Wednesday, November 05, 2008

Sarah Powers estate records, d. c. 1831 in Mecklenburg County

Mecklenburg County, Virginia Will Book #12, page 394:
"In the name of God amen I Sarah Powers (widow) of the county of Mecklenburg being of a perfect mind and memory thanks be to God for it and calling to mind the mortality of my body and that it is appointed of God that I must die do make and ordain this my last will and testament in manner and form following (Viz.) as it respects my worldly estate that it has pleased God to bless me with since my husbands' death I dispose of in the following manner. Item the parts or portions of slaves that did belong to my two sons Samuel Powers and William Powers. according to their father's will, I have bought with my own lawful earnings. Item I give and bequeath the one half of the said slaves to my daughter, Sally Curtis, to her and her heirs forever and the other half I give and bequeath to be equally divided between my six grandchildren namely Waddy J. Jackson, Rebecca T. Hogan, Samuel Jackson, Green Jackson, Archer Jackson and Osborne C. Jackson to them and their heirs forever. Item I give and bequeath all my money that shall remain at my decease to Sally Curtis and William Powers to be equally divided between them and lastly I appoint Zachariah Curtis and John Hutcheson, executors to this my last will and testament in witness whereof I have here unto set my hand and seal this 25th day of July 1826. Sarah Powers. Witnesses: Mary Ann Tucker, Zachariah Bowers, Thomas Johnson.

At a Court held for Mecklenburg County on the 20th day of June 1831. The foregoing last will and testament of Sarah Powers, deceased was produced into Court duly proved by the oaths of the subscribing witnesses and ordered to be recorded and John Hutcheson one of the executors therein named appeared in Court and refused to take upon him self the burden of the execution thereof and on motion of Zachariah Curtis the other executor therein named, who made oath thereto and together with Waddy J. Jackson, Churchwell Curtis and William Powers his security, entered into and acknowledged their bond in the penalty of $10,000 conditioned according to law. Certificate is granted him for obtaining probate of said will in due form. Edward L. Tabb, C. C."

Mecklenburg County, Virginia Will Book #12, page 457:
On September 23, 1831 Robert A. Walker, Pennington Lett and Hardiway Lett recorded an inventory and appraisal for the estate of Sarah Powers, deceased. It was valued at $1,385.83 and included items such as 22 sheep, 14 hogs, 11 pigs, 10 cows, a yoke of oxen, two horses, two rugs, nine snuff bottles, six Negroe women and children ($1,050) and many other kitchen, plantation, household goods and foodstuffs including a 12 gallons of vinegar.

Mecklenburg County, Virginia Will Book #12, page 537:
On October 5, 1831 Zachariah Curtis, executor of Sarah Powers, entered into Court a record of the estate sale he held. The sale brought a total of $522.65 1/4. The following individuals made purchases at the public auction. Items in parenthesis were those of enough interest to mention however each individual may have purchased others. Those making purchases were Zachariah Curtis (a colt and filly), Claiborne Curtis, Green Crowder (ten pounds of soap, twelve gallons of vinegar), Welsher Simmons, Samuel Tary, Charles C. Philips, James Holmes, Robert A. Walker (a stone churn), Clevious R. Coleman, Thomas Sexton (ten pounds of soap), Green Jackson (17 1/2 pounds of soap), Churchwell Curtis, William Farrer, Robert B. Crews, Thomas Hutcherson, Alfred Vaughan, David Johnson, Salley Cooper, Dabney Farrer, Augustin Smith, Jessee Parrish, William Quincey, Pettus Farrer, Sherod G. Colley, Thomas Johnson, Hardiway Lett, Isaac Holmes, William Wells, William Hunt, Zachariah Shackleford, Peter Stegall, John Hudson, Alfred Vaughan, John Hightower, George Holmes, Warner Keeton, Wiley Tucker and Cargal Thompson (11 1/2 pounds of bacon). There was also a private sale of items to Robert C. Tucker (47 pounds of bacon), Zachariah Curtis (23 1/4 pounds of bacon), James Day, William Powers (10 pounds of soap), Thomas Johnson, Henry Harriss, Waddy J. Jackson and Daniel Tucker. Also 2,223 pounds of tobacco was sold at market. Sarah had unusually large amounts of soap, bacon and vinegar. Perhaps they were used as a source of income.

Mecklenburg County, Virginia Will Book #13, page 459:
On April 17, 1833 Zachariah Curtis, executor of Sarah Powers, submitted an accounts current report to the Court. After paying Court costs and several debts the remaining money was divided amongst her heirs. Debts were paid totalling $116.76 1/2 and were to the following people: Augustine Smith, to the sheriff of Mecklenburg County, Baskervill & Dortch, A. Wright & Co., William O. Gregory, Claibourn Curtis, Pleasant Vaughan, Robert C. Tucker, C. R. Coleman, Samuel Sydnor, to the clerk of Mecklenburg County, Zachariah Shackleford, Woodson V. Johnson, a commission on the estate (likely to Zachariah Curtis), and also to harvest her crops of tobacco, corn and cotton. The remaining money, $407.63, was divided as follows: Zachariah Curtis, in right of his wife Sally Powers Curtis, received $134.21, William Powers received $134.21 and each of the following received one seventh of the estate totalling $19.17 each, Waddy J. Jackson, Archer Jackson, Cavil O. Jackson (Waddy being Archer and Cavil's guardian), Samuel Jackson, Green Jackson, William G. Hogan in right of wife Rebecca Jackson Hogan with the final seventh being divided between Fleming, John and Elizabeth Furgerson (John and Elizabeth's guardian being Peter T. Furgerson.) Zachariah Curtis was also given $5 to pay for the document to be recorded into Court and was witnessed by Woodson T. Johnson, Robert F. Bridgforth and Isaac Holmes.

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