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REFERENCE:WINN PARISH AS I HAVE KNOWN IT, by H. B. Bozeman, Article 353,[email protected], Thursday, February 6, 1964:
"The will of Dennis Mackie is the first will filed by anyone after the Winn Parish court house here was burned November 23, 1886, by Quincy and Richard Travis who wee hired by Raz Pratt to commit the crime.All Winn Parish public records were destroyed in this court house fire back to the time Winn Parish was created in 1852.
Dennis Mackie, his father, brothers and his Stone kinsmen were among the earliest U. S. Government surveyors in Louisiana after the U. S. acquired Louisiana from France.
WILL AND TESTAMENT OF DENNIS MACKIE
STATE OF LOUISIANA
PARISH OF WINN
BE IT KNOWN, that I, DENNIS MACKIE, a resident of the Parish of Winn, State of Louisiana, being of sound mind and aware of the uncertainty of life and owning to my advanced age in life, the near prospect of death, do now make this my last Will and Testament, and desire that the dispositions herein made be carried into effect in manner and form as herein directed and the provisions of law.
Item 1st.I commit my soul to the will of the Almighty God, the creator of all things.
Item 2nd.I desire that my body be buried in plain and neat style.
Item 3rd.I desire that all my just debts be paid out of my effects left at my death.
Item 4th.I desire that all my property left after the compliance of above provisions be controled and used by my beloved wife, Sophia Matilda Mackie during her life, in case I should die before she does.
Item 5th.After my death and the death of my beloved wife, I will and bequeath unto my great niece by marriage MRS. NANCY R. RADESCICH, wife of and widow of Andrew J. Radescich and the bodily heirs my entire Estate, such as it may be after the Stipulations above made.
Item 6th.I hereby appoint Dennis M. Stone my lawful Executor to administer my Estate, and carry out the provisions herein made as the law directs.
This done and signed in the Town of Winnfield, Louisiana in presence of the undersigned competent witnesses on this the 11th day of February, A.D., 1887.
J. L. DARK
W. J. SOWERS
J. C. WHITE
J. E. DELOACH
STATE OF LOUISIANA
PARISH OF WINN
Before me the undersigned authority personally come and appeared John E. DeLoach, one of the attesting witnesses to the above and foregoing document of writing who being by me first duly sworn deposes and says that he saw Dennis Mackie sign the above and foregoing document of writing viz. his last will and Testament after the same was read over in the hearing of said Dennis Mackie and himself and his co-witnesses he signed the same for the purpose therein set forth and expressed that he saw his co-witnesses viz. J. L. Dark, W. J. Sowers and J. C. White sign their names to same and such and he now recognizes and acknowledges his signature to same to be genuine.So help him God.
J. E. DeLoach
Sworn to and subscribed before me this 19th day of February A. D., 1887.
R. C. Jones
Clerk 4th District Court
Filed for record and recorded February 23, A.D., 1887.
R. C. Jones
Clerk District Court and
"State of Louisiana
Parish of Winn.
I hereby certify that the within is a true and correct copy of the original instrument as same appears in this office of date Feb. 11, 1887 Time:
Recorded in Conveyance Record Vol. A, page 77.
Given under my hand and seal of office at Winnfield, La. this 27 day of Jan., 1964.
B. W. THOMPSON
Deputy Clerk &
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The following advertisement appeared in several successive issues of the Louisiana Gazette and Planters' Intelligencer, Alexandria, La.(An early newspaper published in Alexandria):
"Notice is hereby given, that the road between this place and Monroe, has
been completed according to contract, by the subscriber, and received by the
authorized commissioners - , as proof of which I have in my possession, the
certificates of Morgan Woodson, and David Brown, David Mills, John Allbright,
and Dennis Mackey.
STAGES - From Alexandria to Mrs. Jeffries' 10 miles, to Mackey's 5
to Lawrences' 7, Phillips' 5, Mill's ferry 4, Jones' 4, Haggerty's
cow-pens 6, Smith's 6, Gray's 4, Jones' ferry 12, from thence to
Monroe 26. Travellors may be at no loss by noticing the blazes with
a notch above.
The subscribers to this road in the parish of Rapides will please pay their
subscritpions to Mr. King Holston, who is authorized to receive the same.
C. B. Harvey
Alexa, May 22, 1833"
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The following is a quotation from HUEY LONG, by Williams, T. Harry, New York, Alfred A. Knopf - 1969, pages 11 and 12:
"Winn Parish was a recent creation when John M. Long moved to it.It had been carved out of four adjoining parishes in 1852, as a result of the machinations of one of the most remarkable men in the area, Dennis Mackie, who was assisted by his brother Thomas and other associates.Dennis Mackie was born in Georgia of Irish extraction, and he and other members of his family had moved to Louisiana in the 1830's.He was probably the largest landowner in that part of the state, its recognized political boss, and a powerful and domineering personality (through marriage this strong Mackie blood would eventually enter the Long strain).Dennis and his associates decided that they could profit policically and economically by manipulating the creation of new parishes out of existing large ones, which would enable them to speculate in land titles, and they persuaded a compliant state legistlature to authorize the formation of Winn.When representatives of the various settlements in the new parish began to squabble about where the seat of government should be located, Dennis characteristically stepped in to settle the argument.He proposed that the parish seat should be placed away from any community with a name, at a small and untitled spot which by a process that seemed logical became Winnfield.At the time of the creation the parish had a population of only 2,600 persons, but by the time John Long arrived, increasing migration had swelled the number to 5,700."
NOTE:The John M. Long referred to in the above quotation is John Murphy Long, father of Huey Long, Senior and grandfather to Huey Long, Jr. and Earl K. Long.