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Henry Strinfgfellow, Heir of Wm Miller (SC)
Posted by: DONALD MARING (ID *****9153) Date: June 04, 2005 at 15:00:09
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I have been trying to make sense of the following individuals and, specifically, their connection to Johnson familes. There is one Henry Stringfellow involved, having wife Mary. Other heirs of William Miller appear to have been born ca 1801--1820 range.

William Miller [ca 1780--1850, GA] m: _____ _____

Daughter, Lydia Amanda [b ca 1813] m: John Washington Johnson [1812, SC]. Resided Georgia.
Daughter, Margaret m: William Pleasant McGinnis Glass. Resided, Georgia.

1850, Sept 9: Thomas Ballard
vs
William McKenna, Pleasant M Glass and wife Margaret, et al.

Defendants were Pleasant M Glass and Margaret; Dr Wm Foster and Anna; Elizabeth Gawley; John W Johnson and Letty Amanda; Henry Stringfellow and Mary; Henry Champion and Mahala; Monroe Miller; James Miller; John Miller. All resided outside SC.

Elizabeth Gawley, 49, b SC; and Wm Foster, doctor, 33, b NC, were in Thomas Co, GA, in 1850; John W Johnson and P M Glass were in Butts Co, GA.

William McKenna [ca 1777, Ire--1859, SC] was prominent in Lancaster County, South Carolina where he died March 1859. Native of Ireland, came to US ca 1799 or 1800 to NY and married 1st _____ _____. To Lancaster ca 1803. Married Miss Anna Cousart, daughter of his employer. This according to obituary in Lancaster Ledger as copied in SCMAR Vol X (1982).

1853: Elizabeth Gawley vs John W Johnson and his wife Letty Amanda; Pleasant M Glass and Margaret; James H Miller; Wm Foster and Anna; Henry Stringfellow and Mary; Henry Champion and Mahala; John Miller; Monroe Miller; et al Bill for Contribution and Partition. None of the defendants had not responded by 9/30/1853.

1857, Jan 13 (Lancaster Ledger).
Wm A Moore, Esq has applied for letters of administration on the estate of Mrs Lydia Amanda Johnson, Butts Co, GA, late deceased wife of John W Johnson.

1859: Johnson obtained a verdict against Thomas Ballard, administrator of Wm Miller

1860, March 17: Elizabeth Gawley vs John W Johnston, Pleasant M Glass and wife, et al., In Equity, names John W Johnston's children Wyatt Russell Johnston; Charles Grant Johnston and his wife Adeline Jane Johnston; Margaret Elvina Johnston; Wm Henry Johnston; James Pleasant Johnston; George Johnston; Mary Johnston; John Thomas Johnston; Georgiana Johnston; and Rufus Johnston. Pleasant M. Glass and his wife Margaret, Jas. H. Miller, Wm. Foster and his wife Anna, Henry Stringfellow and wife Mary, Henry Champion and wife Mahala, Monroe Miller and John Miller if alive and, if dead, his children and heirs at Law, defendants in above case, reside without the limits of this state (”Marriage, Death, and Estate Notices from the Lancaster Ledger", South Carolina Magazine of Ancestral Research, XII (3), Summer 1984, page 158.)

Whatever the reason, William Miller's heirs went on for years busily suing and being sued. But the whole lot of them also figure into another probate case involving heirs of one David Cousar.

Land granted to David Cousar on Hannah Creek in 1800 was sold in 1854 as an outcome of another case, David Crozier vs James Crozier et al, discussed further down.

In various Lancaster County, SC Court of Equity records the names are present but the punctuation does not really help clarify the meaning of who goes with whom.

Minutes of the Commissioner for 19 March 1853 refer to David Cousar, deceased by 1807.

Jane Crozier was a sister of David Cousar. Croziers mentioned are David, Jane, Elizabeth A, John, Jacob Jennings and Nancy, Andrew Morrison and Margaret. So, that is one group of heirs through sister Jane (Cousar) Crozier who is deceased.

But, then the list continues:

David Cousar
Elizabeth Cousar and her husband (blank) Dunnon
Anna Cousar and her husband name unknown
Jane Cousar
Mary Ann Cousar
Widow and children of James Cousar, deceased, son of Thomas (names unknown)
Thomas Cousar, son of Thomas
Children and heirs-at-law of Thomas Cousar deceased, a brother of David Cousar

And, finally, the next nine names are the same as from that other suit dragging on in Lancaster County:

Elizabeth Gawley
William Foster and Ann
James H Miller
Pleasant M Glass and Margaret
John W Johnson and Letty Amanda
Henry Stringfellow and Mary
Henry Champion and Mahala
John Miller
Monroe Miller

As a result of the Court of Equity decision in June 1853, a sale took place. Lancaster County, SC deed book S, page 48 involves the auction in Jan 1854 of land on Hannah's Creek to Samuel B Massey.

James Crozier
Thomas Crozier
Elizabeth Crozier
John Crozier
Jacob Jennings and wife Nancy
Andrew Morrison and wife Margaret
children and heirs at law of Jane Crozier, deceased
David Crozier [must be error for Cousar, based on list above]
Elizabeth Cousar and husband
Jane Cousar and husband
Mary Ann Cousar
the widow and children of James Cousar, deceased
Thomas Cousar
Elizabeth Gawley
Wm Foster and wife Ann
James H Miller
Pleasant M Glass and wife Margaret
John W Johnson and wife Letty Amanda
Henry Stringfellow and wife Mary
Henry Champion and wife Mahala
John Miller
Monroe Miller

Again, the last 9 names are those Miller heirs.

Sources: I went through dozens of rolls of film from Lancaster County, South Carolina many years ago. I just wrote down the LDS Library microfilm reel number. These were Court of Ordinary records. Film 024073 Court of Ordinary, Minutes of the Commissioner is my main source. It has "Minutes of the Commissioner" from the 1850s. I cannot be more precise. I also scanned every deed book through the late 1800s. I was doing Johnson and Johnston at the time.

I can't tell you what it all means, but it ties a few names together. How the two lawsuits fit together is a mystery to me.

Does anyone know who this Henry Stringfellow was, with wife Mary? And does anyone have a clue as to what was going on?

I hope I haven't been too confusing. I've edited this a dozen times to make it as understandable at the records permit. I really won't be able to add much or answer questions. However, I always find my worst mistakes just after I post a message, so don't hesitate to call me on errors.

Don Maring
familydog@comcast.net


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