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Legal Notices, The Dispatch

Legal notices are a good source of information on nineteenth century ancestors. In the legal system, public notification of some upcoming events is mandatory. Because so many people read newspapers, these events are often announced in the legal notices section, a trend started in our ancestors’ time. Nineteenth century America was a society on the move, and placing a legal notice in a newspaper was a way to reach a large audience.

Legal notices might include an estate and proving of will actions, such as an administrator’s notice or final settlement of a will. You may find an order of sale, a sheriff’s sale, or trustee’s sale, often as a way to raise money to pay taxes. Other possible situations might be a divorce proceeding, locating and proving an heir, or transfer of real estate. Most often, the notice will pertain to local citizens, but sometimes you may find a notice from another city.

In St. Louis, there were many early newspapers. Two of these were the St. Louis Evening Post and the St. Louis Dispatch. These independent publications were combined in 1878, when Joseph Pulitzer began the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, the only major newspaper remaining in the city today.

Lorraine Cates and Alice Tucker transcribed and contributed this information from November 1874 issues of the St. Louis Dispatch for the 1998 St. Louis Genealogical Society Quarterly, volume 31, number 1, pages 32–33; number 2, pages 71–74.

Legal Notices, The Dispatch

 

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NameDateContent
Abeles, Adolph 11/17/74 Notice of Final Settlement estate of Adolph Abeles, late of St. Louis County Charles Taussig, Administrator. St. Louis, November 7, 1874
Altenberend, Charles 11/16/74 Notice of Final Settlement. estate of Fritz W. Bentkamp. Charles Altenberend, Executor (October 29, 1874)
Altenberend, Charles 11/17/74 Notice of Final Settlement, estate of Fritz W. Bentkamp, late of St. Louis County Charles Altenberend, Administrator. St. Louis, Missouri., October 28, 1874
Arendes, Joseph 11/16/74 Administrator's Notice. letters of administration granted 12th October 1874, estate of Joseph Arendes, deceased. Henry Biedenstein, Administrator.
Arendes, Joseph 11/17/74 Administrator's Notice, estate of Joseph Arendes, late of St. Louis County, Henry Biedenstein, Administrator. St. Louis, Missouri., October 20, 1874
Barlow, S. D. 11/16/74 Whereas Jessie E. Foster and Emory S. Foster, her trustee by deed dated October 1, 1868 recorded in Recorder's office of Jefferson County, Missouri Book 2, page 316, 317 and 318 conveyed to Stephen D. Barlow a certain tract of land Section 8, Twp 41 Range 6. S. D. Barlow, Trustee, Geo. W. Taussig, Att'y (October 12, 1874)
Barlow, S. D. 11/17/74 Whereas, Jessie E. Foster and Emory S. Foster her trustee by deed dated October 1, 1868 recorded, Jefferson County, Missouri, book 2 pages 316 & 317 and 318 conveyed to Stephen D. Barlow a certain tract of land (description) default has been made in payment, (to be sold) to highest bidder, for cash Tuesday the 17th Day of November 1874, at Court House in the City of St. Louis, Missouri to satisfy the provisions of said trust, S. D. Barlow, trustee, Geo. W. Taussig, Attorney., St. Lous, October 17, 1874.
Barlow, Stephen D. 11/16/74 Whereas Jessie E. Foster and Emory S. Foster, her trustee by deed dated October 1, 1868 recorded in Recorder's office of Jefferson County, Missouri Book 2, page 316, 317 and 318 conveyed to Stephen D. Barlow a certain tract of land Section 8, Twp 41 Range 6. S. D. Barlow, Trustee, Geo. W. Taussig, Att'y (October 12, 1874)
Barlow, Stephen D. 11/17/74 Whereas, Jessie E. Foster and Emory S. Foster her trustee by deed dated October 1, 1868 recorded, Jefferson County, Missouri, book 2 pages 316 & 317 and 318 conveyed to Stephen D. Barlow a certain tract of land (description) default has been made in payment, (to be sold) to highest bidder, for cash Tuesday the 17th Day of November 1874, at Court House in the City of St. Louis, Missouri to satisfy the provisions of said trust, S. D. Barlow, trustee, Geo. W. Taussig, Attorney., St. Lous, October 17, 1874.
Bell, Leverett 11/16/74 Trustee's Sale, Whereas Cyrenius C. Simmons by his deed of trust dated January 15th, 1872 and recorded in Book B page 458 records of the Recorder of Deed in Dent County, Missouri conveyed to the undersigned Trustee, Leverett Bell, Trustee (October 26, 1874)
Bell, Leverett 11/17/74 Trustee's Sale: Whereas Cyrnius C. Simmons by his deed of trust dated January 15th, 1872 and recorded in book H page 458, Recorder of Deeds of Dent County, Missouri, conveyed to the undersigned (description), for sale at public auction for cash to highest bidder (to secure payment of certain notes specified) front door of Court House in St. Louis, Missouri. Thursday, November 19, 1874. Leverett Bell, Trustee. St. Louis, October 26, 1874.
Bentkamp, Fritz W. 11/16/74 Notice of Final Settlement. estate of Fritz W. Bentkamp. Charles Altenberend, Executor (October 29, 1874)
Bentkamp, Fritz W. 11/17/74 Notice of Final Settlement, estate of Fritz W. Bentkamp, late of St. Louis County Charles Altenberend, Administrator. St. Louis, Missouri., October 28, 1874
Berry, Richard 11/16/74 Administrator's Sale of Real Estate, in pursuance of an order of the St. Louis Probate Court, made at the September term thereof 1874, the undersigned administrator of Richard Berry will on the 23rd day of November 1874, Stephen E. Hollard, Administrator of Richard Berry
Berry, Richard 11/17/74 Administrator's Sale of Real Estate: Probate Court, September term thereof 1874, administrator of Richard Berry will, 23rd Day of November 1874 expose to sale at public vendue, for cash (land) acquired by said Berry and D.G.Taylor by deed of Henry T. Blow and his wife dated August 11, 1870, recorded in book 514, page 215, Stephen E. Holland, Admr. of Richard Berry. St. Louis, October 24, 1874.
Betz, Michael 11/17/74 Notice of Final Settlement, estate of Bernard John Wilmes, late of the County of St. Louis, Michael Betz and Theresia Wilmes, St. Louis, October 1874.
Biedenstein, Henry 11/16/74 Administrator's Notice. letters of administration granted 12th October 1874, estate of Joseph Arendes, deceased. Henry Biedenstein, Administrator.
Biedenstein, Henry 11/17/74 Administrator's Notice, estate of Joseph Arendes, late of St. Louis County, Henry Biedenstein, Administrator. St. Louis, Missouri., October 20, 1874
Blackman, T. W. 11/16/74 In the Circuit Court of St. Louis County, October term 1874, Saturday October 17, 1874. Catherine C. Hubbell vs. W. H. H. Hubbell defendant is a non-resident of the State of Missouri, a civil suit has been commenced against him, decree of divorce, habitual drunkedness. John Lewis, Clerk T. W. Blackman, Att'y for Plaintiff.
Blackman, T. W. 11/17/74 In the Circuit Court of St. Louis County, October term 1874, Saturday October 17, 1874 Catherine C. Hubbell vs. W.H. Hubbell, defendant is a nonresident, civil action has been commenced, to obtain a decree of divorce, John Lewis, Clerk T. W. Blackman, Attorney for the Plaintiff. St. Louis, Oct.17, 1874.

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