Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Who was Janet Mumford?

Who was Janet Mumford?

The first I heard of her was from this mention in the 1824 Fayetteville Observer, from Fayetteville, Cumberland, North Carolina.

October 14, 1824
Died on Tuesday last, at the summer residence of Dr. William Maffet near this town, Mrs. Janet Mumford

It seemed natural that she would just have been a patient that Dr. Mumford was treating, but could not save. However, her name came up again. 

In an inquiry to an out-of-town resource and the reply of a very kind librarian:

 I was only able to find a William Maffet and James Maffet as executor and witness (respectively) to a will for Janet 

Mumford in 1824 in Cumberland County. 

I have this document on order, wherein both Maffets are seen together again, as witness and executor, for this ladies will. 

She was evidently an important person in their lives. In an effort to definitely establish the relationship between both Dr William H. Moffett/Maffett and Dr. James Moffett/Maffet, whom I believe were brothers, due to the closeness of relationship and age, but of which relationship, I have no exact proof, I've decided to find out a little bit about Janet Mumford. Was she just a friend of these two gentlemen? Or was she something more?

James Mumford
Spouse:Jannett Adam
Spouse Gender:Female
Bond Date:23 Jul 1807
Bond #:000034322
Level Info:North Carolina Marriage Bonds, 1741-1868
Record #:02 223
Bondsman:Robinson Mumfor; Stephen Gilmore

Name:Robinson Mumford Jr
Spouse:Susanah Wingate
Spouse Gender:Female
Bond Date:14 Jun 1816
Bond #:000034323
Level Info:North Carolina Marriage Bonds, 1741-1868
Record #:02 223
Bondsman:Jas. Mumford

Name:Jannett Mumford
Home in 1820 (City, County, State):Fayetteville, Cumberland, North Carolina
Enumeration Date:August 7, 1820
Free White Persons - Males - Under 10:1
Free White Persons - Males - 16 thru 18:1
Free White Persons - Males - 16 thru 25:1
Free White Persons - Males - 26 thru 44:2
Free White Persons - Males - 45 and over:1
Free White Persons - Females - 16 thru 25:1
Free White Persons - Females - 26 thru 44:1
Free White Persons - Females - 45 and over :1
Free Colored Persons - Males - Under 14:1
Slaves - Males - Under 14:1
Slaves - Males - 14 thru 25:5
Slaves - Males - 45 and over:3
Slaves - Females - Under 14:2
Slaves - Females - 14 thru 25:2
Slaves - Females - 26 thru 44:1
Slaves - Females - 45 and over:3
Number of Persons - Engaged in Agriculture:6
Number of Persons - Engaged in Manufactures:1
Free White Persons - Under 16:1
Free White Persons - Over 25:5
Total Free White Persons:8
Total Slaves:17
Total Free Colored Persons:1
Total All Persons - White, Slaves, Colored, Other:26

Name:Robeson Mumford
[Roberon Mumford
Home in 1790 (City, County, State):Fayetteville, Cumberland, North Carolina
Free White Persons - Males - Under 16:1
Free White Persons - Males - 16 and over:1
Free White Persons - Females:4
Number of Slaves :6
Number of Household Members:12
NAME: Polly Mumford EdwardsSPOUSE: William BurtOTHER: Mumford RobinsoOTHER: 7 Dec 1819 - Cumberland, North Carolina, USA

From the 1815 Taxable List of Fayetteville, Cumberland County:

Adam, John R.  1 free poll; 6 slaves, 1 unimproved 1/4 acre lot; 1 same on Maiden Lane - 40
for Mumford, Jannett  12 slaves, 1 dwelling house - 1200
 7 acres on Maiden lane Coopers Shop - 400
Adam, Robert estate  1 lot corner of Green & Old Street - 1500
   store warehouse & barber shop
 1 lot Hay Street occupied by N. Branson - 1200
 1 same by P.J. Tillinghast - 1700
 1 same by Hugh McGuire - 2000
 1 same by James Coleman - 1000
 1 same by Edmund Blake - 1000
 1 same by Compting House - 400

Mumford, Jannett see Adam, John R.
Mumford, Robinson 12 slaves, 12 slaves in town, 1 dwelling house - 1000
 about 120 acres of land within the city limits of town - 300
 1 lot Mumford Street occupied by George the Barter - 40
 1 Person Street tobacco warehouse - 300
for Robinson Mumford Sr. 1 lot Mumford Street - 800
Mumford, Robinson, Sr. see Mumford, Robinson

In the deeds of Cumberland County, North Carolina, a paper trail has been left to trace the origins of Mrs. Jannett Mumford. Book 23, p 129

James Mumford and Jannet Adam

Know all men by these presents that whereas a marriage is intended to be shortly had and solemnized between Jannette Adams, widow and relict of the late Robert Adams of the town of Fayetteville, Merchant and James Mumford, now of the same.

The document continues and is a marriage contract between James Mumford, son of Robinson Mumford, a prominent counsel in Fayetteville, and Jannett, a widow of considerable property by this point.
Jannett Adams
Spouse:James Mumford
Marriage Date:23 Jul 1807
Marriage County:Cumberland
Marriage State:North Carolina
Source:County Court Records at Fayetteville, NC & Family

So who was Robert Adams, the deceased husband of Jannett Adams Mumford?

    Fayetteville Independent Light Infantry Company
    Organized August 23, 1793
    "He That Hath No Stomach To This Fight Let Him Depart"

    There was soon talk of war with England and the Fayetteville Independent Light Infantry was organized as the European was situation threatened to involve the United States. It was organized on August 23, 1793 and Robert Adam was elected Captain, John Winslow was elected Lieutenant and Robert Cochran was elected Ensign. Throughout its' history the F.I.L.I. has always remained a "corps of gentlemen."

    In this area, there was a strong, successful merchant class consisting of prominent figures such as Andrew Broadfoot, Robert Adam, James Hogg and Robert Donaldson. 
    from the Fayetteville Visitors Center site.

    Recorded: August 6, 1801
                      EXECUTOR'S NOTICE
       Notice is hereby given, that the Subscribers, at the July term of 
    Cumberland County Court,  qualified as Executors, of the Estate of ROBERT 
    ADAM, ESQ,deceased, merchant of Fayetteville and Wilmington,  those indebted 
    to said estate are requested to make payment immediately, and those having 
    claims against said estate are notified to present them duly authenticated 
    within the time prescribed by law or this notice will be plead in bar of their 
    Fayetteville,      DUNCAN M'LERAN
    July 17            JOHN WINSLOW
                       SAM GOODWIN
                       JOHN ECCLES
                       JOHN HOGG, Executors   

    From UNC Libraries Collections:

    Capt Robert Adam
    Tombstone of Robert Adam
    John Hogg (1765-1826) was a merchant of Hillsborough and Wilmington, N.C. The collection consists of account books of mercantile businesses in Hillsborough, Raleigh, Fayetteville, and Wilmington, N.C., in which John Hogg was associated at various times with Andrew Adie, Robert Adam, William Meng, Robert Halliday, and his brother James Hogg. These volumes give only a partial record of Hogg's operations, but from them it appears that Hogg and Company was the chief exporter and importer of the group, with the other firms primarily engaged in local business in general merchandise. There are two letter books: one for Hogg and Company, 1799-1803, and another for Hogg and Meng, 1803-1806.
    CreatorHogg, John, 1765-1826.

Robert Adam(s) was born in Greenock, Scotland and is buried at Cross Creek Cemetery Number One in Fayetteville, North Carolina.
Stone reads:
Robert Adam 
a native of Greenock in Scotland
for many years a merchant of Fayetteville and Wilmington, N.C. who departed this life 11th of June 1801, aged 42
"kind husband and affectionate parent"
(died at Wrightsville Beach,NC)


Front Cover

Biographical History of North Carolina from Colonial Times to the ..., Volume 4

 By Samuel A'Court Ashe
"Robert Adam was the first captain of the Fayetteville Light Infantry, which was organized on the 23rd of August, 1793. He was a Fayetteville merchant, characterized by the thrift and steadfastness of his nationality; but the old records represent him as a man of liberal views and public spirit, and especially devoted to his command,never begrudging his time or the contents of his purse in the promotion of its interests on imposing occasions - parades, celebrations, etc. 

It sounds like Jannett married well. Robert was a successful merchant in Fayetteville for sometime, but shortly before his death, he moved to Wilmington and set up shop there, enjoying a country home on Wrightsville Beach. He died in the prime of his life, at age 42, on June 11, 1801. Originally, he was buried at Wilmington, but eventually, his remains were exhumed and he was replanted in the famed Cross Creek Cemetery of Fayetteville. 

Robert Adam and Jannett had 3 young children: John R Adam, Eliza Ann Adam and Margaret Jane Adam. And therein is the connection to Dr. William H Maffett. Margaret Jane was his wife. 

The old book tells the poetic, original epitah of Robert Adam:

"Beneath this stone are deposited the mortal remains of Robert Adam, a native of Greenock, Scotland, and for many years a merchant of Fayetteville and Wilmington, who departed this life June 11, 1801, aged 42 years. He was universally beloved and regretted. In his conduct and deportment through life was combined all that should adorn the Christian character and constitute the honorable man, the kind husband and affectionate parent. 
               "Stranger welcome to the scene
                 The last in Natures Course
                 The first in Wisdoms' thought"

Further deeds tell the story: 

Robert Adams Dec, A Divison to John R Adam + Others

Book 39 page 24

to Partion the real estate of Robert Adam, decsd among his heirs at law...John R Adam...intersection of Burges and Old Street...running with Hay St.....to William H Moffitt in right of his wife Margaret....Lot of Land situated on Hay Street in the said town of Fayetteville, now occupied  by Charles and P Mallet, Joshua W Cochran and P + S W Tillinghast (there's that Tillinghast name again..see posts on Jordan Howell). ....to John A Cameron + Mary, his daughter. 

Note: Eliza Ann Adam had married the much older John A Cameron to her dismay. Records of her attempted suicide by taking an overdose of landulum, exist in her school records at Mordecai Female Academy in Warrenton, North Carolina. She survived, and the marriage took place, followed by the arrival of daughter Mary Elizabeth Cameron in 1815. The birth of the child did not lift her spirits, she died during a visit to Greenock, Scotland at the home of a relative, still only 19 years old. 

But, what was Janet's maiden name? When she married James Mumford, she was a widow. 

There also exists a deed from John R Adams trustees to Margaret Adams Guardians. Duncan McLeran and John Winslow were appointed guardians of the minor Margaret Jane Adams when her father died. Jannett was not guardian of her own child. 

There is a deed from 1807 where the property of Jannett Adams is assigned an Inventory, this deed was signed by John Hay, Robinson Mumford and Samuel Goodwin, all important people in the life of Jannett. 

In the July term of court, 1790, is another marriage contract. This one between Robert Adam and Jannet Burgis:

"Know all men by these presents that whereas a marriage is intended to be shortly had and solemnized between Jannet Burges, relict of James Burgess, Esquire, deceased and Robert Adam, merchant, both of Fayetteville in the County of Cumberland and the state of North Carolina"

Wait a minute, ...relict...deceased...so Jannett was a widow, also when she married Robert Adam? So, what was her maiden name? How many times was this chick, the mother-in-law of Dr. William H Moffitt, married?

There are many deeds and sells of land involving the deceased James Burges(s). Several of the later ones involve a young lady named Jane. Sometimes her name is seen as Janet or Jessie . The deeds proclaim her as the daughter of James Burges and Jannett. 

Cumberland  NC  Deed Book  26-336
16 Jan 1811  Samuel Goodwin of Raliegh, Wake co. to JOHN SMITH, mcht of
Fayetteville, land in Fayetteville.  s/ S Goodwin.  w/ R Raeford, John
McLenan, James Boyle.

Cumberland  NC  Deed Book  26-337
16 Jan 1811  Samuel Goodwin of Raliegh, Wake co. to JOHN SMITH, mcht of
Fayetteville, land in Fayetteville.  s/ S Goodwin.  w/ R Raeford, John
McLenan, James Boyle.

The 1801 will of Robert Adam mentions his step-daughter, Jessi Goodwin, wife of 
Samuel Goodwin. 

The 1824 will of Jannett Mumford mentions Grandsons Robert Goodwin and William 

This explains the connection to the Goodwins. There were several instances wherein Goodwins are involved in the deeds and witnesses to marriages of the rest of the family. 

And then, it took me a while, but I found several deeds of a James Hogg to Janet Burgis.

In the book 

Directory of Scots in the Carolinas

 By David Dobson

James Burges  Born in Scotland. Married Janet Hogg. Father of Jane.
Merchant in Cumberland County, North Carolina.

Further research revealed that James was also a merchant in Edinburgh, Scotland and emigrated from Greenock, Renfrewshire to North Carolina aboard the Ulysess. His first wife was a Margaret Hogg. Probably a sister to Jannett. 

John Hogg, Merchant of Fayetteville
Which brings us to another member of the Merchant class of Cumberland County, John Hogg, another Scott and father of Jannett.

So who was Jannett Mumford? 

Daughter of John Hogg, Merchant

Wife of James Burgess, Merchant and mother  of Jane Jessie Burgess Goodwin.

Wife of Robert Adam, Merchant and Patriot and mother of John R Adam, Eliza Ann Adam Cameron and Margaret Jane Adam Maffett.

Wife of James Mumford, son of Robinson Mumford.

And mother-in-law of Dr. William H. Maffett. 

Sunday, April 28, 2013


In her book "Hometown Heritage, Vol One", Lucille Miller Johnson writes that  "Ellerslie is located on Elliot's Bridge Road several miles off North Carolina Highway 401, about ten miles north of Fayetteville, It is believed to be the oldest plantation home in Cumberland County lived in continuously by members of the same family. A definite date of construction has not been established, but it is believed to be around 1790".

Ellerslie was the home of Dr. William H. Maffett, and is recorded so in the journals of many historic figures, including his nephew, Col John Newland Maffett, Jr., a famed Seaman. Below is a link to John Newland Maffet's Find-a-grave site. 

Find-a-grave Cmd. John Newland Maffett

Other sources have it linked to the Elliott family. No doubt the estate is old. I will have to look into deeds and see when it exchanged hands or when the Maffett family may have intermarried with or morphed into the Elliott family. A visit to Ellerslie is definately in order. It appears the home was first built by George Elliott and then occupied by Dr. Maffett and later Florie, his great-niece. Dr. Maffett was married to Margaret Adams, and not an Elliott. Were these Elliott's related to Rebecca Booth Elliott mentioned in a previous post? The mysteries continue.

From Cultural Heritage Trails:

Gaelic Beginnings

b) Ellerslie - Elliot Bridge Rd.
Ellerslie has been the homeplace of the Elliott family since 
settling on the state granted land in 1790. By 1801, the plantation had grown in size to more than 5,000 acres. George 
Elliot, founder of the American family, was educated at University of Edinburgh and immigrated from Scotland to settle 
on the Lower Little River in the Upper Cape Fear Valley. He 
represented Cumberland County at the Hillsboro Convention 
in 1788. His son Alexander represented Cumberland County 
in the North Carolina Legislature in 1826. The home highlights eighteenth century domestic architecture of the area. 
The original appearance of the home was altered with a 
Greek Revival addition in the 1850s. Private.

Created Date:
From the United States Department of the Interior National Park Service:
National Register of Historic Places:

Thorbiskope is similar in form to many other houses along the Cape Fear, and throughout the 
coastal plain of North Caroina. It is similar to the houses built by George Elliot (Ellerslie, 
ca. 1797, NR) and Henry Elliot (Cool Springs, ca. 1815, NR) nearby. 

From the "290 Foundation: Ancestors"

Mary 'Florie' Maffitt

Her name was Mary Florence Maffitt though better known as Florie Maffitt. Daughter of John Newlands Maffitt and his wife Mary, Florie was born in Mobile, Alabama in February 1841 although news of his daughter’s birth, only reached her father when he arrived in Pensacola, Florida. John Newland Maffitt immediately sent for his wife and daughter Florie to come and live with him while he was on a three-month leave.
On August 3, 1852, when Florie was eleven years old, her father married Caroline Laurens Read, a South Carolinian whose late husband was also an officer in the navy. They were married in St. Paul’s Church in Charleston, and Caroline then took on the care of Florie and her brother while their father was at sea. Her stepmother taught Florie how to dress and act in front of people and in the many social skills required at Washington gatherings.
Following the death of her stepmother, Florie’s father moved her to Ellerslie Estate, the home of Dr. William Maffitt, brother of the senior John Maffitt near Fayetteville, North Carolina. The estate got its name from the Maffitt ancestral home in Dublin, Ireland, and Ellerslie stood on a high elevation near the head of Blount’s Creek, about half way between Fayetteville and present-day Fort Bragg. In a new home and being close to family once again, Florie’s life gained a new purpose and renewed energy and totally enjoyed her stay in the countryside She would make many trips to Wilmington or Fayetteville to visit her father when he came in port, or to shop at the fine places that Wilmington had to offer to such a young lady. Then came war; and her father’s new assignments in the Confederate Navy took him away for longer periods
Before the Civil War ended, Florie met the man who captured her heart. His name was Joshua Wright. The Wrights were a well-known Wilmington family which in years to come, alongwith the Maffitts, would shape the future of Wilmington as one of the best seaports on the East Coast for shipping goods. On February 17, 1864, Florie and Joshua married in St. JoFebruary 17, 1864, Florie and Joshua married in St. John’s Church, Fayetteville, North Carolina and in the years following had six children: James Allen, John Maffitt, Joshua Grainger, Thomas Henry, Mary Allen and Caroline Lauren. Florie and her husband would often travel to their estate in Cork County, Ireland after the war, and visit members of the Maffitt family residing there. She also traveled to the Middle East, meeting kings and queens who knew of Captain Maffitt’s reputation on the high seas and his work with the British merchant navy after the close of war.

Florie and Joshua along with their children lived on John Maffitt’s estate until her untimely death in 1883. Maffitt was at her bedside at the time of her passing and is reported to have endured a massive hemorrhage of blood from his nose.
Florie Maffitt remains an important part of Wilmington’s unique history. Probably her full story will never be known but we do know from the foregoing that she was a brave woman and a fine example of courage to other women. She was a loving daughter to a man who taught her the secrets of the sea. Florie changed many lives and challenged much conventional thinking of her time. In her father’s twilight years (and unknowingly hers), she was already a truly inspirational figure in our history.
Condensed from an article by Bob Maffitt, Hon Vice-President (US), 290 Foundation, Wilmington N.C.

The Water Cure

plaque emplaced by Malvern Civic Society at Ellerslie records that,
Ellerslie was the water cure establishment of Drs Edward and Walter Johnson.(son)
Here Thomas Attwood the Birmingham political reformer died in 1856.
Thomas Attwood 1783 - 1856 was the first Member of Parliament for Birmingham.
Dr Johnson and his son later moved their business across the road to Malvernbury.
In 1911 Ellerslie was occupied by widow Julia Caroline Colt nee Hutton.
 Coachman Adam Anderson lived at Ellerslie Cottage, and gardener Robert Scott lived at Ellerslie Lodge.
Julia Colt's husband Captain George Frederick Russell Colt died Great Malvern in 1909. In 1881 his occupation had been recorded as proprietor of the Gartsherrie Estate, Roxburgh, Scotland.
Mary Florence "Florie" Maffett Wright

The old Ellerslie school buildingshn’s Church, Fayetteville, North Carolina and in the years following had six children: James Allen, John Maffitt, Joshua Grainger, Thomas Henry, Mary Allen and Caroline Lauren. Florie and her husband would often travel to their estate in Cork County, Ireland after the war, and visit members of the Maffitt family residing there. She also traveled to the Middle East, meeting kings and queens who knew of Captain Maffitt’s reputation on the high seas and his work with the British merchant navy after the close of war.
Florie and Joshua along with their children lived on John Maffitt’s estate until her untimely death in 1883. Maffitt was at her bedside at the time of her passing and is reported to have endured a massive hemorrhage of blood from his nose.
Florie Maffitt remains an important part of Wilmington’s unique history. Probably her full story will never be known but we do know from the foregoing that she was a brave woman and a fine example of courage to other women. She was a loving daughter to a man who taught her the secrets of the sea. Florie changed many lives and challenged much conventional thinking of her time. In her father’s twilight years (and unknowingly hers), she was already a truly inspirational figure in our history.
Condensed from an article by Bob Maffitt, Hon Vice-President (US), 290 Foundation, Wilmington N.C.

The above was the origins of the Ellerslie estate in Ireland.


The Stuff of Legends

by Dr. Chris E. Fonvielle Jr.
February 2009
Soon after making landfall in New York, the Maffitts moved to New England, where young John lived the first five years of his life. But he spent several happy boyhood years at Ellerslie, the plantation home of an uncle, Dr. William Maffitt, near Fayetteville, North Carolina, as well. It was a Southern exposure that would greatly influence his life.
Dr. Maffitt, who had accompanied his brother’s family to America in 1819, adopted young John when his mother and father separated in 1824. 

Friday, April 26, 2013

The Booth Saga continues: Thomas Harper Booth, Sr.

Thomas Harper Booth was the brother of Dr. George Washington Booth and the first cousin of Dr. G.W's Booth's wife, Mariah Booth Winfield Moffett Booth. In her chancery suit of 1840, Mariah and her daughter Mary Ann Moffett jointly sue both Washington and Thomas Harper Booth. Mary Ann was just a child at the time, having been born between 1828 and 1830. Apparently, Mariah believed the brothers to be in 'cahoots' when it came to trying to 'rip her off', to put it in modern terms.

Thomas Harper Booth also had his say in the 1838 Civil Suit that resulted in the divorce of Dr. G. W. Booth and Mariah.  I write Thomas Harper Booth's name out completely in order to not have him confused with his father, Harper Booth or his brother-in-law, Thomas Harper. Thomas Harper (sans Booth) was likely a relative of the  Harper Booths mother, Elizabeth Harper Booth. The old landed gentry liked to 'keep it in the family', meaning wealth and property, and there are several instances of seeing several members of the same family intermarry with another family of equal ilk or for cousins or even nieces/uncles to marry.

The above picture is of Thomas Harper Booth and his third wife, Nancy Chilicoat Delaney Booth. Tom had a sizeable family of 18 children in all and three marriages. He was born in Mecklenburg County, Virginia, grew up in Granville County, North Carolina, removed to Lawrence County, Alabama, followed his father in to Franklin County, Alabama, where his mother, Nancy Harriett Jones Booth, would be buried, and then into Itawamba County, Mississippi, just across the state line from where the family resided in Alabama.

While his father and his brother ventured on over to Lee County, Thomas Harper Booth remained in Itawamba, where he would be buried in 1871 at the age of 63.

The following is the statement of Thomas Harper Booth, attached to the divorce papers of Dr. George Washington Booth and Maria(h) Booth Winfield Maffitt Booth.

The State of Alabama Lawrence County to wit }

in the sixth district of the Northern Chancery Division of the state of Alabama. The answer of Thomas H Booth responding to the bill of complaint of Maria B. Booth & Mary Ann Moffett complaining by their next friend Vinkler H Jones against this Respondent George W Booth, Wm A Booth and Wm H. Moffitt. 

This Respondent in answer to the same & to such parts as he is ordered it is important for him to answer unto answers  & says that he had one small negro girl named Louisa in his possession bound to him by the said George W. Booth, he said G. W. Booth retaining the privilege of retaking her at pleasure . This Respondent further states that the said negro girl was taken from his possession & without his knowledge or without his having aided and abetted in the matter in any  way or manner. This Respondent adds that this complainant, Maria B Booth, if  she was heard as set forth in her bill that this Respondent had any agency in the affair as charged in her amended bill was misinformed.
This Respondent alleges further that said complainant Maria B.  seems to possess in a high degree the faculty of believing  anything can deceive to her interest.

This Respondent having fully answered prays to be hence dissmissed with a desire for his costs in this.

Thomas Harper Booth in the U. S. Census

Name:Thos Booth
Home in 1840 (City, County, State):Franklin, Alabama
Free White Persons - Males - Under 5:2
Free White Persons - Males - 30 thru 39:1
Free White Persons - Females - Under 5:1
Free White Persons - Females - 20 thru 29:1
Persons Employed in Agriculture:1
Free White Persons - Under 20:3
Free White Persons - 20 thru 49:2
Total Free White Persons:5
Total All Persons - Free White, Free Colored, Slaves:5

ame:Thomas H Booth
Birth Year:abt 1808
Home in 1850:District 5, Haywood, Tennessee
Family Number:1207
Household Members:
Thomas H Booth42
Mary Booth32
Thomas Booth14
Susan Booth12
Henry Booth10
John Booth8
Wm Booth6
James Booth4

Thos H Boothe
[Thos H Booth
Age in 1860:52
Birth Year:abt 1808
Home in 1860:Itawamba, Mississippi
Post Office:Smithville
Value of real estate:View image
Household Members:
Thos H Boothe52
Nancy Boothe26
Henry Boothe19
John Boothe17
Wm Boothe16
Jas Boothe14
Jane Boothe10
Robert Boothe6
Margaret Boothe4
Harriet Boothe2
Caroline Boothe3
Frances Boothe1
Thos Boothe24
Mary Boothe20
Marth Dulana9
Name:Thomas Booth
Age in 1870:61
Birth Year:abt 1809
Home in 1870:Township 8, Itawamba, Mississippi
Post Office:Fulton
Value of real estate:View image
Household Members:
Thomas Booth61
Nancy Booth36
Jane Booth18
Margaret Booth14
Robert Booth16
Harriet Booth12
Emiline Booth8
Alley Booth6
Ollie Booth4
Francis Booth1
Thomas H Booth served as a Sergeant in the Confederate Army.

Name:Thomas H Booth
Rank at enlistment:Sergeant
State Served:Mississippi
Service Record:Enlisted in Company I, Mississippi 2nd Cavalry Regiment.
Sources:Index to Compiled Confederate Military Service Records

Following is a Deposition Given by Susan, one of the two daughters Thomas Harper Booth had by his second wife, Mary Ann Farley:

  • 1900 Susan Ann Booth Eaves deposition

  • Farley - Grimes GrantWritten: 1900Depositions of Susan Ann Eaves taken in cause No 2312 in the District Court ofCoryell County, Texas styled Susan Ann Eaves vs J.W. Letson et al filed 16th dayJany 1900.Said Depositions show that S.A. Eaves is 61 years of age, resides in Johnson County, Texas, is plaintiff in said cause, that she was never personally acquainted with Henry Farley, that he was her grandfather, that he is dead, and do not know when he died, that her grandmother is also dead, that Henry Farley had two children surviving him, Elmira and Mary Ann Jane, that Mary Ann Jane washer mother, Elmira was her aunt, that her mother died in Miss in 1854 was married once only to Thom H. Booth, that her father died in 1874 that her mother had eight children, Thos Harper, Jr, Susan Ann, Henry,John Washington, Willie Archie, James Madison, Elmira Jane and Robert Fletcher. Henry, Elmira Jane,James Madison and Susan Ann are living, the others are dead.Thos Harpers Jr. died in Miss in 1888, John Washington died during the Civil War, William Archer died during the Civil War, after being captured and carried North and do not know exectly when or where. Robert Fletcher died in Johnson County in 1896. Thos Harper Jr. and Robert Fletcher have been married, the other two who are dead were never married and leave no children. Thos Harper,Jr and Robt Fletcher both left children.John W. Booth and William A. Booth were my brothers, they died unmarried. My mother died without a will. I was married Nov 10th 1853 to C.C. Eaves. I have been living with my husband ever since, and am still living with him. The conveyance from Frederick M. Grimes and Elmira S. Grimes to my father was simply to give my mother her part of the land. I have frequently heard my mother referto this as hers.George W. Booth and John F. Booth the parties named, were my Fathers Brother's.They were acquainted with my Mother in her life time. I knew about Thos H. Booth and Nancy Booth making the deed above mentioned, some time after the deed was made I learned they received a negro and some money for it, but I do not know how much. Geo W. Booth and John F. Booth subsequently took this consideration back. The consideration referred to was returned to Geo W. and John F. Booth because Thos H. Booth could not make title to the land. The intentions in returning it was to call the trade off. I do not know that Geo W and John F.Booth agreed to do in order to procure the return of the consideration. The land referred to was the separate property of my mother. This conveyance inquired about was by my father and his second wife, Nancy. After making the deed my father wanted me and my brother, Thos H. Jr to ratify the conveyance and offerme a small tract of land for so doing. My brother and myself refused to do this and thereupon the consideration was returned and the trade was declared off because of this defect in the Title attempted to be conveyed by my Father and Nancy Booth.My Father claimed no interest in the land. The conveyance from Frederic M.Grimes and Elmira S. Grimes to my father was simply to give my Mother her par tof the land. I have frequently heard my father refer to this land as my mothers and never heard him claim it as his own and the land was always represented and understood to be the separate property of my mother.

    The following is from an 1899 with mention of Thomas Harper Booth:

    • Booth-Farley 1899 deed

    • Farley - Grimes GrantWritten: 1899Affidavit of Jane B. WiggleDated March 13th, 1890Filed for record June 23, 1899Recorded in Vol 23 page 267 in office of the County Clerk Coryell County, TexasState of MississippiCounty of ItawambaPersonally appeared before the undersigned authority Mrs. Jane B. Wiggle whobeing duly sworn on oath says: I am the daughter of Mary J. Booth and my motherwas a daughter of Henry Farley to whom was granted a survey of land in CoryellCounty, Texas, Mary J. Booth who was the wife of T.H. Booth.Mary J. Booth died without leaving a will about the 1st day of Feby 1854 inCounty of Itawamba State of Mississippi, T.H. Booth her hsuband died withoutleaving any will about the 29th day of Jany 1874, in the county of ItawambaState of Mississippi, affiant further says that Mary J. and T.H. Booth had onlyeight children who are as follows to wit:1st Susan Ann Booth who married C.C. Eaves and who now resides in the County ofJohnson, State of Texas2nd T.H. Booth who died about the ---- day of Dec 1888 in the County of Lee,State of Miss and left surviving 4 children.3rd Henry Farley Booth now living in Itawamba Co MIS4th John W. Booth who died in the Civil War in 1863-4 and who was never married.5th Wm. P. Booth who died in 1863 in the Civil War and was never married.6th James M. Booth who now resides in Johnson Co, Texas7th Jane B. Booth this affiant who married C.C. Wiggle and resides in ItawambaCounty, MS8th Robert F. Booth who died 5 or 6 years ago and who left surviving children. Affiant says tht the above named children are the sole and only heirs of Mary J.Booth.Jane B. WiggleSworn to and subscribed before me this the 13th day of March A.D. 1899.J.S. Davis, clerkAdditional Comments:Henry Farley was father of Mary Ann Jane Farley who married Thomas Harper Booth around 1833 (probably in Lawrence Co. AL) and Elmira Susan who married F.M. Grimes (Washington Co TX). Henry and wife, Nancy White, and daughter, Elmira Susan Farley left for Texas in 1831.Henry applied for a Texas Land Grant, but died in 1834 before he could receive the title.Daughter, Elmira S. married Frederick M. Grimes. He was administrator on Henry Farley estate and applied for the title to one league and one labor of land Henry Farley had been granted. This application was approved Aug 2, 1828 in San Felipe de Austin.Nancy Ellen White Farley remarried in 1834 to Henry Hudson. She died in 1838.This deed is confusing because Thomas Harper Booth whose 3rd wife was named Nancy, also had a son, Thomas Harper Booth, Jr. . However, Thomas H. Booth, Jr. married Dec 12, 1854 (after this deed of Sept 1854) to Mary Virginia Priddy.The land was located on the Leon River in what is now Coryell County, Texas. These deeds are recorded in Coryell County.Thomas H. and Mary Booth has these children as proven by deeds in Itawaba County and Coryell County pertaining to this inherited Farley Land GrantThomas H. Booth, Jr.Henry Farley BoothJohn W. Booth (deceased by 1867 deeds - may have died in Civil War)William Archie Booth (deceased by 1867 deeds - died in Civil War)Pvt Co H 1st M Inf captured Feb 16, 1862 Ft. Donelson. Died Mar 4, 1862 CampMorton IN. Remived to lot 285 section 32 Crown Hill Cem Confed reintered on Oct27, 1931.James Madison BoothJohn F. BoothGeorge W. Booth

      The following is an account of the Booths in Texas, how Thomas eloped with his second wife and how she became depressed in Texas. 

      • Charlotte-Mecklenburg County Virginia USGenWeb Archives Biographies.....Farley, Henry   F. 1790 - 1834File contributed for use in USGenWeb Archives by:Virginia Crilley http://www.rootsweb.com/~archreg/vols/00003.html#0000642 September 21, 2007, 11:56 amAuthor: Virginia Crilley
        Mary Ann Jane Farley  "eloped" with  Thomas Harper Booth around 1833 (probablyin Lawrence Co. AL). Thomas had previously been married to This couple moved around quite a bit, living in Itawamba County, MS (about 60miles west of Lawrence, AL), and even in Texas, Austin Co. for short periods oftime.Family story, "Mary Ann cried for a whole year because they had no slaves to dothe work in Texas."Mary Ann and Thomas Harper had six sons and  two daughters.Elmira Susan married Frederick Miller Grimes of Washington Co. Tx on Jan 29,1838, probably at the home of her mother, Nancy living in nearby Austin County.They settled on their farm on the county line of Washington/Austin.Nancy Ellen White Farley, remarried around 1838 to Henry ? /Obadiah?/JoshHudson.  The court records show that Nancy appointed Isaac M. Pennington topursue her husband's Texas Land Grant.  The courts ruled in favor of thedaughters, and Frederick M. Grimes proceeded with the land claim.Family story: When Nancy Ellen died (aft 1838) her daughter Elmira Susancouldn't attend the funeral because of the high creeks due to heavy rains.As "heirs of Henry Farley" the daughters received land in what is now CoryellCounty  In 1850 when Fort Gates (later Gatesville) was set-up with soldiers toprotect the settlers, Elmira and Frederick moved there.In 1852 they sold this land to their son, Samuel, and moved to land in thesoutheast corner of Coryell County.Several deeds are made with the joint signatures of Elmira and Mary Jane andtheir respective husbands.http://www.usgwarchives.net/tx/austin/austoc.htm