Monday, December 5, 2016

Amanuensis Monday - 1751 Inventory and Account of the Estate of Nathaniel Harwood (1669-1751) of Chelmsford, Mass.

This week's documents for Amanuensis Monday are the 1751 inventory and account for the estate of Nathaniel Harwood (1669-1751) of Chelmsford, Middlesex County, Massachusetts:

1)  The Inventory (sheet 8 of 9 in the probate packet):

The transcription of the Inventory is:

A Inventory of the Estate of mr. Nathaniel Harwood
Late of Chelmsford in the County of middlesex Deceas^d taken
by us the Subscribers Nov^m y^e 8^th 1751 as it was Shown
to us, and by us Apprized we being appointed and Sworn
for that purpose.


Wearing Apparel  £26:17:00
ItemBooks    02:00:00
ItemBest Bed and furniture    30:00:00
ItemAnother Bed and furniture    30:00:00
ItemA Bed Stead and under Bed and old Quilt    05:15:00
ItemTwo Coverlids £15, two Blankets £9, Curtains £ 16    40:00:00
ItemOld Bed Stead 10/ twelve pair of Sheets £45:10:00    46:00:00
ItemThirteen pillow Casses £6:6:0 table Lining & towels ^£1:19:00    08:05:00
ItemPueter £17:10:0 knives and forks £ 1:10:0    19:00:00
ItemBrass kittle £10:0:0 Brass and Iron Skillets 30/    11:10:00
ItemIron pot and Kittle £2:10:0 Skimmer and Ladle 15/3    03:05:00
ItemA pair of hand Irons 50/ fire slice and tongs 20/    03:10:00
ItemTrammels 25/ old Box Iron & heeters 4/ old Iron pan 3/    01:12:00
ItemIron Wedges and Chizel    00:14:00
ItemA Chest with Draws £3: A Square Table 20/    04:00:00
ItemOld Chest and table 16/ a pair of Bellows 6/    01:02:00
ItemChairs £2:15:0 Spining wheels and Real 25/    04:00:00
ItemTubs and pails 34/ other wooden ware 18/    02:12:00
ItemOld Casks 20/ woostered Combs 30/ Sceive 6/    02:16:00
ItemEarthen ware £2:7:0 Glasses 6/6 old Cards and Shares 6/    02:19:06
ItemOld panel and pillion    03:00:00
ItemTwo cows £36 one heifer £14    50:00:00
ItemDue upon a Bond and Notes of hand                                                   199:10:06

Sum total in old tenor Errors Exceepted£478:08:00

Middlesex Dec^r 16. 1751
Mr. Jon^a Harwood the only acting Josiah Burg        }
Executor exhibeted the foregoing Eph^m Spaulding } Com^rs
Inventory on Oath. Jon^tt Minott                               }
                                                  S: Danforth J.prob.

The source citation for the Inventory is:

"Middlesex County, MA: Probate Papers, 1648-1871," digital image, American Ancestors ( : accessed, 26 November 2016), Probate packet No. 10629, Nathaniel Harwood estate, sheet 8 of 9, Inventory, estate probated 1751.

2)  The Account of the executor (sheet 4 of 9 in the probate packet):

The transcription of the Account:

To the Hon^ble Samuel Danforth Judge of probate
for the County of Midd^x

An account of what Cost and Charge I have been at
as Executor to the last will and testament of my
Honered Father Nathaniel Harwood late of Chelmsford

For Funerall Charges to M^r Beaton of Concord43:15:00
For Casing 30/ for diging Grave 18/02:08:00
For one jurney to Cambrige ro loge the will and
takeing Sitations & money paid y^e Judge & Serveing sitations

for one jurney to Cambrige my self & witneses to prove y^e will06:10:00
For money paid the judge & Rejester for proveing the
will and a Coppy and for power of administration



Cost as administrator for getting the apprizers
and having them Sworn
For money paid the Committee and Billiting04:10:00
To the Probate office when the Inventory was exhibited00:10:00
Framing these ????? anew00:10:00
Examining & ???? owing01:10:00
To the Executor for his Journey ???? & Trouble in admin^n10:00:00

Middlesex Decemb^r 16. 1751 M^r Nath^l Harwood the only acting
Executor presented the foregoing Acco^t on Oath. I
having Examined the same – do Allow thereof.

                                                                     S: Danforth J. prob.

The source citation for the Account is:

"Middlesex County, MA: Probate Papers, 1648-1871," digital image, American Ancestors ( : accessed, 26 November 2016), Probate packet No. 10629, Nathaniel Harwood estate, , sheet 4 of 9, Account, estate probated 1751.

The estate of Nathaniel Harwood had an appraised value of £478:08:00 (pounds:shillings:pence, with 12 pence per shilling and 20 shillings per pound).  The Account of the charges for probating the estate, as calculated by the executor, Nathaniel Harwood (son of Nathaniel Harwood), totaled £ 80:15:06.

According to Google Maps, it is about 28 miles from Chelmsford to Cambridge, and about 12 miles from Chelmsford to Concord, using current roads.

Nathaniel and Mary (Barron) Harwood are my 7th great-grandparents, through their daughter Elizabeth Harwood (1701-1739) who married Jonas Prescott (1703-1784), and through their daughter Elizabeth Prescott (1734-1812), who married Zachariah Hildreth (1728-1784).


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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