The following are abstracts taken from the Wythe County Court Order books from 1810 to 1830:June 12, 1810, Mary Earney to be administrator of the estate of Sebastian Earney, deceased; bond with Christopher and Christian Phillippi. July 13, 1829, John Stanger to settle with Mary Arney, administratrix of the estate of Sebastian Arney, deceased. June 14, 1830, Zachariah Mitchell, George W. Davis and William Porter were ordered to lay off the dower for Mary Arney in the lands of her late husband, Sebastian Arney, deceased.August 9, 1830, the allotment of dower to Mary Arney, widow of Sebastian Arney, returned.
The following Wythe County tax assessment was taken in 1815 on the Sebastian Arney farms: one farm on the waters of Cripple Creek, 130 acres having thereon one dwelling house of logs, two stories, 26 feet by 22 feet, barn, loom house, meat house, spring house, all of logs, valued at $800; also one farm on the Middle Fork of Holston, 65 acres having thereon four cabins, and one stable of logs, valued at $300; total value $1100.
Sebastian left no written will, but his heirs were listed in Wythe County Deed Book 11, page 545 in 1829.The listed heirs were wife Mary (estate administratrix), sons Christian, Henry, Jacob, John, Peter, and David with daughters Molly (Magdalena), Maria, Christina, and Sally (Salome Miller).
The following are proven children of Sebastian and Mary Arney to have been baptized in Wythe County: Christian Apr. 13, 1792 – June 29, 1794, sponsors Christian Arney and frau; David May 31, 1805 – Aug 11, 1805, sponsors Christoph Philippe et uxor (Christopher Phillippi was Mary Arney’s brother); Salome Oct 13, 1808 – Oct 15, 1809, sponsors parents, all baptized at the Zion church on Cripple Creek.The son Hinerich (Henry) was baptized on November 8, 1797 at the Kimberling Church with date of birth March 20, 1797.On the same day David Erni (Arney) born Feb 1797, parents Tobias and Elizabeth Arney was baptized.Some family researchers have perceived that the sponsors Christian Arney and frau are Sebastian’s parents and that Tobias Arney was his brother.To date I have found no documented proof nor been provided with same in regard to these relationships.
Sebastian Arney's farm was south of Rural Retreat in Wythe County. On a Virginia map Rural Retreat is about 25 miles southwest of Wytheville VA on I-81. John Phillippi (Sebastian’s Father-in-law) lived off Hwy 614 which runs south of Rural Retreat. Sebastian’s farm was slightly southeast of the Phillippi's on the road to Zion Lutheran Church. Other surname spellings found in Wythe County documents are: Arne, Erne, Erni, Earney, and Erney.
Hopefully you or someone reading this can provide me with some proven documentation as to who Sebastian Arney’s parents and siblings are.... Sincerely, Mike Keesling