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NOTE: This is the documentation regarding the Estate of Adam Maxwell filed with the Registrar of Armstrong County. It is listed as Estate #417 and filed by Mahlon B. White on 30 October, 1837 five and one-half months after the death of Adam Maxwell. Despite the existance of a will dated 1820, Maxwell is declared to have died intestate. It is possible that the original will was declared invalid or was otherwise contested because two of the heirs (Margaret and Adam) appear to have predeceased Adam.

Petition of Estate of Adam Maxwell
Filed 30 October 1837

Estate #417

Petition of Mahlon B White for valuation of Real Estate of Adam Maxwell, Deceased

To the Honorable the Judges of the Orphans Court of the County of Armstrong.

The petition of Mahlon White one of the heirs of Adam Maxwell late of Armstrong Co. deceased.

Humbly represents that Adam Maxwell died intestate, on or about this 15th day of May last leaving a widow and five sons to (act?)
William Maxwell of the County of ______ in the state of Ohio, James, David, and John of the County of Armstrong, and Elizabeth of the County of Armstrong, Sarah intermarried with Benjamin White of Coshocton County, Ohio; Jane intermarried with George Cook of Armstrong, and your petitioners Mahlon White, Adam White and Elizabeth White grandchildren being the only children of Margaret Maxwell who was intermarried with William White also of Armstrong Co. and the other two residing in Youngstown, Armstrong County, Ohio - the said Elizabeth White being a minor and (seized?) in his (dismison?), an offer of and in the following described real estate, to wit a certain tract or parcel of land situate in the Township of Buffalo, in the County of Armstrong and State of Pennsylvania, bounded on North by lands late of (Wilhaw Bassit??), by lands late of Campbell, Cooper and Green on the East and South by lands late of John Boney (???) West, Containing three hundred and fifty acres more or less; that no (petition?) or valuation of the said Estate have been had, your petitioners therefore pray the Court to award an Inquest to make (partition?) of the premises aforesaid to (be divided?) among the representatives of the said Intestate in such manner and in such proportions, as by the laws of the Commonwealth is directed .

If such partition can be made without prejudice to or spoiling of the whole, but if such partition cannot be so made thereof to the value and appraise the same, and make action of their proceedings according to law and as in duty bound so.

Mahlon B. White

Appraismment of the Estate of Adam Maxwell deceased
Filed Nov. 6th 1837

We the undersigned do certify that the the (sic) fourgoing (sic) is a just and true apraisment (sic) of the goods and chatles of Adam Maxwell Dec. acording to the Best of our judgment.

John Reed
William Huston
Armstrong County, Sct.

Personally appeared befor me, a Justice of the Peace, in and for said county, John Reed and William Huston, who being duly sworn, according to law, depose and say, that they (wrote?) a true and conscionable appraisment of the goods and chattels which were of Adam Maxwell, late of the Township of Buffalo, in the said county, and a true return thereof make unto the Registerís Office, according to law. Sworn and subscribed before me this 30th day of October 1837

Fredk. Rohrer
John Reed
William Huston

List of Articles Appraised. (Dollars)

one wagon 20
one lot of horse gear 1.75
Doubletrees .50
stretch chain 1
log chain 1.50
lot of hogs 12
lot of sheep 15
one brindled cow 15
one red and white cow 15
one black and white cow 15
one lot of 11 geese 2
cuting box 1
windmill 5
lot of wheat in shed 4
lot of oats in the shed 4
Dung fork and shovel .50
one hogshead .50
one loom 2
one grindstone 1.50
one stew pot 1.50
one bake pan .75
one pot 1
one Do .25
one wash ketel 2
one Do 1
two crocks 2
to sundrys .75
one copor kettle 7
two stacks of hay 9
one clock 2
one (beauraue?) 5
one table 1
one lot of chairs 5
one rifle gun 2
to four bead (bed?) steds 6
one cheast .50
Scott com 6 vol 6
Watsons institutes 1.50
Pike and Hayward .50
Olive Branch .20
Vincen one volume .75
one Broad ax .50
one shovel plow 1
one Harow 1.50
one baker? .75
Total: 46.20

(Also at the end of the list: 126.50 was added to the 46.20 to equal 172.70)

Venue of the goods and chattels of Adam Maxwell Dec.:

To John Boney Jr. 1 dungfork .28
To John Huston 1 shovel .50
To George Sloan 1 Mattock paid .40
To James Fish 1 Pot .26
To James Fish 1 hand saw .60
To Samuel Claypool 1 crock .99
To George Jack 1 crock 1.00
To Levi Green 1 broad ax paid 1.50
To Wm Bitts 1 bake oven .72
To Robert Mahaffey sundries paid .56
To John Black 2 hogs 2.76
To Patrick Black 2 hogs 1.76
To John Black 4 hogs 3,02
To Wm Bitts 1 grindstone 2.83
To John Huston 1 loom 5.06
To Joseph Barnet 1 culling box 1.56
To John Boney Jr 1 windmill 7.55
To James McDowell 1 waggon 18.00
To Wm Noble 1 pair of stretchers 1.12
To George Jack 1 pair of felters (fetters?) .16
To John Boney Jr 1 shovel plough 1.30
To James Fish 1 rifle gun 4.50
To Joseph Bowser 1 harrow 3.20
To James McDowell 1 waggon bed 1.50
To Wm Noble 1 bedstead 3.16
To Samuel Green 2 sheep 3.15
To James Fish 2 sheep 4.00
To Samuel Green 4 sheep 6.08
To Samuel Claypool 1 cow 15.37
To Wm Bitts Jr 1 cow 15.05
To Harman Slagle 1 stack hay 6.45
To (Henry?) McAninch 1 stack hay 9.63
To Isaac Wible 6 sheep 9.23
To David Maxwell 1 beadstead 1.00
To James Maxwell 1 bedstead 1.00
To John Maxwell 1 bedstead 1.00

The above is a correct list of the items sold by public vendor at the house of Adam Maxwell dced, on the 14th of Dec. 1837.