The probate process was not started on the John William Ross estate until the end of September 1860. Neither John or his wife, Christenia, had wills, so their son-in-law, Robert Abrams, was appointed as Administrator on 29 September 1860 in Champaign County, Ohio.
John P. Leonard was appointed as guardian to the minor heirs of John W. Ross on 7 December 1860.
Transcription of Guardian Appointment
John P. Leonard Chosen & Appt Guardian }
} Letters Granted
The Minor heirs of John W. Ross ded } This day Marcellus
Ross Euphemia Ross
and Marietta Ross in open court personally chose Jno.
P. Leonard for their Guardian whereupon the Court
appointed him the said Jno. P. Leonard Guardian for
them the said Marcellus Ross aged 18 years June 3rd 1860
Euphemia Ross aged 16 years June 10th 1860 Marietta Ross
aged 14 years June 15th 1860 & John Nelson Ross aged 12 years
November 15th 1860 Emily Catharine Ross aged 10 years Sept.
8th 1860 Wm J. Ross aged 8 years Jany 30th 1860 Florence
J. Ross aged 6 years Oct. 24th 1860 Elmira H. Ross aged 4
years July 19th 1860 Thomas Clason Ross aged 2 years May 4th 1860
Minor heirs and legal representatives of John W. Ross decd.
Ordered that the said Guar=
dian give bonds as Guardian of Marcellus and Euphemia
Ross in three hundred dollars each and for Maritta
Ross in four hundred dollars for John Nelson Ross in
Eight hundred dollars for Emily Catharine Ross in Seven
hundred dollars for Wm J. Florence J. and Elmira H.
Ross in one thousand dollars each and for Thomas
Clason Ross in fifteen hundred dollars with Robt.
Abrams John T. Wilson and John S. Leedom as his Sureties in
each bond with conditions according to law and there=
=upon the Said Jno. P. Leonard in open Court accepted
Said appointment gave bonds accordingly and received
from the Court, Letters of Guardianship over his Said
Robert filed the settlement of accounts in court on 28 March 1863. The estate was valued at $854.74 before it was dispersed to creditors and set aside for the children.
Champaign, Ohio, Administrator Bonds and Appointments, Vol. 2, p. 299, John W. Ross estate, Robert Abrams Administrator; FHL microfilm 533,509.
Champaign, Ohio, Probate Journal, 1852-1967, Vol. 2, p. 392, John W. Ross deceased, John P. Leonard Guardian; FHL microfilm 531,972.
Champaign, Ohio, Probate Journal, 1852-1967, Vol. 3, p. 244, John W. Ross estate, Robert Abrams Administrator; FHL microfilm 531,973.