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Elias Wills Napier

Male 1783 - 1848


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  • Born  05 Mar 1783  [1, 2
    Gender  Male 
    Died  07 Aug 1848  Dickson County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Person ID  I125  Nashville
    Last Modified  2 Mar 2008 

    Father  Richard Napier,   b. 12 Sep 1747, Albemarle County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 24 Mar 1823, Dickson County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Mother  Mary Wills,   b. 23 Feb 1757, Albemarle County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 13 Jul 1810, Dickson County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  22 Oct 1772  Goochland County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID  F57  Group Sheet

    Family 1  Judy,   b. abt. 1800, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. abt. 1895  [3, 4
    Married  Type: never married 
    Notes 
    • Judy was his slave seamstrees whom he emancipated in his will. Judy had five children. It is documented that William Carroll was his son, so it's likely that her other kids may have been his as well.
    • Judy and her family moved to Ohio in 1949. [5]
    Children 
    >1. William Carroll Napier,   b. 24 Sep 1824, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 05 Jan 1896
    >2. Fanny Napier,   b. abt. 1823, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location
    >3. James Monroe Napier,   b. abt. 1825, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location
     4. Thomas Benton Napier,   b. abt. 1830, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location
     5. Andrew Jackson Napier,   b. abt. 1830, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location
    Last Modified  22 Feb 2008 
    Family ID  F43  Group Sheet

    Family 2  Miss Williams 
    Married  Y  [6
    Divorced  Y  [7
    Last Modified  2 Mar 2008 
    Family ID  F104  Group Sheet

  • Documents

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    1820 TN Census: Elias W. Napier
    1820 TN Census: Elias W. Napier
    Source Citation: Year: 1820; Census Place: , Dickson County, Tennessee; Roll: M33_123; Page: 10; Image: 6.

    Elias W. Napier
    1 male age 26-45 - Elias himself
    5 female slaves < 14
    3 female slaves between 14-26

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    1830 AL Census: Elias Napier
    1830 AL Census: Elias Napier
    Source Citation: Year: 1830; Census Place: , Franklin County, Alabama; Roll: 1; Page: 74.

    Elias Napier
    1 male between 20-30 - unknown?
    1 male between 40-50 - Elias himself

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    1840 TN Census: Elias W. Napier
    1840 TN Census: Elias W. Napier
    Source Citation: Year: 1840; Census Place: , Dickson County, Tennessee; Roll: 520; Page: 222.

    Elias W. Napier
    1 male between 20-30 years old - unknown
    1 male between 60-70 years old - Elias himself

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    Death Notice: Elias W. Napier
    Death Notice: Elias W. Napier
    Published in the 14 Sep 1848 issue of the Daily Evening Transcript of Boston, Mass.

    Histories
    Will: Elias W. Napier
    Will: Elias W. Napier

  • Notes 
    • Was charged with rape by the state of TN in 1814 and in July 1819 charged with fathering a child with Betsy Shelton of Dickson County, Tennessee. [6]

  • Sources 
    1. [S47] James Carroll Napier (1845 - 1940): From Plantation to the City, Lovett, Bobby L., (The Southern Elite and Social Change, University of Arkansas Press, 2002), 74.

    2. [S53] Dorman, John F., and Claiborne T. Smith. Claiborne of Virginia : descendants of Colonel William Claiborne : the first eight generations. Baltimore: Gateway P, 1995., 527.

    3. [S39] Dickson County, Tennessee, Will Book, Volume 2, (Simmons Historical Society), WorldVitalRecords.com..

    4. [S48] African-American business leaders : a biographical dictionary, John N. Ingham, (Greenwood Press, 1994).

    5. [S47] James Carroll Napier (1845 - 1940): From Plantation to the City, Lovett, Bobby L., (The Southern Elite and Social Change, University of Arkansas Press, 2002), 75.

    6. [S53] Dorman, John F., and Claiborne T. Smith. Claiborne of Virginia : descendants of Colonel William Claiborne : the first eight generations. Baltimore: Gateway P, 1995., 528.

    7. [S53] Dorman, John F., and Claiborne T. Smith. Claiborne of Virginia : descendants of Colonel William Claiborne : the first eight generations. Baltimore: Gateway P, 1995., 528.
      They separated after a few months.