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 Thomas C Poor

Thomas C Poor

North Carolina, USA
Death 25 Apr 1874 (aged 56–57)
Delaware County, Indiana, USA
Burial Eaton, Delaware County, Indiana, USA
Memorial ID 49074571 · View Source
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Thomas C Poor married first 20 Oct 1848 Mary Elizabeth Williams b. 11 Nov 1831 OH, the daughter of Thomas Williams and Frances 'Fanny' Ferguson.

Thomas Poor and first wife Mary Elizabeth appear in the 1850 census for  Liberty Township, Delaware County, Indiana without any children and with her listed as ‘Elizabeth'. The small towns in this area at the time were Selma and Smithfield and early Muncie, as well as Eaton to the north. The 1850 census was taken on Sept. 20.  Their first child was born Oct 8, 1849 and died 27 Sept. 1850 (7 days after the census was taken) and lived to be only 11 months and 19 days. This was Alfred Poor who is buried in the Granville Cemetery, Niles Township, Delaware County. His grave says s/o T.C. and Mary. In 1851 they had another son, William H. Poor, who survived.

On July 16, 1853, her father Thomas Williams sold Thomas C. Poor 120 acres by the railroad tracks in Eaton for the sum of $1500. Mary Elizabeth Williams died early after only 7 yrs of marriage. She is buried in Granville Cemetery, Delaware Co IN.

After her death on Apr 23 1855, Thomas C. Poor married 2nd on June 26 1856, Martha Jane Haynes b. Aug 1838, the daughter of Daniel Haynes and Mary Jane Stow. Thomas C. Poor had one surviving child from first marriage to Mary Elizabeth Williams (William H. Poor 1851, and two other children died who are buried in Granville Cem Delaware Co IN. Thomas C. Poor had an additional 11 children with 2nd wife Martha Jane Haynes Poor.

Of note is the fact that Martha Jane Haynes was sister to the Cornelia Ann Haynes who married Mary Elizabeth Williams brother Enoch M Williams. The families knew each other. After their marriage, 2nd wife Martha Jane Haynes Poor named their first child Mary Elizabeth Poor--after his first wife, Mary Elizabeth (Williams) Poor.

Thomas C. Poor donated a corner piece of his land for the schoolhouse which subsequently was called the 'Poor School House.' His eldest son William H. Poor got in trouble in this same school house. 1869-Public Order Crime: Disturbing the Peace. William was found guilty for shooting off his pistol inside the Poor school house during a spelling competition. He not only shot off his pistol, ‘whooping and hollering and cursing', but also lit firecrackers he held in his hand, and then threw live firecrackers within the school room. He was 18 yrs. old.

Thomas C. Poor died April 25, 1874 leaving a widow and many children.

At the time of his death, the eldest William H. Poor age 24 did not live at home, and the remaining children were ages 17, 16, 14, 13, 11, 9, 8, 6, 4, 2, and 9 months. The widow's brother, Wright Haynes served as administrator for the estate of Thomas C. Poor and the probate indicates that their debts would require auctioning off of 2/3 of the family farm, leaving Martha and the children on a remaining 1/3. An auction notice was posted, the auction held, at the highest bidder was their neighbor Olney Scott.

He therefore posted notice of private sale of 2/3 of the family farm to be auctioned to the highest bidder on Monday, the 28th day of June 1875. The auction took place and Olney Scott was the highest bidder and bought the farm of Thomas C. Poor. Ten years after they buy the 2/3 auctioned off of the original Poor family farm, the three families (Scott, Poor, Haynes) find themselves in court over the shooting of William F. Haynes. Olney Scott, who bought the farm was the son of Bishop Scott who fired the pistol and caused the death of William Haynes.

There is a land record dated June 28, 1875 whereby Martha Poor widow transferred to Jane A. Scott for the sum of $366 40 acres described as 'The undivided one third part of the south east quarter of the south east quarter section No 11 Township 22 North, Range 10 East.

It is unclear if it was just Thomas Poor's land sold or also William H. Poor's 40 acres as well. It was worded "will offer for private sale on the premises in Union Township, on Monday the 28th day of June 1875, the undivided two thirds of the east half of the southeast quarter of section eleven, township twenty-two, north or Range ten, east in Delaware County, IN. I believe it was just Thomas C. Poor's land, the 80 acres. Wright Haynes, Martha's brother who acted as administrator for her, did in fact take on himself and his own estate the sum of $92.34 in debts for his sister Martha which were not able to be paid from her monies for the sale of the farm. After his own death (Wright Haynes death), these individuals/creditors owed-- sued against the estate of Wright Haynes to collect the remainder of Thomas C. Poor's original debt.

At the time of his death, the personal property and real estate of Thomas C. Poor had to be appraised. The following items were listed:

Note on Wm. H. Poor $6.20
Reel of Wheel $1
2 augers 25 cents
Brush 20 cents
Lot fresh corn 50 cents
Cross cut saw $1
Tub 10 cents
Lantern 20 cents
Shovel 75 cents
Iron kettle 50 cents
Grind stone 10 cents
Dinner Bell $5
Double Shovel Plough 25 cents
Half of Reaper $2
Old Plough $1
Harrow $1.50
1 Harness $2
2 Forks 50 cents
Saw and cradle 10 cents
Saw 25 cents
Scoop Shovel 25 cents
Cutting box $4
Walnut siding $6
Saddle and sheep pelt $1
1 Black Mare $10
How and Rake $1
Double tree and single tree 65 cents
Hatchet 50 cents
5 Hogs and 9 Pigs $25
1 Roan cow $20
1 White Heiffer $6
Bed and Bedding $15
Bed and Bedding $3
Trunnel Bed and Bedding $1
1 Table $12
1 Cook Stove $2
Crock $1.50
Bureau $2
Safe and Contents $3
1 Clock $1
1 Corn Planter $2.25
1 Rifle gun $2
13 sheep at $1.25 apiece
19 lbs of wool at 20 cents/lb
Breast chains 25 cents
Value of 80 acres section 11, Twp 22, Range 10 $800 land, $300 improvements
Value of 40 acres section 11, Twp 22, Range 10 $400 land, $200 improvements
(May, 1874 appraisal)

The following children were still living and named as heirs of Thomas C. Poor.
William Poor, age 24
Mary E. Poor, age 17
Martha J Poor, age 16
Daniel M Poor, age 14
Thomas F. Poor age 13
Charles V. Poor age 11
Anna M Poor, age 9
Laura Poor, age 8
Wilis G. Poor, age 6 (this is Ulysses Grant Poor)
Rachel A Poor, age 4
Samuel V. Poor, age 2
James E. Poor age 1 yr 9 mos.

Remaining on the 1/3 piece, Martha Poor, on the 1880 census said she was still ‘farming.' However she later left Indiana and moved to early Butte, MT with some of the children.

The widow Martha Poor was in court in 1876. She was being sued by the Singer Sewing Manufacturing Company over the refusal to pay for a $75 Singer sewing machine she had bought which she was given twelve months to pay for. She was refusing to pay on the grounds that it was misrepresented to her in the sale. That it was "not easy to use as they had stated, was not in good repair and working condition, and was made of inferior materials." However the Singer Sewing company now was asking for a $125 judgement which would include their court costs and attorney fees.

Her life after Thomas died, was not easy in Indiana on a small piece of farm.
However on April 18, 1881 there is a land record whereby Martha Poor conveyed and quit claimed to Olney Scott of Delaware County for the sum of $200 the following real estate: The undivided 1/3 part of the North east quarter of the south east quarter of Section 11 in Twp 22 north, range 10 east the premises conveyed estimated to contain thirteen and 1/3 acres and being the dower of Thomas C. Poor deceased, in the said north east quarter of the south east quarter of Section 11 aforesaid. It must be that at this time she and her daughters had decided to move to Butte, Montana.

CEMETERY INDEX GIVES LOCATION AS #East side of cemetery between plots 34 and 35, JJ Hunt and Sanford Toll




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