The Resource Shop book, 1835 & 6, (manuscript)

Shop book, 1835 & 6, (manuscript)

Shop book, 1835 & 6, 1824-1837
Shop book, 1835 & 6
Inclusive dates
  • A single volume of 74 unnumbered pages; stitched into tan paper wrappers; lower right corner of front wrapper and first page torn away affecting text; "Shop book, 1835 & 6" written on front cover
  • The volume contains daily records, 1835 January 2-1836 December 31, of blacksmith work by Dunmore, a slave of Mark Alexander. Work includes shoeing horses, making and repairing hoes, hooks, wedges, axes, knoves, staples, wheel rims, chains, screws, plows, clevises, singletrees, doubletrees, spikes, harrow teeth, rake teeth, bull tongues, and traces
  • The first six pages record work for Alexander, followed by five pages of record for "Salem Plantation." Other individuals named include Nathaniel Alexander, Elizabeth Pulley, Martha Moss, Curtis Jackson, Robert Park, John C. Bugg, L. Watson, Samuel Watson, William Holloway, Peter Daves, J. Speed Moss, Charles Hudson, Mrs. Turner, William Farrar, Mrs. Hanswerd[?], Mr. Rainey, Margaret Norvell, and Rebecca Bugg
  • Accounts are totaled and "drawn off" at the end of the calendar year. Several show payments dated 1837
  • There is single sheet laid in with accounts for John Young in 1824
  • Of interest is the final page of the ledger that records "Cash received of Dunmore" for 1835 and 1836
  • Slave labor record of Dunmore Alexander, slave of Congressman Mark Alexander, 1835 & 1836, Old Salem Plantation, Baskerville, Mecklenburg County, Va. Dunmore Alexander was a blacksmith/toolmaker, a trusted family employee who handled cash receipts for work done by his shop for other local families. Numerous pages for Mark Alexander, in front and rear
Biographical or historical data
  • Mark Alexander, b. February 7, 1792, d.October 7, 1883; member Virginia House of Delegates, 1815-1819; U.S. House of Representatives, 16th-22nd congresses; owner of Salem plantation, Mecklenburg County, Va.
  • Dunmore, b. March 10, 1790, son of Keziah; enslaved blacksmith at Salem plantation, Mecklenburg County, Va.
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Literary form
non fiction
Shop book, 1835 & 6, (manuscript)
Forms part of the Marion duPont Scott Sporting Collection
  • Special Collections
SPECIAL COLLECTIONS: Marion duPont Scott Fund, 2016/2017.
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