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Clues to helps solve an 1800's Clingman - Kizzee mystery
Posted by: Robin Butler Daviet (ID *****8284) Date: January 15, 2004 at 18:11:50
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Michael Clingman the son of Alexander Clingman and Elizabeth Kiser (both born in Germany) was born @ 1785 in Rowan County, North Carolina.
Michael married a Miss Kizzee either in North or South Carolina, possibly Columbia, Lexington County, @1806. We do not know if Kizzee is a first name or surname. It is believed to be a surname because she had a grandson named Arthur Kizzee Clingman. Many researcher's believe an Arthur Kizzee was Miss Kizzee's father, but this is not proven. We are also trying to find out what her first name is. Some believe it is Elizabeth. Again no documentation has come forth to verify this conclusion.
Their children were: John Alexander Clingman b. 22 Aug 1807 South Carolina d. 16 Dec 1808 South Carolina; Catherine C. Clingman b. Orangeburg District, South Carolina; Ann Martha Clingman b. 1810 South Carolina d. 19 Sep 1884 Pike, Arkansas; Arthur Alexander Clingman b. Orangeburg District, South Carolina; Mary Louise Clingman b. 1 Jun 1814 Orangeburg District, South Carolina d. May 1885 Pubelo, Colorado. Some records state these children were born in or near Columbia, Lexington County, South Carolina. Of course, they could have lived on the border between Lexington County and Orangeburg County.
A relative has stated Michael Clingman supposedly voted in St. Matthew's Parish in Orangeburgh County (District). However, none of the current family seems to have knowledge of where this information came from.
Apparently Mrs. Kizzee Clingman died by 1817 when Michael took a new wife. This new couple had two daughters, Sarah Clingman b. 18 Mar 1818 d. in Albany, Linn County, Oregon and Dorcas Clingman b. 13 Feb 1820. Michael died before 1827 in South Carolina. His second wife either had remarried or was getting ready to remarry to a Mr. Johnson when she gave custody of her step-children, Michael's children from his first marriage, to Michael Clingman's brother who lived in North Carolina.
Legal action on the guardianship occurred 13 February 1827, as recorded in Surry County Court minutes as follows (original spelling retained):

"Order by the court that Peter Clingman be appointed Guardian to Catherine C. Clingman, An M. Clingman, Arther A. Clingman and May [Mary] L. Clingman of Surry County children of Michael Clingman de[cease]d late of Orangeburg District of South Carolina and execute bond put at the sum of [?] $5000 with George J. Holcomb and Henry P. Poindexter his security. The Testio ex _________ approving said secures [securers?] was Elijah Thompson, William Mackie and Alfred Martin Esq."

Ann Martha Clingman's name appears on the Clingman store ledger in Huntsville, Surry County, North Carolina on 11 December 1826, indicating Michael Clingman's minor children from his first marriage were already living with widower Peter Clingman and his three sons, Henry Patillo Clingman, Alexander Brandon Clingman, and Francis "Frank" Poindexter Clingman, at the time the court action took place. Peter's wife, Anne Patillo Poindexter had died 15 Jan 1815.
Unfortunately for Peter, his 2nd son, Alexander Brandon Clingman, fell in love with his cousin, Ann Martha Clingman. The feeling was apparently mutual because on 22 Sep 1829 in Surry County, North Carolina, over the extremely strong objections of Peter Clingman, this couple married. Peter disinherited them and the couple moved to Tennesse where their first two children were born. They then moved on to Arkansas were their other ten children were born. Both Alexander Brandon and Ann Martha were doctors.
Mary Louise Clingman married a Hobson. Mary Louise and Ann Martha's half sister, Sarah Clingman, married a Hutchinson. Sarah mentions her half sisters in her will.
We are searching additional information concerning Michael Clingman, his wives, and his children. We are especially interested in unlocking the mystery of the ancestry of "Miss Kizzee". Can you help us? We are looking for some good "sleuths" to help us unlock the mystery that we are sure is stored away in some dusty, aging box in a court house, attic, library, church, etc. It may come in the form of a legal document, a personal letter, a journal entry, a bible notation, or even a church record. Wherever it may be and whatever form it may take, we need your keen eyes and good detective skills to aid us in our search.
Thank you for taking the time to check out our clues. Here is to some good luck hunting for all of us. If you locate something, I can be reached at

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