Merrill Parke, 40, died of cholera in 1849, a victim of a national epidemic. He
had no will. Thus, under the laws at the time, his estate – including personal and
household goods – were inventoried and sold at a public auction. His wife, Susannah
Gentry Parke, did not automatically inherit his estate, thus she had to buy her own
belongings at the sale.
This list was copied from the original record in Madison County, Kentucky, Will
Book J, page 192 .