Reading through estate records are always interesting. You never know what you may come across; wills, heirs, court battles among relatives over a gun, receipts against the estate, and so much more. In reading through Nicholas Helmick's 1844 Estate from Hancock County, Ohio I found all of the above. Including a not so normal receipt. A 6 ft long coffin, Nicholas must have been on the tall side, and of course 5 pounds and 1/3 of cheese, I mean who doesn't buy cheese from a coffin maker?
Ohio, Hancock County Probate, Nicholas Helmick; "Ohio, Probate Records, 1789-1996," digital images, FamilySearch (www.familysearch.org: accessed 22 December 2012); Probate Records, 1842-1852, No. 118-215, image No. 530-571.