Manuscript Group 73, Elijah Baldwin (ca. 1718-1766) and Elias Baldwin (fl. 1760-1781), Shoe makers Account book, 1760-1781 (Bulk dates: 1762-1768)
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Manuscript Group 73, Elijah Baldwin (ca. 1718-1766) and Elias Baldwin (fl. 1760-1781), Shoemakers
Account book, 1760-1781 (Bulk dates: 1762-1768), 0.15 linear feet / 1 volume
Call Number: MG 73
Account book of Elijah Baldwin and his
son, Elias, who were shoemakers in Newark, New Jersey. The account book is
Elijah and Elias Baldwin were probably
descendants of John Baldwin, Sr., who received tracts of land in Newark at the
time of its founding on the condition that he make shoes for its
inhabitants. One of John Baldwin’s sons was Nathaniel Baldwin, who had a
son named Elijah around 1718. Elijah Baldwin married, had at least eight
children, and died on January 28, 1766. One of Elijah’s sons was Elias
If this Elijah and Elias Baldwin are
indeed the right ones, they seem to have followed in their ancestors
footsteps and were shoemakers in Newark. It is possible that another son
of Elijahs, Nathaniel Baldwin, was also in the family business.
The source of this collection is
unknown. The collection is titled Elijah and Elias Baldwin, and from loose
documents in the volume, it is clear that the businessman or men were Baldwins.
There are, however, notes inside the volume addressed to Nathaniel Baldwin,
another son of Elijah Baldwin and also a shoemaker.
This collection consists of an account
book of a shoemaker. The pages contain the name of the account and each
entry lists the date, job, and price. While entries in the journal date
from 1760-1781, the majority of the transactions took place between 1762-1768.
There is an index located in the front of
the book that lists the names and page numbers of the accounts. The pages
are numbered on the top of the left page. There are pages sewn into the
rear of the volume, along with a number of loose papers, some addressed to
Nathaniel Baldwin, that record additional account information. The loose
papers have been left inside the account book.
See other shoemakers’
Processed by Kim Charlton, November 1999 as part of the “Farm to
City” project funded by a grant from the National Historical Publications
and Records Commission.