Harrison D. Robertson Papers, 1830-1861

Collection number: MC 330
Size: (1 box) (0.33 cu.ft.)

About Harrison D. Robertson (1807-1862)

Harrison D. Robertson (ca. 1807 Hopkinton-9 June 1862 Warner) was a postmaster as well as "wood + lumber denter" according to the 1860 Census. His personal estate was valued at $30,000 at that time with extensive real estate holdings; most of the money seems to have been made logging, milling, and supplying 'sleepers' (ties) and other wooden goods to the railroad industry. There are also receipts for leather trade. He married Sarah Evans (?-1856, dau. of Benjamin Evans).

Harrison and Sarah had at least three children: Lucinda Evans Robertson (1832-1859), John Evans Robertson (9 May 1843-13 Sept. 1930), and Katie D. Robertson (1850-1862). John Robertson married Martha F. Page of Bradford (1846-1906, dau. of Bard Plummer Page and Louisa Cressy).

Other family members mentioned include "Aunt Sallie" who (possibly along with a husband) runs a store in Concord where John stays while he is in school during the 1850s. There are also mentions of "George", and "the baby" (whose name may be "Susie").

About the Harrison D. Robertson Papers (1831-1861 and Undated)

Robertson's papers consist mostly of business correspondence and receipts related to his buying and selling lumber and other goods from Northern New Hampshire and Quebec to the American railroad industry. There is also a small number of letters from his son John which discuss their family, a land deed, and yearly household accounts for the 1850s.

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

This collection is open.

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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], [Folder Number], Box 1, Harrison D. Robertson Papers, 1830-1861 , MC 330, Milne Special Collections and Archives, University of New Hampshire Library, Durham, NH, USA.

Acquisitions Information

Purchase from Carman Valentino Rare Books, ca. 2017.

Collection Arrangement

Chronological within type of material.

Collection Contents

Folder 1Letters from son John Robertson, 1857-1859

4 letters which John wrote home to his father in Warner while he was at school in Concord. These contain some family information.

Folder 2Robertson Household Accounts, 1851-1860

Detailed tallies of everything the household bought from merchants in Warner for each year, tallied and paid at the end of the year.

Folder 3Woodman Business Correspondence, 1850-1860

Correspondence from Harry Woodman, business partner in Montreal, describing timber shipments and markets.

Folder 4Business Correspondence, 1830-1861 and Undated

Business correspondence from others. Concerning orders, shipments, supply chain, market demand, and so forth.

Folder 5Business receipts, 1833-1861 and Undated

Most of the receipts are from the 1850s, a time when business with the railroads and westward expansion was booming. This folder contains many beautiful examples of contemporary letterhead.

Folder 6 Land deed, 1851

Sale of a tract of land in Sutton to James and Lucy Whidden.



Ledgers & Receipts
Letters & Postcards