Estate of Jesus Moreno de Soza
Estate of Jesus de Soza was filed on January 27, 1939 in the Superior
Court of Pima County, Az. Her son Antonio Moreno Soza had been nominated,
and was confirmed as the probate administrator.
the Court issued an Order Setting Aside The Estate To The Surviving
Spouse on March 30, 1937,123 and that in 1915, before Antonio's demise,
certain range & other animals and were conveyed and deeded to Jesus
by her husband.124
and left unclear in the above estate planning activities, was the
disposition or ownership of the balance acreage. From Probate #7491
Eight Hundred (800) acres, including a 160 acre State Lease, were
listed as assets. It is possible that the widow Jesus added to the
estate after Antonio's death, under later Public Lands Laws.125
filed ten years after the fact, was further complicated when a title
abstract on the ranch properties was authorized and ordered by the
Court. The abstract revealed that certain ranch property had been
conveyed by Jesus Moreno de Soza to her daughter Mercedes M. Apodaca
on May 20, 1932 and recorded on September 6, 1939, or eight months
after Jesus's demise.
The estate appraisal
submitted to the Court on June 7, 1939, listed 800 acres on the
San Pedro River, and Lots 15 & 16, Walker Addition, Benson, plus
a promissory note for $1,000.00, for a total estate of $7,600.00.
This appraisal came through, although 640 acres had already been
conveyed in 1932.126
9, 1947, upon Distribution of the Estate to the heirs, Antonio M.
Soza was finally discharged from his trust, upon the payment of
Distribution. By this time, thirty two years had elapsed since Antonio's
death in 1915. The residual assets were exceedingly modest as evidenced
by the Court record.
For the reader
seeking a complete and more comprehensive insight into Probate #7491,
the probate record in the Superior Court of Pima County is the primary
source. Otherwise, an abbreviated chronology of Probate #7491 commences on page 107 [in the print edition].