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Virginia and Maryland Probate Inventories, 1740-1810

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Listed in Death Records, Free, Libraries & Museums & Archives, Maryland, Virginia, Wills & Probate


The Gunston Hall Plantation Probate Inventory Database, 1740-1810 is a database of Virginia and Maryland Probate Inventories from 1740-1810. They have over 300 such inventories. This site offers links to both the images and the transcriptions of the images, both of which are free.

“Often as part of the process of settling an estate after an individual’s death an inventory was taken listing the deceased’s personal and chattel property and this was recorded in the county court records.”

“No probate inventory appears in court records for George Mason of Gunston Hall (1725-1792). The lack of this type of documentation makes it a challenge to understand how Gunston Hall was used and furnished. To get a better sense of what Mason owned, staff at Gunston Hall conducted an extensive study of the possessions owned by people who lived in the proximate time period and region, and who belonged to the upper classes of society. The main sources of this information were the local probate records.”

“Court records were collected from nearby counties of Fairfax, Prince William and Stafford in Virginia and Charles and Prince George’s counties in Maryland. To these were added selected records from the Virginia cities of Norfolk and Fredericksburg and the Virginia counties of James City, Elizabeth City, Lancaster, Surrey, Richmond, Frederick, Charles City, Spotsylvania, Middlesex, Westmoreland and York, as well as Anne Arundel County and Annapolis in Maryland. In all, 325 selected inventories were transcribed, and these were compiled into a database that allows searching for individual items.”

 

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