Manuscript Group 865, Zebina Dodd (1762-1843) and J. C. Crowell (fl. 1813-1820), Grocers Account book, 1813 – 1820

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Manuscript Group 865, Zebina Dodd (1762-1843) and J. C. Crowell (fl. 1813-1820), Grocers
Account book, 1813-1820, 0.6 linear feet / 1 volume
Call Number: MG 865(os)


Ledger containing financial records of a Newark grocery store owned by Zebina Dodd and J. C. Crowell.

Gift of Rev. David Irving.

Biographical Note:

Zebina Dodd was the son of Sarah Harrison Dodd (1736-1827) and David Dodd (1733-1817), a farmer and a soldier in the American Revolution. David Dodd was born in the Doddtown section of Newark (now East Orange), New Jersey and ran grist and cider mills which he later bequeathed to his sons, David and Zebina. In addition to the mills, Zebina Dodd ran a store and iron forge in Boonton, New Jersey from 1762-1763. He also entered into a partnership with J. C. Crowell (fl. 1813-1820) in a grocery store on North Park Street in Newark and was a trustee of the Second Presbyterian Church of Newark.

Zebina Dodd married Elizabeth (Betsey) Range (d. 1827), the daughter of John and Elizabeth (Halloway) Range, and with her had eight children.


Allison Dodd and Rev. Joseph Fulford Folsom. Genealogy and History of the Daniel Dodd Family in America: 1646-1940 ( Bloomfield, New Jersey, 1940).

Provenance Note:

The account book was the gift of Reverend David Irving, date unknown.

Scope and Content Note:

This collection consists of an account book kept by the grocers J.C. Crowell and Zebina Dodd from 1813-1820. Each customer’s account contains entries for the date, product purchased, and price. Customers purchased such items as butter, molasses, candles, sugar, brandy, rum, wagon, flour tea, soup, stockings, tobacco, muffins and soup. Crowell and Dodd’s customers included Ambrose Canfield, Joseph Byram (1754-1829), Nehemiah Crane, Elijah Rowe, John Shippen, and Reverend Stephen Grover.

Related Collections:

See records/papers of other merchants.

Processed by James Lewis, February 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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