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Re: Caroline Dansby
Posted by: Cynthia A. Dansby Date: June 07, 1998 at 19:45:36
In Reply to: Caroline Dansby by Karen Johnsen of 434

Robert C. and Jacob were brothers (although there were almost as many Jacobs as Ishams so this does not preclude the possibility of your theory being correct). The following may or may not be helpful.

Below is my transcription of the will of John C. Dansby listing Francis M. Dansby, Jacob V.(Valentine) Dansby, Mary E. Glover, Martha G. Cunningham, Robert C. Dansby and Rebecca M. Dansby as heirs. It also lists Martha M. Dansby as his wife and Daniel M. Dansby as his brother.

A second will, that of Elenor Dansby, (widow of Jacob Dansby as per notes of John Carter - a direct descend of John C.) lists children John C. (Cosert), Isaac and Isham (yet again!); lists grandchildren (children of Isham and Jane)Louisa N. Dansby the wife of James Ezell and Johnson P. Dansby and Jacob L Dansby; and lists RH Dansby and ETJ Dansby - relationship not noted.

My copies of these are poor and my father did not keep a note of exactly which books/pages, etc. the wills came from, but they should be able to be located in the archives since you have the dates. By the way, if anyone happens to get clean copies I would love to have one. Thanks.

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In the name of God Amen---- I John C. Dansby of Maringo County Alabama, being of sound mind and memory and considering the uncertainty of this frail transitory life do therein make, release, publish and declair this to be my last will and testament.

That is to say, first - after death I wish my body decently buried in any place my executor and executrix wherein I shall hereafter appoint may direct. Second - after all my lawfull debts are paid off and discharged, I wish my entire estate both personal and real to be disposed of as follows. Viz

First I desire my plantation on which I now reside to be kept up and cultivated by the hands that are now on said plantation and owned by me untill after five years after which time my executor and executrix may use their discretion in selling the home. I desire the proceeds of the crops during the said five years, after paying all necessary expenses of keeping up said plantation to be appropriated to the support and education of my two minor heirs. Robert C. Dansby and Rebecca M. Dansby and the balance of said proceeds to be disposed of as my executor and executrix may think best for the benefit of all my heirs. After the lapse of said five years and my executor and executrix may then find it to be in the interest of the heirs of my estate to sell the said plantation, then and at that time, I wish an equal distribution of all my property both personal and real made among my heirs , Francis M. Dansby, Jacob V. Dansby, Mary E. Glover, Martha G. Cunningham, Robert C. Dansby and Rebecca M. Dansby. With this express condition that the said distributiors share which may accrue to the said Francis M. Dansby shall remain in the hands of my said executor and executrix and may be disposed of by them as they may think proper for the sole use of the said Francis M. Dansby.

I hereby nominate constitute and appoint my wife Martha M. Dansby executrix and my brother Daniel M. Dansby executor of this my last will and testament, hereby invoking them with full power and authority to manage my estate, collect moneys, pay debts, sell properties real or personal and execute a good and sufficient title thereto and invest moneys in the purchase of lands or negroes or other property hereby releasing my said executor and executrix from giving bond and security for the proformance of their said trusts as such executrix or executor. And it is further my will and devise that my said executrix and executor should not be required to make any return to the Probate or any other Courts of this State or be required to make any settlement with any Court or to waive any appraisement of my estate----

In witness whereof I have herewith subscribed my name this the 4th day of October, one Thousand eight hundred and sixty one.

John C. Dansby {LS}

The forgoing instrument was hereby subscribed by John C. Dansby the testator in the presence of each of us and was at the same time declared to be his last will and testament and we at his request signed our names hereto as attesting witness.

Thomas W. Price residing at Rehoboth Wilcox Co. Ala
William Sangford Marengo County

Codicil to this Will
Whereas I John C. Dansby of Marengo County and state of Alabama and on the 4th day of October 1861 made my last will and testament of that date I do hereby declare this to be a codicil to the same. I hereby authorize and empower my said executrix and executor jointly should any contingency occur to appoint an executor in their place in executing my said will, or in case of their death that their executors ??? the executors of this my last will and testament. Lastly it is my will and desire that this my present codicil be annexed to and made a part of my last will and testament. to all instruments and purposes In witness my hand and seal this 4th day of October A.D. 1861

John C. Dansby {LS}

The foregoing instrument was at the ???? thereof ???? to us by the testator John C. Dansby to be his last will and testament since he then ???? personally ???? to us that he ???? subscribed the same and that we thereto at his request sign our names as attesting witness to that Codicil.

Thomas W. Price residing at Rehoboth Wilcox County
William Sangford Marengo County

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Alabama Archives
Wills


State of Alabama
Sumter County
I Elenor Dansby of the county and state aforesaid do make and publish this my last will and testament hereby revoking and making void all former wills by me at any time heretofore ????. ?and I first direct that my boddy be decently intured. And as such worldly estates as it has pleased god to intrust me with I dispose of the same as follows. First I direct that all my debts and funural Expenses be paid as soon after my decease as possible out of the first money that shall come into the hands of my Executors from any portion of my Estate Except my two negroes Sarah and Anaca which I bequeath and will to my Daughter in law Jane Dansby the wife of Isham Dansby on account of his kind services to me ??? during my making my home with him which was from the first of 1835 until this time and also for my love and affection for him. Sarah is supposed to be forty five years old and anaca ten. The above mentioned negroes Sarah And Anaca I ???? bequeath and will to Jane Dansby the wife of Isham Dansby during his natural life. And at his decease the above mentioned negroes Sarah and Anaca with that of their increase to be Equally divided between Louisa N. Dansby the wife of James Ezell and Johnson P. Dansby and Jacob L Dansby the heirs of Isham and Jane Dansby all of which are of the county and state afforesaid. I further bequeath and will to Isaac Dansby my ???? son of Dayton Marengo County Alabama a certain note of hand given by himself With R.H. Dansby for securety and made payable to E.T.J. Dansby as ?????? for three thousand seven hundred and forty seven Dollars hearing intrest from the first of January 1840 and Due the first of march 1841 and dated September the 1st 1837 and credited February 10th 1839 with one thousand and seventy Dollars and 21/100 by Isham Dansby, and on the 25th of February 1841 by myself four hundred forty one 56/100 Dollars I further bequeath and will to Johnson P. Dansby a Note of hand that I hold against John ? McDowel(?) That is now lost or mislaid so that the note is ??? not prscisely ?? described. But as well as I can recollect it calls for three hundred Dollars & was given in October 1840 and has a credit for one hundred Dollars some time in January 1842. I further bequeath and will to my son John C. Dansby a second note that I hold against said McDowel given in January 184? the amount not recolected but think it calls for something under two hundred Dollars this is my last will and testamant in the year of our Lord one thousand Eight hundred and forty two. May 24th
Elenor Dansby {LS}
ATTEST
D?????? Dansby
???? Rice
B. B. Tretridge
? G. Stesle?


?n State of Alabama
Sumter County
April 22nd 1843 this day came B B Proestridgr in open court and being first duly Sworn deposath and saith that he saw Eleanor Dansby whose name is subscribed to the forgoing will sign seal publish & declare the same to be her last will & testament ????? of sound & disposing mind & memory that he this deponant Subscribed his name as a witness thereto in the presence and at the request of the Said Testatrix and that he saw J S Steele the other Subscribing Witness Subscribe his name as a Witness thereto in the presence of the said Eleanor Dansby and in the presence of each other on the day and year therein named.

In Testimony whereof I here unto set my hand & seal of office as office this 22nd April AD 1843 & 65th of American Independence
????? ????? Williams Clk

The State of Alabama
Sumter County
I ??? Williams Clerk of the County Court of said County do hereby certify that the forgoing will ???? ???? & recorded 22nd day of April ????? ????? ????? ????? ???? ?????.


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