Augustine Washington's Probate Inventory

Artist's rendering of the Washington house by L.H. Barker © 2008George Washington's father, Augustine, died on April 12, 1743 when George was just 11 years old. The inventory of his estate was recorded in King George County, VA, on July 1, 1743. The inventory shown here includes only the home farm (today's Ferry Farm) where George spent his early years.

As shown by the inventory, the Washingtons were neither poor nor wealthy. Their home was a substantial wooden structure, about 28 ft. by 53 ft. in size, with four rooms and a passage downstairs and two or possibly three rooms upstairs.

Note: The word "Do." was 18th-century shorthand for "ditto". For example, in the Hall, one inventory item is "1 Large Table". Immediately below it is "1 Small Do." meaning 1 Small Table. Note also that original spellings have been maintained. Monetary values are listed as Pounds.Shillings.Pence, so a listing of £1.12.6 equates to 1 Pound, 12 Shillings, and 6 Pence.

Main Floor

Hall Back Room
1 Bed and Furniture £8
1 Bed £4
1 Chest of Drawers £3
1 Tea Table £0.5
4 Rush Bottom Chairs £0.10
2 Window Hangings £0.8
1 Dressing Glass £0.15
1 Trunk £0.6
1 pair hand Irons £0.2.6

Passage
1 large table £0.17.6
1 couch £0.5
1 small table £0,2

Back Room
2 beds and furniture £4.10
1 chest and box £0.8
1 old chest of drawers £0.5

Hall
1 Scren Fore (possibly an escritoire or writing desk) £0.13
1 Large Looking Glass £2.10
1 Large Table £1
1 Small Table £0.15
1 Arm Chair £0.12.6
11 Leathern Bottom Chairs £2.15
1 fire shovel and tongs and one pair hand irons £0.7.6

Parlour
3 beds £9
Old table £0.6
3 old chairs £0.2
1 old desk £2
1 looking glass £0.15
1 set window curtains £0.2.6
1 sugar box £0.4
Lumber in the room and cupboard £0.15

 

Upstairs

Upstairs Hall Chamber
3 beds and furniture £9
1 trunk £0.8

Parlour Chamber
2 old beds, 3 mattress cases £1.12
6 rugs £4.10
9 blankets £1.16
1 large cooler £0.10

 

Other Items

Negros At The Home House

  • Jack £30
  • Bob £35
  • Ned £22
  • Dick £30
  • Ned £30
  • Toney £30
  • Steven £2.10
  • Jo £0.0.1
  • London £20
  • George £20
  • Jcumy £5
  • Jack £5
  • Lucy £20
  • Sue £35
  • Judy £20
  • Nan £32
  • Betty £15
  • Jenny £12.10
  • Phillis £12.10
  • Hannah £8

Stock

  • 6 oxen at £2.10 - £15
  • 9 cows at £1.10 - £13.10
  • 4 two years old 15/ - £3
  • 2 heifers at 20/ - £2
  • 6 calves at 5/ - £1.10
  • 21 sheep at 5/ - £5.5
  • 2 sows £1.4
  • 2 barrows £1.4
  • 15 shoats £1.17.6
  • 3 horses £12
  • 1 mare £1.15

Plate

  • 1 Soup spoon £1.10
  • 18 Small Do. £13.10
  • 7 Tea Do. £1.15
  • 1 Watch £5
  • 1 Sword £1.15

Glasses

  • 1 Decanter £0.1.6
  • 1 Mugg £0.1.6
  • 3 Tumblers £0.1.6
  • Sundry Salt Sellers £0.2

Chinaware

  • 9 Gilt Saucers
  • 6 Do. cups
  • 1 Do. Teapot Milk Do. £1
  • 1 Slopbowl & Butter dish
  • 1 Tea pot Stand & Spoon Boat
  • 8 blew Cups and Saucers
  • 1 Slopbowl and Tea Pot £1
  • 1 Milk pot & Stand & Sugar Dish
  • 1 Large Blew and White Bowl £0.7
  • 1 Do. Gilt £0.10
  • 2 Dishes £0.5
  • 9 Custard Cups £0.9
  • 4 Coffee Cups £0.4
  • 11 Plates £0.11

Dairy

  • 16 Pewter Dishes £3.4
  • 44 flat Plates £2.4
  • 18 Soop Do. £0.18
  • 4 Large Basons £0.12
  • 2 Small Do. £0.3
  • 3 Dish Covers £0.1.6
  • 1 Cullender £0.5
  • 2 fish Drainers £0.5
  • 1 Do. Kettle £1.5
  • 1 Small brass Do £0.1
  • 1 bell Mettle Skillet £0.5
  • 2 Old Sauce pans £0.2
  • 1 Safe £0.1
  • 7 Rundlettes £1.1
  • 1 Churn 1 Pale 2 Wash Tubs 2 Piggins £0.12.6
  • Old Tubs barrels pr £1

Closet

  • Sundrys Lumber £2

Store House

  • 49 Sifters £2.5
  • 14 Searches £0.17.6
  • 1 Set Coopers Tools £2
  • 1 Set Surveyors Instruments £1.10
  • 1 Old Suit of Curtains £1
  • 9 yards wide Cloth £1.7
  • 3 ½ yards Lite Do. £0.7
  • 16 ½ yards blew pans £0.16.6
  • 4 ¾ yds Druggits £0.6.6
  • 12 yds Fustin £0.12
  • 16 ¾ yds Shalloon Remns £1
  • 1 ps Irish Linnen 25 yards £2.10
  • 6 yds Do. £0.9
  • 65 Ells Course Oznabrigs £1.12.6
  • 81 Do. at 6d £2.0.6
  • 27 ½ yds Cotton £1.7.6
  • 22 yds Cours Plaid £0.11
  • 8 yds dyd ozna £0.4
  • 1 Old Saddle £0.6
  • 2 Sugar Tubs £0.5
  • 5 Small Coolers £1

Kitchen

  • 7 Iron Potts £2.2
  • 2 Coppers £4.15
  • 1 Old Dripping Pan £0.0.6
  • 2 frying Do. £0.3
  • Old tubs £0.10
  • 2 Spits
  • 5 pr pot hooks £0.5
  • 3 Racks £0.5
  • 1 Large Skimmer & flesh forks £0.4
  • 1 Grid Iron £0.1.6
  • 1 Pr Stillyards £0.3
  • 1 Box Iron £0.3
  • 1 flat Do. £0.2.6
  • 1 pr Hand Irons £1.2

Linnen

  • 6 Diaper Table Cloths £2.2
  • 10 Napkins £0.10
  • 6 pr Sheets £4
  • 10 White Linnen napkins £0.6.8
  • 11 pr Pillow Cases £1.3
  • 8 Towells £0.5.4
  • 5 pr White Sheets £1.10
  • 5 pr brown Do. £1.5
  • 6 pr Pillow Cases £0.4
  • 12 Towels £0.8
  • 1 Suit of Silk & Cotten Curtains £1.5
  • 7 Table Cloths £0.7
  • 11 Old Napkins £0.0.11
  • 1 Set of Silk Curtains £2
  • 12 Oznabs Napkins £0.8

Cash

  • Cash in a Purse £9.7.4

 

The inventory contains several words that are not in common usage today. Here are a few definitions (correctly spelled):

rundlet - a small barrel of uncertain size from about 3 to 20 gallons

piggin - small wooden pail or tub with an upright stave for a handle

shalloon - a lightweight wool or worsted twill fabric, used chiefly for coat linings

osnaburg - heavy, coarse cotton fabric used for grain sacks, upholstery, and draperies

drugget - a fabric woven wholly or partly of wool, used for clothing

ell - English linear measure equal to 45 inches (144 centimeters)

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