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Hollingsworth and Bartlett General Store ledger

 Collection — Volume: V287
Identifier: V287

Scope and Contents

This collection includes a ledger kept by the Hollingsworth and Bartlett general store in Edwardsport, Indiana. The ledger includes customer names and account information transferred from other account books. Though the use of the ledger began in May 1869, most entries are undated except for some notations added from 1870 to 1874 regarding balances and payments.


  • 1869-1874

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Legal title, copyright, and literary rights reside with Rare Books and Manuscripts, Indiana State Library, Indianapolis, IN. All requests to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted to Rare Books and Manuscripts.

Biographical / Historical

Thomas Bartlett was born January 17, 1835 in Johnson County, Indiana, the son of George and Fannie (McQuaid) Bartlett. Following his mother's death in 1838, he and his father lived in Morgan and Monroe counties before moving to Fayette County, Illinois in 1851. Bartlett married Malinda Ginger in 1854. Following Malinda's death in September 1856, he moved to Edwardsport, Knox County, Indiana in 1857.

Bartlett apprenticed as a blacksmith, then formed a partnership with another blacksmith, William Hollingsworth. The two men later purchased and operated a sawmill together before selling out in the spring of 1861. Bartlett engaged in farming for a few years before partnering with Hollingsworth in a merchantile business in Edwardsport in 1865. After seven years, Barlett became sole proprietor of the business. He married Mary Jane Killion in March 1860 and they had eight chidren together. Bartlett was married a third time in October 1899 to Flora Slinkard. Mr. Bartlett lived the remainder of his life in Edwardsport and passed away there at the age of 71 on January 30, 1906.

William Hollingsworth was born February 9, 1834 in Knox County, the son of Thomas and Amy (Keith) Hollingsworth. He married Sarah Azbell around 1860 and they had twelve children, with seven living to adulthood. Following his partnership with Bartlett, he engaged in other business pursuits, including farming and as a dealer in dry goods. Bartlett died in Edwardsport at the age of 74 on February 14, 1908.


A Biographical History of Eminent and Self-Made Men of the State of Indiana. Cincinnati, Ohio: Western Biographical Publishing Company, 1880. "Flora Slinkard." Indiana, Marriage Index, 1800-1941. Accessed September 1, 2020. "Thomas Bartlett." 1900 United States Federal Census. Accessed September 1, 2020. "William Hollingsworth." 1880 United States Federal Census. Accessed September 2, 2020. "William Hollingsworth." 1900 United States Federal Census. Accessed September 2, 2020. "Thomas Bartlett." Indiana, Death Certificates, 1899-2011. Accessed September 1, 2020. "Wm. K. Hollingsworth." Indiana, Death Certificates, 1899-2011. Accessed September 2, 2020.

History of Knox and Daviess Counties Indiana. Chicago: Goodspeed Publishing Co., 1886.


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Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2020/09/02 by Laura Eliason. EAD finding aid created 2020/09/02 by Laura Eliason.
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

140 North Senate Avenue
Indianapolis, Indiana 46204 U.S.A.