Estate Inventory Collection, 1848-1885

Collection number: MC 320
Size: (1 boxes) (0.15 cu.ft.)

About the Milne Special Collections

The Milne Special Collections and Archives is located at the University of New Hampshire, Durham, New Hampshire. The repository collects materials related to the social life, customs, and history of New Hampshire and greater New England.

About the Estate Inventory Collection

The Estate Inventory Collection consists of 19th century account books listing the credits, debits, and possessions of individuals who lived and died in New Hampshire.

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

This collection is open.

Copyright Notice

Contents of this collection are governed by U.S. copyright law. For questions about publication or reproduction rights, contact Special Collections staff.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], [Folder Number], [Box Number], Estate Inventory Collection, 1848-1885, MC 320, Milne Special Collections and Archives, University of New Hampshire Library, Durham, NH, USA.

Acquisitions Information

Purchases, mostly from Carmen Valentino Rare Books, multiple dates.

Collection Arrangement

Arrangement is chronological.

Collection Contents

Box 1
Folder 1Estate of William P. Willis (1848)

William P. Willis (1816- 3 August 1848) lived in Lebanon, New Hampshire. He was the son of James Willis and Rachel [surname unknown]. He owned a general store which was fully stocked at the time of his death, indicating that he likely died fairly suddenly.

A single small account lists the accounts and itemized inventory, organized by room of the building under inspection. Items include the house itself, a piano, champaigne glasses, and 3 1/2 dozen plates. A second section lists the general store inventory, including crockery, vegetables, hardware, tools, clothing, building materials, stationary, individually named books, "furs & lined caps and muffs", Shaker products (e.g. yarn, mittens), leather, fabric, patterns and notions, linens, chains, marble slabs, and carriages and associated items (including a herse). The book concludes with records of Willis's real estate and debts and credits. A. Sow Jr. was the adminstrator of the estate.

Folder 2Estate of James F. Sanborn (1885)

James F. Sanborn (1813-1885) was a resident of Seabrook, NH. He was apparently a farmer, and the son of James Sanborn Sr. and Sarah Melcher.

The estate inventory ledger lists real estate, livestock, personal items and the like. Beneficiaries included business associates in Haverhill and Newton MA, as well as Kingston, Fremont, Danville, and Seabrook NH. The estate was settled by Emma S. Sanborn (relationship unclear).



Ledgers & Receipts
Legal Papers