The partition of Robert Aldridge’s estate.
by Lisa Y. Henderson
On 4 July 1902, dower laid off and partition made of Robert Aldridge‘s land as follows:
Dower — Eliza Aldridge received 53 acres on a run of Stoney Run Branch.
Lot No. 1 — Mathew W. Aldridge received 100 acres on Stoney Run and Hurricane Branches, excluding the Agustus Church and free school house lots. Interest Mathew bought from his father included in the described tract. Residue valued at $200.
Lot No. 2 — George W. Aldridge received 42 acres on Stoney Run and the county road, valued at $200.
Lot No. 3 — Joseph Aldridge received 53 acres on Stoney Run and the county road, valued at $200.
Lot No. 4 — David Aldridge received 80 acres on Stoney Run and the county road, valued at $200.
Lot No. 5 — Robert Aldridge received 41 acres on a prong of Stoney Run and the Spring Road, valued at $200.
Lot No. 6 — John W. Aldridge received 50 acres on Stoney Run Branch below the mineral spring and the Spring Road, valued at $285.
Lot No. 7 — Frances Locust received 33 acres on Stoney Run and the Spring Road, valued at $200.
Lot No. 8 — Talitha Brewington, Hattie Brewington, Elijah Brewington, Mattie Brewington, Lundy Brewington, and Toney Brewington jointly and subject to the life estate of Joshua Brewington, received 33 acres on W&W Railroad, valued at $193.
Lot No. 9 — Louetta Aldridge received 32 acres on Stoney Run Branch, valued at $193.
Lot No. 10 — Lizzie Aldridge received 32 acres on the W&W Railroad and Stoney Run Branch, valued at $193.
Lot No. 11 — Louetta Artis, Robert Artis, Columbus Artis, Josephine Artis, J. Scott Artis, J.B. Artis, Lillie Artis, Annie Artis and Elberta Artis, jointly and subject to the life estate of Adam Artis, received 32 acres at the mouth of a ditch on the run of Stoney Run and the railroad, valued at $193.
Submitted by Sam C. Casey, Walter C. O’Berry, Ira W. Hatch.
The margins of this document contain notations and signatures acknowledging receipt of moneys due to balance the lot values, including signatures of Lizzie Aldridge, Tilithia King, J.W. Aldridge, Joseph Aldridge, Hattie Brewington, Columbus Artis, Elijah Brewington, Tony C. Brewington, Robert Aldridge, Lundia Brewington, and June Scott Artis, and Eliza Artis’ mark.
John Aldridge, owner of Lot No. 6, paid $7 each to the owners of Lots 8-11, and $57 to the Clerk of Superior Court for costs of the division.
Louetta Aldridge’s share was divided among her siblings “the owner of said amount now being dead this day Aug 22=1904.”
Abstract from document in the file of Robert Aldridge, Estate Records, Wayne County Records, North Carolina State Archives. [Sidenote: Robert Aldridge, born circa 1819, was my great-great-great-grandfather. Bits of his land remain in family hands. The Brewingtons were children of Robert’s daughter Amelia, who died a few years before he did. The Artises were children of his daughter Amanda, who died about the same time. Frances Locust and her husband changed their surname to Randall. — LYH]