of the bonds filed by executors and administrators, beginning about 1800,
contain notations concerning the death of the decedent and heirs.
These notes were not recorded in the (Administration Bonds) series [MSA
C589]. The following examples will demonstrate the kinds of information
found on the bonds. James Cannon died intestate on March 16, 1800
at his dwelling house and left a widow Susanna and six children named Susanna,
James, Mary, Cassandra, Caroline, and Matilda. Harman Husbands died
intestate on July 31, 1805, at Peter Wingate's and left heirs named Isaac,
Rebeccah, Benjamin, and John Benson, children of his sister Mary Benson
and her husband Benjamin.
The executors of the estate
of Joseph Hutchinson filed their bond on January 7, 1805. A notation
on the paper lists his
representatives as his widow
Ann and eight children - John, William, Walter, Samuel, Elizabeth, Ann,
Benedict, and Rachel, the
last two being under age.
John Lynch died at his own house in October 1817 and left a widow and two
children. The names of
these heirs are not given.
William Gorrell died intestate on June 6, 1823, at his own house and left
a widow Elizabeth and three
children - John, Joseph,
and Henrietta, all minors.
Michael Hayne died intestate
on November 4, 1830, at his house and left nine children of whom
Albert was the oldest. The others were Matilda, John, Elizabeth,
Sarah, Julia, William, Rebecca, and Michael. Hannah Quarle died intestate
in 1838 at her
residence and left one son
Joseph, a minor.
[A special thanks to Jon
Livezey who brought these records to the attention of the author.]