Collection number: MC 310
Size: (1 container) (0.3 cu. ft. cu.ft.)
About Jonathan Sanborn (1799-1880)
Jonathan Sanborn (5 July 1799-3 December 1880) was a cobbler, farmer, and leatherworker from Hawke, NH – a town renamed in 1830 as the present-day Danville NH. He was the son of Lieutenant Jonathan Sanborn (Hawke, 1760-1813) and Anna Batchelder/Bachelder (Hawke/Danville 1762-1853). His siblings were Reuben W. (1785-1844), Nancy (1789-1825), Sarah (1790-1862), Miriam (1794-1844), and Oliver (1803-?). Brothers Reuben and Oliver appear throughout his account books prior to their deaths, as well his father Jonathan Sanborn and the occasional Bachelder (his mother’s family). Jonathan Sanborn did not marry or father children, and is buried in the family plot in the Old Meetinghouse Cemetery in Danville, NH (formally the Hawke Meetinghouse).
About the Jonathan Sanborn Account Books (1817-1876)
The seven account books consist of detailed records of the work performed by Sanborn for others (mostly farm labor and cobbling), as well as the animals he loaned to others for work or travel. Evidentially he was comparatively well off, as he had a horse and a team of oxen which frequently were rented for a small fee to neighbors. He was active in the town government, the meetinghouse, and in contributing goods and tithes to those being supported by the town. These pieces of information make it possible to piece together a changing picture of the economic landscape of Hawke/Danville over the 61 years covered by his account books, since as the town cobbler and harness repairman Sanborn had contact with nearly everyone. For example, individuals who borrowed a horse, sleigh, or plow were probably too poor to own one themselves, and individuals whose shoes were paid for by the town were most likely on public assistance at the time. Although several women are mentioned by name, his dealings were mostly with the male heads of households.
Sanborn kept his ledgers organized by the name of the individual for whom the service was performed; thus several of the date ranges overlap between books. Nearly all individuals were named in full – these names are transcribed by volume below. Spellings have been kept approximately as they were found in the source, with some more common spellings put in brackets to aid location.
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[Identification of item], [Folder Number], [Box Number], Jonathan Sanborn Account Books, 1817-1876, MC 310, Milne Special Collections and Archives, University of New Hampshire Library, Durham, NH, USA.
Purchase from Carmin Valentino Rare Books, ca. 2015
Arrangement is choronological by earliest date found in each volume. Sanborn's arrangement is not necessarily chornological within individual books.
|Box 1, Folder 1||Account Book, 1817-1821
|Box 1, Folder 2||Account Book, 1821-1826
|Box 1, Folder 3||Account Book, 1826-1831
|Box 1, Folder 4||Account Book, 1843-1860
|Box 1, Folder 5||Account Book, 1830-1865
|Box 1, Folder 6||Account Book, 1846-1876
|Box 1, Folder 7||Account Book, 1854-1861