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Saturday, September 16, 2017

BROWER in Dutchess County, New York Probate Packets

A large collection of Estate records for Dutchess County, New York can be found online at FamilySearch.org. These records go beyond what is found in the Will Books and include the estate settlements for many individuals who did not leave a written will. And a few may contain wills that may not have been recorded in the County Will Books (see William Brower below). The Probate Files (or packets) are found on the Dutchess County page of the "New York Probate Records, 1629-1971" collection listed as "Probates 1793-1868 packets (no.)-(no.)." They are indexed in the General Index series which is found on the same webpage.

The General Index for surnames A-D to the Probate Packets is online and the page for surnames beginning with Bro begins here (image 246). The link associated with the index page will take you to the image of that page. The link associated with the Filing Box number will take you to the first page, usually the cover, of the Filing Box. These Filing Boxes or Packets can be large, containing dozens of pages. The time needed to go through each to extract relevant genealogical information is not available as of this writing, and so I leave it to interested researchers to explore them on their own. The tedious work of locating them within the FamilySearch collection has been done for you if you use these links. Some entries include the locations of other documents.

Abbreviations: LT = Letters Testamentary; LOA = Letters of Administration; OP = Orders for Publication; PD = Probate Decree; AO = Administration Orders; BR = Bonds Recorded; Inv. = Inventory; OAC = Orders to Advertise for Claims.

Note that two images are used for each entry. Image 246 covers all of the left side of page 89 and part of the right side, while image 247 covers part of the left side 89 and all of the right side. Page 90 is covered by images 248 and 249. Page 91 is covered by images 250, 251 (a dupe of 250) and 252. Page 92 is images 253 and 254 (255 is a dupe of 254). Not all of what is indexed is included below, so please consult both images for the locations of additional documents.

Garrit Brower (Index p. 89). Will Book D:100. No File Box. See the Sept. 10, 2017 post.

William C. Brower (Index p. 89). Filing Box no. 1398. (The Appointment of Guardians for his children is found in Minutes 1:253).

William W. Brower (Index p. 89). Filing Box no. 1503. LOA 1:362.

William Brower (Index p. 89). Filing Box no. 3876. PD 4:75. Will (not recorded in Will Books)

Cornelius W. Brower (Index p. 89). Filing Box no. 1897. LOA 3:468. Inv. June 2, 1845. OAC 4:40.

Robert Brower (Index p. 89). Filing Box no. 1900. LOA 3:474. Inv. Nov. 9 1846.

Susan Brower (Index p. 89). Filing Box no. 2141. Will Book Q:383. LOA 5:455. PD 5:190.

Susan L. Brower (Index p. 89). Filing Box no. 2130A. LOA 5:265. AO 5:232.

Adolphus D. Brower (Index p. 90). Filing Box no. 2292. LOA 5:416.

Abraham Brower (Index p. 90). Filing Box no. 5131. Will Book U:487. LT 8:63. OP 1:576. PD 9:288. Inv. Mar 7, 1861. OAC 9:379.

As of this posting only packets (filing boxes) through the year 1868 (no. 5889) are available for viewing online. I have included below information for those whose estates were settled post 1868. The Will Books through Volume 15 (1903) are available online.

Henry Brower (Index p. 90). Filing Box no. 7151. LOA 12:379. Inv. April 30, 1874. OAC 15:490.

James C. D. Brower (Index p. 90). Filing Box no. 6836. Will Book 2:33. LT 12:226. PD 15:219.

Peter Brower (Index p. 90). Filing Box no. 6941. Will Book 2:170. LT 13:12. PD 16:313.

Nellie Brower (Index p. 90). Filing Box no. 8044. LOA 13:527. AO 17:141. Inv. Jan 17, 1875. OAC 17:141.

Jane A. Brower (Index p. 91). Filing Box no. 10654. LOA 17:509. OP 1:516. AO 22:681. OAC 22:681.

Joseph Brower (Index p. 91). Filing Box no. 10802. LOA 18:472. AO 24:515. OAC 24:515.

Sylvester W. Brower (Index p. 91). Filing Box no. 14872. LOA 22:378. AO 29:689. Inv. Mar. 29, 1892. OAC 29:689.

Sarah Brower (Index p. 91). Filing Box no. 15239. Will Book 12:64. LT 23:27. PD 30:93. Inv. Oct. 17, 1893.

Cordelia Brower (Index p. 91). Filing Box no. 16566. LOA 25:357. AO 33:551. BR 2:295.

Ella A. Brower (Index p. 91). Filing Box no. 16777. LOA 25:447. AO 33:755. BR 2:355.

Martin V. B. Brower (Index p. 92). Filing Box no. 17188. Will Book 14:143. LT 25:255. PD 34:51.

James Brower (Index p. 92). Filing Box no. 17186. Will Book 14:232. LT 25:304. PD 34:161. OAC 34:162.

Jeremiah C. Brower (Index p. 92). Filing Box no. 17573. Will Book 14:415. LT 26:81. PD 34:347. Inv. Jan 31, 1899. OAC 34:348.

Margaret Brower (Index p. 92). Filing Box no. 18181. LOA 27:449. AO 36:705. BR 3:232.

Caroline S. Brower (Index p. 92). Filing Box no. 18790. Will Book 16:474. LT 28:239. PD 37:342. OAC 37:343.

Benjamin W. Brower (Index p. 92). Filing Box no. 21468. Will Book 18:282. LT 31:208. PD 41:145.

A few additional 20th century BROWERs can be found in images 256 through 260. Images of Will Books vol. 16 and later are not currently available online. Those indexed with the BREWER surname will be covered in a separate post.



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