Notes for John Flowers: It seems that John Flowers came to Pike County from either Bladen County, North Carolina, or neighboring Columbus County, North Carolina. The 1850 census shows that John Flowers was living just north of Brundidge, probably in the Pronto community. John owned between 600 and 800 acres of land in Pike County. It is thought that John died when the family was living in the Pronto community. John's will is on file in the county Probate Office. It appears that Nancy, widow of John Flowers, then moved with her children Hilliard's Cross Roads community where she later died.
Will of John Flowers In the name of God, Amen. I, John Flowers,of the county of Pike and state of Alabama, being weak in body but of sound and disposing mind and memory and believing from my present afflictions and knowing the uncertainty of this frail and transitory life that I must shortly die, do therefore make, ordain, and publish this to be my last will and testament. And first I direct that my body be decently buried according to the forms, rights and ceremonies of our holy religion. Item First - I desire that all my just debts, funeral expenses, etc to be paid as soon after my decease as possible out of the first monies that shall come into the hands of my executors hereinafter named. Item Second - I have heretofore by Deed of Gift given off to each of my children certain Negroes, horses, stock, monies, etc. by way of advancement which they are to have as therein specified and I now dispose of the residue of my property as follows, that is to say: Item Third - I give, bequeath and desire to my beloved wife, Nancy Flowers, for and during the term of her natural life or her widowhood all the rest of my property, both real and personal, house hold and kitchen furniture, farming utensils and stock of every description and she shall have to ablsolute control and keep the same together and may give off to any of my children their portion hereinafter specified when they marry or arrive at the age of maturity or twenty-one or she may dispose of or give to any of them at any time what she thinks proper according to the manner in which I have desired the same hereinafter expressed. Item Fourth - I give and bequeath at my wife's death or her marriage all the real estate which I now have, amounting to six hundred and eighty acres more or less, to William Willis Flowers, Luke Isham Flowersk and Silas Wright Flowers, over and above the rest_____________hereinafter provided, of my children they having heretofore received monies and pay over two hundred dollars each, which makes them equal except John C. Flowers and A. F. Flowers, who are to have each one hundred dollars out of my estate. Item Fifth - I now give and bequeath at my wife's death or marriage as specified in Article or Item 2nd the balance of my Negro property as follows: To John C. Flowers, one Negro girl, Charlotte, about 16 years of age. To A. F. Flowers, a Negro girl, Mary, about 15 years of age. And to both of them I give and bequeath to them, the said John C. and A. F. Flowers, the boy Abram, which they are to divide equally between themselves or one shall buy the other's part, give or take. To Kiziah, wife of Daniel H. Horn, three Negroes, Stepney, Peggy, and Dempsey. To Marilda Ann, wife of Oliver Horn, three Negroes, Alfred, a Negro boy about 21 years of age. To Lucretia, wife of Angus McLeod, the boy, Frank and I give to both of them, the said Marilda Horn and Lucretia McLeod, a Negro girl, Hannah, about 25 or 30 years of age, to be equally divided between them according to equity and justice as above. To William Willis Flowers, I give Elsey and Caroline. Elsey about 30 years of age and Caroline about 4 or 5 years of age. To Luke I. Flowers, Kitty, about 22 years of age. To Silas W. Flowers, the slaves Ben, Silla, and Sarah. To Mary Jane Flowers, the boy Arah, about 4 or 5 years old. To Helan E. Flowers, the boy, Owen and to both of them, Mary Jane Flowers and Helen E. Flowers, the boy Adam to be equally divided between them according to justice and as they may agree. Item Sixth - the residue of my property in the hands of my executors, monies on hand, goods and chattles, rights and credits, household and kitchen funiture, plantation and farming utensils, stock of every description and everything left at my wife's death to be sold and appropriated to the schooling, maintenance and education of my youngest children, William Willis Flowers, Helan E. Flowers, Luke I. Flowers, Silas W. Flowers, and Mary Jane Flowers or if any left them to be equally divided among the last mentioned five children. Item Seventh - And lastly I hereby make, constitute and appoint my sons, John C. Flowers and Alexander F. Flowers my lawful executors to this my last will and testament, hereby revoking all former wills by me heretofore made. In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and affixed my seal this 9th day of December A. D. 1853 and 78th year of American Independence. John Flowers Witnesses: Bird Fitzpatrick Josiah B. Cook John Johns
More About John Flowers: Date born 2: 1796 Burial: Union Springs Primitive Baptist Church Cemetery near Brundidge, Alabama..
More About John Flowers and Nancy Williamson: Marriage: November 22, 1825, Pike County, Alabama.