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Probate Records of Edward Means

I wondering if you could provide me with any suggestions on how to overcome a particular barrier in my research. I have been able to locate two of my gg grandfather slaveowners. His last slaveowner was Robert F. Whitaker Jr. who purchased him in DeSoto Parish, Louisiana from the estate of Edward Means in 17 February 1848. It was reported that Edward Means who was orginally from Fairfield District, South Carolina, died in DeSoto Parish while visiting one of his plantations in 1847.

His will was entered into the probate court in Fairfield County, South Carolina in 1847. However after reviewing all of his probate records over 107 pages, there is not any mention of his real and personal property in Louisiana. The records only deals with his property - two plantations, 69 enslaved Africans, furniture, livestock, etc -in South Carolina. I have written to DeSoto Parish, Fairfield County Clerk Office, South Carolina State Archives as well as examined microfilm FHL to see if there are any succession or probate records pertaining to Edward Means. The only thing I have been able to locate are conveyance records from the estate of Edward Means pertaining to the sale of 19 enslaved Africans at public auction on 17 Feb 1848. In addition, enslaved property sold from his estate in DeSoto Parish, Louisiana nor the proceeds are not included in the inventory of his estate were submitted to the court in Fairfield County, South Carolina. His brother William B. Means was the executor of his estate also resided in DeSoto Parish, Louisiana. His wife Claudia Hart-Means was also an executor who resided in Fairfield County, South Carolina on the Beaver Creek Plantation.

I am correct to assume that there must be an inventory taken of all of his possessions in both Louisiana and South Carolina. And if so were would it be filed?

Any assistance or suggestions you can provide would be greatly appreciated.



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