Below is a list of abstracts of Letters of Administration of Mohawk Valley residents which were filed in the Surrogate's Office in New York City in the late 18th century. Letters of Administration were generally filed for the estate of those who died intestate, or leaving no will. A good half of these men have been mentioned on our queries board or in articles on our site. The complete Letters of Administration named heirs and witnesses and went into detail about disposition of property and personal estate.
Over 90 years have passed since these Letters were abstracted for the New York Historical Society's (New York City) journal. I do not personally know where the originals are stored, if the general public can get access to them, or anything at all about them, so unfortunately can't answer questions. Their listing on our site is provided as a clue for your own independent investigation. This list has been proof-read. Obviously incorrect and unusual spellings and punctuation of names and places are as found in the original abstracts. IMPORTANT: page numbers refer to the journal issues, not to numbers in bound copies of the Letters of Administration.
|*NYHS Vol. 7, pub 1899|
|*NYHS Vol. 8, pub 1900|
|NYHS Vol. 12, pub 1904|
|*NYHS Vol 14, pub. 1906|
Estate of John Shieley, late Pvt in Col Van Schaick's Regt: Let of Admin to Andrew Finck Jr, Esq, Palatine Dist, Montgomery Co, 28 Mar 1786
Estate of Jacob Small, Kingsland dist, Montgomery Co: Let of Admin to wid Susanna, 28 Mar 1786
Estate of George Shago, Stone Arabis, Montgomery Co: Let of Admin to wid Mary, 28 Mar 1786
Estate of Stephen Tuttle, Johnstown, Montgomery Co yeoman: Let of Admin to bro Johiel, 28 Mar 1786
Estate of Johannes Bierhausen, Canajoharie: Let of Admin to wid Elizabeth, now wife of Frederick Herter, 28 Mar 1786
Estate of Jacob Frank, Caughnawaga Farmer: Let of Admin to Margaret Van Alstyne, late the wid of the deceased, 28 Mar 1786
Estate of John Pickerd, Canajoharie yeoman: Let of Admin to son Nicholas, yeoman, 28 Mar 1786
Estate of Nathaniel Heath, Springfield, Montgomery Co: Let of Admin to wid Catharine, now wife of Thomas Crippen, 28 Mar 1786
Estate of Joseph Warmood, Canajoharie yeoman: Let of Admin to eldest son Peter, 28 Mar 1786
Estate of Daniel McDougall, Palatine dist: Let of admin to wid Eve, 25 Jul 1786
Estate of Estate of Johannes Ritter, Palatine Dist yeoman: Let of admin to son Henry, 31 Jul 1786
Estate of Dederick Petrie, Palatine Dist, Montgomery Co: Let of Admin to son Jost, 20 Feb 1787
The information above was typed by volunteer Judi Boniface, from a list, abstracted from the official journal of the New York (City) Historical Society, that I sent to her. Judi's husband is a descendant of Jacob Small (on this list), who resided in the pre-Revolutionary Kingsland District, Montgomery County.
***Neither Judi nor I have further information about any of the individuals listed above, except for Jacob Small.***
Please refer to the original journal for more information about the full Letters of Administration or contact a specialist in New York City genealogical research. The page of listings was contributed to Herkimer/ Montgomery Counties NYGenWeb by an anonymous donor "In Memory of E. E."
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