Estate information

16 May 1800 from Philadelphia – Samuel McCulloh to Andrew McCulloh

Dear Brother,

I am pleased to find you had an agreeable journey down, but that you left us before the sale of the stock as your Living Vessels  have not yet arrived.  Not an individual has come forward since you left to purchase a single article offered for sale.  This circumstance induces me to think that our expectations concerning them were rather sanguine.  I have offered the mahogany to Mr. Willings & Timones but do not find disposed either to purchase or to allow my permission to send any of it out in their ship to Bengal.

Mr. Bringhurst devise me to write he can build the carriage for $400.  The children are through the smallpox.

McCulloh Papers, 1773-1848, Maryland Historical Society, MS 2110, microfilm reel 3, frame 597

Estate papers – 2

Background:  William was the 2nd son of John b. 1721 and Elizabeth McCulloh.  He had one daughter, Margaret who never married and died the year after William.

5 May 1783

In the name of God Amen, I William McCulloh of the City of Philadelphia in the State of Pennsylvania, Mariner, being sick and weake in body but blessed of God of good sound mind and memory do make this my last will and testament in manner following, that is to say:

It is my will that all my just debts be paid and discharged as soon as conveniently can be after my decease.

Item – it is my will that all my messuages, tenements, lots, lands and Real Estate be sold by executors herein named at publick or private sale for the best price that can be gotten.  And I do hereby authorize and impower them to make and execute good and sufficient deeds to the purchaser or purchasers thereof.  And out of the monies rising from the sale thereof I give and bequeath unto my dearly beloved wife Hannah the sum of one thousand pounds.  I likewise bequeath unto my said Wife such of my furniture as came unto me by my marriage with her, likewise the chest of drawers, toilet glass and bed with the furniture and the curtains belonging to the frame in my bedchamber.

I give and bequeath unto my daughter Margaret McCulloch, one thousand punds to be paid out of the monies arising from the sale of my Real Estate and if insufficient for that purpose out of my other property when she arrives at age or is married which shall first happen provided my said daughter marries with the consent of her Uncles and if contrary thereto I give her only the sum of 20 pounds.  I likewise give and bequeath to my said daughter one silver tankard, one dozen silver spoons and one dozen of silver tea spoons, one bed and furniture and curtains for the same.

And all the rest & residue of my Estate I give and bequeath unto my brothers, James and John McCulloch, that is to say four fifths thereof to my said brother James and the other fifth to my said brother John.  And I do hereby name and appoint my said wife my two brothers, James and John and the Reverend Wm Duffield to be the executors of this my last will and testament.   8 February 1783

I give and bequeath unto my brother Joseph all such sum and sums of money he now owes me or as shall appear upon my books against him and I do hereby release and discharge my said brother of and from payment of the same.

McCulloh Papers, 1773-1848, Maryland Historical Society, MS 2110, microfilm reel 1, frame 45

Estate Inventories

Background:  Common practice for settling an estate included an inventory to be taken.  Items listed sometimes seem strange to us today because they are not only the large valuable items, but clothes and small things as well.  It is interesting to compare the two inventories below – one from a female, Margaret McCulloh (niece of John McCulloh b. 1747) and one from her uncle, Joseph McCulloh (brother of John b. 1747).

An inventory of the personal estate of Margaret McCulloh, dec. in the posession of John McCulloh at the time of her death March 27, 1784.  Taken by her Uncle John McCulloh April 2, 1784.

1 Mahogany bedsted,    1 sickling bottomford,    1 bed, 1 bolster,    2 pillows,    3 blankets,    2 bed quilts, the one old the other new,    3 pillow cases,    3 sheets,    1 cover bed bunt,    1 silver tanker,    12 table spoons silver,    12 tea spoons silver,    1 small table cloth and napkins,   3 gowns old,    1 petticoat,     2 old hats 1 beaver,    2 chair aprins,     6 pair bottom hackens,    1 jacket & petticoat,    2 under jackets,    1 bundle containing sundry pieces of old silk,    3 bundles containing sundry pieces of linen,   1 old wrought pocket book,    1 bundle containing purses of calico,    1 fringe loom,    1 pair sleeves,    1 short gown calico,    1 fether tippet a number of old flowers,    1 bundle of old gause 1 bundle of old ribbons,    1 side sadle,    1 old chest,    1 band box,     1 small trunk,    1 pair silk shoes 1 pair silver lockets,    2 pocket Bibles & 2 small volumes


An inventory of goods belonging to the estate of Joseph McCulloh dec. taken 6 July 1784 and appraised by Robt. _____ and Frazer Kinslay.

1 looking glass 2 flour pots,    1 large dining table,    1 middle size dining table,    1 mahogany card table,    1 walnut dressing table,    6 chamber chairs,    1 old tea table,    2 potts & 1 pair locks,    1 Windsor chair,    1 pair andirons 1 pair tongs,    1 grid iron with foot,    1 grinding box,    8 hand knives and forks,    2 china banks each cracked,     4 ___ dish queen ware,    1 candle stick 1 pair snuffers,     1 sarver small,    1 tumbler, 1 tea pott & tea bottle,    1 set benik & pair of jointer,    1 rabbet plain & gembolate box,    4 tea spoons, table ditto all plate,    1 tea kettle,    1 flavor pott,    1 desk,    1 bedstead,    1 bed bolster & 2 pillows,    1 chest,     2 skirts,    2 blankets,    1 cover,    2 pillow cases,    1 pair saddle bags,   a stool,     1 set buttons

McCulloh Papers, 1773-1848, Maryland Historical Society, MS 2110, microfilm reel 1, frame 141, 182