Tuesday, August 11, 2009

1792 Farm Sale Document


In Allegheny County, PA in the year 1792, the grand sum of one hundred and twenty pounds was enough to buy a farm, including: four cows, three calves, two bay horses, seven sheep, two sows, twelve shotes, three feather beds and bedding, furniture, and the crops in and out of the ground. Back then, they were setting their "seals" to documents, just as we do today - note the hand-drawn "seal" in the lower right-hand corner.

7 comments:

Lyneen said...

this turned out great when I downloaded and printed it... I made 9 small wallet size images for ATCs... I will share with you soon!

Linda said...

What gorgeous handwriting...I wonder if Samuel actually wrote this or if he dictated it to a clerk. Lovely!

Beth Niquette said...

Just exquisite! What a wonderful hand he had. Very lovely.

Feathers and Flight said...

Thank you for Sharing!
Have a Wonderful Evening!
~Jill~

Rose ~Victorian Rose ~ said...

Oh my goodness...most excellent.

Megan said...

Hello! I love everything about this document, from the content to the aged patina... I used it in a set of gift tags & stationary. Here's the link if you'd like to see:

http://lilac-n-lavender.blogspot.com/2012/03/sweet-spring-cottage.html

I have a feeling I'll be using it again and again, so thank you!

Kelley said...

I love these old documents. I have a copy of my great-grandparents sale bill and the original list of everything sold from my grandfather's sale. Of course, neither is as old as this one, but just as much fun.