Portland State University. Department of History
Thomas D. Morris
Date of Award
Master of Arts (M.A.) in History
1 online resource (93 p.)
Material culture -- Virginia -- Surry County, Surry County (Va.) -- Economic conditions -- History
This is a study of the material culture of Surry County, Virginia for the years 1690 to 1715, based on an analysis of 221 probate inventories. The inventories were divided by decades and then ranked by total appraised value. The bottom 30%, lower middle 30, upper middle 30% and the top 10% are described and changes over time examined. The picture of Surry that emerges is that of a poor county which was, nevertheless, a place of opportunity for the poorer sections of society. The bottom 60% of Surry's residents profited from the brief boom in the tobacco market (1696- 1702) and were, as a group, wealthier by the middle of the second decade of the eighteenth century than they had been in the 1690s. The top 40%, on the other hand lost ground economically.
Hawley, Anna Louise, "Structures of daily life : the material culture of Surry County, Virginia, 1690-1715" (1986). Dissertations and Theses. Paper 3611.