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Question about Wills/Probate Records and Heirs
Posted by: Sheila Jarrett (ID *****0833) Date: June 04, 2009 at 17:27:45
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I know very little about wills and probate records, but wanted to get opinions from others who may know more about them.

If the following list of heirs is consistently named as:
"William Cowan, David Cowan, James Cowan, Joel A. Garrett and his wife Nancy E. Garrett, and Samuel Cowan"

would more expereinced researchers see this list as siblings? I know that Joel Garrett is a son-in-law and married Nancy, but what about the men?

My suspicion is that that the men are all brothers to the one female (other than her husband). Some researchers of this line think James may be a cousin. Would it be likely for him to be listed in the middle of the "sons" with no identifying info if he was a cousin. It seems to me that he would be identified as a nephew or at the very least- listed last in the group.

How are heirs typically listed if they are not actual children? Were non-children heirs normally set aside in some way from the direct heirs? Thanks for any help and opinions!

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