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Submitted by: Pat Hamner  May 27, 2004

William McNemar was born abt. 1808 and died between January and March 1881. He married Elizabeth Liloy or Silvy April 14, 1835 in Lewis County, VA. She was born Abt. 1818, and died Bet. 1860 - 1870.

3. 1850 US Census.

4. 1880 US Census.

5. Lewis County Will Book, Book C, pages 27 and 28, William's will was made on Jan. 8, 1881 and submitted to the Lewis County Court on March 8, 1881.

6. 1850 US Census.

7. Lewis County Marriage Records, Vol. 2, page 13. Although the surname of the bride is given as LILOY in this publication, the Record of Marriage in the Lewis County Court House is indexed under the letter S. Her surname could have been SILVY.

8. Lewis County Marriage Records, Vol 2, page 13, Book 4, page 21 of original records.

9. 1850 US Census.

10. 1860 US Census, Elizabeth was present in the household for the 1860 Census, but she was not present in the 1870 Census.

Devisees in the will of William McNemar:

Children of daughter, Margaret Spaur, deceased

Daughter: Rebecca Hardman

Other: Dora L. Chittum

LEWIS COUNTY WILL BOOK C, pages 27 and 28

January 8, 1881

William McNemar's Will

In the name of God amen.

I, WILLIAM McNEMAR of the County of Lewis State of West Virginia being of sound mind and memory do hereby make publish and declare this to be my last will and testament hereby revoking and making void all former wills by me at any time heretofore made.

First, I order and direct my Executor as soon after my decease as practicable out of my personal effects to pay off and discharge all the debts dues and liabilities that may exist against me at the time of my decease.

Second I give and bequeath unto the children of my daughter MARGARET SPAUR decd. all of that portion of the farm upon which I now reside lyeing [sic] on the south side of the road beginning in the center of the road on a line of lands now owned by GEORGE HARRIS about two rods from a black walnut corner and near the house formerly occupied by JOHN B. McNEMAR decd. thence with said road in an easterly direction to two white oaks on the top of the ridge between big skin creek and little skin creek corners to the COROTHERS land thence with lines of same in a southerly direction to lines of lands now owned by GEORGE HARRIS and with same to the beginning, also I give and bequeath unto said children my clock big wheel little wheel and check reel.

Third I give and bequeath unto my daughter REBECCA HARDMAN the wife of S.B. HARDMAN all of that part of my farm upon which I now reside lyeing [sic] on the North side of the road beginning at the same place in the road of land herein willed to the children of MARGARET SPAUR decd. and running with the same line to the COROTHERS line thence in a northerly direction with lines of COROTHERS, JOHN S. SUMMERS, J.W. HARRIS, J.J. HARDMAN and GEORGE HARRIS to the beginning. I also give and bequeath unto my said daughter one bed and bedclothes and one iron kettle.

Forth I give and bequeath unto DORA L. CHITTUM the wife of LEE CHITTUM the proceeds of all my personal estate of every kind not herein otherwise disposed of, and for this purpose I order and direct my hereinafter named Executor to sell said property and pay the money when collected to said DORA L. CHITTUM.

Fifth I hereby nominate and appoint JOHN A. COROTHERS Executor of this my last will and testament, In witness whereof I have hereunto subscribed my name this 8th day of January 1881.

[Signed] WM. McNEMAR

The above and foregoing instrument was at the date thereof signed sealed published and declared by the said WILLIAM McNEMAR as and for his last will and testament in presence of us who at his request and in his presence and in the presence of each other have subscribed our names as witnesses.

[Signed]

J.M. GASTON

ISAAC M. GASTON

E. A. BERRY

State of West Virginia

In Vacation

Lewis County Clerk's Office March 8, 1881

The last will and testament of WILLIAM McNEMAR deceased, was this day presented to the undersigned in said office, by JOHN A. COROTHERS, the Executor therein named, and partly proven by the oath of ISAAC M. GASTON one of the subscribing witnesses thereto, and the probate of the same continued for further proof. And on another day, to wit: on the 9th day of March, 1881, said will was fully proven by the oath of JOHN M. GASTON, another of the subscribing witnesses thereto, and thereupon the said will was admitted to record.

Teste: J Woofter, Clk.

Jacob Morrison (James Morison) was born June 16, 1813, and died March 08, 1885. He was the son of James and Elizabeth (Bozarth) Morrison. He married Margaret McNemar August 13, 1835 in Lewis County, VA. She was the daughter of Phillip McNemar and Elizabeth Beasley. She was born October 18, 1813, and died May 23, 1906. Jacob and Margaret are buried in the Vandalia Cemetery, Lewis County, WV.

1. Hackers Creek Pioneer Descendants, Cemeteries of Lewis County, p. 137.

2. Lewis County Will Book, Book B, pages 147-149, Last Will and Testament of Phillip McNemar. Identified as daughter.

3. Lewis County Marriage Records, Vol. 2, page 7.

4. Hackers Creek Pioneer Descendants, Cemeteries of Lewis County, Vol. 2, page 137.

5. Hackers Creek Pioneer Descendants, Cemeteries of Lewis County, p. 137, Row 10.

Devisees of Jacob Morrison:

Son: Franklin P. Morrison

Son: Riley R. Morrison

Son: Gideon H. Morrison

Son: Jacob Lee Morrison

Wife: Margaret Morrison

Daughter: Elizabeth Jane Morrison

Granddaughter: Anna L. Morrison

Granddaughter: Ada B. Morrison

Other: Virginia Ann McNamer

Other: Dora A. Morris

LEWIS COUNTY WILL BOOK C

Pages 99-102.

Jacob Morrison's Will

December 24, 1884

In the name of God, amen.

I JACOB MORRISON of the county of Lewis and State of West Virginia being of sound mind and memory do hereby make publish and declair [sic] this to be my last will and testament hereby revoking and making void all former wills by me at any time heretofore made.

First I order and direct my son, FRANKLIN P. MORRISON as soon as practable [sic] after my death to sell that portion of my lands hereinafter provided by me to be sold and to make conveyance by deed the same as I might do were I then living also to sell all of my young cattle that I may have on hand at the time of my decease and to pay off and discharge all of the debts dues and liabilities that may exist against me at the time of my decease and to pay the residue of said proceeds as follows, one hundred dollars to my son RILEY R. MORISON three hundred dollars to my son GIDEON H. MORISON, fifty dollars to VIRGINIA ANN McNAMER, and fifty dollars to DORA A. MORRIS.

The Balance of said proceeds to be Equally devided [sic] between my three sons namely GIDEON H. MORISON, FRANKLIN P. MORISON, JACOB LEE MORISON.

Second I give and bequeath unto my beloved wife MARGARET MORISON in lew [sic] of her Dower in my estate, the following named property viz. one tract of land the same on which I now reside and on which my preasent [sic] dweling [sic] house now stands in which I now live, and bounded as follows Beginning in the road near the west corner of N.E.PETERSONS garden lot and oposite [sic] where the cross fence runing [sic] through the meadow joins the road fence, thence a N.W. direction crossing a small tributary of Big Skin Creek pasing [sic] through the meadow with or near the fence now pasing [sic] through said meadow and up the point to a small walnut tree, thence a northly Direction the same course the fence now runs to the fence near the top of the ridge and with the said fence to a line of land now owned by L.D. OLDAKER and with the said OLDAKERS [sic] lines to a line of land now owned by C.E. JONES and with the said lines to the roads near the schoolhouse thence with the said road to the forks of same at or near W.V. CHIDESTER's storehouse , thence with the road leading to sand fork to the beginning saposed [sic] to contain sixty acres to have and hold the same for her support during her natural lifetime and after her death to pass to and become the property of my son FRANKLIN P. MORISON provided furthermore that if my son FRANKLIN P. MORISON provides for and maintains his mother during her natural lifetime in proper maner [sic] then he is to have the use of said land to enable him to do so. Also I give and bequeath unto my said wife three cows to be selected by her and also all the cash money I may have on hand at the time of my Death, and all other personal property of which I die seized not herein otherwise disposed of by me.

Thirdly I give and bequeath unto my two grand Daughters namely ANNA L. MORISON and ADA B. MORISON all of a certain tract of land ling on the lefthand [sic] side of the road leading from W.E. PETERSON's mill by the way of J.A. FRANCIS joining lands of N.E. PETERSON J.A. FRANCIS and N.D. LINGERS heirs supposed to contain about seventy acres in fee, also one cow each and each of them one bed and beding [sic] as now provided for them by me.

Fourthly I give and bequeath unto my daughter ELIZABETH JANE a certain tract of land lying between the two roads leading to sand fork Beginning at the forks of the said road thence up the left hand fork to J.A. FRANCIS [sic] line to the top of the ridge to a line of my old tract of land, where I formerly resided, and with the said line to the road leading up the right hand fork and with the said road to the Beginning supposed to contain forty acres.

Fifth I give and bequeath unto my son JACOB LEE MORISON all of certain tract of land the same on which he now resides and the same on which I formerly lived, it being the same conveyed to me by deed bearing date tenth day of august 1849 by DAVID WILSON and brothers (see deed)

Sixth I hereby order and direct my son FRANKLIN P. MORISON to sell all my lands not herein otherwise disposed of by me with full power to make deeds pass recipts (sic) take bonds and to do all other things necessary in the sail (sic) and conveyance of said land to apply the proceeds thereof as hereinbefore directed by me.

In witness whereof I have here to subscribed my name this 24 day of December in the year of our lord 1884.

Jacob Morrison

all interlinations [sic] made before signed

The above and foregoing instrument was at the date thereof signed sealed published and declared (sic) by the said JACOB MORISON as and for his last will and testament in presence of us who at his request and in his presence and in the presence of each other have subscribed our names and witnesses.

C.W. TOLBERT

N.E. PETERSON

SAMUEL B. SMITH

I MARGARET MORRISON the wife of JACOB MORRISON do hereby accept the provisions herein made by my husband for me in lew (sic) of my dower right in his Estate Given under my hand this 24 day of Dec. 1884.

Margaret Morison

The State of West Virginia

Lewis County Court Clerk's Office, April 6, 1885

The County Court of said County this day confirmed the action of its clerk in admitting the foregoing will to probate on the 14th day of March 1885, during vacation of said Court.

Attest: E.W.BENNETT, Clerk

Margaret McNemar was born October 18, 1813, and died May 23, 1906. She was the daughter of Phillip McNemar and Elizabeth "Betty" Beasley. She married Jacob Morrison August 13, 1835 in Lewis County, VA, son of James Morison and Elizabeth Bozarth. He was born June 16, 1813 and died March 08, 1885.

2. Hackers Creek Pioneer Descendants, Cemeteries of Lewis County, Vol. 2, page 137.

3. Hackers Creek Pioneer Descendants, Cemeteries of Lewis County, p. 137, Row 10.

4. Lewis County Marriage Records, Vol. 2, page 7.

5. Hackers Creek Pioneer Descendants, Cemeteries of Lewis County, p. 137.

Lewis County West Virginia Will Book D, pages 128 and 129

MARGRET MORRISON's Will

September 1, 1903

In the name of God, Amen.

I, Margaret Morrison, of the County of Lewis and state of West Virginia being of sound mind and memory, do hereby make, publish and declair [sic] this to be my last will and testament, hereby revoking and making void all former wills by me at anytime heretofore made.

First, I give and bequeath to my only daughter, JENNIE MORRISON, my interest in a certain tract of land bequeathed by my husband, JACOB MORRISON, in his will to certain of his children viz: GIDEON MORRISON, LEE MORRISON and FRANKLIN P. MORRISON, the same having been held and controlled by my son, FRANKLIN P. MORRISON, at the discretion of the other two heirs, the same having since been sold by G. W. MARSH, administrator do bonis non, of JACOB MORRISON.

Second, I give and bequeath to my only daughter, JENNIE MORRISON, my interest in a tract of sixty acres of land, the same on which my residence now stands, the same being bequeathed to my son, FRANKLIN P. MORRISON at my death, as provided in the last will and testament of my husband JACOB MORRISON (see will) and the same being recorded in Will Book "C" page 99.

Third, I give and bequeath, to my only daughter, JENNIE MORRISON, all my personal property, and any property that may revert to me from any source whatsoever.

Fourth, I give and bequeath to my only daughter, JENNIE MORRISON, a certain one- third interest in a tract of land situate in Lewis county West Virginia, on Sand Fork of the Little Kanawha River, the residue two-thirds having been owned by JOHN C. CHIDESTER, the before mentioned one-third having reverted to me by the will of my son FRANKLIN P. MORRISON (see will).

Fifth, I give and bequeath to my only daughter, JENNIE MORRISON, any money that I may have at my decease.

Witness my hand this the 1 day of September, 1903.

Margaret Morrison her mark

We hereby witness that we each saw the above signature written and signed in the presence of each other.

Witnesses:

L.H. HALL

J.M. WEST

WILL A. SPAUR

Vandalia, W. Va.

May 16th, 1905

I, MARGARET MORRISON having mad [sic] and duly executed my last will and testament in writing bearing date Sept. 1st 1903 Now I do hereby declare this present writing to be as a codicil to my said will and direct the same to be annexed thereto and taken s a part thereof To-wit: I hereby appoint J.M. WEST as the Executor of my last will annexed hereto in witness whereof I the said MARGARET MORRISON have to this codicil set my hand and seal this 16th day of May 1905.

Margaret Morrison her mark

Witnesses:

P.F. LINGER

P.A. KEMPER, M.D.

C.A. HYRE

" The following paper was attached to the above will, and is hereby recorded and made part thereof."

Vandalia W. Va Aug. 24th, 1904

This is to certify that I have this day received from JENNIE MORRISON My daughter One hundred dollars in full of all Balances due me on my personal property and real estate excepting the sixty acres willed me by my husband for my support which I hold my natural life and which at my death is hereby transferred in fee simple to my daughter JENNIE MRRISON in the consideration of the above one hundred dollars and other payments made heretofore in witness whereof I have this day Signed my name and affixed my seal in presence of the following witness.

Margaret Morrison her mark

Witness:

M.D. CURE, M.D.

C.A. HYRE

State of W. Va. Lewis Co.

Personally appeared before me in my said County MARGARET MORRISON and acknowledged the above writing.

Given under my hand this 30th day of August 1904.

C.A. HYRE, N.P.

The State of West Virginia,

Clerk's Office, County Court, Lewis County, ss: June 9th, 1906

The foregoing Will, together with the codicil and other papers thereto annexed was this day fully proven in open court, and ordered to be recorded. The orders relative to said probate appears of record in General Order Book No. 8, pages 312 and 320.

Attest:

H. W. LIGHTBURN, Clerk

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