Wills Of Stoddard County, Missouri, Book C, Page 66
State of Missouri}
County of Stoddard}
To all persons to whom these presents shall come, Greetings:
Know ye, that whereas, Joseph Alsup late of the County of Stoddard died intestate, as it is said, leaving at the time of his death, property in this State which may be lost or diminished in value if speedy care be not taken of the same; to the end, therefore, that the said property may be collected, preserved and disposed of according to law. We do hereby appoint Allen Alsup Admistrator of all and singular the goods and chattels, rights and credits which were of the said Joseph Alsup at the time of his death, will full power and authority to secure and dispose of said property according to law, and collect all moneys due said deceased, and in general to do and perform all other acts things which are or hereafter may be required of him by law.
In witness whereof, I, Adrain B. Owen, Clerk of the County Court of Said County, I hereunto subscribe my name and affixed the Seal of the said Court, at office in Bloomfield, Missouri, the 30th day of March 1868.
Allen Alsup made final settlement of the estate of Joseph Alsup of 30 January 1873, showing a total of $158.83. The only heirs of Joseph Alsup still living on this date were his two sons, Allen and John and a grandson, Elijah, who were each supposed to receive $51.76 as their third of the estate after all accounts were settled.
Allen signed a receipt for $51.76, which was due Elijah as his guardian, since Elijah was still a minor. On 26 July 1875, the Stoddard County Probate Court issued a citation to Allen Alsup to appear before them to show cause why he had failed to settle the account of Elijah Alsup, as guardian. This action was originally initiated by Margaret Alsup Roby, mother of Elijah and widow of Elijah’s father Joseph Wesley Alsup who was killed in the Civil War. She had married as her 2nd husband Ben Roby, who then became the legal guardian of Elijah by the Stoddard County Missouri Court. On January 30, 1875, H. H. Bedford signed a receipt for the 1/3 due John Alsup, saying it had not been paid in John’s lifetime.