Alexander Smith and son account book, 1795-1844 (inclusive)

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About this Item

Creator
Smith, Alexander , 1766-1843
Type
Account books.
Language
English
Origin
Massachusetts
Description
.25 linear feet (1 volume)
Repository
Baker Library, Harvard Business School, Harvard University
Identifier
colonialnorthamerica.library.harvard.edu/990146496420203941

Content Notes

Account book kept by Alexander Smith (1766-1843), and his son, Alexander Smith, Jr., of West Springfield, Massachusetts. The entries for Alexander Smith the elder date from 1795 to 1834 and pertain to sale of crops he grew, including beans and rye, and day labor he provided to neighbors, including carting produce. The entries for Alexander Smith, Jr., date from 1834 to 1844 and include records of the sale of apples, oats, corn, and other agricultural products, in addition to shoes he crafted or mended. A number of pages have been torn out.

Biographical Notes

Alexander Smith, son of Jonathan Smith, Jr., was born in West Springfield, Massachusetts on October 5, 1766. He married Elizabeth Hastings on April 25, 1793, and lived and worked on the family farm. The couple had five children, including Alexander, Jr., who became a farmer and shoemaker. Alexander Smith died in an almshouse on November 30, 1843.