Wilcox County, Alabama: 1859. Folio, 15-1/2" x 12-1/2", folded to 7-3/4" x 12-1/2". Completely in manuscript on blue paper with lined columns. A full accounting: credits on the left side of the ledger sheet, debits on the right. Docketed on verso: "Estate of Levi H. Seltzer, Dec'd, Acct. Current, Partial Settlement, 1859." Two small holes along the center fold [loss of a few numbers and letters], else Very Good.
The account includes funds for hiring out Negro slaves: "NEGRO HIRE FOR 1854. . . 370.00 . . . NEGRO HIRE FOR 1855. . .371. . . NEGRO HIRE FOR 1856. . . 452.50 . . . NEGRO HIRE FOR 1857. . . 76.90. The accounting concludes: "STATE OF ALABAMA, WILCOX COUNTY, PERSONALLY APPEARED BEFORE ME ZO. S. COOK JUDGE OF PROBATE IN AND FOR SAID COUNTY AND STATE, MARY C. ABBOTT ADMX AND J.S. ABBOTT AS ADMR OF THE ESTATE OF LEVI H. SELTZER DECD. . . [signed] 14 JULY 1859, ZO. S. COOK, JUDGE.
Levi H. Seltzer [1833-1853] was the first husband of Administratrix Mary Calloway Parks [Seltzer] Abbot [1834-1905]. He died in Wilcox County at age 20. Mary then married James S. Abbott [1825-1892], the Administrator, a Wilcox County Baptist preacher, in 1858. Between 1860-1862 they moved to Texas. Judge Zo[roaster] S[elman] Cook [1827-1893] was a veteran of the Mexican War and served as Judge of Probate for Wilcox County for about sixteen years. He received a military pension due to his war-related disabilities. See, 50th Cong. 2d Session, HR Rep. 3747 , reporting on a pension increase for Cook. Item #36335