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Ebenezer White business papers, 1811-1845.
White, Ebenezer, 1779-1853.
Library Call Number Copy Material Location
Vermont Historical Society Library  MSA 412  Manuscript  Vault-Manuscript 

Personal Author : White, Ebenezer, 1779-1853.
Title : Ebenezer White business papers, 1811-1845.
Physical Description : .25 linear ft.
Summary :

The collection consists of two parts. Part 1, formerly known as the Friend Adams White papers, contains several hundred papers of various sizes consisting mainly of bills, purchase accounts, receipts, and promissory notes. The papers relate to the grocery and general merchandise business of E. & H. S. White in the 1830s and 40s in Burlington, Vermont. Of interest among the papers are the itemized lists of items purchased; a lease dated 1813, from Ebenezer Englesby to Ebenezer White, Burlington; a manuscript of Ebenezer T. Englesby v. Ebenezer White, in chancery, January, 1818; and a deed from Horatio N. White to Ebenezer and Candace White dated 1833, Burlington. Englesby was a prominent store owner and businessman in Burlington and appears to have been White's major creditor as well as his landlord.

Part 2 consists of several hundred small strips of paper (most undated) removed from a rolled leather wallet or file that was passed down from Ebenezer White to his grandson, Friend Adams White of Panton, Vermont. Each paper strip represents the coded accounting of a customer's purchases over time and was used to calculate the total the customer owed. Each customer appears to have run up a tab' and settled his account at intervals, sometimes paying in bartered services. White's system consisted of recording purchases in his day books as the customer made them, and then totaling them up periodically. White's coded system was "B" for day book number, followed by the page number in parentheses, followed by the sum (usually in cents) owed in that transaction. The slips may have been retired into the wallet when paid off.

Biographical or historical data :

Ebenezer White, son of Benjamin and Ruth White, was born July 9, 1779, in Templeton, Worcester County, Massachusetts. He married Candace Smith on Feb. 14, 1802, in Barre, Worcester County, Massachusetts. At the time of their marriage, Ebenezer was residing in Essex, Vermont. Their first son, Horatio Nelson White, was born Oct. 23, 1802, in either St. Armand, Mississquoi County, Quebec or Burlington, Vermont (his death certificate oddly gives both as his birthplace). Although the location of Horatio's birth is uncertain, we do know that the White family settled in Burlington prior to 1808 because their three-year old daughter, Eliza, died there in August of that year.

By 1833 Ebenezer was a grocer in Burlington with a store located at the corner of Shelburne Street (now St. Paul Street) and Cedar Street (later renamed Adams Street). A significant portion of his business appears to have been the provisioning of commercial vessels that plied Lake Champlain. By the 1830s, Ebenezer was in partnership with his son, Hiram S. White. Ebenezer White died on Oct. 31, 1853, in Burlington, Vermont.

Personal Subject : Englesby, Ebenezer T.
Subject Term : Grocery trade Vermont Burlington.
General stores Vermont Burlington.
Geographic Term : Burlington (Vt.) Archival resources.
Genre/Form : Accounts.
Promissory notes.
Legal documents.
Added Author : White, Friend Adams.
White, Hiram S.
Electronic Resource : Click here for full text of finding aid.