Elisha Spence (1776-1835)–The Second Family: Part Two–Mary Jane Spence (1813-1860) and James Garrett (1806-1860)

James Garrett and Mary Jane Spence Marriage Record--Copy obtained from the Tennessee State Archives and Library

James Garrett and Mary Jane Spence Marriage Record–Copy obtained from the Tennessee State Archives and Library

 

[NOTE: This article is a major undertaking. I started it over several times before settling upon this final draft. The absence of original records destroyed by fire, floods and human hands creates a major barrier to validity. That absence also leads to frustration, and frustration leads to the creation of fiction. Fiction impedes finding the truth. My frustration here this week  has dealt with fiction writers and has led to numerous headaches. I hope that I have done justice to the people involved in this narrative. My goal is to tell their stories as accurately as possible.]

Mary Jane Spence (1813-1860) and James Garrett (1806-1860)

The second daughter of Elisha Spence and Jane Bell, Mary Jane Spence (Jane Spence) was born in Williamson County, Tennessee between 1813-1815, and she died before 1860 in Haywood County, Tennessee. On September 21, 1842, she married James Garrett (1806-1860) in Williamson County, Tennessee(2). [Note: The bond was recorded September 20 and the marriage return date was recorded September 21. She is listed on one document as Jane Spence and on the other as M. Jane Spence.] They were in Haywood County, Tennessee in 1850, where they appear on the Census(3). A summary of the 1850 Census follows:

Name Jane Garrett
Age 35
Birth Year abt 1815
Birthplace Tennessee
Home in 1850 District 10, Haywood, Tennessee
Gender Female
Family Number 381
Household Members
Name Age
James Garrett 46
Jane Garrett 35
Harvey Garrett 6
Sarah Garrett 6(4)

There were three generations of “Mary Janes” in her family; her maternal grandmother, Mary Jane Boyd Bell; her mother, Mary Jane Bell Spence, and Jane–Mary Jane Spence! Young Jane followed the same tradition as  her mother: they were both known by their middle names.

She grew up in the Elisha Spence household and watched the older children disappear. She knew Samuel, Daniel and Milly Catherine but since Levi and William spent so many years in North Carolina, she wasn’t all that familiar with them. Apparently, she was a companion of the two Rhodas while they were still at home.

Her father died in November 1835 in Madison County, Tennessee(5). After his death, her mother took her children to Marshall County, where Jane Bell Spence died about 1842. She last appears on the 1840 Census for Marshall County, Tennessee(6).  The following is a summary of that census record–[Note: Jane Bell Spence is 40-49 on this record. The youngest son Elisha B. Spence is the only one at home. The female 15 through 19 is Elisha’s wife. I do not know the identities of the other three people but believe they were Elisha’s wife’s siblings. Joseph Spence had moved to Williamson County, where he married in 1835. Angeline and Mary Jane also relocated to Williamson County where other siblings were living by 1838]:

Name Jane Spence
Home in 1840 (City, County, State) Marshall, Tennessee
Free White Persons – Males – 10 thru 14 1
Free White Persons – Males – 15 thru 19 1
Free White Persons – Males – 20 thru 29 1 (Elisha B. Spence)
Free White Persons – Females – 10 thru 14 1
Free White Persons – Females – 15 thru 19 1 (Elisha’s Wife)
Free White Persons – Females – 40 thru 49 1 (Jane Spence)
Persons Employed in Agriculture 1
No. White Persons over 20 Who Cannot Read and Write 2
Free White Persons – Under 20 4
Free White Persons – 20 thru 49 2
Total Free White Persons 6
Total All Persons – Free White, Free Colored, Slaves 6 (7)

As previously noted, after her mother’s death, young Jane had a decision to make about her own future. Samuel, Daniel and Milly Catherine were already in Missouri, and Angeline was making plans to move there. She invited Jane to go with her. But Missouri was so far away! Levi and William were in Weakley County, but she didn’t want to settle there. Eventually, she decided to remain in Williamson County, Tennessee where the two Rhodas were living as well as her own natural brother, Joseph Spence. (He will be covered in Part 3.) The youngest member of the family–Elisha Bell Spence–was still living with his mother when she died. (He will also be covered in Part 4. The Conclusion will then follow.)

And there was another reason for her choice of Williamson County, Tennessee–a man by the name of James Garrett, who was had been living in the area for a while, and who was a friend of her family.

James Garrett (1806-bef. 1860)

Finding James Garrett was no easy matter! I thought it would be a simple job. But the only two documents I have for him are the marriage document referenced above and the 1850 Census for Haywood County, Tennessee. I could have made this a really simple story by introducing those two documents followed by a conclusion–two paragraphs at most. However, my sense of “shoveling” and “digging” prevailed, and I started doing just  that. The 1850 Census notes that James Garrett was born in North Carolina in 1804, and that he was living with his wife and children in Haywood County, Tennessee. The more I dug, the more Garretts I spaded up. And the more Garrets I spaded up, the deeper I had to dig.

What was so special about Haywood County? I wondered.

According to the Wikipedia site:

Haywood County was created from part of Madison County in 1823–24, and was named for Tennessee judge and historian John Haywood. Haywood County was part of Madison County when the Tennessee General Assembly created it in 1823–24. (Later, portions of Haywood would be carved out to create Lauderdale and Crockett Counties.) The legislature designated Brownsville as the county seat.

Farming, especially of cotton, was the basis for the local economy for much of its history. Until the Civil War, this meant a plantation system dependent upon slave labor; after the war, tenant farmers and sharecroppers took the place of actual slavery(8).

The reference to Madison County did not escape my notice. Shortly after the 1830 Census in Davidson County, Tennessee, the Elisha Spence family moved to Madison County. While shuffling through Haywood County records, I discovered a number of Garretts residing in Haywood County, the majority settling in District 10.

And that is where James and Jane lived in 1850, I thought. Those Garretts must have been related to James, and they came from North Carolina! But from where?

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James Garrett was actually a twin born in Greene County, Tennessee in 1806. His biological parents were Jacob Garrett (1780-1838) and Barbara Jack (b. 1783), who were married in Greene County, Tennessee November 11, 1805(9). Jacob was born in 1780 in Buckingham County, Virginia, and he died before March 5, 1838 in Greene County, Tennessee. Barbara gave birth to twins in 1806: a son named John, who did not live, and James. Apparently, Barbara was ill after the double birth, an illness that lasted a long time.. The infant James went to live with his uncle and aunt in Person County, North Carolina: Samuel Garrett, Jr. (1772-1858) and Elizabeth Broughton (1778-1858). James was raised in their household with their children. I doubt that he had any contact with his natural parents. His parents were happy that he was settled in a good household. [Note: I will cover Samuel and his family after I finish with Jacob.]

Jacob and his brother Samuel came from a prominent Garrett family from Chesterfield and Buckingham Counties of Virginia. The records have been scrambled regarding that family. Everyone has a different opinion about them since so many of the original Buckingham, Virginia records are missing or destroyed(10).  Briefly, their ancestry follows:

Jacob and Samuel were the sons of John Garrett (1743-1831)  and Elizabeth Amonet/Amonett (1743-1789). I seriously doubt that Samuel was Elizabeth’s son since John and Elizabeth were married December 7, 1778 in Chesterfield County, Virginia. Samuel was born in 1772, as is verified on the 1850 Giles County, Tennessee Census(11). Some people have attempted to compensate for this by changing Samuel’s birthdate to 1783 or 1785. Doing that throws everything else off, however. Since Samuel was the oldest child, I believe John had an earlier marriage and his first wife’s name is  unknown.  The children of John Garrett and Elizabeth Amonet/Amonett follow:

  • Samuel Garrett (1772-1858). About to be discussed. Probably by John’s first wife.
  • Jacob Garrett (1780-1838). Under discussion
  • Pleasant Garrett (1781-1826). Pleasant was born September 10, 1781 in North Carolina, and he died December 20, 1826 in Jefferson County, Tennessee. His wife was Margaret Peggy Brevard (1793-1876). Their children were: (a) John Garrett (b. 1810); (b) James Garrett (b. 1811); (c) John B. Campbell Garrett (1813-1891); (d) Priscilla Garrett (1814-1894); (e) William Moore Garrett (b. 1816); (f) Elizabeth Jane Garrett (b. 1820); (g) Albert Francis Marion Garrett (1822-1891); (h) Pleasant Jasper Garrett (b. 1824); (i) Margaret Jerusha Garrett, who died in 1907.
  • Elizabeth Garrett (1784-1860). She was born in Virginia, and she died in Rockcastle, Madison, Kentucky. Her records are really confusing, so I won’t extend her line. John and Elizabeth Amonett Garrett had a daughter named Elizabeth. That is the only information I can verify.
  • Margaret Garrett (b. 1789). I have no additional information.

[Note: The family information for John Garrett and Elizabeth Amonet/Amonett comes from The Garrett Family of Craighead Co. and Greene County, Arkansas website](12).

John Garrett was the son of Isaac Garrett (1719-1775) and Ann (Rux??). Isaac was the son of John Smith Garrett (1690-1743) and Susannah Featherstone Burton (b. 1695) of Amelia County, Virginia(13).

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By 1808, Jacob Garrett and Barbara Jack began having additional children of their own.  I acquired a copy of Jacob’s will in order to verify them:

  • Sarah Elizabeth “Sally” Garrett (1808-1851). Sally was born in Greene County, Tennessee in 1808, and she died in 1851 in Navarro, Ellis County, Texas. Her husband was Abijah Smith Gibbs (1805-1860). Their children were: (a) William Riley Gibbs (1827-1892); (b) Elisabeth Gibbs, born 1830; (c) Mary Anne Gibbs, born 1833; (d) Barbara G. Gibbs, born 1835; (e) Sarah J. Gibbs, born 1837; (f) James Patrick Gibbs (1839-1925); (g) John S. Gibbs, born 1841; (h) Martha R. Gibbs, born 1843; (I) Drucilla E. Gibbs, born 1845; (j) Lucy C. Gibbs, born 1849.
  • Elizabeth J. Garrett (1810-1870). [Note: Elizabeth’s records are often jumbled with her sister Margaret. Jacob’s will indicates they were separate individuals]. Elizabeth was born in November 1810 in Greene County, Tennessee, and she died in 1870 in Liberty, Bollinger, Missouri. Her husband was William Youngblood (1806-1870). Their children were: (a) Alfred Mory Youngblood (1827-1864); (b) Son Youngblood (1829-1829); (c) John Garet Youngblood (1831-1890); (d) Dr. James M. Youngblood (1833-1879); (e) Martin V. Youngblood (1841-1881); (f) Barbara “Barbary” Youngblood (b. 1843); (g) Mary Magdalene Youngblood (1844-1873); (h) William O. Youngblood (1846-1903); (I) Elizabeth Youngblood (b. 1851); (j) Sarah A. Youngblood (b. 1851); (k) Emma Youngblood (b. 1853); (l) Lincoln Youngblood (b. 1854).
  • Margaret Garrett (1811-bef. 1860). Margaret was born in Greene County, Tennessee in 1811, and she died before 1860 in Greene County, Tennessee. About 1825, she married a Waddell (sometimes spelled Waddle). He died before 1827. As yet, I haven’t discovered his full name. [Note: This was an interesting discovery for me since my husband Howard lived just outside Greenville, Tennessee when he was a boy, and his best friend was a Waddell. We’ve been back to Greene County on two different trips, and enjoyed the hospitality there immensely. We also toured the old town of  Jonesboro and saw Davy Crockett’s birthplace there.  I understand the Waddells were among the early pioneers in the area. Some of the Waddells, Crocketts and Garretts intermarried.  No doubt, Howard’s Waddell friends were in some way related to the Waddell who married Margaret Garrett! On July 23, 1827, Margaret Garrett Waddell married Allen Kennedy (1809-1833) in Greene County, Tennessee). Allen was born in 1809 in Greene County, and he died in Greene County April 19, 1833. According to the Greene County, Tennessee Cemetery Records:
Name Allen Kennedy
Relation husband
Relative Margaret Kennedy
Birth Date 1809
Death Date 19 Apr 1833
Age 24 Years
Comments Sacred to the Memory of Allen Kennedy
Cemetery Name Greene County Tomb Stone Records Mt. Zion Cemetery
Cemetery Description Located 9 miles southeast of Greeneville, on road connecting the John Sevier Highway and Jones Bridge roads in the 22nd Civil District of Greens County. This cemetery is on the grounds of the United Presbyterian Church at that point(14).

Allen and Margaret had the following children: (a) Jacob Martin Kennedy, born 1828–who is mentioned in his grandfather’s will as Jacob Kennedy; (b) John Wesley Kennedy (1831-1896); and (c) Martha Kennedy (1833-1850).

  • John Garrett (1813-bef 1838). John was born in 1813 in Greene County, Tennessee, and he died before 1838 in Greene County. His wife’s name is unknown, but they had a son named William Jacob Garrett, who was born before 1838 in Greene County, Tennessee, and who is mentioned in his grandfather’s will as William Jacob Garrett.
  • Magdelene Garrett (1815-aft 1838). Magdelene was born in Greene County, Tennessee, and she died after 1838 in Greene County, Tennessee. I have no additional information about her. She is named in her father’s will.

[Note:  Information about the children of Jacob Garrett and Barbara Jack is from his will dated January 26, 1838 and entered for probate March 5, 1838. His will mentions his wife Barbary; his grandson “William Jacob, son of my son John Garrett, Deceased”; daughter Sarah; daughter Elizabeth; daughter Margaret; daughter Magdalene; the fact that daughter Margaret married a Kennedy and had a child: Jacob Kennedy(15).]

Some people think Jacob had a second marriage–that he married Barbara Jack in 1805 (which he did), and that he married a Rachel Stone in Madison County, Kentucky in 1806 (which he did not). That was a different Jacob Garrett. This Jacob had only one wife–Barbara Jack. She was the mother of all of his children, and she was still alive when he died in 1838, according to his will. He settled in Greene County, Tennessee, and he stayed there!

His will  does not mention the oldest surviving twin, James Garrett (b. 1806), but James was placed in the Samuel Garrett household as an infant where he bonded with Samuel’s family. It is doubtful that there was any relationship between James and his real parents. James grew up presuming that Samuel and  Elizabeth were his real parents and that he was born in Person County, North Carolina. It didn’t bother him that one brother had the name of James. People often used the same name in the same generation; the second James was James B. Garrett. I have yet to discover James Garret’s middle name, although it may have been Harvey since his son was given that name: James Harvey Garrett.

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Samuel Garrett, Jr. was born in 1772 in Chesterfield or Buckingham County, Virginia, and he died in 1758 in Pulaski, Giles County, Tennessee. On September 3, 1798, he married Elizabeth Broughton (1778-1858) in Amelia County, Virginia(16). After their marriage, they moved to Person County, North Carolina, where most of their children were born:

  • Parthenia Garrett (1799-1840). Parthenia was born in Person County, North Carolina about 1799, and she died in Giles County, Tennessee in 1840. On June 22, 1820, she married John Alfrod Tillman (1790-1855) in Giles County, Tennessee(10). Their children were: (a) Harriet Tilman, born 1822; (b) William Turner Tillman (1822-1892); (c) John Alexander Tillman (1825-1884); (d) James Henderson Tillman (1827-1884); (e) George Washington Tillman (1829-1919)(17).
  • Addison Broughton Garrett (1800-1874). Addison was born in Person County, North Carolina about 1800, and he died in 1874 in Giles County, Tennessee. His records are sometimes confused with his brother, James B. Garrett, who, as already mentioned, is not the James Garrett under discussion here. His wife was Elizabeth McKay (1800-1850), whom he married about 1815. Their children were: (a) James Garrett (1815-1855)–not the James Garrett under discussion here either; (b) Mary Ann Garrett (1825-1878); (c) Henry S. Garrett (1827-1875); (d) Elizabeth B. Garrett (1831-1866); (e) John Thomas Garrett (1833-1878); (f) Nancy Garrett (1836-1878); (g) Isham Stephens Garrett (1838-1863); (h) Abegale Garrett (1843-1926); (I) Ethlinda Ann Garrett (1848-1878)(18). Addison appears to have had two additional marriages: Martha Keath on October 24, 1856 in Giles County, Tennessee, and Mary Gordon on March 14, 1865 in Giles County, Tennessee(19).
  • James B. Garrett (1802-1891). James was born October 6, 1802 in Person County, North Carolina, and he died September 4, 1891 in Lauderdale County, Tennessee. His wife was Harriet Tilman (b. 1823). Their children were: (a) Martha Ann Garrett (1848-1889); (b) John Jackson Garrett (1851-1931); (c) Elizabeth Phoebe Garrett (b. 1853); (d) Samuel Garrett (b. 1860); (e) Nancy J. Garrett (b. 1861). As noted, he is not the James Garrett under discussion here  and is the other brother with the same first name. By 1836, he appears on the tax records for Haywood County, Tennessee(20). By 1850, he was back in Giles County(21). By 1880, he relocated to Lauderdale County, Tennessee, where he appears on the Census(22). James B. Garrett died September 4, 1891 in Lauderdale County, Tennessee, and he is buried in the Crossroads Cemetery, Ripley, Lauderdale County, Tennessee(23).
  • Henderson Alexander Garrett (1807-1860). This is one of the families who settled in Haywood County. Henderson was born in Person County, North Carolina in 1807, and he died after 1860 in Haywood County, Tennessee. His wife was Amanda Rickman, who was born in 1812 in Tennessee. [Note: The 1850 Census for Haywood County, Tennessee shows James Garrett living next door to a large family of Rickmans. I believe they were Amanda’s relatives(24).] Their children were: (a)William Garrett (1835-1864); (b) Marcus A. Garrett (born 1838); (c) Augustus Garrett (b. 1839); (d) Elizabeth Garrett (1840-1870); (e) Mary E. Garrett (b. 1844); (f) Henderson Garrett (1846-1864); (g) James Garrett (b. 1848). Henderson and his family appear on the 1850 census for District 10, Haywood County, Tennessee(25) as well as the 1860 Census for District 10, Haywood County, Tennessee(26)
  • Mary Martha Garrett (1809-1860). Mary was born in Person County, North Carolina in 1809, and she died after 1860 in District 10, Haywood County, Tennessee. Her husband was Isaac Ishom (Isom) Rainey (1807-1853). He was born May 4, 1807 in Brunswick, Virginia, and he died January 8, 1853 in District 10, Haywood County, Tennessee(27). He is buried in the Crossroads Cemetery, Ripley, Lauderdale County, Tennessee. [Note: A number of these people are buried in that cemetery who all died about the same period of time.11

I have an idea that James Garrett, his wife Jane Spence, and their two children are buried there without markers.] Mary Martha last appears on the 1860 Census in Haywood County with several of her children. Mary Martha and Isaac Isom’s children were: (a) William Charles Rainey (1827-1927); (b) Adolphus Rainey (1832); (c) Addison Levi (A. L.) Rainey (b. 1835); (d) Frances Rainey (b. 1836); (e) Samuel Rainey (b. 1838); (f) James W. Rainey (b. 1839); (g) Elizabeth Rainey (1844-1848); (h) Martha Rainey (1847-1856); (I) Henderson Alexander Rainey (1848-1906); (j) Amanda J. Rainey (1850-1929). Mary may have married a Hendren prior to her marriage to Isom. Her Find-a-Grave Memorial follows:

Birth: 1809 North Carolina, USA
Death: unknown Lauderdale County Tennessee, USA
Wife of Isom/Isham Rainey. She would have died sometime between 1860-1870 in Lauderdale County.Isom and Mary Rainey had children: William C. Rainey, b. 1830 Giles Co. A.dison L. Rainey (twin) Adolphus Rainey (twin) Delicia Frances Rainey mar. Joseph Hendren Samuel Rainey, b. 1837 Giles or Madison Co. James A. Rainey, b. 1839 Giles or Madison Co. Elizabeth Rainey, b. 1844 Madison Co. Martha Rainey, b. 1847 Madison or Haywood Co. Henderson A. Rainey, b. 1848 Haywood Co. Amanda J. Rainey, mar. William CoffmanFamily links: Spouse: Isom Rainey (____ – 1853)Children: Addison L. Rainey (1835 – 1911)* Samuel B Rainey (1837 – 1911)* James W Rainey (1839 – 1913)**Calculated relationship
Burial: Crossroads Cemetery Ripley Lauderdale County Tennessee, USA
Created by: Southern Roots ღ Record added: Sep 14, 2015 Find A Grave Memorial# 152316667(28)
  • Phoebe (Phebe) Garrett (1815-bef. 1860). Phoebe Garrett was born about 1815 in Person County, North Carolina, and she died before 1860 in Haywood County, Tennessee. She appears to have never married and was living with her parents in Giles County in 1850(29). Her parents both died in 1858. After her parents’ deaths, she moved to Haywood County, Tennessee, where other relatives were living.
  • Nancy Garrett (1817-1858). Nancy was born in Person County, North Carolina in 1817, and she died in Giles County, Tennessee in 1858. She does not appear on the 1850 Census in the Samuel Garrett household(29). I do not know whether she married or remained single.
  • Samuel Jackson Garrett (1818-1895). Samuel Jackson Garrett was born in Giles County, Tennessee–indicating the Samuel Garrett family had moved there by then–and he died April 6, 1895 in Gates, Lauderdale County, Tennessee. He is buried in the Crossroads Cemetery, Ripley, Lauderdale, Tennessee. His Find-a-Grave Memorial follows:
Birth: Oct. 18, 1818 Giles County Tennessee, USA
Death: Apr. 6, 1895 Gates Lauderdale County Tennessee, USA
Wife: Mary McColpin Garrett Father: Samuel Garrett Mother: Elizabeth Broughton Garrett Children: James Monroe, Alra R., Ira, Henderson, Letitia, Vera, Wesley
Burial: Crossroads Cemetery Ripley Lauderdale County Tennessee, USA
Created by: Christy Ball Record added: Jul 13, 2001 Find A Grave Memorial# 5608749(30)

Samuel’s wife was Mary McColpin (1836-1897). Their children were: (a) Monroe Garrett (b. 1862); (b) Alva Garrett (b. 1864); (c) Alra R. Garrett (1864-1906); (d) Ira Garrett (b. 1866); (e) Henderson Garrett (b. 1869); (f) Lutita Garrett (b. 1872); (g) Bera Garrett (b. 1875).

  • Elizabeth A. Garrett (1828-1858). Elizabeth was born in 1828 in Giles County, Tennessee, and she died in 1858 in Giles County. While her name appears on an accepted list of Samuel and Elizabeth’s children, I can’t help but think she was a grandchild. If her date of birth is correct, Samuel would have been seventy-eight, and Elizabeth would have been seventy-two. Likewise, a young woman named Timmantha Garrett (b. 1838) appears on the same 1850 Census in Samuel’s household(31). Timmantha disappears from the records while many people believe Elizabeth lived until 1858. Then Elizabeth disappears from the records. Unless the dates of birth are wrong, these two women were probably grandchildren. Perhaps Samuel and Elizabeth took in a number of orphaned children from the various Garrett families over the years.

The Life and Times of James Garrett

And so it seemed only natural for James Garrett to accompany the Samuel Garrett family from Person County, North Carolina to Giles County, Tennessee. The move to Tennessee occurred around 1818 when James was twelve years old. Giles County sounded like an interesting place. James was eager for excitement.

A brief history of Giles County from the Wikipedia site follows:

Giles County is named after William Branch Giles, a Senator from Virginia who sponsored the admission of Tennessee as the sixteenth state into the Union. He also sponsored the building of the city and courthouse, which has burned four times. The current courthouse was built in 1859 by the George Moore and Sons company. It cost about thirty thousand dollars to complete. Though it stood through the Civil War, it suffered much damage. One of Giles County’s local heroes is James McCallum, who served as Grandmaster of the Tennessee Masons, a member of the Confederate Congress, and mayor. He lived in Giles County for seventy years.

Until Maury County was established in November 1807, the area of the future Giles County was considered to be part of Williamson County. Two years after the formation of Maury County, Giles County was created from southern Maury County on November 14, 1809 by an act of the State Legislature. Nearly half of the new county lay in Chickasaw territory until September 1816(32)

The reference to Williamson County quickly caught my attention. Many of my Spence and related families lived in the area. Samuel Garrett often traveled to Williamson on business, as well as to Davidson County. Young James no doubt accompanied him. And it was on one such excursion where Samuel Garrett met Elisha Spence, and young James soon met the rest of the family. The two families often got together. James Garrett and Mary Jane Spence probably knew one another for some time before “romantic sparks” began to fly between them. Then in 1830, the Elisha Spence family moved to Madison County.

“If you go over there, let me know. I’d like to tag along!” James told Samuel one day.

“Hmmm! I wonder why!” Samuel Smiled.

Elisha died in 1835. His family moved from Madison to Marshall County. And by 1836, James B. Garrett appeared on the tax records for Haywood County. James accompanied him whenever he went over there, stopping by Marshall to see Jane. Then Jane’s mother died in early 1842. After the funeral, she told James she was moving to Williamson County where two of her sisters and her brother lived. James and Jane were married September 21, 1842 in Williamson County. By then, a number of the Garrett brothers were moving to Haywood County. James and Jane would move there as well.

They had two children who appear to be twins: Harvey and Sarah, born in 1844. They last appear on the 1850 Census for Haywood County in District 10(33).

James was a farmer, although I’ve read some glorious accounts focused upon who he may have been. Those accounts also include his wife Jane. She bears the McDearmon surname in some accounts, even though people making that claim use the 1842 marriage record clearly showing her surname as SPENCE. Mary Jane Spence was NEVER a McDearmon–probably the reason why I spent so much time working on this article during the week!

One wild story connects James Garrett with a Rev. James Garrett, a minister in the Anglican Church, who spent years preaching in Tasmania. (James and Jane were Baptists, Methodists, or Presbyterians, and they  stayed in Tennessee). That same story connects the daughter Sarah with two marriages: one to a Jones in Eastern Tennessee, and the other to someone in Australia where they had a number of children. Those Garretts did exist in Australia, but they were not James Garrett (1806-1860), Mary Jane Spence (1813-1860) or their children Harvey and Sarah! All four members of my James Garrett family disappear in Haywood County, Tennessee before the 1860 Census.

When you stop and think about it–I decided–a number of people disappeared in Haywood County around 1860!

While James Garrett, Jane Spence and the children disappear before 1860, the 1860 Mortality Chart for Haywood County, Tennessee lists pneumonia as  the cause of numerous deaths that year in District 10(34). The Garretts may have died of pneumonia.  Those farms were all close together and family members frequently interacted with one another. The Garretts may have even died in the early 1850s. Isom Rainey died in 1853. He and his wife were in District 10 in 1850. Neither James nor Jane nor their children appear on any 1860 Census that I have studied!

I don’t know where this family is buried. A number of the Garretts and their relatives are buried in Crossroads Cemetery, Ripley, Lauderdale, Tennessee, so I suspect these Garretts are buried there as well. Many graves are unmarked. As I recall, over 200 people are buried in Crossroads.

One thing I definitely know is this: James Garrett (1806-1860), Mary Jane Spence (1813-1860) or their children certainly aren’t buried in Tasmania!

 

This article continues with Part 3: Joseph Spence (1816-1860)

 

References

(1)  Official Copy of James Garrett and Mary Jane Spence Marriage Record. Bond posted: 20 Sep 1842. Marriage: 21 Sep 1842, Williamson County, Tennessee. Obtained from the Tennessee State Library & Archives, Nashville, Tennessee.

(2) Tennessee State Marriage Records for James Garrett and Jane Spence. Ancestry.com, Provo, Utah. Date Accessed: 23 Sep 2015. Available online at http://www.ancestry.com

(3) 1850 Census for Haywood County, Tennessee, the James Garrett Family. Ancestry.com, Provo, Utah. Date Accessed: 23 Sep 2015. Available online at http://www.ancestry.com

(4) 1850 Census for Haywood County, Tennessee, the James Garrett Family. Ancestry.com, Provo, Utah. Date Accessed: 23 Sep 2015. Available online at http://www.ancestry.com

(5) Elisha Spence Estate Inventory, dated November 1835, Madison County, Tennessee. Listed on the records as “Li Spens.” Official copy obtained from the Tennessee State Library & Archives, Nashville, Tennessee.

(6) 1840 Census for Jane Spence, Marshall County, Tennessee. Ancestry.com, Provo, Utah. Date Accessed: 26 Sep 2015. Available online at http://www.ancestry.com

(7)  Summary of 1840 Census for Jane Spence household, Marshall County, Tennessee. Ancestry.com, Provo, Utah. Date Accessed: 26 Sep 2015. Available online at http://www.ancestry.com

(8) Haywood County, Tennessee, from the Wikipedia site. Wikipedia.org. Article last modified 29 Aug 2015. Date Accessed: 26 Sep 2015. Available online at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Haywood_County,_Tennessee

(9) Tennessee State Marriage Records for Jacob Garrett and Barbary Jack, Ancestry.com, Provo, Utah. Date Accessed: 28 Sep 2015. Available online at http://www.ancestry.com

(10) Early Virginia Garretts–portions on Ancestry.com, Provo, Utah. Date Accessed: 28 Sep 2015. Available online at http://www.ancestry.com

(11) 1850 Census for Samuel and Elizabeth Garrett, Giles County, Tennessee. Ancestry.com, Provo, Utah. Date Accessed: 28 Sep 2015. Available online at http://www.ancestry.com

(12) Bill Crouch (1997). Garrett Family of Craighead Co. and Greene County, Arkansas. Created 1997. Genweb.com. Date Accessed: 28 Sep 2015. Available online at http://www.couchgenweb.com/family/garrett.htm

(13)Bill Crouch (1997). Garrett Family of Craighead Co. and Greene County, Arkansas. Created 1997. Genweb.com. Date Accessed: 26 Sep 2015. Available online at http://www.couchgenweb.com/family/garrett.htm

(14) Greene County, Tennessee Cemetery Records about Allen Kennedy. Ancestry.com, Provo, Utah. Date Accessed: 28 Sep 2015. Available online at http://www.ancestry.com

(15) Tennessee, Wills and Probate Records, 1779-2008 about Jacob Garrett. Ancestry.com, Provo, Utah. Date Accessed: 28 Sep 2015. Available online at http://www.ancestry.com

(16) Virginia Marriage Records, 1700-1850 about Samuel Garrett and Elizabeth Broughton. Ancestry.com, Provo, Utah. Date Accessed: 26 Sep 2015. Available online at http://www.ancestry.com.

(17) The record and genealogy of the (Tilghman-Tillman-Tilman-Tilmon) family, 1225-1938 : compiled from an original mss. by James D. Ancestry.com, Provo, Utah. Date Accessed: 26 Sep 2015. Available online at http://www.ancestry.com

(18) Bill Crouch (1997). Garrett Family of Craighead Co. and Greene County, Arkansas. Created 1997. Genweb.com. Date Accessed: 26 Sep 2015. Available online at http://www.couchgenweb.com/family/garrett.htm

(19) Tennessee State Marriage Records about Addison Garrett and Mary Gordon. Ancestry.com, Provo, Utah. Date Accessed: 26 Sep 2015. Available online at http://www.ancestry.com

(20) Early Tennessee Tax Records; James Garrett (1836-Haywood). Ancestry.com, Provo, Utah. Date Accessed: 26 Sep 2015. Available online at http://www.ancestry.com

(21) 1850 Census for Giles County, Tennessee, James B. Garrett. Ancestry.com, Provo, Utah. Date Accessed: 26 Sep 2015. Available online at http://www.ancestry.com

(22) 1880 Censes of Lauderdale County, Tennessee, James B. Garrett. Ancestry.com, Provo, Utah. Date Accessed: 26 Sep 2015. Available online at http://www.ancestry.com

(23) Find-a-Grave Index for James B. Garrett. Ancestry.cim, Provo, Utah. Date Accessed: 26 Sep 2015. Available online at http://www.ancestry.com

(24) 1850 Census for James Garrett, Haywood County, Tennessee. Ancestry.com, Provo, Utah. Date Accessed: 28 Sep 2015. Available online at http://www.ancestry.com

(25) 1850 Census for Henderson Garrett, Ancestry.com, Provo, Utah. Date Accessed: 28 Sep 2015. Available online at http://www.ancestry.com

(26) 1860 Census for Henderson Garrett, Ancestry.com, Provo, Utah. Date Accessed: 28 Sep 2015. Available online at http://www.ancestry.com

(27) Isaac Ishom (Isom) Rainey Find-a-Grave Memorial. Index at Ancestry.com, Provo, Utah. Date Accessed: 28 Sep 2015. Available online at http://www.ancestry.com

(28) Mary Garrett Hendren Rainey Find-a-Grave Memorial. Find-a-Grave.com. Created by: SouthernRoots Record added: Sep 14, 2015, Find A Grave Memorial# 152316667. Date Accessed: 28 Sep 2015. Available online at http://www.findagrave.com

(29) 1850 Census for Samuel Garrett, Giles County, Tennessee. Ancestry.com, Provo, Utah. Date Accessed: 28 Sep 2015. Available online at http://www.ancestry.com

(30) Samuel Jackson Garrett Find-a-Grave Memorial # 5608749.  Find-a-Grave.com Website. Date Accessed: 28 Sep 2015. Available online at http://www.ancestry.com

(31) 1850 Census for Samuel Garrett, Giles County, Tennessee. Ancestry.com, Provo, Utah. Date Accessed: 28 Sep 2015. Available online at http://www.ancestry.com

(32) Giles County, Tennessee from the Wikipedia Site: Wikipedia.org.  Last Updated: 29 Aug 2015. Date Accessed: 26 Sep 2015. Available online at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Giles_County,_Tennessee

(33) 1850 Census, District 10, Haywood County, Tennessee for James Garrett. Ancestry.com, Provo, Utah. Date Accessed: 28 Sep 2015. Available online at http://www.ancestry.com

(34) 1860 Mortality Schedule, Haywood County, Tennessee. Genealogy Trails Website. Date Accessed: 28 Sep 2015. Available online at http://genealogytrails.com/tenn/haywood/cenmort1860.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4 thoughts on “Elisha Spence (1776-1835)–The Second Family: Part Two–Mary Jane Spence (1813-1860) and James Garrett (1806-1860)

  1. Hello
    I was thrilled to find my gg grandmother Priscilla Garrett Gray included in your work. Found that my ggrandfather Pleasant Jasper Gray’s name came from her brother.
    I’m interested in making my ancesters more human. Learning little things about there daily lives is a gift. If pictures of anyone I might include in my generic line exist I would be grateful for your sharing them.
    Should also say if any of Priscilla’s Gray family members contact you feel free to extend my name and E address.
    Thank You for your Time
    Wes Gray

    • I’m so glad you enjoyed the article. I’ll have to check into the pictures. I don’t have the older original pictures from my mother’s Spence line. But I’ll have to go into my tree to see what copies I have been able to obtain. Our son passed away recently, so I haven’t been doing a lot of genealogy lately.

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