Cases indexed alpha by Plaintiff. Although there is a cross-index reel at TSLA by Defendant, there is no 'everyname index', so there is no hint of what reel actually contains. Genealogical extractions in order they appear on each case. Sometimes depositions not dated. The purpose is not to find who did what to whom, but how they were related. The quality of this microfilm varies widely. Sometimes the copy at Tennessee State Library & Archives is more legible. Microfilm reels may be ordered by mail. http://www.state.tn.us/sos/statelib/r&r/mfcounty.htm
Deposition taken: 23 April 1872.
DEPOSITION: JOHN W. MEADERS.
Aged 50 years.
I was ferry man at Gainesboro Landing . . . [in 1862, 1863 and 1866].
/s/ John W. Medders
Depositions taken: 23 April 1874.
DEPOSITION: A. W. DEWITT.
/s/ A. W. Dewitt
DEPOSITION: B. B. WASHBURN.
/s/ B. B. Washburn
DEPOSITION: T. H. BUTLER.
/s/ T. H. Butler
Deposition taken: Feb. 1861.
DEPOSITION: OLIVER ANDERSON.
Aged 30 years.
Mr. Settle was a Merchant at the time  and had a store in Gainesboro. I heard him, Settle, say it [his store] was burned the 14th of March 1860.
/s/ O. H. Anderson
DEPOSITION: GEORGE W. FLINN [FLYNN].
Aged about 33.
Quest. How many negroes had Mrs. Cornwell of her separate property and their names?
Ans. Spencer, John, Ples, Paul, Baney, Dave, Nels, Dan, Hiram, Bill, Mary, Fanny, Jane, Ruth, Elizabeth, Jane, Margarett, Molly, Octavia, Nancy, Laura, John, Hannah, Jim, Tom, Julia, Martha, Martha, Mary, Susan, Edward and another small one that I don't remember the name of.
I live at Mr. or Mrs. Cornwell's.
I have been living with her off and on ever since I was two or three years old.
George Flynn (his mark)
28 Jan. 1853.
For the consideration of $600 to us in hand paid we have this day sold to William R. Kinner, Trustee, for the use of Mary Cornwell and her heirs and assigns forever a certain tract of land in Jackson Co. TN, State of TN, on the South Side of Cumberland River and as follows, to wit, beginning at a point on Doe Creek opposite the mouth of the first branch on the west side of said creek above Coleman White's spring and running thence up said creek . . . A. Harris' field . . . the Gainesboro Road, thence along said road southwardly to Elizabeth Lock's line to William W. Woodfolk's line . . . down said [Cumberland] River with it's meanders . . .containing 82 acres, more or less.
/s/ Geo. M. McWhirter
/s/ Martha M. McWhirter
. . . many years ago Silas C. and Polly Cornwell intermarried in Jackson Co. TN, having first made a marriage contract in which William Kinner was appointed trustee, and that after her marriage she had [unreadable] a farm deeded to her by George M. McWhirter and wife Martha McWhirter . . .
John S. Botts, Lewis McQuoron, Dona McQuoron, E. T. Ellison and wife Elizabeth Ellison & J. F. Botts vs. Ella Lewis Botts, Agnes Kenner Botts & W. W. Draper, their general guardian.
22 Sept. 1892.
. . . the complainants Dona McQuoron, J. S. Botts, J. F. Botts and Elizabeth Ellison are the only living children of W. H. Botts, deceased, that Ella Lewis Botts and Agnes Kenner Botts are children of a deceased son of W. H. Botts, deceased, who died before his father . . .
[The heirs at law are entitled to shares in the] tracts of land described in the pleadings, to wit:
Tract No. 1.
Lying in the 4th Civil District of Clay Co. TN and known as tract or lot No. 7 in a decree of the Chancery Court of Celina TN in the cause of Elizabeth Crawford vs. Mary Cherry et. als. and purchased by J. H. Crawford at said sale and bounded by the lands of T. H. Copass, south by the lands of J. M. Cherry, east by the lands of Cherry and Copass and west by the lands of J. W. Mulenix and also known as part of the Berry Moore tract, containing 75 acres more or less.
Tract No. 2.
Lying in Jackson Co. TN in the 13th Civil District, bounded by the lands of V. C. Lee on the west and on the south by the lands of T. P. Myers and on the north by the lands of A. F. Van Hooser on the east [sic] and is made of several tracts all adjoining each other containing 180 acres.
Tract No. 3.
Lying in the 4th Civil District of Clay Co. TN known as the W. C. Cherry old home place, being lots No. 2 and 5 of said land in a sale of said land made on the 10th Jan. 1885 in the case of Elizabeth Crawford vs. Mary Cherry et. als. by the Chancery Court at Celina TN. Lot No. 2 of same bounded . . . Stephen Jenkins . . . Celina and Centerville Road . . . Copasses line . . . containing 75 acres more or less. Lot No. 5 of said tract . . . line of G. W. Clements . . . containing 50 acres more or less.
Tract No. 4.
Lying in Macon Co. TN on Little Salt Lick . . . the 200 acre survey of Asa Riens . . . Russell's line . . . Benjamin Russell . . . Whitfield Reeves . . . Alexander Petigo and Jackson Key . . . containing 408 acres and 47 poles according to a survey made 25th Sept. 1873 and containing all the land bought by S. F. Murray from Charles E. Reeves. Also one other tract lying in Macon Co. TN containing 50 acres more or less, adjoining the tract last above . . . being the lands purchased by S. F. Murray from Geo [?] Key . . .
Tract No. 5.
Lying in the 4th Civil District of Jackson Co. TN on the headwaters of Jennings Creek known as the P. Buchanan tract.
. . . decreed that partition of said lands be made in accordance with [the heirs at laws] rights . . .
Plats of land as divided are in the Clerk and Master's Report. -bp.
THE BILL OF COMPLAINT of J. S. Botts, Lewis McQuoron and wife Dona McQuoron, E. T. Ellison of Macon Co. TN and J. F. Botts of Jackson Co. TN against Ella Lewis Botts and Agnes Kenner Botts and Lizzie Botts of Barren Co. KY and W. W. Draper of Jackson Co. TN.
Ella Lewis and Agnes Kenner Botts are minors and defendant Lizzie Botts is their regular guardian in KY and W. W. Draper is their regular guardian in TN.
Complainants state that W. H. Botts departed this life near his home in KY on 26 May 1891.
Complainants charge that said Wm. H. Botts left a will, but he died intestate as to all the lands in TN.
James T. Anderson was duly appointed administrator of Wm. H. Botts . . .
. . . at the time of his death, William H. Botts was owner . . . of the following tracts of land, to wit, one tract known as part of the Benj. Moore tract of 75 acres, deeded to Wm. H. Botts by J. R. P. Davis, Clerk and Master of the Chancery Court at Celina by deed dated 23 April 1889. It lies in Clay Co. TN . . .
He was also owner of a tract conveyed to him by James K. Buchanan and wife Josephine Buchanan by deed dated 20 Dec. 1890 . . . This land lies in Jackson Co. TN.
He was also the owner . . . of another tract of land known as the W. C. Cherry old place . . . it lies in Clay Co. near Centerville.
He was also the owner of another tract lying in Macon Co. TN known as the Charles E. Reeves tract, conveyed to him by S. F. Murray, by deed dated 20th May 1879.
He was also the owner of the tract of land on which Willis Cornwell now lives in Clay Co. TN and also a tract on the head of Jennings Creek in Jackson Co. TN in 4th District known as the Precer [?] Buchanan tract. He was also the owner of 1/2 undivided interest in the tract of land on which A. J. Clements formerly lived in Clay Co. TN.
Ella Lewis Botts and Agnes Kenner Botts are the daughters of W. K. Botts, a son of Wm. H. Botts . . .
About a debt for a land purchase. Nothing specifically genealogical. -bp.
THE BILL OF COMPLAINT of William H. Botts of Barren Co. KY & Achilles A. Hare of Jackson Co. TN against David A. Rowley & Benjamin B. Washburn, citizens of Jackson Co. TN, William Young of Smith Co. TN & Joshua Hail of the State of Texas.
21 Nov. 1866.
. . . on the 22nd day of Sept. 1859, defendant David A. Rowley and one Albert Green (who is now dead . . .) were copartners in mercantile business at Gainesboro, Jackson Co. TN, trading under the firm name and style of Rowley & Green.
This case is about debts. -bp.
. . . Wesley Anderson is justly indebted to William H. Botts by account in the sum of $90 for rent for the year 1878 of a certain tract or parcel of land lying in 13 Civil District of Jackson Co. TN on Pine Lick fork of Jennings Creek . . . being the same formerly owned and resided upon by F. M. Price . . . Wesley Anderson is fraudulently remaining, using and selling the crop raised thereon . . . said Anderson is absconding and concealing himself. . .
6 Feb. 1855.
I, Jeremiah Bowman, for the love and affection I entertain for my daughter Eliza Jane Bowman and my son Woodson Bowman, do hereby transfer and convey to them my tracts of land in Jackson Co. TN State in District No. 8 and on the waters of Sugar creek, viz. . . . Elizabeth [called Elisha in all subsequent documents -bp.] Sanders east boundary line . . . conditional line made between Elizabeth Sanders and James Neely . . . Armstrong's line . . . containing 91 acres and 34 poles . . .
Witnesses: Michael Ghormley, James Boles, Sampson W. Capetty, Alexander Bowman
THE SEPARATE ANSWER OF JEREMIAH BOWMAN TO THE BILL OF COMPLAINT.
12 Feb. 1861.
He is willing to pay a small amount [$5.00] to complainant, but does not believe complainant is entitled to all he is demanding [$80.00]. He denies he deeded his land to his children to defraud his creditors. -bp.
Eliza Jane, who has intermarried with [blank] Hopsher [Hipsher] lives in Grainger Co. and Woodson lives in Hawkins Co. TN. They were born in TN and have resided in TN ever since.
Respondent admits he has resided on the land ever since the deed was made.
/s/ Jeremiah Bowman
REPORT OF SALE.
. . . the tract of land in the pleadings . . . was sold . . . to William H. Botts . . . for $135.
Deposition taken: 19 Jan. 1867.
DEPOSITION: WILLIAM ADCOCK.
Aged about 57 years.
[The tract of land bought by Jeremiah Bowman of Elisha Sanders] adjoins the lands of Joshua Flowers heirs, being a part of the old Sanders tract and also adjoining the lands of Hugh Crocker and also the land of Venoy.
/s/ Wm. Adcock
THE BILL OF COMPLAINT OF WILLIAM H. BOTTS of Jackson Co. TN against Jeremiah Bowman of said county and state and Eliza Jane Bowman and Woodson Bowman of parts unknown to complainant.
16 Jan. 1861.
. . . on the 28th day of Feb. he recovered a judgement against the defendant Jeremiah Bowman . . . for the sum of $80 . . .
A very involved case about debts surrounding a land sale. Nothing specifically genealogical.
Depositions taken: 2 Aug. 1871 at Louisville, Jefferson Co. KY.
DEPOSITION: G. P. GAINES.
. . . he in Nov. 1864 made a copartnership with J. W. Heeter, W. H. Botts and W. F. Dodd for carrying on a general retail merchandise business in Glasgow, KY . . .
When the war ended, they found they were loosing money at their Glasgow location, and decided to move their business to Hartsville, TN, but they still lost money. G. P. Gaines then offered to buy the others out. -bp.
. . . [Botts] was engaged in a lucrative practice of his profession at Glasgow and also was in copartnership with James M. Anderson, a loyal attorney, in procuring the release of Rebel prisoners, from which, he was often told, he was realizing a large income.
He says Botts has refused to settle accounts. -bp.
DEPOSITION: T. F. HEETER.
Aged about 27 years.
I had no interest in the business and have no interest in this suit.
/s/ T. F. Heeter
DEPOSITION: JAMES E. GORIN.
Aged about 35 years.
[In 1864 and 1865] I lived in Glasgow, KY.
[I was] in the dry goods business.
/s/ Jas. E. Gorin
The case was settled by compromise in 1876. -bp.
This case is about debts. -bp.
REPORT OF SALE.
Aug. term 1866.
William H. Botts became the purchaser of the following described tract of land lying in Jackson Co. TN in Civil District No. 11 on the waters of Flynn's creek containing by estimate 100 acres . . . bounded . . . James M. Wolf's southeast corner on the top of the ridge between Peyton's branch and the waters of Flynn's creek . . . McCormack's old line . . . Fitzgerald's . . . Woodfork's east line . . . at the price of $60 . . . and also the following described tract lying in Jackson Co. TN on the ridge between Martin's creek and Flynn's creek known as the Peyton Anderson land and the same sold by decree of the Chancery Court in Gainesboro in the case of Fuquay against Anderson and purchased by Thomas J. Jones, containing 50 acres more or less and bounded . . . adjoining the lands of John Brown and others and the same that John Brown once sold to James Brown or Anderson and gave him a bond for title thereto and which was sold by decree of the Chancery Court at Gainesboro when Thomas J. Jones became the purchaser . . . at the price of $55.
And also the undivided interest of Abner and John Porter in the . . . interest after termination of the life estate of Rutha Porter, widow of William Porter, deceased, in the tract of land laid off to the widow of William Porter, deceased, for her dower in the Real Estate of said William Porter, deceased . . . at the price of $35 and also the following described tract of [unreadable] town lots in Flynn's Lick on Flynn's creek, Jackson Co. TN beginning . . . what was once S. F. Murray's corner running with his line north to the T. D. Simpson old line . . . L. A. McCarver's . . . at the price of $15.
This is about debts, and has nothing specifically genealogical. bp.
This is about debts, and has nothing specifically genealogical.
13 Feb. 1853.
. . . I, Worley Young, am held and firmly bound unto Elijah Stamp in the sum of $1400 . . .certain tract of land containing about 100 acres situated and being in Tally's hollow and bounded . . . corner of a 25 acre tract made by James B. Young . . . conditional line between said Worley Young and Joseph Stafford . . . corner of a 160 acre tract of Elisha Wheeler . . . 60 acre survey of said Wheeler . . . boundary of a 100 acre survey made by James Young . . . 25 acre survey made by Young B. Young . . .
/s/ Worley Young
THE SEPARATE ANSWER OF JAMES Y. PUTTY, William W. Davis, John L. Putty and their wives Matilda Putty, Elizabeth Davis, and Rhoda Malina Putty to the Bill of Complaint against them and others by Elijah Stamps, complainant.
27 April 1859.
They deny that Worley Young ever sold to complainant Stamps the land described; they say that the instrument in the exhibit was not executed by Worley Young. In fact, Worley Young, in his will, devised a part of this land to his wife in the presence of said Stamps. They admit that Worley Young sold to complainant Stamps a tract of land and executed title bond on the same, but believe this instrument has been tampered with. The defendants are willing that complainant Stamps have the land as originally described in the instrument, after complainant pays the balance of the purchase money, which they deny that he has done. -bp.
THE BILL OF COMPLAINT OF ELIJAH STAMPS, a citizen of Jackson Co. TN against William H. Botts, Rebecca Young, Thomas Young, James Y. Putty and wife Matilda Putty, Wallace Davis and wife Elizabeth, Marcon Young, Nancy Young, Josiah Young, Marthy Young and Polly Young and John L. Putty and wife Rhoda Putty, all citizens of Jackson Co. TN and William Young, a citizen of the State of Missouri.
18 Jan. 1859.
. . . Worley Young departed this life in Jackson Co. TN on the [blank] day of Nov. 1850, having made and published his last will and testament in which he appointed Jesse Maberry [?] his executor and that he failed and refused to accept the trust and the County Court of Jackson Co. appointed the defendant William H. Botts administrator . . . the defendant Rebecca is the widow of the said deceased, defendants Putty and Davis married the daughters of said deceased. All the other defendants are children of the deceased and all his legal heirs and all of them are minors save Putty and wife, Davis and wife, Thomas and William Young, who are adults.
Botts claims that Spurlock has not paid him for the land he purchased from him. -bp.
THE BILL OF COMPLAINT OF ANDREW BOMAN [BOWMAN] and Parrish Sims, grocers trading under the firm and style of Boman [Bowman] & Sims, citizens of Jackson Co. TN, against William Jones of the same Co. and State.
. . . they some short time past commenced trading in partnership in the trade of groceries . . . they fitted out a house of said business in Jenning's Creek . . . William Jones whom they employed to sell the same for them . . .
They say Jones has failed to make an account of the business and they want him to do so. They imply that Jones has made off with some of the profits. -bp.
THE SEPARATE ANSWER OF WILLIAM JONES to the Bill of Complaint.
13 Sept. 1857.
Tis true he supposes that the complainants did sometime last year engage as copartners in the Grocery business, and as such copartners they bought up some liquors, etc. and complainant Bowman took possession of them and sold a while at Centerville. Tis true too that they branched their concern in December last and set up the branch at a house on Jenning's Creek, a distance from Centerville of about ten miles, and it is also true that this defendant did UNFORTUNATLEY hire to them to go to their concern on Jenning's Creek and take charge of and sell as their clerk said groceries . . .
He says he has made an account of the business. -bp.
He was poor and not able to work for his living. And he could not feel content to remain upon his father's hands for a support and was induced to accept the aforesaid position under these men with the hope of making enough to buy clothes and get something to further improve his education, but he soon found that the horrors of a grocery were too much for him and he determined to leave.
/s/ William Jones
Depositions taken: 18 Jan. 1858.
DEPOSITION: J. S. MORROW.
/s/ J. S. Morrow
DEPOSITION: THOMAS WILLSON.
Aged 40 years.
I resided at or within a few yards, perhaps not exceeding one hundred, from the grocery house during Jones stay there.
I have sold groceries at that house myself . . .
Quest. Is not Jones a crippled, weakly young man unable to make a living by manual labor ?
Ans. Yes, sir.
/s/ Thomas V. Wilson
DEPOSITION: JAMES G. CUNNINGHAM.
Aged about 49 years.
/s/ J. G. Cunningham
Depositions taken: 25 June 1857.
DEPOSITION: RUBIN H. GOAD.
/s/ R. H. Goad
DEPOSITION: BENJAMIN HALE.
/s/ Benjamin Hale
Depositions taken: no date.
DEPOSITION: JOSEPH PURDY.
Joseph Purdy (his mark)
DEPOSITION: JOSEPH BILLINGSLEY.
Aged about 21 years.
Joseph Billingsley (his mark)
Depositions taken: no date.
DEPOSITION: JABEZ C. GIST.
[Jones] is an afflicted, in one leg and hip, young man, as I understand, and unable to walk.
/s/ J. C. Gist
DEPOSITION: M. F. YOUNG.
Aged 22 years.
/s/ M. F. Young
DEPOSITION: WILLIAM C. PURCEL.
/s/ Wm. C. Purcell
DEPOSITION: JOHN M. CLARK.
Aged 40 years.
It is about one hundred yards from my house to said Grocery house [on Jenning's Creek].
I have sold groceries there.
/s/ John M. Clark
11 July 1850.
. . . it appeared to the satisfaction of the Court that James Boyd is one of the lawful heirs of John Boyd, deceased, and as such heir the sum of $48.31 was due him from the sale of personal property of said deceased and the sum of $12.00 was due him for rent of lands received by the administrator . . .
THE ANSWER OF POLLY BRASWELL TO A ANSWER & CROSS BILL FILED BY G. B. BRASWELL.
21 Dec. 1868.
. . . her [Polly Braswell's] brother, John Whitaker . . .
Polly Braswell (her mark)
Deposition taken: 8 Feb. 1869.
DEPOSITION: WILLIAM WHITAKER, SR.
Aged 70 years.
William Whitaker (his mark)
BILL OF EXCEPTIONS.
DEPOSITION: MRS. OLIVE GENTRY.
Mrs. Braswell is subject to fainting spells.
DEPOSITION: SALLIE HUNTER.
DEPOSITION: FANNIE ALLEN.
Have known her [Polly Braswell] since she was two years old.
DEPOSITION: MAGGIE LEE.
DEPOSITION: SALLIE SWEEZEA [?]
I lived with Mr. Braswell and wife on Lock's farm after they got together the second time. Saw him draw a gun on her and saw him threaten her.
DEPOSITION: MARTHA SETTLE.
DEPOSITION: JOHN W. NUDDERS.
Have known her from a small child.
DEPOSITION: WM. GENTRY.
DEPOSITION: R. A. COX.
Have known the lady from a little child.
DEPOSITION: B. B. WASHBURN.
DEPOSITION: JOSSIE LEE.
DEPOSITION: JOHN DORMIS [DENNIS?]
DEPOSITION: ISAAC JONES.
DEPOSITION: MRS. JARMAN.
DEPOSITION: ELIZABETH JARMAN.
DEPOSITION: MRS. DENNIS.
DEPOSITION: DUDLEY HUNTER.
I am her [Polly Braswell's] brother-in-law; married her sister.
DEPOSITION: MARGARETT DENNIS.
DEPOSITION: BARBARY JARMON.
All of the above are witnesses to the character of Polly Braswell, and all declared her character to be good. -bp.
THE BILL OF COMPLAINT OF POLLY BRAZIL [BRASWELL] of Jackson Co. TN against Green Berry Brazil [Braswell], Robert Witaker and Emery Moore, all of Jackson Co. TN.
. . . she and Green B. Brazel intermarried in Jackson Co. TN about the [blank] day of March 1865. Defendant Green B. Brazil was at the time of their marriage a Soldier and consequently they were not together a great deal for some time. After his term of service expired they went to housekeeping and got along together tolerably well for a short time . . . Her said husband in a very short time commenced a course of cruel and inhuman treatment towards her that rendered her condition intolerable. He cursed and abused your oratrix and threatened to shoot her . . . forced her to withdraw from his Society which she first did about the [blank] day of Sept. 1866--when she filed her petition in the Circuit Court of Jackson Co. for divorce. Said defendant then came to her and persuaded her to dismiss her suit . . . Said defendant again commenced the same course of abusive, cruel and inhuman treatment . . . withdrew herself from his Society and returned to her parents, with whom she has ever since been living. She and defendant have no living issue. Said defendant Brazil has no Real estate and but little if any personal property subject to execution.
. . . about ten acres of corn after paying rent which he and defendant Robert Whitaker made cropping together . . . defendant Emery Moore owes said defendant Brazil a corn debt of 22 or 23 barrels of corn.
. . . her brother William Whitaker, Jr. . .
She asks for a divorce. -bp.
. . . asks that her name be changed back to Whitaker, her maiden name . . .
THE BILL OF COMPLAINT OF G. B. BRAZZILL [BRASWELL] AGAINST POLLIE BRAZZILL [BRASWELL], BOTH OF JACKSON CO. TN.
12 Jan. 1889.
. . . he and the defendant Pollie Brazzill were intermarried in Jackson Co. TN on the 1st of March 1864.
He states that he is a poor man and has been for years afflicted with disease of the lungs, which affliction came upon him shortly after his marriage.
. . . [Polly] has been guilty of divers lewd acts of adultery with one Berry Coomer . . .
She has left the country and gone to Nashville TN to live with one Logan Dumis, whose wife Mag Dumis, formerly Mag Moton, is a woman of lewd character . . .
He asks for divorce. -bp.
G. B. Brasel (his mark)
Depositions taken: 22 Feb. 1893.
DEPOSITION: JOHN HANEY.
82 years of age.
[I reside] in Jackson Co. TN.
[Have lived here] all my lifetime.
Quest. Were you acquainted with Thomas Brewington and Patient his wife?
Ans. Yes, I knew them.
Quest. Did you know Nancy, their daughter, who married Harriston Marcum?
Ans. Yes, I have seen her.
Quest. Do you know whether Nancy were born before Thomas Brewington and Patient were married or not?
Ans. Yes. She was born before they was married.
Quest. About how old were she when they were married?
Ans. Well, I can't tell. I don't recollect.
Quest. From the best of your recollection, how old were she at their marriage?
Ans. She was about two years old, I think.
John Haney (his mark)
DEPOSITION: JEFFERSON JOHNSON.
69 years of age.
Quest. Where do you reside?
Ans. In Jackson Co. TN.
Quest. How long have you lived here?
Ans. All my life except a short time.
Quest. Are you acquainted with the lands in litigation, known as the Thos. Brewington land?
Ans. Well, I am acquainted some.
Quest. Does it not join your lands?
Quest. Did not Thomas Brewington live on said lands during the latter part of his life?
Ans. He did.
Quest. Did not his widow live on and claim the land as his till her death?
Quest. How long did Brewington and his widow have possession of the lands and live on the same?
Ans. Ever since the war till her death, which is about eight years.
/s/ Jefferson Johnson
DEPOSITION: LARKIN JOHNSON.
52 years of age.
Quest. How long have you lived in [Jackson Co.]?
Ans. All my life, with the exception of a few months.
Quest. How long had Thomas Brewington had possession of the land prior to his death and when did he die?
Ans. I reckon about 1861 he got possession of the land and I think he died about 1863.
Quest. Who did Brewington purchase the lands from?
Ans. He said he was going to buy it from James Draper.
/s/ L. Johnson
Depositions taken: 1 Feb. 1897.
DEPOSITION: J. R. DARWIN.
I was [Deputy Sheriff of Jackson Co. TN] from 1890 to 1896.
/s/ J. R. Darwin
DEPOSITION: CLAY REEVES.
I am 38 years old. I live in Gainesboro TN. I was Clerk of the Circuit Court of Jackson Co. TN from Aug. 1886 to Aug. 1894.
/s/ Clay Reeves
Depositions taken: 18 June 1896.
DEPOSITION: MALINDA BREWINGTON.
Quest. Are you the wife of complainant Hansford Brewington?
Ans. Yes, Sir.
Quest. Do you and your husband live on the place he bought of James Marlow?
Ans. Right where the house sits is a piece we got from Luke Gilom, but we still occupy a part that we got from Marlow.
Quest. How long have you so occupied it?
Ans. 24 or 25 years.
. . . our house got burnt . . .
Melinda Brewington (her mark)
DEPOSITION: ARCHIBALD CARRINGTON.
Quest. What is your age?
Ans. About 60.
I have lived in a mile and a half and three miles [from Hansford Brewington] for 25 years.
Arch Carrington (his mark)
DEPOSITION: MR. JOHN S. APPLE.
48 years of age.
Quest. Did you ever buy a tract of land of Mr. Sadler, defendant in this case, if so, did your land bound on Mr. Brewington's on the north?
Ans. Yes, Sir.
/s/ J. S. Apple
DEPOSITION: C. H. UPCHURCH.
/s/ C. H. Upchurch
MALINDA BREWINGTON, CROSS-EXAMINED.
[James] Marlow is dead. I hear Mrs. [Betsy] Holliman is.
Malinda Brewington (her mark)
DEPOSITION: W. T. DAW.
/s/ W. T. Daws
Depositions taken: 29 May 1897.
DEPOSITION: WM. THOMAS.
Age 37 years.
Quest. What relation, if any, are J. H. Sadler who gave his deposition in this case and J. L. Sadler, the complainant?
Ans. They are brothers.
William Thomas (his mark)
THE BILL OF COMPLAINT of Hansford Brewington & L. R. Dyer, admr. of Thomas Brewington, deceased, against Thina Brewington to Jackson Co. TN, Joseph Brewington of Clay Co. TN, Henry Brewington of the State of Illinois, Betsy Brewington of parts unknown, John Brewington of parts unknown, the heirs of Killis Brewington, deceased, whose names and residences are unknown, Polly Brewington of parts unknown, Reuben Brewington of parts unknown, James Brewington of parts unknown and Becky Brewington of parts unknown.
1 Aug. 1887.
. . . about the year 18[blank] Thomas Brewington died intestate in Jackson Co. TN, seized and possessed of a valuable tract of land lying in the 12th District of Jackson Co. TN on the head waters of Flynn's Creek, bounded on the North by the lands of Frank Fox, on the South by Jeff Johnson, East by Henry Fox and West by Henry Jackson, containing about 295 acres, leaving as his only heirs at law his brothers and sisters and their children.
They want to sell this land, and divide the profits. -bp.
THE BILL OF COMPLAINT of Nancy E. Marcum, a citizen of Howell Co. MO against Hanceford Brewington, Thina Brewington & L. R. Dyer, admr. of Thomas Brewington, deceased, all of Jackson Co. TN, Betsy Brewington, John Brewington, Polly Brewington, Rubin Brewington, James Brewington and Becky Brewington, all of parts unknown and R. A. Cox and Y. A. Montgomery, executor of James Draper, deceased, of Jackson Co. TN.
Your oratrix charges that she is the only child and heir at law of Thomas Brewington, deceased. She married several years ago to W. H. Marcum and moved to Missouri, since which time he died and she is now a widow. Her father, Thomas Brewington, died many years ago in Jackson Co. TN, seized and possessed of a 50 acre tract of land, lying on the head waters of Flynn's Creek . . . supposed to contain about 295 acres in all.
Depositions taken: 25, 26 & 27 Feb. 1897.
DEPOSITION: W. N. GENTRY.
Aged 61 years.
Quest. Were you acquainted with James P. Marlow in his lifetime?
Quest. When did he die?
Ans. It was the last of 1872 or the first of 1873.
I was appointed his administrator, according to the record, in April 1873.
/s/ W. N. Gentry
DEPOSITION: J. L. ODOM.
52 years of age.
/s/ J. L. Odom
DEPOSITION: A. BRYANT.
/s/ A. Bryant
Depositions taken: 28 & 29 May 1896.
DEPOSITION: HANSFORD BREWINGTON.
I bought it [the land described in his bill in this case] from Jim Marlow in 1870.
I got a title bond from said Marlow . . .
It got burnt when my house was burned, I think in the year 1887.
I remained in possession of it until Mr. Sadler put me out under a writ of possession from the Circuit Court of Jackson Co. about Dec. 1890, as I remember.
Hansford Brewington (his mark)
DEPOSITION: WM. VICKERS.
/s/ W. H. Vickers
DEPOSITION: W. M. NEILL.
/s/ W. M. Neill
31 Oct. 1892.
. . . Thina Brewington, one of the defendants in the original bill, is dead and that J. P. K. Brewington, William Brewington, Elizabeth Ward and her husband Jones Ward are her only children and heirs at law. They reside in Jackson Co.
THE BILL OF COMPLAINT OF HANSFORD BREWINGTON against John L.
Sadler, both of Jackson Co. TN.
2 Jan. 1896.
Complainant respectfully shows to your Honor that he is the owner of the following tract or parcel of land, and has been for a period of more than 25 years, to wit . . . containing thirty acres more or less and lying on Martin's Creek in the 7th Civil District of said county, being a part of the fifty acre tract once claimed by M. W. Settle.
He states that he bought said land in 1870 . . .
. . . He [defendant Sadler] fraudulently pretended to buy said land and take a deed from one Majary [Margery?] W. Settle and then fraudulently procured a writ of possession under a pretended by void judgement in favor of M. W. Settle in the Circuit Court of Jackson Co. TN in the case of Margery W. Settle and others against James Morland and others, to which suit your complainant was not a party.
. . . the defendant J. L. Sadler, after he obtained his fraudulent possession as aforesaid pretended that he was entitled to rents and the value of timber alleged to have been cut from said land, and filed a bill to recover rents and damages, which case was prosecuted to the Supreme Court, where it held that the aforesaid deed from M. W. Settle to J. L. Sadler was champertous, fraudulent and void, and that he could not be permitted to rely on it for any purpose.
THE ANSWER OF JOHN L. SADLER.
He says that Hansford Brewington's possession of the land was the result of a conditional trade for said land while it was in litigation from a person who had no right to make such a contract and who lost in the litigation. He denies that his deed has been declared void. -bp.
Depositions taken: 24 May 1897 in Putnam Co. TN.
DEPOSITION: J. H. SADLER.
Quest. How old are you?
Ans. 38 in Sept.
J. H. Sadler (his mark)
DEPOSITION: J. H. NEAL.
Aged 52 years.
/s/ J. H. Neill.
THE JOINT AND SEPARATE ANSWER OF HANSFORD BREWINGTON AND L. R. DYER to the Bill of Complaint of Nancy E. Marcum.
It is untrue that complainant Nancy E. Marcum is the only child and heir at law of Thomas Brewington, deceased. She is not his child or heir at law of said deceased, but was an illegitimate child of a woman that said deceased married, seven or eight years after her birth. Said Thomas Brewington was not her father and never adopted or in any way recognized her as his child.
Respondents do not know whether complainant's father died without a will or not. It is not certainly known to them who her father was, but her reputed father is still living.
Deposition taken: 28 Sept. 1896.
DEPOSITION: H. BREWINGTON.
[James Marlow] did agree to let me have some land if he gained it. It was the land that he was then in law about with Sadler. I was to have it at a certain price. It lay west of the land in dispute and joins it, but I never got any part of it and don't claim any part of it. Marlow never gained it.
ORDER OF RULES.
Sept. Rules 1892.
On motion and affidavit of J. T. Anderson, solr. for complainant, it appears to the Clerk & Master that defendant R. A. Cox has died since last term of this Court, leaving Cora Lucas and husband W. E. Lucas of the State of South Carolina and Clara Epperson and husband J. A. Epperson of Davidson Co. TN and J. N. Cox, a minor, of Jackson Co. TN.
Deposition taken: 1 July 1896.
DEPOSITION: HANSFORD BREWINGTON, CROSS-EXAMINED.
Quest. What right had Simpson Marlow to collect the note [due to James Marlow]?
Ans. I reckon he was winding up his father's business [James Marlow had died].
Quest. Where did you live at before you came to where you now live?
Ans. I lived on the dry fork of Martin's creek where Marsh Brown now lives.
Hansford Brewington (his mark)
DEPOSITION: HENRY VINSON.
I have known the land since my boyhood days. I am near 53 years old.
Quest. Was or not the Jack Brown you speak of . . .a very old and very knowing man in the neighborhood?
Ans. He was an old man--one of the first Settlers in that neighborhood--was a very intelligent, well-informed gentleman.
Henry Vinson (his mark)
DEPOSITION: S. P. MARLOW.
Quest. Are you a son of James Marlow, deceased?
Ans. Yes, Sir.
Quest. Who wrote the bond?
Ans. A. Bryant. The same that is called Dick Bryant.
[My father] died in 1872.
Quest. Was you not in the U. S. Army in the year 1871?
Ans. No. I was discharged in the year 1871, the 21st day of Sept.
I re-enlisted in 1868 and served them years in Cavalry.
I was first enlisted in the latter part of 1865 and discharged first sometime in 1868.
Quest. Who was the administrator of your father's estate?
Ans. W. N. Gentry of Putnam Co.
/s/ S. P. Marlow
DEPOSITION: SARAH MARLOW.
Quest. Are you the widow of James Marlow?
Ans. Yes, Sir.
My health is very bad.
Sarah Marlow (her mark)
THE BILL OF COMPLAINT OF PATIENCE BREWINGTON of Jackson Co. TN against Silas R. Jackson of Jackson Co. TN, Rebecca Mooneyham [Mooningham] and her husband John Mooneyham [Mooningham] of Jackson Co. TN, Henry Brewington, Elizabeth Brewington, Polly Brewington, Parthena Brewington, Hansford Brewington and James Brewington, residents of Putnam Co. TN, Sallie Pippin and her husband Thomas Pippin, Henry Carter and wife Polly Carter, Elizabeth Brewington of Jackson Co. TN, Jane Brewington and Thomas Brewington of the State of Missouri, heirs at law and the children of John Brewington, deceased, except defendant Sallie Pippin are nonresidents and names and places of residence unknown--children and heirs at law of Gillis Brewington, deceased, names and residences unknown--they are nonresidents of TN, John Reuben Brewington of the State of KY and Joseph Brewington, a nonresident and resides in parts unknown, defendants.
. . . her husband, Thomas Brewington, died intestate in Putnam Co. TN in the year 1864 . . .
. . . before his death and as she now remembers sometime in 1861, her husband, said Thomas Brewington, sold to the defendant Silas Jackson a tract of land in Jackson Co. TN bounded as follows, on the North by the land of U. H. W. Fox, on the East by the land of B. A. Fox, on the South by the land of E. B. Jackson and on the West by the land of E. L. Jackson.
Notes on this land were never paid -bp.
These notes were deposited by the husband of your oratrix with one Matthew Brewington, his brother . . .
. . . said Matthew Brewington was killed or died during the late war of the rebellion. She has no children. Her husband died without issue, leaving defendants Henry Brewington, James Brewington, Hansford Brewington, Elizabeth Brewington, Polly Brewington, Parthena Brewington, Joseph Brewington [&] Rebecca Mooneyham [Mooningham] his brothers and sisters, Sallie Pippin & the other children of his deceased brother John Brewington and the children of his deceased brother Gillis Brewington and defendants Mary or Polly Carter, Elizabeth Brewington, Jane Brewington & Thomas Brewington, children of his deceased brother Matthew Brewington, his only heirs at law.
Patience Brewington (her mark)
March Term 1877.
Complainant agrees to take $150 as a full payment for the balance of purchase money due for the land described in the Bill and out of it to pay all the cost of this suit. She further agrees that Silas R. Jackson pay to Robert Montgomery balance due him from Thomas Brewington . . .
HANSFORD BREWINGTON & L. R. DYERS, ADMR. OF THOMAS BREWINGTON, DECEASED, vs. Thina Brewington, Joseph Brewington and others and Nancy Marcum vs. Hansford Brewington and others.
Complainants and cross complainants have abandoned their cases and fail and refuse to prosecute the same . . .
18 March 1918.
We find that Hansford Brewington and his wife Malinda Brewington to be persons of unsound mind and not capable of managing their business affairs.
. . . if she [Malinda Brewington] died before the said Hansford Brewington, all of his estate would descend to Berry Brewington, Henry Brewington, Malissa Thomas, deceased, heirs, James Brewington, the heirs of Marion Brewington, Catherine Vickers, Nettie Green, George Brewington, Ada Thomas, Ida Carter . . .
Depositions taken: no date.
DEPOSITION: HENRY BREWINGTON.
Quest. What relation are you to the defendants, Hansford and Malinda Brewington?
Ans. They are my father and mother.
Quest. Give the ages of each of the defendants as best you can.
Ans. Hansford Brewington is 83 years old and Malinda Brewington is 80 years old.
DEPOSITION: JAMES BREWINGTON.
He is the brother of Henry, above. -bp.
DEPOSITION: W. H. VICKERS.
I married their girl [the daughter of Hansford and Malinda].
Quest. Give the names and ages of their children.
Ans. Berry, about 64 or 65, Henry 57, Malissa 55, James 53, Marion about 52, Catherine Vickers about 52, Nettie Green about 47, George 45, Ada Thomas about 43, Ida Carter about 41.
DEPOSITION: BEN GREEN.
Quest. What relation are you to the defendants?
Ans. I married one of their daughters.
I am hard of hearing.
DEPOSITION: DR. J. MACK WHEELER.
Quest. Are you a practicing physician?
DEPOSITION: F. C. FUQUAY.
About trespassing. Ordered that it should be tried in Putnam County.
Depositions taken: no date, 1902 or later.
DEPOSITION: GEORGE SCARLET.
I live in 10 District of Jackson Co.; am 32 years old.
/s/ G. W. Scarlet
DEPOSITION: CALVIN SMITH.
W. C. Smith (his mark)
DEPOSITION: S. J. [?] NETHERTON.
/s/ S. J.[?] Netherton
DEPOSITION: FRANK ROGERS.
. . . Uncle Joe Rogers . . .
Frank Rogers (his mark)
DEPOSITION: LEM GOOLSBY.
/s/ L. H. or W. Goolsby
THE PETITION OF PENELOPE BREWINGTON AGAINST J. K. P. BREWINGTON, both of Jackson Co. TN.
20 March 1903.
J. P. K. Brewington has failed to pay the court ordered support for her and their children. -bp.
REPORT OF THE CLERK AND MASTER.
March term 1904.
Summary: the C & M had been ordered to sell timber off of "the lower Mill place" for the benefit of the complainant and her children as they were in great need of aid. He procured Mr. Draper, who owns and operates a mill near said land and timber, to go and look at the timber and report as to whether he would purchase same, and he reported that he had gone upon the premises and saw the timber but he had been advised that the defendant had been seen in the woods with a gun and that he had better not have anything to do with said timber, and he refused to buy any of the timber until the litigation was over, and there was no one else he could sell to. -bp.
Depositions taken: 21 March 1903.
DEPOSITION: J. H. DAVIDSON.
Testifies that defendant showed him large amounts of money since the trial began. -bp.
DEPOSITION: WILLIAM HENSLEY.
Testifies that defendant said he had his means in such a shape that complainant could not get it. -bp.
DEPOSITION: RUB JOHNSON.
Testifies that defendant said he had the money to carry him anywhere he wanted to go. -bp.
DEPOSITION: MR. BULLINGTON.
DEPOSITION: J. CARRINGTON.
Just before the parties in this case separated, sometime last fall was a year ago, defendant Jas. Brewington told me he had $3750 in money.
DEPOSITION: JOHN VANTREESE.
DEPOSITION: JIM SMITH.
DEPOSITION: A. J. DUDNEY.
Defendant told him he had about $1000 in the Bank of Cookeville at Cookeville TN.
DEPOSITION: JOE RODGERS.
Defendant found in contempt. Appealed to the Supreme Court.
Deposition taken: 1 June 1903 at Munday Post Office, Knox Co., Texas.
DEPOSITION: GEORGE SCARLETT.
Age 33 years.
Lives 1 1/2 miles east.
Occupation is farming.
Quest. Where did you live before you came to the State of Texas?
Ans. Jackson Co. TN.
Says he saw Penelope Brewington in lewd acts of adultery twice, once with James Smith and once with another man. -bp.
Quest. Did you or not get any notice from her after that (when he testified in this case in Jackson Co.) demanding you to leave the country . . .
Ans. There was a notice stuck up on the mill door notifying me to leave the country in a week; if did not leave I would be killed.
Quest. Was she or not associated with a class of men who are regarded as dangerous men, who would likely commit violations of the law at her bidding?
Ans. Yes, Sir.
/s/ G. W. Scarlet
PETITION FOR WARRANT OF ARREST.
18 June 1900 in Putnam Co. TN.
. . . Penelope Brewington makes oath in due form of law and deposes and says that on or about March 5 day of 1900 in the State and County aforesaid, the offence of assault and battery and robbery and attempt to kill has been committed by Harvey Wiser and Dan Brewington and Nath. Robberds and William Thomas in disguise on the body of the same Penelope Brewington by striking her on the head with a gun and drawing guns and pistols on her and putting them in a position to shoot and punching them against her side and threatening to kill her and thereby putting her under great bodily fear . . .
the said Penelope Brewington prays a warrant of arrest to issue.
Penelope Brewington (her mark)
Deposition taken: 10 June 1903.
DEPOSITION: R. L. FARLEY.
Quest. What is your age, residence and occupation.
Ans. 33 years, Cookeville, Cashier of Bank of Cookeville.
Mr. Brewington is not on our books.
Have cashed checks a few times for Mr. Brewington.
Quest. Will not the Books of the Bank give you the date and amount of the Nashville Exchange spoken of? If so, please examine the books and give date and amount of same.
Ans. Jan. 17, 1902. $1100.00 and $ 1073.23. Amounting to $2173.23.
THE PETITION OF WILLIAM M. PICKET, GEORGE H. MORGAN & LEWIS K. SMITH, all of Jackson Co. TN against James K. P. Brewington of Jackson Co. TN.
20 May 1885.
They say that on 11 May 1885 at the urgent request of Penelope Brewington they filed a Bill of Complaint for her for divorce from J. K. P. Brewington. On the 16th of May 1885 they compromised and dismissed this suit. The complainants believe they are being defrauded out of their fees. -bp.
20 Aug. 1901.
. . . W. T. Poston and wife Vina Poston convey to W. W. Brewington . . . tract of land lying in the 10th Civil District of Jackson Co. TN and bounded as follows . . . W. W. Pippins line . . . Brewington Mill Road . . . Maxwell Bros. line . . . conditional corner made by J. E. Jackson and S. S. Haney . . . Smith Mill Road . . . conditional corner made by France Haney and Wm. E. Smith . . . the bank of Byres Spring Branch . . . John Scarlet's line . . . containing 110 acres, more or less. This deed includes the Mill and Mill site that is now on said land. . . for and in consideration of $900.
[This is a new folder, but a continuation of the preceding case. -bp.]
THE BILL OF COMPLAINT OF PENELOPE BREWINGTON AGAINST J. K. P. BREWINGTON, both of Jackson Co. TN.
19 July 1900.
. . . she and the defendant were married to each other in Jackson Co. TN about 17 or 18 years ago, and have since that time resided in said county.
As the issue of said marriage they have the following children and heirs at law: Dovie E., aged 15, Lovie S. aged 14, Zina F. aged 10, James O. aged 8, William L. aged 6, Eva A. aged 5 and Nathan aged two [one written in later. -bp.]
She charges that during all the time they have lived together they have not lived happily; the defendant has been niggardly and craving with an avaricious disposition to hoard money and that they have lived hard and denied themselves many of the comforts of life of which they could have been possessed and enjoyed had it not been for the miserly disposition of the defendant.
. . . he has been untrue to his marriage vows to her and that he has kept on his premises women of lewd character, to wit, Eliza Vickers and Rebecca Bunch and has been guilty of divers actions of fornication and adultery with them . . .
. . . after one of the defendant's tirades of abuse upon her she was forced to abandon him and she left and went to the home of her sister in Putnam county and that before leaving she got possession of $540 of their money, leaving buried in the smoke house at home the amount of $816 in silver and gold. The $540 she got in her possession she carried with her and that on the night of the 5th of March 1900 the defendant procured four dirty villains to come to the home of her sister in Putnam county, in disguise, armed with pistols and bludgeons and who pulled your petitioner from the bed, cursed and abused her and threatened to kill her. They said they had been sent for the money she had taken away and was going to have it or her brains. They by force and violence carried her from her sister's to the home of the defendant in the night time, through slush, snow and rain and by violence and threats forced her, in the presence of the defendant, to surrender the money she had in her possession and tell where the remainder was secreted in the smoke house.
She asks for divorce, custody of the children, alimony and child support and payment of the attorney's fees. -bp.
Depositions taken: 25 Aug. 1903.
DEPOSITION: LOGAN SMITH.
/s/ Logan Smith
DEPOSITION: NATHAN BURRIS.
I am 50 years old.
. . . Jim Brewington. . . his brother, Bill Brewington . . .
/s/ N. K. Burroghs
DEPOSITION: M. G. BULLINGTON.
. . . Mounce Bullington (me).
G. W. Scarlet--his father, John Scarlet . . .
M. G. Bullington (his mark)
DEPOSITION: NATHAN BURRIS, RECALLED.
/s/ N. H. Burroughs
DEPOSITION: JAMES SMITH.
I am about 50 years old.
France Haney is a brother-in-law of mine.
France Haney's wife is my sister.
[About the 1st of April 1902] I think that is about the time John Davidson's wife was sick. She lingered about five weeks. So about the first of April I was at home taking care of my children while my wife was at Davidson's, waiting on his wife. She was my daughter and her stepdaughter.
He believes Scartlet was hired to lie about seeing him with Mrs. Brewington. -bp.
/s/ James Smith
DEPOSITION: FRANCE HANEY.
I am about 45 years old and I live in the 10th District--Jackson County.
I am a brother-in-law of Jim Smith.
France Haney (his mark)
DEPOSITION: TOBE DENSON.
53 years old.
Quest. Did he [George Scarlet] tell you why he was going to Texas, if so, what did he say?
Ans. He said he was accused of swearing false in this case and that he had a brother-in-law out there and his wife was dead and he was going there for his wife to take care of his children.
He said his brother-in-law had written for him to come.
I have known him [George Scarlet] all his life except when I lived at Granville. I never saw him while I lived down there--seven years. I moved back from Granville four years ago.
Tobe Denson (his mark)
DEPOSITION: WILLIAM HENSLEY.
I am 54 years old next January.
Depositions taken: 27 Aug. 1903.
DEPOSITION: WILLIAM HENSLEY, continued.
/s/ Wm. Hensley
DEPOSITION: RUBE JOHNSON.
I am 66 years old. I live in the 10th District of this county, two miles from Mrs. Brewington.
Me and him [James Brewington] had a conversation after he came back from Texas . . .
He said he saw a fine country out there but he didn't find a location that suited him . . .
I am personally acquainted with Mounce Bullington, have known him from his childhood and up.
Quest. Who have you heard say that G. W. Scarlett was a neighborhood liar?
Ans. I heard his grandfather, Henry Jackson, his uncle, Bud Jackson and Bud Jackson's wife, Mary Jackson, and C. C. Johnson, my son . . .
/s/ R. E. Johnson
Depositions taken: 1 Sept. 1903.
DEPOSITION: ELI JACKSON.
I know Geo. W. Scarlett; I have known him ever since he was born.
Quest. Are you or not related to George Scarlet, if so, what is the relationship?
Ans. I am some relation to him. I am his mother's half uncle.
E. P. Jackson (his mark)
DEPOSITION: NATHAN ROBERTS.
I am going on 60 years old. I have held the office of Sheriff of Jackson Co.
. . . Will Brooks; he is dead.
/s/ N. A. Roberts
DEPOSITION: HARVEY WISER.
/s/ Harvey Wiser
DEPOSITION: H. P. ALLEN.
I have been acquainted with him [G. W. Scarlet] all my life.
I am acquainted with her [Mrs. P. Brewington] and have known her all our lives.
/s/ H. P. Allen
DEPOSITION: BILL THOMAS.
I am 45 years old.
Quest. Is it not a part of J. K. P. Brewington's character that he kept Liza Vickerson, a lewd woman, in the house with his family some time before they parted?
Ans. Yes, Sir, I think he did.
W. T. Thomas (his mark)
DEPOSITION: WADE HOPKINS.
I have known him [G. W. Scarlet] since he was a child.
W. H. Hopkins (his mark)
DEPOSITION: J. D. BREWINGTON.
Me and old man Jim [Brewington] are cousins.
J. D. Brewington (his mark)
DEPOSITION: TILLMAN PIPPIN.
Tilman Pippin (his mark)
DEPOSITION: HOWARD RAGLAND.
J. H. Ragland (his mark0
DEPOSITION: S. A. MEDLEY.
S. A. Medley (his mark)
DEPOSITION: G. W. DYER.
I have known him [G. W. Scarlet] ever since he was a boy.
G. W. Dyer (his mark)
Depositions taken: 2 Sept. 1903.
DEPOSITION: HENDERSON PIPPIN.
I have known him [G. W. Scarlet] ever since I have known anybody.
Henderson Pippin (his mark)
DEPOSITION: J. P. ALLEN.
Age 60 years.
I have known him [G. W. Scarlet] from a child.
J. P. Allen (his mark)
DEPOSITION: W. T. ROBINSON.
We [he and G. T. Scarlet] were boys together.
. . . my mother-in-law, Sarah Dyer . . .
/s/ W. T. Robinson
DEPOSITION: SHERG MARTIN.
/s/ C. J. Martin
DEPOSITION: W. H. NEWMAN.
/s/ W. H. Newman
DEPOSITION: JAMES GOOLSBY.
Age about 59 years.
I have known him [G. W. Scarlet] all his life.
I have known her [Mrs. P. Brewington] all her life.
. . . Mattie Clinton that's dead . . . old aunt Dice Julian that is dead and gone now . . .
James Goolsby (his mark)
DEPOSITION: MRS. MATILDA GOOLSBY.
I have known him [G. W. Scarlet] ever since he was born, I reckon.
I have known her [Mrs. P. Brewington] ever since she was born.
Matilda Goolsby (her mark)
Depositions taken:1 Oct. 1903.
DEPOSITION: HOWARD RAGLAND.
Am 36 years old.
. . . Mr. Flatt, Bill's [Brewington's] father-in-law . . .
J. H. Ragland (his mark)
DEPOSITION: J. P. HAMILTON.
J. P. Hamilton (his mark)
DEPOSITION: WM. PIPPIN.
I was running the mill [the Lower Brewington Mill] at the time it was burned. It was burned on the night of the 15th of May, I think.
/s/ Wm. Pippin
Note: Mrs. Brewington's attorney accuses Mr. Brewington, over and over, of burning the mill, or causing it to be burned. -bp.
Depositions taken: 8 Sept. 1903.
DEPOSITION: T. R. VICKERS.
I am 35 years old.
I have known her [Penelope Brewington] ever since I was a boy.
T. R. Vickers (his mark)
DEPOSITION: LARKIN JOHNSON.
I am 63 years old.
I have known her [Penelope Brewington] all her life.
L. Johnson (his mark)
DEPOSITION: JOHN PRESLEY.
I am 28 years old.
/s/ John L. Presley
DEPOSITION: JAMES J. FUQUA.
Quest. How much did you pay him [James K. P. Brewington] for the land you bought of him?
Ans. I paid him $2000.00
I suppose I bought his place in 1900. I believe it was in August.
. . . my brother Monroe . . .
/s/ J. J. Fuquay
Deposition taken: 5 March 1898.
DEPOSITION: JOHN J. MC COIN.
My age is 71 years. Farmer. Residence 13th District, Jackson Co. TN.
. . . my boys (J--- and Wade).
/s/ John J. McCoin
This case is about a business settlement. -bp.
13 March 1912.
For the consideration of $525 cash in hand paid, the receipt of which is hereby acknowledged, we, V. E. Bockman and wife A. G. Bockman, do hereby transfer and convey unto Mrs. J. S. Brodgen, her heirs and assigns forever, the following undivided interest in the property hereinafter mentioned.
Clay Goolsby, Lee Goolsby, Maggie Vaughn, wife of Dock Vaughn, and Thurman Goolsby's being 4/6 interest in said property together with the homestead and dower interest of Cordelia Bradford, who was the widow of Frank Goolsby, now deceased.
Said land is situated and described as follows: Being in the 12th Civil District of Jackson Co. TN, bound on the North by Ellison Goolsby and Ben Julian, on the West by Wade Goolsby, on the East by Ben Green and Bud Bowen, on the South by Bowen and Gentry, and containing by estimation 100 acres . . .
Being the lands formerly owned by Frank Goolsby, now deceased . . .
E. W. BROGDEN, A RESIDENT OF PUTNAM CO. TN AGAINST S. M. BRYANT, A RESIDENT OF PUTNAM CO. TN & W. R. S. GENTRY, ALSO A RESIDENT OF PUTNAM CO. TN.
. . . on the 12th day of July 1915, Darthuly Brogden died, intestate, in Putnam Co. TN . . .E. W. Brogden, her oldest son, was appointed Administrator . . .
The notes on the land in the previous deed, sold by Mrs. J. S. Brogden to S. M. Bryant, were never paid. S. M. Bryant sold this land to Roscoe Nichols, who sold it to W. R. S. Gentry. -bp.
10 Feb. 1917.
E. W. Brogden is dead. A. L. Brogden replaces him as Administrator.
An agreement was reached between the complainant and the defendant. -bp.
Deposition taken: 28 Oct. 1895.
DEPOSITION: JULIA ROBERTS.
Aged 44 years.
She [Mary Brooks] told me she was going to her children while she had something to go with. She said she would rather have her throat cut than to have him.
. . . it has been over two years [since she left].
I was about his house some and they had plenty and he provided as well as any cowmen lives.
/s/ Julia A. Roberts
THE BILL OF COMPLAINT of J. T. Brooks of Jackson Co. TN against Mary Brooks of Smith Co. TN.
25 Sept. 1895.
. . . on the 11th day of Nov. 1890, or about that time, your petitioner and Mary Brooks, the defendant, was married in Jackson Co. TN and lived together as husband and wife about four months, when she seemed to become dissatisfied and said she was going to go and live with her children, who were then living in South Pittsburgh TN, and your orator then told her he would send for them. She then began to cry and said her daughter could not come and I told her if she would stay I would take care of her as I had promised to do. Afterwards she seemed to be poutish and refused to talk to plaintiff and then willfully and maliciously abandoned your orator . . . she has never returned or made any request to come back.
/s/ J. T. Brooks
THE BILL OF COMPLAINT OF L. L. BROOKS AGAINST JOHN T. BROOKS, both
of Jackson Co. TN.
16 Sept. 1896.
. . . she and the defendant were married in Macon Co. TN on the 5 day of Jan. 1896.
Defendant is a man of some means, being the owner of the property described below, and is able physically to work and make her a comfortable living and support, but instead of providing for her a reasonable subsistence, he has failed to provide her with meat and bread. When defendant carried complaint to his home in the 5th District of Jackson Co. TN immediately after she married him, he had one shoulder of meat which only lasted the family a short while, there being two children with him from a former marriage. After this gave out he only furnished about ten pounds of bacon and she has been forced to live upon boiled corn, a little bread, and molasses and milk. When complainant would ask him to do better in this line, he would say he just could not keep her and refused to provide her better. He also refused to provide her with reasonable wearing apparel--he has never furnished her with anything whatever, allowing her to go barefooted in the dead of winter, which greatly impaired her health.
She has had only one pair of shoes since her marriage, and that was given to her by her mother.
Complainant is now pregnant as a result of said marriage and is expecting to be confined in a short while.
Defendant is the owner of the following property, to wit, one tract of land lying in the 5th Civil District of Jackson Co. TN, bounded on the North by the lands of Phillips, on the East by Cumberland River, on the south by Roberts, on the west by Duke, which contains about 72 acres.
She asks for divorce, and that his property be settled on her. -bp.
MAGGIE BROOKS (COL.) VS. LUD BROOKS (COL), BOTH OF JACKSON CO. TN.
26 Feb. 1900.
. . . she and defendant were married on the [blank] day of [blank] 1884 in Jackson Co. TN and they lived together but not happily until Aug. 1898 when defendant's conduct became intolerable and complainant was forced to withdraw from defendant.
Complainant charges that on Aug. [blank] 1898 at their home near Brook's ferry in Jackson Co. TN defendant whipped complainant with a stick . . .
Complainant charges that she and defendant have the following named children, the issue of said marriage, to wit, Richard Brooks, Persie Brooks and J. B. Brooks, Mamie Brooks and Amie Brooks. Amie Brooks, J. B. Brooks and Mamie Brooks are minors under the age of 21 years (12, 10 and 8 years of age).
She asks for divorce, alimony and support of the minor children. -bp.
Mag Brooks (her mark)
19 May 1877.
Personally appeared before me, N. B. Young, an acting Justice of the Peace of said county and state [Jackson Co. TN] Margaret Mercer, colored, and made oath on due form that she is a single woman, that she is a citizen of Jackson Co. and that on or about the 18th day of Oct. 1876 she was delivered of a boy child and affiant further made oath that Lud Brooks is the father of said child and that said child is likely to become a charge on the county and therefore she prays that a warrant issue against the said Lud Brooks and that he be dealt with as the law directs.
Margritt Mercer, col. (her mark)
1 March 1900.
Lud Brooks agrees to give, pay and deliver to said Maggie Brooks $17.50 in cash, three sides of bacon, two bacon hams, one half of the lard on his place, one clock, two bushels of corn [as full payment of alimony].
Maggie Brooks here agrees to take the care and custody of the two children Clifton and Jeff B. and the said Lud Brooks agrees to take the care and custody of the two remaining children, Pearsie and Mamie and he further agrees to aid and assist Maggie Brooks in maintaining and caring for Clifton and Jeff B. during their minority.
The Real Estate will remain with him and go to his children at his death. -bp.
THE BILL OF COMPLAINT OF LUD BROOKS (COL.) AGAINST MARGARETT, ALIAS MAG, BROOKS (COL.), BOTH OF JACKSON CO. TN.
. . . she abandoned the home of complainant and her children and without the consent of complainant went to Gainesboro and hired out. The evening before she left the house of complainant she became enraged because complainant had lectured her about her associations and unbecoming conduct with one Jim Reeves, colored, with whom she is intimate.
He says she has been physically threatening to him. He says he believes she has committed adultery with Jim Reeves and with other negro men. -bp.
Complainant charges that the defendant has given birth to two children, who are now living, since their marriage, that one of the children, Richard, is the child of complainant and that the other is not his but was begotten by some negro Buck in adultery.
He asks for divorce. -bp.
Lud Brooks (his mark)
FEB. RULES 1877.
The death of Sampson McClellan, having been heretofore suggested and admitted, on motion of his solicitor it is ordered that this suit be revived in the name of Thomas Fisher, admr. of said Sampson McClellan.
This is a land dispute. There is nothing more of genealogical significance. -bp.
31 Aug. 1880.
I, Richard P. Brooks, administrator of H. R. Brooks, deceased, pursuant to the order of the Clerk of the County Court of Jackson Co. report that the deceased, H. R. Brooks, owned at his death one undivided interest that descended to him in the landed estate of his deceased father, John W. Brooks.
Deposition taken: 10 Aug. 1878.
DEPOSITION: RICHARD P. BROOKS.
Aged about 73 years.
/s/ R. P. Brooks
Deposition taken: 12 Aug. 1878.
DEPOSITION: N. H. CHAFFIN.
/s/ N. H. Chaffin
Depositions taken: 17 Aug. 1878.
DEPOSITION: JAMES H. ANDERSON.
Aged about 36 years.
/s/ J. H. Anderson
DEPOSITION: NORRELL H. CHAFFIN.
/s/ N. H. Chaffin
Deposition: 19 Aug. 1878.
DEPOSITION: RICHARD P. BROOKS (re-examined).
/s/ R. P. Brooks
W. R. CHAFFIN, JOHN H. CHAFFIN & B.B. FOX, ADMRS., ETC. OF B. F. CHAFFIN, DEC'D. VS. R. V. BROOKS, EXECUTOR, ETC. OF R. P. BROOKS, DEC'D. AND OTHERS.
All parties decided to dismiss this suit, which was about accounts of the deceased.
In this cause the death of defendant B. F. Chaffin, having been heretofore suggested and admitted and this cause revived against his personal representatives, and it appearing to the Court that J. H. Chaffin, W. R. Chaffin & B. B. Fox and his wife Malinda Fox, John Petty and his wife A. C. Petty and Jno [?] Billingsley and his wife Martha R. Billingsley are the only heirs at law of said deceased and that Polly Chaffin is widow and relict of said deceased, all of whom in open court agree that this cause may be revived against them as such, and it appearing to the Court that this is a proper cause for such action, it is ordered by the Court that this cause be revived against said heirs at law of said deceased and also against said widow.
This case is about debts. There is nothing specifically genealogical in it. -bp.
Oct. term 1874.
. . . the said Jenkins [George Jenkins] has died since the commencement of this cause . . .
BILL OF REVIEW.
. . . R. P. Brooks and George Jenkins filed their bill on the 18th day of May 1867 . . .
. . . the cause of R. P. Brooks and George Jenkins being revised in the name of the children and heirs at law of George Jenkins who has died since the commencement of this suit and being suggested and proven at [unreadable] said cause revived in the name of his heirs (to wit) S. E. Jenkins, John B. Jenkins and G. W. Barns and wife M. J. Barns against William E. Jones . . .
THE BILL OF COMPLAINT OF RICHARD P. BROOKS & GEORGE JENKINS AGAINST WILLIAM E. JONES & HIRAM CRABTREE, all of Jackson Co. TN.
9 May 1867.
Your orator shows that on the 3rd day of Nov. 1859 he sold to William E. Jones a tract of land lying [in] the County of Jackson & State of TN in Civil District No. 11 on the head waters of Beverly's branch bounded as follows . . . the southwest corner of a 100 acre tract granted by the State of TN to Sampson Williams by Grant No. 2002 . . . west boundary line of land formerly owned by Job Meadows . . . south boundary of a tract granted in the name of James Draper . . . east boundary of the land belonging to the heirs of Andrew McClellan purchased of James Draper . . . containing 100 acres more or less for the consideration of $1200. For a part of said consideration said William E. Jones, on the 3rd day of Nov. 1859 executed to your orator two promissory notes . . both of said notes were assigned by complainant to George Jenkins . . . and the last mentioned note was assigned to Hiram Crabtree.
These notes were never paid. -bp.
REPORT OF SALE.
7 Dec. 1874.
. . . the tract of land in the pleadings and Decree mentioned, being the same whereon the defendant Wm. E. Jones has lived for the last several years, situated on the South Side of Cumberland River in Civil District No. 11 of Jackson Co. TN and bounded by the land of Wm. Agee on the West, South by the lands of J. P. Murray and W. H. Botts, North and East by the lands of Dudley B. Haile and others, containing by estimation 100 acres more or less, when Richard P. Brooks became the purchaser . . . at the price of $670 . . .
THE BILL OF COMPLAINT of Richard P. Brooks & Robert A. Cox, citizens of Jackson Co. TN against Logan H. McCarver, Jane Hufhines [Huffines] and her two sons William Hufhines and Doc Hofhines, Samuel Carver, Jr., Logan Cornwell, F. M. Price and his wife Mary Price, Thomas M. Carver, Cornelius Carver, Joseph Carver, Elisabeth Carver, Alxr. Cassitty and his wife Sarah Cassitty, M. G. Butler trustee, M. G. Butler in his own right, J. M. Morgan, Admr. of A. W. Dewitt, deceased, John M. Burris, J. P. Murray, Alxr. Nevill, W. W. Draper, W. S. Johnson, Wm. L. Stubblefield, Joel Forkum, Wm. B. Roddy, Z. Van Hooser, Emma J. Stone, Admrx of Joel S. Stone, Fannie Price, a minor without guardian and John J. Price, a minor without guardian, defendants, all of Jackson Co. TN except John J. Price and Emma J. Stone, who reside in the State of Kentucky and Z. Van Hooser and Samuel Carver who reside in Clay Co. TN.
5 April 1879.
Respectfully complaining, your orators will state and charge that several years past James H. Carver died in Jackson Co. TN seized and possessed of considerable landed estate lying on Wartrace Creek, North Side of Cumberland River in Jackson Co. TN. He left defendant Elisabeth Carver his widow and Thomas M. Carver, Cornelius Carver, Mary Carver since intermarried with F. M. Price, Sarah Carver since intermarried with Alxr. Cassity and Joseph Carver his only children and heirs at law. Cornelius Carver, Sr., father of James H., survived him and departed this life some years afterwards in Jackson Co. TN, leaving considerable estate. Said Cornelius Carver's heirs and legatees, including James H. Carver's widow and children, had considerable litigation in the Chancery Court of Jackson Co. over his estate in the suit of J. K. ?. Carver & others vs. Joseph Carver & others, in which cause Elisabeth Carver and her children filed a Cross Bill. Your orator Brooks represented them in said litigation as their solicitor at the stipulated fee of $100.
Summary of the remainder of this Bill: He also claimed other fees related to this suit. A tract of land was sold by the James H. Carver heirs and bought by Brooks & Cox, to settle this debt. This land was then rented to F. M. Price, who was previously living on it. L. H. McCarver, Jane Hufhines [Huffines] and her two sons and Samuel Carver forcibly took possession of this land. F. M. Price went to Court to regain control. This suit was "erroneously decided in favor of defendants, which judgement F. M. Price prayed and obtained an appeal to the next term of the Circuit Court of Jackson Co., which is still pending and undetermined." -bp
SETTLEMENT OF R. P. BROOKS, GUARDIAN OF MOLLIE RICHARDSON, MINOR AND HEIR OF LEN CORDWELL, DEC'D.
26 May 1876. Amount received of George and Silas Cordwell, administrators of Len Cordwell, deceased: $505.50.
1 Sept. 1875.
Received of R. P. Brooks, Guardian of my daughter Mollie, the sum of $100 to pay her tuition and board at Neopigene [?] College at Galatin TN.
/s/ S. G. Ritcherson
SETTLEMENT OF R. P. BROOKS, GUARDIAN TO ISAAC W. RICHARDSON, MINOR HEIR OF LEN CORDWELL, DEC'D.
1st Mon. in May 1876.
THE JOINT AND SEPARATE ANSWER OF CHRISTIANA SLOAN, ANGELINE SLOAN, SALLIE SLOAN & JAMES SHOEMAKE TO THE BILL OF COMPLAINT OF R. P. BROOKS AND R. A. COX.
27 Feb. 1880.
. . . they admit and state that in the spring of 1857 Gabriel Sloan, the father of Angeline and Sallie Sloan and the husband of Christanie Sloan, purchased the land mentioned and described in complainant's bill from their codefendant Stephen Jinkins and the said Gabriel Sloan agreed to pay the sum of $130 for said land and the said Gabriel Sloan, a short time after the purchase, in the same year, paid to the said Stephen Jinkins the sum of $30 on said land . . . said Gabriel Sloan lived on said land from 1851 until 1872 or thereabouts . . . on the 16th day of Jan. 1851 the said Gabriel Sloan paid the said Stephen Jinkins the sum of $50 more on said land and on the same day and date the said Stephen Jinkins executed the said Gabriel Sloan title bond . . .
R. P. Brooks, one of the complainants, who undertook and assumed to act of agent of the said Gabriel Sloan, took possession of said land in 1872, agreeing that he, the said Brooks, would rent the land and apply the rents and profits to the satisfaction of said $50 debt, which was then in the hands of Willis Cornwell . . . but instead of returning the possession of said land to the said Gabriel Sloan when said debt to Willis Cornwell was extinguished and paid off, the said Brooks fraudulently and falsely claimed the land as his own, well knowing that the same belonged to the said Gabriel Sloan.
. . . at the time the said R. P. Brooks took possession of said land aforesaid, the mind of said Gabriel Sloan had become very weak and infirm, which had been in that condition some time prior to that time and continued to grow weaker and weaker until his death. That for several years before his death the said Gabriel Sloan had become incapable to transact his own business affairs understandingly, that in fact he was naturally a very weak minded man, that prior to the time that the said Brooks undertook to attend to said Gabriel Sloan's business and probably up to that time, one Joseph Cowan had been seeing to his business affairs for several years because said Gabriel was not competent to attend to his own business affairs, that said Joseph Cowan was the father-in-law of said Sloan . . . Respondents Angeline and Sally Sloan state that they were children at the time Brooks took possession of said land, being now the respondent Angeline only about eighteen years old and respondent Sallie about twenty one years old.
. . . Gabriel Sloan died in 1877 . . .
There follows a lengthy and complex reply to the rest of the Bill of Complaint. -bp.
THE BILL OF COMPLAINT OF RICHARD P. BROOKS & ROBERT A. COX of Jackson Co. TN against Christany Sloan, Angelina Sloan, Sallie Sloan & James Shoemake of Jackson Co. TN & Willis Cornwell & Stephen Jenkins of Clay Co. TN.
5 April 1879.
. . . many years ago defendant Stephen Jenkins contracted to one Gabriel Sloan, now deceased . . . a certain tract or parcel of land lying and being in Civil District No. 2 of Jackson Co. TN on the waters of Indian Creek containing by estimation 50 acres . . .
The complex transactions regarding this land are detailed. They charge that the Sloans and Shoemake have forcibly and illegally taken possession of the land. -bp.
THE BILL OF COMPLAINT of R. V. Brooks as devisee and Administrator of the will annexed of R. P. Brooks, Angelina Richardson and her husband J. G. Richardson, Elvira Brooks, A. W. W. Brooks, Emma McKaughan and her husband W. D. McKaughan, J. N. Hix and his wife Cary Hix, W. A. Crawford and his wife Mary Crawford, Thos. J. Brown, Minnie Herring and Lena Herring, the last two being minors without guardian who sue by their next friend R. V. Brooks, all residents of Jackson Co. TN except the Herring children who live in Texas and A. W. W. Brooks of Arkansas against Christany Sloan, Angelina Sloan, Sallie Sloan, James Shoemake of Jackson Co. TN & Willis Cornwell & Stephen Jenkins of Clay Co. TN.
29 Sept. 1881.
. . . Richard P. Brooks departed this life in Jackson Co. TN on the [blank] day of May 1881 after having made and published his last will and testament. That complainant R. V. Brooks has been duly appointed and qualified as Administrator of his estate with the will annexed. That complainants except the husbands of married women are the only heirs and devisees of R. P. Brooks, deceased.
ORDER TO THE SHERIFF OF JACKSON CO. TN.
. . . the death of Elvira Morton, one of the heirs of R. P. Brooks was suggested and acknowledged at March term 1883 . . . and that Martha Killman, Virgal Killman and Malissa Jan [Jane] Morton are her only heirs at law . . .
PURCHASERS of the personal property of the estate of Lenard [Leonard] Huff, deceased, on March 17, 1883.
MARTHA SLONE, FORMERLY MARTHA RICHERSON [Richardson] VS. THE HEIRS OF JAMES W. RICHERSON, DEC'D.
Be it remembered that this cause came to be heard on this the 1st day of Jan. 1874 before the worshipful County Court upon the report of the Surveyor and Commissioners appointed to survey and allot to Martha Slone [Sloan], formerly Martha Richerson, widow of James W. Richerson, deceased, a homestead of the value of $1000 in the real estate of her deceased husband, James W. Richerson, dec'd . . .
A plat is included in the documents. -bp.
THE PETITION OF R. P. BROOKS, ADMR. DE BONIS NON OF W. G. RICHARDSON, DEC'D & MARTHA SLONE [SLOAN], WIDOW OF JAMES W. RICHARDSON.
Your petitioners would state to your worshipful court that W. G. Richardson departed this life in Jackson Co. TN in April the year 1873. W. G. Richardson and James W. Richardson died seized and possessed of a certain piece or parcel of land lying in Jackson Co., State of TN, in Civil District No. 3 on the west side of Wartrace Creek, conveyed to the said W. G. Richardson and James W. Richardson by J. H. Meeaver [?] and Nanny Meeaver [?] jointly and equally to W. G. Richardson and James W. Richardson, said deed bearing date 14th Oct. 1871 . . . said land is bounded on the South by the disputed lands of Woodfolk and Willis Cornwell, on the East by L. H. McCarver, on the West by the heirs of Wm. Woodfolk, deceased . . .
They ask that the land be divided equally between the heirs of W. G. Richardson and the heirs of James W. Richardson. -bp.
SETTLEMENT: GUARDIAN OF LUCINDA J. WILKERSON, minor heir of Stephen B. Wilkerson, deceased.
Received three payments from the U. S. Pension Agent.
Paid Jefferson Wilson for boarding ward.
Paid J. L. Hix for schooling.
SETTLEMENT: GUARDIAN OF LUCINDA J. HIX, FORMER LUCINDA J. WILKERSON.
Received four payments of $30 each from the U. S. Pension Agent.
END OF ROLL
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