Probate proceedings for the admission of the will
of Minnie (Hammond) Brown to probate in Allegany County, NY
Submitted by PHGS member: Rita Jacobs of Lansing, MI
The surnames in this document are: BAKER, BECKWITH, BONDY, BRANSON,
BUCKLEY, BURLINGAME, CHOATE, COOPER, CRANDALL, FULLER, HALL, HAMMOND, HARLAN,
HENDRYX, HEWITT, KINNEY, LANNEN, MCNEIL, MCGUIRL, MILLER, MURRAY, MUSTA,
REES, SEAGREN, SEELEY, SLADE, STOCKER, TUBBS, VANNESS, WATERS, WHITNEY,
The following is taken from the probate proceedings for the admission
of the will of Minnie (Hammond) Brown to probate in Allegany County, NY.
Minnie Brown was born June 15, 1863 and died in Wellsville on May 5, 1955.
Minnie was the daughter of Nathan C. Hammond and Mary (Treat) Hammond of
Allegany County NY and McKean County and Potter County PA. Minnie married
Frank Brown, her first cousin, the son of Norton Brown and Mary (Hammond)
Brown. She left no husband or descendants surviving her. All her siblings
predeceased her, and her estate was divided among 43 of her nieces and
nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews, and great-grandnieces and great-grandnephews,
as well as some of her husband's nieces and nephews. A wealth of information
is in these documents, as descendants of her brothers and sisters are given,
together with their locations in 1955. This document has been very helpful
in tracing the Hammond descendants from this area of NY and PA.
STATE OF NEW YORK SURROGATE'S COURT County of Allegany
In the Matter of the Proof and Probate of the Last Will and Testament
of MIINIE BROWN, Deceased
TO THE SURROGATE'S COURT OF THE COUNTY OF ALLEGANY, STATE OF NEW YORK:
The Petition of Agnes K. Cronauer of Wellsville, in the County of Allegany,
and State of New York, respectfully shows: That MINNIE BROWN a resident
of the town of Wellsville, county of Allegany, State of New York, died
on the 6th day of May 1955 at Wellsville, in the County of Allegany, State
of New York, leaving a Last Will and Testament dated the 22nd day of January
1952 executed as prescribed by laws of the State of New York. That your
petitioner is the executrix named in said Will. That the said Will relates
to both real and personal property, and the value of the personal preperty
exceeds the sum of Five Thousand Dollars ($5,000), and the value of the
real preoperty exceeds the sum of Five Thousand Dollars ($5,000), as your
petitioner is informed and believes.
That the said decedent left her surviving no husband; that the following
named persons are all the distributees, heirs at law and all the next of
kin of said deceased testatrix, and that their relationship to said decedent
and their places of residence (together with the postoffice address, if
different from place of residence) are as set opposite their names respectively:
||601 North Union St., Olean, N.Y.
||601 North Union St., Olean, N.Y.
||West Clarksville, New York
||Little Genessee, N.Y.
||West Cordyon St. Ext, Bradford, Pa RFD #1
||The Five Maples, Hanover Road, Newtoun, Conn.
||6212 Genessee St., Lancaster, N.Y.
||115 Genton Ave., Port Allegany, Penn'a
||Potsdam, N.Y. RFD #3
Disappeared in 1915 - never heard from since. He is believed to be
dead, leaving the five following children:
||Belmont, N.Y. RFD 3
||2183 Rose St., Lincoln Park 25, Michigan
||P.O. Box 544, Sturgis, Michigan
||101 Ninth St., Little Valley, N.Y.
||838 Washington St., Buffalo 3, New York
||11 Abbott St., Bradford, Penn'a
||644 - 15th St., Douglas, Arizona
||Turtle Point, Penn'a
||Box 689, Mt. Jewett, Penn'a
||Angelica, New York
|Ruth Van Ness
||Pine Tree Cottages, Trenton, N.J. RFD #1
||109 South Street, Bolivar, New York
||West Line, Penn's, c-o Mike Eskra
||Willard State Hospital, Willard, N.Y.
|A/3c Maxwell Hendryx, A.F. 11280683
||7001st Air Base Sqd., Grey Air Force Base, Killeen, Texas
||Nunda, N.Y., c-o Mrs. John McName
||c-o Mrs. John McName, Nunda, N.Y.
||Shinglehouse, PA, RFD
||317 W. Morgan St., Boyne City, Michigan
|Carl H. Hammond
||913 Pacific St., Lansing, Michigan
|Frank H. Hammond
||802 Boyne Ave., Boyne City, Michigan
|Fred N. Hammond
||2013 E. Monroe St., Phoenix, Arizona
||16520 Aurora Ave., Seattle 33, Washington
||3051 River Drive, Lincoln Park, Michigan
||11163 Jackson, Dearborn 9, Michigan
||1051 W. Schumacher, Flint 7, Michigan
||112 Trent St., Boyne City, Michigan
||401 Fifth Ave., Seattle, Washington
||c-o Clair Bosma, 3632 Raven, Grand Rapids, Michigan
it being intended by the aforesaid "Mary" Hammond and "Jane" Hammond,
to designate the two daughters of Harry Hammond, a deceased nephew of the
decedent, Minnie Brown.
That petitioner has made diligent efforts to ascertain the names and
post-office addresses of all the distributees of said decedent, but has
been unable to obtain complete information relative to the following:
Cora Waters, a daughter of Louise Hammond Kinney, has not been heard
of for about ten years according to information furnished by Mrs. Alice
Slade, William Hammond and George Yentzer, who have assisted petitioner
in attempting to locate the distributees. Petitioner also wrote to Hanford
Kinney, of Little Genesee, N. Y. a brother of Cora Waters, requesting any
information he had as to her whereabouts, but has received no reply from
Lawrence Hammond, a son of Ralph Hammond, has not been heard of for
over six years according to the same sources of information as set forth
above. Petitioner has also written to said Hanford Kinney, a cousin of
said Lawrence Hammond, but has received no information or reply from him.
Virgil Tubbs, is the son of Maybelle Tubbs, who was a niece of the present
decedent. Said Maybell Tubbs died on March 26, 1955. Petitioner has written
to Rev. G. F. Tubbs, the father of said Virgil Tubbs, and he replied that
he and his daughter, Constance Cooper, both of whom reside at Port Allegany,
Penn'a. had tried to locate their son and brother, but with no success.
All the infromation that could be obtained was that he had worked for a
firm in Wilmington, Delaware, for about six weeks, and that he quit of
his own accord on August 12, 1944, and the letter containing such information
was dated September 13, 1945.
*George Yentzer, a son of Mary Treat Hammond Yentzer, and a nephew of
the present decedent, disappeared in 1915 and has not been heard from since.
This information was given to petitioner by George Yentzer, his son, who
resides at Belmont, N. Y. RFD. Said George Yentzer informs petitioner that
his father was divorced from his mother, and later remarried and had two
children by the second marriage, Duncan Yentzer and Beatrice Fuller. Since
his disappearance none of his relatives have had any word from him, and
they presume that he is deceased.
Harry Hammond, a son of Dwight Lewis Hammond, (a brother of decedent),
is known to be deceased and left him surviving two daughters. That Alice
Slade, one of the nieces of the decedent, has written to several members
of the Dwight Lewis Hammond family for information as to his children,
and has obtained all the necessary information except as to the names and
addresses of the two daughters of Harry Hammond. They have, therefore,
been designated in the petition as "Mary" Hammond and "Jane" Hammond.
That the names and post-office addresses of the legatees, devisees,
executors, trustees and testamentary guardians named in said will, other
than the persons named above are as follows:
|Eva Potter Hewitt
||6 Condon Ave., Buffalo, N.Y.
|The First Trust Company
||115 North Main St., Wellsville, N.Y.
That there are no persons other than those mentioned interested
in this application or proceeding to the knowledge of deponent.
That as your petitioner is informed and believes, all
of the foregoing named persons are of full age and sound mind, except the
Betty Hendryx is an incompetent, is over twenty-one years
of age, and is now and has been for many years, confined to Willard State
Hospital, at Willard, N. Y. Petitioner has no knowledge as to whether there
is a duly appointed Committee of said Betty Hendryx. That the mother of
said Betty Hendryx is deceased. Her father, David Hendryx, was married
a second time and did not reside with his children and petitioner does
not know his present whereabouts.
A/3c Maxwell Hendryx is an infant of the age of about
eighteen (18) years, and is at present in the Service of the U.S.A. at
7001st Air Base Sqd., Grey Air Force Base, Killeen, Texas. Petitioner has
been informed that one Evelina McGuirl of Shinglehouse, Pa. RFD is the
guardian of said Maxwell Hendryx. The mother of said Maxwell Hendryx is
deceased. His father, David Hendryx, was married a second time and his
children did not reside with him. This infant until the time he entered
service resided with his brother, Robert Hendryx, at Portville, N. Y.
Linda Hendryx and Larry Hendryx, are infants of the ages
of five (5) and three (3) years respectively. Their father, Gary Hendryx,
is dead and they reside with their mother, Mrs. John McName at Nunda, N.
That no petition for the probate of said Will has been
filed in any Surrogate's Court of this State, as your petitioner is informed
Your petitioner, therefore, prays that said will may be
proved and that a Citation may be issued according to law, directed to
the proper persons, citing them at a time and place mentioned, to show
cause why said last Will and Testament should not be admitted to probate
and for such other order or decree as may be just and proper.
Dated the 7th day of July 1955 /s/ Agnes K. Cronauer,
Petitioner P. O. Address - 329 Scott Avenue, Wellsville, New York.
. . .
The following is a list of the distributees of MINNIE
BROWN, as prepared by Agnes K. Cronauer, proponent, with the assistance
of several of the distributees, and numerous letters of inquiry: [Note:
addresses have been omitted from this list, as they are given above]
A. GEORGE PALMER HAMMOND - brother of Minnie Brown, born
12/24/1846, deceased, leaving:
1. Nina Hammond - daughter - Deceased, - no children
2. Cora Hammond Bassett - daughter, deceased, leaving:
(a) Nellie Whitney . . . daughter
(b) Emily Baker . . . daughter
(c) Celia Murray . . . daughter
3. Louise Hammond Kinney Clark - daughter, deceased, leaving:
(a) Hanford Kinney . . . son
(b) Cora Waters . . . daughter
Address, if living, unknown-
Have not heard from her for Many Years.
(c) Rosamond Seagren . . . daughter
(d) Genevieve Rees . . . daughter
4. Ralph Hammond - son -decceased, leaving:
(a) Lawrence Hammond . . . Son
Address unkown - not heard from for quite a number of
B. SUSAN CATHARINE HAMMOND HARDER * SISTER of Minnie Brown,
born 1/27/1849, deceased, leaving:
1. Maybelle Tubbs . . . daughter, who died 3/26/1955,
(a) Virgil Tubbs . . . son Address unkown - He left his
job at Wilminton, Del. on 8/12/1944 and has never been heard from since.
(b) Ruth Choate . . . daughter
(c) Constance Cooper . . . daughter
Note: Maybelle Tubbs left her husband, Rev. G. F. Tubbs,
of 115 Benton Ave., Port Allegany, Pa. surviving. She also had a son, Christopher
Tubbs, who predeceased hiw mother, leaving no children.
C. MARY TREAT HAMMOND YENTZER - sister of Minnie Brown,
born 8/4/ 51 Deceased, leaving her surviving:
1. John Yentzer . . . son
Deceased - leaving no children.
2. Dwight Yentzer . . . son
3. George Yentzer . . . son - disappeared in 1915 -
has never been heard from since. He left the following
(a) George Yentzer . . . son
(b) Everett Yentzer . . . son
(c) Leila Burlingame . . . daughter
(d) Duncan Yentzer . .. son
(e) Beatrice Fuller . . . daughter
Note: George Yentzer, the son of Mary Treat Hammond Yentzer,
disappeared in 1915 and has never been heard of since. He was twice married.
He was divorced from his first wife. They had three children, (a), (b),
and (c) above. He remarried and they had two children, (d) and (e) above.
No-one has ever heard from him since his disappearance.
D. FRANK DUNKIN HAMMOND - Brother of Minnie Brown (Born
9/19/1856) deceased, leaving:
1. William Hammond . . . son
2. Mark Hammond . . . son, who is deceased, leaving:
(a) Muriel Harlan . . . daughter
E. CLARA BECKWITH HAMMOND - sister of Minnie Brown, (Born
6/29/1865) Deceased, leaving her surviving:
1. Allan Beckwith . . . son
2. Mary Buckley . . . daughter
3. Ella McNeil . . daughter
4. Alice Slade . . daughter
5. Ruth Van Ness . . . daughter
F. JESSIE HAMMOND MILLER - sister of Minnie Brown (Born
9/25/1867) Deceased, leaving:
1. Jessie Crandall . . . daughter
2. Joseph Miller . . . son
3. Gordon Miller . . . son - deceased, leaving no children.
4. Nella Miller . . . daughter - deceased, leaving no
5. Faustina Hendryx . . . daughter - deceased, leaving
(a) Robert Hendryx . . . son
(b) Betty Hendryx . . daughter
(c) A/3c Maxwell Hendryx
(d) Gary Hendryx . . . son - deceased, leaving him surviving:
1. Linda Hendryx . . daughter - aged 5
2. Larry Hendryx . . son - aged 3
6. Evelina McGuirl . . . daughter
G. DWIGHT LEWIS HAMMOND - brother of Minnie Brown (Born
10/27/1853), deceased, leaving:
1. Clint Hammond . . . son
2. Carl H. Hammond . . . son
3. Frank H. Hammond . . . son
4. Fred N. Hammond . . . son
5. Clara Seelye . . . daughter
6. Dwight Lewis Hammond . . . son - deceased, leaving
(a) Florence Musta . . . daughter
(b) Violet Hall . . . daughter
7. Nellie Hammond Bondy . . . daughter - deceased, leaving
(a) Lucille Lannen . . . daughter
(b) Evelyn Stocker . . . daughter
(c) Ralph Bondy . . . son
(d) Dwight Bondy . . . son
(e) Kenneth Bondy . . . son - deceased, leaving no children
8. Harry Hammond . . . son (Deceased) leaving him surviving:
(a) Daughter - name unknown
(b) Daughter - name unknown
Note: Harry Hammond died about ten years ago and at that
time police and other agencies were unable to locate said daughters.