Some time back, I received an email from Phil Runkel, of Wisconsin, a GG Grandson of James Madison Rewis (1827-1906), of Tattnall Co, GA. He informed me that he had in his possession an original 1826 Tattnall Co, GA $1,000 bond given by John Rewis, related to the dissolution of his marriage with his wife Zilpha. He also had in his possession a handwritten piece of paper with a simple pedigree for John W. Rewis (1858-1946), son of James Madison Rewis. He has graciously given me permission to share these with this forum. He found these items in the personal effects of his grandmother Elizabeth Rewis, wife of Millard Rewis, who died in 1970.
Georgia, Tattnall County. Know all men by these presents that I John Ruis, of the State of Georgia and County of Tattnall, do acknowledge myself held and firmly bound unto Zilpha Ruis, of the State and County afforsaid, in the just and full sum of $1,000, for the paymentof which I bind myself, my heirs & firmly by these presents sealed with my seal and dated this the 14 of November 1826. The condition of this recognizance, is such that if the said John Ruis and Zilpha Ruis have concluded to quit living together as man and wife any longer and to live intirley separate as long as we should live. Now if the said John Ruis do let the said Zilpha Ruis alone of the futer and all of hur concerns, so long as she should live, then this recognizance to be void, else to remain in full force and virtue. ______________________________________________________________________________ John Ruis Signed & sealed and acknowledged in the presents of Levicy Collins Joseph Collins, J.P.
Handwritten ancestry of J. W. Rewis, found in effects of Elizabeth Rewis, widow of Millard Rewis, who died in 1970. Jesse Coleman & Pricilla Godin Zilpha Coleman & Nathaniel Bazemore James M. Rewis & Mary Cowart
John Coward & Lydia Rolerson Wm Coward & Martha Gay James M. Rewis & Mary Coward
James M. Rewis Born Sept 26, 1827 Died Apr 29, 1906
John W. Rewis, Born Jan 28, 1858 Georgiann Holland Rewis, Born April 25, 1862
Zilpha Rewis Died May 29, 1878, aged 72 yrs
In Memory of Mary Thomas, Died May 20, 1894, age 95 yrs