Elizabeth Duke, deceased before May 24, 1815, Probate Papers
Fairfield District, SC Probate, File 13, package 125
This document is copyright © 1999 by Tony L. Cox. All rights reserved. (It was last changed on June 23, 1999)
Also recorded in Will Book D, pages 68-69, December 14, 1816
(front side of Warrant)
"1815, June 10
Deceased No. (several numbers--marked out)
Warrant of Appraisement
Ordinarys Office, Fairfield District.
Recorded in Book D, Folio 97 Dec'br 14, 1816
John Buchanan J C ?"
(back side of Warrant)
John Brown was Administrator. Appraisement was to be returned August 10, 1815. Witness was John Buchanan. Appraisers to be any three or more of: Moses Dukes, Jesse Horn, James Cammer, Robert Duke, and Isaac Perry. The latter three were chosen.
(abstract of other documents in package 125)
John Brown applied to John Buchanan for the Letter of Administration on May 24, 1815, It was issued on June 10, 1815. John Brown took the oath on June 13, 1815. The oath was administered by Elijah Jones. The Administration Bond of $500 was signed by John Brown, John D. Dukes, and Jesse Horn.
The items on the Appraisement list were mostly household along with a half a dozen cows with calves and one horse.
Buyers at Elizabeth Duke's estate sale: Lewis Duke, James Kennedy, John Simmely, Ralph Wilson, James Norris, James Craig, James Duke, John Wilson, Samuel Duke, Isah Neeley, John Simons, John Simmons, Sarah Wells, and Eli Elkins.
Elizabeth Duke, deceased before May 24, 1815, Final Accounting of Estate
This document is copyright © 2000 by Tony L. Cox. All rights reserved. (It was last changed on August 21, 2000)
The final accounting shows both Elijah Jones and Lewis Duke received a judgment against the Elizabeth Duke estate. The document implies Sarah Wells was involved in a lawsuit with Lewis Duke, perhaps Elijah Jones also. Her lawyer fees were paid from the estate. We have not located the details of the court proceedings. There is a July 14, 1818 entry in the minutes of the Fairfield District, SC Court of Common Pleas; Sarah Wells vs Admor of the Estate of Elizabeth Duke. There was a decree for the defendant. We found no listing for Elijah Jones or Lewis Duke vs the estate of Elizabeth Duke in any court document.
In the absence of concrete data, we explain the documents as follows. Elijah Jones and Lewis Duke both had claims against the Elizabeth Duke estate which the administrator agreed to pay. The family disagreed with the claims and on their behalf, Sarah Wells hired a lawyer and sued the administrator. She lost. Both Elijah and Lewis received judgment in their favor. Since Sarah sued on behalf of the heirs, her lawyer fees were paid out of the estate before it was divided.