I have found a number of abstracts from another researcher and do not know exactly what they mean. The following is a typical one:

Eliab Cooper
b. 1767, Charles County, MD
Father: Jesse Cooper
Mother: Esther Ratcliff
Esther Cooper 5.150 D CH £58.4.2 Feb 17 1769
Sureties: Thomas Price, Richard Price.
Distribution to (equally): Karen Hepuch Cooper, Zeporah Cooper, Eliab Cooper.
Administrator: Joseph Ratliff.

In another entry there is this: "Esther Cooper 61.53 A CH £22.15.0 £32.2.4 Feb 17 1769"

I understand that these are distributions of assets from a will. However, I do not understand the abbreviations "5.150 D CH" or "61.53 A CH " within the context of the entries.

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    I've edited your title and question because this is not a citation. It is an extract or abstract of the information contained in whatever the original document might have been. A typical citation would point back to the original document and the archive or repository where it could be found.
    – Jan Murphy
    Oct 18, 2016 at 18:04
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    For reference, one location these quoted entries occur is here on the colonial-settlers-md-va.us website.
    – AndyW
    Oct 18, 2016 at 18:11
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    @JanMurphy I thank you for edit and suggestions, It is much appreciated.
    – paulbasel
    Oct 20, 2016 at 8:24
  • @AndyW Many thanks for the website suggestion.
    – paulbasel
    Oct 20, 2016 at 8:24
  • Paul, feel free to make further edits as needed. I do try to preserve the meaning as much as possible. Where did you find the information?
    – Jan Murphy
    Oct 21, 2016 at 19:40

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"CH" refers to CHarles County, Maryland.

"A" (meaning "account") can be found in these documents: "Abstracts of the Administration Accounts of the Prerogative Court; (multiple editions, called "Libers," see "Sources" below); V. L. Skinner, Jr.

"D" stands for "deed."

The numbers (5.150, for instance) come from the "Charles County Maryland Probate Records, Inventories, Book 1717-1735" or "Charles Co, Maryland: Probate Records and Inventories Part I 1673 - 1753," depending on date. The first number is supposed to be "the page or folio number for the beginning of the document" (as described in the "Maryland Genealogical Society Bulletin; Winter 1984 Vol 25 No 2;"). The Maryland Genealogical Society Bulletin itself is sold out but the article on Charles County records is theoretically orderable here.

The listed date is the date that the "Inventory" (assets in question) was dealt with.


  • You have been most helpful. I have learned a lot and I appreciate your detailed explanation.
    – paulbasel
    Oct 20, 2016 at 8:27

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