Notes for Sherrod Williams, Sr.
!US Census 1850 (28 October) Tennessee, Franklin Co., District 11, Roll 878 Book 1, Page 90, House No. 1201, Line 21-23: Mary Williams (b. 1861 - 69 - in TN - Property Value $3000). Children listed (born in TN) are: Francy M. (son b. 1826 - 24); and Cordellia E. (dau-in-law b. 1826 - 24)
!Furnished by Caren J Tidwell based upon information from Franklin County Historical Society:
His war record is in the National Archives, District of Columbia He was the Corp Capt. of Francis Jones' Co. of Mounted Riflemen also Reg't Tenn. Mil. Commanded by Col. Newton Cannon, War of 1812. The original Williams brothers, James, Johns, Phillip and Roberts, did fight in the Revolutionary War. He was a Mason. Sherrod's first acquiring of land in Franklin County is shown by the conveyance of forty acres "Lying on Norwood's Creek on the Boiling Fork of Elkriver", from David Shannon of Williamson Co., Tennessee, in consideration of the sum of one hundred and twenty dollars, cash in hand. The deed was registered February 17, 1813. Additional entries in 1826, and 1827 brought his lands to well over four hundred acres.
With the 1813 purchase Sherrod and Polly settled down to rear a family of 18 children (12 sons and 6 daughters) in one of Franklin County's coves. Sherrod Williams volunteered for a tour of service in the War of 1812. He left Winchester September 24, 1813, and continued through three months. He received $10 per month and was allowed pay for his horse at 40 cents per day, 97 days; 38 dollars 80 cents. He was honorably discharged in Winchester. Polly said he served another six months but she could not prove it. She made these statements for the purpose of obtaining a Bounty Land Warrant for Sherrod's services in the War of 1812. She was awarded 40 acres in December 1853, six months prior to her death.
Sherrod died September 12, 1831 in Madison Co., Alabama, on his way home from visiting Mississippi. Following the sudden death of Sherrod in Alabama, Polly had the body brought home and interred in the garden so that the children could see the grave every day and be reminded of their father's virtues. His Nuncupative Will that his wife have all his real and personal estate--land, negroes and stock of every description. The will was probated in open court November 27, 1831. Sons, James and Michael Williams, were administrators.
They had 18 children (12 sons & 6 daughters)
He died on a business trip to Alabama
!Marriage date information based upon Franklin Co historical original court records. Also info from the Looney family gives 1800 as the correct date.
!Nuncupative Will of Sherrod Williams - To his wife Polly Looney Williams
The Nuncupative Will of Sherrod Williams deeds: Late of Franklin Co., Tennessee, made and executed in his last illness on the 18th day of September, 1831, said: "In the first place he wanted the debts due him collected and all his just debts paid out of the debts due him. He stated that it was his will and wish that his wife should have all his real and personal estates, to-wit: land, Negroes and stock of every description during her natural life, or widowhood, but if she should marry then she is only to have her lawful part of the estate and it was his particular request that no part of his property should be sold."
Earsed and interlined before signing, this 18th days of September 1831.
Henry K. Kindle
State of Tennessee, Franklin County
County Court, November Term, 1831
This day a copy of the last nuncupative will of Sherrod Williams, deceased was brought into court and the same appearing to have been proven and regularly authenticated in the County Court of Madison County and State of Alabama, and on motion it is therefore ordered by the Court that the same be perceived. James Williams and Michael Williams came into open court and applied for letters of administration with the will annexed, on the estate of the said deceased. And the Widow relinquishing her right of power, whereupon it is ordered by the Court that the same James and Michael Williams be appointed Administrators with the will annexed of the said Sherrod Williams, deceased, and that letters issued to them agreeably to law, and into bond with Polly Williams and their securities, in the sum of $2,500.00 agreeably to law, and was qualified accordingly.
Given under my hand at this office
This 29th day of November 1831.
Signed: E. Russell, Clerk of Court of Deceased
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