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The Louis A. and Frances B. Wagner Series: Their Lives, Their Wills: Women of the Borderlands, 1750-1846

In 1815, in the Spanish settlement of San Antonio de Béxar, a dying widow named María Concepción de Estrada recorded her last will and testament. Estrada used her will to record her debts and credits, specify her property, leave her belongings to her children, make requests for her funeral arrangements and secure her religious salvation. Using last wills and testaments, like Estrada’s, as main sources, Dr. Amy M. Porter explores the ways in which these documents reveal details about religion, family, economics, and material culture.

The Louis A. and Frances B. Wagner Series is supported by the Louis A. and Frances B. Wagner Series Fund.