Jeremiah Davis
Account Book, 1787-1822

Mss: 1

Historical Note:

Jeremiah Davis, son of Elisha and Mary (Harris), was born March 27, 1753 in Oxford, Massachusetts. As an adult, he settled on his uncle's farm located east of Oxford Center. In addition to farming, he operated the grist mill on the property originally operated by his uncle, Thomas Davis. Davis provided corn, rye, wheat, potatoes, beef, mutton, salt pork, butter, cheese, English hay, cider and leather in exchange for labor on his land. He served as selectman in Oxford for a number of years.

Davis married his cousin, Hannah Davis, on November 19, 1778, and the couple had two children. Jeremiah Davis died in the town of his birth on December 20, 1822.

Scope and Content:

Collection consists of one volume of accounts inscribed "Jeremiah Davis His Book". Front of volume contains alphabetical index of account names. These include James McNight, Samuel Waters, Ebenezer Robbin, Thomas Binney, Samuel Brown, Joseph Healey, Levi Lamb, Learned Davis, Samuel Jewett, James Davis, Daniel Fuller, John Dana, Joseph Rawson, John Davis, Joseph Rockwood, Jesse Davis, Nathaniel Hamlin, Reubin Waters, Benjamin Davis, Stephen Harwood, Nathan Blackman, David Lillie, Joseph Healy, Joshua Stockwell, William Davis, Rufus Moore, Henry B. Morgan, Oliver Smith, Thomas Clark, Jeremiah Amidown, Simon Stockwell, Stephen Webster, James Harvey, Rachel Davis, Josiah Kingsbury, Jesse Kidder, Joseph Pratt, James Hill, Captain John Howard, Jonathan Harris, Charles Davis, Samuel Conant, Calvin Putnam, Peleg Foster, Calvin Perry and others. Entries include date and description of service or goods provided along with value.

Letter dated November 19, 1937 attached to front page gives genealogy of Jeremiah Davis [donor's maiden name was Davis]. There are clippings of recipes and household hints from the1880s and 1890s pasted on many pages of the volume, as well as pencil sketches of costumes from the late nineteenth century. Also included is a story titled "An Old Time Christmas" written in pencil toward end of volume.

Provenance : Gift of Mrs. Francis W. Rockwell, 1937.

Amount: 1 volume