Guide to the Timothy H. Lewis Pail Manufactory Account Book and Diary,
Collection number: MS 10
About Timothy H. Lewis
Timothy H. Lewis operated a small pail
factory in the Westport section of Swanzey, N.H. and had as many as eight employees
under his supervision, most of whom were paid for light finishing work. He married
Martha in 1867 and they had one son, Earl. Lewis was apparently a justice of the
peace for Cheshire County, although his name is not mentioned in the 1890 History of Swanzey.
About the Timothy H. Lewis Pail Manufactory Account Book and Diary
The detailed account book includes records of payment to
employees by name, along with production records, monthly summaries, type of work
performed and rate of payment. Lewis was a good diarist enlivening his daily
accounts with rich detail. The 1884 diary is a local historian's treasure trove,
mentioning more than forty names of local residents, local events, news and details
of family life. One amusing entry records that on one night "wife blowed out my
light contrary to good behavior." The next day he mentions "Wife hid my lamp.
This collection is open.
Copyright is retained by the authors of these papers, or their descendants, as
stipulated by United States copyright law.
Timothy H. Lewis Pail Manufactory Account Book and Diary, 1881-1884, MS 10, Milne
Special Collections and Archives, University of New Hampshire Library, Durham,
Purchased: Manuscript Company of Springfield, July 5, 1983 (Accession number:
Purchased: Charles Aprfelbaum, dealer, Watchung, NJ, Nov. 2009 (Accession number: