1. William M. or S.1 Alsobrook was born in Tennessee or South Carolina 1831. Birth year provided by information put on the FamilySearch website by Ann Morehouse of Memphis and from the 1850 and 1860 Censuses. According to the 1900 Pike County, Arkansas census, both of Ralph's parents were born in TN. According to the 1860 census, According to the 1860 census, William S was born in South Carolina and Ann was born in Tennessee. If the W. Alsobrook in the 1850 Dyer County, Tennessee Census is our William, it says he was born in South Carolina. I'm thinking that with William dying so young and with Ann being the one to have to remember his birth state, and with her having been born in Tennessee, somehow she decided he'd been born in Tennessee. Or else William thought he was born in South Carolina most of his life, but at some point discovered he was born in Tennessee. Unearthing the 1870 Carroll Parish LA census is the one that points toward the William S. Alsobrook found in the 1860 Carroll Parish census as having been Ralph's father because although the spelling is AlsAbrook this time and William is no longer named head of the household (must have died between censuses), Ann is down as the head and Anne E and William R are still at home along with new family members Ralph (9) and Mary (7). Backing up to 1850, in Dyer County, TN, if W Alsobrooks's wife, Ann, is the same Ann who is Ralph's mother born in Tennessee in September 1830, then W Alsobrooks is William, the father of Ralph. And if W was 20 in 1850 when he appears on the 1850 Dyer County Tennessee census. The ages are compatible. William died December 25, 1862 in Vicksburg, Mississippi, at 31 years of age. Inventory is done for succession in Nov. 1866 and the 1870 Carroll Parish LA Census the youngest child is Mary, age 7, so William must have been alive to father her, leaving a death date of between 1862-1866. This fits with the December 25, 1862 date that Ann's 1892 pension application in Sevier County claims to be his death date. According to the application he died of the flux. Also, Martha Scott Bloodworth remembers her grandfather (John Baxton) telling her that his grandfather died in the Civil War.
He married Sue Ann Snow in Lauderdale TN?, abt 1849. According to the 1850 Dyer County Census, William & Ann were married less than a year at that time. According to those who thought his middle name was Simmons, he was born in Lauderdale County. For now I'll go with that, though I have NO proof the man wasn't dropped on this earth by aliens in a spaceship. I can't seem to get hold of any information related to this William dating before the Dyer County Census.
Sue was born in TN or SC September, 1830. Source: Sep, 1830 given as Ann's birth date and TN as the place as part of the 1900 Pike County AR census. And since Solomon and Susan (parents) are in Giles County in 1830 according to Robert Sage, then I'm "guessing" Sue Ann was born in Giles County. Sue was the daughter of Solomon H Snow and Susan Mitchell.
Sue died After 1900 in DeQueen, Sevier County, Arkansas. Place from Martha Bloodworth. She doesn't have a date though. The place is backed up by the fact that Ann Alsbrook of Lebanon applied for a widow's pension in Sevier County. No date yet on this bit of information but it was on the Rootsweb Sevier County Pensioner's Indigency and Disability webpage.
Sue became the mother of Nancy E Alsobrook in Carroll Parish, LA, Abt 1851-1852. She was 8 years old in the 1860 census.
Sue became the mother of Ann Eliza Alsobrook in Carroll Parish, LA, Abt. 1853 -1854. Anne E. Alsobrook is listed as being 17 in Ann's household in the 1870 census--two above Ralph, who was 9.
At 27 years of age Sue became the mother of William Robert Alsobrook in Carroll Parish, LA, Oct?. 1857. In the 1910 Pike AR Census William R. was 53 years old and in his house was Lula M., 30, and Sam D., 3.
Sue was listed as the head of a family on the 1860 Census in Oak
Grove, Carroll Parish, LA. The following lived in the William S.
Alsobrook household: 1860 CARROLL PARISH LA CENSUS-(Oct?) _ _ _ _ _ _
_ _ _ _ _ _ _ William S Alsobrook 29 M Farmer SC ANN 28 F Wife TN
Nancy E 8 F TN Ann E 7 F AR William R 4 M LA Julia A Feltien
At 30 years of age Sue became the mother of Ralph Capers Alsobrook (sr) in Oak Grove, Carroll, Louisiana, November 5, 1860. Searching the 1860 Census index shows a William S Alsobrook being in "Carroll Parish, Louisiana". Assuming the S was a transcription error, I checked Carroll Parish and determined it is the correct birthplace for Ralph and his siblings. 1900 FEDERAL CENSUS, PIKE COUNTY, ARKANSAS Page 95A HSD/FAM: 88/ 88, in Township: Thompson : Alsobrook, Ralph C. ,H,W,M,NOV 1860,39,M,15,LA,TN,TN. The LA in that listing is Ralph's own birth place. The exact date of November 5, 1860 comes from Martha Bloodworth, granddaughter of John Baxton Alsobrook, Ralph's son. For those who care to know, eventually Carroll Parish was divided and in 1999 there is both an East Carroll Parish and a West Carroll Parish and they are in the extreme NE corner of Louisiana. The parish seat for West Carroll is Oak Grove.
Sue became the mother of Mary McCall Alsobrook in Carroll Parish, LA, Abt 1863. Mary Alsobrook is listed as being 7 years old in Ann's household in the 1870 census--right under Ralph, who was 9.
Sue registered to pay taxes in Carroll Parish, Louisiana, 1865. According to Robert Sage, in a book that lists people who paid tax to the Federal govt to pay for the Civil War, it says that the property of William M. Alsobrook in Carroll Parish paid $1.29 in 1865. Since this is after William died, I have to assume Ann is the one who paid it even though she apparently has not yet filed for the legal authority to do such as that.
Sue was a plaintiff in a court case in Dist. 13, Carroll Parish, Louisiana, September 13, 1866. Ann files for tutorship of minor children of William M. Alsobrook and herself. According to Pauline Mobley, researcher from West Carroll Parish, in Louisiana, this step was necessary for her to have legal authority to handle the property passed on to the children as it always was when a parent died without having left a will. This minor children named are "Ann Eliza Alsobrook, William R. Alsobrook, Mary McCall Alsobrook and Ralph Capers Alsobrook." By the 27th, the District Court has indeed appointed Ann as the children's legal tutor and J. S. Sheppard is appointed the UnderTutor. I wonder if this isn't the husband of one of Ann's sisters. Also, I wonder why Nancy isn't listed since she'd be 14 or 15 at this time. Has she died, or perhaps married and left the household?
Sue was a plaintiff in a court case in Dist. 13, Carroll Parish, Louisiana, January 17, 1867. Petition for the sale of land filed "Jany. 17th. 1867" appears to be the sale of what land was left of that William had purchased before he died, as transcribed by Rosalyn Rutledge Alsobrook: "To the Hon the Judge of the 13th Judicial District of Louisiana in and for the Parish of Carroll. "The Petition of Ann Alsobrook Tutrix of the minor heirs of William M. Alsobrook with respect shows that there is a small piece of land about 160 acres belonging to said heirs & petitioner in community. That the said minors have no money out of which to be supported except their interest in the land above mentioned. That the rents & revenues are totally insufficient for their support and education. "She deems it therefore to her interest & to the interest of said minors to procure a sale of a part say about 40 acres of said land for that purpose and prays that a commission issue to Thos. J. Sage Notary Public & Dy. Recorder to Convoke a family meeting of the friends & relations of said minors, Ann Eliza, Robert, Ralph, & Mary Alsobrook to advise & consider as to the proprietor of selling a portion of the land mentioned in the inventory for the support & education of said minors. "For General relief. Goodrich Pilcher & Montgomery, Att." Two days later, Clerk, J. L. Cheatham, commissions "Thomas J Sage, Dpty Recorder & Notary Public" to convene such a meeting. Thomas is the fairly recent husband (two months married) of Ann's widowed sister, Susan.
Sue sold land January 22, 1867 in Carroll Parish, Louisiana. Book N, page 15: Recorded on Oct. 7,1867, Mrs Ann Alsobrook sold Deed and Mortgage to William Osbon.(sic) The South 1/2 of the South 1/2 of the North East Quarter of Section 27 T. 25 Rl0 East for $400.00 Signed, Jan 22,1867. Ann Alsobrook, William Osburn, James A Mercer, W.H. Holmes, D.M. Candless Recorder, Thomas J Sage Deputy Recorder.
Sue was a plaintiff in a court case in Carroll Parish, Louisiana, January 22, 1867. The family meeting Ann petitioned to have to discuss the possible sale of land is held in the presence of Thomas J. Sage and filed the very next day with the parish clerk, as transcribed by Rosalyn Rutledge Alsobrook: "State of Louisiana> "Parish of Carroll > Be it known that this day in pursuance of an Order to me direct authorizing and requiring me to envoke a family meeting composed of the friends of the minor heirs of Wm. M. Alsobrook dec'd to deliberate and advise as to the propriety of the selling and confirming a Title to a certain tract of land amounting to (40) forty acres situated in the Parish of Carroll sole by the Tutrix of said minors Mrs. Ann Alsobrook all of which is fully set forth in the petition which is hereto attached and made part of this process verbal. "I, Thomas J. Sage, Dept Recorder in and for said parish and State proceeded to envoke a family meeting comprised of the friends of said minors, there being no relatives of said Minors in said parish, composed of Jas. A. Mercer William W. Mercer John C. Snow-relative, B. B. Osburn, Wm. Th. Holmes who after waiving The usual notices required by law were duly sworn as follows to wit "State of Louisiana > "Parish of Carroll > We do each of us solemnly swear that we will in Family meeting (can't read two words) and Truly deliberate and advise upon matters and things touching the Interest of the Minors Ann Eliza Robert Ralph Capers Mary Mcall Alsobrook heirs of William M. Alsobrook Dec'd and give such advice in relation to the sale of certain land in the parish of Carroll by the Tutrix for the Benefit of said minor heirs as will be to their evident Interest and advantage of said minors according to the best of our ability and under standing (sic) so help us God. Sworn to and subscribed to before me in the parish of Carroll State of Louisiana. This the 22nd Day of January A.D. 1867. Thomas J. Sage Dept. Recorder." A five cent stamp is affixed to this document at this point. But the document continues.... "Said family meeting being thus duly Convoked I, the said Recorder proceeded to read to them the petition of Mrs. Ann Alsobrook tutrix by her Atty Wm. F. F. Montgomery explanatory of the object and reasons of this Family Meeting whereupon after were deliberations and consultation, together they advised and recommend as follows. "That in their opinion it will evidentially be to the Interest of said minors to Ratify and confirm the sale of the said land made by the tutrix for said minors and therefore advise and recommend that it be done. "Thus done deliberating and advised at one sitting without turning aside to other matters in Carroll Parish State Louisiana in the presence of Wm. Osburn, Alex ? Tillery, Witnesses of lawful age and domiciliated (sic) in this parish who hereto sign their names together with said members and me deputy recorder on this 22nd day of January A.D. 1867." After the signatures there is a 10 cent and a 5 cent stamp affixed to the bottom of the page. It is worth noting that Thomas writes there are no direct relatives in the parish to be present but he himself is now their uncle through his marriage to Ann's sister, Susan two months prior. And he also puts the word "relative" out beside the name John C. Snow, who has to be the same John Snow who is Ann's brother. Perhaps John is from another parish and therefore falls out of the category of being from that parish. I'm not sure what that was all about. It appears Ann wasted no time making the sale as the papers are signed that same day to sell it to Osburn.
Sue sold land January 20, 1870. "Book N, Page 334: Recorded Jan. 20 1870, Mrs Ann Alsobrook sold to William Osbon N1/2 of S1/2 and NE Quarter of N.W Quarter of N.E.Quarter of Sec. 27 T23 ,Range 10 E., 120 Acres for $400.00 - $300.00 Down rest in payment on January 1, 1871. Signed, Jan. 20, 1870. Witness - J.S. Sheppard, J.S. Sanders. " Later in this same year, Ann purchases 120 acres not far from this. Looks like she took the money from the sale of this land to buy the other later.
Sue was listed as the head of a family on the 1870 Census in Carroll Parish, Louisiana. From 1870 Carroll Parish LA census records: Ann Alsobrook, 38, is now head of the house with 500/528 in property. It lists her as born in Tenn again. Children in her house include: Alsobrook Anne E 17 F W La " William R 13 M W La " Ralph 9 M W La " Mary 7 F W La
Sue purchased land in November 29, 1870 in Carroll Parish, Louisiana. From the East Carroll Parish Courthouse: "Recorded, November 29, 1870. Book N, Page 511. Donaldson C. Jenkins sold to Mrs. Anne Alsobrook SW 1/4 of section 26. Township 22, North Range 10 East, 160 acres, for $400. $300.00 down, $100 due January 1, 1872. 8% Interest. Witness, Thomas A Pulley, J.S. Sheppard, D.C. Jenkins, Ann Alsobrook. T.B. Reneau, Recorder." This appears to be land she bought with the money from the January sale of other land. She eventually sells this land to Warren Franklin in 1880 (see later entry).
Sue was listed as the head of a family on the 1880 Census in Hempstead County, Arkansas. Martha Bloodworth found in this census that Ralph Capers Alsobrook is listed as 19 years old and is living in the house with his mother. On the 1880 census, p. 402, Garland Twp, Hempstead County, AR Ralph C. Alsobrook 29 farmer b LA, father b. SC, mother b. TN Ann " 48 mother TN TN TN William R. " 24 brother LA SC TN Martha remembers her granddad talking about an Uncle "Bob" so it is assumed the R stands for Robert.
A photocopy of the affidavit signed by Ann selling her land in Louisiana.
Sue sold land October 1, 1880 in Hempstead County, Arkansas. It appears Ann sells the Louisiana land she bought in 1870 to Harris Franklin. An affidavit on file in West Carroll Parish that appears to be in her own handwriting as the signature matches the style of the document reads, as transcribed by Rosalyn Rutledge Alsobrook: "State of Arkansas County of Hempstead "Be it Known That I Ann Alsobrook for and in consideration of the total Price and sum of one hundred Dollars cash paid in hand for Warren Franklin a resident of the State of Louisiana of Parish of West Carroll the receipt of which is hereby acknowledged and acquittal granted therefor do hereby grant, Bargain, Sell and deliver with a full garantee (sic) & Warrantee against all Troubles, debts, donations Mortgages for alienations of and find whatever unto the said Warren Franklin, his heirs and aligns a certain tract or portion of land situated in the Parish of West Carroll of State of Louisiana described as the S. W. 1/4 , South West fourth of Section 26 (Sec 26) Township 22 North Range 10 E to have and to hold with all the improvements and (can't read word but it looks like appurte?anes) hereto belonging to his own proper use & behoof forever and will Warrant & defend the likes of said lands forever in Testimony whereof to have hereunto affixed my name & Seal in the presence of the subscribing witnesses on this (looks like 1st) day of October A. D. 1880. Attest Ann Alsobrook" The document is certified by J.B. Powell JP of Hempstead County on the 2nd day of October, 1880 and logged in that same day by the Circuit Clerk, Thomas H. Simms.
Sue applied for a military pension in Sevier County, Arkansas, June 20, 1892. Sevier County, Ar. Certificate of Pensioner's Continued Indigency & Disability List gives this: Soldiers Name : Ann Alsbrook Pl. of Residence: Lebanon. Although I don't understand why the soldier's name would be Ann Alsbrook, I found the above in a listing on the Sevier County GenWeb site as a result of being told by Martha Bloodworth that Ann supposedly died in DeQueens Arkansas. No actual date is given on this web site. Later, from Robert Sage, descendant of Ann's sister, Susan, "I found a book Arkansas Confederate Veterans and Widows Pension Applications by Francis T. Ingmire [an index]. For Sevier County: Veteran's name, William M. Alsobrook; widow's name, Ann Alsobrook. William was in A company, Regiment 31, LA Division, 1862-1862 . He died of Illness 12/25/1862 . Ann submitted her pension 7/13/1892." In 1891 Arkansas began granting pensions to indigent Confederate veterans, Ann applied in 1892 as stated and, according to the papers sent by the Arkansas History commission, she was allowed a $50 pension on March 11, 1901 by the Pension Board for Sevier County. On the application paperwork filled out by the Pensions Board, it states she is incapacitated for manual labor by reason of Nervous Prostration. [Extreme exhaustion from inability to control physical and mental activities] and it is dated June 20, 1892. On the Proof of Service form, signed by the Sevier County, Arkansas Justice of the Peace, J.M. Baker, it has that Ann Alsobrook, widow of William M. Alsobrook, is incapacitated for manual labor by reason of "old age". In an unsigned letter from Oak Grove, La dated simply 4-28 (I assume of 1892). "Mrs. Ann Alsobrook, I received your letter. Some time since tryed (stet) to obtain all the the information that you needed in your case. I saw several of our company . I saw John Riding McKee and Jack Lester, all that they could recollect was that your husband did belong to our com & that he Died. Could not tell the day of his Death nor the day that we were mustered in to Service. I think that that (sic) we were mustered in to Service in May or June 1862 and that your Husband Died in Dec 1862 at Vicksburg Miss. Sorry that I am not able to give you all the information that you need. Our Company was Company A 31 La Regiment Rps ( or Bps?) Andrew Jackson."
Sue purchased land in January 2, 1895 in Sevier County, Arkansas. According to the Federal Land Records, Ann Alsobrook bought land in Sevier County on 1895/01/02. Since George Galloway buys land from this same section on the same day, it is assumed this Ann is Sue Ann Snow Alsobrook. Sec No T R Acres 18 8S 29W 80 A little about Sevier County: it was organized October 22, 1828, formed from Hempstead and Miller Counties. Sevier County was bounded by Hempstead, Miller, Crawford, and the Choctaw Nation in Indian Territory. In 1871, 120 acres of land was donated by the Lockes and Lockesburg became the county seat. The county seat was changed again in 1905. This is the present day DeQueen, Ar. Sevier county is known as "The Land of Lakes", " The Land of Fruits and Flowers" and "The Home of Friendly People". Sevier County has 5 lakes within a 35 mile radius, 5 rivers and mountain streams, and forests.
Sue was listed as the head of a family on the 1900 Census in Thompson, Pike County, Arkansas. From 1900 census archived on the Pike Arkansas GenWeb site. Occupation: "Keep House" (evidenced in 1870 Carroll LA Census). 1900 census has as having 1 child and that one is child alive, but that figure must be related to the household and not her entire life. First mention of her maiden name comes from Martha Scott Bloodworth who remembers her grandfather talking about his grandmother's name being Sue Ann Snow and found one place where the name was written in family belongings. First mention of Ann's parents' names comes from Robert Sage, whose great grandfather married Ann's sister, Susan (Snow). Although I am not sure of the relationship, there was a William P. Snow who was a parish judge in Carroll Parish in the 1840's. He personally appeared with Susan Emily Larche, his wife, age above 21 years old when they appointed Napoleon E. Larche, a resident of Carroll Parish, their true and lawful attorney to sell and transfer Lots land 2, Section 51 T. 21 R. 12E, 236 acres on Bayou Tensas. Susan also had land in Lake Providence, and her husband may have died by 1854 because he was not mentioned in a land transactions after that time. This information comes from Pauline Mobley, historian in Carroll Parish.
William was listed as the head of a family on the 1850 Census in Dyer County, Tennessee. 1850 Dyer County Census, District X. 572 PITTS Alfred 24 M W Farmer X 572 PITTS E. 23 F W X 572 PITTS J. F. 2/12 M W TN 572 ALSOBROOKS W. 20 M W Farmer SC X (m. less yr) 572 ALSOBROOKS Ann 19 F W TN X Dyer County is also where Sue Ann Snow's family lives in 1850. Her father was Soloman Snow. Her mother was Susan Mitchell. A sister was named Susan, too. Ann and William pretty much followed sister Susan and her husband first to Carroll Parish, LA and then the widowed Ann followed sister Susan on to Arkansas.
William became the father of Nancy E Alsobrook in Carroll Parish, LA, Abt 1851-1852. She was 8 years old in the 1860 census.
William became the father of Ann Eliza Alsobrook in Carroll Parish, LA, Abt. 1853 -1854. Anne E. Alsobrook is listed as being 17 in Ann's household in the 1870 census--two above Ralph, who was 9.
At 26 years of age William became the father of William Robert Alsobrook in Carroll Parish, LA, Oct?. 1857. In the 1910 Pike AR Census William R. was 53 years old and in his house was Lula M., 30, and Sam D., 3.
William purchased land in December 17, 1859 in Tiger Bayou, Carroll Parish, Louisiana. Book L, page 36: Recorded April 4, 1860-- James H Mosely and Susan, wife sold to William M. Alsobrook a tract of land situated on Tiger Bayou SE Quarter of the SE Quarter of Section 22 and the N.E. Quarter of the North Quarter of Section 27 Township 23 North Range 10East--79.8 acres for $200.00. Signed James Mosely, Susan Mosely-- William M. Alsobrook-- T.G. Sanders P.H. Sanders. Dated, Dec. 17, 1859.
William was listed as the head of a family on the 1860 Census in Carroll Parish, Louisiana. Microfilm: Carroll Parish, Louisiana 1860 Census "index" lists William S.? Alsobrook (29) of Oak Grove, p. 387. The entry gives this information as to who lived in the household: William S. Alsobrook (29) w. Ann (28), Nancy E (8), Ann E (7) & William R (4). Carroll Parish came to be when the Act for its creation was approved on March 14, 1832. It was formed out of the northern part of the original Concordia Parish created in 1809 and the eastern part of Quachita Parish. In 1877, long after Williams death and probably after Ann had left, the Parish of Carroll was divided into two parishes - East and West Carroll.
At 29 years of age William became the father of Ralph Capers Alsobrook (sr) in Oak Grove, Carroll, Louisiana, November 5, 1860. Searching the 1860 Census index shows a William S Alsobrook being in "Carroll Parish, Louisiana". Assuming the S was a transcription error, I checked Carroll Parish and determined it is the correct birthplace for Ralph and his siblings. 1900 FEDERAL CENSUS, PIKE COUNTY, ARKANSAS Page 95A HSD/FAM: 88/ 88, in Township: Thompson : Alsobrook, Ralph C. ,H,W,M,NOV 1860,39,M,15,LA,TN,TN. The LA in that listing is Ralph's own birth place. The exact date of November 5, 1860 comes from Martha Bloodworth, granddaughter of John Baxton Alsobrook, Ralph's son. For those who care to know, eventually Carroll Parish was divided and in 1999 there is both an East Carroll Parish and a West Carroll Parish and they are in the extreme NE corner of Louisiana. The parish seat for West Carroll is Oak Grove.
William sold land January 13, 1861 in Carroll Parish, Louisiana. Book L, Page 261: Recorded on Feb. 12, 1861, William M Alsobrook and wife sold to Pleasant T. Holmes S. E. Quarter of S.E. Quarter of Section 22, Township 23, North Range 10 East $100.00 Containing 40 Acres William M. Alsobrook. Witness G.A. Christopher. Signed on Jan.13, 1861. Appears he sold nearly half of his land for $100.00 (40 of the almost 80 acres bought in 1859).
William made a donation January 9, 1862 in Tiger Bayou, Carroll Parish, Louisiana. Book L, page 453: Recorded Feb.25,1862, William M. Alsobrook have granted and donated and grant and donate unto William A.Cook, Peter W. Longmire, William Carnaham, School Directors of School District described lot of ground situated in the North West portion of the North East Quarter of Section 27 Township 23 Range 10 East Containing one acre the same on which the school house now stands, said lot to be used for school purposes and when no longer used for said purposes is to revert back to me. William M. Alsobrook Witness James P. Mabane, William W. Rife. Signed, 9th day of January, 1862. Appears William is now down to 38.8 acres of land.
William served in the military in Louisiana, April 12, 1862. Martha Bloodworth remembers the stories that John's grandfather Alsobrook died in the Civil War. Then Robert Sage sent me the following information about an Ann Alsobrook having applied for a widows pension in Arkansas, which he found at the library and could be and probably is Ralph's father. Vet. name William M. Alsobrook widow's name Ann Alsobrook company A regiment 31 Division LA died of illness date 1862 widow's application 7/13/1892 Veteran's death 12/25/1862 Also, from "Records of Louisiana Confederate Soldiers & Confederate Commands". New Orleans, LA:np, 1920, Vol 1, p. 53. --- Alsobrook, William M.,Private, Company A. 31st La. Infty. En. Monroe, La., April 12th, 1862. If the M is a typo this could be the correct William. Monroe is only a few Parishes away. According to Robert Sage, Thaddeus Sanders ( 1st husband of Susan Snow) and William M. Alsobrook both enlisted that same day (4/12/1862) in Monroe,LA in A co, 31 LA infantry. This supports the fact they were brothers-in-law and evidently good friends as well.
William became the father of Mary McCall Alsobrook in Carroll Parish, LA, Abt 1863. Mary Alsobrook is listed as being 7 years old in Ann's household in the 1870 census--right under Ralph, who was 9.
William's will was probated in Carroll Parish, Louisiana, November 3, 1866. An inventory is made of William M. Alsobrook's property for succession. Thomas J. Sage, Deputy Recorder, commissions William Osburn and William H. Holmes to appraise the property and they deliver the following appraisal under oath: "160 one hundred & Sixty acres of land $5. $800.00 "10 Ten head of L stock cattle $7.50 75.00 "14 Head of stock Hogs at $4. 56.00 " One account against Felton? East 74.00 " Household and kitchen furniture 100.00 " $1105.00 "making a total Amount of Eleven hundred and five Dollars." The above is attested to on November 3, 1866. Filed November 13, 1866. Since his death was supposed to be December 25, 1862 according to Ann's Confederate Widow's Pension Application, I have to wonder why it took four years to get around to this inventory? Unless this inventory was put off until it was evident she was going to need one to prove what assets are available for sale when she petitions the court to do just that in January of 1867. Is the open account against what looks like "Felton" the same man living with them in 1860?
FamilySearch IGI Index Record 1903806 has an obvious error in birth place (says Edgecombe, SC and Edgecombe is in NC) and has the birth date as 1831. Gives parents as Micajah Alsobrook and Chloe Simmons (later discounted as being true because of biographies found stating James C and Simmons D were Micajah's only sons). If it were true, and if Williams middle name is Simmons (now thought to be wrong) William's middle name would have given him to carry on the Simmons name in some fashion. Although most evidence points to William's middle initial being "M", I still think this William will tie into this same branch of the Alsobrook family somehow. I think maybe the confusion about the middle name may come from the William Simmons Duggan born about that same time in that same branch of the family. I think my William just might prove to be a first or second cousin to William Simmons Duggan, son of Mary Ann Alsobrook who married James Borrus Duggan (spelled Duggin on his marriage license). How I managed to get off on the wrong track at first, believing his middle name to be Simmons, FamilySearch IGI Index Records gave the name William Simmons Alsobrook for Ralph Capers Alsobrook's father. IGI record number 1761071 also gives Edgecombe NC as William Simmons Alsobrook's birthplace in 1831 and again gives Micajah Alsobrook and Chloe Simmons as parents. The 1860 Carroll Parish, LA census index read the census as William S. Alsobrook and when I looked it up on microfilm I evidently was predisposed to read it as William "S" Alsobrook. That census entry clearly gave the birth place as SC. As did the Dyer County Census, where he's just W. Alsobrook with his newlywed wife, Ann, living in the Pitts household. Problem is the 1900 Pike County AR census says Ralph's father was born in TN, as was Ralph's mother, Ann, who still lived with him as a widow in 1900. The ages of these two match later census information. Another reason I discount Micajah as William's father, when reading Simmons D Alsobrook's bio in "Goodspeed's Biographies of Lauderdale, TN" in that it says Simmons was the youngest of two sons. That indicates he's younger than James Cary, which he was. But it also indicates there was no brother younger than Simmons D. William Simmons would have been a brother younger than Simmons Dozier. Therefore I'm inclined to continue to believe William is not Micajah's son but I still believe will be closely related to him in some way. The first inclination I had that the middle initial might be M instead of S came according to military pension records. At that point, having discovered Ann's full name and that of her parents, I decided if M is his middle initial it may stand for Mitchell because of Ann's mother. Or if he does somehow tie into the same branch Micajah ties into, the M could stand for Micajah, like Simmons Dosier's son's middle initial does.
William M. or S. Alsobrook and Sue Ann Snow had the following children:
2 i. Nancy E2 Alsobrook was born in Carroll Parish, LA Abt 1851-1852. She was 8 years old in the 1860 census.
+ 3 ii. Ann Eliza Alsobrook was born Abt. 1853 -1854.
+ 4 iii. William Robert Alsobrook was born Oct?. 1857.
+ 5 iv. Ralph Capers Alsobrook (sr) was born November 5, 1860.
6 v. Mary McCall Alsobrook was born in Carroll Parish, LA Abt 1863. Mary Alsobrook is listed as being 7 years old in Ann's household in the 1870 census--right under Ralph, who was 9. Mary A. Alsobrook married Owen R. McDaniell in Nevada County on December 10, 1879. County Court Records, Microfilm# 1005243. According to Cemetery Records, Mary Alice Alsobrook McDaniel is buried in the old section of De Ann Cemetery. Her birthdate is about right to be this Mary if the 1870 census was taken in April or early May. Birth: May 6, 1862. Death: March 5, 1946. Owen b. 8-14-59 and d. 4-4-1932. But this Mary A is NOT William's daughter. Her father was named Thomas. According to what Pauline Mobley found in the Carroll Parish records, Mary's middle name is "McCall".
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