A Guide to the Prentis Family Papers, 1742-1828. Prentis Family. Papers, 1742-1828. MS 75.2

A Guide to the Prentis Family Papers, 1742-1828.

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the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation's
John D. Rockefeller, Jr. Library
Manuscript Number MS 75.2


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Repository
John D. Rockefeller, Jr. Library, Colonial Williamsburg Foundation
Manuscript number
MS 75.2
Title
Papers, 1742-1828.
Extent
1 vol. and 9 items.
Creator
Prentis Family.
Language
English

Administrative Information

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Preferred Citation

Prentis Family Papers, Manuscript # MS 75.2, John D. Rockefeller, Jr. Library, Colonial Williamsburg Foundation

Acquisition Information

Purchase, 1975.

Alternative Form

Microfilm copy (M-1317.1) available.


Biographical/Historical Information

John Prentis (1729-1775) was a Williamsburg merchant; Robert was his cousin. Robert later moved to Trinidad and died there. Joseph Prentis (1782-1851) was a lawyer in Suffolk and the son of Judge Joseph Prentis (1754-1809) Williamsburg.

Scope and Content Information

Ledger of accounts receivable of the Prentis Store dating from about 1778, including a list of bad debts from 1742. The account book seems to be by Robert Prentis (1741-ca.1809) of the firm of John Prentis and Company. The firm became Robert Prentis and Company during 1775-1779. Names in the account book include Carter Braxton, Nathaniel Burwell, Christiana Campbell, Landon Carter, Robert Carter, Josiah Chowning, Benjamin Harrison, Thomas Jefferson, John Page, Peyton Randolph, William Randolph, and George Wythe. The nine pieces are notes or accounts to Joseph Prentis from John Giles, Henry W. Wills, Thaddeus Powell, and Merrit Jordan, dated 1813 to 1828.

Arrangement

Items are arranged chronologically.

Index Terms

    Persons:

  • Braxton, Carter, 1736-1797.
  • Burwell, Nathaniel, 1750-1814.
  • Campbell, Christiana, 1722-1793.
  • Carter, Landon, 1710-1778.
  • Carter, Robert, 1728- 1804.
  • Chowning, Josiah, d. 1772.
  • Giles, John.
  • Harrison, Benjamin, ca. 1726-1791.
  • Jefferson, Thomas, 1743-1826.
  • Jordan, Merrit.
  • Page, John, 1744-1808.
  • Powell, Thaddeus.
  • Prentis, Joseph, 1754-1809.
  • Prentis, Robert, d. 1803.
  • Randolph, Peyton, 1721-1775.
  • Willis, Henry W.
  • Wythe, George, 1726-1806.
  • Corporate Names:

  • John Prentis & Co.
  • Prentis Store (Williamsburg, Va.)
  • Robert Prentis & Co.
  • Geographical Names:

  • Williamsburg (Va.) --History --Colonial period, ca. 1600-1775.
  • Williamsburg (Va.) --People --18th Century.
  • Williamsburg (Va.) --People --19th Century.
  • Genre and Form Terms:

  • Account books --Virginia.
  • Merchant accounts --Virginia --History --19th Century.
  • Merchant accounts - -Virginia -- History --18th Century.

Contents List

Account book of accounts receivable of the Prentis Store, probably from about 1778 - includes a list of Bad Debts from 1742. 1778.
Note. John Giles to Joseph Prentis. 2 August 1813.
Account of Henry W. Wills of Isle of Wight. 1816.
Account of Henry W. Wills, Jr., administrator of Emanuel Wills. 24 April 1817.
Account of Henry W. Wills. 1817.
Account of Henry W. Wills, administrator of John S. Wills, to Joseph Prentis. August 1817.
Account of Thaddeus Powell to Joseph Prentis. 1827.
Note. Merrit Jordan to Joseph Prentis. 5 March 1828.
Account. Joseph Prentis vs. Henry W. Wills. N.D.
Printed note form. N.D.

Significant Persons Associated With the Collection

  • Braxton, Carter, 1736-1797.
  • Burwell, Nathaniel, 1750-1814.
  • Campbell, Christiana, 1722-1793.
  • Carter, Landon, 1710-1778.
  • Carter, Robert, 1728- 1804.
  • Chowning, Josiah, d. 1772.
  • Giles, John.
  • Harrison, Benjamin, ca. 1726-1791.
  • Jefferson, Thomas, 1743-1826.
  • Jordan, Merrit.
  • Page, John, 1744-1808.
  • Powell, Thaddeus.
  • Prentis, Joseph, 1754-1809.
  • Prentis, Robert, d. 1803.
  • Randolph, Peyton, 1721-1775.
  • Willis, Henry W.
  • Wythe, George, 1726-1806.

Significant Places Associated With the Collection

  • Williamsburg (Va.) --History --Colonial period, ca. 1600-1775.
  • Williamsburg (Va.) --People --18th Century.
  • Williamsburg (Va.) --People --19th Century.