1840 Inventory of John H. Linton

John H. Linton was the son of Captain John Hancock Linton.  The captain and his wife, Ann Nancy Mason, moved from Loudoun County, Virginia, to Washington County, Kentucky, in 1818.  Their children and grandchildren also made the move.  At Captain John’s death, his son John received the plantation where he lived, in addition to four Negro slaves – Jack, Henry, Flora and Esther (who are listed in the inventory below).  He was also giving the duty of taking care of the inheritance of his brother William, who seemed to be careless with money – in fact, the will states that William’s part is ‘in trust for the only proper benefit and use of the wife and children of my son, William Linton.’  Unfortunately John H. Linton survived his father by only two years.  Both he and his wife, Julia Green, died within a few months of each other, leaving an infant son, John Francis Linton. 

This is John H. Linton’s inventory.  Many find inventories boring, but I think it so interesting to see what people owned and what the value of each item was for that time period!  Very sad to see the crib mentioned – perhaps made especially for little John Francis!  Glad to see the lot of books!

The total amount for the appraisement was $3,501.24 – which would be $91,522.56 in today’s money.  The real estate owned by John H. Linton was not included in this figure.

scan224An inventory and appraisement of the personal property of the estate of John H. Linton, deceased, made the 30th April 1840.

  • Carey plough – $0.75
  • Shovel plough – $0.50
  • Short single trees – $0.50
  • Blind bridles and line – $0.87
  • Carey plough – $3.00
  • Double Trees and device – $1.75
  • Gearing for a wagon – $7.50
  • Axes device and iron wedge – $2.25
  • Lot of old irons – $1.50
  • Three hoes – $0.75
  • Grind stone – $0.75
  • Tub, pail and wash board – $0.50
  • Seven pieces of pot mettle, one pair of pot hooks and two pair of and irons – $6.00
  • Saw and drawing knife – $2.25
  • Saddle and bridle – $1.00
  • One wagon – $60.00
  • Wheat stack – $6.25
  • Lot of corn and tub – $20.00
  • Lot of corn at Henry McIntire’s – $60.00
  • Lot of bacon salt and barrels – $10.00
  • Half bushel – $0.25
  • Jar and jug – $0.37
  • Crib and furniture – $2.00
  • Cupboard and furniture – $8.00
  • Tables – $3.00
  • Sugar chest – $3.00
  • Looking glasses – $2.50
  • Coffee mill – $0.75
  • Bed and furniture – $16.00
  • Bureau – $4.50
  • Clock – $6.00
  • Candlesticks – $0.75
  • Lot of books – $1.50
  • Bed and furniture – $12.00
  • Chairs – $1.75
  • Little wheel – $2.00
  • Big wheels, reel and auger – $2.00
  • Grey mare and colt – $30.00
  • Sorrel mare and colt – $50.00
  • Sorrel horse – $35.00
  • Stud colt – $25.00
  • Young sorrel mare – $50.00
  • Old sorrel mare – $40.00
  • Bay pony – $18.00
  • Grey mare – $75.00
  • Eleven sheep and seven lambs – $18.00

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  • One eyed heifer – $3.50
  • Red white face cow – $8.00
  • Red cow – $8.00
  • Skins of two cattle – $1.25
  • Two calves – $4.50
  • Lot of hogs – $25.00
  • Table cloths, window curtains, thread towels, sheet, bureau cover and chest cover – $3.00
  • Six tea spoons – $3.00
  • Poultry – $1.50
  • Jack – $600.00
  • Flora – $200.00
  • Henry – $800.00
  • William – $550.00
  • Esther and her child Mary Eliza – $7.00

Total $3,501.24

Signed by Davis Champion, Thomas Janes and James Bentley

scan226State of Kentucky, Washington County

At a County Court began and held for Washington County at the courthouse in Springfield on Monday, the 23rd day of November 1840, this appraisement bill of the estate of John H. Linton, deceased, was produced in court and thereupon ordered to be recorded which is done in Will Book C, page 191.  Given from under my hand this 26th November, 1840.  W. B. Booker, Clerk.

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