On my trip to Iowa in 2003 I went to the Marengo County Courthouse, in Iowa County, to obtain a deed record of when Daniel D. Spracklin, my second great grandfather purchased the land in Iowa County and also his estate file.
Daniel did not have a will, so his estate had to go through probate. Reed A. Spracklin, a son, was his Administrator so he had the responsibility to record all transactions and steps in the probate process.
Usually I study the court clerk books to get the timeline for the probate. They would be the big books where the clerk records the probate process. The documents recorded would be: appointment of administrator, bond, announcements in the newspaper, selling of real estate, appointment of appraisers, inventory of personal property, any affidavits that are needed, selling of real estate, and settlements either partial or final. This part of Daniel’s estate I have not researched and it might be interesting to see what information turns up.
In 2003, I just walked into the courthouse and asked for the probate packet which is the actual file that contains documents of the probate process like those mentioned above and also any debt receipts from creditors.
Here is a list of the estate packet and papers for Daniel D. Spracklin’s estate.
1). March 9, 1915 – Heirs At Law affidavit – A list of D.D.’s heirs (sons & daughters) and their relationship to him as well as his grandchildren by his son Henry Spracklin who preceded him in death. To be presented in the next post.
2). May 22, 1915 Affidavit of Publication – Notice of the Appointment of Administrator published in the Marengo Democrat. By law they were required to publish the notice for 3 weeks consecutively.
April 1, 1915, Marengo Demo title page.
Administer is appointed and it is published in the local paper
Note: Copies of the three notices were found on the 1st, 8th and 15th of April 1915 in the Marengo Democrat and were not part of this packet and were from the Marengo Public Library Reel #965-K dated Dec. 10, 1914 – 1/29/1917.
R. A. Spracklin, a son, was appointed the Administrator of the estate in the County of Iowa.
3). April 2, 1915 – Inventory of personal effects of D.D. Spracklin by R.A. Spracklin – Iowa County, Iowa. This is a handwritten list of personal items, farm animals, farm supplies, tools and furniture.
4). Date Unknown – List of Property Belonging to D.D. Spracklin Estate, another version.
5). April 23, 1915 In Probate – Notice of Appointment of Appraisers and Return of Valuation in the Matter of the Estate of D.D. Spracklin. State of Iowa Poweshiek County.
6). June 21, 1915 – Claim Against Estate #5964 T. H. Connelly for $171.35 – District Court of Poweshiek County for funeral expenses covering casket, embalming, hearse, flowers.
7). November 11, 1915 Petition for Authority to Sell Personal Property, In the Matter of the Estate of D.D. Spracklin, deceased. R.A. is requesting that he be given authorization to sell the 1/3 of the possessions of D.D. Spracklin.
8). 1915 to 1917 Various Checks written by R.A. Spracklin, Administrator for paying creditors, administrator and heirs in final settlement. The bank used was out of Deep River, Iowa.
A claim against the Estate of D.D. Spracklin
9). April 7, 1916 Final Report and Petition for Discharge in the Matter of the Estate of D.D. Spracklin, deceased.
A Distribution Check to Amarilla – Estate of D.D. Spracklin
10). Date Unknown – R.A. Spracklin Partnership, and D.D. Spracklin Estate. Spreadsheet of figures and lists of items involved. It is the same information contained in the final settlement.
R.A and D.D.’s Agreement
11). May 15, 1916 Motion – In the Matter of the Estate of D.D. Spracklin To correct name of the newspaper in which appointment of Adminstrator was published to Marengo Democrat.
12). May 17, 1916 Affidavit of Publication of Discharge Notice in Marengo Sentinel newspaper.
Discharge notice of the Estate
13). Partition Deeds to D.D.’s Heirs-at-law – They are selling the land of D.D. Spracklin to a Mr. Thomas Stapleton, in September and December of 1916 and January of 1917. See a future post about the partition deeds of the land of Daniel D. Spracklin.
- O.R. Spracklin
- P.G. Spracklin
- C.E. Spracklin et. al.
- V.H. Spracklin and wife
- E.G. Spracklin and Wife
Historical Atlas 1875 of Iowa County, Iowa – The white square is Daniel’s land
14). Referee Deed dated 31 March, 1915 H.W. Hatter, Referee to Thomas Stapleton. It might be interesting to look at court records for more information about this deed, like the Court of Common Pleas. This contains a description of the land owned by Daniel D. Spracklin.
Partial of Referee Deed
About 1905 R.A. Spracklin or rather Reed and family moved in with his parents and lived with them on the farm in Dayton Twp. Reed was with Daniel and Sarah in the 1905 Iowa State Census. He made an agreement with his father to help care for the farm and his parents in their old age. See the post: Amarilla’s Father Daniel and half-brother Reed Form a Partnership, November 11, 2014 for more information.
Regarding Daniel’s estate: Daniel’s farm was in Dayton Twp. Iowa County, Iowa. This is very close to the border of Poweshiek County and it would be interesting to check the probate records of that county and the deeds to see what might turn up.