Of Cumberland, Moore and Robeson County, NC
Estate Records of Levi Deaton
Mary Catherine Vassar Deaton, born 1774 and died December 12, 1867, kept meticulous records accounting for the sale of land and personal property belonging to the estate of her husband, Levi Deaton upon his death in 1842. As administrix of the estate, Mary was responsible for the sale of the property and disposition of the proceeds.
Mary and Levi lived in Moore County, North Carolina, on Wet Creek in the vicinity of Bensalem and Big Oak churches. The Deatons had a large and prosperous farm, as evidenced by the size of Levis estate. A 1815 tax listing shows Levi as the owner of three parcels totalling 350 acres valued at $610.
Levi and Mary had at least six children:
All the childrens families are listed in the 1850 Moore County census, except for the Spencers. Mary Deaton, lives nearby, age 76. A number of other Deaton families are also listed in the census, but their relationship is unknown.
Under North Carolina law, Mary was named administrix of the estate (as opposed to executrix) because Levi died in testate, or without a will. In that situation, the estate was divided among the spouse, children and any surviving parents. According to the ledger, shares of the estate were distributed to Mary, Isaac, and Levi Deaton; John Monroe (as husband of the daughter, Mary), Francis Munroe (as guardian of Amandas children, she died in 1831), Upsher Furr (as Rebeccas husband) and Nathan Spencer, who was presumably married to a fourth daughter.
The original records include each item purchased, the price paid, and the total for each individual. As this information is primarily for genealogical research, detailed data is included only for the December 22 sale -- including the sale of Deaton's ten slaves. If you would like a complete copy of the estate records, please e-mail me.
Throughout these records a variety of notes were made apparently by William Talmage Monroe, son of John C. Monroe and grandson of John and Mary Deaton Monroe. Most of these entries were made circa 1902 and are included at the end of the estate records.
The contribution to this project by Betty Monroe Bailey is gratefully acknowledged. Mrs. Bailey, a great-granddaughter of of John and Mary D. Monroe, kept and preserved these records for many years as did her father, Mr. Claude C. Monroe.
Source: Private Collection. Microfilm of originals are available in the North Carolina State Archives, Moore County Records, Deaton-Monroe Family Papers.
The Estate of Levi Deaton
Mary Deaton, Administrix
September 14, 1842
An account of the sale of property belonging to the estate of Levi Deaton decd. made by Mary Deaton his admx on the 14th September 1842 Viz-----
Amount of Sept. Sale $524 27 1/2
An account of the sale of property belonging to the Estate of Levi Deaton decd. made by Mary Deaton Admx on the 10th November 1842. Viz
Mary Deaton (widow)
Amount of Nov. Sale $205 21 1/2
An account of the Sale of property belonging to the estate of Levi Deaton decd. made by Mary Deaton admx on the 22nd of December 1842 Viz
Anderson S Moody
John C Buie
Issac Deaton (Moore Cty)
Amount of Dec Sale $3638 21
Mary Deaton admx Dr to Isaac Deaton
Mary Deaton admx Dr to F. Monroe (gard)
Mary Deaton admx Dr to John Munroe
Mary Deaton admx Dr to Nathan Spencer
Mary Deaton admx Dr to Upsher Furr
Mary Deaton admx Dr to Mary Deaton widow
We acknowledge ourselves indedted to the State of North Carolina in the sum of one hundred do on or before the first day of December next.
In the end, Levi was able to avoid neither death nor taxes!
[The following information was written in a different hand, and apparently at a later date, possibly by W.T. Monroe]
Neil Claudy Munroe was born the 16 of Mar
the most valuable thing in the whole
Friday the 16 Oct 1868 Dummy Chisholm is hire fair day, no frost this season
Mrs Annie I. Allen Died March 12, 1905
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