Guide to the Caleb W. Bruen (1768-1846), Cabinetmaker and Distiller Record Books1804-1829(Bulk 1812-1828)MG 79

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Descriptive Summary

Biographical Note

Scope and Content Note

Access Points

Related Material

Administrative Information

Bibliography

Container List

Dayooks and Account Books

Guide to the Caleb W. Bruen (1768-1846), Cabinetmaker and Distiller Record Books1804-1829(Bulk 1812-1828)MG 79Inventory prepared by Kim Charlton as part of the "Farm to City" project funded by a grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.

Guide to the Caleb W. Bruen (1768-1846), Cabinetmaker and Distiller Record Books
1804-1829
(Bulk 1812-1828)
MG 79



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

Finding aid encoded by Julia Telonidis. November 2005. Production of the EAD 2002 version of this finding aid was made possible by a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Finding aid written in English.

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Bruen, Caleb Wheeler, 1768-1846.
Title: Caleb W. Bruen (1768-1846), Cabinetmaker and Distiller Record Books
Dates1788-1791
Abstract: Four daybooks and an account book documenting Caleb W. Bruen's cabinetmaking, apple, cider, and spirits businesses in Newark, New Jersey.
Quantity: 0.25 linear feet / 5 volumes
Collection Number: MG 79

Biographical Note

Caleb Wheeler Bruen (1768-1846), the son of Anna Wheeler (1742-1794) and Caleb Bruen (1735-1818), was born in 1768, the second of four children. Caleb W. Bruen’s elder brother Matthias (1766-1846) became a merchant in Perth Amboy, New Jersey and New York City, and Caleb inherited the cabinetmaking and distilling family businesses in Newark, New Jersey. Caleb W. Bruen married Rachael ( ) and they had at least one daughter together: Anna Eliza. Caleb W. Bruen died in Newark on December 9, 1846.

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Scope and Content Note

This collection contains five record books of Caleb W. Bruen, dating from 1804-1829, with bulk dates of 1812-1828. Four of the five volumes are daybooks, which track the different businesses that Bruen was involved in: cabinetmaking, spirits, apples, and cider. The entries in the cabinetmaking daybook run from 1804-1807, and specify person, job, and price. Bruen typically built or mended such pieces as mahogany tables, bureaus, bookcases, and cabinets. The spirits and apples daybooks run from 1812-1829, and the cider daybook from 1812-1828. Entries in all three volumes are by date, and then specify person and amount bought (measured in gallons, quarts, and pints for spirits; in bushels for apples; and in barrels for cider).

The various business accounts track each venture’s debits and credits and tally up total earnings or losses. The entries list customer names and give a good outline of the clientele. The volume also contains individual accounts for various Morris and Sussex County men, including Isaac Sharp, Morgan Drake, Jonathan H. Laurence, Matthew Vandine, John Martin, Richard Stephens, Samuel Stephens, Hartshorn Fitz Randolph and his sons, Phineas and Richard. With debit and credit entries, each of these accounts tracks a man’s business with the store, forge, and other operations. The store garnered the most business and the volume of transactions in the ledger reflects this.

The last volume is Caleb W. Bruen’s account book from 1811-1828. Entries are by person and then specify date, job, and price. Typical jobs include selling rum, cider, and vinegar; building furniture such as dining tables and bed stands; and working in the mill. The account book is indexed.

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Access Points

The entries below represent persons, organizations, topics, forms, and occupations documented in this collection.
Subject Names:
Bruen, Caleb Wheeler, 1768-1846.
Subject Topics:
Alcoholic beverage industry--New Jersey--Newark
Cabinetmakers--New Jersey--Newark
Cabinetwork--New Jersey
Cider--New Jersey--Newark
Distilleries--New Jersey--Newark
Distillers--New Jersey--Newark
Liquors.
Subject Places:
Newark (N.J.)
Document Types:
Account Books.

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Related Material

Manuscript Group 1007, Wheeler Family (Newark, NJ) Papers.

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

This collection should be cited as: Manuscript Group 79, Caleb W. Bruen (1768-1846), Cabinetmaker and Distiller Record Books, The New Jersey Historical Society.

Acquisition Information

This collection was donated by Mrs. Alex M. Linnett through Dr. William S. Disbrow in January of 1921. Caleb W. Bruen’s account book had been moved to Manuscript Group 146, Nichols Family Record Books, probably because it contains a receipt made out to Isaac Nichols. The handwriting and account entries, however, match those of Caleb W. Bruen, not Isaac Nichols, and the volume was returned to Manuscript Group 79 at the time of processing.

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Bibliography

Bruen Family File, The New Jersey Historical Society

Caleb Bruen Biography File, The New Jersey Historical Society.

Genealogical Card Index, The New Jersey Historical Society.

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Container List

 

Dayooks and Account Books

Box TitleDate
Ledger size 1 Daybook - Cabinetmaking 1804-1807
Box TitleDate
Ledger size 2 Daybook - Spirits book 1812-18291
Box TitleDate
Ledger size 3  Daybook - Apple book 1812-1829
Box TitleDate
Ledger size 4  Daybook - Cider book 1812-1828
Box TitleDate
Ledger size 5  Account book 1811-1828

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