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Sunday, August 6, 2017

Chesterfield County SC~Estate Folder #372 – Frederick C. Rivers

This on-going series of posting, appears every Sunday, on selected Estate Folders from the Estate files of Chesterfield County. No known estates exist for the period before the Civil War. They were destroyed with the burning of the Courthouse. There are a few “Equity Records” in the State Archives. Do not overlooked this valuable resources if you are looking for ancestors in Chesterfield County, South Carolina.

Today we will be looking at the following Estate folder:
Folder #372
Frederick C. Rivers
The estate folder begins at image 1153 of 1383. There are 27 images within the estate folder. (images 1153-1180) 1
Frederick C. Rivers passed away in 24 June 1878 having lost his beloved wife, Sarah Ann Hurst, back in September 1877. He was 79 years old.

Frederick and Sarah left a large family of  approximately 13 children.  

Frederick and Sarah's son William James Rivers petitioned the Court for administration of the estate.

Req. For Letters-F. C. Rivers
State of South Carolina}
Chesterfield County} In the Probate Court
Ex Parte
W. J. Rivers } Petition for Letters Administration
To W. J. Hanna, Judge of probate
This petition of W. J. Rivers respectfully shows_
1. That Frederick Rivers off the County and Sate aforesaid departed this life, intestate, on the 24th day of June A. D. 1878.
2. That said intestate left a small personal estate supposed to be o f the value of Two Hundred and fifty-dollars.
3. That said intestate was the father of your petitioner.
Wherefore your Petitioner prays that letters of administration be grants him on said estate and your petitioner will ever pray &c.
                                                            W. J. Rivers

William James Rivers, the oldest son, was granted Letters of administration on the estate.
On 24 August 1878, J. W. McBride, D. R. Davis and Repsey Tucker were appointed by the Courts to appraise the personal estate of Frederick C. Rivers.

The estate inventory and purchasers of the various items is very interesting. Buyers consisted of children and local friends and family.

The most interesting nugget in this probate folder is the date of death of 24 June 1878. I wonder where the Oct 1879 engraved on the Tombstone came from?

Photo Courtesy of Julious Burr

[1] "South Carolina Probate Records, Files and Loose Papers, 1732-1964," images, FamilySearch ( : 21 May 2014), Chesterfield > Probate Court, Estate records > 1865-1927 > Cases 0331-0383 > image 1153 of 1383; county courthouses, South Carolina, and South Carolina Department of Archives and History, Columbia.

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