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From Shirley Hern:
Spencer REYNOLDS. Born, circa 1781. Died, Jul 1843, in Williamson Co., TN. Burial: Jul 1843, in Williamson Co., TN. Probate of Estate: Aug 1844, in Williamson Co., TN.
He married, first, an unknown woman. He married, second, Sarah Parker, 6 Apr 1812, in Williamson Co., TN. His will, dated 21 November 1834, provides for his wife and the educating of his children but does not name them. Their names are recorded in undated loose records found in Williamson County, Tennessee. Some of the children were still minors when he wrote his will and when it was probated. William C. is the first named, probably indicating he was the eldest. While he was certainly the son of Spencer, the name of William C.'s mother remains a mystery. Spencer appears to have married for the first time in Virginia, where William C. was born 23 December 1807. He would have been about 31 years of age when he married Sarah Parker. He purchased a tract of land in the 22nd district at the head of Spring Creek on a branch of the Duck River containing 150 acres from Thomas Wilson on 6 October 1823. He still owned this tract at his death. Each male between the ages of 21 and 51 was required to pay a poll tax on himself and a tax on each slave. Spencer stopped paying poll for himself in 1832, over the age of 51, ie. born about 1781. The tax records indicate that he did not own slaves until July 1830 when he purchased a Negro boy by the name of Abram from the estate of his deceased father for $502. plus 1 woman and child not mamed for $271.50. On 14 January 1839 he purchased a Negro woman
Claresy, 23, and her children Mary, 3, and Meliss, 18 months, from Zaccheus Wilson for $1950. He purchased a Negro Boy named Bob, aged 16 a slave for life, on 10 September 1843 from W. Neal and N.B. Neal. Witnesses to this deed of sale were W. C. Reynolds and Madison J. Reynolds. Abram was named in Spencer's will and listed in his inventory of 7 slaves in March 1745. Abram 29 years, Clarisy 29 years, Peg 18 (this one would have been the same age as Bob purchased in 1843), Mary 9, Meliss 7,
John 6 and Susan 4. Sarah, the widow, renounced her right of administration at the March term 1845 and Addison W. Tippet, their son-in-law, was granted letters of administration.