Manuscript Group 470, John R. Pearson (1766-1848), Grocer Receipt book, 1822-1851


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Manuscript Group 470, John R. Pearson (1766-1848), Grocer

Receipt book, 1822-1851, 0.1 linear feet / 1 volume

Call Number: MG 470



Personal, business, and tax receipts of a Trenton, New Jersey resident and grocer.

Gift of Connecticut State Library.

Biographical Note:

John R. Pearson (1766-1848) and his wife Catharine (1799-1832) lived in Trenton, New Jersey and had at least five children: Cornelius (1823-1832), Louisa, Catharine, Joseph C., and Sarah.  From the receipts in this volume it appears that Pearson owned a grocery, and in 1822, the family rented a house in “Cox’s Alley.”  After Catharine’s death, John married Louisa W. Kiernan (1769-1838).  The family built a house in 1842, probably located on Quarry Street, and a second home was built in 1847.  John R. died in 1848, and Louisa was made executor of the Pearson estate, however she died a month after her husband and the court appointed Israel Howell, a merchant, Justice of the Peace, and tax collector for the east ward of Trenton, as agent for the estates.

Provenance Note:

This volume was a gift of the Connecticut State Library, date unknown.

Scope and Content Note:

This volume is a receipt book used by John R. Pearson of Trenton, New Jersey from 1822-1851, to document both business and personal transactions.  Typical receipts include those for rent, taxes, shoes, flour, pork, butter, pew rent, and construction costs.

Related Collections:

See Merchants’ papers/records

Processed by Luis Delfino, December 2000 as part of the “Farm to City” project funded by a grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.




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