I posted part of this question to a genealogy mailing list in hopes of getting an answer, but I'll also post my thoughts and comments here.
I'm writing up a 1903 "Order Probating Will" for Barbara Haase of Warsaw, Illinois. We've seen Barbara before in Casefile Clues, but have not taken a look at her estate file in too much detail. The order confuses me and I'm not certain if I should write up what I have and know for an article or wait for an answer which I may never get.
The notice regarding probate of will is sent to the heirs and legatees of Barbara. That's to be expected in this location and in this time period. The heirs include Barbara's surviving children and the children of Francis Trautvetter who died before Barbara. In this case the legatees are all heirs--other than a few spelling and name variances.
What confuses me is why the children of another daughter are also included in the notice regarding probate. This daughter is not deceased, apparently of sound mind (money is disbursed to her directly and not to someone on her behalf), and lives in the area. Three other surviving children of Barbara had children of their own and their children are not served notice. The children of the surviving daughter are not mentioned in Barbara's will. The only grandchildren Barbara mentions in her will are those who are the children of her pre-deceased daughter Frances.
The probate packet includes references to these grandchildren (children of the surviving daughter) being sent several notices (along with the other heirs and legatees), but makes no reference as to why. These children (of the surviving daughter), are not mentioned anywhere else in the probate, received no money, made no claims, no appearances in court, etc. Some of the children of the surviving daughter are minors and a guardian ad litem is appointed for them (and for the minor children of the deceased daughter as well).
One potential item to consider is that the husband of the surviving daughter (the one whose chidlren are mentioned) is deceased. The husband of the other surviving daughter (whose children are not mentioned) is alive. The husband of the pre-deceased daughter is also alive, but is not mentioned anywhere in the estate records either.
I think I'm going to write up what I know for the next issue and do a follow up as necessary. Sometimes we never do get all the answers, but it's good to note when something is unusual.
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