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Joseph Furnald Ledgers, 1812-1838.
Joseph Furnald (or Fernald) was an Exeter merchant and gundalow operator. Several of his gundalows sailed from a wharf once located on the current site of Swasey Parkway and hauled lumber, paper, furniture and leather goods downriver to Portsmouth on the ebb tide and returned later on the rising tide with molasses, lime, fish, candles and rum.
Furnald was born in Newfields on Oct 30, 1779. He apprenticed with Thomas Drowne of Newfields where he learned the trades of tanner, shoemaker and currier. He enlisted as lieutenant in the company of Capt. Peter Hersey of Newfields and was discharged Sept. 27, 1814. In 1817, he moved to Exeter, selling his tanning and currying business in Newfields to Charles Lane and his Coleman-Badger house. He carried on trading in Exeter in company with Col. John Rogers and erected a tide-mill for grinding bark. He married Nancy Smart, who died aged 30 in 1805, then Dorothy Smart, who died aged 24 in 1811, and finally Mehitable Smart, all daughters of Josiah Smart. He had 15 children. He died on Oct 18, 1846. In all his dealings he was said to be above reproach for fidelity, integrity and strict honesty, was manly, enterprising, public spirited and charitable, lived an upright life and died a Christian death.
The three ledgers, the earliest dating from 1812, the others 1826-1828 and 1836-1838, document Furnald’s business transactions.