William GREGORY Darthula A GREGORY Andrew L MASON Mini tree diagram
Mary Ann BRAGG

Mary Ann BRAGG1,2,1

about 18101 - after Aug 1859

Life History

about 1810

Born.1

about 1837

Birth of daughter Darthula A GREGORY in Jefferson County, Tennessee.3

Aug 1837

Death of William GREGORY in Jefferson County, Tennessee.1

after Aug 1859

Died in Jefferson County, Tennessee

after Aug 1937

Married Andrew L MASON

Other facts

 

Married William GREGORY

Notes

  • Mary Ann's maiden name came from Steve Squier's tree.  We had worked together on our common branch of the Gregory lineage.  But he has no documentation or citations, so it was valuable only as a clue.

    William died in August 1837 and his father was appointed the administrator, but then died beforre the process could be completed.  One of the provisions of Tennessee law is that a widow is entitled to dower rights, that is the produce of crops and edible yield as well as some of the livestock of the land for one year.  In the original probate decisoins in 1837, one record indicates such a privision was implemented.

    Tennessee, Wills and Probate Records, 1779-2008
    Wm Gregory
    Allowance to Widow Mary Ann Jefferson, Tennessee:  supplies, livestock and crops equivalent to the support for 1 year.  Three men were assigned to do this, and they signed the probate record to that effect.
    Witnessed 4 September 1837 by:
    P M Dunwoody
    Jos W Headrick
    Joel W Cowan
    Typed transcription, p 342, on microfilm, from the original will book, p 460
    Jefferson County Will Books, 1792-1844, pp 342-343

    However, Mary Ann later sued, claiming she had never received the dower rights.  The case was still open by 1859, when Mary Ann and her new husband Andrew Mason sued her father's estate for dower lands due her by Tennessee law.  My thanks to co-researcher Erin M L for pointing me to this and other relevant Tennessee Supreme Court cases in June 2019.  This summary record tells us Mary Ann and William had one chld, a daughter Darthula (or Dorthula, as transcribed in the record).

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    1859

    Andrew L & Mary Ann Mason v B J & Dorthula A Ward
    Jefferson County, Tennessee

    Fraud

    Defendant's name is Benjamin F Ward.  William Gregory died owning land on south side of French Broad River, leaving plaintiff Mary Ann (who later married Andrew) as his widow.  Richard Gregory, deceased, administered William's estate but never assigned dower to Mary Ann, so Plaintiffs now claim dower out of that land.  William & Mary Ann had 1 child, Defendant Dorthula.  At time of suit, both parties lived on the land at issue. Plaintiffs claim Defendants are trying to cheat & defraud them out of Mary Ann's dower.

    East Range 7, Section G, Shelf 1, Box Number 680, page 126

    --  Tennessee Supreme Court Cases, Tennessee State Library and Archives, https
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Sources

  • 1. Tennessee, Wills and Probate Records, 1779-2008
  • 2. Tennessee State Archives
  • 3. 1860 Federal Census, Jefferson County, Tennessee
    • 11 September, page 346, Hse #2452, Fam #2496

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