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-- Manuscript Group 293, Joseph Lindsley (1777-1849), Blacksmith Account book, 1812-1850

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Manuscript Group 293, Joseph Lindsley (1777-1849), Blacksmith

Account book, 1812-1850, 0.2 linear feet / 1 volume

Call Number: MG 293

Processed as part of the "Farm to City" project funded by a grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.


Financial records kept by Joseph Lindsley (1777-1849), a blacksmith based in Jefferson Township, Morris County, New Jersey.

Purchase, 1957.


Biographical Note:

Joseph Lindsley was born near Dover, Morris County, New Jersey on December 31, 1777.  The son of Samuel Lindsly (fl. 1760-1827), a Revolutionary soldier who was wounded at Elizabethtown, September 1777, Joseph Lindsley was a blacksmith based in Jefferson Township, Morris County.  The birthplaces of his children and the account book in this collection suggest that he moved and worked around Morris, Warren, and Sussex counties during his life.  He married twice, though little is known of his first wife who died leaving him one son.  On March 7, 1807 he married his second wife, Sarah Adams (1785-1854), with whom he had a family of six: Phebe Ann (1808-1869), Ephraim (1811-1884), Thomas Adams (1812-1871), Silas Young (1816-1900), Stephen Adams (1819-1897), and James Dickerson (fl. 1823-1861).  Jospeh Lindsley died on July 22, 1849, near Branchville, Sussex County, New Jersey.


Abstract of Wills Vol. 13: 1814-1817. New Jersey Archives: First Series Vol. 42.

Lindly, John M. The History of the Lindley-Lindsley-Lindsley Families in America: 1639-1930. Winfield, Iowa, 1930.


Provenance Note:

This collection was purchased in 1957.


Scope and Content Note:

The records consist of an account book dating from 1812-1850 which details Joseph Lindsley’s business transactions.  The first portion of the account book is indexed and each entry includes the name of the client, date, goods or service provided, and method of payment.  The entries document the variety of work performed by a blacksmith and include such tasks as the production and setting of horseshoes, the production of iron tools (knives, axes, etc.), and the mending of metal items.  Other transactions include the sale of food products and labor.  The account book is only partially filled, with later entries (1843-1850) written in a different hand.  Considering the final entries in the book occurred after Joseph Linsley’s death in July 1849, it may be safe to assume that another individual, perhaps his son Silas Young who lived on a farm near Branchville at the time, took over the business and use of the book.  An interleaved receipt dated May 11, 1837 from John Bell of Branchville, suggests Mr. Lindsley’s business interests extended beyond Morris County.


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Processed by Jeff McMillan, August 2000

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