Oct 19th 1821
Recd of W. [Pickins?] one note on Jonah Jones for collection of Ten dollars $10
Jas Humphreys Const.
The most unusual thing to me about this receipt is that it has nothing to do with John Logan. There must be some kind of connection there, I just don’t know what it is. Why would he have this receipt? Apparently [W. Pickins?] had a note against Jonah Jones and he sold it to James Humphries or gave it to him as a form of payment. Perhaps John Logan then purchased this from James Humphreys.
I wasn’t able to find a lot of information on the origins of James Humphries but luckily a Humphries researcher named Casey Humphries gave us a little insight on James in a comment below. Most Humphries in the Rutherford/Cleveland County area are descendants of William Humphries I. This James (b.1796) was most likely the son of John Humphries, William Jr.’s oldest brother (source: Casey Humphries) James was the bondsman for the marriage of William II’s son David Humphries, which typically was done by a relative. Then again he was also the bondsman to the marriage of John Logan and Martha “Patsey” Harton.
James entered land on the east side of Cove Creek, Rutherford Co. in 1818. This is the western part of Rutherford County which is 50 or 60 miles from where most of William I’s family lived. James was always listed in the census as living around Robert Humphries and later Phillip Humphries [source].
As someone who has researched Jonas Medford for many years, I know that you need to search both Jonas and Jonah as they were used almost interchangeably. There is a Jonas B. Jones in Rutherford County who married Elizabeth Melton on October 8, 1834. Elizabeth was daughter of Daniel Farrar Melton and Elizabeth Norvell [source]. From the Rutherford County, N. C., Record of Estates, Re-B, page 54, there is a sale bill of Absalom Hunt deceased, 24 February 1841, which listed Jonas B. Jones, J. H. Jones, Alfred Jones and many others.
I would very much appreciate anyone who could help me decipher this last name! I think it might be Pickens but there just aren’t many (if any) Pickens in Rutherford County, NC during this time period. Thanks!
This Year in History 1821
- The U.S. purchased Florida from Spain
- Missouri is admitted as the 24th U.S. state.
- Mexico gains its independence from Spain
- The Santa Fe trail is used by the first White American
- Napoleon Bonaparte died
- High quality cotton is introduced in Egypt
- James Monro is sworn is for his second term as President
If you have any info about James Humphries, Jonah Jones, or can help identitfy the mystery name [W. Pickins?], 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.
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