Tuesday, August 31, 2021

Finding Aunt Rhody


Something about Rhoda Porter piqued my interest the moment I saw that she lived right next to Isham Ingram in the 1840 census of Cedar Hill, Anson County, North Carolina. I had already been into the Porters a bit while researching my Turner roots from the same area. One of the sons of James Turner and Susannah Axom Turner, my 5th Great Grandparents, had married a Porter. But Rhoda was one I had not seen. 

Isham Ingram died in 1846, and his widow, Lucy Martin Ingram, had remarried  two years later, to my 4th Great Grandfather, Rev. Samuel P. Morton,  whose daughter had married the grandson of the aforementioned James and Susannah Turner. Rev. S. P. Morton had acted as the administrator of the estate in 1858, some 12 years later. In that estate was a list of 9 distributees, or heirs of Isham Ingram. As he and Lucy had no children to speak of, or at least none living at the time of his decease, nor grandchildren, the estate, after Lucy's remarriage. his estate was distributed equally to his 9 siblings, for $ 370.28 each. These were Joseph Ingram, Hezekiah Ingram, Trecy Ingram Turner, Rhoda Ingram Porter, Sally Ingram Ingram, Parthenia Ingram Thomas, John Ingram, Matthew Ingram and Wiley Ingram. 

I've spent the last two days trying to determine which Ingram was which, as they were a multiplus crew, and a traveling bunch on top of that. So, I've not had complete success in that area. I know from his will that his sister Sallie lived in Alabama. I knew who Trecy Turner was, but not whom she married. I had remembered seeing Rhoda, so the Ingram search is rather intense.

As for Rhoda, I know who she married. 

1253. Porter, Barnabas          Gresham, Lavincy            1822         
1254. Porter, Daniel            Ingram, Rhody               1800         
1255. Porter, Henry J.          McLendon, Mary Ann          1865         
1256. Porter, Henry J.          Pope, Mary Ann              1867         
1257. Porter, James T.          Cowick, Ella                1868         
1258. Porter, Jno. D.           Threadgill, Elizabeth     11 Dec 1860    
1259. Portor, William C.        Gulledge, Harriett          1853 

I also know the fate of that marriage.

North Carolina Divorce and Alimony Petitions: Anson County

-DANIEL PORTER – Married Rhody INGRIM [Rhoda INGRAM] in 1800. Shortly afterwards she “was Guilty of acts of lewdness, and Adultery” and has since had a bastard child. He has offered to be reconciled to her, but she is unwilling. She now live apart from him and has not live, or cohabited, with him for upwards of four years past. Prays for a divorce. Signed: Daniel PORTER. Neighbors who certify the facts: James COLEMAN, _. R. PICKETT, Ingor D. CASH, John SMITH, Thos. THREADGILL. (undated, but referred to committee by the House on 16 Dec 1813.) (Recommended in committee report of 24 Dec. 1813 to be postponed indefinitely.)

Source: North Carolina Genealogical Society Journal, Vol. I, #2, April 1975

Created April 5, 2003
By Julie Hampton Ganis

So, Rhoda Ingram married Daniel Porter in 1800 and he filed for divorce in 1813. He stated she had had a bastard child, but if they were married, how would the child be illegitimate? He offered to reconcile, she turned him down. She began living apart from him in about 1809 and had not lived with him in 4 years. She was mother to at leat one child.

I found Daniel Porter in the 1800 census, next to John Ingram and James and Hezekiah Hough. The other two Porters in the county were Barnabas and Charles, side by side and in a different part of the county.

Name:Daniel Porter
Home in 1800 (City, County, State):Fayetteville, Anson, North Carolina
Free White Persons - Males - 26 thru 44:1
Free White Persons - Females - Under 10:1
Free White Persons - Females - 10 thru 15:1
Number of Slaves:5
Number of Household Members Under 16:2
Number of Household Members Over 25:1
Number of Household Members:8

He's between 26 and 44 years old, with a little girl under 10 and another 10 to 15, and I don't think she was Rhoda. There were also 5 slaves in the household. He married Rhoda Ingram this exact year, probably after the census. So, it looks like Daniel was a widower with two young daughters. He may have been quite a bit older than Rhoda. 

I don't find Daniel in the 1810 census of Anson County, but Barnabas was back, living in the same general area as James Turner and Isham Ingram, who lived next door to his sister, Trecey Turner. There's no Charles or Daniel, but a Drury Porter shows up, next to Anglica Seigler, whom I've blogged on before. Could Drury and Daniel be one and the same?

Name:Daniel Porter
Military Date:May-Jul 1780
Military Place:Virginia, USA
State or Army Served:Virginia
Regiment:Gibson's Regiment

There was a Daniel Porter who served in the Revolutionary War in Virginia. Was he the same Daniel?

Another odd coincidence was that although Daniel Porter does not show up in the 1810 census, in 1817, he acquires a land grant that adjoins the property of Robert Frayland (?) and Isham Ingram, Sr., Rhoda's father. 

In 1820, everything is in alphabetical order, so there is no proximity to others enumerated in the same area, but there are 3 Porters, Charles has returned, Barnabas is still there, and now there is Rhoda. And she is not alone. 

Name:Rhody Porter
Home in 1820 (City, County, State):Coppedge, Anson, North Carolina
Enumeration Date:August 7, 1820
Free White Persons - Males - Under 10:2
Free White Persons - Females - Under 10:1
Free White Persons - Females - 10 thru 15:1
Free White Persons - Females - 16 thru 25:1
Free White Persons - Females - 45 and over:1
Free White Persons - Under 16:4
Free White Persons - Over 25:1
Total Free White Persons:6
Total All Persons - White, Slaves, Colored, Other:6

The 1820 census places Rhoda over 45, so she would have been born before 1775. She has a housefull of young ones, despite no husband. There's a girl between 16 and 25, or born between 1804 and 1795, another 10 to 15, or between 1805 and 1820 and a third under 10, or between 1810 and 1820. There is also 2 little boys under 10. These girls would not be the same ones with Daniel Porter in 1800, as that were not born yet. 

No sign of Daniel and Drury has moved south of the Carolina border to Chesterfield County. It is my belief that Daniel was probably dead. 

Name:Rheba Pender[Rhoda Porter]
Home in 1830 (City, County, State):Anson, North Carolina
Free White Persons - Males - Under 5:2
Free White Persons - Males - 10 thru 14:2
Free White Persons - Males - 20 thru 29:1
Free White Persons - Females - 20 thru 29:2
Free White Persons - Females - 40 thru 49:1
Free White Persons - Under 20:4
Free White Persons - 20 thru 49:4
Total Free White Persons:8
Total - All Persons (Free White, Slaves, Free Colored):8

In 1830, Rhoda is found living right next door to her brother, Isham Ingram. This time she is heading a household of 8 people. Rhoda is said to be in her 40's, or born between 1781 and 1790. There are two females in their 20's, or born between 1801 and 1810. These could have been the two in the 1820 census. We'll call them Daughter One and Daughter Two, for lack of any real knowledge of who they were. There's also a male in his twenties, who was not in the last census. We'll call him son-in-law One, or perhaps wannabe, or maybe a fieldhand. Or maybe he was a son returned, one who had been bound out as a child due to illegitimacy that Rhoda had been accused of in 1813. There were two boys born between 1816 and 1820 who could very well have been the two under 10 in 1820. I'll call them Grandson One and Grandson Two. The little girl in their age group has disappeared, perhaps dead, or perhaps, if she were closer to 10 in 1820, married as a teen within the last few years there. Two additional little boys have joined the homestead, both under 5, so born between 1825 and 1830. I'll call them Grandson Three and Four. A Jesse Porter has turned up in Anson County, and we find Charles Porter next to James and Axom Turner, my 5th Great Grandfather, and his oldest son, and Barnabas Porter is living next to Stark Ramsey, another ancestor of mine, who I know lived in Burnsville, but on the same page with Charles Porter. 

Rhoda's last census was that of 1840. She's again listed next to her brother, Isham Ingram, and close by are Joseph Ingram, another brother, and Joshua Ingram. Also closeby in Milly Turner, her niece, who appears to be taking care of Treasy Turner, Milly's mother and Rhoda's sister, as the 3 dashes fit the ages and genders of Milly, Treasy and Milly's son, Alexander. 

Name:Rhoda Porter
Home in 1840 (City, County, State):Anson, North Carolina
Free White Persons - Males - 20 thru 29:1
Free White Persons - Females - 60 thru 69:1
Persons Employed in Agriculture:1
No. White Persons over 20 Who Cannot Read and Write:1
Free White Persons - 20 thru 49:1
Total Free White Persons:2
Total All Persons - Free White, Free Colored, Slaves:2

This time, the girls are gone and only one family member is left with Rhoda. Rhoda's age is given as in her 60's, or between 1770 and 1780, and a young man in his 20's is with her, employed in agriculture. 

Barnabas or Barnaby Porter is sitll with us, and appears to be in the same place, near Thomas Drew, Allen Carpenter and Samuel Exum. There's a few new faces, a William Porter, in his 30's and a woman in her 20's, with children, probably his young family, but there is also a woman in her 50's, maybe his widowed mother or mother-in-law. He's near Robertson Pistole, so sitll in the same general area of Burnsville. Lastly, there is Alex Porter, a young man in his 20's with a teenaged bride, 15 to 19, just the two of them. 

The last report I have, so far, of Rhoda Ingram Porter is in the estate file for her brother, Isham Ingram.

The exact paragraph, as written in form for all of the 9 heirs was;

Samuel P. Morton admr of Isham Ingram on a/c with Rhoda Porter

   To her share of the estate                       370.28

    by Thos. S. Ashe report April 1853   44.33

              Int to 15 Oct 1858                  14.03

Wm G. Smith al for E. Nelms m Dec 1853   46.74

             Int to 15 Oct  1858                    1.50

Wm Littles report  16 Dec 1853         13.66

            Int due to 15 Oct 1858          43.00

Balance due Rhoda Porter ----------  312.17    Interest 58.17

I believe Rhoda Porter had died before 1858, but maybe not. People were missed in the census records quite often. My question was, who were the other people in her household? Were they her children and grandchildren, and if so, who were they and what happened to them? Who were Daniel Porter's daughters by his first marriage? And who was Daniel Porter to start with?

In Treacy Turner's portion of the estate papers, the last name listed was that of Burwell Braswell, her son-in-law and Executor. In Parthenia Thomas's case, it was Isham Thomas, her son. Thomas Ashe and William G. Smith are listed in most every case and I believe they were just accountants or clerks. But was William Little related to Rhoda?

The 1850 census of Anson County is filled with various young Porters. Most have been tied to either James Barnabas Porter, who died about 1846, and his wife Levicy Gresham Porter, others to Charles, but most of his line migrated southward and west. 

I know of two daughters to Barnabas Porter, Patience Porter who married Axom Turner and migrated to Alabama, and Elizabeth Braswell, born about 1810, who named a son Barnabas Porter Braswell. 

I put this forth into the stratosphere, in hopes to connect with some Porter family expert who knows more about Daniel and Drury and Barnabas and Charles, and perhaps even Rhoda. I've met wonderful distant cousins, and other passionate researchers since I started blogging, who have had information I would never have known any other way. I hope the case of the Anson County Porters may be the same. 


The Setting of the Son : The Will of Job Calloway


As all things begin, so then must they end. On March 10, 1837, Job Calloway, of the Western part of Montgomery County, North Carolina, knew his days were numbered. He was weak of body, and ill of health, and knew it was nigh time to get his affairs in order. Only 47 years old, only 3 of his 10 children had reached adulthood. His loving and dutiful wife drew near, knowing widowhood was upon her and most likely filled with sorrow and fear. But faith would hold her, her two married daughters, Mary Calloway  McLester, and Vashita Calloway Morton, lived near and would provide emotional support and help with the younger children. She had 4 strong sons in their teens and early twenties to work the farm and help provide for the family, and a fifth not close behind; Isaac 23, Elmore, named for her mother, Leticia "Lettie" Elmore Randle, 20, John C. 18, Arippa 14 and Alfred 10. The family was completed by three little girls, Cassie (Cassandra) 9, Sallie (Sarah) 8 and Tishie (Martisha) 3.

Job called two of his  trusted friends and neighbors, Nelson Pennington  amd Joseph Clayton, to witnesses the act of his writing of his will. He named his son-in-law, Samuel P. Morton, a godly and well-studied man, to be his Executor. His life should not have been but half over at least, yet, his wordly vessel was giving way, there was not time to wait. So he began:

"In the name of God amen, I Job Calloway of the County of Montgomery and State of North Carolina being weak in body and low in health but of my right mind knowing shortness of life and  certainty of death make this my last will and testament and + desire my wordly goods to be disposed of  in the following manner. 

1st I recommend my spirti into the hands of him who first gave it + my body to the earth from whence it was first taken to be buried after a Christian manner at the descretion of my Executor.

2nd I give and bequeth to my beloved wife after my debts are satisfied or paid all the balance of my property to her to use for the use of raising the little ones of her body, the same property (if any) and love to her during her widowhood + after her death or end of her widowhood the property to be divided equally between my children. 

3rd I give to my eldest daughter Mary McLester property to the amount of $70 which property she has got.

4th I give to my second eldest daughter Vashti Morton property to the amount of $70 which property she has got.

5th I give to my eldest son Isaac Calloway property to the amount of $70 which property he has got. the above mentioned children having their property now in hand are not to recieve anything more until all the rest of the children recieve $70 each if there be not that much, if not the three oldest above mentioned to pay over to the rest unitl all are equal.

6th I divide in this that 20 acres of land lying on the Yadkin River be sold.

7th I direct in my will that 400 acres of land at home be priced at $2 per acre + my 4 boys younger than lsaac buy the same + pay into the estate the amount thereof + as they come to the age of 21 they are at liberty to build, settle, + clear said land outside of the old premises so that there shall be no improvement on the widows peaceable possession + if they choose not to take their place in this land the said when called for by the 1st oldest or by any of the 4 when 21 to laid off equally + value accordingly to division + the drawed for by them four boys, viz, Elmore, John, Agrippa + Alfred. 

8th I also choose for the Executor of this my last will + testament Samuel P. Morton as my Executor.

Signed on the 10th day of March AD 1837

Job Calloway


Nelson Pennington

Joseph Calloway 

The document was filed in May of 1838

Job Calloway and his wife, Susannah Randle Calloway were my 5th Great Grandparents. 

Job was the son of Isaac Calloway (Sr) and Elizabeth Arnold. The family originated in Maryland.

Susannah was the daughter of Colby Randle and Leticia Elmore. The family originated in Virginia.

I felt it important to reiterate his will, given the fact that I've seen Vashti given as the daughter of Isaac Calloway in so many lists, reports and family trees. Isaac was her grandfather, and she had a brother named Isaac. She also had an Aunt named Vashita for who she was obviously named, but the Vashti who married Samuel P. Morton was the daughter of Job Calloway.

Job was buried in the Calloway Family Cemetery with his parents, Isaac and Elizabeth Arnold Calloway. The cemetery expanded to include others in the community and became the Palestine Community Cemetery, located centrally between Badin and Albemarle. Susanna Randle Calloway would outlive Job by nearly 40 years. She died April 18, 1870 and was buried with her husband. The couple were the parents of 10 children, 5 sons and 5 daughters, beginning with two daughters, followed by 5 sons in a row and ended with 3 more daughters. He lost 2 sons in the Civil War, and 3 children migrated away, while the remainder stayed behind.  They were:

1) Mary M. Calloway 1810-1870. Married Daniel McLester

2) Vashita Calloway 1812-1846. Married Samuel P. Morton

3) Isaac Calloway 1814- 1898. Married 3 times; Mary Kendall, Betsy Mann and Mary Linda Carter.

4) Elmore W. Calloway 1816 - 1898. Married Samantha Mariah Hodges. Moved to Tatnall, Georgia.

5) John C.Calloway 1819-1862. Married Mary Clay. 5 children, died Petersburg, VA. Civil War.

6) King Agrippa Gamaliel Calloway 1823-1890 Married Eliza Elliott.

7) Alfred S. Calloway 1827-1863. Married Mary Jane Marks, 1 child. Died Lynchburg, Va, Civil War.

8) Cassandra Calloway 1828 - Unknown. Married 1st W. D. Kendall, 2nd Nathaniel Wallace.

9) Sarah Calloway 1829-1894 Married James M. Clay. Moved to Grayson County, Texas.

10) Martisha R. Calloway 1834 - 1911. Married Benjamin L. Kendall. Moved to Tatnall, Georgia

Monday, August 30, 2021

So, Who was Lucy Ingram

 From the Fayetteville Observer, November 28, 1848

Tuesday, November 28, 1848, Fayetteville Observer (Fayetteville, N.C.)-Married: In Stanly county on the 7th, Benjamin MAULDEN to Miss Elizabeth COLEY, daughter of John COLEY.-Married: In Anson county on the 19th, Rev. S. P. MORTON of Stanly to Miss Lucy INGRAM, of Anson.  Also, on the same evening, John C. CAUDLE to Miss Judith PARKER, all of Anson. -Died: In Stanly county on the 6th, Jonathan WILKERSON aged 61….

-Died: On the 12th, at Rocky River Springs, Stanly county, Wade GREEN, returned volunteer

Lucy Ingram Morton was my 4th Step-Great Grandmother. Now that is a relationship. As they both were well into middle age, and she was long past childbearing years when they married, no one has really put much energy into trying to determine exactly who Lucy was, as their are no descendants of that union. The above tombstone is that of Vashti Calloway Morton, the first wife of Rev. S. P. Morton.

Now, several family trees have too young boys as products of the marriage, Lewis and James Wesley, my theory is that they were not Mortons, as they can't be located as Mortons past the 1850 census when they were babies, but the sons of an Anson County family of Griggs, as I have explained in my previous post, Who Were The Griggs Boys, which you can find at the link below. 

Who Were the Griggs Boys?

But who really was Lucy? Let's look at a few clues. 

The newspaper article has her named Miss Lucy Ingram. A quick search revealed a Lucy Martin, daughter of Kinchen Martin and Chloe Hough Martin, who some had down as having married an Ingram, but "Miss" implies this Lucy had never married. 

Name:Lucy Morton
Birth Year:abt 1798
Birthplace:North Carolina
Home in 1850:Diamond Hill, Anson, North Carolina, USA
Line Number:5
Dwelling Number:805
Family Number:805
Household MembersAge
Samuel Morton44
Lucy Morton52
Elizabeth W Morton12
George A Morton10
Sarah Morton6
Lewis Morton3
James W Morton1

The first census after Sammy and Lucys wedding shows them living in Diamond Hill, which is not far from the Red Hill Church area where they are buried. In the Red Hill area, Martins are a dominant family, especially that of John Martin. Red Hill is where Sammy and Lucy are buried, where his daughter Wincy Elizabeth and her husband, George Washington Turner are buried, my third, Great Grandparents, and their son, William A. Turner and his wife, Sarah Frances Faulkner Turner, my second Great Grandparents are buried. Three Generations of the same family in one cemetery. My Great Grandmother, Penny Wayne Turner Davis, who lived into my lifetime and memory, had moved to Stanly County and settled in Albemarle, where we remain.

The census shows she was some years older than Rev. S. P. Morton, her husband, and that she was born in North Carolina. The chances were good that she was from Anson County, where they were married and where they made a home, even if his evangelism took him far and wide. If she was in Anson in 1848, when they married, there was a good chance she had been there in 1840. The 1840 census did not list people by name, except for the head of household, usually a man, unless the woman was a widow. So I began to look for an Ingram family in Anson County in 1840 who had a woman in the home in the age group Lucy would have been in 1840. 

Red Hill Baptist Church, my own photo

There were no shortage of Ingrams in Anson County in 1840. They were a large, prolific, and primarily wealthy family. I found 18 households led by Ingrams: Isham, Joseph B., Eben, George W., John W., Jeremiah, Jer (which I believe may have been just the plantation of the previous Jeremiah, who may have kep a separate house in a town, as there were a huge number of people in this household, primarily slaves.), another Joseph, Malachai, Thomas, Dixon, Armstead L., John M., John, yet another Joseph, Joshua, Benjamin, and W. P. Ingram, whom I discovered was William Pines Ingram. One of the Josephs would marry into my Davis family and move to Mississippi. The Ingrams wove in and out of my family tree in multiple ways. 

An Overshot of Ingram Mountain in Anson

Looking for a woman the age of Lucy in the household narrowed the 18 down to 7:  Isham, George W., Thomas, John M., John, Joshua, and William Pines. I checked both Thomas and W. P. as the most likely places to look, as they had multiple women of multiple ages in the home, just a perfect spot for an aging maiden aunt to be living with the family. Unfortunately, neither of those panned out. So I just started at the top of the list, with Isham.

Name:Isam Ingram
Home in 1840 (City, County, State):Anson, North Carolina
Free White Persons - Males - 40 thru 49:1
Free White Persons - Females - 5 thru 9:1
Free White Persons - Females - 15 thru 19:1
Free White Persons - Females - 40 thru 49:1
Slaves - Males - 10 thru 23:1
Slaves - Females - 10 thru 23:1
Persons Employed in Agriculture:3
No. White Persons over 20 Who Cannot Read and Write:2
Free White Persons - Under 20:2
Free White Persons - 20 thru 49:2
Total Free White Persons:4
Total Slaves:2
Total All Persons - Free White, Free Colored, Slaves:6

 Isham Ingram was probably born in Anson County, North Carolina. There is an older Isham Ingram in the records who served in the Revolutionary War, who married a Martha Turner. Now, I have to research them to see if Martha Turner may have been connected to James Turner, my ancestor who was the Grandfather of George W. Turner who married the daughter of Rev. S. P. Morton. They lived in the same part of the county. 

Isham Ingram, the younger, was most likely the Isham who fought in the War of 1812. He shows up in the census in 1810, 1820, 1830 and 1840. In 1840, he heads a household of 6 people, a man and women in their 40's, 2 young girls, one between 5 and 9, and another between 15 and 19, and two slaves, a boy and girl in their teens or early twenties. 

Isham died in 1846, allow his probate records are dated 1858, it just took that long to settle the estate.

And there it was...the smoking gun. 

His "beloved wife, Lucy Ingram". I found a Lucy.

The Will was dated August 22, 1846. He may have become ill and known death was at his door. 

Several people besides his wife Lucy are mentioned in the Will. He states; "I give all my seat and personal estate to my beloved wife Lucy Ingram during her natural life and to dispose of Hannah(I presume he is speaking of the female slave), as she pleases. After my wife's death for Martha Newton to have one fourth of what is left, 1/4 to Lucy Martin, and one fourth to my sister Sarah in Alabama and all of her children. And the other fourth to my sister Pathenia Thomas. I appoint Christopher Watkins my lawful executor. I give my brother Joseph Ingram my fine overcoat and $4 to buy him a Bible."

The document was witnessed by Chris Watkins and William Carpenter. (Perhaps the William Carpenter whose daughter married George D. Morton? This is all taking place in the same general area). 

So all seems well and good, Isham Ingram had a wife named Lucy and she was widowed about the same time as Rev. S. P. Morton. That doesn't prove that this was the Lucy Ingram that married Sammy. There was the matter of that "Miss" Lucy Ingram in the newspaper. But attached to the will was a lawsuit. Now, you know with Isham leaving his brother Joseph nothing but a coat and $4 with the suggestion he buy a Bible, that there was going to be a lawsuit. 

So, what do we know about Isham now? He married a Lucy. He had a brother named Joseph Ingram, a sister named Parthenia Ingram Thomas and another sister named Sarah who lived in Alabama and was a mother. We know Martha Newton and a Lucy Martin are connected to him somehow, but not how. And another Lucy, and she's a Martin.

It's in the lawsuit that we find gold. This is several years after the death of Isham Ingram, and if you notice above, it states "Samuel P. Morton + wife Lucy + others vs Joseph Ingram + others." I found her. Lucy Ingram, widow of Isham Ingram had remarried to Rev. Samuel P. Morton. The newspaper had it wrong, she was Mrs. Lucy Ingram.

Samuel P. Morton had become the administrator of the Estate of Isham Ingram, as he had become the executor of the estate of Job Calloway. In fact, Sammy was the executor of several estates and actually acted as an attorney in several instances. The truth was, Rev. Samuel P. Morton was not the impovershed, wandering emphatic evangelist that the sketch of him written by a Rev. Wilhoit in the early part of the 1900's painted him to be. Humble and an emotional orator, I'm sure he was, but the more I get a closer and more personal look at him, the more I discover that he was not poor, and he was not uneducated, and he was most definately not simple. 

Samuel P. Morton was the first Clerk of Court of Stanly County. His name is everywhere. He performed many legal functions in several different counties,  as well as a great number of marriages. Sam was smart, Sam was educated, and while not exceptionally wealthy, he did ok. He bought land, he provided for his family, and other people, as well. I can tell he had went to school and achieved a higher degree of education than most. Sam was multi-faceted. 

The adendum read, "Ordered by the court that this suit stand in the name of Samuel P. Morton and wife Lucy and others against Joseph Ingram and others. ....that S. P. Morton, Thomas Newton, Lucy Martin, Parthenia Thomas, William Ingram, Calvin Ingram, Benjamin Ingram and Sarah Ingram pay all of the costs of the suit. 

Now to find out who all those people were. First of all, Thomas Newton was the husband of Martha Newton, mentioned in the will. Martha was Martha Martin Newton and Lucy was her unmarried sister. Lucy would eventually marry a Miller and migrate to Mississippi. They were nieces of Lucy Ingram (Morton). They were daughters of William Hough Martin and his wife, Temperance Parker Martin. Two Martin brothers had married two Parker sisters, and they were the sons of Kinchen Martin and Chloe Hough. Lucy Ingram Morton was Lucy Martin. 

Another interesting tidbit I found was the name of Peter May mentioned in a list of Revolutionary War soldiers that listed Kinchen Martin. This list was full of other of my ancestors, like James Marshall and Solomon Burris.

Rev. Samuel P. Morton is listed in the Will of Peter May as being his 'good friend'. 

The jury assembled to hear the lawsuit was a who's who of Uppper Anson, including one of my kith and kin, John Winfield.  Others were Jesse Seagoe, Joseph Jowers, Alexander A. McRae, Luther Teal, William P. Kendall, Thomas Swink, Langford Hair, John W. Jarman, Robert  Redfern, Richmond Lee and Dennis Grady. Well, some of them were not so well known. 

The Probate papers were just as interesting and informational for me. They are dated 1858, which has a few people giving that as his death date, although it doesn't seem too many people were very interested in him, as he had no descendants upon his death. Those two little girls living with them in 1840? That was neices Martha and Lucy Martin, why, I don't know, but there was a deed of trust that gave the suggestion that they had been wards of Isham and Lucy. As for the date, not one, but two newpapers reported the death of Isham Ingram, ESQ. The one above was from Wilmington and dated September 25, 1846,which gives his date of death as "the 23rd Ult", meaning he died on August 23, 1846, the day after he wrote the Will! Dude knew his days were measured. 

18 Sep 1846

Charlotte, North Carolina

Written in a beautifully legible and orderly script, I was proud of the penmanship of GGGGreat Grandpa.

"Samule P. Morton admr of Isham Ingram decd.

To amount reported by N D Boggan former clerk and confirmed by the Oct 1853 term of court...

N D Boggons report Dec 1853...

A J Dargons report 14 July 1857....

Amount to be divided among 9 Distributees:

Keep in mind Isham Ingram had no living children at his decease. No children were named in his will, only his wife, Lucy, Martha Newton and Lucy Martin, her nieces, his sister Sarah and her children in Alabama, his sister Parthenia Thomas and his brother, Joseph Ingram, whom he chided by leaving him a fine coat and $4.00 to buy a Bible, suggesting he needed to get in church by my guess. Isham may not have approved of Joseph's lifestyle, because Joseph was in no way needy. 

Each of the 9 heirs of Isham recieved an equal amount of $370.28. Some of them I know were siblings. Others may have been nieces or nephews, I will have to look closer into this branch of the Ingram tree to detect. Isham having no descendants, this can not be googled. The only thing that comes up on google is he as a son of Isham Ingram Sr. and Martha Turner Ingram, the Isham who served in the Revolution. The 9 distributees were:

1) Joseph Ingram ( Thomas Ashe report April 1853, Wm G Smith att for E. Nelms, Joseph Ingram Dec 7 1855)

2) Hezekiah Ingram

3) Trecy Turner ( Wlm Hite report, Burwell Braswell exec for Trecy Turnner) Trecy Turner I know off the top of my head was his sister. I looked into Trecy and her family when I was researchng my Turner line, which Samuel P. Mortons daughter Wincy married into. Trecy and her family lived in very close proximity to G. W. Turner, Wincy's future husband, and his mother, Mary, in 1850. I've not found the connection yet, but G. W's Grandfather, James Turner, could very well have been related to Trecy's husband. 

In her will, she mentions four children, her sons William and Jesse Turner and daughters Sarah Ballard and Milly Braswell, the wife of Burwell Braswell, her Executor, and her grandson, Alexander Turner, Milly's son by Jackson Trull, who claimed the boy as his son in a deed. She mentions her share of the estate of her brother, Isham Ingram, and wills it to Milly after her own decease. 

4) Rhoda Porter (who is living very near Isham Ingram in the 1840 census.

5) Sally Ingram (his sister in Alabama who married an Ingram. Cousin marriage) William E. Tyson reports.

6) Parthenia Thomas, sister mentioned in will, Isham Thomas reports

7) John Ingram, A. S. Ingram reports.

8) Mathew Ingram, Alec Moore reports.

9) Wiley Ingram, John Tyson reports. 

So I've now determined that Samuel P. Morton married Lucy Martin Ingram, daughter of Kinchen and Chloe Hough Martin and widow of Isham Ingram.  Her father was also a Revolutionary War Patriot. Below is an excerpt from her mother, Chloe's pension application that mentions Lucy.