PROBATES, WILLS AND ADMINISTRATIONS
RANDOLPH COUNTY, ARKANSAS
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James L Bridges Inventory
An Inventory of the goods of James L Bridges deceased as reported by Wm B Bridges as admr. Filed May 1 1848 in Randolph Co Ark.
one note on E. D. Pitman $10.00
State of Arkansas
I, William B.Bridges do solemnly swear that the above
and foregoing is a full and complete inventory and description of all the
moneys, good, chattels, books, papers and evidences of debt and off all
debts due or becoming due as far as I have been able to ascertain them.
And that I was not indebted or bound in any contract to the deceased at
the time of his death.
filed May 1, 1848
Submitted by Wilma.
James L. Bridges, Desc
Filed 18 July 1849
to William Bridges as administrator of the estate of James L. Bridges deceased.
you are required to appear and exhibit your accounts for settlement at the next term of our Probate court, to be holden in and for the county of Randolph at the court house in the town of Pocahontas on the fourth Monday in July next 1849 that being the day on which the Probate Court of the county of Randolph is to be holden; and show cause why an attachment should not be issued against your for not exhibiting your accounts at the term at which you should have done by law.
In testimony whereof, I have hereunto set my hand as clerk of the circuit
court and in officer clerk of the Probate Court this 29th day of May, A.
Submitted by Wilma.
Estate of Wiley J. Bridges
Randolph A. (should be Arkansas)
There was not a second page to the above.
Submitted by Wilma.
PROBATE RECORD OF M. P. CAMPBELL
Letters granted Oct 11, 1882
Application for Letters of Administration, M.P. Campbell
Subscribed and sworn to before me this 30 day of May, A.D. 1882
J. Schoomoost, clerk.
Submitted by Alan & Pat Hartman
JAMES M. REYNOLDS ESTATE
Application for Letters of Administration
STATE OF ARKANSAS}
That the Estate is of the value of about Twelve Hundred dollars. That the said J.M. Reynolds died without a will; that he will make a perfect inventory of and faithfully administer all the Estate of the deceased, and pay the debts as far as the assets will extend and the lay direct,and account for and pay all assets which shall come to his possession or knowledge.
Signed Thomas Foster
Subscribed and sworn to before me, this 25 day of March,
Submitted by Joy
Luttrell Tubbs, Great Great granddaughter of Amanda Reynolds Luttrell.
PROBATE OF THOMAS WILLIAM HOLDERBY (Page 101)
December 11th 1843 James Holderby Adm. of Thomas Holderby, deceased
County of Randolph )
Know ye that whereas Thomas Holderby of the county of Randolph died intestate, as it is said on or about the 21st day of Nov. A.D. 1843, having at the time of his death personal property in this State, which may be lost, destroyed or diminished in value if speedy care be not taken of the same to the end therefore that the said property may be collected, preserved and disposed of according to law, we do hereby appoint James Holderby of the County of Randolph, administrator of all and singular the goods and chattels, rights and credits which were of the said Thomas Holderby at the time of his death with full power to secure and dispose of the said property according to law and collect all moneys due said deceased, and in general to do and perform all other acts and things which are or hereafter may be required of him by law.
(SEAL) In Testimony whereof I Thomas O. Marr, Clerk Pro Tem of the Circuit Court & Exofficio Clerk of the Court of Probate in and for the County of Randolph aforesaid State, have hereunto set my hand and affixed the seal of said Court at office this 11th day of Dec. 1843
Thomas O. Marr Clerk, Pro Tem & exofficio Clerk of the Probate Court
Filed and entered for of record this 11th day of December 1843, Thomas O. Marr, Recorder
State of Arkansas )
I, James Holderby do solemnly swear that the value of
the estate of Thomas Holderby, deceased, who died intestate, & upon
whose estate I have prayed letters of administration is not to the best
of my knowledge and belief more than Four hundred dollars, That said Thomas
Holderby died without making a will, leaving as his only heirs, his wife,
Margarett Holderby, William S. Holderby, aged about Twenty four years,
R. D. Holderby aged about Twenty one or two years, Mary Smith aged about
Twenty, Hanner Barringer aged about eighteen, Elizabeth Holderby, about
sixteen years of age, Robert Holderby aged about thirteen or fourteen years,
James Holderby aged about eight years last February, Caroline aged six
years, Margarett Holderby aged three years, and Thomas J. Holderby aged
six weeks, all of whom reside in said County of Randolph and State aforesaid,
That I will make a perfect inventory of and faithfully administer all and
singular the goods and chattels, rights and credits of said intestate,
and pay his debts as far as the assets, which may come to my hand shall
extend and the law direct, and account for and pay over, according to law
all assets that shall come to my hands or possession, So help me God.
Thos. O. Marr Clerk, Pro Tem
Filed and entered of Record this 11th day of Dec. A.D. 1843
Thos. O. Marr, Clerk Pro Tem & Exofficio Recorder
Page 104December 11th 1843 James Holderby Adm. of Thos. Holderby
State of Arkansas )
Signed and sealed this 11th day of December A.D. 1843.
Conditioned that if the above bounded James Holderby Administrator of all and singular the goods and chattels, rights and credits of Thomas Holderby, deceased, shall make or cause to be made a true and perfect inventory of all and singular the goods and chattels, rights and credits of the deceased which have or may come to the hands or possession of knowledge of him the said James Holderby, or unto the hands or possession of any other person for him, and the same so made, shall return and exhibit it in the office of the Clerk of Probate Court for the County of Randolph, within sixty days from the date of the above obligation, and all and singular the goods and chattels, rights and credits of the deceased which shall come to the hands possession or knowledge of him the said James Holderby. He shall will and truly administer according to law, and pay the debts of the deceased as far as his assets will extend and the law direct and further make or cause to be made just and true accounts of his administrations and make due and proper settlements thereof from time to time according to law, or the lawful order, or sentence of, or decree of any court having competent jurisdiction, and shall moreover will and truly do and perform all other matters and things touching such administration, that are or may be prescribed by law, or enjoined on such administrator by the lawful order, sentence or decree of any court having competent jurisdiction, then the above obligation to be void and of no effect otherwise to remain in full force and virtue.
Test. Thomas O. Marr, Clerk, Pro Tem.
James X Holderby (his mark)
Seymour Puryear (SEAL)
Filed and entered of record this 11th day of December
Submitted by Beverly
Holderby, gr gr granddaughter of Thomas Holderby.
Will of Thomas Foster
I Thomas Foster of the county of Randolph in the state of Arkansas being
of sound and dispensing mind and memory do make and declare this to be
my last will and testament. Hereby revoking all other wills at any time
heretofore by me made,
10th day of July A.D. 1884 - ONLY OWENS
Application For Letters of Administration
In the matter of Only Owens, Harriett Owens says that to the best of
her knowledge and belief, the names of the heirs of the said Only Owens
deceased, and their places and residences, are respectively, as follows:
Darcus Redwine who resides in the County of Ripley in the State of Mo,
Solomon Owens who resides in the County of Ripley in the State of Mo, B.H.
Owens who resides in the County of Randolph in the State of Ark, James
M. Owens who resides in the County of Randolph in the State of Ark, Sarah
F. Owens who resides in the County of Randolph in the State of Ark, Dennis
O. Owens who resides in the County of Randolph in the State of Ark; that
the said Only Owens died without a will and that she will make a perfect
inventory of and faithfully administer all the estate of the deceased,
and pay the debts as far as the assets will extend and the lay direct,
and account for and pay all assets which shall come to her possession or
knowledge. Harriett Owens her mark. Subscribed and sworn to before me this
10th day of July A.D. 1884. James G or F. Robinson Clerk and cannot read
what DC name is.
Probate Records Jany Term 1866 - Samuel J. Noblin, Dec'd.
In the matter of vesting the property belonging to the estate of Saml J. Noblin, Dec'd.
Now on this day comes Martha Jane Noblin by her atty Jos. I. Marvin?
Esq and files her petition according to law setting forth fact that she
is the lawful widow of Saml J. Noblin, decd, and that the said Samuel J.
departed this life in the year 1863 leaving an Estate in the County of
Randolph ____ value _____ _____ Hundred Dollars embracing the following
described real estate. (land described - writing difficult to read)...and
the prayer of said petition is that said estate vest absolutely in said
petitioner, Martha Jane Noblin, and being duly advised in the pre_ses it
is ordered by this court that said estate vest absolutely in the said Martha
Jane Noblin, and that said petitioner pay the cost of this processing.
Marion Powell was originally from Alabama but became a resident of Clay County Arkansas about 1880. About 1889, he settled in Randolph County where he lived until his death in 1910. He was married three times. First to Sarah Amanda Gant born 1857, died about 1889; second to Ada L. Hunsinger born about 1872, died 1904; and third to Jane Allen from whom he was separated when he died. He had 11 children. They were Larance (died as a child), Luella, John, Demps, Henry, Clara, Perry, Eula, Viola, Beatrice, and Ada. The following documents were contributed by Leah Rodis.
"APPLICATION FOR LETTERS OF ADMINISTRATION
State of Arkansas, County of Randolph
In the Probate Court of Randolph County Ark. April 30 A.D. 1910
I, Don M. Ruff, now making application for Letters of Administration on the estate of Marion M. Powell, do solemnly swear that to the best of my knowledge and belief, the value of the estate of Marion M. Powell late of Supply, Arkansas in the County aforesaid, deceased, is about Twelve Hundred ($1200.00) Dollars; that the names and residence of the heirs of the deceased, as far as known, are as follows viz: John 29, Demps M. 25, Henry 23, Clara 16, Perry 15, Eula 12, Violet 11, Beatrice 7, and Ada Powell age 6 years all of Supply, Ark and Oren Polk a guard child 11 years old Supply, Ark, that said Marion M. Powell deceased, died leaving no last will and testament, so far as known by me and further, that I will make a perfect inventory of and faithfully administer all and singular the good and chattels, rights and credits of the deceased, and pay his debts, as far as the assets which may come to my hands will extend, and the law directs; and that I will account for, and pay over according to law, all assets which shall come to my hands or possession, so help me God."
signed Don M. Ruff
Randolph Probate Court Apl. 1911 Term,
Comes now Don M. Ruff as Administrator of the estate of M.M. Powell, Deceased, and presents to the Court his first annual settlement with said estate, and charges himself as follows to wit:
To Amt. of sale bill personal property,
He states that said balance consists in some land notes, and unpaid balances, and some cash, a portion of the notes are not as yet due, and hence will require another year in which to final settlement, and he asks that this account be in all things approved and confirmed.
Apl. 12th. 1911
Sale Bill of Personal Property
Shovel Plow ½ bb salt J.B. Johnson 1.70 Plow and farrow ---- and hoe A.A. Taylor 1.75 Plow, double tree and log chain John Beamon 1.50 Plow Stock Double Tree D.M. Ruff .60 7 Old plows and Frow J.L. Barns .50 Clock and Cotton Hoe Walter Harris 1.70 1 Cotton planter, 34 lbs flour, one lamp A.A. Taylor 1.75 2 Smoothing orons R.L. Taylor .20 1 Chopping axe John Beamon .35 1 Saw set and wedge R. Meredith .15 1 pr. Trace chains T. Pride .30 2 chains John Duff .30 1 Rocking chair Willis Hawkins .55 1 Bed quilt and cot Henry Powel* 2.45 1 Looking Glass Mollie Powel* .35 Cook Stove and fixtures S.B. Downey 2.00 Bed Stead Lamp Tin cooler James Pearce 1.05 1 Lamp Mr. Boyer .30 1 Set of Plates G.P. Johnson .15 2 dishes S.B. Downey .25 1 Kettle and Coffee mill Mrs. A. Pringle .15 1 Coffee pot and Buckett Mrs. T. Julyian .15 1 Dish paan S.B. Downey .20 1 Bed quilt and Pitcher Henry Knowlton 1.25 Meal Scissors and Thread John Beamon .45 1 Jar and Pitcher David H. Sharp .90 1 Milk Pitcher Mrs. J.B. Johnson .35 Wash Tub 2 horse collars R. Ingram 1.40 1 Wash Pot Henry Knowlton .75 1 Table M.K Dizmang .15 1 Wash kettle A.L. Sorrells .70 1 Wash Stand Mary Johnson 1.40 Bed Room Dresser E.J. Johnson 8.55 1 Bed Stead Elmer Knowlton 1.50 pr Bed Room Set John Beamon 3.75 Small Table Thomas Fowler .60 1 Sewing Machine Robert Ingram 19.25 2 Pillows and bolster John Powel 1.60 1 Bed Stead and Spring T. J. Pearce .55 1 Pillow and Sheet John Powel .35 2 Sheets and Bolster slip A.A. Taylor .25 2 Pillows and Bolster same 2.15 26 lbs Bacon Elmer Knowlton 5.72 1 Bed Tick and quilt A.A. Taylor .25 4 Sheets ------ same 1.80 1 Feather Bed A.A. Taylor 5.60 2 quilts and bolster A.A. Taylor 1.60 2 Feather Beds and Safe same 9.95 66 lbs Bacon J.D. Pearce 13.30 1 Milk Cow and Bed Stead John Beamon 34.75 22 lbs Bacon Elmer Knowlton 4.62 1 large Cow and Bacon John Powel* 49.15 60 lbs Bacon Henry Powel* 12.38 20 lbs Bacon L.E. Bransom 4.10 1 Cook Stove J.S. Allen 5.00 Wagon Buggy and heifer W.R. Allen 19.50 1 Red Cow and Gearing Wm Cockrum 28.00 1 Gray horse Calvin Slackhouse 20.00 1 Dark Bay Pony F.S. Downey 72.00 3 head hogs S.E. Fowler 25.75 1 Shovel Plow Cecil Allen .10 18 Bushels Corn Willis Hawkins 18.00 10 " " J.B. Vester 10.00 1 Red Cow J.L. Barns 20.00 91/2 Bushels Corn R. Fowler 9.40 Corn Sheller James Ainley .80 1 Keg of Soap A.A. Taylor .55 536.12
Affidavit to Sale Bill I, David H. Sharp, Clerk of the sales made by Don M. Ruff, Administrator of the estate of Marion Powel* deceased, on the 28th day of May 1910, do solemnly swear that the above is a true account of the sales so mad; and further that I am not interested, nor of kin to any heir or devisee of estate. So help me God. (signed) David H. Sharp, Clerk of Sale Sworn and subscribed to before me (signed) G. H. Hale, J.P.
*sic, correct spelling is Powell
Contributed by Leah Rodis.
Guardianship of Levi Fletcher's heirs
I William Jarrett as guardian of the heirs of Levi Fletcher desc. would most respectfully represent to the judge of the probate court now in session that in the matter of a division of the slaves belonging to the heirs of said desc. the following proceedings was had on the first day of January A D 1849 (To Wit)
It being first apertained that the said slaves would became a charge or nearly so on account, that the woman had a child only 1 month old, and the other 2 children being too small to be kept clear of charge it was agreed upon between myself and John G Fletcher and Josaphine Fletcher heirs oas aforesaid and the said John being over the age of 21 years, and said Josaphine being 21 years old in May 1849, that the slaves should be valued by Daniel M Rapert, Larkin F. Johnson and Joshua Dratfs which valuatian is herewith subscribed marked (A) the slaves was therefore divided as follows (To Wit) John G and Henderson Fletcher taking girls and child at 550.00 Josahine took Casline 6 years old at 250.00 Mariah took Ann 2 years and 4 months old at 175.00 where for John and Henderson gave to me their not for the use of Mariah for 62.50. and Josaphine gave her note with R B Mock and Isaac Martin for security for six dollars and 25 cents for the use of Mariah Fletcher, said notes being giving only on condition that this division be approved of by the probate court July the 24th A D 1849 William Jarrett as guardian of Levi Feltchers heirs.
Submitted by Darla
APPLICATION FOR LETTERS OF ADMINISTRATION State of ARKANSAS } County of RANDOLPH } SS In the Probate Court February 15 1928, I, W. L. Pope, now making application for Letters of Administration on the estate of J. C. LANE, who died intestate about ________ 1927, do solemnly swear, that to the best of my knowledge and belief, the value of the estate of J. C. LANE late of Ravenden Springs in the County aforesaid, deceased, is about TWO HUNDRED Dollars; that the names and residence of the heirs of the deceased, as far as known, are as follows, viz: T. R. Lane, Gatewood, Mo., Ella Looney - Ravenden Springs, Kinnard, Bernard, Jonnie, Carson, Willie, Arval that the said J. C. LANE deceased, died leaving no last will and testament, so far as known by him and further, that I will make a perfect inventory of and faithfully administer all and singular the goods and chattels, rights and credits of the decease, and pay his debts, as far as the assets which may come to my hands will extend, and the law directs' and I will account for, and pay over according to law, all assets which shall come to my hands or possession, so help me God. Signed: W. L. Pope Subscribed and sworn to before me this 15th day of Feb 1928 R. K. Bohn, Clerk Submitted by: Sherry (Lane) Link