Court of Ordinary MinutesSelected items, 1796-1814
ARMSTRONG, ISAAC (pg. 40)
Sundrys pd. to Isaac Armstrong Dec’d.
Jonathan Armstrong 7.38
Jas. Armstrong Do. 7.12
Jas. Armstrong Jr. 4.33
Jas. Armstrong 6.”
Sam’l. Pattrick – Noat 10.”
Patel? Pattrick – Do. 33.40
George Reynolds 18.62 1/2
Benjamin Reynolds 6.75
Jackson? Williams 8.”
Joseph Willson 1.37 1/2
Arthur Patton – Noat 26.75″
The Sundrie? Bill of the goods and Chattels of Isaac? Armstrong Sale of this County Dec’d. Sold Nov.? 23rd, 1799.
? Armstrong Jr.?, 1 Dun Head? $15.00?
Jno Diamond, 1 Horned Do. $12.00
Jas. Armstrong Sen’r.?, 1 yearling $3.50
Joshua N?, 1 Cow $13.25
Jesse Armstrong, 1 whole ? $9.25
Jno. Harrison?, Head Red bull $9.25
Jesse Armstrong, 1 Red Cow & Calf $14.37?
Johnathan Armstrong, 1 Red Cow $12.00
Jno. Armstrong, 1 spoted cow and calf $12.00
Jonas Short, 1 Colen Barton? $9.00
Jas. Armstrong Jr.?, 3 Black Naggs $15.50
Abednigo More, 1 white sow & 6 piggs $4.62
Abednigo More, ? Head Nags $101.12 1/2
Jno. Armstrong, 1 white sow and piggs $4.25
Jno. Armstrong, 1 ? hoe $1.50
Jno. Armstrong, 1 Asce $4.12
Jno. Armstrong, 1 pale $11.50?
Jno. Armstrong, 1 Bell $1.11
Absalom Barney, 1 black sow and piggs $4.?
William Rainwatters?, 1 Dutch oven $2.20
Jno. Diamonds Matlock 2/7 Do. & Hoe ? $1.62 1/2
Jesse Armstrong Senr.?, 1 Bridle Bells $.37
Jas. Armstrong Senr.?, 1 side sadle $1.11
Jas. Armstrong Senr.?, 1 piece Leather $2.27
Jas. Armstrong Jr. Do. $1.11
Benjamin Beck? Do. $2.12
Benjamin Beck?, 1 piece Chowdes $11.62 1/2
Benjamin Beck?, 1 man’s sadle $5.11
Jas. Mind? 1 Bell $11.70?
Daniel Allan, 1 Cedar pail $.50
Jas. Armstrong Senr., 1 pr. chards $.25
Rice Barter?, 1 churn $.37 1/2?
Wm. Arther, 1 Blanket $4.00
Jas. Armstrong Jr., 1 Bed $66.00
Jas. Armstrong Junr., 1 Bell? $1.25
Jas. Armstrong Jr., 2 chairs $1.62
Recorded Aug’t. 9th 1799
Jas. Armstrong R.P.J.C.”
(There were ditto marks or 11’s in the prices and they seemed to represent zero’s, so I pu zero’s there)
JARRETT, HOWELL (page 153?)
“At a Court of Ordinary held in & for the County of Jackson on Monday the first day of July 1811
Present their Honors
” It appearing to this Court that David H. McCleskey & Nathaniel Jarret has given the notice required by law of their Intention to make application the court for letters of administration on the estate of Howell Jarrett late of the County dec’d & no objection having been made It is ordered that letters of Administration be granted to them they giving bond & Security in terms of the ? in Such Case made & provided the Oath required by law having been administered to them.”
“Oct. 1st? 1797
This Day citation was granted to James Armstrong of this County to obtain letters of administration upon the goods and Chattels of Isaac Armstrong ? of this County Dec’d.
Jas. Armstrong R.P.J.C.”
ARMSTRONG, ISAAC ( info. listed in columns in the will book)
“Nov. 22, 1797
(3 appraisers listed – names hard to read)
sworn Apraizors by Abraham Rainey? J.P.
15 Head Cattal 6 02/80 (some kind of price), Do. Nogs (or Hogs) 109/80, & ? 78/ – $193.00
1 Feather Bed 37/?, woman’s sadle ?/, Flay Wheel ? – $16.00?
1 Man’s Sadle 3/, Peveted? Earthess? mare 3/ – $6.00
1 Axe 2/?, Blanket 3/2, Sheets 1/7, 1 Shovel plow 1/80 – $?.28
4 pales, 1 Churn 8/2.5, 2 Chares 1/25, 3 Bells 2/25 – $4.78
1 Mallack? 1/50, 1 oven and Nooks (Hooks?) 4/, 1 Noe (Hoe?) /78 – $6.28
1 ceder? poule? /70, 1 pare cards /50 & Under Bed / 2.0 – $1.80
1 Dear Skin /78, 2 Cleviais? & Link /50 & bag / 37 1/2 – $1.62 1/2
2 pieces sole Leather 2/12 1/2, 1 Bridle?, single ? 12 1/2 – $.22 3/2
(Total $267.12 1/2)
The praizment Bill of the goods and Chattels of Isaac Armstrong Late of this County Dec’d
Recorded Aug’t. 9th 1799
Jas. Armstrong R.P.J.C.
“May 14th 1804 Nathan Camp entered a Caveat against John Camp obtaining of administration on the Estate of Duncan Cameron. I took out citation.”
“It appearing that Rufus? Jones & John Espy has given the notice required by law that they should apply to this Court for letters of administration on the estate of Garrett W. Park late of this county dec’d. & no objection having been made It is ordered that letters of administration be granted them they having taken the Oath required by law.”
“Dixon Tillman Ex’r. of the estate of Nathaniel Trout made his return which was ordered to be recorded.”
All of Page 132:
The petition of Joseph Attaway assignee
I herewith that Michael Borders in his life time made & executed by bond to Woodson Roberts or John Roberts to make titles to a certain tract or parcel lying & being in the County of Elbert on the Beaverdam Creek adjoining John Albreton’s & Cameron’s land containing two hundred acres more or less, a copy which bond is hereunto annexed, the same being Indorsed to Peter Williams & by the said Peter Assigned to your petitions. And your petitioner states that the said Michael departed this life without executing title to said tract of land he therefore prays that the Executors of said Michael may be directed to execute to your petitioner the said title agreeably to Said bond & the statute in such case made & provided & as in duty bound your petitioner will ever pray &c?
I Michael Borders promise to pay or cause? be paid unto Woodson Roberts or John Roberts Just & full sum of eight hundred dollars for value ? this 4th day of February 1803
The Condition of the above Obligation are ? se? of the above mentioned Michael Borders doth make
(cont’d next page)
All of page 133:
unto Woodson Roberts or John Roberts a good sufficient right of title to a certain tract or parcel of land containing two hundred acres more or less situate lying & being in County of Elbert State of Georgia on the Beaver dam Creek adjoining John AllBretons & Camerons lands where Michael Borders formerly lived then the above obligation to be void, otherwise to remain in full force & virtue
Signed Sealed & delivered in presence of us
Nothing in the obligation shall be so construed as to compel the aforementioned Borders to comply with the above obligation untill the aforementioned Roberts pay him four hundred dollars agreeable to their notes which are to be complied with on the 1st day of January 1805
Michael (his x) Borders
I Indorse all my right of the within bond to Peter Williams this the 3rd day of february 1806
I Assign the within to Joseph Attoway for value received this 13th day of february 1810
Peter (his mark) Williams
(see next page)
All of page 134:
Upon the Petition of Joseph Attoway stating that Michael Borders in his life time executed his bond ? Woodson Roberts or John Roberts to make titles to a tract of land lying & being in the County of Elbert on Beaverdam Creek adjoining lands of John AllBreton & Cameron containing two hundred Acres & the said Woodson Roberts Indorsed said Bond to Peter Williams who assigned the Same to the said Joseph Attaway & that the said Michael Borders departed this life without executing titles to said tract of land praying the Court to direct the Executors of the said Michael to execute titles to the said land? It is Ordered that the Executors of the said Michael Borders do make titles to said land at the Court of Ordinary to be held in & for said County on the first monday in September next unless cause be shown to the Contrary, & that this rule be Published in one of the Gazettes of the state once a month for the Space of three months & advertised two or more public places in the Cou!
All of page 135:
Ordered that Ozbourn Bunlan (or Beenlan) Natural Son & Orphan of Nancy Bunland (or Beenland) be bound to James Elmore untill he be twenty one years old In complying with the Law in such case made provided
It Appearing to the Court that Samuel Wilson to whom Mark Poulson was bound treats him very cruelly It is therefore ordered that the said Mark be taken out of the hands & Custody of said Samuel & that he have no further controul over him & that he be placed in the hands of Wm Housch? untill the next Court of Ordinary
All of page 136:
At a Court of Ordinary held in & for the County of Jackson Monday the 7th day of May 1810
Present their honors
It appearing to the Court that Majry? Cain has given the Citation required by law for to obtain letters of Administration on the estate of John Cain late of this County dec’d. & on her son appearing to gainsay the same it is ordered that letters of administration be granted her on her giving bond & Security agreeable to law
The last will & testament of James Thurmond dec’d. was produced in open Court & proven by the Oath of J. Ephraim Patrick & Ordered to be recorded & the Ex’x. & Ex therein named Sworn in open Court
The last will & testament of Nathaniel Trout was produced in open Court & proven by the Oath of William Tillman & John Espy & Ordered to be recorded & the Oath required by law administered to Sally Trout & Dixon Tillman the Ex’x. & Ex therein named
All of page 137:
“Christiana B. Adare widow of Robert ADARE dec’d. hereby enters a caveat against letters of administration ? to Bozeman Adare the said Christiana having a legal & the best right to the said Administration
5th Apr 1805
Thos. P. Carny atty for the widow
Also Applies for a Citation to obtain letters”
“21st Jan’y. 1806 George Humphries James McDonald & John Bradley applies for a Citation to obtain letters of Administration on the Estate of Josiah McDonald deceased.”
CHANDLER, BAILEY (pg. 114) July 3, 1809
“It appearing to the Court that Abraham Chandler has given the notice required by law that he should apply for letters of administration on the estate of Bailey Chandler dec’d. & no person appearing to show cause? to the contrary It is ordered that letters of administration be granted him.”
HOLLIDAY, JEREMIAH, pg. 126
“Ordered that Wiley Ross & Abraham Venable come forward to the next court of Ordinary & give more security as Guardians of the estates of Jeremiah Holliday dec’d. then? auc. the negroes of said Estate to the highest bidder according to law, & that they be in contempt of the ? untill the order be complied with & that they be served with the notice.”
“At a Sitting of the Court of Ordinary in & for said county the 5th Feby. 1810
“There having been an order passed for Abraham Venable & Wiley Ross to come forward & give further? security for the same
Acknowledged in open court the orphans of Jeremiah Holliday dcsd to wit Fanny Holliday, Nancy Holliday & Martin Holliday came into Court & chose Hugh Montgomery & Edward Adams for their guardians & the Court appointed the sd. Adams & Montgomery Guardians for John Martin Holliday and other of the said orphans. It is therefore ordered that said Adams & Montgomery be & they are hereby appointed as guardians for sd. orphans.”
MONTGOMERY, JAMES M.C.,
“An application to the honorable the Court of Ordinary for this County by Sally Morris & Nancy Morris orphans praying this Court to permit them to make choice of a Guardian & their being of sufficient age to do so, & Choosing? Mayor James M.C. Montgomery It is ordered that the said James M.C. Montgomery Esq. be appointed & considered the Guardian of the said applicants by complying with the requests of the law.
All of page 138 (7 May 1810 cont’d):
“The petition of George W. Moore Sheweth
That whereas William W. Williamson is administrator of the estate of Micajah Williamson deceased & he having failed to make returns unto the Court as the law directs & to settle with the Court respecting said Estate, On motion of the petitioner it is therefore Ordered that the said Administrator appear at the next Court of Ordinary for the County & make a return & Settlement on terms of the law & that the said Administrator be served with notice of this application at least ten days previous to said Court
On motion of Counsel for the Administratrix & administrator of Patrick Shields deceased stating that the proceeds of the estate is barely sufficient to support the seven Orphans of the deceased being not more than One hundred & thirty five dollars It is Ordered that the Administratrix Jane Shields be allowed the proceeds of the estate from the death of Patrick Shields untill the first monday in January next for her having supported the Orphans of the deceased & for their support untill then –
The petition of George Humphries & John Bradley Administrators of the estate of Josiah McDonald deceased sheweth
That your petitioners have given notice for nine months in one of the public Gazettes of this state to wit.? the foreign correspondent & Georgia Express that application”
All of page 139:
“would be made unto this honorable Court after the expiration of nine months for leave to sell the following tracts of land to wit, one tract of four hundred & sixty acres lying in the County of Jackson at the time of Survey, now the County of Clark on Green brier creek granted to Carson, Joins Runnels?, One hundred & twenty acres granted to Marbury lying on Marbury’s Creek, One tract of two hundred two & a half Acres granted to ? in the fifth district former Wilkinson County & one hundred & ten Acres being Jointly between the estates of the said deceased & Nehemiah Smith Granted to Williamson lying on Williamsons Creek in the County of Jackson And your petitioners pray an order of sale in Terms of the law & in duty bound your petitioners will pray
Whereupon it is Ordered by the Court that the said Administrators have leave to sell the said land or so much thereof as to them may appear beneficial to said estate in terms of the law”
CURETON, WILLIAM, July 3, 1810, pg. 141
“At a Court of Ordinary held in & for the County of Jackson at the Court house on Monday the 3rd day of July 1810
Present their honors
David Witt &
The last will & testament of William Cureton ? of this County dec’d. was produced in open court & proven by the oath of John Wallace, Hannah Wallace & Wm. McNey? the witness of thereto names & ordered to be recorded & that letter testamentary be granted as Hugh Montgomery the executor therein named he having taken the oath prescribed by law in open court.”
All of page 143:
“At a meeting of the honorable the Court of Ordinary for said county September the 3rd 1810
Present their honors
It appearing that Wilson McKinney has given the notice required by law that he should apply to the Court for letters of administration on the estate of Graef Blankenship late of this County dec’d. & no person appearing to object the same It is Ordered that letters of administration be granted him he giving bond & Security in terms of the law. The Oath required by law having been administered to said McKinney in Open Court
John Hobson one of the Excs of the estate of Nicholas Hobson produced an Inventory of sd Estate (on Oath) which was ordered to be recorded
All of page 144:
(cont’d from page 143)
“for a Guardian It is therefore Ordered that Letters of Guardianship be granted him he complying with the requisites of the law
Court adjourned till the first monday in next month
David Witt J.J.C.
Ethel’d. Wood J.J.C.
P. Boyle J.F.C.
All of page 145:
At a Court of Ordinary held in & for the County of Jackson in the town of Jefferson on Mon the 7th of January 1811
It appearing that Wilson Strickland & Hardy Strickland has given the notice required by law of their intention to apply for letters of administration on the estate of Henry Strickland decd & no objection being made It is ordered that letters of administration be granted them they having given bond & Security agreeable to law
Ordered that letters of Administration be granted to Harris Thurmond & Willis Thurmond on the estate of Thos. Thurmond
All of page 146 (7 Jan 1811 cont’d)
“The last will & testament of Joseph Humphries late of this County decd was produced in open Court & proven by the Oath of Job Rogers & George Hampton & Ordered to be recorded & the Executors therein named sworn in open Court (see below on same page too)
On motion of Walton Harris Counsel for George Humphries Shaderick Humphries & Uriah Humphries, who were left & appointed Executors of the last Will & Testament of Joseph Humphries deceased, stating that a Tract of land was Devised by the Testator to Rebecah Humphries During her Natural life & The Will not being attested by three Witnesses the devise of the said Estate is void, & that they have applied for letters of Administration with the Will annexed so far as relates to the real Estate, & that it will be to late to Rent the lant after notice given to any advantage or so great as now & wish to be authorized & have ? to rent said Land during the present years whereupon it is ordered that they be & are hereby authorized & have been accordingly
All of page 147
Upon the petition of John Shep? & John Pennington stating that they were security for Nancy Cook Admx of Allen Cook decd for her acts as admx & they stating that the estate is wasting? & that they are apprehensive of being Injured by their said securityship It is Ordered that the said Nancy Cook Admx as aforesaid do come forward & give further security on the first monday in march next otherwise her power will be revoked as admx & the property arrested from her hands
Court adjourned till first monday in feby next
David Witt J.J.C.
James Hendrix J.J.C.
P. Boyle J.J.C.
All of page 148
At a Court of Ordinary held in & for the County of Jackson on the 4th feby 1811
Court adjourned till Court in course
James Hendrix J.J.C.
P. Boyle J.J.C.
David Witt J.J.C.
H. Montgomery J.J.C.
All of Page 149
“At a Court of Ordinary held in & for the County of Jackson on Monday the 4 March 1811
Present their honours
The last will & testament of John Morris was produced in open Court which was proven by the Oath of Joseph Camp & William Nichols & ordered to be recorded & the Executors therein named Sworn agreeable to law & letters testamentary ordered to be granted them
It appearing that James R. McCleskey & Green Wood has given the notice required by law of their intention to apply to the Court for letters of administration on the estate of Eth’d. Wood decd & no person appearing to object to the same It is Ordered that letters of Administration be granted to them they giving bond & good Security for their performance & having taken the Oath required
MCDONALD, JOSIAH, page 158
“On the petition of Presley Knight stating that Josiah McDonald in his life time gave a bond to the said Presley to execute title to a tract of land a copy of said bond being annexed to said petition & the said Josiah having departed this life intestate & pray in the Court to direct the administrators of the said deceased to make & execute title in conformity to said bond.
Whereupon it is ordered that all persons concerned will show cause if any they have at Jefferson the County aforesaid on the First Monday in January next why the Court should not direct the said administrators to execute titles in conformity of said bond.”
“September the 2nd 1811
At an open? Court held in ? of July in the town of Jefferson for ? purposes
David Witt &
“A motion of Walton Harris & Hugh Montgomery guardians for Dolly Rogers & John Henderson Rogers orphans of Thomas Rogers deceased pray might be released from their Guardianship & praying some person or persons be appointed the Guardian or Guardians & the petitioners pledge themselves to make a fair? settlement with this Court & the Orphans aforesaid on or before the Court of Ordinary in January next & in duty bound will pray whereupon it is ordered that they be released from their Guardianship & that Thomas Hyde & J.M.C. Montgomery Esquire be appointed their guardians in lieu of the said Walton Harris & Hugh Montgomery, they complying with the req. ? of the law.”
“Ordered that David Dickson be hereby appointed Guardian of Dickson Bailey a Minor under the age of fourteen years.”
“Ordered that Stephen Yarborough, an orphan Boy be committed to the Care John Lain? Senr.
untill the next Inferior Cout provided ? that said Lain do give up sd Orphan to the proper guardian or application?”
Present their honors
On motion of William Harris attorney for the administration upon the estate of Henry Strickland late of the County aforesaid deceased who are the Guardians of Clement Strickland, Isaac Strickland & Nancy Strickland heirs of said deceased praying that ? & proper persons may be appointed to lay off & apportion to the distributers each their distribution share of said estate ? stirpes pt being entirely personal & it appearing to the Court that Elizabeth Strickland has been duly notified that the said application was ? be made. It is Ordered that James Hendrix, Owen I.? Bowen, Stephen Reid, Hugh Dickson, William Dickson, Sampson Culpepper & Charly McKenney or any five of them do meet at Deals? Mill on friday the thirteenth Sat to proceed & divide said Estate into four equal parts, the negroes excepted they being first sworn so to do.”
BEARDEN, DOLLY, page 182 (1797-1814 wills and rulings)
4 Mar 1813
“Ordered that Dolly Bearden an Orphan child fourteen months old be bound to John S. Rushten? untill She is 18 years of age & to give her Schooling to enable her to read & write & to furnish her with decent apparel & comfortable boarding & two store dresses at the expiration of her service.”
MCDONALD, JAMES, page 176
“George Humphrey one of the administrators of Joseph McDonald dec’d. prese? his return for the preceding year which was ordered to be recorded.”
BEANLAND? (or Beauland?), LEVINA
“Ordered that Levina Beanland? (or Beauland) an Orphan Child of Six years of age the 14th of february last be bound unto David Owing untill she is 18 years old by sd. Owing giving her education so as to enable her to read & write & to be provide sd. Child with decent apparel & comfortable boarding & at the expiration of her service to furnish her with two Store dresses.”
TURNER, SALLY, page 185-186
“Ordered that Sally Turner be? & She is hereby bound unto John McConnell Esq. untill she be of Eighteen years of age or untill she shall marry she being now in her eleventh year the sd. McConnell giving her one year Schooling & to give her on her freedom ? two decent suits of Store Cloths & decent homespun apparel.”
SHOCKLEY (page 189), 1813
“It being represented? to this Court by the affidavits of Several respectable persons of this County that Thomas Shockley of said County through age & infirmity is about to squander away his property being actually? injone? It is therefore ordered that Gideon Shockley be appointed his Guardian & that he take an Inventory of all his estate & take the Charge of the person & property of said Thomas Shockley & that he give bond & security for his performance as Guardian.
1 May 1815
“Thomas Watson Guardian of the orphan of Thomas Ward made his return which was received and ordered to be recorded”
“Ordered that William Patrick, orphan son of Lewis Patrick dec’d be bound to John King until he shall be twenty one years old (he being fourteen the 26th day of last January) the said King having agreed on his part to treat the said boy humanely, and clothe him well & on his being free to give him a horse worth one hundred dollars, a good Saddel an bridle and a good suit of Store Clothes and to give him one year Schooling during his servitude”
29 Sep 1817
“On application of Ivey Jarrett & Orren Jarrett, orphans of Nicholas Jarrett dec’d to have their Mother Patsey Jarrett appointed their Guardian – ordered that she be appointed their Guardian The Court also appoints the said Patsy Jarrett Guardian for Thomas Jarrett, James Jarrett, Whitson Jarrett, William Jarrett & Nancy Jarrett – Ordered that letters of Guardianship be issued accordingly
7 May 1821
“Jackson Trout & Jeremiah Trout orphan sons of Nathaniel Trout dec’d came into Court & made choice of George Shaw and the Court appointed him Guardian for Louise Trout daughter of the said Nathaniel – Ordered that letters issue accordingly
3 Sep 1821
“George Rapalec? Braziel came into Court & prayed that his brother John M. Braziel be appointed his Guardian – and the Court appointed the said Jno. M. Braziel Guardian for Polly Braziel (they being orphan children of W. Braziel dec’d) It is therefore ordered that the said Jno M. Braziel be & he is hereby appointed their Guardian.
On application William Braziel & Headen Braziel orphan sons of Wm Braziel dec’d praying that Amos Brazelton? be appointed their Guardian It is ordered that he be and is hereby appointed Guardian for said orphans
5 Sep 1821
“John Smith orphan son of Robert Smith late of this County dec’d came into Court & prayed that his mother, Nancy Smith be his Guardian. It is therefore ordered that she be & is hereby appointed Guardian of said orphan.”
6 Sep 1824
“the petition of Louise Trout humbly sheweth that for several reasons she is desirous that the Court would appoint Jeremiah Trout her Guardian in lieu of George Shaw Exr. and said Jeremiah giving the necessary security according to law & obligations
Sept 5th 1824
Ordered that Jeremiah Trout be guardian agreeably to the above petition”