Goffstown Ledgers, 1819-1867

Collection number: MC 399
Size: (2 oversize boxes) (1.5 cu.ft.)

About the Creators

The Goffstown Ledgers were created by three entities: the John Smith Store, the Parker General Store and Dr. Alonzo Carr (1817 Goffstown - 1887 Goffstown). The Parker General Store was located in Parker Station area and owned by William Parker from 1804 until he died in 1839, after which it was managed by his sons John and David Parker until it closed in 1872. Today it houses the Goffstown Historical Society. The John Smith Store was opened in 1810 by Captain John Smith (1770-1853) in the area known as the West Village. It was operational at least until 1868.

About the Goffstown Ledgers

Five ledgers/daybooks are included in this collection, from three separate creators. Each is notable for its mention of the town's Black residents alongside the town's non-Black citizens. Goffstown may have been a stop on the Underground Railroad. A packet of background research is included in the boxes with the materials.

Vol. 1: John Smith Store Ledger (1819-1832). Mentions Cato Walker (1766-1838) and his wife Catherine Owen Walker (married 1818), militia man Prince Johonnot (veteren of the Battle of Bunker Hill), and assorted unnamed family members and relations.

Vol. 2-3: Parker General Store Ledger & Daybook (1850-1851; 1864-1867). Mentions the Johonnet family members Isaac, Emerson, Francis and Abraham.

Vol. 4-5: Dr. Alonzo Carr Ledger & Daybook (1839-1849). Mentions Jason Miller, Emerson Johonnet, Abigail Johonnet, Godfrey Johonnet, John Barnes, Sherborn Freeman, Catherine Walker and a Mr. Mitchell. These volumes are also notable for their records of the births and medical histories of Goffstown residents at that time.

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

This collection is open.

Copyright Notice

Contents of this collection are governed by U.S. copyright law. For questions about publication or reproduction rights, contact Special Collections staff.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], [Box number], Goffstown Ledgers, 1819-1867, MC 399, Milne Special Collections and Archives, University of New Hampshire Library, Durham, NH, USA.

Acquisitions Information

Purchase, 2024

Separated Material

These five volumes are the total number which were purchased by the archive. They represent parts of larger bodies of work which may not have survived to the present day.

Collection Arrangement

  • Arrangement is by creater of materials.

Collection Contents

Oversize Box 2
Oversize Box 2, Item 1Volume 1: John Smith Store, 1819-1832
Oversize Box 1
Oversize Box 1, Item 1Volume 2: Parker General Store Daybook, 1850-1851
Oversize Box 2
Oversize Box 2, Item 2Volume 3: Parker General Store Ledger, 1864-1867
Oversize Box 2, Item 3Volume 4: Dr. Alonzo Carr Ledger, 1839-1849
Oversize Box 2, Item 4Volume 5: Dr. Alonzo Carr Daybook 1940-1843


Ledgers & Receipts