New Castle County
Borough of Wilmington
Probate Inventory

Name: Mahlon Betts
Date of Inventory: April 2, 1867
Appraisors:

Item Value in Dollars Item Value in Dollars
1 gold watch 100.00 Front room - 3rd story  
1 fireproof safe 75.00 35 yds carpet 24.50
1 [barometer] 10.00 2 bedsteads & bed 50.00
paintings & pictures 130.00 1 bureau 12.00
library maps &c 225.00 1 toilet set 3.00
cash in house & bank 900.00 2 window shades 2.00
1/2 interest in clock & case of drawers 10.00 contents of cupboard 5.00
Parlor   Back room - 3rd story  
80 yds carpet 80.00 25 yds carpet 17.50
12 mahagony chairs 24.00 1 wash stand & set 3.50
2 rocking & 1 arm chair 27.50 1 stand 1.25
2 sofas & 1 cushion 30.00 1 looking glass 3.00
1 center & 2 [p..] tables & 1 stand 35.00 Garret  
1 looking glass 20.00 2 bedsteads & 1 mattress 10.00
4 vases, 1 portable gas furnace & 2 card cases 15.00 1 settee & 1 sick chair 6.00
4 blinds 5.00 quilt frames 2.00
3 stools & 1 table cover 5.00 chest 4.00
contents of 4 small cupboards 15.00 1 bedstead & bed 13.50
1 afghan 15.00 clock & looking glass 3.00
Entry   2 stands & chairs 2.00
37 yds entry & stair carpet 33.30 case of drawers 2.00
10 yds oil carpet 15.00 12 yds carpet 3.60
2 camp stools 2.00 2 trunks 15.00
1 hat rack, 1 umbrella stand & contents 18.00 sundry contents 15.00
3 windsor chairs 1.50 sundry contents of storeroom 20.00
4 mats 1.50 Sitting room & library  
2 1/4 barrel sugar 75.00 37 yds carpet 37.00
lot of baskets & boxes in entry pantry 1.50 [drosset] 5.00
Dining Room   1 lounge 50.00
1 side board & contents 75.00 1 looking glass 2.50
2 tables & covers 15.00 4 chairs 5.00
6 windsor chairs 4.50 1 large chair 3.00
1 clock 8.00 2 camp stools 7.00
2 window shades 1.25 2 pier tables 15.00
25 yards carpet 18.75 1 writing desk & contents 5.00
3 portable gas furnaces 1.75 contents of 6 cupboards 70.00
contents of 6 cupboards 25.00 contents of library cupboards 15.00
2 waiters & bell 0.75 oil carpet, stools, spittoon & thermometer 150.00
105 oz. silver plate 147.00 window shades 1.50
Kitchen   Summer kitchen  
20 yds carpet 5.00 contents of summer kitchen 30.00
3 tables, 1 settee & 2 chairs 3.00 screen in yard 1.50
tin & iron ware 10.00 2 doz. ivory table knives & forks 10.00
contents of cupboard 5.00 2 doz. ivory tea spoons 8.00
table cover & settee cushions 5.00 2 doz. ivory [], carver & steel 5.00
Cellar   Linens &c  
1 hanging safe & contents 2.50 44 sheets, 15 spreads, 4 comfortables, 8 blankets, 36 pillow cases, 24 bolster cases, 18 table cloths, 36 napkins, 20 [ ], 40 towels, bureau cover, &c &c 259.30
table, pans, crocks & benches 2.00 ice in the house 30.00
contents of shelf 1.25 Stable  
1 filterer 2.00 1 sleigh & bells 65.00
lot of old bottles & cans 1.00 chicken coop 60.00
contents of closet 20.00 carriage 150.00
lard & can 4.00 1 buffalo robe 12.00
ham 15.00 1 pick & furnace 1.50
beef 12.50 1 set single harness 20.00
flour 10.00 1 set double harness 30.00
potatoes 4.00 hay 15.00
coal 20.00 cutting box 15.00
2 pair steps & lumber 5.00 feed boxes & feed 8.00
2 loads kindling wood & 5 empty bottles 5.00 saddle 5.00
soft soap & barrel & can 6.00 1 pair horses 175.00
2 churns 6.00 1 cow 70.00
6 cupboards & contents 5.00 stable fixtures & tools 10.00
wash tubs, boards & benches 3.00 cow hay & straw 20.00
1 refrigerator 5.00 Stocks  
Front room - 2nd story   250 shares Bank of Wilmington & Brandywine 15, 250.00
1 bedstead & 2 beds 90.00 21 shares Bank of Delaware at Wilmington 9,975.00
2 bureaus & 1 stand 40.00 20 shares [ ] National Bank of Philadelphia 760.00
1 large chair & 6 [simple] chairs 42.50 150 shares 1st National Bank of Philadelphia 18,750.00
1 stand 5.00 265 shares Phil. Wilm & Balt Railroad 14,442.58
1 toilet set 15.00 50 shares Wilmington & Reading Railroad 50.00
1 looking glass, box & bottles 10.00 Camden [Armory] RR bond of 8175 1,780.00
tea set & lot of plated ware 75.00 Delaware & Raritan Canal Bonds of 1889 2,850
contents of 3 cupboards 5.50 US Bonds [sixes] of 1881 10,887.50
Back room - 2nd story   US Bonds 5-20's 1864 6,457.50
10 windsor chairs 14.00 Wilmington Institute Bond 500.00
2 bureaus & 2 looking glasses 20.00 Passenger Railway Bond 400.00
lamp & shade & bottles 5.00 Notes  
1 wash stand & toilet set 8.00 Note of C&E Betts due May 1867 5,756.00
contents of cupboard 2.00 Personal bonds - Frederick Tyson [Wiant] 9,128.00
Second entry   Personal bonds - Frederick Tyson [Wiant] 4,060.67
broom, brushes & carpet sweeper 2.00 Personal bonds - Edward Betts 14,284.66
entry carpet 4.50 Personal bonds - Alfred Betts 16,204.00
stair carpet 15.00 Personal Bonds - Alfred Betts 7,626.67
2 windows shades 1.00    
oil carpet 0.50    
stair rods 3.50    
3 window shades in small room 1.50    

Additional information:

1845 Wilmington Street Directory - iron founder house Market btw Eighth & Ninth
1853 Wilmington Street Directory - no occupation given / house 230 Market
1857 Wilmington Street Directory - bank president / house 230 Market
1859/60 Wilmington Street Directory - bank president / house 832 Market
1862 Wilmington Street Directory - bank president / house 832 Market
1864 Wilmington Street Directory - bank president / house 832 Market
1865/66 Wilmington Street Directory - no occupation / house 832 Market
1866/67 Wilmington Street Directory - no occupation / house 832 Market

 

Entry compiled & edited by Richard E. Stevens

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