FROM THE PRESIDENT: Due to unavoidable circumstances, I am late expressing my thanks and appreciation to those who asked me to be your president for the coming year. I will certainly endeavor to do my best. My thanks to Wilma Foster for being such a conscientious president and it is my hope that she will continue to help us. I also wish to extend my appreciation to Maude Andrews, the publicity chairman, who places announcements of our meetings in the local newspapers. At each of our monthly meetings, we have a new and interesting program. I wish all of you could have been with us at our May meeting. We were fortunate to have Margaret Motsinger talk to us about her experiences upon coming to the United States as a war bride from England at the end of World War II. It was a most enjoyable program! We are also happy to welcome Margaret as a new member of our Society. As a balloonist Kittinger said last year as he sailed across the Atlantic Ocean, “I’m looking for new challenges, new adventures, and as I get older and as long as I am spiritually, mentally, and physically capable, I’m going to keep doing it.” This is my feeling about our work for the Society. We have a continuity of the values and our love for the land that we’ve had all our lives, but our history can be slipping away. I read recently where more people are visiting museums and taking advantage of opportunities to study special collection and cultures of people and environments of different areas. We hope to soon get started on a museum so we can display some items from our heritage for all interested persons to see. Getting new members and making plans for a museum are our immediate goals. We urge our active members to enlist the help of other civic minded individuals to attend our meetings and participate in our efforts.
Old Wills, continued from March bulletin CORRECTION: In March bulletin, note on Sarah Holbrook Will was outdated. It is obvious from the Will that David Holbrook’s children were John, Kelly, Rieves, Jesse and Sarah Jane, and that little Kelly had an Uncle Kelly. So W.K. Holbrook who ran the saddle shop in Sparta was not Larkin’s son. He was David’s son.
JOHN JONES sen’s WILL In the name of God Amen, I john Jones of the County of Ashe and State of North Carolina being of sound mind and knowing that it is appointed to man to die and I must shortly depart, do make, constitute and ordain this my last will and testament in manner following: First, I recommend my soul to God who gave it and my body to the dust from which it came. Willing and desiring that all my just debts be paid together with my funeral expenses, Second, I give and bequeath to my beloved wife Leah Jones all my houses and plantation with the out-fields and lands and negro slave by the name of Bissel, also one other negro slave by the name of Harriet, four cows and calves and one horse beast of her choosing out of my stock and all the household and kitchen furniture, one gun, one set of blacksmith tools and shophouse, all my farming tools of every kind during her natural life with as many hogs and sheep as she shall need for support in meat and clothing and after her death all the lands and premises as above bequeathed to my wife Leah Jones to be divided between my four sons Levi Jones, Thomas Jones, Solomon Jones and David Jones agreeable to the marks and boundaries I have made and marked out for each of them in their presents. Thirdly, I will that my negro slaves by the names of George and Polly to be hired amongst my four sons until the death of my wife Leah Jones and after her death the said slaves (to wit) Bissil, George, Polly, Harriet and Esther to be equally divided between my four sons as heretofore named and in this my last will and testament and all I have heretofore given my sons and daughters is to be theirs. Fourthly, I give and bequeath to my daughter Anne Kilby six hundred dollars to be made of my cash notes and also Polly Wyatt and Elizabeth Ballow six hundred dollars each to be made of my cash notes. Fifthly, I give and bequeath to Nelly Richardson, my granddaughter, two hundred dollars and nothing more of my estate. Sixthly, I will and bequeath that all my aforesaid property herein not bequeathed to my wife be sold at my death and the proceeds thereof after making up the different bequests as above stated be equally divided among my children above named and that all the stock, smith tools and of every kind household and kitchen furniture herein bequeathed to my wife if any should remain at her death to be also sold and proceeds to be equally divided among my children as above stated. Lastly, I hereby nominate and appoint my sons Levi Jones, Thomas Jones, Solomon Jones and Daniel Jones or any two of them my executors to convey into effect this my last will and testament hereby revoking all and every other will and testament heretofore made by me, in testimony where I have hereunto set my hand and seal, this the 23rd day of April 1853. Signed, published and declared in presents of us) /s/ John Jones
John A. Jones
CODICIL I, John Jones, do make ordain this as a codicil or alteration to my will, that is to say from the time the above will was made, my daughter Elizabeth Ballow, wife of Napoleon B. Ballow, has deceased and my will and desire is that the six hundred dollars that was willed to her be revoked and annulled, and that the said sum of six hundred dollars be paid her, Elizabeth Ballow’s, heirs (to wit) her three children that is now living and should any of them die before coming of age then the same shall be paid to the one or two of said children that arrives at the age of twenty-one years. Any other sum of money that may arise from the sale of any personal property that I may have—the part that Elizabeth Ballow if she had lived would have been entitled to—I will to the said Elizabeth Ballow’s children as above named. I do not wish or intend that Napoleon Ballow hall have any part of my estate. I am satisfied with all the provisions of this codicil and for that purpose have set my hand and affixed my seal this the 22nd day of June 1863. John Jones (seal) Witness: S.O. Edwards
A.B. McMillan North Carolina) Court of Pleas and Quarter
Alleghany County) Sessions, August term 1865 The foregoing will and codicil are duly proven in Aper court by the oaths of John A. Jones and S.O. Edwards the subscribing witnesses thereto and ordered to be recorded. C.G. Fowlkes, C.C.C.
DANIEL CROWS WILL The last will and testament and request of Daniel Crows as follows: I want my wife Elizabeth Crow to live on my land as long as she lives and remains a widow and after her death or widowhood I request that lands be equally divided between my four children and my other effects I want my wife to have and use to the best advantage of hers and family. In presence of these witnesses this is my last request, this 6th day of January 1865. his
Daniel X Crows
mark Test: Jno. Reves
State of North Carolina) Court of Please and Quarter
Alleghany County) Sessions, April term 1866 The within will is duly proven in open court by the oath of Richard Edwards and ordered to be recorded. C.G. Fowlkes, C.C.C.
ELI OSBORNE WILL In the name of God, Amen. I, Eli Osborne, of the County of Alleghany and State of North Carolina think proper to make my last will and testament as follows. First I desire that all of my just debts I give and bequeath to my beloved wife Mary all of my estate real and personal absolutely to be kept used and enjoyed and disposed of by her in such manner as she may think proper having entire confidence that she will use and dispose of it in a way that would have met by approbation if living. Lastly, I appont my said wife Mary executor of this my last will and testament and as she is the only legatee under it I desire and hereby request that no official bond be required of her for the execution of this trust. In testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand and affixed my seal this the 19th day of March in the year eighteen hundred and sixty four. /s/ Eli Osborne (seat) Signed, sealed and published acknowledged and declared by the testator in and for his last will and testament, we in his presence and in the presence of each other have become subscribing witnesses thereto.
Gordon Hash North Carolina) Court of Please and Quarter Session
Alleghany County) April term 1864 The above will was duly acknowledged in open court and ordered to be recorded.
Attest H.S. Reeves, C.C.C. STEPHEN C. DELP’S WILL In the name of God, Amen.
I, Stephen C. Delp, of the County of Alleghany and State of North Carolina being of sound mind and memory and considering the uncertainty of this frail and transitory life do therefore make, ordain, publish and declare this to be my last will and testament. That is to say, after al my lawful debts are paid and discharged the residue of my estate real and personal I give bequeath and dispose of as follows; to wit to my beloved wife Elizabeth Delp the land and appertanences situated there on known and described as y home lying in the county and state above named together with all my personal property now possessed by me during the time of her natural life and after her death and after her death to be divided equally among my heirs. Likewise I make constitute and appoint my said wife Elizabeth Delp Delp to be my executor of this my last will and testament, hereby revoking all previous wills by me made. In witness hereof I have unto subscribed and affixed my seal this the 26th of March in the year of our Lord one thousand and eight hundred and sixty four.
Stephen X Delp
Stephen C. Delp, continued Attest
North Carolina) The within will was duly proved in open court by the oath of A.B.
Alleghany County) Phipps one of the subscribing witnesses thereto and ordered to be recorded.
H.S. Reeves, Clk
/s/ A.B. Phipps
Theodore Kenedy ANNE CARSON’S WILL State of North Carolina
April 20, 1864 Know all men by these present that I am Anne Carson of the county and state above written, being of sound mind and disparing memory do make my last will and testament and hereby recoking all former wills at any time made. First, after the payment of my debts all expenses I give and decree (?) to my two youngest sons, A.J. Carson al the balance of my household and kitchen furniture, my live stock to be equally divided between them both. Anne Carson (seal) A.J. Roberts
N.B. My will is that the property and money that I have bequeathed unto my youngest son Edwin Carson if he dies in two or three years from my decease then all the property and money willed to him to fall back to A.J. Carson if he survives over that time. At his death my will is that the above property and money to fall to his two sons, viz Wm. Carson and Ruphus Carson. The day and year before written. Attest Anne Carson (seal)
A.J. Roberts North Carolina) The above will was duly proven in open court by the oath of A.J. Roberts
Alleghany County) the subscribint witness and ordered to be recorded. H.S. Reeves, Clk. NEW PUBLICATIONS: THE COMPLETE 1800 FEDERAL CENSUS OF ASHE COUNTY, NORTH CAROLINA, by Tim Reeves, 1985. This 24 page book includes the complete Ashe County Census for 1800 in both alphabetical and original sequence of names. The author has added comments for over half of the 438 families including a careful comparison with the list of heads of families published by Fletcher in his 1963 “Ashe County, A History”. Off-set printed and stapled with heavy paper cover. Available from Tim Reeves, Morris, MN. ($10.00 postpaid). THE COMPLETE 1810 FEDERAL CENSUS OF ASHE COUNTY, NORTH CAROLINA, by Tim Reeves, 1985. This is a 31-page book and includes the complete Ashe County Census for 1810 in both alphabetical and original sequence of names. The author has added complete first names for over 82% of the 557 heads of families (the census taker listed only first initial). Names in the 1810 Census which are also found in the 1800 Ashe Census are indicated as are those found in 18090, 1810, and 1820. Off-set printed and stapled with heavy paper cover. Available from Time Reeves, Morris MN. ($10.00 postpaid).
INQUIRIES: James Alfred Miller, Jr.,Morehead City, NC, would like to hear from anyone interested in the Landreth or Malcolm families in this area. His great-grandfather, Sgt. James Anderson Woolen, CSA, married Susan CAROLINE Malcolm, the daughter of Pvt, James Landreth Malcolm, CSA, of Guilford County, who married in the 1850’s Elizabeth Page of Rockingham County. He ahs never been able to learn who were the parents of James Landreth Malcolm, though he supposes his mother was a Landreth. Linda Delridge, Cleveland, OH, would like information on William Boon(e), born Dec 1870, Alleghany Co., married Martha Craft (age 21) in Piney Creek in 1898. Specifically, when and where did he die? Also, Ephraim Boon(e), born about 1860 Alleghany Co., married Sarah in 1879. When did he die? When did his wife die? Will correspond with any descendants or persons having information about other Boones. Richard Caudill, Mountainview, CA, is curious about the old marriage records that listed Daniel Caudill and Winney Caudill being married by the Rev. Daniel Caudill on Aug. 12, 1870. Did Daniel and Winney reaffirm their marriage vows at age 62 and 60 respectively or did one of the sons, Daniel, happen to marry a woman with the same name as his mother? Also, there seems to be a lot of activity during this same period. For example, his great-grandfather, Mark Caudill (Cadule) left Alleghany for Greenfield, Ohio. This was a big move for someone who was not schooled and had family ties that went back for more than a hundred years in the Blue Ridge. He left with three children and a pregnant wife. Was there a major shift in population due to post-war problems?