William Hadaway (1813-1899) and Nicey Crow (1814-1843) of Hall County, Georgia

The name of William Hadaway’s first wife had long been a mystery to Hadaway researchers. In a happy case of serendipity, it finally was discovered and the following article was published in Family Tree Quarterly, a publication of the Cobb County, Georgia, Genealogical Society, Inc., Volume 19, issues 1, 2 ,3 & 4, 2009 .

A New Cousin, an Old Court Case, and Google:

How I found Nicey (Crow) Hadaway of Hall County, Georgia

 by Blanche M. Wallace

For many years I and other descendants of William Hadaway of Georgia (1813 -1899) had searched for the name of his first wife, my ancestress. I personally checked marriage records for the counties where he was known to have resided (Wilkes, Hall and Cobb Counties), plus many nearby counties. The only death certificate found to date for a child of this first marriage (Richard Phillip Hadaway, my great-great grandfather, who died in Georgia in 1928) was incorrect as to his mother’s name. The informant gave “Hanes” [sic] as the maiden name of Richard’s mother. In fact, Haines was the maiden name of Richard’s wife. Death notices found for William and several of the children of his first marriage did not mention the name of his first wife.

 Earlier this year, I was perusing public family trees at ancestry.com, looking for William Hadaway and found one for descendants of his son, Samuel J. Hadaway (from William’s first marriage). I contacted the owner of the tree to ask if there was interest in sharing information. He responded promptly to my inquiry and we had a mutually beneficial exchange. Until this contact, I had not known that Samuel, who died in the War Between the States, had been married and had children – two daughters. Unfortunately, my newly found cousin didn’t know the name of Samuel’s mother – another dead end.

A few weeks later, this new cousin passed on a link he found while searching for Hadaway names in books digitized by Google (http://books.google.com). The link led to a book titled: Reports of Cases Decided in the Supreme Court of the State of Georgia at the March and October Terms, 1914, Volume 142, Stevens and Graham, Reporters (held in the Harvard Law Library). I knew that the case titled: Terry v Brown was pertinent because of the family names mentioned. The case was summarized on pages 224-230 of the book and included the name of William’s wife: “Nicey Hadaway”. My cousin hadn’t read the case summary when he sent the link, so he was happily surprised when I told him the news. I was ecstatic because I finally had a solid lead to follow.

My next step was a search of the online catalog of the Georgia Archives. I found that the Archives houses Georgia Supreme Court cases for the year of interest.  I sent an email to the Archives giving the name of the court case and year and asked if they could give me the court case number and specifics on how to request the record when I arrived at the Archives. I didn’t want to waste a moment! Within a few days, an archivist responded with the case file citation1.

Upon arrival at the Archives, I provided a copy of the citation to an archivist and within about 30 minutes I was looking at the original record of the case – under the watchful eyes of a monitor. I carefully read every page and was becoming worried that this was another dead end when, near the end of the file, I hit the jackpot. William Hadaway’s family Bible had been partially transcribed during the testimony of one of his sons, John F. Hadaway. The transcription included the name of William’s first wife, her birth and death dates, and their marriage date.


William Hadaway was born November 9th, A. D. 1812

Nicey C. Hadaway, wife of William Hadaway, was born March 17th, A. D. 1814

Wilson C. Hadaway, Sept. 5th, 1835 [their son, my ancestor]

[Ten names with dates are noted by the court reporter as following the above birth records in the Bible, but were not transcribed into the case file.]


William Hadaway, son of Wilson and Aley Hadaway, was married to wife Nicey C. Crow November 13th, 1834 [wife #1]

William Hadaway, son of Wilson and Aley Hadaway, was married to wife Malinda Wilson June 15th, 1843 [wife #2]


Nicey Hadaway, wife of William Hadaway, departed this life Feb. 22nd, A. D. 1843

Malinda Hadaway, wife of William Hadaway, died March 17th, 1902

[Death dates of some of the children of William Hadaway were noted by the court reporter to follow the above death records in the Bible but were not transcribed into the case file.]

The court case concerned a land dispute filed in Worth   County, Georgia Superior Court in 1905. Thomas F. Terry was a son-in-law and administrator of the estate of William Hadaway. The case ended when the Georgia Supreme Court denied a re-hearing in 1914. The court found that the plaintiff did not prove William Hadaway was the only child of Wilson Hadaway. The land had been granted in the 1820 Georgia Land Lottery to the Orphans of Wilson Haddaway, of Wilkes County, Bryant’s District [Wilson served in the War of 1812 and died in 1813]. The land granted was Lot 5, District 7, Irwin County. At the time of the suit, Worth County included this portion of Irwin County.

Interestingly, the estate file of William Hadaway (Cobb   County, Georgia), contained no mention of this court case. Nor did it contain any estate settlement papers. The only items were the bonds for the administrator and temporary letters of administration. My next step will be to look for the Worth County Superior Court file to see if any additional Bible records were transcribed. Another cousin is trying to track down the Bible.

1 Georgia Archives, Morrow, Georgia: Georgia Supreme Court Case Files 1846-1917.  Citation: RG-SG-S: 092-01-001, Box Volume: RCB-11153, Folder Title/Number: A-33787, Terry, Administrator v Brown et al.


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