Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Charles Guerrant

My 4th great-grandfather Charles Guerrant was born in 1776 [4] in Buckingham County, Virginia to Peter Guerrant, Jr. and Mary Perreau [2, 6, 7]. He married Mary "Polly" Spencer, daughter of Moses Spencer and Judith Ayres, on 13 Jul 1806 in Buckingham County, Virginia [1, 2, 3]. Charles served as a private in the Capt. William Jones Company of the 4th Regiment of Virginia Militia from 26 Feb 1814 to 10 Jun 1814 during the War of 1812 for which he received a land bounty [4, 5]. After the War Charles and Mary settled in Franklin County, Tennessee where Charles would live the remainder of his life. Aside from various land dealings [8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13] and census records [14, 15, 16, 17] little is known about the life of Charles. He died before Dec 1851 when we see his estate in probate in Franklin County [18].

The most fascinating aspect about Charles and Polly are the names of their children. Whoa - now, these are some names! I am not sure where the documentation comes in for all of the names. Some of the names appear in part or in full in gift deed records [19, 20]. Others I likely pulled from a booklet called Guerin de Beaumont by Mrs. Opal McAdams Samuel which I found in the Huntsville, Texas library genealogy room.

1) Virginia Mary Spencer Guerrant [19] was born in Sep 1808 in Buckingham County, Virginia [21, 22]. She married a Mr Hill. She died on 27 Feb 1898 [24].
2) Emmie Elizabeth Perreau Guerrant [19] was born on 25 Sep 1811 in Buckingham County, Virginia [22]. She married a Mr. Griffith.
3) Henrietta Judith Ayres Guerrant [19] was born on 13 Sep 1814 in Buckingham County, Virginia [22, 23, 25, 26]. She married Allen Roberts on 22 Oct 1834 in Winchester, Franklin, Tennessee [25]. She died in Nov 1855 in Walker County, Texas and was buried at Farris Cemetery [25, 26]. She was the first of the Guerrant children to travel to the Republic of Texas in 1837 [23].
4) Christopher Columbus Guerrant [19] was born on 01 Dec 1816 in Buckingham County, Virginia [22].
5) Malinda Jane Smith Guerrant [19] was born on 06 Mar 1819 in Buckingham County, Virginia [22].
6) Daniel Boone Anderson Guerrant [19] was born on 23 Jun 1821 in Kentucky [27, 28, 29, 30, 31]. He traveled to the Republic of Texas with his sister Henrietta in 1837 [23]. He married Eady Elmira Bankhead on 09 Mar 1848 in Walker County, Texas [32]. He died on 09 Apr 1902/3 and was buried at McAdams Cemetery in Walker County, Texas [29, 31].
7) Benjamin Franklin Guerrant [19]
8) Infant Guerrant [22] was born on 12 Dec 1826 and died that same month [22].
9) Catherine Pocohontas Martha Elizabeth Guerrant was born on 17 Jan 1828 in Winchester, Franklin, Tennessee [22].
10) Charles Frances Amanda Guerrant [20] was born about 1833 in Winchester, Franklin, Tennessee [33]. She married Allen M. Baldwin on 31 Aug 1854 in Walker County, Texas [34]. She died before Nov 1869 in Walker County, Texas [35].
11) Georgeann Samantha Cynthia Guerrant [18, 20] was born in 1834 in Winchester, Franklin, Tennessee [17].
12) Magdellen Moseley Guerrant [18, 20] was born on 25 Mar 1836 in Winchester, Franklin, Tennessee [36, 39]. She married 1st Benjamin Franklin Baldwin, Sr. on 10 Feb 1859 [37] probably in Limestone County, Texas, and 2nd Edward G. Hamilton on 04 Jan 1870 in Walker County, Texas [40]. She died on 20 Jan 1920 in Bedias, Grimes, Texas and was buried in Bedias Baptist Cemetery [38, 39].

References
[2] The Huguenot, No. 5, The Huguenot Society, 1931. Page 90.
[3] Kidd, Randy and Jeanne Stinson, Lost Marriages of Buckingham County, Virginia, Iberian Publishing Co., Atlanta, Georgia. Page 42.
[4] Records of the U. S. National Archives and Records Admin: Bounty Land Warrant Applications. File 19975, Charles Guerrant. Sworn affidavit of Charles Guerrant, 05 Dec 1850.
[6] The Huguenot, No. 5, The Huguenot Society, 1931. Page 92.
[7] Minutes of the Probate Court of Montgomery County, Kentucky. Book B, Pages 325 and 326.
[8] Franklin County, Tennessee Deed Records. Books F & K, Pages 26 and 27.
[10] Ibid. Book Q, Pages 455 and 456.
[11] Ibid. Book R, Pages 116, 117, and 118.
[12] Franklin County, Tennessee Wills and Deeds, Southern Historical Press. Page 105.
[13] Ibid. Page 95.
[14] 1810 United States Census. Buckingham County, Virginia.
[15] 1830 United States Census. Franklin County, Tennessee, Page 110.
[16] 1840 United States Census. Franklin County, Tennessee, Page 52.
[17] 1850 United States Census. Franklin County, Tennessee, Page 64 A.
[18] Minutes of the Probate Court of Franklin County, Tennessee. Book 1849-1853, Page 285.
[19] Franklin County, Tennessee Deed Records. Book S, Pages 28 and 29.
[20] Franklin County, Tennessee Deed Records. Book U, Page 311.
[21] Samuel, Mrs. Opal McAdams, Guerin de Beaumont (Guerrant). Page 21.
[22] Ibid. Page 39.
[23] Ibid. Page 11.
[24] B. F. Baldwin, Jr. Bible. Owned by Benjamin Franklin Baldwin. Jr. and Clara Ann Clarke. "Deaths Page".
[25] Walker County, Texas, A History, Walker County Genealogical Society, 1986. Page 653.
[26] Walker County, Texas Cemeteries, Volume 1, South Walker County, Walker County Genealogical Society, Huntsville, TX, 2000. Page 50, Farris Cemetery.
[27] Samuel, Mrs. Opal McAdams, Guerin de Beaumont (Guerrant). Page 12.
[28] Ibid. Page 38.
[29] Walker County, Texas Cemeteries, Volume 2, North Walker County, Walker County Genealogical Society, Huntsville, TX, 2004. Page 98, McAdams Cemetery.
[30] Daniel Boone Anderson Guerrant Bible. Hitchcock's New and Complete Analysis of the Holy Bible, J. A. Wilmore, New York, 1885. "Births Page".
[31] Walker County, Texas, A History, Walker County Genealogical Society, 1986. Pages 404 and 405.
[32] Marriage Records of Walker County, Texas. Volume 5, Page 40.
[33] 1860 United States Census. Limestone County, Texas, Page 336 A.
[34] Marriage Records of Walker County, Texas. Volume 5, Page 246.
[35] Minutes of the Probate Court of Walker County, Texas. Book G, Page 123.
[36] B. F. Baldwin, Jr. Bible. Owned by Benjamin Franklin Baldwin. Jr. and Clara Ann Clarke. "Memoranda" page.
[37] Ibid. "Marriages" page.
[38] Ibid. "Deaths" page.
[39] Maxwell, John R., Grimes County Cemeteries, Book One (Northern), Grimes County Historical Commission, 1992. Page 8, Bedias Baptist Cemetery.
[40] Marriage Records of Walker County, Texas. Volume D, Page 109.

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