Rockingham County Ledger, 1878-1892

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Descriptive Summary

Repository: Special Collections, Carrier Library, James Madison University

Title: Rockingham County Ledger, 1878-1892

Collection No.: < SC 5045

Creator: Unknown

Extent: 1 Box, 1 Folder; ledger 6 ½” x 13”

Language:  English

Abstract: The Rockingham County Ledger is a single ledger that was purchased from Larry Carrier. It contains business related accounts pertaining to the sale and purchase of goods and livestock, general farm accounts, employee payments, and debts owed/paid by individuals within Rockingham County.

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions: Collection is open for research.

Use Restrictions: The copyright interests in this collection have been transferred to the James Madison University Special Collections Library. For more information, contact the Special Collections Library Reference Desk (

Preferred Citation: [identification of item], Rockingham County Ledger, 1878-1892, SC 5045, Special Collections, Carrier Library, James Madison University, Harrisonburg, Va.

Acquisition Information: Purchased by JMU Special Collections on 2009 July 26 from Larry Carrier, 3287 Lee Highway, Weyer’s Cave, VA 24486.

Other Formats Available: none

Provenance: Purchased from Rocky’s Gold, Silver, and Antiques in Weyer’s Cave, VA.

Processing Information: The ledger is in poor shape and requires careful handling. The binding is worn and fragile, the cover has water damage, is warped and falling apart, some of the pages show signs of water damage and mold, there are several pages that have been torn out, and the ink on some pages has bled through to other pages making the writing illegible.

Bio/Historical Note: The Rockingham County Ledger as a single ledger. As a business ledger from a prominent livestock company from the late 19th century ca. 1878-1892 it contains the day-to-day transactions of multiple farms and individuals within Rockingham County. The most notable of these records are those from the farm of John R. Thomas, M. Thomas, and J.F.L. Henkel, which were kept continuously beginning in 1879 and ending in 1892. The recorder also kept transactional records in this ledger for Berry Good from December 1879 to May 1882. There are records for other individuals in the ledger as well; Nelson Nash, James Chapman, Dudley Proffitt, Jerry Nash, William Beasley, and Robert Scot, however none of these records were kept for longer than a few months. Each item that was sold or purchased was noted in this ledger. This company was sold in Washington County in the south end of VA.

Scope and Content:  Rockingham County Ledger, 1878-1890 consists of 1 ledger which includes 172 pages of handwritten business accounts. It measures 6 ½” x 13”.

Arrangement: 1 folder with ledger inside.

Contents: Rockingham County Ledger.

Compiled by: Jordan Smith, Trip Gibson, & Lauren Fleming, November 2012