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Thomas James Key

Birthdate: (63)
Birthplace: Greene County, GA, USA
Death: March 5, 1857 (63)
Dallas County, AR, USA
Place of Burial: United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Joseph Stauton Key, Sr. and Judith Key
Husband of Sarah R. Key
Father of Joseph Lawrence Key; Permelia Emaline Robertson; Demarius W. Hardman and Thomas Asberry Key
Brother of Joseph Staunton Key, Jr.; Tandy Watts Key; Burrell Peebles Key; Caleb Witt Key; Nancy Phillips Johnson and 3 others

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About Thomas James Key



Thomas J. Key (M)

b. June 6, 1793, d. March 5, 1857, #5647

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    Thomas J. Key was born on June 6, 1793 at Jasper County, GA. He was the son of Joseph Stauton Key I and Judith Watts. 

Thomas J. Key married Sarah R. "Sally" Jones on January 9, 1812.

Thomas J. Key appeared as head of household in the census enumerated 1820 at Jasper County, GA.

Thomas was listed between the ages of 25 and 44 as head of household living with 4 males under the age of 10, one male between 16 and 25 (perhaps a brother), one female under 10 and one female 25 to 44. He was shown as a farmer.

    Thomas and Sarah moved to Dallas County, Arkansas in 1847. All of their children except Dr. James Barton Key followed them to Arkansas.
    Thomas was shown at age 57 in the 1850 Dallas County, Arkansas Census. He was listed in dwelling 355 and family 355, a white married male born in Georgia. 

His occupation was indicated as farmer.

Sarah was shown at age 57 as a married white female, born in Georgia.

The family was shown living two houses from their son Richard Childress and three house from son, Abraham Arnold.

He left a will on February 7, 1857 at will, Dallas County, AR,

[The following transctiption of the will of Thomas Key was done by Joe Key.]

    The Last Will and Testament of Thomas Key
    In the name of God-Amen.
    I Thomas Key of the state of Arkansas and county of Dallas being of feeble health but of sound and disposing mind and Memory, Calling to mind the frailty and uncertainty of human life and being desirous of Setting my worldly affairs and directing how the estate with which it has pleased God to bless me shall be disposed of after my decease, while I have strength and capacity so to do, do make and publish this my last Will and Testament hereby evoking and Making null and void all other last Wills and Testaments by me heretofore made-      And first I commend my Immortal spirit to God who gave it and my body to the earth to be buried with little expense or ostentation, by my executors herein after named-
    And as to my worldly Estate, and all the property Real, personal or Mixed of which I shall die seized and possessed, or to which I shall be entitled at the time of my death, I devise and bequeath in the manner and form following to wit..
    First My Will is that all my just debts and funeral expenses shall be by my said executors hereinafter named be paid out of my Estate as soon after my decease as shall by them be found convenient.
    Secondly, I give and bequeath to my beloved wife Sarah Key all my Estate both personal Real and Mixed during her natural life time except such part as shall be hereinafter mentioned.
    Third, I give to the Missionary Society One Thousand dollars to be paid over by my said executors as soon after my decease as may be convenient into the hands of Bishop James O. Andrews, Bishop George Pearce and Caleb W. Key and in case of their death or failure to serve as my agents or Trustees then to be put in the hands of the Georgia Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church South to be by said Trustees or a Majority of them or said Conference appropriated to the Spread of the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ.
    Fourth I give to my beloved son Abraham A. Key the sum of Seven Hundred dollars to be paid over by my said executors as early as practicable after the payment of the above grant to the said society.
    Fifth, I give and bequeath to my beloved son Tandy W. Key the Sum of One Thousand and Three hundred dollars to be paid over by my said executors as soon as the same can be obtained after the payment above mentioned or as may be convenient.
    Sixth, I give and bequeath to my beloved son Wesley F. B. C. Key the sum of Eleven Hundred dollars to be paid over by my said executors as early as convenient after the payment of the above grants or as may be thought convenient by said executors.
    Seventh, I give to my son in law Alb Britten Ward former husband of my dear Daughter Sarah R. Ward deceased, the Sum of One Dollar to be paid as early after my decease as may be deemed expedient by my said executors.
    Eight, I desire my said executors to pay the above legacies over in the order in which they stand or as nearly so as may be convenient and as early after my decease as can be done without molesting the comfort or supply of my dearly beloved wife Sarah Key.
    Ninth, My Will is that immediately after the decease of my beloved wife Sarah Key and after the payment of the Several legacies above mentioned or as soon there after as may be thought proper by my said executors to distribute or cause to be distributed equally share and share alike (Viz) to my beloved sons 

Joseph L. Key,

Thomas A. Key,

James B. Key,

Richard C. Key,

Abram A. Key,

Tandy W. Key,

Wesley F. B. C. Key

and to my beloved daughter Damaris W. Hardyman share and share alike, and also to the bodily heirs of my beloved daughter Permelia E. Dunahoe or so many of them as shall be alive at the time of said distribution one share to be equally divided amongst them taking into consideration the Value of a certain Negro girl called Manda Coveyed by me to the five eldest children of said Permelia E. Dunahoe which shall be by my said executors appraised or caused to be appraised said Negro girl and her heirs if any, and distribute said share so as to make their several shares equal including the value of said Negro girl and her bodily increase if any.

    Tenth, Whereas the bodily heirs of my beloved Daughter Permelia E. Dunahoe are in a helpless condition being to some extent destitute of education and the necessaries of life I Therefore Will that my said executors appropriate to use of her my said Daughter and her bodily heirs such Reasonable sum or sums as they may think Reasonable for the education and support of her and bodily heirs after my decease provided she shall still Remain separate and apart from her said husband and in a state or Widowhood, or until her said heirs shall become of age so as to enable them to earn the means for a support education &
    Eleventh and last, I hereby nominate my beloved sons Wesley F.B. C. Key, Joseph L. Key and Thomas A. Key executors of this my last Will and Testament containing ? ?.
    Record of Wills
    In testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand and affixed my seal on this Seventh day of February AD 1857.
    Subscribing Witnesses:
         Alexander L. Patterson
         Burrel Shaddock
    The above and foregoing last will and testament was filed and probated in Vacation May 12th, 1857 and was on this day duly recorded May 25th, 1857
         Joseph Gray. He died on March 5, 1857 at Holly Springs, Dallas County, AR, at age 63. [One source has the date as March 15, 1857.].
    Children of Thomas J. Key and Sarah R. "Sally" Jones:
   Joseph Lawrence Key+   b. September 22, 1812, d. January 15, 1878
   Thomas Asberry Key+   b. November 26, 1813, d. February, 1862
   Demaris W. Key+   b. March 14, 1815, d. July 10, 1885
   Doctor James Barton Key+   b. February 8, 1818, d. June, 1882
   Dr. Richard Childress Key+   b. 1820
   Parmelia Emily Key+   b. July 30, 1823, d. November 22, 1892
   Dr. Abraham Arnold Key+   b. September 16, 1825, d. August 5, 1890
   Tandy Watts Key   b. circa 1827
   Dr. Wesley F.B.C. Key   b. 1833 
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Thomas James Key's Timeline

June 6, 1793
Greene County, GA, USA
September 22, 1812
Age 19
Butts County, Georgia, United States
March 14, 1815
Age 21
Jasper County, Georgia, United States
July 30, 1823
Age 30
Jasper County, Georgia, United States
March 5, 1857
Age 63
Dallas County, AR, USA
Age 63
United States
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