Needed: A New Family for Holcomb Rock

A new chapter for Holcomb Rock:

My children's father, Tom Berkeley, and I saved Holcomb Rock in 1983. We scraped the exterior paint, treated the clapboards with a mixture of linseed oil and turpentine before painting it, fixed the holes in the walls and the floors, added heat, added plumbing.

My children grew up there. Now at least part of the work and much of the work I had hoped to complete needs doing. The house is much too big for either of us, and is silent without the sound of play and visitors.

Our chapter at Holcomb Rock is over, and now we are looking for the next family for a house that has always had families and has out survived all but a few.

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Help Dating the Log Cabin - Palatine Tinsley's Inventory

From the will of Palatine Tinsley, who died in 1847. Palatine was the husband of Louisa Mandarin Bright, who married James M. Harris .

two horse ploughs
1 swingle trree and device , 8.00
5 hilling hoes $1.50
2 grubbing hoes and 12 pecks
4 axes and 2 wedges
1 old iron
2 horse ploughs
1 gray horse
1 yellow mare
2 shovels  crow bar
1 grinding stone (may be still at Holcomb Rock)
1 lot kitchen furniture 10.00
1 kettle and pots
1000 lb bacon
50 bushels corn
19 head of hogs
1 walnut bureau
1 safe
1 folding table
 8 windsor and 2 split bottom chairs
1 feather bed bedstead and furniture
1 small trundle bedstead and furniture
1 dressing able and 2 trunks
 1 lot table furniture 215.00
1 peaboard and 2 small waiters
1 pair of tons, 1 shovel and 1 pr andirons
1 slot gun and shot bag
1 pair of candlesticks and snuffers
1 lot of books
1 yoke of oxen
1 brindle cow , no horn
2 small heifer yearlings, 1 white and black cow
1 brindle cow 2 calves
1 Negro man George 35.00
1 Negro woman Abby 100,.00
LUcy a girl 500.00
Paulina a girl 300.00 

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