The administrator for the estate of John Smart, who died before 2 July 1805, was one Hugh Smart. The obvious question is, who was Hugh? John had a brother of that name; it could also have been his son Hugh. This Hugh had a middle initial (either P. or F., depending on which record is to be believed) but it’s hard to tell which Hugh it belonged to, so that’s no help. Whatever the relationship, Hugh seems to have died in 1807 when John’s widow Olive was appointed as replacement administrator of John’s still unsettled estate.
But, wait! It gets better. Hugh’s widow was appointed to handle Hugh’s estate. Her name was – you get one guess – yes, Olive. So apparently there were two women known as Olive Smart, both widows, one with unknown maiden name and the other unproven, residing in the same town at the same time, traipsing up to the same courthouse to settle the estates of husbands who died within two years of each other . . . are we having fun yet?