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Descendants of Malachi Shoulders

First Generation

MALACHI SHOULDERS was born about 1765 in North Carolina, died between 02 Nov 1838 and 07 Oct 1839 in Smith County, Tennessee, before age 74, and was supposedly buried on the present Roy Green farm in Smith County, Tennessee. Other names for Malachi Shoulders appear as Malathias, Malekiah and Malichi.

Noted events in his life were:

1820 Smith County, Tennessee Census M33-125: Malachi appears on Page 90, Line 931 as Malathias Shoulders with (4) m - 10; (2) m 10 16; (1) m 45+; (1) f 10 and (1) f 45+.

Land Grant #8680: 02 Jan 1824, Smith County, Tennessee. Malachi Shoulders purchased (50) acres for one cent per acre in Smith County, Tennessee. Survey was done 11 August 1824. Recorded 31 October 1828. Roll #110, Book #10, Page 695.

Land Grant #8681: 03 August 1827, Smith County, Tennessee. Malichi Shoulders purchased (50) acres for one per acre in Smith County, Tennessee. Survey was done 23 January 1828. Recorded 31 October 1828. Roll #110, Book #10, Page 696.

Land Grant #10171: 29 January 1828, Smith County, Tennessee. Malachi Shoulders purchased (31 1/4) acres for one cent per acre in Smith County, Tennessee. Survey was done 03 February 1830. Recorded 13 April 1834. Roll #____, Page 507.

1830 Smith County, Tennessee Census M19-181: Malachi appears on Page 96, Line 1046 as Malichi Shoulders with (1) m 5; (2) m 5 10; (2) m 10 15; (2) m 15 20; (2) m 20 30; (1) m 50 60; (1) f 15 20; (1) f 20 30 and (1) 40 50.

  • Court Minutes: 07 October 1839, Smith County, Tennessee, Roll #80, Book 1836 1840, Page 540, October County Court Minutes show Malichi Shoulders as deceased.
  • Court Minutes: November 1839, Smith County, Tennessee, Roll #80, Book 1836 1840, Pages 549 550 records Malekiah Shoulders inventory and lists wife Mary and sons James, Thomas and John Shoulders as purchasing items from the estate. Recorded 09 December 1839.
  • Court Minutes: September 1841, Smith County, Tennessee, Roll #81, Book 1840 1846, Page 160, shows Thomas Gregory as Administrator of Malachi Shoulders estate.
  • Trust Deed: 18 June 1842, Smith County, Tennessee. This refers to the deed dated 01 August 1837 conveying (3) tracts or parcels of land to P. W. Cage, Administrator. The deed was made to secure to Thompson Mace the payment of $272.25 and contained a power to sell the said land in case the said debt was not paid on 08 July 1837. Thompson Mace bought the (131 ¼) acres at a publick sale since the debt had not been paid, from Malachi Shoulders estate for $200.00. Roll #117, Book S, Pages 117 118 .
  • Court Minutes: 14 September 1842, Smith County, Tennessee, Roll #81, Book 1840 1846, Page 289, County Clerk made a supplement settlement with M. Shoulders administrator.
  • History of Trousdale County, Tennessee: 1991 compiled by O. Tom Allen in cooperation with Trousdale County Historical Society. Copyright 1991 with Curtis Media Corporation. Page 390, Shoulders, Malachi Family, F433.

Malachi Shoulders married MARY (POLLY) GREGORY , daughter of Bry Gregory and Christine Elizabeth Austin about 1805 in Smith County, Tennessee.

Noted events in her life were:

  • 1840 Smith County, Tennessee Census M704-534: Mary (Polly) Gregory Shoulders was listed as Palley Shoulders on Page 288, Line 12 with (2) m 10 15; (1) m 15 20 and (1) f 40 50.
  • 14 October 1850 Smith County, Tennessee Census M434-896: Mary Shoulders age 64 on Page 273, Line 911 is living with her son James (Fatty) Shoulders age 36 and family.
  • Court Minutes: January 1851, Smith County, Tennessee. January Court Minutes show Mary (Polly) Gregory Shoulders as deceased. Her administrator was James I. Gregory. However, this notation was in my notes and I failed the very first rule of genealogy, I didn't write down the Roll, Book and Page numbers. Have requested this information from other researchers and no one has run across this entry.
  • 14 June 1860 Smith County, Tennessee Census M653-127: Mary (Polly) Gregory Shoulders does not appear in this census with her son James (Fatty) Shoulders Page 288, Line 339 or any other child. Mary Shoulders died prior to this census.

Children from this marriage were:

  1. JOHN (JACK) SHOULDERS was born between 1804 1806 in Smith County, Tennessee and died before 14 June 1860 in Smith County, Tennessee before age 54.

  2. LEVI SHOULDERS was born on 29 October 1807 in Peyton's Creek, Smith County, Tennessee and died on 16 November 1859 in Jenny Creek, Jackson County, Tennessee at age 52.

  3. MARTHA (PATSY) SHOULDERS was born between 1808 1810 in Smith County, Tennessee.

  4. THOMAS TIMBERLAKE SHOULDERS was born between 1812 1813 in Smith County, Tennessee and died in 1872 at age 60.

  5. ABNER SHOULDERS was born between 1813 1815 in Smith County, Tennessee.

  6. JAMES (FATTY) SHOULDERS was born between 1814 1818 in Smith County, Tennessee.

  7. JOSEPH PEYTON SHOULDERS was born on 10 May 1818 in Smith County, Tennessee and died on 14 January 1880 in Trigg County, Kentucky at age 61, and was buried in January 1880 in Cerulean Cemetery, Trigg County, Kentucky.

  8. RICHARD C. (DICK) SHOULDERS was born between 1824 1825 in Smith County, Tennessee and died in 1872 in Smith County, Tennessee at age 48.

  9. WILLIAM IRA SHOULDERS was born on 01 September 1826 in Smith County, Tennessee and died between 1895 1900 in Webster County, Kentucky about age 69 and is supposedly buried in Waggoner Cemetery, Webster County, Kentucky, however, no headstone or records have been found.

  10. LINCOLN (LINC or LINK) SHOULDERSwas born between 1827 1830 in Smith County, Tennessee.