Marie Josephe Montet Boudreaux died in 1844, requiring her widower, Jean Joseph Boudreaux, to inventory her property. From what I can gather, standard practice in the 1800s was for the court to appoint a few men to go out to the house and tally up the household goods.
She wasn’t fabulously wealthy. But the appraisers counted every single kitchen utensil.
Here’s what she left behind:
A mantlepiece clock
Demijohns and lard pots
Yoke of oxen
2 milk cows
A negro man named George
A tract of land on Bayou Boeuf
$199 in cash
The inventory also lists the surviving children who were present when the appraisers repaired to the Boudreaux homestead “on the Bayou Boeuf”:
- Henriette Adelina, wife of Jean Baptiste Penisson, and her husband (since wives weren’t allowed to authorize anything in those days).
- Azelie, wife of Jean Baptiste Giroir
- Marie, wife of Robert Love
- Pierre Lucien
- Felicite, wife of Valgrant Verret