Probate court? We don’t need no stinking probate court!
Well, actually we do. But these images found in our family albums are a good reminder that you need to go through everything well: My grandmother’s uncle wrote his last will and testament (a few times) on a pair of her photos.
Being a wallet-carrying guy and spying the folds on the left photo, I’m going to guess he carried that one in his wallet. (Or maybe she did?) While they are simple in content, and my family already knew that Uncle James had left his houses to my Grandmother May, they would be even more helpful if we were unaware of that fact.
Front of Images
Read on for the images and an additional use for them…
Rear of Images
|Transcriptions of each photo:|
|May 3, 1920 “To Whom It May Concern, To Mary Tierney I leave everything I may own or possess upon my death, such as money in banks or Trust, coupons stocks bonds real estate or other property. James Farrell (Signed)||Sept 23, 1918 To My Niece May Egan I leave Everything I owen (sic) at Death. J. Farrell (signed)|
Checking the Queens County Surrogate Court is still on my ToDo list – but I found that there was one additional use for these wills: having a known version of James Farrell’s signature allowed me to compare it to a possible 1911 naturalization record:
Reuse, Recycle, Rejoice!