A Guide to the George Miles Account Book, 1873-1874 George Miles Account Book, 1873-1874 1097505

A Guide to the George Miles Account Book, 1873-1874

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George Miles Account Book, 1873-1874
Physical Characteristics
1 v.
Lynchburg (Va.) Circuit Court
Library of Virginia

Administrative Information

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Preferred Citation

George Miles Account Book, 1873-1874. Local government records collection, Lynchburg (Va.) Court Records. The Library of Virginia, Richmond, Va. 23219.

Acquisition Information

This item came to the Library of Virginia in shipments of court papers from Lynchburg.

Historical Information

On 23 April 1872, tobacco merchant George Miles entered into a partnership with Montgomery, Alabama, tobacco commission merchants John M. Davis and Robert A. Beall to form George Miles and Company. Initially operating in Liberty, Va., the firm would relocate to Lynchburg in 1873 after adding the partners Micajah Davis and J. Irwin Smith to the firm. George Miles was responsible for the manufacture of tobacco in Lynchburg that was then shipped to Davis and Beall in Alabama for sale. In 1874, the partnership disbursed after falling into heavy debt.

Scope and Content

George Miles Account Book, 1873-1874, records George Miles's receipts and disbursements related to the processing and shipping of tobacco to Richmond, Va. Information found in the account book is divided by accounts such as cash, expense, leaf tobacco, and various individuals and companies with which Miles conducted business. The left section of each account records the cash paid by Miles for expenses such as the purchase of supplies, shipping fees, storage fees, and taxes. The right side of each account records the receipts from cash or check, the name of the individual or company, and the amounts received. Details were not provided about the nature of these transactions except when the transactions were for the sale of tobacco. Also included in the account book are inventory lists of machinery and supplies owned by Miles.

Related Material

For additional information see the Lynchburg (Va.) Chancery Cause, William Graves and others versus George Miles and others. It can be found in the Local Records Collection at the Library of Virginia. The index number is 1878-013.

Separated Material

Index Terms


  • Miles, George.
  • Subjects:

  • Merchants--Virginia--Lynchburg.
  • Tobacco industry--Virginia--Lynchburg.
  • Tobacco--Virginia--Lynchburg.
  • Geographical Names:

  • Lynchburg (Va.)--History--19th century.
  • Genre and Form Terms:

  • Account books--Virginia--Lynchburg.
  • Business records--Virginia-Lynchburg.
  • Local government records--Virginia--Lynchburg.
  • Added Entry - Corporate Name:

  • George Miles and Company.

Significant Places Associated With the Collection

  • Lynchburg (Va.)--History--19th century.