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-- Manuscript Group 183, Jonathan Valentine (1766-1801), Merchant Account book, 1791-1796


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Manuscript Group 183, Jonathan Valentine (1766-1801), Merchant

Account book, 1791-1796, 0.2 linear feet / 1 volume

Call Number: MG 183 (os)


Kept by the proprietor of a general store in the town of Turkey (now New Providence), New Jersey.


Biographical Note:

Jonathan Valentine was born on November 18, 1766, and was the proprietor of a general store in Turkey (now New Providence), New Jersey.  He and his wife Abigail had at least two daughters: Betsey (ca. 1792-1792) and Sarah (ca. 1796-1797).  The family attended the New Providence Presbyterian Church.  After his death on April 8, 1801, Valentine's estate was estimated at ₤273.4.8.


"Abstract of Wills," Vol. 39, 1801-1805, New Jersey Archives, Series 1, Vol. 10, pg. 475.

"Monumental Inscriptions of Union County," Vol. 2, pgs. 221-223.


Provenance Note:

The source of this collection is unknown.


Scope and Content Note:

Jonathan Valentine’s account book contains records from his general store in Turkey, New Jersey from the years 1791-1796.  Accounts are labeled with the name of the customer and each entry includes date, items bartered or sold, and price.  Typical items sold include tea, lace, spirits, and tobacco.  The book is labeled "IV, 1791, Book A" and does not contain an index.


Container List:






Account book



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.

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