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COX, W. G. VS. DAVIDSON, J. C. & S. M.
THE SEPARATE ANSWER AND CROSS BILL
of J. C. Davidson and S. M. Davidson, adms. of Wm. Davidson, deceased, in their own right, Manerva Davidson, widow of said deceased, Malissa Young and her husband Duke Young, Narcissa Wheeler and her husband A. L. Wheeler, Sarah McCain and her husband Nathan McCain, Louisa Kirby and her husband Jesse Kirby, Lizzie Lock and her husband (blank) Lock, to the Bill of Complaint filed against them and others in your Honor's Court at Gainesboro on the 13th Nov. 1883 by W. G. Cox.
Wm. Davidson, having died after having made and published as his Last Will and Testament, which was duly probated in the County Court of Jackson County on the 2nd day of January 1882, and Manerva Davidson is the widow and relict of said Dec'd.
Said Testator by said Will bequeathed to his wife, Respondent Manerva Davidson, the following described tract or boundary of land, to wit: lying and being in the 12th Civil District of Jackson Co. TN on the waters of Flynn's Creek beginning at a point across the creek on the South side opposite where Wm. Davidson's Mill formerly stood, running up the hill to Isaac Flatt's line, then with Flatt's line, rather an East course to Chaffin's line, then with Chaffin's line rather a North course to the creek the corner of said Chaffin's tract to a cucumber tree, thence with the Chaffin line to the corner on the point of the ridge above where S. M. Davidson now lives, thence a straight course to Woodson Eli's corner on the ridge, then west with his line to the corner Susan Price's line, then South with her line to an ash tree known as the Draper corner, then rather a South course to include the houses and land that is fenced up with the timbers to the top of the point, it being a part of the home tract on which said Wm. Davidson lived at the time of his death and on which the said Manerva Davidson has since resided.
Respondents admit that at the time of his death, the said Wm. Davidson was indebted to Complainant to some considerable amount, but not as much as Complainant (claims) . . .
Respondents deny any indebtedness to R. M. McKinnard and J. W. Settle . . .
Respondents S. M. and J. C. Davidson deny that they are liable individually or otherwise for any rents . . .
They also deny that Complainant is or was at the time of filing said Bill the owner of the Punchian tract of land. . . (They say that Wm. Davidson had owned it), claiming it adversely. . .
A mortgage was given by Wm. Davidson, on his land, to William H. Botts of Barren Co. KY on 11 July 1867.
REPORT OF SALE.
Offered for sale on 25 April 1887, the following tracts of land:
the tract known as the Richmond tract was sold to J. C. Davidson, said land described as: bounded by James Richmond on the West, by Elijah Price on the North, on the East by the Dower tract of Manerva Davidson, on the South by the lands of W. R. Chaffin, containing 117 acres.
Second tract offered was the tract known as the Pleasant place, being one of the tracts of land upon which W. H. Botts had prior claim, (was sold to) Manerva Davidson . . .is bounded as follows, to wit: on the West by the lands of James Wheeler and Arch Stafford, on the North by the lands of John P. Murry, South by the lands of Duke Young and A. L. Wheeler, and on the East by the lands of James Wheeler, containing 124 acres situated in the 12th Civil District of Jackson Co. TN.
Third tract offered was the tract known as the Noah Steward tract and was sold to Saul J. Loftis, said land is situated in the 9th Civil District of Jackson Co. TN and bounded on the North by the lands of Noah Steward, on the West by the lands of Duke Young and John Taylor and Nathan Buris (Burris), on the South by Nathan Buris and R. V. Johnson and on the East by the lands of Nathan Buris, R. V. Johnson and William Smith, containing 222 acres . . .
BILL OF COMPLAINT.
William G. Cox of Putnam Co. TN.
Narcissa Wheeler and her husband Lafayette Wheeler.
Lizzie Lock, William Davidson, and (blank) Davidson are minors.
William Davidson departed this life in Jackson Co. in 1881.
Defendants J. C. Davidson, S. M. Davidson, Narcissa Wheeler, Malissa Young, Sarah McCain and Levisa Kirby are the only living children of William Davidson, deceased, and defendants Lizzie Lock, William Davidson and (blank) Davidson are the only children and heirs at law of John Davidson, a son of William Davidson, deceased, who died previous to his father.
Prior to the year 1872, Willis Pippin filed a petition or Bill in the County Court of Jackson Co. TN against Mariah Pippin and others, widow and heirs of James Pippin, deceased, for the purpose of selling the lands belonging to the estate of the said James Pippin, deceased . . .The tract of land last above mentioned was then a part of the landed estate of said James Pippin, deceased . . .John Davidson, now deceased son of Wm. Davidson, became the purchaser, but failed to pay for it and it was resold to Wm. G. Cox.
Willis Pippin is a non resident of the State of TN residing in part unknown . . .he being one of the heirs of James Pippin, deceased.
Deposition taken: 20 Aug. 1886.
DEPOSITION: J. T. ANDERSON.
CONTRACT AND AGREEMENT.
23 Aug. 1886.
J. G. and S. M. Davidson, administrators of Wm. Davidson, in consideration of $25, relinquish to W. G. Cox 50 acres known as the Sally Davidson Dower tract lying in the 7th Civil District (formerly the 12th District) of Jackson Co. TN on Puncheon's Camp Branch of Martin's Creek bounded by the lands of Ance Davidson, Mrs. Brewington and others and the same land on which Carrel Davidson lived in Nov. 1883.
DEPOSITION: J. C. DAVIDSON (no date)
James C. Davidson (signature)
DEPOSITION: J. W. DRAPER.
I was Clerk of the County Court from 1882 to 1886.
J. W. Draper (signature)
ADDITIONAL SALES OF LAND.
Home Tract purchased by J. T. Anderson.
Richmond tract purchased by J. T. Anderson and M. (R. U.?) G. Butler.
Richmond tract formerly purchased by S. J. Loftis. (He did not pay the notes on it.)
The two following tracts are described, but no purchaser is named.
The N. H. Burris tract.
The Dower Tract, bounded on the West by the Richmond tract, South by the Flatt land, East by the Chaffin land and others, North by Woodson Ellis and Botts land, containing 222 acres.
From Wm. Davidson to Wm. H. Botts, dated 11 July 1867, for $523, a tract of land in Jackson Co. TN bounded . . . Stafford's line . . .Stampsy line . . .Duke Young's line . . .B. F. Chaffin's line . . .James Draper's line . . .300 acres.
DEPOSITION: JAMES HARGIS.
James Hargis (signature)
DEPOSITION: WM. HUSLEY.
Wm. Husley (his mark)
SALE OF LAND.
Lands that had been purchased but were not paid for were resold on 17 June 1891.
N. H. Burris tract sold to Z. M. Young.
Home Tract sold to Z. M. Young.
Richmond tract sold to Z. M. Young.
Tract formerly purchased by S. J. Loftis sold to Z. M. Young in July 1891.
Apparently, after John P. Murray died, his son George B. Murray submitted a lot of bills to the estate, which would eat up most of the estate. The other heirs were disputing these bills. (bp)
Deposition taken: 3 Feb. 1899.
DEPOSITION: J. S. QUARLES.
I am 61 years old. I reside in Jackson Co. John P. Murray and Son was my attorney in the case Wade Lyon and others vs. Wm. Woodfolk and others in the Chancery Court at Gainesboro and in the Supreme Court at Nashville, also they were attorney for Wm. Woodfolk in the same litigation.
They were also attorney for myself and Wm. Woodfolk in the Federal Court at Nashville in the case of Sumral (Summeral) and others against John S. Quarles and Wm. Woodfolk.
. . .the Louisiana heirs of J. B. Woodfolk. . .
Dispositions taken: 24 Feb. 1899.
DEPOSITION: S. A. SMITH.
Age 62 years of age. Residence Jackson Co., occupation farmer.
S. A. Smith (signature)
DEPOSITION: J. M. FUQUA.
I am 57 years of age. Residence Jackson Co. Occupation or profession Minister of the Gospel.
J. M. Fuquay (signature)
DEPOSITION: WM. SPIVY.
I am 73 years of age. Residence Jackson Co. Occupation farmer.
I had the firm of Jno. P. Murray & Son employed at the case of Wm. Spivy vs. W. D. McCain for slander and also in the case of the State vs. Wm. Spivy for Perjury, both in the Circuit Court of Jackson Co. TN. They went through the Supreme Court in the Slander case.
Wm. Spivy (his mark)
DEPOSITION: WM. GENTRY.
I am 52 years of age. Residence Jackson Co. Occupation farmer.
Wm. Gentry (his mark)
DEPOSITION: JOSEPH HIX.
65 years old.
Joseph Hicks (signature)
DEPOSITION: W. H. YOUNG.
W. H. Young (signature)
Deposition taken: 11 Sept. 1899.
DEPOSITION: GEO. W. CLEMENTS.
Geo. W. Clements (signature)
Deposition taken: 30 July 1898 in Clementsville TN
DEPOSITION: NANNIE CUNNINGHAM.
I am 42 years of age and reside in Nashville from Oct. till June for the past 6 years.
I am the sister of G. B. Murray.
I did have a conversation with G. B. Murray the spring following my father's death . . .
When he learned I was not at that time much interested in the estate he was more inclined to discuss other matters than business in the estate--boasted considerably what he had done against the widow--and would continue to do--and I told him I was not interested in that part of it, but would like to know for the benefit of the younger children if he considered the estate solvent--he said yes . . .
. . . he would like to see Pauline, Tennie and Nitta have their part, they needed it and also remarked in his boastful way that he had a fine law practice and was not especially interested, only in their (his sister's) behalf.
Quest. Please state if you know anything about the way G. B. Murray got possession of the place in which he now lives and what has been your understanding about the ownership of said property for a number of years.
Ans. I have heard my father say that he was furnishing Ban a home and when he had occasion to speak of the place always spoke of it as his (my father's) property.
Nannie Cunningham (signature)
REPORT OF CLERK AND MASTER.
Sept. term 1897.
Numerous accounts have been filed against the estate of John P. Murray . . .some notes aggregating several thousand dollars. As the personal estate is insolvent it is plain to be seen that the land will have to be sold to pay the debts.
EXCEPTIONS TO DEFENDANTS AND CROSS COMPLAINTS TO THE REPORT AND SUPPLEMENTAL REPORT.
A. W. Crabtree and his wife Eva Crabtree, S. H. Cunningham and his wife Nannie Cunningham, Y. W. Williams and his wife Tennie Williams, John Donaldson and his wife Pauline Donaldson and John P. Murray, Jr. make the following exceptions . . .
They deny most items because of lack of proof, or statute of limitations, or the partnership and not the individual is liable.
DEPOSITION: J. A. WILLIAMS.
My age is 61 23rd inst., reside in Gainesboro, engaged in Banking since July 1889, and farmer most of my life. My farmlands cost me something like $7000, worth more perhaps now.
The lands lying between Gainesboro and Cumberland River, all things considered, I estimate worth $8.00 per acre. Sallie Murray being a young woman, her homestead and dowery rights in the residence of the late John P. Murray, dec., in Gainesboro and the McCue lands, the residence is old and in a dilapidated condition as well as the other improvement there and the McCue farm seems to be much in need of improvements . . .
J. A. Williams (signature)
Depositions taken: 28 & 30 Jan. 1899.
DEPOSITION: G. R. LOFTIS.
I am 50 years of age. Residence Jackson Co. Occupation farmer.
Me and my father James M. Lofis . . .
DEPOSITION: CLAY REEVES.
Quest. How long were you Circuit Court Clerk of Jackson Co.?
Ans. Eight years.
I was often at his (John P. Murray's) house . . .His health was bad. He was almost helpless. Could not and I suppose did not walk a step for the last 10 or 12 years of his life without help.
Clay Reeves (signature)
DEPOSITION: R. V. BROOKS.
. . . my father R. P. Brooks . . .
R. V. Brooks (signature)
DEPOSITION: S. S. DUDNEY.
Residence Gainesboro TN, occupation trader.
Have been in mercantile business in Gainesboro TN almost all the time since the year 1885. Was first with the firm of Quisley(?) Gailbreath Co., then with Gailbreath Dudney Co., then Dudney & Draper, then S. S. Dudney for quite a while, and last Dudney & McDeamon (?).
S. S. Dudney (signature)
DEPOSITION: J. H. STAFFORD.
J. H. Stafford (signature)
Depositions taken: 4 Feb. 1899.
DEPOSITION: JAMES W. STAFFORD.
53 years of age.
I am one of the firm of Quarles & Stafford . . .
J. W. Stafford (signature)
DEPOSITION: GEORGE DUDNEY.
My age 39 years. Residence Jackson Co. Occupation farmer and am a Justice of the Peace of the First District of Jackson Co. TN.
G. A. Dudney (signature)
DEPOSITION: L. S. ANDERSON.
Age 44 years old. Residence Jackson Co. TN. Occupation farmer.
During the time me and Mr. Reeves were in business together, Jno. P. Murray was in very feeble health and stayed much of his time at Bloomington or during the summer and fall seasons.
I ran a Grocery Store in connection with my Drug Store both while Reeves was connected with me and while I ran it myself.
L. S. Anderson (signature)
Deposition taken: 1 March 1898.
DEPOSITION: JAMES W. STAMPS.
J. W. Stamps (signature)
Deposition taken: 28 Aug. 1897.
DEPOSITION: NEWTON MOORE.
I am 71 years of age, reside 1st District of Jackson Co. TN about 2 1/2 miles from Gainesboro and have lived there 50 odd years there and near there in the same bottom . . .
Quest. State whether or not G. B. Murray is a Drunk and drinks very heavily and has almost ever since he has been practicing law.
Ans. It's what I hear said of him.
Quest. Did you hold any office in Jackson Co. if so, what office.
Ans. Justice of the Peace and also school director for first district of Jackson Co.
Quest. Have you not been a drunkard a great portion of your life?
Ans. Yes Sir. I used to be in the habit of getting drunk.
Newton Moore (signature)
Deposition taken: 11 Sept. 1897.
DEPOSITION: M. J. DIXON.
I reside in Gainesboro.
I know he (Richard Brooks, col.) is now in the State Prison for murder that he had committed . . .
M. J. Dixon (signature)
Depositions taken: 8 Sept. 1897.
DEPOSITION: S. S. DUDNEY.
I am 43 years old and reside in Gainesboro. Have for about 13 years.
S. S. Dudney (signature)
DEPOSITION: B. A. BUTLER.
My age is 39 years. Am a lawyer by profession.
I have been almost constantly in attendance in the Courts of Jackson Co. from about 1st April 1889, at which time I commenced to assist as Deputy Clerk and Master of the Chancery Court. Since I quit that office in1891 I have been practicing law . . .
B. A. Butler (signature)
Deposition taken: 7 Sept. 1897.
DEPOSITION: MRS. EVA E. CRABTREE.
I am 25 years old, reside at Clementsville TN and am a daughter of John P. Murray, dec'd, and sister of G. B. Murray.
I heard a conversation between my father and G. B. Murray about the lots where G. B. Murray now lives in Pa's room in our house in Gainesburo while I was living with him. I came by Bon's from school and Tillman and John P. were cutting wood and they came into the house and drove me off from up there. I went home and told Pa and he sent for Bon and asked Bon what he meant by letting the children drive me off that way. Bon said he did not know anything about them driving me off and Pa told him the house (meaning the house where Bon lives) belonged to me as much as to them. Bon said yes he knew it did. Pa said to Bon the next thing you will be making your wife and children believe that place belongs to you and if you should happen to die they would think I was taking it from them. Bon said he never had claimed the house before his wife and children. He said he knew the place belonged to Pa and did not want to claim it. That was about all that was said except a little cursing and crying. Pa done the cursing and Bon did the crying.
She also attests that Col. John P. Murray provided G. B. Murray extensively with money and goods. (bp)
Eva E. Crabtree (signature)
DEPOSITION: JAMES MC KINLY.
I am 66 years old, live in Granville TN.
Matt L. McKinly is my son. (tried for murder of Roll Watts.)
Bill Jones said he would divide with me if I would tell him where Mattie was--I told him and he went out and arrested him.
I reported him--there was no betraying about it. Col. Murray told me to keep him out till they offered a reward for him. And Mattie was bitterly opposed to that. He wanted to come right in and give up. I told him he had better take Col. Murray's advice.
J. (unreadable second initial) McKinley (signature)
Deposition taken: 27 Aug. 1897.
DEPOSITION: M. L. GORE.
My home is in the 9th Civil District of this county.
I was merchant for 20 years and Circuit Court Clerk for four years.
M. L. Gore (signature)
Deposition taken: 6 & 7 Aug. 1897.
DEPOSITION: Z. M. YOUNG.
I am 58 years old. Occupation a physician. I reside in Gainesboro and have been here from 1865 to the present.
Z. M. Young (signature)
Deposition taken: 31 March 1897.
DEPOSITION: A. J. HARLY.
I am 43 years of age. I am a farmer and live at Mayfield.
A. J. Harly (signature)
DEPOSITION: JAMES L. YOUNG.
I am about 41 years old.
I have been Constable in Jackson County for four years past, going on the fifth.
J. L. Young (signature)
Depositions taken: 21 April 1897.
DEPOSITION: F. D. BYRES.
Age 36. Reside at Mayfield TN and am a merchant.
L. B. Hill ran a mill near my store.
F. D. Byers (signature)
DEPOSITION: R. E. JOHNSON.
I am going on 61 years old and reside seven miles south of Gainesboro.
R. E. Johnson (signature)
DEPOSITION: W. E. SMITH.
I am 62 years old and reside nine miles southeast of Gainesboro.
W. E. Smith (signature)
DEPOSITION: J. M. NEWMAN.
I am 32 years old and live in 9th District of Jackson county TN.
J. M. Newman (his mark)
DEPOSITION: JAMES CAMPBELL.
I (lived with Col. John P. Murray) all along about 6 or 7 years--next before his death. I was a hand hired to him and waited on him.
(I was) staying with him when he was married the last time.
Bon frequently gave him money and goods, and paid his taxes.
John P. came home and stayed a while before he (Col. John P.) died and before that--before he (the Col.) married, John P. was there. Tom Jon, his son, was with him when I first came there.
Quest. How long has Tom Jon been dead?
Ans. I expect about six years.
Jim Campbell (signature)
Deposition taken: 10 May 1897.
DEPOSITION: M. A. WILLIAMS.
I am 57 years old the fifth day of this present month, May 1897. I have lived in the town of Gainesboro TN where I live now all my life, except about 19 years. I keep hotel and that is my occupation.
I was related to John P. Murray by marriage.
M. A. C. Williams (signature)
DEPOSITION: BENTON KIRK, COL.
I am 22 years old.
I lived with Col. Murray and waited on him several months several times.
Benton Kirk (his mark)
Deposition taken: 26 Aug. 1897.
DEPOSITION: CLINTON JONES.
I am going on 69 years since July, reside in Jackson County.
Clinton Jones (signature)
Depositions taken: 14-20 Jan. 1899 at Gainesboro. These were apparently to try to prove that John P. Murray earned fees in his own right, and was not supported by his son.
DEPOSITION: A. S. COOPER.
I reside in Cookeville. Am a Drummer.
I was trustee of Jackson Co. in 1882 and 1883.
A. S. Cooper (signature)
DEPOSITION: R. F. PIPPIN.
(I hired John P. Murray) in a litigation pending in the Federal Court in Nashville, in 1882. I employed him in another litigation, about the same time, in the Chancery Court in Cookeville, between me and J. A. Welch.
One case was the R. F. Pippin violation of Internal Revenue Laws in the Federal Court in Nashville.
R. F. Pippin (signature)
DEPOSITION: C. J. BOHANNON.
Age 70, residence 2nd Civil District of Putnam County, occupation farmer.
C. J. Bohannon (signature)
DEPOSITION: J. L. ODOM.
I am 55 years old. I live in the 1st Civil District of Putnam county TN and am a farmer. I employed J. P. Murray to do my lawing in the Federal Court. He attended four or five cases for me . . . These cases were pending in 1879, 1880 or 1881.
I think (these cases) were brought in 1873 to 1876.
J. L. Odom (signature)
DEPOSITION: H. M. NICHOLAS.
My age is 65, residence 2nd Civil District of Putnam County and am a miller by trade.
Said litigation (in the Federal Court in Nashville) was brought in 1880 and was determined soon after.
I employed Murray & Son in the case of Mills and wife vs. Nicholas in the Chancery Court at Cookeville.
. . . R. W. Nichilas (Nicholas) son of Eliza Nichilas (Nicholas). . .
H. M. Nicholas (signature)
DEPOSITION: CRUSOE BUCK.
Age 48, residence Algrod, occupation driver.
Quest. Do you remember when John P. Murray was very ill for some time at the Storley House in Cookeville TN and was carried to Bloomington for treatment?
Ans. I remember . . . Mrs. Eliza Gipson was at Bloomington at that time, very sick. It was soon after the death of Mr. John Gipson.
I waited on him (Murray) during his sickness.
Crusoe Buck (his mark)
DEPOSITION: E. PEEK.
Age 60, residence 15th Civil District of Putnam County, occupation farmer.
E. Peak (signature)
DEPOSITION: NOAH DEARING.
Age 52, residence 2nd Civil District of Putnam County, occupation farmer.
Noah Dearing (signature)
DEPOSITION: C. L. BURGESS.
Age 55, residence 16th Civil District (doesn't name county, but probably Putnam), occupation farmer. I had John P. Murray employed in a law suit in the Federal Court in Nashville, somewhere between 18 or 20 years ago. I had him employed in another little suit here . . .some 8 or 10 years ago. (Deputy Sheriff Jno. P. Carr of Putnam County) is dead.
Charles L. Burgess (signature)
DEPOSITION: J. M. NICKLES.
Age 58, residence 2nd Civil District of Putnam County, occupation farmer. I employed John P. Murray to attend to a suit for me in the Federal Court at Nashville in the year 1887, 1888 or 1889.
James Nickles (his mark)
DEPOSITION: J. ARNOLD.
I was Clerk and Master of the Chancery Court at Cookeville and was Dep. C & M before my appointment. I had charge of the office near 20 years. I think I resigned in 1890 . . .
J. Arnold (signature)
DEPOSITION: NEEDHAM APPLE.
Age 78. Residence 1st Civil District of Putnam county, occupation farmer. I lived at Gainesboro TN for 3 years, but cannot now state in what years. (About 1879.) While there I ran a blacksmith shop.
Ganett Apple and David Loftis worked with me (at the blacksmith shop.)
Needham Apple (his mark)
DEPOSITION: W. N. GENTRY.
Age 63. Residence Cookeville TN.
I work at Allen's Mills.
W. N. Gentry (signature)
DEPOSITION: GEO. H. MORGAN.
I am 57 years old and am a lawyer by profession. Have been a practicing attorney since 1868.
Geo. H. Morgan (signature)
DEPOSITION: W. W. MAXWELL.
Age 63. Residence near Mine Lick (?) TN. Occupation farmer.
I had the firm of Jno. P. Murray & Son employed to represent me in (the Circuit Court of Putnam Co.) some 6 or 7 years ago.
W. W. Maxwell (signature)
DEPOSITION: WILLIAM SPEAKMAN.
I lived in Gainesboro (in 1883). I was a carpenter by occupation at that time.
Wm. Speakman (signature)
FINAL SETTLEMENT of the Partnership business of Jno. P. Murray & son.
22 Sept. 1899.
Estate of Jno. P. Murray is to pay Geo. B. Murray $3139.69.
GUARDIAN SETTLEMENTS 1887, 1885, 1888.
M. A. Goad, minor heir of Rubin Goad.
GUARDIAN SETTLEMENT 1888.
Mary A. Goad, minor heir of Buckener Crabtree, deceased.
5 Jan. 1882.
To Louisiana Crabtree, minor heirs at law of Buckner Crabtree, deceased.
You are hereby notified that at the Feb. term 1882 at the Honorable County Court of Jackson County TN at the first day of said term I will move said Court to appoint commissioners to lay off Homestead and Dower to Rebecca Ann Crabtree, widow and relict of said deceased out of the lands which said Buckner Crabtree died seized and possessed of . . .
2 May 1906.
M. E. Herod, guardian of J. F. Botts heirs.
Wards: L. M. Botts, W. B. Botts, Murline, W. H. Botts.
Ernest Botts and Eva Botts mentioned.
ORDER FOR SUPPORT OF WIDOW FOR ONE YEAR.
April Term 1891.
Annie Clark, widow of A. Clark, deceased.
4 May 1896.
. . . H. A. Crabtree, Gdn. of Laura Plummer . . .
13 Nov. 1894.
Henry and Laura Crabtree, minor heirs of Adaville (Adarille?) Crabtree, deceased.
H. Crabtree claims G. W. Clements has taken and caused to be taken and carried off the land of H. Crabtree, some logs.
Depositions taken: 19 March 1870.
DEPOSITION: WILLIAM B. RODY.
Aged 35 years.
Quest. You will please examine a deed made by Edwin Price to Calip W. Short, James F. Short and David C. Short, which purports to have been witnessed by you and Logan Huffines on the 7th day of Oct. 1867 and say if you know who wrote the deed, when it was written and when signed by Edwin Price, and who requested or procured you to write the deed and to witness the same.
Ans. I have examined the deed. I wrote it. The deed was written by me on 28th Sept. 1867. The deed was signed the 7th day of Oct. 1867 by Edwin Price. He procured me to write the deed and also to witness the deed.
Quest. Tell if you know why the deed was not signed on the day it was written.
Ans. On the day the deed was written, the 28th of Sept. 1867--or about that time, Edwin Price sent for me to come to his house and write his will. I went to his house for that purpose, and after arriving there he declined to make a will. He then gave me a deed he held for the land described in the deed to the Short boys and requested me to draft a deed for him to the Short boys--by that deed for the land described in said deed. I carried said deed home with me and wrote the deed by it according to his instructions and request. I kept it at my house some days and until he, Edwin Price, sent for me to bring it up to his house, when I went and carried it to his house. On the 7th of Oct. 1867, the day it was witnessed, he signed it. That is the reason why the deed was not signed on the day it was written.
Quest. Say whether Edwin Price was or not of sound mind on the day the deed was witnessed by you and Logan Huffines.
Ans. I think he was of sound mind.
Quest. On the day he asked you to write the deed to the Shorts, tell what he said, if anything, about having sold a piece of land that came by his wife and why he made the deed to the Short boys.
Ans. He said he had sold 25 acres of his wife's land and got the money for it--and that he wished to make this deed to the Short boys in consideration of the land he had sold of his wife's.
Quest. You will state if Edwin Price was not, at the time he executed the deed, in feeble health and if he had not been confined to his house for a great length of time and if he had not frequently before that time been thought to be dying and tell how long he had been confined by disease and how long he lived after he signed the deed.
Ans. Edwin Price was in feeble health at the time he executed the deed. He had been confined to his house for a considerable length of time--I think he had been thought to be dying--or near at the point of death before that time. He had been confined by disease at least 18 months before that time and he died in Jan. thereafter as I remember. I don't remember particularly but as I remember he died in Jan. after executing the deed the 7th Oct. 1867--which would be Jan. 1868.
Quest. State if Edwin Price was an old man at the date of the deed. State his age as near as you can from your knowledge of him.
Ans. I suppose he was 65 or 70 years old at the date of the execution of the deed.
Quest. Say if he, E. Price, was or not a very stout man when in health and whether after he made the deed and at the time if he was or not able to stand up and walk about the house.
Ans. He was a stout man while in health. He was able to sit up and walk about the room at the time he executed the deed.
W. B. Roddy (signature)
DEPOSITION: LOGAN HUFFINES.
Aged 25 (29?) years.
Quest. Say if you saw Edwin Price sign the deed which you witnessed on the 7th Oct. 1867 to the Shorts. If so say whether you witnessed said deed at his request and whether he was of sound mind when he signed the deed.
Ans. I saw Edwin Price sign the deed which I witnessed on the 7th of Oct. 1867, to the Short boys. I witnessed the execution of said deed at the request of Edwin Price. I think he was of sound mind at the time he signed the deed.
Quest. You will state if Edwin Price at the time that he signed the deed was not confined to his house by disease and if he had not been so confined for a great length of time; if he had not before that time during his confinement been thought to be dying several times. State if he was not very old at the time of signing the deed. Say if he did not on the very day the deed was signed have a bad spell and if he was not thought to be dying. Say if he did not frequently, when one of his bad spells were upon him, scream and hallow so that he was heard at considerable distances.
Ans. Edwin Price was confined to his house at the time he signed the deed by disease and had been so confined for some considerable time. I don't recollect that he had been thought to be dying before that time. He was getting tolerably old at the time he signed the deed. I don't know anything about him having a bad spell on the day he signed the deed. Nor do I know that he would scream when he had bad spells, so as to be heard a considerable distance of my own knowledge. I never saw him have a bad spell.
Quest. Who procured you to go to Price's and witness the deed. State also whether or not Price was able to make his mark to said deed. State if it is not a fact that some person took his hand and assisted him in making his mark. State if you heard him state his reason for making the deed.
Ans. William B. Roddy procured me to go to Price's and witness the deed. Price was able to make his mark to the deed. I did not see any person take hold of his hand and assist him to make his mark to the deed. I did not hear him state his reasons for making the deed.
Quest. How long did you remain at Price's the day you witnessed the deed?
Ans. I reckon I remained there two or three hours.
Quest. State if the deed was read to Price before he signed it, if so, by whom and who all was present.
Ans. I think the deed was read to Price before he signed it. I think W. B. Roddy read it to him. I don't think there was any person present but myself, W. B. Roddy, Edwin Price and his wife at the time the deed was signed.
Quest. If Price gave any reason why he made and signed the deed the day he signed the deed, state what it was.
Ans. He did not give any reason that I heard.
Logan Huffines (his mark)
The handwriting in this next document gets progressively worse, and often is not readable by me. (bp)
THE BILL OF COMPLAINT
of Hiram Crabtree and wife Lucinda, Joseph R. Crabtree and wife Elizabeth Crabtree, citizens of Jackson Co. TN against
Sarah Price, Caleb W. Short, James P. Short, Edwin P. Short, David C. Short, all citizens of Jackson Co. TN.
. . . Edwin Price departed this life intestate in Jackson Co. TN about the 4th of Feb. 1868. At the March term of the County Court for Jackson county TN, your orators were appointed administrators of the estate of said deceased and took upon themselves the administration of said estate. Your orators charge that on the 28th of Sept. 1867 defendant fraudulently (unreadable) said deceased to make to defendant Short a deed to 250 acres of land lying in Jackson county TN on Pine Lick of Jennings Creek bounded by the lands of Edwin Price deceased on the west, Polly Cherry on the east, on the south by the lands once owned by Gore's heirs. Said deed was procured by a fraudulent (unreadable) among the defendants who have confederated and (unreadable) to cheat and defraud the estate of Edwin Price. Sarah Price is the widow and relict of said deceased, the other defendants are her grandchildren by her husband that died previous to her marriage with Edwin Price deceased. Said deceased for many years prior to his death had been much afflicted both in body and mind. Your orators and oratrixes charge that at the time said deed was made that said deceased was of unsound mind and incapable of (unreadable) for want of (unreadable) capacity. Your orators charge that said deed was not founded on any (unreadable) consideration (unreadable) was (unreadable) (unreadable) paid to (unreadable) deceased but was persuaded by fraudulent devices of defendants who had confederated to cheat and defraud said deceased out of his estate in his old age and when his mind was so (unreadable) as to render him incapable of taking care of his estate, your orators charge that these defendants have not only conspired (?) to cheat and swindle this helpless old man out of his estate but tried to get possession of a large quantity of gold and silver that belonged to said deceased as well as paper currency. Your orator does not know the amount of money and is forced to call on defendants for a discovery. Let each of them answer if they have money of Edwin Price's they have on hand here (unreadable) they (unreadable) that and belonged to him and state fully what amount they have seen in his possession and what disposition has been made of it and where it is now. If spent to whom was it paid. Your orators charge that the defendants are cultivating the land of said deceased and are liable for the rent of the same. Your orators are the only heirs of said deceased being his only children now living on the (unreadable) of (unreadable).
In tender consideration of the (unreadable) your orators and oratrixes pray for copy (?) and process and for answers on oath from all of the defendants on the (unreadable) the deed made to defendants Shorts be cancelled and given up and declared void from fraud as well as the (unreadable) of capacity of said Edwin Price. Let all of the title papers belonging to the said Price estate be filed and discovery had as to all lands from the defendants. Let the widow and relict of said deceased be endowed of the real estate of said deceased. Let an account be taken of the money in the hands of defendants and of the (unreadable) and (unreadable) of the land and for general relief.
Know all men by these presents that I, Hiram Crabtree, have this day bargained, sold and for the within named consideration do transfer and convey to Rubin Carter and his heirs (That is to say the said Rubin Carter has executed to me his note for seventy five dollars one day after date, date 2nd day Jan. 1853 for two tracts of land) lying in Jackson County TN and District No. 4, on the extreme head waters of Garrison's Fork of Jenning's Creek containing by estimation 125 acres more or less, Bounded as follows (viz) first tract beginning at a birch . . . to the beginning, containing 50 acres and entered in the name of J. G. Cunningham, the other containing 75 acres entered in my name bearing date 8th Oct. 1850. Recorded V.5, P. 349, No. 2794. Beginning at a Beech at the foot of a hill and the beginning corner of the above described tract of 50 acres . . . to a stake corner of the above described 50 acre survey then with said line . . . to the beginning. To have and to hold the above described lands to the said R. Carter and his heirs forever. I do hereby bind myself, my heirs to warrant the title of said land to the said R. Carter and his heirs forever against any claim to be made by me or any person claiming through or under me, but no farther, provided the said R. Carter does pay or cause to be paid the above mentioned seventy five dollars and interest on or before the first day of Jan. 1855. Then this deed to be absolute, final and unconditional and if not paid to be null and void and possession to be delivered back to said Crabtree in witness thereof I have here unto set my hand and affixed my seal on the 2nd day of Jan. 1853.
Hiram Crabtree (signature)
Witness: W. C. Cherry
John M. Cherry
Registered 9 Feb. 1854
THE SEPARATE ANSWER OF HIRAM CRABTREE
to the Bill of Complaint of John Carter against him and others filed in the Chancery Court at Gainesboro.
9 Feb. 1854.
This respondent saving and reserving the usual exceptions, etc. for answer to complainant's bill or so much thereof as he is advised is material for him to answer to, Answering says=as to the fact of complainant's purchase of his codefendant of the land mentioned in Complainant's bill, he knows nothing of his own knowledge but has heard it reported that complainant had purchased said land of said Braswell but had no knowledge or information of that fact until since his purchase of said land of Priscilla Carter and that he purchased said land of said Priscilla Carter about 15 Oct. 1850 and took her deed to the same which is here filed marked Exhibit A and (unreadable) part of his answer. That the legal title to said land at the time of said purchase of said Priscilla Carter as respondent was informed was in James G. Cunningham, who was the original grantee of said land--Respondent knows nothing of the fact that complainant ever had possession of said land either by himself or by his tenant--he knows that Ruth Carter and Priscilla Carter had possession of said land for several years but that they were claiming it for themselves--that one Bailey Carter about 1844 and 1845 had possession of said land claiming the same-- admits that complainant left the country about the time stated and his absence from the country but as to complainant's confident expectations he knows nothing but denies any intention of taking any advantage of complainant's absence or of doing anything whatever to prejudice the rights of complainant--and again repeats that he had no knowledge of complainant having purchased said land or paid any purchase money or that he held any bond for title or that he had held said land as his own by his tenants for any length of time previous to his, respondent's, purchase of said Priscilla Carter as aforesaid--but has since said purchase of said Priscilla heard some such reports--that he has also understood that the pretended purchase of said complainant was for said Ruth Carter and Priscilla Carter and not for himself. Respondent further states that he has understood that his co-defendant Braswell purchased said land of said Cunningham and that his co-defendant sold his land to Benjamin Braswell and that said Cunningham executed to said Benj. Braswell a deed of said land--and that the said Benjamin Braswell sold said land to said Priscilla Carter and executed to her a deed for the same which is here filed marked Exhibit B. After which your respondent purchased the same of the said Priscilla as above stated--that the deed from said Cunningham to said Benj. Braswell was an unregistered deed and by agreement was cancelled and the said Cunningham made to respondent a deed to the same, which deed is here filed marked Exhibit C--when Respondent supposed that he had a good legal title--that all the titles that had ever been executed to said lands previous to his said purchase had been cancelled--Respondent here states that he is not advised as to whether his co-defendant John Braswell ever had any legal title to said land or not and requires proof--that he has since his said purchase sold said land to his co-defendant Reuben Carter Jr. and executed to him a quit claim deed for the same. Respondent further states that said land has been held under titles adverse to the pretended claim, that complainant is seeking to set up to said land for more than seven years previous to the filing of his bill in this cause and relies upon the statute of limitations as a defense against complainant's claim. Having fully answered all the allegations in complainant's bill or so much thereof as he is advised is material for him to answer to, prays to be dismissed with his reasonable costs.
Hiram Crabtree (signature)
7 Oct. 1867.
I, Edwin Price, of the county of Jackson and State of Tennessee have this 28th day of Sept. 1867 give the following described land to Calip W. Short, James H. Short, Edwin P. Short and David C. Short these lands ly(ing) in the county and state aforesaid and in District No. 13 on the waters of the pine lick creek and being the same conveyed to me by Robert Montgomery. Said land is bounded as follows: one tract containing 50 acres beginning on a sugar tree. . . a ridge in James Purcell's line . . . including Lemuel Cherry's old sugar camp and Rubin Carter's dwelling house. Also one other tract or parcel of land in said county of Jackson containing 200 acres held (?) by entry entered in the name of Rubin Carter in the entry taker's office of Jackson Co. TN. By entry No. 2287 bearing date 21 day of Dec. 1835 with this condition as to the last described tract where the mother (?) line crosses the creek, the fence and branch to be the line until the fence intersects said line. To have and to hold the above described tracts or parcels of lands to the said Calip W. Short, James H. Short, Edwin P. Short and David C. Short, their heirs and assigns forever, I, Edwin Price, do hereby agree and bind myself, my heirs and representatives to warrant and forever defend the title to said lands . . .
Edwin Price (his mark)
Witnesses: W. B. Roddy and Login Huffins
Registered 8 Oct. 1867.
SARAH PRICE VS. HIRAM CRABTREE AND WIFE, ET. ALS.--ORIGINAL
JOSEPH R. CRABTREE AND WIFE AND HIRAM CRABTREE AND WIFE VS. CALEB SHORT ET. ALS.
Be it remembered that these came to be heard on this the (blank) day of April 1872, the Honorable W. W. Goodpasture Chancellor presiding upon the (unreadable).
Compromise of the parties which is in the words and figures as follows, to wit:
It is therefore ordered and directed by the Court that said Causes be dismissed and that Hiram Crabtree and James F. Short pay all the cost of these Causes according to the terms of the written compromise.
It is therefore ordered and deemed by the Court that C. W. Short and the other parties mentioned in the pleadings in this Court and to the Compromise recover of the said Hiram Crabtree and James F. Short all the costs expended in these causes for which execution will (unreadable). It appearing to the Court that William H. Botts was solicitor for Sarah Price in her lifetime and as such brought and prosecuted this suit for her up to her death and that he was solicitor for C. W. Short, S. F. Short, E. P. Short and D. C. Short. It is ordered that he have a lien in the (unreadable) property and affects of Sarah Price and said shares to secure his fees and it is ordered that it be referred to the Clerk and Master to take proof and respond to next term of this Court what is a reasonable fee for said solicitor W. H. Botts.
Clay County TN, Feb. 1872.
We, Hiram Crabtree and wife Lucinda, Joseph R. Crabtree and wife Elisabeth of the first part and Caleb W. Short, Jas. F. Short, Edwin P. Short, and David C. Short of the second part, being the only heirs and claimants to the estate of Edwin Price and his widow Sarah Price, deceased.
Do hereby jointly and individually agree (for the purpose of settling up and distribution of said estate) (and for the purpose of stopping lawsuits and court expenses, etc.) do hereby jointly and individually agree to and enter into the following agreement and settlement of said estate, viz, that the above named Lucinda and Elisabeth Crabtree and Jas. F. Short shall all meet at the late residence of said decedents and divide all of the household and kitchen apparel equally into three parts, that they can willingly agree upon. And that said Jas. F. Short retain one part to be equally divided between the Shorts above named to be theirs forever. And said other two parts to be equally divided between said Crabtree women to be theirs forever. And that all the Balance of said personal assets (on hand, undisposed of) that belong to said decedents be advertised ten days at three or more public places in said county and sold to the highest bidder on 12 months credit, the purchaser giving note with approved security and drawing ten per cent interest till paid from date. And it is further agreed by us jointly and individually that Hiram Crabtree and Jas. F. Short be and is appointed to advertise, hunt up and sell and take notes due to said claimants, collect the same and hold it ready and pay it over to said claimants equally--that is to say, one third to the Short heirs and the other two thirds to the Crabtree heirs equally and take receipts for same. And it is also agreed to by us jointly and individually that the Lawsuits that is now pending in the Chancery Court at Gainesboro TN about some portions of the real estate belonging to or claimed by said decedents and their heirs be withdrawn and compromised on the following terms=that the said H. Crabtree and Jas. F. Short have them withdrawn with as little cost as need by and pay all off all cost of every kind concerning them out of the proceeds of the above named estate. Also the funeral and burial expenses and have the graves of said decedents neatly pailed in and that the land mentioned in said lawsuits remain as they were just before said suits was commenced, that is the said Short is to have the land deeded to them by E. Price to be theirs forever and the balance of said decedent's real estate to go to the Crabtree heirs to be their's forever and that they give up said Jas. F. Short the note E. Price paid off of his for a mule to H. Sweazea, also David C. Short not being present to enter into this settling, it is agreed that his brothers stand good for their assignment and let him, D. C. Short, give his consent by letter.
They give bonds of $500.
Jas. F. Short and H. Crabtree are allowed compensation for services.
Signatures of all except D. C. Short, who was signed for by C. W. Short with Power of Attorney.
AMENDED BILL OF COMPLAINT OF JOSEPH R. CRABTREE OF JACKSON CO. AGAINST
L. C. HALL, HARRISON CRAIGHEAD, HAL BROOKS, HAWOOD BROOKS, W. B. HANES AND WILLIAM JONES, OF JACKSON CO. AND THOMAS H. JONES OF KY.
. . . on 4 Jan. 1876 he filed his original injunction and attachment Bill . . . stating among other things that on the (blank) day of (blank) 1867 he purchased a note of the defendant Thomas H. Jones, executed to him by one Allen Forkum, deceased . . . due 7th March 1866. . .
. . . Jurors assigned the same to him for value received . . .
. . . 1867 he brought suit on said note against the adms. of said Forkum, dec'd, to wit, L. C. Hall and Harrison Craighead and Thomas H. Jones (He got a judgement against these men) for principal and interest.
(There are no assets in the estate of Allen Forkum dec'd, but) Thomas H. Jones owned a tract of land in District No. 2 . . . which he conveyed to said defendants Hal and Haywood Brooks--that they executed to the said T. H. Jones their note or notes for a part of the purchase price (for about $500). . . which notes were placed in the hands of Deft. W. B. Haris as agent of the said Thomas H. Jones.
Asks for attachment of these notes.
THE JOINT AND SEPARATE ANSWER of Sarah Price, Caleb W. Short, James F. Short, Edwin P. Short and David C. Short to the Bill of Complaint of Hiram Crabtree, Lucinda Crabtree, Joseph Crabtree and Elizabeth Crabtree filed against them in the Chancery Court at Gainesboro TN.
25 Aug. 1868.
These respondents answering complainants bill say that it is true that Edwin Price departed this life in Jackson county TN about Jan. 1868 intestate and they suppose that it is also true that complainants Hiram and Joseph Crabtree was appointed and qualified as his administrators by the County Court of said County of Jackson about March term 1868. Respondents further answering admit that on the 28th day of Sept. 1867 said Edwin Price conveyed to Respondents Caleb W. Short, James P. Short, Edwin P. Short, and David C. Short the lands described in Complainant's Bill, the deed to which will be filed at the hearing. But respondents positively deny that said deed was obtained by fraud or that the said Edwin Price was fraudulently (unreadable) to (unreadable) said deed. Respondents all most positively deny that said deed was obtained by a fraudulent combination of these respondents to swindle and cheat and defraud Edwin Price out of his estate and they deny that they ever did confederate themselves together for any such purpose. They admit that respondent Sarah Price is widow and relict of Edwin Price deceased, and that the other respondents are her grandchildren, the children of a son of hers by a former husband who died before her marriage with said Edwin Price. Respondents admit that Edwin Price now deceased was for about near four years before his death afflicted in body but they deny that at any, until within about three days before his death, that he ever was in the slightest degree afflicted in his mind. On the contrary, up to the Wednesday next before his death, which occurred on the Friday afterwards, he retained to the very fullest extent his mental faculties and was at all times up to that time fully competent to do all manner of business as much so as he had ever been in his life. So these respondents deny that on the day he made said deed to said land that the deceased was of unsound mind and incapable of contracting on account of want of mental capacity. That charge is untrue and is without the slightest foundation. Respondent Sarah Price further answering says that at the time she was married to her late husband Edwin Price she was a widow woman, that her husband Caleb Short died and left her a widow with one small son then about six years old named Lemuel P. Short. He is now dead and the other respondents are his children. Your respondent had some land and other means when she married Edwin Price. He was a poor man and was some in debt and she paid his debts and afterwards said deceased Edwin Price sold some of her lands. He knew if he died intestate that all his estate would go to his widow and children and that the orphan children of your respondent Sarah Price would not get one cent of his estate. Your respondent's son Lemuel P. Short, after her marriage with said Edwin Price, continued to live with her and her husband and to work and labor for said Edwin up to his manhood, and until he married, and was a good hand and did not receive (?) an education and in consideration of his services and the (unreadable) that your respondent Sarah had paid off his debts and he had used a portion of her land it seemed right to said Edwin Price that the children of said L. P. Short should have something of his estate and for that he made to them the deed (unreadable) of and specified in complainant's bill which was done fairly bona fide and in good faith and not fraudulently as is falsely charged in the bill. Respondent Sally Price says that she has about sixty dollars in silver gathered together and saved by her own economy during several years and which she says her husband never did control and which she has told the administrators. The land she claims the same as her own but will abide the decree of the Court. The other respondents have none of the decedent's money and never did have and know nothing of any money. Respondent Sarah has no paper money of his except some conscript Confederate money. Respondents will file all the title papers necessary to the proper adjustment of the matters in litigation. As to the allegation that complainants desire to have damages (?) assigned to respondents Sarah Price and of the estate of Edwin Price she states that she has filed a bill in your Honor's Court for that and other purposes and claims the direct (?) action of the Court in that case (?) on her own behalf--all of the defendants deny fraud, combination and confederation with what they stand charged and now having fully answered all the allegations in complainant's bill they pray to be (unreadable) and that respondent's (unreadable) be granted in this bill.
Sarah Price (her mark)
Signatures of James F. Short, Edwin P. Short, Caleb W. Short, and David C. Short.
REQUEST TO DISMISS CASE.
Joseph R. Crabtree vs. L. C. Hall & Harrison Craighead & Thomas H. Jones et al.
4 March 1875.
We the undersigned hereby direct the Clerk and Master of the Chancery Court at Gainesboro to dismiss the above styled cause at the cost of the defendant Thomas H. Jones, he having paid off to the complainant his debt mentioned in the bill in this cause and the said Jones, after the payment of the cost of the cause is authorized to take possession and control of the note attached in said cause.
Thomas H. Jones (signature)
Joseph R. Crabtree (signature)
BILL OF COMPLAINT OF JOSEPH R. CRABTREE
against L. C. Hall, Harrison Craighead, Hall Brooks, Haywood Brooks and W. B. Haris of Jackson Co. TN and Thomas H. Jones of KY.
. . . Allen Forcum died intestate in the county of Jackson and state of TN about the year 1866. . .
JOINT AND SEPARATE ANSWER of C. B. Lewis and her husband W. J. Lewis to Bill of Complaint filed against them by Ollie Crabtree and her husband Heiskell Crabtree.
Ollie Crabtree and C. B. Lewis are sisters.
. . . Sam Sliger and his wife M. C. Sliger for the considerations named in the bill executed and delivered to complainant Ollie Crabtree, who was at that time a single woman and named Ollie Sliger, and C. B. Lewis, the land described in the bill . . .
Plat of land included.
LAST WILL AND TESTAMENT.
I, Mary C. Sliger of Jackson Co. TN while of sound mind and in reasonably good health do appoint and set forth the following as my last will and testament
1st My indebtedness, burial expenses, doctor's bills etc. shall first be paid out of my effects.
2nd To my daughter Caroline Belle Lewis I bequeath $25.
3rd To my daughter Ollie Sliger all of my personal property and real estate consisting of whatever I may die seized and possessed of, provided
4th That my husband Samuel Sliger shall have a home and control the same as long as he lives and remains single, except to sell or otherwise dispose of said property--only for the sold advantage of the said Ollie Sliger.
5th That I do hereby appoint and empower Dow Burger (Burgess?) executor of this my last will and testament. This July 11, 1910.
Mary C. Sliger (signature)
THE JOINT AND SEPARATE ANSWER of Sam Sliger and his wife M. C. Sliger to the Cross Bill of Complaint of W. J. Lewis and his wife C. B. Lewis.
. . . Complainant Ollie, at the time of the execution of said deed (1897) . . . was a minor under the age of 21 years and was then and is now totally blind.
31 July 1899.
(From) Sam Sliger and wife Mary C. Sliger . . . for the love and affection that we have for our two children . . . (to) C. B. Lewis and Ollie Sliger . . . a tract of land lying and being in the 1st Civil District of Jackson Co. TN, the lands which we purchased of G. R. Loftis and wife and W. H. Botts and bounded as follows: Beginning at Loftis Landing on the River to the mouth of the Handcock Branch . . . to the Gainesboro and Flynn's Lick Road . . . with Dennis line . . . old Botts line . . .the old Botts and Cox line . . . to a corner made between G. R. Loftis and C. E. Reeves . . . with the road to the Spring Branch . . . to the head of the Spring including 1/2 of the Spring and cave . . . Gailbreath's line . . . Cox and Gailbreath's corner . . .containing 200 acres more or less . . .
DEPOSITION: MRS. C. B. LEWIS.
C. B. Lewis (her mark)
DEPOSITION: W. J. LEWIS.
I am the husband of C. B. Lewis.
Quest. How many have you in (your) family now?
Ans. When we are all at home, there are 14, but there are only 13 now, as one of my boys is in California.
W. J. Lewis (signature)
DEPOSITIION: OLLIE CRABTREE.
I was born Jan. 25, 1878, which makes me 36 years old. I live in the 10th Civil District of this county.
(I was married) three years ago last Oct.
I have two children.
My eyes were put out by cataract.
Ollie Crabtree (her mark)
DEPOSITION: HASKELL CRABTREE.
Haskell Crabtree (his mark)
DEPOSITION: W. M. GAILBREATH.
I was raised near this land (in dispute) and I now own an adjoining farm.
W. M. Gailbreath (signature)
DEPOSITION: T. D. WEST.
T. D. West (signature)
DEPOSITION: G. H. DENIS.
I am 40 years old. I am a farmer.
Quest. Who had charge of said farm after G. R. Loftis left it up to the time Lewis took charge and how long did each stay there.
Ans. I can't state exactly. My brother William Dennis stayed there three years and maybe four years and R. L. Dismukes stayed there one year and then Pleas Tays and Doxie West rented it for one year and then W. J. Lewis took possession.
G. H. Dennis (signature)
DEPOSITION: T. M. GAILBREATH.
I am 66 years old. I live in the 11th District of this County. I am a farmer and lawyer. I know the farm on which Defendant now lives. I have known it all my life. I was born and raised in sight of it. I live on an adjoining farm now.
T. M. Gailbreath (signature)
Depositions taken: 31 March 1914.
DEPOSITION: J. T. WEST.
I am going on 75 years old. I live in the 1st Civil District of this county. I am a farmer.
J. T. West (signature)
DEPOSITION: W. M. DENIS.
I am 49 years old. I live in the 11th District of this county. I am a farmer.
I cultivated the farm (in dispute) three or four years. I don't remember the exact years but I think I went there about 20 years ago, which would make it 1893 . . .
W. M. Denis (signature)
DEPOSITION: JOHN P. GAILBREATH.
I am 57 years of age. I live in the 11th district of this county and a farmer. I was born and raised on an adjoining farm (to the one in dispute).
J. P. Gailbreath (signature)
REPORT OF SALE.
20 June 1914.
Entire tract of land sold to Ollie Crabtree for $16,675.00
Accounts of estate.
Few documents. Something about money paid for schooling children. (bp)
Depositions taken: 1 Sept. 1883.
DEPOSITION: WINNEY STRODE.
Aged 46 years.
Joseph Crabtree is Brison (Bryson) Crabtree's father.
I am the defendant's (David Strode's) wife.
Winney Strode (her mark)
DEPOSITION: MARY JONES.
Aged 33 years.
Quest. In what years did you teach school?
Ans. In '73 and '4.
I am a married woman. I was married Dec. 10, 1876.
. . .father Joseph Crabtree . . .
Quest. You will state what your maiden name was.
Ans. Mary Crabtree.
Mary L. Jones (signature)
DEPOSITION: NANCY HARDCASTLE.
Aged 45 years.
Nancy Hardcastle (her mark)
4 Oct. 1915.
. . . it will be necessary to take the deposition of Campbell Eldridge, Mary Eldridge, (&) Rain Daily, that two of them are women and old and not able to attend Court and likely to die before he can give the regular notice as required by law. They are also transient and of no fixed place of residence and they are now at Hill Ham (Hilham, Overton Co.) TN and will be there for a few days.
Depositions taken: 11 Oct. 1915 at residence of Campbell Eldridge in 3rd District of Overton Co.
DEPOSITION: RANEY DAILY.
My occupation is house duty. I live near Hilham in 3rd District of Overton Co.
(The parties to this suit) are not living together now. They have been separated about four years.
I have visited the plaintiff and defendant while they were living together. They seemed to be getting along very well so far as I knew.
Quest. Do you know why they are not living together now.
Ans. She drove Tobe Crabtree off and she, Martha Crabtree, said if he had not left she would have kicked him over the fence.
She said she would suffer her throat cut before she would ever live with defendant again and she has not lived with him any since. He has gone there to see his children and she would turn her back on him.
I am not any kind of relation to these parties.
Rainey Daily (her mark)
Age 62 years old.
I live near Hilham TN. My occupation a farmer.
Campbell Eldridge (his mark)
DEPOSITION: MARY ELDRIDGE.
Aged 39 years.
My residence is Hilham TN. My occupation housekeeper.
I think Henry Wilson separated them.
Tobe tried to drive Wilson off and defendant said if Tobe drove Wilson off she would kick Tobe outside, that Wilson had as much right there as Tobe.
(Henry Wilson and the defendant) are not related as I know of.
Mary Eldridge (her mark)
PETITION of Tobe Crabtree of Jackson Co. TN against Martha Crabtree, residence unknown, but was Overton Co.
29 June 1915.
. . . he and defendant were married in Putnam county TN and lived together a long time and on or about June five years ago they separated and have not lived together since . . .
. . . defendant has willfully and maliciously deserted the petitioner . . .
Petitioner . . .has been a resident Citizen of TN all his life and he is now 54 years old . . .
Asks for a divorce.
ANSWER of Thomas Huffines and Alexander M. Ferguson to a Bill of Complaint filed by Harrison Craighead, John Long, Locke Long, and William Long.
Respondent Thomas Huffines says that he admits that he and his co-defendants were partners in trade in buying, prizing, and freighting tobacco to New Orleans and that respondent and his co-partners are indebted to complainant . Respondent denies that he has fraudulently conveyed by deeds . . .to Ferguson for the purpose of hindering or delaying complainants in the collection of their just debts, but he says he was indebted to his co-defendant Ferguson in the sum of over $2900 and in order to pay said debt he conveyed to said Ferguson a tract of land . . .
BILL OF COMPLAINT of Harrison Craighead, John Long, Lock Long & William Craighead Long of Jackson Co. TN against Adam P. Huffines of KY, Oliver (?) Young (?) of LA, Thomas Huffines & Alexander Ferguson of Jackson Co. TN.
Adam P. Huffines and Thomas Huffines are indebted by note to complainants . . . and also for work and labor done by them . . .in order to hinder and delay your complainants in the collection of their just debts, said defendant Huffine's fraudulently conveyed by deed . . . a considerable quantity of Real Estate . . .
ANSWER of Adam P. Huffines.
. . . he executed a deed in trust to Robert F. Richmond as trustee for a tract of land of about three acres called Highland on Wartrace Creek in Jackson county TN in District No. 3 bounded by said creek and the lands of the heirs of Henry Jones and another tract of about five acres in said county and state and civil district bounded by the lands of Tho. Huffines and heirs of Henry Jones . . .Defendant also executed a deed in trust to said R F. Richmond as trustee for a tract of land of 150 acres in said county and state and District No. 13 . . .
Depositions taken: 25 June 1867.
DEPOSITION: JOHN M. LONG.
Aged 45 years.
John M. Long (signature)
DEPOSITION: CHARLES L. LONG.
Aged 38 years.
Charles L. Long (signature)
BILL OF COMPLAINT of M. H. Craighead, James Craighead, Sarah Craighead, Mariah C. Craighead and her husband Sid Craighead, Mary Clark and her husband B.D. Clark, E.A. Craighead, all citizens of Jackson county TN against
John Borden, Sarah Russell and her husband Thos. Russell, heirs at law of Charlotte G. Borden, deceased, all citizens of Macon county TN, Harley Borden, a citizen of Jackson county TN, also heir at law of C.E. Borden, a deceased daughter, and a minor, Wm. Ray, husband of Tabitha Ray, now deceased, whose residence is the state of KY, Geo. Ray (a son of Wm. Ray), who resides in the state of TX, Sarah Clark, daughter of Wm. Ray, a minor, Sid Clark, her husband, who resides in Jackson county TN, Bailey Ray, Sidney Ray & Mary Ray, all minors who live in the state of KY, heirs at law of Tabitha Ray, deceased.
18 Aug. 1898.
. . . John Craighead died intestate in Jackson county TN on the (blank) day of March 1898 seized and possessed and the owner in fee simple of the following described land to wit: Lying in the 2nd Civil District of Jackson county TN bounded on the North by Martha Speakman and lands of Geo. P. Hix, on the East by lands of Joseph Ray, on the South by lands of E. A. Craighead and John Sloan, on the West by Wesly (Wesley) Carter lands, now owned by Martha Low, containing about 300 acres more or less and being the same lands embraced by deed given by Geo. P. and Thomas A. Hicks and Deed from James W. Draper and being the same land that John Craighead lived on for many years and did at the time of his death.
M. A. Craighead and B. D. Clark were appointed Administrators of the estate of said deceased.
The complainants and defendants except husbands of married women are the children and grandchildren of said decedent.
The defendants John Borden, Sarah Russell and Harley Borden, the last two of whom are minors under the age of 21 years without general guardians are children and heirs of Charlotte E. Borden, a deceased daughter.
The defendants Geo. Ray, Bailey Ray, Sid Ray, Mary Ray and Sarah Clark are all minors under the age of 21 years of age without general guardians and are heirs at law of Tabitha Ray, a deceased daughter. Wm. Ray is her husband. Defendant Sid Clark is intermarried with defendant Sarah Clark.
Asks that land be sold, as it cannot be divided among all the heirs.
DEPOSITION: S. G. GAINES.
73 years of age.
. . . have known the land nearly all my life and live in about 1 1/2 miles of the land.
S. G. Gaines (signature)
DEPOSITION: G. P. HIX.
56 years of age.
I know said lands and have known it all my life and live on an adjoining farm.
G. P. Hix (signature)
DEPOSITION: M. H. CRAIGHEAD.
57 years of age.
. . . there are 8 shares or heirs entitled to share therein . . .
M. H. Craighead (signature)
DEPOSITION: M. W. GAINES.
69 years of age.
. . . have known them (the lands) nearly all my life.
M. W. Gaines (signature)
DEPOSITION: W. B. JENKINS.
51 years of age.
I live joining it (land of John Craighead).
W. B. Jenkins (his mark)
DEPOSITION: W. H. SADLER.
W. H. Sadler (signature)
REPORT OF LAND SALE.
R. V. Brooks purchased the land for $1000.
Sold 29 Dec. 1898.
Depositions taken: 21 June 1861.
DEPOSITION: CHRISTOPHER HOWERTON.
Aged about 31 years.
I wanted to rent a place that year (1859.)
Christopher Howerton (his mark)
DEPOSITION: JOHN W. CONDRA.
About 40 years of age.
John W. Condra (signature)
DEPOSITION: A. W. DEWHITT.
Aged about 41 years.
Polly, his (W. C. Cherry's) wife was her (Elizabeth Crawford's) child . . .
A. W. Dewhitt (signature)
DEPOSITION: SILAS BLYTHES.
Aged about 33 years.
I came here in Jackson county last March. I came from Monroe county KY here.
I live on the land now in controversy between the parties in this suit. I went there to crop it with Robert Weaver and Weaver and myself worked together. I moved there under a contract with Weaver.
Silas Blythes (his mark)
DEPOSITION: ISAAC CRAWFORD.
About 51 years of age.
. . .she (Elizabeth Crawford) and Brother James was married.
Isaac Crawford (signature)
DEPOSITION: LEWIS M. CAMPETT.
. . . Joseph Crawford, son of complainant Elizabeth Crawford . . .
I accompanied him (Joseph Crawford) from Missouri (back to Jackson county) in Jan. or Feb. 1860.
L. M. Cappett (signature)
DEPOSITION: ANDREW BOWMAN.
Aged about 46 years.
Her (Elizabeth Crawford's) son Jo lives with her.
A. Bowman (his mark)
ANSWER of Wilson C. Cherry and his wife Polly Cherry to the Bill of Complaint of Elizabeth Crawford.
Lengthy and very difficult to read.
W. C. Cherry (signature)
A. Mary Cherry (signature)
This indenture made and entered into this 26th day of Feb. 1859 between Elizabeth Crawford of the one part and Wilson C. Cherry of the other part witnesseth that the said Elizabeth Crawford being old and infirm in body has in consideration of said Cherry's promises and agreement in writing to live with and support and take care of her during life etc. and in consideration of the love and affection she has for her daughter, given, granted, bargained and sold and does by these presents give, grant and sell and hereby transfer and convey unto him the following described tracts of land in Jackson county, TN, one tract . . .to Alexander Lowrey's tract of land . . . a sugartree on the bank of line creek . . . containing 250 acres. It is understood that all of said boundary of land on the north side of said Creek supposed to be about 2 acres is excepted in this Conveyance. The other tract adjoins the first named one and begins . . . east to Samuel Hodges . . . containing 10 acres which lands were conveyed to James Crawford by Rosanah Gakle and the title thereof divested out of said James and vested in said Elizabeth by decree of the Circuit Court of Jackson county at it's March term thereof 1857 in the case tried in said Court of said Elizabeth against James Crawford and which lands are now in said Elizabeth's possession but the possession is now to be yielded to said Cherry to have and to hold unto him the said Cherry his heirs and assigns forever.
Elizabeth Crawford (her mark)
LAST WILL AND TESTAMENT.
I, Elizabeth Crawford of Jackson county TN do make, ordain and publish this my last will and testament in manner and form as follows
First, I have conveyed to my son in law W. C. Cherry all my lands in consideration of the love and affection I have for him and my daughter and in consideration of their promise and obligation to support and take care of me the balance of my life time and the deed is made. Now I give and bequeath to my son in (unreadable) Wilson C. Cherry in trust for my son Joseph Crawford $1600 desiring that it made to be on interest from my death till said Joseph arrives to 21 years of age and then I instruct said Cherry to pay it out and vest it in land for my son and have the deed made to him. The investment is to be made where and as said Cherry may think most to my said son's interest.
All the balance of my estate I give to be equally divided amongst my other children, to wit: William, Scott and James Crawford.
If my said son Joseph should die having no children before his said money is vested in land, then and in that event I instruct it paid out equally among my surviving children and their children, to wit, said Cherry and wife, Wm., Scott and James Crawford.
And lastly I appoint and request my friend J. H. Leslie my executor to execute and carry out this will.
Given under my hand this 26 Feb. 1859.
Elizabeth Crawford (her mark)
Witnesses: J. H. Leslie, A. I. Martin, A. J. Clements.
BILL OF COMPLAINT of Elizabeth Crawford against Wilson C. Cherry and Polly Cherry.
. . . she is very old near 60 years of age . . .
Claims she was very sick and of very feeble mind when she deeded her land to W. C. Cherry and his wife, and that they unduly influenced her.
Claims W. C. Cherry has, since the deed was made, been drinking heavily and abusing and cursing her and she cannot bear to live with them.
States that if she had not been unduly influenced she would not have left all of her land to just one child.
She left the house of W. C. Cherry and went to the house of her kinsman J. Mullinix.
She wants the deed set aside, and if it cannot be, she wants an annuity to provide for her maintenance.
Deposition taken: 28 March 1871 in Tompkinsville, Monroe county KY.
DEPOSITION: JABEZ C. GIST.
Aged 45 years.
J. C. Gist (signature)
Depositions taken: 17 May 1875 in Monroe county KY.
DEPOSITION: JAMES CRAWFORD.
My age is 43 years. My residence is Monroe county KY. Occupation a farmer.
(Elizabeth Crawford) is living with me in Monroe county KY. She has been living with me ever since Aug. 1859.
James Crawford (signature)
DEPOSITION: ELIZABETH CRAWFORD.
Age 73 years.
I did stay there (with Wilson C. Cherry) a little over one year.
I left his house and went to J. W. Mullinaxes and remained there a short time and then went to James Crawford's and have lived with him ever since. Since I have been living with James Crawford he has been furnishing and providing for me during the whole time. I had nothing when I went to live with him except one cow and a chunk of a horse. . .
Elizabeth Crawford (her mark)
In consideration of a conveyance this day made to me by Elizabeth Crawford for two tracts of land in Jackson Co. TN, containing about 250 acres, I agree to bind myself to her to support, nurse, take care of and support her in a comfortable and kind and affectionate manner (medical bills excepted) for and during her natural life. The understanding is that I am to remove to and live upon said lands and that she is to live with me. And it's further understood that what stock she has now is to remain on the place and she have it taken care of until she can conveniently sell it off and she is to keep all the time if she desire, and also a horse (unreadable) and a milk cow and I am to furnish food for them. Her son Joseph is to be allowed to stay with her and be supported and clothed and allowed to raise and keep a reasonable quantity of stock on the place till he is 21 years old. I am to finish paying for the work that has been done lately on the porches on said place. All the above understandings I bind myself to perform on the penalty of $3000. Given under my hand this 26 Feb. 1859.
Wilson C. Cherry (signature)
Depositions taken: 18 Dec. 1860.
DEPOSITION: MRS. DICY LACKY.
Aged 27 years.
. . . a week before Carol Cherry moved there.
Dicy Ann Lackey (her mark)
DEPOSITION: JAMES CRAWFORD.
I live at Centerville with and am clerking for my father at Centerville in his store. I am the son of complainant.
J. M. Crawford (signature)
Depositions taken: 26 Nov. 1860.
DEPOSITION: THOMAS GULLY.
I have visited the complainant frequently in her afflictions. I was a bleeder and will go to bleed her. She would send for me. I am somewhat acquainted with the habits of defendant Cherry. He is a man that makes use of a good deal of liquors. I see him very often very much under the influence of it.
Thomas Gully (his mark)
DEPOSITION: NANCY LACKY.
Nancy Lacky (her mark)
DEPOSITION: SALLY GULLY
I am the wife of Thomas Gully Jr. Complainant's son Scott married my daughter.
Sally Gully (her mark)
DEPOSITION: JOSEPH CRAFFORD (CRAWFORD)
I am the son of complainant.
I returned to the house where my mother and defendant lived after I returned from the State of Missouri in a crippled condition . . .
Joseph Crawford (signature)
DEPOSITION: P. H. LESLIE.
Age 42 years.
Major Leslie . . .
. . . Carol and Polly . . .
. . . Carol Cherry . . .
P. H. Leslie (signature)
DEPOSITION: LYDIA TOLMAN.
Age 28 years.
Lydia Tolman (her mark)
DEPOSITION: JAMES GULLY SEN.
James Gully (his mark)
DEPOSITION: WM. COPASS.
I lived on (the farm in controversy) several years.
William Copass (signature)
THE AMENDED BILL OF REVIEN of Elizabeth Crawford by her next friend James R. Talert vs. Christopher Meador (Meadow/Meadows) and Lewis Crawford and Isaac Crawford.
. . . her said husband Isaac Crawford . . .
She asks that the previous decree be set aside.
. . . Estate of her father, Henry Eakle, dec'd . . .
Elizabeth believes that her husband did not represent her interests. This document is very hard to read because of bleed through.
. . . her husband at or about the time of said decree was insolvent and subject to almost incessant intoxication and as time passed on he has gotten worse in habits of intemperance than ever, if possible and she is afflicted and almost penniless and has to rely now mainly upon herself for support for herself and family.
ANSWER OF CHRISTOPHER MEADOW.
. . .he purchased the interest of said Complainant and wife in the estate of Henry Eakle, dec'd. . .
He paid a total of $437.50 for this share, the share is now found to be worth only $340.
Isaac Crawford said he had kinsmen in Sullivan county TN.
THE BILL OF COMPLAINT of Elizabeth Crawford, a citizen of Monroe county KY, by her next friend J. R. Tollert against Isaac Crawford, also of Monroe county KY and Christopher Meadow of Jackson county TN.
25 Oct. 1858.
She (Elizabeth Crawford) and the said Isaac was married about the 12th day of Feb. 1835 and that her name before she was married was Elizabeth Eakle and her father Henry died about 1852 or 3.
. . . at the time of filing of said Bill by the said Meadow, her and her husband was the owners of a small farm in Jackson county TN which made them a home.
But by means of filing said Bill by said Meador (Meadow), and influencing the said Isaac to make said trade, their little home and all was swept (?) from under them, leaving your oratrix without a home, sickly with a drunken, inebriate husband subject to spasms and fits with but little mind. Your oratrix will here state that upon her and her husband being compelled to leave the home spoken of, the brother of her husband, James Crawford, through kindness and pity permitted them, and still permits them, to live on a farm of his in the state of KY. . .
Elizabeth Crawford (her mark)
Depositions taken: 23 June 1854.
DEPOSITION: WILLIAM CRAWFORD.
About the age of 29.
I saw the power of attorney from Veach Light to said C. Meadow and Isaac Crawford authorizing them to draw and receipt for his share in the estate of his grandfather in Sullivan county TN.
I heard a Will read in Court in Washington county TN as the last Will of Veach Light--it was in litigation at the time and by that Will the Negroes were to be set free.
William Crawford (signature)
DEPOSITION: SCOTT CRAWFORD.
Scott Crawford (signature)
DEPOSITION: REBECCA SPEAKMAN.
Aged 28 years.
Rebecca Speakman (her mark)
ANSWER OF ENSLEY WILLMORE to Bill of Complaint of Christopher Meadow.
Admits he has been indebted to Isaac Crawford.
Ensley Willmore (signature)
SEPARATE ANSWER OF S. W. CASSETTY
. . . he sold the lands and one negro belonging to the estate of Henry Eakle by order of the County Court of Jackson county, which was sold on the 24th day of Jan. 1853 upon a credit of twelve months, all of which was sold for the sum of $5313.75 and that Isaac Crawford and Elizabeth Crawford, being heirs of the estate of Henry Eakle dec'd, is entitled to about one fifteenth part of the proceeds after the costs is all paid, which will leave to each heir about $345.00.
S. W. Cassetty (signature)
BILL OF COMPLAINT of Christopher Meadows against Isaac Crawford and Elizabeth Crawford.
12 Sept. 1853.
Defendants are in possession of land in said county (Jackson) containing about 100 acres in District No. 5 on the waters of Line Creek adjoining the lands of Christian Eakle and others . . .
Depositions taken: 4 Jan. 1855.
DEPOSITION: JACOB COPASS.
Age about 22 years.
Jacob Copass (his mark)
DEPOSITION: LEWIS CRAWFORD.
Aged 36 years.
Lewis Crawford (his mark)
DEPOSITION: WILLIAM PLUMLEE.
Aged 62 years.
William Plumlee (signature)
SEPARATE ANSWER of Christopher Meaders (Meadows/Meadow) to Bill filed by Elizabeth Crawford by her next friend.
7 April 1859.
Admits that said Isaac Crawford is now and has been for some time past a confirmed inebriate . . .
She (Elizabeth Crawford) is respondent's (Christopher Meaders/Meadows) sister in law.
AMENDED AND SUPPLEMENTAL ANSWER of Christopher Meadow to the bill filed against him by Isaac Crawford in the Chancery Court at Gainesboro.
Respondent states that he let the horse of Complainant that he stood in the year 1853 in partnership as stated in Complainant's Bill and Respondent's Answer herein before filed--to the following mares at the prices herein stated.
15 Jan. 1855.
Widow Ferguson one mare @1.50
Thomas Bean two mares for 5.00
Sarah Gist one mare 2.00
Widow Gist one mare 1.75
Samuel Comer one mare 2.00
C. Heays two mares for 3.00
John Heays one mare 3.00
John Comer one mare 3.00
George Miles two mares 6.00
Widow York one mare 2.00
Daniel Parsley one mare 3.00
Polly King one mare 2.00
Wilson Cherry one mare 3.00
Samuel Crawford two mares 4.00
John Deckard two mares 4.00
J. C. Gist one mare 1.50
A. Herod one mare 3.00
Wm. Holland one mare 3.00
John Morrison one mare 3.00
Thomas Comer one mare 3.00
Henry Ritter one mare 2.00
L. Sweazey one mare 3.00
Isaiah Davis one mare 3.00
The following claims are for mares that were put by the insurance and failed to prove in foal, to wit:
Stewart Vincent one mare
James Fields one mare
H. R. Browning one mare
James Hibbits one mare
Hiram Gist one mare
J. T. Wood one mare
Timothy Smith one mare
Francis Mars one mare
James Britt one mare
Stewart Vincent one mare
Allen Davis one mare
Mrs. Defournatt one mare
Hawkins Browning one mare
Van Buren Keen one mare
James Keith one mare
Alexander Harlan two mares
Moore Richmond one mare
That Mrs. Stith and Mrs. Browning each put one mare and since left the country without paying the claims which will be a loss to Complainant and Respondent. Nancy Stewart and Flemming Merritt each put one mare at $2.00 which claims are good but not collected as yet. Thomas Gully put one mare at $2.50 and paid the same to Complainant Isaac Crawford. Calvin Harland put one mare at $3.00 and paid the same with his account against Respondent and Complainant as shown and stated in Respondent's Answer.
Sam Thomas put one mare at $3.00
Isaac Crawford put one mare $3.00
William Hibbits two mares $6.00
The above named four (sic) to be charged to Complainant Isaac Crawford and to be accounted for by him in settlement of the partnership accounts and transactions.
That James Decker put one mare @ $3.00 and Respondent has his note the claim the solvency of which is doubtful.
Wm. Jackson one mare at $2.50 for which Respondent has his note and which is insolvent.
Deposition taken: 8 July 1854.
DEPOSITIONS: JAMES P. KEEN.
Aged about 42 years.
James P. Keen (signature)
POWER OF ATTORNEY BY VEACH LIGHT.
. . . the Estate of Veach Light, my grandfather in Sullivan County and State of Tennessee . . .
Veach Light (his mark)
. . . the death of defendants Alexander Keith and L. D. Sweazea were suggested and admitted of record at the March term of 1880 . . .
BILL OF COMPLAINT of Isaac Crawford
. . . at the July term 1853 (at) the County Court of Jackson Co. TN the Respondent Lewis Crawford was by the County Court of said County duly appointed guardian for Telitha Eakle and Jacob Eakle and he gave bond as such with James Keach who is now dead and defendant Alexander Keach as his securities . . .
Said Tilitha Eakle was then a minor but she is now of full age and has intermarried with the defendant Wiley Webster and they are now man and wife and living together in the state of KY..
Henry Eakle, dec'd., who was the father of defendant Tilitha . . .
DEPOSITION: ROBERT PEDIGO.
57 years old.
R. Petigo (signature)
DEPOSITION: ALLEN DAVIS.
Alen Davis (signature)
SEPARATE ANSWER OF LARKIN D. SWEAZEA.
. . . he supposes that it is true as alleged by the Complainant in his bill that Lewis Crawford was appointed guardian to Jacob Eakle and Tilitha Eakle . . .
Hester (Tilitha) Eakle lived with her guardian for many years . . .
Tilitha is referred to as Hester throughout this document (bp)
L. D. Swezea (signature)
Complainant James Crawford charges that on the 20th day of Feb. 1861 he sold to the defendant William Bean a tract of land lying in the county of Jackson in Civil District No. 5 and bounded by the lands of Christopher Meadows on the North, Parish Sims on the West, and the lands formerly owned by Benjamin White on the East and the lands of Allen Davis and George Miles and others on the South, containing about 110 acres more or less . . .
The defendant in consideration of said land executed to complainant his two notes for the sum of $141.37 each, both dated 20th day of February 1861 . . .these notes are yet due . . .
Dispute about $50.
Some year or more ago, Christopher Clements and defendant James Crawford owned different banks of a mill seat on Line Creek--James Crawford on his bank had a grist mill--Christopher Clements (Clemons) on his, the opposite bank, had a saw mill. Your orator bought Clements' bank and saw mill.
Depositions taken: 3 Dec. 1855.
DEPOSITION: J. C. GIST.
Aged about 30 years.
Levi Gist is now dead and I became his administrator . . .
J. C. Gist (signature)
DEPOSITION: CHISTOPHER CLEMONS
Aged about 63 years.
Christopher Clemons (signature)
BILL OF COMPLAINT of James Crawford.
Dispute about debts.
Depositions taken: 13 March 1901.
DEPOSITION: M. H. DRAPER.
Is administrator of William Draper, deceased.
. . . was at J. H. Crawford's, the Henry Sadler place, near Brook Ferry, some four or five miles from here (Wm. Draper's old home place). I notified Haywood Crawford . . . (J. H. Crawford is referred to as Haywood Crawford throughout. (bp)
DEPOSITION: WADE H. DRAPER.
I was 43 years old last January. I live on Wartrace Creek in the 3rd District of Jackson County TN. I am a son of Wm. Draper, dec'd. I know the complainant Vitura Crawford. She is my sister.
I had a conversation with Vitura Crawford one night at my house on Wartrace Creek in Jackson county in December 1900. My wife Parasetta Draper heard the conversation. I asked Vitura if she had a contract with her and my father Wm. Draper in his life time in which he was to pay her for her services for staying with him and waiting on him during 16 years while she was (a) single woman. She replied that she knew nothing of a contract.
. . . during the time Crawford and his wife lived with him (Wm. Draper).
W. H. Draper (signature)
DEPOSITON: TALITHA J. MOSLEY.
I am (a daughter of Wm. Draper dec'd).
Talitha J. Moseley (her mark)
DEPOSITION: PARESETTA DRAPER.
I know the complainant Vitura Crawford. We are sisters-in-law. I am the wife of Wade Draper.
Parisetta Draper (her mark)
Deposition taken: 13 March 1901.
DEPOSITION: ELMORE FORKUM.
Elmore Forkum (signature)
Depositions taken: 10 May 1900.
DEPOSITION: JOHN M. DRAPER.
52 years of age.
I reside in Indian Creek in the 2nd District of Jackson county TN. I am a farmer.
(Wm. Draper, dec'd) was my father.
Quest. What was the condition of your father's health for the last ten or twelve years of his life?
Ans. His health was tolerably good for an old man--he sometimes had a kind of swimming in his head--outside of this his health was reasonably good. He went where he pleased.
J. M. Draper (his mark)
DEPOSITION: M. A. GAINS.
In the spring of the year 1896, the year Haywood lived here with Wm. Draper . . .
The next year, 1897, the harrow was sold at Wm Draper's (estate) sale.
M. A. Gaines (signature)
DEPOSITION: REDFORD DRAPER.
(Wm. Draper, dec'd) was my grandfather.
(The harrow) was sold. Father and Uncle Marsh Gaines bought it. (J. M. Draper said earlier that he and Marsh Gaines bought it. bp.)
Radford Draper (signature)
DEPOSITION: A. M. FORKUM.
(Wm. Draper, dec'd.) was my grandfather.
. . . Uncle John Draper . . .
A. M. Forkum (signature)
DEPOSITION: EMMA A. GAINS.
(Wm. Draper, dec'd) was my father.
He (Wm. Draper, dec'd) was at my house the day he was stricken down on Thursday before he died Saturday morning.
E. A. Gaines (signature)
BILL OF COMPLAINT of J. H. Crawford & his wife Vitura Crawford against M. H. Draper, Adm. of Wm. Draper, dec'd.
Wm. Draper departed this life on the 8th May 1897 intestate in Jackson county TN.
. . . Vitura Crawford is a daughter of said deceased, and that she and J. H. Crawford intermarried on 3 Oct. 1894. . .
. . .on or about Oct. 1882 the wife of William Draper died . . .
Claim Wm. Draper contracted with Vitura to employ her to wait upon and attend to him. After her marriage, she and J. H. Crawford later had a similar agreement with Wm. Draper. In both instances there was to be reasonable compensation. Also claim half interest of a harrow sold as part of the estate of Wm. Draper. They further claim that Wm. Draper owed J. H. Crawford for some lumber Draper bought from Crawford.
THE SEPARATE ANSWER OF M. H. DRAPER.
. . . Wm Draper having sold his land before his death--and divided the proceeds among his children.
Depositions taken: no date.
DEPOSITION: HENDERSON JONES.
Age 52 years. Occupation mechanic.
H. B. Jone (signature)
DEPOSITION: V. V. MOSELY.
V. V. Mosely (his mark)
Depositions taken: 12 Sept. 1900.
DEPOSITION: JOHN SLOAN.
I was 82 third day of this month. I reside on Indian Creek in Jackson county. I am a farmer.
J. C. Sloan (signature)
DEPOSITION: W. A. CRAWFORD.
I am 51 past. Farmer by occupation. I live in the 11th District of Jackson county.
(I am ) a brother of J. H. Crawford. W. A. Crawford (signature)
Deposition taken: 13 Sept. 1900.
DEPOSITION: SAM HANKINS.
I am 26 years old, live on Indian Creek.
S. D. Hankins (signature)
Depositions taken: 14 Sept. 1900.
DEPOSITION: DANIEL MORGAN.
I am 53 next Nov. . . am a farmer.
(In 1896) I lived in the 2nd District on the farm of Wm. Draper, dec'd.
Quest. What rent did you pay for the land you cultivated.
Ans. I paid 1/3 of the crop.
He (Wm. Draper, dec'd) had some kind of spells all at once and they told me he would take them and have to be taken to bed. He was very feeble all the year I was there when he was in bed and had a doctor with him often.
D. B. Morgan (signature)
DEPOSITION: JAMES MAJOR.
I am 42 years old and live at Highland TN and am a farmer.
I knew Wm. Draper in this lifetime. I rented land from him the year J. H. Crawford lived there.
I paid him 1/3 of the crop.
I run a peddling wagon that year (1896.)
James Major (his mark)
Deposition taken: 27 Aug. 1901.
DEPOSITION: W. T. Poston.
I have had a right smart looking after my Aunt. She lived with me for a number of years and I had to care for and look after her.
W. T. Poston (signature)
Depositions taken: 29 Aug. 1901.
DEPOSITION: W. B. CARVER.
My age is 84. I reside in 3rd Civil District of Jackson Co.
W. B. Carver (signature)
DEPOSITION: J. H. CRAWFORD.
J. H. Crawford (signature)
DEPOSITION: VITURA CRAWFORD.
Vitry Crawford (signature)
Deposition taken: 9 Sept. 1901.
DEPOSITION: WM. VEECH.
W. T. Veatch (signature)
Depositions taken: 14 Sept. 1901.
DEPOSITION: W. T. VEACH.
Quest. Do you know the general character of Wm. H. Draper.
Ans. Yes sir, I think I do.
Quest. Is it good or bad.
Ans. I consider Mr. Draper's character good. I have known him ever since he was a boy.
Quest. Isn't it part of his character that he whipped his wife.
Ans. I have heard that he whipped his second wife--that is, his last wife. He has been married twice. I never heard anything about him whipping his first wife.
W. T. Veatch (signature)
Depositions taken: 22 Aug. 1901.
DEPOSITION: JNO. M. DRAPER.
My little boy Radford . . .
Quest. Did you buy the place from your father in his lifetime, if so, when and what did you give for the place and how did you pay for it.
Ans. Yes sir. I bought it from him in his lifetime. It was in August before he died, that fall I think. I paid $3000 for the place and paid for it in money. He (Wm. Draper, dec'd) divided some of it. I could not say how much he divided. He divided it between all of his children as I understood. I had gone to KY and I understood all the children met and he divided it between them.
I lived near Franklin KY four miles this side, sorter east, when I bought it (his father's farm).
He was eighty odd when he died.
J. M. Draper (his mark)
DEPOSITION: M. A. GAINS.
M. A. Gaines (signature)
Depositions taken: 23 Aug. 1901.
DEPOSITION: ELMON FORKUM.
42 years of age.
. . .my grandfather, Wm. Draper. . .
I live above Marsh Gaines on his place . . .
A. M. Forkum (signature)
(He clearly signs A. M., and the name written by the clerk is clearly Elmon. bp.)
DEPOSITION: MRS. EMMA GAINES.
My mother died in 1882.
Emie Gaines (signature)
DEPOSITION: M. H. DRAPER.
M. H. Draper (signature)
Deposition taken: 11 March 1901.
DEPOSITION: JAMES MAJORS.
Aged 42 years.
Residence Highland TN. Occupation wagoner.
J. H. Majors (his mark)
DEPOSITION: CHARLEY HUFFINES.
My age is 26 years. Residence is Highland TN and my occupation is farming.
Charly Huffines (signature)
DEPOSITION: W. T. VEECH.
My age is 59. Residence Highland TN. Occupation blacksmithing.
W. T. Veatch (signature)
DEPOSITION: GEORGE MINCHY.
My age is 33 years. Residence 3rd Civil District of Jackson Co. TN. Occupation farming.
George Minchy (his mark)
DEPOSITION: P. E. WOOD.
My age 63 years. My residence is the 3rd Civil District in Jackson co. TN. My occupation farming.
P. E. Wood (signature)
DEPOSITION: W. A. CRAWFORD.
W. A. Crawford (signature)
Depositions taken: 12 March 1901.
DEPOSITION: J. H. CRAWFORD.
48 years old. I live 3rd Civil District of Jackson co. TN. I am a farmer.
. . .his (Wm. Draper, dec'd) son John Draper . . .
(Marsh) Gaines wife was Wm. Draper's youngest daughter.
J. H. Crawford (signature)
Depositions taken: 13 March 1901.
DEPOSITION: VITURA CRAWFORD.
(I am) the wife of J. H. Crawford and the daughter of Wm. Draper.
Quest. How long before your father's death did your mother die.
Ans. About fourteen years.
Vitury Crawford (signature)
DEPOSITION: O. M. WHITE.
I am a physician and reside (on) Wartrace Creek in Jackson Co.
(Wm. Draper's health, for four or five years prior to his death) was not very good.
The old man had a few real sick spells. A good many times I have been called when he would loose consciousness for a while and would fall.
His (Wm. Draper dec'd) last wife and him had separated . . .
O. M. White (signature)
ADM. SETTLEMENT OF ESTATE OF WM. DRAPER, DEC'D.
30 September 1901.
Prata Shares to: Vina Brooks, Roxy Hanskin, Brocket and John Brooks (Brocket's share).
A. W. Crocker vs. James M. Richardson, Elizabeth Spivy and her husband William Spivy, Polly Moss and her husband Thompson Moss.
REPORT OF SALE of the land in the Pleadings.
That the title to said land which is bounded and described as follows, to wit: lying and being in District No. 16 of Jackson Co. TN, beginning at a beech. . . to S. Conland's Mill tract, thence on top of the ridge with his line to the branch . . .containing by estimation 75 acres more or less, be divested out of defendants and vested in complainant A. W. Crocker . . .
CLERK AND MASTER'S REPORT.
. . . the lands in the pleadings . . . Jan. the 7th 1878 sold the same to the highest bidder . . .A. W. Crocker became the purchaser at the price of $175 . . . The said A. W. Crocker being the beneficiary, no money was paid.
BILL TO SELL LAND.
Summation: the defendant's failed to appear and make defense to complainant's bill . . .all allegations in Complainant's Bill are taken to be confirmed. Defendant's failed to pay all the notes due on the land they had contracted to buy, so the land is ordered to be sold.
. . . since the execution of said notes (on 4 Jan. 1870) defendant Thompson Moss has intermarried with Polly Richardson who executed said notes by that name and is now her husband.
A. W. CROCKER, JAMES M. CROCKER & GEORGE B. LOFTIS VS. FRANCIS WILLIAMS AND HER HUSBAND GEORGE WILLIAMS, WILLIAM T. CROCKER, THOMAS E. CROCKER, ELIZABETH ANDERSON AND HER HUSBAND FRANCIS M. ANDERSON, NANCY P. ALLEN AND HER HUSBAND JAMES R. ALLEN, MARY M. CROCKER, JOHN J. CROCKER, RICHARD CROCKER AND ALMEDA CROCKER.
2 March 1874.
. . . Richard Crocker and Almeda Crocker, minors . . .
. . . Patsey Crocker, widow of Uriah Crocker, deceased. . .
. . . at the Nov. term 1869 of said Court, the Court decreed a sale of the land (of Uriah Crocker).
. . .on the 4th day of Dec. 1869 sold said land under said decree as therein provided when Complainant George R. Loftis became the purchaser of all the lands on Morrison's Creek at the price of $900 . . .
. . . A. W. Crocker became purchaser of the ridge tract at the price of $100 . . .
Land bought by George R. Loftis described as: lying on Morrison's Creek and in District No. 9 of Jackson County, State of TN . . .one tract of fifty acres. . . Rutledge's north boundary line . . .including Rutledge's improvement, granted by the State of TN to Benjamin Rutledge by Grant No. 3821. One other tract of fifty acres . . .below an improvement formerly occupied by Arthur Dill . . .granted by the State of TN to Benjamin Rutledge by Grant No. 789. One other tract of land of eight acres, adjoining the fifty acre tract of the said Uriah Crocker, on which Thomas Crocker lived on the 2nd day of May 1860 and including the place where said Thomas Crocker then lived being on the East side of said fifty acre tract.
One other tract of fifty acres more or less. Beginning at what is called Putty's corner . . .Hickman Loftis' line. . .David Johnson's line . . .Henseley's line . . .Wm. Davidson who deeded this tract of land to Uriah Crocker. One other tract of 25 acres . . .Jesse Mansel's line to Labin Loftis' line . . .Benjamin Rutledge's line . . .
Depositions taken: 27 Feb. 1874.
DEPOSITION: B. B. WASHBURN.
Aged 55 years.
Solicitor for Complainant.
B. B. Washburn (signature)
DEPOSITION: W. G. COX.
I was clerk at Jackson county Court (and still am).
W. G. Cox (signature)
BILL OF COMPLAINT OF A. W. CROCKER & JAMES CROCKER, citizens of the State of Missouri and & George R. Loftis, a citizen of Jackson Co. TN
All of the defendants are of the State of Missouri.
Uriah Crocker died intestate in Iron County, Missouri in Nov. 1864, possessed of real estate in the State of Missouri and also (in the State of Tennessee.)
Your orator states that Complainants A. W. Crocker and James M. Crocker and all the defendants except Allen, Williams and Anderson are the heirs at law of Uriah Crocker, deceased, are his children and only heirs at law (Francis Williams, William T. Crocker, Thomas E. Crocker, Elizabeth Anderson, Nancy P. Allen, Mary M. Crocker, John Y. Crocker, Richard Crocker and Almeda Crocker).
SUMMARY: Reason and Elly Bennett sold a Jack to Jesse Crook. It died within two weeks. Crook believes they knew it was ill. They deny this.
BILL OF COMPLAINT of Henry Crowder of Jackson Co. TN against Reece V. Morrell of the State of Arkansas.
. . . about the eighth day of Nov. 1839 he purchased of a certain Reese V. Morrell, then of said county of Jackson, 159 acres more or less lying in said county for the sum of $3000, of which he paid $1000 in cash and (two notes for the balance.)
Summary: after moving to Arkansas, Morrell wrote to Crowder, and offered to buy back the land. Crowder agreed to this, and wrote to him, telling him so. On the basis of Morrell now owing him money, Crowder bought another 300 acres of land and a negro man.
Henry Crowder (his mark)
Carrol County, Arkansas.
May 19 (no year).
Offers trade of land to Henry Crowder.
Reece Morrel (signature)
Summary: notes will be returned to Crowder, and Crowder will execute a bond for title of the land to Morrell. They will share the costs of the suit.
Henry Crowder (his mark)
Reece Morrell (signature)
Summary: Payton Crowder, overseer of a road, sues Samuel Dewitt for $10 for failure to work upon a road.
DEPOSITION: WILLIAM HARRIS.
81 years old. I live in 8th District of Jackson Co. TN.
My father moved to this place in 1834--I have known that road (leading from the Gainesboro and Celina Road to Crowder's Ferry) since 1835.
My father's name was Sterling Harris. He died in 1856.
William Harris (signature)
DEPOSITION: MARION HARRIS.
58 years old. Reside in 8th District, Jackson Co. and was born and raised in this district.
I used to cross there (Crowder's Ferry) in going to Mill for my grandmother.
Marion Harris (signature)
DEPOSITION: B. C. SPIVY.
(I have lived within 1/4 mile of the road in question) about 23 years.
(I have lived where I now live) 23 years.
B. C. Spivey (his mark)
DEPOSITION: G. L. RAY.
I am 62 years old. I live in 8th District, Jackson county TN, two miles from Crowder's Ferry, north side of Cumberland River.
(I have lived where I now live) 18 years.
G. L. Ray (signature)
DEPOSITION: C. A. HALL.
I am 59 years old. I live in the 8th District of Jackson Co. TN on north side of Cumberland River.
(I have lived there) about 40 years.
C. A. Hall (signature)
DEPOSITION: N. C. BYBEE.
64 years old. I live in the 8th District of this county and was born in this district on the north side of the river. I was principally raised there (on the Perry Crowder farm, where Ben Hix now lives) until I was about 15 years old when I left there (unreadable) 1847 till 1857.
(My father owned that land) up till 1857.
My father bought it from Uncle Philip Crowder is my recollection.
(My father sold the place to) Albert Kirkpatrick. In 1856.
N. C. Bybee (signature)
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