Will the Estate Ever Be Settled?

Thanks to Family Search’s digitization of microfilm, I was able to research the estate of Henry Burke in Platte County, Missouri. As I was scanning the images, I found that the case drug out for three years.

The first entry for the estate was recorded 3 Nov 1845 (image 215) in Platte County, Missouri:

And now at this day comes Elizabeth Burke and files here affidavit and on her application this ordered by the court that she be and hereby is appointed administration of the estate of Henry Burke deceased and requires her to execute bond as such administration in the sum of sixteen hundred dollars with approved security and there upon the said Elizabeth Burke one enter her bond as aforesaid in the sum aforesaid with Matthew M. Bland and Alfred Kirkpatric securities which is received and approved by the court.

5 Jan 1846 in Platte County, Missouri (image 229)

Now at this day comes Elizabeth Burke administratrix of the estate of Henry Burke deceased and presents her inventory and sale bill of the effects of said estate which were received by the court and ordered to be preserved on file.


8 Feb 1847 in Platte County, Missouri (Image 313)

Now here comes Elizabeth A Burk administratrix of estate of Henry F Burk makes her first annual settlement which is in the words and figures following to wit:

For amount of sale bill of personal estate Filed July 5, 1845 $483.93
for amount of proceeds of sale of negro girl $299.28

Total Indebtness $783.18

By payment to Dr. W I Westerfield voucher No 1 $7.00
By payment to Peter Bishler voucher no 2 $5.00
by payment to John W Taylor voucher no 3 $2.50
by payment to A. M. Bett voucher no 4 $10.00
by payment to G P Past voucher no 5 $2.19
by payment to G W Goodlander voucher no 6 $3.50
by balance being indebtedness Feb 8 1846 $750.99

Now here comes Elizabeth Burk administratrix of the estate of Henry F Burk deceased and files in open court here her petition in writing stating that the personal estate of said deceased is insufficient to pay the debts of said estate, and prays for the sale of the real estate of said deceased to wit: lots no. 11 and 12 in block no 42 in the town of Weston in Platte County or so much thereof as will pay the debts of said estate. Accompanied by a true account of her administration. A list of the debts due and by the said deceased and remaining unpaid and accounting of the real estate and the remaining personal and all the assets in her hands. The whole verified by the affidavit of the said administratrix It is therefore ordered by the court that all per sons interested in said estate be notified thereof and that unless the contrary be shown on the first day of the next May session of this court AD 1847 An order will be made for the sale of the whole of said real estate as will pay the debts of estate and expenses of administration such notice may be given by ten hand bills put up in the public places in Platte County in which said real estate is situate. Court adjourns till 9 o’clock tomorrow morning.

2 Mar 1846 in Platte County Missouri (image 246)

Monday March 2nd 1846
D. P. Wallingford
Estate of H F Burke
Legal notice being duly served upon the administration of said estate and the demand of plaintiff being being proven the allows the said plaintiff fifty six dollars 75 cts assigns his demand to the 5th class

John G Burk
Estate of H F Burke dec’d
Legague notice being served on the administration of said estate, ordered by the plaintiffs demand for eighty five dollars be allowed and assigned to the 5 class.

4 Apr 1846 in Platte County, Missouri (image 255)

Wednesday April 4th AD 1846
William C Moore
Henry F Burke Deceased
Notice having been proven, the Court allows the plaintiffs claim of $122 unto and assigned to the 5th class

4 May 1846 in Platte County, Missouri (image 256)

The court authorizes the administration of Henry F Burk deceased to sell a negro girl named Clovia, belonging to said estate tot he highest bidder on the first day of the June county court on a audit of twelve months.

1 Jun 1846 in Platte County, Missouri (image 261)

Robert Shaw
Estate of H. F. Burke deceased legal notice being received the court allows plaintiff five dollars and 33 cents for his debt and assign it to the 5th class.

James Kuykendall
Estate of H. F. Burke deceased legal notice being received the court allows plaintiff twelve dollars for his debt and assigns to the 5th class.

5 Aug 1846 in Platte County, Missouri (image 267)

J Woods
Estate of H F Burke deceased legal notice being waived the court allows plaintiff nine dollars for his debt and assigns it to the 1st class.

7 Sep 1846 in Platte County, Missouri (image 272)

Joseph Dinon
Henry Burke dec Estate notice being waived in open court the plaintiff account of $104 and 73 cents is allowed against defendant and assigned to the 5th class of debt

A. M. Bell
Same legal notice being waived in open court the plaintiffs account of $24.50 is allowed against the defendant and assigned to the 4th class of debt.

2 Feb 1847 in Platte County, Missouri (image 309)

Benjamin Holliday
The Estate of Henry F Burk dec’d
acct 7.40 dollars
legal motion being waived in open court and the court being satisfied with proof the amt of seven dollars and forty cents is claimed by this court and assigned to the 5th class

6 May 1847 in Platte County Missouri (image 339)

Thursday May 6 AD 1847
In Matter of Estate of
Henry F Burke deceased
Order to sell real estate
And now here comes Elizabeth Burke administratrix of said decedents estate and proves to the satisfaction of the court that she has notified according to laws all persons interested in said estate that she has filed her petition in this court praying the sale of the real estate of said decedent or so much thereof as will be sufficient to pay the debts of said estate and the expenses of administration, said petition being accompanied by a true account of her administration, a list of debts due to and by the deceased and remaining unpaid, and an inventory of the real estate and remaining personal estate with its appraised value and of all the assets in her hands. The who verified by the affidavit of said administratrix. and the court being satisfied that the prayer of said petition ought to be granted doth order that the said Elizabeth Burke a such administratrix sell the following described real estate or so much thereof as will be sufficient to pay the debts of said estate and the expenses of administration, that is to say lots number eleven and twelve in block number forty two with their appurtenances, situated in the county of Platte in the state of Missouri, said real estate to be sold at public or private sale in the discretion of said  administratrix. If at public sale, to be at the court house door in Platt City on the first Monday in August next between the hours of ten o’clock in the forenoon and five o’clock in the afternoon of said day at public outcry and openly by auction to the highest bidder, first giving 4 weeks notice in a newspaper or twenty days previous notice by ten written notices posted up at different public places in said County of Platt of the true place and terms of sale. And that said administratrix report her proceedings herein to the next August term of this Court Ordered that court adjourn until Nine o’clock tomorrow morning.

4 Aug 1847 in Platte County, Missouri (image 358)

In the matter of the Estate of
Henry F Burk dec’d
Ordered by the court that Elizabeth Burk administratrix of said estate by and she is hereby authorized and required to sell the following real estate belonging to said estate to wit: lots no. 11 and 12 in block no 42 in the Town of Weston either at public or private sale on the first week of the next Sept. circuit court she first giving public notice of said sail by posting up hand bills to that effect.

1 Nov 1847 in Platte County, Missouri (image 384)

Ordered by the court that Elizabeth Burke, administratrix of the Estate of Henry F. Burke deceased by the authorized to sell lot no in block no 42 in the town of Weston at private or public sale by giving four weeks notice by 10 written hand bills in ten public places in this county to be sold if at public sale on the first day of the next session of this court on a cr of six months the purchase giving bond with approved security.

6 Dec 1847 in Platte County, Missouri (image 397)

Ordered by the court that Elizabeth Burke administratrix of the estate Henry F Burke deceased continue the sale of town lot in Westin until the first Monday in January 1847.

7 Feb 1848  in Platte County, Missouri (image 418)

Now here came Elizabeth Burk administratrix of the Estate of Henry F Burk dec and makes her 2 annual
settlement of said estate, which stands thus

amt at last settlement $750.90
Cash rec’d since that time $259.02
total $1000.00

Contra Cr
1 Clks fees for recording $ .75
2 Lewis Clerks fee $6.10
3 Amt pd Martin Bland $15.00
4 Amt Dr. A. M. Bett $ 8.00
5 Amt D. P. Mallingford $15.00
6 Amt Nathan Newby $ 3.00
7 Amt paid J Woods $ 9.00
8 Amt paid Saml Dowery $ 2.00
9 P. C. Poacity $ 6.92 $1000.00 debts
10 W H Bell $ 40.00
11 B Holladay $ 3.00
12 W H Bell $140.00
13 Jas Kuykendall $ 5.00
14 J. G. Coksill $ 6.00 259.77 credits

Bal on hand Feb 7 1848 $740.24

10 Nov 1848 in Platte County, Missouri (image 538-539)

Now at this time of the court comes Elizabeth Burke administratrix of the estate of Henry F Burk deceased and files her report of all the proceedings in relation to the sale of real estate made under the order of this court which is as follows Whereas at the February term of the County Court of Platte County Missouri, the said administratrix filed her petition in the court as the law requires showing the amount of indebtedness of said estate and also of the amount of money on hand and due said estate, and sharing to the said satisfaction of the court that the personal property is wholly insufficient to pay the debts of said estate and praying for a sale order for the sale lots no. 11 & 12 in block no. 42 situate in the town of Weston Platte County aforesaid which petition references may be had to said petition now on file in this office, whereupon the said court proceed to make an order requiring said administratrix to notify all person interested in said estate to be [?] appear at the May term of said county court AD 1847 to show cause why said order of sale should not be made by posting up ten hand bills in ten public places in said county, where upon at the August Term AD 1847 of said county court the said administratrix proved to the satisfaction of the court that she has notified according to law all persons interested in said estate and the court being satisfied that the prayer of the petitioner ought to be granted did then and there order and require that the said Elizabeth as adminstratrix aforesaid, sell the above described real estate, or so much thereof as will be sufficient to pay the debts of said estate and expenses of administration at public auction at the courthouse door in Plate City on the 1st Monday in August AD 1847 first giving 4 weeks notice in same newspaper or twenty days notice previous to the day of sale, by ten written notices posted up at different public places in said county of Platte, of time, places and manner of said sale, whereupon at the August session of said court AD 1847 said court made an order requiring the said real estate above described to be sold at the said November term 1847 of the first week of the circuit court within and of said county also requiring the said administratrix to give public notice — whereupon the said administratrix proceeded to sell said real estate on the 6th day of September 1847, and William Bell, then and then became the purchaser of lot no. 12 in block no 42, for the sum of twenty dollars and James Johnson was the highest and best bidder for not no 11 in block no 42 for the sum of thirty five dollars said Johnson refusing to pay the purchase money on said lot no 11 in block no 42 where upon at the November term of said court said administratrix was ordered to resell said lot no 11 in block no 42 on the first day of the next December term 1847 of said court by giving four weeks notice by posting up 10 hand bills in 10 of the court, a copy of which notice is herewith filed as part of this report — whereupon, whereupon the said administratrix on the first Monday in December and whilst the county court of said county was in session, the same being the 6th day of December AD 1847, proceeded at the court house door to sell said lot no 11 in block no 42 to the highest bidder and with our Mr. Suggett being the highest & best bidder, said lot was cried off to him at the price of twenty one dollars and twenty five cents whereupon said Suggett executed his bond with approved surety for the payment of said money as required by the order of this court, whereupon the said Elizabeth Burke as administratrix aforesaid mad and executed her deed as aforesaid to the aforesaid purchaser on the 9th day of Nov ember AD 1848, all of which is respectfully submitted

Platte County, Missouri, Court Record, v. 1 1839-1846; Henry Burke and Elizabeth Burke; FamilySearch, http://www.familysearch.org; FHL microfilm 988945 / #007631728.

Finally! CRAWFORD hint on We’re Related App

I’ve gotten so that I don’t regularly check the ‘We-re Related‘ app since it usually points to the same few New England lines in my tree. I’m currently, not working on those lines and thus haven’t spent any time to determine whether the hints provided will help.

So when I opened the app yesterday and saw that I may be related to Alec Baldwin, I thought OK, which New England line will it be this time. To may amazement, it was my CRAWFORD line. Having been able to locate sources to prove the next generation on a couple of other We’re Related hints, I was SO HOPING the same would be true  with my CRAWFORD line. Below is the proposed line(s).

img_7370img_7371The image on the right is for my line and the image on the left is for Alec Baldwin’s line.

When I first looked at it, I only looked at my side and was disappointed.

  • unnamed Crawford as the father of my James
  • more James and John’s to sort out

Then, I looked at his line and started comparing the two. That’s when I realized that it was proposing that Janett Thomson had TWO sons named John Crawford — born three years apart. This wasn’t unusual if the first son died. But no, they both live long enough to get married and have offspring.

Since the app doesn’t provide any other information about the line — such as places or spouses names, it is hard to determine if anyone else has a tree that agrees with what the app is proposing. Since Ancestry trees weren’t much help, I turned to Family Search.

On Family Search, I found an Archibald Crawford (KLBT-3N1) that matched the Archibald Crawford in Alec Baldwin’s line. According to Family Search, this Archibald Crawford was the son of John Crawford (LC55-44P) and grandson of Janett Thomson and Robert Crawford (L5B1-L8Y). That’s where it gets messy! The family of Robert and Janett shows 10 children with 3 of them being named John, 2 named William and 2 named Robert. (See any issues here?)

So what about my side? Family Search shows a son of Robert & Janett named John who died in 1736. However, FS shows this John Crawford  (LHZG-Y9W) being born in 1701. Based on the number of wives associated with John Crawford (LHZG-Y9W), it is likely that more than one John Crawford is involved. Thus, not much help. (:

Going back to Robert Crawford (L5B1-L8Y), FS also shows him married to Mary Shaw (L5B1-P2Z). According to FS, this couple had 4 children: James, Robert, Col. William and Col. John  (L8WG-7DQ). Although I haven’t found the documentation to support it, other researchers have connected several Crawford families from Lincoln and Madison Counties, Kentucky prior to 1790 to Col. John Crawford (L8WG-7DQ) and believe he is the son of Robert and Mary (Shaw) Crawford.

At this point, I have not found anything to support or disprove the Crawford ancestors proposed by the We’re Related app. For now, my line is a dead-end with James Crawford in the 1790s in Kentucky.

Preparing for Ancestry Sync

TMG –> RootsMagic Cleanup

Randy Seaver recently discussed the upcoming ability of RootsMagic to sync with Ancestry and what he is and isn’t doing to prepare for that in his blog post, “Dear Randy: What are you doing to prepare for the RootsMagic program sync with your Ancestry family tree?” While reading Randy’s blog, I realized that I was in the middle of such a preparation with my work on my census facts.

My genealogy data was migrated from The Master Genealogist version 9 to RootsMagic. When I selected The Master Genealogist (around version 4 or earlier), it was because I wanted something that allowed me to add citations for each event. Thru the TMG community, I developed my research and documentation skills. I also applied several TMG ‘hacks’ — especially if they helped visualize the events in someone’s life.

tmgcensusOne of those ‘hacks’ was a modification to the census tag developed by Terry Reigel. It took me some time to implement this hack, but once completed, it allowed me to see the family in the timeline for the head of the household.

Since RootsMagic would not handle the ‘split sentences’ in the census-head or census-enum tags, I did have to modify the sentences. I was able to do this in TMG prior to the migration. Because, I liked how the census tags worked, I did not modify them in TMG but let them migrate into RootsMagic as custom event (fact) types.

As I began to learn to use RootsMagic with Family Search, I realized that my custom fact types were not lining up with the corresponding fact type on Family Search. Since the tree on Family Search is a community tree, I’m very hesitant about making changes – but also want to see more documentation for my ancestors. Thus, the conflict — my custom fact types would ‘foul up’ the Family Search tree but the census records have not been sourced. Because of that conflict, I decided to figure out how to revert my custom fact types (census-head and census-enum) to the standard type.

Knowing that there wasn’t an easy way to do this from within RootsMagic I turned to the SQLite Tools for RootsMagic community. There, I found directions on how to setup SQLiteSpy so that it would read and modify the tables in the RootsMagic database. Once I had this software downloaded and correctly configured, I used the SQL script, Facts – Change Fact Type to change all of my census-head and census-enum fact types to the standard census fact type. Since this SQL script directly modifies the database, I copied the database and worked with the copy FIRST. That allowed me to make sure the script was doing what I wanted without the danger of corrupting my data. Once I knew it was working, I backed up the data and then ran the script on the original copy of the data.

After running the script, the census citations in my RootsMagic database lined up with any census citations on Family  Search. Step one accomplished!

Besides changing the custom fact type to the standard, I had two other potential issueds with my census facts. The first involved the sentences. It appears that what was in the memo field in TMG was dumped into the note field in RootsMagic while the sentences pull the information from the description field. Thus, all of the information I had entered about the individual wasn’t being pulled for the sentence. Since almost all of my census facts had witnesses associated with each fact, individual reports and web output was showing extra sentences/facts for other members of the household.

So, my next step was to move the info in the note field to the description field while also removing any witnesses. Since I couldn’t get the SQL scripts for this process to work (they do exist), I resorted to doing this one person at a time. With over 10,000 census entries this is no small task. I started with my ancestors who were living in 1850 and worked thru their descendants. However, I’ve been researching several neighbors and other potentially connected families and their descendants. Thus, I needed some sort of report that would help me know who was left to do.

The SQLite Tools for RootsMagic came thru again! On their site, I found a link to the “People who share a fact with a principal list” script. This particular script just creates a list, it doesn’t modify the database. However, the script must be run with the RootsMagic database closed. I have the script saved in my SQL directory. Each time I want to run it, I open the script with Notepad and then copy and paste it into SQLiteSpy. Once executed, the script will create a list. I copy the info in that list and paste it into a blank Excel spreadsheet. That way, I can close SQLiteSpy and open RootsMagic and still have a list to work with.

Once the data is in Excel, I do a multilevel sort: Fact, Surname1, Given1, RIN1. This allows me to easily delete everything but the census records. Armed with that list, I just work my way thru the records. I’m down to about 1300 census events.

Will this be worth it? Because this is cleaning up my data and making it easier to see corresponding census records on Family Search, I will continue until finished. I’m also hoping that by using the standard ‘census’ fact type, this data will also line up with Ancestry. My wish is that all of my census data will keep me from having shaky leaves for those same census records.



Hints Discovery

Thanks to Randy Seaver and his blog about using the links from Family Search to access hints from Ancestry and other genealogy sites, I retried the links. I did discover that (for me at least), I have to use Chrome for those links to work.

grandad1The Ancestry link gave me 111,849 hints — and the first 50 appear to actually be for my grandfather!

grandad2In that list of 50 were a couple of links to high school yearbooks. Following the first of those links, I discovered a list of ‘Athenian’ members that included my grandfather’s name.



Since I have no idea what the ‘Athenian’ group is, I started browsing the yearbook from the start to make sure I was looking at a yearbook from Dodge City and to see if I could find my grandfather elsewhere in the publication. That’s when I found the unlabeled picture of the freshman class that includes my grandfather. (The next page of the yearbook lists the members of the class.)


I could see my grandfather in this picture before finding the list of class members on the next page. I see a lot of my nephew in the way my grandfather is standing. I wonder if other family members will be able to pick him out!