Amanuensis Monday: Inventory of Jeremiah Wade’s Estate, Bedford Co., VA 1772

One of the best ways to get a peek into someone’s life is to see what they owned.
This is the inventory of the estate of my 6th great-grandfather, Jeremiah Wade.

He lived in Bedford County, Virginia and died in 1772.  He didn’t own much!

I find it interesting that his estate was inventoried in 1772 and it wasn’t recorded in the Court until 1779.  Is this normal?  Or does this have something to do with the fact that the Revolutionary War was going on during this time?  Just curious.

My transcription of the document follows the images.  I know I made some mistakes.  I’m always unsure how to write the little symbols and such also.  I just do my best and move on.:)

Inventory of the Estate Jeremiah Wade Dec’d

One Man’s Hat at Value 0.12.6   Two Books 0.2.0L  ……………….. 0.11.6
One Bed + Furniture L 4.0.0  Twelve Barrels Corn [961?]…………..8.16.0
Old Iron 17/6  Two Bells /1/……………………………………………………..1.1.6
One Mans old Sadle………………………………………………………………..0.10.0
one Old Bag + one Case Knife………………………………………………….0.1.0
one pr Specs + Two Combs 1/…………………………………………………..0.1.0
One White Horse……………………………………………………………………3.10.0
Eight Head meat Cattle…………………………………………………………..14.0.0
one [Fro?]1/6   One old Bed Tyke 2/…………………………………………0.3.6

Inventory of the Estate Jeremiah Wade dec’d. Taken this 10th day Oct 1772. Taken by James Hilton. Er of s’d  Wades Estate + appr’d by Wm. Hudnall, Wm Adams + James Mitchell on Oath pursuant to an Order Court

Wm his X mark Adams
James Mitchell
WiHudnall

In a Court held for Bedford County 22d day of Nov 1779. This Inventory and appraisement of the Estate of Jeremiah Wade dec’d was return’d to Court and Ordered to be recorded
Teste J. Steptoe, Cl.

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  • Alex Daw - January 2, 2012 - 12:54 pm

    Dear Jen – Thanks so much for following my blog. I’m pleased as punch. I just love your blogs. They are very beautiful and must take so much work. You are a great photographer and a brilliant designer too. Thanks for including the image of the will – so very beautiful. Aren’t inventories great?? One Man’s Hat – love it. And the bells….what’s that about? I did a course in Wills a couple of years ago. I don’t think it’s uncommon for some estates to take many years to be processed – that’s why it’s always worth searching indexes many years after someone’s died and also – for folks like me in Australia – to check overseas indexes too as many estates were processed back in the “old country”.ReplyCancel

    • Jen - January 2, 2012 - 3:30 pm

      Thanks so much Alex. :)
      I really love seeing what my ancestors owned – or didn’t own in many cases!
      I never thought about that – you having to check overseas indexes for estates. That could take some extra work!ReplyCancel

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