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Probate of Charles Burkham (1785-1837)

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Date: 1838 to 1841
Location: Red River County, Texasmap
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Probate of Charles Burkham (1785-1837), Red River County Administrators Bonds, Vol. E (1838-1843), pp. 251-55.

Final record of the Estate of Chas. Burkham, dec'd, Jas. Burkham, Adm'r.

Republic of Texas.
Red River County.

Your Petitioners, Nancy Burkham and James Burkham, represent that Charles Burkham died intestate within the Jurisdiction of this court and your petitioners pray that Letters of Administration may issue to them on the Estateof said Charles Burkham, deceased, and your petitioners show to your honor that your petitioners are the widow and Son of said dec'd.

May term 1838.
By their atty Craig & Fowler.

Administration bond records, this book, page 30 No. 59.

We the undersigned having been appointed and Sworn to value the property belonging to the Estate of Charles Burkha, dec'd, do certify that the following is a true list of the property Shown to and appraised by us.

[There follow several lengthy inventories, mostly of livestock & farm equipment, but including land, named slaves, and household furniture, much of it purchased by James Burkham, Charles's eldest son. Some carried out by "J. Bateman" --Jonathan? -- and mostly certified by James Gilliam, J.P.]

Republic of Texas.
County of Red River.

Your petitioners James Burkham & Nancy Burkham, Administrator and administratrix of the Estate of Charles Burkham, dec 'd, represent to your honor, Judge of the Probate Court for the county aforesaid, that the Estate of the said Charles Burkham is indebted and that the personal property of said Estate is not sufficient to pay said debts and to pay said debts and to pay for the location [?] of all the claims which said Estate has against said Republic and your petitioners further [illegible] that they have [illegible] a claim of said Estate on Mill Creek on a tract of land joining Robert Dyers the field [?] notes of the same has not yet been returned and your petitioners pray your honor that said Court of Land [?] may be deemed to be Sold for the purpose of ___ing the debts of said Estate and for Locating the remainder of Land belongkng to said Estate and your petitioner will even pray. [?]

July 30th 1838.
James Burkham & Nancy burkham, Adm'rs by their atty Craig & Fowler.

Repubic of Texas.
County of Red River.

Probate Court of the County aforesaid: Whereas it appears from the petition of James Burkham and Nancy Burkham, administrator and administratrix on the Estate of Charles Burkham, dec'd, that the personal chattels of said Estate are not Sufficient to liquidate and discharge the Same and whereas it appears from said petition that funds are wanting to locate [?] and pay out of the office [?] lands belonging to said Estate and it appearing to the court that said Estate have made a location of Land on Mill Creek in the country aforesaid joining Robert Dyers [illegible] of Land on said creek. It is deemed and ordered by the court that the Administrators sell said tract of Land at public auction upon 12 months credit after giving Twenty days notice by advertisement of the time and place of Sale and the onditions of the Same and that the said Administrator and administratrix make title of the same and report to the court the proceeds of the Sale.

July the 30th 1838.

The Republic of Texas.
County of Red River.

In Probate Court Red River County May Term 1841. To the Hon. Gilbert Clark, Judge of the Court of Probate for said County. James Burkham, administrator of the Estate of Charles Burkham, dec'd, would respectfully make known to your honor that the heirs of said Estate are Cynthia Holoway, Thomas Holoway, Susan Benningfield and Posey Benningfield, and Abijah Burkham and Benjamin Franjlin Burkham, all the last being citizens of said county and the said Abijah and Benjamin being minors and also your petitioner and widow of said dec'd, Nancy Burkham, that the property of said dec'd consists of Land, Six Negroes, horses, cattle & hogs & sheep etc and your petitioner prays that a division of the property aforesaid may take place among all the heirs consisting as aforesaid and that a guardian ad interim be appointed to appear for said minors and also that a citation be issued for those int____ to show cause why a writ of partition should not issue and that finally a committee be appointed to divide the property of said Estate.

[signed] James Burkham.

Republic of Texas.
County of Red River.

In Probate Court Nov Term 1841.
The Report of James Burkham, Administrator of the Estate of Charles Burkham, dec'd, to the Hon. Chief Justice of said county respectfully sheweth, That he has settled all demands of every nature and description against said Estate, in so doing has paid the Sum of Three Hundred Dollars, also that he has amiably settled with the heirs of said Estate and herewith files the receipts of the heirs of said Estate showing a final Settlement with them, your administrator being a son of the dec'd, is personal acquainted with the heirs, to wit, Abijah Burkham, Benjamin Franklin Burkham, Thomas Holaday, Cynthia Ann Holaday, H.P. & Susanah Beningfield and Nancy Burkham, said admin'r having done everything necessary to be done, prays to be dismissed and have the Admin'n closed. [signed] James Burkham

Sworn to and subscribed in open court, 29th Nov 1841.

[There follow copies of the receipts from the heirs named above.]


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