Josiah "Rev Vet" STOVALL, Sr. (RIN: 2529), son of John "Rev Vet" STOVALL and Dorcas Poole or DRURY , was born 1749 in Lunnemburg County, Virginia. He married Mary "Polly" HICKS abt. 1768 in Granville County, North Carolina. He died 20 November 1798 in Lincoln County, Georgia.
Mary "Polly" HICKS (RIN: 1995), daughter of John HICKS and Obedience ? , was born 20 November 1751 in Hanover County, Virginia. She died 12 December 1845 in Sp Ridge Community, Hinds County, Mississippi.
|1. Sarah "Sallie" STOVALL (RIN: 2531), b. 28 December 1777||See Elisha Warren HOLMES, Sr & Sarah "Sallie" STOVALL|
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NOTE: Josiah STOVALL, 1743 - 20 NOV 1798
Josiah Stovall was born in 1749 in Henrico County or Lunenburg Co., Virginia. When he was a child, his family moved to Granville County, North Carolina. He married Mary Hicks in 1768 in Virginia. She was born on November 20, 1751 in Hanover Co., Virginia.
Josiah is listed in documents as being a Private in the Revolutionary War under the command of Colonel Richard Henderson�s Regiment in Captain James Yancey�s Company of Foot on the date of October 3, 1771. Josiah�s brothers; William, John Jr. and Drury are also in this unit.
A Farmer by trade, he moved his family to Lincoln County (was Wilkes County), Georgia in 1785 upon receipt of land as payment for military service during the American Revolution (see Miss. Rev. Soldiers, page 289-294 or Miss. Gen. Exchange, Vol. 6, page 3-5) Josiah and Mary had at least 17 children with three mentioned in his last will and testament; Polly, Drury and Charles. Later in an estate settlement in 1804, the following heirs were named; Polly (widow), Charles, David, Ralph, Josiah, William, Polly (daughter), Lewis, John, Elisha Holmes (for his wife Sally Stovall Holmes) and Charles Kennon (for his late wife Lucy Stovall Kennon) .
Records show in the early days of Lincoln Co. history, the First Superior Court and the Inferior Court were held at the home of a Josiah Stovall who resided near the old Tatom place, between Soap and Fishing Creeks in what was known as the Sybert District. At that time, there was no county seat and this was the most populous area. In the "Minutes of the Superior Court, 1796-1805," pages 1-2, in the Offices of the Ordinary of Lincoln County, are the following words. "The Honorable Superior Court for the County of Lincoln met agreeable to the Act of the Assembly at the house of Mr. Josiah Stovall on Monday the 16th day of May 1796."
Josiah was among the names of the Grand Jury List that was drawn and his home was near the old Tatom place. In Josiah�s will, one of the witnesses was a Tatom. His death is recorded in the Lincoln Co. GA., Book A, page 15. After Josiah�s death in November 20, 1798, his will, recorded on November 17 and probated on December 14, 1798 in Lincoln Co., Georgia, bequeath tools, Plantation, livestock, land and slaves to wife and children.
His wife, Mary moved to the area known as Spring Ridge Community near Mississippi Springs in Hinds County, Mississippi. She died there, December 12, 1845 and is buried in the Old Friendship / Stovall / Smylie Cemetery. Seven of the children moved to Alabama and Mississippi around 1811.
A letter written in 1845 and mailed to William T. Rattiff in Raymond, MS describes the obituary of Mary. The sum of the letter is the following; Mary died at the age of 96 on Friday, December 12th, 1845 at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Tatum near Jackson, MS.
The widow of Josiah Stovall of Georgia for nearly 50 years and a devout member of the Baptist Church for 78 years. She raised 17 children, 10 sons and 7 daughters, of whom 6 sons and three daughters died before she did.
She often said over 600 persons descends can be traced back to her.
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[Br�derbund WFT Vol. 5, Ed. 1, Tree #0473, Date of Import: 22 Jul, 1998]
MARY "POLLY" HICKS STOVALL CAME TO Marion County, Mississippi AS A WIDOW
BETWEEN 1812 AND 1815. AS SEVERAL OF HER CHILDREN DIED IN Mississippi., SHE PROBABLY MOVED WITH ONE OR MORE OF THEM. SALLY STOVALL HOLMES AND HER HUSBAND, EKISHA HOLMES, WENT TO Mississippi. FROM Georgia IN 1817. DAUGHTERS POLLY AND ANNE, AND SON, GILBERT, ALL DIED IN Hinds County, Mississippi.
SHE LIVED TO BE 94 YEARS OLD.Mary Hicks came as a widow to Wilkes County, Mississippi in abt 1812. After Josiah Stovall's death, she gathered her personal belongings, her younger children and the orphaned children of here daughter Luch and the slaves and moved to Marion County, Mississippi (the region known as the "Lower Pearl". The removal of the slaves from Georgia to Mississippi Territory was the cause of litigation between some of her older children, who had remained in Georgia, and her for many years.
About 1815 Mary Polly Stovall once more moved her family, this time to Hinds County, Mississippi, whe she build a 19 room house near present Terry, Mississippi. The size of the house was such that it was nicknamed "The Hotel".
See S-1 - Scarborough, Misr. Jewel Davis. "Southern Kith and Kin", 4 Vols., Vol. 4 and "Family Potpourri", privately printed, Abilene, Texas 1958 Pg 286-327, 343, 254, 258-282.
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