Re: Samuel Battes, more than one?
I also have the Noel Will.I totally believe that there was only one Samuel Battles and he was Noel's son and last shown on the 1850 AL Census. Several people also share strong feeling about only 1 Samuel.The 1827 document was NOT a Will. He was to young, a lot of these documents filed. Some of these Gifts were to keep children on the farms and some times for protection in case of legal matters.It seems that Samuel was quiet a character and served time in jail for stealing a horse from an Indian. To confirm that their would be only one Samuel is to get the yearly tax records for 1825/26/27/28/29 ... there I know will be listed only one Samuel for all years.If there had been two the 2 would show up until 1827 and only one after.One person thought that the 1827 document was a WILL, it was not it was a 'Gift to his Children'.
Also on the 1850 Census Samuels married daughter, previously listed on Gift, later married is living with Samuel under her married name and listed as a daughter.Also I believe that the two children are not Samuel, but one perhaps a granddaughter for she was to young and they to old have been here parents, but here again the same person assumed it was their daughter. The other person that was listed, and later on the later census, as an idiot, was perhaps a family member they were taking care of.
It is so sad that so many people that thought there was one and direct lineage to Noel has became confused because on someone classifing and/or assuming that this Gift document was a Will.Thanks....//arleen MyGenie@webtv.net