The Prerogative Court was the focal point for probate in colonial Maryland, and it was also the colony’s court for equity cases–resolution of disputes over the settlement and distribution of an estate. During 1764-1765, the court met every two months.
This series of Prerogative Court transcripts is arranged, with a few exceptions, chronologically by court session. Volume XXXIII refers to nearly 7,000 colonial inhabitants of the Province of Maryland. For the most part, the transcriptions state the names of the principals (testators, heirs, guardians, witnesses, administrators, and so forth), details of bequests, names of slaves, appraisers, and more.