This document was in Bedford County, VA Will Book 2, page 125-6.

Thomas Moorman was my 6th great-grandfather.  He died in 1766, but this document is dated 1792 (in court in 1794).  At first, I couldn’t understand why there was probate paperwork almost 30 years after he died, but then I realized that his wife died in 1792 and that this division must have been done upon her death.  According to his will, after a couple of bequests were given out, the rest of his estate was to be divided equally amongst his children.

I’m not quite sure what to make of this document though. From what I can tell, it is a division of the slaves from his estate, although I don’t understand what it all means.  Please correct me if I”m wrong!!

There are 13 slaves listed in total: Rore, Peter, Pall, Venus, Jenny, Moll (Moll Sambo), Davy, Isabella, Sycy, Harry, Little Batt, Judy, and Moll (called Mooll Peter).

I transcribed the words below the images, but I left out the numbers.

Rore Rachel Goggins Lot
To pay Clark Moorman
Peter Andrew Moormans Lot
To pay Molley Miller
To pay Zachariah Moorman
To Charles Moorman
To Micajah Moorman
Pall William Johnsons Lott
To Pay Clark Moorman
Venus Achilles Moorman Lot
To Pay Clark Moorman
To Pay Molly Miller
Jenny Zachariah Moormans Lot
Moll (Calld Moll Sambo)
To Receive from Andrew Moorman
Davy Charles Moormans Lot
Isabella ———–
To Receive from Andrew Moorman
Lycy Micajah Moormans Lot
To Receive from Andrew Moorman
Dinah Clark Moormans Lott
To Receive from Rachel Goggins
From William Johnsons
From Achilles Moorman
Little Batt Molly Millers Lot
Moll (Called Mooll Peter)
To receive from Achilles Moorman
From Achilles Moorman
In obedience to an Order of Bedford Court We the subscribers have divided the Estate of Thomas Moorman Deceased agreeable to his Last Will + Testament amongst the several Legatees as above recited. Given under our hands this 26th Decr 1792
Joseph Poindexter Bolling Clark Jesse Binton

At a Court held for Bedford County the 27th day of January 1794 This Division of the Estate of Thomas Moorman Deceased was returned to Court + ordered to be recorded, Teste
Ja. Steptoe CBC

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Sophia {Ross} Pottgen was my 4th great-grandmother. Her husband, Francis Pottgen had died in 1853 and she didn’t remarry. She lived in Alton, Illinois – across the river from St. Louis, Missouri.

This is her will.  I have transcribed it below the images.

She divided up her estate between her three living children – Louisa Thornton {my 3rd great-grandmother}, Kate Harris, and Joseph Pottgen.
Know all men by these presents That I Sophia Pottgen of the City of Alton County of Madison and State of Illinois being weak in body but of sound mind and memory do make ordain and establish this to be my last will and testament hereby revoking all others and I do hereby appoint James Thornton of the City of Alton County Madison and State of Illinois to be the Executor of this my last will and testament.

First It is my will that all my Just debts be paid.

Second. After the payment of all my Just debts and funeral expenses I ordain and desire that my real estate being Lot Seven Block twenty in Pope and others Addition be sold at public or private sale as my executor may desire best.

Third. I give and bequeath to my daughters Louisa Thornton and Kate Harris and to my son Joseph Pottgen One Third of my personal estate money etc. to each. That is to say One Third of my personal property money etc. to Louisa Thornton One Third of my personal property money etc to Kate Harris and one Third of my personal property money etc to Joseph Pottgen. In testimony whereof I have hererunto set my hand and affixed my seal this Twenty seventh day of October in the year of Our Lord One Thousand Eight Hundred and Seventy four.

Sophia Pottgen [Seal]

Signed and acknowledged before us the date above mentioned
John w. Coppinger
Phil Thornton
Barney Reilly

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Author and genealogist, Katie Andrews Potter, sent me her new book, Going Over Home, to read and review.2014-01-27_007

First of all, I am an avid reader and usually enjoy historical fiction, historical non-fiction, historical mysteries, and the occasional historical romance.  Yes, you’ve guessed it, I like history – hence my love for genealogy and my own family’s place in history.

I recently had a nasty cold. I was miserable but it turned out to be a blessing in disguise.  It meant that I had a very good excuse to get cozy on the couch with a cup of lemon tea, a blanket, and this delightful book.  With 5 kids, I rarely get time to read in the middle of the day unless I’m reading a page or two during someone’s piano lesson. 🙂

I think I would describe Going Over Home as a wholesome, time travel historical fantasy with the addition of genealogy and mystery to it.  A great mixture.

Here is the description from the back of the book:

“Maddox’s life changed the day she read her real birthdate: May 17, 1820. Not 1990, like she’d been told all along. Sure, there had been clues: her mother’s old-fashioned style, the fact that her parents refuse to talk about her grandparents, but she never could have guessed they were actually from the past. And if that wasn’t enough, now she has to go back in time to live for good. She has descendants living now, and if she doesn’t go back their lives will never be.

Once she figures out how to go back in time, she struggles with the impending change her life is about to take, and her relationship with shy, unassuming Henry Yancey: the man she is supposed to marry. But if the decision to go back isn’t hard enough, she soon finds out there is someone who will stop at nothing to keep her from going back, and he’s running out of time. Will Maddie fall for Henry, and will she be able to make it back in time before the portal closes?”

The majority of the book takes place in the present day, with frequent trips back to the 1830’s as Maddie goes back and forth between the two times – meeting her great-grandmother and her future husband (in the past!) along the way. She has to make a very hard decision about whether she will stay in the past and leave her family behind or stay in the present and change her life and the lives of those around her.  She happens to be roommates with one of her descendants – who won’t exist if she doesn’t marry Henry Yancey.

I love the idea of being able to travel back into another time and way of life and I would love to be able to have a glimpse of how my ancestors lived. Of course, I’m not so sure that I’d like to stay in a time without running water and a warm house!

Going Over Home has an interesting plot and is an fun, light read.  I’m going to pass it along to my daughters (14 and 12) next, as I think it would be a good book to get young adults excited about researching their own family tree. I could really use a couple of genealogy apprentices here!

The book is available for download on your Kindle for $.99 at right now!!

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