INSOLVENT PAPERS, 1814-1860 Warren County, New York
Insolvent papers contain petitions for insolvency, list of creditors and in most cases the town of residence of creditors, an inventory of both real and personal property, a list of moneys owed to the insolvent, a notice of publication and a final assignment of properties. These can provide a vast amount of information. Inventories I have looked at mention items such as "one set of clothes for each of my seven children", "three volumes of Methodist magazine", "one shirt for each of my two sons and one dress for each of my two daughters", "a Baptist bible", etc. All these are valuable clues in our research. The list of creditors can provide a chronology and map of places where the insolvent may have lived. One creditors list started with a list of creditors in Hampshire county, Mass, then continued with a list of creditors in Windham county, Vermont followed by a list of creditors in Athol, Warren County. Some creditors lists may include such specifics as "a promissory note signed by me in July 1818 at Whitingham, Windham county, Vermont." They often contain such folksy items as "Three dollars to John Smith for blacksmith work" or "Five dollars as bona fide account on the books of Joe Brown's store". Others include: "$150.00 due to James Miller for my one half share of the canal boat "Yellow Bird" now docked at Whitehall and used for hauling lumber between Moriah, Essex Co. NY and Troy, NY" also "fifty cents due Solomon Parks as a toll for crossing the bridge at Sandy Hill.".
This series is often overlooked in our genealogy research and certainly deserves more attention.