John Dinsmore was a government surveyor in Opelousas before 1810.
He married Sarah Boardman 8 Dec 1808, according to the index.
He appears to have died about 1836, and left a will. He is shown as a signer of a petition dated 24 Jun 1836 urging the federal government to recognize the Republic of Texas.
His widow executed two powers of attorney -- one on 26 Sep 1836, the other 23 Nov 1836 -- as executrix of the will.
She is not found in the 1840 census.
Would appreciate learning of the terms of the will and a citation to its location.
There is a marriage indexed for 30 Apr 1837 for a Margaret Dinsmore to an L. Melton. Other records show him as M. F. Melton. Not sure what the actual marriage records says. Not sure if this was a daughter, or if another name for Sarah the widow. Not found in 1840 or 1850 census.
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