Elias Allred, Jr. lived his early life on his parent's farm in Randolph Co. NC. Sometime around the age of 18 he moved to the Pendleton District, SC. During his tenure in Pendleton, Elias, Jr. served in the local militia and also saw service in the War of 1812 (War of 1812 Pension Application File online at Ancestry.com). His wife, Mary "Polly", later received a widow's pension for his service. Shortly before 1820, Elias Jr. moved his family to Hall Co., Georgia.
In 1815 Elias, Sr. had moved from Randolph County, NC to Pendleton District, SC. and then on to Hall County, GA in 1827. Because of Elias, Sr.'s Revolutionary War service, he was allowed 2 draws in the 1832 Cherokee Land Lottery. He was awarded Lot 298, 2nd Sect., 4th District, Cherokee County. Elias, Sr. claimed his lot 4/1/1836, but he never occupied it.
Elias, Jr. and his family moved to the area (Pickens County) sometime around 1838.
Elias' Family Bible
The Bible pages were originally posted by on the personal website of Dwight Dover who told me the owner of the Bible is Patsy Allred Jordan of Tate, Georgia. Dover and Jordan are related by marriage and she gave him permission to share the Bible with everyone interested.
E.W. Allred of said state and county, being of sound mind, do make and declare this my last will and testament, hereby revoking all others heretofore made by me.
Item 1. I will and direct that my beloved wife, Patsey Allred, with whom I have lived many years and who has toiled with me in our efforts to make an honest support, take and have possession of all my effects, consisting of real estate, personal property, money, notes and accounts, and use, control and enjoy the same for her own comfort and support for and during the term of her natural life. I further desire and direct that no account shall be taken by my executor of the profits or any part of my estate in the possession of my said wife, as provided in this item, for and during her life, but the same shall be in her exclusive control and custody for her comfort, convenience and maintenance during her life.
Item 2. Whatever may remain of my estate at the death of my said wife Patsey, I will and direct that the same be by my executor distributed as follows, to wit: (a) To Rebecca Robbins, now residing in the state of Texas, give and bequeath the sum of Two Hundred Dollars, if in life at the time of the death of my said wife Patsey Allred, and should she not survive my said wife Patsey, then in such event, neither she nor her heirs nor issue shall receive any part of my estate. (b) To Rebecca Arthur, I give and bequeath the sum of Two Hundred Dollars, if in life at the time of the death of my said wife Patsey, but should the said Rebecca Arthur not survive my said wife Patsey, then in such event, neither she nor her heirs nor issue shall receive the sum bequeathed to her. (c) It is my will and desire that my Executor Executrix or legatees pay annually from the income of my estate, Fifty Dollars to the Minister of the Gospel in charge of the church in which my membership shall be at the time of my death, during the continuance of the lease to the Piedmont Marble Company or the successors.
Item 3. After paying the legacies provided for in item 2 of this will, I will and direct that the residue of my estate be divided into eleven equal parts of shares and be distributed as follows: (a) To the children of L. J. and Nancy Allred, and to their issue, I give and bequeath one eleventh interest, the issue of any deceased child to receive only such part as the child of said L. J. and Nancy Allred would have received in life at the time of distribution. (b) To John M. and Martha Allred and their issue I give and bequeath also one eleventh interest. (c) To the children of John Nicholson by his wife Elizabeth Nicholson and their issue I give and bequeath a one eleventh interest. (d) To Alfred Spence Sr. and his issue by Sallie Spence I give and bequeath a one eleventh interest. (e) To Harrison Pendley and his four children by his wife Keziah Pendley I give and bequeath a one eleventh interest. (f) To John F. McElroy and his wife Delilah EMcElroy and their children to wit, Wm. McElroy, James McElroy, Rebecca McElroy, Sophia Mathis, formerly McElroy, Josephine McElroy and Sallie McElroy I give and bequeath a one eleventh interest. (g) T N. C. and Mary McClain and their issue I give and bequeath a one eleventh interest. (h) To Malissa Griffeth and her issue by Stephen Griffeth I give and bequeath one eleventh interest. (i) To John Griffeth and Malinda Griffeth and their issue I give and bequeath a one eleventh interest. (j) To John H. McElroy who has devoted so much time and labor to make me comfortable in this life, and his wife, Sallie McElroy and their issue, I give and bequeath a one eleventh interest. (k) To the issue of Benjamin Falkner and his wife Patsey Falkner I give and bequeath a one eleventh interest.
Item 4. I will and direct that the real estate heretofore leased to the Piedmont Marble Company by me to wit; Part of land lots Nos 107, 84 and 69 in the 4th District and 2nd section in Pickens County be kept together and not sold by my executors or legatees during the existence of said lease, neither my executors nor the beneficiaries and legatees under this will shall have any right or authority to sell any of the land specified in this item during the existence of said lease to said Piedmont Marble Co: nor the right or authority to transfer or convey the title to said land nor any part thereof, nor any share or interest therein during the existence of said lease, but the right and title of said land shall remain and continue in my said legatees in common during the continuance of said lease, and any attempt to convey the title to any part of said land during the existence of said lease shall be null and void.
Item 5. It is my will and desire that John H. McElory have the privilege of cultivating the farming land on lots Nos. 107 and 84 and 69 in 4th District 2nd Section owned by me, during his life upon his paying to my executors or legatees reasonable rents, and after the death of my wife Patsey it is my will that said John M. McElroy have the privilege of occupying the residence and other buildings were I now reside.
Item 6. I further will and direct that John H. McElroy have the privilege of cultivating the Pettett and Darnell places, consisting of parts of land lots Nos, 82 and 71 in the 4th District and 2nd section of said County during the life time of my wife Patsey Allred upon his paying reasonable rents to my Executors.
Item 7. I hereby constitute and appoint my brother John M. Allred and my wife Patsey Allred Executor and Executrix of this last will and testament. In witness thereof, I have hereunto set my hand and seal this 29th day of May A.D. 1899. E.W. Allred. Signed and published by Elias W. Allred as his last will and testament in our presence as witnesses thereto by his request, we signing in his presence and in the presence of each other, this 29th day of May 1899. L. J. Darnell, G. W. Owen, John W. Henley.