When a person died owning property, but left no will, an administrator was usually appointed by the county court to settle the decedent's estate. After executing bond to show he would faithfully and fairly settle the estate, he was responsible for collecting debts due to and from the estate and to make a fair distribution of the remainder. The date of the administrator appointment is often used as an approximate death date.
The creation of Webster County took effect 1 Jul 1860 and the first session of county court was held in Sep 1860. The following appointments of administrators were made during the first session of court and are recorded in Webster County Court Order Book 1860-1866. The page number in the Order Book is found at the end of the entry.
R.K. Thornberry was appointed administrator of the estate of James Coley 26 Sep 1860. [p. 25]
G.W. Cook was appointed administrator of the estate of Jno. H. Davis 26 Sep 1860. [p. 25]
Joel McLendon was appointed administrator of the estate of George Brand 12 Oct 1860. [p. 33]
Samuel Shirley was appointed administrator of the estate of Wm. McClendon 19 Oct 1860. [p. 39]
James L. Melton was appointed administrator of the estate of Saml. N. Grayson 7 Nov 1860. [p. 43]
Wm. R. Baker was appointed administrator of the estate of Absia Smith 7 Nov 1860. [p. 43]
John Graham was appointed administrator of Abnedgo Llewellyn's estate 12 Nov 1860. [p. 44] "A writing purporting to be the last Will and Testament of Abnedgo Llewellyn was produced and proven by the oaths of D. Head, G.W. Wynn and L.M. Rice, subscribing witnesses." 8 Mar 1861. [p. 92]
Joel Blackwell was appointed administrator of the esate of Buckner Ash 20 Nov 1860. [p. 49]
Jno. Brown was appointed administrator of Harvey Barnett 12 Dec 1860. [p. 56]
Eura Grayson was appointed administrator of William Grayson's estate 14 Dec 1860. [p. 58]
Published 9 February 2016, Western Kentucky Genealogy Blog, http://wkygenealogy.blogspot.com/