Probate court, guardian notice

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I ran across a newspaper reference to my great-grandfather Commodore Perry Cox in Probate Court Proceedings, published in The Ohio Democrat, New Philadelphia, Ohio, Wednesday, January 20, 1892. The reference reads: "Commodore P. Cox, guardian, final account filed." Does anyone have an idea what this could mean? He was 49 years old at the time.

Thanks, Robert Cox
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in The Tree House by Robert Cox G2G4 (4.4k points)
That usually means that there was at least one minor child involved and a guardian was appointed to supervise/manage the child's inheritance.  If a boy, usually until he turned 21, if a girl until she turned 21 or married.
Thanks, so it seems that Commodore Perry Cox was appointed the guardian of some minor, but there is no way to know from this who that minor was, right?
You’d have to find the actual document(s) to see who was involved.  Guardians were often relatives, so you might look in your tree for someone who died with minor children after 1872.
So, I wrote to the county deputy clerk and she brought up the record. It turns out that the Commodore Perry Cox mentioned is the minor child not the guardian, so this is a different person with the same name.

So, got in contact with the library which has the genealogy records for Stark County where MY Commodore Perry Cox lived, as he ALSO was a minor child who lost his parents and was living with a guardian. But the genealogist from the library said that their guardianship index did not contain any reference to Commodore Perry Cox or his minor siblings.

So, I am wondering, were the courts involved only when there was an inheritance that needed to be administered? My ancestors were not wealthy, so it is likely that there was no money involved.
You are correct that a guardian was generally only appointed when there was an inheritance involved.
Thanks much for your help! -- Robert

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I noticed above in that same column the court clerks name-the "J E Hurst", that might take you to a place where there is some records from the courts.
by Rusty Comstock G2G1 (1.4k points)

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