If you died in the 1800s and filed a succession in Louisiana, someone was appointed to go to your home and tally up the household goods. Seriously.
Tomasa Doncel, the widow of Joseph Solar, died in 1865. Succession records list everything she owned, including a pitcher, books, a table, chairs and even her spinning wheel.
So, if you’re curious what your ancestor owned, take a look through succession records. They are a wealth of information.