This second volume of early Montgomery County records presents court records from 1803 until 1823. The Common Pleas Court in Montgomery County heard cases ranging from assault and battery to probate. Records from this court were filed under two categories: Civil Law Records, and Probate and Testamentary Docket books; both are abstracted here. The civil law records provide a synopsis of each case and the names of plaintiff, defendant, and jurors. The probate records of this court provide the names of the deceased, information concerning the administration of wills and estates, and guardianships assigned. According to the author, "the historian will find an interesting overview of pioneer society in the…abstracts. The rough and tumble frontier lives in records of knife fights, etc. The genealogist will find a more human side of our ancestors in these records, more than simply born, married, died." Many people who may not appear in land records may have had some business with the court, and as such may be named here. Over 600 family names that do not appear in the first volume are to be found here. A full name index is included.
Shirley Keller Mikesell
(1992), 2008, 5½x8½, paper, index, 326 pp.