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Elam Notes from Mecklenburg Co., VA Order Books

Submitted by Kent A. Elam Jr.

Elam Notes from Mecklenburg Co., VA Order Books 
Submitted by Kent A. Elam Jr.  29 Nov 2000
kbjrelam@mail.villagrove.com 


Order Book 15

(page 273, October Court 1809) Mark S. Elam, James Elam and 
Prudence Elam infant children of James Elam, deceased, who 
sue by William Pettus their next friend, complainants 
versus James Hamlett, administrator of James Elam, 
Elizabeth Elam widow of James Elam and William Elam, 
defendants.
By consent of the parties by their counsel and guardian 
respectively their cause this day came on to be heard on 
the bill and answer on consideration whereof it is decreed 
and ordered that William Boyd, Thomas Norment, James 
Norment and John Hill or any three of them attended by the 
county surveyor do divide and allot the land whereof the 
said decedent died seized in this county among the 
plaintiffs and defendant William according to quantity and 
quality and that they do also divide the slaves and 
personal estate equally among the said plaintiffs and 
defendant William after having assigned unto Elizabeth Elam 
the widow of the said decedent her dower in the same and 
make report thereof to the court in order to a final 
decree.

Order Book 15

(page 344, December Court 1810) An administration account 
of the estate of James Elam, deceased, being returned into 
court is ordered to be recorded and is further ordered that 
James Hamlett the administrator be allowed the sum of 
ninety pounds for hi services in the administration of said 
estate.

Order Book 16

(page 162, March Court 1812) Mark S. Elam, James Elam and 
Prudence Elam infant children of James Elam, deceased, who 
sue by William Pettus their next friend, plaintiffs versus 
James Hamlett administrator of James Elam, Elizabeth Elam 
widow of James Elam and William Elam, defendants.
A report of the persons named in the decree order made in 
this cause October 1810 was returned in the following 
words, to wit, "In obedience to the annexed decree order of 
the court of Mecklenburg County the subscribed having met 
on the lands of James Elam, deceased, which by survey is 
found to contain 238 acres inclusive of the widows dower 
assigned her some time ago and after explaining the same 
have to the best of our judgment proceeded to divide it 
into four equal lots or parts as near as the nature of the 
tract would admit and have and do allot and assign to the 
orphans in the said decree mentioned in the manner 
following, to wit, the part or lot no. 1 on the surveyors 
plat containing 84 acres to James Elam which said lot 
corners in the ___?___ of the present using spring and lies 
adjoining on the east of the widow's dower and on the south 
of lot no.2. To Prudence Elam, lot no. 2 containing 54 
acres adjoining and lying on the north of no. 1. To William 
Elam, lot no. 3 containing 45 acres next adjoining to the 
north of no. 2 and to the south of no. 4 and the remaining 
part or lot no. 4 on the said plat containing 54 acres to 
Mark S. Elam all of which parts or lots will more fully 
appear by referring to the within plat. Given under of 
hands this 22nd day of November 1810. John Hill, William 
Boyd, Thomas Norment, James Norment and further in 
obedience to the annexed order we have proceeded and have 
and do allot to Elizabeth Gillispie late widow and relic of 
James Elam, deceased, two Negroes, to wit, Jack and Mary 
and forty shillings being one third full part of the slaves 
belonging to the said decedents estate as her dower during 
her natural life and the balance of the slaves we find 
impracticable to make an equal distribution of  among the 
orphans without making sale of them. Given under our hands 
the 17th day of December 1810, William Boyd, James Norment, 
Thomas Norment, John Hill." On consideration whereof it is 
decreed and ordered that the division so made as aforesaid 
be established and made final. 

Order Book 18

(page 278, 1817) On the motion of Benjamin Harrison who 
made oath and together with Edward Travis his security 
entered into and acknowledged a bond in the penalty of one 
thousand dollars conditioned as the law directs certificate 
is granted unto the said Benjamin Harrison for obtaining 
letters of administration on the estate of Eli Elam, 
deceased, in due form.

(page 280, 1817) Ordered that Edward Travis, Green Blanton, 
William Blanton and Martin Pucket or any three of them 
being first sworn before some Magistrate of this County do 
appraise in current money the personal estate and slaves if 
any of Eli Elam, deceased, and return the appraisement to 
the court.