Recd of John Logan the Sum of thirty Eight pound of the amount of the sale of a horse & nigger the property of Adam Whiteside Sold at the Instant of Campbell & Bedford this 21st Day December 1818
J.H. Alley DS
Every time I read this receipt, it gives me a big dose of the reality of the times in the early 1800s. John Logan was purchasing a horse and a slave from Adam Whiteside. Campbell & Bedford must have been acting as agents for the transaction, so perhaps Adam had moved away.
When I first read this, I thought that Bedford was Medford which excited me at the time because the only Medfords this could have been would be Jonas Medford or my ancestor Israel Medford (who lived in Morganton at the time). The more I looked at it the more the M looked like a B and Bedfords were common in Rutherford County at the time.
Adam W. Whiteside was the son of William Whiteside (born abt. 1699-Armagh,North Irland–died oct, 1777 Rutherford Co. NC) and Elizabeth Stockton (born abt. 1724 died abt. 1795 in Rutherford Co. NC). Karen Hand posted info on the Whiteside Genforum that she received from a Dr. Don Whiteside. She says that Adam was born about 1755 in Mechum’s Creek Albemarle Co. VA and died between 1820 & 1830 in Duck River, Maury Co., Tenn. He served as a Capt. in Col. Andrew Hampton‘s Regiment of NC Militia in the Rev. War. Also served as a Justice of the Peace. Married 1) Unknown 2) 1816 Elizabeth (nee?) Spruell in Maury Co. Tenn.
Although Adam lived in NC for most of his life he was in St. Clair Co. Il in June of 1796, when he and a number of kin were involved in a riot. In 1809, he was in Monroe Co Ill and left “his two children” with his brother, William (1747 – 1815). In 1817, the two children, names not listed, were still living with William’s widow and family as Adam had failed to return to IL. In 1817, Adam was said to be living at Duck River, TN.
This would validate my assumption that Adam moved away from Rutherford County, NC and had Campbell and Bedford act as agents to liquidate his property.
Adam’s children were Male “Samuel”? Whiteside (b@1790 NC – ? CA) and Female? Whiteside (b@1792 d ? IL?).
Further information from Dr. Whiteside posted by Karen Hand states that Male (Samuel) Whiteside b @1790, Orange or Rutherford Co NC, d CA. Miner. Although the name of this child is not known there is evidence which suggests that it could be Samuel. This evidence is found in the California State Historical Society Quarterly, Volume 8, p 72 and Volume 3, p 149, which refers to Samuel Whiteside as a brother to Ninian E. Whiteside (1812 – 1876 CA) who did not have a brother by this name. It is probably that Samuel is the same person who discovered gold in 1852, on Gold Ridge, later named Comptonville (see A History of Comptonville, 1966 p 41) It is not known if Samuel married or had children.
I have written about John H. Alley in two other blog post found here.
I have no idea who Bedford and Campbell might be. There might be other instances where they served in a similar capacity which would help us pinpoint who they might be. I will contact some Bedford and Campbell researchers and see what I can find.
If you have any info about Adam Whiteside, John H. Alley, Campbell or Bedford, please post a comment below.
About the Logan Project: I possess a box of 170 documents passed down 6 generations in the Logan family that originate from John Logan (1775-1841) of Rutherford County, NC. These documents are mainly receipts that show the various business and legal dealings of many different families from Rutherford County, NC. I will be posting these documents on this blog in chronological order. The scanned images of these documents are the copyright of Jonathan Medford. Do not redistribute these documents for the purpose of commercial gain without his expressed written permission.