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Pierce Mothershead Family Ties

Probate of Estate of Whitaker A. Mothershead
Whitaker A. Mothershead died Intestate in Jefferson County Missouri, late in 1850 (after returning from a trip to the California gold fields). I have no proof yet on how Whitaker relates to my great-great-grandparents, Clifton & Martha "Patsey" Mothershead, but my personal opinion is that they were at least cousins, and it's quite possible that Whitaker and Patsey were brother and sister. If you have any information to contribute concerning Whitaker (or any other family connections!) please email!

State of Missouri }
County of Jefferson }
This day personally appeared before me, the Clerk of the County Court, for the county of Jefferson, the undersigned

Willis F. Martin

who being by me duly sworn, upon his oath [unreadable] that to the best of (his) knowledge there are 5 heirs of Whitaker A. Mothershead deceased, now in being, to wit, (Evaline the widow of said deceased) Willis aged about 8 years, Malvern, Mary and Emily Mothershead and Susan Mothershead and that to the best of his knowledge that the said deceased died without a will, as far as he knows and believes ; and that he will well and truly administer all and singular the goods and chattels, lands and tenements, rights, and credits, of the said deceased, and pay his debts, as far as the assets which may come to his hands will extend, and the law direct; and that he will make a true and perfect inventory of al the goods and chattels, rights and credits, of the said deceased, and account for an pay over, according to law, all accounts which shall come to his hands, possession or knowledge.
Sworn to and subscribed before me, this 15th day of}
November, 1850, }
Willis F. Martin
Tho. C. Fletcher, Clerk

Know all men by these presents, that Willis F. Martin as principal, and we George W. Johnson and Louis Bolduc as securities are held and firmly bound unto the State of Missouri, in the full and just sum of Sixteen hundred Dollars, to the payment whereof, well and truly to be made, we bind ourselves, our heirs, executors, administrators and assigns, jointly and severally, firmly by these presents. Sealed with our seals, and dated Hillsboro, this fifteenth day of November, 1850.

The condition of the above bond is, That if Willis F. Martin - Administrator of the estate of Whitaker A. Mothershead deceased, shall faithfully administer said estate, account for, pay and deliver all money and property of said estate, and perform all other things, touching said administration, required by law, or the order of any court having jurisdiction, then the above bond is to be void, otherwise to remain in full force.

Willis F. Martin [seal]
George W. Johnson [seal]
L. Bolduc [seal

Recorded Sixteenth day of December 1850
Tho. C. Fletcher

The Estate of Whitaker Mothershead, deceased

To John Wiley
To boarding & taking care of Whitaker Mothershead in his lifetime in California at Three dollars per day $ 270.00
To One ox 27.50
To provisions, meat, bread & [unreadable] 19.20
To cash loaned 2.50
To provisions, meat, bread [unreadable] 12.00
To one day trip to [unreadable] for him 10.00
To attention to him in lait (sic) sickness 20.00
By amount of provision furnished in Col $ 3.25
By cash 7.50
By provisions furnished in Calif. 12.00
By amount of interest purchased in team from W Mothershead   41.12
To Willis Martin admin of the Estate
of Whitaker Mothershead Decd }
You are hereby notified that I shall present an account of which the foregoing is a copy against the said Estate at the next term of the county Court of Jefferson County Mo to be [unreadable] and held in Hillsboro Mo on the 3rd Monday of December 1851
Yours &c John Wiley