A Guide to the James E. Yates Account Book, 1874-1910 Yates, James E. Account Book Ms1940-032

A Guide to the James E. Yates Account Book, 1874-1910

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Special Collections
Collection Number Ms1940-032


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Processed by: John M. Jackson, Special Collections

Repository
Special Collections, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, Va.
Collection Number
Ms1940-032
Title
James E. Yates Account Book, 1874-1910
DIGITAL CONTENT
This collection has been digitized and is available online.
Physical Characteristics
0.3 cu. ft. 1 box
Language
English
Abstract
Account book maintained by James E. Yates, a livestock trader in Rappahannock County, Virginia.

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

Collection is open for research.

Use Restrictions

Permission to publish material from the James E. Yates Account Book must be obtained from Special Collections, Virginia Tech.

Preferred Citation

Researchers wishing to cite this collection should include the following information: James E. Yates Account Book, Ms1940-032, Special Collections, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, Va.

Acquisition Information

The James E. Yates Account Book was acquired by Newman Library prior to 1941.

Alternate Form Available

This collection has been digitized and is available online.

Processing Information

The processing and description of the James E. Yates Account Book commenced and was completed in September, 2011.


Biographical Note

James Edward Yates, the son of Benjamin and Mary Yates, was born in Culpeper County, Virginia on January 24, 1826. By 1860, Yates was living in Rappahannock County, Virginia, where he worked as a cattle dealer. He married Mary Elizabeth Moore in Rappahnnock County on March 19, 1868. The marriage record notes that Yates, a widower, was working as a cattle trader. A 50-year-old J. E. Yates is listed as a stock dealer living in Flint Hill (Rappahannock County), Virginia in the 1880 census. Among others in the household is Yates's wife, Betty; children Charlie, Edward M. and Lizzie; and Yates's mother-in-law, Betsy Moore. James E. Yates died on January 21, 1918 and is buried in Rappahannock County's Flint Hill Methodist Cemetery. (Mrs. A. A. Yates (1829-1867), also buried in this cemetery, was likely Yates's first wife, as a stock dealer named James Yates married Adaline Amanda Swain in Rappahannock county in 1859; in the 1880 census, Harriett Swain, Yates's mother-in-law, is listed among the inhabitants of his household.)

Scope and Content Note

This collection consists of an account book maintained by James E. Yates, a livestock trader in Rappahannock County, Virginia during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Included are names of customers, as well as dates, descriptions, and amounts of transactions, largely relating to sales of cattle and other livestock. Also included is a file containing loose documents that had been loosely inserted in the ledger. Among these are account statements, receipts, checks, promissory notes, and business correspondence.

Arrangement

The collection is arranged by item type, with unbound financial documents preceding the account book.


Index Terms

    Subjects:

  • Agriculture
  • Rappahannock County (Va.)

Contents List

Box-folder 1-1
Financial documents, 1874-1909, n.d.
Box-folder 1-2
Account book, 1887-1910