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Shelby County, Indiana Court Records
1862-1876 Probate Order Book 6

Page 150. Erwin W. Madison makes final settlement as adm. of the estate of Abraham Chriss dec. Catharine Chriss the widow, George Chriss, Mary Parkinson, Sarah Christian, Abraham Chriss Jr.'s estate, William Heed gdn. and William Chriss receive the residue of this estate. Mar. 12, 1866. or Criss


Shelby County, Indiana Court Records
1869-1870 Probate Order Book 12

Page 255. A petition here concerning the partition of the real estate of Abraham Criss Sr. and his wife Catharine dec. The heirs of Wm. Criss dec. son of Abraham Sr. and Catharine and the husband of Cynthia Criss were listed as; Harriet, DePew, Mary A., William W., and Nancy E. Criss and Sarah McNeely, Henry, Elisha and John Criss were listed as three other children of Abraham Sr. and Cath. and they were all of unsound mind. Other parts of Abraham's land were purchased by others before this partition was made. Mar. 16, 1870.


Shelby County, Indiana Court Records
1862-1876 Probate Order Book 5

Page 335. Erwin L. Madison was app. adm. by the court in vacation of the estate of Catharine Criss dec. with Nicholas Bailey and William H. Reed his securities. May 2, 1865.


Shelby County, Indiana Court Records
1865-1867 Probate Order Book 6

Page 270. Erwin W. Madison makes final settlement as adm. of the estate of  Catherine Criss dec. The residue of her estate was dist. to; George and Sarah Criss, Mary Parkinson and Henry, Elisha and John Criss with Wm. Reed as their gdn. and Lydia Ann and Mary C. Garrett heirs of Abraham Criss and George W., Eliza C., as their gdn. and the heirs of William Criss. Sarah Criss is also listed as Sarah Christian. Jul. 11, 1866

Page 343. The residue of the estate of Catharine Criss dec. was dist. to her heirs of their guardians. Nov. 7, 1866.

Page 526. Robert Mitchell was app. the gdn. of John, Henry and Elisha Criss who were persons of unsound mind with Reuben Mitchell and Thomas Moore as securities. Mar. 13, 1867

Page 535. William Reed resigns as the gdn. of Henry, Elisha and John Criss, minor heirs of Abraham Criss dec. and suggests Robert Mitchell to replace him. Several promissory notes belong to the estate of these wards. Mar. 13, 1867


Shelby County, Indiana Court Records
1858-1861 Probate Order Book 3

Page 231. On complaint of Catharine Chriss, a jury is selected and they concur that Henry, Elihu and John Criss (or Chriss) are of unsound mind and the court appoints William Reed as their guardian. Jun 9, 1859


Shelby County, Indiana Court Records
1869-1870 Probate Order Book 9

Page 279. Robert C. Mitchell the gdn. of John, Henry and Elisha Criss petitions the court to sell his ward's real estate. John Feaster and Squire L. Van Pelt appraised it. Mar. 22, 1870


Shelby County, Indiana Court Records
Nov 18, 1865-Mar 1867 Probate Order Book - Common Pleas 6
Wednesday, 3rd Day November Term 1866-Nov 7th
Estate of Catherine Chriss, Deceased *** Distribution

Now at this day, the Clerk of the Court shows that the surplus in this estate remaining after the payment of all debts against said estate amounts to the sum of seven hundred and seventy three dollars and eighty six cents, which has all been paid into this Court for distribution amongst the heirs of said deceased. And the Court having seen and examined the premises find that notice of distribution of said surplus has been given by publication in the Shelby Volunteer, a weekly newspaper of general circulation, and by posting notices thereof as required by law, order and direct that said sum of Seven hundred and seventy three dollars and eighty six cents be distributed amongst the legal heirs and representatives of said descendants according to their degrees of relationship. And the Court having examined proper persons touching the number of descendants heirs and degrees of relationships and find that George Criss, Sarah Criss, Mary Parkinson, and Henry Criss, Elisha Criss, John Criss, persons of unsound mind, who are represented by William Reed Guardian, are the legal children and said descendants and as such are entitled to equal distribution shares of said estate, taking into consideration advancements heretofore made by the administrator. And it is further shown William Criss, a legal heir and entitled to a full share in said estate died leaving surviving the following named heirs and only heirs to wit, Sarah C. Criss, Joshua Criss, Harriet P. Criss, Richard Criss, William Criss, Ann Criss, Ellen Criss, and Dinah Criss, who are entitled together to one equal share in said estate, and that Abraham Criss, another child and heir of said deceased died leaving surviving him the following named heirs to wit: Lydia Ann Garrett, Mary C. Garrett, George Criss, Elisa Criss, Sarah Elizabeth Criss, and Amanda Jane Criss, who together are entitled to one full share of said estate. And the Court finds that the above are all the heirs of said deceased, entitled to distributive shares of said estate and that they are each entitled to the amounts hereinafter set forth opposite their names herein. And the Court orders that the share of the infants and persons of unsound mind be paid to their legally constituted guardians and the following are the sums due them respectively less their ratable shares of the costs of this distribution. (The rest of this transcription is missing) 


Shelby Volunteer
May 4, 1865 cont.

Erwin W. Madison had been appointed administrator of the estate of Katherine Chriss deceased and advertised for sale her personal property at her late residence one mile west of St. Paul. It included a one horse buggy. The estate was supposed to be solvent. 


January Term 1860
In the matter of the Estate of Abraham Chriss Jr. deceased
Irwin W. Madison, Administrator:

Now on this day comes the administrator of the Estate of Abraham Chriss Jr. deceased, and files a Petition herein duly sworn to representing that Abraham Chriss Jr. in his lifetime limit on the 12th day of October 1853 executed to Abraham Chriss Sr. his father four several promissory notes payable in one two three and four years, with interest from date; the three first notes calling for one hundred dollars each, and the fourth for $185 and that on the 20th day of October 1853 said Abraham Chriss Jr. executed to said Abraham Chriss Senior, a fifth note due two years after date with interest from date, calling for two hundred dollars, making in all $685, that the interest has been paid on said notes up to October 1858 and further that Abraham Chriss Jr. took out from the Shelby County of Summons Please letters of administration on the estate of said Abraham Chriss Sr. but before said estate was settled the said Abraham Chriss Jr., administrator of aforesaid also died, and that said petitioner took form this court letters of administrators of his estate, and out of the Shelby Court of Common Pleas letters of administration de bonis non, on the Estate of Abraham Chriss Sr. deceased. That the Estate of Abraham Chriss Jr. have due a distributive share. Share of the estate of Abraham Chriss Sr. to the probable amount of four hundred and fifty dollars, and praying for an order to compound said respective claim of said Estate so far as said notes will be offset by the distributive share of the estate of Abraham Chriss Sr. and allow the interest on said notes to be recovered only to the time of their coming into the hands of said petitioner, or so much there of will be off set by distributive share. limit here insert said petition and the Court having duly inspected said petition and all things touching the same, It is ordered by the Court that Erwin W. Madison, administrator of the estate of Abraham Chriss Jr. deceased be and he is hereby authorized to compound so much of the claims, which the estate of Abraham Chriss Sr. holds against the Estate of Abraham Chriss Jr. as amounts to the distributive share of the estate of Abraham Chriss Jr. from the estate of Abraham Chriss Dr. 

All which is now herein ordered by the court.

And then Court adjourned until tomorrow morning at 9 o'clock. Read and Signed in open Court January 10th, 1860. Saml (Samuel) A. Bonner Judge (???)


William H.R. Reed Guardian Deed from Catherine Chriss
Guardian Deed

I Catherine Chriss Guardian of Eliza C. Chriss, Sarah E. Chriss and Amanda J. Chriss as such Guardian by order of the Common Please Court of Decatur County in the state of Indiana entered in Order Book 5 of said court on page 137 convey to William H.R. Reed of Decatur in the state of Indiana for the sum of three hundred & eighty five dollars the following Real Estate in Shelby County in the State of Indiana to wit: The undivided one sixteenth part of the south west quarter of section four (4) Lower eleven (11) Range eight (8) east. In witness whereof the said Catharine Chriss guardian as aforesaid has hereunto set her hand and seal this 5th day of February A.D. 1869

                                             U.S.S. 5oct. (squiggle marks) Catherine Chriss (signature) {Seal}

State of Indiana, Decatur County lct:

Before me Ira G. Grover Clerk of the Common Pleas Court in and for said County this 5th day of February A.D. 1869 Catherine Chriss Guardian of Eliza C. Chriss, Sarah E. Chriss and Amanda J. Chriss as such Guardian acknowledges the execution of the annexed deed.

    Witness my hand and official seal. 

                                          (squiggle marks) Ira G. Grover, Clerk (signature)
                                          (squiggle marks) Decatur Common Pleas Court

I certify that the deed of which the above and foregoing is a true copy was duly stamped as provided by act of Congress and recorded February 25th 1869 at 2 o'clock P.M.     

                                           C. Bishop R.S.C. (signature)


Ninth Day, March Term, 1870, Shelby Common Please, March 16
Wednesday Morning 8 1/2 O’clock, March 16, 1870
Court met pursuant to Adjournment
Present the same as on yesterday

 

 William H. R. Reed, John C. Echarts.                       |
Henry Chriss, Elisha A. Chriss                                   |
John Chriss by Robert C. Mitchell their Guardian |
Harriet Chriss, Depew Chriss, Mary A. Chriss        |
William W. Chriss, Nancy E. Chriss                           |   Petition for Partition
by Edward Daniels their Guardian                            |
Sarah McNiely & Cynthia Chriss widow                   |
of William Chriss dec.                           Exparte.        |

                                                                                                                                 Come the parties

by Davis and Love their Attorneys and also in their own proper persons and file and present to the Court their Petition for Partition of the Real Estate therein described which said Petition reads in the words and figures following to wit: (Here insert) And the Court having seen and examined said petition and being sufficiently advised in the premises, finds the Matters and things therein set forth to be true that is to say: That three of the above named Petitioners to wit:

the said Henry Chriss, Elisha Chriss and John Chriss, who are persons of unsound mind, who join in this petition by Robert C. Mitchell who the Court finds, is the legal Guardian of said persons, as heirs at Law of Abraham Chriss senior deceased, and of Catherine Chriss ??? deceased his Widow. and the above named John C. Echart and William H. R. Reed as the Grantees immediate and remoto (?) from Sarah Chriss, George Chriss and Mary Parkinson who are the lawful children and heirs at Law of said Abraham Chriss senior deceased, and of the said Catherine Chriss senior deceased, both said Abraham Chriss and Catharine Chriss having departed this Life intestate in Shelby County, Indiana, and also as Grantees by Deed from Mary Garrett wife of James B. Garrett and ______ Garrett wife of Oscar Garrett, George W. Chriss, Eliza Chriss, Sarah E. Chriss & Amanda J. Chriss, the Conveyance of the said Eliza Chriss, Sarah E. Chriss and Amanda J. Chriss having been made by Order of the Common Pleas by Catharine Chriss their Guardian, they being Infants under twenty one years of age, all heirs at law of said Abraham Chriss senior and Catherine Chriss senior dec. and the said Harriet Chriss, Depew Chriss, Mary A. Chriss, William W. Chriss and Nancy E. Chriss; who the court finds to be all infants under twenty one years of Age, and that the above named Edward Daniels who herein petitions for them and in their behalf, is their lawful Guardian duly appointed as such by this Court; and Sarah McNeely one of the above named petitioners and Joshua Chriss in said petition mentioned all the only children and heirs at law of the said William Chriss in the petition mentioned who was a Son of said Abraham Chriss senior deceased and of the said Catharine Chriss senior deceased who departed this life intestate after the decease of his said father Abraham Chriss dec. and before the death of his said mother the said Catharine Chriss senior deceased. And that the petitioner Cynthia Chriss is the lawful widow of said William Chriss dec. and that said petitioner William H. R. Reed as the Grantee of said Joshua Chriss, are all the owners as tenants in common of the following described Real Estate situated in Shelby County in the State of Indiana to wit:

“The North East quarter, of the south West quarter of Section four (4) in Township Eleven (11) Range Eight (8) East; except the following described partions of said Tract of Land viz: Two hundred and Twenty five (225) square poles bounded as follows: Beginning as the North East corner of said Tract of Land, thence West fifteen (15) Rods; thence South fifteen (15) Rods; thence East fifteen (15) Rods and thence North fifteen (15) rods square out of the North East Corner of said Tract of Land, being Thirty Eight (38) Acres and ninety five (95) square poles more or less, being the Lands owned by said William Chriss senior at the time of his decease, and that said described Tract of Land is owned in fee simple by said petitioners in the following pro portions to wit: The said Henry Chriss, Elisha Chriss and John Chriss own each the undivided one eighth (1/8) part in Value there of as the heirs at Law of said Abraham Chriss senior dec. Catharine Chriss senior deceased, being in the aggregate the undivided Three eights (3/8) part in Value thereof.

The said Cynthia Chriss was (?) in fee simple the undivided one third part (1/3) of the One Sixth (1/6) part in Value of said Tract of Land, being the one eighteenth (1/18) part in Value thereof, as the Widow of her deceased husband William Chriss senior dec. Her (?) said William Chriss, as the Time of his decease being the Owner in fee simple of the undivided one Sixth (1/6) part in Value of said thirty eight (38) Acres and (95) poles of Land.

And that the following Children and heirs at Law of said William Chriss dec. as such are the owners in fee simple of the undivided one Seventh (1/7) of two thirds (2/3) of One Sixth (1/6) part in Value of said Real Estate, being the undivided two, one hundred and Twenty Sixth (2/126) part in Value thereof to wit: the said Harriet Chriss, Depew Chriss, Mary A. Chriss, William W. Chriss, Nancy E. Chriss and Sarah McNeely. And the said William H. Reed as the Guardian of Joshua Chriss, is entitled to the Two, One hundred and twentieth (2/120) part in Value of said Real Estate, and making in the aggregate belonging to the Six children of said William Chriss dec. who are petitions herein and to said William H. R. Reed the present Owner in fee of the Interest described to said Joshua Chriss as heir at Law of of said William Chriss dec. the undivided two thirds (2/3) of One Sixth (1/6) part, being the Two Eighteenth (2/18) part in Value thereof.

                And the Court further finds that the said Six children of said William Chriss deceased who are petitioners herein, and the said William H. R. Reed as Grantee of said Joshua Chriss to wit: the said Depew Chriss, Harriett Chriss, Mary Chriss, William W. Chriss, Nancy E. Chriss and Sarah McNeely, is each the owner in fee simple as heirs at Law of said Catharine Chriss of the Eleven, Eight hundred and fortyeth (11/840) part in Value of said Real Estate owned by said Six children of said William Chriss deceased and said William H. R. Reed.

And the Court further finds that said William H. R. Reed and John C. Echart own equally as tenants in common the un divided Forty four, one hundred and twentieth (44/120) part in Value of said Real Estate.

And the Court does now further find, that said petitioners William H. R. Reed, John C. Echart, Henry Chriss, Elisha Chriss, and John Chriss, Harriett Chriss, Depew Chriss, Mary A. Chriss, William W. Chriss, and Nancy E. Chriss and Sarah McNeely are the owners in fee simple of the following Real Estate in said petition described, intestate in Shelby County, Indiana to wit:

The West half, of the South West quarter of Section four (4) in Township Eleven (11) Range Eight (8) East; and the South East quarter of the South West quarter of said Section four (4) in said Township ?? Eleven (11) and Range Eight (8) East; containing one hundred and Twenty (120) Acres more or less; in the following undivided shares and proportions viz: The said John Chriss, is the owner in fee simple as the heir at law of Catharine Chriss senior deceased, of the undivided One Eight part (1/8) in Value thereof.

The said Henry Chriss is the Owner in fee simple as such heir as law of the undivided One Eight (1/8) part in Value thereof. The said Elisha Chriss is the owner as such heir of the undivided One Eight (1/8) part in Value thereof, in fee simple.

The said William H. R. Reed and John C. Echart are the equal Owners in fee simple by Deeds of Conveyance as Grantee immediate and remote as in said Petition alleged, of the undivided one half (1/2) part in Value of said Real Estate.

And the said Depew Chriss, Mary A. Chriss, William W. Chriss, Nancy E. Chriss, Sarah McNeely and William H. R. Reed as Grantees of Joshua Chriss is each the Owner in fee simple of the undivided One fifty sixth (1/56) part in Value of said Real Estate, being in the aggregate the undivided one eight (1/8) part in Value in fee simple of said 120 Acres, so owned by said Depew Chriss, Mary A. Chriss, Nancy E. Chriss, Sarah McNeely and William H. R. Reed.

And the Court further finds: that after the decease of said William Chriss dec. the said Mary Parkison sold and conveyed to said William Chriss the one Eight (1/8) of two thirds (2/3) of said above described thirty Eight (38) Acres and ninety six (96) poles and that through misapprehension the said Grantor and Grantee both believed and understood, that said Mary Parkison could convey her interest so sold as a separate piece off any part of said Tract, and that the parties acting thereupon the said Mary Parkinson and her husband did make, and the said William Chriss did accept and receive a Deed describing the Interest so sold as follows to wit:

“The undivided one eight (1/8) part of Twenty six and two thirds (26 2/3) acres off of the North End of the North East Quarter of the South West quarter of Section four (4) in Township Eleven (11) Range Eight (8) East in Shelby County Indiana and that said William Chriss believing that said Deed did vest in him the Title to the lands above described on the North end of said Tract as specified in said Deed, did in good faith and with the knowledge and comment of the Petitioners and their Grantors immediate and remote, erect a Dwelling House and Stable on the Lands last described of the Value of $      and also ??? out an Orchard thereon of the Value of $    

It is therefore ordered adjudged and decreed by the Court that Partition he made of said Lands arriving and between the parties aforesaid in accordance with the above finding of the Court and for that purpose it is further ordered by the Court, that Squire S. Vanpelt (?), Jacob Feaster and Jasper H. Sprague, three disinterested residents free holders of Shelby County Indiana be and they are hereby appointed Commissioners of this Court, who after talking the Oath prescribed by Law, which Oath shall be undivided on the Warrant of their Appointment issued to them to make such partition are ordered and directed to proceed and set off and assign to said Cynthia Chriss, the one third, (1/3) of the One Sixth (1/6) being the One Eighteenth (1/18) part in Value of the above described Thirty Eight Acres and ninety Six poles (38.96). And that they set off and assign to said Harriet Chriss, Depew Chriss, Mary A. Chriss, William W. Chriss, Nancy E. Chriss, Sarah McNeely and William H. R. Reed each the One Seventh 1/7 of two third 2/3 of the One Sixth 1/6 part of said 38 Acres and 96 poles, being the Two, One hundred & Twenty Sixth 1/126, part to each of said seven Petitioners. And that the Shares of said Cynthia Chriss, Harriet Chriss, Depew Chriss, Mary A. Chriss, William W. Chriss, Nancy E. Chriss, Samuel McNeely and William H. R. Reed, being in the aggregate the undivided one Sixth (1/6) part of said 38 acres and 96 poles be set off h them in one Body ‘h be owned and held by there as tenants in common in the proportions aforesaid. And that said One Sixth 1/6 of said 39 Acres and 96 poles, be set off to them off the North End of the North East quarter of the South West quarter of Section four (4) in Township Eleven (11) Range Eight (8) East, so as to include thereon the Dwelling house, Stable and Orchard thereon erected and put there by said William Chriss deceased; and that in making said partition that no Value be placed on said House, Stable and Orchard but the same shall be set off to them as through said improvements had not been made thereon.

And in the Event that said Commissioners shall report to this court, that said Lands are not susceptible of partition, then said Commissioners are hereby ordered to report to the Court the Value of said Improvements to said Lands, to be allowed to said Cynthia Chriss, Nancy E. Chriss, Sarah McNeely and William H. R. Reed, to be allowed to them out of the proceeds of the sale of said Real Estate & under the Order of this Court, And said Commissioners are further ordered and directed to set off in one body, to said Petitioners Harriet Chriss, Depew Chriss, Mary A. Chriss, William W. Chriss, Nancy E. Chriss, Sarah McNeely and William H. R. Reed the undivided Eleven, one hundred and Twentieth (11/120) part in Value of the above described 38 acres and 96 poles of Land as equal owners in fee simple as tenants in common.

                And said Commissioners are further ordered and directed to set off to said William H. R. Reed and John E. Echart as equal owners and tenants in common, the undivided Forty four One Hundred and Twentieths (44/120) part in Value of said 38 acres and 96 poles of Land. And said Commissioners are further ordered and directed to set off to said William H. R. Reed and John E. Echart the undivided one half (1/2) part in Value of the following described Lands to wit: “the West Half of the South West quarter of Section four (4) in Township Eleven (11) Range Eight (8) East, and the South East quarter of the South West quarter of said Section four (4) in said Township and Range, containing one hundred and Twenty 120. Acres more or less; to be held by them as tenants in Common to be set off to them in one Body, and also to set  off their Interest in said 120 Acres of Land and their above described undivided equivalent in Value in the 38 Acres and 96 poles of Land above described in our body. And said Commissioners are further ordered and decreed to set off to said Petitioners Harriet Chriss, Depew Chriss, Mary A. Chriss, William W. Chriss, Nancy E. Chriss, Sarah McNeely and William H. R. Reed, the undivided one eight 1/8 part in Value of the One hundred and twenty Acres of Land above described to be held and owned by them as equal owners and tenants in common; and that the equivalent in Interest of said seven petitioners in said 38 acres & 96 poles of Land to wit the (11/120) part thereof be set off in a Body to said parties, with their one Eighth 1/8 Interest in said One hundred and Twenty Acres.

                And said Commissioners are further ordered and directed to set off to said John Chriss, Elisha Chriss and Henry A. Chriss the undivided three eights (3/8) part in Value of all the lands above described, as equal owners in fee simple as tenants in common as prayed for in said Petition and said Commissioners are ordered to make Report of their proceedings in the premises to this Court at its present Term

                and Time is given.

This was ordered from Shelby Co., Indiana, transcribed by Tonya R. Kellum, many parts were difficult to read so we do not guarantee 100% accuracy. For a copy of this document email Tonya @ kellumgenealogy@tampabay.rr.com


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