A Guide to the William Allason Records, 1722-1847 Allason, William, Records, 1722-1847 13

A Guide to the William Allason Records, 1722-1847

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the Library of Virginia
Accession Number 13


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Accession number
William Allason Records, 1722-1847
Physical Characteristics
25 reels of microfilm; 15.375 cubic feet
Physical Location
Misc. Reels 389 and 1359-1382; Business records collection, Acc. 13

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

There are no restrictions.

Use Restrictions

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Preferred Citation

William Allason. Records, 1722-1847. Accession 13, Business records collection, The Library of Virginia, Richmond, Virginia.

Acquisition Information

Purchased 1912.

Biographical/Historical Information

Born in Glasgow, Scotland in 1731. Son of Zacharius Allason and Isbel Hall. He arrived in Virginia in 1757 as a supercargo for the Glasgow firm of Baird and Walker. Began own mercantile business at Falmouth in King George County, Virginia, later Stafford County open store in Winchester, Virginia under the direction of his brother David in 1761. Allason received and shipped goods to London, Glasgow, Liverpool, Whitehaven, Leads, Bristol and the West Indies. William Allason died in 1800. David Allason continued the operation of the Falmouth store after William's death.

Scope and Content Information

Correspondence, letter books, daybooks, ledgers and miscellaneous items relating to the operation of a mercantile business in Falmouth (King George County) and Winchester, Virginia by William and David Allason. The correspondence reflects the various aspects of extensive mercantile endeavor, as well as personal relationships between family members and friends. Allason corresponded with Lord Dunmore before and after Dunmore fled Virginia, and he maintained a close association with Lord Fairfax, acting as his factor, buying and selling his slaves and engaging people to collect quitrents for the Fairfax proprietary. Other correspondents include Alexander Baine, Robert Beverley, Nathaniel and Robert Burwell, Charles and Landon Carter, John Harvey, Abraham Hite, Neil Jamieson, Charles Marshall, James Mercer, General Daniel Morgan, Hugh Nelson, Mann Page, Robert Rose, David Ross, Andrew Sprowle, Col. John Taylor, Benamin Waller, John and Warner Washington, Ralph Wormeley, George Wythe and Isaac Zane.

Records identifed as Allason's during his service as agent for Baird and Walker include: daybook for a concern belonging to Baird and Walker, 1759-1769; ledger of sundry goods, 1757-1762; ledger for cargo, 1759; and ledger, 1751-1752.

Other volumes include: daybooks, 1761-1800; ledgers, 1760-1801; cash sales, 1764-1782; invoice and inventory books, 1760-1796' balances due, 1766-1792; memorandum books, 1757-1800; and tobacco books 1757- 1763, 1786-1804.

Account books of the Shenandoah store operated by David Allason include: day book, 1761-1763; and ledgers, 1761-1763. Records of his operation of the Falmouth Store include: daybooks,1775-1777, 1786-1804; and ledgers, 1783-1801.

Other volumes include: daybook and journal of private transaction, 1757-1769; daybook of Pine Forest Sawmill, 1787-1793; record of planks saved, 1787-1789; transaction at River Run mill, 1786-1787; and transaction for William Kirk's estate, 1781-1786.

Contents List

William Allason Letter Book, 1770-1789
Reel: Misc. Reel 389
Letters and Papers, 1722-1760 (July)
Reel: Misc. Reel 1359
Letters and Papers, 1760 (Aug.)-1763,
Reel: Misc. Reel 1360
Letters and Papers, 1764-1767
Reel: Misc. Reel 1361
Letters and Papers, 1768-1770
Reel: Misc. Reel 1362
Letters and Papers, 1771(Feb.)-1773
Reel: Misc. Reel 1363
Letters and Papers, 1774-1782
Reel: Misc. Reel 1364
Letters and Papers, 1783-1785
Reel: Misc. Reel 1365
Letters and Papers, 1786-1788
Reel: Misc. Reel 1366
Letters and Papers, 1789-1791
Reel: Misc. Reel 1367
Letters and Papers, 1792(Mar.)-1797
Reel: Misc. Reel 1368
Letters and Papers, 1798-1847; Accounts and Invoices, 1775-1780
Reel: Misc. Reel 1369
Miscellaneous Items (Address, court Papers, Legal Documents, Agreements, Diary, Indices, Scraps)
Reel: Misc. Reel 1370
Letter Books, 1757-1793; Day Book, 1757-1759; Ledgers, 1751-1762
Reel: Misc. Reel 1371
Day Books, 1761-1777
Reel: Misc. Reel 1372
Day Books, 1770-1780; Ledger O, 1757-1769
Reel: Misc. Reel 1373
Ledgers 1-3, 1769-1791
Reel: Misc. Reel 1374
Ledger 4, 1791-1801; Ledger A, 1760-1761; Ledger B, 1761-1762
Reel: Misc. Reel 1375
Ledgers C-E, 1762-1767
Reel: Misc. Reel 1376
Ledgers F-H, 1767-1801
Reel: Misc. Reel 1377
Cash Sales, 1764-1789; Invoice and Inventory Books, 1761-1796; Lists of Balances Due, 1766-1767
Reel: Misc. Reel 1378
List of Balances Due and Debts, 1770-1792; Memorandum Books, 1757-1792
Reel: Misc. Reel 1379
Memoramdum Book, 1793-1799; Tobacco Book, 1757-1796; Day Book and Journal, 1757-1769; Pine Forrest Sawmill Records, 1787-1793; River Run Mill, 1786-1787; Kirk Estate, 1781-1786; Shenandoah Store Day Book, 1761-1763
Reel: Misc. Reel 1380
Shenandoah Store Ledgers, 1761-1763; Falmouth Store Day Books, 1775-1804
Reel: Misc. Reel 1381
Falmouth Store Ledgers A-C, 1783-1801
Reel: Misc. Reel 1382