Skip to main content

SCOUT

Special Collections Online at The University of Tennessee

Henry County Ledgers

 Collection
Identifier: MS-1420

This collection consists of four ledgers from Henry County, Tennessee. One is from a Fancy and Dry Goods establishment, apparently run by Maxwell and Dinwiddie; one is from a blacksmith; one is from a cobbler named E. A. Goldsby; and one is a personal cash book for William M. Maxwell. The ledger from Maxwell and Dinwiddie's dry goods store begins with itemized lists of purchases for individual customers during December of 1854. These purchases include such items as fabric, hair pins, stationery, powder and shot, indigo, alpaca, food, Bulls Sarsparilla, and postage. After many blank pages, the end -- written in pencil -- seems to be a doodle book for Miss Hattie Maxwell. William M. Maxwell's cash book lists expenses on the left-hand pages and receipts on the right-hand pages. Near the end of the book, and written vertically, is a note from April 29, 1838 to the effect that thirty dollars of Tennessee money was exchanged for thirty one dollars of Mississippi money. The blacksmith's ledger lists charges for such goods and services as making irons to wagon, clives pins, sharp my cairy plough, pounding and shaping one shovel, and mending a stirrup band. Tanner or cobbler E. A. Goldsby's day book lists charges for quinine, pairs of shoes, sheep skin, and other items.

Dates

  • 1838 February 18-1866 July 9

Conditions Governing Access

Collections are stored offsite, and a minimum of 2 business days are needed to retrieve these items for use. Researchers interested in consulting any of the collections are advised to contact Special Collections.

Conditions Governing Use

The copyright interests in this collection remain with the creator. For more information, contact Special Collections.

Extent

0.3 Linear Feet

Abstract

This collection consists of four ledgers from Henry County, Tennessee. One is from a Fancy and Dry Goods establishment, apparently run by Maxwell and Dinwiddie; one is from a blacksmith; one is from a cobbler named E. A. Goldsby; and one is a personal cash book for William M. Maxwell. All of the ledgers are handwritten and include itemized lists with prices, crossed out accounts, and occasional doodling.

Biographical/Historical Note

William Morris Maxwell was born in Virginia on October 5, 1806. He married Martha Jane Howard on January 13, 1848 in Henry County, Tennessee, and the couple had four children who survived to adulthood: John Basil (1851-1901), Mary Harriette (1849-1937), Howard Morris (1860-1915), and Stonewall Jackson (1863-1950). For most of his career, Maxwell worked as a merchant in Caledonia, Tennessee. He died on February 23, 1868 and is buried in the family plot in Caledonia.

Elias Akin Goldsby was born to Stephen and Deborah (Akin) Goldsby on September 9, 1823. For most of his life, he farmed in Weakley County, Tennessee. During the Civil War, he left farming and served as a hospital nurse in Company K of the 51st Tennessee Infantry (CSA). Goldsby died on November 23, 1904 and is buried in Everett Chapel Cemetery in Weakley County, Tennessee.

Arrangement

This collection consists of a single box.

Acquisition Note

Special Collections purchased these ledgers in February of 1987.

Repository Details

Part of the Betsey B. Creekmore Special Collections and University Archives, The University of Tennessee, Knoxville Repository

Contact:
The University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Knoxville TN 37996 USA
865-974-4480