TO THE SURROGATE'S COURT OF THE COUNTY OF TOMPKINS IN THE STATE OF NEW YORK
The petition of Catherine (Comfort) Luce, of the Town of Lansing in the County of Tompkins, State of New York respectfully shows:
That Israel Luce, a resident of the Town of Lansing County of Tompkins State of New York died on the 22nd day of May 1884, at Lansing, in the County of Tompkins, State of New York without leaving any will and testament to the best of your petitioner's knowledge, information and belief.
That the said decedent died possessed of certain personal property within this State and County: and that as your petitioner is informed and believes, the value of the personal property of which decedent died possessed, together with the probable amount to be recovered, by reason of any right of action granted an administrator of the said decedent, by special provision of law, does not exceed the sum of Two Thousand Five Hundred Dollars.
That the said decedent left surviving him your petitioner his wife who resides at Lansing in the State of New York and the following named persons are all the next of kin of the said decedent, and their respective ages and places of residence, to wit:
Eleanor S. Washburn, of Brooklyn, NY
Warren Luce, of South Bend, Indiana
Sarah A. Bush, of Lansing, Tompkins County, New York
Matilda Eldridge, of Pennsylvania
George N. Luce, of East Lansing, Tompkins County, New York
Mary F. Personius, of Lansing, Tompkins County, New York
Martha E. Robertson, of Lansing, Tompkins County, New York
Chauncey E. Luce, of Hector, Schuyler County, New York
Emma Metzgar, of Dryden, Tompkins County, New York
Willis Luce, of Lansing, Tompkins County, New York
all of whom are children of full age.
Frank L. Washburn, of Brooklyn, New York, a minor about 16 years of age, the son of Catherine Washburn, a deceased child.
Minnie Luce, of Hector, Schuyler County, New York, a minor about 17 years of age, the daughter of James Luce, a deceased son.
That your petitioner is the widow of said decedent, and entitled to administration upon his estate.
That no petition for a grant of letter of administration upon the said estate has been filed in any Surrogate's Court of this State, as your petitioner is informed and believes.
Your petitioner therefore prays for a decree awarding letters of administration upon the goods, chattels, and credits of the said deceased, to your petitioner, and that George N. Luce, of Lansing, NY, a son of said deceased, be joined with her is such administration, that letters of administration may be issued to them.
Dated the fourth day of June 1884.
Catherine Luce, Petitioner
Catherine Luce and George N. Luce, being duly sworn, severally say that they will well, faithfully and honestly discharge the duties of their office as administrators of the estate of Israel Luce, the decedent named in the within petition.
George N. Luce
Subscribed and sworn to before me this 4th day of June 1884
Jared T. Newman, Special County Judge