Monday, January 5, 2015

Monday Is for Mothers: Elizabeth Davis? (About 1751 - 1838)

We are certain that this paternal 4th great-grandmother's given name is Elizabeth and that she died in Georgia in 1838. She was the wife of Jesse Warren, Senior, (although we don't know what year they were married in Virginia where she and her husband were born) and they moved their family to Georgia in about 1791.

[Georgia, from the latest Authorities. B. Tanner, sculpt. N.Y. Published by J. Reid, L. Wayland & C. Smith, 1796.
David Rumsey Historical Map Collection]

For now we think her surname might have been Davis? but some of the other names we've considered include Elliott? Chandler? Beall? Manson? Green? Pegram? Rives or Harton?? Thweatt? In other words, she's one of our brick walls.

After her husband's death in 1827 she lived with her unmarried daughter Mary Warren. (We don't know who the 40-something man living with them is, perhaps he's an overseer for the 13 slaves.)

[ 1830 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2010. 
Images reproduced by FamilySearch. Original data: Fifth Census of the United States, 1830. (NARA microfilm publication M19, 201 rolls). Records of the Bureau of the Census, Record Group 29. National Archives, Washington, D.C.]

Elizabeth (?) Warren died at the home of her daughter Susan (Mrs. Joseph Johnson) in Putnam County on July 2, 1838, as the result of a carriage accident.

Here is her obituary in the Southern Recorder, 24 Jul 1838, page 3:
"Departed this life, in Putnam county, at the house of Joseph Johnson, on the 2d instant, Mrs. Elizabeth Warren, consort of Jesse Warren, Sen., late of Hancock county, deceased, in the 87th year of her age.  Mrs. Warren went home with her daughter, Susan Johnson, to spend a short time, but unfortunately the carriage upset, and threw her out, and she was brought home a corpse.  Mrs. Warren was born in Dinwiddie county, Virginia.  In early life she attached herself to the Methodist Episcopal Church in the year 1774.  Mrs. Warren, in all the various relations of life, was an exemplary pattern of christianity.  In her deportment she was amiable and kind--performing her duties as wife, mother, and mistress, with a fidelity and punctuality seldom equalled, and never surpassed.  Mild and gentle in her demeanor, courteous and affable in her intercourse with her acquaintances, she gained the esteem of all who had an opportunity of knowing her.  A few hours previous to her death, she called her family around her, and whilst she manifested the assurance of her acceptance with God, exhorted them, in the most affecting manner, to fill up the vacancy which she would soon leave in the church, and to serve God who comforted her in the hour of death. But she is gone! and has left two sons and four daughters, and large circle of relatives and friends to mourn her irreparable loss." 
We do have her Last Will and Testament signed with her mark. It was made in 1833, after the death of her oldest son, Jeremiah, and presented for probate in September of 1838 in Hancock County.

["Georgia, Probate Records, 1742-1990," images, FamilySearch (,267808601 : accessed 04 Dec 2014), Hancock - Wills and administration records 1837-1850 vol P-Q - images 131 + 132 of 662; county probate courthouses, Georgia.]

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