John and Samuel Reed account books, 1740-1822 (inclusive)

About this Collection

Reed, John
Account books.Ledgers (account books).
Collection Title
John and Samuel Reed account books, 1740-1822 (inclusive)
.5 linear feet (2 volumes)
Baker Library, Harvard Business School, Harvard University
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Reed, John
Reed, Samuel
Footwear industry--Massachusetts
Leather industry and trade--Massachusetts
Weymouth (Mass.)

Content Notes

Collection consists of two account books kept by Weymouth, Massachusetts, shoemakers John Reed and his son Samuel Reed, dated 1740-1822. The first volume is a ledger of transactions related to making and mending shoes; John Reed's account date from 1740 to 1782, and Samuel Reed's accounts date from 1784 to circa 1807. Many accounts contain entries for enslaved people; Joseph Dyar was charged for making or mending shoes for Cato and other undentified enslaved people in 1740, and John Pratt was billed in 1741 for shoes for Venes (Venus). There are also entries by Samuel Reed's son, William, from approximately 1818 to 1822. The second volume contains monthly records of professional and personal expenses, including trip to "see Mr. Savage's Panorama" and tooth extraction, from 1794 to 1796.

Biographical Notes

Shoemakers active in Weymouth, Massachusetts, between the 1740s and early 1800s. John Reed was apparently succeeded in business by his son, Samuel Reed, and grandson, William Reed.