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helen helen at rockymountains.net
Fri Aug 13 14:44:47 MDT 2010

I cannot resist adding my 2¢. Years ago while in the midst of an 
in-depth search of county land records, my curiosity was peaked by a few 
entries regarding a Johnson vs (I believe) County Sheriff. If I'm 
remembering correctly, there was only a volume number and page number 
after the listing - no ID for type of land record. (Johnson is the 
correct surname but all given names will be made up.)

Of course, I had to look at one of them. What a surprise! It was a 
notarized statement from a Mrs. Jane Johnson stating that she was then 
the wife of John Johnson. Her children, with names and ages given, were 
her children by her first husband Tom Johnson.

Always look at land records.
Helen B

On 8/13/2010 2:24 PM, Craig Kilby wrote:
> Michael,
> As a follow up to this, I just today completed a small project for the Mary Ball Washington Museum and Library in Lancaster County, Virginia. As I wrote a while back, we abstracted, compiled and put on line all the Estate Book records for 1835-1865. (See http://mbwm.org/estates.asp) This record set is apart from wills, and well over half of the decedents during this period died without wills. This set includes inventories, accounts of sale, divisions of slaves, final distributions and other miscellaneous material. It is a real gold mine.
> There was one estate book missing from this series (another period apparently had no estate book, during the Civil War). Though Estate Book 39 (1850-1854) is missing, its contents could be gleaned from the Index to Fiduciaries. This identified about another 50 decadents who had not shown up previously, and lots more information (at least in terms of documents) for people who died with a will but had no extant estate papers. If for no other reason, it provides an approximate date of death for those "missing" people for whom no other death record may exist.
> I'm glad you brought this topic up because all too often people fail to look at these types of records. And they are indeed fascinating material in terms assembling an overview of a communities wealth, and who-was-who and who-was-not-who.
> Craig

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