Notes: XII. Widow Mary Becknell

Notes for William Becknell: XII. Widow Mary Becknell

Note 1. Red River County, Tex., Probate Vol. G, p. 127 (Order on Estate of William Becknell, Petition for Letters of Administration, Dec. 29, 1856). The early probate records of Red River County are preserved in bound books whose designations are not entirely chronological. Minutes of proceedings on the estates of William Becknell, Sr., and William A. Becknell, Jr., spanning the years 1856 to 1860 are found in Vol. G [Microfilm #1295743 and 1295744, FamilySearch]. The Final Record of the elder Becknell’s estate, completed in 1860 and replicating many of those entries, is found in Vol. C, “Minutes” [Microfilm #1295742, FamilySearch]. Mary Becknell’s will, filed in 1864, is in Vol. B, “Record of Wills” [Microfilm #1295742, FamilySearch]. An index of the probate records through the 1870s is available in Microfilm #1295742, FamilySearch.

Note 2. Red River County, Tex., Probate Vol. C, pp. 124-26 (Inventory of Appraisers, Jan. 26, 1857; Inventory of Administrator, Jan. 26, 1857).

Note 3. Red River County, Tex., Probate Vol. C, pp. 126-27 (Report Titus County, Feb. 6, 1857; Inventory Additional, Feb. 9, 1857).

Note 4. Red River County, Tex., Probate Vol. C, p. 124 (Bond of Mary Becknell, Jan. 28, 1857).

Note 5. Red River County, Tex., Probate Vol. C, pp. 127-28 (Report of Commissioners, Feb. 24, 1857).

Note 6. Red River County, Tex., Probate Vol. C, pp. 128-29 (Sale Bill, April 2, 1857).

Note 7. Red River County, Tex., Probate Vol. C, p. 130 (Report, Nov. 30, 1857); Red River County, Tex., Deed Book L, pp. 168-69 (William A. Becknell, admin., to Leonard H. Norwood, Nov. 14, 1857).

Note 8. Red River County, Tex., Probate Vol. C, pp. 130-31 (Report of Inventory, April 17, 185).

Note 9. His date of death is stated in his mother’s will. See the page “1862 – Will of Mary Becknell.” For the cause of death, see Larry M. Beachum, William Becknell: Father of the Santa Fe Trade, El Paso, Tex.: Texas Western Press (1982), note 72.

Note 10. Red River County, Tex., Probate Vol. G, p. 269 (Order on Estate of William A. Becknell, Petition for Letters of Administration, March 29, 1858).

Note 11. Red River County, Tex., Probate Vol. G, p. 269 (Orders on Estate of William Becknell, Petitions for Administration De Bonis Non, March 29, 1858), p. 271 (Order on Estate of William Becknell, Appointment of Administratrix, March 29, 1858).

Note 12. Red River County, Tex., Probate Vol. C, pp. 138-42 (Account Current, Feb. 25, 1860 (“Hire of Harve received from the Estate of Wm. A. Becknell”)).

Note 13. Red River County, Tex., Probate Vol. C, p. 131-32 (Report of Sale of Negro Boy, Jan. 31, 1859).

Note 14. Red River County, Tex., Probate Vol. G, p. 312 (Order on Estate of William Becknell, Petition for Partition of Land and Negro, Oct. 25, 1858). The court set aside the initial commissioners report in the October 1858 term. See Red River County, Tex., Probate Vol. G, p. 319.

Note 15. Red River County, Tex., Probate Vol. C, p. 131 (Report of Commissioners, Nov. 30, 1858).

Note 16. Red River County, Tex., Probate Vol. C, pp. 132-38 (Commissioners Report of Division of Land, Jan. 28, 1859).

Note 17. Red River County, Tex., Deed Book X, pp. 534-42 (Commissioners Report, Jan. 28, 1859, filed Nov. 22, 1877).

Note 18. Red River County, Tex., Probate Vol. G, pp. 411, 418, 432, 443, 453 (Orders on Petition to Compel Administratrix to Make Settlement).

Note 19. Red River County, Tex., Probate Vol. C, pp. 138-51 (Account Current, Feb. 25, 1860). The list of Becknell grandchildren in Part III Note 1 includes the heirs of William Becknell’s deceased children named in this document.

Note 20. Red River County, Tex., Probate Vol. C, p. 151 (Voucher No. 22, Nov. 3, 1858).

Note 21. 1870 U.S. Federal Census, Mariposa County, Cal., Dwelling No. 81.

Note 22. 1850 U.S. Federal Census, Lamar County, Tex., Dwelling No. 470.

Note 23. 1880 U.S. Federal Census, San Luis Obispo County, Cal., Dwelling No. 40.

Note 24. Red River County, Tex., Deed Book R, p. 658 (John C. Becknell to John K. Becknell, Marshall M. Becknell, Mary E. [Becknell] Davis, and Badora [sic] [Becknell] Eidson, May 10, 1870).

Note 25. Red River County, Tex., Deed Book M, p. 597 (Mary Becknell power of attorney to Nathan Smith Richardson, Oct. 24, 1860). Richardson may be the physician, born Aug. 24, 1830, whose obituary was published in The Medical Mirror, Vol. VII, I.N. Love, ed., St. Louis, Mo.: Love-Hadley Publishing Co. (1896), pp. 81-82.

Note 26. Mary Becknell to Hannah Evans (transcription), 1860 (approx.), Mary Becknell Papers in Typescript Collection (C995) (microfilm), Vol. 6, No. 158, The State Historical Society of Missouri.

Note 27. Red River County, Tex., Deed Book N, pp. 457-58 (Mary Becknell to Trustees of Methodist Episcopal Church South, East Texas Conference, Dec. 20, 1861).

Note 28. Will of Mary Becknell, Probate Vol. B, Record of Wills, Red River County, Tex. [Microfilm #1295742, FamilySearch], pp. 61-62. A transcription is also available in the Mary Becknell Estate Papers, Typescript Collection (C995) (microfilm), Vol. 17, No. 477, The State Historical Society of Missouri.

Note 29. Mary Becknell’s 722-acre parcel that included the six acres that she deeded to the church was divided into four parcels of 180-1/2 acres each and sold in 1871. See Red River County, Tex., Deed Book R, pp. 624-26 (B.H. Epperson, Executor of Mary Becknell, to William Keith, March 7, 1871).

Note 30. 1870 U.S. Federal Census, Red River County, Tex., Dwelling No. 83.

Note 31. 1870 U.S. Federal Census, Red River County, Tex., Dwelling No. 192. The inference from this document is that James Collins remarried to a woman named Elizabeth by 1869, and, in January 1870, they had a son named Robert.

Note 32. Reuben Reid Gaines (1836-1914) moved to Clarksville in 1866 after briefly practicing law in Alabama then serving in the Confederate Army from 1861 to 1865. He had been a law partner of Benjamin H. Epperson prior to 1871. Gaines spent much of his later life as a judge and was the chief justice of the Texas Supreme Court from 1894 to 1911.

Note 33. Mary Becknell Estate Papers in Typescript Collection (C995) (microfilm), Vol. 17, No. 477, The State Historical Society of Missouri (Martin and Phillis Becknell, Free Colored Persons v. B.H. Epperson, Executor of the Will of Mary Becknell, Deceased, Case No. 3912, Red River County, Tex. (Feb. 21, 1871)).

Note 34. See Note 29 above.