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Re: Wills and Executors Wayne Co, PA (Bayles)
Posted by: Tim Gruber (ID *****9026) Date: September 16, 2010 at 03:48:19
In Reply to: Wills and Executors Wayne Co, PA (Bayles) by Mabel Bayless of 505

The file number refers to exactly that a file number, a folder of loose papers. Some or all the information from the file may or may not have been copied in the Orphans Court dockets. It sounds like he died intestate (without a will). Therefore no will was copied in a will docket. Administrative wills or estates, as they are called, often don't contain much for genealogical purposes, but you never know. You might be better off simply getting a copy of the file from the Wayne County Orphans Court/Register of Wills Office.

Any land he may have owned might have been sold by his executors only or his heirs. Any such deed would be in the Recorder of Deeds Office in the same county. If they were sold by his heirs the deed(s) will often list each person and the relationship to the deceased. But the land wasn't always sold right away. Sometimes it wasn't sold until after the widow died or until the settling of the entire estate. For one ancestor of mine it wasn't sold until 42 years later. By then all the children were deceased and the land was sold by the grandchildren and in some cases the great-grandchildren. Deeds weren't always recorded and sometimes not until many years after the deed was written. I've seen some deeds that weren't recorded until a century later.

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