martha Paxton; wid/o Taylor; 14 Nov 1852; Transylvania Co.; 11 Feb; William Paxton; VA; Fortune; not given; Annie Surrette; Sylva; Zachary^ Nelson, Virgil Beauregard; wid/o Delaney; 26 Nov 1861; Haywood Co.; 9 Apr; not given; not given; Eliza Nelson; Haywood Co.; Mrs. William Farmer; Franklin; Ela Taylor, James; h/o Vernie; 21 Feb.1889; GA; 17 Apr; Taylor; GA; Emma Taylor; GA; Luther Taylor; Dillsboro; Dillsboro Cunningham, John T.; h/o Ester; 5 May 1867;-Macon Co.; 19 Apr; Cunningham; NC; Jude Cunningham; Macon Co.; Floyd Cunningham; Bryson City; Sylva Watson, Eliza Thomas; 10 Jun 1863; Tuckasegee; 29 May; Bill Watson; Jackson Co.; Nancy Shook; Jackson Co.; James Watson; Sylva; Dillsboro Davis, Sophronia Howard; w/o Joe A.; 2 Jun 1869; Haywood Co.; 14 Mar; William Howard; Haywood; Mary Bryson; Haywood Co.; Joe A. Davis; Sylva; Wesley Chapel Moody, Warren Francis; h/o Macy S.; 13 Oct 1864; SC; 13 Jun; Daniel M6ody;:SC; Nancy \J Slaten; NC; P.E. Moody; Erastus; Erastus 121 Journeys Through Jackson July - August 1999 Sylva K^y Carpenter, Owen; age 65,0,25; Gowdy, IN; 14 Jul; nothing else given except Informant Mrs. Owen Carpenter; Andrews; Shelbyville, IN Hedden, Elisha Caylor; wid/o Sarah Parker; 6 Mar 1866; Rabun, GA; 24 Jul; Wm. Nicholson Hedden; SC; Charity Jennings; Macon Co.; Jim Hedden; Horse Shoe; Webster Henderson, George; 5 Feb 1857; Aberdeen, Scotland; 20 Jul; nothing else given except Informant Mrs. Bryson; Sylva; St. Petersburg, FL Dillard, James Robt.; h/o Mary Rigdon; 19 Jul 1865; Sylva; 30 Jul; David Dillard; Cherokee; Edith Harris; Rutherford Co.; John Dillard; Sylva; Sylva Chester, Mae B.; w/o E.P.; 1 Mar 1875; Glasgow, KY; 26 Aug; John H. Podigo; Glasgow, KY; Louisa J. Podigo; Jeffersonville, IN; E.P. Chester; St. Petersburg, FL; Horse Cave, KY Young, Mary Helena; w/o W.L.; 15 Apr 1871; Helena, AR; 30 Aug; Queen; Clay Co., NC; Iowa Jarrett; Macon Co.; Mrs. G.M. Hoyt; Buchanan, GA; Franklin, NC Arwood, Kancy; wid/o Nathan; 11 Feb 1875; Towns Co. GA; 21 Oct; Riley Eller; Towns Co. GA; Synthia Cantrell; not given; Dave Arwood; Sylva; Wesley Chapel Greenarch, John J.; h/o Sarah Steveson; 10 May 1856; Clinton Co. KY; 20 Nov; nothing else given except Informant Chas. Dean; Sylva; Wesley Chapel Welch, Elviria; 1 Apr 1888; Swain Co.; 1 Oct; Geo. Welch; Swain Co.; Dove Welch; Swain Co.; J.C. Welch; Proctor; Proctor West, Harley Bryant; h/o Mary; 17 Mar 1897; Andrews, NC; 17 Dec; John B. West; NC; Medea Wright; NC; Wayne G. West; Warne; Andrews Scotts Creek Gillian, Isaac; wid/o Martha; age 82,8,16; TN; 26 Mar; Bill Gillian; TN; Rebecca Jenkins; TN; Ben D. Gillian; TN; Willets \^_s Coward, Charlie Harison; wid/o Emma; age 68,4,21; Jackson Co.; bur 22 Mar; William Coward; NC; Betty Queen; NC; John Coward; Balsam; Crawford Mills, Thomas Cling; wid/o Ida; age 64,2,25; NC; 10 May; David Mills; NC; Ruthie Mills; NC; Joe Mills; Sylva; Willets Malonee, BeU; w/o Joseph; age 74,7,24; Jackson Co.; 27 Sep; Lucius Fisher; NC; Harriet Hyatt; NC; Joseph Mallonee; Sylva; Beta Clayton, Molee; w/o Daniel; age 78,10,11; Buncombe Co.; 12 Nov; Riley West; Buncombe Co.; Salina Webb; Buncombe Co.; Mrs. Hugh Keenan; Asheville; Beta Hoyle, Martin; h/o Parthenia; age 62,11,8; Swain Co.; 3 Nov; nothing else given except Informant Delos Hoyle; Hazelwood; Balsam Savannah Higdon, Roxie; wid/o V.; age 76,7; Jackson Co.; 13 Feb; Amos Ashe; Jackson; Rachel Frizzell; Jackson; S.G. Sutton; Webster; Stillwell Cabe, James Coleman; h/o Nora; age 7?,1,19; Jackson Co.; 16 Jan; Amos Cabe; Jackson; Mary Green; Jackson; N. Higdon; Gay; Wesleyanna Cabe, Elizabeth Barker; w/o Horace; 20 Aug 1884; Webster; 28 Apr; Rufus Barker; Jackson; Jane Allen; Jackson; Horace Cabe; Gay; Gay Sutton, Sarah; wid/o Jerome; age 83,10,18; Jackson Co.; 12 May; Sidney Ashe; Jackson; Lucinda Tatham; Jackson; N. Higdon; Gay; Wesleyanna Deitz, Mark; h/o Nancy; age 78,1,28; Jackson Co.; 28 Nov; Nathanal Deitz; Jackson Co.; Myra Buchanan; Jackson Co.; Sherm Deitz; Greens Creek; East Fork River ^y- Davison, Newton McArthur; h/o Lula Moody; 6 Mar 1893; Port (Illegible) Nova Scotia; 31 Jan; Howe Davison; N S; Larendia Knight; N S; Mrs. Joseph Keyes; E. LaPorte; Waynesville 122 Journeys Through Jackson July - August 1999 Qualla Powell, Kina; w/o Ben; 11 Feb 1899; Cherokee; 21 Dec 1937; Jonas Lossie; Cherokee; Mollie Tramper; Cherokee; Ben Powell; Cherokee; Cherokee Younce, Nancy; w/o Bud; 18 Mar 1852; Swain Co.; 3 Dec 1937; Hugh Lambert; Cherokee; not given; not given; (Illegible) Bradley; Smokemont; Birdtown Catolster, Sallie; w/o William; 15 Jul 1887; Cherokee Res.; 29 Jan; not given; not given; Linda Johnson; Cherokee Res; Alex Catolster; Cherokee; Soco Thompson, Johnson; wid; 12 Apr 1868; Graham Co.) 17 Feb; nothing else given except Informant Jonah Thompson; Cherokee; Wrights Creek Keener, Susan A.; age 66; NC; 26 Mar; Elbert S. Keener; NC; Mary Jane Battle; NC; W.P. Keener; Whittier; Thomas Oocumber, Annie; w/o Alex; 2 Jul 1888; Cherokee; 8 Mar; Sampson Welch; Swain Co.; not given; not given; Fannie Rattler; Cherokee; Wolftown Mathis, Jane; w/o George; 5 Apr 1891; Haywood Co.; 10 Apr; nothing else given except Informant John Driver; Cherokee; Wolftown Raby, George Jefferson; h/o,Sarah Jane; 5 Feb 1867; Jackson Co.; 7 Mar; Manuel Raby; Jackson Co.; Elizabeth Cathey; Jackson Co.; Irene Raby; Whittier; Thomas Beck, Joseph C ; wid/o Laura Snyder; 4 Jul 1860; Qualla; 21 May; John Beck; Jackson Co.; not given; not given; Samuel E. Beck; Asheville; Shoal Creek Cole, Kate Phillips; wid/o A.B.; 8 Aug 1875; Cocke Co. TN; 10 Oct; T.A. Phillips; McDowell Co.; Martha Condray; McDowell Co.; J.W. Phillips; not given; Styles Gass, Florence Haseltine; wid/o H.K.; 30-Nov 1858; Ravensford, Swain Co.; 20 Nov; Jack Conner; Rutherford Co.; Katie Mingus; Rutherford Co.; Taylor Gass"; Whittier; Thomas Youngbird, Westley; h/o Julia; 26 May 1895; Whittier; 9 Jun; John Youngbird; Whittier; Olivan Washington; Cherokee; Julia Youngbird; Cherokee; Cherokee Freeman, William Robert; h/o Clifford Sanders; 17 Feb 1888; Almond; 6 Nov; Jack Freeman; Bryson City; Sarah McHargue; Bryson City; Weaver Freemanj'Whittier; Qualla M6untain Watson, Alfred; h/o Mattie; age 70,6,23; Jackson Co.; 7 May; Johnie Watson; Jackson Co.; Sendy Moss; Jackson Co.; Laura Watson;"Erastus; Glenville Stewart, Abraham; h/o Sadie; age 60,3,21; Jackson Co.; 10 Jul; Milton Stewart; Jackson Co.; Rhoda Hooper; Jackson Co.; John Stewart; Erastus; Pine Creek Hamburg Wilson, Cannie Rosilla; wid; 16 Jan. 1861; Jackson Co.; 30 Dec 1937; Marion Bryson; Jackson Co.; Emy Jane Bryson; Jackson Co.; Henry Jasper Wilson (son); Glenville; Glenville Norton, Griffin; h/o Fannie; age 69,11,24; Norton; 13 Mar; David Norton; Jackson Co.; Mary Holden; Rabun Co. GA; Leslie Norton; Norton; Norton Franks, John F.; h/o Lula; age 70;. NC; Isom Franks; NC; Sarah Jennings; NC; Lula Franks; Glenville; Glenville Greens Creek Barker, Ira B.; wid/o Candas; 10 Mar 1866; NC; Warren Barker; NC; not given; not given; Mitchell Barker; not given; Old Savannah Reid, Tom; 12 Jul 1898; Greens Creek; 25 Feb; John Reid; NC; Callie Buchanan; Greens Creek; D.D. Reid; Greens Creek; Old Savannah McMahan, Joshpene Green; w/o Warren; age 76; Greens Creek; 8 Jun; Joseph Green; Greens Creek; Parthena-Brooks; Rutherford Co; M.A. Green; Greens Creek; Old Savannah Allison, John Anderson; age 70,8,27; Greens Creek; 13 Jul; Mont Allison; Greens Creek; Mary Jane Wilson; Greens Creek; Mrs. Clint Sutton; Greens Creek; Old Savannah 123 Journeys Through Jackson July - August 1999 Greens Creek K^y Green, Jerrie; h/o Emmie; age 89,7,0; NC; 17 Dec; Siles Green; not given; Lucie Sutton; not given; Ett Green; not given; Old Savannah Dillsboro Sutton, Lizzie; w/o T.A.; 17 Mar 1848; NC; not given; Thomas Higdon; NC; Jemima Higdon; NC; nothing else given Biddix, Sarah Malinda; wid/o Has; 4 Mar 1858; NC; 5 Nov 1937; John Brown; NC; Sarah Huntley; Maggie, NC; Samanthy Bumgarner; Dillsboro; Dillsboro Hensley, Mack W.; wid/o Mary Jane; 18 Oct 1853; NC; 13 Oct; Burt Hensley; NC; Pollie Riddle; NC; John Hensley; Dillsboro; Wilmot Cullowhee Bryson, Sarah Gardo; 3 Apr 1856; Cullowhee; 5 Jan; Milton Bryson; Jackson Co.; Mary Ann Duncan; McDowell Co.; Ellen Monteith; Glenville; Cullowhee Bird, Charles Asberry; h/o Sarah; 30 Sep 1853; Macon Co.; 25 Jan; John W. Bird; Macon Co.; Jane Moore; NC; Sarah Bird; Cullowhee; Qualla Mathews, Madison William; h/o Lettitia; age 86,8,8; Jackson Co.; 13 Feb; John Mathews; Jackson; Jane Barnes; Jackson Co.; R.L. Knight; Speedwell; Cullowhee Coggins, Rosa; w/o Perry; age 52,11,6; not given; 5 Feb; nothing else given Bryson, Jonathan Hoyle; h/o Beulah; age 63,9,2; Speedwell; 6 Feb; David Bryson; Speedwell; Vianna Ford; Macon Co.; Beula Bryson; Speedwell; Speedwell Shook, James Jr.; h/o Minnie; 15 Jul 1890; Argura; 17 Apr; James Shook Sr.; Argura; Nellie Shelton; Argura; Joe Shook; Cullowhee; Argura Stywinter, Maude Ammons; w/o Nelson; age 42,0,15; Ellijay; 13 May; Melvin Ammons; v , Ellijay, Macon Co.; Katherine Clark; Ellijay; Macon Co.; Verlie Ammons; Webster; Lovedale Potts, Rachel Woodard; not given; not given; 25 Nov; nothing else given Pressley, Henry D.; wid;/ age 66,11,23; Speedwell; 15 Dec; David Pressley; Speedwell; Lavina Bennette; Buncombe Co.; Earl Pressley; Canton; Speedwell Brown, Minnie Evelyn; w/o Frank G.; age 44,4,24; Chicago, IL; 23 Dec; W.R. Thomas; VA; not given; not given; Frank G. Brown; Cullowhee; Cullowhee Adams, Marion; wid/o Sarah Moore; 16 Sep 1849; NC; 2 Jan 1939; Banister Adams; NC; Clarisse Brown; NC; Henry Taylor; Speedwell; Mountain Grove Cashiers Jemison, CM.; wid.; age 67,10,7; Jackson Co.; 2 Mar; T.W. Jamison; Jackson Co.; Mary Catherine Wilson; Jackson Co.; Mrs. W.B. Bailey; Rosman; Zachary Ridley, Baxter; age 67; SC; 18 May; Monroe Ridley; SC; Cordelia Barnes; GA; Caldonia Ridley; Cashiers; Norton Caney Fork Parker, Nancy Jane; 23 Oct 1899; Cowarts; 12 Feb; John Parker; Cowarts; Pollie Brown; Haywood Co.; Fred Queen; Cowarts; Cowarts Nicholson, Manuel Hudson; h/o Lola; 30 Nov 1886; Cowarts; 21 Feb; Andrew Nicholson; SC; Elizabeth Hooper; Cowarts; Mrs. Hut Nicholson; Cowarts; Cowarts ^ y 124 Journeys Through Jackson July - August 1-999 Canada Brown, Will R.; age 41; Argura; 20 Jan; Rufus Brown; Argura; Laid Crawford; Argura; Ted Brown; Argura; Sols Creek Brown, Rufus Hamilton; h/o Laid Crawford; age 71,1,24; Haywood Co.; 1 Feb; John Brown; Haywood Co.; Annie Wood; Haywood Co.; Ted Brown; Argura; Sols Creek Owen, Cathern; age 69,1,8; Wolf Mountain; 2 Feb; George Owen; Wolf Mountain; Ellen Owen; Lake Toxaway; Henry Owen; Wolf Mountain;- Owen Matthews, Bud; h/o Jane Owen; age 68,8,1;'Argura; 23 Feb; John Matthews; Argura; Haseltine Cathey; Argura; Manda Matthews; Argura; Sols Creek' Ammons, John Abraham; h/o Martha; age 63,6,21;-Jackson; 13 Jul; William Ammons; Jackson Co.; Martha Mashburn; Jackson Co.; Mrs. John Ammons; Argura; Sylva Ashe, Effie A.; w/o Flem; 9 Nov 1895; Jackson Co.; 6 Aug; H.G. Broom; Argura; Iva Ann ; Jackson Co.; Flem Ashe; Argura; Broom Barkers Creek Messer, Rebecca; age 80,0,25; SC; 3 Mar; Dinnes Rtfgers; SC; Polly McMaguerter; SC; Frank Gunter; Whittier; Barkers Creek Farley, Wilmon Thomas; age 69; NC; 11 Mar; Thomas Ward; NC; Emline Farley; NC; J.A. Bumgarner; Whittier; Worley Chapel Jones, Samuel; age 68,10,7; NC; 12 Mar; W.W. Jones; Whittier; Mary Parris; NC; Jhonson Thomas; not given; Parris K n o w i n g W h o T h e y ' r e N O T i s O n e P a r t o f F i n d i n g O u t W h o T h e y A R E By Larry Crawford Several years ago, Rick Frizzell and I were rummaging around in the State Archives when I made a seemingly important discovery that'was to (supposedly) shed light on the parentage of Rick's great-great grandfather Joseph Lawrence Shook. _ A Daniel Shook had married a Polly Woodring in 1824 in Lincoln Couhtyj and it was this marriage bond that made everything fit together just perfectly. These were going to be J.L.'s parents. Wrong. Egregiously wrong. But consider the background for my mistake. In the 1850 Haywood County census, family # 830 is Mary Ann Shook, age 56, born NC. One other person is in the household: Joseph, age 13. Family #829 is Absalom Woodring, family #831, William Watson. These and all of the other surrounding family names are good Tuckasegee - Caney Fork - East LaPorte names. Now Mamie Shook Crisp of Bryson City could remember'J.L. Shook going to the Tuckasegee area to visit his brother. So there seems little doubt that Swain County J.L. Shook was the same person as the 1850 Joseph. So far so good. And the Woodring family name has always been associated with the central - to - south region of Jackson County, and one of the cemeteries at Tuckasegee bears the Woodring family name. So I had taken all this information and concluded that with this, plus the fact that in. 1840, "Polly" Shook was enumerated in'Macon County next to Charles Woodring, who in 1850 said to the Macon County census taker that he was born in Lincoln County. This was all working so perfectly that I announced to Shook researchers mat I had solved the,J.L. parentage question. 125 Journeys Through Jackson July - August 1999 ^ Oops. In July of this year my sister Ruth Shuler and I went to the state archives again. I busied myself with work for JCGS, then I decided to verify my Shook opinions. What I did was get shook. As in all shook up. In the original wills, a prominent old man of Lincoln County, Daniel Woodring by name, in 1825 left his property to his five sons and daughters Polly Shook and Susannah McLean. And Frederick Shook of Lincoln County in 1823 had willed to his sons George, Henry, Joseph, Daniel, Frederick, Jacob, and David, and daughters Elizabeth, Barbery, Susey, Nancy, and Molly. My problem soon became apparent. Daniel, son of Frederick Shook, did not move to the mountains. He and his wife Polly Woodring Shook can be found in later census records for Catawba County, and Polly even has a probated will there. (For those who are wondering about this, Lincoln County Frederick Shook is considered to be a brother of the Haywood County Jacob Shook. They were sons of Johannes George Schuck (Shook) and his wife Elizabeth Greeb. Source: Eaker, Lorena Shell: German-Speaking People West of the Catawba River in North Carolina 1750 - 7500. pp. 408,409.) That our Tuckasegee Shooks are cousins to all these is highly likely. But was the "Polly" of Jackson County a daughter-in-law of Frederick? Or his brother Andrew? Or brother John? Or brother George? Or brother Jeremiah? (Brothers Jacob and Abraham can be ruled out, I think.) Was Polly maybe a daughter of one of these men? And what is the connection to the Woodring family? (Daniel was the only Woodring in Lincoln County. 1840 and 1850 Charles Woodring in Macon County was almost certainly one of his grandsons.) ^ ^Y Furthermore, who were the children of Polly? Daniel, George, and J.L. are names that are nearly certain. Rebecca Wilson, wife of Alfred Wilson (the Glenville Wilsons) is another strong possibility. She was definitely a Shook, married Wilson in 1844, and stated in 1850 that she was 30 years of age and born in Lincoln County. Jackson County land records indicate connections between Alfred and Rebecca to Tuckasegee Daniel Shook and to the Woodrings. Daniel Shook is buried in the Shook Cemetery just up from the Cedar Baptist Church in Jackson County. Joseph Lawrence Shook is buried at Lauada in Swain County. Rebecca Wilson is buried at Glenville. Daniel Shook married Sarah Gunter. Joseph Lawrence Shook first married Matilda Clementine Parris, Sarah Gunter's niece. So many good genealogists are descended from these families that many of them are well-documented. Unfortunately, nobody has yet unlocked exactly who Polly was. Or if they have, they're being mighty quiet about it. In conclusion, I should mention that as Rick would try to get to the bottom of this, Lincoln - Catawba area researchers would insist that my conclusion was wrong. I would answer arrogantly, if tongue in cheek, that of course I was right unless someone would prove me otherwise. I proved it myself. Gotta hand it to them. I now know who Polly was NOT. Who she WAS is another story. Generally, I mind my own business and I expect everyone else to do the same. My big exception to that stance is in genealogy, where I have to confess that to my knowledge, Polly Shook, whoever she was, is not even in my ancestry. I promise not to do that again, at least until the next leap of illogic - and scandalously shoddy genealogy - presents itself'in such tantalizing fashion. "Good grief," as Schultz would have the "Peanuts" characters say in dismay. 126 Journeys Through Jackson • July - August 1999 T h e R i c h a r d W i l s o n J g e i r s E q u i t y C a se [Ed. The following is a transcription of a case in Equity court in Macon County. Richard Wilson had died in April of 1850, and not long afterward, his heirs were at odds over the use of a piece of property. The reader will notice that all of the minutes were actually recorded in 1853, so it might seem as if the court were moving backwards. This document is valuable because it shows exactly who" the children of Richard .Wilson actually were, and corroborates the research done by James Parker, Lawrence Wood, and others in their book The Strain Family. This Wilson family lived on Savannah in (now) Jackson County; interestingly, all of the litigants except the defendants and Tatham had moved to Georgia before this action took place. While much of the following is tedious and couched in the silly redundancies of legal language, it also is a firm reminder of how persons will act when a little piece of land is involved. Transcribed from the microfilm (located at Western Carolina University) in 1998 by Larry Crawford. Pp. 77, - 87. Some punctuation and paragraphing have been added for clarity.] Be it remembered that at a court of Equity opened & held for the county of Macon State of North Carolina on the 2nd Monday in March 1853. Present and presiding the Hon John M. Ellis, one of the Judges of the court of Law & Equity, in & for the state aforesaid, when the following proceedings were held (to wit, Saturday March 19th ) (Minuets [sic] of) Wm Tatham & others vs. John Wilson & James Wilson To the Honlb., the Judge of the Court of Equity in & for Macon County & state of North Carolina The bill of complaint of William Tatham and wife Isabella, Levi Wilson, Thomas Wilson, Rachel Hice, Isaac Morrison and wife Rosanah, Andrew Sitton and wife Mary, against ' James Willson & John Willson, both of the county 8c state aforesaid... Your orator and oratrix, humbly complaining, sheweth unto your honor, that in the year 1826, David' Wilson died intestate, leaving the aforesaid Isabella Tatham, Levi Willson, Thomas Willson, Rachel Hice, Rosanah Morrison, Mary Sitton, and the defendants John and James'Willson his only heirs at law. That at the time of his death, he was seized in fee and possessed of a tract of land containing fifty acres, lying & being in said County of Macon oh Savannah Creek. Beginning at a black oak 12 poles w^st of the East Fork of the Big Savannah, on the line of No. 9, 17 poles west of the South East corner of said number, and runs thence South, 100 poles to a post oak sapling: thence east 80 poles to a white oak, crossing the creek at the distance bf 56 poles; thence north 100 poles to a large white oak crossing a branch, at this distance of 96 poles, thence west 80 poles to the beginning, crossing the creek at the distance of 69 poles: which land descended to the aforesaid heirs at law, each being entitled as tenants in common to an undivided eighth part thereof by virtue of their interest in said lands as tenants in common with your orators, the defendants James and John Willson, entered into possession of said land three years ago and exclusively occupied and enjoyed the same from that time up to the present, and have used and appropriated to themselves all the rents and profits of the same, of the annual value of $50 dollars, and have neglected and refused to account with, and pay your orators and oratrixes any part of the rents and profits due your orators and oratrixes, altho often requested to do so. Your orators and oratrixes firther complaining sheweth'to your Honor, that the aforesaid Land is not susepable of actual partition among the aforesaid tenants in common, and that a division thereof cannot be made without injury to some or all of the parties interested: and although your orators and oratrixes have requested the said John and James Willson to consent to a sale of said lands, they have refused to do so. In tender consideration of the premises, and in as much as your orators and oratrixes are remidless(?) save in this Honorable Court, may it please your honor to grant unto your orators and oratrixes your states writ of subpoena, together with a s j 127 Journeys Through Jackson July - August 1999 copy of this bill to be directed to and served on the defendants James Willson and John Willson, *^_^ commanding them and each of them personally to be and appear before this Honorable Court, at the next term to be held for this county at the Court House in Franklin on the third Monday in September next Then and there upon their several corporal oaths fully true, direct, and perfect answers make, to each and all the alegations and charges made in this bill of complaint, to the best of their several knowledge, information, hearsay, and belief, in as full and ample a manner, as if the same were here again repeated, and they and each of them were especially and particularly interogated thereto. And may it please your Honor, upon the hearing of this case, to order, adjudge, and decree that the said defendants, John and James Willson, account to and with your orators and oratrixes for a just proportion of the rents and profits which they have received since they have been in the sole and exclusive (?) possession of said land, and for the time that they hereafter so continues in the exclusive possession and occupancy thereof. And may it further please your Honor to order adjudge and decree that the aforesaid land be sold, at such time and place and upon such terms as may appear just and that the proceeds thereof be divided among the several tenants aforesaid, according to their several interests. And may it please your Honor to grant unto your orator and oratrixes, such other and further relief as may seem just and proper in the premises, and as in duty bound, your orators and oratrixes will ever pray. R.M. Henry & J Baxter For Complainants Minute Docket, Spring Term 1853 • North Carolina Macon County In Equity Fall Term • w ^ To the Honorable the Judge of the Court of Equity for Said County of Macon The joint & several answers of John Wilson & James Wilson to the bill of complaint of Willoiam Tatham & wife Isabella, Isaac Morrison & wife Rosanah, Andrew Sitton & wife Mary, Levi Wilson, Thomas Wilson & Rachel Hice, heirs at law of David Wilson Deceased: These Defendants saving and reserving (illegible) for answer to the said Bill of Complaint or so much & such part thereof as they are advised it is material for them to make answer to, answering say: That it is true these Defendants have a separate conveyance from Richard Wilson for said land & that said Richard had had it in actual adverse possession for some twenty - four years, yet as he had no legal conveyance, therefore your respondents do not claim to hold the same exclusively, and are therefore willing to consent to such Decreee as this Honorable' court shall make for the sale of said lands & tenements as described in complainants bill of complaint. Your respondants further answering, say that they do not agree or consent to any accounts of rents & profits as prayed for, for this reason... that, the said lands are of but very small value & in the present condition of the fence which encloses the only field or cultivation is & has been so bad since your respondants have had it in possession that no use could be safely made of the same... Your respondants believe that ten dollars would be a fair estimate on its actual value & not $50 fifty dollars as charged in complainants bill of complaint... Your respondants say that the only use made of the said small field of cleared land for several years immediately proceeding his sqale to the Defendants by the said Richard Wilson Dec'd was principally as a pasture for stock & that for the use of the said Richard. Your respondants have still kept it in the same way giving the the 128 Journeys Through Jackson July - August 1999 entire benefit to the said Richard for whom they were bound to.. .it did provide admirable support until this'year, a small part has been cultivated: Your respondants both expressly deny that they or either-of them ever have refused to consent to a sale or division of said lands & tenements, or that any such request ever has been made by any of the complainants of these defendants or either of them. These defendants admit that the land described in complainants bill of complaint is the same land of which David Wilson died seized of; that the complainants & these defendants are his heirs at law, and further they admit said land is not susceptable of actual division <& that a sale will be most advantageous to all parties. And having-answered & c, pray to be hence dismissed Avith their reasonable cpst in this behalf so unjustly expended N.W. Woodfin W Woodfin Sols for Deft- North Carolina Macon County In Equity Fall Term 185b Defendants John Wilson & James Wilson each maketh oath that the several statements & matters of fact in the foregoing answers, those of them own knowledge are true 8c those not of their own knowledge they believe to be true, sworn to ofrsubscribed 20th September 1850 James Wilson John Wilson S. McDowell, C.M.E. State of North Carolina Macon County In Equity Fall Term 1850 Wm Tathem et al vs. John Wilson & James Wilson This case comeing on to be heard as the bill of complaint and the proofs filed, it is ordered, adjudged, and decreed by the court here the lands described in the bill be sold at the court house door in Franklin by the clerk & master of this court on a credit of twelve months, the purchaser giving bond & good security for the purchase money and the title of the land to be retained until the purchase money is paid, and that he give forty days notice of the terms & place of sale Notice That by virtue of a decree of Equity for Macon County North Carolina L shall on the 10* day of December next at the Court House in Franklin proceed to sell on a credit of twelve months requiring bond & approved security and reserving title till"the last dollar is paid, a certain tract of land belonging to the heirs at law of the late David Wilson lying on the waters of the Savannah Creek and beginning 12 poles west of the east fork of the Big Savannah on the line of No. 9,24th September 1850 -• S. McDowell C.M.E. 129 Journeys Through Jackson July - Augus