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Henry, Samuel

Samuel Henry Accounts Books, 1813-1881.
2 boxes (0.75 linear feet).
Call no.: MS 013

Justice of the peace, merchant, landowner, and entrepreneur from Prescott and Shutesbury, Massachusetts. Nine volumes contain descriptions of his duties as justice of the peace, a book of deeds and mortgages from local real estate transactions, account books of sales in his general store and from his palm leaf hat business, and notes of accounts with individuals.

Biographical Note

Prescott was among the Western Massachusetts towns abolished in 1938 to allow the Swift River Valley to be flooded, thereby creating the Quabbin Reservoir to provide Boston with water.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

Samuel Henry was a justice of the peace, merchant, landowner, and entrepreneur in early nineteenth century Prescott, Massachusetts. Henry eventually moved to Shutesbury, Massachusetts in 1857. The nine volumes of accounts in this collection reflect his varied interests and responsibilities. His record of acknowledgements covers his duties as justice of the peace and show local real estate transactions from 1829 to 1857. His personal activity in real estate is reflected in his book of deeds and mortgages, covering the period 1813 to 1876. Henry also ran a general store and began a palmleaf-hatmaking business. The hat business was an extensive homework industry, which involved the braiding of hats (usually by women at home) in exchange for credit at Henry’s store. Much of Henry’s activity in the local economy similarly took place without the exchange of cash. The use of the account books, which also include extensive notes of accounts with individuals (1830-1881) help reconstruct the rural economy of nineteenth-century Massachusetts.


Information on Use
Terms of Access and Use
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The collection is open for research.

Preferred Citation

Cite as: Samuel Henry Accounts (MS 13). Special Collections and University Archives, W.E.B. Du Bois Library, University of Massachusetts Amherst.

History of the Collection

Acquired from Donald Howe, 1960.

Processing Information

Processed by Ken Fones-Wolf, November 1984.


Additional Information

Sponsor
Encoding funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Language
English.


Contents List
Deeds and Mortgages
1813-1876
Box 1:1
Record of Acknowledgements of Deeds and Other Instruments
1829-1854
Box 1:2
Ledger No. 1 for Palm Leaf Hat Manufacture
1835-1838
Box 1:3
Cash Book
1838-1854
Box 1:3
Cash Book
1840-1862
Box 1:4
Account of Cash Paid for Family Expenses
1854-1859
Box 1:5
Memorandum of Agreements and Small Accounts
1854-1857
Box 1:5
Account of Rents and Expenses on Tool Place
1857-1860
Box 1:5
Account of Rents on Johnston Place
1858-1859
Box 1:5
Record of Acknowledgements of Deeds and Other Instruments
1854-1857
Box 1:5
Account of Cash to Be Loaned
1854-1860
Box 1:5
Accounts with Individuals
1830-1838
Box 1:6
Accounts of Notes and Cash on Interest
1846-1860
Box 1:6
List of Notes that Belong to the Store
1829-1846
Box 1:6
Accounts with Individuals
1834-1843
Box 1:7
Accounts with Individuals
1856-1881
Box 2:8
Accounts with Individuals
1835-1860
Box 2:9
Subjects
  • General stores--Massachusetts--Shutesbury
  • Panama hat industry--Massachusetts
  • Prescott (Mass.)--History
  • Shutesbury (Mass.)--Economic conditions--19th century
  • Shutesbury (Mass.)--History
Contributors
  • Henry, Samuel, 19th cent
Types of material
  • Account books
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