Posted By:Susan Manolakos
Subject:Richard Leake's estate and Mary Moore
Post Date:April 30, 2009 at 15:01:07
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Forum:Orange County, NC Genealogy Forum
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Richard Leake's will was proved in Orange Co in 1784. His will makes bequests to several daughters and grandchildren. One of his daughters is named Mary Moore. There are several references to land and slaves in the care of Mary and some of the proceeds are to go to various Moore (and other) grandchildren.

I have not been able to determine who Mary's Moore husband was.

Can anyone tell me where I would be likely to find records of the administration of Richard Leake's estate? I'm not looking for the will itself, but rather how the estate was administered and what payments and/or bequests were made to whom, and where these people were living at the time.

I suspect that daughter Mary Moore was actually living in Orange Co at the time of Leake's death, but there is nothing which identifies her, her husband, her children or her location further.

My ancestor, Sterling Moore, was apparently living on a tract of land in the Hawfields from at least 1792 to 1799 when he sold it and moved out of the county. However, there's NO record of his ever having purchased the land, and no known record of his having inherited it. There's no will for a Mary Moore in Orange, but I wonder if the land that Sterling Moore sold might have at some point been Leake's land that got to Sterling in an informal way through Mary.

Orange Co. P and Q minutes list a sale of land from John Pugh to Richard Leake in the same court session (April or May 1784) in which Leake's will was proved. So Leake was already dead by the time his purchase of the land was recorded. John Pugh was a near neighbor to the land Sterling Moore sold in 1788. Pugh was also one of the witnesses of Leake's will. A deed for the sale of land from Pugh to Leake in 1784 is only recorded in the P and Q session minutes, but the actual deed is not found in Wm. Bennett's compilation of Orange Co. land records. I don't know whether Bennett just missed it or whether it might have been removed from the deed books. There are several deeds missing (from Bennett) on the same day.

Is there anyone who might be able to tell me where I might find the actual administration of Leake's estate? Would it be in the Orange Co. courthouse somewhere? Or in the archives?

I would also love to find out whether there's anyone with easy access to Orange Co. records who might search the actual pages for deeds recorded in April or May of 1784 to determine whether such a deed actually exists for the sale from Pugh to Leake.

Findig such a deed, or finding the records of the estate settlement for Leake, would help me sovlve a genealogical mystery that's been going on for over 20 years.

Any suggestions will be greatly appreciated.