Re: Largent Letter
The 16 September 1836 notice in the Chancery Book for Hampshire County was as follows (available on Ancestry.com):
Lewis Largent against Sarah Largent widow and relic of John Largent dec’d, James Slane, Adm’r with the will annexed of John Largent dec’d William Largent, James Largent, John Washington Largent, William Johnson and Margaret his wife formerly Margaret Largent, Joseph Largent and Mary his wife formerly Mary Largent, Edward Frazier and Elizabeth his wife formerly Elizabeth Largent, Samuel Largent and Sarah Ann his wife formerly Sarah Ann Largent and Milly Largent children heirs and legal representatives of said John Largent, dec’d.
I agree with you that the 1836 and 1838 notices are probably related.I hope to find the proceedings.
I found the posting you mentioned regarding the South Branch Intelligencer, as transcribed by Vicki Bidinger Horton for the period June 1837 to December 1839 (I also found an LDS film with the transcriptions).This appears to be a different dispute where both plaintiff and defendant are from the same family, probably over some land.This was the time when several of Major John Largent's children sold off their inherited land and moved West.Although Malinda is not mentioned in the case, I would not regard her absence as determinative (yet).Absalom Kesler, Malinda's husband, had acquired significant land during that period, mostly from the divided Flora holdings.He and Malinda may not have taken part of that dispute.But, the proceedings, if I ever find them, will reveal more.Also, I need to find the deed with Malinda's name on it that was mentioned by Dr. Kerns.
Thanks much for your help.