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-- Manuscript Group 1175, John Ogden (1799 - 1877) and James Crawford Ogden (1831 - 1916) Record books, 1857 - 1860, 1875 - 1877, 1882 - 1883

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Manuscript Group 1175, John Ogden (1799-1877) and James Crawford Ogden (1831-1916)

Record books, 1857-1860, 1875-1877, 1882-1883, 9 volumes

Call Number: MG 1175 + volume number


Summary:

Daily accounts of John Ogden (1799-1877), and Elizabethtown carpenter who crafted tables, chairs, beds, and coffins; and of his son, James Crawford Ogden (1831-1916), who transformed his father's business into an undertaking and funeral enterprise.  The first eight volumes of daybooks contain orders for furniture as well as coffins, while the last volume is a register of funerals handled by the Ogden-Van Assen Funeral Home between January 1882 and September 1883.

Gift of Robert P. Batson, 1982.

 

Biographical Note:

John Ogden (1799-1877) resided in Elizabethtown, New Jersey and for his entire adult life made a living from carpentry.   As his daybooks reveal, he crafted furniture, coffins, and other wooden items.   His son, James Crawford Odgen (1831-1916) entered his father’s business during the 1850’s.   In the years following the Civil War the younger Ogden gradually transformed the carpentry operation into a successful undertaking concern.   The enterprise ultimately became the Ogden-Van Assen Funeral Home in Elizabeth.

Provenance Note:

 

The John Ogden and James Crawford Ogden Record books were donated to the New Jersey Historical Society by Robert P. Batson, of Kearney, New Jersey in April of 1982.  This collection was accessioned as A. 82-16.

 

Scope and Content Note:

Daily accounts of John Ogden (1799-1877), an Elizabethtown carpenter who crafted tables, chairs, beds and coffins, and of his son James Crawford Ogden (1831-1916), who transformed his father's business into an undertaking and funeral enterprise.  The first eight volumes of daybooks in this series contain orders for furniture as well as coffins while the last volume is a register of funerals handled by the Ogden firm between January 1882 and September of 1883.  This ledger provides detailed information on the decedent, his/her name, recent address of residence, cause of death, date of death, age at death, date and place of burial and provides a detailed accounting of all the expenditures connected with the funeral.

The eight volumes in this collection are independently numbered by the original Ogden owners, except for the first volume.  The gaps in numbers reveal the extent to which the original collection has been fragmented, lost or destroyed prior to donation.

 

Related Collections:

Manuscript Group 219, John Ogden, Jr. (1743-1815) Journal

Manuscript Group 292, Ogden Ford Family (Cumberland County, NJ) Papers

Manuscript Group 386, Ogden Family (Newark and Elizabeth, NJ) Papers

Manuscript Group 897, David Bayard Ogden (1775-1849) Legal notebook

Manuscript Group 1174, Joseph G. Ogden (1780-1817) Daybook

Manuscript Group 1211, Jennie Ogden (1849-1880) and Jennie Ogden Miller (1880-1939) Papers

Manuscript Group 1379, Maureen B. Ogden Papers

 

Item List:

Item Description
Unnumbered volume Daily accounts for most of 1857
Volume #1 Daily accounts for remainder of 1857 and most of 1858
Volume #2 Daily accounts for remainder of 1858
Volume #3 Daily accounts for most of 1859
Volume #4 Daily accounts for remainder of 1859
Volume #5 Daily accounts for 1860
Volume #32 Daily accounts for July 1875 – May 1876
Volume #33 Daily accounts for May 1976 – August 1877

 

 

 

 

       

 

 

 

Processed by C.A.L., May 18, 1982

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