This is the only picture I have of my grandmother’s brother – Gueldon Leroy Edwards (1921-1946). It’s actually a bad copy of a picture, I apologize for the quality.

Gueldon or “Bub” as he was known died at the young age of 25.  The doctor used forceps when he was born and this harmed him somehow – but I’m not sure of the details.  I believe he died after an operation.

I will have to ask my family members some more information about him – and see if they have any more pictures.

His nickname was “Bub” and my dad called my brother this when he was a kid.

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I think this is quite possibly the most boring estate inventory I’ve ever read. Blah.  I’m sharing it here for other researchers, but I have to admit that I was less than excited when I found this.  I know very little about Jacob Pierce’s life and I was hoping that his probate records would shed some light on his life, but they didn’t.

Can anyone tell me, why does he only have “notes” listed as what the inventory of his estate is – notes from 1871 (the document was from 1877)? Is there any significance to these notes?  Did he own nothing worth mentioning? Nothing?

  • Neil Hunt - July 24, 2012 - 4:00 pm

    “Can anyone tell me, why does he only have “notes” listed as what the inventory of his estate is – notes from 1871 (the document was from 1877)?”

    Looks like he loaned some money out – in his name only – in 1871. Those loans were still outstanding at his death.

    “Is there any significance to these notes?”

    Impossible to say without seeing them.

    “Did he own nothing worth mentioning? Nothing?”

    If his wife survived him, and all their property (apart from the notes) was owned jointly, then it would have passed to her automatically at his death. It would not need to be listed on the inventory.ReplyCancel

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It appears that Jacob Pierce died without a will and he didn’t have much to leave behind.  He was my husband’s 3rd great-grandfather and I”m almost positive that this is his probate record.  I know very little about him and his family.  I had really been hoping that his will would enlighten me a bit, but it wasn’t meant to be.  I will have to look for some alternate sources to give me clues about his life and family.


Be it Remembered that on the 13th day of March AD 1871 Letters of Administration in Common form were granted to P. Peterson Pierce ___ the estate of Jacob Peirce late of Rayne Township dec’d who did on the 8th day of  March 1871 at 3 o’clock am  he having first given bond to the Commonwealth in the Sum of Five Hundred Dollars conditioned according to law with John A Kinter and Joseph Longhey as Securities Same day Administrator Sworn According to law.

D. R. Lewis


(See Bond + c filed)


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Francis L. Lee and Sally Moorman Lee were my 4th great-grandparents.

I’m still trying to fully understand this document, as the legal mumbo-jumbo is like a foreign language to me.

Some of the facts I know:

Charles Moorman, Sally’s father, died October 23, 1803.

Nancy Moorman, Sally’s mother, received Land to live on after the death of her husband. (I have a document which shows her allotment dated 1804).  I’m not sure when Nancy died.  I have seen some list her death in 1847, but I have nothing to back that up.  Does this document mean that she has died and Sally is getting a portion of her mother’s allotted land?  Is that what “Dower Land” is?  I’m not clear on this.

Lemuel Moorman is Sally’s brother.

From what I understand, Francis & Sally sold their portion of this land to Sally’s brother Lemuel.  Sally wasn’t able to come to town to acknowledge that she wanted to sell the land.  They were either concerned that maybe her husband was selling it without her consent (since it was her mother’s land) or else they wanted to make sure that she was relinquishing her right to dower in the land (and couldn’t get the land back upon her husband’s death).  They sent out 2 Justices to speak with her privately and make sure that this was what she wanted to do.

I’ve transcribed this document to the best of my ability under the images.  (I’m always happy to receive corrections of my mistakes!!)

I would love to know what the full meaning of this document is if you understand it.:)

The CommonWealth of Virginia to David Pegram and Richard Hobson Gent. Justices of Bedford County _____ whereas Francis L. Lee + Sally his wife by their certain Indenture of bargain  + Sale bearing Date the 23rd Nov. 1813. have sold and conveyed unto Lemuel Moorman the fee simple Estate of their portion of Dower Land of Nancy Moorman widow ___ of Charles Moorman Dec’d lying and being in the County of Bedford and State of Virginia whereas the said Sally cannot conveniently travel to our Court of our said County of Bedford and State of Virginia to make acknowledgement of the same. Therefore we give you or any two or more of you power to receive such acknowledgement as the said Sally shall be willing to make before you of the conveyance aforesaid contained in the said Indenture which is hereto annexed and we do require you that you do personally go to the said Sally and examine her privately and apart from the said Francis L her husband, and whether she be willing the said Indenture together with this acknowledgement should be recorded in our said County Court and when you have received her acknowledgement + examine her as afors’d that you distinctly + openly certify us thereof in an ___ Court under your Seals sending then there the s’d Intenture and this ____ Witness James Steptoe Clerk of our said Court the 28th day of Nov’r 1813.

In the 38th Year of our Independence.

J Steptoe [signed]

Bedfort County to wit

In obedience to the within Commiss. to us directed we did go to the within named Sally Lee and examined her privily and apart from her husband whether she freely and voluntarily relinquished her right to the within mentioned Land and she saith she doth freely and willingly relinquish her right to the same in fee simple without the threats or persuasions of her husband and is willing that the same should be recorded in the County Court of Bedford.  Given under our hands and Seals this 30th day of November 1813.

Dan’l Pegram {seal}

Rich’d Hobson {seal}

At a Court held for Bedford County at the Courthouse the 27th day of December 1813.  This Commission was returned executed + Ordered to be recorded.

Teste  J Steptoe CBC

  • Wendy - January 29, 2012 - 4:30 pm

    bargain & Late is definitely bargain & saleReplyCancel

    • Jen - January 29, 2012 - 6:43 pm

      Thank you!!!ReplyCancel

  • Janet - March 28, 2012 - 1:24 am

    Dower rights were usually 1/3 of the husband’s real property that a widow is entitled to use during her lifetime to provide for herself and their children. The right attaches to the land, and so when a couple wanted to sell, the wife was interviewed privately to make sure that she was in agreement with the sale and was not being forced to sign away her rights. Most states today follow inheritance law rather than dower and courtesy (a man’s marital rights).

    It would seem that Nancy has died and her children are getting their share of the remaining land.ReplyCancel

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I can’t believe how busy I have been lately.

I’m usually quite the hermit – not that I’m antisocial or anything, because I’m not.  But at our past duty stations, I just spent a lot of time at home (especially the 3 years I was holed up in my house in Alaska).  Things are different here.  I seem to know half the neighborhood and there are always functions and parties to go to.  I’m really enjoying meeting so many great people and actually having an active social life.  It makes it hard to get much research done though.  Add to the social functions the fact that I’m trying to walk about 40 miles a week and I don’t have a lot of free time left.  It’s just a different season of life I suppose and it soon shall pass too.  Who knows where we’ll be living this time next year.  Maybe I’ll be a genealogy hermit again.:)

Here are a few good reads:

And a couple of pictures from this past week…

I had the privilege of taking pictures of the sweetest little baby that lives down the street.  It really makes me want to have another one……


  • Sheryl - January 27, 2012 - 8:13 am

    Thanks for the mention of A Hundred Years Ago. And, the photos are awesome. They are so thoughtful, artistic, and well-designed.ReplyCancel

    • Jen - January 27, 2012 - 12:26 pm

      Thanks Sheryl! And you’re welcome for the shout out. I’ve been enjoying the diary entries – I really wish I had someone’s journal. :)ReplyCancel

  • Lisa Wallen Logsdon - January 27, 2012 - 9:05 am

    Thanks so much for the mention of Old Stones Undeciphered and my short lesson on the historical treatment of epileptics, and I LOVE those baby toes!ReplyCancel

    • Jen - January 27, 2012 - 12:25 pm

      You’re welcome!!! :)ReplyCancel

  • shaz - January 27, 2012 - 12:58 pm

    I hope you get to SLC some day in the not too distant future. But be warned, it can be overwhelming on your first visit. On my first visit in 1988 I ran right down to the International Floor B-1 and tackled the Dutch microfilms. It helped that I already knew the village of my 3rd great-grandfather, Jan Killewinger. Within hours and with help from two Dutch-speaking folk at the reference desk, I had 5 or 6 generations of my ancestors.

    On many, many trips since I have run down my Dutch,Bavarian and Polish ancestors as far back as the records go, as well as my husband’s Swedish branch. Unfortunately, no films exist for much of his Pomeranian (German) ancestors.

    I once spent two weeks at the Library and came home exhausted. Not a good idea and now I don’t stay more than 3 to 4 days on a visit. I find that for every day IN the Library and spend a FULL WEEK at home digesting and entering my finds into my database.

    And by the way, I probably mentioned awhile back — my 2nd great-grandfather, John Haskin, was shot and killed by his brother-in-law.
    According to the news article: It appears that Kinney was jealous of Haskins, suspecting him of undue intimacy with his wife, which was the cause of the quarrel. Haskins died confessing the crime of which Kinney suspected him. The latter is in custody.” (Custody didn’t last too long, however, as Kinney was found in the census only two years later.)ReplyCancel

    • Jen - January 27, 2012 - 2:46 pm

      I know that I’ll make it there someday! I will take your advice and try not to get too overwhelmed – maybe focus on a couple of specific lines. I have a bunch of German ancestors to search for so that seems like it might be a good place to start.
      While I of course don’t wish for a murder in my family tree, it would be kind of interesting. :)ReplyCancel

  • Denise Levenick - January 28, 2012 - 9:05 pm

    Thanks for the FF shout-out. Wish you were coming to SLC so we could meet-up. I sure hope to solve a few mysteries while I am there!ReplyCancel

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