My question would be whether the infant (i.e. the minor child) in fact
petitioned on his own for guardianship or whether the court elected to
petition in the name of the infant?

It would help if you reproduced the petition for inspection.

You should expect that just as today with differences among the states, the
rules controlling guardianship in 1761 would have differed from colony to

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> Date: Tue, 19 Oct 1999 08:35:00 -0500
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> Subject: Guardianships
> Was there a minium age at which a minor boy would be permited by the court
> to nominate his own guardian?  I'm looking at a petition in 1761 from a boy
> whose father is deceased and asked the court to appoint a particular adult
> to be his guardian and wondering what kind of inference I can make about the
> boy's age.  Would this have varied from colony to colony?
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