Saturday, January 20, 2018

Eliza Reese, wife of Charles C. Copeland

© Kathy Duncan, 2018

Eliza Reese, daughter of Solomon Reese and his first wife, was born about 1826 in Tennessee. She married Charles C. Copeland on 23 Nov 1841 in Fayette Co., TN.

Census records of Eliza (Reese) and Charles C. Copeland:

16 Dec 1850, Dist 9, McNairy Co., TN:

1809-1813
Charles Copeland  28 M    Farmer unk
Eliza ----  24 F  b. TN                                   
John ----    8 M  b. TN
Jane  ----   4 F  b. TN
Thomas  ----  1 M   b. TN

6 Sept 1860, Stantonville, Dist #10, McNairy Co., TN:

1614-1605
C.C. Copelin  42 M b. TN
Eliza  ---- 38 F  b. TN
John ---- 17 M b. TN
Arminda ----13 F  b. TN
Thomas D. ----11 M  b.  TN
James A. ---- 8 M b.  TN
Alva ----   6 M b.  TN
Mary E. ---- 4 F b. TN
Charles C. ---- 3/12 M b. TN

17 Aug 1870, Stantonville, Civil Dist #10, McNairy Co., TN:

182-182
Copland, Chas. C.  53 M W Farmer $1,000-800 b.  TN
---Lizzie 47 F  W  Keeps house b. TN
---Arminda J.   22 F W  b. TN
---Alvi R. 16 M W  At school  b. TN
---Mary E. 14 F W  b. TN
---Charley C. 10 M W  b. TN
183-183
Copland, Thomas S. 21 M W Farmer -$300   b. TN
---Zilpha E.  28 F W Keeps house b. TN
---Celizzie A. 8/12 F W  b. TN
Victory, William J. 5 M W  b.  TN

7 June 1880, Dist. 125, Civil Dist. 10, McNairy Co., TN:

56-56
Copland, Calvin  head  61 M W Farmer b. TN fb. SC mb.  SC
---Eliza J.  wife   60 F W Keeps house  b. TN fb. TN mb.  TN
---Charles C.  son 31 M W  Farm lab b. TN fb. TN  mb.  TN

---Marthy F.  dil  16 F W  b. TN   fb. TN  mb.  TN

Solomon Reese Estate Settlement Notes

Elenor Ellen Reese, wife of Warren Waldo Shearer

© Kathy Duncan, 2018

Ellenor Reese, daughter of Solomon Reese and his first wife, married Warren Waldo Sherrer of Alabama.

The record of Ellenor, who was also referred to as Ellen, is found in the settlement of her father's estate in Lincoln County, Tennessee.

This entry in her father’s estate settlement related the events of her marriage to W.W. Sherrer:

Cullen E. Sugg Guard of Ellenor Reese minor heir of Solomon Reese dec’d 
- amt furnished Ellen to go to Blount Co., Alabama 25 Jany 1844.
Amt allowed [Sugg] for trouble as guardian for 8 years which is up to
the time Ellen intermarried with Walder W. Sherrer.
Amt paid Alexander Smith admin of Ellen Sherrer deceased who
intermarried with W.W. Sherrer of Alabama.
Dated 27 Jan 1847
[Source: Lincoln Co., TN Guardian Settlements p. 356]

The dates in this record are probably misleading. Ellenor may have gone to Alabama earlier than 1844 with the expenses of her journey being paid for at a later date.

To date, no record of Ellenor's marriage have been found in Alabama or Tennessee. 

The following cemetery record was found in an online list of tombstones in Myrtlewood Cemetery in Livingston, Sumter County, Alabama and adds a great deal of insight into Ellenor/Ellen's life.
Here are those two tombstones:

Consort W. Waldo Shearer
Died: Oct 17, 1844 Age 18

Son W.W. & E.A. Shearer
Aug 24, 1844 - June 3, 1848

We can guess from this that Ellenor/Ellen Reese was born in 1826. She place on the 1830 census can now be accounted for. 

Ellen Reese probably married Warren Waldo Shearer as an underage minor of about sixteen, suggesting that there should be a consent given for her marriage. She either married Shearer in Tennessee and traveled with him to Alabama, or she traveled to Alabama to live with some other relative, met Shearer in Alabama, and then married him there. They would have been married very briefly--maybe only two years. Was the reference to Blount County in the probate record an error, or did Ellen go to Blount County first and then remove to Sumter County?

Evidently, Alexander Smith was administrating Ellen's estate because he was looking out for the interests of her son William Kirby Shearer although William is not referred to in the probate records. This record of Alexander Smith's administration was found in Lincoln County, Tennessee:



Ellen's death two months after the birth of William suggests that her death might not have been related to childbirth. There had been a few instances of Yellow Fever in Mobile, Alabama that year, but it was not considered a epidemic.

This document leaves little doubt that W. Waldo Shearer was married to Ellenor or Ellen Reese although many Shearer researchers have theorized that his first wife was a Morrow.

Warren Waldo Shearer remarried to Elvira Huson and removed to Mississippi, where he died in 1878. 


Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Phebe Eveline Reese, wife of James M. Miller

© Kathy Duncan, 2018

Phebe Eveline Reese, daughter of Solomon Reese and his first wife, was born about 4 June 1828 in Tennessee. She married James M. Miller on 24 Dec 1844 in Fayette County, Tennessee. James Monroe Miller was a native of Vermont.

She was either living with one of her sisters or an unknown relative in Fayette County, TN.

This tidbit about Jame Monroe Miller appears in an biography of his father:


“Their [ Thomas Miller and Harriet Moore] children were…James Monroe, a teacher, went south and married a lady in Tennessee;…Robert Dexter…Rev. Robert Dexter Miller…was principal of Purdy Academy in Tennessee, in 1849 and 1850.”

[Source: The Vermont Historical Gazetteer: A Magazine, Embracing a History of Each of Each Town edited by Abby Maria Hemenway]

The following entry in Solomon Reese’s estate settlement confirms the marriage of his daughter Phebe E. Reese to James M. Miller:

Cullen Sugg guar of minor heirs of Solomon Rees
- due Phebe Rees from Ellen Rees
- amt paid James M. Miller who enter married with Phebe Rees one
of the minor heirs of Solomon Reese including the $28.00 due from
John Rees and 82 cents due from Ellen Rees.
Dated 1846
[Source: Lincoln County, Tennessee; Guardian Settlements, 1836 – Dec. 1846, p. 277]

Census records of Phebe Eveline (Reese) and James M. Miller--

30 Oct 1850, Hardeman Co., TN, p. 146:

1091-1091
James M. Miller 31 M  Teacher b. VT
Everline  22 F  b. TN

27 July 1860, Dist. 8, Hardeman Co., TN, P.O. Boliver:

652-626
James M. Miller  40 M Teacher $320 - $400     VA
Phebe E.  32 F  TN
Robert D.  10 M  TN
Thomas M.  7 M   TN


9 August 1870, Civil Dist No. 8, Hardeman County, TN; P.O. Bolivar:

25-25
Miller, James M 52 M W Farmer $400 -$500 Farmer b. VT
---- Evalina 40 F W b. TN
---- Robert D. 20 M W b. TN
---- Thomas 18 M W b TN
---- Lavinia 7 F W b. TN

---- John W 3 M W b. TN

Phebe (Reese) Miller died on 9 June 1877 and is buried in the Pleasant Grove Methodist Church Cemetery in Bolivar, Hardeman County, Tennessee.

12 June 1880, Dist. 8, Hardeman County, Tennessee:

169-169
Miller, J M W M 61 School Teacher b. VT fb. VT mb. VT
---- T M W M 27 Son Laborer b. TN fb. VT mb. TN
---- Lavinia W F 17 Dau Keeping house b. TN fb. VT mb. TN

---- J W W M 12 son at home b. TN fb. VT mb. TN

This rare glimpse into the Millers' lives was offered by James M. Miller's brother Rev. Robert D. Miller:

“R.D. Miller
Writes the following interesting letter:

West Hartford, VT., July 30, 1881

General M. J. Wright,
Dear Sir: I commence writing in response to your kind request, that I would give you, for use in your proposed “Reminiscences of McNairy county, Tenn.,” a sketch of my own recollections of it.

My college course, in Amherst college, Mass., was completed in August, 1848 and “the world was all before me, where to choose my place of rest, and Providence my guide.” An elder brother of mine [James Monroe Miller] had been living in Tennessee and his P.O. address, the last time he sent us a letter, some years previous, was Hamburg-McNairy county. In September, that year, I started in search of him with the hope of finding him, and also some remunerative employment for myself. I need not relate the incidents of my romantic journeying and voyaging by stage, steamer, and railroad, till I reached the county named.

My stage ride from Memphis, mostly by night, was a hard one; and the driver left me, one night about one o’clock, at what he thought would be the most convenient point from which to reach Hamburg, a place away from the stage route.

Weary, hungry, and with but twenty-five cents left, I rapped at the door of a man, whose name was Phelps, and met with a cordial reception from him, his place being somewhere between Bolivar and Camden, I think. When I informed him that I was from Vermont, he said he was from Massachussets and that, whenever he met a man from that State, he welcomed him as a brother, and any one from any other New England State as a half-brother. He went to Tennessee as a clock peddler, found his wife there, and was raising up an interesting family of children. As I informed him of the object of my mission there, as that of first my brother, James M. Miller, he said he had seen “Jeems” Miller, and thought he was then teaching school not many miles off. His social friendliness cheered my drooping spirits greatly, and I got some good sleep the last part of the night. The next morning, after breakfast, he brought up two horses, which he and I mounted and rode away into places where I would have been utterly lost, alone; but, in an hour or two by inquiry at a log house to which we went,--a strange sight to me then—we learned that my lost brother was residing in that part of McNairy county, and teaching school there.

Mr. Phelps continued with me till we found the way improved, and he could direct me plainly, and then returned homeward with the horses, while I walked on, till I reached my brothers home, also a log house, apparently in the midst of an almost boundless forest!

…My brother, a feeble man bodily, intelligent, industrious, honest, patriotic, a planter and a school-teacher, a good number of years in that country, but now residing in Hardeman, doubtless has left the savor of a good name among his old neighbors there. In his quiet, unemotional way, he was always ready for every good word and work! Some of his children are natives of McNairy.

I found him not rich, and, of course, I soon began to feel that I must be looking for something to do. His impression was that the Purdy Academy was in want of a Principal. In a few weeks I was employed in so responsible a position…

…I am glad to learn from my nephew that Mr. [James] Warren’s sound sense and practical talent are still appreciated by the people and called into use.”
[Source: Reminiscences of the Early Settlement and Early Settlements and Early Settlers of McNairy County edited by Marcus Joseph Wright]

Solomon Reese Estate Settlement Notes


















Monday, January 15, 2018

Solomon Reese Estate Settlement Notes

© Kathy Duncan, 2018

These are my notes on the estate settlement of Solomon Reese who died in Lincoln County, Tennessee 1830. They shed light on who his children were. They may not look like much, but the Chancery Court records of Lincoln County, Tennessee were not indexed until the 1850s. Some of this is hard won information.


Lincoln County, Tennessee – 1840s

1840. Cullen E. Sugg guar for minor heirs of Solomon Res dec.
[Source: Lincoln County, Tennessee; Guardian Settlements, 1836 – Dec. 1846, p. 19]

1841. Cullen E. Sugg guar for Solomon Reese heirs. Hire of slave Allen.
[Source: Lincoln County, Tennessee; Guardian Settlements, 1836 – Dec. 1846, p. 41]

1841. Cullen E. Sugg guar for Solomon Reese children
Merchandize for Mary Reese, Eliza Reese, John Reese, Eleanor Reese, Phebe Reese.
[Source: Lincoln County, Tennessee; Guardian Settlements, 1836 – Dec. 1846, p. 56]

3 Feb 1841. Cullen E. Sugg & others complainants Petition for sale of negro
Complainants: Cullen E. Sugg, William W. Reese who resides in the state of Arkansas, Mary, Eliza, John, Ellen & Phebe Reece infants under the age of 21 years by their next friend and guardian Cullen E. Sugg and Drury M. Perkins all citizens of Lincoln County, Tennessee. On 11 Oct 1834 Solomon Reece dec made his last will and testament--…among other things a negro man slave named Allen bequeathed to the seven following legatees: William W. Mary, Eliza, John, Eleanor, Phebe Reece and Elizabeth Reece who intermarried with one James Cunningham and has since departed this life intestate leaving no children.  Complts state that Cunningham some time in the month of January 1839, said Elizabeth being living made a  assignment of Elizabeth’s undivided interest in said negro slave to Complt Perkins… in the month of Oct 1840, which was long after the death of said Elizabeth … that said William W. Reece is now of age … [the point of this document is that Sugg want to sell the slave man Allen in order to settle amounts owed to William W. Reese and to Perkins]
[Source: Lincoln County, Tennessee; Chancery Court Minutes, Feb. 1840 – Jan 1844, p. 111]

William W. Reese, who was of age, had removed to Arkansas by 1841. Elizabeth (Reese) Cunningham, who was also presumably of age, had married before January of 1839 and died between January, 1839 and October, 1840. A guess is that Elizabeth was a newlywed who died in childbirth or shortly after her first child. Two daughters, one named Eliza and the other named Elizabeth, is a mystery.

22 Jan 1842. Cullen E. Sugg guar for Solomon Reese children dec’d
Articles furnished for Mary, John, Eleanor, Phebe.
[Source: Lincoln County, Tennessee; Guardian Settlements, 1836 – Dec. 1846, p. 91]

25 Aug 1842. Solomon Reece decd. Bill for Sale of Real Estate
Complainants: William W. Reece of the State of Arkansas, Mary Reece of Fayette County, Tennessee, Charles C. Coupland and Eliza his wife of said County of Fayette all of full age, and John Reece, Eleanor Reese and Phebe Reese of said County of Lincoln infants under the age of 21 years with their guardian Cullen E. Sugg…that about Oct 1834 Solomon Reece then of said County of Lincoln departed this life having first duly made and published his last will and testament…”said testator was twice married at the time of his death he left him surviving seven children by his first wife to wit your complainants William W., Mary, Eliza who has since intermarried with complainant Charles C. Copeland, John, Eleanor, & Phebe, the last being minors for whom said Sugg has been regularly appointed guar by the County Court of said Lincoln together with Elizabeth who has departed this life leaving no issue … [Solomon] died seized of three tracts of land on which he lived bought of Gabriel Seahorn 23 May 1831—total about 168 acres in Lincoln Co., Tennessee
[Source: Lincoln County, Tennessee; Chancery Court Minutes, Feb. 1840 – Jan 1844, p. 363]

By 25 August 1842, Eliza Reese has married Charles C. Coupland and is living in Fayette County, Tennessee. Fayette County, Tennessee records indicate that Charles C. Copeland married Miss Eliza Reese on 23 November 1841. Sister Mary Reece is also living in Fayette County, Tennessee. Fayette County, Tennessee records indicate that James M. Miller married Evelina Reese on 24 December 1844.
[Source: Fayette Co., TN Marriages 1838 - 1857 by Helen Smothers Swenson]

Was Mary living with sister Eliza Copeland? Or had both girls been living with another family member in Fayette County, Tennessee prior to Eliza’s marriage? Would that be a relation of their mother’s?? The remaining Reese siblings are all underage at this time and still in Lincoln County, Tennessee. With whom were they living??

This narrows Solomon Reese's death to October, 1834.

Jan 1843. Cullen E. Sugg for the minor heirs of Solomon Reese.
Received July 29, 1842 of Peter McMullen admr of Mary Reece dec’d for John, Eleanor, & Phebe Reece each $3.65 in all $10.95 interest to date $11.23
Articles furnished for John Reece, Ealenor Reece, Phebe Reece
[Source: Lincoln County, Tennessee; Guardian Settlements, 1836 – Dec. 1846, p. 132]

6 Feb 1843. Articles sold by Cullen Sugg guar for minor heirs of Solomon Reece sale on 26 Oct 1842. Notation: “William W. Reece was entitled to one sixth part of that rent for 1841 which amount due last Christmas was $3.33. Mary Reece one of the heir that is of age is entitled to property sold and the rent for 1842, $18.31. Charles C. Couplin and wife Eliza one of the said heirs is entitled to their part of the rent of 1842, $6.59.
[Source: Lincoln County, Tennessee; Guardian Settlements, 1836 – Dec. 1846, p. 139]

1844. Cullen E. Sugg guar for minor heirs of Solomon Reese dec’d,
Amt paid
Charles C. Copeland in right of his wife Eliza
William E. Natior [Nation] in right of his wife Mary
William Hamilton for boarding John Reese
William Reese, share
[Source: Lincoln County, Tennessee; Guardian Settlements, 1836 – Dec. 1846, p. 158]

John Reese is boarding with William Hamilton. Is he a relative? John seems to be the only Reese minor living with Hamilton. Where are the others living? Mary Reese was also evidently living in Fayette County, Tennessee since at least 1842.

By 1844 Mary Reese has married William E. Nation. Mary Reese is very likely the “Mary Ann Read” who married W.E. Nation in Fayette Co., TN on 22 Mar 1843.
[Source: Fayette Co., TN Marriages 1838 - 1857 by Helen Smothers Swenson]

James Cunningham, admr of Elizabeth Cunningham, deceased
1 Jan 1845 – James Cunningham admr as above states that nothing has come to his hands as administrator of Elizabeth Cunningham deceased since the administration on said Estate and the object was of his administration was to convey a negro sold before the death of the said intestate.
Signed James Cunningham    W. B. Rhea, chairman
[Source: Lincoln County, Tennessee; Settlements, Administrators & Exec’s; Dec. 1842 – Oct 1847, p. 96]

1 Jan 1845. Cullen E. Sugg guar. Of minor heirs of Solomon Reese
Due Phebe Rees for settlement with John Reese
 [Source: Lincoln County, Tennessee; Guardian Settlements, 1836 – Dec. 1846, p. 243]

25 Jan 1845. No. 50, Peter G. McMullen &Robert McCala, Admr of Mary Rees, deceased,
Amt paid
-           C.T. Rees
-          Henry Kimes, Guard of his own children
-          Hiram Rees
-          Joseph Huff, Guard heirs of Robert Rees
-          John Lauderdale
-          Cullen E. Sugg, Guard of heirs of Solomon Rees, decd
-          Paid for postage & will of Desha it being the will of said deceased’s father
[Source: Lincoln County, Tennessee; Settlements, Administrators & Exec’s; Dec. 1842 – Oct 1847, p. 114]

1846. Cullen Sugg guar of minor heirs of Solomon Rees
- due Phebe Rees from Ellen Rees
- amt paid James M. Miller who enter married with Phebe Rees one of the minor heirs of Solomon Rees including the $28.00 due from John Rees & 82 cents due from Ellen Rees
[Source: Lincoln County, Tennessee; Guardian Settlements, 1836 – Dec. 1846, p. 277]

Eleanor/Ellen Rees is still living in 1846 and appears to not be married.

Fayette County, Tennessee records indicate that James M. Miller married Evelina Reese on 24 December 1844.
[Source: Fayette Co., TN Marriages 1838 - 1857 by Helen Smothers Swenson]

Was Phebe living with one of her sisters, or is there another family unknown member in Fayette County, Tennessee???

27 Jan 1847. Cullen E. Sugg, guar of Eleanor Reese minor heir of Solomon Reese dec’d
-Amt furnished Ellen to go to Blount Co. Alabama 25 Jan 1844
-Amt allowed you [Sugg] for trouble on guardian for 8 years which is up to the time said Ellen intermarried with Walder W. Sherrer
-Amt paid Alexander Smith admin of Ellen Sherrer deceased who intermarried with W.W. Sherrer of Alabama 27 [month?] 1847
[Source: Lincoln County, Tennessee; Guardian Settlements, 1836 – Dec. 1846, p. 356]

Why did Eleanor/Ellen Reese go to Blount County, Alabama? Is there a family member there? Did she marry Sherrer in Tennessee and then move to Blount County? Did she go to Blount County to visit a family member and then meet Sherrer and marry him there? If she was unmarried in 1846, then she had been in Alabama for at least two years prior to her marriage. In any event, she is deceased by 1847.

Lincoln County, Tennessee – 1850s

No. 1666
25 Jan 1857
Peter G. McMullin, Admr of Mary Reese dec’d
-paid Jas Reese in full of his distributive share 19 Dec 1856
- paid Jacob and Cynthia M. Hollius in full of their distributive share as per receipt 19 Dec 1856, $11.97
[Source: Lincoln County, Tennessee; Settlements, Administrator’s and Exec’s, Aug 1856-1861, p. 136]

Mary Reese was the wife of Charles T. Reese, mother of Solomon Reese, and grandmother to the Reese heirs. James Solomon Reese and Cynthia M. (Reese) Hollis are the children of Solomon Reese and his second wife Mahala.

Lincoln County, Tennessee – 1860s

No. 1649 – 17 Aug 1857, L.D. Sugg Admr with the will anxd of Solomon Rees decd
No. 1650 - 17 Aug 1858
No. 1651 – 17 Aug 1859
No. 1652 29 March 1860 – amt paid Robert Rees Admr of Thomas P. Rees in full of the proceeds as per rect. Of this date
[Source: Lincoln County, Tennessee; Settlements, Administrator’s and Exec’s, Aug 1858-1861, p. 129]

Carroll County, Tennessee – 1860s

22 Feb 1866. I Solomon Reece am held firmly bound unto John M. Covington in sum of $3,350 – sold Covington for $1,675 at $25/acre a tract of land in Carroll Co. TN containing 67 acres bounded by Isreal Snead, Henry P. Gaines, Covington, George T. Ridley, Phillip Turner  Attest: Luke Thomas, W.R. Snead
Signed J.S. Reese
[Source: Carroll County, Tennessee, Deed Book P., p. 252]

1 Oct 1866. I Synthia M. Hollis of the County of Barry and state of Missouri have for the sum of $1,000 paid by James S. Reese of Carroll County in the state of Tennessee sold a tract of land bordered by Thomas Hamilton, G.T. Ridley, Phillip Turner, H.P. Gaines.
Signed Cynthia M. Hollis
[Source: Carroll County, Tennessee, Deed Book P., p. 348]

J.S. or James Solomon Reese and Cynthia M. (Reese) Hollis are the children of Solomon Reese and his second wife Mahala. In these records, they are selling their inheritance from father Solomon Reese.

It looks like I need to focus on Fayette County, Tennessee and on Blount County, Alabama in the hopes of locating relatives of Solomon Reese's first, unknown wife. Still looking for a needle in a haystack!!


Sunday, January 14, 2018

Mary Reese, wife of William E. Nation

© Kathy Duncan, 2018


Mary Reese, daughter of Solomon Reese and his first wife, was of age by 6 Feb 1843 when the following document was filed with the court in Lincoln County, Tennessee:

            Articles sold by Cullen E. Sugg guardian for minor heirs of Solomon Reese sale on 26 Oct 1842. [Notation:] William W. Reese was entitled to one sixth part of that rent for 1841 which amount due last Christmas is $3.33. Mary Reese one of the heirs that is of age is entitled to property sold and the rent for 1842 $18.31. Charles C. Couplin and wife Eliza one of the said heirs is entitled to their part of the rent of 1842 $6.59. Document filed 6 Feb 1843.
[Source: Lincoln Co., TN, County Clerk Settlements, p. 139]

According to additional estate settlement documents for her father, Mary Reese married William E. Nation by 1844:

1844, Cullen E. Sugg guardian for minor heirs of Solomon Reese dec’d--
  - amt. paid Charles C. Coplane in right of his wife Eliza
  - amt. paid William E. Nation in right of his wife Mary
  - amt. paid William Hamilton for boarding John Reese
  - amt. paid William Reese, share
[Source: Lincoln County, TN; County Clerk Settlements, p. 158. Notation]

Even though sister Phebe E. is living, she is not included in the document.

Mary Reese is very likely the “Mary Ann Read” who married W.E. Nation in Fayette Co., TN on 22 Mar 1843.


[Source: Fayette Co., TN Marriages 1838 - 1857 by Helen Smothers Swenson]

Solomon Reese Estate Settlement Notes

William Wheeler Reese

© Kathy Duncan, 2018

William Wheeler Reese, son of Solomon Reese and his first wife, was born 1816 on Duck River in Maury Co., Tennessee. He married Frances J. Halbert, daughter of Martin and Susan (Poindexter) Halbert, on 19 July 1838 in Lincoln Co., TN. Frances J. Halbert was born in 1816 in Madison Co., AL and died 10 Feb 1896. She is buried in the Coop-Prairie Cemetery in Mansfield, Arkansas next to her husband William W. Reese who died a few months later on 24 May 1896.

The source for William W. Reese's middle name are his Arkansas homestead land records.

The Goodspeed biography of their son John Reese reveals the following information about William W. and Frances J. Reese:

His [John’s] parents, William W. and Frances J. (Halbert) Reese, were born on Duck River, Maury County, Middle Tenn., and Madison County, Ala., respectively, and were married and made their home in the former State until 1839, at which time they immigrated to Arkansas, locating on a tract of land in Cove Creek Township, Washington County, [Ark] and still make Washington County their home.
[Source: Reprint of the Washington County Section of Goodspeed’s Benton, Washington, Carroll, Madison, Crawford, Franklin and Sebastian Counties Arkansas History by Goodspeed Publishing, 1889]

In September of 1844, William W. Reese of Washington County, Arkansas appointed his brother-in-law Mark H. Halbert to act on his behalf in his interests in his father Solomon's estate.






11 November 1850, Cove Creek Twp., Washington County, Arkansas, p. 359:

2-2
William W. Reese 32 M Farmer $300 b. KY
Frances ---- 34 F b. NC
Susan ---- 9 F b. TN
John ---- 8 M b. Ark
Eliza ---- 4 F b. Ark
Margaret ---- 5/12 F b. Ark

During the Civil War, William Reese and family removed to Missouri and probably did not return until after the war. Their son John Reese joined them in Missouri after his discharge at the end of the war. Shortly after, they returned to Washington Co., AR where they remained until the 1890s.

Sept. 1870, Cove Creek, Washington County, Arkansas, P.O.: Billingsly, p. 122:

70-76
Reese, W. W. 55 M W Farmer $800-$400 b. TN
---- Francis 54 F W K H b. AL
---- T B 17 M W At Home b. Ark

13 June 1880, Cove Creek, Washington County, Arkansas:

Reece, William W M 65 Farmer b. TN fb. TN mb. TN
---- Frances W F 64 wife Keep house b. Ala fb. NC mb. NC
---- Thos W M 27 son Farmer b. Ark fb. TN mb. Ala
Davis, John W M 42 hired Farmer b. TN fb. TN mb. TN

In the 1890s, William W. and Frances J (Halbert) Reese removed to Sebastian Co., AR near their daughter Susan P. (Reese) Hodges Duncan, wife of Isaac Duncan. When their grandson Samuel A. Hodges built a new house, he had them move into his old house.

Solomon Reese Estate Settlement Notes

Solomon Reese of Tennessee

© Kathy Duncan, 2018

Solomon Reese, son of Charles T. and Mary (Desha) Reese, was married first to a wife who is referred to in his will as his “first wife,” but is otherwise unnamed. Solomon and his first wife were in residence on Duck River in Maury Co., TN when their son William Wheeler Reese was born there in 1816. Over the course of their marriage, Solomon and his first wife probably had several children, of which seven were still surviving at the time Solomon wrote his will. Solomon’s first wife was deceased by 1830 when no wife appears with Solomon on the Lincoln County, Tennessee census. With Solomon are the seven children referred to in his will. His second wife was Mahala _____, who was in her early twenties when they married. Solomon and Mahala Reese probably resided in Lincoln Co., TN during the entirety of their brief marriage since Solomon was in residence there in 1830, their son James Solomon Reese was born there in about 1834/35, and Solomon died there in 1834.

Solomon’s children William W. and Mary Reese were of age by 6 Feb 1843 when the following document was filed with the court:

            Articles sold by Cullen E. Sugg guardian for minor heirs of Solomon Reese sale on 26 Oct 1842. [Notation:] William W. Reese was entitled to one sixth part of that rent for 1841 which amount due last Christmas is $3.33. Mary Reese one of the heirs that is of age is entitled to property sold and the rent for 1842 $18.31. Charles C. Couplin and wife Eliza one of the said heirs is entitled to their part of the rent of 1842 $6.59. Document filed 6 Feb 1843.
[Source: Lincoln Co., TN, County Clerk Settlements, p. 139]

Known children of Solomon Reese and his first wife:

            1.         William Wheeler Reese
            2.         Mary Reese
            3.         Eliza Reese
            4.         John Reese
            5.         Eleanor Reese
            6.         Phebe Eveline Reese
            7.         Elizabeth “lately departed” Reese

I have not figured out why Solomon would have had two daughters named Eliza and Elizabeth, who were evidently living at the same time.

The first wife of Solomon Reese or her children may be mentioned in her father's estate settlement. The most likely places for that to be are Tennessee and Kentucky. Anyone seen them?

Known children by Solomon and Mahala Reese:

            8.         Cynthia M. Reese
            9.         James Solomon Reese
            10.       a third child?

Regretfully, Solomon Reese’s will, which was filed in Lincoln Co., TN on 6 Dec 1834 does not specifically name his first wife or his seven children by her. Nor does it name the two or three children by his now wife, Mahala. However, it does make specific references to his horses. The children of Solomon Reese can only be identified through the settlement records of his estate, which will follow on each of their pages.

Will of Solomon Reese, Last Will & Testament:

Whereas I Solomon Reese of the county of Lincoln and state of Tennessee being at this time laboring under weakness of body though of sound mind and memory in order to prepare my Temporal affairs in the best manner Do make publish and declare the following to be my last will and testament. First I give and bequeath unto the Seven children of my first wife or the survivor or survivors of them all my lands in Lincoln County nad my negro man also I Give unto them the proceeds of the sales of the following horses which I direct my executor to sell on a credit of twelve months one large Sorrel mare and mother of the Steed one Steed horse one leopard filly or mare one bay horse Peter our young horse a colt of the old Sorrel mare and other horse named Lop [?] for the proceeds to be equally divided amongst them. And I Give and bequeath unto my beloved wife Mahala and her three children if she should be mother of so many within nine months after my decease all my lands in Carroll County and one old spotted Leopard mare and her two youngest filleys one Sorrel horse and one mare and her colt Got of Sugg during her natural life and at her death to descend unto her three children the property of our marriage. All my other Estate of whatever name and description in which the same does exist except bed, I direct to be sold by my Executor and the proceeds thereof to constitute a funds for the payment of all my Just debts and legal liabilities. And if the same shall not be all exhausted in that may the same to be Equally divided between my wife and ten children. The beds and bedding is already known by distinctions such are know as my present wifes I give to her and her children and such as are now known in the family as belonging to my first seven children I give to them and must not be sold under any considerations I nominate and appoint Cullen E. Sugg to be Executor to this my last will and Testament. In testimony hereof I have hereunto set my hand and affixed my seal this 11 day of October 1834.
Wit.: William Wofford, Wilie Wingo, C.T. Reese, N.G. Pirison
Signed: Solomon Reese [seal]
Recorded 6 Dec 1834
[Source: Lincoln Co., TN Will Bk 1, p. 108]






Census Records:

1830 Lincoln Co., TN, p. 242:

Solomon Reese           011001-221

one male 5 - 9 = John Reese?
one male 10 - 14 = William Wheeler Reese
one male 30 - 40 = Solomon Reese
one females 1 - 4 = Phebe Evelina Reese
one females 1 - 4 = Ellenor Reese
one females 5 - 9 =
one females 5 - 9 =
one female 10 - 14 =

Solomon’s first wife is deceased by 1830, and he has not yet married Mahala. The seven children on the census are the seven children referred to in his will, who are of his first wife. Mahala must have felt overwhelmed when Solomon died four years later, leaving her with a total of nine children. My guess is that the seven children from the first wife were farmed out to Solomon's family and perhaps the family of his first wife. Nothing suggests that any of the elder children stayed with Mahala, who removed to Carroll County, Tennessee by 1837.

1830 Carrol County, TN:

Wilson Weaver 221001-01001   [no slaves] p. 152
Isaac Weaver  230001-000001 [no slaves] p. 171

If this is the same Isaac Weaver who married Solomon Reese’s widow, Mahala, then his previous wife was still living in 1830.

Carroll Co., TN:


1837 [deed]. Mahala Reese pays off the debt on the land that Solomon Reese had left to her in his will. She is still a Reese in the deed record, so she must not have been remarried yet.

Carollton Twp., 1850 Carroll County, AR, houses 1 - 136:

38        
Weaver, Isaac 65  Farmer b. NC
---- Mahala   42 b. NC
 ---- William 22  Farmer NC
 ---- Alford  W. 18 Farmer b. NC
Reese, Cynthia 18  b. TN
---- Solomon 16  Farmer b. TN
Weaver, Mikajah  12  b. ARK
---- Sarah Ann 4 b. ARK
---- Mary Jane 1  b. ARK

Cynthia and Solomon Reese are Solomon Reese's children. Sarah Ann and Mary Jane Weaver are likely to be the Isaac and Mahala Weaver's children. Micajah is also likely to be a child of Isaac and Mahala's. If he is, then they married by 1837, shortly after Mahala paid off her land debt.

12 July 1860 Shoal Creek Twp., Barry Co., MO p. 898:

601-589           
Isaac Weaver  68 M  Farmer  $400-$300  b. NC
---- Mahala 48 F    Domestic   b. TN
----  Michger   21 M b.  ARK
---- Sarah Ann  12 F b.  ARK
---- Mary J.  10 F  b. ARK
---- John W.   8 M  b.  ARK

1 Aug 1870 Shoal Creek Twp., Barry Co., MO., P.O. Cassville, p. 739:

203      
Weaver, Isaac 79 M W   Farmer $500-$225  b. NC
---- Mahala 62 F W   b. VA
---- Sarah  22 F W  b. ARK
---- Mary J. 20 F W b. ARK
 ---- John 18 M W b. ARK

204      
Hollis, Cynthia 37 F W Farmer $200 - $123 b. TN
---- Narcissa  11 F W  b. MO

My ancestor in all of this is son William Wheeler Reese. 

Solomon Reese Estate Settlement Notes