I am looking for information as to who this Mrs. Forsythe, mentioned as an Heir in the Estate settlement of David Redding of McNairy Co, TN., is and how is she (or her children?) heir/heirs of David Redding?
Settlement transcription provided by Vicki Burress Roach.
See census and settlement info below and Mrs. Forsythe mentioned **********
I am seeking the identity of my ggg.grandmother, said to be a "Forsythe". David Redding & Stephen Horn (see 1850 census), were both related to me.
This Forsythe woman who was the mother of my gg.grandfather, "William Riley Wardlow" apparently had a love affair with John Wardlow sometime around Nov-Dec. 1848 and she became pregnant with a son, later born and named William Riley Wardlow, born Aug. 1849. I am unable to find Wm. Riley Wardlow on the 1850 or 1860 census, but he does appear on the 1870 McNairy Co., TN., census, living as a hired farm laborer in the home of Epham. M. Perkins and wife Elizabeth J. and their 4 young children.
Family legend is that the Forsythe woman brought Wm. Riley over to his father "John Wardlow's' home, and left him on the porch with a note saying "Raise your own son".
John Wardlow was married to Nancy Jane Horn sometime by March 1848 as their first child 'Josiah" was born in Dec. 1849, just 4 months almost to the day after Wm. Riley Wardlow was born. *Nancy Jane Horn was a sister to my ancestor, Mary Ann Horn-Browning. All these families seem to connect one way or another.
While the family legend is that John and Nancy Jane did take Wm. Riley in and raisedhim, I can't find him listed in their home in 1850 (age 1) or 1860 (age 10), so I don't know if he was there and not told of to the census recorder because he was illegitimate or if he was actually in another home until after the age of 10 and then brought to his father's home to raise. He is living only 3 doors away from David Redding in 1870 in the Perkins home and later was also living close by his father and half-siblings on later census's.
I saw it suggested that the 2nd wife of David Redding was Martha Browder, who later after David's death, may have married Jas. Forsythe who in 1880 has a wife named Martha, whose age and birthstate is a good fit for that of the Martha Forsythe, wife of Jas. Forsythe.
So, I wonder if when "Mrs. Forsythe" is listed as an heir in the estate settlement of David Redding, settled in 1879, was his widow, who by then had remarried Jas. Forsythe and instead of naming her as David's widow, was named as an 'heir'?
I know this may be a long shot, but if this is all correct, I suspect she may be the mother of my Wm. Riley Wardlow and when our family legend referred to her as a "Forsythe", that may have been her married name at the time the story was told by the family members, and not necessarily her maiden name.
I don't see Martha (Browder) married to anyone until she shows up in David Redding's home in 1870 at the age of 40, and I do not see any children for her.
I believe she was Martha Browder, the daughter of Richard Browder, (1860 census of his home has a dau. 'Martha', age 30, born in NC)
Appreciate any insight into this mess.
1850 McNairy Co., TN census Dist. 13
REDDING David 41 M W NC farmer 900.00 real estate
Mary 33 F W NC
John 15 M W NC
William 10 M W TN
HORN Stephen 34 M W NC farmer
1860 McNairy Co., TN census District 13
REDDING David 51 M W NC farmer
J.A. 25 M W NC farmer (would be John Alexander)
Martha 20 F W TN (John's wife Martha Louise Young)
MARY E. 3 F W TN
Wm. R. 20 M W TN
LINDSEY Wm. W. 21 M W NC Farm labor
REDDING Mary 80 F W NC
1870 McNairy Co., TN census Dist. 13
REDDING David 61 M W farmer NC
Martha 40 F W keeping house NC
Samuel 14 M S TN
Page 148, McNairy Co., TN
Settlement with David Horn,Adm. of David Redding, deceased
to amt. of 1st inventory 641.27
amt. rec'd from Doctor Kendel 51.39
amt. note on J.J. Riley 60.00
to interest on 1st inventory 12 months 38.47
to second inventory 350.80
to interest on same 12 months 21.04
To cash on hand in gold 100.00
to premium? on 50$ 3.00
to currency 314.30
by debts not yet collected 193.47
by interest on same 12 months 11.60
by services as admst. 100.00
clerks fees 2.50
by net ballance on hands 878.21
divide this amt. amongs the 3 legal heirs each 292.73
Gives heirs Alx. Redding 292.73
Gives heirs Robt. Redding 292.73
Gives heirs Mrs. Forsythe 292.73****************
This 8th May 1877
Examined and approved May term 1877
J.W. Stumph, chairman
C. Shull, clerk
Page 71 Settlement with David Horn, Guardian of Lou Redding Minor Heir of Robert Redding, deceased
In full to 3rd April 1879.
To amt. on hands due 11th July 1877 292.73
To amt. interest ot 3rd April 1879 30.73
To amt. her part on collections 50.60
To amt. rent her part on lands after paying all expenses on same 180.08
To amt. rec'd from the Mary Pierce estate being 1/2 of a 1/5 interest in same 74.70
To amt. interest on 74.70 to this settlement 4.48
To amt. from the Mary Pierce estate 7.43
To amt. from Redding estate 5.40
Total debits 646.15
By letters of guardianship 3.00
By amt. paid T.A. or F.A. Bryant 1877 6.47
By school books paper pens & c 1.45
By interest on all the above to this settlement 2.09
By Feb. 1st 1879 dentistry to L.A. Sanders 15.00
By amt. Feb. 1st 1879 M.J.L. McCuller for house keeping 50.00
By March 25th 1879 tuition paid Robt. Barnhill 3.00
By March 25th 1879 merchandise paid Young & Smith 1.95
By March 21st Merchandise D. Horn & C 32.92
By Amt. services to now 25.00
By Amt. for this settlement 2.50
Total credits 153.58
Approved May term 1879
Job Bell, clerk
John W. Stumph, chairman
Settlement with David Horn, adm. of the estate of David Redding, deceased Made 6th May 1879
To amt. due on 1st settlement made 8th May 1877 878.21
1/3 of this amt. 292.73 goes to Mrs. Forsythe and paid her before and about 8th May 1877 292.73
Amt. due Robt. Redding and Alx. Reddings' heirs 1/3 goes to Lou Redding who is the only heir of Robert Redding, 1/3 to Alx. Redding's heirs who is M.E.J. Smith & John Redding & Francis Redding by amt. assumed? as guardian of Lou Redding 1/2 of 585.48 in July 1877 292.74
By amt. assumed? as guardian of Francis & John Redding 2/3 of 292.74 195.16
This amt. due M.E.J. Smith 97.58
To int. on same 9.66
By Amt. paid M.E.J. Smith 24th March 1879 107.24
The above shares distribution by David Horn of assets due on 1st settlement
To amt. collected on notes since 1st settlement 180.20
by Amt. for services to date 18.00
by amt. for settlement 2.00
By amt. due by amr. 20.00
To three heirs as follows:
Mrs. Foursythe 53.40***********************
Alx. Redding's heirs 53.40
Robt. Reddings heirs 53.40
Approved May Term 1879
Job Bell, clerk
John W. Stumph, chairman
David Reding is buried in Prospect Cem. in McNairy Co., TN.
born Feb. 18, 1809 and died Aug. 31, 1874
John Alex is also buried there.
born Nov. 30, 1834 and died Feb. 23, 1866.