Blessed are they who see beautiful things in humble places where other people see nothing. That is the sentiment I see in this beautiful document written in the month of December of the 20th day in the year 1823. Duncan McIntyre was a skinny seven year old country boy with more freckles then skin and a swoosh of strawberry blonde hair and tendency to whistle his words. This description of him comes from old letters of those that knew him.
Ichabod Knight was a loving school teacher who took young Duncan under his wing and taught him when no one or nobody could. This receipt to/from Ichabod is an inventory of supplies, materials and noted services as a teacher for 10 months. The last three lines on the receipt read as follows: Received of Duncan McIntyre in full of the love act and all other papers in his hands. Respectfully the school hands this 20th of December 1823. 7 x 8.5 inches.
Here is what genealogical records indicate about Duncan McIntyre:
The youngest sister of my third great-grandfather was Mary Dowdy. They were two of nine children born in NC to Thomas and Sarah (Sallie) Dowdy. Mary married Duncan McIntyre in NC in abt. 1836 and shortly afterward (1838) they joined several other siblings to journey to Tennessee and then on to settle in other areas. Their eldest child was born in Tennessee and likely in Hardin County. Many of the group moved on to Stoddard County, MO but Mary and Duncan relocated to Lauderdale County, AL, which was just across the TN/AL state line from Hardin County.
Duncan McIntyre died in 1851 and Mary then married Nelson Garrett Hill 08 May 1855 in Lauderdale County, AL. They had one daughter, whose name was Mary Reeder Hill, but was known as Reeder. She married W. R. Cox 10 Dec 1886.
I have added a photo of Duncan's graveside and tombstone.