Noah Loveless, Abbeville District, South Carolina

Well, folks, I really got knocked off on a tangent this morning.  There was a Facebook post from Bob Stevens on the South Carolina Genealogy FB page about a list of abstracts and an index to Abbeville SC Equity Records.  It took me to this website:
http://rosewoodrecording.com/Genealogy/Equity10.05.html

I did a search for “lov” and found this:
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Name of complainer:  Irvin, Rachael 12 years old
Name of complained against:  Loveless, Joanna* etal
Box number:  61
pack number:  3300
year:  1826
Type of document:  part
Abstract of contents:  Father, gdn, next fr – John Irvine. James Loveless dec 1824 i. Joanna wid. Kids: William, Benjamin, Eliza (md Absolom Wilson), Polly (Smith Bowers?), Jesse, Frederick, Smith and Rachel (md. John Irvine).
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I went to FamilySearch to see if those court records were online, and they were not.  So I decided to look in the Index to Probate Records for Abbeville Co. to see if I could find any mention in there.

General Index to Probate Court, Abbeville County, SC:
“South Carolina Probate Records, Files and Loose Papers, 1732-1964,” images, FamilySearch
(https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1-19362-9772-22?cc=1911928 :
accessed 12 October 2015), Abbeville > Probate Court, Index to probate records, H-Q > 1782-1958 > No File Description Available; county courthouses, South Carolina, and South Carolina Department of Archives and History, Columbia.

No Rachael Irvin listed in the index.  Looked for Joanna Loveless and didn’t find her, either.  However, I found the following Lovelesses:
Noah; John Matha exr., box 55, package 1293
James; William Loveless, admr., box 56, package 1325
Lucy, James; Ephraim Calhoun, admr., box 128, package 3462
Ransom; H. Elgen, admr., box 171, package 4585

I decided to look in the loose Abbeville estate and probate papers, which are available on online.  I started with Noah above, because I did not remember his name right off and thought I’d see what was there.  Found his will and the accounting of his estate.  After going through all the papers and making the notes included below, I looked him up on Ancestry.  Not much there.  a couple family trees have him as the son of John and Nancy Bohannon Loveless, but there is no good documentation.  I looked in the archives, of the Lovelace List on Rootsweb and found a discussion back in 1999 of a possible linkage of Noah to James of Tishomingo.  A further search of the archives of that list (http://archiver.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/search; search for “noah AND jemima” in the body, and enter “Lovelace” in the list box), shows much more about Noah. As far as I know, nothing has yet been resolved about who Noah’s parents were.

Following is what I found and copied from the documents on FamilySearch. Anything in quotes is copied directly as written except for the margins and line breaks.  Items [in brackets] are additions or notes put in by me.  If anyone can add any information, please feel free to email me.  Here goes.

Cover:
“South Carolina Probate Records, Files and Loose Papers, 1732-1964,” images, FamilySearch
(https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1-19361-30669-42?cc=1911928 :
accessed 12 October 2015), Abbeville > Probate Court, Probate records >
1782-1958 > Box 055, Packages 1291-1317 > image 26 of 272; county courthouses, South Carolina, and South Carolina Department of Archives and History, Columbia.

“Box 55 Pack 1293
Estate of
Noah Loveless
Dec’d
(1829)”

Will, inside:
“South Carolina Probate Records, Files and Loose Papers, 1732-1964,” images, FamilySearch
https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1-19361-30666-13?cc=1911928 :
accessed 12 October 2015), Abbeville > Probate Court, Probate records >
1782-1958 > Box 055, Packages 1291-1317 > image 27 of 272; county courthouses, South Carolina, and South Carolina Department of Archives and History, Columbia.

“In the name of God Amen.  I Noah Loveless of Abbeville District and State of South Carrolina being weak in body but in perfect mind and memory and calling to mind the mortality of my body and knowing it is appointed for all men once to die do make and ordain this to be my last will and testament Revoking and disannuling all former wills made by me
First I command my soul to to god who gave it and my body to the dust to be buryed in a decent and Christina like manner at the discretion of my Executors and relative to my worldly goods wherewith it hath pleased God to bless me with I dispose [‘with’ crossed out] of the same in the following manner
First my will and desire is that son much of my property shall be sold as will be sufficient to [pay] all my just debts
Second my will and desire is that my beloved Wife Jemima Loveless shall have two Feather Beds, Bed steads & furniture two Wheels cards and Loom & gears & the whole of my Kitchen furniture Six chairs, Table, & Two Chests one Cow one Sorrel Mare and as much of the Crop for her as will support her decently and as [many] hogs as she may want and my tract of land during her Widowhood.
Thirdly my will and desire is that my Granddaughter Sarah Loveless shall have one Bed & Furniture one yearling Cow one sow & one Ewe, any property remaining not willed after paying my debts shall be sold & Equally divided amony all my lawful heirs
I also Constitute my beloved Son in law John Matthews to Execute this my last will and testament in witness whereof I hereunto set my hand and seal this Eight day of August one Thousand Eight hundred and Twenty six & [?] in the presence of
Humphrey Klugh
Jesse Calvert
Agrippa Cooper
[acknowledged by Noah Loveless by his mark]”

Will, outside:
“South Carolina Probate Records, Files and Loose Papers, 1732-1964,” images, FamilySearch
(https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1-19361-30664-27?cc=1911928 :
accessed 12 October 2015), Abbeville > Probate Court, Probate records >
1782-1958 > Box 055, Packages 1291-1317 > image 28 of 272; county courthouses, South Carolina, and South Carolina Department of Archives and History, Columbia.

“Last Will & Testament
of
Noah Loveless deceased
55-1293
Recorded in Book
No 2 page [263?] & Exd.
Moses Taggart OAD [Ordinary, Abbeville District]”

“South Carolina
Abbeville District
Personally appeared before me Agrippa Cooper, who being duly sworn deposeth & saith that he was present & did see Noah Loveless sign seal Publish Pronounce and declare the within to be and contain his true last will & Testament that Testator was then of sound and disposing mind memory and understanding to the best of this deponents knowledge & belief & that Humphrey Klugh & Jesse Calvert signed their names as witnesses to the due Execution thereof, in the presence of [sd.?] Testator & at his request in the presence of each other.  Sworn to and subscribed this 23 day of May 1829 Before
Moses Taggart OAD
A. Cooper
John Matthews qualified Exer”

On 4 June 1829, John Matthews, executor of the estate of Noah Loveless, deceased, submitted “A true inventory and Appraisement of the goods and chattles of Noah Loveless Decd.”  The appraisal was certified on 12 Jun 1829 by G. E. Appleton, Standly Crews, and A. Cooper.

The sale bill of the estate, dated 12 June 1829, was recorded by Moses Taggart, CAD, as settled in 16 December 1831.  List of purchasers:  Dr. John W. Parker, Grigsby E. Appleton, Paschal D. Klugh, Daniel Davis, William Taggart, Mrs. Loveless, John Matthews, Smith Loveless, James Summers, Standly Crews, John M. Blake, James Cain, H. Klugh, Wm. Buchanan, John Watson, John Turner, Ephraim Drummond, Wm. Wedgeworth, Agrippa Cooper, James [?Lummies], Joseph Milford, Robert Buchanan, M. N. Calvert, John Philips, Daniel Davis, John Buchanan Esqr., John Romans, Smith Romans, and [?Chevies] Cobb.  Total proceeds of the sale totaled $88.62.  John Matthews signed the sale bill.

The receipts and returns of the estate were made 27 November 1832 and included the payments from buyers at the estate sale, including Smith Loveless and Jemima Loveless.  The following payments, among others, were paid:  Moses Taggart “for proving Will [and] recording Inventory and sale Bill,” John Buchanan “for Quallifying appraisors,” William B. Arnold “for Crying Sale,” Stanley Crews “for making Coffin,” Grigsby E. Appleton “for Carriage from Hamburg.”

Following in the packet are letters testamentary allowing John Matthews to sell the good and chattles of Noah Loveless, deceased, at public outcry at the residence of the deceased.  Also included is the appointment of Agrippa Cooper, Grigsby Appleton,and Stanley Crews as appraisers of the good and chattles belonging to the estate.  There are also several receipts from heirs acknowledging the receipt of their distribution of the proceeds of the estate sale, apparently following Jemima’s death:
8 April 1843, $6 to James F[cannot read surname]
8 April 1843, $6 to George [?Campmire]
8 April 1843, $6 to John S. Hunt
30 November 1843, $6 to Thomas M. Campbell
No date, $42 to Micajah and Elizabeth Petty
5 April 1843, $6 to Mary Loveless
28 August 1843, $6 to Sophronia [?C.] Loveless

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