Additional Information on Catherine
1860 Noble Township, Shelby County, Indiana Census

House # 470 & Family # 460

Chriss, Catherine - 77 - PA - Housekeeper - $2,480 - $298 - Can't Read/Write
Chriss, Henry - 50 - PA - Farmer - Idiot
Chriss, Elisha - 36 - PA - Farmer - Idiot
Chriss, John - 39 - PA - Idiot


Shelby County, Indiana Court Records for 1862 to 1876, Probate Order Book 5 reads:

Page 335: Erwin L. Madison was app. adm. by the court in vacation of the estate of Catharine Criss dec. with Nicholas Bailey and William H. Reed his securities. May 2, 1865.


Shelby Volunteer (a newspaper) May 4, 1865

Erwin W. Madison had been appointed administrator of the estate of Katherine Chriss deceased and advertised for sale her personal property at her late residence one mile west of St. Paul. It included a one horse buggy. The estate was supposed to be solvent.


Probate Order book 6 1865-1867 reads:

Page 150. Erwin W. Madison makes final settlement as adm. of the estate of Abraham Chriss dec. Catharine Chriss the widow, George Chriss, Mary Parkinson, Sarah Christian, A. Chriss Jr.'s estate, William Reed gdn. and William Chriss receive the residue of this estate. Mar. 12, 1866. or Criss.

Page 270. Erwin W. Madison makes final settlement as adm. of the estate of Catharine Criss dec. The residue of her estate was dist. to; George and Sarah Criss, Mary Parkinson and Henry, Elisha and John Criss with Wm. Reed as their gdn. and Lydia Ann and Mary C. Garrett heirs of Abraham Criss and George W., Eliza C., as their gdn. and the heirs of William Criss. Sarah Criss is also listed as Sarah Christian. July 11, 1866.

Page 343. The residue of the estate of Catharine Criss dec. was dist. to her heirs of their guardians. Nov. 7, 1866.


Shelby County Court Records, Probate Order Book 3, 1858-1861 pg. 231:

On complaint of Catharine Chriss, a jury is selected and they concur that Henry, Elihu and John Criss (or Chriss) are of unsound mind and the court appoints William Reed as their guardian June 9, 1859.


Education: Catherine may have been illiterate

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