Documents, Manuscripts, Maps, & Photographs
Manuscript Group 155, David Ross (1720-1795), Cooper and bell maker
Records, 1756-1794, 0.2 linear feet / 3 volumes
Call Number: MG 155
Kept by an Elizabeth cooper. Indexed in volume.
David Ross (1720-1795) was a barrel and bell maker who lived in Elizabeth, New Jersey. He married Hannah Ross (1723-1791) and they had at least one daughter named Keziah (1758-1767).
Monumental Inscriptions, Union County, Vol. 2, The New Jersey Historical Society.
The source of this collection is unknown.
This collection consists of three volumes that record business transactions of David Rossís cooperage and bell foundry between 1756-1795. The first is an index of accounts, the second is a combination account book and daybook, and the third is a daybook. Typical jobs performed by Ross include the making of barrels, tubs, hoops, and he also did general construction and excavation. Of note is an untitled song written in the back of the second volume dated November 10, 1783.
See other coopers' records/papers.
Processed by Luis Delfino, October 2000 as part of the "Farm to City" project funded by a grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.
The New Jersey Historical Society