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Order of Inventory and Appraisement of the estate of James Cathcart, deceased, including one unnamed mixed-race boy.


State of Mississippi State of Mississippi Territory, Adams County.} By the Orphan’s Court of said County. These are to authorize and empower you, whose names are here under written, to make an Inventory and Appraisement of the Goods and Chattels of James Cathcart late of said County, deceased, wheresoever the same shall be found within the Territory a-foresaid, which shall be shown unto you by William Cathcart administrator; being first sworn to make a true and perfect Inventory and appraisement thereof, and to be returned under your hands to the Register clerk of said Court, within three months from this date. Witness Samuel Brooks Elijah Smith, Esquire, Chief Justice of said Court, the third day of April Anno Domini one thousand eight hundred and eighteen. Woodson Wren. Clerk Register. To Thomas Munce Abram Scranton, Jim and Jacob Fry} Appraisers. Memorandum. This 16th day of May 1818 Personally appeared before me the undersigned, one of the Justices assigned to keep the Peace for the County of Adams Thomas M-? Abram? S-? & Jacob Fry Appraisers appointed to Appraise the Goods and Chattels of James Cathcart deceased : who being duly sworn, made oath that they would make a just and true Appraisement of all and singular the Goods and Chattels (ready Money excepted) of the said James Cathcart deceased, as shall be produced by the administrator of the Estate of the said deceased; and that they would return the same, certified under their hands to the Regis-ter’s Clerks Office of the Orphan’s Court of Adams County, within the time prescribed by the Warrant of Appraisement to them directed by the said Court. Andrw. Maychalk? J.P. Fee 75 cents pd. By nomination?   Page 2 A true and perfect inventory of the Goods, Chattels and personal Estate of James Cathcart late of Adams county, deceased, made by us whose names are hereunto subscribed, the day of A.D. 1818. One House + Lot 3000 ,, One half House + Lot, on Lease 1500 ,, One Desk, One Book Case & Books 53 ,, One Gilt Looking Glass 5 ,, Four pillows, Two feather Beds, one Bed Stead, Blankets, Coverlids?, Sheets de 120 Two Clarinets & Basoon 50 ,, One Dozen Shirts 50 ,, Lots of Hats, Crates? do? 70 ,, One Trunk, One Spinning wheel & Collframe? 8 ,, One Bridle 7 ,, One Gun, Cartridge Bon?, Powder horn & Shot Bag 12 ,, One small sword & 2 Cases Razors? 2 ,, One Mullato Boy about 6 years old 400 [2 illegible] A Forantom? Jr. Jacob Fry One Horse sold for $145 with saddle & Mantingale? $32} 177 One Cow & Calf sold for 16 Homestead furnished sold for 160 Working tools in partnership with Corn? 20 The above were sold by the Administrator as being   Page 3 in danger of being lost or abused and also incurring great expense in keeping There is also a negro [“woman” is marked out] girl about 7 years old in the possession of Geo. McCrackan which he claims as having purchased and paid for but has no writing to show for it. State of Mississippi Adams County William Cathcart this day appeared before me undersigned justice? of the peace in aforesaid County and made oath, that the foregoing [illegible] exhibit [page torn] statement of all the personal property of J-? [page torn] Cathcart – deceased which has come into his possession or knowledge Sworn to L [illegible] This 28th of June 1818 before Andrew Marschalk William Cathcart

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Slaveholders ; Slavery -- Mississippi ; Slavery -- Mississippi -- History -- Sources ; Slaveholders; Legal Documents


slavery; enslaved persons; Mississippi; estate files; probate files; Adams County; James Cathcart; Estate inventory


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Adams County (Miss.)

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James Cathcart Estate File, Box 9, Probate and Estate Files Collection, Historic Natchez Foundation, Mississippi

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HNF_Box9_CathcartJames_04031818_b_1_u and HNF_Box9_CathcartJames_04031818_b_2_u andHNF_Box9_CathcartJames_04031818_b_3_u


James Cathcart Estate File, Box 9, Probate and Estate Files Collection, Historic Natchez Foundation, Mississippi


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Mississippi State University Libraries


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Cathcart, James - Order of Inventory and Appraisement of the estate of James Cathcart, deceased