Merchants

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    The Stevens family of Meredith, New Hampshire consisted of Ebenezer Stevens (1810-1901), his first Therina P. Osgood (1811-1845) and their three children, and his second wife Cassandra Swansey (1818-1901) and their daughter Alice Swansey Stevens (1849…
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    The NH and Durham Vertical Files were collected over ca. 30 years and contain materials accumulated mostly by subject rather than creator. The New Hampshire and Durham vertical files contain historical information and publications covering a very wide…
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    From 1912 to 1930 the Durham Cooperative Company offered its members alternatives in reducing the cost of living in Durham. This collection contains the accounts of the Durham Coop Co. from 1915-1917
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    John W. Hurd (ca. 1837- between 1900 & 1910) was a farmer from Rochester, N.H. He married Ann A. Varney, and was a colonial in the 15th New Hampshire Infantry. A single ledger which is presumed to have belonged to John W. Hurd. A note (probably a book dealer's hand) links it to him, although…
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    Joseph Furnald (or Fernald) was an Exeter merchant and gundalow operator, born at Newfields on October 30, 1779 and died at Exeter (?) October 18, 1846. He worked shipping goods from Exeter to Portsmouth NH and back. The three ledgers document Furnald…
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    The Milne Special Collections and Archives is located at the University of New Hampshire, Durham, New Hampshire. The repository collects materials related to the social life, customs, and history of New Hampshire and greater New England. The Estate…
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    The Blake General Store/Tavern was run by the Blake family of Kensington, NH from ca. 1828-the 1920s. A boot manufacturing business was housed on the second floor until an 1894 fire, and the Kensington Post Office was housed with the general store…
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    Jonathan Sanborn (1799-1880) was a cobbler/farmer/leatherworker from Hawke (now Danville), Rockingham Co., New Hampshire. Seven account books spanning the years 1817-1876 span Sanborn’s entire professional life. They document in great detail his local…
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    The Milne Special Collections and Archives is located at the University of New Hampshire in Durham, NH. The repository collects materials related the history and culture of New Hampshire and greater New England. The collection contains financial…
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    Joseph Bradley (1762-c1840) was born in Plaistow, New Hampshire, the son of William and Sarah Smith Bradlery. He became a merchant, money lender, and inn keeper in Hawke (New Danville), Rockingham County, New Hampshire. Three volumes of account books…
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    George Harrington Carter (1873-1910) was born in Montreal, Canada in 1873. After his mother died in 1880 he was sent to Waltham, Massachusetts to live with relatives. He returned to Canada to work selling paper and he later joined the Nashua Card and…
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    The Dowst family lived in Allenstown, near Manchester, New Hampshire. They included various generations of men named Henry Dowst (beginning in 1784) and Frank Dowst (-1905). Contents of this collection were kept by the men of the family. The…
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    Derby Department Store of Peterborough, New Hampshire, was one of the many businesses across the nation affected by the regulations of the Office of Price Administration. The collection is largely made up of business records and invoices.
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    Agent for the Boston and Maine Railroad at Pike Station, Alton, New Hampshire. The letter press books track John L. Davis’s correspondence from December 1899 to August of 1907. In 1901, he and his wife moved from Haverhill, New Hampshire to Alton, New Hampshire and he began work as the Alton…
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    Edwin Terry was a peddler from Granby, Conn. He was born in Harford 22 Oct. 1832, married Maryette Allen in June 1856, and died 6 Aug. 1893 in Springfield MA. His parents were Harmon Terry and Emeline Ellis. Account book kept by Edwin Terry between 1841 and 1878. Terry frequently travelled to New…
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    Wholesale and retail merchant of Epping, N.H., who also worked as a lawyer, surveyor, and captain of the militia. Manuscript account book of Benjamin Brown of Epping, N.H. The ledger documents Brown’s sales of general goods (coffee, meats, spirits, grains…
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    Manufacturer of marble and granite monuments, headstones, table tops, and mantelpieces in Portsmouth from around 1860-1895. March 9, 1871 receipt for an advertisement from Silas Philbrick to W.A. Greenough that promises payment for a half-page advertisement in the Portsmouth Directory.
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    Born in Amesbury MA on 14 July 1803, son of Joseph Merrill and Lydia Martin. Merchant of Farmington, N.H. Died 17 Mar 1885 in Farmington, New Hampshire. In the earlier of the two books (1823-1830), Merrill records money he received for teaching school in Amesbury, MA District #4 and for supplying…
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    1760-1848. Smith was a merchant, Meredith and New Hampton, N.H. He was the son of Robert Smith and Abigail Cass, and married Elizabeth Betsey Marston ca. 1785. The ledger documents business transactions made at the Meredith store between 1822 and 1825. It appears that Smith ran a general store…
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    Cook was an ironsmith, soap and vinegar maker of Alstead, N.H. Cook's ledger was kept from 1818-1825. It includes a variety of business records; in addition to the above-mentioned ventures, Cook sold cider and grain, cut lumber, butchered meat, cobbled shoes, and kept livestock.
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    Tenney was a merchant from Chester, N.H. He was born 13 Jul 1807 and died 29 May 1891 in Chester, New Hampshire, son of Silas Tenney and Rebecca Bailey. He married Emeline Johnson Murray in 1833. The ledger reveals that Tenney sold all kinds of farm produce and kept a variety of livestock,…
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    William Hazeltine Gage was a merchant from Boscawen, NH. He was born 21 Mar 1791 son of Thaddeus Gage and Molly Bean, married Sarah Sargent in 1814, and died in Boscawen 26 Sep 1872. This folio-size, full-tooled leather ledger, inscribed as “No.3″ on…
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    Unidentified merchant. Records a variety of business transactions in northern New Hampshire (purchases and sales, as well as payment from the town of Lebanon of 50 cents for examining school teachers at the academy). Some of the names that appear in the ledger are John Emerson, Moses Fifield,…
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    Merchants, Goffs Falls, N.H. David Webster owned and operated a store, a boarding house, and a shoemaker’s shop in Goffs Falls from before the building and completion of the Middlesex Canal. He was the brother of Captain Amos Webster. Franklin Webster…
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    John Kimball was born in Wenham, Massachusetts in 1767. He was trained as a shoemaker, but later became a prosperous farmer and peddler in Wilton, New Hampshire. Kimball travelled to New Ipswich, Lowell and Milford, Massachusetts to sell produce, oxen and meat, and to haul stone, wood, and lumber…
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    Edward Fifield was born January 22, 1748 in Kingston NH and died at age 83 on August 19, 1831 in Plainfield NH. He married Dorothy Sleeper circa 1768. He lived in Salisbury NH and then at Meriden. Edward operated a tavern in Plainfield, which son…
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    William M. Carr & Company was founded in Bradford, New Hampshire in 1824 by William A. and Daniel Carr, purveyors of general merchandise. The company supplied all manner of goods to south central New Hampshire for over one hundred years. The Carr…
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    Moses Brown was born in 1742 and was a prominent merchant and citizen of Newburyport, MA. He first worked as a chaise maker in 1766. After 25 years, he purchased a wharf and invested his money in Newburyport’s lucrative shipping industry. Brown…