I first posted about this very involved land division years ago here, but now I’m taking the time to transcribe it.

Charles Moorman was my 5th great-grandfather.  He died in Bedford Co., VA in 1803.

My transcription follows the images.  I have added spacing between each description so that it is easier to read.

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Pursuant to an order of the Worshipful Court of Bedford the subscribers have proceeded to an equal division of the estate real + personal of Charles Moorman, dec’d among the several heirs and Legatees in the following manner, to wit,

Lot of Land No. 1. Beginning at Pegram’s corner pointers thence on his lines S 45 1/2 E 21 poles to a W.O. thence N 88 E 88 poles to a chestnut Oak thence S 5  E 61 poles to the top of Bunkers hill S 1 E 44 poles to a stake and pointers thence N 50 1/2 W 142 poles to pointers thence N 10 E poles to the beginning containing 33 acres to Thomas Watson who is to receive from Francis Lee £2 .

Lot No 2. Beginning at Meads corner locust + pointers N 86 1/2 E 130 po. to a stake and pointers corner of the Lot No 1 thence S 1 E 68 po. to Meads corner hickory thence N 65W 163 po. to the Beginning containing 50 acres to Nancy Moorman who is to receive from Francis Lee £8

Lot No. 3 Beginning at Meads corner locust + pointers afores’d N 84 p E 130 po. to the stake and pointers afores’d thence S 59 1/2 E 20 poles to a gum on a branch thence S 10 W 62 po. to the beginning containing 43 acres to Achilles Moorman who is to receive from Lemuel Moorman £1 , from Thomas Moorman, £1.

Lot No. 4 beginning at Pegram’s corner gum aforesaid on little Wolfcreek thence N 18 W 127 po. on the dower line to pointers on Durretts line thence on his line S88 1/2 E 68 poles to a dead W.O. on said creek thence down the creek as it meanders to the beginning on the dower lines containing 35 1/2 acres to Francis Lee who is to pay Thos Watson £2  and Nancy Moorman £8

Lot No. 5 beginning at the gum aforesaid on a branch, thence thence S 1 1/2 E 114 po. at Pegram’s corner pointers thence N 47 1/2 W 104 po. to a small sourwood on the said creek on the dower line, thence up sd creek as it meanders to the beginning containing 29 1/2 acres to James H. L. Moorman who is to pay William Moorman £4 – and John J. Moorman £2.

Lot No. 6 Beginning at the small sourwood aforesaid in the dower line thence S 47 1/2 E 104 poles to Pegram’s corner pointers thence S 10 E 16 po. to pointers thence S 30 1/2 W 40 po. to pointers on the line of lot No. 7 thence N 59 1/2 E 15 1/2 po. to the dower corner on the creek thence up said creek as it meanders to the beginning containing 50 acres to Charles Moorman who is to pay Samuel Moorman £7

Lot No. 7 Beginning at a W.O. by the dower corner on the creek thence S 59 1/2 E 172 po. to a gum on the branch thence S 1o W 62 po to a locust + pointered corner thence N 65 W 108 poles to a stake in the field thence N 11 E 78 po. to the beginning containing 73 acres to Edwin Moorman who is to pay Samuel Moorman £1.

Lot No 8 Beginning at a locust and pointered corner aforesaid thence S 13 1/2 E 18 Po. to pointers thence N 87 W 107 po. to pointers on Leftwich line thence N 53 W 71 po. to his corner chestnut thence N 11 E 40 po. to a stake in the field thence S 65 1/2 E 168 poles to the beginning, containing 41 1/2 acres to John J. Moorman who is to receive of James H.L. Moorman £2

Lot No. 9 Beginning at a poplar on Leftwich’s line thence N 53 W 151 po. to pointers on his line thence South 87 E 107 poles to pointers on Mead’s line thence S 13 1/2 E 93 po. to the Beginning containing 29 acres to Thomas Moorman who is to pay Achilles Moorman £1

Lot No. 10 Beginning at Hobson’s corner W.O. thence on the dower line S ? E 183 po. to the dower corner on little Wolf creek thence N 40 W 102 po. to pointers thence N 16 E 108 po. to the first station containing 33 3/4 acres to Lemuel Moorman who is to receive from James H.L. Moorman £4

Lot No. 11 Beginning at a hickory on the creek thence N 16 E 92 poles to pointers thence S 10 E 102 poles to the dower corner, on the creek thence S 80 W 98 poles to the first station, containing 29 1/2 acres to Samuel Moorman who is to receive from Charles Moorman  £7  + from Edwin Moorman £1

Lot No. 12 Beginning at Leftwich’s corner chestnut, thence N 38 W 126 po. to a corner hickory on the creek thence N 80 E 98 poles to the dower corner on the creek thence S 11 W 118 po. to the first station containing 39 3/4 acres to William Moorman who is to pay to Achilles Moorman £1

The Slaves belonging to the estate (exclusive of the dower) being by order of the court sold on a credit of twelve months, viz.
Davy to Reubin Brown for the sum of £157
Beck + child to James H.L. Moorman for the sum of £162
Isabella to Thomas Payne for the sum of £115
Sylva to William Haynes for the sum of 66£
amounting in the whole to £499 payable 23rd Feby 1808 add to which the sum of £32.50 received by Thomas Watson + the sum of £4.80 recd by James H.L. Moorman from the estate prior to the appraisement thereof makes the sum of of £535_13_0 to be equally divided among eleven of the legatees only, William Moorman not claiming any part thereof in consequence of having received in his Father’s lifetime what he considers an equivalent. The subscribers after having the legacies of Thomas Watson and Francis Lee delivered the balance to Samuel Hancock guardian of Lemuel Moorman + James H.L. Moorman guardian of the other infant legatees. Witness our hands August 1809

Thoms Lumpkin

Wm Leftwich Junr

W.F. Walker } Comissioners


At a Court held for Bedford County at the Courthouse the 28th October 1811

This allotment and division of the estate of Charles Moorman decd was returned to Court and ordered to be recorded. Teste, J. Steptoe, CBC

I have really enjoyed transcribing this document.  It is so detailed and has so many names included in it, that I have found it to be really helpful in my research.  The Francis Lee, listed in the document, was my 4th great-grandfather.  He was married to Sally Ann Moorman, Charles’ daughter.

I love how detailed the land descriptions were – naming the types of trees and the creek.  Does anyone know what W.O. stands for?  If it’s a type of tree, I’m guessing that maybe it’s a White Oak?  I could be way off here though.  Is there some legal term that this stands for?  TIA

 I’m kind of surprised at how much they split the land up.  Was this normal for that time period?  I would have thought that they would have kept the land together a bit more.  Also, a lot of the recipents of the land were actually very young.  (for example, John J. Moorman was only about 7 years old in 1809).  And Charles died in 1803 – why did it take so long for his land to be divided?

I did find it somewhat disturbing to find the sale of their slaves listed after the land.  I hate that they owned slaves in the first place, but it breaks my heart to see them sold off like that – and split up between many different people.  I hope that there weren’t friends/family amongst the group.  I hate to think that families/friendships could have been broken off because of this.

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This is the obituary for Henry George Woods, brother to my husband’s Grandpa Elgie.  He died in a fire when he was 22 years old.  I posted about the accident here.  It was really awful. 🙁

This was published in The Union-Sun in Lockport, New York.  Page 3, columns 4-5. Thursday evening edition, August 26, 19152013-12-21_001


Henry Woods died at his home.  No. 440 Clinton Ctreet Wednesday evening, August 25, 1915, aged 22 years.  He is survived by his parents Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Woods, also five brothers and five sisters.

The funeral services will be held from the home of Miss Ida Colby, No. 141 N. Adam Street, on Friday morning at 9:30.  Interment will be in Cold Springs cemetery.

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It’s that time again.  Time to shop through the ages.  This time, we’ll be taking a look at the 1909 Sears catalog.

Let’s start with fashion. The women were still wearing uncomfortable corsets and unusually large hats. 🙂


The proportion they have drawn these ladies seems very strange to me.  I’m assuming that they are making their waists look smaller, but their torsos look very weird.

2014-01-01_0072014-01-01_008I would be seriously off balance with one of these hats on my head.2014-01-01_015I think that these shoes are probably supposed to be a brown/tan color, but red seems to be the color used in almost all of the color pages in the catalog.

And the kids. Here are some interesting little hats. 🙂


And boys in short pants.2014-01-01_010These little girls are adorable, but I’m not sure how easy it would be to play with a big hat on your head.2014-01-01_028

And on to the men’s clothing.  I just love the “Hercules Invincible Work Shirts”.

And here are some more fashionable clothes.2014-01-01_036

There were a variety of hats available.  I just love their names.2014-01-01_0252014-01-01_026

Moving on to the rest of the catalog…..

I just love how these women are reading/relaxing while they are doing the laundry.  The magic of a washing machine. I wonder how much muscle it actually took to use one of these.

2014-01-01_029And this vacuum cleaner looks handy.  It also looks like it takes two people.  Apparently the children get to do the hard labor while mom gets to do the vacuuming. 🙂


The glory of a bathroom. It must have been so nice to add a bathroom to your house.2014-01-01_012I think that these cylinder records look so interesting.  I’ve never seen one in person before.2014-01-01_020Little dolls and of course a doll “go-cart” or stroller.  What would little girls do without them?2014-01-01_021I love the section of the house plans.  I wonder if any of my ancestors lived in houses that they saw on the pages of this catalog.2014-01-01_022

I think it’s interesting that strollers were called “go-carts”.  Our language is forever changing.


You could buy just about anything in this catalog – including handcuffs or a “nipper”.2014-01-01_032

I always wondered how women of this time period got their hair to be so poofy.  It has all become so clear to me. Padding. 🙂2014-01-01_033

You could now buy an automobile or an “auto cycle”.2014-01-01_050

You’d also need some automobile goggles to wear.

They had a nice selection of windows and doors.2014-01-01_037

I can’t imagine swimming in a dress.  No wonder why this poor lady needs “water wings”.2014-01-01_038

There were a number of different toys and games available to keep the little ones happy and occupied.

Teddy Bears “have come to stay” and were “more popular than ever”.

You could also scare your friends with a pretend spider or bug.

Or maybe play a game of table croquet or “Playing Possum with Taft”.


You could buy “Tom Sawyer’s Play Tent” for your little darling.  Or maybe a circle swing.

These two products scare me.  I would have to say that they aren’t the best designs for a pin cushion or a pipe.  What do you think?2014-01-01_041

There were a number of different veils available.  One for mourning.  Another for riding in an automobile.  And a couple for infants.  Those poor kids look like they’re suffocating!!2014-01-01_042Here are some various products.  A Japanese Grass suit might come in handy if you were hunting.  Maybe you’d like an electric hair brush.  Or a tropic foot warmer. Or a pants match scratcher. 🙂2014-01-01_043

Here are some available chairs.2014-01-01_044

And a cream separator.  Life as a housewife in 1909 must have been hard!!  I’m sure that they were excited about all of the new and improved products available.2014-01-01_045I would love to find one of these desk/shelves sets at an antique store sometime.  They are gorgeous.2014-01-01_046

I wonder how many people actually had telephones in 1909. 2014-01-01_047

What kid wouldn’t want a toy grocery store or a mechanical engine?  2014-01-01_048Some more interesting items.  “Neck Lace”.  A pearl studded dog collar.  Conversation tubes for those who are hard of hearing. Hot water dolls (that’s actually a pretty good idea!).  A cigarette maker.  A graveyard shell.2014-01-01_049

This must have been so exciting to watch!!!2014-01-01_051

And a few more various items.  An Eskimo doll.  A Pyrographic Outfit (which I believe is woodburning). Hygenic Skin Food. Lavender Smelling Salts – for fainting spells. 🙂  And The Electric Questioner.2014-01-01_052

That’s it for this edition of Shopping Through the Ages.  Join me next time, when we shop through 1910.

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Yes, I was a child of the 80’s.

My sticker book was one of my prized possessions when I was a little kid.  I stuck it full of stickers and spent a lot of time just looking through them.  And sniffing the scratch-and-sniffs.

Apparently, I wanted everyone to know that it was MINE.  Jennifer.  Jennifer.  Jennifer.  Jennifer.  Jennifer.  Jennifer.

I’m pretty sure that my Grammy Eleanore gave me that roll of Jennifer stickers. She liked to order things from the “Current” catalog, which was full of stationary and such.

2014-01-02_001I’m not so sure about how easy it was to peel those stickers off and trade them.  I can tell which ones I tried to peel off – and they ended up ripped. 🙂2014-01-02_002These were the ones everyone wanted.  The scratch-and-sniffs.  Because, who doesn’t want a sticker that smells like a pickle?  Or a stack of pancakes?  Or a cowboy boot??

You can tell that these were scratched and scratched and scratched. Believe it or not, I scratched that pickle sticker today and could still faintly smell it.2014-01-02_003And of course the shiny foil stickers (on the right).  Those were special ones that I wouldn’t think of trading.  2014-01-02_004And who could forget the puffy stickers??  They were so….puffy.  And strange.  I think that these are supposed to be light bulb people.  Who like syrup.


Do you have any sticker books from your childhood or was it a passing fad?

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