Portsmouth Asylum
Town Farm Inventory - 1833

  Town Farm Inventory - 18331

An inventory of Stock, hay, farming utentials, Corn, potatoes, carrots, turnips, household furniture, Clothing as now on the farm belonging to the town of Portsmouth, taken and appraised by us the subscribers this 23rd day of March AD 1833:
  $ c
5 cows & one calf $104. one pair of oxen. 184.00
15 sheap $33.75 - 14 lambs at $1.33 - $18.62 52.37
4 shoats $16 - 2 shovels $1.67 - 3 raks & 2 forks 19.92
3 Tons of hay at $16. per ton $48. - 1 ox cart $16. 64.00
1 Plough $7.37. 3 hoes $2. - 1 ox harrow $6.25 15.62
2 ox yoaks 75 cents - 44 bushels of corn $39.60 40.35
1 bushel of Rye 90 cts - 16 bushels of oats & barley at $9.60 10.50
100 bushels of potatoes $28.- 5 do of Carrots $1.25 29.25
5 bushels beats $1.67 - 12 bushels french turnips at $3.00 4.67
4 Bushels round turnips 50c .50
470 lbs. of salt Pork $37.60 - 150 lbs Beef $9.00 - 50 lbs hams $5.00 51.60
2 Meat casks $1.25 - 1 large ketttle $3.00 - 1 1/2 barrels soap $4.75 9.00
500 Rails $49.00 - 27 Fowls $4.75 53.75
60 lbs of Hogs fat at 12c per lb $7.20 - 14 lbs butter at 20c $2.80 10.00
1 Churn $2.00 - Candles $1.25 - soap greese 50 3.75
Rye meal, Butter sugar & sassagues $1.00 - sundry small stores 50c 1.50
4 Gallons Molasses $1.36 - 1 keg of pickles & meal barrel 75c 2.11
1 Round Maple Table $1.00 - 12 large & 6 small tin plates $4.30 5.30
12 Large & 6 small tin Cups $2.70 - 3 tin milk pans 3.12
1 tin Coffee pot, 25c - 1 tin sause pan, 17c - 1 Iren pot & ladle $1.00 1.42
17 knives, 18 forks and 18 spoons $3.87 - 1 sythe at $1.00 4.87
3 Bags 75c - 1 Pounding barrel 5Oc - 1 Cider barrel .33 1.58
1 Water pail 37c - 1 Feather bed, Coverlet & Qilt $12. 12.37
1 Iren Pot 75c - stove & pipe $4.82 5.57
Boards 10, 60 - hooks & Clasp 25c 10.85
  597.97
Articles that came with the poor from the Town House:
1 large wheel - 1 trunk five Chests 1 old case of Drawers - 1 Bake Ketle - 1 Cradle, 7 Bedsteads, 7 cords, 2 straw beds - 5 feather beds, 2 old Blankets, 1 old Coverlet, 1 Comforter, 1 tin plate, Stove, 2 armed Chairs and five other Chairs . 1 Blanket, 1 rug, 1 quilt, 1 Bolster & pillows, 1 Blanket quilt - 1 bolster, 2 large & 3 other Chairs, 1 bolster, 2 pillows - 2 Blankets, 1 flannel sheat, 1 Coverlet, 1 linen wheel - 1 Tea table, 1 small pot, 1 skillet, 1 Bake kettle, 2 Tea kettles, 2 pair of Andirens, 1 small dish kettle - 3 washing Tubs and 1 pail.

Articles of Clothing furnished the poor by the Commissioners:
Caleb Fish - 1 pair of new stockings, 1 pair footed .45
Benjamin Brownell-. 2 new shirts, 3 pair of trowsers, 1 jakcet & vest, 1 handkerchief; 2 pair of new stockings, 1 pair footed 6.00
Joseph Fish ~3 shirts, 3 pair of trowsers, 2 pair of stockings, 1 jacket, 1 vest, 1 handkerchief; 1 pair shoes 6.00
Phebe Slocum - 3 yards of flanel 1.00
Hannah Slocum - 5 yards of cotton cloth, 1 handkerchief 1 pair of stockings, 2 pair footed, 1 Apron 1.20
Lydia Lawton - 5 yards cotten, 2 pair stockings, 1 handkerchief 1.00
Martha Tew - 1 Cotton gownd, 3 yds flanel, 2 pair stockings, 1 pair shoes 3.00
Elizabeth Irish - 5 yds cotton, 1 gingham gownd, 2 short gownds, 2 pair stockings, 1 pair shoes 3.50
Nancy Irish - 2 shirts, 1 gownd, 1 handkerchief 1 pair shoes 2.50
Mary Slocum - 2 shirts, 1 gown& 2 aprons, 1 pair stockings, 1 pair footed, 1 pair shoes 1.50
Bedding: 1 flanel & 2 Cotton Comforters, 3 under-beds, 8 sheets, 6 pillow cases, 2 bolster cases, 1 cotton & 1 flanel blanket, 5 Chambers 12.00
  $31.65
  597.97
  Total 629.62

Stephen B. Cornell
Richard Sherman Jr. Appraisers
Inventory of Goods and stock
at the Portsmouth Assylum .

[1] John T. Pierce Sr., Historical Tracts of the Town of Portsmouth, Rhode Island, 1991: Portsmouth, Rhode Island, Hamilton Printing Company.
 

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  Report on Poor & Insane (1851)
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