Guide to the Caleb Parkhurst (1744-1817), Merchant Records 1784-1817 MG 149
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Inventory prepared by Irina Peris 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.
Caleb Parkhurst (1744-1817), the son of Esther Baldwin and Samuel Parkhurst, was a merchant in Newark, New Jersey. He had eight children by his first wife (her name is unknown), and after her death married Eunice Baldwin (1745-1833), the widow of Daniel Brown (1747-1776). Caleb Parkhurst died on February 7, 1817 in Newark.
The collection consists of three daybooks and an account book covering the years 1784-1813. The daybooks, dating from 1798-1799, 1803-1811, and 1811-1817, contain daily entries of general store sales, which record customer name, item purchased, and price. The fourth volume in the collection contains the accounts of individual customers and of a “Meeting House” project. The entries, dating from 1784-1791, are generally chronological and document the bartering of goods in the general store. Customers exchanged general store goods for products produced in their own households (such as butter, oats, and “sundries”) or for services rendered (for example, washing). The volumes are boxed according to size, and then arranged in chronological order. These record books represent a good source for the study of the development and availability of consumer goods at the turn of the nineteenth century.
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This collection should be cited as: Manuscript Group 149, Caleb Parkhurst (1744-1817), Merchant
Records, The New Jersey Historical Society.
Bequest of Henry Congar.