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Re: Question for David Paterson
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Stacy,
Good question. My answer is drawn from my main go-to book on antebellum Georgia laws: Thomas Roots Reade Cobb's A Digest of the Statute Laws of the State of Georgia (1851), pages 301-303. You can read it in more than one place online, but the quickest access is Google Books, seach keywords: Cobb Digest Laws of Georgia, and it should be at or near the top of the Google Books results. Then scroll to pages 301-303.

Georgia estate law was a patchwork inherited from English ecclesiastical law and Common Law, adapted to a republican form of government -- you will see that as you read the book.

Georgia required three or more appraisers, to be appointed by the Ordinary (probate court). The appraisers must swear an oath before any Justice of the Peace before beginning their work.

Very often appraisers were appointed from the immediate neighborhood where the deceased had lived. So, the short answer is that the law did not specify who could be an appraiser, but for convenience they were usually neighbors.

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