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I realized quickly that I’d have to “think outside the box” to learn about my ancestors. I LOVE to interview people, and listen to stories about "the older days" when life seemed a little slower and simpler. I study USGS maps, plats, read chanceries, look for long forgotten cemeteries and try to help preserve memories people share with me. This blog is ad free, so it's easier to focus on sharing stories. Feel free to sign the guestbook, or join the FaceBook group. Even if we aren't related by DNA, I'd still love to hear about your research efforts and family stories. I am interested in posting (to this blog) stories relevant to the Mecklenburg-Brunswick families.

13 January 2019

Chancery Summaries and Genealogy Extracts-Mecklenburg and Brunswick Virginia

Chancery cases have been immensely helpful to me, in many ways: stating relationships, stating maiden names, plats, copies of wills, and depositions of family members. Sometimes cases are tedious, 50 plus pages of receipts for paying off a debt. But often cases are great at explaining family relationships, who people married and when, children, grand children, when people died, if they moved away, notes about land etc. The "bill" and "complaint" often have most of the relationships stated. But sometimes there's helpful info throughout the case, under notations the clerk made or depositions. Some cases that I got only have 2 or 3 pages that survived. Other cases are over 100 pages. The first several years I got chanceries, I got photocopies (Xerox). But then I got a good camera, where I can take pictures without flash. Now I take pictures of cases to make them digital. I still have so many cases to review! I've started inventorying my cases. I'm trying to write up brief summaries about what the case is about, with the family relationships listed. Also notating if there's a will, plat etc. I'm doing this for myself, and to make the info easier to share. Here is the start of the project. It will be ongoing and big like my map project. The chancery summaries actually help with the map project, discussing land, mentioning houses and cemeteries. I've gotten most of the plats that I use on my map in chancery cases. I estimate that I have 150 cases, 48 were on paper before I was able to get digital copies with my camera.  This is the link for where the updates will go, it's a tab under my "pages" for my blog. Below is what I posted today for my first update. Three examples so you can see what I will be doing with these cases: https://juliecabitto-preservinghistoryrecords.blogspot.com/p/chancery-gen-extracts.html



Here is the chancery database index on LVA. Some Virginia Counties are digitized and viewable online. Mecklenburg and Brunswick you still have to go to the archives to access. https://www.lva.virginia.gov/chancery/Default.asp

Chancery Brief Summary and Genealogy Extracts: 

 1829-011-Moss vs Dortch-Mecklenburg, VA
summary: Newman Dortch inherited the land of James Speed. Newman made improvements to the house and land to help with his father in law with his healthy and mobility. He also cared for James in his final days. Martha Moss sued wanting to overturn the will, (referenced but not included) saying all the siblings were entitled to James Speed's estate and that she repeatedly asked Newman to divide the land. Martha said her father James died in 1822. The plat (included) was done in 1821. 

Gen extract: James Speed was the father of:
1) Sally married to Newman Dortch,  2) Mary married to Lewis Dortch, 3) Martha married to Nathaniel Moss, and 4) Elizabeth Speed. Lewis and Mary Dortch left the state of Virginia.


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1854-004-James B. Jones etc vs Adm of Carroll Jones estate- Mecklenburg VA
summary: James B. Jones & family sued Philip Love, the executor of Carroll Jones estate. They claimed Philip Love still had $607.80 after settling Carroll Jones estate. The court orders the money to be divided. It ends up being divided into 18 parts. One: 1/18th part to James. B. Jones, 1/18th part to Zachariah Jones, etc...Carroll Jones did not marry or have children, so he listed all his siblings and their children as his heirs. It is also notated if they are "non residents", meaning they left the state of Virginia. This chancery case is important to clarify the will and heirs of William Jones in 1818, Carroll Jones' father. Carroll lists several family who were born after William's will, and states relationships that were confusing in that will:

Genealogy extract directly from the chancery
"The said Carroll Jones had four brothers, to wit, William B. Jones, Richard Jones, Frederick Jones and James Jones, all of whom are now dead. These 4 brothers left children and descendants of children who are the heirs at law of the said Carroll Jones. William B. Jones, the brother of Carroll Jones left two children to wit, Jas B. Jones & Zack Jones who are two of your complainants. Richard Jones, also the brother of Carroll Jones left 4 children to wit, Rebecca Jones who married Richard Beasley, Taylor Jones (who are non-residents) Judy Barker, formerly Jones and Martha Thomas , formerly Jones, who is now dead and left the following children to wit, Richard Thomas, Oliver Thomas, Tabitha Thomas, who married John Wall (non residents), Emeline Thomas who married Geo. W. King, but now dead, he surviving. , Taylor Thomas and Kadissa Thomas who married Benjamin Childress, making six in number. -James Jones another brother of the said Carroll Jones left five children to wit, John Jones, Samuel Jones, James P. Jones, Mourning Jones and Mary Jones who married James Lambert, all of who are non residents. -Frederick Jones another brother of the said Carroll Jones left seven children to wit, Wiley G. Jones, Martha Jones who married Baxter Lambert, Richard Jones, Robert Jones who is dead leaving children whose names and number are unknown, and non residents, Eleanor Jones who married John Rittenberry, Non Residents (Julie's note: These Rittenberrys moved to Obion Co. TN), Temperance Burton, formerly Jones who is now dead leaving the following children surviving her, five in number, to wit, Frederick Burton, Robert Burton, Jane Burton who married Bob Burton, Richard Burton and Massenburg Burton, the last two of whom are non residents-and Rebecca Jones who married Robin Thomas who is now dead leaving the following children surviving her, four in number to wit, Charles Thomas, Martha who married Tom Jones, Louisa who married Jas. A Taylor, and Mary who married David Ridout- the forgoing names of persons so far as your complainants are informed and advised constitute the heirs at law of said Carroll Jones. ".....

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1911-072- Taylor vs Taylor -Mecklenburg, VA
SummaryW. A. Taylor and his wife Lucy L. (Rideout) Taylor filed the suit to divide DT Rideout's land. A plat is included, and a cemetery is mentioned. This land was inherited from Mary Taylor's father Isaac H Taylor. (Julie's note: I have found and visited this cemetery.) DT Rideout owned 219 acres on Blacks Rd

Genealogy Extract:
"DT Rideout died the spring of this year" . (Most of the papers were filed in 1908.)  
The heirs of DT Rideout:
1) Lucy L. Rideout married WA Taylor
2) Ada Rideout married WW Taylor
3) Judy A. Rideout married John A. Taylor
4) Lora Rideout married a Kidd and died in 1905 and left (ages in 1908) David age 17, Mary age 15, Trilby age 12, & Eddie Kidd age 8.
5) Sarah Rideout married a Lynch and she died in 1904 leaving (ages in 1908) Mamie Lynch age 20, Flave age 18, James C. 15, Clarence 12 and Dewey age 10.
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29 November 2018

John B. Kidd's estate in 1862. Land sold 1880

John B. Kidd had 2 parcels of land. 400 acres was a little north of Nellie Jones Rd, labeled as Elizabeth Kidd's dower land. (maiden name Rainey) Hall Rd runs through this dower land now. The other parcel of 714 and a half acres was south of Nellie Jones Rd: bordered by Great Creek on the east and Nellie Jones Rd on the north. John B. Kidd died in Sept 1862 with a large estate, including slaves. But by the end of the war, there was no money left in the estate. I have copied several chancery cases, where John B. Kidd's children were suing their father's executor. They were hoping to receive their inheritance promised in their father's will. Recently, I also found some chancery cases where John B. Kidd's widow sued her children for money. Mary F. Dugger was one of the daughters of John B. Kidd and Betsy Rainey. She promised to pay her mother 5$ a year for the 20 acres that was part of Betsey's dower property. A judgement was placed against Mary. She had to pay 50$ to her mother, plus court costs. Mary was 47 years old, her mother was 84 at the time of this chancery case in 1881. Arimenta Kidd (Mary's sister) was first married to Granderson Glover (my great...grandfather), then Robert Carroll. In another chancery case, Betsy sued her daughter Arimeta and other children as well. These children didn't have the required cash, and Bartlette Kidd died during the war (Edward and Julia had also died), so land was sold. This chancery case was called 1882-029CC EM Kidd vs Arimenta Carroll. The land advertisement, was placed in this case. Arimenta did keep the land her father gave her, because this same parcel was being sold after her death. So I believe she purchased her own inheritance at auction, to still have the land in 1890.

Stephen Lambert Sr told me in Aug 2004, that Jimmy Kidd went to work at the mills in Roanoke Rapids to have the cash to purchase this family property. This property is where Nellie Brooks and her husband Frederick Jones are buried.


William Williamson Cannon purchased the land that was given to his mother Rebecca Kidd Cannon.

Jimmy Kidd purchased the lower parcel of land left to his father Bartlette Kidd

Arimenta purchased the lower piece of land left to her.



Below are the plats made when John B Kidd died in 1862. I labeled them based on the descriptions in the plats, stating who inherited which piece of land. Above is how it fits on today's current map. Click on images to view full screen:
Note: Mary Dugger's parcel of 20 acres from the dower piece (bottom left parcel) is the subject of her chancery case. 





08 August 2018

Julie's Genealogy Map Project Is Now Public

Finally felt my map was ready to share. This is a visual compilation of 15 years of research and visits to this area. Hoping people realize it is truly an enormous work in progress. Special thanks to my friend Anne who's helped me looked at maps and plats the last 10 years, then helped me create this map. I wanted to try the map in layers by 2 or 3 time periods, but that was more complicated than I could do right now. Many of these plats I got from chancery cases, so the land could be divided for heirs. Most of the plats are 1860's to 1880's.  Most of the properties I marked, if you click on the parcel, an info box pops up. There you should see a scanned picture of that plat. It's one thing to look at the Census and see neighbors. It's interesting to see ALL the neighbors that surround properties. Many people married their neighbors.

Click on map in this post, to zoom in. You can also change views from satellite to street view. A link to the map is in the upper left margin of this blog, and embedded in the pages bar, just above the welcome message.

My reason for starting this map, was to track farms I've visited (or learned about), looking to see if there's old family cemeteries. Really old cemeteries here often don't have tombstones. But tracing property and looking at GPS coordinates I took, help me get a better idea of where the old homesteads were, and possible places cemeteries might be. I also created this map to make research collaboration easier. Let me know if you know of any pins I can add. You can reach me at my Gmail address and FB messenger.

Hope you find this helpful and interesting.

Direct link to map: https://www.google.com/maps/d/u/0/edit?mid=1ThV1GAXRSTYTjCiLyq23EeQCZ70_yDTk&ll=36.775126148617645%2C-78.10548579042967&z=11





10 June 2018

Julie's Will Inventory, From Courthouses



Julie Cabitto’s Will Inventory
9 June 2018, updated:_______

I have a copy of each of these wills from the will books at these various courthouses, unless it is notated the copy is from a chancery case. I took photographs of  wills that were part of chanceries. I know who each of these people are, they are related to Fannie Gray's family. Counties other then Mecklenburg and Brunswick are pre-Mecklenburg, VA days. All scanned images, willing to share. Will book and page numbers will be added soon. 

Date will written
Name
County
Will book, page #.
1.        
1684-07-02
Walter Dorch
Surry

2.        
1733-03-04
George Newman
Richmond County

3.        
1747-01-06
Elias Newman
Essex

4.        
1759-12-18
John Ingram
Brunswick

5.        
1762-03-02   
John Ingram Sr
Brunswick
chancery
6.        
1770-03-10
James Ingram
Brunswick

7.        
1780-11-12
David Dortch
Mecklenburg

8.        
1781-12-03
Noah Dortch
Mecklenburg

9.        
1786-01-23
Goodwyn Taylor
Mecklenburg

10.    
1791-09-27
John Jones
Mecklenburg

11.    
1816-04
James Newman
Orange

12.    
1818-01-26
William Jones
Mecklenburg
B. 8 pg. 406-409
13.    
1819-06-08
Thomas Steagall
Brunswick
chancery
14.    
1835-10-09
Thomas Newman
Orange

15.    
1836-04-01
William Newman
Orange

16.    
1837-06-02
George Newman
Orange

17.    
1841-02-18
David Thomas
Mecklenburg

18.    
1846-05
Edward Walker
Mecklenburg

19.    
1848-03-31
Jane Newman
Orange

20.    
1849-07-14 
William Gregg
Brunswick
chancery
21.    
1853-06-17
William B. Jones
Mecklenburg

22.    
1854-01-06
Thomas Cannon
Mecklenburg
B.18, pg.193-194
23.    
1854-07-10
Ann Newman
Orange

24.    
1855-03-05
Nelly Brooks Jones
Mecklenburg
B.19, pg. 312
25.    
1862-06-12
John B. Kidd
Mecklenburg

26.    
1865-11-20
Edward and Sarah Walker
Mecklenburg

27.    
1867-09-14
Lieu Jones
Mecklenburg

28.    
1874-10-08
Isaac H. Taylor
Mecklenburg

29.    
1875-09-14
Zachariah Jones
Mecklenburg
B.24,  pg.__
30.    
1875-09-15
Isaac H. Jones
Mecklenburg
B.__, pg.134-135
31.    
1875-12-14
David T Rideout
Mecklenburg

32.    
1882-07-11
Permelia Rottenberry Jones
Mecklenburg
B.26, pg.478-479
33.    
1883-03-14
Samuel Dortch
Mecklenburg

34.    
1889-03-04
Rebecca Kidd Cannon
Mecklenburg
B.27, pg.155-156
35.    
1889-05-20
Charles T. Jones (s/o James)
Mecklenburg

36.    
1908-03-17
John C. Jones
Mecklenburg
B.28, pg.204-205
37.    
1911-01-01
Jimmy Kidd
Mecklenburg

38.    
1915-02-02
WL Poythress
Mecklenburg
B.28, pg. 347