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Inventory and Appraisement of the Estate of Dorsey Hoagland

I have been fascinated lately by some of my slave owning ancestors (or potential ancestors). I am still working on building the case for Dorsey Hoagland as one of my ancestors but for now I will assume that he is likely my ancestor. I have been catching up on the show Finding Your Roots with Louis Henry Gates, Jr. I do not have any direct African American ancestry in my tree, however, I do have a few genetic cousins who are primarily African American. Many of the Finding Your Roots episodes explore the ancestry of prominent African Americans. I recently watched an episode with Derek Jeter as they traced his Jeter line to a white slave owner. They were able to prove that one of Jeter’s ancestors was the son of a white slave owner and his black slave. As I look over the inventory of Dorsey Hoagland’s estate, the document reveals that he owned seven slaves. Only one of the slaves was an adult, a female, with the rest being children with descending ages. It strikes me that the children were likely all siblings, or possibly related to one another, with the adult female as the mother to all but the eldest teenager. I would love to hear anyone’s thoughts on this issue. I am trying to learn more about researching African American history and ancestry in general.

Dorsey Hoagland, Inventory and Appraisement
Nelson County, Kentucky
Probate vol. H/2, p. 157-158
Inventory completed 20 July 1836; filed 9 January 1837

“Inventory and bill of appraisment of the property belonging to the estate of Dosey Hogland decᵈ appraised on the 20th day of July 1836.

  1. The following is a list of property that is not considered as assets in the hands of the administrators but reserved to the widow, and heirs under an act of assembly in that case made and provided which allows to the widow, and heirs the same property that is exempt from execution. [?]
One yellow horse 50.00
One cow and calf 10.00
One Bed Bedstead and furniture 20.00
One plow and Geer 4.00
One plow & lead one pot Head One axe & one hoe 3.00
One loom and apparatus thereunto belonging 1.50
One spinning wheel “.50
  1. The property that is considered as assets in the hands of the administrators
One Negro woman Sitter aged 26 years 350.00
One do[ditto] boy William do[ditto] 16 600.00
One do[ditto] girl  Maria do[ditto] 13 450.00
One do[ditto] boy John do[ditto] 11 450.00
One do[ditto] boy Snocuden [?] do[ditto] 8 350.00
One do[ditto] boy Isaac do[ditto] 6 250.00
One do[ditto] boy Harrison do[ditto] 4 175.00
Three pots 1.50
Three ovens & lead, & one pan & lead 1.00
Two spiders, & lead, & one skillett 1.00
Two pair Pot hooks & shovels “.50
One pair waufle Iron 1.00
One frying pan and ladle “.50
One Tea Kettle and [?] 1.12½
Two large kettles 6.00
Two small do [ditto] 1.50
One Copper kettle 2.50
One Lot of old Iron 1.50
One pair of [?] 2.50
One Copper Tea Kettle 1.50
One lot of Iron [?] “.50
One Lot of shoemaker tools 1.00
Eleven open tubs 1.25
One Roan mare 35.00
One Bay mare & colt 40.00
One wagon [?] and Geer Tar bucket & feed trough 65.00
One plow/Cary “.75
Two Shovel plows 1.00
Three axes one shovel & sprouting hoe 4.00
Two broad hoes “.50
One pair [?] & 3 [?] 1.50
One wooden Tooth harrow “.50
One Flax break and Two grind stones 2.00
One handsaw hand axe & drawing knife 1.50
Two Augers one chisel & anvil & cross “.50
One cross cut saw 1.00
One pair of Geer 2.00
Three blind bridles 1.50
One man’s saddle 5.00
One do [ditto] old “.50
One cutting box 1.00
Two large Tubs “.50
One Carey plow 4.00
One Iron fork 3 do [ditto] wood & 2 scythes 2.00
Twelve open Tubs 1.50
One wheat [?] 5.00
One wheat sive “.75
One lot of shingle & some Timber 4.00
One lot of Cooper timber 5.50
Thirty six [?] head of hogs 95.50
One lot of plank 3.50
One mewly [?] cow 8.60
One Red and White heiffer 6.50
One Brindle Do Do [ditto] 7.50
One Red steer 10.00
One Black steer 10.00
One spotted do [ditto] 10.00
Two stills & all the apparatus thereunto belonging 95.00
Four yearling Calves 14.00
Twenty Three head of sheep 28.75
One cow 10.00
One lot of Oats in the field 5.00
One Tight barrel “.37½
One Book case 1.50
One clock & one small squareTable 6f 2.00
One small bed bedstead & furniture 5.00
One looking glass 3f Two water 9pr [?] 2.00
Two Candle sticks “.75
One bed bedstead and furniture 8.00
One Trunk “.75
One bed bedstead and furniture 8.00
One lot of bedclothes 14 pieces 20.00
One bed bedstead & furniture 7.00
One sidesaddle and bridle 18.00
One powder Keg & some powder “.75
One side saddle & bridle 1.00
One cupboard and furniture 12.00
One Desk 5.00
One Fall leaf Table 1.50
One Square Table “.50
One Coffee mill “.50
Three Tin buckets 1.25
One Rifle Fun 10.00
Two hand Irons 2.00
Two smoothing Irons “.50
One [?] chest and fifteen “.50
Seven old chairs common 1.00
Two pot trowels [?] 1.00
Two open Tubs “.25
One lot of Oak flooring plank 12.00
One do [ditto] poplar 2.00
One do [ditto] do [ditto] “.50
One Keg of Tar “.50
Six Corks of hay in the meadow 8.00

John Overalt}
Thoˢ J. Hammond}
Henry A. Lewis} Appraisers

We do hereby certify that the forgoing list contains all the property a True account of all the property belonging to the estate of Dorsey Hogland deceased which has come to our hands as his administrators July the 27th 1836.

J.C. Hogland Admin.
Mary Hogland Admix.

At a County Court held for Nelson County at the Courthouse in Bardstown on the 9th day of January 1837. This Inventory and appraisment of the Estate of Dorsey Hogland decᵈ was returned and ordered to be recorded.
Attest Nathᴵ Wickliffe C. of C.C.”

©2014 transcription by Deborah Sweeney
Image via Family Search

Inventory Sale of Dorsey Hogland

Dorsey Hoagland of Nelson County, Kentucky died intestate around 1836. He did not write a will. However, he did have a sizeable estate which was disposed by his administrators. Some of the estate’s property was sold for cash, while some was set aside for the widow and heirs. The following represents items that were sold from the estate. Besides farm animals and farming equipment, Dorsey owned a couple stills, shoemaking equipment and cooper’s timber. One can infer quite a lot from Dorsey’s possessions. Did he make whiskey? Was he a shoemaker by trade?

Hoagland, Dorsey - Appraisement (Nelson Book 2, p.157)

Nelson County, Kentucky Probate Book H/2: 157-158

Dorsey Hogland Sale of Inventory
Nelson County, Kentucky
Probate vol H/2: 156-157
Sale 21st and 22nd of July 1836; Filed 9 January 1837

A list of sales of the property belonging to the estate of Dorsey Hoglan decᵈ which was sold on the 21st and 22nd days of July 1836.

Mary Hogland One book case 1.25
Same One clock 11.00
Same One small square table 1.12 ½
Same One bedstead & furniture 4.25
Same Two looking glasses “ .87½
Same Two waiters 1.43¾
Same One bed bedstead & furniture 5.62½
Same One trunk “.37½
Same One bed bedstead & furniture 6.93¾
Same One lot of Bed clothes 9.37½
Same One bed bedstead & furniture 6.93¾
Same One side saddle 10.50
Same One side saddle & [?] 1.19 [? written over]
Same One cupboard & furniture 8.80½
Same One desk 3.25
Same One large tallboy [?] table 1.37½
Same One coffee mill “.37½
Same 3 tin buckets [?] coffee [?] 1.56¼
Same Two pair hand irons 2.12½
Same Two smoothing irons “.81¼
Same One large chest “.06¼
Same One square table “.68¾
Same Eight Windsor chairs 2.43¾
Same One set common do [ditto chairs] 2.06¼
Same Four kettles 6.12¼
Same One copper stew kettle 3.06¼
Same One copper tea kettle 2.12¼
Same One pair of small [?] “.93¾
Same One pot and Bale 1.06¼
Same One do [ditto]     do [ditto] “.56¼
Same One large oven & coal “.25
Same One small do [ditto] do[ditto] “.31¼
Same One pan and lead “.68¾
Same One shovel [?] and ladle “.25
Same Two pot …[?] “.75
Same Sifters [?], reggier [?] & trays “.37½
Same One small Carey plow “.87½
Same One shovel do [ditto] “.43¾
Same One axe “.68¾
Same One hoe “.56½
Same One single tree and clevis [?] “.56½
Same One red cow 14.12½
Same One Brindle Heiffer 8.12½
Same One red & white do [ditto] 7.75
Same One roan mare 23.26¼
Same One flax brake “.12½
Same One cross oak flooring planks 5.25
Same One wooden tooth harrow “.25
Same Two collar & one [?] of [?] 3.93¼
Same One blind bridle & cutting box 1.56¼
Same Two large still Tubs “.50
Same Five hogs 1st choice 26.12½
Same 7 do [ditto] 4th choice 10.50
Same Two Augers “.25
Same One wheat pan & sive 8.50
Same Eleven open tubs .25
$207.45¾
Samᴵ D. Hardy One black steer 14.00
Same One red & white spotted do [ditto] 13.75
Same One red do [ditto] 15.87½
$43.62½
Geo. W. Caldwill One Rifle Gun & shot rounds 16.00
Same One Bay mare & colt 59.00
$75.00
Martin Hogland One keg & some powder 1.56¼
Same One lot of old Iron 2.00
Same One Iron wedge “.43¾
Same One Tight barrel “.37½
Same One pair [?]ple Irons 1.06¼
Same 1 wagon feed Tough & Tar bucket 71.00
Same One set of hind Geer 9.00
Same One lot of old Geer 2.00
Same One pair of stretchers 1.56¼
Same One old man’s saddle “.18¾
Same Six corks[?] of hay in the meadow 5.00
Same One Keg and some Tar “.75
Same One Iron pitch fork “.31¼
$95.25
James Philips One lot of poplar planks 4.50
Same Four hogs 2nd choice 23.06¼
Same 6 do [ditto] 3 choice 18.00
Same 7 do [ditto] 5 do [ditto] 12.12½
Same 7 do [ditto] 6th do [ditto] 11.00
Same One lot of poplar planks 1.06½
Same One do [ditto] do [ditto] do [ditto] 6.06¼
$75.81¼
Harsy Robey One lot of lasts & shoe maker tools 1.75
Same Four open tubs 1.12½
Same One skillet “.18¾
Same One lot of shingles 7.12½
$10.18¾
John Shepleigh One spider & lead “.75
same One flax hackle 1.18¼
same One man’s saddle 6.00
Same One cross cut pair 2.00
$10.56¼
Thomas Aud One red male heiffer $12.06¼
Elisha Miller Four yearling calves $19.25
Wᵐ Congrove 23 head of sheep 33.25
Henderson Hibbs 4 old Irons “.50
Same One axe & one hoe “.62½
Same One lot of oats in field 5.81¼
$6.93¼
Wᵐ Hardy One pair large slatyards [?]/paid 2.06¼
Rezin Shopsaco [?] 7 old open tubs /paid 1.60
Barbara Hogland One pot and lead “.43¼
Same One tea kettle “.56¼
William Ashlock One spider and lead [?] “.93¾
Murry Ash One frying pan /paid “.63½
William Taylor One large Carey plow / paid 3.81¼
Matthew Kurts One shovel plow (paid) “.87½
Jonathan Hibbs One shovel (paid) “.62½
Henry Fleming One sprouting hoe paid “.75
Levi Magruder One Broad axe (paid) “.50
Joseph F. Greathouse One lot of cooper’s timber pᵈ .43¾
Henry Jones One drawing knife & [?] pᵈ “.25
Isaac Osbourn Two stills and all
the aparatus thereunto belonging 76.00
Conrod Kurts One lot cooper’s timber paid 1.06¼
Same One hammer paid “.18¾
John Hogland One hand saw & axe & [?] knife pᵈ 1.81¼
[?] same One grind stone “.56¼
Aquilla Hagan One chissel paid “.43¾
James Hogland Three wooden pitch forks “.12½
Same One hammer [?] scythe “.06¼
Same One Dutch scythe & hayings “.52
Nelson Hibbs One Grind stone paid “.12[?]
$683.14½

G. C. Hogland Admʳ
Mary Hogland Admrix
Teste
P. B. Samuels CUNR [?]

At a County Court held for Nelson County on the 9th day of January 1837. This list of sales of the estate of Dorsey Hogland decᵈ was returned to the Court and ordered to record.

Attest Nathᴵ Wickliffe, Clk

The image is from FamilySearch. While I was able to read a good portion of the items on the list, there were a few items that I could not determine. Any suggestions are welcome!

©2014 transcription by Deborah Sweeney
Post originally found:  https://genealogylady.net/2014/10/13/inventory-sale-of-dorsey-hogland/

Will of Charles Harding

Harding, Charles - Will (Book B, p. 448-449)Will of Charles Harding
Montgomery County, Maryland
Book B: 448
Written 12 February 1790; Filed 14 February 1792

“In the Name of God Amen, I Charles Harding of Montgomery County in the State of Maryland being weak in body, but of sound mind, memory and understanding considering the certainty of Death and the uncertainty of the time there of and being desirous to settle my worldly affairs and thereby be the better prepared to leave this world when it shall Please God to call me hence, do therefore make and publish this my last Will and Testament in manner and form following, that is to say, first and principally I commit my soul into the hands of Almighty God, and my body to the Earth to be decently buried at the discretion of my Executrix herein after named after my Debts and funeral charges are paid, I devise and bequeath as follows –

Item – I give and bequeath to my dear wife Eleanor Harding for and during the time of her living my widow the whole of my Estate, both Real and personal, and if it should increase or decrease from (unavoidable causes) the said profit or loss to be the gain or loss of my legatees hereafter named –

Item – It is further my will and desire and I do order and direct – that after the death or Marriage of my wife Eleanor Harding which shall first happen that the whole of my Estate both real and personal be sold at Public Auction by my Eldest son then living and the money arising there from be equally divided amongst my two daughters, namely, Millisent and Jocaster, and my nine sons, Namely William, Clement, John, Elias, Nachel, Benjamin, Lewis, Rezin and Charles to them and their Heirs each an equal dividend share and share alike.

And Lastly – I do hereby constitute and appoint my dear wife Eleanor Harding to be sole Executrix of this my Last Will and Testament, revoking and annulling all former wills by me heretofore made ratifying and confirming this and none other to be my last Will and Testament –

In Testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand and affixed my seal this Twelfth day of February Anno Domini One thousand seven hundred and ninety

Signed, sealed, published and declared                                                 Chaˢ Harding [seal]
By Charles Harding the above named
Testator, as and for his last Will and
Testament, in presence of us who at his
Request and in his presence have subscribed
Our names as witnesses thereto

Thoˢ Cramphin
Edward Harding
Erasmus Perry

Montgomery County Ss. The 14th day of February 1792 then came Thomas Cramphin and Edward Harding two of the subscribing witnesses to the within last will and Testament of Charles Harding late of said County deceased and severally made Oath on the Holy Evangelist of Almighty God that they did see the Testator herein named sign and seal this will and that they heard him publish pronounce and declare the same to be his last Will and Testament and at the time of his so doing he was to the best of their apprehension of sound and disposing mind memory and understanding and that they and Erasmus Perry the other subscribing witness to this Will respectively subscribed their names to this will in the presence and at the request of the Testator and in the presence of each other

Certified by Samᴵ Turner Register”

©2014 transcribed by Deborah Sweeney
Post originally found: https://genealogylady.net/2014/10/09/will-of-charles-harding/

Will of Elias Harding

The other day I transcribed the will of James B[ecraft] Harding. I am one of his descendants through my grandmother Gladys. James’ daughter Ruth (by his first marriage to Verlinda Wilcoxon) married Charles F. Harding, in Montgomery County, Maryland on 14 October 1818. I have yet to figure out how Charles fits into the Harding family of Montgomery County, Maryland. On the death certificate of Ruth and Charles’ daughter Cassandra (Harding) Lawhead, her parents were recorded as Elias Harting and Ruth Wilcox. Obviously the informant for the death certificate confused some of the family names. I suspect that Charles F. Harding was related to Elias Harding in some way. I am working my way through the Harding wills and other legal documents in Montgomery County to see if I can figure out how the extended family fits together.

Will of Elias Harding
Montgomery County, Maryland
Will book D: 295-297
Written 10 November 1799; filed 10 March 1800 

In the Name of God Amen I Elias Harding of Montgomery County and State of Maryland being sick and weak in body but of sound mind memory and understanding praised be the Lord for his mercy do make and ordain this my last Will and Testament in manner and form following that is to say, First I commend my soul into Almighty God who gave it me hoping through the merits of my redeemer Jesus Christ to obtain full remission of my manifold transgressions, and my body to the Grave to be decently intered at the discretion of my Executors hereafter named and as for all the Worldly Estate wherewith it hat pleased God to bless me I dispose thereof in manner following – First my will and desire is that all my Just debts and funeral Expences be first paid by my Executors. Secondly I give and bequeath unto my son Edward Harding One Negro Boy named Enos to him his heirs and assigns for ever – Thirdly I give and bequeath unto my son Josiah Harding one Negro named Ben to him his heirs and assigns for ever – Fourthly I give and bequeath unto my son Nathan Harding one Negro named Davy to him his heirs and assigns for ever – Fifthly I give and bequeath unto my son John Harding one Negro named Ezeheel to him his heirs and assigns for ever – Sixthly I give and bequeath unto my Grand son Thomas Noble Harwood Harding son of John Harding one Negro boy named Scipio (or Scip) his heirs and assigns for ever – and my Will and desire is that the same Negro be kept by my said son John Harding until my said Grand son Thomas Noble Harwood Harding shall arrive to the age of eighteen years at which period my will and desire is that my said Grand son shall be put in possession of said Negro Scipio or Scip to act and do with him as he may think most beneficient for himself with out the constraint of any person whatever and in case my

[page 2] said Grand son Thomas Noble Harwood Harding should decease before he arrives to the age of eighteen years as aforesaid my will is that the said Negro be legally and impartially appraised and an equal distribution of his Value be made between the brothers and sisters of my said Grand son which shall then survive him share and share alike. Seventhly I give and bequeath unto my beloved wife Elizabeth Harding during her life or widowhood, all my Real and personal Estate of every  kind and nature whatever save and except the before mentioned bequests and at the decease or marriage I give and bequeath unto my son John Harding his heirs and assigns for ever one hundred and fifty acres of Land part of the tract I live on called forrest to be laid out on the West side of my said Tract of Land called Forrest and to extend Eastwardly till a course run from the North side south degrees a Cross the said Tract shall include the said one hundred and fifty acres of Land and Improvements in which I now dwell with all other the appurtenances thereon, I give and bequeath unto my son Nathan Harding his heirs and assigns for ever all the remaining part of my said Tract of Land called Forrest being the East side of it and on which my son John Harding now swells – And as to my personal Estate bequeathed to my wife during her lie or widowhood my Will is that at her decease or marriage my Executors sell so much of it as will amount to forty pounds current money of Maryland as now commonly passing which said sum of Forty pounds I give and bequeath unto my four Grand children the Children of my deceased son Walter Harding Namely Elias Harding, Philip Harding, Mary Drane wife of Thomas O. Drane and Elizabeth Williams wife of Benjamin Williams to each of them respectively separately and Severally the sum of ten pounds like money to be paid them and each of them by my Executors and in case either of my said four Grand children shall die before the receipt of the said ten pounds my will is that the Legacy of the deceased go to the legal representative or representatives of the deceased if any, if none, the said Legacy of the deceased shall be divided between the survivors of them or their heirs, share and share alike. Also my Will is that after full payment of the before mentioned Legacies that all the residue and remaining part of my personal Estate devised to my loving wife Elizabeth as aforesaid and at her decease or marriage to be equally divided between my son Edward, my son Josiah, the legal representatives of my son Basil being four children (to wit) Mary, Sarah, Elizabeth and Walter, that is for the said four children of my son Basil

[page 3] to share only one fifth part of the aforesaid remaining part of my personal Estate. My daughter Elizabeth Perry, wife of Erasmus Perry and Deborah Wheeler wife of John Hanson Wheeler, and in case of the decease of either of my said sons or Daughters or either of the four Children of my deceased son Basil my Will is that the shares of any such Deceased shall go to his, her or their legal representatives, And lastly I do hereby nominate and appoint my two sons Edward Harding and John Harding Joint Executors of this my last Will and Testament hereby revoking making null and void all former wills and wills by me heretofore made ratifying and confirming this only to to be my last Will and Testament. In Witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this tenth day of November one Thousand seven hundred and ninety nine – Elias Harding [seal]

Signed Sealed Published and declared by the
Above named Elias Harding as and for his last
Will and Testament in the presence of us who
Have hereunto subscribed our names as witness thereto in the presence of the said Testator and at his request and in the presence of each other –

Alexʳ Whitaker, Walter Williams, Hugh s. Dunn –

Montgomery County Scᵗ On the 10th day of March 1800 then came Alexander Whitaker, Walter Williams and Hugh S. Dunn the three subscribing witnesses to the within last Will and Testament of Elias Haridng late of said County deceased and made Oath on the Holy Evangely of Almighty God, that the signature of Elias Harding signed at the foot of the within Will was done in their presents and that they heard him publish pronounce and declare the same to be his last will and Testament and at the time of his so doing he was to the best of their apprehension of sound and deposing mind memory and understanding and that they respectively subscribed their names as witnesses to the Will in the presence and at the request of the Testator and in the presence of each other –

Certified by Samᴵ Turner Regʳ

©2014 transcription by Deborah Sweeney
Post originally found: https://genealogylady.net/2014/10/08/will-of-elias-harding/

Will of James B. Higgins

Will of James B. Higgins
Montgomery County, Maryland
Will Book 3: 1-2
Written 9 May 1844
Filed 1 August 1848

“In the name of God Amen, I James B. Higgins of Montgomery County in the State of Maryland do make, execute, publish and declare the following as and for my last will and testament, viz: I give devise and bequeath to my sons Johnᵒ H. Higgins and Charles A. C. Higgins one twelfth part being a childs part of all the real and personal estate I may leave at the time of my death, after my debts & funeral charges have been paid and my wife’s dower and thirds have been taken out (if she should survive me) to them and their heirs or the heirs of the survivor of them in trust, for the use and benefit of Margaret Rebecca Higgins, wife of Jesse T. Higgins and the children of the said Margaret Rebecca and Jesse T. Higgins now begotten or which may hereafter be begotten during the life of the said Margaret Rebecca and after the death of the said Margaret Rebecca in trust for the children of the said Margaret Rebecca and Jesse T. Higgins, their heirs and assigns equally to be divided between them.

And in consideration of the preceding devise to and for the use and benefit of the wife and children of my son Jesse T. Higgins, I will and direct that he shall have no part of my estate real or personal but that the residue thereof be divided and disposed of as if I had died intestate among all my children (except the said Jesse T. Higgins) their heirs and assigns.

In testimony whereof, I have hereunto set my hand and affixed my seal this ninth day of May eighteen hundred and forty four.

Signed, sealed, published and}
declared by the above named tes-}
tator, as and for his last will and}
testament, in our presence, who at}            James B. Higgins [seal]
his request, in his presence and in}
the presence of each other, have sub-}
scribed our names as witnesses thereto}
W.O. Chappell}
H. Franklin Viers}
Richard Ricketts}

Montgomery County to wit: On this 1st day of August 1848 came H. Franklin Viers one of the subscribing witnesses to the last will and Testament of James B. Higgins late of said County deceased and made Oath on the Holy Evangely of Almighty God that he did see the testator herein named sign and seal this will and that he heard him publish, pronounce and declare the same to be his last will and testament and that at the time of his so doing he was to the best of his apprehension of sound and disposing mind, memory and understanding and the he subscribed his name to this will as a witness in the presence and at the request of the testator, also in the presence of William O. Chappell and

[page 2] Richard Ricketts the other subscribing witnesses thereto,
Certified by Henry Harding Register

[Seal of Montgomery County]
Know all men by these presents, that we Charles A.C. Higgins, George Knowles and John H. Higgins of Montgomery County are held and firmly bound to the State of Maryland in the sum of Ten Thousand dollars, current money, to be paid to the State aforesaid or its certain Attorney to which payment will and truly to be made, we bind ourselves, our heirs, executors and administrators jointly and severally, firmly by these presents, sealed with our seals, and dated this first day of August in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and forty eight.

The conditions of the above obligations is such, that if the above bounden Charles A. C. Higgins shall well and truly perform the office of Administrator with the will annexed of James B. Higgins, late of Montgomery County deceased, according to law, and shall in all respect discharge the duties of him acquired by law, as Administrator aforesaid, without any injury or damage to any person interested in the faithful performance of the said office, then the above obligation shall be void: it is otherwise to be in full force and virtue in law.

Signed, Sealed and                           C. A. C. Higgins [seal]
delivered in the presence of           George Knowles [seal
C. A. Harding                                      John H. Higgins [seal]

State of Maryland Montgomery County Orphans Court August 2nd 1848

Then came Charles A. C. Higgins and made Oath on the Holy Evangely of Almighty God that he will well and truly administer the goods, chattels, personal estate and credits of James B. Higgins late of said County deceased to the best of his knowledge according to law and will give a just account of his administration when thereto he shall be lawfully called and that he will diligently and faithfully regard and well and truly comply with the provisions of the Acts of Assembly passed at December Session 1844 entitled “an Act imposing a tax or commissions allowed to Executors and Administrators to aid in paying the debts of the State” and an Act entitled “an Act imposing a tax on collateral inheritances, distributive shares and legacies to aid in paying the debts of the State.”

Certified by
Henry Harding Register”

Images courtesy of Family Search (www.familysearch.org)

© 2014 transcription by Deborah Sweeney
Post originally found: https://genealogylady.net/2014/10/06/will-of-james-b-higgins/