Pittsylvania County Court Orders

Some Booth(e) information in Pittsylvania County Court Order Books

Order Book 3, Page 47  August Court  1786
John Wilson and Co, Plaintif ag John Booth, Defendant
In Debt

The Defendant not appearing on the motion of the Plaintif by their attorneys, it is ordered that the Order of June ruled last be confirmed and that the Plaintif recover against the Defendant and Robert Williams the security for his appearance for 42 pounds 7 shillings and 4 pence, the Debt in the Declaration mentioned and their Cash by them about their ____ in this behalf expended and the said Defendant in mercy.  But this judgement is to be discharged by the payment of 21 pounds 3 shillings and 8 pence with Legal Interest thereon from January the 18th 1785 till payment and costs.

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Order Book 5, page 130
November Court 1784
John Morton, Plaintif ag John Booth, Defendant
In Debt

The reasons appearing to the Court Ordered that the Suit be dismissed

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Order Book 5, Page 220  Pittsylvania Co
August 15, 1785
Booth vs Morton Order

John Booth against Isaiah Morton –ordered that Sheriff do take said Isiah Morton into his custody and him safely keep until he shall find Securities  for his appearance at the next Court to answer the said Complaint.



Order Book 5, page 234- September Court 1785

John Booth and Isaiah Morton appearing to the Court to be drunk, it is considered that they be fined five shillings each, which the said Isaiah Morton on his part paid here in Court.



Order Book 5, p 245-October Court 1785
Farley Hatcher and Richard Booth-Plainfif against Joseph Crenshaw – In Debt

This day came as well the Plaintifs by their Attorneys as the said Defendant in his proper Person, and the said defendant saith that he cannot deny The action of the said Plaintif, thereof against him, nor but that he doth owe to them, the said Plaintifs, fifty seven pounds eleven shillings Specie in manner and form as the said Plaintif in their Declaration above against him have Declared.  Therefore, it is considered by the Court that the Plaintif record against the said Defendant their debt by the Defendant in form aforesaid confessed together with their costs by them in  This behalf expended and the said defendant in mercy.  But this judgement (Exception to the Cooks) is to be discharged by the payment of 28 pounds 15 shillings 6 pence with legal Interest thereon from the 7th day of February in the hear of our Lord, one thousand seven hundred and eight two till payment And by consent of the Plaintif is Ordered that Execution of this Judgement be stayed till December Court next.



Order Book 5, page 414
March 1787

On motion of John Wilson and co by their Attorney who proved that Legal notice hath been given to John Booth on his reloevin (sic) bond Judgement is therefore granted them against the said John Booth for 19 pounds current money of Virginia with legal interest thereon from the 28th day of September in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and eighty six till payment together the cost of this motion.

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Order Book 6, Page 71

John Booth, Plaintif against Isiah Morton, Defendant
In trespass, assault and Battery

The reasons appearing to the Court Ordered that this Suit be Dismissed.


Order Book 7, page 210

March Session 1793

Charles Boothe, Plaintiff against William Sutherland, Defendant
In Case

Jury said Defendant is guilty of Speaking and Publishing the wandy(sic) in the declaration charged in Manner and Form as therein is alleaged and do assess the damages of him the said Plaintif  by Reason thereof besides his Cost to Ten pounds.  Therefore it is considered by the Court that the Plantif Recover against the said Defendant his damages aforesaid by the Jurors in form aforesaid assessed together with his Costs in this behalf Expended of thre said Defendant in money of cost of Tobacco.


Order Book 7, page 236
June 1793
On motion of William Sutherland by his counsel, an Injunction is granted him to stay the proceedings of a Judgement obtained against him by Charles Booth until the matter shall be heard in equity and with Jeremiah Ward, his Security entered into Bond and acknowledged the same.

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Order Book 7, Page 261
Charles Booth, Plaintif against William Sutherland and Homes Gnevne, Jr, Defendants
Trespass, Assault and Battery

This suit is ordered to be dismissed and it is considered by the Court that the Plaintif recover against the said Defendant his costs by him about his Suit in this behalf expended.  Cost 265 __ of Tobacco, 10/s ____of ditto, 17/6  37777 cents of  16/6 attorney’s fee and log.



Order Book 7, Page 288

October Court 1793

John Booth, Plaintif against John Stone and __, his wife, Defendants
In Case
This Suit is dismissed by order of the Plaintiff



Order Book 8, page 163
February 1796

George Perkins assignee of Daniel Morrow, Plaintif against George Booth, Defendant
On a petition

The Defendant being summoned and not appearing although solemnly called, the Plaintif by his attorney produced the said Defendant note or hand for six pounds current money.  Judgement is therefore granted him against the said defendant for the same with Legal Interest thereon from the Eighth day of February in the year of our Lord 1794 till payment with costs, and this Judgement is to have credit for 16 shillings and 4 pence paid August 1794.  Cost and Dollars  50 cents.
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Order Book 8, page 230
July 1796
Walter Guild, Plaintif against Charles Boothe, Defendant
On a petition

----note of hand for three pounds 4 shillings and 3 pence.  Judgement is hereby granted him against said defendant from the tenth day of February  1795 till payment with cost.  Cost three dollars and 78 cents.
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Order Book 8, page 458
March Court 1798

At a court held for Pittsylvania County the 10th day of March 1798
For the examination of Mary Booth found guilty of the death of Rilley Booth on an Inquisition taken before Robert Harrison, Coroner.  Present:  John Wilson, Benjamin Frankford, William Wilkinson, Charles Walden, John Briscoe and John Smith, Gentlemen Justices

The said Mary Booth was sent to the Bar in Custody of the Sheriff of this county and to the charge aforesaid pleaded not guilty.  Thereupon sundry Witnesses were sworn and Examined and on hearing arguments of counsel as well on behalf of the Commonwealth, as the said Mary Booth.  The Court being divided in opinion the said Mary Booth is discharged.

Teste  William Tunstall  CC
Signed J W Wilson

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Order Book 9, Page 41
October Court 1798

On the motion of Morris Booth and for reasons appearing to the Court he is Exempted from the payment of county and Parish Levies in the future.


Order Book 10, page 335
March Court 1803
Ordered that Morris Booth pay John Gammon fifty three cents for one days attendance as a witness for him against John Finn.

Ordered that Morris Booth pay John Watson fifty three cents for one days attendance as a witness for him against John Finn


Order Book 10
May Court 1803
Morris Booth, Plaintiff against John Finn, Defendant
In Trespass, Assault and Battery

This day came the Plaintif by his attorney and thereupon came also a Jury to wit:  William Wimbish, John White, Quin Morton, Philip L Grasty, William Payne, Benjamin Rogers, Jesse Hodges, Waller Guild, John Lewis, Jeremiah White, Abraham Shelton and William Griffith who being sworn deligently tp Enquiare of Damages in the Suit and William Wimbish, one of the Jurors aforesaid is withdrawn and the rest of the Jurors from rendering a Verdict are Discharged and the Cause is continued til the next Quarterly Court for a new Trial to be had therein.


Order Book 11, Page 90
Morris Booth against John Finn
Jury says Defendant is quilty in manner and form as thre Plaintif against him hath Declared and they do assess the Plaintif Damages by occasion thereof to 100 dollars besides his costs.



Order Book 11 (?) page 515
November Court 1805
John Booth, Plaintif against Reason B White, Silas Twedell, and Samuel Harris, Defendants
In Trespass, Assault and Battery

By consent of the parties, ordered that this Suit be Dismissed at the Defendant’s Costs.


Order Book 13, page 198- May Court 1808
William Booth, Plaintif against James Sutherlin, Defendant
In Case

On the motion of the Defendant who made affadavit, a commission is awarded him to examine and take the Deposition of William Sutherlin, a witness for him in this suit de bone else(sic). The said Defendant giving the Plaintif reasonable notice of the time and place of execution in the said Commission.



Order Book 13 (?) page 433
March Court 1809
William Booth, Plaintif against James Sutherlin, Defendant
In Case

By consent of the parties all matters in difference pending between them in this Suit are referred to the final determination of George Adams, Redmend Fallin, Thomas Stuart and Carter Mickleberry, Gentlemen and their award on the answer of such person as they may chose for an umpire, thereupon to be made the Judgement of the Court and the Same is ordered accordingly.



Order Book 14, Page 35- June Court 1809
William Booth, Plaintif against James Sutherlin, Defendant
In Case

This day came the parties by their attorneys, whereupon Pursuant to an award made and returned between the parties.  It is considered by the Court that the Plaintiff recover against the said Defendant seven Dollars also his cash by him about his Suit in this behalf.  Expended and the said Defendant in Mercy



Order Book 14, Page 235  May Court 1810

Daniel Sullivan appeared in Court to answer the complaint of Nancy Booth who charges the said Sullivan with being the father of her Bastard child and one hearing the said Nancy Booth oath, It is the opinion of the Court that the said Sullivan is the father of the said child and that he pay into the hands of the Overseer of the Poor of this County 5 pounds annually for the Term of ten years for the support of said child unless it shall be sooner bound out by the Overseers of the Poor and that the said Daniel Sullivan be in custody of the Sheriff until he enters into a Recognizance with Security in the Sum of one hundred pounds for the performance of this order, whereupon the said Danil Sullivan with Selby Benson his Security came into Court and acknowledged themselves to be held and firmly bound unto his Excellency, John Tylor, Governor of Chief Magistrate of this commonwealth in the sum of 100 pounds of their respective goods and chattels, hands and Tenements to be Levied and to the said Governor and his Sucessors for the use of the Commonwealth recovered.  Yet upon condition that if the said Daniel Sullivan shall perform the order aforesaid then this Re--- to be void else to remain in full force and virture.


Order Book 16, page 100- September Court 1813

On the motion of Nancy Boothe who made oath according to law and with John Boothe, her security, entered into and acknowledged their bond in the penalty of two hundred dollars conditioned as the law directs certificates is granted her for obtaining letters of administration of the Estate of Nathaniel Boothe, dec’d in due form.



Order Book 16, page 100

It is ordered that William Atkinson, Carter Micleborough, Redmond Fallin and Robert Glass or any three of them who being first sworn for that purpose as the law directs do appraise in current money the personal estate of Nathaniel Boothe, dec’d, and that they return such appraisement here to the Court.

Page 106

An inventory and appraisment of the Estate of Nathaniel Boothe, dec’d, was returned to Court and ordered to be recorded.


Order Book 19, page 147-August Court 1818

On motion of Nancy Boothe who produced satisfactory proof to the Court, It is ordered to be Sent(sic) to the Secretary of the Treasurer of the U S that William Booth, John Booth, Epas Booth, Charles Booth, Nancy Boothe, Berry Booth heirs of George Booth and the heirs of Morris Booth, dec’d, who resided in a foreign state and whose names are unknown to the Court are the only Heirs of Nathaniel Booth, dec’d.
 

Page 241  February Court 1819
Granted Peddlar’s License

Elisha L Booth produced the _________of his county for the sum of $11.17 cents and on his motion and it appearing to the Court he is a man of honest demeanor, a license is granted him to retail Tin and Pewter within this State til the 1st day of May next.



Order Book 22, Page 59  December Court 1820

On the motion of Eliza Booth who made oath according to same and together with Robert Goodwin, her Security, entered ihnto Bond and acknowlede the same in the penalty of 500 pounds as the law directs—is granted her for obtaining Letters of Administration on the Estate of John Booth, dec’d in due form.
 

Page 60  December Court 1820

It is ordered that Richard Pliengnt, Royall King, John Wilson and Bobert Wright or any three of them being first sworn for that purpose do appraise in current money the personal Estate of John Booth, dec’d and make report thereof to the Court.



Order Book 43, Page 54  November 22, 1854

Sullivan P Boothe, Plaintf vs James A Price, Administrator, Defendant

Judgement by the Court for the plaintiff for $75.00 with Interest thereon from the 1st day of August 1851 till payment and the cost to be levied after goods and  ____ of athe defendant interest are in his hands to be administered.



Order Book 47, page 369

Sullivan P Boothe, Plaintiff vs Phillip Earp, Defendant
Office ________ for debt
Set Pay and Issue and continued



Order Book 48, page 191
May 20, 1867

On the motion of Daniel R Hunt and Jeremiah H Graves and of Jesse Adkins, C. S. Boothe, merchants of this county who desire their License to include permission to retail and Lent spirits and not to be drank where sold, the Court doth certify that they are _______ of good character and that it sees no objection to such.,  Permission being granted.



Page 365  April 24, 1868

On the motion of John H Motley, Y W Ingram  --- C.S. Boothe-  Hunt and Graves, merchants of this county who desire a license to retail  wine, ardent spirits and not to be drank where sold the Court being satisfied doth certify that their places of doing business are fit and convenient and that they are persons of sobriety and good character.



Order Book 49  page 516
November 22, 1870
A J Boothe vs Geo W Thompson
Duinfied agreed



Order Book 52,  page 461
December 21, 1876
A B and Booth ag Philip Earp
Unlawful Detainer
Defendant said not guilty


Order Book 53, page 392    June 7, 1878

Peter B Boothe appointed Justice of the Peace in Tunstall Magisterial District



Order Book 56, page 373
May 19, 1882

William T Boothe-appllication under act approved February 14, 1882-“An act to provide commutation to such maimed soldiers, sailors and marines, in lieu of artificial limbs or eyes, etc”

That said William T Booth is now and was at time he was wounded a citizen of the State of Virginia, that he was wounded in hand and shoulder at Battle of Seven Pines, that at the time he was so wounded he was a member of Co C 38th Va Regiment under Capt J T Grubbs, that said wonds disabled him and he is now disabled from said wounds in manual labor, that he has never received from the US, Virginia or any State any artificial limb or any commutation thereof that he has not received any sum under any act of the Virginia Legislature.

Full Name:  William T Boothe
Resisdence-P O Address, Malmaison, Pittsylvania County, Virginia


Page 421,  June 22, 1882

Application of John S Boothe of Pittsylvania County

That the said John S Boothe was a confederate soldier in late war, was a member of 14th Va Regiment, was wounded in left leg on 3rd of July 1863 at the Battle of Gettsburg, that said wound was so severe as to prevent him from performing usual amount of manual labor frequently causing him to suspend work altogether.

PO Address-Malmaison, Virginia



Order Book 58  page 106
June 16, 1884

In the matter of Benjamin Boothe for aid as a wounded soldier-Under the act approved 25th of February 1884.

The court doth certify that the following facts were proven in open court. Viz: That the said Benjamin Boothe is a citizen of this State, that during the late war and while he was a citizen of this State, he was engaged in Military Service as a soldier in Co C 38th Virginia Regiment and while in such service at Gettysburg, Penn on the 3rd day of July 1863 in battle and in a charge made by Gen Armistead’s Brigade, he was permanently and seriously wounded with a grape shot in the forehead on the right side, fracturing and indenting the bones, also received a similar would by grape shot in the right shoulder which wounds have permanently disabled said Boothe, so much so, as to prevent him from performing manual labor, particularly in warm or hot weather, he is often laid up for a week or more and at times suffering great pain from said wounds that said Boothe has since being so permanently disabled remained continously in this State and is now a citizen thereof, that he has not at anytime received an artificial limb or eye or commutation money or pension from any other state or from US and that he has not before the date of his application received under the provisions of any former Act of Assembly of this State, an artificial limb or eye or commutation money.  And the Court having carefully considered the written application of the said Boothe verified by his Oath, the evidence aforesaid adduced in support of said applicant including the written certificate of Dr ________ verified by his oath is of the opinion that the said Benjamin Boothe is entitled to aid under said act, and directs the said application and all the evidence aforesaid in the case to be certified to the Auditor of Public Accounts.


Order Book 64, page 481
September 19, 1893
Commonwealth against Henry Boothe
Indictment for Assault and Battery

This day came as well the attorneys of the Commonwealth as the Defendant by his attorney  and the said defendant  for plea saith that he is not quilty in manner and form as in the indictment against him is alleged and of this he putteth himself upon the court and the attorney for the Commonwealth doth the like whereupon came the following jury to wit:  B W Fitzpatrick, J R Coleman, J E Jones, J S Lewis, J E Tarplay, W O Harns, J W King, J B Fulton, J C Anderson, G W Mott, W N Ware and W R Whitehead who being sworn tell and truly to they the issue joined upon their oath to say “We the jury find the pensioner not quilty.  It is therefore considered by the Court that the said defendant be acquitted and discharged of the prosecution aforesaid.

The Court doth impose a fine of one dollar against Henry Boothe for  contempt of Court which fine was paid into Court.

Submitted by Gayle Austin


1845 - June 16, Court Order book 38 p 280

Estate of John Seamster

     On motion of John Stovall who made oath with Randolph V. Barksdale as his security acknowledged
bond in penalty of one hundred dollars a certificate is granted him for obtaining letters of administration
on the estate of John Seamster, Deceased in due form.

Pittsylvania Records:

March Court 1814 Book 16, page 208
     John Seamster an insolvent debtor committed to the Jails of
this County upon three executions ___ out of the court of the said
County against him are in favour of Eastham & Coleman this is
favour of James Eastham surviving partner of Keene and Eastham,
was brought into court by them and thereupon the said John Seamster
in open court subscribed and delivered in a schedule of his estate
and made oath __ as law whereas ordered that he be discharged out
of custody.

Book 15, p 240 - November 11, 1805
     This Indenture made this eleventh Day of November in the
year of our Lord God one thusand eight hundred and five Between
William Wright of the County of Pittsylvania and Anne his wife
of the one part and John Semster of the County of Halifax of the
other part witnesth that the said William Wright for and in
consideration of the sum of sixty pounds current money of
Virginia to him in hand by the said John Seamster at or before
the sealing and Delivery of these presents, the receipt whereof
is hereby acknowledged, he the said William Wright hath granted
bargained and sold, aliened, released and confirmed and by these
presents doth grant, bargain and sell, alien, release and confirm
unto the John Seamster all that plantation and tract of land
situate lying and being in the said County of Pittsylvania,
whereon the said William Wright now Dwells containing one hundred
acres (more or less) being the same land which the said William
Wright purchased of William Ball and by the said Ball conveyed
to the said William Wright by deed only recorded in the clerks
office of the said County of Pittsylvania, reference being there
unto had may more fully appear and the same is bounded as in and
by the said deed is expressed and all priveleges accounts and
apputenances whatsoever to the said plantation and tract of land
belonging or in any wise appertaining and also all the estate right
title interest claim and demand whatsoever in Equity or in Law of
them the said William Wright and Anne his wife of in or to the said
Land and principles of any part thereof, To have and to hold the
said plantation and Tract of Land and principles above mentioned
and every part and parcel thereof with the appurtenances unto the
said John Semster his heirs and assigns forever and the said William
Wright and Anne his wife for themselves and their heirs do covenant,
grant or agree to and with the said John Semister his heirs and
assigns by these presents, that they the said William Wright and
Anne his wife, the said plantation and tract of land and principles
above mentioned and every part and parcel thereof with the
appurtenances unto the said John Semster his Heirs and assigns, to
the only proper use and of him the said John Semster his heirs and
assigns shall and will warrant and forever defend by these presents
Witness whereof the said William Wright and Anne his wife have
hereunto set their hands and affixed their seals this Day and year
first within mentioned.

Signed and Delivered in                         W. Wright
Presence of                                    Ann Wright
__Harmon, William H. Chandler
___Harmon, Royal King

At a Court held for Pittsylvania County the 16th Day of June 1806
Indenture from William Wright and Ann his wife to John Semster was
presented in Court and proved by the Oaths of two of the
Subscribing Witnesses to be the respective and Deed of the said
William and Ann and at another Court held for the said County the
day of January 1807. The same was again presented in Court and
further proved by the oath of one other of the Subscribing
Witnesses, to be the respective acts and Deed of the said William
and Ann, and by the Court Ordered to be Recorded

                                    Teste  Will Tunstall,

Book 23 p 241 January 18, 1811

This Indenture made this 18th Day of January in the year one
thousand eight hundred and eleven between John Seamster and
Peggy his wife of the one part and Robert Goodwin of the other
part all of the County of Pittsylvania, Witnessth that the said
John Seamster for an in consideration of the sum of one hundred
Dollars current money of Virginia to him in hand paid by the said
Robert Goodwin the receipt whereof he doth hereby acknowledge and
by these presents have bargained sold and delivered unto the said
Robert Goodwin one tract or parcel of land and being in the County
of Pittsylvania situate and lying on the waters of Fall Creek
containing one hundred acres by estimation be the same more or
less and bounded as followeth.  To wit: Beginning at apost oak
North 45 degrees East 29 poles to a black gum north 88 degrees
east 36 poles to a post oak north 35 degrees east 50 poles to a
red oak north 20 degrees west 311 poles to a red oak and white oak
sapling thence north 70 degrees west 182 poles to a turkey oak.
Thence south 22 east 98 poles to a stake thence north 83 east 78
poles to a stake thence south 35 degrees east 100 poles to the
Beginning.  It being part of a survey of one thousand and twenty
five acres granted to William Robertson by patent __ date the 10th
day of June 1784.  With its appurtenance to the said Robert Goodwin
and to his heirs and assigns forever and the said John Seamster
will warrant and forever defend a good and lawful right and title to
the said and against himself his heirs or assigns and all and every
person or persons whatsoever is witness whereof the said John
Seamster and Peggy his wife hath hereunto set there hands and
affixed there seals the day and year above written.

Signed Sealed &                            John Seamster
Delivered in Presents of                   Margarett Seamster
Wm White
Orlando Smith
Jepee Smith

At a Court held for Pittsylvania County the 19th of August 1811 This
Indenture from John Seamster and Peggy his wife to Robert Goodwin was
presented in Court and proved by the oaths of two witnesses and thereto
 subscribed and at another Court held for the said County the 15th day
 of May 1820 the same was further proved by the oath of one other
witness thereto subscribed to be the act and deed of the said John and
Peggy Seamster and was ordered to be recorded.

Book 35 p 176 November 18, 1839

It is certified by the Court that it is satisfactorily proven that
 John Seamster a Pensioner of the United States at the rate of eight
 dollars per month and a resident of this County departed this life on
the 10th day of June last, that Ephriam Seamster and Elizabeth
Hazlewood are his only children.  that Isaac Owen, Thomas Owen, Edward
Owen, George Owen and Rufus Owen are his only grandchildren and that
 the said John Seamster left no widow.

Court Order Book 36 p 65 November 16, 1840

Satisfactory evidence being produced to the Court it is ordered to be
 Certified that John Seamster, a revolutionary Pensioner of the United
States, resident of Pittsylvania County died on the 10th day of June
1840 and left no widow that Catherine Owen then a widow, Ephriam
Seamster residing in Halifax County and Elizabeth Hazlewood the wife
of John Hazlewood are the only children left by the said John Seamster
at his death, that Catherine Owen the daughter of said John Seamster
died on the 10th day of August 1840 and that no person has adminstered
on her estate. That Isaac Owen, Thomas Owen, George Owen, Edward Owen
and Rufus Owen all above the age of twenty one years are her only
children.

Submitted by rlmfrog@yahoo.com



5 records relating to estate settlement of Conrad Crayne from Pittsylvania County Court Records, Chatham, Virginia

[Court Records Books 19, page 126-127][2 motions]

August Court 1818:
On motion of Jacob Crain who made oath acg to law and with commisioners George Crain & John Turley Jr sec’y ack’d bond in the penalty of $500 __ as the law directs. Cert. is granted him for obtaining letters of admn of the Est of Conrad Crain dec’d in due form.
 

It is ordered that Pleasant Phears, George Craft, Abrm Roarer Jr and Richd Bennett or any 3 of them, being swo. &c do apprs the Est of Conrad Crain dec’d & rept &c.
 

[Court Records Book 19, page 217]

December Court 1818:
An Invy & appr of the Est of Conrad Crain dec’d ret’d & OK.
 

[Court Records Book 24,  page 255]

April Court 1824
Abram Rorer jr apptd Grdn of Conrad Crain & Nancy Crain orphs of Conrad Crain Dec’d George and thereupon the said Abram Rorer jr came into court and with George Rorer his sec’y -----d  ----- ack’d Bond in the penalty of $500 conditioned accdg to Law.
 

[Accounts Current Book 6, pages 221-223]

An Inventory of the property of Conrad Crain Dec’d as appraised this fourth day of November 1818.

One Cow & Calf & Bell           $  14
1 Cow & Calf      15
1 Do &  Do      12
1 Cow & bell      12
1 Cow       11
1 Heifer          8
1 Do         9
1 Do         7    5
1 Yearling        5    50
1 Do         6
1 Bull       12
1 Cow & calf & Bell     15
1 Cow & Calf (Peggys)     12  $139.00
Four Sows      12   00
Nine Sheep      15   00
One Sorrel Horse      60
1 Do Mare      45
1 Do Colt      30
1 Black Mare      60  $ 195.00
One Saddle & L--single       4   50
1 Do & girt        9   50        14.00
One Shot Gun       10  50
1 B Sh—Plough & Clevise ring       3  50
1 Harrow      2  50
1 B Sh--- Plough         4  50
1 Table          1  621
1 Cupboard & Contents        5  50         29.871
1 Chest          1  75       404.871
 
 

[page 222]
             cts
One Bed, Stead & furniture    23  00
One Bed, Stead & furniture    20  00
1 Do           Do       &     Do    18
1 Do           Do       &      Do    13
2 Beds                     &      Do    10       84.00
One Pine Chest          2   50
One weaving loom       6   00
1 Flax Wheel         1  50
1 Cotton                     75
2 Stays             1   50
4 Axes             4   00
4 hoes          1   50
3 Mattocks         3   00
1 spade & Shovel            1   25
1 Sook Chain            1   00
1 pr Truckle wheel        1   00
5 Grain Hogshead        2   00
1 Box & cutting Knife           2   00
1 Powdering Tub                                       50
3 Tubs & one Cask        2   25  30.75
4 plows             5   34
W outtens                       1
3 pr of Gear          4   50
1 Sythe & cradle                        50
3 Hay forks          1   50
1 half Bushel measure & riddle                      50
4 sythes               3
1 Oven & lid          1   50
1 Skillet                         50  18.34
2 Pots           3             537.96
“ Set of crocks              1
8 Pewter Plates             1
2 Pewter Basons                        621
Set of Tins               75
2 Pewter dishes & 8 spoons            1   50
7 knives & 12 forks         1
1 Set of Tins               50
4 Water vessels              1   30
2 pr Sheep Shears                        50
Half Bushel  & sipe              50
1 Dough Trough                            25
1 Plough Stand & Wedges             1   75
2 Shovels               25

[page 223]
2 Blind Bridles     $     2    00
5 Veap Hooks             1
3 Tubs                         75
1 Table                        25
6 Cow Chains            2
Double tree &Stretcher           1
1 Handsaw & Sundry Articles           4
1 Cask                         50
3 Bottles                         371
3 Jugs                75
1 R--let                         371
1 Looking Glass               25
Acct Against John Craine     27     07
Acct Against John Craine     30     00
Amt of the Estate      584   07
Amt of the Estate appraised Nov 4 1818
       Richard Bennett
       Abraham Rorer Senr
       George Craft
       Pleasant Phears

    At a Court held for Pittsylvania County the 21st Day of December 1818 This Inventory & appraisement of the Estate of Conrad Craine Dec’d was returned to Court and ordered to be recorded.
Teste
       Will Tunstall CPC
Contributed by Carole Anderson



This is from Pittsylvania Co. May Court 1815, Order Book 16, Page 469:

Polly Stockton and Samuel Stockton, Patsy Stockton and Hiram Stockton by
their next friend Polly Stockton, John P. Stockton, Ichabod Stockton &
Edith Stockton- Plaintiffs
        against
Peter H. Stockton, John Parrish & Keziah his wife, James W. Taylor &
Phoebe his wife, John Smith and Stella Smith, Camilla Smith, John Smith,
Samuel Smith and Ralph Smith by John Smith their father and next friend,
and James Stuart and Elizabeth his wife- Defendants.
   This cause came on this day to be heard upon the Bills and answers
and arguements of counsel- which court rescinding so much of the Order
made in this cause at the January Court in the year 1812 ___
commissioners therein named to make partition of the Estate of John
Stockton, dec'd.-  It appearing by the ___ of the defendants that John
Smith, James W. Taylor, John Parrish and James Stuart have received by
way of advance to their several wives, full satisfaction out of the said
Estate- and the complainants no longer desiring that ___ Estate should
be divided-  It is ordered and decreed by consent of the parties to the
said suit, that one third of the tract of land lying on the waters of
Sandy River in the County of Pittsylvania of which the said John died
seized and on which he resided containing nine hundred and thirty six
acres be confirmed to the --- Polly Stockton to hold as her dower of the
said Estate-  and the remaining two thirds of the siad tract --- to the
other complainants-  and that the infant defendants Hiram Stockton,
Camilla, John and Samuel --- allowed six months from th time they
severally arrive to the age of twenty one years to show cause if any
against this decree-  and that the costs of this suit b e apportioned
among the complainants & defendants ___ their respective interests.
 

The John Smith and his children Stella, Camilla, John, Samuel and Ralph
mentioned is Maj. John Smith, Jr. of "Lewis Island".  He married Agnes
Stockton, daughter of John Stockton, in Pittsylvanid Co. on 7 Dec 1790.
The daughter Stella Smith married Dr. George Washington Clement in
Pittsylvania Co. on 1 Dec 1811 in my line.

Richard K.
Contributed by Richard Kesler <rkesler@pinehurst.net>


Pierce Related info Court Books

 

Relating to Robert Pierce:

 

Book 22, page 84, February 3, 1821. Robert Pierce VS Champness Austin. Plaintiff won the suit regarding the possession of a tenement.

 

Book 25, page 235, August 1825. Robert Pierce VS Jesse Cobbs Admr. Jury sworn $65 in damages awarded.

 

Book 27, page 70, March 1828. Jabez Smith VS Robert Pierce. Suit dismissed by plaintiff.

 

Book 28, page 102, December Court 1829 shows that the Last Will & Testament of Robert Pierce was attempted to be entered into record. The Court “was of the opinion that at the time of its writing, Robert Pierce was not of disposing mind and memory” and therefore they refused to enter it into record.

 

Book 28, page 110, December Court 1829. Harrison Pierce entered into a bond in the penalty of $20,000.00 and certificate granted him for obtaining letters of administration on the estate of Robert Pierce, dec'd.

 

Book 28, page 111, December Court 1829. Estate of Robert Pierce ordered appraised in current money and ordered recorded. (Many entries for same thing 28-142, 28-146, 29-203, 29-227, 29-229, 30-73, 30-125).

 

Book 28, page 120, January 1830. Order to divide Robert Pierce's estate between wife Jane and six children; Harrison, Peyton, James, Olivia Lester, Elizabeth Marr and Polly Wilcox.

 

Book 29, page 120, June 1831. Robert Pierce's Admr VS Richard Beck. Case dismissed at defendants costs.

 

Book 29, page 187 dated August 1831. Robert Pierce's administrator VS Richard Beck. Verdict of $12.78 with interest from the 5th day of January 1831. Therefore it is directed by the Court that the plaintiff be now suited and pay to the defendant  $5.00 damages according to law and costs by him in this behalf. Plaintiff motion for a new trial overruled.

 

Book 39, page 86, July 20, 1846. On the petition of William J. Still, a distributee in the estate of Robert Pierce, dec'd, it is ordered that Harrison Pierce, administrator of the estate of said decedent be summoned to appear here on the 1st day of August Term next to show cause if any, he can----others good security should not be required of him for the performance of his duties or his power as administrator aforesaid be worked & annulled and further it is ordered that a copy of this order be entered in The Herald, a newspaper published in the town of Danville till August Court next.

 

Book 39, page 97, August 17, 1846. William J. Still, a distributee of the estate of Robert Pierce, dec'd, against Harrison Pierce, administrator of the estate. Power of administrator revoked and granted to William J. Still. (Husband of Eliza Jane Pierce, granddaughter of Robert Pierce) Bond penalty was $6000.00.

 

Book 39, page 199, March 15, 1847. Inventory & appraisal of Robert Pierce's estate was ordered recorded.

 

Book 39, page 223, May 17, 1847. William J. Still & wife VS Harrison Pierce. William J. Still and Samuel Swanson are appointed collectors of the proceeds of sale made under the decree in this cause whereupon the said Still and Swanson gave bond in the penalty of $6473.08.

 

 Book 40, page 222, August 20, 1849. Commissioner William Rison was ordered to state, settle and adjust the account current of the estate of Robert Pierce with William J. Still the administrator of the estate.

 

 Book 40, page 303, July 21, 1850. William J. Still VS Harrison Pierce. Ordered that upon the collection or either of them depositing with the Clerk of Court any amount of money of which they have or may have collected deposited with the Clerk whereupon William J. Still entered $150.00.

 

Book 40, page 338, July 15, 1850. William J. Still & wife VS Harrison Pierce & others. Acting upon a Court decree dated December 1846 the Court will distribute the following $3634.59 between the heirs of Robert Pierce. The heirs are Harrison Pierce, Eliza wife of Sandy Marr, Olivia wife of John Luster (or Lester), Polly wife of ---- Albritton, children and heirs of James Pierce, Elizabeth J. and James R., and children and heirs of Peyton Pierce, John R. Pierce and Sarah A. Pierce. To Harrison Pierce 1/6 or $605.76 and 1/2 cents, to the heirs of James Pierce 1/6 part or $302.88 and 1/2 cents each, to the heirs of Petyon Pierce 1/6 or $201.92 each, to Eliza & Sandy Marr 1/6 or $605.76 and 1/2 cents, to Olivia Luster 1/6 part or $605.76 and 1/2 cents, and to Polly Albritton 1/6 part or $605.76 and 1/2 cents. The cost of the suit will be equally divided between all parties. The Clerk of Court is directed to pay to the said the sum of $450.00 deposited by them on their application for the same.

 

Book 39, page 163, February 17, 1851. William J. Still & wife VS Harrison Pierce.

It appearing to the Court that the Defendants, Harrison Pierce, Sandy Marr & Eliza his wife, John Lustre & Olivia his wife, ----Albritton & Polly his wife, who do not reside in Vriginia, who were supposed to appear in Court, but didn't, that the Court ordered the following. That James R. Pierce, John R. Pierce, Elizabeth Jane Pierce and Sarah A. Pierce, infants, by their guardian as litem assigned by the Court as William Rison, the Court being of the opinion that the dividend of each heir of the intestate Robert Pierce, in the land and proceedings mentioned will not exceed the sum of $300.00 and that the slaves therein mentioned cannot be conveniently divided in kind. And that William J. Still and Samuel G. Swanson who are appointed Commissioners, advertise the sale of the land and slaves for three weeks before the auction will take place. The Court also ordered Commissioner Rison to take an account of all advancements made by Robert Pierce in his lifetime to the partie aforesaid or either of them to be the ancestor under whom they claim & make a report to the Court.

 

Book 40, page 110, February 17, 1851. William J. Still & wife VS Harrison Pierce. The Court ordered that Samuel G. Swanson, who was appointed special Commissioner for that purpose, do convey by deed with special warranty the land in the bills mentioned to the purchasers. The Court ordered that the proceedings in this cause be final.

 

Jane Pierce

Book 39, page 80 dated July 1846. Last Will & Testament of Jane Pierce ordered recorded. James A. Mitchell was administrator.

 

Book 39, page 185 dated Feb 15, 1847. Inventory & appraisal of Jane Pierce's estate was ordered.

 

Relating to James Pierce:

 

In Pts Co Court Order book 28, page 120, January Court, 1830 there was an order for the Commissioner's to divide the property of Robert Pierce between his wife and children. It further states that David Hodges is appointed guardian ad litem for James Pierce, "who is of unsound mind and resides in the state hospital."  There is no mention of James' wife, Lucy Hodges Pierce.

 

Book 28, page 170 dated March Court 1830 first day. Thomas Shelton is appointed committee of James Pierce a person of unsound mind, and thereupon the said Shelton with James Woodall, and James Williams his secys, entered into and acknowledged a bond in the penalty of $1000.00 as law directs.

 

Book 32. page 94 dated June 16, 1834. It is ordered that Jabez Smith, James Hopkins, William Swanson, W.B. Rogers and James Mitchell or any 3 of them being first sworn do state, settle and adjust the account of James Pierce with Thomas Shelton his committee and report to the Court.

 

Book 39, page 348 dated December 20, 1847. William J. Still was chosen by James R. Pierce to be his guardian because of the death of his guardian Reuben Payne.

(William J. Still married Eliza Jane Pierce, daughter of James Pierce)

 

Relating to Peyton Pierce:

 

 Book 35-7 dated March 18, 1839. Peyton Pierce made motion to obtain letters of administration on the estate of John Fendley, dec'd.

 

Book 36-102 dated Jan 18, 1841. State, settle & adjust the account current of John Fendley, dec'd, with Peyton Pierce, administrator.

 

Book 38-247 dated April 21, 1845. Mary A. D. Pierce, wife of Peyton Pierce, dec'd, agreed to let W. H. Fitzgerald obtain letters of administration on the estate of Peyton Pierce.

 

 Book 38-351 dated Oct 20, 1845. The Court ordered the Commissioners to lay off 1/3 of Peyton Pierce's estate to his widow, Mary A.D. Pierce as her dower. The remainder was to be given to their infant children. W.H. Fitzgerald was guardian ad litem for the children.

 

 Book 39-8 dated Jan 19, 1846. The account of the estate of Peyton Pierce was ordered to be recorded.

 

 Book 40, page 223 dated August 20, 1849. Oliver Hambleton was guardian of John R., Elizabeth J. and Sarah A. Pierce, orphans of Peyton Pierce. Guardianship was revoked and the court ordered Achilles H. Moorman as guardian. Thomas Cook, William H. Fitzgerald, Joseph Wright and Jesse Carter were Moorman's secys. Moorman entered into a bond in the penalty of $5000.00.

 

Book 44-448 dated Aug 18, 1852. Achilles Moorman was guardian of Sarah A. and Robert J. Pierce.

 

Book 44-84 dated Mar 16, 1857. Achilles Moorman had died.

 

Harrison Pierce:

 

Book 55, page 52 dated November 13, 1849. From Carroll County, MO is an order for the heirs of Harrison Pierce: Ann Eliza, William H. who were minors over the age of 14 and Catharine Pierce under the age of 14 to have Samuel Clinkscales chosen as their guardian. (Samuel Clinkscales was the brother of Nancy Clinkscales who married Harrison Pierce).

 

Olivia Pierce:

 

 Book 28, page 120 dated January 1830 show that Olivia Pierce was married to Thomas Lester. However, in later Court records Book 40, page 388 dated July 15, 1850 and Book 39, page 163 dated February 17, 1851 it shows that Olivia was married to John Lester. According to Early Tennessee Settlers 1700s-1900s pages 271 & 272 Thomas Lester died in 1835. It is therefore possible that Olivia married a second time after the death of Thomas. 

 

 Submitted by Beth Livingston

 tfrog@triad.rr.com

 

Patrick Still Family Court Orders

 

 Court Order Book 2, page 277 dated November 1773. Patrick Still, plaintiff against Robert Cullom, defendant. An attachment against the said def. estate. The sheriff levied an attachment on a bed and furniture, a parcel of pewter, a parcel of earthen ware, a gun, a piece of white linen and a cow and yearling. The defendant didn't appear. Plaintiff (Still) made oath to his account for five pounds one shilling and eight pence. The Court ordered that the above attachments be condemned and the Sheriff would auction the above items and apply the money rising from the sale towards satisfying the debt.

 

 Book 2, page 410 dated November 24, 1775. " Mary Still, widow of Patrick Still, deceased, certificate is granted her for obtaining letters of administration of all and singular the goods, chattels, rights and ----of the said Patrick Still which were of the said Patrick at the time of his death on her giving security whereupon she together with Peter Perkins, Joseph (Morton or Norton?) her securities entered into bond and acknowledged the same and took the oath of administrator by law prescribed."  On the motion of Mary Still the estate of Patrick Still's personal value and slaves (if any) was to be appraised.

 

Thomas Still, son of Patrick Still:

 

 Court Order Book 16, page 69 dated August 1813. Inventory & appraisal of the estate of Thomas Still, dec'd, was ordered recorded.

 Book 16, page 109 dated October 1813. This was the order for the Commissioners to lay off 1/3 of Thomas' estate and slaves as dower for his widow, Lucy Still.

 Book 16, page 155 dated December 1813. Lucy Still, orphan of Thomas Still, dec'd, being of full age for that purpose, made choice of Thomas Burnette (?) as her guardian. 

 Book 16, page 160 dated January 17, 1814. The report of the Commissioners to lay off and allot to Lucy Still, widow of Thomas Still, dec'd, as her dower ordered & recorded.

 Book 16, page 182, dated February 1814. Joel Still, orphan of Thomas Still, dec'd, made choice of Thomas Burnette (?) as his guardian.

 Book 20, page 132. Thomas Still died intestate. This order was for his 5 slaves who were in the hands of Josiah Still, his administrator (and brother), to be sold along with the two tracts of land and divided into 8 equal parts by way of auction. Children and heirs named were Jane, Nancy, Lucy, Joel, Thomas Still, and Lucinda & Tabitha Baggerly and Susannah Brown.

 Book 24, page 489 dated August 1819. Division of the estate by lottery. Nancy Still 66 acres Lot #1; Joel Still 45 acres Lot #2, Josiah Still 55 acres Lot #3, Lucinda & Tabitha Baggerly (heirs of Lois Still) 45 acres Lot #4, Lucy Still 32 acres Lot #5, Thomas Still 32 acres Lot #6, Jane Still 135 acres of poor land Lot #7, Susannah Brown 67 acres Lot #8.

 

Division of the estate of John Still, son of Patrick Still:

 

Court Book 28, page 301 dated August 16, 1830. Elizabeth Still, widow of John Still, dec'd, having by letter filed relinquished her right of a dower in the estate of the said decedent to James Still and George May.  They entered into a bond in the penalty of $16,000.00 and were granted the right to obtain letters of administration for John Still's estate.

 Book 29, page 25 dated March 1831 Inventory & Appraisement of the estate of John Still, dec'd, was ordered recorded.

Book 29, page 216 dated October 1831. Account of the estate of John Still, dec'd, is ordered to be recorded. A list of bonds due the estate of John Still, dec'd, at the instance of the administrator is ordered to be recorded.

 Book 28, page 314 dated August 1830. Isabell Still & others VS Elizabeth Still & others. The Court ordered that a surveyor assign defendant Elizabeth Still one equal third part of the land that John Still had when he died and after advertising the sale for 30 days sell the land subject to the dower aforesaid to the highest bidder. The Court also assigned one third of the slaves and divide the residue equally between the plaintiffs and defendants, except Elizabeth Still, regarding an advancement made to the plaintiff John Still by the said intestate in his lifetime at the time the loan was made.

 Book 29, page 219 dated October 1831. James Still and George May are appointed receivers of the ---sum of money due the heirs of John Still, dec'd, being the proceeds of a tract of land sold by certain commissioners pursuant to a decree of the County Court of Pittsylvania.

 Book 30, page 39 dated June 1832. Account of John Still's estate was to be adjusted current with James Still and George May his administrators.

 Book 34, page 51 dated August 14, 1832. Elizabeth Still and Josiah Still were bound to James Still and George May, admin of John Still estate in the sum of $367.57...and for the true payment of same we bind ourselves...firmly on August 14, 1832. The condition of the above obligation is such that Elizabeth Still, widow of John Still, dec'd, on whose estate James Still and George May are administrators, has received from them $367.57 in full of her third part of John Still's estate. Now Elizabeth Still shall well and truly pay the administrators the sum of $367.57 or such as may be sufficient to pay 1/3 part of any debt or future debts coming to the administrators. (Refunding Bond).

 Book 30, page 119 dated September 1832. A current account of John Still's estate was returned and ordered recorded.

 Book 30, page 179 dated November 1832. John Still's administrator Amos S. Watson was ordered to inventory and appraise the estate.

 Book 30, page 296 dated March 1833. Amos Watson was dismissed as the administrator of John Still's estate by consent. ( These two entries make little sense to me because in 1832 James Still and George May were the administrators of John Still's estate).

 Book 33, page 120 dated May 17, 1836. Isabel Still, Plaintiff against Elizabeth Still, defendant. “it appearing to the Court that the said purchase money for the land in the proceedings mentioned has been fully paid...the Court orders the defendants James Still, and George May and Dice his wife in their proper person and the said Josiah Still, Senr and Anna his wife, John Still, Frances Still & Elizabeth Still who are not inhabitants of the Commonwealth...do convey by proper deed the land in the proceedings mentioned to Isabell Still, Josiah Still Jr and Gabriel May the purchasers thereof ...and the Court doth further adjudge that the costs of the suit be equally born by both parties."

   Deed Book 39, page 119 dated October 7, 1836. James Still, George May and Dice his wife, Josiah Still Junior and Anna his wife, John Still, Frances and Elizabeth Still who weren't living in VA at that time, sold Izbell Still, Josiah Still Junior and Gabriel May a tract of land for $1350.00. The land was on the south side of Sandy River containing 632 acres, it being the tract of land whereof John Still died.

   Deed Book 39, page 198 dated October 20, 1836. Gabriel May and wife Elizabeth sold their interest in the above 632 acres to Josiah Still and Izbell Still for $575.00. The land was on Sandy River, "it being our interest in the tract of land where John Still, died, seized which has since been sold by a decree of Court which said interest is one third part of said land subject to the dower of Elizabeth Still Senior, widow of said decedent."

Court Book 34, page 312 dated December 21, 1838. Isabell Still VS James Still. The Court ordered that James Still & George May advertise the auction of the 7 slaves of Elizabeth Still for 20 days and sell to highest bidder.

 

 

 Elizabeth Still, wife of John Still:

 

 Court Book 34, page 272 dated November 19, 1838. James Still and George May were granted certificate to obtain letters of administration of the estate of Elizabeth Still, deceased. They entered into bond in the penalty of $6000.00. James Blair, Drury Blair, Woodson Johnson and David R. Boaz or any three of them were to appraise the personal estate of Elizabeth Still and report.

 Book 34, page 312 dated December 1838 term. Isabel D. Still & others against James Still & others. The Court decreed that James Still and George May, who were appointed Commissioners for that purpose, must advertise for 20 days at the most public places and the Danville newspaper, the time and place of sale sold by way of auction the seven slaves of Elizabeth Still.

 Book 35, page 300 dated May 18, 1840. The current account of Elizabeth's estate was ordered to be reported to James Still and George May, the administrators.

 Book 36, page 80 dated December 21, 1840. The Court ordered that the proceeds of the sale of the said slaves, after deducting them from the expensed of said sale, were to be distributed into eight equal parts. Then 1/8 part to each of the parties of this suit. The cost of the suit was to be equally born by all parties.

 

Isabella D. Still, daughter of John Still:

 

Deed Book 46-260 dated Sept 16, 1841. Isabella D. Still & Josiah Still sold 1acre to Peter Guerrant & Benjamin Watkins for $3.00.

Court Book 48-501 dated Sept 16, 1841. Isabella D. Still & Josiah sold 151 ac on south side of Sandy River to Sarah Smith for $325.00. (It bordered Thomas Still's land).

Court Order Book 37-75 dated March 1843. Isabella Still VS Josiah Still. The Court decided that Isabella was "induced" to sell the above 151 ac to Sarah Smith. The 615 1/2 ac Isabella & Josiah held together were to be divided into two separate tracts and the 151 ac would be taken off of Josiah's portion.

 Court Book 37-186 dated March 16, 1843. The division of the above land gave Isabella Lot # 1 which was 371 acres and Josiah Lot #2 which was 313 acres.

Deed Book  51-239 dated Jan 13, 1848. Isabella D. Still sold 210 ac on Sandy River to Robert Hardy for $630.00.

Deed Book 54-470 dated June 1, 1853. Isabella D. Still sold 3 ac on Long Branch (of Sandy River??) to Robert Hardy for $25.00. "This land being a mill site on said branch and on the tract of land said Still & grantor doth hereby convey with general warranty...the property and the right to erect a dam on said premises without damages from the erection of said dam."

Book 44-193 dated July 17, 1857. Robert Hardy VS Isabella D. Still. Case referred to Robert Wilson and James Tinsley or their umpire.

Book44-290 dated July 19, 1858. Last Will & Testament of Isabella D. Still was produced by William Blair as a subscribing witness to be the act and deed of said Testative.

 Will Book 2-277 dated July 30, 1853. Isabella's will gave neice Martha A. J. May her negro woman, Mary. The real estate and possessions were put in trust to Elisha Keen & Drury Blair for the benefit of Isabella's brother, Josiah Still. Josiah was to be provided for decently and maintained and supported during his lifetime. Whatever was left when Josiah died went to Isabella's brothers & sisters or their heirs. Proven July 19, 1858.

Court Book 44-527 dated July 19, 1858. Josiah Still was determined to be of unsound mind, the same day his sister's will was proven.

Book 44-502 dated Aug 16, 1858. Executors of Isabella's will were Elisha Keen & Drury Blair.

Book 44-503 dated Aug 16, 1858. Personal estate of Isabella D. Still was ordered to be appraised.

Book 44-295 dated Aug 16, 1858. Hardy VS Still case indicates Isabella Still had died.

 Book 44-595 dated Nov 17, 1858. Robert Hardy VS Isabella Still's executors. The Court ruled against arbitrators and cont'd the case.

Book 46-120 dated Dec 17, 1860. Report of account current of Isabella's estate was confirmed by Drury Blair.

Book47-365 dated March 16, 1866. Hardy VS Still executors. The Court ruled in arbitrators for not returning papers and award and cont'd.

Book 48-205 (no date). Hardy VS Still. Mentioned the death of Drury Blair. Suggested for plaintiff by consent of parties by counsel for $375.00 with interest from 10 May 1867 till payment and to pay his own costs according to award of arbitrators.

 

Anna Still, daughter of John Still:

 

 Court Book 32, page 348 dated October 18, 1830. Anna Still, widow of Josiah Still, dec'd, and daughter of John Still, dec'd, appointed Joel H. Still as her power of attorney to receive any portion of her father's estate. She was living in Williamson County, TN.

 

Angeline Still, daughter of Frances Still, granddaughter of John & Elizabeth Still:

 

Pts Co Court Order Book 41, page 315 dated February 27, 1838. Elizabeth Still gave her granddaughter Angeline Still one bureau, one large chest, one good feather bed, furniture, and bed sted, one good horse saddle & bridle and one good cow & calf, one sugar case for $1.00.

 

 

 

 

Josiah Still, son of John Still:

Pts Co Court Order Book 44, page 527 dated August 19, 1858. The Court appointed George May commitee of Josiah Still who, " is a person of unsound mind."

Pts Co Court Order Book 47, page 95 dated October 19, 1863. Certificate was granted to George May for obtaining letters of administration on the estate of Josiah Still, dec'd.

 Pts Co Court Order Book 47, page 114 dated December 21, 1863. A report of the settlement of the account current of Josiah Still, committee, by George May, committee.

 

 

Division of James Still’s estate, son of John Still:

 

Court Order Book 43, page 375 dated October 17, 1855 shows Livingston P. Noell and William J. Still were the administrators of James Still's estate.

                            

  Court Book 43, page 39 dated November 20, 1852. William J. Still against Samuel W. Smith & wife. The Court's opinion was that the said share of each heir in the land in the proceedings mentioned wasn't worth $300 and that it should sold at auction for a more advantageous division of the estate of James Still. The Commissioners took an account of all advancements real & personal made by James Still, the intestate, in his lifetime to any of the parties of this cause. The Commissioners were to divide the slaves into six equal parts and assign one to wife of Samuel Smith in right of his wife Rebecca, one part to William J. Still, one part to Livingston P. Noell in right of his wife Isabella, one to Anthony E. Blanks in right of his wife Nancy A. R., and one to James E., Emily V., Nancy J., Rebecca S., David W., Mary V., Celestia C., and Lucy B. Breedlove.

 Court Book 43, page 57, dated December 18, 1854. Inventory of the estate of James Still, dec'd, was returned & ordered to be recorded.

 Court Book 43, page 122, dated April 1855. William J. Still against Samuel Smith & wife. William J. Still and Livingston P. Noell were appointed Commissioners to collect any debts owed to James Still's estate. They had to put up a security bond of $9970.10.

 Court Book 43, page 267. Livingston P. Noell & William J. Still were the administrators of James Still's estate.

 Court Book 43, page 235, dated December 17, 1855. An additional inventory & appraisement of the estate of James Still, dec'd, was returned & recorded.

 Court Book 57, page 66 dated April 12, 1857. William J. Still, a commissioner for a court of Pts Co was appointed in the April Term 1853 to deed the land of the estate of James Still, dec'd. The estate sold 145 acres on the waters of Sandy River to Edward Dixon for $753.55.

 Court Book 44, page 122, April 20, 1857. William J. Still and L. P. Noell reported the account of James Still's estate to the Clerk's Office and having been retained to the Clerk's Office one month and no exception being filed to the same, it was examined by the Court and confirmed.

 Court Book 57, page 271, April 20, 1857. William J. Still deeded 718 acres on Sugar Tree Creek to Livingston P. Noel for $3640.26. This was part of the estate of James Still.

 Court Book 57, page 297, August 17, 1857. William J. Still deeded Thomas Wills 149 acres on the waters of Sugar Tree Creek for $521.50. This was part of the estate of James Still.

  Court Book 44, page 261, October 19, 1857. Report of the settlement of the account current of William J. Still & L.P. Noell administrators of the estate of James Still was recorded.

  Court Book 43, page 253 dated June 18, 1860. William Still against Samuel Smith & wife. It was ordered that the Commissioners retain the cost of the suit out of any money on hand before redistributing and that they divide the surplus proceeds of the sales of the land in the bill amongst the same persons with the same proportion as the slaves.

 Court Book 46, page 5 dated June 18, 1860. The Court ruled that the report of the estate had been in the Office as required by law and since there were no exceptions filed, it was ordered recorded. 

 

Arthur Dallas, husband of Elizabeth Still, daughter of James Still:

 

Pts Co Court Order Book 42, page 375 dated December 17, 1885 Arthur Dallas is appointed guardian of children Robert G. and Nancy S. E. Dallas.

 

David Breedlove, husband of Mary Still, daughter of James Still:

 

Pts Court Order Book 42-375 dated December 17, 1855 David Breedlove is appointed guardian of his children Nancy J., Rebecca S., David R., Mary V., and Lucy B. Breedlove.

 

William J. Still, son of James Still:

 

Court Order Book 39, page 348 dated December 20, 1847. William J. Still was chosen by James R. Pierce to be his guardian because of the death of his guardian Reuben Payne.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Patrick Still Family Court Orders

 

 Court Order Book 2, page 277 dated November 1773. Patrick Still, plaintiff against Robert Cullom, defendant. An attachment against the said def. estate. The sheriff levied an attachment on a bed and furniture, a parcel of pewter, a parcel of earthen ware, a gun, a piece of white linen and a cow and yearling. The defendant didn't appear. Plaintiff (Still) made oath to his account for five pounds one shilling and eight pence. The Court ordered that the above attachments be condemned and the Sheriff would auction the above items and apply the money rising from the sale towards satisfying the debt.

 

 Book 2, page 410 dated November 24, 1775. " Mary Still, widow of Patrick Still, deceased, certificate is granted her for obtaining letters of administration of all and singular the goods, chattels, rights and ----of the said Patrick Still which were of the said Patrick at the time of his death on her giving security whereupon she together with Peter Perkins, Joseph (Morton or Norton?) her securities entered into bond and acknowledged the same and took the oath of administrator by law prescribed."  On the motion of Mary Still the estate of Patrick Still's personal value and slaves (if any) was to be appraised.

 

Thomas Still, son of Patrick Still:

 

 Court Order Book 16, page 69 dated August 1813. Inventory & appraisal of the estate of Thomas Still, dec'd, was ordered recorded.

 Book 16, page 109 dated October 1813. This was the order for the Commissioners to lay off 1/3 of Thomas' estate and slaves as dower for his widow, Lucy Still.

 Book 16, page 155 dated December 1813. Lucy Still, orphan of Thomas Still, dec'd, being of full age for that purpose, made choice of Thomas Burnette (?) as her guardian. 

 Book 16, page 160 dated January 17, 1814. The report of the Commissioners to lay off and allot to Lucy Still, widow of Thomas Still, dec'd, as her dower ordered & recorded.

 Book 16, page 182, dated February 1814. Joel Still, orphan of Thomas Still, dec'd, made choice of Thomas Burnette (?) as his guardian.

 Book 20, page 132. Thomas Still died intestate. This order was for his 5 slaves who were in the hands of Josiah Still, his administrator (and brother), to be sold along with the two tracts of land and divided into 8 equal parts by way of auction. Children and heirs named were Jane, Nancy, Lucy, Joel, Thomas Still, and Lucinda & Tabitha Baggerly and Susannah Brown.

 Book 24, page 489 dated August 1819. Division of the estate by lottery. Nancy Still 66 acres Lot #1; Joel Still 45 acres Lot #2, Josiah Still 55 acres Lot #3, Lucinda & Tabitha Baggerly (heirs of Lois Still) 45 acres Lot #4, Lucy Still 32 acres Lot #5, Thomas Still 32 acres Lot #6, Jane Still 135 acres of poor land Lot #7, Susannah Brown 67 acres Lot #8.

 

Division of the estate of John Still, son of Patrick Still:

 

Court Book 28, page 301 dated August 16, 1830. Elizabeth Still, widow of John Still, dec'd, having by letter filed relinquished her right of a dower in the estate of the said decedent to James Still and George May.  They entered into a bond in the penalty of $16,000.00 and were granted the right to obtain letters of administration for John Still's estate.

 Book 29, page 25 dated March 1831 Inventory & Appraisement of the estate of John Still, dec'd, was ordered recorded.

Book 29, page 216 dated October 1831. Account of the estate of John Still, dec'd, is ordered to be recorded. A list of bonds due the estate of John Still, dec'd, at the instance of the administrator is ordered to be recorded.

 Book 28, page 314 dated August 1830. Isabell Still & others VS Elizabeth Still & others. The Court ordered that a surveyor assign defendant Elizabeth Still one equal third part of the land that John Still had when he died and after advertising the sale for 30 days sell the land subject to the dower aforesaid to the highest bidder. The Court also assigned one third of the slaves and divide the residue equally between the plaintiffs and defendants, except Elizabeth Still, regarding an advancement made to the plaintiff John Still by the said intestate in his lifetime at the time the loan was made.

 Book 29, page 219 dated October 1831. James Still and George May are appointed receivers of the ---sum of money due the heirs of John Still, dec'd, being the proceeds of a tract of land sold by certain commissioners pursuant to a decree of the County Court of Pittsylvania.

 Book 30, page 39 dated June 1832. Account of John Still's estate was to be adjusted current with James Still and George May his administrators.

 Book 34, page 51 dated August 14, 1832. Elizabeth Still and Josiah Still were bound to James Still and George May, admin of John Still estate in the sum of $367.57...and for the true payment of same we bind ourselves...firmly on August 14, 1832. The condition of the above obligation is such that Elizabeth Still, widow of John Still, dec'd, on whose estate James Still and George May are administrators, has received from them $367.57 in full of her third part of John Still's estate. Now Elizabeth Still shall well and truly pay the administrators the sum of $367.57 or such as may be sufficient to pay 1/3 part of any debt or future debts coming to the administrators. (Refunding Bond).

 Book 30, page 119 dated September 1832. A current account of John Still's estate was returned and ordered recorded.

 Book 30, page 179 dated November 1832. John Still's administrator Amos S. Watson was ordered to inventory and appraise the estate.

 Book 30, page 296 dated March 1833. Amos Watson was dismissed as the administrator of John Still's estate by consent. ( These two entries make little sense to me because in 1832 James Still and George May were the administrators of John Still's estate).

 Book 33, page 120 dated May 17, 1836. Isabel Still, Plaintiff against Elizabeth Still, defendant. “it appearing to the Court that the said purchase money for the land in the proceedings mentioned has been fully paid...the Court orders the defendants James Still, and George May and Dice his wife in their proper person and the said Josiah Still, Senr and Anna his wife, John Still, Frances Still & Elizabeth Still who are not inhabitants of the Commonwealth...do convey by proper deed the land in the proceedings mentioned to Isabell Still, Josiah Still Jr and Gabriel May the purchasers thereof ...and the Court doth further adjudge that the costs of the suit be equally born by both parties."

   Deed Book 39, page 119 dated October 7, 1836. James Still, George May and Dice his wife, Josiah Still Junior and Anna his wife, John Still, Frances and Elizabeth Still who weren't living in VA at that time, sold Izbell Still, Josiah Still Junior and Gabriel May a tract of land for $1350.00. The land was on the south side of Sandy River containing 632 acres, it being the tract of land whereof John Still died.

   Deed Book 39, page 198 dated October 20, 1836. Gabriel May and wife Elizabeth sold their interest in the above 632 acres to Josiah Still and Izbell Still for $575.00. The land was on Sandy River, "it being our interest in the tract of land where John Still, died, seized which has since been sold by a decree of Court which said interest is one third part of said land subject to the dower of Elizabeth Still Senior, widow of said decedent."

Court Book 34, page 312 dated December 21, 1838. Isabell Still VS James Still. The Court ordered that James Still & George May advertise the auction of the 7 slaves of Elizabeth Still for 20 days and sell to highest bidder.

 

 

 Elizabeth Still, wife of John Still:

 

 Court Book 34, page 272 dated November 19, 1838. James Still and George May were granted certificate to obtain letters of administration of the estate of Elizabeth Still, deceased. They entered into bond in the penalty of $6000.00. James Blair, Drury Blair, Woodson Johnson and David R. Boaz or any three of them were to appraise the personal estate of Elizabeth Still and report.

 Book 34, page 312 dated December 1838 term. Isabel D. Still & others against James Still & others. The Court decreed that James Still and George May, who were appointed Commissioners for that purpose, must advertise for 20 days at the most public places and the Danville newspaper, the time and place of sale sold by way of auction the seven slaves of Elizabeth Still.

 Book 35, page 300 dated May 18, 1840. The current account of Elizabeth's estate was ordered to be reported to James Still and George May, the administrators.

 Book 36, page 80 dated December 21, 1840. The Court ordered that the proceeds of the sale of the said slaves, after deducting them from the expensed of said sale, were to be distributed into eight equal parts. Then 1/8 part to each of the parties of this suit. The cost of the suit was to be equally born by all parties.

 

Isabella D. Still, daughter of John Still:

 

Deed Book 46-260 dated Sept 16, 1841. Isabella D. Still & Josiah Still sold 1acre to Peter Guerrant & Benjamin Watkins for $3.00.

Court Book 48-501 dated Sept 16, 1841. Isabella D. Still & Josiah sold 151 ac on south side of Sandy River to Sarah Smith for $325.00. (It bordered Thomas Still's land).

Court Order Book 37-75 dated March 1843. Isabella Still VS Josiah Still. The Court decided that Isabella was "induced" to sell the above 151 ac to Sarah Smith. The 615 1/2 ac Isabella & Josiah held together were to be divided into two separate tracts and the 151 ac would be taken off of Josiah's portion.

 Court Book 37-186 dated March 16, 1843. The division of the above land gave Isabella Lot # 1 which was 371 acres and Josiah Lot #2 which was 313 acres.

Deed Book  51-239 dated Jan 13, 1848. Isabella D. Still sold 210 ac on Sandy River to Robert Hardy for $630.00.

Deed Book 54-470 dated June 1, 1853. Isabella D. Still sold 3 ac on Long Branch (of Sandy River??) to Robert Hardy for $25.00. "This land being a mill site on said branch and on the tract of land said Still & grantor doth hereby convey with general warranty...the property and the right to erect a dam on said premises without damages from the erection of said dam."

Book 44-193 dated July 17, 1857. Robert Hardy VS Isabella D. Still. Case referred to Robert Wilson and James Tinsley or their umpire.

Book44-290 dated July 19, 1858. Last Will & Testament of Isabella D. Still was produced by William Blair as a subscribing witness to be the act and deed of said Testative.

 Will Book 2-277 dated July 30, 1853. Isabella's will gave neice Martha A. J. May her negro woman, Mary. The real estate and possessions were put in trust to Elisha Keen & Drury Blair for the benefit of Isabella's brother, Josiah Still. Josiah was to be provided for decently and maintained and supported during his lifetime. Whatever was left when Josiah died went to Isabella's brothers & sisters or their heirs. Proven July 19, 1858.

Court Book 44-527 dated July 19, 1858. Josiah Still was determined to be of unsound mind, the same day his sister's will was proven.

Book 44-502 dated Aug 16, 1858. Executors of Isabella's will were Elisha Keen & Drury Blair.

Book 44-503 dated Aug 16, 1858. Personal estate of Isabella D. Still was ordered to be appraised.

Book 44-295 dated Aug 16, 1858. Hardy VS Still case indicates Isabella Still had died.

 Book 44-595 dated Nov 17, 1858. Robert Hardy VS Isabella Still's executors. The Court ruled against arbitrators and cont'd the case.

Book 46-120 dated Dec 17, 1860. Report of account current of Isabella's estate was confirmed by Drury Blair.

Book47-365 dated March 16, 1866. Hardy VS Still executors. The Court ruled in arbitrators for not returning papers and award and cont'd.

Book 48-205 (no date). Hardy VS Still. Mentioned the death of Drury Blair. Suggested for plaintiff by consent of parties by counsel for $375.00 with interest from 10 May 1867 till payment and to pay his own costs according to award of arbitrators.

 

Anna Still, daughter of John Still:

 

 Court Book 32, page 348 dated October 18, 1830. Anna Still, widow of Josiah Still, dec'd, and daughter of John Still, dec'd, appointed Joel H. Still as her power of attorney to receive any portion of her father's estate. She was living in Williamson County, TN.

 

Angeline Still, daughter of Frances Still, granddaughter of John & Elizabeth Still:

 

Pts Co Court Order Book 41, page 315 dated February 27, 1838. Elizabeth Still gave her granddaughter Angeline Still one bureau, one large chest, one good feather bed, furniture, and bed sted, one good horse saddle & bridle and one good cow & calf, one sugar case for $1.00.

 

 

 

 

Josiah Still, son of John Still:

Pts Co Court Order Book 44, page 527 dated August 19, 1858. The Court appointed George May commitee of Josiah Still who, " is a person of unsound mind."

Pts Co Court Order Book 47, page 95 dated October 19, 1863. Certificate was granted to George May for obtaining letters of administration on the estate of Josiah Still, dec'd.

 Pts Co Court Order Book 47, page 114 dated December 21, 1863. A report of the settlement of the account current of Josiah Still, committee, by George May, committee.

 

 

Division of James Still’s estate, son of John Still:

 

Court Order Book 43, page 375 dated October 17, 1855 shows Livingston P. Noell and William J. Still were the administrators of James Still's estate.

                            

  Court Book 43, page 39 dated November 20, 1852. William J. Still against Samuel W. Smith & wife. The Court's opinion was that the said share of each heir in the land in the proceedings mentioned wasn't worth $300 and that it should sold at auction for a more advantageous division of the estate of James Still. The Commissioners took an account of all advancements real & personal made by James Still, the intestate, in his lifetime to any of the parties of this cause. The Commissioners were to divide the slaves into six equal parts and assign one to wife of Samuel Smith in right of his wife Rebecca, one part to William J. Still, one part to Livingston P. Noell in right of his wife Isabella, one to Anthony E. Blanks in right of his wife Nancy A. R., and one to James E., Emily V., Nancy J., Rebecca S., David W., Mary V., Celestia C., and Lucy B. Breedlove.

 Court Book 43, page 57, dated December 18, 1854. Inventory of the estate of James Still, dec'd, was returned & ordered to be recorded.

 Court Book 43, page 122, dated April 1855. William J. Still against Samuel Smith & wife. William J. Still and Livingston P. Noell were appointed Commissioners to collect any debts owed to James Still's estate. They had to put up a security bond of $9970.10.

 Court Book 43, page 267. Livingston P. Noell & William J. Still were the administrators of James Still's estate.

 Court Book 43, page 235, dated December 17, 1855. An additional inventory & appraisement of the estate of James Still, dec'd, was returned & recorded.

 Court Book 57, page 66 dated April 12, 1857. William J. Still, a commissioner for a court of Pts Co was appointed in the April Term 1853 to deed the land of the estate of James Still, dec'd. The estate sold 145 acres on the waters of Sandy River to Edward Dixon for $753.55.

 Court Book 44, page 122, April 20, 1857. William J. Still and L. P. Noell reported the account of James Still's estate to the Clerk's Office and having been retained to the Clerk's Office one month and no exception being filed to the same, it was examined by the Court and confirmed.

 Court Book 57, page 271, April 20, 1857. William J. Still deeded 718 acres on Sugar Tree Creek to Livingston P. Noel for $3640.26. This was part of the estate of James Still.

 Court Book 57, page 297, August 17, 1857. William J. Still deeded Thomas Wills 149 acres on the waters of Sugar Tree Creek for $521.50. This was part of the estate of James Still.

  Court Book 44, page 261, October 19, 1857. Report of the settlement of the account current of William J. Still & L.P. Noell administrators of the estate of James Still was recorded.

  Court Book 43, page 253 dated June 18, 1860. William Still against Samuel Smith & wife. It was ordered that the Commissioners retain the cost of the suit out of any money on hand before redistributing and that they divide the surplus proceeds of the sales of the land in the bill amongst the same persons with the same proportion as the slaves.

 Court Book 46, page 5 dated June 18, 1860. The Court ruled that the report of the estate had been in the Office as required by law and since there were no exceptions filed, it was ordered recorded. 

 

Arthur Dallas, husband of Elizabeth Still, daughter of James Still:

 

Pts Co Court Order Book 42, page 375 dated December 17, 1885 Arthur Dallas is appointed guardian of children Robert G. and Nancy S. E. Dallas.

 

David Breedlove, husband of Mary Still, daughter of James Still:

 

Pts Court Order Book 42-375 dated December 17, 1855 David Breedlove is appointed guardian of his children Nancy J., Rebecca S., David R., Mary V., and Lucy B. Breedlove.

 

William J. Still, son of James Still:

 

Court Order Book 39, page 348 dated December 20, 1847. William J. Still was chosen by James R. Pierce to be his guardian because of the death of his guardian Reuben Payne.

 Contributed by Beth Livingston  tfrog@triad.rr.com

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Pierce Related info Court Books

Relating to Robert Pierce:

Book 22, page 84, February 3, 1821. Robert Pierce VS Champness Austin. Plaintiff won the suit regarding the possession of a tenement.

Book 25, page 235, August 1825. Robert Pierce VS Jesse Cobbs Admr. Jury sworn $65 in damages awarded.

Book 27, page 70, March 1828. Jabez Smith VS Robert Pierce. Suit dismissed by plaintiff.

Book 28, page 102, December Court 1829 shows that the Last Will & Testament of Robert Pierce was attempted to be entered into record. The Court “was of the opinion that at the time of its writing, Robert Pierce was not of disposing mind and memory” and therefore they refused to enter it into record.

Book 28, page 110, December Court 1829. Harrison Pierce entered into a bond in the penalty of $20,000.00 and certificate granted him for obtaining letters of administration on the estate of Robert Pierce, dec'd.

Book 28, page 111, December Court 1829. Estate of Robert Pierce ordered appraised in current money and ordered recorded. (Many entries for same thing 28-142, 28-146, 29-203, 29-227, 29-229, 30-73, 30-125).

Book 28, page 120, January 1830. Order to divide Robert Pierce's estate between wife Jane and six children; Harrison, Peyton, James, Olivia Lester, Elizabeth Marr and Polly Wilcox.

Book 29, page 120, June 1831. Robert Pierce's Admr VS Richard Beck. Case dismissed at defendants costs.

Book 29, page 187 dated August 1831. Robert Pierce's administrator VS Richard Beck. Verdict of $12.78 with interest from the 5th day of January 1831. Therefore it is directed by the Court that the plaintiff be now suited and pay to the defendant  $5.00 damages according to law and costs by him in this behalf. Plaintiff motion for a new trial overruled.

Book 39, page 86, July 20, 1846. On the petition of William J. Still, a distributee in the estate of Robert Pierce, dec'd, it is ordered that Harrison Pierce, administrator of the estate of said decedent be summoned to appear here on the 1st day of August Term next to show cause if any, he can----others good security should not be required of him for the performance of his duties or his power as administrator aforesaid be worked & annulled and further it is ordered that a copy of this order be entered in The Herald, a newspaper published in the town of Danville till August Court next.

Book 39, page 97, August 17, 1846. William J. Still, a distributee of the estate of Robert Pierce, dec'd, against Harrison Pierce, administrator of the estate. Power of administrator revoked and granted to William J. Still. (Husband of Eliza Jane Pierce, granddaughter of Robert Pierce) Bond penalty was $6000.00.

Book 39, page 199, March 15, 1847. Inventory & appraisal of Robert Pierce's estate was ordered recorded.

Book 39, page 223, May 17, 1847. William J. Still & wife VS Harrison Pierce. William J. Still and Samuel Swanson are appointed collectors of the proceeds of sale made under the decree in this cause whereupon the said Still and Swanson gave bond in the penalty of $6473.08.

 Book 40, page 222, August 20, 1849. Commissioner William Rison was ordered to state, settle and adjust the account current of the estate of Robert Pierce with William J. Still the administrator of the estate.

 Book 40, page 303, July 21, 1850. William J. Still VS Harrison Pierce. Ordered that upon the collection or either of them depositing with the Clerk of Court any amount of money of which they have or may have collected deposited with the Clerk whereupon William J. Still entered $150.00.

Book 40, page 338, July 15, 1850. William J. Still & wife VS Harrison Pierce & others. Acting upon a Court decree dated December 1846 the Court will distribute the following $3634.59 between the heirs of Robert Pierce. The heirs are Harrison Pierce, Eliza wife of Sandy Marr, Olivia wife of John Luster (or Lester), Polly wife of ---- Albritton, children and heirs of James Pierce, Elizabeth J. and James R., and children and heirs of Peyton Pierce, John R. Pierce and Sarah A. Pierce. To Harrison Pierce 1/6 or $605.76 and 1/2 cents, to the heirs of James Pierce 1/6 part or $302.88 and 1/2 cents each, to the heirs of Petyon Pierce 1/6 or $201.92 each, to Eliza & Sandy Marr 1/6 or $605.76 and 1/2 cents, to Olivia Luster 1/6 part or $605.76 and 1/2 cents, and to Polly Albritton 1/6 part or $605.76 and 1/2 cents. The cost of the suit will be equally divided between all parties. The Clerk of Court is directed to pay to the said the sum of $450.00 deposited by them on their application for the same.

Book 39, page 163, February 17, 1851. William J. Still & wife VS Harrison Pierce.

It appearing to the Court that the Defendants, Harrison Pierce, Sandy Marr & Eliza his wife, John Lustre & Olivia his wife, ----Albritton & Polly his wife, who do not reside in Vriginia, who were supposed to appear in Court, but didn't, that the Court ordered the following. That James R. Pierce, John R. Pierce, Elizabeth Jane Pierce and Sarah A. Pierce, infants, by their guardian as litem assigned by the Court as William Rison, the Court being of the opinion that the dividend of each heir of the intestate Robert Pierce, in the land and proceedings mentioned will not exceed the sum of $300.00 and that the slaves therein mentioned cannot be conveniently divided in kind. And that William J. Still and Samuel G. Swanson who are appointed Commissioners, advertise the sale of the land and slaves for three weeks before the auction will take place. The Court also ordered Commissioner Rison to take an account of all advancements made by Robert Pierce in his lifetime to the partie aforesaid or either of them to be the ancestor under whom they claim & make a report to the Court.

Book 40, page 110, February 17, 1851. William J. Still & wife VS Harrison Pierce. The Court ordered that Samuel G. Swanson, who was appointed special Commissioner for that purpose, do convey by deed with special warranty the land in the bills mentioned to the purchasers. The Court ordered that the proceedings in this cause be final.

Jane Pierce

Book 39, page 80 dated July 1846. Last Will & Testament of Jane Pierce ordered recorded. James A. Mitchell was administrator.

 Book 39, page 185 dated Feb 15, 1847. Inventory & appraisal of Jane Pierce's estate was ordered.

Relating to James Pierce:

In Pts Co Court Order book 28, page 120, January Court, 1830 there was an order for the Commissioner's to divide the property of Robert Pierce between his wife and children. It further states that David Hodges is appointed guardian ad litem for James Pierce, "who is of unsound mind and resides in the state hospital."  There is no mention of James' wife, Lucy Hodges Pierce.

Book 28, page 170 dated March Court 1830 first day. Thomas Shelton is appointed committee of James Pierce a person of unsound mind, and thereupon the said Shelton with James Woodall, and James Williams his secys, entered into and acknowledged a bond in the penalty of $1000.00 as law directs.

Book 32. page 94 dated June 16, 1834. It is ordered that Jabez Smith, James Hopkins, William Swanson, W.B. Rogers and James Mitchell or any 3 of them being first sworn do state, settle and adjust the account of James Pierce with Thomas Shelton his committee and report to the Court.

Book 39, page 348 dated December 20, 1847. William J. Still was chosen by James R. Pierce to be his guardian because of the death of his guardian Reuben Payne.

(William J. Still married Eliza Jane Pierce, daughter of James Pierce)

Relating to Peyton Pierce:

 Book 35-7 dated March 18, 1839. Peyton Pierce made motion to obtain letters of administration on the estate of John Fendley, dec'd.

Book 36-102 dated Jan 18, 1841. State, settle & adjust the account current of John Fendley, dec'd, with Peyton Pierce, administrator.

Book 38-247 dated April 21, 1845. Mary A. D. Pierce, wife of Peyton Pierce, dec'd, agreed to let W. H. Fitzgerald obtain letters of administration on the estate of Peyton Pierce.

 Book 38-351 dated Oct 20, 1845. The Court ordered the Commissioners to lay off 1/3 of Peyton Pierce's estate to his widow, Mary A.D. Pierce as her dower. The remainder was to be given to their infant children. W.H. Fitzgerald was guardian ad litem for the children.

 Book 39-8 dated Jan 19, 1846. The account of the estate of Peyton Pierce was ordered to be recorded.

 Book 40, page 223 dated August 20, 1849. Oliver Hambleton was guardian of John R., Elizabeth J. and Sarah A. Pierce, orphans of Peyton Pierce. Guardianship was revoked and the court ordered Achilles H. Moorman as guardian. Thomas Cook, William H. Fitzgerald, Joseph Wright and Jesse Carter were Moorman's secys. Moorman entered into a bond in the penalty of $5000.00.

Book 44-448 dated Aug 18, 1852. Achilles Moorman was guardian of Sarah A. and Robert J. Pierce.

Book 44-84 dated Mar 16, 1857. Achilles Moorman had died.

Harrison Pierce:

Book 55, page 52 dated November 13, 1849. From Carroll County, MO is an order for the heirs of Harrison Pierce: Ann Eliza, William H. who were minors over the age of 14 and Catharine Pierce under the age of 14 to have Samuel Clinkscales chosen as their guardian. (Samuel Clinkscales was the brother of Nancy Clinkscales who married Harrison Pierce).

Olivia Pierce:

 Book 28, page 120 dated January 1830 show that Olivia Pierce was married to Thomas Lester. However, in later Court records Book 40, page 388 dated July 15, 1850 and Book 39, page 163 dated February 17, 1851 it shows that Olivia was married to John Lester. According to Early Tennessee Settlers 1700s-1900s pages 271 & 272 Thomas Lester died in 1835. It is therefore possible that Olivia married a second time after the death of Thomas.
Contributed by Beth Livingston
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