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    mugwortismy cat Tenacious to the End!

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    To find a probate record for someone who died aged 15 ...
     
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    Daft Bat Administrator. Chief cook & bottle washer! Staff Member

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    Ooh! I thought that the person had to be "of full age" unless they were a sailor. :reading:

    How interesting!

    May we have more details, please.... :D
     
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    mugwortismy cat Tenacious to the End!

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    Angela Mary Honeybun died 2 June 1952, estate valued at £160 18s 4d
     
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    I thought perhaps the answer lay in her father's will, who died 6 years before, but it seems he left no will. His administration is dated 20 Jul 1946, James Honeybun
     
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    Fascinating. :)
     
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    Angela's was an administration too, but it might be hard to discover why it was necessary. A lot of the following is guesswork, as I don't know the figures that applied then, but these could be some of the factors involved:

    Her father's estate was fairly small (£362 9s 1d), but it might have been above the level at which obtaining probate or administration was unnecessary. Or maybe he had an account with a bank that wouldn't release it without a grant being obtained. (It only took 17 days from death to grant, so he can't have had anything very complicated.)

    At that level I think the whole of an intestate's assets would normally have gone to the widow. However, there are ways of altering the distribution of an estate, so maybe some was diverted to Angela - but above the cut-off level for her too. (Or else her bank was being awkward.)

    On the other hand, she might have inherited something from someone else entirely.
     
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