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Frederick County, Maryland

Equity Court Abstracts

These are abstracts from Equity Court Records of Frederick County, Maryland, Liber JWLC-2; many times providing family data on the defendant and sometimes on persons not mentioned on the docket. Some of the listings are quite informative while others, being dismissed, may only have the date and name of plantiff and defendant. However, the cases brought before the judge consisted of sworn testimony and each one holds a story. Perhaps you will find a story connected to your search.
[Records Located at Maryland State Archives - MSA C 2477-6; MdHR: T2936-34; Loc 2-70-10-34]

Peter WILLIARD, William S. HERSHPERGER, exec/of Abraham WILLIARD vs Hanson RAMSBURG, Peter YOUNG of J., John HERRING of C., and others On 24 Aug 1858, Peter YOUNG of J. was indebted unto Abraham WILLIARD for $3,500 plus interest by mortgage for 32 ˝ acres, lying on Catoctin Creek, one mile south of Middletown on the road to Petersville, previously conveyed by John KEAFAUVER. Property contained mill and other buildings, known as Shady Grove Mills. Other personal property sold was 7 tables, corner cupboard, 2 bureaus, 6 stoves, 1 safe, 34 yds carpeting, 1 yd superior carpeting, 5 looking glasses, 1 side board, 6 beds, bedsteads and bedding, 21 chairs, mantle clock, 2 chests, 2 stands, 6 window blinds, stair rods, copper kettle, 2 iron kettles, carriage and harness, horse, spring wagon, sleigh, wheat fan, a lot inch poplar boards, lot of hay, cider mill and trough, turning lathe, one half field of corn now growing to be 4 acres, 20 bushels of wheat in straw and unthreshed, a black horse, 2 cows, heifer and calf, and 28 head of hogs. The Mill was three stories high and brick. There was also a rough cast two-story dwelling and back building in good repair, an excellent barn nearly new, cooper shop, saw mill and other outbuildings. Land is first quality Middletown Valley soil divided into three fields and a valuable meadow with a never failing well of pure water near the dwelling; it has a very superior garden of choice fruit and a young and thriving orchard in full bearing on the premises. Peter YOUNG failed to pay interest and took out deed of mortgage to Hanson RAMSBURG, Samuel TOMS, Henry KEAFAUVER, Daniel KEAFAUVER, Jacob KEAFAUVER, and George KEAFAUVER. In Feb 1859, John HERRING of C. obtained a judgment against Peter YOUNG of J. Abraham WILLIARD d/ Jan 1859 (will 20 Dec 1858), leaving widow - Harriet and 9 children, …Francis Virginia WILLIARD …Mary Elizabeth WILLIARD …John Henry WILLIARD (+colt) …William Hamilton WILLIARD (+colt) …Julia Alice WILLIARD …Harriet Jeanett WILLIARD …Calla Hersperger WILLIARD …Narcissa WILLIARD …Tilghman Abraham WILLIARD SLAVES - colored man EPHRAIM (to wife during his remaining servitude); - negro boy NICK (execs to retain profits from his labor and apply to Narcissa's education until she is 16, then she too have full possession of him) Remainder of property to be sold at public sale, except Negroes, and divided - 1/3 to wife, remainder to be divided among children. However, property was not to be sold until the eldest son reached age 21. After that time, sale of real estate and Negroes (within the state). Executors were Peter WILLIARD and William S. HERSHPERGER; wit/ John E. GARROT, Peter WHIP, Ezra L. KARN, filed 15 Oct 1859. Trustees, to sell property of Peter YOUNG, were Samuel TOMS, Peter WILLIARD, Henry KEAFAUVER. Sold to Daniel MAIN on 25 Jan 1860 for $3,826.50.

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