1796 - 1884 (87 years)
||Perry Green "Old Grandsir" Magness |
||23 May 1796
||Rutherford County, North Carolina [2, 3, 4]
||Merchant ($3000 | 1500 acres)  |
||Orange County, Indiana 
||(DeKalb County) Tennessee 
||DeKalb County, Tennessee 
||1 Mar 1884
||Warren County, Tennessee [3, 8]
||Martin Cemetery, Smithville, DeKalb County, Tennessee [3, 8]
- Tombstone inscription reads, "His toils are over, his work is done, and he is fully Blest, He fought the fight to Victory, won and entered into Rest."
||The Hennessee Family
||28 Jan 2015 |
||George Magness, b. 0___ 1768, Lincoln County, North Carolina , d. 0___ 1817, Orange County, Indiana (Age ~ 49 years) |
||Mary "Polly" Durham, b. ~ 1776, North Carolina , d. 0___ 1840, DeKalb County, Tennessee (Age ~ 64 years) |
||Lincoln County, North Carolina 
||Mary "Polly" Cantrell, b. 20 Jul 1799, Spartanburg County, South Carolina , d. 3 Jan 1863, DeKalb County, Tennessee (Age 63 years) |
||Warren County, Tennessee [10, 11]
| ||1. Constance Maud "Connie" Magness, b. 15 May 1815, DeKalb County, Tennessee , d. 18 Aug 1904, DeKalb County, Tennessee (Age 89 years)|
| ||2. Harriet Magness, b. 2 Jun 1817, Indiana , d. 10 Jul 1866, DeKalb County, Tennessee (Age 49 years)|
| ||3. Sarah Elizabeth "Sallie" Magness, b. 12 Sep 1819, DeKalb County, Tennessee , d. 15 Jan 1890, DeKalb County, Tennessee (Age 70 years)|
| ||4. Bethel C(antrell) Magness, b. 14 Aug 1821, (DeKalb County, Tennessee) , d. 25 Aug 1846, DeKalb County, Tennessee (Age 25 years)|
| ||5. William Hall "Bill" Magness, b. 15 Feb 1824, (DeKalb County) Tennessee , d. 2 Sep 1891, McMinnville, Warren County, Tennessee (Age 67 years)|
| ||6. Perry Green Magness, Jr., b. 26 Jan 1826, DeKalb County, Tennessee , d. 25 Sep 1876, DeKalb County, Tennessee (Age 50 years)|
| ||7. Mary Jane Magness, b. 20 Feb 1828, DeKalb County, Tennessee , d. 12 Feb 1908, DeKalb County, Tennessee (Age 79 years)|
| ||8. Elizabeth "Lizzie" Magness, b. 11 Jan 1830, DeKalb County, Tennessee , d. 24 Sep 1891, DeKalb County, Tennessee (Age 61 years)|
| ||9. Martha Magness, b. 15 Dec 1831, DeKalb County, Tennessee , d. 1 Mar 1897, Lebanon, Wilson County, Tennessee (Age 65 years)|
| ||10. Leroy Jackson "Cain" Magness, b. 4 Jun 1834, DeKalb County, Tennessee , d. 11 May 1906, DeKalb County, Tennessee (Age 71 years)|
| ||11. Charlotte B(laine) Magness, b. 19 Nov 1836, DeKalb County, Tennessee , d. 20 Jul 1907, DeKalb County, Tennessee (Age 70 years)|
| ||12. Richard Marion "Dick" Magness, b. 15 Jan 1839, DeKalb County, Tennessee , d. 0May 1884, Franklin, Williamson County, Tennessee (Age 45 years)|
||5 Jul 2015 |
- Perry Green Magness married Mary Cantrell early in 1815; in 1816 he got the news of the death of William Magness. Perry Green apparently never went to North Carolina himself to see about his uncle William’s estate, but he made at least three different powers of attorney regarding it. The first two are recorded in Lincoln County, NC, Deed book 28, pages 37 and 686. He made one on 4 September 1816 in Warren County, Tennessee, giving power of attorney to Francis Alexander. The following year Perry Green had moved to Orange County, Indiana, where he lived for a year or more before moving back to Warren County, Tennessee.
On May 24, 1817, (he had his 21st birthday on May 23) in Orange County, Indiana, Perrygreen Magness "son of George Magness Dec’d" gave power of attorney to Berryman Hicks of Rutherford County, North Carolina. (Berryman Hicks was married to Elizabeth Durham, sister of Perry Green’s mother.) A third power of attorney was recorded in Rutherford County, NC Deed Book 34, page 135, and is even more specific as to his relation to George Magness. It was made 4 December 1817 in Orange County, Indiana, by Perrygreen Magness, "son and lawful heir of George Magness, decd.," and gives authority to Berryman Hicks.
Berryman Hicks had difficulty establishing Perry green as George’s legal heir. Perry Green never claimed to be George’s only child; he did claim to be his only legal heir. The Execution Docket of the Superior Court of Law and Equity in Lincoln County, North Carolina, shows that in October 1818 the heirs of William Magness petitioned for a division of the real estate. No division was made, however, and in October 1824 the case of Heirs of Wm. Magness vs. Perrigrene magness was brought to a jury, which found “that the said Perregrine Magness is the son and only heir at law of George Magness dec’d, a brother to Wm. Magness dec’d.” The real estate was ordered to be devided into seven parts, of which Perry Green Magness would receive one.
Actually the seventh part went to Berryman Hicks, who had agreed to pay Perry Green Magness $1500 for Perry Green’s share of the estate if Berryman Hicks succeeded in establishing Perry Green’s claim. Difficulties must have arisen over that after Berryman Hicks died about 1842. In the North Carolina Archives, the Cleveland County Miscellaneous Files contain the suit of Hazael Hicks, admr. of Berryman Hicks, vs. John Roberts, admr. of William Magness. Within this suit is a deposition of Perry G. Magness, aged about 48 years, at Smithville, DeKalb Co., Tennessee 27 May 1844, stating that “I did transfer my interest in the estate of my uncle Wm. Magness deceased to the said Berryman Hicks about the year 1817 or 1818. We came to a settlement about the year 1825.” A second deposition was made by Perry G. Magness, aged about 51 years at Smithville, DeKalb County, Tennessee, on 17 July 1847, stating “I did sell and transfer my interest in said estate to Berryman Hicks for fifteen hundred dollars, provided he established my heirship in said estate.”
With the $1500 , which was a considerable sum at the time, Perry Green Magness bought land and made investments and became a merchant. his sons and grandsons became merchants and bankers, and many of them prospered greatly. Whether Perry Green’s sister was given any of the money is not known; it is known that she was provided for in her old age by her brother Perry Green. Their mother Polly Durham magness, married in Warren County, Tennessee, about 1827 Benjamin Cantrell She died a few years later, between 1830 and 1840. The two children of George Magness and Polly Durham both lived in Warren and DeKalb Counties, Tennessee. 
Perry G. Magness, son of George Magness and Polly Durham, was born in May 1796 in Rutherford County, North Carolina. He passed away in March 1884 in Smithville, DeKalb County, Tennessee and is buried in Martin Cemetery, DeKalb County.
Perry married Mary Cantrell in early 1815 in Warren County, Tennessee.
Perry and wife, Mary, traveled to Indiana briefly with her parents about 1816. Daughter Harriet was born there in 1817. By 1819 they had returned to Warren County, Tennessee.
Census: 1830 Federal
Date: 1 Jun 1830
Place: Warren County, Tennessee
In Warren County with children Perry G., Bethel, William, Mary J., Elizabeth, Constant, Harriett, and Sarah.
Census: 1840 Federal
Date: 1 Jun 1840
Place: DeKalb County, Tennessee
The family did not relocate. DeKalb County was formed from parts of Cannon, Warren and White Counties in 1838. Perry and Mary with children Richard M., Leroy J., Perry, Bethel, William, Charlotte, Martha, Mary J., and Elizabeth.
Census: 1850 Federal
Date: 1 Jun 1850
Place: Smithville, DeKalb County, Tennessee
Perry and wife Mary living in Smithville. Perry is a merchant with real estate valued at $1,680. In the household are the three youngest children Leroy J., Charlotte B. and Richard M. Magness, and Mary J. (Magness) Youngblood, another daughter separated from her husband, with her children Martha and Josephine. A young clerk is living with them as well, John Donald.
Census: 1860 Federal
Date: 1 Jun 1860
Place: DeKalb County, Tennessee
Perry and Mary still in Smithville. In the household are daughter, Mary J. Youngblood, and granddaughter, Josephine Youngblood. Perry's business has been quite successful. His real estate holdings are now valued at $5,000 and personal property at $14.180.
Census: 1870 Federal
Date: 1 Jun 1870
Place: DeKalb County, Tennessee
Widower Perry living alone on property between sons Perry G., Jr. and Leroy Magness.
Census: 1880 Federal
Date: 1 Jun 1880
Place: DeKalb County, Tennessee
Perry is living in household of his son, Leroy, and wife, Malissa.
? Find A Grave Memorial #51006321
? Source: #SCantrill [quoted from list of children of Richard Cantrell and Constance Bethel] 106. iii. Mary, b. July 20, 1799; m. Perry G. Magness in 1815. p. 13
? Source: #S93 Warren, Tennessee; Page: 374; NARA Series: M19; Roll Number: 181; Family History Film: 0024539. Perry G Magness Males under 5 1 [Perry Jr] Males 5-9 2 [Bethel, William] Males 30-39 1 [Perry Sr] Females under 5 2 [Mary J., Elizabeth] Females 10-14 3 [Constant, Harriet, Sarah] Females 30-39 1 Mary]
? Source: #S112 De Kalb, Tennessee; Roll: 520; Page: 245; Image: 508; Family History Library Film: 0024543. Perry G. Magnus Males under 5 1 [Richard M. ] Males 5-9 1 [Leroy J.] Males 10-14 1 [Perry Jr] Males 15-19 2 Bethel, William] Males 40-49 1 [Perry Sr] Females under 5 1 [Charlotte] Females 5-9 1 [Martha] Females 10-14 2 Mary J., Elizabeth] Females 30-39 1 [Mary] Slaves: Males 10-23 1 Total persons 12
? Source: #S91 Smithville, DeKalb, Tennessee; Roll: M432_876; Page: 72A; Image: 275. Household #1017 Magness, Perry G 53 M Merchant b SC RE $1680 Mary 50 F b TN Leroy J 18 M Farmer b TN Charlotte B 13 F b TN Richard M 11 M b TN Youngblood, Mary J 22 F b TN RE $500 Martha 4 F b TN Josephine 2 F b TN Donald, John 25 M Clerking b VA
? Source: #S80 District 5, De Kalb, Tennessee; Roll: M653_1247; Page: 116; Image: 237; Family History Library Film: 805247. Household #514 Magness, Perry G 64 M Farmer b SC RE $5000 PP $14,180 Mary 61 F b SC Youngblood, Mary J 32 F b TN Josephine 11 F b TN
? Source: #S92 District 5, DeKalb, Tennessee; Roll: M593_1524; Page: 152A; Image: 308; Family History Library Film: 553023. Household #19 Magness, Perry G Sr 74 M W Farmer RE $3000 PP $1500 b NC
? Source: #S1880 District 9, DeKalb, Tennessee; Roll: 1252; Family History Film: 1255252; Page: 217A; Enumeration District: 032. Household #284 Magness, Leroy J W M 44 Head Md Farmer b TN Malissa W F 43 Wife Md b TN Robert W M 19 Son S b TN Benjaman W M 16 Son S b TN Asey F W M 14 Son S b TN Annie W F 12 Dau S b TN Perry W M 9 Son S b TN Mary W F 7 Dau S b TN Mattie W F 4 Dau S b TN Perry G W M 84 Father Wd b TN Hickerson, Susan W F 21 Servant S b TN
Source: SCantrill Christie, Susan Cantrill, The Cantrill-Cantrell Genealogy: A record of the descendants of Richard Cantrill. New York: The Grafton Press, Genealogical Publishers, 1908. Full text available online at Internet Archive
Source: S93 Abbreviation: Federal Census 1830 Title: Federal Census 1830 Publication: Effective date 1 Jun 1830 Repository: #R11
Source: S112 Abbreviation: Federal Census 1840 Title: Federal Census 1840 Publication: Effective date 1 Jun 1840 Repository: #R11
Source: S91 Federal Census 1850 United States Bureau of the Census Publication: U.S. Bureau of the Census, Washington, D. C.: National Archives and Records. Effective date 1 Jun 1850. Repository: #R11
Source: S80 1860 United States Federal Census U.S. Bureau of the Census Publication: U. S. Bureau of the Census, Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration Repository #R11
Source: S92 Federal Census 1870 Publication: Effective date 1 Jun 1870 Repository: #R11
Source: S81 Abbreviation: Federal Census 1880 Title: Federal Census 1880 Publication: Effective date 1 Jun 1880. Repository: #R11
Repository: R11 Name: Ancestry. com Operations, Inc. City: Provo State: UT URL: www.ancestry.com 
- DeKalb County 1860 Census indicates SC as birth-state for PGM...
Please note that the name, "George", is conspicously absent from Perry Green's line to this day.
1840 DeKalb Census: 1112001-112001 
- [S887] 1840 DeKalb County Census, Blue Springs District, p. 24 (Reliability: 3).
- [S839] 1860 DeKalb Co.,TN Census, Transcribed & Indexed from a Microfilm Copy of the, p. 60 (Reliability: 3).
- [S47835] http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GSln=magness&GSfn=perry&GSbyrel=all&GSdyrel=all&GSob=n&GRid=51006321&df.
- [S1492] "United States Census, 1870," index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/MD8R-C5R : accessed.
- [S888] 1870 DeKalb Co.,TN Census, Transcribed & Indexed from a Microfilm Copy of the, p. 69 (Reliability: 3).
- [S806] Thomas G. Webb | DeKalb County, TN Historian | 835 South College Street, Smithville, TN 37166 | Abstracted from his boo (Reliability: 3).
- [S1493] "United States Census, 1880," index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/MD79-14B : accessed.
- [S102] "DeKalb County Cemeteries",by Thomas G. Webb,DeKalb County Historian,Audrey D., p. 167 (Reliability: 3).
- [S38562] Lawson,Darral;email@example.com;DURHAM Family Genealogy Forum.
- [S928] "The Cantrill-Cantrell Genealogy" A Record of the Descendants of Richard, p. 13 (Reliability: 3).
- [S1480] http://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Magness-10.
- [S30] David A. Hennessee | HENNESSEE Researcher & Compiler | 626 Biscayne Drive,West Palm Beach,FL 33401 | 561.832.6612 | inf.