The language of the law. Part Latin, part Anglo-Saxon, all confusing.
It’s mid-way through the GRIP week, and The Legal Genealogist is exhilarated… and tired.
I’m a student this week, at least mostly, back in the classroom at the Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh, picking up tips and tricks on research and — my weakest suit — organizing my research from an instruction team led by Kimberly Powell and Angela McGhie.
It’s fun, it’s great to be on the other side of the podium1 and it’s time-consuming.
So the blog has been a little quiet, hasn’t it?
But one of my colleagues here popped me a question I can’t resist sharing, with her permission.
Peggy Clemens Lauritzen came across this early 19th century notice in the Maryland Gazette2 and, she wondered, just what was a sheriffalty anyway:
The question is simply answered in the legal dictionaries: a sheriffalty is the “time of a man’s being sheriff. The term of a sheriff’s office.”3 Or, perhaps a bit more completely, the “office of sheriff, the time during which a sheriff is to remain in office.”4
You know what this is, right?
This is a campaign notice.
Solomon Groves is throwing his hat into the ring as a candidate for sheriff.
How cool is that!?!?! An early 19th century campaign ad!
And oh yeah… he won.7
What a neat find… and what a great reminder that our ancestors may have stood for election, and we need to look for those records…
Cite/link to this post: Judy G. Russell, “Into the ring,” The Legal Genealogist (https://www.legalgenealogist.com/blog : posted 17 July 2019).
- Mostly. I did do one evening lecture, on the ethics of genealogical sharing, sponsored by the Western Pennsylvania Genealogical Society, and will do one copyright presentation in the writing course tomorrow. ↩
- Notice, (Annapolis) Maryland Gazette, 4 Aug 1808, p. 4, col. 2; digital images, Newspapers.com (https://www.newspapers.com : accessed 17 July 2019). ↩
- Henry Campbell Black, A Dictionary of Law (St. Paul, Minn. : West, 1891), 1091, “sheriffalty.” ↩
- John Bouvier, A Law Dictionary Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States of America and of the Several States of the American Union, rev. 6th ed. (Philadelphia : Childs & Peterson, 1856), 2: 521, “sheriffalty.” ↩
- See Notice, (Annapolis) Maryland Gazette, 18 Apr 1805, p. 3, col. 1; digital images, Newspapers.com (https://www.newspapers.com : accessed 17 July 2019). ↩
- See ibid., 27 Sep 1809, p. 1, col. 2. ↩
- George A. Martin, compiler, “Vital Records from the National Intelligencer,” National Genealogical Society Quarterly 44 (March 1956): 25. ↩