George K. Yinger 1916 Estate File Narrative
Introduction and Summary
The transcripts for the estate documents of George K. Yinger were prepared from the original documents which are in the York county archives in York, Pennsylvania.
George K. Yinger was the first born child of Jacob and Elizabeth Yinger. His father Jacob Yinger was the first born son of George and Margaret Yinger. Jacob’s father, George Yinger was a son of Anthony Yinger and Magdelena Broband Yinger. Anthony Yinger was the middle son born to Johann Paul Jünger, the Palatine immigrant who came to America through Philadelphia in 1748. Therefore, George K. Yinger was the great great grandson of Johann Paul Jünger. He was a fifth generation American!
George K. Yinger was born on June 30, 1841 and died on July 26, 1916 according to his tombstone in Paddletown cemetery located in Newberrytown which is in Newberry Township of York County, Pennsylvania. Therefore, he was 75 years old when he died. According to census records George had three younger brothers named Daniel K. Yinger, John K. Yinger and Martin Yinger and one sister named Nancy. The life and times of their parents, Jacob and Elizabeth Yinger and their family are discussed in another section of this web site.
George K. Yinger married Hannah Updegraff. According to her tombstone where she is buried next to her husband, she was born on February 10, 1839 and died on July 28, 1886. Therefore, she was only 47 years old when she died. Furthermore, George appears to have remained unmarried for the rest of his life following her death according to census records. He spent the last 30 years of his life as a widower.
According to census records George K. and Hannah Yinger had a large family. The 1880 census lists children as follows: Ida 16, Jacob 14, Daniel 12, Charles 10, Neuton 8, John 6, Elizabeth 4, Isabell 2 and Leah 8 months. Another son named David was born to this couple in 1882. The life and times of George K. and Hannah Updegraff Yinger and their family are discussed in another section of this web site.
Transcripts prepared from the original documents in George K. Yinger’s estate file are included on this web site and can be viewed by following the links at the bottom of this introduction and summary. The documents which comprise George K. Yinger’s estate file with my comments about certain important items to note are as follows:
Renunciation of Jacob, Daniel, Newton and John Yinger in favor of Charles H. Yinger for Administration of George K. Yinger’s Estate
At the time of the death of George K. Yinger, he was survived by five sons who lived in York County, Pennsylvania where he also lived. In the absence of a last will and testament which would have named an Executor for his estate, the typical court approved approach would be to appoint living male heirs as joint Administrators for the estate. However, it was decided among the five sons living in York County to select one male heir, Charles H. Yinger, to be the sole administrator for the estate.
This decision was formally documented in the renunciation dated August 5, 1916 shortly after George K. Yinger died on July 26, 1916. Another youngest son named David is not mentioned in this document probably because he was residing in another county, Lancaster, at the time of his father’s death in 1916.
The Administration Bond of the Estate of George K. Yinger
Upon appointment as administrator for his father’s estate, Charles H. Yinger posted a bond in the amount of $8,000 dollars to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania to assure faithful performance of his duties as administrator. Additional parties to the bond were John T. Householder and Geary W. Bamberger. Presumably they served as independent third parties to the administration of the estate of George K. Yinger in conjunction with the primary responsibility of Charles H. Yinger.
The Administration Bond is dated September 9, 1916. The document stipulates that the Administrator make a “true and perfect” inventory of the “goods, chattels and credits” of the deceased within thirty days. It further requires that the Administrator make a “true and just” accounting of his administration of the estate within one year from the date of the Administration bond. The administration bond document leaves the door open for the possibility that a last will and testament may later be discovered. If that should happen the administrator would be relieved of his duties under the administration bond. However, the estate file and documents do not indicate that a will was ever located for George K. Yinger.
The Administration Bond document mentions the exact time of death of George K. Yinger in a memorandum section at the end of the document. It states that George K. died “on the 26th day of July A.D. 1916, at or about the hour of 8 o’clock, A.M. of said day.”
The Inventory and Appraisement of George K. Yinger’s Estate
The inventory for George K. Yinger’s estate is dated September 16, 1916. Charles H. Yinger retained the professional services of P.L. Fortenbaugh and C.W. Bonner, appraisers, to value and appraise the “goods and chattels, rights and credits” of George K. Yinger, deceased.
The list of appraised assets of George K. Yinger’s estate indicates he was well to do financially. He had loaned money to a number of individuals including Morris M. Hays, Lavina & Benavell Peiffer, Emma & Samuel Gross, Jacob Zeigler & John R. Kohler, Eliza Mary & Andrew Betz and Daniel Beshore. Daniel Beshore was his son-in-law. Daniel was married to Ida Yinger the oldest daughter and child of George K. and Hannah Updegraff Yinger.
In addition to money lent to individuals, George K. Yinger also had money on deposit at several banks including York Trust Co., The Security Title & Trust Co., York County National Bank, First National Bank of York, First National Bank of Goldsboro, and with the Treasurer of York County, (presumably a municipal bond.)
The inventory also included a lot of chestnut lumber. Excluded from the inventory was the real estate which George K. Yinger owned at the time of his death. Typically the inventory of a deceased person focused on personal property. Real property was usually reserved for separate treatment in the estate administration. The total appraised value of the inventory was $4,440.81. In 1916 that was a considerable amount of money and it did not include his real estate which is addressed in later documents in his estate file.
The Real Estate sale bond of George K. Yinger’s Estate
On November 27, 1916 Charles H. Yinger, the Administrator for George K. Yinger’s estate, posted a bond in the amount of $1,800 to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania in trust for the heirs of George K. Yinger’s estate. The bond expresses the heirs’ intention of directing Charles H. Yinger to make application to the Orphans’ Court for authorization to sell certain real estate of George K. Yinger, deceased, for the purpose of distributing the proceeds among his heirs.
The Vendue list of George K. Yinger’s Estate
On December 23, 1916 the personal items of George K. Yinger were sold at auction. On April 10, 1917 a list of the items sold was filed with the York County authorities. The list only addresses the personal property of George K. Yinger. His real estate is not included as it was handled separately. The total amount of the items sold was $24.45. Although George K. Yinger was a wealthy man as evidenced by loans he had outstanding to individuals, money on deposit at various banks and real estate he owned at the time of his death, his personal effects were fairly modest.
Throughout his life George K. Yinger had his occupation listed on census records as a cigar (segar) maker. His personal effects included items pertaining to that profession. Included as purchasers on the vendue list were several relatives including Daniel Beshore, son-in-law, C.H. Yinger, son and Administrator of the estate and George’s youngest son David Yinger who lived in Lancaster County.
Administration Account of George K. Yinger’s Estate
On April 10, 1917 Charles H. Yinger, administrator, filed the one and only accounting for his administration of George K. Yinger’s estate. The first section of receipts reported for the estate was for interest received on the various personal loans and Bank certificates of deposit which George K. Yinger held at the time of his death.
The rest of the receipts were for five different pieces of real estate which George K. Yinger owned at the time of his death. George’s youngest son, David Yinger, purchased a tract of land in the “village of Newberry” for $424.00. David also purchased another tract of land in Newberry Township which contained two acres and ninety two and two tenths perches. He paid his father’s estate $225.00 for that parcel.
William H. Wise bought two parcels from George’s estate as well. Both were located in Newberry Township of York County, Pennsylvania. The first tract contained seven acres and seventy nine and one tenth perches and he paid the estate $175.00 for it. The other tract contained two acres and sixty three perches and he paid the estate $71.00 for it.
The final piece of property sold by the estate was purchased by George’s son-in-law, Daniel Beshore. It also was located in Newberry Township and it contained five acres and nine perches. Daniel paid $195.00 to the estate for the parcel. All together the five pieces of property were sold by the estate for a total sum of $1,090.00.
Total receipts from interest payments and real estate sale proceeds when added to the $4,440.81 from the inventory and appraisement resulted in a total amount available for payment of expenses and distribution to heirs of $5,708.50.
Various disbursements from George’s estate are listed including attorney’s fees, appraiser fees, taxes, physician fees, auction fees, undertaker, funeral, tombstone, grave digging etc. Total expenses were $605.28. This left $5,103.22 for distribution to heirs.
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