Oglethorpe County (Ga.) Court of Ordinary estate inventories
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Oglethorpe County (Ga.) Court of Ordinary estate inventories

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Georgia Historical Society
Creator: Georgia. Court of Ordinary (Oglethorpe County)
Title: Oglethorpe County (Ga.) Court of Ordinary estate inventories
Dates: 1802-1827
Extent: 0.05 cubic feet (1 folder)
Identification: MS 1644

Biographical/Historical Note

Oglethorpe County, Georgia, was created from a portion of Wilkes County in 1793, encompassing lands originally lost by the Creek and Cherokee Indians through treaties signed in 1773. It was named for James Oglethorpe. The county seat of Lexington was first settled in 1774 and named in honor of Lexington, Massachusetts; it was incorporated in 1806.

Scope and Content Note

This collection consists of Inventory Book I of the Oglethorpe County Court of Ordinary, 1802-1827. It includes inventories and appraisals of estates as recorded by Matthew Rainey, Clerk of the Court of Ordinary. In some instances, proceeds from estates are paid out to support orphaned children of the deceased. The estates in this volume include those of William Ashmore (d. 1803); Jesse Bowls (d. 1803); John Hardman (d. 1803); John Hudson (d. 1802); Ward Hudson; Benjamin Johnson (d. 1803); John McElroy (d. 1804); Francis Meriweather (d. 1803); Moses Penn (d. 1804); John Shoud (d. 1804); Bartholemew Shropshire (d. 1804); Betsy Simmons; Richard Simmons (d. 1803); William Stone (d. 1804); Noel Thonton (d. 1802); Simeon Weaver (d. 1804); John Wray (d. 1803); and Abraham Zuber (d. 1803).

Index Terms

Estate inventories.
Georgia. Court of Ordinary (Oglethorpe County)
Oglethorpe County (Ga.)
Orphans--Georgia--Oglethorpe County.
Real property--Georgia--Oglethorpe County.
Slaves--Georgia--Oglethorpe County.

Administrative Information

Custodial History


Preferred Citation

[item identification], Oglethorpe County (Ga.) Court of Ordinary estate inventories, MS 1644, Georgia Historical Society, Savannah, Georgia.

Acquisition Information

Gift of the South Caroliniana Library, S.C., through Mary Louise Ferrell, 1999.


Access Restrictions

Collection is open for research.

Terms Governing Use and Reproduction

Copyright has not been assigned to the Georgia Historical Society. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Division of Library and Archives. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Georgia Historical Society as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the researcher.


Encoding funded by a 2012 Documenting Democracy grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.

Container List



1Inventory Book I: Oglethorpe County Court of Ordinary, 1802-1827