My great-grandfather, A. B. Amis, wrote that his paternal grandmother, Martha Wadkins, lived around Macon, Ga., and was married from the house of her "uncle", Seth Corley, in Copiah Co., Miss., 1824. "Martha's mother was a CURLE." Martha Wadkins, born in TN, [1850 Census, Scott Co., MS] 28 June 1805. [AB Amis] With luck I have been able to establish the following:
Sep 1811: Lucretia Watkins appinted guardian of her two children: Temperance and Patsey Watkins. [Jones Co. GA Court of Ordinary Minute Book (MB) 1808-1818:42]\par
Apr 1814: Patsy Watkins being a minor under the age of 14, the Court have appointed Kinchen Curl as her Guardian being the orphan of James Watkins late of Tennessee, dec'd and the said Kinchen CURL come forward & bound himself with Thomas Lockett his security...in the sum of six hundred dollars....(s) Kinchen Curl. [Jones Co. GA Court of Ordinary MB 1808-1818:62.
Additional records in Jones Co., Ga., establish the connection with Seth Corley, who was actually the brother in law of Martha Wadkins, having married her sister Temperance in 1815. [Jones Co. GA Court of Ordinary MB 1808-1818:78, 89, 111. 122. 124. 133-134, 138; Court of Ordinary MB 1818-1826:10, 12, 13. 14. 19] Seth was the son of 1816 (date of death) Edmund Corley of Jones Co., Ga. (place of death) and his wife, Nancy. Kinchen CURL served as administrator for the estate of Edmond Corley. The younger children of Edmund and Nancy Corley are living adjacent to Martha Wadkins Amis in Scott Co., MS, in 1850.
Operating on the assumption that Kinchen CURL was a brother of Lucretia, who was said to be a Curl, I found a listing for the children of Wilson CURL including "Lucrecy" and Kinchen. [http://worldconnect.rootsweb.com (db 1898501)] With this hint, I have been able to find the following records of interest:
Two men appear in the 1790 NC Census named James Watkins, one with himself and two women, and one with himself and one woman. The only two known children of 1811 James Wadkins of Jones Co., GA, are Temperance, b. 1799, and Martha, b. 1805. No marriage record has been found. There is a James Watkins who paid one poll in Montgomery Co., TN, 1800, along with Josiah Horn. The other records establish the presence of Benjamin, Jesse, and John Watkins in Montgomery Co., TN before 1810. Benjamin died 1812 Montgomery Co., TN, and there is a John Watkins on the tax rolls and serving as a witness to the lease executed by 1811 James Watkins of Jones Co., Ga., 8 Dec 1810. [Jones Co., GA, DB C:207]
The will of Henry Watkins of Nash Co., NC, written 23 March 1804 and proved May 1804 lists sons Stephen; Henry, James, Joseph.
Wilson Curl moved to Montgomery Co., TN, before 10 April 1801, when he purchased 144 acres on Blooming Grove Creek from Vinson Cooper. [Montgomery Co., TN, DB B:419] Wilson Curl died in Montgomery Co., TN, prior to 21 Dec 1804 when William Curl, of Stewart Co. (TN) sold to William Potts of Montgomery Co., TN, a tract of 144 acres on Blooming Grove Creek. [Montgomery Co., TN, DB D:12]. Finally, Mourning Curl, of Montgomery Co., TN, sold a 26 year old Negro man named Jeffrey to her son, William Curl, of Stewart County 15 June 1807. [Stewart Co., TN, DB 1:195] From other records, it is evident that William Curl served as sheriff of Stewart County, Tennessee, from 1807 to 1809. He appears to have died 20 Oct 1854, Cherokee Co., Texas.
Finally, just to provide additional evidence that all of these people are probably the same are the following deeds:
30 Aug 1779 Henry Watkins of Nash Co. to Lewis Hines of same for 500 pds current money a 100 acre plantation on Compass Creek adjoing Henry Horn, Lewis Hines, and Wilson Curl, it being part of a tract granted to Jacob Whitehead by Earl Granville on 16 Mar 1761, containing 650 acres. It was conveyed by Whitehead to Francis Jinkins on 11 Feb 1762, and be said Jinkins to Henry Horn on 4 Aug 1768, and by Henry Horn to said Henry Watkins. Witns: Wilson Curl and Lewis Moore. [Nash Co., NC, DB 1:111]\par
30 Aug 1779 John Moore of Nash Co. to Henry Watkins of same for 500 pds current money a 200 acre tract on both sides of Kirby's Creek adjoining Moore, WIlson CURL, Michajah Revel, and Emmanuel Skinner, it being part of a 700 acre tract granted to John Moore by Earl Granville 1 June 1762. Wit: Wilson Curl and Lewis Hine. [Nash Co., NC., DB 1:112]
These documents, then, are consistent with the following: 1804 Wilson Curl of Montgomery Co., TN, and his wife 1829 Mourning (Horn) Curl of Tuscaloosa Co., AL, generally listed as daughter of 1798 Henry Horn of Wayne Co., N. C. and Ann Purcell, had at least three children: William, Kinchen, and 1814 Lucretia Curl Watkins of Jones Co., Ga. All of these people have roots in Nash Co., NC, where they are living in close proximity on Compass and Kirby Creek. Do you have any additional information that bears on this line?
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