Wednesday, October 5, 2016

What I know about William D. Edins/Eddins/Eddings/Edens

More than I originally thought.

This is what I can prove from primary documents:

William D. Edins was born between 1791 and 1793 in South Carolina. (1850 Mortality Schedule for GA). His parents were John & Zilpha Edins (Zilpha's ad in 1828). He was probably born in Lexington (Zilpha's gift in 1816.)

William D. is probably one of the males under 10 in the household in 1800. In the 1800 US Census for Orangeburgh, SC, Selvia Eddins is head of household. In the household are two males under 10 (William D. & James A.), two males 10 - 15 (John S. & Ephraim), questionable 1 male 26 - 44--looks like it said one then was changed to zero. There are also one female under 10 (Unknown Female), two females 10 - 15 (and Unknown), and one female 26 - 44 (Zilpha). Neighbors include Muntz, Peter Lea, Elizabeth Kelly, William Kelley, Samuel Kelley, Roof, Blakeley, Turner, Borman, Senn, Carter, Hydle, Smith, Lipheart, Charles Corley, Lites (Lightsey), John Weisinger, William Daniel, Busby, John Ricord (Rickard), Geiger, Sanders, Evans, Christian Wingard.

In the 1810 US Census for SC, Widow Edins is in Lexington County. In the household are one male 10 - 15 (James A., 17?), two males 16 - 25 (Ephraim, 24 & William D.), one male 26 - 44 (Blakely, 30?). Also in the household are one female under 10 (Unknown), one female 16 - 25 (), two females 26 - 45 (must be SIL's) and one female 45 and over (Widow Eddins). Nearby neighbors are George, John, Henry Windgard (brothers of Benjamin, husband of Elizabeth?),  Rambo, Furney, Busby, Jumper, Martin, Hendrix, Oaks, Johnston, Bookman, Oliver, Oswalt, Keixer, Busbee, Rall, Boozer, Gibson. Neighbor David King surveyed a plat for Zilpha in 1817.

In 1816 Zilpha recorded a document giving her land and goods to sons William D. and James A. Eddins after her death in return for their taking care of her. However, she controlled the property until she died. Here's the source for that:

Whom did William D. marry in SC? There's no definite answer, but there is a clue. 

According to Brett Holcomb's book Memorialized Records of Lexington District, William and Martha Edins left land to their children "for love and affection" in 1818. William D. would have been 27; no clue as to how old Martha would have been, or even her maiden name. But doesn't the document sound like the one Zilpha prepared in 1816, when she was at least in her 50s and putting her affairs in order? Who else could it be????

There is second-hand evidence that William was still in Lexington in 1819, when there was a lawsuit involving his brother Ephraim about a piece of land. The link is below. I have not seen the document, so I don't want to comment on it until I have. I'm sure the document exists; I just don't know how it fits in.

However, Zilpha (that cougar) remarried sometime between 1818 and 1820, when she is found in the household of David Winchell, her second husband, who was significantly younger than she. There's nobody else in the household. Where did Zilpha's children go???

Most went out of state. Zilpha's ad of 1828 states that William D. no longer lived in SC. Where did he go? No smoking gun, but it looks like William D. and his family went to Pulaski County, GA, where William's older brother Blakely Eddins had been living since at least 1810, when he appeared on a list of petit jurors. (Source: Early Court Records of Pulaski County, Georgia 1809 - 1825 by Lee G. Barrow, published by Southern Historical Press, 1994; ISBN 0-89308-502-2)

It looks like William and Maybe Martha had three or four children. I have seen no primary evidence to support this, but at this point I have no reason to doubt it, either.  Several family trees list at least these children: Zilpha, born about 1820 in SC; Zebulon Rudolphus, born between 1822 and 1825 in GA (1850 Census); and Asa, born about 1832 probably in GA (, 30 at enlistment in CSA). 

It's likely that William D. and his cohort moved to GA between 1820 and 1822, but I can't prove it. If Zilpha Whigham is his daughter, then he was still in SC in 1820 when she was born. But both Asa and Zebulon were born in GA after 1822 (1850 Census and Asa's enlistment papers at, so 1820 - 1822 seems reasonable. Maybe they all lived with Blakely???

This is likely to be the correct William D. Eddins: 

In the 1830 US Census for GA, William D. Eding is living in Capt. Roach's District, Pulaski County, GA. In the household are one male 0 - 5 (born 1825 - 1830), four males 5 - 10 (born 1820 - 1825), one male 30 - 40 (William D., born 1790 - 1800). There are also one female 0 - 5 (born 1825 - 1830), one female 10 - 15 (born 1815 - 1820), and one female 20 - 30 (born 1800 - 1810). Neighbors: Hardy Powers, James Kinsion (Kinshen), Perskins, Bush, Brown, Mathews, Wood, Pope, Ward, James Key (probably father of Emaline, who married William D., Junior in 1838).

In 1838 William was married to Emeline or Emaline Key in Pulaski County by James P. Kinchen, J.P.

William and Emaline had at least three children: Elizabeth, born 1844; George W., born about 1845; and Zacharias T., born about 1849. We know these children from the 1850 Census, in which Emaline has married James Mullis within the year. The three Edins children are living with them. 

In the 1840 US Census for Pulaski County, GA, W.D. Edins lives in Capt. Eden's District. In the household are one male 5 - 9 (born 1835 - 1839), one male 10 - 14 (born 1825 - 1829), two males 15 - 19 (1820 - 1824), and one male 40 - 49 (William D., 1790 - 1799). There are also one female 0 - 5 (born 1835 - 1840) and one female 15 - 19 (Emaline, born 1821 - 1825).  Neighbors: Hodge, Whigham, Simmons, Z. Pope, Bemby, Hosky, Hays, Sapp.

Benjamin Whigham was married (probably) to William D.'s daughter Zilpha. Zedikiah Pope shows up in Lee and Chamber Counties with James A. Eddins's daughter Zilpha E. Pope. 

From the 1850 Mortality Schedule, we know that William D. Edins died in Pulaski, Georgia, in November 1849, of what reads as "inflamany" but is probably "influenza." He was 57, born SC.

I've tried here to put together a rough outline of William D.'s life. In the beginning, I thought I knew not a heckuva lot. But whaddya know, there was a lot more. 

Thursday, September 29, 2016

David Winchel/Winchell, 2nd husband of Zilpha Eddins

Genealogy makes me hot and gets me going. (Should I admit that?) There's nothing like tearing into new evidence and finding a nugget to prove or disprove a theory. What a sense of accomplishment! Wham!! Success!!!

Repeated errors also make me hot and get me going. When people copy and paste without checking evidence or finding proof. Especially when the information is readily available. Grrrr! Rant and rave!! Bitch and moan!!!!

No, I'm not perfect (hard to believe, I know). I've made mistakes in my research, and in the beginning I copied without checking for proof, too. But as the years passed I learned to never post anything without offering proof or labeling the statement as a theory. 

Here's an example of something that's bothered me lately:

There are several Zilpha Eddinses out there. I know of at least three, one of which isn't even related to my family. Apparently there are also a lot of David Winchel/Winchells out there as well. It's possible that two different men called David Winchel married two different women named Zilpha "Sylvia" Eddins. Especially since said Zilpha was previously married to a John Edins/Eddins/Eddings. Not impossible, but needs proof!!!!!

Enough rant. Here's what I can prove about the David Winchell in my line. 

1 & 2. He was enumerated in two U.S. Censuses in South Carolina. 3. He was married to Zilpha Eddins. 4. He died after 1830 because he witnessed a deed in South Carolina. 

That's it. 

Bob Eddings, whose research has proved to be correct in 19 out of 20 cases, said that David Winchell was maybe half Zilpha's age, and a Census seems to confirm that, so I tend to believe it's true. 

Anything else is speculation. 

Here's the Census information:

1. In the 1820 US Census for SC, David Winchel is living in Lexington, SC. In the household are one male 45 and over (David) and one female 45 and over (Zilpha). One person is engaged in agriculture. Enumeration date: August 7, 1820. Neighbors: Ivins, Nance, Hook, Adason, Clark, Bartlett, Absolom Hendricks, David Hendricks, Brown, Quattlebaum, Howard, Jeffcoat, Veal, Zilpha's son John (S.) Eddings, Busbee, William Hendrix, Wingard, Henry Hendrix.

2. In the 1830 US Census for SC, David Winchell is living in Lexington County. He is 40 - 50, and living by himself. There is no one of Zilpha's age in the the household. No slaves. Neighbors: Shealy, Fort, Waters, Quattlelbaum, Lee,  Withers, Orthery, Williams, Mitchell, Fort, Sun, Taylor, Brown, Askins.

3. We can prove that Zilpha was married to David using the ad she ran in December of 1828 in the South Carolina State Journal:


Zilpha Winchell, formerly Edins, applicant, vs. Mary, wife of George Turner, Elizabeth Brown, Fereby, wife of Samuel Hendrix, John Edins, Martha Edins, Blakely Edins, Obedience, wife of Edom Moon, James A. Edins, and William D. Edins, defendants.

It appearing to my satisfaction that George Turner and wife Mary, Samuel Hendrix and wife Fereby, Martha Edins, Blakely Edins, Edom Moon and wife Obedience, James A. Edins and William D. Edins of the above named defendants, reside without the limits of this state: It is therefore ordered, that they do appear and object to the division of the real estate of John Edins the elder, deceased, on or before the 15th day of January next, or their consent will be entered of record. A.H. Fort, Ordinary J.D.

December 18."

Here is the ad's link at

4. Lastly I can proof that David Winchell was alive until at least June 1830. In 1830 David Winchel witnessed a deed in Lexington County.

"Thomas Corley of Lexington District for $100 conveys to Jacob Meettze, 8 acres, originally granted to Lawrence Corly and bequeathed to Thomas Corley. Lawrence Corley alias Lawrence Charles. Witnessed by Reuben Harman and David Winchel. June 10, 1830, Recorded Book K, Page363. August 12, 1836." 

From the Lexington Genealogical Exchange, Volume 2, Book 1, , p. 14, Janet Gartner Lee, editor, 1982.

Thus endeth the proof for David Winchel/Winchell in my line. 

Here's the speculation about him. 

Bob Eddings says‚and it's probably true, but I haven't seen the sources:

He was a doctor. He was half Zilpha's age.

Here's another one:

The website lists below several Eddins/Eddings siblings who were involved in an 1819 lawsuit in Lexington County about lands left to them by their father. It lists a source that I have not yet seen, but I'm hot on its trail. (Yes, deeds make me hot, too.)

To quote:

"1819: William Eddings VS Ephraim Eddings and James Cacy
Inolves Title to real estate: The Eddings men were descendants of John Edings SR, who was deceased before 1819, but who's last wife Zilphia Edings aged about 65 was living and married to David Winchell."

She also lists John Edins Senior as John William Eddings, died 1818. 

Let's give credit where due.  This researcher has a primary source (the deed) and lists her theories as theories. Much of her information is incorrect, but at least she acknowledges it.

There is absolutely no proof I have seen so far that the senior Eddins in my line was John William. He was listed everywhere as "John." Not "John William." Just John. And according to Bob Eddings, he died in 1795, not 1818.

So maybe there are two John Edins/Eddins/Eddings?

Is it getting hot in here???

What can we reasonably assume about David Winchel from the records above? 

1. He was born between 1775 and 1810 (two Censi).

2. He was a farmer (1820 Census) and he may have been a doctor (Bob Eddings).

3. He married Zilpha before 1818 (ad).

4. He lived in Lexington District, SC until at least June 1830 (deed).

That's all that can be reasonably known or assumed about the David Winchell in my line. If there IS another Zilpha/John combo, I'm going to look for proof of another David Winchel who married Zilpha Eddins, previously married to John Eddins. If I can PROVE that there was another David Winchel who married Zilpha Eddins, previously married to John Eddins, it will be a first.

But until then, I'm going to stick with what I can prove about the David Winchell in my line (sort of). For—Accomplishment! Success! Wham! Bang! Boom!

Anybody got a cigarette???

Saturday, June 25, 2016

The life of Anna Obedience Eddins, m. Edom Moon

Writing this to sort out what I know about Anna Obedience Eddins/Edins, who married Edom Moon.

According to her tombstone, (Anna) Obedience Eddins was born on October 13, 1789. She died on May 16, 1863, and is buried in the Jones-Moon Cemetery in Walker County, GA. Grave markers are often incorrect, but they may be good indicators. So let's just decide to accept this information as mostly correct.

Anna Obedience was likely the sixth child of John Eddins. She might have been the sixth child of Zilpha MNU (Maiden Name Unknown) also, but we don't know if Zilpha was John's first or second wife. Zilpha certainly affected Obedience—more on that later.

We know AO was a child of John Eddins because of the 1828 ad Zilpha ran in the SC State Gazette:

At any rate, she was probably one of the female children enumerated in the 1790 Census for SC:

John Eddins died about 1795. In the 1800 US Census for Orangeburgh, SC, Selvia Eddins is head of household. In the household are two males under 10 (William D. & James A.), two males 10 - 15 (John S. & Ephraim), questionable 1 male 26 - 44--looks like it said one then was changed to zero. It could not have been Blakely, as he would have been only 20 at the time. There are also one female under 10 (Unknown Female), two females 10 - 15 (Obedience and Unknown), and one female 26 - 44 (Zilpha).

The next record of Anna Obedience is her marriage. One source says 1802. She would have been 13.
The History of the Moon Family by William H. Moon (1920, Conners, GA) says 1805. Obedience would have been 16. Some family trees say 1809. She would have been 20. Did she get married in GA or SC? There's no answer, but it's most likely that she got married in GA, which is where Edom lived most of his life. Some sources say Columbia, GA, but I couldn't find a primary source:

When did she go to GA? Between 1800 and 1809. Why did she go to GA when she was born in SC? My best guess is that she accompanied her brother Blakely to GA as a housekeeper—but it's only a guess.

The 1805 GA Land Lotteries show Edom Moon as a person entitled to one draw in the land lottery.

In which he was a fortunate drawer.

By 1820 Edom and Anna O. were in Captain Wellington's District in Columbia County. In the household there were two males under 10, one male 26 - 45 (Edom, 38), two females under 10, one female 10 - 16, and one female 26 - 45 (Obedience, 31). Neighbors: Davis, Hassel, Roberts, Withers, Cartledge, Avery, Pullen.

In 1830 they're in Walton County, GA. In the household are one male 10 - 15, one male 15 - 20, one male 40 - 50 (Edom, 48), one female under five, two females five - 10, one female 10 - 15, one female 15 - 20, one female 30 - 40 (Obedience, 40). Neighbors: Davis Camp, Moon, Baird, White, Henson, West, Moon.

No one seems to have found them in 1840.

In 1850 Edom Moon is living in Division 88 of Walton County, GA. He is 67, a farmer, born NC, can read, no money. Also in the household are Obedience, 57, born SC, cannot read or write; Sarah, 30, Mary 25, Edom G. W., 17. All children born in GA. Neighbors: Jordan, Allgood, Burton, Carter, Brice.

In 1860 Edom Moore (reads as "Moon") is living in Chestnut Flat, Walker County, GA. He is 77, a farmer, no money. Also in the household are Obedience, 65, born SC; and Edom G. W., 28, born GA. Neighbors: Cooper, Williams, Jones, Phillips.

According to, Obedience died May 16, 1863. She's with Edom, who outlived her by 16 years.

Obedience was probably young when she started having babies. Eventually she popped out at least eight:

• Daniel Bookout Moon, 1813 - 1862, m. Emily Pullen

• William B or E. (Eddins??) Moon, 1816 - 1868, m. Emmerile Brooks

• Dollie Moon 1816 - 1886. "Dolly" was an Eddins family name.

• Martha Ann Moon 1818 - 1857, m. Josiah Brooks

• Pattie Moon 1818 - ?
• Sarah Moon 1822 - 1900

• Mary Ann Moon 1825 - 1918, m. Jones

• Edom G. W. Moon 1831 - 1925, m. Mary Ann Dunn

and maybe nine:

• Henry 1836. Although if Henry were a son of Edom and Obedience, you'd think that at 14 he'd still be in the household in 1850, but he's not. There's DNA evidence linking Henry to Obedience, but we're still looking at it.

So Anna Obedience married young, popped out at least eight kids over 27 years, couldn't read, and was a farmer's wife. Probably a very nice farmer's wife.

How do we know?

Note that among her grandchildren are the definite "Eddins" names of Blakely and Zylpha—and several Obediences and A.O.s.

Isn't that sweet?

Friday, June 10, 2016

The life of Peter Hendrix, NC/PA > SC > AL

Even though DNA triangulation has proved my theory that Peter Hendrix and Elizabeth Gibson were the parents of Nancy Ann Hendrix Eddins/Edins, there are still plenty of questions, like:

• When did P & E marry—really? 

• Why wasn't Nancy Ann mentioned as one of their children? 

• Why did Peter & Elizabeth move to Alabama?

There's so much incorrect material floating around the internet. In order to answer the questions above, I feel the need to lay out what can be proved with the material I have access to right now. 

The basics

Let's start with the 1850 US Census:

In the 1850 US Census for AL, Peter Hendrix is living in the household of James Hendrix in Monroe County. Peter is 85, born NC, a farmer, can read and write. Also in the household is (wife) Elizabeth, 78, born SC, can read and write.*%26gsln_x%3d1%26msrpn__ftp%3dMonroe%2bCounty%252c%2bAlabama%252c%2bUSA%26msrpn%3d2052%26msrpn_PInfo%3d7-%257c0%257c1652393%257c0%257c2%257c0%257c3%257c0%257c2052%257c0%257c0%257c%26msrpn_x%3d1%26msrpn__ftp_x%3d1%26MSAV%3d2%26uidh%3dwy5&ssrc=&backlabel=ReturnSearchResults

If Peter was 85 in 1850, then his birth year was about 1765. Most material about Peter agrees with this, but I wonder if the sole source for the information is the 1850 Census? I haven't been able to find a second primary source to corroborate the exact year. But 1765 falls within the age ranges listed in other censuses, so let's go with it.

Peter's parents

We know that Peter's father was Tobias Hendrix because Tobias's Lexington County, SC, heirs signed a document granting a piece of land to John Hendrix. Date of transfer: April 30, 1807. Recorded February 11, 1815, in Deed Book B, Page 195. "We, Elizabeth Hendrix, Henry Hendrix, Peter Hendrix, Samuel Hendrix, and David Hendrix and Absalom Hendrix. For $300; 93 acres being part of a 250 acre grant originally granted to Henry Lybrand. Situated on a branch of the Saluda River called 20 Mile Branch, part also of a tract originally laid out to Christopher Keithmer and part originally granted to John Gibson. Witnesses: Jacob Rall and John Williams." The source for this information is the Lexington Genealogical Exchange, Volume I, Book 3, Winter 1981, Page 106. 

Tobias Hendrix married Margaret Sprenkels and lived at one time in PA. This we know from the will of Margaret's father William Spinkels, which was probated in York County, PA, in 1772. Tobias Hendricks is listed as the son-in-law of William, married to Margaret. Peter would have been about seven.

Peter's birthplace

The 1850 AL Census says Peter was born in NC, but around that time his father was moving between PA and NC. For example:

In 1768, when Peter would have been three, Tobias shows up in the Oyer and Terminez Court Papers for Cumberland County, which is next door to York County, PA:

By 1780, when Peer was 15, a Tobias Hendricks was in Cap. Johnson's District in Rowan, NC.

Let's just say that Peter Hendricks was born around 1765, probably in NC or PA. His parents were Tobias Hendricks and Margaret Sprinkels.

Peter's military service

I can't find any record of it. Not on Ancestry. Not Not online. 

Peter was too young for the War of Independence (11). He was 37, farming, married with children by the War of 1812—not prime soldier material. There were other wars during that time period but no record of Peter Hendrix (and other surname variations) from NC or SC or PA taking part. 

A possible explanation, though it's only a theory as of now, is that Peter and his family were Quakers. There was an active Quaker church in the Dutch Fork (Newbury/Orangeburg/Lexington/Richland Districts) at the time. This deserves more research and an additional blog entry. Till then:

Peter's adult life

In the 1790 US Census for SC, Tobias Hendricks is living in Orangeburg District, later Lexington County. In the household are three white males over 16, one white male under 16, one female, and no slaves. Neighbors include Snellgrove, Dreher, Adams, Pickley, Lights(ey) Amick, Michael Oswald, and John Gibson.

There was a Peter Hendricks in Cumberland County, PA, in the 1790 Census, but that family had two males over 16, two males under 16, and four females.  No neighbors that we associate with our Hendrixes. Whereas, there are lots of families associate with our Hendrixes in Orangeburg: Amick, Snellgrove, and especially Gibson. It makes more sense to think that Peter, 25, is one of the three white males over 16 in Tobias's household—but there's really no proof. 

Sometime between before 1800 Peter got married. Probably Elizabeth Gibson. Probably. The year most written for their marriage is 1797. Maybe. There's a whole blog entry worth of material about that, so I'll save that for next time. 

The first time Peter really shows up independently is in the 1800 Census. In the 1800 US Census for SC, Peter Hendrick is living in Lexington, Orangeburgh County. In the household are one male under 10, one male 26 - 44 (Peter, 35), two females under 10, and one female 16 - 25 (Elizabeth, 28??). Neighbors include Wingard, Tobias Hendrix, Lyps, Taylor, Lea, Adams, Sea (Seay), Harmon, Fry, Gartman, Benjamin Gibson, Harmon.

In the 1810 US Census for SC, Peter Hendrex is living in Lexington County, SC. In the household are three males under 10, one male 10 - 15 (Nathan, 10ish), one male 26 - 44 (Peter, 44 to 45). There are also two females under 10, two females 10 - 15, and one female 16 - 25  (Elizabeth, 38. This is in error?). Neighbors include Dickerson, Holman, Lites (Lightsey), Gortman, Hook, Roll (Rall, Rawl), Clark, Keisler, Free (Frey), Clark, Price, Hooker, Strickland, Wim. Hendrix, Elizabeth Hendrix, Oswalt, Samuel Hendrix, Dane, Thyger.*%26gsln_x%3d1%26msrpn__ftp%3dSouth%2bCarolina%252c%2bUSA%26msrpn%3d43%26msrpn_PInfo%3d5-%257c0%257c1652393%257c0%257c2%257c3245%257c43%257c0%257c0%257c0%257c0%257c%26msrpn_x%3dXO%26msrpn__ftp_x%3d1%26dbOnly%3d_F0005104%257c_F0005104_x%26dbOnly%3d_F0005106%257c_F0005106_x%26dbOnly%3d_F0005107%257c_F0005107_x%26dbOnly%3d_F0005108%257c_F0005108_x%26uidh%3dwy5&ssrc=&backlabel=ReturnSearchResults

Brett Holcomb's Memorialized Records of Lexington District, SC, 1814 - 1825 (Historical Press 1978, ISBN: 0-89308-100-0) shows Peter selling Lexington County acreage on the Saluda River to Jacob Lites (Lightsey) in 1818 in two separate transactions. 

Peter and family seem to have disappeared in the 1820 Census. The next place he shows up is when buying a piece of land in Monroe County in 1825:

In the 1830 US Census for Al, Peter Headen (Hendrix) is in Monroe County, AL. In the household are one male 10 - 15, one male 15 - 20, one male 20 - 30 and one male 60 - 70 (Peter). There are also one female 10 - 15, one female 15 - 20, one female 20 - 30, and one female 50 - 60  (Elizabeth). Neighbors include Reuben Headen (Hendrix), William Headen (Hendrix), Craps (Craft?), Boatwright, Henry Hendrix, Jr., Henry Boozer, Frederick Daniel (who married Susanna Hendrix), George Rawl, Rebecca Kennada, Thomas P. Kennada, Aldridge, Harbin, Griffen, Johnson, Partin, McMillian, John Stagener, David Hendrix, Benjamin Gibson. 

Peter bought land in Monroe County, AL, in 1825, 1830, and 1838. The land is mostly located around Monroeville. You can find those documents at

In the 1840 US Census for AL, Peter Hendrix is in Monroe County in an unnamed township. In the household is one male 70 - 80  (Peter). There are also one female 5 - 10, one female 15 - 20, and one female 60 - 70 (Elizabeth). There is one female slave. Neighbors include Rebecca Mitchell, Lawrence Rickard, Edmund Smith, Bozeman, S.M. Kineda (maybe the same as living next to Nancy Eddins in 1860??), Emmons, Harris, William B. Crook, James Lowl, Vinson, Sanders, See or Lee, Low, Hathcock, Newman, Road, Andrew Fry, Daniel.

Peter's character

Was he kind? Mean? A drunk? A spendthrift? Who knows, really? 

All we can do is extrapolate from the evidence. 

• He was a businessman and had money. We know this because he bought and sold land. A lotta lots.

Peter Hendrix & wife to Jesse O. Rawls, June 1, 1835, Book A., Page 64.
Peter Hendrix and wife to Susannah Daniel, April 27, 1840, Book A, Page 578
Peter Hendrix and wife to Susannah Daniel, January 15, 1842, Book B, Pages 65-66
Peter Hendrix and wife to Samual J. Cummings or Cunning, October 29, 1846, Book B, Page??

From Monroe County land records at the AL Archives viewed June 2011.

• He was educated and could read and write, as shown by his signature on the 1807 land sale. 

• He had a regard for family. It's pleasant that he usually included his wife on the deeds and donations.

• He was was either generous or rich enough to donate land:

From the history of the First Baptist Church, Monroeville, AL, website:

 “Property on Pineville Road was given by Mr. and Mrs. Peter Hendrix in 1846. The framed, original handwritten deed now hangs below a painting of the church in the library....”

• He was a farmer as shown by the 1850 U.S. Census for AL. 

In conclusion

We've come full circle to the 1850 Census, when Peter and Elizabeth were living in the household of nephew James in Monroe County, AL. 

This is all I know about Peter at the moment. When I find more, you'll be the first to know.  :-)

Monday, June 6, 2016

Nannie Annie Is my granny!

Whoop! Whoop!

As you can tell, I've long had a theory that my great-great-great grandmother Nancy Ann Hendrix/Hendricks/Hendrex who married James A. Eddins/Edins is the daughter of Peter Hendrix and Elizabeth Gibson. 

You can look at my theory here:

and here:

and here:

Right up front you should know there's no paper trail to prove it. No marriage license, no death certificate, not even a family story. Nancy's name was not mentioned in Tobias Hendrix's will, which states other children of Peter Hendrix. Lack of her name in the will proves nothing. One of my other 3rd great-grandfathers was not named in a will, even though legal documents proved who he was. Lack of name mention could mean that the child was disowned or that the child had already received his/her share of the inheritance. 

My entire Nancy Annie = Grannie theory was based on circumstantial evidence, such as:

  • Nancy's first son named Peter

  • Nancy's children named after people in the Hendrix family, such as Simeon, Aaron, Dolly, Elizabeth

  • Nancy's widow's application for the War of 1812

Until now there's been no direct evidence that Nancy belonged to Peter and Elizabeth. 

Until now. 

My fragrant cousin the DNA expert wrote this message to me this morning:

"Got a message from a cousin on 23andMe this morning. She's on Gedmatch too (Mxxxxxx), and matches me where E. F. does (Axxxxx...). She has Peter Hendrix and Elizabeth Gibson in her line, and has Tobias Hendrix/Margaret Sprenckel on her tree twice. Her tree is on Ancestry.....Our cousin Jimmy matches there too. Whoop! Triangulation! :)"

Triangulation provides likely proof that Ancestor X is yours, but the odds go up substantially when there are four or more people who match at the same segment, even if it's small. From

  • Small segments CAN be triangulated to a particular ancestor. Triangulated in this sense means that this segment is found in the descendants of a group of people (3 or more) proven to descend from the same ancestor AND who all match each other on the same segment.

Four people, four matches. Now that she's found that spot, my fragrant cousin may be able to ID other people related to us through the Hendrixes. 

Whoop! Whoop!

Incidentally, this also confirms that Truman Capote is our cousin. My ggggrandmother Nancy Ann and Truman's gggrandfather Eli Edmund were oldest sister and youngest brother with 20+ years separating them. That makes us third cousins once removed.

I don't know if that's good or bad, but it sure explains a lot about my family.  ;-)

Love ya, Granny Nannie Annie!

Friday, June 19, 2015

James A. Eddins/Edins who married Nancy Ann Hendrix/Hendricks

This is 95% of what I know is true about James A. Eddins/Edins. There are lots of incorrect statements floating in the genealogy ozone about him, most of them unsupported. The article below is a little dry, but it's where the paper trail leads. These are the facts with their sources. I know there's more information available in Tallapoosa County, but I didn't get that far this year. Next year. (Yay!)

James A. had a pretty dry life. He was a regular guy, a man of his times. Indeed there are only two odd things in his life that I could find: 

• No documented kids in the first five years of his marriage.

• He was awarded a land grant after he died.


James A. Eddins was born about 1794 in the Saluda area of Orangeburgh District (later Lexington), South Carolina. His father was  John Eddins, as documented by the widow's 1828 ad in the South Carolina State Journal. (See earlier post at ALRoots2) His mother was Zilpha Unknown, as documented by the 1816 SC court case. Here's part of the text:

"Know all men by these presents that I, Zilpha Eddins, of Lexington District, in the state aforesaid, widow woman, for and in consideration of the natural affection and love which I have for and do bear towards my two sons, James A. Eddins and William D. Eddins..."

James was likely the youngest or next youngest, but that's speculation based on the one Census that details his age and the position of his name in lists of Eddins children. 

He makes his first appearance in the 1800 U.S. Census for SC:

In the 1800 US Census for Orangeburgh, SC, Selvia Eddins (John having died around 1795) is head of household. In the household are two males under 10 (William D. & James A., 6ish), two males 10 - 15 (John S. & Ephraim), questionable 1 male 26 - 44—looks like it said one then was changed to zero. There are also one female under 10 (Unknown Female), two females 10 - 15, and one female 26 - 44 (Zilpha). Neighbors include Muntz, Peter Sea or Lea, Elizabeth Kelly, William Kelley, Samuel Kelley, Roof (Ross?), Blakeley, Turner, Borman, Senn, Carter, Hydle, Smith, Lipheart, Charles Corley, Lites (Lightsey), John Weisinger, William Daniel (brother to Frederick Daniel who married Susanah Hendrix?), Busby, John Ricord (Rickard), Geiger, Sanders, Evans, Christian Wingard.

Second appearance in the 1810 U.S. Census for SC:

In the 1810 US Census for SC, Widow Edins is in Lexington County. In the household are one male 10 - 15, two males 16 - 25 (James A., 17ish and William D., 19ish), one male 26 - 44 (Blakely, 30, or David Winchell?). Also in the household are one female under 10 (Unknown), one female 16 - 25, two females 26 - 45 (must be DIL's) and one female 45 and over (Widow Eddins). Nearby neighbors are George, John, Henry Windgard (brothers of Benjamin, husband of Elizabeth?),  Rambo, Furney, Busby, Jumper, Martin, Hendrix, Oaks, Johnston, Bookman, Oliver, Oswalt, Keixer, Busbee, Rall, Boozer, Gibson. Neighbor David King surveyed a plat for Zilpha in 1817.

James A. served in the War of 1812 as outlined by wife Nancy in her application for pension in 1875. James was drafted into Capt. John Quattlebaum's Company in Col. John Bates's Regiment of the SC Militia on May 1, 1813. He was honorably discharged on November 1, 1813, in Charleston, SC.


James A. married Nancy Ann Hendrix on November 9, 1813, a week after he got out of the SC Militia. He would have been about 20; she, about 18. Dr. Frankloe married them, "there being  no legal barrier to such marriage." Indeed, Dr. Franklow lived in the Orangeburgh District from at least 1810 (Census) to 1814.

From Page 30 of Nancy’s Application for War of 1812 Pension: “The afficiant further states that there was no public or private record kept of said marriage, and it is impossible to obtain the affadavit of the clergyman who solemnized the marriage.”

What's really odd is that there is no record of children born between 1813 (James's marriage) and Peter R., born 1818. You'd think that two young, healthy adults in their 20's and using no birth control would have at least two kids within five years. But there's no record of far.

Indeed, the next time we see James Eddings, he's in Columbia, Richland County, SC, in 1820. Maybe. There's one male and one female, which is weird, because son Peter and daughter Sarah were born before 1820. Richland County, SC, has a finger in the Lexington County area, so it's likely to be James and Nancy, but we can't be sure. The only other James Edins in SC has many family members and many slaves; not likely to be our James, as there is no record that he ever had slaves.


By 1830 James A. was in Wilcox County, AL, about age 36:

In the 1830 US Census for AL, James A. Edens is listed in Wilcox County, no town listed. In the household there are one male under 5 (Blakely, 8, ?), one male five to ten (Hiram, 9), one male 10 - 15 (Peter, 12), and one male 30 - 40 (James, 38). There are two females under five (Zilpha, 4, and Elizabeth, 1), two females five to 10 (Rebecca, 8, and Ann Susannah, 7), one female 10 - 15 (Sarah, 11), and one female 30 - 40 (Nancy, 34). Neighbors: Jones, Linan, Kickenson, Bonner, Rivers, Smith, Tiffs, Foster, Wait, Haris, Christian, Bird, Eads, Matthews, Cragh, Hudson, Marion, Sheffield, Dods.

1840; James about 46:

In the 1840 US Census for AL there is a J.A. Eddings in an unknown township in Tallapoosa, AL. In the household are four males and 4 females. 1 male between 5 & 9 (James, 5), 1 male 10 - 14 (Blakely?) , 1 male 15 - 19 (Hiram, 19), 1 male between 40 & 49 (James). Two females between 10 & 14 (Zilpha, 14, and Elizabeth, 11), one 15 to 19 (Rebecca, 18), one 40 - 49 (Nancy). Neighbors include P.R. Eddings (son), Coleman, Yarborough, Hightower, Rope, Thornton, John Davis, Rowell, Ward, Moore, Ray, Rogers, H. J. Rix, married to daughter Ann Susannah.

These names and ages correspond to James A., Nancy, Hiram, Rebecca, Blakely, Zilpha, Elizabeth, and James.

About 1841 James F. Edins, Sr., obtained 39.55 acres near Tallassee in Tallapoosa County through the Bureau of Land Management. Twp 19N, Range 22E, Section 21, NW1/4NW1/4. As there were no other Edinses of legal age in the area, this is most likely our James A.


In the 1850 U.S. Census for AL, James A. Eddins is 56, has $150, a farmer, born in SC, cannot read or write. Also in the household are (Nancy) Ann, 54, and son James T (or F), 15.  Neighbors: Rise/Rix--Daughter Ann is married to H. J.), Ables, Glover, Weeks, Stringfellow, Webster, Wilkinson, Loyd, Evans, Ellis, Harrel, King, Lovelady, Sarah Eddins (DIL), Falk, Johnson, Simmons, Vinson, Jackson.

James A. Edders is also listed as a farmer in the 1850 Federal Agriculture Schedule for Tallapoosa County, along with others related or connected to him: Rix, Freeman, Rogers, Glover, Harrell, Lovelady, Vickery. You can read about his crops here:

Two entries for 1855:

a) On 13 April 1855 James A. Edins appeared in court in Tallapoosa County to obtain the land warrant he felt he was owed as part of his War of 1812 service. He was 61 years old.

If he was 61 in 1855, then he was born in 1794. 

b) In the 1855 State Census for AL, James A. Eddins is in Tallapoosa County on Beat #6. There is one male under 21 (James T or F.), one male over 21 (James A.), one female under 21 (?) and one female over 21 (Nancy Ann).


Two entries for 1858:

1. Nancy Ann Hendrix Edins's War of 1812 Pension Application states that her husband died on January 27, 1858.

2. The BLM GLO records state that James A. Edins bought a piece of property in Tallassee, Tallapoosa County on March 1, 1858. After he died, apparently. Weird. 

Twp 19N, Range 22E, Section 17, NE1/4SE1/4


To the best of my knowledge, James and Nancy had nine children:

• Peter Rusel, born 1818

• Sarah, born 1819 (don't know anything more about her)

• Hiram E., born 1821

• Zilpha Elender Emily, born about 1822 (delightful; see earlier posts)

• Rebecca Ann, born about 1822

• Blakely A., born about 1822

• Ann Susannah, born 1823

• Elizabeth, born 1829

• James T. or F., born about 1835

There are a few other documents where James A. shows his mug, but they're not significant in outlining his life. 

So there you have his life from the evidence I can produce. A dry life, but hopefully a satisfying one.