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Manuscript Group 98, M.F. Dickerson & Company, Dover, New Jersey Records, 1816-1817, 0.25 linear feet / 1 volume
Call Number: MG 98
Kept by Mahlon F. Dickerson (1794-1823), a merchant in Dover, Morris County, New Jersey.
Mahlon Ford Dickerson, the only son of Julia Ford (1772-1794) and Silas Dickerson (1771-1807), was born on July 21, 1794 in Morris County, New Jersey. Both of his parents died by the time he was thirteen, leaving Charles Ford, probably his maternal uncle, his legal guardian.
Mahlon F. Dickerson went into partnership with his paternal uncle and namesake Mahlon Dickerson (1770-1853), opening a general store called M.F. Dickerson & Co. in Dover, Morris County, New Jersey. The store had a close relationship with the nearby Dickerson Iron Mine, run by Mahlon Dickerson, yet seems to have done poorly. The Dickersons dissolved their partnership in 1817, with the younger Dickerson retaining the company. Mahlon F. Dickerson was in the midst of financial troubles at the time of his death on May 22, 1823 in Stanhope, New Jersey. He died at the age of 28 and never married.
Baker, Wesley L. Dickerson & Dickinson Descendants of Philemon Dickerson of Southold, Long Island, N.Y., Also Descendants of Captain John Dickinson of Oyster Bay (Adams Press: Chicago, 1978).
The source of this volume is unknown.
The records consist of a daybook from M.F. Dickerson & Company dating from 1816-1817. The volume documents the sale of goods, such as salt, spirits, nails, and butter, by recording customer name, purchase, and price. Recurring customers include Mahlon Dickerson (1770-1853), Lewis D. Camp, Henry R. Miller, John McKinnon, Rebeckah R. Randolph, and Cummins Oliver.
Processed by Kim Charlton, April 2000 as part of the "Farm to City" project funded by a grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.
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