In the quest for information on our ancestors, the books and certificates and other records with specific dates of birth, marriage and death quite often don’t cover the dates that apply to our ancestor.  Sometimes, the information we are looking for is found in unexpected locations.  As I’ve been looking through the Russell County Court Orders, I’ve found information that helps give me a pretty good idea of the month and year that my ancestors passed away.  I don’t know that I’ll ever be able to find an exact date because death records were not required at the time, so I was thrilled to come across this information.

Reading through the records, I’ve decided to write periodic posts with information on the death of other Russell County residents that are not in my line.  Hopefully, these will provide information that other researchers are looking for. Some of these records simply mention that someone is deceased while others are naming administrators for the estate.  Guardians might be named for orphaned children, wills might be proven or inventories might be presented. Even though a specific date of death is not being given, it can help you narrow down the possibilities or name individuals that are related.


  • March Term – William Oldakers and John Oldakers infant orphans of Henry Oldakers dec’d.
  • March Term – Jane Stapp widow and relict of William Stapp dec’d.
  • Sept. Term – Shadrack Phelps, Job Kerns, Elizabeth Kerns administrators for Abraham Kerns dec’d.
  • Dec. Term – last will and testament of Emery Cook proven.  Nancy Cook widow.

I’d love to be your Personal Assistant for these records! If you see a record that you’d like to have, I’d be happy to provide a digital copy of the full page for you for only $2.00 a page.  Email me at theshygenealogist [at] gmail [dot] com to tell me which record you’d like.  I use Paypal for fast, convenient transactions.