WAYNE COUNTY, TENNESSEE
COUNTY COURT LOOSE RECORD FILES: 1855-1869

Abstracted by Jerry W. Murphy.


This is the earliest existing County Court loose papers for Wayne County, Tennessee. The number, such as "B1" at the beginning of the case below, indicates the case folder number which can be found in Office of the County History in the Wayne County Courthouse in Waynesboro, Tennessee. These records have been microfilmed by the Tennessee State Library and Archives in Nashville, Tennessee and can be purchased from them. A set of the microfilm is available for viewing at the Wayne County Public Library in Waynesboro, Tennessee.




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no date. Land Plots
Plot of the lands of James R. RUSSELL (No. 822 for 120 acres) and V. BIFFLE (No. 394 for 64 acres).


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Lot DANIEL Admr. -vs- King BREWER etal.
2 September 1866. Petition to Sell Land.
Letters of Administration were granted Lot DANIEL for the estate of Solomon BREWER who died in 186_ leaving Sarah BREWER, his widow, and the following children: King BREWER who resides in the State of Missouri; Margaret who intermarried with Joseph BREWER and both reside in the State of Arkansas; James BREWER who resides in the State of Arkansas; Mary WALLICE who intermarried with Joseph WALLICE and both reside in the State of Missouri; Nancy who intermarried with William CANTRELL, the said Nancy is dead leaving minor children: Sarah, John, Margaret and one unknown name, residence of William CANTRELL and children unknown; Catherine who intermarried with Lot DANIEL the said Catherine is dead leaving the following children: Elizabeth, Malinda, James K.P., Maleatha, Louisa, William, Sarah, Norcissa, Solomon and Angeline who are minors except the said Elizabeth and Malinda and all reside in Wayne County, Tennessee. Solomon BREWER owned a tract of land on Holly Creek in Wayne County Civil District No. 12 amounting in all to 1172 acres and that there is but one farm on the same it being mostly hill lands. The petitioner thinks it could not be divided amongst those entitled without materially impairing the value of the same. The sheriff of Lewis County was commanded to summon: Elisabeth, Malinda, James K.P., Maliatha, Louiza, William, Sarah, Narrissa, Solomon and Angaline DANIEL to appear before the Justices at the Court house in Waynesboro. The Guardian adlitem of the minor DANIEL children was John H. COLE. Non-resident notice was advertised in the "Columbia Herald" a newspaper published at Columbia, Maury County, Tennessee. The land was sold on 7 January 1867 to A.J. BREWER and Sol BREWER at the price of $15,020.00 with their notes in equal payments due in one and two years with J.H. BREWER and John R. BREWER as their Securities. A.J. BREWER paid the final payment for the lands and directed the title of the land to be made to James HOLLIS.


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James DICUS Admr. -vs- William DICKEY etal.
2 October 1866. Petition the Sell Land.
Letters of Administration was granted in 1865 to James DICUS a citizen of Wayne County, Tennessee for the estate of Samuel DICKEY who died intestate in Wayne County in 1862 leaving his widow Elizabeth DICKEY and the following children: William and Catharine who are minors and the only heirs of the estate. John H. COLE was appointed Guardian adlitem to answer for the minor children. Samuel DICKEY, dec'd., owned a tract of land on the waters of Eagle Creek containing 60 acres. The land was sold because of debts against the estate on 1 December 1866 to Hartwell BATTLE at the price of $125.00 and he executed his notes for the sum in equal payments due in one and two years with Osbin WALKER and D.I. DICKERSON as his Securities.


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John L. FOWLER & wife -vs- Solona PETTY & others.
6 November 1866. Petition to Sell land for Distribution.
John L. FOWLER and wife Louiza C. FOWLER, formerly Louiza C. PETTY, showed that David PETTY died in 1862 intestate leaving Nancy his widow & relict and petitioners Louiza C., Solona, William, Harriet, Benjamin and Amanda, all minors under the age of 21 years except the petitioner Louiza C. FOWLER. Also in 1862, a short time after the death of David PETTY, the widow Nancy PETTY died without having had dower assigned her out of the lands of her said husband. Solona PETTY resided in Lawrence County with James PETTY of the county of Cannon her regular Guardian and William, Harriet, Benjamin and Amanda resided in county of Cannon with James PETTY their regular Guardian. David PETTY, dec'd, owned two tracts of land lying in the 13th Civil District of Wayne County, Tennessee on the waters of Middle Cypress Creek containing together about 250 acres. On 2 November 1868 the lands were sold in two parcels, on a credit of one, two and three years. The first was struck off and sold to A.B. FOWLER at the price of $50.00 who executed his notes in equal payments with Josiah BLACKWOOD as his security. The remainder was sold to John M. HAYES at the price of $625.00 with R.J. CYPERT as his securities.


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F.M. HOLLIS etal -vs- R.F. ALLEN etal.
3 September 1866. Petition.
The petitioners James M. HOLLIS, F.M. HOLLIS and E.E. HENSLEY, formerly E.E. HOLLIS, and husband A.W. HENSLEY, were residents of Wayne County, Tennessee. They showed that John HOLLIS, father of your petitioners, died in 1857 intestate in Wayne County leaving Elizabeth HOLLIS his widow, petitioners and Eli W. HOLLIS; Mary J. WALLS, formerly Mary J. HOLLIS, and husband Thomas WALLS; Isabella ALLEN, formerly Isabella HOLLIS, and husband B.F. ALLEN; his heirs at law and distributees. Petitioners further stated that Eli W. HOLLIS died in 1862 intestate in Arkansas leaving Sapona A. HOLLIS his widow and Sarah E., Martha J. (lined out), Lydia A. and ______HOLLIS, minor orphans and heirs at law, all of whom live in the state of Arkansas. Also in 1862, Mary J. WALLS died leaving her husband and a minor orphan named Isabella WALLS who resided in Lawrence County and has no regular guardian. B.F. ALLEN and wife Isabella reside in the state of Texas. John HOLLIS, dec'd., possessed a tract of land lying in Wayne County, Range 7 Section 2 containing about 500 acres and 88 acres. The said Elizabeth HOLLIS, widow of the said John HOLLIS, has dower assigned her out of said lands and in 1862 she died in Wayne County. The Sheriff of Marshall County, Tennessee was commanded to summon Thomas WALLS to appear before the Justices while holding the County Court for Wayne County, Tennessee at the court house in Waynesboro on the first day of November 1866. It was ordered by the Court that John H. COLE be appointed Guardian adlitem for all the minors heirs. The land could not be divided without injury to the value so it was sold on 4 February 1867 to F.M. and J.M. HOLLIS for the price of $1,689.00 who executed their notes in equal payments with James GAMBREL as securities.

3 October 1871. Judgement.
This cause came before A. MONTAGUE Chairman, John JACKSON and Thomas S. CARR his associates holding the County Court for Wayne County, Tennessee. John H. COLE Clerk and Master of this court produced 2 notes executed to him on 1 February 1869. One was executed by E.E. HENSELEY, since intermarried with B. BLACKWELL, with J.M. HOLLIS and F.M. HOLLIS as her securities for $272.59 due one day after date and the other executed to him by J.M. HOLLIS with F.M. HOLLIS as his security dated 1 February 1869 for the sum $272.59 due one day after date. Since the interest respectively of the minor heirs of Eli W. HOLLIS, deceased, and the interest of the heirs of B.F. ALLEN and his wife Sophiah I., formerly Sophiah I. HOLLIS in the proceeds of the land sold in this cause belonging to the estate of John HOLLIS, deceased, and moved the court for judgement against said parties and their said securities for said amounts respectively and it appearing to the court from an inspection of said notes that their is the sum of $314.19 due and unpaid on each of said notes. It is therefore ordered and decreed by the Court that the said John H. COLE as Clerk and Master of this Court recover of the said E.E. HENSELEY, now E.E. BLACKWELL, and her securities J.M. HOLLIS and F.M. HOLLIS, the said sum of $314.19 and the cost of this motion for which execution may issue and it is further decreed by the Court that the said Clerk and Master recover of the said J.M. HOLLIS and his said security F.M. HOLLIS the said sum of $314.19 and the cost of this motion for which execution may issue.

12 December 1888. Known as the John HOLLIS Land.
Refers to banks of Holly Creek; Southwest corner of Entry no. 771; to a stake on N.M. BLACKWELL's house lot; to a double beech in the spring branch; also to Southeast corner of Entry no. 1404. Containing by estimation ______ acres more or less.

26 March 1889. Report of Payment of Purchase Money.
To the worshipful County Court of Wayne County, Tennessee the undersigned (John H. COLE) a former Clerk and Special Commissioner of said County Court would by leave to report that the purchase money for the lands belonging to the estate of John HOLLIS, dec'd., and sold in the above titled cause on 4 February 1867 has all been paid by the purchasers F.M. HOLLIS and J.M. HOLLIS and that the Clerk of this Court make to the said F.M. HOLLIS and J.M. HOLLIS a deed to said lands.


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W.P. KINDRICK to W.J. DAVIS.
1 January 1855. Deed.
W.P. KINDRICK on 1 January 1849 sold for $50 to W.J. DAVIS a town lot in the town of Pinhook, Wayne County, Tennessee, known as Lot No. 1. It refers to Entry in name of Gregory SINCLAIR. W.J. DAVIS by order in writing transferred the deed to R.I. KELLEY and he transferred his interest to John S. SMITH of Hardin County, Tennessee.


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John MARTIN etal -vs- Washington COLE etal.
2 January 1866. Supplemental Petition to Sell Lands.
To the worshipful John A. TALLEY chairman, George E. HUCKABA and Merida MORRISON holding the County Court for the County of Wayne at the court house in Waynesboro State of Tennessee. Your petitioners Samuel A. KING, William BERRY, Abraham M. SIMS, Benjamin MARTIN and Margaret Ann MARTIN citizens of Wayne County, Tennessee would represent that a petition was filed in your Court by John MARTIN and others against Washington COLE and others for the sale of the lands belonging to the estate of Benjamin KING, Sr. deceased. The Court ordered that the said land should be sold upon a credit taking bond and security. It was purchased by your petitioner Samuel A. KING and Benjamin KING, Jr. who is now deceased and petitioner William BERRY is his regularly appointed Administrator. Petitioners further state that Benjamin KING, Jr., dec'd., in his lifetime and petitioner Saml. A. KING sold to John MARTIN all of said land except about 8 acres in the lifetime of the said John MARTIN, deceased, about July 1860 for $820 for which he executed in part payment for said land two notes. Petitioners would further state that Samuel A. KING and Benjamin KING, Jr., dec'd. have not paid the entire amount of the price at which they bought the land upon the sale and that in consequence no title has ever been decreed to them nor has the amount for which they sold said land to the said John MARTIN been paid. Petitioner A.M. SIMS further stated that the personal assets belonging to the estate of John MARTIN, dec'd., are insufficient to pay the outstanding debts against said estate and it will be necessary to sell said land for the purpose of paying said debts and that Benjamin MARTIN, Margaret Ann MARTIN, Elizabeth MARTIN and G. MARTIN are the only children and heirs at law of said John MARTIN. The said Elizabeth MARTIN and G. MARTIN are under the legal age of 21 years and have no regular guardian. William BERRY was the Administrator of the estate of Benjamin KING, Sr., dec'd. Abraham M. SIMS was the Administrator of the estate of John MARTIN, dec'd.

5 March 1866. Petition to Sell Land.
Upon the motion of petitioners for judgement against Samuel A. KING and William BERRY Administrator of Benjamin KING, dec'd, and Robert J. CYPERT their security for the sum $735 being principle and interest on the note.


Abraham M. SIMS Admr. & etal -vs- Washington COLE etal.
5 March 1866. Petition & Supplemental petition to sell land.
It appearing to the court that John MARTIN one of the petitioners in this cause is dead and that his death has been regularly suggested and not denied and it further appearing that Abraham M. SIMS has been duly appointed administrator of the estate of the said John MARTIN it is therefore ordered by the court that this cause be renamed in the name of said A.M. SIMS and it further appearing to the Court that Benjamin KING another of the parties to this suit and one of the purchasers of the land sold in this cause is dead and that William BERRY has been appointed his administrator.

no date. Petition to Sell Land.
Upon the original and supplemental petitions filed in this cause, answers of Guardian adlitem order Proconfesso Report of John H. COLE, Clerk and Master, and proof in the cause from which said report of the Clerk & Master it appears to the satisfaction of the Court that the entire amount of the purchase money has been paid for the lands sold in this cause and purchased by David J. DICKERSON. Tract of land containing 30 3/8 acres of land in Range 9 & Section 3 on the waters of Indian Creek; joins SE corner of Entry #16 in the name of Benjamin KING, a conditional line between S.A. & B. KING and John MARTIN; south boundary line of a 100 acre Entry in the name of James GIBSON; NE corner of a 25 acre Entry in the name of A.M. McDONALD; includes and excludes about 8 acres reserved by S.A. KING and not sold.

5 March 1866. Petition & Supplemental petition to Sell Land.
John H. COLE guardian adlitem for Elizabeth MARTIN and G. MARTIN the Report of the Clerk & Master found proof in the cause when it appearing to the satisfaction of the Court that it is necessary that the land described in Bond from Samuel A. & Benjamin KING should be sold for the payment of the balance of the purchase money for the same and the out standing debt against the estate of said John MARTIN deceased.

6 March 1866. Answer of Guardian adlitem.
The answer of Elizabeth MARTIN and G. MARTIN infants under the age of 21 years who answer by their guardian adlitem John H. COLE to the petition of Abraham M. SIMS & others filed against them for the sale of land in the County Court of Wayne County, Tennessee. They believe it is true that their father John MARTIN bought from Saml. A. & Benjamin KING the land as stated in said petition.

3 April 1866. Petition to Sell Land, Clerks Report.
The MARTIN lands were sold at the Court House door in Waynesboro on the 2nd day of April 1866 to the highest bidder when to same was struck off and sold to D.J. DICKERSON at the price of $455.00 the same being the highest & best bid for which he executed his notes payable in twelve months with T.H. DICKERSON and A.P. PHILLIPS as his securities. But as to the 8 acres mentioned in said order the undersigned Clerk and Master would respectfully Report that he declined selling for the reason that the title to said land, 8 acres, is in dispute. signed John H. COLE C&M

27 May 1867. Deposition of S.A. KING.
S.A. KING and Benjamin KING, Jr. were the purchasers of the land belonging to the estate of Benjamin KING, Sr., dec'd. The purchase price was $1195. Those with interest in the tract of land were John MARTIN 3 interest; S.A. KING and B. KING, Jr. 2 interest; Marwilla COLE interest; and Lucinda KING, now Lucinda BERRY, interest; and Eleanor THOMPSON, formerly Elenor. KING, 1 interest. On 21 July 1860 S.A. KING and Benjamin KING, Jr. sold 30 3/8 to John MARTIN.

3 June 1867. Report. Order of Reference.
This cause came before the worshipful John GRIMES Chairman, George E. HUCKABA and David H. DAVIS, Justices and holding the County Court for Wayne County, Tennessee. The report of John H. COLE, Clerk & Master, shows that on or about 1 March 1860 Benjamin KING, Jr. and S.A. KING became the purchasers of a tract of land containing about 40 acres sold as the land of Benjamin KING, Sr., deceased. There were 7 shares in the land: John MARTIN 3 shares, B. KING Jr. and S.A. KING 2 shares, Marwilla COLE 1/4 share, Lucinda KING, now Lucinda BERRY, 1/4 share and the heirs of Elenor THOMPSON owned 1 share. The said S.A. KING and B. KING Jr. sold to John MARTIN about 30 3/8 acres of said 40 acre tract sometime in July 1860.

28 October 1872. J.W. COLE. Bond to refund.
J.W. COLE and ___________ bind ourselves unto John H. COLE, Clerk of Wayne County Court, in the sum of thirty dollars.....that the said J.W. COLE refund to the said John H. COLE the sum of thirteen dollars & _____ cents..........against him the said John H. COLE Clerk aforesaid on account of the wrongful payment of the said sum of thirteen & /100 dollars this day paid to the said J.W. COLE it being the interest of Polly Ann SATTERFIELD, formerly Polly Ann THOMPSON, and her husband Jason SATTERFIELD in the case of John MARTIN etal -vs- Wash COLE etal Supplemental petition to Sell Land. Signed J.W. COLE & J.A. TALLEY.

21 July 1860. Title Bond. Sam A. KING & B. KING to John MARTIN.
Know all that we Benjamin and S.A. KING are held and firmly bound unto John MARTIN in the sum of $820 which payment will and truly be made. John MARTIN has purchased of us 30 3/8 acres of land in Wayne County on the waters of Indian Creek in Range 9 & Section 3 and bounded by Entry #16 in the name of Benjamin KING, a conditional line between S.A. KING and MARTIN, Entry in name of James GIBSON and Entry in name of A. McDONALD. The payment of which the said MARTIN agrees to pay Marwilly COLES interest & the heirs of Elenor THOMPSON interest.


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Thomas MERIDETH Admr. -vs- ________EDWARDS etal.
3 May 1869. Decree for Title.
This cause came before the worshipful Merida MORRISON Chairman, C.A. BOYD and G.E. HUCKABA Justices and holding the County Court of Wayne County, Tennessee upon the report of John H. COLE, former Clerk & Master of this court, reported that the entire purchase money for the land sold in this cause has been paid by G.S. DABBS the purchaser all of which is respectfully submitted.


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Jonathan MORRIS Admr. etal -vs- Harret MORRIS etal.
18 June 1868. Summons.
Summons Harrett MORRIS to appear before the Justice while holding the County Court for Wayne County, Tennessee at the courthouse in Waynesboro on the 1st Monday in July 1868.

7 September 1868. Petition to Sell Land.
This cause came before the worshipful Merida MORRISON, John GRIMES and Carter A. BOYD, Justices and holding the County Court for Wayne County, Tennessee upon the original petition filed in the cause order proconfesso answer of Guardian adlitem and proof in the cause from which it appears to the satisfaction of the Court that it is necessary that the lands mentioned in said petition should be sold to pay the debts against said estate an it further appearing to the Court that the defendants have been regularly served with process. It is therefore ordered adjudged and decreed by the Court that the land known as the Fish tract shall be sold.

5 January 1869. Petition to Sell Land.
The following report that in obedience with an order of the County Court of Wayne County, Tennessee at the September term 1868 he offered for sale after having advertised according to law all the lands mentioned in the petition. It was struck off and sold to S.N. PORCH for the sum of $470 his being the highest and best bid who executed his note due in twelve months with James E. GRIMES, Jonathan MORRIS and Henry MORRIS as his securities.

no date. Petition to Sell Land.
This cause came to be heard before the worshipful A. MONTAGUE Chairman, T.S. CARR and P.H. CRAIG his associates holding the County Court for Wayne County, Tennessee. It appearing to the satisfaction of the Court that all the purchase money for the land sold by order of the Court and bought by S.N. PORCH is going to Jonathan MORRIS the Admr.

3 April 1871. Report of Payment. Decree for Title.
The entire purchase money for the land sold in this cause and purchased by S.N. PORCH has been paid by said purchaser.


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Merida MORRISON, Adm. -vs- Emarintha MORRIS
28 June 1866. Morrison Admr. Edward MORRISON Notes.
25 December 1852 note to Jonathan MORRIS for $100; 25 December 1853 note to Jonathan MORRIS for $100; 25 December 1854 note to Jonathan MORRIS. All three mention horses, mules and wagons.

3 July 1866. Petition to Sell Land to Pay Debts.
Merida MORRISON Administrator of the estate of Edward MORRISON deceased against Elizabeth D. MORRISON widow, Elizabeth GIST, Aaron GIST, Thomas MORRISON and others. Your Petitioner respectfully shows that in 1865 Edward MORRISON late of Wayne County departed this life intestate. Edward MORRISON died seized and possessed of a tract of about 500 acres of land being on the head of Shawneetee Creek in Wayne County in Civil District #12. The said lands descended to Elizabeth D. MORRISON widow, Elizabeth wife of Aaron GIST, Thomas MORRISON, Susannah wife of George W. RINCK, Merida MORRISON, Polly Ann wife of Henry N. LEE, Hiram MORRISON, Martha J. wife of James RINCK, Emily E. wife of James E. SMITH and Emarintha MORRISON who are the only children and heirs at law of the said Edward MORRISON. The said Polly A. LEE, Martha J. RINCK and Elizabeth GIST are dead leaving children in the state of Arkansas/Missouri who are minors. The Polly Ann LEE died in Wayne County leaving and surviving her husband, Henry N. LEE, and the following children: Edward, Darcas, Anderson, Solen, Nancy J., Lucy and William and that Hiram MORRISON died in Wayne County leaving Elizabeth MORRISON his widow and the following children: Mary Jane, John L., Margaret C., William Parlee and Hiram L.E. and the said Martha J. RINCK died in Wayne County leaving and surviving her husband, James RINCK, and the following children: Mary E., Rebecca and Elvina; all of said children above mentioned and the said Emarintha are minors and have no regular Guardian. It further states that Elizabeth GIST, Susannah RINCK and Thomas MORRISON are non residents of the state of Tennessee.

4 July 1866. Subpoena.
To the Sheriff of Wayne County, Tennessee you are hereby commanded to summons Elisabeth MORRISON (widow), Mary J., John L., Margaret C., William, Parlee and Hiram L.E. MORRISON to appear before the Justices while holding the County Court for the County of Wayne in the State of Tennessee at the Courthouse in the Town of Waynesboro on the first Monday in August 1866.

4 July 1866. Subpoena.
To the Sheriff of Wayne County, Tennessee you are hereby commanded to summons Elisabeth D. MORRISON, Henry N. LEE, Edward, Darcas, Anderson, Solon, Nancy J., Lucy and William, his children, & Elisabeth MORRISON and the following children Mary Jane, John L., Margaret C., William, Paralee and Hiram L.E. MORRISON. James RINCK and his children Mary E., Rebecca and Evalina RINCK and Emarintha MORRISON.

no date. Petition to Sell Land to Pay Debts.
Publication has been made in the Columbia Herald a newspaper Published in the Town of Columbia in the County of Maury State of Tennessee requiring the nonresident defendants to appear.

5 September 1866. Petition to Sell Land to Pay Debt.
It appears that Edward, Darcas, Anderson, Solen, Nancy J., Lucy and William LEE minor orphans of Polly Ann LEE decd? and Mary E., Rebecca and Elvira RINCKS minor heirs of Martha J. RINCKS decd? and Mary J., John L., Margaret C., William, Parlee and Hiram L.E. minor heirs of Hiram MORRISON dec'd are minors and have no regular guardian. John H. COLE, C&M, appointed Guardian.

1 October 1866. Petition to Sell Land to Pay Debts. Clerks Report.
John H. COLE, Clerk and Master, was appointed at a former term of this Court to sell the land. It was sold to Jonathan MORRIS for the price of $460 it being the highest and best offer. He executed his notes in equal payments with Thomas S. CARR as his securities.

February Term 1868. Admr. & C. for Settlement.
This cause to be heard before the worshipful Merida MORRISON chairman, Carter A. BOYD and John GRIMES his associates Justices. That the lands sold in this cause and purchased by Jonathan MORRIS was purchased of said MORRIS by Edward MORRISON dec'd and that the said MORRIS holds notes on said Edward MORRISON dec'd for said lands, more than the amount of his first note which is now due for said lands. It is therefore ordered by the Court that John H. COLE Clerk & Master of this Court be instructed to settle with said MORRIS and give him his due note and that he place a credit on his other note for whatever balance may be found.

Exhibit. 1 December 1849. Land Grant.
170 acres on Green River in Wayne County, Tennessee to Andrew CASTEEL, joined Lewis HARDIN.

Exhibit. 21 June 1850. Deed. A.G. McDOUGAL to Lewis HARDIN.
Sold for $30 the following tracts on Green River: one tract containing 165 acres joining entry in name of Lewis HARDIN; another tract containing 150 acres.

Folder also contains: Merida MORRISON Adr. -vs- Mary J. MORRISON etal
3 July 1866. Petition to Sell Land to Pay Debts.
The Petition of complaint of Merida MORRISON, Administrator of the estate of Hiram MORRISON Deceased against Elizabeth MORRISON widow, Mary J., John L., Margaret C., William, Parlee and Hiram L.E., minor heirs of the said Hiram MORRISON Dec'd. Your Petitioner respectfully shows that in 1865 Hiram MORRISON late of Wayne County departed this life intestate. The said Hiram MORRISON dec'd. did possess lands on Green River and described in deeds as grants to Lewis HARDIN and tracts contain 300 acres.

no date. Petition to Sell Land to Pay Debts.
The joint answer of Mary J. MORRISON, John L., Margaret C., William, Paralee and Hiram L.E. by their Guardian adlitem, John H. COLE. That they are minors under 21 years of age and know not their interest but admit that it may be necessary as charged in the Bill to sell the land to pay outstanding debts against said estate and they pray the Court to watch over and protect their interest.

7 August 1866. Decree.
This cause to be heard before the worshipful John A. TALLY chairman, George E. HUCKABA and Merida MORRISON Justices and holding the County Court of Wayne County, Tennessee. It appearing to the Court that the personal estate of Hiram MORRISON has been exhausted by the Plaintiff and there are yet outstanding bonafide debts against said estate to a large amount say over $1,000 and that it is necessary to sell the lands.

2 November 1868. Decree.
This cause to be further heard before the worshipful Merida MORRISON, John GRIMES and Carter A. BOYD, Justice and holding the County Court for Wayne County, Tennessee. Reports of Clerk and Master from which said reports it appears that Elizabeth LEE, formerly Elizabeth MORRISON, has paid the entire purchase money for the lands sold by a decretal order of this Court and purchased by said Elizabeth MORRISON now Elizabeth LEE.


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Wm. A. NICHOLS -vs- Samuel RICKETTS etal
4 January 1869. Petition to Sell Lands & for Dower.
William A. NICHOLS, a citizen of Lewis County, Tennessee, showed that Wm. S. RICKETTS departed this life intestate in Wayne County in 1866 leaving surviving his widow, Lucy, and the following children and heirs at law: Samuel RICKETTS, Margaret RICKETTS, David RICKETTS, James RICKETTS, Mary RICKETTS who has since intermarried with J.W. VOSS, James M. NICHOLS son of Fanny NICHOLS formerly Fanny RICKETTS and daughter of Wm. S. RICKETTS. James M. NICHOLS is a resident of Giles County, Tennessee. William A. NICHOLS was appointed administrator of the estate at the November Term 1868. He has entered upon his duty as such and has sold off all the personal property belonging to the estate. Wm. S. RICKETTS died seized and possessed a certain tract of land situated on Rockhouse Creek in Wayne County containing by estimation about 123 acres more or less. The widow to have her dower out of said land and the remainder sold as to the terms of the court.

5 April 1869. Ans. Guardian Adts.
The answer of Mary VOSS to the petition of Wm. A. NICHOLS vs. Saml. RICKETTS & others filed in the County Court of Wayne County who answers by her Guardian, C.C. STRIBLING, for answer would say that she is a minor and knows not her interest but request the Court to guard her interest, and having answered as full as she is able prays to be discharged.

6 April 1869. Proof.
L.S. GULLICK who being duly sworn says he is acquainted with the Land of Wm. RICKETTS dec'd. which is mentioned and described in the petition in this cause and it will be to the interest of the parties concerned that all the lands mentioned in said Petition except that Portion which has been allotted and set apart to the widow as Dower be sold as it would impair the value of the remainder so that it would be of little value to the heirs after a sufficiency was sold off to pay the debts against the said estate.

6 April 1869. Order Reference.
Appearing to the Court that it is necessary to sell a part of the land mentioned in the petition in this cause to pay the debts against said estate but because it does not appear to the Court whether it is to the interest of the Parties Concerned that all the lands belonging to said Estate be sold. It is therefore considered by the Court that this cause be referred to the Clerk & Master to take Proof of that fact & that he report thereon to the present term of this court.

6 April 1869. Order pro cau.
It appearing to the Court that copy and subpoena to answer has been Issued and regularly served requiring them to appear at the Feb. Term 1869 of this Court and to answer or demur to the petition filed in this cause and they have failed to appear and answer. It is therefore considered by the Court that this cause be taken for Confessed and set for hearing exporte as to them.

6 April 1869. C & M Report.
The Clerk & Master of this cause was referred to take proof and report to this Court whether it will be to the interest of the parties concerned to sell all the lands mentioned in the parties concerned to sell all the lands mentioned in the petition in this cause or a sufficiency of the same to pay the bonafied debts against the said estate. The affidavit of S.S. GULLICK taken and on file in this cause showed that it will be to the interest of the parties concerned that all the lands mentioned and described in the petition except that possession which has been allotted and set apart to the widow as Dower be sold and the remainder after Paying the Bonafied debts against said Estate be distributed to those entitled thereto.

6 April 1869. Order Sale.
It appears to the satisfaction of the Court that it is necessary to sell a part of the land mentioned in the petition in this cause to pay the bonafied debts against the Estate of Wm. RICKETTS dec'd. and that it will be to the parties concerned that all of said lands except the widows dower be sold and the remainder of the proceeds of said Sale after paying the debts against said estate be distributed amongst the heirs at law of the said Wm. RICKETTS dec'd. It is therefore ordered by the Court that the Clerk & Master of this Court after having giving at least twenty days notice in written advertisements posted up at least in three public places in Wayne County one of which shall be on the Court house door in Waynesboro.

3 May 1869. Amended Petition.
To the worshipful Mereda MORRISON, George E. HUCKABA and Carter A. BOYD Justices holding the County Court for Wayne County, Tennessee. Your petitioner, Wm. A. NICHOLS (admr. of Wm. S. RICKETTS) a citizen of said County of Wayne would show that he presented a petition to the Court on 4 January 1869 against Samuel RICKETTS & others paying your worships to appoint Commissioners to set apart Dower out of the lands of said Wm. S. RICKETTS to his widow, Lucy RICKETTS, and the remainder sold for the payments of the debts against said Estate. Your petitioner would further represent unto your worships that the said Lucy RICKETTS, widow of the Wm. S. RICKETTS, died on 29 April 1869 and that the lands a for mentioned is now unincumbered with dower.

7 June 1869. Order Sale.
It appearing to the satisfaction of the Court that the defendants named in said petition are the only heirs and distributees of the said Wm. S. RICKETTS dec'd. and that the said Wm. S. RICKETTS died seized and possessed the land mentioned and described in the said petition and it further appearing to the Court that Lucy RICKETTS widow of the said Wm. S. RICKETTS is dead and that said lands is unincumbered with dower and it further appearing to the Court that it is necessary to sell a portion of said land to pay the debts against said estate and it being in the best interest to all the parties concerned that all the land be sold together and the remainder of the proceeds of said sale after the debts has been paid together with the Cost & expenses be distributed amongst those entitled thereto by law. It is therefore ordered by the Court that the Clerk & Commissioner of this court after having given at least thirty days notice in writing posted up at 3 or more public places in Wayne County one of which shall be in the Courthouse door in Waynesboro. Proceed to sell all the land belonging to the Estate of Wm. S. RICKETTS situated in Wayne County.

7 June 1869. Order & C. fesso.
It appearing to the Court that copy of the amended petition and subpoena has been regularly served on the defendants requiring them to appear this day and plead answer or demur to the supplemental or amended petition in this cause and having failed to appear and plead answer or demur required in said subpoena. It is therefore considered by the court that this cause be taken for confessed and set for having exporte as to them.

2 August 1869. Report of Sale.
The Clerk & Commissioner (C.C. STRIBLING) beg leave to make the following report. That in obedience to a decretal order made in this cause at the June Term 1869 after having given the notice and terms in said decretal order proceeded to sell the lands to the highest bidder on 17 July 1869 to John M. CHAFFIN at the price of $1,515 and who gave his notes in equal payments due in one and two years with T.T. TATUM and J.M.C. RANKIN as his Sureties.

4 October 1870. Decree & Report.
The Clerk & Master (J.H. COLE) would report that he had received one hundred fifty dollars from John CHAFFIN the purchaser being a part of the first payment for the land sold in this cause. It is necessary to appropriate a portion of the money from the sale of the land sold in this cause to pay the remainder of the debts against said estate. It is therefore ordered by the Court that the Clerk & Commissioners after retaining a sufficiency of said purchase money to pay the Cost & expenses and a council fee of twenty five dollars to Wm. JONES that he pay over the remainder to Wm. A. NICHOLS admr. to the assets in his hands to pay debts against said Estate.

3 April 1871. Order.
Before the worshipful T. MONTAGUE Chr. & John JACKSON & Thomas S. CARR his associate Justices holding the County Court for Wayne County. It appearing to the satisfaction of the Court that John M. CHAFFIN has paid of the heirs of Wm. S. RICKETTS a portion of their interest in the proceeds of said land. It is therefore ordered by the Court that the Clerk & Master receive from the said John M. CHAFFIN the receipts of the said heirs and distributees of the said Wm. S. RICKETTS in payment for the land sold in this cause and give the said CHAFFIN credit for the amounts by him paid.

6 March 1833. Deed.
Jesse M. GORDON of Maury County, Tennessee to William RICKETS of the same place for $75 a certain tract or parcel of land containing by calculation 5 7/10 acres lying in Maury County, Tennessee; mentions Thomas LASLEY survey, John BROWN tract and George KEETON boundary line. Wit: Landy DUKE and Thomas LASLEY.

12 November 1836. Deed.
Moses SMITH of Maury County, Tennessee to William S. RICKETTS of the same place for $156 a tract of land in Maury County, Tennessee lying on Big Bigby Creek containing 12 3/4 acres and 35 acres & 68/100 poles; mentions Thos. LASLEY corner and old KETON survey. Wit: Craig H. LASLEY and Wm. P. PICKARD.

23 October 1843. Deed.
William S. RICKETTS of Maury County, Tennessee to A.L. PICKARD of Maury County, Tennessee for $225 has sold a certain tract or parcel of land in Maury County, Tennessee lying on the Big Bigby Creek containing by survey 18 acres and 2 poles, mentions surveys of Thomas LASLEY, Old KEETON and John BROWN. Wit: John KOONCE and J.M. GORDON.

10 March 1846. Deed.
David P. NICHOLS of Wayne County, Tennessee to W.S. RICKETTS for $200 has sold a tract or parcel of land lying in Wayne County , Tennessee on Rockhouse Creek being a part of grant no. 17366 for 22 acres. Wit: T. McBRIDE and John S. BECKER.

23 April 1846. Deed.
J. C. GULLOCK (signed Jos. C. GULLICK) to W.S. RICKETS, both of Wayne County, Tennessee, for $70 a certain tract of land containing 7 1/4 acres lying in Wayne County, Tennessee on Rockhouse Creek, being a part of entry in name of David AYDLETT. Wit: David VOORHIES and J.S. ROSS.

1 December 1849. Land Grant.
No. 21057 to Wm. S. RICKETTS, assignee of A.C. McDOUGAL, for 14 acres in Range 7 & Section 2 on the waters of Buffaloe River. Mentions Entry no. 870 in name of B. GROVE and E. POLLOCKs line.

1 December 1849. Land Grant.
No. 21059 to William S. RICKETTS, assignee of A.C. McDOUGAL, for 49 acres in Range 7 & Section 2 on the waters of Buffaloe River. Joins entry in name of B. GROVE, No. 870, east with Z. BAKER's occupant line, also notes E. POLLOCK and G. BROWN.


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Madison RAY etal -vs- Wm. JONES etal
20 March 1871. Transcript of County Court.
Rachel RAY etal -vs- Moses RAY etal, 5 October 1859, petition to Sell Land. Ordered by the Court that copy and Subpoena to answer issue against the resident defendants and that publication be made in the Banner a public newspaper published in the town of Purdy, Tennessee requiring said nonresident defendants to appear before the Justice of County Court.

9 December 1859. Cause heard before the worshipful Wm. POLLARD Chr., C.B. McLEAN & G.W. BARKER Justices & his associates holding the County Court for Wayne County, Tennessee. When it appearing with satisfaction of the Court that publication has been made in the Whig Banner a published in Purdy, Tennessee against Nancy WILLIAMS, Anderson WILLIAMS and Rachel WILLIAMS the nonresident defendants mentioned in the petition.

9 December 1859. It appearing to the Court that the defendants Moses RAY, Anderson RAY, Nathan RAY, Nancy WILLIAMS, Anderson WILLIAMS and Rachel WILLIAMS are infants under the age of 21 years and have no regular Guardian. It is therefore ordered and decreed by the Court that William JONES Clerk & Master be appointed Guardian Adlitem to answer for said infant defendants.

9 December 1859. It appearing to the satisfaction of the Court that the heirs and distributees are properly represented in said petition, who are owners of the land, slaves and the personal property mentioned in the pleadings in the cause. It being to the best interest of the parties that said land, slaves and personal property should be sold and the proceeds divided amongst them entitled.

no date. This cause came to be heard before the worshipful C.B. McLEAN Chairman, Wm. POLLARD and Abraham MONTAGUE, Justices and holding the County Court for Wayne County, Tennessee when it appearing to the satisfaction of the Court that Eaton RAY now deceased directed in his last will and testament that his children as they become of lawful age. It is therefore ordered by the Court that this cause be referred to the Clerk and Master to take proof and also as to the outstanding debts against the petitioner Rachel RAY and report to the January term next of this court.

3 December 1860. Rachel RAY vs Moses RAY & others. The advancements which the heirs of Eaton RAY dec'd have rec'd would respectfully submit the following report, to wit: found from the testimony of Henson RAY, Wm. RAY, Madison RAY, Jesse DICUS and S.H. TURNBOUGH that the following received advancements to wit: Henson RAY, Wm. RAY, Jesse DICUS & wife, S.H. TURNBOUGH & wit, Madison RAY, John WILLIAMS & wife, and that Moses, Nathan and Anderson have received nothing. Further report that there is some outstanding debts against the Widow the amount not known to wit: S.S. RICKETS, Wm. DICUS, ______THOMPSON and a judgement in favor of King PRATER and are to be paid out of the general funds of the estate.

26 April 1877. Decree resting title in Turnbo.
This cause came before the Hon. J.H. NIXON Chancellor. It appearing to the Court that at a former term of the Court there was a judgement rendered in this cause against William TURNBOU for the balance due by him on a note executed for land and other property belonging to the estate of Eaton RAY dec'd. which said land purchased by said William TURNBO is described as follows: One tract containing 73 acres and 90 poles lying in Wayne County, Tennessee on the waters of Beech Creek in range 10 and section 2 and bounded James McMINN & Jacob VANSANDT and WALKER's occupant.


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David C. WHITTEN admr. -vs- Parlee ANDERSON etal.
5 February 1866. Petition to Sell Land to pay debts and for distribution.
The petition of David C. WHITTEN Admr. of the estate of David LITTLETON dec'd., James ANDERSON, Thornton COX and wife Sarah COX formerly Sarah LITTLETON, Wm. B. LITTLETON, W.J. LITTLETON, Robert S. LITTLETON, John W. LITTLETON, Samuel GODWIN, Lucinda GODWIN formerly Lucinda LITTLETON, Samuel LITTLETON, and Mary R. LITTLETON vs Nancy KELLY who intermarried with Thomas KELLY formerly Nancy ANDERSON, Leander ANDERSON, John ANDERSON, Sarah ANDERSON and Parlee ANDERSON minors, except Nancy and Thomas KELLY, heirs of Catherine ANDERSON dec'd. formerly Catherine LITTLETON. Your petitioner would respectfully show that David LITTLETON died intestate in Wayne County, Tennessee leaving and surviving him Elizabeth LITTLETON his widow and your petitioners and the minor heirs of James ANDERSON and Catherine ANDERSON mentioned as defendants. David LITTLETON died owning three tracts of land in Wayne County, Tennessee on Little Cypress Creek. Petitioners would further state that the lands should be sold after having set apart the Dower to the said Elizabeth LITTLETON widow.

5 June 1866. Petition to sell land to pay Debts & for Distribution.
This cause came before the worshipful John A. TALLY Chairman, George E. HUCKABA and Merida MORRISON Justices holding the County Court for Wayne County, Tennessee upon the petition of Petitioners Crop Petition of A.B. FOWLER admr. on the estate of David PETTY dec'd. Order of Publication and order pro confesso and proof in the case from which it appears to the satisfaction of the court, that dower has been allotted to the widow of said dec'd, that the lands mentioned in said petition should be sold for the purpose of paying bonifide outstanding debts against said Estate of David LITTLETON dec'd and it also appearing to the satisfaction of the Court that the undivided interests of W.B. LITTLETON and John M. LITTLETON in and to said lands have been attached at law at the instance of the said A.B. FOWLER administrator. It is therefore ordered and decreed by the court that said lands be sold to pay the outstanding debts against the estate and the remainder to be distributed among the several heirs & distributees, the shares of the said John M. and W.B. LITTLETON shall not be paid over to them but shall remain in the hands of the person having the control of such surplus proceeds.

3 December 1866. Report of Sale.
The lands were sold on 4 October 1866. One tract went to John L. HOUSE at the price of $1,000 that being the highest and best bid and executed his notes for the land in equal payments with W.C. HOUSE and Josiah FOWLER as his Securities. The other lot was struck off and sold to Joshua DARBY at the price of $410 it being the highest and best bid and who executed his notes in equal payments with W.M. REED and Hank BRADLEY as his securities.

7 April 1868. Report of first payment.
Report of John H. COLE former Clerk & Master of this Court would respectfully report to your worshipful court that the first payment for the land sold in this cause has been paid by the purchasers. D.C. WHITTON was the administrator of David LITTLETON, dec'd.

3 May 1869. Report of Final Payment.
This cause came before the worshipful Merida MORRISON Chairman, C.A. BOYD and George HUCKABA Justices holding the County Court of Wayne County. The report of former Clerk & Master, John H. COLE, would show that all the purchase money for the land sold in this cause and purchased by John L. HOUSE and that purchased by Joshua DARBY has been paid.

3 April 1871. Decree for Title.
This cause came before the worshipful A. MONTAGUE Chairman, John JACKSON and Thos. S. CARR his associates Justices holding the County Court for Wayne County, Tennessee. The entire purchase money for the land sold in this cause has been paid by the purchasers Joshua DARBY and John L. HOUSE. It is therefore ordered and decreed by the court that a deed be made for the said lands purchased by each.


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Jas. G. WITHERSPOON etal -vs- Frank WITHERSPOON
4 November 1867. Petition to Sell Land for Distribution.
Your petitioners James G. WITHERSPOON and Phillip S. WITHERSPOON, citizens of Wayne County, Tennessee, would show the court that Adaline M. WITHERSPOON departed this life intestate in Wayne County and leaving and surviving her are your petitioners and Franklin WITHERSPOON the only heirs and distributees at law. Your petitioners would further show that the said Adaline M. WITHERSPOON died seized and possessed of a certain tract of land on Hardins Creek in said county containing about 55 acres the same having been deeded to her by Deason WILSON also another tract of 50 acres timber land. James G. WITHERSPOON was made the administrator of the Estate of Adaline M. WITHERSPOON at an earlier session of the court in 1867 and he has paid all or most of the debts against said Estate. The petition further states that Franklin WITHERSPOON is a minor under the age of 21 years and has no regular guardian and resided in Wayne County, Tennessee.

5 November 1867. Subpoena.
To the Sheriff of Wayne County. You are to summon Franklin WITHERSPOON, if to be found in your county, to appear before the Justices of the County Court on the first Monday in December next.

2 December 1867. Answer of Guardian Adlitem.
The answer of Franklin WITHERSPOON in this cause by his Guardian Adlitem, John H. COLE, receiving to himself all manner of advantages knows not his interest and prays the court to guard his interest.

2 December 1867. Decree for Sale.
This cause came before the worshipful John GRIMES, Chairman, George E. HUCKABA and David H. DAVIS, Justices and holding the county court for Wayne County, Tennessee. It appears to the satisfaction of the court that the lands mentioned in this cause can not be divided among those entitled without injury to the balance, therefore it would be to the interest of the parties concerned that the same be sold for distribution.

9 January 1868. Clerk Report.
The report of John H. COLE, Clerk of this Court, stated that the court of the December term 1967 ordered the sale of the lands. On 6 January 1868 the lands were sold to James G. WITHERSPOON at the price of $900, being the highest and best bid. He executed his notes in equal payments due in one and two years with A.O. MONTAGUE as his securities.


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William WOLF -vs- Exparte
7 December 1868. Petition to Sell Land.
Your petitioner, William WOLF, would respectfully show the court that in the year 1864 Phillip WOLF departed this life intestate in Wayne County, Tennessee leaving petitioner his only heir at law and distributee. Further stating that at the March Term of the County Court for the year 1868 the petitioner was duly appointed by said court as the Administrator of the estate of his father the said Phillip WOLF dec'd. Continuing it states that Phillip WOLF was indebted to very few persons at the time of his death, he owed the Estate of Jesse KEMP, dec'd, the sum of $300 of which the administrator has paid $220 of the sum since he was the only heir of the estate and wishing to avid the expenses of administering on said estate. But petitioner found that there were more claims against said Estate than he had been aware of and he proceeded to administer on said Estate and to suggest the insolving of the same before the clerk of this County Court. That the note the Estate of Jesse KEMP held against said Estate he has ascertained was to be paid in Confederate money and petitioner is still willing to perform the contract in accordance with the agreement of the parties provided the same is not illegal and contrary to the Laws of the State of Tennessee. That Westley WOLF holds claims against said Estate to the amount of several hundred dollars and petitioner supposes his claims to be valid and binding and petitioner has valid claims against said estate to the amount of 8 or 9 hundred dollars. Petitioner would further state that the said Phillip WOLF died seized and possessed of a certain town lot in the town of Clifton, known as lot no. 89, the title papers of which will be exhibited. That Phillip WOLF left little or no personal property and nothing out of which Petitioner could satisfy any of said debts except said lot. Your petitioner would pray that said lot and buildings thereon be sold. Petitioner submits the question to the Court whether the note to be paid in Confederate money to John KEMP, Admr. of Jesse KEMP dec'd., is a valid note and whether petitioner is authorized to pay it and whether the payment already made is valid and if it should be taken into account in the Pro rata of said Estate.

__December 1868. Decree.
It appearing to the Court from the report and settlement of the administrator that it is necessary to sell the town lot mentioned in the petition and that the proceeds of the sale become assets in the hands of the Petitioner to pay off the outstanding debts against said Estate. It further appearing that said Estate is insolvent and that the insolving has been suggested. It is therefore ordered adjudged and decreed that the town lot be sold on the premises by the clerk of this court to the highest bidder.

6 September 1869. Report of Sale.
That after having given the Legal Notice as required by said decree he proceeded to sell the lot to the highest bidder. The same was struck off and sold to Wm. WOLF at the price and sum of $505, his being the highest and best bid, and the said Wm. WOLF executed his note due 2 January 1870 for that amount with S.B. THOMAS and W.P.M. WOLF as his sureties.

no date. Final Decree.
It appearing to the satisfaction of the Court that W.P.M. WOLF was and is the legal and equitable owner of all the claims filed for Pro rata against the estate of Phillip WOLF dec'd amounting to the sum of $2679.46 and that the said lands were struck off to Wm. WOLF at the price of $505 and that Wm. WOLF transferred and conveyed his interest in the land sold to him under decree of the court in this cause to W.P.M. WOLF, the owner of said claims.

no date. Decree.
It being suggested to the court that certain claims were filed in the name of Wm. WOLF against the estate of Phillip WOLF, dec'd., and that W.P.M. WOLF was at the time the legal and equitable owner of said claims so filed in the names of Wm. WOLF and it further being suggested that the house and lot sold by decree of this court in this cause and bid off by Wm. WOLF has been transferred and conveyed to said W.P.M. WOLF by the said Wm. WOLF and that the claims due said W.P.M. WOLF and Wm. WOLF, against the estate of Phillip WOLF dec'd., as well as the note of the said Wm. WOLF for the house and lot sold in this cause remain due and unpaid.

2 December 1873. Deed to Interest (True Copy).
Wm. WOLF to W.P.M. WOLF, 2 December 1870, Deed to Interest. For and in consideration of $200 to me paid I hereby convey unto W.P.M. WOLF all my right title and interest in the Estate of Phillip WOLF dec'd.

(One note referred to Phillip WOLF as "Rev. Philip Wolf, Dr. 1864".)
 

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