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Legal Decision, 25 May 1748,
of Charles Pinckney re Estate of Edmund Bellinger,
Charleston County, S.C.

Manuscript, 25 May 1748, legal decision of Charles Pinckney (1699-1758) in the case of the disposition of patent lands in Charleston County owned by Edmund Bellinger.

Pinckney goes through the disposition according to Bellinger's will of 1739, but Bellinger's widow "could not sell all the Lands so directed by the will in time to pay the debts." She sold slaves instead and divided the remaining lands between her children and herself. The case involved establishing the legal heirs of progeny who have since died—two unmarried sons and a daughter who "at her death left one daughter who is since dead"—and the distribution of their inheritance. The document provides a fascinating look into eighteenth-century law.

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