Guide to the Matthias Winans (1739-1782), Innkeeper Account Book 1774-1780 MG 198

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Descriptive Summary
Biographical Note
Scope and Content Note
Restrictions
Access Points
Administrative Information
Bibliography

Container List

Account Book


Guide to the Matthias Winans (1739-1782), Innkeeper Account Book1774-1780
1774-1780
MG 198

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Inventory prepared by Jeff MacMillan, August 2000, as part of the “Farm to City” project funded by a grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.

Finding aid encoded by Julia Telonidis. February 2006. Production of the EAD 2002 version of this finding aid was made possible by a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Finding aid written in English.


Descriptive Summary

Creator: Winans, Matthias, 1739-1782.
Title: Matthias Winans (1739-1782), Innkeeper

Account Book

Dates: 1774-1780
Abstract: Account book kept by Matthias Winans (1739-1782), proprietor of an inn in Elizabeth, New Jersey.
Quantity: .02 linear feet
Collection Number: MG 198

Biographical Note

Matthias Winans (b. 1739), a son of Isaac Winans (1710-1780) and Margaret (d. 1741), was an innkeeper in Elizabethtown (now Elizabeth), New Jersey. He married Rachel Morse (d. 1797) with whom he had the following children: Matthias (1761-1777), Isaac Ross (1763-1827/31), Mary (1764-1829), and Abigail (fl. 1780). Winans died in Elizabethtown in 1782.

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Scope and Content Note

The records consist of an account book dating from 1774-1780 kept by Matthias Winans detailing business transactions at his inn. Each account is labeled with the name of an individual and then notes date, drink or food purchased, and price. Patrons generally purchased such comestibles as brandy, gin, grog, mutton, fish, and dinner. Many of the accounts do not give the details of each transaction, referring instead to a ledger, “blue covered book,” or daybook. For patrons who stayed at Mr. Winans’s establishment, accounts list length of lodging and related services such as hay or feed for the customer’s horse. The account book is indexed and the last page has a “Memorandum of Boarders” which lists prominent lodgers, primarily military officers, who stayed at the inn. Interleaved in the book is an April 25, 1796 inventory of goods to be auctioned belonging to Daniel Kilsey of Rahway.

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Restrictions

Access Restrictions

There are no access restrictions on this collection.

Photocopying of materials is limited and no materials may be photocopied without permission from library staff.

Use Restrictions

Researchers wishing to publish, reproduce, or reprint materials from this collection must obtain permission.

The New Jersey Historical Society complies with the copyright law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code), which governs the making of photocopies or other reproductions and protects unpublished materials as well as published materials.

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Access Points

The entries below represent persons, organizations, topics, forms, and occupations documented in this collection.
Subject Names:
Winans, Matthias, 1739-1782.
Subject Topics:
Hotelkeepers–New Jersey–Elizabeth.
Hotels–New Jersey–Elizabeth.
Taverns (Inns)–New Jersey–Elizabeth.
Subject Places:
Elizabeth (N.J.)
Union County (N.J.)
Document Types:
Account Books.

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

This collection should be cited as: Manuscript Group 198, Matthias Winans (1739-1782), Innkeeper

Account Book, The New Jersey Historical Society.

Acquisition Information

Gift of Charles M. Lum, 1910.

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Bibliography

Abstract of Wills Vol. 6: 1781-1785. New Jersey Archives: First Series Vol. 35: pg. 449.

Woolley, Alice W.E. Winans Family Geneology.1987.

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Container List

Account Book

Box Folder Title Date
1 1 Inn Account Book 1774-1780

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