Sunday, August 23, 2009

Guardians Bond

In continuing with The Probate Records Index for Mary Brown ...

Item #2 is the actual Guardians Bond specifying that Robert Brown's widow, Sabra Brown, has posted the amount of $5000 dollars to the court for the guardianship bond of hers and Roberts minor children. It also obligates her to maintain, educate, and clothe them. From this point forward, she will be required to file an annual return with the court proving that she has provided for the "orphans".

It's hard for me to imagine those times for Sabra. I still do not know what it was that made her move to Henry County. Could she have already had family there?

In 1840 her son Archibald was 19 years old, daughter Mary is 16 and Atha is just 12.

From Keeper of the Records

SOURCE: Henry County Probate Records Office, Georgia
Guardians Bond Book 1838-71, Henry County
Page 35

Photo taken with permission at the Henry County Probate Records Office, McDonough, Georgia.
Digitized version of original - Copyright 2009 Joanne Schleier


Georgia, Henry County.
That we, Sabrey Brown William Adair Samuel Stigall and William Kimbell

acknowledge ourselves jointly and severally bound unto the Judges of the Inferior
Court when sitting as a Court of the Ordinary of said County, and their successors and
assigns, in the just and full sum of five thousand

Dollars, to the payment of which, well and truly to be made, we bind ourselves, and
the heirs and executives of us and each of us, jointly and severally, by these Pres-
ents. Sealed with our seals, and dated this sixteenth day of
November 1840

The Condition of the above Obligation is such, That if the above bound
Sabrey Brown
who was this day appointed Guardian of the person and property of
Archibald Brown Mary Brown and Athea Brown
Orphan Children of Robert Brown
deceased, she acknowledging of the same by acceptance of
said appointment, and of Letters of Guardianship of this date; shall well and truly
maintain, clothe and educate said orphans according to their circumstances, and
shall take good and lawful care of their persons and property according to the
laws of this State, and shall annually make a just and true return of all her
actings and doings here in, unto the said Court, then this obligation to be void: else
to remain in full force.

In Witness whereof, we have hereunto set our hands and seals, the day
and year above written,

Wm L Gordon G., C., O.
Recorded this 20th day
of Nov 1840
Wm L Gordon clk

Sabrey his "X" mark Brown L.S.
William Adair L.S.
Samuel Stigall L.S.
William Kimbell L.S.

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