Elisabetha Dietsche was my great-great-great-great-grandmother. She lived in Elzach, Baden (now part of Germany) from 1798 to 1844. Under the law in Baden at the time, she and her partner needed permission from the mayor to marry. That permission was denied, and the couple did not marry. Nevertheless, she went on to give birth to 7 children, all from the same father, all therefore illegitimate. Frustratingly, the name of the father was not recorded in the baptism record of any of the children, nor can I find it elsewhere.
Three of the children emmigrated to Pennsylvania, Xavier, Rosalie, and Conrad - my 3x great-grandfather. Xavier died, and there followed a dispute between his widow and Rosalie/Conrad over the estate. This led to 86 Pa. 219 (Pa. 1878), Appeal of Woltemate, which was decided by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court in 1878:
- Pennsylvania State Reports - Volume 86 - Page 219
- Weekly Notes of Cases Argued and Determined in the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania, the County Courts of Philadelphia, and the United States District and Circuit Courts for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania Volume 1
However, all I've been able to find is these reports, or very similar ones, of the PA Supreme Court decision (not even the original Orphan's Court decision). I would love to find more; their father is mentioned as being covered in the administratix' auditor's report from the original case (Orphans Court of Philadelphia County: of January Term 1875 No 220) - and presumably, he would be named in that document, or in notes from either the original trial or the PA Supreme Court hearing.
So my question is twofold: 1) is there a chance that that any of that still exists somewhere - a transcript/notes/etc from the Orphan's Court hearings, the auditor's report, and/or the transcript/notes/etc from the PA Supreme Court - anything with more detail than is found in the reported brief, and 2) Where would such records be stored, if they exist, such that I could request copies?