Researchers presently believe Lewis Small (born c1794 in Jones Co, NC; died 1852 in Dallas Co, AL) had two wives.
1. Moriah (Mariah) Westbrook, daughter of Samuel Westbrook of Jones Co, NC. She married Lewis Small about 1824 and had four children born between 1825 and c1830: Leah, Susan, Penelope “Penny,” and Elizabeth.
2. Rebecca Westbrook, daughter of John Westbrook of Jones Co, NC. She married Lewis Small about 1834. She is believed to have been the mother of seven children born between c1835 and 1849: Sires (Cyrus), Nancy, George, Elijah, Anna Maria, Daniel L., and Dorothy “Dolly.” Following Lewis’ death she married James H. Berry in 1855 with whom she had son David Berry.
The following transcribed document, found in the estate file of George W. Small of Wilcox Co, AL, proves Lewis Small had at least three wives.
“To the Honorable John L. Cook Judge of Probate for the County of Wilcox. The petition of John H. Malone, an inhabitant of the county and state aforesaid, and who is upwards of Twenty one years of age, respectfully represents unto your Honor that George W. Small departed this life, intestate, on or about the 30th day of November 1871 (said death having been known more than forty days) leaving a paid up Policy in the Piedmont and Arlington life Insurance Company, to the best of petitioner's knowledge, information and belief, of about the value of two thousand (2000) dollars; that the said George W. Small was an inhabitant of this county at the time of his death; that the heirs and distributees of the estate of the said account, as your petitioner is advised, and believes, and as follows to wit: Nancy Baggett a full sister, and widow residing in the City of Mobile, Susanna Updike a widow residing in Marrengo County and half sister, Leah Thornhill half sister residing in Dallas County, Elizabeth Hedrick the wife of [blank] Hedrick resides in Newton County Miss, Durant Sheffield the son of Penelope Sheffield a half sister deceased, and the said Durant resides in Dallas County, Elijah Small a half brother resides in Marengo County, Ann M. Stewart the wife of G. W. Stewart resides in Marengo County and half sister, Daniel L. Small a half brother resides in Marengo County; and Dolly Small a half sister and resides in Marengo County and all of the said heirs being over the age of Twenty one years. In consideration of the premises your petitioner respectively suggests to your Honor that he is by Law entitled to administer said estate and prays your Honor that such steps may be taken, and such orders and decrees made as may be deemed necessary and proper to secure the appointment of your petitioner to that trust according to law, and upon his giving the requisite bond and security, and as in duty bound etc. [signature of] Jno. H. Malone. Sworn to & subscribed before me this the 20th day of January AD 1872. T. W. Price, Notary Public and [Ex Officis?] J.P."
Based on this document, the wives of Lewis Small appear to be:
1. Moriah (Mariah) Westbrook, daughter of Samuel Westbrook of Jones Co, NC. She married Lewis Small about 1824 and had four children born between 1825 and c1830: Leah, Susan, Penelope “Penny,” and Elizabeth. (Note: Elizabeth Hedrick is the only sibling not identified above as either a “full” or “half” sibling of George Small. Elizabeth, born about 1830 and prior to Nancy and George, was not named in John Westbrook’s will (discussed below) and was clearly George’s half-sister.)
2. An unnamed daughter of John Westbrook of Jones Co, NC. She married Lewis Small about 1834. She was the mother of Sires (Cyrus), Nancy, and George, all named in the will of John Westbrook dated 10 Jul 1843. Son Cyrus was not listed with the family in the 1850 census and apparently died between 1843 and 1850. Daughter Nancy (married name Baggett) is the only one identified in the above document as a “full” sibling of George Small. John Westbrook’s will did not mention his daughter by name, suggesting she was likely deceased by the time he wrote his will. She probably died in Dallas Co, AL between 1840 (when son George was born) and 10 Jul 1843.
3. Rebecca [-?-] married Lewis Small about 1843-44, probably in Dallas Co, AL. Her children with Lewis Small, born between 1845 and 1849, were identified as “half” siblings of George Small: Elijah, Anna Maria, Daniel L., and Dorothy “Dolly.” Following Lewis’ death Rebecca married James H. Berry with whom she had son David Berry. If David Berry and George Small had shared the same mother, David Berry would have been listed as a half-sibling in George Small’s estate. Additional research will be necessary to identify Rebecca’s surname.
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