14 July 2009

Guardianship Can Create Issues

There were a few guardianship cases in my own family that created some difficulties for those involved. Guardianships don't usually amount to much when there isn't money to deal with.

The partial image in this entry comes from a 1920 deed where the guardian of three of my ancestor's grandchildren sold their interest in their grandfather's estate at public auction. The farm was left "in the estate" after the estate was closed and settled and apparently the guardian wanted the grandchildren's part sold. I'll be making a road trip to learn more about the case which will be discussed in an upcoming "Casefile Clues" column. In this case, the grandfather died of "old age." His daughter and her husband (parents of the minor grandchildren) died a few days apart during the 1918 flu epidemic.

In another family (from about the same time), the guardianship was appealed all the way to the Illinios State Supreme Court. That's on my research list as well. Stay tuned.