WARREN COUNTY, NEW YORK
ARCHIVAL COLLECTION


 


Record Series:  INSOLVENT PAPERS

Dates:  1814 - 1837

Location: Warren County Records Storage & Archives.

Format:  Consists of handwritten, legal documents of varying sizes.

Arranged: Chronological/Alpha- By year, alphabetical within.

Volume:    3.5 cubic ft

Department: County Clerk

Legal Restrictions: None

Use Restrictions: Staff will access all records and must approve all requests for copies.

Historical Background:

The passage by the New York State Legislature of an act dated 12 April 1813, provided relief to debtors in the case of insolvency. Insolvency proceedings consisted of both voluntary (the petition by the debtor and creditors to the court) and involuntary (the petition by creditors given an absent debtor) with the both the county and supreme courts having jurisdiction in such matters prior to 1830.
During the period 1830-1847,  voluntary matters were brought before the county court, while involuntary proceedings were processed at the Supreme Court level.  The reorganization of the court system in 1847 awarded exclusive jurisdiction in matters of insolvency to the Supreme Court.

Description of Record Series:

Consists of handwritten, legal documents of varying sizes, refiled into acid-free enclosures (by year, surname), and including the petition of the debtor and creditor requesting the sale, affidavits as to the amount of indebtedness, names of creditors and amounts owed to each, inventory, notice of sale,  certification of publication, certificates of assignment, and final discharge from liability.  Case files for each are voluminous and of fragile condition.

Purpose of Record:

Consists of handwritten, legal documents of varying sizes, refiled into acid-free enclosures (by year, surname), and including the petition of the debtor and creditor requesting the sale, affidavits as to the amount of indebtedness, names of creditors and amounts owed to each, inventory, notice of sale,  certification of publication, certificates of assignment, and final discharge from liability.  Case files for each are voluminous and of fragile condition.

Other Formats: None

Finding Aids:  Series indexed (computer and paper format) by name and date. Series information
location on inventory database.

Related Series: Judgments, Satisfaction of Judgments, Minutes of Common Pleas, Common Pleas Papers, Assignments, US Federal Bankruptcy.

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