Jackson Co., TN Loose District/Chancery Court Papers
Reel #51, Brooks, R.
Vol: 1839-1915

Genealogical Abstracts by Bonnie Parker

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


NEW: BROOKS, R. V. VS. BURROUGHS, J. S. ET. ALS.
CHANCERY, 1896.

DEED.

27 Oct. 1887.

For and in consideration of $1000 [in five installments from 1 March 1888 and then one each year for four years] for which John S. Burris [Burroughs] & J. P. Burris [Burroughs] have executed their joint notes . . . we, Lansdon Robbins and his wife Julia F. Robbins have this day bargained and sold and do hereby transfer and convey unto the said John S. Burris and J. P. Burris . . . the following described tract or parcel of land, to wit, lying and being in the 1st District of Jackson Co. TN on the waters of Aaron's branch containing by estimation 200 acres more or less . . . stake in the original line of a 100 acres survey in the name of Joseph Stafford . . . west side of Talley's hollow . . . being the lands the said L. Robbins purchased from J. H. Stafford and wife and Caleb Anderson and wife by deed bearing date 20th Aug. 1878 and the same purchased from R. N. M. Stafford and wife by deed dated 1st Oct. 1880 and also a small portion of about two acres purchased from P. N. Dudney to have and to hold said lands and every part thereof to the said John S. Burris and J. P. Burris, their heirs and assigns forever.

THE BILL OF COMPLAINT of Lansdon Robbins, a citizen of Putnam Co. TN who brings this suit for the use and benefit of R. V. Brooks, a citizen of Jackson Co. TN against John S. Burroughs, a citizen of Jackson Co. TN & J. P. Burroughs, a citizen of Putnam Co. TN.

Claims that not all of the notes have been paid, and that this is a lien on the land purchased by the Burroughs. The notes sued on in this case were transferred by L. Robbins to R. V. Brooks in due course by trade. -bp.

REPORT OF SALE.

The Clerk & Master sold the land in dispute on 12 March 1898 to R. V. Brooks for $700. -bp.

Deposition taken: 22 Sept. 1897.

DEPOSITION: J. S. BURROUGHS.

J. S. Burroughs (his mark)


NEW: BROOKS, R. V. VS. BIRDWELL, J. A. M. ET. AL.
CHANCERY, 1889.

THE BILL OF COMPLAINT of R. V. Brooks, a citizen of Jackson Co. TN against Lucinda Birdwell, widow and relict of George W. Birdwell, deceased, Joseph Birdwell, J. A. M. Birdwell, Margarett Clark and her husband F. D. Clark and J. T. Anderson of Jackson Co. TN, Amanda Williams and her husband Licurgus Williams of De Kalb Co. TN & J. W. Settle and R. N. Kinnaird of Davidson Co. TN and W. W. Birdwell, a citizen of the State of Texas, Sirena Young & John Young of Illinois.

30 March 1889.

Your orator charges that George W. Birdwell Senior departed this life intestate in Jackson Co. TN seized and possessed of the following tract of land lying in the 2nd District of Jackson Co. TN on the North Side of Cumberland River, containing [blank] acres, and bounded on the South by lands of Bethrige Sadler, East by lands of Nancy D. or Cicero Hall, West by lands of N. B. Richmond and North by the lands of complainant. Said Decedent left no personal estate except what was exempt and claimed by the widow and nothing with which to pay debts except the landed estate. Said land is worth less than $1000 and is occupied by the widow as a homestead, but the reversionary interest therein is subject for sale for the payment of debts and for distribution. The defendants Joseph Birdwell, J. A. M. Birdwell, Margaret Clark who intermarried with F. D. Clark, Amanda Williams who intermarried with Licurgus Williams, W. W. Birdwell and Sirena Young, wife of John Young, are the only heirs at law of said deceased.

Complainant is the owner of the share of said Young and wife in said land . . . complainant is also a creditor of said estate . . . Settle and Kinnaird are the owners of the share of J. A. M. Birdwell . . . J. T. Anderson as trustee under an assignment is the owner of the share of W. W. Birdwell.

He says that it is necessary to sell the land to pay the debts of the estate. -bp.

Deposition taken: no date.

DEPOSITION: HENRY P. LOFTIS.

I am [Deputy Clerk of the County Court of Jackson Co. TN].

REPORT OF SALE.

Sept. term 1890.

The land in this case was sold to R. V. Brooks at the price of $390. -bp.

Deposition taken: April 1891.

DEPOSITION: L. C. WILLIAMS.

The estate of G. W. Birdwell owes him $160. -bp.

/s/ L. C. Williams

Deposition taken: 13 April 1891.

DEPOSITION: J. A. M. BIRDWELL.

Quest. State if you are Administrator of the estate of George W. Birdwell, deceased.

Ans. I am.

/s/ J. A. M. Birdwell

REPORT OF SALE.

Feb. term 1889.

. . . G. B. Murray became the purchaser of the [lands in the pleadings] . . . at the price of $360.

DECREE.

No date.

In this cause the death of defendant Joseph Birdwell was suggested and admitted. It was also suggested and admitted that he died intestate and without leaving a widow or children--that the other defendants are his only heirs at law . . .


NEW: BROOKS, R. V. ADMR. OF BROOKS, R. P. & MARY.
COUNTY, 1885.

DECREE.

R. V. Brooks, Admr. of R. P. Brooks, dec'd vs. Charles Hopkins.

No date.

. . . R. P. Brooks in his lifetime, to wit, on the 9th day of Sept. 1878 sold to defendant Charles Hopkins a certain tract or parcel of land lying in the 11th Civil District of Jackson Co. TN near Fort Blount ferry on the South Side of Cumberland River known as the Wm. E. Jones tract, bounded by the lands of Wm. Agee, Wm. E. Jones and others, being the same on which defendant Hopkins then and now lives, for the consideration of $900 and took his three notes for $300 each . . . balance due including interest to this day the sum of $355.02 . . . unless the money be paid into the Court or to complainant within 18 months from this date the Clerk and Master will . . . sell said tract of land to the highest bidder.

WILL.

In the name of God Amen.

I, Richard P. Brooks of the County of Jackson and State of Tennessee, being of sound mind and disposing memory yet of frail and failing health, knowing the uncertainty of the tenure of life and the certainty of death and desiring to make the disposition hereinafter directed of such worldly effects as it has pleased Almighty God to Bless me with and of which I may die seized and possessed, I do make and publish this my last will and testament, hereby revoking and making void all other wills, by me at any time heretofore made.

1st. It is my will that my immortal soul return to God who gave it and that my body be buried in a Christian like manner.

2nd. That my burial expensed by paid out of the first moneys which may come into the hands of my executor.

3rd. That all my just debts, which I may owe at my death, be paid as soon after my death as practicable.

4th. As to the rest and residue of the property and effects both real and personal of which I may be seized and possessed of at my death after the payment of my burial expenses and debts--together with the usual expenses attending the winding up of my estate, it is my wish that it be divided into six equal parts as near as can be, one sixth part of which I will and bequeath to my son A. W. W. Brooks, one sixth part I will and bequeath to the heirs of my deceased daughter Cypressa Brown, one sixth part I will and bequeath to my daughter Angelina Richardson, one sixth part I will and bequeath to my son R. V. Brooks, one sixth part I will and bequeath to R. V. Brooks for my daughter Elvira Killman, the same to be held by R. V. Brooks in trust for the separate use and benefit of my said daughter Elvira and during her natural life and what may remain at her death to go to the heirs of her body, and the remaining one sixth part of my said estate I will and bequeath unto Emma McKaughan, wife of William D. McKaughan, to her own separate use, free from the liabilities of her said husband for and during her natural life and at her death to go to the heirs of her body.

5th. It is my will and desire that my executor or executors whom I may hereafter nominate to execute this will or the administrator or administrators who may be appointed to execute the same, shall employ my friend Robert A. Cox, Esq. as attorney and counselor in all the business pertaining to the winding up of my estate.

In testimony whereof I have hereunto subscribed my name on this the 12th day of July 1877, and acknowledged this as my will in the presence of John M. Gipson and James T. Anderson, subscribing witnesses.

/s/ R. P. Brooks

ANGELINA A. RICHARDSON VS. R. V. BROOKS, Admr. of R. P. Brooks, dec'd & others.

Depositions taken: 10 March 1885.

DEPOSITION: ANGELINA A. RICHARDSON.

Quest. Say if you are a daughter of R. P. Brooks, deceased?

Ans. I am.

/s/ Angelina A. Richarson [sic]

DEPOSITION: R. V. BROOKS.

REPORT OF SALE.

10 June 1882.

. . . sold the following tracts or parcels of land, town lots, etc. . .

1. The parts of town lots No. 29 & 31 on the north and corner of the Public Square in Gainesboro . . . W. H. Quarles bid $400 . . .

2. The tract known as the Frank Fowler tract . . . J. C. Rey became the purchaser at the price of $1900 . . . said land is lying on the North Side of Cumberland River and in Jackson Co. Civil District No. 2 and bounded as follows, to wit, . . . the mouth of R. P. Brooks Spring Branch on the Cumberland River the southwest corner of A. A. Lee's tract conveyed to her by Frank Fowler now A. A. Richardson . . . William Holloman's line . . . R. P. Brooks line known as the old Robert Richmond line conveyed to R. P. Brooks and Mary H. Brooks by James W. Burks, thence to Phillip Ray's northeast corner . . . James Ray's line to Trace creek formerly Phillip Ray's . . . containing 192 acres.

3. Town lot adjoining the lots of H. H. Casin and N. P. Haws and others when Nancy P. Haws became the purchaser at the price of $87.50.

4. Milton Draper tract to W. A. Crawford at $2000 . . . said tract of land is situated in the 11th District of Jackson Co. TN at the mouth of Flynn's creek bounded by Flynn's creek on the South, Cumberland River on the West and North and by other lands of Brooks, East by lands of R. A. Cox, A. H. Hoover or J. M. Johnson, it being the one half interest owned by R. P. Brooks in his lifetime in said land.

5. Tract No. 1, Free State.

To William Stephens at the price of $1200 . . . said land is situated in the 1st District of Jackson Co. TN on the Cumberland River lying at the lower end of the "Free State" and bounded on the South by lands of Mary H. Brooks heirs, East by G. M. Prittie [Pruitt?] and others, North by Tract No. 2 of Free State herein reported to Emma McKaughan, West by Cumberland River, being the same Tract No. 1 that R. P. Brooks purchased at Supreme Court Clerk's Sale in the case of M. H. Howard vs. W. W. Woodfolk and others.

6. The Daugherty Tract.

Was bid off by Rachel Brooks at the price of $200 . . . Said land is situated in the 1st District of Jackson Co. TN and bounded on the South by the lands of R. A. Cox, West by R. A. Cox and Mary H. Brooks heirs, East by America Harris . . .

7. Tract No. 2 "Free State".

Was bid off by Emma W. McCoin at the price of $1600 . . . Said land is situated in the 1st District of Jackson Co. TN in what is called "Free State" bounded on the West by Cumberland River, on the South by Tract No. 1, on the East by Buck branch tract, on the North by Tract No. 3 of said "Free State" land.

8. Thornton Stacy Tract.

Was bid off by W. H. Dudney, R. V. Brooks and James T. Anderson at the price of $65 . . . said land is known at the Thornton Stacy tract in the 2nd District on the waters of Cub creek containing 65 acres more or less and adjoining the lands of Joseph Birdwell's estate and James Draper's heirs.

9. Eaton Town Lots, three shares in Phoeba Flatt land, William Long place and Hogg Camp tract were all bid off by R. N. Brooks.

The half interest in the two Eaton town lots were bid off by R. N. Brooks at the price of $45 . . . said lots are situated in the town of Gainesboro adjoining the lots of America Harris and Mrs. E. F. Gipson, being the same purchased by John M. Gipson and R. P. Brooks at the Clerk and Master's Sale of the Eaton town property.

The Phoeba Flatt three shares at the price of $100; said land lies in Jackson Co. TN in District No. 2 on the waters of Indian Creek, North Side of Cumberland River, supposed to contain 70 acres more or less.

Hog Camp Tract, at the price of $150.25. Said land lies on the North Side of Cumberland River in Jackson Co. TN, Beginning on the southwest corner a large chestnut of the T. J. Wilson 100 acre tract in District No. 4 . . .

10. William Long Tract.

At the price of $205 . . . lying on the headwaters of Bullard's creek in the 2nd District of Jackson Co. TN, bounded on the South by lands of Martha Wilson, East by Lucinda Forkum, North by John Sloan and others, West by G. W. Mosely and others, amounting in the aggregate for all four tracts and town lots purchased by said R. V. Brooks the sum of $500.25 . . .

11. T. C. Settle Tract.

To C. C. Allen and Absolem Allen at the price of $111 . . . Said land lies in the 1st District of Jackson Co. TN and is bounded and described as follows . . . a few steps from the horse mill . . . down below some falls . . . a 25 acre survey belonging to R. C. Kirkpatrick.

12. Cotton Hollow Tract.

Bid off by G. M. Holland at the price of $150 . . . said lands in the head of what is called Cotton Hollow on Salt Lick creek bounded on the South and East by Eliza A. Miller land, on the North by John Bryant and West by [blank], containing 50 acres more or less.

13. Jessee Sloan Tract.

Bid off by J. W. Carter at the price of $419 . . . with James W. Carter his security . . . Said land lies on the waters of Bullard's creek in the 2nd District of Jackson Co. TN and bounded on the South by lands of John Hix, North by lands of J. W. Carter, West by Jones and others, East by Hix and others, being the place where Jessee Sloan and James Woolf now live.

14. Sisco Hill Tract.

Bid off by W. H. Jones at the price of $200 . . . Said land lies on the hill in the forks of Bullard's creek in the 2nd District of Jackson Co. TN and bounded on the East by the lands of J. W. Carter, North by C. L. Long, West by Martha Wilson, South by E.[?] H. Jones, containing 50 acres more or less.

15. Margareth Sloan Tract.

R. P. Brooks interest in the Margareth Sloan tract of land was bid off by W. N. Dixon at the price of $280 . . . Said land lies on the waters of Wartrace creek in the 3rd District of Jackson Co. TN and bounded on the East by lands of R. P. Brooks heirs, on the South and West by E. A. Miller, on the North by James Ray.

REPORT OF SALE.

25 May 1885.

The Master first offered the one half interest in the C. Slone land . . . when T. J. Forkum became the purchaser at the price of $150 . . . said lands are described as follows; lying in the 2nd Civil District North Side of Cumberland River on Indian Creek bounded by T. J. Forkum, L. H. McCarver and others and the same on which C. Slone family lived, containing [blank] acres.

The Clerk & Master then offered . . . the John S. Carver tract of land belonging to said estate of R. P. Brooks, deceased . . . when W. H. Brooks and W. H. Sadler became the purchasers at the price of $1610.50 . . . Said land is lying in the 3rd District on the North Side of Cumberland River at the mouth of Wartrace creek, bounded by the lands of Woodfolk, James Ray and Cumberland River, containing 150 acres more or less.

The Clerk & Master further reports to the Hon. Court that on the 5th day of Nov. 1883 in this case T. J. Brown, now deceased, purchased the tract of land belonging to said estate of R. P. Brooks, deceased, what was known as the George Jenkins tract of land, and at March term 1885 the Clerk & Master moved for judgement on two of said sale notes, and thereupon it was ordered that said Jenkins tract of land be resold for the purchase money . . . 25th day of May he offered the land for sale . . . when Emma McCoin became the purchaser at the price of $2200 . . . Said land is situated in the 2nd District on the North Side of Cumberland River bounded by the lands of Elvira Moton, deceased, Cumberland River, S. G. Gaines and probably others, containing [blank] acres, more or less.

The Clerk & Master further reports to the Hon. Court that on the 30th day of May 1885 he went upon the premises on Buffalo Creek in Smith Co. and offered for sale the John Richardson tract of land belonging to the estate of R. P. Brooks . . . J. S. and B. E. Monday became the purchasers at the price of $1550.25 . . . containing 100 acres more or less . . .

REPORT OF SALE.

13 July 1885.

. . . land belonging to the estate of R. P. Brooks . . . offered the tract situated in the 10th Civil District of Jackson Co. for sale . . . when R. V. Brooks became the purchaser at the price of $25 . . .

The Master next offered the Shelton Craighead tract on Hunting Creek situated on the North Side of Cumberland River in the 4th Civil District of Jackson Co. and Bryan Watson became the purchaser at the price of $351 . . .

The Clerk & Master next offered the A. L. Mee tract . . . when John Swan and W. H. Smith became the purchasers at the price of $125.30.

REPORT OF SALE.

15 Oct. 1888.

. . . he sold to the highest bidder . . . the one sixth interest in the Hawes and Stone town lots on the South Side of the public square in Gainesboro TN when R. V. Brooks became the purchaser at the price of $25 . . . and he at the same time and place bid off the small tract near the mouth of Cub creek adjoining the lands of W. D. McCoin and the Jenkins tract, when R. V. Brooks became the purchaser at the price of $100 . . .

At the same time and place the Clerk & Master sold the small tract of land lying on Pine Lick fork of Jenning's Creek in the 13th District of Jackson Co. adjoining the lands of J. E[?] McCoin when Wade McCoin became the purchaser at the price of $150 . . .

LETTER.

To R. V. Brooks from Francis J. Richardson of Difficult Tennessee.

6 Sept. 1881.

She asks to settle out of court. -bp.

REPORT OF SALE.

25 Jan. 1883 & 24 March 1883.

Sold the B. F. Chaffin land to G. B. Murray, as I understand it. This is a complex transaction. -bp.

. . . for the sum of $794 . . . said land is situated on the waters of Flynn's creek in the 12th District of Jackson Co. TN, being the place upon which B. F. Chaffin lived and died and other lands of his adjoining the same, and bounded by lands of Wm. Davidson's heirs and others and being all the lands of which B. F. Chaffin died seized and possessed, subject to the dower and homestead rights of the widow.

Deposition taken: 24 Sept. 1884.

DEPOSITION: R. A. COX.

/s/ R. A. Cox

Deposition taken: no date.

DEPOSITION: JAS. L. ANDERSON.

I am acquainted with the children and devisees of R. P. Brooks, deceased, except the two great grandchildren said to be in Texas.

/s/ J. T. Anderson

THE JOINT AND SEPARATE ANSWER OF DEFENDANT J. N. HIX AS HUSBAND OF CARY HIX, FORMERLY CARY BROWN.

26 Sept. 1881.

Respondent for answer as guardian ad litem for said Cary says that she is a daughter of Cyprisee Brown, who was a daughter of testator R. P. Brooks, deceased . . .

/s/ J. N. Hix

ANSWER OF NATHAN M. COX, GUARDIAN AD LITEM, ETC.

23 March 1883.

The separate answer of Nathan M. Cox, guardian ad litem for Martha Killman, Virgil Killman and Malissa Jane Moton, minor heirs of Elvira Moton, deceased, who was a daughter of R. P. Brooks . . .

. . . he admits to the death of Elvira Moton, the mother of his wards . . .

That his wards, above mentioned, are the only children and heirs at law of Elvira Moton, deceased.

REPORT OF SALE.

10 June 1882.

. . . the Clerk & Master . . . exposed to public sale to the highest bidder the one ninth interest of R. P. Brooks in the Wm. Darwin tract of land whereon Joshua Haile Jr. now lives, lying in Jackson Co. TN, 11th Civil District, South Side of Cumberland River and bounded by the lands of G. C. Darwin heirs, Asa Denson, Mary H. Brooks estate and others, when Joshua Haile became the purchaser at the price of $100 . . .

REPORT OF SALE.

Sept. term 1882.

. . . the town property situated in Celina, Clay Co. TN . . . the five town lots belonging to the estate of R. P. Brooks, sold lots No. 13, 14, 15 & 16 at the price of $50 each to W. C. Mayfield . . .

The Master also reports that town lot No. 5 . . . to Robert Hibbits at the price of $75 . . .

THE BILL OF COMPLAINT OF R. V. BROOKS, as Admr. of the will annexed of Richard P. Brooks, deceased, and in his own right as one of the devisees of said decedent, Angeline A. Richardson and her husband S. G. Richardson, Elvira Killman, Mary Crawford and her husband W. A. Crawford & Thos. J. Brown, all citizens of Jackson Co. TN against W. D. McKaughan and wife Emma McKaughan, Cary Hix who is a minor and her husband J. N. Hix of same residence, Minnie Herring and [blank] Herring whose Christian name is not known, both being minors of tender age of the State of Texas, David Killman, husband of Elvira Killman of parts unknown and Mrs. F. J. Richardson of Smith Co. TN and Joshua Hunter, Jr., of Jackson Co. TN.

17 Aug. 1881.

. . . the heirs of Cypressee Brown, a daughter of Testator who died previous to her father, consisting of complainants T. J. Brown, Mary Crawford and defendants Cary Hix and Minnie Herring and [blank] Herring, the last two being grandchildren of Cypressee Brown, the only children of the deceased daughter of said Cypressee.

. . .the one sixth share bequeathed to Elvira Killman was devised not directly to her but to complainant R. V. Brooks in trust for her use during life and then to the heirs of her body. They charge that David Killman, her husband, abandoned her several years ago and left the country and now resides in parts unknown, and complainant Elvira now has a bill filed and pending in the Circuit Court of Jackson Co. for Divorce from the Bonds of Matrimony now and heretofore subsisting between her and said David Killman . . .

The two youngest minors reside in the State of Texas with their father . . .

ORDER.

No date.

In this cause the Clerk & Master produced in open court a note for $475 executed by T. J. Brown for land purchased by him at the sale by the Clerk & Master and Comm. H. W. Williams in the above cause [R. V. Brooks & others vs. J. N. Hix & others] on the 5th Nov. 1883, in pursuance of a decree of sale in said cause, which note is past due and unpaid, which sale was confirmed at March term 1884 of this court . . . it was suggested and admitted that since the confirmation of said sale, T. J. Brown has died intestate in Jackson Co. TN. It was also suggested that Mary Brown is his widow and Bedford Brown and Mary Thomas Brown are his only children and heirs at law and that R. V. Brooks has been duly appointed and qualified by the County Court of Jackson Co. TN as administrator of said estate.

ORDER.

No date.

On motion and it appearing to the Court that at a sale of a portion of the real estate belonging to the estate of R. P. Brooks, deceased, Robert Hibit purchased a town lot in Celina and R. A. Cox became his Security on the purchase money notes. That before the same were paid off, Robert Hibit died. That after his death his widow, Elizabeth Hibit and Zerelda Monroe and her husband John Monroe procured R. A. Cox to pay off said purchase money notes and agreed to settle the same with him. That Zerelda Monroe is the only heir at law of John Hibit, deceased.

There are lengthy settlement accounts of this estate in this folder. -bp.


NEW: BROOKS, R. V. ET. AL. VS. BROOKS, W. P. ET. AL.
R. P. AND MARY ESTATE.
CHANCERY, 1882.

THE BILL OF REVISION OF R. V. BROOKS as Administrator of the estate of Mary H. Brooks, deceased, and in his own right as heir at law of said decedent, Angeline Richardson, S. G. Richardson, Mary Crawford & her husband W. A. Crawford & Thomas J. Brown against W. P. Brooks, Carie Hix and her husband T. N. Hix, William Moton, Minnie Herring, Lena Herring, Ellen E. Rodgers and her husband James P. Rodgers, Alice L. Brooks, Mary M. Brooks, Martha Killman, Virgil Killman & [blank] Moton, the last three being minors and the only children and heirs at law of Elvira Moton, deceased, and have no general guardian and Thos. J. Brown, who is Administrator of the estate of Elvira Moton, deceased.

9 Dec. 1882.

. . . Elvira Moton was the daughter of Mary H. Brooks, deceased, and then the wife of defendant William Moton . . . she had been formerly married to one David Killman and had filed her bill against him in the Circuit Court of Jackson Co. TN and at Sept. term of said Court of Jackson Co. TN, obtained a Divorce and had her name changed back to Elvira Brooks, and in said Decree of Divorce all of her property, which descended to her from her mother Mary H. Brooks, was settled on her for her sole and separate use. Said Elvira then had two minor children, namely, Martha Killman and Virgil Killman.

They further state that on the 4th day of Oct. 1881 the said Elvira Brooks and defendant William Moton were intermarried. But before their marriage, they entered into a marriage contract or Deed of Settlement, which was signed, sealed and delivered to complainant R. V. Brooks, Trustee, before the Solemnization of the rites of matrimony between them . . . by which the said William Moton excluded himself from all marital or other rights, in and to the estate and property of the said Elvira, both real and personal, except as therein reserved, which reservation only extended to the use and occupation of a portion of the real estate which came to her by deed from her father, R. P. Brooks.

That since her marriage with the defendant William Moton, and as issue of said marriage, an infant daughter was born unto them named [blank] Moton, which is now about three months old.

That on the 22nd day of Oct. 1882 the said Elvira Moton departed this life intestate in Jackson Co. TN . . .

That William Moton has the care and control of his infant daughter and complainant R. V. Brooks has taken into his custody and control the said Killman children. . .

MARRIAGE CONTRACT.

4 Oct. 1881.

. . . William Moton, being a poor man with but little property . . . agrees to give up marital rights to the property of Elvira Brooks, except for the use and occupation of a part of the farm known as the Jessee Jenkins farm. -bp.

BILL TO SELL LAND FOR DISTRIBUTION.

THE BILL OF COMPLAINT OF R. V. BROOKS . . ., Angelina Richardson and her husband S. G. Richardson, Mary Crawford and her husband W. A. Crawford [&] Thomas J. Brown of Jackson Co. TN against Carie Hix and her husband J. N. Hix, Elvira Morton and her husband William Morton of Jackson Co. TN, Minnie Herring and Lena Herring . . . of the State of Texas, & Ellen E. Rodgers & her husband James P. Rodgers, William P. Brooks, Allice L. Brooks & Mary M. Brooks, who are sons and daughters of A. A. W. Brooks and grandchildren of the said Mary H. Brooks, deceased, who are residents of the State of Arkansas.

22 Aug. 1882.

. . . on or about the 26th day of Feb. 1881, Mary H. Brooks departed this life intestate in Jackson Co. TN . . .

Complainant says that Mary H. Brooks died seized and possessed of the following described tracts or parcels of land.

1st. One tract lying in the 2nd Civil District of Jackson Co. TN on the North Side of Cumberland River containing by estimation 293 3/4 acres more or less and known as the Home Place and bounded as follows, on the East by Cumberland River, on the South by Cumberland River, on the West by the lands of Mrs. Angeline A. Richardson, R. P. Brooks Fowler place and a tract of land belonging to the estate of Mary H. Brooks known as the Haile place and on the North by the Cumberland River and the lands of William Holcum and including the ferry bank of Brooks ferry on the North Side of Cumberland River.

Also 2nd

One other tract in the 2nd Civil District of Jackson Co. TN on the North Side of Cumberland River at the mouth of Little Trace creek, bounded as follows, on the East by the lands of the estate of R. P. Brooks, on the South by the Cumberland River, on the West by the lands of J. C. Ray and on the North by the lands belonging to the estate of R. P. Brooks, deceased, and known as the Haile tract, containing 65 acres more or less.

Also, 3

One other tract lying in the 2nd Civil District of Jackson Co. TN on the North Side of Cumberland River and on Little Trace creek, known as the James Richmond place and bounded as follows, on the East by the land belonging to the estate of Mary H. Brooks, R. P. Brooks and William Holcum's Cove [?] tract, on the South by the lands belonging to the estate of R. P. Brooks, deceased, on the West by the lands of William Jones and the lands belonging to the estate of Phillip M. Ray, and on the North by the lands of William Holcum, containing by estimation 100 acres more or less.

4th.

One other tract in the 1st Civil District of Jackson Co. TN on the South Side of Cumberland River known as the Sheley's Knob tract, bounded on the east by the lands of George M. Prittie, on the South by the lands of R. A. Cox and R. P. Brooks, on the West by Cumberland River and on the North by the lands of R. P. Brooks estate, at the lower end of the Free State, containing by estimation 175 acres more or less.

Also 5th.

One other tract in the 11th Civil District of Jackson Co. TN in White's Bend of Cumberland River, known as the John Burk place, bounded on the East by the lands of Joshua Haile, Esqr., on the South by the lands of Cox and Hoover, on the West by the lands of the estate of R. P. Brooks, deceased, on the North by Cumberland River, containing by estimation 100 acres, more or less . . .

Complainant says that defendant Elvira Morton is weak and feeble minded and wholly unable to manage her affairs and has not mind sufficient to appreciate the value of her interest and that her husband is wholly incompetent to manage her affairs or successfully handle her monies for her, he being wholly illiterate and knowing but little about the business affairs life.

Depositions taken: 1 Feb. 1882.

DEPOSITION: M. B. YOUNG.

Aged 36 years.

I am a citizen of Gainesboro, Jackson Co. TN, where I have resided nearly all of my life.

/s/ M. B. Young

DEPOSITION: W. H. YOUNG.

I have been Sheriff and Deputy Sheriff of this county for about six year.

/s/ W. H. Young

Depositions taken: 27 Feb. 1882.

DEPOSITION: R. A. COX.

/s/ R. A. Cox

DEPOSITION: M. L. GORE.

/s/ M. L. Gore

Depositions taken: no date, filed 22 Sept. 1883.

DEPOSITION: GEO. G. HAILE.

/s/ Geo. G. Haile

DEPOSITION: JOSHUA HAILE.

/s/ Joshua Haile

Depositions taken: no date.

DEPOSITION: G. B. MURRAY.

/s/ G. B. Murray

DEPOSITION: M. G. BUTLER.

/s/ M. G. Butler

REPORT OF SALE.

5 Nov. 1883,

Summary: the R. P. & Mary H. Brooks home place sold to R. V. Brooks for $5000.

The Burk tract of the Mary H. Brooks land sold to H. M. Denson for $1500. -bp.

Deposition taken: no date.

DEPOSITION: M. L. GORE.

Aged 42.

/s/ M. L. Gore

DEPOSITION: JOB M. MORGAN.

/s/ J. M. Morgan

DEPOSITION: W. C. YOUNG.

/s/ W. C. Young

DEPOSITION: R. A. COX.

/s/ R. A. Cox

Depositions taken: 23 Nov. 1883.

DEPOSITION: H. H. DILLARD.

I am a practicing attorney at this court.

/s/ H. H. Dillard

DEPOSITION: G. B. MURRAY.

/s/ G. B. Murray

DEPOSITION: GEO. H. MORGAN.

[I] am a practicing solicitor of this court.

/s/ Geo. H. Morgan

DEED.

17 Sept. 1880.

Know all men by these presents that I, William C. Carver, and his wife Martha A. Carver and William H. Hufhines and his wife Mary J. Hufhines & Samuel L. Carver & his wife D. A. Carver & J. W. Carver & his wife Sarah E. Carver and I, J. W. Carver, do also convey together with my share the share of my brother Benjamin Carver, as I have his Deed for his share and have paid him for the same, we all being heirs of Issac [sic] Slone, deceased, and Margret Slone of the County of Jackson, State of Tennessee. We have this day sold to and do transfer and convey to R. P. Brooks and his heirs at law forever our entire interest in all the land of Issac Slone, deceased, and Margret Slone in the County of Jackson and State of Tennessee for the consideration of $60 to us in hand paid. Said land lies on the North Side of Cumberland River in Civil District No. 3 of Jackson Co. TN, it being the same land Margret Slone now lives on, bounded on the southwest by the lands of William Woodfolk, deceased, on the North by James Ray, East and North by the land of R. P. Brooks . . .

/s/ Mary J. Hufines

D. A. Carver (her mark)

Samuel Carver (his mark)

Sarah Carver (her mark)

/s/ M. A. Carver

W. C. Carver (his mark)

/s/ W. H. Hufhines

/s/ J. H. Carver

REPORT OF SALE.

5 Nov. 1883.

The George Jenkins tract in District No. 2 was sold to T. J. Brown for $1900. -bp.

DECREE.

Dec. 1886.

Summary: R. P. Brooks in his lifetime sold to N. P. Forkum a tract of land lying in District No. 2 of Jackson Co. TN, being all of the tract of land known as the Jeremy [Jeremiah] tract, except that portion of this tract which had been previously sold to B. L. Long. It lies on the headwaters of Bullard's creek and adjoins Lucinda Forkum, R. V. Brooks, Wm. S. Long and other lands of R. P. Brooks, containing by estimation 30 acres. Most of the notes given for this sale are still unpaid, and if they are not paid in 18 months the land will be sold to satisfy these notes. -bp.

DEED.

30 May 1874.

Know all men by these presents that we, Marge Moss, widow of John Moss, deceased, Carisa A. Moss, Missourie F. Moss and Amanda A. Moss, all of the first part and of the County of Jackson and State of Tennessee, have this day bargained and sold to R. V. Brooks for his use and benefit, of the county and state aforesaid, two pieces or parcels of land lying in Jackson Co. TN on the North Side of Cumberland River on both sides of Hensley's creek supposed to contain 120 acres . . . it is not intended to convey Larkin Moss's share of said land . . . Said lands lie in District No. 3 of said county, bounded on the North by the lands of Wade H. Sisco, on the East by the lands of Paton Hicks, on the South by Hicks & S. Y. Gains, on the West by the land of Richard York and others, for the consideration of $100 to us in hand paid, the receipt we acknowledge ourselves fully satisfied and paid and the said Mary H. Brooks agrees to pay R. P. Brooks $50, his attorney fees that we are due him as a further consideration . . . we bind ourselves to deliver said two pieces or parcels of land set out in this deed to R. P. Brooks on or by the 4 day of June 1874 except one acre around the house we now live in which acre and house we bind ourselves to deliver to R. P. Brooks, Trustee for Mary H. Brooks, on or by the 15th day of Sept. next, 1874.

ORDER OF REFERENCE.

No date.

Summary: Franklin Fowler conveyed to Angelina A. Richardson a tract of land in the 2nd Civil District of Jackson Co. TN on the North Side of Cumberland River containing 80 acres and bounded by Cumberland River and the lands of R. P. Brooks and Franklin Fowler. R. P. Brooks took control and possession of this land for his daughter Angelina A. Richardson, and rented the land out and collected the rents, but did not pay these to Angelina. She now wants these rents paid to her from the estate of R. P. Brooks, and she wants this money to be solely hers, not her husbands.

Angelina A. Brooks was granted $700 from the estate of R. P. Brooks, solely as her own property, in a Decree. -bp.

THE BILL OF COMPLAINT of R. V. Brooks, Administrator of the will annexed of R. P. Brooks, deceased, of Smith Co. TN, against William Smith, a citizen of Jackson Co. TN but now temporarily in Overton Co. TN and William Dobbins and Alxr. Montgomery of Jackson Co. TN.

. . . on the 4th day of Feb. 1881 . . . R. P. Brooks sold to defendant Smith a certain tract or parcel of land lying and being in the 11th Civil District of Jackson Co. TN on the big branch containing about 100 acres more or less, adjoining the lands of John W. Rawlings, John Hargis and others, and known as the John P. Rawlings place, being the same place whereon William Dobbins now lives and which has been cultivated in the present year by defendants Dobbins and Montgomery as tenants of defendant Smith.

He charges that R. P. Brooks purchased this land on the 11th of April 1878 from John W. Rawlings and wife . . . at the price of $524.80. . .

Much of the purchase money from Wm. Smith remains due. He wants the current rents and sale of the land. -bp.

Depositions taken: 5 July 1850 or 1851.

DEPOSITION: MARTHA PAGE.

Age 58.

. . . in 1846, at my house in Davidson county.

Martha Page (her mark)

DEPOSITION: ROBERT WHITE.

Aged about 69 years.

/s/ Robert White

DEPOSITION: NATHANIEL M. COX.

About 38 years of age.

/s/ N. M. Cox

DEPOSITION: MARTHA MC WHIRTER.

Aged about 23 years.

/s/ Martha McWhirter

MARY H. BROOKS VS. RICHARD P. BROOKS.

DECREE.

Be it remembered that on this 26 day of July 1848 the above cause came to be heard before the Hon. B. L. Ridley, Chancellor, upon the report of the Clerk & Master from which it appears that (here insert it), which account being unexcepted to is in all things confirmed, whereupon it is decreed by the Court that all of said debts be vested in her.

And because it is suggested that there are other outstanding debts due and unpaid to Richard P. Brooks, it is ordered that the order made at last term directing the Clerk to take and state an account of all partnership transactions and causes in action of said Richard P. Brooks be continued and that the Clerk [ink blot] to rent them as directed in said order. It is further ordered that the Clerk report to next term what is a reasonable fee for complainant's solicitor.

It also appeared to the Court that Richard P. Brooks is seized of the following tracts of land in addition to those decreed upon at last term, to wit, (here insert Exhibit A, B & C). It is decreed that all of said lands be divested out of said Richard P. Brooks and vested in complainant Mary H. Brooks and her heirs forever.

And it is further ordered that the Clerk of this Court report to next term any other lands of which said Richard P. Brooks is seized in said county.

THE BILL OF COMPLAINT OF ELVIRA W. KILLMAN, a resident citizen of the County of Jackson in the State of TN against David Killman, a nonresident of the State of TN and in parts unknown.

26 May 1881.

. . . she and defendant intermarried in Jackson Co., where she has resided all her life up to this time, on the 2nd day of April 1865. They lived together as husband and wife until the Spring of 1868, when defendant willfully and maliciously abandoned her . . . She and defendant had two children born of said marriage, but they are both dead; one of them died before he left the country and one since. Both died when of tender ages.

. . . her deceased father and mother, Richard P. and Mary H. Brooks . . .

She is also the owner in her own right of a tract of land which was conveyed to her by her father, R. P. Brooks, in his lifetime, known as the Jessie Jenkins tract . . .except an undivided interest of one seventh thereof which belongs to William Jenkins.

She asks for divorce, all of her property, and that her maiden name of Brooks be restored. -bp.

DIVORCE.

16 Sept. 1881.

Divorce granted to Elvira W. Killman. -bp.

THE ANSWER OF RICHARD P. BROOKS TO A BILL OF COMPLAINT.

15 Feb.1851 - 12 May 1852, Caddo Parish, Louisiana.

Richard P. Brooks is a resident here these dates. -bp.


NEW: BROOKS, R. V., ADMR. OF BROWN, T. J.
COUNTY, 1886.

CHARLES CHITWOOD, ADMR. ETC., VS. ANDREW CRAWFORD, ET. AL. &

BROOKS & GIPSON VS. ANDREW CRAWFORD, ET ALS., CONSOLIDATED CAUSES.

No date.

. . . Mollie Brown [who was the widow of Thomas J. Brown], who has recently intermarried with the said R. V. Brooks . . .


NEW: BROOKS, R. V. ADMR. VS CHAFFIN, B. F.
B. F. CHAFFIN'S ADMINISTRATORS.
CHANCERY, 1883.

PURCHASERS AT THE SALE of the personal property of B. F. Chaffin, deceased.

2 Feb. 1878.

A. J. Stafford

Pollie C. Chaffin

Malinda Fox

John Petty

J. H. Chaffin

John Billingsley

A. Birdwell

J. B. Billingsley

W. N. Chaffin

Sol. Mabray

Jesse Chaffin

J. L. Bean

James Haile


NEW: BROOKS, R. V. VS. CHAPMAN, SAM & OTHERS.
CHANCERY, 1878.

This case is about debts. -bp.

THE BILL OF COMPLAINT OF R. V. BROOKS of Jackson Co. TN against Samuel Chapman & his wife M. J. Chapman, Samuel H. Cunningham, M. A. Herod & Howard Herod, all of Jackson Co. TN and W. C. Minor of Clay Co. TN.

. . . Joshua Chapman . . . his mother-in-law, M. A. Herod . . .

. . . Howard H. Herod . . . is a brother-in-law of defendant Josh Chapman . . .

. . . M. A. Herod, being also the mother-in-law of defendant Samuel Chapman . . .

. . . S. H. Cunningham is the brother of Mrs. M. A. Herod and uncle of said Sam Chapman's wife . . .

. . . Sam'l and Josh Chapman have each an undivided interest as heir of Benjamin Chapman in a tract of land lying on Roaring River in Jackson Co., Civil District No. 9, the same whereon Angeline Chapman now lives. The same is in litigation between Ben Chapman and Charles Reeves and your orator cannot state whether their interests is worth much or not.


NEW: BROOKS, R. V. VS. EATON, A. E. AND OTHERS.
CHANCERY, 1895.

This case is about a debt. Nothing specifically genealogical.


NEW: BROOKS, R. V. VS. HOWELL, JAMES A.
CIRCUIT, 1889.

This case is about a financial transaction. Nothing specifically genealogical.


NEW: BROOKS, R. V. VS. KENNER, SIS (COL.)
CHANCERY, 1899.

THE BILL OF COMPLAINT OF R. V. BROOKS as Trustee and in his own right against Sis Kenner, Col., both of Jackson Co. TN.

18 Dec. 1899.

. . . on the 24 day of June 1893, Ed Holleman made, executed and delivered to your orator a deed in trust upon the following described property [list of personal property follows] . . . This trust deed was made to secure a debt due from said Ed Holleman to R. V. Brooks . . . and also to secure to M. E. Brooks a debt due her from said Ed Holleman . . .

Said debts are still due, owing and unpaid. R. V. Brooks has had the benefit of all the property set out in said trust deed except the bay mare mule . . . which is now in the possession of defendant Sis Kenner, who refuses to give up said mule . . .

Your orator states that Ed Holleman died intestate in Jackson Co. TN on the 2nd day of Dec. 1899 and no one has administered upon his estate. He left but one child, the defendant Sis Kenner, who is about 25 or 26 years of age. He left no widow.

The personal property left at his death is listed. Sis Kenner had possession of this property. -bp.


NEW: BROOKS, R. V. VS. ROBERTS, NATHAN ET. AL.
CHANCERY, 1891.

This case is about a debt. -bp.

THE BILL OF COMPLAINT OF R. V. BROOKS AGAINST NATHAN ROBERTS, ASA M. DENSON & WIFE REBECCA DENSON, ADIVILLE HOGG & G. C. DARWIN, ALL OF JACKSON CO. TN.

31 Aug. 1891.

. . . Asa M. Denson and wife sold to defendant Nathan Roberts a tract of land lying in the 11th Civil District of Jackson Co. TN and bounded by the lands of Joshua Haile on the West, South by William Norton, East by the lands of G. C. Darwin, deceased, and North by said G. C. Darwin, containing about 65 acres at the price of $1100 . . . sometime during the year 1885 . . .


NEW: BROOKS, R. V. ADMR. OF SMITH, LOUIZA ET. AL. (M. O. SMITH).
COUNTY, 1899.

THE PETITION OR BILL OF COMPLAINT OF R. V. BROOKS, ADMR. OF THE ESTATE OF M. O. SMITH, DECEASED, against Louiza Smith, Belcy Smith, A. P. Smith, T. G. Smith, E. O. Smith, Jordon O. Smith & G. O. Smith, all of Jackson Co. TN.

No date.

. . . M. O. Smith departed this life intestate in Jackson Co. TN on or about the [blank] day of [blank] 1897 and that thereafter at the July Term 1899 of this Hon. Court complainant R. V. Brooks was by this Court appointed Admr. of the estate of the said M. O. Smith, deceased.

. . . defendant Louiza Smith is the widow and relict of the intestate of Petitioner and that Belcy Smith is the only child and heir at law of the said M. O. Smith, deceased, and that said Belcy is a minor of the age of about four years and has no regular or general guardian.

He will further state and show that on the first day of Jan. 1894 defendant Thomas G. Smith made, executed and delivered unto his four children, to wit, M. O. Smith, E. O. Smith, Jordon O. Smith and G. O. Smith a Deed which was probated for registration on the 1st day of Jan. 1894 and registered . . . by which he conveyed, subject to a life estate in T. G. Smith to all said lands and rents and profits thereof, to his four children aforesaid in equal parts or moieties, the following described tract of land, lying and being situated in the 1st Civil District of Jackson Co. TN in what is known as the "Free State" and being Tract No. 12 of the Woodfolk survey of lands sold and purchased by T. G. Smith on the 10th day of Aug. 1876 under decree of the Supreme Court at Nashville TN and bounded as follows, to wit, North by the lands of [blank] Dudney and J. A. Montgomery, East by the lands of Thomas Lawless, South by the lands of C. N. Hawkins and West by the lands of J. F. Anderson, containing 231 3/4 acres . . .

He charges that there were no personal assets of said estate and that said lands are the only assets . . . it will be necessary to sell said land, or 1/4 interest therein . . . to raise a fund to pay the just indebtedness of said estate . . .

Louiza Smith has, since the death of M. O. Smith, intermarried with defendant Burris Smith.


NEW: BROOKS, R. V. ADMR. OF MURRAY, JOHN P.
CHANCERY, 1896.

There are extensive accounts of the firm of John P. Murray and his son G. B. Murray in this folder. -bp.

THE BILL OF COMPLAINT OF R. V. BROOKS, ADMR. OF THE ESTATE OF JOHN P. MURRAY, DEC'D of Jackson Co. TN against Clinton Jones & G. B. Murray of Jackson Co. TN, Pauline Donelson and her husband John Donelson of White Co. TN, Eva Crabtree and her husband A. W. Crabtree and John P. Murray of Clay Co. TN, Tennie Williams and her husband Y. W. Williams of Putnam Co. TN and S. H. Cunningham and his wife Nannie Cunningham of Sumner Co. TN.

Filed 9 March 1898.

John P. Murray . . . on or about the 8th day of Nov. 1880 bargained and sold to the defendant Clinton Jones, at the price of $300, for which Jones executed his note bearing interest from said date payable to John P. Murray, the following described tract or parcel of land, lying and being in the 11th Civil District of Jackson Co. TN and bounded as follows, by other lands of Clinton Jones, by the lands of [blank] Gipson and by the lands of [blank] Loftis . . .

John P. Murray departed this life intestate on the 21st day of Dec. 1895 . . .

The defendants G. B. Murray, Eva Crabtree, Tennie Williams, Pauline Donelson, Nannie Cunningham and John P. Murray are the only heirs at law of the said John P. Murray, deceased . . .

The complainant avers that money is still due on the land purchased by Clinton Jones. -bp.


NEW: BROOKS, R. V. ADMR. OF J. P. MURRAY AGAINST CRABTREE, A. W. ET. AL.
CHANCERY, 1899.

Deposition taken: 17 March 1900.

DEPOSITION: J. L. WOOD.

Quest. Where do you live?

Ans. Spivy, Clay Co. TN.

/s/ J. L. Wood

Deposition taken: no date.

DEPOSITION: G. B. MURRAY.

This consists of extensive financial accounts. -bp.

Deposition taken: 6 Sept. 1899.

DEPOSITION: BOONE HUNTER.

D. B. Hunter (his mark)

Depositions taken: no date, at Bloomington, Putnam Co. TN.

DEPOSITION: JOSEPH JONES.

Age 52, live in the town of Bloomington, occupation a merchant.

Quest. Who kept your books and done the selling at the store?

Ans. Oscar Jones, my son.

Joseph Jones (his mark)

DEPOSITION: OSCAR JONES.

Quest. Are you a son of Joseph Jones . . .?

Ans. Yes, Sir.

/s/ Oscar Jones

Deposition taken: 13 Sept. 1898.

DEPOSITION: W. E. JONES.

66 years of age.

/s/ W. E. Jones

Depositions taken: 28 [month unreadable] 1897 in Fentress Co. TN.

DEPOSITION: S. H. PILE.

57 years old, am a farmer.

/s/ S. H. Pile


NEW: BROOKS, R. V. & OTHERS VS. CRABTREE, A. W. & OTHERS.
CHANCERY, 1899.

Deposition taken: 11 March 1899.

DEPOSITION: G. B. MURRAY.

Tom Joe Murray, my brother, was a young man living with his father and for some time before his death, which occurred 11 Jan. 1891, he was badly afflicted, which lasted for about two years or more . . .

Extensive business accounts are included in this testimony. -bp.

/s/ G. B. Murray

Deposition taken: no date, filed 5 March 1898.

DEPOSITION: J. T. ANDERSON.

I am 49 years old and attorney-at-law by profession; live in Gainesboro TN. I am now and have been the Administrator of the estate of M. H. Botts in TN since July 1891.

/s/ J. T. Anderson

Deposition taken: 11 March 1898.

DEPOSITION: J. T. ANDERSON, RECALLED.

/s/ J. T. Anderson

Depositions taken: 3 & 4 Sept. 1897.

DEPOSITION: S. B. FOWLER.

Quest. Did you or not ever live in the town property now occupied and owned by G. B. Murray in Gainesboro, if so, when?

Ans. I lived there in the years 1882 and 1883 and 4 I think.

I rented the property from G. B. Murray. . .

/s/ S. B. Fowler.

DEPOSITION: J. B. ELKINS.

Age 37 years.

I lived on John P. Murray's land four years; rented it from John P. Murray, Sen. . .

DEPOSITION: J. W. STAFFORD.

I am 52 years old and knew him [John P. Murray] all my life, or as long as I knew anybody.

/s/ J. W. Stafford

DEPOSITION: W. M. GAILBREATH.

I came to Gainesboro in 1875 to live and in 1878 I was elected Clerk of the Circuit Court and served for eight years and was a practicing attorney of the Court.

/s/ W. M. Gailbreath

DEPOSITION: L. K. SMITH.

I have been Justice of the Peace since 1888, Deputy Clerk & Master since 1891 and have held some other offices, such as N. A. Comm. [?], Chairman County Court, etc.

/s/ L. K. Smith

Deposition taken: 24 Aug. 1897 in Putnam Co.

DEPOSITION: S. P. MARLOW.

Aged 39 years.

I employed the firm [of John P. Murray & Son] in various matters in the Circuit Court of Putnam Co. and perhaps some in the Federal Court . . . during the years running from 1882 to 1891.

/s/ S. P. Marlow

Depositions taken: 6 Sept. 1897.

DEPOSITION: F. A. KELLY.

I am 39 years old, live in Granville, Jackson Co. TN and am a merchant.

I was elected [Trustee of Jackson Co. TN] in 1880 for two years.

/s/ F. A. Kelly

DEPOSITION: T. S. BIRDWELL.

I am 69 years old, live in Jackson Co. TN and am a farmer by occupation.

I did hold it [the office of Trustee of Jackson Co.] two terms--was elected in 1876 and again in 1878.

/s/ T. S. Birdwell

Depositions taken: 1 Sept. 1897 in Cookeville TN.

DEPOSITION: H. T. LEE.

I reckon I am about 52 or 53. I live near St. John in the 10th Civil District of Putnam Co. and am a farmer.

. . . my bro. Jeff Lee . . .

I live about 14 miles from Gainesboro . . .

/s/ H. T. Lee

DEPOSITION: JOE JONES.

My age is 51 years. My residence Bloomington, occupation merchant.

Quest. How long have you resided in Bloomington?

Ans. 11 years.

/s/ Joseph Jones

DEPOSITION: C. C. STONE.

My age is 47. My residence is at Bloomington. Farmer, miller and teacher. I am a Justice of the Peace for Putnam Co.

/s/ C. C. Stone

DEPOSITION: P. M GREENWOOD.

My age is 47, residence Cookeville, occupation merchant.

/s/ P. M. Greenwood

DEPOSITION: W. T. SMITH.

I am 39 years old. My residence is Sparta, my occupation lawyer and I am Judge of the 5th Circuit.

/s/ W. T. Smith

Depositions taken: 29 March 1897.

DEPOSITION: M. F. YOUNG.

I am about 47 years of age, live in the 6th District of Jackson Co. TN and am a farmer, if anything.

DEPOSITION: L. B. HILL.

My age is 56 years, residence Jackson Co. TN, occupation lumber business.

The son of John P. Murray, G. B. Murray, is called Ban, or Bancroft. -bp.

Depositions taken: 20 April 1897.

DEPOSITION: MARION HARRIS.

I will be 49 years old first day of Sept. next, reside in Jackson Co. and my occupation farming.

I was tax assessor for Jackson Co.

I was elected in Jan. 1888 and served for that year.

I have been Justice of the Peace about seven years.

Served as Chairman of the County Court three terms.

/s/ Marion Harris

DEPOSITION: R. W. ALLEN.

Aged 68 years.

/s/ R. W. Allen

DEPOSITION: H. H. CASON.

I am 50 years old, reside in Gainesboro and am a merchant.

Quest. How long have you resided in Gainesboro?

Ans. 25 years.

I am confident it was in Jan. 1875 that G. B. Murray moved to the property on which he now lives and began housekeeping there.

/s/ H. H. Cason

DEPOSITION: J. H. STAFFORD.

I am 49 years old, reside near Gainesboro and am a farmer.

I lived with him [John P. Murray] about four years just after the war and about two years at another time afterwards.

Quest. When were you first elected Trustee of Jackson Co TN and how many terms did you hold said office? And when did you go out of office as such?

Ans. I was first elected in 1886, held the office two terms and collected the taxes for 1886, 1887, 1888 and 1889.

It has been several years since Col. Murray was able to get out and attend to his own business. It might have been ten years. He was helpless a long time.

. . . Mr. George Bancroft Murray . . .

My brother Jim was a candidate for Representative and Col. Murray said he hated mighty bad to vote against him but R. V. Brooks was a candidate and he could not vote against him at all.

/s/ J. H. Stafford

DEPOSITION: LEE SADLER.

I am 54 the 26 day of March, reside in Jackson Co. TN, occupation farmer.

I was Trustee [of Jackson Co.] in 1884 and 1885. I believe I collected the taxes for 1884 and 1885 for Jackson Co. TN.

/s/ Lee Sadler

Depositions taken: 3 April 1897.

DEPOSITION: J. H. DENNIS [?]

I am 40 years old, reside in Jackson Co., occupation farmer, and held the office of Constable in the 1st District of Jackson Co. in 1884, 1885 and 1886.

/s/ J. H. Denis [?]

DEPOSITION: M. J. DIXON.

I am 30 years old, reside in Gainesboro, lawyer.

The first conversation I had with him [G. B. Murray] was before he married the last time.

/s/ M. J. Dixon

Depositions taken: 2 April 1897.

DEPOSITION: M. H. YOUNG.

Aged 52 years.

I was in the war with him [John P. Murray].

John P. Murray said that Zeb Young was kinfolks. Polly Ann was kin to him.

Quest. When he spoke of Polly Ann, who was he talking of?

Ans. I understood him to be talking of Mrs. M. A. C. Williams, wife of T. J. Williams. Her first husband was James Eaton, who was a brother of Col. Murray's first wife.

/s/ W. H. Young

DEPOSITION: J. L. YOUNG, RECALLED.

I am Constable [in Jackson Co.] and have been for four years.

/s/ J. L. Young

Deposition taken: no date.

DEPOSITION: R. H. WASHBURN.

Quest. Where did you reside in 1874 and 1875 . . .?

Ans. In Gainesboro. Lived in the houses known as the Dr. Kenner property. My recollection is that I rented from W. H. Botts for the year 1874, and from either J. P. Murray or his son G. B. Murray for the part of the year 1875 . . .

/s/ R. H. Washburn

Deposition taken: 28 Aug. 1897.

DEPOSITION: M. R. KELLY.

I am 77 years old. I live in the 3rd Civil District of Jackson Co. TN. Occupation farming.

M. R. Kelly (his mark)

Deposition taken: 28 April 1897.

DEPOSITION: M. G. BUTLER.

I am 47 years old, reside in Gainesboro TN, am a lawyer by profession, have been engaged in the practice of my profession about 25 years. I am the Atty. Genl. of the 5th Judicial Circuit of TN and have been since 1st Sept. 1894.

J. D. Jaquess was killed as I remember in Sept. 1895. Tom and Henry Anderson were indicted for the killing at Jan. term of Circuit Court of Putnam County 1896 and G. B. Murray was employed after indictment found at a stipulated fee of $250.00.

G. B. Murray's two oldest boys, T. B. and John P. Murray . . .

I have seen her [Mrs. G. B. Murray] going to or coming from where her folks live in Smith Co. . .

Quest. Didn't Col. John P. Murray marry about three years prior to his death?

Ans. I don't remember the time, but as I recollect it was somewhere near that time.

G. B. Murray for the past few year I think has drank too much, but for some time, say one or two years before his father's marriage, I don't think he drank, he drank any when his father married [sic]. He drank heavily for a time and then quit off again for a time and then resumed it again.

/s/ M. G. Butler

Deposition taken: 23 Aug. 1897.

DEPOSITION: DR. A. M. FERGESSON.

I am 78 years old. I reside on Wartrace creek. I am a Doctor.

/s/ A. M. Ferguson

Deposition taken: 9 March 1898 at Nashville TN.

DEPOSITION: BAXTER SMITH.

/s/ Baxter Smith

Deposition taken: 9 Aug. 1897 at Nashville TN

DEPOSITION: H. H. LOFTIS.

Aged 56 years.

Residence Nashville TN and I am in the saloon business at 208 Broad St.

I was born and raised in Jackson Co. TN.

Quest. . . your father, Labon Loftis . . .

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