I am trying to find the ancestor's of Reuben Bishop, b. ca. 1792 in Georgia. He married
Nancy Wooten in Alabama 1818 and returned to Dekalb Cty, GA before 1830. I have had several
leads on his parentage, but nothing concrete. I have searched many records in Georgia and
have decided to post what I know about Bishop's that may probably be related to Reuben, in
the hopes that someone recognizes them. I would like the gedcoms, with sources for anyone
who is listed here and in following posts. I am going by name and am not saying that each
fact is for the same person, only that they all have the same name.
This is my Reuben Bishop:
1. Reuben Bishop. Born in ca. 1794 in Georgia.,, Reuben died on 26 Mar 1884, he was 90. Buried in Bishop
Family Cemetary, Union Grove Rd., Lithonia. Occupation: Farmer, Diamond Dist. (Lithonia),
Dekalb. Education: can read.
On 2 Aug 1818 when Reuben was 24, he married Nancy Wooten, daughter of Thomas Wooten & Susannah,
in Montgomery Cty, AL. Born ca 1799 in Georgia. Nancy died bef 1870, she was 71.
They had the following children:
2 i. Joshua Jackson (1823-1903)
ii. Edmund. Born in 1829 in Dekalb Cty, Ga. Occupation: Farmer. Education: cannot read.
iii. Robert Elijah. Born in 1831 in Dekalb Cty, Ga.
Robert Elijah first married Emaline Duncan.
Robert Elijah second married Isabelle Johnson.
iv. Luke Robertson. Born in 1831 in Dekalb Cty, Ga.
Luke Robertson married Rebecca Bunt.
v. Ada (Avis). Born in 1833 in Dekalb Cty, Ga.
Ada (Avis) married William H. Braswell.
vi. John T.. John T. Born btw 1820-1835 died bef 1870.
On 22 Oct 1857 John T. married Mary Ferrell, in Dekalb Cty, Ga.
Susan married John Spinks.
Margaret married Ed New.
numbers in  are my source numbers.
These are notes I have on various Reuben Bishops:
1810 Reuben Bishop marries Polly Hamilton in Hancock Cty. GA
1810 Reuben & James Bishop witness a will in Hancock Cty. (Morgan Cty. Archives, misc. records)
25 May 1810 The will of Euclid Langford is witnessed by John & Reuben Bishop (Hancock Cty. BkF, Misc)
1812 Militia Roster
BISHOP ELBERT 3 REG'T (WIMBERLY'S), GA MIL. PRIVATE 17602
BISHOP ENOCH NEWNAN'S COMMAND, GA VOLS. PRIVATE 17602
BISHOP EPHRAIN BREDNAX'S DETACHMENT, GA MIL. PRIVATE 17602
BISHOP EPHRAIN 1 REG'T (HARRIS'), GA MIL. PRIVATE 17602
BISHOP HENRY 1 REG'T (HARRIS'), GA MIL. PRIVATE 17602
BISHOP HENRY 4 REGIMENT (BOOTH'S), GA MIL. PRIVATE 17602
BISHOP REUBEN 4 REGIMENT (JONES'), GA MIL. PRIVATE 17602
BISHOP WILLIAM 3 REG'T (WIMBERLY'S), GA MIL. PRIVATE 17602
1812 Morgan Cty Tax List:
Reuben Bishop, Joshua Bishop, Enoch Bishop
Reuben only appears this one time. Joshua is there from 1809 to 1812. Enoch appears 1810, 1812 & 1817.
As explained to me, the tax list is a Poll tax list and you had to be 21 yrs. old. With the help of Marshall
Williams at Morgan Cty Archives, I have determined the following about Reuben in Morgan Cty. He owned a large
piece of property and several slaves. My Reuben would have only been just 21 or so, more than likely if this
is MY Reuben, he would have inherited this property, since he would have been pretty young to get it all on his
own. This particular property was in the Mann Dist. of Morgan Cty (LL#13) and was originally purchased by James
Bishop on Nov. 17, 1810. No record of the transfer to Reuben has been found. Joshua Bishop owns an abutting
piece of property, as do the Anderson's. (please see my James Bishop listing). While living in Hancock Cty,
on 13 Jun 1816, Reuben sold this and another piece of property in Morgan Cty.
21 Jun 1813 Morgan Cty. The Governor commissioned John G. Towers and his subalterns as officers for the
Vol. Co. of Riflemen, attached to the 61st battalion. Subalterns were LT Reuben Bishop & ENS Benjamin Thomas.
(History of Georgia Militia 1783-1861 V.II)
21 Nov 1814-6 May 1815: Reuben Bishop Svd. Capt. Henry Lane's Rifle Co. mustered at Ft. Hawkins.
1827 Reuben Bishop (died c. 1827)and Stephen Bishop(died c. 1840) were brothers according to a Court document
in Autauga. (this from a query posted on the Autauga site)
Index to Wills Autauga Cty., AL
BISHOP, REUBEN E 28 JUN 1830 RB- 2 69
BISHOP, REUBIN E 6 NOV 1826 RB- 1 107,34,143,233
BISHOP, RUBEN E 1826 R1824 77
1830 Dekalb GA Census: Reuben Bishop 1-4---1------1-1-1
1832 Land Lottery: Reuben Bishop resides in Griffin's, Dekalb and get's 2 lucky draws: #82 11thDist 3rd Cherokee
and #133 28thDist 3rd Cherokee. It is noted that "Revolutionary" soldiers get 2 draws, but Reuben served in the
War of 1812.
18 Mar 1844 Autauga Alabama Orphan's Court: Edmond, Hiram, John, Lucy, Martha & Reuben are all mentioned as heirs
in Bk5, pg 318. Who's I do not know, as I have not seen the record, but, the same book, pg.s 333 & 334 lists an
estate proceeding for Stephen Bishop and a guardianship for Stephen Bishop.
Reuben Bishop is mentioned several times in these records. Once in Bk 1 pg. 136 (5 Mar 1827) and Bk 1 pg. 106
(8 Aug 1826) If anyone has access to these records, please let me know. He is also mentioned many times in
Bk 2 from 1828-1830.
1848 James W. Bishop marries in Newton Cty. GA and has a son, Reuben b. Cleburne Cty, AL.
1840 & 1850 Dekalb GA census: My Reuben appears with his wife and children, as above. In 1870 & 1880 he lives with
his son, Joshua Jackson and his son's family.
1850 Reuben Bishop marries Margaret Kidd in Campbell Cty. GA
01 Jan 1854-Jul 1859 The Estate of Joseph E. Bishop: a note due from James W. Bishop, Jan. 1 1854, Apr 7 1857
buggy sold to Joshua J, stallion sold on credit to J.L or J.S. Bishop. Oct. 1857 Elijah Bishop buys land from estate.
30 Jul 1858 cash paid to John L or T., Nancy, Reuben, Luke & R. Bishop. 1858-1859 funds paid out to Reubin, John T.,
Edmond & Nancy Bishop. (Dekalb Minutes Bk A & Sales&Appraisals Bk B)
06 Mar 1854 Reuben is paid for auctioneering service in the estate of John M. Conley (Dekalb Appr. Book B)
4 Mar 1859 Avis Potts, wife of Samuel and widow of Joseph Wooten leaves the estate of Joseph Wooten to the children
of his sister, Nancy Bishop. Nancy is the wife of Reuben Bishop. (Dekalb Wills, pg. 285-287)
1860 Autuaga AL census: E. Bishop age 57 b. GA, James (18), John(16) Rubin (14) Sousana(12) Sousan(10)
12 Mar 1864 Estate of Elijah Bishop made two payments to Reuben Bishop and one to Isabella M. Bishop
(Dekalb Appr. Bk D)
1871 Oct. Reuben Bishop, survivor 1812, Federal Pension for $8.00/mo. Cert.#5708
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