Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Estate of Mary Croscup - 1828

The Cronin Fonds held by the Annapolis Heritage Society's Cronin provides great deal of information about the lives of people living on the Granville side of the Annapolis Basin in the years around the turn of the 19th century. The documents include letters, journals, business transactions, legal papers and many other types of historically interesting material. Taken as a whole we can see the ongoing interactions of people living in a small community.

This transcription of the Estate of Mary Croscup is an excellent example of the historical value of documents within this collection. Mary Croscup, wife of Ludwig Croscup, died on the 15th of April 1828. As is common, her possessions were listed at the time of her death. This gives us an intimate portrait of exactly what the worldly possessions were for this member of the Lower Granville community.

As is my normal practice, I have kept the original spelling in the transcription. Interestingly, the word apparel is spelled incorrectly twice with two different spellings. Since the formatting of this blog does not seem to like columns, I have inserted a dash in each line between the items and their price. The price is registered in pounds sterling.

The photograph in today's post is in no way associated with Mary Croscup. At best this is a typical view of a schooner in the Annapolis Basin that would have been familiar to Mary. This image was taken by Annapolis Royal photographer Frederick Harris some time around 1900.

All for now,
RGS

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Inventory of the Moveable estate of the late Mary Croscup
Monday Jan.y 19th 1829 Devided the within articles

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Inventory of the Movable Estate of the Late Mary Croscup Widow of the Late Lodawick Croscup Deceased. Taken by the under named Subscribers Granville 15th Ap.l 1828
Due on a note of hand against Major Gesner - 14 “ 6½
W Dillons do, on Demand dated 14th May 1829 - 2 5 “
3 Quilts 20/s 2 old small blankets 2/6 s - 1 2 6
2 beds a bolster and 2 pillows 45 / ~s - 2 5 “
4 old sheets 10/ 2 old chests at 7/6s - 1 5 “
1 chest drawers 35/s 1 old bedstead 5 /s - 2 “ “
1 bedstead 9/s 1 copper teakettle 3/s - “ 12 “
1 iron do. 3/s 2 brass candle sticks 3/9s - “ 6 9
1 small bed and old curtains 20/s - 1 “ “
1 iron pot 2/6s 4 pewter dishes 10/s - “ 12 6
6 do. Plates 7/6 11 earthen do. 1/10s - “ 9 4
1 chair 1/ 1 sheep 10/~s - “ 11 “
6 silver teaspoons 12/6~s - “ 12 6
The following articles at Mr John Quereaus
1 little wheel 10/ 1 table 7/6 ditto 2/6 - 1 “ “
3 Chair 3/ 1 Small dish kettle - “ 5 “
1 pair andirons 7/6 1 shawl 2/6 - “ 5 “
Wearing aparrel to ? Quareau & Lambertson - 3 “ “
31 19 1½
Deduct for the wearing apperal £3 “ “ & W.J. Dillons note - 5 5 ~
£26 12 1½
Two sheep at Mr John Croscups - “ 19 ~

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