Heirs of Rebecca Alexander

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Date: 1882 to 1887
Location: Rutherford County, Tennesseemap
Surname/tag: Wright
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Rebecca (Wright) Alexander, wife of Andrew Miller Alexander, and the only child of Jacob Wright, died on 1 November 1882 in Rutherford County, Tennessee, without living children. She died intestate, leaving a huge estate inherited from her father Jacob. Her husband Andrew remarried a much younger woman shortly after Rebecca's death; and extensive probate litigation ensued, leaving a gold mine of genealogical information behind. The orders and depositions in this court file provide detailed information on the heirs of the siblings of Rebecca's father Jacob who were still alive in 1887. Jacob's siblings included:

  1. Abraham Wright
  2. Isaac Wright
  3. Thompson Wright
  4. Rebecca Goodloe
  5. Elizabeth Brashear
  6. Hannah Statler
  7. Mary Dill

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Original Chancery Court File

The original Chancery Court file on FHL microfilm begins with the Bill of Complaint here:

FamilySearch, "Davis, John A. vs. Smith, Lizzie - Dodd, J.B. vs. James, Mary C. [R #15] --- ca. 1817-1940," database with images, (https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3QHV-G3XV-8WKK : accessed 11 Feb 2023), M.M. Dill v. A.M. Alexander; FHL 2,369,010, DGS 8,753,845, image 1541.

Key documents in this Chancery Court file include:

Decree Confirming Commissioner's Report

  • On 30 Nov 1887, the Court issued an order confirming the report of Commissioner J. W. Spears. The Court's order begins at image 1722
  • The Commissioner's Report, incorporated by reference into the Order, contains the important genealogical detail. That Report begins begins at image 1724.

Key Depositions

Deposition of F.C. Moseby

Deposition of F.C. Moseby, 4 May 1883 (https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3QHV-L3XV-88G2 : accessed 11 Feb 2023)

Summary of Commissioner's Report with Links to WikiTree Profiles

Following is a summary of the individuals identified in the Commissioner's report as the living heirs of Rebecca Alexander as of 4 May 1883, with links to their WikiTree profiles. (The bracketed numbers indicate the image number in FHL 2,369,010, DGS 8,753,845 containing this information):

First Cousins of Rebecca Alexander Still Living in 1883

[image 1724]


Additional Secondary Sources

The following two secondary sources provide helpful summaries of the final court order and/or other background information concerning the litigation:

Katy Divine Summary

Katy Divine (Ancestry user KatyDivine) posted a transcription of the Court Order issued in 1887 finally settling this estate to her tree on Ancestry.com, a copy of which is available here.

Tennessee GenWeb data compiled by Don Detweiler

Don Detweiler posted a summary and additional information about the lawsuit in The Heirs of Rebecca Alexander, published by Tennessee GenWeb.[1]


  1. Don Detweiler, "Rutherford County, Tennessee : The Heirs of Rebecca Alexander," Tennessee GenWeb, (https://www.tngenweb.org/rutherford/alexander.html : accessed 6 Feb 2023.)



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