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Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Ezell of Davidson County

This is not my line.  This is information that I have gathered on the Ezell family over the years. I am passing the information on in hope of helping someone else. I posted some of this info to rootsweb message boards in 2003 -
See Davidson County Chancery Court Loose Records, File # 1100 and  - From deposition of James Hamiton, Mar 21, 1857, Chancery Case # 1100, Peyton Watson vs. James Hamilton. Susan Ezell, mother of Lafayette is 72 or 73 years of age and in good health.

and Davidson County Chancery Court Loose Records, File # 234 Schulter, Pigg & Others vs. T. Wright & Others

On the 3rd day of April 1849, Susannah Ezell, aged about 67 years and Minerva E. Marshall aged about 33 years, deposed in the house of Joseph Marshall in Rutherford Co., TN. 

Davidson County Will Book 11, page 378
The will of Jeremiah Ezell was written January 8, 1834 and filed in Will Book 11, page 378 in Davidson County, TN. The original will is on file at Metro Archives, written and signed by Jeremiah Ezell.

He gives to his wife Susanna Ezell the land and plantation "whereon I now live in Davidson County Mill Creek Tennesee".

Also names "oldest son Collattinus C. Ezell",
"Doct. Lafayette Ezell 2nd son",
"3rd son Uberto Desaix Ezell",
"daughter Minerva E. Marshall",
and "4th son Gregor McGregor Ezell". (The name is definately written as Gregor McGreogor.)

Davidson County Court Minute Book B,
Page 309, March 5, 1838, Jeremiah Ezell – Will – A paper purportinig to be the last will and testament and codicil of Jeremia Ezell dec was produced in court for probate and proved thus.  Robert Buchanan one of the subscribing witnesses says that he became such in the presence of the testator
and at his request and in the presence of Thomas Buchanan the other witness and that he believes that said Jeremiah Ezell was of sound and disposing mind at the time of executing said will and codicil.  Edward H East says he is acquainted with the handwriting of Jeremiah Ezell and believes the body of the will are in the proper writing of Jeremiah Ezell but cannot prove as to the codicil.  JosephVaulx also believes the will is true but cannot prove the codicil.  Henry Hollingsworth says he is acquainted with the handwriting of said Jeremiah Ezell and he believes the handwriting and signatures to the will codicil and memorandum on the back thereof are the handwriting of Jeremiah Ezell.  And Collatinus E Ezell, Alberto D Ezell, Gregor Mc Ezell,  De Lafayette Ezell, Josiah Marshall & Minerva E Marshall his wife heirs and divisees of Jeremiah Ezell dec all being personally present in court asserted to the probate as above.  Ordered that the will, codicil & memorandum be admitted to record as such.  Collatinces Ezell the executor came into court and gave bond in the sum of $3000 with Lafayette Ezell & G M Ezell his securities and qualified according to law.

Page 310, March 5, 1838, Jere Ezell – Comm to divide negroes – Court appoint Thomas S King, Edward H East, Robert Buchanan, Wilfred D Gowan & Willis N Hawkins Commissioners to divide ten slaves among the ;heirs and divisees of Jeremiah Ezell dec and make report to ensuing court.  (See petition filed)

Page 336, June 5, 1838—J Ezell dec—Inventory and account of sales—Said account returned into court by C C Ezell Exec .  Ordered to be recorded.
Page 336, June 5, 1838—J Ezell—Negroes divided—Thomas S King, Edward H East, Wm N Hawkins, Wilfred B Gowers (Gowen ? sp) & Robert Buchanan Comms appointed at March term and to value and allot negroes belonging to the estate of Jeremiah Ezell among his heirs.  Ordered to be recorded.

Jeremiah Ezell of Davidson Co., TN had sons Collatinus, Lafayette, Gregor McGregor and Desaix. The latter 3 were all named for men involved in the Napolenic Wars. Collatinus is a figure [a soldier] from ancient Roman history. As Collatinus is the oldest he was born before the end of the Napolean era. It would seem that Jeremiah had an interest in military history.

History of the name Collatinus

166. The rape of Lucretia. Traditionally, Ardea, near Rome, ca. 510 B.C. (Livy, History of Rome 1.57.6-58. Late 1st cent. B.C.-early 1st cent. A.D. L)
While they were drinking at Sextus Tarquinius' house, where Tarquinius Collatinus, son of Egerius, was also dining, the conversation happened to turn to their wives. Each one praised his own, and the discussion heated up. Collatinus said there was no need for all the talk as only a few hours were needed to prove beyond a doubt that his wife was the most virtuous.
'We are young and strong. Why don't we get on our horses and make a surprise visit. Then we'll see with our own eyes how our wives behave when we're not around.' The wine had got them fired up.

'Let's go!' they cried and flew off towards Rome, which they reached as twilight was falling. There they found the daughters-in-law of the king banqueting with their friends. They continued on to Collatia to check on Lucretia, whom they found, not at dinner like the others, but in the atrium of the house, with only her maidservants, working at her wool by lamplight.

There was no question who won the contest. She greeted her husband and the Tarquins, and the victorious husband graciously invited the others to dine. That was when Sextus Tarquinius became inflamed by lust and became possessed by the idea of raping Lucretia.

A few days later, unbeknownst to Collatinus, Sextus Tarquinius returned to Collatia with a single companion. The household received him warmly, as no one realized why he had come, and after dinner he was shown to the guestroom already seething with passion.

When he was sure everyone in the house was asleep, he went, with his sword drawn, to Lucretia's room, where she was asleep. With his left hand he pinned her to the bed and said, 'Not a sound, Lucretia. It is I, Sextus Tarquinius. I've got a sword in my hand. One sound and you will die.' The terrified woman, awakened like that, was sure she was going to die. Tarquinius confessed his love and tried to persuade her with a combination of entreaties and threats. But when he saw that the fear of death was having no effect, he tried that of dishonour.

He said that next to her dead body he would place the corpse of a slave with his throat cut. That way it would seem that she had been killed in the act of adultery. With such terror his lust triumphed over her tenacious chastity, and then he went away, proud of having blotted the woman's honour.

Lucretia, overwrought by her ordeal, send a messenger to her father in Rome and her husband in Ardea for them to come to her each with one trusted friend and that they should hurry as something terrible had happened. Spurius Lucretius came with Publius Valerius, son of Volesus, while her husband brought Lucius Junius Brutus with whom he happened to be returned to Rome when he met his wife's messenger.

They found Lucretia weeping in her room. 'Are you all right?' asked her husband. 'No', she replied, 'how can anything be all right if a woman has lost her honour? In your bed, Collatinus, you'll find the traces of another man. But only the body was violated, the mind is innocent, as my death shall attest. Promise me that the adulterer will be punished. He is Sextus Tarquinius. Last night, he came an enemy masquerading as a guest and by force of arms took his pleasure. But that pleasure, if you are men, will be death for him as well as for me.'

They all promised and reassured her that she, who had been forced, was not guilty, but only the author of the crime. 'You'll see,' she said, 'what punishment he deserves. As for me, although I absolve myself of guilt, I do not release myself from paying the penalty. From now on, no woman can use the example of Lucretia to live unchaste.' With that she took the dagger she had hidden in her clothes, plunged in into her heart, and fell forward dead. Her husband and father cried out.

History of the name Lafayette

Gilbert du Mottier was just under age two when his father was killed at the Battle of Minden in 1759, during the Seven Years' War, whereupon Little Gilbert became the Marquis de La Fayette. When he was age eleven his mother and grandfather died, leaving Lafayette a very wealthy orphan. While a member of the King's Musketeers, at age 15, the duc d'Aven was so impressed with the boy he made him a lieutenant and arranged for Lafayette to marry his daughter Adrienne. The marriage took place in 1774, when Lafayette was aged sixteen and the bride a year younger, whereupon Lafayette immediately became a captain. Eventually Lafayette and Adrienne had one son and two daughters. Adrienne became one of the most devoted wives in the world, as you will learn later.

After Napoleon defeated the forces of Francis II, Holy Roman Emperor, in 1797, Lafayette and his wife and daughters were released from prison. Meanwhile, Adrienne's health suffered for years due to her confinement in the dungeon, and on Christmas Eve 1807 she died at age 48, having spent 33 years with her beloved Lafayette. Knowing her devotion, Lafayette promised never to remarry, and he never did. According to her wishes, Adrienne was buried in the little Picpus Cemetery in Paris.

Lafayette died on 20 May 1834 at age 78 and was buried next to his wife in the little Picpus Cemetery in Paris. The soil he had brought back from Bunker Hill Monument was poured over his grave.

History of the name  Desaix

Louis Charles Antoine Des Aix de Veygoux (17/08/1768 - 14/06/1800) [Louis Desaix]
Born in Chateau D'Ayat, near Riom, Auvergne. Died on the field of Marengo, Italy. The son of an impoverished noble, he rose to become one of the most respected generals of the Rhin-et-Moselle. Served under both Moreau and Pichegru, and was close friends with General [later Marshal] Gouvion Saint-Cyr. He followed Bonaparte to Egypt with his aides Rapp, Savary, and Clément (along with convincing the young General Bonaparte to take along his protegé, Louis-Nicolas Davout), and led his first solo campaign through upper Eygpt, proving his prowess as an independent commander. Returned to France in May 1800 and joined the second Italian Campaign. Came to the aid of Bonaparte's beleaguered army at Marengo, and charging the Austrian line along with Kellermann fils' cavalry, Victor's infantry and Marmont's artillery, secured the plain and won the battle at the expense of his life.

History of the name Minerva

Minerva was the Roman goddess of wisdom and sponsor of arts, trade, and strategy. From the 2nd century BC onwards, the Romans equated her with the Greek goddess Athena.[2] She was the virgin goddess of music, poetry, medicine, wisdom, commerce, weaving, crafts, and magic.

History of the name Gregor McGregor 

Gregor McGregor Ezell was named for Gregor McGregor, an adventurer who had served in the Napolenic wars and Simon Bolivar's revolution in Venezuela. In 1817 he led an army of adventurers and captured Fernandina Island without firing a shot. Gregor McGregor intended to take all of Florida from Spain, but failed to gain aid from the US government. He held the island for three months flying the Green Cross of Florida Flag. He then left his Lietenants in charge of the island, which was taken by the pirate Luis Aury. Aury raised the flag of the Republic of Mexico over the island. The pirates used the island to move slaves over the Georgia line before the US Naval squandron put an end to their reign.
A biography of Ubert D. Ezell, M.D. Transcribed by Jane Riggs Curci July 3, 2014
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Page 440 UBERT D. EZELL, M.D. A physician and surgeon whose capable work has made him known over an extensive region of western Texas, chiefly Johnson and Bosque counties, Dr. Ezell represents a family of physicians and is now an honored resident of Cleburne. He was born in Austin, Texas, January 5, 1867. He is of French ancestry. His great grandfather, Jeremiah Ezell was born in France (not accurate), and founded the name in this country. The grandfather of Dr. Ezell of Cleburne, was Doctor Ubert Ezell, who was born in Davidson County, Tennessee December 8, 1809, He graduated in medicine at New Orleans in the institution that became Tulane University. He practiced Medicine at Nashville until 1861, when he came to Texas and joined his son at Austin and died there in 1871. Dr. Ubert Ezell married Isabella Marshall, who was born in Rutherford County, Tennessee, September 9, 1811, and died in Austin about 1900. They reared eight children, four of whom are still living: John who was a Confederate soldier, has been a contractor and carpenter in business and is still living in Austin; Mary Culistine, wife of Pike McFarland of San Antnio; and David of Amarillo, Texas.

The father of the Cleburne physician was Coriolanus Ezell, who as born abut five miles northeast of Nashville, Tennessee, but in early childhood the family moved to Nashville where he grew up and served in an old time apprenticeship to the trade of wheelwright. That trade he made his lifelong occupation. In 1849 he started for Texas, coming from Nashville, and he and his wife spent several months in Arkansas on the way and thence proceeded on horseback in company with a friend. When they reached Indian Territory the friend decided to return home and the Ezells went on alone. They came in contact with the Comanche Indians, but found them friendly and considerate. At San Antonio Coriolanus Ezell was employed at his trade for about five years, and then settled permanently at Austin. At Austin he made a specialty of baby buggies, and probably made the

page 440. first of these vehicles in the state. This he found more profitable than making horse vehicles. He was still active in his work when he died in November, 1871, at the age of forty-nine. His life was spent quietly and without the honors of public office, though he saw some service as a Confederate soldier under Captain Carrington on the border. Most of his fighting was with Mexicans and outlaws, and he was in the state all the time except one incursion into Louisiana, where his command came in contact with Federal troops. He was very industrious, thought little of affairs other than his own and his family and their spiritual welfare, was devout, a close reader of Scriptures, and his old Bible is a prized possession of Ezell.

Coriolanus Ezell married Martha Robinson, who was born in LaClede County, Missouri, February 27, 1850, her parents being natives of Tennessee. By her first marriage her two children were Dr. U. D. and Mary Culistine, who died at Amarillo, the wife of Ed Orbison, leaving a son, Curtis Orbinson. Martha Ezell married for her second husband, M. B. Pogue, and the eight daughters and son of that union now live at different points in Texas, Oklahoma, Missouri and Arizona. Mrs. Marth Pogue died March 18, 1917, at Cleburne. Her mother was a Hardeman, a cousin of Tine Gotch and Dr. Black Hardeman, old time and prominent Texans, after one of whom a county of the state was named.

In December, 1871, Mrs. Coriolanus Ezell moved to Bosque County to be near her people. Ubert D. Ezell was then four years of age and he grew up on the Ezell farm and attended a little country school house on his mother's land. At the age of seventeen he graduated from Add-Ran College at Thorp Spring. This was followed by an experience of two summers and one winter on the range as cowboy, an occupation that gave him the money to pursue his medical education. He was employed by the Kit Carter Cattle Company, the headquarters of which were in Palo Pinto County, but his work as a range man covered a wide extent of the plains Dr. Ezell entered Tulane University Medical School, where his grandfather had finished his course. He graduated June 3, 1889, and had previously practiced to some extent on a district certificate. he began his real career as a physician and surgeon at Kimball in Bosque County, and continued the arduous work of his calling there thirty-four years. On leaving Kimball he removed to Cleburne. During his residence in Bosque County he carried on in connection with his professional duties stock farming, and was a successful breeder and handler of registered saddle horses of the Blue Bull and later the Hall strain. Dr. Ezell never participated in county politics, but has always voted as a democrat.

At Kimball, July 1, 1890, Dr. Ezell married Miss Ada James, who was born in Meridian, Texas, daughter of John and Ara (Bateman) James, her father a native of Missouri and her mother of Tennessee. Mrs. Ezell's grandfather was a physician. Of the three children in the James familyh the oldest was Fred James, now deceased; Mrs. Ezell is the secnd, and her sister Annie is Mrs. Jo Boggs of Cleburne.

Of the four children of Dr. and Mrs. Ezell the oldest is Dr. Coriolanus V. who graduated from the Cleburne High School, is a medical graduate of Vanderbilt University, and is now actively associated in practice with his fathr at Cleburne. He married Catherine Winstead. The second of tghe family is Leslie Muton, a resident of Cleburne, and formerly connected with the Santa Fe Railway Company. The two younger children are Marcileta, who finished her education in the Meridian High School, and James Marshall.