Wednesday, August 12, 2009
Alfred L. Brophy (professor of law, University of North Carolina) has posted a series of blogs discussing the article he co-authored with Stephen Duane Davis, II, which is entitled The Most Esteemed Act of My Life: Family, Property, Will, and Trust in the Antebellum South. A list of the co-author's postings with links is below.
Antebellum Greene County: Discussing Greene County, Alabama, the country records that were the basis of the article.
Probate in the Old South: Who?: Discussing the contents of the 110 wills that the authors sampled for the article. These wills were filed in Greene Country between 1813 and 1845.
The New Technologies of the Antebellum Era: Steam and Trust: Discussing the prevalence of trusts in the wills surveyed.
- The Trusts for Freedom: Or How is Reese Witherspoon Related to Probate in the Old South?: Connecting Actress Reese Witherspoon to probate in the old south and discussing wills that attempted to free the slaves held by the testator.
The actual article is posted on SSRN, a link to which can be found on my prior blog post that also provides a summary of the article.
Special thanks to Joel Dobris (Professor of Law, UC Davis School of Law) for bringing these postings to my attention.