From the Inventory of Capt. Samuel Maltby, it is very evident that he lived in great comfort, possibly luxury, for those days.
The Gun, Cane, Ring, Seal, 3 silver spoons, which were William Maltby's, desk, case of bottles, Chest and Clock, and his Negro Boy, he bequeathed to his son Samuel. He also left to Samuel, his Desk, case of Bottles, Clock, and Husbandry tools. I do not find the desk on this Inventory, possibly they were words not legible or torn off. All his land at Northford William gave to Samuel and it is valued in Samuel's inventory at # 1500-0-0 -- 39 acres. The Case of Bottles, # 5 and the Clock, # 5.
I would call attention to the Looking Glass, 25 pounds. A short while back, in our money this would be about $125.00. The Damask blanket, ten pounds, or about $50.00--"one bed and furniture," 57 pounds or $285.00. These impress me as very large sums for those days.
Lastly I would mention the "Coat-of-Arms, 10 shillings." Why would Samuel and not his elder brother Daniel own this? It seems to me Daniel was content on his farm. Samuel went to Yale College, and, we believe, was in England in 1740. It is possible he brought this coat-of-arms back with him. I do not think it was the arms of the Bishop's family--and the Maltby coat-of-arms was being used by Maltbys in England at an early date. It has been stated that some families had coats-of-arms of England, but I rather reject this theory.
Although Bishop Edward Maltby was not born until 1770, he used the Maltby coat of arms in his Book Plates. The College of Arms granted him a Coat of arms in 1829, and failing to establish a direct line of descent from the old Yorkshire family, they gave him, never- the-less-- "Argent on a bend gules, 3 garbs or, differenced by a lion rampant in chief and a cross pattee in base." The "lion rampant."
The compiler possesses a photograph of Orchard Guy's tombstone at Branford, and if he looked like the profile cut on his stone, he had an extremely long and pointed nose, and a sharp projecting chin. Let us trust the carver did not do justice to Orchard. He was born about 1702, and died Jan. 30, 1774, aged 72 years. He mar. Dec. 5, 1733, Mary Foote, daughter of Stephen Foote and Elizabeth Nash, who was daughter of John Nash and Elizabeth Hitchcock. He was a son of John Guy, b. 1663; d. July 10, 1730, who mar. Anne Orchard, b. 1675; d. Mch. 1, 1742. "All are buried at Branford."
Children of Capt. Samuel and Elizabeth (Barker) Maltby. III.32. Abigail Maltby, b. Oct. 29, 1716, died unmar. III.33. Samuel b. Oct. 21, 1718. III.34. James b. June 2, 1721; d. May 24, 1722. III.35. Elizabeth b. July 3, 1723; not mentioned in father's will, 1751. III.36. Mary b. Feb. 28, 1725. III.37. Sarah b. Nov. 10, 1729. III.38. Rebecca b. July 28, 1732; d. Apr. 19, 1734.
II.9. Major Jonathon Maltbie, Gentleman, b. July 26, 1698, Branford, son of William and Abigail (Bishop) Maltby. His birth is recorded in the handwriting of his father. (Branford Rec., Vol. II). He was bapt. the same month. (Branford Church Rec. in M.S.).
(New Haven Probate Rec., Vol. III, p. 235)
In Oct. 1710, Daniel Maltbie, half-brother of Jonathon, was