Friday, February 3, 2017

From the Probate Files: Jeremiah Warren's Estate - More To Be Learned

If you've been following my posts about my third great uncle Jeremiah Warren will and probate, you may recall the final appraisal and proposed division of some of his enslaved people took place in 1837 and included a share for his nephew (and my great great grandfather) Jesse T.S. Warren, as the only heir of Jeremiah's brother Jesse. Edmund and Amy were allotted to  Jesse T.S. although I wasn't able to find out from available records when the division took place.

[Detail of "Georgia Probate Records, 1742-1990," images, FamilySearch ( : 20 May 2014), Hancock > image 63 of 662;
county probate courthouses, Georgia.]

Jesse T.S. only 7 at the time of Jeremiah's death, so during his minority his property was administered by his step-father and guardian John P. Phillips who was required to file annual reports to the local Probate Court in Troup County (where they had moved around 1833).  The guardian's account for 1839 recorded on April 21, 1840, tells us more about Edmund and Amy's fates.

["Georgia Probate Records, 1742-1990," images, FamilySearch ( : 20 May 2014), Troup > image 80 of 588;
county probate courthouses, Georgia.]

[Detail of above Probate Record]

John Phillips Guardian
     to Jesse T.S. Warren Orphan                                                 De
Return for 1839~
To amt due 1st Jan'y 1839 as per last return                  $3200.55-3/4
To Int on Sum till 1st Jan'y 1840                                       256.00
To amt rec'd from Sale of Edmund to Benjamin            }
     Harper due 25th December 1839 Sold by order of court}  800.00 
To amt rec'd from Sale of Amy a woman Sold              }
     by order of court to Jesse Peacock due 25 Dec 1939}  400.00
          Contra                                                             Cr
By Board clothing & tuition furnished for 1839                125.00
By com's on $256.00 Int made a 10 pr ct                             25.60
By    "      "   $1200.00 rec'd from Sale of negroes               30.00
By amt paid clk for this return                                               1.12-1/2
                                                                                         $ 181.72-1/2
By Balance due Ward 1st Jan 1840                                 $4474-83-1.4

Benjamin Harper was a resident of Hancock County so Edmund wasn't sold far away but Amy's new owner Jesse Peacock lived in Wilkinson County which is about 40 miles away so she would have been separated from her three surviving children.*

*The inventory of Jeremiah's estate listed Amy with four children: Matt (left to Jesse T.S.--we'll learn more about him next week), Caroline (part of William Warren's share), Joby and Mason. From the annual accounts filed by the executors we know that one of Amy children died in 1836-37 but it's not clear whether it was Joby or Mason.

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