WILLS & PROBATE
Bear in mind that the date the will was written/signed is not the date of death. Usually, the filing of the will, Administrators Bond or Letters Testamentary will be within a week or two of the date of death.
Probate may take a couple of years to settle; one, posted on this site, took over 10 years!.
There is a lot of work involved with probate, including filing the will, posting bond, collecting debts due to deceased, paying creditors, sale of personal property/real estate, distribution to heirs and filing of Administrators Accounts.
An appointed Executor/Administrator may have "renounced" their right as Executor/Administrator because they were unable or didn't want to accept the responsibility. This did not mean they gave up their right to their legacy.
An "annexed" Will is one that was filed and probate entered by the named Executor, then later, reassigned to another person due to death or renunciation of the original Executor.
A "citation" was written and a summons issued if anything was left unresolved. This could be for legatees that needed to come forward to receive money or an overdue (delayed) Administators Account, which left Probate unsettled.
If a Will was written, it usually appointed/named an Executor; if the deceased died intestate, an Administrator was appointed.
Administrators' Accounts had to be filed and a filing fee paid to the Register of Wills, every time money was received by or distributed from the estate.
Administrators & Executors
Probate was not final until all moneys had been paid and accounted for and there was a "0" balance
- Frederick J. PIPER, dec'd; Catherine PIPER, exec
- William BELL, dec'd; David W. SLOAN and Thomas CONNOR, execs
- George TIPPEN, dec'd; Ann TIPPEN, adm
- Henry STINE, dec'd; Lydia STINE, adm
- Jeannette HURLEY, dec'd; Watson J. PIPER, adm
....and guardian of James HURLEY and Edward D. HURLEY
- Leroy DIEHL, dec'd; David L. WILLIAMS, adm
Cumberland Daily News; Wednesday 6 January 1875
Posted February 26, 2011