This is the diploma of my husband’s grandmother, Ola Louise Davidson Weeks.  It looks like it’s been through quite a bit!

I’m not sure what year she graduated in, but she was born in 1915, so probably in the early 30’s.  She went to Tonganoxie High School in Tonganoxie, Leavenworth, KS.


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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?

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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

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