A guardian was appointed to care for a person and manage his assets. The person being cared for was most often a minor, but might also be a person deemed incapable of managing his own affairs due to mental incapacity. The county court appointed guardians, but once the minor was 14 years old, he could choose his own guardian.
The following entries were abstracted from Crittenden County, Kentucky Guardian Bond Book 1883 - 1901 as found in the Crittenden County Clerk's Office, Marion, Kentucky. Additional information is often found in the county court order books [court minutes].
J.L. Sisco was appointed guardian of Martha F. Conger 12 January 1885.
C.C. Woodall was appointed guardian of Pleasant and Linnie Woodall 14 January 1885.
J.N. Truitt (as committee) was appointed guardian of John Hogard, an imbecile, 16 January 1885.
C.C. Woodall was appointed guardian of John and Robert Hill 21 January 1885.
Richard H. Lewis was appointed guardian of his minor children 9 February 1885. [Court Order Book 8, page 2: Children were Nellie F., William, Juda Ann, Richard H. and Eddie Lewis.]
S.N. Marvel was appointed guardian of Thos. M. Phillips and H.L. Linn 14 February 1885.
J.T. Hodge was appointed guardian of Willis C. Linn 21 February 1885.
A.J. Donakey was appointed guardian of Nannie J. Coleman 9 April 1885.
M.F. Drennan was appointed guardian of Nannie and John H. Beckner 4 August 1885.
H.A. Haynes was appointed guardian of Thomas Logan Pickens 4 August 1885.
On 10 August 1885, J.C. Long was appointed guardian of Henry, Thomas and Phillip Lynn, all being over age 14 and heirs of N.J. and Franky Lynn. J.C. Long resigned 14 September 1885.
J.W. Lynn was appointed guardian of Henry, Thomas and Phillip Lynn 14 September 1885.
On 20 September 1886 [sic] at the request of John C. Spring, J.F. Flanery was appointed guardian for Willie, John W. and Sarah Deler Springs, minor heirs of Lydia A. Springs, formerly Lydia A. Yates. [Court Order Book 8, page 235]
Joseph Joyce (colored) was appointed guardian of Thomas Joyce (colored) 29 September 1885.
T.L. Wright was appointed guardian of J.H. Preston 1 October 1885.
R.L. Moore was appointed guardian of Ada M. and Emma R. Bier, both of whom were over the age of 14 years and were the minors children of Henry A. and Annie M. Bier, 9 November 1885. Mrs. Annie M. Thurmond, formerly Bier, departed this life 24 June 1885. [Court Order Book 8, page 112]
R.N. Walker was appointed guardian for Ada and Robert Robinson, both under age 14 and minors of Wylie R. Robinson dec'd, 30 November 1885.
Jno. W. Blue Jr. was appointed guardian of Gus and Lillian Higginbotham 14 December 1885.
G.W. Moore was appointed guardian for Lizzie Harris, who is over the age of 14 years, 30 December 1885.