Samuel Sloper
Ledger, 1773-1802

Mss: 1
1773-1802

Historical Note:

Samuel Sloper, son of Ambrose and Mary (Pickering) Sloper, married Mary Hallowell of Boston on September 18, 1746. The Sloper family were early residents of Portsmouth, New Hampshire and lent their name to the Sloper family homestead, Sloper hill, and other local landmarks. By 1790, the family lived in Blandford, Massachusetts. Following Sloper's death in 1802, Jedediah Smith acted as administrator of his estate for two years.

Scope and Content:

The collection consists of one ledger kept by Samuel Sloper from 1773 until 1802. The title page begins "Samuel Sloper his Ledger 1773" and contains an alphabetical index of names. These include David Blair, Thomas Stebbins, John Hamilton, Solomon Steward, Samuel Bois, Stephen Kibbe, Elihu Miller, William More, Amos Bird, Joel Trumble, John Scott, Samuel Rowley, James Gillmore, Linus Hatch, Mary Proven, Thomas Lathrop, and Joseph Griswold. Early accounts mention general store items sold to individuals. After 1780 farm produce and farm labor appear more frequently; possibly reflecting Sloper's move to Massachusetts. Because handwriting is different throughout volume, it is possible more than one person is represented in entries.

Volume located in Wendell Family Papers-Volume II D-1. Notation on Wendell inventory states Jedediah Smith and Samuel Sloper were connected, but it is unclear at this time how these two men relate to the Wendell family except all lived in Portsmouth, New Hampshire at one time.

Provenance: Gift of Mrs. Barrett Wendell, 1930.

Amount: 1 volume

See Also: Wendell Family Papers, [HOLLIS #ACZ7809]; Jedediah Smith Account Book, [HOLLIS #ACZ7809].