Friday, May 30, 2014

History Repeats Itself

It's not exactly that history has repeated itself but sometimes events repeat themselves in a family.

My great-great-grandfather John Froman died in about 1871.  I found his Orphan's Court file in Mercer County, Pennsylvania, ordered it, and learned that he died intestate.  While I was working on his file I ordered the file of his widow, Catherine (Saylor) Froman, who died on December 20, 1928.  It arrived a few days ago. 

It was a pleasure to see that this file was typewritten:  no illegible handwriting to decipher.  A quick overview of the file showed me that all of her children were named and included the daughters' married names.  I had most of thisinformation from my aunt's family records but having the information again gives a little more credence to what may have been family legend or mis-copied information. 

I'm learning that nothing about my ancestors should surprise me but I was surprised to see that Catherine died intestate just as her husband had.  I don't know why that's a surprise considering that she was a female in the early 1900s and probably still had few rights. 

With both John and Catherine having died intestate, I'm wondering if I'll have a whole family of intestates.



  1. Yay for the typewriter! I have a typewritten Chancery Cause and it's filled with typos -- pre-White Out, obviously.

    1. Well, yes, the typewritten word is easier to read but the errors probably make it difficult to be sure you understand exactly. Perhaps she/he was new to the job. I would be a terrible typist to have a job where I didn't have spell-check and auto-alert to misspellings. I always think I wouldn't have to be such a good proofreader if I were a better typist!


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