Collection number: MS 10
Size: 2 items
About Timothy H. Lewis
Timothy H. Lewis operated a small pail manufactory 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
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.”
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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 Apfelbaum, dealer, Watchung, NJ, Nov. 2009 (Accession number: