Thursday, October 23, 2014

Inventory of Bryant Thornhill's Estate

The inventory for the estate of my 7th-great-grandfather Bryant Thornhill is filed in the Culpeper County Court records (Will Book B, pages 379-380, 387-388). Just like the inventory for John Wheatley's estate, Bryant's provides a fascinating view into a Colonial household in 1780. Depending on the records, Bryant either died on 8 December 1779 or 22 May 1780. The inventory of his estate was appraised and recorded with the Culpeper County Court on 19 June 1780, and contained the following:

Two ewes and lambs ($40)
Eight head of cattle ($640)
Six head of hogs ($80)
One black horse ($260)
One gray mare ($75)
One bed and furniture ($200)
One bed ($60)
Two chests ($20)
Four chairs ($4)
One gun ($10)
Three quart mugs and two bowls & tea pot, one wine glass and three quart bottles ($16)
Four jugs and one butter pot & metal pan ($14)
One table ($1.40)
One flask, one funnel and half pint bottle ($3)
One parcel of books ($15)
One candle stick and pair of wool cards ($7)
One sythe ($9)
Eight pewter basons ($60)
Three pewter dishes ($20)
Nine pewter spoons ($3)
Twelve pewter plates ($30)
Iron pots (-)
Iron skillet, griddle and three pairs of pot hooks ($40)
One flask of oil, ladle, iron spoon and frying pan ($7)
Five knives and eight forks ($6)
Two flat irons ($6)
A parcel of woodenware ($6)
One wood spice morter ($1.10)
Amount brought forward ($1633.14)
Three brass hooks ($4.10)
A parcel of old irons ($6)
Axes and prow and hammer ($9)
One hemp sack ($2)
One pair of iron wedges and five hoes ($16)
Prow irons ($9)
One saddle and bridle ($7)
One small grindstone ($3)
Six casks ($9)
One woollen and one linen wheel ($45)
Total - ($1726.40)

Returned into Court and ordered to be recorded. Witnessed by William Bradley, Reuben Zimmerman, John Bowlley.
It is interesting to see the value of everyday items from this period of Virginia and the value put on the pewter kitchen utensils.

1 comment:

  1. It's interesting to see the value of items in 1780. Some items seem more valuable than a century later for one of my own ancestors. It's wonderful that the valuation was so well-written and preserved that you were able to transcribe it.


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