Monday, February 14, 2011

Monday's Mystery Ledger, part 3

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

To repeat: The challenge, should you choose to accept it, is to try to help me figure out where this ledger (earliest date 1830) 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 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!  

Names found in the posts for previous Mondays include:

Becker, Mary
Beecker, David
Billington, James
Flansburg, Conrad
Groat, Simon
Houg, Peter M
Merenae, Abram
Mereness, John
Mereness, John Jr
Moak, Phillip
Rosenburg, Jacob
Sirby (Dirby?), Nicolas
Sommers, Abram
Sommers, Harriett
Vanderwarker, George 
(above might be Vandewater?)
Vaness, John

Today, James Billington and his son, John, take up the entire entry...

One very odd entry (near the end) is “ faling one mill sane” - and one entry for “pickling cockle” (a cockle is a small salt water clam). But don't think cockles would have kept fresh to be brought from the seashore for pickling inland – any ideas?

On to the ledger entries!

PAGE 7:
s
d
James Bellington, March 26, 1831



to 6 pounds side pork at 1 schilling per pound
0
6
0
12 pounds one shoulder of pork at 9 per
0
11
3
June 4 to 1 shoulder of pork do 11 lbs do
0
8
0
June 5 to one cow at pasture



June 29 to 6 bushels of rye at 5 s per bushel
1
10
0
to 1 bushel of pease at [illegible] s per bushel
0
4
0
to ½ do
0
2
0
to ½ do
0
2
0
Sept 26 to 2 bushels of wheat at 9 s per bushel
1
7
0
to 1 load of hay



to 2 bushels of rye at 5 s per
0
10
0


6
5
3
February 15 1832 settled and found due me
3
00
8
to 1 bushel of oats at 2 s per
0
2
0
Feb 17 to 1 bushel of wheat at 8 s per
0
8
0
to 1 bushel of rye at 4 s per bush
0
4
0
June 20 to 1 bushel corn
0
4
0
June 29 to 1 bushel corn

4

PAGE 8:



James Bellington Cr by Son John



to ¾ day planting corn
0
2
6
to 2 ½ do pickling cockle [??] at 2 shillings per day
0
4
6
to two days laying log fence at 4 shillings per day
0
8
0
August 10 to 1 ½ days mowing grass at 5 shillings per day
0
7
6
to 3 ¾ day work at bark at 4 shillings per day
0
15
0
to 3 day work at pease at 5 shillings per day
0
18
0
to 45 lbs sowing flax at 3 pence per lbs
0
11
5


3
4
9 [?]
February 15, 1832 settled in full above bill



to faling one mill sane [makes no sense, but reasonably sure correct]



June 16 to 4 days work



July 2 to 4 days work loading dung



July 7 to ½ day spreading dung



July 19 to [illegible] day hilling



Aug 4 2 ¾ cutting wheat




Until next time...

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