Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Robert Lancaster Estate: Such a Large Bond!

Robert Lancaster died sometime before 12 October 1840 when Josiah Lancaster, John Lancaster, Creath Neel, Robert Myers, Wm Lancaster, & Wm Price were held to the Commonwealth of Kentucky for $20,000 of current money at the Shelby County Superior Court.[1] This very high bond amount signaled that the estate was considered valuable.

Josiah Lancaster, John Lancaster, and William Lancaster were Robert’s sons. Creath Neel and Robert Myers were Robert’s sons-in-law. But who was William Price? Perhaps he was a neighbor, someone outside of the family to be part of the surety for the bond. More research is needed to determine how William Price fits in.

Josiah Lancaster was appointed administrator. There was no will. Josiah was to make a “true inventory of the goods, chattels and credits of Robert Lancaster” and to ”make a just and true account of his actings and doings” to the court.

1840 Bond for Robert Lancaster's Estate

There was no mention of when Robert died on this document. It was a “fill in the blanks” form but did have actual signatures of each of the men.

The Signatures!
Robert Lancaster is my 5th great grandfather. His oldest son, Ellis W. Lancaster, was my 4th great grandfather and was already living in Lewis County, Missouri in 1840.

I plan to continue writing about the probate. Next up is the inventory of the estate.

[1] Shelby County, Kentucky, Administrator Bonds 1833-1851, p. 171, Robert Lancaster, deceased, digital image, FamilySearch ( : 22 Sep 2016); citing FHL film 259272, item 3, [image 504 of 728].

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