179. Eli A. WALTERS was born on 19 April 1807 in Virgina. He died on 19 January 1861 at the age of 53 in Williamson County, Tennessee.
18 Apr 2012. I received an email:
1840 Census. Williamson, TN
1850 Census. Williamson, TN, Hh 822
1860 Census. Williamson, TN, Hh 72
Estate papers for Eli A. Walters found Williamson Co, TN; FamilySearch.org
The Sale of Eli A Walters estate was held 26 Mar 1861 and returned as the Inventory and sale, July Term of Court, 1861.
Allotment to Mary E. Walters was filed 23 Mar 1861. Commissioners appointed were F. W. Jordan, Robert S. Buchanan, and John W. Harvey - they had been appointed at the Feb. Term of Court. They were to lay off support for the widow and children for one year from the decease of her husband. They allotted 2000# of bacon, 150# of lard, 60 barrels of corn, 6 stacks of fodder, one cow and calf, and $275 in money. Signed 2 Mar 1861.
An accounting of debits and credits to the estate covers dates from 1862 - 1870. Burial cost $65.72. Mrs. Mary E. Walters, Admin.
There is an accounting of expenditures by D. B. Cliffe, guardian for Eli, Dora, Thomas, & Florence Walters, 1862-1870. The debits included his expenses, board & clothing by M. E. Walters, taxes paid on the land, tuition. There was income from rent of the land. Balance due Cliffe was about $122.
Miscellaneous receipts are in the file. This one is noted:
Bill filed by Elisabeth A. Waters, 22 Sep 1866, against Eli A. Waters, Jr. William Waters, Dora Waters, James Waters, and Florence Waters, all under the age of 21 and for whom Daniel B. Cliffe is their Guardian. On 19 Jan 1861, Eli A. Waters Sen, departed this life and Elizabeth took upon herself administration of the estate. Eli died owing about 12 or 14 very valuable negro slaves that have become Emancipated since the War. The estate was heavily in debt when she became administratrix, but she believed with the help of the labor of the slaves she would be able to pay off the indebtedness, but the recent War has deprived her of that hope. An accounting of her assets will show they are worth about $384, much less than she owes which is upwards of $874.00. Also in his lifetime, Eli was appointed by this court, guardian and trustee for Francis M. Carsey, a person of unsound mind. Carsey was at times a violent man requiring constant restraint and had to be admitted to the insane asylum. The whole of the estate of Carsey has been expended for his benefit and maintenance. The intestate died seized of a tract of land of 160-180 acres of which about 70-75 acres has been cleared; the rest in timber. She is asking the court to allow her to sell timber to pay her debts, thereby insuring the land will remain to provide her home and for the benefit of the children. Should the court refuse, she asks for permission to sell the land, less her dower. She would also like to pass the accounts of Carsey to the Court who is now the true and proper guardian and the intestate allowed proper compensation for his guardianship. Filed by lawyers Ewing, etc.
Answer of defendants by their guardian. They believe all the facts in the bill are truly stated and they approve the plan of their mother for paying the indebtedness of the estate for their best interest - but they are infants and rely on the courts.
6 Dec 1866. Came before the court the complaint. Court is satisfied Eli A. Walters died intestate leaving the named heirs. But the court is not advised of what personal property the Adminstratrix has in her hands, nor what debts are due. The clerk is to precede with all convenient speed to ascertain the facts and report.
13 Dec 1866. It appears that the assets in the hands of the administratrix are insufficient for the payment of debts due and owing. The clerk is to ascertain exactly what is in the hands of the administratrix and what debts are owing and inquire whether it will be in the best interest of the minor heirs to sell the timber rather than a portion of the lands.
Depositions taken 13 Dec 1866
Report Filed Dec 1866. The subscriber, Clerk and Master reports. From the Inventory as filed, the sum of $536.15 have come into the hands of the admrx; she has paid out to the debts about the sum of $780. He has taken depositions of R. B. & W. B. Carothers and finds therefore that it is necessary to sell some of the timber to pay off the balance of the indebtedness between $1200 and $1500. A portion of the timber should be sold rather than a portion of the land. Signed: W. E. Winstead. Dec 14th, 1866
24 Dec 1866. Report is confirmed. The personal assets of the estate of Eli A. Waters, deceased is insufficient to pay the indebtedness in the amount of from $1200 to $1500, and it is in the interest of the heirs to sell a portion of the timber now growing on the lands than to sell a portion of the land. W. B. Carothers is appointed Special Commissioner to superintend the disposition of a portion of said timber in such manner as shall deem most to the interest of the estate and to make report to the next term of court.
Summons for Eli Jr, William Dora, Thomas & Florence Walters and Daniel B. Cliffe, guardian to appear Oct next. Apr 1866.
April Term 1871 Case is still Elizabeth Walters vs. Eli Walters Jr et al. It is ordered by the court that this cause be consolidated with the cause of James M. Carsey vs. Francis M. Carsey and the two causes be heard together. Statements of both to be made at the next term of court.
Summons for Elizabeth Waters, 5 Jun 1871 - also to Eli A. Waters, and to Daniel B. Cliffe, Guardian of William, Dora, Thomas & Florence [all must still be underage].
Depositions, 22 Jun 1871
It seems eventually Mary did have to sell the land. I find no "J. S. Walters, although J. E. was apprently the eldest son James Ely - perhaps he bought the land himself. The deed records of Williamson Co by reveal more.
Eli A. WALTERS and Mary Elizabeth CARSEY were married circa 1848. Mary Elizabeth CARSEY, daughter of Thomas P. CARSEY and Sarah [CARSEY], was born on 19 May 1818 in Tennessee. She died on 3 March 1899 at the age of 80 in Williamson County, Tennessee.
1870 Census. Dist 8, Williamson, TN Hh 25
1880 census, Dist 8, Williamson, TN, Hh 95
Eli A. WALTERS and Mary Elizabeth CARSEY had the following children:
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