William Utterback is one of the appraisers, not a witness. He would have been appointed by the court and lived in the area of the deceased.
After wills were proved, or administrators appointed for intestates, and the necessary bond obtained, the court required the administrator or executor to produce an inventory of the personal property. It then named three appraisers to value the personal property and to confirm the inventory. The appraisers were almost always close neighbors who were not related and who had no personal interest in the estate. They were paid by the administrator for their services. ...
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