Do you know who Lewis B. Crane married?
The deeds were all to William C. Jones, or to David Jones, the administrators of John Crane's estate from:
John A. Nelms and his wife, Mary Nelms of Logan County, KY
George Locke and his wife, Prudence Lock of Stewart County, TN
Sarah Wilson of Caldwell County, KY
Elizabeth Miles of Stewart County
Each of these deeds specified a 1/6 part undivided and then the boundaries of John C.' land.
The deed from William C. Jones to Elizabeth Downs specified that she was purchasing 4/7 (four sevenths) of a tract - and then gave the same boundaries. This deed did not give the name of John Crane, and would not have done so because William C. Jones did not inherit any of it from John Crane. I don't know why he bought 4/6 of the land, and sold Elizabeth 4/7, and I don't know where or how she inherited the remainder of it, but I'm convinced that she did. If not, John Crane should not have been mentioned in her deed when she sold the land to her son, James Downs.
Lewis B. Crane was, indeed, the son of John and Mary, and he died in Obion County in 1828. I have not yet been able to locate any hint as to the reasons for the discrepancies in these deeds.
John Kitts was not a child of John Crane, though he must have been a small child when John married Mary Kitts. I've found instances of their carrying chains together when measuring land. There was a John Kitts who paid taxes in Trigg County, KY for a number of years, and I think it may have been this same John K. But no proof.
Oh - all the above deeds were from Stewart County, and all in the period 1836-37.
I'm wondering if this Elizabeth Miles could have been the widow of Lewis B. Crain and had remarried - or what? I don't think John Crane had two daughter named Elizabeth - and Elizabeth Downs had married William Downs at least 20 years before John C. died.
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