Guide to Estate Inventory Collection, 1848-1885
Collection number: MC 320
About the Milne Special Collections
The Milne Special Collections and Archives is located at the University of New
Hampshire, Durham, New Hampshire. The repository collects materials related to the
social life, customs, and history of New Hampshire and greater New England.
About the Estate Inventory Collection
The Estate Inventory Collection consists of 19th century account books listing the
credits, debits, and possessions of individuals who lived and died in New
This collection is open.
Contents of this collection are governed by U.S. copyright law. For questions
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[Identification of item], [Folder Number], [Box Number], Estate Inventory
Collection, 1848-1885, MC 320, Milne Special Collections and Archives,
University of New Hampshire Library, Durham, NH, USA.
Purchases, mostly from Carmen Valentino Rare Books, multiple dates.
Arrangement is chronological.
|Folder 1||Estate of William P. Willis (1848)
William P. Willis (1816- 3 August 1848) lived in Lebanon, New Hampshire. He
was the son of James Willis and Rachel [surname unknown]. He owned a general
store which was fully stocked at the time of his death, indicating that he
likely died fairly suddenly.
A single small account lists the accounts and itemized inventory, organized
by room of the building under inspection. Items include the house itself, a
piano, champaigne glasses, and 3 1/2 dozen plates. A second section lists
the general store inventory, including crockery, vegetables, hardware,
tools, clothing, building materials, stationary, individually named books,
"furs & lined caps and muffs", Shaker products (e.g. yarn, mittens),
leather, fabric, patterns and notions, linens, chains, marble slabs, and
carriages and associated items (including a herse). The book concludes with
records of Willis's real estate and debts and credits. A. Sow Jr. was the
adminstrator of the estate.
|Folder 2||Estate of James F. Sanborn (1885)
James F. Sanborn (1813-1885) was a resident of Seabrook, NH. He was
apparently a farmer, and the son of James Sanborn Sr. and Sarah Melcher.
The estate inventory ledger lists real estate, livestock, personal items and
the like. Beneficiaries included business associates in Haverhill and Newton
MA, as well as Kingston, Fremont, Danville, and Seabrook NH. The estate was
settled by Emma S. Sanborn (relationship unclear).