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From: "Darrell Dunlop" <>
Subject: Re: [SEWELL] Re: Sewell and King families who came to TN
Date: Sat, 14 Sep 2002 19:21:12 -0500
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Glen: Thanks for your message. Yes, I have a copy of "My Family Tree" by
Merle O'Neal Kent which I received while in McNairy Co., TN, earlier this
month. It is the one published in 1964 which was revised and reprinted in
1992. Following the preface and acknowledgement by Kent there is an
acknowledgement - revised edition by Harold Cox who lives near Selmer, TN.
We met Mr. Cox while in McNairy Co. There is a notation that these books
can be ordered from Inez Weeks, 2317 Phillips Drive, Savannah, TN. However,
according to what I was told, I doubt that there are any more for sale, but
I am not sure. One person who would know is Mildred Sasso at
; she is a descendant of Frederick Sewell and Elizabeth
King through Mary Ann Sewell & Hardin O'Neal. I also received a copy of the
book, "The Bizzell Family" by Oscar & Virginia Bizzell. I have their
address if you are interested.
After reading Merle Kent's book and doing other research, I believe that the
Jane Sewell who married Allen King in Sampson Co., NC, is a daughter of
Frederick Sewell and his unknown first wife. My belief is based on several
references in McNairy Co. court minutes and guardianship records for Alvin
H. King in Sampson Co. In McNairy records there are several references to
at least of 5 of the children of Jane (aka Jenny) Sewell and Allen King;
those children mentioned include Allen D. King, James H. King, Penny E.
(Penelope) King Weeks, Amy C. King Bradshaw, and Alvin H. King (who was a
minor child when Frederick died). The birthdate of Jane Sewell is April 30,
1804. This means that she and Sam had to be twins. After looking at the
copies from the old Joe W. Bishop Bible, I have just a tiny bit of doubt
whether there ever was a Sam. The capital "S" has been overwritten and is
somewhat different from the other capital S's in the same handwriting.
However, it really does look like Sam. Another question I have is how does
anyone know that Asia was female? I have looked at all the census records,
but all before 1850, by their nature, force assumptions.
If Jane Sewell is not the daughter of Frederick, why would her children get
monies from his estate? (Jane died in Sampson Co. almost 2 years prior to
Frederick's death.) I have a copy of the accounting that was kept for Alvin
H. King (minor) from Sampson Co., NC court records. One of the items listed
is: "Sept 13, 1860 Recd. from the estate of Frecok (beside this another
handwriting has written Frederick) Sowell decd. A. H. Kings grandfather
from the State of Tennessee . . . 277.95."
M. Kent's book is very helpful and I do not mean to criticize it in any way.
I'm sure it was based on the best information he could gather. We all have
to take the evidence we can find and make the best and most logical
conclusions. If Jane Sewell is not the daughter of Frederick, I sincerely
hope someone can show me proof.
One thing that was a disappointment to me was that the McNairy Co. Archives
office will not allow photocopies of court records. Rarely, have we run
into this restriction. So now I need to go back with a digital camera and
try to photograph them. Thanks for all your help. Ruth Dunlop, Euless, TX
> I've been reading with interest your messages about Elemuel Bizzell, the
> King family, and the Sewells. Have you seen the book MY FAMILY TREE by
> Merle O'Neal Kent. Longwood, FL: Privately published. It was first
> published in 1960 (95 p.) and was revised in 1964 (135 p.). I have copies
> of both editions of the book.
> He covers the Sewells and related families who came from North Carolina
> settled in McNairy Co., TN.
> He mentions the Bizzells, Kings, and Sewells (especially the Sewells).
> There may be some bit of information in his books that tell about or give
> reference to Jane "Jenny" Sewell who married Allen King. He includes some
> cemetery records, census records, and land deeds, among other things.
> I descend from Elias Sewell, the youngest brother of Frederick Sewell, who
> also settled in McNairy Co., TN. Elias is buried at Mars Hill Cemetery.
> Glenn Gohr (Sewell List Manager)
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