Copied from MIDDLE TENNESSEE GENEALOGY, Vol IV, No 3, winter 1991 February issue
Supreme Court Records, Middle Tennessee, Box 148, 1865 Elizabeth GOODALL vs McDaniel Williams and others (Original Bill filed 30 November 1838)
Humbly complaining sheweth unto your honor your oratrix Elizabeth Catherine GOODALL formerly E. C. BELOTE of Sumner County, Tennessee who sues by her husband and next friend John D. GOODALL of the aforesaid county and state that your oratrix was born on the 23rd day of May 1818 and is a daughter of JohnBELOTE late of Sumner County, Tennessee who made his last will and testament in the year 1826 --died shortly after leaving an estate worth fifteen or twenty thousand dollars and appointed William Cage and John L. Swaney of said county his executors.Your oratrix would show that her father, at his death left a wife, Martha J. BELOTE, and seven children, to wit, Henry, Nancy, Mary, Elizabeth,Catherine Orelia and Fredonia his heirs and legal representatives, all of whom are now living.Your oratrix would show that she intermarrried with the said John D. GOODALL on the 2nd day of April 1835.Your oratrix would show that her father John BELOTE by his last will directed his wife Martha should have the use of his estate both real and personal until the children respectively come of age, and at full age each child might draw its portion of said estate.... Your oratrix would show since her marriage she has one child Amanda Mildred who is now living.Your oratrix would further show that the said John D. GOODALL, the husband of your oratrix, in the latter part of the year 1837 sold and conveyed all his right title claim and interest to the estate of the said John BELOTE, which he claimed by virture of his marriage with your oratrix for the sum of six hundred dollars, to a certain Fountain L. McDaniel and Williams of Sumner County, Tennessee......
oratrix is a female petitionera plantiff in a chancery court--land.