Last year I found a book entitled Brown County Court Records, 1818-1850 by Patricia Donaldson. Most of the book listed those who died with a will, but in the back there was a listing of those who died intestate. As I checked to see if there were any Hannahs listed, I was both surprised and delighted to find James Hannah. The date of his death fit and the administrator, Joseph Mckee, made sense as Joseph was his son-in-law.
Last month I contacted the Probate Court in Brown County and was able to get all the documents in James’s file. Once I looked at them, I knew that I had the correct James Hannah. I learned a couple of lessons from this. One is that no matter how convincing a memory of event is, the event may not be true. In this case, I suspect the writer was thinking of another grandparent. Second, when you cannot find a record, look in nearby counties. Had I done that, I would have found those estate documents much sooner.
Right now I am trying to make sense of about 50 pages of bills, receipts, inventories, etc. Stay tuned for an analysis.