November 11, 2016
Boulder County, Colorado District Court Judge’s Docket, Vol 1, 1867-1871: An Annotated Index
Boulder did not have a courthouse until 1867 and many of the cases that occurred before that time were sent to Golden in Jefferson County or Denver in Arapahoe County. After the courthouse was built, many of those cases were returned to Boulder. The docket lists the plaintiffs and defendants, often lists which attorneys represented which side in the case, gives the docket number in the Grand Docket, and has the judge’s notes for how the case is proceeding or the verdict, where appropriate.
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The Inventors in the Colorado Territory and their U.S. Patents, 1861-1876: An Annotated Index contains the names of inventors from the Colorado Territory who were issued patents between 1861 and 1876. A copy of their patent filing is included, along with an index of the names of the patent holders, the witnesses to the patent filing, and the lawyers who filed the application.
Understandably, many of the inventions pertained to advances in mining techniques, but not all. There were changes to medical equipment, a machine to make cutting gloves easier, military gear, agricultural machinery—even a new horse shoe.
Available at: http://www.irongate.com/pages/US_Patents.html
The Minutes of the Board of Trustees of the University of Colorado, 1870-1876 chronicles the establishment of the University, donation of land, struggles with the legislature over funding, and efforts to raise funds in the community and beyond. The Minutes identify many of those involved in the building of the first building on the University campus, now affectionately known as Old Main.
Available at: http://www.irongate.com/pages/CU_Trustees_Minutes.html
The Boulder County, Colorado District Court Civil Appearance Docket, 1878-1882 is a a brief synopsis of the cases heard before the District Court.
The majority of cases in this record are civil cases including a few guardianship cases, along with a few criminal cases.
There are quite a number of water rights cases along with a synopsis of who had water rights, for how much water, and in what order.
The first section of this book is a list of cases in the order that they appear in the ledger along with the case number, the primary plaintiffs and defendants in the case, as well as the cause of action, if one was given.
This index covers the cases that took place in the Boulder, Colorado County Court. The years covered by the index are uncertain as no dates are given in the book, although based upon the case numbers, the years are most likely to be in the 1870s and 1880s. Both civil and criminal cases are listed.
The first section of this book is a re-creation of the Plaintiffs’ section in the order that entries appear in the original ledger. The second section is the Defendants’ section following the same convention. The final section is an alphabetical list of every name that appears in the index, including those additional plaintiffs and defendants who are named, but whose names appear on the alphabetical page according to the first plaintiff’s or the first defendant’s last name, not their own.
December 30, 2015
The Boulder County, Colorado District Court Widow’s Relinquishment, Volume 1, 1889–1926, and Volume 2, 1926–1937 record what household items and other property that were given to the widow as a part of her assignment of property from the estate before any debts were paid.
The records show the names of the deceased, the widow or orphan and the administrators or executors of the estate along with the judges and clerks who recorded each transaction.
Available at: http://www.irongate.com/pages/Widows_Vols1-2.html
December 30, 2015
The Boulder County, Colorado, County Court Probate Record, Vol 1, 1875-1884 records the activities of a decedent’s estate including, the settlement, any guardianship of minors, the names of heirs, who held the will, the witnesses to the will, the bond sureties for the executor, any debtors or creditors to the estate, what claims were pain, what debts were uncollectible and who the deceased’s attending physician was. The record may also include the actual death date of the estate owner, and the birth dates of minors showing whether they were over or under age 14 for the purposes of assigning a guardian.
Available at: http://www.irongate.com/pages/Probate_Vol1.html