Monday, December 10, 2012

Guardian's Bond - Amanuensis Monday

This record is a Guardian's Bond from the Mercer County Ohio Probate records. It is an important record to me since it helps to confirm a link between my great-great-grandfather Timothy Creeden and the Creeden family headed by Patrick Creeden in Clinton County, OH. In the record, Timothy is named guardian of Patrick's daughter Rosannah.

Rosannah's father is stated here to be Patrick Creeden of Clinton County and in Patrick's will he names Timothy as his son. Timothy was appointed as guardian of Rosannah in Clinton County shortly after Patrick's death in 1883. Timothy bought land in Mercer County in 1884 and was living there by the time of this record in 1887. The two men that witnessed the bond were living near Timothy in Hopewell Township in Mercer County and they were all listed as farmers in the census. A bonus is that the Probate Judge H. H. Pulskamp is also one of my ancestors!


Know all Men by these Presents, That we, Timothy Creeden, John H. Siebert, Henry Beathler, are held and firmly bound unto the state of Ohio, in the sum of five hundred Dollars, for the payment of which we do hereby jointly and severally bind ourselves, our heirs, executors, and administrators.
   Sealed with our seals, and dated at Celina this 5th day of October A.D. 1887.
   The condition of the above obligation is such, that, whereas, the above bound Timothy Creeden has been appointed by the Probate Court of Mercer County, Ohio, guardian of the person and estate of Rosannah Creeden, an imbecile, aged about 32 years June 1887.
   Child of Patrick Creeden deceased late of Clinton Co. O. which appointment the said Timothy Creeden has accepted.
   Now if the said Timothy Creeden will faithfully discharge all his duties as such guardian, as is required by law, then the above obligation to be void, otherwise to remain in full force.

This bond approved in open Court, this 5th day of October A.D. 1887.

The document is signed by Timothy Creeden, John H. Siebert, Henry Beathler, and H.H. Pulskamp, Probate Judge.


THE STATE OF OHIO, Mercer County,
I, Timothy Creeden Guardian of Rosannah Creeden an imbecile do solemnly swear and affirm that I will faithfully and honestly discharge the duties upon me as such guardian, as I will answer to God.

Signed Timothy Creeden
Sworn to and subscribed before me this 4th day of October A.D. 1887.
Signed H.H. Pulskamp
Probate Judge

Amanuensis Monday is a daily blogging theme which encourages the family historian to transcribe family letters, journals, audiotapes, and other historical artifacts.

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