When I read the following Laurens Co GA information from 1816 and 1819 -- and assuming the John Pitman therein was the one from Nash Co NC -- I thought: It makes sense that John L. Bottoms (John Longbottom) travelled from NC to GA to testify in court about a will he had witnessed in NC, but why would John Pitman from Nash Co NC travel to GA to make a coffin?
On 4 Nov 1816 in Laurens Co GA, the will of Burrel Joiner of Nash Co NC was probated and John L. Bottoms had been a witness to the will on 16 Feb 1813.(1)
November 1816 Laurens Co GA court minutes showed: “Will of Burwell Joiner proved in open court by oath of Jesse Joiner and John L. Bottoms.”(1)
January 1819 Laurens Co GA court minutes showed executors of the Burrel Joiner estate paid out funds to Shadrack Joiner, Wilie Joiner, John Pittman (for making coffin), John Longbottom (witness from Nash County, NC to prove will of Burwell Joiner) and others.(1)
Earlier, in Nash Co NC court minutes, was this:
12 Feb 1816 – On motion ordered that the Excrs of Burrell Joiner, Decd, sell the Perisable (sic) Estate of Said Decd.”(2)
Immediately before that entry was this (also on 12 Feb 1816, Nash Co NC):
“The last will and Testament of Decd (named not given) . . . proven by the oath of Jesse Joiner & John L. Bottom, subscribing witnesses thereto . . . Willie Joiner, one of the Excrs there in mentioned . . . O.M.R.”(2)
That information matches the details of the Burwell Joyner will written in Nash Co NC on 16 Feb 1813: “Legatees were Oner Joyner, Rhoda Pitmon, Wilie Joiner, Shadrack Joiner, Feraba Joiner, Mary Joiner, Charity Joiner, and Elizabeth Joiner. Executors were Curtis Joiner and Wilie Joiner. Witnesses Jesse Joiner and John L. Bottoms.”(1)
That explains why John Pitman of Nash Co NC made the coffin for Burwell Joyner: because Burwell Joyner died in Nash Co NC before 12 Feb 1816.
(1)_http://archiver.rootsweb.ancestry.com/th/read/JOINER/2000-11/0975188067 Helen Sharpe Turn1104@aol.com
(2)_“Nash County, North Carolina, Court Minutes, Vol VIII, 1815-1818,” page 9, abstracted by Timothy W. Rackley
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