Manuscript Group 98, Guide to the M.F. Dickerson & Company, Dover, New Jersey Records 1816-1817


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Related Material
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Guide to the M.F. Dickerson & Company, Dover, New Jersey Records
MG 98

The New Jersey Historical Society
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Inventory prepared by Kim Charlton as part of the “Farm to City” project funded by a grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.

Finding aid encoded by Julia Telonidis. December 2005. Production of the EAD 2002 version of this finding aid was made possible by a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Finding aid written in English.

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Dickerson, Mahlon F., 1794-1823.
Title: M.F. Dickerson & Company, Dover, New Jersey Records
Dates: 1816-1817
Abstract: Daybook of Mahlon F. Dickerson (1794-1823), a merchant in Dover, Morris County, New Jersey.
Quantity: 0.25 linear feet
Collection Number: MG 98

Biographical Note

Mahlon Ford Dickerson, the only son of Julia Ford (1772-1794) and Silas Dickerson (1771-1807), was born on July 21, 1794 in Morris County, New Jersey. Both of his parents died by the time he was thirteen, leaving Charles Ford, probably his maternal uncle, his legal guardian.

Mahlon Ford. Dickerson went into partnership with his paternal uncle and namesake Mahlon Dickerson (1770-1853), opening a general store called M.F. Dickerson & Co. in Dover, Morris County, New Jersey. The store had a close relationship with the nearby Dickerson Iron Mine, run by Mahlon Dickerson, yet seems to have done poorly. The Dickersons dissolved their partnership in 1817, with the younger Dickerson retaining the company. Mahlon F. Dickerson was in the midst of financial troubles at the time of his death on May 22, 1823 in Stanhope, New Jersey. He died at the age of 28 and never married.

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Scope and Content Note

The records consist of a daybook from M.F. Dickerson & Company dating from 1816-1817. The volume documents the sale of goods, such as salt, spirits, nails, and butter, by recording customer name, purchase, and price. Recurring customers include Mahlon Dickerson (1770-1853), Lewis D. Camp, Henry R. Miller, John McKinnon, Rebeckah R. Randolph, and Cummins Oliver.

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Access Restrictions

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Use Restrictions

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Access Points

The entries below represent persons, organizations, topics, forms, and occupations documented in this collection.

Subject Names:

Dickerson, Mahlon, 1770-1853.
Dickerson, Mahlon F.

Subject Organizations:

Dickerson Iron Mine (Mine Hill, N.J.)
M. F. Dickerson & Co. (Dover, N.J.)

Subject Topics:

Dry-goods–New Jersey–Dover.
General stores–New Jersey–Dover.
Merchants–New Jersey–Dover.
Stores–New Jersey–Dover.

Subject Places:

Dover (N.J.)
Morris County (N.J.)

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Related Material

Manuscript Group 13, Mahlon Dickerson (1770-1853) and Philemon Dickerson (1788-1862) Papers
Manuscript Group 97, Edward Nicoll Dickerson (1824-1889) Papers
Manuscript Group 101, Dickerson Mine Records
Manuscript Group 249, Canfield-Dickerson Family (Morris County, NJ) Papers
Manuscript Group 1361, New Jersey Place Photographs and Prints (Dover, NJ, Box 10, Folders 4,5)

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

This collection should be cited as: Manuscript Group 98, M.F. Dickerson & Company, Dover, New Jersey

Records, The New Jersey Historical Society.

Acquisition Information

The source of this collection is unknown.

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Container List

Box Folder Title Date
1 1 Single volume of sales records, M. F. Dickerson 1816-1817

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