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A Guide to the Samuel Shacklett Store Daybooks, 1845-1866
Collection Number FLAT 4040
Processed by: Sarah Vaughan and Chris Bolgiano
Preferred Citation: The Samuel Shacklett Store Daybooks. SC# 4040, Special Collections, Carrier Library, James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA. 22807
Physical Characteristics: Consists of three large bound ledger books.
Abstract: These three daybooks, which cover Jan.-Dec. 1845, Sept. 1851-August 1852, and Sept. 1865-Dec.1866, list by date the purchase of a wide variety of items.
Scope and Content: Purchases of food, clothes, shoes, tools, household items, brandy, pills, turpentine, paper, tobacco, candy, books, and other items are documented with price, name of customer, and name of person who came for the articles. The name, "Shacklett," is penciled in the front of the 1851-1852 daybook; two slips of paper in the 1845 book carry the names John Dougherty and Geo. Bruffy, who may have been business partners. Many prominent Harrisonburg residents are listed as customers, including the Harrison family.
Biographical/Historical: Samuel Shacklett was born in 1804, probably in Fauquier County, Va. By 1838 he had become a very successful businessman in Harrisonburg and in that year was elected a trustee of the city. He lived upstairs in a large brick house on a corner of Court Square, with his store below. He also owned a frame building on Main Street, the lower floor of which he used as a wareroom; the upper story was called Shacklett's Hall and was used for church services by Old School Baptist and Episcopalian congregations. In 1860 Shacklett was named a commissioner of the Harrisonburg Savings Bank by an Act of Assembly. He died in 1886 and his son Henry continued the business for many more years.
Wayland, John Walter. Men of mark and representative citizens of Harrisonburg and Rockingham County, Virginia; portraits and biographies of men and women. Staunton, VA: McClure Co., 1943.
Wayland, John Walter. A history of Rockingham County, Virginia. Dayton, VA: Ruebush-Elkins Co., 1912.
Contents: Flat Box 1 contains all three books.
Acquisition Information: Purchased Nov. 16, 2002, from Green Valley Auctions, Inc. by Friends of Carrier Library.
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