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We've seen Barbara Haase before in Casefile Clues columns, particularly her involvement in the settlement of her husband's 1850 era probate. This week we take a look at some items from her own 1900 era estate settlement and see how the entire estate record may finally answer some questions and leave others unanswered.
The packet of papers for Barbara's estate was rather large (or at least larger than those for most of my relatives). Fortunately the estate records of Hancock County, Illinois, have been microfilmed by the Family History Library. Instead of making paper copies of the entire set of papers, I scanned them. I did not have time to read and analyze each page while at the library, and at the time I was mainly concerned about each image being as readable as possible. I was also concerned that if I copied only "selected" pages that something on an "unselected" page would be crucial.
Most of the records were typical. Barbara's estate listed her real property in the inventory, but the list of income received by the executor did not include any amounts from the sale of real estate. In reading through the individual estate papers, I noticed requests from the executor to have the court approve his payment of taxes while the estate was being settled. There were no requests to sell the property, either privately or at public auction. While the property she owned was not large, I knew there had to be some disposition of her ownership in Block 10 of Wilson's Addition to the City of Warsaw. It was just a question of finding it.
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