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Nancy Ann Key (Bibb)

Birthdate: (74)
Birthplace: VA, United States
Death: circa 1815 (66-82)
Albemarle, Virginia, USA
Place of Burial: United States
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Thomas Bibb and Sarah Bibb
Wife of Martin Tandy Key; Martin Tandy Key and Bingham Key
Mother of William Bibb Key; Thomas Key; John Key; Martin Tandy Key, Jr.; Joshua Key and 5 others
Sister of William Bibb; Elizabeth Bibb; John Bibb; James Bibb; Mary Gray and 3 others

Managed by: Bernard Raimond Assaf
Last Updated:

About Nancy Ann Key

Sylacauga News

24 January 1924

Sylacauga People Will Share In Key Estate

Eight Birmingham persons are among heirs to the vast key estate in New York City, declared to be worth from $100,000,000 to $200,000,000, according to Mrs. Rebecca ___ Bagby, 146 Davies Street, Woodlawn. The Birmingham heirs are said to be Harry Key Milner, _19 Milner Crescent; Mrs. Bagby, Mrs. Georgia Key Prickett, 4212 Third Avenue, Avondale; Mrs. Jesse _allings, 2725 Highland Avenue; Miss Elizabeth V. Key, Woodlawn High School student; Mrs. S.T. Key, Pratt City; A Mrs. Saunders, Ridgeway Avenue, Ensley, and Mrs. _ D. Freeman, 5002 First Avenue. Quite a large number of heirs are also in Georgia, it was said.

The property of this estate, which was reverted to the heirs after the expiration of a 99 year lease, in the heart of the New York retail district.

“Martin Key, of England, who married the younger sister of Lady _ane Grey, was the first of the family to come to this country. His grandson, John Key, who was the first white child born of English parents in Philadelphia, was one of the pioneer settlers of Albermarls County, Virginia, having emigrated to that state in 1732. His son, Martin, who married Nancy Bibb, of the same state, had 12 children as follows: Thomas, John, Martin, Tandy, Joshua, William Bibb, Henry, Jesse, James, Walter, Elizabeth and Martha. The descendants of these heirs of Martin Key are scattered throughout the Southern states and quite a number of them are now in Georgia. Among the legal heirs are the descendants of William Bibb (son of Martin) who was the first of the family to come to this state. Soon after the Revolution, Tandy Clark, James and Henry, Jr., sons of Henry, Sr., (he the son of Martin) came to this state from South Carrolina and settled in Burke and Jefferson Counties. In about 1815, Joshua (he, the son of Thomas, who was a son of Martin), came to Augusta, thence to Burke County. Later Joseph, the son of Tandy, who was the son of Martin, settled in middle Georgia.”

From general information gathered there seems to also be some Talladega County relatives who will share pretty heavily in this estate. They are Mrs. E.J. Smith, of Sylacauga and Mrs. Mollie Key Kidd, of Childersburg.

From: joycerhathaway <>

Subject: [EDWARDS-L] Robert Edwards Wife

Date: Wed, 30 Sep 1998 12:08:58 -0600

Hi Everybody:

I'm back from my five day trip and since I had unsubscribed from the

list if you sent me a message via the list please send again.

A few weeks ago I posted a tidbit on Key/Edwards pertaining to Robert

Edwards (of the ESTATE) and Nancy and Mary Bibb relationship. I also

posted last week a film number that you could order from any Family History

Center in the world which contains the filmed Newsletters of the

Consolidated EDWARDS Heirs. I recieved into my hometown Center this film.

These newsletters were prepared in order to bring together all the various

groups of EDWARDS HEIRS and to keep everyone informed of what was happening

with the lawyers and also to help and inform each others of their research

efforts. It contains the whole story of Robert Edwards and his estate and

also information from some of the oldest Heirs still living and what they

remember of their genealogy. It tells of those who try to swindle the

heirs, and what happens. The saddest part is the story of their lawyer who

had worked very hard for them for two years and how he is brought up on

trumped up charges, his health is broken and because of threats to others

he pleads guilty to mail fraud. This is when the organizations are

disbanded. It tells the whole story. There is a 2-1/2 pg. letter from the

Key Family who tell

"However it has been developed that the said estate was willed by Robt.

Edwards to his wife, Mary Rutherford Edwards, (our ancestral aunt) and

sister of Mrs. Nancy Bibb Key, wife of Martin Key, aforesaid, with power to

adopt a male heir of the Judge Edmund Pendleton line of Va. as the legatee

thereof. In keeping with said will, Mary Rutherford Edwards, did make a

last will and testament, leaving Mr. Edmund C. Pendleton, of KY., sole heir

or legatee of said estate. The will of Robert Edwards is dated 12 NOV

1794, AND PROBATED, May term of court, District of Columbia, 1795. He

bequeathed 49 acres, 3 rods and 8 poles of land in the suburbs of N.Y. City

under lease to the Crown of England for 99 years, to expire in 1871, also

many bonds in which cash & securities were invested, & 7000 acres of land

in KY."

The letter continues;

"Mr. Edmund C. Pendelton has consented by contract, at the same time

recognizing the Key family as collateral heirs & legatees of Mrs. Edwards,

by virtue of her sisterhood with Mrs. Nancy Bibb Key, to avoid all

litigation in contest of the wills & in appreciation of the heirship at law

of the Key family, to convey to the Executive Committee for the benefit of

the Bibb-Key families, two thirds of the estate with the understanding that

said committee investigate & prosecute the recovery of said estate, giving

the Executive Committee the right to distribute the proceeds of said

recovery with the descendants of Martin and Nancy Bibb Key, Albemarle Co.,

and of John Bibb, of Hanover Co., VA., to only such as may contribute to

the expense of investigation & recovery, as assented by the said executive

committee as in furtherance of his labors to that end."

The newsletters contain the Final Report of the Board of Directors of the

Consolidated Association of Edwards Heirs, dated Lockland, Ohio, March 16,

1928, the President's Report. This is followed by a report from Gen.

Gillette. Then follows another report from the law firm the Heirs paid to

defend their lawyer Mr. Joel F. Webb who was indicted by the Federal Grand

Jury of the District Court of the United Sates for the Southern Division of

the Northern District of Alabama 6 Jan 1928. This firm was Fort, Beddow &

Ray, Attorneys.

Then follows all the papers and Association Notes from the time they made

the call to all heirs of Robert Edwards. It lists all their officers.

This meeting was held at Akron, Ohio 10 Oct. 1895 at 1 o'clock p.m. by the

Rev. J.D.Steele, of Nashville, TN., and for the purpose to consider facts

concerning the estate and the prospect for recovering it. Judge Tibbals

being an able attorney was the first speaker and then he introduced Mr.

A.D. Powers, of Owensboro, KY who spoke as follows: I believe the success

upon which this enterprise depends is co-operation. My connection with the

Edwards estate is through by wife. She was an Edwards, and was raised in

Milan, TN. She was the daughter of Mary Edwards, daughter of William

Edwards, son of Straton Edwards, son of William Edwards, son of James

Edwards who was a full brother of Robert Edwards, whom we claim leased this

estate. . . . .

My wife's grandfather William Edwards spent the last ten years of his life

in an ernest effort to obtain data to recover the estate. At the time of

his death he had gained a great deal of valuable information and had spent

the larger portion of his estate. I was repeatedly urged to take up this

work, and it was with some reluctance that I attemped it, realizing, as I

did, the enormous task that lay before me.. . . .actively engaged for the

last four /five years. . .recieved large amt. of correspondence from the

heirs. . . . . adhere strictly to the fact. . . . .leaving out tradition

entirely. . . . . .

I will now read a letter written by Orange Edwards, of Ripley, OHIO which

bears some direct testimony on the case. Ripley, Ohio, 17 Aug 1891:

Dr. John McKay.

Dear Sir. I am in receipt of your favor of the 15th inst., and contents

carefully noted. I am the youngest son of George Edwards, who was the

youngest son of James Edwards, who was the son of Robert Edwards, of

Aberdeen, Scotland, who died leaving two heirs, James and Alexander, or

Robert Alexander. Wm. Everett Edwards was fathers oldest brother. I

repeat, James Edwards had but one brother, and he never married, but was an

old bachelor when he died and had been a sea captain, & that was the means

by which he became owner of this New York property. He held letters of

Marque and reprisal issued by King George to prey upon French ships in the

war with Canada, and before the Revolutionary War. Robert Edwards was

father of James. When James and Alexander were small boys, perhaps as

early as 1730, long before the data of any of those papers, Jacob Edwards,

brother to your grandfather , and my father, married and had three

children, a son and two daughters, and father raised the son to majority

and without issue. The daughters married and moved to the far west, and

out of my knowlege. James married and had one child, which died in

infancy. Father had 3 sisters, all married and raised families, but there

is not a brother or sister of father's living, and their heirs are all

scattered until I know no more where they are than I did where you were

before I got your letter. I would like for you to bear one thing in mind,

and that is, grandfather James Edwards, was his youngest child, and father

was 99 years old when he died, and I am his youngest child, and am 72,

therefore you can readily see why I am unable to trace the heirs of my

uncles and aunts. I have neither brother nor sister living but one.

Grandfather James Edwards died at father's house. Grandmother died many

years before, and father lived with me more than 20 years and died at my


Father and cousin Hayden Edwards visited each other frequently, but the

last time cousin Hayden was at my house, he told us he expected to go to

Aberdeen, Scotland, and the papers grandfather James left to father George,

in regard to the N.Y. property and also in Scotland, were delivered over to

Hayden Edwards in my house and in my presence and it seems to me they ought

to be forthcoming. I have no doubt that we are legal heirs and know enough

about those papers to know they would clean up the title beyond doubt.

Hope you will make a diligent search for them. When Hayden Edwards visited

us, and when he got those papers, there were two young ladies with him.

One, an adopted daughter by the name of Stone, and I am in- formed that

cousin Hayden married her after the death of his first wife; is so, she was

many years younger than I am. i presume she is still living, and more

likely to have the papers. Perhaps they went into the hands of Hayden's

executor. I have fathers old Scotch bible, but we can prove nothing by

that. Grandmother's people left the state of N.Y., and hence I know

nothing about them except tradition. I am unable to give date when Robert

Edwards married Eleanor Laws, but presume it must have been near 1700,

reckoning from grandfather's birth. I saw the paperw before Hayden got

them, and at the time, and they will clean this matter all up, and without

them we will have trouble, for I am satisfied the records have been

tampered with. I examined them some ten years ago. Alexander Edwards,

brother to your grandfather, was killed in the Indian wars in Kentucky and

was never married, so there are none of the Edwards that bear the name

except our family and Travis Edwards' descendants. Yours Truly, O.Edwards

P.S. I have received letters from every state except two, and have been

invited to attend all their meeting, but have attended no meetings and have

answered no letters except from the Scotch branch. O.E.

There are letters from the Legislature, from heirs and others. I

photocopied about fifty or sixty pages @20cents a sheet and ran out of

change and no check book. I will go back in next day or two and try to get

those early genealogies as given by the oldest living heirs.

This is all so interesting to me. Perhaps you all have already covered

this ground?????

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VA, United States
January 18, 1750
Age 9
Province of Virginia
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Albemarle, VA, United States
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Albemarle, Virginia, USA
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October 20, 1759
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