Granted guardianship of her own child? #general


Michael Gordy
 

On the Fulton History website, I found a newspaper entry >from 1918-19
pertaining to my GASTHALTER family. It's a legal notice stating
"Fannie Gasthalter, of Parksville [New York], was granted the
guardianship of Sallie Gasthalter. Sureties $1,000." Fannie (my
great-grandmother) was widowed in late 1915. One son was named
Solomon. He was later known as Sol (1905), but perhaps at age 13-14
he was known as Sallie? I know of no cousin named Sallie.

If this is her son Sol, why would she need to be granted guardianship?
Wouldn't a widowed mother automatically have that status?

Michael Gordy
Maryland, USA


Marlene Bishow <mlbishow@...>
 

On Mon Nov 17, Michael Gordy wrote:

"If this is her son Sol, why would she need to be granted guardianship?
Wouldn't a widowed mother automatically have that status?"

Whether this is true in general is unclear, but in my personal experience
and research, in New York State, when a parent died and the child has
financial assets, the surviving parent may be named as guardian of the child
and those assets.

My grandmother died suddenly in 1931, at the age of 31, leaving behind a
husband and 3 children. the children each had some money in savings accounts
and in addition, each received about $1,000. >from her estate. I have
documents showing that three months later, my grandfather was appointed as
guardian of my mother (his daughter), then 5 1/2 years old. I also have the
bank book for the account that was set up for her financial assets.

Regards,
Marlene KATZ BISHOW
Rockville, MD
President,
Jewish Genealogy Society of Greater Washington


Michael Gordy
 

Thanks to the many who replied with suggestions, both privately and on
the list! The consensus seems to be that (a) naming of a parent as
legal guardian was not unusual in matters of inheritance; (b) that I
can get probate and guardianship records >from the Sullivan County
court to learn more; and (c) that "Sallie" in that era was indeed a
diminutive of Solomon.

Michael Gordy
Maryland, USA


Janette Silverman
 

Michael Gordy wrote:
"If this is her son Sol, why would she need to be granted guardianship?
Wouldn't a widowed mother automatically have that status?"

"Marlene Bishow" <mlbishow@...> responded:
"Whether this is true in general is unclear, but in my personal
experience and research, in New York State, when a parent died and the
child has financial assets, the surviving parent may be named as
guardian of the child and those assets."

I wonder how common and widespread this is - my great-grandmother living
in what was Galicia and then Poland, was, in 1920, also named as
guardian of her minor children after the death of her husband.

Janette Silverman
UkraineSIG Coordinator

Phoenix, AZ & NYC