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Eva W. Chesney

UNION - Services for Eva Watson Chesney will be held Thursday at 3 p.m. at Little Rock Baptist Church with the Revs. Lin Chesney and Gene Higginbotham officiating. Burial will be in Pleasant Grove Baptist Church Cemetery with Stephens Funeral Home of Union in charge of arrangements.

Mrs. Chesney, 95, of Little Rock, died Monday, March 23, 2009, at her residence. She was a longtime member of Little Rock Baptist Church.

Visitation will be today, from 5 p.m.- 8:30 p.m. at the funeral home, and Thursday one hour prior to services at the church. 
WATSON, Eva Seaco (I6487)

Memorial services for James David Sessions, 72, of Nacogdoches will be held Thursday, December 29, 2011 at 7:00 p.m. in the Carroway Funeral Home Chapel in Lufkin with Brother Ford Adkins and Brother Elzine Strong officiating. Cremation arrangements are under the direction of Carroway Funeral Home.

Mr. Sessions was born October 31, 1939 in Meridian, Mississippi to Zelona (Sullivan) and James Clifton Sessions, and died Sunday, December 18, 2011 in a local hospital.

A former resident of Lufkin, Mr. Sessions had resided in Nacogdoches since 1996. He served in the U.S. Army and had worked in various capacities of law enforcement since 1965. Mr. Sessions' friends and associates in the Angelina County Courthouse were his extended family. He attended the First United Pentecostal Church.

Survivors include his wife, Becky Sessions of Nacogdoches; son, David Wayne Sessions of Nacogdoches; daughters and son-in-law, Debbie Frazier and Tiffany and Raymond Barrett, all of Nacogdoches; grandchildren and spouses, Raymond Barrett, Jr. of Nacogdoches, Lerin and Rick Hill of Kennedale, Madison and Fisher Martin, Luke Frazier, all of Nacogdoches, and Lindsey and Bobby Guthery of Lufkin; great-grandchildren, Riley Hill of Kennedale and Bailee Badeaux of Lufkin; sister, Faye Benton of Bailey, Mississippi; and a number of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice in the Pines, 1504 West Frank Avenue, Lufkin, Texas 75904.

The family will welcome friends and loved ones from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. Thursday evening prior to the services at the funeral home.

Memories and condolences may be added at www.carrowayfuneralhome.com.

Carroway Funeral Home, Lufkin, directors. 
SESSIONS, James David (I9749)


A memorial service for Nellie W. Page, 74, of Waynesboro, will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, March 13, 2010 from Christian Fellowship Church in Waynesboro.
Born on Thursday, Jan. 23, 1936, she was a native of Mississippi. A Certified Nursing Assistant in the health care profession, she died on Thursday, March 11, 2010 at her residence.
She is survived by two daughters, Janie Carr of Waynesboro and Judy Green of Lafayette, La.; four sons, James Jerry Pearson of Waynesboro, Jimmy Ray Pearson of Clara, Edward Lee Page of Grand Rapids, Mich., and Johnny Pearson of Waynesboro; a brother, Bobby Ray Williams of Lubbock, Texas; 15 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.
Freeman Funeral Home of Waynesboro is in charge of arrangements. 
WILLIAMS, Nellie (I10319)

Phyllis Diller
(1917 - )
By Seymour "Sy" Brody
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Phyllis Diller has been entertaining people for over 40 years with her night club acts, movies, television, Broadway and theater roles, commercials, tours and books. Her delivery of humor is like a machine gun in that she turns out rapid fire short jokes. Her attire and make-believe family are another source of her comedy.

She was born in 1917, in Lima, Ohio, the only child of Frances and Perry Driver. She was given piano and voice lessons with the encouragement of her mother. After attending a music conservatory in Chicago, she realized that the concert stage was not for her.

She met and married Sherwood Diller in 1939 and then moved to San Francisco. She had wanted nine children but after having five in ten years, she stopped. Money was always a problem in the Diller household. and she went to work to supplement their income. She went to work for the San Leandro Observer where she wrote articles about the shops who advertised. It didn't take her long to have a column on household hints and humor for the newspaper.

Phyllis Diller learned to be concise and sharp in her writing, which became very valuable to her as a comedy writer. She came across the book, "The Magic of Believing," which she read many times. The book gave her confidence to believe in herself. It also changed the entire course of her life as she learned how to focus on one task at a time and not on many.

During this time, Diller was creating one-liners which she used at parties, coffee clutches and on the grocery line. Her husband encouraged her to expand her audience. She went to the Red Cross and volunteered to entertain at the veterans hospital in Presido. This gave her the impetus and encouragement to go before new and larger audiences.

She auditioned and was hired by the Purple Onion, a night club, which lasted eighty-nine weeks. For the next four years, she received bookings for her act without the benefit of a manager, publicist or writer. A major breakthrough occurred when she appeared on the Jack Paar Show. She was a instant success on national television as a comedienne.

In 1965, she divorced Sherwood Diller and married Ward Donovan, an actor. This marriage ended in divorce a few years later.

She starred in her own television show, "The Phyliss Diller Show," in the 1966-67 season and the following year, she had another television show. She was considered to be one of the top comediennes in the late sixties.

In 1971, she went on a piano concert tour with symphonies from Hawaii to Florida, playing mostly Beethoven and Bach. She did this for a period of ten years and played with more than 100 symphonic orchestras. Her last concert was in 1981.

Diller was an author who wrote four successful books. She went with Bob Hope to Vietnam to entertain the troops during Christmas and co-starred with him in movies.

Phyllis Diller received many humanitarian awards, patriotic citations and honorary degrees. She was never afraid to break new ground in the entertainment industry. She is a comedienne's comedienne.

Phyllis Diller

Welcome to Phyllis Diller's Biography!
Phyllis Diller is acclaimed the world's only female stand-up comic of international stature!
Ms. Diller appeared as piano soloist with 100 symphony orchestras across the country!

Phyllis Diller, an irrepressible lady with an outrageous laugh, is recognized as the leading female standup comic in the world today. She has starred on television, in movies, and on the stage, and has headlined in venues all around the world as a professional comic. She is approaching her fifth decade in show business.

A "late bloomer", she started her career at the age of 37. At the time, she was a working housewife and mother of five children employed at radio station KSFO, San Francisco, as a publicist, newspaper writer and columist.

Urged by her husband, Sherwood Diller, she prepared a night club act and was booked info San Francisco's Purple Onion. She slithered around the piano, lampooned current celebrities, branished a cigarette holder and made fun of high fashion and life in general. Her first appearance took place on March 7, 1955. Booked for 2 weeks, she stayed for 89!

She followed this debut by a tour, polishing her act and developing the housewife and daily life routines that have made her the high priestess of the ridiculous. She played the Blue Angel in New York and appeared on the Jack Paar Show. From that point her career rocketed. In a scant five years she made it to Carnegie Hall.

Ms. Diller has starred in three television series, countless specials, and has made guest appearances on hundreds of top-rated shows including three segments of NBC's "Blossom" during the 1993-94 season. "I love TV," she syas. "It's not my fault if the tubes blow out when I laugh."

Her movie career began with a brief but memorable roles as Texas Guinan, the fabulous nitery owner on hundreds of the Roaring Twenties, in Elia Kazan's Splendor in the Grass. Since then, she's been in 21 other films, including a dramatic role in Elmer Rice's prize-winning satire, The Adding Machine, filmed in London. She recently completed roles in the following films: "Silence of the Hams" (portraying a 90-year-old secretary), Happily ever After" as the voice of Mother Nature, "West From North Go South", a feature-length documentary on women in comedy.

She co-starred with Bob Hope in three films: Boy! Did I Get A Wrong Number, Eight On The Lam, and The Private Navy of Sergeant O'Farrell. A long-time friend, Hope is one of her biggest boosters. She accompanied him on one of his Christmas jaunts to Vietnam. Hope told reporters the war would have been over in three days of Phyllis had cooked for the enemy. She has also appeared on 22 of his TV specials. She calls him "my idol."

Although films and television have been important to her success, Ms. Diller has special foundness for "live" performance. She has drawn capacity crowds to virtually every major supper club and concert hall coast to coast; from Caesar's Palace in Las Vegas to the Waldorf Astoria in Manhattan. Internationally famous, she makes frequent apprearances in Canada, England, Bermuda, Monte Carlo, and recently completed her 16th tour of Australia. Very few (if any) current celebrities can match that record.

The highlight of her stage career was her portrayal of Dolly Gallagher Levi on the Broadway production of Hello Dolly! She returned to the stage in 1988 playing the fiesty Mother Superior in Nunsense in San Francisco. But equally satisfying have been frequent stints in summer arenas and tents, and vast showcases like Soldier's Field in Chicago and Madison Square Garden in New York City.

Form 1972 to 1982, Ms. Diller appeared as piano soloist with over 100 symphony orchestras in the U.S. and Canada. Audiences have acclaimed her interpretation of such works as Beethoven's Concerto #1 and various works of Bach. Her piano virtuoso name was Dame Illya Dillya.

She has written four best-selling books for Doubleday: Phyllis Diller's Housekeeping Hints; Phyllis Diller's Marriage Manual, The Complete Mother, and the most recent, The Joys of Aging and How to Avoid Them (all are out of print). These books, and several comedy albums, crystallize the famous Diller wit-the housewife's lament about her hair, her clothers, her housekeeping ability, kids, pets, neighbors-the gamut of American suburban life. A poem she wrote entitled "My Prayer" has been set to music by Alvin Mills.

There are many unexpected facets to this vivacious and forthright person. She may, as she says, "look like a lamp shade in a whorehouse" when she goes on stage...but, off-stage, Phyllis has one of the most expensive and largest wardropes in the world.

Ms. Diller's approach to comedy is unique. She writes most of her own material, editing her words so tightly that she can deliver as many as 12 punchline per minute. And she strictly avoids off-color jokes and situations, even in today's permissive atmosphere. She works on her act all the time to keep it current.

Phyllis describes her comedy as "tradegy revisited." She "rolls 'em in the aisles" with jokes about her husband, Fang; her face-lifts; her mother-in-law, and her next door neighbor. There is seemingly no particular order to her zaniness, but, simply stated, she is always funny.

In the course of her career, Ms. Diller has won many awards in recognition of her talent and her patriotic and philanthropic activities. She is a former honorary mayor of Brentwood, California, and received Ph.D. ("Is that an abbreviation of Phyllis Diller?") degrees in Humane Letters from National Chrisitan University in Dallas and from her Alma Mater, Bluffton College in Ohio as well as a Doctorate from Kent State.

In March, 1990, she was named Celebrity Businesswoman of the Year by the National Association of Women Business Owners. In 1991, she broke the 74 year attendance record at the St. Louis Muny Opera where she appeared as the Wicked Witch in "The Wizard of Oz." In 1992, she received the Lifetime Achievements Award at the televised Annual Comedy Awards. She was given the 1993 Lifetime Humor Award by the National Humor Institute.

She is the recipient of a recent award from the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery for "the tremendous breakthrough in acceptance for our field, when she was the first person to have the courage to proclaim her surgery and show her results publicity."

Other honors include the Golden Apple from the Hollywood Women's Press Club as most cooperative actress; the USO Liberty Bell Award "for demonstrating concern for the welfare and morale of our armed forces"; and in 1981 she received the AMC Cancer Institute Humanitarian Award and was inducted into the Ohio Women's Hall of Fame for her contribution as entertainer, author and actress. She was featured on Ralph Edwards' This Is Your Life in 1971 and has her own star on Hollywood Blvd.

Born Phyllis Driver in Lima, Ohio, on July 17, 1917, Ms Diller was an only child of older parents. She graduated from Central High School in 1935 and studied at Sherwood Music Conservatory in Chicago for three years. Music studies continued at Bluffton College in Bluffton, Ohio, where she met her first husband, Sherwood Diller.

Car buffs and automotive editors might be interested in Phyllis Diller's four cars - a custom-made Checker Wagon, circa 1967; and Excalibur 1927 Mercedes Phaeton (red); a 1959 Silver Cloud Rolls Royce; and a 1971 Mercedes Sedan (SL 200).

Ms. Diller lives in a large, English-style home in Brentwood Park, Los Angeles. Also, there are her assistants who are kept busy with correspondence, travel arrangements and thousands of requests from fans. "The place used to be haunted," she says, "but the ghosts haven't been back since the night I tried on all my wigs," she cracks with the raucous laugh that has become the trademark of both her humor and her humility.

The real Phyllis Diller is quite different from her stage persona, though both share a rare good humor, a warmth, and a love of people. Properly coiffed and dressed with flair, she is a fabulous cook, a gifted painter and a devoted mother and grandmother. In spite of her youthful appearance, she continues to kid herself about ugliness, skinniness, ineptness and just about every defect a woman can have.


Born Phyllis Ada Driver, she combined wild costumes, untamed hair and a raucous laugh with self-deprecating monologues to create one of comedy's most popular characters. A 1955 club booking skyrocketed her to success: scheduled for two weeks, she stayed 89. After moving to Webster Groves in 1961, Diller honed her act in St. Louis clubs such as Gaslight Square's Crystal Palace. Mid-1960s television routines featuring "Fang," her imaginary husband, brought national acclaim. In addition to her television, film and stage work, Phyllis Diller made five records, wrote four best-selling books and performed on piano with over 100 symphony orchestras.

Phyllis Diller accepted her award.

Date of Birth: 7-17-1917
Field/Achievement: Acting/Entertainment
Location of Star: 6366 Delmar
Date of Induction: 5-16-1993

ABC7 On-Line News Los Angeles, CA

Phyllis Diller, hospitalized since a heart attack last month, was fitted with a pacemaker and her manager expects her to be back on the road by the end of the month.

Miss Diller was stricken with a mild heart attack on Feb. 10 at her Brentwood home. She was taken to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, where the pacemaker was implanted Monday

"A pacemaker was inserted last night and she's doing well," manager Milt Suchin said Tuesday. "We expect her back and working soon. I'm still booking engagements."

The 81-year-old comic's next performance is March 27 at Ohio Northern University in Ada, Ohio, not far from where she was born in Lima," Suchin said.

Miss Diller was stricken with a mild heart attack on Feb. 10 at her Brentwood home. She was taken to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, where the pacemaker was implanted Monday. Suchin said there was no release date.

Movies Phyllis Diller was present:
A Bug's Life (1999)
Heartstrings (1995)
The Silence of the Hams (1994)
Happily Ever After (1993)
Shelley Duvall Presents Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle - V. 2 (1993)
Shelley Duvall Presents Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle - Five Ep. Feature (1993)
Tales From the Darkside 2 (1991)
The Bone Yard (1990)
The Nutcracker Prince (1990)
Pucker up and Bark Like a Dog (1989)
Laughing Room Only (1986)
Pink Motel (1982)
Hungry I Reunion (1980)
A Pleasure Doing Business (1979)
The Adding Machine (1969)
Did You Hear the One About the Traveling Saleslady? (1968)
The Private Navy of Sgt. O'Farrell (1968)
Mad Monster Party? (1967)
Eight on the Lam (1967)
Boy, Did I Get a Wrong Number! (1966)
Fat Spy (1965)
Maniac (1934)
Jonathan Winters on the Ledge
Through the Looking Glass
The Worst of Hollywood - V. 1

*Phyllis Diller's Recipes*

Phyllis Diller Potato Salad

Use light or fat-free mayo to reduce fat and calories.

Prep time: 20 minutes
Cook time: 20 minutes
Serves: 8
1 slivered large white onion
1 1/2 cup mayonnaise
1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
1 1/2 tsp sugar
dash vinegar
4 cooked and thinly sliced large potato
1. Combine ingredients.
2. Chill and serve.
3. NOTE: Do not add pepper.

Phyllis Diller's Mexicale Hot Stuff Party Din-din

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Categories: Casseroles, Beef
Yield: 10 servings

1 1/2 lb Ground beef
1 Medium onion; diced
1 cn Cream style corn
1 cn Tomatoes w/green chiles;
- (10 1/2 oz can)
1 cn Enchilada sauce (8 oz)
8 oz Cheddar cheese; grated
1 cn Ripe olives; sliced (4 oz)
6 Large tortillas
1 c Monterey Jack; grated
Add diced chiles, oregano,
Cumin, garlic powder, chili
Powder to taste

Brown ground beef, stirring to keep meat crumbly. Combine meat with onion,
creamed corn, tomatoes w/green chiles, enchilada sauce, cheddar cheese,
ripe olives, and diced green chiles, oregano, cumin, garlic powder, and
chili powder to taste. Tear 3 tortillas into pieces and spread over the
bottom on an 11x7x2 baking dish. Spread half the meat mixture over the
tortillas. Tear remaining tortillas and spread over meat mixture. Top with
remaining meat mixture. Sprinkle with monterey jack cheese. Bake at 325F
degrees for 30 minutes.

Categories: Cookies, Celebrity
Yield: 6 Dozen

1/2 c Butter; softened
2 c Flour
1/4 ts Salt
1/2 c Light brown sugar; firmly
- packed
1 Egg
1/2 c Sugar
2 tb Fresh lemon juice
1/2 c Shortening
1 tb Lemon peel; grated
1/4 ts Baking soda
1/2 c Nuts; chopped

Cream butter, shortening and sugar until fluffy. Beat in egg, lemon
juice and lemon peel. Mix well.
In bowl combine remaining ingredients and stir in cream mixture. Cover
and refrigerate for 1 hour. Remove from refrigerator and form into two
10-inch rolls on waxed paper. Wrap tightly and refrigerate overnight.
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Slice rolls into 1/4-inch slices and bake
on ungreased cookie sheets 8 to 10 minutes. Makes about 80 cookies.

Phyllis Diller
Words of Wisdom

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My Prayer

On this happy day
We are thankful
For our blessings
And we pray
For renewed belief
In ourselves
And each other
And hope
This bond of love
Will expand
To envelop
The entire universe

-Phyllis Diller

Killer Diller
Still slaying audiences, Phyllis Diller dishes about face-lifts, Fang and A Bug's Life
By Dennis Hensley
It's appropriate that Phyllis Diller lent her vocal talents to the role of Queen in A Bug's Life, Disney's new animated critter fest--after all, she once kept three Madagascar cockroaches as pets. For nearly 50 years, the comic has flaunted this kind of eccentricity onstage (as a stand-up comedian and as a piano soloist with major symphonies), on-screen (Splendor in the Grass, The Sunshine Boys) and on TV (appearing in more Bob Hope specials than anyone but Hope). Recently, the 81-year-old mother of five whooped it up with TONY over tea in her Brentwood home.

Time Out New York: You once owned three cockroaches named Manny, Moe and Jack. And you had a beetle named Leo, right?

Phyllis Diller: Leo was from Mexico. They pasted rhinestones on his back, put a little chain on him and sold him for 35 bucks. I wore him on my lapel, and he'd just walk around. He was quite a conversation piece for a while. There were people who never saw my face for the three months that bug lived.

TONY: How did you get the part of Queen in A Bug's Life?

PD: They auditioned me for a different role--one of the circus people--and after I read for that role, I was handed this other paper for the Queen. They had never met me before, but they realized I was a born queen. Right away, they said, "You're the queen!"

TONY: Did they turn you into an action figure?

PD: They haven't made a figure of me! I'm really hurt. And I'm the only one who has that cute headgear. All the other ants are just ants. Their loss, darling.

TONY: You should insist on having an action figure made.

PD: I never insist on anything. I just do what they say. That's my modus operandi: Wherever you want it, I'll put it there. It's like my mother used to tell me: "Eat your prunes; it'll move your bowels." I'd say, "Where do you want them?" [Laughs raucously]

TONY: You're known for your roof-raising laugh. Have you always laughed like that, or did it evolve with your career?

PD: It's natural. Early in my career, I was advised to give up my silly laugh, but I can't help it. I think it's a very helpful thing to do a lot of laughing.

TONY: You were a late bloomer, starting your career at 37. Were you terrified your first time onstage?

PD: I was terrified for 15 years! Now I'm at the point where I'm happiest when I stand in the middle of the stage. I'm my most secure, comfortable and powerful.

TONY: Do comics like Roseanne and Rosie O'Donnell ever give you credit for paving the way?

PD: They all mention it. I was the mama of them all. I was the first--and only for ten years. For the next ten years, there was me and Joan Rivers and Totie Fields. Then it started blossoming. Now I'm the grandma of them all.

TONY: Where did Fang, your fictional husband, come from?

PD: It was an ad-lib early on. I was struggling for material. What I do is really like a cartoon strip with different characters. The last character I invented--and I can't believe I didn't do this sooner--is a sexy sister, and she's a gas. Her G-spot is listed in the L.A. tour guide. [Laughs]

TONY: Why did you always perform carrying a cigarette holder?

PD: If you want to flag a cab, you hold up your right hand. It's about attention. It was a prop. I never smoked it--it was just wood--but there were people who claimed they saw ashes fall to the ground. So much analysis went into everything. For instance, my little boots. Well, the court jester wore little boots. All clowns wear gloves--I don't go onstage without gloves. I was ugly, too. Ugliness helps. The court jester was always a hunchback. I had a crooked nose, crooked teeth--it all helped. Didn't help my private life, though.

TONY: You brought plastic surgery out of the closet when you got your first face-lift in 1971. Did you do a lot of research?

PD: None at all. I don't waste time. I was like, "Hey, I sure need this." I just went. To me, it was no big deal, and it never occurred to me not to talk about it. It never occurs to me to tell a lie.

TONY: Were you blown away by the results?

PD: Oh, my God. After living with a face I didn't like for all those years! Plus, the doctor did something on his own: He shortened my nose.

TONY: Is that ethical?

PD: Honey, you don't know what anybody's going to do when they put you out. It was wonderful. He made me perfect! I had one of those long noses, and whenever a woman's nose comes down too far over the lip, she looks like a witch. Paula Jones--look at that nose! That's a witch nose!

TONY: What do you think of breast implants?

PD: Well, I had a breast reduction--that's what I think of breasts. I'm too short to have big boobs. And the older you get, the worse they get. The bigger they are, the farther they'll fall. [Laughs]

TONY: What do you think when you see drag queens doing you?

PD: It's a great compliment! Listen, I started in San Francisco playing to a lot of gay audiences. For some reason, gay people accept and understand comedy more easily than most people. One great thing about working at the Purple Onion, where I started, was that the Gray Line Tour was the first audience every night. That keeps your feet on the ground--baby, if you can't make tourists laugh, you'll never be big in television.

TONY: What was it like performing overseas for American soldiers with Bob Hope?

PD: Fantastic, though there's a certain amount of danger when you're sitting in a helicopter and there's a gunner at each window--they aren't there to shoot butterflies. And my material was not suitable for 20,000 guys, so dear Bob Hope took a routine that his writers had written, and he worked as my straight man. Talk about a big star being a big person--working as a straight man for a brand-new comic, just to make me look good.

TONY: What's something you're good at that would surprise people?

PD: People are surprised that I was a piano soloist with symphonies. It was a wonderful thing in my life from about '71 to '81. I was good.

TONY: What are you most proud of?

PD: The fact that my children are honest, kind, good people. I must have had something to do with that. And my one-liners. I'm in the Guinness Book of World Records for having the most laughs per minute: 12. Some guy in the beginning said, "Your ideas are wonderful, but elongate them." But I'm just the opposite--the fewer words, the better. Get the laugh. Get the laugh. I want to hear the laughs.

TONY: What do you want to do that you haven't done yet?

PD: Oh, honey, I'm so happy. [Laughs] Why struggle?

A Bug's Life opens Wednesday 25.

Issue 165: November 19-26, 1998 
DRIVER, Phyllis Ada (I6232)
5 At least one living or private individual is linked to this note - Details withheld. SALTERS, B. (I10958)

Will of Robert Stewart 1732 - 1811

I, Robert Stewart, of Liberty township, Adams County and State of Pennsylvania, farmer, being of sound and disposing mind and memory, on due consideration, think proper to dispose of all my property at my death in the following form & manner:
1st. I order and direct my executors hereinafter named, and as soon as convenient after my decease,t o adjust, and pay off my funeral expenses, and all other just debts out of my estate.
2d. I leave and bequeath to my son William Stewart, the sum of one hundred dollars.
3rd. I leave and bequeath to my son John Stewart, the sum of fifty dollars.
4th. I leave and bequeath to my son James Stewart, the sum of one hundred dollars.
5th I leave and bequeath to my son David Stewart, the sum of one dollar.
6th. I leave and bequeath to my son Joseph Stewart, the sum of fifty dollars adn four dollars woth of my books.
7th. I leave and bequeath to my son Robert Stewart, one horse, saddle and bridele, the horse to be his choice of my stock, also his choice of guns, my silver watch and whip and four dollars worth of my books, and the further sum of one thousand dollars in my money, and to have the occupation and profits of the farm on which I now live, for the support of the family there with me, for one year after my death.
8th. I leave and bequeath to my daughter Mary Cunningham, the sum of two hundred dollars.
9th. I leave and bequeath to my daughter Jane, intermarried with John Stewart, the sum of two hundred, and twenty-six dollars and fifty cents.
10th I leave and bequeath to my daughter Sarah Stewart, a new suit, the  gound to be of silk, and the residue of the suit conformable thereto; also her saddle and bridel, and spinning wheel, and half a dozen silver teaspoons with the initials of her namer thereon, and to be supported on the farm until the same shall be sold, and the sum of four hundred dollars in money.
ANd further I do order and direct, that the aforesaid pecuniary legacies to my ten children, shall be paid them by my executors equally in proportion to thier several legacies out of the money, as it may come to hand frommy personal estate, and the sale of my real estate.  And I also direct that the said several legacies to my said children, shall be considered as a settlement of all amounts in full with them, severally up to this day, 12th. I order and direct that all my estate of whatever kind, real, person and mixed, shall be sold by executors hereinafter named, as soon as the same can be done to advantage, after my decease, and the residue thereof, after the payment of the aforesaid legacies, to be equally devided between my said ten children, to-wit: William, John, James, David, Joseph, robert, Mary, Jane, Sarah and Rebecca, share and share alike.  And I do hereby impower my said executors to make and execute, as good a title to the purchasor, or purchasors of my real estate, as I could myself could do were I alive and personally present.  And it is my will that my wareing apparal and books shall not be exposed to sale but divided by my executors as they may see fit, except the books already bequeathed.
And last of all, I do by these presents, nominate, constitute and appoint my son Robert Stewart, and y son-in-law John Stewart to be the executors of this my last will and testament with full lpower to carry the same into effect, revoking all other willsby me made, and declaring this and no other to by my last weill and testament.
In witness whereof, I have hereunto set my hand adn seal this ninth day of October, Anno Domini one thousand eight hundred and eleven.

Signed, sealed and delivered in preence of us, William Bigham, James Cunningham.

Robert Stewart (seal)

Adams County, Ss.
Before me, James Duncan, Register for the Probate of Wills and Granting Letters of Administration, in and for the County of Adams, in the State of Pennsylvania, personally came William Bigham and James Cunningham, the two subscribing witnesses to the foregoing instrument of writing, and on thier solemn oaths do severally say that they were personally lpresent and saw and heard the therein named Robert Stewart acknowledge his name and seal to the foregoing instrument of writing and publish the same as and for his last will and testament, at the  time of doing thereof he, the said Robert Stewart, was of sound and disposing mind, memory and understanding, to the best of thier knowledge and belief, and that they subscribed thier names thereto as witnesses in the presence of each other at the same time

Sworn and subscribed before me at Gettysburg, the 13 day of Nov., 1811.
James Duncan

William Bigham,
James Cunningham, 
STEWART, Robert (I12825)

William Bennett. Born in France in 1742. Came to Bennett's Mills, New Jersey, 1760. Died at Mason, Ohio 1828. Age 86. Was born when Washington was 10, and was 26 when Bonaparte was born. Was a color bearer at Bunker Hill, and later a body guard of Washington. Was severely wounded at Yorktown.

Adria Ann Britton, wife of William Bennett, was born in Holland, came to New Jersey in childhood. Married my great grandfather William Bennett at the close of the Revolutionary War, and settled with him in Ligonier Valley, Pa. Probably married about 1787. She was red of hair. Their children are as follows - grandfather was the middle child. John, William, Nicholas, Abram, Mary, David, Isaac. William Bennett my great gandpap, moved from Westmoreland Co., Pa. to Warren Co., Ohio in 1816. William, Nicholas, Mary, David and Isaac went with him. John and Abram, mother's father, remained in Ligonier Valley.

The Nicholas Bennett line runs thus: William Bennett of the Revolution, Nicholas his 3rd son, born 1797. Married Catherine Innes 1816. Their eldest son was William born 1817 and married to Emaline Cuddy 1838. This William was quite a singer and religious charader. Nicholas Bennett was married a second time; to Rachel Anderson. Her oldest daughter Catherine was married to mother's brother Robert, her full cousin. By this union we get our geneology.

There was a reunion of the Nicholas Bennett family at the Boone Co., Ind. fair, at Lebanon the county seat, on Sept. 2, 1910. At it they chose a family historian who was Nicholas Bennett's granddaughter, Mrs. Essie Bennett Essex. This history was published by the Pioneer Press of Lebanon in a neat book. I borrowed it from my cousin, Mrs. Mary E. Anderson of Cincinnatti, now an old woman. From it I get our ancient history. So you are without doubt a daughter of the Revolution. I have taken a good deal of care to look this up for you.

Abram Bennett, mother's father, married Sarah Huston who was born in Ireland. They were married in 1811. His years were 1789 - 1866. Her's 1794 - 1888. Their children were Mother, Mary Ann, 1818 - 1903, Robert H. 1819, David B. 1820, Margaret 1822, William 1824, John B. 1826, Isaac 1828, Agness J. 1829, Elizabeth R. 1830, Sarah J. 1834, Samuel J. 1836, Samuel H. 1838. Of these Sarah J. died in childhood, and the two Samuels were drown in the same spot. I have seen the place.

My father and mother were James Hutchison 1809-1884, and Mary Ann Bennett 1818-1903. They were married in 1840 in Ligonier Valley and settled there on the farm in Lawrence Co., Pa. Then in woods. The children were Sarah J. Dodds 1842-1882, David Bennett 1844-1864 - a soldier and died a prisoner of war. Thomas Mehard 1846-, Laura Wilson 1848, and yours truly Adolphus Powers, 1850-, Robert Calvin 1853-1882, died of a hemorrhage in his buggy 9 miles from home, Mary Eliza 1862-1883, demented. Sarah had 7 children, Laura 4, mumsy and I 13.

Mrs Essie Essex says in her history that my grandfather Bennett and his three brothers John, Nicholas, and David were in the Mexican War, and that grandfather Abram and his brother Nicholas were color bearers. In this she is clearly mistaken, as grandfather's age would have been sixty and John's age and that of Nicholas still more, rather greater. They were just the soldier age for the War of 1812, and most likely served in it. Please let George see this sheet. My children should keep it as geneology.  -Daddy 
HUTCHISON, Rev Adolphus Powers (I13593)
HIRAM ANDERSON Probate Records
Source: Boone County Indiana Probate Records
Book K pg 287-295. Filed 19 September 1853

Pleas before the Honorable Jeremiah C. Dougherty, sole judge of the Court of Common Pleas of Boone County Indiana at a term of said court held at the Court House in the Town of Lebanon on the 28th day of April in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and fifty six.

Petition to sell Real Estate to pay debts:

Thomas F. Anderson Administrator of Hiram Anderson deceased
Naomi Elliott, William Anderson, Mary Jane Bennett, Nancy Furgeson, Rachael Bennett, Hannah Lewis, Eliza Bolby, Hiram B.
Anderson, Martha Chase and Joseph M. Anderson heirs at law of Hiram Anderson deceased,

Be it remembered that heretofore to wit on the 19th day of September AD 1853 said administrator filed in the office of the Clerk of the Court of Common Pleas of Boone County on vacation of said court their petition , their petition in the above entitled cause which said petition is in the records and ( ) following to wit:


The undersigned Administrator of the estate of Hiram Anderson deceased would represent to the Court of Common Pleas of said County that the personal Estate of the deceased amounts to three hundred and seventy one dollars, thirty three cents, $371.33, and that the amount of claims against the same including the widows portions of said Estate, to which she is entitled, and that amounts to the probable sum of four hundred and thirty five dollars, $435.00 leaving sixty four dollars $64 of indebtedness over the value of the personal Estate. That the decedent died the owner in fee simple of the West half of the South West quarter of section thirteen in Township No. 20 North Range one West and also part of the North half of the South

East quarter of Section fourteen in Township twenty north of Range one West. That lies on the East side of the State Road leading from Frankfort to Lebanon ------in all eighty two acres of land situate in the county of Boone and State of Indiana of the present value if twelve hundred and thirty dollars. $1230.00. That the decedent left as his heirs his widow, Mary Anderson and Naomi Elliot, William Anderson, Thomas F. Anderson, Mary Jane Bennett, Nancy Ferguson, Rachael Bennett, Hannah Lewis, Eliza Bolby, Hiram B. Anderson, Martha Chase and Joseph M. Anderson children and heirs of said deceased, all of whom are over twenty one years of age, except the said Joseph M. Anderson who is a minor aged nineteen years, who are all the heirs of the decedent. (Known to your petitions) they therefore ask for an order to sell such Real Estate at private sale subject to widows right of dower therein, Thomas F. Anderson, Administrator.
Subscribed and sworn to before me the 19th day of December 1853. W.C. Rise, Clerk.

The following page contains an affidavit of Henry Hill, publisher and editor of the Boone County Pioneer, a weekly newspaper verifying the printing and posting of a notice to creditors in the newspaper first published the 21st day of December AD 1853.

The Court appoints A. O. Nelson Guardian ad litem for Joseph M. Anderson who is under the age of 21 years. And the Guardian now files his answers: The Guardian ad litem answering says he knows nothing of the matters in issue in said cause, and therefore submits his ( ) and these interests to the care and protection of the Court.

The Administrators now file an Inventory and Appraisement of the Real Estate of said deceased:

We Milton Hopkins and George Hall swear that we will truly appraise the Real property of Hiram Anderson deceased as shown to us.

Subscribed and sworn the 26th day of January 1854.

Appraisal amount submitted for the 82 acres was $830.00.

Administrators, Thomas F. Anderson and Mary Anderson are required to post bond of $1640 for the sale of said Real Estate with surety, to the acceptance and appraisal of the court, which bond is in the records and figures following to wit:

"Know all men by these presents that we, Mary Anderson, Thomas F. Anderson, Isaac Bennett and John J. Elliott are come unto the State of Indiana in the sum of Sixteen hundred and forty dollars to pay which we jointly and severally bind ourselves, our heirs, executor and administrators. Sealed and dated the 28th day of January 1854. Administrators are ordered to sell the named Real Estate of Hiram Anderson, deceased.

Approved the 28th day of January 1856., W.C. Rise, Clerk.

The Court then empowers Mary Anderson and Thomas F. Anderson, administrators, to sell at private sale the described Real estate, subject to the widows right of dower therein, for a price and sum not less than the appraised sum.

At the April term, 1856, appeared Administrator Mary Anderson, who reports in an affidavit that she has not received any money whatever belonging to the Estate since her appointment, and that she has no other property in her possession belonging to said Estate, and that the Administration has been conducted principally by Thomas F. Anderson, her co-administrator. And at this time Mary Anderson files her resignation as administratrix and asks to be discharged from any further duties as such.

At the January term 1856, Thomas F. Anderson reports that he has sold the described Real Estate to Jacob M. Wood for the sum of Eight hundred and twenty dollars, $820.00, subject to the widows rights therein. Five hundred dollars paid in hand and the residue secured by taking the purchasers note with William Bennett surety payable May 1st 1856. .

At the April 1856 term, administrator Thomas F. Anderson appeared and reported that he has received full payment for the Real Estate, and that the purchaser, Jacob M. Wood is entitled to a Deed of Conveyance. Deed is made and executed by Henry Shannon, a commissioner appointed by the Court. (The full deed and title is here spelled out).

Signed and sealed the 29th day of April 1856.

Final settlement is made the 30th day of April 1856.

Thomas F. Anderson reports a full accounting of the assets of the Estate at $1216.99. Disbursements for payment of debts claims and expenses were $693.40. leaving a balance of $523.56 for distribution to the heirs.

The court accepts the amount to be held until the next court term for distribution at that time. No further papers are available that give the amounts paid to each individual heir. 
ANDERSON, Hiram Thomas (I240)

Joel Berry Watson

Joel Berry Watson of Meridian, Route 6, died Tuesday at 2:25 p.m. at Rush's infirmary.

Mr. Watson was a retired Southern railroad car repairer. He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Luna Watson, city; three daughters, Mesdames Obera Harris, C. C. Moore, Sylacauga, Ala., and Myrtle Elrod, Thomaston, GA; six grandchildren.

The remains accompanied by relatives and friends were taken to Sylacauga, Ala., for funeral and interment services. 
WATSON, Joel Berry (I6360)
16 Service Company Signal Corps to 1 Sept 1918;
Co E 422 Telegraph Battalion to Discharge.
Corporal 1 Dec 1918.
American Expeditionary Forces 20 Oct 1918 to 28 Jan 1919. Honorable discharge 17 Feb 1919. 
MCCLELLAND, Russell Bennett (I2076)
1850 Liberty, Butler, OH

Name: Nancy Shepherd
Age: 53
Estimated Birth Year: abt 1797
Birth Place: Pennsylvania
Gender: Female
Home in 1850(City,County,State): Liberty, Butler, Ohio

Household Members:
Name Age
Nancy Shepherd 53
Eliza Shepherd 21
James Shepherd 16
Rebecca Shepherd 15
Sarah J Shepherd 11 
GUINN, Nancy (I394)
1853 Mississippi State Census
Lauderdale County
Sullivant, Thomas J         Males: 1     Females: 2     Total: 3

Source Information:
Ancestry.com. Mississippi State and Territorial Census Collection, 1792-1866 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2007. Original data: Mississippi State and Territorial Censuses, 1792-1866. Microfilm V229. 3 rolls. Heritage Quest. 
SULLIVAN, Thomas J (I9658)
1860 Beat 4 [Chunkyville], Lauderdale Co., Mississippi
J Edwards 35 
Lourana Edwards 28 
Melissa Young 2 
EDWARDS, Joseph W (I9815)
1860 Beat 4 [Chunkyville], Lauderdale Co., MS

T J Sullivan 32
Frances Sullivan 25
Mary Sullivan 8
Andrew Sullivan 6
Francis M Sullivan 4
Caroline Sullivan 1 
SULLIVAN, Thomas J (I9658)
1860 Beat 4 [Chunkyville], Lauderdale Co., MS

T J Sullivan 32
Frances Sullivan 25
Mary Sullivan 8
Andrew Sullivan 6
Francis M Sullivan 4
Caroline Sullivan 1 
Frances (I9670)
1860 US Census Vernon, Clinton, Ohio

Name: Samuel Beatty
Age in 1860: 41
Birth Year: abt 1819
Birthplace: Ohio
Home in 1860: Vernon, Clinton, Ohio
Gender: Male
Post Office: Clarksville
Value of real estate: View Image
Household Members: Name Age
Samuel Beatty 41
Eliza Beatty 33
Albert Beatty 7
Nancey Beatty 5
John Beatty 3

Source Citation: Year: 1860; Census Place: Vernon, Clinton, Ohio; Roll: M653_946; Page: 237; Image: 474. 
BEATTY, Samuel Stewart (I315)
1880 Federal US Census Oswego, Oswego Co, NY
Name  Relation Marital Status Gender Race Age Birthplace Occupation Father's Birthplace Mother's Birthplace
John DENNEHY   Self   M   Male   W   38   IRE   Confectioner   IRE   IRE 
Elizabeth B. DENNEHY   Wife   M   Female   W   35   IRE   Tend Store   IRE   IRE 
Jenny E. DENNEHY   Dau   S   Female   W   11   NY   At School   IRE   IRE 
Mary DENNEHY   Mother   W   Female   W   72   IRE   Helps In House   IRE   IRE 
Margaret DENNEHY   SisterL   S   Female   W   28   IRE   Dress Maker   IRE   IRE 
Mary A. DENNEHY   SisterL   S   Female   W   24   IRE   Dress Maker   IRE   IRE 
Daniel J. DENNEHY   Nephew   S   Male   W   21   IRE   Clerk   IRE   IRE 
Source Information:
  Census Place 1st Ward, Oswego, Oswego, New York
  Family History Library Film   1254913
  NA Film Number   T9-0913
  Page Number   344C 
DENNEHY, John J (I7490)
1880 United States Census
William A. WATSON   Self  M    Male      W   32    MS    VA   GA   Mill Hand  
Mary WATSON        Wife   M   Female   W   24    MS     ---   ---  Keeping House
Jack WATSON      Son     S    Male       W   10    MS     MS   MS 
Joel WATSON      Son     S    Male       W     6    MS     MS   MS 
Lois D. WATSON      Dau    S    Female   W   8M    MS     MS   MS 

Source Information:
  Census Place Hurricane Creek, Lauderdale, Mississippi
  Family History Library Film   1254653
  NA Film Number   T9-0653
  Page Number   203A 
WATSON, William "Bill" A. (I6321)
1880 Wayne Co., MS Census

Name: E. Willams
Home in 1880: Beat 4, Wayne, Mississippi
Age: 53
Estimated Birth Year: abt 1827
Birthplace: Mississippi
Relation to Head of Household: Self (Head)
Father's birthplace: Mississippi
Mother's birthplace: Mississippi
Neighbors: View others on page
Occupation: Keekping House
Marital Status: Widowed
Race: White
Gender: Female

Household Members:
Name Age
E. Willams 53
E. Willams 18
Ben Willams 16
Lance Willams 12
Francis Steveson 16

Source Citation: Year: 1880; Census Place: Beat 4, Wayne, Mississippi; Roll: T9_668; Family History Film: 1254668; Page: 351.1000; Enumeration District: 130; Image: 0560. 
GATLIN, Elizabeth (I10366)
1885 Lauderdale Co. MS School Census - Beat 4
Sullivan, R L
---, Sarah E      17
---, Fannie E      14
---, Bettie      12
---, Elisha J      10
---, George W 7 
SULLIVAN, Reuben Lafayette "Fate" (I9648)
1896 Enumeration of Children in Kemper County

Name              Child's name, age, sex       Race      Twp.   Range     Page
Watson, W.     Joel 20, m                          White       9          15           047
                        Levis 16, f
                        G. D. 14, m 
WATSON, William "Bill" A. (I6321)
1930 US Census Cleburne Co. AL
M M Rollins 40  M  Head AL
Mallie Rollins 38  F Wife AL
Amoins Rollins 13 Son  M AL
Lois Rollins 11  F Daughter AL
Raymond Rollins 10  M Son AL
Newman Rollins 8  M Son AL
Freeman Rollins 6  M Son AL
Adel Rollins 4  M Son AL 
ROLLINS, Monroe Milford (I10839)
218 Dennehy Jennie 1 abt 1869 Female White New York Oswego Ward 1, Oswego, New York Oswego

Year: 1870; Census Place:  Oswego Ward 1,  Oswego,  New York; Roll   M593_1073; Page:  69A; Image:  143; Family History Library Film:  552572. 
DENNEHY, Jennie E (I7495)
218  Dennehy  John  30  abt 1840  Male  White  Ireland  Oswego Ward 1, Oswego, New York  Oswego
218 Dennehy Libbie 25 abt 1845 Female White Ireland Oswego Ward 1, Oswego, New York Oswego
218 Dennehy Clara 2 abt 1868 Female White New York Oswego Ward 1, Oswego, New York Oswego
218 Dennehy Jennie 1 abt 1869 Female White New York Oswego Ward 1, Oswego, New York Oswego

Year: 1870; Census Place:  Oswego Ward 1,  Oswego,  New York; Roll   M593_1073; Page:  69A; Image:  143; Family History Library Film:  552572. 
DENNEHY, John J (I7490)
493        Morris        Joseph        26        Joseph Morris        abt 1844        Male        White        Alabama        Center Beat, Jasper, Mississippi        Paulding
493       Morris       Caldonia       14       Caldonia Morris       abt 1856       Female       White       Mississippi       Center Beat, Jasper, Mississippi       Paulding

Source: Year: 1870; Census Place:  Center Beat,  Jasper,  Mississippi; Roll   M593_732; Page:  524B; Image:  385; Family History Library Film:  552231. 
MORRIS, Joseph N (I6437)
85      Lanly [Langley]      Josiah           49      abt 1801      Male      South Carolina
85      Lanly [Langley]      Margarett      37      abt 1813           Female      South Carolina
85      Lanly [Langley]      Martha           17      abt 1833           Female      Georgia
85      Lanly [Langley]      Thos J           15      abt 1835           Male      Georgia
85      Lanly [Langley]      Tempy           13      abt 1837           Female      Georgia
85      Lanly [Langley]      Robert           12      abt 1838           Male      Georgia
85      Lanly [Langley]      Matha           10      abt 1840           Female      Georgia
85      Lanly [Langley]      Sarah           8      abt 1842           Female      Georgia
85      Lanly [Langley]      William           6      abt 1844           Male      Georgia
85      Lanly [Langley]      Sarah Ann      1      abt 1849           Female      Georgia

Source Citation: Year: 1850; Census Place: Southern District, Henry, Alabama; Roll M432_6; Page: 382A; Image: 278. 
LANGLEY, Josiah Jerimiah (I12249)
Jones  Francis E        18        abt 1842        Female                 Alabama
Jones  Eliza             16       abt 1844       Female               Alabama
Jones  Virginia        8       abt 1852       Female               Alabama

Source Citation: Year: 1860; Census Place:  , Wayne, Mississippi; Roll  M653_593; Page: 0; Image: 498. 
JONES, Francis Elizabeth (I11531)
Note: Listed twice on 1880 Census. Once in Beat 4 and once in Beat 5!?
Beat 4 census taken 1 JUN 1880. Beat 5 census taken 26 JUN 1880

J. H. Jones      44
Catharine Jones      38
Ananda Jones      22 [Amanda]
Ranson Jones      17 [Ransom]
John Jones      15
Letha Jones      13

Source Citation: Year: 1880; Census Place: Beat 5, Wayne, Mississippi; Roll T9_668; Family History Film: 1254668; Page: 366.3000; Enumeration District: 130; Image: 0590. 
JONES, James Joseph Henry (I11657)
Note: Listed twice on 1880 Census. Once in Beat 4 and once in Beat 5!?
Beat 4 census taken 1 JUN 1880. Beat 5 census taken 26 JUN 1880

J. H. James      44
Cathrin James      41
Rensom James      19
John James      16
Luth. James      12

Source Citation: Year: 1880; Census Place: Beat 4, Wayne, Mississippi; Roll T9_668; Family History Film: 1254668; Page: 341.2000; Enumeration District: 130; Image: 0541. 
JONES, James Joseph Henry (I11657)
Add Update       124       Poe       Tempy       Head       Male       White       64       1846       Widowed       Alabama       Georgia       South Carolina       add
Add Update       124       Poe       Mandy       Wife       Female       White       23       1887       Single       Alabama       Georgia       Alabama

Source Citation
Year: 1910; Census Place:  Jordan,  Coosa,  Alabama; Roll:  T624_8; Page:  8A; Enumeration District:  0059; Image:  1137; FHL Number:  1374021. 
BEASLEY, Tempy M (I13934)
Barnett         Augustus B         Head        Male        White        40        abt 1870        Married        Mississippi        Mississippi        Mississippi
Barnett       Artonsey       Wife       Female       White       34       abt 1876       Married       Mississippi       Mississippi       Mississippi
Barnett       Wilton J       Son       Male       White       12       abt 1898       Single       Mississippi       Mississippi       Mississippi
Barnett       Berry E       Son       Male       White       11       abt 1899       Single       Mississippi       Mississippi       Mississippi
Barnett       Bessie V       Daughter       Female       White       9       abt 1901       Single       Mississippi       Mississippi       Mississippi
Barnett       Lellie M       Daughter       Female       White       7       abt 1903       Single       Mississippi       Mississippi       Mississippi
Barnett       Kerney L       Son       Male       Black       5       abt 1905       Single       Mississippi       Mississippi       Mississippi
Barnett       Ollie       Son       Male       White       2       abt 1908       Single       Mississippi       Mississippi       Mississippi
Barnett       James B       Son       Male       White       1/12       abt 1910       Single       Mississippi       Mississippi       Mississippi

Year: 1910; Census Place:  Beat 4,  Wayne,  Mississippi; Roll   T624_762; Page:  3B; Enumeration District:  135; Image:  492. 
BARNETT, Augustus B (I11848)
Beasely       W       46       abt 1814       Male               Georgia
Beasely       M       23       abt 1837       Female               Alabama
Beasely       A       18       abt 1842       Female               Alabama
Beasely       T       14       abt 1846       Female               Alabama
Beasely       P       12       abt 1848       Female               Alabama
Beasely       W       10       abt 1850       Female               Alabama
Beasely       J W       9       abt 1851           Male               Alabama
Beasely       L C       8       abt 1852       Female               Alabama
Beasely       A G       5       abt 1855       Male               Alabama

Source Citation
Year: 1860; Census Place:  Northern Division,  Talladega,  Alabama; Roll:  M653_24; Page:  666; Image:  205; Family History Library Film:  803024. 
BEASLEY, William (I13965)
Beasley Lucas   68   LA
Eliza Lucas       48   GA 
LUCAS, Beasley (I15176)
Beasley       William       37       abt 1813               Male       Georgia
Beasley       Rebecca       35       abt 1815               Female       Alabama
Beasley       Martha       16       abt 1834               Female       Alabama
Beasley       John W       13       abt 1837               Male       Alabama
Beasley       Amanda       11       abt 1839               Female       Alabama
Beasley       Tempy       5       abt 1845               Female       Alabama
Beasley       Penelope       4       abt 1846               Female       Alabama
Beasley       William       1       abt 1849               Male       Alabama

Source Citation
Year: 1850; Census Place:  Talladega,  Talladega,  Alabama; Roll:  M432_15; Page:  446A; Image:  378. 
BEASLEY, William (I13965)
Bennie Albert Fontan            
Services for Bennie Albert Fontan will be held Saturday at 10 a.m. at the Robert Barham Family Funeral Home Chapel with Reverend Earl Wheatley Sr. of Northpark Church officiating. Burial will be in York Cemetery with Robert Barham Family Funeral Home in charge of arrangements. Mr. Fontan, 71, of Enterprise, died Wednesday, Dec. 30, 2009, at Anderson Regional Medical Center. He was retired from the U.S. Navy. He was also a master cabinet maker. Survivors include his wife, Shirley Fontan, of Enterprise; sons, Steven Curtis Fontan of Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., Bennie Eugene Fontan and his wife, Rosalva, of Gautier, Seth James Fontan and his wife, Debbie, of Pensacola, Fla.; daughter, Teresa Marianne Caraway and her husband, Bradley James, of Meridian; grandchildren, Kevin Fontan, Tiffany, Brittany, Destiny, Kelsie, Lee, Rickey, Weylan, Daniel, Eric Luca, Steven Luca, James Luca and Autumn Luca; great-grandchildren, Jaxon, McKensie, River, Niece, Alice Lester; and a nephew, Paul Lester. He was preceded in death by his daughter, Tyanne Noland; and his brothers and sisters, Johnny Fontan, Jimmy Fontan, Patsy Thead, and Bobbie Fontan. Pallbearers will be Paul Lester, Teddy Lester, Ben Brantley, Mike Hutchins, James Hutchins and Brad Carraway. Visitation will be Saturday, one hour prior to services at the funeral home. 
FONTAN, Bennie Albert (I2159)
BISHOP, Mrs. Sarah Ann; [1b]; P. O. - Meridian Miss. Rout 1; [1c]; [1d];
husband's name - Rollie BISHOP; married in Jasper Conty Miss 1886; [12]; [12b]; [12c]; enlisted 1863; resided in Wayne County Miss ("Jasper" appears to have been written first, then partially erased and "Wayne" typed over it); officers in unit - Capt. W. A. TROTTER, Lt. H. S. GUNN of Co. "D" 7th Miss. Bat.; was never discharged from command; was in active service at surrender in 1865;
/s/ Mrs. Sarah Ann her x mark Bishop; 5 Jul 1924; witnesses: /s/ F M Wood, Tom Wolfe

(a separate handwritten letter to the Chancery Clerk dated 20 Oct 1924 from J. R. McRee is attached; the letter states "Mrs. Sarahan Bishop is the widow of Rily Bishop of Wayne Couty Miss.....think he inlisted at Waynesboro When he drawed his pincion before officers W. A. Trotter Captain H. S. Green First Lieut - W. L. Fleming Second Lieut - Al Bloxon Third Lieut... Write to Jack Kelly Choctaw County Ala West Butler P. O.....you can get the officer's name of Company "E" from him.....") 
MCCARTY, Sarah Ann (I139)
BISHOP, Sara Ann, age 67 years; [1c]; [1]; P. O. - Crandall Miss;
husband's name - Rauley BISHOP(also spelled "Rauleigh" and "Rily" in other places on this application); married 1888 [should be 1886]; resided in Jasper Co Miss when enlisted; living in Clarke Co now, last year, and year before; did not draw pension from MS last year or from any other state; is not inmate of Soldiers Home at Beauvoir now or within the last three years; enlisted in 7th Miss Battalion Co D, date - "I dont kow"; officers in unit - W A TROTTER Capt; served till close of war; honorably discharged - date and place "I do not know"; died Jasper Co Miss 1997 (obviously should have been 1897); [12]; [13c]; [14b]; [16]; [16b]; lives with only daughter; [17];
19 Aug 1921; /s/ Sarah Ann Bishop; witnesses; /s/ B. J. McRae, J. R. McRee 
MCCARTY, Sarah Ann (I139)
Bloomington Daily Telephone
Bloomington, Indiana
Friday, 15 June 1923

John P. (T) Bennett
Dead at Lebanon

Age 79, a Soldier of the 40th Indiana
During the Civil War,
and a Former Business Man of this City
- The Local Relatives.

Word was received this morning of the death Thursday of John P. Bennett, who for many years was a resident of Bloomington and who the older generation of people here will remember as proprietor of a meat market on North Walnut street. Mr. Bennett moved away from Bloomington 28 years ago and since that time had been living in Lebanon. He was a member of the 40th Indiana Infantry during the Civil War and was highly respected among his acquaintances and the old soldiers. He was a grandfather of Mrs. Paul Bryant, who is prevented from attending the funeral on account of a sick child. He was also the father of George Bennett, north of town, and a brother of Mrs. John Croy, west of the city.

Mr. Bennett was 79 years of age, was a member of the Methodist church, the Grand Army of the Republic and the Red Men. He is survived by several children, among them Homer Bennett, of Midland; Bessie Bennett, of Arkansas; Mrs. Hazel Sourers, of Chicago; Mrs. Leafy Hobson, of Greensboro, Ala.; Mrs. Elva Benashell, of Los Angeles; Mrs. Lizzie Blackwell, of Oakland, Calif.; Otha Bennett, of this city.

George Bennett has gone to Lebanon to attend the funeral of his father. The funeral details are not known here. 
BENNETT, John T (I15618)
Bloomington Herald Times
Bloomington, Monroe County, Indiana
Tuesday, January 9, 2007

Marilyn Hamm, 73
April 5, 1933 –  Jan. 7, 2007

Marilyn Bryant Hamm, 73, formerly of Bloomington, died on January 7, 2007 at St. Francis Hospital in Beech Grove after a courageous battle with cancer. She was born April 5, 1933, in Indianapolis to Paul and Ruth Bennett Bryant.

After attending Bloomington High School, she married Charles M. Hamm on February 2, 1952. In 1958 they welcomed their first of three children.

Marilyn had an amazing zest for life and enjoyed serving the public through various places of employment. She was a life member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and had previously been a member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles, American Legion and AmVets.

She is survived by one daughter, Brenda Hamm Davidson, son-in-law Mark Davidson, and grand-daugh, Millie. She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles and two children, Steve Hamm and Katina Hamm.

A viewing will be held on Wednesday from 5:00p.m. to 8:00p.m. and on Thursday from 2:00p.m. to 3:30p.m. at Day Funeral Home. Graveside funeral services will be held on Thursday at 4:00p.m. at Valhalla Memory Gardens in Bloomington.

Marilyn's daughter and son-in-law wish to thank all the doctors, nurses, aids and therapists in Bloomington, Greenwood, and Beech Grove, who worked tirelessly for the care and well-being of Marilyn.

Donations may be made to the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund at OCRF.org. 
BRYANT, Marylin Rose (I15632)
Bloomington Newspaper
Bloomington, Monroe County, Indiana
Thursday, February 4, 1960

Otha (Jack) Bennett

Funeral services for Otha (Jack) Bennett, 90, who died early Wednesday, have been set for 2 p.m. Friday in the Arlington Methodist Church.

Surviving brother is Homer Bennett, Jasonville; three sisters are Mrs. Nettie Blackburn, Oakland, Calif; Mrs. Josephine Hobson, Chicago and Mrs. Louise Espinoso, Carmel, Calif., eight grandchildren, 21 great grandchildren and four great great grandchildren.

Redmen will give a memorial service at the funeral.

Rev. Edwin Mercer will officiate, and Mrs. John Patton and Mrs. Leslie Peters will provide the music. Burial will be in Rose Hill Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Richard Gilpatrick, James Patton, Marion Kerr, Wesley Patton, Robert Yates, and Edward Allen.

Flowerbearers will be great granddaughters.

Friends may call at the Day Funeral Home until time for the services. 
BENNETT, Otha Cecil (I15620)
Bob Fontan

Memorial services for Bob Fontan will be held today at 1:30 p.m. at Wesley United Methodist Church with the Rev. Curtis Lucy officiating. James F. Webb Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Mr. Fontan, 64, of Meridian, died Monday, Nov. 27, 2006, at Rush Foundation Hospital. He was a retired veteran of the U.S. Navy and was a member of the Fleet Reserve.

Survivors include his son, David Fontan of San Diego; a brother, Bennie Fontan of Enterprise and a special friend, Pat Ruthledge of Meridian and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, John Fontan and Olivia Fontan. 
FONTAN, Bobby Ray (I2160)
Brownlee  Munroe  abt 1844 Male  White  Mississippi 
Brownlee  Sabra R  abt 1850 Female  White  Mississippi 
Brownlee  Mary  abt 1868 Female  White  Mississippi 

Source Citation: Year: 1870; Census Place: Township 9, Wayne, Mississippi; Roll  M593_752; Page: 219; Image: 438. 
BROWNLEE, J. Monroe (I11835)
Butler       Alfred       45       abt 1805               Male       Georgia
Butler       Mourning       40       abt 1810               Female       Georgia
Butler       Thos       22       abt 1828               Male       Georgia
Butler       John       21       abt 1829               Male       Georgia
Butler       Cealia       19       abt 1831               Female       Alabama
Butler       Jane       15       abt 1835               Female       Alabama
Butler       Washington       13       abt 1837               Male       Alabama
Butler       Hiram       9       abt 1841               Male       Alabama
Butler       Rebecca       6       abt 1844               Female       Alabama
Butler       Nancy       5       abt 1845               Female       Alabama
Butler       Elijah       2       abt 1848               Male       Alabama

Year: 1850; Census Place:  Southern District,  Henry,  Alabama; Roll:  M432_6; Page:  445A; Image:  404. 
BUTLER, Alfred (I6474)
Butler       Alfred       57       abt 1803       Male               North Carolina
Butler       Mourning       57       abt 1803       Female               Georgia
Butler       Mary       21       abt 1839       Female               Alabama
Butler       Hiram       19       abt 1841       Male               Alabama
Butler       Rebecca       18       abt 1842       Female               Alabama
Butler       Nancy       13       abt 1847       Female               Alabama

Year: 1860; Census Place:  Freemans,  Henry,  Alabama; Roll:  M653_11; Page:  228; Image:  232; Family History Library Film:  803011. 
BUTLER, Alfred (I6474)
Butler       Alfred       White       Male       80       abt 1800       Self (Head)               South Carolina       North Carolina       North Carolina
Butler       Jane       White       Female       30       abt 1850       Dau (Daughter)       Single       Alabama       North Carolina       North Carolina
Butler       Nancy       White       Female       28       abt 1852       Dau (Daughter)       Single       Alabama       North Carolina       North Carolina
Butler       Mary       White       Female       24       abt 1856       Dau (Daughter)       Single       Alabama       North Carolina       North Carolina

Year: 1880; Census Place:  Curetons,  Henry,  Alabama; Roll:  15; Family History Film:  1254015; Page:  635A; Enumeration District:  83; Image:  0753. 
BUTLER, Alfred (I6474)
Butler       Alfred              68       abt 1802       Male       White       North Carolina
Butler       Mourning   68       abt 1802       Female       White       Georgia
Butler       Jane                36       abt 1834       Female       White       Alabama
Butler       Mary                28       abt 1842       Female       White       Alabama
Butler       Nancy             24       abt 1846       Female       White       Alabama

Year: 1870; Census Place:  Precinct 9,  Henry,  Alabama; Roll:  M593_19; Page:  386A; Image:  231; Family History Library Film:  545518. 
BUTLER, Alfred (I6474)
Butler       Thomas          43       abt 1827       Male       White       Alabama
Butler       Eliza               35       abt 1835       Female       White       Alabama
Butler       William           19       abt 1851       Male       White       Alabama
Butler       Mary               13       abt 1857       Female       White       Alabama

Year: 1870; Census Place:  Precinct 9,  Henry,  Alabama; Roll:  M593_19; Page:  386A; Image:  231; Family History Library Film:  545518. 
BUTLER, Thomas (I13281)
Butler        Hiram        26        abt 1844  Male        White        Alabama
Butler       Julian       21       abt 1849       Female       White       Alabama
Butler       Teletha       4       abt 1866       Female       White       Alabama
Butler       Ida       6/12       abt 1869       Female       White       Alabama

Year: 1870; Census Place:  Precinct 9,  Henry,  Alabama; Roll   M593_19; Page:  386A; Image:  231; Family History Library Film:  545518. 
BUTLER, Hiram (I13284)
Butler        Hiram        Head        White        Male        add        58        Married        35        1865        Alabama  North Carolina  North Carolina
Butler       Julia A       Wife       White       Female       add       53       Married       35       1865       12 Ch. 7 Ch. living  Alabama       South Carolina South Carolina
Butler       Roxey A       Daughter       White       Female       add       16       Single                       Alabama       Alabama       Alabama
Butler       Eliza       Daughter       White       Female       add       14       Single                       Alabama       Alabama       Alabama

Year: 1900; Census Place:  Garrards,  Geneva,  Alabama; Roll   T623_ 17; Page:   9B; Enumeration District:  72. 
BUTLER, Hiram (I13284)
Butler        Hiram        White        Male        40        abt 1840        Self (Head)Self (Head)        Married        Alabama        South Carolina        Alabama
Butler       Julyann       White       Female       30       abt 1850       Wife       Married       Alabama       South Carolina       South Carolina
Butler       Tillitha M       White       Female       13       abt 1867       Dau (Daughter)Dau (Daughter)       Single       Florida       Alabama       Alabama
Butler       Ida       White       Female       10       abt 1870       Dau (Daughter)Dau (Daughter)       Single       Alabama       Alabama       Alabama
Butler       Abijah       White       Male       8       abt 1872       Son       Single       Alabama       Alabama       Alabama
Butler       Thomas W.       White       Male       6       abt 1874       Son       Single       Alabama       Alabama       Alabama
Butler       Margrett A.       White       Female       4       abt 1876       Dau (Daughter)Dau (Daughter)       Single       Alabama       Alabama       Alabama

Year: 1880; Census Place:  Headland,  Henry,  Alabama; Roll   15; Family History Film:   1254015; Page:  612A; Enumeration District:  82; Image:  0707. 
BUTLER, Hiram (I13284)

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