Tobias Lord waste book, 1799-1800

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Content Notes

Waste book of Kennebunk, Maine, merchant and general store owner Tobias Lord, recording sales of merchandise like molasses, salt, rum, iron, and hoops, and trade of lumber, dated 1799-1800. Names of merchants, mariners, and other customers in the volume include John B. Hill, Nathanael Conant, Jr., Wise & Grant, Humphrey Chadbourn, Joseph Little, Captain Ebenezer Hall, Josiah P. Woodbury, Sally White, Captain James Perkins, Joseph Perkins, Jacob Emery, Joseph Kingsbury, Jacob Durrill, Joseph Moody, John Low, Nathaniel Waterhouse, and Benjamin Adams. There are accounts against ships such as the brig America, and snow Atlantic, and credits to laborers like Thomas Maddox, who worked on a brig. In April 1800, there are a number of accounts related to the sloop George, which carried staves, including entries for Benjamin Coes, who submitted a bill for making sails, wages of James Murphy, the ship’s mate, and John Millar, for work on the sloop. The front of the volume contains 19th century newspaper clippings and published verses pasted on the pages, as well as loose clippings.

Biographical Notes

Tobias Lord (1748-1808) was a shipbuilder and merchant in Kennebunk, Maine. His business interests included a general store; part ownership in vessels such as the brigantine Dolphin and schooner Fortune; a sawmill; and a pier and wharf. He also held approximately 1,000 acres of land in Maine.