I think I already have my answer.........the will in question has gone missing!!
But, just in case someone, would at some point in time, look at this same problem.........
Zachariah Chambliss / Chambless' will is dated January 1850 and probated in August 1874......in it he mentions "MY DAUGHTER SALLY NOW DURHAM"......and no mention is made of a daughter MARY or POLLY.
The will is on the internet with the following note:
“Transcribed from Photostat copy of hand written document.”
This would seem to be a photostat of the Will Book rather than the ORIGINAL WILL.
Zachariah Chambliss is in Baldwin Co. between, at least, the years 1810 (tax list) and 1820 (census); he is in Monroe by c1822.
OBIT: Mary (Chambliss) George Durham
DURHAM — In Kosciusko, Miss. on Saturday night, October 29, 1881, in the 76th year of her age, Mrs. Mary Durham, consort of the late Seaborn J. Durham.
The news of the good woman’s death will carry sadness to the hearts of her many friends. Some twelve or thirteen years ago she experienced a paralytic-stroke, from which she never recovered, and since then has received several shocks of a like nature, the last one causing her death. The subject of this notice was born on the 9th day of October 1806, in what is now known as Baldwyn county (formerly Wilkinson) Georgia. She was united in marriage with Joseph Warren George in 1825, whom she survived, and was again married in May 1828 to Seaborn J. Durham. She was the mother of nine children, four of whom are now living, towit: Gen. J. Z. George of Jackson, the oldest; Mrs. Fayette Turner of Minter City; Mrs. D. B. Comfort, and Miss Eugenia Durham (the youngest) of Kosciusko. Mrs. Durham joined the Baptist Church at the age of twenty, and ever since has lived a devout and Christian life. For years she had been a sufferer, and all through her afflictions she was patient and christian-like. She was buried on Monday evening, being followed to her last resting place by a host of mourning friends and relatives.
Monroe Marriage Records:
Joseph W. George to Mary Chambliss—27 Dec 1825—p.29 (Edw Tayler JP)
Macon Georgia, Newspaper Clippings (Messenger)
Saturday, October, 31, 1829
Georgia, Monroe County: Will be sold before the Court House door in said county on the first Tuesday in March, next, between the legal hours of sale, all the property belonging to the estate of Joseph W. George, late of said county, deceased. Sold for the benefit of the heirs and creditors of said estate. (Signed) Edmund Chambless, Adm.
EDMUND CHAMBLISS IS A KNOWN SON OF ZACHARIAH.
I have letters from Seaborn Durham’s brother to one his sons in which he makes references to “YOUR AUNT POLLY”…………one of these letters talks about “Old Brother Chambliss” who is your Aunt Polly’s cousin………..therefore we KNOW that Mary was commonly called POLLY.
I believe that the “P” in Polly was misread as a “S” and once this was done the “o” easily became an “a”………so, Polly became Sally.
I realize that this is a very long explanation but the problem is a strange one and although no one currently researches the Monroe Chambliss family maybe one day this will help someone…..
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