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Friday, October 7, 2016

Robert Lancaster Estate: A Very Large Inventory—Part II

Recap: Robert Lancaster was my fifth great-grandfather and he died shortly before 12 October 1840, when his youngest son, Josiah Lancaster, began the probate process in Shelby County, Kentucky. In the previous two posts, I wrote about the very large bond and the farming equipment in the inventory.

In the continuation on the inventory, there were a lot of household items, ranging from bedding to kitchen items.[1] Below is a listing of these items in the order listed. Notice the creative spelling on several of the items:
Some of the inventory of household goods

1 set of dining tables                             20 00
1 Beauro & dining table                        13 00
1 clock & case                                         8 00
5 Looking Glasses                                  7  00
1 Lot of cupboard or table furnature       40 00
2 Stand tables and 18 Common chairs    11 00
1 Demajon and three Jugs                        2 00
1 beauro                                                      5  00
1 bed bedsted & bed cloaths                     25 00
1 bed bedsted & bed cloaths                     20 00
1 bed bedsted & bed cloaths                     20 00
1 bed bedsted & bed cloaths                     28 00
1 small bed bedsted & bed cloaths            12 00
1  bed bedsted & bed cloaths                    34 00
2 beds  bed bedsted & bed cloaths            40 00
1 lot of bed clothing                                  40 00
1 lot of bags & partridge not                      8 00
1 bed bedstid & bed clothes                     35 00
1 lot of bed clothing                                  35 00
1 lot of cupboard ware                             24 00
1 floor carpet                                            12 00
1 bed bedstid & bed clothes                     35 00
1 beauro                                                    8 00
2 waters 2 candlesticks & 1 looking glass   2 75
1 desk & book case                                  8 00
1 cupboard                                             12 00
1 prose [?]                                               12 00
1 Beauro                                                  12 00
1 sugar chest                                            3 00
1 barrell of sugar                                     18 00
1 lot water & milk vessels                        8  50
1 lot pot metal tubs                                  8  00
2 Looms Stays harness                            5  00
7 spinning wheels                                     7 00
1 lot of sundry articles                              1 00
1 floor carpet                                             3 00
1 lot of sundry articles                              3 00
1 wheat fan                                                5 00
More of the inventory of household goods
 The total value of this list of the inventory was $587.25.

In summary, there were ten beds and bed clothes, four bureaus, four tables, two cupboards, two carpets, a desk and bookcase, six looking glass (mirrors), and a clock and case. There were also some cupboard ware, a sugar chest and a barrel of sugar, water and milk vessels, metal tubs, and seven spinning wheels.

Some interesting items are in this list. Having six mirrors and a clock and case shows that this family had some means. These were luxury items. With so many beds, I wonder how many rooms his house had. The inventory didn’t seem to be done by room but rather by type of item.

Robert Lancaster had six children with wife, Sarah Ellis, but these children were all grown and in their own households by his death. He had two children from his wife, Jane, and only one children, Eliza Jane Lancaster, had a guardian appointed for her.[2]

Next up will be the inventory of the slaves.



[1] Shelby County, Kentucky, Probate, Bk 14, p. 63-68, 1840, Robert Lancaster, digital images, FamilySearch (http://familysearch.org : 22 Sep 2016); citing FHL film 259254, item 3.
[2] Shelby County, Kentucky, Order Book, 1839-1844, p. 52, 1840, Creath Neal, guardian, digital images, FamilySearch (http://familysearch.org : 22 Sep 2016); citing FHL film 259265, item 3.

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