Monday, November 7, 2016

Amanuensis Monday - 1665 Inventory for Arthur Clarke (1620-1665) of Boston, Mass.

This week's documents for Amanuensis Monday is the 1665 Probate Inventory for Arthur Clarke (1620-1665) of Boston, Massachusetts Bay Colony:

The inventory is on the right hand page above.  The transcription of the inventory is:

[In left-hand margin]

Arthur Clarke
adm. Granted
At a Countye Court held at Boston 31^th October 1665
power of administration to the Estate of the Late Arthur
Clarke is Graunted to Sarah his Relict in Behalfe of her
selfe & sonne.                           Edward Ranson Recorder

[in left-hand margin]

An Inventory of the House & Goods of Arthur Clarke
Impr The House & ground 055-00-00
Item 2 Katles & 2 Skilletts 002-00-00
Item 3 small Iron potts 000-18-00
Item 3 pewter Dishes 3 pottingers, 3 pewter Cuppes, a Salte, 6 saucers & a halfe pinte pott

Item 9 Earthen Dishes 000-02-03
It 7 Earthen potts, a panne and a platter 000-04-03
It Callicos, a table Clothe, & 3 napkinnes 000-07-00
It 6 pillow beares of Cotton 000-09-00
It 3 p^r of sheetes 000-18-00
It 3 old Shirtes 000-03-00
It a Flock bed and 2 haive bedds 002-00-00
It a Bolster, & 2 Feather pillowes, & a Silke grasse Bolster, & 2 Cotton pillowes 001-05-00
It 2 p^r of Blanketts 001-07-00
It 5 wooden platters 000-03-06
It 3 Sifter & 2 doz. ?unchers @ 2 Chaires 000-07-06
It 2 Bedsteads 000-18-00
It a Table & a Frame 000-10-00
It a Chest & Kneadinge troughe & 2 Boxes 000-12-00
It 2 Joynd Stooles, a trammel & tongues 000-06-00
It Carpenters tools 000-12-00
It Latinne Bookes & Bibles 000-16-00
It 4 ?wayes, a Morter, pestle, a p^r of yvoke Cards & a Wollon wheele 000-18-00
It 4 sevess 000-06-00
It a Grindstone 000-05-00
It ?he gallie potts not prised by us, but prised my Mr. Jno Endicot & Mr. Daniel Stone; with n^t is in y & the Litle Barrels 001-00-00
Thomas Matson 071-19-06

Sarah Clarke Deposed in Court that this is a true Inventory
of her Late Husbands Estate, that when she Knows more she will

Discover it to the Recorder                Edward Ranson Recorder SS 1666

The source citation for this record is:

"Massachusetts, Wills and Probate Records, 1635-1991," indexed database with digital images, ( : accessed 4 July 2016), Suffolk County > Probate Records, Vol. 1-4, 1628-1677, Volume 4, page 251 (stamped, image 812 of 832), Arthur Clarke inventory.

This record was not found in a search of the Massachusetts Wills and Probate Records, 1635-1991 collection on  I found the early volumes on Ancestry in the collection, and paged throguh them trying to find probate records for my ancestors.  This was actually easier than searching the database!  Remember - not every record in any of the state probate record databases is indexed by Ancestry - only a select few.  

Arthur Clark (1620-1665) married Sarah --?-- before 1644, and they had two children - a daughter Sarah born in 1644, and a son, Samuel Clark, born in 1646.  

The inventory mentions wife Sarah and a son, but not a daughter.  I struggled a bit with some of the words - the spelling was often creative in these records and I am not an expert in 17th century household items.  I did the best I could in the limited time available.

I am descended from the son Samuel Clark (1646-1730), who married Rachel Nichols (1654-1722) in about 1676.  Arthur and Sarah (--?--) Clark are my 9th great-grandparents.  

NOTE:  Genea-blogger John Newmark (who writes the excellent  TransylvanianDutch blog) started a Monday blog theme years ago called "Amanuensis Monday."  John offers this definition for "amanuensis:" 

"A person employed to write what another dictates or to copy what has been written by another."


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1 comment:

Geolover said...

Randy, a very valiant effort with difficult handwriting. I do think the "Stock" bed is a flock bed.