Elisha Spence (1776-1835)–Part Nine: Daniel Spence (1806-1857) and Mary Ann “Polly” Pewitt (1810-1859)–The Pewitt and Inman Families

Pioneer Monument, Moss Springs Cemetery, Jasper County, Missouri

Pioneer Monument, Moss Springs Cemetery, Jasper County, Missouri


Daniel Spence was born in Randolph County, North Carolina in 1806 to Elisha and Susanna Spencer Spence, and he died in Jasper County, Missouri in 1857.  He was possibly named for the father of Lewis Jones–Daniel Jones–who had relocated to Tennessee before the Spences. The earliest Jasper County, Missouri pioneers are buried in the Moss Springs Cemetery, many of them without tombstones. Such is the case for Samuel and Elizabeth Inman Spence, Lewis and Milly Catherine Spence Jones, and Daniel and Mary Ann “Polly” Pewitt Spence.  Their names appear on the pioneer marker at the entrance of the cemetery, along with many others.

Daniel was around four years of age when his family moved from North Carolina to Davidson County, Tennessee in early 1810.  Unlike his older siblings who experienced moving from place to place–this was a completely new experience for young Daniel.  He undoubtedly imagined all sorts of things as they traveled through the woods. After the family settled in Tennessee, young Daniel became adjusted to his new environment.

To date I haven’t found the exact location where the Elisha Spence family settled in Davidson County, Tennessee.  Williamson County was carved from Davidson in 1799, and I believe the Elisha Spence family lived on the border between the two counties. Elisha and his family spent as much time in Williamson as they did in Davidson. Associated families all resided in the  Davidson and Williamson County area.

The move to Tennessee was not without sorrow and precipitated an event that occurred  late summer or early fall in 1810. Elisha and Susannah had a child every year or every other year. When they moved to Tennessee, Susannah had a set of twins born March 28, 1809, and she was pregnant again when they started their journey. The Spences had buried another child born in 1807 or 1808 in North Carolina. That child will be discussed Elisha Spence: Part 11. Susannah’s last child was born late August or early September 1810, and Susannah died in childbirth. The loss of their mother introduced a nanny into the household, a young woman by the name of Mary Jane Bell (1795-1842). She was the daughter of Capt. Robert Bell of Guilford County, North Carolina (1736-1816) and his first wife–Mary Jane Boyd (1754-1795). Jane’s mother had died in childbirth while giving birth to her!

On October 10, 1810, Elisha Spence and Jane Bell were married in Davidson County, Tennessee(1).  The following year, their first child arrived followed by three additional children through 1826. The house became quite crowded and by 1820, the three older children–Samuel, Milly Catherine, and Daniel–relocated to Perry County, Tennessee to live with John David Spencer, one of their mother’s brothers(2). Their other brother, Levi James Spence, had returned to North Carolina and was living in Lenoir County in 1820(3). Samuel became enamored with Elizabeth Inman 1808-1872), daughter of Samuel Inman (1772-1830) and Mary Williams (1774-1830).  They were married in Davidson County, Tennessee on May 10, 1824(4). Milly Catherine had already beaten them to the altar. On February 2, 1820, she married Lewis Jones (1795-1849) in Davidson County, Tennessee(5). Daniel divided his time between the Lewis Jones and Samuel Spence households and finally returned to Davidson County. He had his own conquest to make, and she lived in Williamson County!

The Pewitt Family

Road sign regarding early history of Leipers Fork, Williamson County, Tennessee

Road sign regarding early history of Leiper’s Fork, Williamson County, Tennessee. Sign lists the early pioneer families who settled there.

Two populated places in Williamson County, Tennessee are important to this narrative. The first is Leiper’s Fork, and the second is Fernvale, which was mentioned earlier in the Levi James Spence article. Both places are close to each other, and are also close to Franklin.

According to a Leiper’s Fork, Tennessee Wikipedia entry:

Leiper’s Fork is located along the Natchez Trace, which was an important travel route for Native Americans and early European-American settlers. The area was settled in the late 1700s by settlers from North Carolina and Virginia who had received land grants as payment for service in the American Revolution. Colonel Jesse Steed received a land grant of 2,504 acres (1,013 ha) that includes the site of the village. He sold the area to Jesse Benton, who established a homestead. His son, Thomas Hart Benton, who later was to become U.S. Senator from Missouri, moved the family there in 1801 after his father’s death. Natchez Trace travelers called the community around the Benton homestead Bentontown, but over time the area came to be called Hillsboro.

In 1818, a post office was established in the community. Apparently the Hillsboro name was already in use for a community in Coffee County, so the post office was given the name of Leiper’s Fork for the stream that runs through the village. The namesake of Leiper’s Fork creek was one of two brothers: Hugh Leiper, who completed an early land survey in the area, or Captain James Leiper, who died in the Battle of the Bluffs at Fort Nashborough in 1781.

Growth of the village was stimulated by traffic on the Natchez Trace. Largely as a result of its transportation access, Leiper’s Fork was historically the center of trade for western Williamson County and the center of religious and social activities in the area.

The Leiper’s Fork post office operated until 1918(6).

A highway sign (pictured here) identifies names of the earliest settlers in the area:

Situated on the Natchez Trace, the village and stream were named for pioneer surveyor Hugh Leiper. The Adams, Benton, Bond, Carl, Cummins, Davis, Dobbins, Hunter, Medows, Parham, Southall and Wilkens families were early settlers. Later, the Sweeney, Inman, Locke, Lunn, Mayberry, Martin, Jones and Burdette families lived here. Leipers Fork had a post office from 1818 until 1908, a bank from 1902 until 1932, and a station on the 41.5 mile long Middle Tennessee Railroad from 1909 until 1927. Hillsboro Academy (1890-1904), established by Professor Will Anderson, became a public school in 1905(7).

Fernvale is a populated place where the Harpeth Furnace is located.  There are also a number of cemeteries in the area: Inman Cemetery, which is two miles south of Fernvale,  Bryant Cemetery, which is eighteen miles to the south southwest of Fernvale, Buchanan Cemetery, which is fifteen miles to the East of Fernvale, and Childress cemetery, which is nineteen miles to the east of Fernvale (located in Maury County). There are three Gray Cemeteries: one that is 25 miles to the east of Fernvale (located in Davidson County); one that is seven miles east southeast of Fernvale; and, one (Gray’s Bend) that is located twenty-one miles to the west southwest of Fernvale (located in Hickman County.) A Graham Cemetery is located twenty-two miles to the west of Fernvale in Hickman County. Other names of importance to this narrative include Adams, Alexander (5 cemeteries), Hood, Hughes, Hunter, Jones (there are 10 of those!), Jordan, Martin (6 cemeteries), Moss (2 cemeteries), Russell (2 cemeteries), Smith (5 cemeteries), Taylor (3 cemeteries), Temple (2 cemeteries), Thornton (2 cemeteries), Wall (2 cemeteries), Williams (7 cemeteries), Wilson (4 cemeteries), and others(8).

Mary Ann “Polly” Pewitt was born in 1810 in Williamson County, Tennessee to Joel “Jack” Pewitt (1779-1823) and Susannah “Sukey” Adams (1786-1848). Her father’s family came from Lunenburg County, Virginia, while her mother’s family came from Chatham County, North Carolina.

Joel “Jack” Pewitt was born in Lunenburg County, Virginia in 1779, and he died August 13, 1823 in Franklin, Williamson County, Tennessee. He was the son of Joel Pewitt, Sr., who was born in Lunenburg County, Virginia in 1745 and who died in Williamson County, Tennessee in 1797, and Anne Blackwell (1743-1783).  The children of Joel Pewitt, Sr. and Anne Blackwell follow:

  1. Thomas Pewitt (1761/90-unknown). Thomas was born between 1761 and 1790 in Lunenburg, Virginia, and he died in Tennessee. The date of his death is unknown. He may have died young.
  2. John Pewitt (1761/90-1823). John was born between 1761 and 1790 in Lunenburg, Virginia, and he died there in 1823. His wife was Nancy Erskine Crenshaw (b. 1782). Their children were:
      1. Joel B. Pewitt (1814-1889). Joel was born in Virginia, and he died in Humphreys County, Tennessee.  His first wife was Emily Radford (1820-1854). Their children were: (a) William Pettus Pewitt (1841-1926); (b) Columbus A. Pewitt (1844-1922); (c) Thaddeus F. Pewitt (b. 1847); (d) Mary Elizabeth Pewitt (1849-1881); (e) Martha V. Pewitt (b. 1851); (f) Susan A. Pewitt (b. 1854).  His second wife was Mary Jane Coleman (1830-1895). Their children were: (a) Samuel W. Pewitt (b. 1863); (b) Robert Blackwell Pewitt (1865-1932);  (c) Thomas H. Pewitt (b. 1867); (d) Lou Ada Pewitt (1872-1944).
      2. Mary Elizabeth Pewitt (1816-1900). Mary was born March 1816 in Lunenberg, Virginia, and she died after 1900 in Humphreys County, Tennessee. Her husband was John James Russell (b. abt 1818). I haven’t proven this as yet, but I believe John connects with the same Russell family mentioned in the Levi James Spence article. Their children were: (a) Sarah E. Russell (b. 1842); (b) Nancy W. Russell (b. 1845); (c) John Henry Russell (1848-1914); (d) Mary C. Russell (b. 1849); (e) Tabitha Frances Russell (1853-1925); (f) Franklin Pierce Russell (1870-1935).
  3. Joel “Jack” Pewitt, Jr. (1779-1823). Under discussion here.
  4. Adam Jackson Pewitt (1803-1854). Adam was born in Williamson County, Tennessee in 1803, and he died January 15, 1854 in Haywood County, Tennessee. His wife was Barbary Smith (1797-1860). Their children were: (a) Andrew J. Pewitt (1833-1910). Andrew relocated to Arkansas and died in Pope County; (b) Wyatt Elliott Pewitt (b. 1839); (c) an unknown child.
  5. James Blackwell Pewitt (1780-1822). James was born in Lunenberg County, Virginia in 1780, and he died May 30, 1822 in Williamson County, Tennessee. He and his brother Joel “Jack” settled together in Williamson County, Tennessee.  His wife was Catherine Andes (1782-1822). Their children were:
    1. Adam Jackson Pewitt (1803-1854). Adam was born in Williamson County, Tennessee in 1803, and he died in Haywood County, Tennessee on January 15, 1854. His wife was Barbary Smith (1797-1860) Their children were: (a) Andrew J. Pewitt (1833-1910); (b) Wyatt Elliott Pewitt (b. 1839); (c) an unknown child.
    2. Lewis Pewitt (1805-1850). Lewis was born in 1805 in Williamson County, and he died after 1850 in Laclede County, Missouri. His wife was Martha Patsy Cook (b. 1814). Their children were: (a) Catherine Pewett (b. 1833); (b) Martha Jane Pewitt (1835-1916); (c) Adam Pewitt (1837-1840); (d) Nancy Pewitt (1839-1915); (e) Barbary E. Pewitt (b. 1847); (f) Joseph Andes Pewitt (1847-1904); (g) James Pewitt (b. 1850); (h) Lewis E. Pewett (b. 1850); (I) Mary Pewitt (b. 1851); (j) William G. Pewitt (no additional information).
    3. Henry Pewitt (1807-1881). Henry was born May 15, 1807 in Williamson County, Tennessee, and he died July 22, 1881 in Fulton County, Kentucky. His wife was Rebecca Williamson (1814-1864). Their children were: (a) Barbara L. Pewitt (1828-1856); (b) Hartwell Pewitt (1830-1917); (c) Rev. Malachi Pewitt (1832-1909); (d) Harvey S. “Harry” Pewitt (1834-1899); (e) Minerva (Mauriva) Pewitt (1838-1859); (f) Adam W. Pewitt (1839-1840); (g) William Adam Pewitt (1839-1910); (h) Polly P. Pewitt (1841-1842); (I) Mary Elizabeth Polly Pewitt (1841-1914); (j) James H. Pewitt (1844-1871); (k) Judy W. Pewitt (1846-1847); (l) Rebecca J. Pewitt (1848-1849); (m) Amanda Pewitt (1850-1860). His second wife was Elizabeth Parker (1813-1898)
    4. Anna  Mariah Mae Pewitt (1808-1885). She was born in Tennessee. I have no additional information about her.
    5. James Pewitt (1809-1854). James was born September 2, 1809 in Tennessee, and he died January 15, 1854 in Williamson County, Tennessee. His wife was Sarah Adams (1808-1866). They had a daughter: Sarah Jane Pewitt (1839-1890).
    6. John Andes Pewitt (1812-1890). John was born January 12, 1812 in Franklin, Williamson, Tennessee, and he died in 1890 in Sand Mountain, Bibb County, Alabama. His wife was Rebecca Elizabeth Givens (1817-1874). Their children were: (a) Mary Ann Polly Pewitt (1838-1889); (b) Adam Pewitt (1839-1910); (c) Thomas Pewitt (1842-1862); (d) Sarah Francis Pewitt (1843-1904); (e) George Martin Pewitt (1846-1910); (f) Judy A. Pewitt (1847-1923); (g) Jeremiah Samuel “Jerry” Pewitt (1851-1931); (h) James Martin Pewitt (1852-1933); (I) Nancy C. Pewitt (1858-1940).
    7. Barbara Pewitt (1814-1887). Barbara was born February 9, 1814 in Williamson County, Tennessee, and she died October 18, 1887 in Franklin, Williamson, Tennessee. Her first marriage was to her first cousin: Joseph Pewitt (1810-1840). Joseph was a son of Joel “Jack” Pewitt, Jr (1779-1823) and Susannah Suckey Adams (1786-1848) and a brother of Mary Ann Polly Pewitt (1810-1859)–the wife of Daniel Spence. Their children were: (a) Mary E. Pewitt (1826-1887); (b) Mary Ann Pewitt (1830-1887) [Note: there may have been two Marys, or this may be one person with different dates of birth]; (c) Joseph Pewitt (b. 1831); (d) Catherine Susan Pewitt (1831-1880); (e) Adeline Pewitt (b. 1833); (f) William Maxfield Pewitt (1835-1865); (g) Minerva B. Pewitt (1837-1860); (h) Cora Pewitt (b. 1840); (I) Fanny Pewitt (b. 1840). Barbara’s second marriage was to Granville Grantz Inman (1820-1902). He was the son of John Lazarus Inman (1793-1859) and Sarah Kirby (1795-1870); the grandson of  Lazarus Inman (1765-1850) and Susannah Stovall (1765-1850); and the great grandson of Meshach Inman (1749-1771) of the Shadrach, Meshach, Abednego Inman fame. [I’ve already discussed this Inman family in Part Three of the Elisha Spence series: The Burke County, North Carolina Inman Family.  This Inman family will reappear shortly.] The children of Barbara Pewitt and Granville Grantz Inman were: (a) James Wesley Inman (1843-1898); (b) Sarah J. Inman (1844-1914); (c) Nancy C. Inman (b. 1846); (d) Henry Clay Inman (b. 1846); (e) Barbara Ann (or Allen) Inman (1849-1908); (f) John T. Inman (1851-1934); (g) Adam A. Inman (1853-1929); (h) Minerva Inman (b. 1860); (I) Monroe S. Inman (1860-1897).  After Barbara’s death, Granville married Catherine Pyner (1818-1897).James Blackwell Pewitt (1780-1822). James settled in Williamson County, Tennessee with his brother, Joel “Jack.” He was born in Lunenberg, Virginia in 1780, and he died May 30, 1822 in Williamson County, Tennessee. (Before I go any further, I will be citing a document that can cause a problem if you don’t probe into it. It is called Tennessee Divorce and Other Records (1800-1965). It is actually a collection of many different types of records including divorce and probate. The records I needed were all probate records.  There is one divorce I will discuss later on in this article, but it is the only divorce I am aware of.)  James’ wife was Catherine Andes (1782-1822). Their children were:
      1. Hartwell Pewitt (1785-1843). Hartwell was born about 1785 in Lunenberg, Virginia, and he died in 1843 in Monroe County, Arkansas. His wife was Edney/Edna Halstead Gray (1785-1835).  Their children were: (a) Ephraim Pewitt (b. 1817); (b) Calvin Pewitt (b. 1819); (c) Rebecca Pewitt (b. 1821); (d) Amanda Pewitt (1824-1855); (e) Eveline/Evaline Pewitt (1829-1852); (f) Mary Elizabeth Pewitt (1835-1878). [Note: Edna Gray was from the same Gray line depicted in the Levi James Spence article. She was a sister of Daniel Gray, who is discussed in the next section.)
      2. Nancy Pewitt (1788-1874). Nancy was born in Lunenberg, Virginia in 1788, and she died in Bastrop, Texas in 1874. Her husband was Daniel Gray (1787-1848). [Note: This is the same Gray family depicted in the Levi James Spence article. Daniel was a brother of Edna Gray, who married Hartwell Pewitt (see previous section). Daniel and Edna Gray were children of Deliverance Gray (1767-1840) and Palmer Tamer Koen Halstead (1760-1788). Deliverance was a son of Anthony Gray (1750-1803/4) and Polly Jordan 1754-1804), and a grandson of Nathaniel Dwight Gray (1744-1777) and Mary Jane Parker (1744-1799).] The children of Nancy Pewitt and Daniel Gray were: (a) John Wesley Gray (1812-1854); (b) Joshua Gray (1814-1836); (c) Ann Blackwell Gray (b. 1818); (d) Rebecca Gray (1822-1850); (e) Joseph Leonard Gray (1824-1863); (f) Sarah W. Gray (b. 1827); (g) Mary Jane Gray (1832-1855).

Joel “Jack” Pewitt, Jr. (1779-1823), Susannah “Suckey” Adams (1786-1848) and the Inman Family

In the early-to-mid 1990s, I traveled back and forth to Denver aboard a local bus. This was during the period of time prior to the availability of Echo Passes for the Express and Regional busses. I didn’t mind the locals. The trip took much longer than the Express, but it was during this period of time when I did a lot of reading. One book I remember in particular was called The Civil War in Missouri (1861-1865) or something similar to that title.  After finding the surname Inman in the index, I checked out the book from the campus library and focused on the entry.

According to the footnote, an incident took place outside Houston in Texas, County, Missouri concerning a bushwhacker by the name of John Inman. The Union Army wanted to capture him and eventually caught him near Houston. That night, John Inman escaped, and Union soldiers shot and killed him.

Well, of course the name intrigued me. And during my next trip to the library, I discovered a number of Inmans resided in Texas and in Dent Counties, Missouri . I thought they may have been related to my third great grandmother, Elizabeth Inman (1808-1872), wife of Samuel Perry Spence (1800-1859). But if so, how?

Only recently did I discover my answer!

Joel “Jack” Pewitt, Jr. (1779-1823) was born in Lunenberg County, Virginia in 1779, and he died August 13, 1823 in Franklin, Williamson County, Tennessee. As already noted, he was a son of Joel Pewitt (1745-1797) and Anne Blackwell (1743-1797). His wife was Susannah Suckey Adams (1786-1848). She was the daughter of Thomas A. Adams (1755-1823) and Sarah Anna Vaughn (1755-1806). The children of Joel and Susannah Adams Pewitt follow:

  1. Winna Pewitt (b. 1804). Winna was born in 1804 in Williamson County, Tennessee. She died at an unknown date in Williamson County.
  2. Thomas Pewitt (1806-1847). Thomas was born in 1806 in Franklin, Williamson County, Tennessee, and he died in 1847 in Lawrence County, Arkansas. His wife was Tryphenia Thania Smith (1805-1832). Their children were: (a) John Smith Pewitt (1831-1864); (b) Elizabeth S. Pewitt (b. 1833); (c) Mary Ann Pewitt (b. 1834); (d) Nancy M. Pewett (b. 1838); (e) Tryphenia I Pewitt (b. 1840); (f) Thomas I. Pewitt (b. 1843); (g) Permilia Pewitt (1846-1938).
  3. James Pewitt (1809-1854). James was born in Tennessee September 2, 1809, and he died In Williamson County, Tennessee January 15, 1854. His wife was Sarah Adams (1808-1866). They had one known daughter:  Sarah Jane Pewitt (1839-1890).
  4. Joseph Pewitt (1810-1840). He was discussed in the James Blackwell Pewitt section since he married James’ daughter, Barbara.
  5. Mary Ann “Polly” Pewitt (1810-1859). (If the birth dates are correct, she and her brother, Joseph, were twins.) Wife of Daniel Spence (1806-1857). They will be discussed in Part 10.
  6. Nancy M. Pewitt (1814-1869). Nancy was born in 1814 in Williamson County, Tennessee, and she died about 1869 in Dent County, Missouri. Her husband was Henry C. Duke (1812-1870). Their children were: (a) Malachi Duke (b. 1833); (b) Emily Duke (b. 1837); (c) Robert Duke (b. 1839); (d) Susannah Duke (b. 1842); (e) William Duke (b. 1844); (f) Lavinia Duke (b. 1848).
  7. Malachi Pewitt (1816-1882). Malachi was born in Williamson County, Tennessee July 12, 1816, and he died October 25, 1882 in Dry Fork, Dent County, Missouri. His wife was Mary “Polly” Elizabeth Inman (1820-1854). She was a daughter of Ezekiel Inman (1796-1862) and Lillis Hester Edgar (1798-1873), a granddaughter of Lazarus Inman (1765-1850) and Susannah Stovall (1765-1850),  a great granddaughter of Meshach Inman (1749-1771), and a sister of Annis (Annas) Inman (1832-1855), who married Laban Pewitt (1821-1869). The children of Malachi Inman and Mary “Polly” Elizabeth Inman were: (a) William Washington Pewitt (1837-1919); (b) Sousanah  Malinda Pewitt (1839-1871); (c) Nancy Jane Pewitt (1842-1935); (d) Joel Pewitt (b. 1845). Malachi’s second wife was Juretta Catherine Medlock (1833-1900). Their children were: (a) David Pewitt, born 1856; (b) Mary Albertine “Tina” Pewitt (1866-1941); (c) James H. Pewitt (1868-1928); (d) Lillian Amberzine Pewitt (1870-1930); (e) John S. Pewitt (b. 1873); (f) Silas Luther Pewitt (1875-1929); (g) Josaphine I. Pewitt (1879-1935); (h) Laborn (Laban) Pewitt–nothing else is known; (I) Martha Pewitt–nothing else is known.
  8. Laban Pewitt (1821-1869). Laban was born about 1821 in Williamson County, Tennessee, and he died in September 1869 in Dent County, Missouri. His first wife was Annis (Annas) Inman (1832-1855)–mentioned in the previous entry. They had one son: Wiley Pewitt, born 1849. Laban’s second wife was Sarah Jane Wolford (1832-1864).
  9. Wiley W. Pewitt (1822-1864). Wiley was born in 1822 in Franklin, Williamson County, Tennessee, and he died November 1864. He is buried in the Mount Hermon Vet Memorial Cemetery, Dent County, Missouri. His wife was Mary Elizabeth Birchlew (1826-1887). Their children were: (a) Laban Pewitt (1844-1862)–he died during the Civil War while serving in the Confederate Army; (b) Susannah “Susan” E. Pewitt (1847-1895); (c) Thomas J. Pewitt, born 1849; (d) Virginia A. Pewitt (1851-1924); (e) Lorenzo Dow Pewitt (1853-1891); (f) Amberzine Tennessee “Ammie” Pewitt (1855-1939); (g) James B. Pewitt (1857-1944); (h) Joel Price Pewitt (1862-1920); (I) William Wiley “Will” Pewitt (1864-1892).

The Missouri Inman Bushwhacker vs. The Tennessee Inman Scoundrel

 In  May 2002, Howard and I were returning to Colorado after a trip to the Midwest. We stopped in the town of Houston in Texas County, Missouri where I took front and rear pictures of a pioneer sign. I was still seeking the identity of a bushwhacker by the name of John Inman who was killed near Houston while trying to escape federal forces. Shortly after that, I discontinued my search–an interest that only rekindled during the writing of this article.  I began wondering whether anyone else had searched for  this John Inman and ran across an article I wrote in an old issue of Inman Innings. At that time, I was also looking for information on my husband’s Grogan line:

Just the other day, I received a query on-line. I am publishing it with the writer’s permission. I had put out an announcement on Tennessee Roots, North & South Carolina Roots, and Mid-Plains Roots on the Internet concerning my forthcoming Spence book. The writer saw my maiden name and sent this message, hoping that someone could provide an answer:

“When I first started researching, I thought Grogan was going to be my easiest family to trace but I found it more difficult than I thought. I have sent for a copy of my grandfather’s death certificate, and I am hoping it will have his mother’s first name on it. That will help with the Inman side and hopefully we will be able to make a connection.
I also heard from someone in Texas County, Missouri who told me where to write for information on the Grogans there. I hope I can find T. J. (Jeff) Grogan”s parents. I did find a Thomas Jefferson Grogan at the family History Center at the LDS Church, but I’m not sure it is the right one or if his name is Thomas Jefferson.
About Inman as a bushwhacker: it could be my great grandmother’s family. J. T. Jeff Grogan was married twice. His first marriage may have been to Cynthia Stephens 07 Mar 1872 in Clay County, Tennessee, but I haven’t confirmed that. He had two children from that first marriage–John Tom and Martha, I believe. His second marriage was to _______ Inman, and they had four children, including my grandfather, born in 1881, Charles Henry Grogan in Grogan, Cass Township, Texas County, Missouri. So he could have married the Inman there in Texas County. At least that makes the family history a little exciting.”
An earlier message from this correspondent reads:
“I don’t have any Spence families, but in reading your query, I noticed your maiden name and thought since you were a genealogist as well as an Inman, I might hit it lucky. Please forgive the length of this query.
My great-grandfather, Cleo Patrick ‘Tobe” Aaron (b. 1863 AL), married my great-grandmother, Margaret Wood Tomlinson in 1888 in Dunklin County, Missouri. The Aaron family were making their way to Texas and stopped in Dunklin county long enough “to make a crop” and–as it turned out–long enough for Tobe to meet and marry Margaret. The marriage didn’t last. Shortly after my grandmother was born (December 1889), the Aarons were divorced. Tobe moved on to northeastern Texas to rejoin his family. In October 1896 in Fannin County, Texas he married Lula Morris. He died there in 1959. Except for his name, I knew nothing about Cleo Patrick “Tobe” Aaron until I started searching two years ago. I found him in the Mormon Ancestral File. Three marriages were listed for him–the two I have mentioned AND a marriage to someone named D. INMAN. There is absolutely no other information. I located Tobe’s present-day family and asked them. Apparently Tobe had kept his marriages to my great-grandmother and to this D. Inman a secret for many years. And because his wife was so upset when she found out, his other marriages were never discussed.
Now his granddaughter is as curious as I am about who D. Inman is. My guess is that she was living either in Texas or in the Indian Territory, although it is also possible that she lived in Colorado (one of Tobe’s brothers had checked out the Mormon settlement in Manassa in the early 1890s). The marriage would have taken place between 1890 and 1896.”

I will explain the John Inman–bushwhacker question since it was an issue that I originally raised.

Last fall, I was doing a considerable amount of research concerning the border wars between Missouri and Kansas during the Civil War. I ran across an account (source misplaced at the moment) describing the execution of a “notorious” bushwhacker named John Inman by Union forces in Texas County, Missouri. As I recall, John Inman and another bushwhacker were first captured by the Union Army and were being held prisoner.  Inman and the other bushwhacker attempted to escape and were killed while running. Since discovering that information, I have been trying to discover the identity of John Inman and his possible connection to the Tennessee Inman families, from whom I descend. Texas County, Missouri is some distance from Jasper County, but location does not decide relationship as far as families are concerned.

A trip to the local library disclosed a John Inman living in Texas County on the 1850 Census. However, I don’t know whether this was the same John Inman–alleged bushwhacker. So I placed a query on the Internet, and the response was really surprising–not concerning John Inman, but another relative. I heard from a man who had done a considerable amount of research concerning Missouri bushwhackers who rode with Quantrill, Bloody Bill Anderson, and some of the others. He said that he would check his research and get back in touch with me. A few days later, he sent me a complete listing of all the known bushwhackers in Missouri, including the leader under whom they served. As I recall, his comment went something like this: “Couldn’t find your John Inman, but I’m sure you’ll find another name you mentioned (chuckle): ‘The other name: James Bunch–my ggg uncle who married Milly Catherine Spence, my ggg aunt, in Jasper County, Missouri.’ Allegedly, he rode with Quantrill!” (I knew that my James Bunch was head of a Confederate Home Guard Unit in Jasper County, and I remember my grandfather describing him as “a Confederate guerilla fighter,” but until I saw this list, I didn’t know how extensively he was involved. No doubt, that is the reason the Bunch family and my ggg grandmother, Elizabeth Inman Spence, fled Missouri after the Civil War and went down into Texas).

I am still in a quandary about John Inman, however. As I recall, the source suggested that many men were falsely accused of bushwhacking as an excuse for killing them simply because their sympathies remained with the South. This may have been true of John Inman.

Hopefully, someone will have the answer to this question(9).

The Inman Innings article was written in 1996. Since then I learned Quantrill’s  James Bunch lived in Northern Missouri and was not the James Bunch who headed the Confederate Home Guard Unit in Jasper County, Missouri.  And I believe I have identified John Inman the bushwhacker’s family. He did not come from the Dent County Inmans who intermarried with the Pewitts. He was part of the Texas County Inmans who descended from the South Carolina Inmans. Their Inman line was in Charleston at an early date. They moved up through the Carolina back country and settled in Tennessee.  My southern Inman line and their cousins in Dent County originally settled in Maryland and moved to North Carolina. From there, they moved to Williamson County, Tennessee. I do not believe the Dent County Inmans or the Houston County Inmans were directly related.

Mary Ann “Polly” Pewitt and Daniel Spence settled in Jasper County, Missouri with Spence and Jones relatives. Some of Polly’s siblings intermarried with Elizabeth Inman Spence’s cousins and settled in Dent County, Missouri. The Dent County people supported the South during the Civil War. Daniel Spence and Mary Ann “Polly” Pewitt’s family supported the North. There does not appear to be any interaction between the two groups. As will be shown in the next article (Elisha Spence, Part 10), some of Daniel and Polly’s children fled to Kansas during the Civil War, and several of them stayed there.

A mystery resolved for the moment concerning the identity of a Missouri Inman bushwhacker! Now for the Tennessee Inman scoundrel!

Hezekiah W. Inman (a/k/a Hezekiah Haney) (1770-1847).

Hezekiah W. Inman was a brother of my fourth great grandfather, Samuel Inman (1772-1830)–therefore, my fifth great uncle, and an uncle of my third great grandmother, Elizabeth Inman Spence (1808-1872)–wife of Samuel Perry Spence (1800-1859). I didn’t mention his extra-curricular activities in The Burke County, North Carolina Inman Family, but I am doing so here since they tie in indirectly with the Spences and the Pewitts.

Hezekiah had two families at the same time. His first wife was Christiana/Christina Spears (1774-1840), whom he married in 1793 in Halifax County, North Carolina and by whom he had five children. Approximately two years after the marriage, Hezekiah began an affair with Nancy “Blancy” Devine a/k/a Christiana/Christina Spears Haney Murphree (1780-1845), by whom he had five additional children. He moved to Williamson County, Tennessee with his first family and then traveled back and forth between Tennessee and North Carolina.  According to a note on my tree:

In 1805, Hezekiah left his family and moved to Anson, North Carolina, where he lived under the name Hezekiah Haney. He was living with Nancy Devine, who used the name Christina/Christiana Spears(10).

His legal wife Christiana divorced  him in 1814 after she discovered his double life. She also learned he was scheming to get his hands on a parcel of real estate her father had left her in his will. The court ruled in Christiana’s favor following testimony from one of Hezekiah’s cousins, Lazarus Inman, per the following:

1C. Inman   v.   H. Inman______________ Petition for a Divorce______________ Filed 6th October 1814

 2 To the Honorable the Judge of the Fourth Judicial Court the petition of Christina Inman who is and for several years has been a citizen of Tennessee by her next friend Lazarus Inman respectfully represents that about twenty years ago she intermarried with a certain Hezikiah Inman in the State of North Carolina, by whom she had five children, four of whom are still living. Your petitioner further shows that, about seven years ago the said Hezikiah Inman who is made defendant hereto, entirely abandoned your petitioner and her children, in Williamson County in this state and has ever since lived in open adultery with another woman named Nancy Divine by whom he has several children. Your petitioner has not since the Defendant abandoned her received any real assistance from him towards supporting herself and her children, but has been obliged to rely on her own labor for that purpose. Our petitioner represents, that her father has lately in about three months past departed this life leaving a small property to a part of which your petitioner is entitled. The defendant is endeavoring to get possession thereof and convert it to his own use. Your petitioner states that the defendant is in possession and owner of considerable property, a part of which ought to be allowed as alimony to her but he refused to make any such provision. Your petitioner therefore prays that she may be by order of this Court be divorced entirely from said defendant and may afford such

 3 alimony be allowed to your petitioner as to this Honorable Court may appear reasonable and just and in the mean time may the defendant be injoined from receiving or recovering any parts of her late deceased fathers estate and may also such other further relief be granted in the premises as is just.             /s/ Grundy Schulse (?)  State of Tenneessee to wit:This day personally appeared before me Thomas Stuart one of the Judges of the Circuit courts for the State of Tennessee Christina Inman the petitioner in the above petition and made oath that the facts stated in the above petition are true to the best of her knowledge and belief and that she does not pray this divorce out of ___ity nor is the application made by collusion between her and her said husband, for the mere purpose of being free and separated from each other, but is made by her in sincerity and truth for the causes stated in the above petitioner. Sworn to and subscribed before me this 4th day of October  

her/s/ Thos. Stuart                                                                                 Christina    X    Inman                                                                                                                            mark The Clerk of the Circuit court of Williamson County. Let a subpoena under seal of the court be issued to summon the above named Hezekiah Inman to appear at next Circuit court to be held in Williamson County, and answer the above petition. Also let a writ of Injunction be issued agreeably to the prayer of the above petition. Given under my hand to seal this 4th day of October 1814. Thos Stuart one of the Judged of the Circuit Court.{seal}

 3 (sic) C Inman                                                                                     }v.         }           subp                                                                                    }           to answerH. Inman___________ 9th October 1814 ___________ Came to hand10th October 1814 Not found /s/ Wm Hu___________(11).

Lazarus Inman (1765-1850) was a son of Meshach Inman (1749-1771) and the husband of Susannah Stovall (1765-1850). As already noted, some of their children and grandchildren intermarried with the Pewitts and resettled in Dent County, Missouri. No doubt the Inman descendants from Lazarus Inman knew about Hezekiah’s antics–a person they probably discussed from time to time. These stories would also pass down through the Spence and Pewitt lines until reaching the “Well-we-don’t-talk-about-that!” Stage!)

In 1824, Hezekiah married Eliza A. Branch (1803-1897) in Williamson County, Tennessee, and he had two additional children by her. His first wife wasn’t about to take him back, and his situation with Nancy Devine undoubtedly ended when he couldn’t get his way about Christiana’s property. He lived in Wayne County, Tennessee in 1830(12) and in 1836(13) and by 1840, he and his family relocated to Marshall, Mississippi(14).

Hezekiah died in Marshall County, Mississippi before September 1847.

(To Be Continued in  Elisha Spence: Part 10–The Children of Daniel Spence and Mary Ann “Polly” Pewitt)




(1) Tennessee State Marriages about Elisha Spence and Jane Bell. Ancestry.com, Provo, Utah. Date Accessed: 20 Aug 2015. Available online at http://www.ancestry.com

(2) 1820 Census for Perry ,Tennessee about John Spencer, Ancestry.com, Provo, Utah. Date Accessed: 20 Aug 2015. Available online at http://www.ancestry.com

(3) 1820 Census for Lenoir County, North Carolina about Levi Spence, Ancestry.com, Provo, Utah. Date Accessed: 20 Aug 2015. Available online at http://www.ancestry.com

(4) Tennessee State Marriages about Samuel Spence and Elizabeth Inman. Ancestry.com, Provo, Utah. Date Accessed: 20 Aug 2015. Available online at http://www.ancestry.com

(5) Tennessee State Marriages about Lewis Jones and Milly Catherine Spence. Ancestry.com, Provo, Utah. Date Accessed: 20 Aug 2015. Available online at http://www.ancestry.com

(6) “Leiper’s Fork” from the Wikipedia site. Article last updated 1 Oct 2014. Date Accessed: 20 Aug 2015. Available online at: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leiper%27s_Fork,_Tennessee

(7) Inscription on the Leiper’s Fork Historical Road Sign, Williamson County, Tennessee.

(8) Roadside Thoughts Website: Fernvale, Tennessee. Page Last Modified by John Hall: 9 Aug 2015. Date Accessed: 20 Aug 2015. Available online at http://roadsidethoughts.com/tn/fernvale-xx-williamson-cemeteries.htm

(9) Barbara Inman Beall, Editor. “A Grogan-Inman Problem”, Inman Innings, Vol. 2, No. 2. Spring 1996.

(10) Inman-Spence-Beall-Warfield Family Branches, Ancestry.com, Provo, Utah. Date Accessed: 28 Aug 2015. Available online at http://www.ancestry.com

(11) Tennessee Divorce and Other Papers (1800-1965), Ancestry.com, Provo, Utah. Date Accessed: 28 Aug 2015. Available online at http://www.ancestry.com

(12) 1830 Census for Wayne County, Tennessee about Hezekiah Inman. Ancestry.com, Provo, Utah. Date Accessed: 28 Aug 2015. Available online at http://www.ancestry.com

(13) Early Tennessee Tax Records about Hezekiah Inman, Ancestry.com, Provo, Utah. Date Accessed: 28 Aug 2015. Available online at http://www.ancestry.com

(14) 1840 Census for Marshall County, Mississippi about Hezekiah Inman. Ancestry.com, Provo, Utah. Date Accessed: 28 Aug 2015. Available online at http://www.ancestry.com



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