I am very, very interested in your George W. Seigler and Melinda Haley message! I have been poking and prodding at this couple with not a lot of success, but I'm almost certain that George W. is the son of my great-great-grandfather John Seigler from Anderson County, SC, and most likely a half-brother of my great-grandfather Joseph Ebenezer Seigler.
I could not ever find G. W. after the Anderson County, SC, 1850 Census, so I was fascinated by the idea of his having a daughter named Nancy since John Seigler and Permelia had a daughter named Nancy Ann, too, and it's a very, very common name in subsequent generations. Please tell me more about the George W.Seiglers! I know a great deal about John Seigler if you're interested.
Here is the Abbeville County census for 1840 that lists a J. Zeigler next door to a G. W. Zeigler next door to a Martha J. Gillmore. I speculate that this is my John Seigler (the right age), our George W. Seigler (the right age, but I also speculate that Melinda was George W.'s second wife and Sarah J. the daughter from the first marriage.) John Seigler's wife was Permelia Gilmer and her mother, Martha Jane Gilmer who is also the right age to have been the Abbeville County neighbor.
Abbeville County, SC 1840 p. 15 - #22508
G. W. Zeigler 20-30 1810-1820
Wife 20-30 1810-1820
Girl under 5 1835-1839
J. Zeigler 40-50 1800-1790
Female 20-30 1810-1820
Boy under 5 1835-1839
Girl 5–10 1830-1835
Girl 10-15 1825-1830
Boy 15–20 1820-1825
Girl 15-20 1820-1825
Female 20-30 1810-1820
Female 50-60 1780-1790
M. Gilmore (F) 40-50 1800-1790
John Seigler arrives in Anderson County in the mid-1840s and lives next door to Reuben Haley.
Here's Reuben Haley's will. Witnesses to his will were Andrew Reid, Henry M. Wilbanks, next-door neighbors of Reuben Haley. John Seigler was a next-door neighbor, too.
Last Will and Testament of Reuben Haley
The State of South Carolina In the name of God Amen
Be it known that I Reuben Haley being sick in body, but of sound and disposing mind and memory, thanks be to God for the same and calling to mind the uncertainty of life and being desiring to dispose of all such worldly estate as it hath pleased God to bless me with, do make and ordain this my last will and testament in the manner following that is to say. Item first. I desire that all my land or real estate, stock of all kinds, household and kitchen furniture and plantation tools, (? ?) be immediately sold after my decease and the monies arising there from to be disposed of by my Executor herein after named in the manner and form following - to wit first that all my just and lawful debts and funeral expenses be paid.
Item 2nd. I will and bequeath unto Andrew Reid esq. my negro boy Charles, for him to take at five hundred dollars if sees proper as his own right and title forever. If not, I give or bequeath to the said Andrew Reid the sole the sole and entire right to see or dispose of him at private or public sale as he may think proper and return the proceeds into my estate -
Item 3rd. I will and bequeath unto William Haley my son Elinor Abner my daughter the children of Reuben Haley deceased and the children of Kitty Buffenton dec? Willis and Archibald Haley and the children of Melinda Seigler my daughter dec? John Haley, Orange B. Haley, Rufus Haley, James Haley, Matilda Haley, Thomas Haley my children five dollars each. The children of the deceased children taking their parents share.
Item 4th I will and bequeath unto Polly Yous five dollars for her use and benefit -
Item 5th All the rest of my estate both real and personal of whatever nature or quality soever it may be, not here in particularly disposed of. I desire may be divided equally among my several children. The children of a deceased child taking their parents share. Except Willis and Archibald Haley herein before named together with Polly Yous who is to have an equal part with them for her own use and benefit and I give the same to them their heirs executors, Administrators, and (?) forever - And lastly I do constitute and appoint Andrew Reid Executor of this my last will and testament by me heretofore made. In testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand and affixed my seal this the fifth day of March one thousand eight hundred and fifty seven. Signed sealed and declared as the last will and testament of the above named Reuben Haley in presence of us
Henry M. Willbanks
Reuben Haley L.S.
Tho. G. Campbell
J. W. Campbell
The only child I knew about of George W.'s was Sarah Jane Seigler, born c. 1836, who married Abner J. Brown, b. 4/7/1837, probably in Anderson County where they were both born. They moved to Randolph County, Alabama, in the late 1850s (with Abner's father and mother, Abner B. and Rebecca McGill Brown, and all his siblings) where they raised a family of eight. (I have a photograph and more information about Sarah Jane and Abner Brown.)
I'm eager to hear from you!
Anderson County, SC 1850 Census
G. W. Zeigler/Seigler M 36
Melinda (Haley) F 19
Sarah J. F 14
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