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William Thissel Account Book, Grafton County, New Hampshire

William Thissel Account Book, Grafton County, New Hampshire 1841 ~ 1877

This is a great early account book, the first entry dated December 6, 1841 and the latest entry dated 1877. The ledger belonged to William Thissel of Beverly, Massachusetts. William was born about 1819 in Massachusetts, and the inside front cover has the date 1829.

From Gazetteer of Grafton County, NH 1709-1886 -Alexandria Compiled & published by Hamilton Child 1886 Samuel Thissell, a native of Beverly, Mass., lived in that place until his death, aged seventy-nine years. He married Polly Wyatt and reared five children, viz.: Samuel, Eben, Andrew, Mary and William. The last mentioned married twice, first Sarah A. Davis, of Orford, and second Sarah T. True, of Wentworth, and has two children, Charles C. and Martha. He resides on road 31.

William was a farmer, and the first entries are about farming. Then he begins making boots and shoes, wood working and working for others. He keeps track of his accounts with others, the debits and credits and who owed for work done. When accounts were settled, that is also noted. The book contains the actual signatures of many residents of the area because when they settled their accounts both persons would sign the book.

He also uses the book as a diary, "Nov. 27, 1849 Mr. Ezra Libby came into my house of one dollar per month" and talks about people who he worked for.

This interesting account book shows the reader glimpses of what life was like in the 19th Century. William covers each page with his cramped hand-writing, often writing sideways or even upside down, and enclosing little observations which he circles. These little notes include remarks like "1856 July 19th finished haying" and "Feb. 24, 1862 terrible cold below in the morning a nmuber of people froze to death"

The book has 125 pages full of his ledger accounts and observations. As you go through it you will find a total of 4 empty pages but this book is full as he even writes on the inside of the covers. It appears he left four pages blank for some future use.

Interspersed with his accounts, William notes throughout the book that he has moved. He gives the following dates and locations:

1829 Beverly Mass. 1841 Wentworth, Grafton Co. NH December 1850 Warren April 1864 Alexandria William is found in the census records for the following years and locations:

  • 1850 Census Wentworth, Grafton New Hampshire, age 31 married to Sarah
  • 1860 Census Warren, Grafton New Hampshire age 41 married with two children Martha A born circa 1852 in NH and Charles C. born circa 1854 in NH
  • 1880 Census Alexandria, Grafton New Hampshire, age 61 with wife Sarah and son Charles

Partial list of surnames (with years) found in William Thissel's ledger book

Meysers (no date)
1841 William in Wentworth, Grafton Co. New Hampshire
Kitteredge Apr 1829 , Dane Mar 1841 , Smith Apr 1842 , True Nov 1850 , Savage 1841 , Keyzer 1843 , Clifford 1848 , Fannworth 1850 , Clifford 1849 , Colby 1849 , Rever 1849 , Libby 1849 , Libby 1849 , Page 1844 , Page/Miss Lund 1844 , Clifford 1845 , Kezer 1844
1850 William moved to Warren
Libbey 1851 , Miss Knowlton 1845 , Libby 1851 , Stevens1851-1852 , Clement 1852 , Libbey 1854 , Page 1845 , Stevens 1853 , Page 1845 , Chezer [Keyser?] 1850 , Ramsey 1848 , Aiken 1850 (shoemaker) , Wyett 1851 , Hunkins 1847 , Wyett 1851 , Sheldon 1849 , Lawyer 1849 , Lawyer 1850 , Shanigan 1850 , Widow Ramsey 1850 , Chase 1850 , Dana 1850 , Weeks 1850 , Dana 1850 , Kezer 1850 , Stevens 1853 , Harris 1851 , harris 1853? , Little 1852 (Physician) , Little 1848 , Abys? 1853 , Clement 1853 , Weeks? , Filshey? [Pillsbury??] 1853 , Weeks 1854 , Sanborn 1853 , Weeks 1853 , Pilsby [Pillsbury?] 1853 , Libbey 1854 , Merrill 1860 , Sheldon 1860 , Weeks 1853 , Libby 1854-1856 , Foot 1854 , Foot 1855 , Weeks 1855 , Libbey 1855 , Edwart? 1856 , Thisell 1855 , Foot 1855 , Gale 1858 , Doctor Little 1860 , Paige (paid for teaching) 1858 , Paige (paid for teaching) 1858 , May , Huckins , Merrill 1875 , Foot 1855 , Reeser 1866 , Heath 1857-1858 , Week?Huck? 1858 , Foot 1855 , Batchelor [Batchelder] 1858 , Hot and Harris and Co (G W Hicknow?)1855 , Bean 1858 , Brooks (Warren Silver Lead and Copper Mine) 1855?1858? , Cunningham 1855 , Perkens, Heath 1859 , Warren Silver Lead and Copper Mining Co. 1857 , Batchelder 1858 , Parkins 1859 , Pillsbury 1859 (blacksmith) , Bailey 1859 , Bailey 1859 , Hobbs 1859 , Purkins 1859 , “Charles” 1859 (William Thissel’s son?) , Gale 1859? , Batchelder 1859? , Heath 1859 , Purkins 1860 , Batcheleter 1860 , Purkins 1859 , Purkins 1860 , Purkins 1860 , Huckins 1860 , Purkins 1860 , Kimball 1860 , Purkins 1860 , Kimball 1860 , Harris 1860 , Harris 1860 , Davis 1860 , Purkins 1861 , Sheldons Store 1862 , Purkins 1862 , Sherburne 1862 , Purkins 1862 , Patten 1870 , Purkins 1862 , Purkins 1862 , Perkins 1862 , Marsten 1862
1864 William moved to Alexandria
Reyser 1866 , Gale 1866 , Locke 1866 , Chase 1863 , Chase 1865 , Chase 1863 , Doctor Chase 1863

General William A Petrikin Store Ledger Book, Muncy, Lycoming County, PA

General William A Petrikin Store Ledger Book, Muncy, Lycoming County, PA

I am pleased to announce that I am slowly scanning all of these wonderful Ledger Books. Each book will be published as a downloadable PDF file on AncestorsAtRest website so that genealogists and historians can access them freely. Please be patient as I work towards bringing them all online.

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