Probate Records of John S. Tharp
of Marshall County, Indiana

John S. Tharp died in Marshall County, Indiana on July 16, 1854, shortly after moving his family there from Ross County, Ohio. Because he died without a will, the county commissioners in Marshall gave two-thirds of the land to the children and one-third to their stepmother, Alice.

A dispute arose after Alice sold her share. The children went to court saying that she had the right to use, but not sell the land and that it should have reverted to them after her death. The suit drug on for several years, reaching the Indiana Supreme Court, and was eventually settled in the children's favor.

Bourbon Township, Marshall County, Indiana Plat Maps 1872-81

J.A. Thomas
1881
W. Hatfield
1872
W. Hatfield
1872
Hoover
1872
M. Mowiser
1872 & 1881
W. Hatfield
1872
W. Hatfield
1872
S. Starrett
1872 & 1881

John S. Tharp
Sep. 1852

M.E. Tharp
(George's wife)
1872 & 1881
(Section 30)
G.W. Moore
1881G. Haddis
1872
S. Hanes
1872 & 1881
W. Hanes
1872D.M. Klinger
1881

John S. Tharp
Sep. 1852

M.E. Tharp
(George's wife)
1872 & 1881
(Section 30)
J&R Taylor
1872H. Houlk
1881
S. Hanes
1872 & 1881
W. Hanes
1872D.M. Klinger
1881
John S. Tharp
inherited or
purchased
1827 to 1843
(Section 31)
Alexander Tharp
Jan. 1853 -
Apr. 1857
H. Warner
1881
G.R. Kitch
1872 & 1881
A. Ruff
1881
A. Kinsey
1881
S. Hanes
1881
G.R. Kitch
1872 & 1881
E. Hayden
1881
O.Rose
1872 & 1881
L.M. Case
1872 & 1881
J. Schroeder
1872 & 1881
Tuttle
1872
O.Rose
1872 & 1881
J. Schroeder
1872 & 1881
P. Kuntz
1872 & 1881

September 15, 1854

State of Indiana Marshall County

Before me Richard Corbaley Clerk of the Common Pleas Court of said County this day personally came William Hatfield and being by me duly sworn upon his oath says that John S. Tharp died intestate on or about the 16th day of July AD 1854 leaving personal property to be administered upon to the probable value of Four hundred Dollars. Said decedent also died seized of Real Estate. And further that there has been no administration had upon said Estate all of which is true as I verily believe so help me God.

William Hatfield

Subscribed and sworn to
before me September 15th, 1854

Richard Corbaley Clerk

September 25, 1854


An Inventory of the personal Estate of John S. Tharp deceased taken by Jacob B. N. Klinger Administrator and Alice (her mark) Tharp Administratrix and appraised by John P. Rose and Jacob Johnston.

No.
Description of Property
Valuation
of Property
No.
Property Taken by the Widow
Valuation
of Property
Taken by the Widow
1
1 Yoke of Oxen
85.00
1
1 Yoke of Oxen
85.00
2
1 Black cow
15.00
2
1 Black cow
15.00
3
1 Spoted Cow
14.00
3
1 Spoted Cow
14.00
4
1 Red heifer 2 years old
15.50
4
1 Red heifer 2 years old
15.50
5
1 Yearling heifer
7.00
6
1 Black Steer
9.50
6
1 Black Steer
9.50
7
1 Bull calf
4.50
7
1 Bull calf
4.50
8
1 Heifer calf
3.00
8
1 Heifer calf
3.00
9
36 head of hogs
60.00
9
36 head of hogs
60.00
10
1 Roan mare
25.00
11
1 Yearling colt
25.00
12
1 Spring colt
10.00
12
1 Spring colt
10.00
13
1 Wagon
50.00
14
1 Log chain
1.00
15
1 pr. Wagon hooks
0.25
16
1 Set of Harness
10.00
17
1 Harness
4.00
18
1 Man's Sadle
1.50
19
1 pr. of Lines
0.75
20
1 pr of Brest chains
0.75
21
1 Riding bridle
0.75
22
2 Shovel Plows
1.00
23
1 plow
0.50
24
1 Spade
0.87
25
1 ?
26
bbls [barrels] and old Irons
1.00
27
1 Set of Harrow teeth
1.50
27
1 Set of Harrow teeth
1.50
28
2 Iron wedges
0.75
29
4 axes
2.75
30
2 augers
26.80
31
15 bushels of Wheat
18.75
31
15 bushels of Wheat
18.75
32
2 Saws
1.00
33
4 bbl's [barrels]
0.50
33
two Barrels
0.25
34
1 wash tub
0.75
35
2 chains
0.50
36
1 Shovel and tongs
0.50
37
1 hoe
1.25
38
1 Iron Kettle
0.75
39
3 Iron pots
0.87
40
1 Cook Stove
5.00
41
1 Iron pot
0.50
41
1 Iron pot
0.50
42
1 ?
1.25
43
1 lot of Buckwheat
1.50
43
1 lot of Buckwheat
1.50
44
1 Field of corne
10.00
45
1 lot of Potatoes
4.00
45
1 lot of Potatoes
4.00
46
2 cow Bells
2.75
46
2 cow Bells
2.75
47
1 Drawing knife
0.25
48
1 Pitch forke
0.50
49
1 Box of old Irons
0.50
50
1 churn
0.25
50
1 churn
0.25
51
1 Broad ax
1.00
52
10 bags
1.50
10 bags
1.50
53
1 pr of stylards [stilyards]
2.00
54
1 pr of Sheep Shears
0.44
55
1 Side Sadle
16.00
55
1 Side Sadle
16.00
56
4 Iron pots
1.50
57
2 Smoothing Irons and cricket
1.10
58
1 Spinning Wheel
2.00
59
1 Rifle Gun
10.00
60
1 Bureau
12.00
61
1 clock
4.00
62
1 looking glass
0.50
63
1 Fancy Bedstead
4.50
64
3 Blankets
1.00
65
1 Bed
5.00
66
1 Bed
6.00
67
Cobertware
3.00
67
Cubortware [Cupboard]
3.00
68
1 Fancy bedstead
4.00
69
3 Slates
0.25
70
Wooden ware
0.25
71
1 Candlestick
0.25
72
1 Coffee mill
0.50
73
1 Small Spider
0.12
73
1 Small Spider
0.12
74
1 Dining table
8.50
75
3 Buckets
0.37
76
7 Chairs
2.00
77
1 Plain bedstead
1.00
78
1 Barrel Vinegar
0.75
79
1 Reel
0.12
80
1 Sive [Sieve?]
0.50
81
1 Bed
5.00
82
1 Bed
2.00
83
2 pr of Martingales
0.50
84
1 Stone Jug
0.12 ½
85
1 chest
0.18
86
?
4.00
87
500 feet of lumber
0.75
88
2 halters
0.12
89
1 Strainer
0.50
90
1 Doubletree
0.25
91
1 Whipletree
0.25
92
1 Mowing Sythe
0.25
93
1 Washboard
0.20
94
Money on Hand
10.00
95
Account against David Good
5.00
96
Account against Charles Snyder
2.00
97
Account against Henery Hanes
10.00
97
Account against
Henery Hanes
10.00
Total Amount
$527.83
$276.62

Signed by us the 25th day of September 1854

Appraisers
John P. Rose
Jacob Johnston

Note held by John S. Tharp as Guardian of the minor heirs of John S. Tharp against William Betz of the State of Ohio $100.00

See Glossary of Farm Terms for definitions of some of these inventory items.

October 12, 1854

The sale of those items in the estate not kept by Alice.

John S. Tharp's Estate to John Coil

October 12, 1854

To Crying Sale of Personal Estate $5.00

State of Indiana, Marshall County

Before me R. Corbaley Clerk of the Common Pleas Court of said County this day personally came John Coil and being by me duly sworn upon his oath says that the foregoing account is just, due, oweing, and unpaid, and not subject to set off as he verily believes and further _____ not.

John Coil

Subscribed and sworn to
before me Oct. 17th, 1854

Richard Corbaley Clerk

April 9, 1855


John Tharp Estate To John Stofer
July 16th 1854
To Making Coffin for Decedent $10.00

The above account is justly due and wholly unpaid so help me God.

Subscribed and sworn to
before me April 9th 1855

John Stofer

R. Corbaley Clerk

May 25, 1855

John's last doctor bill. He had apparently been sick or injured for several months before he died in July of 1854.

1854
May
5-14

The Estate of John Tharp
to John F. Park

2 visits & medicine

whole amount

$1.50
1.50
$3.00

John F. Park ____ oath and says that the above account is true in
substance and in fact and that the sum is due.

John F. Park

Subscribed and sworn to before me this 25th day of May AD 1855
and I have unto affixed my notorial seal.

James Berks
Notary Public


December 3, 1855

Alice charges John's estate for sending two of her stepsons back to Ross County, Ohio.

The Estate of John Tharp

Alice Tharp's Expenses of bringing 2 boys from Marshall County Indiana to Ross County Ohio

Fare from Peru, Indiana to Cincinatti
$11.00
William Hatfield charges
5.20
Fare from Cincinnati to Chillicothe
7.80
Lodging Freight Express Co's VC
11.41
Boy's Boots
4.50
Sole Leather
.50
Sundrey other things
3.00
Total Amount
$43.41

Ross County Ohio

The State of Ohio Ross County SS

Before me Isaac Hough a Justice of the peace in and for said County appeared the above named Allice Tharp who made Solemn oath that there is Justly due on the above claim forty three dollars and forty one cents that no payment have been made thereon and that there are no offsets against the same to her knowledge.

Allice (her mark) Tharp
[Attested by Aaron Elliot on the receipt]

Sworn to an subscribed to before me this 3rd day of December AD 1855

Isaac Hough JP

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