Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Dr. Peter Edward Lett / Lette estate records, Mecklenburg County, died July 11, 1876

[Photo of Emma M. C. Fennell Lett and Dr. Peter Edward Lett, sometimes seen as Lette. This photo was sent to me several years ago by a Fennell researcher. Emma later married Hezekiah Puryear.]

Mecklenburg County, Virginia Will Book #23, page 474:
"In the name of God Amen, I Peter E. Lett of the County of Mecklenburg, Virginia make this my last will and testament to wit. Item 1st. It is my desire that all my just debts and funeral expenses should be paid. Item 2nd. It is my wish that my property should be kept together until my youngest child married or is eighteen years old, then my wife if she be living to take one third to have and to hold and do as she please with. The remainder to be equally divided between my children or their heirs. Item 3rd. I appoint my wife Executrix of this my last will and testament and guardian for my children she is not to be required to give security for her management of my estate. Given under my hand and seal this 17th December 1866. Peter E. Lett. Witness: James J. C. Fennell, C. E. Abernathy.

Mecklenburg County Court August 21st 1876. The last will and testament of Peter E. Lett late of this county deceased was this day presented to the court and fully proved by the oaths of James J. C. Fennell and C. E. Abernathy the subscribing witnesses thereto and was thereupon ordered to be recorded. Teste. R. P. Hughes, Clerk."

Mecklenburg County, Virginia Will Book #23, page 474 (margin):
"Mecklenburg County Court September 18th, 1876. The last will and testament of Peter E. Lett late of this county deceased was this day again brought into court. And on the motion of John P. Smith who made oath as the law directs and entered into bond in the penalty of $1,500.00 conditioned according to law with H. E. Smith, A. H. Bracey and J. Priest, Jr. his securities therein who testified on oath as to their sufficiency and which said bond being acknowledged by the obligors therein is ordered to be recorded. Certificate is granted the said John P. Smith for obtaining letters of administration on the estate of the said Peter E. Lett late of this county deceased with the said will annexed in due form. Teste. R. P. Hughes, Clerk."

Mecklenburg County, Virginia Will Book #23, page 474 (margin):
"Mecklenburg County Court February 17th, 1877. E. M. C. Lett widow of P. E. Lett by her letter to the court renounced the provision made for her by the above will of her deceased husband P. E. Lett deceased which is recorded on page 527 of this book. Teste. R. P. Hughes, Clerk."

Religious Herald, July 27, 1876:
"Died, on the 11th July, of paralysis, Dr. P. E. Lett, at his home, Mecklenburg County, Virginia, aged 63 years. He leaves a devoted wife and two interesting daughters to mourn their irreparable loss; but their loss is his gain. He was truly a Christian gentleman, and leaves behind him an unspotted reputation. He had been a member of the Baptist church for more than 45 years. May his children emulate his many virtues and meet him in heaven. Freind."

According to a 1905 deed Mollie Lett reserved 1/8 acre, of a tract she sold to James T. Cole, as a family cemetery. The property was located in Buckhorn magisterial district, adjoining W. A. Lett, L. H. Hayes and others. The land formerly belonged to Dr. Peter E. Lett. It would seem logical (or at least possible) that Peter was likely buried in this cemetery. However, despite several efforts, it has not been located to my knowledge.

[Home of Dr. Lett, near Baskerville, Mecklenburg County, Virginia.]

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