Gerry, pardon the delay in answering your posting of May 31. Been out of town and just now checking the listings.
1792 Wilkes Co., Ga. Tax Returns lists "Sion Whealis, 400 acres, Wil Co, waters of the Red Lick Cr., adj. Jn^o Dismuke."
From this I assume Sion was still alive in 1792.
From CEMETERIES & GENEALOGY - WARREN CO., GA & Immediate Vicinity, 1792-1987 by Daniel Nathan Crumpton, pub. 1987, page 164: Under Date of Deed, 24 Jan 1798; under Name, Wheeler, Lovinah, identified as Administratrix; Sion Wheelis, identified as the Deceased; Ichabod Cox and Edmund Dismukes identified as Bond Persons.
From this I assume that Sion died between 1792 and 1798. Since the date of the above was Jan. 24, 1798, I assume that Sion had died before 1798, possibly the year before in 1797. And since Lovinah Wheeler was made administratrix, not Lavinah Chappell or Thomas Chappell, I assume that Lavinah and Thomas had not married by Jan. 1798.
Page 231 of Crumpton's book: Under Date of Deed, 3 Nov 1807; under Name: Thomas Chappell identified as Seller; George Hargraves identified as Buyer; Elisha Allen, William Acre and John Dismukes identified as adjoining landowners; Jess Sanford identified as OG (?); and Lion Wheeles identified as Previous Landowner.
From the above, I assume that by 3 Nov. 1807, Lovinah/Lavinia Wheeles had married Thomas Chappell and the job of administrator to Sion's estate had been transferred to Thomas. Or, since we know that Thomas's father died in Hancock Co. in 1808, perhaps the family had ALL moved to Hancock Co. before 1807 but were still settling Lavinia's estate in Warren Co.
In another Crumpton book, WARREN COUNTY, GEORGIA 1793-1900, GENEALOGY II, pub. 1993, page 560 under Return on Estates - 1798-1811: "#49. Whelis, Lion decd. 11 Dec 1797 Pg 53, 53, 168."
From this I assume that the Wheeless estate had been appraised and sold by Dec. 11, 1797, which again suggests that Sion died in 1797 OR that Lavinia was going to get married again in 1797 so the estate of her first husband was being settled.
The same book, page 561: Return on Estates, Book B - 1811-1826: " 31 Aug 1811 - Receipts to CHAPPELL, Thomas, joint Admr. of the Estate of Wheeles, Lion decd. Legatees: HUFF, William, WHEELES, Edmond; SOUTHALL, James H.; WHEELES, Amos."
From the above, I assume that Thomas and Lavinia were married and were still settling the estate of her first husband. Or that Lavinia's Wheeles children had come of age and were getting their inheritance.
Page 403 of the same book: "2 Sep 1811: Letters of Dismissory issued to CHAPPILL, Thomas on the estate of WHEELER, Sion (deceased)."
Speaks for itself: Estate settled, administrator released from his responsibility. Maybe this was about the time that the Chappell families moved from Wilkes/Warren Co.
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