In August, 1869 Sarah Payton Stever's personal property and assests were appraised and sold at public auction. Her estate was appraised by Charles Davis, Valentine A. Davis and Ezekiel Y. Salaman. Each of these men indicated that they were not interested in the estate as an heir. The estate was appraised as follows:
The appraisal was made the fifth day of August, 1869. An additional appraisal was made August 27, 1869, as follows:
Appraisal made by David J. Dill, James M. Johnsto, and Charles Curtice. The inventory of the estate lists cash on hand as $145.25. Other assests were:
This part of the inventory of the estate was signed by William G. Davis and David J. Dill. The sale of Sarah's property was held August 27, 1869. This record is on permanent file in the office of the Probate Court of Webster County, Missouri. The inventory also lists 186 acres of land.
After Sarah's death, Peter Stever, her son, purchased the heirs' interest in the 186 2/3 acres which had been set out as Sarah's dowry. Peter built a house about 1/2 mile east of the cemetery, where he lived out his days.
With the death of our sister-in-law, Mrs. George W. Stever(nee: Nannie Mae Hollis, our wife's sister) in August, 1980, the Stever name ceased to exist in the area after 143 years. There are many descendants of George and Sarah in the area of the original settlement, but none of the Stever name.
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