conditioned according to law, with these respondents as his Securities, for his faithful performance of his duties as Guardian.
On 25 March 1846, Joseph Jenkins himself made a deposition at Cumberland County, much of which is quite difficult to read.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.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.
Palmore and William Phaup are held and firmly bound unto Wm. Sometime shortly after this, Elijah must have left Virginia for, on 2o November 1838, at Clay County, Missouri, he served as a witness to the will of his brother William.
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.
entry * Elijah Walker Colley  was born about 1821 at Cumberland County, Virginia. In the will of his father, dated 10 October 1826 and proved on 23 March 1829, Elijah, his brother, and his sister, after other legacies were made, were to receive “all the rest and residue” of their father’s estate “to be divided equally among them.” It has been suggested that, after his parents’ death, the young Elijah went to live with his uncle Leonard Ward Ligon.
The reason for this assertion may be that, as Leonard Ligon was known to have removed at an early date from Virginia to Howard County, Missouri, (1816), and then on to Clay County, Missouri, (1819), and, as Elijah and his two siblings also settled in Clay County, perhaps the orphans went to Missouri at a young age to live with their uncle. The boy, along with his sister Julia and brother William, was made ward of Joseph Jenkins.
From William’s will, it would appear that his wife Julia (Blanton) Colley was contemplating returning to Virginia with their daughter in the event of William’s death.