Dagg, Samuel Peyton Ledger, 1871-1896

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Summary Information

Special Collections, Carrier Library, James Madison University
Dagg, Samuel Peyton, ca. 1819-1898
Samuel Peyton Dagg Ledger
Collection No.:
SC 0214
1 box, .2 Cubic Feet
Language of the Material:
Ledger created by Samuel Peyton Dagg, a tailor in Cross Keys, Virginia, documenting his transactions between the years of 1871-1896. Personal notes, lists, and home remedy recipes are included on the ledger's endpapers and paste-downs.

Preferred Citation

[identification of item], [item #, box #], Samuel Peyton Dagg Ledger, 1871-1896, SC 0214, Special Collections, Carrier Library, James Madison University, Harrisonburg, Va.

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Bio/Historical Note

Samuel Peyton Dagg lived and worked as a tailor in Cross Keys, Virginia. He also served as a captain in the Regular Army. Dagg was born ca. 1819 in Loudon County, Virginia and lived with his mother Elizabeth until her death. After his mother's death, Dagg was noted as living as a recluse in a home he owned on the Keezletown Road between Cross Keys and Meyerhoeffer's Store.

Dagg died October 29, 1898 and willed all of his property to the American Bible Society.

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Scope and Content

The Samuel Peyton Dagg Ledger, 1871-1896, primarily documents Dagg's business transactions as a tailor. The ledger records customer names and accounts, services performed by Dagg (repairing, sewing, cutting patterns, etc.) and related charges. Customer accounts also include purchases of foodstufs and perishables.

In addition to business transactions, the ledger includes Dagg's lists on sundry topics and recipes for home remedies, for example the price of various coins (p. 150-151), how to properly introduce oneself to others (p. 148), the pronunciations of different names (p 161-163), and a list of famous authors and their hometowns (p. 143). Home remedies for warts, toothaches, and dropsy and recipes for rice pudding and bread pudding are included.

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The collection is arranged chronologically with loose papers foldered separately.

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Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

Collection is open for research. Researchers must register and agree to copyright and privacy laws before using this collection. Please contact Research Services staff before visiting the James Madison University Special Collections Library to use this collection.

Use Restrictions

The copyright interests in this collection have been transferred to the James Madison University Special Collection Library. For more information, contact the Special Collections Library Reference Desk (library-special@jmu.edu).

Acquisition Information

Donated by Dan Stickley in April 2009 with the Eleanor McCartney Papers.

Processing Information

Several newspaper clippings along with some scraps inserted into the pages that have been extracted and rehoused in a separate folder.

In order to streamline the process of applying collection numbers, Special Collections staff completed a large-scale renumbering campaign in 2017-2018. This collection was previously cataloged as SC 5040.


Special Collections, Carrier Library, James Madison University

880 Madison DriveMSC 1704Harrisonburg, Virginia 22807library-special@jmu.eduURL: https://www.lib.jmu.edu/special/

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Index Terms

Genre and Form

  • Ledgers (account books)


  • Tailors -- Virginia -- Rockingham County -- Records and correspondence
  • Business records -- Virginia -- Sources
  • Rockingham County (Va.) -- History -- Sources
  • Virginia -- History, Local -- Sources

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"United States Census, 1850," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:M8DG-5QF : 12 April 2016), Samuel Dagg in household of Elizabeth Dagg, Rockingham county, part of, Rockingham, Virginia, United States; citing family 430, NARA microfilm publication M432 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).

"A Unique Will." The Rockingham Register, January 13, 1899.

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Collection Inventory

Title/Description Instances
Ledger, 1871-1896 box 1 folder 1
Newspaper clipping removed from back of front endsheet, undated box 1 folder 2
Envelope from between pages 86-87, undated box 1 folder 3
Note from between pages 92-93, undated box 1 folder 4
Newspaper clipping from between pages 110-111, undated box 1 folder 5
Newspaper clipping removed from back of back endsheet, undated box 1 folder 6