Saturday, June 02, 2012

Part #2: Daniel Gilliam Found in the Paper Trail: Wanted Dead or Alive

So today I crack open the probate file of Daniel Gilliam, my 2nd Great Grandfather who was most likely born in Craven County, North Carolina.  Daniel was the husband of Hannah Singleton Gilliam.  If you are new to this series, the first post can be read at

The Petition of Hannah Gilliam, Widow of Daniel Gilliam 


Court of Pleas and Quarter Sessions
March Term, A D, 1867


          The petition of Hannah Gilliam widow of Daniel Gilliam respectfully showeth unto your worships, that her said husband died intestate in the county aforesaid, since the last term of this Court, and that letters of administration on his estate have been granted to her during the present term.  Your petitioner further showeth, that she desires to have her year’s support out of the estate of her said husband, allotted to her according to law, and to the end, she prays your worships to appoint one Justice of the Peace and three freeholders unconnected with her, to view the said estate and to allot and set apart to her so much of the crop, stock and provisions belonging thereto, as may be adequate to the support of herself and family for one year, and if there shall not be a sufficiency on hand to afford such allowance, then to assess the deficiency in money, and report their proceedings under their hands and seals to the next term of this Court.  And your petitioner as in duty bound will ever pray.

Clark, Attorney for the Petitioner.

So there was nothing in particular that was different from this page of the probate document.  What I did learn is that through Hannah's petition, she was recognized by law to be the wife of Daniel and that he died in 1867.

Now lets see what the next page says and if it is revealing.....Until next time...