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Mary Bailey

Female Abt 1770 - 1862  (~ 92 years)


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  • Name Mary Bailey 
    Nickname Polly 
    Birth abt. 1759  [1
    Born abt. 1770  Atasi, Upper Creek Nation (Macon County, Alabama) Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 3
    Gender Female 
    Probate 23 Jun 1853  Blakeley, Baldwin, Alabama Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Settlement of Dixon Bailey estate. 
    Estates of Dixon and James Bailey, Baldwin County, File 381D
    Estates of Dixon and James Bailey, Baldwin County, File 381D
    "Alabama, Estate Files, 1830-1976," index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1942-23279-78717-9?cc=1978117&wc=MX5Y-338:314239301,315523501 : accessed 23 December 2014), Baldwin > Tate, David (1824) > image 86 of 106; county courthouses, Alabama.
    Probate 15 Aug 1857  Baldwin County, Alabama Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Subscription of will. 
    Last Will and Testament for Mary Sizemore
    Last Will and Testament for Mary Sizemore
    "Alabama Probate Records, 1809-1985," images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1971-25319-24603-37?cc=1925446&wc=M6DK-WNL:220032901,220305801 : accessed 27 August 2015), Baldwin > Wills 1809-1934 vol A-C > image 98 of 718; county courthouses, Alabama.
    Probate 4 Aug 1860  Baldwin County, Alabama Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Codicil. 
    • Reporting the death of Sizemore's grandson, Elijah Padget, her intended executor. David A. Moniac was named as her executor.
    Died 23 Jan 1862  Baldwin County, Alabama Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Probate 19 Apr 1862  Baldwin County, Alabama Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Will proved and recorded. Witnesses: John Earle, Francis Earle and Benjamin F. Earle. 
    Notes 
    • WILL OF POLLY BAILEY SIZEMORE

      Baldwin County, Alabama
      Will Book A 1809-1881 Pages #172 & #173

      In the name of God, Amen, I Mary Sizemore of the County of Baldwin and State of Alabama, being of sound and disposing mind and memory, and knowing the uncertainty of human life, do make and order this my last will and Testament, herein and hereby revoking and making void any and all wills heretofore made by me.

      In the first place it is my will and desire upon my death that my body shall be decently interred according to the rites of Christian burial, and that all my just debts shall be paid by my executor herunafter named, and for the purpose of raising money to pay said debts, said Executor shall have the power and authority to keep my Estate together till the profits and produce of the same shall produce money sufficient to pay said debts.

      Item 2: It is my will and desire and I do hereby bequeath unto my daughter, Cynthia Padget, the following negro slaves namely, Peggy, Martha, Frank, Lucinda, and Lavinia, and for their increase, froom the date of this will, to be held by the said Cynthia Padget for and during her natural life and upon death of the said Cynthia Padget, it is my will, and I do hereby bequeath the above negro slaves unto my Grand-son Elijah Padget, for and during his natural life, and upon his death, then unto the lawful heirs of his body begotten, and I do further give unto said Grand-son Elijah Padget, one bed furniture being the same which I now have use.

      Item 3: I do hereby give and bequeath unto my daughter Amelia Stiggins negro slave man Sam, for and during her natural life, and upon death of the said Amelia Stiggins, I give said Slave Sam unto the lawful heirs of the body of the said Amelia Stiggins.

      Item 4: I do hereby give and bequeath unto my daughter Celia Colbert the sum of five Hundred dollars in money, to be paid to the said Celia Colbert from and out of the first monies which may come from the hands of my Executor from my Estate, or its produce and profits.

      Item 5: I give and bequeath unto the lawful heirs of my son William Sizemore the sum of five dollars, to be paid them by my Executor.

      Item 6: I give and bequeath unto the lawful heirs of my son Absolom Sizemore the sum of five dollars, to be paid them by my Executor.

      Item 7: I give and bequeath unto the lawful heirs of my daughter Nancy Moniac, the sum of five dollars, to be paid them by my Executor.

      Item 8: I give and bequeath unto the lawful heirs of my son Samuel Sizemore, the sum of five dollars, to be paid them by my Executor.

      Item 9: I give and bequeath unto my daughter Betsy Tarvin the sum of five dollars, to be paid them by my Executor.

      Lastly, I do hereby nominate and appoint my Grand-son Elijah Padget the Executor of this my will.

      And it is my further wish and desire, and I do hereby bequeath the Sam hereunbefore given to my daughter Amelia Stiggins, for and during her natural life, from and after her death, unto my Grand-son James Grey Stiggins for and during his natural life only, meaning hereby to limit the use of said slave to my Grand-son, and upon his death said slave is hereby bequeathed to the lawful heirs of the body begotten of said James Grey Stiggins.

      In witness whereof I do hereunto set my hand and seal this fifteenth day of August in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and fifty seven.

      Mary (her mark X) Sizemore (seal)

      Signed, sealed, published and declared by the said Mary Sizemore, as and for her last will and Testament in presence of us, who signed the same as witnesses in the presence of said Mary Sizemore Testarix, and in presence of each other.

      Francis Earle
      John Earle Witnesses

      Whereas my Grand-son Elijah Padget has departed this live -- Therefore I give all that was intended bt the written will for him, to his children share and share alike, and I hereby appoint David A. Moniac my Executor of this my last will and Testament in the staed of my said Grand-son deceased, and this is a Codicil to my said last will and Testament.

      Signed and sealed this 4th day of August 1860.

      In presence of Mary (her mark X) Sizemore (seal)

      J. W. Shomo
      B. F. Earle

      State of Alabama
      Baldwin County Probate Court of Said County

      In the matter of the Probate of the last will and Testament of Mary Sizemore, deceased,

      Before me C. W. Wilkins, Judge of Said Court, personally appeared in Open Court, Francis Earle and John Earle, who having been by me, first sworne and examined, did and do depose, and say on oath, that they are each Subscribing witnesses, to the instrument of writing now shown to them and which purports to be the last will and Testament of Mary Sizemore, deceased, late an inhabitant of this County, that said Mary Sizemore, since deceased, signed and executed said instrument on the day the same bears date and declared the same to be her last will and Testament, and that affiants set their signatures thereto, on the day the same bears date, as subscribing witnesses to the same, in the presence of said Testatrix, that said Testatrix was of sound mind and disposing memory, and in the opinion of deponents fully capable of making her will, at the time the same was so made as aforesaid, affiants further state that said Testatrix was, on the day of the said date of said will of the full agew of twenty-one years and upwards.

      Sworn and Subscribed to before me this 19th day April A. D. 1862

      C. W. Wilkins Judge Probate

      John Earle
      Francis Earle

      And on the same day, appeared personally before me, the said Judge, Benjamin F. Earle who being by me first duly sworn, deposeth and says, that the Codicil to the last will and Testamnet of Mary Sizemore, deceased, was signed, and executed by the said Testatrix on the day of the date thereof, and in the presence of this affiant signed his name J. W. Shomo, the other subscribing witness to said Codicil in the presence of said Testatrix, that said Testatrix was of sound mind and disposing memory, and in the opinion of deponent, fully capable of making her will, at the time the same was so made aforesaid.

      Affiant further that said Testatrix was, on the day of said date of said Codocil, of the full age of twenty-one years and upwards.

      Sworn and subscribed to this 19th April 1862

      C. W. Wilkins
      Judge Probate

      Benjamin F. Earle

      State of Alabama
      Baldwin County

      I, C. W. Wilkins, Judge of the Court of Probate, in and for said County and State do hereby certify that the foregoing instrument of writing, has this day, in said Court and before me, as the Judge thereof been duly proven, by the oaths of John Earle, Francis Earle, and Benjamin F. Earle to be the genuine last will, together with said proof, have been recorded in my office, in Book A of wills, pages 216, 217, 218, 219, 110, and 221, this 19th April A. D. 1862.

      C. W. Wilkins
      Judge Probate
    Person ID I5714  Dickinson
    Last Modified 27 Aug 2015 

    Father Richard Bailey,   b. 1748, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1798, Atasi, Upper Creek Nation (Macon County, Alabama) Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 50 years) 
    Relationship Birth 
    Mother Mary,   b. Atasi town, Upper Creek Nation Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Relationship Birth 
    Married Abt 1766  Alabama Find all individuals with events at this location  [4, 5
    • Atasi or Autossee town, Upper Creek Nation (near present day Shorter, Alabama). This was one of the larger towns in the Upper Nation and the home of the Red Stick Prophet, High Head Jim. Richard Bailey maintained a precarious relationship with the town and by 1798 the National Council voted to expel him. He was killed in a riding accident before removal. The Baileys eventually settled in the Tensaw. Atasi was destroyed by Gen. John Floyd on November 29, 1813.
    Family ID F1566  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Arthur Sizemore,   b. 1761,   d. Bef 1840, Baldwin or Monroe County, Alabama Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 79 years) 
    Notes 
    • "Polly Bailey became the wife of Sizemore who kept a ferry at what is now Gainestown. She was an expert in swimming, and sometimes acted as ferryman. Sizemore lived on the west side of the Alabama and did not take refuge in Fort Mims. Peggy Bailey lived with her mother, an Indian woman, on the east side. Mrs. Sizemore lived to a great age in Baldwin county, and died in 1862. Her daughter, who became Mrs. Podgett, was living in 1890, then one hundred years old." [6]
    Children 
    +1. Absolum Sizemore,   b. 1790, Baldwin County, Alabama Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef 1830, Alabama Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 40 years)
    +2. Cynthia Sizemore,   b. Between 1797-1803, Baldwin County, Alabama Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. After 1890, Alabama Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 88 years)  [Birth]
    +3. William Sizemore,   b. Abt 1798, Baldwin County, Alabama Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 13 Nov 1853, Baldwin County, Alabama Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 55 years)  [Birth]
    +4. Amelia Sizemore,   b. abt. 1810, Baldwin County, Alabama Find all individuals with events at this location
    +5. Celia Sizemore,   b. ca. 1810, Baldwin County, Alabama Find all individuals with events at this location  [Birth]
     6. Nancy Sizemore
     7. Samuel Sizemore
     8. Betsy Sizemore
    +9. Joseph Sizemore,   b. Abt 1822, Baldwin County, Alabama Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef 1852, Alabama Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 30 years)
    Last Modified 21 Oct 2010 
    Family ID F1517  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - abt. 1770 - Atasi, Upper Creek Nation (Macon County, Alabama) Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsProbate - Settlement of Dixon Bailey estate. - 23 Jun 1853 - Blakeley, Baldwin, Alabama Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsProbate - Subscription of will. - 15 Aug 1857 - Baldwin County, Alabama Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsProbate - Codicil. - 4 Aug 1860 - Baldwin County, Alabama Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 23 Jan 1862 - Baldwin County, Alabama Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsProbate - Will proved and recorded. Witnesses: John Earle, Francis Earle and Benjamin F. Earle. - 19 Apr 1862 - Baldwin County, Alabama Link to Google Earth
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  • Sources 
    1. [S014287] 1860 United States Census, Bureau of the Census, (Washington, DC: National Archives and Records Administration, 1860), Census Place: , Baldwin, Alabama; Roll: M653_1; Page: 208; Image: 208; Family History Library Film: 803001.

    2. [S336345] A Conquering Spirit: Fort Mims and the Redstick War of 1813-1814, Gregory A. Waselkov, (Tuscaloosa, Alabama: University of Alabama Press, 2006), 51.

    3. [S007856] 1850 United States Census, Bureau of the Census, (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1850), Census Place: Division 1, Baldwin, Alabama; Roll: M432_1; Page: 81A; Image: 270.

    4. [S336345] A Conquering Spirit: Fort Mims and the Redstick War of 1813-1814, Gregory A. Waselkov, (Tuscaloosa, Alabama: University of Alabama Press, 2006), 49.

    5. [S336424] The Collected Works of Benjamin Hawkins, Benjamin Hawkins; Thomas Foster, ed., (Tuscaloosa, Alabama: University of Alabama Press 2003), 31s (Sketch); 39-40, 316, 317 (Letters).

    6. [S336342] The Creek War of 1813 and 1814, H. S. Halbert and T. H. Ball, (Tuscaloosa, Alabama: University of Alabama Press, 1995 ), 165.