Lena Belle Skinner Obituary


Mrs. Lena Belle Skinner, 65, of 53 N. Andrews Ave., passed away April 9 at Lapeer County General hospital after an illness of three days.

She was born in Lapeer County May 8, 1889, the daughter of Richard Griffith and Addie Patterson Griffith, and attended school in Lapeer.

She was married to Clyde LeRoy Skinner on August 23, 1911, at Lapeer and came to Lake Orion 27 years ago to make her home. She was a member of the Lake Orion Methodist Church.

Surviving are her three daughters, Mrs. Murl Teller and Mrs. Phillip Ryckman, Lake Orion; and Mrs. Leslie Peters, Rochester; and one son, Gale R. Skinner, of Oxford.

Also surviving are a brother, Frank W. Griffith, Plant City, Fla; five sisters, Mrs. Henry Maxfield, Columbiaville, Mrs. George Gritzinger, Davison; Mrs. Andrew Eppler, Lapeer; Mrs. Frank Walz, Mt. Pleasant; and Miss Fannie Griffith, Mt. Pleasant.

Services were held last Tuesday at the Allen Funeral Home with the Rev. Frank S. Hemingway of Lapeer officiating. Burial was in Oregon Cemetery, Columbiaviille.

Source: Lake Orion Review, April 15, 1955.


Estate of Edward Forrester Sutton

Edward Forrester Sutton, a former resident of Smithfield road, Amenia, who died Sept. 10, 1955, left a gross estate of $109,034.05, according to an appraisal made by the State Tax Commission and filed with Surrogate Grady. Mr. Sutton left the bulk of his estate to his brother, Frederick J. Holden Sutton, Smithfield road, Amenia. Federal inheritance taxes, if any, are not shown in this proceeding. In a will made Sept. 16, 1947, Mr. Sutton directed that he should be buried in Trinity cemetery, New York City. To Princeton University, Mr. Sutton left a collection of original verse and a biography which he had written. He also left the university his contracts with Harper and Brothers for the publication of various books by the late Margaret Cunliffe-Owen. In addition, Mr. Sutton left four watercolor portraits to the university, and also bequeathed the school any personal souvenirs, pictures and books it might desire. The rest of his estate Mr. Sutton left to his brother, Frederick J. Holden Sutton. He appointed the Guaranty Trust Co. of New York executor, and empowered the bank to sell his real estate. The will was witnessed by Stanley D. Brown, Scarsdale; E. Douglas Hamilton, Flushing, L.I., and John S. Collins, Floral Park, L.I.

Source:  Harlem Valley Times, August 23, 1956.

Will and Probate Documents for Jerome B. Walling


In the Name of the Benevolent Father of all, I, Jerome B. Walling of Boise City, County of Ada, State of Idaho, being of sound and disposing mind do publish and hereby declare this my last Will and Testament as follows:

First: I direct that my funeral be held with proper regard to my station in life and the circumstances of my estate.

Second: I direct that executor hereinafter named, as soon as there shall be sufficient funds in his hands, shall pay the funeral expenses and the expenses of my last sickness.

Third: I give and bequeath to my grand-daughter, Getrude Walling Scott, daughter of my son, Inman, deceased, the sum of five hundred ($500) dollars which shall be taken and delivered in full from her full share; and that of any children of said Inman Walling.

Fourth: I direct that, as the children of my daughter, Mary Walling Jackson, deceased, have been provided for in my lifetime, it is my will that nothing be given to said children or the heirs of said Mary Walling Jackson.

Fifth: I give and bequeath to Lucy Walling Loosley, my daughter, the bed and bedding now used by me in the house of my son Enos where I now reside.

Sixth: I hereby declared [sic] the following amounts to be deemed advancements to the several persons hereinafter named, being my sons and daughters, which sums I have advanced to said persons, at various times; and that no other sums whatsoever are to be taken or deemed as advancements unless the same shall be given in advance by me to them or either of [illegible] after the date of this will; and said sums shall be taken and deemed in full settlement of all claims of mine or my estate against said persons up to the date of this will, to wit: My son Jeptha, two hundred and twenty-five ($225) dollars; my daughter Rosalie Walling Gile, three hundred ($300) dollars; my daughter, Caroline Walling Mullany, one hundred ($100) dollars; my son, Nelson Walling, seven ($700) hundred dollars; My son, Enos C. Walling, one thousand ($1000) dollars, and said sums shall not bear interest or any interest to be added thereto.

Seventh: It is my will and I so direct that after the payment of my just debts, expenses of administration, and the payment of the above bequest of five hundred ($500) dollars that the rest, residue, and remainder of all my estate both real, personal, and mixed of every name and nature whatsoever including for the purposes of computation the amounts herein declared to be advancements and any hereafter made, shall be divided into eight (8) equal shares, one of which shares, after deducting from the amount thereof the sum charged against each as advancements, I give and bequeath to each of my sons and daughters now being to wit Jeptha, Lucy Loosley, Rosalie Gile, Caroline Mullany, Jerome, Nelson, and Enos, and the remaining one-eighth share I give and bequeath to my hereinafter named executor in trust for my son Fletcher.

Eighth: I direct that my hereinafter named executor shall represent my son Fletcher in all matters that may arise out of the settlement of my estate and the portion hereby bequeathed to my said son and that he shall retain the care, control, and custody of the said share by notice of this my will until my said son Fletcher shall become capable of the management of his own person and estate without the need of a guardian or committee or until his death; and my executor is hereby authorized and empowered to reduced said portion to money and invest the same in any manner he may deem for the best interest of my said son and his share of my estate. Should my son become capable of the management of his own estate and person, then it is my will and I direct that my executor shall on due proofs of the same at once turn over and pay to my said son Fletcher the portion of my estate herein bequeathed to him; and should my said son Fletcher died before becoming capable of the management of his own person and estate or before his portion has been turned over and paid to him, then it is my will and I direct that my said executor shall divide the said portion herein bequeathed to my said son Fletcher between my seven sons and daughters now living and named in paragraph seven herein, share and share alike.

Ninth: It is my will and I direct that my executor shall continue to administer my estate until the debts due to me or to my estate shall become due according to the terms thereof unless sooner paid; and that until the portion of my estate herein bequeathed to my executor in trust for my said son Fletcher has been distributed as herein before provided; unless my said executor should deem it to be for the best interest of my estate that the sums be sooner settle, and in apportioning the respective shares herein bequeathed except for the specific bequest of five hundred ($500) dollars, my executor may reduce all of the estate to money and make divisions of same; or he may make partitions of the real estate and personal property without so reducing them to money as he may deem best.

Tenth: I hereby nominate and appoint Harry C. Nyman of Boise City, Ada County and State of Idaho, the executor of this my last will and testament and hereby I do revoke all and any former wills by me at any time made.

In witness whereof I have [illegible] to set my hand and seal this 21st day of January, in the year of our Lord one thousand eighteen hundred and ninety three.

Jerome B. Walling

[Witnessed] David D.W. Edwards, Residence, Fort Springs Avenue, Boise City, Idaho
[Witnessed] Lewis L. Bonners, Residence, Cor. 10th and Idaho Sts., Boise City, Idaho

Source:  Ada County Probate File B-398.

Probate News Items

Earl W. Kellam, Port Jervis, will inherit the entire estate of his mother, Mrs. Frankie W. Kellam, who died August 7th in Port Jervis without a will. Mr. Kellam was named administrator for the $13,000 personal property. (Middletown Times-Herald, October 11, 1939)

The wills of the following persons have been admitted to probate: Last will and testament of Delia Moran, late of Middletown, John P. McClancey, ex’r; of Catherine M. Lazear, late of Warwick, Samuel M. Lazear, ex’r; of Hannah Ryerson, late of Goshen, Annie R. Slawson and Elizabeth Holbert, ex’rs; of Margaret N. Holley, late of Middletown, A.V.D. Wallace, adm’r with the will annexed. (Middletown Daily Argus, May 24, 1897)

Various Catholic charities will benefit to the extent of $30,000 in the will of Frank M. Linderman, 76 years old, president of the Manufacturers Belt Hook Company, who died Oct. 25. The will, leaving the bulk of an estate estimated at $250,000, to the widow, Mrs. Rose W. Linderman, 4206 Hazel avenue, was admitted to probate yesterday. Besides the charitable bequests, 18 nephews and nieces were left $1,000 each. Harry P. Linderman, a brother, and Giles Wetterer, a nephew, were left $10,000 each. (Chicago Tribune, November 9, 1935)

Petition is filed which asks the Court to appoint Archie Averill as guardian of the estate of Duane Rorick, a minor. The said Duane Rorick resides at Groton, Connecticut and has an estate of real property in Klickitat county, which needs the care of a guardian. The petition will be heard on Sept. 16. (Goldendale Sentinel, August 25, 1938)

Whereas on the 1st day of April, A.D., 1930, papers purporting to be the last will and testament and two codicils to said will of Sidney E. Rorick, late of said county, deceased, was filed in my office, and was by me opened and read: and the 1st day of May, 1930, is appointed and fixed as the time when the same will come before the Court, at the May term thereof then to be held, for final proof and probate, as the duly executed last will and testament of the said Sidney E. Rorick, deceased; at which time all persons interested may appear and show cause why the same should be admitted to probate. Dated this 1st day of April, A.D., 1930, Warren Rees, Clerk, District Court of Jones county, Iowa. (Oxford Mirror, April 30, 1930)

Linton B. Sutton left $5,000 to his mother, Mary Ellen Sutton of Kansas, and the residue of his estate to his wife, Edith Lauder Sutton. (New York Times, July 6, 1911)

Final Account filed in the estate of Nellie G. Walling, deceased. (Sheridan Sun, May 7, 1953)

Ray E. Yocom, whose address is Zanesville, Ohio, has been appointed and qualified as Executor of the estate of Goldie L. Yocom, late of Muskingum County, Ohio, deceased. Dated this 18th day of June, 1948. (Zanesville Times-Record, July 5, 1948

Will of Hannah Rorick Kimble

In the Name of God Amen I Hannah Kimble of the town of Hector in the County of Schuyler and State of New York, being of sound mind and memory, and considering the uncertainty of this frail and transitory life, do therefore make, ordain, publish and declare this to be my last Will and Testament, that is to say:

First. After all my lawful debts are paid and discharged, I give and bequeath to my son, Estel Kimble, all my estate both real and personal except my clothing, on condition that my said son pay to each of my daughters, Sarah Chittenden and Lavina Strader, the sum of two hundred (200) dollars within eighteen months from the time of my deceased; and I do hereby charge my estate with the payment of said sum of $200 each to my daughters aforesaid.

In the case of the death of either of my said daughters before the time of payment of said sum of $200 to each of them as above directed then the sum directed to be paid to each of said daughters shall be paid to the respective heirs of each deceased daughter to be divided equally between such heirs, so that the heirs of a deceased daughter shall receive the respective share going to such daughter.

Second. I give and bequeath my clothing to my said daughters to be divided between them equally.

Likewise, I make, constitute and appoint Estel Kimble my aforesaid son the Executor of this my last Will and Testament, hereby revoking all former Wills by me made.

In Witness thereof I have hereto subscribed my name and affixed my seal the thirtieth day of August in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and seventy six.

Hannah Kimble

The above written instrument was subscribed by the said Hannah Kimble in our presence and acknowledge by her, to each of us, and she at the same time declared the above instrument so subscribed to be her last Will and Testament; and we at her request have signed our names as witnesses hereto, in her presence, and in the presences of each other, and written opposite our names our respective places of residence.

Charles Monell, Schuyler County, NY
Horace W. Smith, Hector, Schuyler County, NY

Rochelle Probate Notices

ROCHELLE ESTATE IS DIVIDED:  Real estate on Heaton Street is left to John F. Rochelle, a son, and Flora May Smith, daughter, under the will of their mother, Catherine Rochelle, Hamilton, which was filed in probate court.  A promissory note for $300 which Mrs. Rochelle held against the estate of her husband is also left to the two children, who are named executors.  Of the remainder of the estate, the son and daughter each receive a third, and the other third goes to the heirs of a deceased son, Edward Rochelle. The will was drawn May 24, 1916.  (Hamilton Evening Journal, July 3, 1925)

DIVISION IS MADE OF ROCHELLE ESTATE:  An entry approved by Judge Clarence Murphy was filed in common pleas court today showing that in the partition of the estate of the late Edgar Rochelle, Sidney Rochelle, William Rochelle, Shirley Kegel, Clifford Rochelle will each receive a one-twelfth part and John [Rochelle] and Flora Heigh will each receive a one-third share.  (Hamilton Evening Journal, June 11, 1926)

Dan Hugh Webster applied Wednesday to be administrator of the estate of Ida M. Rochelle, who conducted a hotel at Fifth and Heaton streets, estimated to include $450 in personal property.  (Hamilton Daily News, August 9, 1933)

Estate of James W. Garth

Beaumont, Jan. 15 — Disposing of an estate valued at $100,000 among a score of relatives, will of the late Dr. J.W. Garth, pioneer Beaumont physician who died here Nov. 20, was filed for probate today in count court.  Bulk of estate was bequeathed to Dr. Garth’s widow, Mrs. Esther Garth and to their four sons, William Leroy, Casper Tyrrell, James William, Jr. and Thomas Tyrrell, who received all of the physician’s property except the following, named in specific bequests. Four daughters-in-law, Wilma, Lucy, Leta and Cecile Garth, five shares each of stock in the Morgan plan bank of Beaumont, and forty shares each of stock in the Tyrrell-Combest Realty company, also of Beaumont.  All the shares have a par value of $100 each. A sister, Grace Garth Miller, and a brother, Mark P. Garth, 10 shares each in the Jefferson County Building & Investment association stock, each share having a par value of $100.  Five nieces and nephews, Marjorie Miller, Max G. Miller, George J. Miller, Jr., Dorothy Carpenter, and Katherine Bennett, 20 shares each in the Jefferson County Building & Investment association.  A nephew, Donald G. Birdsall, $2000 indebtedness due Garth from Birdsall and 20 shares of stock in the building and investment association.  His step-mother, five shares of stock in the building and investment association.  His aunt, Mrs. Belle Birdsall, 20 shares of stock in the building and investment association.  Casper Tyrrell Garth and Thomas Tyrrell Garth, sons, were designated as executors of the estate.  The will was drawn July 9, 1929.

Source:  Port Arthur News, January 15, 1930.

Estate of Marguerite Cunliffe-Owen

The Countess Marguerite Cunliffe-Owen, daughter of one of the oldest houses of France, honorary member of the New York Legion of the New York Police Department, and the only woman ever placed on the list of its Traffic Division, left her estate of “more than $10,000” to Dr. Edward F. Sutton, for many years a member of the Cunliffe-Owen household.  Countess Cunliffe-Owen died on Aug. 28, a year after her husband, Frederick Cunliffe-Owen, former diplomat and journalist.

Source: New York Times, January 11, 1928

Estate of Alexander Brown

The will of Alexander Brown, late of Harrison township, filed and probated in court, leaves to Roselba Brown, the widow, the net income of all personal and real property, which at her death is to be divided equally among three sons.

Source:  Zanesville Signal, September 10, 1936.

Will of Gaspar Rorick

In the name of God Amen.  I Gasper Rorick of the Township of Wantage, County of Sussex and State of New Jersey being weake in body but of sound and perfect mind and memory do make and publish this my Last Will and testament in manner and form following.  That is to say I give and bequeath to my well beloved wife all my property both real and personal during her natural life and after her decease then the property to be sold at publick vandue and to be distributed in the following manner my debts to be paid. 2nd. I give and bequeath to the Baptist Church called the old school one Hundred Dollars, and the Residue to be divided in eight parts between my children that are alive at my wife decease and of them that are dead to be divided amongst their Heirs the part that comes to Daughter Sarah to be left in the Handes of my Executor to be her at their Discretion as she needs it for support, One Hundred Dollars to be taken out of Nancy’s part and given to Elizabeth for bringing up a child.  I do hereby apoint Mordria Wilson and Asia Elston my Executors of this my last Will and testament heretofore made.  In witness thereof I hereunto set my hand seal this Eleventh Day of April 1840.

Gasper Roricke

Source:   Transcribed by Helen Lundahl Rorick in The Rorick Family in America (undated manuscript held in the Toledo-Lucas County Library).  Gaspar Rorick died in 1843.