Probate Question

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Jesse Routh died during the civil war, without a will.  His debts exceeded the value of his possessions.  Eventually his land was sold, which more than covered his debts.  But in the meantime, the court appointed administrator seems to have sued every member of his family, including the minor children of his sister.  Was this normal?
WikiTree profile: Jesse Routh
in Genealogy Help by Steve Hennings G2G3 (3.9k points)
retagged by Maggie N.

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Being sued in that time periiod was different than what we think of today.  It was basically done to find out if there was anyone among the heirs who wanted to buy the land at the appraised amount or whether it was to be sold at auction.  At least that's how I've come to understand it.
by Dave Dardinger G2G6 Pilot (406k points)

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