“Let’s Get Lost In Ledgers: So Much Genealogically Relevant Information Waiting To Be Discovered (Part 5)” is now available online for all NCGS Members.

Editor’s Message

After the exploration of one more general store ledger (William Britton), it is now time to explore the extant small business ledgers for other types of local businesses. We’ll first consider “liquor” ledgers. Your editor’s love affair with ledgers started with Henry Reid’s surviving Burke County records.

We’ll then examine the ledger of a butcher and one for a dry goods store, a type of store often focused on textiles or related to be converted by home sewers into clothing, kitchen, and household linens, and related. These are two types of stores still found today.

Next is sartorial splendor. This category encompasses the businesses that provide goods and services for a well-dressed and groomed ancestor. Incredibly intimate details are included ranging from shoe sizes to hat sizes to clothes sizes and more. With knowledge of these attributes, researchers are better able to visualize our ancestors. Shared ledgers include a fabric store, a men’s clothing store, hatter and millinery stores (hat makers for men and women, respectively), a tannery (creating the material used by shoemakers, a business type which will be explored in Volume 50 #1) and a barber.

As always, do check out the book reviews. New, exciting, and helpful books continued to be published to aid those researching their North Carolinian ancestors.

Diane L. Richard, Editor

Table of Contents

Editor’s Message

General Store – William Britton (Daybook & Account Book), Bertie Co, 1817-18
Hope Blackford

Introduction to Liquor Ledgers
Diane L. Richard

Liquor – Henry Reed, Burke Co, 1756-99
Aaron Jarvis

Liquor – Deborah McGee, Haywood Co, c. 1865
Hope Blackford

Butcher – Crain & Capes Beef, Orange Co, 1837
Sandra Shiver

Dry Goods – J. A. Clinard, High Point, Guilford Co, c. 1902
Hope Blackford

Fabric & Related – Watts Tomlin & Co, Iredell Co, 1854 & Later
Judy Page

Introduction to Sartorial Splendor
Diane L. Richard

Barber [Daybook] – William Holmes, [maybe] Wake Co, 1820-1845
Hope Blackford

Men’s Clothing – Mellon & Shelton, Mecklenburg Co, 1895-1901
Hope Blackford

Hatter – John Cox – Edenton, Chowan Co, 1804-1808
Kathy Toavs

Millinery – W.S. Clark Store, Tarboro, Edgecombe Co, 1899
Ron Haislip-Hansberry

Tanner – David Kendall, Stanly Co, 1847-57
Hope Blackford

Book and Media Reviews
W. Becket Soule


Don’t forget to check out this issue’s Journal Supplements. These materials went above and beyond what could fit within the issue.

  • General Store – William Britton (Daybook & Account Book), Bertie Co, 1817-1818
  • Watts Tomlin and Co (Fabric and Related)

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