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Thanks & very appreciated to you who took time to read through and answer my last posting. Here is another case where I simply need help, I think this is very difficult. I will be posting more cases later on.

1. Division of slaves in the estate of William Atkins, Dyer County TN, 4th of February 1845
To Harriett Atkins (wife of William): Man Isham aged about 36 years, woman Eliza aged about 27 years, boy Alfred aged about 17 years and two children Elijah aged about 3 years and Francis aged about 2 years, all valued at $1650.

To William Taylor and Elizabeth his wife: Man Allen aged about 34 years boy Isaiah aged about 9 years Julie aged about 3 years and Margaret aged about 2 years, all valued at $1475.

To Allen A Atkins: Author aged about 37, Tennessee aged about 20, Westley aged about 8 years, Charles aged about 7 years, Mary aged about 5 years, Maria aged about 3 years and Judy aged about 5 months all valued at $2075

To James Atkins: Casy aged about 48, Benjamin aged about 44, Louis aged about 30 years and Anderson aged about 22, all valued at $1700

2. Harriet Atkins gift-deeded her share to Charles Henderson Hood (possible brother, Harriet's maiden name was Hood) also in Dyer County, registered 29th of July 1845. Isham's age was here 38, Eliza's 30.

3. Charles Henderson Hood sold Isham and his wife Eliza (again 38 and 30) to Mathew Tomlin in Madison County, TN. Registered 15th of September 1845.

4. Mathew Tomlin passed away in the early 1860s in Madison County TN. I have not been able to find any slave related info in his estate, but his wife Nancy Tomlin's will (written in 1863) states 'it is my desire that the following slaves Isham and his wife Eliza, also girl Louisa to be sold and proceeds equally divided amongst the legal heirs of Mathew Tomlin deceased'.

Now my question: In the first group of slaves given to Harriett Atkins above, Elijah is my wife's gr gr gr grandfather. Can I assume that Isham and Eliza are his parents? I am aware that Isham and Eliza were not legally married, to me the term wife only documents that they were a couple.

I have not found any records of Isham or Eliza after the civil war. As far as name checks go, Elijah had one grandson Isaiah and another Anderson but as far as I can see none of Elijah's decendants were named Isham or Eliza.

Elijah stayed with Charles Henderson Hood up to the civil war, but Francis is not listed with Charles Henderon Hood in 1850 or 1860.

If you reply to this message, please also give a motivation of why or why not you can or can not assume that Isham and Eliza are the parents of Elijah. If you have any questions I'll try to answer them as good as I can.


18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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