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Abdiel Kent account books, 1832-1857.
Kent, Abdiel, 1805-1887.
Library Call Number Copy Material Location
Vermont Historical Society Library  MSA 264:8-9  Manuscript  Vault 
Vermont Historical Society Library  XMSC 20:7-11  Manuscript  Vault 

Personal Author : Kent, Abdiel, 1805-1887.
Title : Abdiel Kent account books, 1832-1857.
Physical Description : 7 volumes.
General Note : Continued in: MSA 264:8-9.
Summary :

Seven volumes of financial records kept by Abdiel Kent from 1832 to 1857. Two account book and three day books document Abdiel Kent's boot and shoe factory. The first account book dates from 1833 to 1834 (XMSC 20:7), while the second covers the years 1839 to 1853 (MSA 264:9). In the first few pages it also lists some of his workers' days off, sometimes including the reason. The first daybook dates from 1834 to 1836 (XMSC 20:8), the second from 1838 to 1840 (XMSC 20:9), and the third dates from 1847 to 1857 (XMSC 20:10).

Although not mentioned in the town history, Kent also appears to have acquired a blacksmithing operation. One account book, dating from 1832 to 1844, documents this activity (MSA 264:8). As well, there is a brief daybook for a blacksmith covering the years 1836 to 1837 (XMSC 20:11).

Biographical or historical data :

Abdiel Kent was born on November 10, 1805 in Calais, Vermont, the son of Remember and Rachel (Bliss) Kent. When he was 21 he moved to New Hampshire where he studied the mason's trade and opened a factory. He returned to Calais around 1830 and established a boot and shoe factory. In 1832 the factory added merchandise. In 1837 he became partners with his brother, Ira, and the store became "I. & A. Kent, Boot and Shoe Manufacturers". This shop operated for about 40 years. In 1837 Abdiel also built a brick house and kept a hotel until 1847. Ira and Abdiel also bought the Joe Robinson sawmill in 1837, which remained in the Kent family for 60 years. They started a harness making business in 1842, which operated for 20 years and bought a brick making business. In 1844 he and other people established a starch factory. They owned a woolen factory, mills, and a hotel in Craftsbury, Vermont, built and stocked a store and owned the Norcross mill in Woodbury, Vermont. They also owned the Ira Brown sawmill in Calais. Abdiel Kent died November 2, 1887.

Subject Term : Shoe industry Vermont Calais.
Blacksmithing Vermont Calais.
Geographic Term : Calais (Vt.) Commerce.
Genre/Form : Account books.