By Jeannette Holland Austin
So how do we know when someone died? If they had a will, we can use the date of probate as a basis. Every Last Will and Testament has a date of probate. This is found on the page following the will document. It is important to write the probate date down. After a person dies, a family member takes the last will and testament to the county court house where the deceased resided. This is done within 2 or 3 days after the death and is important because it enables the executor to begin the process of administering the estate to the heirs. This process includes creating the annual returns, inventories, distributions and vouchers, etc. and should always be examined by genealogists. If the date that the will was filed for probate was say October 3, 1802, it is safe to conclude that the death occurred several days prior. So now, you know when to search old newspapers for obituaries!
Anderson County Wills, Estates
Pictured is Ashtabula, built ca 1790 on the Greensville Highway and Anderson (downtown). In 1777 after Cherokee Indians signed a treaty ceding its lands to the state, part of the Indian Land became known as Pendleton District (the old deeds also refer to it as the Washington District). In 1790, the town was Pendleton was founded, later becoming a popular summer resort for low country planters in the nineteenth century. In 1826 Pendleton district was divided into Pickens and Anderson Counties. Anderson County was named after the Revolutionary War General Robert Anderson (1741-1812). Most of the early settlers of this area were Scotch-Irish farmers who moved south from Pennsylvania and Virginia in the eighteenth century.
Early settlers: Drennan, Cox, Morris, Bruster, Watkins, Sego, Chappell, Thompson, Stephens, Hammond, Willson, Tatum, Leonard, Reeves, Neel, Hamilton, Rainey, Herring, Trotter, Rosamon, Morrow, Anderson, Russell, Lawrence, Shelton, Douthit, Dilworth and Pickens.
Wills, Estates, Documents Available to Members of South Carolina Pioneers
- Anderson County Will Book A (Abstracts)
- Map of Anderson County
Anderson County Will Book A (Abstracts) Index to Anderson County Will Book A (1791-1834)Digital Images of Original Will Documents: Names of Testators: Compton, James; Corben, Peter;Dalrumple, Samuel;Findly, Samuel;Gantt, Giles;Gibson, Randolph;Harris, James S., LWT (1831); Major, Elijah, estate (1865);Perkins, Isaac;Pickens, Robert; Pollack, John;Shelton, Lewis;Simms, James;Sinkler, Charles; Smith, John;Thompson, James;Thompson, Mathew;West, Jonathan Index to Anderson County Will Book B 1835-1845Digital Images of Original Will Documents: Testators: Alexander, Aaron; Bowie, Charles;Bowie, Wesley; Brown, George;Browne, Elijah;Buchanan, Ebenezer; Burriss, James;Burriss, John;Burt, Francis; Burt, Moody;Carson, James;Clarke, Matthew;Clinkscales, Francis; Clinkscales, Levi;Corr, John;Cox, William;Cox, William(2); Dalrymple, Sarah; Dean, Gwinney;Earle, John; Elliott, William; Elliott, William (2);Elrod, Isaac; Elrod, Jeremiah;Emerson, Samuel; Fant, Jesse;Forsythe, William; Gentry, John;Gillison, Archibald; Goode, Lewelling;Gordon, Robert;Griffin, James;Guttry, David; Guyton, Aaron;Guyton, Robert;Harper, John; Harper, William; Harris, James; Harris, John; Harris, Nathaniel; Ingram, John; Jennings, John; Johnson, John; Junkin, Margaret; Junkin, Robert; Kelly, Elisha; Keown, William; Lewis, Eleanor; Lewis, Sarah; Linley, John; Major, Joseph; Martin, David; Martin, David (2); Mason, Ambrose; McAllister, Nathan;McCoy, James; McCurday, William; McFee, Samuel;McGee, Jesse;McGill, Samuel; McLin, Hugh; Milford, John; Miller, Crosby; Mills, Elizabeth; Moorhead, John; Morris, John; O'Briant, Jesse; Oldham, George; Poole, Robert; Poor, Hugh; Pressly, Rachel; Pritchard, William; Ragsdale, Frances; Ralston, Robert; Reese, George; Richardson, Turner; Ritchie, John; Scott, James; Scuddy, Agustine; Sherrill, Lewis;Smith, John; Stanton, George; Stegall, Hensley;Stevenson, Joseph; Storey, Charles;Todd, Robert; Tucker, Bartley; Turpin, William; Warren, Samuel; Warnock, James; Warnock, John; Watson, David; Watson, David(2); Watson, Thomas; Webster, James; Williams, Stephen; Wilson, James; Wilson, Ralph; Winter, Dinah; Wright, Larkin Index to Anderson County Will Book C 1791-1798 Map of Anderson County
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