I would like to know more about Samuel SAXON who died testate in Madison Co. between Mar and Oct 1817.His will mentions his wife Marina, his son James Henry (to receive major part of estate) and son Benjamin Thomas (to receive one half of proceeds from SC property).
John and Samuel SAXON purchased the NE and NW quarters, respectively, of Sec. 33, Township 2, Range 1E in Jan 1811.
Benjamin T. SAXON got land in Sections 20, 21, and 28 in Township 2, Range 1W in 1815 and 1818 (approx. six miles west of John & Samuel's land, above).
One James H. SAXON, a Mason, was among those who petitioned the Masonic Grand Lodge of Alabama on 1 Dec 1826 for the constitution of a new lodge in "Dale Town" in Wilcox County, to be called the Lafayette Lodge (#25).
On the lodge's membership report for the year ending 9 November 1828, Thomas B. CREAGH appears as this Lodge's Worshipful Master, James H. SAXON as its Senior Warden, and Eli TERRY as a member.
James H. SAXON (born 1790-1800) appears in the 1830 census of neighboring Marengo Co., with apparent wife, two sons, and two daughters.
Marengo Co., AL Deed Book C, page 389, records a sale from Thomas B. CREAGH of Marengo Co. to James H. SAXON of Greene Co.: the west half of the northwest quarter of Section 29, Township 16, Range 4 (on 1 June 1835).
He may have moved into Mobile Co., where a James H. SAXON is recorded in 1837, and then into MS.
Rankin County, Mississippi, Recorded Land Transactions
Vol. 5 1839-40 Family History Center film #0872415:
Page 482, Benjamin B. Smith to James H. Saxon, 16 Nov 1838 - to form a partnership under the firm Style of Saxon and Smith for the purpose of establishing and carrying on a drug and apothecary store in the town of Brandon.
Whether the above are all the same James H (Henry?) SAXON is a question I would like to answer.
One Benjamin Thomas SAXON died in Abbeville, SC in 1832
(will dated 19 Jan 1832, proved 16 Apr 1832); wife Matilda W. SAXON; neighbor Benjamin H. SAXON to be guardian of children (including Sarah M. J. SAXON); sale on 21 April 1832, buyers included B. H. SAXON, Sophia SAXON, B. M. SAXON, et al.
Other Abbeville, SC records may relate to the above:
South Carolina Marriages, 1800-1820 (Ancestry.com database):
Duke BEALL & Martha SAXON27 June 1811(by Moses WADDEL)
Name of complainer. Name of complained against. Box number, pack number, year. Type of document. Abstract of contents:
Saxon, B.H. et al; Prather, Jas W 27 736 1830Saxton, gdn of Mary A., Sarah, Martha C. Beall
Ben Saxon, Sam, Benj. Thomas Saxon 1814: gdn Sarah and Mary Beall, children of Duke Beall.[Is this Benjamin Harper SAXON, Samuel SAXON of Madison Co., AL, and Sam's son Benjamin Thomas, before Sam's removal to AL?]
Another Benjamin Thomas SAXON died in Newberry, SC in 1842, according to this obituary:
COLUMBIA NEWSPAPERS: SOUTH-CAROLINA TEMPERANCE ADVOCATE: "Died at the residence of Chancellor Johnson, in Newberry, of pulmonary consumption, on the morning of the 7th of April 1842, Benjamin Thomas Saxon, Esq. a member of the bar, and late Commissioner in Equity, for Lexington District, uniting himself to the Presbyterian Church. He was born in Madison county, Alabama, the 22d of February 1819."
This obviously cannot be Samuel SAXON's son Benjamin Thomas, as this Newberry gentleman was not born until two years after Samuel's will was written--but surely he was closely related, to have been born in Madison Co., AL!
Any additional information about any of the above will be gratefully received.
Ron Head(Montgomery, AL)
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