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.