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Assigned Estates Papers

Assigned Estates Papers, 1823-1957.

Description: Assigned Estates are Prothonotary records pertaining to the liquidation of property for the benefit of creditors. The property owner, referred to as the assignor, appoints an assignee whose function is to raise money to satisfy the debts of the property owner. The original papers are organized alphabetically and have a separate index.

Content: The records found in this series pertain to the handling of the estate by the assignee. Records within each file will include the name of the property owner, spouse and/or business name, the name of the assignee appointed and the township or borough where the property is located. Further information may include the exact date the deed of assignment was recorded, the book and page reference in the Recorder of Deeds books for this deed of assignment, bonds of the assignee, inventories of the estate, proofs of claim by creditors, schedules of distribution and accounts of the assignees showing the names of parties, nature and character of debt, amounts due, names of appraisers and schedules of assets and liabilities of the property owner. Official Prothonotary Court seals and signatures of the Prothonotary and the assignee will also be found in these documents.


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