Barnett family receipt book, 1792-1861 (inclusive), 1824-1839 (bulk)

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Content Notes

Receipt book kept by cabinetmakers Isaac and Abraham Barnett, of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, recording their payment of taxes and purchase of mahogany and services like painting, from 1792 to 1808. There are also rent payments from the Barnetts to landlord Sarah Marshall. Isaac Barnett died in approximately 1800, and the volume continues with entries by Abraham Barnett until 1808. The name of Thomas Barnett, a sawmill owner, first appears in 1805, and his entries reflect payment of taxes, medical bills, and purchases of shoes, clothing, lumber, furniture, and subscriptions to the Saturday Evening Post and the Mechanic's Free Press. There are payments to Mary Hillman and Elizabeth Jones for schooling his children and wages to women household servants, general laborers, carpenters, and smiths; Thomas Barnett paid Joshua Albertson forty dollars in cash to build a barn in 1834. Expenses related to running his sawmill included the acquisition of patent rights for struts in 1834; general upkeep and repairs; and advertising his own patent in the Norfolk Beacon and Daily Advertiser in 1826. There is also one account entry for an unidentified purchase or service written by Thomas Barnett's son, George, in 1861.

Biographical Notes

Isaac and Abraham Barnett were cabinetmakers active in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, between the 1790s and early 1800s. It is unclear how they were related. Thomas Barnett, another relation, was a sawmill owner active between the 1820s and late 1830s. He had at least four children, including Sarah Ann, Isaac, Samuel, and George, all of whom received an education.