Hinds Co., MS: 1860. Three sheets attached end-to-end, 31" x 7.75". These documents are an accounting of a sale of the balance of the Estate of Wm. B. Mower pursuant to an order of probate court of Hinds County, MS, made during the April term of 1860. Includes articles sold, names of purchasers, and prices realized, including: "1 Old Negro Woman Eliza" sold to Mrs. Sarah G. Clark for $50.00.
The first two sheets are white and unlined, third sheet is blue and lined. Completely in ink manuscript The top section is an "Account of Sale of the balance of Estate of Wm. B. Mower." The second is "Copy of Notice of Executors Sale." with certification at bottom by Justice of the Peace J. W. Welborn that the notice was posted by Robert P. Paris in two public place. The third attests to the posting of the notice. Other names mentioned within this document are G. H. Jones, R. P. & C. Parish Clerk. Signed at the end by S.J. Thigpen as Clerk of the Probate Court.
William B. Mower [1810 - 1860] was born in New York. He worked as a saddler in Hinds County and owned at least eight slaves by 1850, as noted in the U.S. Federal Census Slave Schedule. Justice of the Peace Johnson W. Welborn[e] [1824 - 1872] was a merchant and planter in Clinton, Hinds County. At one time he owned about 2000 acres of land 90 slaves. He was a Trustee of the Central Female Institute of Clinton as of 1871, and the Mississippi College in Clinton. During the Civil War he was Captain of the Mississippi College Rifles, Company E, 18th Regiment Mississippi Volunteers, C.S.A. He received a wound to his neck on Oct. 21, 1861 during the Battle of Ball's Bluff.
Clerk S.J. Thigpen was likely Samuel James Thigpen [1833 - 1884]. A Samuel Thigpen was elected as judge of the probate court of Rowland, Hinds County, MS during the 1859 elections. Very good. Item #3084
"By notice of an order of the Probate Court of Hinds County state of Mississippi, April term 1860 the undersigned will offer for sale to the highest bidder on Saturday the 14th day of July next within the hours prescribed by law the remaining articles unsold belonging to the Estate of Wm. B. Mower ~ consisting of cattle, sheep, horse, poultry. Bee hives &c... Also one Negro Woman Eliza about 70 years of age will be sold for cash. the other articles $50.00 or less cash over $50.00 on the credit of six months."