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Jeremiah Bell ledger book

Jeremiah Bell ledger book

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Finding aid for the Jeremiah Bell ledger book

BC.MSS.12.54

Butler Center for Arkansas Studies
100 Rock Street
Little Rock, Arkansas, 72201
(501) 320-5700
arkinfo@cals.org

October 16, 2014



Repository: Butler Center for Arkansas Studies
Creator:Bell, Jeremiah, 1820-1889
Title: Jeremiah Bell ledger book
Dates: 1879-1882
Quantity: 1.0 Linear feet
Abstract:This collection contains a ledger book used by retail merchant Jeremiah Bell to keep accounts.
Identification: BC.MSS.12.54
Language: English
Permanent URL:http://purl.oclc.org/arstudies/bc-mss-1254

Arrangement

This collection is contained in three files.


Scope and Contents

This collection contains a ledger book used by retail merchant Jeremiah Bell to keep accounts for the years 1879 to 1882, as well as loose items found in the book.


Biographical Information

Jeremiah Bell was born in Wayne County, North Carolina, on October 17, 1820. By 1840 he had settled in Bates Township, Crawford County (later Sebastian County), Arkansas, and married Eva Awalt, a native of Tennessee. He and Eva had eleven children, two died in infancy.

In 1860, Bell purchased 400 acres in Washburn Township, also in Sebastian County. The family moved briefly to Kansas, returning to Sebastian County after 1865. Eva died July 19, 1868, and is buried at the Bell Farm Cemetery. Bell then married Louisa Hodges, and the couple had two children.

Washburn Township was granted a post office in 1875, and in 1878 Bell became the postmaster. In 1879, he opened a retail store. The store's accounts recorded in this ledger show that he served most of the people from the township surrounding his holdings. Jeremiah Bell died on October 2, 1889.


Index Terms

This record series is indexed under the following controlled access subject terms.

Bell, Jeremiah, 1820-1889
Business -- Arkansas.
Business -- Records -- Arkansas.
Mercantile system -- United States -- History.
Sebastian County (Ark.)

Restrictions

Restrictions on Access

Unrestricted access.

Restrictions on Use

Non-circulating, in-house use only.


Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Jeremiah Bell ledger book, MSS.12.54, Butler Center for Arkansas Studies, Arkansas Studies Institute

Acquisition Information

Donated by Howard Norton, August 1, 2012


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