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RIVERS, Jones & Mary
Posted by: Bonnie Butler Date: December 29, 1999 at 12:33:37
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Might anyone have more on this RIVERS family in Edgefield and help me with this puzzle?
Thanks and email directly.
Bonnie Butler

1 _____ RIVERS (this chart based on the wills below)
.......2 John RIVERS       d: Bet. May 20, 1779 - Jul 1790 <Mecklenburg Co, ?NC?>
...........+_ _       d: Aft. May 20, 1779
.......2 Lucy RIVERS       d: Aft. May 20, 1779
.......2 Jones RIVERS       d: Bet. May 20, 1779 - Nov 29, 1802
...........+Mary _       b: Bef. 1765              d: Bet. Nov 29 - Dec 06, 1802

Edgefield County, S.C., Wills 1787-1836 p. 7
p.18..20 May 1779.. I, John RIVERS of Mecklenburg County being of sound mind & memory. I lend to my loving wife all my household furniture and four horses & gear, two cows & calves and one negro woman named Betty and one negro boy names George as long as she remains a widow, if she should marry then she to have a child part or her third and should the negro woman have more chn. they are to be held by my estate to be sold and the money let out in Georgia to the best advantage, then to be divided among my three chn. I give to my loving sister Lucy brother Jones Rivers and my friend Robert Thomson as executor Wit: Robert Thomson, David X Thomson and Elizabeth X Thomson.. Signed John Rivers.. Proved in open court by the oath of David Thomson july term 1790 & ordered to be recorded.

p. 173.29 Nov.1802.. I, Mary RIVERS, being of sound mind & memory but weak in body. First I give to my dtr. Lucy Garrett one feather bed & furniture & my mahogany table & slab. I give to my son John Rivers one feather bed & furniture & my Mahogany desk also one bay colt a year old last spring. I give my son Thomas Garrett the tract of land purchased of William King. I will & desire that the rest of my estate,after paying my just debts be divided amongst William Garrett, Stephen Garrett, Thomas Garrett, Abraham M. Wade, Charles Hammond, Lucy Garrett & John Rivers. I appoint Thomas Garrett my executor. Wit; Benjamin Barrett, Mary Eddis Hammond & Mary X Wright.. Signed Mary X Rivers.. Proved by the oath of Benjamin Barrett 6 Dec. 1802.
Edgefield County, S.C., Wills 1787-1836, p. 45

According to a different source [Newberry Wills], Mary's second husband was Jones RIVERS. This source lists the GARRETT men above as her sons. I have also learned that Mary "Polly" Eddis Hammond was the w/o Charles Hammond.

Someone graciously sent me the following (I don't have the original.)
According to Reville's Edgefield County SC Records:

1786: Jones Rivers on Edgefield Co Jury list.

1788: John Rivers on Edgefield Co Jury list.

April 1790: Jones and Mary Rivers executors of Robert Garrett, deceased.

July 1790: John Rivers Will was proven. It was written in 1779 and said wife might be pregnant. So quite possibly they had other children in the eleven years which elapsed before his death. I suppose because Jones Rivers is an heir, recording was necessary in Edgefield.

March 1795: Inventory of Jones Rivers estate returned in court minutes.

Nov 1802: Mary Rivers wrote Will.

1802: Estate sale.

Nov 1811: administration granted to William Garrett.


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