Hi. I am looking for information on William Mason who apparently died in Ouachita Parish and left a nice inheritance to his granddaughter, Elizabeth Darracott of Taliaferro Co., GA. (exact date is unknown but was before 1839). William Mason had a daughter, first name unknown, who married James B. Darracott as his first wife, and Elizabeth was their only child, born about 1823 in Alabama. In addition to the inheritance from her grandfather, William Mason, Elizabeth was also left an inheritance by her uncle, William Mason, Jr. The following document is from the Court Records of Ouachita Parish, Louisiana. Elizabeth Darracott was newly married to William A. Cunningham and in order for Mr. Cunningham to claim his wife's inheritance, proof of their marriage in Taliaferro Co., GA was required by the Ouachita Parish Court. Many thanks to my good friend Mary Gregg for her help in locating a copy of the handwritten document from which I transcribed the following.
Wm. A. Cunningham Marriage
To Elizabeth C. Darricott
Georgia Taliaferro County. To any Minister of the Gospel Judge Justice of the Inferior Court or Justice of the Peace to Celebrate these are to authorize and permit you to join in the Honorable State of Matrimony – William A. Cunningham of the one part and Miss Elizabeth C. Darricott of the other part according to the rights of your church provided there be no lawful cause to obstruck the same and this shall be your authority for so doing. Given under my [missing] as Clerk of the Court of Ordinary for the County aforesaid, This 2nd day of February 1839. Quiana O’Neal CCO. I hereby certify that William A. Cunningham and Miss Elizabeth C. Darricott joined together in the Holy Bonds of matrimony by me this 2nd day of February 1839 – William M. Harrison JP in Georgia Taliaferro County. I Quiana O’Neal Clerk of the Court of Ordinary in and for said County to whom by the Laws of our State rightfully belongs the granting and recording after [ ? ] of Execution thereof of marriage license do hereby Certify the above and foregoing is a true copy from the Records in my office and I do further Certify that the said Elizabeth C. Darricott is the identicle Elizabeth C. Darricott for whom one James B. Darricott of said County was before her said Marriage appointed guardian. In testimony whereof I have hereto set my hand and the seal of office this Tenth day of April Eighteen Hundred and thirty nine. Quiana O’Neal C.C.O.
Georgia Taliaferro County I David S. Anderson one of the Justices of the Inferior Court of said County and by virtue thereof by the Laws of said State one of the Justices of the Court of Ordinary of said County – Do hereby certify that Quiana O’Neal is the Clerk of said Court and that his signature as such on the foregoing page is genuine and that full faith and credit ought to be given to it as Such and that his foregoing certificate under the seal of said Court is in due form of Law. In testimony whereof I have hereto set my hand and private seal on this 10th day of April 1839.
/s/ David Anderson J J C Seal
Georgia Taliaferro County I David S. Anderson one of the Justices of the Inferior Court of said County as stated in my foregoing certificate do hereby also state that I am personally well acquainted with Mr. William A. Cunningham of said County who has intermarried with Miss Elizabeth C. Darracott of the same place and that there may be no difficulty or doubt as to his personal identity I state to all whom it may concern and to whom these presents may come being born by him that he is of small stature about five feet five inches high rather dark complected and dark coloured hair and blue eyes and usually wears a large full pair of whiskers &c. &c. In testimony whereof I have hereto signed my name and private seal this 8th day of November 1839.
/s/ David S. Anderson J. J. C.
United States of America State of Georgia. By Charles J. McDonald Governor of said State. To all to whom these presents shall come know ye that David S. Anderson whose certificates and attestation is given and made to the within document was at the time of making the same holding and exercising the foregoing office of Justice of the Inferior Court of the County of Taliaferro and State of Georgia aforesaid and by virtue thereof one of the Justices of the Court of Ordinary of said County wherefore all due faith credit and authority are and ought to be had and given to his attestation as such. In testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand and caused the Great Seal of this State to be put and affixed. Done at the Capitol in Milledgeville this Twelfth day of November in the year of our Lord eighteen Hundred and thirty nine and of the Independence of the United States of America the fourth By the Governor. Wm. A. Terrill Secretary of State Executive Department Ga Milledgeville Novemb. 12, 1839.
State of Louisiana
Parish of Ouachita
Before me Lewis F. Lamy Parish Judge and Ex officio Notary Public in and for said Parish and State came and appeared William A. Cunningham and James B. Darricott residents of the State of Georgia and the said Wm. A. Cunningham declare that he is same person mentioned in the within Certificate and that he was duly married to Miss Elizabeth C. Darricott daughter of Mr. James B. Darricott and grand daughter of William Mason decd on the 2nd day of February 1839 according to the terms and as set forth in the within Certificate and the said James B. Darricott declared and acknowledged that the above and foregoing are true and correct. In faith whereof the said parties have hereto signed their names in presence of Squire W. McLure and Robert F. McGuire Subscribing witnesses who have also signed with the parties in my presence and me the said Judge. In testimony whereof I have hereto signed my name and affixed my seal office this 9th of May 1840 (signed W.A. Cunningham, J. B. Darricott, S W McLure, R. F. McGuire, Lewis F. Lamy, Parish Judge. A true Record.
Any information pertaining to William Mason and his children will be greatly appreciated.
Rhoda Taylor Fone
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