Probate File - Joseph Gresz
I received the will and probate file for my great-great-great grandfather, Joseph Gresz (Gress). He died on 18 February 1899 after writing his will on 8 February 1899. By the look of the signature he was quite sick. I knew he died sometime before 1900, so with the death date I can now get a death certificate and hopefully find a tombstone.
He left a widow, Sophia and 5 children: Louisa, Carolyn, Jacob (my ancestor), John and Edward. I now have married names for Louisa and Carrie. The Edward was a surprise name, as he is mentioned as Eli on censuses, so I had assumed it was Elijah, but I need to look into this further.
He left $6000 in real property and $500 in personal property, which seems like quite a large amount to me in 1899. Unfortunately, since the file is so old it does not break down what he owned. All was left to his wife.