As noted in the first blog of this series, recently re-discovered are the metal boxes that line the walls of the back room of the Clerk’s office.

Remember, the location of each box, and its contents, is documented in a chart. The Putnam County Public Library Local History Dept. has a copy (, I have a copy (, and there are a few other copies “floating around”.  If you would like more information, do not hesitate to contact either the library or me.

I decided that I would trace a probate record, in a book, to “papers” in a box.  Below are the scans that followed the probate record for the estate of Alexander Bryant – died in Putnam Co.  The first scan is from Probate Order Book E (Dec. 1852-May 1885) and the next three are from Book 1 (June 1855-March 1857).  The very last one is from Book 2 (June 1857-June 1859).  It is interesting that the Book E entry is the first entry in the books having to do with Bryant’s Estate.







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As can be seen from the scans, sometimes the last name of the deceased is Bryan, and sometimes the name is Bryant.  Samuel H. Bryant is the Administrator of the estate.  On page 285 of Book 1, the legal heirs are listed.

The box that contains the papers for this estate is Common Pleas Court – Probate Causes – Mch, June, Sept. & Dec. Terms, 1858 N-A-20.  The papers are many – over 100 papers.  I will highlight a few here in order to show some information that was in the papers but not in the Probate Order Books. The name Bryan and Bryant were used in the documents.  The earliest dated receipt in the papers was that of 15 November 1847.  The earliest dated receipt in the papers that lists Samuel H. Bryant as the Administrator is that of 2 May 1854.

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As you can tell, much information is given.  It may be that someone researching Alexander Bryant, or any of the others mentioned, does not know the information that is given.  So, investigating the papers in this box could be beneficial to the researcher.

Stay tuned for blog number 6 in this series!