Sunday, January 11, 2015

Amanuensis Monday - Guardianship Petition

Petition of Thadeus Nott in the matter of the estate of
Cyrus R. Webb deceased, for Letters of Guardianship.


The Petition of the undersigned, Thadeus Nottrespectfully represents

that Milburn U. Webb is a minor aged 8 years on the 31 day of December A. D. 1864

that Jesse C. Webb is a minor aged 6 years on the " day of " A. D. 1864

that Sarah Webb is a minor aged 4 years on the " day of " A. D. 1864

that Franklin S. Webb is a minor aged 2 years on the 11 day of Oct. A. D. 1864

and that said minors resident of this County; that they have no father living,
or other legal guardian residing it this State; that said minors

they are the Children and Heirs at law of Cyrus R. Webb

and that your petitioner is requestor of and desires Thadeus Nott
to be appointed guardian of said minors
December 31, 1864. 
                                                        Thadeus Nott

State of Illinois
being duly sworn, deposes and says that the facts averred in the above petition are true according to the best of [?] knoweledge, information and belief.

Sworn to and subscribed before me, Joseph Dycker, Clerk 

of the County Court of 
County, this 31 day of December A. D. 1864.

 Joseph Dycker, Clerk.

Cyrus Webb, the father of these children, was married to Ruth Smith Simmons.  Cyrus mustered into Camp Butler in January of 1864 and died there in February of disease.  I ordered this document from IRAD hoping it would mention Ruth.  I know that appointing a guardian doesn't necessarily mean the mother is deceased.  Ruth Webb died sometime before 1866 and assuming she is the mother of all 4 children listed, she was alive in October of 1864.  Maybe she died giving birth to Franklin.  I cannot find a death date or place of burial for Ruth Webb. 

Thadeus Nott was a physician there in Fulton County 1850 through 1880.  The children did not live with him in 1870.  In 1871, he resigned as guardian of the children after a petition was filed stating he did not properly provide for the children.  In this petition, it states that Milburn is dead.


  1. How frustrating to order a document specifically for a piece of information and it not be there.

    1. I'm grasping at all straws to help me with this woman. This is still a very interesting document in itself, but I was disappointed she wasn't mentioned at all. And IRAD is SO affordable! Thanks Wendy!