Thanks to a wonderful man, Ken Thomas, who writes a column for the Atlanta Journal Constitution, we have additional and correct info on the wife of Joel, Sarah Wages.
The previous info on Sarah Wages incorrect and I apologize for my part. It was based on family history that she was related to the Aiken who was gov of SC and her birth date of 1804. It fit with a Sarah Aiken b. 1804 cousin to the Gov who nothing more was known. This is NOT our Sarah.
Sarah, wife of Joel Wages,was the daughter of Elizabeth. At her death she was Elizabeth Wotten, widow of Mark Wooten. Elizabeth died in Fairfield Co, SC in 1844 (probably living with one of her daughters). Her four heirs are listed as Sarah, the wife of Joel Wages of Georgia, her daughter; Brittain Spellings, her son (who is in 1840 census Mongomery Co, AL); Rebecca, wife of John Blizzard, her daughter; and Martha, wife of John W. Smith, her daughter. Rebecca and Martha are her daughters by Mark Wooten and born 1820-1825. In Mark Wooten's will in Richland Co, SC he names Elizabeth, his wife, his 2 daughters, Rebecca and Martha, and Brittain Spellings, his stepson. He does not name Sarah. Mark is in the 1830 Richland County census and Elizabeth is in the 1840 Richland County census. So far have not identified ?Spellings, father of Brittain or who might be father of Sarah.
Elizabeth Wooten testified in contested estate trial of James Wilson of Fairfield Co. Her mother, Sarah, was widow of James Wilson but married in 1837 a Jacob Blizzard while the lawsuit was ongoing. The children of James Wilson were contesting Sarah's share of the estate. Testimony revealed that Sarah was born Sarah Burchfield who married about 1790 Archibald Akins. With Archibald she had 2 children, Elizabeth, who is testifying, and a son John William Akins. Archibald and Sarah separated but did not divorce. Sarah took up with a man named Mr. Chapman. The two children, Elizabeth and John William remained with Archibald Akins, who reared them. Archibald moved from Laurens Co to Richland County. He had married a second time and after that wife died, married a third time. Elizabeth testifies that she did not know her mother (Sarah) until she was grown. Her mother and Mr. Chapman had also moved to Richland Co, living only a few miles away. Her father (Archibald) pointed out her mother to her.
Witnesses testified that Mr. Chapman left Sarah around 1813/1814 and married another woman. Testimony indicates that Archibald Akins, the legal husband of Sarah, died a year or so before she married James Wilson in Nov 1821. It also states that Archibald had other children by his subsequent (illegal) marriages but they are not named. Sarah was found to be legally married to James Wilson and inherited her portion of the estate. Sarah Burchfield Akins Wilson Blizzard died in 1842. Elizabeth, mother of Sarah Wages, died in 1844.
Research found Archibald Akins from Laurens Co, Sc as the son of Lewis Eakins. He is listed as Archer in the 1791 will along with Ezekiel, Elizabeth, Fannie (Frances), Frank, Patty (Martha), Sally (Sarah) and John. Helping to inventory the estate was Joseph Burchfield. Both owned land on Durbin Creek in Laurens Co. Possibility that father of Sarah Burchfield was Joseph Burchfield.
Sarah Wages' mother Elizabeth apparently spent most of her life in Richland Co as the daughter of Archibald and as a wife. There was a Britton Spellings of Richland County. He had 3 sons, Britton, William, and Jesse but no indication if are father of Elizabeth's son.
For info Brittain Spellings, son of Elizabeth, is in 1840 Montgomery Co, Al. In 1850 cenus his wife Mary A. and children Elizabeth, Martha, Thomas and Henry are listed. He has died. In 1860 census the children are in different households. Apparently Mary has died. Elizabeth married (after the census) in 1860 William A. Alford. Martha is married to George P. Shaver. By the 1870 census Martha is deceased, leaving several children. In 1860 Thomas was an overseer. Henry was living with his sister Martha and George Shaver. Henry eventually goes to Jefferson, AL. His wife Eliza died in 1910. They had a daughter, Mary.
John William Akins, brother of Elizabeth and Sarah Wages' uncle was born in 1796. He moved from Richland Co to GA and settled in Houston County, GA. He was married to Mary O'Quinn. The name O'Quinn shows up as an index name of several parcels of land that involved the Wages. Known apparently more as William, he died in 1853. His family believed his mother was Sarah Spellings. There is indication that Sarah Spellings, the daughter of Britton Spellings,(yes the same Britton Spellings) had married an Akins, most likely Archibald. This is very possible since we know from Elizabeth Wotten's testimony that Archibald was married twice more after Sarah Burchfield and that Sarah did not rear her two children. It is thus possible that Elizabeth had a child/married a son of Britton Spellings and that her father Archibald married a daughter of Britton Spellings.
In looking more closely at Richland County, I found an actual record of Joel Wages. On Nov 26, 1825, Joel Wages along with Herod Cornelius, Samuel Smith, George Smith, Alexander Smith, George Locklier, and William Haywood petitioned for compensation for attending the Court at York as witnesses against Archebald McHenry.
It appears conclusive that Joel and Sarah were from Richland Co., SC. Their son John James was born in SC Feb 14, 1825. They were still there in Nov. They moved to GA by 1838 when a child was born in GA.
The 1800 census for Richland doesn't exist; it was lost. The 1810 census lists Jacob, 4 Dawsons and 2 Williams. In 1820 drop 2 Dawsons and add Moses. Not on the census was James Wages. There is an 1810 land transaction where he got 184 acres on Crane Creek. He also witnesses a couple of land transactions...one with William Wages as witness. He proves in court two of these in 1816. After that I found no records.
The Wages owned lots of land in both Richland and Kershaw Counties on Jackson Creek, Raglin Creek, Gills Creek, Crane Creek, Colonel's Creek, and Spears Creek which runs in both counties.
Further research throws us into the midst of the Wages-Boatwright mystery. I would greatly appreciate anyone who has detailed information on the 1821 Dawson Wages will and the 1827 Dawson Wages will, the Wages vs Wages Equity case to contact me. I don't have copies...only some ancient notes I took years ago.
Much needed additional research to do.
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