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Will of David Kersh, Alabama
Posted by: Jackie Kersh (ID *****1124) Date: June 21, 2002 at 17:31:41
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Forget the will; there isn't one. I spent a couple of days in the Probate Judge's Office in Bibb Co, AL last month. Letters of Administration were issued, which means David died intestate. His estate took a very long time to settle, from shortly after his death in 1862 to 1880, mainly because someone in the probate office didn't record the set aside for his widow, Elizabeth Kersh. My gggrandfather, Wm Leonard Kersh, finally swore on oath that such an order had been issued, setting aside 165 acres of David's land for his widow. One other little tidbit: He was a blacksmith as well as a farmer. A set of blacksmith tools were among the personal property sold to help settle the estate. The really fascinating estate was that of David's son, Martin P Kersh, who had a mercantile store apparently named Kersh & Sease. There are pages and pages of items sold; I'm trying to transribe the list now for posting on the Bibb Co website.


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