[APG Public List] Years in citations

eshown at comcast.net eshown at comcast.net
Thu Nov 5 18:33:17 MST 2009

Judy, can you give us specifics to work with?  

Aside from needing details to try to draft a citation, I'm also curious
about the locale--given the time frame and the fact that it deals with "a
small parcel of land." Some such cases in that era were not ordinary cases.


Elizabeth Shown Mills, CG, CGL, FASG

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This is a great series of questions.

Here's one that has plagued me: a case in chancery began in April Term 1904
but did not end until after sale of a small parcel of land and final order
for distribution of the proceeds to heirs of a person who died in 1834
(heheheh, this jewel of a case gave 4 generations of descendants in most
lines of descent).  The final order was in October Term 1909, and these
cases were filed by the last date of Court activity, just to make it fun to
find them.

I know that the formal case caption should be labeled with the Term in which
the case commenced.  What is the best way to identify how the actual case
file and final order can be found?  The docket and order books are labeled
with date-ranges rather than serial numbers.  There are crucial documents in
the case file (an original will from 1861, for instance) that bear evidence
on matters not strictly defined by the Chancery case - such as the correct
spelling of his own name by the autograph signature of the 1861 testator.

Thank you so much!

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