Fayette County, GA Wills & Probate Records -

Alexander Smith June 20 1849

Source: Fayette County, GA Will Book A & Copy of Original
Written: June 20 1849
Recorded: March 4 1850

(This will had already been transcribed and submitted to the archives but when I went through the two copies of this will that I received from the probate court in Fayette County, I noted one big difference in the copy of transcription into the Will Book A and a copy of a transcription of the original will as written, that being the inclusion of Susan Rentfroe under Item ninth where a division is made between eight people. She is not included in
the copy from the Will Book and is in the transcription of original will.)

Fayette County, GA
Will Book A, Page 87 - 89

Georgia} In the name of God, Amen
Fayette County} I, Alexander Smith, of said State and county, being of advanced age, and knowing that I must shortly depart from this world, deem it right and proper both as respects myself and my family, that I should make a disposition of the property with which a kind Providence has blessed me. I therefore make this my last Will and Testament, hereby revoking and annulling all others heretofore made by me.

Item first: I desire and direct that my body be buried in a deacent and Christian-like manner, suitable to my circumstances and condition. My soul, I trust, shall return to rest with God who gave it, as I hope for eternal
salvation through the blessed Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, whose religion I have professed, and as I humbly trust, enjoyed for fourteen years.

Item second: I desire and direct that all my just debts be paid without delay, by my Executor, hereinafter named as I am unwilling my creditors should be delayed of their rights, especially as there is no necessity for delay.

Item third: I give bequeath and devise to my beloved wife, Patience, with whom I have lived in the strictest quiet and love for seventeen years, all my Estate both real and personally, for and during her natural life. And then (after her death) to be given and divided in the following manner.

Item fourth: I devise to Mary Matthews my sister five dollars at my wife's death.

Item fifth: I devise to James Smith my brother five dollars, at my wife's death.

Item sixth: I devise to Bethie Rogers my sister five dollars at my wife's death.

Item seventh: I devise to Stephen Smith my brother five dollars at my wife's death.

Item eighth: After the above named sums is paid out of my Estate, my will is, that, Mary Matthew's three young children, viz, William, Moses and Robert Mathews, after my wife's death have half of my Estate, Equally divided between them, after Fielding F. Mathews receives one hundred Dollars out of their part, also my will is that, Fielding F. Mathews have one Mare by the name of Nelly, after my wife's death.

Item ninth: I give bequeath devise and direct the other half of my Estate to be Equally divided between the eight following persons, viz, Martha Ann Travis, widow of Columbus T. Travis, Mary Travis, wife of Howard Travis, Elizabeth Travis, wife of James Travis, Patience Moor, daughter of Edward Moor, Ritty Pope, wife of Hardy Pope, Polly Reeves, wife of Allen Reeves, Nancy Rentfroe, daughter of Stephen Rentfroe, Susan Rentfroe, daughter of Stephen Rentfroe, at my wife's death.

Item tenth: I constitute and appoint my worthy nephew William Mathews, Executor of this my last Will and Testament, this June 20th, 1849.

Alexander (his mark) Smith LS

Signed, sealed, declared and published by Alexander Smith, as his last Will and Testament in the presence of us, the subscribers, who subscribed our names hereto in the presence of said Testator, and of each other, this June 20th 1849.

Dr. P. H. Brassell

John H. Whitley

John C. Brassell, J. P.


State of Georgia} Before us, John I. Whitaker, John D. Stell, & Thomas M. Jones three of the Justices of the Fayette County } Inferior court sitting for Ordinary purposes of said county in open court personally came William W. Matthews, the executor named in said will and produced before us the last will & testament of Alexander Smith late of said county deceased & the witnesses of said will to wit, John H. Whitley & John C.
Brassell which witnesses being duly sworn depose and say that they saw Alexander Smith the testator sign seal declare & publish the instrument now presented as his last will & testament freely voluntary & of his own accord & without any compulsion or influence whatever that at the time of the Execution of said will said testator was of sound & disposing mind & memory that deponants saw P. H. Brassell assign also in the presence of the testator & these deponents signed said will as witness in the presence of the testator & at his special instance & request & in the presence of each other.
Sworn to & subscribed before us this 4th day of March, 1850} John C. Brassell
Jno. I. Whitaker, J. J. C. } John H.
Whitley
T. M. Jones, J. J. C.
John D. Stell, J. J. C.

State of Georgia} The last will & testament of Alexander Smith, late of said county deceased having been
Fayette County } produced in open court before us this fourth day of March 1850 by William W. Matthews and having been proved to the satisfaction of the court by the evidence of John C. Brassell & John H. Whitley subscribing witnesses it is therefor ordered that the said will be admitted to record Court of Ordinary
March Term 1850.
John D. Stell, J. J. C.
T. M. Jones, J. J. C.
Jno. I. Whitaker, J. J. C.
Elijah Glass ?? C
L. S. Blalock, J. ? C.

The Last Will & Testament of Alexander Smith Deceased
Recorded in Will Book A on pages 87-88 & 89
March the 5th 1850
William J. Russell
Clk. C. O.


Source: Fayette County, GA Return Book D, Pages 219 & 220
Written: April 26 1850
Recorded: May 1 1850


Georgia} The following is the Inventory and Appraisment of Alexander Smith
Fayette County} deceased April the 26 1850
1 yoke of oxen 40.00
1 cow and calf 12.00
1 speckle cow and calf 12.00
1 black head cow 8.00
1 Red head cow 10.00
1 Red cow & yearlin 12.00
2 Heifers 8.00
17 Head of Sheep 10 @ 2.125 21.25
1 ox cart 35.00
1 Bay mare Nell 60.00
1 sorrel mare 75.00
1 sorrel horse 50.00
1 Iron Gray coalt 75.00
1 sorrel Horse Mule 50.00
14 plows & 3 pair of Geer 20.00
4 axes, 2 matick, 2 plows, one 10.00
frou?, iron wedge
1 crowbar, 1 grind stone 2.75
39 Head of Hogs 78.00
1 cross cut saw, one logchain, one 7.50
pr of stilg yards, one hand saw
one lot of sundrey?,square,drawknife 1.50
one Wheel Barrow 3.00
one carridg 100.00
4 beehives 9.50
5 jares?, one jack plain, one birel? 3.75
one table
one lot of kitchin furniture 18.00
1 Loom, 3 spinning wheels, one keal,13.50
5 stayes
5 beds & furnature, 4 steds 200.00
1 chest, slab, firniture unit, one 23.00
cupboard
2 trunks & one table 9.00
1 clock & 5 pictures 16.50
9 chairs & 1 water bucket, 1 Biter? 6.75
1 set of five? Gnous?, 2 Andirons, 6.50
2 sithses & cranks
1 lot of books & Bo?? 5.00
1 lot of Land 1200.00
1 Negro man Lige 600.00
1 Negro girl Lucy 550.00
1 Negro man Simon 400.00
1 Note on George H. Page for seventy five dollars dew the twenty fifth of December 1847 75.00
1 Note of Hand on David Whatley for Eighteen Dollars Dew the twenty fifth of Dec 1849 18.00
One Note of hand on Thomas Prestley for sixteen Dollars dew the 25 of December 1848; credited with ten
dollars February 18, 1850 6.00
One Note of hand on Enoch Giles for Eight Dollars and 40 cts Dew the 13th of Decr 1849 8.40
Cash on hand belonging to the Estate 7.62

We do certify upon oath that so far as was produced to us by the executor of the Estate of Alexander Smith Deceased the foregoing contains a true appraisment to the best of Judgement and understanding this the 26 day of April 1850. T. C. Matthews? Aprais; ?? Blaylock; Edward Moor

I do certify that the above appraisars was sworn to perform their duty as appraisors acording to tlaw this the 26th day of April 1850. John C. Brassell J. P.

Appraisment & Inventory of Alexander Smith Deceased
Recorded in Return Book D on pages 219 & 220, May 1st 1850
Wm. T. Russell, C. C. O.


Source: Fayette Co., GA Probate Office, Returns Book E, Page 68
Written: May 28 1853
Recorded: August 19 1853

Return of William W. Mathews Executor of Alexander Smith Deceased
Filed in office this 28th May 1853
Geo. C. King ???? ? F. C.

Examined & payed by the court July the 4th 1853
J. S. Blalock O.F.C.

Georgia}
Fayette Co} Ordinarys office of said county Recorded in Book E, on page 68 this
19 August 1853
Geo. C. King ???? C.C.O.

The Estate of Alexander Smith Deceased in account current with William W. Matthews Executor from the time of appointment up to the 31st day of December 1852 Inclusive
To cash paid D. D. Denham as per voucher No. 1 $107.00
To cash paid Wm. J. Russel C.C. as per voucher No. 2 9.57
To cash paid Hany? & Logan as per voucher No. 3 5.00
To cash paid A. Gray agen for B. on as per voucher No. 4 10.00
To cash paid H. Rentfrows T. C. in 1850 as per voucher No. 5 2.00
To cash paid H. Thornton T. C. in 1851 as per voucher No. 6 2.00
To cash paid F. Landrum T. C. in 1852 as per voucher No. 7 5.32?
To cash paid Geo C. King Dept Ordinary as per voucher No. 8 9.50
Amt ????? as due to Patience Smith as direct in the will of
said deceased as per voucher No. 9 3766.90
$3915.15

By amt of Appraised Bill 3865.52
Ballance in favor of Executor the 31st of Dec 1852 $49.63

Georgia} Before me Geo. C. King Dept Ordinary in and for said county
Fayette County} personally appeared William W. Mathewes Executor of the last
will and testament of Alexander Smith Deceased & after being duly sworn
deposeth and saith that the above return is just & true to the best of his
knowledge & ?????? sworn to & subscribed before me this 27th day of May 1853
Geo. C. King Dept O.F.C. Wm. W. Matthews


Source: Fayette County, GA Probate Records
Written: 1853
Recorded: December 31 1853

Georgia}
Fayette County} The following is a List of the property of the Estate of Alexander Smith decd now on hand as appraisal

1 Youk of oxens 40.00
1 cow & calf 12.00
1 cow & calf 12.00
1 cow & calf 8.00
1 cow & calf 10.00
1 cow & earlin 12.00
2 heifers 8.00
17 head of sheep 21.25
1 ox cart 35.00
1 Bay Mare Nel 60.00
1 Sorrel Mare 75.00
1 Sorrel Horse 50.00
1 Gray Colt 75.00
1 Sorrel Mule 50.00
14 Plows & 3 pr Geer 20.00
4 axes, 2 mattox, 2 welding trees?, 1 frow?10.00
& wedge
1 crow bar & grind stone 2.75
1 Lot of Hogs 39 Head 78.00
1 cros cut saw, 1 log chain & pr stilliard? 7.50
& saw
1 Lot Sundries, square & drawer knife 1.50
1 Wheule? Ra? 3.00
1 carriage 100.00
4 Bee stands 9.50
5 jars, 1 jack plain, 1 bbl, 1 table 3.75
1 Lot kitchen furnature 18.00
1 Loom, 3 Wheales, 1 Reel, 2 Stays 13.50
6 Beds & Furnature 200.00
1 Chest Slab & furnature & cupboard 23.00
2 Trunks, 1 Table 9.00
1 clock & picturs 16.50
4 churns, water buck, keler? 6.75
1 set dog irons, 2 smoothing irons & Sythes 6.50
1 Lot of Book & Bot 5.00
1 Lot of land 202 1/2 acres No. 164 1200.00
1 Negro Man Elizah 600.00
1 Negro Man Simon 400.00
1 Negro Girl Lucy 550.00
1 Note on T. H. Presley & L. W. Presley 16.00
for due 25th December 1848 With a credit
of ten Dollars Feb 18th 1850
1 Note on Enoch Giles for Due 13th December 8.40
1849
$3766.90

Georgia} Recd Dec 31st 1853
Fayette County} of William W. Matthews Executor on the Estate of Alexander Smith Decd in full of the above & foregoing Estate as directed in the will of said deceased. Test Thomas C. Matthews Patience (her mark) Smith Widow


Georgia} Sept 3rd 169 (Believe this should be 1869)
Fayette Co.}
Sale Bill of the perishable property of Alexander Smith Decd

1 Lot of heel pins & rods R. M. Matthews .75
1 Lot of plow hoes R. M. Matthews .75
1 Lot " Wm. Whatley .50
2 Mattocks & spr hoe J. T. Travis .80
1 Log chain & sundries Robert Jones .65
1 crow bar W. W. Matthews 2.50
2 axes M. T. Travis .60
2 axes & hoe R. M. Matthews .50
2 set trace chains R. M. Matthews .75
1 barrel Ned Glass .65
1 grind stone J. T. Travis 2.60 (this line is marked through)
1 Lot of tools J. L. Travis 2.60
1 cross cut saw & sundries Ned Glass 3.00
1 set plow gear Wm. Glass .70
1 bell James Barnwell .50
1 Do J. T. Travis .15
1 Loom & bars M. A. Duffell 1.00
1 spining wheel Patric Ross 1.30
1 Do W. M. Matthews .25
1 Reel M. A. Duffell 1.85
2 spelers Alexander Mathews 1.55
1 pot & skillet Ned Glass .50
1 oven & pan M. A. Duffell 1.80
2 ovens Alexander Mathews .60
1 Teakettle & oven M. A. Duffell .50
3 pr pot hooks M. A. Duffell .50
1 oven & pot John Pope 1.30
1 pot M. A. Duffell 3.25
1 Wash tub & trough M. A. Duffell 1.90
2 troughs & 1 barrel &
1 sythe W. W. Mathews .25
1 Wheat fan W. W. Mathews 2.00
1 barrel & salt W. W. Mathews .60
1 Lot bacon Ned Glass 1.95
1 soap trough & 2 old jars
3 jars M. A. Duffell 1.90
3 Do Patia Duffell 2.00
2 Tubs & sundries M. A. Duffell 1.00
2 bread trays Nancy Pressley 1.50
1 pr steelyards M. A. Duffell 1.55
1 Wheelbarrow & Rawhide James Nations .75
1 Jersey Waggon Johnston Whatley 40.00
1 ox Waggon John Pope 17.00
2 hogs first choice Wm. Glass 9.75
2 hogs second choice Ned Glass 10.25
2 hogs second choice Richard Mathews 9.00
1 sow J. L. Canady 4.00
3 shoats J. L. Canady 6.50
2 shoats J. L. Canady 3.75
1 ox I. P. Gay 10.00
1 Red side cow & calf Ned Glass 28.25
1 Black & white sp cow & calf (this line marked through)
1 Redside cow & calf Jesse Groom 24.75
1 Black head cow &
yearling calf J. J. May 30.00
1 Heifer yearling Alexander Mathews 5.75
1 Bull yearling J. T. Travis 3.00
1 ox Cart W. W. Mathews 10.00
1 Bay mare J. E. Spurlin 149.00 paid
1 Lot of oats 108 per
hundred A. P. North
3 Jugs T. J. Edmondson 1.30
3 Jugs Nancy Pressley 1.35
1 Box of glass R. M. Mathews .25
1 Dining Table W. W. Mathews .50
1 Box Tools W. W. Mathews .40
1 Box old Irons T. C. Mathews .50
1 Lot Bottles & Sundries W. W. Mathews .75
1 Tin Bucket & strainer Patric Ross 1.30
1 pitcher Mary Travis .70
1 set cups & saucers J. T. Travis 2.00
1 set cups & saucers M. T. Travis 2.15
1 Bowl Mary Travis .90
1 set cups & saucers Mary Travis .40
1 Lot crockery W. W. Whatley 1.35
1 set Knives & forks &
plates Alva Brassell 1.00
2 dishes & glasses M. A. Duffell 1.40
2 pitchers Alex Mathews .85
1 Lot Bowls M. A. Duffell 1.00
1 Bowl M. A. Duffell .60
1 Plate & mug M. A. Duffell .30
1 set Knives forks Nancy Pressley 1.90
plates & c
1 Lot tin ware Mary Travis 1.10
1 glass decanter Alva Brassell .50
1 glass decanter Alva Brassell .80
1 glass decanter Alva Brassell .40
1 Large knife J. T. Travis .50
1 Dining Table Mary Travis 1.45
1 Water Bucket M. A. Duffell 1.10
1 Bench Mary Travis .95
1 Cubbard Mary Travis 3.00
1 Set Andrions & c Wm. Glass .60
1 set chairs J. T. Travis 4.50
4 chairs James Nations 4.55
1 small chair Mary Travis .85
1 Rocking chair Marther A. Duffell 1.10
1 Clock John W. Brassell 10.00
2 Trunks M. A. Duffell 1.00
1 Razor Box & contents T.W. Ballard 1.40
1 small Trunk W. W. Matthews 1.25
1 Large Bible W. W. Matthews 1.00
1 Lot of Books T. W. Ballard .30
1 Razor & strap Wm. Busbin 1.00
2 Padlocks J. T. Travis .95
1 Looking glass & 2
Pictures T. J. Edmonson 1.65
1 slab & small Table J. T. Travis 2.00
1 Chest J. T. Travis 4.00
1 Bed furnished W W. Matthews 53.00
1 Bed & Beddling Richard May 19.50
1 Bed & Beddling Wm. Busbin 23.00
1 Quilt & counterpane John Pope 6.50
1 Quilt & Counterpane J. T. Travis 9.00
1 do do John Pope 7.95
1 do do John Pope 8.95
2 Quilts M. A. Duffell 4.00
2 do J. T. Travis 4.00
2 Bed spreads Mary Travis 2.20
1 Coverlid Mary Travis 12.25
1 do Nancy Pressley 9.25
1 Quilt Nancy Pressley 2.80
3 Plain Sheets Nancy Pressley 4.95
1 check counterpane
plain Mary Travis 1.80
1 set Bed curtains T. J. Edmondson .80
1 Lot Bed foot curtains Nancy Pressley 2.00
1 Lot of Wheat
5 bu .180 W. W. Whatley 9.00
1 do .185 John Travis 9.25
1 do
3 3/4 bu .190 Nancy Presley 7.15
3 Barrells 1 Box
Leather & c W. W. Whatley .50
2 Dozen chickens.20 Wm. Brown


Source: Fayette County, GA Probate Court Record Book H, Pg. 891
Written: November 20 1869

Last Sale Bill of personal property of A. Smith
Recorded in Book H, Page 891

Last of Articles Sold at Alexander Smith Sale Sold on the 20th day of Nov.? 1869

R. M. Matthews Grind Stone Baskets? 9 @ .50
M. A. Duffell 1 Pot rack .15
J. T. Travis 1 Shovel for fireside .10
M. A. Duffell 7 Sacks? & coffee mill .50
R. M. Mathews 500 lb Foders ?????? 1.00
J. T. Travis 10 bushels corn @ 1.60
R. M. Mathews 10 do corn @ 1.61
R. M. Mathews 10 do corn @ 1.66
R. M. Mathews 10 do corn @ 1.66
J. T. Travis 10 do corn @ 1.66
R. M. Mathews 10 do corn @ 1.65
R. M. Mathews 1 Lot 15 bushels snow ???
& cotton seed .20
J. Travis 1 Lot Potatoes 105 per bush

Sale Bill of W. W. Mathews Exor of Alexander Smith
Recorded in Book H Page 891

Lot of Land No. 164 sold on the 2?th day of November, 1869
To C. L. Travis For $1250.00
Rent of Cotton 54.35
Corn & Fodder & Cotton seed sold on the 20th November, 1869
36 Bushels corn to R. M. Mathews 59.16
780 lbs fodder $1.00 ?????? 7.80
20 bushels corn J. T. Travis 32.60
15 Bushels cotton seed 3.00


Source: Fayette County, GA Probate Court
Written: July 3 1871

Annual Return of W. W. Matthews Executor of the Last Will & C of Alexander Smith for the year ending July 3rd 1871

Filed in office July 3rd 1871
D. C. Mansor?? Ordy

Examined and passed August term 1871
D. W. Minor? Ordinary

Recorded in Book I, Page 37
D. C. Minor Ordinary
& Ex office wills?

Georgia}
Fayette County}
To the Ordinary of Said County - Annual Return of W. W. Matthews Executor of the last Will and Testament of Alexander Smith Decd. in account with Estate of Alexander Smith.
C.?
By amount paid
Mooney, Boyd & Co. Sept 18th, 1869, as per voucher No. 1 $30.00

By amount paid
W. W. Matthews Nov. 25th, 1869 as per voucher No. 2 $100.00

By amount paid
F. F. Matthews Jan. 1st 1870 as per voucher No. 3 $100.00

By amount paid
David C. Minor Ordny Jan 4th 1870 as per voucher No. 4 $11.25

By amount paid
Mary Travis Feb 15th 1870 as per voucher No. 5 $46.85

By amount paid
Martha A. Duffel Feb 15th 1870 as per voucher No. 6 $69.45

By amount paid
to Hen??? Pope by H. H. Pope Feb 15th 1870 as
per voucher No. 7 $44.40

By amount paid to
James T. Travis for Elizabeth Travis Feb 15th 1870
as per voucher No. 8 $75.00

By amount paid
Nancy Presley Feb 15th 1870 as per voucher No. 9 $74.12 1/2

By amount paid to
Patience Duffell Feb 15th 1870 as per voucher No. 10 $77.00

By amount paid
S. Harvey Tax Collector for the year 1870 as per
voucher No. 11 $4.00

By amount paid out Sept 18th 1869 for funeral
Expenses $5.00

By amount paid out or retained by himself as legatee of
estate July 3rd 1871 voucher No. 12 $200.00

Amount of Receipts $837.07 1/2

Asd? com's for receiving and paying out $837.07 1/2 $878.92 1/2

Same Do

To amount Received from Sale of personal property
on the 3rd day of September 1869 $731.99 1/2

To amount of Sale of corn, Fodder & c on the 20th
day of Nov. 1869 $149.00 1/2

To amount from Sale of Land on the ??? day of Nov 1869 $1250.00

$2131.00
878.92 1/2
_______

To Balance on hand July 3rd 1871 $1252.08 1/2


Georgia}
Fayette County} Personally came before me D. C. Minor ordinary of said State
& County
W. W. Matthews Executor of the last Will & Testament of Alexander Smith
Deceased, who
being duly sworn deposeth & says that the above Return is correct & true as it
stands
stated.
Sworn to & Subscribed
before me This July 3rd 1871
D. C. Minor, Ordinary W. W. Matthews


Source: Fayette County Probate Office
Written: March 1873

Petition of Victor Johnson for Settlement with W. W. Mathews Ex & C
Filed in Office Mch 1873

To the Honorable Court of Ordinary of said County
Georgia}
Fayette County} The petition of Victor Johnson respectfully  showeth that he has intermarried with one Susan Duffel and Your Petitioner further showeth that he is of full age. And he further showeth that Wm. W. Mathews is the qualified and acting Executor of on the Last Will of Alexander Smith late of said county deceased and the said Mathews has in his hands a large sum of money of said Estate belonging to said legatees. And your petitioner further shows that Susan Duffel formerly now Susan Johnson is a legatee of said Estate, and that the said Executor aforesaid, has in his hands a large sum of money which Susan Duffel formerly now Susan Johnson is entitled to.
Wherefore your petitioner prays that this Honorable Court pass an order requiring the said W. W. Mathews Executor as aforesaid to be and appear at the next April term of said court to make a full and fair settlement
of said Estate with Said Ward.
Victor Johnson
in right of his wife
Susan Johnson

Additional Comments:
Regarding Estate of Alexander Smith


Source: Fayette Co., GA Probate Office
Written: August 9 1872
Recorded: July 14 1873


Annual Return of W. W. Matthews Exor of Alex Smith

Filed August 9th 1872

Examined & passed July Term 1873
L. B. Griggs Ordy

Recorded in Book I, Page 239 July 14, 1873
L. B. Griggs Ordy
& Ex officia Clk

An Account current with W. W. Matthews Executor of the
Last Will & Testament of Alexander Smith decd from 3rd
July 1871 up to July 1st 1872. Inclusive

To amount on hand from last Return
See Record I Page 57 $1252.08
Interest realized on same
for one year 87.64
$1339.72


By amt paid P.C. Minor Ordy
as per vo. No. 1 $2.25

By amt paid Larkin Harrison
as pr vo. No. 2 9.60

By amt paid Mary Travis
Legatee as pr Vo. No. 3 30.00

By amt paid Bettie Pope
Legatee as pr Vo. No. 4 30.00

By amt paid Ordinary as
per Vo. No. 5 2.25
$74.10
(There are several lines here at the end of this
document which are unreadable)


Source: Fayette County, GA Probate Office
Written: 1873
Recorded: July 4 1873

Petition of Wm. W. Matthews Executor of Alex Smith for letters dismission

Filed in office July 4th 1873
L. B. Griggs Ordy

Entered
Dorsey

Georgia}
Fayette County} To the Ordinary of said County -
The petition of W. W. Mathews Executor on the estate of Alex Smith of said county respectfully shows that
he has paid all the debts of said estate and that he has sold the remainder of said estate and distributed
the whole thereof as directed by the said will as will appear by the final return of petitioner of file in your
Honors office except as therein stated, the sum of  twenty dollars which sum petitioner is ready & willing
to allow deposit the same or retain it as your Honor may direct. Petitioner therefore files this petition & prays
that an order may be granted discharging petitioner from his said trust and that citation may i??? as required
by law calling upon parties to show cause if any they have ??????? term presented why said letter dismission
should not be granted. And petitioner will ever pray & c.
R. Dorsey
Pettitioners atty

Fayette Court of Ordinary July Term 1873
The above petition being ????? & cou???red.
Ordered that the prayer of petitioner be provided & that he deliver such twenty dollars in his hand to which reference is made in said petition at the rate of four percent int per ?????? and that ??? petition be entered on the minutes of the court.

L. B. Griggs
Ordy

Additional Comments:
Petition regarding Estate of Alexander Smith


Source: Fayette Co., GA Probate Office
Written: October 1873
Recorded: October 1873

Order directive W. W. Matthews Executor of A. Smith to deposit funds in bank

Entered

Fayette Court of Ordinary

October Term 1873

Upon Application of Wm. W. Mathews Executor of the estate of Alexander Smith for letters of dismission
from said Executor ??? and showing to the court that he has given due notice of his intended application
for letters of dismission and has faithfully administered said estate according to the will of said Alexander Smith
and further showing the court that there is a balance in his hands as such execution which has not been paid over
to the rightful owners for the reason that they cannot be found amounting to twenty dollars and said Executor
desiring to retain the same in his hands by virtue of the ??? ??????????? the same. It is ordered by the courts,
as a preliminary step to issuing letters of dismission that said Executor return the said sum in his hands at four
per cent per ?????? subject to any order of this court.
Given under my hand & official Signature.
L. B. Griggs Ordy


Transcribed & Submitted by Linda Blum-Barton

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