Administrator/Administratrix = Appointed by the county court to settle the estate of a deceased person who left no valid will.
Administrator de bonis non = Appointed to finish settling an estate which had a previous executor or administrator. The estate has been partially settled.
Bondsman = Co-signer on a bond; also called surety or security.
Consort = Spouse of a living person. Often seen on old tombstones.
Curator = Appointed by the county court to conserve the estate of a deceased person or of a minor child. Often appointed until a dispute over a will has been settled.
Dower Portion (1/3 in Kentucky) = wife or widow is entitled to 1/3 of her spouse’s estate.
Executor/Executrix = Named in the will by the decedent to settle the estate. Has the same duties as an administrator.
Femme Sole = A single woman.
Grantee = Person buying land or person to whom property is being conveyed.
Grantor = Person selling land or person who is conveying property to someone else.
Indenture = Written agreement.
Nuncupative Will = Commonly called an oral will or death bed will; must be reduced to writing and signed by those who heard the decedent say the words. Presented to county court and an administrator appointed.
Orphan = Child whose father has died. Mother may still be living.
Relict = A widow or widower; the survivor in a marriage. Often seen on old tombstones.
Testator/Testatrix = One who made a will; one who died leaving a will. Testator is a male and testatrix is a female.
ABBREVIATIONS COMMONLY FOUND IN RECORDS
CC Chain Carrier [used in land surveying]
CM Chain Marker [used in land surveying]
JP Justice of the Peace
Jr. or Junr Junior
MG Minister of the Gospel
O.R. Ordered recorded
Sr. or Senr Senior