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Covington - TAMAR
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John Covington Sr.. b. Queen Anne's Co. Maryland abt. 1733
m (1) Hannah Dockery dau. of Col Thomas Dockery (D.A.R.)
their son: Mathew Poythress Covington b. Jan 24 1760 Queen Anne's Co. MD (D.A.R. #287522)
they also had three daughters: Hannah, Mary, Sarah (more info available if needed)
m (2) Mary "Nancy" Wall (same Nancy as in previous post)
Will of John Covington Sr.: will book 1 page 134 Jan 1809 Richmond Co. NC
(I'm going to skip to the relevant part of the will)
Item, my will and desire is that my negro man, MOSES should be sold to the highest bidder and the money arising from the sale should be equally divided between my three daughters, namely: Hannah Covington, Molly Thomas and Sally McDowell.
Item, I give and bequeath to my son, John Covington a tract of land adjoining Henry Covington's then down the south fork to the mouth of a small branch betwwen the Bell field and the fresh field then up the said branch to the head then with a direct course to the beginning line. Also one negro woman named TAMAR. And my will and desire is that my son John Covington shall have TAMAR'S three children namely: LUCY, RACHEL and ISABELL, together with all other increase if any there should be in order the family with all negroes should not be separted provided that he would pay to the different legatees, that is to say, pay to the children of my last and present wife, Nancy, their proportionable share of whatever sum of money my executors hereafter named should think TAMAR'S children to be worth and in order to make the value of ther difference equal and if my son John Covington should think proper not to do so, i wish my Executors to sell all the children TAMAR now has or will have until my death to the highest bidder among the children of my last and present wife, Nancy Covington, and not to sell them out of the family of children of my last wife and my will and desire is that my Execturos hereafter named should have full power to make such and all contracts as they may think proper in the management of all my affairs.
Item, I give and bequeath to my daughter, Elizabeth Cole one negro woman named LUCY to her and her heirs forever, also one cow and one calf.
Item I give and bequeath to my son Benjamin a tract of land lying on the south fork adjoing Ed Williams and also adjoining John Covington's line described, also one negro boy named SAM.
Item, I give and bequeath to my son William Covington one negro boy JESSE.
Item, I give and bequeath to my daughter, Ann Thomas, one negro boy named CHARLES and one feather bed and furniture, also one cow and one calf.
Item, I lend to my daughter, Rebecca Smith one negro girl named BETTY during her natural life any there should be between all the children of her body lawfully begotten, also one feather bed and furniture and one cow and calf.
Item, I give and bequeath to my son, Henry Covington one negro boy named BOB.
Item, I give and bequeath to my son, Thomas Covington, one negro by named GEORGE, also one horse, saddle and bridle.
… it goes on…
John Wall Covington Jr. oldest son of John Sr. and Nancy
The State of South Carolina, Marlborough District. In the name of God Amen, I John Wall Covington of the State and District aforesaid…(skipping here)… Also the hire of my negroes to John Lide…skipping… I wish my Executors hereafter to be named to collect and pay all my just debts the principal part of which is due the Executors of my father’s estate for certain negroes I lately purchased at the sale of the same, if these funds I have named should not be found sufficient to discharge all my just debts I will and desire that my Executors sell one or more of my negroes at their discretion until the whole be fully paid and satisfied after which I will and desire that my Executors hereafter to be named appoint three or five holders of good character (that’s ironic!) to be approved by the Ordinary of our District aforesaid to divide the following named negroes viz: TOM, LYE, COOK, BILLY, CAPTAIN, JACK, NED, young lads, and JULIA, ROSE, ANECA, TENA, and CATE also wench TAMAR and her children, viz: LUCY, RACHEL, BECK, CHARLES, FRANK, JUDE, equally according to their value between my beloved wife, Elizabeth Covington and the child she is now pregnant with which division when so made shall be final… (it goes on to say that this division is theirs and their heirs forever unless said unborn baby dies the that portion is to be divided between his brothers and sisters)…
ACCOUNT OF THE DIVISION OF THE SLAVES BELONGING TO THE ESTATE OF JOHN WALL COVINGTON Jr., DEC’D
We William Thomas, Thomas Lide, Alexander Lamb, Robert Lide and William Pegues being duly sworn to make an equal division of the slaves belonging to the estate of John W. Covington deceased, between Mrs. Elizabeth Covington widow of said deceased and the own brothers and sister of said deceased agreeable to his last will, have divided the said slaves in the following manner, viz: To the said widow we have assigned the nine following negroes: LYE-$400, ROSE-$350, ANECA-$50, HARRY, JULIA-$325, TOM-$350, JACK-$350, BILLY-$325, and CAPTAIN-$325. And to own brothers and sisters (listed below) of deceased we have assigned the balance of said slaves amounting to eleven viz: TAMAR, LUCY, RACHEL, BECK, CHARLES, FRANK, JUDE, COOK, NED, CATE, and LENA.
(the above mentioned NED may have come to Elizabeth Covington from her father Philemon Thomas – Will 1797 Richmond Co. NC)
(In a note below this she says that TAMAR and ROSE were willed to Matthew Covington in 1795.)
Brothers and Sisters of John Wall Covinton Jr.
William Covington b 1777 d. 1858
Henry Covington joined Tennessee forces in War of 1812 d. in camp 1815
James Covington b abt 1782
Thomas B. Covington b abt 1790 m Jane Thomas daughter of William (Ray Billy) Thomas (same as in other post)
Elizabeth Covington m John Cole he b. 1762
Rebecca Covington m James McN. Smith
Ann Covington m Robert H Thomas b April 26 1773
Does anyone know how I might find out more about TAMAR? Does anyone recognize her?
There are many Covingtons it would seem safe to assume that most if not all were Slave owners. Many of them have LARGE amounts of land (some have thousands of acres). Much of the land came from serving in the Revolutionary War, some came as grants from the King of England, we'll will get to some of that shortly...
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