Dutch term – Levende have

Levende have means livestock. You may come across the term as a heading in inventories of estates in notarial records or voluntary legal records.

Just because someone owned livestock does not mean that they made their living by farming. Many people owned a goat or cow for their milk. They may have sold the surplus, but would have other means of income.

Sheep and goats in the barn. Credits: Jan van Ravenswaay, 1821; collection Rijksmuseum (public domain)

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