Hear Ye! Hear Ye! Hear Ye! Come all present to witness the inventory of the worldly possessions of one Robert Yetton, late of Shelby County of the great state of Indiana!
Stephen Shepherd, over at the Full Chisel Blog, has offered up for our enlightenment and pleasure, a reading of the inventory of an early 19th Century craftsman by the name of Robert Yetton. Most likely a probate inventory, we have here the worldly goods of a farmer / craftsman of some experience. Not the usual farmers array of tools, this inventory includes lathe, cooperage, cabinet or joinery and even cobblers tools. Quite a varied assortment of tools, equipment, farm animals, farm equipment and oddments!
The other possibility that comes to mind is this was the assortment of tools and skills the above-average settler needed to setup a homestead. Self-sufficiency at it's best seems to describe the wide array of tools and skills the late Mr. Yetton brought to his venture. Or not? You be the judge. Read through this inventory and try to imagine Mr. Yetton at his chores. No Big Box stores, no online ordering, no Collectible Stanley Tools.
Perhaps Mr. Yetton provided his skills to the local community as services in return for goods? Will the real Mr. Yetton please stand up and tell us who he was?