So I have this sticky, muddy, mess of a family in 1780′s, Appoquinimink Hundred, New Castle, DE. right? Obviously in the 1780′s they didn’t see all the PSA’s about making sure your family is protected in the event of an accident. Jacob Staats died intestate in 1783. From various documents I’ve collected, his widow, Sarah, died in 1790. The estate was divided into eighths, only I can’t find eight transactions selling the land (or the respective interests in it). One of the eighths sees to have died before the others, as that share was divided among the seven remaining interests.
I’ve checked deeds, estates, Orphan’s Court, tax records, and a few other sources. Not only has it not cleared the mess up — it made it worse. There are some direct conflicts that I can’t resolve. I don’t like to admit being confused, but…well,,,okay, I’m confused. I won’t bore you with the tons of other details I’ve collected – at least not in this post.
Back to the question: In these circumstances, who do you turn to for help? I suppose if I were made of money, I could hire someone to help sort it out. But not only am I not made of money – I am currently laid off. Have you collaborated with other serious, local genealogists to compare notes and trade ideas on specific cases? If so, what has your experience been?
If anyone is in the northeast Ohio area and wants to swap cases so we can each get a fresh look at an old problem, I’d be really interested in doing something like that.