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As I’m been going over the information I have in my file for a 3rd great grandparent, John Minnick, I’ve been dealing with incomplete citations. One of those citations was not only incomplete but also inaccurate!

The notation, Minnick,IL.015, is my ‘index’ to my files. Thus, I was able to locate the document I used to create this citation. The document in question was a photocopy of page 466 and 467 from a court minute book.

On the back of the document, I had written some ‘source’ information.

Unfortunately, page 466 is not in Volume U of the Henry County Minute Books. Fortunately, the indexes and minute books are available on FamilySearch. Thus, I was able to recheck the index to the Minutes

Index to Probate Records, A-R, p. 1-473 1892-
Film 1443453 Item 4 DGS 7656909

Image 493 – start of Item 4
Index to Estate Papers
Image 655 – Start of ‘M’

Image 663
Minnick John Estate
S 467, 515
T 3
U 171, 176, 187, 275

This allowed me to not only locate the record I had photocopied but also to locate the entire set of minutes regarding the estate of John Minnick.

The set of minutes that I had photocopied contains a list of surviving heirs:

  • Wilson J. Minnick
  • Emma Mantzer (Mentzer)
  • Barbara E. Fruik (Frink)
  • Mary E. Minnick
  • Grandchildren: Robert Bell and Mertie E. Bell

While this particular set of minutes helps me document the family, there is additional information in the other minutes that provide additional information about John Minnick. According to the inventory, John Minnick’s estate included real estate valued at $1700.00. This means that John Minnick owned real estate at the time of his death — and — that I need to locate a deed for the transfer of the land after his death.

Thus, I’m thankful that I searched for and obtained all of the minutes.

Book S page 466
Image 497

Wednesday, May 6th A.D. 1903

In the Matter of the Estate
of
John Minnick, Deceased

Letters of Administration

THIS DAY COMES Wilson J. Minnick, son of said dec-
eased, and represents unto the Court by petition filed herein, verified by Affidav-
it, that John Minnick, late of Kewanee, in the County of Henry and State of Illinois
departed this life at his home at Kewanee, in said County, on or about the 2lst day
of April, A.D.,1903, intestate, leaving real and personal property in said County
of Henry,- said personal property estimated worth six hundred dollars (#600.00);
that said deceased left him surviving no widow, but Wilaon J. Minnick, Emma Mantzer,
Barbara E. Fruik, Mary E. Minnick, All adults, his children, and Robert Bell and
Mertie E. Bell, his grand-children, and only-heirs-at-law; that said heirs have
waived their right to administer said estate, and prays the Court to appoint George
Tunnicliff Administrator thereof,
AMD THE COURT HAVING HEARD said petition, and being now fully advised
in the premises, DOTH ORDER the prayer of said petition granted, and George Tunni-
cliffe appointed Administrator thereof; and that as such Administrator he give Bond
with security, as the law directs, in the penal sum of one thousand two hundred dol
lars (#1200.00).
AND NOW AFTERWARDS, and on this day comes said George Tunnicliffe, and pre-
sents to the Court his bond as such Administrator, as required, signed and sealed by
himself as principal and by Prank 0. Lowe and Will C. Palmer as sureties. And
said Bond is approved by the Court and ORDERED entered of record.

Page 467
May Term, A.D. 1903 – Wednesday May 6th A.D., 1903

AND ROW COMES SAID George Tunnicliffe end presents to the Court his Oath Of Office
as such Administrator, as required by Statute.
WHEREUPON, IT IS ORDERED by the Court that Letters of Administration now issue
to said George Tunnicliffe as Administrator of the estate of John Minnick, deceased.

Illinois, Henry County. Minutes, 1844-1923. Film #1443443 Items 2-3; DGS 7656919. John Minnick, 6 May 1903 Book S: page 466-467; Digitized images, FamilySearch http://www.familysearch.org : viewed online 21 July 2022.

Later in volume S is the set of minutes listing the Inventory.

Page 515 – Image 521
June Term, A.D. 1903 Friday, June 19th, A.D., 1903

In the Matter of the Estate
of
John Minnick, Deceased

Inventory

This day comes George Tunnicliffe, Administrator of said
estate, and presents to the Court an Inventory of said estate, showing real estate valued
at one thousand seven hundred dollars ($1700.00); insurance, three hundred sixty seven dollars ($367.00); stock, six hundred ten dollars ($610.00); notes and accounts, ten dollars ($10.00). And the court having examined said inventory, DOTH ORDER the same approved and entered of record.

Illinois, Henry County. Minutes, 1844-1923. Film #1443443 item 2; DGS 7656919. John Minnick, 19 Jun 1903 Vol. S: page 515; Digitized images, FamilySearch http://www.familysearch.org : viewed online 21 July 2022.

Then in Book T, there is a list of claims against the estate.

Book T page 3 image 590
September Term, A.D. 1903 Monday September 7th, 1903

In the Matter of the Estate
of
John Minnick, Deceased

Notice to Creditors, Claims

THIS DAY comes George Tunnicliff, admin-
istrator of said estate, and makes due proof of the posting and publication of Notice to
Creditors of said estate to present claims at the September term, A.D.: 1903, of said Court,
for adjustment and allowance, – which proof is accepted by the Court and held to be suffi-
client. And thereupon the following claims were presented for allowance against said
estate; and said claims being proven to be just and unpaid, it is ordered by the Court that
the same be allowed, classified and paid as follows, viz: –
W. C. Palmer — 1st class — $104.00
Charles Myers – 7th class – 14.00
Dr. F. O. Lowe – 7th class – 21.00

Illinois, Henry County. Minutes, 1844-1923. Film #1443443 item 3 DGS 7656919. John Minnick, 7 Sep 1903 Vol. T: page 3; Digitized images, FamilySearch http://www.familysearch.org : viewed online 21 July 2022.

In volume U, the sale of the personal property was approved.

Page 171 – image 277

In the Matter of the Estate
of
John Minnick, deceased

Sale of Personal Property

And now on this day comes
George Tunnicliffe, administrator of the estate of said deceased, and presents to the Court a
petition, praying that the court order that certain personal property of the deceased there-
in mentioned be sold at private sale. And it appearing to the Court that the inventory of
the personal estate of said deceased has been heretofore filed and approved in this Court,
the Court proceeds to consider and petition. And it appearing to the court from the al-
legations in said petition contained and from satisfactory evidence, that it is necessary
for the proper administration of said estate that said property be sold, that none of said
property is reserved to the widow or included in specific legacies and bequests, and it
further appearing that it will be to the interest of said estate that the property named in
said petition be sold at private sale, it is therefore ordered that said administrator, as
aforesaid, proceed to sell at private sale upon the best terms possible, eight shares of
Stock in the Union Building and Loan Association of Kewanee, Illinois

* It is further ordered that said property be sold at a price not less than six hundred eighty one dollars and seventy six cents ($681.76)

* And it is further ordered that said sail be for cash, and that as soon after mak-
ing said sale as possible the said administrator make due report to this Court of his acts
under this order, as required by law.

* And it is further ordered that said petition be filed and recorded.

T. H. Chesley,

County Judge

Dated at Cambridge, Illinois, this 14th day of June, A.D. 1905 *

Illinois, Henry County. Minutes, 1844-1923. Film #144344 DGS 7656918. John Minnick, 14 Jun 1905 Vol. U: page 171; Digitized images, FamilySearch http://www.familysearch.org : viewed online 21 July 2022.

The “Final Report” is on page 176 and 177 of volume U.

Page 176 – image 280
June Term, A.D. 1905 Monday, June 19th, A.D. 1905

Wednesday, June 21st A.D. 1905

In the Matter of the Estate
of
John Minnick, Deceased

Final Report

This Day Comes George Tunni-
cliffe, administrator of said estate, and presents to the Court a final report of his
acts and doings, as such administrator, and prays the Court for an order of distribution
of the funds remaining in his hands belonging to the estate of said deceased.

page 177 – image 280
June Term, A.D. 1905 Wednesday, June 21st, A.D. 9105

Whereupon the Court doth order that hearing on said report be set for Monday, the
3rd day of July, A.D. 1905; that the Clerk give notice thereof to the heirs at law and le-
gatees of said deceased, as required by statute, and that said cause be continued to that day and date.

Illinois, Henry County. Minutes, 1844-1923. Film #144344 DGS 7656918. John Minnick, 21 Jul 2022 Vol. U: page 176-177; Digitized images, FamilySearch http://www.familysearch.org : viewed online 21 July 2022.

Then in July 1905, the Order of Distribution was approved.

page 187 – Image 285
July Term, A.D. 1905 Monday, July 3rd, A.D. 1905

In the Matter of the Estate
of
John Minnick, Deceased

Final Report. Order of Distribution

This day comes on for hearing the
matter of the final report, heretofore filed herein, of George Tunnicliffe, as administrator
of said estate, said report being from June 16th, 1903 to June 19th, A.D. 1905, showing
amount received, then hundred seventy three and 75/100 dollars ($1073.75); amount paid out
two hundred eleven and 50/100 dollars ($211.50), leaving a balance due said estate of
eight hundred sixty tow and 25/100 dollars ($862.25). And now comes said administrator and
represents unto the Court that he has performed all the duties of his office according to
law; complied with all the orders of the Court relating thereto; disbursed to the persons
entitled thereto all assets which have come to his hands belonging to the estate of said
deceased, except said balance of eight hundred sixty two and 25/100 dollars ($862.25); paid
all claims allowed against said estate, and costs taxed therein, and prays the Court for an
order of dostribution of said balance to the heirs of said deceased,
And it appearing that the heirs at law of said deceased have been duly served with
notice of the filing of said report, and time set for hearing the same, and the Court having
examined said report, and being now fully advised in the premises, doth approve and report
and order it entered of record; and distribution of said balance to the heirs at law
of said deceased, as prayed.

page 188 – image 286
July Term, A.D. 1905 Monday July 3rd, A.D. 1905

Sherrard & Poppleton – 7th class – $16.58
Farmer’s Nat’l Bank, of Cambridge, Ills, – 7th * 103.00
A. R. Ammerman – 7th * .70
P. A. Johnson, 7th * 4.81
E. C. Burke, 7th * 1.00
1st Nat’l Bank of Cambridge, Ills, 7th * 133.30
Johnson & Record, 7th * 6.10
William Morris, 7th * 12.50
Amos Goult, 7th * 50.00
John H. Seaton, 7th * 2.35
Frank Hollard, 7th 15.20
International Harvester Co., of America, 7th * 54.90

Illinois, Henry County. Minutes, 1844-1923. Film #144344 DGS 7656918. Jhn Minnick, 3 Jul 1905 Vol. U: page 187-188; Digitized images, FamilySearch http://www.familysearch.org : viewed online 21 July 2022.

In September 1905, the court discharges the administrator and the estate was settled and closed.

page 275, image 330
September Term, 1905 Thursday, September 13th A.D. 1905

In the Matter of the Estate
of
John Minnick, Deceased

Final Report, Discharge of Administrator
This day comes George Tunnicluffe,
administrator of said estate, and presents to the Court a report of distribution of the
funds remaining in his hands belonging to the estate of said deceased, to the heirs at law
of said deceased, in accordance with the orders of the Court heretofore entered, amounting
to eight hundred sixty two and 25/100 dollars ($862.25), and prays to be discharged from
further accounting or liability herein. And the Court, having examined said report, and
being now fully advised in the premises, doth approve said report and order it entered of
record; said administrator and his bondsmen discharged from further accounting or liability
herein, and said estate hold to be settled and closed.

Illinois, Henry County. Minutes, 1844-1923. Film #144344 DGS 7656918. John Minnick, 13 Sep 1905 Vol. U: page 275; Digitized images, FamilySearch http://www.familysearch.org : viewed online 21 July 2022.