The Awesome Administratrix

Administratrix were women appointed to take care of estates when the deceased left no will.  Most often the administratrix was the widow or another family member appointed by the court, though on occasion she was a trusted woman in the community.

From 1889, Sarah A Kingsbury who took a law firm to court for not paying her for her services.

The Northeastern Reporter, Volume 21.  Includes the decisions of the Supreme Courts of Massachusetts, Ohio, Indiana, and Illinois, and Court of Appeals of New York; May/July 1891-Mar./Apr. 1936, Appellate Court of Indiana; Dec. 1926/Feb. 1927-Mar./Apr. 1936, Courts of Appeals of Ohio. West Publishing Company.  PublisherWest Publishing Company, 1889

In 1877 Mrs Duncan is mentioned

History of McDonough County, Illinois: Its Cities, Towns and Villages, with Early Reminiscences, Personal Incidents and Anecdotes, and a Complete Business Directory of the County, Volume 1. Clarke, S. J. D.W. Lusk, State Printer and Binder, 1878

There’s also the case of Elizabeth Paschall, Administratrix of Dame Mary Bromsall, Deceased, and Appellant. The Right Hon. John Lord Carterett, Sir Clement Cotterell, Knt. the Right Hon. Grace Countess Granville, Sir Thomas Cross, Bart. Respondents. Which I can only find mention of online but which occurred in the 1730s.

In 1705 the Prerogative Court of Maryland had page after page of administratrix.  Most of them were daughters, sisters, and wives who were extending their household management for legal management.

Abstracts of the Testamentary Proceedings of the Prerogative Court of Maryland. Volume XI: 1703-1704, 1707-1709 [Libers 20, 21 (|)], Pages 1-206
Maryland. Prerogative Court

I might post more later, but I’d have to start going through microfilmed court records.