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My 4th Great-Grandfather John Sammon's Will - 1812

John Sammon, Sr. was born approximately 1750 and died 1812 in Greenville County, South Carolina.  John was the son of William Sammon, Sr. and Rebecca (Rebecca may have previously been married to an Ivey).

The quest never ends!

While searching through boxes and boxes of flood-damaged photos and materials, was surprised to discover a copy of this will.  Was also happy to find it!

Will of Matthew Wynne

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My Sammon family is related to just about everyone in Greenville County, South Carolina – I think!

My ancestor, John Sammon, Sr., [ son of William Sammon] had a sister – Susannah “Sucky” who married Matthew Wynne.  His will below:



In the name of God Amen, I Matthew Wynne of the State and Dist. afores’d being in my perfect Health and of a sound mind & memory and calling to mind the Mortality of my body & that it’s appointed for all men to die. for the better Settling of my Temporal affairs, Revoking & Disannulling all other Will or Wills before made by me I do make this my Last Will & Testament in the maner & form following Viz —

Item — I lend to my loving Wife Susanna Wynne during her life the land and Plantation whereon I now live together with Stock of every kind household & Kitchen furniture & plantation utensils, also four negroes Dick Silla, Jane & Ann, and after her death the above mentioned Negroes & increase if any to be divided between my five children follows–Sucky, Franky, Patsy and Minor Wynne and Robert Wynne to them their heirs and assigns forever and the land mentioned at my wifes death to be sold and the money arising from the sale thereof divided between all my children viz, William Wynne, John Wynne, Thos. Wynne, Polly Todd, Matthew Wynne, Betsy-Ana Smith, Richard Wynne, Sloman Wynne, Clemons Wynne, Sucky Wynne, Frankie Wynne, Patsy Wynne, Minor Wynne, & Robert Wynne, equally.

Item – I give to my son William Wynne one negro boy named Charles, to him and his heirs and assigns forever.
Item – I give to my son John Wynne one negro boy named Daniel to him his heirs and assigns forever.
Item – I give to my Daughter Polly Todd, one negro girl named Lucy to her her heirs and assigns forever.
Item – I give to my son Matthew Wynne one negro boy named Balais to him his heirs and assigns forever.
Item – I give to my daughter Betsy A. Smith one negro girl named Judy to her her heirs and assigns forever.
Item – I give to my son Richard Wynne one negro girl named Harriot to him his heirs and assigns forever.
Item – I give to my son Sloman Wynne one negro boy named William to him his heirs and assigns forever.
Item – I give to my son Clemons Wynne one negro man named Pleasant to him his heirs and assigns forever.

Item- my will is the above mentioned Robert Wynne come in Co. Heir with the above Sucky, Frankie, Patsy, and Miner, if it should not be well understood by the above interlined, Rob’t & five, I desire that my debts be paid by the profits of my estate and lastly I nominate and appoint my Wife and two Sons John Wynne and Thos. Wynne to execute this my last Will and Testament in witness whereof I hereto set my hand and Seal this 8th day of July 1810.
Signed Sealed and Acknowledged in presence of: Test
Matthew Wynne (l.S.)

J. H. Joyce
Nimrod Underwood
Tho. B. Williams
E. B. Benson

Recorded in Will Book A – page 203
Apt. 8 – File No. 504

Probated December 3, 1810
D. Goodlett, O.G.D.

My Barton Ancestry

My Barton Ancestry:

Quite likely my Barton family descends from a David Barton, who, with his brother Abraham came to America from England in 1672.  Abraham settled first in Maryland, and subsequently in New England.  David settled on the James River, Virginia, and his descendants continued to live in northern Virginia.  The ancestors of the Keyes/Kees/Keys family were early settlers of Virginia of Revolutionary stock.  [However, this supposition is difficult regarding the dates of a Thomas Barton, who is undoubtedly my first known American ancestor . . . the search continues!  Hoping a Barton researcher happens upon this Aimless site!]


I. – THOMAS BARTON and Unknown Wife

II – THOMAS BARTON, JR. and wife, Grace (perhaps surname is Drummond)

III – THOMAS BARTON II and wife Mary Willoughby

IV. – DAVID BARTON and wife Ruth Oldham

V. – SUSAN BARTON and husband John Thrasher

VI. – DAVID THRASHER and wife Mary “Polly” Hughey

VII. – ELIZABETH SUSAN THRASHER and husband Robert W. Sammon

VIII. – ROBERT WALKER SAMMON, SR. and wife Maria de los Santos Leal

EVERYONE seems to have Texas connections.  In my Barton family is one CONWAY OLDHAM BARTON, son of Conway Oldham Barton, Sr. who was born in South Carolina and lived in Mississippi and Louisiana.

Conway Oldham Barton, Jr., son of Conway Oldham Barton, Sr., from North Carolina, and his wife, Martha Cox, from South Carolina, was born June 7, 1856 on his father’s plantation in Milam County, Texas, near Calvert, which consisted of three leagues of land with 157 slaves, He had three brothers: Lemuel, John Harold, and Frank, all of whom served in the Confederate States army.
Page 103 {neglected to note the source . . . shame on me . . .}
Said Conway Oldham Barton was educated in a private school at Port Sullivan, Texas Military Academy at Austin, and University of Virginia, 1876-77, taking a course in law, and began to practice at Cameron, Milam County, Texas, and married Mary Blanche Crow, who died in 1882, and had two daughters by her, Manda Galen, who married Felix E. Smith, and Ann Caroline, who died in 1924.
His second wife was Carrie Moshen of Buda, Illinois, whom he married at Las Animas, Colorado, on January 4, 1887. Six children came to this marriage: Raymond O., born at Granada, Colorado, August 22, 1889; Percy O., born Pauls Valley, Indian Territory, February 11, 1897, and the other four children died in infancy. Raymond O. graduated from West Point, and is now stationed with the rank of Colonel at Fort Benning, Georgia.
Conway Oldham Barton moved from Granada, Colorado, to Wellington, Collingsworth County, Texas, where he was elected and served a term as county judge in said county in 1892. In 1895 he came to Pauls Valley, Indian Territory, where he practiced law until the establishment of the United States Court at Ada in 1902, when he removed to Ada and continued the practice of law until his death. In 1910 he was appointed county judge of Pontotoc County to fill out an unexpired term. In the general election that year he was elected to said office and served that full term. He was mayor of Ada in 1906-08.
As a devoted husband and father, he was appreciated and so remembered.
—R. L. Williams