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Joseph RoBards Family

Joseph Robards was born in Goochland county, Virginia, December 10, 1766, and moved with his

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Madisonville, Ky
Clarksville, Miss.
Sorgo, Ky.

mother, in 1784, to Harrod's Station, in Kentucky, then a part 
of Virginia, and near what is now Harrodsburg, Kentucky.  He was 
in the war of 1812 and was a successful business man.  He was 
married to Miss Nancy Harris, September 11, 1806.  To them were 
born the following children:

1.  Joseph Robards, Jr., who died unmarried and was buried in the family graveyard at Hardinsburg, Kentucky.

2.  Elizabeth Robards married Mr. _____ Cowherd.  She died soon 
after marriage and was buried at Hardinsburg, Kentucky.

3.  Eliza Robards married Joseph Wilson, of Hancock county, 
Kentucky.  She died and was buried near Hawesville, Kentucky.

4.  Dr. Zeno T. Robards married Martha McDouell, moved to 
Missouri and died there.  Had two children.

5.  Dr. William H. Robards, a very highly educated physician, a graduate of Philadelphia Medical School.  He located at Henderson, Kentucky, and died there unmarried.

6.  Alfred Robards, who lived on the old homestead near Hardinsville, Kentucky, died unmarried, 1884.

7.  Luther McDonald Robards married Martha Newman of Cloverport, Kentucky, and moved to Arkansas, 1854, and died there, 1876.

 Joseph Robards, born December 10, 1766, died testate, December 5, 1858.  Nancy (Harris) Robards died testate, May, 1862.  They died in Breckenridge county, Kentucky.  See their wills.


Luther McDonald RoBards Family

7.  Luther McDonald Robards was born in Breckenridge county, Kentucky, July 30, 1815.  Died Novermber 15, 1876, in Phillips county, Arkansas.

Martha Newman, born in Breckenridge county, Kentucky, February 15, 1821, died April 15, 1872.  She was a daughter of Obadiah Newman, a native of Virginia and an early pioneer of northern Breckenridge county, Kentucky.  Luther McDonald Robards and Martha Newman were married April 30, 1840.  They lived in Breckenridge county, Kentucky, until 1854, when they moved to Arkansas.

The following are the children of Luther McDonald and 
Martha (Newman) Robards:

1.  Joseph Robards, eldest son, was born February 15, 1841, and died in July, 1863, from consumption contracted during the war and while in the army.  He served about a year and a half in the civil war and fought for the South.  He died unmarried.

2.  William H. Robards, second son, was born November 17, 1843; married Miss Sallie Few, July 20, 1872; she died in 1875.  He married Miss Mollie McConnell of Lee county, Arkansas, in 1876, and to them two children were born, namely:  Ermine Robards, who lived two years, and Horace Scott Robards, born in November, 1885, and died unmarried March, 1908.  William H. Robards died in August, 1888.

3.  Luther Monroe Robards, the third son of Luther McDonald and Martha (Newman) Robards, was born May 15, 185, in Breckenridge county, Kentucky; married his first cousin, Sarah Elizabeth Cooper, of Breckenridge county, Kentucky, Septem-


Vineyard, Arkansas


ber 13, 1866.  He was married at his father's home in Arkansas.  He served three years, two months, and five days in the Civil war; was captured at Port Hudson, Mississippi.  He fought on the Confederate side.  Democrat in politics; lives in Clarksdale, Mississippi. Luther Monroe Robards and wife, Sarah E. Robards, had the following children, namely:
1.  Adlia T. Robards, born November 20, 1869.  He married Miss Hattie Lee Johnson of Wheatley, Arkansas, January 10, 1901.  They have no children.  He is a merchant and lives at Tutwiler, Mississippi.

2.  Alfred Robards was born December 2, 1871, and died January 19, 1900, unmarried.

3.  Annie Eliza Robards, born February 22, 1873, died July 25, 1873.

4.  Mollie Adelle Robards, born July 4, 1874, died September 8, 1876.

5.  Gertrude Robards, born May 8, 1876, died September 19, 1878.

6.  Josephine Feland Robards, born November 12, 1878, married, July 1, 1900, at Clarksdale, Mississippi, to Emory M. Patterson of Meridian, Mississippi.  They now live in Yazoo City, Mississippi.  Have one son, Leroy Robards Patterson, born September 18, 1901.

7.  Miss Lena Gilman Robards, born September 15, 1880.  Unmarried.  Is a stenographer in the law office of Maynard and Fitzgerald, Clarksdale, Mississippi.

8.  Miss Willie Cooper Robards, born September 19, 1882.  Unmarried and is a stenographer in the Planters Bank at Clarksdale, Mississippi.

9.  Jamie Bell Robards, born June 27, 1884, died October 17, 1895.


10.  John Ward Robards, born October 25, 1886, unmarried and lives in Clarksdale, Mississippi.  Is working under the city civil engineer.

 4.  Anna Eliza Robards, the only daughter of Luther McDonald Robards and Martha Newman, his wife, was born March 28, 1848, in Breckenridge county, Kentucky.  She was married to William Harris, in Arkansas, November 14, 1866.  She moved to Pittsburg, Pennsylvania, and died there April 5, 1869.  Had no children.

5.  Obadiah Newman Robards was the fifth child of Luther McDonald and Martha (Newman) Robards, was born July 17, 1871, died January 24, 1889, in Lee county, Arkansas.  He married Miss Carrie Ward, in 1872; had no children.  She died in a short time after marriage, and later he married Miss Ella Holtzclaw of Vineyard, Arkansas, July 7, 1878, and to this union were born six children:

1.  Mary Florence Robards, born October 14, 1879.

2.  Anna Harris Robards, born January 17, 1881.

3.  Carrie Elizabeth Robards, born January 7, 1883.

4.  Henry McDonald Robards, born December 7, 1885.  Died July 16, 1888.

5.  Joseph Ward Robards, born February 26, 1887.

6.  Oba Minnie Robards, born April 1, 1889.

This family are all married, except Oba Minnie Robards,


Tyronza, Arkansas


Tyronza, Arkansas


and live in Arkansas.  All were born in Lee county, Arkansas.

1.  Mary Florence Robards, born in Lee county, Arkansas, October 14, 1879; married Dr. Oliver C. Williams of Houlka, Mississippi, July 25, 1900.  Have three children, namely, Oliver Robards, Robert Henry and Mary Florence Williams.  They live in Tyronza, Arkansas.

2.  Anna Harris Robards, born in Lee county, Arkansas, January 17, 1881; married Thomas C. Wooten, a merchant of Vineyard, Arkansas, November 21, 1901.  They have one child, Thomas Harris Wooten.  They live Tyronza, Arkansas.

3.  Carrie Elizabeth Robards, born in Lee county, Arkansas, January 7, 1883; married January 13, 1903, to Mr. William W. Holhms, a farmer of Vineyard, Arkansas.  They have two children, Hallie Mae and Ella Elizabeth Holhms.  Live near Vineyard, Arkansas.

4.  Henry McDonald Robards, born December 7, 1885, died July 16, 1888.

5.  Joseph Ward Robards, born in Lee county, Arkansas, February 26, 1887; married Miss Anna Howard of Tyronza, Arkansas, May 16, 1909.

6.  Oba Minnie Robards, born April 1, 1889.  Single.  She lives with her mother and a sister at Vineyard, Arkansas.  To her we are indebted for the genealogy of her father's family.

 6.  Alfred Robards, fifth son and sixth child of Luther McDonald Robards and Martha Newman, his wife, was born 1852, in Breckenridge county, Kentucky.  Married Miss Anna Renner.  Have no children.  Live near Sorgho, Kentucky.  He is Democratic in politics.


7.  James Thomson Robards, born in Lee county, Arkansas, July 24, 1859, married Ada Leslie of Breckenridge county, Kentucky, October 10, 1878.  He is the youngest son of Luther McDonald Robards and Martha (Newman) Robards.  Politically, he is a Democrat.  He lives in Madisonville, Kentucky, and is a tobacco dealer.  They have two children, namely:  Bernard Robards, born December 29, 1880, and Lillian Robards, born February 11, 1886.  Bernard Robards married Lottie Seward of Madisonville, Kentucky, April 8, 1903; have two children, Mary Leslie Robards; born February 5, 1904, and Madaline Robards, born August 26, 1905.

To Miss Lillian Robards, a daughter of James T. Robards, of Madisonville, Kentucky, and Miss Willie C. Robards, a daughter of Luther M. Robards, of Clarksdale, Mississippi, we are under obligations for the history and genealogy of the Joseph Robards family and descendants.

Obituary of James T. Robards

The Madisonville (Kentucky) Journal, January 15, 1910, says of him:

J.T. Robards, aged 50, for many years a tobacconist in a number of places in this section of the state (Kentucky), well known and admired by scores of friends for his excellent traits of character, after a long struggle with tuberculosis, succumbed to the disease Thursday, January 13, 1910, at his residence in this city.  He had been unable to attend to business for several months and for the past eight weeks had been confined to his bed.  Although death was but a matter of time the end came a little unexpected.

"Mr. Robards had been in the tobacco business here and at Nebo during his residence in this county.


Madisonville, Ky.


and has bought tobacco all over this immediate section.  He came in contact with many people yearly and with all was considered a friend and admired by them as a fair and square business man and an upright citizen.  He was quiet and unassuming and has that strength of character to mix with these elements that make a most admirable type of manhood.  From 1893 to 1897, during the Cleveland administration, Mr. Robards served as a storekeeper under collector J.D. Powers of this revenue district.

After the term of office expired he entered the tobacco business, which he pursued until physical inability prevented.  He leaves a wife and two children, Bernard Robards, bookkeeper for the Sunset Coal Company, and Miss Lillian Robards, who is bookkeeper for the Municipal Light Company.  The funeral of Mr. Robards was held at the family residence (January 14, 1910), Rev. A.D. Litchfield officiating.  The body was buried in Odd Fellows cemetery.

Another Pioneer Gone
[Joseph ROBARDS]

Editor Louisville Courier:

Death has claimed another of the old pioneers of our state.  They are a race of noble men fast passing away.  Their death should be chronicled with pious care, and their histories treasured up in the hearts of their countrymen.
"Art is long, and time is fleeting,
And our hearts, though stout and brave,
Still, like muffled drums are beating,
Funeral marches to the grave."

 We fear that in this age of hurry and progress, the early history of the country the history of our


champions, whether in court, in camp, or in the walks of private life are too much neglected.  And he who shall attempt to write a complete history of this country will find a sad lacking in materials.  In this brief sketch of one of the citizens of this country, Mr. Joseph Robards,

"What histories of toil could I declare?"

Mr. Robards was born in Goochland county, Virginia, on the 10th day of December, 1766, and removed with his mother, in 1784, to Harrod's Station, in the ___ District of Kentucky, then a part of the Commonwealth of Virginia, and near what is now called Harrodsburg, Kentucky.  At that period the whole country was one vast wilderness, with only here and there a station or a settlement; and yet Mr. Robards passed through this wilderness fifty-six times in going to and from the State of Virginia.  Returning from that state on one of those toilsome journeys, about the latter part of the year 1797, Henry Clay, then in the twenty-first year of his age, came to Kentucky in company with Mr. Robards, spent several days with him at his mother's house, and then proceeded to make his home at Lexington.  This was the first visit of the great statesman to Kentucky.  Mr. Robards was a devoted friend of Mr. Clay's, and to the principles he advocated, to the day of his death.  He was emphatically an Old Line Whig until the advent of the American party and the disruption of the Whig party, from which time he voted with the Democrates, and upon the new issues was anxious for their success.  His ideas of a pure Democrattic government were based upon the policy of the old Whig party, and in his last illness he expressed himself to his physician, Dr. S.B. Abell, that this


country might forever have a Democratic government.

He lived through a long and eventful period in the history of this country in the history of the world.  He voted for Washington at his first election in 1789 being then about twenty-three years of age for Buchanan in 1856, and at every other presidential election, embracing a period of sixty-seven years.  This is a long political struggle; and we have had warm contests in every Presidential canvass since the second election of Washington, and yet he was in and through them all.  Fifteeen Presidents of these United States, thirteen of whom were elected to that office, Washington, John Adams, Jefferson, Madison, Monroe, John Q. Adams, Jackson, Van Buren, Harrison, Polk, Taylor, Pierce and Buchanan.  Upon the death of Harrison, Tyler succeeded him, by virture of his office as Vice-President; and Filmore succeeded Taylor by the same authority.  Many times during this period the Union seemed to be on the point of dissolution, and every patriot felt for his country.  But when his eyes were turned to behold for the last time the sun in heaven, their last feeble and lingering glance beheld the gorgeous ensign of the republic, now known and honored throughout the earth, still full high advanced, its arms and trophies streaming in their original lustre, not a stripe erased or polluted, nor a single star obscured.  So may it be when we die.

Mr. Robards was married to Miss Nancy Harris, near Harrodsburg, on the 11th day of September, 1806, removed to this county, Breckenridge, in 1808, lived near Stephensport eight years, and since that time on the farm near Harrodsburg.  He departed


this life on the 5th of December, 1858, at his residence, in the ninety-second year of his age.  Mrs. Robards, two sons and two daughters, still survive him.  His faculties were unimpaired to the last.  He was an indulgent husband, father and master; just in all his dealings, temperate and frugal in his habits, preserving through life much of the type of the olden time a free unfettered race.  He was hospitable and kind without ostentation, as the writer of this article well knows, having received many proofs from himself and family.  Like many others in Virginia at that early period, he had been raised up in the established church, the Church of England, and still adhered to that faith, though he was not a communicant, that church not having ever been established or instituted in this community.  He was buried on the 7th day of December and the Rev. James Tayor, of the Methodist church, read the beautiful and impressive service of the Episcopal church.  We laid him gently down under his own forest tree, near the home he loved so well, where he had lived for more than fifty years, and

"Here the lamented dead in dust shall lie,
Life's lingering languors o're, its labors done;
Where waving boughs, between the earth and sky,
Admit the farewell radiance of the sun.
And here the impressive stone, engraved with words
Which grief sententious gives to marble pale,
Shall teach the heart; while waters, leaves and birds,
Make cheerful music in the passing gale."
Harrodsburg, Kentucky, December 15, 1858.

Will of Joseph RoBards

I, Joseph Robards of Breckenridge county, Kentucky, being old but of sound mind and disposing memory, do make this my last will and testament, hereby revoking all former wills by me made.

Section 1.  I devise to my wife absolutely, six negroes, viz.: Judy, Malinda, America, Margaret, a man Clayton, and a boy named Davy also a claim I have on the United States Government for 1,000 acres of military land or whatever may be got in lieu of it, to dispose of as she pleases, including the future increase of said slaves.

Section 1.  I also devise to my wife (Nancy Robards), for and during her life, the following property, viz.:  The farm on which I reside, and the tract of land containing about 5-14 acres, all my stock, farming utensils, debts due me personally, except such as I may specifically devise in this will to others; also the following slaves, viz.:  Bob, Buck, Marriah and Crecy, and at her death these four slaves and their increase in future to be sold or divided into five equal parts.  To Alfred Robards, Eliza Willson, Luther Robards, and Elizabeth Cowherd each one-fifth and the fifth part to the children of Zeno Robards, deceased.

Section 3.  I will and devise (to take effect at my wife's death) to my son, Alfred Robards, the tract of land above divided to his mother for life conveyed to me by three separate deeds, by Edwards, by Farrot and by Beavin, making in all about 5-14 acres, which deeds are here referred to for a full description.

Section 4.  I will and devise to my daughter, Eliza Wilson, the sum of $200.00, two hundred dollars, to be paid out of my personalty after the death of my


wife.  This I give her to make the negroes I heretofore gave her equal in value to those given to her sister, Elizabeth Cowherd, the slaves heretofore given to Eliza Willson are Patty, Kitty and Harriet, which gift I hereby confirm.

Section 5.  I devise to my children, Luther and Alfred Robards, Eliza Willson and Elizabeth Cowherd, each an undivided 1-4 part of 1,000 acres of land in Callaway county which I have conveyed to them, which I hereby confirm,  I have also conveyed to Elizabeth Cowherd the slaves herein devised to her with some other personal property and give the same into her possession, which I hereby ratify and confirm, my said daughter is to make no charge for the hire of said slaves or be charged for board, etc., while she remains in the famly.  I devise that no appraisement of my estate be made until after my wife's death.

Section 6.  I have heretofore conveyed to my son, Alfred, a tract of land on the Tar Fork of Clover and now devise to him two beds, bedsteads and furniture, my desk, one dining table and cupboard, two cows and calves and twenty head of sheep, but not to be taken until after this mother's death unless she consent to it.

Section 7.  At the death of my wife the whole of my estate not herein divided is to be equally divided among all my children, the children of Zeno Robards, deceased, to take but one share in place of their father, and his children are not to be charged for raising or board while they live with me or my wife, I consider in this will I have done justice to my wife and children, taking in consideration what I have done for them heretofore.


Section 8.  I hereby authorize my wife if she deem it right to sell and convey the home farm devised to her for life and then to Alfred Robards by and with the consent of Alfred, in that event Alfred is to have the proceeds of the sale subject to his mother's use of it for life.

Section 9.  I hereby constitute and appoint my wife Nancy Robards my executrix with full power to carry out the provision of this will and as I am not in debt request the court not to require security of her.  After the death of my wife if Alfred is living with her he is to have the provision on hand, finish the crop, and have half of it for the support of the family and hands.

Witness my hand and seal this 2d day of September, 1854.  Signed, sealed and published before J. Jennings, Wm. Moorman, W. Hussley.
This is entered as a codil to my last will and testament:  it is My will and desire that after the death of my wife Nancy Robards that my son Alfred Robards shall have all of my stock of every description except one mare colt which I give to my daughter Elizabeth Cowherd and I also devise to Alfred Robards all of the farming utensils and wagon and one half of the kitchen furniture and also one half of the present year's crop of tobacco, and the other half of the tobacco and all of the grain raised on the farm to my wife.  The request is made to my son Alfred in 
consideration of his remaining with and taking care of his mother.

As witness my hand this 5th day of December, 1858.  Witness Nathan Board, Samuel B. Abell, Louis Ichenhauser.


Kentucky, Breckenridge County, Sct.
County Clerk's Office, December 20th, 1858.

The foregoing will was this day produced in court, duly and legally proven, and to be recorded.  The said will being proven by the oaths of J. Jennings and Morris Hussley subscribing witnesses thereto who made oath that the testate signed and acknowledged said writing to be his last will and testament in their presence and in the presence of Wm. Moorman and other subscribing witness that the said Moorman signed it in their presence and that they signed it in the presence of each other in the presence of the testator and that they believed the said testator to be of sound mind and disposing memory. 

Attest F.M. Jolly, Dp. clerk.
  Also the foregoing codicil was on the same day and at the same time produced in court and duly and legally proven by the oaths of Natan Board and Samuel B. Abell subscribing witnesses thereto who made oath that the testator signed it in their presence, by making his mark and that they signed it in his presence and in the presence of each other and that they believed him the said Robards to be of sound mind and disposing memory, the said codicil was at the date thereof declared to them by the testator to be a codicil to be annexed to his last will and testament which was ordered to be annexed an ordered to be recorded accorrdingly. 
Att. F.M. Jolly, Dp. clerk.
A copy attest,
Geo. W. Jolly, Clerk.

Will of Nancy RoBards.

I, Nancy Robards of Breckenridge county, Kentucky, being sound in body and mind do make and ordain this my last will and testament.

1.  I devise and will to my son Alfred Robards the following slaves viz. America, Davis, Fredreck, Harret, and Ben.  He is also to have choice of two others Malinda or Clara and Margarett and Green, this choice to be made after my death, I also devise to him the increase of all said slaves after this date.  The other two slaves left after his choice with their future increase I intend for the benefit of Luther Robards, but as they are unwilling to go south to live I wish my executor to sell them here to good masters and pay him the proceeds of sales, as I devise the same to him, I also charge the support of old Judy on Alfred Robards to whom I devise her for that purpose.

I have debts due me and money to the amount of about $1300.00 out of which I make the following devises:

2.  I devise to Eliza Wilson a note I have on her husband and Alfred Robards for about $102.00 and interest ammounting to over $200.00 and hereby release the payment of said note, I also devise to her the sum of one hundred dollars in cash to be paid by my executor to be paid out of said fund.

3.  I gave to my son Luther Robards some time ago the sum of three hundred dollars which gift I hereby confirm, and devise to him out of the share fund the sum of four hundred dollars to be paid in like manner.

4.  I devise to the children of Zeno Robards decd. one hundred and fifty dollars each, to be paid in like manner.


5.  I devise the residue of said sum and whatever else I may have to Alfred Robards, if said sum should be lost the said money devised are not to be paid out of other legacies but are to lose of said sum full short proportioned according to the amount.

I hereby appoint Alfred Robards executor of this my last will with full power as such to carry out this my last will, in witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand this 27 day of February 1862, in presence of J. Jennings, William Miller Jr. 

-I make and ordain this as a codicil to the foregoing will and make the following alterations, in the first clause of said will I devise Alfred Robards two of four slaves, his choice to be made after my death, in lieu of that devise, I now devise to said Alfred two of said absolutely, viz. Margarett and Green and their future increase forever, the other two slaves to be disposed of for the benefit of Luther Robards as stated in said first clause.

In the second clause of the above will I devise to my daughter Eliza Willson the sum of $100.00 in cash, that clause is hereby revoked and set aside, in the 4th clause of said will I devise to the two children of Zeno Robards dec'd the sum of one hundred and fifty dollars each which I hereby reduce and change to one hundred each instead of $150.00 each as stated in said will.

7.  I hereby will and devise to my grand-daughter Eaun Robards the sum of one hundred dollars.

6.  I hereby will and devise to my grandson Wm. Robards out of said $1300.00 fund the sum of three hundred dollars.


8.  I give and devise to my grandson Joseph Robards, a good horse to be paid him by my executor.  The above devise for money is to be governed and controlled by my said will as to the falling short or loss of said $1300 and in case of loss to share prorates.  It is distinctly understood that in case of said sum or any part of said sum be lost those money legatees are to be paid out of said sum only.

Witness my hand this 28th day of May 1862, signed sealed and delivered in presence of J. Jennings, William Miller Jr. 

-I certify that the above is a true copy of the will of Mrs. Nancy Robards dec'd, 
Att. G.P. Jolly clerk.
These wills were furnished me by Miss Lillian Robards, of Madisonville, Kentucky.

Some Old Letters.

A copy of a letter written to Joseph Robards by John B. Thompson.

Frankfort Ky. 20th Dec. 1829
Joseph Robards Esq.

Dear Sir.  I rec'd yr note by Maj Sterret.  I am unable to give you any particular information in relation to you or yr brothers about Clover Bottom, or Armstead claim land I can only respond to yr general enquiry that I have heard you had such claims your brother I presume can give you the information you desire if you will inform what it is.

Benj Harden Esq tells me that the deed which was sent up a year or two ago for your brother G. to execute for a piece of land which you sold Harden


was intertined by me (under your brothers orders) so as to make it peerport to embrace all the land, which you had saved also tells me that he intends and will give you a writing correcting the mistake I would advise you, when Mr. Harden comes to yr court to get him to execute such writing and have it recorded for fear after you and he, may both be taken out of this world, some difficulty may arrise, about it among those who may follow you.

Buckner is nominated Judge I have no fear of his passing Maj Sterrett will give you all passing new your relations in the will my respects to your lady. 

A copy of a letter to Joseph Robards, from George Robards, dated Harrodsburg, Ky., Feb. 16th, 1812.

D. Brother I will be short in the first place, I have sold your part of land on with the other legates, which: in $13.33cts. in the next place I have drawn, for you two negroes, belonging to the estate of my mothers estate, $523. was said to be her part agreeable to the judgment of Gideon Higgins George Bulcher and Buckner Miller.  I have seen my brother Jesse and he is so surprised that he tells people that the division shall not stand and will try to have the division over wy (sic) fathers estate.  Why to bring all into confusion and if this is the case you and Lewis Robards, will have to return the negroes of my mothers estate for I cannot store the property that I furnish her with as to good.  The negroes are marked and you must come up and do something with them and collect $77. from the legatees to pay the balance to the others which was valued to $77. more than our part.  I send $20. Bank-note on the bank of Russelville as I can't get no other.


On the back of the letter was the following:

Received the within $20.00.
Also $77.00 due the legatees.

The letter was written, folded, and sealed with sealing wax as envelopes were unknown, on the back was the address 

Mr. Joseph Robards
Breckenridge county,
State Kentucky.
Letter written to Joseph Robards by George Robards.

Mercer County, Novenber 10, 1821.

I have Rec'd two letters from- you I- have answered them by post, I do not no how to be more fully understood; than I have informed you, I stated in the first place that David Bayster had been out, and seen the land, or lands, watter; and in his opinion it would not be advisable; to attempt; to a division in the land, for said Bayster assigns his reason in the same as Archabald told you, that there was, only about 200 acres of land fit for cultivation; Bayster offered his claim for what he gave; to me or, N. Curd, Curd consulted Aarcher on the situation; and I, believe told what he has told you with respect to the land, South of Tennessee; I can only say that I have done all in my power, having no papers to justify myself more than I have done whether it is surveyed or not I cannot tell; I wrote to Major Crougham; and he wrote back, I sent a copy of Crougham letter to Sam McKee; by David Bell, which Bell informs me he gave it to David McKee, brother of Sam McKee who was one of the Dupety Surveyors; as to the direct Tax, I have paid and can only say that Wm Harden is in possession by the collection of Lexington: I wrote to you to have


suit brought against Joseph Lewis in my name for the Division of our part of land, Stating we had lost part of Land and perhaps might loose the whole, and that I had expended about $300, to adjust the claim for the heirs of Wm Robards, which I failed in geting the decree of court of appeals, I have lost all my young negroe women, I can only say with old David, I am determined to go on my own way; all the negroe women that I own, is old Hannah, Fanny, and Libbia, none else, as God is in heaven; I want to see Brother Wiliam to make a settlement about the cost of the Suitt, he would not settle unless he knows how much land you sold and what you got for it I produced my paper you sent by Archer and your letter to me, I told him that you never sent me onne dollar.  The letter was before him, I send you two kinds of Tobacco seed the one Little Fresuk and the other Big Boram, each Bagg of seed has the name of the kind of Tobacco written on a piece of paper. David Bayster has all the Paper Respecting the place Warter Lands, Jesse assigns to me 400 acres, to David Bayster 250 acres, and the ballance to you, and Bayster gave up Jesse Bond, I have done the best for you and myself in that: case; if Bayster fails in getting Deed, we must fail: I am sorry that your wife is in a low state of health tell Nancy not to drink any tea or coffee, but to live on buttermilk and Rye mush the family give their love to you and all the family

The address on back of letter,
Mr. Joseph Robards
Harden county,
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