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Collection Number: 04625

Collection Title: Rangeley Family Papers, 1823-1949

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Size 2.0 feet of linear shelf space (approximately 50 items)
Abstract Chiefly account books recording transactions relating to businesses operated by various members of the Rangeley family of Virginia. Early books, 1823 through the 1860s, pertain to an establishment operated by John Rangeley of Patrick County, Va., which may have been a combination tannery and general store. By the 1850s, account books show John Rangeley operating in Henry County, Va., and in the 1870s the Rangeleys appear to have been operating their tannery and dry goods business under the name Rangeley and Son. Account books relating to W. H. Rangeley's dry goods and produce store in the town of Preston, Henry County, begin in 1885. Also included is a volume which, besides farm accounts, 1922-1923, includes brief diary entries probably written by George C. Rangeley, also of Henry County. There are also the following volumes: Mount Bethel Sunday School record book, 1892-1894; a poorhouse record book, circa 1929, listing paupers of Henry County by race and including brief entries describing the lives and deaths of particular individuals; and "Pioneer Days of Rangeley, Maine," 1949, printed pamphlet about the northern branch of the Rangeley family.
Creator Rangeley family.
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.
Preferred Citation
[Identification of item], in the Rangeley Family Papers #4625, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Gift of Ginger Travis of Hillsborough, N.C., in July 1992 (Acc. 92112)
Sensitive Materials Statement
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Chiefly account books recording transactions relating to businesses operated by various members of the Rangeley family of Virginia. Early books, 1823 through the 1860s, pertain to an establishment operated by John Rangeley of Patrick County, Va., which may have been a combination tannery and general store. By the 1850s, account books show John Rangeley operating in Henry County, Va., and in the 1870s the Rangeleys appear to have been operating their tannery and dry goods business under the name Rangeley and Son. Account books relating to W. H. Rangeley's dry goods and produce store in the town of Preston, Henry County, begin in 1885. Also included is a volume which, besides farm accounts, 1922-1923, includes brief diary entries probably written by George C. Rangeley, also of Henry County. There are also the following volumes: Mount Bethel Sunday School record book, 1892-1894; a poorhouse record book, circa 1929, listing paupers of Henry County by race and including brief entries describing the lives and deaths of particular individuals; and "Pioneer Days of Rangeley, Maine," 1949, printed pamphlet about the northern branch of the Rangeley family.

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Series 1. Account Books, 1823-1926.

About 50 items.

Arrangement: chronological by latest date.

Account books, chiefly recording transactions relating to businesses operated by various members of the Rangeley family. Early books, 1823 through the 1860s, chiefly relate to an establishment operated primarily by John Rangeley of Patrick County, Va. This business may have been a combination tannery and general store. Some entries concern making, repairing, and selling such items as shoes and saddles; other entries relate to buying and selling items typically stocked in a general or dry goods store. In most of the account books relating to John Rangeley, there is mention of dealings with a James Rangeley of Portland, Maine. These entries show that there was a connection between the Virginia Rangeleys and the Maine Rangeleys discussed in "Pioneer Days of Rangeley, Maine" (see volume 24).

By the 1850s, John Rangeley appears to have been doing business in Henry County, Va., which is just to the east of Patrick County. The move from Patrick County to Henry County appears to have been documented in an 1856 draft of John Rangeley's bill of sale for property in Patrick County. This bill of sale, included as an enclosure in volume 8, was registered in both Patrick and Henry counties. The name of the buyer and the price paid are not included. By the 1870s, the Rangeleys appear to have been operating their tannery and dry goods business under the name Rangeley and Son. In 1876, entries appear in volume 13 for the estate of John Rangeley, perhaps the father of the John Rangeley whose estate accounts appear in the late 1890s in volume 15, with W. H. Rangeley as administrator.

Account books relating to W. H. Rangeley's store in the town of Preston, Henry County, begin in 1885 with volume 14. Letterhead for this store shows that Rangeley established the store in 1860 as a "dealer in general merchandise and country produce." Also included among the account books is volume 19, which, besides general accounts, 1922-1923, includes farm diary entries for the same years. These entries probably document the activities of George C. Rangeley, also of Henry County.

Note that some volumes, particularly volumes 10 and 13, contain entries spanning considerable time periods.

Folder 1

Volume 1. Account book, 1823-1825, probably belonging to James Rangeley, with cash and general accounts. #04625, Series: "1. Account Books, 1823-1926." Folder 1

Folder 2a-b

Volume S-2. Account book and enclosures, 1823-1841, probably belonging to John Rangeley of Patrick County, Va., with general accounts and lists of land holdings in Pennsylvania and Virginia. #04625, Series: "1. Account Books, 1823-1926." Folder 2a-b

Folder 3a-b

Volume 3. Account book and enclosures, 1840-1843, belonging to John Rangeley of Patrick County, Va., with general accounts. #04625, Series: "1. Account Books, 1823-1926." Folder 3a-b

Folder 4

Volume S-4. Account book, 1843-1844, belonging to John Rangeley of Patrick County, Va., with general accounts. #04625, Series: "1. Account Books, 1823-1926." Folder 4

Folder 5a-b

Volume 5. Account book and enclosures, 1840-1845, belonging to John Rangeley of Patrick County, Va., with general accounts, including many entries recording the purchase of hides and some that mention dealings (chiefly borrowing money) with James Rangeley, Sr., of Portland, Me. #04625, Series: "1. Account Books, 1823-1926." Folder 5a-b

Folder 6

Volume S-6. Account book, 1847-1849, apparently belonging to John Rangeley of Patrick County, Va., with general accounts, including entries for the purchase of hides and other merchandise. #04625, Series: "1. Account Books, 1823-1926." Folder 6

Folder 7a-b

Volume S-7. Account book and enclosures, 1850-1851, apparently belonging to John Rangeley of Patrick County, Va., with general accounts. #04625, Series: "1. Account Books, 1823-1926." Folder 7a-b

Folder 8a-b

Volume 8. Account book and enclosures, 1844-1856, belonging to John Rangeley of Patrick County, Va., with general accounts and dealings with family members in Maine. Enclosures include a draft of an 1856 bill of sale for Patrick County land owned by John Rangeley. #04625, Series: "1. Account Books, 1823-1926." Folder 8a-b

Folder 9

Volume S-9. Account book, 1855-1858, belonging to John Rangeley now of Henry County, Va., containing general accounts. #04625, Series: "1. Account Books, 1823-1926." Folder 9

Folder 10

Volume 10. Account book, 1843-1845 and 1865-1868, belonging to John Rangeley of Henry County, Va., containing general accounts. #04625, Series: "1. Account Books, 1823-1926." Folder 10

Folder 11

Volume S-11. Account book, 1871-1872, belonging to John Rangeley and Son of Henry County, Va., containing general accounts. #04625, Series: "1. Account Books, 1823-1926." Folder 11

Folder 12

Volume S-12. Account book, 1869-1875, belonging to John Rangeley and Son of Henry County, Va., containing general accounts and records of real estate purchases and sales. #04625, Series: "1. Account Books, 1823-1926." Folder 12

Folder 13a-b

Volume 13. Account book and enclosures, 1839-1840, 1860-1861, 1867-1876, probably belonging to John Rangeley of Patrick County and John Rangeley and Son of Henry County, Va., containing general accounts, especially tannery accounts. Some of the later accounts relate to the estate of John Rangeley. #04625, Series: "1. Account Books, 1823-1926." Folder 13a-b

Folder 14

Volume S-14. Account book, 1885-1889, belonging to W. H. Rangeley of Preston, Henry County, Va., and containing dry goods store accounts. Letterhead invoices found later in the collection describe W. H. Rangeley's store as having been founded in 1860 and Rangeley as a "dealer in general merchandise and country produce." #04625, Series: "1. Account Books, 1823-1926." Folder 14

Folder 15

Volume 15. Account book, 1898-1899, for the estate of John Rangeley, with W. H. Rangeley as administrator. #04625, Series: "1. Account Books, 1823-1926." Folder 15

Folder 16a-b

Volume S-16. Account book and enclosures, 1909-1911, belonging to W. H. Rangeley of Preston, Henry County, Va., and containing dry goods store accounts. The book is marked "W. H. Rangeley Ledger No. 8." #04625, Series: "1. Account Books, 1823-1926." Folder 16a-b

Folder 17

Volume 17. Account book, 1918-1919, belonging to W. H. Rangeley of Preston, Henry County, Va., and containing store accounts. #04625, Series: "1. Account Books, 1823-1926." Folder 17

Folder 18

Volume 18. Account book, 1920-1923, belonging to W. H. Rangeley of Preston, Henry County, Va., and containing store accounts. #04625, Series: "1. Account Books, 1823-1926." Folder 18

Folder 19a-b

Volume 19. Account book and enclosures, 1911 and 1921-1923, probably belonging to George C. Rangeley, apparently a farmer of Henry County, Va. Included are general accounts and short journal entries that describe farm activities. Also included is a racially divided list of people, perhaps area residents, dated 1911. #04625, Series: "1. Account Books, 1823-1926." Folder 19a-b

Folder 20a-b

Volume S-20. Account book, 1914-1925, belonging to W. H. Rangeley of Preston, Henry County, Va., and containing store accounts. #04625, Series: "1. Account Books, 1823-1926." Folder 20a-b

Folder 21

Volume 21. Account book, 1924-1926, belonging to W. H. Rangeley of Preston, Henry County, Va., and containing store accounts. #04625, Series: "1. Account Books, 1823-1926." Folder 21

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