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My ancestors Chariots listed in a 1744 Administration.

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David Allen Lambert

David Allen Lambert
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Question: I was rather surprised to look at the inventory in a 1744 Administration for my ancestor in Essex County, Massachusetts.  This inventory listed a variety of things but was surprised to find he owned "2 fine chariots".  In my expertise I think of chariots as something the Roman Soldiers used in battle.   Can you explain what this was?


Answer: A chariot in the 18th century for a New Englander would not be the two wheel Roman chariot of a century ago.  In this case it was a fancy four wheel carriage used by wealthy individuals.  These were often driven by a coachman and required one or more horses.

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