By Don Taylor
This week, for “Transcription Tuesday,” I am looking at the second part of the Inventory Papers of the Probate of Ezra Clugston Sanford (1763-1813)[i]. The Papers are images 10, 11, 12, and 13 of the 19 images contained in the probate file. Ezra and Mercy (Gay) Sanford are my 5th great-grandparents and are among my few known New England ancestors.
Image 397 – Inventory of estate (title)
Image 398 – Inventory of estate (description)
The forgoing inventory was ??? approved & ordered to be recorded by Jonah Wright, P. Judge.
Image 400 – Inventory of estate (Page 1)
An Inventory of the estate of Ezra Sanford Late of Pownal Deceased taken the 12th day of July 1813. [ii]
|1 – 48||Acres Land||2682|
|1||Cow called Hill Clean||15|
|1||?yned Black Cow||17|
|3||Two year old ?teass||30|
|2||Two year old heffers?||20|
|5||One year old ???||27.50|
|5||goats 90 / 1 old lone 36/||21|
|PLUS 25 Lines||of additional personal property[iii]|
|Carry over to page 2nd||$3-176-12|
Image 399 – Inventory of estate (Page 2)
|Broat over from Page 1st||$3-176-12|
|PLUS 37 Lines||Of additional personal property[iv]|
|Pownal July the 12th 1813||$3-383-42|
Obidiah Dunham — } Commissioners
Isaac Kimbill — }
Facts I learned
I learned that Ezra was pretty well to do. Although he only had 49 acres of land, he had five cows, 3 horses, 40 sheep, and lots of personal property, altogether totaling to over $3,300.
NOTE: The Cambridge Dictionary defines “transcribe” as to “make a complete written record of spoken or written words.” My transcriptions are seldom perfect but I do my best to convert handwritten documents into typed words for my genealogical purposes. If you see anything that I have incorrect, please let me know your thoughts via the Contact Form at the bottom of the page.
[i] Author: Vermont. Probate Court (Bennington District); Probate Place: Bennington, Vermont – Ancestry.com. Vermont, Wills and Probate Records, 1749-1999 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2015.
[ii] The original document is handwritten with lines linking the individual items to the value. Rather then using lines like the originally, I’ve created a table to better display the information. I have also truncated the table to include his land and livestock leaving his personal property off.