Do you know what is meant if you encounter the word “venter?” That’s the word used in this 1824 will from Tennessee. In this case the word is referring to a wife or mother as the “source of offspring.” The intent here is to make it clear which children are to receive this specific inheritance.

It’s not a mistaken reference to a vintner. That’s something else entirely.

[this tip originally appeared on our old blog in early 2015, but we thought it was worth reposting]


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