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Daniel Michal Receipt for the Estate of Jacob Michal



 Re’d from John Logan Eleven dollars 12 ½ cts in full of his a/c with Jacob Michal dc’d

 8 November 1834              Daniel Michal administrator

John Logan was paying what he owed the estate of the deceased Jacob Michal. As soon as I saw the name Michal, I immediately thought that this was a name of German descent. Something I’m familiar with, being from Caldwell County. According to a biography on Jacob’s son George Washington Michal, Jacob was born in Pennsylvania. His tombstone at the Rutherfordton City Cemetery indicates that he was born 23 Jul 1792. Marriage records in Rutherford County prove that he married Catharine Ramsour on 10 May 1815. Jacob was a man of considerable wealth. There are numerous land transactions in his name. In the 1830 census, he owned six young slaves (3 under 10, the rest 10-23). He died June 27, 1834 at just 44 years old. Records about his estate spanned over 100 pages in order to list all of the purchasers and items.

I had a hard time finding out information on who Daniel Michal was in relation to Jacob. He was living in his own household during the 1830 census in Rutherford County, NC. He could be a son, nephew or brother. Anyone know?

Records and Biographies

The subject of this sketch was born in Rutherfordton, N. C., October 19, 1825, and died in Hickory, N. C., January 11, 1892. His father, Jacob Michal, who came to North Carolina from Pennsylvania, and his mother, Catharine Ramsour of Lincoln county, were both of German extraction. They were married 10 May 1815. In his early youth, he decided upon medicine as his chosen profession and entered the Medical College at Charleston, South Carolina, but later went to the University of Pennsylvania where he was graduated at the age of twenty-one. Commencing to practice in Marion, N. C., he continued there until 1861 when he became Surgeon of the Sixteenth North Carolina Regiment. While thus employed, he was elected to the Convention from Rutherford county to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of Jason H. Carson, taking his seat January 21, 1862. In 1865, he removed from Marion to Newton and here practiced his profession for eight years when failing health forced him to abandon it for other pursuits. Dr. Michal was always a conservative in politics and deplored secession even when he recognized it as the last resort for the State. In his early life, he joined the Methodist Episcopal Church, South, but later embraced the views of the Episcopal Communion.

Bulletin of the Genealogical Society of Old Tryon, vol. 26, pp. 85 and 87. Notes of Thomas McHann due 1831 and 1833 in the estate inventory of Jacob Michal, October 1834. [source]

Deed Book 32, p.226, 17 June 1818, George Walton Bradley of RCNC to John Hoke and Jacob Michal of the same, 350 dollars, tract in Rutherfordton on the northeast square and part of lot no. 1 joining Noah Hampton, Main St., and Jacob Michal, being part of a lot sold by Genl. James Miller to Joseph Alexander. Wit. James Walker, John Logan. #185, 17 May 1820. (BGSOTC, May 2007, p.88)

Deed Book 33, p.527, 22 March 1821, James Humphreys, one of the constables of Rutherford County, to Adam Hampton, highest bidder on 22 February 1821 at 631 dollars, five negroes, Eve an old lame woman (six dollars), Tom (105 dollars), Beckey and her child Cinda (100 dollars), and Cinda and Squire (420 dollars), by virtue of sundry executions: (1) Moses Logan, J. P. 27 January 1821 against Jonathan Hampton for $68.51 to satisfy a judgment of Adam Hampton against Jonathan, (2) by Moses Logan, J. P., 27 January 1821, against Jonathan Hampton for $55.25 to satisfy a judgment of Adam Hampton against Jonathan, (3) a judgment by Wm. Edwards, J. P. 2 February 1821 against Jonathan Hampton for 60 dollars recovered by Adam Hampton against Jonathan Hampton, (4) a judgment by William Edwards J. P. 2 February 1821 for $59.60 recovered by Adam Hampton against Jonathan Hampton, (5) a judgment by Jacob Michals J. P. 6 February 1821 for $18.18 recoverd by Adam Hampton against Jonathan Hampton. Wit. George S. Williams. #227, 8 September 1821. (BGSOTC, November 2009, p.188)

Deed Book 34, p.179, 3 June 1823, Robert Mcafee, Andrew Miller, and Peter Mooney to Francis Alexander, all of RCNC to Jacob Michael of the same, 99 dollars, 99 acres part of patent 3144 24 November 1819 joining Andrew Miller, Morris, and Terrell. Wit. Benjn. F. Logan, Jos. Bowen. #267, 20 August 1823. (BGSOTC, May 2012, p.78)

Deed Book 34, p.191, 6 December 1822, John L. Love and Noah Hampton to Reinhardt & Bowen & Co., all of RCNC, 50 dollars, 50 acres granted to Thomas Hunter and James Love, joining David Miller, Taylor’s Mill Creek, Sarah Hamilton, Ledbetter, and Rowland. Wit. Jacob Michael, Ben’n. T Logan. #290, 27 August 1823. (BGSOTC, May 2012, p.78)

1835 – 12 January , a Sarah Queen and an Alfred Queen were among the purchasers of items from the (very large) estate of Jacob Michal, deceased, in Rutherford Co., NC.[105]  Over 100 pages of this record book were required to list all the purchasers and items.

1830 Census Jacob Michal
Home in 1830 (City, County, State): Rutherford, North Carolina
Free White Persons – Males – Under 5: 2
Free White Persons – Males – 5 thru 9: 2
Free White Persons – Males – 15 thru 19: 1
Free White Persons – Males – 20 thru 29: 1
Free White Persons – Males – 30 thru 39: 1
Free White Persons – Females – Under 5: 1
Free White Persons – Females – 30 thru 39: 1
Slaves – Males – Under 10: 2
Slaves – Males – 10 thru 23: 1
Slaves – Females – Under 10: 1
Slaves – Females – 10 thru 23: 2
Free White Persons – Under 20: 6
Free White Persons – 20 thru 49: 3
Total Free White Persons: 9
Total Slaves: 6
Total – All Persons (Free White, Slaves, Free Colored): 15


If you have any additional information about Jacob or Daniel Michal, please share in the comments below. 

About the Logan Project: I possess a box of 170 documents passed down 6 generations in the Logan family that originate from John Logan (1775-1841) of Rutherford County, NC. These documents are mainly receipts that show the various business and legal dealings of many different families from Rutherford County, NC. I will be posting these documents on this blog in chronological order. The scanned images of these documents are the copyright of Jonathan Medford. You are welcome to download them for personal use. Do not redistribute these documents for the purpose of commercial gain without his expressed written permission. If you would like to start reading them from the first document, you can start here.



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