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Collection Number: 03915

Collection Title: Business Records of Jonathan McNeill and Elbert S. McNeill, 1810-1890.

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This collection was rehoused and a summary created with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities; this finding aid was created with support from NC ECHO.

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Size 1.0 feet of linear shelf space (approximately 100 items)
Abstract Jonathan McNeill and Elbert S. McNeill of Laurel County, Ky., were brothers and business operators of J. & E. S. McNeill, general merchandisers. Their brother, Captain James H. McNeill, served in the United States Army, 1861-1862, with the 7th Kentucky Regiment. The collection contains account books and other business records, mostly 1859-1890, of J. & E. S. McNeill; and one volume of coal shipments for a Laurel County company, 1883-1888. Loose papers are chiefly receipts and notes, 1867-1875, of Jonathan McNeill. The ledgers contain per-unit prices of various dry goods. One volume includes accounts with Captain James H. McNeill and members of the 7th Kentucky Regiment, United States Army, and a register of deaths, 1861-1862, at Camp Wildcat and Camp Calvert.
Creator McNeill, Jonathan.
Language English
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Restrictions to Access
No restrictions. Open for research.
Restrictions to Use
No usage restrictions.
Copyright Notice
Copyright is retained by the authors of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.
Preferred Citation
[Identification of item], in the Business Records of Jonathan McNeill and Elbert S. McNeill, #3915, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Gift of Elva Andes of London, Ky., 1970
Additional Descriptive Resources
A copy of the original finding aid for this collection is filed in folder 1a.
Sensitive Materials Statement
Manuscript collections and archival records may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal or state right to privacy laws and regulations, the North Carolina Public Records Act (N.C.G.S. § 132 1 et seq.), and Article 7 of the North Carolina State Personnel Act (Privacy of State Employee Personnel Records, N.C.G.S. § 126-22 et seq.). Researchers are advised that the disclosure of certain information pertaining to identifiable living individuals represented in this collection without the consent of those individuals may have legal ramifications (e.g., a cause of action under common law for invasion of privacy may arise if facts concerning an individual's private life are published that would be deemed highly offensive to a reasonable person) for which the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill assumes no responsibility.
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Jonathan and Elbert S. McNeill of Laurel County, Ky., were brothers and business operators of J. & E. S. McNeill, general merchandisers. Their brother, Captain James H. McNeill, served in the United States Army, 1861-1862 with the 7th Kentucky Regiment. The McNeills came to North Carolina from Scotland in 1769 and moved to Kentucky by 1790, settling in Laurel County around 1799. The family developed an active business community on their property, including a tavern, saw mill, grist mill, tannery, and retail shops. Many of these businesses existed into the early 20th century.

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The collection contains account books and other business records, mostly 1859-1890, of Jonathan McNeill and Elbert S. McNeill, general merchants of Laurel County, Ky.; and one volume of coal shipments for a Laurel County company, 1883-1888. Loose papers are chiefly receipts and notes, 1867-1875, of Jonathan McNeill. The ledgers contain per-unit prices of various dry goods. One volume includes accounts with Captain James H. McNeill and members of the 7th Kentucky Regiment, United States Army, and a register of deaths, 1861-1862, at camps Wildcat and Calvert.

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Contents list

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Arrangement: chronological.

Folder 1a

Original finding aid #03915, Series: "Business Records of Jonathan McNeill and Elbert S. McNeill, 1810-1890." Folder 1a

Folder 1

Papers, 1810-1890 #03915, Series: "Business Records of Jonathan McNeill and Elbert S. McNeill, 1810-1890." Folder 1

Papers are chiefly of Jonathan McNeill, and the bulk are dated 1867-1875. They consist of receipts, notes, accounts, orders, and inquiries.

Folder 2

Volume 1: 1859-1860 #03915, Series: "Business Records of Jonathan McNeill and Elbert S. McNeill, 1810-1890." Folder 2

Pocket ledger apparently for J. & E. S. McNeill, containing accounts with customers for the purchase of whiskey, brandy, coffee, tobacco, flour, meal, corn, salt, and bacon; indicates barter and cash payments.

Folder 3

Volume 2: 1861-1877 #03915, Series: "Business Records of Jonathan McNeill and Elbert S. McNeill, 1810-1890." Folder 3

Ledger for J & E.S. McNeill. The largest portion of the book is Captain James McNeill's "Tobacco Record," 1861-1862, accounts with individual members of Captain McNeill's 7th Kentucky Regiment, mainly for personal items such as tobacco and "tickets." The back of the ledger lists Captain McNeill's men, their ranks, and the number of books, jackets, etc. allotted to each; also a register of deaths at Camp Wildcat and Camp Calvert for 1861-1862. The other portions of the ledger contain general accounts of J. & E. S. McNeill for 1872-1873 and 1875-1877.

Folder 4

Volume 3: 1862-1869 #03915, Series: "Business Records of Jonathan McNeill and Elbert S. McNeill, 1810-1890." Folder 4

Ledger for J. & E. S. McNeill, containing accounts with customers for the purchase of general merchandise.

Folder 5

Volume 4: 1865 #03915, Series: "Business Records of Jonathan McNeill and Elbert S. McNeill, 1810-1890." Folder 5

Pocket ledger for J. & E. S. McNeill, containing accounts with customers for the purchase of general merchandise; ledger indicates that some goods were paid for in credit by days worked and others by goods traded.

Folder 6

Volume 5: January 1869-April 1870 #03915, Series: "Business Records of Jonathan McNeill and Elbert S. McNeill, 1810-1890." Folder 6

Ledger for J & E. S. McNeill, containing accounts with customers for the purchase of general merchandise.

Folder 7

Volume 6: May 1870-December 1875 #03915, Series: "Business Records of Jonathan McNeill and Elbert S. McNeill, 1810-1890." Folder 7

Ledger for J & E. S. McNeill, containing accounts with customers for the purchase of general merchandise.

Folder 8

Volume 7: 1873-1886 #03915, Series: "Business Records of Jonathan McNeill and Elbert S. McNeill, 1810-1890." Folder 8

Ledger, probably of E. A. Thrush, containing accounts with customers for purchase of general merchandise; listings are by customer and then chronologically under each name.

Folder 9

Volume 8: 1882-1890 #03915, Series: "Business Records of Jonathan McNeill and Elbert S. McNeill, 1810-1890." Folder 9

Ledger for J & E. S. McNeill, containing accounts with customers for the purchase of general merchandise; entries are in alphabetical order by customer's last name; there is only one entry each for 1889 and 1890.

Folder 10

Volume 9: 1883-1888 #03915, Series: "Business Records of Jonathan McNeill and Elbert S. McNeill, 1810-1890." Folder 10

Ledger entitled "Coal Shipping book," for Webb Frost and Company, East Bernstadt, Laurel County, Ky., containing a record of the coal shipping done on shipping rights leased from "McNeill."

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Processing Information

Processed by: SHC Staff

Encoded by: Noah Huffman, December 2007

Updated by: Adam Fielding, Kate Stratton, and Jodi Berkowitz, December 2010

This collection was rehoused and a summary created with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

This finding aid was created with support from NC ECHO.

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