Inventory of the Estate of John Kemp, Dec’d.
Filed 8th July 1851
Kingdom of Callaway Historical Society, Fulton, Callaway County, Missouri
Loose Probate Records, Bundle No. 16 Box No. 128
Inventory of the goods chattels monies credits and effects books papers and evidences of debt of the Estate real and personal of John Kemp deceased made on the 11th day of June 1851 in the presence of James C. Anderson and David P. Allen as witnesses to wit:
One deed from Joseph P. Callaway for 108 acres of land. Lot No. 2 of Section 19 in Township 47 North of Range 7 West. 108 [acres]
One patent for the south west quarter of Section 19 Township 47 N. and Range 7 West.
One patent for the west half of the south east quarter of Section 18, Township 47, N. Range 7 West.
One patent for the south east of North west of Section 19 Township 47 North Range 7 W.
One deed from Solomon Pasley for the east half of the south east quarter of Section 18, Township 47 North of Range 7 West.
468 Acres [total]
One note of hand on Daniel M. Horton for one hundred dollars date January 1st 1851 and made on and payable on the 4th day of July 1851 and credited on the 20th day of January 1851 for fifteen dollars – Balance due $ 85.00
One note on William Kemp for one hundred and fifty dollars made payable in annual fifty dollar installments the first payment due 1st day of June 1851 $150.00
Carried over [next page] $235.00
Amt. brought over $235.00
One note on Adam See for twenty six dollars and forty cents due 6th day of February 1846 and credited with fourteen dollars 25/100 the 16th February 1848 no interest expressed
Balance due including interest at 6 percent $ 18.33
One note on Michael Kahn and N. Lichten for one hundred and fifty one dollars and fifty cents date 4th of July 1842 and due sixty day after date interest at six percent $151.50
Interest to date 11th June 1851 $ 79.53
Amt. Of notes & acts. [total] $484.36
We the undersigned witnesses do hereby certify that the foregoing is a full and perfect inventory of books, papers and evidences of debt of the Estate of John Kemp deceased as far as we could ascertain from an examination of the papers of said deceased. As witness our hands this 11th day of June 1851.
Inventory of the personal Estate of John Kemp deceased continued as follows
1 Negro woman named Sophia aged about 40 years
1 Negro boy named James aged 8 years
4 head of horses – 8 head of cattle – 4 sheep – 7 hogs – one half an ox cart – a crop of tobacco supposed to be 3000 lbs 1/3 of which belongs to Abner Kemp – 2 plows – 3 pair gear – 2 hoes – 2 chop axes – 1 log chain – 1 hand saw – 1 drawing knife – 1 large auger – 1 rifle gun – 1 clock – 1 press – 1 cupboard – 2 tables – 1 pine chest – 6 chairs – a lot of cupboard ware – 2 pots – 2 kettles – 2 ovens – 2 pair pot hooks – 1 scythe & cradle – 3 old hogsheads – 1 pair stretchers – 1 old shove plow – 1 skillet & lid
State of Missouri }
County of Callaway }
Personally appeared before me a Justice of the Peace within and for the County of Callaway in the state aforesaid Joseph Scholl and made oath that the foregoing is a full and complete inventory of the goods chattels monies credits and effects books papers and evidences of debts of the Estate real and personal of John Kemp deceased made on the 11th day of June 1851 as far as he could ascertain from an examination of the Estate of said deceased.
Sworn and subscribed to before } Joseph Scholl
me this 4th day of July 1851 } Ex’r. of J. Kemp dec’d.
J. A. Burt J.P.
In the 1850 census for Callaway County, John Kemp is listed with his second wife Elizabeth Smith nee Woods, whom he had married in 1841. They are living next to John’s son Dudley Kemp and three households from John’s daughter Mary “Polly” Kemp Smith.
At the 1846 July Term of the Supreme Court of Missouri, a case concerning Elizabeth S. Smith Kemp nee Wood’s slave named Sophia revealed that Elizabeth’s first husband Samuel Smith died in Warren County, Missouri in 1840, that she was his second wife, they had no children, and her slave Sophia was received from the estate of her deceased father, name not given. Her marriage to Samuel Smith in 1828 occurred in Franklin County, Virginia, and shows her maiden name was Woods. John Kemp’s marriage to Mrs. Elizabeth Smith nee Woods was recorded in Warren County, Missouri in 1841. Samuel Smith was the older brother of William H. Smith whose wife Mary “Polly” Kemp was the daughter of John Kemp and Fannie Dudley.
The inventory of John Kemp’s estate listed a Negro woman named Sophia age 40. On August 14, 1856 in Callaway County, his widow Elizabeth S. Smith Kemp nee Woods married a third time to Michael Gilbert, Jr. who died shortly thereafter. By the 1860 census she was 70 years old and living with John Kemp’s son Dudley Kemp in Callaway County under her former name of E. S. Kemp. In the 1860 slave census for Callaway County, Elizabeth S. Kemp is listed with a female slave age 45, a male slave age 18, and a female slave age 6. Samuel Smith’s probate record in Warren County shows that his widow Elizabeth S. owned a Negro woman Sophia, a Negro boy Armstead, a Negro girl Francis, and a Negro boy James.
Elizabeth S. Smith Kemp Gilbert nee Woods died between August 1865, the date her will was written, and October 1865, the date her will was probated. Included in her probate file was a bill for William Kemp boarding her from October 19, 1864 to May 27, 1865, which was submitted by William Kemp’s son Thomas G. Kemp. Also submitted on December 22, 1867 was a bill for services rendered to Elizabeth S. Gilbert by Sophia Kemp from January 1, to May 1, 1865 and witnessed by Thomas G. Kemp and Spencer Kemp. The black marriages for Callaway County reflect that Spencer Kemp had married Sophia Kemp on January 21, 1866.
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