Monday, March 9, 2015

Amanuensis Monday - Post 258: 1912 Probate Record of James Richmond of Putnam, Connecticut - Part 1

Genea-blogger John Newmark (who writes the excellent  TransylvanianDutch blog) started a Monday blog theme years ago called "Amanuensis Monday."  John offers this definition for "amanuensis:" 

"A person employed to write what another dictates or to copy what has been written by another."

The subject today is the first part of the 1912 Probate Record of James Richmond (1821-1912) of Putnam, Connecticut:

The transcription of this record is:

[page 425]

In the Court of Probate for the District of Putnam March 12th 1913
Estate of James Richmond late of Putnam in said district

The Subscriber represents that James Richmond last dwelt in the
Town of Putnam in said District, and died on the 20th day of
December A. D. 1912 possessed of goods and estate remaining
to be administered leaving as his only heirs at law and next of
kin the persons whose names residences and relationship to
the deceased are as follows, viz:

          Names                        Residence                 Relationship
Thomas Richmond                Putnam                      Son
James Richmond                   Stroudsburg Pa          Son
Elizabeth A. Prentice            Danielson Conn.       Daughter
Louisa Richmond                 Putnam                      Daughter
Emma Fitts                           Pomfret Conn.           Daughter
John H. Richmond               Putnam                       Son
Charles E. Richmond          Manchester Conn.      Son
and that said deceased left no will.
    Therefore your petitioner prays that letters of administration
may be granted to Thomas Richmond.
John H. Richmond
    The undersigned being all the heirs at law, and next of kin, and
devisees and legatees interested in the foregoing petition,
accept service and waive notice of the hindering of the foregoing
                                             Thomas Richmond
                                             James Richmond
                                             Elizabeth A. Prentice
                                             Louisa Richmond
                                            Emma Richmond Fitts
                                            John H. Richmond
                                            Charles E. Richmond

Know all Men by these Presents,
     That We Thomas Richmond as principal and Wm. E. Davison as
surety are holden and stand firmly bound and obliged, jointly
and severally unto the State of Connecticut in the penal sum of
Fifty (50) Dollars to be paid to said State or to its certain
attorney. To the which payment, well and truly to be made and
done we the said Obligers do bind ourselves and each of us

[page 426]

as heirs, executors and administrators, and each and every of the,
for and in the whole sum aforesaid firmly by these presents.
Signed with our hands, and sealed with our seals, at Putnam
this 12th day of March A.D. 1913.
     The condition of this Obligation is such that whereas the above
bounden Thomas Richmond has been appointed Administrator
on the estate of James Richmond late of Putnam in the Probate
District of Putnam deceased.
     Now therefore if the said Thomas Richmond shall faithfully
discharge the duties of his said appointment according to law,
then the above obligation to be void and of none effect, otherwise
to remain in full force and virtue.
                                                Thomas Richmond
                                                Wm E. Davison

The above and foregoing is a true copy of the Bond on file
                                                 Attest Edward G. Wright Judge

     To the Court of Probate for the District of Putnam
Estate of James Richmond late of Putnam in said District
     The Administrator hereby makes an inventory of all the
property of said estate which property has been appraised by the
undersigned appraisers duly sworn viz.
     1 Farm Richmond Home Place
        about 80 acres $ 3,000

                                     Wm R. May
                                     D.N. Medbury Appraisers
                                     Thomas Richmond Administrator
Subscribed and sworn to this 26th day of April 1913 before me

                                     Attest. Edward G. Wright Judge

The source citation for this probate record is:

Putnam District, Connecticut, Probate Records, 1856-1920, Volume 11, Pages 425-426, Letter of Administration, Bond and Inventory of James Richmond estate; FHL microfilm FHL US/CAN Film 1,376,328.

James Richmond (1821-1912) is my second great-grandfather, and the father of my great-grandfather, Thomas Richmond (1848-1917).  James' wife, Hannah (Rich) Richmond (1824-1911) died the year before James died.  The seven children listed were all living at the time of this record.   I wondered why another daughter, Hannah Rebecca (Richmond) (Smith) Hoyle (1859-1947?), widow of Frank N. Smith and Edmund A. Hoyle,  was not mentioned in this probate record.   Further research in Massachusetts Vital Records indicated that she died on 7 January 1907, leaving three Hoyle children.  

I found this probate record on microfilm at the Family History Library in Salt Lake city on 11 February 2015.

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