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A Guide to the Shenandoah County Mill Ledger, 1869-1944
Collection SC# 4053
Compiled by: Julia Merkel, 2007
Repository: Special Collections, Carrier Library, James Madison University
Title: Shenandoah County Mill Ledger, 1869-1944
Creator: Shenandoah County Mill (unidentified)
Extent: 1 folder, 10" x 16" x 1"
[Page Number],Shenandoah County Mill Ledger, 1869-1944, SC# 4053, Special Collections, Carrier Library, James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA.
Gift of Montgomery County Historical Society, Rockville, MD, September 2006.
Previously donated to MCHS by a private donor residing in Rockville, MD, whose father had acquired the ledger from a Shenandoah Valley book dealer.
Text block preserved; Pages 461-466 and 471-478 were missing upon receipt.
This account ledger appears to document the business transactions of a Shenandoah County grist or sawmill, the exact location of which is unknown. Notes from a previous owner speculate that it is either Manor Mill or another mill west of New Market, perhaps near Quicksburg, on the the Shenandoah River north of B.G. Manor. Names within the ledger correspond to those of the Lee Magisterial District which includes the town of New Market, Virginia.
Scope and Content
The Shenandoah County Mill Ledger, 1869-1944, consists of one legal size folder (10"x16"x1") holding approximately 100 numbered pages from a Guggenheimer & Weil, Stationers of Balto. Md. blank book. Account entries list: commodity, purchaser, type, amount and price. Commodities mentioned include: seeds, corn meal, eggs, brooms, tubs, crockery, apples, cash, and shoes, among other items. Work for hire is also recorded. Some of the activities listed are: carpentry, sharpening equipment, hauling wood and rock, making gates and cleaning the mill race. What appear to be traveling sales accounts appear around 1941. Place names Greencastle, Pa., Sharpsburg and Clearspring, Md., and Monroe Co., Tenn. are mentioned. An index of personal names is listed in the first pages of the ledger. A small selection of the account names mentioned are: Clem, Funkhouser, Goladay, Henkle, Hess, Hoover, Newman, Olinger, and Pence.
Original pagination retained.
Lathrop, J.M. An Atlas of Shenandoah and Page Counties, Virginia; from actual surveys by J.M. Lathrop and B.N. Griffing. Strasburg, Va.: GP Hammond Pub., 1991. Originally published as: Philadelphia, Pa.: D.J. Lake & Co., 1885.
Boards discarded due to previous water and mold damage. Blank pages were removed [pp.165-234, 241-288, 293-416, 433-460]. Folio 289-292 had green script in an illegible hand on p.291 and was discarded ["Gibney's...paid"].
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