Jedidiah Smith
Account Book, 1786-1809

Mss: 1
1786-1809

Historical Note:

Jedidiah Smith of Portsmouth, New Hampshire married Jane Wadleigh [or Wadley] in that city on October 3, 1770. He owned a farm in Portsmouth and worked as court clerk. By 1790, he and his family lived in Blandford, Massachusetts. In 1820, the Massachusetts census report lists him as living in Wilbraham, but by 1830 he disappears altogether from town records. In 1803-1804, Smith acted as executor of Samuel Sloper's estate. Sloper, a resident of Blandford, moved from Portsmouth about the same time as Smith.

Scope and Content:

Collection consists of one account book kept by Jedidiah Smith, 1786-1809. Inscribed "Jedidiah Smith His Account Book" on title page, entries contain details of financial and legal transactions, memoranda on livestock, sawing boards, and agricultural labor. Names mentioned include Major Timothy Hatch, Thomas Montgomery, John Bancroft, Robert Montgomery, Elisha Farnum, John Loyd, Arial Frost, Jonathan Shepard, Timothy Simons, Noah Robinson, Alanson Knox, Martin Cannon, Reuben Farnum, Jonathan Hall, David Hall, Philip Phelps, Benjamin Bowers, Daniel Clark, Solomon Noble, Rufus Rose, John Robbins, and Robert Waterman.

Volume located in Wendell Family Papers-Volume IIE-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 Collection [HOLLIS #ACZ7809], Samuel Sloper Ledger, 1773-1802 [HOLLIS #ACZ7809].