Michael John Neill's weekly genealogy how-to column.
Thursday, May 19, 2011
Buying at the Estate Sale Means They Probably Haven't Left Yet
This is part of an estate sale from Washington County, Kentucky in 1844 after the death of Richard Lake. We've discussed Richard Lake in Casefile Clues before, particularly his widow's bounty land application for the War of 1812. The family is enumerated in Mercer County, Kentucky in 1850 and they apparently lived near the county line.
The list of purchases at the very least would have told us that Lewis Lake and John Lake were still in Kentucky in 1844 when their father's personal property was sold. Clues can come from the most unexpected places.
I'm not certain the estate sale warrants a Casefile Clues article, but the fact that it indicates who was still in the area is not one that should be overlooked.