Ephraim W. Hughlett, decd
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Answer to Petition for Distribution
State of Indiana, County of Shelby, SS )
Shelby Circuit Court, January Term, 1916 )
Elmer Bassett, administrator of the Estate of Ephraim W. Hughlett, dec’d )
Amanda Ford et al )
Come now the defendants, Julia Smithers, Nellie Comstock, Eva Headrick, & William Clark and by way of separate answer to the plaintiff’s petition herein, each of said defendants says: That he and she separately and severally deny each and every material allegation thereof.
Come now defendants, Julia Smithers, Nellie Comstock, Eva Headrick, and William Clark and by way of separate 2nd paragraph of answer to plaintiff’s petition herein, each of said defendants separately and severally says: That they are the only
heirs at law of one Rosa Roles, deceased, a deceased daughter of plaintiff’s said decedent, Ephraim W. Hughlett and who died intestate prior to the death of her said father, the said Ephraim W. Hughlett. that as such, they have an interest in the real
estate of which said Hughlett died seized, which real estate is described in the said petition.
Each of said defendants further avers that at the time of his death, said decedent was not indebted in excess of the sum of one-hundred dollars, and that all of the debts and liabilities of said estate including costs of administration and other
indebtedness which has accrued since his death does not and will not exceed the sum of three-hundred dollars. That the personal estate of said decedent amounts to the sum of $859.05 and that the same is amply sufficient to pay all of the debts and liabilities of said estate.
Each of said defendants further avers that heretofore, towit: on the ____day of ____, 1915, the defendant, Amanda Ford filed her claim against the estate of said decedent in the sum of $____ for services alleged to have been performed by her for said decedent during his lifetime. That said claim was immediately allowed by said administrator without any trial and without the approval of this court wherein the settlement of said estate is now pending. That said claim is false and unfounded in this, towit: That said estate is not indebted to said Amanda Ford in any amount. That all of the alleged indebtedness set out in said Amanda Ford’s said claim was fully paid before the death of said decedent.
That by reason of the premises, there is no necessity of selling said real estate or any part thereof, and that the personal property of said estate is amply sufficient to pay all of the debts and liabilities of said estate.
Wherefore, said defendants and each of them pray that the Court order and direct that said real estate be not sold, and they further pray for all other proper relief.
Herbert C. Jones, Atty. for the defendants
Transcribed by Phyllis Miller Fleming
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