Don’t Look at Just the Will

The early-19th century will of John Tinsley in Amherst County, Virginia, clearly indicated which child was to receive which piece of property. This was located early in my research when I did not know too much about records. For years I only used the will in my research. Later I discovered there was an accounting of all the receipts and disbursements that provided more information on a few of the children and better glimpse into the family’s financial state.

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One thought on “Don’t Look at Just the Will

  1. Jade

    The will itself may be contested. There could be a jury trial or related action in a court in chancery.

    The court in chancery may investigate whether a bequeathed land might actually belong to part of land being partitioned in another proceeding.


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