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Milton Martin's blacksmith account books, 1835-1870.
Martin, Milton, 1809-1893.
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Vermont Historical Society Library  MSC 181  Manuscript  Vault-Manuscript 


Personal Author : Martin, Milton, 1809-1893.
Title : Milton Martin's blacksmith account books, 1835-1870.
Physical Description : 9 volumes + 1 folder.
General Note : Continued in Misc 873
Summary :

3 account books and 6 daybooks kept by Milton Martin, a blacksmith in Williamstown, Vermont. The first account book covers the dates from 1835 to 1838, and it shows that Milton Martin was in partnership with Josiah White (1787-1852) until May 29, 1838. After that date he appears to have been in partnership with P. Martin, possibly his brother, Porter Martin ( 1799-1865). The other account books cover the years 1837-1848 and 1849-1870. The last pages of the 1849-1870 account book contain accounts relating to the town of Williamstown. Of special interest are accounts relating to the enlistment of men, dated 1865.The day books cover the dates September 17, 1835-October 30, 1845; September 11, 1837-June 30, 1838; October 21, 1845-May 17, 1849; May 24, 1849-February 24, 1853; October 10, 1849-February 26, 1851; March 4,1853-January 15, 1859.

A collection of loose material was removed from the account books, including several letter fragments that were used as place markers. Three letters were written by Milton Martin's brother-in-laws, Michael R. Martyn of Windsor Locks, Connecticut , Joel Davenport of Wolcott, Vermont, and Josiah D. White, of Hartford, Connecticut, relating to business matters. Another letter was written by White's wife, Eva S. (Martin) White, to her sister, Mary Martin, Milton's wife, begging for a visit. One letter fragment appears to be written by Milton's son, Albert, to his brother Fred, concerning his future prospects. Another letter, apparently written to Michael R. Martyn, by someone in Provo, Utah, dated March, 1846, contains information about other Vermonters out West. The remaining letters refer to breeding Morgan horses, since Milton apparently owned a Morgan stallion.

Other items include a draft of a speech before an agricultural society fair, a militia roll dated June 2, 1840, listing Milton Martin as captain, and an enrollment report dated June 18, 1863, signed by Milton Martin, the civilian recruiting officer for Williamstown, Vermont. On the report are the names of 17 men, all with surnames starting with the letters A and B. The report gives the men's ages, occupation, place of birth, marital status, physical examination information, and prior service.

Biographical or historical data :

Milton Martin was born in Williamstown, Vermont on February 19, 1809, the son of James and Marth (Coburn) Martin. He learned blacksmithing from two Williamstown blacksmiths, Captain Abbott and Enoch Howe, and first worked in the trade in Wolcott, Vermont. After around four years, he moved back to Williamstown, where he continued in the trade until 1859, when he sold the business to his son, Albert. He served as Williamstown's representative two terms (1850-1851) and was active in town government. As well, he served as a captain in the state militia. He had seven children by his first wife, Mary Martyn. He died in Williamstown on December 22, 1893.

Corporate Subject : United States. Army Recruiting, enlistment, etc. Civil War, 1861-1865.
Vermont. Militia.
Subject Term : Blacksmithing Vermont Williamstown.
Morgan horse Vermont.
Agriculture Vermont Societies, etc.
Geographic Term : Williamstown (Vt. : Town) History Sources.
Provo (Utah) History Sources.
Vermont History Civil War, 1861-1865.
Genre/Form : Daybooks.
Account books.
Letters correspondence.
Speeches.
Military records.
Added Author : White, Josiah, 1787-1852.
White, Josiah D., 1815-1896.
White, Eva S., 1818-1866.
Martin, Porter, 1799-1865.
Martyn, Michael R., 1820-1861.
Davenport, Joel, 1797-1880.