Petition of Martha CHILDRESS, 1827
Compiled by Paul W. Lemasters
Note: This petition can be found on the microfilm,
"Legislative Petitions," Roll 10, Petition No. 189-1827-1, 2, 3.
To the Generally Assemby of the State of Tennessee now in Session at Nashville.
The petition of your petitioners Humby prayeth that your honourable body would
give to the
Widow Martha CHILDRESS and her children they being the Widow and Orphans of Thomas
C. CHILDRESS lately deceased of the County of Roane and State of Tennessee the quarter
Section of land which they are now in possession of and living on it being the South West
quarter of Section 15th in fractional township No. 1 range 2 East in the High Wassee district
and in the County of Roane an State of Tennessee the reason that your petitioners makes this
request of your Honourable body is that Mrs. CHILDRESS is a fine industrious woman and
being left in a manner desolate of friends &c. with a large family of small children to raise
and Mr. CHILDRESS in his life time have purchased the above lot of land at a second sale
gave nearly every thing he could conveniently spare for it and being taken away from his
family has left them to the mercy of the world to shift for themselves we do think it a deed
of Charity for your Honourable body to make the Widow and orphans of the said Thomas C.
CHILDRESS a present of the balance which is due to the state the land was sold at Two
dollars per acre Eight dollars of which has been paid to the treasurer of East Tennessee we
consider that it would iad the Widow in raising of her children on said place which would be
a very considerable advantage to the state Mr. CHILDRESS served a Campaign in the Creek
War and was a very Good soldier in doing of his duty so far as we have understood the only
horse that the family had laid down and died this summer in the Hight of Crop time; your
Honourable body your petitioners thinks Will be doing of a Considerable deed of Charity in
complying with your petitioners Request and so doing your petitioners will be forever bound
to pray &c. Given under our hands this 9th day of September 1827 Roane County East
James HARRISON, Jr.
John CARMICHAEL Jr.
Jesse M. ROBERTS
Pleasant J.R. EDWARDS
Isaac H. EDWARDS
Archeles D. FARMER
Drury A. BAIN(?), Jr.
Enoch J. BAIN(?0
John BLAIR, Sr.
John W. ROBERTSON
John EBLEN, Jr.
John HASKINS, Jr.
Robert S. GILLILAND
Thomas F. CARTER
Hugh L. BREZEALE
Saml. N. CARNS