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Land Dispute – Missing Children

I recently came across an image of a newspaper article that came up as a hint for Robert A. Briles in my tree on Ancestry.com. This article discussed a petition to sell lands for division, Zebedee Rush et als vs F. L. Johnson and wife M. M. Johnson, et als.

I was able to locate a similar article on Newspapers.com by doing an advanced search for Briles, 1984, North Carolina. The article was published in the 26 Oct 1884 issue of The Courier (Asheboro, North Carolina).

1884-NC-Land-PetitionOdell & Co.,

Greensboro, N.C.

Randolph County, In Superior Court

Petition for sale of lands for division

Zebidee Rush et als,


F. L. Johnson and wife M. M. Johnson et als.

This is a special proceeding for the sale of certain lands situate in Randolph county for division among the children and heirs at law of Noah Rush deceased.

And it appearing to the satisfaction of the court that the defendants Nancy Wade, George G. Rush, Branson Briles and wife Dorcas Briles, Alexander Briles, Dr. C. N. Briles, David Stanled and wife Sarah R. Stanled, John B Briles, Joseph Mitiger and wife Louisa MItiger, Robert A. H. Briles Zebedee R. Briles, James Allen and wife Nancy C. Allen, Benjamin Briles, Leander P. Leonard and wife Sallie Leonard, Zebidee Rush Jr., Geo. Gastinaw and wife Mary Gastinaw, Geo. Holmes and wife Caroline Holmes, Wm. Sexton and wife Nancy Sexton, Thomas Hatfield, and wife Martha Hatfiled, Jas Gastinaw and wife Lon Gastinaw, James Cox and wife Laura Cox, Adam Rector and wife Mary L. Rector, John C. Rush, Dr. B. Rush, Oliver Rush, Bell Rush are necessary and material parties in this action and that they reside beyond the limits of this State.

Even though I have not researched all of the descendants of Noah Rush and his wife Sarah Clark, I believe this document refers to their family. Noah’s daughter, Sarah, married Alexander Briles. Sarah’s sister, Dorcas, married Branson Briles. Alexander and Branson Briles moved their families to southeastern Kansas prior to the start of the civil war.

Below is how I think the names in the newspaper article match up with the children of Sarah Rush and Alexander Briles.


If I am matching the names in the land dispute correctly with the family of Alexander Briles, then there are two children (or their descendants) of Sarah Rush missing from the list of defendants: Noah Washington Briles and Harrison W. Briles.