Your respondents insist that the said Colley has been fully satisfied by his Guardian so far as they are concerned and pray that his bill may be dismissed….On 25 March 1846, Joseph Jenkins himself made a deposition at Cumberland County, much of which is quite difficult to read.

On 22 June 1846, Elijah, at Clay County, Missouri, was appointed attorney to act for Lawrence Blanton and Elijah’s former sister-in-law Julia Colley, both in Virginia. In 1850, Elijah W., aged 27, was living on a farm with his wife “Emily”, aged 22, at Carroll Township, Platte County, Missouri.

Know all men by these presents that we Lawrence Blanton Guardian for Catharine A Colley and Julia E Colley widow and relict of William S Colley deceased all residents of the State of Virginia and County of Cumberland make execute authorize and appoint Elijah W Colley of the State of Missouri and by these presents have made constituted authorized and appointed the said Elijah W Colley our true and lawful attorney for the said Lawrence Blanton guardian of Catharine A Colley and for the said Julia E Colley widow and relict as aforesaid of W’m S Colley for us and in our names Jointly and Severally to ask demand sue for recover and receive for our use all debts and sums of money as are now due and owing or may hereafter be due and owing to the said Lawrence as guardian of the said Catharine Ann Colley or to the said Julia E Colley as widow of said W’m S Colley late of Clay County Missouri by and from Clayton Tillery Executor of the said William S Colley deceased. Also in the household was their son William, Emma’s father Richard Ligon (Liggin), and Emma’s sister Virginia. W., a farmer, aged 39, was living with his wife Emma, aged 34, and their four children, at Carroll Township.

It would seem likely that Elijah was back in Virginia on 12 March 1842 when a Cumberland County deed recorded Elijah making a transfer of property there to P. Jenkins, and Lawrence Blanton opposed the proof of the will but, upon hearing the testimony of “divers witnesses”, the court ordered that the will be recorded.

The protestors were allowed to appeal their case to the Circuit Superior Court of Law and Chancery for Cumberland County.

The separate answer of Joseph Jenkins to [] bill of Complaint exhibited against him & others in the Circuit Superior Court of Law and Chancery for the County of Cumberland, by Elijah W. This respondent saving & reserving to himself the full benefit of exceptions to said bill for answer thereto saith that he has heard the answer of his codefendants Jos. Palmore and Wm Phaup [] by the deed of trust which is made a part of the answer of his Codefendants Palmer & Phaup.

He denies that he is liable to said Colley as Gdn for one cent or that he has ever refused to settle with him, & claims that he did settle with him and secure the payt of the money found due upon the said settlement.It is unknown if this Joseph Jenkins was one and the same as the Joseph H. It seems to me unlikely, but the two Josephs were at least probably closely related. Ford, Gentlemen Justices of the Court of Cumberland County, now sitting, in the sum of Three thousand dollars to the payment whereof well and truly to be made to the said Justices and their successors, we bind ourselves, and each of us, our and each of our heirs, executors and administrators, jointly and severally, firmly by these presents. Colley, orphans of Elijah Colley, deceased, all such estate or estates as now is, or are, or hereafter shall appear to be due the said orphans when and as soon as they shall attain to lawful age, or when thereto required by the Justices of the said County Court; as also keep harmless the above named Justices, their, and every of their heirs, executors and administrators from all trouble and damages that shall or may arise about the said estate, then the above obligation to be void, otherwise to remain in full force.A record of Jenkins’ assignment as ward has been preserved. Sealed with our seals, and dated this 25th day of July 1831, in the 56th year of the Commonwealth. On 27 June 1836, Elijah, of Cumberland County, along with his brother William, sister Julia, and Julia’s husband Joseph Jenkins, sold, to Peter T.Within three months William had died, and, on 18 February 1839, Elijah appeared before the clerk of the Clay County Court to prove the will.In this will, William directed that Virginian Lawrence Blanton be made the guardian of his daughter Catharine.KNOW ALL MEN BY THESE PRESENTS, That we Joseph Jenkins, Joseph S. THE CONDITION OF THE ABOVE OBLIGATION IS SUCH, That if the above bound Joseph Jenkins his executors and administrators, shall well and truly pay and deliver, or cause to be paid and delivered unto Wm. Phillips for 00, 200 acres at Cumberland County, land that had once been owned by Elijah’s father.