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Parents and siblings of Louisa C. (Wrenn) Wiggins
Posted by: Robert Butler (ID *****9728) Date: March 05, 2011 at 02:00:03
In Reply to: Louisa C. Wrenn md William Christmas Wiggins, Cherokee Co TX 1852 by Janice Brown of 605

I think I have found some answers for you in my notes on this Wrenn family. You will find more of interest by looking at Madison Co. TN court and land records, much of which is summarized online - go to and use the search capability there.

Your Louisa C. Wrenn is, I believe, the "Luracy Catherine Wrenn" mentioned as a child of William Wrenn in latter's will. Will of Wm. Wrenn (undated) Madison Co. TN, prob. 6 Feb 1837: Beloved wife ELIZABETH WRENN his livestock, farming tools, furniture and 15 negroes Francis, Lucy, Mahaly, Rendy, Wilson, Rob, Gran, Carter, Wesley, Jane, Bird, Hardeman, Mark, Harriett (14 names in this summary, not 15), for life or widowhood, then to his children equally, DAVID J. WRENN, WILLIAM WRENN, WASHINGTON WRENN, NANCY E. WRENN, MARYAN REBECKA WRENN, SARAH E. WRENN, LURACY CATHARINE WRENN; exctrs Alfred D. Garrett, Elizabeth Wrenn; wit. Wm. R. Hudson, D. J. Garrett.

I suggest that it is your Louisa C. Wrenn who is enum. with Henry H. Brown in 1850. Here is the marriage record for Henry H. Brown.
- Sarah E. Wrenn mar. Henry H. Brown 26 May 1842 Madison Co. TN

You will see that Sarah E. is another daughter of William Wrenn per the will summary, and so it appears that Louisa C. and William Wrenn are her siblings, and that their father William died around the time that Louisa C. was born. Their brother David J. Wrenn is also in the 1850 census of Madison Co. TN (I haven't looked for the rest of the siblings); here are some pertinent census records from that census:
- dist. 2, no. 239 (first house in dist 2): Henry H. Brown 42, Sarah E. 27, Mary Ann 11, Elizabeth J. 5, George W. 2, plus Louisa C. Wren 16, Wm. Wren 26, all b. TN
- dist. 2, no. 254: D. J. Garrett 34, Nancy 32, Wm. 10, Geo. D. 8, Henry C. 6, Dorcy? 4/12, plus L. Haltom/Hattom 10, Wm. H. Hattom 8, all b. TN; perhaps David Jackson Garrett, gson of David Wrenn (see will below; also note that no. 259 A. D. Garrett was an exctr of 1839 will of Wm. Wrenn; also note a mar. Mary Ann Wrenn mar. Wm. G. Haltom 19 Feb 1839 Mad. Co. TN, perhaps the parents of the Haltom ch. enum. here – David J. Garrett’s mother was apparently a Wrenn; also note a (noncup?) will of Wm. G. Haltom 27 Jan 1843 Madison Co. TN, prob. 7 Mar 1843 mentions wife (unnamed, but from other data she is apparently Mary Ann Wrenn), father Thos. Haltom "to settle my business")
- dist. 2, no. 259: A. D. Garrett 42, Tennessee (Freeling, mar. in 1849) 22, John 14, Mary A. 12, Wm. H. 7 (ch. by his prev. marriage(s?)), all b. TN, plus Rebecca Howard 75 VA (I did not identify her - can't do everything!!)
- dist. 8, no. 958: William R. Hudson 62 NC, Susan 57 NC, Francis E. 18 m TN, Samuel H. 15 TN, Charles W. 14 TN; Wm. R. Hudson mar. Susannah Bilbo Morgan; he was a witness of William Wrenn's will
- dist. 8, no. 961 (only 3 houses from Wm. R. Hudson!): D. J. Wren 35, Lucinda 30, Martha A. E. 9, William H. 8, George W. 6, Mary 5, Urilda 4 f, Lucinda 2, all b. TN; David J. Wrenn mar. Lucinda Evans

Here are some pertinent marriages in Madison Co. TN:
- Tennessee Freeling mar. Alfred D. Garrett 24 Jan 1849; she is a dau. of John H. Freeling Sr. (d. 1843 TN, former sheriff of Rowan Co. NC **which is a big clue to where many of these families originated**) and Lucy Holmes
- Arvill Garrett mar. Susan Alexander 5 Apr 1838 (only Garrett mar. here before 1839?); from ages of his ch. in 1850 census, he may have had an even earlier marriage, but I'm not sure about this and no further data available so far)
- John P. Simpson mar. S. Needham 15 Jun 1831 (only Simpson); note a Salley Simpson is named as a dau. in will of David Wrenn below, possibly this John Simpson's wife, so maybe her maiden name is Wrenn not Needham, or...
- Anderson Butler mar. Susan Garrett 18 Aug 1831 (she may be sister of Arvill Garrett and David Jackson Garrett, and is prob. the Susan Butler named as gdau in 1839 will of David Wrenn noted below)
- David J. Wrenn mar. Lucinda Evans 6 Jul 1841 (these are the parents of Martha E. Wrenn who married William Christmas Wiggins)
- Mary Ann Wrenn mar. Wm. G. Haltom 19 Feb 1839 (2 Haltom ch. ages 10 and 8 are enum. with David J. Garrett 1850)
- I would also suggest looking at marriage records etc. from Rowan Co. NC. Records from Montgomery Co. NC would probably also be helpful but that courthouse was burned in 1843 (arson), so almost all the records we would be interested in were destroyed.

A couple of other Wrenn court/land records I happened to note:
- 1839 will Madison Co. TN will bk. 1, pp. 205-206. DAVID WRENN, Madison Co., Tenn. Beloved wife MARY WRENN all his property and at her death his grandson DAVID JACKSON GARRETT to have the plantation "I now live on the east side of Meridian Creek together with two or three acres lying on the west side of sd. creek & east of Haltom line" also the Chandler tract. Dau SALLY SIMPSON $500. ELIZABETH WRENN $500. Grandson MATTHEW ROBISON $300. Grandson AUREL (Arvill/Alfred?) GARRETT $10. Granddau SUSAN BUTLER $5 [may be the Susan Garrett mar. 1831 Anderson Butler]. Balance of property to ANNA GARRETT, SALLY SIMPSON, BETSEY BECHESON [Richeson/Richerson], PEGGY ROBISON. Grandson DAVID J. GARRETT negro man George. After wife's death negroes Reddick, Bery, Mick, Peter, and old Raney [ref. Rainey fam. of Madison Co. TN] to be sold and proceeds used to pay the legacies he had made. Execs Alfred D. Garrett, David J. Garrett. Signed with an "x" mark. Dec. 11, 1839. Wits James McKnight, William Reeves (x mark). Inventory of 6 negroes. 1840. Also pp. 400-401. Schedule of Wrenn's property, registered May 23, 1831 and receipts by heirs for slaves. April 26, 27, 1841 (ref. MCCM [i.e., Mad. Co. Court Minutes] 4, page 676. Will probated July 6, 1840)
Note: David the testator here maybe be the father of the William Wrenn who had died by 1837 (so the son William is not listed in David's will); this requires verification
- Madison Co. TN deed bk. 10, pp. 50-51. Tipton Co., Tenn. ELIZABETH RICHERSON, formerly WRENN, gave POA to ALFRED D. GARRETT, Madison Co., Tenn. to secure her interest in the estate of her dec. father, DAVID WRENN, late of Madison Co. April 29, 1845. Reg. May 13, 1845. Wits R. M. Moor (sic, Moore), Jonathan Richerson.

Be sure to check multiple spellings - Wrenn/Wren/Renn/etc.

So this should give you a jump start on your Wrenn family. I am so far not related to any of the above families. I accumulated the above scraps of info (and much more which does not concern the Wrenns) while studying a Reuben Butler family which moved from Madison Co. TN to Rusk Co. TX; I am a 67-marker DNA match to descendants of Reuben Butler, but there is no paper trail between him and my Butlers, who lived in Carroll Co. TN.

There are many Butlers in Madison Co. TN, some connected to the Wrenns as noted above (but none of these families connect to Reuben Butler or my own line as yet). But, more generally speaking, I feel sure that quite a few families in TX counties of Rusk/Trinity/Cherokee/Kaufman/etc. Co. TX have roots in Madison Co. TN and are probably related in complex ways. Some of these relationships go back to Rowan Co. NC and adjoining NC counties, especially Montgomery. Studying the families in TN will give you a greater appreciation for how the TX families are connected and, in many cases, why people had the neighbors they did.

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