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George Williamson and Co., 1816-1829; 1834-1840


George Williamson & Co. was founded in Yanceyville, Caswell County by Williamson, a businessman and high sheriff long prominent in his county's affairs.The ten manuscript volumes comprise an invoice book (1816-1820); one volume of cash sales (1816-1819) and five volumes of credit sales (1817-1819, 1821, 1825); one blacksmith shop ledger of accounts of debts (1823-1826), prefaced by miscellaneous financial memorada; and two blacksmith shop journals (1827-1829; 1834-1840) that appear to function as a rough account from which entries were to be posted in ledgers not present in the collection. Seven of the volumes relate to Williamson's mercantile business, while three relate to his blacksmith s ... (more below)

Title

George Williamson and Co., 1816-1829; 1834-1840

Collection Number

PC.AB.512

Date(s)

1816-1829; 1834-1840

Language

English

Physical Description
Ten manuscript account books (two quarter-bound with marbled boards; four in paper wrappers; four without wrappers or boards)
Physical Description
Volumes
10.00
Abstract

George Williamson & Co. was founded in Yanceyville, Caswell County by Williamson, a businessman and high sheriff long prominent in his county's affairs.

The ten manuscript volumes comprise an invoice book (1816-1820); one volume of cash sales (1816-1819) and five volumes of credit sales (1817-1819, 1821, 1825); one blacksmith shop ledger of accounts of debts (1823-1826), prefaced by miscellaneous financial memorada; and two blacksmith shop journals (1827-1829; 1834-1840) that appear to function as a rough account from which entries were to be posted in ledgers not present in the collection. Seven of the volumes relate to Williamson's mercantile business, while three relate to his blacksmith shop (with one of the latter relating to the financial side of Williamson's duties as sheriff.)

Creator

Williamson, George, c. 1789-1856

Repository

State Archives of North Carolina


This collection is arranged into three broad headings or series:Invoice Book, May 1816-Dec. 1820; Journals, 1816-1825; Blacksmith Shop Books, 1823-1829, 1834-1840.


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George Williamson (c.1789-1856) was long prominent in Caswell Countyaffairs. He was high sheriff from 1815 to 1831, and was one of the justices ofthe Court of Pleas and Quarter Sessions for more than twenty years prior to hisdeath. As a businessman in Yanceyville, Williamson formed a partnership with Nathaniel Lea in a general mercantile concern and in a blacksmith shop. Inaddition, Williamson owned a flour and grist mill, and farmed.


[Identification of item], PC.AB.512, George Williamson and Co., State Archives of North Carolina, Raleigh, NC, USA.


Deposit, Robert L. Graham, Lincolnton, N.C., 1997; gift, 2003.


Seven of the volumes in this collection relate to Williamson's mercantile business, and three of them to his blacksmith shop (one of the latter relating, too, to the financial side of his duties as sheriff).


  • Blacksmithing--North Carolina--Caswell County
  • General stores--North Carolina--Caswell County
  • Merchants--North Carolina--Caswell County
  • Sheriffs--North Carolina--Caswell County
  • Caswell County (N.C.)
  • Yanceyville (N.C.)

This series contains a single volume, which records invoices for household and kitchen wares, textiles and notions, shoes, saddlery articles, paper goods, farming tools, and so forth, purchased from Petersburg, Philadelphia, and New York.

Item: Invoice Book  
Invoice Book
1816-1820

These include one volume of cash sales and five volumes of credit sales. Apart from the obvious difference of method of payment, the journal of cash sales (June 1816-Dec. 1819) does not include the names of purchasers, recording only the daily record of what items were sold for ready cash, and for what amount. The journals of sales on account (1817-1819, and 1821-1825) are in the ordinary form, giving the date of the transaction, name of purchaser, item purchased, and amount to be posted to the purchaser's account in the appropriate ledger. None of the ledgers for the firm have survived.

Item: Cash Sales Journal  
Cash Sales Journal
June 1816-Dec. 1819

Item: Sales on Account  
Sales on Account
March 10-Dec. 31, 1817

Item: Sales on Account  
Sales on Account
Jan. 1-Dec. 31, 1818

Item: Sales on Account  
Sales on Account
Jan. 1-Dec. 30, 1819

Item: Sales on Account  
Sales on Account, 1821 and Miscellaneous Receipts, 1822
1821-1822

Item: Sales on Account  
Sales on Account
Jan-May 1825

The first of these three volumes contains a 93-page ledger of accounts of debts owing to the shop. Preliminary to the accounts in the ledger are financial memoranda relating to Williamson personally, 1817-1819; to the firm of George Williamson & Co., 1817-1819; and to Williamson as high sheriff, 1819-1822. The remaining two volumes are arranged by month and year and appear to function as a rough journal from which entries were to be posted in ledgers that are not present in the collection.

Item: Blacksmith Shop Ledger; Sheriff's and Miscellaneous Receipts  
Blacksmith Shop Ledger, 1823-1826; Sheriff's and Miscellaneous Receipts, 1817-1821
1817-1821,1823-1826

Item: Blacksmith Shop Journal  
Blacksmith Shop Journal
1827-1829

Item: Blacksmith Shop Journal  
Blacksmith Shop Journal
1834-1840