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Estate Inventories


An estate inventory lists the personal property, real estate, and other assets owned by someone at the time of their death. Those items offer keen insight into a person’s occupation, lifestyle, and education level. Inventories list the name of the deceased, the county where they lived, a list of the estate’s assets and each item’s value. It names of the men tasked with taking the inventory and appraising the value of each item. Some inventories list the names of persons who purchased items purchased at an estate sale. Estate accounts can include references to debts, deeds, and other documents related to the settling of the estate. Inventories play an important role in discovering who owned slaves and the names of those slaves.

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