Chattel mortgages were made using personal property, rather than real property, as collateral. They are particularly good sources of family and social history. Of course, chattel mortgages reveal only those valuable pieces of personal property subject to the mortgage.
This series contains partition cases heard in the Court of Common Pleas from 1796-1886. Most of these cases involve real estate both within the county, and in other states, but sometimes involve personal property.