1. Note the reference to a will, which has been proved.
2. Look for a petition in the estate packet asking for the appointment of an administrator. In this case, the petition identified Chamberlain as Lydia’s nephew and Dimmis’ son.
3. Lydia’s will doesn’t name an executor; the clerk forgot to cross out the word the. The court transcript of the letter confirms this. This authority to proceed with the estate is a letter of administration and Benjamin Chamberlain is an administrator, not an executor.
4. Here are details of the duties of the administrator, which indicate paperwork to be generated.
5. Benjamin Chamberlain filed the “just account,” or final settlement, required of him 30 years later—showing how long the probate process can take.
From the September 2014 of Family Tree Magazine