Stephen Williams
Account Book, 1804-1832

Mss: 1

Historical Note:

Stephen Williams, son of Stephen and Sarah (Nelson) Williams, was born in Uxbridge, Massachusetts on September 8, 1779. Descended from one of the founding families of Uxbridge, Stephen settled on his father's homestead after reaching adulthood. Stephen married Nancy Baylies on June 21, 1803. The couple had ten children: (1) George, b. January 21, 1804; (2) Nelson, b. January 31, 1806; (3) Sarah, b. September 21, 1808; (4) Betsey, b. November 8, 1810; (5) Nancy, b. October 27, 1812; (6) Eleanor, b. February 18, 1815; (7) Stephen, b. September 11, 1817; (8) John, b. December 23, 1819; (9) Abigail, b. January 7, 1823; and (10) Nicholas, b. September 22, 1825. Williams died in Uxbridge on April 6, 1851.

Scope and Content:

Collection consists of one volume kept by Stephen Williams, 1804-1832. An alphabetical index located on first page include name and page for individuals. Accounts reveal Williams charged for such services as taping, heeling and mending shoes, dressing cloth, milling cider as well as selling vinegar, onions, cranberries, tobacco, wool, and apples. He also provided farm labor, carting, and carpentry for hire. He purchased or bartered for school books, groceries, dry goods and weaving. Account names include James Hull, Clark Hunt, Joseph Adams, Sarah Williams, Elisha Murdock, David Draper, John Tillinghast, Noah Taft, Jonathan Whipple, Benjamin Craggin, Oliver Hunt, Andrew Hall, Nathan Stearns, John Carpenter, Luther Shove, Abel Robins, Joseph Ellison, and John Williams.

Provenance: Gift of Dr. Horace N. Williams, 1932.

Amount: 1 volume