Manuscript Group 769, Stephen Denton (fl. 1820-1834), Laborer Account book, 1828-1834

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Manuscript Group 769, Stephen Denton (fl. 1820-1834), Laborer
Account book, 1828-1834, 0.1 linear feet / 1 volume
Call Number: MG 769



Financial accounts of a Denville, Morris County laborer, kept in the rear of an incomplete copy of the Ordinances of the City Council of Charleston in the State of South Carolina (no
publisher, n.d.).

Biographical Note:

Stephen Denton was raised in Hanover, Morris County, New Jersey. He became a laborer in the nearby town of Denville and married Mary Banker in 1820.


Genealogical Magazine of New Jersey,
Vol. 6, 1930, pg. 109.

Provenance Note:

The source of this collection is unknown.

Scope and Content Note:

Stephen Denton’s accounts are in the rear of an incomplete printed book entitled Charleston South Carolina City Ordinance, 1784, Major Wm. W. Morris. Of the 88 pages in this volume, the first 60 pages contain ordinance numbers 38-74 passed from 1786-1789. The remainder of the volume consists of blank pages used by Denton to keep his accounts from 1828-1834. In each customer’s account, Denton documented the type of work performed, the date, and wages or goods received. Customers included Daniel Dickerson (1777-1845), William Scott (1785-1838), Moses Brookfield, and members of the Hinchman family; and typical jobs were cutting wood, planting, harvesting, blacksmithing, and building fences. Denton was often paid with such goods as shoes, pork, fish, and molasses. The volume is not indexed.

Processed by Luis Delfino, January 2001 as part of the “Farm to City” project funded by a grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.

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