Re: Samuel and Elizabeth
I have so many questions about Elizabeth Alexander who married Samuel Masters in 1818.I believe that she is my 3rd g grandmother, who married James Swan Weems in 1821 in Clark Co., Indiana.
In the 1838 will of her sister, Margaret Alexander, of Bracken County, Kentucky, Margaret names her brothers: John, Alexander, and Frederick.She also names her Brother-in-law: Samuel Masters, Samuel Pilson and William Hollis.She names her nephew James Weems. (My g.g.grandfather, James Alexander Weems, is the son of Elizabeth Alexander and James Swan Weems, and is that nephew). All of the children of Elizabeth and James Weems were born at Alexander's Mill, near Germantown, in Bracken Co., Kentucky.
In William Alexander's 1820 will, he names his brothers: Gabriel, John, and Andrew, and his sisters: Martha Hollis, Elizabeth Masters, and Dorcas Polson.So, I can see that William and Elizabeth are brother and sister.
My question: Did Samuel Masters die before 1821, when Elizabeth Alexander and James Swan Weems were married?If so, why is his name still in Margaret's will in 1838?Did Elizabeth and Samuel divorce?
When you say that you find the family in the 1840 and 1850 Census, does that mean that you found Samuel and Elizabeth Masters too?After my Elizabeth Alexander had her children in Bracken Co., Kentucky, her husband, James Swan Weems, went on a surveying trip into Florida.After about 2 years, someone came to her with his gold watch, some cash, and his dying words, and said that he died of fever.She moved her family to Chester, Ohio; then to Louisville, Kentucky; and then she lived with her youngest son, Robert Long Weems, in Waynesville, Indiana, where she died (date unknown).About the time of the Civil War, it is said that James Swan Weems came back, looking for his family, but they were scattered and gone.He was old and sick, and went to Baltimore, MD, where he died at the home of his brother.My gg grandfather always wondered what happened to his father, James Swan Weems.
I have been unable to find these Alexanders in Bracken Co., Kentucky before or after the times of these Bracken Co. wills.I can't even find cemetery records for Margaret and William.Do you know anything of Elizabeth's brothers or sisters and where
they might have gone?Also, who were her parents?
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Thanks so much!!