An unlisted heir
Can anyone help me with this?
William Bridge d. 14 Dec. 1898 in Union Co, IA.There is no probate record on file, but I found a deed which contained the following statement:
"Said land was owned by William Bridge who died in Dec 1898 a widower & intestate leaving as his only heirs at law his children Thos C Bridge & Lou Bridge his wife, Susan Houser (formerly Susan Bridge) & JM Houser her husband, Alice A Morris (formerly Alice A Bridge) & Geo A Morris her husband, all of which are Grantors herein and John D Bridge the Grantee herein. Said Grantors and Grantee constitute all and the only heirs at law of William Bridge deceased there were no debts against the estate of William Bridge."
This seems to be very straightforward, stating that Thomas, Susan, Alice, and John are William's only heirs.However, the 1880 census record for William's household includes another daughter, Rinkey.The 1900 census record for the household of John D Bridge includes James M Harper, brother-in-law, and Rinkey Harper, sister, as well as 4 Harper children.
There are actually 2 quit-claim deeds for the property.The first was made 22 Dec 1898, and includes the signature of a J.M. Harper as witness along with the signatures of the heirs and their spouses. The second, which includes the above statement, was made 3 April 1899 and doesn't mention the Harpers at all.
Why would Rinkey, a daughter of William, alive after her father's death not be included in the list of heirs?