I am researching the parentage of Almond McHenry (b. 1821), Allegany, New York. In the 1831 will of Sara Mulhullon, Almond McHenry her grandson, is listed first in a list of Henry McHenry's children. Also listed were the two other grandchildren, listed as children of Danial McHenry. All of these grandchildren inherited a portion of Sara's estate. Danial and Henry McHenry inherited nothing. In 1833 Danial McHenry was appointed guardian of his two children. The guardianship included information about real property and a bond was required for both children's guardianship. In 1834 Henry McHenry was appointed guardian of Almond Mchenry and the appointment included information about real property and a bond was required in this instance as well.
I have been researching guardianships in general. From what I have read these types of guardianships had to do with inheritance, not the children being orphans. Am I assuming correctly? There is speculation with many researchers as to the parentage of Almond because of this guardianship record. Many believe Danial McHenry was Almond's father based on this guardianship record and evidence Danial had an out of wedlock relationship with a Christian Mulhullon, whose headstone indicated she died in 1821 (Almond's birth year) and was consort of a Danial McHenry.
I believe the guardianship application has nothing to do with Almond being an orphan. I believe Henry McHenry was appointed guardianship of Almonds inheritance, not guardianship because he was Danial's orphan. If Almond was the illegitimate son of Danial and Henry took guardianship of Almond at some point was a guardianship required by law? Even if Danial was alive? Was this done?
Am I making a correct assumption about these guardianship records? I have images of the Sara Mulhullon will and images of all three guardianship records which were accessed via FamilySearch catalog.