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Read about the items one Tennessean owned when he was killed by Indians in 1787.

All his worldly goods–Cornelius Ruddle, 1787
 
Early settlers had very few possessions. An example is Cornelius Ruddle who came to Middle Tennessee with the James Buchanan party in 1779. He married in 1782, and later purchased 640 acres of land. Ruddle was killed near Nashville in 1787, presumably by Indians.
 
A few months after the head of a household died, several men, usually neighbors, were appointed by the court to inventory his “worldly goods.” They would list any items of value. This would be used to settle any debts the deceased had.  All of Ruddle’s worldly goods were listed in the public record. They were:

a horse, about 14 hands high
five cows
one bed
two bedsteads
six pewter plates
two pewter basins
pewter dish
four tin cups
six pewter spoons
six knives
two forks
Dutch oven
two water pails
two keelers (large bowls)
one wash tub              
box iron and heater
a pair of cotton cards
iron candlestick
saddle iron
a saw set
bridle
handsaw
one axe
two beaver traps
a table
a chest
frying pan
two chairs
a lead inkstand
razor with two hones
looking glass
child’s bed
weeding hoe
small bell
a saw set
pair of bullet molds
a common prayer book
a pair of knitting needles
a little spinning wheel
a cotton gin
lock & key
30 lbs. of flax and toe
31 lbs of cotton in the seed
50 bushels of Indian corn

There were no hunting knives or rifles listed on the inventory; presumably they were taken by whomever killed him.



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