Joseph A. Street1,2

ID# 20854, (abt 1806 - 1850)

Key Events:

Birth: about 1806, Virginia3
Marriage: before 1849, Arena Brady (about 1818 - before 1878)4,5
Death: 8 Nov 1850, Weaverville, El Dorado Co., California6,7
ChartsDescendants of David Dutt/Toot

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Narrative:

     Joseph A. Street was born about 1806 in Virginia.3 Nothing is known about how Joseph came to be in Missouri. He may have came by way of Ohio with his supposed brother John, but if so no record of him has been found there.
     On 7 Sep 1838 Joseph was granted a patent for 40 acres of land in Carroll Co., Missouri, about eight miles south and west of Carrollton. He made the purchase under the 1820 "Sale-Cash Entry" act. That act set the minimum price of public land at $1.25 per acre, with a minimum purchase to 80 acres, and required payment in cash, not on credit.8
     Joseph appeared on the 1840 Federal Census of Sugar Tree Bottom, Carroll Co., Missouri, with a household consisting of one male age 30 to 40 (himself), and one male slave age 10 to 34. Both were reported to be working in agriculture.9
     On 1 Jul 1845 Joseph was granted a patent for a second 40-acre parcel, about a mile north of the first, also under the 1820 act.10 On 1 Jun 1848 Joseph was granted a patent for a 160-acre parcel, about one mile north of the prior one, again under the 1820 act.11
     Joseph married Arena Brady, daughter of Benjamin Brady and Sophia Flora, before 1849.4,5 He apparently continued to farm some or all of this property as he reported is occupation in 1850 as farmer.12
     Joseph appeared with Arena Brady and their son Paul on the 1850 Federal Census of Carroll Co., Missouri, in the household of John M. Street, thought to be his brother, and his wife Mariah Brady, Arena's sister. He reported real estate valued at $650.12 The census was supposed to record who was in the household on 1 Jun 1850, and it appears that Joseph had actually departed Missouri long before the enumerator arrived.
     He had gone to California and died there the very day the census record was made. He died in the home of Thomas J. Hardwick, presumably the same Thomas J. Hardwick who had married in Carroll Co., Missouri in 1838. They both had no doubt gone to California in response to the gold rush then running there.7,6,13 He died on 8 Nov 1850, at the home of Thomas J. Hardwick near in Weaverville, El Dorado Co., California.6,7
     Hardwick sold Joseph's belongs, which included a gun, a pistol, skillet and fry pan, two blankets, a pair of boots and a coat, and prospecting equipment. He received $50.15 for them, then submitted a claim against the estate for the balance of $98 he was owed.14
     Joseph died intestate (without leaving a will) and letters of administration for his estate were issued in Probate Court, Carroll Co., to John M. Street, his supposed brother. The date of the appointment has not been found, but there must have been considerable delay in learning of and proving Joseph's death. The first probate records found are the filing of an inventory and John's posting of a bond on 10 Aug 1852.15,16
     The inventory lists two parcels of land, the 160-acre parcel Joseph obtained in 1848 and another of 27 acres. So he had disposed of the two 40-acre parcels. The inventory also list two notes due him, with a balance due of $29.83.15
     The administrator petitioned the court on 10 Nov 1852 for permission to sell as much of the real estate as needed to pay the debts of the estate. He reported debts of $64, including the claim of Thomas Hardwick in California, and assets of only $29 to pay them. After allowing for comments the court approved the sale, to be held in front of the courthouse door on 14 Mar 1853. An appraisal of the property was submitted the day of the sale, showing it to be worth $600, but it sold for only $345.17
     An additional inventory was filed 02 May 1865 to report a note for $20, and a second one 2 Apr 1856 to report collection of $5 in rent for a horse. The administrator filed a first settlement 7 Nov 1853, a second 4 Dec 1854, and a final one 7 Oct 1856. They reflect $435 in assets collected, including the sale of the real estate and interest on fund held. Debts, taxes, expenses and the administrator's allowance of $35 totaled $135. The widow was paid $49.83 on 19 Aug 1856 for reasons not clear, leaving a balance of $249. No record of how that balance was distributed has been found.18
     
Research Note, 29 Jul 2016:
Several un-sourced online trees claim that Joseph and John were brothers. No evidence has been found to prove that, nor to identify their parents. But clearly they were closely related. They married sisters, and Joseph and his wife are listed as living with John and his family in the 1850 census. After Joseph died in 1850 John acted as his administrator.

Children:
     Child with Arena Brady:

Citations

  1. [S6968] John M. Street household, 1850 U.S. Census, Carroll Co., Missouri, shows name as Joseph A. Street.
  2. [S6965] Probate Records, Platte Co., Missouri, P:228, order in the estate of Benjamin Brady, dec'd, 24 Jan 1878, shows his wife's name as Arena Street.
  3. [S6968] John M. Street household, 1850 U.S. Census, Carroll Co., Missouri, shows age 44 and state.
  4. [S6968] John M. Street household, 1850 U.S. Census, Carroll Co., Missouri, shows them apparently living as husband and wife.
  5. [S6965] Probate Records, Platte Co., Missouri, P:228, order in the estate of Benjamin Brady, dec'd, 24 Jan 1878, shows her name as Arena Street.
  6. [S7027] Joseph A. Street, Carroll Co. Missouri probate case files, "list of property belonging to Joseph A. Street," Thos. J. Hardwick, undated, shows date and that Joseph died in his home.
  7. [S7028] Thomas Hardwick household, 1850 U.S. Census, El Dorado Co., California, household includes Thomas J. Hardwick, age 37.
  8. [S7023] Joseph A. Street, cash sale land patent, 7 Sep 1838, Bureau of Land Management, Lexington Land Office, 40 acres, SE¼SW¼, sect. 2, twp. 051N, range 024W.
  9. [S7026] Joseph A. Street household, 1840 U.S. Census, Carroll Co., Missouri.
  10. [S7024] Joseph A. Street, cash sale land patent, 1 Jul 1845, Bureau of Land Management, Lexington Land Office, 40 acres, SW¼SE¼, sect. 35, twp. 052N, range 024W.
  11. [S7025] Joseph A. Street, cash sale land patent, 1 Jun 1848, Bureau of Land Management, Plattsburg Land Office, 160 acres, SE¼, sect. 26, twp. 052N, range 024W.
  12. [S6968] John M. Street household, 1850 U.S. Census, Carroll Co., Missouri.
  13. [S1427] "Missouri Marriage Records, 1805-2002," Ancestry.com, record for Thomas J Hardwick and Louisa Brickens, shows date as 18 Oct 1838, county and state.
  14. [S7027] Joseph A. Street, Carroll Co. Missouri probate case files, "list of property belonging to Joseph A. Street," Thos. J. Hardwick; Thos. J. Hardwick claim allowed 5 Apr 1852.
  15. [S7027] Joseph A. Street, Carroll Co. Missouri probate case files, inventory, filed 10 Aug 1852.
  16. [S7029] Administrator's Bonds and Letters, Carroll Co., Missouri, B:58.
  17. [S7027] Joseph A. Street, Carroll Co. Missouri probate case files, petition 10 Nov 1852; order Feb term 1853; appraisal of real estate 14 Nov 1853; and sale bill same date.
  18. [S7027] Joseph A. Street, Carroll Co. Missouri probate case files, additional inventory 2 May 1853; additional inventory 2 Apr 1856; first settlement 7 Nov 1853; second settlement 4 Dec 1854; receipt from widow 19 Aug 1856; and final settlement 7 Oct 1856.
  19. [S6968] John M. Street household, 1850 U.S. Census, Carroll Co., Missouri, shows them apparently living as parent and child.
  20. [S6965] Probate Records, Platte Co., Missouri, P:228, order in the estate of Benjamin Brady, dec'd, 24 Jan 1878, shows the boy as son of his wife.