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Collection Number: 05051

Collection Title: Thomas Gill Ledger (#5051) 1803-1813

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Size 1 item (0.5 linear feet)
Abstract Thomas Gill was a merchant in Bertie County, N.C., in the early 19th century, selling primarily turpentine, tar, and bees wax. Gill had a business partner, William Copeland, until 1804, when he appears to have become sole proprietor of his business. In 1808, Gill moved with his family to a farm adjacent to Bean Station, Tenn., in Grainger County. The collection consists of Thomas Gill's "Accounts Ledger B," 1803-1813. Most of the transactions are from 1803-1804 and deal with turpentine, tar, and bees wax. Accounts are recorded in pounds, shillings, and pence. An alphabetical list of customers (h, i, j, and k pages are missing) precedes the account listings. The family names of Askew, Freeman, Newsom, and Outlaw are recorded frequently. Transactions relating to the partnership of Gill and William Copeland fill the first 140 pages of the ledger. In 1804, after the partnership appears to have ended, Gill continued to enter accounts from his individual business operations for another 56 pages. The ledger also contains occasional references to an earlier partnership between Gill and John Harrell. The final two pages of the ledger appear to record loan payments and interest charges paid by Gill and William Copeland from 1808 to 1813; these seem to be the only pages written after Gill's relocation to Grainger County, Tenn.
Creator Gill, Thomas, fl. 1803-1846.
Language English.
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No restrictions. Open for research.
Copyright Notice
Copyright is retained by the authors of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.
Alternate Form of Material
Microfilm copy (filmed October 2003) available.
  • Reel 1: folder 1 of 1
Provenance
Purchased from Dan Casavant Rare Books of Waterville, Me., in March 2001 (Acc. 98893).
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Thomas Gill was a merchant in Bertie County, N.C., in the early 19th century. Gill primarily sold turpentine, tar, and bees wax. Gill had a business partner, William Copeland, until 1804, when he appears to have become sole proprietor of his business. The ledger indicates Gill had a prior business partnership with John Harrell and may have operated the schooner Polly. In 1808, Thomas Gill moved with his family to a farm adjacent to Bean Station, Tenn., in Grainger County. William Copeland appears to have relocated to Grainger County as well. According to Thomas Gill's will, recorded on 10 February 1846, his estate was distributed to his four children: Elizabeth Knight, Mary Shields, Martha Jarnagen, and Samuel Gill.

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The collection consists of "Accounts Ledger B," 1803-1813, of merchant Thomas Gill of Bertie County, N.C. Most of the transactions are from 1803-1804 and deal with turpentine, tar, and bees wax. Accounts are recorded in pounds, shillings, and pence. An alphabetical list of customers (h, i, j, and k pages are missing) precedes the account listings. The family names of Askew, Freeman, Newsom, and Outlaw are recorded frequently. Transactions relating to the partnership of Gill and William Copeland fill the first 140 pages of the ledger. In 1804, after the partnership appears to have ended, Gill continued to enter accounts from his individual business operations for another 56 pages. The ledger also contains occasional references to an earlier partnership between Gill and John Harrell. The final two pages of the ledger appear to record loan payments and interest charges paid by Gill and William Copeland from 1808 to 1813; these seem to be the only pages written after Gill's relocation to Grainger County, Tenn.

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1 item (0.5 linear feet).

The collection consists of "Accounts Ledger B," 1803-1813, of merchant Thomas Gill of Bertie County, N.C. Most of the transactions are from 1803-1804 and deal with turpentine, tar, and bees wax. Accounts are recorded in pounds, shillings, and pence. An alphabetical list of customers (h, i, j, and k pages are missing) precedes the account listings. The family names of Askew, Freeman, Newsom, and Outlaw are recorded frequently. Transactions relating to the partnership of Gill and William Copeland fill the first 140 pages of the ledger. In 1804, after the partnership appears to have ended, Gill continued to enter accounts from his individual business operations for another 56 pages. The ledger also contains occasional references to an earlier partnership between Gill and John Harrell. The final two pages of the ledger appear to record loan payments and interest charges paid by Gill and William Copeland from 1808 to 1813; these seem to be the only pages written after Gill's relocation to Grainger County, Tenn.

Folder 1

Ledger, 1803-1813 #05051, Series: "Ledger, 1803-1813." Folder 1

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