We have several collections in our archives pertaining to the prominent Hart family of Old Saybrook, Connecticut. This poster may be found in the papers of Rev. Samuel F. Jarvis, Jr (Ms 68815). Rev. Jarvis was the son of Sarah McCurdy Hart and Rev. Samuel F. Jarvis, Sr.; grandson of Capt. Elisha Hart; and nephew of Ann McCurdy Hart Hull, Mrs. Commodore Isaac Hull.
The collection contains correspondence, receipts, and estate settlement information. The Hulls did not have any children, and upon Mrs. Hull’s death, Rev. Jarvis Jr. served as the executor of her estate. This is a small collection, approximately 0.1 linear foot, and about half of it pertains to that estate. It contains several lists of her financial holdings and personal effects.
As you can see from the poster, the Hulls’ personal effects were auctioned off. Though difficult to say what was listed for the auction and what was listed merely for estate settlement purposes, it appears there was plenty to choose from. General household items included finger glasses, dessert plates, decanters, a rug, chairs, and a hammock. More personal effects included a blue veil, slippers, two pairs of drawers, a blue silk sun umbrella, and a perfume bottle. The Hull household had several feather cushions, Brussels stair carpet, and Athenian clay lamps from the Acropolis. The family must have been in a very comfortable financial position.
Rev. Jarvis also seems to have settled the estate of another aunt, Jeannette M. M. Hart. Jeannette left money to several family members and organizations. Among these were the Widows at Madeira, the Madeira Asylum, and two schools in that city. What was her connection to Madeira? Nothing in the collection seems to answer that question, though there is an 1853 circular from the Asylum among the papers.