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AGNEW, Alexander W. ~ 1887
ALDRIDGE, Isham ~ 1851 

BAGWELL, Frederick ~ 1848
BALLARD, Lewis J. ~ 1890 
BARNES, Jesse ~ 1855 

BARNES, Jethro ~ 1861 [in Archives]
BARNES, John ~ 1904 

BLACK, Jacob ~ 1872
BOX, Liles ~ 1853 

BRANDON, Nathanel ~ 1854
BROWN, Elias ~ 1862
BYRD, William M. ~ 1862
COLE, William B. ~ 1844
CORBETT, Andrew J. ~ 1887
CROW, Lewis ~ 1882 
CURRY, E.S. (Mrs.) ~ 1885
DAVIS, Oliver P. ~ 1863
DEAVORS, Abraham ~ 1857
DOBBINS, Joseph C. ~ 1866
DOBBS, Elizabeth E. (Mrs.) ~ 1882
DODSON, Horace ~ 1875
EARNEST, James ~ 1847
EATON, George W. ~ 1863
FREEMAN, William ~ 1858
HAM, Henry ~ 1883 

HAM, Spias ~ 1852 
HARRIS, Edwin ~ 1871 
JOHNSON, Thomas ~ 1876 
New
KIRKLAND, Archibald ~ 1851 [offsite link]
LAWRENCE, Alexander ~ 1866 
MELTON, Elihu ~ 1876 [in Archives]
MONTGOMERY, James M. ~ 1889 

MOORE, James ~ 1874 
MOORE, Lewellen ~ 1855 [offsite link]
MOORE, William ~ 1871 

NALL, Nathan ~ 1871
NORMAN, Isaac ~ 1868 

THORNTON, David ~ 1867
VANHOOSE, Jane ~ 1856
VANHOOSE, Valentine ~ 1851
WRIGHT, Michael ~ 1854 
WRIGHT, William H. ~ 1875  

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Alexander W. AGNEW
(1887)
Witnesses: J.H. McGURIE (McGuire?) and Daniel COLLIER

[Will excerpt] … I direct that my body be decently interred according to the rights and ceremonies of the Methodist Episcopal Church of which I am a member, but with little expense ostentation; that my Executor, erect a modest tomb with suitable inscription to mark the place of my interment … As to my worldly estate, I devise bequeath and dispose of in the following manner: After my death and funeral expenses shall have been paid, I devise and bequeath all the remainder of my property, share and share alike, to my beloved children, James A. AGNEW, Lily T. HELBERT and Lewis A. AGNEW.  I direct that my said executor proceed with all convenient speed to advertise and sell at public auction, all my property, both real and personal, either for cash or on credit with good and sufficient sureties, direct that the net proceeds of my said property and notes and accounts and cash on hand be divided equally among my said children I do hereby make my beloved son, James A. AGNEW, executor of this my last will and testament.

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Isham ALDRIDGE
(1851)
Administrator: Charles COCK

[Probate excerpt ~ go here for complete transcription] ... Said COCK administrator as aforesaid further showing that James L. ALDRIDGE, Martin W. ALDRIDGE, Isham P. ALDRIDGE, Polly ALDRIDGE (a lunatic), Price M. JOHNSON the husband of Nancy, Ashley ALDRIDGE the husband of Celia, Charles COCK the husband of Mahala, and Wiley A. KILGO the husband of Rebecca are the sole heirs of said estate, and are twenty-one years of age.

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Frederick BAGWELL
(1848)
Witnesses: Robert AVERY and G.L. HANCOK

[Will] ... I, Frederick BAGWELL of county of Fayette and State of Alabama do hereby make and publish my last will and testament and hereby Revoking and making void all former wills by me at any time here to fore made and first after my Decease that all my debts be paid out of my estate and Secondly that Christopher FISK have all of my goods and chattels (donds?) household and kitchen furniture farming utinsils horses cows hogs sheep and every thing else except what Shall here after be named upon the condition that he take care of my wife during her lifetime / all of the above named property Said FISK is to have the use of during her life time and after her death to be his own property with the exception of one flax wheel at the death of my wife is to be given to my Daughter Basheba MATTOX and one bed which is to be given to my grandaughter Polly WINTERS also a certain cott which is to be given to Frederick FISK the Son of Christopher FISK / in witness where of I Frederick BAGWELL the testator have to this my will written on one Sheet of paper set my hand and Seal this the 6th of January 1848.  [Source]

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Lewis J. BALLARD
(1890)
Administrator: James W. BALLARD

[Probate excerpt ~ go here for complete transcription] ... it appearing from the said petition that the only heirs of said estate are J.W. BALLARD, F.E. BALLARD, A.J. BALLARD, Margaret A. BYNUM wife of Wiley BYNUM, Frances M. LONG wife of James LONG who resides in this state and W.A. BALLARD, G.W. BALLARD who resides in state of Texas, and Mary A. LAWRENCE wife of John LAWRENCE who resides in this state all of whom are over 21 years & sound mind and the children of Elizabeth S. COWEN deceased and the children of Jane PALMER deceased and the children of Piety R. CHAFIN dec’d which children are all minors.

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Jesse BARNES
(1855)
Administrator: Abram HOWTON  ~  Guardian ad litem: Burr W. WILSON

[Probate excerpt ~ complete transcription at offsite link] ... It is further ordered and decreed that the said Abram HOWTON Administrator as aforesaid proceed to make distribution ... among those entitled thereto [being:] Jethro BARNES ... Edwin BARNES ... Welthy BARNES ... Josiah BARNES ... Sarah SMITH consort of Solomon SMITH ... Orpha HOLLAND (consort of Thos. HOLLAND) ... Apsella HOWTON (consort of Abram HOWTON) ... Edy LANGSTON (consort of Haywood LANGSTON) ... the heirs of Elizabeth TANZY deceased [being:] Abram TANZY ... Nancy A. TANZY ... Josiah TANZY ... Lydia TANZY ... Mary TANZY ... the heirs of Patsey HOLLAND decd [being:] Elizabeth FOLSOM ... Eliza TELLER ... Margaret JORDAN ... Martha HALL ... Jas. B. HOLLAND ... Thos. R. HOLLAND ... John C. HOLLAND ... Woodward HOLLAND ... [Probate Minutes Bk 1, Pp 533-536]  

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John BARNES
(1904)
Administrator: J.H. BARNES
Guardians ad litem: R.H. CORBETT, S.T. WRIGHT, and W.R. ENIS

[Probate excerpt ~ complete transcription at offsite link] ... and now comes on this day J.H. BARNES the son of said John BARNES [who] departed this life in this county on or about the 8 day of May 1904 ... being at the time of his death an inhabitant of Fayette ... the only heirs of said estate are the following: to wit: Catherine BARNES widow of deceased, J.H. BARNES, J.F. BARNES, J.B. BARNES and S.E. BARNES, sons of deceased over 21 years of age and Nancy REESE daughter of deceased over 21 years of age all of whom reside at Cain, Fayette County, Alabama, Melinda HAM wife of F.H. HAM who resides at Rena Alabama, Sallie WHEELER wife of Nando WHEELER who resides at Winfield Alabama and Mary STEWART wife of Murray STEWART who resides at or near Mt Calm Fayette County Alabama all of whom are over 21 years of age / and minor heirs of Liza HAM deceased who was the daughter of John BARNES dec; Harvey GARTMAN resides at Cain Fayette Co. Ala and Denver, Banks, Austin & Walten HAM who reside in Wood County, Texas ... [Probate Minutes Bk 6, Pp 401, 402, 403]  

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Jacob BLACK
(1872)
Executor: James S. SUDDUTH
Witnesses: G.S. WOMACK, T.H. DAVIS, and John S. MOORE

[Will excerpt] ... I, Jacob BLACK, of the county of Fayette … that the estate with which has pleased God to bless me shall be disposed of … while I have strength and capacity so to do … my body to the earth to be buried with little expense or ostentation, and as to my worldly estate … I devise and bequeath and dispose hereof in the manner following … that all my real and personal estate be sold at public sale for the currency of the county and the proceeds of said sale after all necessary expenses be paid be divided equally among the following lawful heirs, Isaac BLACK, Robert BLACK, Nancy PAPPASAN, Elizabeth PAPPASAN, John BLACK, deceased heirs, Jane HOLAWAY, Mary PICKLE, Susan INGLE, F.M. BLACK, George W. BLACK and Mary BLACK. My beloved wife, Mary BLACK, shall be entitled to all the estate she possessed at the time of our marriage independent of the above division.

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Liles BOX
(1853)
Executor: Thomas J. BOX

[Probate excerpt ~ go here for complete transcription] ... He further alleges that the following persons are the heirs and legatees of said deceased viz. Mary BOX, widow of said decedent, Mary A. TURNER, wife of W.A. TURNER, T.J. BOX, T.R. ALDRIDGE, wife of James ALDRIDGE, Martha A. YOUNG, wife of James P. YOUNG all of full age B.F. BOX, Eliza L. BOX, William L. BOX, Sarah Jane BOX, Malinda L. BOX, Aurelia O. BOX and Locke BOX all under lawful age having no guardian none of whom are of unsound mind all of whom resides in said county of Fayette....

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Nathanel BRANDON
(1854)
Wife: Amanda A. BRANDON  ~  Executor: Bartley GUIN
Witnesses: James MIDDLETON, James T. COLLINS, and Edward W. LAWRENCE

[Will excerpt] ... Knowing the uncertainty of life and the certainty of death … I will, devise and bequeath to my daughter Rebecca NEWELL, ten head of cattle, my double barreled shot gun and the first born child of my Negro girl Mariar.  I bequeath to my son, Daniel BRANDON, who is a run away, Fifty dollars, if he ever returns.

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Elias BROWN
(1862)
Sons: George W. BROWN and Elias BROWN Jr.
Witnesses: William C. NICHOLS, William M. FORD, and William A. REYNOLDS

[Will excerpt] ... I give to my wife, Gracey BROWN, all my property, both real and personal, to have and to hold during her life. After her death, all property will then go to my two sons, equally divided.

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William M. BYRD
(1862)
Witnesses: Alfred B. COULTER, John SUMMERHILL, and A.B. ROSS

[Will excerpt] ... Being in feeble health but of sound and disposing mind and memory, leave in trust to daughters and their children not liable for the debts or liabilities of any husband or husbands.

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William B. COLE
(1844)
Witnesses: Albert G. WHITSON, Hezekiah JOHNSON, and Thomas WHITSON

[Will excerpt] ... Being at this time very much debilitates by sickness, being desirous to give my relatives and friends as little trouble as possible, in the final adjustment distribution and settlement of my temporal concerns.

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Andrew J. CORBETT
(1887)
Witnesses: W.F. MILES and T.A. MOORE

[Will excerpt] ... My will is that my wife, Elizabeth C. CORBETT, shall retain possession and control of my entire estate, both real and personal, hereby giving her the right to sell any of it that might be necessary for the benefit of my children at home, believing she will take the best care of it possible.  It is my will to make my children as nearly equal in the amounts of property to them as has been received by James F. CORBETT, to-wit: the value of eighty dollars in land or the equivalent in money, one horse, one cow, one feather bed, and clothing for the same and if such is not done before the death of my wife, any has not received and equal part with heirs that shall be that made equal before the final distribution so as to make the distribution of my estate equal to all my children, names as follows: James P. CORBETT, Andrew Birton CORBETT, Reubin H. CORBETT, John L. CORBETT and Elua J. CORBETT.  I hereby nominate, constitute and appoint my lovely wife, Elizabeth C. CORBETT, my sole executrix.

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Lewis CROW
(1882)
Administrators: A.H. FREEMAN and Mary Ann CROW
Guardian ad litem: John B. SANFORD

[Probate excerpt ~ download full record in PDF format here & here PDF file]  ... Said decedent left him Surviving Seven Children ... Eliza ASHCRAFT dec'd who left five children ... Lexington CROW dec'd, leaving two children ... Rebeca JOHNSON dec'd who left four children ... M.E. FREEMAN wife of A.H. FREEMAN / Caroline CROW / Malissa McGINNIS dec'd who left one child ... Mary A. CROW ... [Probate Court Records No. 3]

Generously contributed by
Hill Wright

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E.S. CURRY
(1885)
Witnesses: J.B. MASON and M.L. MASON

[Will excerpt] ... I, E.S. CURRY, Wife of W.M. CURRY, make this my last will and testament.  I give to Mrs. J.M. CURRY, the mother of my husband, W.M. CURRY, all my real estate and personal property which I may have or be entitled to in anyway of whatsoever description or kind at the time of my death after all my just debts shall have been duly paid.  I hereby appoint my husband, W.M. CURRY, to be executor of this will.

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Oliver P. DAVIS
(1863)
Minor Children: Savanah DAVIS (age 17), Miles DAVIS (14), Lutiskey DAVIS (12), and John DAVIS (10)
Adult Children: Emily P. ENIS, Arthur DAVIS, and James DAVIS
Executor: Thomas D. ENIS  ~  Witnesses: William M. ENIS and E.P. WEBB

[Will excerpt] ... In the name of God, Amen, considering the uncertainty of this frail and transitory life do therefore make, ordain, and publish and declare this to be my last will.  I bequeath that at the time, John, my youngest, becomes of lawful age that the Negroes [7] be equally divided amongst all my [7] children.

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Abraham DEAVORS
(1857)
Daughter: Rachael Harriet NEWTON
Witnesses: A.J. HENDON, E.P. WEBB, and Christopher DEAVORS

[Will excerpt] ... I give and bequeath to my beloved wife, Abagale DEAVORS: four hundred eighty acres, all the cattle, hogs, and sheep, and also two gray mares and one blind sorrel horse;  To [son] George W. DEAVORS, sixty dollars in money.  To [son] John Jasper DEAVORS, one rone colored colt;  To young sons, James C. and Isaac B. DEAVORS to have sixty dollars in money a piece or a colt a piece.

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Joseph C. DOBBINS
(1866)
Sons: Dury DOBBINS and (?) DOBBINS
Daughters: Malner, Nancy, Mahulda C., and Martha J.
Executor: W.P. RUSH  ~  Witness: John M. SHACKLEFORD

[Will excerpt] ... I give and bequeath to my beloved wife one pair of mules, with mule wagon and harness, four cows and calves to have during widowhood.  But if she shall marry at any time it is to be returned to my son, Dury.  I bequeath to Dury some 700 and sixty acres, one sorrel mare and two colts, a gray mule, one trunk, watch and gun and all the farming tools so long as he may remain in the place, also one buggy and harness.  I also wish my four daughters to have each of them a heifer a piece and land being four hundred and twenty acres a piece.

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Elizabeth E. DOBBS
(1882)
Witnesses: W.P. JOHNSON (by his mark) and M.A. JOHNSON

[Will] ... I, Elizabeth E. DOBBS, do hereby claim my exemption rights to property exempt from execution under the laws of the State of Alabama, both real and personal and the following property as my own.  That I have paid my own money for money that I received from my father's estate and land that is deeded to me and my two children, Thomas J. DOBBS and Marsaler DOBBS.  Township 14 [South] Range 11 West, containing 240 acres, for which I gave $245 dollars and the following personal property: one yoke of oxen that was bought from Daniel FOWLER known as one Brindle steer with a sore in his forehead and one black with some white spots on him, named Buck and Dick.  I paid Daniel FOWLER $20 money and two yearlings at $10.  The wagon that I bought from P.M. NEWTON, I furnished $22.  I also bought a black cow from J.N. SMITH for which I paid $16 of money that I taught school for, and her increase.  A gray mare, that is the mare that my husband, J.H. DOBBS, bought from M.D. WILKS, 10 or 12 years old was delivered up to me in place of a mule my father gave me which I have leave to be traded for one that would suit me and his mare I claim as my property, in place of the mule and following household property: two beds and two bed steds and bed clothing, one clock, one cook stove, and vessels, one looking glass to all of which is my property and the proceeds of my money that I, which is my property and the proceeds of my money that I, received from my father's and his estate.

I, Elizabeth E. DOBBS, do hereby as my last will and testament and the same do to my children Thomas J. DOBBS and Marsaler DOBBS at our deaths, their father and mother, J.H. DOBBS and Elizabeth E. DOBBS, and we, Thomas J. DOBBS and Marsaler DOBBS, do hereby bind ourselves to work for and support and protect them in their old age to the best of our skill and ability.

Before me, William M. ENIS, Justice of the Peace in said county, personally appeared Elizabeth E. DOBBS and being by me duly sworn deposes and says that the above contains a correct and full account of my property, sworn to and subscribed before me on this 22nd day of May 1882.

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Horace DODSON
(1875)
Witnesses: J.B. McCLUNG and Josiah SOUTH

[Will excerpt] ... First, I make and constitute and appoint my wife, Mary DODSON, my lawful Executrix.  I will all my property both personal and real to my said wife and Executrix and my son, William Franklin DODSON, to behold and managed by my said Executrix during her lifetime or widowhood for her own benefit and the benefit of my said son, William Franklin DODSON.  I will on the death or marriage of my said wife, Mary DODSON, that the property be held by my said son, William Franklin DODSON, for her benefit during his lifetime.  I will that after the death of my said son, William Franklin DODSON, that all the property both personal and real be equally divided and distributed between all my children so that each may share and hare alike without sale.

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James EARNEST
(1847)
Daughters: Martha (Mrs. Irwin) SMALLWOOD, Martha WILLIAMS, Debby (Mrs. William) TURNER,
Huldy (Mrs. Nathanel) WILLIAMS, and Hamby (EARNEST?)
Sons: Paton EARNEST, Burrell EARNEST, Henry F. EARNEST, Jeremiah EARNEST, William EARNEST,
and Peyton EARNEST
Executor: Peyton EARNEST  ~  Witnesses: James WILCUT, J.C. HUTTO, and George DAVIS

[Will excerpt] ... I direct my son Burrell to have an equal part of my estate but the amount of his indebtedness to be deducted out of his amount.  I further direct that my daughter Debby TURNER to have an equal part after William TURNER's indebtedness to me is deducted out of her share.

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George W. EATON
(1863)
Witnesses: J.M. CULBERTSON and John D. HARTON

[Will excerpt] ... I direct that a fair valuation or appraisements be made by three judicians or neighbors of all my real estate and personal property; that my property be sold for cash at private or public sale; and bequeath all property to my wife Levina EATON.

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William FREEMAN
(1858)
Executor: Littleton COLE
Witnesses: Troy GRIFFIN, Jesse FREEMAN, and William DAVIS

[Will excerpt] ... I wish my wife, Martha, to have my Negroes, Rachel and Sye, and my daughter Maranda to have my sorrel filly.

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Henry HAM
(1883)
Administrator: B.A. HAM
Guardians ad litem: John B. SANFORD and James H. HYDE

[Probate excerpt ~ complete transcription at offsite link] ... B.A. HAM Administrator of the Estate of Henry HAM deceased being duly sworn makes oath that N.M. HAM widow aged 60 years, residing in this county / B.A. HAM [aged] 45 [years, residing in this county] / Emily WARD wife [of] John WARD aged 40 years, residing in this county and heirs of Martha WARD decd who was daughter of Decd & wife of James N. WARD who is now living & Guardian for two of said heirs, to-wit: Etta SIMS wife of John SIMMS [sic] over 21 years & resides in this county, John WARD & Lonny WARD who are both under 21 years of age and resides with their father in this county, & heirs of C.A. REESE decd who was daughter of decd and wife of E.B. REESE who is now living to-wit: Theressa REESE, Henry M. REESE, Emma D. REESE, Mattie A. STEWART wife of George STEWART all of whom are over 21 years of age & resides in Leak Co. Miss. & Denna L. REESE, Lee REESE & Earnest REESE & C.E. REESE / 4 last under 21 years of age & Resides in Leak Co. State of Miss. & are the heirs and devises of said deceased, according to the best of his information knowledge & belief.  Subscribed and sworn to before me, this 10 day of February 1885 ... [Probate Minutes Bk 3, Pp 686, 689, 690, 714, 715; Bk 4, Pp 138, 161, 174, 177] 

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Spias HAM
(1852)
Administrator: William HAM

[Probate excerpt ~ complete transcription at offsite link] ... Personally came William HAM Administrator of all and singular the goods and chattle rights and credits of Spias HAM late of said county deceased, who at previous (to wit on the 4th day of November 1844) obtained an order to sell the real estate of Spias HAM, for the purpose of making an equal division among the heirs of said Estate [being:] William HAM ... Henry HAM ... Spias HAM ... Bright R. HAM ... Nancy THOMPSON ... Charity THOMPSON ... [Probate Minutes Bk M-1, Pp 97, 106, 107] 

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Edwin HARRIS
(1871)
Administrator: James O. MOSLEY

[Probate excerpt] ... The petition of Jas O. MOSLEY an inhabitant of this state, county, represents, that Edwin HARRIS departed this life intestate some time in 1862 or 3 ... the name and residence of his heirs are as follows as he believes, Francis HARRIS, the widow, Cornelia MOSLEY wife of your petitioner, Caroline HENDON wife of Jack HENDON, Minerva HARRIS, Drucilla HARRIS, Josephine HODGE[S] wife of Stephen HODGE [sic], Eliza AWTR[E]Y wife of W.E. AWTRY [sic], all of whom are of age and reside in this county, and Malissa [sic] BOWEN wife of [Seth] BOWEN residence unknown, and Susan PAGE and Isabella SMITH wife of R.L. SMITH and Malissa PAGE a minor of Texas grandchildren of the said HARRIS.  Your petitioner asks the court to be appointed adm on said estate ... this 24th August 1871 ... [Probate Bk 1A, Pg 55] 

Generously contributed by
Art & Harriett Hudson

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Thomas JOHNSON
(1876)
Administrators: Thomas H. JOHNSON then Thomas D. ENIS

[Probate excerpt ~ go here for partial transcription - Link Temporarily Closed for Repairs, 3/16/2014] ... The petition of Thomas JOHNSON respectfully represents that his mother Sarah R. ROSS departed this life intestate in Hardin County, Tennessee, leaving in this County a tract of land hereinafter described worth perhaps four or five hundred dollars.  Said Land was the Estate of Thomas JOHNSON, petitioner’s Father, who died in this County thirty-eight years since and has never been sold or assigned.  As dower and the heirs of said Thomas JOHNSON are as follows: James M. JOHNSON, last heard from he resided in Talahatchie [sic] County, Miss., Mary A. PHILLIPS resides with her husband in this County, Frederick JOHNSON resides in this County and Petitioner he resides in this county, Matilda J. BERRY resides last heard from in Jefferson County, Arkansas, G.W. JOHNSON, a son is dead leaving the following children, viz., Syndey [sic], George W. and Caroline JOHNSON.  They reside in Franklin County in this State are all minors.  Sarah BERRY, wife of Sylvester BERRY, they reside in Texas.  Nancy HALL she lives in Hardin County, Tennessee ...

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Alexander LAWRENCE
(1866)
Administrator: Henry G. TREADAWAY
Securities: F.M. TREADAWAY and Noah PARIS

[Probate excerpt ~ go here for complete transcription] ... the heirs of said estate / Lettie LAWRENCE widow of deceased / She resides in Mississippi and has one child / its name is Benjamin and resides with his mother in Mississippi / Said child is the son of Alexander LAWRENCE deceased / & W.A. LAWRENCE and Jesse LAWRENCE each of this county / Martha TREADAWAY wife of Wade H. TREADAWAY they reside in Tennessee / Alexander LAWRENCE Junior he resides in Illinois / and Caroline TREADAWAY daughter of petitioner and also daughter of Susan TREADAWAY who was petitioners wife who is deceased and the daughter of Alexander LAWRENCE she resides with petitioner in this county / and Mary GILLIARD [sic] wife of Harvey [?] GILLIARD [sic] who resides with her husband in Illinois / they and they alone are the heirs of deceased ...

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James Madison MONTGOMERY
(1889)

[Will] ... The year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and eighty nine / March 19, 1889 / Know all to whom this may concern.  I  James Madison MONTGOMERY hereby make my last will and devise for the division and for the distribution of all my estate Vis: Land tenements hereditament and all appurtenances thereunto in anywise [?] belonging and all moneys notes mortagages liens open accounts chattels goods and all my personal property and real estate of every description thereunto in anywise belonging to my estate and I hereby make a devide while in life of two hundred dollars as is hereby named to make them equal Marget E. NICHOLS has received her two hundred dollars credit on her land note March 12, 1889.  Norsis ROBERTS has received up to this date fifty dollars and ninety cts and is to have out of the "five" hundred and eighty dollars note given January 22, 1887 by J.N. OLIVE and R.W. WOOD one hundred and fifty nine dollars and ten cts to make up her $200.00.  M.A. NORMAN has received twenty five dollars and fifty five cts and is to have out of the note given by W.F. LOWLEY for one hundred and eighty dollars December 17, 1888 and due 25 day of December 1889.  She is to have one hundredd and seventy five dollars and forty five cts to make up her two hundred dollars.  Faney COVEN has received of me one hundred thirty nine dollars and ninety five cts and is to have out of the note given by J.N. OLIVE and R.W. WOOD dated January 22 1889 and due January first 1890 sixty dollars to make her two hundred dollars.  Mary E. ROBERTS has received her two hundred dollars.  Louiza McCLAIN has received her two hundred dollars.  Thomas BARNES and _ _        BARNES my great grand children is to have one hundred dollars each to be "____" out of the note given by J.N. OLIVE and R.W. WOOD given for "Five" hundred dollars which was given January 22, 1889 and due January 1, 1890 and this is all that Thomas BARNES and _ _   BARNES shall be entitled to out of the proceeds of my entire estate and that this two hundred dollars shall be put ______  ____ and to be well secured and not to be paid over to them until they become 21 years of age.  Mary E. MONTGOMERY my wife has received this date from me in cash one hundred dollars for her maintenance and is to have "a ______" from the balance of the proceeds of the remainder of my estate to do her during the remainder of her life and then the remainder of my estate is to be sold and to be divided ... [Will Record Bk 1, Pg 21]

Generously contributed by
Lorene Thigpen

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James MOORE
(1874)
Administrator: John B. SANFORD

[Probate excerpt ~ go here for complete transcription] ... James MOORE a citizen of this county died in estate sometime in 1861, leaving ... his widow Nancy MOORE who departed this life sometime in 1873 and ... the following children to wit; G.H. MOORE, Barnes MOORE, [Mary Ann] LAWRENCE wife of Jas LAWRENCE, [Elizabeth] LASUEUR wife of Jas LASUEUR, Nancy REESE wife of A.J. REESE, all of whom are of age and reside in this County, and Jesse and A.W. MOORE, who reside in Lowndes County Mississippi, and Wm MOORE a minor heir of Wm MOORE deceased.

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William MOORE
(1871)
Administrator: John S. MOORE

[Probate excerpt ~ go here for complete transcription] ... Wm MOORE departed this life intestate about 26th Nov 1871 leaving property in this State & Co of about the value of one thousand dollars & most probable more / your petitioner is the son of the dec'd / that the names of the heirs are as follows / Jefferson MOORE who resides in the state of Texas Guadaloupe Co / Arena REED who resides in Tuscaloosa Co / Thos MOORE who resides in Tuscaloosa Co / your petitioner & James MOORE who resides in Fayette Co Ala all of whom are of age ...

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Nathan NALL
(1871)
Administrator: G.W. GRAVLEE

[Probate excerpt] ... the only heirs of said deceased are Jas M. NALL & Bradly NALL living in the State of Arkansas Calhoun P.O., Mariah LOFTIS wife of M.D. LOFTIS resides in Sanford Co. Ala, M. WILSON wife of Elias WILSON resides in Tuscaloosa Co Ala, M.E. NALL, C. GRAVLEE wife of G.W. GRAVLEE who resides in Fayette Co. Ala, all of whom are of full age and sound mind and the following grand children of Silas NALL deceased Cordelia, Almetto, Leon & Etta NALL, all minors living with their mother Emily NALL in Sanford Co. Ala ... [Probate Minutes Bk 1, Pg 725]

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Isaac NORMAN
(1868)

[Probate excerpt] ... The following contains a true appraisement of the property of the Estate of Isaac NORMAN late of Said County deceased that ____ come to my own knowledge (to Wit) the amount Sett off to Widow Value of Same of five children to wit Mary P. / Amanda C. / Emma G. / Martin B. & Lilla L. NORMAN ... October 31, 1868 ... [Index to Wills & Estate Records, Pp 513, 514, 527, 574, 575, 577, 578, 628, 634, 640, 641]

Generously contributed by
Lorene Thigpen

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Jane VAN HOOSE
(1856)
Administrator: John M. THOMPSON

[Probate excerpt] ... Came this day into court John M. THOMPSON ... and being Sworn in due form says the foregoing account of final settlement is correct & true to the best of his knowledge information and belief and he further states that his wife Nancy M. and Sarah J. McGILL are the heirs and only heirs of said Estate known to him / the latter being a minor heir and both residing in the County of Fayette ... [Probate Bk 1A, Pg 610]

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Valentine VAN HOOSE
(1851)
Administrator: Jesse VAN HOOSE  ~  Security: Burr W. WILSON

[Probate excerpt] ... citations has been issued to and served upon John M. THOMPSON & John N. McGILL and Thomas McGILL ... who represent their children, who are heirs of said Estate ... [Probate Minutes Bk 1, Pg 12]

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Michael WRIGHT
(1854)
Administrator: William H. WRIGHT ~ Securities: John SAVAGE and William O. STRICKLAND
Guardian ad litem: Thomas P. McCONNELL

[Probate excerpt ~ download full record in PDF format here & here PDF file] ... Your Petitioner states that said Michael WRIGHT died leaving the following heirs to wit Pinina the Widow of said Deceased and John T. WRIGHT and Elizabeth M.J. & Henry J. WRIGHT Infant children of Deceased under twenty one years of age / all living in Fayette County Alabama ... [Probate Bk 1A; Probate Minutes Bk 1]

Generously contributed by
Hill Wright

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William H. WRIGHT
(1875)

[Download full record in PDF format here & here PDF file] ... [Probate Minutes Bk 2]

Generously contributed by
Hill Wright

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