Isaac and Benjamin Beeson papers
Scope and Contents
The collection is organized by date when possible. It begins with a little information on the Beeson family genealogy. There are some records that date back as early as 1809, however, the bulk of the collection covers the dates from the late 1820s until the late 1890s. Although most of the collection is that of Isaac and his son Benjamin, the papers that appear in the collection after 1902 are most prevalently those of Benjamin’s wife, Olinda, and his children There are three account books in this collection, all kept by Isaac and Benjamin Beeson between 1836 and 1885. The bulk of the account books cover entries for their general store, although post office records and diary entries are also included.
The smallest account book has a mixture of dates and types of entries. The first 15 pages, dated 1836 and 1837, contain what have been identified on the cover as “Post Office Records”; however, these records of postage are mixed with records of the purchase of dry goods and groceries. Mixed records continue into the portion dated 1860-1872. Within those years, a diary for 1872 begins on page 64 and extends to page 85. Throughout the 1860-1872 portion of the book are accounts of varying length, from short account such as “Cost of Building the Barn” to longer accounts such as “Receipts & expenditure of the Dalton farm belonging to Isaac W. Beeson.” Most entries are those of a general store, recording sale of dry goods and groceries; however, other types of services rendered (e.g., acting as administrator of an estate) are included. In the back of the volume is a map illustrating a proposed rotation of crops and recipes for veterinary medicines.
The other two volumes in this collection are dates from 1883 to 1885. They record the transactions of a general store. The volume with 512 numbered pages has no index. The volume with 696 numbered pages has an index to its contents arranged by customers’ last names.
- Beeson, Benjamin Branson, 1843-1902 (Person)
Conditions Governing Access
Conditions Governing Use
3.5 Cubic Feet (10 manuscript boxes, 3 volumes)
Language of Materials
- Isaac and Benjamin Beeson papers
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- Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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- Code for undetermined script