About Mary Harrison (Dale)
In Will Book 4, starting on page 44, is the inventory of Daniel Harrison. The inventory was taken on 3 October, 1677, and was recorded on 12 Dec. 1677 and was presented by Mary Harrison. The inventory is extremely long and takes up about 7 pages in the will book. I will post the beginning of this inventory and the ending, as the middle consists of items in the estate, debts, etc., again the exact spelling.
A True and Pefecte Inventory and Acct. of the Estate of Mr. Daniel
Harrison (deced.) as it was taken and apprized this 3d day of October 1677, by us whose names are hereunto subscribed, being sworne according to an Ordr. of > Cort. by Mr. Edw. Dale.==
Next is the inventory, debts, etc., followed by:
"Exhibit in Cur. Com. Lancastr: 12 die Dec: 1677 p.
Oaths of Mary Harrison, widdow and relict of Dan: Harrison deced., and admitted to record.
Teste John Stretchley, Cl Cur"
Also of interest in reference to Mary Harrison are the following:
- Lancaster County Orders, 1666-1680: Court 11 July 1677
- P. 379, "Com. of Adm. on the estate of Mr. Daniel Harrison to Mary Harrison the widdow and relict of same and inventory to be exhibited."
- Lancaster County Orders, 1666-1680: Court 13 March 1677/8
- P. 416, Cert. to Mary Harrison widdow and relict of Mr. Daniell
- Harrison for the trans. of Katherine Moone, Jane Wilson, Jeremiah Thornton, Richard Asale, Richard Lambert, John Willet, John Panmer, Edmund Nugent, Elizabeth Godsell and Priscilla Howles.
On the subject of the term, son in law in the colonial period could have been used as describe a foster child, stepchild, etc., BUT not
always. I discussed this with Mr. Preston Haynie, a director of the Northumberland County Historical Society. Preston devotes most of his time to genealogy on the Northern Neck of Virginia (Northumberland, Lancaster, Westmoreland and Richmond counties). He is extremely knowledgeable on the subject. If he isn't at the historical society, he can be found in the record room of the clerk of the county office in the Northumberland County courthouse or somewhere in the Library of Virginia doing research. Preston told me that the term son in law in colonial records has to be taken on a case by case basis and all facts determined to decide exactly what the term means in relationship to the parties involved.
Thank you. Joan Burdyck