Wednesday, March 11, 2020

Azariah Graves (1776-1837) Estate Records

Will of Azariah Graves (1776-1837)

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Source: Caswell County North Carolina Will Books 1777-1814 and 1814-1843, Katharine Kerr Kendall (1983) at 132 [abstract of the will of Azariah Graves, written 15 February 1837 and proved during the July 1837 term of the Caswell County Court of Pleas and Quarter Sessions].

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George Williamson was appointed by the court to administer the estate of Azariah Graves. The above notice was published in The Rubicon (Yanceyville, North Carolina), 16 May 1840, Saturday, Page 3.

It appears that James Sheppard died indebted to Azariah Graves and/or his estate. This James Sheppard apparently died before the debt was paid. Suit was brought by George Williamson as administrator of the estate of Azariah Graves against the heirs of James Sheppard to collect the debt. Certain lands of James Sheppard in Caswell County had been attached and were to levied upon (sold) to satisfy the debt.

One heir of James Sheppard, Nancy Sheppard, did not live in North Carolina and was beyond the jurisdiction of the court. This required the notice that was published in The Rubicon newspaper multiple times. After complying with the statutory notice requirements the court would have the authority to adjudicate the rights of Nancey Sheppard in absentia (without her making a court appearance).

While the administrator of the Azariah Graves estate is thought to be George (Royal George) Williamson (1788-1856) this has not been confirmed. However, Azariah Graves is a first cousin of the first wife of George (Royal George) Williamson, Rebecca Slade Lea (1798-1837).

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