Thursday, October 17, 2013

Donelson As A Witness For Hightower

From ANSEARCHIN' NEWS, Fall 1998:

Dated 29 Mar 1810. For consideration of $1,000, William Terril Lewis of Davidson Co., Tenn., conveys to Richard Hightower of Williamson Co., Tenn., 405 acres lying in Giles County.

Witnesses: Alexander Donelson, Jr., James Fitsimmons, H.Rutherford.

From the Hightower Family Database at Rootsweb:
In 1791, Richard Hightower married Nancy Smith (1770-1849), the daughter of Robert and Sarah Clemmons Smith. One of Richard and Nancy's daughters, Sally, married Oliver Bliss Hayes, eminent lawyer and Presbyterian minister, and among their children was Adelicia Hayes who became the mistress of beautiful Belmont in Nashville as Mrs. Joseph Acklen*.
*Joseph Acklen is a member of my family tree.

 From Old Hickory Life and the Mystery Well:

In October, 1797, [Andrew] Jackson sold his property in the Bend to his brother-in-law, Alexander Donelson. Alexander was never married, and when he died on May 23, 1834, "at his residence in Jones Bend" he willed his property, 404 acres, to his nephew and namesake, Alexander Donelson, Jr., son of Severn Donelson.  The description of this property in the Davidson County Courthouse record books indicates that it was the same, with the addition of a few acres, that Alexander, Sr. had bought from Jackson in 1797.  The Cumberland flowed along its western boundary.

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