Children of William Lindsey (1760/1770 – 1840) and Rachel Earnest — Rachel Lindsey and First Husband Jacob Cooper (2)

15 November 1829 summons by Thomas Bomar, Spartanburg court of ordinary, announcing Isaac Lindsey’s application for probate of the will of Jacob Cooper, Spartanburg County, South Carolina, loose-papers estate file of Jacob Cooper, file 580

Or, Subtitled: “Sail Bills,” Meeting Houses, and Family Squabbles

As the previous posting notes, the Spartanburg county loose-papers estate file of Jacob Cooper and the case file for the equity court case his widow Rachel Lindsey Cooper pursued on behalf of herself and their son Jacob Henry Cooper against the other heirs of the estate contain rich genealogical information, enabling us to document quite a bit of this family’s history over a considerable length of time.[1] In what follows, I want to discuss these two sets of documents and to note what they tell us about the Cooper family.

4 thoughts on “Children of William Lindsey (1760/1770 – 1840) and Rachel Earnest — Rachel Lindsey and First Husband Jacob Cooper (2)

  1. Bill  —  I’m catching up on my reading and just now got to this post.  Take another look at the original document.  I think that the operative word is “applied” rather than “appealed.”   “stating that Isaac Lindsey had appealed for probate of the will of Jacob Cooper” As always, I am enjoying the family saga and appreciate your examples of proper methodology in research and writing.  —  John

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  2. John, thank you so much for being such an astute, careful reader of my blog and for providing feedback. I didn’t really intend to transcribe the document verbatim. You’re right that the word it uses is “applied.” I supposed I landed on “appealed” because that’s the usual word I see in these older legal documents about probating estates. But I’ll change “appealed” to “applied,” now that you’ve pointed out some folks may see this as a discrepancy. I appreciate your reading and giving such good feedback.

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