Reading an Estate Sale from 1814

I’m working on a transcription of the estate sale of Thomas Sledd from May of 1814 in Bourbon County, Kentucky.
sledd-inventoryTranscribing the amounts of money are not the problem, but occasionally the items are. We’ll be posting a complete transcription of this part of the sale later on our blog, but the underlined items are ones that are initially proving problematic.




3 thoughts on “Reading an Estate Sale from 1814

  1. The blue looks like “flooring plank,” although based on the line 2 down (cherry plank), it could be a type of wood. Spelling wasn’t yet completely standardized then, was it? Some kind of fork for the red and -ovingle tree for the green. If that second character didn’t look so much like a 2, which suggests a capital Q to me, I’d say something about a shingle tree. (I probably didn’t tell you anything you hadn’t already worked out, but I can’t resist this sort of thing)

  2. Gayla Nieminen says:

    A singletree is part of the harness connecting a horse to a wagon. There’s also a doubletree. I too read estate documents & then I have to Google the old terms.

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