Saturday, March 5, 2016

A Person Leaves a Will, but the Heirs Appeal - Amherst Co. VA Wills Estates, Marriages - #genealogy -

A Person Leaves a Will, but the Heirs Appeal the Inheritances 

By Jeannette Holland Austin

Jeannette Holland AustinWhen George Pleasants died in 1873, he owned a plantation of 465 acres of land whereon he raised cattle, horses, sheeps and hogs. Part of the acreage, however, 324 acres known as the Gibson tract, was bequeathed to his son, James to be used for the sole support of himself and family. The other heirs apparently brought suit against the estate charging that the deceased was not of lucid mind when he died. Six years later, the Appellate Court found George Pleasants to be of sound mind. As the decision followed the last will and testament in the will book, it is presumed that there are no further records. However, to acquire further details, the genealogist must proceed to the probate court and research all possible avenues as a result of this appeal. During the 19th century, the Appellate Courts had the power to repeal decisions of the Circuit Court. The Court of Appeals system was not implemented until 1985. Further information on the court system 

Amherst County, Virginia Genealogy, Wills, Estates

Amherst County
Amherst County was created in 1761 from Albemarle County. Amherst is the county seat and was named for Sir Jeffrey Amherst, who was acclaimed as "Conqueror of Canada". Although named Governor of Virginia, he never came to the colony. Clifford, incorporated as Cabellsburg in 1785 and later known as New Glasgow, was for a short time the county seat. The county seat is Lynchburg.

Amherst County Wills, Estates, Marriages available to Members of Virginia Pioneers

Digital Images of Wills 1810-1831
  • Alcock, Richard
  • Crawford, John
  • Knight, William
  • Norvel, Spencer
  • Rucker, Benjamin
Digital Images of Wills 1832-1897
  • Anderson, James
  • Cabell, Paul
  • Camden, John
  • Higginbotham, Jesse
  • Higginbotham, Mica
  • London, Girzah
  • Miles, Benjamin
  • Ogden, Allison
  • Pendleton, James
  • Pleasants, George
  • Sale, Cornelius
  • Seay, Elizabeth
  • Sheehan, Samuel
  • Taliaferro, James
  • Tinsley, Chapman
  • Waller, William Macon
  • Whitehead, Virginia
Miscellaneous Wills
  • Amherst Will abstracts 1762-1782
  • Henry, Sarah, LWT (transcript) Marriages
    • Amherst County Marriages, 1753 to 1783
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