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Index to Franklin Co., Ohio
Guardianships and Estates


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PREFACE

     This is a ward and deceased index to approximately 2400 guardianship and estate cases (both testate and intestate) that were filed in Franklin County, Ohio from 1803 through 1850.  Franklin County was created in 1803 from Ross and Fairfield counties.  All of the guardianship and estate cases prior to 1852 were heard before the court of Common Pleas.  The modern Probate Court was not created until 1852, but it has assumed custody of the earlier cases.  Various sets of Court of Common Pleas record books, however, are still under the jurisdiction of that court and may provide additional material pertaining to these cases.

     The first estate case heard in Franklin County is for William Fleming in 1803, and the first guardianship papers are for the children of Benjamin Kepler, case number 4 filed in 1806.  In the latter instance the guardianship papers are intermingled with the estate papers of Benjamin Kepler, but in almost all succeeding cases the two types of records are filed separately.  The records associated with each case were kept in a separate packet and numbers were assigned as the cases came before the court.

     In addition to the full name of the ward (a child under 21) or deceased, the case nuber, year, and comments by the compiler are given.  The contents of approximately 2400 case packets were examined as recorded on microfilm.  The data were then compared 1806-1882" (OHS microfilm GR-866), and "Index to Estates, Assignments & Trusts, A-Z, 1801-1897" (OHS microfilm GR-864).  All discrepancies noted are mentioned within.  Numerous names from the original records did not appear in the above indexes, and many spelling variations and references to misfiled papers are included.

     A letter "g," which does not appear in the original records, has been appended to the case numbers here to designate has been retained per the originals, but apparently has no special significance.  A table correlating case numbers, years, missing records, and microfilm numbers is given below.

     Researchers interested in locating a copy of a transcribed will should consult "Franklin county Probate Court, Index to Wills, 1805-1928," which is available on microfilm (GR-868) at the Ohio Historical Society.  Such information will not be found in this index, but many of the papers found in the cases listed in this index pertain to instances where wills were left.  Such material provides additional information which may not be found in the will per se.

     The original case packets are in storage at the Franklin County Probate Court's warehouse on Alum Creek Drive, but are not easily accessed by the general public.  The microfilming was quite good, however, which alleviates the need for examining the originals in most instances.  The microfilm is available for viewing at the Ohio Historical Society, Columbus.  I would like to thank Bob Jones and other staff members of the Ohio Historical Society for their assistance in this project.

                      W. Louis Phillips, C. G. R. S.
                       May 1984

 

 

 

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