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.
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.
The source of this collection is unknown.
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.
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.