The Nevada Constitution, ratified in 1864, contained a provision for documenting "all property, both real and personal, of the wife owned or claimed by her before marriage and that acquired afterward by gift, devise or descent" so that in the case of the end of the marriage, she could reclaim it. County Recorders kept the records, and this is the register for Washoe County, Nevada, from 1865 through 1913.
The Digital Services Department in the University Libraries collaborated with the Washoe County Recorder's Office to digitize historical records. Transcribing these records will help make them accessible to those who are unfamiliar with 19th century handwriting, and will also make them searchable. If you would like to help with this project, sign up using the tab at the top of this page, and then please contact Special Collections.
The index to the entries in the Ledger, giving the page number(s) for each woman's inventory of property.
1865-1873. Records of the personally-owned property of Eva Elizabeth Fischer, L.E. Burnett Lovejoy, and Mary A. Pine.
1877-1880. Records of the personal property of Lizzie J Fannon, Josie Cann, Sarah Ann Abbee, Mary L. Budden, Hattie E. Wallace, Lizzie Illidge), Florence L. (Guthrie) Varian, Susan E. Jones, Mary Logan, and Elizabeth V. Borden.
1880-1881. Records of the personally-owned property of Elizabeth V. Borden, Martha D. Smith, Sarah A. Abbee (supplemental), Christena C. Douglas, Mrs. M.C. Stopher, Florence L. Varian, Sarah L. McFarlin, Nettie A. Merrill, Louise Martin, Eliza Lutz, Sirantha McConnaughy, A.E. Barnes, and Mary L....
1881-1882. Records of the personally-owned property of Katie Rinehart, Hannah S. Crockett, Columba A. Feratti, Fannie Cahn, Deleah Hartung, Jane Gault, Martha A. Chapin, Abigail C. Sessions, Charlotte E. Jaques, Sarah V. Clark, Lizzie Greiner, Alice E. Hoy, Elizabeth E. Borden (supplemental),...
1882-1883. Records of the personally-owned property of Ida A. Maltby, May L. Pryor, Fannie L. Smith, Ida A. Evans, Martha J. Ferguson, Antonetta Bechtel, Rose Hutchinson, Margaret Hogan, Elizabeth Manning, and Sadie Gale.
1882-1883. Records of the personally-owned property of Exilda Deloushent, Minerva Hooper, Julia M. Courtois, Lucy M. Ulyatt, Melinda Benham, Harriett B. Giles, Sarah L. McFarlin (supplemental), Lina Odett, Mary I. Fitzgerald, Mariah S. Hall, Ellen E. Hart, and Elizabeth Holcomb.
1884-1885. Records of the personally-owned property of Mary Needham, Anna Gilson, Fannie Kahn, Addie E. Bacon, Emma Berry, Harriet Lachman, Ida A. Evans, and Sarah A. Abbee.
1885-1888. Records of the personally-owned property of Emma Frederick, Atlanta Burtch, Martha Lodge, Elfie Washburn, Ella S. Alexander, Julia Birdsall, Ella White, Lillie Payne, Lizzie J. Forbes, Catherine (aka Katherina) Miller, Antonetta Bechtel, Catherine Mozingo, and Abbie E. Oakes.
1888-1890. Records of the personally-owned property of Mary McKissick, Nellie L. Werner, Julia Prescott, Lydia E. Borman, Cinderella Pollock, Margaret Greiner Kerth, Lila Riter, and Martha J. Humphrey.