Sarah Elizabeth Tuck1,2,3

ID# 1915, (1818 - 1882)
FatherDr. Davis Green Tuck4,5,6 (30 Dec 1793 - 3 Feb 1863)
MotherElizabeth M. Toot5,7,6 (26 Nov 1800 - 29 Dec 1873)

Key Events:

Birth: 14 Dec 1818, Halifax Co., Virginia8,9,10
Marriage: 24 Sep 1842, Christian Co., Kentucky, Quintus C. Atkinson (about 1810 - 7 Nov 1864)11,12,13
Death: 2 Nov 1882, Shelby Co., Tennessee14,15,16
Burial: 3 Nov 1882, Elmwood Cemetery, Memphis, Shelby Co., Tennessee17,18
ChartsDescendants of Dr. Davis Green Tuck
Descendants of David Dutt/Toot
AncestryThe Tuck Family
The Dutt/Toot Family

Copyright Notice

Narrative:

     Sarah Elizabeth Tuck was born on 14 Dec 1818 in Halifax Co., Virginia.8,9,10
     She was probably the female under age 10 listed in the household of her father, Dr. Davis Green Tuck, in the 1820 Federal Census of Marseilles, Halifax Co., Virginia.19 She was probably the female age 10 to 15 listed in the household of her father in the 1830 Federal Census of Halifax Co., Virginia.20
     She moved to Christian Co., Kentucky, with her parents in 1832 or 1833.21,22 She was probably one of the two females age 15 to 20 listed in the household of her father in the 1840 Federal Census of Christian Co., Kentucky.23
     Sarah married Quintus C. Atkinson, son of Thomas Walton Atkinson and Elizabeth Hundley, on 24 Sep 1842 in Christian Co., Kentucky, with Rev. Sam B. White officating.11,12,13

Quintus and Sarah in Memphis --- Text Stolen from ReigelRidge.com !! ---


     Sarah and Quintus appeared on the 1850 Federal Census of Memphis, Shelby Co., Tennessee, enumerated 4 Sep 1850, apparently living in a hotel kept by James B. Ferguson and his family. Quintus was listed as owner of one male mulatto slave, aged 25 years.24,25
     Quintus purchased the property on Poplar St. Blvd, Memphis, that would become the family home on 16 Aug 1857, from the estate of William Lawrence. The property totaled about twenty acres, subdivided into various lots. The main house sat on about nine acres fronting on the main street, with ten smaller lots behind of one-third acre or a bit more each, and additional larger lots behind those. The Common Law Court proceeding for the Lawrence estate was later drawn into question, complicated by the papers of that proceeding being lost or mislaid. In 1872 Sarah, then his widow, obtained a quit claim deed from the Lawrence heirs to quiet the title.26,27
     Sarah was mentioned in the will of Dr. Davis Green Tuck, her father, dated 25 Mar 1861, saying she was already well provided for and was to receive nothing more.28
     She was named executrix and an heir in the will of her husband, dated 7 Jan 1864 in Shelby Co., Tennessee. He left her their home on State line road with 20.35 acres and all the furnishings, fixtures, carriages, etc; the brick store adjoining Madison St. and Front Row; and $10,000.29

The Fatal Trip to Montreal --- Text Stolen from ReigelRidge.com !! ---


     In Oct 1864 Sarah and Quintus undertook a trip to Montreal, Canada. In Louisville they encountered her sister, Martha, who was there as part of a bridal trip for their brother Richard, and persuaded her to join them. They reached Chicago, where Quintus became ill, developing into pneumonia. Three weeks later, on 7 Nov, he died. Because his remains couldn't be carried safely though military lines, they left his body in a vault at Cave Hill cemetery in Louisville while Sarah and Martha returned to Christian Co., the family home.30
     After spending six weeks with their mother, Sarah and Martha returned to Sarah's home in Memphis, accompanied by their brother Paul. He stayed only a few weeks before leaving, over their objections, moving to Louisville, leaving them "without a protector." They had intended to stay in Memphis only long enough for Sarah to "dispose of her property advantageously," but with the extent of her late husband's estate, and no doubt complicated by the War and subsequent occupation, settling her affairs would take years.31

Attracting Her Siblings to Memphis --- Text Stolen from ReigelRidge.com !! ---


     Martha and Matthew Lyddall Bacon had been engaged to marry before she had accompanied her sister to Memphis. They had not expected to marry until she became of age, but Sarah was anxious to have someone to manage her business affairs, and urged them to marry and live with her. He was then in business in Evansville, Indiana, and was not anxious to move to Memphis, and neither of them "desired to live south." Nevertheless, after Martha had been living in Memphis from Jan to Oct 1865, in what she later described as "a life of much sacrifice and loneliness, as we were cut off from both the city and neighbors by military lines established near the gate," they did marry and agreed to live with Sarah.32
     On 18 Feb 1868, two weeks before he declared bankruptcy, Paul transferred title to lot #1 in Turley subdivision, on Linden St. in Memphis, to his sister Sarah. According to the deed this was in accordance with an agreement signed 24 Nov 1866, and that she had provided the purchase money, $3,000, when he originally purchased the property, and that he had held it in trust for her.33 One might be forgiven for suspecting the motivation was otherwise, however. It appears that she returned the east half of the lot to him in a transaction that has not been found, because when she gave him the west half of the lot in Jul 1882, it was described as west of the lot on which he lived. He and his wife were actually living there by 1872, and continued to live there until his death. His wife later testified that Paul had paid $600 or $800 for that lot and Sarah had given him the rest.34,35

Managing Her Husband's Estate --- Text Stolen from ReigelRidge.com !! ---


     Sarah, acting as executrix for her husband, Quintus C. Atkinson, together with Edgar McDavitt and R. W. Clements, continued to manage his real estate interests for some years. For example, on 10 Apr 1868 they took a mortgage from George Weidt on a lot in South Memphis to secure his note for $3,180. On 4 May 1968 they took a mortgage from Michael Larkin on a lot on Vance and Orleans St. along with 16 mules used in his stables on 2nd St. in Memphis to secure a note for $3,100. On 4 Apr 1866 they obtained a judgment from the Law Court of Memphis for $5,307.20 in favor of the estate, and another on 9 Nov 1866 for $7,218.72. In settlement of those judgments they and others received a lot and brick tenement house in Memphis near the Memphis and Charleston Rail Road depot at Adams & High Sts.36 On 6 Apr 1870 they offered a store house on Front St., or Mississippi Row, in Memphis, at public sale. It was purchased by Matthew Lyddall Bacon, husband of Sarah's sister, for $20,000.37
     Sarah appeared on the 1870 Federal Census of Memphis, Shelby Co., Tennessee, enumerated 20 Aug 1870, with her sister, Martha, and her husband, Matthew Lyddall Bacon, and her brother Paul listed as living with her. Frank Benton, who was a trusted employee until her death, and three Black servants, a man and two women, were also listed.38

Disbursing Parts of Her Property --- Text Stolen from ReigelRidge.com !! ---


     In mid 1872, having resolved her title to the home place, Sarah began selling or giving away the lots behind the main house. Some recipients were apparently servants or others close to her. On 6 Jun she sold three larger lots, #12, 13, and 14, totaling about 5 acres, to Angila Bacigalupo in trust for herself and her children John, Charles, Lewis & Rosa, to go to them after her death. The sale price was $3000, with $1000 in cash and the remainder to be paid in three annual installments. On 10 June she sold lot #1 (one-third acre) to John W. Waynesburg for $350, taking back a mortgage on it for $336. On 19 Jan 1874 she sold lot #5 (¾ acre) to Ann Ruschhampt for $1130, with $20 in cash and the balance at $20 monthly at 10% interest. On 7 Oct 1875 she sold lot #11 (one-third acre) to Margaret Kline for $500, with $20 in cash and $20 per month with 10% interest. This lot was returned to Sarah 4 Oct 1880, but the terms are unknown as the deed is now unreadable. On 16 Feb 1882 she gave the same lot to Leah Simpson, wife of Frank Simpson, both colored. The gift was in consideration of Sarah having raised Leah "from a child."39
     Sarah appeared on the 1880 Federal Census of Shelby Co., Tennessee, enumerated 16 Jun 1880. Listed as living with her were her sister, Martha, her husband, Matthew Lyddall Bacon, and their daughter, Elizabeth. Also in the household were her loyal employee John F. Benton, two Black female servants, and the Black child Lee, to whom she would later give a lot.3
     Sarah transferred a part of her home place property to her sister, Martha Washington Tuck. The transfer was made in three parts, with Martha eventually owning a parcel next to and about one quarter the size of the one on which Sarah's home stood. On 1 Nov 1881, Sarah gave Martha a parcel of about 1.4 acres, fronting on Poplar St. Boulevard, for "love and affection" and a nominal $10. On 6 Mar 1882 Sarah sold Martha a parcel to the rear of the previous gift, of just under one acre, for $350. Finally, on 28 Aug 1882, Sarah gave Martha a thirteen-foot wide strip of land lying between the parcel originally given and Sarah's home, which Martha had wanted so she could place some shade trees there.40,41
     In Dec 1881, when Sarah's brother Richard was about to lose his homestead in Lafayette, Christian Co., Kentucky, she sent money to purchase the property at the foreclosure sale, and gave it to his wife and daughter.42

The Fateful Will --- Text Stolen from ReigelRidge.com !! ---


     Sarah left a will dated 22 Jul 1882, in which she directed that she is to be buried next to her late husband in their lot in Elmwood Cemetery, then made a series of bequests. She left $500 to Sallie, daughter of her brother Henry. She left $1,000 to Lulie, daughter of her brother Richard, to be held in trust by her brother-in-law, Thomas Herbert Elliott, until the girl married or reached age 21. She left $2,000 each to Narcissa and Elizabeth, daughters of her brother Adam Paul, to be held in trust until they married or reached age 21. Narcissa was also to be given all her silverware which she had not given to others, as indicated by engraving their name or initials on the piece. She left $500 to John F. Benton "in remembrance of his kindness and attention to me in health and sickness," and $1,000 each to the Leath Orphan Asylum, the Womans Christian Association of Memphis, and the Womans Missionary Society of the Methodist Episcopal Church South. All the rest of her estate, except clothing and furniture, was to go to the College of Bishops of the Methodist Episcopal Church South for the benefit of the Theological department of Vanderbilt University. This included her residence near Memphis, two storehouses on Front Row in Memphis, and various stocks and securities that remained after paying the preceding bequests. She named her lawyer, J. C. Mills of Memphis, and Rev. Robert A. Young of Nashville, as executors.43,44
     The following day Sarah transferred to her brother Paul the lot adjacent to the one on which he lived on Linden St., Memphis, for the nominal price of $5.45 In the first week of Sep 1882, Sarah gave her siblings Paul and Martha ten shares each Bank of Commerce stock.46

Fading Away --- Text Stolen from ReigelRidge.com !! ---


     Sarah had became ill with cancer in Oct 1881, although not enough to prevent her going about most of her normal activities until Aug 1882. At that point her sister-in-law, Emma Tuck, moved in with her to nurse her full time. Her doctor visited her daily beginning 5 Sep, and occasionally twice a day, through the month of Oct. There several visits including night visits on 1 Nov, the day before she died.47,48
     Several weeks before her death, the doctors had thought she might live only a day or two, and the news was telegraphed to the family. Her sister Virginia arrived from Little Rock with her two children, the youngest just six months old. The children evidently disturbed Sarah, despite the fact that she was occupying the room on the northeast corner of the first floor, and they and their mother were staying in the southwest corner of the upper floor. She ordered them to leave, but the baby had become sick, so his mother asked Sarah's doctor if it was safe to go. He said it was not, and tried to convince Sarah to change her mind, but she did not, so Virginia and her children left that evening. We might speculate that they went next door to stay with her sister Martha.49
     Sarah died on 2 Nov 1882, at her residence near Memphis in Shelby Co., Tennessee, at age 63.14,15,16 She was buried, following services at the First Methodist Church, on 3 Nov 1882 in Elmwood Cemetery, Memphis, Shelby Co., Tennessee, in her husband's lot in Chapel Hill section, one of the oldest in the cemetery.17,18

Probating Her Will --- Text Stolen from ReigelRidge.com !! ---


     Her will was probated on 8 Nov 1882 in Shelby Co., Tennessee, Probate Court.43 An Inventory of Personality (personal, as opposed to real, property) filed 15 Dec 1882 lists $558 in cash, bank notes for payment of rent on her two buildings on Front Row through 1 Sep 1883 for $1,400, two bonds of the Publishing House of the Methodist Episcopal Church South totaling $200, and four shares in West Tennessee Oil and Mineral Company. There were also nearly 100 notes from individuals dating from as early as 1871, many from her sale of lots behind her home on terms of $25 per month. They had a face value of over $3,000, but many were well past due. However the real estate, consisting of the two buildings downtown, her large home and surrounding lots, seems to have been quite valuable. The total value of the estate was estimated at about $65,000.50,51
     With insufficient cash on hand to satisfy the specific bequests of her will, on 28 Apr 1883 her executors and all the "surviving bishops" of the church sold her home to Lizzie A. Hunt. On 13 May the same year they sold the six remaining small lots to the rear of her home to Matthew Lyddall Bacon, the husband of her sister Martha. When Mrs. Hunt and Matthew tried to sell their purchases two years later quit-claim deeds were obtained from all her surviving siblings and their spouses, and the children of her deceased siblings, in order to clear the title because of the contest to the will that had been filed in the meantime.52

The Will Contested --- Text Stolen from ReigelRidge.com !! ---


     On 20 Oct 1883 a petition was filed in Probate Court, Shelby Co., Tennessee, contesting Sarah's will. The contest was filed by Malcom M. McNeill, Flora Rivers McNeill, John P. Caruthers, Thomas Henry McNeill, Benjamin Franklin McNeill, Rivers McNeill, Ellen Meshew McNeill and John Boddie Crudup, the surviving sons, daughters, and their husbands of her deceased sister Rebecca; her brother Richard Watson Tuck, and Elizabeth Mariah Tuck and Thomas Herbert Elliott, her sister and her husband. The contest was based on the grounds that she was "of weak mind" when she made the will, and was "unduly influenced," a standard basis for such claims. After the executors made the customary responses, the case was sent to Circuit Court 9 Feb 1884 to determine the validity of the will.53
     While the contest of the will was working its way through the courts, the executors continued to manage the estate. On 27 Nov 1883 they filed their annual statement. They had collected $16,000 for sale of the Sarah's main home, including two notes from the buyer for $5,333.33 each, and $1000 from M. L. Bacon for the six small lots he had purchased. They had reclaimed and sold the lot purchased by Anna Rushaupt to collect her unpaid notes, since she had been dead for several years and left no estate to pay the notes. They collected $325 of the $617 due from Angelo Bacigalups, and collected $1,880 in rent for the buildings on Front Row. They reported $4,260 in expenses, taxes, and claims, leaving a balance on hand in cash and notes of $16,768. They declared a number of claims worthless, including 45 notes totaling $1,125 because the contract for which they had been written had been cancelled and abandoned, a note from 1871 for $118 because the issuer had moved to Chicago and then died, an 1874 note for $100 and five notes totaling $125 all bared from collection by the statute of limitations, and the four share of stock in the West Tennessee Oil and Mining Company.54
     In their 28 Nov 1884 annual statement the executors report collecting over $22,000 dollars, including over $1,600 by sale of land belonging to her husband's estate which had been overlooked until then, payment of one of the notes by the purchasers of Sarah Elizabeth Tuck's home, and $3,360 in rent for the buildings on Front Row. After about $1,600 in expenses, there was a balance in cash and notes of nearly $20,500.55 The 20 Nov 1885 statement of the executors reported receipts including interest on the remaining note from the sale of the home and rent on the downtown building, and $2,950 in expenses, leaving a balance on hand of just under $21,500 in cash and notes.56
     The contest to the will was tried before a jury in Shelby County Circuit Court in early 1885. There was extensive testimony from over 40 witnesses, including several of her siblings, neighbors, servants, doctors, lawyers, and others. The contestants' witnesses portrayed her as very sickly in her final year, unable to remember details, and influenced by Bishop McTyiere to leave her assets to the Church after long promising them to her relatives. Apparently in an effort to show her diminished mental state, they made much of her treating Leah, daughter of a one-time Black cook and described as disobedient and "a bad girl," as a member of the family. In the same vein, they discussed at length her support of her long-time employee, Frank Benson, and especially her "improperly" having him sleep in her room during her final illness. He testified he was there to keep the fire and break the ice for her medicine. The executors' witnesses portrayed a woman in possession of her facilities until her final days, who had long expressed the intent to carry out the wishes of her late husband, the source of her assets, to leave the bulk of it to the Church, and who did so after making gifts to of those of her siblings who were in need. The jury evidently agreed with them, rendering a verdict on 7 Feb 1885 that upheld the will.57,58

The Contest Resolved --- Text Stolen from ReigelRidge.com !! ---


     The contestants appealed the decision of the Circuit Court, and the case was heard in the Apr 1886 term of Tennessee Supreme Court. The record of the lower court proceedings forwarded to the appeal court was 1,302 handwritten pages, bound into a volume some five inches thick. It alone cost the contestants $195 to produce. The total record before the Supreme Court amounted to over 1500 pages (in the days before photocopiers). The decision of the Supreme Court has not been found, but it appears it confirmed lower court's decision, as the beneficiaries specified in the will eventually received their legacies.59,58
     The individual beneficiaries finally received their legacies in Jul 1886. The 22 Dec 1886 annual statement of the executors shows that the second note from the sale of the residence was paid, with $1,003 in interest, an additional $92 was collected from Angelo Bacigalups, $1,990 was received in rent on the Front Row building, $147 was recovered from the 20-year old estate of Q. C. Atkinson, and $816 was received in interest on a $14,000 note that was liquidated on 1 Jul. Nearly $4,000 in expenses were paid, and each specified beneficiary received the amount stated in the will, plus 16% interest, and $6,500 was paid for the benefit of the Vanderbilt University Theological Department as the residual beneficiary. Just over $5,750 remained in the estate.60
     The executors filed a petition 29 Dec 1886 asking for $5,000 in compensation for their services, which was approved by the Court. After paying a few minor expenses, there was $539 left, which was paid to Vanderbilt University. Presumably the University also received the two valuable buildings on Front Row in Memphis and any stocks remaining, but no record of those transfers has been found. The estate was formally closed 8 Mar 1887.61

Children:
     Children with Quintus C. Atkinson:

Citations

  1. [S1038] Owen Family Bible, shows name as Sarah E. Tuck.
  2. [S49] Freeman, Family File "David and Deborah.GED," 31 Jul 1998, shows name as Sarah Elizabeth Tuck.
  3. [S393] Sarah E. Atkinson household, 1880 U.S. Census, Shelby Co., Tennessee.
  4. [S2014] Christian Co. Wills S:105-6, shows her as his daughter.
  5. [S1038] Owen Family Bible, lists her among the other grandchildren of Adam and Sarah Toot.
  6. [S393] Sarah E. Atkinson household, 1880 U.S. Census, Shelby Co., Tennessee, shows Mattie as sister of Sarah.
  7. [S1227] Deed Books, Shelby Co., Tennessee, , bk 139 pp 191-2 Sarah E. Atkinson to Martha Washington Bacon (1 Nov 1881), shows Martha Washington Bacon as Sarah's sister.
  8. [S1038] Owen Family Bible, shows date, with year as 1818.
  9. [S1208] Jas. B. Ferguaon household, 1850 U.S. Census, Shelby Co., Tennessee, shows age 31 and state, as Virginia.
  10. [S2061] Macon, John and Edward Tuck of Halifax County, pg 29, shows year, as c. 1821, county, and state.
  11. [S7393] Marriage Bonds, Christian Co., Kentucky, bk 2, no. 206, Quintus C. Atkinson and Sarah E. Tuck, shows date and officiant.
  12. [S1283] Q. C. & Sarah E. Atkinson family monument, Elmwood Cemetery, has "Q. C. Atkinson and his wife Sarah E. Atkinson" inscribed on the base of the monument.
  13. [S1277] "Died - Atkinson," The Daily Appeal, 3 Nov 1882, shows she was his widow.
  14. [S1351] Atkinson, Shelby Co. Tennessee loose probate records, petition of John C. Mills as executor, 8 Nov 1882, shows date, county, state, and at her residence near Memphis.
  15. [S1277] "Died - Atkinson," The Daily Appeal, 3 Nov 1882, shows date.
  16. [S1227] Deed Books, Shelby Co., Tennessee, , bk 143 pp 518-9 Sarah E. Atkinson to Martha Washington Bacon (30 Aug 1882) and bk 147 pg 121 J. C. Mills and R. A. Young, executors for Sarah E. Atkinson, deceased, to Lissie A. Hunt, dated 28 Apr 1883.
  17. [S4112] Elmwood Cemetery, burial records, 1882 pg 85, shows date, lot 299, grave 7.
  18. [S1283] Q. C. & Sarah E. Atkinson family monument, Elmwood Cemetery, has "Q. C. Atkinson and his wife Sarah E. Atkinson" inscribed on the base of the monument. An adjacent marble grave boarder is inscribed S. E. A.
  19. [S636] Davis G. Tuck household, 1820 U.S. Census, Halifax Co., Virginia.
  20. [S635] Davis G. Tuck household, 1830 U.S. Census, Halifax Co., Virginia.
  21. [S4575] Halifax Co. Deeds, Halifax Co., Virginia, 39:464-5, 13 Mar 1832, shows that both appeared before justices in Halifax Co. on 13 Mar 1832 to certify the deed.
  22. [S4483] Act Passed at the General Assembly of Virginia 1832, pg 307, act passed 12 Dec 1833, regarding John S. Lewellen who had replaced Davis G. Tuck as trustee "he having removed from this state."
  23. [S633] Davis G. Tuck household, 1840 U.S. Census, Christian Co., Kentucky.
  24. [S1208] Jas. B. Ferguaon household, 1850 U.S. Census, Shelby Co., Tennessee, shows Ferguson, with occupation of hotel keeper, with apparently his wife and four children, the Atkinsons, and seven others who seem by their occupations to be employees of the hotel.
  25. [S1209] Q. C. Atkinson, owner, 1850 U.S. Census, Shelby Co., Tennessee, slave schedule, listed immediately preceding Atkinson are 11 slaves belonging to the U. S. Hotel.
  26. [S1227] Deed Books, Shelby Co., Tennessee, , bk 87 pp 321-2 Francis Radford formerly Francis Lawrence, Lucinda McGain formerly Lucinda Lawrance to Sarah E. Atkinson (4 May 1872), quit claim on Atkinson home estate, describes the original proceeding and lost papers, states original decree recorded at bk 30 pg 46; that record appears in the online index but no image is available.
  27. [S1227] Deed Books, Shelby Co., Tennessee, , Plat bk 1, pg 132, Sarah Atkinson Home Tract, surveyed 30 Mar 1883, shows various lots in tract and their owners and location of main house; acreages computed based on measurements shown on plat.
  28. [S2014] Christian Co. Wills S:105-6.
  29. [S1285] Wills, Shelby Co., Tennessee, 4:32-38, Q. C. Atkinson, 1865.
  30. [S2111] McNeil et al v. Mills and Young, transcript of proceedings of Circuit Court of Shelby Co., 12 Aug 1885, pg 155-6, deposition of Mrs. M. W. Bacon.
  31. [S2111] McNeil et al v. Mills and Young, transcript of proceedings of Circuit Court of Shelby Co., 12 Aug 1885, pg 156-60, deposition of Mrs. M. W. Bacon.
  32. [S2111] McNeil et al v. Mills and Young, transcript of proceedings of Circuit Court of Shelby Co., 12 Aug 1885, pg 157-9, deposition of Mrs. M. W. Bacon.
  33. [S1227] Deed Books, Shelby Co., Tennessee, , bk 66 pp 299-300 A. Paul Tuck to Sarah E. Atkinson (13 Apr 1868).
  34. [S2111] McNeil et al v. Mills and Young, transcript of proceedings of Circuit Court of Shelby Co., 12 Aug 1885, pg 106, deposition of Mrs. Emma W. Tuck, in which she described their home and Sarah's gift, and pg 149-52, a copy of deed dated 23 Jul 1882 from Sarah E. Atkinson to A. P. Tuck, recorded 28 Jul 1882, describes the property as the west half of Lot No. 1 of Turley subdivision, beginning at the NW corner of the A. P. Tuck lot on which he lives, then running along his line, and to the west.
  35. [S4132] Edwards' Annual Director, City of Memphis, 1872 pg 393 shows residence as 291 Linden.
  36. [S1227] Deed Books, Shelby Co., Tennessee, , bk 67 pp 11-2 George Weidt mortgage to Sarah E. Atkinson, exter. and E. McDavill, exter. (10 Apr 1868); bk 68 pp 97-9 Michael Larkin mortgage to Sarah E. Atkinson, Edgar McDavitt, and R. W. Clements, executors (4 May 1868); and bk 68, pp 466-9 P. M. Winters, Sheriff, and D. N. Poston to Edgar McDavitt, Sarah E. Atkinson, and R. W. Clements, excutors for Q. C. Atkinson, deceased, Thomas A. Nelson, executor for John Trigg, deceased, and Henry G. Smith (23 Jul 1868).
  37. [S1227] Deed Books, Shelby Co., Tennessee, , bk 74 pp 573-4 Edgar McDavitt, R. W. Clements, and Sarah E. Atkinson, executors for Q. C. Atkinson, deceased, to M. L. Bacon (27 Apr 1870).
  38. [S605] Sarah Atkinson household, 1870 U.S. Census, Shelby Co., Tennessee.
  39. [S1227] Deed Books, Shelby Co., Tennessee, , bk 87 pp 321-2 Sarah E. Atkinson to Angila Bacigalupo (6 May 1872); bk 86 pp 399-400 Sarah E. Atkinson to John W. Waynesburg (12 Jun 1872); bk 86 pp 400-2 John W. Waynesburg mortgage to Sarah E. Atkinson (13 Jun 1872); bk 102 pp 119-122 Sarah E. Atkinson to Anna Rushhaulpt (12 May 1874); bk 110 pp 272-4 Sarah E. Atkinson to Margaret Kline (7 Feb 1876); bk 134 pp 354-6 Margaret Kline to Sarah E. Atkinson (date unreadable); and bk 140 pp 636-7 Sarah E. Atkinson to Leah Simpson cold (18 Feb 1882).
  40. [S1227] Deed Books, Shelby Co., Tennessee, , bk 139 pp 191-2 Sarah E. Atkinson to Martha Washington Bacon (1 Nov 1881); bk 141 pp 244-6 Sarah E. Atkinson to Martha W. Bacon (13 Mar 1882); and bk 143 pp 518-9 Sarah E. Atkinson to Martha Washington Bacon (30 Aug 1882).
  41. [S2111] McNeil et al v. Mills and Young, transcript of proceedings of Circuit Court of Shelby Co., 12 Aug 1885, pg 202-5, deposition of Mrs. M. W. Bacon, describes the three transfers.
  42. [S2111] McNeil et al v. Mills and Young, transcript of proceedings of Circuit Court of Shelby Co., 12 Aug 1885, pg 221-3, deposition of Mrs. Martha Bacon, shows she said Sarah relieved Richard of a debt in Fayette, Kentucky, at her "earnest persuation," and pg 488-90, cross-examination of Richard Tuck, shows he said his homestead was to be sold in Dec 1881, and Sarah sent money to their brother-in-law, T. H. Elliott, who bought the place for a good deal more than the mortgage, and gave it to Richard's wife and child.
  43. [S1285] Wills, Shelby Co., Tennessee, 8:289-92, Sarah E. Atkinson, 1882.
  44. [S1351] Atkinson, Shelby Co. Tennessee loose probate records, petition of John C. Mills as executor, 8 Nov 1882, shows Robert A. Young as "Revd."
  45. [S2111] McNeil et al v. Mills and Young, transcript of proceedings of Circuit Court of Shelby Co., 12 Aug 1885, pg 149-52, Exhibit A to deposition of Mrs. Emma W. Tuck, a copy of deed dated 23 Jul 1882 from Sarah E. Atkinson to A. P. Tuck, recorded 28 Jul 1882, noted in Note bk 10, pg 45.
  46. [S2111] McNeil et al v. Mills and Young, transcript of proceedings of Circuit Court of Shelby Co., 12 Aug 1885, pg 208-9.
  47. [S1351] Atkinson, Shelby Co. Tennessee loose probate records, claim of Dr. Farzier T. Henning, paid 6 Feb 1883, itemizes visits; Statement of executors 27 Nov 1883 shows payment.
  48. [S2111] McNeil et al v. Mills and Young, transcript of proceedings of Circuit Court of Shelby Co., 12 Aug 1885, pg 110, deposition of Mrs. Emma W. Tuck, describes her nursing duties; pg 112, admits Sarah was conducting her normal activities until Jul 1882; and pg 166-9, deposition of Mrs. M. W. Bacon, states Sarah took ill in Oct 1881, didn't leave the yard after 6 Jul 1882, and was worse after 31 Aug.
  49. [S2111] McNeil et al v. Mills and Young, transcript of proceedings of Circuit Court of Shelby Co., 12 Aug 1885, pg 618-20 and 658-9, testimony of Dr. B. G. Henning.
  50. [S1351] Atkinson, Shelby Co. Tennessee loose probate records, Inventory filed 15 Dec 1882 by J. C. Mills and Robert A Young, approved same date. The personal notes include one by Angela Bacigalups with a balance use of $725, which as to be paid within three years when written in 1872, and 42 notes by Anna Rurckhaspt out of 56 which were to be paid monthly when written in 1874. Petition filed 29 Dec 1886 by the executors requesting compensation, shows estimated total value of estate.
  51. [S1227] Deed Books, Shelby Co., Tennessee, , bk 87 pp 321-2 Sarah E. Atkinson to Angila Bacigalupo (6 May 1872), shows sale price $3000, with $1000 in cash and the remainder to be paid in three annual installments; bk 102 pp 119-122 Sarah E. Atkinson to Anna Rushhaulpt (12 May 1874), shows sale price of $1130, with $20 in cash and the balance at $20 monthly.
  52. [S1227] Deed Books, Shelby Co., Tennessee, , bk 147 pp 121-? J. C. Mills and R. A. Young, executors for Mrs. Sarah E. Atkinson, deceased, and Bishops Hailand M. McTyire et al, to Lissie A. Hunt, dated 28 Apr 1883 (only first page found); bk 160 pp 603-6 A. P. Tuck and wife Emma W. Tuck, R. W. Tuck and wife Eliza J. Tuck, and R. L. Cobb and wife Jennie A. Cobb to Lucy Townsend Williams (16 Jun 1885); and bk 162 pp 45-8 M. L. Bacon and wife Martha W. Bacon, Thomas H. Elliott and wife Bettie M. Elliott, D. G. Tuck, Flora Caruthers, Malcom M. McNeill, Thomas M. McNeill, Benjamin F. McNeill, Rivers McNeill, Frank McNeill and M. E. Crudup to Lucy Townsend Williams (16 Jun 1885), the latter two reciting sale recorded in bk 147 pg 121 and also sale by same parties of lots 4, 6, 7, 8, 9, and 10 to the rear of the main homesite to M. L. Bacon dated 22 May 1883 recorded at bk 151 pg 60 (not found), and that some heirs-at-law were contesting the will but all consent to the sale to Williams; also bk 160 pp 610-7 Lizzie A. Hunt and husband Clarence P. Hunt to Lucy Townson Williams (12 Jun 1885) which recites the same facts adding that disposition of the proceeds of the sale to Hunt pending disposition of the court challenge, and that M. L. Bacon and wife Mrs. Bacon had transferred title of lots 6, 7, 8, 9 and 10 to Hunt by deed dated 10 Jun 1885 (no record found).
  53. [S1351] Atkinson, Shelby Co. Tennessee loose probate records, bond 20 Oct 1883 by Malcom McNeill, et at, for $250, lists all the petitioners; bond same date for $500, lists petitioners but omits name of Rivers McNeill, apparently in error; Petition filed 20 Oct 1883 by Malcom McNeill, et at, list petitioners and give relationship to Sarah, as well as stating cause of action; response of executors 6 Nov 1883 and 24 Jan 1884 claims no evidence was provided in support and does not provide sufficient grounds; and order of Probate Court 9 Feb 1884 transferring case to Circuit Court to try the validity of the will.
  54. [S1351] Atkinson, Shelby Co. Tennessee loose probate records, annual statement of executors filed 27 Nov 1883.
  55. [S1351] Atkinson, Shelby Co. Tennessee loose probate records, annual statement of executors filed 28 Nov 1884, copy very difficult to read, source of several large receipts cannot be made out; Petition filed 29 Dec 1886 by the executors requesting compensation, describes sale of land from estate of Q. C. Atkinson.
  56. [S1351] Atkinson, Shelby Co. Tennessee loose probate records, annual statement of executors filed 20 Nov 1885 Copy very difficult to read; source of large receipts and the total amount cannot be made out.
  57. [S2111] McNeil et al v. Mills and Young, transcript of proceedings of Circuit Court of Shelby Co., 12 Aug 1885, especially the Index, which lists over 40 witnesses, verdict of jury at pg 1290-1, bill of costs at pg 1295. Total numbered pages are 1297, plus cover and four pages of index.
  58. [S1351] Atkinson, Shelby Co. Tennessee loose probate records, Petition filed 29 Dec 1886 by J. C. Mills and R. A Young, requesting compensation be set, describes contest being carried to the Circuit Court then the Supreme Court, and size of record there.
  59. [S2111] McNeil et al v. Mills and Young, transcript of proceedings of Circuit Court of Shelby Co., 12 Aug 1885, pg 121-2, order granting appeal, and pg 1295, bill of costs. Total numbered pages are 1297, plus cover and four pages of index.
  60. [S1351] Atkinson, Shelby Co. Tennessee loose probate records, 22 Dec 1886 statement of J. C. Mills and R. A Young, shows payments of each legacy, with amounts somewhat higher than specified in the will; 12 Jul 1886 receipt by Mrs. Saml Walton for the Womans Christian Association of Memphis, shows receipt of $1,000 and $160 interest from 10 Nov 1883; receipt of Mrs. R. Weahley Brown for Womans Board of Missions, shows same expect interest stated as from 10 Nov 1882; receipts by H. N. McTyeire for the Board of Trustees of Vanderbilt University 19 Aug 1886 and 24 Aug 1886 for $5,000 and $1,500 respectively.
  61. [S1351] Atkinson, Shelby Co. Tennessee loose probate records, Petition filed 29 Dec 1886 by J. C. Mills and R. A Young, requesting compensation; Order of Probate Court 29 Dec 1886 approving compensation; receipt of H. N. McTyeire for the Board of Trustees of Vanderbilt University 8 Jan 1887; Final Statement of J. C. Mills and R. A Young 11 Jan 1887; Order of Probate Court 8 Mar 1887 discharging the executors.
  62. [S1283] Q. C. & Sarah E. Atkinson family monument, Elmwood Cemetery, has inscribed "Thomas Tuck and Arabella West children of Quintus C. & Sarah E. Atkinson."
  63. [S2061] Macon, John and Edward Tuck of Halifax County, pg 29.
  64. [S2111] McNeil et al v. Mills and Young, transcript of proceedings of Circuit Court of Shelby Co., 12 Aug 1885, pg 100, deposition of Mrs. Emma W. Tuck, stating that Sarah had told her that she had two children, and that one was born dead and the other died quite young.
  65. [S2705] Smith, Reported Deaths, The Nashville Christian Advocate, 1847-1849 vol, pg 63, citing 30 Mar 1849 issue, Thomas T. Atkinson notice.