Who attends an estate sale? Generally speaking (with some exceptions), it tends to be relatives and neighbors. Looking at the list of buyers can provide some insight into your deceased relative’s family, social connections, and neighbors.

This is an incomplete chart of the purchasers of property from the estate of Thomas Rampley in Coshocton County, Ohio, in 1823. There’s no guarantee that a chart will answer your specific questions about an ancestor, but doing some initial work on the purchasers may make something stick out that was not noticeable before.

Purchaser Known Relationship 1820 Census 1830 Census comments
Randles, Abraham
Miller, John H.
Gilliam, Samuel
Huffman, James Tuscarawas, Coshocton Jackson, Coshocton Thomas’s son John married a Huffman
Rampley, James Son
Courtright, Jacob Son-in-law Jackson, Coshocton
Barkhurst, William
Markley, Abraham Bethlehem, Coshocton There were Markleys in Hancock County, IL where Thomas’ son James settled
Bingerly, John
Carr, Henry Tuscarawas, Coshocton
Darling, Robert Jefferson, Coshocton
Treadway, Crispan Tuscarawas, Coshocton Harford Co. MD native (like Thomas) who travelled with Thomas to Ohio.
Foster, David Jackson, Coshocton
Markley, Martin Tuscarawas, Coshocton See other Markley comment
Demoss, John Brother-in-law of Thomas
Bradford, Joseph Newcastle, Coshocton
Rampley, Christianna Widow of Thomas
Randles, Isaac Jackson, Coshocton
Kimberly, William Jefferson, Coshocton
Brouner, James
Brouner, William
Courtright, Abraham
Kilbourne, Benjamin
Cain, Abel
Courtright, Isaac
Markley, Amos
Methaiu, Orinne
Shores, James Son-in-law



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  1. Thanks for this great tip, Michael. I will definitely do this and had never thought of doing it.

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