Madness Monday – 15 year probate of John N. Poundstone 1817-1900

A while back I sent a letter of inquiry to the Cass County Circuit Court in Logansport, Indiana to see if they had a record of my 3rd Great Grandfather’s (John N. Poundstone 1817-1900) will and probate.  I am happy to report that I was sent a copy of the will filed with the court. I am sorry to report that the court only copied the will and did not copy any additional information from the probate process.

He listed his children by name (including the married names of his daughters), his wife, his belongings and land.  I have found in the past that not all my relatives have been so helpful. 

Young America, Cass Co. Indiana
July 25″, 1895
In the name of the Benevolent Father of all I John N. Poundstone of Cass County Indiana being in reasonably good health and of sound mind do make and publish this my last Will and Testament and revoking all former Will by me made.
Item 1st devise and bequeath to my beloved wife Nancy Poundstone after my debts and funeral expenses are paid all my Personal Property in the house except my two beds and bedding and notes and money that may on hands or owing to me at the time of my death my wife is to have all the goods in the cellar and small smoke house and one cow and six hundred dollars in money or notes also the poultry that may be on the premises at the time of my decease also the milk house and all the contents therein at my death.
  I also devise and bequeath to my wife Nancy Poundstone all the land that I own in section Thirty One (31) township Twenty five North of range two East containing Forty seven acres and 77/100 of an acre to be hers as long as she remains my widow after her death and in case she remarries again then in that case then it is my will that the above bequeath real estate be sold by my Administrator at private sale and the proceed divided equally between my three sons Richard, Henry and George W. Poundstone and my two daughters Elizabeth A. Hyman and Caroline Zeck.
Item 2nd I further devise and bequeath to my three sons Richard, Henry and George W. Poundstone and my two daughters Elizabeth A. Hyman and Caroline Zeck all my notes money on hand at my death.  Also the two beds and bedding above except to be divided between them.
Item 3 It is my will that the remainder of my property not above bequeath be taken by my Administrator and sold at public sale and the proceed to by used to pay my debts and funeral expenses and the balance if any to be divided between my children and if there is not enough of said Personal Property not bequeath then he is to use the money on hand or that he may collect.
  I do hereby nominate and appoint Thomas Henry my Administrator.
John N. Poundstone X his mark
Signed and acknowledged by John N. Poundstone as his last will and testament in our presence and signed by us in his presence.
John W. Cost
Samuel J. Beck

I decided to check the newspapers in the area for any mention of John. I located two different obituaries and believe it or not a Notice of Settlement of Estate.  The notice of settlement was dated November 29, 1915, fifteen years and four months after his death.  Now how many estates have taken over fifteen  years to be probated?  By 1915, Nancy his wife and his children Henry and Elizabeth had already passed.

I saved a copy of my letter requesting copies of John’s probate file.  I think I will copy it, tweek the request to specifically  include probate filings after the initial filing of the on 14 Jul 1900 and see what I get.  It should be an interesting filing to review.


Surname Saturday – Yurmanovich/Urman

I have been unable to locate a definition of the last name of Yurmanovich.  I do know that my husbands family originated in Croatia.  Frank Yurmanovich changed his name to Urman on December 20, 1938 when he became  a citizen of the United States.  Frank was born December 29, 1907, the son of Theresa Geboy and Marko Yurmanovich.

Frank married Ivana Marie Drvaric in Milwaukee, Wisconsin on February 9, 1929.  They were the parents of  Robert Urman, father of my husband Gary.

Treasure Chest Thursday

My delivery from Hollinger Metal Edge, Inc. came today. Now I know my treasures will be safe for generations to come.  I bought the Document Preservation Kit and the Newspaper Preservation Kit for my over sized papers and heirlooms.

The Document Preservation Kit (item DGK) includes a document storage kit, cotton gloves, reinforced legal file folders, legal size envelopes, legal mylar envelopes, permalife bond paper, non fading black pigma pen, and a Family paper pamphlet.

The Newspaper Kit (item MNPK) includes an archival tan, acid & lignin free (pH 8.5), two piece box (23L x 17W x 2 1/2H) with a fully telescoping lid with reinforced Chrome metal edges, preservation folders  and a
black permanent Pigma pen.  I have

Hollinger Metal Edge Inc has wonderful products to keep any of your treasures safe, check them out at  I think my next purchase will be materials for textile storage.  I have some wonderful old linens, clothing and quilts that need some attention. 

I think that right now I am going to locate all my old newspapers and get them organized!

Surname Saturday – The Durbin’s

The last name of Durbin first appears in my family line through my father’s grandmother, Mary Elizabeth Durbin (1861-1949).  She descended from Morris (Maurice) Durbin, 8 April 1822 – 10 February 1880, and Rachel Logue, 29 January 1837 – 11 Jan 1911. 

Morris descended from John Durbin, Jr (1794-1847) and Mary Weinbrenner (1804-1886).

John Durbin Jr.’s father was, of course, John Durbin (1763-1845) and his mother was Honora Logue (1761-1840). 

I am still researching this family line.  I could go on with possible ancestors of  John Durbin, however, I do not have any documentation other than hearsay.  It is time to do a little sluething on this line and dig up some  evidence that will extend my Durbin line.

Case of the Poor Me’s


I have had a case of the poor me’s, one of my dogs passed away on Friday and today is probably the first day I have felt back to normal.  Wackie always laid by my desk and the office seems empy without her here.

I missed The Genealogy Search anniversary on August 6, the blog is now two years old. Reflecting  over the past few years,  I want to say thank you to Geneablogger for all the advice and friendship that came with joining this wonderful group. I recently joined Blogging for Ancestors and hope to meet even more wonderful folks.

I also want to acknowledge all the wonderful folks I have met through my blog, at conferences, and everyone that shares their genealogical blogs. I think we all learn a little something or find a little something we can relate to by reading others blogs.  I am looking forward to seeing what the next year will bring!