In the matter of the estate of LODEMA WARD of Alexandria, Jefferson Co., NY:
Petition to open probate by ASA B. WARD of Alexandria, brother of Lodema; that Lodema died on 18 November 1879 at Alexandria and died intestate. *Note: she did have a will, see below.
Heirs/next of kin named in Petition to Open estate:
ASA B. WARD, brother of Alexandria, Jefferson Co., NY
PHILEMEN WARD, brother, resident of Rockport, Canada
PAMELIA WARD, sister, of Poseyville, Fremont Co, Iowa
CATHERINE ANGEL, sister, resident of Poseyville, Fremont Co, Iowa all above of full age.
CATHERINE HART, all infants under 14 years, residing in Alexandria
EVA HART, infant under 14 years of Orleans, Jefferson Co.
All of the above-named infants are children of POLLY HART, deceased, who was a sister of Lodema Ward. Request that Solomon Makepeace be appointed Administrator. Dated 1 December 1879.
An advertisement for the heirs was published at Watertown NY on 20 Dec. 1879, addressed to:
ASA B. WARD of Plessis NY
PHILEMAN WARD of Rockport, Canada
PAMELIA WARD of Percival, Fremont Co., Iowa
CATHARINE ANGEL of Nebraska City, Nebraska
MANDRID HART and BURTON P. HART minors of Alexandria
CATHARINE HART and JAMES HART, minors of Plessis NY
EVA HART, minor of Orleans NY
WILL OF LODEMA WARD
LODEMA WARD named her sister, PAMELIA WARD; sister CATHARINE WARD; ELLEN SPALSBURY, daughter of EMELINE SPALSBURY. Named CAPT. JOHN W. MOORE and L. H. WARE of Cleveland, Ohio as her executors. Will dated 9 April 1875. /s/ Lodema Ward
Witnesses: MITH MOORE and AMANDA BLANDON
Apparently the heirs who did not receive any portion of the estate decided to contest the will; the arguments persisted in the Probate Court until the will was finally proved on 2 Dec. 1884. Lodema was born about 1834 and is buried in the Plessis Cemetery. Jefferson Co. NY Wills, Box W, No. 1
NOTE: Lodema Ward was the daughter of MASSUN WARD and CATHERINE. In the 1850 census of Alexandria, she is listed as Rhodina Ward. Siblings also listed were Polly Ward 11, Catharine Ward 12, Philemon Ward 18, Pamela Ward age 19 and Asa B. Ward 27. Father Massun Ward was born c. 1800 and mother, Catherine Ward bc 1795.
Information contributed by volunteer Marilyn Sapienza.
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