A Guide to the Mathews Court House Account Books, 1838-1874 Mathews Court House Account Books Ms1940-021

A Guide to the Mathews Court House Account Books, 1838-1874

A Collection in
Special Collections and University Archives
Collection Number Ms1940-021


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2020 (CC0 1.0)

Processed by: John M. Jackson, Archivist, Special Collections and University Archives

Repository
Special Collections and University Archives, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Va.
Collection Number
Ms1940-021
Title
Mathews Court House Account Books, 1838-1874
Physical Characteristics
0.9 Cubic Feet; 3 boxes
Language
English
Abstract
This collection contains day books from a general mercantile business in Mathews County, Virginia, likely operated by Francis Armistead with a succession of partners.

Administrative Information

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Reproduction and Use

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Preferred Citation

Researchers wishing to cite this collection should include the following information: [identification of item], [box], [folder], Mathews Court House Account Books, Ms1940-021, Special Collections and University Archives, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Va.

Source of Acquisition

The Mathews Court House Account Books were acquired by the univeristy in 1939 or 1940 and transferred to Special Collections and University Archives in 1955.

Processing Information

The processing, arrangement, and description of the Mathews Court House Account Books commenced and was completed in November 2011. Initial description was completed in or prior to May 1970.


Historical Note

The volumes in this collection seem to have been rebound soon after having been aquired by Virginia Tech and all original identifying information lost in the process. Latter-day labels on the new bindings, however, indicate that the ledgers originated with stores operated by Francis Armistead and a succession of business partners. The day book spanning 1838-1839 bears the name Tompkins, Armistead and Diggs, while the 1850-1852 volume is labeled "F. A. & Co." On the front endpaper of the 1869-1874 day book is written "A & M [Armistead & Marchants?]." The text of an 1845 deed, found online, identifies Francis Armistead and Albert Diggs as the surviving partners in the firm of Tompkins, Armistead and Diggs. Francis Armistead appears in the 1860 census as a 50-year-old merchant, living in Mathews Court House, Virginia; he appears again in the 1870 and 1880 censuses with the same occupation. A Francis Armistead (1809-1896) is buried in Mathews County's Armistead-Miller Family Cemetery.

Scope and Content

This collection contains three day books maintained by a general mercantile business, likely operated by Francis Armistead with a sucession of partners, in Mathews Court House, Virginia. The volumes provide customer names, dates of transactions, descriptions and prices of items purchased.

Arrangement

The collection is arranged chronologically.


Index Terms

    Subjects:

  • Account books
  • Local/Regional History and Appalachian South
  • Mathews Court House (Mathews County, Va.)
  • Mathews County (Va.)

Rights Statement for Archival Description

The guide to the Mathews Court House Account Books by Special Collections and University Archives, Virginia Tech, is licensed under a CC0 (https://creativecommons.org/share-your- work/public-domain/cc0/).

Contents List

box 1
Day book, 1838-1839
box 2
Day book, 1850-1852
box 3
Day book, 1869-1874