I have found many probate packets for my ancestors over the years, most all small, just a will and a few pages of information from the Surrogate’s Court. One probate packet that surprised me was that of my 4th great-grandmother, Barbara (Griss) Fleeman, who died 1 October 1870. At 37 pages long, this packet includes legal proceedings that occurred for 3 years after Barbara’s death. Written mostly in not-always-easy-to-read longhand, I will be transcribing a couple pages a week over the next couple months. Italics are used to differentiate handwritten items. Items in brackets are asides written by me.
Erie County, SS. - To Jacob Sumers + Henry A. Swartz
By virtue of the power and authority given to me, I do hereby appoint you appraisers of the personal property of Barbara Fleeman late of the City of Buffalo deceased.
In Witness Whereof, I have hereto set my hand and seal of office, this 12th day of June 1872. [Signature Unreadable] Surrogate.
Erie County, SS. – I Jacob Somers and I, Henry A Swartz do solemnly swear that I will truly, honestly and impartially appraise the personal property of Barbara Fleeman deceased, which shall be exhibited to me, according to the best of my knowledge and ability.
Sworn to this 1st day of July 1872, before me} H A Swartz [Signature] Jacob Somers [Signature] Edward Edge [Signature] Commissioner of Deeds for Buffalo
STATE OF NEW YORK, Erie County.}SS. I, Adam Fleeman Administrator of Barbara Fleeman deceased, do swear that the following Inventory is in all respects just and true; that it contains a true statement of all the personal property of the said deceased which has come to my knowledge, and particularly of money, bank bills, and other circulating medium, belonging to the said deceased, and of all just claims of the said deceased against me, according to the best of my knowledge.
Sworn before me, this 1st day of July 1872} Adam Fleeman [Signature] Edward Edge [Signature] Com of Deeds for Buffalo
A True and Perfect Inventory of goods, chattels, and credits of Barbara Fleeman deceased, made on the 1 day of July 1872, by Adam Fleeman Administrator &c., of deceased, with the aid of Jacob Somers and H.A. Swartz appraisers, duly appointed by the Surrogate' of the Count of Erie,
Articles for the Widow and Minor Children, set apart without appraisal, pursuant to the Revised Statutes: None
In addition to above, we do inventory, appraise and set apart for the use of the Widow and Minor Children of said deceased, the following articles of property, ($150 in amount,) pursuant to the Statute of 1842, viz: None
We further certify that upon inquiry we could not find any personal
ly property to appraise
Adam Fleeman [Signature]
H A Swartz [Signature]
Jacob Somers [Signature]
Source: Erie, New York, Probate Files, 7035, Barbara Fleeman; Erie County Probate Court, Buffalo.