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Daniel McConnell, 1833

Source:  Fayette County, IL Wills
Transcribed by Carol Voss

Proved in Sumner County, September, 1833.  Image of Proved Will

I, Daniel McConnel, of the County of Sumner and State of Tennessee, do make and ordain this my Last Will and Testament. I give and bequeath to my wife, Milly McConnel, the tract of land whereon I live of Two Hundred Acres with all my stock of Horses, Cattle, Hoggs, Sheep, Household and Kitchen Furnishings and Farming Tools During her Natural Life, at her Descease to be equally Divided among my Children by Name Elizabeth, Sally, Hesekiah, Rebeckah, Daniel McConnel’s. It is my will that when the aforesaid Heirs do come to mature age that my wife shall give them such things out of my Estate as they need, and as she may think proper. Also, the part of the estate of Kiah Blankinship which falls to her and is now unsettled, I do give to her During her Natural life after that to be equally Divided between the before named Heirs. I do appoint my wife, Milly McConnel sole Executrix to this my will and Testament. I do hereby disallow of all other wills or legacies ratifying this to be my last Will and Testament. In witness whereof I have set my hand and seal this the 12th day of January and in the year of our Lord one thousand Eight Hundred Twenty Five.

Signed, Sealed and Delivered

In presents of:                                                    Daniel McConnell [SEAL]

Henry McAden
Hugh McAden
Isaac Cooper

Daniel’s Last Will and Testament is interesting for a number of reasons. First, it places Daniel and Milly in Sumner County, Tennessee in the year 1825 and even names their children: Elizabeth, Sally, Hezekiah, Rebecca and Daniel. At first it seemed that their daughter, Elizabeth, was the "Elizabeth McConnell" who married Leonard Riedle. After reading Rebecca McConnell’s Last Will and Testament, however, it is clear that the "Elizabeth" who married Leonard Riedle is Daniel and Milly McConnell’s granddaughter. Further research reveals that the children are listed in their birth order. Second, the Last Will and Testament alludes to the "estate of Kiah Blankinship" which Milly will benefit by but which is presently "unsettled." Kiah is evidently a shortened form of Hezekiah, and as the first born son of Daniel and Milly was also named "Hezekiah", it is the name of Milly’s father (children are generally named after parents, grandparents and favored siblings as a mark of honor). Last, in order for the Will to be admitted into the Fayette County Probate Court it will have to be returned to the county where it was signed to verify its authenticity, and we learn that Daniel and Milly resided in Sumner County, Tennessee, at least until 1828, when an addendum was executed.

On the 25th day of October, 1828, while still in Sumner County, Tennessee, Daniel McConnell executed an addendum to his Last Will and Testament (and sold his property on Goose Creek) which stated:

In addition to this Will it is my will at present that if I should decease before I get myself settled again that my wife, Milly McConnel shall keep full pofsefsion of all the money, property or whatever I have in my pofsefsion in order to purchase land or whatever may be necefsary for her support. In witness whereof I have set my hand and seal this the 25th day of October, 1828.

Signed in presents of

acknowledged in presents Daniel McConnell {SEAL}

Daniel Carney
Winfrey McConnell

State of Tennessee }
Sumner County       }

I, Alfred W. Douglas, clerk of the county court of pleas and Quarter sefsions for said county hereby certify that William L. Alexander whose name appears to the foregoing affidavit is an acting Justice of the Peace in and for the county aforesaid duly commifsioned and qualified and that full faith and credit are due his official acts as such. In testimony whereof I hereunto set my hand and affix my seal of office at Gallatin the 9th day of September AD 1833 and 58th year of American Independence.

A. H. Douglas, clerk of the county court of Sumner county.
By W. Y. McFarland

Deputy Clerk

State of Tennessee }
Sumner County       }

I Thomas Anderson Chairman of the County of Sumner aforesaid hereby certify that Alfred H. Douglafs whose name appears to the above certificate by W. Y. McFarland his deputy, is Clerk of said Court; that full faith and credit is due to all his official acts as such; and his attestation in due form of law. Given under my hand and Seal the 9th day of September A.D. 1833.

Thoms Anderson {Seal}, Chairman, S.C.C.

Daniel and Milly McConnell are getting ready to move to Illinois. They relinquish all rights to Hezekiah’s land when, on November 12, 1828, in lieu of land, they receive $280 from Joel Blankenship. With all those ends now tied up (Will and Codicil in place, the sale of their 200 acre farm along Goose Creek, and the receipt of Milly’s share of her father’s estate), they are ready for the trip to Fayette County, Illinois with their growing family. John (not named in the Will) was an infant, and along with his siblings, left Tennessee. Little did Milly know that in a few short years, her husband, Daniel, would die leaving her a 41-year old widow with seven children to care for (their last child, Montgomery, would be born in Illinois). Like her mother, Rhoda Meador Blankenship (who lived to be 92 and outlived three of her eight children), Milly Blankenship McConnell would never remarry. Milly lived to be 78 and lived through the heartbreak of burying her husband and four of her seven children (Elizabeth Foster, Sally McConnell, Hezekiah McConnell and Montgomery McConnell).

The 1830 Sumner County, Tennessee census again lists the families of John McConnell and Montgomery McConnell and includes the family of James McConnell (whether or not he is related is unknown).

However, by that time Daniel McConnell had purchased 80 acres of land in Wilberton Township and the family of Daniel McConnell shows up in the 1830 Fayette County, Illinois census. Neither of the McConnell brothers show up in the 1840 Sumner County census.

FREE WHITE PERSONS, (including heads of families) - Sumner Co., TN; 1830

Heads of Families

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<5 <10 <15 <20 <30 <40 <50 <60

Montgomery McConnell         1      1            1                    1          1     1                                  1
John M. McConnell         1                    1                    1                                       1            1

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