Wisdom Wednesday: Establishment of Pennsylvania’s Orphan’s Court

Astute readers have perhaps noticed that, despite the title of this post, it is actually Friday. Apologies for the tardiness of my post – Wisdom Wednesday degenerated into Whacky Wednesday. That was followed by Terrible Thursday and now Frantic Friday. But in event, I present the post intended a few days ago:

While searching for something else in the free online historic Pennsylvania Session Laws, I came across the section of law that established the Orphan’s Court in Pennsylvania in 1693. If anyone researches in early PA and has not used this resource, I urge you to take a look. The home page is Pennsylvania Session Laws .

CHAPTER 42.
[42] THE LAW ABOUT ORPHANS COURTS.
“Be it enacted by the authority aforesaid that the Justices of each respective
County Court shall sitt twice every year to inspect & take
Care of the Estates Usage & Employment of Orphans, which shall be
called the Orphans-Court, and sitt the first third day of the week in the
first and Eighth months yearly, That care may be taken for those that
are not able to take care for themselves.”
(http://www.palrb.us/statutesatlarge/16001699/1693/0/act/0042.pdf)

I love the last phrase: “That care may be taken for those that are not able to take care for themselves.” There’s a lot in those words.

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