Will of William Lanier

William Lanier was my 5th great-grandfather, himself the grandson of a Barbadian immigrant. He came to Nashville before 1807 from Beaufort County, North Carolina. Previously, I had an abstract of his will, but I recently found the original online at Family Search with more detail, including the names of several enslaved people (in bold, below). […]

Will of Robert Shaw, 1823

Robert Shaw was my 5th great-grandfather and along with his wife, Elizabeth Hamilton, one of the earliest white settlers of Sumner County, Tennessee.  I Robert Shaw of Sumner County and of Tennessee do make and ordain this instrument which is subscribed with my name to be my last will and testament revoking all others. First […]

Will of George Peay 1803

George Peay was my 6th great grandfather. He was born in King William County, Virginia in 1734, and died in Rockingham County, North Carolina in 1804. The Elias Peay mentioned in the will is my 5th great grandfather. Will of George Peay written 7 June 1803 and Proven in August Court 1804. Book A, page […]

Will of Mary Whitnel Parker 1832

Mary was my 5th great-grandmother. Her maiden name is usually listed as Whitnel, however, I have no primary source for this information.  She was probably born in North Carolina. Her husband was Charles Parker. In her will, dated 29 February 1832, she mentioned my 4th great-grandmother, Dicey Parker Lanier, and Dicey’s husband John Lanier. She […]

The Bassanos and Laniers

My great-grandmother Mama Kelly (Mary Pearl Harrison Kelly) had a really interesting family tree that can be traced way back to Renaissance Italy. Mama Kelly’s 10th great-grandfather was Jeronimo Bassano, a musician and instrument maker who was born in the town of Bassano del Grappa, near Venice, Italy. Much has been written about this Bassano […]