$50 to Move Two Bodies in 1920

May be an image of text that says 'Oct. 23, 1920, By cash paid Charles A. Long, in full of expense for moving body of decedent and her husband, from Barnes Cemetery to Mo Sន Ridge Cemetery, incl ud ing digging graves at Moss Ridge Cemetery, 50.00 list of disbursements from-estate of Metha M.-Fecht, Final Report and Settlement, dated and filed October 1921; Hancock County, Illinois, Probate case file packets; Box 447.'

Periodic accountings and disbursements of estate administrators may tell you a great deal about your ancestor. The illustration from 1920 indicated that the deceased whose estate was being settled was moved (along with husband) to a nearby cemetery. The “move” was shortly after she had been buried in the original cemetery.

These accountings can clarify relationships (by documenting the actual amounts they received), provide details about how the family actually lived, give insight into the family’s financial status, and occasionally help to document when other individuals were alive.

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