The Finklea Family

©Joe M. Newton

                   

Willis Finklea

Born about 1746
Died 23 August 1837 in Monroe County, Alabama

1790 Census For Marion County, SC

Willis Finklea
One male age greater than 16
Six females including wife
Four males under 16 years

1800 Census of Marion County

Willis Finklea
One male over 45 years of age - Willis, Sr.
One female over 45 years of age - Martha
Three males less than 10 years of age - Thomas, Hugh, Charles
One male between 10 and 15 years of age - Willis
One male between 16 and 25 years of age - John
Two females less than 10 years of age - Name Unknown
One female between 10 and 15 years of age - Name Unknown
One female between 16 and 25 years of age - Frances


29 October 1792

Willis Finklea, Sr. on Catfish of South Carolina and in Georgetown District planter, sold unto Jesse Bryant, Sr. of same place, planter, for eight pounds sterling, a tract of land 150 acres more or less part of tract granted to Willis Finklea, Sr. on 7 May 1792 containing 969 acres granted by his Excellency Charles Pinckney, Governor. Surveyed by Hugh Giles, D.S. Dated 29 October 1792. Signed: Willis (X) Finklea. Witnesses: John Finklea and Issac McNabb.

Liberty County, South Carolina - 28 October 1794

Indenture made 28 October 1794 between Willis Finkley of Liberty County and Jesse Bryant, Sr. of the County and State aforesaid. In consideration of five pounds sterling good and lawful money paid by Jesse Bryant, Sr. for a plantation containing 150 acres land more or less granted to Willis Finkley, 28 October 1794. Signed:Willis (X) Finkley and ?? (X) Finkley. Witnesses: Joseph Oates and Philip Taylor. Probated by Joseph Oates 3 November 1794. Witness: William Perritt, J.P. Received 4 November 1794. Recorded in Book D, page 368, 4 November 1794

25 February 1802

Know all men by these present that we Willis Finklea and his son, John Finklea, of Liberty County and Marion District in the State aforesaid have granted to and in consideration of the sum of Three Hundred and Twenty dollars to us paid by Thomas T. Wickham of the County, District, and the State aforesaid have granted, bargained, sold and delivered and by these present do grant, bargain, sell and deliver unto the said Thomas T. Wickham all that plantation whereon the said John Finklea now resides, situated on the westside of Catfish Creek. The said plantation is composed of two separate tracts of land joining one another, one containing one hundred and fifty acres is taken out of a tract of three hundred and fifty acres that Abraham Due purchased from William Athenson which the said Due conveyed to Reese Jones and the said Jones to James Johnston and the said Johnston to Samuel Cox and the said Cox to the said Willis Finklea. Situated, lying and being on Catfish Swamp and bounding northwardly by John Smith and Frederick Jones’s land, north westwardly and eastwardly by Catfish Swamp, and southwardly by a line of masked trees which divides it from Frederick Jones's land. The other, a small tract or parcel of land containing seven acres taken out of a tract of two hundred acres that Ruebin Due purchased from John Smith and is also situated on Catfish Swamp, fitting and bounding on the southside by the lands of the said Reubin Due and northwardly by the said Finklea’s land, maki ng in the whole of the two purchases one hundred and fifty seven acres, together with all and singular the right and testaments and appertainences to the said premises belonging or in anywise incident or appertaining to have and to hold all and singular the premises before mention unto the said Thomas T. Wickham his heirs and assigns forever, and we do hereby bind ourselves, heirs, executors and administrators to warrant and forever defend all said singular the said premises unto the said Thomas T. Wickham his heirs and assigns against ourselves and heirs and against every person whosoever lawfully claiming or to claim the same or any part thereof. Witness our hands and seals this 25th day of February 1802 and in the twenty-fifth year of the independence of the United States of America. Signed by Willis Finklea, Sr. and John Finklea. Signed, sealed and delivered in the presence of Hardy Crawford, Barnaby Watson, and Willis Finklea, Jr.
By Richard Taylor, one of the justices of the court does hereby certify unto all whom it may concern that Mary Finklea, wife of the within named John Finklea, did this day appear before him and, upon being privately and separately examined by him, did declare that she did freely and voluntary and without any compunction about or fear of any person whomsoever, renounce, release and forever relinquish unto the within named Thomas T Wickham his heirs and assigns, all her interest and estate and also all her right and claim of dower of in or to all and singular the premises within mentioned and released unto the within named Thomas T. Wickham. Given under my hand and seal this 31st day of July 1802.

Marion County, South Carolina Deed Book H, Pages 133 - 136 - 7 August 1806

Know all men by these present that I Willis Finklea Sr. of the state and district aforesaid planter for and in consideration of the sum of $285.50 to me in hand paid by Willis Finklea Jr. of the same state and district have granted, bargained, sold and released and by these presents do grant, bargain, sell and release unto the said Willis Finklea Jr. his heirs and assigns forever all that plantation or parcel of land containing two hundred eighty five and a half acres it being part of three surveys one of which was surveyed for Stalom Bess, the 2nd day of September 1766 for 200 acres the others not at this presents to be obtained concurrently neither their number or dates. The said lands beginning on a blackgum 31 north mark, west-east on Catfish Creek thence running northeast 30 to a red oak 3 north thence to a water oak 3+ north thence running up the edge of boggy branch to a stake 3+ north at the road which leads from James Crawford to Facts Mill thence running up the said road northwest 35 to pine thence to a stake 3+ **** road thence running northeast 40 to a pine by pond 3 north thence to a pine 3 north thence to a stake by a pine 3+ north marked west-east thence running north west 10 to a pine by bay 3 north thence to a pine 3+ in bay thence running west 45 to a pine 3 north thence to a pine in road 3 north thence to a white oak and thence to a white bay 3 north in branch thence to a pine by edge of Catfish Swamp and thence to red bay to Catfish Creek 3+ north thence running down the said creek to the beginning black gum 3+ north marked west-east all of which land lying on the north-east side of Catfish Creek and hath such formand marks as will appear by a plat of the same certifyed the 24th of July 1806 to the said Willis Finklea Jr. In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this 7th day of August 1806. Signed by Willis (X) Finklea Sr. in the presence of Henry C. Scott and Joel Fore

Marion County, South Carolina Deed Book B, Pages 309 - 310 - 16 July 1808

Know all men by these present that I, Willis Finkley Sr. of Marion District and state aforesaid for and in consideration of the sum of 20 Pounds Sterling money to me paid by Charles Meloy of Marion District and state aforesaid, I have granted, bargained, sold and released unto the said Charles Meloy all that plantation or tract of land lying and bounded as follows being part of a tract of 969 acres granted to Willis Finklea -- situated in the distract and state aforesaid on the north side of Catfish Swamp and on the south side of Buck Swamp bounded on the north by land granted to Joseph Passmore, northeast by Samuel Smith’s land and on the south land of Charles Meloy and h aving such shapes and markers as are in the plots containing 100 acres or more together with all and singular the right and testaments and appertainences to the said premises belonging or in anywise incident or appertaining to have and to hold all and singular the premises before mention and unto the said C. Melot his heirs and xecutors and Administrators to warrant and forever defend all and singular the said land to C. Meloy and his heirs and assigns against myself, my heirs and every person or whoever lawfully claiming or to claim the same or any part thereof. Witness my seal this 16th day of July 1808. Signed by Willis Finklea

 

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Martha Smith

Married about 1766
Father was John Smith
Mother was Mary Smith

Marion County, South Carolina Probate Roll #721: John Smith, Sr., Sam and John Smith et al. Will dated 10 June, 1797.

Witnesses: John Finkly, John Deer and Peter Keighley. Signed: John Smith. John Smith of Liberty County, Georgetown District. Wife: Mary Smith (tract of land on N. East side of Buck Swamp bought of William Parker) ….. Daughter: Martha Fincklea (150 acres purchased of George Gib son on West side of Catfish. ….. Proved by John Finklea and John Deer on 20 Jany 1802 before Hugh Giles, Ordy.......

Will of John Smith, dated 10 June 1797. James Ervin .vs. Enos Tart and other. Filed 20 April 1822. Marion County, South Carolina Equity Rolls

James Edwards shows that John Smith on 1 January 1802 agreed to sell to him a tract of land and before execution of title John Smith died and the exors. of John Smith afterwards made titles to him. James Edwards was advised that the legal title remains imperfect and legal estate has been transferred to heirs at law of John Smith (will dated 10 June 1797) who are: Samuel Smith, John Smith, James Smith, Ann (Smith) Berry, Mary (Smith) Buckles, Celia (Smith) Harrelson, Sarah (Smith) Tart, wife of Enos Tart, Willis Finklea and Martha (Smith) Finklea

Children of Willis & Martha Finklea
John Finklea
Willis Finklea
Thomas Finklea
Hugh Finklea
Charles Finklea
Alexander Finklea

Tom Mace, Moses Mace, Patsey Mace, Rowan Thomas, Alexander Thomas, Joseph Thomas, Patrick Thomas, Isaac Thomas, James Thomas, Anny Thomas, Betsy Thomas, Oliver Thomas, Mourning (Smith) Bryant, Charles Molley, Barnabas Watson, John Deer, James Deer, Needham Watson, Greenwood Watson, Green Watson, Larry Watson, Mary Johnson. James Ervin further shows that one of these tracts was granted to John Hughes, who conveyed same to John Smith and after James Ervin purchased from John Smith, John Smith and John Hughes conveyed to John Deer who knew of the deed from John Hughes to John Smith and of John Smith’s sale to James Ervin. John Deer converyed to Enos Tart who was awa re of the equitable title of James Ervin.

Answer of Enos Tart filed 17 May 1824. After death of John Smith, James Ervin did not pay money according to his contract. Denies he purchased land from John Deer or that he knew anything about the existence of deed from John Hughes to John Smith. He also indicates that a period of 20 years lapsed before filing of complainant’s bill. John Deer was the grandson of of John Smith who conveyed land to James Ervin. Enos Tart is grandson of John Smith. Sarah Tart, his mother, is still living on the land. Molley inherited from John Smith’s daughter.

Children

   

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John C. Finklea

Born about 1783
Died about 1849

State of South Carolina, Marion District - 19 November 1821

John C. Finklea sold land to Bryant Jones for $1,050. Description of the land is as follows: “one third and one fifth of a tra ct of land, the original grant being 200 acres granted to Samuel Dupree, 21 February 1739, the aforesaid two hundred acres taken from the other 200 acres lately conveyed to Martin Bird being upper part of said survey and lying and being on Toby's Creek.” Signed by John C. Finklea. John Finklea was a wi tness and Mary Finklea signed the dower as wife of John C. Finklea.

State of South Carolina, Marion District - 22 September 1822

John Finklea sold 1,358 acres of land to Darling White for $1,300. The land is described as follows: “1,358 acres of land in Marion County composed of 4 tracts of land. Tract number 1 was granted to Martin Meddleton, 14 January 1767. Martin Meddleton than conveyed the land to Littleton Isman and his wife Martha, they in turn conveyed the land to Willis Middleton, Willis Middleton conveyed the land to Thomas Godbold, Sr. Thomas Godbold, Sr. conveyed the land to John Finklea and now from said John Finklea to Darling White. Tract number 2, composed of 586 acres was granted to Levi Molley 4 March 1804 and then conveyed by him to Thomas Godbold, Thomas Godbold conveyed the land to John Finklea and now from John Finklea to Darling White. Tract number 3 was part of a tract granted to John Somers for 200 acres, 1 July 1793, and conveyed by him to Littleton and then by Littleton to Willlis Middleton. Willis Middleton then conveyed the land to Thomas Godbold, Thomas Godbold in turn conveyed the land to John Finklea and now from said John Finklea to Darling White. Tract number 4 was part of a tract granted to Isiah Lewis for 1,600 acres, 6 December 1802, and conveyed by him to Thomas Godbold, Sr. Thomas Godbold then conveyed the land to John Finklea and now from said John Finkea to Darling White.” Document was signed by John C. Finklea. Witn esses included John Finklea , Sr. and Mary Finklea, wife of John C. Finklea, signed dower rights.

     

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Mary (Mercy & Massey also seen) Crawford

Married about 1794

   

 

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Mary Wilson

Married about 1848 in Alabama

       

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John C. Finklea

Born about 1795
Died about 1854

         

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Cherry Tart

Marion County, South Carolina Probate Roll #1142: Susannah Tart and Elizabeth Kirven.

Petition of Mrs. Elizabeth Kirven and Doctor Willis Fore sheweth that Mrs. Susannah Tart lately died intestate that they are desirous of taking out letters of administration; and pray a citation to be issued. 11 Aug. 1853. Elizabeth Kirven and Willis Fore. Petition of Evander J. Moody and Martha Jane Moody, his wife, sheweth that Mrs. Susannah Tart has lately died intestate; as is supposed and that your petitioner Martha Jane is the child of the said intestate and your petitioners being next of kin to the intestate are desirous of being appointed administrators of said intestate (no date)……..Indenture made 1 August, 1840 between Susannah Tart and Ed. B. Wheeler. In Consideration of $1.00 and the love and affection to her daughter Cherry Finklea and her daughter Sarah J. F. Finklea and any other children which she may hereafter have, bargained and delivered to Ed. B. Wheeler the following negroes: 5 together with future issue and increase of negroes. During the joint lives of Cherry Finklea and her husband J. C. Finklea subject to their control and management deliver and convey negroes to Sarah Jane Finklea daughter of Cherry and Jno. C. Finklea and any other children which Cherry Finklea may leave living at her death. Signed Susannah Tart and Ed. B. Wheeler.

           

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Sarah Jane Finklea

       

12

Willis Finklea

Born about 1795
Died about 1845

         

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Mary (Polly) Tart

Died before 1830

Marion County, South Carolina Probate Roll #751: Enos Tart, Susannah Tart, and J. C. Finklea.

Citation: Susanna Tart and Jno. C. Finklea made suit to grant them letters of Adm. of the estate and effects which were of Enos Tart late of this District deed. 20 January 1829. .....Summons in Partition Eli Avant and Telatha his wife applicants vs Susannah Tart and Eliz. Kirvin and Others Defendants ….. that the lands b e sold by sheriff or Marion Dist First Monday in October next (no date). ….. Summ ons in partition-Recorded in Real Estate Book A. To: Susannah Tart, wife of intestate Enos Tart, Sarah Tart, Jane Tart, Susanna Tart, Enos Tart, Nathan Tart and Thomas E. Tart, children of said intestate, Elizabeth Kirvin and Hardy Fincklea, Aquilla Fincklea and Mary Jane Finklea., children of Polly, wife of Willis Finklea, who was the daughter of said intestate. Tract of land belonging to Enos Tart, deceased, on the road that leads from Marion Court House to Marlboro Court House, originally granted to Nathan Tart, 4 Nov. 1805 - containing ??? acres - why should not be divided or sold allotting to Susanna Tart one third thereof; and the remaining two thirds to Telatha Avant, Elizabeth Kirvin, Sarah Tart, Jane Tart, Susannah Tart, Enos Tart, Nathan Tart, Thomas E. Tart and Hardy Finklea, Aquilla Finklea, and Mary Jane Finklea, children of said Willis and Polly Finklea. 3 Aug. 1829. We accept the service of this Summons for ourselves and as guardians for Hardy and Aquilla Finklea, Mary Jane Finklea, Sarah Jane, Susanna, Enos, Nathan and Thomas E. Tart. 11 Sept. 1829. Consent to sale. We accept the appointment of guardians of Hardy Finklea, Aquilla Finklea, Mary Jane Finklea, Sarah Tart, Jane Tart, Susanna Tart, Enos Tart, Nathan Tart and Thomas E. Tart. 11 Sept. 1829. Susannah Tart and John C. Finklea. Account Current 1832-1838. Mrs. Susannah Tart her share of the land $500.00. Slaves: 2. Awarded her in Writ of Partition $500. Negro 1. Return Book no 2, page 206. Susan Tart minor in account Current with Susannah Tart guardian. 1835. Negro: 1. 3 months board this year. Bills from Female Seminary at Salem. John C. Fincklea to Benjamin Holt, February l832. Fees to be appointed guardian of Masters Enos A. Fincklea and Hardy Fincklea.….

           

121

Elizabeth Finklea

             

121S1

??? Kirvin

           

122

John Hardy Finklea

           

123

Enos Aquilla Finklea

           

124

Mary Jane Finklea

         

12S2

Margaret Bethea

       

13

Martha Finklea

Born about 1803

         

13S1

Wilbor Crossby

Married about 1820

       

14

Sarah Finklea

Born about 1807

         

14S1

Samuel Nettles

Married about 1835

       

15

James C. Finklea

Born about 1809

         

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Frances Elizabeth Henry

Married about 1847

       

16

Gadi Finklea

Born 10 April 1813 (1809 on his tombstone)
Died 16 June 1894
Buried at Bell's Landing Presbyterian Church, Monroe County, Alabama

         

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Agnes C. Muldrow

Married about 1837

         

16S2

Sarah Davis

         

16S3

Sarah Ann McCants

Born about 1823

           

161

Gadi Finklea

Born 27 December 1848
Died 3 Sepember 1930 in Coleman, Texas

             

161S1

Carrie Burgess

Married 27 December 1871 in Monroe County, Alabama

             

161S2

Eula E. England

Married 8 March 1877 in Waxahachie, Texas

           

162

Evander Finklea

Born about 1850

             

162S1

Martha Alabama Grace

Born 30 August 1853
Died 7 August 1880, buried at McCants Cemetery, Wilcox County, Alabama
Married 25 November 1877

           

163

Frank Finklea

Born about 1852

           

164

Cora Finklea

Born about 1854

           

165

Ferdinand (Buddy) Finklea

Born about 1858

           

166

Lillian Ella Finklea

Born 5 September 1859 (data taken from her tombstone -- the 1870 census data indicates she was born about 1863)
Died 24 December 1921

             

166S1

William Lee Stallworth

Born 28 December 1851
Died 14 October 1883
Married 2 November 1879

             

166S2

???? Welch

           

167

Annie Finklea

Born about 1869

             

167S1

William Finklea Davision

               

1671

William Finklea Davison

               

1672

Mary Kate Davison

       

17

William H. Finklea

Born about 1825

         

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Rosannah Reeves

Married about 1859

   

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Willis Finklea

Born about 1786
Died 25 September 1842 Marion County, South Carolina

Indenture - 28 October 1794

This indenture made 28 October 1794 between Willis Finkley of Liberty County and Jesse Bryant, Sr. of the County and State aforesaid. In consideration of five pounds sterling good and lawful money paid by Jesse Bryan, Sr. for a plantation containing 180 acres land more or less granted to Willis Finkley, 28 October 1794. Signed: Willis Finkley. Mathaw Finkley. Witnesses: Joseph Oates and Philip Taylor. Probated by Joseph Oates 3 November 1794. Witness: William Perritt, J. P. Reed 4 November 1794. Recorded in Book D, page 368 4 November 1794. Jacob W. Laborn Pro. Regr. South Carolina, Georgetown District.

Marion County, South Carolina Deed Book H, Pages 135 - 136 - 10 February 1810

Know all men by these presents that I, John Finklea, of said state and district planter are held and firmly bound unto Willis Finklea Jr. of said state and district in consideration of $300 to me in hand paid by the said Willis, I do bargain, sell and deliver all that plantation or tract of land containing 200 acres more or less and hath such shape and form as appear by a plat or plats there of it being part of the tracts of land granted to Slotam Bess and Willis Finklea just situated on the east side of Catfish Creek in Marion District bounded at this time on the north side by John Jones land east side by Jesse Brant Sr. land; south by Willis Finklea’s land; west by Frederick J ones' land and the esta te of Doctor Wickham. Witne ss my hand and seal this the 10th day of February 1810. Signed by John Finklea in the presence of Jessie Bryant and Amos Tart.

Marion County, South Carolina Deed Book K, Page 24 - 22 April 1822

Personally came before me Willis Finklea, Jr. and after being duly sworn sayeth that he lived with a certain woman named Olive Simmons near Cape Fear River who has often told him that she had seen Patience Turner's mother, the wife of John Turner, Jr.,, deceased, and this woman. Mrs. Simmons has often told him that she was a white woman of the Irish breed and the xxxx xxxxx came by a black man and has heard old Mr. Abraham Perry say that the mother of Patience Turner was a white woman. Sworn to before me this 22nd day of April 1822. Willis (X) Finklea, Jr.

     

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Mary Bryant

18 January 1829
Marion County Equity Roll # 33
Will of Jesse Bryant
See roll #s 116 and 904

Will dated 24 February 1818, Signed: Jesse Bryant. Witnesses: James Crawford, Levi Jones, and Willis Finklea. The will names Smithy, his daughter; Mournign, his wife, and other children: Elizabeth Martin, wife of Aaron Martin; William Bryant; James Bryant; Jesse Bryant; Mary Finklea, wife of Willis Finklea; Sally Perritt; Morning Harrel; Citsey Peritt; Milly Gasque; Smithy Bryant; son-in-law, Aaron Martin and Jesse Bryant as Executors. Proved 28 October 1822 by Willis Finklea and James Crawford before Thomas Harlee, Ordy. RecordA Book A, pages 284 and 28S. 18 January 1829.

15 April 1829

We, Elizabeth Martin, William Bryant, James Bryants, Jesse Bryant, David Perritt, Needham Perritt, Jonathan Harrell, Henry Gasque and Smithy Huggins wife of Solomon Huggins, legatees under the will of the late Jesse Bryant, deceased, to whom certain property after death of Mourning Bryant was by the will of Jesse Bryant entitled do hereby agree that the children of the deceased wife of Jesse Adkinson shall claim an equal share with the rest of the heirs viz. Hugh Adkinson, Jesse Adkinson, Ebenezer Adkinsons, Sarah Ann Godbold wife of Vincent and also the children of Mary Finklea to wit 4 in number. Witness our hands and etc. Aaron Martin, Sr. Exor in account with estate of Jesse Bryant. April 15, 1829

27 February 1830

Ex Parte Jesse Atkinson vs. Aaron Martin and Others. Petition to prove will in Solemn Form of Law. Holt, Pro Pet. I accept the legal service of the summons. Signed: Aaron Martin for self and wife, 27 February 1830.

24 April 1830

Ex Parte Jesse Atkinson and others. In the Court of Ordinary. Petition to prove the last will and testament of James Bryant, decd in form of law. Tried before me on the 24 April 1830

On the 28 day of October 1822 an instrument of writing purporting to be the last will and testament of Jesse Bryant deed was exhibited to the ordinary of this District, for probate and proven by the oaths of two subscribing witnessess, to wit James Crawford and Willis Finklea where upon letters testamentary were granted to the Executors, Jesse Bryant and Aaron Martin. The petition of the said Jesse Atkinson suggests three grounds of objection to the validity of the said last will and testament which I shall consider and decree upon in the order in which they have been submitted.

The first ground taken is that the testator was not of a sound and disposing mind. On this point I am satisfied, that the testimony is sufficient to establish the fact of the sanity of the testator. The evidence of Barfield Moody who swore positively to the sanity of the testator is not contradicted by any other witness, and corroborated the testimony of the two subscribing witnesses, who proved the said will, when it was propounded for probate.

As to the second objection to the validity of the instruments, that the testator made his will to consequence of import unity, solicitation or collusion, there is certainly nothing in the evidence adduced to warrant such a presumption.

As to the third ground that the will has but two credible witnesses, and is therefore void as to the real estate, I am of the opinion and decree that the will as to the real estate is void, inasmuch as it is not attested by three disinterested witnesses, in conformity to the statue of 29 ch. 2nd C. 3d commonly called the Statue of Fraud, which requires three credible witnesses. One of the subscribing witnesses to the will is Willis Finklea, a legatee, who, refuses to release his interest under said will and is therefore incompetent.

As to the fourth ground, not suggested in the petition, but set forth in the brief and urged in argument that the will is revoked, because the testator expressed and intention to make another will, I am clearly of the opinion that such a declaration, cannot effect the validity of the said will, as to the disposition of either the real or personal estate, as one of the provisions of the statue of fraud aforesaid, enacts that no will in writing of personal estate shall be repealed by any words or will by word of mouth only, unless the same be committed to writing in the testators lifetime, and approved by him, and proved by three witnesses at least, and the revocation of a will or real estate, requires even more solemnities. It is therefore ordered and decreed that the will as to the disposition of the real estate, is null and void, and that as to the personal estate, that it is a legal and valid testament. Edward B. Wheeler, Ordinary of Marion District.

5 May 1830
Marion County Microfilm Roll 904

Jesse Adkinson and others petition for division of land of the estate of Jesse Bryant (deceased) filed 5 May 1830. The petition of Jesse Atkinson for himself and in behalf of Ebenezer and Sarah Ann Atkinson (who are minors); Jesse Adkinson, Jr.; and Hugh Atkinson for themselves. Sheweth that Jesse Bryant, late of this District (deceased) was seized and possessed at time of his death of certain real and personal estate; who died intestate leaving your petitioners and Mounring Bryant, widow, William Bryant, James Bryant, Jesse Bryant, Willis Finklea and Mary his wife, David Perrit and Sally his wife, Jonathan Harrelson and Mourning his wife, Needham Perret and Kitsey his wife, Henry Gasque and Milly his wife, his heirs at law. That we are desirous of receiving that portion to which we are justly entitled. Signed by Jesse Atkinson, Jesse Adkison, Jr. Hugh Adkinson, and by Jesse Adkinson guardian for Sarah Ann Atkinson and Ebenezer Atkinson. Witness: Zadock Yelverton.

6 September 1830

Petition of Jesse Atkinson who petitioned in behalf of himself and Ebenezer Atkinson and Sarah Atkinson minors under age of 21, Hugh Atkinson, Jesse Atkinson, William Bryant, James Bryant, Jesse Bryant, Willis Fincklea and Mary his wife, David Perrit and Sally his wife, Mourning Bryant wife, Needham Perrit and Kitsey his wife, Henry Gasque and Milly his wife and Mourning Bryant. Jesse Bryant of Marion District departed this life on or about day ---- 1822 leaving a paper purporting to be his last will and testament dated 24 February 1818. Received of Edward B. Wheeler, Ordinary of Marion District two dollars for my services as commissioner to divide and make division of the land amongst the heirs at law of Jesse Bryant deceased. 6 September 1830

2 Janaury 1832

Received 2 January 1832 of Edward B. Wheeler, Ordinary of Marion District, our share in full for the amounts of sales of estate of Jesse Bryan, deceased, say eighty dollars and four cents each for the land. Signed: James Bryant, Aaron Martin, Sr., David Perritt, Willis Finklea, William Bryant, Henry Gasque, Jesse Atkinson, Jr., Solonom Huggins and Jesse Bryant. Mourning Bryant, widow of Jesse Bryant, acknowledges to have received four hundred dollars for her share. Signed by Mourning Bryant.

       

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Mary Tubberville

Marion County Microfilm Roll #277A - 21 October 1842

Petition of Mary Finklea, widow of Willis Finklea. and William Turbeville, brother of widow (who desires to have her brother with her) sheweth that Willis Finklea. late of Catfish died intestate being seized and possessed at the time of death with sundry property. Petitioners are desirous of having granted unto them letters of administration (no date) signed Mary Finklea and William Turbeville. Administration Bond dated 21 Oct. 1842. $14,000. Bondsmen: Mary Finklea, William Turbeville, A. B. Turbeville and James Land. Witness: B. Moody. Bond Book B, page 16. Warrant of appraisement 21 October 1842. Apnraisers: Joel Fore, Isham Watson, B. Moody and Wm. S. Campbell. 22 October 1842 before R. B. Platt. Inventory and annraisement 22 Oct. 1842. Negroes: 11. Sale of negroes to Mrs. Finklea $3605.00 Sold 5 Dec. 1842. Sold 12 bales of cotton to W. A. Fuller I Nov. 1842. Sale 16 Nov. 1842. Purchasers: Mrs. Mary Finklea, B. Moody, Jesse Turbeville, Levi James, Susan Tart, Willis Finklea, John Deer, Jr., James Lane, Jr., John Blackman, Jr. Total sales divided by 13. (no notations)

   

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Thomas Finklea

Born about 1788
Died about 1847

1850 Census for Marion County, South Carolina

Thomas W. Finklea -- 32 years old
Willis Finklea -- Willis Finklea 21 years old
Mary Finklea -- 18 years old

     

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Massey ????

       

31

John Finklea

Born about 1818

         

31S1

Mary Ann ????

       

32

Hugh Finklea

Born about 1819

         

32S1

Sarah ????

       

33

Thomas Finklea

Born about 1827
Died about 1854

       

34

Sarah Ann Finklea

Born about 1828

         

34S1

Andrew Patrick Thompson

       

35

Enos Finklea

Born about 1829

         

35S1

Caroline Nettles

       

36

Mary Ann Finklea

Born about 1832

         

36S1

Hugh Jones

Married about 1848

       

37

Willis Finklea

Born about 1836

         

37S1

Mary Jane Finklea

Married about 1858

       

38

William James Finklea

Born about 1840

         

38S1

Josephine Cannon

Married about 1859

   

4

Hugh Finklea

Born before 1790

     

4S1

Cuzza Lane

Cuzza (Lane) Finklea married Hugh Finklea after his brother Charles died.

   

5

Frances (Frankey) Finklea

Born before 1790
Died about 1824

     

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John Mace

       

51

Martha (Patsy) Mace

       

52

Moses Mace

Died about 1837
Married Drucilla Miles, daugther of David Miles

       

53

Mathew Mace

Born about 1800
Died about 1854
Never married

       

54

Elizabeth (Betsy) Mace

       

55

Mary (Polly) Mace

   

6

Girl Finklea

Born before 1790

   

7

Girl Finklea

Born before 1790

   

8

Girl Finklea

Born before 1790

   

9

Girl Finklea

Born before 1790

   

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Charles Finklea

Born After 1790
Died about 1836, Monroe County, Alabama

10 January 1824, South Carolina, Marion District

Know all men by these present that I, Jesse Bryant, of Marion District in the State aforesaid, planter, in consideration of the sum of Five Hundred Dollars to me paid by Charles Finklea of Marion District in the state aforesaid, planter, have granted, bargained, and sold and released land by these present do grant, bargain, sell and release unto the said Charles Finklea all that plantation or tract of land containing five hundred acres more or less granted to Joseph Passmore in the year of our Lord One Thousand Seven Hundred and Ninety Seven in the District aforesaid in the Hurricane Bay between Smith Mill Creek and Buck Swamp Bounded by a line running due west by Samuel Smith's land S.E., by Samuel Johnston's land N.E., by John Sander’s land and vacant land N.W., by W illis Finklea's land, all the platt represents together with all and singular the rights mentioned here xxxxx and xxxxx to the said premises belong on xxxx xxxx incident or appertaining to have and to hold all and singular the premises before mentioned unto the said Charles Finklea his heirs and assigns forever, and I do hereby bind myself, my heirs, executors and administrators to warrant and defend all and singular the said premises unto the said Charles Finklea, his heirs and assigns and against myself and my heirs and against every person whosoever lawfully claiming or to claim the sad or any part thereof. Witness my hand and seal this Tenth day of January in the year of our Lord 1824 and in the 48 year of the Independence of the United States of America. Signed, sealed, and delivered in the presence of John Jakes, Thomas Fore, and Willis Finklea. Before me personally came Willis Finklea and made oath that he was present and saw Jesse Bryant sign, seal, and deliver the within deed of land unto Charles Finklea for the use mentioned.

24 November 1828, South Carolina, Marion District

Charles Finklea to Farmer Hays, $500. Description of land is as follows: “all that plantation or tract of land containing 500 acres granted to Joseph Passmore in 17 97 in Marion Distric on Hurricane Bay between Smiths Mill Creek and Buck Swamp bounded by a line running southwest by Samuel Smiths land, southeast by Samuel Johnston’s land and northeast by John Sanders land and vacant land, northwest by Willis Finklea’s land.” Signed by Charl es Finklea. Winesses were Charles Taylor, James Deer, and Joel Fore.

1830 Census for Marion County, South Carolina

1 male under 5 years
1 male 5 to 10 years
1 male 10 to 15 years
1 male 30 to 40 years
1 female 30 to 40 years.

10 January 1824 - State of South Carolina, Marion District

Charles Finklea bought land from Jesse Bryant for $500. Description of the land is as follows: “all of that plantation or tract of land containing 500 acres granted to J oseph Passmore in 1797 in Marion District on Hurricane Bay between Smith Mill Creek and Buck Swamp, bounded by a line running southwest by Samuel Smith’s land, southeast bv Samuel Johnston’ ;s land, northeast by John Sander’s land and vacant land, northwest by Willis Finklea’ s land.” Signed by Jesse Bryant. Witnesses were Willis Finklea and Thomas Fore.

24 November 1828 - State of South Carolina, Marion District

Chalres Finklea sold land to Farmer Hays for $500. Description of the land is as follows: “all that plantation or tract of land containing 500 acres granted to J oseph Passmore in 1797 in Marion Distric on Hurricane Bay between Smiths Mill Creek and Buck Swamp bounded by a line running southwest by Samuel Smiths land, southeast by Samuel Johnston’s lan d and northeast by John Sanders land and vacant land, northwest by Willis Finklea’s land.” Signed by Charles (X) Finklea. Winesses were Charles Taylor, James Deer, and Joel Fore.

     

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Cuzza Lane

Born about 1788
Died about 1861

July 1837 - William Meddleton and others to Cuzza Finklea

Know all men by these present we William Meddleton in rights of my wife Mary Polly, Thomas Finklea, Alexander Finklea, Nancy Finklea, Joel Fore in the rights of his wife Milly, John Mace in rights of his wife Patsy, brothers and sisters of Charles Finklea, late of Alabama (deceased) and we Patsey Mace, Moses Mace, Matthew Mace, Betsey Mace decendents of Frances Mace (deceased) sister of said Charles Finklea, now in consideration that said Charles died without a will and that we are all of age and desire to save the expense of a regular administration and that the estate is clear of debt and also in consideration of the love and affection we bear to Cuzza Finklea late widow of said Charles, we do hereby give, grant, and assign tto said Cuzza all our interest, right, claim and property in and to the goods and chattels rights estate and property which were of the said Charles Finklea at the time of his death and all increase thereof since his death which by law we may be entitled to as heirs of said Charles to the said Cuzza to have and to hold to her and her heirs forever. Witness our hands and seals July 1837. Document signed by Joel Fore, Willis Finklea, John Mace, Mathew Mace, Moses Mace, Elizabeth Mace, and Martha Mace.

July 1837 - William Meddleton and others to Cuzza Finklea.

Know all men by these present we William Meddleton in rights of my wife Polly, and Thomas Finklea, Alexander Finklea, Nancy Finklea, and Joel Fore in the rights of his wife Milly and John Mace in rights of his wife Patsy, brothers and sisters of Charles Finklea, late of Alabama (deceased) and we Patsey Mace, Moses Mace, Matthew Mace, Betsey Mace decendents of Frances Mace (deceased) sister of said Charles Finklea, now in consideration that said Charles died without a will and that we are all of age and desire to save the expense of a regular administration and that the estate is clear of debt and also in consideration of the love and affection we bear to Cuzza Finklea late widow of said Charles, we do hereby give, grant, and assign tto said Cuzza all our interest, right, claim and property in and to the goods and chattels rights estate and property which were of the said Charles Finklea at the time of his death and all increase thereof since his death which by law we may be entitled to as heirs of said Charles to the said Cuzza to have and to hold to her and her heirs forever. Witness our hands and seals July 1837. Document signed by Joel Fore, Willis Finklea, John Mace, Mathew Mace, Moses Mace, Elizabeth Mace, and Martha Mace.

       

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Mary Polly Finklea

         

A1S1

William Meddleton

       

A2

Thomas Finklea

       

A3

Alexander Finklea

       

A4

Nancy Finklea

Born about 1795

1840 Census - Marion County, South Carolina

1 male 10 to 15 years of age
1 female 40 to 50 years of age

       

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Amelia (Milly) Finklea

         

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Joel Fore

       

A6

Patsy Finklea

         

A6S1

John Mace (married after her sister died)

           

A61

Frances Mace

           

A62

John Mace

           

A63

Massey Mace

           

A64

Sallie Mace

           

A65

James Mace

           

A66

Rhoda Mace

   

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Alexander Finklea

Born about 1789

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