Friday, August 26, 2011

Slaves Named in Edward Turner Estate Inventory - Friend of Friends Friday

This is the part of a series of transcriptions and abstracts of records involving slaves that I copied at the Library of Virginia during my summer research marathon. Edward Turner, my 5th great-grandfather, died in Fauquier County shortly before this inventory of his estate was conducted in January 1805. Because the inventory is several pages long I have extracted and transcribed here only the information regarding the twelve slaves he held. Turner's estate was not settled until 1817, following the death of his widow. The 1817 sale of the slaves she held is transcribed here.

Turner's Inventory 

In obedience to an order of Fauquier Court to us the subscribers being first sworn have appraised the Estate of Edward Turner deceased the 24th day of January 1805 as follows Viz Turner slave inventory 1805


Reuben 120 " "
David 110 " "
Lillan 50 " "
Milly and Child Esther 95 " "
Jessee 50 " "
Cage 50 " "
Lewis 35 " "
Luce 25 " "
George 35 " "
Isaac 25 " "
Winny 70 " "

[Inventory of remaining personal property follows]

Given under our hands
Reuben Murray
Thos Priest
George Glasscock
Hezekiah Glasscock
At a Court held for Fauquier County the 28th day of January 1805
This Inventory and appraisment of the Estate of Edward Turner deceased was retunred and ordered to be recorded.
Test  L Brooke CC

Source: Fauquier, VA, Wills, Will Book 4:49, Edward Turner Inventory; Library of Virginia, Reel 32


  1. Susan, regarding your chart, is that what you were trying to figure out how to do a few weeks ago? If so, how did you do it, and the pound symbol?
    As always, a nice post.

  2. Exactly, Barbara. I've experimented with several different approaches but KompoZer (a free HTML editor) is what I used here. I set up the table and then copied the HTML code the program generated into Blogger.

    I'm not thrilled with the look, so will keep practicing with my estate inventories and guardian accounts. The £ symbol is available in most Edit commands as a special symbol.


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