A Guide to the William Thomas Account Book, 1845-1852 Thomas, William Account Book Ms1940-031

William Thomas Account Book, 1845-1852

A Collection in
Special Collections
Collection Number Ms1940-031


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Processed by: John M. Jackson, Special Collections

Repository
Special Collections, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, Va.
Collection Number
Ms1940-031
Title
William Thomas Account Book, 1845-1852
Physical Characteristics
0.3 cu. ft. 1 box
Language
English
Abstract
Account book of William Thomas, a merchant in Blacksburg, Virginia during the mid-19th century.

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

Collection is open for research.

Use Restrictions

Permission to publish material from the William Thomas Account Book must be obtained from Special Collections, Virginia Tech.

Preferred Citation

Researchers wishing to cite this collection should include the following information: William Thomas Account Book, Ms1940-031, Special Collections, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, Va.

Acquisition Information

The William Thomas Account Book was acquired by Newman Library prior to 1941.

Processing Information

The processing and description of the William Thomas Account Book commenced in October, 2011 and was completed in November, 2011.


Biographical Note

The 1860 census records only one William Thomas in Blacksburg: a 64-year-old Maryland-born farmer. According to various sources, a Blacksburg merchant named William Thomas was born in Maryland on May 25, 1796. The son of Giles T. and Nancy Ann Wheeler Thomas, William Thomas moved to the Blacksburg area while in his late teens. In 1819, he married Rachel Montgomery Hoge (1800-1828), and the couple had three children. Following Rachel's death, Thomas married Lucretia Howe (1806-1889), with whom he had five children. Thomas served as Montgomery County sheriff and operated a successful mercantile business and tanyard, as well as a farm. He also had an interest in Montgomery White Sulphur Springs and served in Virginia's General Assembly, as clerk for Blacksburg's Presbyterian Church, and as a trustee of the Blacksburg Female Academy. William Thomas died on February 14, 1863 and is buried in Blacksburg's Westview Cemetery.

Scope and Content Note

This collection consists of a single account book maintained by William Thomas, a merchant in Montgomery County, Virginia around the middle of the 19th century. Included are names of customers, itemized lists of goods purchased, dates of puchases, and amounts paid.

Subjects:

  • Local/Regional History and Appalachian South
  • Montgomery County (Va.)

Contents List

Box 1
Account book, 1845-1852