Where there’s a Will (or probate record) ~ Week 9

I spent several years looking for information on Levi Holt. We knew that he was the parent of Mary Elizabeth Holt, my great-great grandmother who married William Smith, immigrant from Ireland. From land transfer documents we found that her sister was Jane married to Abel Allen. And we had a photo of Levi Holt, Mary and Jane’s brother.

Several years ago I found a obituary for Levi Jr Plattsburgh Republican. (Plattsburgh, Clinton County, N.Y.), May 27, 1893, Page 4, Image 4 stating that “Mr Holt was the only son; he had eleven sisters of whom only two survive him, one of whom is in Minnesota to hear the sad news.” I have spent a lot of time looking for the other nine sisters. A couple of years ago, using Ancestry, I came across the probate record below.

This states “the deceased left no will and testament but died intestate.” There is a lot of information in these two short pages.

Transcribing this is a process. I transcribed those words I recognized and made educated guesses on some of the other words and some are still a mystery to me. Eventually I was able to put together the names of daughters and their husbands and added them to the tree. I have even been in contact with a descendant of Catherine McCreedy who shared pages from a family bible.

  • Catherine Holt 1806–1844 married Thomas McCreedy
  • Susan Holt 1810–1874 married nathan Thurber
  • Louisa Holt 1814- married John Sherman
  • Mary Elizabeth (Polly) Holt 1816–1869 married William Smith
  • Jane Holt 1820- married Abel Allen
  • Hanna Holt (I’m not sure I have transcribed this name correctly)
  • Maria Holt 1823–bef 1900 married Chester Bosworth
  • Levi Holt 1826–1893 married Susan Stanton and Amelia (?)
  • Charlotte Holt

Charlotte and Hanna are elusive. Since they weren’t married at the time of their father’s death, I can’t trace them through their husband’s name.

In a surrogate court held at the village of Plattsburgh in the county of Clinton on the sixth day of August in the year one thousand and eight hundred and forty two Present (?)
Elearn Miller Surrogate
In the matter of granting administration on the estate of Levi Holt deceased on the day and at the place aforesaid Abel Allen of the town of Mooers in the county of Clinton appeared and made application for letters of administration of the goods chattels and credits of Levi Holt late of the town of Ellenburgh in said county ****** to be granted to him the said Abel Allen in right of Jane Allen his wife and a daughter of the said deceased and made satisfactory???? of that the said Levi Holt was lately a resident of the said county of Clinton and died at his residence in the town of Ellenburgh in said county on the eleventh day of May 1841 (2?) a natural death leaving a widow viz. Jane (Jeanne? Jennie?) Holt (since deceased) and one son and eight daughters (to wit?) Levi Holt now residing in the town of Plattsburgh in said county Jane Allen the wife of the said Abel Allen Maria Bosworth the wife of Chester Bosworth and Charlotte Holt all residing in the town of Mooers aforesaid, Polly Smith wife of William Smith Louisa Sherman the wife of John P Sherman and Hanna? Holt residing in the town of Ellenburgh aforesaid Susan Thurber the wife of Nathan C Thurber residing in the town of Belmont County of Franklin and Catherine McCreedy wife of Thomas McCready residing in the town of Brownhelm County of Lorain and state of Ohio _______________ ______________ in that the said Levi Holt and Charlotte Holt are infants under the age of twenty one years and that neither of them have a general guardian and that the said deceased left no will and testament but died intestate that the funeral property of the said deceased at the time of his death would not amount ____ to more than one hundred and fifty dollars. In the application of the Abel Allen it is ordered that a special guardian be appointed for the said Levi Holt and Charlotte Holt infant heirs of the said deceased and Chester Bosworth in the town of Mooers in the said county having consented ___________ such guardian and ________________________ and filed such ____________________________ in this ?? thus far I the surrogate _______________ ____________ ___ That the said Chester Bosworth be appointed guardian to the said infants to attend to and ???? of the infants in the ???/

Elearne Miller surrogate

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