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John M. Patrick Account Book, 1852-1863


The John M. Patrick general store opened in Hookerton (Greene County) in March of 1852. John M. Patrick was the sole proprietor.This volume is a day book which lists transactions by date. In addition, it contains an inventory, an account of a dispute, and a settlement of accounts. Merchandise included cloth, ready-to-wear clothing, sewing and knitting essentials, toiletries, paper, ink, books, food staples, spices, candies, spirits, and tobacco. Attached to this finding aid are partial indexes of customers from two distinct time periods. Also available is a sampling of an 1853 inventory.

Title

John M. Patrick Account Book, 1852-1863

Collection Number

PC.AB.65

Date(s)

1852-1863

Language

English

Physical Description
Day book, 1 bound volume, 450 pages less pages overwritten and cut
Physical Description
Volumes
1.00
Abstract

The John M. Patrick general store opened in Hookerton (Greene County) in March of 1852. John M. Patrick was the sole proprietor.

This volume is a day book which lists transactions by date. In addition, it contains an inventory, an account of a dispute, and a settlement of accounts. Merchandise included cloth, ready-to-wear clothing, sewing and knitting essentials, toiletries, paper, ink, books, food staples, spices, candies, spirits, and tobacco. Attached to this finding aid are partial indexes of customers from two distinct time periods. Also available is a sampling of an 1853 inventory.

Creator

Patrick family

Repository

State Archives of North Carolina


The bound volume is arranged by date, then name.


Available for research


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Finding aid prepared by Lea Walker, August 2012


The John M. Patrick general store opened in Hookerton (Greene County) in March of 1852. The town was a thriving community beside Contentnea Creek, with several academies and a public library.

John M. Patrick was the sole proprietor of this general store. John M. Patrick was listed as a farmer in the 1850 Census and his name was associated with a flour and corn mill in Hookerton in the 1860s and 1870s. A John M. Patrick was listed as postmaster in 1819, 1862, and 1878. The name also appears in the list of county commissioners in 1872. Presumably, this provides evidence that multiple generations of the Patrick family lived and worked in Greene County.


[Identification of item], Private Collections: Account Books, PC.AB.65, John M. Patrick Account Book, 1852-1863, State Archives of North Carolina, Raleigh, NC, USA.


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This volume represents daily transactions of a store located in Hookerton. The business is known as John M. Patrick. The book lists transactions by date from two distinct time periods: 1852-1853 and 1861-1862. In addition, the book provides an 1853 store inventory and records some account settlements occurring in 1863, after the store's closing.

John M. Patrick went to New York in mid-March 1852 to purchase merchandise for his enterprise. He opened the store with $1,903.63 worth of goods and paid $60.00 to Samuel Bell to rent the store property for twelve months. The John M. Patrick store offered a range of items including cloth, ready-to-wear clothing, linens, sewing and knitting essentials, toiletries, paper, ink, books, food staples, spices, cutlery, cooking and serving dishes, candies, spirits, patent medicines, tobacco, fish hooks and lines, gunpowder, locks, farming implements, and buggy accessories. Mr. Patrick sold $1,516.99 worth of goods to Menan P. Powell on August 11, 1853. The sale inventory lists intriguing items such as fifth wheels, cart wheel boxes, Jews harps, Jim Crow cards, motto wafers, artificial flowers, a feather fan, and a tin lemonade mixer.


 Branson's North Carolina Business Directory, 1866-1867, 1867-68, 1869, 1872, 1890, 1896; U.S. Census: 1850, 1860;  North Carolina Gazetteer, University of North Carolina Press, 2010;  Post Offices and Postmasters of North Carolina, North Carolina Postal History Society, 1996


  • Account books
  • General stores--North Carolina--Greene County
  • Grocery trade--North Carolina--Hookerton
  • Inventories
  • Retail trade--North Carolina--Hookerton
  • Contentnea Creek (N.C.)
  • Greene County (N.C.)
  • Hookerton (N.C.)
  • Grocers--North Carolina--Hookerton

This single volume is a day book. It is leather bound with marble end papers. The letters J. M. P. are stamped in gold on the spine. Portions of the spine and back cover are missing. Some pages are torn and many are missing, mostly near the end of the volume. The book has a total of 508 pages remaining.

There are 450 pages of daily transactions from 1852-1853, enumerated at the top left of each verso (LH) and top right of each recto (RH). This is followed by a couple of waste pages. There follows an 1853 eighteen-page inventory, which is enumerated on both verso and recto, starting over at the number one. This is followed by two more scratch pages. Twenty-nine pages of daily transactions from 1861-1862 follow, starting over at the number one and enumerated again on both verso and recto. The last seven pages are unnumbered; they include account settlements and a half-page narrative. The earliest date entered is 22 March 1852 and the latest date is on 26 June 1863. Measurement of volume in inches: 8 3/4 x 14 x 2