I am not a Twiggs researcher. I am cleaning out files. Here is the single document in John Twiggs's estate file. It is his widow's petition for dower, describing the land Twiggs owned in Mitchell County, North Carolina, and naming his surviving heirs.
Mitchell County, North Carolina, Estates Records 1826-1946, John Twiggs, 1898; box no. CR.066.508.14, North Carolina State Archives; transcribed by Kathy Gunter Sullivan, July 1995.
Catherine Twiggs widow of John Twiggs dec'd. vs. Twiggs and Others, Heirs at Law. Petition for Dower
J. H. Greene, Attorney for Petitioner.
North Carolina, Mitchell County} In the Superior Court.
Catharine Twiggs widow of John Twiggs deceased, vs Daniel Twiggs, Timothy Twiggs, Jason Twiggs, Henry Twiggs, Mary Long, heirs at Law.
To J. C. Bowman Clerk of the Superior Court of said County. The petition of Catherine Twiggs widow of John Twiggs deceased respectfully showeth that her late husband died intestate in Mitchell County during the month of August 1898 leaving him surviving the following children to wit:
Daniel Twiggs and Jason Twiggs residing in Carter County, State of Tennessee,
Mary Long was intermarried with Washington Long, residing in Knox County Tenn,
Timothy, Henry and Elkanah Twiggs, residing in Mitchell Co. N.C.
Your petitioner further showeth that her said husband during his coverture with the petitioner was seized in fee simple and possessed of the following real estate, to wit: five adjoining tracts or parcels of land lying and being in said County and State, in Bakersville township adjoining lands of Arthur Woody, Tilman McKinney, L. H. Greene, D. W. Pannell and others, bounded as follows:
1st Tract Beginning on a small crab apple bush and runs South 15 West 3 poles to a stake in the Grindstaff branch, thence up said branch North 27 East 15 1/2 poles to a stake at the mouth of a ditch, thence up said ditch 36 poles to an old apple tree marked with a black walnut pointer, thence South 30 1/2 West 8 poles to a stake, thence South 36 1/4 West 7 3/4 poles to a small locust treet, thence South 24 West 16 poles to a small cherry tree, same course 4 poles to a stake in the old line, thence South 25 East 31 poles with the old line to a chestnut corner now down, thence east 56 poles to a stake in the old line, thence North 9 West 22 poles to a stake in the public road near Tilman McKinneys gate, thence with said [line] 112 poles to the beginning containing 28 1/2 acres more or less
2nd Tract, Beginning on a cucumber [tree] 30 yards from the house, formerly occupied by the Widow Garland and runs a Northwest course about 100 poles to a maple on the east bank of a small branch, thence up and with the meanders of said branch to a white oak near the Isaac Grindstaffs old line, thence a Southeast course to said line, thence with said old line to a white oak in Tilman McKinney's line, thence a west course with said line to the beginning containing 12 acres more or less
3rd Tract, Beginning on a bunch of Chinkapins and runs North 67 East 44 1/2 poles to a small chestnut tree grown up from a large chestnut tree, thence North 79 East 16 poles to a white oak, thence South 72 1/2 East 32 3/4 poles to a small maple Twiggs and Pannell's corner, thence South 4 West 21 poles to a small apple tree near the branch, thence South 74 West 29 poles to a blackheart cherry tree, thence South 78 1/2 West 16 poles to a stake in the wagon road, thence down and with said wagon road 54 poles to a stake, thence North 67 East 1 pole to the beginning containing 25 acres more or less
Fourth Tract, Beginning on a thorne bush on the bank of Mine Creek road and runs straight to a small apple tree on the bank of a branch, thence up and with said branch to a ditch, thence up and with said ditch to an apple tree at the head of a small stream of water, thence with the center of the hollow to a small locust, thence straight up the hill to a small cherry tree, thence straight to a small Spanish oak on the top of the ridge, thence to the old Isaac Grindstaff line, thence with said line to Tilman McKinney's line, thence with said line to the turnpike road, thence with the meanders of said road to its forks near the Isaac Grindstaff old house place, thence down and with the meanders of the road leading to Mine Creek to the Beginning containing 25 acres more or less
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