Guide to the Elisha Cooke (1716/17-1799), Farmer Account Book1745-1799MG 220

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Descriptive Summary

Biographical Note

Scope and Content Note

Restrictions

Access Points

Administrative Information

Bibliography

Container List

Account Book

Guide to the Elisha Cooke (1716/17-1799), Farmer Account Book1745-1799MG 220Inventory prepared by Jeff MacMillan, August 2000, as part of the "Farm to City" project funded by a grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.

Guide to the Elisha Cooke (1716/17-1799), Farmer Account Book
1745-1799


MG 220



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Inventory prepared by Jeff MacMillan, August 2000, 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. March 2006. 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: Cooke, Elisha, 1716/17-1799.
Title: Elisha Cooke (1716/17-1799), Farmer Account Book
Dates:1745-1799
Abstract: Kept by Elisha Cooke, a farmer from Kingstown, Massachussetts and Hardwick Township in Warren (formerly Sussex) County. The volume has been transcribed and indexed by name, date, and place.
Quantity: .02 linear feet
Collection Number: MG 220

Biographical Note

Elisha Cooke was born in Kingston (near Plymouth), Massachusetts, on March 10, 1716 or 1717. Descended from voyagers on the original Mayflower, Cooke worked as a farmer in Kingston, Massachusetts until he moved to Sussex County, New Jersey in 1747. He married Rebecca Edgerton (d. after 1766) in 1741 with whom he had 16 children: William (b. 1742), Hulday (b. 1743), Consider (1745-1819), Rebecah (1746-d. infancy), Levi (1748-1821), Tabitha (b. 1750), Experience (b. 1751), Rebecah (b. 1753), Abner (1755-after 1812), Hannah (b. 1756), Phebe (1758-1801), Miriam (1759-before 1799), Lydia (b. 1760), Simeon (1762-before 1799), Elisha (b. 1764), and Daniel (b. 1766). After the death of his first wife, Elisha Cooke married Sarah Jackson Doty (d. 1784) and with her had two more children: James (1772-1845), and Mary (b. 1774). After Sarah’s death, Cooke married again, this time to a woman named Abigail. Elisha Cooke died in 1799 at the age of 84.

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Scope and Content Note

The records consist of an account book documenting Elisha Cooke’s business transactions from 1745-1799, a transcription of the book’s contents, and a three part index completed in 1934 by Florence Cooke Newberry. Each entry in the account book lists customer name, date, goods or services provided, price, and method of payment. The goods and services provided by Mr. Cooke are quite varied and include the sale of grains and meat products; the making of shoes; transportation to other towns; labor; and the use of horses, livestock, and tools. Some entries refer to locations ranging from parts of Plymouth County (Kingston and Hanover), Massachusetts, to Warren and Sussex counties (Hardwick Township and Oxford), New Jersey.

Florence Cooke Newberry’s 1934 transcription of the account book accurately preserves the page contents and pagination of the original document while providing information on each pages condition. While researching her 1934 genealogy of Elisha Cooke (see "Sources" above), Newberry also produced three indexes for the book’s contents (names, places, dates). These indexes were not a part of the original account book.

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Restrictions

Access Restrictions

There are no access restrictions on this collection.

Photocopying of materials is limited and no materials may be photocopied without permission from library staff.

Use Restrictions

Researchers wishing to publish, reproduce, or reprint materials from this collection must obtain permission.

The New Jersey Historical Society complies with the copyright law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code), which governs the making of photocopies or other reproductions and protects unpublished materials as well as published materials.

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Access Points

The entries below represent persons, organizations, topics, forms, and occupations documented in this collection.
Subject Names:
Cooke, Elisha, 1716/17-1799.
Subject Topics:
Farmers--New Jersey--Hardwick Township.
Livestock--New Jersey--Hardwick Township
Subject Places:
Hanover (Mass.)
Hardwick Township (N.J.)
Kingston (Mass.)
Plymouth County (Mass.)
Sussex County (N.J.)
Warren County (N.J.)
Document Types:
Account Books.
Transcriptions.

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

This collection should be cited as: Manuscript Group 220, Elisha Cooke (1716/17-1799), Farmer Account Book, The New Jersey Historical Society.

Acquisition Information

Gift of Frank L. Cooke, 1938.

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Bibliography

Newburry, Florence Cooke. The Family of Elisha Cooke. Blairstown Press: Blairstown, New Jersey, 1934.

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Container List

 

Account Book

BoxFolderTitleDate
11 Elisha Cooke Account Book; Transcription1745-1749; 1934

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