Sometimes Heirs Die Along the Way

Make certain to review all estate accountings showing how inheritances from an estate were disbursed. Do not only look at one list.  Intermediate or final accountings may indicate that there were heirs who originally survived the deceased died before the estate could be settled. Their heirs would then be listed in more recent lists of disbursements.

This can be a good way to estimate dates of deaths and learn more names of heirs, particularly for estates that took a while to settle.


One thought on “Sometimes Heirs Die Along the Way

  1. Jade

    Deceased heirs may be noted in such records as petitions for administration on an estate, partitions of lands and guardianship orders, often together with ~their own~ heirs-at-law.


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