I do not in the least consider our discussion to be confrontational. Rather, I believe that only by an exchange of data and ideas can we try to resolve some of the puzzlesregarding the Wedgeworth family history research. Hopefully, by everyone contributing their data and all of us working together, we can come up with accurate, dependable inforamtion on our family roots.
BOYCE = many researchers and descendants of James Boyce, AKA James Wedgeworth, Junior have come to the conclusion that James is the son of Thomas Finney Boyce and Elinore Wedgeworth. We know from Laurens County, South Carolina records that Thomas & Elinore bought land in Laurens Co. and were listed on the 1790 Census in Laurens Co. In 1792 Thomas Finney Boyce made his will (Laurens Co. Estate Book A-1, p.64), naming William Wedgeworth as the guardian of his boys James, John & Jesse. The two girls were given over to the care of one Peggy Durham. We can only assume that since Elinore is not mentioned she had died previous to
1792. Next we hear of James Boyce is in William Wedgeworth's will of 1798 wherein he mentions the care of an orphan boy named James. As an adult, James Boyce begins to call himself James Wedgeworth, Junior. The James Wedgeworth, Senior, son of William Wedgeworth, does not have a son named James. James Junior is not mentioned in James Senior's will at all. And James senior's will was contested in the Greene County, AL Courts for a period of time. All of the heirs of James Senior and his second wife Rachel are listed, but nowhere is there any mention of James Junior. I have a whole file on the Boyce family and would be happy to discuss this more with you off-line.
JINSEY = Jinsey Wedgeworth applied for a land bounty from Choctaw Co.,AL in 1851. Then she & her children move to Neshoba Co.,MS where she again applies for a land bounty in 1854. I believe she must have died in Neshoba Co.,MS because that is where her children lived and at her age she would have stayed with them. There was no reason for her to return to Greene/Sumter/Choctaw Cos. in Alabama.
LUCINDA ADELINE = I have her date of birth as Dec. 20, 1833 from her direct descendant Hope Hankins Kirkpatrick. The Simmons Bible records are very inforamtive; however, I tend to go with the dates of a direct descendant rather than a secondary source in hopes that the dates are more accurate.
FRANKLIN JAMES =On the 1850 Census Choctaw Co.,AL, p.318 Franklin James Wedgeworth gives his age as 25, which would make his birth year 1824/1825. Frank did not die before James Boyce Wedgeworth's will in 1847. Frank married March 4, 1846 in Sumter Co.,AL to Mary E. Kelly and they had several children. Frank died sometime in 1867-69 as Mary remarried in 1869. I do not believe that Franklin is a child of James Junior & Jinsey. The Sumter Co.,AL Orphan's Court Book 5,p.525 shows James Junior's will and nowhere in there is any mention of Franklin. The Court went to great lengths to notify all of the heirs of James Junior, even making sure that notices were printed for 4 weeks I believe it was in the Sumter Co. newspaper "The Whig". James Junior's two sons, Joel and William B., were not residents of Sumter Co. which necessitated the publication of the notices in the newspaper. So why would the Court, having already gone to such lengths to make sure all legal heirs were notified, leave out Franklin? Because he was not James Junior's son.
LANGFORD HARRIS = I have Langford's middle name as Harris from the Leonardo Andrea family file on the Wedgeworths, pages 7 and 60. In a letter written in 1952, William Langford Wedgeworth writes that his father's name was Langford Harris. Again, I tend to go with a more direct descendant as the main source rather than a secondary source such as the Simmons Bible.
LARKIN vs. LANGFORD HARRIS as in Co.C, 8th AL, C.S.A. I have a copy of Langford Harris Wedgeworth's Confederate military records from the National Archives (wish I had Larkin's too but the expense to purchase every one of the Wedgeworth records is not feasible). On Langford's record there is no mention of him belonging to another unit such as Co.C, 8th AL. When these Confederate records were originally made, care was taken to include notations on the serviceman's cards if he was a member of another unit. For example, my husband is a descendant of Nathan Wedgeworth, and on Nathan's cards there is noted all of the other units he was in, either by enlistment, consolidation,etc. While it is possible that Langford was in both the units discussed and not Larkin, we would have to do more research on Larkin's military records (care to spend $17.00?). So for the time being at least, I have Larkin who lived in the Greene/Tuscaloosa Cos.,AL area as in the Alabama unit, and Langford Harris who lived in Neshoba Co.,MS as in the MS unit.
Please feel free to discuss this further - rip it all apart if you feel necessary! But we should do more research, compare notes and hopefully come across more
information before anyone can say for sure just exactly what the Wedgeworth family was all about. I feel there are probably alot more surprises in store for us all as more of us do research. So good luck!