Monday, March 23, 2015

Amy Rainey Williams (1725-1794) - 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks - Week 12, "Same"

The theme for this week's 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks Challenge is "Same."  In following that theme, I have chosen to write about an ancestor with whom I share the same first name but about whom I have been able to learn fairly little else so far.

Amy Rainey Williams*, my paternal 9th great-grandmother, was born about 1725 in Virginia to William Williams and an unknown mother.

How I descend from Amy Rainey Williams.  My father (living) and
I would be listed below Elizabeth Lee Henderson in this pedigree.

Marriage record for Amy (Williams) Jackson and Ralph Jackson in
U.S. and International Marriage Records, 1560-1900.  This shows Amy's Virginia birth.
(Source Citation – Source number: 1275.077; Source type:
Family group sheet, FGSE,  listed as parents; Number of Pages: 1.
Source Information – Yates Publishing. U.S. and International Marriage Records, 1560-1900
[database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations Inc, 2004.)

In 1757, Amy married Ralph Alexander Jackson (born circa 1720 in Virginia; died after 20 Sep 1783 in South Carolina), son of Thomas and Ann (Mills) Jackson.

Record showing Ralph and Amy's marriage year.  (Source:  Edmund West, comp.. 
Provo, UT, USA: Operations Inc, 2000.)

On 26 March 1751, Thomas Jackson [Ralph's father] conveyed to Ralph Jackson, both of Brunswick County, for £55, 250 acres, part of 325 acres granted by patent to Thomas Jackson, Sr., on 22 February 1724, by Chinkapin Bottom, to the road from Allen's Mill to Meherrin River to Theophilus Fields, to John Ogburn. Witnesses were Sampson Lanier, Mark Howell, and John (X) Jackson, son of Ambrose. (Brunswick County Virginia Deed Book 5, p. 18)  In 1767, Ralph Jackson and Amy, his wife of South Carolina, sold those 250 acres of land called Chinkapin Bottom to Daniel and Mary Jackson of North Carolina.

According to Union County heritage, 1981, Ralph and Amy came to South Carolina from Brunswick County, Virginia, about 1767.  In South Carolina, Ralph obtained a land grant on the Tyger River.  That same book also states that Ralph and Amy had four sons:  Ralph, Jr., Nathaniel, Frederick, and William.

At Amy Rainey Williams Jackson's death in South Carolina about 1794, William and Frederick Jackson signed the administrator's bond and Ralph, Jr., her son, was administrator of her estate.

*There is debate about whether Amy's maiden surname was Rainey or Williams.

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