Samuel Wells states that Mary Wells died on 31 May 1853 leaving to her heirs a personal estate which included two slaves, Betty and Larey, appraised at $60 and $700, respectively. As a legal heir, the petitioner asserts that he is "entitled to distribution thereof of her estate; and he avers that he is ready, and he hereby tenders a refunding bond" to the estate administrator. Wells therefore prays "the court to grant a rule against the said administrator requiring him to distribute the said estate among said heirs."
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Repository: Lauderdale County Archives, Meridian, Mississippi