When One Dies too early in a burned county…

Peter Vincent was born ca 1826 in TN and is most likely the son of Jacob and Dicey Unknown Vincent.  He married his wife Sarah probably in Bedford County, TN sometime in the early 1840s*.  They had three children:

Mary F. born circa 1845 married Burnett Victory.

George W. born 1849

Dicie born 1853.

In 1850, Sarah and Peter are shown in Bedford County, TN with their children, Mary F.  and George W.:

1850PeterVinson2

By 1860, George and Dycey are living with Jacob and Dicey Vincent. Peter, Sarah and Mary F. aren’t to be found.

Mary F. marries Burnett Victory in 1862 in Williamson County, TN.  In 1870, Dicie Vincent, age 18, is living with her and Burnett.  Jacob and Dicey are no longer found in the census.

Problem is:  *The Bedford County courthouse and many of its records were destroyed in 1861, leaving any probates that Jacob or Dicey or Peter might have left behind no longer extant.  If it weren’t for that one 1850 census enumeration and the fact that Dicey, named after her grandmother, was living with her grandparents and then later her sister, there would be nothing to create a family group here and what we do have is purely circumstantial.

I have no idea where George went after his grandparent’s death. 

So that leaves us with the exhaustive search of all the records of Bedford County, hoping for a nibble on this family.  And this week I began that process. Using Evernote and one note per roll of microfilm and a Not Found tag for Peter, I began the process of looking through each roll of microfilm.  Here is just a small sampling of the films I have used to look for Jacob and Peter:

  • B001 Bedford County, TN Circuit Court Clerk Minutes Jun 1840-Apr 1857
  • B002 Bedford County, TN Circuit Court Clerk Minute Books (Aug 1857-Aug 1859)
  • B003 Bedford County, TN Circuit Court Clerk Minute Books (Aug 1859-Aug 1860)
  • B004 Bedford County, TN Circuit Court Minute Books (Apr 1864-Aug 1867)
  • B011 Bedford County, TN Circuit Court Minute Book 10 (Civil) and Criminal Book 2 (Apr 1890-Dec 1895)
  • B012 Bedford County, TN Circuit Court Minute Book 11 (Civil) and Criminal Book 3 (Dec 1895-Apr 1902)
  • B013 Bedford County, TN Circuit Court Minute Book 12 (Civil) and Criminal Book 4 (Dec 1899-Apr 1907)
  • B014 Bedford County, TN Circuit Court Criminal Books 5-6 (Apr 1903 – Apr 1910)
  • B015 Bedford County, TN Circuit Court Minute Book 13 (Civil) and Criminal Book 7 (Apr 1907-Apr 1914)
  • B016 Bedford County, TN Circuit Court Minute Book 14-15 (Civil)  (Dec 1913-Apr 1921)
  • B017 Bedford County, TN Circuit Court Minute Book 17-18 (Civil)  (Dec 1922-Dec 1926)
  • B018 Bedford County, TN Circuit Court Minute Books 19-20 (Civil)  (Dec 1926 – Aug 1931)
  • B019 Bedford County, TN Circuit Court Minute Books 21-22 (Aug 1931-Dec 1936)
  • B020 Bedford County, TN Circuit Court Minute Books 23-24 (Dec 1936-Apr 1940)
  • B022 Bedford County, TN Circuit Court Minute Books 27-28 (Apr 1944-Dec 1949)
  • B023 Bedford County, TN Circuit Court Minute Books 29-30 (Dec 1949-Dec 1953)
  • B024 Bedford County, TN Circuit Court Minute Books 31-32 (Dec 1953-Aug 1958)
  • B025 Bedford County, TN Circuit Court Minute Books 33-34 (Aug 1958-Aug 1961)
  • B026 Bedford County, TN Circuit Court Minute Books 35-36 (Aug 1961-Apr 1965)
  • B027 Bedford County, TN Chancery Court Clerk Minute Book 1 (Aug 1836-Dec 1848)
  • B028 Bedford County, TN Chancery Court Clerk Minute Books 2-3 (Feb 1846 – Nov 1858)
  • B029 Bedford County, TN Chancery Court Minute Books 4, A (Mar 1850-Jun 1868)
  • B033 Bedford County, TN Chancery Court Clerk Minute Books H-I (Sep 1885-Mar 1895)
  • B034 Bedford County, TN Chancery Court Clerk Minute Books J-K (May 1895 – May 1901)
  • B035 Bedford County, TN Chancery Court Clerk Minute Books L-M (May 1901-Jun 1906)
  • B036 Bedford County, TN Chancery Court Clerk Minute Books N-O (Jun 1906-Mar 1911)
  • B037 Bedford County, TN Chancery Court Clerk Minute Books P-Q (Apr 1911-Aug 1915)
  • B044 Bedford County, TN Probate Records Administrators and Executors Bonds and Letters Books 1- 2 (1861-1894)
  • B045 Bedford County, TN Probate Records Administrators and Executors Bonds and Letter Books 3-4 (1894-Feb 1917)
  • B046 Bedford County, TN Probate Records Administrators and Executors Bonds and Letter Books 5-6 (Mar 1917-Mar 1936)
  • B047 Bedford County, TN Probate Records Administrators and Executors Bonds and Letter Books 7-8 (Mar 1936-Feb 1953)
  • B048 Bedford County, TN Probate Records Administrators and Executors Bonds and Letter Book 9 (Feb 1953-Apr 1960)
  • B050 Bedford County, TN Probate Records Administrator and Executor Settlements Books C-D (Nov 1885-Jan 1910)
  • B051 Bedford County, TN Probate Records Administrator and Executor Settlements Books E, 1-2 (Aug 1904-Feb 1955)
  • B052 Bedford County, TN Probate Records Administrator and Executor Settlements Book 3 (Feb 1955-Apr 1963)
  • B053 Bedford County, TN Probate Records Misc. Automobile Registrations (Jul 1910-Nov 1915)
  • B054 Bedford County, TN Probate Records Claims against Estates (Oct 1921-Dec 1923)
  • B055 Bedford County, TN Probate Records Conservators Bond Book 1 (Jun 1954-May 1965)
  • B056 Bedford County, TN Probate Records Guardian Bonds and Letters Book A-C (Nov 1869-Dec 1894)
  • B057 Bedford County, TN Probate Records Guardian Bonds and Letters Books D-E (Dec 1894 – Nov 1930)
  • B059 Bedford County, TN Probate Records Guardian Settlements Books C- D (Oct 1879-Apr 1892)
  • B079 Bedford County, TN County Court Minute Book A-B (Jan 1863-May 1869)
  • B099 Bedford County, TN Probate Records Wills and Inventories Books A-B (Sep 1863-Mar 1878)
  • B293 Bedford County, TN Chancery Court Clerk Enrollments (Jul 1848 – Sep 1851)

Once this process is complete, then I’ll need to do the same for Williamson, since we know Mary F. married there, and probably Rutherford, just because the county courthouse was so close to where this family lived. And maybe in there some place will be that one document a girl needs to prove that she is on the right track….

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