These records pertain to estates put up for sale by the owners acting through an assignee in order to raise money for payment of creditors. Types of papers include: petition for appointment of appraisers, inventory, bond, account and petition of assignee, report of auditor. These cases were handled by the Court of Common Pleas.
Within assigned estates, the word has a special and distinctive use as employed to designate 1 to whom, under an insolvent or bankruptcy law, the whole estate of a debtor is transferred to be administered for the benefit of creditors.
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