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ADOPTIONS
Adoption Abstracts 1906-1915

#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 ____
    “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 ____
    “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 ____
    “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 ____
    “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 ____
    “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 ____
    “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 ____
    “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 ____
    “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 ____
    “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 ____
    “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 ____
    “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 ____
    “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 ____
    “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 ____
    “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 ____
    “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. NEW

#149 September Term 1908
Appearance Docket ____
    “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
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    ““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
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    “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
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    “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
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    “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
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    “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
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    “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
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    “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
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    “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
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    “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
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    “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
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    “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
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    “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
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    “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
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    “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
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    “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
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    “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
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    “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
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    “[(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
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    “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
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    “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
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    “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
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    “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
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    [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
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    “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
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    “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
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    “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
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    “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
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    “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
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    “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
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    [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]
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    “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 ____
    “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
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    “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 ____
    “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 ____
    “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
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    “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 1812

#58 November Term 1912
Appearance Docket ____
    “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 ____
    “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 ____
    “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 ____
    “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 ____
    “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 ____
    “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
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    “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
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    “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
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    “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
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    “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
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    “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
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    “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
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    “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
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    “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
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    “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
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    “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
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    “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
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    “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
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    “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
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    “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
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    “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
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    “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
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    “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
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    “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
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    “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
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    “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
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    “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
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    “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.