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Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Estate Record - John Cope, A Case Study

In browsing through the images of Ohio County Probate Records, on FamilySearch,  in search of my 3x great grandfather's estate, I found the will of John Cope.  This name interested me greatly since my 2x great grandfather is John Cope Louthan.  I will share with the what I found in the Estates Records 1841-1842 in Columbiana County. I found it very educational for me as to what may be found in these type of records.

Ohio, Probate Records, 1789-1996-Columbiana-Estate records 1841-1842 no 2353-2453

Case # 2362 Doc. CP 2, Pg 83

The will of John Cope was written 27 Aug. 1841 and  recorded in the probate court clerk's office on 19 Oct. 1841.   He left the farm to his widow, Mary Cope, but his personal property was to be sold.  Mary was allowed to live and collect the revenue from the farm so long as she remained a widow.  Upon her death the land would be sold and the proceeds divided among their children: Rebecca, Jason, Edmond, Elizabeth, Ann and Sarah.  His personal property was sold on 3 Nov. 1841 and an accounting of the sale recorded with the probate court on 19 Nov. 1841.   John Cope had borrowed money in the sum of $400 dollars and signed a binding agreement between him and the Fund Commissioners of Columbiana county, by the virtue of a Act of the General Assembly  entitled "An act providing for the distribution and investment of this state's proportion of the Surplus Revenue.  He had to pay $200 on demand with the balance at 7%  interest  was due within three years.  The agreement was made on 11 June 1840.  It doesn't state the his purpose for this money.    A letter filed with the probate court for the final accounting of his estate we find the death date of July 1854 for Mary Cope and a record of the money she received from John's estate.   Now the land is to be sold and the proceeds divided among John's children.  In this packet is a document dated December 23, 1855 noting the guardian, Jos. De Camp,  of the minors of Jason Cope; Charles, Jason and Amos, and  also mentions the two older sons of Jason and gives their ages: William age 24 years and John Clay age 22 years. All three men, Jos DeCamp, William Cope and John Clay Cope, signed the document.  Another document in this packet is from Van Buren County, Iowa appointing guardians for the minors of Sarah Jones, dec'd.  Harry Robb was appointed guardian of Margaret, David H, John M, Samuel, Roller, William and Appeline date 8 March 1858.  Amos H Levan was the attorney assigned to obtain the quit claim deeds from Rebecca Havil, Elizabeth Baker and Ann Hadley.  Emund Cope's attorney was James Crook.  The quit claim deed filed on behalf of Rebecca Havil of Hancock county, Ohio,  is the only one containing a description of the land; NE 1/4 Section 31 Township 12 Range 2  beginning at the Northwest corner then East with the section line forty chains and fifty links to the corner post then west until it strikes Gouchnaires South East corner (he owned 20 acres in the Southwest corner of the section) then round the lot to the west boundary of the quarter section, then along that line to the beginning, containing one hundred and forty acres and fifty-six hundredths of an acre.  The land sold for a total of $4,360.50 and a full accounting of the disbursement to the heirs was filed on 19 Sept 1860.
There are nearly 80 images in this packet, some of which are duplicated.

In a previous search in probate records for this county, I found a guardianship for Moses Louthan minor of John Louthan dec'd, appointing Joseph Hamilton his guardian.  There was nothing else in that packet.  After seeing the guardianship of the Jones' minors from Van Buren county, Iowa, I realized I need to find the county of death for John Louthan and search for his estate record in that probate court.  I will need to go back and read the history of Beaver county, PA to see if it states the county of John's death.   It was also informative in that the will was filed in 1841 but the estate could not be settled until after Mary's death as so stipulated in the will.  In this case it took nearly twenty years, but the packet is recorded not in the 1860 estate files but with the 1841 estate files.  While I didn't find a link to my 2x great grandfather, it was interesting to read.

Love the hunt, even when it leads me down a side road!

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