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PROBATE JAMES N STERRY
[QUEENS, NEW YORK, 1880]

 

Surrogate's Court
County of Queens
In the matter of the Administration of the Goods, Chattels and Credits of James N. Sterry, deceased, intestate
Application and order filed July 26th 1880

Know all men by these presents, that we Henry Skelton John S Falk and R T Arnold severally of the town of Newtown Queens County New York are held and firmly bound unto The People of the State of New York in the sum of three hundred dollars, lawful money of the United States of America, to be paid to the said people; for which payment well, and truly to be made, we bind ourselves, our heirs, executors, and administrators, jointly and severally, firmly by these presents. Signed with our with our seals. Dated the 26th day of July one thousand eight hundred and eighty.
The condition of this Obligation is such, that if the above bounden Henry Skelton shall faithfully execute the trust reposed in him as the administrator of all and singular the goods, chattels and credits of James N. Sterry late of the town of Newtown in the County of Queens, deceased, intestate, and also obey all the orders of the Surrogate of the said County of Queens, touching the administration of the estate committed to him then this obligation to be void, else to remain in full force and virtue. Sealed and delivered in the presence of H J Jamison - Henry Skelton, John S Falk, R T Arnold.

Queens County ss. on the 26th day of July A.D. 1880 before me personally appeared Henry Skelton, John S Falk and R T Arnold known to me to be the individuals described in and who executed the foregoing bond, and they severally acknowledged to me that they executed the same. Henry J Jamison, Surrogate.

The Western Union Telegraph Company
Dated New London Ct
Received June 8 18[80]
To Garrett J Garrettson, Jamaica
Served The Haskins six am
James P Rapelye

New London May 24th 1880
Garret J Garretson
You wish an answer to those papers that you sent to me April 28th. My answer is this that if James M Sterry left money enough to pay his funeral expenses by all means pay them. I am glad to know that he had enough to pay them. I was surprised to hear such news for I expected that because he was buried in Newtown that he had no means to be brought here and be buried beside his mother. I suppose the town or church bore the expenses of burying him. I am very glad and very thankful that James had so many friends and such kind treatment as they tell me the papers say he had. I have had no paper with the account of his death. [unsigned]

Ordered that letters of administration on the estate of the deceased issue to Henry Skelton of Newtown a creditor of deceased.

The People of the State of New York
To Ellen Haskins of the city of New London Connecticut
You are hereby cited and required personally to be and appear before our Surrogate of the County of Queens, at the Surrogate's Office, in the village of Jamaica, in the said county, on the twenty fifth day of July 1880 at 10 o'clock in the forenoon of that day, then and there to show cause why you should not take out letters of administration upon the estate of said deceased or in default thereof why such letters should not be granted to Henry Skelton, as creditor of said deceased. In Testimony whereof we have caused the seal of the Surrogate's county of our County of Queens to be hereunto affixed. Witness for Garret J Garretson Surrogate of our said County of Queens at the Surrogate's Office in the village of Jamaica in the said County, the third day of June in the year one thousand eight hundred and eighty. Jarret J Jarretson, Surrogate.

State of New York, County of Queens
James P Rapelye being duly sworn doth depose and say that he served the written citation as follows viz: on the eighth day of June 1880 on Ellen Haskins at her place of residence North Main Street New London Connecticut. That the said service was made by personally delivering a copy of the said citation signed by the Surrogate of Queens Court to and leaving the same with her and that he knew her to be the person to whom the said copy was addressed.
James P Rayelye.

To the Hon. Garret J. Garretson Surrogate of the County of Queens. The petition of Henry Skelton. Respectfully shows that on the 28th day of February 1880 James N Sterry departed this life at the town of Newtown in the County of Queens and State of New York without leaving any last Will and Testament. That the said deceased died possessed of personal property in the State of New York the value of which amounts to above one hundred and fifty dollars to the best of your petitioner's information and belief.

That as your petitioner is also informed and believes the said deceased left him surviving as nearest and only next of kin Mrs Ellen Haskins an aunt of the said deceased residing at New London Connecticut who is of full age and that deceased left him surviving no widow no child and no descendant of any deceased child - no brother - no sister and no descendant of any deceased brother or sister.

That as your petitioner is informed and believes the said Ellen Haskins is first entitled to letters of administration upon the estate of said deceased that she has neglected and still neglects and refuses to take out such letters of administration.

That your petitioner is a creditor of the said deceased and therefore prays that an order may be made by the Surrogate of said County of Queens directing a citation to issue out of this Court under the seal thereof directing said Ellen Haskins to be and appear before this Court on a day therein to be named to show cause why she should not take out letters of administration upon the estate of the said deceased or in default thereof that letters of administration may be granted to you petitioner and your petitioner will ever pray &c.

State of New York, County of Queens
Henry Skelton of the town of Newtown Queens County New York being duly sworn says he is the petitioner named in the foregoing petition and that the facts therein stated are true to the knowledge of deponent except as to matters therein stated to be alleged on information and belief and that as to those matters he believes it to be true.
Sworn to before me this 1st day of June 1880
Garret J Garretson, Surrogate

[Henry Skelton was awarded letters of administration and Benjamin W Strong and Edward Schwacofer were appointed appraisers on the estate of James N Sterry on 26 Jul 1880.]

Surrogate's Office, Queens County
Jamaica, N.Y. July 26 1880

The estate of James N. Sterry, dec.
Dr To Henry H. Smith

To preparing papers to compel party to take out letters of administration
To preparing letter of administration and one administration certificate. Preparing appraisal papers

$5
Recd Payt Henry H Smith  

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Newtown N.Y. Aug 19 1880
Henry Skelton Administrator
To Benj. W Strong & Edw Schwacofer

To appraising the personal property of Jame N Sterry & making an inventory & copy of the same $15
Recd Payt
Edwd Schwacofer
Benj W Strong
 

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Newtown 1881
Recd from the estate of James N Sterry one gold ring for
services rend as nurse - Mary Willmelor

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Newtown March 1st '80
Mr James N Sterry to the Misses Palmer

To one months board & washing $25.00
News Paper .90
  $25.90
Recd payment A & S Palmer  

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Newtown L.I. 21 Aug 1880
To the estate of James N Sterry decd.
To F. A. Holman

One interment in St James Church Yard at Newtown N.Y. the sum of $7
Recd payment
Francis A Holman, Sexton
 

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Newtown L.I. Nov 1880
To the estate of James N Sterry
To James P Rayelye & Dr

For services rendered serving citation on Mrs Haskins at New London Conn. $5
Recd payment
James P Rapelye
 

Mem. Exp.

Fare to N.Y. 0.14
Fare to N. London 1.00
State Room 1.00
Supper .50
Breakfast .25
Telegram .50
Dinner .60
Supper .40
Fare to N.Y. 1.00
State Room 1.00
Breakfast .25
Fare to Newtown .14
  6.78

Newtown L.I. June 1880

Received from Henry Skelton six 78/100 in full for services rendered in serving papers on Mrs Haskins North Front St New London $6.78
James R Rapelye  

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Newtown L.I. Oct 22 1881
The Estate of James N Nelson decd.
To Henry Skelton, Dr
Furnishing Undertaker

March 2 1880 To 6ft Im R Wood casket handles &c 70.00
  Silver plated plate 4.50
  Box for casket 6.00
  6 pair lysle thread gloves services rend 11.80
    92.30

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Newtown L.I. July 30 1880
Mr James N Sterry (estate of)

To F. Booth, M.D., Dr

For Medical Attendance from Dec 1st 1879 to Feb 28 1880 $30.00
Recd payment
F. Booth
 

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New York Feb 29 1880
To "The New York Times" Dr

For Advertising Death Notice 2 times Sterry deceased $2.00
Recd payment  

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New York L.I. Aug 26 1880

Received from Henry Skelton Admr the sum of 5.00 for services rend to James N Sterry while sick  
Mrs H M Riker  

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Jamaica July 3 1883
The Est of James N Sterry
To Mr W Gillen Dr

To serving citations on accts $5.00
Recd payt Mr W Gillen  

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A true and perfect inventory of all and singular the goods, chattels and credits of James N. Sterry late of the town of Newtown in the County of Queens deceased, made by the Administrator of the goods of the said deceased with the aid of the above mentioned [Benjamin W. Strong & Edward Schwacofer] appraisers appointed by the Surrogate of the County of Queens aforesaid, duly qualified, and after service of notice as the law directs, on the legatees and next of kin of the said deceased, on the day of [blank] A.D. 1880

Cash in Williamsburg Savg Bank & interest to July 1/80 51.00
Cash in hand of Treasurer of St James Church Newtown 41.67
Cash in hand Miss Sarah Palmer, Newtown 38.00
1 Melodeon 30.00
1 rocking chair $1 -1 lot of books $1 2.00
1 lot of music $2.00 -1 lot of magazines .25 2.25
1 valise $1 - 1 old trunk 50ct -1 cribbage board .05ct 1.55
1 baton & case 10.00
1 old silver watch $3.00 - 1 fruit knife .50ct 3.50
6 plated shirt studs .25ct - 3 pairs plated sleeve button 50 .75
1 finger ring with stone 4.00
1 rubber & gilt pencil case .75ct - 1 gilt watch chain .10 .85
1 Japanese tray 10ct - 1 toy box 25ct - 1 neck tie slide 10ct .45
1 hand looking glass 10ct - 1 pocket cook stove 30ct .40
59 photographic views @ 2ct ea 1.18
1 shawl strap .05 - 1 pocket flask $1 1.05
1 pair plaster wall brackets 10ct - 1 paper rack 10 .20
1 par old razors with strap, cup & brush .25
1 box with counters .05ct - 1 towel rack 50ct .55
1 pair of bud glasses 20ct - 1 pair ash receivers .05 .25
1 glass cologne bottle 10ct - 1 small pitcher 25 .35
1 fancy cup & saucer 50ct - 1 coffee cup 50 1.00
1 china hanging plate $1 - 1 lunch basket 10 1.10
1 fancy match safe .25
  192.60
1 old shawl 25ct - 1 sponge 15 - 1 fancy box 10ct .50
1 lot (9) framed lithographs 1.45
1 pair of candle brackets 25ct - lot of old shoes 50 .75
1 winter overcoat much worn 1.00
1 spring overcoat $2.00 - 1 suit of clothes much worn $3 5.00
1 business suit 4.00
3 pairs of pants @ 50ct $1.50 - 1 white vest 20ct 1.70
1 black coat $4.00 - 1 dress suit much worn $6 10.00
1 linen duster 25ct - lot of stockings 25 - lot of undershirts 1.00
3 dress shirts very old 50ct - 2 night shirts 40ct .90
lot of pocket handkerchiefs, marked .25
2 pairs of old drawers @ 10ct ea .20
2 hats .10
  219.45

Aug 21st 1880 Benj W Strong, Edwd Schwacofer, Appraisers

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To the Surrogate Court of the county of Queens
The Petition of Henry Skelton

shows that on the 26th day of July 1883 Letts Administration of the goods, chattels and credits of James N. Sterry deceased, were granted to the petitioner herein and that the only persons interested in the estate of the said deceased, as creditors, legatees, next of kin or otherwise, and their places of residence to the best of the knowledge and belief of the petitioner are as follows, to wit:
Ellen Haskins residing in the city of New Haven Connecticut who is of full age and of sound mind.
That a notice for creditors to present their claims has been duly published, pursuant to an order of the Surrogate of the County of Queens, and that all claims presented have been duly adjusted and paid.

That more than 12 months have elapsed since the granting of said Letters Administration and that your petitioner is desirous of rendering a final account of all his proceedings to the Surrogate of the County of Queens, by whom the petitioner was appointed, and for a judicial settlement of his accounts as such Administrator and that for that purpose he asks that a citation may issue to all persons interested in the estate of said deceased to attend a final and judicial settlement of his accounts as such.
Dated July 3rd 1883 Henry Skelton

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Summary Statement of Administrator

The said Administrator is charged with amount received from all sources   $219.48
The said Administrator is credited with the amount of funeral expenses and expenses of Administration and Debts of the deceased $203.18
Expense of serving citation in Connecticut and expenses on accounting

15.10

 
  219.48  

And it appearing that said Administrator has fully accounted for all the property of the deceased received by him it is ordered adjudged and decreed that said Administrator's accounts be and the same is hereby judicially settled and allowed as filed and adjusted.

And it appearing that said Administrator has no balance on hand but has paid out all the estate of deceased it is ordered adjudged and decreed that said Administrator be and he is hereby discharged from all further liability.
Chas De Kay Townsend, Surrogate