These antebellum estate inventories and appraisals generally included all the deceased person’s “property,” including enslaved persons. Only those names are documented here for historical and genealogical purposes. Anyone interested in the actual property owned by the deceased may find it at the link at the bottom of the page.
Location: Liberty County, Georgia
Deceased: William Anderson
Date Sworn: 1841-12-14
Appraisers: Thomas Quarterman, Sidney Fleming, Charles B. Jones
Estate Administrator: Joseph A. Anderson (acting for the minor children)
Court Officer: see note
Date Recorded: 1842-01-06
Recording Official: J.S. Bradwell, Clk
Total Value of Property Appraised: see note
Value of enslaved persons: see note
Comments: William Anderson’s estate was initially appraised in 1825 (here). The division of the estate’s enslaved people appears not to have taken place until the minor children came of age. On 14 December 1841, Thomas Quarterman, Sidney Fleming and Chas. B. Jones swore before E.H. Bacon that “upon application of Mrs. Mary E. Anderson, the widow of William Anderson deceased & her three children who being of proper age (to wit) Joseph A. Anderson, Sarah Anderson & Marion Anderson for a division of the remaining negroes belonging to the estate of said William Anderson” they would appraise and divide all “the said negroes belonging to said estate” who would be produced for them by Joseph A. Anderson “who being of full age and acting as the next friend and agent to the parties concerned.” This document was recorded on 21 February 1850 by J.S. Bradwell. Each lot was said to be valued at $3941 [transcriber’s note: but they do not actually all add up to that]. The lots were drawn as follows:
Lot 1: Joseph A. Anderson
Lot 2: Marion Anderson
Lot 3: Sarah Anderson
Lot 4: Mary E. Anderson
The division was recorded by J.S. Bradwell on 6 January 1842. See Mary E. Anderson’s subsequent will here.
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To see the original digitized estate division and associated documents: “Georgia Probate Records, 1742-1990,” images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3QSQ-G93L-GHGD?cc=1999178&wc=9SYT-PT5%3A267679901%2C268032901 : 20 May 2014), Liberty > Wills, appraisements and bonds 1790-1850 vol B > image 682 of 689; county probate courthouses, Georgia.