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Subject: [TANKERSLEY-L] Re: Roseda Elizabeth TANKERSLEY, b. 15 Feb 1822, WV
Date: 4 May 2003 07:09:42 -0600
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Harriet, Thank you so much for the letters. Now, as Joan Rivers used to say, "Can we talk?" Truth and accuracy are my only objectives. I wish to offend no one. AJP, Jr. was 78 years old when he wrote this letter. A great deal of what he wrote, if not all of it, appears to be absolutely correct. Do you consider this to be proof that Joe Tankersley was the father of James, Matilda, Roseda, and Alsey? Do you consider this to be proof that they had a sister named Nancy?
As you know, in his will James left everything to his wife, Amanda Malvina Keller Tankersley with instructions to divide his estate equally when she died among his nieces and nephews which he mentions by name. Neither Nancy nor any of her children (if there were any) are mentioned. I realize this doesn't prove or disprove that she wasn't a sister. She could have been childless. She could have died first. They could have had a huge spat or lost contact with each other, but the fact remains. He did not mention her.
So, the question remains and I respect your requirements of proof. Is this proof?...............Jim
P.S. I am attaching Amanda's will as I transcribed it. I have EXCLUDED a lengthy property description because it is not relevant to this genealogical discussion.
WILL OF AMANDA MALVINA TANKERSLEY
"Whereas my husband the late James Tankersley, who died testate on the 21st day of December 1896, before his death executed a will whereby he gave me all of his real and personal estate during my life, and,
Whereas, in said will he devised to the heirs of Matida Stephens, Rosina Pennington, and Ashley Hughes, three-fourths of said property. Their rights to begin at my death, and,
Whereas, I know that it was the will of my husband, the late James Tankersley, that Mary Melvina Judge and the heirs of Matilda Stephens, Rosina Pennington, and Ashley Hughes mentioned above, should receive said property at my death: now then, in consideration of the (illegible) and for the purpose of carrying out the will of my said husband, I, Melvina Tankersley, do hereby give, transfer and convey unto (1) Mary M. Judge, (2) Riley Tankersley, (3) J. N. Stephens, (4) Caroline Stephens, (5)Martha C. Miller, (6) G. W. Stephens, (7) A. J. Stephens, (8) Manda Miller, (9) Mary Jane Stephens, and children, (10) Ada, (11) Florence ((29))(illegible) ((John Campbell)), (12) Matilda ((30)) Birdie, (13) A. ((T))., (14) J. A., and (15) Mary Jane and the heirs of Rosina Pennington, (16) Elizabeth Williams, (17) Matilda Brownfield, (18) James Pennington, (19) Andrew Pennington, (20) Marinda Jones, (21) Wm Pennington, (21) Malissa Pennington, and the heirs of Ashley Hughes, (22) J. W. Hu!
ghes, (23) William Hughes, (24) Sarah Crabtree, (25) Rufina Wilson, (26) Vira P________, and (27) Missouri Saunders, and (28) Nancy Gifford, their heirs and assigns forever the following described real estate of which my late husband died seized and possessed:
Situated in the 13th Civil District of Franklin County, beginning in the Mill Creek...."
(What follows on the original is a very lengthy "tree to tree" description of the land, some of which is illegible. The space on the document where the number of acres is named is left blank, so we don't know how large the tract was, but from the description it is safe to assume it was a large tract. )
"Being the same tract of land conveyed to James Tankersley by A. J. McCoy and wife and P. G. Sells and wife on the 8th day of November, 1887 which conveyance is of (illegible) Registers Office of Franklin County Book 13 page 64 to which reference is had for particulars.
This land is given as follows: An undivided one fourth to Mary Melvina Judge; an undivided one fourth to the heirs of Ashley Hughes, above mentioned; an undivided one fourth to the heirs of Rosina Pennington, above mentioned; and an undivided one fourth to the heirs of Matilda Stephens, above mentioned.
To have and to hold unto the said parties above mentioned theirs(sic) heirs and assigns forever. And I covenant said parties that I will forever warrant and defend the title to said land against any claims to be made by me or any others forever claiming through or under (illegible), but not(sic) not otherwise. And, I hereby reserve the right to live on, own and control said property during my life.
In witness whereof I have hereunto affixed my signature Feb. 14, 1897.
Manda Melvina X Tankersley
State of Tenn