Thank you very much, I appreciate you help and advice, I will see if I can't get a
copy of this document.
Marleen Van Horne <msvnhrn(a)jps.net> wrote:Vicki,
It is very possible they would have waited 14 years to close the probate
of his estate, if his wife out lived him. I do not know that it was a
matter of law or the terms of his will, but I ran into the same
situation with James Daniel who lived in Lincoln County, Tennessee and
moved to Greene County, Alabama about 1817. He died in 1821, but his
estate was not closed until 1836. His widow, Henrietta Maria, was still
alive in 1830, and based on information in the estate papers, that state
a specific date in 1835, but do not say SHE died, but that HE died, I
think the estate was left open until her death. That arrangement may
have been at the behest of their children who were willing to wait until
her death, before distributing the estate.
Check to see if there is a will file, you may know this, but many
researchers stop when they find a will, but the real information is in
the will file, if one exists. A second best to the will file would be
the probate court records, again if they exist, but the file is always
the best source of information.
Marleen Van Horne
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