Monday, January 27, 2014

Amanuensis Monday - Account of George H. Godwin's Estate

Last week I posted about land records in Queen Anne's County, Maryland that named Samuel Godwin, Eliza Vincent, and Catherine Casey as grantors of a deed to "Partnership Addition"  to Samuel Meredith. Samuel Godwin was my 3x great-grandfather, but I'm still trying to figure out if this is my Samuel.

The following account  is from the Maryland, Register of Wills books for Queen Anne's county available on FamilySearch.org. The Accounts book for 1832 - 1842 details Samuel Godwin's final account of the estate of George Hackett Godwin in 1837 on image 488. Distributions were paid to ten cousins of George, including Samuel.


Queen Anns County. Samuel Godwin Administrator of all singular Goods, Chattels and funeral Estate of Geo. H. Godwin late of Q. A. County, decd. To balance due as of 2nd final account this day settled... 115.49  Deduct the costs of this distribution... 1.50
The amount is totaled at 113.99.


The foregoing balance distributed according to law will give to each representative as follows:
To Wm H. Hackett, cousin of the decd, 1/3 of 1/3 thereof.........................................12.66
To John Holt, cousin of the decd, 1/3 of 1/3 thereof..................................................12.66
To Charles W. Holt, cousin of the decd, 1/3 of 1/3 thereof........................................12.66
To Catharine Holt, cousin of the decd, 1/3 of 1/3 thereof..........................................12.66
To Saml Godwin, cousin of the decd, 1/4 of 1/3 thereof..............................................9.49
To Serena Godwin (now Williams), cousin of the decd, 1/4 of 1/3 thereof.................9.49
To Lodowick Godwin, cousin of the decd, 1/4 of 1/3 thereof.......................................9.49
To Wm Benney for his wife Eliza, formerly Eliza Godwin, 
         cousin of the decd, 1/4 of 1/3 thereof..................................................................9.49
To Gunning Bedford Hackett, cousin of the decd, 1/3 of 1/3 thereof........................12.66
To James E. Barrell for his wife Henrietta, cousin of the decd, 1/3 of 1/3 thereof...12.66

The distributions are totaled to $113.98. The money was divided into a third each between the Holt, Hackett, and Godwin cousins. Then each group of cousins divided their share up between them.

Ann Godwin's will of 1829 named George as her only son, so my guess is that George didn't have any siblings that survived him. A few more guesses... I think it's probable that Ann's maiden name was Hackett since that was her son's middle name. Ann may have had a sister or sister-in-law that married a Holt and a brother-in-law was probably the father of Samuel, Lodowick, Eliza, and Serena Godwin. Ann's brother was probably the father of William, Gunning, and Henrietta Hackett. Keep in mind that these are just guesses at this point.

I still don't know if this is my Samuel, but at least I have quite a few new names to work with!

Amanuensis Monday is a daily blogging theme which encourages the family historian to transcribe family letters, journals, audiotapes, and other historical artifacts.

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