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Friday, August 29, 2014

1692 :: Confession of William Barker, Sr.


On this date in our family history . . . the 29th day of August . . . in the year 1692 . . . after being accused of and arrested for the supposed crime of witchcraft, William Barker, Sr. "Conffesses he has been in the Snare of the Divil Three Years" . . .




The entire case file for William can be seen HERE . . . this William Barker is an 8th great-grandpa to the Keeper of this family history blog . . .

1670 :: Death of John Wheeler


On this date in our family history . . . the 29th day of August . . . in the year 1670 . . . John Wheeler dies in Newbury, Massachusetts . . . this John Wheeler is an 11th great-grandpa to the Keeper of this family history blog . . . he is mentioned as one of the "First Settlers of Salisbury" on page ten of The Old Families of Salisbury and Amesbury where he is listed as John Wheler (#66) . . . and the text of his will as well as the following brief bio can be found in History of the Wheeler Family in America, which has the following to say about him . . .


He is said to have been born at Salisbury, Wiltshire, England, and to have sailed for America on March 24, 1633-34 in the ship "Mary and John," bringing his wife Ann and six children and leaving four sons in England. He spent the first year of his residence at Aggawam (now Ipswich), Mass. The following year he removed to the settlement on the north bank of the Merrimac River that was called Salisbury after 1640, and as one of its original proprietors, in 1641 he received land there which he still held and paid tax on as late as 1653, notwithstanding he had removed to Newbury, Mass., before 1650. He died at Newbury, Aug. 29, 1670, aged 52, and his wife Ann died there Aug. 15, 1662.


Thursday, August 28, 2014

1783 :: Inventory for Henry Hilleary



On this date in our family history . . . An Inventory of the Goods & Chattles of Mr. Henry Hilleary taken & appraised by us the Subscribers in Current Money at Six Shillings P Spanish Dollar this 28th day of Aug. 1783 . . . this Henry Hilleary is a 6th great-grandpa to the Keeper of this family history blog . . . 






From Prince George's Inventories 1781-1787
pp. 122-126: 


  • 1 Bay horse 21 years old 
  • 1 Bay mare 17 Do. 
  • 1 Sorrel Mare & Colt 15 yrs. old 
  • 1 Black horse 13 yrs. old 
  • 1 Bay mare 11 yrs. Do. 
  • 1 Bay horse 11 yrs old 
  • 1 Dark Bay Peter 11 yrs. Do 
  • 1 Sorrel horse Blaze 11 yrs. Do 
  • 1 Bay Do 10 yrs Do 
  • 1 Sorrel Do. 8 yrs Do 
  • 1 Sorrel Do. 8 yrs Do 
  • 1 Dark Bay hip shot 2 yrs Do. 
  • 1 Do Do Do 
  • 4 Cows & Calves at £3 
  • 2 Heffers & Calves @ £3 
  • 2 Oxen £3.15 P 
  • 1 Steer 
  • 4 Steer Yearlings @ 30/ p 
  • 2 Heffers 3 yrs old @ 30/ p 
  • 2 Heffers 2 yrs old 25/ p 
  • 1 Cow 
  • 2 Heffers @ 50/ p 
  • 1 Boar 
  • 4 Sows @ 20/ p 
  • 12 Shotes @ 6/ p 
  • 4 Sows & 27 Small piggs 
  • 16 Shotes @ 2/ p 
  • 42 head of Sheep @ 6/p 
  • Plantation Utensils 
  • 1 Riding Chair & Harnice 
  • Cyder Casks to Contain 2900 Galls. 



In the Kitchen


  • 155 lbs of Pot Iron @ 2½d a p lb 
  • 2 frying pans @ 3/p 
  • 1 Grid Iron 
  • 1 Iron Pott Rack 5/. 2 Spitts 2/ p 
  • 1 pr. of Tongs & Shovel 5/. 1 iron Ladle 1/6 
  • 1 Box Iron & heeters 5/ 
  • 1 percl. of Old Tubs Pails & Bowls 



In the Milk house


  • 8 old Pewter Dishes & 2¼ Dozn. plates 
  • 13 Tin Patties 
  • 2 Pottle Pewter Basons 
  • 2 Bell Mettle Scillets 
  • [1]. ½ Gall. Pewter Pott, 1 Qt. Do old 
  • 1 old Small Coffee Pott 
  • 1 old Tea Kittle 
  • 4 Small Butter potts Stone one Do. Large 
  • 3. 3 Gall. Stone Juggs @ 2/ 2. 1 Gall Do @ 9d 
  • 1. 2 Gall Do. 1/3, 2. 1 Qt. Do 4d p 
  • 2 Earthen Milk pans @ 4d p 
  • 3 old Iron Candle Sticks 
  • 1 old Square Poplar Table 
  • 1 pr of hand Steelyards 4/. 1 pr of old Large 4/ 
  • 4 Dozn Glass Qt. Bottles 


In the Hall


  • 1 Cherry Tree Desk 
  • 1 Mahogany Ovil Table 
  • 1 Walnut Table 
  • 1 old Corner Table 
  • ½ Dozn. Walnut Chairs 
  • 1 Arm Chair 
  • 6 old Leather Chairs 
  • 1 Looking Glass 
  • 1 Glass Decanter 
  • 1 Glass Cruet 1 Glass Salt 
  • 8 Cheney Cups & Saucers 
  • 1 Chaney Bowl 
  • 1 Church Bible 1 Comon Prayer Book 
  • 7 Vollumes of Nature Displayd. 
  • Salmon's Gazetteer 
  • A Percel of Books 
  • 1 pr of and Irons 

In the Room Joyning the Hall


  • 1 Bed & Furniture 
  • 1 Black Leather Trunk 


In Mrs. Hillearies Room


  • 1 Bed & furniture 
  • 1 Desk 
  • 1 Walnut Table 20/. 1 Do Maple 15/ 
  • 1 Small Looking Glass 10/. 1 Do. 10/ 
  • 5 old Leather Chairs @ 2/ p 
  • 2 Ditto Flag Bottomed 
  • 2 old Guns at 20/ P with horn & Shot bag 
  • 1 Tin Candle Box 
  • 1 pr. old and Irons 


In the Girls Room


  • 1 Bed & Furniture 
  • 1 Do. 
  • 1 Do. Small 
  • 2 Old Leather Chairs @ 2/ 
  • 1 old Chest 
  • 1 White Stone Dishes & 9 Plates 
  • 8 old knives & forks 



In the Hall Closet


  • 1 old Case with 12 Bottles 
  • 2 pr of Sheep Shears 
  • Some files & small Tools 
  • 2 Razors hone & Strop 
  • 4 old Tin Cannisters & 1 funell 
  • 2 Parcil of Shomakers tols 
  • 3 Small Boxes & 1 Tubb 
  • 8 old Reap hooks 
  • 1 pr of Small Scales & wts 



Up Stairs


  • 3 Beds & furniture @ £3.1 p 
  • 1 old Corner Cupboard 2/6 
  • 2 Chests @ 2/ 
  • 1 Warming pan 
  • 1 Slay 11 [C] & 1 Do. 6 [C] 
  • 1 large Earthen jar 
  • 1 X Cut Saw 12/. 1 Whip Saw 12 
  • 4 Carpenters Chezels 3/. 1 old Bd. Axx 3/ 
  • 1 Negro man Named Sam 60 years Old 
  • 1 Do Woman Marge 48 Do
  • 1 Do man Nace 28 Do 
  • 1 Do Woman Fider 22 Do 
  • 1 Do Man Abraham 18 Do 
  • 1 do. Girl Milley 8 Do 
  • 1 Do. Do Caster 4 Do 
  • 1 Negro Woman Charaety 35 years old 
  • 1 Do Man Adam 20 Do 
  • 1 Do. Girl Hanah 14 Do 
  • 1 Do. Boy Frank 12 Do 
  • 1 Do. Do. Sam 5 Do 
  • 1 Do. Do. Roger 3 Do 
  • 1 Girl Clare 1 Do 
  • 1 Do Margery 2 Do 
  • 1 Do. Man David 37 Do 
  • 1 Do. Do. Ben 37 Do 
  • 1 Do. Woman Pegg 35 Do 
  • 1 Do. Boy Charles 16 Do 
  • 1 Do. Girl Rachel 14 Do 
  • 1 Do. Do. Luce 13 Do 
  • 1 Do. Boy Phil 10 Do 
  • 1 Do Girl Jane 7 Do 
  • 1 do. Boy Daniel 4 Do 
  • 1 do. Girl Dille 2 Do 
  • 1 Do Woman Nan 33 Do 
  • 1 Do Girl Rose 16 Do 
  • 1 Do Cate 14 Do 
  • 1 Do Lett 10 Do 
  • 1 Do Boy Jame 5 Do 
  • 1 Do Girl Poll 3 Do 
  • 1 Do Boy Middleton 8 Do 
  • 2 Table Cloths 2/6 p 
  • Wearing Apparel 
  • 1 Hand Mill 




Monday, August 25, 2014

1649 :: Marriage of Blakely and Bond


On this date in our family history . . . the 25th day of August . . . in the year 1649 . . . the marriage of Hester Blakely and John Bonde is recorded in the Massachusetts Town Vital Records Collection (compiled by the New England Historic Genealogical Society) . . . this John and Hester (Esther) are 10th great-grandparents of the Keeper of this family history blog . . .




Friday, August 08, 2014

1697 :: Birth of Sarah Osgood


On this date in our family history . . . the 8th day of August . . . in the year 1697 . . . a baby girl is born in Andover, Essex County, Massachusetts . . . the parents are Timothy Osgood and Deborah Poore . . . their new baby girl is given the name of Sarah . . . and she is a 7th great-grandma to the Keeper of this family history blog . . . Sarah's birth is recorded in Massachusetts, Town and Vital Records, 1620-1988 . . .



Wednesday, August 06, 2014

1930 :: Death of Nancy Virilla


On this date in our family history . . . the 6th day of August . . . in the year 1930 . . . Nancy Virilla Pounders nee Quinn dies in Franklin County, Alabama . . . this Nancy is a 2nd great-grandma to the Keeper of this family history blog . . . and she will be laid to rest in the Spruce Pine Cemetery . . . just a few months before her death, Nancy Virilla penned the following words (with "original" spelling, grammar, punctuation) to one of her granddaughters in Texas . . .


Spruce Pine, Alabama -- 28 April 1930. Mrs. Minnie Fretwell. Dear granddaughter and family how are you all by now fine I hope we are all as well as common hope those few lines will find you all the same well you ask me if Ruff and wife lived with me yes they live with me, well I sure did hate to here of Odell's death but that is something that we all half to do some day I thank sometimes it will be me next well I have 12 little chickes one hen setting will hatch in a few days, Minnie wish you would come to see me I would like to see a lot of my kindred once more in life I am getting pretty old not got long here on earth now, Ruff has got corn up he hasent planted any cotton yet it is so dry my garden looks very well for the weather to be so dry well I will close as I can't think of anything worth writing so ans real soon and all the news as ever your grandma N V POUNDERS

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