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Does a bequest of $1 or "to be paid on their demand" mean it is a minor child?

This answer is based on my experience with English probate records. While the probate process in the British colonies differed from that of the colonial power, the process was no doubt modelled on its ...
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What is being recorded in this Latin church vital record?

Mathias, Andreæ [Kousheg?] ejusque uxoris gertrudis [Vidmagesin?], fil. legit. sub Dno [Ashiber?], baptizatus est 13 Januarÿ 1771 per M. ?. D. Mathiam [Mervezh?] cooperat. Patrini Anton Kovatschetski ...
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What is the meaning of the handwritten notation on the pension record of Charles Clements?

The descriptive pamphlet for NARA microcopy publication T718 is a reproduction of its entry in the print catalog of microfilm publications. It contains a roll list and a brief description of the ...
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Locating "Bankhead of ..." in parish of Forfar

It appears to be: "Bankhead of Turfbeg" Turfbeg is a district to the north-east of the modern town, in roughly the same place as "Bankhead" on this snippet from an 1850 map by James Knox: ...
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Pre 1794 records for Rothenditmold, Kassel, Hessen, Germany?

I am no export on Hesse, but I did a little research: Your LAGIS results are civil registration which started in 1874. Church records for several parishes in today’s city of Kassel were destroyed ...
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Why name John Doe as surety?

Having thought it through a bit, Google helped and I found this article on the FamilySearch Wiki that is adapted from a print article by respected genealogist, Anthony Camp. Although it is about bonds ...
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Deciphering part of 1799 probate from USA?

The "widow's third" was a portion of a man's estate guaranteed to his wife after his death, regardless of what his will stated. This excerpt from "Material Culture in America: Understanding Everyday ...
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What does "Int. Reads" mean on list of marriages from around Boston about 1794?

I believe that this refers to the Intention. At that time, the couple wishing to be married would file an intention to be married. This would be published in the home town of both sets of parents and ...
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What is this percentage column in the Virginia Land Tax Records?

The third column is the "Rate / acre" amount in shillings and pence. (e.g. 10/ is 10 shillings and 0 pence. 7/6 would be 7 shillings and 6 pence ...) There were 12 pennies in a shilling and 20 ...
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Could Snows X be intersection of Snowsfield and Crucifix Lane, Bermondsey?

I think that the "X" is actually just a poorly formed "F". I looked at the Rocque Map for that part of Bermondsey. Although the map is a little earlier (it's dated 1746), it gives a pretty good idea ...
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What was the career of Patrick Golden on the 1870 census?

I think the occupation written is: Painter (House) Although not capitalized, there are two entries for Keeps house in the following few rows that you can use to compare the "ouse" ending to ...
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What is this word for untaxed tithe in Virginia in 1761?

The word is 'List'. As far as I can make out,the name preceding the word List is that of the 'Master' and the names that follow are those of their household, slaves or servants. So, for the extracts ...
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Deciding between two baptism records from ca 1744 for Thomas Fowler of Thorganby (Yorkshire, England)

As a fellow rookie, one trick the others haven't mentioned, is to search the marriage registers in the parishes of Thorganby, Nether Poppleton, Fulford and Stillingfleet in the years 1740-1780 for ...
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What is word relating to wife of father in 1759 English (Somerset) baptism record?

It looks like Corfe to me which, as @PolyGeo suggested, is a village near Pitminster.
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Why would people have to pay marriage licence bonds?

They would have to pay the bond if they broke the terms of that bond. A bond, whether that be a probate bond, bastardy bond, marriage bond, etc., is simply a legal instrument by which people swear to ...
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Correlating military and civil records for one or two individuals

We probably can't prove that "Soldier Matthew" is the same as "Family Matthew", but we can seek to demonstrate that they are not the same person. If, for example, the military records show that ...
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How common was it for a father to be at the birth in the late 1700s early 1800s?

While the father may have been present or nearby for the births of his children, more likely, a female relative or a mid-wife actually assisted. Especially first births were likely to take the ...
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Understanding wording of 1720 baptism at Stogumber, Somerset, England?

The "y" is actually a thorn, so the text seems to read: July the 24th a girl that liveth with Stephen Dudderidge called Elizabeth. It is an unusual form of words though.
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What does Orring County North Carolina mean in Quaker records?

Since you are asking about a place name, and especially because you are looking at a record on Ancestry, I think it's important to step back and get a better understanding of what you're looking at. ...
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What is this first name or Haynes surname?

I think it reads Parmenus. Parmenas is a rare biblical name of Greek origin, referring to one of the seven men appointed to care for the poor of Jerusalem. Specifically, he was mentioned in Acts 6:5: ...
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Who were the wives of John Ervin (1791-1843)?

The inventory and sale bill for Catherine Jane Ervin's estate, probated in 1849, are available via Ancestry. In the collection, "Indiana, Wills and Probate Records, 1798-1999," select Blackford County ...
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What does "care of" mean in the 18th century with respect to letters?

The date of your notice is critical. USPS Publication 100, The United States Postal Service An American History 1775-200 describes the early days of the Postal Service. Mail was delivered on post ...
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Could Will be Proved twice?

If you go to the Parish page for Illogan: https://www.opc-cornwall.org/Par_new/h_k/illogan.php and scroll down to the Wills section, you will find both grants of probate have been transcribed. ...
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How did Francis Lycett become a Gentleman?

Archibald Campbell and Mary Lycett are also my fifth great grandfather and mother. I think you will find that the Lycett family owned property and land far beyond the generation of Francis Lycett, ...
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Which British Army regiment did Thomas Stretch join as a drummer boy in 1774?

The best quick summary for what is available is the TNA Research Guide on British Army Muster Rolls & Pay Lists and other similar topics on the same sub-site such as British Army soldiers up to ...
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Finding source of father's first name on 1713 Staffordshire baptism from FamilySearch index?

It's always worth double-checking to see whether the online image comes from the original register or the Bishop's Transcripts. I've certainly sometimes found that the transcriptions on sites like ...
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Were minors always described as such in 18th century wills?

I'm sorry to say that the wording in the will certainly isn't something you can rely on to tell you the age of children mentioned in wills in the 18th and early 19th centuries. I have a couple of ...
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What type of journey from Plymouth to Exeter in 1751 might cost 1 pound 5 shillings?

In "The Transport Revolution in Industrializing Britain: A Survey" (pdf) by Dan Bogard at UC Irvine, a table on page 14 gives Stagecoach Fares in shillings per passenger mile, with a value of 0.23 in ...
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Would a Wife be mentioned in 18th Century English Will?

I have only experience dealing with colonial American wills, but those should be under the same norms as English. I've looked at dozens of wills from New England in the 17th and 18th centuries, and ...
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