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West Dover general store account books, 1829-1871.

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Vermont Historical Society Library  XMSC 28:1-18  Manuscript  Vault-Manuscript 

Title : West Dover general store account books, 1829-1871.
Physical Description : 18 volumes.
Summary :

This collection consists of 18 volumes, including 5 leather bound daybooks, dating from 1829 to 1855. Two leather bound ledgers roughly correspond with the same time frame, from 1832 to 1858. W. H. Jones was careful to cross reference between his daybooks and ledgers. The final 10 books consist of thin hardboard bound daybooks dating from 1856 to 1871 and one cash book dating between 1864 and 1871 (reflecting the period of partnership between W. H. Jones and his son W. F. Jones). There is a possibility that the two paper-bound day-booklets within this collection are also from the West Dover store, though there is no known name or business written within them.

Biographical or historical data :

The West Dover General Mercantile was established in 1826 by Water Gillett and J. Loomis. Between 1826 and 1829, WIlliam H. Jones bought the share in the store owned by J. Loomis, and became Gillett's partner. By 1829, when the accounting records in this collection begin, the store was known as W. Gilletts & Co. On April 17, 1832, W. H. Jones bought the store in partnership with Jephtha Lyman, who furnished both the building and $2,000 with Jones providing $476. The store became known as Lyman and Jones. After three years the Lyman and Jones partnership was dissolved, and Jones took on John Simonds as a new partner. Renamed Simonds and Jones, this partnership lasted from 1835 to 1836, after which Joseph Franklin was the new partner. Jones and Franklin lasted from 1836 to April 1, 1841. From 1841 to 1856, W.H. Jones ran the store with a variety of silent partners, including Morris Stetson and Jedediah Estabrook. After 1856, Jones ran the store alone. In 1864, Jones partnered with his son William F. Jones. This partnership, W. H. Jones and Son, would last until 1871, when the store was sold to William F Converse.

William H. Jones was born in 1808 to Ebenezer and Anna Jones. Anna Jones, born Anna Perry in 1782, was the daughter (and first white child born in the area) of Captain Abner Perry, and his wife, Anna. Around 1800, Anna married Ebenezer Jones who had moved to the area in 1793. W. H. Jones was an important town leader for much of the 19th century, serving as Dover town selectman off and on from 1840 to 1971, state representative for Dover in the General Assembly (from 1841 to 1842, and again from 1864 to 1865) and as a state senator from 1856 to 57. During the Civil War, Jones served as the agent to collect either draftees or substitutes from the area surrounding Dover. W.H. Jones died in 1873, two years after he sold his store.

Subject Term : General stores Vermont Dover.
Geographic Term : Dover (Vt.) Commerce.
Genre/Form : Account books.
Added Author : Jones, William H., 1808-1873.
Electronic Resource : Click here for full text of finding aid.