Madison County Families

Kentucky Pioneers and Their Descendants

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Merrill Parke’s Estate Sale

October 15, 1849

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 .