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Posted by: A. Sharp (ID *****7504) Date: November 08, 2007 at 09:33:35
In Reply to: Re: MOOREFIELD by BILL MOOREFIELD of 1494

Thanks for your posting. I, too, noticed the disappearance of most of Leroy's family and have not come up with a solution. I have not spent a lot of time on this family which is twice removed from examinining Throckmorton decsendants of Robert Sharpe. Several thoughts:

1. On the naming of the twin Elijah, he was a "double hit" because Susannah Moorefield had a brother named Elijah Throckmorton.

2. Mastin's estate records consists only of an inventory (WB 10, p 234) which I have not seen. It should give the name of the administrator or administratrix. The wive had first right to administer the estate, then the eldest son, etc. If not stated, the date of the return should provide a clue as to the date of granting letters of administration (usually accompanied by the appointment of four men to appraise the estate), and where to find the court's order in the order books.

3. Did Wilmouth (Stokes) Moorefield remarry on or about 17 Mar 1824 to Lewis Spencer?

4. Chancery cases in Halifax

       My understanding is that the old chancery case files in Halifax are being indexed and scanned in the Clerk's Office of the Circuit Court of Halifax County. They would fall into several categories. First there would be the very old cases in the County Court. The first-named plaintiff and first-named defendant in each case may be indexed in the general index to court orders. If suit was brought for a division by the son-in-law of a deceased Moorefield and the administrator or executor was not named Moorefield, this index would not detect the case as a Moorefield case. The new indexing would include all surnames that appear in the court documents. Second, there was then created a short-lived superior court of law and chancery, which undoubtedly had its own index, order books and files. Third, there is the Circuit Court presently in existence. It has an index of closed chancery cases. It lists only the first-named parties, and the case was entered at the time the case was closed by order of the court. That date might be decades after it started. There would be one or more orders in the chancery order books which would have the complete list of named parties, but not much detail. The files numbers would refer to the old metal drawers that decorate many courthouse record room walls.

William Moorefield et al v. William Canada's admr, Sep Term 1845, file 11
John Milner v. Lee Moorefield et al, Oct term 1867, file 33
John W. Moorefield v. Isaac Moorefield, gdn, Oct term 1873, file 41
C. M. Adkisson v. S. [?] C. Moorefield, June term 1874, file 42
L. W. Moorefield et al v. O.S. Hendrick, Oct term 1876, file 49
Franklin Clark v. S. [?] A. Moorefield, Mar term 1877, file 51
E. Barksdale Jr. v. R. C. Moorefield et al, file 66
C.G. Davenport v. L. G. Moorefield, Nov term 1884, file 85
S. G. Moorefield v. Elijah Moorefield's admr, Apr term 1888, file 100
Sallie Burch v. C. E. Moorefield et al, Nov term 1888, file 101
L. G. Moorefield v. John Moorfield, Apr term 1891, file 114
N&W RR Co., v. F. G. Moorefield, Nov term 1894, file 136

I have not spoken with the person doing the work and do not know about the status and availability of the files. Suggest you check before driving to halifax.

5. I gather from your posting that Mastin did not own land, so that there would not be a deed by the heirs to one of their own or a third party.

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