Guide to the Arthur Lefferson (1739-ca. 1802), Tanner and Currier Account Book 1775-1792 MG 120
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Inventory prepared by Jeff McMillan 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. January 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.
Arthur Lefferson, born April 22, 1739, was a tanner, currier, shoemaker, and repairman in Upper Freehold Township in Monmouth County, New Jersey. A son of Leffert Lefferson (1711-1755) and Janetje Williamson, Arthur’s siblings included Oukey Lefferson (1747-1809), Anna Van Cleef (b. 1741), Jane Lefferson (1745-1818), and Mary Polhemus (fl. 1739-1781). Prior to the General Militia Muster of 1776, Lefferson volunteered for the local militia. When he died sometime after December 15, 1802 but before January 9, 1803, Arthur Lefferson was unmarried and without children.
The records consist of an account book dating from 1775-1792 that was kept by Arthur Lefferson. The volume tracks the sale of skins, hides, shoes and other transactions such as charges for shoe repair and labor (both personal and slave labor costs). The accounts are indexed. The volume also contains a small number of notes including two subpoenas, a few receipts, and an estate record.
The first subpoena (July 29, 1784), issued by the court in Freehold, calls for Mr. Lefferson’s testimony in a “plea for partition” case between William Hendrickson and William Grover. Grover, an English sympathizer, was one of many loyalists who were forced to forfeit their land for redistribution in an act of April 18, 1778, an act which probably precipitated the above land dispute. The second subpoena (September 9, 1784), issued by the Supreme Court in Trenton, concerns the same case and parties. Both notices were signed “Houston,” who was probably the Trenton based Supreme Court clerk, William C. Houston (clerk from 1781 until his death in 1788).
The estate record (December 6, 1804), which establishes payment procedures for the procurement of Mr. Lefferson’s “real and personal estate,” bears the signatures of Robert Montgomery and James Bruere, the executers of Mr. Lefferson’s will in 1803. The latter were also trustees of the Allentown Presbyterian Church, an institution that was built on land acquired from, among others, Lefferts Lefferson, Arthur Lefferson’s father.
The remaining interleafed items include an account of wagon building expenses of Mr. Lefferson, a note from William Hendrickson regarding money to be sent him by his “Negro boy,” and an advertisement of items at a vendor’s market.
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This collection should be cited as: Manuscript Group 120, Arthur Lefferson (1739-ca. 1802), Tanner and Currier
Account Book, The New Jersey Historical Society.
The account book was purchased by The New Jersey Historical Society in 1928.
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Storms, F. Dean. History of Allentown Presbyterian Church 1720-1970. Allentown, New Jersey, 1970.
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