Manuscript Group 116, Henry King (d. 1781), Shoemaker and currier Records, 1767-1782


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Manuscript Group 116, Henry King (d. 1781), Shoemaker and currier

Records, 1767-1782, 0.3 linear feet / 2 volumes

Call Number: MG 116 + Box number


A daybook and account book kept by a Second River (now Belleville), New Jersey shoemaker and currier.

Biographical Note:

Henry King was a shoemaker, currier, and farmer in Second River (now Belleville), New Jersey.  He and his wife Mary had at least seven children –
Abram, John, Henry, Susannah, Martha, Caty, and Polly – before his death sometime between August and November of 1781.  He appointed Teunis Joralemon and Abraham Jno. Speer as the executors of his estate.

Provenance Note:

The source of the record books is unknown. They were accessioned together and marked with the numbers 8730 and 8731.

Scope and Content Note:

The records consist of a daybook and account book of Henry King, dating from 1767-1782 and tracking his shoemaking and currier business.  Each record book contains entries listing customer, job, price, and date.  Recurring surnames include the Belleville and Bloomfield families of Kingsland, Dow, Courtland, Joralemon, Van Blarcom, and Brown.  They purchased such services as the curing of skins and the soling and mending of shoes, and such items as new shoes, skins, and pieces of leather.

The daybook dates from 1767-1781 and contains chronological entries of jobs performed.  This volume also contains a few scattered account entries in its front and rear.

The account book dates from 1767-1782 and contains accounts for King’s customers.  The pages of the volume are numbered, however, the names are not indexed.

Related Collections:

See other curriers’ records.

See other shoemakers’ records.

Box List:



1 Daybook 1767-1781
2 Account book 1767-1782

Processed by Kim Charlton, July 2000 as part of the “Farm to City” project funded by a grant from the National Historical Publications and Records

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