Date Original

1860 January 12


This is a draft of specifications for a log house to be built by A.C. Childers, as administrator of the estate of John Wells. George McGhehey, judge of the probate court of Lawrence County, approved it.


A Draft of a house to be Built
By A.C. Childers as Executor of the
Estate John Wells Deceased as follows
to wit.. the said house is to be 18
By 20 feet. One Story high and
the Logs are to be hewn, the Roof
is to be put on with Rafters and
Covered with 3 feet Boards and only one
third of the Board to show, the floor
is to be laid with good Plank and
put Down in workmanlike manner
and said house to be sealed over
head, and to make 2 good dores
with shuters, to be done in a workman
order, one window to be made of
common sise with good sash
and lights, also one stone chimney
and the undertake is to furnish all
the materials and to paint the house
and finished off the house to be Ready
for Living in by the first of October next and the work is
not to be received by the executor
unless the work is all done in good
workman like order and if the under
taker should fail, in any particular,
he shall forfeit all the work
he should have done, on
such House. The above materials to
be of good sound plank and well seasoned
this 12th Jary 1860.
A.C. Childers as Executor.

Physical Description

Specifications, 7.5" x 12"


Cabins; Log cabins; Specifications; Construction


A.C. Childers

Geographical Area

Lawrence County (Ark.)




MSNE.0054, Box 31, Folder 2326

Resource Type



Lawrence County (Ark.) probate records, MSNE.0054


Arkansas State Archives

Contributing Entity

Northeast Arkansas Regional Archives

Recommended Citation

Specification for construction of log cabin, Lawrence County (Ark.) probate records, Northeast Arkansas Regional Archives, Powhatan, Arkansas.


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This record is of interest to me for several reasons. It is the only probate record I have encountered that goes beyond settling accounts and paying for care of minor children to actually constructing a home. It also provides a very detailed description for the construction of an antebellum log home, also an unusual bit of information for our collection. - Lisa Perry


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Specification for construction of log cabin