It was common for bequests to include wearing apparel.
The Driver Family
Lush forests in Colonial America allowed settlers to build wooden homes.
The Driver Family: A Genealogical Memoir by Harriet Ruth Waters Cooke
William Luscomb the first of the name in Salem, Mass., was a cooper, and appears on the county deeds, Dec. 4,1680, when he bought of Mark Haskell, of Beverly, Mass., for £27,
a row of houses in which John Blygh now liveth next ye Meeting house, . . . the land formerly pertaining to Abigail Lord.
This estate was settled by instalments (sic), the last being paid Feb. 1. 1686, by his wife Susannah, during her husband's absence in England.There is no date of his death, or settlement of his estate. He married Susannah .
The following children constituted at least a part of his family:
2. John Luscom, born about 1668.
3. William Luscomb born about 1675; died in 1733-4.
4. Joanna Luscomb bapt. at adult age, Jan 16, 1686-7.
John Luscomb son of William and Susannah Luscomb, born about 1668 died before 1707; md. about 1691, Abigail Brewer, dau. of Crispus and Mary Brewer, of Lynn, Mass.; she born Dec. 4, 1664. Dec. 10, 1706, her father gave her all his real and personal estate, he dying Dec. 11, 1706, and his wife Mary dying May 3, 1692.
Feb. 10, 1706-7, she (Abigail) was a widow, when she sold to Crispus Richards 8 acres of her father's land, which he bought of Ebenezer Witter.
Child was (probably others, not found):
Samuel Luscomb, born in Lynn, Mass., Sept. 16, 1693.
Samuel Luscomb son of John (William), and Abigail (Brewer) Luscomb, born in Lynn, Mass., Sept. 16, 1693; made his will April 6, 1751; proved Jan. 2, 1751-2; names wife Mary, sons Thomas and Samuel, and daughter Elizabeth Abbott.
He was at first a shipwright, afterwards a gunsmith; md. first, Jan. 20, 1715-16, Elizabeth, probably daughter of William Beal, of Marblehead, Mass.; she, with six others, baptized May 24, 1696.
He married, second, April 17, 1746, Mary Stacy.
Children by Elizabeth were : —
13. William Luscomb, born Nov. 1, 1716; died before 1751.
14. Elizabeth Luscomb, born Aug. 10, 1718; md. Oct. 19, 1740, Benjamin Abbott.
15. Martha Luscomb, born Aug. 9, 1720; died before 1751; md. Oct. 19, 1740, Benjamin Tyler.
16. Samuel Luscomb, born Aug. 9, 1722; died in 1781.
17. Thomas Luscomb, born March 21,1724-5 ; md. May 19, 1747, Miriam
Old Style Calendar
Before 1752 the year began on Lady Day, March 25th,. Dates between January 1st and March 24th were at the end of the year. Old Style (O.S.) and New Style (N.S.) are used to indicate whether the year has been adjusted. Often both dates are used.
Essex County, Massachusetts was created on May 10, 1643 by the General Court of the Massachusetts Bay Colony, when it ordered "that the whole plantation within this jurisdiction be divided into four sheires."
Estate inventories give us a glance into the home life of Colonial Americans.