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Nancy McSwain Allen was my 3rd great grandmother via
- her son David Jones Allen
- his daughter Virginia Allen Smith
- her son
- his daughter
According to her gravestone, she was born August 22, 1828 and died May 10, 1806. The year of her birth was fairly close to what was reported on each census I’ve seen.
I’ve found a Nancy McSwain (age 21) living with Sarah McSwain (age 36) and Thomas McSwain (age 1) in Centre, Stanly County, NC. This could be my Nancy living with a sister or sister-in-law.
Nancy and William were married with two children by 1860. My mother’s notes indicate 1852 but I haven’t found anything to correlate that yet.
I don’t know a lot about Nancy other than she lost her husband during the Civil War and was left with two small children to raise on her own. In 1880 she and son, David, are living in Stanly County. In 1900, she is living with son David and his family, again in Stanly County, NC.
Her will leaves all property to her son and names him as executor. It does not mention her daughter Sarah nor any children of Sarah.
According to my mother’s notes, her parents were Charles and Lurana Washburn McSwain perhaps of Rutherford County, NC. However, I haven’t found the proof of this as of yet, either.
- Allen, Nancy. US Federal Census. 1880 & 1900.
- McSwain, Nancy. US Federal Census. 1850.
- Stanly County Wills.
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Today, I’m transcribing the will of Nancy McSwain, my 3rd great-grandmother via:
- her son, David Jones Allen
- his daughter, Virginia Allen Smith
- her son
- his daughter
State of North Carolina
I, Nancy Allen of the aforesaid County and state, being of sound mind, but considering the uncertainty of my earthly existence to make and declare this my last will and testament.
- My executor hereinafter named shall give my body a decent burial, suitable to the wishes of my friends and relatives and pay all funeral expenses, together with all my just debts out of the money which may come into his hands belonging to my estate.
- I give and devise to my son David Jones Allen the track of land on which we now live containing 157 ½ acres more or less to have and to hold.
- I hereby constitute and appoint my son David J Allen my lawful executor to all intents and purposes to execute this my last will and testament according to the true intent and meaning of the same and every art and clause thereof hereby revoking and declaring utterly and all other wills and testaments by me heretofore made.
In witness whereof, I, the said Nancy Allen do hereunto set my hand and
[page 2] seal, this 10th day of May 1899.
Nancy X her mark Allen (seal)
Signed and sealed and published and declared by the said Nancy Allen to be her last will and testament in the present of me, who at her request and in her presence do subscribe our names as witnesses thereto.
Witnesses: TP Snuggs, Mary A Snuggs