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Old Papers of Wortham Family: Bedford Co Times 1928
Posted by: Barbara Warthen Wallace (ID *****0920) Date: February 03, 2003 at 19:40:43
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Found this clipping in my files and will share. I know nothing of this family but would like to.
Barbara Warthen Wallace

Bedford Co. Times
June 21st 1928
Shelbyville, Tenn


Mr. Harvel Wortham, proprietor of the Shoe Shop on Bridge street, has in his possession some old records that go back to the year 1814.
One is a deed from Jas. Wortham to William Wortham of a tract of Land containing nearly 400 acres, located near Poplin's X Roads. The transfer was in consideration of $350 paid to James Wortham, Sheriff, by the said William Wortham. The deed was written on a sheet , evidently taken from an old record book, about fools cap size and was written in the hand write of some county official of the time, in a clear plain hand.
Mr. Wortham also showed us an account of William Wortham with the firm of Deery and Strickler well known merchants of Shelbville, for the years 1822, 23, and 24, which are interesting to people of today as showing how much higher certain commodities were in those days than now.
Three receipts for state and county taxes, paid by Samuel Corwell to J. Wortham, Sheriff, in settlement of state and county tax for the years 1822, 23, 24. The tax was on the land deed to William Wortham by James Wortham as Sheriff in 1814. The receipts are as follows:
Received of Sam Crowell one dollar and 12 1/2 cents, his state and county tax in Bedford county for the year 1822.
Received of Samuel Crowell one dollar and 14 1/2 cents, his state and County taxes for 1823.
The old account taken from an acount book evidently, with the items and figures were as follows:
One oz. camphor, 25 c; 2 1/4 lb. sugar, 50c, $1.50; 1/2 yd. black silk at $1.00, 50c; 1 yard. cambric, 62 1/2c; 1 Razor, $1.00; ................. (a long list).
Received payment in full from Alfred Wortham, Deery, & Strickler, November 27, 1824.

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