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B.5.i. Margaret Nesbit {B.5.i.}

 

     Margaret Nesbit was born in Fayette County, Virginia in 1788, not long after her parents had moved there from Rockbridge County. The family later moved to Harrison County, Kentucky, which is where Margaret spent her youth.

 

Timeline of Margaret Nesbitt

 

~1788779

Inscription of Lewis/Nesbit Tombstones, Mt. Pleasant Cemetery,Smith Township, Posey County, Indiana in Samuel Nesbit DAR Documentation File
Birth of Margaret Nesbit in Fayette County, Virginia, one of three unmarried daughters in Samuel Nesbitt’s 1814 will
Tombstone: Margaret Nesbit, died November 21, 1858, aged 70.

1810487

Federal Census, Harrison County, Kentucky
Samuel Nesbit

2 males 16 – 26

 

1 male > 45

Samuel

1 female 10 – 16

Rebecca (10 or 12)

2 females 16 – 26

Jane (23), Margaret (22)

1 female > 45

Mary

7 Mar. 1814276

Harrison County, Kentucky, Will Book A, page 244
In the Name of God amen, I Samuel Nisbet of Harrison county & State of Kentucky, being weakly in body but in perfect mind & memory thanks be to God for his mercies & Knowing that it is appointed for all men once to die I do make & ordain this my last will & Testament by me made and first of all I do commend my soul to God who Gave it and my body to the Earth from whence it came to be decently buried & as touching my worldly Estate that is has pleased God to bless me with I do dispose of in the following way & manner I do order all my Lawfull Debts to be paid and my funeral charges and as for the balance of my Estate I do dispose of in the following way & manner that is to say to John my son I do Give one hundred & twenty Dollars and to Robert my son I do Give ten Dollars as he had Got his Share before and to Samuel my son I do Give the piece of Land that is laid off to him adjoining Roberts line supposed to be twenty acres more or less and to James my son do Give thirty Dollars as he had Got his share before and to William my son I do Give the plantation whereon I now live with all the plantation, tools & 2 horses and the waggon to be Be---?-- [possibly between] William & Sam and Each of my Daughters now living at home is to have a horse or Mare & for my other three that is Married I do Give ten Dollars to each one & the balance of the Estate I do leave the Sole disposal of to Mary my wife and she is to have a Good Sufficient living on the place and to keep possession of the house and that three un Married Daughters to have their living on the place while un Married and I do leave Mary my wife and William my son Sole Executors of this my Last will & Testament by me made I do revoke all other wills or Testament by me made __ Given under my hand this 7th day of March 1814.
Samuel Nisbet L.S.
Test
W. Moore
A. Moore
Henry C. Moore

1820753

Federal Census, Posey County, Indiana
Aaron Lewis

1 male < 10

John (~1)

1 male 16 - 26

Aaron Lewis (25)

1 female < 10

Harriet (~2)

2 females 16 - 26

Rebecca Nesbit Lewis (~20 - 22)

 

Margaret Nesbit (~32) (age misreported)

6 Sept 1827821

Harrison County, Kentucky Will Book Volumes A, B, page __
In the name of God, Amen, I Jane Nesbitt of Harrison County ad State of Kentucky being in a low State of health buy in perfect mind and memory do make ordain and Constitute this instrument of writing to be my Last will and testament and hereby revoke and -?-- and all other wills I may have made and first of all I will and bequeath my Soul to god who gave it and my body to be buried in Christian like manner and as touching my worldly Estate I will that after my deceased all My debts be paid as Soon as possible the balance of my sd. Estate after my Debts is paid I will to my Sister Margaret Nesbitt to her and her heirs forever to dispose of at pleasure in witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and affixed My Seal this 6th day of September 1827.
Attest
Alex.r Lewis }
Henry Perkins } Jane (her mark) Nesbitt LS
H. Lewis }
Harrison County
April Court 1828 Sct
This Last Will and Testament of Jane Nesbitt Dec.d was produced in Open Court and proved by the Oath of Alexander Lewis and Hiram Lewis two of the subscribing Witness Thereto and was ordered to be recorded.

1830641

Federal Census, Posey County, Indiana
Aaron Lewis

1 male < 5 Samuel H. (3)
1 male 5 - 10 John (~11)
1 male 30 - 40 Aaron Lewis (35)
2 females < 5 Nancy (4), Margaret (< 1)
1 female 10 - 15 Harriet (~12)
2 females 20 - 30 Rebecca (Nesbitt) Lewis (~30 - 32), ?
1 female 30 - 40 Margaret Nesbitt (~42)

1840642

Federal Census, Smith Township, Posey County, Indiana
Aaron Lewis

1 male 10 - 15 Samuel (13)
1 male 15 - 20 John (21)
3 males 40 - 50 Aaron (45), Margaret (42) **
1 female < 5 Sarah (~7)
1 female 5 - 10 Margaret (10)
1 female 10 - 15 Nancy (14)

** Presuming that the two males 40-50 are not males, but that Rebecca (Nesbitt) Lewis (40-42) and Margaret Nesbitt (~52) have been incorrectly categorized on this 1840 census)

29 Oct. 1850822

Federal Census, Johnson Township, Gibson County, Indiana
Dwelling Number/Family Number: 152/152

Name Age Occ Value of RE POB
Aaron Lewis 56 Farmer $800 KY
Samuel Lewis 22     IN
Margaret L. Lewis 19     IN
Sarah A. Lewis 13     IN
Margaret Nesbit 10     KY

(Margaret Nesbitt’s age recorded incorrectly. Correct age would be ~ 62 in 1850.)

21 Nov 1858779

Inscription of Lewis/Nesbit Tombstones, Mt. Pleasant Cemetery,Smith Township, Posey County, Indiana in Samuel Nesbit DAR Documentation File
Tombstone: Margaret Nesbit, died November 21, 1858, aged 70

Analysis of the Timeline

 

     Margaret was the first child of Mary Berry and Samuel Nesbit to be born after the family had moved to Fayette County, Virginia. Several years later, the family moved again to Harrison County, Kentucky, where Margaret grew up. She appears in the 1810 federal census as a young woman living in her parent’s household, and was mentioned, although not specifically named, in her father’s 1814 will as one of his unmarried daughters. Her younger sister, Rebecca, got married in 1818, and either in late 1819 or early 1820, moved to Posey County, Indiana. Margaret came along and lived with her sister’s family. When Margaret’s older sister, Jane, passed away in early 1828, Margaret, and only Margaret, was specifically targeted to receive a monetary award. Even after Rebecca’s death in 1844, Margaret continued to live in her sister’s household until her own death in the fall of 1858. This close relationship strongly suggests that Margaret may have been suffering from some kind of mental incapacitation throughout her life that required care.

 

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