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Guide to the Fifield Family Ledgers, 1805-1889

Collection number: MC 50

Size: 2 boxes (0.66 cu.ft.)

About the Fifield Family

Edward Fifield was born January 22, 1748 in Kingston NH and died at age 83 on August 19, 1831 in Plainfield NH. He married Dorothy Sleeper circa 1768 and they lived in Salisbury NH where they had twelve children. They later moved to Meriden, where Edward built a large frame house about half a mile from Kimball Union Academy. He served with his brothers in the Revolutionary War and in later life operated a tavern in Plainfield, N.H., which son Perley (born ca. 1793) was operating in 1847.

About the Fifield Family Ledgers

The collection consists of eleven ledgers of various dimensions. There are approximately 1200 pages detailing a variety of business transactions.

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

This collection is open.

Copyright Notice

Contents of this collection are governed by U.S. copyright law. For questions about publication or reproduction rights, contact Special Collections staff.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Fifield Family Ledgers, 1805-1889, MC 50, Milne Special Collections and Archives, University of New Hampshire Library, Durham, NH, USA.

Acquisitions Information

Purchase, Dan Casavant Rare Books, Waterville, ME, January 16, 2001 (Accession number: 2001.4)

Collection Contents

Box 1
Box 1, Folder 1 Ledger, 1805-1816: Postmaster, general stores & tavern, inn, ciderhouse, sawmill; 280 pages
Box 1, Folder 2 Ledger, 1844-1856: Horse and wagon records, oxen; 100 pages
Box 1, Folder 3 Ledger, 1848-1881: Farming records – weights of hay, manure, seedcorn, ploughing gardens, blacksmithing; 130 pages
Box 1, Folder 4 Ledger, 1847-1849: General store accounts; 197 pages
Box 2
Box 2, Envelope 1 December 1837: Six-page notebook headed “Memorandum,” either an inventory of items in stock or to be obtained
Box 2, Envelope 2 Ledger, 1843: 3×5 marbled cover, general store accounts; 56 pages
Box 2, Envelope 3 Notebook ledger, 1845: 3×5″ general store accounts; 120 pages
Box 2, Folder 4 Notebook ledger, 1846: 3×5″ general store accounts; 120 pages
Box 2, Folder 5 Ledger, 1847-1849: Postage book; 150 pages
Box 2, Folder 6 Ledger, 1848-1863 (mostly 1861): Farming records – driving yearlings, pigs, barrels of cider, drawing dung, sapping, sawing shingles, shearing, splitting wood, and other general stores accounts; 3×5, 120 page ledger
Box 2, Folder 7 Notebook ledger, 1867-1889: General store accounts; 100 pages