Guide to the Bradley Family Account Books, 1802-1836
Collection number: MC 265
About the Bradley Family
Joseph Bradley (1762-c1840) was born in Plaistow, New Hampshire, the son of William
and Sarah Smith Bradlery. He became a merchant, money lender, and inn keeper in
Hawke (new Danville), Rockingham County, New Hampshire. He and his wife, Mehetibel,
had several children, including Nathaniel Bradley (1794-1853), who followed his
father into the family business. Nathaniel was largely responsible for entries and
journal/literary entries in the third volume.
About Bradley Family Account Books
The first two volumes served as account books for the family enterprises. They
recorded the names of patrons, who purchased a wide-range of items flour and sugar,
to rum, brandy and gin. They also recorded room rentals and the lending of money at
interest. In addition, they made arrangements with local cobblers and milliners, who
provided them with leather goods and hats for sale. They were often paid in store
credits. The first account book roughly covers 1802-1810; the second goes from 1815
to 1825. The third volume includes some accounts, but it primarily served as
Nathaniel Bradley’s diary and literary notebooks. He also include a local birth and
death register (1815-1820). This volume primarily covers 1815 to 1825, but there is
a page dated 1836 signed by a John Bradley.
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[Identification of item], Bradley Family Account Books, 1802-1836, MC 265, Milne
Special Collections and Archives, University of New Hampshire Library, Durham,
Purchased: Carmen Valentino, June 2015 (Accession number: 2015.12)
|Box 1, Folder 1||Account book, 1802-1836|
|Box 1, Folder 2||Account book, 1815-1825|
|Box 1, Folder 3||Diary/journal, 1815-1836|