NANCY MUSGROVE on 1850 Census, Washington Co., Arkansas, page 380A, age 55, born (1795) in TN.A widow with threechildren:FELIX, 21 (b. 1829); REBECCA, age 18 (b. 1832); and HANNAH, age 14 (b. 1836).Could she be NANCY STOUT, the first wife of bigamist, EDWARD WILLIAM MUSGROVE, Southern Baptist Minister who was b. 1789, Laurens District, SC?He married three NANCYs.
1) NANCY STOUT on June 12, 1819, Roane Co., TN (The only wife he ever acknowledged both his application for a land grand and in his request for a War of 1812 pension)
2) NANCY DANIELS on February 15, 1825, Roane Co., TN (believed to be the same on the 1860 census in Calloway Co., MO, in 1860.They had several children and were on the 1830 US Census in Roane Co., TN; and then he went back home to South Carolina after the death of his mother, SARAH, where he married
3) NANCY JOHNSON, on September 3, 1844, either Anderson or Greenville District.They were living in Gwinnett Co., GA, where he received a land grant for his War of 1812 service; but lost the land which was sold by the Sheriff to cover a debt in about 1854.NANCY JOHNSON, remarried about 1854 to MAJOR WARBINGER as his second wife - so apparently they were divorced without issue.
The Rev. EDWARD WILLIAM MUSGROVE reappeared in Giles Co., TN, in 1870, although his age was shown as much younger.He married forthly, SARAH KELLY, on 15 Apr 1870, in this County.Shortly afterwards, he appeared in Winston Co., AL, where he applied for a pension, without SARAH; then moved on to Lauderdale Co., AL, and then back to Tennessee.He was said to ramble around the country, traveling on foot; but could throw in Latin and Green terms in his preaching which impressed relatives living in Blount and Walker Counties, AL.They mentioned his first wife, NANCY STOUT who he acknowledged; but, didn't think he had children since neither he or anyone else ever spoke of any.
Noting so many STOUTs living in Washington Co., Arkansas, makes me suspect that this could be his first wife, NANCY STOUT.He did not state she was deceased in his pension request.
Ann S. Grainger, 3301 Ohara Road, Huntsville, AL35801, E-Mail:MASGrainger@knology.net