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11. John Justice III

Information from:
Thomas Harold Justice
4290 Keheley Drive
Marietta, GA 30066

Information from Alan Lerwick <alerwick@aol.com>

Information from Alan Lerwick <alerwick@aol.com>

This source lists John's birth year as ABT 1760?

This source lists Death location as Floyd Co., KY.

One source lists birth place as Halifax Co., VA. (Pittsylvania Co., was formed from Halifax Co. in 1766.)

One source lists death date as January 13, 1831.

"Thomas joined his cousins, John and Simeon, sons of his uncle John (1725 - 1801) and travelled back to Pike County, Kentucky. (See footnote page 16-A). His cousins John and Simeon had only recently been discharged from the armyin South Carolina."

"In the records of John Justice we find more data, such as the widow, Amy Neal, who he married 26 July 1781 in Spartanburg Co., S.C. He entered the service of the military in June 1777 for three years as a fifer. He was takenprisoner July 1, 1780 at Ft. Rutledge, S.C., but paroled the next day and also discharged on the same day. He lived in Floyd Co., KY. where he died 30 January 1831. His wife Amy's application, dated 23 August 1832, was made in Floyd Co.where she state she was "70 years old April last".

Information from:
Thomas Harold Justice
4290 Keheley Drive
Marietta, GA 30066

"Two sons of John Justice and Mary Sloan were John and Simeon Justice of Revolutionary War fame, where Simeon was a drummer boy and John was a piper at For Rutledge, S.C."

Comment from Michael Justice: "This John and Simeon are variously reported as children of several John Justice's and attached to the the drummer boy and piper story."

This source list the following information:

Revolutionary War Records of JOHN JUSTICE:
Floyd Co., KY. Annals, County Court Book 3:
On the 18th day of September 1820, personally appeared in open court,
John Justice, now aged about 58 years, a resident citizen of Floyd Co., KY.
to take oath that he served in the Revolutionary War. His oath states that he enlisted at Fort Rutlidge in the State of South Carolina on or about the 1st day of June 1777 and served in the company commanded by Captain Tutt and in theSouth Carolina Regiment commanded by General Williamson, in Continental Establishment. He also states that he continued in the service of the United States until about the first day of July 1780. That he was taken prisoner and remainedas a prisoner of war a short time, was paroled by Captain Smith, a captain of the King's Rangers and then discharged from service at Fort Rutlidge by Captain Benjamin Tutt, in the state of South Carolina. He states that he was in theservice 3 years and upwards. That he was in the battle against the indians as set forth in his declaration of the 15th of June 1818 and of the 19th of July 1819. That he served as fifer for the company and was a citizen of the UnitedStates on the 18th of March 1818.

His schedule of ownership as follows:
35 acres of poor hilly land $100.00
4 horses 55.00
15 sheep 22.50
6 hogs 24.00
8 cattle 27.00
11 small cattle 8.00
5 sows and pigs 12.50
9 head of cattle 64.00
household furniture 16.50
No debts owed me $329.50
Debts owed $135.06

His occupation was farming and his family consists of wife Amy Justice, aged about 58 years and one son, Right Justice, aged 17 years.

1810 Floyd Co., KY.
3 m 0-10 1800-10
1 m 10-16 1794-1800
1 m 45-up 1765 or bef.
2 f 0-10 1800-10
1 f 10-16 1794-1800
1 f 26-45 1765-84
9 slaves

1820 Floyd Co., KY.
001111-10101, page 9
1 m 16-18 1802-04
1 m 16-26 1794-1804
1 m 26-45 1775-94
1 m 45-up 1775 or before
1 f 0-10 1810-20
1 f 16-26 1794-1804
1 f 45-up 1775 or before

1830 Floyd Co., KY.
1 m 70-80 1750-60
1 f 10-15 1815-20
1 f 60-70 1760-70

1840 Floyd Co., KY.
Amy Justice
1 f 70-80 1760-70

Amy Neal

This source allows calculation of her birthdate base upon the following quote:

His wife Amy's application, dated 23 August 1832, was made in Floyd Co. where she state she was "70 years old April last".

One source lists Amy Neal's birthdate as 1766 in Spartanburg, S.C.

"She also spoke of the eight children - as follows: Oldest daughter Diadama, b. July 1784; Jonathan the second child was age 53 in 1832 (b. 1786, and lived in Floyd Co. KY. where he signed affidavit regarding his father). James,the next child "if alive" would have been 51 (b. 1788). Amos, another son was in possession of his father's papers (This being the only reference to Amos); the last or youngest child was named "Right", who was born 1802 now age 37. Thislast son was alive at the time of his mother's application."

54. Wright Justice

First name spelled Right or Wright?

This source lists birth year as 1803?

One source lists birthdate as 1801.

1850 Floyd Co, Ky Census #858
1860 Floyd Co., Ky Census #132, Prestonsburg

12. Simeon Justice

Information from:
Thomas Harold Justice
4290 Keheley Drive
Marietta, GA 30066

One source lists birthdate as June 4, 1765, Pittsylvania Co., VA. and died January 16, 1846, Perry Co., KY.

Military Service: Between 177-1789, Drum and Fife Corps. Revolutionary War Pension records W7946. Served during 1777 and 1780 with Captain Tutts South Carolina Co.

"Thomas joined his cousins, John and Simeon, sons of his uncle John (1725 - 1801) and travelled back to Pike County, Kentucky. (See footnote page 16-A). His cousins John and Simeon had only recently been discharged from the armyin South Carolina."

"The third Rev. War reference is for Simeon "a much younger brother to John", born June 4, 1765 Pittsylvania Co. VA. He states his brother, John, died in Floyd Co., about ten years since - sometime around 1822. This informationrecorded in the family bible "the father had, and was left at his death to the mother, who died a few years ago" (before 1832). Simeon had come to N.C. and Rutherford Co., with his dad, John, but in a short time removed to Ninety-SixDistrict in S.C. in which was located Ft. Rutledge. It was here at the Fort that Simeon, older brother John, and John the father, All enlisted June 1, 1777. The two brothers were volunteers under Benj. Tutt, Captain, who paid each ofthem $30.00 in cash as "bounty" or bonus. from Feb to May 1780, they, and a few others, were sent from Ft. Rutledge to Augusta GA.; in June they returned, but as times were "squally" it was thought impudent to discharge men at the Ft.Later however, they were captured by the British and taken prisoners until paroled and discharged on July 2. He was only 12 years old when he enlisted. He and his brother were raised in Spartanburg Co., S.C. and the mother died in S.C.The father too was deceased at time of his application, as stated before.

Simeon was married twice. He lived until 1795 in S.C. then moved to Tenn.; he lived there four years, until 1799, then moved back to Buncombe Co., N.C. After a residence for about eight years, or in 1807, he moved to Sandy River, FloydCo., KY. where he lived when applying for pension. At this time, too, he had a wife, Susannah. When applying, in open court, on Sept 18, 1820, he said he was, for a short time a Pvt. and then a drummer in the regiment of Co., HenryHammond, in the District of General Williamson. He also added - " I am very incapable to pursue farming, my occupation, by reason of the loss of my eye-sight; I cannot see to cut with an ax without danger of cutting myself, nor to plow oreven to hoe, without first feeling for the corn. My family is my wife Susannah Justice, aged between sixty-five and seventy years." At this time, signed August 12, 1819, he made an affidavit for his brother John - "now a citizen of FloydCo.," State of Tenn. This was signed before one of the Commonwealth's Justices of the Peace - "My brother John Justice was taken prisoner by Joseph Smith, Captain of the King's Rangers and was paroled by the said Captain Smith on the 2ndday of July, 1780, and on that same day discharged by the said Captain Benjamin Tutt; also that he was a fifer in the Army. On 25 Oct 1832, Simeon, age 67, appeared before the Judge of Floyd Circuit Court and made his affidavit.

Later in Perry Co., Ky. the second wife Delphia appears (last name unknown) She married Simeon in September 1834. After his death, January 16, 1847, his wife moved from Perry to Letcher, but on Oct 17, 1854 she applied for a pensionstating that the original pension certificate was lost or mislaid. She also stated her marriage was in Perry Co., records. Then under date of October 20, 1855, still in Letcher, she applied again for Simeon's pension, which was in theamount of $88.00 per annum."

Revolutionary War Records of SIMEON JUSTICE
Floyd Co., KY. Annals-County Court Book 3
On the 18th day of September 1820, personaly appeared in open court, Simeon Justice, now aged about 55 years, resident citizen of Floyd County, KY. to make oath concerning his service in the Revolutionary War in ContinentalEstablishment. He stated that he enlisted for 3 years at Fort Rutlidge in the State of South Carolina by Captain Benj. Tutt about the 1st of June 1777, that he was commanded by General Williamson, who commanded the district of ninety-sixin South Carolina Regiment, that he was appointed drummer in the company. He stated that he served out his full term of enlistment which expired about the 1st of June 1780, then continued in the service some short time and was takenprisoner at Fort Rutlidge and paroled by Captain Smith, a Captain of the King's Rangers, and on the same day discharged by Captain Benjamin Tutt at Fort Rutlidge in the State of South Carolina. He took oath that he was a citizen of theUnited States on the 18th day of March 1818 when Congress passed the Act to provide for veterans of the Revolutionary War. His ownership schedule follows:

SCHEDULE: 2 head of horses $60.00
3 head of cattle 16.00
Sundry household furniture 6.50
I owe the amount of $ 5.75

He stated that his occupation was farming and his family consists of his wife, Susannah Justice, aged between sixty-five and seventy years.

Simeon Justice stated in his Revoluntionary War pension application that his father, John, recorded his date of birth in the family bible which he left at the time of his death and which he supposed his mother left also when she died inSouth Carolina. He stated that he went with his father from Virginia to Rutherford County, N. C. (On 11 November 1773, John and Mary Justice of Pittsylvania Co, Va. sold to Joseph Walker of Goochland County, Va., 100 acres on Harper'sCreek, a triutary of the Pigg River, in the west part of Pittsylvania County). From Rutherford Co., N.C., they went to Ninety-six District, S.C., where he, his father, and brother, John, Jr., volunteered for service at Fort Rutledge inJune 1777. He was sent to Augusta, Ga. and in June 1780 returned to Fort Rutledge. He was company drummer and his brother John was the fifer. He is listed in the 1790 Census as a resident of Ninety-six District of Spartensburg County,S.C., with his wife, three sons, and three daughters. In 1795, he moved to Tennessee where he lived until 1799, when he moved to Buncombe Co., N.C. He lived there until 1807 when he came to Floyd Co., Ky.

Simeon Justice was a regular Baptist Minister. In 1809, Electious Thompson,
William Salisbury, and Simeon Justice constructed the Presbytery that organized the first Baptist Church in Perry County, KY. This church, The Indian Bottom Church, was taken from the North District Association organized the first Fridayin October 1802, in Clark Co., KY. (Perry Co., KY. - A History, Religious Growth, By Allie Daniel Gorman). These pioneers journeyed by foot, horseback, or ox cart through almost unbroken wilderness covering hundreds of miles attendingAssoc., funerals, and keeping church appointments. Simeon helped organize Sand Lick Church in Perry Co., KY., and Stone Coal Church in Floyd Co., KY.

June 4, 1765 Born in Pittsylvania Co., Va between 1773-1777. Family moved to Rutherford Co., N.C.

1777 Enlisted at Fort Rutledge, S.C.

Feb 1780 Sent to Augusta, Georgia

May 1780 Sent back to Fort Rutledge, S.C.

June 1780 Enlistment term over at Fort Rutledge, S.C.

July 1780 Paroled at Fort Rutledge, S.C.

1780-1795 96th District, Pendleton Co., S.C.

1795-1799 Tennessee (Greene County?)

1799-1807 Buncombe Co., N.C.

1807- Floyd Co., Ky

Oct 01, 1834 Married Adelphia (Carter) Johnson, widow of Thomas

Jan 16, 1846 Died in Perry Co., KY.


1790 South Carolina Census
96th District Spartanburg County
Simuan Justice
1 male over 16 yrs b. before 1774
3 males under 16 yrs b. 1774-1790 (probably between 1783 to 1790)
4 females

1800 Buncombe Co., N.C.
2 m 0-10 1790-1800
1 m 10-16 1784-1790
1 m 26-45 1755-1774
1 f 26-45 1755-1774
1 f 45-up 1755

1810 Floyd Co., KY.
1 m 10-16 1794-1800 (Edmund Justice, who married Dicy Layne?)
1 m 45-up 1765
1 f 45-up 1765

1820 Floyd Co., KY.
000001-000010, page 9
1 m 45-up 1775
1 f 45-up 1775

1830 Floyd Co., KY.
1 m 70-80 1750-60
1 f 60-70 1760-70

1840 Perry Co., KY. #260
1 male 80-90
1 female 15-20
1 female 40-50

Philadelphia "Adelpha" Carter

Note: Name had been listed as Adelpha Carter, but information provided
by Nancy Jane Justice-Zelman ("nancyzelman" <nancyzelman@msn.com>), from a Revolutionary War Pension file on Simeon Justice, in her possession,
indicates that Simeon's wife's name was Delpha Johnson.

According to Debra Rookard <d_rookard@adelphia.net>:
Her name is Philadelphia "Adelpha" CARTER d/o Henry Carter, Jr. and Malinda Ross.

She m 1) Thomas Johnson 18 Jul 1805 Wilkes Co, N.C. and had 5 children,
m 2) Simeon Justice.

13. Nancy Justice

Information from Alan Lerwick <alerwick@aol.com>

Information from Alan Lerwick <alerwick@aol.com>

1790 S.C. Census, 96th District, Pendleton County
David Wade
Edward Wade
Joseph Wade

1800 Pendleton Co., S.C., Dist. 7 Census
Nancy Wade
Nancy must have been divorced or her husband died before 1800. Also, one John Justice

Below is a listing of the Wades in Pendleton and Spartansburg, South Carolina in 1800.
Thomas Wade 10010-20100-00
Joseph Wade 00101-00100?, Spartansburg
Edward Wade 00010-00100
David Wade 22101-20010
David Wade 10010-10010-00
David Wade 02011-00201

1810 Pendleton Co., S.C., #149
Nancy Wade

1820 Pendleton Co., S.C., #202
Nancy Wade #202, She born before 1775
Also one John Justice lived in Pendleton Co., S.C. #190 000010-00000
Other Wades in the 1820 Census were:
Sarah 000200-10112 #224
Simeon 100010-00110 #224
Telitha 300000-00001 #224
James ? ? #207
Henry 200010-30010 #224
Edward 311101-01010 #207
Agnes 100000-20020 #207

1830 Pickens Co., S.C. #314
Nancy Wade
Other Wades in Pickens County were:
Jacob #290
Simeon #296
Soloman #290

Nancy must have died between 1830 and 1840.

From the Book "A Collections of Upper South Carolina Genealogical and Family Records" by James E. Wooley

Vol 1, page 324
Nancy Wade -- Estate of Nancy Wade, Box 17 #213. Probate Judge Office, Pickens, S.C. Admr. bond missing. On 5 January 1849, P. J. Wade made suit for letter of admr. of estate of Nancy Wade, dec'd of Pickens District. On 9th October 1850William Burgess stated that the estate of Nancy Wade was indebted to him.

Vol 1, page 325
Nancy Wade-- Estate of Nancy Wade. Box 98 #1029. Probate Judge Office, Pickens Co., S.C. on 8th August 1870. Owned 150 acres on waters of South Saluda, adjacent land of Reuben Talley, dec'd, Joberry Rigdon, and others. Heirs: RichardWade and wife, Catherine Holder of Greenville County, Stephen Rains and wife, Phabba, Joseph Hardin and wife Eliza who resides in Greenville. Grandchildren of Nancy Wade, dec'd, Burrell Pace and wife Hannah, Henry Norman and wife Harriet,and Samuel Wade, grandchildren of Nancy Wade who resides in Alabama, and Hampton Wade of Greenville County. (Notice that Richard Wade was named. Could this be an error as Preston J. is not listed?)

Edward Wade

Notes for EDWARD? WADE:
Pendleton District, S. C. Deeds

Edwin Wade and (wife) Nancy to John Wornock for 400 acres, paid 10 pounds sterling on 2nd June 1795. (Signed Edward)

Edward Wade and (wife) Nancy sold 160 acres for 60 pounds sterling to Andrew McAlister on 3rd Oct 1795.

64. Hampton Wade

He was living in Greenville Co., S.C. in 1850.

66. Mathew? Wade

He may have gone to Alabama.

14. Simeon Justice II

Information from:
Thomas Harold Justice
4290 Keheley Drive
Marietta, GA 30066

Probate: February 17, 1800, John and Simeon Justice, orphans of Simeon Justice, deceased, came into court and made William Justice their guardian, Pittsylvania Co., VA Court.

"Simeon Justice was very active in the establishment of Pike Co., KY. He cleared much of the land near the mouth of Grapevine, KY. He was the first county judge and held the first court at Millard, a short distance from Grapevine. Hewas also one of the original five justices, or magistrates. He was a minister of the Primitive Baptist Church." Information from "Legend of Grapevine" by Danny Blevins.
Also see notes under his father Simeon Justice Sr.

16. Thomas Justice

Information from:
Thomas Harold Justice
4290 Keheley Drive
Marietta, GA 30066

"Thomas joined his cousins, John and Simeon, sons of his uncle John (1725 - 1801) and travelled back to Pike County, Kentucky. (See footnote page 16-A). His cousins John and Simeon had only recently been discharged from the armyin South Carolina."

See notes under his father, Simeon Justice, Sr.

"James Justice moved into Logan Co., W. VA., bought land near and about the town of Gilbert, and married Viginia (Jenny) Hatfield in 1833. He was followed by his father and his brothers Tom and Simeon into this area and Simeonmoved first to McDowell Co., and to Logan Court House in 1873. The old Virginia Land Book Records in the State Auditor's office in Charleston, W. VA. show numerous land purchases in this year 1837 and several years following. These oldVA. land books also show that James' fther, Thomas, owned land and payed taxes in Logan Co., in 1827. It is belived that James' father, Thomas died about 1835 and was buried on Horsepen Creek near his old homestead."

Information from:
Thomas Harold Justice
4290 Keheley Drive
Marietta, GA 30066

It is unknown just exactly when their brother Thomas Justice came to Beaver Creek from North Carolina where he had been raised by his uncle Thomas. But, he married Elizabeth Blackburn 2 October 1812 on Beaver Creek and lived there untilabout 1836 when he joined his sons in Logan County, VA. His sons James and Simeon were running a large logging operation on the Tug River. The early Justices in Logan and Mingo , and for whom Justice, WVA is named , were members of thisfamily.

3 m 0-10 1810-20
1 m 26-45 1775-94
1 f 0-10 1810-20
1 f 26-45 1775-94

Thomas Justice owned land and paid taxes in Logan Co, WVa in 1827and 1833. He is buried at Horsepen Creek, Logan Co, WVa.

1830 Logan Co., Va
1 m 0-05 1825-30 Edward, 1826
2 m 5-10 1820-25 Simeon, Thomas
2 m 15-20 1810-15 Wm, James
1 m 50-60 1770-80 Thomas
1 f 0-05 1825-30 Jane, 1828
1 f 10-15 1815-20 Nancy, 1817
1 f 40-50 1780-90 Elizabeth

Elizabeth Blackburn

Information from:
Thomas Harold Justice
4290 Keheley Drive
Marietta, GA 30066

71. Edward W. "Ned" Justice

Edward (W. or A.?) Justice, Estate, Apt of Adm., B1, Page 481, Pike County Order Books, June Court 1851, motion by Colbert Cecil.

18. Amos Justice

These sources lists birth year as 1766?

This Will was found in the Powhaten Museum, Lawrence County, AR. in the file for CHARLES HATCHER. The community in which Amos lived was DAVIDSONVILLE (now Old Davidsonville, in Randolph County, AR).

On Page 130: 10 March 1829:
Charles HATCHER appointed administrator of the estate of Amos JUSTICE, dec'd.

On Page 134-135: 15 August 1829 - Last Will & Testament of Amus JUSTICE

In the name of God Amen. I, Amos JUSTICE, now an inhabitant of the County of Lawrence and Territory of Arkansas, being in my right mind, yet considering the frailities of human nature and the uncertainty of life and the certainty of death,do, in the presence of Almighty God, make this my Last Will and Testament. I will and bequeath unto my wife, Margaret JUSTICE, all the improvement on which I now dwell and my stock of hogs now in my possession. Also all of the balance ofmy cattle over and above and remaining after the just payment of all of my debts, and all of my household furniture and kitchen furniture. I choose and appoint my son, John D. JUSTICE, to be executor of this my Last Will and Testament toreceive all my papers in my possession, all debts coming to me and execute to collection and make an equal distribution of all balances between the several heirs. Given under my hand the day and date above written.

(Signed) Amus JUSTICE

David ORR

P.S. In addition to the above, I will and bequeath unto my wife one horse, one mare and one colt. The two year old colts to my two step-daughters, Matilda and Darky.

(Signed) Amus JUSTICE

Same witnesses

Proved in open court during the April 1829 term by the oath of David ORR. The Will was recorded on 5 May 1829 by Thomas S. DREW, Clerk.

On Page 140-141: 7 May 1829
John D. JUSTICE appointed executor of the estate of his father, Amus JUSTICE, dec'd

Information from JoMMarch@aol.com from Justis, Justus, Justice for All, reports that he bought land from Thomas, Sr. on July 16, 1798--100 acres on McDowell Creek, Rutherford Co., NC. (From Norma Mize Justus, Lawrence County, Ark,Historical Society: A Thomas Justus was summoned to testify in a court case. His signature was on this document, Lebanon Twp., lawrence Co., 23 Oct. 1818 and also on some loose circuit records in 1823. An Amos J. Justus was in LawrenceCounty by 1826. (Arkansas was an area of free land at this time.)
Meant to add that I also have the military records for Amos JUSTICE when he served in the SC Militia during the Rev. War. He served 6 months, and was given pension. I have the stubs from the payments.


Information from a brief prepared by Laurence Anson Justice, found in Henderson County Historical Society files. Copy on file with Bob & Mike Justice.

"The Life of Amos Justice -- After leaving North Carolina, by Laurence Anson Justice:

Three present day descendants of Amos Justice have done research on his life and the lives of his descendants. Mr. Joe Cowart of 829 Indian River Drive, Cocoa, Florida 32922 has evidently attempted to identify and write brief biographicalsketches on every descendant of Amos Justice that he can find. I have worked mainly with my own direct ancestors back to Amos and have especially concerned with Amos' grandson, Amos Jefferson and with Amos' great great grandson AmosJosiah who was my grandfather. I have publish biographical booklets on both. I was introduced to my interest in the Justice genealogy in 1975 by the master Justice genealogist, Mr. Neil Justice of 3110 Cliffoak Drive in Dallas, Texas75233. Neil has spent over forty years ransacking libraries and cemeteries, sleuthing out otherwise forgotten items of historical information concerning our Justice ancestors clear back to the Jamestown colony in 1651. Credit for much ofthe material in this article goes to Neil.

In the spring of 1812 Amos Justice left Buncombe County North Carolina for some unknown destination in Tennessee. The first time he emerges in historical records is in the fall of 1817 when he arrived by flatboat in the first permanentsettlement in Missouri Territory, St. Genevieve County. He soon moved on to St. Michael ( now Fredricktown) thirty miles to the southwest of St. Genevieve. He was now fifty one years old.

In St. Michael Amos signed a petition asking for a change in the mail route to St. Michael from the east. This petition was dated March 18, 1818. A copy of this petition is found in the U.S. government records "Louisiana-MissouriTerritory 1815-1821" vol XV page 360. The county records of Madison County Missouri book I page 4 show that Amos was appointed constable of the Township of St. Michael while he was there.

About the spring of 1825 Amos and his family moved again, this time south-westward into Arkansas Territory (Lawrence Co.). they located in Davidson Township near present day Dalton. Indians still lived in this area at the time.

It is believed that Amos had with him at this time his second wife Margaret Nettles (his first wife having been Mary McBreyor), his son John D., John's wife Sarah Nettles Justice, John and Sarah's daughter and Amos' adopted childrenShadrack and Matilda Nettles. Other children and possible children of Amos Justice include Daniel D. Justice (named in Amos' will), Amos Jr., Thomas, and Dorcas Nettles.

This was to be the last move for Amos. He settled down here and became for a short while a solid and somewhat important citizen. The "Territorial Papers of the United States" vol XIX 1819-1825 Territory of Arkansas, page 806 lists AmosJustice Sr. as a county magistrate (Justice of the Peace) commissioned in 1827. Her Amos died at the age of sixty three half a continent away from where he had been born.

Neil Justice has summarized the life of this Justice ancestor with these words "He died as he had lived, on the frontier. Here in the southwest ended the life of a man who was born in Virginia, a British subject, grew to manhood in NorthCarolina, and served in the Continental Militia during the Revolutionary War. He was at one time or another a land speculator, business man, farmer, constable and judge."

I have in my possession a copy fo Amos' will which I obtained from the old courthouse in Powhatan, Arkansas in 1976. It is from "Probates and Wills 1817-1834" Lawrence County Arkansas page 134.

On several trips to Lawrence Co. Arkansas my wife Lyndy and I have searched over thirty cemeteries for the grave of Amos Justice. We have found the graves of some of the Nettles, but not that of Amos, nor of his wife Margaret."

The brief then lists on page three descendants of Amos Justice who were in the direct line of the author.

19. Thomas Edward? Justice

Information from JoMMarch@aol.com from Justis, Justus, Justice for All. and from Mrs. Wilma Smotherman, Rt. 1, Box 190, Birch Tree, Missouri 65438.

Information provided by Ged Hardy Justice, Spring, TX, as found in the Henderson County Historical Society Files April, 2002, which listed a birth date of 1765.
Information from JoMMarch@aol.com from Mrs. Wilma Smotherman, Rt. 1, Box 190, Birch Tree, Missouri, 65438. Her records show that Thomas Justice, Jr. was born 11 Jan. 1765 in Halifax, VA.

Information from JoMMarch@aol.com from Justis, Justus, Justice for All.

Information provided by Ged Hardy Justice, Spring, TX, as found in the Henderson County Historical Society Files April, 2002.

Information from JoMMarch@aol.com from Justis, Justus, Justice for All.:

Revolutionary Pension Papers for Thomas Justice, number NC-S1842, National Archives, Washington, D.C., "7220-West Tennessee, Thomas Justice of Bedford County, in the state of West Tennessee, who was a private in the Company commanded byCaptain Nevel of the Regt. commanded by Col. Earl in the North Carolina line for 2 years."

He was given 80 dollares to commence on the 4th day of May 1837., Isued 18 March 1833, Book E. Vol. 7, p 85.

The "Brief" stated he appeared before a court and was 67 years and 10 months. He state that he was in no battles, and that he resided when he entered the service in Rutherford County, N.C. The statement was supported by "traditionaryevidence". Thomas Justice aged sixty seven years and ten months who being first duly sworn according to the law--on this oath makes the following declaration in order to obtain the benefits of the act of _____7 June 1832. That he enteredthe service of the United States under the following named officers and served as herein stated that on the twenty first day of January 1781 he entered the service of the United States and went into William Nevel's company as avolunteer----Marched through different parts of Rutherford County in N.C. and in fact he served all the time aforesaid in Rutherford County except as follows in the statement of 1781, he believes that in July 17881 he marched fromRutherford County in N.C. into Spartenburg County, S.C.---" signature looks like k.Thos. Justes.

He stated he was born in Halifax Couny in the state of Virginia 14 January 1765. He said his age was "In a large Bible which formerly belonged to my father." He said he lived in Rutherford County six years after the endo of theRevolution, then removed to Buncombe County, N.C., and lived there twenty-five years then removed to Bedford County. He state that he volunteered.

Thomas Justice, Jr., who lived on the head waters of Shaws Creek not far from Laurel Park, was actively identified with the French Broad River Baptist Church, the first denominational body ever organized west of the Blue Ridge inNorth Carolina. The church's report to Bethel Baptist Association, of South Carolina, in 1799, showed that he was its minister that year.

The following was in a typed brief, author unknown, regarding the documents available regarding the Revolutionary War Declaration of Thomas Justice:

Title Page:
Thomas Justice:
b. 14 Jan. 1765, Halifax Co., Virginia
Rutherford County; N. Car.; 1 Jan 1781 Military Service
Captain Nevels Company; Discharged 21 Jan. 1782
6 years later moved to Buncombe Co., N. Car. 1788
Lived 25 yrs. - cir. 1813
1825 Bedford County, Tennessee. (A short time in Rutherford County, Tennessee).
Pensioned 15 Mar. 1833
Pension invalid 1842 - (Died)

Page #1:
West Tennessee 7220
Thomas Justice of Bedford co. in State of West Tennessee who was a private in the company commanded by Captain Nevil of the Regiment commanded by Col. Earl in the North Caroline line for two years

Inscribed on the roll of West Tennessee at the rate of -80-Dollars no cents per annum to commence on the Last day of March 1831

Certificate of Pension issued the 15th day of March 1833 and sent to John Bruce Shelbyville Tenn

Arrears to the 4th of March 1833 160.00
Semi-annual allowance ending to Sept 40.00
Revolutionary Claim
Act June 7, 1832

Recorded by Daniel Boyd Clerk
Book E Vol. 7 Page 83

The Justice Sen.
from Jany 1780 private
2 years
John Bruce Esq
Shelbyville t.

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Brief in the case of Thomas Justice of Bedford Co. in the State of Tennessee (West) (Act 7th June,1832.)
1. Was the declaration made before a Court or a Judge? Court
2. If before a Judge, does it appear that the applicant is disabled by bodily infirmity?
3. How old is he? 67 10 mos.
4. State his service, as directed in the form annexed.
Period: Col in 1781, 21 Jany.
Duration of Service: 2 Years
Rank: As a ?
Names of General and Field Officer under whom he served: Gen Miller, Col. Earl, Capt. Nevil, No Ca. ma:
5. In what battles was he engaged? None
6. Where did he reside when he entered the service? No. Ca. Rutherford Co.
7. Is his statement supported by living witnesses, by documentary proof, by traditionary evidence, by incidental evidence, or by the rolls? Trady.
8. Are the papers defective as to form or authentication? and if so, in what respect? Correct.

X Certify that the foregoing statement and the answers agree with the evidence in the case above mentioned.
W. L. Williams, Examining Clerk

Thomas Justice
In order to obtain the benefit of the Act of Congress passed the 7th June, 1832 the State of Tennessee, Bedford County, on this 23rd day of November, 1832 personally appeared in the Open Court of the Pleas and Quarter Session of BedfordCounty in the State aforesaid.

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before Daniel Phillips, John L. Neil and James B. Armstrong, Esquires, Justice of the Peace appointed to hold said court now setting Thomas Justice age 67 yrs. and 10 months who being first duly sworn according to law doth on his oath makethe following declaration in order to obtain the benefit of the Act of Congress passed 7 June, 1832.

That he entered the service of the United States under the following named officers and served first day of January 1781 He entered the service of the United States and went into Captain William Nevels Company as a vounteer as a mountedhorseman in the North Carolina line.

That John Earl was his Colonel and he believes his General was James Miller That he joined Captain Nevels at the White-Oak Ford in Rutherford County in North Carolina and that he believes he served during the whole time he marched throughdifferent parts of Rutherford County, North Carolina and in fact he served all the tour aforesaid in Rutherford County as follows: In the spring of 1781 he believes in July 1781 he marched from Rutherford Co., N. Carolina into SpartanburgCounty, in South Carolina and continued there a few weeks against the Tories At the end of the few weeks aforesaid he marched back to Rutherford County, North Carolina and continued in Rutherford County to the end of the two yearsaforesaid.

That he served two years about 1 yr and 9 days of which time he served during the Revolutionary War The Revolutionary War having as he recalls ended about the last of January or first of Febuary 1782, but the action continued to betroublesome for several months after the Revolutionary War ended That during the 2 years aforesaid he was acquainted with General James Miller, Colonel John Earl, Majors Washington and Wood, Captains Nevel and Coulter That at the end ofthe 2 years aforesaid as he believes about the 21st of January, 1782 he was verbally discharged by his Colonel John Earl That he has no documentary evidence nor does he know of any person

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who can testify as to his service he thereby relinquishes every claim whatsoever to a pension or annuity except the present and declares that his name is not on the pension roll of any agency of any State or Territory in the United States,Sworn to and subscribed the day and year aforesaid
Thos Justes
James L. McKisick Clerk

Questions to be asked Thomas Justice
1. Where and in what year were you born?
Ans. I was born in Halifax County in the State of Virginia on the 14th day of January 1765.
2. Have you any record of your age and if so where is it?
Ans. I have in a large Bible which formerly belonged to my father.
3. Where were you living when called into service, where have you lived since the Revolutionary War and where are you now living?
Ans. I lived in Rutherford County, North Carolina when called into service and lived there 6 years after the end of the Revolutionary War, then moved to Buncombe County, North Carolina. I believe I lived there 25 years then moved toBedford county, Tennessee (except I lived in Rutherford County, Tennessee about 1831)
4. How were you called into service? Were you drafted, did you volunteer or were you a substitute and if a substitute, for whom?
Ans. I volunteered
5. State the names of some of the regular officers who were with the troops where you served such as Continental and Militia Regiments as you can recall and the general circumstances of your service.
Ans. General James Miller, Colonel John Earl, Major Washington, Magor Miller and Wood, Captain William Nevel, Captain Coulter, Captain McClain, and the general circumstances of my service above stated.
6. Did you ever receive a discharge from the service; and if so by whom was it given and what has become of it?
Ans. I only received a verbal discharge from Colonel John Earl
7. State the names of persons to whom you are known in your present neighborhood and who can testify to your character for veracity and their belief of your services as a soldier of the Revolution.
Ans. Thomas Smith, Esquire, Nicholas Woodfin, Samuel Woodfin, James McClain, John Nailer

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Sworn to and subscried the 13th day of November 1832, Thos. Justes
James L. McKisick, Clerk

We Thomas Smith and Nicholas Woodfin residents in Bedford County in the State of Tennessee hereby certify that we are well acquainted with Thomas Justice who has subscribed and sworn to the above Declaration that we believe him to be 67years and 10 months old and that he is respected and believed in the neighborhood where he resides to have been a soldier of the Revolution and that we concur in that opinion
Sworn to in open court the 1st day of November, 1832
Thomas Smith, N. Woodfin
James L. McKisick, Clerk

And the said Court does hereby declare their opinion after the investigation of the matter and after putting the interrogations prescribed by the War Department that the above named applicant was a Revolutionary Soldier and served as hestates and the Court further certifies that it appears that Nicholas Woodfin and Thomas Smith who has signed the above proceedings certify that they are residents of Bedford County, Tennessee and are (Thomas Smith is a resident ofRutherford County, Tennessee) both credible persons and that their statement is entitled to credit.
John B. Armstrong
Samuel Phillips
J.L. Neill

I James McKisick, Clerk of the Court of Pleas and Quarter Sessions of Bedford County in the State of Tennessee do hereby certify that the fore going contains the original proceedings of the said Court in the matter of the application ofThomas Justice for a Pension in testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal of office this 13th day of November 1832
J.L. McKisick, Clerk
Shelbyville November 13, 1832

Sir: I have sent you the Declaration of Thomas Justice enclosed in this letter, and it was not convenient for him to get a Clergyman to certify for him but he obtained the certificate of Thomas Smith, Esquire and Nicholas Woodfin I havethe pleasure of being acquainted with both of those gentlemen and know them to be very respectable You will please put Wm Justice on the Pension Roll and write to me as soon as you can.
The Honorable Lewis Case, Secretary of War
My dear sir with the highest esteem, your friend and humble servant, John Bruce

"Thomas Edward Justice, Jr., second son of Thomas Sr. was born January 14, 1765. His wife was perhaps Abybeth, as noted earlier on deeds in Buncombe Co. Thomas Jr. was, we believe, an early Preacher, which he no doubt became afterthe Rev. War. One known son of Thomas E. Jr. has been proven through records in several counties. This is Thomas E. Justice, III., but one that may or may not be a son, yet is on the 1850 Census in Rutherford Co., N.C. (where the fatherlived) is John Justice. He was born in 1807 in Tenn. and perhaps is a brother to George Justice. The latter was born in Henderson County (then Buncombe) and died in Tennessee also. To preserve this 1850 record for what might proveimportant later, we list the data for John Justice and his wife.

John Justice, b. 1807, is, we believe, of the 6th generation. His wife is listed as being born 1816, and her name was Sarah Keeter. Children of John and Sarah K. Justice:
1. Isaac Justice, b. 1837
2. Martha Justice, b. 1838
3. Mary Justice, b. 1840
4. Susan Justice, b. 1842
5. Abigail Justice, b. 1844
6. Nancy Justice, b. 1846
7. Elizabeth Justice and James Justice, twins, b. 1848"

Thomas Justice-Revolutionary Record, S1842, N.C. Line
He was living in Rutherford Co, N.C. at enlistment. He applied for his pension in May 1832 in Bedford Co., TN. After the war, he lived in
Rutherford Co., N.C. for 6 years, then to Buncombe Co., N.C. for 25 years, and finally to Bedford Co., TN.

Thomas recorded information about his family in a Bible he bought in 1799. The Bible was owned by Golden Levi Downing who died in California in 1962.

Nancy Shiplin

Information from JoMMarch@aol.com from Justis, Justus, Justice for All. and from Mrs. Wilma Smotherman, Rt. 1, Box 190, Birch Tree, Missouri 65438.

Information from JoMMarch@aol.com from Justis, Justus, Justice for All. and from Mrs. Wilma Smotherman, Rt. 1, Box 190, Birch Tree, Missouri 65438.

Information from JoMMarch@aol.com from Justis, Justus, Justice for All. and from Mrs. Wilma Smotherman, Rt. 1, Box 190, Birch Tree, Missouri 65438 indicates that Nancy died after the birth of her eighth child, Benjamin.

The following source listed Nancy's last name as Shipley. Information provided by Ged Hardy Justice, Spring, TX, as found in the Henderson County Historical Society Files April, 2002.

84. Elizabeth Martin Justice

Census data reported in this source show:

1. Justice, Elizabeth, age 53, f., b. ca. 1797 in N.C. Est. 600
2. Justice, Jesse, age 34, m., farmer, b. in N.C. 1816
3. Justice, Polly, age 29, f., b., in N.C. ca. 1821
4. Justice, Elizabeth, age 8, f., b. in N.C. ca. 1842
5. Justice, N. (W.) R., age 6, m., b. in N.C. ca. 1844
6. Justice, Sarah Ann, age 5, f., b. in N.C. ca 1845
7. Justice, Nancy, age 3, f., b. in N.C. ca 1847
8. Justice, Edmund, age 2, m., b. in N.C. ca 1848

The birth year for Elizabeth is in the range where it would match with a brother. If correct then this could be Elizabeth, her son & daughter-in-law, and their children?

88. Benjamin Justice

Birth information from JoMMarch@aol.com from Justis, Justus, Justice for All. and from Mrs. Wilma Smotherman, Rt. 1, Box 190, Birch Tree, Missouri 65438 indicates February 9, 1810 as his birth. That the birth took place withinsight of the Blue Ridge Mountains, and that his mother, Nancy, died shortly after his birth.

Amelia Murphy

Information from JoMMarch@aol.com from Justis, Justus, Justice for All. and from Mrs. Wilma Smotherman, Rt. 1, Box 190, Birch Tree, Missouri 65438.

Information from JoMMarch@aol.com from Justis, Justus, Justice for All. and from Mrs. Wilma Smotherman, Rt. 1, Box 190, Birch Tree, Missouri 65438.

Information from JoMMarch@aol.com from Justis, Justus, Justice for All.

Information from JoMMarch@aol.com from Justis, Justus, Justice for All.

Information from JoMMarch@aol.com from Justis, Justus, Justice for All:

Died in Buncombe Co., NC., three mile east of the Blue Ridge Mountains.

From Iredell County records: 1814/15-Amelia Justice of Buncombe along with Andrew Scaggs and James and Samuel Murphy of Iredell sold land granted to Eleanor Murphy in 1811.

89. James Miller Justice

Information from JoMMarch@aol.com from Justis, Justus, Justice for All.

90. Jackson Miller? Justice

Information from JoMMarch@aol.com from Justis, Justus, Justice for All.

Information from JoMMarch@aol.com from Justis, Justus, Justice for All.

This source lists death date as March 13, 1814?

91. Bales Earle Justice

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Information from JoMMarch@aol.com from Justis, Justus, Justice for All.

This source list death date as March 12, 1817?

93. Caroline Pertildus Justice

Information from JoMMarch@aol.com from Justis, Justus, Justice for All.:

Born February 26, 18??.

94. Thomas Milton Murphey Justice

Information from JoMMarch@aol.com from Justis, Justus, Justice for All.

Mary E. Jones

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95. Margaret Narcissie Justice

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Sanford M. Rowlett

Information from JoMMarch@aol.com from Justis, Justus, Justice for All.

Born in Kent.

21. Jared Jarrett? Justice

Information from JoMMarch@aol.com from Justis, Justus, Justice for All.

Information from JoMMarch@aol.com from Justis, Justus, Justice for All.:

Rutherford County resident.

Jared or Jarrett Justice lived in Rutherford Co, N.C. until about 1815, when he migrated to Allen Co, KY. He probably came to join his son, Mark Justice, who had purchased land in Warren Co, KY. about 1799. Jared left a will in Allen Co,KY., dated 8 November 1835, which was probated on November 1844, in Will Book 2, Page 109.

Jared Justice Census Records
1800 Rutherford Co, N.C.
3 males 0-10 1790-1800
1 male 16-26 1774-84
1 male 45-up 1755
1 female 16-26 1774-84

Jarrett Justice moved to Allen Co., KY. about 1811.

1820 Allen Co, KY.
1 male 10-16 1804-1810
2 males 16-26 1794-1804
1 male 45-up bef 1775
1 female 10-16 1804-1810
1 female 16-26 1794-1804
1 female 45-up bef 1775

22. James Dyer Justice

Birth date shown on gravestone, Mud Creek Baptist Church Cemetery, Hendersonville, Henderson Co., N.C. Viewed and photo by Bob and Michael Justice, April 8, 2002, lists birth date as July 27, 1787 not 1788, assuming the gravestoneis correct.

Also reported as born in 1788.

James Dyer Justice was a surveyor and is reported as having "laid out" the town of Hendersonville, NC.

Buried in Mud Creek Baptist Church Cemetery, Hendersonville, N.C.

Middle name also spelled "Dyar".

His portrait used to hang in the old Henderson County Court House. Apparently put in storage, location unknown.

James Dyer Justice, grand father of Elder Amos Isaac Justice, was a member of the Mud Creek Baptist Church in its early history, and is buried there beside his wife, who died in 1828.

"After the father's death (Thomas E. Justice) in 1805, the young man, age 18, married Miss Anthroit Thomas, and soon became involved in the future of the community where they lived. To both friends and relative he became one of theimportant men of the times...both in growth of the community and in his own personal worth to the people. We quote an excerpt from one of the speeches made by another descendant at a family reunion held in Asheville, many years ago,wherein Thomas E's grandson had already begun to carry on, where we feel the elder man had left off. Who can discredit the influence old Thomas must have had on this young man...and we quote..."He helped with the surveying of the town ofHendersonville, this James Dyar Justice.. and produced sons and daughters who also helped in the betterment of the small village and rightfully so, he earned the name of "well beloved citizen'. He was mourned by all that knew him when hedied at the age of nearly 70."

"Perhaps of all the sons of Thomas E. Justice, Sr., the one in this chapter is to whom most lines in present day research refer back to as "their source of roots." If ony a story about James Dyer Jutice was all one had, it wouldindeed show much of the history of the area and the people, for he was indeed a giant of man when giants were needed.

James Dyer Justice settled near Dana, N.C. and there married Miss Thomas whose father owned much land. Perhaps through her father's influence young James acquired a great interest in surveying. He was a natural and did this work formany years. It culminated in his being appointed, in 1820, to the Speculation Land Co. of New York, as a Commissioner and Sales Agent. The land involved covered 1/2 million acres in Mecklenberg, Rutherford and Buncombe Counties; this nowincludes Henderson, Polk, and McDowell. In time this work was turned over to his son, the Rev. Thomas Butler Justice, a Minister, at the First Baptist Church in Rutherford Co. from 1857 to 1870. Following his time as Sales Agent this workwas carried out by others of the family, until the company was dissolved in 1920.

One thing that hampers the task of tracing our Thomas Justice line is the fact that certain names were used in every generation in each branch of the family with little (at this late period) to distinguish between the lines. We will findmany James Dyar Justices, as well as many with the aforementioned name of Thomas Justice.

With so many becoming ministers, both in the Methodist and Baptist denominations, we find additional information from the Baptist settlements by reading in The Colonial and State Records, collected and edited in 1887 by William L.Saunders, Secretary of State. We feel one excerpt should be incorporated in this part of our story. In Vol. 5, pag. 1191 it states the Baptist Church really began under the French Broad Association in 1807. The Colonial Records say -"this small body in the county of Buncombe, in the mountainous region in the western part of the state, was first composed of six churches - Little Ivy, Locust, Old Fields, Newfound, Coney River, French Broad, and Cane Creek. The firstthree were dismissed from the Holston Association in Tenn. and the others from the Broad River Association in S.C." We note that a Thomas Justice was the minister at its beginning.

With the date of death of James Dyer's father, Thomas established, we must assume the "Thomas Justice, Minister at French Broad" is the older brother of James Dyer. This one man inspired later men of the family to also enter the ministry.A descendant of the Edney family, that came from eastern N.C. with the Justice family, praised James Dyar and his sons, at a family reunion in 1921 in Asheville. C. J. Edney spoke in loving terms of the influence these men had on othersin this area. Quoting further - "He, James Dyar was one of the first settlers in what is now Henderson County. Edney family and Justice family were contemporaries in the settling of the county. They have always been very close friends -James Dyar Justice settled here and raised his family. I was only four years old when he died so I don't remember Esquire Justice, but my mother told me what happened.

"He lived here, I don't know just how long, but raised his family - and there was no more honorable man than James D. Justice. He was know all over the country. His evidence, self-submitted in court, would be good I have heard it said.My grandfather said 'he was the best business man I ever saw in my life', and he, grandpa, was always commending something James D. did. He was also public spirited - he was looking for getting more roads. He and Amos Edney (my ancestor)and Amos Green, made the road at Pool Creek. There was no one else to do it. They had started to the ends of the earth - they were Englishmen, the proudest race on earth.

"He could draw up legal papers. Where did he get his education? There were no more schools in Virginia, (where he was born), than we have here. Then what sort of man was James D.? We have just heard that he had 14 children - hebelieved in replenishing the earth! Everyone liked James Justice. He was a sane business man for everybody. When we went to school, we had a Blue Backed Speller and Fowler's Arithmetic. I would not be surprised if James Justice did notstudy the Blue Backed Speller. What else do you suppose he studied? We read in our spellers.. do you suppose he learned to read in that book? Did he know anything about arithmetic? He was employed as an engineer becaused he had abilityand was educated. He was a surveyor. When people bought land around him, he would survey it, and write the deed. So let us agree, that he as indeed an educated man." A footnote added to the above: "The tradition in the family was thatit's members usually became preachers, lawyers or surveyors. In the family of James Dyar Justice, who was a surveyor, we find at least one preacher (there were many others) and one surveyor. One son had two sons, one a preacher and one alawyer."

In more detail we list the children of James Dyar Justice who came from Eastern N.C. with the Edneys and settled in a place a little below them, near the French Boad River in present day Henderson County."

Descendants of James Dyar Justice appear in all walks of life and have been joined in marriage to dozens of the first settlers of Henderson Co. From a journal written by a second great granddaughter of James Dyar, Ruth Brookshire Welch,we glean much data, many loving thoughts and some local history. At one of the early family reunions we quote - "James Dyar Justice, a son of Thomas, settled near the top of the Blue Ridge. He seems to have been a man who was recognizedas a leader among the people of this day; he served as a member of the first county court that was held in Buncombe Co. and was a Justice of the Peace from the time he was twenty-one, until his death. The first wife, Anthroit Thomas, wasa daughter of John, who seems to have been a wealthy man of real estate, owning most of the land where the City of Hendersonville is now established. This marriage occured when he was 18 years of age. (Note: to list his birth as 1788would coincide with this statement, while some records do show he was born 1777) (Further note by Mike Justice is that his birth is listed on his gravestone as July 27, 1787)

"A picture of the Justice Coat of Arms has been turned over to me - it was probably given to that family back in the days of the English barons. It is a description of the Justice arms, the coat is a golden sword on a blue field. On thepoint of the sword is a pair of balances representing justice. Around the blue field is a border of gold. Beneath is the phrase -
"Non sine causa" written across a scoll and beneath it the name of Justice is written in Old English"

The descendants of these 14 children could well have comprised a mountain village of considerable size. We shall list each branch of this limb of the tree with as much as has been found, and would hope search for still others wouldcontinue. Even those who were not "of professional persuasion" left a rich heritage for their descendants, and the richest by far is the right to call this man, Jame Dyar, their ancestor.

James Dyar was laid to rest in his beloved Henderson County next to his wife, Anthroit, in Mud Creek Cemetery. His family today carries on the spirit of that long ago youn man who married at age 18.

In the papers of his eldest son, Thomas Butler Justice, we find perhaps his last legal action. This is in the form of an agreement, duly witnessed and signed by himself, in his own handwriting. It establishes that his fine mind was stillclear and strong to the last, for in the Agreement, quoted below, the date of the transaction was August 28, 1857 and we know he died barely a month later, on September 21, 1857. One witness was John H. Justice, his second eldest son, andwho knows, perhaps John H's wife, Dr. Polly (King) Justice, was in attendance at his demise. It is at least comforting to think she helped.

Know all men by these presence that I, James D Justice, for and in consideration of the sum of one dollar to me in hand paid by T.B. Justice, further for the consideration that the said T.B. Justice hath from time to time and at diversetimes advanced money to me and on my account and rendered various other services to me, and further that the said T.B. Justice agrees to provide for me as comfortably as his means and ability will justify during my natural life and todecently inter my remains (body) after my decease, I hereby sell, transfer and convey to the aforesaid T.B. Justice, the following effects, to wit -

one brown horse
one buggy and harness
one prized no-horned cow and calf
all my stock of hogs, three in number
all the household and kitchen furniture except that portion that I have heretofore given to my wife, and
one bed and furniture now at Robert Justice's, and
one clock

all of which I do absolutely sell and convey as aforesaid, witness my hand and seal this 28 day of August A. D. 1857

J.D. Justice (seal)

John Gray
John H. Justice

This agreement establishes that his sons were nearby at the close of his full life.

It is therefore only appropriate that we record in more detail, the life and lives of his sons and daughters where information has been found."

(Mike Justice note - information from this source is with each child in this database.)

"Thus closes this chapter - the saga of fourteen children of James Dyar---

Father of judges, a dozen preachers, lawyers, teachers, surveyors, lawmen

Brother to a "Peace Maker.", building contractor, state legislator, builder of higher learning

grandfathers to county commissioners and to the friends of the land - the farmer

First agent for land development company - which was directed by the family for upwards of 100 years.

A self-taught engineer - surveyor - a God fearing man - a Christian man

An instiller of pride in ones self

The list is legion.

He has been credited with the plan for the width of the streets in the new county seat of Hendersonville, and was half-ridiculed for the "great size"

One son proposed plans for the City Cemetery - Oakdale.

A street was named for him.

The desire to do one's best must surely have been his goal, and this was inherited by the men and women who descended from him. Down into this year of 1978 many of this amazing family say - "Oh, I go back to James Dyar Justice; he was myancestor."

His picture is in the County Court House - what greater honor could one man have. We could well believe that he thought these thoughts - as he looked down from this position - "forever and ever my spirit will be alive through the lives ofthe descendants of the 14 children I begat, back in time when the Blue Ridge Mountains gathered us to her bosom...we must prevail, for this is the homeland of our ancestors...and still holds a future for our descendants..."

Maybe he did think this, and we in turn thank you, James Dyar Justice, and your father, grandfather, and all those early pioneers and ancestors, for what you have given to each of us....the proud and old pioneer name of Justice!"

Agnes Morrison Maxwell

Agnes Morrison Maxwell was a widow when she married James Dyer Justice as his second wife.

Anthroit Thomas

First name may be spelled " Anthrite" or "Anthorit". Tombstone spells it Anthroit.
Mother's name may have been "Louvenia Jane Smith".
Have a question about 2nd. marriage to William Thomas Cagle and date of this marriage.

Buried next to husband, James Dyer Justice, at Mud Creek Baptist Cemetery, Hendersonville, Henderson Co., N.C. Viewed and photographed by Bob and Mike Justice, April 2002.

24. William Justice

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William Justice, is, we believe the fourth son of Thomas E Sr., who went to Tenn....and family members say died there. he could well be a son of the elusive James (as mentioned in the History of Henderson Co. by Sadie Patton). Wealso find a George Justice (b. 1796, who died in Tenn. He too could be a son of this William (or James) and therefore a grandson of Thomas E. Justice, Sr. George died June 30, 1838 Maryville, Tenn.

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