Will of Beverly Vawter

Jefferson County
Will Record B
Mar 1872-Jul 1884
Page 15 (Image 37)

Will of Beverly Vawter

Know all men by these presents that I Beverly Vawter of the
County of Jefferson and State of Indiana considering the uncertainty
of this life and being of sound mind and memory do make declare
and publish this my last will and testament.
1st I will to my son Pascal Vawter and his assigns $300 three
hundred dollars he having received $700 seven hundred dollars
in land and other property
2nd I will to Elizabeth V Blair my grand daughter heir my daughter
Lucinda $800 eight hundred dollars her mother having received
$200.00
3rd I will to my son Philemon Vawter $750.00 seven hundred
and fifty dollars he having received $250.00 two hundred and
fifty dollars. I hold a note against him for $500.00 five hundred
dollars drawing eight percent interest.
4th I will to my son James C Vawter $730 seven hundred and
thirty dollars he having received $270.00 two hundred & seventy
dollars in money and property.
5th I will to my son Richard B Vawter $810.00 eight hundred
and ten dollars he having received $190.00 one hundred and
ninety dollars I hold a note against him for $450.00 four
hundred and fifty dollars drawing eight per cent interest I
allso have an account against him of $118.00 one hundred
and eighteen dollars.
6th I will to my grand son Ira Vawter son of Cyrus P
Vawter $500.00 five hundred dollars to be placed at compound
interest until he becomes of age at which time he is to receive
principal and interest
7th I will to Sam H Vawter $830.00 eight hundred and thirty
dollars he having received $170 one hundred seventy dollars
Dr by note $400 four hundred dollars at eight per cent
per anum
8th I will to my son John M vawter $25.00 twenty five dollars
he having received $975.00 nine hundred and seventy five
dollars in land and other property
9th I do nominate and appoint my sons Richard B
Vawter and Philemon Vawter my executors of this my
last will and testament.
In testimony whereof I have to this my last will and
testament subscribed my name and affixed my seal
this 28th day of January in the year of our Lord one
thousand eight hundred and seventy.
Beverly Vawter
Signed, sealed, declared and published by the said Beverly
Vawter as and for his last will and testament in presence
of us who at his request and in his presences and in presence
of each other have subscribed our names as witnesses hereto
John Grahman
Cyrus P Vawter
Elizabeth V Blair

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Will of Beverly Vawter (continued)
The State of Indiana Jefferson County
On this day appeared in my office Cyrus P Vawter
one of the subscribing witnesses to the last will and testament
of Beverly Vawter late of said county deceased who being duly
sworn on his oath saith he saw the said Beverly Vawter sign and
seal the foregoing paper as his will and that he with Elizabeth
V Blair subscribed the same as witnesses in the presence of each
other and in the presence and at the request of said Beverly Vawter
the deponent further saith said Beverly Vawter was at the time
of making and executing said paper as his will of full age to devise
his property and of sound mind and memory and not under coercion
and restraint and that he did publish and declare the same to be
his will and further saith not.
Cyrus P. Vawter
Subscribed and sworn to before me this 17th day of April 1872
James J Sering Clerk
State of Indiana
Jefferson County
I James J Sering clerk of the Court of Common
Please in and for said county do hereby certify that the above
and foregoing is a true full and complete copy of the last
will and testament of Beverly Vawter late of said county deceased
and also of the certificate of Probate as the same appears from
the original on file in my office
Witness my hand this 17th day of April 1872
James J Sering Clerk
By John C Roberts DC

Indiana, Indiana, Wills and Probate Records, 1789-1999, Beverly Vawter, 28 Jan 1870; database with images, Ancestry.com http://www.ancestry.com

Following Women to Find Hints

Do you research the spouses of your ancestor’s siblings? If you are like me, you don’t spend much time identifying let alone researching the parents of an ancestor’s sister-in-law.

However, with my Crawford research, I’m finding valuable clues from published genealogies. Many of those published genealogies are for the families of women who married into the Crawford family.

There are a couple of McPheeters genealogies that include the family of Alexander and Mary (McPheeters) Crawford. These works have helped me separate my Crawford line from the descendants of Alexander Crawford.

Since my ancestor, James Crawford, was married in Garrard County, I have spent a lot of time researching the Crawford families in Garrard County at the time. I suspect that my James Crawford is somehow related to the James Crawford that owned land along the Paint Lick Creek in Madison and Garrard counties. This James Crawford was married to Rebecca Anderson.

Thru the John Anderson deed found in Madison County, Kentucky (Book D page 712 and 713), I was able to identify the siblings of Rebecca Anderson Crawford. This deed along with additional research on James and Rebecca Crawford led me to a Maxwell Family History.

I also found information on some of James and Rebecca Crawford’s children in the Vawter Family History. 

By researching these VAWTER families, I came across a WPA Interview with James Vawter Crawford and hist mother Mary F Cowgill (Crawford) Coon.

The transcript of the interview contains a ‘Life Sketch of Philamen V. Crawford, written by himself in 1882.’ This life sketch includes information on James and Rebecca Crawford, the grandparents of Philamen V. Crawford.

All of these sources provides clues about the family of James and Rebecca (Anderson) Crawford. Armed with these clues, I have been able to locate marriage records, deeds and court documents to further document this family.

Even though I’ve been able to back up the information from these family genealogies with other records, that isn’t always the case. Scott Fisher reminds us to utilize caution when working with published genealogies in episode #77 of Fisher’s Top Tips.

“Early genealogists were just as prone to error as anyone posting a public tree today … use that old book as a clue, then validate that the author got it right,” said Scott Fisher on Episode #77 of Fisher’s Top Tips.

I’m no closer to proving a relationship between my James Crawford and James and Rebecca (Anderson) Crawford. However, I’m thankful that I’ve found these published genealogies. Who knows, one of these clues might lead to a document connecting the two men.

Sources Used:
Forbes, Amanda Crawford Arbogast and Lucetta Eggleston Crawford Sammis. Descendants of Alexander & Mary McPheeters Crawford: Pioneer Settlers of Augusta County, Virginia. Silver Spring, Maryland: A.A. Forbes, c1980.

Grace Vawter Bicknell, Vawter Family in America: with the Allied Families of Branham, Crawford,Wise, Lewis, Stribling, Glover, Moncrief (Indianapolis: The Hollenbeck Press, 1905), p. 324; digital images, Internet Archive (us.archive.org : downloaded pdf May 2019).

Houston Florence Wilson, Laura Cowan Blaine, Ella Dunn Mellette, Maxwell History and Genealogy (Indianapolis, IN: C. E. Pauley & Co, 1916), 255; digital images, Google Books (books.google.com : viewed online August 2016; Rebecca Anderson / James Crawford family.)

Interview with James Vawter Crawford and his mother Mary F. Cowgill (Crawford) Coon (Shedd, Oregon), by WPA Interviews for Linn County Oregon and transcribed by Patricia Dunn, transcribed 2000. transcription held by WPA Interviews (http://www.lgsoregon.org/lgstng/showmedia.php?mediaID=22398).

Rice, Helen McPheeters. The McPheeters Family. Winter Park, Fla.: Russell Fuller Multi-copy, 1956.

Vawter to Crawford Deed

Jennings County, Indiana
Deed record v. A Apr 1818-Nov 1828
Family Search Film 1305298 DGS 8059848

Book A
Page 115

J Vawter
to deed
James Crawford

This Indenture made this twentieth day of October in the year
of our lord one thousand eight hundred & twenty between John
Vawter and Polly his wife of Jennings county Indiana of the first part
and James Crawford of the County of Jefferson and state of Indiana of the
second part witnesseth, that the parties of the first part for and in consideration
of the sum of two dollars currant money to them in hand paid by the party
of the second part the receipt whereof is hereby acknowledged have granted
bargained and sold and by these presents do grant bargain and sell
to the party of the second part his heirs and assigns forever [Ono] in lot in the 
town of Vernon and County of Jennings known on the plat thereof as of
Record number eighty three the same having been transferred to 
him by David McClure one of the proprietors of the town of Vernon
and situate on Washington Street and containing eight thousand
seven hundred and twelve square feet to have and to hold with all
the rights priviledges and appurtenances thereunto belonging to the
party of the second part his heirs and assigns forever and the parties
of the first part for their heirs covenant and agree with the
party of the second part his heirs & the aforesaid lot of land
to warrant and forever defend from the claim of all manner of persons whatsoever
unto the party of the second part his heirs and assigns to their only proper un
benefit and behoof forever In testimony whereof the said John Vawter and
Polly his wife of the first part have hereunto set their hands and seals at
Vernon the day & year above written
John Vawter (seal)
Polly Vawter (seal)
Sealed and Delivered in presence of us
Willis C Stubbing
Achilles Vawter
State of Indiana
Jennings County
Before me Achilles Vawter, a Justice of the peace within
and for the county aforesaid personally came John Vawter and Polly his
wife the above named grantors (the said Polly being examined separate and
apart from her husband and declaring herself under no compulsion or coer
cion) and acknowledges the above deed of conveyance to be their voluntary
act and deed for the [uns] and purposes therein contained witness my
hand & seal this first day of November eighteen hundred & twenty
A Vawter J Peace
Recorded this 2nd day of Nov 1820

Crawford to Vawter Deed

Jefferson County Indiana
Deeds

Deed record V. A (corrected version) Mar. 1812-Aug. 1817
FS Film 1310264 DGS 8059609

Book A page 152

No 113
This Indenture made this fourth day of august in the year
of our Lord one thousand eight hundred fifteen between James Crawf[ord]
senior and Rebecca his wife of Jefferson County Indiana Territory
of the one part and Beverly Vawter of the above said County and
Territory of the other part witnesseth that the above said James and
Rebecca for once in consideration of the sum of thirty dollars to them
in hand paid by the said Beverly the receipt whereof is hereby acknowle
ged have given granted bargained and sold and by these presents do
give grant bargain and sell unto the said Beverly Vawter a certain tra[ct]
or parcel of land containing fifteen acres lying and being in Jefferson
County on Irvin’s branch of Creek part of section no twenty nine
of township no four north of range no ten east and bounded as foll
ows (to wit) Beginning at the southeast corner of the south[?]
quarter of the aforesaid section and running with parallel [along]
the section line forty poles cornering to two beach [then ?]
of west one hundred and twenty six poles to the line [?]

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north east and southeast quarter to a white oak and iron wood
thence [east] parallel with the line dividing the aforesaid quarter one
hundred and twenty poles to the beginning — to have and to hold
the said tract of land to the said Beverly his heirs and assigns forever
to his and their only pro[?] benefit and behoof
forever and the said James and Rebecca for themselves and their
heirs doe further covenant and agree to and with the said Beverly
his heirs so that they the said James and Rebecca the aforesaid fifteen acres
with all and singular the appurtenances thereunto belonging from them
selves and their heirs and the claim of claims of all and every other person
or persons to the said Beverly his heir sand assigns will warrant and forever
defend In witness where of the said James and Rebecca have here unto set
their hands and seals the day and date above written.
James Crawford (seal)
Will Tex Hendricks
John Paul
On the 24th day of August 1815 James Crawford
the grantor named in the foregoing deed appeared before me in my office and
signed sealed delivered and acknowledged the foregoing indenture to
be his voluntary act and deed for the purpose there in mentioned
given under my hand this day and year aforesaid and on the same day
recorded and examined  John Paul RJC