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Saturday, February 25, 2017

It’s Family Time~John H. and Sarah Sellers Eddins

It's Family Time
The 1870 census for Cabarrus County, North Carolina shows Sarah Sellers Eddins, age 32, as the spouse of John H. Eddins.

Sarah and John’s first born a daughter named Susan was born in 1861 so John and Sarah were most likely married sometime after the census was taken in 1860. At the time of the census enumeration in July of 1860, John H. Eddins, was a single man in the household of his parents, John Riley Eddins and Mary Sarah Martin.

John enlisted into the Civil War on 22 July 1861 with Company I, North Carolina 7th Infantry Regiment. With the birth of their first child in 1861, John and Sarah were already married when John left home for the War. 
John and Sarah Sellers Eddins had 5 children before his untimely death which occurred sometime around July 1872 at the age of 36. 

Their children were:
i. Susan E. Eddins was born about 1861 in Cabarrus County, North Carolina.
ii. William Edward Eddins, born 19 Feb 1866, Cabarrus County, North Carolina; married Mary Griggs; died 27 Dec 1941.
iii. Edward Rainey "Dock" Eddins, born 28 Sep 1866, Cabarrus County, North Carolina; married Sarah F. Griggs; married Patsy Short; died 9 Oct 1953, Wadesboro, Anson, North Carolina.
iv.  John F. Eddins was born about Jan 1870 in Cabarrus County, North Carolina. He died before 1880.

Civil records related to John H. Eddins and Sarah Sellers are very limited. I have found no records of their death and only Census and Civil war records related to John’s age. He was 36 when he enlisted on 22 July 1861, making his birth year to be 1825. But, in the 1850 census he was listed as age 20. Sarah's age also varied considerably in the census sometimes only aging 5 years in a 10 year period.  

Sarah Sellers Eddins is my 2nd Great Grand Aunt.

1. 1870 Census, Cabarrus County, North Carolina, population schedule, Township 3, Cabarrus County, North Carolina, Page: 484A (stamped); Line 26, Dwelling 114, Family 112, Household of John H. EDDINGS; online database, ( : viewed 6 January 2012); citing National Archives Microfilm Publication M593, Roll 1126.
2. 1880 U. S. Census, Anson County, North Carolina, population schedule, Gulledges, Anson County, North Carolina, enumeration district (ED) 003, Page: 363B (stamped); Line 5, Dwelling 49, Family 49, Household of Sarah EDINS; digital images, ( : viewed 4 January 2012); citing National Archives Microfilm T9-951.
3. Find A Grave, Inc., Find A Grave, database and digital images, ( : accessed 4 January 2012); Memorial page for Sarah Sellers Eddins; (1838-aft 1880); Find a Grave memorial # 32925775, Citing New Hope United Methodist Church Cemetery; Wadesboro, Anson County, North Carolina, USA.
4. Ancestry, "Civil War Service Records" database, Military Service Records ( : accessed 5 June 2014), entry for JOHN H. EDDINS, Private; Company I, North Carolina 7th Infantry Regiment; Confederate.

Friday, February 24, 2017

Petition for Guardianship~Jonah A. Teator, Ransom A. Teator, James L. Teator and George W. Teator

In late 1857 to early 1858, sometime before 20 May 1858  Martin A. Teeter died. Martin was a single parent with 8 children; 4 of them under the age of twenty-one until he remarried on 20 April 1856. 
Martin had lost his first wife back on 30 September 1853 with the birth of his eight child a son named George Washington Teeter.

In Court on 20 May 1858, Brice McIver a Uncle of the minor children - Jonah A. Teator, Ransom A. Teator, James L. Teator and George W. Teator – petition the Court for the Guardianship of the minor children.

Mary Ann ‘Polly’ Petray was the wife of Brice McEver. She was also a sister to Sarah Jane ‘Sallie’ Petray Teeter the mother of the four minor children.

Tragically, the children Uncle, Brice McEver, died of pneumonia in December 1860. Mary Ann continued to care for the children until they left home.

Petray Guardianship, Pope Co., Ark
State of Arkansas}
County of Pope} In the Probate Court of Pope County, May 20th 1858 before the Clerk thereof in vacation.
Brice McEver, Ex Parte
To} Petition for Guardian for
Jonah A. Teeter et all
At this day comes Brice McEver, and files his petition, the object and prayer of which are for the appointment of a guardian for Jonah A. Teator, Ransom A. Teator, James L. Teator and George W. Teator children of Martin A. Teator dec. And it appearing to the County, that said minors are without father or mother, or any other person legally authorize to support, protect and control them, that they have no means of subsistence, and it also appearing that said petitioner is the uncle to said minors, and that it is necessary a guardian should be appointed said minors. It is order that said Brice McEver be and he is hereby appointed guardian for said minors, the said McEver having filed his bond, as required by law.
                                                                                            Roof H. Harrell, Clk.

State of Arkansas}
County of Pope}
In the Pope Probate Court, in vacation, before the clerk thereof May 29th 1858.

Martin A. Teeter is my 1st Cousin 4 times removed.

[1] "Arkansas Probate Records, 1817-1979," images, FamilySearch ( : 22 May 2014), Pope > image 573 of 719; county courthouses, Arkansas.