Manuscript Group 1590, Guide to the Mahlon M. Coles, Carriage Manufacturer, Papers 1842-1892

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Descriptive Summary
Historical Note
Scope and Content Note
Access Points
Administrative Information
Bibliography

Container List

Ledger, Receipts and Statements 1842-1892


Guide to the Mahlon M. Coles, Carriage Manufacturer, Papers
1842-1892
MG 1590

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Inventory prepared by Shawn Ryan Rosa.

Finding aid encoded by Julia Telonidis. October 2004. 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: Mahlon M. Coles
Title: Papers of Mahlon M. Coles, Carriage Manufacturer
Dates 1842-1892
Abstract: Ledger, statements, and receipts of Mahlon M. Coles, the sole proprietor of a carriage-making shop in Colestown, New Jersey.
Quantity: 0.04 linear feet (4 folders)
Collection Number: MG 1590

Biographical Note

Mahlon M. Coles was the sole proprietor of a carriage-making shop in Colestown, New Jersey from 1842-1892. The town was named after Samuel Coles, an ancestor of Mahlon M. Coles, who bought 1,000 acres there in 1685. Colestown is now a part of the township of Cherry Hill, New Jersey.

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Scope and Content Note

This collection consists primarily of a ledger, with entries from 1842-1892, reporting the business transactions of the carriage shop operated by Mahlon M. Coles. Most transactions involve the repair of carriage parts (wheels, axels, doors, interior cloth). However, Coles also offered services outside the field of carriages. He was also known to fix stoves, tools, and even horseshoes. Included in the ledger are several entries of a personal nature, most having to do with the purchase of foodstuffs and general supplies. Accompanying the ledger are receipts, statements, invoices, and promissory notes for furniture, tools, and labor dated, 1854-1894.

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Access Points

The entries below represent persons, organizations, topics, forms, and occupations documented in this collection.

Subject Names:

Coles, Mahlon M.
Coles, Samuel.

Subject Topics:

Carriage industry–New Jersey–Colestown.

Subject Places:

Cherry Hill (N.J.)
Colestown (N.J.)

Document Types:

Financial statements.
Ledgers (account books).
Receipts.

Subject Occupations:

Carriage manufacturers and dealers

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

This collection should be cited as: Manuscript Group 1590, Mahlon M. Coles Papers, The New Jersey Historical Society.

Acquisition Information

Purchased by the New Jersey Historical Society in February 2003.

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Bibliography

History of Cherry Hill, New Jersey. (n.d.) Retrieved June 24, 2003, from http://www.cherryhill-nj.com/about/default.asp

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Container List

Ledger, Receipts and Statements1842-1892
Box Folder Title Date
1 1 Receipts and Statements 1854-1873
1 2 Receipts and Statements 1875-1894
1 3 Receipts and Statements n.d.
Box Folder Title Date
OS 1 Ledger recording business transactions, including the fixing of wheels, axels, doors, and interior cloth for carriages. Several entries reporting other services such as fixing stoves, tools, and horseshoes. Personal entries describing the purchase of foodstuffs and general supplies. 1842-1892

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