Monday, February 7, 2011

Monday's Mystery Ledger, part 2

This is a continuation of the ledger entries I started in my Monday Mystery Ledger (posted January 31, 2011).

The challenge, should you choose to accept it, is to try to help me figure out where this ledger came from – patterns of names connecting to families might help narrow down the possibilities. Although I don't know for sure, it probably is from somewhere near Albany, Schoharie counties, etc.  in upstate New York. The first entry is 1830. My notes and running commentary are in brackets...

When I first looked through this ledger, I wasn't sure how useful it was – but eventually I broke a couple of brick walls, finding people mentioned as “son of”, “wife of” etc. So good luck!

Note that in the ledger, you will see “cwt” in entries related to sawing planks. I think it might mean “cut weight” and the unit would be in 100 lb. equivalents? Anyone have a better idea?

So on to the ledger entries!

PAGE 4:
s
d
James Billington, September 1, 1830



to one sheep

1
25
September 19 to 25 lbs of wheat flower at 3 cents per lb

0
75
Cr to fileing 1 saw



to swingling 15 pounds of flax [swingling is a real word – means separating the coarse & fine parts of the flax]



John P Mereness, Feb 1831



to 1 stack of hay

[illegible]

Credit to two days work at 37 ½ / day

[illegible]

Phillip Moak, March 18, 1831



to 50 lbs of beef at 3 pence per lb

[illegible]

Peter M Houg, March 9, 1831



Tailing dr to 105 ½ of beef at 3 pence per lb
1
6
3
Abram Merenae [last name hard to read] Junior March 16, 1831



to 1090 feet hemlock boards at 3S 6 pence per cwt cwt 4
1
16
9
John Mereness Junior, March 31



to sawing 990 feet of boards at 1s gd per cwt
1
11
4
PAGE 5:



to 272 feet 2 ½ inch plank 3S 6c per bwt
0
9
6
Jacob Rosenburg April 6 1831



to sawing 2722 feet hemlock boards at 1.59 d per cwt
2
7
5
to 1267 basswood d 1 ¼ inch plank at 34 [“4” is somewhat illegible] d per cwt
2
4
4
to 1596 feet do scantling [a scantling is a thickness according to Shakespear...] 1s 6d per cwt
1
4
0
to 220 feet do 2 2/1 inch plank at 3s 6d per cwt
1
7
7
to sawing one maple log 14 cuts at 1s per cut
0
14
0
James Bellington, March 26



to 6 pounds sidr [side?] pork at 1s per pound
0
6
0
to 1 shoulder do 9d per pound, 15 pounds

11
3
John Flansburg, April 4



to cash 2 16s
2
16

to 12 ½ pounds of pork at 10 d per pound

10
6
PAGE 6



To 15 pounds ham pork at 9d per pound

1
37½
To 1 ½ bushels of rye at 62 ½ cents per bushel


93¾
Simon Groat, May 18, 1831



To 2 bushels of pease at 6 shillings per bushel

12

John Vaness, 1831



To 2 bushels of rye at [illegible] cents per bushel

9
90
To 4 bushels do

18
0
To 1 bushel of oats at 2 shillings and six pence per [illegible]

2
6
Nicholas Sirby [the spelling of the last name is legible, but makes no sense to me...]



To sawing 14 cwt 97 feet of hemlock boards [illegible] per cwt
1
6
3

Until next time...

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