Tri-County Legal Documents
Subj: Partial probate file, Spafford Andrus
Date: 7/31/2001 5:18:17 PM Eastern Daylight Time
This is a very partial probate file. I well understand you may choose not to post it as it may essentially be useless to others. It does appear from one remaining fragment that Spafford Andrus died intestate.
[Only fragmentary portions of Spafford Andrus' probate file are extant. Even these fragments have parts obliterated. Apparently an Elmira flood destroyed the rest of the original file. According to part of the second fragment, Spafford Andrus died intestate.]
Surrogate Office SS
Mary E. Andrus administratrix and Theodore _ Wellar administrator of the goods chattels and credit of Spafford Andrus late of the town of Horseheads in said County dec'd being each duly sworn Each do swear __ that __ ___ that they reside in said town of Horseheads and that they will faithfully and ___ discharge the duties of administratrix and administrator of said Estate according to the best of their ability.
[signed] Th_ Wellar Mary _ Andrus
Subscribed and sworn before me this _th [7th?] day of January 1874
T. S. Spaulding Surrogate
respectively __. That she is the Widow of the said deceased. That said deceased departed this life in the 23rd day of December 1873 at the Village of Horseheads in said County. where the said deceased then resided. That he left him ___ing your Petitioner his widow and George R. of the age of 13 years. and Ella May of the age of two years as his children. That said deceased died ___ leaving no will to the knowledge of ___ Petitioner. That said children reside with your Petitioner in Horseheads aforesaid
That the entire personal estate of said deceased does not exceed in value the sum of three hundred Dollars. S___ Petitioner therefore prays that Lettters of administration may be granted to your Petitioner and Theodore V. Wellen Esq of Horseheads N. Y.
[signed] Mary E. Andrus
Mary E. Andrus of said County being duly sworn says that the foregoing petition is true __ his own knowlege [rest obliterated]
Page [preprinted, with names and dates filled in by hand]
County of Chemung, SS: I, Orman Herrick, an appraiser, duly appointed by the Surrogate of said County, do swear and declare that I will truly, honestly and impartially appraise the personal property of Spafford Andrus, who was late of the County aforesaid, deceased, which shall be for that purpose exhibited to me, the the best of my knowledge and ability.
[signed] Orman Herrick
Sworn before me this 30th day of January 1874
J. A. Christie Notary Public in + for said [sic]
County of Chemung, SS: I, Peter Hintemuth [surname spelling difficult
to read clearly], an appraiser, duly appointed by the Surrogate of said
County, do swear and declare that I will truly, honestly and impartially
appraise the personal property of Spafford Andrus, who was late of the
County aforesaid, deceased, which shall be for that purpose exhibited to
me, the the best of my knowledge and ability.
[signed] Peter Hintemuth
Sworn before me this 30th day of January 1874
J__ Christie Notary Public in + for said Co.
County of Chemung, SS: I, Mary E. Andrus administratrix and Theodore
V. Weller adminstrator of the estate of Spafford Andrus, deceased, ____
[obliterated] that the
following inventory is, in all respects, just and true: that it conta__ [part obliterated] of all the personal party of said deceased, which has come to the knowledge [part
obliterated] particularly of all money, bank bills and other circulating medium, belong__ [part obliterated] of all just claims of the said deceased, against the deponent to the best [part obliterated] knowledge.
[signed] Ma__ __ndrus Th___ ___ler
Sworn before me this 13th day of March 1874
J. A. Christie Notary Public in + for Said Co.
The following articles, which are not erased with a pen, are now inventoried
[part obliterated] provisions of Vol. 5, R. S., Page 83, Sec. 9.
[This is a preprinted list with some items crossed out. This is the reamining inventory.]
The clothing of the family.
One sugar dish.
Other books, under $50 worth.
Beds, bedsteads, and bedding.
Six knives and forks.
One milk pot.
Stoves put up.
Necessary cooking ___s.
Widow's clothes etc.
[3 - 5 more items remaining items are obliterated]
The following is a Schedule of one hundred fifty dollars worth of personal
allowed [part obliterated] __s of 1842, set apart and inventoried by the appraisers for the
use of Mary E. Andrus [part obliterated] deceased, and appraised as follows:
[This list is all handwritten]
50 Yards Rag Carpet 10.00
25 Yards __ [Ingrain ?] Carpet 12.50
1 Book Case 6.50
1 Centre Table 1.00
1 Hall Leaf Table 3.00
1 Large Table 4.50
1 Stand 1.00
1 Lounge 1.25
Brot up 37.75
One Doz Chan__ [rest obliterated]
One Clock [rest obliterated]
One Looking Glas__ [rest obliterated]
One Swing ___ [rest obliterated]
One Lot Dishes 5.00 [there may have been an additional numeral before the 5]