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Schofield family account book

 Collection — Volume: V386
Identifier: V386

Scope and Contents

This collection includes an account book kept by members of the Schofield family of Marion County, Indiana containing entries dating from 1836 to 1868. The accounts kept in the book indicate the operation of a general store dealing primarily in groceries, dry goods, clothing, and occasional sales of hardware. It appears to have been a frequent practice for customers to work off their bills and when this occured, the hourly wage and hours worked were recorded. The account book also includes several drafts of letters written by David B. Schofield.


  • 1836-1868

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 Note

Jonathan (also spelled Johnathan) Schofield (circa 1877-1863) was born in Pennsylvania. He married Eleanor Brown (1784-1858) in 1806 and they had at least ten children. They lived in Virginia before moving to Marion County, Indiana around 1833. His son David (1819-1908) maried Rebecca Good in 1847 and they had five children. In 1849, David and his brother Samuel built a sawmill on Fall Creek near the present-day site of the Indiana State Fairgrounds. A year later, they added a flour mill and it was know as Schofield's Mill. The account book in this collection was obtained from Mrs. Richard (Mary Ellen) George, the daughter of Jane L. (Schofield) Graham, and granddaughter of David Schofield.

Sources: "Jonathan Schofield." U.S., Hinshaw Index to Selected Quaker Records, 1680-1940. Accessed August 12, 2021.

"David B. Schofield, Pioneer Citizen, Dies." Indianapolis News (Ind.), June 19, 1908. "Jonathan Schofield." Find a Grave Memorial ID 5337859. Accessed August 12, 2021.

Historic "What's In a Name: Schofield Avenue." Accessed August 12, 2021.


0.01 Cubic Feet (1 volume)

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Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a purchase from Mrs. Richard George on 1951/02/07.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed and EAD finding aid created in 1999 by Philip N. Williams. EAD finding aid revised 2021/08/13 by Laura Eliason.
Schofield family account book
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

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