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Crawford County Orphans’ Court
#22 February Term 1867
    The petition of JOHN JOHNSON of the City of Meadville:  “that he is a resident of Meadville aforesaid and desires that he may be permitted to adopt one J. ANN MICKLE a poor child, that he will perform all the duties of a parent of said child and also desires that the name of said child shall be Frankie Johnson, Further states that he is a married man and a house keeper in said City and would pray the Court that the adoption be made &c[.]”  Signed John Johnson; O A Hotchkiss [atty.] attests; [no jurat]; Directors of the Poor consent.
    Granted 21 Feb. 1867, name changed to Frankie Johnson.
NoteAll of the remaining cases, except the last one, are from the Office of the Prothonotary.

#98 August Term 1859
Appearance Docket 30:317
    “To the Honorable the Judges of the Court of Common Pleas of Crawford County [¶] The petition of AARON SUTTON of the Township of Greenwood respectfully represents that about eleven years since he took at the request of DANIEL SUTTON on his death bed his daughter RUTH SUTTON then aged about two years, that since which time the said child has lived with your petitioner that he has supported and maintained her in the same way and manner he would if she was his own child. [¶] That he has no children of his own, that he has sufficient means and property to support and maintain the said child, and that he is anxious and desirous that the said child Ruth Sutton shall be deemed to be his adopted child under the provisions of the Act of Assembly in such case made and provided, to have the same rights and privileges as if his own child and to be his heir at law [¶] He further says that he will perform all the duties of a parent towards the said child at all times. [¶] He therefore prays the Court, that in order to promote the welfare of the said child, to decree that the said Ruth Sutton shall have all the rights of a child and heir of him your petitioner, and be subject to the duties of such child & he will ever pray.”  Signed Aaron Sutton [no jurat or acknowledgment].
    [On cover:]  “Now to wit June 3d 1859  Rule to show cause why the prayer of the petitioner should not be granted returnable to the 28th inst.”; signed H. B. Beatty, Pro[thonotary].  “Contd to the 1st Monday of August next”; signed H. B. B. Pro  50 cts paid
    [Consent, below:]  “I [next six words carreted] mother of the said Ruth Sutton assent to the prayer of the petitioner and request that it be granted [¶] Aug 1. 1859.”  Signed with the mark of ANGELINE KELLY; witness ‐[?] Douglass, [illegible], J. W. Farrely Atty [for] Petitioner
    [Decree, on reverse:]  “Augt 1. 1859 Upon the hearing of this petition, and upon the request of Angeline Kelly late Angeline Sutton, the only surviving parent of the child Ruth Ann who personally appeared in Court and requested that the prayer of the petitioner be granted, it is now it is decreed that the child Ruth Ann Sutton shall have all the rights of child and heir of the said Aaron Sutton the petitioner [next nine words carreted] and be subject to the duties of such child and that the prayer of the said Aaron be granted.  By the Court.”; signed H. B. Beatty Pro[thonotary]; name apparently unchanged, i.e., Ruth Sutton; [filing date not given].

#13 February Term 1863
Appearance Docket 34:7
    “The petition of STEPHEN A. NICHOLS and THANKFUL T [sic]. NICHOLS his wife of the Borough of Conneautville in the County aforesaid respectfully showeth that they are desirous of adopting as one of their own Children EDIS HENRIETTA METCALF of Boston Suffolk County in the State of Massachusetts And that they the said Stephen A Nichols and Thankful F. Nichols his wife will perform all the duties of a parent to the said Edis Henrietta Metcalf should the Court grant their request.  Conneautville Nov. 14, 1862”; signed S. A. Nicols, T. F. Nicols.
    [Attached “Consent of Parents”:]  “To the Judge of the Orphans’ Court for the County of Crawford in the State of Pennsylvania:– [¶] The undersigned, the parents (by adoption) of Edis Henrietta Metcalf, of Boston, in the County of Suffolk, in the State of Massachusetts, a minor, of the age of ten years, hereby give their assent that Stephen A. Nichols, of Conneautville, in said County of Crawford and State of Pennsylvania, and Thankful T. Nichols, his wife, may adopt said Edis Henrietta Nichols Metcalf as their own child. [¶] Boston, October 16th, A.D. 1862.”  Signed HOLLIS METCALF, PHEBE METCALF; Witness. Sarah E Metcalf; acknowledged in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts by Hollis Metcalf and Phebe Metcalf before Wm B Dorr, Justice of the Peace, 16 Oct. 1862.
    [Decree on reverse side of petition:]  “And now, to wit, Novr. 17. 1862.  It appearing to the satisfaction of the Court that Edis H. Metcalf is without parents living, and that her relations, or next friends, Hollis & Sarah H. [sic] Metcalf, of Massachusetts with whom the said Enis has been living, are desirous that she shall be adopted, as the child of the said S. A Nichols & his wife; it is now ordered & decreed that the said Edis H. Metcalf shall be and is hereby declared the adopted child & daughter of the said S A Nichols & wife, and shall hereafter be known by the name of Edis Henrietta Nichols, and be entitled to all the rights & privileges of an heir at law of her said adoptive parents, under the provisions of the Act of May 4. 1855. [¶] Per. Cur[iam]”; filed 17 Nov. 1862.

#8 April Term 1863
Appearance Docket 34:98
    “The petition of CYRUS HILLS of the County of Crawford, respectfully represents, That he is desirous of Adopting EVA.M. TRYON, a child of PHELENA TRYON of the township of Athens, as one of his heirs; and for that purpose, he herein declares his said desire & also that he will perform all the duties of a parent of said Eva.M. Tryon. [¶] The petitioner therefore prays the Court, if satisfied that the welfare of said Eva.M. Tryon will be promoted by such adoption, with the Consent of said Philena Tryon evidenced by her signing this petition to decree the said Eva.M. Tryon may assume the name of the petitioner viz Eva.M. Tryon Hills, and have all the rights of a child and heir of the petitioner & be subject to the duties of a child. [¶] Feb 11th 1863.”  Signed Cyrus Hills, Philena Tryon; sworn to, but not again subscribed, by Cyrus Hills and Philena Tryon before D. D. Walker, J.P., 11 Feb. 1863.
    [On cover:]  “And now Feb. 12. 1863 After hearing testimony on the within application, it is ordered & decreed that the within named Eva. M. Tryon shall assume & hereafter be known in law & in fact by the name of Eva M. Hills, & be have & be entitled to all the rights of a child & heir at law of the within named Cyrus Hills.  Per Cur[iam]”; filed 12 Feb. 1863.

#32 February Term 1867
Appearance Docket 39:17
    “The petition of LAFAYETTE EDSON respectfully represents that he is a citizen of Bloomfield Tp. County of Crawford & State of Pennsylvania [¶] That he is aged twenty nine years & is a married man [¶] That he desires to adopt as his own child, the Son of LOREN K OLES, of said Tp. County & State to wit HARRIE OLES [Morris Olis per docket, apparently a misreading] who was born Sept 17th 1865) [¶] He further states that he will perform all the duties of a parent of said Harrie [¶] He further states that he is a Merchant at Lincolnville in said County [¶] that he has a comfortable home for the said Harrie”  Sworn to and subscribed LaFayette Edson before J. B. Compton, Prothonotary, 8 Nov. 1866.
    [Consent, on reverse:]  “I Loren K Oles do hereby consent that my Son Harrie be adopted as the child of the petitioner LaFayette Edson [¶] And I do freely consent to the same.  Witness my hand, this 8th day of Nov 1866”; signed L K Oles; acknowledged before J. B. Compton, Prothonotary, [undated].
    [Supporting affidavit, attached:]  “Personally appeared before [blank] in and for said County Oliver Howard aged [blank] years who on oath says, he is well acquainted with LaFayette Edson, who signed the foregoing petition and know him to be a man of good moral character – a good citizen – having a comfortable home – That he is in all respects suitable to take the care of a child on himself – [¶] That it will be a good home for Harrie Oles – [¶] That the Mother of Harrie to wit Lydia A Oles died on or about the 23rd of March 1866, leaving Seven minor children surviving her”; sworn to and subscribed Oliver Howard before J. B. Compton, Prothonotary, 8 Nov. 1866.
    Granted 12 Nov. 1866, “& that the name of the child be known in law by the that of Harrie Edson; [filing date not given].

#66 June Term 1867
Appearance Docket 40:36
    “The petition of F. M ROBINSON of the County of Crawford respectfully represents.  That he is desirous of adopting. WILLIARD SEWEL TEASDALE a child of ISAAC C TEASDALE of the township [sic] of Blooming Valley and CRYSTALLINA TEASDALE his wife, as one of his heirs; and for that purpose he herein declares his said desire and also that he will perform all the duties of a parent to said Williard Sewel Teasdale.  The petitioner therefore prays the Court if satisfied, that the welfare of said Williard Sewel Teasdale will be promoted by such adoption, with the consent of the said Isaac. C. Teasdale evidenced by his signing this petition to declare that the said Williard Sewel Teasdale may assume the name of the petitioner, viz Williard Sewel Robinson and have all the rights of a child & heir of the petitioner and be subject to the duties of a child.  And he will ever pray. [¶] April 27/67[.]”  Signed F. M. Robinson, Isaac C Teasdale; sworn to and subscribed (but not signed again) by F. M. Robinson before G. F. Bostnick, J.P., 1 May 1867; sworn to and (again) subscribed I C Teasdale before Henry B. Brooks, Notary Public, Meadville, 2 May 1867.
    [Decree, on cover:]  “And now to wit: May 3d 1867 upon the within petition of F. M Robinson presented in open Court.  The Court being satisfied on due consideration that the welfare of the within mentioned child Williard Seuel [sic] Teasdale will be promoted by being adopted as the child and heir of F. M. Robinson; with the consent of his father Isaac. C. Teasdale (in whose care alone the child has been[,] being abandoned by the Mother) decree That the said child shall assume the name of Williard Seuel Robinson [sic; ‘Williard Sewel Robinson’ on docket], and have all the rights of a child and heir of the said F. M. Robinson and be subject to the duties of a child  Per Cur[iam]”; filed 4 May 1867.
    [File includes typed copy of the petition and decree (as Williard Seuel Teasdale).]

#209 September Term 1867
Appearance Docket 40:443
    “The petition of JOEL N. ANGIER and SARAH L his wife of the City of Titusville County of Crawford and state of Pennsylvania respectfully represents that they are [‘he is’ written above ‘they are’] desirous of adopting MINIE HALE, [next six words carreted] aged two [changed from ‘one’, or vice-versa] yrs and eight months an infant child of EDWARD HALE and CARRIE HALE his wife of the City County and State aforesaid as one of their heirs and for that purpose they herein declare their said desire and also that they will perform all the duties of Parents to the said Minie Hale  The petitioners therefore prays the Court if satisfied that the welfare of said Minie Hale will be provided by such adoption, with the consent of the said Edward and Carrie Hale the parents of said child evidenced by their signing this petition to decree that the said Minie Hale may assume the [next word carreted] name of your petitioners viz. Minnie Angier and have all the rights of a child and heir at law of your petitioners and be subject [next word carreted] to the duties of a child and that they will ever pray[.]”  Signed Edward Hale, Carrie Hale, Joel N Angier; sworn to (with “and Sarah E his wife” interlined) and again subscribed Edward Hale, Carrie Hale, and Joel N Angier before Simon Strouse, J.P., 28 July 1867.
    Granted 21 Aug. 1867, name assumed is Minnie Angier; filed same day.

#33 January Term 1868
Appearance Docket 41:24
    “The petition of W. F. McLEAN of Evansburg [now Conneaut Lake] in said County represents,  that he is desirous of adopting MARY DORNHEIFFER a child of MICHAEL DORNHEIFFER of the Township of Summit in said County, as one of his heirs and for that purpose, he herein declares his said desire and also that he will perform all the duties of a parent to said Mary. [¶] The petioner [sic] therefore prays the Court, if satisfied that the welfare of said Mary Dornheiffer will be promoted by such adoption, the consent of the said Michael Dornheiffer, evidenced by his signing this petition — (the mother of said Mary being dead) – to decree that the said Mary Dornhieffer [sic] may assume the name of the petitioner viz Mary McLean, and have all the rights of a child and heir of the petitioner and be subject to the duties of a child,”  Signed Michael Darnhefer, W. F. McLean; sworn to, but not again subscribed, by W. F. McLean before Edward B James, J.P., 20 Sept. 1867.
    Granted 21 Sept. 1868, name assumed is Mary McLean; filed same day.
    [Petition to vacate record:]  “To the Hon Judges of the Court of Common Pleas of Crawford County. [¶] The petition of W. F. McLean of the Borough of Evansburg in said County, represents, [¶] That upon the 21st day of September AD 1867 he petitioned this Court for leave to adopt Mary Darnheifer a minor child of Michael Darnheifer of Summitt [sic; Summit] Township in said County, – also that her name be changed to Mary McLean. [¶] That the said Michael Darnheifer having joined in said petition, this Court upon due consideration, granted the prayer of the petitioner, and decree was made accordingly, [¶] That the said Mary, has absented herself from the residence of your petitioner, and refuses to return, in which she is acting under the advice and direction of her natural parents [sic], [¶] Your petitioner therefore prays the Court, to vacate and annull [sic] the decree made in [next line] in this case on the 21st day of September 1867, as aforesaid[.]”  Sworn to and subscribed W. F. McLean before Wm. S. Root, J.P., 14 Jan. 1871.  Rule to show cause granted 25 Jan. 1871.
    [Answer:]  “To the Hon Judges of said Court. [¶] The undersigned makes answer to the Rule to show cause granted in this case, That the facts set forth in petition of said W. F McLean are [changed from ‘is’] true and correct, that the said Mary has returned to your respondents house and care, and that he unites with the said petitioner, asked the Court that the decree therein mentioned be vacated.”  Signed Michael Darnhefer; sworn to (as Michael Darnheifer, but not again subscribed) before Wm. S Root, J.P., 17 Feb. 1871; filed 28 Feb. 1871.  Docket indicates that on 28 Feb. 1871, “The answer of Michael Dornhefer, the natural father of said Mary read and filed, and on hearing the rule is made absolute.  [By the Court].”

#9 April Term 1868
Appearance Docket 41:405
    “The Petition of Wm H. MESSICK of Conneautville in said County [of Crawford], respectfully represents.  that he is desirous of adopting ALLICE BELL a child without known parents as one of his heirs. And for that purpose he herein declares his said desire. and also that he will perform all the duties of a parent to the said Allice Bell. The petitioner further represents that the said Child has heretofore been supported by the said County at the Poor House  The Petitioner therefore prays the Court if satisfied that the welfare of said Child will be promoted by such adoption (he already having the Consent of the Managers of the said Poor house) to decree that said Allice Bell may assume the name of the Petitioner (to wit: Allice Bell Messick) and have all the rights of a child and heir of the petitioner, and be subject to the duties of such child. and he will ever pray &c.”  Signed W H Messick; sworn to and (again) subscribed before G. T. Bostwick, J.P., 9 Jan. 1868.
    [Consent, on reverse side:]  “Meadville Jany 14/68  We do certify the facts set forth in the within petition are correct & true to best of our knowledge, and recommend the Court to grant the petition and adoption –”  Signed J. Baker, Jno. M. Calvin, Comr [Commissioners].
    Granted 14 Jan. 1868 [name changed to Allice Bell Messick; filing date not given].

#12 April Term 1868
Appearance Docket 41:406
    “The petition of A. D. WHITE of the City of Meadville in the County of Crawford represents that he is desirous of adopting MARTHA JANE ORTON a child of SARAH ORTON of said City as one of his heirs:  and for that purpose, he herein declares his said desire, and also that he will perform all the duties of a parent to said child. [¶] The petitioner therefore prays the Court, if satisfied that the welfare of said Martha Jane Orton will be promoted by such adoption, with the consent of the said Sarah Orton, her mother, evidenced by her signing this petition, to decree that the said Martha Jane Orton may assume the name of this petitioner viz. Martha Bell White, and have all the rights of a child and heir of the petitioner & be subject to the duties of a child[.]”nbsp; Signed Sarah Orton, A. D. White, Witness B A Darby; sworn to and subscribed A. D. White (only) before K. Davis, J.P., 7 Jan. 1868.
    Granted 13 Jan. 1868, name assumed is Martha Bell White; filed 16 Jan. 1868.

#53 June Term 1868
Appearance Docket 42:38
    “The petition of JAMES E HOLLY and CATHARINE HOLLY his wife of the City of Titusville County of Crawford respectfully represents [¶] That they are desirous of adopting MAY [or MARY?] ELEN SEARS a child of CATHARINE SEARS of the City of Titusville as one of their heirs [next word carreted] and for that purpose of their they herein declare their said desire and also that they will perform all the duties of a parent to said May Elen Sears  The petitioners pray the Court if satisfied that the welfare of said Mary Elen Sears will be promoted by such adoption with the consent of the said Catharine Sears evidenced by her signing this petition, to decree that said Mary Elen Sears may assume the name of the petitioners viz Mary Elen Holly and have all the rights of a child and heir of the petitioners and be subject to the duties of a child [¶] April 28th 1868[.]”  Signed J. E. Holly, Catharine Holly, Catharine Sears; sworn to and again subscribed by all three before B S M’Allister, J.P., 28 April 1868.
    Granted 28 April 1868, name assumed is Mary Elen Holly; filed 29 April 1868.

#13 January Term 1869
Appearance Docket 43:11
    “The petition of O. D. HAVENS [sic; Haven] of said County [of Crawford] respectfully represents, That he is desirous of adopting ELEANOR BERTHA WILTON, a child whose father [name carreted] ED. HAYS WILTON is still living, as one of his heirs, And for that purpose he herein declares his said desire & also that he will perform all the duties of a parent towards the said Eleanor;– the petitioner further represents that the said child, has been supported for a length of time by the ‘Buffalo Orphan’s Asylum’, a charitable Institution of the City of Buffalo. [¶] Your petitioner therefore prays Your Honors with the consent of the said Asylum [next seven words carreted] & of the father of said child signified by an attested copy of a Resolution of the Board of Trustees of said Institution [next seven words carreted] & the within consent of said father hereunto attached, to decree that the said Eleanor Bertha Wilton, may assume of the name of petitioner, viz. Eleanor Bertha Wilton Havens, & have all the rights of a child and heir of your petitioner, and be subject to the duties of a child [¶] And he will pray &c.”  Signed O. D. Haven; sworn to and again subscribed O. D. Haven before W. F. Chalfant, Prothonotary, 18 Sept. 1868.
    [Attached consent:]  “Know all men by these presents that I Edward Hays Wilton do hereby relinquish my daughter Eleanor Bertha Wilton aged five years and upwards unto O. D. Havens of Meadville in the State of Pennsylvania for and during the period of her minority and I hereby consent and agree not to interfere in anyway with the care and control of my said daughter during said term.  And I do farther, by this Instrument, dispose of the custody and tuition of the said Eleanor Bertha during her minority unto the said O. D. Haven with all the rights and powers, and subject to the duties and obligations confered [sic] and imposed by law upon him as guardian of such daughter.  Witness my hand and seal this third day of August A.D. 1868.”  Signed and sealed Edward Hayes Wilton; acknowledged at Buffalo, Erie Co., N.Y., before M. B. Moore, Notary Public for Erie County, 3 Aug. 1868.
    [Attached consent:]  “At a meeting of the Board of Trustees of the Buffalo Orphan Asylum held at the office of the Secretary on the sixth day of August 1868 [¶] Present Jason Sexton Esq President George Howard Vice President Benj H Williams Secretary and Messrs Cobb Williams and Clark Trustees [¶] On motion it was unanimously resolved that Mr Oscar D Haven of Meadville Pennsylvania have permission from the Board to adopt the female child Bertha Wilton heretofore indentured to him by the Buffalo Orphan Asylum[.]”  Certified from the record by Benj H Williams, Secretary of Buffalo orphan asylum, whose position is certified by Jaxon Sexton, President of the Buffalo Orphan Asylum, and seal affixed 10 Sept. 1868.
    Granted 18 Sept. 1868, name assumed is Eleanor Bertha Wilton Dunreath Brown Haven; [filing date not given].

#14 January Term 1869
Appearance Docket 43:12
    “The petition of E. W. LUCE of the City of Meadville in the County of Crawford represents that he is desirous of adopting MARY RICE a child [next six words carreted] aged between three & four years of E. H. RICE of said City as one of his heirs: and for that purpose, he herein declares his said desire, and also that he will perform all the duties of a parent to said child. [¶] The petitioner therefore prays this Court, if satisfied that the welfare of said Mary Rice will be promoted by such adoption, with the consent of the said E. H. Rice, her father, evidenced by his signing this petition, to decree that the said Mary Rice may assume the name of this petitioner viz. Mary Luce, and have all the rights of a child and heir of the petitioner and be subject to the duties of a child[.]”  Signed E W Rice, E W Luce, Witness C. L. Way; sworn to and again subscribed E W Luce (only) before A[shbel] Clark, J.P., 15 Sept. 1868.
    Granted 15 Sept. 1868, name assumed is Mary Luce; [filing date not given].

#15 January Term 1869
Appearance Docket 43:13
    “The petition of GEORGE LONG of the City of Meadville in this County of Crawford represents that he is desirous of adopting HATTIE JOHNSON a child aged one years of MARINDA [sic; Marrindia] JOHNSON of said City as one of his heirs; and for that purpose, he herein declares his said desire, and also that he will perform all the duties of a parent to said child. [¶] The petitioner therefore prays this Court if satisfied that the welfare of said Hattie Johnson will be promoted by such adoption, with the consent of the said Marinda Johnson, her mother, evidenced by her signing this petition, to decree that the said Hattie Johnson may assume the name of this petitioner viz. Hattie Long, and have all the rights of a child and heir of the petitioner and be subject to the duties of a child.”  Signed George Long, Witness D Keeting, Miss Marrindia Johnson; sworn to and again subscribed George Long (only) before A[shbel] Clark, J.P., 15 Sept. 1868.
    Granted 18 Sept. 1868, name assumed is Hattie Long; [filing date not given].

#102 January Term 1869
Appearance Docket 43:88
    “The petition of JOHN McKELVEY of the County of Crawford,, Respectfully represents,, That he is desirous of adopting ELIZABETH WILSON a child of GEORGE WILSON of the City of Meadville as one of his heirs and for that purpose he herein declares his said desire and also that he will perform all the duties of a parent to said Elizabeth Wilson. The pititioner [sic] therefore prays the Court if satisfied that the welfare of said Elizabeth Wilson will be promoted by such adoption with the consent of the said George Wilson evidenced by his signing this petition, to decree that the said Elizabeth Wilson may assume the name of the petitioner Viz. Elizabeth Wilson McKelvey, and have all the rights of a child and heir of the petitioner and be subject to the duties of a child– [#182;] And he will ever pray, &c.”  Signed John McKelvey, George Wilson.  Jurat:  “George Wilson and John McKelvey being duly sworn according to law doth depose and say that the facts set forth in the above petition are correct and true, and that the said George Wilson is the father of said child therein mentioned and that the mother of said child is in the state of New York and is not able to support said child and being a woman of intemperate habits is not a proper person to have the custody of said child which is only eighteen months of age.  that the child is in his care he and his wife having parted and that this adoption is made with his consent.”  Sworn to and subscribed John McKelvey, George Wilson before W. F. Chalfant, Prothonotary, 16 Nov. 1868.
    Granted 16 Nov. 1869 “as prayed for,” i.e., name changed to Elizabeth Wilson McKelvey; [filing date not given].

#35 April Term 1869
Appearance Docket 43:461
    “The petition of E W LUCE of said county of Crawford respectfully represents; [¶] That he is desirous of adopting FRANK THOMPSON a child without parents as one of his heirs – and for that purpose he will perform all the duties of a parent to the said Frank Thompson  the petitioner further represents that the said child is now under the care of G. BentleyWilliam Thompson his guardian appointed by this Court of said County who is willing and consents to the same [¶] The petitioner therefore prays the Court if satisfied that the welfare of the said Frank Thompson will be promoted by such adoption and with the consent of the aforesaid William Thompson signified in writing hereto attached to decree that the said Frank Thompson may assume the name of the petitioner viz Frank Thompson Luce and have all the rights of a child and heir of the petitioner and be subject to the duties of such child[.]”nsp;; Sworn to and subscribed E W Luce before H. B. Brooks, Deputy Prothonotary, 18 [sic] Jan. 1869; filed 17 Jan. 1869.
    [Attached consent:]  “I William Thompson Guardian of the person and estate of Frank Thompson minor child under the age of 14 years of HARRIET L THOMPSON late of Randolph Tp Decd hereby consent that the said William Thompson Frank Thompson be adopted by the said E W Luce the within named petitioner as prayed for[.]”  Signed William Thompson “In presence of” [Atty.] H L Richmond Jr.
    Granted 17 Jan. 1869, name assumed is Frank Thompson Luce; filed same day.

#59 April Term 1869
Appearance Docket 43:483
    “The petition of HUGH C. MCCLINTOCK of said county of Crawford respectfully represents that he is desirous of adopting EMMA BIRD CURRY as one of his heirs;– and for that purpose he hereby declares his said desire, and also that he will perform all the duties of a parent to the said Emma Bird Curry; [¶] the petitioner further represents that the said Emma Bird Curry was committed to his keeping by her father, about two weeks before his death, that she was deserted by her mother when an infant, and that she has been supported for three years by your petitioner. [¶] The petitioner therefore pray the Court, if satisfied that the welfare of the said Emma Bird Curry will be promoted by such adoption, to decree that the said Emma Bird Curry may assume the name of the petitioner viz: Emma Bird McClintock, and have all the rights of a child and heir of the petitioner and be subject to the duties of such child[.]”  Signed H. C McClintock; sworn to (but not again subscribed) before W. F. Chalfant, Prothonotary [date not given].
    [On cover of petition:]  “This petition is approved by the overseers of the Poor of Crawford County.”  Signed J. Baker, Jno M. Calvin, overseer of Poor
    Granted 15 Feb. 1869, name assumed is Emma Bird McClintock; filed same day.

#62 September Term 1869
Appearance Docket 44:309
    “The Petition of GEORGE HOWER of the County of Crawford and State of Pennsylvania, respectfully represents that he is desirous of adopting ANNA MARIA MESSENGER, a child of JOSEPH MESSENGER and MARIA his wife, (the latter of whom is now deceased) – as one of his heirs. And for that purpose he herein declares his said desire, and also that he will perform all the duties of a parent to the said Anna Maria Messenger. The Petitioner therefore prays the Court if satisfied that the welfare of said Anna Maria Messenger will be promoted by such adoption, with the consent of the said Joseph Messenger, to decree that the said Anna Maria Messenger may assume the name of the Petitioner, viz, Anna Maria Hower, and have all the rights of a child and heir of the Petitioner and be subject to the duties of a child. And he will ever pray &c.”  Signed George Hower.  Jurat:  “George Hower being sworn according to law deposes and says that the facts set forth in the foregoing Petition are correct and true to the best of his knowledge and belief. And further that he is the grandfather of the said Anna Maria Messenger, who is now about five months of age. that the said Maria Messenger deceased was his daughter. that upon her death bed she gave said Anna Maria, to her mother, the wife of of [sic] your Petitioner  that the said Joseph Messenger is not keeping house, and is not now in this County.” . Signed George Hower before W F Chalfant, Prothonotary, 28 June 1869.
    [Affidavit, below:]  “Susan Flaugh being duly sworn according to law deposes and says that the said Maria Messenger deceased was her sister, that she was present at her death, that upon her death bed she gave the said Anna Maria Messenger to her mother the wife of the above named Petitioner, George Hower, that the said Joseph Messenger is not in this County, and she is not certain as to his whereabouts, has not seen him since the funeral of his wife the said Maria Messenger, but that he was present when his wife gave the said Anna Maria Messenger to her mother and consented to the transaction.”  Sworn to and subscribed Susan Flaugh before W. F. Chalfant, Prothonotary, 28 June 1869.
    Granted 9 July 1869, name assumed is Anna Maria Hower; [filing date not given].

#105 September Term 1869
Appearance Docket 44:345
    “The petition of CHARLES E. TRACY of Titusville in said county respectfully represents, that he is desirous of adopting KATIE PALMER [cover says ‘Katie Cassie Palmer’] a child of HENRY PALMER of Heuvelton St Lawrence County State of New York and of JENNIE PALMER his wife of the City of Titusville aforesaid, as one of his the said Tracy’s heirs.  That JENNIE TRACY the wife of petitioner joins in this petition desiring also to adopt the said Katie as one of her heirs and for that purpose they herein declare their said desire and also that they will perform all the duties of parents to said child Katie. [¶] The petitioners therefore pray the Court, if satisfied that the welfare of said Katie Palmer be promoted by such adoption, with the consent of said Jennie Palmer the mother, evidenced by her signing this petition (The said Henry Palmer being indifferent to the condition of his said child as appears from the accompanying affidavit of Jennie Palmer his wife and unwilling or unable to provide for the maintenance of such child and morally unfit to have her custody or control), to decree that the said Cassie [sic; changed from ‘Katie’] Palmer may assume the name of the Petitioners viz. Katie Tracy, and have all the rights of a child and heir of the petitioners and be subject to the duties of a child. [¶] And they will ever pray &c.”  Signed Chas. E. Tracy, Jannie [sic] Tracy, Jennie Palmer; sworn to (but not again subscribed) before Joseph J. Holden, Notary Public, Titusville, 6 July 1869.
    [Attached affidavit:]  “Mrs. Jennie Palmer of said county being sworn says she is the mother of the above named child Katie Palmer, who is one year and ten months old and is the only child of deponent. That Henry Palmer the father of such child abandoned this deponent and her said child at Tidioute [next word carreted] Pa in the month of February 1869, and continuously since  That Deponent and her said husband had been living at Tidioute in Warren County since Oct. 1. 1866. that during that period her said husband has been absent from her and in distant parts a great part of the time and that when in Tidioute he would stay away from home days and months at a time.  His intemperance was continuous whenever he had money  He never sent deponent any money or provided anything for her when he was away from her and made but the most trifling and wholly insufficient provision for her support when at home [¶] Deponent was dependent on her own labor and that ofon her sister for her support and that of the child. [¶] Deponent further states that she is unable to provide in a proper manner for the maintenance of said child and has not hope that her said husband will ever provide in any way for said child.”  Sworn to and subscribed Jennie Palmer before Joseph J. Holden, Notary Public, Titusville, 6 July 1869.
    [Consent, below:]  “The undersigned County Commissioner and overseer of the Poor in and for said county on behalf of the Board of County Commissioners and overseers of the poor for said county Respectfully endorses the above petition of Chas. E. & Jennie Tracy as a means of preventing said child from becoming a county charge and believing that she will be properly maintained and educated in the family of said petitioners.  Respectfully submitted [next line] Titusville Pa. July 6 1869.”  Signed J. Baker.
    “Granted as prayed” 10 July 1869; filed 30 July 1869.  Docket indicates:]  Decree of Court  And now, July 10, 1869, Upon the petition of Charles E. Tracy and Jennie Tracy, his wife, and of Mrs. Jennie Palmer, the mother of the said Katie Cassie Palmer, the child therein named, and of J. Baker, Esq., one of the overseers of the Poor in and for the said County, and on behalf of the Board of Overseers of the Poor for such, the proper County, and it appearing that the said Katie Cassie Palmer is abandoned of her father, and that her mother is unable to provide properly for her maintenance and education, and the Court being satisfied on due consideration, that the welfare of the said Katie Cassie Palmer will be promoted as the child and one of the heirs of the said Charles E. Tracy and Jennie Tracy, his wife, with the consent of the mother of the said child, and of the Overseers of the Poor, Decree that the said child shall assume the name of Katie Cassie Tracy, and shall have all the rights of a child and heir of the said Charles E. Tracy and be subject to the duties of a child  Per Curium.”

#31 January Term 1870
Appearance Docket 45:27
    “The petition of JOHN MOONEY and C. A. MOONEY his wife respectfully represents: [¶] That they are desirous of adopting IDA ORN a child of F P ORN now deceased and MARY ORN now WOOLMAN [sic; WORTMAN] of Valonia __ County of Crawford Pa and for that purpose they herein declare their said desire and also their will to perform all the duties of a parent to said child Ida Orn. The petitioners therefore pray the Court if satisfied that the welfare of said Ida Orn will be promoted by such adoption with the consent of the said mother Mary Woolman evidenced by her signing this petition[,] to decree that the said Ida Orn may assume the name of the petitioner viz Ida Ora Mooney and have the rights of a child and heir of the petitioner and be subject to the duties of a child [next line] Sept 24" 1869[.]”  Signed Kety A Mooney, John Mooney, Mary Wortman; sworn to and (again) subscribed Kety A Mooney, John Mooney, Mary Wortman before W. F. Chalfant, Prothonotary, 24 Sept. 1869.
    Granted 24 Sept. 1869, adding “it appearing that Ida Orn the child therein mentioned has been supported by its mother,” name assumed is Ida Orn Mooney; filed same day.

#118 January Term 1870
Appearance Docket 45:108
    “The Petition of CHARLES H STOPP represents. [¶] That [next word carreted] he is a resident of Fairfield Tp said County [of Crawford] & State. and has been a citizen thereof for more than four years past.  That he is a married man, and has no children [¶] That he is desirous of adopting in due form of Law one HUGH DOUTT an illegitimate son & child of MARY DOUTT, about six years of age.  That he promises herein that he (your petitioner) will perform all the duties of a parent to such child.  That the mother of said child is willing & desirous that the same may be done as will appear by her assent in writing hereto attached [¶] He therefore prays the Court to make a decree that said child shall assume the name of Hugh Stopp, and have all the rights of a child & heir of the petitioner and be subject to the duties of such a child & heir as is provided by Law[.]”  Signed with the mark of Charles H Stopp “In presence of” [signed] A. W. Mumford [no jurat or attestation].
    [Attached consent:]  “I Mary Doutt the mother of Hugh Doutt, the person of whom the annexed petition is made for adoption hereby express my consent and desire that the said Hugh Doutt may be adopted by Charles H Stopp and assume the name & have all the legal rights of a child & heir of said Charles H Stopp as is prayed for by him.”  Signed Mary Doutt “In presence of” A. W. Mumford.
    Granted 15 Nov. 1869, name assumed is Hugh Doutt Stopp; [filing date not given].

#134 April Term 1871
Appearance Docket 47:507
    “The petition of JOHN D. BATES respectfully represents that your petitioner is a citizen of this Commonwealth and resides in Spring Township in this [Crawford] County, that he is a married man but has no children, that he is possessed of real estate in his own right and free of incumbrance of the value of one thousand dollars.  Your petitioner further states that in August 1858 Dr. James L. Dunn, then a practicing physician in Conneautville, brought to this petitioner an infant female child, which child your petitioner has ever since kept and maintained.  Said child is named INA VIOLA Bates.  Your petitioner further showing that he has never been able to find the parents of said child, or any other relative or next friend, hereby declares his desire to adopt said child as his heir at Law; and hereby pledges that as heretofore, he will perform all the duties of a parent to said child. He therefore prays the Court to decree that said Ina Viola Bates shall have all the rights of a child and heir of your petitioner, and be subject to the duties of such child. And he will ever pray &c[.]”  Signed John D Bates; sworn to and (again) subscribed before A J McQuiston, clerk, 22 Feb. 1871.
    [Consent, below:}  “As Directors of the Poor and of the House of Employment of Crawford County we concur in the foregoing application [next line] Feb. 2525 1871.”  Signed J. L. Beatty, D. A. Bennett, Henry Shafer.
    Granted 25 [or 28?] Feb. 1871, “said child shall assume the name … of a child and heir of the said John D Bates,” i.e., Ina Viola Bates; [filing date not given].

#16 November Term 1871
Appearance Docket 48:448
    “The petition of JOSEPH HEMBRY of said County [of Crawford] would respectfully represent, That he is desirous of adopting JOSEPH [blank], an illegitimate child of WILLIAM CLAY, of the City of Meadville, Pa. [next five words carreted] under two years of age as one of his heirs; And for that purpose he here declares his said desire, and also that he will perform all the duties of a parent towards said child. [¶] Your petitioner therefore prays the Court, if satisfied that the welfare of the said child will be promoted thereby, with the consent of the said William evidenced by his signing this petition, to declare that the said child may assume the name of your petitioner, viz Joseph Hembry and have all the rights of a child & heir, of your petitioner, and subject to the duties of a child. And he will ever pray[.]”nbsp; Signed with the mark of Joseph Hembry, Witness Wm B Clay; sworn to and subscribed with the mark of Joseph Hembry before Wm. Davis, Jr., Assoc. Judge, 28 July 1871.
    [Attached supporting affidavit:}  “Geo. Wilson being sworn saith, he is well acquainted Joseph Hemry [sic] a [sic; and?] wife, and has known them for near four years[.]  They have no children.  His wife own a House and Lot, & he two Lots in Valonia.  They are persons of good character, and would undoubtedly provide well for the child the adoption of which they seek[.]”  Sworn to and subscribed George Wilson before J. Kinniff, J.P., 8 Aug. 1871.
    Granted 14 Aug. 1871, name assumed is Joseph Hembry; filed same day.

#17 November Term 1871
Appearance Docket 48:449
    “The Petition of MARK MURPHY of the city of Meadville State of Pennsylvania respectfully represents that he is desirous of adopting MARY MURPHY a child, whose mother is dead and without any known father, as one of his heirs, and for that purpose he herein declaires [sic] his said desire and also that he will perform all the duties of a parent to the said Mary Murphy  The petitioner further represents that the said child has been supported two and one half years by the petitioner. And that prior to the time that said child has been with your petitioner, she was in charge of the Sisters of Charity at Erie Penna, a charitable institution in said county.  He further says that he does not know the [blank space] name of said child, but that she has been called Mary Murphy, after your petitioner since living with him [¶] The petitioner therefore prays the Court if satisfied that the welfare of the said Mary Murphy, will be promoted by such adoption, to decree that the said Mary Murphy may assume the name of the petitioner, viz. Mary Murphy and have all the rights of a child and heir of the petitioner and be subject to the duties of a child[.]”  Sworn to and subscribed with the mark of Mark Murphy before J Kinniff, J.P., 3 Aug. 1871.
    [Attached consent:]  “We the overseers of the Poor for Crawford County agree and consent that Mark Murphy of the City of Meadville shall adopt and make one of his heirs Mary Murphy, as prayed for in the annexed Petition [next line] Aug 9 1871[.]”  Signed J. C. Beatty, D L Bennett, Henry Shafer.
    [Attached supporting affidavit:]  “On this 9th day of August 1871 Personally appeared John Mack of the City of MeadvilleVernon T.P[.] who being duly sworn deposes and says that he has been acquainted with Mark Murphy nine years, that said Murphy is a sober, industrious citizen, that he and his wife are suitable persons, in the opinion of your affiant to have charge of Mary Murphy and further saith not[.]”  Sworn to and subscribed John Mack before J. Kinniff, J.P., 8 Aug. 1871.
    [Supporting affidavit, below:]  “George Bennet of Meadville Vernon T.P. being duly sworn says that he has known Mark Murphy over four years, that he is a person of good habits, that he is sober and industrious and provides well for his family, That Mary Murphy a child five years of age has been living with said Mark Murphy more than two years, during which time she has been wholly supported by him, that said Mark Murphy and his wife have no children: and they are[,] in the opinion of your affiant suitable persons to have the charge of said Mary Murphy”; sworn to and subscribed Geo Bennett before J. Kinniff, J.P., 9 Aug. 1871.
    Granted 9 14 Aug. 1871, name assumed is Mary Murphy; filed same day.

#12 January Term 1872
Appearance Docket 49:12
    “The petition of NAHUM GOLDIN, and SARAH A. GOLDIN, his wife of the township of Sparta in the County of Crawford, respectfully represents that they are desirous of adopting JENNIE MAY AMES, the child of SUSAN E. AMES spinster (whose assent is hereby given by signing this petition) as one of their heirs; and for that purpose they herein declare their said desire and also that they will perform all the duties of parents to the said Jennie May Ames. [¶] The petitioners therefore pray the Court if satisfied that the welfare of the said Jennie May Ames, will be promoted by such adoption and with the consent of the aforesaid spinster as signified by signing this petition to decree that the said Jennie May Ames may assume the name of the petitioners, to wit: of Jennie May Goldin, and have all the rights of a child and heir of the petitioners and be subject to the duties of such a child. [¶] And they will ever pray &c.”  Signed Susan E Ames, Sarah A. Goldin, Nahum. R. Goldin, witness to Susan E. Ames, signature T A Morrison, dated 22 Aug. 1871; sworn to and again subscribed by Nahum. R. Goldin (only) before Paul Blackmer, J.P., 25 Aug. 1871.  Note on cover:  “Nov. 6 1871  Rule to Show Cause granted returnable this week.  Per cur[iam].”
    [Separate supporting affidavit, location not stated:]  “T. A. Morrison, being duly sworn says that he has been and is now acting in behalf of the parties interested, and is familiar with all the facts in the case, and the character and circumstances of the petitioners and the mother of said child; That since child is illegitimate, and its mother is an orphan girl without means or ability for its support; That said Nahum & Sarah Goldin, are uncle and aunt to said Susan E. Ames; that they are persons of middle age and have no daughter; That they are persons of good moral character; That they are in circumstances to provide for the wants of said child, and are much more competent to suitably bring it up than its mother, and that they have had the possession, control and entire charge of said child, by gift of its mother, for about ten months last past, and are desirous of making said child [next two words carreted] one of their legal heirs.”  Sworn to and subscribed T. A. Morrison before M. C. Benedict, Notary Public, Pleasantville, Venango Co., Pa., 11 Nov. 1871; filed 12 Dec. 1871.
    [No decree found; docket indicates that rule made absolute, i.e., adoption approved 12 Dec. 1872 (name not indicated, presumably Jennie May Goldin).]

#39 April Term 1872
Appearance Docket 49:405
    Petition of SAMUEL PETERSON to adopt HATTIE NICKERSON [missing; note on reverse side of slip granting Myron Park Davis, attorney for Hattie Peterson, permission on 18 March 1905 to remove the petition:]  “Nov. 2, 1912.  The within receipt for petition is attached to the record certified to Supreme Court & now on file in the Clerk of the Courts Office No. 5 Sept Tr. 1901. O.C.”; signed by Deputy Prothonotary.
    [From Orphans’ Court Case No. 5 September Term 1901, Estate of Laura Peterson, deceased, exceptions to Auditor’s report (see below):]  “The petition of SAMUEL PETERSON, of the City of Meadville in said County [of Crawford], respectfully represents, that he is desirous of adopting HATTIE NICKERSON child of ANN NICKERSON, as one of his heirs, – and for that purpose he herein declares his said desire and also that he will perform all the duties of a parent to the said Hattie Nickerson. [¶] The petitioner further represents that the said child is about three years of age, that about one & half years ago the mother of said child left her with the petitioner, and that since that time has been supported by him, that he has no knowledge of the whereabouts of the childs parents, and beleives [sic] her to have been abandoned. [¶] The petitioner therefore prays the Court, if satisfied that the welfare of the said child will be promoted by such adoption, and having the consent of the Directors of the Poor of said County hereto attached, to decree that the said Hattie Nickerson, may assume the name of Hattie Petersion, and have all the rights of a child and heir of the petitioner and be subject to the duties of such child.”  Signed Saml Peterson, Laura Peterson; sworn to by Samuel Peterson (but not again subscribed) before N. B. Brooks, Prothonotary, 9 Jan. 1872; presented by [Attorneys] Peters & Davis.
    [Consent, below:]  “We the undersigned ‘Directors of the Poor and House of Employment’ for the County of Crawford, hereby consent that the prayer of the above petition be granted, and unite in the same. [¶] In testimony whereof we have hereto set our hands this Ninth day of January A D 1872.”  Signed Henry Shafer[?], Titus Ridgway, Directors of the Poor.
    [Supporting affidavit, below:]  “Alexander Power — being sworn says that he was is well acquainted with Samuel Peterson the petitioner above named,  That he is a proper person to adopt the said Child, and that by so doing believes her welfare will be promoted.”  Sworn to and subscribed Alexr Power before N. B. Brooks, Prothonotary, 9 Jan. 1872.
    Granted 15 Jan. 1872, name assumed is Hattie Peterson; filed same day.
    The Appeal of Hattie Peterson on 28 March 1905 to the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, at No. 120 January Term 1905, indicates that Laura Patterson, late of Geneva Boro, died on or about 25 May 1900, and letters of administration on her estate were issued on 4 June 1900 to Hattie Peterson, who filed her final account on 29 July 1902, showing a balance of $13,870.26.  Alfred Brink, son of Almira Brink, a sister of Laura, filed exceptions to the account on 11 March 1903, and the Auditor determined that Hattie was not the adopted daughter of Laura (only Samuel, who had previously died).  The Judge of the Crawford County Orphans Court agreed, and Hattie appealed.
    Remittitur from the Pennsylvania Supreme Court: Estate of Laura Peterson late of Crawford Co dec’d   Appeal of Hattie Peterson [to be added].
[Letter in file:]  “No 5111 Aldama St., Los Angeles, California  Jan. 4 – 1939.  To Register of Records, City of Meadville, Crawford Co. Pa.  My dear Sir, – I am desirous of obtaining the Date, and Year of my Birth and also the Record of my adoption, in the city of Meadville, Crawford County, Pa.  I was a child of adoption by Samuel Peterson, and his wife Laura Peterson, whose house was located on Park Avenue (number not known) City of Meadville. [¶] My own mother’s name was, Mrs. Anne Nickerson, (My name Hattie Nickerson) Parents parted.  Adoption took place in January 1872.  I assumed the name Peterson at that time.  Myron Park Davis Atty., who was afterwards my attorney for a case, told me he drew up the adoption papers.  I merely speak of this thinking it might be of help to you in case his records are still on file, as he died some years ago.  I have not got a record of my birth, or adoption but was told by Foster Parents I was born March 25, 1869.  Have gone by that statement ever since.  But I have applied for Old Age Pension in California, (Los Angeles County) and it seems necessary that I have those records if possible, there are so many people here who are trying to take advantage in various ways.  I was advised, ‘To write to the place of my birth and see if I could find anything definite’ [¶] So if you can find any records on the matter and kindly send them to me, and also include Fee for your efforts, It will be gratefully received. [¶] Thanking you in advance. [¶] I am Yours Truly, Miss Harriett G. Peterson[,] 5111 Aldama Street, Highland Park, Los Angeles, California.  [on reverse:]  P.S.  Have chosen name Harriett G. Peterson in preference to nickname Hattie.  An attorney told me I had a right to do so if I preferred the former so I sign all papers by that name.  But the name Hattie was given in adoption papers. [¢] Sincerely  Harriett G. Peterson.

[Carbon copy of letter typed on Prothonotary’s stationery, dated at Meadville 10 Jan. 1939, addressed to Miss Harriet G. Peterson, 5111 Aldama Street, Highland Park, Los Angeles, Calif.:]  “My dear Madam:  Your letter of 4th instant, addressed to ‘Register of Records’ has finally been delivered to me, as adoptions were in this Court up to 1925, and there being no such office as register of records. [¶] First, There were no [two words interlined] birth records in Pennsylvania until 1893,-except in a few of the cities. [¶] Second, I find that one Hattie Nickerson was adopted by decree of this court dated Jan. 15, 1872, as the child and heir of Samuel Peterson, and her name changed to Hattie Peterson. [¶] Third, in the year 1901, in the matter of the estate of Laura Peterson, No. 5 Sept. term, 1901, in the Orphans Court of this county, it appears that the question came up as to whether Hattie Peterson was also the heir of Laura Peterson.  Our court decided that she was not, because of the omission of the name of the wife, Laura Peterson from the decree of adoption, although Laura Peterson had signed the petition.  the case appealed to the Supreme Court of Penn’a, and the decree was reversed. [¶] Fourth, the petition for adoption which was sworn to on January 9, 1872, sets forth that ‘the child is about three years of age. [¶] Fifth, the petition also sets forth that Hattie was the child of Ann Nickerson, and that petitioner had no knowledge of the whereabouts of the child’s parents, and believe her to be abandoned. [¶] If you desire a record of the adoption proceedings in this court I will make samem [sic] duly certified under Act of Congress on receipt of $3.00.  My fees for searches, etc. is $1.00, which please remit.  Yours very truly, Paul D. Slayton, Prothonotary.”
#210 April Term 1872
Appearance Docket 49:525
    “The petition of W.M W. BLOSS and L. K. BLOSS his wife of the City of Titusville County, County of Crawford and State of Pennsylvania respectfully represents that they are desirous of adopting INDEPENDENCE FOLEY a female infant about two years of age without known parents as one of their heirs;– And for that purpose they declare their said desire and also that they will perform all the duties of parents to the said Independence Foley; the petitioners further represent that the said child has been supported for more than one year by the ‘Childrens Home’ of Washington County Ohio a charitable institution in said last named county [¶] The petitioners further pray the Court, if satisfied that the welfare of the said Independence Foley will be promoted by such adoption and with the consent of the Trustees of said ‘Childrens Home’ signified by their contract with the petitioners dated October 24th A.D. 1871, and which contract is hereto attached, to decree that [interlined word or letters] said Independence Foley may assume the name of Violet Bloss and have all the rights of a child and heir of the petitioners and be subject to the duties of such child and they will ever pray &c.”  Signed Wm W. Bloss, Louise K. Bloss; sworn to and again subscribed by both before Joseph J. Holden, Notary Public, Titusville, Pa., 9 March 1872.
    [Attached contract:]  “Memorandum made Oct. 24th 1871, between Mrs L. K. Bloss, for herself and her husband W. W. Bloss of Titusville in the State of New YorkPennsylvania of the one part and, the Trustees of the Childrens Home of Washington County Ohio of the other part.  Witnesseth that said parties of the first part, with the consent of said Trustees & by their agreement, have taken for the purpose of adoption into their family as one of their children to be treated, raised educated & provided for in all respects as their own child ‘Independence Foley,’ a female infant of the age of two years now an inmate of said ‘Home’ subject to the control & management of said Trustees, and said parties of the first part agree to proceed according to the laws of New YorkPennsylvania to have said child adopted as one of their own into their family, & to forward to said Trustees a Certified Copy of such adoption, within reasonable time, or to return said child to the Home.  In testimony thereof said parties have hereto set their hands this day & year aforesaid at Marietta O.”  Signed L. K. Bloss, “For self and husbandW. W. Bloss,” W. H. Oloham for Trustees of Home.
    [Attached affidavit:]  “Personally appeared before me Geo. J. Sherman who being duly sworn says that he is personally acquainted with Wm W. Bloss and L. K. Bloss his wife the foregoing petitioners, and that they are in good circumstances and abundantly able to support Independence Foley the child that they are desirous of adopting; that they are of kind and affectionate disposition and suitable persons to have the parental charge of said child and that her welfare will be greatly promoted by their adopting her[.]”  Sworn to and subscribed Geo. J. Sherman before Joseph J. Holden, Notary Public, Titusville, 9 March 1872.
    Granted 19 March 1872, name assumed is Violet Bloss; [filing date not given].

#70 August Term 1872
Appearance Docket 50:55
    “The petition of JAMES B PASTORIOUS [sic; Pastorius] and ANGELINE A PASTORIOUS respectfully represent that they are desirous of adopting JOHN SWIFT an illegitimate child of SALLY BAUGHER of Troy township Crawford County And that they will perform all the duties of parents to the said John Swift  The petitioners further represent that they have kept and raised the said John Swift from the time he was about one year old to the age of over twenty years [¶] The petitioners therefore pray the Court if satisfied that the welfare of said John Swift will be promoted by such adoption with the consent of said Sally Baugher the mother evidenced by her signing this petition[,] to decree that the said John Swift may assume the name of the petitioners viz Dorsey Pastorious and have all the rights of a child and heir of the petitioners and be subject to the duties of a child and heir of the[.]”  Signed J. B. Pastorius, Angeline Pastorius, Sally Baugher; sworn to and again subscribed J. B. Pastorius, Angeline Pastorius before H. J. Perry, J.P., 27 April 1872;
    [Affidavit, below:]  “personally appeared Sally Baugher the person named within and M. V. Corey who being duly sworn say that they are acquainted with the facts set forth in this petition and that they are just and true and further that said James B Pastorious and Angeline A Pastorious are well qualified in every respect to perform all the duties of parents to the said John Swift[.]”  Signed Sally Baugher, M V Corey before Daniel Baugher, J.P., 27 April 1872.
    Granted 29 April 1872, name assumed is Dorsey Pastorious; [filing date not given].

#151 August Term 1872
Appearance Docket 50:115
    “The petition of JOEL HITES and HARRIET E HITES his wife of the County of Crawford. Respectfully showeth. That they are desirous of adopting JOHN WM PETERSON a child of ANDREW and ELLA. O. PETERSON as one of their Heirs. And for that purpose they herein declare their said desire, and also that they will perform all the duties of Parants [sic] to the said John Wm Peterson. The petitioners further state that the said Child is now about fifteen months of age – That the Father Andrew Peterson died before the Birth of the said Child.  That the Mother Ella. O. Peterson has since intermarried with one ANDREW KISEL [¶] Your petitioners therefore pray the Court if satisfied that the welfare of the said John Wm Peterson will be promoted by such adoption with the consent of the said Ella. O. Peterson evidenced by her signing this petition[,] to decree that the said John Mm Peterson may assume the name of John Wm Hites and have all the rights of a child and heir of your petitioners, and be subject to the duties of a child [¶] And they will ever pray &c[.]”  Signed Joel Hites, Harriet E Hites, Ella O. Kisel (her mark); sworn to and again subscribed by all three before H. B. Brooks, Prothonotary, 10 June 1872.
    [Affidavit, below:]  “Joel Hites and Harriet Hites being duly sworn according to law depose and say.  That they are the owners of One Hundred and Nine Acres of Land Lying in the Township of Woodcock Crawford County mostly improved with House and barn thereon.  Also about Three Thousand Dollars worth of personal property all of which is true to the best of their knowledge and belief[.]”  Sworn to and subscribed Joel Hites, Harriet E Hites before H. B. Brooks, Prothonotary, 10 June 1872.
    [Affidavit, below:]  “Ella. C. Kisel being duly sworn according to Law deposes and says That she does not own any Property either Real or personal or of any kind whatsoever all of which is true to the best of her knowledge and belief[.]”  Sworn to and subscribed with the mark of Ella O Kisel before H. B. Brooks, Prothonotary, 10 June 1872.
    Granted 11 June 1872, name assumed is John William Hites; [filing date not given].

#25 January Term 1873
Appearance Docket 51:25
    “The petition of ADRIAN A. BURROWS and ARETHUSA F. BURROWS his wife respectfully represents, That they are desirous of adopting HARRIET MAY COMPTON an infant child of ANNIE COMPTON, Widow, aged about nineteen months, as one of their heirs & for that purpose they herein declare their said desire and that they will perform all the duties of parents to said Harriet May Compton. The petitioners therefore pray the Court if satisfied that the welfare of said Harriet May Compton will be promoted by such adoption with the consent of the said Annie Compton evidenced by her signing this petition[,] to decree that the said Harriet May Compton may assume the name of your petitioners and henceforth be known as Eva Arethusa Burrows and have all the rights of a child and heir of the petitioners & be subject to the duties of a child. Said Annie Compton resides Oct at Titusville in said County.”  Signed A. A Burrows, Arethusa F. Burrows, Annie Compton, Witness H. A. Hutson; sworn to by Adrian A Burrows (only) and (again) subscribed A. A Burrows before Edward H Chase, A[ssociate] J[udge], 14 Oct. 1872.
    [Separate supporting affidavit:]  “Personally appeared before me Henry A. Hudson [sic; Hutson] who being duly sworn says that he is personally acquainted with Adrian A. Burrows & Arethusa F. his wife, who are desirous of adopting Harriet May Compton & that he is also acquainted with Anna Compton the mother of said Harriet May Compton; that she the said mother is without means to maintain & educate her said child in a suitable manner & that she is desirous of its adoption by said Adrian A. Burrows & wife, & that said Burrows & wife are of kind & affectionate disposition & are in comfortable circumstances & able to provide for & educate said child & are suitable persons to have the parental care of said child[.]”  Sworn to and subscribed Henry A. Hutson before Edward H Chase, A.J., 14 Oct. 1872.
    Granted 6 Nov. 1872, name assumed is Eva Arethusa Burrows; filed same day.

#211 April Term 1873
Appearance Docket 51:557
    “The prayer of your petitioner respectfully showeth: [¶] That your petitioner [JAMES FLYNN] is desirous of adopting FRANK GRANT KLINGENSMITH–(a minor son of WILSON R. and MARIA KLINGENSMITH)– as his heir, or one of his heirs, and that he will well and truly perform all of the duties of a parent to said child– [¶] That said child was born in March A.D. 1868, and is now nearly five years of age– That its Mother is dead, That it has lived in petitioners family for nearly two (2) years last past, and that the childs Father gives his full and free consent to such adoption [¶] He also represents that he desires to adopt said child under the name of Frank Grant Flynn; and that he verily believes that the welfare of said child will be promoted by such adoption – [¶] Your petitioner therefore prays this honorable Court to decree that said child shall assume the family name of this petitioner, and shall be subject to all the duties, and have all the rights, of a child and heir of your petitioner, in accordance with the provisions of an Act of the Legislative Assembly of Pennsylvania, entitled ‘An Act relating to certain duties and rights of Husband and Wife, and Parents and Children’ Approved May 4th AD 1855—Sec 4 [¶] And your petitioner as in duty bound will ever pray &c.”; Signed James Flynn [no jurat or attestation].
    [Supporting affidavit, below:]  “M. P. Lowry and G. W. Deuce being first duly sworn on oath state that they are and have for a long time been acquainted with James Flynn the above named petitioner, and with Wilson Klingensmith– That the said Klingensmith is the surviving parent of the child mentioned in the petition and that James Flynn: the petitioner, is a sober industrious man and is a proper person to have the care and custody of such child—”  Sworn to and subscribed M.P. Lowry, G.W. Deuse [or “Druce”?] before William Pentz, J.P., 6 March 1873.
    [Father’s consent, below:]  “I Wilson Klingensmith, sole surviving parent of Frank Grant Klingensmith, give my full and free consent to the adoption of said child by James Flynn, and request that the above petition be granted by the Court.”  Signed W. R. Klingensmith.
    [Joinder, below:]  “I, MARY FLYNN wife to James Flynn join in the above petition and ask that it may be granted—”nbsp; Signed Mary Flynn [undated].
    Granted 7 March 1873, name assumed is Frank Grant Flynn; filed same day.

#66 November Term 1873
Appearance Docket 52:535
    “The petition of PETER SHAFFER [sic; SCHAEFFER] of the borough of Valonia in the County aforesaid [Crawford] respectfully represents. That he is desirous of adopting FRANCIS HOPE a child of GEORGE HOPE of the City of Meadville, as one of his heirs; and for that purpose he herein declares his said desire, and also that he will perform all the duties of a parent to said Francis Hope. The petitioner therefore prays the Court if satisfied that the welfare of said Francis Hope will be promoted by such adoption with the consent of said George Hope, (the mother of the said child being dead) evidenced by his signing this petition to decree that the said Francis Hope may assume the name of the petitioner viz Francis Shaffer and have all the rights of a child and heir of the petitioner and be subject to the duties of a child. And he will ever pray &c [¶] Aug 25. 1873[.]”  Signed Peter Schaeffer; sworn to (as Peter Shaffer) and subscribed Peter Schaeffer before John F Morris, Prothonotary, 25 Aug. 1873.
    [Father’s consent, on reverse side:]  “I the undersigned Geo. Hope – father of Francis Hope – do hereby join Peter Shaffer in the foregoing petition and request your Honors to grant the prayer of his petition and I do further hereby declare that the mother of Francis died in May last (1873)[.]”  Sworn to and subscribed George Hope before John F Morris, Prothonotary, 25 Aug. 1873.
    [Supporting affidavit, below:]  “John J. Henderson Esq. of the City of Meadville being duly sworn doth depose and say: that he is acquainted with Peter Shaffer the above petitioner: and that he believes that he is a suitable person to take the charge and care of said child and that he beleives [sic] the welfare of said child will be promoted by the granting the prayer of the petitioner[.]”  Sworn to and subscribed Jno. Joseph Henderson before John F Morris, Prothonotary, 25 Aug. 1873.
    Granted 26 Aug. 1873, named assumed is Francis Shaffer; filed 28 Aug. 1873.

#85 November Term 1873
Appearance Docket 52:545
    “ The petition of JOHN D. BATES of the Township of Spring, county of Crawford, and SARAH, his wife, respectfully represents, That they are desirous of adopting MINNIE BETSY BOYLE a female child of LAFAYETTE BOYLE, of the Township and county aforesaid, whose mother is now dead, as one of his heirs; and for that purpose they herein declare their said desire, and also that they will perform all the duties of parents to the said Minnie Betsy Boyle  The petitioners therefore pray the court, if satisfied that the [next line] the welfare of said Minnie Betsy Boyle will be promoted by such adoption, with the consent of the said Lafayette Boyle evidenced by his signing this petition, to decree that the said Minnie Betsy Boyle may assume the name of the petitioners, viz, Minnie Betsy Bates and have all the rights of a child and heir of the petitioners and be subject to the duties of a child.”  Signed John D. Bates, Sarah A Bates, Lafayette Boyle; sworn to (by John D. Bates only) and again subscribed John D. Bates before H. J. Cooper, J.P., 12 Aug. 1873.
    [Attached supporting affidavit:]  “J. C. Greenlee and W G Head [¶] being sworn say that they are acquainted with the above named John D. Bates and Sarah, his wife, and also Lafayette Boyle and Minnie Betsy Boile [sic] the said child; that the said child is a girl of about one year of age; that she has been in the care of said John D. Bates and wife for more than seven months past; that the childs mother has been dead about one year and the child left without proper care except such as some of the neighboring friends gave it, That the said John D. Bates and wife are proper persons for the care of the said child; and that its adoption by them would be for the child’s welfare.”  Sworn to and subscribed J. C. Greenle, Wm. G. Head before H. J. Cooper [J.P.], 12 Aug. 1873.
    [Attached parental consent:]  “I Lafayette Boyle father of Minnie Betsy Boyle the child mentioned in the petition of John D. and Sarah Bates of Spring Township Crawford County, do concur in the statements made in their said petition. And as to the facts setforth in the affidavit of J. C. Greelee & W. G Head they are true.  And I do hereby join in the prayer of the said John D. Bates and wife, in said petition that the decree therein asked for may be made.”  Signed Lafayette Boyle [undated].
    [Separate decree:]  Granted 5 Sept. 1873, name assumed is Minnie Betsy Bates; filed same day.

#102 January Term 1874
Appearance Docket 53:100
    “The petition of J. N. KERR & [next five letters and words carreted] M. A. KERR his wife of the County of Crawford, respectfully represents that they are [changed from ‘is’] desirous of adopting JOHN ATWELL a child of L. G. ATWELL of Geneva Boro and MARTHA ANN ATWELL his wife dec’d. as his heir one of their [changed from ‘his’] heirs; and for that purpose they herein declares their [changed from ‘his’] said desire, and also that they [changed from ‘he’] will perform all the duties of a parents [changed from ‘parent’] to said John Atwell. The petitioners [changed from ‘petitioner’] therefore prays the Court, if satisfied that the welfare of said John Atwell will be promoted by such adoption with the consent of L. G. Atwell evidenced by his signing this petition, to decree that the said John Atwell may assume the name of the petitioners viz John Atwell Kerr, and have all the rights of a child and heir of the petitioners [changed from ‘petitioner’] and be subject to the duties of a child. And they [changed from ‘he’] will ever pray.”  Signed J N Kerr, M A Kerr, L. G. Atwell; sworn to (by J. N. Kerr only) and again subscribed J N Kerr before John F. Morris, Prothonotary, 3 Nov. 1873.
    Granted 1 Dec. 1873, name assumed is John Atwell Kerr; [filing date not given].

#42 April Term 1874
Appearance Docket 53:468
    “The petition of JOHN WORMALD and MARGARET J. WORMALD his wife of the County of Crawford respectfully represents. That they are desirous of adopting SARAH E. CRIDER a child of WM CRIDER of the County of Venango and MARY CRIDER his wife now dec’d. That the said Mary mother of said Sarah E. died when the said Sarah E. was but four weeks old[;] that your petitioners have had the care of said Sarah E. ever since the death of her mother. that said Sarah E. is now twenty years old past.  That your petitioners are desirous of adopting said Sarah E. Crider as one of their heirs and for that purpose they herein declare their said desire and also that they will perform all the duties of parents to said Sarah E. Crider [¶] The petitioners therefore pray the Court if satisfied that the welfare of said Sarah E. Crider will be promoted by such adoption with the consent of said Wm Crider evidenced by his signing this petition to declare that the said Sarah E. Crider may assume the name of the petitioners viz: Sarah E. Wormald and have all the rights of a child and heir of the petitioners and be subject to the duties of a child and that they will pray &c.”  Signed John Wormald, Margaret J Wormald, Wm. Crider; sworn to (by John and Margaret J. Wormald only) and (again) subscribed John Wormald, Margaret J Wormald before N. Truesdale, J.P., 12 Jan. 1874.
    Granted 20 Jan. 1874, name assumed is Sarah E. Wormald; filed same day.

#128 April Term 1874
Appearance Docket 53:521
    “The Petition [of] JASON T. WAID of Spartansburgh [sic] in the County of Crawford in the State of Pennsylvania Respectfully Represents, That he is desirous of adopting JASON EDGAR WINTON, aged one year, as one of his heirs – And for that purpose, he herein declairs [sic] his said desire, and also that he will perform all the duties of a Parent to the said child [¶] Petitioner further says, that the Mother of said child is dead.  And that the Father consents and desires that the said child shall be by Petitioner adopted [¶] The Petitioner therefore Prays the Court if satisfied that the welfare of the said Jason Edgar Winton, will be promoted by such adoption, to Decree that the said Jason Edgar Winton may assume the name of the Petitioner, viz of Jason Edgar Waid And have all the rights of child and heir of the Petitioner [next page] And be subject to the duties of such child.  And he will ever Pray[.]”  Signed J. T. Waid; sworn to and (again) subscribed before John F Morris, Prothonotary, 19 Feb. 1874; filed same day in open Court.
    [Parental consent, attached:]  “And now February 20th 1874 I consent and desire that my infant son Jason Edgar Winton shall be adopted by Jason T. Waid as his child and heir.”  Signed CHARLES WINTON.
    [Spousal consent, below:]  “And now February 20th 1874 I consent that my husband Jason T. Waid shall adopt as his child and heir Jason Edgar Winton[.]”  Signed LOUIE [sic] S. WAID.
    [Supporting affidavit, attached:]  “Avery C. Oakes[,] Jeremiah Baker, and James R. Clay, being duly sworn depo[s]e and say That they are personally and Intimately acquainted with Jason T. Waid and his family, that he is a man of excellent moral character, and that considering his said character and the character and standing of his family, in the opinion of deponent, the welfare of the infant Jason Edgar Winton will be greatly promoted by its adoption by said Waid.[¶] Deponents further say that said infant is a nephew of said Waid, that said Waid has no children of his own, and Further say not[.]”  Sworn to and subscribed A. C. Oakes, Jeremiah Baker, J R Clay before John F Morris, Prothonotary, 19 Feb. 1874.
    Granted 10 March 1874 upon hearing, named assumed is Jason Edgar Waid; [filing date not given].

#139 November Term 1874
Appearance Docket 54:622
    “The Petition of CHARLES M. JOHNSON, in said County [of Crawford] respectfully represents, That he is desirous of adopting EDITH E. DUNLAP, a child of JOHN DUNLAP, of East Fallowfield Township, and JENNETT [Janette] DUNLAP his wife as one of his heirs, and for that purpose he herein declares his said desire, and and also that he will perform all the duties of a parent to said Edith Dunlap. The petitioner therefore pray the Court, if satisfied that the welfare of said Edith Dunlap will be promoted by said adoption, with the consent of her said parents evinced by their signing this petition, to declare that the said Edith may assume the name of the petitioner viz. Edith E. Johnson, and have all the rights of a child and heir of petitioner. And be subject to the duties of a child. And &c. [next line] Aug. 8 1874[.]”  Signed C M Johnson, John Dunlap (his mark), Janette Dunlap [or Dunlop?]; sworn to (where or by whom not stated) and (again) subscribed C M Johnson before G. W. Congdon, J.P., 12 Aug. 1874 [a jurat for Charles M. Johnson on the reverse side, dated 8 Aug. 1874, was not completed].
    [Attached spousal consent:]  “I, the undersigned [blank] Johnson, wife of the above named Charles M. Johnson, do consent to and desire the adoption of Edith E. Dunlap, as prayed for in the annexed petition.”  Signed Ellen Johnson.
    [Supporting statement, below:]  “I have known Ch. M. Johnson for many years and have no hesitancy in certifying to his good character, and that he is a suitable person to have the care and education of the said Edith as his adopted child[.]”#nbsp; Signed H. L. Richmond, dated 14 Sept. 1874.
    Granted 14 Sept. 1874, name changed to Edith E. Johnson; filed same day.

#25 April Term 1875
Appearance Docket 56:25
    “The petition of JOSEPH GARLACH [sic; Gerlach; “Gerloch” on cover] of the county aforesaid [Crawford] respectfully represents, That he is desirous of adopting EMMA GECKEL, a child of MICHAEL GECKEL and BARBARA [next word carreted] deceased his wife, as one of his heirs; and for that purpose he herein declares his said desire and also that he will perform all the duties of a parent to said Emma Geckel.  The petitioner there [next line] fore prays the Court, if satisfied that the welfare of said Emma Geckel will be promoted by such adoption, with the consen1t of Mathias H Huber Guardian of the person of said Emma Geckel, evidenced by his signing this petition, to decree that said Emma Geckel may assume the name of the petitioner viz Emma Garlach and have all the rights of a child and heir of the petitioner and be subject to the duties of a child And he will ever pray &c[.]”  Signed Joseph Gerlach, M H. Huber guardian of Emma Geckel [jurats below].
    [Spousal joinder, below:]  “I, Catherine Gerlach, wife of Joseph Gerlach join in the foregoing petition and desire that the same be granted.”  Signed Catherine Gerlach (her mark); Witness Jno. J. Henderson [Associate Judge].
    [Jurat, on reverse:]  “Erie County ss [next line] Mathias H Huber Guardian of Emma Geckel being duly sworn according to law deposeth and saith that the facts set forth in the foregoing petition are true to the best of his knowledge and belief[.]”  Sworn to and (again) subscribed M H Huber before M. B. Chamberlin, J.P., 27 Nov. 1874.
    [Jurat, below:]  “Crawford County ss [next line] Joseph Garlach being duly sworn according to law deposeth and saith that the facts set forth in the foregoing petition are true to the best of his knowledge and belief[.]”  Sworn to [in Crawford Co.] and (again) subscribed Joseph Gerlach before William Pentz, J.P., 30 Nov. 1874.
    [Affidavit and consent, attached:]  “Mathias H. Huber being duly sworn says that he is the grandfather and guardian of the said Emma Geckel; that the said Emma is in her third year of age; that the mother of the said Emma is dead, and that deponent was appointed guardian of the said Emma, by the Orphans Court of Erie County Pennsylvania, by reason of the intemperate and dissolute character of her father Michael Geckel; that the said Emma is living with the petitioner Joseph Gerlach, in the city of Meadville; that he has read the foregoing petition of the said Joseph Gerlach and hereby gives his consent to the adoption of the said Emma by the said Joseph Gerlach. [¶] Deponent hereto annexes a certificate of his appointment as guardian of the said Emma Geckel [missing from file].”  Sworn to [in Crawford Co.] and subscribed M[?; German script?] Huler [sic; signature differs from above signatures] before R C Frey, J.P., 4 Dec. 1874.
    [Supporting affidavit, on reverse:]  “Samuel B. Dick and D. George Shryock being duly sworn say that they are well acquainted with the within named Joseph Gerlach; that he is a man of industrious and temperate habits; and that, in the opinion of the deponents, the said Emma Geckel would be well taken care of by the said Joseph Gerlach[.]”  Sworn to and subscribed Saml B. Dick, D G Shryock before G. W. Adams, Notary Public, Meadville, 10 Dec. 1874.
    Granted 29 Jan. 1875 [per cover, 16 Jan. 1875], name assumed is Emma Gerlach; [separate] decree filed 1 Feb. 1875.

#113 August Term 1875
Appearance Docket 57:113
    “The petition of JAMES E DAVISON and ELVINA N. [DAVISON] his wife of Richmond Township Crawford County Pa. respectfully represents, that they are desirous of adopting CHARLES H SEELY and FLORA A SEELY minor children of WILLIAM W SEELEY [sic] of Richmond Township, aforesaid, deceased, that both the parents of said children are dead, and that Joel Maryott of said [sic] is their Guardian by appointment of the Orphans Court of said County.  That the said Charles is now about sixteen years of age, and the said Flora A. about fourteen, that both of said children have live [sic] with your petitioner for the last ten years and been supported and maintained by them during all that time. [¶] For the purpose aforesaid your petitioner[edge of paper] herein declare their desire to adopt said children and also that they will perform all the duties of parents to them, the said Charles H Seely and Flora A Seely, And pray the Court if satisfied that the welfare of the said Charles, and Flora will be promoted by such adoption, and with the consent of the aforesaid Guardian signified by his petition herein annexed, to decree that the said Charles H. Seely and Flora A Seely may assume the name of your petitioners, viz Charls H Davison and Flora A Davison and have all the rights of children and heirs of said petitioners and be subject to the duties of such children.”  Signed James E. Davison, Elvira N Davison; sworn to and (again) subscribed (by both) before Horace C Rounds, J.P., 31 May 1875.
    [Guardian’s joinder, below:]  “I Joel Maryott, Guardian of the above named Charles H Seely and Flora A Seely, hereby unite in the above petition, beleiving [sic] that the decree prayed for, will be for the advantage of said Children.”  Signed Joel Maryott [no jurat].
    [Children’s joinder, below:]  “We unite in the above petition and desire the prayer thereof to be granted.”  Signed Charles H Seely, Flora. A. Seely.
    [Supporting affidavit, below:]  “John F. Wikoff and L J Hayse being duly sworn say that they are well acquainted with James E Davison and Elvira N, his wife, the above petitioners, that they are proper persons to have the care and custody of the said Charles H Seely and Flora A Seely, and that in their opinion the welfare of said child will be promoted by the decree prayed for.”  Sworn to and subscribed John F. Wikoff, L. J. Hays before Horace C Rounds, J.P., 31 May 1875.
    Granted 7 June 1875, names assumed are Charles H Davison and Flora A Davison; [filing date not given].

#65 January Term 1877
Appearance Docket 63:65
    “The petition of HOMER M. SACKETT of Saegertown, said county of Crawford respectfully represents that he is desirous of adopting JESSE LEE– a child without known parents– as one of his heirs and for that purpose, he herein declares his said desire and also that he will perform all the duties of a parent to the said Jesse Lee, the petitioner further represents that he has supported said child in his family for over five months who had been previously in the Crawford County Infirmary for the poor a Charitable Institution supported by said county that said child is a little over one year old from the best information your petitioner can obtain in relation thereto– [¶] The petitioner therefore prays the Court, if satisfied that the welfare of the said Jesse Lee will be promoted by such and with the consent of the Commissioners of the said Crawford County Infirmary who are en officio drectors [sic] of the poor, signified by their written consent hereto attached– a record of the same having been made in the records of said Commissioners office, to decree that said Jesse Lee may assume the name of the petitioner viz Jesse Lee Sacket and have all the rights of a child and heir of the petitioner and be subject to the duties of such child[.]”  Signed Homer M. Sackett; sworn to and again subscribed before J N McCloskey [J.P.] 18 Dec. 1876.
    [Consent, below:]  “The undersigned Commissioners of Crawford County respectfully represent to your Honorable Court that they are acquainted with Homer M. Sackett the within named petitioner applying for the adoption of Jesse Lee as his child– that they deem him a suitable and proper person to have the care, custody and education of said child and respectfully recommend your Honorable Court to decree the adoption of said child as prayed for in said Homer M. Sacett [sic][.]”  Signed G. W. Congdon, Jos Scowden, Commissioners [undated].
    [Supporting affidavit, attached:]  “George R. Wilson being duly sworn says that he is well acquainted with Homer M. Sackett the above named petitioner, applying for the adoption of Jesse Lee as his child, that said Homer M. is a suitable and proper person to have the care and training of such child as he verily believes[.]”  Sworn to and subscribed Geo R Wilson before J. N. McCloskey [J.P.], 18 Dec. 1896.
    Granted 18 Dec. 1876, name assumed is Jesse Lee Sackett; filed 19 Dec. 1876.

#75 January Term 1877
Appearance Docket 63:75
    “The petition of HENRY W. GROSS of Meadville, Crawford County, respectfully represents, That he is desirous of adopting WILLIAM HENRY MARTIN a child of WILLIAM MARTIN and [blank] MARTIN, that said William Henry Martin is only about five months old whose mother [blank] is now deceased, that said William Martin the father of said child has abandoned and deserted his said child and is reported to be a recless [sic] intemperate and worthless person, that your petitioner his [sic; has?] now the care and possession of said child to prevent it from being sent to the County poor house, that he desires to make him one of his heirs, and for that purpose he herein declares his said desire and also that he will perform all the duties of a parent to said William Henry Martin– [¶] The petitioner therefore prays the Court, if satisfied that the welfare of said William Henry Martin will be promoted by such adoption, to decree that the said William Henry Martin may assume the name of the petitioner viz, William Henry Gross, and have all the rights of a child and heir of the petitioner and be subject to the duties of a child. [¶] And he will &c[.]”  Signed Henry. W. Gross; sworn to and again subscribed before J. N. McCloskey, J.P., 21 Dec. 1876.
    [Consent, below:]  “The undersigned Commissioners of Crawford County, respectfully represent, that they are acquainted with Henry W. Gross the above named petitioner applying to your Honorable court for permission to adopt William Henry Martion [sic] as his child and heir, and from their best information and belief, deem him a suitable person to have the care, training and education of said child, and therefore recommend the adoption of him to be decreed as prayed for by said petitioner[.]”  Signed O. H. Hollister Clerk “By Order of Directors of the Poor, & Co Comrs.
    Granted 26 Dec. 1876, name assumed is William Henry Gross; [filing date not given].

#192 April Term 1877
Appearance Docket 64:192
    “The petition of W. F. MCLEAN and ANNA M his wife of the Borough of Evansburg in said County [of Crawford].  respectfully represents, That they are desirous of adopting EDWARD OAKLY [sic; OAKLEY] a son of WILLIAM OAKLY of Dowagiac Cass County Michigan, as one of their heirs: and for that purpose, they herein declare their said desire. and also that they will perform all the duties of a parents to said Edward Oakly.  The petitioners therefore pray the Court, if satisfied that the welfare of said child will be promoted by such adoption with the consent of the said William Oakly &ndash (the wife of said William Oakly & mother of said Child being dead)– evidenced by his signing this petition. to decree that the said Edward Oakly may assume the name of the petitioner viz Edward Oakly McLean and have all the rights of a child and heir of the petitioners and subject to the duties of a child.”  Sworn to and subscribed W. F. McLean, Annie M. McLean before Robtt Scott, J.P., 31 Jan. 1877.
    [Father’s consent, below:]  “I William Oakly the father of said Edward Oakly hereby unite in the above petition and ask that the prayer thereof be granted.”nbsp; Signed Wm. H. Oakley.
    Granted 21 Feb. 1877, name assumed Edward Oakley McLean; filed 14 March 1877.

#106 August Term 1877
Appearance Docket 65:106
    “The petition of JOHN WESLEY BAKER of Richmond Township, Crawford County, Penn’a, respectfully represents: That he is desirous of adopting MAGGIE E. PETTEGREW, a child of ROBERT PETTEGREW and MARTHA PETTEGREW: that said Maggie E. Pettegrew was five years of the [sic] 4th day of September last past: that its mother deserted her husband – the said Rob’t Pettegrew – and two children, of which the said Maggie was one, over nearly three years ago, and has since been, and now is, living with another man, in Warren County: that the said Robert Pettegrew desired your petitioner to take and keep said Maggie: that your petitioner did so take her in January 1875, and has been keeping and taking care of the said Maggie since that time: that he now desires to make her one of his heirs, and for that purpose he hereby declares his said desire, and also that he will perform all the duties of a parent to the said Maggie E. Pettegrew. Your petitioner therefore prays the Court, if satisfied that the welfare of the said Maggie E. Pettegrew will be promoted by such adoption, to decree that the said Maggie E. Pettegrew may assume the name of your petitioner, viz: Maggie E. Baker, and have all the rights of a child and heir of this petitioner, and be subject to the duties of such child.“  Signed John W Baker; sworn to and again subscribed John W Baker before A J McQuiston, Prothonotary, 15 Feb. 1877.
    [Father’s affidavit, below:]  “Rob’ L. Pettegrew, being duly sworn says:  the facts and statements set forth in the foregoing petition are correct and true: that at the time said Baker took the said Maggie in 1875, he was not able to take proper care of her: that she was not yet three years of age when her mother deserted your deponent: that her mother has never returned to see or care for said child since deserting her: that deponent is not now able to take proper care of her– he having no home and working from place to place: that Jno. W. Baker, the petitioner is a suitable person to have the care, training and education of said child. He therefore prays the Court for the adoption of the said Maggie E. Pettegrew as prayed for in the above petition.” ; Sworn to and subscribed Robert L Pettegrew before A J McQuiston, Prothonotary, 15 Feb. 1877.
    [Witness affidavits, below:  “R. Ed. Ashley & C. B. Sellew, being duly sworn says that they are well acquainted with Jno. W. Baker, the within named petitioner: that the petitioner is a sober, industrious man of good moral character and excellent habits, and that he is a suitable and proper person to have the care, custody, training and education of the said Maggie E. Pettegrew, for whose adoption he prays the Court.”; Sworn to and subscribed R. Ed. Ashley, C B. Sellew before A J McQuiston, Prothonotary, 16 Feb. 1877.
    Granted 21 Feb. 1877, name assumed is Maggie E. Baker; filed 22 May 1877.

#55 January Term 1878
Appearance Docket 67:55
    “The petitioner C. A. LOWREY, respectfully represents that he is desirous of adopting LUTIE W. COBB, aged five years, a child of CHAS COBB and ANNIE E COBB, his wife of the City of Meadville Pa. (said Anie E Cobb, now being the wife of the petitioner C. A Lowrey,) As one of his heirs and for that purpose he herein declares his said desire. And also that he will perform all the duties of a Parent to the said Luie W Cobb. [¶] The petitioner therefore prays the Court if satisfied that the welfare of the said Lutie w. Cobb will be promoted by such adoption with the consent of the Parents of the said Lutie W Cobb, evidenced by signing this petition. to declare that the said Lutie W. Cobbl may assume the name of the petitioner viz Lutie W Lowrey. And have all of the rights of a child and heir of the petitioner and be subject to the duties of a child [¶] And he will pray &c.”  Sworn to and subscribed C A Lowery [sic], Mrs Anna Lowrey[?] before A J McQuiston, Prothonotary, 10 Dec. 1877.
Granted 10 Dec. 1877 [no separate decree **the Court orders that the prayer of the Petitioner be granted as prayed for Per Cur; named changed to Lutie W. Lowrey]; filed 11 Dec. 1877.

#89 November Term 1878
Appearance Docket 70:89
    “The Petition of JOHN SCHECK of Titusville in said County of Crawford respectfully represents. [¶] That he is desirous of adopting HENRY HARLEY WILKISON a child without parents (they being now deceased) as one of heirs; and for that purpose he herein declares his said desire and also that he will perform all the duties of parent to the said Henry Harley Wilkinson. [¶] That Samuel Wilkison a half-brother of JONATHAN WILKISON the Father of said child is and is acting as his next friend. [¶] The Petitioner therefore prays the Court if satisfied that the welfare of the said Henry Harley Wilkison will be promoted by such adoption and with the consent of the aforesaid Samuel Wilkison signified hereto to decree that said Henry Harley Wilkison may assume the name of Henry Harley Scheck. and have all the rights of a child and heir of the Petitioner and be subject to the duties of such child. [¶] Said Henry Harley Wilkison was three years of age May [date carreted] 25th 1878.”  Signed John Scheck; sworn to and again subscribed before M. J. Heywang, Notary Public, Titusville, 12 Sept. 1878.
    [Affidavit, below:]  “Samuel Wilkison of Shenango Township, Lawrence County Pa. respectfully states to the Court That he is half brother of Jonathan Wilkison who died at Titusville, Crawford Co Pa in [blank] last leaving a widow and five children of whom Henry Harley Wilkison was one. that the said widow has since died[.] That neither the Father or mother left any property except a few household articles. [¶] That he is the nearest relative of said children so situated as to look after their interests, and has visited Titusville several times for that purpose. That he believes it will be for the interest and welfare of said Henry Harley Wilkison that he be adopted by John Scheck as his child. and as next friend of said child he hereby consents to the foregoing Petition and such adoption[.]”  Sworn to (in Crawford County) and subscribed Samuel Wilkison before O. H. Judd, J.P., 12 Sept. 1878.
    [Separate supporting affidavit, filed 16 Sept. 1878:]  “Rev Jason N Fradenburg [sic; Fradenburgh] being duly sworn says. That he is and for two years – last past has been Pastor of the Methodist Church of Titusville in said County.  That he is and for nine months   last past has been acquainted with John Scheck and also his wife. who are attendants at said Church. said John and wife are both members of our church. [¶] That said John Scheck is a Boiler maker and iron riveter by trade and has been regularly employed as such since he came to Titusville. or since I have known him. [next page] He has the reputation of being a faithful workman and both appear to be persons of correct character and conduct during the nine months I have known them. [¶] That Mrs Scheck appears to be a woman of superior intelligence and in opinion of affiant would take good care of a child. [¶] That said Scheck and wife have no children. [¶] That he would regard it for the welfare of the child whom they propose to adopt to be adopted and become a part of their family.”  Signed J. N. Fradenburgh; “Subscribed and sworn to before me,” Mark J. Heywang, Notary Public, Titusville, 12 Sept. 1878.
    [Separate supporting affidavit, filed 16 Sept. 1878:]  “Lewis B Silliman being duly sworn deposes and says [¶] That he has resided in Titusville more than 13 years last past and the last six – years has been [next two words carreted] connected with and now is Cashier of Roberts & Co Banking House. [¶] That he knows Henry Harley Wilkison. knew his Parents for the past two years and more  The Father was mason by trade. was taken sick with consumption and so continued till March last about 8 to 12 months when he died about March last [¶] That his wife went into a rapid decline soon after and died leaving five children. four of whom have been in the Sunday School (Presbyterian) of which he is Superintendent – and since the Parents death and before he has aided in the care and support of the children and has often been at the house where they lived. [¶] That he knows John Scheck and wife to some extent personally. and quite well by reputation and feeling an interest in the welfare of said children he believes it will be a good place for said Henry H Wilkison to be adopted by Mr Scheck as his child[.]”  Sworn to and subscribed Lewis B Silliman before Mark J. Hegwang, Notary Public, Titusville, 13 Sept. 1878
    [Supporting affidavit, below:]  “E K Thompson being duly sworn says. He has resided in Titusville over thirteen years last past – and has been in the general drug business during that time – that he knows the family of Jonathan Wilkison and has known them well for over six years [¶] and has lived near them most of the time and often been at the house.  That Samuel Wilkison so far as affiant knows is the only relative so interested as to look after said children and has recently taken two of them home with him. [¶] Affiant knows John Scheck and wife but has not known them very long.  From what he knows personally and by reputation he would recommend their proposed adoption of Henry Harly Wilkison one of these children[.]”  Signed E. K. Thompson; “Subscribed and sworn to before me,” O. H. Judd, J.P., 14 Sept. 1878.
    Granted 16 Sept. 1878 [no separate decree; name changed to Henry Harley Scheck; filing date not given].
[Typed letter on stationery of Gwinn & Pell, Counsellors at Law, 522 Fifth Avenue, New York, dated 19 Dec. 1929 and addressed to Clerk of the Orphans Court of Crawford County, Meadville, re: Estate of Ida M. Haslett, Deceased, with envelope postmarked Grand Central Station same day:]  “We are endeavoring to trace the whereabouts of a brother of the above named decedent.  This brother, whose name is Harley Wilkison, was born in Titusville, Pennsylvania, and is reputed to have been adopted by John and Mary Scheck (or Scheek) some time between 1879 and 1884. [¶] The information which we have at hand indicates that this adoption was had by regular legal proceedings, and we further understand that a record of the adoption is on file in the County records, which we presume would be in the Orphans Court. [¶] We would appreciate it if you would advise us whether you have any record of such an adoption, and, if so, what the cost of procuring a transcript thereof would be.  If the cost is not too great, it may be that we would want to have a transcript thereof. [¶] Return addressed envelope is enclosed for your reply. [¶] Thanking you, we are [¶] Very truly yours,” signed Gwinn & Pell and initialed JFL:DF.
[Attached response of Prothonotary, indicating the case number and $5 fee for an exemplification]
[Attached cover letter dated 27 Dec. 1929 enclosing the $5 fee, with handwritten note at bottom: “mailed exemp. Dec 30/29”]

[Typed letter on plain paper addressed to County Clerk of Crawford County, Meadville, dated 22 Dec. 1929, bearing an address at the bottom of Mrs. Harley A. Cook, 1104 Ditmas Avenue, Brooklyn, N.Y.:]  “Please send me at your earliest possible convenience a certified copy of the adoption papers of Henry Harley Wilkison by John and Mary Scheck (or Sheck) at Titusville, Pa., about the year 1876-7 or possible later. [¶] I would greatly appreciate it if you would send them to me soon, as they are to be used in connection with the settlement of an estate. [¶] Kindly let me know the cost of the same and I will send a check promptly.”  Signed Emma Wilkinson Cook.
[Prothonotary’s response dated 30 Dec. 1929, enclosing exemplification]

#90 November Term 1878
Appearance Docket 70:90
    “The Petition of THOMAS ROBINSON of Titusville in said County of Crawford respectfully represents – [¶] That he is desirous of adopting EMMA WILKISON a child without parents (they being now deceased) as one of his heirs : and for that purpose he herein declares his said desire and also that he will perform all the duties of a parent to the said Emma Wilkison.  That Samuel Wilkison a half-brother of JONATHAN WILKISON the Father of said Emma is and is acting as her next friend. [¶] The Petitioner therefore prays the Court if satisfied that the welfare of the said Emma Wilkison will be promoted by such adoption and with the consent of the aforesaid Samuel Wilkison signified hereto, to decree that said Emma Wilkison may assume the name of Petitioner viz of Emma Robinson and have all the rights of a child and heir of the Petitioner and be subject to the duties of such child. Said Emma Wilkison was six years old January 12, 1878.”  Signed Thos Robinson; “Subscribed and sworn to before” M. J. Heywang, Notary Public, Titusville, 12 Sept. 1878.
    [Supporting affidavit, below:] “Samuel Wilkison, of Shenango Township, Lawrence County Pa respectfully states to the Court That he is half brother of Jonathan Wilkison who died at Titusville, Crawford Co Pa in [blank] last leaving a widow and five children of whom Emma Wilkison was one, that the said widow has since died, That neither the Father or mother left any property except a few household articles. [¶] That he is the nearest relative of said children so situated as to look after their interests and has visited Titusville several times for that purpose– [¶] That he believes it will be for the interest [next two words carreted] and welfare of said Emma Wilkison that she be adopted by Thomas Robinson as his child – and as next friend of said Emma he hereby consents to the foregoing Petition and such adoption[.]”nbsp; Sworn to (in Crawford Co.) and subscribed Samuel Wilkison before O. H. Judd, J.P., [blank] Sept. 1878.
    [Separate supporting affidavit, filed 16 Sept. 1878:]  “Lewis B Silliman being duly sworn deposes and says [¶] That he has resided in Titusville more than 13 years last past and the last six years has been [next two words carreted] connected with and now is Cashier of Roberts & Co Banking House. [¶] That he knows [‘Henry Harley’ erased] Emma Wilkison, knew her [changed from ‘his’] Parents for the past two years or more The Father was a mason by trade  he was taken sick with consumption and so continued till March last – about 8 to 12 months when he died [¶] That his wife went into a rapid decline soon after and died leaving five children four of whom have been in the Sunday School (Presbyterian) of which he is Superintendent – and since the Parents death and before he has aided in the care and support of the children and has often been at the house where they lived [¶] That he knows Thos Robinson and wife to some extent personally – and quite well by reputation and feeling an interest in the welfare of said children he believes it will be a good place for said [‘Henry Harley’ erased] Emma Wilkison to be adopted by Mr Robinson as his child[.]”  Signed Lewis B Silliman; “Subscribed and sworn to before” Mark J. Hegwang, Notary Public, Titusville, 13 Sept. 1878.
    [Separate supporting affidavit, filed 16 Sept. 1878:]  “H B Ostrom being duly sworn says  he has been acquainted with Thomas Robinson for [next word carreted] about twelve years last past – His business now is and for sometime has been that of a Treater in what is known as the Porter, Moreland and Company Refinery in Titusville [¶] That he is an industrious sober man and so far as I have knowledge or information a worthy man of good character. [¶] I have known the Wilkison family of which Emma is one, for about two years. [next line] years. – Both parents have died leaving no property except a small amount of household articles [next three words added above the line] to my knowledge – Both were members of the same Church as the undersigned.  From what I know of both families I think it would be for the welfare of said Emma to be adopted as the child of said Thomas Robinson[.]”  Signed Henry B Ostrom; “Subscribed and sworn to before” O. H. Judd, J.P., 14 Sept. 1878.
    [Supporting affidavit, below:]  “We the undersigned have been acquainted with Thomas Robinson for about eight years last past. [¶] and also his family – his wife is a very worthy woman .they have three children all boys. From what we know of them we think that their family would be a good home for a little girl and that Mr and Mrs Robinson would take good care of her and make good parents to her, [¶] We know Emma Robinson only by hearing of her, since last Spring about the time her Father died – and would consider favorably the adoption of said Emma by Mr Robinson[.]”  Signed George R Miller; “Subscribed and sworn to before” O. H. Judd, J.P., 14 Sept. 1878.
    [Supporting affidavit, below:]  “E K Thompson – wholesale and retail druggist being duly sworn says  He has lived near Jonathan Wilkison and family for more than six years – [¶] and known them well for that time – [¶] That he knows Thomas Robinson and wife – has known him full eight years. – He has been in the same Refinery for over five years as a Treater – Is a superior workman and from all he knows of both parties would recommend the Petition of said Robinson for the adoption of Emma Wilkison – as for her welfare – have often dealt with him in his purchases for the Refinery of articles in his department, and think his home an excellent place for said child.”  Signed E. K. Thompson; “Subscribed and sworn to before” O. H. Judd, J.P., 14 Sept. 1878.
    “The within Petition is granted in open court#148; 16 Sept. 1878 [no separate decree; name changed to Emma Robinson; filing date not given].

#145 February Term 1879
Appearance Docket 71:145
    “The petition of HENRY FOUST, a citizen of Hayfield Township in said County [of Crawford] respectfully showeth; [¶] That on, or about, the 12th day of July 1866, a male child, supposed to be only a few hours old, was found lying near the house of Wm Scott, in Woodcock township in said County; That said child was taken thence and committed to the Poor House, in the same County, that, about two days thereafter, your petitioner, and his wife, went to said poor House, and, by and with the consent of the Superintendent of said house, took said child and, from that time to the present, have fed, clothed and cared for said child the same as if he had been their own, That no person has ever claimed said child, or attempted, or offered, to assume any control over it, and that its parentage is unknown to your petitioner, That the said child is now nearly twelve years of age and is a fine inteligent [sic] boy, that your petitioner has no children, and is desirous of adopting said child as his heir and hereby declares that he will perform all the duties of a parent to said child. [¶] Your petitioner therefore prays the Court to decree that said child shall assume the name of Elmer Ellsworth Foust and have all the rights of a child and heir of your petitioner and be subject to the duties of a child, agreeable to the Act of Assembly in such case made and provided, and your petitioner will ever pray[.]”  Sworn to and subscribed Henry Foust before B. G. David, J.P., 23 July 1878.
    Granted 12 Aug. 1878, name assumed is Elmer Ellsworth Foust; filed 11 Jan. 1879.

#84 May Term 1879
Appearance Docket 72:84
    “The petition of JOHN F. TEEGE and ANNA S. [TEEGE] his wife, of the City of Titusville in said County [of Crawford], respectfully represents: [¶] That they are desirous of adopting HARRY MCLAUGHLIN, who is of the age of less than two years, but will be of that age on the 4th day of January 1879, who now lives with your petitioners in said Titusville. [¶] That said Harry McLaughlin is the child of MARGARET MCLAUGHLIN, who joins in this petition, and has no father. [¶] Your petitioners declare their intention and desire and that they will perform all the duties of a parent to said Harry McLaughlin. [¶] Your petitioners therefore pray your Honor, if satisfied that the welfare of said Harry Mc will be promoted by such adoption to decree that that [sic] the said Harry McLaughlin may assume the name of petitioners, viz:– Harry Teege, and have all the rights of a child and heir of petitioners and be subject to the duties of a child. [¶] Dated Titusville, Pa. December 19. 1878.”  Signed John Teege, Anna Teege, Maggie M. Laughlin; sworn to and again subscribed (by all three) before Simon Strauss, J.P., 19 Dec. 1878.
    Granted 17 March 1879, name assumed is Harry Teege; filed same day.

#138 May Term 1879
Appearance Docket 72:138
    “The petition of JOHN J. YOUNG and Mrs A. P. YOUNG [next two words carreted] his wife of Meadville Crawford County Pa respectfully represents: [¶] That they are desirous of adopting HATTIE DEICHMAN a child of HARRY DEICHMAN and MARY DEICHMAN his wife, as one of their heirs: and for that purpose they herein declare their said desire, and also that they will perform all the duties of parents to said Hattie Deichman.  That the said Hattie Deichman is now about one year and eight months of age.  That her father the said Harry Deichman absconded frome the country before her birth and is still absent, and her mother the said Mary Deichman is a resident of Meadville. [¶] The petitioners therefore pray the Court, if satisfied that the welfare of the said Hattie Deichman will be promoted by such adoption, with the consent of said Mary Deichman, evidenced by her signing this petition, to decree that the said Hattie Deichman may assume the name of the petitioners viz: Hattie Young, and have all all the rights of a child and heir of the petitioners and be subject to the duties of a child. And they will ever pray &c.”  Signed John Jay Young, Anna. P. Young, Mary, J. Deichman; sworn to (by all three) and again subscribed before George W. Adams, Notary Public, Meadville, 18 Jan. 1877.
    Granted 3 Feb. 1879, name assumed is Hattie Young; filed 4 May [written over “April”] 1879.

#9 February Term 1880
Appearance Docket
    “The petition of WILLIAM WIRT CHASE of the City of Titusville, County of Crawford respectfully represents:  That he is desirous of adopting ETHEL HOFF a child of WILLIAM H. HOFF, of said City of Titusville, as one of his heir: And for that purpose, he herein declares his said desire, and also that he will perform all the duties of a parent to said Ethel Hoff. The petitioner therefore prays the Court if satisfied that the welfare of said Ethel Hoff will be promoted by such adoption, with the consent of the said W H. Hough, evidenced by his signing this petition, to decree that the said Ethel Hoff, may assume the name of the petitioner viz: Ethel Hoff Chase, and have all the rights of a child and heir of the petitioner, and be subject to the duties of a child. [¶] And your petitioner as in duty bound will ever pray &c. [next line] October 29th 1879[.]”  Signed Wm Wirt Chase, W W Hoff; sworn to (by William Wirt Chase) and subscribed by Wm. Wirt. Chase before Joseph T. Chase, Notary Public, Titusville, 29 Oct. 1879.
    [Father’s affidavit and consent, below:]  “On this 29th day of October A. D. 1879, before me a Notary Public within and for said County personally came, William H. Hoff, who being by me duly sworn, says that he is the father of Ethel Hoff and was the husband of LOUISA R. HOFF, late of the City of Titusville, who died in said City May 4th 1879 leaving surviving her Five Children.  That said Ethel Hoff, is the youngest of said Children, and is now in her fourth year, having been born in the City of Titusville September 2nd A. D. 1876.  That since the death of his said wife, Wm Wirt Chase the petitioner above named, has had, the care and support of his said child Ethel Hoff.  And he is desirous that said Ethel Hoff, be adopted as the child of said William Wirt Chase, and as one of his heirs, and believes that the welfare of said Ethel Hoff will be promoted by such adoption[.]”  Sworn to and subscribed William H Hoff before Joseph T. Chase, Notary Public, Titusville, 29 Oct. 1879.
    Granted 10 Nov. 1879, name assumed is Ethel Hoff Chase; [filing date not given].

#30 May Term 1880
Appearance Docket ___
    “The petition of C N. DANIELS of Spring [next word carreted] Township Boro Crawford County Pa respectfully represents [next line] That he desirous of adopting FLOY HILLS a child of WILSON HILLS of Spring Township and VIOLA HILLS his wife, as one of his heirs; and for that purpose he herein declares his said desire, and also that he will perform all the duties of a parent to said Floy Hills. [¶] The petitioner therefore pays [sic] the Court; if satisfied that the welfare of said Floy Hills will be promoted by such adoption, with the consent of the said Viola Hills mother of said Floy Hills evidenced by her signing this petition, to decree that the said Floy Hills may assume the name of the petitioner viz Floy Daniels and have and enjoy all the rights of a child and heir of the petitioner and be subject to the duties of a child. And he will ever pray &c[.]”  sworn to and subscribed C. N. Daniels, Viola Hills before E. A. Tinny, J.P., 19 Feb. 1880.
    [Attached supporting affidavit:]  “S.S. McBride and R.D. Bacon Being duly sworn according to law deposes and says they are personally acquainted with C N Daniels the above named petitioner & have known him a number of years  That he is a proper person to adopt and have the care and education of the said Floy Hills and is abundantly able to discharge the duties & responsibilities of a faithful parent to said Floy Hills. That Wilson Hills the father of said Floy Hills has absented himself from his wife & children since last October and left them in destitute circumstances and wholly dependant [sic] upon said Viola Hills the wife for their support [next line] That said Wilson Hills whereabouts is unknown to his family & neighbors.”  Sworn to and subscribed R D Bacon, S. S. McBride before E. A. Tinny, J.P., 19 Feb. 1880.
    [Separate consent and affidavit:]  “Before me a justice of the peace in & for said County [of Crawford] personally appeared Viola Hills wife of Wilson Hills & mother of Floy Hills who being sworn according to law deposes and says she is personally acquainted with C N Daniels of Spring Township & has known him a number of years. [next line] That she is desirous that he should adopt her said daughter Floy Hills as his heir at law & respectfully asks the Court to make such decree [next line[ That on the 10 Day of Oct 1879 her said husband absented himself from his home & family & has failed to support & maintain them and that they are in destitute circumstances and wholly dependant upon [next two words carreted] her the said Viola Hills for their support.  That she has not heard from her said husband & does not know his whereabouts[.]”  Sworn to and subscribed Viola Hills before E. A. Tinny, J.P., 19 Feb. 1880; filed 24 Feb. 1880.
    Granted 24 Feb. 1880, name assumed is Floy Daniels; filed same day.
    [Petition to vacate order:]  “The petition of Elmina A. Daniels respectfully represents, that upon a petition duly presented to your Honor in No. 30 May Term A.D. 1880, as by reference to the Records in said Case will more fully show, Floy Hills, a minor daughter of Wilson and Viola Hills, was adopted by a decree made in said case, as a child and heir of C. N. Daniels, who was the husband of your petitioner. That the said adopted child has continued to reside with your petitioner ever since the said decree of adoption, and still continues to reside with her. [¶] Your petitioner further represents that her husband, the said C. N. Daniels, died on the 25th day of July AD. 1885, at Albion, Erie Co. Pa., intestate and insolvent. That the whole amount of [next word carreted] personal property left by the said decedent inventoried at only two hundred and sixty four Dollars, which under the intestate laws of Pennsylvania was given to your petitioner by the Orphans’ Court of said County of Erie.  That her said husband at the time of his death was possessed of no real-estate whatever. [¶] Your petitioner further represents that she is in poor health, in dependent circumstances, and has been compelled to return to her father’s house in Cussewago Township Crawford County, where she and her adopted daughter the said Floy Daniels, are now living supported and maintained by her father. [¶] Your petitioner further represents that Wilson Hills, the father of the said Floy Daniels, has signified his desire and willingness to support, maintain and care for his daughter, provided your Honor will vacate the decree of adoption by which the said Floy Hills became the daughter [next six words carreted] of the said C. N. Daniels, and assumed the name of Floy Daniels.  That while your petitioner is very much attached to her [changed from “the,” or vice-versa] adopted child, she believes it to be for the interest and highest good of the child that said decree be vacated and the father be permitted to support, maintain and educate her as he is able and willing to do. [¶] Your petitioner further represents that she is entirely unable to support her adopted child by reason of ill health and having by the death of her said husband been left in indigent circumstances, that her said adopted daughter was nine years old on the 25th day of July 13th day of August last and needs more care and providing for than is in the power of your petitioner to give. [next line] She therefore prays your Honor to vacate said decree that the said child may assume the name of her parents & she will ever pray &c.”  Sworn to and subscribed Elmina A Daniels before J. S. Bail, J.P., 5 Nov. 1885; filed 9 Nov. 1885.
    [Supporting affidavit, below:]  “Albert B. Hills, being duly sworn according to law, says, I reside in Spring Township, said County, have read the petition of Elmina A. Daniels and know the statements made therein are true. The said Floy Daniels is my granddaughter, her father, Wilson Hills, being my son. Mrs. Daniels, was left by the death of her husband in indigent circumstances, and although strongly attached to her adopted daughter, she is unable to provide for her.  My son is abundantly able and willing to provide for his daughter, and I believe it to be for the best interest of the child that the decree of adoption in this case be vacated, I therefore recommend your Honor to vacate said decree of adoption whereby the said Floy Hills became Floy Daniels.”  Sworn to and subscribed Albert. B. Hills before J. S. Bail, J.P., 5 Nov. 1885.
    [Attached:]  “The petition of Wilson Hills, respectfully represents that in proceedings instituted in Your Honorable Court in No. 30 May Tr. 1880, Floy Hills a daughter of your petitioner, was in due form of law made the adopted child of C. N. Daniels, and from that time has borne the name of the adopted parents.  That the said C. N. Daniels died on or about the 25th day of July AD. 1885, intestate and insolvent, leaving no estate out of which the said adopted child can be supported. That your petitioner is able and willing to care for & support said child, and he therefore prays your Honor to vacate the said decree of adoption.  And he will ever pray &c.”  Sworn to at Westchester Co., N.Y. and subscribed Wilson Hills before John Knol, J.P., 5 Nov. 1885.
    [Attached:]  “The petition of ALTA. V. HOTCHKISS respectfully represents that your petitioner is the mother of Floy Daniels, who became the adopted daughter of C. N. Daniels, by decree of your Honorable Court, upon the petition of the said Daniels and at the request of your petitioner.  Your petitioner further represents that at the time of said proceedings of adoption she was unable to provide for her said child and that she is still unable to do so, but that the father of said child, Wilson Hills, is able and willing to provide for her provided the decree of adoption shall be vacated by your Honor. The statements set forth in the petition of the said Elmina A. Daniels are true, and she is unable to provide for her adopted daughter, and your petitioner believes it to be for the very best interests of her child, the said Floy Daniels, that the decree of adoption be vacated, and she be permitted to assume the name of her natural parents. [¶] Your petitioner therefore asks your Honor to vacate the order made in this case, and she will ever pray. &c.”  Sworn to and subscribed Alta V. Hotchkiss before J. S. Bail, J.P., 5 Nov. 1885.
    Granted 3 Dec. 1885, “ and the said Floy Daniels may resume the name ofgiven [next two words carreted] her by her natural parents Wilson and Viola Hills,” [i.e., Floy Hills; filing date not given].

#57 May Term 1880
Appearance Docket
    “The Petition of I C WILCOX of the township of Rockdale and County aforesaid [Crawford] respectfully represents that he is desirous of adopting ROSA C HENRY an orphan child of A D HENRY OIRILIA A HENRY his wife both deceased–as one of his heirs, and for that purpose he herein declares his said desire and also that he will perform all the duties of a parent to the said. Rosa C Henry: The petitioner further states that said child is now about seven years old and that he has kept supported & maintained said child in his family since she was four months old, [¶] The petitioner therefore prays the Court if satisfied that the welfare of the said Rosa C Henry will be promoted by such adoption, to decree that the said Rosa C Henry. may assume the name of the petitioner, viz that of Rosa C Wilcox and have all the rights of a child and heir of the petitioner and be subject to the duties of such child & he will ever pray &c[.]”  Signed I. C. Wilcox; sworn to and again subscribed before Win S Rose, Prothonotary, 3 March 1880.
    [Consent, below, dated 3 March 1880:]  “I Daniel McQueen Guardian of said Rosa C Henry hereby Certify that I am acquainted with the petitioner I C Wilcox and the facts set forth in the petition and I believe the welfare of the said Rosa C Henry will be promoted by the adoption above prayed for and as her Guardian hereby give my assent to the adoption of the said minor into the family of the petitioner[.]”&bnsp; Signed Daniel McQueen (Guardian)
    Granted 8 March 1880, named assumed is Rosa C. Wilcox; [filing date not given].

#77 September Term 1880
Appearance Docket 77:77
    “The petition of CHARLES CANNELL [next four words carreted] and ELIZABETH, his wife, of the City of Titusville in said County of Crawford respectfully represents, [¶] That they are [changed from ‘he is’] desirous of adopting FRANKIE M. HARRIS, who is of the age of fifteen years, who resides and has resided with your petitioners about ten years at Titusville. [¶] That said Frankie M. Harris’ mother died at her birth, and her surviving parent, her father, is DAVID A. HARRIS, who resides at Castle-Rock Township, Dacota County, State of Minnesota, but who is at present in Titusville aforesaid, and joins in this petition. [¶] Your petitioners declare [changed from ‘declares’] their [changed from ‘his’] desire and also that they [changed from ‘he’] will perform all the duties of a parent to said Frankie M. Harris. [¶] Your petitioners therefore prays the Court, if satisfied that the welfare of said Frankie M. Harris will be promoted by such adoption, to decree that the said Frankie M. Harris may assume the name of the petitoners, viz:–Frankie M. Cannell, and have all the rights of a child and heir of the petitioners and be subject to the duties of a child. Dated Titusville, Pa. March 2. 1878.”  signed Charles Cannell, David A Harris, Elizabeth Cannell; sworn to (by all three) and again subscribed before J. J. Holden, J.P., 2 March 1878.
    Granted 19 June 1878, name assumed is Frankie M Cannell; filed 22 June 1880.
[Enclosed handwritten letter on stationery of I. L. Shank, Manufacturer and Dealer in lumber, etc., Titusville, dated at Titusville 4 March 1922, and addressed to Clerk of Court:]  “Some where about 44 years ago, my wife was legally adopted by Chas Cannell of Titusville as his daughter, her name then being Frankie M. Cannell. I wish you’d send me just as soon as possible a certified copy of those adoption papers, send me bill of the costs, and I will remit or send the bill with the papers and I will send ck.& am in a big hurry for them / Yours truly[,]” signed C. F. Shank, 416 E. Main St., Titusville.
#89 November Term 1880
Appearance Docket 78:89
    “The Petition of GEO. F. ELLIS, of the city of Meadville, [next five words carreted] & LIZZIE E. his wife would respectfully represent,  That they are desirous of adopting ETHEL [SMITH], a child of Mrs. NELLIE SMITH of Salamanca, New York, (whose father has seperated [sic] himself from his wife, and gone to parts unknown, for more than one year, as one of their heirs, and for that purpose they herein declare their said desire, and also that they will perform all the duties of a parent to said Ethel. He therefore prays the Court if satisfied that the welfare of the said child will be promoted by said adoption, with the consent of the said Nellie Smith evidenced by her signing this petition, to decree that the said Ethel may assume the name of your petitioners, viz Ethel Ellis, and have all the rights of a child and heir of your petitioners and be subject to the duties of a child. And they will &c.”  Signed George F. Ellis, Lizzie E. Ellis, Mrs Nellie Smith now Mohr [no jurat].
    [Parental consent, below:]  “The within named Nellie Smith (now Nellie Mohr) agrees to and desires the adoption of her child Ethel by Geo. F Ellis, as within prayed for, and her present husband, H. Mohr assents thereto, as evidenced by his signing this agreement.”  Signed with (1) the mark of H. Mohr, Witness Fannie M. Morrison, (2) with the mark of Henry Mohr, Witness Joseph Mohr, and (3) Mrs Nellie Mohr [undated].
    Granted 19 Oct. 1880, name assumed is Ethel Ellis; [filing date not given].

#50 February Term 1881
Appearance Docket 79:50
    “[Preprinted Committee on Receiving and Giving Out Children form:]  “Your Petitoners, HOMER E POWELL & LAURA POWELL wife of said Homer E Powell respectfully represent to your Honor that they are residents of Meadville County of Crawford and State of Pennsylvania and that they petition your Court for permission to adopt as their own child ERNEST SINCLAIR aged Two (2) years, on the Nineteenth (19) day of August A. D. 1880; and that your petitioners further represent that said chld was at the age of Nineteen (19) months bound to the Trustees of the Cleveland Protestant Orphan Asylum, and that said Trustees, acting in the capacity of Guardian to said child, freely give their consent to said adoption, as expressed in their formal declaration attached to this petition. [¶] Your Petitioners further represent that they are in comfortable circumstances, and have the means to bring up and educate said child in a suitable and proper manner, and promise, if the prayer of this petition be granted by the Court, to treat said child with kindness, and give such moral instruction and good example as parents in christian communities give their own children, and will at least give him an opportunity to acquire a good common school education.  And it is their wish and promise that the said child shall be heir to their estate and property, the same as if he was their own, born in lawful wedlock. [¶] And your Petitioners further ask that the name of said child be changed from Ernest Sinclair to Ernest G. Powell [¶] In Witness Whereof, we have hereunto set our hands, this 21st day of Sept 1880, at Meadville, Pa.“  Signed Homer E Powell, Laura A Powell [“Witness” line left blank]; sworn to (by Homer E. Powell only) and subscribed H. E. Powell before Win S. Rose, Prothonotary, 6 Dec. 1880.
    [Attached consent, on preprinted form:]  “In the Matter of the Adoption of Ernest Sinclair In the Probate Court of Crawford County, and State of Pennsylvania [next line] And now come Joseph Perkins Henry Chisholm & J H Wade Trustees of the Cleveland Protestant Orphan Asylum, and in answer to the petition of Homer E Powell & Laura A Powell in this case, say that they have examined said petition, and believe that the facts and allegations set forth are true, and that they know of no reason why said Adoption should not, by the Court, be permitted; and further, that they freely give their consent that the said Ernest Sinclair be, by said Petitioners, adopted; and that the name of said child be changed from Edward Sinclair to Ernest G Powell as prayed for in said petition. [next line] Cleveland, O. Sept. 21 1880[.]”  Signed Henry Chisholm, J. H. Wade, Jos Perkins, Trustees of the Cleveland Protestant Orphan Asylum; “Countersigned this 21st day of Sept 1880 [signed] Jos Perkins, President Board Trustees.
    Granted 6 Dec. 1880, named assumed is Ernest G. Powell; filed same day.

#51 February Term 1881
Appearance Docket 79:51
    “The petition of CHARLES W TODD of Blooming valley County of Crawford, Respectfully represents. [¶] That he is desirous of adoptiong HENRY W MILLER a child of MARY MILLER of Meadville Pa as one of his heirs and for that purpose herein declares his said desire and also that he will perform all the duties of a parent to said Henry W Miller. That said child was born to Mary Miller with out lawful wedlock. [¶] The petitioner therefore prays the Court if satisfied that the welfare of the said Henry W Miller will be promoted by such adoption with the evidence of Mary Miller the mother by her signing this petition to decree that the said Henry W Miller may assume the name of the petitioner viz Henry W Todd and will have all the rights and of a child and heir of the petitioner and be subject to the duties of a child[.]”  Signed C W Todd, Mrs. C. W Todd (her mark with “Witness” C A Priest), Miss May [sic] Miller, Attest W. H. Addle; sworn to and again subscribed by all three before W. H. Addle, J.P., 22 [changed to 26] Nov. 1880.
    Granted 6 Dec. 1880, “it appearing that Henry W Miller the child therein mentioned has no known father and has been with petitioner for some time,” named assumed is Henry W Todd; [filing date not given].

#76 February Term 1881
Appearance Docket 79:50
    “The petition of SIMON J. PETERS snd DELILAH PETERS his wife respectfully represent, that they are husband and wife.  That they are desirous of adopting as their child and heir at law CHARLES SMOCK, born July 28 1877, son of ALLICE SMOCK.  That the said mother left the child with your petetioners [sic] on July 27" 1878 and that they have been caring for him since that time and have now become so much attached to said child that they are desirous of adopting him as their heir and will and have been performing all the duties of parents to said child.  That said Allice Smock has resided near Stony Point Crawford County.  They therefore pray the Court to order and decree that said Charles Smock may bear hereafter petetioners name and have all the rights of a child and heir of your petetioners and be subject to the duties of a child and they will ever pray[.]“  Signed Simon J Peters, Delilah R. Peters; sworn to (as Simon J Peters and Delilah Peters) and subscribed Simon J Peters, Delilah Peters before Willis W Hyatt, J.P., 2 Aug. 1880.
    [Mother’s consent, below:]  “To the Honorable the Judge of the Court of Common Pleas of Crawford County [¶] The undersigned Allice Smock respectfully represents that she has heard read the petetion of Simon J Peters and wife in regard to the adoption of Charles Smock That she has is the mother of said child and knows the facts in said petetion set forth are true and hereby joins in the petetion and asks the Court to make any and all orders and decrees that may be required by law to fully carry into effect the prayer of the said Simon J Peters and wife believing that it would be greatly to the interest of said child so to do as the said petetioners have no children of their own and your petitioner is unable to properly care for the said child.”  Signed Alice Smock.
    Granted 20 Dec. 1880, name assumed is Charles Peters; [filing date not given].

#1 September Term 1881
Appearance Dk. 81:1
    “The petition of DAVID FORDYCE and MARY B. FORDYCE, his wife, of the City of Meadville, Crawford County, Pennsylvania, respectfully represents. [¶] That they are desirous of adopting GRACE WOODWORTH a child of MARY C. WOODWORTH as one of their heirs, and for that purpose herein declare their said desire and also that they will do and perform all the duties of parents to said Grace Woodworth treat the said child with kindness and at least give her an opportunity to acquire a good common school education; that the said child was fifteen months of age on the 15th day of April A. D. 1881 [¶] That the father of said child is deceasedwas born out of wedlock; and the mother Mary Woodworth joins in this petition and is desirous that the prayer of the petitioners be granted. [¶] The petitioners therefore pray the Court, if satisfied that the welfare of the said Grace Woodworth will be promoted by such adoption, to decree that the prayer of the petitioners be granted and that the said Grace Woodworth assume the name of petitioners viz: Grace Fordyce and will have all the rights of a child and heir of the petitioners and be subject to the duties of a child and they will ever pray.”  Signed David Fordyce, Mary. B. Fordyce, Mary C Woodworth; sworn to by David Fordyce and Mary Woodworth (only) and again subscribed by them before Pearson Church, President Judge, 25 April 1881.
    Granted 9 May 1881, name assumed is Grace Fordyce; [filing date not stated].

#2 September Term 1881
Appearance Dk. 81:2
    “The petition of ROBERT ISAACS & ALMIRA ISAACS his wife of the County of Crawford respectfully represents that they are desirous of adopting ALMIRA MELVIN a child of ARDY MELVIN and MARY MELVIN his wife of Meadville Pa as one of their heirs: and for that purpose they herein declare their said desire and also that they will perform all the duties of parents to said Almira Melvin. [¶] The petitioners therefore pray the Court if satisfied that the welfare of said Almira Melvin will be promoted by such adoption with the consent of the said Ardy Melvin and Mary Melvin evidenced by their signing this petition, to decree that the said Almira Melvin may assume the name of the petitioners viz Almira [next word carreted] Melvin Isaacs and have all the rights of a child and heir of the petitioners and be subject to the duties of a child[.]” ; Signed Robert Isaacs, Almira Isaacs, Ardy Melvin, Mary Melvin; sworn to by Robert Isaacs (only) and again subscribed by him before Win S. Rose, Prothonotary, 20 April 1881.
    Granted 9 May 1881, name assumed is Almira Melvin Isaacs; filed same day.

#72 September Term 1881
Appearance Dk. 81:72
    “The Petition of NELSON DAVID STEINER and NANCY S STEINER his wife of the City of Meadville County of Crawford and State of Pennsylvania Respectfully represent  That they are desirous of adopting DAVID CARSON PATTAN who will be five year old on the 24th day of July 1881., minor child of JOHN PATTAN, of Township of Vernon, County of Crawford and State of Pennsylvania, as one of their heirs, And for that purpose they declare that they desire and will perform all the duties of a parent to said David Carson Pattan.  They would also state that the mother of said David Carson Pattan namely ELIZABETH PATTAN wife of said John Pattan, deceased on the 3rd day of May AD 1881.– The petitioners therefore pray the Court, if satisfied that the welfare of said David Carson Patton will be promoted by such adoption with the Consent of the said John Pattan, father as aforesaid evidenced by the said John Pattan joining in and signing this Petition, to decree that the said David Carson Patton may assume the name of your petitioners towit the Surname of Steiner, to wit David Carson Stener and he to have all the rights of a child and heir of your petitioner and be subject to the duties of a child. They will ever pray andc.”  Signed Nelson David Steiner, Nancy S Steiner, John Pattan; sworn to by Nelson David Steiner and John Pattan (only) and subscribed by them before L. Barr, J.P., 8 June 1881.
    Granted 27 June 1881, name changed to David Carson Steiner; [filing date not given].

#9 November Term 1881
Appearance Dk. 82:9
    “The petition of JOHN J. SMITH and EVA SMITH – his wife of Linesville said county [of Crawford] [“] Respectfully represents; that they are desirous of adopting ‘ARNOLD AMOND [elsewhere AMMOND],’ so called, aged six (6) months, a child obtained from the Cleveland Orphans Asylum by your petitioners the name of whose parents is to them unknown, and for that purpose they herein declare their said desire and also that they will perform all the duties of a parent to said Arnold Ammond– [¶] The petitioners therefore prays [sic] the court, if satisfied that the welfare of said Arnold Ammond will be promoted by such adoption with the consent of the authorities of said Cleveland Orphans Asylum, evenced by the letter of the superintendent hereto attached– to decree that the said Arnold Ammond may assume the name of the petitioners viz, John Arnold Smith and have all the rights of a child and heir of the petitioner and be subject to the duties of [‘a’ erased) children[.]”  Signed John J Smith; sworn to and again subscribed before J N McCloskey, Notary Public, Meadville, 20 Aug. 1881.
    [Attached letter on stationery of the Cleveland Protestant Orphan Asylum, 940 St. Clair Street, Cleveland, O. (established 1853), dated 22 July 1881, addressed to John J. Smith Esq, Linesville Sta., Crawford Co Pa]: Dear friends. / June of the 10th inst enclosing picture of your boy, at hand. Many thanks. we are delighted with his appearance. Mrs Ellison the lady who took the boy to Mrs Smith would like very much indeed to have one of his pictures for his album. Mrs Ellison had the care of him while he was at the Asylum and became very much attached to him. [¶] Enclosed please find adoption papers such as we use in Ohio. They do not fully answer the purpose in Pennsylvania. But will serve as a basis for proceedings in your Dist Court. You will need to take the papers to some attorney, who understands the adoption laws of your state and get him to draw up a petition for you & attend to the matter before the Court. [¶] Hoping your baby may live through the hot season & that he may long be spared to comfort & bless your hearts & home. [¶] I am with much respect / Yours truly, A H Shunk, supt  [on reverse side:] “We would like to have a copy of the Order of the Court in this matter to place on file in this office.”  Signed AHS.
    Granted 12 Sept. 1881, name assumed is John Arnold Smith; [filing date not given].

#85 November Term 1881
Appearance Dk. 82:85
    “The petition of JAMES BAKER of Sparta Townshp in the County of Crawford respectfully represents That he is desirous of adopting ROLLIN MESSENGER a child of ASHLEY MESSENGER of the City of Chicago in the State of Illinois and BLANCH MESSENGER his wife, as one of his heirs; and for that purpose he herein declares his his said desire and also that he will perform all the duties of a parent to said Rollin Messenger. The petitioner therefore prays the Court if satisfied that the welfare of said Rollin Messenger will be promoted by such adoption, with the consent of the said Ashley Messenger and Blanch Messenger his wife evidenced by their signing this petition, to decree that the said Rollin Messenger may [next word carreted] assume the name of the petitioner, viz Rollin Baker and have all the rights of a child and heir of the petitioner and be subject to the duties of a child and he will ever pray &c [¶] Oct 22n 1881[.]”  Signed James Baker, S. A. Messenger, Blanch Messenger; sworn to at Erie Co., Pa. by James Baker and Blanch Messenger (not again subscribed) before Henry S Holdridge, J.P., 24 Oct. 1881; sworn to at Cook Co., Illinois, by S A Messenger and subscribed S A Messenger before V. P. Cocy[?], Notary Public, 27 Oct. 1881.
    Granted 2 Nov. 1881, name assumed is Rollin Baker; filed same day.

#86 February Term 1882
Appearance Dk. 83:86
    “The petition of ULISSES OSCAR BUNTING and SARAH S. BUNTING his wife, residents of Steuben Township in said County respectfully represents, That they are desirous of adopting ANNIE ELIZABETH SCHOTT, a child of one CATHARINE MUTCHLER, an inmate of the County Poor House, as one of their heirs; and for that purpose they herein declare their said desire, and also that they will perform all the duties of parents, to said Annie E. Schott. The petitioners further represent that the said child has no father living and that the said mother of said child consents to the adoption prayed for. Also that the Directors of the Poor of said county have apprenticed the said Annie E. Schott to your petitioners as appears by their indentures hereto annexed. Petitioners further say they have no children of their own. [¶] Petitioners therefore pray the Court, if satisfied that the welfare of the said Annie E. Schott will be promoted by such adoption and with the consent of the aforesaid Catharine Mutchler and of the Directors of the Poor to decree that the said Annie E. Schott may assume the name of the petitioners to wit, Annie E. Bunting, and have all the rights of a child and heir of the petitioners and be subject to the duties of such child[.]”  Signed U O Bunting, Sarah S Bunting; sworn to (by U.O. Bunting only, and not again subscribed) before W. C. Wygant, J.P., 9 Jan. 1882.
    [Mother’s consent, below:]  “And now Jany,12th, 1882 I Catharine Mutchler mother of said Annie E. Schott do hereby consent That she be adopted as a child and heir of H. O. Bunting & Sarah S. Bunting.”  Signed Mrs. Kate S. Mutchler.
    [Consent, below:]  “We the Directors of the Poor of said County join in the prayer of the foregoing petition for the adoption of said Annie E. Schott by U. O.. & Sarah Bunting.”  Signed W. Jasper. Kerr, Hiram Davis [undated].
    Granted 24 Jan. 1882, name assumed is Annie Elizabeth Bunting; [filing date not given].

#87 February Term 1882
Appearance Dk. 83:87
    “The Petition of BYRON S. CHILDS and EMILINE B. CHILDS his wife, of the Borough of Townville in said County, Respectfully represents that they are desirous of adopting MAUD L. HYATT, a child of WM L[?]. & LINA HYATT, an inmate of petitioners family for six months past, as one of their heirs; and also that they will perform all the duties of parents to the said Maud L. Hyatt who was four years old the 25th day of August 1881.  The petitioners further represent that the said mother of said child is now in the family of your petitioners and consents to the adoption prayed for.  Petitioners further say they have no children of their own. [¶] Petitioners therefore pray the Court, fi satisfied that the welfare of the said Maud L. Hyatt will be promoted by said adoption, and with consent of the aforesaid mother Lina Hyatt, to decree that the said Maud L. Hyatt may assume the name of the petitioners to wit; Maud L. Childs, and have all the rights of a child and heir of the petitioners and be subject to the duties of such child.”  Signed Byron S Childs, Emeline B Childs; sworn to (by Byron S. Childs only) and again subscribed Byron S. Childs before James Walram[?] Clerk, 16 Jan. 1882.
    [Mother’s consent, below:]  “And now Jany 16. 1882 I Lina Hyatt mother of said Maud L. Hyatt do hereby consent that she be adopted as a child and heir of Byron S. Childs and Emeline B. Childs, and being duly sworn, depose and say that my said husband and father of this child has deserted us and has done nothing for our support for more than two years last past, and further that I have no knowledge of the residence or whereabouts of my said husband William L. Hyatt.” . Sworn to and subscribed Lina Hyatt. before James Graham, Clerk, 16 Jan. 1882.
    Granted 24 Jan. 1882, name assumed is Maud L. Childs; filed same day.

#7 May Term 1882
Appearance Dk. 84:7
    “The petition of EZRA I. SMITH and HARRIET A. SMITH his wife of Meadville in said county respectfully represents, That they are desirous of adopting FREDERIC ALFRED SUTLEY a child of MARY SUTLEY of Meadville, Pa. as one of their heirs, and for that purpose they herein declare their said desire, and also that they will perform all the duties of parents to said Frederic Alfred Sutley. Petitioners therefore pray the Court, if satisfied that the welfare of the said Frederick Alfred Sutley will be promoted by said adoption, with the consent of the said Mary Sutley evidenced by her signing this petition to decree that the said Frederic Alfred Sutley may assume the name of the petitioners, to wit, Frederic Alfred Smith, and have all the rights of a child and heir of the petitioners and be subject to the duties of a child. Petitioners have no children. The said Frederic Alfred Sutley had a father who deserted his family more than two years since, and his whereabouts is unknown, and the said Mary Sutley has been divorced from her said husband Wm Sutley. [¶] As in duty bound your petitioners will ever pray &c[.]”  Signed Ezra I Smith, Harriet A Smith, Mary Sutley (her mark, “Signed in presence of” (signed) Alice Champlin; sworn to (by Ezra I. Smith only) and again subscribed before Win S Rose, Prothonotary, 14 Feb. 1882.
    Granted 17 Feb. 1882, name assumed is Frederick [sic] Alfred Smith; filed same day.

#58 May Term 1882
Appearance Dk. 84:58
    “The Petition of HENRY DEWEY of Township of Mead County of Crawford and State of Pennsylvania, respectfully represents, That he is desirous of adopting WALTER SMITH [next three words added in the margin] aged two years, a child of SARAH JANE SMITH widow of ALPHEUS SMITH of New Richmond County and state aforesaid as one of his heirs; for that purpose he herein declares his said desire, and also that he will perform all the duties of a Parent to said Walter Smith. The petitioner therefore prays the Court, if satisfied that the welfare of said Walter Smith will be promoted by such adoption, with the consent of said Sarah Jane Smith evidenced by their signing this Petition; to decree that the said Walter Smith may assume the name of Petitioner viz Walter Dewey and have all the rights of a child and heir of the Petitioner, and be subject to the duties of a child. And he will ever pray &c March 30th 1882[.]”  Signed Henry J. Dewey, Sarah Jane Smith; sworn to by Henry Dewey (only) and subscribed Henry J Dewey before M. C. Powers, J.P., 30 March 1882.
    Granted 30 March 1882, name assumed is Walter Dewey; filed same day.

#59 May Term 1882
Appearance Dk. 84:59
    “The petition of GEO H DAY of Spartansburgh [sic] County of Crawford Pa respectfully represents [¶] That he is desirous of adopting NELLIE POST a child of DELOS POST and DORA POST his wife (the mother is now dead) as one of his heirs and for that purpose he herein declares his desire – and also that he will perform all the duties of a parent to said Nellie Post; that if the court is satisfied that the welfare of the said Nellie Post will be promoted by such adoption with the consent of his wife and of the Director of the Poor in whose charge she was placed from the neglect of her father to take care of her as is evidenced sic; by?] the records in the office of said Director of the Poor by the signing of this petition therefore prays the Court to decree that the said Nellie Post may assume the name of the petitioner viz Nellie Day and have all the rights of a child and heir of the petitioner and be subject to the duties of a child.”  Signed Geo. H. Day, Delila Day; sworn to and subscribed Geo. H. Day, Delila Day before Wm. Farley, J.P., 7 Nov. 1881.
    [Consent, below:]  “We the undersigned directors of Poor of Crawford County consent and request that the court decree the adoption of Nellie Post as asked for by George H Day and wife.”  Signed Scott A Marshall, Wm K Kerr, Hiram Davis [undated].
    Granted 30 March 1882, name assumed is Nellie Day; [filing date not given].

#60 May Term 1882
Appearance Dk. 84:60
    “The petition of THOMAS W. HENRY and EMILY J. HENRY his wife, of the county of Crawford state of Pennsylvania would respectfully represent:– [¶] That they are desirous of adopting CHARLES BRION, a child six months old, of CHARLES W. and LENA BRION of Meadville Pennsylvania, as one of their heirs; And for that purpose they herein declare their said desire and also that they will perform all the duties of parents to said Charles Brim. [¶] The petitioners therefore pray the court, if satisfied that the welfare of the said Charles Brion will be promoted by such adoption, with the consent of the said Charles W. and Lena Brion the parents of said child, evidenced by their signing this petition, to decree that the said Charles Brion may assume the name of the petitioner, viz. Charles Henry, and have all the rights of a child and heir of the petitioners, and be subject to the duties of a child. [¶] And they will ever pray &c.”  Signed Thomas W Henry, Emily J Henry, Charles W. Brion; sworn to by Thomas W Henry (only) and again subscribed by him before John O McClintock, Notary Public, Meadville, 28 Feb. 1882.
    [Attached affidavit:]  “Mrs. S. Brion being duly sworn according to law, doth depose and say, That she is the mother of Chas W. Brion the father of Charles Brion, and is acquainted with Lena Brion the mother of said child; that the parents of said child have never lived together, and shortly after the birth of said child, Lena Brion, his mother, and her father Mr& [blank] Holley, brought him to affiants house and there left him, stating in substance that they would not support and maintain the child, and that unless he was taken care of by affiant, he would have to go to the County Poor House; that the mother of said child then and there abandoned him and has not since supported him, or contributed anything towards his support, but has refused and still does refuse, as also has and does, her father, to support him; that from that time until the 28th day of Feby. 1882, affiant has kept and maintained said child, since which time he has been supported by Thos W Henry and wife, whose petition for his adoption is hereto attached,  Affiant would further represent that the mother of said child is willing that the petition of the petitioners be granted, but is prevented from signing the same by her father, who is also willing that the said child be taken by the petitioners, but is unwilling and refuses to sign, or permit his daughter, to sign the same.”  Sworn to and subscribed Susan Brion before Win S. Rose, Prothonotary, 29 March 1882.
    Granted 30 March 1882, “it appearing to the Court that the father of said Charles Brion has given his consent, and that the mother Lena Brion has abandoned said child,” name assumed is Charles Henry; filed same day.

#19 November Term 1882
Appearance Dk. 86:19
    “The petition of ANNE EMORY respectfully represents:  That she is the wife of EDWARD EMORY and mother of MYRTIE EMORY who was born on the 21st day of July A. D. 1879, that the said Edward Emory deserted her about two years ago and has not since lived with or helped to maintain her; that GEORGE JOCELYN of Cussewago Township is willing and desirous to adopt and rear as his own child the said Myrtie Emory, and your petitioner is willing and desirous that the said Myrtie should be so adopted by the said George Jocelyn. [¶] She therefore prays your Honorable Court to make the necessary order in the case, and she will ever pray.&C.”  Signed Annie Emery; sworn to at McKean County, Pa., and again subscribed before Heckburn McClure, Alderman, Bradford, 27 June 1882.
    [Grandparents’ consent, on reverse side:}  “We the undersigned Grand Parents of the within named Child Myrtie Emory agree and consent to the adoption of said Child as within stated. [next line] June 27: 1882”  Signed Nelson Round, Elizabeth Round, witness. [blank].
    [Consent, below:]  “And now Sept. 25„ 1882. The Directors of the Poor of Crawford County approve and recommend the within adoption as prayed for[.]”  Signed O. H. Hollister Clerk “By Order of the Board.”
    Granted 25 Sept. 1882, name assumed is Myrtie Jocelyn [Joslin in docket]; filed same day.

#42 November Term 1882
Appearance Dk. 86:42
    “The Petition [of] A. C. CARPENTER of Rochester N.Y. [¶] Respectfully Represents That he is desirous of adopting BERTHA A. DUNLAP of Atlantic Crawford County Pa. a minor child of LIZZIE DUNLAP (whose husband JESSE DUNLAP is deceased) as one of his Heirs [¶] And for that purpose he herein declares his said desire and also that he will perform all the duties of a parent to the said Bertha A. Dunlap who is now eight (8) years of age [¶] Your Petitioner therefore prays the Court if satisfied that the welfare of the said Bertha A. Dunlap will be promoted by such adoption with the consent of her said mother evidenced by her signing this Petition to Decree that the said Bertha A. Dunlap may assume the name of the Petitioner towit Bertha A. Carpenter and have all the rights of child and heir of the Petitioner and be subject to the duties of a child and he will ever pray &c[.]”  Signed A C Carpenter, Mrs Lizzie Holman, Formerly Mrs Lizzie Dunlap; sworn to by A. C. Carpenter (only) at Mercer Co., Pa., and subscribed A C Carpenter before Wm. Buck, J.P., 30 Sept. 1882.
    Granted 9 Oct. 1882, name assumed is Bertha A Carpenter; filed same day.
File contains letter to the Prothonotary dated 7 Nov. 1938 from Milton C. Sharp of Taylor and Stern, Attorneys, 1420 Chestnut St., Philadelphia, requesting information on the adoption of Bertha Adaline Dunlap “sometime between the years 1879 to 1886,” along with the envelope posted at Philadelphia 8 Nov. 1938, and the Prothonotary’s reply dated 10 Nov. 1838, giving the cost of an exemplification of record [but not the case number] and noting, “You neglected to name the adopting parent, but I finally found that one Bertha A. Dunlap was adopted in 1882, by one A. C. Carpenter.”
#4 February Term 1883
Appearance Dk. 87:4
    “The Petition of DANIEL WEIKAL of Woodcock tsp. county aforesaid [of Crawford] and PRECILLA [sic] WEIKAL his wife respectfully represents that GERTRUDE ZIMERMAN at the time about five years old was given to your petitioners about nine years ago by her father LOUIS ZIMERMAN to be by them kept maintained and held as their own child.  That the mother of said Gertrude Zimerman died when she the said Gertrude was an infant and her father has left this county and his whereabout is not known,  That said Gertrude Zimerman has lived with your petitioners, was kept, educated and provided for by them and treated as their own child for nine years last past,  that the petitioners have no children and are desirous of adopting said Gertrude Zimerman as their heir, and; for that purpose they hereby declare their said desire and also that they will perform all the duties of parents to said Gertrude Zimerman.  The Petitioners therefore pray the Court, if satisfied that the welfare of said Gertrude Zimerman will be promoted by such adoption to decree that the said Gertrude Zimerman may assume the name of the petitioners, viz: Gertrude Weikal and have all the rights of a child and heir of the petitioners and be subject to the duties of a child.    And they will ever pray.”  Signed Daniel Weikal, Prissilla Weikal; sworn to and again subscribed (by both) before Win S Rose, Prothonotary, 13 Nov. 1882.
    [Guardian’s consent, attached:]  “I, C. M. Boush Guardian of the aforesaid Gertrude Zimerman do hereby consent that said Gertrude Zimmerman [sic] be adopted by Daniel Weikal and Precilla Wiekal as their child and heir to be known hereafter by and under the name of Gertrude Weikal.”  Signed C. M. Boush Guardian of Getrude [sic] Zimerman [undated].
    Granted 13 Nov. 1882, name assumed is Gertrude Weikal; filed same day.

#49 February Term 1883
Appearance Dk. 87:49
    “The petition of CHAUNCY J. DENNINGTON and MARTHA S. DENNINGTON his wife of the City of Meadville, Crawford County Pennsylvania respectfully represents. [¶] That they are desirous of adopting HATTIE GRACE WILDER a daughter of JONAS B. WILDER dec’d and ROSE WILDER as one of their heirs and for that purpose herein declare their said desire and also that they will do and perform all the duties of parents to said Hattie Grace Wilder, treat the said child with kindness and at least give her a good common school education, that the said child was nineteen months old on the 16 day of November A.D. 1882, that the father of said child died on the 16" day of Sept A.D. 1882 and the mother Rose Wilder joins in this petition and is desirous that the prayer of the petitioners be granted. [¶] The petitioners therefore pray the Court, if satisfied that the welfare of the said Hattie Grace Wilder will be promoted by such adoption to decree that the prayer of the petitioners be granted and that the said Hattie Grace Wilder assume the name of petitioners viz: Hattie Grace Dennington and will have all the rights of a child and heir of the said Chauncy J. and Martha S. Dennington and be subject to the duties of a child[.]”  Signed C. J. Dennington, Martha S. Dennington, Mrs Rose Wilder, “Attest:” [blank]; sworn to by C. J. Dennington (only) and subscribed C. J. Dennington before Win S Rose, Prothonotary, 9 Dec. 1882.
    Granted 11 Dec. 1882, name assumed is Hattie Grace Dennington; filed same day.

#100 February Term 1883
Appearance Dk. 87:100
    “The petition of JAMES KNAPPENBERGER and SUSAN KNOPPENBERGER, respectfully represent, that they are desirous, of adopting LILLY LOWELL, aged five years, a child of IDA LOWELL of the City of Titusville, Crawford County, as one of their heirs, and they declare that they will perform, all the duties of parents, to said Lilly Lowell, [¶] Miss Ida Lowell, the Mother also joins, in [next line] in this petition, which she has signed, and they pray the Court, to decree, that said Lilly Lowell, may assume the name, of petitioners, viz Lilly Knoppenberger, and have all the rights, of a child, and heir of said James & Susan Knoppenberger, and be subject to the duties of a child, and they will ever pray,”  Sworn to and subscribed James Knoppenberger, Mrs. Susan Knoppenberger, Miss Ida Lowell before J R L—[?; illegible], J.P., 9 Jan. 1883.
    [Attached supporting affidavit:]  “personally appeared, Geo W Barr M D. and John M Allen, who being duly sworn say that they are each acquainted, with the petitioners James Knoppenberger, and Susan Knoppenberger, for the adoption of Lilly Lowell, a fatherless child, the daughter of Ida Lowell, and that we have known, Mr and Mrs Knoppenberger for many years, [¶] we further say, that they, are persons of middle age, without children; that Mr Knoppenberger and his wife, above named, are in very comfortable circumstances, they are reputed to be of good moral character, and from observations, we have made, we believe them very much attached to said child, and well qualified for its moral training, and education, and we believe, it will be greatly to the benefit, and advantage, of all parties, that the child be adopted, and the prayer of petitioners, be granted, by this Hon Court as prayed for.”  Sworn to and subscribed Geo. W. Barr, John M. Allen, 10 Jan. 1883.
    Granted 12 Jan. 1883, name assumed is Lilly Knoppenberger; filed 25 Jan. 1883.

#84 May Term 1883
Appearance Dk. 88:84
    “The petition of WALTER L. DAVIS and HARRIET S. DAVIS, his wife, respectfully represents  That they are desirous of adopting MAGGIE H. HANCOCK, child of JOHN HANCOCK, late of Pittsburgh, deceased, and CATHARINE HANCOCK, his wife, as one of their heirs, and for that purpose they herein declare their said desire: also that they will perform all the duties of a parents [changed from ‘parent’] to the said Maggie. [¶] Petitioners further represent that the said Maggie H. Hancock was ten years old on the 13th day of November 1882, that she has resided with and made her home with the petitioners since May, 1875; that the petitioners adopted her from the Home of The Friendless in the City of Alleghany; that the father of the said child deserted his wife and the said child, and has since died, as petitioners are informed, at Cincinnati; that the mother of the said child is living, is of unsound mind and not competent to transact any business. [¶] Petitioners therefore pray the Court that if satisfied that the welfare of the said child will be promoted by said adoption, to decree that the said child may assume the name of the petitioners, to wit: Aggie H. Davis, and have all the rights of a child and heir of the petitioners.”  Signed W L Davis, Harriet S. Davis; sworn to (by Walter L. Davis only) and subscribed W. L. Davis before Robt. Scott, J.P., 31 March 1883.
    [Attached consent:]  &#W147;April 2d 1883 The within petition having been considered by the Overseers of the Poor and Directors of the House of Employment is approved by them[.]”  Signed O. H. Hollister, Clerk.
    Granted 2 April 1883, name assumed is Aggie H. Davis; [filing date not given].

#28 September Term 1883
Appearance Dk. 89:29
    “The petition JAMES MCELHANEY and HANNAH MCELHANEY his wife of the Township of Summerhill in said County [of Crawford] respectfully represents. That they are desirous of adopting ROBERT A. MCMICHAEL son of JOHN MCMICHAEL and NANCY MCMICHAEL of Mullahind Ireland, as one of their heirs and for that purpose they herein declare their said desire. Also that they will perform all the duties of parents to the said Robert [¶] Petitioners further represent that the said Robert McMichael was nineteen years old on the 8 day of Sept 1882 that he has resided with and made his home with the petitioners since November 1880. [¶] The petitioners further represent that the parents of the said Robert have given their full consent for said adoption as appears by letter hereto attached. [¶] Petitioners therefore pray the Court that if satisfied that the welfare of the said child will be promoted by said adoption to decree that the said child may assume the name of the petitioners to wit Robert Archibald McElhaney and have all the rights of a child and heir of the petitioners[.]”  Sworn to and subscribed James McElhany, Hannah McElheny before N. Truesdale, J.P., 11 May 1883.
    [Attached handwritten letter on lined 7" x 4.5" sheet of paper:]  “Mullahind Aprile 10 / My Dear Son / having looked over the matter, we have come to the conclusion to give our full consent to you becoming the adopted child of your uncle & we sincerely hope that you may prove yourself worthy of the kindness done to you at the same time hopping that it may turn out for good to both we heartily wish you and your uncle good success in all your undertakings / from your affectionate Father & Mother John & Nancy McMichael.”
    Granted 21 May 1883, name assumed is Robert Archibald McElhaney; [filing date not stated].

#6 November Term 1883
Appearance Dk. 90:6
    “The petition of CHARLES H DAVISON and SARAH DAVISON, husband and wife, of Townville in said county [of Crawford] would respectfully represent: [¶] That they are desirous of adopting NORA RALSTON DAVENPORT a child of MARY RALSTON DAVENPORT [next six words carreted] aged three years, in Jany. 1884 now MARY RALSTON HIGLEY, of said county, as one of theirs heirs; and for that purpose they herein declare their said desire and also that they will perform all the duties of parents to said Nora; [¶] The petitioners therefore pray the Court, if satisfied that the welfare of the said Nora, will be promoted by such adoption, with the consent of the said Mary Ralston Higley, the mother of said child, and of EDWARD HIGLEY, her husband, stepfather to said Nora, evidenced by their signing this petition, to decree that the said Nora may assume the name of the petitioners, viz. Nora Davison, and have all the rights of a child and heir of the petitioners, and be subject to the duties of a child. [¶] And they will ever pray &c.”  Signed Charles H Davison, Sarah. L. Davison, Alvin Higley, Mary R. Higley; sworn to by Charles H Davison (only) and subscribed by him before John McClintock, Notary Public, Meadville, 27 Aug. 1883.
    Granted 10 Sept. 1883, name assumed is Nora Davison; filed same day.

#16 May Term 1884
Appearance Dk. 92:16
    “The petition of H M. CUTSHALL of Randolph Township Crawford County respectfully represents; That GERTRUDE J. KENNEDY, child of CHARLES [initial carreted]W KENNEDY, has lived with petitioner since her birth and that her mother is dead, and your petitioner is desirous of adopting the said Gertrude J Kennedy as one of his heirs; and for that purpose he herein declares his said desire and also that he will perform all the duties of a parent to said Gertrude J Kennedy. [¶] The petitioner therefore prays the Court if satisfied that the welfare of said Gertrude J Kennedy will be promoted by such adoption, with the consent of the said Charles [initial added in margin] W. Kennedy evidenced by his signing this petition, to declare that the said Gertrude J Kennedy may assume the name of Gertrude J Cutshall, and have all the rights of a child and heir of the petitioner and be subject to the duties of a child[.]”  Signed H. M. Cutshall; sworn to and again subscribed before John A. Neyland, J.P., 4 June 1883.
    [Father’s consent, attached:]  “I, Charles W. Kennedy, of Chautauqua County New York, the father of the minor child above named having read the foregoing petition concur therein and consent that the adoption prayed for be made. [next line] Witness my hand and seal this 19 day of June 1883[.]”  Signed C. W. Kennedy (seal).
    [Attached consent:]  “The Directors of the poor, having considered the foregoing petition and being satisfied of the propriety of the proposed adoption approve of the same. [next line] Sept. 10" 1883[.]”  Signed W Jasper Kerr, Hiram Davis [undated].
    Granted 11 Feb. 1884, name assumed is Gertrude J. Cutshall; filed 15 Feb. 1884.

#25 May Term 1884
Appearance Dk. 92:25
    “The Petition of MICHAEL CONDON and CATHERINE CONDON his wife of the Township of Mead County of Crawford and State of Pennsylvania [¶] Respectfully represent, That some six months ago an infant male child was left at his house, who it, or its parents are, they do not know.  That the said child is about the age of eight months, and has been cared for and nursed by your petitioners.  They are now desirous of adopting the said child as one of their heirs, and for that purpose, they herein declare their said desire, and also that they will perform the duties of parents to the said child [¶] The petitioner [sic] therefore pray the Court if satisfied that the welfare of said child will be promoted by such adoption, to decree that the said child may assume the name of the petitioners, viz, Joseph Raphael Theodore Condon, and have all the rights of a child and heir of the petitioners, and be subject to all the duties of a child.”  Signed Michael. Condon, Catherine Condon; sworn to Michael Condon (only)and subscribed by him before Wm A Dougan, J.P., 22 Feb. 1884.
    [Attached consent:]  “The undersigned Directors of the Poor for the County of Crawford hereby assent that the decree of adoption prayed for may be made and unite with the petetioners for that purpose. [next line] Approved By Order of Directors of the Poor,” signed O. H. Hollister Clerk [undated].
    Granted 25 Feb. 1884, name assumed is Joseph Raphael Theodore Condon; filed same day.

#14 September Term 1884
Appearance Dk. 93:14
    “The petition of WELLINGTON CUMMINGS of said county [of Crawford] respectfully represents, That he is desirous of adopting EDITH CUMMINGS HERON [sic; HERRON], a child of ROBERTL HERON of Montreal, Canada, as one of his heirs; and for that purpose, he herein declares his said desire and also that he will perform all the duties of a parent to the said Edith Cummings Heron. The petitioner therefore the Court, if satisfied that the welfare of said Edith Cummings Heron will be promoted by such adoption, with the consent of the said Robert Heron, the mother of the said child being dead, to decree that the said Edith Cummings Heron may assume the name of the petitioner, viz, Edith Heron Cummings, and have all the rights of a child and heir of the petitioner and be subject to the duties of a child. And he will ever pray[.]”  Signed Wellington Cummings, sworn to and again subscribed before James Graham, clerk, 16 April 1884.
    [Father’s consent, below:]  “I, Robert Heron of Montreal Canada, father of the above mentioned Edith Cummings Heron, hereby consent to the adoption of the said child by Wellington Cummings of Meadville, Crawford County, U.S.A. [next line] Montreal 21st April 1884[.]”  Signed Robert Herron, “In the Presence of” A. Bourgeous of Montreal Merchant.
    Granted 19 May 1884, name assumed is Edith Herron Cummings; filed 22 May 1884.

#15 September Term 1884
Appearance Dk. 93:15
    [On Asylum’s preprinted form:]  “Your Petitioners, HORACE W. CANFIELD and CHRISTINE C. CANFIELD wife of said Horace W. Canfield respectfully represent to your Honor that they are residents of Cambridgeboro County of Crawford and State of Pennsylvania and that they petition your Court for permission to adopt as their own child LETTIE SMITH aged One (1) year on the Sixteenth (16) day of March A. D. 1883; and that your petitioners further represent that said child was at the of [blank] bound to the Trustees of The Cleveland Protestant Orphan Asylum, and that said Trustees, acting in the capacity of Guardian to said child, freely give heir consent to said adoption, as expressed in their formal declaration attached to this petition. [¶] Your Petitioners further represent that they are in comfortable circumstances, and have the means to bring up and educate said child in a suitable and proper manner, and promise, if the prayer of this petition be granted by the Court, to treat said child with kindness, and give such moral instruction and good example as parents in christian communities give their own children, and will at least give her an opportunity to acquire a good common school education.  And it is their wish and promise that said child shall be heir to their estate and property, the same as if she was their own, born in lawful wedlock. [¶] And your Petitioners further ask that the name of said child be changed from Lettie Smith to Mattie Canfield [¶] In Witness Whereof, we have hereunto set our hands, his 12th day of Nov. 1883, at CambridgeBoro Pa.”  Signed W H Canfield, Christina C. Canfield; Witness: J. P. Strayer, MD. [handwritten at bottom:]  “Cleveland, O., Aug. 3, 1883.”
    [(Separate) “Consent of Trustees” on preprinted form:]  “In the Matter of the Adoption of Lettie Smith In the ProbateCrawford County, and State of Pennsylvania [¶] And now come Joseph Perkins, J. H. Wade and William Chisholm of Cleveland, O. Trustees of The Cleveland Protestant Orphan Asylum and in answer to the petition of Horace W. Canfield and Christina C. Canfield, Cambridgeboro, Crawford Co. Pa. in this case, say that they have examined said petition, and believe that the facts and allegations set forth are true, and that they know of no reason why said Adoption should not, by the Court, be permitted; and further, that they freely give their consent that the said Lettie Smith be, by said Petitioners, adopted; and that the name of said child be changed from Lettie Smith to Mattie Canfield as prayed for in said petition.”  Signed Jos Perkins, J. H. Wade, Wm Chisholm, “Trustees of the Cleveland Protestant Orphan Asylum.  Countersigned this 3d day of August, 1883.”  Signed Jos Perkins, “President Board of Trustees.”
    Granted 19 May 1884, name assumed is Mattie Canfield; filed 22 May 1884.

#7 November Term 1884
Appearance Dk. 94:7
    “The petition of NICHOL[A]S W. SHOWERS of Little Cooley, Crawford County [¶] Respectfully represents That he is desirous of adopting BESSIE M. COLLINS a child wout [sic] without known parents as one of his heirs. and for that purpose he herein declares his said desire and also that he will perform [sic] all the duties of a parent to the said Bessie M. Collins; the petitioner further represents that the said child has been supported for more than one year by him in his family in said County [¶] The petitioner therefore prays the Court, if satisfied that the welfare of the said Bessie M. Collins will be promoted by such adoption and with the consent of Poor Directors signified by an attested copy of a resolution of the board Poor Directors hereto annexed to decree that said Bessie M. Collins may assume the name of your petitioner viz Bessie M. Showers and have all the rights of a child and heir at law of the petitioner and be subject to the duties of such child[.]”  Signed N. W. Showers; sworn to and subscribed before Win S Rose, Prothonotary, 12 Sept. 1884.
    [Attached consent, on stationery of County Commissioner’s Office, Crawford County (naming the Commissioners and Directors of the Poor, etc.), Meadville, Pa., dated 12 Sept. 1884:]  “At a meeting of the Directors of the Poor this day, it was resolved that they recommend the Court of Common Pleas, to permit N. W. Showers to adopt, Bessie M Collins as his child and heir.at law. He being a proper and suitable person for the custody of said child as his heir.”  Signed O. H. Holister Clerk, Poor Directors Crawford Co.
    Granted 12 Sept. 1884, name assumed is Bessie M. Showers; filed same day.

#16 November Term 1884
Appearance Dk. 94:16
    “The petition of WM A. DAVENPORT, of Crawford County, respectfully represents:  That he is desirous of adopting BLANCHE RICKERTPALMER, a child of SARAH E. RICKERTPALMER, of Hayfield Township, as one of his heirs; and for that purpose, he herein declares his said desire and also that he will perform all the duties of a parent to said Blanche. [¶] The petitioner therefore prays the Court, if satisfied that the welfare of said Blanche RickertPalmer will be promoted by such adoption, with the consent of said Sarah E. RickertPalmer, evidenced by her signing this petition, to decree that said Blanche RickertPalmer may assume the name of the petitioner, viz, Blanche Davenport, and have all the rights of a child and heir of petitioner, and be subject to the duties of a child.  And he will ever pray &c.”  Signed Wm. A. Davenport, Sarah E Palmer; sworn to by Wm. A. Davenport (only) and again subscribed by him before E. S. Skeel, J.P., 1 Sept. 1884.
    Granted 15 Sept. 1884, name assumed is Blanche Davenport; filed 19 Sept. 1884.

#50 February Term 1885
Appearance Dk. 95:50
    “The petition of WELLINGTON S. BROWN of the said County [of Crawford] respectfully represents, That he is desirous of adopting OLAND HOLEMAN a child of AMINA. J. HOLEMAN [next three words carreted] aged twenty months, of the Township of Richmond in said county as one of his heirs; and for that purpose he herein declares his said desire and also that he will perform all the duties of a parent to the said Oland Holeman. Your petitioner therefore pray the Court, if satisfied that the consent of the said Amina J Holeman who is now Amina J. Brown the wife of your petitioner is obtained, and who as evidence thereof has signed this petition, and that the welfare of the said Oland Holeman will be promoted by such adoption To decree that the said Oland Holeman may assume the name of the petitioner viz Oland Brown, and have all the rights of a child and heir of the petitioner, & be subject to the duties of a child, & he will ever pray &c.”  Signed Wellington S Brown, Amina J Brown; sworn to (by Wellington Brown only) and again subscribed before Joseph N. Scott, J.P., 15 Nov. 1884.
    Granted 22 Dec. 1884, name assumed is Oland Brown; [filing date not given].

#9 November Term 1885
Appearance Dk. 98:9
    “The petition of JOHN S. BELL of said County [of Crawford], respectfully represents, that he is desirous of adopting LOUIS MIERS [‘MYERS’ per decree], a child with known parents, whose mother is dead and whose father has left the county and has not been heard of for more than nine years, and for that purpose he herein declares his said desire and also that he will perform all the duties of a parent to the said Louis Miers; the petitioner further represents that the said child has been supported by him for more than nine years, and further that he has no relatives in the County of Crawford.”  Signed John. S. Bell; dated 6 July 1885; sworn to and again subscribed before J. J. Long, J.P., 16 July 1885.
    Granted 14 Sept. 1885, name assumed is Louis Bell; filed same day.

#12 November Term 1885
Appearance Dk. 98:12
    “The petition of HILLORA NEWHARD and ELIZABETH NEWHARD his wife of the Township of Beaver County of Crawford and State of Pennsylvania. Respectfully represents that MAGGIE ELIZABETH VICKERY [‘VICKERS’ on cover], minor child of JOHN and SARAH VICKERY, has lived and made her home with the petitioners for twelve years last past  That her father is dead and her mother is confined in Insane Asylum   Your petitioner therefore desires to adopt the said Maggie as one of his heirs, and agrees to perform all the duties of parents to said child. [¶] Your [next word carreted] petitioners pray the Court to make a decree granting them their petition and that the said child may assume the name of the petitioners  and they will ever pray. [¶] In witness whereof we have hereunto set our hands and seals this 31st day of August A.D. 1885.”  Signed H. Newhard, Elisabeth Newhard; Witness, A. J. Harper; [no jurat or acknowledgement].
    [Consent, below:]  &147;And now Sept 14" 1885 [[¶] We hereby consent to the adoption of the within named minor as prayed for in the within petition[.]“  Signed H. P. Marley, Scott A Marshall, and E. J. Bailey [Directors of the Poor?].
    Granted 14 Sept. 1884, name assumed is Maggie Elizabeth Newhard; filed same day.

#8 February Term 1886
Appearance Dk. 99:8
    “The petition of JOSEPH B. BUTLERrespectfully represents.  That he is desirous of adopting FRANK GILLILAND [JR.] a child of FRANK GILLILAND of Norwalk County of Huron and State of Ohio and LOIE GILLIAND [sic] his wife (now deceased) as one of his heirs, and for that purpose he herein declares his said desire, and also that he will perform all the duties of a parent to said child Frank Gilliand  The petitioner therefore prays the Court if satisfied that the welfare of the said Frank Gilliand will be promoted by such adoption, with the consent of the said Frank Gilliland Sr. evidenced by his signing this petition to decree that the said Frank Gilliand Jr. may assume the name of Frank Clemons Butler and have all the rights of a child and heir of your petitioner and be subject to the duties of a child and he will ever pray &c.”  Signed Joseph B Butler, Frank Gilliland [no jurat or acknowledgment].
    Granted 9 Nov. 1885, name assumed is Frank Clemons Butler; filed same day.

#9 February Term 1886
Appearance Dk. 99:9
    “The petition of ENOS C BROWN and DORCAS BROWN his wife, of Cambridge Borough, County of Crawford and State of Pennsylvania respectfully represents  That they are desirous of adopting, ESTELLA COX a minor child of FINLY D COX, as one of their heirs–and that they are willing and will perform towards the said Estella Cox the duties of parents.  They further represent that the said Estella Cox is thirteen years old and has been living with your petitioners as a member of their family for more than one year last past.  That her mother Delia E Cox is deceased, and that your petitioners do not know wher [sic] her father Findly [written over ‘Enos’] D Cox now is but that his last post office address known to them was Duke Centre, Pa.  That the next friend of the said Estella Cox is E J Bunting  and that her nearest of kin living in this County is E J Bunting  They therefore pray the Court that they may be permitted to adopt the said Estella Cox as one of their heirs, that she may assume the name of her adopting parents viz Estella Brown and may have all the rights of a child and heir of your petioers [sic] and be subject to teh duties of such child and that a decree and record of the Court may be made for that purpose as provided in the Act of Assembly of May 4' 1855– And they will ever pray.”  Signed Enos. C. Brown, Dorcas Brown; sworn to (by Enos C Brown only) and subscribed Enos C Brown before W. W. Hyatt, J.P., 5 July 1885.
    [Mother’s consent, attached:]  “Cambridge Pa May 16—1885 [¶] I, Jane Bunting do give my full concent [sic] to to E C Brown and D Brown to adopt Estella Cox into their family, and have controle of her as their own child”;  signed E. J. Bunting; Witness S. R. Bunting.
    Granted 12 Oct. 1885, name assumed is Estella Brown, “and atty ordered to draw a decree accordingly”; decree approved 9 Nov. 1885; filed same day.

#29 February Term 1886
Appearance Dk. 99:29
    “The petition of OLIVER SAEGER of the Borough of Saegertown County of Crawford Respectfully represents: [¶] That he is desirous of adopting a female child known as DORA without known parents as his heir = and for that purpose he herein declares his said desire and also that he will perform all the duties of a parent to the said Dora. [¶] The petitioner further represents that the said child has been supported for more than [blank] months by Dr Myra K Merrick of the City of Cleveland Ohio and is now with your petitioner and supported by him [¶] Your petitioner therefore prays the Court if satisfied that the welfare of the Dora will be promoted by such adoption and with consent of the aforesaid Myra K Merrick signified by her written consent hereto attached and made part of this petition to decree that said Dora may assume the name of your petitioner changing the given name and hereafter be known as Laura Darrie[?] Saeger and have all the rights of a child and heir of your petitioner and be subject to the duties of a child.”  Signed Oliver Saeger; sworn to and again subscribed before A B Edson, Prothonotary, 23 Nov. 1885.
    [Attached affidavit:]  “Personally appeared before me a Notary Public in and for said [Cuyahoga] County, Myra K. Merrick M.D. who being duly sworn saith: [¶] That she is a resident of Cleveland Ohio and by occupation a physician.  That a female child known as Dora came into her possession and which child has been abandoned by her parents and whose parents are unknown.  That the said childs age is as near as can be ascertained six months. [¶] That she gave said child to O. Saeger and wife of Saegertown Crawford Co. Pa. to rear and adopt.  That she has given said Dora and consented her [sic] being so adopted, the only known friend of said Dora.  That affiant has no interest in said child other than see her well cared for and reared properly.  And affiant hereby consents that said Dora be adopted by the said O. Saeger and wife as their child and heir and to assume the name of Saeger.  All of which is just, true and correct as said affiant verily believes.”  Sworn to and subscribed Myra K. Merrick before Frank Higley, Notary Public, 16 Oct. 1885.
    Granted 30 Nov. 1885, name assumed is Laura Darrie Saeger; filed 31 Nov. 1885.

#43 May Term 1886
Appearance Dk. 100:29
    “The petition of L. G. WALDO respectfully represents.  That your petitioner on the 7th day of Nov. AD 1882 procured from the Home for Friendless. Children at Erie Pa. one HARRY N. NEAGLEY, aged now fourteen years and that said Harry has been living with your petitioner and family since said date That the names of the parents of said minor are unknown to your petitioner and they are supposed to be dead [¶] That your petitioner desires to adopt the said Harry N. Neagley as one of his heirs and hereby agrees to perform all the duties of a parent to the said child [¶] Your petitioner therefore prays the Court to decree the adoption of the said minor and that he should take the name of Harry N. Waldo. [¶] And your petitioner will ever pray &–”; signed L. G. Waldo [no jurat or acknowledgment].
    [Attached “Article of Agreement between Home of Friendless and L. G. Waldo and Mary Waldo November 7" 1882”:]  “Whereas, A child named Hanry[?] Neagley aged Eleven or thereabouts, has been given by its Mother to the ‘Home for the Friendless,’ at Erie, Pa., for the purpose of being taken of, and disposed of, according to the power and authority vested in the ‘Home’ for that purpose, and whereas, Mr & Mrs L. Waldo of Conneautville is desirous of receiving and adopting said child into their family, and assuming the relation of parent towards said child, and the said Mr & Mrs L. Waldo hereby declares such to be their desire, and that they will perform all the duties of a parent to the said child, and the said Mr & Mrs Waldo hereby promises and agrees with said ‘Home for the Friendless’.  [¶] Now, therefore, the undersigned officers of said 5;Home,’ on behalf of said ‘Home for the Friendless,’ hereby agree and consent that the said Mr & Mrs Waldo shall receive said child in the manner above indicated, that he shall be subject to the control of the said Mr & Mrs Waldo in all matters in the relation of parent and child, free from interference by any other person or persons, with the understanding that said child shall be properly trained and properly educated by the said Mr & Mrs Waldo according to their station in life, and receive the tokens of affection and interest due from parents to children.  [¶] Witness the signatures of the officers of the ‘Home for the Friendless’ and the said [blank] in duplicate, this 7th day of Nov A. D. 1882.”  Signed Kate M. Mason President. Mrs H. Louther, Mrs W E Magill, Committee of Admission and Dismission; Attest: Louise W. Shick, Sec’y of “Home for the Friendless.”
    Granted 22 Feb. 1886, name assumed is Harry N. Waldo; [filing date not given].

#131 May Term 1886
Appearance Dk. 100:116
    “The petition of EVERETT H. KETCHUM of the County aforesaid [Crawford] respectfully represents: That he is desirous of adopting NELLIE F. ABBOTT, aged ten years, and LEWIS K. ABBOTT, aged seven years, children of FRANK W. ABBOTT and SARAH E. ABBOTT as [next two words carreted] two of his heirs, and for that purpose he herein declares his said desire and also that he will perform all the duties of a parent to the said Nellie F. Abbott and Lewis K Abott. The petitioner further represents that Sarah E Abbott the mother of said children is dead; that she was a sister of your petitioner and that the father, Frank W. Abbott has deserted the said children and neglected to care for and support them. [¶] The petitioner therefore prays the Court, if satisfied that the welfare of said Nellie F Abbott and Lewis K Abbott will be promoted by such adoption, to decree that the said Nellie F. Abbott and Lewis K. Abbott may assume the name of the petitioner, viz. Nellie F. Ketchum and Lewis Ketchum, and have all the rights of children and heirs of the petitioner and be subject to the duties of children”; signed E. H. Ketchum; sworn to [but not again subscribed] before J. N. McCloskey, Notary Public, Meadville, 19 March 1886.
    [On cover:]  “Filed Aprl 8 1886[,] Notice to be served on Wm H Abbott Grand Father of children within named Rtunable 2 Monday of May  Per Cur[iam; i.e., by the Court]”
    [Enclosed letter, “Filed June 14th 1886 and adoption allowed – Decree to be drawn by Counsel”:]  Titusville Pa April 13/86 / Mr Everet Ketchum / Jamestown, NY / Dear Sir / We will consent to your having Franks Children, Nellie & Loui as soon as you will provide a place for them, and would request you let us hear from you as early as may be and oblige / Yours truly”; signed Wm. H. Abbott.
    Granted 14 June 1886 [by separate decree], “and that the said Nellie F. Abbott and Lewis K. Abbott assume the name of their adopting parent, Everett H. Ketcham,” presumably Nellie F. Ketchum and Lewis K. Ketchum; filed 14 June 1886.

#3 September Term 1886
Appearance Dk. 101:3
    “The petition of the undersigned, WILLIAM BREENE and MARGARET BREENE respectfully represent. That ANNA RYAN an illegite child of [blank] RYAN and MAGGY RYAN, aged about three years, has been under the control of and supported by your petitioners since the 13th day of February 1884. That the residence or whereabouts of the parents of the said child are unknown to your petitioners. That the said father never supported the said child and the mother has surrendered the control of the said child to your petitioners and consented to its addoption [sic] by your petitioners. [¶] Your petitioners therefore pray this court to grant them leave to adopt the said Annie Ryan as one of their heirs, and that she may have all the rights of a child and heir and subject to the duties of a child of the adopting parents.—And we will ever pray.”  Signed Margret Breen, Wm Breen [no jurat or acknowledgment].
    [Mother’s consent, attached:]  “Conneautville Pa / Feby 13" 1884 / I am the Mother of Anna Ryan and am willing and hereby consent to the adoption [sic] of my daughter Anna [written over “of”] Ryan by William Breene and Margaret Breene as one of their heirs, and surrender to them full control of her my daughter, if they so adopt her [¶] Witness my hand and seal this 13" day of Feby 1884.”  Signed Maggy Riyan.
    Granted 10 May 1886, name assumed is Annie Breene; [filing date not given].

#30 November Term 1886
Appearance Dk. 102:30
    “The petition of WILLIE PHILANDER WOOD and NETTIE WOOD his wife of the City of Meadville said County of Crawford respectfully represents — That they are desirous of adopting as one of their heirs an infant Son of EMMA LUCRETIA LOPER.  And that they will perform all the duties of a parent to the said Chld; the petitioners further represent that the said Child was born [next three words carreted] out of wedlock Sep 11th 1886 at Franklin Pa is now at City Hospital a charitable institution of this City.  They further represent that the Consent of the Said parent to such adopton is evidenced by her joining in this petition. [¶] Your petitioners therefore pray the Court to decree that the said infant may assume the name of Willie Philander Wood and have and enjoy all the rights of a Child and heir of the petitioners and be subject to the duties of a Child. [¶] And they will ever pray”; signed Willie Philander Wood, Mrs Nettie Wood, Emma Lucecia[?] Loper; sworn to by “Nettie & Willie P. Wood” before A B Edson, Prothonotary, 27 Sept. 1886.
    Granted 27 Sept. 1886, name assumed is William Philander Wood; [filing date not given].

#36 November Term 1886
Appearance Dk. 102:36
    “The petition of T. J. PATTERSON of said [Crawford] County, respectfully represents: That he is desirous of adopting VIRGINIA Z. LEMAN, aged five years, a child of HENRY LEMAN, whose whereabouts are unknown to petitioner, and whose mother is dead; that petitioner’s wife is an Aunt of said child, & they have kept said child for about four years; that he desires to adopt said child as one of his heirs, and for that purpose declares he will perform all the duties of a parent of said chld.  The petitioner therefore prays the Court, if satisfied that the welfare of said child will be promoted by such adoption, to decree that said child may assume the name of petitioner, viz, Virginia Z. Patterson, and have all the rights of a child and heir of petitioner, and be subject to the duties of a child.  And he will ever pray &c.”  Signed Thomas J Patterson; sworn to (as T J Patterson) and again subscribed Thomas J Patterson before J H Holden, J.P., 13 Sept. 1886.
    [Consent, on reverse side:]  “Sept 28, 1886.  We, the undersigned, Overseers of the Poor of Crawford County, approve of the within petition, and ask that the prayer thereof be granted.”  signed Scott A Marshall, E. J. Bailey.
    Granted 28 Sept. 1886, “the minor child shall assume the name of the adopting parent,” i.e., Virginia Z. Patterson; filed same day.

#4 February Term 1887
Appearance Dk. 103:4
    “The petition of GEORGE E. FISH of Athens Township, Crawford County, Pa., respectfully represents. [¶] That he is adopting as one of his heirs LIZZIE CAPERS a minor child of RICHARD C. & ADA B. CAPERS, of said County and that he will perform all the duties of a parent to said child. [¶] He further represents that the consent of the said father is evidenced by his joining in this petition. [¶] Your petioners [sic] therefore pray the Court to decree that the said Lizzie Capers may assume the name of your petioner viz Lizzie Fish; and have and enjoy all the rights of a child and heir of your petitioner, and be subject to the duties of a child.  And he will ever pray.”  Signed Geo. E. Fish [jurat follows parental consent].
    [Parental consent, below:]  “I hereby assent to, and join in the above petition for the adoption of my child Lizzie, by George E. Fish.”  Signed R C Capers; sworn to [but not again subscribed] by Geo. E. Fish and R.C. Capers before A. B. Edson, Prothonotary, 8 Nov. 1886.
    Granted 8 Nov. 1886, name to be Lizzie Fish; [filing date not given].

#53 May Term 1887
Appearance Dk. 104:57
    “The petition of JOHN MYERS, of Rome Tp., in said [Crawford] County, respectfully represents: [¶] That he is desirous of adopting as one of his heirs CASS LOWMAN, an illegitimate child of JUDY LOWMAN, who is an idiot and is kept and maintained at the Poor House of said County; that said Cass Lowman was born Feby 15, 1886, and that he will perform all the duties of a parent to the said child. [¶] Petitioner further representing that his wife is willing and anxious for the adoption of said child, prays the Court to decree that said Cass Myers Lowman may assume the name of petitioner, to wit, Cass Myers, and have and [“and” written over “all”] enjoy all the rights of child and heir of the petitioner, and be subject to the duties of a child. [¶] And he will ever pray &c.”  Signed John Myers; sworn to and again subscribed before James Graham, clerk, 24 Feb. 1887.
    [Consent, on reverse:]  “Mch 14, 1887, the undersigned, Overseers of the Poor of Crawford County, consent to the adoption of Cass Lowman by Jno. Myers, as prayed within.”  Signed Scott A Marshall, Edwin. J. Bailey.
    Granted 16 March 1887, name presumably changed to Cass Myers; [filing date not given].

#87 May Term 1887
Appearance Dk. 104:87
    “The petition of M. P. FOREMAN, of Vallonia, said [Crawford] County, respectfully represents:- [¶] That he is desirous of adopting as one of his heirs a boy called by petitioner & his family DONALD C. FOREMAN, whose parentage is unknown, said boy being supposed to be about one year old, having been left by some person or persons unknown, at the County Poor House, about June 30, 1886, and there maintained until about two months ago, when petitioner took said boy therefrom, gave him the name aforesaid, and have since maintained him. [¶] Petitioner further showing that his wife is willing and anxious for the adoption of said child, prays the Court to decree that said Donald C. Foreman may assume and be called by the name of petitioner, to wit, Donald C. Foreman, and have and enjoy all the rights of a child and heir of the petitioner and be subject to the duties of a child.  And he will ever pray &c.”  Signed M. P. Foreman; sworn to and subscribed M P Foreman before A. B. Edson, Prothonotary, 4 April 1887.
    [Consent, on reverse:]  “Apr. 4, 1887.  We consent to the prayer of the within petition.” Signed Edwin J. Bailey, Scott. A. Marshall, Directors of the Poor of Crawford County.
    Granted 4 April 1887, name assumd is Donald C. Foreman; filed same day.

#64 September Term 1887
Appearance Dk. 105:64
    “The petition of JOSEPH W. FOGLE of Crawford County, respectfully represents:  That he is desirous of adopting JOSEPH ARTHUR WAGONER [sic] a child of JACOB WAGONER of Wayne Township, said county, as one of his heirs; and for that purpose, he herein declares his said desire and also that he will perform all the duties of a parent to said Joseph Arthur Wagoner.  The petitioner therefore prays the court, if satisfied that the welfare of the said Joseph Arthur Wagoner will be promoted by said adoption, with the consent of the said Jacob Wagoner, evidenced by their [sic] signing this petition, to decree, that the said Joseph Arthur Wagoner may assume the name of the petitioner, viz: Joseph Arthur Fogle, and have all the rights of a child and heir of the petitioner, and be subject to the duties of a child. [¶] And he will ever pray &c.”  Signed J. W. Fogle, Jacob Wagner [sic]; sworn to by Joseph W. Fogle and subscribed J. W. Fogle before Isaac Monderau, J.P., 28 May 1887.
    Granted 1 July 1887, name assumed is Joseph Arthur Fogle; [filing date not given].

#38 November Term 1887
Appearance Dk. 106:38
    “The petition of GEORGE MAY respectfully represents  that he is a resident of Bloomfield Township Crawford County Penn, and that he is desirous to adopt as one of his heirs ALICE THERESA GROVES a minor child of MERTIE MAY formerly MERTIE GROVES That the said child has lived with him and its mother Mertie May since their marriage four years ago and has no other home.  That he your petitioner will well and faithfully perform all the duties of a parent to the said child and is desirous that the child should assume his name and be subject to the duties of a child towards him  He therefore prays the Court to Decre [sic] that the said Alice Theresa Groves shall assume his name to wit the name Alice Theresa May and have all the rights and be subject to all the duties of a child and heir of him the said George May and that the said decree may become matter of record in this Court and he will ever pray”; sworn to and subscribed with the mark of George May before William Pentz, J.P., 20 Sept. 1887.
    [On reverse:]  “The petition of Mertie May respectfully represents that she is the wife of George May and the mother of Alice Theresa Groves That the said child is six years old on the 30th day of September 1887, and has always been maintained and provided for by your petitioner and her husband, and that she believe it would be for the welfare of the said child that she be adopted by George May as prayed for in his petition and that she therefore consents thereto and joins in the prayer of said petition”;  sworn to and subscribed Mertie May before William Pentz, J.P., 20 Sept. 1887.
    “Decree of adoption granted” 10 Oct. 1887, from which it follows that the name assumed was Alice Theresa May; [filing date not given].

#6 February Term 1888
Appearance Dk. 107:6
    “Thetition petition of FRANCIS D MENOLD and CHARLOTTEM MENOLD his wife represents [¶] That they are desirous of adopting as one of their heirs CHARLOTTE ROSS a daughter of ETTA ROSS, of said [Crawford] county and that they will perform all the duties of parents to said [next word carreted] child  And the said Etta Ross the mother of the said child hereby consenting to the said adoption. [¶] Your petitioners therefore pray the Court to decree that the said Charlotte Ross may assume the name of Charlotte Menold and have and enjoy all the rights of a child and heir of the said Francis D Menold and the said Charlotte Menold his wife and be subject to the duties of a child, and they will ever pray &c.”  Signed Francis D. Menold, Charlotta [or “Charlottie”] Menold, Ettie Ross.  [Beneath these signatures is a jurat for Etta Ross, subscribed Ettie Ross, dated 11 Oct. 1887, but without the stamp or signature of a notary public or other official.  Beneath this jurat is the jurat, “Sworn and subscribed before me this 11th day of Oct. 1887” signed and sealed by Chas. E. Richmond, Notary Public, Meadville.
    Granted 14 Nov. 1887, name assumed is Charlotte Menold; filed same day.  File contains a certified copy of the decree.

#7 February Term 1888
Appearance Dk. 107:7
    “The [typed] petition of G. D. HALL of the city of Meadville Pa. respectfully represents; [¶] That petitioner is desirous of adopting BRUCE W. WELLS [his middle initial changed everywhere from ‘B’ to ‘W’] minor son of A. J. WELLS of Beaver Township Crawford County Pa. [¶] That the mother of said Bruce W. Wells is dead. [¶] That petitioner and petitioners wife are anxious to adopt said minor child and to have this Honorable Court decree that said child may assume the name of Bruce W. Wells shall have all the rights and duties of a child and heir of this petitioner. [¶] That the said Bruce W. Wells is between the age of three and four years old. That petitioner is able and willing to provide and care for said minor in a good and proper manner. [¶] And petitioner will ever pray &c.” Signed G. D. Hall; sworn to and subscribed A J Wells G. D. Hall before A B Edson, Prothonotary, 14 Nov. 1887.
    [Father’s consent, below:]  “I hereby consent that G. D. Hall may adopt my minor son Bruce W. Wells and further I join in the prayer of the above petition to the court of common pleas of Crawford County for the adoption of said child.”  Signed A J Wells.
    Decree states that “the prayer of the petitioner granted” 14 Nov. 1887; thus, unclear whether the child’s name remained Bruce W. Wells or was changed to Bruce W. Hall; [filing date not given].

#19 February Term 1888
Appearance Dk. 107:19
    “The petition of SOLOMON GOLDSTEIN [sic; Goldstine] and LOISA GOLDSTEIN his wife Respectfully represents that your petitioners are residents of the City of Meadville in said [Crawford] County: that they are desirous of adopting CHARLES S WOLSTEIN a minor of the age under of about eighteen years. that said minor has been living with them for nine years and has been supported and provided for by them in all respects as if he were their own child: that they took him from the Foster Home in Philadelphia and were informed that his parents were both dead and that he had no near relatives to provide for him– having only brothers and sisters not of age. [¶] That they your petitioners will perform all the duties of parents to the said Child and are desirous that he sall [sic] assume their name and have all the rights of a child and heir of your petitioners, and be subject to to [sic] the duties of a child towards them. [¶] Your petitioners therefore pray the Court to make a decree in due form of law that he the said Charles Wolstein may assume their name to wit the name of Charles Goldstein and that he shall have all the rights of a child and heir of them your petitioners and be subject to the duties of a child towards them, and they will ever pray.”  Signed Salomon Goldstine, [in German] Louißa Goldstine; sworn to by Solomon S. Goldstein and subscribed S. Goldstine before Philip P. Wenz, J.P., 14 Nov. 1887.
    [Consent, below:]  “We the Directors of the Poor of Crawford County recommend the granting of the within Petition”; dated 19 Nov. 1887; signed Scott A Marshall, H P. Marley, Edwin J Baily, Directors of the Poor
    Granted 19 Nov. 1887, name assumed is Charles S Goldstein [sic; Goldstine?]; filed and entered 25 Nov. 1887.

#138 September Term 1888
Appearance Dk. 109:138
    “The petition of GEORGE B. CONOVER of the township of Rome County of Crawford and state of Pennsylvania respectfully represents:&#nash; that he is desirous of adopting BUNA BELLE PLUE a female child of LAFAYETTE PLUE of the same place, as one of his heirs; and for that purpose he herein declares his said desire, and also that he will perform all the duties of a parent to said Buna Belle Plue.  Petitioner further represents that the mother of said Buna Belle Plue is dead and that she is now about 15 months old.  The mother of said child was the sister of petitioner.  Petitioner is married and can provide the said child a comfortable home.  The father of said child has signed this petition as evidence of his consent to said adoption. [¶] The Petitioner therefore prays the Court if satisfied that the welfare of said Buna Belle Plue will be promoted by said adoption to decree that the said Buna Belle Plue may assume the name of petitioner viz., Buna Belle Conover and have all the rights of a child and heir of the petitioner and be subject to the duties of a child [¶] And he will &c”; dated 16 Aug. 1888; signed George B. Conover, Lafayett Plüe; witness, William Morris Jr; sworn to and subscribed George B. Conover before William Morris Jr, J.P., 18 Aug. 1888.
    Granted 20 Aug. 1888, name assumed is Buna Belle Conover; filed same day.

#6 November Term 1888
Appearance Dk. 110:6
    “The petition of JACKSON CLARK [next three words carreted] of said [Crawford] County respectfully represents that he & his wife are desirous of adopting GEORGE HENRY, aged four years, minor child of LIZZIE HENRY, whose whereabouts are unknown; as one of their heirs; that he got him at the County farm in June last; & that for that purpose he herein declares his said desire & also that he will perform all the duties of a parent to said George Henry. [¶] The petitioner therefore prays the Court, if satisfied that [next line] that the welfare of said minor will be promoted by said adoption, to decree that said minor may assume the name of petitioner to wit George Henry Clark, & have all the rights of a child & heir of petitioner, & be subject to the duties of a child.”  Signed Jackson Clark, Lizzie A Clark; sworn to by Jackson Clark and subscribed by him before W. H. Gaskill, Clerk, 6 Sept. 1888.
    [Consent, below:]  “Apr. 10, 1888.  We consent to the above.”  Signed H. P. Marley, Edwin J. Baily[,] Overseers of the Poor.
    Granted 10 Sept. 1888, name assumed is George Henry Clark; [filing date not given; file includes certified decree].

#4 February Term 1889
Appearance Dk. 111:5
    “The petition of SOLON E. HUBBARD of the township of Bloomfield county of Crawford and state of Pennsylvania, respectfully represents:– [¶] That he is desirous of adopting ERNEST GLENN HUBBARD a male child of his daughter EMMA HUBBARD, of the same place, as one of his heirs; and for that purpose he herein declares his said desire, and also that he will perform all the duties of a parent to the said Ernest Glenn Hubbard. [¶] Petitioner further represents that the said Earnest [sic] Glenn Hubbard was born out of wedlock, and that he is three years old; that petitioner is married and can provide the child a comfortable home; that the mother of said Ernest Glenn Hubbard has signed this petition as evidence of her consent to said adoption. [¶] The petitioner therefore prays the Court if satisfied that the welfare of said Earnest Glenn Hubbard will be promoted by said adoption to decree that the said child may assume the name of petitioner, viz: Ernest Glenn Hubbard and have all the rights of a child and heir of the petitioner and be subject to the duties of a child. and he will ever pray &c November 10, 1888.”  Signed Emma Hubbard, Solon. E. Hubbard; Witness:  Blanche Shreve, G C Bowen; sworn to by Solon E. Hubbard and subscribed Solon. E. Hubbard before S R Miller, J.P., 10 Nov. 1888.
    Granted 13 Nov. 1888, name assumed is Ernest Glenn Hubbard; [filing date not given].

#15 February Term 1889
Appearance Dk. 111:15
    “The petition of CLARK R. HELIKER of Rome township county of Crawford and state of Penna Respectfully represents:  That he is adopting as one of heirs ELWIN LESTER YOUNG a child of HARMON YOUNG of said county the surviving ch parient [sic] of the said Elwin Lester.  and that he will perform all the duties of a parient to the said child  He further represents that the consent of the said parent to such adoption is evidenced by his joining in this petition [¶] your petitioner therefore prays the Court to decree that the said Elwin Lester Young may assume the name of the petitioner viz Elwin Lester Heliker  and have and enjoy all the rights of a child and heir of the petitioner. and be subject to the duties of a child [¶] and he will ever pray.”  Signed Clark R Heliker, Harmon Young; sworn to by Clark R. Hilliker [sic] (but not again subscribed) before Thos Snodgross, J.P., 20 Nov. 1888.
    Granted 23 Nov. 1888, name taken is Edwin Lester Hilliker [sic]; filed same day.

#91 February Term 1889
Appearance Dk. 111:91
    “The [typed] petition of WILLIAM M. WALLACE and CATHARINE WALLACE, his wife, respectfully represents:— [¶] That HELENA GALLAGHER, now aged about twelve years, is the daughter of a sister of the said Catharine Wallace; that the mother of the said Helena died a short time after her birth; that the said Helena was left in charge of her grandmother, by whom she was sometime thereafter placed in St. Joseph’s Orphan Asylum, Erie, Pa., in charge of the Sisters of St. Joseph; that she remained there until October, 1888, when at the request of petitioners she was placed in their charge by the Sisters; that it is the desire of your petitioners to adopt the said Helena, and that they will perform all the duties of parents to her; your petitioners therefore, respectfully pray that this Court will decree that the said Helena Gallagher shall assume the name of your petitioners, and be subject to the duties of a child, agreeable to the Act of Assembly, 4th May, 1855. [¶] And they will ever pray, etc.”  Signed Wm M. Wallace, Catharine Wallace; sworn to (but not again subscribed) before A. B. Edson, Prothonotary, 12 Jan. 1889.
    [Attached consent:]  “The petition of Mary Gallagher respectfully represents:– [¶] That she is the grandmother of the said Helena Gallagher, referred to in the foregoing petition, and that she consents to and joins in the petition for adoption.” Signed with her mark.
    [Joinder, below:]  “The petition of Helena Gallagher respectfully represents:— [¶] That she is the person referred to in the foregoing petition, and that she joins in the petition requesting that your Honorable Court decree the adoption prayed for”  Signed Ellie Gallagher.
    [Consent, on reverse:]  “The undersigned Directors of the Poor of Crawford County, having examined the foregoing petition of William M. and Catharine Wallace, would respectfully request your Honorable Court to grant the same.”  Signed H. P. Marley, E. J. Bailey, W. R. Lindsay
    Granted 17 Jan. 1889, name assumed is Helena Wallace; filed 18 Jan. 1889.

#3 September Term 1889
Appearance Dk. 113:3
    “The petition of JESSE JONES of the Township of Richmond County of Crawford and state of Penna. [¶] Respectfully represents, that he is desirous of adopting MATTIE VANDERVORT a female child, and that said child is nine years old. that he desires to adopt her as one of his heirs, and for that purpose herein declares that he will perform all the duties of a parent to said child. Petitioner further represent that said child is his grand Daughter and that the Mother of said child is his Daughter and that said Mother has to work out by the week to suport [sic] herself & children and that the Father of said child viz AMBROSE VANDERVORT, deserted his wife and children about a year ago. That your Petitioner is a married man and can provide said child a comfortable home, that the mother of said child has signed this Petition giving her consent to the same. Petitioner therefore prays the Court to decree that said child may assume the name of Mattie Jones, and have all the rights of a child and heir at law of said Petitioner and be subject to the duties of a child and he will ever pray &c.”  Signed with his mark, and by Mary Vandervort; Witness, M. C. Powers; sworn to by Jesse Jones and subscribed again with his mark before A. B. Edson, Prothonotary, 1 May 1889.
    Granted 13 May 1889, name assumed is Mattie Jones; [filing date not stated].

#9 September Term 1889
Appearance Dk. 113:9
    [Per caption, “In the matter of the adoption of Ada Viola Perrette, an infant of the age of fifteen months and upwards, daughter of Louis Perrette”:]  “The petition of PETER KLINE respectfully represents.  That he is a resident of the City of Titusville in the County of Crawford and State of Pennsylvania and is a freeholder therein. [¶] That he is married but has no children issue of his body and that he is desirous of adopting ADA VIOLA PERRETTE the infant above named, daughter of LOUIS PERRETTE & who also resides in said city.  That the mother of said infant has is dead and that the welfare of such infant will be promoted by such adoption.  That your petitioner will perform all the duties of a parent to such child. [¶] Wherefore he prays that a decree of said Court may be made authorizing such adoption & that said child shall assume the name of your petitioner and have all the rights of a child and heir of your petitioner [¶] And your petitioner will ever pray &c.”  Signed Peter Kline; sworn to and again subscribed before Waldrom M. Dame, City Recorder, Titusville, 8 Feb. 1889.
    [Separate “Petition of father & consent to decree”:]  “Whereas I, Louis Perrette a resident of the City of Titusville in the County of Crawford and State of Pennsylvania, the father of Ada Viola Perrette an infant of the age of fifteen months & upward, (the mother of said infant having died on the 24th day of December last) am having regard for the welfare and comfort of said infant am desirous that she be adopted by Peter Kline of Titusville aforesaid, as his child and heir in the manner provided by law to that end. [¶] Now therefore I do hereby relinquish to the said Peter Kline the care, custody education and control and the person of said infant until such time as the Court of Crawford County may by decree declare her to be the child and heir of said Peter Kline. [¶] Said Kline is married and has no children living, is a substantial freeholder of said County and is a fit and proper person to perform the duties of a parent to said infant and I hereby assent to such decree of adoption. [¶] Dated December 28th 1888.”  Signed Louis Perrette; sworn to and again subscribed before Waldron M. Dame, City Recorder of the City of Titusville, 28 Dec. 1888.
    Granted 13 May 1889, “and that said child shall assume the name of the adopting parent,” presumably, Ada Viola Kline; filed same day.

#18 September Term 1889
Appearance Dk. 113:18
    “The petition of J. T. MUNGER of said [Crawford] County respectfully represents:  That he is desirous of adopting CHARLES MUNGER, aged 12 years, minor child of WARREN and MAY MUNGER, now MAY WOOD; that the father of said minor has been absent for 10 or 12 years, last past, and his whereabouts are unknown to petitioner; that petitioner states that he & his wife Mary E. Munger, desire adopting said minor as one of his heirs; and for that purpose he declares his said desire and that he will perform all the duties of a parent to said Charles Munger.  Petitioner further states that he has maintained and supported said minor for the last 12 years, and upwards, and still further states that the mother of said minor is willing that he should be adopted by petitioner, as is evidenced by her written consent hereto annexed. [¶] The petitioner therefore prays the Court, if satisfied that the welfare of said minor will be promoted by such adoption to decree that said minor may assume the name of petitioner, viz, Charles Munger, and have all the rights of a child and heir of the petitioner, and be subject to the duties of a child. [¶] And he will ever pray &c.”  Signed Mary. E. Munger [only]; sworn to by J.T. Munger and subscribed J T. Munger before W. H. Gaskill, Clerk, Feb’y25 March 1889.
    [Mother’s consent, on reverse side:]  “Feby   , 1889, I, May Wood, mother of Charles Munger hereby consent to the adoption of said Charles Munger by J.T. Munger as within prayed for.”  Signed Mrs. May. Wood.
    [Consent, below:]  “May 21, 1888.  The undersigned, approve of the prayer of the within petition.”  Signed E J. Bailey, W. R. Lindsay, Overseers of the Poor.
    Granted 27 May 1889, name assumed is Charles Munger; filed same day.

#87 September Term 1889
Appearance Dk. 113:87
    “The Petition of WILLIAM J. JACKSON respectfully represents,  That he resides at the City of Titusville in said [Crawford] County and is desirous of adopting one SYLVESTER LADD, a minor child, son of LIDA JACKSON, petitioner’s wife by a former husband, as his heir, and that he will perform the duties of a parent to said child [¶] Wherefore your petitioner prays that a decree may be made by this Honorable Court that said child, Sylvester Ladd, shall assume the name of your petitioner and have all the rights of a child and heir of your petitioner, and be subject to the duties of such child [¶] And he will ever pray &c”; signed W. J. Jackson; sworn to (as William J. Jackson) and subscribed W. J. Jackson before Samuel Grumbine, Notary Public, 18 July 1889.
    [Mother’s consent, on reverse:]  “The undersigned Lida Jackson, mother of the within named Sylvester Ladd, hereby consents to the adoption of said child by William J. Jackson, and joins in the prayer for a decree as set forth in the petition of said William J. Jackson [¶] July 18, 1889”; signed Lida Jackson
    Granted 22 July 1889, name assumed is Sylvester Ladd Jackson; [filing date not given].

#88 September Term 1889
Appearance Dk. 113:88
    “The Petition of WILLIAM DIETRICH of the City of Titusville in said county respectfully represents,  That he is desirous of adopting SAMUEL LAFAYETTE DIETRICH, a child of SAMUEL DIETRICH, late of said city of Titusville, deceased, and NETTIE DIETRICH his wife, as one of his heirs – said child having been deserted by his mother and having no legal guardian, and being now supported partly by your Petitioner and partly by the Overseers of the Poor of said County, and that he will perform all the duties of a parent to the said child. [¶] Your petitioner therefore prays the Court, if satisfied that the welfare of said Samuel Lafayette Dietrich will be promoted by such adoption, and with the consent of the Overseers of the Poor of said County, indorsed hereon, to decree that the said Samuel Lafayette Dietrich may [next nine words carreted] assume the name of petitioner, as aforesaid, and may have all the rights of a child and heir of the petitioner and be subject to the duties of such child – the child already having the name of Petitioner, no decree that the child shall assume the name of Petitioner being necessary. [¶] And he will ever pray &c”; signed Wm Deiterich; sworn to and subscribed William Dietrich before Samuel Grumbine, Notary Public, 19 July 1889.
    [Consent, below:]  “The undersigned Overseers of the Poor of Crawford County hereby consent that the decree as within prayed for be made for the adoption of Samuel Lafayette Dietrich by William Dietrich”; signed H R Marley, Walter R Lindsay, E. J. Bailey, Overseers of the Poor of Crawford Co [undated].
    Granted 22 July 1889, name assumed is Samuel Lafayette Dietrich; [filing date not given].

#89 September Term 1889
Appearance Dk. 113:89
    “The petition of JOHN M. STRONG of the City of Titusville in said County respectfully represents, That he is desirous of adopting a child without known parents, (who is now known by the name of WILLIAM J. STRONG) who has now no legal guardian, and being [next word carreted] is now supported by your petitioner, and that he will perform all the duties of a parent to said child. [¶] Your Petitioner therefore prays the Court if satisfied that the welfare of said child will be promoted by such adoption and with the consent of the Overseers of the Poor of said County indorsed hereon, to decree that said child may assume the name of your petitioner viz: William J. Strong, and have all the rights of a child and heir of the petitioner and be subject to the duties of such child. [¶] And he will ever pray &c”; signed Jno M. Strong; sworn to and subscribed Jno M. Strong before Samuel Grumbine, Notary Public, 19 July 1889.
    [Consent, on reverse side:]  “The undersigned Overseers of the Poor of Crawford County hereby consents [sic] that the decree for the adoption of the child within referred to by John M Strong be made as within prayed for”; signed H. P Marley, Walter R Lindsay, E J Bailey, Oversees of the Poor of Crawford Co [undated].
    Granted 22 July 1889, name assumed is William J. Strong; [filing date not given].

#29 November Term 1889
Appearance Dk. 114:29
    “The Petition of AUSTIN A FOWLER and ROSE FOWLER his wife respectfully represents That your petitioners are residents of the City of Meadville Crawford County and State of Pennsylvania and are desirous to adopt ADALADE FRANCIS [sic] JOHNSTON a minor child of WM F JOHNSTONand MAY JOHNSTON his wife – said child being aged five years.  and that they will perform all the duties of a parent to the said child  They therefore pray the Court to decree that the said child shall asume [sic] the name of your petitioners and be subject to the duties of a child to them and have all the rights of a child and heir of them your petitioners, and they will ever pray.”  Signed Austin A Fowler, Rose Fowler; sworn to at Madison County, Indiana, by Austion [sic] A. Fowler and subscribed signed Austin A Fowler before Leander M. Schwinn, Notary Public, Madison Co., 2 Sept. 1889; sworn to by Rose Fowler (but not subscribed) before William Pentz, J.P. [date not given].
    [Mother’s consent, below]:  “May Johnson [sic] being sworn deposes and says that she is the mother of Adelaide Francis Johnson and that the facts set forth in the above petition are correct and true, and that she consents to the adoption prayed for.  The deponent further says that Wm H [sic] Johnston the father of the child has deserted her and the child, and that said child has been exclusively in the care and custody of your deponent since July last.  That she is unable to support the child and that it is about to become a charge upon the county unless adopted by the petitioners.”  Sworn to and subscribed Mrs May Johnston before William Pentz, J.P., 17 Sept. 1889.
    [Consent, below:]  “The undersigned Commissioners of the Poor of Crawford County do certify that the said Adelaide Francis Johnson [sic] has become a charge upon the County, and that they do consent o the adoption prayed for in the foregoing petition”; signed W R Lindsay, E J. Bailey, H. P. Marley.
    Granted 24 Sept. 1889, name assumed is Adalaide Francis Fowler; filed same day.

#41 November Term 1889
Appearance Dk. 114:41
    “The petition of JOHN W. OAKES of Randolph Township, Crawford County, respectfully represents: That he is desirous of adopting MABEL BEABOUT [or possibly BEABONT], a child of NETTIE BEABOUT, of Foxburgh, Clarion County, Pa. as one of his heirs. That said child has been in his family and under his care since the 15# day of July last past. That he herein declares his said desire and also that he will perform all the duties of a parent to said Mabel Beabout. The petitioner therefore prays the Court, if satisfied that the welfare of said Mabel Beabout will be promoted by such adoption, with the consent of the said Nettie Beabout, evidenced by her signing this petition, to decree that the said Mabel Beabout may assume the name of the petitioner, viz: Maude Pearl Oakes and have all the rights of a child and heir of the petitioner, and be subject to the duties of a child. And he will ever pray &c. [¶] Sept. 17# A.D. 1889.”  Signed John W Oakes, Miss Nettie Beabout [or possibly Beabont]; “Witness present,” Mrs Maggie Shriver, Mrs Mary Elliott; sworn to and subscribed John W. Oakes before Isaac Monderau, Notary Public, Meadville, 17 Sept. 1889.
    Granted 27 Sept. 1889, i.e., name changed to Maude Pearl Oakes; [filing date not given].

#2 May Term 1890
Appearance Dk. 116:2
    “The petition of H. S. STRUBLE, of said [Crawford] County, respectfully represents: [¶] That he is desirous of adopting as one of his heirs LILLIAN GRACE —, aged four yearsm whose parents and sur name are unknown; that he will perform all the duties of a parent to said child. [¶] He further represents that the consent of the Overseers of the Poor of said County to such adoption, is evidenced by their joining in this petition.  Your petitioner therefore prays the Court to decree that the said Lillian Grace — may assume the name of the petitioner, to wit: Lillian Grace Struble; and have and enjoy all the rights of a child and heir of the petitioner and be subject to the duties of a child.  And he will &c.”  Signed W S Struble “In presence of Arthur L Bates” [no jurat or acknowledgement].
    [Consent, below:]  “We the undersigned Commissioners of the County of Crawford and Overseers of the Poor hereby join in the above petition.”  Signed Henry P. Marley, E J. Bailey [undated]; petition filed same day.
    Granted 15 [docket says 10] Feb. 1890, name assumed is Lillian Grace Strubble; decree filed 15 Feb. 1890.
    [Handwritten letter:]
Mrs James Spence / Rt. 1 Davisburg / Michigan / Jan. 27, 1939 / [to] Clerk of Courts / Meadville / Penna. / Dear Sir, / In the year of or about 1889 Mr Walter Struble and wife Rosia adopted a little girl by the name of Lizzie Davis, taken from the orphanage there, the child was two years old then, I am that girl and have just learned the fact[.]  I Wish to know if I can get a copy of adoption papers and where my Father lived at time and the name of the Dr connected with the orphanage at that time & what are the charges for papers, would like to know Mr Davis’s first name and what Mrs Davis’ maiden name was, she was had died before Mrs Struble came to orphanage – & Mr Davis could not take care of me his daughter.  Enclosed is envelope for reply; the Strubles lived Crawford I believe at that time, please send all information you have. / Sincerely / Mrs J. R. Spence / Rt 1 / Davisburg / Mich.
Prothonotary’s typed reply letter, dated 28 Jan. 1939:  [unable to answer questions other than to provide info stated above].

#22 September Term 1890
Appearance Dk. 117:22
    “The petition of JONATHAN L KINGSBURY of the City of Titusville in said [Crawford] County respectfully represents, That he is desirous of adopting GRACE SIBLEY a child of LEROY SIBLEY and JOSEPHINE his wife, of East Titusville in the township of Oil Creek in said County, as one of his heirs; and for that purpose he herein declares his said desire and also that he will perform all the duties of a parent to said Grace Sibley [¶] He therefore prays the Court, if satisfied that the welfare of said Grace Sibley will be promoted by such adoption, with the consent of the said Leroy Sibley and Josephine Sibley, evidenced by signing this petition, to decree that the said Grace Sibley may assume the name of the petitioner, viz Grace Kingsburg and have all the rights of a child, and heir of the petitioner and be subject to the duties of a child. [¶] And he will ever pray &c”; signed Jonathan L Kingsbury, “We join in the foregoing petition” signed Josephine Sibley, Leroy Sibley; sworn to and again subscribed by Jonathan L Kingsbury (only) before Samuel Grumbine, Notary Public, 13 May 1890.
    Granted 2 June 1890, name assumed is Grace Kingsbury; [filing date not given].

#23 September Term 1890
Appearance Dk. 117:23
    “The petition of JONATHAN L. KINGSBURY of the City of Titusville in said [Crawford] County respectfully represents, That he is desirous of adopting HATTIE BURGESS, a child of B. F. BURGESS and JEANNETTE, his wife, of Elmira, New York, as one of his heirs; and for that purpose, he herein declares his said desire and also that he will perform all the duties of a parent to said Hattie Burgess as he has already done for upwards of fourteen years during which time she has lived in Petitioners family [¶] Your petitioner therefore prays the Court if satisfied that the welfare of said Hattie Burgess will be promoted by such adoption, with the consent of said B. F. Burgess and Jeannette Burgess evidenced by their signing this petition, to decree that the said Hattie Burgess may assume the name of your petitioner, viz Hattie Kingsbury, and have all the rights of a child and heir of petitioner and be subject to the duties of a child. [¶] And he will ever pray &c”; signed Jonathan L Kingsbury [on reverse] “We join in the prayer of the foregoing petition” signed B S[?] Burgess, Jenett[?] Burgess; sworn to and subscribed by Jonathan L Kingsbury (only) before Samuel Grumbine, Notary Public, 15 May 1890.
    Granted 2 June 1890, name assumed is Hattie Kingsbury; [filing date not given].

#23 November Term 1890
Appearance Dk. 118:23
    “The petition of GEORGE W. BROWN and PHOEBE [sic] A. BROWN his wife respectfully represents: That your petitiones are desirous of adopting as one of their heirs, CLARA C THOMAS a child of WILLIAM A. THOMAS and NANCY J. THOMAS his wife of Kinsman, Trumbull County, Ohio; that your petitiones will perform all the duties of parents towards the said child.  They further represent that the parents of said child consent to such adoption and join in this petition for the same.  Your petitiones therefore pray that a decree may be made that the said Clara C Thomas may assume the name of Clara C Brown and may have and enjoy all the rights of a child and heir of the said petitiones and be subject to the duties of a child, and they will ever pray &c”;; signed Geo. W. Brown, Phebe A. Brown; sworn to by Geo. W. Brown (only, and not again subscribed) before Valentine Hitchcock, J.P., 5 Aug. 1890.
    [Parental consent, below:]  “William A. Thomas & Nancy J. Thomas parents of the above name Clara. C Thomas hereby declare that they have read the foregoing petition and that they join in the prayer of the same.”  Signed William A. Thomas, Nancy J. Thomas.
    Granted 15 Sept. 1890, name assumed is Clara C. Brown; filed same day.

#6 February Term 1891
Appearance Dk. 119:6
    “The petition of DAVID A. MARLEY respectfully represents: that he is a citizen and resident of said County [of Crawford: that he and his wife are desirous of adopting JOHN SMITH, seven years of age, and son of FRANEY WIARD, of said County [next five words carreted] as one of his heirs, said John Smith having lived with petitioner for two years last past. [¶] Petitioner further representing that he will perform all the duties of a parent, prays the Court, if satisfied that such adoption will promote the welfare of said child, and that the mother consents to the same, to decree that said John Smith may assume the name of petitioner to wit, John Marley, and have all the rights of a child and heir of petitioner, and be subject to the duties of a child.”  Signed D A Marley; sworn to and again subscribed before John A. Adams, J.P., 7 Nov. 1890.
    [Spousal joinder, below:] “Nov. 7, 1890, I, Mollie Marley, wife of the petitioner hereby consent to & approve of the adoption of John Smith by my husband, the petitioner.”  Signed Mollie Marley.
    [Mother’s consent, on reverse side:]  “Nov 10, 1890, I, Franey Wiard, mother of John Smith within named, hereby consent to and approve of the adoption of my said son, as prayed for by David A Marley.”  Signed with her mark; witness Henry P. Marley.
    Granted 11 Nov. 1890 “as prayed for,” i.e., name assumed is John Marley; filed same day.

#55 February Term 1891
Appearance Docket 119:55
    “The petition of JNO. M. CHAPIN, of Crawford County, Pa., respectfully represents: That he is desirous of adopting MARY HAZEL DELO, a child of HATTIE DELO (nullius filia) of Warren County, this State, as one of his heirs, and for that purpose he herein declares his said desire, and also that he will perform all the duties of a parent to said Mary Hazel DeLo.  Petitioner further represents that said mother assigned & transferred all of her right & interest in, & custody over said Mary Hazel to the Children’s Aid Society of Crawford County, by writing by her signed, dated Oct, 22. 1889, and that said Society consents to her adoption by this petitioner. [¶] The petitioner therefore prays the Court, if satisfied that the welfare of said Mary Hazel will be promoted by such adoption, to decree that the said Charles Gregg Mary Hazel may assume the name of the petitioner, to wit: Mary Hazel Chapin, and have all the rights of a child & heir of petitioner, and be subject to the duties of a child. [¶] And he will ever pray &c.”  Signed John M. Chapin; sworn to (as Jno. M. Chapin) but not again subscribed before E. S. Beardsley, J.P., 30 Sept. 1890.
    [Spousal joinder, below:]  “I, Victor Ella Chapin, wife of Jno. M. Chapin, hereby consent to the adoption of Mary Hazel DeLo as prayed for.”  signed Victor Ella Chapin.
    [Consent, below:]  “Sept [blank], 1890. The undersigned, Directors [next two words carreted] & Overseers of the Poor of Crawford County hereby consent to & approve of the adoption of Mary Hazel DeLo, by John M. Chapin.”  Sigend Walter. R. Lindsay, Henry P. Marley, Edwin J. Bailey.
    [Enclosed printed form “Agreement of Hattie Delo mother of child with Childrens Aid Scty of Crawford Co.”]  “General Release to The Children’s Aid Society, [next four word, handwritten, inserted] of Crawford County, Pennsylvania [next line] Allegheny County and Western Pennsylvania. [¶] Know all Men by these Presents, That I, Hattie DeLo the undersigned of [blank] County of Warren State of Pennsylvania, for value received, doth hereby assign and transfer to the Children’s Aid Society of AlleghenyCrawford County, Pa., and Western Pennsylvania, and its successors, all my right and claim to the obedience, control, education, services and earnings of Hazel De Loe who is now of the age of two days years, and all my rights, claim or demand of whatsoever kind arising to me by virtue of my relation of mother to said child, until the said child shall have arrived at the age of 21 years.  The proper meaning and intent hereof being that said Aid Society shall in all respects stand in my place a parent of said child so far as I am concerned. [¶] It is also understood and agreed hereby that under no circumstances am I to have any right to any claim, demand or demands of whatever kind which may or might otherwise arise, to from or through said child as against said Society, or their agents in relation to the management or treatment of said child, and that in case of accident thereto, whereby any damage or rights to recover the same may or might accrue to me by reason of the laws of this State, the same shall be for the use and benefit of said Society, with the right to sue for and recover the same in its name, and to hold and use the same for the benefit of said child, or otherwise, at its Discretion. [¶] In Witness Whereof, I have hereunto set my hand and seal this 22d day of October A .D. 1889.”  Signed Hallie DeLo (seal); “Signed, sealed and delivered in the presence of us.” signed Theod. Young, M D., Mrs H D Chenry[?]; Mrs G E Delo. [on reverse, handwritten:] “The Childrens Aid Society of Crawford County, Pa, hereby consents to the adoption of the within named Hazel Delo by John M Chapin – said Childrens Aid Society of Crawford County, Pa having supported said child since she was two days old, and is now supporting her.  It is believed by said Society that the welfare of said child will be promoted by the adoption by said [blank] [#182;] Titusville Pa MarchJuly 23 1890.  ].”  Signed Lucia O Streeter, President, Attest: Lavinnia A. Baer, Secretary [also signed] Victorella Chapin.
    Granted 16 Dec. 1890 “as prayed for,” i.e., name assumed is Mary Hazel Chapin; filed same day.

#56 February Term 1891
Appearance Docket 119:56
    “The petition of GEORGE S. BANCROFT of Crawford County Pa respectfully represents [next line] That he is desirous of adopting LEO STOWELL FAHEY a child of CELIA FAHEY of this County as one of his heirs and for that purpose he herein declares his said desire and also that he will perform all the duties of a parent to said Leo Stowell Fahey.  Petitioner further represents that said mother assigned and transfered [sic] all of her right and intrest and custody over said Leo Stowell Fahey to the Childrens Aid Society of Crawford County by writing by her signed dated March 20th 1890 and that said Society consents to his adoption by this petitioner. [¶] The Petitioner therefore prays the Court if satisfied that the welfare of said Leo Stowell will be promoted by such adoption to decree that said Leo Stowell may assume the name of petitioner to wit Leo Stowell Bancroft and have all the rights of a child and heir of petitioner and be subject to the duties of a child [¶] And he will ever pray &c”  Signed G.S. Bancroft; sworn to [but not again subscribed] before J. E. Stratton, J.P., 25 Nov. 1890.
    [Spousal joinder, below:]  “I Sarah M. Bancroft Brancroft wife of George S Bancroft hereby consent to the adoption of Leo Stowell Fahey as prayed for”; signed Sarah M. Bancroft
    [Consent, below:]  “Nov 25th 1890 The undersigned Directors and Oversees of the Poor of Crawford County consent to and approve of the adoption of Leo Stowell Fahey by George S Bancroft”; signed Walter R. Lindsay, Henry P.Marley, Edwin J. Bailey.
    [Enclosed “Release from childs mother to Children’s Aid Scty of Titusville”:]  “Know all men by these Presents [¶] That I, Celia Fahey, mother of an infant male child, born Dec 28th 18890 in consideration of the care and maintenance to be given said child by the Childrens Aid Society of Titusville, Penn have released and quitclaimed, and do by these presents forever release and quitclaim all my parental rights and control, custody and management of my said child to said Childrens Aid Society, of Titusville, Pa., and to the person or persons to whom said Society may entrust the custody, care, management maintenance and bringing up of said child, and I hereby give my consent to the adoption of said child by such person or persons. [¶] Witness my hand and seal this NineteenthTwentieth day of March 1890”; signed Celia Fahey “In presence of” Wm Megahey, Carrie B. Brown.
    [Consent, below:]  “The Childrens Aid Society of Titusville Pa hereby consents to the adoption of Leo. Stowell Fahey, the child described in the above release by the mother Celia Fahey, by George S. Bancroft of Riceville, Crawford County, Penn. [¶] Titusville Pa Sept. 19, 1890”; signed Lucia O. Streeter, President, Attest: Lovinia A Barr, Secretary.
    Granted 16 Dec. 1890 “as prayed,” i.e., name changed to Leo Stowell Bancroft; filed same day.

#13 September Term 1891
Appearance Docket 121:13
    [On Probate Court form:]  “To the Honorable, The Judge of the Probate Court [next three words handwritten] of Common Pleas of the County of Crawford State of OhioPenn’a. [¶] Your Petitioners, STILES L. MINER and M. JENNIE MINER respectfully represent that they are inhabitants of the state of Ohio,Pa. residing at Linesville in said county of Crawford, and are husband and wife; that they desire to adopt as their own, MYRA BLASHKE, a minor child of the age of Three years on the 6th day of December 1890; that said minor child iswas an inmate of The Cleveland Protestant Orphan Asylum, of Cleveland, Ohio, organized under the laws of the said state, and that the written consent to such adoption, by the President of the Board of Trustees of said Asylum, is filed herewith [handwritten:], and that said minor is now a resident of this County, having her home with Petitioners] [¶] Your Petitioners further represent that they have the ability to bring up and educate said child properly, and that the adoption of said minor child, as herein prayed for is fit and proper. [¶] Your Petitioners therefore pray that upon the hearing of this matter the said Myra Blashke may be declared by the court, to be their child to all legal intents and purposes, and promise to treat said child with kindness, and give such moral instruction and good example as parents in Christian communities give their own children, and will at least give her an opportunity to acquire a good common school education, and that her name be changed to Leah Charline Miner and for such other orders as the case may require. [¶] Ohio, 10th day of April 1891”; signed Stiles L. Miner, M. Jennie Miner; sworn to [as S. L. Miner and M. Jennie Miner, but not again subscribed] before John J. Henderson, President Judge, 10 April 1891.
    [Enclosed consent, on Probate Court of Cuyahoga County, Ohio, form:]  “Now Comes Douglas Perkins and represents to the Court that ‘The Cleveland Protestant Orphan Asylum’ is organized under the laws of the State of Ohio, and that he is the President of the Board of Trustees of said Asylum. [¶] He further represents and says that on the 19th day of April 1888, the said Myra Blashke was voluntarily surrendered by its parent guardian to the trustees of said Asylum, has been abandoned by its parent  guardian, and is now an inmate of said Asylum. [¶] That he has examined the petition herein and believes the allegations therein set forth to be true, and as President of said Board of Trustees hereby consents to the adoption of said Myra Blashke by the said Stiles L. Miner and M. Jennie Miner and for the change of her name as prayed for in said petition.  Cleveland Ohio, Feb. 23th 1891”;  Signed Douglas Perkins; sworn to and again subscribed before A H Shunk, Notary Public, Cuyahoga Co., Ohio, 23 Feb. 1891.
    Granted 19 May 1891], name changed to Leah Charline Miner; separate decree, on modified Probate Court form, filed same day.

#93 September Term 1891
Appearance Docket 121:93
    “The petition of BRADFORD CARR and CORA BELL CARR his wife of Springboro Pa. respectfully represent That RUTH HAMILTON is the daughter of CORA HAMILTON an unmarried woman  That the said Cora Hamilton gave the said Ruth to your petitioners when she was Two months old, since which time she has lived with and been supported by your petitioners  That the said Ruth is now of the age of Twenty months  That your petitioners desire to adopt the said Ruth and will perform all the duties of parents to such child [¶] Your petitioners therefore pray this Honorable Court to make a decree, that the said Ruth to be adopted by your petitioners and that she shall assume the name of the adopting parents. And they will ever pray.”  Signed Bradford Carr, Cora Bell Carr [no jurat or affidavit].
    [Parental consent, attached:]  “I hereby give my consent to the adoption of my child Ruth Hamilton by Bradford Carr and Cora Bell Carr, as by them prayed for in the petitioner hereto attached. [¶] Witness my hand and seal this 14th day of July A.D. 1891.”  Signed Cora May Hamilton [and] C. M. Hamilton; Witness: L. C. Gravs.
    Granted 3 Aug. 1891, name assumed is Ruth Carr; filed same day.

#5 November Term 1891
Appearance Docket 122:5
    “The petition of HULBERT J. KEENAN [¶] that he is desirous of adopting FLOY ETTA RELAY [RALYA], a minor child of WM RELAY, of Sadsbury township, in said county, as one of his heirs.  And that he will perform all the duties of a parent to said child vis Floy Etta Relay [¶] Your petitioner therefore prays that a decree be made that the said Floy Etta Relay shall assume the name of Floy Etta Keenan  That she shall have all the rights of a child and heir of the said Hubert J Keenan and be subject to all the duties of such child”; signed Hubert J. Keenan; sworn to and subscribed at Hancock Co., Ohio, by Hubert J. Keenan before Robert Morris, Notary Public, Hancock Co., 31 Aug. 1891.     [Parental consent, on reverse:]  “I, WM Relay of the Township of Sadsbury Crawford Co. Pa. and Father of the within named Floy Etta Relay do hereby consent to the within prayed for adoption.”  Signed William Ralya.
    Granted 14 Sept. 1891, name to be born is Floy Etta Keenan; [filing date not given].

#8 November Term 1891
Appearance Docket 122:8
    “The petition of C. W. MICKLE of the township of Bloomfield, County of Crawford and state of Pennsylvania, respectfully represents: [¶] That he is desirous of adopting CALLA IRENE LEE, a female child of ESTHER LEE of the same place, as one of his heirs; and for that purpose he herein declares his said desire, and also that he will perform all the duties of a parent to the said child.  Petitioner further represents that the father of said Calla Irene Lee is unknown and that said child is about one year old. He further represents that Esther Lee the mother of said child has singed this petition as evidence of her consent to said adoption.&bnsp; Your petitioner therefore prays the Court to decree that the said Calla Irene Lee may assume the name of the petitioner, viz: Calla Irene Mickle, and have and enjoy all the rights of a child and heir of the petitioner, and be subject to the duties of a child.  And he will ever pray &c” dated 20 Aug. 1891.  Signed C. W. Mickle, Esther Lee; Witness: S. R. Miller;  sworn to and subscribed by C. W. Mickle before S. P. Miller, J.P., 20 Aug. 1891.
    Granted 14 Sept. 1891, name assumed is Calla Irene Mickle [filing date not given].

#9 November Term 1891
Appearance Docket 122:9
    “The petition of F. L. PAGE of the township of Bloomfield, County of Crawford and state of Pennsylvania, respectfully represents: [¶] That he is desirous of adopting JAMES MILLIMAN a male child of GEORGE and HARRIET MILLIMAN as one of his heirs; and for that purpose he herein declares his said desire, and also that he will perform all the duties of a parent to the said child.  Petitioner further represents that George Milliman the father of said child is a lunatic and is now and has been for more than two years last past confined in the state Hospital for the Insane at Warren, Pa; that the child is about four years old, and that Harriet Milliman its mother is poor and unable to provide a suitable home for her said child. Petitioner further represents that Harriet Milliman has singed this petition as evidence of her consent to said adoption.&bnsp; Your petitioner therefore prays the Court to decree that the said James Milliman may assume the name of the petitioner, viz: James Page, and have and enjoy all the rights of a child and heir of said petitioner, and be subject to the duties of a child.  And he will ever pray &c” dated 9 Sept. 1891.  Signed F L Page, and with the mark of Harriet Milliman; Witness: E. C. Miller.  Sworn to and subscribed by F. L. Page before S. R. Miller, J.P., 9 Sept. 1891.
    Granted 14 Sept. 1891, name assumed is James Page; [filing date not given]
[Enclosed letter typed on Grand Trunk Western Railroad Company stationery:]  “Office of Trainmaster, Durand, Michigan, Jan. 9, 1939 [addressed to] Probate Court p Crawford County, Meadville, Penna. [¶] Dear Sir: [¶] Our employee, James Frederick Page, now living at 932 Lomita Avenue, Flint, and engaged as a Switchman, is being required to furnish birth certificate or satisfactory proof of age, and in conversation with I have learned the following facts; [¶] He was born November 1, 1889 at Oil City, Venango County, Pennsylvania and was adopted by Louis and Almia Page, when about four years of age.  Adoption papers were filed through the Court of Crawford County, and he has no knowledge of his original name or history. [¶] It is necessary that we have something definite from the State of Pennsylvania, also the County of Venango as to any registration of birth (after we have developed his original name) or a copy of the adoption papers, if in order.  If it is not in order for the Court to furnish this information, a letter or affidavit indicating what the adoption records show as to his name and date of birth, together with information as to date of adoption, will suffice. [¶] I am writing this letter for Mr. Page and you may reply to me direct, or to our employee at his home address – 928 Lomita Avenue, Flint, Michigan. [¶] Yours Sincerely,” signed G A Briggs, Trainmaster.
    [Attached letter from Paul D. Slayton, Prothonotary, addressed to Mr. G. A. Briggs:] “ … I can find no adoption of a child of that name by Louis and Alma Page indexed in our records.  However, I find that F. L. Page of Bloomfied Township (about 20 miles N.E. of Meadville) adopted one James Milliman, child of George and Harriet Milliman, on Sept. 14, 1891.  The petition sets forth that the child was then about four years old.  Quite likely this is an other person [!?!].”
#17 November Term 1891
Appearance Docket 122:17
    [On Probate Court form:]  “To the Honorable, The Judge of the Probate [next two words carreted, handwritten] Common Pleas Court of the County of Crawford State of OhioPa. [¶] Your Petitioners, JOHN FRANCIS WEAVER and MARY WEAVER respectfully represent that they are inhabitants of the state of Ohio,Pa residing at Cochranton in said county of Crawford, and are husband and wife; that they desire to adopt as their own, KATE DELAWDER a minor child of the age of One year on the 10th day of June 1891; that said minor child iswas an inmate of The Cleveland Protestant Orphan Asylum, of Cleveland, Ohio, organized under the laws of the said state, and that the written consent to such adoption, by the President of the Board of Trustees of said Asylum, is filed herewith. [handwritten:] with the consent and approval of the Directors of the Poor of Crawford County. [¶] Your Petitioners further represent that they have the ability to bring up and educate said child properly, and that the adoption of said minor child, as herein prayed for is fit and proper. [¶] Your Petitioners therefore pray that upon the hearing of this matter the said Kate DeLawder may be declared by the court, to be their child to all legal intents and purposes, and promise to treat said child with kindness, and give such moral instruction and good example as parents in Christian communities give their own children, and will at least give her an opportunity to acquire a good common school education, and that her name be changed to Goldie May Weaver and for such other orders as the case may require. [¶] Meadville Ohio,Pa. 14th day of September 1891”; signed John Francis Weaver, Ida May Weaver; sworn to and again subscribed before Isaac Monderau, Noary Public, Meadville, 14 Sept. 1891.
    [Consent, on reverse above Weaver jurat:] “We the undersigned Directors of the Poor of the County of aforesaid [Crawford], hereby approve the within petition and consent to the prayer of the petitioners”; signed John B Brawley Clerk, Overseers of the Poor, Crawford Co. Pa.
    [Enclosed consent, on Probate Court of Cuyahoga County, Ohio, form:]  “Now Comes Douglas Perkins and represents to the Court that ‘The Cleveland Protestant Orphan Asylum’ is organized under the laws of the State of Ohio, and that he is the President of the Board of Trustees of said Asylum. [¶] He further represents and says that on the thirteenth day of July 1891, the said Kate DeLawder was voluntarily surrendered by its parent guardian to the trustees of said Asylum, has been abandoned by its parent  guardian, and is now an inmate of said Asylum. [¶] That he has examined the petition herein and believes the allegations therein set forth to be true, and as President of said Board of Trustees hereby consents to the adoption of said Kate DeLawder by the said John Francis Weaver and Ida May Weaver and for the change of her name as prayed for in said petition.  Cleveland Ohio, Sept. 7th 1891”;  Signed Douglas Perkins; sworn to and again subscribed before A. H. Shunk, Notary Public, Cuyahoga Co., Ohio, 7 Sept. 1891.
    Granted 16 Sept. 1891, name changed to Goldie May Weaver; filed same day.

#23 November Term 1891
Appearance Docket 122:23
    “The petition of A.W. and ADDA BIRCH respectfully represents  That they are residents of said [Crawford] County and are desirous of adopting PEARL M [blank] a minor child which has been desserted [sic] by its parents, as one of their heirs. [¶] That the said Pearl M [blank] has no legal guardian and that they will perform all the duties of a parent to her [¶] That the managers of the Childrens Aid Society of Allegheny County, from whom they received the said minor child when an infant have consented to said adoption prayed for by your petitioners  Wherefore your petitioner pray your Hon. Court to order and decree that the said Pearl. M. shall assume the name of your petitioners and that the said Pearl M. shall have all the rights of a child and heir of your petitioners and be subject to the duties of a child”;  Signed A W Birch, Adda Birch; sworn to and subscribed A. W. Birch, Adda Birch before Philip P. Wenz, J.P., 31 July 1891.
    [Consent, below:]  “We Mrs. M A. Woodburn Pres and Mrs Jas R Darling [sic] of the Childrens Aid Society of Allegheny County hereby consent to the adoption of Pearl M [blank] as prayed for in the foregoing petition, and believe that such adoption will be for the welfare of the said [blank]” signed Mrs. M. A. Woodburn, Mrs. James R Darragh, Sec’y.
    Granted 21 Sept. 1891, name changed to Bessie Pearl Birch; filed same day.

#36 November Term 1891
Appearance Docket 122:36
    “The petition of G. W. GREEN respectfully represents. [¶] That he is a resident of Spring Township, Crawford County Pa. [¶] That he is desirous of adopting EMMA HEADLY [HEADLEY] an adult person of the age of 26 years. [¶] That the said Emma Headley and JOHN HEADLEY and LYDIA HEADLY the parents of the said Emma Headly have assented to the said adoption prayed for by your petitioner. [¶] Wherefore your petitioner prays your Honorable Court to order and decree that the said Emma Headly shall have all the rights of a child and heir of your petitioner, and be subject to the duties of such child [¶] And that the said Emma Headley may assume & bear the name of Emma Headley Green [¶] And your petitioner will ever pray &c”; signed George W Green, sworn to [as G. W. Green] and subscribed George W Green before Henry West, J.P., Springboro, 28 Aug. 1891.
    [Parental consent, below:]  “John Headley & Lydia Headly the parents of Emma Headly hereby consent to the adoption of the said Emma Headley as prayed for in the foregoing petition and believe such adoption will be for the welfare of the said Emma Headley”; signed with the mark of John Headly, and by Lydia Headly, Witness[es] Casper Terry, Rose Terry.
    [Supporting affidavit, below:]  “Asa S McCoy & H C Pond being duly sworn according to law says that they are acquainted with G. W. Green the within named petitioner; that he is a person of respectability & property and that the deponents believe that the welfare of the said Emma Headley will be promoted by the adoption prayed for in said petition”; sworn to and subscribed Asa S. McCoy, H. C. Pond before Henry West, J.P., Springboro, 28 Aug. 1891.
    Granted 28 Sept. 1891, name assumed is Emma H. Green; filed same day.

#46 February Term 1892
Appearance Docket 123:46
    “The petition of JOHN H HURST and LIBBIE HURST, his wife, of the City of Meadville, to adopt HELEN HOFFMAN, an orphan child of 20 months of age and late an inmate of the Fairmont Childrens Home of the State of Ohio, and now in the charge of the petitioners in said City; Board consents; signed John H Hurst, Mrs Libbie Hurst.  Sworn to and subscribed by both 11 Dec. 1891.
    Attached consent of President of the Board of Trustees of Fairmont Childrens Home of the Counties of Stark and Columbiana in the State of Ohio, ack. 2 Dec. 1891.
    Granted 15 Dec. 1891, name changed to Hellen May Hurst.

#52 February Term 1892
Appearance Docket 123:52
    “The petition of WILHELM G. KOESSLING respectfully represents: - [¶] That he is a resident of Meadville in said County of Crawford; that he is desirous of adopting MARIA KOESSLING as one of his heirs; that said Maria was born out of wedlock in the house of this petitioner; that her mother gave her to your petitioner and his wife upon her birth and she has been reared, provided and cared for by them as their own child, and has been known as such, ever since; that said Maria is now nearly 14 years of age and her said mother has never claimed said child or made an effort to support her or provide a home for her, nor is her said mother&146;s whereabouts known to this petitioner. [¶] Your petitioner further showing that said Maria having become endeared to him and his wife, and having been regarded as their own child, and being themselves childless, pray teh Court to decree that the said Maria shall continue to be known by the name of Maria Koessling and shall have all the rights of a child and heir of this petitioner and be subject to duties accordingly, and he will ever pray &c.”  Signed Wilhelm G. Koessling; sworn to and again subscribed before C. R. Slocum, Prothonotary, 17 Dec. 1891.
    [Consent, below:]  “Consent of the Overseers of the Poor is hereby given to the adoption of Marie [sic] Koessling as prayed for in above petition.  Dec. 17, 1891.”  Signed Overseers of the Poor of Crawford County per John B Brawley  Clerk.
    Granted 17 Dec. 1891, name will continue to be Maria Koessling; filed same day.

#56 February Term 1892
Appearance Docket 123:56
    “The petition of A M PEEBLES a resident of the Borough of Vallonia represents [¶] That on the 5th of November last there was found by him on his House Door Step a female infant child of six months old or thereabouts and he has taken said child into his family.  That said child is a waif & has no parents known to petitioner.  That he & his wife SARAH A PEEBLES are desirous of adopting said nameless child & hereby promise to perform all the duties of parents to said child [¶] The consent of the Directors of the Poor &c of said County has been obtained for the proposed adoption as appears by the Certificate of their Clerk hereto attached, said Board joining herein [¶] Petitioner therefore prays the Court to order & decree that said nameless child may assume the name of Ethel Peebles & have & enjoy all the rights of a child & heir of Petitioner, and become subject to the duties of a child” signed A. M. Peebles [the jurat consists simply of the statement by C. R. Slocum, Prothonotary, that “Petitioner sworn to before me 21 Decr 1891.”
   [Consent, on reverse:] The Board of Directors of the Poor & of the House of Employment of Crawford County hereby consents to the adoption of the child within mentioned by within named petitioner, & hereby requests that Petition be granted [next line] 21 Dec 1891.”  Directors of the Poor &c[,] John B Brawley, Clerk.
    Granted 22 Dec. 1891, name assumed is Ethel Peebles; [filing date not given].

#99 February Term 1892
Appearance Docket 123:100
    “The petition of JOHN GRAHAM and MARY JANE GRAHAM of SpringConneaut Township, County aforesaid [Crawford] respectfully represents. That Miss ELSIE PLATT aged twenty one years, has lived in the family of your petitioners and been cared for by them for six years or more last past. [¶] That the parents of the said Elsie are dead. [¶] That your petitioners are desirous of adopting the said Elsie, and agree to perform all the duties of parents to such child, and desire that she may take the name of Elsie Graham and we will ever pray [¶] Witness our hands and seals this 8" day of January 1892.”  Signed John Graham, Mary Jane Graham [no jurat or acknowledgment].
    [Consent, below:]  “I hereby consent to the action of the foregoing petitioners and pray the Court may approve the same.”  Signed Miss Elise Platt.
    [Consent, on reverse:]  “And now Jany 27" 1892 [next line] We approval of the within petition and consent that the prayer be granged.”  Signed Poor Directors of Crawford County[,] per John B Brawley  Clerk.
    Granted 27 Jan. 1892, name taken is Elsie Graham; [filing date not given].

#86 May Term 1892
Appearance Docket 124:86
    “The petition of JOSEPH B BUTLER respectfully represents [¶] That he is a resident of the township of Cambridge in said County [¶] that he is desirous of adopting GRACE JOHN’S minor child of [blank] JOHN’S as one of his heirs [¶] that he will perform all the duties of a parent to the said Grace John&146;s [¶] that the said Grace John’s has been deserted by her father for a period of over three years. [¶] Wherefore your petitioner prays your Honorable Court to order and decree that the said Grace John’s assume the name of Grace Butler and that [next line] that the said Grace John’s shall have all the rights of a child and heir of your petitioner and be subject to the duties of such child [¶] And your petitioner w=shall ever pray &c.”  Signed Joseph B. Butler; sworn to and subscribed before Wm A Dougan, J.P., 1 April 1892.
    [Consent, on reverse:] We Directors of the Poor of the County of Crawford hereby consent to the within prayed for adoption”; signed O. P. Blakeslee.
    Granted 11 April 1892, name assumed is Grace Butler; filed same day.

#4 September Term 1892
Appearance Docket 125:4
    “The petition of GREGOR LOESLEIN respectfully represents:- [¶] that he is desirous of adopting JOHN GUENTHER and MARY GUENTHER, aged six and four years respectively, and children of KARL GUENTHER; that said Karl Guenther disappeared about four years ago and has offered no provision or care for said children; and his whereabouts is now unknown to any of his friends or your petitioner; that the mother of said children died nine days after the birth of the younger, and since said time the children have been cared for by your petitioner and his father. [¶] Your petitioner representing that he desires to adopt the said children as his heirs, prays the Court to decree that the said children may assume the name of your petitioner, and enjoy all the rights of a child and be subject to the duties of children and he will ever pray,” signed Gregor Loeslein.  Sworn to and subscribed before W H Gaskill, Clerk, 3 May 1892.
    [Consent, on reverse:] We, the Overseers of the Poor hereby consent to the adoption of John and Mary Guenther by Gregor Loeslein as prayed for in the above petition.  May 9, 1892.” Signed Overseers of Poor per John B Brawley Clerk.
    Granted 9 May 1892, the children to assume the name of the petitioner, i.e., presumably John Loeslein and Mary Loeslein; [filing date not given].
Enclosed letter from Miles B. Kitts, Attorney-at-Law, 25 East Eighth Street, Erie, Pa., dated 28 July 1928, requesting a search for the adoption of John and Marie Gunther by a George Loeslein or a Gregor George Loeslein or his wife, Mary Loeslein; and replies by V. L. Greeley, Prothonotary.

#8 September Term 1892
Appearance Docket 125:8
    “The Petition of THOMAS J. BLYSTONE of Venango Township, Crawford County, Pa. respectfully represents: That he is desirous of adopting as one of his heirs HARRY B. HACKETT, a child of DAVID and HELEN HACKETT, late of said County, now deceased; And that he will perform all the duties of a parent to said child: He further represents that the consent of James Perley Skelton, the uncle of said Harry B. Hackett and next friend to such adoption is evidenced by his joining in this petition [¶] Your Petitioner therefore prays the Court to decree that said Harry B. Hackett may assume the name of your petitioner viz Harry B. Blystone and have and enjoy all the rights of a child and heir of your petitioner, and be subject to the duties of a child [¶] And he will ever pray &c.”  Signed Thomas J Blystone; [on reverse side] sworn to and subscribed Thomas J. Blystone before C. R. Slocum, Prothonotary, 10 May 1892.
    [Consent, below petition:]  “I do hereby consent to the adoption of Harry B. Hackett as above prayed for and join in this petition”; signed J. P. Skelton, uncle and next friend.
    Granted 12 May 1892, name assumed is Harry B. Blystone; [filing date not given].

#14 November Term 1892
Appearance Docket 126:14
    “The petition of JAMES JOHNSON of Hayfield Twp. of said County respectfully represents: [¶] That he is desirous of adopting as one of his heirs RAY COREY, a child of ARCH COREY and LILLIE his wife, late of said County, who have deserted said child, and that he will perform all the duties of a parent to said child. He further represents that the consent of Eliza Smith, grandmother of said Ray and next friend, to such adopton and the directors of the poor, to such adoption is evidenced by joining in this petition. [¶] Your petitioner therefore prays the Court to decree that the said Ray Corey may assume the name of the petitioner viz: James Johnson Jr. and have and enjoy the rights of a child and heir of the petitioner, and be subject to the duties of a child.  And he will ever pray &c”; signed James Johnson; sworn to and again subscribed before C. R. Slocum, Prothonotary, 15 Sept. 1892.
    [Consent, below:]  “We hereby join in the prayer of the above petition”; signed Elizza [sic] Smith [and also] Levi Putnam, O. P. Blakeslee, Edgar Partch [apparently by] John B Brawley  Director of the Poor[,] Clerk.
    Granted 15 Sept. 1892, name assumed is James Johnson, Jr.; [filing date not given].

#43 November Term 1892
Appearance Docket 126:43
    “The petition of JOHN G. MCPHEETERS of South Shenango Township Crawford County, Pa., respectfully represents that he is desirous of adopting MILO CAMERON CROWE, a minor child of OLIVER C. CROWE and MILLIE A. CROWE, both of whom are deceased, as one of his heirs; and for that purpose he herein declares his said desire, and also that he will perform all the duties of a parent to the said Milo Cameron Crowe, [¶] The petitioner further represents that he has had sole charge of said child for the past year, and that it is the wish and desire of Rev. Samuel J. Crowe, of Mercer, Pa., who is the only living paternal uncle of said child, that the Court should grant this petition. [¶] The petitioner therefore prays the Court, if satisfied that the welfare of said Milo Cameron Crowe, will be promoted by such adoption, and with the consent of the the [sic] said Samuel J. Crowe, to decree that said Milo Cameron Crowe, may assume the name of your petitioner viz: of Milo Cameron Crowe McFeeters, and have all the rights of a child and heir of the petitioner, and be subject to the duties of a child. And he will &c”; sworn to and subscribed John G McFeeters at Mercer Co., Pa., before H H Zeigler, Clerk, 20 Sept. 1892
    [Consent, below:]  “Personally appeared before me Saml J. Crowe, who being duly sworn declares that he joins in the foregoing petition of John G. McFeeters; that he is the only paternal uncle living, of the said Milo Cameron Crowe; that the said Oliver C. and Millie A. Crowe, are both deceased, and left to survive them six minor children, the said Milo being one of the six; that the said Milo is six years of age and has been living with the said John G. McPheeters for the past year; that since the death of the said Oliver C. Crowe, the deponent has been looking after his said children, and settling up his estate; that he is well acquainted with the said John G. McFeeters and believes him to be a proper person to have charge of said child; and he therefore requests that the Court grant the foregoing petition; signed Samuel J. Crowe, sworn to at Mercer Co. 20 Sept. 1892.
    Granted 30 Sept. 1892, name changed to Milo Cameron Crowe McFeeters.

#64 November Term 1892
Appearance Docket 26:64
    “The petetion [sic] of JAMES G. HOLDEN and CLARA HOLDEN his wife respectfully represents. That they were residents of Meadville Crawford County for Eight years and more  That CLAIR E HOFIUS a son of THEDA J & JOHN F HOFIUS has resided with them for over one year last past; That said Clair E Hofius is Four years old [next two words carreted] and upwards and by virtue of a decree of the Court of Common Pleas of Crawford County Pa. in No 46 Nov Term 1890 the custody of said child was given to his mother Theda J. Hofius and she divorced from her said Husband John F. Hofius  That your petetioners are desirous of adopting the said Clair E Hofius and agree to perform all the duties of parents to said child and that he the said Clair E Hofius may be their heir and inherit their property as though born to them in lawful wedlock. They further showing that the Mother of said child is willing that they should adopt said child, desire that he may take their name to wit Clair E. Holden and be declared by decree of this Court to be their child and legal heir [¶] In witness whereof we have hereunto set our hands and seals this 30th day of September A.D. 1892”; signed J G Holden, Mrs Clara Holden [no jurat or acknowledgment].
    [Consent, below:]  “I Theda J Hofius mother of the above named child hereby certify that I have heard read the above petetion, That the facts therein set forth are true and I hereby request this Court to grant the prayer of the foregoing petetioners James G. Holden and Clara Holden my sister”; signed Theda J Hofius.
    Granted 12 Oct. 1892, name assumed to Clair E. Holden; [filing date not stated].
Enclosed letter from Garl Bonewitz, Attorney at Law, Huntington, Indiana, to V. L. Greeley, Prothonotary, dated 11 May 1934, concerning corrections to be made to a certified copy of the adoption decree (change “1992” to “1892,” and “Claris” to “Clair.”
#9 February Term 1893
Appearance Docket 127:9
    “The petition of TH—[?; THURON?] H. BAKER of Summerhill Twp said County respectfully represents.  That he is desirous of adopting HATTIE R. DUDLEY, a child & daughter of HARRY [or HARVEY?] DUDLEY of said County, the surviving parent of the said Hattie, & hereby declares that he will perform all the duties of a parent to said child. [¶] He further represents that the consent of the said surviving parent to such adoption is evidenced by his joining in this petition. [¶] Your petitioner therefore prays the Court to decree that the said Hattie Dudley may assume the name of this petitioner namely Hattie R. Baker & have & enjoy all the rights of a child & heir of petitioner & be subject to the duties of a child. [¶] And he will ever pray”; signed T. H. Baker; dated 19 Nov. 1892 [no jurat or acknowledgment].
    [Parental consent, on reverse:]  “The undersigned surviving parent of Hattie R Dudley hereby assents to this petition & consents to the adoption of said Hattie R Dudley by said petitioner as prayed for in this petition”; 19 Nov. 1892; signed H. W. Dudley.
    Granted 19 Nov. 1892 “as prayed for,” i.e., name changed to Hattie R. Baker; [filing date not given].

#100 May Term 1893
Appearance Docket 128:100
    “The petition of WILSON S SMITH of said [Crawford] County represents.  That he is desirous of adopting ALICE C. ERICKSON, a child eighteen months old the names & places of Residence are unknown to petitioner as the [illegible; father?] having since abandoned their said child  He avers that he will perform all the duties of a parent to said child  The Directors of the Poor & of the House of Employment of Crawford County, upon whom the said child may unless —ly[?] adopted by petitioner, become a burden, have given & do hereby give their consent to the adoption [¶] Petitioner therefor prays the Court to decree that the said Alice C Erickson may assume the name of petitioner, namely Alice C Smith & have & enjoy all the rights & privileges of a child & heir of petitioner, & be subject to the duties of a child of petitioner”; signed Wilson S. Smith; dated 12 April 1893 [no jurat or acknowledgement].
    [Consent, below]  “The consent of the Directors of the Poor &c of Crawford County hereby consent to the adoption of above named child by —[?; aforesaid?] petitioner”; signed Directors of Poor of Crawford County, Per F. J. Thomas, Clerk Pro.tem.; dated 12 April 1893.
    Granted 12 April 1893, name assumed is Alice C. Smith; [filing date not given].

#17 September Term 1893
Appearance Docket 129:17
    “The petition of JOSEPH H GARWOOD and of LYDIA L. GARWOOD his wife represents [¶] That they are citizens of Summit Township said County, and are desirous of adopting as their heir an infant girl aged about eighteen months.  That they will perform all the duties of parents to said infant [¶] The said child has no parents known to the petitioners.  Said child was left on their door step on the 1st October 1891 by some person unknown to petitioners, and is legally a charge upon the Directors of the Poor &c of Crawford County who have by signing this paper, their consent to its adoption by petitioners [¶] Your petitioners therefore pray the Court to direct that the said child may assume the name of petitioners & be known as Ruth Garwood and have & enjoy all the rights of a child & heir of the undersigned petitioners, and be subject to the duties of a child of petitioners [¶] And they will ever pray.”  Signed J. H. Garwood, Lydia L Garwood [no jurat or acknowledgement].
    [Consent and joinder, below:] The undersigned Directors of the Poor & of the House of Employment of Crawford County join in the above petition, give their consent to, & pray that the same may be granted”; signed Poor Directors of Crawford County, By F. J. Thomas, Clerk Pro tem.
    Granted 23 May 1893, name assumed is Ruth Garwood; [filing date not given].

#18 September Term 1893
Appearance Docket 129:18
    “The petition [in Prothonotary’s handwriting] of G. H. KOESSLING and Mrs. LOUISA KOESSLING, his wife, respectfully represents: [¶] That they are citizens of the Borough of Vallonia, in said County; and are desirous of adopting as their heir, CALVIN ROAN, aged five years, on the 10th day of July, 1893; that they will perform all the duties of parents to said child; that said Calvin Roan has been surrendered to the Trustees of the Fairmont Children’s Home, of the Counties of Stark and Columbiana, in the State of Ohio, of which he has been an inmate; and that they have procured the written consent of Elisha Teeters, President of the Board of Trustees of said Home to said adoption and change of name, which is hereto annexed. [¶] Your petitioners therefore prays your Honorable Court for leave to adopt the said Calvin Roan as their child, and for leave to change his name to Calvin Koessling. [¶] And they will ever pray &c.”  Signed G H Koessling, Louisa Koessling; sworn to by Mrs. Louisa Koessling (only) and subscribed Louias [sic] Koessling before C. R. Slocum, Prothonotary, 23 May 1893.
    [Attached completed Fairmont Children’s Home petition form:]  “To the Probate Court of Crawford County, State of Ohio: [¶] We G.H. Koessling and Mrs Louisa Koessling, his wife, residents of the County of Crawford, and State of OhioPenn hereby jointly petition the Honorable Court of ProbateProthonotary within and for said County, for leave to adopt Caroline Roan, Aged Five (5) years, on the Tenth (10) day of July, A. D., 1893, and not theirs by birth; as their child, and for leave to change His name to Calvin Koessling [¶] The Petitioners represent; that said Calvin Roan has been surrendered to the Trustees of the Fairmont Children’s Home, of the Counties of Stark and Columbiana, in said State of Ohio, of which He has been an inmate; and that they have procured the written consent of Mr Elisha Teeter, President of the Board of Trustees of said Home to said adoption and change of name, which they herewith file.  Dated this 18th day of May, 1893.”  Signed G H Koessling, Louias Koessling.  [Below:]  “I, Elisha Teeters, President of the Board of Trustees of Fairmont Children’s Home, hereby give my consent to the adoption and change of name of Calvin Roan, as prayed in the within petition.”  Signed Fairmont Children’s Home, May 18th 1893Elisha Teeters Pres. [and also, at bottom] M. M. Southworth Supt
    Granted 23 May 1893, name assumed is Calvin Koessling; [filing date not given].

#35 September Term 1893
Appearance Docket 129:35
    “The petition of WILLIAM JOHNSON of said [Crawford] County, respectfully represents: [¶] That he is adopting as one of his heirs MAGGIE AYTON, a child of DAVID AYTON and MARTHA AYTON and that he will perform all the duties of a parent of said child.  He further represents that he has obtained the consent of the mother of said child and that the whereabouts of the father is unknown, the said Martha Ayton joining in this petition [¶] Your petitioner therefore prays the Court that the said Maggie Ayton may assume the name of the petitioner; viz Maggie Johnson, and have and enjoy all the rights of a child and heir of this petitioner and be subject to the duties of a child.  And he will ever pray &c.”  Signed William Johnson, Martha Ayton; sworn to (by William Johnson only) and subscribed William Johnson before C. R. Slocum, Prothonotary, 30 May 1893.
    [Consent, on reverse:]  “The overseers of the Poor hereby consent and approve of the within petition [next two words carreted] and adoption.  June 12, 1893.”  Signed Levi Putnam, O. P. Blakeslee, Edgar Partch, Poor Directors of Crawford Co. Pa.
    Granted 12 June 1893, name assumed is Maggie Johnson; [filing date not given].

#36 September Term 1893
Appearance Docket 129:36
    “The petition of HENRY SMALLENBERGER and HOLDA SMALLENGERGER his wife of the City of Meadville, Crawford County Penna respectfully represents: [¶] that they are desirous of adopting DAUPHINE ELOISE CARSON an infant child of JAMES CARSON whose residence is unknown and ELLEN CARSON Carson his wife, an inmate of the Erie County Pa, Alms House, as one of their heirs, and for that purpose they herein declare their said desire, and also that they will perform all the duties of parents to the said Dauphine Eloise Carson. The petitioners therefore pray the Court, if satisfied that the welfare of said Dauphine Eloise Carson will be promoted by such adoption, with the consent of Ellen Carson the mother (the father James Carson having abandoned his wife before said child was born and absconded to parts unknown), and the consent of the Directors of the Poor of Erie County Pa. in whose care and custody said child Dauphine Eloise Carson has been since her birth, as evidenced by the statements of said parties hereto attached, to decree that the said Dauphine Eloise Carson may assume the name of the petitioners, viz: Dauphine Eloise Smallenberger, and have all the rights of child and heir of the petitioners, and be subject to the duties of a child.  And they will every &c.  Dated June 1st 1893.”  Signed H Smalenberger, Holda Smallenberger; sworn to and subscribed by Henry Smallenberger and Holda Smallenberger, his wife (signing as above) before L. H. Lauderbaugh, J.P., 1 June 1893.
    [Parental consent, below:]  “I hereby certify that I give my full and free consent to the adoption of my infant child Dauphine Eloise Carson by Henry Smallenberger and Holda Smallenberger his wife, the above petitioners, believing it to be for the best interests of said child.  And I further certify that my husband James Carson abandoned me several months before said child was born, that I have never seen him since and have no knowledge of his whereabouts.”  Signed Ellen Carson, “Signed in the presence of” F. E. Wade.
    [Consent, below:] We the undersigned Directors of the Poor of Erie County Pa. do hereby certify that the above mentioned child Dauphine Eloise Carson was born in the Alms House of Erie County Pa. that her mother was committed to said Alms House for confinement as a pauper, and that she is still an inmate of said institution, that they have made diligent search for James Carson, the father of said child, but cannot learn of his whereabouts: That they fully believe the statements above made by the petitioners and the Mother of said child, and believe the best interests of said [sic] will be promoted by its adoption as prayed for, and they hereby give their full consent to said adoption by Mr & Mrs Henry Smallengerber.”  Signed H Dunn, Wm Hopkins, B. E. Riblet, Directors of the Poor of Erie County Pa.
    Granted 12 June 1893, name assumed is Dauphine Eloise Smalenberger; [filing date not given].

#51 February Term 1894
Appearance Docket 131:51
    “The Petition of J. C. LESLIE & MALONA J LESLIE, his wife, of Rockdale, said [Crawford] County represent.  That they are desirous of adopting as one of their heirs, an Infant female child, born of the body of one IRENE OWEN of said County  That the said child is about nine months old and was born in the Alms House in said County  The [sic] aver that they will perform all the duties of parents to said Child.  They also aver That the consent of the mother of said child, and of the Directors of the Poor &c of Crawford County has been obtained to this petition & is evidenced by their joining in this Petition  as do also the Directors of the Poor of said County  Your petitioners therefore pray the Court to decree that the said Infant Child may assume the name of Gwendoline Leslie the name of Petitioners & have all & enjoy all the rights of a Chld & Heir of Petitioners and be subject to the duties of a Child of theirs  And they will ever pray”; signed J. C. Leslie, Malona J Leslie
    [Parental consent, to the left of the petitioners’ signatures:]  “The undersigned mother of above joins in & approves of this petition”; signed Irene M. Owen.
    [Consent, below:]  “The undersigned Directors of the Poor of Crawford County assent to & approve of the adoption hereinabove prayed for.”  Signed Directors of the Poor of Crawford Co. By N. C. McLaughlin Jr. Clerk; dated 21 Dec. 1893.
    Granted 21 Dec. 1893, name assumed is Gwendoline Leslie; [filing date not given].

#29 May Term 1894
Appearance Docket 132:29
    “The petition of J. S. BRADLEY, of Spring Boro, County of Crawford, respectfully represents, that he is desirous of adopting MAY SHELLITO, a child aged three years, who was abandoned by her mother about one year ago, and cared for by the Commissioners of said County of Crawford at the County Poor House until in August 26, 1893, when the said Commissioners placed said child in the care and custody of the Meadville Childrens Aid Society an Auxiliary of the Crawford County Childrens Aid Society, of Titusville, an incorporated association for the prevention of cruelty to children. that the whereabouts of the mother is unknown to your petitioner. [¶] Your petitioner further represents that he desires to adopt the said May Shellito as one of his heirs; and for that purpose he declares his said desire and also that he will perform all the duties of a parent to the said Mary Shellito. [¶] The petitioner therefore prays the Court, if satisfied that the welfare of the said Mary Shellito will be promoted by such adoption, and with the consent of the said Childrens Aid Society, as attested by the signatures of the President and Secretary of said Society hereto attached, to decree that the said Mary Shellito may assume the name of your petitioner, [next two words carreted] to wit: May Bradley, and have all the rights of a child and heir of the petitioner and be subject to the duties of such child.”  Signed J S Bradley; sworn to J. B. Bradley [sic] [but not again subscribed] before C. R. Slocum, Prothonotary, 2 March 1893.
    [Consent, below:]  “The President and Secretary of the Ladies Children Aid Society of Meadville, hereby certify, that Mr. and Mrs. Bradley have had the custody and care of the said May Shellito for about six months, That she was placed there by said Society and that said Society recommend the Court to decree said adoption being satisfied the welfare of the child will be greatly subserved by said decree.&148;  Signed Anna C. Shryock, President of the Childrens Aid Society [and] Mary E. McFarland, Secretary of the Childrens Aid Society.
    Granted 2 March 1894, name assumed is May Bradley; filed same day.

#56 May Term 1894
Appearance Docket 132:56
    “The [typed] petition of JAMES T. REED & MARTHA J. REED, his wife, of Cochranton:  That about ten years ago there was brought to their home in said County, by a society known as The Children’s Temporary Home of Allegheny County, Pa., a little female child about four years of age; a legitimate child of parents whose addition and residence were then, and are now entirely unknown; That said little child has been an inmate of Petitioners’ home from that time until the present; That said child has been heretofore been duly baptized and christened under the name of Nellie Georgie Reed; Petitioners aver that there are no parents, nor is there any public Institution other than the Directors of the Poor etc. of this county, who can lawfully give consent to the granting of this Petition [they have consented]; signed James T. Reed, Martha J Reed.
    [Consent, below:]  Directors fo the Poor etc. of the County of Crawford consent, 2 July 1894.
    Granted 3 July 1894, name changed to Nellie Georgia Reed.

#81 May Term 1894
Appearance Docket 132:81
    “The petition of STEPHEN F. LOCKE respectfully represents: [¶] I–That he is a resident of said County of Crawford. [¶] II–That he is desirous of adopting CLAUDE EUGENE CALKINS, a minor child of WILLIAM O. CALKINS and MARIA MAY CALKINS, as one of his heirs [#182;] III–That he will perform all the duties of a parent to the said Claude Eugene Calkins. [¶] IV–That the mother of said Claude Eugene Calkins is dead, and the father, William O. Calkins, has neglected to provide for the said Claude Eugene Calkins for more than two years last past, and that your petitioner has provided for and maintained said Claude Eugene Calkins, at his (your petitioner’s) own proper expense during the aforesaid period of time, that your petitioner is the maternal grandfather of the said Claude Eugene Calkins. [¶] V–That frequent requests have been made of the said William O. Calkins, by letter to his last known residence and place of business, to provide for the said Claude Eugene Calkins, but that said requests have never been answered, nor the letters returned. [#182;] VI–That the said Claude Eugene Calkins has been deserted by its father, the said William O. Calkins, and has no legal guardian. [¶] VII–That David E. Locke, the next friend of said Claude Eugene Locke, has consented to the said adoption prayed for by your petitioner. [¶] Wherefore your petitioner prays your honorable Court to order and decree that the said Claude Eugene Calkins shall assume the name of your petitioner and that the said Claude Eugene Calkins shall have all the rights of a child and heir of your petitioner, and be subject to the duties of said child.  And your petitioner will ever pray, etc.”  Signed Stephen F. Locke, sworn to and again subscribed before Joseph T. Chase, Notary Public, Titusville, Pa., 2 June 1894.
    [Consent, below:]  “I, David E. Locke, the next friend of the said Claude Eugene Calkins, hereby consent to the adoption of the said Claude Eugene Calkins, as prayed for in the foregoing petition, and believe such adoption will be for the welfare of the said Claude Eugene Calkins.”; signed David. E. Locke.
    [Supporting affidavit, below:]  “Norris Crossman and William Schiewe, being duly sworn according to law, depose and say that they are well acquainted with Stephen F. Locke, the within named petitioner, that he is a person of respectability and property, and that deponents believe that the welfare of the said Claude Eugene Calkins will be promoted by the adoption prayed for in the said petition.”  Sworn to and subscribed Norris Crossman, Wm Schiewe before Joseph T. Chase, Notary Public, Titusville, Pa., 2 June 1894.
    [Per cover:]  “And now July 9, 1894 Petition granted on condition that the consent of the Commissioners of the Poor be obtained. Per Cur[iam].”
    [Attached consent]  “Now July [blank] 1894 having read the annexed petition of Stephen F. Locke for the adoption of Claude Eugene Colkin, minor child of William O. Colkin and Maria May Colkin, we the commissioners of the Poor of Crawford County do hereby recommend the granting of the said petition in Witness whereof we have this day of July 1894 hereunto set our hands and seals. [¶] Signed.” L M Sayre[?], Joseph T First, Levi Putnam
    Granted 9 July 1894, name assumed is Claude Eugene Locke; filed 21 July 1894.

#1 November Term 1894
Appearance Docket 134:1
    “The petition of HOMER D. TRACE of the County of Crawford, respectfully represents: [¶] That he is desirous of adopting ARTHUR STOREY PULFORD, a child of ALFRED PULFORD and ZYLPHA PULFORD, said Zylpha Pulford deceased, as one of his heirs; and, for that purpose he herein declares his said desire and also that he will perform all the duties of a parent to said Arthur Storey Fulford [¶] The petitioner therefore prays the Court if satisfied that the welfare of said Arthur Storey Fulford will be promoted by such adoption with the consent of his father evidenced by his signing this petition, to decree that the said Arthur Storey Fulford may assume the name of the petitioner, viz:  Arthur Storey Trace, and have all the rights of a child and heir of the petitioner, and be subject to the duties of a child  And he will &c“ Dated 28 Aug. 1894 and signed Homer D. Trace; sworn to and again subscribed before Philip P. Wenz, J.P., 28 Aug. 1894.
    [Parental consent, below:]  “I Alfred Pulford, father of Arthur Storey Pulford, join in the prayer of the above petition, and request the Court to decree the adoption of the child as therein prayed for; the said Arthur Storey Pulford was born the fourth day of June in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and ninety two”; signed Alfred Pulford; sworn to at City of Ansonia, County of New Haven, State of Conn. and again subscribed before Frederick T. Rolfe, Notary Public, Ansonia, Conn., 4 Sept. 1894.
    Granted 10 Sept. 1894, name assumed is Arthur Storey Trace; [filing date not given].

#92 February Term 1895
Appearance Docket 135:92
    “The petition of MORGAN S. LEWIS of the County of Crawford, respectfully represents.  That he is desirous of adopting NELLIE ANNIE FISHER [next four words carreted] aged nearly seven years, a child of ALFRED FISHER of Wayne township, and ELLA FISHER his wife, as one of his heires; that said child is your petitioners grandchild and has been living with him for the last six years; That the parents of said child have been divorced and the father of said child for the last six years has neglected and refused to care for and provide for his said child; [¶] Your petitioner declares that he will perform all the duties of a parent to said Nellie Annie Fisher. [¶] The petitioner therefore prays the Court, if satisfied that the welfare of said Nellie Annie Fisher will be promoted by said adoption, with the consent of the said Elle Fisher (her Mother) evidenced by her signing this petition, to decree that the said Nellie Annie Fisher may assume the name of the petitioner, viz: Nellie Annie Lewis and have all the rights of a child and heir of the petitioner and be subject to the duties of a child, -And he will ever pray.”  Signed with the mark of Morgan S Lewis, Ella Fisher, In the presence of [witnesses] Isaac Monderau and D C McCoy; sworn to and subscribed with the mark of Morgan S. Lewis, Ella Fisher before Isaac Monderau, Notary Public, Meadville, 12 Jan 1895.
    Granted 18 Jan. 1895, name assumed is Nellie Annie Lewis; filed same day.

#119 February Term 1895
Appearance Docket 135:119
    “The petition of JOHN MORROW respectfully represents:- That he is adopting as one of his heirs MYRTLE PECK SLATER minor child of ALLEN SLATER and Myrtle Peck FANNIE SLATER his wife, and that your petitioner will perform all the duties of parent of the said child.  He further represents that the consent of the parents to said adoption is evidenced by their joining in this petition on the part of the mother. [¶] Your petitioner therefore represents prays the Court to decree that the said child may assume the name of Myrtle Mildred Morrow, and have and enjoy all the rights of a child and heir of this petitioner and be subject to the duties of a child.  And he will ever pray &c.”  Signed John Morrow, Allie Morrow, Mrs Fannie Slater [no jurat or acknowledgment].
    [Consent, below:]  “Now, Feb. 4, 1895, The Overseers of the Poor hereby consent to above adoption”; signed L M Sayre[?], J T First, Levi Putnam Overseers.
    Granted 5 Feb. 1894, name assumed is Myrtle Mildred Morrow; filed same day.

#42 November Term 1895
Appearance Docket 138:42
    “The petition of MARY SHELLITO respectfully represents: [¶] I ‐ That she is a resident of said [Crawford] County. [¶] II – That she is desirous of adopting LIZZIE ROBINSON a minor child of MARY ROBINSON [¶] III – That she will perform all the duties of a parent to said Lizzie Robinson. [¶] IV – That the said Mary Robinson the parent of said Lizzie Robinson has consented to the said adoption prayed for by your petitioner, as evidenced by her written consent hereto attached. [¶] Wherefore your petitioner prays your Honorable Court to order and decree that the said Lizzie Robinson shall assume the name of your petitioner, and that said Lizzie Robinson shall have all the rights of a child and heir of your petitioner and be subject to the duties of such child,  And your petitioner will ever pray &c.”  Signed Mary Shellito; sworn to [but not again subscribed] before C R Slocum, Prothonotary, 7 Oct. 1895.
    [Parental consent, attached:]  “I hereby consent to the adoption of my child Lizzie Robinson by Mary Shellito, Said child was born on the 24th day of May A.D. 1893.  I never was married and the child never had any legal father  the Father was ARTHUR DOGAN”; signed Mary Robinson, sworn to and again subscribed before C R Slocum, Prothonotary, 7 Oct. 1895.
    [Supporting affidavit, attached:]  “J. L. Shipman & R. C. Jackson being duly sworn says that Mary Shellito who is desirous of adopting Lizzie Robinson is a person of good moral character, and is possessed of the undivided one half interest in a farm in Sadsbury Township in said County, said farm containing about ninety acres, And he believes the welfare of the child will be promoted by said adoption.”  Signed John L Shipman, R. C. Jackson; sworn to [but not again] subscribed before R. J. Dennis, J.P., 9 Oct. 1895.
    Granted 14 Oct. 1895, “and that the said Lizzie Robinson shall assume the name of said Mary Shellito [presumably, Lizzie Shellito; filed same day.

#43 November Term 1895
Appearance Docket 138:43
    “The [typed] petition of EDITH M. GUSSMANN, a citizen and resident of Titusville and of the county aforesaid [Crawford], respectfully represents: [¶] That she is desirous of adopting KENNETH PAUL WAGONER, a minor child of GEORGE WAGONER (widower), now of the age of three years, as one of her heirs; that she will perform all the duties of a parent toward the said minor, and that the said George Wagoner, the surviving parent of the said Kenneth Paul Wagoner, has consented to such adoption. [¶] Wherefore your petitioner prays your honorable court to order and decree that the said Kenneth Paul Wagoner shall assume the name of your petitioner, and have all the rights of a child and heir of your petitioner, and be subject to the duties of such child.”  Signed Edith M. Gussmann; sworn to and again subscribed before Samuel Grumbine, Notary Public, 28 Sept. 1895.
    [Parental consent, below:]  “I, George Wagoner, the surviving parent of the said Kenneth Paul Wagoner, hereby signify my consent to the adoption of the said Kenneth Paul Wagoner as prayed for in the foregoing petition, and believe that such adoption will be for his welfare.”  Signed George Wagoner.
    [Supporting affidavit, attached:]  “T[J?]. W. Reuting and Geo. Mangel, being duly sworn according to law, say that they are well acquainted with Edith M. Gussman, the above named petitioner; that she is a person of good moral character, and that they believe that the welfare of the said Kenneth Paul Wagoner will be promoted by the adoption as prayed for.”  Signed T[J?]. W. Reuting, Geo Mangel; sworn to [but not again subscribed] before Samuel Grumbine, Notary Public, 28 Sept. 1895.
    Granted 14 Oct. 1895, “and that the said Kenneth Paul Wagoner shall assume the name of the said Edith M. Gussman,” presumably Kenneth Paul Gussmann; filed same day.

#85 November Term 1895   check docket==>8 Nov. 1895
Appearance Docket 138:85
    “The petition of MARY B. CONDON respectfully represents:- [¶] That [next word carreted] she is desires to adopt as an heir LORETTA ROBERTS a child of FRED. and ELLA ROBERTS, of the County of Crawford: and that she will perform all the duties of a parent of said child; She further represents that the consent of the mother of said child to said adoption is evidenced by said Ella Roberts joining in this petition. [¶] Your petitioner therefore prays the Court to decree that the said Loretta Roberts may keep her said name, but have and enjoy all the rights of a child and heir of this petitioner, and be subject to the duties of a child, and she will ever pray, etc.”  Signed Mary B Condon; sworn to [but not again subscribed] before James Kepler, J.P., 6 Nov. 1895.
    [Parental consent, on next sheet:]  “Personally appeared before me a Justice of the Peace in and for the County of Crawford, Ella Roberts who being duly sworn says:  That she is the mother of Loretta Roberts and a sister of Mary B. Condon; that she humbly prays the Court to decree adoption of her said child; as prayed for by her said sister; that deponent is now ill and advised by her physician that she is about going into quick consumption; that deponent’s husband is given to drink and not likely to give their said child proper care and attention; that said child is but nineteen months of a age [sic], and this deponent desires to know that a good home and careful training has been provided for her said child in the event of her decease.”  Signed Ella Roberts.; sworn to [but not subscribed] before James Kepler, J.P., 6 Nov. 1895.
    [On cover:]  “Now, Nov. 7, 1895, a rule is granted to show cause why the prayer of petitioner shall not be granted, and returnable to Monday, Nov. 11, 1895, and that a citation be issued and served upon Fred. Roberts, the father.  Per Cur[iam,] C.R. Slocum, Pro[thonotary]  [below:]  Nov. 11, 1895, On motion in open Court, time for service of notice extended to Monday, Nov. 18, 1895.  Per Cur.[,] C.R. Slocum, Pro.”
    [Separate, typed decree:]  Granted 26 Nov. 1895, “… due notice having been given to Fred Roberts, the father of said child … the child shall have the name of Loretta Roberts”; [filing date not given].

#11 May Term 1896
Appearance Docket 140:11
    “The petition of J. F. WINGATE and MARTHA J. WINGATE his wife of Conneautville, said [Crawford] County: respectfully represents; That they are desirous of adopting FRANCES MONELL a minor child who was placed in the ‘Home for the Friendless’ at Erie Pa. by her Father, ELI MONELL, to be disposed of, according to the power and authority vested in said ‘Home’; That said Frances Monell was placed in the custody of your petitioner on the 25th day of Feby A.D. 1885, as per certificate hereto attached and made part of this petition.  That said Frances Monell was born Aug. 15th 1877.  Your petitioners therefore pray your honorable Court to order and decree that the said Frances Monell shall assume the name of your petitioners and have all the rights of a child and heir of your petitioners, and be subject to the duties of such child”; signed J. F. Wintgate, Martha J. Wingate; sworn to and subscribed Martha J Wingate, J F Wingate before N. Truesdale, J.P., 1 Feb. 1896.
    [Consent, on reverse:]  “I Frances Monell hereby consent and request that the above and foregoing petition be granted for my adoption as Frances Wingate”; signed Frances Monell; Witness[es], W. H Robinson, W. H. Montague.
    [Supporting affidavit, below:]  “W. H. Montague and W. H. Robinson of Conneautville Pa. being sworn according to law, say that they are well acquainted with J. F. Wingate and Martha J. Wingate his wife, the above named petitioners; that they are persons of good moral character, and that they believe that the welfare of the said Frances Monell will be promoted by the adoption prayed for”; sworn to and subscribed W. H. Montague, W H Robinson before N. Truesdale, J.P., 1 Feb. 1896.
    [Attached form:]  “Whereas, A child named Frances Monell agedBorn August 15th 1877 or thereabouts, has been given by its Father Eli MonellJ. F. Wingate & wife of Conneautville is desirous of receiving and adopting said child into their family, and assuming the relation of parent towards said child, and the said J. F. Wingate & wife hereby declares such to be their desire, and that they will perform all the duties of a parent to said child, and the said J. F. Wingate & his wife hereby promises and agrees with said ‘Home for the Friendless’ so to do.  [¶] Now, therefore, the undersigned officers of said ‘Home,’ on behalf of said ‘Home for the Friendless,’ hereby agree and consent that the said J. F. Wingate & wife shall receive said child in the manner above indicated, that she shall be subject to the control of said J. F. Wingate & wife in all matters in the relation of parent and child, free from interference by any other person or persons, with the understanding that said child shall be property trained and properly educated by the said J. F. Wingate & wife according to their station in life, and receive the tokens of affection and interest due from parents to children.  [¶] WITNESS the signatures of the officers of the ‘Home for the Friendless’ and the said J. F. Wingate & wife in duplicate, this 25 day of Feby A. D. 1885.”  Signed Kate M. Mason, President, L. Loouther, Louisa J. Magill., Committee of Admission and Dismission, J. F. Wingate, Martha J Wingate, Attest: Louise W. Shirk, Sec’y of “Home for the Friendless.”
    Granted 13 Feb. 1896, name assumed is Frances Wingate; [filing date not given].

#18 September Term 1896
Appearance Docket 141:18
    “The petition of MARTIN M. BLACK amp; his wife JENNIE R. BLACK citizens and residents of the County aforesaid [Crawford], respectfully represent: [¶] That they are desirous of adopting ROBERT ADDISON MCKEE a minor child of ROBERT BENTON MCKEE, “now of the age of three years (the mother of said child being now deceased) as one of their heirs; that they will perform all the duties of parents toward said minor, and that the said Robert B. McKee surviving parent of the said Robert A. McKee has consented to said adoption. [¶] Wherefore your petitioners pray your honorable Court to order and decree that the said Robert A. McKee shall assume the name of Robert Addison Black — [next three words carreted] the name of your petitioners, and have all the rights of a child and heir of your petitioners and be subject to the duties of such child.”  Signed Martin M. Black, Jennie R. Black; sworn to and subscribed Martin M Black, Jennie R Black before Isaac Monderau, Notary Public, Meadaville, 11 May 1896.
    [Parental consent, below:]  “I Robert Benton McKee the surviving parent of Robert Addison McKee, hereby signify my consent to the adoption of the said Robert Addison McKee as prayed for in the above petition of Martin M. and Jennie R. Black, and believe that such adoption will be for his welfare”; signed Robert Benton McKee.
    Granted 18 May 1896, name assumed is Robert Addison Black; filed same day.

#28 September Term 1896
Appearance Docket 141:28
    “The petition of J. M. POTTER of Crawford Co. Pa respectfully represents that he is adopting as one of his heirs LINSEY CLEVELAND EFAW a child of ADAM EFAW of Ritchie County in the State of W. V. the surviving parent.  And that he will perform all the duties of a parent to the said child. [¶] He further represents that the consent of the said surviving parent to such adoption is evidenced by his joining in this petition. [¶] Your petitioner therefore prays the Court to decree that the said Linsey Cleveland Efaw may assume the name of the petitioner viz Linsey Cleveland Potter and have and enjoy all the rights of a child and heir of the petitioner and be subject to the duties of a child and he will ever pray”; signed J M Potter, Adam Efaw with his mark, Signed and sealed in the presence of Witness[es] M F Hetrick, Cairo WV, and Alice A Blakeslee, Macksburg, O. Linsey Cleveland Potter; sworn to (but not again subscribed) by J. M. Potter before S. R. Miller, J.P., 15 April 1896.
    [Parental consent, below:]  “Before me a notary public in and for said county personally came the above named Adam Efaw surviving parent of Linsey Cleveland Efaw and in due form of law acknowledged his consent to the foregoing petition to the end that it might recorded as such.”  Dated 28 Jan. 1896 at State of West Virginia, County of Ritchie.
    Granted 2 June 1896, name assumed is Linsey Cleveland Potter; [filing date not given].

#114 September Term 1896
Appearance Docket 141:114
    “The petition of MARTIN G. BENTLEY respectfully represents: [¶] 1st  That he is a resident of said County of Crawford. [¶] 2nd  That he is desirous of adopting MARTIN CLARK SHELLITO a minor child of LESTER SHELLITO as one of his heirs. [¶] 3rd  That he will perform all the duties of a parent to said Martin Clark Shellito [¶] 4th  That the said Lester Shellito the surviving parent of said Martin Clark Shellito has consented to the said adoption prayed for by your petitioner. [&182;] Wherefore your petitioner prays your Honorable Court to order and decree that the said Martin Clark Shellito shall assume the name of your petitioner, And that said Martin Clark Shellito shall have all the rights of a child and heir of your petitioner, and be subject to the duties of such child, And your petitioner will every pray, &c.”  Signed Martin G Bentley.
    [Jurat on reverse:]  “Martin G. Bentley the above petitioner having been duly sworn according to law, deposes and says that the facts set forth in the foregoing petition are true and correct; And that affiant has no children, and is a married man and has a farm of forty two acres with good buildings etc. thereon, worth not less than three thousand dollars.”  Signed Martin G Bentley before C. R. Slocum, Prothonotary, 18 July 1896.
    [Parental consent, below:]  “Lester Shellito being duly sworn says that he is the father of Martin Clark Shellito above mentioned; that the mother of said child is dead; that said child was born the 23[?]rd day of February 1896, that Martin G. Bentley is an uncle by marriage of said child and affiant believes it to be for the best interests of said child to have the adoption decreed as prayed for, And he hereby consents to the adoption as prayed for.”nbsp; Sworn to and subscribed Lester Shellito before C. R. Slocum, Prothonotary, 18 July 1896.
    [Supporting affidavit, below:]  “Robert H. Shuman and R. L. Moore both of Meadville Pa. being duly sworn say that they are well acquainted with Martin G. Bentley and have known him all his life, they are both related to said Martin G. Bently [sic] either by blood or marriage and believe said Martin G. Bently to be a fit and proper person to have the care of the above child and that it will be for the best interests of said child to have a decree of adoption as prayed for.”nbsp;; Sworn to and subscribed R. H. Sherman, R. L. Moore before C. R. Slocum, Prothonotary, 18 July 1896.
    Granted 4 Aug. 1896, “and that the said Martin Clark Shellito shall assume the name of said Martin G. Bentley,” presumably Martin Clark Bentley; filed 4 Aug. 1896.

#115 September Term 1896
Appearance Docket 141:115
    “The petition of JERRY B SMITH and wife of said [Crawford] county respectfully represent: That they are adopting as one of their heirs HARRIET CELESTIA ROBINAULT, a minor child of M. DE. ROBINAULT and AMANDA, his wife, and that they will perform all the duties of parents to the said child; They further represent that the said child is now and has been for upwards of ten years last past a member of the family of your petitioner; That the parents of said minor child are both living, but living separate and apart from each other, and that the consent of each of the said parents to said adoption is hereto attached and made a part of this petition [¶] Your petitioners therefore pray the Court to decree that the said Harriet Celestia Robinault may assume the name of Harriet C. Smith, and have and enjoy all the rights of a child and heir of the petitioners Jerry B. Smith & wife, and be subject to the duties of a child,— [¶] And they will ever pray,”; signed Jeremiah B. Smith, Mary J Smith [no jurat or acknowledgment].
    [Joinder, below:]  “Harriet Celestia Robinault the minor child referred to in the foregoing petition first showing that she is Eighteen years of age hereby joins in the foregoing petition and asks that the decree may be entered as prayed for”; signed Harriet Celestia Robinault.
    [Father’s joinder, attached:]  “The petition of M. De. Robinault respectfully represents that he is the father of Harriet Celestia Robinault and hereby consents and joins in the petition for the adoption of the said Harriet Celestia Robinault by Jerry B Smith & wife, and prays your honorable Court to grant the adoption as petitioned for”; signed M De Robinault.
    [Mother’s joinder, attached:]  “The petition of Amanda Robinault respectfully represents that she is the mother of Harriet Celestia Robinault, and hereby consents and joins in the petition for the adoption of said Harriet Celestia Robinault by Jerry B Smith & wife and prays your honorable Court to grant the adoption as petitioned for”; signed Mrs. Amanda Robinault.
    Granted 4 Aug. 1896, name assumed is Harriet C. Smith; [filing date not given].

#6 November Term 1896
Appearance Docket 142:6
    “The petition of THOMAS G. MCFEETERS and DELL MCFEETERS, his wife, citizens and residents of the County aforesaid [Crawford], respectfully represents: [¶] That they are desirous of adopting NELLY MAY ANDERSON a minor child, now of the age of four years, whose parents are deceased, and who is now and has been for the last past two years a member of your petitioners family, and that they will perform all the duties of a parent toward the said minor. [¶] They therefore pray your honorable Court to order and decree that the said Nelly May Anderson shall assume the name of your petitioners and have all the rights of a child and heir of your petitioners and be subject to the duties of such child.”  Signed T G McFeeters, Dell McFeeters; sworn to by Thomas G. McFeeters and Dell McFeeters and subscribed T G McFeeters, Dell McFeeters before P. P. Moyer, Clerk, 17 Aug. 1896 [penciled on reverse:] Thos G McFeeters[,] Beaver Center.
    [Supporting affidavit, on reverse:]  “W. S. Smith and Elbert Smith, Being duly sworn according to law say that they are well acquainted with Thomas G. McFeeters and Dell McFeeters the above named petitioners: That they are persons of good character and that they beleive that the welfare of the said Nelly May Anderson will be promoted by the adoption as prayed for.”  Sworn to and subscribed W. S. Smith, Elbert Smith before P. P. Moyer, Clerk, Orphans Court, 14 Sept. 1896.
    Granted 14 Sept. 1896, name assumed is Nelly May McFeeters; [filing date not stated].

#107 February Term 1897
Appearance Docket 143:107
    “The [typed] petition of ALLEN O. TRACE of the said [Crawford] County respectfully represents that he is desirous of adopting as one of his heirs, PEARL M. MCQUISTON, a child of HARVEY E. MCQUISTON and [name handwritten:] NANNY MCQUISTON, his wife, said Nanny McQuiston being now deceased; and that your petitioner will perform all the duties of a parent to the said child. [¶] He further represents that the consent of the said Harvey E. McQuiston the father of said child and next friend to such adoption is evidenced by his joining in this petition. [¶] Your petitioner therefore prays the Court to decree that the said Pearl M. McQuiston may assume the name of this petitioner, to-wit: Pearl M. Trace, and have and enjoy all the rights of a child and heir of the said petitioner and be subject to the duties of a child, and he will ever pray etc.”; signed Mr A. O. Trace [no jurat or acknowledgement].
    [Parental consent (also typed), below:]  “I, Harvey E. McQuiston, now of New Wilmington, Pa. father of the said Pearl M. McQuiston, mentioned in the above petition of Allen O. Trace, do hereby consent to the adoption of my son Pearl M. by the said petitioner according to the prayer of his petition.  And I do certify further that my wife and mother of the said Pearl is now deceased”; signed Harvey E McQuiston; Witness: Mary A. McCleery.
    Granted 7 Jan. 1897, “and that said child shall have the name of Pearl M. Trace”; filed same day.

#7 May Term 1897
Appearance Docket 144:7
    “The [typed] petition of SANFORD HAMMON, of Summerhill Township, said [Crawford] County, respectfully represents: [¶] That he is desirous of adopting CLINTON DEWITT HAMMON, a [next word carreted] bastard son of CELESTIA MURPHY, now or recently of Baltimore, (the whereabouts of his father being unknown) as one of his heirs, and for that purpose he herein declares his said desire, and also that he will perform all the duties of a parent to said Clinton D. Hammon. [¶] Petitioner further represents that said Clinton D. Hammon is twenty years of age, and has lived with petitioner ever since he was thirteen months old.  Petitioner further represents that his wife, PHOEBE ANN HAMMON, is also desirous of the adoption of said Clinton D., and joins in this petition by signing her name thereto. [¶] Petitioner further prays the Court that if it is for the wellfare [sic] of said Clinton D. Hammon will be promoted by such adoption, he decree that said Clinton DeWitt may assume the name of the petitioner, Clinton DeWitt Hammon, and have all the rights of a child and heir, and be subject to the duties of a child.  And he will ever pray, etc.”  Signed Sanford Hammon, Phebe Ann Hammon; sworn to by Sanford Hammon (only, and not again subscribed) before C. Benson McDowell, J.P., 10 Feb. 1897.
    [Consent, on reverse:]  “Feby 10th, 1897. We consent to and approve of the prayer of the within petition.”  Signed Gaylord Smith, John Hotchkiss, Overseers of the Poor.
    Granted 10 Feb. 1897, name assumed is Clinton DeWitt Hammon; filed same day.

#69 May Term 1897
Appearance Docket 144:69
    “The petition of MILO MICKLE, of said [Crawford] County, respectfully represents:  That he is desirous of adopting as one of his heirs HAZEL ALLENE HATHEWAY, whose age is about four years, and that he will perform all the duties of a parent to said chld. He further represents that said minor child has been deserted by its parents, and that it has no legal guardian; that said child has been cared for at the home of petitioner since it was seven weeks old; that petitioner has made diligent inquiry, and has not been able to learn the whereabouts of either of the parents of said minor child. [¶] Your petitioner therefore prays the Court, to decree that the said Hazel Allene Hath[e]way may assume the name of the petitioner, viz:  Hazel Allene Mickle, and have and enjoy all the rights of a child and heir of the petitioner, and be subject to the duties of a child. [¶] And he will every pray &c”; signed Milo Mickle; sworn to and again subscribed before Chester Woodside, J.P., 20 March 1897.
    [Next sheet:]  “We, the undersigned citizens of the neighborhood in which Milo Mickle, the foregoing petitioner resides, endorse the petitioner as a fit and proper person to have the care of the child named in the within petition.”  Signed B. H. L. Amy, A. Amy, Chester Woodside, Isaac Saeger, John S. Hood, J C Leslie.
    Granted 22 March 1897, name assumed is Hazel Allene Mickle; [filing date not given].

#2 September Term 1897
Appearance Docket 145:2
    “The petition of FERRIS WILCOX, a citizen and resident of the County of Crawford, respectfully represents: – [¶] That he is desirous of adopting ALICE ELIZABETH JOHNSON, a minor child of the age of six years whose father is dead and who, together with her mother has become a county charge and has for some time last past been an inmate of the County Infirmary of Crawford County, and been supported by said county; and that the will perform all of the duties of a parent toward such child. [¶] That your petitioner appends to this,his petition, a copy of a resolution of Poor Directors of the County of Crawford, consenting to the adoption as herein prayed for. [¶] He therefore prays for an order & decree by this Honorable Court that the said Alice Elizabeth Johnson shall assume the name of your petitioner & have all the rights of a child & heir of your petitioner, & be subject to the duties of a child.”  Signed Ferris Wilcox, sworn to and again subscribed before E. T. Mason, Prothonotary, 10 May 1897.
    [Consent, below:]  “Meadville Pa. May 10, 1897 [¶] At a meeting of the Poor Directors of Crawford County it was this day [¶] Resolved, that the consent of the Board is hereby given to the proposed adoption of Alice Elizabeth Johnson, a County charge, by Ferris Wilcox; that the board is satisfied from their own knowledge & inquiry that the said Ferris Wilcox is a person of good moral character & able to provide for said minor & that her welfare will be promoted by such adoption.”  Attest  N. C. McLaughlin Jr.  Clerk Poor Directors. [seal of Commissioner’s Office, Crawford County]
    Granted 10 May 1897, name assumed is Anna Elizabeth Wilcox; [filing date not given].

#126 September Term 1897
Appearance Docket 145:126
    “The petition of CHARLES ALLEN a citizen and resident of the County aforesaid [Crawford], Respectfully represents; That he is desirous of adopting JOSEPHINE TOLBERT a minor child of NATHAN & HENRETTA TOLBERT decd now of the age of 17 years as one of his heirs; that he will perform all the duties of a parent toward the said minor and that said next friend [i.e., Samuel Pratt, per caption] have consented to such adoption. Wherefore your petitioner prays your honorable Court to order and decree that the said Josephine Tolbert shall assume the name of your petitioner, and be subject to the duties of such child.”  Signed with the mark of Charles Allen; sworn to and again subscribed with his mark before E. T. Mason, Prothonotary, 5 [month not given] 1897.
    [Supporting affidavit, on reverse:]  “W H H Boslaugh and Daniel M. Hotchkiss being duly sworn says they are well acquainted with the petitioner within named, that he is a person of good moral character and that they believe that the welfare of the said minor will be promoted by the adoption as prayed for.”  Sworn to and subscribed W. H. H. Bouslough, Daniel M Hotchkiss before E. T. Mason, Prothonotary, 5 July 1897.
    Granted 6 July 1897, name assumed is Josephine Allen; [filing date not stated].

#3 February Term 1898
Appearance Docket 147:3
    “The petition of ANCIL HURLBURT respectfully represents; That he is desirous of adopting as one of his heirs HATTIE GOLDIE ST. JOHN a child of CHARLES F. ST. JOHN and HATTIE S. ST. JOHN, the said Hattie S. St. John being now deceased, and that he will perform all the duties of a parent to said child.  He further represents that the father of said child has consented to said adoption by an instrument under seal and duly acknowledged, the same being hereto annexed and made a part of this petition. [¶] Your petitioner therefore prays the Court to decree that the said Hattie Goldie St John may assume the name of Goldie Marguerite Hurlburt, being the name of your petitioner, and that she may have and enjoy all the rights of a child and heir of this petitioner and be subject to the duties of a child.  And he will ever pray &c.”  Signed Ancil Hurlburt; sworn to [but not again subscribed] before E. T. Mason, Prothonotary, 1 Nov. 1897.
    [Attached “Statement”:]  “Hattie Goldie St John was born unto Charles F and Hattie S. St John May 4th 1885 –.  her mother the said Hattie S. St John died five days after the birth of the said Hattie Goldie.  Ancel Hurlburt and Clara A. his wife took the above named Hattie Goldie at the age of thirteen months and have since that time treated her in all respects as their own child – have clothed and fed, and given her proper schooling and necessary medical treatment during all the years since the time they accepted the care and education of her the said Hattie Goldie.  Now in consideration of the facts hereinabove set forth – it is mutually agreed between the above named Charles F St John of the one part and Ancel Hurlburt and Clara A. his wife of the other part – tht [sic] he the said said [sic] St John the father and legal guardian of the said Hattie Goldie hereby surrenders all legal right to the said Hattie Goldie and gives her into the custody and keeping of the said Hurlburt and wife to adopt, name, and hold as their own daughter and legal heir, as fully as if she had been born unto them the said Hurlburt and wife.  They the said Hurlburt and wife agree to take, adopt, and keep, name, and educate, and make her the said Hattie Goldie their lawful heir in all respects as affectionately as if she the said Hattie Goldie had been born unto them. [¶] In witness whereof we have hereunto set our hands and seals this 24th day of April 1897.”  Sworn to and subscribed Charles F. St. John, Ancil. Hurlburt, Clara. A. Hurlburt before “Attest” John D Gage, Notary Public, 24 April 1897.
    Granted 8 Nov. 1897, name assumed is Goldie Marguerite Hurlburt; [filing date not given].

#8 May Term 1898
Appearance Docket 148:8
    “ThePetition of TRUMAN W. WALKER, respectfully represents, That he is a resident of Cussewago Township said [Crawford] County and that he has resided there for the past three years[,] that his wife is a freeholder in said Township, that he and his wife are desirous of adopting DENVER GREENFIELD aged four years and six months, a child of [blank] GREENFIELD formerly a resident of Linesville, that said child was abandoned by its parents and became a charge upon the County, and that your petitioner with the consent of the Directors of the Poor of said County of Crawford in July 1896 took the child from the County Poor House with the consent of the Poor Directors, and have maintained said child ever since and he is now living with your petitioner and both your petitioner and wife have become greatly attached to him; your petitioner therefore declares his desire to adopt the said Denver Greenfield as one of his heirs and also that he will perform all the duties of a parent to the said Denver Greenfield.  Your petitioner therefore prays the Court, if satisfied that the welfare of the said Denver Greenfield will be promoted by such adoption, to decree that the said Denver Greenfield may assume the name of your petitioner viz Denver Walker and have all the rights and heir of your petitioner and be subject to the duties of a child, and he will ever pray &c.”  Signed Truman[?] Walker; sworn to [but not again subscribed] before Curtis S. Clark, Clerk, 19 Feb. 1898.
    [Consent, below:]  The undersigned Directors of the Poor of Crawford County respectfully recommend this Court to make an order in the foregoing case decreeing the adoption of the said Denver Greenfield by the said Truman W. Walker, the petitioner having cared and provided for said child for nearly two years last past.”  Signed Gaylord Smith, O. P. Blakeslee, Directors of the Poor [undated].
    Granted 19 Feb. 1898, name assumed is Denver Walker; [filing date not given].

#1 November Term 1898
Appearance Docket 150:1
    “The petition of M. E. MONROE, a citizen and resident of the County aforesaid [Crawford], respectfully represesnts:– [¶] That he is desirous of adopting MABLE RUTH HATCH, a minor child of E. W. HATCH, now of the age of nine years, as one of his heirs; that he will perform all the duties of a parent towards the said minor; that the mother of said minor, Mrs. ELLA HATCH died on the 26th day of January, 1896, and the father, the said E. W. Hatch has consented to such adoption. [&#W182;] Wherefore your petitioner prays your Honorable Court to order and decree that the said Mable Ruth Hatch shall assume the name of your petitioner, and have all the rights of a child and heir of your petitioner, and be subject to the duties of such child.”  Signed M. E. Monroe; sworn to and again subscribed before E. T. Mason, Prothonotary, 12 Sept. 1898.
    [Parental consent, below:]  “I, E. W. Hatch, father of the said Mable Ruth Hatch hereby signify my consent to the adoption of the said Mable Ruth Hatch, as prayed for in the foregoing petition, and believe that such adoption will be for her welfare.”  Signed E W Hatch.
    [Supporting affidavit, below:]  “John A. Neyland and H. M. Cutshall being duly sworn according to law, say they are well acquainted with M. E. Monroe, the petitioner; that he is a person of good moral character, and that they believe that the welfare of the said Mable Ruth Hatch will be promoted by the adoption as prayed for.”  Sworn to and subscribed John A. Neyland, H. M. Cutshall before E. T. Mason, Prothonotary, 12 Sept. 1898.
    Granted 12 Sept. 1898, name assumed is Mable Ruth Monroe; [filing date not given].

#5 November Term 1898
Appearance Docket 150:5
    “The petition of JAMES H. MAXWELL and MARY MAXWELL, his wife of Conneautville, said county [Crawford, to adopt MEARL EATON, a child of HENRY EATON and EVA EATON both of whom are, dead, late of said county, that they further represent that said child is now living with them and is a member of their family and is eleven years old and has been living with them the past six years, that said Mearl Eaton has no near relatives – that your petitioner James H. Maxwell is his nearest relation who is his great uncle– [¶] Your petitioner therefore prays the Court to decree that the said Mearl Eaton be adopted by them as their son and heir and may assume the name of Mearl Maxwell, the name of your petitioners and have and enjoy all the rights of a child and heir of your petitioners and be subject to the duties of a child“; signed J. H Maxwell, Mary Maxwell; sworn to [but not again subscribed] before J. N. McCloskey, Notary Public, Meadville, 23 July 1898; [penciled at bottom:] Frank Crossley, Mosiertow[n].
    Granted 12 Sept. 1898, name assumed is Merle Maxwell; [filing date not given].

#97 November Term 1898
Appearance Docket 150:97
    “The petition of ANDREW APPEL of Mead Township Crawford County Pa respectfully represents that he is desirous of adopting BELL SHERRED, a minor child of LEONARD and — SHERRED, whose whereabouts or residence is unknown to your petitioner, they having abandoned said child and who has been supported by the Poor District of Crawford County since the 4th day of August A.D. 1898, at the home of your petitioner, who is desirous of adopting the said Bell Sherred, now aged six years, as one of their heirs; and, for that purpose, he herein declars [sic] his said desire and also, that he will perform all the duties of a parent to the said Belle Sherred  Your petitioner therefore prays the Court, if satisfied that the welfare of the said Bell Sherred will be promoted by such adoption, with the consent of the Directors of the Poor of said County evidenced by their acquiescence in this petition, to decree that the said Bell Sherred may assume the name of your petitioner, viz Bell Appel, and have all the rights of a child and heir of your petitioner and be subject to the duties of a child  And he will ever pray &c.”  signed Andrew Appel; sworn to and again subscribed before [name not given] 19 Oct. 1898.
    [Consent, below:]  “And now October 29, 1898, the undersigned Directors of the Poor of Crawford County, hereby certify, that the proceeding for the adoption of Bell Sherred meets with their approval the same having been arranged with the petitioner Andrew Appel, and they join with said petitioner in asking your Honor to make a proper decree for the adoption of the said Bell Sherred by the said Andrew Appel, we believing it to be for the best interest of said minor, and that the said Andrew Appel is a proper person to have the custody of said Child.”  Signed Gaylord Smith, John Hotchkiss, Directors of the Poor.
    Granted 31 Oct. 1898, name assumed is Bell Appel; filed same day.

#1 February Term 1899
Appearance Docket 151:1
    “The petition of ISAAC ONSPAUGH of said [Crawford] County, respectfully represents. [¶] That he is desirous of adopting as one of his heirs VICTOR ALLEN CRANE a child of OSIAH CRANE and MARIA CRANE, his wife, late of the State of Colorado, now deceased, and that your petitioner will perform all the duties of a parent to said child.  He further represents that the uncle of said Victor Allen Crane, to wit, Cornelius Foust, consents to said adoption as is evidenced by his joining in this petition. [¶] Your petitioner therefore prays the Court to decree that the said Victor Allen Crane may have and enjoy all the rights of a child and heir of this petitioner and be subject to the duties of a child, but that he may be known by the name of Victor Allen Crane.”  Signed Isaac Onspaugh, sworn to [but not again subscribed] before Philip P Wenz, J.P., 11 Nov. 1898.
    [reverse:]  “I, Cornelius Foust, an uncle of said Victor Allen Crane, and next friend do hereby consent to the prayer of the within petition and request that said Isaac Onspaugh may adopt said child.  Nov. 12, 1898.”  Signed Cornelius Foust.
    Granted 14 Nov. 1898, and “that the said Victor Allen Crane shall continue to be known by that name”; filed same day [typed decree].

#58 February Term 1899
Appearance Docket 151:58
    “The petition of CHARLES DUPONT and MARGARET DUPONT his wife, respectfully represents: [¶] That they are desirous of adopting DUDLEY J. DUPONT, a minor child of JOSEPH DUPONT of Wayne township – now of the age of near seven years – as one of their heirs – that the mother of said child has been deceased for over six years and said child has been in their care and custody ever since he was about one week old; That they will perform all the duties of a parent toward the said minor – And the said Joseph Dupont surviving parent of the said Dudley has consented to such adoption. [¶] Wherefore your petitioners prays [sic] your honorable Court to order and decree that the said Dudley Dupont shall assume the name of Your petitioners, And have all the rights of a child and heir of your petitioner and subject to the duties of such child.”  Signed Charles Dupont, Margaret Dupont; sworn to and again subscribed before Isaac Monderau, Notary Public, Meadville, 19 Dec. 1898.
    [Parental consent, below:]  “I Joseph Dupont surviving parent of the said Dudly J Dupont hereby signify my consent to the adoption of the said Dudley Dupont as prayed for in the foregoing petition, and believe that his adoption will be for his welfare–”  Signed Joseph Dupont; sworn to and again subscribed before Isaac Monderau, Notary Public, Meadville, 19 Dec. 1898.
    Granted 19 Dec. 1898, name assumed is Dudley J. Dupont; filed same day.

#105 February Term 1899
Appearance Docket 151:105
    “The petition of JOHN MOSIER and KATE MOSIER his wife respectfully represents; [¶] That they are residents of said [Crawford] county, living at Vallonia: That they are desirous of adopting LESTER J ACKER minor child of H C ACKER as one of their heirs: That the mother of said Lester J Acker is not living: [¶] That they will perform all the duties of parents to said child Lester J Acker [¶] That the father of said minor H C Acker has consented to the said adoption as prayed for by your petitioner: [¶] That said minor child is under the age of fourteen years being about one and one half years old. [¶] Wherefore your petitioners prays your Honorable Court to order and decree that the said Lester J Acker shall assume the name of your petitioners, namely Lester J Mosier, and have all the rights of a child and heir of your petitioners, and be subject to the duties of such child.  – And your petitioners will ever pray”; signed John Mosier; sworn to and again subscribed before E. T. Mason, Prothonotary, 3 Dec. 1897.
    [Parental consent, below:]  “I H. C. Acker father and guardian of said Lester J Acker hereby consent to the adoption of the said Lester J Acker by John Mosier & wife as prayed for in the foregoing petition, and believe such adoption will be for the welfare of the said Lester J Acker.”  Signed H C Acker.
    Granted 13 Jan. 1899, name assumed is Lester J Mosier; filed same day.

#137 May Term 1899
Appearance Docket 152:137
    [pre-printed form, titled “In the Matter of the Adoption of Ethel May Davis And for a change of name,” marked on cover, “G. H. Koesling Vallonia, Pa” on cover:]  “To the Probate Prothonetary Court of Crawford County, State of Ohio: Penn. [¶] We GUSTOUF HERMAN KOESSLING and LOUISA KOESSLING, his wife, residents of the County of Crawford, and State of OhioPenn, hereby jointly petition the Honorable Court of Probate within and for said County, for leave to adopt ETHEL MAY DAVIS, Aged Two (2) years, on the Eighth (8th) day of March, A. D. 1899, and not theirs by birth; as their child, and for leave to change Her name to Henrietta Koessling [¶] The petitioners represent, that said Ethel May Davis has been surrendered to the Trustees of the Fairmont Children’s Home, of the Counties of Stark and Columbiana, in said State of Ohio, of which She has been an inmate; and that they have procured the written consent of Mr Elisha Teeters President of the Board of Trustees of said Home to said adoption and change of name, which they herewith file.  Dated this Fifth day of April, 1899”; signed Gustouf. Herman. Koessling, Louisa Koessling [no jurat or acknowledgment].
    [Consent, below:]  “I, Elisha Teeters, President of Board of Trustees of Fairmount Children’s Home, hereby give my consent to the adoption and change of name of Ethel May Davis as prayed for in the within petition. [¶] Fairmont Children’s Home, April 6 th 1899”; Signed Elisha Teeters, President. [also] M M Southworth, Supt & Sec of Board of trustees.
    [Attached affidavit taken at Stark County, Ohio, Prothonotary Court:]  “Now comes Elisha Teeters, President of the Board of Trustees of the Asylum known as the Fairmount Children’s Home, of Stark and Columbiana Counties, organized under the Laws of the State of Ohio, and says that the said Ethel May Davis aged Two years, on the Eighth day of March 1899, is an inmate of said Home; that her father & Mother deserted her and she was brought to the above Home by the Trustees within and for the township in which she was born.  She becoming a subject of charity according to the Laws of Ohio  That said petitioners have the ability to bring up and educate said child properly; that he is satisfied of the fitness and propriety of such adoption.  He therefore hereby consents to the same.”  Signed Elisha Teeters, President of the Board of Trustees of Fairmont Children’s Home.; [also] M. M. Southworth, Supt & Sec Of Board of Trustees
    Granted 10 April 1899 [decree on reverse side], name assumed is Ethel May Koessling [sic; not Henrietta Koessling]; filed same day.

#14 September Term 1899
Appearance Docket 153:14
    “The petition of WM H. LANDON a citizen and resident of said [Conneaut] Township of Crawford County Pa respectfully represents to your honorable Court that he is desirous of adopting the said CLARE RAYMOND [LANDON; in caption:  minor child of GEO W. LANDON and ROSE LANDON late of Conneaut Township] age two years, as one of his heirs that he will perform all the duties of a parent toward the said child. That the father of said child deserted his wife and child about the 6 day of April 1899, and that said Rose Landon mother of said child is not a fit person to have charge of him and is unable to provid [sic] for him  That your petitioner is the Grandfather of said child and is willing and able to provide a good home for him in his family. And that on the 11 day of April 1899, said Child was made a County charge by proceedings before A. M. Fenners[?] and E. S. Penfield two Justices of the Peace in and for said County. And that O. P. Blakeslee Gaylord Smith and John Hotchkiss overseers of the poor consents to the adoption of said child by your petitioner. Wherefore your petitioner prays your honorable Court to order and decree that the Clare Raymond shall assume the name of your petitioner and have all the rights of a child and heir of your petitioner and be subject to the duties of such child” signed Wm H Landon; sworn to and again subscribed before Curtis S. Clark, Clerk, 15 May 1899.
    Granted 15 May 1899 [without separate decree], name presumably changed to Clare Raymond Landon; [filing date not given].

#19 September Term 1899
Appearance Docket 153:19
    “The [typed] Petition of JESSE E. PARKER a resident of the said [Crawford] County respectfully represents:– [¶] That he is desirous of adopting as one of his heirs ETHEL MAY DEWEY a child of WALTER S. DEWEY and IDA S. DEWEY late of the said County of Crawford, both now deceased; that he will perform all the duties of a parent to the said child. [¶] He further represents that the consent to said adoption has been obtained from the overseers of the poor of the said county. [¶] Your petitioner therefore prays the Court to decree that the said Ethel May Dewey may assume the name of this petitioner, to-wit, Ethel May Parker and have and enjoy all the rights of a child and heir of this petitioner and be subject to all the duties of a child.”  Signed Jesse E. Parker; sworn to [but not again subscribed] before Sara M. Johnson, Notary Public, Meadville, 15 May 1899.
    [Consent, below:]  We the overseers of the poor hereby consent that a decree may be made in the above stated case and that the said Ethel May Dewey may be adopted as the child of the said petitioner.”  Signed W. C. MLaughlin Jr. Clerk, Overseers of the Poor, Crawford County [undated].
    Granted 1522 May 1899, name assumed is Ethel May Parker; [filing date not given].

#42 September Term 1899
Appearance Docket 153:42
    “The petition of WM H LANDON a citizen and resident of the said [Conneaut] Township County of Crawford, Pa, Respectfully represents that he is desirous of adopting LILLIAN LANDON a minor child of said GEO W. LANDON and ROSE LANDON [per caption, ‘late of Conneaut Tp.’], age four years that he is the grandfather of the said child and is abundantly able to care for her. That the father of said child deserted his family and that the mother is not a fit person to bring up and care for said child, that said child has no home and is a charge upon the County of Crawford and that the Overseer of the poor consents to the adoption by the petitioner. Wherefore your petitioner prays your honor to decree that said Lillian shall assume the name of your petitioner and have all the rights of a child and heir of petitioner and be subject to the duties of such child, and he will ever pray &c”  Signed Wm H Landon; sworn to and again subscribed before Curtis S. Clark, Clerk of Courts, 31 May 1899.
    Granted 13 June 1899, and /that said Lillien [sic] Landon assume the name of petitioner,” i.e., name apparently to remain Lillian Landon; [filing date not given].

#57 September Term 1899
Appearance Docket 153:57
    “The petition of NANCY BURNS of East Mead Township, County aforesaid [Crawford], respectfully represents: [¶] That she is desirous of adopting SUSIE McNAMARA a minor child of JOHN D. MCNAMARA, now of the age of ten years, as one of her heirs; that she will perform all the duties of a parent totheward the said minor, and that the said John D. McNamara is the surviving parent, (the mother being deceased) has consented to such adoption. [¶] That said minor has lived with your petitioner all of her life. [¶] Wherefore your petitioner prays your honorable Court to order and decree that the said Susie McNamara shall assume the name of your petitioner, and have all the rights of a child and heir of your petitioner, and be subject to the duties of such child.”  signed Nancy Burns; sworn to and again subscribed before Isaac Monderau, Notary Public, Meadville, 30 May 1899.
    [Parental consent, below:]  “I John D. McNamara surviving parent of Susie McNamara hereby signify my consent to the adoption of said Susie McNamara as prayed for in the foregoing petition, and believe that said adoption will be for her welfare.”  Sworn to and subscribed John D. McNamara before Isaac Monderau, Notary Public, Meadville, 30 May 1899.
  Granted 19 June 1899, name assumed is Susie Burns; [filing date not given].

#81 November Term 1899
Appearance Docket 154:81
    “The petition of CHARLES H. MORGAN respectfully represents: [¶] That he is a citizen of Pennsylvania, and a resident of Springboro, Crawford County, in said satate [¶] That he is desirous of adopting BESSIE GAY, a minor child of PETER GAY, who now resides at Albion, ErieConneaut.Lake Crawford Co. Pa. The mother of the said minor died in FebruarySeptember 1898. The said Bessie Gay was born on the 15" day of July 1894, and is now between five and six years old. That the said petitioner is desirous of adopting the said Bessie Gay as one of his heirs; that he will perform all the duties of a parent toward the said minor, and that the said Peter Gay, the sole surviving parent of the said Bessie Gay has consented to said adoption. [¶] Wherefore your petitioner prays your honorable court to order and decree that the said Bessie Gay shall assume the name of your petitioner and have all the rights of a child and heir of your petitioner and be subject to the duties of such child.”  Signed Charles H Morgan; sworn to and again subscribed before Henry West, J.P., Springboro, 14 Oct. 1899.
    [Consent, below:]  “I, Peter Gay, the sole surviving parent of the said Bessie Gay, hereby signify my consent to the adoption of the said Bessie Gay as prayed for in the foregoing petition, and believe that such adoption will be for her welfare.” Sworn to and subscribed Peter. Gay before A U McKay, J.P., 16 Oct. 1899.
    [Supporting affidavit, below:]  “W A Dauchy and L M Hunter being duly sworn say they are well acquainted with Charles H. Morgan the petitioner; that he is a person of good moral character and they believe the welfare of the said Bessie Gay will be promoted by the adoption as prayed for.“  Sworn to and subscribed W A Dauchy, L. M. Hunter before Henry West, J.P., Springboro, 16 Oct. 1899.
    Granted 18 Oct. 1899, name assumed is Bessie Morgan; filed same day.

#97 February Term 1900
Appearance Docket 155:97
    “The petition of HENRY LANGLEY and SABRA LANGLEY respectfully represents; [¶] First– That your petitioners are husband and wife and are resident in said [Crawford] County and have been residents of Crawford County for many years past. [¶] Second– That your petitioners are jointly and severally desirous of adopting one LEONA MAY BIRCHARD, an adult person over the age of twenty one years, the wife of EDGAR BIRCHARD of Cambridge Springs, in said County. [¶] Third– That the said Leona May Birchard and her said Husband Edgar Birchard are both consenting to this proposed adoption, a evidenced by their written assent annexed hereto and made part of this petition. [¶] Fourth– That said Leona M. Birchard’s maiden name was ALLENDER, and her parents were ALFRED and MARI ANNE ALLENDER. And that parents are both dead. [¶] Fifth– That your petitioners are desirous of adopting the said Leona May Birchard as the heir of your petitioners jointly and severally, And they desire that she may have all the rights of a child and heir of your petitioners and be subject to the duties of such child. [¶] And they will ever pray &c.”  Signed Henry Langley, Mrs Sabra Langley; sworn to and again subscribed by both before M. H. Luse, J.P., 18 Jan. 1900.
    [On reverse side:]  “I, Leona May Birchard do hereby consent to the proposed adoption of myself by Henry and Sabra Langley as prayed for in within petition and request that said petition be granted. [¶] Witness my hand and seal.”  Signed Leona May Birchard [seal]
    [Consent, below:]  “I, Edgar Birchard, husband of Leona May Birchard within named do hereby consent to the adoption of my wife by Henry and Sabra Langley as prayed for in the within petition. [¶] Witness my hand and seal.”  Signed Edgar Birchard [seal]; sworn to by both [but not again subscribed] before M H Luse, J.P., 18 Jan. 1900.
    Granted 22 Jan. 1900, [name not mentioned, i.e., presumably unchanged from Leona May Birchard; filed same day.

#107 February Term 1900
Appearance Docket 155:107
    “The petition of JULIUS A MERRIAN [sic] and LIDA MERRIAm, Residents of the City of Meadville, County of Crawford and state of Pennsylvania respectfully represents  That they are desirous of adopting [“Helen” erased] MARGARITE GIBBENS a minor child of DANIEL and MARY [blank] GIBBENS.  That the mother of said child is dead. That said child was born July 30, 1899. That the father of said child being unable to support said child delivered said child to the overseers of the poor of Crawford County on Sept 18, 1899 and on the same day said child was delivered to the Children’s Aid Society of Meadville, Pa, at which time the father Daniel Gibben consented in writing to said Society’s taking charge of said child and did in writing surrender and release all parental control over said child. Said child has been supported and cared for in the home of your petitioners home since Nov 17, 1899. [¶] Your petitioners hereby promise that they will perform all the duties of parents toward the said minor child. [¶] Wherefore your petitioners pray your honorable court to order and decree that the said Helen Margarerite Gibbens shall assume the name of your petitioners, and have all the rights of a child and heir of your petitioners, and be subject to the duties of such child.”  Signed Julius A. Merriam, Mrs Lida Merriam; sworn to by Julius A. Merriam (only) before E. T. Mason, Prothonotary, 22 Jan. 1900.
    [Consent, below:]  “Mrs Ida B. Hogg, President and Mrs S. Merrell Secretary of the Children’s Aid Society of Meadville, Pa., being duly sworn say that [“Helen” erased] Margarete Gibben [sic] was delivered to said Society on Sept 18, 1899 being a babe about six months old. That the mother said [sic] child was dead and that the father being unable to support said child signed a writing surrendering all his parental rights over said child to said society and authorizing said society [to?] procure a permanent home for it. That said writing has been mislaid and cannot now be found. That the said Lad Childrens Aid Society have made inquiry concerning the said petitioners Mr & Mrs Julius A. Merriam and That after such investigation the adoption of said child by petitioner was approved by said Children’s Aid Society a record of which approval is shown by the minutes of said Society on date of Nov 16, 1899. [¶] Affiants further say that they are personally acquainted with petitioners and are satisfied that they are proper persons to receive the custody of said child.”  Sworn to and subscribed Mrs Ida B. Hogg, Pres., Cornelia Y Merrell Sec before E. T. Mason, Prothonotary, 22 Jan. 1900.
    Granted 24 Jan. 1900, name assumed is Helen Margarete Merriam; filed same day.

#108 February Term 1900
Appearance Docket 155:108
    “The [typed] Petition of HENRY J. ABEL and ANNA ABEL, his wife, citizens and residents of the county aforesaid [Crawford], respectfully represent; [¶] That they are desirous of adopting JOHANNA SOPHIA KNECHT, a minor child of EDWARD KNECHT and CAROLINE KNECHT, now of the age of five years and eight months, as one of their heirs, that they will perform all the duties of parent toward the said minor, and that Edward Knecht and Caroline Knecht, parents of said Johanna Sophia Knecht, have consented to such adoption, as was evidenced by their written consent exhibited to this Hon. Court [not enclosed]. [¶] Wherefore your petitioner prays your honorable Court to order and decree that the said Johanna Sophia Knecht shall assume the name of your petitioner, and have all the rights of a child and heir of your petitioner, and have all the rights of a child and heir of your petitioner, and subject to the duties of such child.”  Signed Henry J Abel., Anna M. Abel.; sworn to and subscribed Henry J. Abel. before the President Judge [undated].
    Granted 25 Jan. 1900, name assumed is Johanna Sophia Abel; filed same day [with penciled note on cover, “978 Water St.”; counsel was Milton W. Shreve, Erie, Pa.].

#3 May Term 1900
Appearance Docket 156:3
    “The petition of ARTHUR S. PEARS respectfully represents: [¶] That he is a citizen of Pennsylvania, and a resident of Beaver township, Crawford County in said state. [¶] That he is desirous of adopting THOMAS TODD GAY, a minor child of PETER GAY who now resides at Conneaut Lake in said county, the mother of said child being dead, having died in September 1898, the said child being eight years old, as one of his heirs; that he will perform all the duties of a parent toward the said minor, and that the said Peter Gay, the sole surviving parent of the said Thomas Todd Gay, has consented to said adoption. [¶] Wherefore your petitioner prays your honorable Court to order and decree that the said Thomas Todd Gay shall assume the name of your petitioner, and have all the rights of a child and heir of your petitioner, and be subject to the duties of such child.”  Signed A S Pears; sworn to and again subscribed before Henry West, J.P., Springboro, 2 Feb. 1900.
    [Consent, below:]  “I, Peter Gay, the sole surviving parent of the said Thomas Todd Gay, hereby signify my consent to the adoption of the said Thomas Todd Gay as prayed for in the foregoing petition, and believe that such adoption will be for his welfare.”  Signed Peter Gay.
    [Supporting affidavit, below:]  “Coreen M Bartlett and Ruth H Weller being duly sworn say they are well acquainted with Arthur S. Pears, the petitioner; that he is a person of good moral character, and they believe the welfare of the said Thomas Todd Gay will be promoted by the adoption as prayed for.”  Sworn to and subscribed Coreen M Bartlett, Ruth H Weller before Henry West, J.P., Springboro, 22 Jan. 1900.
    Granted 12 Feb. 1900, name assumed is Thomas Todd Pears; filed same day.

#22 September Term 1900
Appearance Docket 157:22
    “The petition of ELIZABETH CARR of Mosiertown of the said [Crawford] County and State respectfully represents:  That she is desirous of adopting WILLIE and JESSIE MERCHANT two minor children ages 18 & 19 years [following word added above the line] Respectively which she took from the County with the consent of the poor directors in year 1889 and which she has been caring for as her own children since that time and now desires to adopt them as her heirs at law and that she will perform all the duties of a parent to the said minor children and that the Directors of the poor of Crawford County consents to the said adoption viz. John Hotchkiss Whitney Bramer and G. N. Beatty Commissioners  Wherefore your petitioner prays your honorable [sic] to order and decree that the said Willie and Jessie Merchant above named shall assume the names of your petitioner and be subject to the duties of such children”; signed Elizabeth Carr; sworn to [but not again subscribed] before Samuel W. Roberts, J.P., 26 May 1900.
    [Consent, below:]  “We the undersigned Directors of the poor of said County agree the adoption of the said children by the said petitioner and believe that the same would be to the best interest of the said children”; signed John Hotchkiss, M. G. Beatty; Attest: M. A Lowman[?], Clerk [undated].
    Granted 29 May 1900, and the “minors shall assume the name and have all the rights of children and heirs of Elizabeth Carr,” presumably Willie Carr and Jessie Carr; [filing date not given].

#48 September Term 1900
Appearance Docket 157:48
    “The [typed] petition of B. S. WADE a citizen and resident of the county aforesaid [Crawford], respectfully represents: [¶] That he is desirous of adopting, MERLE E. HOLMES, a minor child of bastard child of HATTIE E. HOLMES now of the age of 5 years, as one of his heirs; that he will perform all the duties of a parent toward the said minor, and that the said Hattie E. Holmes, parent of the said Merle E. Holmes, has consented to the said adoption. [¶] Wherefore your petitioner prays your honorable Court to order and decree that the said Merle E. Holmes, shall assume the name of your petitioner, and have all the rights of a child and heir of your petitioner, and be subject to the duties of such child.” Sworn to and subscribed B. S. Wade before Wm. Farley, J.P., 6 June 1900.
    [Consent, below:]  “I, Hattie E. Holmes the parent of the said Merle E Holmes, hereby signify my consent to the adoption of the said Merle E Holmes as prayed for in the foregoing petition, and believe that such adoption will be for his welfare.”  Signed Hattie E. Holmes.
    [Attached consent:]  “J. C. McGaughey and S. A. Winans being duly sworn according to law say that they are well acquainted with B. S. Wade, the within named petitioner, and that he is a person of good moral character, and that they believe that the wellfare of the said Merle E. Holmes, will be promoted by the adoption prayed for.”  Sworn to and subscribed J. C. McGaughey, S. A. Winans before Wm. Farley, J.P., 6 AprilJune 1900.
    Granted 29 June 1900, and “the said Merle E. Holmes, shall assume the name of the said B. S. Wade,” presumably, Merle E. Wade; [filing date not stated].  See subsequent adoption by mother, infra.

#4 February Term 1901
Appearance Docket 159:4
    [Papers missing; docket states that the “Petition (of JOHN GAFFREY to adopt JOHN PENDERGAST) presented in open Court and filed Nov. 12, 1900”].
    Granted 12 Nov. 1900, named assumed is John Gaffrey.

#91 February Term 1901
Appearance Docket 159:91
    “The petition of PAUL PHILLIPS a citizen and resident of Randolph township said [Crawford] County, respectfully represents; [¶] That he is desirous of adopting GRACE A. PHILLIPS, his niece and minor child of DAVID and EMMA A. PHILLIPS, now of the age of thirteen years of age on July 8th last as one of his heirs; that he will perform all the duties of a parent toward the said child and that the said David Philips the father of said minor has consented to said adoption. [¶] Wherefore your petitioner prays your honorable Court to order and decree that the said Grace A. Phillips shall assume the name of your petitioner and have all the rights of a child and heir of your petitioner and be subject to the duties of such child.”nbsp; Signed Paul. Phillips; sworn to and again subscribed before John A. Neyland, J.P., 17 Dec. 1900.
    [Parental consent, below:]  “I David Phillips father of Grace A. Phillips hereby signify my consent to the adoption of the said Grace A. Phillips as prayed for in the foregoing petition (said child has lived with said Paul Phillips now for nearly four years and the mother of said child has been living in open adultery with one Howard Ketner for about four year) and belive [sic] that such adoption will be for her welfare.”  Sworn to and subscribed David Phillips before John A. Neyland, J.P., 17 Dec. 1900.
    Granted 17 Jan. 1901, name assumed [i.e., remains] Grace A. Phillips; filed same day.

#3 May Term 1901
Appearance Docket 160:3
    [Preprinted Cleveland Protestant Orphan Asylum’s Ohio form:]  “Your Petitioners, CHARLES EDWARD MILLER and BERTHA MAY MILLER respectfully represent that they are inhabitants of state of OhioPa. residing at Meadville in said county of Crawford, and are husband and wife; that they desire to adopt as their own, WINNIFRED SNOW a minor child of the age of Five years on the 31st day of March 189 1900; that said minor child is an inmate of The Cleveland Protestant Orphan Asylum, of Cleveland, Ohio, organized under the laws of the said state, and that the written consent to such adoption, by the President of the Board of Trustees of said Asylum, is filed herewith. [¶] Your Petitioners further represent that they have the ability to bring up and educate said child properly, and that the adoption of said minor child, as herein prayed for, is fit and proper. [¶] Your Petitioners therefore pray that upon the hearing of this matter the said Winnifred Snow may be declared by the court, to be their child to all legal intents and purposes, and promise to treat said child with kindness, and give such moral instruction and good example as parents in Christian communities give their own children, and will at least give her an opportunity to acquire a good common school education, and for such other orders as the case may require. [¶] Meadville, OhioPa., 29th day of January 180 1901.”  Signed Chas. Edward Miller, Bertha May Miller; sworn to and subscribed before Isaac Monderau, Notary Public, 29 Jan. 1901.
    [Attached consent:]  “Now Comes William Chisholm and represents to the Court that ‘The Cleveland Protestant Orphan Asylum’ is organized under the laws of the State of Ohio, and that he is the President of the Board of Trustees of said Asylum. [¶] He further represents and says that on the Twenty fifth day of November 1898, the said Winnifred Snow was voluntarily surrendered by its parent guardian to the trustees of said Asylum, has been abandoned by its parent  guardian, and is now an inmate of said Asylum. [¶] That he has examined the petition herein and believes the allegations therein set forth to be true, and as President of said Board of Trustees hereby consents to the adoption of said Winnifred Snow by the said Charles Edward Miller and Bertha May Miller and for the change of her name as prayed for in said petition.  Cleveland Ohio, Jany 3rd 18901.”  Signed Wm Chisholm, President of Board of Trustees of the Cleveland Protestant Orphan Asylum.; sworn to at Cuyahoga Co., Ohio, and again subscribed before A. H. Shunk, Notary Public, 3 Jan. 1901.
    Granted 11 Feb. 1901 [decree entered on preprinted Cleveland Protestant Orphan Asylum form], name changed to Mildred May Miller; filed same day.

#37 May Term 1901
Appearance Docket 160:37
    “The petition of AARON HARDY and JENNIE HARDY his wife of Meadville Pa. respectfully represent that they are desirous of adopting EDWARD EARL MOORE a child of GRACE MOORE of Meadville Pa, as one of their heirs, and for that purpose they herein declare their said desire and also that they will perform all the duties of parents to said Edward Earl Moore. [¶] Petitioners therefore pray the Court, if satisfied that the welfare of the said Edward Earl Moore will be promoted by said adoption, with the consent of the said Grace Moore evidenced by her written consent hereto annexed, to decree that the said Edward Earl May assume the name of the petitioners, viz: Edward Earl Hardy, and have all the rights of a child and heir of the petitioners, and be subject to the duties of a child, and they will ever pray etc.”nbsp; Signed Aaron Hardy, Jennie Hardy; sworn to and again subscribed by Jennie Hardy (only) before the Clerk of Courts 5 March 1901.
    [Parental consent, below:]  “I, Grace Moore of Meadville Pa. the mother of Edward Earl Moore, hereby consent to the decree prayed for, for the adoption of the said Edward Earl by the petitioners Aaron Hardy and Jennie Hardy. [¶] Witness my hand this 5th day of March A.D. 1901.”  Signed Grace Moore.
    Granted 11 March 1901, name assumed is Edward Earl Hardy; [filing date not given].

#2 September Term 1901
Appearance Docket 161:2
    [Industrial School and Home’s Ohio form, adapted to Pennsylvania:]  “Your petitioners JOSEPH F. O’DANIEL and SARAH E. O’DANIEL, husband and wife, respectfully represent that they are inhabitants of the town of Meadville, County of Crawford, State of OhioPennsylvania, and that they aer desirous of adopting as their own child one ANNA CASSADAY a minor of the age of four years on the 14th day of September A. D. 18901, the child of [blank] and [blank] [¶] Your petitioners further represent that said Anna Cassaday is a neglected, destitute and homeless child, now an inmate of the ’Industrial School and Home,’ established and controlled by the ’Children’s Aid Society, of Cleveland, Ohio,’ a corporation duly incorporated under the Laws of the State of Ohio. [¶] Your petitioners further say that they are possessed of sufficient means and ability to bring up and educate said child properly, having reference to the degree and condition of the child’s parents, and that they have entered into the preliminary contract and agreement with the Trustees and Managers of said Industrial School and Home, as required by law. [¶] Your petitioners therefore pray that upon the final hearing in this case they may be permitted by order of said Court to adopt as their own child the said Anna Cassaday and that the name of said child may be changed to that of Anna Louisa O’Daniel and that she be entitled to all the rights and privileges of a child and heir and subject to the duties of the same.”  Signed Joseph F. ODaniel, Sarah E ODaniel; sworn to and again subscribed [blank] May 1901, but without the notary, Prothonotary, or other official identified or signing.
    [Attached “Answer” on the School’s form, adapted to Pennsylvania:]  “Now comes John F. Fisher Superintendent of The Industrial School and Home, established by the Children’s Aid Society, of Cleveland, Ohio, a Corporation, duly appointed and qualified by the Trustees and Managers thereof, to appear for them in this proceeding, as provided by law, and for answer says:  That all the allegations of said petition are true and that said Anna Cassady was received by surrender into said School and Home on the 18th day of July 18900.  Wherefore, he hereby consents to the adoption of said Anna Cassady by said petitioners, and to the change of name as in said petition prayed for.”  Signed John F. Fisher, Superintendent of the Industrial School and Home.; sworn to and again subscribed before H. A. Schwab, Deputy Clerk, Probate Court, Cuyahoga County, Cleveland, Ohio, 2 May 1901.
    [Attached consent: “And now May 13, 1901, comes the OverSeers of the Poor in and for said [Crawford] county and represent that our board is satisfied that the said Joseph F. and Sarah E. O’Daniel are persons of good moral character and able to provide for said minor and that the welfare of the said Anna Cassidy will be promoted by such adoption, and that we are informed that the said minor child has been within our jurisdiction for the past eight or nine months, we therefore join in the said petition with the officers of the ‘Industrial School and Home’ controlled by the ‘Childrens Aid Society’ and hereby consent, as the minor childs next friends to the adoption prayed for by the petitioners above named. [¶] In witness whereof, we have hereunto affixed our hands and seal of Crawford County, Pennsylvania, this 11th [sic] day of May, A. D. 1901.”  Signed [stamped] John Hotchkiss, Whitney Braymer, M. G. Beatty, Overseers of the Poor; attest M. A. Lowman, Clerk [undated].
    Granted 13 May 1901, name assumed is Anna Louisa O’Daniel; [filing date not given].

#6 November Term 1901
Appearance Docket 162:6
    “The [typed] petition of AULDIN PENFIELD, of Conneaut Township, in said [Crawford] county, respectfully represents; That he is desirous of adopting MABEL A. PENFIELD, who was 13 years of age on the 13th. day pf July last past, a child of W. C. PENFIELD,and JENNIE E. PENFIELD, of said township, as his heir, and for that purpose he herein declares his said desire and also that he will perform all the duties of a parent to said Mabel A. Penfield, and the said Wm. C. Penfield, and Jennie E. Penfield, parents of the said Mabel A. Penfield, have consented to said adoption prayed for by your petitioner. [¶] Your petitioner therefore prays the Court if satisfied that the welfare of the said Mabel A. Penield, will be promoted by such adoption, to decree that the said Mabel A. Penfield, be adopted by, and have all the rights of a child and heir of the petitioner, and be subject to the duties of a child. And he will ever pray &c.”  Signed Audlin Penfield; sworn to and again subscribed before W. A. Bowman, J.P., 4 Sept. 1901.
    [Parental consent, below:]  “Wm. C. Penfield and Jennie E. Penfield, the parents of said Mabel A. Penfield, hereby consent to the adoption of the said Mabel A. Penfield, as prayed for in the foregoing petition, and believe such adoption will be for the welfare of the said Mabel A. Penfield,.”  Signed W C Penfield, Jennie E Penfield [undated; no jurat or acknowledgment].
    Granted 9 Sept. 1901 [name presumably unchanged from Mabel A. Penfield]; filed same day.

#7 November Term 1901
Appearance Docket 162:7
    “The [typed] petition of J. A. FRENCH, of said county, respectfully represents:  That he is desirous of adopting as one of his heirs JULIA ADELAIDE HART, a minor child of DORCAS HART (now intermarried with JAMES FLINN) of Fayette county, state of Pennsylvania, aged ten years, her father having died when she was an infant, and hereby declares that he will perform all the duties of a parent to such child.  He further represents that the consent of BELLE M. FRENCH, his wife, and Dorcas Flinn, the surviving parent, is evidenced by their joining in this petition. [¶] Your petitioner further prays the Court to decree that the said Julia Adelaide Hart may assume the name of your petitioner, namely, Julia Adelaide French, and have and enjoy all the rights of a child and heir of your petitioner, and be subject to the duties of a child. And he will ever pray, etc.”  Signed J A French, Belle M. French, Dorcas (her mark) Flinn, “Witness:as to Dorcas Flinn.” (signed) John N. Dawson, Emma B. Rankin.  Sworn to at Mahoney County, Ohio, [but not again subscribed] by J. A. French before B. P. Baldwin, Notary Public, Mahoning Co., Ohio, 8 July 1901.  [Handwritten jurat, on reverse side] sworn to at Fayette Co., Pa., and subscribed with the mark of Dorcas Flinn, attest W. A. Hogg, Emma B. Rankin, before John N. Dawson, J.P., 11 July 1901.
    Granted 9 July Sept. 1901, name assumed is Julia Adelaide French; filed same day.
[Handwritten letter addressed to the Probate Court, Meadville Court House, and postmarked Youngstown, Ohio, 8 May 1929, bearing an address of 51 Matta Ave., Youngstown, and dated 8 May 1929:]  “Do you have any record of the adoption of a little girl about the year 1903 or near there? That was born in Fayette Co, near Uniontown, whose name was either Julia or Pheobe Adelaide Hart. Whose mothers name was Dorcas Hart as this girl was supposed to have been adopted by Captain J.A. French as this child is now the writer of this letter and wishes to know the truth of this matter, also could a child be legally adopted if this mans wife was living if she did not sign the papers.  [¶] If you have records will you let me know, any [sic] how much would a copy of the adoption papers cost me?  Trusting I may hear from you soon, / Your sincerely,” signed Mrs. Wesley Porter.

Typed response from the Prothonotary on reverse, dated 9 May 1929, stating that an exemplification of the 1901 record will cost $3.

#60 November Term 1901
Appearance Docket 162:60
    ”The petition of JAMES and LOIE SIMONS, residents of the City of Meadville, Crawford County, Pennsylvania, – respectfully represents. That they are desirous of adopting Stella MAUD STRANIGAN a minor child of [blank] STRANIGAN. That the place of residence of the father of said child is not known: That the mother of said mother of said child being unable to support said child delivered the child to the Children’s Aid Society of Meadville, Pa. in July 1900, having consented in writing to said Society’s taking charge of said child and did in writing surrender and release all parental control over said child. Said child has been supported and cared for in the home of your petitioner’s home since August 1900. Your petitioners hereby promise that they will perform all the duties of parents toward the said minor child. [¶] Wherefore your petitioners pray your honorable Court to order and decree that the said Stella Maud Stranigan shall assum [sic] the name of Mamie [next word carreted] Maud Simons and have all the rights of a child and heir of your petitioners, and be subject to the duties of a child.”  Signed James Simons, Loie Simons; sworn to by and subscribed James Simons (only) before Isaac Monderau, Notary Public, Meadville, 25 Sept. 1901.
    [Consent, below:]  “Caroline [sic] T. Merrell President and Mrs. Caroline B. Mc Secretary of the Children’s Aid Society of Meadville, Pa. being duly sworn say that Stella Maud Stranigan was delivered to said Society July [blank] 1900 being a child about three years past  That the residence of the father is unknown – and the mother being unable to support said child &ndash signed a writing surrendering all he parental rights over said child to said Society and authorized said society to procure a permanent [next word carreted] home for it. That the said Children’s Aid Society have made inquiry concerning the petitioners Mr. & Mrs. James Simons and that after such investigation the adoption of said child by petitioners was approved by said Children’s Aid Society a record of which approval is shown by the minutes of said Society on date of Sept. 19# 1900. [¶] Affiants further say that they are acquainted with petitioners and are satisfied that they are proper persons to receive the custody of said child.” Sworn to and subscribed Caroline B. M cCoy, Cornelia T. Merrell., before Isaac Monderau, J.P., Meadville, 30 Sept. 1901.
    Granted 14 Oct. 1901, name assumed is Mamie Maud Stranigan [sic]; filed same day.
Handwritten letter on stationery embossed “Chicago,” dated 5 Feb. 1920:  “Dear Sirs of City Court, – Enclose a few questions in regards to my life, wondering if you would please give me a little satisfaction as everyone tells me something, and no one seems to know the right truth.  Well when I was three years old I was adopted by some people named, ‘Lois G. Giffin Simons’ and “Mr James D Simons, of Meadville, Penn.  They tell me I was born at Corry, Penn  from Corry I went to Meadville.  My name when adopted was, ‘Maud Stranahan,’ and I was gotten through a friend they wont say who.  They said my mother is dead and my father living the last they heard and I have a sister and relatives.  Would like to know where my sister is and what my life is as anyone would.  My foster parents were born in Penn. and Canada, Mother born Sept. 5. 1866 I dont know what city, my father in St Thomas, Canada April 22, 1866.  They were married in the year of 1896.  That is what I have been told by them.  I dont know where we lived in Meadville when I was adopted.  I remember of going to Chicago and I have a faint rememberance of my mother as any child would has of course.  Then we I went back to Meadville then we lived while there at 1087 Liberty St.  I am now living in Chicago, going by the name of Mamie Hazel Maud Simons, I also am 23 years of age, born Oct. 26, 1896.  I am married and have two very nice little children, one three years of age and the other 12 months.  My husband is good to me, but I would like my children as well as my self know of our blood relation, I think if you were in my place you would have the same feeling about this circumstances too.  My name now is Mrs Arthur Debeling of Chicago.  Would you please locate my sister –where she is and what her name is and how old, as she she was adopted too by some people.  My description is red hair, gray eyes and fair complexion and I am 5 ft 2 ins. and medium weight.  When I was adopted I was quite stout.  Now could you please give me any satisfaction or would I have to write to Correy, Penn. Court or to a Orphan Home Asylum.  Well anyway tell me what to do in regards to this fact of my life as I am anxious.  Please write and tell me as soon as you can. / I remain / Mrs. Mamie (H. Maud Simons) Debeling. / 27. E. 102 Place, / Chicago, Ill.”

Carbon copy of typed response from Prothonotary dated 10 Feb. 1920, suggesting contact with Mrs. Simeon (Cornelia T.) Merrill, President, and Mrs. Adrian W. (Caroline B.) McCoy, Secretary of the Children’s Aid Society, both “now living in Meadville,” but unable after searching to find an adoption of any other Stranagan [sic].

#61 November Term 1901
Appearance Docket 162:61
    “The petition of J. CLAYTON HERRINGTON respectfully represents: [¶] 1st That he is a resident of the said County of Crawford. [¶] 2.nd That he is desirous of adopting RALPH BANNISTER a minor child of DORA BANNISTER (widow) of CHARLES BANNISTER, as one of his heirs. [¶] 3.rd That he will perform all the duties of a parent to said Ralph Bannister. [¶] 4th That the said Dora Bannister (Mother) of the said Ralph. Bannister has consented to the said adoption prayed for by your petitioner. [¶] Wherefore your petitioner prays your Honorable Court to order and decree that the said Ralph Bannister shall assume the name of your petitioner, and that said Ralph Bannister shall have all the rights of a child and heir of your petitioner, and be subject to the duties of such child.  And your petioner [sic] will ever pray, etc.”  Signed J Clayton Herrington, witness Phil P Wenz; sworn to and again subscribed before Philip P Wenz, J.P., 25 Sept. 1901.
    [Parental consent, below:]  “I Dora Bannister the mother of said Ralph Bannister hereby consent to the adoption of the said Ralph Bannister as prayed for in the foregoing petition, and believe such adoption will be for the wellfare [sic] of the said Ralph Bannister.”nbsp; Signed Dora Bannister, Witness Phil P Wenz [undated].
    [Supporting affidavit, below:]  “B Kress & M A Lowman Being duly sworn according to law, depose and say that they are well acquainted with J. Clayton Herrington the within named petitioner, that he is a person of respectability and property, and that deponents believe that the welfare of the said Ralph Bannister will be promoted by the adoption prayed for in said petition.”nbsp; Sworn to and subscribed B. Kress and M. A. Lowman before Philip P. Wenz, J.P. [date not given].
    Granted 14 Oct. 1901, and “the said Ralph. Bannister shall assume the name of said petitioner,” presumably, Ralph Herrington; filed same day.

#71 November Term 1901
Appearance Docket 162:71
    “The petition of DANIEL ROSS of Oil Creek Township Crawford County and State of Pennsylvania, Represents, that he is desirous of adopting GEORGE SLITER aged Ten years, a child of ANDREW SLITER of Oil Creek County & State aforesaid as one of his heirs, and for that Purpose he herein declairs his said desire, and also that he will perform all the Duties of a Parent to the Said George Sliter [¶] The Petioner [sic] therefore Prays the Court if Satisfied that the welfare of the Said George Sliter will be Promoted by sutch adoption with the Consent of the Said Andrew Sliter (Parent) evidenced by his signing this Petition to decree that the Said George Sliter may assume the name of the Petioner and have all the rights of a child and heir of the Pettioner and be subject to the duties of a child and he your Pettioner will ever Pray &c [¶] Signed Oct 14–1901”; signed Daniel M Ross, A N Sliter, Witness Andrew Zuver [no jurat or acknowledgment].
    Granted 18 Oct. 1901, and “that the said George Sliter shall assume the name … of Daniel Ross,” presumably George Ross; filed same day.  See also #15 May Term 1902.

#91 November Term 1901
Appearance Docket 162:91
    “The petition of JOHN W. KEBORT and BARBARA KEBORT his wife respectfully represent That they are adopting one of the children of the said WILLIAM H. HALL, of the Township of Greenwood said, County [of Crawford], he being to wit; MARY ELSIE HALL, of the age of eighteen months, the said William H. Hall, being the surviving parent of said Elsie Hall, and that they will perform all the duties of a parents [sic] to said child. [¶] They further state that the consent of William H. Hall, the surviving parent to such adoption is evidenced by his joining in said petition. [¶] Your petitioners therefore pray the Court to decree that the said Mary Elsie Hall, may assume the name of your petitoners, namely Mary Elsie Kebort, and have and enjoy all the rights of a child and heir of your petitioners, and be subject to the duties of a child. [¶] Your petitioners would further represent that they are residents of the Borough of Greenville, County of Mercer and State of Pennsylvania. [¶] Be it known also that I William H. Hall surviving parent of the said Mary Elsie Hall do join in the within petition and pray the granting of the same.”  Signed J. W. Kebort, Barbara C Kebort, William. H. Hall; sworn to and subscribed J. W. Kebort, Barbara C. Kebort, Wm. H. Hall before E. T. Mason, Prothonotary, 24 Oct. 1901.
    Granted 27 Oct. 1901, name assumed is Mary Elsie Kebort; [filing date not given].

#15 May Term 1902
Appearance Docket 164:15
    “The Petition of F W [per cover, decree, and signature, FRED W.] SNYDER of Hydetown Borough Crawford County & State of Penna Represents that he is desirous of adopting [sic] CLAUDE SLITER nine years of age a child of ANDREW SLITER of Oil Creek Township County of Crawford as one of his heirs and for that Purpose he herein declaires his said desire, and also that he will perform all the duties of a Parent to the said Claud Sliter the Petitioner therefore Prays the Court if satisfied that the welfare of the said Claud Sliter will be Promoted by sutch adoption with the consent of the said Andrew Sliter evidenced by his signing this Petition, to decree that the said Claude Sliter may assume the name of the Petioner [sic] and be subject to the duties of a child & he will ever Pray [¶] JanuaryFeb 15/01”; signed Fred W Snyder, A N Sliter, [witness] Andrew Zuver [no jurat or acknowledgment].
    Granted 24 Feb. 1902, name assumed is Claude Snyder; [filing date not given].  See also #71 November Term 1901.

#5 September Term 1902
Appearance Docket 165:5
    “The [typed] petition of ELSWORTH H. HUBBARD and FLORA HUBBARD, his wife, respectfully represents: [¶] That they are residents of Beaver Township, Crawford County, State of Pennsylvania. [¶] That they are desirous of adopting MARGARET THORA WILLIS, a minor child of PARKER WILLIS and BESSIE WILLIS, as one of their heirs. [¶] That Bessie Willis, the mother of said Margaret Thora Willis, is deceased; and that the said Margaret Thora Willis is about four years of age. [¶] That they will perform all the duties of parents to said Margaret Thora Willis. [¶] That the said Parker Willis, the surviving parent of said Margaret Thora Willis, has consented to the said adoption prayed for by your petitioners. [¶] Wherefore your petitioners pray your Honorable Court to order and decree that the said Margaret Thora Willis shall assume the name of your petitioners, and that the said Margaret Thora Willis shall have all the rights of a child and heir of your petitioners, and be subject to the duties of such child.  And your petitioners will ever pray, etc.”nbsp; Signed Ellsworth H Hubbard, Flora Hubbard; sworn to and again subscribed before H. W. Gates, J.P., Beaver Center, 19 April 1902.
    [Parental consent, below:]  “I, Parker Willis, the surviving parent of the said Margaret Thora Willis, hereby consent to the adoption of the said Margaret Thora Willis as prayed for in the foregoing petition, and believe such adoption will be for the welfare of the said Margaret Thora Willis.”  Signed Parker Willis [no jurat or acknowledglment].
    [Attached supporting affidavit:]  “U M Gates[,] P C Gates being duly sworn according to law, depose and say, that they are well acquainted with the Ellsworth H. Hubbard and Flora Husband, the within named petitioners, and that they are persons of respectability and property, and that deponents believe that the welfare of the said Margaret Thora Willis will be promoted by the adoption prayed for in said petition.” Sworn to and subscribed U. M. Gates, P C Gates before H W Gates, J.P., Beaver Center, 19 April 1902.
    Granted 12 May 1902, name assumed is Margaret Thora Hubbard; filed 13 May 1902.

#41 September Term 1902
Appearance Docket 165:41
    “The petition of MASON [sic; NATHAN] A. CODY of the City of Meadville, Crawford County aforesaid, respectfully represents: [¶] That he is desirous of adopting HUBERT DANIELS [with ending ‘s’ added here and elsewhere] a minor child of MABEL DANIEL[S] and D. R. DANIEL[S], now of the age of nearly two years. (Two years old July 1902) as one of his heirs; that he will perform all the duties of a parent toward the said minor, and that the said Mabel Daniels mother of said child has consented to such adoption. [¶] That D. R. Daniels father of said child abandoned and deserted child and its his mother over one year ago, and has not provided for or care for [next word carreted] said child in any way for over a year. [¶] Wherefore your petitioner prays your honorable Court to [next word carreted] order and decree that the said Hurbert Daniels shall assume the name of your petitioner, and have all the rights of a child and heir of your petitioner, and be subject to the duties of such child.”nbsp; [unsigned]; sworn to (as Mason A. Cody) and subscribed N. A Cody before Isaac Monderau, Notary Public, Meadville, 11 June 1902.
    [Parental consent, below:]  “I Mabel Daniels mother of the said Hubert Daniels hereby signify my consent to the adoption of the said Hubert Daniel as prayed for by my father in the within petition and know that such adoption will be for his welfare.”  Signed Mabell Danniels [sic].
    Granted 23 June 1902, name assumed is Hubert Nason Cody [Hubert Nathan Cody?]; filed same day.
[Enclosed motion:]  “And Now July 28# 1902 the Court is moved for leave to amend the record by changing the adopting parents from ‘Nason’ A. Cody to his correct name of ‘Nathan’ A. Cody.”  Signed Isaac Monderau, Atty. for Nathan A. Cody.  Granted 28 July 1902;[filing date not given].

#71 September Term 1902
Appearance Docket 165:71
    “The [typed] petition of WILLIAM J. READMOND and IDA READMOND respectfully represents:  That your petitioners are husband and wife and are of middle age and living together and reside in the city of Titusville in said county where they have resided for over twenty years. That the said William J. Readmond is a workingman and earns sufficient to support his family comfortably.  That petitioners have no children of their own. [¶] And your petitioners further represent that there is now living with them at their home in the city of Titusville aforesaid as a member of the family of your petitioners a female child which was born on or about the third day of March A.D. 1894, in or near the city of Buffalo in the state of New York which petitioners have named JESSIE LOVERNA. That the said child was brought to them and placed in their care for adoption by one Mrs. E. A. Dean of the said city of Buffalo on or about the 26th day of March A.D. 1894.  That the said Mrs. E. A. Dean was then and still is the representative of some organization or society of said city of Buffalo having for one or more of its objects the placing of neglected or abandoned infants in proper protestant homes for adoption and bringing up.  That the parentage of such child has not been disclosed to your petitioners and they do not know who its parents are or whether either are living.  That the said child supposes that your petitioners are its natural father and mother.  That your petitioners and said child have become attached to each other.  That said child has lived with your petitioners and been supported by them wholly with their own means ever since it was left with them as aforesaid.  That your petitioners are well able to maintain the said child and give her a proper bringing up.  That it was represented to your petitioners by said Mrs. E. A. Dean at the time she brought said child to them that its mother had stated to her that it was her wish and desire that a home be found for it, that she (its mother) surrendered and gave up all rights to and claims upon said child and was unable to maintain it; that its father was dead.  Your petitioners believe said representations to be true. [¶] And your petitioners further say that they are desirous of adopting the said child as their heir and each of their heir, and that she shall assume the name of your petitioners and be named Jessie Loverna Readmond, and that she shall have all the rights of a child and heir of your petitioners and each of them, and that she shall be subject to all the duties of a child of your petitioners.  Your petitioners verily believe that the welfare of the said child will be promoted by such adoption, and, subject to the sanction of your Honorable Court, do hereby so adopt the said child. And petitioners further declare that they will perform all the duties of a parent to said child. [¶] Wherefore your petitioners pray that your Honorable Court order, adjudge and decree that the said child be adopted by your petitioners, and that the said child assume the name of your petitioners and be named Jessie Loverna Readmond, and that she have all the rights of a child and heir of your petitioners and each of them and that she be subject to the duties of such child. [¶] And they will ever pray etc.”; Signed Mrs Ida Readmond, William J Readmond (his mark), M. J. Heywang, attorney for Petitioners; sworn to by William J. Readmond (only) and subscribed with his mark before J P McCutchen, J.P., 5 July 1902.
    [Attached certification:]  “I, Mrs. E. A. Dean the undersigned respectfully certify, that I reside in the city of Buffalo in the state of New York and am an agent of the organization or society known as, Erie Co Protestant agent for finding homes for dependent & indigent children having an office at 193 Norwood Avenue in said city of Buffalo, and having for one or more of its objects the finding of proper protestant homes for and placing therein for bringing up and adoption of neglected or abandoned children. [¶] And I further certify that the child Jessie Loverna mentioned in the petition of William J. Readmond and Ida Readmond his wife for the adoption of said child which will be presented to you with this certificate was placed in my hands as the agent of said society by its mother for the purpose of finding a home for it and being therein brought up and adopted in accordance with the purpose of said society, its mother representing to me at the time that its father was dead and that she was unable to maintain and care for it – which I believe to be true– and that she (its mother) gave up and surrendered all rights to and claims upon the child.  The child was then but recently born.  When the said child was three weeks and two days old your certificator placed it in the home of the said petitioners for bring up and adoption by them.&nbps; The said child was eight years of age on or about the third day of March A.D. 1902 and is doing well.  Your certificator believes that the proper home has been found for it and that its welfare will be promoted by the decree of adoption prayed for, and she respectfully recommends that such decree be made.”  Signed Emma A Dean, Margaret L Hambleton (Witness)
    [Attached supporting statement:]  “We the undersigned residents of the city of Titusville in said county of Crawford hereby certify that we have read the foregoing petition; that we have some knowledge of the facts of the case and believe the statement of facts contained in said petition to be true; that in our opinion the welfare of the said child will be promoted by the adoption sought to be effected and we recommend that the prayer of the petitioners be granted”; signed Mrs. Merry T. White, Dr. Bertha O. White
    [Consent, below:]  “We the Directors of the Poor of the county of Crawford and state of Pennsylvania, and who are also guardians or overseers of the poor in said county, hereby certify that we consent to the proposed adoption of the child Jessie Loverna described in the foregoing petition; and respectfully recommend that the decree of adoption be made as prayed for in the said petition.”  Signed (stamped) John Hotchkiss, Whitney Braymer, M. G. Beatty, Directors of the Poor of Crawford Co Pa; Attest M. A. Lowman, Clerk
    Granted 28 July 1802, the child to be named Jessie Loverna Readmond; filed same day.

#26 November Term 1902
Appearance Docket 166:26
    “The petition of G. L. HATCH, of said [Crawford] County, respectfully represents, that he is desirous of adopting as one of his heirs, MAMIE HATCH, a minor child of EDWARD W. HATCH, of the same county, aged ten years, and hereby declares that he will perform all the duties of a parent to such child. [¶] He further represents that the consent of CORA HATCH, his wife, and of Edward W. Hatch, her father, is evidenced by their joining in this petition. [¶] Your petitioner therefore prays the Court to decree that the said Mamie Hatch may assume [next two words carreted] the name of your petitioner, namely, Mamie Hatch, and have and enjoy all the rights of a child of your petitioner, and be subject to the duties of a child. [¶] And he will ever pray &c.”  Signed G L Hatch, E W Hatch, Cora Hatch; Witness: Edith Plaw, M H Luse; sworn to and again subscribed (by all three) before M H Luse, J.P., Cambridge Springs, 13 Sept. 1902.
    Granted 18 Sept. 1902, name assumed is Mamie Hatch; [filing date not given].

#27 November Term 1902
Appearance Docket 166:27
    “The [typed] petition of A. R. BULLOCK, of said [Crawford] county, respectfully represents:  That he is desirous of adopting PERCY PRESTON BULLOCK, infant son of RUTH BULLOCK, (whose father is unknown) as one of his heirs, and for that purpose he herein declares his said desire, and that he will perform all the duties of a parent to said Percy Preston Bullock. [¶] The petitioner therefore prays the Court, if satisfied that the welfare of the said child will be promoted by such adoption, with the consent of the said Ruth Bullock, evidenced by her signing this petition, to decree that the said Percy Preston Bullock may assume the name of your petitioner, namely Percy Preston Bullock, and have all the rights of a child and heir of your petitioner, and be subject to the duties of a child. [¶] And he will ever pray, etc.”  Signed A. R. Bullock, Ruth Bullock; sworn to by A. R. Bullock and subscribed A. R. Bullock before E. T. Mason, Prothonotary, 10 May 1902.
    [Spousal joinder:]  “I, SADIE E. BULLOCK, wife of the above named petitioner, hereby approve of the prayer of the above petition.”  Signed Sadie E Bullock.
    [Handwritten on back cover:]  “May 10, 1902.  The undersigned Directors of the Poor of Crawford Co. approve of the within petition.”  Signed Milton G. Beatty, Whitney Braymer, Directors of the Poor–Milton G. Beatty
    Granted 22 Sept. 1902, named assumed is Percy Preston Bullock; [filing date not given].

#68 November Term 1902
Appearance Docket 166:68
    “The [typed] petition of JOHN T. SCHOOL and ELLEN SCHOOL respectfully represent: [¶] That your petitioners reside in the city of Titusville in the said [Crawford] county and that the said Ellen School is the wife of the said John T. School.  That your petitioners are desirous of adopting as one of their heirs ARTHUR DEWEY FREEMAN a male child of ROBERT L. FREEMAN and NELLIE F. FREEMAN his wife who reside in the borough of Union City , county of Erie and state of Pennsylvania.  That the said child was four years old on the sixth day of June A.D. 1902 as petitioners are informed by its parents and as they verily believe.  And for the said purpose they, your petitioners, herein declare their said desire, and also that they will perform all the duties of a parent to the said Arthur Dewey Freeman.  And your petitioners further represent that the said parents of said child have and do consent to the proposed adoption as is shown by the paper signed by each of them hereto annexed. [¶] Wherefore your petitioners pray your Honorable Court if satisfied that the welfare of said child will be promoted by such adoption to decree that your petitioners adopt the said child as one of their heirs and that such child shall assume the name of your petitioners and be named Arther Dewey School, and that said child have all the rights of a child and heir of your petitioners and be subject to the duties of such child. [¶] And they will ever pray etc.”nbsp;; signed John T. School, Mrs. Ellen School, Petitioners. M. J. Hywang Atty for Petitioners; sworn to John T. School and Ellen School and again subscribed by them before W P McCutchen, J.P., 8 Oct. 1902.
    [Parental consent, below:]  “We Robert L. Freeman and Nellie F. Freeman his wife who are the parents of Arthur Dewey Freeman in the foregoing petition described do hereby certify that the statements contained in said petition are true.  We believe the welfare of said child will be promoted by the proposed adoption and we consent thereto, and join in the prayer of the said petition.”  Signed Robt L Freeman, Nellie Freeman, Witness: As to Robert L. Freemen, D G Smiley, As to Nellie F. Freeman, Theodore A Ingraham; sworn to in Erie Co., Pa., but not again subscribed, by Robert L Freeman before D G Smiley, J.P., 7 Oct. 1902, and sworn to in Crawford Co., Pa., but not again subscribed by Nellie F. Freeman, before W P McCutchen, J. P., 8 Oct. 1902.
    [Attached affidavit:]  “William White and Theodore A. Ingraham being each duly sworn according to law severally depose and say, each affiant speaking for himself, that they reside in the city of Titusville in said county and are acquainted with John T. School and Ellen School his wife who are the petitioners in the annexed petition for the adoption of Arthur Dewey Freeman.  That affiants have read the said petition.  That the said petitioners are persons of good repute and of good moral character and as affiants believe are well able to provide for the said child and to bring it up properly.  That affiants are satisfied that the welfare of the said child will be promoted by the proposed adoption, and they recommend that the decree of adoption prayed for be made by the court.”  Sworn to and subscribed William White, Theodore A Ingraham before W P McCutchen, J.P., 8 Oct. 1902.
    Granted 13 Oct. 1902, name assumed is Arthur Dewey School; filed same day.
#98 November Term 1902
Appearance Docket 166:98
    “The [typed] petition of E. W. MCARTHUR, a citizen and resident of the County aforesaid [Crawford] respectfully represents: [¶] That he is desirous of adopting Ferd H. Mellon [sic; FRED H MELLON], a minor child of FRED MELLON, deceased and BERTIE S. MELLON, (now BERTIE S. MCARTHUR,) now of the age of twenty years, as one of his heirs; that he will perform all the duties of a parent toward the said minor, and that the said Bertie S. McArthur, mother of the Fred H. Mellon has consented to such adoption.”nbsp; Signed E W McArthur; sworn to and again subscribed before E. T. Mason, Prothonotary, 6 Nov. 1902.
    [Parental consent, below:]  “I Bertie S. McArthur, mother of the said Fred H. Mellon, hereby signify my consent to the adoption of the said Fred H. Mellon, as prayed for in the foregoing petition, and believe that such adoption will be for his welfare.”  Signed Bertie S. McArthur.
    Granted 6 Nov. 1902, name assumed is Fred Mellon McArthur; filed same day.

#101 November Term 1902
Appearance Docket 166:101
    “The [typed] Petition of THOMAS SMITH JR a citizen and resident of said [Crawford] County  respectfully represents that he is desirous of adopting CLEO B. REYNOLDS [middle initial carreted here and elsewhere] a minor child [next word carreted] of DAISY REYNOLDS now under one year of age as one of his heirs, that he will perform all the duties of a parent to said minor and that said Daisy Reynolds, mother of said Cleo B. Reynolds has consented to said adoption. [¶] Wherefore your petitioner prays your honorable cour [next line] court to order and decree that the said Cleo B. Reynolds shall assume the name of your petitioner and have all the rights of a child and heir of your petitioner and be subject to the duties of such child.”nbsp; Signed Thomas Smith Jr; sworn to and again subscribed before E. T. Mason, Prothonotary, 16 Sept. 1902.
    [Consent, below:]  “I, Daisy Reynolds, the mother of Cleo B. Reynolds, hereby signify my consent to the adoption of said Cleo B. Reynolds as prayed for in the foregoing petition, and believe the said adoption will be for [next word carreted, handwritten] her its welfare.”nbsp; Signed Daisy Reynolds
    [Supporting affidavit, below:]  “We W W Strickland, L A Fleek being duly sworn say that we are well acquainted with Thomas Smith Jr, the above named petitioner, that he is a person of good moral character, and that they believe that the welfare of said Cleo B. Reynolds will be promoted by the adoption as prayed for.”  Sworn to and subscribed W. W. Strickland, L. A. Fleek before Barry Cumming, J.P., 15 Oct. 1902.
    Granted 8 Nov. 1902, name assumed is Cleo B. Smith; [filing date not given].

#3 February Term 1903
Appearance Docket 167:3
    “The [typed] petition of LUTHER R. HEARD, of Spring Township, in said [Crawford[ county, respectfully represents; that he is desirous of adopting ALTON L. DAVIS, who was born on the 19th. Day of July last past, as one of his heirs; that he the said Alton L. Davis, is child of ALTON J. DAVIS, of Pine Township in said county, whose wife the mother of the said Alton L. Davis, died on the 25th. inst.[next four words handwritten, carreted] day of October 1902 and that the said Alton J. Davis, has consented to such adoption. Your petitioner also hereby declares that he will perform all the duties of a parent to the said Alton L. Davis, He the petitioner therefore prays the Court if satisfied that the welfare of the said Alton L. Davis, will be promoted by such adoption, to decree that the said Alton L. Davis, may assume the name of the petitioner viz. Alton L. Heard, and have all the rights of a child and heir of the petitioner, and be subject to the duties of such child.”  Signed Luther R. Heard; sworn to and again subscribed before W. A. Bowman, J.P., 28 Oct. 1902.
    [Parental consent, below:]  “I, Alton J. Davis, parent of the said Alton L. Davis, hereby consent to the adoption of the said Alton L. Davis, as prayed for in the foregoing petition, and believe such adoption will be for the welfare of the said Alton L.davis,”  Signed Alton J Davis [undated; not attested].
    Granted 10 Nov. 1902, name assumed is Alton L. Heard; filed same day.

#4 February Term 1903
Appearance Docket 167:4
    Petition of FRANK & JULIA DRAKE to adopt [papers missing — see docket]

#74 February Term 1903
Appearance Docket 167:74
    “The [typed] petition of WILLIAM T. GAUGH, of North Shenango Township, in said County of Crawford, respectfully represents; That he is desirous of adopting LEE HYDE, aged 23 years, of said Township, as one of his heirs;- and for that purpose he herein declares his said desire, and also that he will perform all the duties of a parent to the said Lee Hyde,. The petitioner further represents that the said Lee Hyde, has resided in his the petitioners family, since he the said Lee Hyde, was a small child. [¶] The petitioner therefore prays the Court, if satisfied that the welfare of the said Lee Hyde, will be promoted by such adoption, with the written consent of the said Lee Hyde [next ten words carreted] J. P. HYDE, his only parent and MILLIE [sic; MELLIE], hereto annexed, to decree that the said Lee Hyde, may assume the name of the petitioner, viz. of Lee Gaugh, and have all the rights of a child and heir of the petitioner and be subject to the duties of such child. And he will ever pray &c.”  Signed William T Gaugh; sworn to and again subscribed before J S Martin, J.P., 20 Dec. 1902.
    [Consent, below:]  “I do hereby consent to the adoption prayed for in the above and foregoing petition, and request that the prayer of the petitioner be granted.”  Signed Lee Hyde, Witness present A. M. Fenner[?].
    [Parental and spousal consent, attached:]  “I, Joel P. Hyde, of Hartstown, Pa. father of Lee Hyde, And I, Mellie L. Hyde, wife of the said Lee Hyde, hereby consent to the adoption of the said Lee Hyde, by William T. Gaugh, as prayed for in the petition hereto annexed.”  Signed Joel P Hyde, Mellie Hyde
    Granted 12 Jan. 1903, name assumed is Lee Gaugh; decree filed same day.

#103 February Term 1903
Appearance Docket 167:103
    “The [typed] petition of SHERMAN S. SAEGER and NELLIE SAEGER his wife, both citizens and residents in said [Crawford] County, residing in Cambridge township, respectfully represent: [¶] That they are desirous of adopting one, MILDRED REBECCA PIERCE, a monor [sic] child borne on the 25th day of June A. D. 1901, whose parents are now both deceased and who has been released to and is now in the care and custody of the Childrens Home Society of Pennsylvania (corporated) of Pittsburg Pa., as their legal heir. [¶] That they will perform all the duties of parents toward the said minor and that the said Childrens Home Society of Pennsylvania has by papers hereto attached, consented to such adoption. [¶] Wherefore your petitioners pray your honorable Court to order and decree that the said Mildred Rebecca Pierce shall assume the name of your petitioners, to wit: Mildred Rebecca Saeger, and have all the rights of a child and heir of your petitioners and be subject to the duties of such child.”nbsp; Signed Sherman Saeger, Nellie Saeger; sworn to and subscribed Sherman S. Saeger, Nellie Saeger before M. H. Luse, J.P., Cambridge Springs, 23 Jan. 1903.
    [Attached consent, following names of officers and address of the Society:]  “WHEREAS, there was released to the Childrens Home Society of Pennsylvania, on or about the twenty-sixth day of September, 1902, a certain female child named Mildred.Rebecca.Pierce, born on the twenty-fifth day of June A.D. 1901. Said child being an orphan and the release being made and executed by John Pierce the paternal grandfather;–  [¶] AND WHEREAS, said child has been cared for by the Childrens Home Society as one of its beneficiaries, and has been continuously under its supervision since said release in accordance with its Charter and rules, and on or about the twentieth day of October 1902 said child was placed by an Agreement of Adoption, and on trial with Sherman.S.Saiger and Nellie his wife, residing at or near Cambridge Springs,Pa:–  [¶] AND WHEREAS, the said Sherman S Saiger andN Nellie his wife, having had said child# in their custody and care a sufficient period on trial and under the Societies aupervision [sic], and it appearing to the satisfaction of the Society that they have fulfilled their part of the Agreement made at placement, and they having requested and petitioned, and being desirous of legally adopting the child that she may lawfully take their name and have an interest in their estate, and the Society being fully assured of the happy relationship established between them and the child;– [¶] NOW THEREFORE, the Childrens Home Society of Pennsylvania, does by these presents give its consent to such adoption, and upon the same being granted after due form oflaw, does surrender all claim and control of the child; and further prays the Honorable Court before whom the case may be brought to peruse the same and grant such Adoption in the interest of the child and of the parties aforesaid. [¶] WITNESS, our hands and the corporate seal of the Childrens Home Society of Pennsylvania, done at the office of the Society in Pittsburgh this second day of January A.D. 1903.”  Signed John Jarret, President. William A. Zahn, Secretary. State Superintendent. [Rev.] W. Henry Thompson [seal].
    [Supporting affidavit, attached:]  “Before me, a Justice of the Peace in and for said County, personally came P. L. Blystone and C. L. Smith who being sworn according to law doth depose and say that they are well acquainted with the within named petitioners Sherman S. Saeger and Nellie Saeger, his wife, that they are persons of good moral character and that they delieve [sic] that the wellfare of the said minor, Mildred Rebecca Pierce, will be promoted by the adoption as prayed for.”  Sworn to and subscribed P L Blystone, C. L. Smith before M. H. Luse, J.P., Cambridge Springs, 24 Jan. 1903.
    Granted 26 Jan. 1903, named assumed is Mildred Rebecca Saeger; filed same day.

#104 February Term 1903
Appearance Docket 167:104
    “[Papers concerning the adoption of CHARLES ALBERTUS ABBOTT by W. E. BSEATTY and LUCRETIA BEATTY, his wife, are missing; file includes only a “Mem. Of Papers wanted,” dated 16 April 1915.]

#2 May Term 1903
Appearance Docket 168:2
    “The [typed] petition of CARL ALSTROM and MARGARET [sic; Margretta] ALSTROM, his wife of the City of Titusville, Crawford County, Pa., respectfully represents; that they are desirous of adopting LILLIAN FREEMAN, who is three years of age, child of ROBERT L. FREEMAN and NELLIE F. FREEMAN [with their middle initials, handwritten, added], his wife of said County as their heir; and for that purpose herein declare their desire and also that they will perform all the duties of a parent to the said Lillian Freeman.  Your Petitioners therefore pray the Court, if satisfied that the welfare of said Lillian Freeman will be promoted by said adoption, with the consent of the said Robert Freeman and Nellie Freeman evinced [sic; evidenced] by their signing this petition, to decree that the said Lillian Freeman may assume the name of your petitioner, namely; [next word carreted, handwritten] Ruth Lillian Alstrom, To have all the rights of the child and heir of your petitioners, and be subject to the duties of a child. [¶] Titusville, Pa., February 6th, A. D. 1903.”nbsp; sSgned Carl Alstrom, Mrs Margretta Alstrom, Mrs Nellie F Freeman, R L Freeman; sworn to at Titusville by “Margaert Alstrom” (only) and subscribed Mrs Margretta Alstrom before W P McCutchon, J.P., Titusville, 6 Feb. 1903.
    Granted 9 Feb. 1903, name assumed is Ruth Lillian Alstrom; filed same day.

#32 May Term 1903
Appearance Docket 168:32
    “The [typed] petition of WM. A. KEENE of said [Crawford] County, widower, respectfully represents:- [¶] That he is desirous of adopting WILLIAM K. TAYLOR, aged 23 years, and PANSY TAYLOR COOPER, aged 21 years, both of Crawford County, Pa., whose parents are dead, as his heirs; for that purpose he herein declares his said desire, and also that he will perform all the duties of a parent to said Wm. K. Taylor and Pansy T. Cooper. [¶] Your petitioner further represents that the two persons whom he is desirous of adopting, are desirous of being adopted, and also that CHARLES D. COOPER husband of the said Pansy Taylor Cooper is desirous of the adoption as prayed for, all of which desire and willingness appears by their written consent hereto annexed and made a part of this petition. [¶] Petitioner therefore prays the Court, if satisfied that the welfare of the said Wm. K. Taylor and the said Pansy T. Cooper will be promoted by said adoption, and with their consent and the consent of Charles D. Cooper, signified as aforesaid, to decree that the said Wm. K. Taylor and Pansy Taylor Cooper shall be and become heirs of the petitioner, and that each shall have all the rights of a child and heir of the petitioner, and be subject to the duties of such child. [¶] And he will ever pray, etc.”nbsp; Signed W. A. Keen; sworn to and again subscribed before Win S. Rose, Prothonotary, 23 Feb. 1903.
    [Consents, below:]  “And now, February 23, 1903, Wm. K. Taylor, Pansy Taylor Cooper and Charles D. Cooper, her husband, hereby give their consent to the adoption of William K. Taylor and Pansy Taylor Cooper as above prayed for.”  Signed W. K. Taylor, Pansy Taylor Cooper, Chas. D. Cooper, Witness: S. A. Cooper and B. T. Brown.
    Granted 25 Feb. 1903 [names apparently unchanged, i.e., William K. Taylor and Pansy Taylor Cooper]; filed same day.

#62 May Term 1903
Appearance Docket 168:62
    “The petition of G. D. BOYER and NETTIE BOYER both of Crawford County, Penna, respectfully represents: [¶] That your petitioners are husband and wife, resident in Hayfield township in said County. [¶] That your petitioners are desirous of adopting as their heirs, DONALD EARL HARBISON and MARGARET ELIZABETH HARBISON aged respectively eight and four years, minor children of JAMES E. HARBISON and his wife MARGARET MCFARLAND HARBISON, [¶] That your petitioner, respectively, will perform all the duties of a parent to said children. [¶] That the father of said children has for more than two years past abandoned his wife and said children, and has neglected and refused to provide for them for that time, And has procured a divorce in West Virginia and remarried there. [¶] That the mother of said children who is caring for them consents to their proposed adoption, as per her written consent hereto attached together with affidavit as to abandonment and non-support on part of their father. [¶] Therefore your petitioners pray that the Court decree that said children shall assume the name of your petitioners and have all the rights of children and heirs of your petitioners and be subject to the duties of such children, [¶] And they will ever pray &c.”nbsp; Signed G D Boyer, Nettie Boyer.; sworn to and again subscribed by them before Win S. Rose, Prothonotary, 19 March 1903.
    [Mother’s affidavit, below:]  “Margaret McFarland Harbison being duly sworn says that she is the mother of Donald Earl Harbison and Margaret Elizabeth Harbison, That their father (and her late husband) left his family some years ago and for more than two years past has refused and neglected to provide for said children or his wife, affiant; That he has procured a divorce in West Virginia and has remarried there, as she has been informed, That affiant has cared for said children since the father left. And that your affiant hereby consents to the proposed adoption by G. D. Boyer and Nettie Boyer.”  Signed Margaret McFarland Harbison; sworn to and again subscribed before Win S. Rose, Prothonotary, 19 March 1903.
    Granted 23 March 1903, and that “the said children, assume the name of the petitioners,” i.e., (presumably) Donald Earl Boyer and Margaret Elizabeth Boyer; [filing date not given].

#90 May Term 1903
Appearance Docket 168:91
    “The [typed] petition of JOHN PIERCE and HATTIE PIERCE, his wife, residents of Meadville, said [Crawford] County, most respectfully represents:– [¶] That they are desirous of adopting MERL WADE, a minor child by adoption of BERT WADE and ALTA WADE, but of whom Mrs. Hattie Pierce is the natural mother [see Wade adoption, infra], as one of their heirs. [¶] That said child is nine years of age, and that your petitioners will perform all the duties of a parent toward said minor child, and that the said Bert Wade and Alta Wade, his wife, residenent [sic] of Glinden said County, parents by adoption of said child, have consented thereto to said adoption. [¶] Wherefore your petitioners pray that your honorable Court order and decree that the said Merl Wadde, shall assume the name of your petitioner, and have all the rights of a child and heir at law of your petitioners, and be subject to the duties of such child.”nbsp; Sworn to [place not given] and subscribed John Pierce, Hattie Pierce before Gerry T. Kincaid, Notary Public, Corry, Pa., [blank] April 1903.
    [Parental consent, below:]  “We, Bert Wade and Alta Wade, parents by adoption of the said minor, Merl Wade, signify our consent to the adoption of the said minor Merl Wade, as prayed for in the foregoing petition, and believe such adoption will be for his welfare.”  Signed Bert Wade, Alta Wade.
    Granted 14 April 1903, name assumed is Merl Pierce; filed same day.

#142 September Term 1903
Appearance Docket 169:142
    “The petition of WILLIAM H. DRAYER and LUCRETIA DRAYER his wife both of West Mead township Crawford County, Penna. respectfully represents: [¶] That your petitioners are desirous of adopting a boy named CHARLES HENRY BURR now known as HOMER A. DRAYER, aged eight years, as their heir; And that they will perform all the duties of parents to said child. [¶] That your petitioner’s have cared for said child ever since it was about nine months old, having received the said child from the children’s aid society, said childs name being Charles Henry Burr, But its parents abandoned it as a baby, and have never seen it or done anything for it since, And it was taken by the County and by the County placed in charge of Aid Society and by Aid Society placed in care of your petitioner’s as above state. The childs parents were named BURR, Residence unknown now. The Directors of the Poor have consented to said adoption as per their written consent here to annexed.”  Signed William H Drayer, Lucretia Drayer; sworn to and subscribed William H. Drayer, Lucetia Drayer. before Win S. Rose, Prothonotary 22 Aug. 1903.
    [Consent, below:]  “We the Directors of the Poor &c. for Crawford County hereby consent to adoption as prayed for, and believe it for the best interest of the child. Said child as a baby having been abandoned by its parents and was taken charge of by the County.”  Signed Whitney Braymer, M. G. Beatty, S R Harper, Directors of Poor, &c., Attest M. A. Lowman, Clerk; dated 22 Aug. 1903.
    Granted 31 Aug. 1903, “said child shall assume the names of the adopting parents,” i.e., (presumably) Homer A. Drayer; [filing date not given].

#8 November Term 1903
Appearance Docket 170:8
    “The petition of FRANK C. STANLEY and NELLIE E. STANLEY, his wife, respectfully represents:– [¶] That they are residents of Summerhill Township in the said County of Crawford. [¶] That they are desirous of adopting KENNETH MCINTYRE, a minor child of FRANK MCINTYRE, born April 5, 1902, as one of their heirs. [¶] That they will perform all the duties of parents to the said Kenneth McIntyre. [¶] That the said Frank McIntyre, the surviving parent, has consented to the said adoption as prayed for, as per paper hereto annexed and made a part of this petition. [¶] Wherefore your petitioners pray your Honorable Court to order and decree that the said Kenneth McIntyre shall assume the name of Kenneth Clare Stanley, and that he shall have all the rights of a child and heir of your petitioners, and be subject to the duties of such child. [¶] And your petitioners will ever pray &c, &c.”  Signed Frank C. Stanley, Nellie E. Stanley; sworn to and again subscribed (by both) before E. C. McKay, J.P., 16 Sept. 1903.
    [Attached parental consent:]  “Before me, E. C. McKay a Notary Public, personally appeared Frank MIntyre who being duly sworn, according to law, doth depose and say. that my home is at Sugar Grove, Warren County, Pa, that my wife is dead. that I freely give my consent to the adoption of my child, Kenneth, born April 5< sup>th A. D. 1902, to Frank C Stanley and Nellie E. Stanley, his wife, of Summerhill Township, Crawford County, Penna.”  Sworn to and subscribed Frank M. cIntyre before Eugene C. McKay, Notary Public, Conneautville, Pa., 9 June 1903.
    Granted 17 Sept. 1903, name assumed is Kenneth Clare Stanley; [filing date not given].

#33 November Term 1903
Appearance Docket 170:33
    “The petition of CHARLES WEISMAN and EMMA WEISMAN his wife, of Meadville, Pa, respectfully represents:  That your petitioners are desirous of adopting GLADYS ROBERTSON, minor child of EARNEST ROBERTSON and HATTIE ROBERTSON of said [Crawford] County. [¶] Said minor child is aged about five months, and its parents are not living together, the father having abandoned his wife and the said child being placed in charge of the Directors of the Poor. [¶] Your petitioners will perform all the duties of parents to such child. [¶] The Mother of said child and the Directors of the Poor consent to the proposed adoption, as shown by their written consent herewith. [¶] Your petitioners therefore pray that a decree of adoption be granted, as provided by Act. of Assembly.”  Signed Charles Weisman, Mrs. Emma Weisman; sworn to and again subscribed by both before Win S. Rose, Prothonotary, 16 Sept. 1903.
    [Consent, below:]  “Meadville Pa. Sept. 16, 1902, We hereby consent to the proposed adoption and believe the petitioning parties are proper and fit persons and that the wellfare [sic] of the child will be promoted by said adoption, Said child was placed in our charge by the mother as she could not support it, and her husband was a profligate man who had abandoned her.”  Signed S. R. Harper, Whitney Braymer, Directors of the Poor &c.
    [Parental consent, below:]  “I consent to said adoption.”  Signed Hattie Robertson, witness, S. R. Harper.
    Granted 28 Sept. 1903, child “shall assume the name of the adopting parents,” i.e., presumably Gladys Weisman; filed same day.

# 18 May Term 1904
Appearance Docket 172:18
    “The petition of CHARLES C HARBST, a citizen and resident of the City of Meadville County aforesaid [Crawford] &nash; respectfully represents: [¶] That he is desirous of adopting JOSEPHINE BURDICK, [next six words carreted] minor child of JAMES W. BURDICK now of the age of three years old May 23d. next, as one of his heirs; that said child has been in his home and custody since said child was about six months of age; that he will perform all the duties of a parent toward thes aid minor, and that the surviving parent of said child James W. Burdick has consented to said adoption. [¶] Wherefore your petitioner prays your honorable Court to order and decree that the said Josephine Burdick shall assume the name of your petitioner and have all the rights of a child, and heir of your petitioner. And be subject to the duties of such child.”; [unsigned but] sworn to (as Charles C Harbst) at Cambria Co. and subscribed C C Harbst before Geo. Boone, J.P., Patton, Cambria Co., 16 Feb. 1904.
    [Consent, below; undated, location not indicated:]  “I James W. Burdick – surviving parent of the said minor Josephine Burdick hereby certify that the mother of said minor died on May 27, 1901 and hereby signify my consent to the adoption of the said Josephine Burdick as prayed for in the foregoing petition by Charles C Harbst and believe that such adoption will be for her welfare.”  Signed James W. Burdick.
    [Supporting affidavit, below:]  “J. W. C. Hites and Joel Hites being duly sworn according to law, say that they are well acquainted with Charles C Harbst the above-named petitioner; that he is a person of good moral character, and that they believe that the welfare of the said Josephine Burdick will be promoted by the adoption as prayed for.”  Sworn to and subscribed J.W.C. Hites, Joel Hites, before Isaac Monderau, Notary Public, Meadville, 15 Feb. 1904.
    Granted 22 Feb. 1904 in open court, name changed to Josephine Harbst; decree filed same day.

#66 May Term 1904
Appearance Docket 172:66
    “The [typed] petition of LEVI CHENY and CYNTHIA M. CHENY, citizens and residents of the County aforesaid [Crawford], respectfully represents: [¶] That they are desirous of adopting DOROTHY N. APPEL, a minor child of JOSEPH APPEL and the late EMILY APPEL, now of the age of six [with “six” handwritten] months, as one of their heirs; that they will perform all the duties of a parent toward the said minor, and that the said Joseph Appel, surviving parent of the said Dorothy N. Appel, has consented to such adoption. [¶] Wherefore your petitioner prays your honorable court to order and decree that the said Dorothy N. Appel shall assume the name of your petitioner and have all the rights of a child and heir of your petitioner, and be subject to the duties of such child.”nbsp; signed Levi Cheny, Cynthia M Cheny; sworn to and again subscribed (by both) before Maude Harper, Notary Public, Meadville, 21 March 1904.
    [Parental consent, below:]  “I, Joseph Appel, the parent of said Dorothy N. Appel, hereby signify my consent to the adoption of the said Dorothy N. Appel as prayed for in the foregoing petition, and beleive [sic] that such adoption will be for her welfare.”  Signed Joseph Appel.
    [Affidavit attached:]  “E. A. Henry and Matthew Nelson being duly sworn according to law, say that they are well acwuainted [sic] with Levi Cheny and Cynthia M. Cheny, the above named petitioners; that they are persons of good moral character, and that they believe that the welfare of the said Dorothy N. Appel will be promoted by the adoption as prayed for.”  Sworn to and subscribed E A Henry, Matthew Nelson before Maude Harper, Notary Public, Meadville, 23 March 1904.
    Granted 31 March 1904, name assumed is Dorothy N. Cheny; decree filed same day.

#67 May Term 1904
Appearance Docket 172:67
    “The [typed] petition of JOHN BERT RICHAEL and LENA RICHAEL, his wife respectfully represent:– [¶] That they are desirous of adopting ALICE FERN LANE, who was born on October 15, 1903, and who is the child of ELIZABETH LANE and ARCHIBALD LANE of the said County of Crawford (the said Archibald Lane having died on the 17th day of July, 1903), as their child and heir, and for that purpose they herein declare their said desire, and that they will perform all the duties of parents to the said Alice Fern Lane; [¶] Your petitioners further represent that the mother of said child has consented to said adoption as appears by her consent hereto annexed, and made part of this petition; [¶] Your petitioners therefore pray the Court, if satisfied, that the wellfare of the said Alice Fern Lane will be promoted by said adoption, to decree that the said Alice Fern Lane be adopted by them, and have the name of Alice Fern Richael and have all the rights of a child and heir of said petitioners, and be subject to the duties of a childs [sic].&nsbp; And they will ever pray &c.”nbsp; Signed John Bert Richael, Lena Richael; sworn to and again subscribed (by both) before John A. Northam, Notary Public, Meadville, 29 March 1904.
    [Attached consent:]  “I, Elizabeth Lane, the surviving parent of the said Alice Fern Lane, hereby consent to the adoption of the said Alice Fern Lane, as prayed for in the foregoing petition.”  Signed Mrs Elizbeth Lane.
    Granted 31 March 1904, name assumed is Alice Fern Richael; decree filed same day.

#104 May Term 1904
Appearance Docket 172:104
    “The [typed] petition of GEORGE STRATTON, and MARTHA J. STRATTON, his wife, of Linesville Borough, in said [Crawford] county, respectfully represents:–That they are desirous of adopting as one of their heirs EDGAR W. CLABAUGH, [next word carreted] aged ten years, who was by his father EDGAR M. CLABAUGH, duly released to the Childrens Home Society of Pennsylvania, with office at No. 719, Ferguson Building in the City of Pittsburgh Pa. and that they will perform all the duties of parents to the said Edgar W. Clabaugh; [¶] That the said Childrens Home Society of Pennsylvania, has given its consent in writing to the said adoption as hereinafter prayed for the petitioners, under the corporate seal of the said Society, and also which is duly signed by its officers, which is hereto annexed and made a part hereof. [¶] Wherefore your petitioners pray your Honorable Court to order and decree that the said Edgar W. Clabaugh, shall assume the name of your petitioners, and that the said Edgar W. Clabaugh, shall have all of the rights of a child and heir of your petitioners, and be subject to the duties of a child. [¶] And your petitioners will ever pray &c.”  Signed George Stratton, Martha J. Stratton.; sworn to and again subscribed (by both) before Geo P White, J.P., 30 April 1904.
    [Attached consent, headed “Childrens Home Society of Pennsylvania. (Incorporated),” followed by names of its officers:]  “WHEREAS, there was released to the Childrens Home Society of Pennsylvania, on or about the Twenty-eighth day of November, 1902, a certain male child named Edgar W. Clabaugh, born on the Sixteenth day of May A.D. 1893. Said release being duly made and executed and acknowledged by Edgar M. Clabaugh.  [¶] AND WHEREAS, by said release consent was given that said child may be adopted by such person or persons as may be chosen by the said Childrens Home Society in accordance with the statutes for the adoption of children without further notice to the said party to the release:–  [¶] AND WHEREAS, the said George Stratton and Martha his wife having had said child in their custody and care a sufficient period on trial, and under supervision, and it appearing to the Society that they have fulfilled their part of the agreement then made at placement, and they having requested and petitioned, and being desirous [sic] of legally adopting the child that he may take lawfully their name and have interest in their estate, and the society being fully assured of the happy relationship established between them and the child:–  NOW THEREFORE, the Childrens Home Society of Pennsylvania, does by these present give its full consent to such adoption, and upon the same being granted after due form of law, does surrender all claim and control of the child; and further prays the court before whom the case may be brought, to peruse the case and grant such adoption in the interest of the child and the parties aforesaid.  [¶] WITNESS our hands and the corporate seal of the Childrens Home Society of Pennsylvania, done at the office of the Society this Thirteenth day of April A.D. 1904.”  Signed John Jarrett, President, W. Henry Thompson, Recording Secretary, State Superintendent W. Henry Thompson [seal].
    Granted 2 May 1904, name assumed is Edgar W. Stratton; decree filed same day.

#105 May Term 1904
Appearance Docket 172:105
    “The [typed] Petition of GEORGE STRATTON and MARTHA J. STRATTON, his wife, of Linesville Borough, in said [Crawford] county, respectfully represents:– That they are desirous of adopting as one of their heirs KATHARYN CLABAUGH, aged ten years, who was by her father EDGAR M. CLABAUGH, duly released to the Childrens Home Society of Pennsylvania, with office at No. 719, Ferguson Building in the City of Pittsburgh Pa. and that they will perform all the duties of parents to the said Katharyn Clabaugh; [¶] That the said Childrens Home Society of Pennsylvania, have has given their its consent in writing to the said adoption as hereinafter prayed for the petitioners, under the corporate seal of the said Society, and also which is duly signed by its officers, which is hereto annexed and made a part hereof. [¶] Wherefore your petitioners pray your Honorable Court to order and decree that the said Katharyn Clabaugh, shall assume the name of your petitioners, and that the said Katharyn Clabaugh, shall have all the rights of a child and heir of your petitioners, and be subject to the duties of a child; And your petitioners will ever pray &c.”  Signed George Stratton, Martha J. Stratton; sworn to and again subscribed (by both) before Geo P White, J.P., 30 April 1904.
    [Attached consent:]  “WHEREAS, there was released to the Childrens Home Society of Pennsylvania, on or about the Twenty-eighth day of November, 1902, a certain female child named Katharyn Clabaugh, born on the Twenty-fourth day of April A.D. 1894. Said release being duly made and executed and acknowledged by Edgar M. Clabaugh.  [¶] AND WHEREAS, by said release consent was given that said child may be adopted by such person or persons as may be chosen by the said Childrens Home Society in accordance with the statutes for the adoption of children without further notice to the said party to the release:–  [¶] AND WHEREAS, the said George Stratton and Martha his wife having had said child in their custody and care a sufficient period on trial, and under supervision, and it appearing to the Society that they have fulfilled their part of the agreement then made at placement, and they having requested and petitioned, and being desirous [sic] of legally adopting the child that he may take lawfully their name and have interest in their estate, and the Society being fully assured of the happy relationship established between them and the child:–  NOW THEREFORE, the Childrens Home Society of Pennsylvania, does by these present give its full consent to such adoption, and upon the same being granted after due form of law, does surrender all claim and control of the child; and further prays the court before whom the case may be brought, to peruse the case and grant such adoption in the interest of the child and the parties aforesaid.  [¶] WITNESS our hands and the corporate seal of the Childrens Home Society of Pennsylvania, done at the office of the Society this Thirteenth day of April A.D. 1904.”  Signed John Jarrett, President, W. Henry. Thompson, Recording Secretary. State Superintendent. W. Henry. Thompson [seal].
    Granted 2 May 1904, name assumed is Katharyn Stratton; decree filed same day.

#51 September Term 1904
Appearance Docket 173:51
    “The petition of CLARENCE DRAKE and DOLLIE DRAKE respectfully represents:– That your petitioners are residents of Drake’s Mills in said [Crawford] County, and ae desirous of adopting as their heir, GRACE ELIZABETH RHODES, aged six years, a minor child of ELECTA MAE RHODES and HORACE H. RHODES, her husband, the said Electa Mae Rhodes being a resident of said County; That the said Horace H. Rhodes abandoned and deserted said minor child in May, 1899, and since said desertion said child has been living with your petitioners, and has been supported partly by them, and partly by her said mother, as will be shown more fully by reference to the testimony at No. [blank]. [¶] Wherefore, they pray that the Court will decree that such adoption be made, and that the said Grace Elizabeth Rhodes shall assume the name of your petitioners, and hereafter be known and called by the name of Grace Elizabeth Drake, and shall have all the rights and be subject to all the duties of a child and heir of your petitioners, according to the provisions of the Acts of Assembly, in such case made and provided. [¶] And they will ever pray &c.”  Signed Clarence Drake, Dollie Drake; sworn to and subscribed before M. H. Luse, J.P., Cambridge Springs, 11 July 1904.
    [Parental consent, below:]  “I, Electa Mae Rhodes, mother of the above named Grace Elizabeth Rhodes unite in the prayer of the foregoing petition, and hereby consent to the adoption of the said Grace Elizabeth Rhodes by the said Clarence Drake and Dollie Drake, as therein prayed.”  Signed Electa Mae Rhodes.
    [Supporting affidavit, below:]  “Personally appeared before me, a Justice of the Peace in and for said county, Harvey C. Kreitz[,] E S Redmond, who being duly sworn say that they reside in Cambridge Springs Pa that they are well acquainted with Clarence Drake and Dollie Drake, the above-named petitioners, and also with the said Grace Elizabeth Rhodes; that the said Clarence Drake and Dollie Drake are persons of respectability, good character, and property; and that they believe that the welfare of the said Grace Rhodes will be promoted by the adoption prayed for.”  Sworn to and subscribed Harvey C Kreitz, E. S. Redmond before M. H. Luse, J.P., Cambridge Springs, 11 July 1904.
    Granted 11 July 1904, name assumed is Grace Elizabeth Drake; decree filed same day.

#76 September Term 1904
Appearance Docket 173:76
    “The petition of JOHN MCKAY and EFFIE MCKAY his wife, both of the City of Titusville County of Crawford, State of Pennsylvania, respectfully represents:  That your petitioners are desirous of adopting as their heir FRANCES MARTIN a minor child, aged 7 years [date carreted] November 7, 1903, of LILLIAN MARTIN late of Rochester Monroe County New York, deceased, That the custody of said child was by its said mother Lillian Martin during her last illness committed to the custody of the Rochester Orphan Assylum [sic] of Rochester New York (a corporation duly incorporated under and virtue of the laws of the state of New York) when said child was about five years old, the father of said child having abandoned it and it said mother Lillian Martin for some time previous to the death of said mother.  That under and by virtue of its charter said Rochester Orphan Assylum surrendered and apprenticed said minor child to David A. Bartlett and Gertrude E. Bartlett [next two words carreted] his wife of Marietta Ohio by Indenture of writing dated December 27th 1901.  That the said David A Bartlett and Gertrude. E. Bartlett his wife, by Indenture of writing under date of October [blank] AD 1902 surrendered and apprenticed said minor child, with the consent of said Rochester Orphan Assylum, to the care and custody of your petitioners and that said Rochester Orphan Assylum have consented to the adoption by your petitioners of said minor Frances Martin as their heir.  That your petitioners have no other child or children.  That your petitioners will perform all the duties of a parent to said minor child Frances Martin [¶] Wherefore your petitioners pray your Honorable Court to order and decree that the said Frances Martin shall assume the name of your petitioners and be hereafter known as Frances McKay and that said minor Frances Martin shall have all the rights of a child and heir of your petitioners, and be subject to the duties of such child.  And your petitioners will ever pray &c”; signed John McKay, Effie McKay; sworn to and subscribed before George A. Chase, U.S. Commissioner, W.D. Pa., 12 July 1904.
    [Consent, below:]  “The Rochester Orphan Assylum named in the foregoing petition by John McKay and Effie McKay his wife for the adoption as their heir of the above named minor Frances Martin, hereby consent to the adoption of said Frances Martin as prayed for in the foregoing petition and believe such adoption will be for the welfare of of [sic] of the said Frances Martin. In witness whereof the said Corporation the Rochester Orphan Assylum has hereunto caused the the corporate seal o be affixed and theses presents to be subscribed by its President and secretary this 20th day of July A D 1904”  signed Geo Eastman President, Thomas B. Dunn. Secretary [seal].
    [Consent, below:]  “George Eastman being duly sworn says that he is the President of the said Corporation the Rochester Orphan Assylum, that he is informed and believes that the petitioners John McKay and Effie McKay, the petitioners named in the foregoing petition are persons of respectability and property and that deponent believes that the welfare of the said minor child Frances Martin will be promoted by the adoption prayed for in the foregoing petition”  Sworn to at Monroe Co., N.Y., and subscribed Geo Eastman before Alice K. Whitney, Notary Public, Monroe Co., N.Y., 20 July 1904.
    Granted 25 July 1904; named assumed is Frances McKay; decree filed same day.

#95 November Term 1904
Appearance Docket 174:95
    “The [typed] petition of ANDERSON A. FINDLEY and CLARA A. FINDLEY his wife, respectfully represents; [¶] That your petitioners are residents of Conneautlake [sic], Crawford County Pennsylvania. [¶] That they are desirous of adopting MARY CRAWFORD, minor child of CALVIN C. CRAWFORD of same place, as one of their heirs. [¶] That they will perform all the duties of parents to said Mary Crawford. [¶] That Calvin C. Crawford the surviving parent of said Mary Crawford (the mother being dead) has consented to the said adoption as prayed for by your petitioners, said assent being in writing and attached hereto. [¶] Wherefore your petitioners pray your Honorable Court to order and decree that the said Mary Crawford shall assume the name of your petitioners, and that said Mary Brooks shall have all the rights of a child and heir of your petitioners, and be subject to the duties of such child. [¶] And your petitioners will ever pray, &c.”  Signed Anderson A Findley, Clara A Findley; sworn to and again subscribed (by both) before A. U. McKay, J.P., Conneaut Lake, 12 Oct. 1904.
    [Attached “Consent of Parent.”]  “I, Calvin C. Crawford father of Mary Crawford within named hereby declare my consent to the adoption of said Mary by Anderson A. Findley and Clara A. Findley his wife.  And I declare that the mother of said Mary is dead.”  Signed Calvin C. Crawford; witness A. U. McKay.
    Granted 24 Oct. 1904, and “said Mary Crawford shall assume the name of said adopting parents,” presumably Mary Findley; decree filed same day.

#96 November Term 1904
Appearance Docket 174:96
    “The [typed] petition of HERBERT H. CLARE and GRACE KERNICK CLARE his wife respectfully represents: [¶] 1. That they are residents of the said county of Crawford, residing at Conneautville. [¶], 2. That they are desirous of adopting a minor female child as one of their heirs. [¶] 3. That they will perform all the duties of parents to said child. [¶] 4. That the Childrens Home Society of Pennsylvania have consented to said adoption prayed for by your petitioners. [¶] Wherefore your petitioners pray your Honorable Court to order and decree that the said female child shall assume the name of Elizabeth Ermina Clare, and that said minor female child shall have all the rights of a child and heir of your petitioners and be subject to the duties of such child. And your petitioners will ever pray, etc.”nbsp; Signed Herbert H. Clare, Grace Kernick Clare; sworn to and again subscribed Herbert H. Clare [only] before Ira Fetterman, J.P., Conneautville, 6 Oct. 1904.
    [Attached consent, on first page:]  “Whereas, there was released to the Childrens Home Society Incorporated of Pennsylvania, on or about the seventh day of April 1904, a certain female child, born on the thirteenth day of August A.D 1903. Said release being duly made and executed and acknowledged by all parties of interest, and being now in the possession of the Children Home Society of Pennsylvania of Pittsburg, Pa. [¶] AND WHEREAS, by said release consent was given that said child may be adopted by such person or persons as may be chosen by the said Childrens Home Society in accordance with the statutes for the adoption of children without further notice to the said parties to the release. [¶] AND WHEREAS, said child has been cared for by the Childrens Home Society as a beneficiary, and has been continuously under its supervision since said release in accordance with its charter and regulations: and on or about the fourteenth day of April 1904, said child was placed by an agreement of adoption, and on trial with Herbert H. Clare and Grace K. Clare, his wife, residing at Conneautville, Pa. [¶] AND WHEREAS, the said Herbert H. Clare and Grace C. Clare, his wife having had said child in their custody and care a sufficient period on trial and under supervision, and it appearing to the Society that they have fulfilled their part of the agreement then made at placement, and they have requested and petitioned, and being desirous of legally adopting the child that she may take lawfully their name and have interest in their estate, and the Society being fully assured of the happy relationship established between them and the child:– [¶] NOW THEREFORE, the Childrens Home Society of Pennsylvania, does by these presents give consent to such adoption, and upon the same being granted after due form of law, does surrender all claim and control of child; and further prays the Honorable Frank J. Thomas, President Judge, before whom the case may be brought to peruse the case and grant such adoption in the interest of the child and parties aforesaid. [¶] Witness our hands and corporate seal of the Childrens Home Society of Pennsylvania, done at the Office of the Society in the city of Pittsburg, Pa., this tenth day of August A.D. 1904.”  Signed F. W. Fawcett President, N. L. Brown Secretary, W. Henry. Thompson State Superintendent [seal]; Sworn to and again subscribed by W. Henry Thompson, 719 Ferguson Block, Pittsburgh, Pa. before Jas. W Drake, Notary Public, 30 Sept. 1904.
    Granted 24 Oct. 1904, name assumed is Elizabeth Ermina Clare; decree filed same day.
[Enclosed letter to the Prothonotary on stationery of Martin & Martin, Attorneys at Law, New Castle, Pa., dated 15 April 1931 and filed 16 April 1931:]  “In accordance with your letter of April 9 [no copy in file], we are inclosing herewith our check for $3.00 and request that you forward us as soon as possible an exemplification of the record in the adoption proceedings wherein Herbert H. Clair [sic] and wife were petitioners at No. 96, November Term, 1904.”
#11 Feb. Term 1905
Appearance Docket 175:11
    “The [typed] petition of O. O. SQUIER and LILLIAN SQUIER his wife respectfully represents:– [#182;] That your petitioners are residents of Steuben township in said [Crawford] County; [¶] That they are desirous of adopting ARTHUR GALE SIKES, a minor child of IRA SIKES of Randolph township said County, as one of their heirs; [¶] That the mother of said minor is dead and said child was placed by its said father in the care of the Childrens Aid Society about four years ago and it has been in the Society’s care ever since.  Said child is about five years of age now; [¶] Said children’s Aid Society has consented to said adoption as prayed as witness their consent in writing attached hereto; [¶] That the father of said child has neglected and refused to support said child for more than a year past and said Society has caused it to be supported for four years past; [¶] And your petitioners will perform all the duties of parents to said child; [¶] Since your petitioners have been caring for said child under the authority of said Aid Society which has been for past four years, it has been called by the name of Willard Squier; [¶] Wherefore your petitioners pray your honorable Court to order and decree that the said Arthur Gale Sikes shall assume the name of your petitioners and be called Willard Squier, and that said Arthur Gale Sikes, alias, Willard Squier, shall have all the rights of a child and heir of your petitioners and be subject to the duties of such child.”nbsp; Signed O. O. Squier, Lillian Squier; sworn to and (again) subscribed (by both) before A. R. Fross, J.P., Townvillle, 15 Nov. 1904.
    [Attached consent (handwritten):]  “We the undersigned President and Secretary of the Children’s Aid Society of Meadville, Auxilliary [sic] to the Childrens Aid Society of Western Pennsylvania hereby certify that at a meeting of said Society held Nov. 16, 1904 the President and Secretary were authorized to give a certificate signifying the assent of said Society to the Adoption by O.O. Squier & wife Lillian Squier of Arthur Gale Sikes, a minor child aged about 5 years which has been supported and in care of said Society for past four years, And we hereby signify said assent. [¶] Witness our hands and seals this Nov. 16, 1904”; signed A J. Affantranger, President Children’s Aid Society of Meadville, Attest M. A. Power, Secretary.
    Granted 17 Nov. 1904, “said child … to be called by name of Willard Squier”; decree filed same day.

#31 February Term 1905
Appearance Docket 175:31
    “The [typed] petition of JULIUS F. ECHNOZ, of West Mead Township, Crawford County, Pennsylvania, respectfully represents; That he is desirous of adopting as one of his legal heirs a minor child whose name is EDWARD J. ECHNOZ.  Your petitioner has no knowledge as to whom the parents of said child are, he having been left in the possession of your petitioner when an infant and having been a member of his family ever since. [¶] Your petitioner therefore prays the Court to decree that the said minor may legally assume the name of your petitioner, viz; Edward J. Echnoz and have and enjoy all of the rights of a child and heir of the petitioner, and be subject to the duties of a chld. And as he will ever pray, etc.”nbsp;; Signed Julius F Echnoz; [jurat dated 3 Dec. 1904 and again subscribed Julius F Echnoz is incomplete in that it is not signed by any official].
    [Spousal joinder, below:]  “Ellen Echnoz, wife of Julius Echnoz, petitioner, being duly sworn according to law deposes and says that she joins in the foregoing petition and asks that the said Edward J. Echnoz shall have and enjoy all of the rights of a child and heir of herself, as well as of her said husband Julius Echnoz and that he be subject to the duties of such a child.”; sworn to and subscribed Ellen Echnoz before Win S. Rose, Prothonotary, 15 Dec. 1904.
    Granted 15 Dec. 1904, and “Edward J. Echnoz shall assume the name of Edward J. Echnoz”; [filing date not given].

#90 May Term 1905
Appearance Docket 176:90
    “The [typed] petition of J. E. SELDER and EMMA SELDER, his wife, of Linesville in said [Crawford] county, respectfully represent: That they are desirous of adopting HELEN PIERCE, who is of the age of six years, and a daughter of WM. A. PIERCE, and JENNIE PIERCE, his wife of Summerhill Township, in said county, as one of their, the said petitioners heirs; and, for that purpose, they hereby declare their said desire and also that they will perform the duties of parents to the said Helen Pierce; The petitioners therefore pray the court, if satisfied that the welfare of the said Helen Pierce, will be promoted by such adoption, with the consent of the said Wm. A. Pierce, evidenced by his signing this petition; and with due proof that the said Jennie Pearce [sic], has refused and neglected to provide and care for the said Helen Pierce, for the term of one whole year and upwards, by the affidavit hereto annexed; To decree that the said Helen Piece, may assume the name of the petitioners, viz. Helen Selder, and have all the rights of a child and heir of the petitioners and be subject to the duties of a child. And they will ever pray &c.”nbsp; Signed J E Selder, Emma Selder; sworn to and again subscribed (by both) before W. A. Bowman, J.P., 10 April 1905.
    [Attached parental consent:]  “I, Wm. A. Pierce, father of the said Helen Pierce, hereby consent to the adoption of the said Helen Pierce, by the said J. E. Selder, and Emma Selder, his wife, as prayed for in the foregoing petition, and believe such adoption will be for the welfare and best interest of the said Helen Pierce.”  Signed Wm. A. Pierce [no jurat or acknowledgement].
    [Supporting affidavit, below:]  “George A Pierce and Rilla Pierce of Summerhill Township in said county, being duly sworn, say, that they are well and intimately acquainted with the above named Wm. A. Pierce, and his daughter the said Helen Pierce, and was well and intimately acquainted with Jennie Pierce, wife of the said Wm. A. Pierce, and mother of the said Helen Pierce, until about three years ago, when she the said Jennie Pearce [sic], deserted from the house and family of the said Wm. A. Pierce, and has neglected and refused to provide and care for her child the said Helen Pierce, since that time, it being a period of two years and upwards; and still doth continue to neglect and refuse to provide and care for said child.” Sworn to and subscribed george A Pierce, Rilla Pierce, before R. L. Gordon, J.P., 8 April 1905.
    Granted 10 April 1905, “and that the said Helen Pierce, shall assume the name of the said J. E. Selder, and Emma Selder his wife,” presumably Helen Selder; decree filed same day.

#102 September Term 1905
Appearance Docket 177:102
    “The [typed] petition of JAMES B. COOK and ANNA COOK his wife, respectfully represents; [¶] That your petitioners are residents of Randolph township said [Crawford] County; [¶] That they are desirous of adopting ANNA BAKER, a minor child of KATIE BAKER, aged about eight months as one of their heirs; [¶] That they will perform all the duties of parents to said Anna Baker; [¶] That said Katie Baker, the surviving parent of said Anna Baker has consented to the said adoption as prayed for by you [sic] petitioners, said assent being in writing and attached hereto; [¶] Wherefore your petitioners pray your Honorable Court to order and decree that the said Anna Baker shall assume the name of your petitioners and that said Anna Baker shall have all the rights of a child and heir of your petitioners, and be subject to the duties of such child. [¶] And they will ever pray, &c.”nbsp; Signed Jas. B. Cook, Anna Cook; sworn to and again subscribed (by both) before John A. Neyland, J.P., 30 June 1905.
    [Attached consent:]  “Whereas, James B. Cook and his wife Anna Cook desire to adopt Anna Baker a child of the undersigned, said child being aged about eight months, Therefore I, the undersigned being the mother of said child hereby certify that I am the only surviving parent of said child, and that I here by [sic] consent to the adoption of said child by said James B. Cook and wife Anna Cook, and consent to any proper Court decreeing said adoption.  Witness my hand and seal this 14 day of June 1905.”  sworn to at Washington Co., Pa., and subscribed Katie Baker, [typed:] Mother of Anna Baker.Pa., before Th. Maxwell Potts, J.P., 14 June 1905.  Handwritten notation at bottom of page:  “Date of Annie’s birth is x    October 16, 1904[.]”
    Granted 20 July 1905, and “that such child, Anna Baker, shall assume the name of the adopting parents aforesaid,” presumably Anna Cook; decree filed same day.

#6 November Term 1905
Appearance Docket 178:6
    “The petition of LAURA MARSHALL of Fairfield Township, respectfully represents:– [¶] That your petitioner is desirous of adopting as her heir SCOTT MARSHALL, whose parents are unknown, but who was born, as your petitioner was informed and verily believes, Feb. 10, 1892; that said child has been in her custody and case since infancy, and that she will perform all the duties of a parent to said child. [¶]; She therefore prays the Court to decree that the said Scott Marshall may assume the name of your petitioner, to wit, Scott Marshall, and have and enjoy all the rights of a child and heir of this petitioner and be subject to the duties of a child. And she will ever pray, etc.”nbsp; Signed Laura Marshall; sworn to and again subscribed before G Earl Shaffer, Notary Public, Meadville, 7 Aug. 1905.
    [Consent, below:]  “Now August 7. 1905, come the Overseers of the Poor of the County of Crawford and consent to the adoption of Scott Marshall by Laura Marshall, as prayed for.” Signed S. K. Harper, M. G. Beatty, Overseers of Poor Crawford Co Pa, Attest M. A. Lowman, Clerk.
    Granted 11 Sept. 1905 [name presumably to remain Scott Marshall]; [filing date not given].

#23 November Term 1905
Appearance Docket 178:23
    “The [typed] petition of PHINEAS JOSEPH CACKETT and ANNA A. CACKETT his wife both of the City of Meadville, County of Crawford and state of Pennsylvania, respectfully represents:  That they are desirous of adopting as their child and heir, EMMA CLANCY aged three years last October child, of [blank] CLANCY and [blank] CLANCY his wife, late of the city of New York, state of New York, both deceased; said child having been intrusted [sic] to the Catholic Home Bureau, No. I05, East 22nd Street, New York City, state of New York, of which Thomas M. Mulry is President and Charles McKenna the Secretary;  that to the best of the knowledge of your petitioners it has no known relatives and has no one to care for it or take charge of it, except the institution as above set forth; that the said institution by the act of the parties and the law of the state of New York, had charge, care and control of the said child with full power in said Catholic Home Bureau to care for the welfare of the said infant and to dispose of it to proper persons who would be willing to lawfully adopt the same as their child and to care for it as their own child and heir, and that accordingly the said Bureau has intrusted the said child to the care of your petitioners for the purposes aforesaid.  And they further represent that the consent of the said The Catholic Home Bureau as aforesaid, the next friends of the said Emma Clancy, is hereto attached to this petition, expressing its willingness and desire that the said child should be adopted by your petitioners as their child and heir, believing it will be for the best welfare of said child. [¶] Your petitioners therefore pray the Court to decree that the said Emma Clancy may assume the name of your petitioners, viz: – – – – – – – – Mary Cackett, and have and enjoy all the rights of a child and heir of your petitioners, and be subject to the duties of a child.  And they will ever pray etc.,”  Signed Phineas. J. Cackett, Anna. A. Cackett.; sworn to by Phineas Joseph Cackett and subscribed Phineas. J. Cackett before D. J. McKay, Jr., Prothonotary, 16 June 1905.
    [Attached consent:]  “We, Thomas M. Mulry, President and Charles F. McKenna, Secretary of the ‘Catholic Home Bureau’ of New York City, state of New York, respectfully represent:   That the said child, Emma Clancy was committed by the friends of said child, to the said institution on the 29th day of July 1904 with full power in said institution to receive, care for and dispose of the said child as would best in our judgment conduce to its future welfare and support, and that in accordance with such power, and believing it to be for the best interest and welfare of the said child, we have intrusted the same to the said Phineas Joseph Cackett and Anna A. Cackett, his wife, they stating that they would care for adopt said child as their own and as their heir according to the laws of the state of Pennsylvania.  We would further state that the parents of the said child both father and mother, are dead and that it has no one to care for its welfare except your petitioners, prior to its transfer to the [next line] the care of the said Phineas Joseph Cackett and Anna A. Cackett, and believing it to be for the best interest of the said child that it should be adopted by the said petitioners, we, on behalf of the said institution and said child, hereby consent that the prayer of the petition be granted and unite in the same. [¶] In testimony whereof we have hereunto set our hands this 13th day of JuneSeptember A. D. 1905.”  Signed Thomas M. Mulry, President, Chas. F. McKenna, Secretary.
    Granted 21 Sept. 1905, name assumed is Mary Cackett; decree filed same day.

#6 February Term 1906
Appearance Docket 179:6
    “The petition of LESTER W. BRIGHT respectfully represents: [¶] 1st  That he is a resident of the said County of Crawford [¶] 2nd  That he is desirous of adopting GRACE EDNA WILLIAMS a minor child of J H WILLIAMS as one of his heirs. [¶] 3rd That he and his wife LILLIE BRIGHT will perform all the duties of parents to said Grace Edna Williams [¶] 4th That the said J H Williams surviving parent of said Grace Edna Williams has consented to the said adoption prayed for by your petitioner [¶] Wherefore your petitioner prays your Honorable Court to order and decree that the said Grace Edna Williams shall assume the name of your petitioners, and that said Grace Edna Williams shall have all the rights of a child and heir of your petitioner, and be subject to the duties of such child. And your petitioner will ever pray.”  Signed L W Bright; sworn to (as Lester W. Bright)and again subscribed before James Kepler, Alderman, Meadville, 16 Nov. 1905.
    [Parental consent, below:]  “I John H. Williams the surviving parent of Grace Edna Williams herby [sic] consent to the adoption of the said Grace Edna Williams as prayed for in the in the [sic] foregoing petition, and believe such adoption will be for the welfare of the said Grace Edna Williams.”  Signed J H Williams [undated].
    Granted 16 Nov. 1905, “the said Grace Edna Williams shall assume the name of said L. W. Bright [presumably, Grace Edna Bright] and have all the rights of a child and heir of said Lester W Bright and Lillie Bright his wife”; filed same day.

#57 February Term 1906
Appearance Docket 179:57
    “The [typed] petition of THOMAS H. ADAMSON and FLORANCE [sic; Florence] E. ADAMSON of the Borough of Cochranton said County [of Crawford] respectfully represents: [¶] That they are desirous of adopting ELIZABETH GABRIELLE ADAMSON [changed everywhere from ‘Elizabeth Gabriel Adamson’], a minor child of JOSEPH B. ADAMSON, now of the age of two years past, as one of his their heirs; that the said child has no mother living; that they will perform all the duties of a parent toward the said child, and that the said Joseph B. Adamson the only surviving parent of the said Elizabeth Gabrielle Adamson has consented to said adoption. [¶] Wherefore your petitioner prays your honorable Court to order and decree that the said Elizabeth Gabrielle Adamson shall have all the rights of a child and heir of your petitioners and be subject to the duties of such child.”  Signed Thomas. H. Adamson, Florence E. Adamson; sworn to by Thomas H. Adamson (only) and again subscribed by him before H H Hazeltine, J.P., 29 Dec. 1905.
    [Parental consent, below:]  “I, Joseph B. Adamson the father of the above named Elizabeth Gabrielle Adamson hereby signify my consent to the adoption of the said child by by the above named petitioners and belive [sic] that such adoption will be for the child’s welfare.”  Signed Joseph B. Adamson [undated].
    Granted 8 Jan. 1906 [name apparently remaining Elizabeth Gabrielle Adamson]; filed same day.

#59 February Term 1906
Appearance Docket 179:59
    “ The petition of JACOB L. HITES a resident and citizen of Hayfield Township and the County aforesaid [of Crawford], respectfully represents: [¶] That he is desirous of adopting MRS. MARY ELLOT GAUT wife of ELMER L. GAUT and daughter of AARON NEWHARD and TRYPHENA NEWHARD his wife – that the said Mary Ellot Gaut is thirty five years old and consents to such adoption and that the said Aaron Newhard and Tryphena Newhard her said father and mother, also, the said Elmer L. Gaut&nash; her husband, have consented and agreeded [sic] to such adoption and certify the same under their hands at the end of this petition [¶] Wherefore your petitioner prays your honorable court to order and decree that the said Mary Ellot Gaut shall have all the rights of a child and heir of your petitioner, and be subject to the duties of such child[.]”  Sworn to and subscribed Jacob L Hites before J. N. McClosky, Notary Public, 19 Dec. 1905.
    [Consents, below:]  “We, Mary Ellot Gaut, Aaron Newhart and Tryphena Newhard her father and mother–and Elmer L. Gaut her husband hereby consent to the adoption of the said Mary E. Gaut as prayed for in the foregoing petition[.]”  Signed Mrs. Mary Ellot Gaut, Elmer L. Gaut, Aaron Newhard, Tryphena. Newhard
    Granted 8 Jan. 1906, “& the within named Mary Elliot Gaut [sic; same on cover and on separate decree filed same day] is adopted as a child and heir of Jacob L. Hites”; filed same day.

#40 May Term 1906
Appearance Docket 180:40
    “The [typed] petition of SARAH JANE SANDERSON, of Conneaut Township, in said county [of Crawford], respectfully represents; That she is desirous of adopting F. HENRY FITCH, a child of FRANK P. FITCH, and his deceased wife SADIE I. FITCH, late of said township, as one of her the said petitioners heirs, and, for that purpose, she herein declares her said desire and also that she will perform all the duties of a parent to the said F. Henry fitch. The petitioner therefore prays that Court, if satisfied that the welfare of the said F. Henry Fitch, [next ten words carreted] who was born on the 19th day of Jany. 1906. will be promoted by such adoption, with the consent of the said Frank P. Fitch, evidenced by his signing this petition, to decree that the said F. Henry Fitch, may assume the name of the petitioner, viz. F. Henry Sanderson, and have all the rights of a child and heir of the petitioner, and be subject to the duties of a chld.  And she will ever pray &c.”  Signed Sarah Jane Sanderson; sworn to and again subscribed before E. S. Penfield, J.P., Pennline, 5 March 1906.
    [Parental consent, below:]  “I, Frank P. Fitch, father of the above named F. Henry Fitch, do hereby consent that the said F. Henry Fitch, may be legally adopted by the said Sarah Jane Sanderson, his grand-mother; And the said Frank P. Fitch, hereby further state that he believes the welfare of the said F. Henry Fitch, will be promoted by such adoption. [next line] Feby 7, 1906[.]”  Signed Frank P Fitch [undated].

    Granted 12 March 1906, name assumed is F. Henry Sanderson; filed same day.

#44 May Term 1906
Appearance Docket 180:44
    “The petition [sic] of ANDREW E WRENN and LOUIE WRENN his wife respectfully represent. That they are desirous of adopting as their child and heir one ESTHER AMELIA MOSIER a minor child (two years old Feby 7 1906) of Charles A MOSIER and. Mrs. MAUD MAY MOSIER  That Mrs Maud May Mosier died on the 14th day of February 1906. leaving to survive her her husband Charles A Mosier and three children all under fourteen years of age one of whom is the above named Esther Amelia Mosier  That your petetioners hereby agree that they will perform all the duties of parents to said child.  That the said Charles A Mosier father of said Child resides in Athens Tp Crawford Co. Pa  Your petetioners therefore pray the Court, that the said Esther Amelia Mosier, by decree of Court shall assume the name of Esther Amelia Wrenn and have all the rights of a child and heir of the said petetioners and be subject to the duties of such child as provided by law.”nbsp; sSorn to and subscribed Andrew E. Wrenn, Louie E. Wrenn before Barry D. Cummings, J.P., 7 March 1906.
    [Parental consent, on reverse:]  “Charles A Mosier being duly sworn says he has heard read the foregoing petetion of Andrew E Wrenn and Louie Wrenn praying for the adoption of Esther Amelia Mosier his minor child  That the facts set forth in said petetion are true.  That affiant has known petetioners for more than ten years last past, and knows them to be suitable persons to raise and care for this his child.  That petitioners are Uncle and Aunt to said child. and have no children of their own.  Your affiant therefore hereby consents to the adoption of said child as prayed for[.]”nbsp; Sworn to and subscribed Charles A. Mosier before Barry D. Cummings, J.P., 7 March 1906.
    Granted 15 March 1906, name to be borne is Esther Amelia Wrenn; [filing date not given].

#52 May Term 1906
Appearance Docket 180:52
    “The [typed] petition of R. H. HANNA and ELDA HANNA, his wife, of Rockdale township, Crawford County, Penn’a., respectfully represents: [¶] That they are desirous of adopting ADA MAY MUMFORD, a minor child of JEFFERSON MUMFORD and DORA MUMFORD, now of the age of 10 years, as one of their heirs.  They further represent that said Jefferson Mumford died about six years ago. [¶] That they will perform all of the duties of parents toward said minor and that the said Dora Mumford, mother of said Ada May Mumford, has consented to said adoption. [¶] Wherefore your petitioners pray your honorable Court to order and decree that the said Ada May Mumford may assume the name of your petitioners and shall have all the rights of a child and heir of your petitioners and be subject to the duties of such child.”  Signed R. H. Hanna, Elde Hanna; sworn to and again subscribed before Gertrude Baird, Notary Public, Cambridge Springs, 16 March 1906.
    [Parental consent, below:]  “And now, March 16" 1906, I, Dora Mumford, the mother of said minor, hereby signify my consent to the adoption of the said minor as prayed for in the foregoing petition and believe that such adoption will be for her welfare.”  Signed Dora Mumford; “Witnessed by” [signed] J. A. Bolard.
    [Supporting affidavit, below:]  “Before me a Notary Public in and for said County personally came N. J[?]. Cease and H. W. Canfield, who being duly sworn according to law, [next word carreted] do depose and say that they are well acquainted with R. H. Hanna and Elda Hanna, his wife, the above named petitioners, and that they are persons of good moral character and that they believe the welfare of the said Ada May Mumford will be promoted by the adoption as prayed for.”nbsp; Sworn to and subscribed N. J. Cease, H. W. Canfield before Gertrude Baird, Notary Public, Cambridge Springs, 16 March 1906.
    Granted 26 March 1906, name assumed is Ada May Hanna; filed same day.

#77 May Term 1906
Appearance Docket 180:77
    “The petition of CARL G. EDBERG and MATHILDA M. EDBERG his wife of the City of Meadville, said County [of Crawford], respectfully represent: That they are desirous of adopting as one of their heirs ERNEST H. PETERSON, a child whose parents are unknown to them, the same being under the care and in charge of the New England Home for Little Wanderers of Boston, Massachusetts, And that they will perform all the duties of parents to the said child now about 3½ [next three words carreted] years of age. [¶] They further represent that the consent of the New England Home for Little Wanderers which now has legal custody of the boy, to such adoption is evidenced by its Joining in this petition. [¶] Your petitioners therefore pray the Court to decree that the said Ernest H. Peterson may assume the name of the petitioners namely Ernest H. Edberg, and have enjoy [sic] all the rights of a child and heir of the petitioners, and be subject to the duties of a child,  And they will ever pray &c.”  Signed Carl G Edberg, Mathilda M Edberg, New England Home for Little Wanderers Varnum A. Cooper, Supt.; seal of Johnson W. Hill, notary public, Massachusetts; sworn to by Carl G. Edberg (only) and subscribed Carl G Edberg at Meadville before Lewis H. Lauderbaugh, Notary Public, Meadville, 7 March 1906.
    [Certification, below:]  “I hereby certify that the child referred in this petition, Ernest H. Peterson, son of JOHN C. PETERSON and HULDA, his wife (deceased Aug. 1904) was given up to The New England Home for Little Wanderers by his legally appointed guardian E. Frank Bugbee, and Isaac Sanderson First Selectman of Windham, Winham Co. Conn., for the purpose of adoption, April 3, 1905. [¶] That the said ‘Home’ is a duly and legally incorporated charitable institution of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, located in the City of Boston; and that the legal powers of the Corporation for the purpose of adoption are vested in the Superintendent by its Constitution and By-Laws.&nbps; (See p. 16). [¶] June 6, 1905 said child Ernest H. Peterson was placed with Mr Carl G. Edberg the petitioner with whom he has found a suitable and happy home. [¶] I therefore heartily join with him in this petition and trust your Honor will grant the same; that another ‘Little Wanderer’ may be [last word obscured by binding]”; sworn to and subscribed Varnum A. Cooper at Boston, Suffolk Co., Mass., 28 March 1906 before Johnson W. Hill, notary public.
    Granted 23 April 1906, name assumed is Ernest H. Edberg; filed same day.

#30 September Term 1906
Appearance Docket 181:30
    “The [typed] petition of FRANK H. MOON and HARRIET MAY MOON, his wife, of the City of Meadville, in said county [of Crawford] would respectfully represent:– [¶] That they are desirous of adopting as one of their heirs, RAYMOND T. SCHUMAUCHER [sic; SCHUMACHER], a child of HENRY J. SCHMAUCHER, of Akron, Ohio, which child will be foru [sic] years of age on the 11th day of July 1906, which desire the petitioners hereby declare; and they further declare that they will perform all the duties of parents to such child, and that Henry J. Schmaucher, the only surviving parent of such child, (the mother, Rose B. Shumaucher, being dead) is willing and has signified his consent, in writing hereto attached, that such decree of adoption be made by the said court. [#&182;] Wherefore, the petitioners pray that the court decree that such child, Raymond T. Schumaucher, shall assume the name of the petitioners, and shall have all the rights and be subject to all the duties of a child and heir of the petitioners. [¶] And they will ever pray &c.”  Signed Frank H. Moon, Harriet May Moon; sworn to and subscribed Frank H Moon, Harriet May Moon before John O. McClintick, notary public, 25 May 1906.
    [Attached parental consent:]  “I, Henry J. Schumaucher, of Akron, Ohio, the only surviving parent of Raymond T. Schumaucher, the child mentioned in the petition in the above entitled case, hereby certify that I have consented, and do hereby consent, that a decree of adoption be granted as prayed for by the petitioners, hereby releasing unto the said petitioners the said child for such purpose, reserving, however, the privilege of visiting said child as often as once a day, at my election. [¶] Witness my hand and seal this 28th day of May 1906.”  Sworn to and subscribed Henry Schumacher at Summit County, Ohio, before W. J. Laub, notary public, 28 May 1906.
    Granted 31 May 1906, and “that said child, Raymond T. Shumacher, shall assume the name of the adopting parents” [presumably, Raymond T. Moon]; filed same day.

#37 September Term 1906
Appearance Docket 181:37
    “The petition of James C DAVID. W. BOYD and VERNA A. BOYD, his wife, both of the Borough of Riceville County of Crawford Pennsylvania respectfully represents: [¶] (1st) That they are residents of the said County of Crawford. [¶] (2nd That they are desirous of adopting OPAL GERTRUDE ROSS, a minor child — born December 11th AD 1902 — of JAMES C. ROSS, now a resident of the City of Titusville in said County, and ROSE ROSS, his wife, now deceased, as one of the their heirs [¶] (3d) That they will perform all the duties of parents to the said Opal Gertrude Ross [¶] (4th) That the said James. C. Ross father, and surviving parent, of the said Opal Gertrude Ross, has consented to the said adoption, prayed for by your petitioners [¶] Wherefore your petitioners pray your Honorable Court to order and decree that the said Opal Gertrude Ross shall assume the name of your petitioners, and that said Opal Gertrude Ross shall have all the rights of a child and heir of your petitioners, and be subject to the duties of such child. And your petitioners will ever pray. &#amp;c[.]”  Signed David W Boyd, Verna A. Boyd; sworn to [place not stated] and again subscribed before George A. Chase, U.S. Commissioner for the Western District of Pennsylvania, 4 June 1906.
    [Parental consent, below:]  “I, James. C. Ross, father and surviving parent of the said Opal Gertrude Ross, hereby consent to the adoption of the said Opal Gertrude Ross as prayed for in the foregoing petition, and believe such adoption will be for the welfare of the said Opal Gertrude Ross[.]”  Signed James. C. Ross
    [Supporting affidavits, below:]  “Siegmund Stettheimer and Elmer. E. Ricketts being duly sworn according to law depose and say that they are well acquainted with David W. Boyd and Verna A. Boyd, the within named petitioners, that they are persons of respectability and property, and that deponents believe that the welfare of the said Opal Gertrude Ross will be promoted by the adoption prayed for in the said petition.”  Sworn to [place not stated] and subscribed Siegmund Stettheimer, Elmer E. Ricketts before George A. Chase, U.S. Commissioner for the Western District of Pennsylvania, 4 June 1906.
    Granted 5 June 1906, name assumed is Opal Gertrude Boyd; filed same day.

#49 September Term 1906
Appearance Docket 181:49
    “The petition of EDWARD R. [surname carreted] HIBBARD and his wife ALICE M. HIBBARD citizens and residents of East Mead Township. in the County aforesaid [of Crawford], respectfully represents: [¶] That the [sic] are desirous of adopting FRANK WALTON, a minor of the age — of about three years—, and without known parents, and who is now and has been since January 27, 1903 in the care of The State Charities Aid Association a charitable corporation of the State of New York, and in the home of your petitioners since November 2nd. 1904, and has been supported by said Association and your petitioners, and that they will perform all the duties of parents to said minor. [¶] That your petitioners append to this, their petition, a copy of a resolution of the board of managers of said The State Charities Aid Association of the State of New York consenting to the adopting of the said Frank Walton as herein prayed for, and further consents than an order may be entered to that effect, without notice. [¶] They therefore you’re your honorable Court to order and decree that the said Frank Walton shall assume the name of your petitioners viz Frank William Hibbard and shall have all the rights of a child and heir of your petitioners and be subject to the duties of a chld[.]”  Signed Edward R. Hibbard, Alice M. Hibbard; sworn to and again subscribed before Isaac Monderau, Notary Public, 9 Jan. 1906.
    [Supporting affidavit, below:]  Samuel McNamara, being duly sworn according to law, say [sic] that he is well acquainted with Edward R. Hibbard and Alice M. Hibbard the above named petitioners; that they are persons of, good moral character, and that they believe that the welfare of the said Frank Walton will be promoted by the adoption as prayed for.”  Sworn to and subscribed Samuel McNamara before Isaac Monderau, Notary Public, 3 Jan. 1906.
    [Attached, typed consent:]  “The undersigned, the State Charities Aid Association, a charitable corporation of the State of New York, hereby consents to the adoption by the petitioners herein, Edward R. and Alice M. Hibbard, of Frank Walton, an infant of the age of about three years, and without known parents, heretofore committed to said Association by commitment of the Hon. Robert W. Hebberd, Commissioner of Public Charities of the City of New York, dated the twenty-third day of January, 1906, the said Association being duly authorized to place such child for adoption, and further consents that an order may be entered to that effect, without notice. [¶] IN WITNESS WHEREOF, the said State Charities Aid Association has caused these presents to be signed by the officer duly authorized by the Board of Managers thereof, this 31" day of January, one thousand nine hundred and six.”  Signed Homer Folks, Secretary, with jurat dated at New York County, N.Y., 31 Jan. 1906.
    [Typed affidavit attached to consent:]  “HOMER FOLKS, being duly sworn, deposes and says:  That he is Secretary of the State Charities Aid Association; that he is familiar with the records of said Association and the work done by it.  That the following statement is made upon information and belief, and the source of his information and the grounds of his belief are the records of said Association; that the child Frank Walton was found in the hallway of Salvadore Casino, 39 Thompson Street, New York City, January 27, 1903, at 10:45 P.M.  The child was taken to Bellevue Hospital by Charles F. Kelly, officer of 10th Precinct.  He was placed in the home of Mr. and Mrs. Edward R. Hibbard, November 2, 1904, by this Association, and has been there ever since.  He was formally committed to this Association by Hon. Robert W. Hebberd, Commissioner of Public Charities of the City of New York, January 23, 1906.”  Sworn to and subscribed Homer Folks at [blank] County, N.Y., before a notary public 31 Jan. 1906.
    Granted 11 June 1906, name assumed is Frank William Hibbard; filed same day.

#6 November Term 1906
Appearance Docket 182:6
    “The [typed] petition of JOHN N. BROWNING and EMMA BROWNING, his wife of Meadville, in said County of Crawford, respectfully represents:– [¶] That they are desirous of adopting as one of their heirs EDWARD JOHN HODGE, a child of EDWARD JOHN HODGE and C. EMMA HODGE, and that they will perform all of the duties of a parent to the said child.  Your petitioners further represent that the consent of the mother of said child, to wit:– C. Emma Hodge, under proceedings entered at No. 49, Sept. Term, 1902, in the Court of Common Pleas of Crawford County, was granted a decree of divorce from Edward J. Hodge her husband on Feb. 25, 1903, wherein the custody of the said child was decreed to the said mother, and she consents to the adoption of her said child by your petitioners, evidenced by her joining in this petition. [¶] Your petitioners therefore pray the Court to decree that the said Edward John Hodge may assume the name of your petitoners, to wit:– Edward John Browning, to have and enjoy all the rights of a child and heir of your petitioners and be subject to the duties of a child, and they will ever pray, etc.”  Signed John N. Browning, Emma Browning; sworn to by John N. Browning (only) and subscribed by him before D. T. McKay, Prothonotary, 3 Sept. 1906.
    [Parental consent, below:]  “I, C. Emma Hodge, mother of Edward John Hodge, do hereby join in the petition of my parents, John N. Browning and Emma Browning, praying for the adoption of my child Edward John Hodge, by subscribing thereto.”  Signed Mrs. C. Emma Hodge, Now Mrs. C. Emma Weston.
    Rule entered upon Edward J. Hodge to show cause why said adoption should not be decreed granted 10 Sept. 1906, returnable to 24 Sept. 1906, and on that date continued to 8 Oct. 1906, ‘at which time a decree will be entered in default of answer.’.  Served personally on Edward J. Hodge by Otto Kohler, Attorney for Petitioner, at Kohler’s office in Meadville on 27 Sept. 1906, as attested before the Prothonotary 28 Sept. 1906; filed 28 Sept. 1906.
    Granted 8 Oct. 1906, “and it is further ordered that said child have the name of Edward John Browning; [filing date not given].

#14 November Term 1906
Appearance Docket 182:14
    “The petition of PETER BIRCH respectfully represent; [¶] 1st That he is a resident of the said County of Crawford [¶] 2nd That he is desirous of adopting ETHEL EUGENIE TROTTER a minor child of EDWARD N. TROTTER and LIZZIE TROTTER as one of his heirs. [¶] 3rd That he will perform all the duties of a parent to said Ethel Eugene Trotter [¶] 4th That the said Edward N Trotter and Lizzie Trotter parents of the said Ethel Eugenie Trotter have consented to the said adoption prayed for by your petitioner. [¶] Wherefore your petitioner prays your Honorable Court to order and decree that the said Ethel Eugene Trotter shall assume the name of your petitioner, and that said Ethel Eugene Trotter shall have all the rights of a child and heir of your petitioner, and be subject to the duties of such child. [next page] and your petitioner will ever pray. etc.”  Sworn to [place not stated] and subscribed Peter Birch before Philip P. Wenz, Notary Public, Crawford Co., 11 Sept. 1906.
    [Parental consent, below:}  “We Edward N. Trotter and Lizzie Trotter parents of the said Ethel Eugenie Trotter hereby consent to the adoption of the said Ethel Eugenie Trotter as prayed for in the foregoing petition, and believe such adoption will be for the welfare of the said Ethel Eugenie Trotter[.]#148;  Signed Edward N. Trotter, Lizzie Trotter.
    [Supporting affidavit, below:]  “J. M. Dunbar, Geo H. Roueche being sworn according to law, depose and say that they are well acquainted with Peter Birch the within named petitioner, that he is a person of respectability and property, and that deponents believe that the welfare of the said Ethel Eugenie Trotter will be promoted by the adoption prayed for in the said petition.”  Sworn to and subscribed J M Dunbar, George M Roueche, before Philip P Wenz, Notary Public, 11 Sept. 1906.
    [Spousal consent, below:]  “I, Mrs. Priscilla Birch wife of petitioner consent to the adoption as prayed for.”  Signed Priscilla Birch.
    Granted 13 Sept. 1906, and “The said Ethel Eugenie Trotter shall assume the name of said Peer Birch and Priscilla Birch” [presumably, Ethel Eugenie Birch]; [filing date not given].

#45 November Term 1906
Appearance Docket 182:45
    “The Petition of J FRANK MORTON and AZELIA MORTON, of Atlantic, Crawford County, respectfully represents,: That they are desireing [sic] of adopting as one of their heirs DORIS MARGARET McCLOSKEY, aged about nineteen months, a child of LIZZIE McCLOSKEY, and that they will perform all the duties of parents to the said child. [¶] They further represents that the consent of the mother of said child to such adoption is evidenced by her joining in this petition. [¶] Your petitioner therefore prays the Court to decree that the said Doris Margaret McCloskey may assume the name of your petitioner viz: Doris Margaret McCloskeyMorton and have all and enjoy all the rights of a child and heir of the petitioner and be subject to the duties of a child. And they will ever pray &c.”  Signed Frank Morton, Azelia Morton; sworn to and again subscribed before Isaac Mondereau, Notary Public, Meadville, [blank] Oct. 1906.
    [Attached consent:]  “Your Petitioner would respectfully represent that she is the Mother of Doris Margaret McCloskey [next three words carreted on preceding line] aged 11 months an Illgitiate [sic] child.  That Frank Martin [sic] of Atlantic Crawford County Penna desires to adopt Said child.  I the childs Mother do therefore consent to said adoption relinquishing any claims as mother of said child  The reputed Father of said child refuses and always did refuse to contribute to the support and maintenance of said child  I would therefore respectfully ask that your Hon. Grant a decree of Adoption to the said Frank Martin  In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this 20th day of Febuay 1906[.]“  Signed Lizzie McCloskey; sworn to as Elizabeth McCloskey (but not again subscribed) before S. M. Gaston, J.P., 20 Feb. 1906.
    Granted 22 Oct. 1906, name assumed is Doris Margaret Morton; filed same day.
[Handwritten letter, dated at Cleveland, Ohio, 13 June 1927:]  “Dear Sir:  Enclosed finding a money order for two dollars ($2.00) for which will you kindly send me a certified copy of the adoption proceedings of Doris Morton. [¶] Being unable to give my former name also the date of the adoption as that is what I am trying to find out. [¶] My adopted parents were Mr. and Mrs. Frank Morton. [¶] Thanking you in advance [next line] I am Yours Truly [signed] Mrs. J. E. Roberts  formerly Doris Morton  1910 E. 55thSt.”
[Also carbon copy of typed reply from the Prothonotary dated at Meadville 14 June 1927.]
#80 November Term 1906
Appearance Docket 182:80
    “The petition of GEORGE H. WYGANT and BLANCHE G. WYGANT, his wife, respectfully represents:– [¶] That they are residents of Guy’s Mills, Crawford County, Pennsylvania; [¶] That they are desirous of adopting as their heir, SUSAN ELIZABETH CARBAUGH, a minor child of JOHN H. CARBAUGH of Bradford, McKean Co., Pa., and that they will perform all the duties of parents to such child. [¶] Wherefore they pray that the Court will decree that such adoption be made, and that the said Susan Elizabeth Carbaugh shall assume the name of your petitioners, and hereafter be known and called by the name of Susan Elizabeth Wygant, and shall have all the rights and be subject to all the duties of a child and heir of your petitioners, according to the provisions of the Acts of Assembly of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania in such case made and provided [¶] And they will ever pray &c.”  Signed George H. Wygant, Blanche G. Wygant; sworn to and again subscribed before Wm A Hoyt, J.P., Guy’s Mills, [blank] Oct. 1906.
    [Parental consent, below:]  “I, John H. Carbaugh, father of the above named Susan Elizabeth Carbaugh, unite in the prayer of the foregoing petition, and hereby consent to the adoption of the said Susan Elizabeth Carbaugh by the said George H. Wygant and Blanche G. Wygant, as therein prayed[.]”nbsp; Sworn to in McKean Co. and subscribed John H Carbaugh before S. D. Foley, Alderman, 5 Oct. 1906.
    [Supporting affidavit, below:]  “F. C. Bannister and Ira C. Wygant being duly sworn say, that they reside in Guy’s Mills, Crawford County, Pa.; that they are well acquainted with George H. Wygant and Blanche G. Wygant, the above-named petitioners, and also with the said Susan Elizabeth Carbaugh; that the said George H. Wygant and Blanche G. Wygant are persons of respectability, good character and property; and that they believe that the welfare of the said Susan Elizabeth Carbaugh will be promoted by the adoption prayed for[.]”nbsp; Sworn to and subscribed F C Bannister, Ira. C. Wygant before Wm A Hoyt, J.P., Guy’s Mills, [blank] Oct. 1906.
    Granted 8 Nov. 1906, name assumed is Susan Elizabeth Wygant; filed same day.

#77 February Term 1907
Appearance Docket 183:77
    “ Petition [typed] of WILLIAM J. BEALS and MAE BEALS, his wife, respectfully represents:– [¶] That they are residents of the City of Meadville, Crawford County, Pa. [¶] That they are desirous of adopting ELIZABETH GLOVER DOLIBER aged five years, minor child of B. F. DOLIBER, as one of their heirs. [¶] that they will perform all the duties of parents to said Elizabeth Glover Doliber. [¶] That the said B. F. Doliber, so petitioners are informed and verily believe, surrendered the said Elizabeth Glover Doliber to the New England Home for Little Wanderers for the purpose of adoption, and the said New England Home for Little Wanderers has given its consent to the adoption as prayed for by your petitioners, said consent being attached hereto and made part of this petition. [¶] Wherefore your petitioners pray your Honorable Court to order and decree that the said Elizabeth Glover Doliber shall assume the name of your petitioners, and that the said Elizabeth Glover Doliber shall have all the rights of a child and heir of your petitioners, and be subject to the duties of such child.  And your petitioners will ever pray &c.”  Signed William J Beals, Mae Beals; sworn to by William J Beals (only) and again subscribed by him before John A. Northam, Notary Public, Meadville, 17 Jan. 1907.
    [Supporting affidavit, below:]  “R. P. Reynolds and Frank Wilber being duly sworn say that they are well acquainted with William J. Beals and Mae Beals, the within named petitioners, that they are persons of respectability and property, and that deponents believe that the welfare of the said Elizabeth Glover Doliber will be promoted by the adoption prayed for in said petition[.]”nbsp; Sworn to and subscribed R. P. Reynolds, Frank Wilber before John A. Northam, Notary Public, Meadville, 17 Jan. 1907.
    [Attached, handwritten consent:]  “Whereas on the fifth day of January 1905 Elizabeth Glover Doliber, born in Marblehead, Mass. on the twenty-fourth day of February 1902, a child of BENJAMIN FRANKLIN DOLIBER and HELEN W. DOLIBER his wife (said wife having died at Marblehead, Mass in June 1904) was given up in writing by her father, Benjamin Franklin Doliber, for the purpose of adoption, to The New England Home for Little Wanderers; a duly and legally incorporated charitable institution of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, located in the City of Boston. [#182;] Wherefore the said New England Home for Little Wanderers being the sole and legal custodian of said child, hereby consents to the adoption of the said Elizabeth Glover Doliber by William J. Beals of Meadville, Pa. and Mae Beals his wife.”  Signed Varnum A. Cooper, Supt, 202 West Newton St., Boston, Mass., 14 Jan. 1907 [no jurat].
    Granted 17 Jan. 1907, name assumed is Elizabeth Glover Beals; filed same day.

#129 February Term 1907
Appearance Docket 183:129
    “The [typed] petition of L. M. MICKLE and S. J. MICKLE, his wife respectfully represents:—  That they are residents of the Borough of Linesville, Crawford County, Penna., and that they are desirous of adopting LEONARD S. HOMAN, a minor child of FRED HOLMAN and MARY HOLMAN, as one of their heirs and that they will perform all the duties of parents to the said Leonard S. Holman. [¶] Your petitioners would further represent that the said Mary Holman, mother of the said minor child, died on or about the 5" day of January A.D. 1887, and that the surviving parent?[sic] Fred Holman, now a resident of Seattle, Wash., has consented to the said adoption as prayed for by your petitioners, as will fully appear by reference to written consent hereto attached and made a part of this petition. [¶] Wherefore your petitioners pray this Honorable Court to order and decree that the said Leonard S. Holman shall assume the name of your petitioners, and that the said Leonard S. Holman shall have all the rights of a child and heir of your petitioners, and be subject to the duties of such child.  And your petitioners will ever pray &c.”nbsp; Sworn to and subscribed L. M. Mickle, Mrs. S J Mickle before Chas. E. Putnam, J.P., 10 Jan. 1907.
    [Attached parental consent:]  “I, Fred Holman, surviving parent of Leonard S. Holman, hereby consent to the adoption of the said Leonard S. Holman, as prayed for in the foregoing petition, and believe such adoption will be for the welfare of the said Leonard S. Holman.”  Signed Fred’k. W Holman.
    Granted 30 Jan. 1907, “and that the said Leonard S. Holman shall assume the name of the petitioners,” presumably Leonard S. Mickle; filed same day.

#9 May Term 1907
Appearance Docket 184:9
    “The [typed] petition of WILLIAM YEAGER of Vernon Township in said county of Crawford respectfully represents: [¶] That he desires to adopt as one of his heirs ELIZABETH SNEARLINE CUNNINGHAM a child of JOHN CUNNINGHAM and ESTHER CUNNINGHAM late of Meadville in said County and that he will perform all the duties of a parent to said child; that the parents of said child were divorced by this Court and in the decree the custody of said child was given to the mother, the said Esther Cunningham, who has since become the wife of the petitioner; that the consent of said Esther Cunningham now Yeager, to the adoption is evidenced by her joining in this petition. [¶] Your petitioner therefore prays the Court to decree that the said Elizabeth Snearline Cunningham may assume the name of your petitioner to-wit, Esther Snearline Yeager and that she have and enjoy all the rights of a child and heir of this petitioner, and be subject to the duties of a child.  And he will ever pray etc.”  Signed Willian Yeager; sworn to and again subscribed before D. T. McKay, Jr., Prothonotary, 12 Feb. 1907.
    [Mother’s consent, below:]  “I Esther Yeager, formerly Esther Cunningham, the mother of Elizabeth Snearline Cunningham do hereby give my consent to the adoption of my daughter Elizabeth Snearline Cunningham as one of the heirs of said William Yeager.  Dated Feb. 12th, 1907.”  Signed Esther Yeager (Formerly Esther Cunningham).
  &nbps; Granted 14 Feb. 1907, name assumed is Elizabeth Snearline Yeager; filed same day.

#13 May Term 1907
Appearance Docket 184:13
    “The petition of HARRY EMERSON TOWNLEY and KATHERYNE CARO TOWNLEY, his wife, of the County of Crawford and State of Pennsylvania, respectfully represent. [¶] That they are residents of said County and State, and are desirous of adopting MARJORIE DORNAN, a minor child of the age of about Fifteen months, who is now an inmate of the home of your petitioners under an agreement with The Cleveland Protestant Orphan Asylum, of Cleveland, Ohio, a charitable institution by which the said Marjorie Dornan has been supported for more than one year. [¶] That your petitioners will perform all the duties of parents towards the said minor.  That your petitioners append to this, their petition, the written consent of The Cleveland Protestant Orphan Asylum to the adoption of the said Marjorie Dornan, as herein prayed for, and certifying that the welfare of said minor will be promoted thereby. [¶] Your petitioners therefore pray your honorable Court to order and decree that the said Marjorie Dorman shall assume the name Helen Elizabeth Townley, and have all the rights of a child and heir of your petitioners, and be subject to the duties of such child.”  Signed Harry E Townley, Katheryne Caro Townley; sworn to (but not again subscribed) before Gertrude Baird, Notary Public, Cambridge Springs, 15 Feb. 1906.
    [Attached consent:]  “This is to certify that The Cleveland Protestant Orphan Asylum, a charitable institution, consents to the proper adoption by Harry Emerson Townley and Katherine [sic] Caro Townley of Marjorie Dornan, a minor child aged about Fifteen months, who has been supported by this institution for more than one year:  And from inquiry the officers of said institution are satisfied that the said Harry Emerson Townley and Katherine Caro Townley are persons of good moral character, and able to provide for said minor, and that the welfare of said Marjorie Dornan will be promoted by such adoption.”  Signed J H M cBride[,] President[,] The Cleveland Protestant Orphan Asylum.
    Granted 16 Feb. 1907, name assumed is Helen Elizabeth Townley; filed same day.

#44 May Term 1907
Appearance Docket 184:44
    “The [typed] petition of EMORY B. WHITAKER and MARGARET E. WHITAKER [changed from ‘Whittaker’] respectfully represents: [¶] That they are residents of the Borough of Conneautville, this county [of Crawford]. [¶] That they are desirous of adopting HAZEL FLORENCE WEBSTER, a minor child of SEYMORE M. WEBSTER, as one of their heirs. [¶] That they have performed and will continue to perform all the duties of parents to the said Hazel Florence Webster. [¶] That Hazel Florence Webster was given to petitioners seventeen years ago when she was only three days old by her parents, and has been provided for and brought up as their own child.  That the residence of the surviving parent, Seymore M. Webster is unknown and that E. T. Mason has been nominated to act as next friend to Hazel Florence Webster and said E. T. Mason as next friend consents to the said adoption as prayed for by your petitioners. [¶] Wherefore the petitioners pray your Honorable Court to order and decree that the said Hazel Florence Webster shall assume the name of Hazel Florence Whitaker, and she shall have all the rights of a child and heir of your petitioners, and shall be subject to the duties of such child.  And your petitioners will ever pray etc.”  Signed E. B. Whitaker, Margaret E. Whitaker; sworn to and subscribed E B Whitaker, Margaret Whitaker before E. C. McKay, J.P., 9 March 1907.
    [Supporting affidavit and consent, below:]  “E. T. Mason being duly sworn according to law deposes and says that he is well acquainted with above named petitioners and with Hazel Florence Webster who has lived with them as set forth in their petition.  That knowing them to be persons of respectability and believing that the welfare of the said Hazel Florence Webster will be promoted by the adoption and having been nominated and requested to act as next friend by Hazel Florence Webster he hereby consents to the adoption as prayed for in the foregoing petition.”  Sworn to and subscribed E. T. Mason before E. C. McKay, J.P., 9 March 1907.
    [Adoptee’s consent, below:]  “I, Hazel Florence Webster, will bewas eighteen years old on  21st  day of JulyAugust, 19076.  I have lived with Emory B. and Margaret E. Whittaker and been supported and cared for by them as their own child from as far back as I can remember,  I do not know my father’s address, nor his place of residence and have not heard from him for a long time.  I would like very much to be adopted and legally assume the name of Mr. and Mrs. Whittaker, my Uncle and Aunt, and therefore request you to permit Mr. E. T. Mason a person well acquainted with us to act as my next friend n consenting to my adoption as prayed for in the above petition.”  Signed Hazel Florence Webster.
    Granted 11 March 1907, name assumed is “Hazel Florence Whitaker; [filing date not given].

#52 September Term 1907
Appearance Docket 185:52
    “The [typed] petition of J. H. FONNER, and ABBIE FONNER, his wife, of South Shenango Township, in said county [of Crawford], respectfully represent: The [sic] they are desirous of adopting, MILDRED M. CUNNINGHAM, who is seven years of age having been born on the seventh day of May, 1900, and who is a child of ALICE M. CUNNINGHAM, widow of CHARLES E. CUNNINGHAM, dec’d. as one of their heirs; and for that purpose they the petitioners herein declare their said desire, and also that they will perform all of the duties of parents to said Mildred M. Cunningham,  The petitioners therefore pray the court if satisfied that the welfare of the said Mildred M. Cunningham, will be promoted by such adoption, with the consent of the said Alice M Cunningham, evidenced by her signing this petition, to decree that the said Mildred M. Cunningham, may assume the name of the petitioners, viz. Mildred M. Fonner, and have all of the rights and child [sic] of the petitioners, and be subject to the duties of a child.”  Signed J. H. Fonner, Abbie Fonner; sworn to and again subscribed J. H. Fonner, Abbie Fonner before A. M. Fenner, Notary Public, Linesville, 24 June 1907.
    [Mother’s consent, below:]  “I, Alice M. Cunningham, hereby consent to the adoption of my child, Mildred M. Cunningham, by the above named J. H. Fonner, and Abbie Fonner, his wife, as prayed for in the above and foregoing petition.”  Signed Alice M. Cunningham.
    Granted 1 July 1907, name assumed in Mildred M. Fonner; filed same day.

#63 September Term 1907
Appearance Docket 185:63
    “The petition of CLAUDE LOBDELL and DAISY LOBDELL, his wife, citizens and residents of said County [of Crawford], respectfully represents: [¶] =That CLEO B. SMITH, above named, is the daughter of your petitioners and is now about five years old: [¶] –That on petition of THOMAS SMITH, JR., to the Court above named said Cleo B. Smith was adopted by him by order of said Court as appears at No. 101 November Term 1902, in Common Pleas of Crawford County: [¶] =Your petitioners are now desirous of adopting said child and they will perform all the duties of a parents to said minor, And they have set forth that said Thomas Smith and Ellen Smith his wife, the said minor childs adopted parents have consented to this petition and the adoption of said child by your petitioners [¶] Wherefore your petitioners pray your honorable Court to order and decree that the said Cleo B. Smith shall assume the name of your petitioners and have all the rights of a child and heir of your petitioners and be subject to the duties of such child[.]”  Signed Claude Lobdell, Daisy Lobdell; sworn to in Escambia County, Florida, and again subscribed Claude Lobdell, Daisy Lobdell before R. L. N&mdash[?], J.P., 12 [or 17?] June 1907.
    [Attached parental consent:]  “Thomas Smith Jr. and Ellen Smith his wife hereby signify their consent to the adoption of said Cleo B. Smith as prayed for in the foregoing petition and they believe that the said adoption will be for her welfare.”  Signed Thomas Smith Jr, Mary Ellen Smith [no jurat or acknowledgment].
    [Supporting affidavit, below:]  “W F Strickland[,] Dr Wm Gamble being duly sworn say that they are well acquainted with Claude Lobdell and Daisy Lobdell the above named petitioners: That they are persons of good moral character and they believe that the welfare of said Cleo B. Smith will be promoted by the adoption as prayed for.”  Sworn to and subscribed W. F. Strickland, Dr. Wm Gamble before Barry Cummings, J.P., 9 July 1907.
    Granted 15 July 1907, name assumed is Cleo B. Lobdell; [filing date not given].

#87 September Term 1907
Appearance Docket 185:87
    “The [typed] petition of H. F. MAXWELL, [next five words are handwritten, carreted] and CORA MAXWELL, his wife, of the [next word handwritten, carreted] City Borough of Meadville, County of Crawford, and State of Pennsylvania, respectfully showeth:&ndash That they [changed from ‘he’] isare desirous of adopting DONOVAN STARKWEATHER, a male minor child of ARCHIBALD STARKWEATHER and FLORENCE STARKWEATHER his wife, now of the age of thirteen months, as their [changed from ‘his’] heir, that they [changed from ‘he’] will perform all the duties of a parents [changed from ‘parent’] towards said minor child, and that Archibald Starkweather, the father of said Donovan Starkweather has consented to such adoption. That Florence Starkweather, the mother of the said minor, is a sister-in-law of your petitioner, and has willfully deserted her said husband, and minor child, [remainder of sentence hand-written] and has neglected, abused and maltreated said child for more than one year last past”  Signed H F Maxwell, Mrs Cora Maxwell; sworn to and again subscribed before Emmett D. Pytcher, J.P., Meadville, 26 July 1907.
    [Attached parental consent:]  “I Archibald Starkweather, the father of the said Donovan Starkweather hereby signify my consent to the adoption of the said Donovan Starkweather as prayed for in the foregoing petition, and believe that such adoption will be for his welfare.”  Signed with the mark of Archibald Starkweather, Witness [signed] Mrs Pearl Kightlinger.
    [Supporting affidavit, below:]  “W. E. Byham and Geo Scowden citizens and residents of Crawford County, in the State of Pennsylvania, being sworn according to law, say that they are well acquainted with H.F. Maxwell [next five words are handwritten, carreted] and Cora Maxwell, his wife the above named petitioner, that they [changed from ‘he’] isare a persons [changed from ‘person’] of good moral character, and that they believe that the welfare of the said Donovan Starkweather will be promoted by the adoption as prayed for.”  Sworn to and subscribed W. E. Byham, Geo Scowden before Emmett D Pytcher, J.P., Meadville, 2 May 1907.
    Granted 5 Aug. 1907, name assumed is Donovan Maxwell; filed same day.

#89 September Term 1907
Appearance Docket 185:89
    “The petetation [sic] of REBECCA SHERIFF (Widow) of Titusville, Crawford County, Penn’a. respectfully represents: [¶] That your petetioner is desirous of adopting MINNIE BELL WHEELER, minor child of WILLIAM C. WHEELER, of Lille Cooley. County and State aforesaid, and ISABEL WHEELER, the latter now deceased, as one of her heirs; and for that purpose she hereby declares her said desire and also that she will perform all of the duties of a parent to the said Minnie Bell Wheeler.  Your petetioner therefore pray the Court, if satisfied that the welfare of the said Minnie Bell Wheeler will be promoted by such adoption, with the consent of the said William C. Wheeler, indicated by his joining in this petition, to decree that the said Minnie Bell Wheeler may assume the name of the petitioner, viz, Minnie Bell Sheriff, and have all the rights of a child and heir of your petetioner and be subject to the duties of a child. [¶] And she will ever pray. [next line] July 21st 1907.”  Signed Rebecca Sheriff; sworn to and again subscribed before Axtell J. Byler, Notary Public, Titusville, 31 July 1907.
    [Father’s consent, below:]  “And now[?] July 31st, 1907. I, William C. Wheeler, father of the aforesaid Minnie Bell Wheeler, having carefully read the foregoing and above petetion certify that the statements set forth therein are true, and I hereby consent to the adoption of the said Minnie Bell Wheeler by the said Rebecca Sheriff.  and join in the prayer of the petetioner therefore.”  Signed William C Wheeler, “Witnessed–” Axtell J Byler.
    [Supporting affidavit, below:]  “Before me a notary public in and for said County & State personally appeared (Mrs) Kittia Vanderhoof and (Mrs) Eva M. McClelland both of Titusville, Penn’a. who being both by me duly sworn according to law say.  that they are not in any way related by blood or marriage with any of the parties named in the above and foregoing petetion, but are acquainted with the circumstances set forth therein, and are convinced that the adoption prayed for will be for the welfare of the said child Minnie Bell Wheeler; that they have known the said Rebecca Sheriff for many years and are satisfied that she will well and faithfully fulfil the duties of a parent to said Minnie Bell Wheeler if her prayer is granted.”  Sworn to and subscribed Eva M. McClelland, Kitte Vanderoof [sic] before Axtell J. Byler, Notary Public, Titusville, 1 Aug. 1907.
    Granted 5 Aug. 1907, name assumed is Minnie Bell Sheriff; filed same day.
    See #22 November Term 1916 for reversal.

#92 September Term 1907
Appearance Docket 185:92
    “The [typed] petition of A. M. PEEBLES and SARAH A. PEEBLES (his wife) respectfully represents; [¶] That they are desirous of adopting as one of their heirs DOROTHY BOLEN [changed everywhere from ‘Boland’] a bastard child of BLANCHE BOLEN a citizen of Crawford county Pennsylvania, and that they will perform all the duties of parents to said child. [¶] Your said petitioners further represent that the said child was born on the 27th day of November 1905[?]; that the father of the said child has never owned her as his daughter, nor maintained her; and the said child has been residing with your petitioners since the first day of January 1907. [¶] They further represent that the consent of the mother of the said child is evedenced [sic] by her joining in this petition; and that the whereabouts of the father is unknown. [¶] Your petitioners wherefore pray the Court to decree that the said Dorothy Bolen may assume the name of your petitioners viz. Dorothy Peebles, and have and enjoy all the rights of a child and heir of your petitioners, and be subject to the all the duties of a child, and that your petitioners may have and retain such control and position toward the said child as parents have.  And they will ever pray.&#;148;  Signed A. M. Peebles, Sarah Peebles, Blanche Bolen; sworn to by A. M. Peebles (only) and subscribed by him before D. J. McKay, Jr., Prothonotary, 6 Aug. 1907.
    Granted 6 Aug. 1907, “and that the said Dorothy Bolen take the name of Dorothy Peebles”; filed same day.

#3 November Term 1907
Appearance Docket 186:3
    “The [typed] petition of WILLIAM E. TEEGE and CORA R. TEEGE, husband and wife, of the City of Titusville, Crawford County, Pennsylvania, respectfully represents – [¶] That they are desirous of adopting LELAND LITTLEFIELD, now of the age of nine months, a minor child of FRANCES A. LITTLEFIELD, (father unknown), as one of their heirs; and they will perform all the duties of parents towards the said minor, and that the said Frances A. Littlefield, the mother of said child, has consented to such adoption. [¶] Wherefore, your petitioners pray that an order and decree may be made that the said Leland Littlefield shall assume the name of Robert Martin Teege, and have all the rights of a child and heir of your petitioners, and be subject to the duties of such child.”  Signed W E Teege, Cora R. Teege; sworn to by William E. Teege (only) and again subscribed W E Teege before Bernice McGinnett, Notary Public, Titusville, 31 Aug. 1907.
    [Mother’s consent, attached:]  “I, Frances A Littlefield the mother of said Leeland Littlefield, now temporarily residing at Rochester, New York, hereby signify my consent to the adoption of the said Leeland Littlefield as prayed for in the foregoing petition, and believe that such adoption will be for his welfare.”  Signed Frances A Littlefield, Witness: H. W. Rippert, Delbert C Hebbard [or Hebbord?].
    [Supporting affidavit, below:]  “C. B. Ware and Geo. F. Fleming, being duly sworn according to law, say, That they are well acquainted with William E. Teege and Cora R. Teege, the above named petitioners; That they are persons of good moral character and they believe that the welfare of the said Leeland Littlefield will be promoted by the adoption as prayed for.”  Sworn to and subscribed C. B. Ware, Geo. F. Fleming before Bernice McGinnett, Notary Public, Titusville, 2 Sept. 1907.
    Granted 9 Sept. 1907, name assumed is Robert Martin Teege; [filing date not given].

#23 November Term 1907
Appearance Docket 186:23
    “The [typed] petition of CHARLES KIGHTLINGER, [next six words carreted] and PEARL KAY KIGHTLINGER, his wife, of the City of Meadvilele County of Crawford, and State of Pennsylvania, respectfully showeth [¶] That they are [changed from ‘he is’] desirous of adopting GENEVIEVE STARKWEATHER a minor child of ARCHIBALD STARKWEATHER his wife, now of the age of two years, as their [changed from ‘his’] heir, that they [changed from ‘he’] will perform all the duties of parents [changed from ‘a parent’] towards said minor child, and that Archibald Starkweather the father of the said Genevieve Starkweather has consented to such adoption. That Florence Starkweather, the mother of the said minor is the sister-in-law of your petitioner, and has willfully deserted her said husband, and minor child. [next fifteen words handwritten] and has neglected, abused and maltreated said child for more than one year last past [¶] Wherefore your petitioner prays your Honorable Court to order and decree that the said Genevieve Starkweather shall assume the name of your petitioners [changed from ‘petitioner’], and have all the rights of a child as heir of your petitioners [changed from ‘petitioner’], and be subject to the duties of such child, and he will ever pray &c,”  Signed Mrs Pearl Kightlinger, Charles Kightlinger; sworn to and again subscribed (by both) before Emmett D. Pytcher, Alderman, Meadville, 16 Sept. 1907.
    [Attached parental consent:]  “I Archibald Starkweather, the father of the said Genevieve Starkweather hereby signify my consent to the adoption of the said Genevieve Starkweather as prayed for in the foregoing petition, and believe that such adoption will be for her welfare.”  Signed with the mark of Archibald Starkweather, Witness Mrs Cora Maxwell.
    [Supporting affidavit, below:]  “Jno. E. Bergin and J H Peterson citizens and residents of Crawford County, in the State of pennsylvania, being sworn according to law, say that they are well acquainted with Charles Kightlinger [next five words carreted, handwritten] and Pearl Kightlinger his wife, the above named petitioner, that they are persons [changed from ‘he is a person’] of good moral character, and that they believe that the welfare of the said Genevieve Starkweather will be promoted by the adoption as prayed for.”  Sworn to and subscribed Jno. E. Bergin, J. H. Peterson before Emmett D. Pytcher, Alderman, Meadville, 2 May 1907.
    Granted 23 Sept. 1907, name assumed is Genevieve Kightlinger; filed same day.

#48 November Term 1907
Appearance Docket 186:48
    “The [typed] petition of JOSEPH H. SMITH and ELIZABETH SMITH, his wife, citizens and residents of the County aforesaid [Crawford], respectfully represents:– [¶] That they are desirous of adopting ANNIE KING, a minor child of the age thirteen years, whose parents are deceased, and who is now, and has for ten years last past been an inmate of the home of your petitioners, and that they will perform all the duties of parents toward the said minor. [¶] That your petitioners append to this, their petition, the consent of the Directors of the Poor of the County of Crawford, to the adoption of the said Annie King, as herein prayed for. [¶] They therefore pray your Honorable Court to order and decree that the said Annie King shall assume the name of Ilah Smith, and have all the rights of a child and heir of your petitioners, and be subject to the duties of such child.”  Signed JoS H Smith, Elizebeath Smith; sworn to (as Joseph H. Smith and Elizabeth Smith, his wife) and subscribed Jo H Smith, Elizebeath Smith before John A. Northam, Notary Public, Meadville, 12 Oct. 1907.
    [Attached supporting affidavit:]  “Personally appeared before me, a Notary Public, in and for said County and State, H. H. Battles and L. L. Richard, who being duly sworn say, that they reside in the City of Meadville, Pa.;  that they are well acquainted with Joseph H. Smith and Elizabeth Smith, his wife, the above named petitioners;  that said petitioners are persons of respectability, good character and property;  and that they believe that the welfare of the said Annie King will be promoted by the adoption prayed for.”  Sworn to and subscribed H H Battles, L. L. Richard before John A. Northam, Notary Public, Meadville, 12 Oct. 1907.
    [Consent, below:]  “We, the Directors of the Poor of the County of Crawford, unite in the prayer of the foregoing petition, and hereby consent to the adoption of the said Annie King by the said Joseph H. Smith and Elizabeth Smith, his wife, as therein prayed.”  Signed W. P. Benner, Whitney Braymer, M. G. Beatty.
    Granted 14 Oct. 1907, name assumed is Ilah Smith; filed same day.

#12 February Term 1908
Appearance Docket 187:12
    “The [typed] petition of Mrs ALICE BARNESMIDON, a resident of Springboro in said County aforesaid [Crawford], respectfully represents: [¶] That she is a widow and is desirous of adopting as her heir PETER COONEY, an adult person, of the age of past nineteen years, he having been born August 19, 1888.  That said Peter Cooney has been in the home of Your petitioner since June, 1891, and that she got said ward from the Home for the Friendless of Erie, Pa.  That the said Peter Cooney, [next three words carreted, and interlined] is not married (no parents) as well as the Home for the Friendless, of Erie, Penna, have consented to such adoption and certify the same [next word carreted] by their hands at the end of this petition, and by certificate hereto attached and made part of this petition. [¶] Wherefore Your petitioner prays Your Honorable Court to order and decree that the said Peter Cooney shall have all the rights of a child and heir of Your petitioner and be subject to the duties of such child, and that the said Peter Cooney may assume and bear the name of Paul Stanley Barmes sic, and she will ever pray[.]”  Signed Mrs Alice Barnes Amidon [with “Barnes” carreted]; sworn to, but not again subscribed, by “Mrs Alice Barnes Amidon” before Henry West, Notary Public, 11 Nov. 1907.
    [Attached handwritten letter on stationery of “Erie Home for the Friendless, 22d and Sassafras Streets, Erie, Pennsylvania”:]  “At a regular meeting of the managers of the Erie Home for the Friendless, upon recommendation of the admission committee it was resolved that Peter Cooney, a child three or four years old be given to Mrs Alice Barnes of Springboro, Pennsylvania. If found desirable Mrs Barnes to have the right to adopt the said Peter Cooney. [¶] At a meeting of the managers of the Erie Home for the Friendless held on the afternoon of the 4th of November 1907, it was resolved that Mrs Alice Barnes-Amidon, have the right to adopt the said Peter Cooney. [signed and sealed] Louise W. Shirk[,] Secretary”; Mrs C. C Shirk, Soldiers Home, Erie, Pa.
    [Attached consent (fill in the blanks form), titled on reverse “Article of Agreement”:]  “Whereas, A child named Peter Cooney aged 20 or thereabouts, had been given by its guardians to the ‘Home for the Friendless,’ at Erie, Pa., for the purpose of being taken care of, and disposed of, according to the power and authority vested in the ‘Home’ for that purpose, and whereas, Mrs. Alice Barnes Amidon of Springboro, Pa. is desirous of receiving and adopting said child into her family, and assuming the relation of parent towards said child, and the said Mrs. Alice Barnes Amidon hereby declares such to be her desire, and that she will perform all of the duties of a parent to said child, and the said Mrs. Alice Barnes Amidon hereby promises and agrees with said ’Home for the Friendless’ to do so. [¶] Now, therefore, the undersigned officers of said ‘Home,’ on behalf of said ‘Home for the Friendless,’ hereby agree and consent that the said Mrs. Alice Barnes Amidon shall receive said child in the manner above indicated, that he shall be subject to the control of the said Mrs. Alice Barnes Amidon in all matters in the relation of parent and child, free from interference by any other person or persons, with the understanding that said child shall be properly trained and properly educated by the said Mrs. Alice Barnes Amidon according to their station in life, and receive the tokens of affection and interest due from parents to children. [¶] Witness the signatures of the officers of the ‘Home for the Friendless’ and said Admission and Dismission Committee in duplicate, this ninth day of November A. D. 1907. [signed] Sarah A. Reed President.  Attest [signed] Louise W. Shirk, Sec’y of ‘Home for the Friendless.’ [also] Committee of Admission and Dismission. [signed] Sarah C. Selden, Mary V. Stranahan.
    [Attached consent:]  “I, Peter Cooney, hereby consent to my adoption as prayed for in the foregoing petition of Mrs Alice Barnes Amidon. [following sentence handwritten] I am not married. [¶] Witness my hand and seal this 11th day of November, A. D. 1907.”  Signed Peter Cooney (Seal).
    Granted 14 Nov. 1907, name assumed is Paul Stanley Barnes; filed same day.

#74 February Term 1908
Appearance Docket 187:74
    “The [typed] petition of THOMAS E. FORINGER and MARY A. FORINGER, his wife, respectfully represents: [¶] That they are residents of Vernon Township, Crawford Co., Penna., and that they are desirous of adopting MILDRED RUTH COLEMAN, a minor child of WILLIAM COLEMAN; that the said child is now five months of age, having been born on the 22nd day of June, 1907; that they will perform all the duties of parents to the said child, Mildred Ruth Coleman. [¶] That CORA E. COLEMAN, the mother of the said minor child, is dead and that William Coleman, the father, has consented to the said adoption as prayed for by your petitioner, which written consent is hereto attached. [¶] Wherefore your petitioners [changed from ‘petitioner’] prays Your Honor to order and decree that the said Mildred Ruth Coleman shall assume the name of your petitioners [changed from ‘petitioner’], and that the said Mildred Ruth Coleman shall have all the rights of a child and heir of your petitioners, and be subject to the duties of such child.  And your petitioner will ever pray, etc.”  Signed Thomas E Foringer, Mary A. Foringer; sworn to (by Thomas E. Foringer only) and subscribed Thomas E Foringer. before G. Earl Shaffer, Notary Public, Meadville 30 Nov. 1907; [attached jurat, on stationery of Geo. W. Morgan, Alderman, dated at Oil City, Pa., 31 Dec. 1907:]  sworn to by May. A. Foringer at Venango Co., Pa., and subscribed Mary A. Foringer. before George W. Morgan, J.P., Oil City, 31 Dec. 1907.
    [Attached parental consent:]  “I, William Coleman, father of the said Mildred Ruth Coleman, hereby consent to the adoption of the said minor as prayed for in the foregoing petition, and believe such adoption will be for the welfare and happiness of the said Mildred Ruth Coleman.”  Signed William Coleman.
    [Supporting affidavit, below:]  “Lizzie Hershelman and Joseph Hershelman, being duly sworn according to law, depose and say that they are well acquainted with Thomas E. Foringer and Mary A. Foringer, his wife, the within named petitioners, that they are persons of respectability and property, and that deponents verily believe that the welfare and happiness [sic] of the said Mildred Ruth Coleman will be promoted by the adoption as prayed for in the said petition.”  Sworn to and subscribed Lizzie Hershelman, Joseph Hershelman before James Kepler, Alderman, 14 Dec. 1907.
    Granted 6 Jan. 1908, and “the said Mildred Ruth Coleman shall assume the name of your petitioners,” presumably Mildred Ruth Foringer; filed same day.
[Handwritten letter:]&nsbp; “Gary Ind Aug 4 – 27” [next line] to the Hon Judge of the Crawford Co Court Meadville Pa [¶] Dear Sir [¶] would you please hand this letter to the proper authoritys [#182;] about September 1907 one Thomas E. and Mary Foringer, adopted a Child, Mildred Ruth Coleman as the Records will show in your Court.  Ruth has now come into posesion of a small Inheratance, and it will be necccary for us to get a copy of her adoption papers before we can get this money for her, we had a coppy of these papers but we had a bad Fire and lost all.  the estate would like to get these papers as soon as possible inorder to clear up the estate. [¶] trusting we will hear from this soon, we remain Thomas E and Mary Foringer [signed] Thomas E Foringer[,] 201 Tyler St, Gary Ind
[Attached typed letter on Prothonotary’s stationery, dated 12 Aug. 1927, indicating that he had “searched and found the record of the adoption of your foster-child Mildred Ruth,” and requesting $1.00 for a certified copy of the decree, or $2.50 for exemplification of record, or $3.50 for exemplification certified under act of Congress.
[Attached handwritten letter from T E Foringer, 601 Tyler St, Gary, Ind., dated at Gary, Ind., 13 Aug. 1927, enclosing check for $1.00, with typed notation at bottom, “Aug. 15, 1927. – Mailed certified copy of decree, as requested.”

#113 February Term 1908
Appearance Docket 187:113
    “The [typed] petition of HARRY R. COLTER and MARY M. COLTER his wife, of said county [of Crawford], respectfully represents: [¶] That they are desirous of adopting ROY SANDMAN, aged four years, a child without known parents, as one of their heirs, and for that purpose they herein declare their said desire and also that they will perform all the duties of parents to the said Roy Sandman. [¶] Petitioners further represent that said child has been supported for more than one year by the Children’s Aid Society of Cleveland Ohio, a charitable institution and a corporation, of Cuyahoga County, Ohio. [¶] Petitioners therefore pray the Court that if satisfied that the welfare of said Roy Sandman will be promoted by such adoption, and with the consent of the Superintendent of the Children’s Industrial School and Home, established and controlled by the said Children’s Aid Society, by the answer of John F. Fisher, Supt. of said school and home hereto annexed, to decree that the said Roy Sandman may assume the name of the petitioners, namely, Leslie R. Colter, and have all the rights of a child and heir of the petitioners and be subject to the duties of such child. [¶] And they will ever pray, etc.”  Signed Harry. R. Coulter, Mary M. Coulter; sworn to and again subscribed by both before D. T. McKay, Jr., Prothonotary, 8 Feb. 1908.
    [Attached fill-in-the-blanks “Answer. In the Probate Court,” Cuyahoga County, Ohio:]  “In the Matter of the Adoption of Roy Sandman [¶] Now comes John F. Fisher Superintendent of the Children’s Industrial School and Home, in charge of The Children’s Aid Society of Cleveland, Ohio, a Corporation, duly appointed and qualified by the Trustees and Managers thereof to appear for them in this proceeding, as provided by law, and for answer says: [¶] That all the allegations of the petition made for the adoption of the said Roy Sandman are true, and that said Roy Sandman was received by surrender into said School and Home on the sixth day of June 1906  Wherefore he hereby consents to the adoption of said Roy Sandman by said petitioners, and to the change of name as in said petition prayed for.”  Signed John F. Fisher, Supt. of The Children’s Industrial School and Home; sworn to at Cuyahoga Co., Ohio, and again subscribed before Charles K. Arber, Notary Public, 6 Jan. 1908.
    Granted 8 Feb. 1908, name assumed is Leslie R Coulter; filed same day.

#2 May Term 1908
Appearance Docket 188:2
    “The [typed] Petition of G. A. DAMON and wife respectfully represents: [¶] First, that they are residents of Crawford County. [¶] That they are desirous of adopting MILDRED ADAMS, an orphan girl, born March 7th 1901 in Massachusetts, as one of their heirs. [¶] Third, the said minor was placed in the custody of your Petitioners in June 1904 by the New England Home for Little Wanderers, a charitable institution, located in Boston, Mass. whose consent to said adoption by your Petitioners is attached herto. [¶] Fourth, That your petitioner will perform all the duties of parents to the said Mildred Adams. [¶] Wherefore your Petitioners pray your honorable Court to order and decree that the said Mildred Adams shall assume the name of your Petitioners and shall have all the rights of a child and heir of your Petitioners, and be subjected to the duties of such child; and your Petitioners will ever pray etc.”  Signed G. A. Damon, Mrs G. A. Damon; sworn to by G. A. Damon (only) and again subscribed by him before E. A. Hoffman, J.P., Spartansburg, 5 Feb. 1908.
    [Attached consent and joinder:]  “The [typed] Petition of V. A. Cooper Frederic H. Knight respectfully represents that he is Superintendent of the New England Home for Little Wanderers, located in Boston, Massachusetts. That Mildred Adams, an orphan, minor, aged three years, in June 1904 was placed by our Society in the care of Mr. and Mrs. G. A. Damon, of Spartansburg, Crawford County, Pa. and who have given said minor a home ever since. The Society not only consents that the child may be adopted as prayed for by Mr. and Mrs. Damon, but would join them in their request, as the Society is satisfied that such adoption is based upon the mutual affection of the Petitioners and the said minor, and towards whom the said petitioners are able and willing to assume the relation of parents after nearly four years custody of the child. [¶] The Society therefore respectfully asks the Court to make an order authorizing the adoption by Mr. and Mrs. Damon of the said Mildred Adams.”  Signed New England Home for Little Wanderers, Attest: by [signed] Frederic H. Knight[,] Superintendent.
    Granted 10 Feb. 1908, “and that the said Mildred Adams shall assume the name the [sic] said Mr. and Mrs. G. A. Damon,” presumably, Mildred Damon; filed same day.

#89 May Term 1908
Appearance Docket 188:89
    “The petition of DAVID N. PARSHALL and LILLA M. PARSHALL, his wife respectfully represents; [¶] That your petitioners are residents of the County of Crawford, living at No 39. North Third Street, in the City of Titusville, Pa., and are citizens of the United States, and of the State of Pennsylvania. [¶] That they are desirous of adopting as their heir, DESSIE LORENA WHEELER, a minor child of WILLIAM C. WHEELER, and SARAH ISABEL WHEELER, (deceased) of Little Cooley, Crawford County, Pennsylvania; and that they will perform all the duties of parents of such child. (The said Sarah Isabel Wheeler, – mother of said minor Child – having died on November 21st A.D. 1906.) [¶] Wherefore, your petitioners pray that the Court will decree that such adoption be made and that the said Dessie Lorena Wheeler, shall assume the name of your petitioners, and hereafter be known and called by the name of Thelma Parshall, and shall have all the rights and be subject to all the duties of a child and heir of your petitioners, according to the provisions of the Acts of Assembly of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania in such case made. [¶] And we will ever pray, &c.,”  Signed David. N. Parshall, Lilla M. Parshall; sworn to at Titusville and subscribed David N. Parshall, Lilla M. Parshall before Reuben E. Taft, J.P., Titusville, 27 Feb. 1908.
    [Attached parental consent:]  “I William C. Wheeler (Widower) parent of the above-named Dessie Lorena Wheeler, unite in the prayer of the foregoing petition, and hereby consent to the adoption of the said Dessie Lorena Wheeler, by the said David N. Parshall and Lilla W. Parshall, his wife, as therein prayed.”nbsp; Sworn to and subscribed William C. Wheeler before Reuben E. Taft, J.P., Titusville, 27 Feb. 1908.
    [Attached supporting affidavit:]  “Frank C. Torrey and John B. Foster being duly sworn according to law, depose and say that they reside respectively at No 136 North Monroe Street, and St. James Hotel, in rear of P. R R Depot in the City of Titusville:– that they are well acquainted with David N. Parshall and Lilla M. Parshall his wife,–the above named petitioners, and also with the said William C. Wheeler; – that the said David N. Parshall and Lilla M. Parshall, are persons of respectability, good character, and property; and that they believe that the welfare of the said Dessie Lorena Wheeler, will be promoted by the adoption prayed for.”  Sworn to and subscribed Frank C. Torrey, John B Foster before Reuben C. Taft, J.P., Titusville, 27 Feb. 1908.
    Granted 6 April 1908, and the child “is hereby named Thelma Parshall”; filed same day.
    See #23 November Term 1916 for reversal.

#90 May Term 1908
Appearance Docket 188:90
    “The [typed] petition of MARY L. ELLISON and CARLTON A. ELLISON, her husband, residents of the county of Crawford, state of Pennsylvania, respectfully represents: [¶] That they are desirous of adopting MARIE ANGELINE MCCOLLUM, a minor child of JULIA M. MCCOLLUM and EDWARD PERRETT, now of the age of one year, as one of their heirs; that they will perform all of the duties of a parent toward the said minor child; and that the said Julia M. McCollum and Edward Perrett, parents of the said Marie Angeline McCollum, have consented to such adoption. [¶] Therefore, your petitioners pray your Honorable Court to order and decree that the said Marie Angeline McCollum shall assume the name of your petitioners, (Marie Angeline Ellison), and have all the rights of a child and heir of your petitioners and be subject to the duties of such child.”  Signed Mary. L. Ellison, Carlton A Ellison; sworn to and again subscribed before C. F. Leibrich, J.P., 2 April 1906.
    [Attached parental consent:]  “WE, Julia M. McCollum and Edward Perrett, parents of the said Marie Angeline McCollum, do hereby signify and give our consent to the adoption of the said Marie Angeline McCollum, as prayed for in the foregoing petition and believe that such adoption will be for her welfare.”  Signed Julia M McCollum, Edward Perrett.
    [Supporting affidavit, below:]  “On this 2d day of April, 1908, before me, a Notary PublicJustice of the Peace, in and for the county [i.e., Crawford] and state aforesaid, personally appeared J. C. Wilson and Emma Kerr, who, being duly sworn according to law, say that they are well acquainted with Mary L. Ellison and Carlton A. Ellison, her husband, the above-named petitioners; that they are both persons of good moral character; and that they believe that the welfare of the said Marie Angeline McCollum will be promoted by the adoption as prayed for.”  Sworn to and subscribed J. C. Wilson, Emma Kerr before C. F. Leibrich, J.P., 2 April 1908.
    Granted 6 April 1908, name assumed is Marie Angeline Ellison; filed same day.
[Typed letter on the stationery of Metropolitan Life Insurance Company, dated at Jamestown, N.Y., 10 March 1937, referencing the adoption petition and decree, and inquiring as follows:]  “The child, Marie A. Ellison, adopted by the above named Mary and Carlton Ellison has grown and in due course of time married Joseph M. Taylor, Portland Road, Portland, N.Y. [¶] Joseph M. Taylor died by drowning, Sept. 2, 1936. The accident occurred in Lake Erie, and the body was recovered, and the Metropolitan Life Insurance Company has approved claim for payment in amount $10,000.00 and under the settlement plan arranged by the insured for the beneficiary, we require a record of the date of birth of the beneficiary, who, in this case is Marie A. Taylor, the child that was adopted by the Ellison’s.  The adoption papers that we have before us does not indicate the age of the child or the date of birth.  We need this information, and we are endeavoring to assist Mrs. Taylor in securing this data. In fact she has requested our Assistant Manager Wolford to help her as much as possible.   Will you, therefore, examine the records, to see if you can give us any definite information regarding the date of birth of this child, Marie Angeline McCollum, or the age at time of adoption by the Ellison’s? [¶] Please advise us, using the enclosed stamped envelope for reply, in re. any fee charge for making the search. [¶] Thank you to assist us, in giving aid to the claimant/.”  Signed Very truly, D. Ross Metzbar, Manager.
[Attached (typed) detailed response from the Prothonotary dated 11 March 1937, noting that the child was said in April 1908 to be “now of the age of one year,” and including the following information:]  “The papers do not show the date or place of birth of the child.  I Examined the birth record in the Clerk of the Orphans Court’s office, covering the years 1904 and 1905 but did not find the name.  From Jan. 1, 1906, birth records in Penn’a have been kept by the State Registrar of Vital Statistics, at Harrisburg.  I enclose blank application for a birth certificate, showing the facts they want. [¶] I do not know where these particular Ellisons lived at the time, although there were some Ellisons living at Townville about that time.  From the fact that the petition is endorsed with the names of Trax & Parker, Attorneys, Oil City, Pa., the child might have been born in Venango County.  The petition and consent of the natural parents were both sworn to before an Alderman of the City of Titusville, this County.  A memorandum on the petition indicates that the decree was ‘issued to Byles,’ which would be Axtell J. Byles, Esq., then practicing in Titusville, Pa., now in the City of New York.—I think he is the President of the American Oil Institute. [¶] Would suggest that you write to J. D. Trax, Esq., Oil City, Pa.; perhaps he can remember something about the parties, though doubt it, for it was near 29 years ago.”  Note at bottom, signed David T McKay, states as follows:  “Will say that I am the same person who attested the copy of the decree in April 1908.  However, the parties were all strangers to me, and I have no recollection of it.”
[Attached (typed) letter dated at Dunkirk, N.Y., 10 Dec. 1937, addressed to County Clerk, Crawford County, Meadville, Pa.:]  “Dear Sir; [¶] On the 6th day of April 1908 Marie Angeline McCollun [sic] was adopted by law by Mary L. Ellison and Carlton A. Ellison. I need Marie Angeline McCullen,s date of birth in order to settle a business transaction that requires that date. [¶] Will you please search your records for that date and when found send it to me. I will appreciate your cooperation in this very much.  It might be possible that your records will show the name of Marie McCullon and if not Marie Ellison. [¶] Thank you in advance,” signed H. L. Wolford, 29 E. 4th St., Dunkirk, N.Y.
[Attached (typed) response from the Deputy Prothonotary, dated 11 Dec. 1936 [sic], referencing the above decree, enclosing a blank application form for a birth certificate from the State Registrar of Vital Statistics at Harrisburg, and stating copy fees, including 50¢ for the search.]

#91 May Term 1908
Appearance Docket 188:91
    “The [typed] petition of JAMES SELDEN and CARRIE SELDEN, his wife, respectfully represents: [¶] 1.  That they are residents of Rockdale township in said county. [¶] 2.  That they are desirous of adopting CARRIE ROCK, minor child of JOHN ROCK and MERTIE ROCK, as one of their heirs; which said parents separated about August     1906, and the said Carrie Rock, who is now three years and one month old, has been in the possession and control of your petitioners since December 1906. [¶] 3.&nbps; That they will perform all the duties of parents to the said Carrie Rock. [¶] 4.  That the said John Rock, father of said Carrie Rock, has consented to the said adoption prayed for by your petitioner. [¶] 5.  That the mother of said child, Mrs. Mertie Rock, has failed, neglected, and refused to provide for said child and is now absent from and not a resident of this Commonwealth, and has so failed, neglected, and refused to support the said child since December 1906. [¶] Wherefore your petitioners pray your Honorable Court to order and decree that the said Carrie Rock shall assume the name of your petitioners, and be subject to the duties of such child.  And your petitioners will ever pray, etc.”  Sworn to and subscribed James Selden, Carrie Selden before D. T. McKay, Jr., Prothonotary, 21 March 1908.
    [Attached parental consent:]  “I, John Rock, father of the said Carrie Rock, hereby consent to the adoption of the said Carrie Rock, as prayed for in the foregoing petition, and believe such adoption will be for the welfare of the said Carrie Rock.”  Signed John Rock [undated].
    Granted 6 April 1908, “and that the said Carrie Rock shall assume the name of the said James Selden and Carrie Selden,” presumably, Carrie Selden; filed same day; [file includes certified copy of decree].

#92 May Term 1908
Appearance Docket 188:92
    “The Petition of JOSEPH H HODGSON respectfully represents: [¶] 1st  That he is a resident of the County of Crawford [¶] 2nd.  That he is desirous of adopting WILLIE A CARR a minor child of FREDERICK C. CARR, and DORA B. CARR, HODGSON [changed everywhere from ‘Hodmdash;[?]’] as one of his heirs. [¶] 3rd That he will perform all the duties of a parent to said Willie A. Carr. [¶] 4th That the said Frederick C. Carr and Dora B. Carr (now Hodgson) [next five words carreted] parents of said Willie A Carr. have consented to the said adoption, prayed for by your petitioner. [¶] Wherefore your petitioner prays your Honorable Court to order and decree that the said Willie A. Carr shall assume the name of your petitioner, and that said Willie A Carr shall have all the rights of a child and heir of your petitioner, and be subject to the duties of such chld.  And your petitioner will ever pray,”  Signed Joseph H Hodgson; sworn to and again subscribed before Philip P. Wenz, Notary Public, 10 March 1908.
    [Attached parental consent:]  “We Frederick C. Carr and Dora B. Carr Hodgson the parents of the said Willie A. Carr hereby consent to the adoption of the said Willie A Carr as prayed for in the foregoing petition, and believe such adoption will be for the welfare of the said Willie A. Carr.”  Signed Fred C Carr, Dora B (Hodgson) Carr.
    [Attached supporting affidavit:]  “N Lavern Pratt and H H Whipple being duly sworn according to law, depose and say that they are well acquainted with Joseph H Hodgson, the within named petitioner, that he is a person of respectability and property, and that deponents believe that the welfare of the said Willie A. Carr will be promoted by the adoption prayed for in the said petition[.]”nbsp; Sworn to and subscribed N. Lavern Pratt, H H Whipple before Philip P. Wenz, Notary Public, 30 March 1908.
    Granted 6 April 1908, name assumed is Joseph H. Hodgson; filed same day.

#93 May Term 1908
Appearance Docket 188:93
    “The [typed] petition of L. G. DECOURCEY of Meadville, County of Crawford respectfully represents:– [¶] That he is desirous of adopting as hie heir CARL SCHMIDT a minor child of MAX SCHMIDT and EMMA SCHMIDT (now EMMA DECOURCEY) and that he will perform all the duties of a parent to said child. [¶] He further represents that the parents of said Carl Schmidt are both living but the whereabouts of said Schmidt is unknown and the mother of said Carl Schmidt was divorced more than three years ago and has since become the wife of your petitioner  who consents to and desires that such adoption may be decreed. [¶] Your petitioner therefore prays the Court to decree that the said Carl Schmidt may assume the name of this petitioner, to wit, Carl DeCourcey and have and enjoy all the rights of a child and heir of your petitioner and be subject to the duties of a child.  And he will ever pray etc.”  Signed L. G. DeCourcey; sworn to and subscribed L. G. DeCourcey before D. J. McKay, Jr., Prothonotary, 21 March 1908.
    [Parental consent, below:]  “I, Emma DeCourcey, formerly Emma Schmidt hereby join in the prayer of the petition of L. G. DeCourcey, my husband for adoption of my son Carl Schmidt.”  Signed Emma DeCourcey, Witness:– Edith Gross.
    [Order on cover:]  “Now, April 6, 1908 the within petition is ordered filed and a rule to show cause is granted why the adoption prayed for should not be decreed; notice to be given to Max Schmidt, father of the said minor, personally or if not found by registered letter.  Returnable to 4th Monday of May.  Per Cur[iam]”; filed 6 April 1908.
    [Proof of mailing of (typed) copy of rule to show cause by Edith Gross to Max Schmidt, Erie, Pa., on 8 May 1908, filed 9 May 1908 (no proof of receipt, nor complete address).]
    Granted 29 May 1908, “no objection to such adoption having been made,” “and further that the said Carl Schmidt adopt the name Carl DeCoursey [sic; DeCourcey]; decree filed (separately) same day.

#3 September Term 1908
Appearance Docket 189:3
    “The [typed] Petition of NELSON P. WOOD and EVA WOOD, his wife, respectfully represents: [¶] That they are residents of the Township of Summit, this County. [¶] That they are desirous of adopting SHERMAN HOAR DOLIBER, aged nine years, minor child of B. F. DOLIBER, as one of their heirs. [¶] That they will perform all of the duties of parents to the said Sherman Hoar Doliber. [¶] That the said B. F. Doliber, so your petitioners are informed and verily believe, surrendered the said Sherman Hoar Doliber to the New England Home for Little Wanderers, and the said New England Home for little Wanderers has given its consent to the adoption as prayed for by your petitioners, as is more fully set forth in the paper hereto attached and made a part of this petition. [¶] Wherefore your petitioners pray your Honorable Court to order and decree that the said Sherman Hoar Doliber shall assume the name of Harry Doliber Wood, and have all the rights of a child and heir of your petitioners, and be subject to the duties of such child.”  Signed Nelson P. Wood, Eva Wood; sworn to by Nelson P. Wood (only) and again subscribed by him before E. C. McKay, J.P., 6 April 1908.
    [Attached handwritten consent:]  “This represents that Sherman Hoar Doliber, a child of Benjamin Franklin Doliber of Beverly, Mass. and HELEN W. (CLEAVES) DOLIBER his wife deceased in June 1904, was born in Marblehead, Mass. on the twelfth day of December 1898. [¶] that the said child Sherman Hoar Doliber on the fifth day of January 1905 was given up in writing by Benjamin Franklin Doliber, his father, for the purpose of adoption, to The New England Home for Little Wanderers; a duly and legally incorporated charitable institution of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, located in the City of Boston. [¶] and whereas Nelson P. Wood of Conneautville, Crawford County, Pa. and Eva Wood his wife are desirous of adopting the said Sherman Hoar Doliber, the said New England Home for Little Wanderers hereby consents to the said adoption. [¶, written in a different hand, apparently Knight’s] Done in Boston Massachusetts on the nineteenth day of March 1908. [signed] New England Home for Little Wanderers by Frederick H. Knight. Superintendent.”
    Granted 11 May 1908, name assumed is Harry Doliber Wood; filed same day.

#18 September Term 1908
Appearance Docket 189:18
    “The [typed] petition of WILLIAM P. SHERWOOD and KATHERINE SHERWOOD, his wife, of the City of Meadville, County of Crawford, respectfully represents; that they are desirous of adopting as one of their heirs KATHERINE ELIZABETH SHERWOOD, a daughter of CHARLES and MINNIE SHERWOOD, who is of the age of six years the 23d. day of May 1908.  That they will perform all the duties of parents to the said child, and grant to her all the rights of one. [¶] Your petitioners further represent that they have the consent of the aforesaid parents to such adoption, as evidenced by their joining in this petition. [¶] Wherefor your petitioners pray the Court to decree that the said Katherine Elizabeth Sherwood may assume the name of your petitioners and have and enjoy all the rights of a child and heir of your petitioners and be subject to all and every the duties of a child.  And they will every etc.”  Signed W F Sherwood, Katherine Sherwood [no jurat].
    [Parental consent, below:]  “We the undersigned Charles Sherwood and Minnie Sherwood being the parents of the aforesaid Katherine Elizabeth Sherwood hereby consent and give our full approval to the above petition and to the adoption of the said child by William F. Sherwood and Katherine Sherwood.”  Signed Chas. A. Shewood, Minnie Sherwood.
    Granted 14 May 1908, and ordered “that the said Katherine Elizabeth Sherwood assume the name of the said William F. Sherwood and Katherine Sherwood,” i.e., name presumably remaining Katherine Elizabeth Sherwood;filed same day.

#65 September Term 1908
Appearance Docket 189:6
    “The [tpyed] petition of ASHER and CAROLINE DOCTOR, of Rockdale township, Crawford county, Penna., respectfully represent: [¶] That they are desirous of adopting REX SHAFFER, a monor [sic] child of GEORGE SHAFFER as one of their heirs, and will perform all the duties of parents to said Rex Shaffer; [¶] That LENA SHAFFER, wife of the said George Shaffer and the mother of the said minor died April 21, 1904, and that the father, George Shaffer, has consented to the adoption prayed for by your petitioners; [¶] Wherefore your petitioners pray your Honorable Court to order and decree that the said Rex Shaffer shall assume the name of your patitioners [sic], and shall have all the rights of a child and heir of your petitioners, and be subject to the duties of such child.  And they will ever pray, etc.”  Signed Asher Doctor, Caroline Doctor; sworn to and again subscribed before D. T. McKay, Jr., Prothonotary, 13 June 1908.
    [Attached parental consent:]  “I, George Shaffer, father of the said Rex Shaffer, hereby consent to the adoption of the said Rex Shaffer as prayed for in the foregoing petition, and believe such adoption will be for the welfare of the said child.”  Signed George H[?] Shaffer [undated].
    Granted 13 June 1908, and ordered “that the said Rex Shaffer shall assume the name of the said Asher and Caroline Doctor,” presumably Rex Doctor; filed same day.

#140 September Term 1908
Appearance Docket 189:140
    “The [typed] petition of HENRY J. ABEL and ANNA M. ABEL, his wife, respectfully represent, that they are residents of said county [of Crawford] and the city of Meadville; that they are desirous of adopting ROBERT JOSEPH ———, a minor child of the age of eight months, having been born June 17, 1907., whose true name and whose parents are to your petitioners unknown, as one of their heirs; that they will perform all of the duties of parents to said child; and that said child is now in the family of your petitioners and has been for upwards of one month, the same having been procured by petitioners from St. Anne’s Orphan Asylum of Cleveland, O. to whose care and custody the same had been committed.  Said Asylum is a charitable institution for the purpose of caring for orphan and homeless children and said child was duly committed to their care and custody, and it has consented to the adoption prayed for by your petitioners. [&182;] Wherefore your petitioners pray your Honorable Court to order and decree that the said Robert Joseph ——— shall assume the name of your petitioners, and shall have all the rights of a child and heir of your petitioners, and be subject to the duties of such child.  And your petitioners will ever pray etc.”  Signed Henry J. Abel., Anna M. Abel.; sworn to by Henry J. Abel [only] and again subscribed by him before D. T. McKay, Jr., Prothonotary, 20 July 1908.
    [Attached affidavit (underlined portions handwritten):]  “Sister M. Adelaide, Supr being duly sworn according to law deposes and says that the child, Robert Joseph ——— referred to in the foregoing petition was delivered to the said petitioners, Henry J. Abel and Anna M. Abel, about one month ago by the St. Anne’s Orphan Asylum of Cleveland, Ohio; that said asylum is a charitable institution with authority to receive, care for, and provide homes for orphan children; that the said child within referred to was duly and lawfully delivered to said asylum with authority to take charge of, provide a home for, and dispose of the custody of said child; that the parentage and whereabouts of the parents of said child are unknown to the authorities of said asylum,; that your affiant is an officer of said asylum, occupying the position of Superior therein, and that said asylum through the authorities thereof assent to the adoption of said child by the within petitioners.”  Sworn to at Cuyahoga County, Ohio, and subscribed Sister M. Adelaide Supr before Joseph C. Block, Notary Public, 2 June 1908.
    Granted 27 July 1908, name assumed is Robert Joseph Abel; filed same day.

#149 September Term 1908
Appearance Docket 189:149
    “The [typed] petition of JOHN HESSLER and his wife TILLIE HESSLER, citizens and residents of Meadville, Crawford County, Pennsylvania respectfully represents: [¶] That they are desirous of adopting WILLIAM EDWARD RITCHIE, a minor child of EZRA WILLIAM RITCHIE, now of the age of five years, as one of their heirs; that they will perform all the duties of parents toward the said minor, and that the said Ezra William Ritchie, father of the said William Edward Ritchie, has consented to such adoption; that the mother of said minor is dead. [¶] Wherefore your petitioners pray [changed from ‘petitioner prays’] your honorable Court to order and decree that the said William Edward Ritchie shall assume the name of your petitioners, and have all the rights of a child and heir of your petitioners, and be subject to the duties of such child.”  Signed John Hessler., Tillie Hessler.; sworn to by John Hessler (only) and again subscribed by him before E[mmett] D Pytcher, Alderman, Meadville, 13 June 1908.
    [Father’s consent, below:]  “I,– Ezra William Ritchie, the father of the said William Edward Ritchie, hereby signify my consent to the adoption of the said William Edward Ritchie as prayed for in the foregoing petition, and believe that such adoption will be for his welfare[.]”  Signed with the mark of Ezra William Ritchie, Witnesses E. D. Pytcher, Lanman Chase.
    [Supporting affidavit, below:]  “Joseph Ott being duly sworn according to law, says that he is well acquainted with the said John Hessler and Tillie Hessler the petitioners; that they are persons of good moral character, and he believes that the welfare of the said William Edward Ritchie will be promoted by the adoption as prayed for.”  Sworn to and subscribed Joseph Ott before E. D. Pytcher, Alderman, Meadville, 11 June 1908.
    Granted 3 Aug. 1908, name assumed is William Edward Hessler; filed same day.

#159 September Term 1908
Appearance Docket 189:19
    ““The petition of CHARLES K GRAY a citizen and resident of the County aforesaid [ Crawford], respectfully represents: That he is desirous of adopting FREEMAN D. FINNEY aged 12 years and FANCHION D FINNEY age 12 years, twins whose father died before they were born and the whereabouts of their Mother is unknown about 10 years ago reported that she went to Cincinnati, Ohio and have not been heard from since. That said minor children have lived with your petitioner ever since they were two months [changed from ‘years’] old, and that he desires to adopt them as his heirs at law and that he will perform all the duties of a parent toward the said minors. [¶] Wherefore your petitioner prays your honorable Court to order and decree that the said Freeman D. and Fanchion D Finney shall assume the name of your petitioner and have all the rights of children and heirs of petitioner[.]”  Sworn to and subscribed Charles K. Gray before W. C. Powers, Alderman, 7 Aug. 1908.
    [Supporting affidavit:]  “Willis Morse of lawful age being sworn says he is a resident of said County, that he is well acquainted with Charles K Gray the above named petitioners, that he is a person of good moral character and that he believes that the welfare of the said minor children will be promoted by the adoption as prayed for.”  Sworn to and subscribed Willis Morse before M. C. Powers, Alderman, Meadville, 7 Aug. 1908.
    Granted 17 Aug. 1908, and “ the said Freeman D & Fanchion Finney shall assume the name of the petitioner Gray,” presumably, Freeman D. Gray and Fanchion D. Gray; filed same day.

#20 November Term 1908
Appearance Docket 190:20
    “The Petition of HENRY L. ROBSON and INEZ A. ROBSON his wife, citizens and residents of the County aforesaid [Crawford] respectfully represents; [¶] That they are desirous of adopting [DONALD QUEER,] a minor child of Mrs MABEL QUEER BLAKESLEE (father unknown) now of the age of eleven months, as one of their heirs; That they will perform all the duties of parents toward the said minor and that the mother of said Donald Queer has consented to such adoption.  Wherefore your petitioners pray your honorable Court to order and decree that the said Donald Queer shall assume the name of your petitioners, ie Donald Robson and have all the rights of a child and heir of your petitioners and be subject to the duties of such child. And they will ever pray[.]”nbsp; Sworn to and subscribed Henry L. Robson, Inez A Robson before H. E. Rossell, J.P., Bloomfield Twp., 7 Feb. 1907.
    [Mother’s consent, below:]  “I, Mabel Q. Blakeslee surviving parent of the said Donald Queer hereby signify my consent to the adoption of the said Donald Queer as prayed for in the foregoing petition and believe that such adoption will be for his welfare[.]”  Signed Mrs. Mabel M. Blakeslee.
    [Supporting affidavit, below:]  “S. D. Blakeslee and H H Sexton being duly sworn according to law say that they are well acquainted with Henry L Robson and Inez A Robson his wife the above named petitioners; That they are persons of good moral character and that they believe that the welfare of the said Donald Queer will be promoted by the adoption as prayed for.”  Sworn to and subscribed S. D. Blakeslee, H. H. Sexton before H. E. Rossell, J.P., 7 Feb. 1907.
    [Attached handwritten letter, dated “9-2-1908” at “Guys Mills, Penna.” and addressed “Meadville, Penna.”:]  “Dear Sir:– [¶] I find that, the adoption papers, on my son Donald LeRoy, Queer Robson, are legally signed, I wish you would record those papers please, and with draw that, [next word inserted] letter that says they are false [not included in the file]. I don’t have any way, of keeping, him, he has a good home, and is well cared for.  I thank you, and appreciate it, if you would record them, and not listen to any of those attorney’s paper, from Titusville. / And oblige,”  Signed Mrs. Mabel. Blakelee, Guys Mills, Penna.; “R.F.D. #69 c/o Guichard.”
    Granted 28 Sept. 1908, name assumed is Donald Robson; filed same day.

#29 November Term 1908
Appearance Docket 190:29
    “The [typed] petition of MARY BURKHARDT, a citizen and resident of Crawford County respectfully represents: [¶] That she is desirous of adopting MARTHA GRAHAM, a minor child of the age of eleven [changed from ‘thirteen’] years whose parents are deceased, and who was an inmate for the Catholic Home for dependent children of the City of New York, but who was entrusted by said Catholic Home to the care of your petitioner, and who now is, and has been for sometime past an inmate of your petitioner’s home.  Your petitioner will perform all the duties of a parent toward the said minor. [¶] Your petitioner appends to this, her petition, a copy of the resolution of the Board of Managers of said Catholic Home, consenting to the adoption of the said Martha Graham, as herein prayed for, and showing their willingness and belief that the welfare of said Martha Graham will be promoted thereby. [¶] She, therefore, prays the Court to order and decree that the said Martha Graham shall assume the name of your petitioners, and have all the rights of a child and heir of your petitioner, and be subject to the duties of said child.”  Signed Mary Burkhardt; sworn to and again subscribed before Leona M. Richmond, Notary Public, Meadville, 2 Oct. 1908.
    [Attached typed consent on stationery of Catholic Home Bureau For Dependent Children, No. 106 East 22d Street, New York City, dated at New York 8 April 1908, and addressed to Mary Burkhardt, Meadville:]  “I am pleased to inform you that at a meeting of our Board of Directors held yesterday afternoon, the following resolution was unanimously adopted: [indented paragraph, single spaced] ‘Resolved, That the Board of Directors of the Catholic Home Bureau of Dependent Children, hereby grant the petition of Mary . Burkhardt of Meadville, Pa., to proceed with the legal adoption of the child, Martha Graham, and authorizes its Secretary to sign all the necessary consents and to affix thereto the Bureau seal.’ [¶] If you will hand this letter to your lawyer and ask him to communicate with us, we shall be pleased to assist him in bringing the matter to a speedy settlement. [¶] Thanking you for your goodness to the little one and praying God to bless you for your charity, I am, / Very sincerely,”  Signed Chas. F. McKenna, Secretary.
    [Supporting affidavit:]  “James P. Colter and Mrs Berni Budd being sworn according to law, say that they are well acquainted with Mary Burkhartdt [sic], the above named petitioner; that she is a person of good moral character, and that they believe that the welfare of said Martha Graham will be promoted by the adoption as prayed for.”  Sworn to and subscribed James P. Colter, Mrs. Bernie Budd before Leona M. Richmond, Notary Public, 2 Oct. 1908.
    Granted 2 Oct. 1908, name assumed is Martha Burkhardt; filed say day.

#39 November Term 1908
Appearance Docket 190:39
    “The [typed] petition of JAMES W. BLACK and ALICE BLACK his wife of Meadville, in said County of Crawford, respectfully represesnts:– [¶] That they are desirous of adopting as one of their heirs FREDDIE THEODORE BLACK a child of WILLIAM FERNIE BLACK and DOLLY BLACK of Meadville, in said County of Crawford and aver that they will perform all the duties of parents to said child. [¶] Your petitioners aver further that they are grandparents of said Freddie Theodore Black and that the parents of said child have consented to such adoption in writing, the same being attached as part of this petition. [¶] Your petitioners therefore pray the Court to decree that the said Freddie Theodore Black may assume the name and have and enjoy all the rights of a child and heir of these petitioners and that said Freddie Theodore Black be subject to the duties of a child.  And they will ever pray etc.”  Signed James W Black, Mrs Alice Black; sworn to and again subscribed (by both) before D. T. McKay, Jr., Prothonotary, 14 Oct. 1908.
    [Attached parental consent:]  “We, William Fernie Black and Dolly Black, parents of Freddie Theodore Black hereby consent to the adoption of our son by his grandparents J. W. Black and Alice Black, and further join in the petition to the Court of Common Pleas of the County of Crawford, praying for a decree of adoption. [¶] Dated October 12th, 1908.”  Signed W. F. Black., Dolly Black., Witness:– Edith Gross.
    Granted 15 Oct. 1908 [name apparently unchanged]; filed same day.

#39 February Term 1909
Appearance Docket 191:39
    “The [typed] petition of LEWIS W. GERDON of the County of Crawford, respectfully represents, That he is desirous of adopting HELEN M. FLOYD, a child of ARTHUR F. FLOYD of Clarion County Penna, [next word carreted] and ADDIE M. FLOYD his wife, now ADDIE M. GERDON, as one of his heirs, and for that purpose he herein declares his said desire and also that he will perform all the duties of a parent to said Helen M. Floyd. [¶] The petitioner therefore prays the Court, if satisfied that the welfare of said Helen M. Floyd will be promoted by such adoption, with the consent of the said (now) Addie M. Gerdon, the said Arthur F. Floyd being now dead, evidenced by her signing this petition, to decree that the said Helen M. Floyd may assume the name of the petitioner, viz. Helen M. Gerdon and have all the rights of a child and heir of the petitioner and be subject to the duties of a child. [next line] December 7th, 1908.       And he will ever, &c.”  Signed Lewis W Gerdon, Addie. M. Gerdon.; sworn to and again subscribed Lewis W Gerdon before James Kepler, Alderman, Meadville, 7 Dec. 1908.
    Granted 7 Dec. 1908, name assumed is Helen M. Gerdon; filed same day.

#50 February Term 1909
Appearance Docket 191:50
    “The [typed, and now torn in pieces, due to the use of Scotch tape] petition of ARTHUR A. WRIGHT and M AUDE L. WRIGHT, his wife, of West Mead Township, Crawford County, Pennsylvania, would respectfully represent: [¶] That they are desirous of adopting MARGARET LOUISE PIEH as one of their heirs, who is a child of Mrs. ANNA PIEH of Allegheny County, Penna. which said child was born June 1, 1907; which desire the petitioners hereby declare.  And the petitioners further declare that they will perform all the duties of parents to such child. [¶] That the said Anna Pieh at the time of the birth of said child, was a widow, her husband having died a short time before the birth of said child, and that the said Anna Pieh, the mother of said child, transferred the said child to the Children’s Aid Society of Allegheny County Auxiliary to the Children’s Aid Society of Western Pennsylvania, by a transfer in writing whereby the custody, right of possession and control of the said child was vested in said society; and that the said Children’s Aid Society of Allegheny County is willing and has signified its consent in writing hereto attached, that such decree of adoption may be made by this court upon this petition. [¶] Wherefore the petitioners pray that such child, Margaret Louise Pieh shall assume the name of the petitioners, towit: Margaret Louise Wright, and shall have all the rights and be subject to all the duties of a child and heir of the petitioners. [¶] And they will ever pray, etc.”  Signed Arthur A Wright, Maude. L. Wright; sworn to and subscribed Arthur A Wright, Maude L. Wright. before John O. McClintock, Notary Public, Meadville, 4 Dec. 1908.
    [Attached (typed) consent:]  “The Children’s Aid Society of Allegheny County, Auxiliary to Children’s Aid Society of Western Pennsylvania, hereby certify that on the [blank] day of June 1907 Mrs. Annie Pieh [changed from ‘Piele’], the mother of Margaret Louise Pieh [changed from ‘Piele’], the child mentioned in the above entitled case, transferred the said child to the Children’s Aid Society of Allegheny County by a transfer in writing, and thereby vested in the said society the custody, possession and control of the said child; that subsequently on or about the 1st [day handwritte] day of July [changed from ‘June’] 1907 the said society transferred said child to the Meadville Auxiliary of the Children’s Aid Society of Western Pennsylvania at Meadville, Penna. to be placed in the home of the petitioners in the above entitled case; and that the said Children’s Aid Society of Allegheny County, Auxiliary to the Children’s Aid Society of Western Pennsylvania, does hereby consent that a decree of adoption be granted as prayed for by the above named petitioners, hereby releasing unto the said petitioners the said child for such purpose. . And it is further certified that the father of said child is dead.  Witness the signature of the said society by the proper officers thereof this [blank] day of November 1908.”nbsp; Dated 5 Dec. 1908; signed Mrs. E. A.[?] Sowers, Prse. of C.A.S. of Western Penn’a., Mrs J. H. McLean, Secretary C.A.S. Western Penna.
    Granted 14 Dec. 1908, name assumed is Margaret Louise Wright; filed same day.

#59 February Term 1909
Appearance Docket 191:59
    “The [typed] petition of EDGAR BURNHAM and F ANNIE BURNHAM his wife of the City of Meadville, County of Crawford and State of Pennsylvania respectfully represents that they are desirous of adopting as one of their heirs, ANNA LUCRETIA SANDERS, a child of CHARLES SANDERS and NETTIE SANDERS his wife, and that they will perform all of the duties of parents to said child. [¶] They further represent that the consent of the mother of said child, towit; Nettie Sanders, to such adoption is evidenced by her joining in this petition and your petitioners further represent that the father of said child named Charles Sanders has from drunkenness neglected the said Anna Lucretia Sanders for the period of more than one full year. [¶] Your petitioners, therefore, pray the Court to decree that the said Anna Lucretia Sanders may assume the name of your petitioners, towit:  Anna Lucretia Burnham and have and enjoy all the rights of a child and heir of said petitioners and be subject to the duties of such a child. [¶] And as they will ever pray.”  Signed Edgar Burnham, Fannie Burnham, Nettie Sanders; sworn to and subscribed Edgar Burnham before D. T. McKay, Jr., Prothonotary, 15 Sept. 1908, and sworn to and subscribed Fannie Burnham before D. T. McKay, Jr., Prothonotary, 14 Sept. 1908.
    Granted 28 Sept. 1908; name assumed is Anna Lucretia Burnham; filed 21 Dec. 1908.

#41 May Term 1909
Appearance Docket 192:41
    “The [typed] petition of ARTHUR ROSWELL and SADIE R OSWELL, residents of the County aforesaid [of Crawford], respectfully represent: [¶] That they are desirous of adopting GEORGE O’NEIL, “ a minor child of CHARLES and ALTA O’NEIL, now of the age of five years, as one of their heirs; that they will perform all the duties of a parent to the said minor; that the said Alta O’Neil is dead; that the said Charles O’Neil is a person very much addicted to the use of intoxicating drink, and since the death of said Alta O’Neil, which occurred about one year ago, has made no effort to care for the said minor and has abandoned the same; that the said minor has been cared for by petitioners for several months last past. [¶] Wherefore your petitioners pray your Honorable Court to order and decree that the said George O’Neil shall assume the name of your petitioners and have all the rights of a child and heir of your petitioners, and be subject to the duties of such child.”  Signed Arthur Roswell, Mrs Sadie Roswell; sworn to and again subscribed (by both) before D. T. McKay, Jr., Prothonotary, 16 Dec. 1908.
    [Father’s consent, handwritten on reverse side:]  “And now March 11, 1909 Chas ONeal [sic] the parent of George ONeal hereby consents to the adoption of the said George ONeal as prayed for in the foregoing petition, and believes, that such adoption will be for his welfare.”  Signed Chas. Oneal, Witness C[urtis]. L. Webb [petitoners’s counsel].
    Granted 22 March 1909; name assumed is George Roswell; filed same day.

#56 May Term 1909
Appearance Docket 192:56
    “The [typed] petition of ELIZABETH SCHANK of Meadville in said County [of Crawford] respectfully represents:– [¶] That she desires to adopt as an heir DONIVAN STRATTON SCHANK a minor child of GEORGE SCHANK and JESSIE SCHANK; that said minor was born February 7th, 1900; that his mother Jessie Schank died on or about March 16, 1900 and that your petitioner has since become the wife of George Schank the father and surviving parent of the said child; she further represents that she will perform all the duties of a parent to said child and that the consent of his father to said adoption is evidenced by his joining in this petition. [¶] Your petitioner therefore prays the Court to decree that the said Donovan Stratton Schank may have and enjoy all the rights of child and heir of this petitioner and be subject to the duties of a child.  And she will ever pray etc.”  Signed Elizabeth Schank; sworn to and again subscribed Elizabeth Schank before D. T. McKay, Jr., Prothonotary, 5 April 1909.
    [Father’s consent, below:]  “I, George Schank father of Donovan Stratton Schank and husband of Elizabeth schank the above petitioner for the adoption of my son Donovan Stratton Schank hereby consent to said adoption.”  Signed Geo. Schank, Witness: D. T. McKay, Jr., Prothonotary.
    Granted 5 April 1909, name presumably unchanged, i.e., Donivan Stratton Schank; filed same day.

#42 September Term 1909
Appearance Docket 193:42
    “The [typed] petition of ELIZABETH C. WHITING, a resident of said county [of Crawford], respectfully represents: [¶] That she is desirous of adopting EDWARD LAWRENCE, aged 36 years, of said county, and that she will perform all the duties of a parent towards said Edward Lawrence. [¶] Your petitioner further represents that his parents are dead, and that he and his wife, BLANCHE SWENGEL LAWRENCE, consent to the adoption by your petitioner, as will appear by their written consent hereto annexed. [¶] Your petitioner therefore prays your Honorable Court to order and decree the adoption by your petitioner of the said Edward Lawrence, and that he shall assume the name of Edward Whiting Lawrence, and shall have all the rights of a child and heir of your petitioner and be subject to the duties of such child and heir. [¶] And she will ever pray, etc.”  Signed Elizabeth C Whitng; sworn to and subscribed Elizabeth C. Whiting before Effie M. Peffers, Notary Public, Meadville, 9 June 1909.
    [Attached consent:]  “And now, June 9th, 1909, Edward Lawrence and Blanche Swengel Lawrence, his wife, hereby admit the truth of the statements contained in the above petition and give their consent to the granting by the Court of the prayer of said petition.”  Signed Edward Lawrence, Blanche Swengel Lawrence.
    Granted 10 June 1909, name assumed is Edward Whiting Lawrence; filed same day.

#68 November Term 1909
Appearance Docket 194:68
    “The [typed] petition of THOMAS PATTON and E LIZABETH PATTON, his wife, of the Township of West Fallowfield, County of Crawford and State of Pennsylvania, respectfully represent: [¶] That they are desirous of adopting LETITIA IRENE SPRINGBORN, aged twenty-four years, of said county, and that they will perform all the duties of parents towards the said Letitia Irene Sprinborn. [¶] Your Petitioners further represent that they do not know whether the parents of the said Letitia Irene Sprinborn are living or dead; and that the said Letitia Irene Springborn consents to the adoption of her by your petitioners, as will appear by her consent hereto annexed. [¶] Your petitioners therefore pray your Honorable Court to order and decree the adoption by your petitioners of the said Letitia Irene Springborn and that she shall assume the name of Letitia Irene Patton, and shall have all the rights of a child and heir of your petitioners and be subject to he duties of such child and heir, and they will ever pray etc.,”  Signed Thomas Patton, Elizabeth Patton; sworn to and again subscribed (by both) before D. T. McKay, Jr., Prothonotary, 21 Oct. 1909.
    [Attached consent:]  “And now October 21st, 1909, Letitia Irene Springborn hereby admits the truth of the statements contained in the foregoing petition and gives her consent to the granting by the Court of the prayer of the petitioners.”  Signed Letitia Irene Springborn.
    Granted 25 Oct. 1909, name assumed is Letitia Irene Patton; filed same day.

#112 February Term 1910
Appearance Docket 195:112
    “The [typed] petition of ALTAMONT JACKSON, and LENORA JACKSON, his wife, of Sadsbury Township Crawford County, Pa. respectfully represent, That they are desirous of adopting DONALD DEXTER DAWSON, “ a son of CHARLES A. DAWSON, as one of their heirs; and for that purpose they herein declare, their desire, and also that they will perform all the duties of parents to the said Donald Dexter Dawson,. The petitioners further state that the mother of the said Donald Dexter Aawson [sic], is deceased, and that he the said Donald Dexter Dawson, was by the said Charles A. Dawson, placed in the ‘[next word carreted] Erie Home of the Friendless’ at Erie Penna. and that the said Home of the Friendless, and the said Charles A. Dawson have have [sic] by papers, in writing, consented to such adoption, which said papers are hereto annexed and made a part hereof. The petitioners therefore pray the Court if satisfied that the welfare of the said Donald Dexter Dawson, will be promoted by such adoption, to decree that [next word carreted] he the said Donald Dexter Dawson, may assume the name of the petitioners, viz. Donald Dexter Jackson, and have all of the rights of child and heir of the petitioners, and be subject to the duties of a child.”  Signed Altamont. Jackson, LeNora Jackson; sworn to and again subscribed (by both) before A. M. Fenner, Notary Public, Linesville, 13 Jan. 1910.
    [Attached (typed) parental consent:]  “Know All Men By These Presents, That I, Charles A Dawson [middle initial handwritten], of the City of Erie, County of Erie and State of Pennsylvania, father of Donald Dexter Dawson, who was born September 26, 1906, and who is now an inmate of the Erie Home for the Friendless of the City of Erie, Pennsylvania, do hereby authorize and empower the managers of the said Erie Home for the Friendless to consent to the adoption of the said Donald Dexter Dawson by such person or persons as the said Managers may select, the same as I might lawfully do if personally present. [¶] Witness my hand and seal, at Erie, Pa., this 9th day of April, 1909.”  Sworn to at Erie, Erie County, Pa., and subscribed Charles A. Dawson before Edward L. Whittelsey, Notary Public, Erie, Pa., 9 April 1909.
    [Attached fill-in-the-blanks consent form, titled on reverse “Article of Agreement between Home of the Friendless and Mr. & Mrs. Alta Jackson  December Eight 1909”:]  “Whereas, A child named Donald Dexter Dawson aged three years or thereabouts, has been given by its father to the ‘Home for the Friendless,’ at Erie, Pa., for the purpose of being taken care of, and disposed of, according to the power and authority vested in the ‘Home’ for that purpose, and whereas Mr. & Mrs. Alta Jackson of Linesville is desirous of receiving and adopting said child into their family, and assuming the relation of parent towards said child, and the said Mr. & Mrs. Alta Jackson hereby declares such to be their desire, and that they will perform all the duties of a parent to said child, and the said Mr. & Mrs. Alta Jackson hereby promises and agrees with said ‘Home for the Friendless’ so to do. [¶] Now, therefore, the undersigned officers of said ‘Home,’ on behalf of said ‘Home for the Friendless,’ hereby agree and consent that the said Mr. & Mrs. Alta Jackson shall receive said child in the manner above indicated, that he shall be subject to the control of the said Mr. & Mrs. Alta Jackson in all matters in the relation of parent and child, free from interference by any other person or persons, with the understanding that said child, free from interference by any other person or persons, with the understanding that said child shall be properly trained and properly educated by the said Mr. & Mrs. Alta Jackson according to their station in life, and receive the tokens of affection and interest due from parents to children. [#182;] Witness the signatures of the officers of the ‘Home for the Friendless’ and the said Alta Jackson in duplicate, this Eighth day of December A. D. 1909[.]”  Signed Sarah A. Reed, President, Alta Jackson, Mary V[?]. Shundhem[?], Sarah C. Seldon, Committee of Admission and Dismission; attested by Louise W. Shirk[?], Secretary.
    Granted 24 Jan. 1910, name assumed is Donald Dexter Jackson; filed same day.

#86 May Term 1910
Appearance Docket 196:86
    “The [typed] petition of MARY M. SCHWAB, a resident and citizen of Vernon Township, County of Crawford and State of Pennsylvania, respectfully represents; [¶] That she is desirous of adopting EVA M. BENDER, an adult person of the age of thirty-five years, wife of FREDERICK BENDER, JR. and daughter of A. ELIZABETH YOCUM and the late HENRY C. YOCUM, her husband, of Vernon Township, siad [sic] County and State. [¶] That the said Eva M. Bender and Frederick Bender Jr. her husband, and A. Elizabeth Yocum, her said mother, have consented to such adoption, and certify the same under their hands at the end of this petition. [¶] Wherefore your petitioner prays your honorable court to order and decree that the said Eva M. Bender shall have all the rights of a child and heir of your petitioner and be subject to the duties of such child.”  Signed Mary M Schwab; sworn to and again subscribed before Manda Harper, Notary Public, Meadville, 21 March 1910.
    [Attached consents:]  “We, Eva M. Bender, Frederick Bender Jr., the husband of said Eva M. Bender and A. Elizabeth Yocum, her mother, hereby consent to the adoption of the said Eva M. Bender as prayed for in the foregoing petition.”  Signed Eva M. Bender, Frederick Bender Jr, A Elizabeth Yocum [undated].
    Granted 28 March 1910 [name presumably unchanged, i.e., Eva M. Bender]; filed same day.

#87 May Term 1910
Appearance Docket 196:87
    “The [typed] petition of ALTON REAGLES and LYDIA REAGLES, his wife, of Cambridge Township, Crawford County, Pa., respectfully represent. [¶] That on the 17th day of August, 1909, they secured from the Western New York Society For The Protection Of Homeless And Dependent Children at Randolph, New York, a female child, known by the name of HARRIETT, her family name being unknown of petitioners, she having been born on or about 11th day of August, 1907. [¶] That said child has been in the home of the petitioners since the 17th day of August, 1909, and is now with them and your petitioners are now desirious [sic] of legally adopting said child. [¶] That said child has been and is now under the care and supervision of said Society, and under an article of agreement entered into between said Society and your petitioners on the 17th day of August, 1909, said child was placed in the home of petitioners, and that said Society is now willing that said child be adopted by your petitioners as is shown by the certificate hereto attached, giving the consent of said Society for said adoption. [¶] Wherefore, your petitioners pray your honorable Court to order and decree that the said child, ‘Harriett’ assume the name of your petitioners, to wit; ‘Harriett Reagles’, and have all the rights of a child and heir of your petitioners, and be subject to the duties of such child.”  Signed Alton Reagles, Lydia Reagles; sworn to and again subscribed (by both) before J. A. Bolard, Notary Public, Cambridge Spring, 3 March 1910.
    [(Typed) “Certificate of Consent,” below:]  “This is to certify that a female child born on or about the 11th day of August, 1907, and known by the name of ‘Harriett’, came under the custody of this Society, and was, on or about the 17th day of Aug. I909, placed by this Society, in the temporary custody of Alton Reagles and Lydia Reagles, the within named petitioners. [¶] That this Society has the legal control and custody over said child, and hereby grants its consent and approval to the proposed adoption of said child by said petitioners. [¶] Dated at Randolph, N.Y. this 4" [day handwritten] day of March, I9I0.”  Signed and sealed by —[?] Merrill[?], Secretary and Juvia[?] Catharine Frisbeee, Treasurer of the Western New York Society For The Protection Of Homeless And Dependent Children.
    Granted 28 March 1910; name assumed is Harriety Reagles; filed same day [file includes copy of decree certified same day].

#93 May Term 1910
Appearance Docket 198:93
    “The [typed] petition of ANNA C. SCHREINER, single woman, a citizen and resident of Troy Township, in said county [of Crawford], respectfully represents – [¶] That she is desirous of adopting ELIZABETH JOHNSON, a minor child of HARRY JOHNSON and ANGANIVE JOHNSON, now of the age of eight years, as one of her heirs, and that she will perform all the duties of a parent toward said minor; [¶] That the father of said minor deserted his family at the City of Philadelphia in 1904, the mother of said minor, Anganive Johnson, died in October, 1907, and said minor child was on November 21, 1907, placed in the care of the Children’s Aid Society of Pennsylvania, at Philadelphia; [¶] That by resolution of the Board of Directors of said Children’s Aid Society of Pennsylvania, held at the office of said Society on March 2, 1910, consent was given to the adoption of said minor by your petitioner, as will more fully appear by a certified copy of the resolution, certified under the hand of the General Secretary, and the seal of said Society hereto attached and made a part hereof; [¶] Wherefore, Your petitioner prays your Honorable Court to order and decree that the said Elizabeth Johnson shall assume the name of your petitioner, and have all the rights of a child and heir of said petitioner, and be subject to the duties of such child. [¶] And she will ever pray.”  Signed Anna C. Schreiner; affirmed and again signed before Bernice McGinnett, Notary Public, Titusville, Pa., 28 March 1910.
    [Attached (typed) consent on stationery of Children’s Aid Society of Pennsylvania, dated at Philadelphia “3-26-10”:]  “I hereby certify that at the meeting of the Board of Directors of the Children’s Aid Society of Pennsylvania duly convened on the 2nd day of March 2910 at the office of the said Society, 1506 Arch Street, in the City of Philadelphia, it was [¶] Resolved that the consent of the Board of Directors be given to the adoption by Miss Anna C. Schreiner of Elizabeth Johnson, whose father, Harry Johnson, deserted said child in 1904, and whose mother, Aganive Johnson, died October 1907, the said Elizabeth Johnson having been in the care of the said Society since November 21, 1907, and the Board of Directors of said Society being satisfied upon inquiry that the said Miss Anna C. Schreiner is a person of good moral character and able to provide for said minor and that the welfare of said minor will be promoted by said adoption.”  Signed Edwin D. Solenberger, General Secretary of Children’s Aid Society of Pennsylvania [seal].
    Granted 29 March 1910, name assumed is Elizabeth Schreiner; filed same day.

#123 May Term 1910
Appearance Docket 196:123
    “The [typed] petition of WILLIAM H. TRACY, of Titusville, Pennsylvania, respectfully represents: [¶] That he is desirous of adopting JOHN WILLARD, a minor child of GUY L. WILLARD and BESSIE B. WILLARD, [next word carreted and handwritten:] TRACY now of the age of seven years, as one of his heirs. [#182;]; That he will perform all of the duties of a parent towards the said minor, and that the said Bessie B. Willard, [next word carreted] Tracy the mother of the said minor, and now the wife of Your petitioner, has consented to the said adoption. [¶] That the said child was born on February 2, 1903. [¶] That your petitioner has maintained and supported the said child for the last two years and upwards. [¶] Wherefore Your petitioner prays Your Honorable Court to order and decree that the said John Willard shall assume the name of your petitioner, and to have all the rights of a child and heir of Your petitioner, and be subject to the duties of such child.”  Signed with the mark of William H. Tracy; sworn to and (again) subscribed with the mark of William H. Tracy before Charles F. Leibrich, J.P., 21 April 1910.
    [Attached parental consent:]  “I, the undersigned, Bessie B. Willard Tracy, the mother of the said minor, John Willard, hereby signify my consents [changed from ‘consent’] to the adoption of the said John Willard as prayed for in the foregoing petition, and believe that such adoption will be for the minor’s welfare.   That I have had in my custody and have cared for and maintained the said minor from his birth to the present time, together with my present husband, the petitioner, who has assisted in the care and maintenance of the said minor for the last two years, and upwards.  That the father of the said minor, Guy L. Willard, from profligacy has deserted and utterly refused and neglected to provide for his said child in any way from the time of his birth to the present time.”  Signed Bessie B. Willard Tracy; sworn to and again subscribed before Charlse F. Leibrich, J.P., 21 April 1910.
    Granted 25 April 1910, name assumed is John Tracy; filed same day.

#102 September Term 1910
Appearance Docket 197:102
    “The [typed] petition of IRA A. HANKS, and his wife, ANNA HANKS, residents of Hayfield Township, Crawford County, Pennsylvania, respectfully represents, that they are desirous of adopting DOROTHY P. MAYO, a minor child of RICHARD H. MAYO and DOROTHY A. MAYO, now of the age of nearly five months, said child having been born on the Twenty-sixth day of December, 1909, as one of their heirs. [¶] That they will perform all the duties of a parent towards the said minor and that the said Richard H. Mayo and Dorothy A. Mayo, parents of the said Dorothy P. Mayo, have consented to such adoption. [¶] Wherefore the Petitioners pray your Honorable Court to order and decree that the said Dorothy P. Mayo shall assume the name of Your Petitioners and henceforth to be called by the name of Ruth Dorothy Hanks, and have all the rights of a child and heir of Your Petitioners, and to be subject to the duties of such child.”  Signed Ira A. Hanks, Anna Hanks; sworn to and again subscribed (by both) before Isaac Mondereau, Notary Public, Meadville, 12 May 1910.
    [Attached parental consent:]  “We, Dorothy A. Mayo and Richard H. Mayo, parents of Dorothy P. Mayo, hereby signify our consent to the adoption of the said child as prayed for in the foregoing petition and believe that such adoption will be for her welfare.”  Signed Dorothy A. Mayo, Richard H. Mayo; acknowledged by Dorothy A. Mayo before Isaac Mondereau, Notary Public, Meadville, 12 May 1910; also acknowledged at Erie County, New York, and subscribed Richard H Mayo before George R. Rix, Notary Public, Erie County, 15 July 1910 [and with a handwritten copy of the acknowledgment, minus the signature of Richard H. Mayo, added below the acknowledgment of Dorothy A. Mayo].
    [Supporting affidavit:]  “
    Granted 1 Aug. 1910, name assumed is Ruth Dorothy Hanks; filed same day.
[Enclosed handwritten letter addressed to the Register & Recorder of Crawford County, Meadville, Penna., with envelope postmarked Jamestown, N.Y., 13 Dec. 1927, and bearing a return address of 377 So Main, Jamestown N.Y.:]  “Dear Sir,– Please send me a copy of the adoption papers taken out by Ira A. and Anne E. Hanks, at that time residing in Hayfield Twp., on May 12, 1910. The child adopted was the child of Mr and Mrs. R. H. Mayo. [¶] The late Isaac Mondereau was the attorney who acted in the case. [¶] The name of the child was Dorothy Pauline  but on adoption the name was changed to Ruth Dorothy. [¶] Enclosed please find self addressed envelope. [¶] Enclose bill with the papers and I will return the amount. [¶] Thanking you I am, Yours truly, Mrs. Anna E. Hanks.
#111 September Term 1910
Appearance Docket 197:111
    “[(Typed) petition of (per cover) “P. M. STEINHOFF and wife, HATTIE STEINHOFF of Venango Twp. Crawford Co. Pa.”:]  “Your petitioners represent that they are desirous of adopting HARRY PINKERTON, a minor son of CHARLES PINKERTON, said child being now in the custody of ‘The Erie Home For The Friendless’, Erie, Pennsylvania, of which institution, Mrs. Samuel F. Selden is Secretary of Admission and Committee [sic]. [¶] That the address and whereabouts of the parents of said child are both unknown to your petitioners as also to the officers of the institution having the child in custody; that they desire to adopt said child as an heir, to have all the rights and be subject to the duties of a child, of your said petitioners. ¶] They therefore pray that a decree may be granted permitting your petitioners to adopt said Harry Pinkerton, as their child and heir, to have the name of Harry Steinhoff and be subject to all the rights and duties of a child, and they will ever pray, as in duty bound.”  Sworn to and subscribed P. M. Steinhoff, Mrs. Hattie Steinhoff before C. F. Chamberlain, J.P., Cambridge, Springs, 6 Aug. 1910; atty. Harry Faber White, Cambridge Springs.
    [Attached “:Supporting Affidavit Certificate”:]  “I, Mrs. Samuel F. Selden, Secretary of Admission and Committee of ‘The Erie Home For The Friendless,’ Erie, Pa., do hereby concur in the foregoing petition and consent to the adoption prayed for. [¶] The books of record of the Erie Home For The Friendless show that the said child, Harry Pinkerton was born at Conneautville, Pa., on November 9th., 1900. Parents are American; protestants, and the mother deserted the family and the said child, Harry Pinkerton, was placed in the Erie Home For The Friendless by the father, Charles Pinkerton, on February 7th., 1908. Charles Pinkerton’s address is recorded on the books of the home as ‘Charles Pinkerton, Conneautville, Pa.’ The said Charles Pinkerton never made inquiry about his child and has not been to the Home for more than six months. I know nothing as to the whereabouts of either the mother or father of the said child, Harry Pinkerton.”  Signed (Mrs. Samuel F.) Sarah C. Selden, Secretary, Witness[es] Mary V[?]. Stranahan Chairman, Annie L. Gensheimer.
    Granted 8 Aug. 1910, name assumed is Harry Steinhoff; filed same day.

#121 September Term 1910
Appearance Docket 197:121
    “The [typed] petition of PEARL M. BROOKS and DELLA M. BROOKS, his wife, respectfully represents:–   That they are residents of the Township of Summerhill, Crawford County, Pennsylvania, and are desirous of adopting RHEA ELIZABETH — — a minor child of a deceased sister of Pearl M. Brooks;  that they have performed all the duties of parents to the said child since August 30, 1900 when she was only ten days old, and will continue to perform such duties, the petitioners having provided for and brought her up as their own child.  That the residence of the father of child is unknown, and he has contributed nothing towards its support during the past nine years. [¶] [next word handwritten in blank space] Oscar H. Fish has been nominated to act as next [next word handwritten and carreted] friend to the said Rhea Elizabeth, and as such next friend consents to the said adoption as prayed for by your petitioners. [¶] Wherefore the petitioners pray your Honorable Court to order and decree that child [sic] shall assume the name of Rhea Elizabeth Brooks, and that she shall have all the rights of a child and heir of your petitioners, and shall be subject to the duties of such child.  And your petitioners will ever pray, etc.”  Signed Perl M Brooks, Della M Brooks; sworn to (as Pearl M. Brooks and Della M. Brooks) and again subscribed before E. C. McKay, Jr., J.P., 30 June 1910.
    [Attached consent:]  “Oscar H. Fish being duly sworn according to [blank] deposes and says that he is acquainted with the above named petitioners and Rhea Elizabeth Brooks who has been a member of their family since she was a baby.  Believing the petitioners to be persons of respectability and that the welfare of this child will be promoted by said adoption, I, as next friend, hereby consent to the same as prayed for in the foregoing petition.”  Sworn to and subscribed Oscar H. Fish before E. C. McKay, J.P., 14 July 1910.
    [Consent, below:]  “I have lived with my Uncle and Aunt Pearl [sic] M. and Della M. Brooks and have been supported and cared for by them as their own child as far back as I can remember.  I would like very much to be legally adopted by them and take the name of Rhea Elizabeth Brooks. [¶] I request you to permit Oscar H. Fish a person well acquainted with us to act as my next friend in this matter.”nbsp; Signed Rhea Elizabeth Brooks.
    Granted 17 Aug. 1910, name assumed is Rhea Elizabeth Brooks; filed same day.

#55 February Term 1911
Appearance Docket 199:55
    “The [typed] petition of F. A. FRANKLIN and LUCY FRANKLIN his wife respectfully represents:– [¶] That they are desirous of adopting as an heir HOMER O’NEIL aged ten years having been born in May, 1900, a son of CHAS. O’NEIL and ALTA O’NEIL; that they will perform all the duties of a parent to said child if the adoption be decreed; that the mother of said child is deceased and the father Chas. O’Neil had neglected his family for some years and Robert P. Marshall Esq. is the legally appointed guardian of the said Home O’Neil; your petitioners represent further that the said guardian has consented to the aoption [sic] as is evidenced by certificate hereto appended.  They therefore pray the Court to decree that the said Homer O’Neil may assume the name of these petitioners, to-wit, Homer Franklin and have and enjoy all the rights of a child and heir of your petitioners, and be subject to the duties of a child.  And they will ever pray as in duty bound.”  Signed F A. Franklin, Lucy Franklin; sworn to and (again) subscribed before D. T. McKay, Jr., Prothonotary, 27 Dec. 1910; filed 2 Jan. 1911.
    [Consent, below:]  “I Robert P. Marshall guardian of Homer O’Neil do hereby certify that I have read the foregoing petition of F.A. and Lucy Franklin praying for the adoption of Homer O’Neil and consent to said adoption.  Dec. 27th, 1910.”  Signed Robert P Marshall.
    Granted 2 Jan. 1911 [separate decree], name assumed is Homer Franklin; filed 9 Jan. 1911.

#7 September Term 1911
Appearance Docket 199:213
    “The [typed] petition of WILLIAM P. BROOKMAN and CLARA BROOKMAN his wife, residents of the County of Crawford respectfully represent. [¶] That they are desirous of adopting MARIA HOOBLER a minor child of EVA HOOBLER and CHARLES HOOBLER now of the age of three years, as one of their heirs, that they will perform all the duties of parents toward the said minor and that the said Eva Hoobler the mother of said child has consented to said adoption as appears by her written consent hereto attached. [¶] Wherefore your petitioners pray your honorable Court to order and decree that the said Marie shall assume the name of your petitioners, and have all the rights of a child and heir of your petitioners and be subject to the duties of such child.”  Signed William P. Brookman, Mrs. Clara Brookman; sworn to by William P. Brookman (only)and subscribed by him before James D. Roberts, Alderman, Meadville, 9 May 1911; James D. Roberts, Attorney.
    [Attached parental consent:]  “I, Eva Hoobler, the mother of Marie Hoobler hereby signify my consent to the adoption of the said Marie Hoobler by William P. Brookman and Clara Brookman his wife as prayed for in the foregoing petition and further states that the father Charles Hoobler desrerted me before said child was born, necessitating my going to the County infirmary where said child was born and where I still remain an inmate. [next line] May 9, 1911[.]”  Signed with the mark of Eva Hoobler, witness W. D. Thompson.
    [Consent, below:]  “The undersigned Directors of the Poor of Crawford County hereby certify that the said Marie Hoobler has been under their Control since her birth which occurred at the County Infirmary in May 1908 and they hereby give their consent to the adoption of said child by William P. Brookman and his wife Clara Brookman, believing that they are suitable persons to have said child. [next line] Meadville Pa. May 9, 1911.”  Signed Geo. C. Reitze, W. P. Benner, W. H. Swartz[?].
    Granted 11 May 1911, name assumed is Marie Brookman; filed same day.

#39 November Term 1911
Appearance Docket 199:390
    “The [typed] petition of MARGAET L. LAWRENCE, of Conneaut Lake, Pa. respectfully represents: [¶] That she is desirous of adopting HOWARD THOMAS PENNELL, aged six years, and son of Charles [sic] of CHARLES PENNELL and EMMA PENNELL, as her heir, and that she will perform all the duties of a parent to such child.  That said child has been in the possession of your petitioner for one year last past; that Charles Pennell, the father of said child, has deserted his family, and his where-a-bouts is unknown, and has been for five years last past; that Emma Pennell, the mother of said child, consents to this adoption and joins in this petition. [¶] Therefore your petitioner prays your Honorable Court to order and decree that the said Howard Thomas Pennsll shall assume the name of your petitioner and have all the rights of a child and heir of your petitioner, and be subject to the duties of such child.”  Signed M. L. Lawrence; sworn to and again subscribed before Leona M. Richmond, Notary Public, Meadville, 28 Sept. 1911.
    [Attached parental consent:]  “I, Emma Pennell, mother of the said Howard Thomas Pennell, hereby signify my consent to the adoption of the said Howard Thomas, as prayed for in the foregoing petition, and believe that such adoption will be for his welfare.”  Signed Emma Pennell, witness J. W. Smith [undated].
    [Supporting affidavit, belwo:]  “E W McArthur and J. Park Jackson being duly sworn according to law, say that they are well acquainted with Margaret L. Lawrence, as above named petitioner; that she is a person of good moral character, and that they believe that the welfare of the said Howard Thomas Pennell will be promoted by the adoption as prayed for.”  Sworn to and subscribed E W McArthur, J Park Jackson before [unsigned; seal of Leona M. Richmond, Notary Public, Meadville], 28 Sept. 1911.
    Granted 2 Oct. 1911, name assumed is Howard Thomas Lawrence; [filing date not given].

#3 February Term 1912
Appearance Docket 200:3
    [Typed petition:]  “ALBERT CROMES and ESTHER CROMES, his wife, aver that they are desirous of adopting FLORENCE CHRONABERRY [sic; Chronabery?], infant child of JAMES CHRONABERRY and LULU CHRONABERRY, and aver that they will perform all the duties of parents to such child.  Petitioners further aver that the said Florence Chronaberry was three years old August 26, 1911 and has been in the home of your petitioners and cared for by them for fifteen months last past; that the mother of said Florence Chronaberry died in September 2910 and was a sister to your petitioner, Albert Cromes; that the father of the said Florence Chronaberry now resides, as petitioners are informed and believe, at Troy, Ohio.  The said father, James Chronaberry, has failed, refused and neglected to care for, provide or support the said Florence Chronaberry, or to even visit her during the time she has been in the possession of your petitioners and the said James Chronaberry because of drunkenness, shiftless and profligacy has failed to provide for or care for said Florence Chronaberry, but also has another child, Edna Chronaberry, of the age of ten years which is now in the Knoop Chldren’s Home at Troy, Ohio, where, as your petitioners are informed and believe, the said James Chronaberry has failed, neglected and refused to pay anything whatever towards the care and support of the said Edna. [¶] Your petitioners therefore pray your Honorable Court to enter a decree whereby the said petitioners shall adopt the said Florence Chronaberry, [next word carreted] who shall assume the name of your petitioners and have all the rights of a child and heir at law and be subject to the duties of a child of said petitioners.  And they will ever pray, etc.”  Signed Albert Chromes, Esther Chormes; sworn to and again subscribed (by both) before D. T. McKay, Jr., Prothonotary, 10 Nov. 1911.
    [Consent, below:]  “Now., Nov. 13, 1911, we, the undersigned, directors of the poor of Crawford County, do hereby consent to the adoption of the child as above prayed for.”  Signed W. P. Penner, W H Smith, Directors of the Poor of Crawford County.
    Granted 13 Nov. 1911, “and that the said Chronaberry shall assume the name of said petitioners,” presumably Florence Chromes; filing date not given.
[Typed letter from Thomas & Thomas, Attorneys for Petitioners, dated at Meadville, Pa., 3 Nov. 1911, addressed to James Chronaberry, Troy, Ohio, with return receipt showing delivery on 4 Nov. 1911, signed James Chronabery, as sworn to and subscribed Albert Cromes before D. T. McKay, Jr., Prothonotary, 10 Nov. 1911:]  “This is to notify you that the undersigned will present a petition to the Court of Common Pleas of Crawford County at Meadville, Pennsylvania, on Monday, November 13, 1911, at ten o’clock, a.m. for the adoption of your daughter, Florence Chronaberry, by Albert Cromes and Esther Cromes, at which time and place you may be present and heard if you so desire.”

[Typed letter on stationery on stationery of Miami County Probate and Juvenile Courts, Troy, Ohio, addressed to Thomas & Thomas, Attys. at Law, Meadville, Pa., dated at Troy, Ohio, 4 Nov. 1911:]  “Gentlemen:– [¶] I am in receipt of your esteemed favor of the 3rd inst. In reference to the adoption of Florence Chronaberry, the three year old daughter of James Chronaberry. [¶] You wish to know what character of man the father is.  I would state that he does not bear a very good reputation in this community.  On May 13, 1911, there was an application filed in this Court, declaring Edna Chronaberry, a daughter of the said James Chronaberry, a dependent and neglected child.  I found the allegation in the affidavit true, and sent the girl to the Knoop’s Children’s Home in this county.&nsbp; The evidence at that time showed that the father was running with vicious persons, and neglected to supply the proper means of support for his children.  Later he called at this office and made an application to act as Administrator for the estate of his wife. This application I positively refuse, thinking he was not a fit person for that trust. [¶] I would say that if Florence Chronaberry can be adopted by Albert Cromes, who I understand is a respectable person, she will be fortunate. [¶] Any further information that I may be able to give you, will be gladly furnished. / Very truly yours,” signed Eberhart W. Maier. [Judge]
#9 February Term 1912
Appearance Docket 200:9
    “The [typed] petition of AMBROSE C. PETTIT and MARGARET PETTIT his wife residents of Beaver Township Crawford County Pa., respectfully represent:– [¶] That they are desirous of adopting ELLEN ANDERSON, an adult person of the age of twenty two years, unmarried, and daughter of Mr and Mrs. SVANTE ANDERSON both of whom are dead and have been for several years and the said Ellen Anderson agrees and consents to the adoption as witnessed by her certificate hereto attached. [#&182;] Your petitioners further set forth that the said Ellen Anderson has been an inmate of their home since she was thirteen years old past and they have always treated her as their daughter and they therefore pray your Honorable Court to order and decree that the said Ellen Anderson shall have all the rights of a child and heir of your petitioners and be subject to the duties of such child and that the said Ellen Anderson may assume and bear the name of your said petitioners. And they will ever pray.”  Signed Ambrose C. Pettit, Margaret Pettit; sworn to by A. C. Pettit (only) and subscribed Ambrose C. Pettit before James D. Roberts, Alderman, Meadville, 15 Nov. 1911.
    [Adoptee’s (typed) consent, below:]  “I, Ellen Anderson, hereby consent and join in asking the Court to make a decree for the adoption of myself by A. C. Pettit and Margaret Pettit, as prayed for in the above petition.’  Signed Ellen Anderson.
    Granted 20 Nov. 1911, “and that the Ellen Anderson shall bear the name of Ellen Anderson Pettit”; filed same day.

#20 February Term 1912
Appearance Docket 200:20
    “The [typed] petition of ISAAC B. ARMSTRONG and LURA M. ARMSTRONG, his wife, of Guys Mills, Crawford County, Pa., respectfully represents:– [¶] That they are desirous of adopting ALICE L. HAIGHT, aged twenty years, daughter of P. T. HAIGHT, as their heir, and that they will perform all duties of a parent to such child; [¶] That such child has been in the possession of your petitioners for eighteen years past; [¶] That mother of said child is dead and the father consents to this adoption and joins in this petition. [¶] Therefore your petitioner prays this Honorable Court to order and decree that the said Alice L. Haight shall assume the name of your petitioners and have all the rights of a child and heir of your petitioners and be subject to the duties of such child.”  Signed Isaac B Armstrong, Lura W Armstrong; sworn to and again subscribed (by both) before Isaac Mondereau, Notary Public, Meadville, 6 Nov. 1911.
    [Father’s (typed) consent, below:]  “I, P. T. Haight, father of said Alice L. Haight, hereby signify my consent to the adoption of the said Alice L. Haight as prayed for in the foregoing petition.”  Signed P. T. Haight, Ernest Paterson[,] Witness.
    Granted 27 Nov. 1911, “and that the said Alice L. Haight shall assume the name of Armstrong,” presumably Alice L. Armstrong; filed same day.

#40 February Term 1912
Appearance Docket 200:40
    “The [typed] petition of GEORGE W. HUESTIS, and MINNIE M. HUESTIS, his wife, of Conneaut Township, in said county [of Crawford], respectfully represent; That they the petitioners are desirous of adopting one HAROLD BARTLET, a child without known parents, nine years of age, as their child and one of their heirs, and for that purpose they herein and hereby declare their desire, and also that they will perform all the duties of parents to the said Harold Bartlet,. [¶] The petitioners further state that the said Harold Bartlet, has resided with them for upwards of four years last past, and that they received and took him from The Cleveland Protistant [sic] Orphan Asylum, of Cleveland Ohio, a Charitable Institution; with which said Institution the said Harold Bartlet, had resided for upwards of one year before he came to reside with the petitioners, as aforesaid.  And that The Cleveland Protistant Orphan Asylum, above named, has given its consent to such adoption, by Instrument in writing, which is hereto annexed and made a part hereof. [¶] The petitioners therefore pray the Court if satisfied that the welfare of the said Harold Bartlet, will be promoted by such adoption to decree that said Harold Bartlet, may assume the name of the petitioners and have confered [sic] upon him the name of Harry William Huestis, and have all the rights of a child and heir of the petitioners, and be subject to the duties of such child.  And they the petitioners as in duty bound will ever pray.;”  Signed George. W. Huestis, Minnie M. Huestis; sworn to and again subscribed (by both) before A. M. Fenner, Notary Public, Linesville, Pa., 7 Dec. 1911; Atty. A. M. Fenner, Linesville.
    [Attached consent:]  “Douglas Perkins, being duly sworn according to law, deposes and says, that he is the President of The Cleveland Protestant Orphan Asylum; that the said Asylum is a charitable institution and as such has supported Harold Bartlett, the minor child mentioned in the foregoing instrument, for more than one year; that the proper officers of said Asylum have given the consent of The Cleveland Protestant Orphan Asylum unto George William Huestis and Minnie M. Huestis, his wife, parties to the foregoing instrument for the adoption of the aforesaid Harold Bartlett; that said officers believe the said George W. Huestis and Minnie M. Huestis to be proper parties to care for the welfare of and to adopt the said minor child.”  Sworn to at Cuyahoga County, Ohio, and subscribed Douglas Perkins before F. M. LePage, Notary Public, Cuyahoga Co., 19 Sept. 1910.
    [Attached contract:]  “[centered] Know all men by these presents: [¶] That we, George W. Huestis and Minnie M. Huestis, his wife, residents of Center Road Station, County of Crawford, and State of Pennsylvania, by and with the consent of The Cleveland Protestant Orphan Asylum of Cleveland Ohio, a charitable institution which has supported the hereinafter mentioned child for more than a year, said consent being hereby shown and hereto attached, do, by these presents adopt, as our heir and child, Harold Bartlett, a male minor child of the age of eightnine years, hereby conferring on said child the name of Harry William Huestis, and conferring upon him all the rights of a child and heir, and we do hereby jointly and severally covenant and agree to protect, maintain, educate and care for the said child in such relation, and in all respects and in every manner perform towards him the duties of parents. [¶] Witness our hands and seals this 7th day of December A.D. One thousand nine hundred and Eleven.”  Signed Georg W Huestis, Minnie M. Huestis; attest Gladys L. Kile, A. M. Fenner; sworn to (but not again subscribed) before A. M. Fenner, Notary Public, Linesville, 7 Dec. 1911.
    Granted 11 Dec. 1911 [decree typed “on back of this cover”], name assumed is Harry William Huestis; filed same day.

#71 February Term 1912
Appearance Docket 200:71
    “The [typed] Petition of HIRAM D. SMITH and VERNIE SMITH, his wife, respectfully represents:–– [¶] That they are residents of West Mead Township, Crawford County and State of Pennsylvania. [¶] That they are desirous of adopting ARNOLD EDWARD BELL, a minor child of ELWOOD L. BELL and DOROTHY Woods BELL, now intermarried with Frank Woods; and that the said minor will be three years of age in March 1912, as one of their heirs. [¶] That they will perform the duties of parent to the said Arnold Edward Bell. [¶] That the said Edward A. Bell and Dorothy Woods Bell, parents of the said Arnold Edward Bell, have consented to the adoption of the said named minor child prayed for by your petitioners. [¶]; Wherefore your petitioners pray this Honorable Court to order and decree that the said Arnold Edward Bell shall have all the rights of a child and heir of your petitioners, and be subject to the duties of such child.  And your petitioners will ever pray &c.” . Signed Hyram D. Smith, Vernie Smith; sworn to (as “Hiram D. Smith and Vernie Smith”) and again subscribed before D. T. McKay, Jr., Prothonotary, 30 Dec. 1911.
    [Attached parental consent:]  “We, Elwood L. Bell and Dorothy Woods, the parents of the said Arnold Edward Bell, hereby consent to the adoption of the said Arnold Edward Bell, as prayed for in the foregoing petition, and believe that such adoption will be for the best interests and welfare of the said Arnold Edward Bell.”  Signed Elwood L Bell, Dorothy Bell Woods [undated].
    Granted 1 Jan. 1912, name assumed is Arnold Edward Smith; [filing dated not given].

#11 May Term Term 1912
Appearance Docket 200:145
    “The [typed, except for the child’s middle name ‘Best,’ which has been everywhere (including the consent and affidavit) handwritten, and carreted] petition of LIZZIE V. GRAHAM respectfully represents: [¶] 1st. That she is a resident of the said County of Crawford. [¶] 2nd. That she is desirous of adopting her Grand child VIRGINIA BEST GRAHAM, a minor child of D. ROY GRAHAM, as one of her heirs. [¶] That she will perform all the duties of a parent to said Virginia Best Graham. [¶] 4th. That the said D. Roy Graham, the only surviving parent of the said Virginia Best Graham, has consented to the said adoption prayed for by your petitioner. [¶] Wherefore your petitioner prays your Honorable Court to order and decree that the said Virginia Best Graham shall have all the rights of a child and heir of your petitioner, and be subject to the duties of such child. And your petitioner will ever pray, etc.”  Signed Lizzie V. Graham; sworn to [place not stated] and (again) subscribed before Lewis H. Lauderbaugh, Notary Public, Meadville, 9 Jan. 1912.
    [Parental consent, below:]  “D. Roy Graham the only surviving parent of the said Virginia Best Graham herby [sic] consent to the adoption of the said Virginia Best Graham, as prayed for in the foregoing petition, and believe such adoption will be for the welfare of the said Virginia Graham.”  Signed D. Roy Graham.
    [Supporting affidavit, below:]  “S. J. Logan and Isaac Mondereau, being duly sworn according to law, depose and say that they are well acquainted with Lizzie V. Graham, the within named petitioner, that she is a person of respectability and property, and that deponents believe that the welfare of the said Virginia Best Graham will be promoted by the adoption prayed for in the said petition.”  Sworn to and subscribed Isaac Mondereau, S. J. Logan, before Fred C. Beil, Notary Public, Pittsburgh, Pa. [date not stated], and before Wm. A. Thompson, Recorder of Deeds, 14 Feb. 1912
    Granted 15 Feb. 1912, [name apparently unchanged, i.e., Virginia Best Graham; filed same day.

#42 May Term 1912
Appearance Docket 200:176
    “The [typed] petition of DANIEL HOUCK and MINNIE HOUCK respectfully represents:– [¶] 1.  That they are husband and wife, and are citizens of the United States and of the State of Pennsylvania. [¶] 2.  That they reside at No. 305 Willow Street, Meadville, Pa., and have been residents of Crawford County for a long period of years. [¶] 3.  That they desire to adopt ELLEN WALTERS, an adult person, as their, and each of their, heir. [Ž] 4.  That the said Ellen Walters is of the age of twenty one years and upwards, and is unmarried. [¶] 5.  That the said Ellen Walters has resided with your petitioners since about September, 1898, and that, during said time, your petitioners have cared for and supported her, being the only means of support she has had. [¶] 6.  That they desire to have the said Ellen Walters take and be known by the surname of your petitioners, to-wit, by the name of Ellen Houck. [¶] 7.  That they agree, if this adoption be approved, to perform all the duties of a parent toward such adult person. ¶] Therefore your petitioners pray your Honor to approve of such adoption, and to make an appropriate decree according to the Act of Assembly in such cases made and provided.”  Signed Daniel Houck, Minnie Houck; sworn to and again subscribed (by both) before V. L. Greeley, Prothonotary, 9 March 1912.
    [Attached consent:]  “Ellen Walters, being duly sworn according to law, deposes and says, That she consents to the adoption set forth in the foregoing petition; that she agrees, if the adoption be approved, to perform all the duties of a child toward the petitioners; and that she desires to take and be known by the surname of the petitioners; and that she desires to take and be known by the surname of the petitioners, to-wit, by the name of Ellen Houck.”  Sworn to and subscribed Ellen Walters before V. L. Greeley, Prothonotary, 9 March 1912.
    Granted 11 March 1912, and “that the said Ellen Walters shall take and be known by the name of Ellen Houck”; filed same day.

#54 May Term 1912
Appearance Docket 200:188
    [Slip in file shows that Isaac Mondereau received the “Papers,” apparently from this case, on 12 Nov. 1912]
#54 May Term 1912 [changed from #80 February Term 1913]
Appearance Docket ____
    “The [typed] petition of AUGUSTUS GERARD respectfully represents: [¶] That he is the surviving parent of Mabel Irene Shearer.  That at No. 54 May Term, 1912, in the court of Common Pleas of Crawford County, Pa., he gave his consent that his said child, who is now in her eighth year, be adopted by J. T. Shearer and his wife, M. Shearer.  That the said Mrs. M. Shearer is a sister of your petitioner, and an aunt of his said child aforesaid.  That on March 14, 1912, your Honorable court decreed as follows, viz: [#182;] ‘It is hereby ordered and decreed that the within petition be granted, and that the said Mabel Irene Gerard assume the name of Mabel Irene Shearer, the surname of said J. T. Shearer and M. Shearer, and shall enjoy all the rights of a child and [next word carreted] an heir of theirs, being subject to all the duties of a child.’ [¶] That at the time the said petition was presented to your Honorable Court, and the decree was entered, your petitioner had no housekeeper or proper home for his said child. [¶] That since said time conditions have changed; that he how has a housekeeper and a home in Meadville, Pa., and that he has employment and is in proper shape to care for and raise, clothe and school his said child, and desires to re-adopt his said child and have said child in his home, and that said child shall henceforth be called Mabel Irene Gerard, and that the former decree may be annulled, revoked and set aside.  Your petitioner showing these facts and the consent and assent of both the said J. T. Shearer, and his wife, M. Shearer, to the said re-adoption, and prays Your Honor to annul, revoke and set aside the former decree made at No. 54 May Term, 1912, so that he can have the custody and companionship of his said child in his own home and family; and that said child may be renamed Mabel Irene Gerard, and he will ever pray.”  Signed Augustus Gerard; sworn to and again subscribed before Isaac Mondereau, Notary Public, Meadville, Pa., 16 Nov. 1912.
    [Attached consent:]  “We, the undersigned, J. T. Shearer and Mrs. M. Shearer, wife of said J. T. Shearer, who adopted Mabel Irene Gerard at No. 54 May Term, 1912, while said child has been in our home since said adoption, and for some time before, and while we have become attached to said child, having children of our own, and the said Augustus Gerard having no other said child or children, do hereby consent and agree to the re-adoption of said Mabel Irene Shearer by her surviving parent, her father, Augustus Gerard, as he has now a good home in which to properly raise and care of his said child.”  Sworn to and subscribed Mrs M. Shearer, J. T. Shearer before M. H. Luse, J.P., Cambridge Springs, 2 Dec. 1912.
    [Supporting affidavit:]  “Homer Consla and George Stevens both being duly sworn, say that they are well acquainted with Augustus Gerard; that he resides in Meadville, Pa., and has a comfortable home and steady employment in this city.  That they believe he is in proper shape to care for his only child, Mabel Irene, and that it would be to the welfare of the said child, and to the comfort and happiness of the surviving parent if the said child would be restored to the home of said Augustus Gerard.”  Signed Homer Consla, George Stevens; sworn to and again subscribed before Isaac Mondereau, Notary Public, Meadville, 24 Dec. [year not given].
    Rule to show cause granted 6 Jan. 1913, returnable at next term; filed 6 Jan. 1913; [proposed decree remains unsigned].

#56 May Term 1912
Appearance Docket 200:190
    “The [typed] petition of HERMAN F. MERKER and MARIE J. MERKER, his wife, citizens and residents of the City of Titusville, in the County of Crawford, Pennsylvania, respectfully represent: [¶] That they are desirous of adopting WILLIAM GARFIELD SMITH, a minor child of the age of two years, whose parents are unknown to the petitioners, and which minor child has been an inmate from the time of its birth on February 9, A.D. 1910, to the best of the petitioners knowledge and belief, of the ‘The Washington Hospital for Foundlings’, of Washington D. C., and in the lawful custody and control and supported by the said ‘The Washington Hospital for Foundlings’ until the twenty-second day of April A. D. 1911, on which date by indenture duly executed by and between the said ‘The Washington Hospital for Foundings’ and your petitioners, the said William Garfield Smith was delivered to your petitioners under a covenant in the said indenture that your petitioners would adopt the said William Garfield Smith as and for their own child, which said indenture is attached hereto as evidencing the consent of the said ‘The Washington Hospital for Foundlings’ to said adoption. [¶] Your petitioners therefore pray your honorable court to order and decree that the said William Garfield Smith shall become the adopted child of your petitioners and shall assume the name John Albert Merker, and have all the rights of a child and heir of your petitioners, and be subject to the duties of such child.;  Signed Herman F. Merker, Marie J Merker; sworn to and again subscribed (by both) before Robert A. Kerr, J.P., Titusville, 12 March 1912; by Attorney C. W. Benedict, Titusville.
    [Supporting affidavit, below:]  “Frank Reid and Fred Dentler being duly sworn according to law, say that they are well acquainted with Herman F. Merker and Marie J. Merker, the above named petitioners that they are persons of good moral character, and that they believe that the welfare of the said William Garfield Smith will be promoted by the adoption prayed for.”  Sworn to and subscribed Frank Reid, Fred W Dentler before Robert A. Kerr, J.P., Titusville, 12 March 1912.
    [Attached consent:]  “This Indenture, made this Twenty second day of April, A. D. 1911, by and between ‘ The Washington Hospital for Foundlings,’ a body corporate under the laws of the United States, having its habitat in the District of Columbia, of the first part, and Mr & Mrs Herman F. Merker of Titusville State of Penn of the second part, witnesseth: [¶] That said party of the first part under and by virtue of the powers conferred upon it by its charter from the Congress of the United States, which said party of the second part is advised of and has read, and in consideration of the execution of these presents by said party of the second part, does hereby surrender unto said party of the second part and place in their custody and under their care and control, the child Wm Garfield Smith born February 9" 1910. now and heretofore in the lawful possession and control of said party of the first part under the terms of its said charter, until said child shall attain the age of eighteen years, unless sooner determined by the provisions of these Presents. [¶] That they will adopt said child as and for their own child [¶] That they will provide said child with good and proper food and clothing ; [¶] That said child shall receive a good common school education ; [#182;] That said child shall enjoy the comforts of a home, and be so raised, educated, and trained as will tend to make him a good and useful citizen. [¶] And that said party of the second part shall and will, in the month of October of each year during the continuance of these Presents, and when and as requested by said party of the first part, make, through the Secretary, reports in writing of the condition and progress of said child, and give such further information of him as may be desired. [¶] It is hereby distinctly understood and agreed by and between the parties hereto, that should said party of the second part die before said child shall attain the age of eighteen years, without having made an adequate and suitable provision for his maintenance, education, and support, or should said party of the second part commit a breach of any of the covenants herein on their part to be observed and performed, then said party of the first part shall have the right to resume the custody, care, and control of said child, and shall be entitled to the same. [#182;] In testimony whereof said parties of the first and second part have hereunto set their hands and affixed their seals on the day and in the year first hereinbefore mentioned.”  Signed Z. T. Sowers, President, “Test:” Louise M. Smithe, Secretary [seal affixed]; also signed Marie J. Merker, Herman F. Merker.
    [No decree shown]; filed 18 March 1912.
[Letter on stationery of Charles W. Benedict, Attorney at Law, dated at Titusville, Pa., 18 March 1912, addressed to the Prothonotary:  “Last week I sent over the petition of Herman Merker and Marie Marie Merker for the adoption of William Garrison Smith, to take the name of John Albert Merker.  I did not think at the time to write to you and if the Court has entered any decree, please see that it is properly recorded in your office and send me the certified copy for Mr. Merker together with your costs for the whole proceeding and oblige, Yours very truly, [signed] C. W Benedict [initialed] J. O. [with handwritten note below,] Mch. 1912  Having sent Benedict a bill this letter not replied to.
#72 May Term 1912
Appearance Docket 200:206
    “The [typed] petition of CLIFFORD H. GHERING and MARTHA GHERING, his wife, respectfully represents:– [¶] I. That they are residents of the said County of Venango, State of Pennsylvania. [¶] II. That they are desirous of adopting DONALD KROWSKY, a minor child of JOSEPH KROWSKY, as one of their heirs. That the said Donald Krowsky was born on the [date handwritten] 23d day of March, 1911, and that his mother is deceased. [¶] III. That they will perform all the duties of parents to the said Donald Krowsky. [¶] IV. That the said Joseph Krowsky, surviving parent of said Donald Krowsky, has consented to the said adoption prayed for by your petitioners. [¶] Wherefore your petitioners pray your honorable court to order and decree that the said Donald Krowsky shall assume the name of your petitioners, and that the said Donald Krowsky shall have all the rights of a child and heir of your petitioners and be subject to the duties of such child. And your petitioners will ever pray, etc.”  Signed Clifford H. Ghering, Bertha Ghering; sworn to [place not stated, presumably Titusville] and again subscribed (by both) before C. F. Leibrich, J.P., 26 March 1912; by Attorney Jules A C Dubor.
    [Attached (typed) parental consent:]  “The undersigned, Joseph Krowsky, father of the said HaroldDonald Krowsky, hereby certifies that he has read the foregoing petition, and is satisfied as to the truth of the facts herein set forth, and hereby consents and agrees that the said Court may make a decree whereby the said HaroldDonald Krowsky shall be adopted by the said Clifford H. Ghering and Bertha Ghering, his wife, and he hereby certifies that he has been told and understands that the said Clifford H. Ghering and Bertha Ghering, his wife, are reputable citizens of the Township of Plum, County of PlumVenango, and State of Pennsylvania, and that it would be to the advantage of his said son that he should be by them adopted,”  Sworn to at Titusville and subscribed with the mark of Joseph Krowsky 26 March 1912 before C. F. Leibrich, J.P., with P. C. Buckley and W. J. Fews[?] as witnesses.
    [Attached (typed) supporting affidavit:]  “S. K. Bailey and C. W. Sager, being duly sworn according to law, depose and say that they are well acquainted with Clifford H. Ghering and Martha Ghering, his wife, the within named petitioners, and that they are persons of respectability and property, and that deponents believe that the welfare of the said Donald Krowsky will be promoted by the adoption prayed for in the said petition.”  Sworn to and subscribed S. K. Bailey, C. W. Sager [place not stated] before C. F. Leibrich, J.P., 28 March 1912.
    Granted 30 March 1912, “and that the said Donald Krowsky shall assume the name of said Clifford H. Ghering and Bertha Ghering, his wife,” presumably Donald Ghering; filed same day.

#117 May Term 1912
Appearance Docket 200:251
    “The [typed] petition of WILLIAM UHR and GRACE UHR [presumably, husband and wife] citizens and residents of the City of Meadville, Crawford County Pa., respectfully represents [¶] That theay are desirous of adopting JOSEPHINE MARY HENRY a minor child of DELOS HENRY, now of the age of one month past as one of their heirs; that they will perform all the duties of parents towards the said minor and that the said Delos Henry the father (the mother being dead) has consented to such adoption. [¶] Wherefore your petitioners you’re your honorable Court to order and decree that the said Josephine Mary shall assume the name of your petitioners, and have all the rights of a child and heir of your petitioners, and be subject to the duties of such child.;”  Signed Wm Uhr, Grace Uhr; sworn to and again subscribed (by both) before James D. Roberts, Alderman, Meadville, 18 April 1912; by James D. Roberts, Attorney.
    [Father’s (typed) consent, below:]  “I, Delos Henry the father of the said Josephine Mary [next word carreted] Henry, hereby signify my consent to the adoption of the said Josephine Mary Henry as prayed for in the foregoing petition and believe that such adoption will be for her welfare.”  Signed Delos M Henry [undated].
    Granted 22 April 1912, name assumed is Josephine Mary Uhr; filed same day.

#26 September Term 1912
Appearance Docket 200:310
    “The [typed] petition of ALBERT ADSIT and SYLVANIA R. ADSIT his wife of the Township of Greenwood, said county [of Crawford], respectfully represents: [¶] That they are desirous of adopting MARY HELEN ADSIT and ALBERT H. ADSIT now of the ages of [next word handwritten] seven and four years respectively, as their heirs, the said children are minor children of G. R. ADSIT now deceased and ETHEL ADSIT, and grand children of petitioners; that they will perform the duties of parents toward said minor children and that the said Ethel Adsit [next two words carreted and handwritten] now Walp the only living parent has consented to such adoption.…”  Signed Albert Adsit, Sylvania Adsit; sworn to by Albert Adsit (only) and subscribed by him before James A. Roberts, Alderman, Meadville, 25 May 1912.
    [Mother’s consent, below:]  “I, Ethel Adsit [next two words carreted, handwritten], now Walp the mother of Mary Helen Adsit and Albert RH.[initial handwritten]. Adsit hereby signify my consent to the adoption of the said children as prayed for in the foregoing petition, and believe that such adoption will be for their welfare.&148;  Signed Ethel Adsit Walp [undated]. br>     Granted 27 May 1912 [names presumably unchanged, i.e., Mary Helen Adsit and Albert H. Adsit]; filed same day; uncertified copy of decree included in file.

#39 September Term 1912
Appearance Docket 200:323
    “The [typed] petition of H. J. SHARAH and RUTH SHARAH, his wife, respectfully represent, that Petitioners are residents of Randolph township, Crawford County, Pa., and that the said petitioners are desirous of adopting BESSIE BURNS of Huntington, West Va., an adult daughter of LIDA BURNS of said Huntington, West Va., as their heir and for that purpose, the petitioners declare their said desire and also declare that they will perform all the duties of a parent to the said Bessie Burns. [¶] The petitioners, therefore, pray the court, if satisfied that the welfare of said Bessie Burns will be promoted by such adoption, to decree that the said Bessie Burns may have all the rights of a child and heir of the petitioners and be subject to the duties of a child and they will ever pray.;”  Signed H. J. Sharah, Ruth Sharah; sworn to and again subscribed (by both) before V. R. Greeley, Prothonotary, 11 June 1912.
    [Attached (typed) consent:]  “I, Bessie Burns, the person proposed to be adopted by H. J. Sharah and Ruth Sharah, do hereby certify that I am upwards of twenty one years of age, to-wit 28 of years of age, and I hereby signify my approval and consent to said adoption and join in requesting the court to make the decree as prayed for.”  Signed Miss Bessie Burns.
    Granted 17 June 1912, with no indication of name change, i.e., name presumably to remain Bessie Burns; filed same day.

missing #101 Sept. Term 1912

#58 November Term 1912
Appearance Docket 200:385
    “The [typed] petition of ALONZO D. MURDOCK and JENNIE MURDOCK his wife residents of said County [of Crawford], respectfully represents:– That they are desirous of adopting LYRICK LYMAN MURDOCK, a minor child of WILLIAM MURDOCK, now of the age of twenty years past, as one of their [‘their’ handwritten; changed from ‘his’(?)] heirs; that they will perform all the duties of parents toward the said minor, and that the said William Murdock the father (the mother being dead) of the said Lyrick Lyman Murdock has consented to such adoption. [¶] Wherefore your petitioners you’re your Honorable Court to order and decree that the said Lyrick Lyman Murdock shall assume the name of your petitioners and have all the rights of a child and heir of your petitioners and be subject to the duties of such child.”  Signed Alonzo. D. Murdock, Jennie Murdock; sworn to by Alonzo D Murdock (only) and subscribed Alonzo D. Murdock before James W. Roberts, Alderman, Meadville, 19 Sept. 1912.
    [Father’s (typed) consent, below:]  “I, William Murdock the father of said Lyrick Lyman Murdock hereby signify my consent to the adoption of the said Lyrick Lyman Murdock as prayed for in the foregoing petition and believe that such adoption will be for his welfare.”  Signed W. E Murdock; [handwritten:]“On this 3d day of Oct 1912 before me appeared W. E. Murdock and to me know to be the person whose signature is signed above[, signed] Fred Green Notary Public [State of New York, per seal]”.
    Granted 12 Oct. 1912, name assumed is Lyrick Lyman Murdock; filed same day.

#63 November Term 1912
Appearance Docket 200:469
    “The [typed] petition of L. W. RHODES and ETHEL RHODES, his wife, citizens and residents of the county aforesaid [Crawford], respectfully represents: [¶] That they are desirous of adopting EVALINE SMOCK, a minor child of WILLIAM SMOCK and EMMA SMOCK, now of the age three years, as one of their heirs; that the mother of said child, Emma Smock, is now dead; that they will perform all the duties of parents toward the said minor child and that William Smock, the surviving parent of said Evaline Smock, has consented to such adoption. [¶] Wherefore your petitioners pray your Honorable Court to order and decree that the said Evaline Smock shall assume the name of your petitioners and have all the rights of a child and heir of your petitioners and be subject to the duties of such child.”  Signed L W Rhodes, Ethel Rhodes; sworn to at Mercer County, Pa., but not again subscribed, before N. W. Dumars, J.P., 6 Aug. 1912.
    [Attached (typed) parental consent:]  “I, William Smock, the surviving parent of said Evaline Smock, do hereby signify my consent to the adoption of said Evaline Smock as prayed for in the foregoing petition and believe that such adoption will be for her welfare.”  Signed William Smock; Witnesses: C W McQuiston, T. C. Gelvin.
    [Attached (typed) supporting affidavit:]  “C E Callahan & J. C. Freeland being duly sworn, according to law, say that they are well acquainted with L. W. Rhodes and Ethel Rhodes, his wife, of East Fallowfield Township, Crawford County, Pennsylvania, the above named petitioners; that said petitioners are persons of good moral character and that they believe that the welfare of said Evaline Smock will be promoted by the adoption as prayed for.”  Sworn to [place not stated] and subscribed J. E. Callahan, J C Freeland before N. W. Dumars, J.P., Mercer Co., 6 Aug. 1912.
    Granted 14 Oct. 1912, name assumed is Evaline Rhodes; filed same day.

#8 February Term 1913
Appearance Docket 201:8
    “The [typed] petition of SARAH EDNA MARSH of said County [of Crawford] respectfully represents:– That she is desirous of adopting as heirs MARIAN EDNA MARSH aged 35 yrs; JARED [changed from ‘Jerred’] MYRON MARSH aged 31 yrs; JOHN WALLACE MARSH aged 24 yrs and SUSANNAH [changed from ‘Susanna’] ALMIRA MARSH aged 22 yrs, whose father JOHN Q. MARSH is now the husband of your petitioner and whose mother MARY LOUISE MARSH, who died Jan. 4, 1894, was a sister of this petitioner. [#182;] Your petitioner represents further that she will perform all the duties of a parent to her said nieces and nephews; that they are now of mature age and that this application is made with the desire, consent and approval both of her said nieces and nephews and their father John Q. Marsh. [¶] Your petitioner therefore prays the Court to decree that Marian Edna Marsh, Jared Myron Marsh, John Wallace Marsh and Susannah [changed from ‘Susanna’] Almira Marsh may and shall have and enjoy all the rights of children and heirs of this petitioner and be subject to the duties as such.  And she will ever pray as in duty bound.”  Signed Sarah Edna Marsh; sworn to, but not again subscribed, before Cyrus Carman, J.P., Geneva[?], 19 Oct. 1912; by Attorney Otto Kohler, Meadville.
    [Attached consent:]  “Whereas, Sarah Edna Marsh, wife of John Q. Marsh of the Township of Greenwood, Crawford County, Pennsylvania is presenting a petition to the Court of Common Pleas of the County of Crawford, praying that she may adopt as heirs Marian Edna Marsh, Jared Myron Marsh, John Wallace Marsh and Susannah Marsh of whom the said Marian Edna Marsh is intermarried with Frank A. McKelvy [sic; McKelvey] and Jared Myron Marsh is intermarried with Grace Marsh and John Wallace Marsh and Susannah Almira Marsh being unmarried, and all of said persons are above the age of 21 years, and [¶] Whereas, under Act of Assembly in such cases made and provided a decree for that purpose cannot be made without the consent and approval of the persons named together with their wives and husbands, [¶] Now, we the above named after knowledge of said proposed adoption do hereby declare our assent thereto and agree that a decree may be made upon the petition of said Sarah Edna Marsh permitting her to adopt the undersigned as heirs at law.  This consent being given as of November 5th, 1912.”  Signed Jared Myron Marsh, Grace C. Marsh, Marian Edna McKelvey, Fred A. McKelvey, John Wallace Marsh, Susannah Almira Marsh.
    Granted 14 Nov. 1912 [names unchanged, i.e., Marian Edna Marsh now McKelvey, Jared Myron Marsh, John Wallace Marsh, and Susannah Almira Marsh]; filed same day.

#16 February Term 1913
Appearance Docket 201:16
    “The [typed] petition of JOSEPH H. MADIGAN, a citizen and resident of the County aforesaid [of Crawford] respectfully represents:– [¶] That he is desirous of adopting EDWARD MCGRATH, a minor child of MICHAEL MCGRATH (now deceased) and GRACE MCGRATH (now GRACE MADIGAN the wife of your petitioner,) now of the age of 18 years as one of his heirs; that he will perform all the duties of a parent toward the said minor, and that the said mother has consented to such adoption. [¶] Wherefore your petitioner prays your honorable Court to order and decree that the said Edward McGrath shall assume the name of your petitioner, and have all the rights of a child and heir of your petitioner, and be subject to the duties of such child.”  Signed Joseph. H. Madigan; sworn to and again subscribed before James D. Roberts, Alderman, Meadville, 13 Nov. 1912; by Attorney James P. Roberts.
    [Mother’s (typed) consent, below:]  “I, Grace Madigan, mother of the said Edward McGrath, hereby signify my consent to the adoption of the said Edward McGrath by my present husband Joseph H. Madigan, as prayed for in the foregoing petition and believe that the welfare of the said Edward McGrath will be promoted by such adoption.”  Signed Grace Madigan.
    Granted 18 Nov. 1912, name assumed is Edward Madigan; filed same day (with handwritten, underlined note, “do not publish.”

#88 February Term 1913
Appearance Docket 201:88
    “The [typed] petition of FRED N. HUCKELBERY [sic; Huckelberry] and LUCY F. HUCKELBERY, his wife, respectfully represents: [¶] That they are citizens of the County aforesaid, and residents of the Borough of Cambridge Springs. [¶] That they are desirous of adopting GERALDINE ELOUISE HELMBRECHT, a minor child of CHARLES HELMBRECHT, now of the age of one year, as one of their heirs;  that they will perform all the duties of parents toward the said minor, and that Charles Helmbrecht, the surviving parent, has consented to such adoption, HATTIE HELMBRECHT, the mother of said minor child, having died on or about January 5th, 1912. [¶] Wherefore your petitioners pray your Honorable Court to order and decree that the said Geraldine Elouise Helmbrecht shall assume the name of Geraldine Elouise Huckelbery, and have all the rights of a child and heir of your petitioners, and be subject to the duties of such child.”  Signed Fred N. Huckelberry, Lucy F. Huckelberry; sworn to (as “Fred N. Huckelbery” [only]) and subscribed Fred N. Huckelberry before Leona M. Richmond, Notary Public, Meadville, 2 Jan. 1913; by Attorney Curtis L. Webb.
    [Attached (typed) parental consent:]  “I, Charles Helmbrecht, the father of said Geraldine Elouise Helmbrecht hereby consent to the adoption of the said Geraldine Elouise Helmbrecht, as prayed for in the foregoing petition, and believe that such adoption will be for her welfare.”  Signed Charles Helmbrecht [undated].
    Granted 13 Jan. 1913 [decree written on cover], name assumed is Geraldine Elouise Huckelbery; [filing date not stated].

#89 February Term 1913
Appearance Docket 201:89
    “The [typed] petition of GUY S. WYGANT and GRACE F. WYGANT, his wife, respectfully represents that petitioners are residents of Crawford County, Pennsylvania, and that petitioners are desirous of adopting SCOTT DALE HENDRICKSON, a son of SUSANNA HENDRICKSON, of Weirton, West Virginia, and ISAAC HENDERSON, her husband, whose residence and address are unknown.  Petitioners desire to adopt said Scott Dale Hendrickson as their heir; and, for that purpose, they herein declare their said desire and also declare that they, the petitioners, will perform all the duties of a parent to said Scott Dale Hendrickson.  Petitioners further set forth that the said Scott Dale Hendrickson is of the age of three [age handwritten] years, that the father of said child, Isaac Hendrickson, has abandoned said child and has for a period of [handwritten] three years done nothing to support and maintain said child and has also abandoned his wife, Susanna Hendrickson.  The said Susanna Hendrickson has evidenced her consent to petitioners’ adoption of her said child as will be seen by the paper attached hereto and petitioners therefore pray that the court, if satisfied that the welfare of said Scott Dale Hendrickson will be promoted by said adoption, should decree that the said Scott Dale Hendrickson may be adopted by petitioner and may assume the name of Scott Dale Wygant and have all the rights of a child and heir of the petitioners and be subject to the duties of a child and heir of the petitioners and be subject to the duties of a child and they will ever pray.”  Signed Guy S. Wygant, Grace F Wygant; sworn to and again subscribed (by both) before Wm A Hoyt, J.P., Guy’s Mills, Pa., 8 Jan. 1913; by Attorney Manley O. Brown, Meadville.
    [Attached (typed) parental consent:]  “I, Susanna Hendrickson, of Weirton, West Virginia, do hereby certify that I am the mother of Scott Dale Hendrickson, who is now being supported and maintained in the home of Guy S. Wygant and Grace F. Wygant in Crawford County, Pennsylvania, that the father of said Scott Dale Hendrickson has abandoned said child and does not provide for his support and maintainance [sic].  I further state that I am satisfied the welfare of said child will be promoted by his adoption by the said Guy S. Wygant and Grace F. Wygant, who have expressed their wish to adopt him as their child and heir and I hereby signify my consent to said adoption. [¶] Witness my hand and seal this 4th day of January, nineteen hundred thirteen.”  Sworn to [place not stated] and subscribed Susana Hendrickson before Jay B Levy, Notary Public, Hancock County, West Virginia, 4 Jan. 1913.
    [Attached supporting affidavit:]  “We, the undersigned, [names left blank] being duly sworn, state that we are residents of Guys Mills, Crawford County, Pennsylvania, that we are well acquainted with Guys S. Wygant and Grace F. Wygant and we believe that they are able to furnish a suitable home and proper surroundings for the care and maintainance [sic] of Scott Dale Hendrickson and that they are proper persons to care for and provide a home for hom [sic].  We believe that the child proposed to be adopted will be surrounded by suitable influences and that it will promote the welfare of said child to be so adopted.”  Sworn to and subscribed F. J. Radle, J. S. Johnson before Wm. A Hoyt, J.P., Guy’s Mills, 8 Jan. 1913.
    Granted 13 Jan. 1913, name assumed is Scott Dale Wygant; [filing date not stated].

#111 February Term 1913
Appearance Docket 201:111
    “The [typed] petition of FRED A. MCKELVEY and MARION E. MCKELVEY his wife, residents of said county [of Crawford], respectfully represents:– [¶] That they are desirous of adopting ALICE FAHEY, a minor child of MICHAEL J. FAHEY and FRANCES E. FAHEY, now of the age of three years, as one of their heirs; that they will perform all the duties of parents toward the said minor. The father of said child, Michael J. Fahey died on the 15th day of Dec. 1910 and the mother Frances E. Fahey neglected said child by leaving her with a neighbor for several months until on the 29th day of November 1912 she was placed on the county and was by the poor directors placed in the Children’s Home. That your petitioners do not know the whereabouts of the mother and the Poor Directors have given their consent to this adoption. [¶] Wherfore [sic] your petitioners pray your honorable court to order and decree that the said Alice Fahey shall assume the name of Mildred Elizabeth McKelvey, and have all the rights of a child and heir of your petitioners, and be subject to the duties of such child.”  Signed Fred A. McKelvey, Marion E. McKelvey; sworn to by Fred A. McKelvey (only) and subscribed Fred A. McKelvey before A. M. Fenner, Notary Public, Linesville, Pa., 30 Jan. 1913; by Attorney J. V. Roberts.
    [Consent (typed), below:]  “Jan.31,1913 The Directors of the Poor of Crawford County consents to the above adoption.”  Signed F. G. Altenburg, Clerk [only].
    Granted 31 Jan. 1913, name assumed is Mildred Elizabeth McKelvey; filed same day.

#10 May Term 1913
Appearance Docket 201:132
    “The [typed] petition of ANDREW KOTODRIEJ of said County of Crawford respectfully represents:– [¶] That he desires to adopt as one of his heirs HELEN SEVICK a minor child of MARY SEVICK the surviving parent of said child, and that he will perform all the duties of a parent to the said child.  He further represents that on the 21st day of January, 1913 he was lawfully married to Mary Sevick the mother of said child who has consented to such adoption by this deponent which adoption [sic; consent?] is evidenced by her joining in this petition. [¶] Your petitioner therefore prays the Court to decree that the said Helen Sevick may assume the name of this petitioner, [next word carreted] to-wit Helen Kotodriej, and have and enjoy all the rights of a child and heir of your petitioner, and be subject to the duties of a child.  And he will ever pray etc.”  Signed Andriej Kotodriej; sworn to (as Andrew Kotodriej) and again subscribed Andriej Kolodriej before V L Greeley, Prothonotary, 15 Feb. 1913; Attorney Otto Kohler, Meadville.
    [Attached (typed) parental consent:]  “Personally appeared before me the Prothonotary in and for the County of Crawford, Mary Sevick who being duly sworn says she is the mother of Helen Sevick; that she has become the wife of Andrew Kotodriej having been married to him on the 21st day of January, A. D. 1913; that deponent’s said husband desires to adopt her minor child; that she is the only legal parent of said child and hereby consents to the adoption as prayed for by the petition of her said husband.”  Sworn to and subscribed with the mark of Mary Sevick, Witness Edith Gross, David T McKay, before V. L. Greeley [Prothonotary] 15 Feb. 1913.
    Granted 17 Feb. 1913, name assumed is Helen Kotodriej; filed same day.

#120 May Term 1913
Appearance Docket 201:242
    “The [typed] petition of WILLIAM G. SNYDER and JANIE SNYDER, his wife, of Meadville, Penn’a respectfully represents:– [¶] That they desire to adopt as one of their heirs DOROTHY LESLIE a minor child of FLORENCE LESLIE; that said Dorothy Leslie was born Dec. 22nd, 1912 at the City Hospital Meadville, Pa. and has been in the possession and care of your petitioners about three weeks; that if said adoption be decreed they will perform all the duties of a parent to said child; that the consent of Florence Leslie mother of said child to such adoption is evidenced by her joining in the prayer of this petition; that the overseers of the Poor of the County of Crawford have likewise consented to said adoption. [¶] Your petitioners therefore pray the Court to decree that the said Dorothy Leslie may assume the name of these petitioners to wit Dorothy Elizabeth Snyder [with ‘Elizabeth’ carreted in pencil] and that she may have and enjoy all the rights of a child and heir of your petitioners and be subject to the duties of a child.  And they will ever pray.”  Signed Wm G Snyder, Janie Snyder.; sworn to and subscribed Wm. G. Snyder, Janie Snyder. before V. L. Greeley, Prothonotary, 17 March 1913; Attorney Otto Kohler, Meadville.
    [Attached (typed) parental consent:]  “The undersigned Florence Leslie mother of Dorothy Leslie a minor child now in the possession of William G. Snyder and Janie Snyder hereby joins in the petition of said William G. Snyder and wife praying for the adoption of her child Dorothy Leslie and consents that said adoption may be decreed and the said Dorothy assume the name of Dorothy Snyder and have and enjoy all the rights of a child and heir of said adopting parents and be subject to the duties of a child.”  Sworn to and subscribed Florence Leslie before John F. Carmichael, J.P., Washington Co., Pa., 15 April 1913, Witnesses:– J. E. Paul[?], C -[?] H–land [illegible].
    [Attached (typed) consent:]  “We the undersigned Overseers of the Poor of the County of Crawford hereby consent to the adoption of Dorothy Leslie a minor child of Florence Leslie by W. G. Snyder and Janie Snyder according to the prayer of said petitioners. [¶] Meadville, Pa., March 22, 1913.”  Signed H C Wasson, A E Lilley, Geo. C. Reitze.
    Granted 28 April 1913, name assumed is Dorothy Leslie Snyder [sic]; filed same day.

#126 May Term 1913
Appearance Docket 201:249
    “The [typed] petition of NEWTON L. LEONHART [sic] and JUIE H. LEONHART, of Summerhill Township, in County of Crawford and State of Pennsylvania, respectfully represents that petitioners are desirous of adopting, as one of their heirs, EDWARD ANDERSON, a son of ROSETTA ANDERSON, and who has been placed by his mother in the custody of the Childrens Aid Society of Greene County, Pennsylvania, with full release by the said mother and consent that the said Childrens Aid Society may place said child in a suitable home and consent to the adoption of said child therein. [¶] Petitioners further declare that they will perform all the duties of a parent to the said Edward Anderson.  Petitioners represent that the name of the father of said child is unknown to these petitioners, that the said father deserted and abandoned his wife, Rosetta Anderson, before said child was born and petitioners do not know the whereabouts of said father; that the mother of said child was unable to support said child and placed the child in the custody of the Childrens Aid Society of Green County and filed with said Society her consent that said child might be adopted in any home of which said Society approved for adoption; that the said Edward Anderson is now of the age of twenty-seven months and has been supported by the said Childrens Aid Society and by these petitioners since very soon after his birth and has lived in the home of petitioners for one year and seven months last past; that on the eighth day of December, nineteen hundred eleven, the said Childrens Aid Society delivered to petitioners their written consent to their adoption of the said Edward Anderson, signed by the President and Secretary, which said consent is attached hereto. [¶] The petitioners therefore pray the court, if satisfied that the welfare of said Edward Anderson will be promoted by such adoption and with the consent of the aforesaid Childrens Aid Society signified by the written consent annexed hereto, to decree that said Edward Anderson may assume the name of George Edward Leonhart and have all the rights of a child and heir of the petitioners and be subject to the duties of such child.”  Signed W. L. Leonheart, Juie Leonheart; sworn to (as Newton L. Leonhart and Juie H. Leonhart) and subscribed W. L. Leonheart, Juie Leonheart before V. L. Greeley, Prothonotary, 11 April 1913; Attorney Manley O. Brown, Meadville.
    [Attached (typed) supporting affidavit:]  “G. L. Johnson and Della Johnson being duly sworn, say that they are acquainted with Newton L. Leonhart and Juie H. Leonhart, that the said persons are residents of Summerhill Township, Crawford County, Pennsylvania, that they, the said Newton L. Leonhart and Juie H. Leonhart, are in such circumstances as to provide a comfortable home for the said Edward Anderson, who has been supported in their home for upwards of a year last past, that they are persons who are able to provide proper mental and moral training for said child and affiants verily believe that the welfare of said child will be promoted by his adoption by the said Newton L. Leonhart and Juie H. Leonhart.”  Sworn to and subscribed G L Johnson, Della Johnson before V. L. Greeley, Prothonotary, 11 April 1913.
    [Attached handwritten letter on stationery of Children’s Aid Society of Green County, dated at Waynesburg, Pa., 8 Dec. 1911, with seal, addressed to the Court, and with penciled notation at the bottom, / Forgot to return this. G.F.D. 2/16/12”:]  “To the Honorable Judges of Courts of Common Pleas of Crawford County, State of Pennsylvania, [¶] The Green County auxiliary of the Children’s Aid Society of Western Pennsylvania, being legally authorized by his mother, Rosetta Anderson, to place Edward Anderson aged one year, in any home of which said Society approves, for adoption, does hereby agree to, and authorize, the adoption, of said Edward Anderson, by Newton Lenhart [sic] and Juie Lenhart his wife, of Dixonburgh Crawford County, Pennsylvania.”  Sworn to and subscribed at Green County, Pa., Jane Teagarden, President, Mary C. House, Secretary, before Kate Hays McCall, Notary Public, 8 Dec. 1911.
    [Attached handwritten letter written dated at Waynesburg, Pa., 13 March 1913, beneath typed, uncompleted form dated “March   1913” and stating “This is to certify that I have placed my son, Edward Anderson, in the care of the Childrens Aid Society of Green County, Pennsylvania, and that I have consented to release all claim upon the custody of said child and have given full permission to the said Childrens Aid Society to place my said son for adoption in any home of which said Childrens Aid Society may approve. (blank signature and witness lines)”:]  “The papers with the mother’s signature were forwarded to Attorney Davenport of Crawford Co. more than a year ago.  The Society has no other paper, the one sent was signed by the mother and acknowledged before Notary Public  The Society does not know where the mother is.  She left Green Co taking her little girl with her.  Her whereabouts are unknown to us.  W, officers of the Childrens Aid Society of Greene Co., pray the court of Crawford Co to grant the adoption, being fully satisfied that it is the childs best interest.”  Sworn to and subscribed Jane Teagarden, President, Theodoria W. Knox, Cor. Sec., [with] wit.: H. H. Hughes, J. J. Knox, before John L. Wood, Notary Public, Greene Co.
    Granted 3 May 1913, name assumed is George Edward Leonheart; filed same day.

#169 September Term 1913
Appearance Docket 201:427
    “The [typed] petition [corrected from ‘petition’] of WILLIAM BROMLEY, a citizen and resident of the county aforesaid [of Crawford], [next five word carreted, handwritten] and MAY BROMLEY, his wife, respectfully represents: [¶] That they are [changed from ‘he is’] desirous of adopting BESSIE DELL ALLEN, a minor child of JESSIE LILEYON MURDOCK by a former husband, ALVA HARTWELL ALLEN, now of the age 11 years, as one of their [changed from ‘his’] heirs; that they [changed from ‘he’] will perform all the duties of a parent toward the said minor, and that the said Jessie Lileyon Murdock, parent of the said Bessie Dell Allen, has consented to such adoption. [¶] Wherefore your petitioners [changed from ‘petitioner’] prays your honorable court to order and decree that the said Bessie Dell Allen shall assume the name of your petitioners [changed from ‘petitioner’], and have all the rightsof a child and heir of your petitioners [changed from ‘petitioner’], and be subject to the duties of such child.”  Signed Wilem[?] Bromley, May Bromley; sworn to (as William Bromley [handwritten] and May Bromley) and again subscribed before C. F. Leibrich, J.P., by William Bromley on 22 Aug. 1913 and by May Bromley 27 Aug. 1913; Attorney Jules A. C. Dubar.
    [Parental consent (typed), below:]  “I, Jessie Lileyon Murdock, the parent of the said Bessie Dell Allen, hereby signify my consent to the adoption of the said Bessie Dell Allen as prayed for in the foregoing petition, and believe that such adoption will be for her welfare.”  Signed Jessie Lileyon Murdock [undated].
    [Attached supporting affidavit:]  “J. F. Prather and Joseph F. Geser, being duly sworn according to law, say that they are well acquainted with William Bromley, the above named petitioner; that he is a per son [sic] of good moral character, and that they believe that the welfare of the said Bessie Dell Allen will be promoted by the adoption as prayed for.”  Sworn to and subscribed J. F. Prather, Joseph F. Geser before C. F. Leibrich, J.P., 22 Aug. 1913.
    Granted 1 Sept. 1913 [decree typed on cover], name assumed is Bessie Dell Bromley; filed same day.

#20 February Term 1914
Appearance Docket 202:20
    “The [typed] petition of CLARENCE E. WOOD and his wife, STELLA WOOD, residents of Meadville, Crawford County, Pennsylvania, respectfully represent, [¶] That they are desirous of adopting RUTH EVELYN SHEA, a minor child of JOSEPH SHEA and his wife, BLANCHE SHEA, of the city of Meadville, Crawford County, Pa., now of about the age of five months, or will be five months old on the 22nd day of November, 1913, as one of their heirs. [¶] That they will perform the part of parents towards the said minor, and that the said Joseph Shea and his wife, Blanche Shea, parents of the said Ruth Evelyn Shea, have consented to said adoption.  Wherefore Your Petitioner prays Your Honorable Court to order a [sic] decree that the said Ruth Evelyn Shea shall assume the name of Your Petitioner and be known as Ruth Evelyn Wood, and have all the rights of a child and heirs [sic] of Your Petitioners, and be subject to the duties of such child.”  Signed Clarence E. Wood, Mrs. Stella Wood; sworn to and again subscribed (by both) before Isaac Mondereau, Notary Public, Meadville, 17 Nov. 1912; Attorney Isaac Monderau, Meadville.
    [Attached (typed) parental consent:]  “We, Joseph Shea and Blanche Shea, parents of the said Ruth Evelyn Shea, hereby signify our consent to the adoption of the said Ruth Evelyn Shea as prayed for in the foregoing petition, and believe that such adoption will be for her wellfare [sic].”  Signed Joseph Shea, Mrs. Blanche Shea; sworn to and again subscribed before Isaac Mondereau, Notary Public, Meadville, 17 Nov. 1913.
    Granted 24 Nov. 1913, name assumed is Ruth Evelyn Wood; filed same day.

#38 February Term 1914
Appearance Docket 202:38
    “The [typed] petition of AUGUSTUS M. FENNER, and EVA M. FENNER, his wife, of Linesville Borough, in said County, respectfully represent; That they are desirous of adopting GLADYS L. KILE, who is nineteen years of age, having been born on the twenty-nineth [sic] day of March, 1894, and who has resided with the petitioners for many years last past, as one of their heirs; and for that purpose they herein declare their said desire, and also that they will perform all the duties of parents to the said Gladys L. Kile,. She the said Gladys L. Kile, being a child of FRED E. KILE, of Ashtabula County, Ohio. [¶] The petitioners therefore pray the Court, if satisfied that the welfare of the said Gladys L. Kile, will be promoted by such adoption, with the consent of the said Fred E. Kile, evidenced by his consent in writing annexed to this petition, to decree that the said Gladys L. Kile, may assume the name of the petitioners, viz. Gladys L. Fenner, and have all the rights of a child and heir of the petitioners, and be subject to the duties of such child. And they the petitioners as in duty bound will ever pray &c.”  Signed Augustus M. Fenner, Eva M. Fenner; sworn to and again subscribed (by both) before F. J. Shattuck, J.P., 13 Dec. 1913; by Attorney A. M. Fenner, Linesville.
    [Attached (typed) parental consent:]  “I hereby consent to, and approve of the adoption of my daughter Gladys Ledora Kile, who was born on the twenty-nineth day of March, A.D. 1894, by Augustus M. Fenner, and Eva M. Fenner, his wife, as prayed for in the foregoing petition. [¶] In witness whereof I have hereunto subscribed my name at Linesville, Pa. this first day of December, A.D. 1913.”  Signed Fred E Kile.     [(Typed) consent, below:]  “I hereby consent to, and approve of the adoption of my ward Gladys L. Kile, by Augustus M. Fenner, and Eva M. Fenner, his wife, as prayed for in the foregoing petition. [¶] In witness whereof I have hereunto subscribed my name at Linesville, Pa. the 13th day of December, A.D. 1913.”  Signed P. M. Akens[?], Guardian of Gladys L. Kile.
    [(Typed) consent, below:]  “I hereby request the Honorable Court, to decree the adoption of myself by Augustus M. Fenner, and Eva M. Fenner, his wife, according to the prayer of the foregoing petition. [”] In witness whereof I have hereunto subscribed my name at Linesville, Pa. the 13th day of December, A.D. 1913.”  Signed Gladys L. Kile.
    Granted 15 Dec. 1913, “and that the said Gladys L. Kile, shall assume the names of the petitioners,” [presumably Gladys L. Fenner]; [date of filing not given].

#51 February Term 1914
Appearance Docket 202:51
    “The [typed] petition of WALTER F. LAW and [first name handwritten] BESSIE LAW, his wife, respectfully represents: [¶] That they are desirous of adopting GEORGE HERSHELMAN, a minor child, four years old November 25, 1913, of GEORGE HHERSHELMAN, now deceased, and MAGGIE HERSHELMAN, as one of their heirs.  That they will perform all the duties of a parent toward said minor child and that the surviving parent, Maggie Hershelman, has consented to such adoption. [¶] Wherefore your petitioners pray your honorable Court to order and decree that the said George Hershelman shall assume the name of George Law and have all the rights of a child and heir of your petitioners and be subject to the duties of such child.”  Signed Walter Law, Bessie Law; sworn to and again subscribed (by both) before Luther Gates, J.P., Shadeland, Beaver Twp., 18 Dec. 1913; by Attorney Curtis L. Webb [of Meadville].
    [Attached (typed) parental consent:]  “I, Maggie Hershelman, the mother of George Hershelman, hereby signify my consent to the adoption of the said George Hershelman, my four year old son, as prayed for in the foregoing petition, and believe that such adoption will be for his welfare.”  Signed Maggie Hershelman.
    Granted 22 Dec. 1913 [decree written on cover], name assumed is George Law; filed same day.

#52 May Term 1914
Appearance Docket 202:170
    “The [typed] petition of J. SANFORD SMOCK and his wife EFFIE SMOCK, citizens and residents of Greenwood Township, Crawford County, Pennsylvania, respectfully represents: [¶] That they are desirous of adopting JAMES LEASURE a minor child of HARRY LEASURE and LILLIAN LEASURE WILKINSON, now of the age of Four years, who is now and for some time last past has been living with your petitioners and who for some time prior to becoming a member of your petitioners home was an inmate of the Trumbull County Children’s Home, located at the city of Warren, County of Trumbull and State of Ohio, and that he was supported by said Institution: And that the said James Leasure was surrendered to the said Trumbull County Children’s Home by his mother, who at that time was an inmate of the Trumbull County, Ohio, Infirmary, in accordance with the Laws of the State of Ohio and the Rules and Regulations of the State and County Boards of said State.  And your petitioners further represent that they will perform all the duties of parents toward the said minor.  Your petitioners append to this, their petition, the written consent of the Board of Trustees of the Childrens Home of Trumbull County, Ohio, to their adoption of the said James Leasure and a letter from the Superintendent of said Home [missing from file] stating that the childs welfare would be promoted by said adoption[.] They therefore pray your Honorable Court to order and decree that the said James Leasure shall assume the name of your petitioner [sic] and that the name of the said Child may be changed to Robert William Smock, and have all the rights of a child and heir of your petitioners, and be subject to the duties of such child.”  Signed J Sanford Smock, Effie Smock; sworn to and again subscribed (by both) before T G Cathcart, J.P., 7 March 1914.
    [Attached (typed) supporting affidavit:]  “W. J. Cathcart and J. E. Hutton being duly sworn according to law, say that they are well acquainted with J. Sanford Smock and Effie Smock, the above named petitioners; that they are persons of good moral character and that they believe that the welfare of the said James Leasure will be promoted by the adoption as prayed for.”  Sworn to and subscribed W. J Cathcarat, J E Hutton., before T G Cathcart, J. P., 7 March 1914.
    [Attached “Adoption Answer and Consent” of the Probate Court, Trumbull County, Ohio, In the Matter of the adoption of James Leasure, on preprinted form:]  “And now comes The Board of Trustees of the Childrens Home of Trumbull County, Ohio, and in answer to the petition of J. Sanford Smock and Effie Smock in this case say  that they are the legal custodians of James Leasure named in the petition, and that they have examined said petition and believe that the facts and allegations set forth therein are true, and freely give their consent that the said James Leasure be by said petitioners adopted, and that the name of said child be changed from James Leasure to Robert William Smock as prayed for in said petition. [stricken portion is handwritten] , and that the welfare of the said child will be promoted thereby. Dated this 3 day of December A. D., 19013.#148;  Signed The Board of Trustees of the Childrens Home of Trumbull County Ohio, By Charles Fellins[?], President of the Board [“Witness” lines left blank, and jurat on reverse side not completed].
    Granted 9 March 1914 [decree handwritten on cover], name assumed is Robert William Smock; filed same day.

#43 September Term 1914
Appearance Docket 202:271
    “The [typed] petition of OSCAR E. ANDERSON and AUGUSTA C. ANDERSON respectfully represents: [¶] That they are husband and wife residing in the City of Titusville, said County and are desirous of adopting ROBERT FRICK, minor child of ERNEST R. FRICK of Chicago, Illinois and of ELLEN FRICK late of the same place deceased, as one of their heirs.  That the said Robert Frick is now three and one half years of age; that they will perform all the duties of parents toward the said minor and that the said Ernest R. Frick, the surviving parent of the said minor has consented to said adoption. [¶] Wherefore your petitioners pray your Honorable Court to order and decree that said Robert Frick shall assume the name of your petitioners, to wit Robert Frick Anderson, and have all the rights of a child and heir of your petitioners and be subject to the duties of such child.”  Signed Oscar. E. Anderson, Augusta C. Anderson; sworn to and again subscribed (by both) before Lulu M. Moran, Notary Public, Titusville, Pa., 10 June 1914; by [Attorney?] Axtell J. Byles, Titusville.
    [Attached (typed) parental consent:]  “I, Ernest R. Frick of Chicago, Illinois, surviving parent of the said Robert Frick hereby signify my consent to the adoption of the said Robert Frick as prayed for in the foregoing petition and believe that said adoption will be for his welfare.”  Signed Ernest R Frick, Witness: Lulu M. Moran [undated].
    [(Typed) supporting affidavit, below:]  “Be It Remembered that on this tenth day of June, A.D. 1914, before me the subscriber a Notary Public, and for said County [of Crawford], personally came John B. Benson and Andrew Benson, who being each duly sworn according to law say that they are well acquainted with Oscar E. Anderson and Augusta C. Anderson, the above named petitioners; that they are persons of good moral character and that in the opinion of deponents the welfare of the said Minor, Robert Frick will be promoted by the adoption as prayed for.”  Sworn to and subscribed John B Benson, Andrew Benson before Lulu M. Moran, Notary Public, Titusville, “the day and year last above written.”
    Granted 13 June 1914, name assumed is Robert Frick Anderson; filed same day.

#60 September Term 1914
Appearance Docket 202:288
    “The [typed] petition of EMERY M. M. BISBEY and his wife MAY BISBEY, citizens and residents of Cussewago Township, Crawford County, Pennsylvania, respectfully represents:– [¶] That they are desirous of adopting RICHARD SMITH, “a minor child of LEONARD SMITH and ROGENE SMITH, now of the age of five years, who is now and for some time last past has been living with your petitioners, and who for some time prior to becoming a member of your petitioners home was an inmate of the Cleveland Protestant Orphans’ Asylum, located at the City of Cleveland, County of Cuyahoga and State of Ohio, and that he was supported by said institution; And that the said Richard Smith was surrendered to the said The Cleveland Protestant Orphans’ Asylum by his mother, who at that time was residing at Cleveland, Ohio, in accordance with the Laws of the State of Ohio and the Rules and Regulations of the State and County Boards of that State.  And your petitioners further represent that they will perform all, the duties of parents toward the said minor.  Your petitioners append to this, their petition, the written consent of the Board of Trustees of The Cleveland Protestant Orphans’ Asylum of Cleveland, Ohio, to their adoption of the said Richard Smith and an affidavit showing the fitness of the said petitioners to be such adopting parents. [#182;] They therefore pray your Honorable Court to order and decree that the said Richard Smith shall assume the name of your petitioners and that the name of said child may be changed to Richard Smith Bisbey, and have all the rights of a child and heir of your petitioners, and be subject to the duties of such child.  Signed Emery M. M. Bisbey, May Bisbey; sworn to and subscribed Emery M M Bisbey, May Bisbey. before V L Greeley, Prothonotary, 6 July 1914; by Attorney Donald C. Thompson; penciled on cover at petitioners’ names is “Saegertown R 15.”
    [(Typed) supporting affidavit, below:]  “Chas. S. Roberts and Mrs. Katherine E. Bain being duly sworn according to law, say that they are well acquainted with Emery M. M. Bisbey and May Bisbey, the above named petitioners; that they are persons of good moral character and that they believe that the welfare of the said Richard Smith will be promoted by the adoption prayed for,”  Sworn to and subscribed Chas S. Roberts, Katherine E. Bain before V. L. Greeley, Prothonotary, 6 July 1914.
    [Attached, preprinted form “Consent of President of Board of Trustees of The Cleveland Protestant Orphan Asylum” “In Probate Court,” Cuyahoga County, Ohio, “In the Matter of the Adoption of Richard Smith”:]  “Now comes Douglas Perkins and represents to the court that ‘The Cleveland Protestant Orphan Asylum’ is organized under the laws of the State of Ohio, and that he is the President of the Board of Trustees of said Asylum. [¶] He further represents and says that on the twenty-fifth day of May, 1914, the said Richard Smith was voluntarily surrendered by its parent guardian to the trustees of said Asylum, has been abandoned by its parents guardian and is now an inmate of said Asylum. [¶] That he has examined the petition herein and believes the allegations therein set forth to be true, and as President of said Board of Trustees hereby consents to the adoption of said Richard Smith by the said Emery M. M. Bisbey and May Bisbey and for the change of his name as prayed for in said petition.  Cleveland, Ohio May 25, 1914”  Signed Douglas Perkins, President of Board of Trustees of the Cleveland Protestant Orphan Asylum; sworn to and again subscribed before E. H. Henry, Notary Public, Cuyahoga Co., Ohio, 25 May 1914.
    Granted 6 July 1914, name assumed is Richard Smith Bisbey; filed same day.

#88 September Term 1914
Appearance Docket 202:316
    “The [typed] petition of EMMA ANDERSON and GEORGE ANDERSON her husband respectfully represents:– [¶] That by a decree of this Court entered October 22nd, 1911 as entered to No. 39, November Term, 1911 the son of your petitioner Emma Anderson, to-wit, HOWARD THOMA PENNELL, was legally adopted by MARGUARETTE L. LAWRENCE [middle initial carreted] of Conneaut Lake, Pa. and since said date has been in the custody of the said adopted parent; that the said Emma Anderson since said decree has become the wife and intermarried with George Anderson, and desires now to adopt her son in which she is joined by her said husband George Anderson; that the said adopted parent Marguarette L. Lawrence has consented to surrender the said child to his mother as is evidenced by her joining in this petition. [¶] Your petitioners therefore pray this Honorable Court to order and decree that the said Howard Thomas Pennell shall have all the rights of a child and heir of them, these petitioners, and be subject to the duties of a child, and further that he the said Howard Thomas Pennell may retain and be known by said name.  And they will ever pray as in duty bound.”  Signed Emma Anderson, George Anderson; sworn to and (again) subscribed before V. L. Greeley, Prothonotary, 27 July 1914; by Attorney Otto Kohler, Meadville.
    [(Typed) parental consent, below:]  “I, Marguarette L. Lawrence of Conneaut Lake Pa. adoptive parent of Howard Thomas Pennell do hereby certify that I have read the foregoing petition of Emma Anderson and George Anderson her husband and do hereby consent to the adoption of the said Howard Thomas Pennell by his said mother Emma Anderson and her husband George Anderson according to the prayer of the foregoing petition, believing that said readoption by the mother of said child will be for his best interest and welfare.0  Signed Marguarette. L. Lawrence; Witnesses:– August Delp, Otto Kohler.
    Granted 3 Aug. 1914, “ and further that he shall retain his former name, to-wit, Howard Thomas Pennell; [penciled note at bottom of decree:] “Chas Butterfield  Conneautville / Mrs Butterfield  Louisville / are sisters of Mrs. Anderson”; filed same day.

#30 November Term 1914
Appearance Docket 202:390
    “The [typed] petition of JAY M ATTHEWS and AMANDA MATTHEWS, his wife, residents of the City of Titusville, County of Crawford, and State of Pennsylvania respectfully represents: [¶] That they are desirous of adopting MABEL SPENCER, a minor child, being ten (10) years of age August 12th. 1914, and whose Mother, ELIZABETH SPENCER, died about eight years ago, and her father, WILLIAM BRUCE SPENCER, has neglected, and failed to provide for her since that time, and your petitioners have within the last six months made diligent serch [sic] for the said William Bruce Spencer, and are unable to locate him, and know not, whether he is living or dead, and the said Mabel Spencer, has since May 30th. 1911 been an inmate of the home of your petitioners, and has been supported by your petitioners and they will perform all the duties of a parent or parents toward the said minor. [¶] We, therefore pray your Honorable Court to order a decree that the said Mabel Spencer shall assume the name of your petitioners, and be known as Mabel Mathews, and have all the rights of a child, and heir of your petitioners, and be subject to the duties of such child.”  Signed Jay Matthews, Amanda Matthews [no jurat]; by Robert A. Kerr, Alderman, Titusville.
    [(Typed) supporting affidavit, below:]  “WE, M. V. Hazen, M.D., and William S. Strong, being duly sworn according to law, say that we are well acquainted with Jay Matthews and Amanda Mathews, his wife, the above named petitioners; that they are persons of good moral character, and that we believe that the welfare of the said Mabel Spencer will be promoted by the adoption, as prayed for, and are of the same religious belief as that of the parents of the said Mabel Spencer.”  Sworn to and subscribed M. V. Hazen M.D., William S Strong., before Robert A. Kerr, J.P., Titusville, Pa., 28 [month blank] 1914.
    Granted 12 Oct. 1914, name assumed is Mabel Matthews; filed same day.

#44 November Term 1914
Appearance Docket 202:404
    “The [typed] petition of EDWARD W. PHELPS, and IVA GLEE PHELPS, his wife, of the Township of North Shenango, in said County [of Crawford], respectfully represents:  That they are desirous of adopting as one of their heirs EDITH ISABEL BENNETT, who is ten years of age, a child of BERTON J. BENNETT, of Ashtabula, Ohio, and whose mother died several years since, and for the purpose of such adoption they hereby declare their said desire, and also that they will perform all the duties of parents to said Edith Isabel Bennett,. [¶] The petitioners therefore pray the court, if satisfied that the welfare of the said Edith Isabel Bennett, will be promoted by such adoption, with the consent of the said Berton J. Bennett, evidenced by him signing this petition, to decree that the said Edith Isabel Bennett, may assume the name of the petitioners, viz. Edith Isabel Phelps, and have all the rights of a child and heir of the petitioners, and be subject to the duties of such child.  And they the petitioners will ever pray.”  Signed Edward W Phelps, Iva Glee Phelps; sworn to and again subscribed (by both) before A. M. Fenner, Notary Public, Linesville, Pa., 27 Oct. 1914; by Attorney A. M. Fenner, Linesville.
    [Attached (typed) parental consent:]  “I hereby consent to the adoption of my daughter Edith Isabel Bennett by Edward W. Phelps, and Iva Glee Phelps, his wife as prayed for in the foregoing petition. [¶] Ashtabula, Ohio October 26 1914.”  Signed Burton J Bennett
    Granted 29 Oct. 1914, name assumed is Edith Isabel Phelps; filed same day.

#34 February Term 1915
Appearance Docket 203:34
    “The [typed] petition of JOHN A. YOCUM and GERTRUDE E. YOCUM, his wife respectfully represents; [¶] That your petitioners are husband and wife; citizens of the State of Pennsylvania, County of Crawford and reside in the Third Ward of the City of Meadville [¶] That they are desirous of adopting GERTRUDE LEONA PATTERSON [with ‘Leona’ changed everywhere except in the caption and cover from ‘Leone’], a Minor born on the 10 day of July 1911 and now aged 3 years now residing with your petitioners, being the child of O. F. PATTERSON and LEONA PATTERSON the latter being now deceased. [¶] That the said Gertrude Leona Patterson has made it home with your petitioners since the death of her mother and the said O. F. Patterson id [sic] willing and desirous that she be adopted by the said John A. Yocum and Gertrude E Yocum, his wife, his assent thereto being set forth and hereto annexed and made a part of this petition. [¶] That your petitioners are able to provide a proper home for said minor and able to care for, support and maintain her in a manner conducive to her welfare and will perform all the duties of parents towards her. [¶] Your petitioners therefore pray your Honorable Court for leave to adopt said minor under the provision of the Act of Assembly in such case made and provided, said minor to have all the rights of an actual child with any other children of your petitioners. [¶] And they will ever pray, etc[.]”  Signed John A. Yocum, Gertrude E. Yocum; sworn to and again subscribed (by both) before Maude Harper, Notary Public, Meadville, 19 Nov. 1914; by Attorney Laucey.
    [Attached (typed) parental consent:]  “I, the undersigned, O. F. Patterson, being the parent of Gertrude Leona Patterson do hereby certify that I have read the foregoing petition; that the facts set forth therein are true; and I do join in the prayer thereof and do consent to the adoption of the said Gertrude Leona Patterson by the said John A. Yocum and Gertrude A Yocum[.]”  Sworn to and subscribed O. F. Patterson at Butler County, Pa., before G. W. Hazlett, Notary Pubic, 21 Nov. 1914.
    Granted 14 Dec. 1914, name assumed is Gertrude Leona Yocum; filed same day.

#7 May Term 1915
Appearance Docket 203:139
    “The [typed] petition of SLATER M. M ERCHANT and MARY A. MERCHANT respectfully represents:– [¶] That they are residents of Riceville, Crawford County, Pennsylvania; that they are desirous of adopting a child known as HENRY IRVIN as their child and heir; that the said Henry Irvin was born April 18, 1908, and has been living with your petitioners since April 18, 1910; that his mother died shortly after he was born; that the president [sic] residence of the father is not known; that the father, by reason of ill-health, has never been able to care for said child, and has not contributed anything for his support for more than five years last past; that, after the death of the mother, the said child was placed in the care and custody of the Children’s Aid Society of Western Penn’a., and was transferred [sic] by it to the Children’s Aid Society of Crawford County, its auxiliary, at the time he came to live with your petitioners, and has been under its charge and supervision ever since; that the consent of the said Society to the adoption has been duly granted, and is hereto attached and made a part of this petition; that, if this adoption is approved, your petitioners will perform all the duties of a parent to said child. [¶] Therefore your petitioners pray your Honor to order, adjudge and decree the adoption of the said Henry Irvin as their child and heir, and that he shall be known by the name of Burdette Merchant.  And they will ever pray, etc.”  Signed S. M. Merchant., Mary A. Merchant.; sworn to (but not again subscribed) before John Hammond, J.P., 6 Feb. 1913; by Attorneys Humes & Peters.
    [Attached (typed) “Consent to adoption”:]  “Personally appeared before me, a Notary Public in and for said County [of Crawford], Aileen Ford McKinney and Alice L. Bayless, who being duly sworn according to law, depose and say, That they are President and Secretary, respectively, of the Children’s Aid Society of Crawford County, an auxiliary to the Children’s Aid Society of Western Penn’a; that a child known as Henry Irwin [changed from ‘Irvin’] has been under its charge, and [next two words carreted and handwritten] custody control supervision for more than five years last past, and has been living during said time with Slater M. Merchant and Mary A. Merchant, of Riceville, Pa.; that the consent of the said Society to the adoption of the said child by the said Slater M. Merchant and Mary A. Merchant as their child and heir is hereby granted; and that they believe the best interests and welfare of said child will be served by said adoption.”  Sworn to and subscribed Aileen Ford McKinney, President, and Alice L. Bayless, Secretary, before R. E. Dickinson, Notary Public, Titusville, 4 Feb. 1915.
    Granted 15 Feb. 1915, name assumed is Burdettte Merchant; filed same day.

#43 May Term 1915
Appearance Docket 203:176
    “The [typed] petition of GEORGE HARVEY, a citizen and resident of the County aforesaid [Crawford] respectfully represents: [¶] That he is desirous of adopting FLOYD SWIRES, a minor child of ELMER SWIRES (SARAH SWIRES, Mother of said Floyd Swires, being deceased) now of the age of fourteen years, as one of his heirs; that he will perform all the duties of a parent toward said minor, and that the said Elmer Swires, parent of the said Floyd Swires, has consented to such adoption. [¶] Wherefore, your petitioner prays your Honorable Court to order and decree that the said Floyd Swires shall assume the name of your petitioner, and have all the rights of a child and heir of your petitioner, and be subject to the duties of such child.”  Signed George W Harvey [no jurat other than the one beneath father’s consent at the bottom of the page, perhaps applicable to both]; by Attorney Geo. Frank Brown.
    [(Typed) parental consent, below:]  “I, Elmer Swires, hereby certify that Sarah Swires, Mother of the said Floyd Swires, died on the 17 day of Dec A. D. 1911, and hereby signify my consent to the adoption of the said Floyd Swires, as prayed for, in the foregoing petition, and believe that such adoption will be for his welfare.”  Sworn to and subscribed Elmer Swires before George R Bugbee, J.P., Pleasantville, Pa., 22 March 1915.
    [Enclosed handwritten letter on stationery of George Frank Brown, Lawyer, dated at Titusville, Pa. 27 March 1915, addressed to the Prothonotary:]  “Dear Sir:- I enclose a petition for the adoption of Floyd Swires by George W. Harvey.  Will you kindly hand it up to the Court on Monday and when he passes on it let me know your fees so that I can send you a check for same.  If the Court desires to know, both the petitioner and the child are Protestants in religion.  Very truly yours, Geo. Frank Brown.  [Typed at bottom:]  “Sent bill for $1.50, 3/29/15.”
    Granted 29 March 1915, name assumed is Floyd Harvey; filed same day.

#96 September Term 1915
Appearance Docket 203:328
    “The [typed] Petition of JOHN MALONEY and MATILDA MALONEY, respectfully represents: [¶] First.  That your petitioners are husband and wife, citizens of Pennsylvania and reside in the city of Titusville, at No. 11 Geale Street. [¶] Second.  That they are desirous of adopting ELSWORTH CARPENTER and MERLE CARPENTER, minors, born on December 12, 1907 and July 28, 1914 and now aged seven and one years and upwards respectively, now residing with the petitioners, being children of CLINTON E. CARPENTER of Titusville, Crawford County, Pennsylvania. [¶] Third.  That ALICE CARPENTER, wife of Clinton E. Carpenter, died recently in Titusville, Pennsylvania, leaving to survive her, her husband, Clinton E. Carpenter and five minor children; that the said Clinton E. Carpenter is unable to care for the said Ellsworth Carpenter and Merle Carpenter and is willing and desirous that they be adopted by the said John Maloney and Mathilda Maloney, his wife, his assent thereto, being set forth in an answer hereto annexed. [¶] Fourth.  That your petitioners are able to provide a proper home for the said minors and able to care for, support and maintain them in a manner conducive to their welfare, and will perform all the duties of parents towards them. [¶] Fifth.  That two affidavits by respectable citizens of Pennsylvania are hereto attached, setting forth, that in their opinion it is to the advantage of said minors, that they be adopted as prayed for herein. [¶] That petitioners, therefore, pray your Honorable Court for leave to adopt said minors under the provisions of the Act of Assembly, in such case made and provided, said minors to have all rights of an actual child, equally with any other children of your petitioners. [¶] And they will ever pray, etc.”  Signed John Maloney, Matilda Maloney; sworn to and again subscribed (by both) before Lulu M. Moran, Notary Public, Titusville, 9 July 1915; by Attorney James R. Graham.
    [Attached (typed) parental consent:]  “I the undersigned, being the father of Ellsworth Carpenter and Merle Carpenter, minors hereinbefore referred to, do hereby certify, that I have read the foregoing petition; that the facts therein set forth are true; and I do join in the prayer thereof and do consent to the adoption of Ellsworth Carpenter and Merle Carpenter by the said John Maloney and Mathilda Maloney.”  Signed Clinton E. Carpenter [no jurat other than the one beneath the following affidavit typed on the same page, and thus perhaps applicable to both].
    [(Typed) supporting affidavit, below:]  “John A. Connolly [sic] and Charles Brant being duly sworn according to law, depose and say that they know John Maloney and Mathilda Maloney, his wife, the petitioners above named; that they are persons of respectability and character; that they are able properly to care for, maintain and support the said Ellsworth Carpenter and Merle Carpenter; that they are acquainted with the circumstances of Clinton E. Carpenter and that in their opinion it will be for the best interests of the said Ellsworth Carpenter and Merle Carpenter, that they be adopted as prayed for in the foregoing petition.”  Sworn to and subscribed John A Connelly, Charles Brant before Lulu M. Moran, Notary Public, Titusville, 10 July 1915.
    Granted 12 July 1915, names assumed are Elsworth Maloney and Merle Maloney; filed same day.

#97 September Term 1915
Appearance Docket 203:329
    “The [typed] petition of DEXTOR TAYLOR and KATHERINE TAYLOR, respectfully represents: [¶] First.  That your petitioners are husband and wife, citizens of Pennsylvania and reside in the city of Titusville, at No. 7 Geale Street. [¶] Second.  That they are desirous of adopting PAUL CARPENTER and LLOYD CARPENTER [changed nearly everywhere, except in the caption and cover, by writing an ‘L’ before ‘Loyd’], minor children and born on the sixth day of September, Nineteen hundred and twelve and on the fifteenth day of September, Nineteen hundred and nine and now aged three and six years respectively, now residing with the petitioners, being the children of CLINTON E. CARPENTER of Titusville, Crawford County, Pennsylvania. [¶] Third.  That ALICE CARPENTER, wife of Clinton E. Carpenter, died recently in Titusville, Pennsylvania, leaving to survive her, her husband, Clinton E. Carpenter and five minor children; that the said Clinton E. Carpenter is unable to care for the said Paul Carpenter and Loyd Carpenter and is willing and desirous that they be adopted by the said Dexter Taylor and Katherine Taylor, his wife, his assent thereto, being set forth in an answer hereto annexed. [¶] Fourth.  That your petitioners are able to provide a proper home for the said minors and able to care for, support and maintain them in a manner conducive to their welfare, and will perform all the duties of parents towards them. [¶] Fifth.  That two affidavits by respectable citizens of Pennsylvania are hereto attached, setting forth, that in their opinion it is to the advantage of said minors, that they be adopted as prayed for herein. [¶] That petitioners, therefore, pray your Honorable Court for leave to adopt said minors under the provisions of the Act of Assembly, in such case made and provided, said minors to have all rights of an actual child, equally with any other children of your petitioners. [¶] And they will ever pray, etc.”  Signed Dexter Taylor, Katherine Taylor; sworn to and again subscribed (by both) before Lulu M. Moran, Notary Public, Titusville, 9 July 1915; by Attorney James R. Graham.
    [Attached parental consent:]  “I the undersigned, being the father of Paul Carpenter and Lloyd Carpenter, minors hereinbefore referred to, do hereby certify that I have read the foregoing petition; that the facts herein set forth are true; and I do join in the prayer thereof and do consent to the adoption of said Paul Carpenter and Loyd Carpenter by the said Dexter Taylor and Katherine Taylor.”  Signed Clinton E. Carpenter [no jurat other than the one beneath the following affidavit typed on the same page, and thus perhaps applicable to both].
    [(Typed) supporting affidavit, below:]  “John A. Connolly [sic] and Charles Brant being duly sworn according to law, depose and say that they know Dexter Taylor and Katherine Taylor, his wife, the petitioners above named; that they are persons of respectability and character; that they are able properly to care for, maintain and support the said Paul Carpenter and Lloyd Carpenter; that they are acquainted with the circumstances of Clinton E. Carpenter and that in their opinion it will be for the best interests of the said Paul Carpenter and Loyd Carpenter, that they be adopted as prayed for in the foregoing petition.”  Sworn to and subscribed John A Connelly, Charles Brant before Lulu M. Moran, Notary Public, Titusville, 10 July 1915.
    Granted 12 July 1915, names assumed are Paul Taylor and Lloyd Taylor; filed same day.

#8 November Term 1915
Appearance Docket 203:394
    “The [typed] Petition of ROY PENFIELD, and NELLIE PENFIELD, his wife, of Conneaut Township, in said county [of Crawford], respectfully represent. That they are desirous of adopting [changed in handwriting from ‘adoption’] as one of their heirs STERLE SWANSON, twenty months [next twelve words carreted] of age having been born on the 8th day of January, 1914. a child that they the petitioners took from the Erie Infants Home and Hospital, of Erie, Penna. on the 7th day of February, 1914 and since that time have kept, supported, cared for and maintained him,. And for the purpose of such adoption they herein declare their said desire, and also that they will perform all of the duties of parents to the said Sterle Swanson,.  The petitioners further state that they have been informed and believe that the said Sterle Swanson, has no parents that should consent to, or be consulted as to said adoption, and that the said Erie Infants Home and Hospital, have full power and authority to consent to, and control such adoption. [¶] The petitioners therefore pray the court, if satisfied that the welfare of the said Sterle Swanson, will be promoted by such adoption, with the consent of the said Erie Infants Home and Hospital, in writing hereto annexed, to decree that the same Sterle Swanson, may assume the name of the petitioners, viz. Sterle Penfield, and have all the rights of a child and heir of the petitioners and be subject to the duties of such child. And they the petitioners will ever pray &c.”  Signed Roy Penfield, Nellie Penfield; sworn to and again subscribed (by both) before A. M. Fenner, Notary Public, Linesville, Pa., 8 Sept. 1915; by Attorney A. M. Fenner.
    [Attached (typed) affidavit:]  “Before me the undersigned a Notary Public in and for said County [of Erie], personally appeared, Elnora B. Farrar who being duly sworn, says, that she is President of the Erie Infant Home and Hospital, of Erie, Penn., [next three words carreted] a charitable institution and that the said Erie Infant Home and Hospital, placed in the family of Roy Penfield, and Nellie Penfield, his wife, of Conneaut Township, Crawford County, Penna. a child named Sterle Swanson, on or about the 7th day of February A.D. 1914 with the understanding and agreement that the said child should be adopted by the said Roy Penfield, and Nellie Penfield, his wife, as their child and one of their heirs,.  That the said child was unconditionally given and placed in the said Erie Infants Home and Hospital, by his mother MARY SWANSON, an unmarried lady [date carreted] January 8th 1914., when he was about one month of age, and that the said Erie Infants Home and Hospital had full and unconditional control and charge of said child when he was placed in the family of the said Roy Penfield, and Nellie Penfield, his wife, as aforesaid, and full and lawful authority to approve of, consent to and direct and govern his the said childs adoption by any person or persons [next five words carreted] approved of by the said the might be the Erie Infants Home and Hospital, and that the said child has no parents who should consent to, or be consulted as to his adoption. [¶] The consent and approval of the said Erie Infants Home and Hospital, is hereby given for the adoption of the said Sterle Swanson, by the said Roy Penfield, and Nellie Penfield, his wife, as their child and one of their heirs.”  Sworn to in Erie County, Pa., and subscribed Elnora B. Farrar, Prest. Erie Infant Home, before C. A. Masten, Notary Public, Erie, Pa., 10 Sept. 1915.
    Granted 13 Sept. 1915, name assumed is Sterle Penfield; filed same day.

#46 November Term 1915
Appearance Docket 203:432
    “The [typed] petition of T. CLARA TAYLOR, [next two words carreted] a widow, a resident of Troy Township, County of Crawford and State of Pennsylvania, respectfully represents: [¶] That she is desirous of adopting RENA SHUGERT, an adult person, of the age of thirty-one years, and unmarried, whose parents have both long since been deceased, and who has been in the home of Your Petitioner from her infancy as a member of Your Petitioner’s family. [#182;] That the said adult, Rena Shugert, has consented to such adoption and certifies the same under hand as part of this petition. [¶] Wherefore Your Petitioner prays Your Honorable Court to order and decree that the said Rena Shugert shall have all the rights of a child and heir of Your Petitioner and be subject to the duties of such child, and that the said Rena Shugert may assume and bear the name of Rena Taylor.”  Signed T. Clara Taylor [see joint jurat with Rena Shugert, on following page of petition]; by Attorney Isaac Monderau.
    [Consent, below:]  “I, the undersigned, Rena Shugert, of the age of thirty-one years, certify that my father and mother are both deceased; that I am unmarried and have lived with the petitioner, T. Clara Taylor, ever since my infancy, and that it is my desire to be adopted by Your Petitioner and to bear the name of Rena Taylor.”  Signed Rena Shugert; sworn to by T. Clara Taylor and Rena Shugert and subscribed by both before Isaac Mondereau, Notary Public, Meadville, 14 Oct. 1915.
    Granted 14 Oct. 1915, name assumed is Rena Taylor; filed same day.

#75 November Term 1915
Appearance Docket 203:461
    “The [typed] petition of LOUIS F. STAHL, a citizen and resident of the County aforesaid [of Crawford], respectfully represents: [¶] That he is desirous of adopting MAY ISABELLE MORRIS, a minor child of PEARL ELLSWORTH MORRIS and JOSEPHINE MORRIS, now of the age of nine years and upwards, to-wit:  nine years of age October 9th last, as one of his heirs; that he will perform all the duties of a parent towards the said minor, and that the said Josephine Morris, has consented to said adoption. [¶] Petitioner further states on information and belief that on the 1st day of April 1912, at No. 62 February Term, 1911, in the Court of Common Pleas of Crawford County, Pennsylvania, a decree of divorce was granted separating and divorcing said Josephine Morris, as libellant, from the bonds of matrimony theretofore entered into between her and her said husband Pearl E. Morris, the respondent; that said minor has since been under the custody and control of its mother. [¶] Wherefore, petitioner prays your Honorable Court to order and decree that the said May Isabelle Morris, shall assume the name of your petitioner and have all the rights of a child and heir of your petitioner, and be subject to the duties of such child.”  Signed Louis F. Stahl, Petitioner; sworn to and subscribed [on the following page] Louis. F. Stahl before George A. Chase, United States Commissioner, Western District of Pennsylvania, 30 Oct. 1915; by Attorney W. J. Sirdevan.
    [Wife’s (typed) consent, below:]  “I, Jessie Stahl, wife of Louis F. Stahl the petitioner above named, hereby consent to his adoption of May Isabelle Morris, the minor above named. [¶; not indented] Oct 30th, 1915.”  Signed Jessie Stahl.
    [(Typed) parental consent, below:]  “I, Josephine Morris, the mother of said May Isabelle Morris, hereby consent to the adoption of the said May Isabelle Morris, as prayed for in the foregoing petition, and believe that such adoption will be for her welfare.”  Signed Josephine Morris [undated].
    [(Typed) supporting affidavit, attached:]  “Dr. C. E. Spicer and J. C. Yanke, being duly sworn according to law, say that they are well acquainted with Louis F. Stahl, the above-named petitioner; that he is a person of good moral character, and that they believe that the welfare of the said May Isabelle Morris will be promoted by the adoption as prayed for.”  Sworn to and subscribed C. E. Spicer, J. C. Yanke before Peter B. Tarr, J.P., Titusville, 30 Oct. 1915.
    Granted 1 Nov. 1915, name assumed is May Isabelle Stahl; filed same day.

#2 February Term 1916
Appearance Docket 204:2
    “The [typed] petition of ANDREW J. MEEHAN and ROSE M. MEEHAN his wife, respectfully represents:– [¶] That your petitioners are husband and wife, citizens of Pennsylvania and residing in the City of Meadville; that by Indenture dated November 18th, 1912 they received from the New York Foundling Hospital a corporation incorporated and organized under the laws of the State of New York MARY CONROY then one year, seven months and twenty-six days old which said child has been since in the care and custody of your petitioners. [next sentence handwritten] See Indenture of said Foundling Hospital hereto annexed marked ‘Exhibit A.’ [¶] That they desire to adopt the said Mary Conroy as their child and heir, they being able to provide a proper home for said child and to care for, support and maintain her in a manner conducive to her welfare, and that they will perform all the duties of parents towards her. [¶] Your petitioners pray for leave to adopt said Mary Conroy under Act of Assembly in such cases made and provided, the said Mary Conroy to assume the name of the petitioners, to have all the rights and privileges and be subject to the duties of a child.  And they will ever pray and in duty bound.”  Signed Andrw. J. Meehan, Mrs. A. J. Rose M. Meehan; sworn to and subscribed Andrew. J. Meehan, Mrs. Rose M. Meehan before V. G. Greeley, Prothonotary, 4 Nov. 1915.
    [Attached, preprinted two page “Indenture. (Female Child.),” of “The New York Foundling Hospital of the Sisters of Charity in the City of New York” as indicated above, dated 18 Nov. 1912, signed by Jane C. McCrystal (Sister Theresa Vincent), and by Andrew. J. Meehan (in presence of Sister M. Cyrilla) and Mrs. A. J. Meehan (in presence of C. P. Nichols), and bearing on the cover the Meehans’s address of 786 Market St., Meadville (no additional information regarding the parents or child).]
    Granted 8 Nov. 1915, name assumed is Florence Marie Meehan; filed same day.  [File includes carbon copy of certified copy of decree.]

#25 February Term 1916
Appearance Docket 204:25
    “The [typed] petition of A. E. DOUGHERTY, and JENNIE DOUGHERTY, his wife, of Summit Township, in said County [of Crawford], respectfully represents,. That they are desirous of adopting DOROTHY YOUNG, of the age of two years and eleven months, and GLADYS YOUNG of the age of nineteen months, children of HOMER YOUNG, and MARGARET ETHEL YOUNG, his wife of said County, as their heirs, and for that purpose they hereby declare their said desire, and also that they will perform all the duties of parents to the said Dorothy Young, and Gladys Young. [¶] The above named Margaret Ethel Young, mother of said children has been adjudged a lunatic, and is now and for sixteen months and upwards last past has been an inmate of the State Hospital for the insane, at Wareen [sic; Warren], Penna. and her condition is such that the Physicians at said Hospital state that in their opinion she [next word carreted] will never recover or improve. [¶] The said Dorothy Young, has since July, 1914, and the said Gladys Young, has since December 25, 2014, resided with the petitioners at their home, and during that time have been supported, clothed and maintained by them [¶] The petitioners therefore pray the court if satisfied that the welfare of the said Dorothy Young, and Gladys Young, will be promoted by such adoption, with the consent of their father the said Homer Young, evidenced by his signature to this petition, to decree that the said Dorothy Young, and Gladys Young, may assume the name of the petitioners, Viz. Dorothy Dougherty, and Gladys Dougherty, and have all the rights of children and heirs of the petitioners, and be subject to the duties of such children.”  Signed A E Dougherty, Jennie Dougherty; sworn to and again subscribed before A. M. Fenner, Notary Public, Linesville, Pa., 30 Nov. 1915.
    [Parental consent (typed), below:]  “I, Homer Young, father of Dorothy Young, and Gladys Young, named in the foregoing petition, do hereby consent to the adoption of the said Dorothy Young, and Gladys Young, by A. E. Dougherty, and Jennie Dougherty, his wife, as prayed for in said petition.  November,30,1915.”  Signed Homer Young, “Signed in the presence of” L. V. McLane.
    Granted 6 Dec. 1915, names assumed are Dorothy Dougherty and Gladys Dougherty; filed same day.
    “The [typed] petition of A. E. Dougherty, and Homer Young, both residents of said County [of Crawford], respectfully represent: That at the above stated number and term of said Court, on the 6th day of December, 1915, The above named A. E. Dougherty, and Jennie Dougherty, his wife, presented their petition to said court, praying for a decree of adoption by them of Dorothy Young, and Gladys Young, children of Homer Young, and Ethel Young, his wife, and on presentation of the said petition as aforesaid, the court decreed that the prayer of the petition be granted and that the said Dorothy Young, and Gladys Young, assume the name of the petitioners, viz. Dorothy Dougherty, and Gladys Dougherty, respectively, and have all the rights of children and heirs of the petitioners and be subject to the duties of such children. [¶] The said Ethel Young, died on or about the tenth of May, 1925, and the said Jennie Dougherty, died on or about the fourteenth day of January, 1927; and since that time the said Dorothy Dougherty, and Gladys Dougherty, have become very much discontented and dissatisfied with the surroundings and condition of things in general at their home with the petitioner A. E. Dougherty, and therefore both of the petitioners and the said Dorothy Dougherty, and Gladys Dougherty, desire that the said decree of adoption be vacated and annulled by a decree of said court, and the said Dorothy Dougherty and Gladys Dougherty, have signed a statement setting forth such desire which is annexed to this petition. And no property rights in and to the said Dorothy Dougherty, and Gladys Dougherty, have vested or are likely to vest under, through or by the above mentioned adoption. And the petitioners are of the opinion it will be for the best interest of the said Dorothy Dougherty, and Gladys Dougherty, that the said decree of adoption be vacated and annulled. [¶] Therefore the petitioners pray the court to order and decree that the decree of adoption made by said court at the above mentioned number and term, on the sixth day of December, 1915, for the adoption of the said Dorothy Young, and Gladys Young, by the said A. E. Dougherty, and Jennie Dougherty, his wife, be vacated and annulled, and that the said Dorothy Dougherty, and Gladys Dougherty, hereafter assume their original names, viz. Dorothy Young, and Gladys,Young,. And that the said A. E. Dougherty, shall have no right hereafter to control them or either of them as his adopted children.”  Signed W E Dougherty, Homer Young; sworn to and again subscribed before A. M. Fenner, Notary Public, Linesville, 4 Aug. 1928; presented by Attorney A. M. Fenner, Linesville.
    [Attached consent:]  “We, Dorothy Dougherty, and Gladys Dougherty, do hereby certify that the foregoing petition has been read to us, and that the mattes [sic] therein set forth are true and correct. And we further certify that we desire that the prayer of the said petition may be granted by the court and that the decree as therein drawn may be made by the court, and that we may be granted the right to assume our original names, viz, Dorothy Young, and Gladys Youngs.”  Signed Dorothy Dougherty, Gladys Dougherty, “Signed in presence of,” L. O. McLane, C. E. Jewell.  [Following the jurat is a proposed decree of annulment which was not adopted by the Court]; filed 6 Aug. 1928; presented by Attorney A. M. Fenner, Linesville.
   Rule to show cause granted 6 Aug. 1928.  Opinion sur Rule to vacate and annul decree of adoption:  “… The petition and papers presented in this case, show very clearly that the requirements of the law have been fully complied with, that no property rights have vested or are likely to vest and that the best interests of the said named children will be promoted by a vacation of the Decree of Adoption entered Dec. 6, 1915.”  [Decree:]  “Now January 7, 1929, it is ordered and decreed that the decree of adoption by A. E. Dougherty and Jennie Dougherty, his wife, entered in this case on Dec. 6, 1915, be and the same is hereby vacated, set aside and annulled and the said Dorothy Daugherty and Gladys Daugherty, shall now and hereafter assume their original names of Dorothy Young and Gladys Young and be returned to the care and custody of their natural father, Homer Young, with the same force and effect as if the said decree of adoption had not been entered by the Court.  Per Curiam”[signed] O. Clare Kent, P.J.; filed same day.

#15 May Term 1916
Appearance Docket 204:117
    “The [typed] petition of IRA E. HALL and INEZ A. HALL his wife respectfully represents:– [¶] 1. That your petitioners are husband and wife, citizens of Pennsylvania, and reside at No. 210 Arch Street in the City of Meadville. [¶] 2. That for more than sixteen years last past JOHN H. REYNOLDS now 39 year of age has been an inmate of their family, the relations between said John H. Reynolds and these petitioners being similar to that of child and parents. [¶] 3. That your petitioners are childless, are now much past middle life and are willing and desirous to adopt the said John H. Reynolds as their son and heir who has consented to said adoption. [¶] 4. That your petitioners are able to provide a proper home for said proposed adoptive son, and will perform all the duties of parents toward him. [¶] 5. They therefore pray this Honorable Court for leave to adopt said John H. Reynolds under the provisions of Act of Assembly in such cases made and provided and that a decree may be entered that said John H. Reynolds shall have all the rights incident to a natural child of your petitioners.  And they will ever pray as in duty bound.”  Signed Ira E. Hall, Inez A. Hall; sworn to and subscribed Ira E Hall, Inez A. Hall before A. L. Boynton, Alderman, 2 March 1916.
    [Consent, below:]  “John H. Reynolds hereby joins in the prayer of the foregoing petition praying for his adoption and avers that the facts set forth in said petition are true in manner and form as therein stated; that your petitioner consents to said adoption and is desirous to be adopted as a son of said xx [sic] Ira E. Hall and Inez A. Hall and doth agree to perform all the duties of a child.”  signed John H Reynolds; sworn to and again subscribed before A. L. Boynton, Alderman, Meadville, 2 March 1916; presented by Attorney Otto Kohler, Meadville.
    Granted 2 March 1916 [name apparently unchanged, i.e., John H. Reynolds; filed same day.

#2 September Term 1916
Appearance Docket 204:202
    “The [typed] petition of WALLACE F. HAUN and his wife MUSA HAUN, residents of the city of Meadville, Crawford County, Pa., respectfully represent: [¶] That they are desirous of adopting ALICE RUTH STINEDURF, a minor child who was born on April 2, 1915, which said child has been in the home of Your Petitioners nearly all the time since it was born.  The said child was either born in the County Home of Mercer County, Pa., or was taken to the County Home about the time of its birth, as it was in the custody of the directors of the poor in April of 1915, and the said directors of the poor of Mercer County, Pa., on April 14, 1915 put and placed, by virtue of the Act of Assembly of May 25, 1878, P. L. page 152, and other acts relating thereto, with the approbation of two justices of the peace of said Mercer County, gave the said child as an apprentice into the custody of the Children’s Aid Society of Western Pennsylvania, Mercer County Branch, a corporation duly incorporated under the laws of Pennsylvania, and by the Court of Common Pleas of Allegheny County, Pa., and having for its purpose the providing of homes for friendless and destitute children, with it to control and serve from the day thereof until the full age and term of eighteen years; the said child having been supported from the time of its birth by the directors of the poor of said Mercer County, the Children’s Aid Society of Western Pennsylvania aforesaid, and Your Petitioners. [¶] That they will perform all the duties of parents towards the said minor. [¶] That Your Petitioners append to this their petition a copy of the indenture entered into between the directors of the poor of Mercer County, Pa., and the Children’s Aid Society of Western Pennsylvania, Mercer Branch, for the purpose of providing a home for said child, etc.; also the consent of the Actuary of the Children’s Aid Society of Western Pennsylvania, Mercer Branch, under her hand and seal, and acknowledged by her, consenting to the adoption of the said Alice Ruth Stinedurf as heretofore prayed for. [¶] Your Petitioners further pray your Honorable Court to order and decree that the said Alice Ruth Stinedurf shall assume the name of Your Petitioners, viz:  Ruth May Haun, and have all the rights of a child and heir of Your Petitioners, and be subject to the duties of such child.”  Signed Wallace F Haun, Musa Haun; sworn to and again subscribed before Isaac Mondereau, Notary Public, Meadville, 4 May 1916; presented by Attorney Monderau, Meadville.
    [Attached (typed) supporting affidavit:]  “Dr. R. B. Gamble and Dr. J. C. McFate being duly sworn according to law, say that they are well acquainted with Wallace F. Haun and his wife, Musa Haun, the within named petitioners.  That they are persons of good moral character and that they believe that the welfare of the said Alice Ruth Stinedurf will be promoted by the adoption as prayed for.”  Sworn to and subscribed R. B. Gamble, J. C. McFate, before Isaac Monderau, Notary Public, 6 May 1916.
    [Attached preprinted “Indenture of Apprenticeship by the Directors of the Poor.,” dated 14 April 1915:]  “This Indenture, Made the 14th, day of April A. D. 1905, Witnesseth:  That the Directors of the Poor and House of Employment of the County of Mercer, Pennsylvania, have put and placed, and by virtue of the Act of Assembly of May 25, 1878, P. L. 152, and other Acts relating thereto, with the approbation and consent of T. W. McClain and A. M. Clawson Esquires, two Justices of the Peace for said County of Mercer, do hereby put and place Alice Ruth Stinedurf, (Born April 2, 1915.) a poor child of the said Poor District of Mercer county, Pa. apprentice to the Children’s Aid Society of Western Pennsylvania, Mercer County Brank, a corporation duly incorporated under the laws of Pennsylvania, by the Court of Common Pleas of Allegheny county, Pa., and having for its purpose the providing of homes for friendless and destitute children, with it to dwell and serve from the day hereof until the full end and term of Eighteen (18) years of age during all of which term the said Alice Ruth Stinedurf, her said master shall faithfully serve, in all lawful business, according to her power and ability, and honestly and obediently in all demean and behave herself towards her said master during said term, and also so to serve, demean and behave, to and for such master as she may be bound or indentured to by the said Children’s Aid Society of Western Pennsylvania aforesaid, by virtue of the Act of Assembly above referred to, the party of the first part hereby consenting to such indenture. [¶] And the said Children’s Aid Society of Western Pennsylvania doth hereby covenant and agree, to and with the said Directors of the Poor, etc., for the County of Mercer, Pa., that it, the said Children’s Aid Society, etc., shall and will provide suitable homes for the said minor child in respectable families, where they will be properly cared for, clothed and maintained, and also receive a common school education and be instructed in some useful occupation or work, the supervision of the said Children’s Aid Society, etc., to be according to the terms and powers of its charter, as aforesaid. [¶] The said Directors of the Poor, etc., hereby agree, for themselves and their successors in office, to pay all legitimate and necessary expenses incurred by the said Children’s Aid Society in securing home for said child.. [¶] In Witness Whereof, The said parties have set their hands and seals, this 14th, day of April A. D. 19015.”  Signed by three Directors of the Poor and by the President and Actuary of the Children’s Aid Society; certified 29 April 1916.
    [Attached (typed) consent:]  “I, Mrs. M. C. (Sarah E.) Zahniser, Actuary of the Children’s Aid Society of Western Pennsylvania, Mercer Branch, a corporation duly incorporated under the laws of Pennsylvania, by the Court of Common Pleas of Allegheny County, Pa., hereby consent to the adoption of Alice Ruth Stinedurf, minor child born April 2, 1915, by Wallace F. Haun and his wife, Musa Haun, of the City of Meadville, Crawford County, Pa. [¶] Witness my hand and seal this 4th day of May, 1916.’  Sworn to and subscribed at Mercer County Mrs. M. C.) Sarah E. Zahiniser before M. C. Zahniser, J.P., Mercer Co., Pa., 4 May 1916.
    Granted 8 May 1916, name assumed is Ruth May Haun; filed same day.

#50 September Term 1916
Appearance Docket 204:250
    “The [typed] petition of ANDREW BENNETT and ROSELTHA E. BENNETT, of East Fallowfield Township, Crawford County, Pennsylvania, respectfully represent: [¶] That they are residents of East Fallowfield Township, Crawford County, Penn’a.; that they are desirous of adopting ANNA ROSE STICKA, twenty-two years of age, child of ALBERT STICKA and MARY STICKA, of Cleveland, Ohio.  Mary Sticka died a number of years ago and the whereabouts of said Albert Sticka are unknown. [¶] Your petitioners represent that they will perform all the duties of parents towards said Anna Rose Stocka; that she has resided and made her home with petitioners for the past nine years; that they secured her from the Children’s Aid School & Home Association at Cleveland, Ohio, where she had been for a period of two years and upwards. [¶] Wherefore your petitioners pray your Honorable Court to order and decree that the said Anna Rose Sticka shall assume the name of your petitioners and that she shall have all the rights of a child and heir of your petitioners and be subject to the duties of such child, and your petitioners will ever pray, &c.”  Signed Andrew Bennett, Roseltha E. Bennett; sworn to and again subscribed before Georgia B. Shaffer, Notary Public, Meadville, 22 June 1916; presented by Attorney Albert L. Thomas, Meadville.
    [Attached (typed) consent:]  “Anna Rose Sticka, the person to be adopted in the above petition, hereby represents that she has read the petition and that the facts therein stated with reference to her parents and early life are true, and that she also desires that she may be adopted by the above named petitioners.”  Signed Anna Rose Sticka [undated].
    Granted 22 June 1916, name assumed is Anna Rose Bennett; filed same day.

#103 September Term 1916
Appearance Docket 204:303
    “The [typed] petition of WELDON DAVIS and ALICE DAVIS his wife respectfully represents that they are citizens of Sparta township Crawford county and state of Pennsylvania. [¶] That they took into their home when a small infant, ARTHUR L. MCCRAY of said county, at the request of his parents. That from said time the said Arthur L. McCray has lived with your petitioners and has been in all respects been treated as their own child and has looked upon them as his own parents, and has been known by the name of Arthur L. Davis and has been recognized in business and otherwise by the name of Davis. That he has had no other home while in his minority and is now 26 years of age and is married. That since his marriage he and his wife are desirous that his legal name be that by which he has been known and under which name he was married to wit; Arthur L. Davis. [¶] That your petitioners are desirous of adopting said adult person as their heir, and that they will perform all the duties of parents to said Arthur L. McCray, and [next word carreted] desire that he may have all the rights of a natural born child of said petitioners and be subject to all the duties of a child and heir, and that he may take and bear the name from henceforth, of the petitioners, and be known as Arthur L. Davis. [¶] They therefore most respectfully pray this Hon. Court to [next line] to order and decree the adoption of said Arthur L. McCray as prayed for, and your petitioners will ever pray. [¶] That the facts set forth in this their petition are correct and true as they verily believe.”  Signed Weldon. A. Davis, Alice Davis; sworn to by Weldon A. Davis (only) and subscribed by him before Arthur Kinney, J.P., 24 July 1916; presented by McClintock & McClintock, Attorneys-at-Law, Union City, Pa.
    [(Typed) affidavit, below:]  “Before me a Justice of the PeaceNotary Public in and for the county of Erie and state of Pennsylvania, personally appeared Arthur L. McCray and Blanche McCray his wife, and who being duly sworn according to law, say that the [sic] has [changed from ‘have’] read the within petition and is [changed from ‘are’] acquainted with the facts relating thereto, and that theyhe and his wife are both desirous that said Arthur L. McCray be adopted by the said Weldon A. Davis as his child and heir and that he take from henceforth the name of Arthur L. Davis, under which name he has always been known and by which name he had done business and by which name he was married, and said Arthur L. McCray agrees that if said adoption be approved to perform all the duties of a child toward the petitioner.”  Sworn to and subscribed Arthur L. McCray, Blanch M. McCray before William O. Morris, Notary Public, Union City, Pa., 31 July 1916.
    Granted 7 Aug. 1916, name taken is Arthur L. Davis; filed same day.

#3 November Term 1916
Appearance Docket 204:341
    “The [typed] petition of J. H. SMOCK and SADIE E. SMOCK respectfully represents: [¶] That they are husband and wife; that they are citizens of the State of Pennsylvania and residents of Greenwood Township, Crawford County; that they are desirous of adopting SADIE GLADYS MCGRANAHAN, minor child of ELMER L. MCGRANAHAN, of the age of eight years, as their child and heir, and that, if the said adoption is approved and decreed, they will perform all the duties of a parent to said child; that they believe the best interests and welfare of said child will be served if said adoption is approved and decreed; and that they desire to have said child assume the name of your petitioners. [¶] Your petitioners further aver, in support of their petition, that the said Sadie Gladys McGranahan was born May 7, 1908; that she is the daughter of NELLIE and Elmer L. McGranahan; that the said Nellie McGranahan, her mother, died December 29, 1915; that the said Elmer L. McGranahan, her father, has never supported or contributed anything towards her support since her birth; that she has always been supported by and made her home with your petitioners since her birth; that on May 3, 1909, in the Court of Common Pleas of Cuyahoga County, State of Ohio, at No. 107496 April Term, a divorce was duly granted, separating the said Nellie and Elmer L. McGranahan from the bonds of matrimony theretofore contracted between them; and that the present residence and P. O. address of the said Elmer L. McGranahan is Ashtabula, Ashtabula County, Ohio. [¶] Therefore your petitioners pray the Court to approve and decree the adoption of the said Sadie Gladys McGranahan by them, and that she may assume their name.  And they will ever pray, etc.”  Signed J. H. Smock, Sadie E. Smock; sworn to by J H Smock (only) and subscribed by him before V. L. Greeley, Prothonotary, 7 Sept. 1916; presented by Attorneys Humes & Peters.
    Rule granted 11 Sept. 1916 upon Elmer L. McGranahan, to be served either personally or by registered mail, “giving him at least ten days notice of the return day and time for the hearing of this rule, and notifying him to answer this petition and show cause, if any he has, why said adoption should not be approved and decreed, and that, in default of an answer thereto, showing cause why said adoption should not be approved and decreed, the Court will approve and decree the adoption of said child as prayed for.”  Filed 11 Sept. 1916.
    [Affidavit of service of copy of petition and rule, with return receipt signed Elmer L. McGranahan, showing delivery on 19 Sept. 1916, sworn to and subscribed and filed 4 Oct. 1916.]
    Granted 9 Oct. 1916 [by separate decree], “it appearing that, pursuant to an order of this Honorable Court made September 11, 1916, a copy of the said petition, together with a true copy of the order of the Court made theeron, was served upon the said Elmer L. McGranahan by mailing the same to him in a duly registered letter which was received by him on September 19, 1916, and pursuant thereto, it further appearing that no appearance or answer have been entered or made by Elmer L. McGranahan or anyone on his behalf, or any answer made to said petition showing any cause why said adoption should not be approved”; name assumed is Sadie Gladys Smock; filed same day.

#4 November Term 1916
Appearance Docket 204:342
    “The [typed] petition of WILLIAM G. SNYDER and JANIE SNYDER his wife, citizens and residents of the county aforesaid [of Crawford], respectfully represents:– [¶] That they are desirous of adopting a foundling child without a name or known parents now of the age of about one month, which is now being cared for at the Meadville City Hospital under the care of the Directors of the Poor of Crawford County, as one of their heirs; that they will perform all the duties of parents toward the said minor child and that in the absence of any known parents the Directors of the Poor of said County have consented to such adoption. [¶]; Wherefore your petitioners pray your honorable Court to order and decree that the said child shall assume the name of CATHERINE SNYDER and have all the rights and of a child and heir of your petitioners, and be subject to the duties of such child.”  Signed William G. Snyder, Janie Snyder; sworn to and again subscribed before James D. Roberts, Alderman, Meadville; presented by Attorney James D. Roberts, Meadville.
    [Attached (typed) consent:]  “We, A. E. Lilley, H. C. Wasson and M. G. Beatty County Commissioners and Overseers of the Poor for the County of Crawford join in the above petition and give their consent to the adoption of the said foundling child as prayed for in the foregoing petition, and believe that such adoption will be for her welfare.”  Signed A E Lilley, H. C. Wasson, M. G. Beatty.
    Granted 11 Sept. 1916, name assumed is Catherine Snyder; filed same day.

#22 November Term 1916
Appearance Docket 204:360
    “The [typed] petition of WILLIAM C. W HEELER of the City of Titusville, in the County of Crawford and State of Pennsylvania, respectfully represents: [¶] That he is the father of MINNIE BELL SHERIFF, a minor child sixteen years of age and upwards, who was regularly and legally adopted by REBECCA SHERIFF, of the City of Titusville, Crawford County, Pennsylvania, by a proceeding at No. 89 September Term, 1907, in the Court of Common Pleas of Crawford County, Pennsylvania, as appears by the certified copy of the decree made therein which is hereto annexed and made a part hereof. [¶]; That at the time of the adoption of said minor child, Minnie Bell Sheriff, William C. Wheeler was the only surviving parent of said child and unable to properly provide and care for her because of her tender age, but now at the time of this petition William G. Wheeler is still single and has provided a home for himself and his minor child, Minnie Bell Sheriff. [¶] Your petitioner therefor believes that it would be to the best interest of said minor that the order and decree of adoption by Rebecca Sheriff of Minnie Bell Sheriff be revoked and that the welfare of the said Minnie Bell Sheriff would be promoted by being adopted as a child of William C. Wheeler. That he will perform all the duties of a parent toward the said minor, and that the said Rebecca Sheriff, foster parent of the said Minnie Bell Sheriff, has consented to such adoption. [¶] Wherefore your petitioner prays your Honorable Court to order and decree that the decree of the Court above mentioned whereby Minnie Bell Wheeler was adopted as a child of Rebecca Sheriff and to assume the name of Minnie Bell Sheriff be revoked with the same force and effect as if the said Minnie Bell Sheriff had never been adopted and that she may be restored to all the natural rights of a child and heir of the said William C. Wheeler and be subject to the duties of a child as such and assume the name of Minnie Bell Wheeler. [¶; not indented] Dated:—September [blank] 1916.”  signed William C. Wheeler; sworn to and again subscribed before Robert A. Kerr, J.P., Titusville, 18 Sept. 1916; presented by Attorney Geo. Eldred, Titusville.
    [Mother’s (typed) consent, below:]  “I, Rebecca Sheriff, of the City of Titusville, Pa., foster parent of the said Minnie Bell Sheriff, hereby request that the decree of adoption by me of Minnie Bell Sheriff be revoked and signify my consent to the adoption of the said Minnie Bell Sheriff, by her father, William C. Wheeler, as prayed for in the foregoing petition, and believe that such adoption will be for her welfare.”  Signed Rebecca Sheriff; acknowledged before Robert A. Kerr, J.P., Titusville, 18 Sept. 1916.
    [(Typed) supporting affidavit, below:]  “H. J. Vanguilder and Jo’s. A Marthaler being severally duly sworn according to law, say that they reside in the city of Titusville, Crawford County, Pennsylvania, and are well acquainted with William C. Wheeler, the petitioner above named; that he, the said William C. Wheeler is a person of good moral character, and that they believe that the welfare of the said Minnie Bell Sheriff will be promoted by the adoption as prayed for.”  Sworn to and subscribed H. J. Vanguilder, Joseph A Marthaler before George Eldred, Notary Public, Titusville, 19 Sept. 1916.
    [Attached (typed) consent:]  “I, Minnie Bell Sheriff, adopted child of Rebecca Sheriff, hereby consent to my adoption by my father, William C. Wheeler, petitioner above named, and ask that my adoption by Rebecca Sheriff be revoked. [¶;not indented] Dated:  18th day of September, 1916.”  Sworn to and subscribed Minnie Bell Sheriff before Robert A. Kerr, J.P. and Alderman, Titusville, Pa., 18 Sept. 1916.
    [Attached certified copy of the 5 Aug. 1907 adoption decree.]
    Granted 29 Sept. 1918, name assumed is Minnie Bell Wheeler; filed same day.

#23 November Term 1916
Appearance Docket 204:361
    “The [typed] petition of WILLIAM C. W HEELER, a citizen and resident of the City of Titusville, County of Crawford and State of Pennsylvania, respectfully represents: [¶] That he is the father of THELMA PARSHALL, [next six words inserted above the line] a minor 12 year of age, who was regularly and legally adopted by DAVID N. PARSHALL and LILLA M. PARSHALL, his wife, by proceeding at No. 89 May Term, 1908, in the Court of Common Pleas of Crawford County, Pennsylvania, as appears by the certified copy of the decree made therein which is hereto annexed and made a part hereof. [¶] That at the time of the adoption of said minor child, Thelma Parshall, William C. Wheeler was the only surviving parent of said child and unable to properly provide and care for her because of her tender age, but now at the time of this petition William G. Wheeler is still single and has provided a home for himself and his minor child Thelma Parshall. [¶] Your petitioner therefor believes that it would be to the best interest of said minor that the order and decree of adoption by David N. Parshall and Lilla M. Parshall of Thelma Parshall be revoked and that the welfare of the said Thelma Parshall would be promoted by being adopted as a child of her natural parent William C. Wheeler and have all the rights of a child and be subject to the duties as his child. [¶] Wherefore your petitioner prays your Honorable Court to order and decree that the decree of the Court above mentioned whereby Thelma Parshall was adopted as a child of David N. Parshall and Lilla M. Parshall be revoked with the same force and effect as if the said Thelma Parshall had never been adopted and that she may be restored to all the natural rights of a child and heir of the said William C. Wheeler and be subject to the duties of a child as such. [¶; not indented] Dated:  September 18th, 1916.”  Signed William C. Wheeler, Lilla M. Parshall; sworn to and again subscribed before Robert A. Kerr, J.P., Titusville, 18 Sept. 1916; presented by Attorney Geo. Eldred, Titusville.
    [(Typed) parental consent, below:]  “We, David N. Parshall and Lilla M. Parshall, of the City of Titusville, Crawford County, Pennsylvania, foster parent of the said Thelma Parshall, hereby request that the decree of adoption by us of Thelma Parshall be revoked, and we hereby signify our consent to the adoption of the said Thelma Parshall, by her father, William C. Wheeler, as prayed for in the foregoing petition and believe that such adoption will be for her welfare.”  Signed D. N. Parshall, Lilla M. Parshall; sworn to (but not again subscribed) before Robert A. Kerr, Alderman and J.P., Titusville, 18 Sept. 1916.
    [(Typed) supporting affidavit, below:]  “H. J. Vanguilder and Joseph A. Marthaler being severally duly sworn according to law, say that they reside in the city of Titusville, Crawford County, Pennsylvania, and are well acquainted with William C. Wheeler, the petitioner above named; that he, the said William C. Wheeler is a person of good moral character, and that they believe that the welfare of the said Thelma Parshall will be promoted by the adoption as prayed for.”  Sworn to and subscribed H. J. Vanguilder, Joseph A Marthaler before George Eldred, Notary Public, Titusville, 19 Sept. 1916.
    [Attached (typed) adoptee’s consent:]  “I, Thelma Parshall, adopted child of David N. Parshall and Lilla M. Parshall, hereby certify that I was born May 22nd, 1904, and that I hereby consent to my adoption by my said father, William C. Wheeler, petitioner above named, and desire that my adoption by David N. Parshall and Lilla M. Parshall be revoked. [¶; not indented] Dated:  September 18th, 1916.”  Sworn to and subscribed Thelma Parshall before Robert A. Kerr, J.P. and Alderman, Titusville, Pa., 18 Sept. 1916.
    [Attached certified copy of decree of adoption of Dessie Lorena Wheeler by David N. Parshall and Lilla M. Parshall, his wife, on 6 April 1908.]
    Granted 29 Sept. 1918, name assumed is Dessia Lorena Wheeler; filed same day.

#33 November Term 1916
Appearance Docket 204:371
    “The [typed] petition of ORA AKELEY and KITTY AKELEY respectfully represents:  That they are husband and wife; that they are citizens of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, and are residents of Cussewago Township, Crawford County, Pennsylvania;  that they are desirous of adopting MARY ALICE A. MOOK, minor child of MAUDE MOOK, of the age of one year and upwards, as their child and heir, and that, if the said adoption is approved and decreed, they will perform all the duties of a parent to said child; that they believe the best interests and welfare of said child will be served if said adoption is approved and decreed; and that they desire to have said child assume the name of your petitioners. [¶] Your petitioners further aver, in support of their petition, that the said Mary Alice A. Mook was born September 25, 1914; that she is the daughter of HARRY H. and MAUDE MOOK; that the said father, Harry H. Mook, died June 9, 1916; that the surviving mother, Maude Mook, has given her consent to this adoption, which consent has been given in writing, which is hereto annexed and made a part of this petition. [¶] Therefore your petitioners pray the Court to approve and decree the adoption of the said Mary Alice A. Mook by them, and that she may assume their name.  And they will ever pray, etc.”  Signed Ora Akeley, Kittie Akeley; sworn to by Ora Akeley (only) and subscribed by him before V. L. Greeley, Prothonotary, 6 Oct. 1916; presented by Attorneys Humes & Peters.
    [Attached (typed) parental consent:]  “Maude Mook, being duly sworn according to law, deposes and says, That she is the surviving parent of Mary Alice A. Mook; that her husband, Harry H. Mook, father of said child, died June 9, 1916; that she consents to the adoption of said child by Ora Akeley and Kittie Akeley, and believes the best interests and welfare of said child will be served if said adoption is approved and decreed.”  Sworn to and subscribed Mrs. Maude Mook before V. L. Greeley, Prothonotary, 6 Oct. 1916.
    Granted 9 Oct. 1916, name assumed is Mary Alice A. Akeley; filed same day.

#34 November Term 1916
Appearance Docket 204:372
    “The [typed] petition of GEORGE T. EBERMAN and ETHEL I. EBERMAN, his wife, respectfully represent: [¶] That they are citizens and residents of the First Ward of the City of Meadville, Penn’a. and that the said George T. Eberman is travelling inspector for the Erie Railroad Company. [¶] That your petitioners are desirous of adopting FRANCES FOOTE, a minor child of EVA M. FOOTE, as one of their heirs.  The said Frances Foote was born on the 6th day of May, 1916 and was surrendered and committed by the said mother to the Gerry Homes for the protection of homeless and dependent children and aged persons at Gerry, Chautauqua County, N. Y. and the said petitioners procured said child from said Gerry Homes May 20, 1916 under an agreement for the adoption of said child, a certified copy of said surrender of child by Eva M. Foote and said agreement of petitioners with the Gerry Homes, as aforesaid, are hereto attached and made a part hereof. [¶] That your petitioners will perform all the duties of a parent or parents to said Frances Foote, [¶] Wherefore your petitioners pray your Honorable Court to order and decree that the said Frances Foote shall assume the name of your petitioners, and that she shall have all the rights of a child and heir of your petitioners, and be subject to the duties of such child, and your petitioners will ever pray, etc.”  Signed G. T. Eberman, Ethel I. Eberman; sworn to as George t. Eberman and Eva [sic] I. Eberham) and again subscribed G. T. Eberman, Ethel I. Eberman before Georgia B. Shaffer, Notary Public, Meadville, 30 Sept. 1916; presented by Attorney Frank J. Thomas, Meadville.
    [Attached (typed) supporting affidavit:]  “John T. Nichols being duly sworn according to law, deposes and says that he is well acquainted with George T. Eberman and Ethel I. Eberman, his wife, the within named petitioners, and that they are persons of respectability, and that deponent believes that the welfare of said Frances Foote will be promoted by the adoption prayed for in the said petition.”  Sworn to and subscribed John T. Nichols before Georgia B. Shaffer, Notary Public, Meadville, 13 Sept. 1916.
    [Attached certified copy of preprinted form titled “Surrender of Child”:]  “The Orphanage and HomeGerry Homes for the protection of homeless and dependent children and aged persons at Gerry, Chautauqua County, N. Y. [¶] Whereas, I, the undersigned, the Mother of Frances Foote who was born on the 6th. day of May 19016 (the [blank] of said child being dead) am desirous to commit the said child to the custody and guardianship of the Orphanage and Home of the Free Methodist ChurchGerry Homes, at Gerry, N. Y., and the Trustees of said Institution being willing to receive said child; [¶] Now, therefore, in consideration of the premises, I do hereby absolutely surrender said child to the care and custody of the said Orphanage and Home, and do relinquish all rights over, or to, the custody, services or earnings of said child forever. [¶] Witness my hand and seal this 15th. day of June 19016   [typed] Eva M. Foote
    [Attached “The Gerry Homes Agreement for Adoption,” dated 20 May 1916, listing the Ebermans’ address as 679 Park Avenue, Meadville, and indicating that they were “recommended to the above named Society as suitable and proper persons to receive into their family the above named child” by the following:  Mr. and Mrs. F. C. Leland, residing at 1835 Bailey Ave., Buffalo, N.Y.; A. A. Blight, residing at 569 Walden Ave., Buffalo, N.Y.; and John T. Nichols, Pastor of Park Ave., Congl Church, residing at 708 Baldwin Ave., Buffalo, N.Y.
    Granted 9 Oct. 1916, “and that the said Frances Foot shall assume the name of the said George T. Eberman and Ethel I. Eberman, his wife,” i.e., from the following letters, name apparently changed to Jeanne Barbara Eberman; filed same day.
[Handwritten letter on blue stationery marked “Writing Room, The J. L. Hudson Co., Detroit,” from 1428 Champaign Rd., Lincoln Park, Mich., addressed to Probate Court, Meadville, with envelope postmarked Detroit 20 April 1937:]  “Will you please send me certified copy of adoption of Jeanne Eberman by Geo. T. & Ethel J. Eberman.  My husband Ray McCormick wishes to legally adopt Jeanne and we have just learned that twill have to be done before she is 21 years of age to make her his legal heir.  Her father Geo T. Eberman has passed on and I do not have the papers as he held same. [¶] Will you please rush the papers to me as her birthday is May 6th less than two weeks.  They will get it through here for me in time if I may have the papers as soon as possible.  Yours truly, Mrs. Ethel McCormick was Ethel Eberman.”  [Attached carbon copy of reply letter from Prothonotary dated 21 April 1837, enclosing certificate and bill for $1, and offer to send entire record for $4.]

[Handwritten letter on plain stationery addressed to Prothonotary’s Office, from 71 Lakeview Drive, Sunrise Beech, Click Route, Llano, Texas 78643, dated 5 Jan. 1972:]  “I wrote to you a letter sometime in late 1971 requesting a certified copy of my entire adoption record.  In April 1937, my mother (foster mother) received a letter from your office stating that this record including docket entries, petition, affidavit, consent of mother and agreement for adoption, could be obtained from your office and would be duly certified, on receipt of $4.00 fee.  This letter was dated April 21, 1937 and was signed by Paul D. Slayton – Prothonotary.  I am enclosing a check for $4.00 and requesting again that you send requested documents.  For your record, I was adopted again on May 4, 1937 by Virgil Ray McCormick and at this time, my name was changed from Jean Barbara Emerman to Jean Barbara McCormick.  This was accomplished in the State of Michigan, County of Wayne and signed by William H Rader, Deputy Probate Register in Detroit Michigan. [¶] Please send requested documents at your earliest convenience.  A self addressed envelope for your convenience enclosed.  Yours truly, [signed] Jean Barbara McCormick.”

[Handwritten letter on plain stationery stamped “JEANNE B. MCCORMICK, 368 E. Lakeshore Drive, Sunrise Beach-Click Route, Llano, Texas 78643,” dated 14 Feb. 1973, addressed to Vital Statistics Department, Criminal and Orphan’s Court of Crawford County, Meadville, Pennsylvania, with envelope postmarked 14 Feb. 1973:]  I am writing you hoping that you can aid in my obtaining a birth certificate. I have exhausted all avenues in this venture and it was suggested to me by my father mothers’ sister-in-law that you may have records of my birth in your office and that you could possibly send me a copy of same. There is some information I have been able to find out through various sources. However I must have a birth certificate in order to obtain a passport for areas I plan to visit and in a few years will need it for Social Security benefits. It is because of the latter, mainly that I write you. I will, then, now set down what I believe to be true to the best of my knowledge.  1. I was born in Bellmont or Gerry? New York on May 6, 1916  2. My name was Frances Foote  3. My mothers name was Eva M. Foote  4. My fathers name was Claire Howard  5. I was either born in Gerry Homes (their records & NY State records show no birth certificate) or was placed there when I was 2 or 3 days old.  6. I was adopted by George T. Eberman and Ethel Irene Eberman when I was 2 weeks old in Meadville Pennsylvania where my foster parents lived and was named Jean Barbara Eberman.  7. I lived in Meadville & was baptized in the Congregational Church (they have no record of birth place either) on Park Avenue until I was eight or nine years old.  8. My foster parents divorced and both remarried.  9. My foster mothers second husband, Virgil Ray McCormick re-adopted me in 1937 after which my name was changed to read Jean Barbara McCormick  1-. I now use, and have for many years, the name Jeanne B. McCormick   I have written many many letters, one which was sent to the Bureau of Vital Records in the New York State Department of Health in Albany. They had no record of my date of birth but suggested I get a ‘Delayed Registration of Birth’ They say I must have 2 written documents original or certified copies (not affirmations or affidavits) showing the following  1. Name  2. Date of Birth or age at the time the original record was made  3. Place of birth  4. Names of parents  Can you help me in this matter? I should be happy to pay any fee necessary for this trouble.  Sincerely, [signed] Jeanne B. M’Cormick [noted beside signature:] I have various documents which may suffice except for one stating the place of birth – this I need so much.”  [no reply on file]
#41 November Term 1916
Appearance Docket 204:379
    “The [typed] petition of JOSEPH P. CONWAY and MARIE CONWAY [changed everywhere from ‘Mary’], his wife, citizens and residents of the city of Titusville, said county [of Crawford], respectfully represents: [¶] That they are desirous of adopting MARY CLEMENTINE LESKO [sic], a minor child of STEPHEN and BERTHA LESCO [changed here and elsewhere from ‘Lesko&W#146;], now [next word carreted, handwritten] of the age of four months as one of their heirs; that they will perform all the duties of parents toward the said minor and that the said Stephen and Bertha Lesco, parents of the said Mary Clementine Lesco have consented to such adoption. [¶] Wherefore your petitioners pray this honorable court to order and decree that the said Mary Clementine Lesco shall assume the name of your petitioners Mary Clementine Conway and have all the rights of a child and heir of your petitioners and be subject to the duties of such child.”  Signed Joseph P Conway, Marie Conway; sworn to and again subscribed before Lulu M. Moran, Notary Public, Titusville, 7 Oct. 1916; presented by Attorney Axtell J. Byles, Titusville.
    [Attached (typed) parental consent:]  “We, Stephen Lesco and Bertha Lesco, the parents of the said Mary Clementine Lesco, hereby signify our consent to the adoption of the said Mary Clementine Lesco as prayed for in the foregoing petition and believe that said adoption will be for her welfare.”  Signed Stephen Lesco, Mrs. S. Lesco.
    [(Typed) supporting affidavit, below:]  “C.W. Fay and J.L. Smith being duly sworn, according to law says that they are well acquainted with Joseph P. Conway and Mary Conway the above named petitioners; that they are persons of good moral character and that they believe that the welfare of the said Mary Clementine Lesko [sic] will be promoted by the adoption as prayed for.”  Sworn to and subscribed C. W. Fay, J. L. Smith before Lulu M. Moran, Notary Public, Titusville, 7 Oct. 1916.
    Granted 9 Oct. 1916, name assumed is Mary Clementina Conway; filed same day.

#73 November Term 1916
Appearance Docket 204:411
    [Petition of FRANK E. FIDELMAN to adopt DOROTHY AILEEN THEURET missing; slip in file states, “April 28, 1942, On examining the files, no paper is found. (The Attorney, L. J. Culbertson probably has same.) [signed] David J. McKay, Deputy Prothy.”]

#125 February Term 1917
Appearance Docket 205:126
    “The [typed] petition of BRYON THOMAS of Rockdale Township, Crawford County, Penna., respectfully represents: [¶] That he is desirous of adopting CECIL SMITH, minor child of DELLA THOMAS, wife of your petitioner, as one of his heirs.  Said minor is at present thirteen years of age and making her home with your petitioner.  Your petitioner represents that he will perform all of the duties of a parent to the said Cecil Smith and that the said Della Thomas, wife of your petitioner, and mother of said child, has consented to such adoption and joins in the prayer of your petitioner.  Wherefore your petitioner prays your Honorable Court to order and decree that the said Cecil Smith shall assume the name of your petitioner and that she shall have all the rights of a child and heir of your petitioner and be subject to the duties of such child, and your petitioner will ever pray, etc.”  Signed Byron Thomas; sworn to (but not again subscribed) before Geo N. Wilcox, J.P., Rockdale Twp., 19 Jan. 1917; [cover states:] “Feby 5 1917  Rule to show cause granted, Returnable 4th Monday of Feby. 1917  Per Curiam”; presented by Attorney Albert L. Thomas, Meadville; filed 5 Feb. 1917.
    [Attached (typed) joinder:]  “I, Della Thomas, hereby certify that I am the mother of Cecil Smith; that I have read the foregoing petition and I hereby join in the prayer of my husband, Byron Thomas, the petitioner, for the adoption of my minor daughter, Cecil Smith.  Signed Della Thomas [undated].
    Granted 4 June 1917, “and that the said Cecil Smith assume the name of the said Byron Thomas,” presumably Cecil Thomas; filed same day.

#25 May Term 1917
Appearance Docket 205:159
    “The [typed] petition of ROBERT B. MAYNARD and GRACE MAYNARD his wife citizens and residents of Crawford County Pa. respectfully represents:– [¶] That they are desirous of adopting GEORGE DELAUZON, a minor child of the age of twelve years, whose parents are unknown to your petitioners, and who is now and has been for nearly a year an inmate of the home of your petitioners who got him at the Venango County Childrens Home of Oil City Pa. where he had been an inmate for about a year, and supported by said institution, and that they will perform all the duties of parents toward the said minor. [¶] That your petitioner appends to this, petition a copy of a resolution of the board of managers of said home, consenting to the adoption of the said George DeLauzon as herein prayed for, and certifying their opinion that the welfare of said George DeLauzon will be promoted thereby. [¶] They therefore pray your honorable court to order and decree that the said George DeLauzon shall assume the name of your petitioners and have all the rights of a child and heir of your petitioners and be subject to the duties of such child.”  Signed Robert B Maynard, Grace Maynard; sworn to by Robert B Maynard (only) and again subscribed by him before James D. Roberts, Alderman, Meadville, 12 Feb. 1917; presented by Attorney James D. Roberts, Meadville.
    [Attached (typed) consent:]  “Oil City, Pa., February 15 1917. [¶] At a Meeting of the Children’s Aid Society of Venango County, Auxiliary to the Children’s Aid Society of Western Pennsylvania, duly convened this date, it was:– [¶] Resolved, That the consent of this Society is hereby given to the proposed adoption by Robert B. Maynard and Grace Maynard, his wife, of George DeLauzon, a minor child, who has been under the care and control of this Society for some two years last past; that this Society is satisfied, from inquiry, that the said Robert B. Maynard and Grace Maynard are persons of good moral character and able to provide for said minor and that the welfare of the said George DeLauzon will be promoted by such adoption.  Attest: [signed] Elizabeth L. Hays, President.”
    Granted 19 Feb. 1917, name assumed is George Maynard; filed same day.

#9 September Term 1917
Appearance Docket 205:245
    “The [typed] petition “of LEWIS MYERS and SABINA J. MYERS, his wife, both of said county [of Crawford], respectfully represents: [¶] That they are desirous of adopting as their heir, CATHERINE R. SNODGRASS, aged fourteen months, and being the child of FRANK L. SNODGRASS, living in said county, and CATHERINE [sic; CATHARINE] SNODGRASS, for the last eight months living in Pittsburgh; and for that purpose they herein declare their said desire, and also that they will perform all the duties of parents to said Catherine Snodgrass. [¶] Your petitioners therefore pray the Court, if satisfied that the welfare of said Catherine Snodgrass will be promoted by such adoption, with the consent of said Frank L. Snodgrass and Catherine Snodgrass, her parents, evidenced by their signing this petition, to decree that the said Catherine R. Snodgrass may assume the name of the petitioners, namely Catherine [middle initial carreted] R. Myers, and have all the rights of a child and heir of the petitioners, and be subject to the duties of a child. [¶] And they will ever pray, etc.”  Signed Lewis Myers, Sabina J. Myers, Frank L. Snodgrass, with “Witness as to Frank L. Snodgrass.” John W Snodgrass, and Catharine Snodgrass, with “Witness as to Catherine Snodgrass,” Adelaide K. McFetridge); sworn to and again subscribed Lewis Myers, Sabina J. Myers before James W. Crawford, J.P., 7 May 1917; presented by Attorney George F. Davenport, Meadville.
    Granted 14 May 1917, name assumed is Catherine R. Myers; filed same day.

#83 September Term 1917
Appearance Docket 205:319
    “The [typed] petition of FRED W. THORNTON and BLANCHE BOYCE THORNTON, his wife, respectfully represent: [¶] That they are residents of the County of Crawford County and are desirous of adopting GAINS BRYANT LEAKE [‘Gains (Rpbert) Bryand Leake’ per cover] a minor child of LEWIS C LEAKE, and whose mother is deceased, as one of their heirs. [¶] That they will perform all the duties of parents to said Gains Bryant Leake, who is of the age of 7 years. [”] That the said Lewis C. Leake father of the said Gains Bryant Leake has consented to said adoption by your petitioners, and he as well as said petitioners desire that the name of said child be changed from Gains Bryant Leake to Robert Bryant Thornton upon said adoption. [¶] Wherefore your petitioners pray your honorable court to order and decree that the said Gains Bryant Leake shall assume the name of your petitioners under the name of Robert Bryant Thornton and that the said Gaines Bryant Leake shall have all of the rights of a child and heir of your petitioners, and be subject to the duties of such child, and your petitioners will ever pray.”  Signed Fred W Thornton, Blanche Boyce Thornton; sworn to and again subscribed before C. B. McDowell, J.P., 27 July 1917; presented by Attorneys Frank J. Thomas, Paul E. Thomas.
    [Attached (typed) parental consent:]  “I, Lewis C. Leake, father of the said Gains Bryant Leake, hereby consent to the adoption of the said Gains Bryant Lake under the name of Robert Bryant Thornton, as prayed for in the foregoing petition and believe such adoption will be for the wellfare [sic] of said child.”  Sworn to and subscribed Lewis C Leake before Albert U. Ford, Notary Public, Calhoun County, Michigan, 30 July 1917.
    Granted 6 Aug. 1917, name assumed is Robert Bryant Thornton; filed same day.

#86 September Term 1917
Appearance Docket 205:322
    [Typed “Petition for adoption”:]  “Your petitioners FREDERICK MOYER and MARGARET MOYER his wife residing at 875½ Diamond Square, Meadville, Crawford County, Penn’a. respectfully represent:– [¶] 1. That by Indenture dated October 21st, 1913 they received into their home from the New York Foundling Hospital a corporation under the laws of the State of New York and located in the City of New York a child named WINIFRED CARNEY born May 12th, 1912 who had no known living parents or relations; that they have no children of their own and that since receiving the said Winifred Carney they have cared for her in all respects as their own natural child and desire to retain her as such. [¶] 2. That at the date of said Indenture and when receiving said child it was agreed by Sister Theresa Vincent who as they believe was the mother Superior of said Foundling Hospital that your petitioners might adopt said child after three years from the date when receiving her and when writing recently for authority so to do they were advised to consult an attorney to effect said adoption. [¶] Your petitioners represent that they have become attached to said child; that they are financially able and willing to provide a proper home for her and care for, support and maintain her in a manner conducive to her welfare and will perform all the duties of parents towards her. [¶] Your petitioners therefore pray this Honorable Court for leave to adopt the said Winifred Carney as provided by Acts of Assembly, said child to assume the name of your petitioners and to have all the rights and privileges incident to a natural child. And they will ever pray.”  Signed Frederick Moyer, Margaret Moyer; sworn to and again subscribed before Maude Harper, Notary Public, Meadville, 30 June 1917; presented by Attorney Otto Kohler, Meadville.
    [(Typed) consent, below:]  “We, the undersigned Overseers of the Poor of the County of Crawford do hereby certify that we have read the foregoing petition by Frederick Moyer and Margaret Moyer praying for the adoption of Winifred Carney and hereby consent that said adoption may be decreed in accordance with the prayer of said petitioners.”  Signed H. C. Wasson, A Lilley[?], M. G. Beatty.
    [Attached preprinted indenture form:]  “This Agreement, made and executed on the thirty-first day of July 1917, between The New York Foundling Hospital and Frederick Moyer and Margaret Moyer, his wife, of Meadville, Pennsylvania: [¶, not indented] Witnesseth: [¶] That Whereas Winifred Carney, an infant deserted child or foundling of the age of five years has been since May 23, 1912,, in the care of The New York Foundling Hospital, a charitable corporation organized and incorporated under the laws of the State of New York, and supported in part by the City of New York by taxes imposed for that purpose, and [¶] Whereas, since said May 23, 1912, no inquiry has been made about the welfare of said infant and board has been paid by its parents or guardian, and no provision has been made by the parents, relatives or guardian of said infant for its support and maintenance, but the parents of said have abandoned it and said infant has no general guardian and has no property or means of support, and [¶] Whereas, said The New York Foundling Hospital on September 30, 1914, did place said child with said Frederick Moyer and Margaret Moyer,, his wife, of No. [blank] and since that time the said infant has remained with the said Frederick Moyer and Margaret Moyer his wife, by whom it has been supported and maintained, and [¶] Whereas, the said Frederick Moyer and Margaret Moyer his wife, are desirous of adopting said Winifred Carney, [¶] Now, therefore, the said The New York Foundling Hospital hereby consents to the adoption of the said Winifred Carney by said Frederick Moyer and Margaret Moyer, his wife, and consents to the making of an order of adoption, and to a change of name of said Winifred Carney to [blank] Moyer, and the said Frederick Moyer and Margaret Moyer, his wife, do hereby jointly and severally agree upon the granting to them of the said child, Winifred Carney in adoption under an order of the [blank] Court of the County of Crawford, State of Pennsylvanie, [sic] to adopt and treat the said infant, Winifred Carney as their own lawful child and to fully and amply provide for her maintenance and improvements, as her lawful parents.”  Signed The New York Foundling Hospital By Catherine Irene Bowen, Sister Anna Michella, Frederick Moyer, Margaret Moyer; sworn to (but not again subscribed) by Catherine Irene Bown (Sister Anna Michella) before James T. Oakes, Notary Public, New York County, 21 July 1917, and sworn to (but not again subscribed) by Frederick Moyer and Margaret Moyer before V. L. Greeley, Prothonotary, 6 Aug. 1917.
    [Attached (typed) “Affidavit,” executed in the City and County of New York:]  “Catherine Irene Bowen, known in religion as Sister Anne Michella, being duly sworn, says that she is the Treasurer of The New York Foundling Hospital, and as such Treasurer has charge of the records of said Hospital wherein are kept and entered the data relative to children coming under the control and into the custody of said Hospital and is familiar with the contents of said records. [¶] That the record of said Hospital in the case of Winifred Carney, the minor above mentioned shows the following facts: on the 23rd day of May, 1912 a woman left an infant female child at the said Hospital and stated that she was the mother of the child, that the child was born on the 9th day of May, 1912, that she was unable to take care of it and gave the name of the child as Winifred Carney. The said woman stated also that she wanted to give the child to the Hospital and to surrender to it all her rights to the child and she did surrender and entrust to the Hospital the entire management and control of the said child. That since the said 23rd day of May, 1912, the said woman has not visited the Hospital or made any inquiry concerning the child, or made any provision for its support or maintenance and that no inquiries concerning the child have been made at the Hospital by any person whatsoever. That on the 30th day of September, 1913, The New York Foundling Hospital placed said minor Winifred Carney with the petitioners herein. [¶] Deponent further says that The New York Foundling Hospital is a corporation of the State of New York and is authorized under the laws of said State to place children for adoption.”  Sworn to and subscribed Catherine Irene Bowen, Sister Anna Michella, before James T. Oates, Notary Public, New York County, 31 July 1917.
    [Attached (typed) affidavit, executed in New York County, New York:]  “Personally appeared before me a Notary Public at New York in the County and State aforesaid Catherine Irene Bowen (Sister Anna Michella) Treasurer of The New York Foundling Hospital, a corporation incorporated and organized under the Laws of the State of New York who being duly sworn says she was well acquainted with Jane C. McCrystal (Sister Theresa Vincent) (now deceased) the person who executed a certain indenture dated October 21st, 1913, as Treasurer of and on behalf of said corporation with Frederick Moyer and Margaret Moyer his wife of Meadville, Crawford County, Pennsylvania pursuant to which a female child aged 1 year five months named Winifred Carney was given into the custody of said Frederick Moyer and Margaret Moyer his wife; that said Frederick Moyer and wife have from time to time corresponded with said corporation and have kept it informed as to the welfare of said child; that at the time said Frederick Moyer and Margaret Moyer received said child into their home, care and custody it was understood and agreed that after three years a legal adoption might be effected which time has expired and consent to said adoption has been given by said Corporation. [¶] Deponent says further that as such Treasurer she is fully empowered under the Charter and By-Laws of said The New York Foundling Hospital to consent to said legal adoption and that she executes this affidavit with full authority by said corporation for so doing and attests the same by affixing hereto the corporate seal of said corporation.”  Sworn to and subscribed Catherine Irene Bowen, Sister Anna Michella, before James T. Oates, Notary Public, 4 Aug. 1917.
    Granted 6 Aug. 1917, name assumed is Winifred C. Moyer; filed 8 Aug. 1917.

#18 November Term 1917
Appearance Docket 205:368
    [Petition of WALTER and CAROLINE BAUER to adopt a nameless child] [to be added]

#8 February Term 1918
Appearance Docket 206:8
    “The [typed] petition of H. M. DICKSON and VINNIE L. DICKSON, residents of the City of Meadville, Penn’a. respectfully represents:  [¶] That they are desirous of adopting VINNIE IRENE BAKER an adult daughter of the age of twenty three years who was a daughter of JAMES MADISON BAKER and ADELAIDE BAKER, late of the City of Meadville, Pa. (both parents being dead) deceased. [¶] Wherefore your petitioners pray your honorable court to order and decree that the said Vinnie Irene Baker shall have all the rights of a child and bear the name of Vinnie Irene Baker Dickson, and we will ever pray.”  Signed H. M. Dickson, Vinnie L. Dickson; [below:] “I hereby assent to the adoption as prayed for above[.]”  Signed Vinnie Irene Baker; sworn to by H. M. Dickson (only) and again subscribed by him before V. L. Greeley, Prothonotary, 15 Nov. 1917; presented by H. M. Dickson, Conveyancer, Meadville.
    Granted 15 Nov. 1917, name assumed is Vinnie Irene Baker Dickson; filed same day.

#27 February Term 1918
Appearance Docket 206:27
    “The [typed] petition of TONY [VITRANO] and MADELINE VITRANO respectfully represents:– [¶] That your petitioners are husband and wife, living on West Street, Meadville, Pa. [¶] That they are desirous of adopting ETHEL FUCCI a minor child born January 23rd., 1911, now resident with your petitioners, being the child of MIKE and ESTHER FUCCI, the mother Esther having died last March. [¶] That the said Mike Fucci is unable financially to support and maintain the said Ethel Fucci and is willing and desirous that she be adopted by said Tony Vitrano and Madeline his wife, his assent being thereto being [sic] set forth in an answer herewith attached. [¶] That your petitioners are able to provide a proper home for said minor and able to care for, support and maintain her in a manner conducive to her welfare and will perform all the duties of parents towards her. [¶] That two affidavits by respectable citizens of Pennsylvania are hereto attached setting forth that in their opinion it is to the advantage of said minor that she be adopted as prayed for therein. [¶] Your petitioners therefore pray your Honorable Court that they may have leave to adopt said minor under the provisions of the act of Assembly in such cases provided, said minor to have all the rights of an actual child equally with any and all other children of your petitioners. [¶] And they will ever pray, etc.”  Signed Toni Vetrano and with the mark of Madeline Vitrano, witness[es]: Leland J. Culbertson, L. M. Richmond; sworn to (as Tony and Madeline Vitrano) and subscribed again in the same manner before Leona M. Richmond, Notary Public, 26 Nov. 1917; presented by Attorney Leland J. Culbertson, Meadville.
    [(Typed) supporting affidavit, below:]  “Jacob Measel and Edward De Pascale being duly sworn depose and say that they are acquainted with Tony and Madeline Vitrano, the petitioners above named, that they are person [sic] of respectibility [sic] and character; that they are able to probide [sic], care for and maintain properly the said Ethel Fucci; that they are acquainted with Mike Fucci, the father and his circumstances and that in their opinion it will be for the best interest of the said Ethel Fucci that she be adopted as prayed for in the foregoing petition.”  Sworn to and subscribed Jacob Measel, Edward DePascale before Leona M. Richmond, Notary Public, Meadville 26 Nov. 1917.
    [(Typed) parental consent, below:]  “I, the undersigned, being the parent of Ethel Fucci do hereby certify that I have read the foregoing petition, that the facts therein set forth are true, and I do join in the prayer thereof and do consent to the adoption of said Ethel Fucci by the said Tony and Madeline Vitrano.”  Signed with the mark of Mike Fucci, witness[es]: Leland J. Culbertson, Leona M. Richmond.
    Granted 3 Dec. 1917, name assumed is Ethel Vitrano; filed same day.

#69 February Term 1918
Appearance Docket 206:69
    “The [typed] petition of JUDSON A. SARGENT and ELLA SARGENT his wife citizens and residents of Beaver Township, Crawford County, Pa., respectfully represents:– [¶] That they are desirous of adopting CATHERINE AGNES MURDOCK, a minor child of the age of seventeen years, whose parents are unknown to your petitioners, the mother is said to be dead and the father has not been heard from by said minor child for more than twelve years and may be dead; that said minor child has been an inmate of the home of your petitioners for twelve years last past and has been supported by your petitioners; all that time; they say that they will perform all the duties of parents toward the said minor. [¶] They therefore pray your honorable Court to order and decree that the said Catherine Agnes Murdock shall assume the name of your petitioners and have all the rights of a child and heir of your petitioners, and be subject to the duties of such child.”  Signed Judson A Sargent, Ella Sargent; sworn to by Judson A. Sargent (only) and again subscribed Judson A Sargent before James D. Roberts, Alderman, Meadville, Pa., 21 Dec. 1917; presented by Attorney James D. Roberts, Meadville.
    [(Typed) consent, below:]  “I, Catherine Agnes Murdock, the minor mentioned in above petition have read over said petition and agree to the truth of the statements therein and express my desire that the prayer of the petition be granted. [¶; not indented] Dec. 21, 1917[.]”  Signed Catharine Agnes Murdock.
    [Attached (typed) supporting affidavit:]  “H. H. Bentley and Eva W. Bentley being duly sworn according to law depose and say that they are near neighbors of Judson A. Sargent and Ella Sargent his wife and have known them for twenty years past and know the minor, Catherine Agnes Murdock; they know the said Judson A. Sargent and wife to be suitable persons to have the custody of said minor and believe the adoption asked for would be to the welfare of said minor child as Mr. and Mrs. Sargent have no children of their own and have had the care of and have provided for the said minor for many years.”  Sworn to and subscribed H H Bentley, Eva W. Bentley before Leon Ely, J.P., Beaver Twp., Crawford Co., 22 Dec. 1917.
    Granted 7 Jan. 1918, name assumed is Catherine Agnes Sargent; filed same day.

#88 February Term 1918
Appearance Docket 206:88
    “The [typed] petition of FRANK K. EASTERWOOD and ADELAID [sic] EASTERWOOD, his wife, residents of the City of Meadville, Pa. respectfully represents. [¶] That they are desirous of adopting ELEANOR GRAHAM, an adult person, of the age of twenty-one (21) years of age, who is of the Children’s Home Society, Incorporated, of the City of Pittsburgh, Pa. with all the rights of a child and heir. [¶] That your petitioners aver in support of their petition that the said Eleanor Graham was born on or about the 27th. Day of January, A.D. 1896, and had been cared for by the Children’s Home Society as a beneficiary and has been constantly under its supervision since her release in accordance with its charter and regulations; that on or about the 19th. day of May. A.D. 1897 the said child was placed by Agreement of Placement, and on trial with your petitioners; that your petitioners have fulfilled their part of the agreement made at placement, and being desirous of legally adopting said child, and consent having been obtained from the said Children’s Home Society of Pennsylvania, for said adoption, as fully appears in Consent of Adoption hereto attached and made part of the said petition. [¶] Your petitioners, therefore pray your Honorable Court to order and decree the adoption of the said Eleanor Graham to have all the rights of a child and heir as prayed for, and that she may assume the name of Helen Cullum Easterwood, as they will ever pray.”  Signed Frank K. Easterwood, Adelaide Easterwood; [next page:]  “I hereby assent to the adoption as prayed for in the within petion [sic].”  Signed Helen Cullum Easterwood; sworn to by Frank K. Easterwood (only) and subscribed by him before V. L. Greeley, Prothonotary, 25 Jan. 1918; presented by Attorney[?] A. G[?]. Richmond.
    [Attached “Consent to Adoption” on preprinted form of Children’s Home Society of Pennsylvania, issued 15 Jan. 1918:]  “Whereas, There was to the Children’s Home Society of Pennsylvania, or about the nineteenth day of May A.D. 1897, a certain female child named Eleanor Graham born on or about twenty seventh day of January A. D. 1896, said Release being duly executed and acknowledged by nearest of kin, Anna C Henshaw, the then custodian of said Eleanor Graham; [¶] And Whereas, By said Release consent was given that said child may be Adopted by such person or persons as may be chosen by the said Children’s Home Society, in accordance with the statutes for the adoption of children, without further notice to the said party to the release; [¶] And Whereas, Said child has been cared for by the Children’s Home Society as a beneficiary, and has been continuously under its supervision since said Release, in accordance with its Charter and regulations; and on or about the nineteenth day of May, A. D. 1897, said child was placed by Agreement of Placement, and on trial, with Frank K Easterwood and Adelaide Easterwood, his wife, of Meadville, Pa. [¶] And Whereas, The said Frank K Easterwood and Adelaide Easterwood his wife having had said child in their custody and care a sufficient period on trial, and under the supervision of the Society, and it appearing to the Society that they have fulfilled their part of the Agreement made at placement, and they having requested and petitioners, and being desirous of legally adopting said child, that she may take lawfully their name and have interest in their estate, and the Society being assured of the happy relationship established between them and the child; [¶] Now Therefore, The Children’s Home Society of Pennsylvania, does by these presents give consent to such Adoption, and upon the same being granted according to law, does surrender all claim and control of the said child; and further prays the Court before whom the case may be brought to grant such Adoption, believing it to be to the interest of the child and the parties aforesaid. [¶] Witness Our hands and the corporate seal of the Children’s Home of Society of Pennsylvania, done at the office of the Society in the City of Pittsburgh, this fifteenth day of January A. D. 1918.”  Signed Thomas S. Wilcox, President. N. L. Brown, Secretary, W Henry Thompson, State Superintendent [seal].
    Granted 25 Jan. 1918, “and that the said Eleanor Graham shall retain the name of Helen Cullum Easterwood”; filed same day.

#4 May Term 1918
Appearance Docket 206:108
    “The [typed] petition of EDWARD PREMO and ANNA PREMO his wife of Meadville, Pa., respectfully represents; [¶] That your petitioners are desirous of adopting, as one of their heirs, a certain child known as MARGARET MARY MEAGHER, whose parents are unknown, said child having been left by an unknown woman with The New York Foundling Hospital in New York City, on January 7, 1913, said hospital being a charitable institution, and said child having been supported by said hospital for more than a year; That on March 19, 1915 said hospital placed said child with your petitioners, and said hospital now consents to this proposed adoption, as evidenced by written consent hereto attached and accompanied by affidavit of Treasurer of said hospital setting forth as to custody of said child, which consent and affidavit attached are made part of this petitioner; That your petitioners further declare that they will perform all the duties of parents to said child. [¶] And they will ever pray, &c.”  Signed Edward Premo, Anna Premo; sworn to and again subscribed before Effie M. Peffers, Notary Public, Meadville, 18 Jan. 1918; presented by Attorney b. B. Pickett, Meadville.
    [Attached preprinted form:]  “This Agreement, made and executed on the Third day of December 1917, between The New York Foundling Hospital and Edward Premo and Anna Premo his wife, of Meadville, State of Pennsylvania: [¶; not indented] Witnesseth: [¶] That Whereas Margaret Mary Meagher, an infant deserted child or foundling of the age of five years has been since January 7, 1913, in the care of The New York Foundling Hospital, a charitable corporation organized and incorporated under the laws of the State of New York, and supported in part by the City of New York by taxes imposed for that purpose, and [¶] Whereas, since said January 7, 1913 no inquiry has been made about the welfare of said infant and no board has been paid by its parents or guardian, and no provision has been made by the parents, relatives or guardian of said infant for its support and maintenance, but the parents of said have abandoned it and said infant has no general guardian and has no property or means of support, and [¶] Whereas, said The New York Foundling Hospital on March 19, 1915 did place said child with said Edward Premo and Anna Premo his wife, of No. Meadville, Pennsylvania and since that time the said infant has remained with the said Edward Premo and Anna Premo his wife, by whom it has been supported and maintained, and [¶] Whereas, the said Edward Premo and Anna Premo his wife, are desirous of adopting said Margaret Mary Meagher [¶] Now, therefore, the said The New York Foundling Hospital hereby consents to the adoption of the said Margaret Mary Meagher by said Edward Premo and Anna Premo his wife, and consents to the making of an order of adoption, and to a change of name of said Margaret Mary Meagher to [blank] Premo and the said Edward Premo and Anna Premo his wife, do hereby jointly and severally agree upon the granting to them of the said child, Margaret Mary Premo in adoption under an order of the Common Pleas Court of the County of Crawford State of Pennsylvania to adopt and treat the said infant, Margaret Mary Meagher as their own lawful child and to fully and amply provide for her maintenance and improvements, as her lawful parents.”  Signed The New York Foundling Hospital By Catherine Irene Bowen, Sister Anna Michella “In presence of” James T. Oakes, and signed Edward Premo, Anna Premo “In presence of” Effie M. Peffers; sworn to at New York Co., New York by Catherine Irene Bowen Sister Anna Michella (but not again subscribed) before James T. Oakes, Notary Public, New York County, 3 Dec. 1917, and sworn to in Crawford Co. by Edward Premo and Anna Premo his wife (but not again subscribed) before Effie M. Peffers, Notary Public, Meadville, 18 Jan. 1918.
    [Attached (typed) “Affidavit,” executed in the County and State of New York:]  “Catherine Irene Bowen, known in religion as Sister Anne Michella, being duly sworn, says that she is the Treasurer of The New York Foundling Hospital, and as such Treasurer has charge of the records of said Hospital wherein are kept and entered the data relative to children coming under the control, and into the custody, of said Hospital and is familiar with the contents of said records. [¶] That the record in the case of the minor, Margaret Mary Meagher, above mentioned, shows the following facts:  that on the 7th day of January 1913, a woman left an infant female child at the Hospital and stated that she was the mother of the child, that the child was born on the 1st day of December 1912, that she was unable to take care of it and gave the name of the child as Margaret Mary Meagher. The said woman stated also that she wanted to give the child to the Hospital and to surrender to it all her rights to the child and she did thereupon surrender and entrust to said Hospital the entire management and control of the child. That since the 7th day of January 1913, the said woman has not visited the Hospital or made any inquiries concerning the child or made any provision for her support or maintenance and that no inquiries concerning the child have been made at the Hospital by any person whatsoever. That on the 19th day of March 1915 The New York Foundling Hospital placed said Mary Margaret Meagher with the petitioners herein. [¶] Deponent further says that The New York Foundling Hospital is a corporation of the State of New York and is authorized under the laws of said State to place children for adoption.”  Sworn to and subscribed Catherine Irene Bowen, Sister Anna Michella, before James T. Oates, Notary Public, New York County, 3 Dec. 1917.
    Granted 11 Feb. 1918, “and that said child assume the name of the adopting parents, said Edward and Anna Premo,” presumably Margaret Mary Premo; filed same day.

#5 May Term 1918
Appearance Docket 206:109
    “The [typed] petition of JOHN A. SMITH and his wife, MARGARET SMITH, residents of Woodcock Township in the county aforesaid [of Crawford], respectfully represents: [¶] That they are desirous of adopting AUSTA EDNA LAMB, a minor child of JOHN B. LAMB and ELLA B. LAMB, late of Clarion County, Pa., now of the age of about nineteen years, as one of their heirs. [next sentence handwritten above the line] That the said minor’s father and mother are both deceased. That the said minor has been in the home of your petitioners for a period of about [handwritten in blank space] eight years. That they will perform all the duties of parents towards said minor and that the guardian [next four words handwritten and inserted above the line] aunt and next friend of said ward, Laura Lamb, has consented to said adoption, the said Laura Lamb having been appointed guardian [next four words handwritten and inserted above the line] requested by the father of the said ward by the Orphans Court of       County [next fourteen words handwritten and inserted above the line] at the time of his death, to look after the interests of said child.  Wherefore, your petitioners pray Your Honorable Court to order and decree that the said Austa Edna Lamb shall assume the name of your Petitioners and have all the rights of a child and heir of your petitioners, and be subject to the duties of such child.”  Signed John A Smith, margret Smith; sworn to and again subscribed before Isaac Mondereau, Notary Public, 30 Jan. 1918; presented by Attorney Isaac Monderau, Meadville.
    [Attached (typed) consent:]  “I, Laura Lamb, guardian [next four words handwritten and inserted above the line] aunt and next friend of Austa Edna Lamb, the above named, hereby signify my consent to the adoption of the said Austa Edna Lamb as prayed for in the foregoing petition; that the said ward has had her home with the petitioners for many years; that I have frequently visited in the home of petitioners and am fully satisfied and believe that such adoption will be for her welfare. The parents of said ward are [next word carreted] both deceased.”  Signed Laura Lamb.; sworn to in Westmoreland County, Pa., and again subscribed Laura Lamb. before George E. Barron, Notary Public, 15 Aug. 1917.
    Granted 11 Feb. 1918, name assumed is Austa Edna Smith; filed same day.

#22 May Term 1918
Appearance Docket 206:126
    “The [typed] petition of JANE A. DICKSON, of Meadville, Pa., respectfully represents: [¶] That she is desirous of adopting MARIAN [sic; signed, and on decree as ‘MARION’] WOODS DAVENPORT and GEORGE SEIPLE DAVENPORT, two adult persons, children of J. M. DAVENPORT and ELIZA JANE WOODS DAVENPORT, both of whom are deceased, as her children and heirs. And petitioners declares that if such adoption be approved, she will perform all the duties of a parent towards such adult persons. [¶] She therefore prays your Honorable Court to make a Decree that thenceforth such adult persons shall have all the rights and be subject to all the duties of children and heirs of the petitioner, and the petitioner shall have all the rights and be subject to all the duties of a parent of the said Marian Woods Davenport and George Seiple Davenport, as fully to all intents and purposes as if they had been born the lawful children of the petitioner. [¶] And she will ever pray, etc.”  Signed Jane A. Dickson; sworn to and again subscribed before Effie M. Peffers, Notary Public, Meadville, 25 Feb. 1918; presented by Attorney J. W. Smith.
    [Attached (typed) consent:]  “We, Marian Woods Davenport and George Seiple Davenport, and Blanche [changed in handwriting from ‘Blance’] Davenport, his wife, who declare that we have read the foregoing petition of Jane A. Dickson, for the adoption of the said Marian Woods Davenport and George Seiple Davenport as her children and heirs, and we hereby consent to such adoption, and agree that if such adoption be approved, we will perform all the duties of children towards the petitioner.”  Signed Marion Woods Davenport., George Seiple Davenport., Blanche G. Davenport.
    Granted 26 Feb. 1918 [names presumably to remain Marion Woods Davenport and George Seiple Davenport]; filed same day.

#53 May Term 1918
Appearance Docket 206:157
    “The [typed] petition of ELENORA [sic] GROMOLL, widow, respectfully represents; [¶] That your petitioner is a citizen of Meadville, Crawford County, Pennsylvania, and resiedes at 1086 South Water Street, Meadville, Penn’a. [¶] That she is desirous of adopting HARRY A. FORD, a minor born January 22nd, 1901, who is a nephew and that said minor has made his home with your petitioner since he was five months old, he being a child of HARRIET WHITEHEAD FORD and GUY B. FORD. [¶] That Guy B. Ford has never supported or contributed anything to the support of said Harry A. Ford since said minor has been five months old but that the said Guy B. Ford has been for years an habitual drunkard and that his whereabouts are unknown to your petitioner. [¶] That your petitioner has for seventeen years and is now able to provide a proper home for the said minor and is able to care and will perform all the duties of a parent to said minor. [¶] That two affidavits by respectable citizens of Pennsylvania are hereto attached setting forth that in their opinion it is to the advantage of said minor that he be adopted as herein prayed for. [¶] Your petitioner therefore prays your Honorable Court for leave to adopt said minor under the provisions of the Act of Assembly in such case made and provided, said minor to have all the rights of an actual child. [¶] And she will ever pray, etc.”  Signed Elnora Gromoll; sworn to and again subscribed before Leona M. Richmond, Notary Public, Meadville, 11 March 1918.
    [(Typed) supporting affidavit, below:]  “Fred A. Berg being duly sworn according to law deposes and says that he is acquainted with Elenora Gromoll, the petitioner within named, that she is a woman of respectability and character, that she is able to maintain and care for Harry A. Ford that he is acquainted with all the circumstances in the case and that in his opinion it will be for the best interests of the said Harry A. Ford that he be adopted as prayed for in the foregoing petition.”  Signed Fred. A. Berg.
    [(Typed) supporting affidavit, below:]  “Frank A Baker being duly sworn according to law deposes and says that he is acquainted with Elenora Gromoll, the petitioner within named, that she is a woman of respectability and character, that she is able to maintain and care for Harry A. Ford, that he is acquainted with all the circumstances in the case and that in his opinion it will be for the best interests of the said Harry A. Ford that he be adopted as prayed for in the foregoing petition.”  Signed Frank A. Bates [jurat on the next page executed by Leona M. Richmond, Notary Public, 19 March 1918, but without naming the affiant or affiants].
    [Attached (typed) consent:]  “Harry A. Ford, the undersigned, do hereby certify that I am person named in the within petition, that I have read the said petition, that the facts set forth therein are are [sic] true and I do join in the prayer thereof, consent to the said adoption and request that the said petition be granted.”  Sworn to and subscribed Harry A. Ford before Leona M. Richmond, Notary Public, 11 March 1918.
    Granted 1 April 1918, name assumed is Harry A. Gromell [sic–a typing error]; filed same day.

#6 September Term 1918
Appearance Docket 206:216
    “The [typed] petition of GEORGE B. WRIGHT and TRESSIE NORA WRIGHT respectfully represents:– [¶] 1. Your petitioners are husband and wife, citizens of Pennsylvania and reside in the city of Meadville at No. 902 Water Street. [¶] 2. That they are desirous of adopting HARRY ROSS a minor born January 1st, 1917 now aged 1 year four months and upwards being the child of HARRY P. ROSS and FLORENCE B. ROSS now residing at No. 1910 Division Street in the City of Erie, Pa. [¶] 3. That the parents of said minor were separated and the care of the child was left with his father and his said parents are unable financially to support and maintain the said Harry Ross, and are willing and desirous that he be adopted by your petitioners, the consent to said adoption by the parents [with ‘r&$146; in ‘parents’ inserted in handwriting] of said Harry Ross being hereto annexed. [¶] 4. Your petitioners are able to provide a proper home for said minor and to care for, maintain and support him in a manner conducive to his welfare, and will perform all the duties of parents towards said child. [¶] 5. Affidavits by reputable citizens of Meadville are hereto attached setting forth that in their opinion it is to the advantage and benefit of said minor that he be adopted as prayed for herein. [¶] 6. Your petitioners therefore pray for leave to adopt said Harry Ross under the provisions of the Act of Assembly in such case made and provided, said minor to have all the rights of a natural child and heir of your petitioners, and further that after said adoption he shall be known by the name of George R. Wright.  And they will ever pray as in duty bound.”  Signed Geo. B. Wright, Tressie Nora Wright; sworn to and again subscribed before V. L. Greeley, Prothonotary, 11 May 1918; presented by Attorney Otto Kohler, Meadville.
    [Attached (typed) parental consent:]  “We the undersigned, parents of Harry Ross do hereby certify that we have read a petition made by George B. Wright and Tressie Nora Wright of Meadville, Pa. praying for the adoption of our son Harry Ross born January 1st, 1917; that the facts set forth in said petition are true and we do hereby join in the prayer of said petition and do consent to the adoption of our said child Harry Ross by the said George B. Wright and Tressie Nora Wright. [¶] Dated at Erie, Pa.  May 6h, 1918.”  Sworn to at Erie Co., Pa., and subscribed Harry Ross, Florence Ross, “Witnesses:–” C. D. Higby, Sophia Czupryuski[?] before Clinton D. Higby, Notary Public, Erie, Pa., 13 May 1918.
    [Attached (typed) supporting affidavit:]  “Personally appeared before me an Alderman in the City of Meadville in and for the County of Crawford J George Heckman and Chas Muckinhaupt [sic] who being duly sworn depose and say that they know George B. Wright and Tressie Nora Wright his wife; that they are persons of respectability and good character; that they are financially able to care for, maintain and support the said Harry Ross whom they desire to adopt; that they are acquainted with the circumstances of said George B. Wright and Tressie Nora Wright and in the opinion of the deponents it will be for the best interest of the said Harry Ross that he be adopted as prayed for.”  Sworn to and subscribed J George Heckman, Chas Muckinhoupt before H. L. Boynton, Alderman, 11 May 1918.
    Granted 13 May 1918, name assumed is George R. Wright; filed same day.

#76 September Term 1918
Appearance Docket 206:288
    “The [typed] petition of JASON O. GOODWILL and ALTA R. GOODWILL [with middle initial carreted, handwritten], his wife, citizens and residents of this County [of Crawford], respectfully represent: [¶] That they are desirous of adopting DORATHA KEEFER, a minor child of HENRY B. KEEFER and HAZEL B. KEEFER, now residing at Corry, Erie County, Pa., which said minor was born on the 11th day of June 1917; as one of their heirs; and that they will perform all of the duties of parents toward the said minor, and that the said Henry B. Keefer and Hazel B. Keefer, parents of said minor Doratha Keefer, have consented to such adoption. [¶] Wherefore your petitioners pray your honorable court to order and decree that the said Doratha Keefer shall assume the name of your petitioners and have all the rights of a child and heir of your petitioners, and be subject to the duties of such child.”  Signed Jason. O. Goodwill, Alta. R. Goodwill; sworn to and again subscribed before J. A. Bolard, Notary Public, Cambridge Springs, 22 June 1918; presented by Attorney J. A. Bolard, Cambridge Springs.
    [Attached (typed) parental consent:]  “We, Henry B. Keefer and Hazel B. Keefer, his wife, residents of Corry, Erie County, Pennsylvania, hereby declare [changed, in handwriting, from ‘decree’] that we are the parents of said Doratha Keefer; that we have read the foregoing petition and that we consent to the adoption of our said daughter, Doratha Keefer, as prayed for in the foregoing petition, and we believe that such adoption will be for her best welfare.”  Signed Henry B. Keefer, Hazel. B. Keefer, ‘Witnessed by’ Jewel D. Long, Anna B. Kinney.
    [(Typed) supporting affidavit, below:]  “Before me, a Notary Public in and for said County personally came [names handwritten] A. G. McLallen and Ida M. McLallen, who being by me duly sworn according to law depose and say that they are well acquainted with Jason O. Goodwill and Alta R Goodwill, his wife, the above named petitioners; that they are persons of good moral character and that deponents believe that the welfare of the said Doratha Keefer will be promoted by the adoption as prayed for.”  Sworn to and subscribed A. G. McLallen, Ida M. McLallen before J. A. Board, Notary Public Cambridge Springs, Pa., 22 June 1918.
    Granted 1 July 1918, name assumed is Doratha Goodwill; filed same day.

#121 September Term 1918
Appearance Docket 206:333
    “The [typed] petition of JOHN A. GILLILAND and ADELL GILLILAND, his wife, of Hartstown, Pennsylvania, respectfully represents: [¶] That they are desirous of adopting as their heir CHESTER COX, aged eight years, and a son of JOHN COX, late of Venango County, deceased.  This child, after the death of his father, was placed in the care of the Children’s Aid Society of Venango County, and was subsequently given by the said Children’s Aid Society of Venango County to the care and custody of your petitioners with whom he has made his home for eighteen months last past. [¶] Petitioners declare that they will perform all the duties of parents to the said child.  They further represent that the consent of the Children’s Aid Society of Venango County to such adoption is evidenced by the President of said organization joining in this petition. [¶] Your petitioners therefore pray the Court to decree that the said Chester Cox may assume the name of the petitioners, namely: Chester Gilliland, and have and enjoy all the rights of a child and heir of the petitioners and be subject to the duties of a child. [#182;] And they will ever pray.”  Signed John. A. Gilliland, Adell Gilliland; sworn to [but not again subscribed] before S. J. Young, J.P., 26 Aug. 1918.
    [Attached (typed) consent:]  “Mrs. Fred E. [first and middle name handwritten] Elizabeth L. Hays comes and represents to the Court that she is the President of the Children’s Aid Society of Venango County, Auxiliary to the Children’s Aid Society of Western Pennsylvania, located in Oil City, Pennsylvania.  That she has read the petition of John A. Gilliland and Adell Gilliland, his wife, for the adoption of Chester Cox, and that the facts stated in said petition are true, and she believes that the welfare of said Chester Cox will be promoted by his adoption as a son and heir of the petitioners, and she hereby gives the consent of the said Children’s Aid Society of Venango County, Auxiliary to the Children’s Aid Society of Western Pennsylvania to such adoption.”  Signed “Children’s Aid Society of Venango County, Auxiliary to the Children’s Aid Society of Western Pennsylvania, By” Elizabeth L. Hays, President.
    [Decree handwritten on cover.]  Granted 2 Sept. 1918, name assumed is Chester Gilliland; filed same day.

#7 February Term 1919
Appearance Docket 207:7
    “The [typed] petition of FENTON C. KING respectfully represents:– [¶] 1. That on or about November 21st, 1910 he received into his home FREDA LARUE HORNER born on or about November 21st, 1907 a minor child of ETTA HORNER which said child has remained in his household ever since, and has learned to regard your petitioner as its natural parent. [¶] 2. That said child was received from the Children’s Home Society of Pennsylvania as per Indenture hereto annexed marked ‘Exhibit A’. [¶] 3. That at the time said minor child was placed with said Children’s Home Society of Pennsylvania a formal release was executed by the mother consenting to its adoption which said consent is hereto annexed marked ‘Exhibit B’. [¶] 4. That your petitioner is desirous of adopting the said Freda LaRue Horner as his child and heir and is able to provide a proper home for said minor and able to care for, support and maintain her in a manner conducive to her welfare and will perform all the duties of a parent towards said minor. [¶] Your petitioners therefore prays this Honorable Court for leave to adopt the said minor under the provisions of the Act of Assembly in such cases made and provided, said Freda LaRue Horner to have all the rights of a natural child equal with any other natural or adopted children of your petitioner.  And he will ever pray as in duty bound.”  Signed Fenton C. King; sworn to and again subscribed before V. L. Greeley, Prothonotary, 16 Sept. 1918; presented by Attorney Otto Kohler, Meadville.
    [Attached “Consent to Adoption” on preprinted form of Children’s Home Society of Pennsylvania:]  “Know All Men by These Presents, That Etta Horner and       of Bellefonte Pa., being the Mother [with ‘Mother’ written over ‘parents’ (typed)] of Freda LaRue Horner [written over ‘John W. (?)’] of a child aged two & ½ [written over ‘thirteen,’ typed] years, born November 21, 1907 [written over ‘February 25, 1897’] in lawful wedlock, do hereby relinquish all my right to the said child, and do hereby commit said child to the care and custody of the Children’s Home Society of Pennsylvania; and do hereby consent that the said child may be legally adopted by such person or persons as may be chosen by the said Children’s Home Society of Pennsylvania without any further notice to the undersigned. [¶] Done at Bellefonte this 18th day of July 1910. (Signed)” Etta Horner, Bellefonte Pa, “Witnesses:” David Foreman, Bellefonte Pa [seal of Centre County Common Pleas Court].
    [Attached “Consent to Adoption” on preprinted form of Children’s Home Society of Pennsylvania, issued 19 Aug. 1910:]  “Whereas, There was released to the Children’s Home Society of Pennsylvania, on or about the eighteenth day of July A. D. 1910 a certain female child named Freda LaRue Horner, born on or about the twenty-first day of November A. D. 1907, said Release being duly executed and acknowledged by nearest of kin, Etta Horner the mother [¶] And Whereas, By said Release consent was given that said child may be Adopted by such person or persons as may be chosen by the said Children’s Home Society, in accordance with the statutes for the adoption of children, without further notice to the said party to the release; [¶] And Whereas, Said child has been cared for by the Children’s Home Society as a beneficiary, and has been continuously under its supervision since said Release, in accordance with its Charter and Regulations; and on or about the twenty first day of November, A. D. 1910, said child was placed by Agreement of Placement, and on trial, with Fenton C King and Georgiana B King, his wife, of Cambridge Springs, Pa. [¶] And Whereas, The said Fenton C King and       his wife having had said child in theirhis custody and care a sufficient period on trial, and under the supervision of the Society, and it appearing to the Society that they havehe has fulfilled theirhis part of the Agreement made at placement, and theyhe having requested and petitioned, and being desirous of legally adopting said child, that she may take lawfully theirhis name and have interest in theirhis estate, and the Society being assured of the happy relationship established between themhim and the child; [¶] Now Therefore, The Children’s Home Society of Pennsylvania, does by these presents give consent to such Adoption, and upon the same being granted according to law, does surrender all claim and control of the said child; and further prays the Court before whom the case may be brought to grant such Adoption, believing it to be to the interest of the child and the partiesy aforesaid. [¶] Witness Our hands and the corporate sea of the Children’s Home Society of Pennsylvania, done at the office of the Society in the City of Pittsburgh, this nineteenth day of August A. D. 1910.”  Signed Thomas S. Wilcox, President, N L Brown, Secretary, W. Henry Thompson, State Superintendent [seal].
    Granted 12 Nov. 1918, name assumed is Dorothy King; filed same day.
    [Separate amendment:]  “The petition of GEORGIANA KING respectfully represents:– [¶] 1. That your petitioner is the wife of Fenton C. King who pursuant to petition filed November 12th, 1918 to the above number and term accompanied by certain exhibits was awarded a decree of adoption of Freda LaRue Horner a minor child received into the home of the parties and cared for by them as parents; that your petitioner was not a party to the petition of her said husband being at that time absent from the County of Crawford; that she has been informed of the facts averred in said petition and concurs therein; and further that she is desirous of becoming a party to said adoption and joining with her said husband therein. [¶] Wherefore your petitioner prays that the decree heretofore granted shall be amended by adding after the name of her said husband Fenton C. King in the second line of said decree ‘and Georgiana King his wife’, and that shall decree shall be thereupon amended to read as follows:– [¶ decree omitted] [¶] And your petitioner will ever pray as n duty bound.”  Signed Mrs Georgiana King; sworn to and again subscribed before A. J. Moses, J.P., Cambridge Springs, 6 Jan. 1919; presented by Attorney Otto Kohler, Meadville.
    [Noted on cover:]  6 Jan. 1919, ”Decree amended as prayed”; filed same day.

#8 February Term 1919
Appearance Docket 207:8
    “The [typed] petition of FENTON C. KING, respectfully represents: [¶] 1. That on or about Oct. 22, 1910 he received into his home FLORENCE E. RIEGGER born on or about Dec. 25th, 1907 a minor child of STELLA MAY RIEGGER [sic] which said child has remained in his household ever since, and has learned to regard your petitioner as its natural parent. [¶] 2. That said child was received from the Children’s Home Society of Pennsylvania as per Indenture hereto annexed marked ‘Exhibit A’. [¶] 3. That at the time said minor child was placed with said Children’s Home Society of Pennsylvania a formal release was executed by the mother consenting to its adoption which said consent is hereto annexed marked ‘Exhibit B’. [¶] 4. That your petitioner is desirous of adopting the said Florence E. Riegger as his child and heir and is able to provide a proper home for said minor and able to care for, support and maintain her in a manner conducive to her welfare and will perform all the duties of a parent towards said minor. [¶] Your petitioners therefore prays this Honorable Court for leave to adopt the said minor under the provisions of the Act of Assembly in such cases made and provided, said Florence E. Riegger to have all the rights of a natural child equal with any other natural or adopted children of your petitioner.  And he will ever pray as in duty bound.”  Signed Fenton C.King; sworn to and again subscribed before V. L. Greeley, Prothonotary, 16 Sept. 1918; presented by Attorney Otto Kohler, Meadville.
    [Attached “Consent to Adoption” on preprinted form of Children’s Home Society of Pennsylvania:]  “Know All Men by These Presents, That ,I, Stella May Reigger and       of Bethlehem Pa., being the mother of Florence Edna Reigger of a child aged two & ½ years, born December 25, 1907 in lawful wedlock, do hereby relinquish all my right to the said child, and do hereby commit said child to the care and custody of the Children’s Home Society of Pennsylvania; and do hereby consent that the said child may be legally adopted by such person or persons as may be chosen by the said Children’s Home Society of Pennsylvania without any further notice to the undersigned. [¶] Done at Bethlehem this 23d day of April 1910.. (Signed)” Stella May Reigger, “Witnesses:” Harry C. Cope, Carrie Ruth.
    [Attached “Consent to Adoption” on preprinted form of Children’s Home Society of Pennsylvania, issued 19 Aug. 1910:]  “Whereas, There was released to the Children’s Home Society of Pennsylvania, on or about the twenty-third day of April A. D. 1910 a certain female child named Florence E Riegger, born on or about the twentyfifth day of December A. D. 1907, said Release being duly executed and acknowledged by nearest of kin, Stella May Reigger the mother [¶] And Whereas, By said Release consent was given that said child may be Adopted by such person or persons as may be chosen by the said Children’s Home Society, in accordance with the statutes for the adoption of children, without further notice to the said party to the release; [¶] And Whereas, Said child has been cared for by the Children’s Home Society as a beneficiary, and has been continuously under its supervision since said Release, in accordance with its Charter and Regulations; and on or about the twenty second day of October, A. D. 1910, said child was placed by Agreement of Placement, and on trial, with Fenton C King and Georgiana B King, his wife, of Cambridge Springs, Pa. [¶] And Whereas, The said Fenton C King and       his wife having had said child in theirhis custody and care a sufficient period on trial, and under the supervision of the Society, and it appearing to the Society that they havehe has fulfilled theirhis part of the Agreement made at placement, and theyhe having requested and petitioned, and being desirous of legally adopting said child, that she may take lawfully theirhis name and have interest in theirhis estate, and the Society being assured of the happy relationship established between themhim and the child; [¶] Now Therefore, The Children’s Home Society of Pennsylvania, does by these presents give consent to such Adoption, and upon the same being granted according to law, does surrender all claim and control of the said child; and further prays the Court before whom the case may be brought to grant such Adoption, believing it to be to the interest of the child and the partiesy aforesaid. [¶] Witness Our hands and the corporate sea of the Children’s Home Society of Pennsylvania, done at the office of the Society in the City of Pittsburgh, this nineteenth day of August A. D. 1910.”  Signed Thomas S. Wilcox, President, N L Brown, Secretary, W. Henry Thompson, State Superintendent [seal].
    Granted 12 Nov. 1918, name assumed is Florence King; filed same day.
    [Separate amendment:]  “The petition of GEORGIANA KING respectfully represents:  1. That your petitioner is the wife of Fenton C. King who pursuant to petition filed November 12th, 1918 to the above number and term accompanied by certain exhibits was awarded a decree of adoption of Florence E. Riegger a minor child received into the home of the parties and cared for by them as parents; that your petitioner was not a party to the petition of her said husband being at that time absent from the County of Crawford; that she has been informed of the facts averred in said petition and concurs therein, and further that she is desirous of becoming a party to said adoption and joining with her said husband therein. [¶] Wherefore your petitioner prays that the decree heretofore granted shall be amended by adding after the name of her said husband Fenton C. King in the second line of said decree ‘and Georgiana King his wife’, and that shall decree shall be thereupon amended to read as follows: [¶ decree omitted] [¶] And your petitioner will ever pray as in duty bound.”  Signed Mrs Georgiana King; sworn to and again subscribed by her before A. J. Moses, J.P., Cambridge Springs, 6 Jan. 1919.
    [Noted on cover:]  6 Jan. 1919, ”Decree amended as prayed”; filed same day.

#44 February Term 1919
Appearance Docket 207:44
    “The [typed] petition of NELLOUS LANDERS and JOSEPHINE LANDERS, his wife, citizens and residents of Rockdale Township, this [Crawford] County, respectfully represent: [¶] That they are desirous of adopting ROBERT FRANKLIN STAINBROOK, a minor child of HAZEL STAINBROOK, now residing at Rudolph, State of Ohio, which said minor was born on the 6th day of April, 1917 as one of their heirs; and that they will perform all the duties of parents toward the said minor, and that the said Hazel Stainbrook, parent of said Robert Franklin Stainbrook, has consented to such adoption. [¶] Wherefore your petitioners pray your honorable court to order and decree that the said Robert Franklin Stainbrook shall assume the name of your petitioners and have all the rights of a child and heir of your petitioners, and be subject to the duties of such child.”  Signed Nellous Landers, Josephene Landers; sworn to and subscribed Nellous Landers, Josephene Landers before J. A. Bolard, Notary Public, Cambridge Springs, 24 Dec. 1918; presented by Attorney J. A. Bolard, Cambridge Springs.
    [Attached (typed) parental consent:]  “I, Hazel Stainbrook, a resident of Rudolph, State of Ohio, hereby declare that I am the parent of said Robert Franklin Stainbrook; that I have read the foregoing petition and that I consent to the adoption of my son, Robert Franklin Stainbrook, as prayed for in the foregoing petition, and I believe that his adoption will be for his best welfare.”  Signed Hazel Stainbrook; “Witnessed by:–” Clinton Stainbrook, J. A. Bolard.
    [(Typed) supporting affidavit, below:]  “Before me, A Notary Public in and for said county [of Crawford], personally came Ernest J. Decker, A. V. Whitely, who being duly sworn according to law depose and say that they are well acquainted with Nellous Landers and Josephine Landers, his Wife, the above named petitioners; that they are persons of good moral character and that deponents believe that the welfare of the said Robert Franklin Stainbrook will be promoted by the adoption as prayed for.”  Sworn to and subscribed Ernest J. Decker, A. V. Whitely before J. A. Bolard, Notary Public, Cambridge Springs, 17 Dec. 1918.
    Granted 25 Dec. [sic] 1918 (with adoptive mother’s given name spelled “Josephine”), name assumed is Robert Franklin Landers; filed same day.

#54 February Term 1919
Appearance Docket 207:54
    [(Typed “Petition for the Adoption of a Child.”:]  “The petition of FRANK W. HUNT and LILLIAN HUNT, his wife respectfully represents:– [¶] That your petitioners [next word carreted] reside at No. 1103 Liberty Street, in the third Ward of the city of Meadville, Crawford County, Pennsylvania, and that they are citizens of Crawford County, having resided therein for a period of at least 4 [‘4’ handwritten] years last past. ¶ That they are desirous of adopting as their heir, ISABEL SHONTZ, an illegitemate [sic] minor child of VELMA SHONTZ: [¶] That Isabel Shontz was born January 8 [‘8’ handwritten], 1918; that she as well as her mother Velma Shontz have resided in the family of your petitioners the greater part of the time since the childs birth, and both parent and child aforesaid are now residing at your petitioner’s home: [¶] That the acknowledged [next word added above the line] reputed father of said child is [next word carreted] one HAROLD SAUNIER, who abandoned the childs mother prior to the birth of the child and has never married said mother or acknowledged himself to be the father of said child or in any way contributed toward her support, and that he is reported to be now in the Service of the United States Army in France: [¶] That Velma Shontz, mother of Isabel Shontz, is a resident of the third ward of the city of Meadville, Pennsylvania: [¶] Your petitioners further pray that if the prayer of their petition is granted by your Honorable Court, they will keep and support the said Isabel Shontz and perform all the duties of a parent to such child. [¶] Wherefore they pray that the Court will decree that such adoption be made, and that the said Isabel Shontz shall assume the name of your petitiones’s [sic] and hereafter be known and called by the name of Isabel Hunt, and shall have all the rights and be subject to all the duties of a child and heir of your petitioners, according to the provisions of the act of Assembly of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania in such cases made and provided. [¶] And they will ever pray, etc.”  Signed Frank W. Hunt, Mrs Lillian Hunt; sworn to and subscribed Mrs Lillian Hunt, Frank W. Hunt before V. L. Greeley, Prothonotary, 4 Jan. 1919; presented by Attorney J. E. Bossard.
    [Mother’s (typed) consent, below:]  “I, Velma Shontz, mother of the above named Isabel Shontz, unite in the prayer of the foregoing petition, and hereby consent to the adoption of the said Isabel Shontz by the said Frank W. and Lillian Hunt, as therein prayed.”  Sworn to and subscribed Velma Shontz before V. L. Greeleey, Prothonotary, 4 Jan. 1919.
    [(Typed) supporting affidavit, below (with names of affiants and residences handwritten:]  “Lewis M. Hilliard and Edgar B. Roudebush, being duly sworn according to law depose and say that they reside at in [sic] Pennsylvania Avenue and S Grant St. second Ward, Meadville, Pennsylvania, respectively; that they are well acquainted with Frank W. Hunt and Lillian Hunt, the above named petitioners, and also with Velma Shontz; that the said Frank W. Hunt and Lillian Hunt, his wife, are persons of respectability, good character and property; and that they believe that the welfare of the said Isabel Hunt will be promoted by the adoption as prayed for.”  Sworn to and subscribed Lewis M. Hilliard, Edgar B. Roudebush before V. L. Greeley, Prothonotary, 4 Jan. 1919.
    Granted 6 Jan. 1919, name assumed is Isabel Hunt; filed same day.

#44 May Term 1919
Appearance Docket 207:132
    [(Typed) “Petition for Adoption”:]  “The petition of WILLIAM D. SENSOR and PRICILLA [sic] SENSOR, his wife, residents of the Borough of Townville, Crawford County, Pennsylvania, respectfully represents: [¶] That your petitioners are residents of Crawford County and have their permanent at the place above stated; and that they are desirous of adopting ARLENE BELL MOORE, minor child of Mrs. ANNABEL ROTH, of Westfield, Chautauqua County, N. Y., as one of their legal heirs at law: [¶] Your petitioners further say that if the prayer of their petition is granted by your Honorable Court, that they will make a home for and support the said minor child as one of their family and perform all the duties of a parent to said child, namely, Arlene Bell Moore; [¶] That Arlene Bell Moore was born March 29, 18981908 [year handwritten], and her mother Annabel Roth is the daughter of your petitioners and that the father of said minor child, one A. W. MOORE, abandoned the child in infancy and was legally divorced from the childs mother in 18981909 [year handwritten]. [¶] That the mother Annabel Moore [next three words carreted] and her child resided with your petitioners until the child was six years of age at which time the said mother was married to one C. H. Roth, with whom she now resides; [¶] That the said minor child is now residing with your petitioners and has resided with them all her lifetime with the exception of about two years, at which time she lived with her mother Mrs. Roth. [¶] Your petitioners further say that the mother of said child consents to the adoption as prayed for. [¶] Wherefore your petitioners pray your Honorable Court to order and decree that the said Arlene Bell Moore shall assume the name of your petitioners, and that said Arlene Bell Moore shall have all the rights of a child and heir at law of your petitioners, and be subject to the duties of such child.  And your petitioners will ever pray, etc.”  Signed William D Sensor, Priscilla Sensor; sworn to (as William D. and Pricilla Sensor) and signed William D Sensor, Priscilla Sensor before A R Fross, J.P., Townville, 5 March 1919; presented by Attorney Jefferson E. Bossard.
    [Mother’s (typed) consent, below:]  “Annabel Roth, being duly sworn according to law deposes and says that the facts set forth in the foregoing petition are true and correct to the best of her knowledge and belief, and that she is the mother of said minor child and hereby consents to the adoption as prayed for in the foregoing petition and believes that such adoption will be for the welfare of the said child, Arlene Bell Moore.”  Sworn to at Chautauqua Co., N.Y., and subscribed Annabel Roth before Harlan L Munson, Notary Public, Chautauqua Co., 10 March 1919.
    [(Typed) supporting affidavit, below, names of affiants handwritten:]  “A L Squier and H E Bandley of Townville, Crawford County, Pennsylvania, being duly sworn according to law depose and say that they are well acquainted with William D. Sensor and Pricilla Sensor, the within named petitioners; that they are persons of respectability and property, and that deponents believe that the welfare of said Arlene Belll Moore will be promoted by the adoption prayed for in said petition.”  Signed A L Squier, H. E. Bandley before A R Fross, J.P., Townville, 5 March 1919.
    Granted 17 March 1919, and “the said Arlene Bell Moore shall assume the name of the said William D. Sensor and Pricilla Sensor, his wife,” presumably Arlene Bell Sensor; filed same day.

#94 May Term 1919
Appearance Docket 207:182
    “The [typed] petition of FRANK RONDEAU and LILLIE RONDEAU, his wife, citizens and residents of Rockdale Township, County of Crawford and state of Pennsylvania, respectfully represents: [¶] That they are desirous of adopting HERBERT FRANK CREE, an infant son of Lucile Cree, who was born at Cambridge Springs Pa. on the 29th day of September 1918; as their heir, and that they will perform all of the duties of parents toward said minor child and that the said Lucile Cree, mother of said minor child, Herbert Frank Cree, has consented to such adoption. [¶] Wherefore your petitioners pray your Honorable Court to order and decree that the said Herbert Frank Cree shall assume the name of your petitioners and shall have all the rights of a child and heir of your petitioners, and be subject to the duties of such child.”  Signed Frank Rondeau, Lillie Rondeau; sworn to and again subscribed before D. D. Goshorn, J.P., Cambridge Springs, 19 April 1919; presented by Attorney J. A. Bolard, Cambridge Springs.
    [(Typed) “Consent of Parent.” below:]  “I, Lucile Cree, mother of said child, hereby declare that I am the only known parent of said child; that I have read the foregoing petition and that I consent to the adoption of my said infant son, Herbert Frank Cree as prayed for, as I believe that such adoption will be for its wellfare [sic]”; signed Lucile Cree, “Witnessed by” Ora E. Cree, Leona D Cree.
    [(Typed) supporting affidavit, attached:]  “Before me a Justice of the Peace in and for said county, personally came Rev. M. R. Kunkleman [sic] and D. L. Matthews [sic], who being duly sworn according to law, deposes [sic] and say that they are well acquainted with Frank Rondeau and his wife Lille Rondeau, the above petitioners; that they are both persons of good moral character and deponents believe that the wellfare of the said Herbert Frank Cree will be promoted by the adoption as prayed for.”  Sworn to and subscribed M. R. Kunkelman, D. L. Mathews before A. F. Moses, J.P., Cambridge Springs, 1 May 1919.
    Granted 5 May 1919, name assumed is Herbert Frank Rondeau; filed same day.

#10 September Term 1919
Appearance Docket 207:198
    “The [typed] petition of DANIEL C. BECK and HELEN BECK, his wife, respectfully represents: [¶] First.  That your Petitioners are husband and wife, citizens and residents of the city of Titusville, Crawford county, Pennsylvania. [¶] Second.  That they are desirous of adopting MARY ANN LYMAN, who was born out of wed lock on the eighth day of June, Anno Domini, 1917 and when about a month old was given to the custody of Our Lady of Victory Infant Home, a charitable institution incorporated for the care of orphaned and destitute children, where she was cared for until September 28th, 1918 when she was taken into the home of your Petitioners were she has continuously remained and is at the present time. [¶] Third.  That your Petitioners are able to provide a proper home for said minor, and able to care for, support and maintain her in a manner conductive to her wellfare [sic] and will perform [next word carreted] all the duties of parents towards her. [¶] Fourth.  That two affidavits by respectable citizens of Pennsylvania are attached, setting forth that in their opinion it is to the advantage of said minor that she be adopted as prayed for herein.  [¶] Fifth.  Your Petitioners append to this petition, a copy of consent from the said ‘Our Lady of Victory Infants’ Home’ consenting to the adoption of the said Mary Ann Lyman, as herein prayed for. [¶] Sixth.  Your petitioners therefore pray your Honorable Court for leave to adopt said minor under provisions of the Act of Assembly in such cases made and provided, and that the said Mary Ann Lyman shall assume the name of Mary Ann Beck and shall have all the rights of a child of your Petitioners and be subject to the duties of such child, and they will ever pray.” . Signed Daniel C Beck, Helen Beck; sworn to and again subscribed before Robert A. Kerr, J.P., Titusville, 10 May 1919; presented by Attorney O. Clare Kent.
    [Attached consent on preprinted form of Our Lady of Victory Infant Home:]  “W H E R E A S, an application is about to be made to Honorable Louis B. Hart, Surrogate [name handwritten] Thos. Prather, P. J. of Erie [county handwritten] Crawford County, [state added above the line] Pa. for an order allowing the adoption of Mary Ann Lyman, a minor child who was born on or about the 8th day of June 1917, by Mr. Daniel C. Beck, and Helen Beck, his wife, pursuant to the statute in such case made and provided. [¶] N O W, therefore, we, Our Lady of Victory Infant Home, a charitable institution incorporated for the case of orphan and destitute children, and having the care and custody of said child, and Mr. Daniel C. Beck and Helen Beck, his wife, the persons adopting said child, do hereby consent to such adoption, and we, the said Mr. Daniel C Beck and Helen Beck, his wife, do hereby agree to adopt and treat the said Mary Ann Lyman as our own child at all times, in consideration of the consents hereto, the premises stated and the order of the Surrogate [next word handwritten] Court hereupon to be made, assuming and undertaking the duties and obligations which shall flow from this act of adoption upon the order being made allowing the same. [¶] In Witness Whereof, we, the persons whose consents and agreements are necessary hereunto set our hands and seals and said Our Lady of Victory Infant Home has caused this instrument to be subscribed by its manager and its corporate seal to be hereunto affixed, this 12th day of December 1918.”  Signed Our Lady of Victory Infant Home by Sr. St Edward, Manager, Daniel C Beck, Helen Beck; sworn to at Buffalo, Erie Co., N.Y., by Sr. St Edward, a resident of the City of Lackawanna, N.Y., before Patrick J. Geoffrey, Notary Public, 12[?] Dec. 1918 at Lackawanna; and sworn to by the Becks in Crawford County before Robert A. Kerr, Notary Public, Titusville, 8 June 1917.
    [(Typed) supporting affidavit, attached:]  “Frank V. Harrison and Bert Goss being duly sworn according to law say that they are well acquainted with Daniel C. Beck and Helen Beck, his wife, the Petitioners above named; that they are persons of good moral character; that they are able to properly care fore [sic], maintain and support the said Mary Ann Lyman and that in their opinion it will be for the best interests of the said Mary Ann Lyman that she be adopted as prayed for in the foregoing Petition.”  Sworn to and subscribed Frank. V. Harrison, Bert. Goss before Robert A. Kerr, J.P., Titusville, 10 May 1919.
    Granted 15 May 1919, name assumed is Mary Ann Beck; filed same day.

#17 September Term 1919
Appearance Docket 207:206
    “The [typed] petition of Mrs. JENNIE MCLUCAS, widow, respectfully represents: [¶] 1.  That your petitioner is a widow; citizen of Pennsylvania and resides in the city of Titusville at No. 121 East Water Street. [¶] 2.  That she is desirous of adopting IONA PEARL MCLUCAS, her minor grand child, born October 20th, 1916, and now aged two years and upwards, now residing with petitioner, being the child of petitioners son, JAMES MCLUCAS and CLARA MCLUCAS, his wife, now deceased. [¶] 3.  That the said James McLucas having been bereft of his said wife is unable to furnish the proper and necessary care, attention and support for the said Iona Pearl McLucas and is willing and desirous that she be adopted by said Mrs. Jennie McLucas, his mother, his assent thereto being set forth in an answer hereto annexed. [¶] 4.  That your petitioner is able to provide a proper home for said minor and able to care for, support and maintain her in a manner conducive to her welfare, and will perform all the duties of a parent towards her. [¶] 5.  That two affidavits by respectable citizens of Pennsylvania are hereto attached setting forth that in their opinion it is to the advantage of said minor that she be adopted as prayed for herein. [¶] 6.  Your petitioner therefore prays your Honorable Court for leave to adopt said minor under the provisions of the Act of Assembly in such case made and provided, said minor to have all the rights of an actual child equally with any other children of your petitioner. [¶] And she will ever pray, &c.;”  Signed Mrs Jennie Mclucas; sworn to (but not again subscribed) before George Eldred, Notary Public, Titusville, 15 May 1919; presented by Attorney Geo. Eldred, Titusville.
    [Parental consent (typed), below:]  “I, the undersigned being the surviving parent of Iona Pearl McLucas, do hereby certify that I have read the foregoing petition; that the facts therein set forth are true; and I do join in the prayer thereof and do consent to the adoption of said Iona Pearl McLucas by the said Mrs. Jennie McLucas.”  Signed James McLucas.
    [Supporting affidavit (typed), below:]  “Anna Rosenbloom and Bertha A. Goldstein being duly sworn depose and say that they, and each of them, know Mrs. Jennie McLucas, the petitioner above named; that she is a person of respectability and character; that she is able properly to care for, maintain and support the said Iona Pearl McLucas; that they are acquainted with the circumstances of Mrs. Jennie McLucas, and that in their opinion it will be for the best interest of the said Iona Pearl McLucas that she be adopted as prayed for in the foregoing petition.”  Sworn to and subscribed Anna. Rosenbloom, Bertha A. Goldstein before George Eldred, Notary Public, Titusville, 15 May 1919.
    Granted 19 May 1919, and “that said Iona Pearl McLucas shall assume the name of the petitioner,” i.e., the name Iona Pearl McLucas unchanged; filed 21 May 1919.

#20 September Term 1919
Appearance Docket 207:208
    “The [typed] petition of WALLACE C. GERARD and MARTHA L. GERARD, his wife, of the City of Titusville, County of Crawford and State of Pennsylvania, respectfully represents: [¶] That they are desirous of adopting one RAYMOND GOUIN, a minor child of the age ten months, who was born on or about the 16th day of July, 1918, and was an inmate of Our Lady of Victory Infant Home, of Lackawanna, New York, a duly incorporated charitable institution of the said State of New York, until the 28th day of September, 1918, when said child was taken from said Home with the consent of the institution, by your petitioners for the purpose of adopting him; that your petitioners have since been taking case of said child. That your petitioners are informed that said infant is the son of one MARIE GOUIN of Webster, Massachusetts, the whereabouts of its father being unknown to them. [¶] That your petitioners append to this, their petition, the consent of said institution to the adoption, said consent being executed by the manager thereof by order of its board of Directors and under the seal of the said corporation; the mother’s consent being also attached. [¶] Your petitioners also append hereto the affidavits of Neil D. Fisher and James R. Gahan of Titusville, Pa., that your petitioners are persons of good moral character and that they believe the welfare of said child will be promoted by the adoption as prayed for. [¶] Wherefore, your petitioners pray your Honorable Court to order and decree that the said Raymond Gouin shall assume the name of your petitioners, and have all the rights of a child and heir of your petitioners, and be subject to the duties of such child.”  Signed Wallace C Gerard, Martha L Gerard; sworn to and again subscribed before William J Sirdevan, Notary Public, Titusville, 3 March 1923; presented by Attorney W. J. Sirdevan.
    [Supporting affidavit (typed), below:]  “Neil D. Fisher and James R. Gahan of Titusville, Pa., being severally duly sworn, according to law, say that they are well acquainted with Wallce C. Gerard and Martha L. Gerard, his wife, the above named petitioners; that they are persons of good moral character, and that they believe that the welfare of the said child Raymond Goudin, will be promoted by the adoption as prayed for.”  Sworn to and subscribed Neil D Fisher, Jarmes R. Gahan before Wililam J. Sirdevan, Notary Public, Titusville, 24 May 1919.
    [Attached consent on preprinted Our Lady of Victor Infant Home fill-in-the-blanks form:]  “W H E A R A S, an application is about to be made to Honorable Louis B. Hart, Surrogate of Erie County [name and title typed above the line] Thos. Prather, P. J. Judge of the Court of Common Pleas of Crawford County, Pa., for an order allowing the adoption of Raymond Gouin, a minor child who was born on or about the 16th day of July 1918, by Wallace C. Gerard, and Martha L. Gerard, his wife, pursuant to the statute in such case made and provided. [¶] N O W, therefore, we, Our Lady of Victory Infant Home, a charitable institution incorporated for the case of orphan and destitute children, and having the care and custody of said child, and Mr. Wallace C. Gerard and Martha L. Gerard, his wife, the persons adopting said child, do hereby consent to such adoption, and we, the said Mr. Wallace C. Gerard and Martha L. Gerard, his wife, do hereby agree to adopt and treat the said Raymond Gouin as our own child at all times, in consideration of the consents hereto, the premises stated and the order of the Surrogate [next word typed above the line] Court hereupon to be made, assuming and undertaking the duties and obligations which shall flow from this act of adoption upon the order being made allowing the same. [¶] In Witness Whereof, we, the persons whose consents and agreements are necessary hereunto set our hands and seals and said Our Lady of Victory Infant Home has caused this instrument to be subscribed by its manager and its corporate seal to be hereunto affixed, this 24th day of May 1919.”  Signed Our Lady of Victory Infant Home by Sr. St Edward, Manager [but not by the Gerards]; sworn to at Buffalo, Erie Co., N.Y., by Sr. St Edward, a resident of the City of Lackawanna, N.Y., before Patrick J. Geoffrey, Notary Public, 24 May 1919 at Lackawanna.
    [Attached parental consent on preprinted Our Lady of Victory Infant Home form, dated at Lackawanna, N.Y., 20 Aug. 1918:]  “Finding my situation in life wholly unfitted for the proper bringing up and education of my infant child, Raymond and considering its future welfare, I hereby give and surrender the same to the care and keeping of Our Lady of Victory Infants’ Home, and I hereby promise and agree not to interfere with it or the proper training and education of the said infant, nor with any one to whom the Home may hereafter confide said child for adoption, and faithfully caries out my intention of having it brought up in a good Christian family, and I hereby affix my name to this agreement.”  Signed Marie Albina Gouin; Witness Infant Home Faculty.
    Granted 26 May 1919, name assumed is Raymond Gerard; filed same day.

#22 September Term 1919
Appearance Docket 207:210
    “The [typed] petition of RALPH E. BOURQUIN and his wife, CLARA A. BOURQUIN, citizens and residents of Meadville in the County aforesaid [of Crawford], respectfully represents: [¶] That they are desirous of adopting HENRY JOSEPH VERNIER, a minor child of the late HARRY S. VERNIER, deceased, and MARGARET VERNIER, now MARGARET O’LEARY, now of the age of four years, as one of their heirs; that they will perform all the duties of parents toward the said minor, and that the surviving parent of the said Henry Joseph Vernier, Viz: Margaret Vernier, now Margaret O’Leary, has consented to such adoption.  That the said minor is a nephew of your petitioners, and has been in their home for about two months. [¶] Wherefore your petitioners pray your Honorable Court to order and decree that the said Henry Joseph Vernier shall assume the name of your petitioners, and have all the rights of a child and heir of your petitioners, and be subject to the duties of such child.”  Signed Ralph E. Bourquin, Clara A Bourquin; sworn to and again subscribed before Isaac Mondereau, Notary Public, Meadville, 20 May 1919; presented by Attorney Isaac Monderau.
    [Attached (typed) parental consent:]  “I, Margaret Vernier, now Margaret O’Leary, the surviving parent of Henry Joseph Vernier, (the father of said child, viz: Harry S. Vernier, being now deceased,) do hereby consent to the adoption of the said Henry Joseph Vernier by Ralph E. Bourquin and his wife, Clara A. Bourquin, and believe that by said adoption the welfare of said child will be promoted.”  Sworn to and subscribed Margaret Vernier now. O.Leary., before Isaac Mondereau, Notary Public, Meadville, 20 May 1919.
    Granted 26 May 1919, name assumed is Henry Joseph Bourquin; filed same day.

#24 September Term 1919
Appearance Docket 207:212
    “The [typed] petition of HENRY HUGH NODINE and ETHEL E. NODINE, respectfully represents: [¶] 1st. That your petitioners are husband and wife; citizens of Pennsylvania, and reside in Kerrtown, Pa. [¶] 2nd.  That they are desirous of adopting CLARENCE FOSTER, a minor, born in Erie, Pa., on July 19, 1916, now residing with the petitioners; and is the child of CHARLES FOSTER and SUSIE QUINN FOSTER, his wife. [¶] 3rd.  That Charles Foster, the father of said minor, deserted his wife and said Clarence, [next word carreted] and when he was about ten days old and his mother thereupon placed him in The Erie Infants Home, at Erie, Pa., where he remained until November 22, 1917, at which time he was given to your petitioner for adoption.  Said Infants Home is a charitable institution for the purpose of caring for children who are neglected, homeless or abandoned. [¶] 4th.  After having had the custody of said minor for over one year, on probation, your petitioners are desirous of adopting him, as aforesaid, and are able to provide a proper home for him, and able to care for, support and maintain him in a manner conducive to his welfare, and will perform all the duties of parents towards him. [¶] 5th.  That after said minor had been in the Infants Home for several months, the mother signed a paper giving said child to said Infants Home. [¶] 6th.  That two affidavits of respectable citizens of Pennsylvania are hereto attached, setting forth that in their opinion it is to the advantage of said minor that he be adopted as prayed for herein. [¶] 7th.  Your petitioners therefore pray your Honorable Court for leave to adopt said minor, under the provisions of the act of assembly in such case made and provided, said minor to have all the rights of an actual child, equally with any other children of your petitioners.  [¶] And they will ever pray, etc.”  Signed Henry Hugh Nodine, Ethel E. Nodine; sworn to and again subscribed (by both) before Effie M. Peffers, Notary Public, Meadville, 26 April 1919; presented by Attorney G. F. Davenport.
    [Supporting affidavit (typed), below:]  “[name handwritten] Ruth Nodine being duly sworn deposes and says that she knows Henry Hugh Nodine and Ethel E. Nodine, his wife, petitioners above named, and that they are persons of respectable character; that they are able to properly take care of, maintain and support said Clarence Foster; that she is acquainted, by report, with the circumstances of the parents of said minor, and that in her [changed in handwriting from ‘his&146;] opinion it will be for the best interests of said Clarence Foster that he be adopted as prayed for in the foregoing petition.”  Sworn to and subscribed Ruth Nodine before Effie M. Peffers, Notary Public, Meadville, 26 April 1919.
    [Supporting affidavit (typed), below:]  “[name handwritten] H. E. Yochum being duly sworn deposes and says, that he knows Henry Hugh Nodine and Ethel E. Nodine, his wife, petitioners above named, and that they are persons of respectable character; that they are able to properly take care of, maintain and support said Clarence Foster; that he is acquainted, by report, with the circumstances of the parents of said minor, and that in his opinion it will be for the best interests of said Clarence Foster that je [sic] be adopted as prayed for in the foregoing petition.”  Sworn to and subscribed H. E. Yochum before Effie M. Peffers, Notary Public, Meadville, 26 April 1919.
    [Attached (typed) affidavit:]  “Caroline F. Griffith being duly sworn, says that she is superintendent of the Erie Infants Home, of Erie, Penna.; that the facts set forth in the foregoing petition are correct, as she verily believes; that said Infants Home is an incorporated charitable institution for the purpose of caring for homeless, destitute and neglected children; that said Clarence Foster was given to said Infants Home by his mother, by an instrument in writing, when he was about ten days old; that during the time he remained in said home his mother only came to see him once, and the father never came. [¶] In deponent’s opinion the petitioners above named are suitable and proper persons to have the custody of said minor, and are able to properly maintain and care for him, and she respectfully asks said court to make a decree in accordance with the prayer of said petition.”  Sworn to in Erie County and subscribed Caroline F. Griffith before C A Masten, Notary Public, Erie, Pa. 20 May 1919.
    [Attached (typed) consent:]  “The Erie Infants’ Home and Hospital, of Erie, Pennsylvania, the institution referred to in the foregoing petition, by its Committee on Admission and Dismission, being the committee charged by its by-laws with authority to act therein, does hereby consent to the adoption of the above named Clarence Foster by said petitioners, and hereby respectfully requests the Court to grant the prayer of the said petitioners.”  Signed Mrs Blanche D. Osborne, Mrs. W. C. Norman, Committee on Admission and Dismission.
    Granted 26 May 1919, name assumed is Clarence Foster Nodine; filed same day.

#70 September Term 1919
Appearance Docket 207:259
    “The [typed] petition of JOHN FINNUCAN and MAGGIE FINNECAN respectfully represents: [¶] That your petitioners are husband and wife, citizens of Pennsylvania, residing in Spring Township in said county.  That they are desirous of adopting their grand-son, JOHN CORNELIUS MCLAUGHLIN, a minor born on July 15, 1901, being the child of LUCIUS E. MCLAUGHLIN and MARTHA F. MCLAUGHLIN, his wife, the latter being a daughter of your petitioners.  That the said minor was born at the home of your petitioners, and has never received any care or support from his parents or either of them. [¶] That the parents of the said minor were divorced by this court in 1910 and that the mother has remarried and now lives at Tulsa, Oklahoma, and the whereabouts of the father is unknown to your petitioners.  That your petitioners have provided a comfortable home for said minor from birth, and have sent him to school and that he is about to graduate from the Springboro High School. [¶] Your petitioners therefore pray for leave to adopt the said minor under the name of John Cornelius Finnucan, according to the act of assembly in such case made and provided, said minor to have all the rights of an actual child equally with any other children of your petitioners.”  Signed John Finnucan, Maggie Finnucan; sworn to and again subscribed (by both) before C. B. McDowell, J.P., Springboro, 23 June 1919; presented by Attorney W. W. Henderson.
    [Consent (typed), below:]  “John Cornelius McLaughlin being duly sworn says; That he has read the foregoing petition, and that he is the minor therein referred to. That he has never known any other home than that of his grand parents, the above petitioners, and that so far as he knows they have always cared for him as one of their children. And that he has had no other parental care or support. That he is known in the community and in school as John Cornelius Finnucan and that he joins in the above petition and desires to be adopted by the petitioners under the name of John Cornelius Finnucan.”  Sworn to and subscribed John Cornelius Finnucan before C. B. McDowell, J.P., Springboro, 23 June 1919.
    Granted 7 July 1919, name assumed is John Cornelius Finnucan; filed same day.

#141 September Term 1919
Appearance Docket 207:329
    “The [typed] petition of EARL L. HAVEN and May [first name handwritten above the line] MAE L. HAVEN respectfully represents:– That they are residents of Sparta Township, Crawford County, Pennsylvania; [¶] That they are desirous of adopting DONALD IRVIN REYNOLDS, aged 5 years May 4th last past, a minor child of BENJAMIN REYNOLDS, as one of their heirs; [¶] That they will perform all the duties of parents to the said Donald Irvin Reynolds; [¶] That the said Benjamin Reynolds, father of the said Donald Irvin Reynolds, his mother being dead, has consented to the said adoption prayed for by your petitioners. [¶] Wherefore, your petitioners pray your Honorable Court to order and decree that the said Donald Irvin Reynolds shall assume the name of your petitioners, and shall have all the rights of a child and heir of your petitioners, and be subject to the duties of such child.  And they will ever pray &c.”  Signed Earl L. Haven, Mae L. Haven; sworn to and again subscribed (by both) before John I. Thomson, J.P., Spartansburg, 25 July 1919; presented by Attorney John A. Northam, Meadville.
    [Father’s (typed) consent, below:]  “August July 6th [month and day handwritten], 1919. [¶] I, Benjamin F Reynolds [with middle initial carreted and handwritten], father of the said Donald Irvin Reynolds, hereby consent to the adoption of the said Donald Irvin Reynolds as prayed for in the foregoing petition, and believe such adoption will be his [sic] welfare.”  Signed B F Reynolds, Earl Gourley; “Witness:–” signed J. P. Miller.
    [(Typed) supporting affidavit, below:]  “Personally appeared before me, a Justice of the Peace in and for said county [of Warren], [names handwritten] Alexander Gourley and Earl Gourley who being duly sworn say that they are well acquainted with Earl L. Haven and May [first name handwritten above the line] Mae L. Haven, his wife, the above-named petitioners; that they are persons of respectability and property; that they believe the welfare of the said Donald Irvin Reynolds will be promoted by the adoption prayed for in said petition.”  Sworn to at Warren Co., Pa., and subscribed Alexander Gourley, Earl Gourley [with penciled notation, “any two persons”] before J. P. Miller, J.P., Warren Co., 7 Aug. 1919.
    Granted 1 Sept. 1919, “and that the said Donald Irvin Reynolds shall assume the name of the said Earl L. Haven and MayMae L. Haven,” presumably Donald Irvin Haven; filed same day.

#19 November Term 1919
Appearance Docket 207:365
    “The [typed] petition of GEORGE E. TYLER and MARY A. TYLER, his wife, respectfully represents:— That they are husband and wife, residents of Vernon Township, Crawford County and State of Pennsylvania and that they are desirous of adopting KENNETH LAKE and VELMA LAKE, minor children of MATTHEW H. LAKE and MARY A. LAKE as their heirs. [¶] That if said adoption is decreed by this Honorable Court the petitioners will perform all the duties of a parent to the said Kenneth Lake and Velma Lake. [¶] That the petitioner, Mary A. Tyler, is the mother of the said named children and is now intermarried with the petitioner, George E. Tyler, she having secured a divorce from her former husband, Matthew H. Lake, the father of the said named children, in the Court of Common Pleas of Crawford County, Pa., at No. 19 February Term 1910 on the 11th day of June 1911 on the grounds of desertion by the said named husband and father, as will fully appear by reference to the record at the above stated number and term. [¶] That the said minors have lived with and been supported and cared for by their mother, one of the petitioners herein, since the said alleged desertion by the said father and that he, the said father, has contributed nothing toward their support, maintenance and education, and further that the said named minors have lived and resided in the family of your petitioners since the time of their marriage about eight years ago and have been supported and maintained by them during that time. [¶] That your petitioners believe that the adoption will be for the best interest and welfare of the said named children, for the reason that their father has deserted them and has provided nothing toward their support and maintainence [sic] for upwards of ten years and that the whereabouts of the said named father, Matthew H. Lake, is unknown to your petitioners at the present time. [¶] Wherefore your petitioners pray this Honorable Court to order and decree that the said Kenneth Lake and Velma Lake shall assume the name of your petitioners, and that the said Kenneth Lake and Velma Lake shall have all the rights of children and heirs of your petitioners and be subject to the duties of such children, and they will ever pray &c.”  Signed George E. Tyler, Mary A Tyler; sworn to and subscribed George E. Tyler, Mary A. Tyler before E. D. Pytcher, Alderman, Meadville, 20 Sept. 1919; presented by Attorney O. Clare Kent, Meadville.
    Granted 22 Sept. 1919, “and that the said Kenneth Lake and Velma Lake shall assume the name of the said petitioners,” presumably Kenneth Tyler and Velma Tyler; filed same day.

#31 November Term 1919
Appearance Docket 207:377
    “The [typed] petition of HAROLD W. CRAIG and ALWERA CRAIG his wife respectfully represents:– [¶] 1. That your petitioners are husband and wife, citizens of Pennsylvania, and the owners of a home on Alden xx Street Extension in West Mead Township, the said Harold W. Craig being at this time temporarily employed in Port Jervis, New York. [¶] 2. That they are desirous of adopting ROBERT HAROLD EDWARD MASIKER a minor born March 21st, 1915 and now past four years of age, who has been residing with your petitioners for the past three months, he being a child of EMERY MASIKER and his wife AMY MASIKER, the mother of said child having died in October 1918, and being one of ten children left motherless by the death of said Amy Masiker. [¶] 3. That the father of said minor xxxx Emery Masiker is willing and desirous that said minor be adopted by your petitioners, his assent thereto being evidenced by paper hereto annexed marked ‘Exhibit A’. [¶] 4. Your petitioners are able to provide a proper and comfortable for said minor and to care for, support and maintain him in a manner conducive to his welfare, and will perform all the duties of parents towards him. [¶] Wherefore your petitioners pray this Honorable Court for leave to adopt the said Robert Harold Edward Masiker under the provisions of Act of Assembly in such case made and provided, said minor to have all the rights of a natural child equally with any of their children.  And they will ever pray as in duty bound.”  Signed Harold W. Craig, Alwera Craig; sworn to by Alwera Craig and subscribed by her before V. L. Greeley, Prothonotary, 25 Sept. 1919; sworn to by Harold W. Craig at Orange Co., N.Y., and subscribed Harold W Craig before F. B. Tucker, Notary Public, Port Jervis, N.Y., 27 Sept. 1919; presented by Attorney Otto Kohler, Meadville.
    [Attached (typed) parental consent:]  “To the Honorable Thomas J. Prather, Judge of said Court, [¶] The undersigned father of Robert Harold Edward Masiker born March 21st, 1915 respectfully represents:- [¶] That his wife and mother of said child Amy Masiker died in October, 1918 and that his said son Robert Harold Edward Masiker has been in the care and custody of Harold W. Craig and Alwera Craig; that they are desirous of adopting said child and that the undersigned hereby joins in the prayer of said petitioners and consents that a decree may be entered for the legal adoption of said son by said petitioners.”  Signed Emery Masiker, “Witnesses:–” (signed) H. R. McGranahan, N. H. Kellogg.
    [Attached (typed) upporting affidavit:]  “[name handwritten] Jacob C. Roha, being duly sworn that he knows and is personally acquainted with Harold W. Craig and Alwera Craig his wife petitioners for adoption of Robert Harold Edward Masiker; that they are persons of respectability and good character; that they are able to properly care for, maintain and support the said minor; that he is acquainted with the circumstances of said petitioner and that in his opinion it will be for the best interest of the said minor that he be adopted as prayed for in the foregoing petition.”  Sworn to and subscribed Jacob C. Roha before V. L. Greenley, Prothonotary, 6 Oct. 1919.
    Granted 6 Oct. 1919, name assumed is Robert Harold Edward Craig; filed same day.

#57 November Term 1919
Appearance Docket 207:403
    “The [typed] petition of W. M. STEVENS respectfully represents:mdash; [¶] 1. That your petitioner is a resident of the City of Meadville, County of Crawford and State of Pennsylvania, residing with his wife CARRLIE L. STEVENS. [¶] 2. That he is desirous of adopting WILLIAM STEVENS a minor child of whom the petitioner’s wife Carrie L. Stevens is mother; that said minor was born September 9th, 1903 and has lived with deponent’s family eleven years and has been regarded as a natural child. [¶] 3. That your petitioner is financially able to support and maintain said minor and that the mother of said child desires that such adoption be decreed, her assent thereto being evidenced by joining in this petition. [¶] Wherefore he prays that a decree may be made that he adopt said minor and that said chld shall have all the rights of a natural child equally with any other children.  And he will ever pray as in duty bound.”  Signed W. M. Stevens; sworn to and subscribed W. M. Stevens before V. L. Greeley, Prothonotary, 17 Oct. 1919; presented by Attorney Otto Kohler, Meadville.
    [Mother’s (typed) consent, attached:]  “I, Carrie L. Stevens mother of William Stevens do hereby certify that I desire the adoption by my husband W. M. Stevens of my child as set forth in the foregoing petition and hereby join in the prayer thereof.”  Signed Carrie L. Stevens.
    Granted 27 Oct. 1919, name assumed is William Stevens; filed same day.

#15 February Term 1920
Appearance Docket 208:15
    “The [typed] petition of MARVIN PETERSON and MATTIE PETERSON his wife respectfully represents:– [¶] That they are residents of Linesville, Crawford County, Pennsylvania, having resided there for the past ten years. [¶] That they are desirous of adopting as their legal heir ROBERT ANDERSON, a minor male child, born of the body of BERTHA MAE AANDERSON. [next three words handwritten above the following line] a single woman; [¶] That they will perform all the duties of parents to the said child. [¶] That the said Bertha Mae Anderson, the mother of said child, has consented to the adoption of her child as prayed for by your petitioners. [¶] Wherefore your petitioners pray your honorable Court to order and decree that the said child shall assume the name of your petitioners and shall have all the rights of a child and heir of your petitionrs, and be subject to the duties of such child. [¶] And your petitioners will ever pray etc.”  Signed Marvin Peterson, Mattie Peterson; sworn to and again subscribed (by both) before Norton L. Gleason, J.P., 10 Nov. 1919; presented by Attorney Norton L. Gleason.
    [Mother’s (typed) consent, attached:]  “I, Bertha Mae Anderson, of Linesville, Crawford County, Pennsylvania, the mother of said Robert Anderson, hereby consent to the adoption of my child, as prayed for in the foregoing petition, and believe such adoption to be for the welfare of the said Robert Anderson.”  Sworn to and subscribed Bertha Mae Anderson before Norton L. Gleason, J.P., 14 Nov. 1919.
    [(Typed) supporting affidavit, below:]  “We, W. B. Hill and Wilbur [sic] Smock, residents of Linesville, Crawford County, Pennsylvania, being duly sworn according to law, depose and say that we are well acquainted with Marvin Peterson and Mattie Peterson, the within named petitioners. [¶] That they are persons of respectability and property, and that we believe the welfare of the said Robert Anderson will be promoted by the adoption prayed for in the said petition.”  Sworn to and subscribed W B Hill, Wilber Smock before Norton L. Gleason, J.P., 20 Nov. 1919.
    Granted 24 Nov. 1919, name assumed is Robert Peterson; filed same day.

#20 February Term 1920
Appearance Docket 208:20
    “The [typed] petition of CHARLES L. SHAW and MARGARET W. SHAW, his wife, of Woodcock township, in said [Crawford] county, respectfully represents:– [¶] That J. GLENN HANNAH died at his residence in said Woodcock township on November 23, 1918, and on November 27, 1918 his widow, HARRIET B. HANNAH, died at the same place, leaving to survive them four children, namely:- James A. Hannah, aged six years, CHARLES G. HANNAH, aged five years, John E. Hannah, aged two years, and MARGARET F. HANNAH, aged six months. [¶] That on the 24th day of February 1919 the New First National Bank of Meadville was appointed guardian of the estates of said minor children by your Honorable Court, but no guardian of the persons of said minors has been appointed, the three oldest of said children having been cared for and in the custody of their grandfather, James H. Hannah, since the death of the parents, excepting for about six weeks immediately after said death during which time the child Charles was under the care and in the possession of the petitioners at their home, and the child Margaret has been in the care and possession of the petitioners at their home in Woodcock township and where she yet remains, one of the petitioners, Margaret W. Shaw being a sister of the mother of said children. [¶] Your petitioners after having had the care and possession of the said child Margaret for a year, and of the said child Charles for six weeks, and having known him for the duration of his life, have become very much attached to them and are desirous of adopting them as their heirs, which desire the petitioners hereby declare, said Charles G. Hannah was born on the 14th day of August 1914, and said Margaret F. Hannah was born on the 6th day of May 1918; and the petitioners further declare that they reside on and own a farm of one hundred acres in Woodcock township, this county, with good and comfortable buildings thereon, and are amply able and are willing to provide and will provide and furnish a proper and comfortable home for said children, and will care for, support and maintain and educate them in a manner which will be conducive to their welfare, and will perform all the duties of parents toward them. [¶] Your petitioners present and attach herewith and hereto the affidavits of two persons who are residents of this county who are acquainted with the petitioners and with the circumstances surrounding the said children, setting forth that in their opinion it will be to the best interest of the said children and will best conserve the welfare of the said children and be to their future advantage and happiness if a decree of adoption be granted as prayed for. [¶] Your petitioners therefore respectfully pray Your Honorable Court to order and decree that the said child, Charles C. Hannah, and the said child, Margaret F. Hannah, be adopted as and for their children, under the provisions of the Act of Assembly in such cases made and provided, said minors to have all the rights of an actual child, and to assume the name of the petitioners, and that they shall have all the rights and be subject to all the duties of children and heirs, equally with any other children of your petitioners. [¶] And they will ever pray &c.”  Signed Chas L Shaw, Margaret W. Shaw; sworn to and again subscribed (by both) before V. L. Greeley, Prothonotary, 22 Nov. 1919; presented by John O. & Walter J. McClintock.
    [Attached (typed) supporting affidavit:]  “Laura Ames Johns, Win M. Johnson and C. E. Reed [names handwritten] of Crawford County, Pennsylvania, being duly sworn according to law, each for himself deposes and says that he is well acquainted with Charles L. Shaw and Margaret W. Shaw, the petitioners for the adoption of Charles G. Hannah and Margaret F. Hannah, minor children of J. Glenn Hannah and Harriet B. Hannah, deceased, and with their home and surroundings, and with the conditions and surroundings of said minors; that it will be for the best interest of the said children and most conducive to their future welfare if the petition for the adoption of said children be granted by the court, as he verily believes.”  Sworn to and subscribed Mrs. Laura Ames Johnson, Mr Win M Johnson, (Rev) C E Reed before L. S. Sherred, J.P., Venango, 22 Nov. 1919.
    [Attached (typed) consent and joinder:]  “Herman A. Williams being duly sworn according to law deposes and says- [¶] That he is one of the next of kin of the minors nated [sic] in the petition of Charles L. Shaw and Margaret W. Shaw for the adoption of Charles G. Hannah and Margaret F. Hannah, minor children of J. Glenn Hannah and Harriet B. Hannah, late of Woodcock township, Crawford County, Pennsylvania, deceased, and has read or heard read the said petition and concurs in the statements therein and consents that the adoption prayed for be granted by the court; that he is familiar with the circumstances and conditions surrounding the lives of said children and with the home of the petitioners and their ability to care for said children; that the mother of said children was his sister and by reason of his relationship to them, he is anxious and desirous that they be comfortably and suitably placed in a good and permanent home where they will be assured of and surrounded by proper and Christian influences and where they will receive kind treatment, careful training and an education suitable to their position in life; that thhe [sic] petitioners are amply able to care for, support, maintain, educate and rear the said children, and are well qualified to assure and perform the duties of parents to said children, and that it will be most conducive to the future welfare and happiness of said children if the petition for adoption be granted to the petitioner [sic] by the court, and he therefore joins in the said petition.”  Sworn to and subscribed Herman A Williams before John O. McClintock, Notary Public, 22 Nov. 1919.
    [Attached (typed) notice “To the Overseers of the Poor of Crawfounty County”:]  “Gentlemen- [¶] You are hereby notified that Charles L. Shaw and Margaret W. Shaw, his wife, of Woodcock township, Crawford County, Pennsylvania, will on the 25th day of November 1919, or as soon thereafter as the attention of the court may be had, present their petition to the Court of Common Pleas of Crawford County, for the adoption of Charles G. Hannah and Margaret F. Hannah, minor children of J. Glenn Hannah and Margaret Harriet B. Hannah, late of said township, deceased, as their children and heirs at law, the said children having no living parents to consent to such adopton, the said petitioners having had the possession, custody and care of the chil [sic] Margaret F. Hannah from the time of the death of the parents to this date and of the child Charles G. Hannah for six weeks of said time, and are desirous of adopting them as their children and heirs.”&nsp; Signed John O. McClintock, “Attorney for Charles L. Shaw and Margaret W Shaw, the Petitioners. [dated at] Meadville Pa., November 22, 1919.
    [Consent of Overseers of the Poor (typed), below:]  “And now, November 25, 1919, the undersigned, Overseers of the Poor of Crawford County, hereby accept service of the above notice, and believing that the welfare of said children will be subserved and promoted thereby, hereby consent that a decree of adoption be granted by the Court upon the above mentioned petition, in favor of the petitioners.”  Signed M G Beatty, H C Wasson, H A Lilley, Overseers of the Poor of Crawford County, Pa-
    [Order, written on cover:]  “And now Nov 26, 1919, the within petition having been presented and read in open Court, on notice that objection will be made to the granting of the prayer of the petition, the Court sets Tuesday, Dec 2, 1919 at 10 oclock A.M. for further hearing. Per Curiam.”.
    [(Typed) “Motion to quash and dismiss the Petition”:]  “Now Dec. 1st, 1916 1918 [date and year handwritten], comes James R. Hannah, a resident of the City of Meadville, Crawford County, Pennsylvania and sole surviving grand-parent of the above named minor children, Charles G. Hannah and Margaret F. Hannah, by C. Victor Johnson, Esq., and O. Clare Kent, Esq., and objects to the granting of the prayer of the petitioner in this case and respectfully moves the Court to quash and dismiss the said petition filed, and assigns the following reasons in support thereof:— [¶] First:– That James R. Hannah, resident of the City of Meadville, Crawford County, Pennsylvania, is the sole surviving grandparent of the said named minor children; he being the paternal grand-father, the paternal grand-mother and both maternal grand parents having died before the death of the parents of the said named minor children. [¶] Second:– That legally, James R. Hannah is the nearest next of kin to the said children and by lines of consanguinity and affinity their nearest surviving relative, which ipso facto makes him the legal and recognized next friend and natural guardian of said minor children and the proper and legal person to give consent to the proposed adoption. [¶] Third:– That before the Court can entertain jurisdiction of the petition, filed in this case, it is necessary, under the requirements of the Acts of Assembly of this Commonwealth, relating to the adoption of children, to-wit, the Acts of 1855, P.L. 430, of 1887, P.L. 125, P.L. 380, that the petition must contain, as a part thereof, the written consent of the legal and recognized next friend of the child or children sought to be adopted; which in this case is James R. Hannah, their paternal grand-father, who hereby objects to the proposed adoption of the said named children and witholds [sic] his consent thereto. [¶] Fourth:– That the Court has no power, authority or jurisdiction to entertain the petition filed in this case because Herman A. Williams, a maternal uncle of said children, is not the legally authorized and recognized next friend or person clothed with the legal authority and right to give consent to the said proposed adoption. [¶] Fifth:– That the Court has no power, authority or jurisdiction to entertain the petition filed in this case because the Overseers of the Poor of Crawford County, to-wit, H.C. Wasson and A. E. Lilly, have no legal authority, right or standing to give their consent to the proposed adoption; the said named children, sought to be adopted, never having become a charge upon the said County of Crawford and they having a paternal grand-father in full life and of sufficient ability to relieve and maintain them as is required by the Act of Assembly in such case made and provided, viz:– The Act of June 13th, 1836 P.L. 539. [¶] Sixth:– The Court is also moved to enter an order in the said stated case, permitting and allowing a reasonable and sufficient time for the filing of an answer to the petition filed, after the final disposition of this Motion to Quash, if it is the opinion of the Honorable Court that this motion should be dismissed and an answer to the petition as filed be required.  And he will ever pray &c.”  Signed O. Clare Kent, C. Victor Johnson, “Attorneys for James R. Hannah.”  Sworn to and subscribed James. R. Hannah before V. L. Greeley, Prothonotary, 29 Nov. 1919.
    [Order:]  ”Order of Court. [¶] Now Dec. 1st, 1919 the forgoing motion to quash and dismiss the petition filed in this case is hereby ordered filed, and the time for filing an answer to the said petition is hereby extended to a reasonable and sufficient time after the disposition of the said motion to quash, said time to be fixed by the Court upon its final determination of the said motin.  Per Curiam”; filed 1 Dec. 1919
    [(Typed) Opinion and Order of Prather, President Judge, “Sur Demurrer to Petition,” filed 15 Dec. 1919:]  “The children named are the minor children of Glen and Harriet Hannah, deceased.  The only surviving grandparent is James S. Hannah.  The Petition for adoption has the consent of the Overseers of the Poor and a maternal uncle as next friend, joining in the prayer. [¶] The Act of 1887, P. L.125, amending Sec. 7 of the Act of 1856, P. L. 430, and its amendment dated May 28, 1915, P. O. 580, prescribe the jurisdictional requisites of such petition.  Bearing in mind that the father and mother are both dead, so much of Sec. 7 of said act as is applicable to the present contention reads: [¶, indented] ‘The Court may with the consent of the next friend of such child, or the guardians or overseers of the poor, or of such charitable institution as shall have supported such child for at least one year, decree’, etc. [¶] The question raised by the demurrer is whether the parties consenting to such adoption come within the statutes as ‘next friend’ or as consentiable parties. [¶] As the proceeding is statutory, all the authorities agree that ‘Its requirements must be followed in order to give the Court jurisdiction’. [¶, indented] Keeler’s Adoption, 52 S.C. 516. [next line] Vandermis vs Gilbert, 10 S. C., 570. [¶] It is contended that the statutory requirements are met in this case by obtaining the consent of the Overseers of the Poor.  The logic of this contention is that the legislature meant that either the next friend, or the ‘guardians or overseers of the poor’ stood in an equal consent[iable relation to the proceeding; hence the petitioner could exercise his option to secure either. [¶] The language taken alone might fairly warrant this interpretation, but considering the entire section and the far reaching consequences of the decree, reason as well as authority seems to require a different conclusion.  Minor orphans having property are no more likely to become a charge upon the overseers of the poor than are minors with parents who have no property.  In fact, such parents with their children may become a charge upon such overseers, and more probably so than the orphaned minors with property.  Hence, unless such responsibility of maintenance has fallen upon the county or the probability of its doing so is manifest from the pleadings, the intervention of such overseers, though well meant, would seem presumptuous. [¶] This conclusion is the more apparent when we consider that the Act of 1915 makes such an adopting parent heir of the adopted child as though a natural parent.  The result of such a decree in many instances would change the line of inheritance and divert inheritable property by descent to strangers who otherwise would be but aliens to the estate. [¶, indented] See Booth vs Van Allen, 7 Phila, 401. [next line] In re Reuben H. Davis, 13 D. R., 688. [¶] The question presented does not seem to have been ruled upon by the appellate courts of our State.  The Supreme Court of Iowa, in Holmes vs. Derrig, 103 N. W., 973, in passing upon the Iowa statute quite similar to our own, held that when the father and mother of a child are both dead, the grandparents were the ‘next of kin’, and that the consent of a grandparent was a prerequisite to a decree of adoption. [¶, indented] See in Benton, 80 N. W. (Iowa) 614. [¶] Under the facts a maternal uncle is not the ‘next of kin’ within the meaning of the statute. [¶] We are therefore of the opinion that we are compelled to sustain the demurrer. [¶] Our decision has no relation to the merits of the question of the custody of these children.  We cannot in this proceeding inquire into or consider the advisability of granting the prayer of the petition.  We are simply responding to the limitations of our power as circumscribed by the law. [centered] ORDER [¶] Now, December 13, 1919, demurrer sustained and petition dismissed.  Per Curiam.”
    See also No. 88 September Term 1921.

#60 February Term 1920
Appearance Docket 208:60
    “The [typed] petition of JAMES P. SLOCUM and WINNIFRED SLOCUM his wife citizens and residents of Fairfield Township in said County [of Crawford], respectfully represent:– That they are desirous of adopting WINIFRED MARE CRAIG, a minor child of NELLIE CRAIG now of the age of six years as one of their heirs; that they will perform all the duties of a parents toward the said minor, and that the said Nellie Craig the surviving parent of said Winifred Mare Craig has consented to such adoption. [¶] Wherefore your petitioners pray your honorable Court to order and decree that the said Winifred Mare Craig shall assume the name of your petitioners and be hereafter known as Helen Burnett Slocum, and have all the rights of a child and heir of your petitioners, and be subject to the duties of such child.”  Signed James P Slocum, Winifred Slocum; sworn to by James P. Slocum (only) and subscribed James P Slocum before James D. Roberts, Alderman, Meadville, 29 Nov. 1919; presented by Attorney James D. Roberts, Meadville.  [Penciled note at bottom:  “Miss Winifred Marc Craig was born Aug. 18-1913”]
    [Mother’s (typed) consent, below petition and before above jurat:]  “I, Mrs. Nellie Craig the mother of Winifred Mare Craig, hereby signify my consent to the adoption of the said child as prayed for n the foregoing petition, and believe that such adoption will be for her welfare.”  Signed Nellie Craig [undated].
    [Attached (typed) supporting affidavit:]  “S. M. Patton being duly sworn according to law deposes and says that he is acquainted with James P. Slocum and his wife Winifred Slocum, the above named petitioners; that they are persons of good moral character and that he believes that the welfare of said child will be promoted by the adoption as prayed for.”  Sworn to and subscribed S M Patton before James D. Roberts, Alderman, Meadville, 6 Dec. 1919.
    Granted 23 Dec. 1919, name assumed is Helen Burnett Slocum; filed same day.

#65 February Term 1920
Appearance Docket 208:65
    “The [typed] petition of AMOS GOLBEY and ETTA GOLBEY respectfully represents: [¶] 1. That your petitioners are husband and wife; citizens of Pennsylvania and reside at No. 620 Chestnut Street, in the city of Titusville of said County. [¶] 2. That they are desirous of adopting a minor boy child which was placed in their care, custody and charge by The Children.s Aid Society of Warren, of the County of Warren and State of Pennsylvania, on or about the tenth day of December, 1912, and who has since, and now is residing with your petitioners, and whose parents are unknown to your petitioners, as well as the lawful name of said minor who has been called by your petitioners ‘MORRIS GOLBEY’, and who is about seven years of age. [¶] 3. The parents of the said Morris Golbey have neglected to provide for him, and being unknown to your petitioners and The Children’s Aid Society from whom your petitioner’s [sic] obtained the child, and the said Morris Golbey not having been supported for one whole year by the said Children’s Aid Society, the Overseers of the Poor for Crawford County have investigated the facts as herein set forth, are willing and desirous that he be adopted by the said Amos Golbey and Etta Golbey, his wife, their assent is set forth in an answer hereto annexed. [¶] 4. That your petitioners are able to provide a proper home for said minor and able to care for, support and maintain him in a manner conducive to his welfare, and will perform all the duties of parents toward him. [¶] 5. That two affidavits of respectable citizens of Pennsylvania are hereto attached setting forth that in their opinion it is to the advantage of said minor that he be adopted as prayed for herein. [¶] 6, Your petitioners therefore pray your Honorable Court for leave to adopt said minor under the provisions of the Act of Assembly in such case made and provided, said minor to have all the rights of an actual child equally with any other children of your petitioners. [¶] And they will ever pray &c.”  Signed Amos Golbey, Etta Golbey; sworn to and again subscribed before John Henry Fisher, Notary Public, Titusville, 13 Dec. 1919; presented by Attorney Geo. Eldred, Titusville.
    [(Typed) consent, below:]  “We, the undersigned Poor Commissioners in and for the County of Crawford, do certify that we have read the forgoing petition, and are advised by our Poor Master at Titusville, Pennsylvania, that the facts therein set forth are true; and do join in the prayer thereof and do consent to the adoption of said Morris Golbey by the said Amos Golbey and Etta Golbey.”  Signed M G Beatty, H. C. Wasson, A Lilley.
    [(Typed) supporting affidavit, below and continuing on the following page:]  “A. R. Thompson being duly sworn deposes and says, that he knows Amos Golbey and Etta Golbey his wife, the petitioners above named; that they are persons of respectability and character; that they are able properly to care for, maintain and support the said Morris Golbey; that he is acquainted with the circumstances of Amos Golbey and Etta Golbey, and that in his opinion it will be for the best interests of the said Morris Golbey that he be adopted as prayed for in the foregoing petition.”  Sworn to and subscribed A. R. Thompson before John Henry Fisher, Notary Public, Titusville, 11 Dec. 1919.
    [(Typed) supporting affidavit, below:]  “Arthur Meyer being duly sworn deposes and says, that he knows Amos Golbey and Etta Golbey his wife, the petitioners above named; that they are persons of respectability and character; that they are able properly to care for, maintain and support the said Morris Golbey; that he is acquainted with the circumstances of Amos Golbey and Etta Golbey, and that in his opinion it will be for the best interests of the said Morris Golbey that he be adopted as prayed for in the foregoing petition.”  Sworn to and subscribed Arthur Meyer before John Henry Fisher, Notary Public, Titusville, 11 Dec. 1919.
    Granted 23 Dec. 1919, name assumed is Morris Golbey; filed 24 Dec. 1919.

#4 May Term 1920
Appearance Docket 208:136
    “The [typed] petition of A. P. HOPKINS and ELIZABETH HOPKINS respectfully represents: [¶] That they are husband and wife and are residents of Saegertown, Crawford County, Pennsylvania; that they are desirous of adopting as one of their heirs ALBERT MORGAN HOPKINS, a minor child of HERBERT CHARLES HOPKINS and SARAH MAUD HOPKINS; that said minor child is of the age of ten years and has resided with your petitioners for more than the last year past; that they believe the welfare of said child will be promoted if this adoption is decreed; that they will perform all the duties of a parent to said child; that the parents of said child have consented to his adoption by your petitioners as will appear by their written consent hereto attached and duly sworn to, and which is made a part of this petition. [¶] Your petitioners, therefore, pray the Court to decree the adoption of said child by them and that he may be subject to the duties as such child.  And they will ever pray, etc.”  Signed A. P. Hopkins, Eizabeth. Hopkins; sworn to by A. P. Hopkins (only) and subscribed by him before W. O. Hecker, J.P., Saegertown, 31 Jan. 1920; presented by Attorney Roy S. Peters.
    [Attached (typed) parental consent:]  “Personally appeared before me, a Notary Public in and for said Count, Herbert Charles Hopkins and Sarah Maud Hopkins, who being severally duly sworn according to law, depose and say that they are father and mother of Albert Morgan Hopkins, a minor child of the age of ten years; that on account of certain trouble and causes existing between them they have been unable to establish and provide a suitable home for their said minor child; that said minor child has been making his home with A. P. Hopkins and Elizabeth Hopkins, of Saegertown, Crawford County, Pennsylvania, for more than a year last past; that they believe the welfare of said minor child will be promoted if he is adopted by the aforesaid A. P. Hopkins and Elizabeth Hopkins, and they hereby consent to said adoption.”  Sworn to and subscribed Herbert. Charles. Hopkins., Sarah Maud Hopkins before Leona M. Richmond, Notary Public, Meadville, 7 Jan. 1920.
    Granted 9 Feb. 1920, and “and said child shall assume the name of the adopting parents,” i.e., name presumably to remain Albert Morgan Hopkins; filed same day.

#44 May Term 1920
Appearance Docket 208:245
    “The [typed] petition of Mrs. HATTIE MEANS respectfully represents; [#182; - not indented] That she is a widow, residing in the Boro of Conneaut lake, Penn’a. That she is desirous of adopting HATTIE VIOLA SCHOFIELD, a minor child, born March 4th.,1911 and now aged about nine years and at present residing with your petitioner, being the child of CHARLES J. SCHOFIELD, petitioner’s son, and of VIOLA CAMP SCHFIELD. That said Viola Camp Schofield, mother of said child has deserted the husband, Charles Schofield and small daughter since September 1916 and has willfully and maliciously continued such desertion ever since and her whereabouts are unknown to her family. That by reason of such desertion the said Charles J. Schofield has been unable to provide a home for the said Hattie Viola Schofield without incurring a large amount of expense [¶] That your petitioner is able to provide a proper home for the said minor and able to care for support and maintain her in a manner conducive to her welfare and will perform all of the duties of a parent towards her. [¶] That the affidavits of two respectable citizens of Pennsylvania and of the County of Crawford are hereto attached setting forth that in their opinion it is to the advantage of said minor that she be adopted as prayed for. [¶] Your petitioner therefore prays your Honorable Court for leave to adopt the said minor child under the provisions of the Act of Assembly made and provided, said minor to have and enjoy all of the rights of an actual child equally with any other children of your