Source: Sumner County, Tennessee - TSLA Microfilm
#5093, Case #6986
To the worshipful County Court of Sumner County now in session.
The humble petition of John Durham, William Durham, James Durham, Henry Durham, Thomas Durham, Joseph Mason and his wife Susan Mason & William Smith guardian of Henderson Durham, Gatewood Durham, Nancy Durham, & Betsey Durham, children of Samuel Durham, deceased, all heirs of William Durham, deceased.
Sheweth, That William Durham died, sometime ago in Sumner County and left at his death six sons & four daughters. His sons were John Durham, William Durham, James Durham, Henry Durham, Samuel Durham & Thomas Durham. His daughters were Polly Sherring, wife of Thomas Sherring, Nancy O'Rear, wife of William O'Rear, Patsy Moody, wife of Dinning Moody, and Susan Mason, wife of Joseph Mason. The said Samuel Durham is now dead and William Smith is guardian to his four children Henderson Durham, Gatewood Durham, Nancy Durham, and Betsey Durham. The said William Durham, deceased, died seized of two tracts of land, lying in Sumner County the one containing three hundred acres and the other two hundred acres. The tract of three hundred acres was bought of Etheldred Bunn and is bounded as follows: It begins at a black walnut; thence running South, two hundred and ten poles to a black oak; thence West two hundred and thirty poles to a large popular on James Power's East boundary now Edmund Browning's; thence running with said line North two hundred and ten poles to a stake; thence East two hundred and thirty poles to the beginning. The tract of two hundred acres was bought from Thomas McGuire and is bounded as follows: It begins at a double sugar tree standing on the East boundary line of John Donohue's old survey running East two hundred and forty five poles to pointers formerly a dogwood and beech; thence South one hundred and eighty eight poles to a small white oak; thence North eighty four degrees, West fifty one poles to a mark; thence North forty five degrees, West sixty two poles to a pawpa; thence North sixty five degrees, West one hundred & twenty poles to the East boundary line of Donohoe's old survey now owned by Barry; thence North with the said line to the beginning.
The premises being considered, your petitioners humbly pray this worshipful court to appoint five commissioners to divide the said two tracts of land between the said heirs of the said William Durham, deceased, as the law directs. William Durham, William Smith, James Durham, John Durham, Henry Durham, Thomas Durham, Joseph Mason, Susan Mason, Petition of the heirs of William Durham, deceased.
? months notice given in the Nashville Whig & Banner to William O'Rear, Nancy O'Rear, Dinning Moody, Patsy Moody, Thomas Shearin, & Polly Shearin, that application in a partition was then made at this term.
John Turner, George McGuire, William Allen, Peter Fisher, & Jas. Hanna appointed commissioners to make partition.