In Virginia, the inventory of an estate usually followed the last will and testament and contained interesting facts concerning the life of the deceased person. The inventory of the estate of Francis Lawson in August of 1785 revealed that his primary crop was tobacco and at the time of his death was indebted to John Lawson for 2 gallons of rum, the building of a tobacco house, carrying tobacco to Petersburgh, 14 yds of osnaburg and other fabrics. John Lawson was paid four times, twice with 23 hogsheads of tobacco and twice with 21 hogsheads of tobacco. A hogshead is a large cask of tobacco or liquid, such as wine, ale or cider.
The tobacco hogshead was a large wooden barrel used in British and American colonial times to transport and store tobacco. It measured some 48 inches by 30 inches in diameter and weighed about 1,000 pounds when fully packed. Tobacco grew well in Virginia, was used as money (locally and abroad) since the first settlers arrived in Jamestown. At the death of Thomas Haskins, he had eight children, one of whom was a daughter who married to Miles Finney. Thus, Finney, as the husband of Fanny, was bequeathed a tract of land land in Mecklenburg County which adjoined Blue Stone Creek. Of further interest is the fact that he mentioned the land of his deceased brother, Creed Haskins. This last will and testament provides another county to research for the Haskins (Mecklenburg) families and one can get an idea of where this land was located by studying local maps.
Contrasted, when one, Thomas Lawson died iin 1788 , the inventory of his estate revealed that he was in possession of 32 head of sheep, 7 hogs, and 14 hens. His widow, Hannah Lawson, received her dower a year later.
Index to North Carolina Wills and Estates
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