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Gibson County TN estate

Hello Afrigeneas,

Hopefully one of you experts can take a moment to review, I think it's just difficult. I have also looked online and I feel there is not enough information about scenarios like this, but I don't think it's an uncommon situation.

In 1832 William T Blakemore sold his share of four slaves inherited from his father William Blakemore in Gibson County TN:
Charlotte age 33
Winney age 15
Sarah age 13 (my wife's ancestor)
Isaac age 13

Grantee was Samuel Zaricor, husband of William T's sister Nancy.

Since there is no relation between the slaves I think not much can be assumed from this document alone, it's just a listing.

Gibson County's will/inventory/account books are online on but nothing is stated there about the slaves in this estate (or at least I have not found anything).

But has recently published the Tennessee State Library and Archives' probate records online for Gibson County. The earliest document in William's probate records is from 1823, I'm assuming that's the year he passed away. His wife Fanny became the executrix in 1824.

In the Probate file for William Sr there is an undated document that states that the same four slaves were the only slaves in the estate of William Sr at the time of his death. Based on the paper quality in the image I think this document were written later years after William Sr's death (not sure if that matters).

Still to me that changes things, so if I backtrack the ages of the four slaves to 1823 I would get something like this:

Charlotte age 24
Winney age 6
Sarah age 4
Isaac age 4

Again there is no relation between the slaves, but given the age of Sarah (and Isaac) I'm hoping to be able to state that Charlotte was the mother of Sarah.

How would you look at this? If Sarah was your ancestor, would you add Charlotte to your family tree as Sarah's mother? I don't think it can be considered a genealogical 'proof' or? But it is really difficult to find anything better for older documents around this time.

I guess it's possible that Sarah's mother was NOT Charlotted and passed away between Sarah's birth and William Sr's death in 1823 but I consider that unlikely. I think other scenarios are also possible but not likely.

Also: William Sr household is not listed in 1820 census, at the time what was to become Gibson County TN was the western frontier.

These are questions that I'm guessing you all have come across in your family research, what can and can not be assumed here?

Thanks for your time,

18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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