Recently I had a chance to look back at some genealogy work that I had done. This time trying to find inventory records of my female ancestors which in some cases is hard to do. Out of all my Germanic relatives, I have a sliver of ancestors who lived in the Colonies during the 1600 and 1700s. So I had this brainy idea to compare my New England relatives with my southern ones, the ones living in Virginia mostly. Needless to say if you are looking for Massachusetts records, good luck. I found most of my records available in Connecticut via Ancestry.com. So without finding any Virginia relatives records (at this current time), I am going to compare a couple of Connecticut inventories with some North Carolina inventories by years.
We are starting with Susannah Knowlton Olcutt who dies in East Haddam, Connecticut in 1754 - she is my 8th great grand aunt. So finding this inventory made me super happy. Her husband, Cullick Olcutt (my uncle) died in 1732 right before the birth of their last son Benjamin.
|Estate of Dr. Samuel Ely of Durham, CT, December 24 1755|
|Estate record of Dr. Samuel Ely of Durham, CT 1755|
Here is another version of the items listed in the inventory from another document. It is attached to Dr. Ely's will. Which I find interesting is that the stays are valued at a much lesser price of 26/8 (26 shillings, 8 pence). Also listed is what looks like a "hat" listed right before the lawn handkerchief. This item was missing from the previous inventory taken. And the striped gown is identified as being linen which helps us understand Mrs. Samuel Ely's wardrobe.
Back in North Carolina....this time we examine the inventory of Widow Rachel Mugaridge of New Hanover County from 1759. More than likely, she lived in or near Wilmington, North Carolina. Here we see bed gowns and a "check" bonnet listed among other items. "Check" bonnets seem to definitely be a unique item in North Carolina. The only other place that I have found "check" bonnets listed is in Maryland, (1750s-60s) in runaway advertisements. I have yet to find "check" bonnets mentioned anywhere else.
|Inventory of Widow Rachel Mugaridge, New Hanover County, North Carolina 1759|