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Re: Estate Records for Allen County
Posted by: martha swaim (ID *****8012) Date: June 22, 2012 at 14:55:28
In Reply to: Re: Estate Records for Allen County by Keith Nuttle of 911

Thank you for that, Keith,
I was puzzled that there was no John Snider or Snyder on the will index and Allen County was unable to find anything. Then a cousin sent me this newspaper article. I think I will try the County and see if they know where something like this might be filed. This John Snider is my 4th Great Grandfather and son John W. is my 3rd Great Grandfather:
THE FORT WAYNE NEWS AND SENTINEL
WEDNESDAY DEC. 29, 1923
Page SIXTEEN?
COURT HOUSE
SEVERAL OLD WILLS FOUND IN COUNTY CLERK’S OFFICE
Were Never Probated
Legacies dating back as far as 1868 await claim of fortunate heirs here.
While looking through some old papers in his office today, Kent Sweet, county clerk, unearthed four old wills dating back as far as 1868, which have never been admitted to probate. The only explanation of their presence in the county clerk’s office is that they were simply left in the hands of the county clerk years ago and for some reason have never been probated.
The oldest of the documents is the will of John Snider, which bears the date of May 7, 1868. The heirs are given as Evan Snider, Rachel McLain, and John W. and Elizabeth Snider. David McLain is named executor.
The article also names wills for John A. Miller (1885), Charles W. Jacobs (1910), and Samuel Kariger (1918).


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