Jonathan, I have researched Nehemiah extensively and I'm posting a portion of what Mona Temples and I included in a book we published on the ancestors of her mother and my mother in law, who were sisters.
There are many documents and the conclusions we came to.
I agree with you on the Willaim Posey,son of Benjamin.
27. Benjamin POSEY (Humphrey, John, Francis) was born Btwn 1705-1710 in Charles County, Maryland. He died after 1790 in Edgefield County, South Carolina.
We have included all the following records under Benjamin Posey to illustrate a relationship between these Poseys.
Benjamin Posey of Prince William County Virginia son of Humphrey Posey late of Charles County and Benjamin's wife Ann on 13 of August 1735 conveyed a tract called Willford lying at Nanjemy containing 100 acres.(Charles County Land Records Liber O No 2, page 117)
16 July 1745 Benjamin Posey of Prince William County Virginia, to William Cooksey:1600 Pds tobacco for 50 acres "Sumbit" on east side of Zachaya Swamp.Wit: George Dent, SR & JR.(Sgd) Benjamin(X)Posey (Charles Co. Maryland: Deed Bk.A3; pt.2; p.248; (7/16/1745 - 9/12/1745)
We next find Benjamin in Augusta County, Virginia who asked to be put on the list of tithables in 1750 and is shown as delinquent along with John Posey in the years 1753 and 1754 in Augusta County, Virginia.
In North Carolina we first find Benjamin paying taxes in 1755 in Orange County.
Benjamin Posey was paying taxes in Orange County in 1755
John Posey was paying taxes in Cumberland County in 1767
Nehemiah Posey was paying taxes Cumberland County in 1767
John Posey was paying taxes in Surry County in 1772 (The Tax Payers of North Carolina by Clarence Ratcliff)
Granville Proprietary Deeds and Surveys
Document 4, 2 November 1752
Marmaduke Kimbrough planter, surveyed by Charles Robinson 8 April 1748, chain carrier James Lenard and Joseph Posay. Bladen County, North Carolina
Document 549, 2 October 1761
Thomas Copeland has land surveyed 26 June 1761 by Nehemiah Posey and Jeremiah Castor, chain carrier. (North Carolina Patent Book 14: 379)
Document 745, 17 December 1762
John Posey, Planter, had land surveyed 18 June 1762 by Francis Posey and John Brantley, SCC Signed
John (P) Posey(North Carolina Patent Book 12: 14)
Document 773 3 January 1763
Samuel Temple, Planter, had land surveyed on 27 March 1762 by John Posey and Francis Posey, surveyor and chain carrier. (North Carolina Patent Book 12: 49)
Orange County Deed Book 3
17 February 1768 Robert Wilkins of Orange sells to Francis Posey for 260 pounds 170 acres. Robert (R) Wilkins. Witness, Charles Smith, Christopher Smith and John (I) Posey (page 567)
9 March 1768 James McDonnell of Orange sells to John Posey of same for "a certain sum" 100 acres part of land from Thomas Brooks to James McDonel 24 April 1766.Signed James (+) McDonnel.Witness Thomas Brooks, Jr. and Francis (X) Posey. (page 566)
3 June 1769 John McDaniel of Orange County sells to Thomas Brooks for 50 pounds 125 acres.Signed John (Z) McDaniel. Witness:Joab Brooks and Nelley (X) Posey (page 228)
22 July 1771 Dial Posey, planter sells to Michael Holt, Esq. for 75 pounds 164 acres part of a tract from Joseph Boggs to Posey 13 June 1759. Signed Dial (O) Posey and Hannah (H) Posey.(page 606)
Orange County, North Carolina Court Minutes, Book 1 1752-1761
November 1760 Benjamin Posey agent for Thomas Landross Orr attachment this day came the Plaintiff by his Attorney and the Defendant failing to appear tis ordered by the Court that judgment be entered up for Plaintiff for his Damages sustained to be ascertained at a futer day on a Writ of Inquiry. (page 455)
1762 Benjamin Posey agent Thomas Lartross (?) Orrd attachment this day came the Plaintiff by his Attorney whereupon came the Jury towit & c. who being elected tried and sworn well and truly to Inquire on Damages upon their Oath do say that the Defendant did assume in manner and form as the Plaintiff against him hath declared and do assess his Damages to 4 pence Proclamation Money therefore tis the opinion of the Court that the Plaintiff recover against the Defendant his Damages aforesaid in the form aforesaid access and his Cost in that behalf expended. (page 573)
Registry of Orange County, North Carolina Deeds 1752 - 1793 by Eve B. Weeks
8 Nov 1763 Earl of Granville granted to John Posey 407 acres.Witness:William Churton
4 Feb 1764 John Posey sells to James Temple 200 acres.Witness:Charles Saxton
14 Aug 1764 Charles Posax to Charles Saxton 207 acres.Witness: Theophilus Petty
11 Aug 1767 Dorman Harson granted power of attorney to Frances Posey and it was acknowledged.
27 July 1768 Francis Posey sells to William Lindley 200 acres.Witness:William Thompson
On 31 Jan 1770Francis Posey of Orange County, Planter sells to Connor Dowd of Cumberland County, North Carolina for 200 pounds 170 acres on Orange County. The Earl of Granville originally granted this land to Stephen Howard who conveyed it to John Overton who conveyed it to Robert Wilkins who conveyed it to Frances (P) Posey.This was proven on the January Court of 1771 by William Thompson(Deed Book C page 526, Orange County, North Carolina)
On 19 March 1770, John Posey sells to Thomas Brooks (for a certain sum) 100 acres part of a tract of land said Posey obtained from James McDaniel which McDaniel obtained from Thomas Brooks and said Brooks was granted the land by the Earl of Granville.Signed:John Posey (Deed Book A, page 9, Chatham County, North Carolina)
The Colonial Soldiers of the South by Murtie J. Clark (page 825, 826)
North Carolina muster roll
John Birdsong's Company 1732 - 1734
Francis and Humphrey Posey, privates
John Birdsong lived on the same creek as the Posey family.They lived in Bear Creek District in Orange County North Carolina before it was cut off to form Chatham County.After leaving Chatham County, North Carolina, the Poseys came to Union County, South Carolina followed later by John Birdsong.
Union County, South Carolina Deeds
On 27 August 1787, John Wood of Union County to William Harrell of Fairfield County for 50 pounds originally granted Amos Tims and conveyed to Francis Posey and by Posey to John Woods. Signed John Wood(Union County Deed Book A, page 501)
21 February 1787, Francis Posey to John Wood for 100 pounds for 100 acres.Signed Francis (mark) Posey and Mildred X Posey(Union County Deed Book A, page 378, 379)
2 April 1787, Francis Posey sells to Nehemiah Posey for 100 pounds 429 acres in Union Countyon the south side of Broad River on Cain Creek part of a tract of 529 acres.Signed Francis Posey (Book B, page 347, 348)
11 April 1787, Nehemiah Posey of Union County to Joseph Comer of same for 50 pounds for 100 acres.This is the land that was conveyed originally to John Posey who released it unto Francis Posey and also 100 acres of the same Francis leased to Nathan Arthurbery lease to release to said Nehemiah Posey in 1779.Signed by Nehemiah (mark) Posey (Union County Deed Book A, page 437-439)
14 November 1787, Francis Posey and Milly, his wife, of Edgefield County to Joseph Comer of Union County 100 pounds for 100 acres in Union County. This land was sold to Francis Posey by John Posey 31 July 1777.Signed by Francis Posey and Mildred X Posey (Union County Deed Book B, page 148-150)
8 December 1788, Nehemiah Posey sells to George Rowden for 100 pounds sterling 300 acres in Union County on Cain Creek granted to Francis Posey part of a larger tract adjacent to Jacob Hollingsworth upon a new line by Nehemiah Posey and Benjamin Posey.Signed Nehemiah (mark) Posey.Witness Benjamin Posey Joshua Martin (Book B, page 349, 350)
November 1789, Absalom Posey and Jane, his wife, of Edgefield County, South Carolina to Benjamin Hollingsworth of Union County for 100 pounds tract on a branch in Cain Creek adjacent to David Hopkins' line said Hollingworth line to a new line made by Nehemiah Posey and Benjamin Posey, his father.Signed Absalom Posey.(Union County Deed Book D, page 336, 337)
In Union County, SC, in a deed dated Nov 1789 between Absalom Posey and Jane, his wife, to Benjamin Hollingsworth is a statement that Nehemiah Posey and Benjamin Posey his father surveyed a new line. (Book D, page 336, 337)(This document was found by Mary Copeland)
26 March 1793, Lucy Abney and Paul Abney of Edgefield Couty 96th District sells to Absalom Posey of Union County for 5 Shillings tract of land on Broad River 390 acres part of a larger tract 640 acres granted to Nathaniel Abney 20 January 1785.Signed Lucy (mark) Abney and Paul Abney. (Book C, page 212-214)
7 January 1797, Ann Posey to Absolem Posey each of Union County.Ann Posey has bound her son Bartlet Posey apprentice to said Absalom Posey to dwell from this present date with the said Absalem Posey 6 years and to receive 6 months of schooling and 2 suits of clothes at the expiration of said 6 years to learn the art of farming.Signed Ann Posey, Bartlet Posey, Ab Posey (Book E, page 179, 180)
11 February 1799, Dudly Pruit of 96th District to Absalom Posy for 40 pounds 150 acres.First granted to Amos Tims.Signed by Dudly (X) Pruit (Union County Deed Book F, page 36, 37)
We only have proof of one child for Benjamin and that is Nehemiah but it is strongly believed that his other sons were Francis, John and Humphrey.
Benjamin married Ann DENT.
They had the following children:
+ 58 M i. Nehemiah POSEY was born 1740/1745 and died 1819.
+ 59 M ii. Francis POSEY died 1787.
58. Nehemiah POSEY (Benjamin, Humphrey, John, Francis) was born 1740/1745. He died 1819 in Pulaski County, Georgia.
Nehemiah Posey was probably born in Virginia and traveled with his father, Benjamin, from Virginia to South Carolina.At an early age, Nehemiah was a chain carrier for surveyors in North and South Carolina.He was later a surveyor himself.
We found Nehemiah Posey in South Carolina as late as 1790.He was in the 1790 South Carolina census, but was not in the 1800 census.He was not in Georgia for the 1805 land lottery for which he would have registered in 1803.We did not find him in Georgia until 1807 for the land lottery for which he would have registered in 1805.
Pursuant to Act of the General Assembly passed the 12th day of March 1783, we Commissioners of the Treasury have the day delivered to Nehemiah Posey this our indented certificate for the sum of 31 pounds, 8 shillings and 7 pence, for smith work making swords and shoeing horses.The said Nehemiah Posey his executors, administrators, or assigns will be entitled to received the above sum .... day of .... with interest at the rate 7 per Centrum per Annum for the first day of April one thousand seven hundred and eig.... for the performance of the payment, the manner above mentioned, the public treasury is made liable, and the faith of the state pledged by the aforesaid Act.Given under our hand at the Treasury office the second day of August One thousand seven hundred and ninety one.Signed by Commissioners of the Treasury (AA 6050 ER 548-549 RW 2803)
We have included all the following records under Nehemiah Posey to illustrate a relationship between these Poseys.
Jefferson County, Georgia
Andrew Posey paid taxes in Jefferson County in 1801 and 1803
Pulaski County (Originally Wilkinson County)
The first record we have of Nehemiah Posey in Georgia was in Wilkinson County.On 7 December 1809 he bought Land Lot 367 202 1/2 acres in District 21 of Wilkinson County now Pulaski from Joseph Brewer of Effingham County.(Pulaski County Deed Book A, page 59, 60, 61). This deed was witnessed by Dennis Posey.Nehemiah sold this land lot to John Snellings of Pulaski County on 7 August 1809 (Pulaski County Deed Book A, page 61, 62, 63)
On 27 June 1809, Dennis Posey of Orangeburg, South Carolina sells 44 1/2 acres granted to him by the State of Georgia to Charles Woodard of the District of Barnwell, South Carolina for $300. Witness:Simeon Perry, William Perry, Reddick B Perry.(Pulaski County, Deed Book B, page 267)
On 9 November 1811, Benjamin Posey sells to William Wood, both of Pulaski, for $300 202 1/2 acres of land lot 265 in the 20th district of Wilkinson now Pulaski County (Pulaski County deed book B, page 186) This land was drawn by William Coppadge of Wilkes county on 19 December 1810.William Wood sold land lot 265 back to Benjamin Posey on 10 December 1811. (Pulaski County deed book C, page 20)
On 1 April 1812, Benjamin Posey of the County of Pulaski sells to Nehemiah Posey, Jr. of Pulaski for $200202 1/2 acres, Land Lot 265 in District 20 of Wilkinson now Pulaski County. (Pulaski County, deed book C, page 67).
On 1 April 1817, The Sheriff sold at public outcry one tract of land No. 1 in Square I in the town of Hartford to Joseph Wood and Company for the sum of $3.00 belonging to Nathaniel Posey. (Pulaski County deed, Book E, page 376) This is the land that Nathan Posey paid taxes on from Jones County.(Hartford was located across the Ocmulgee River from Hawkinsville, Georgia)
On 4 August 1817, Lain Posey of Pulaski sells to David Harrell for $150 202 1/2 acres in the 15th District of Wilkinson now Pulaski land lot 250 (Pulaski County deed book G, page 49)
In 1810, Seth Dean of Claiborne County, Mississippi Territory sells to Nehemiah Posey of Wilkinson for $300 a 202 1/2 acre lot in the 14th district, lot 294.Witness:Andrew Posey (Telfair Deed Book A, page 228)
On 5 February, 1814, Lain and Dennis Posey witness a deed of Walter Bell of Jackson County to William Slade of Telfair.(Deed Book D, page 42)
On 27 July 1815, Wills Talor sells to Nehemiah Posey of Telfair County for $550 93 acres more or less the lower half of Land Lot 228 in the 15th district of Wilkinson County and 75 acres more or less of land lot 277 except for 1 acre on the bluff where they join.Witness: Dennis Posey, Lain Posey (Pulaski County deed book E, page 132, 133)
In 1816, William Posey of Pulaski County sells to Jacob Davis land lot 307 in district 14 originally Wilkinson County now Telfair 202 1/2 acres. Witness:Lain Posey (Telfair County Deed Book E, page 127)
27 July 1816, William Posey sells to John Davis for $150 land lot 324, district 14 202 1/2 acres originally Wilkinson now Telfair. Witness:Dennis Posey, Nehemiah Posey (Telfair County Deed Book B, page 102)
On 6 January, 1831, James S. Daniel sells to John Posey, Jr. for $300 a 202 1/2 acre lot 301 in the 14th district.(Deed Book H, page 236)
In 1840, John Posey, Sr. sells to Dennis Pope for $5 land lot 235, district 14 originally Wilkinson now Telfair (Telfair County Deed Book J, page 83)
In 1842, John Posey, Sr. sells to Joseph M. Burrows land lot 268,district 14 originally Wilkinson now Telfair. (Telfair County Deed Book J, page 132)
18 July 1845, John Posey of Telfair county for natural love and affection for my grandchildren James and John Burrows of Telfair county for $5 for 14 head of cattle.Witness:Nancy Davis, Mary Ann Minnow (Telfair County Deed Book K, page 167)
On 7 February 1807, Dennis Posey of Pulaski to Joshua Perkins of Laurens land lot 222, 18th District for $200 originally Wilkinson now Laurens County 202 1/2 acres. Witness: David Creech and Benjamin Smith(Laurens County Deed Book F, page 65)
On 16 May 1815, Dennis Posey for $170 sells to Hardy Hall land lot 192, district 18 originally Wilkinson now Laurens drawn by Burrell Bins of Wilkes county. (Laurens County Deed Book E, page 27)
On 20 December 1822, William Posey of Wilkinson County Georgia sells to Littleberry Richardson of Dooly County for $1,000 Lot 235 district 15 originally Henry now Fayette.Signed William Posey (Fayette County deed and mortgages)This land was drawn by Nancy Posey (widow) in the 1821 land lottery from the 15th district of Dooly County. (Fayette County deeds and mortgages)
Tax Digests of Pulaski County1816 - 1818
Capt. Loufters District
Dennis Posey paid taxes on 202 1/2 acres on Copper Creek in Pulaski County adjacent to Thurman.
Dennis Posey paid taxes on 405 acres of land on the Oconee River in Tailfaro (Telfair), granted to Thomas.
In Laurence (Laurens) County, Dennis Posey paid taxes on 152 acres of land on Rocky Creek, granted to Stringer.
Dennis Posey paid taxes for Nehemiah Posey in Pulaski County on 40 acres on the Ocmulgee River, adjacent to Brinson.40 acres and 11 slaves.
Dennis Posey paid taxes for Nehemiah Posey on 140 acres on the Ocmulgee River, adjacent to Brinson.
Dennis Posey paid taxes for Nehemiah Posey in Tailfaro (Telfair) County on 202 1/2 acres on Cypress Creek, adjacent to Brinson.
Page 42 (no dates)
John Brinson paid taxes for Andrew Posey of Telfair County- 1 poll
Defaulters in the same Tax Digest
Benjamin Posey, Lain Posey, Nehemiah P. Posey, Nathaniel Posey, Jr.
Marks and Brands - Pulaski County
October 18, 1809 Benjamin Posey and Telfare Posey registered their mark
June 23, 1813 Humphrey Posey registered an "H" mark in one ear
June 23, 1813 Levi Posey registered an "H" in both ears.
Military Card File - Georgia Archives
Andrew Posey, Ensign from Telfair County, February 26, 1813-14
Dennis Posey, Lieutenant from Telfair County, 1813
Francis Posey private, 1813
John Posey, Lieutenant, William Cooley Company, 1813
Lain Posey, Lieutenant, William Cooley Company, 1813 (Note entered on card:"full name Belaine Posey stated by Mrs. J. E. Franklin, Route l, Box 920, Ingleside, Texas 27 March 1967")
Nathan Posey, private, Captain Allen Tooke, 1813
William Posey, Captain, Telfair County, 1813-14
This is the first record we have found of this branch of the Posey line in Georgia
1805 Land Lottery
Andrew and John Posey drew in the 1805 land lottery neither won any land. They were both married at the time of the drawing.
1820 Land Lottery
John Posey of Williams District in Telfair County draws land lot 201 in the 4th District of Early County.This land of taken up by John on 10 December 1835.
Nathan Posey of Jefferson District in Jones County drew land lot 35 in the 28th district of Early County.This land was taken up on 23 July 1822
1821 Land Lottery
Nehemiah Posey's Orphans drew land lot 161 in District 8 in Dooly County from Lester's District, Pulaski County. This land was never taken up by the orphans and became "reverted" land.
Nehemiah Posey, Jr. drew land lot 143 in District 5 in Gwinnett county from Bryans District Pulaski County.This 250 acres was accepted 19 March 1825 which would indicate that Nehemiah, Jr. was living at that time.
Levi Posey of Lester's District of Pulaski County drew land in District 6 lot 205 in Monroe County.It was taken up 1 March 1823.
Benjamin Posey was one of a group in Dooly County District 8, Lot 19 a return of the fractional survey in the several districts in the county and the 12th district of Houston County rented on 26 February 1822 for $9.11. There were several other people who had fractions who rented their land.
1827 Land Lottery
Benjamin Posey's Orphans of 582nd District, Dooly County drew Lot 13 in the 5th District of Carroll County.
Humphey Posey of Anderson's District, Dooly County, drew Lot 84 in the 9th District of Carroll County.
There seems to have been trouble in Anna's marriage to Nehemiah.There were several documented incidentsthat support this:
1.In 1777, Anna had her marriage to Nehemiah Posey certified.
North Carolina, Chatham County
Whereas Anna Posey hath this day applied to me for a certificate of marriage contracted between the said Anna Posey and Nehemiah Posey of the same county of the said state on the 7th day of June in the year of our Lord 1767.I do hereby certify that on the day and date above mentioned Nehemiah Posey and Anna Trauntham was lawfully joined together in the holy estate of matrimony certified before me that 15th day of Dec 1777.John Brantley J.P.
Entered the 25th of Sept 1819.R. Moreland C.C.O. (Georgia, Pulaski County Marriages, Book D)
2.In 1790, Anna was living next door to Nehemiah when the 1790 Orangeburg District, South Carolinacensus was taken.Living with Anna were two males and next door was living Humphrey Posey, over 16.With Humphrey were two females.
3.In 1819, Anna had her marriage to Nehemiah recorded in Pulaski County after his death.
4.In 1820, Anna, along with Humphrey Posey, Benjamin Posey and Benjamin Smith, filed for administration of Nehemiah's estate and it was granted.
Pulaski County Ordinary Court, Estate Records Unbound
Georgia, Pulaski County
Know all men by these present that we Anna Posey, Benjamin Posey, Umphrey Posey, Benjamin Smith, Amos Wheeler, Isaac Kirksey, Benjamin Newborn, John McRae are held and firmly bound unto their honors the judges of the court of Ordinary of said county in the sum of Twelve thousand dollars for the payment of which said persons we bind ourselves and heirs jointly and swear by firmly by these presents, signed sealed and dated this 2nd January 1820.Conditioned to be void if the above bound Anna Posey, Umphrey Posey, Benjamin Smith & Benjamin Posey does well and truly execute all and singular the duties incumbent on them as administrators on the estate of Nehemiah Posey, dec'd and do make all just and true returns agreeably to law of all their actings and doings thereon particularly an inventory and appraisement of said Estate and make a true return of all the transactions yearly on the first term of this Court until they have completed their administration therein - otherwise to remain in full force & virtue.
Anna Posey (X her mark)
Benjamin Posey (X his mark)
Umphrey Posey (X his mark)
Benjamin Smith (X his mark)
Amos Wheeler (X his mark)
(Georgia Archives, drawer 302, box 89) Possibly Benjamin Smith and Amos Wheeler were sons-in-law.)
We believe that the only sons of Nehemiah Posey born of Anna were Humphrey, Benjamin and John.Other possible sons of Nehemiah were Andrew, William, Dennis, Lain (or Belaine), Francis, Nathaniel (or Nathan), and Nehemiah, Jr.Before 1820, all of them left the area except John, who stayed in Telfair County.Humphrey and Benjamin stayed in Pulaski County.We have been unable to identify the mother of the other children of Nehemiah.
Dennis was listed in the Georgia Militia in Telfair County in 1807 and in the War of 1812 with the British a Lieutenant Dennis Posey was employed as a spy by the American Forces (Alabama Historical Quarterly) It is believed that this same Dennis is the one who was living in Alabama in Autauga County in the early years of Alabama.There is a record of a Dennis Posey who married Seala (Celia) Burrough in Autauga County in 1832.
There was a Nathan Posey living in Lawrence County, Tennessee for the census of 1830.In this census, he was listed between 50 and 60 years of age.When he was discharged from the War of 1812 in Darien, McIntosh county, Georgia his residence was listed as Clinton, Georgia.
We found a United Daughters of the Confederacy document that named Nathan's son Francis Marion Posey.The document states that Francis Marion served in the 9th Tennessee Calvery Company B.He was born 2 May 1830 in Tennessee, and died 12 February 1891 at Greenhill, Alabama.He was married to Nancy Jane Robinson 29
June 1854 in Lauderdale County, Alabama.She was born 28 April 1837 in Lauderdale County and died 7 January 1920 at Leoma, Tennessee.The Soldier was the son of Nathan Posey born about 1780 in Georgia (Compiler's note should be "in South Carolina").He died after 1836 in Lawrence County, Tennessee and Charity Posey born 10 May 1802 in Georgia died 25 December 1876 in Lauderdale County, Alabama.Brothers and sisters of the soldier:Franklin, born 1833 and George born 1836.Children of the Soldier:Irene, Mary, Sally, Nettie Jane, Ella, Amanda, Francis Marion, Jr.(submitted by granddaughter, Nettie Jane Waters Craig, Mrs. Charles M.)
Early Court records of Pulaski County, 1809 - 1825
Page 5,Benjamin Posey was on Petit Jury in 1809
Page 10, Humphrey and Benjamin Posey were on Jury, June 1810
Page 17, Nathan Posey was on Petit Jury, June 1812
Page 19, Benjamin and Humphrey Posey were on Petit of June 1812
Page 27, Humphrey Posey was on Jury on Oct 1818
Page 35, Benjamin, Humphrey and Levi Posey on Jury 24 February 1821
Page 47, Benjamin Posey was on Superior Court Jury, 8 February, 1811
Page 59, Humphrey Posey was on Petit Jury, October 1811
Page 60, Humphrey Posey was on Petit Jury, April 1812
Page 65, Benjamin Posey was on Petit Jury April 1812
Page 69, Benjamin Posey was on Petit Jury October 1812
Page 81, Humphrey Posey was on Petit Jury October 1812
Page 86, Humphrey Posey was on Petit Jury April 1813
Page 89, Lester Crawford vs. Benjamin Posey.Benjamin paid $59.25 and court costs - April 1813SignedBenjamin (P) Posey
Page 103, Benjamin Brown, security, was responsible for the appearance of Benjamin Posey and delivered him in the case by Lesseter Crawford. April 1813
Page 156, Humphrey Posey was on Petit Jury April 1816
Page 168, Nehemiah Posey was on Petit Jury October 1816
Page 242, Dennis Posey security on the estate of John Sylvester
Page 242, William Goodson and Murdock McDuffie security on the estate of John Sylvester
Drucilla Posey is a mystery to us.We have not been able to prove who she was.We have a few facts that do not reveal much.
We first found Drucilla Posey in the 1820 census when she was listed on page 72b as 'head of household'. Living with her were 3 males: 2 under 10 and 1 from 10 to 16.William Cureton was also listed on page 72b of the census living next door to Drucilla.Living next door to William was Benjamin Smith, one of the administrators of Nehemiah's estate.Benjamin Posey was listed on page 69 of the census.
The only connection we found of Drucilla and Nehemiah is a court case:"William Curenton vs Drucilla Posey Executor in her own wrong of the estate of Nehemiah Posey". The case was marked "Dismissed" (Dec 5 1823 Pulaski County Superior Court Minutes 1809-1854, page 202, Roll 39/17 Georgia Archives) We have been unable to learn what the phrase "in her own wrong" meant in the courts of that time.
We found that "Nehemiah Posey's orphans" drew land lot 161 in District 8 in Dooly County from Lester's District, Pulaski County in the 1821 Land Lottery.This land was never taken up by any Posey and became "reverted" land. The only Posey children in Pulaski County that we have not connected to other Poseys were Noah and Macajah Posey.
We believe, but cannot prove, that Drucilla was the mother of Micajah (born 1806) and Noah Posey (born 1814).Micajah and Noah reported on two census that they were born in South Carolina.We know that Nehemiah was in Georgia as early as 1805.We also know that Anna Posey was too old to be their mother.We found no other Posey children who were young enough in 1820 to register for the lottery.All of Nehemiah's known children were adults in 1820 and Nehemiah, Jr. was still alive and living in Alabama in 1830.
In 1830, Drucilla was between 40 and 50 and living with her was a female between 5 and 10 years of age.Micajah was married by 1830.In the 1830 census, Micajah was listed between 30 and 40 and his wife was between 15 and 20. The census should have reported his age as between 20 and 30.We did not find Noah in 1830.Noah married Feriby Shepard on 19 January 1836 in Pulaski County.
In 1832, Drucilla Posey (widow) drew land lot 270 with 160 acres in District 8 in the Cherokee land lottery.This land was taken up by Drucilla.
Drucilla Posey (widow) of Pulaski County appointed J. H. Hammett of Gwinnett County, Georgia Power of Attorney to sell 160 acres of lot 270 in the 8th district of Cherokee county.11 August 1834.Witness Micajah Posey.(Gilmer county deeds and mortgages, Vol C, page 17) We found a marriage for Uriah Posey toNancy Hammett in Hall County in 1825.Possibly this is the connection between J. H. Hammett and Drucilla.
In April 1840, Alfred J. Lester sued Micajah Posey for "fifa and illegality"."Find for the Plaintiff."(Superior court minutes, Pulaski County, Georgia)
Micajah and Noah left Pulaski County and for the 1840 census were living in Sumter County, Georgia.By 1850, they were living in Oilstill, Wakulla, Florida.Noah (age 36) and his wife, Feraby (age 37) had 5 children in 1850 when the census was taken. Micajah (age 44) and his wife Sarah (age 43) had 6 children by 1850 and twins were born in 1851.In 1850, Noah and Micajah reported that they were born in South Carolina.In 1880, Noah (age 67)was living with his son, Noah A. age 30. Noah reported that he and his father and mother were born in South Carolina.In the 1885 Florida census, Noah was still living with his son, Noah A.Micajah had died before the 1860 Florida census was taken.
We did not find enough information in the records to solve the identity of Drucilla.We found no more records that could confirm that she was Nehemiah's widow.We also could not determine who William Curenton was or why he sued Drucilla.We did not find court records where Drucilla posted bond or was appointed executor of Nehemiah's estate or any other estate.
Nehemiah married Anna TRAUNTHAM on 7 Jun 1767 in Chatham Co., NC. Anna died after 1820.
They had the following children:
79 M i. Humphrey POSEY was born about 1768. He died 1826 in Pulaski County, Georgia.
We believe that Humphrey may have been the oldest child and was the one who was living next door to Anna in 1790 in Orangeburg District, South Carolina. At that time, he had two females living with him.
We don't know who Humphrey's first wife was or who his children might be, however, we believe that he had one son named Levi who was in Pulaski County but may had died before Humphrey because no Posey descendants shared in Humphrey's estate.Levi lived in Pulaski County where he married Polly Posey on 2 January 1825.We have not identified her parents.
Know all men by these present that I Abraham Vickers of the county of Pulaski and the State of Georgia for and in the consideration of services done and labor and improvements made by Humphrey Posey of the county of Dooly and the State aforesaid for a certain tract of land known as Lot (?) in the 7th District of Dooly County have released to the said Humphrey Posey the same tract of land until the first day of January one thousand eight hundred and twenty-five without any other consideration or confirmation more than the above named services labors and improvements made on said tract of land and I the said A. Vickers if I should not sell the said tract of land doth further release unto the said Humphrey Posey the said tract of land above mentioned or until common rent to be paid annually until the first day of January one thousand eight hundred and thirty-one and for services rendered by the said Posey on taking care of my stock of cattle and hogs.If I should depart this life before the first day of January one thousand eight hundred and thirty-one then and in that case the above rent is to cease and the said Posey is to have the balance of the last mentioned release free from paying and rent.In witness whereof I the said Abraham Vickers have hereunto set my hand and seal the eighteenth day of December 1822.Signed Abraham (X) Vickers.Witness by James Bracewell and J. J. Clinch. (Pulaski Deeds book G, page 327)
I hereby assign over and transfer to James Bracewell all my rights titles and claims to the within written with all the improvements therein which I received of the said James Bracewell ________ and full ________in witness whereof I haveunto set my hand and seal the 23 day of November 1826.Signed Humphrey (X) Posey Witnesses:John Rogers, and J. J. Bracewell (Pulaski County deeds book G, page 327)
Personally appeared before me Joseph Bracewell who hath duly sworn that he was a subscribing witness of the assignment of the aforesaid a release from Humphrey Posey to James Bracewell and that he saw John Rogers assign the same as a witness and also that the said Humphrey Posey signed, sealed and delivered the same.Signed Joseph Bracewell.June 1827 (Pulaski County deeds book G, page 327)
J. J. Bracewell paid taxes on one slave and one poll as agent for Elizabeth Posey 202 1/2 acres as administrator of H. Posey, dec.(unknown date) (Pulaski County Tax Digest)
1827 Land Lottery - Humphrey Posey of Anderson's District, Dooly County drewLot 84 in the 9th District of Carroll County.
Humphrey married Mrs. Elizabeth WHITE "Betsy" on 19 Apr 1824 in Pulaski Co, GA. Betsy died about 1850.
Elizabeth may have been the daughter of William Hendley.In his will in 1836 one Elizabeth Posey was named as a daughter. (Pulaski County wills, Book A, page 35)
Elizabeth died about 1850.We found her estate, however it was illegible. (Pulaski County estate records)
+ 80 M ii. Benjamin POSEY was born about 1770 and died about 1824.
+ 81 M iii. John POSEY was born 1772.