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INVENTORIES JOHN CLARKE AND WILLIAM VIRGO CLARKE

INVENTORY OF JOHN CLARKE

Jamaica Archives Ref: Liber 35 1755

Dated: 19th November 1755

An inventory of all and singular the goods and chattels, rights and credits of JOHN CLARKE late of the parish of St. James, planter, deceased, taken and appraised the 19 day of November, 1755-

1 old Negro man named JAMIE††††††††††††† £45. 0. 0

1 old Negro man named CUFFIE†††††††††††† £40. 0. 0

1 Negro man named JACK†††††††††††††††††† £60. 0. 0

1 Negro man named HAZARD†††††††††††††††† £40. 0. 0

1 Negro man named QUASHEE††††††††††††††† £50. 0. 0

1 Negro girl named FANNY††††††††† £30. 0. 0

1 Negro girl named CHLOE††††††††† £15. 0. 0

1 Negro girl named JULYS††††††††† £10. 0. 0

1 old horse††††††††††††††††††††††††† £15. 0. 0

1 dozen plate buttons†††††††††††† ††† 16.3

1 pair gold sieve button††††††††† £ 1.10.0

1 crackt China punch bowl†††††††† †††† 7.6

1 dozen old pewter plates†††††††† †††† 5 0

l old curtin and an old trunck††† †††† 7 6

Outstanding debts††††††††††††††††††† £190.†† 0. 0 _

£498. 6. 3

In obedience to the Warrant hereonto annexed and by virtue of the same, We have inventorised and appraised as above according to the best of our judgements and consciences all and singular the goods and chattles, rights and credits of JOHN CLARKE late of the parish of St. James planter, deceased, as they were shown to us by MARGARET JONES, late wife of HARDING JONES and late MARGARET CLARKE his executrix as witnessed our hands and seals the year and day above written.

†††††††††††††††††††† Alex Grant

†††††††††††††††††††† Silvester Evan

 


 

INVENTORY OF WILLIAM VIRGO CLARKE

Jamaica Archives Ref:1B/11/3/127 Folio 158

Dated:20 January 1816

 

See will Liber 92 Folio 18 William Virgo Clarke

 

Persons Mentioned

Places Mentioned

William Virgo Clarke (1) (deceased)

Hanover

Alexander Fraser & Wm. Chalmers

 

John Clarke (Administrator)

 

14 Slaves:- Dublin, Julius, Henry, Harry, Venture, Pollidou, Juamina, Richmond, Ann Virgo, Chance, Sally, Bessy & Jane

 

 

Precis:

 

This inventory shows that as well as being a surveyor WV Clarke owned slaves and livestock. He seems to have had a reasonably well furnished house which included such items as a dinner service of Liverpool china, 4 basonstands [washbasins in the bedrooms], an eight day clock and an organ. His personal items included epaulettes, a sash, a sword and a sabre [he was in the militia], also a gold watch, chain and seal together with his surveying instruments. It can clearly be seen that by far the most valuable possession was the slaves and their emancipation shortly after [see compensation claim in inventory of his wife in 1836] must have contributed considerably to the further decline of the familyís wealth and his grandsonís decision to go to sea.

 

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.... authorised and appointed and by these presents do constitute authorise and appoint ye or either of ye to administer an oath unto Alexander Fraser and William Chalmers that they shall well and truly and according to the best of their judgements and consciences inventory and appraise all and singular the goods and chattels rights and credits of William Virgo Clarke late of the Parish of Hanover aforesaid Esquire deceased according as they shall be shewn unto them by John Clarke of the same parish Esquire his administrator which they know did belong to the said deceased at the time of his decease and therefore you or either of you are to make a due return under your or either of your hands and seals unto our Captain General and Governor in Chief of our said Island or to the Governor or Commander in Chief of the same for the time being with this power annexed so that the inventory or appraisement may be filed and recorded in the Secretary's Office Witness His Grace William Duke of Manchester Captain General and Governor in Chief of our said Island at Saint Jago de la Vega the 18th day of November Anno Domini 1815 and in the fifty fifth year of our Reign.

Passed the secretary's office

††††† Geo Clayton†††† Secretary†††††††††††††††††††††† Manchester

 

Jamaica SS

In obedience to the within Dedidimus potestatem to me and another directed I have administered an oath unto the within named William Chalmers and Alexander Fraser as I am duly directed.

Given under my hand and seal this 20th day of January 1815

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† John Hill

 

Jamaica SS

His Grace William Duke of Manchester Captain General and Governor in chief in and over his Majesty's Island of Jamaica and other the [.....?] theron depending in America [.....?] and sole judge for the probate of wills and granting letters of administration to Alexander Fraser and William Chalmers These are in his Majesty's name to will and require you to inventory and appraise all and singular the goods and chattels and credits of William Virgo Clarke late of the parish of Hanover Esquire deceased according as they shall be shewn unto you by John Clarke of the Parish aforesaid Esquire his administrator on which you know did belong to the said deceased at the time of his decease This you are to free form according to the best of your judgements and consciences and thereof to make a due return under your hands seals into the Secretary's Office of this Island within six months after the date hereof or within such time as the [....?] of this Island for the time being shall apoint for that purpose to the end the form may be filed and recorded-------Given under my hand and seal at [...?] at Saint Jago de la vega the eighteenth day of November anno que domini one thousand eighteen hundred and fifteen.

Passed the Secretary's office

††††† Geo Clayton secretary†††††††††††††††††††††††††† Manchester

Jamaica Is††† The execution of the within warrant of appraisement appears by the schedule annexed Given under our hands and seals this 20th day of January 1815††

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Alex. Fraser

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Wm Chalmers

 

[In margin] Clarke Wm Virgo returned 8th May 1816

Jamaica

Hanover

An inventory and appraisement of all and singular the goods and chattels rights and credits of William Virgo Clarke late of the parish of Hanover Esq ..... as they were shewn unto us by John Clarke his administrator this twentieth day of January one thousand eight hundred and sixteen.

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£

s

d

Dublin £120 Julius £200 Henry £160 Harry £75 Venture £150 Pollidou £70 Juamina £120 Richmond,00, Ann Virgo.00. Chance £60 Sally £45 Bessy £100 Jane £100 ~

 

 

1210

 

 

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-

A mouse colored horse £7.10 a dun mare £15 a brown she mule £35 a dark brown he mule £35 another dark brown he mule £15 a she ass £10 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

 

 

126

 

 

10

 

a red cow £8 a black cow £16 a dun cow £18 a brindle cow £16 a black cow £10 a red cow £10 another red cow £10 a black bull £30 a red bull £80 a steer £7 ~~~~~~~~

 

 

155

 

 

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-

a steer £30 five young bulkins [?bullocks?] £25 two young heifers £10 a flock of 30 sheep £60 a mahogany side board and tray £11 a mahogany dining table £10 a card table £3 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

 

 

 

149

 

 

 

-

 

 

 

-

a writing table with drawers £7 an old table with a drawer £1.10 a small cedar table 5/- a round tea table £1 a large sofa £12 a small sofa £3.10 Six straw bottom chairs £1.10 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

 

 

 

26

 

 

 

15

 

 

 

-

Six odd chairs £8 a long chair £2 a mahogany desk £8 a mahogany chest of drawers £13 a large mahogany chest £6 a small mahogany chest £3 an eight day clock £20 an organ £15 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

 

 

 

70

 

 

 

-

 

 

 

-

a beauffette £6 Two corner cupboards £4 a liquor case with broken set of bottles £8 a small liquor case £3 a coopee with biass[?]hoops £2 a Backgammon box 10/- Two old knife cases 15/- ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

 

 

 

24

 

 

 

5

 

 

 

-

a dumb waiter £2. 3 standing bedsteads complete £54 Four bason stands £6 a pair small looking glasses £3 a small mirror £5.6.8 a small lamp £2 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

 

 

72

 

 

6

 

 

8

Four large chrystal bottles £6 a Dinner set of Liverpool china £10Two small stills £10 a case of Pistols £25 a pair pistol caps £1.5 a few Books £10~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

 

 

62

 

 

5

 

 

-

Two fowling pieces £2.10 saddle and bridle £5.6.8 wearing apparel £5 a gold watch chain and seal £35 Surveying papers and instruments £700 ~~~~~~~~~~~~

 

 

747

 

 

16

 

 

8

A pair Epaulets and silk sash £15 a sabre and a sword £10Iron work and harness of a mule each £5.6.8 a pair silver gilt spectacles £2.10 articles of negro clothing £65

 

 

97

 

 

16

 

 

8

A spying glass £4 a starch mill £2.5 a portmanteau £2 ~~

8

5

-

Assignments of judgment Levy vs Hill to Clarke dated 20th October 1810 £67.7.5 3/4 Two judgments John Clarke vs Patrick Spence taken in October 1804 ~~~~~~

 

 

218

 

 

1

 

 

7 3/4

Book debts not yet ascertained ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

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-

-

£

2958

1

7 3/4

 

In obedience to the account of appraisement hereunto annexed we have inventoried and appraisedall singular the goods and chattels rights and credits which were of William Virgo Clarke of the parish of Hanover Esquire deceased and we find the same to amount to the sum of Two Thousand nine hundred and sixty eight pounds one shilling and seven pence three farthings currency Given under our hands and seals this twentieth day of January in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and sixteen

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Alex Fraser

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Wm Chalmers

 

 

For will of WILLIAM VIRGO CLARKE go to Clarke Wills.


Transcribed by Tim Clarke.


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