In Edgefield County SC compiled by Janie Revill, c 1984, Southern Historical Press:
The real estate of one William Pursell was sold 1839. Rolon A. Duck took on behalf of his wife Mary, one-third ($60.83). He also served as the guardian to three minors who shared the other two-thirds: Edmond Purcess [sic]; Alexander, and Tappenus, each of whom received $40.56.
It would appear to me that Mary Duck was the widow of Wm. Pursell, and that the three children were theirs. Her marriage to Rolan A. Duck would have triggered the same of his real estate. One-third was and remains in most states, the widow's share of real estate when the spouse dies intestate (w/o a will).
Hope this helps! These are not my line, but when I hit a "wall" on my own, I do SC lookups so as not to have wasted too much on what I've accumulated.
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