Why Wasn’t the Son the Administrator?

I originally wondered why the oldest son was not the administrator of this 1823 estate. One reason was the son was only twenty when his father died and not old enough to legally administrate the estate. He would have needed to be twenty-one. 


2 thoughts on “Why Wasn’t the Son the Administrator?

  1. Jade

    An estate’s major creditor might petition for Administration. I have also seen instances where estate heirs selected and nominated a non-relative for this job.

    1. michaeljohnneill Post author

      Good point. In this specific instance it was a son-in-law. It’s always worth investigating the administrator to determine what the relationship was. I can only think of one relatively close relative whose administrator was a “public” administrator when there were relatives in the area.


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