Guardianship of Nathan Warren the "spendthrift" (1841)  

 

[Source: Norfolk County, Mass. Probate Case # 19434]

Many thanks to his descendant June Young for this transcription

 

COMMONWEALTH OF MASSACHUSETTS

 

Norfolk ss.  Probate Office.  August 7th, A. D. 1841

                Upon the complaint of the Selectmen of Stoughton in said County representing that Nathan Warren, of said Stoughton Carpenter does so spend waste & lessen his estate by excessive drinking as to expose himself & his family to Want & Suffering & the said Town of Stoughton to the charge & expense for his & their maintenance & support & therefore praying that he may be put under guardianship.

                ORDERED, that said Selectmen notify the said Nathan Warren that he may appear and be heard concerning the same at a Court of Probate to be holden at Dedham in said County, on the first day of September A. D. 1841 by causing him to be served with this order fourteen days before said Court.

                                                                                                                                                 S. Leland  Judge of Probate

 

 

COMMONWEALTH OF MASSACHUSETTS

 

Norfolk ss.  At a Court of Probate holden at Dedham in said County, on the first Tuesday of September  A. D. 1841.

                 It appearing that Joel Talbot  of  Stoughton   in the County of Norfolk has been duly appointed Guardian to  Nathan Warren of  Stoughton   in said County,  adjudged a Spendthrift.

                 It is therefore ordered that Jesse Pierce Benjamin Clapp & James Smith of Stoughton be and are hereby authorized and required to appraise, upon oath, all the real estate, goods, chattels, rights and credits of the said minor, and to make a true and perfect Inventory thereof, and the same so made to deliver to the said Guardian, to be by him returned to the Court of Probate for said County.

 

                                                                                                                                                        S. Leland  Judge of Probate

 

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COMMONWEALTH OF MASSACHUSETTS

 

Norfolk ss.  October 11th A. D. 1841   Personally appeared the above named  Jesse Pierce  Benjamin Clapp  James Smith and made oath that they would faithfully and impartially perform the duties assigned them by the foregoing Warrant.

 

                                                                                                                                Before me,  Joel Talbot   Justice of the Peace

   

INVENTORY of the Estate of  Nathan Warren  adjudged a Spendthrift  of  Stoughton  in the County of  Norfolk,  taken by the subscribers, who have been duly appointed for the purpose, this Eleventh day of October 1841.

 

 

REAL ESTATE

 

PERSONAL ESTATE

 

Horse $17   Colt $25   Cow $13                                                     $55.00

Light wagon wheels $2   Farm Wagon $15   Hay Cart $1                                             18.00

Horse cart $5   Old wagon body .50   Sleigh $5                                                               10.50

Horse plough $3.50   one Swine $6   Lumber .50                                                           10.00

Horse Tra(ce) & Harness $3   Forks .68                                                                           3.68

                                                                                                         _______

 

                                Amount carried forward                                                                    $97.18

Grindstone .25   Old iron $1.50   Axes .50   Scythe .50                                                   2.75

English Hay $15   Meadow Hay $15                                                                               30.00

Cooking Stove & apparatus $8   Tables $2.75                                                              10.75

Wooden Clock $2   Chairs $3.50   Rocking Chair .75                                                      6.25

Bedsteads, Beds & Bedding $20.87   Class & crockery Ware $1                               21.87

Bureau $3   Looking Glass .25   Meal Chest .50                                                              3.75

Wooden, Earthen, Stone & Iron Ware $3                                                                       3.00

Brass Kettle .25   Boot turning Machine $1                                                                    1.25

Carpenters Chest & Tools $5   Chest of Drawers .50                                                    5.50

(Steelyard)                                                                                                                              .25

                                                                                                                                             $182.55

 

Stoughton   Oct. 11, 1841                    Appraisers:

                                                                Jesse Pierce

                                                                Benjm Clap

                                                                James Smith

 

                                                                Joel Talbot  Guardian

 

 

To the Honorable Judge of the Court of Probate for the County of Norfolk .

                 The subscribers, Selectmen of the town of  Stoughton  in said County, complain that  Nathan Warren of  Stoughton  in said County, Carpenter, having estate of about the value of  two hundred  dollars, and a family consisting of wife and six children does, by excessive drinking so spend, waste and lessen his estate as thereby to expose himself and family to want and suffering, and the said town to a charge and expense for his and their maintenance and support.  They therefore pray that the said  Nathan Warren  may be put under Guardianship, according to the law in such cases made and provided.                                                                    

Jesse Pierce

Nathan Drake Jr.

 

NORFOLK ss.  At a Court of Probate, holden at Dedham in said County, on the first Tuesday of September 1841.

 

                Upon the complaint of the Selectmen of the town of  Stoughton  in said County, accusing Nathan Warren  of said  Stoughton  of wasting and misspending his estate; it appearing that the said Nathan Warren  has been duly notified to appear at this Court and answer to the same; and that he has estate of about the value of 200 dollars, and a family consisting of several (nursery); it also appearing upon a full hearing and due inquiry that the said  Nathan Warren  does, by excessive drinking so spend, waste and lessen his estate as thereby to expose himself to want and suffering circumstances, and said town to a charge and expense for his maintenance and support:  It is thereupon decreed, that the said  Nathan Warren  be put under Guardianship.  And  Joel Talbot  of Stoughton  in said County, Gentleman, having consented to take upon himself the trust of Guardian to the said  Nathan Warren  and having given bond for the faithful execution thereof, in the penal sum of four hundred dollars, with  Jesse Pierce  of  Stoughton  and  John Bird  of  Stoughton  as his (blank); it is further decreed that the said  Joel Talbot  of  Stoughton  be admitted to said trust, and that a decree of Guardianship issue to him accordingly.

                                                                                                                                                                             S. Leland  Judge of Probate 

 

 

Know all Men by these Presents,

 

THAT WE,

 

Joel Talbot           of Stoughton in the County of Norfolk

Jesse Pierce         of Stoughton in the County of Norfolk , and

John Bird              of Stoughton in the County of Norfolk , and

 

All within the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, are holden and stand firmly bound and obliged unto Sherman Leland, Esquire, Judge of Probate within and for the County of Norfolk, in the full and just sum of  two thousand four hundred  dollars,  to be paid to the said Judge and his successors in said office.  To the true payment whereof, we do bind ourselves, and each of us, our and each of our Heirs, Executors and Administrators, jointly and severally, by these Presents.  Sealed with our Seals.  Dated the  seventh  day of  September  in the year of our Lord  one thousand eight hundred and forty-one.

 

The Condition of this Obligation

is such, That if the above-bounden  Joel Talbot  as Guardian to  Nathan Warren  of  Stoughton  in said County of Norfolk,  adjudged a Spendthrift,  shall make a true Inventory of all the real estate, and all the goods, chattels, rights and credits of said Ward, that shall come to his possession or knowledge, and shall return the same into the Probate Court for said County, at such time as the Judge thereof shall order:

     And shall dispose of and manage all such estate and effects according to law, and for the best interest of said Ward, and faithfully discharge his trust in relating thereto, and also in relation to the custody, and maintenance of said Ward:

     And shall render an account, on oath, of the property in his hands, including the proceeds of all real estate sold by him and of the management and disposition of all such property, within one year, and at such other times as the Judge of said Court shall direct:

     And shall, at the expiration of his trust, settle his accounts with the Judge of said Court, or with said Ward or his legal representatives, and pay over and deliver all the estate and effects, remaining in his hands or due from him on such settlement to the person or persons who are lawfully entitled thereto, then this obligation to be void, otherwise to remain in full force.

 

     Executed in presence of  D R Lothrop                        Joel Talbot

                                                                                                Jesse Pierce

                                                                                                John Bird

 

NORFOLK ss.  Examined and approved.        

 

                                                                                                                                                                S. Leland  Judge of Probate

 

 

To the Honorable Judge of Probate for the County of Norfolk .

                 We the subscribers, Selectmen of the town of Stoughton, respectfully represent that Nathan Warren of said town of Stoughton now under the guardianship of Joel Talbot, has ever since he returned from the House of Correction conducted in a sober and industrious manner, so far as we have been informed.  We therefore recommend that his guardianship may be discharged.

  Stoughton   Oct 3d 1842

 

                                                                                Enos Talbot                          Selectmen

                                                                                                                                      of

                                                                                Nathan Drake Jr                Stoughton

 

 

To the Honorable Judge for the Court of Probate for the County of Norfolk .

It being inconvenient for the subscriber any longer to serve as Guardian  to  Nathan Warren of Stoughton adjudged a Spendthrift and said Warren having no estate  he would therefore respectfully  resign  said trust.      

                                                                                Joel Talbot

NORFOLK ss.   At a Court of Probate holden at  Dedham   in said County on the  first  Tuesday of  October, A. D. 1842.  It appearing that  Joel Talbot  has  resigned  the trust of  Guardianship to Nathan Warren of Stoughton adjudged a Spendthrift.

It is therefore ordered that said  resignation  be accepted, and the said Ward discharged from his guardianship.

 

                                                                                S. Leland  Judge of Probate   

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