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[NC] Plantation called "Wells Place"
I was looking though my notes for my great great grandfathers Essex Mathews b. 1829, NC, but he grew up in Duplin County, Rose Hill, NC. I found a Will of Timothy Newkirk dated 1859 mentioned my gg grandfather Essex as the "son of Insane Jane". What does that really mean? Was she unstable mentally? Does anyone know if Essex had siblings?
This plantation property (known as the Wells Place) was bequeath from Timothy Newkirk to John D Powers (friend and Executor). Essex (a negro boy) was bequeath to a friend Boney Southerlin to be his and his heirs absolutely.
It's my understanding from conversation with my mother and aunts, a white Wells man was my grandfather's dad. Their surname changed from Matthis to Mathews and my grandfather was a Mathis in his later years. From 1870-1880 it was Matthis, just before 1900 the surname was Mathews. My grandather was born a Mathews in 1895, later it was changed to Mathis and I don't know why. His mother Laura and sister Hattie's remained Mathews. I am also confuse as to how they got their surnames.
Thanks very much for reading my post. Has anyone heard of this Plantation/Wells Place? I appreciate any help that I can get.