Thomas, William Account Book

A Guide to the William Thomas Account Book, 1845-1852 Ms.1940.031


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Repository
Special Collections and University Archives, Virginia Tech
Identification
Ms.1940.031
Title
William Thomas Account Book,1845-1852
Quantity
0.3 Cubic Feet 1 box
Language
The materials in this collection are in English
Abstract
This collection conains an account book of William Thomas, a merchant in Blacksburg, Virginia during the mid-19th century.

Administrative Information

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Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

Preferred Citation

Researchers wishing to cite this collection should include the following information: [identification of item], [box], [folder], William Thomas Account Book, Ms1940-031, Special Collections and University Archives, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Va.

Source of Acquisition

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 Contents

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 and Indexing Terms

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

Rights Statement for Archival Description

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

Container List

box 1
Account book,
1845-1852