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1. Martha LAWS. Born in Oct 1814 in Wilkes County, North Carolina. At the age of 74, Martha died in Tennessee on 26 Feb 1889. Buried in Feb 1889 in Waugh-Segraves Family Cemetery, Wildersville, Henderson County, Tennessee. Resided in 9th District, Henderson County, Tennessee in 1850.

On 6 Oct 1830 when Martha was 16, she first married Sherrod SEGRAVES, son of Henry SEGRAVES & Mary LONSFORD, in Wilkes County, North Carolina. Born on 22 May 1808 in Wake County, North Carolina. At the age of 85, Sherrod died in Dyer County, Tennessee on 20 Nov 1893. Buried in Nov 1893 in Hurricane Hill Cemetery, Dyer County, Tennessee.

Will: Dyer Co., Tennessee, Will Book B, pp. 1-2, April 13, 1893, probated Nov. 27, 1893, recorded Nov. 28, 1893, A.G. Davis, county clerk, by H.P. Doyle, deputy clerk:

Last Will and Testament of Sherod Seagraves, Deceased.

I Sherrod Seagraves of Dyer County and State of Tennessee, being of sound mind and of reasonable health, do hereby make my last will and testament:

First, I give and bequeath to wife, Mary Seagraves, a fifty acre homestead her natural life, to wit: beginning at a stake in road, leading from Newbern to Hurricane Hill--runs thence west to Bob Fowlkes line; thence south with his line--thence east to the road, known as the Hall School-house road, thence north to the beginning corner, so as to include the dwellings where I now live, and to make fifty acres in all, and I further give and bequeath to my wife Mary Seagraves her chaise horse, cow and buggy and all the household furniture that we have at the time of my death.

I give and bequeath to my son George W. Seagraves, five dollars to be paid out of my estate, and I give and bequeath to my daughter Malese Tarrant, five dollars to be paid out of my estate; I give and bequeath to Moses Seagraves, five dollars to be paid out of my estate, and I give and bequeath to my ten grandchildren, names as follows, Robert Enochs, William Enochs, Mary Alfred Enochs, Lenard Troy, Bob Lee Tarrant, Bernard Tarrant, Maggie Bet Tarrant, Sherrod Seagraves, Jr., Annie Cotton, Alfred Seagraves, all of my lands, real and personal property that I have or may have at my death, except what I have bequeathed to my wife Mary Seagraves, after my burial expenses are all paid.

Lastly, I do hereby appoint Sherrod Seagraves, Jr. and Bob Lee Tarrant my executors, and they are to have for their services 2 per cent for collecting each, and further will that my real estate shall be sold after my death, either public or private by my executors, on a credit of one, two and three years with interest bearing notes.
In witness whereof I do this day to my will set my hand on this 13th day of April, 1893. S. C. Graves.

Witness by W. F. Milam, E. M. Hall.

They had one child:

2 i. Moses (1832-1910)

She and  William Pitt WAUGH, son of William WAUGH & Elizabeth ?, appeared to have had a relationship though they never married.  Born around 1785 in Adams County, Pennsylvania. At the age of 67, William Pitt died in Wilkes County, North Carolina on 14 Aug 1852.

They had one child:
3 i. William Pitt (1844-1880)

Around 1845 when Martha was 30, she second married Benjamin PHILLIPS, in Henderson County, Tennessee. Born in 1787 in Tennessee. Resided in 9th District, Henderson County, Tennessee in 1850.

They had the following children:
4 i. Joseph W. (1848-1935)
ii. Charles. Born in 1849 in Tennessee. Resided in 9th District, Henderson County, Tennessee in 1850.

Around 1859 when Martha was 44, she third married Stephen THOMASON. Born around 1815 in South Carolina. At the age of 49, Stephen died in Henderson County, Tennessee around 1864.


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