Monday, June 14, 2010

Bated Breath - Part 2

Well, the first three films (of eight) that I ordered came in to the local Family History Society. Two reels are hand written copies of the wills and letters of administration for Huron County from the early 1900's. I found information for John, James, Philip T., and Mary Ann Andrew Halls... and nothing for Samuel Snr. - again. The third reel is probate records, and it contained the material for Philip T Halls.

Philip appears to have died without a will. There is a letter of administration in the first two reels, and then a multipage probate document in the third reel. His wife Agnes gave the administration of the estate over to her brother. The major interest is the point that there is some sort of agreement between the brother and a judge where they appear to owe the judge several thousand dollars. I am not quite sure what is going on, not enough familiarity with probate.

The wills/letters are well written, and well microfilmed, but the writing is very difficult to read, so the transcription process is very slow. I will have to go back and get better copies for myself to make the transcription process easier.

So now I wait for the probate records for the same time period. What I really hope to find there is probate records for Samuel Halls Snr. The man lead a very private life. Or perhaps mysterious would be more accurate.

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