Manuscript Group 820, John Piatt (fl. 1765 – 1785), Cobbler Account book, 1765 – 1785 (Bulk dates: 1765 – 1772)


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Manuscript Group 820, John Piatt (fl. 1765-1785), Cobbler

Account book, 1765-1785 (Bulk dates: 1765-1772), 0.1 linear feet / 1 volume

Call Number: MG 820


Piatt was a cobbler in the Three Mile Run district of Somerset and Middlesex counties.  This account book was the basis for John J. DeMott’s article “John Piatt’s ‘Cobbler Census,’ 1765-72,” Somerset County Historical Quarterly 6 (April 1917): 92-95.

Biographical Note:

John Piatt was a cobbler who lived in the Three-Mile Run district of Somerset County, New Jersey.


De Mott, John J. “John Piatt’s ‘Cobbler’s Census,’ 1765-1772,” in Somerset County Historical Quarterly, Vol. 6, 1917.

Provenance Note:

The source of this collection is unknown.

Scope and Content Note:

This collection consists of John Piatt’s account book dating from 1765-1785 with bulk dates of 1765-1772.  Each customer’s account contains the date, job, and method of payment for each transaction.  Typical jobs include the purchase and repair of shoes; customers usually paid with goods and labor.  The accounts are not indexed.

Related Collections:

See other cobblers’ and shoemakers’ records.

Processed by James Lewis, 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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