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Friday, June 9, 2017

A Silver Beacon from the Past #virginiapioneersnet #genealogy

A Silver Beaker from the Past 

English Silver BeakerHow do you think of an old family relic or treasure? Is it something which you would very much like to pass down to your children while telling them a story? If so, your thoughts are consistent with those of your ancestors. From the very beginning, colonists to the American Continent carried their treasures from Europe across the seas. As a matter of fact, there was a good store of silver in many of the homes of planters, either brought from the old country, inherited from English relations or imported. Such was the instance of Margaret Cheesman, of Bermondseam who, in 1679, bequeathed a great silver beaker and tankard with other plate to the children of Lemuel Mason of Virginia. Much care was taken in furnishings the home with imports from London. If we really want to know more about our ancestors, the inventory of their estate details such items as clothing, furnishings, and often items as precious as Mrs. Chessman's silver beaker. What happened to the family treasures over the years as they were passed on? If you have an unidentified antique in your family, the last will and testament, inventory, and sales of an estate might provide answers. These documents are generally found at the local county court house where your ancestor resided. Further back in time, Virginia Pioneers has a vast collection of old wills and estates dating from the 17th to 19th centuries. Sources: Leah and Rachel, p. 16; New England Historical and Genealogical Register, April 1693, p. 250. 

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