Another Batch

I’ve fallen off the wagon for a couple of weeks, but here’s my backlog of inventories:

  • Edward Eubanks, Talbot County
  • Mr. Wm. Brogden, Charles County [22 Cork Screws]
  • Timothy Mahall, Prince George’s County
  • William Jackson, Prince George’s County
  • Samll. Queen, Prince George’s County
  • Mr. Wm. Marshall, Prince George’s County — additional inventory [35 lbs. of very Dirty wool]
  • Jno. Hambly, Prince George’s County
  • Mr. Wm. Pipper, Somerset County
  • Robt. Gorsuch, Baltimore County
  • Francis Ogg, Baltimore County 1734 — additional inventory [300 lb Tobco. Burnt for the Deceased Leveys]
  • Mathew Gardener, Calvert County
  • Henry Tryor, Calvert County
  • Mr. Francis Marbury, Prince George’s County
  • Geo: Beck, Calvert County 1735
  • Thos. Kimber, Cecil County
  • Mr. Richd. Smith, Calvert County — additional inventory [includes an account of goods mortgaged by Grace Howard to Richd. Smith]
  • Jams. Davies, Charles County [1043 lbs. of Pork at 10s pr. Ct. allowing for Corn they Eat]
  • Coll. Jno. Fendall, Charles County [1 Sun Glass; also 20 Bushells of great Salt (as opposed to white salt, which is also present), a Chocolate Grater, and 1 Sett of Large Sercumpharentes L6 — which is to say, a set of circumferentors, or surveyor’s compasses]
  • Patk. Connelly, Charles County [11 framed pictures]
  • Mr. Jams. Butcher, Anne Arundel County [1 Wild Boar]
  • Mary Davis, Calvert County
  • Jona. Holliday, Calvert County
  • Thos. Harris junr., Charles County
  • Edwd. Lawn, Charles County
  • Thos. Burrus, Charles County (Burroughs) [2 very young Lambs]
  • Jno. Smallwood, Charles County
  • Jno. Deaver, Baltimore County — additional inventory [In its entirety: one tin pott.]
  • Jams. Green senr., Prince George’s County
  • Jno. Ferguson, Prince George’s County
  • John Rhodes, Prince George’s County
  • Jno. Vinson, Dorchester County
  • Jno. Beauchamp, Somerset County
  • Hope Taylor, Somerset County
  • Mr. Jno. Mills, Somerset County [346 pounds of feathers]
  • Wm. Groom, Somerset County
  • Jos: Kenney, Somerset County
  • Elizth. Davis, Somerset County [a Bengall Gown & Coat]
  • Thos. Inlose, Somerset County
  • Benja. King, Somerset County
  • Christafer Herrell, St. Mary’s County
  • Jams. Tarleton, St. Mary’s County
  • Wm. Jones, St. Mary’s County [1 Bay Horse named Doctor]
  • Jos. Milburn, St. Mary’s County [a part in a Cannue]
  • Jno. Merritt, St. Mary’s County
  • Jno. Hadley, Queen Anne’s County April 1735 — additional inventory [Indian peas one Peck — the question arises again: what makes peas Indian peas?]
  • Mr. Wm. Boone, Queen Anne’s County [2 Tame Deer]
  • Workman Harris, Queen Anne’s County
  • Mr. Jams. Greenfield, Prince George’s County — additional inventory
  • Jno. Howell, Prince George’s County
  • Richd. Groome, Prince George’s County [one twenty fathom Scene & old Rope — Wikipedia will happily tell you all you want to know about skeins for measuring fathoms here.]
  • Mr. Jams. Earle, Queen Anne’s County January 1735 [Where to begin? The “2 Silver Brand Irons for Negroes” are both unusual and horrifying, but I also note the “4 two yeare old and Advantage Steares” (what makes a steer an advantage steer?), the “gold Ring set wth. Emry Stones,” the “Baskett Lined for Childrens Cloaths” (special lining just for the garments of children?), the “3 small Lensee oyle [J]ars” followed by “1 Large do wth about 2 Gallens Oyle,” and the “3 Naple Biskett pans” (Naples biscuits being biscuits flavored with rosewater, but I don’t know why they need a distinctive pan).]
  • William Mead, Anne Arundel County
  • Mr. Hugh Spedding, Dorchester County [an old Cannoe & Putaugo — I assume this is some variant of pirogue or periagua (some confusion among the Wikipedia pages about the derivation of these words, by the way) but the “t” is quite clear — perhaps an error introduced by the clerk’s transcription?]
  • Wm Hodshon, Calvert County [identified as “Doctr.” in the probate, which gives context to his “4 Books of Phisick and Chirurgery,” but the entry that intrigues me the most is “1 ½ Gallen Cranberreys.”  Even in our age of long-distance agricultural trade, fresh cranberries are only available seasonally, and even with intensive cultivation cranberry production in the Northeastern U.S. is confined to Massachusetts and New Jersey (which I guess has something to do with the boggy terrain of Cape Cod and the Pine Barrens; Wisconsin, by the way, produces a surprising 50% of the U.S. crop).  So . . . how did these cranberries end up among the household goods of an eighteenth-century Marylander?  Has anybody ever documented an intercolonial trade in cranberries?  Had this fellow recently moved down from New Jersey?  He had no kin in Maryland, which might be significant . . . but he lived in Calvert County, which has an unfortunate dearth of local records . . . so where should I hunt for more information about him and/or cranberries?]
  • Madm. Elizth. Fendal, Charles County [2 Bottles of Rose Water (excellent for making Naples biscuits!) & 5 mint water; also 3 yards of Lute string — can this really be string for a lute? I don’t think I’ve ever seen a lute in an inventory . . . plenty of violins and fiddles, but no lutes.]
  • Wm. Annis, Charles County [9 lb. Drop Shott — is this ammunition?  I immediately thought of Balitmore’s Phoenix Shot Tower, of course, but my sources (yes, Wikipedia again) suggest that the “drop method” of making shot was not invented until late in the eighteenth century.  Using towers replaced an earlier process of dripping molten lead into water barrels — is this imported shot made using this technique?  (As opposed to shot that was cast in molds, which Wikipedia says was expensive — although to me dripping molten lead sounds extremely tedious.)]
  • Jno. Cooper, Charles County
  • Jams. Peele, Charles County
  • Jams. Deale, Charles County — additional inventory
  • Jams. Maddox, Charles County [2 Drinking Horns]
  • Jno. Dodson Senr., Charles County

[There were numerous books in this batch of inventories, including some interesting titles — but I am out of time for today so the Colonial Libraries entry will just have to wait a spell.]

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Trying Something Different

A while back I realized that combining indexing inventories with blogging about them was slowing me down.  There were many days when I had some time to index, but not really enough time to write a blog entry.  So I decided to try more of a batch approach — keep a running list of inventories and interesting tidbits in Word, and then post about them periodically.  And it seems to be working, as I’ve indexed more than seventy inventories over the last three weeks.  Take a look!

  • Honble. Charles Calvert, Esqr., Anne Arundel County [154 Jelley glasses]
  • Catherine Kitten, Anne Arundel County
  • Honble. Charles Calvert, Esqr., again — his goods in Prince George’s County this time
  • Jams. Maxwell, Baltimore County [a Tap Boarer]
  • Edmond Magatee, Prince George’s County
  • Capt. Edward North, Somerset County — additional inventory
  • George Woollcox, Somerset County [at Snow Hill — where he had over Ł9 in 140 Books and pamflets]
  • Charles Buishup, Somerset County
  • William Handy, Somerset County [32000 Bricks made and paid for by ye. deceased in his lifetime]
  • Roger Nicholson, Somerset County [438 Clab Boards]
  • John Nicholson, Somerset County — additional inventory
  • Edwd. Hull, Somerset County [16 lbs. Dye wood — also 1 fine Indian Baskett]
  • William Tibbs, Queen Anne’s County
  • Thos. Baynard, Queen Anne’s County [1/2 pint bottle of Bostick Cordiall, 1/2 lb. Tartar Ematick, and 1 small tinn pott of Venice Treakle — according to my sources (okay, Wikipedia), the last item is theriac, which was first formulated by the Greeks in the 1st century AD and in the Middle Ages was the most expensive of medicaments.]
  • Thos. Luckett, Charles County [three Hives of Bees and 5 Gallons of Honey]
  • Robt. Holt, Charles County [1 fluke Hoe]
  • Bryan Macdaniel, Calvert County
  • Joseph Dawkins, Calvert County
  • Benjamin Tucker, Calvert County
  • William Wilkinson, Calvert County
  • Isaac Johns, Calvert County
  • Isaack Johns, Calvert County — list of debts
  • Jams. Hust, Dorchester County [2 new England Small pudding Panns — what do you suppose distinguishes a New England pudding pan from other pudding pans?]
  • James Pritchard, Dorchester County
  • Mercy Fountaine, Dorchester County
  • Thos. Coulton, Dorchester County — additional inventory
  • Amos Cottrell, Dorchester County
  • John Kirke, Dorchester County — additional inventory
  • Jno. Joe, Calvert County [items include 3 mths. work of the Barber]
  • John Venables, Somerset County
  • Richd. Miles, Somerset County [Late Deceased att Sea — and with 2 Setts of Small Beads]
  • Stephen Deer, Somerset County
  • Sarah Roach, Somerset County
  • Jams. Roach, Somerset County [To 1 Silver Laced Hatt as we are Informed ye. Hatt formerly Known to Mr. Waters — Mr. Waters is one of the appraisers, so this notation suggests the silver-laced hat was not actually present for the inventory; I wonder where it went?]
  • Mr. Richd. Rider, Somerset County [one old Jockey Coat — I assume this is a fabric reference, and not actually jockey silks . . . .]
  • John Harper, Somerset County
  • Mr. Richd. Harrison, Charles County
  • Wm. Compton, Charles County
  • Wm. Davis, Charles County
  • Wm. Metisan, Charles County [23 lbs. feathers]
  • John Jones, Kent County [Marriner, and with 1 old Hatt Lined wth. Tabby Moth Eaten — is Tabby what I think it is? — oh no, probably not — see below with Richard Biglands]
  • Simon Fisher, Talbot County
  • Simon Fisher, Talbot County — additional inventory
  • Mary Emerson, Talbot County
  • Richard Biglands, Talbot County [all kinds of interesting fabric, including Turkish Silk, Black Mantua Silk, and Turkey tabby — also Ł23 in gold and silver]
  • Robt. Walker, Talbot County
  • Nichs. Higgins, Talbot County
  • Richd. Morton, Anne Arundel County [of the Citie of Annapolis]
  • Richd. Morton, Anne Arundel County — list of debts
  • Abraham Eltridge, Prince George’s County [2 Bottles of Bairs Oyle, Some Clover Seed, and Some Starch]
  • Jno. Beetle, Senr., Cecil County
  • Henry Vanbeber, Cecil County [so many interesting things in and about this inventory — what, for example, is Gennevey? — but I think my favorite entry is “a parcell of very bad old things”]
  • Henry Vanbebber, Cecil County — list of debts
  • Mr. Richd. Smith, Calvert County — list of debts
  • Isaack Hyde, Prince George’s County [1 pair Fencing foyles]
  • Mr. Thos. Lingan, Calvert County
  • Jacob Vandevear, St. Mary’s County
  • John Hignut, Dorchester County
  • John Edward, Dorchester County
  • Jno. Auston, Queen Anne’s County
  • Henry Elliot, Queen Anne’s County
  • John Hadley, Queen Anne’s County
  • Philemon Murphey, Queen Anne’s County — additional inventory
  • Samll. Smith, Queen Anne’s County
  • Jams. Oyling, Queen Anne’s County
  • Esdras Thea[dore] Edzard, Charles County
  • Jno. Burch, Charles County
  • Mr. Wm. Stephens Howard, Charles County — additional inventory
  • Joseph Gardner, Charles County
  • Benjn. Gardner, Charles County
  • Thos. Thos., Charles County
  • Major Wm. Plannor, Somerset County [98 ozs. Silver made in a Tankard Spoons Tumbrs. Cups &c. valued at Ł36.79]
  • Charles Williams, Somerset County
  • Mathew Jones, Somerset County
  • Edward Fowler, Somerset County [1 pr. of Carrolina Stones — I have essentially the same question that I have about the New England pudding pans: What makes a stone a Carolina stone?]

So that’s some real progress.  But then again, there are more than 200 pages left in this volume . . . .

Another Sunday

And quite a dreary one at that.

  • Richard Morgan, Anne Arundel County
  • Captn. Charles Whale, Anne Arundel County [formerly of London, mariner]
  • Caple Gott, Anne Arundel County
  • Joseph Pratt, Anne Arundel County
  • Richard Swinbourn, carpenter, Anne Arundel County [the inventory in its entirety is Ł8.81 in clothing and one silver button, and Ł0.25 for one hand saw and the rest of his tools]
  • Phill. Dowell, Anne Arundel County [1 Sun Diall; also 1 Bowl of Red Salve]
  • Phillip Dowell, Anne Arundel County — appraisal of his property in Calvert County
  • Mrs. Rebecca Johnson, Anne Arundel County
  • Darby Conner, Anne Arundel County
  • Mdm. Plasance Wainright, Anne Arundel County
  • James Hill, planter, Anne Arundel County
  • Joseph Jones, junr., Anne Arundel County
  • Wm. Powell, Anne Arundel County
  • John Bats, Anne Arundel County
  • James Sweeny, Anne Arundel County
  • John Steward, Anne Arundel County
  • Willm. Powell, Anne Arundel County — “an inventory of goods left unpraised of the estate”
  • Isaac Simmonds, Anne Arundel County
  • John Phips, Anne Arundel County
  • Alexander Fraser, Anne Arundel County
  • Jams. Brown, Anne Arundel County
  • Artridge Franklin, Anne Arundel County
  • John Richmond, Anne Arundel County
  • John Nicholdson, Anne Arundel County

Uh oh: The next inventory is the estate of the Honble. Charles Calvert Esqr.  I just don’t think I can tackle that so late in the day — it will have to kick things off next time.

Sunday Here, Too

  • Willm. Philips, Dorchester County [1 pack of playing Cards]
  • Mark Mitchell, Dorchester County
  • John Sharp, Dorchester County — additional inventory
  • Col. Thos. Truman Greenfield, St. Mary’s County [In the kitchen: 4 Dishes Best pewter wth. Coat Arms; in the hall: 1 Backgaming Table, 1 Violin, 1 flute; in the office: 180 lbs Cotton in the Seeds; in the closet: books; in the store: 1 Silver hilt Sword 1 Cane 1 pr. pistoles & holsters 1 Sadle and furniture (valued together at Ł7.25) and myriad other items — the store inventory is nearly three pages.]
  • Robert Tearing, St. Mary’s County [1 hive of Bees]
  • Francis Johnson, St. Mary’s County
  • Patrick Owen, St. Mary’s County [this fellow’s estate totals just Ł43.95 but nearly half is Ł17.75 sterling money]
  • John Price, St. Mary’s County [1/2 a barrell of Blubber]
  • Hanah Philips, St. Mary’s County
  • Cosmas Parsons, St. Mary’s County [five bushells of Lime]
  • Wm. Wilson, St. Mary’s County [3 Old Wiggs]
  • Elisabeth Mosely, St. Mary’s County
  • Thos. Oglesbies, St. Mary’s County

That’s it for this batch — next up: Richard Morgan, Anne Arundel County

So Much For That New Year’s Resolution

I don’t actually make New Year’s resolutions, but nonetheless I had hoped to pick things back up once the holidays were in the rearview mirror.  I suppose they still are, just very distantly.

  • Mr. Willm. Marshall, Prince George’s County [2 Clyster pipes — Not at all what I expected: Clyster is an archaic word for enema.  More than you want to know about this can be found here on Wikipedia. (Much later in the inventory there are “Doctrs. Drugs.”)]
  • Charles Beausey, Prince George’s County
  • Mr. Willm. Selby, Prince George’s County — additional inventory
  • Capt. Archibald Edmonstone, Prince George’s County [6 Ginger bread Pans]
  • Henry Josha. Jameson, Charles County
  • Robert Heigh, Calvert County
  • Andrew Maigor, Dorchester County
  • Joseph Nicholls, Dorchester County [one half of a pew in the Parish Church]
  • Frances Beckwith, Dorchester County

 

A Dreary Day in December

Into Volume 20 now, but still 1734.

  • Mr. James Smith, Kent County [parcell of Nuns thread — Thread spun by nuns? Some kind of specialty thread? Aha! The 74th volume of a fascinating compendium entitled The Scots Magazin and Edinburgh Literary Miscellany being A General Repository of Literature, History, and Politics, published in 1812, discusses the ‘Present State of Manufactures at Paisley’ and in particular the stunning quantity of linen yarn made into thread.  “The kind of thread chiefly manufactured is white thread, known to the merchants by the name of ounce or nuns thread, being different from the coloured kinds made at Dundee and Aberdeen.”]
  • Mr. Daniel Ferrell, Kent County
  • Nichs: Joce, Kent County
  • Jno. Williams, Calvert County
  • Robert Loveday, Calvert County
  • Thos. Cockshutt, Calvert County
  • John Wright, Queen Anne’s County
  • John Croney, Queen Anne’s County
  • Samll. Griffith, Queen Anne’s County
  • John Hamer, Queen Anne’s County [1 old Trumpet]
  • Mary Jackson, Queen Anne’s County
  • Rebecca Williams, Queen Anne’s County
  • James Jurdan, Queen Anne’s County
  • John Watters, Charles County
  • John Edwards, Charles County
  • Samll. Gillcast [Gillchrist], Charles County
  • Bryan Reily, Prince George’s County
  • Mr. James Greenfield, Prince George’s County
  • Thomas Pindle, Prince George’s County
  • Philip Playfay, Prince George’s County [1 Limbick writing desk — should this be Limbrick? Either way, what does it signify?  Bonus items: a small parcell of Doctors Tools & Phisick; also a parcell of Barbers Tools wigs & wighair]
  • John Smith, Prince George’s County
  • Mr. Wm. Offutt, Prince George’s County [1 Speaking Trumpet]