Fowle Family Papers, 1799-1917

Microfilm Collection #MF0029

  • Descriptive Summary
     
    Title: Fowle Family Papers
    Creator: Fowle family
    Repository: ECU Manuscript Collection
    Language: English
    Abstract:
    Extent: 0.16 Cubic feet, 8 archival microfilm boxes, microfilm of ledgers.
  • Description
     

    Samuel R. Fowle moved to Washington, N.C., in 1815 and entered the mercantile business, apparently taking over a store that already existed. He dealt in general merchandise and naval stores both as a retailer and as a shipper. In the mid 1800s, the firm shipped goods to Boston, New York, and the West Indies. The company remained in business for almost 150 years and constituted one of the major mercantile and shipping firms in coastal North Carolina. For related material see S. R. Fowle & Son Company Records (Collection #460).

    Ledgers provide daily accounts of sales of general merchandise, including the customer's name, items purchased, and prices during the years 1799-1801, 1826-1829, 1831-1833, 1835-1849, and 1858-1861. A 1911-1917 ledger lists the Samuel R. Fowle Company's purchases of shoes, grocery items, and hardware from various companies. The ledger also records expenses for the upkeep of stables.

    Company purchases of naval stores, including tar and turpentine, are recorded from 1833-1842. Sales of naval stores are noted in general merchandise records. Financial status and payments received from customers are revealed in daily records of cash on hand (1840-1847, 1849-1851) and deposits with the Day Bank of Cape Fear in Washington, N.C. (1842-1847).

    References to shipping are scattered. In the 1842-1847 ledger, voyages by the brig ADELINE to New York and the West Indies during 1842-1843 are recorded. Merchandise shipped and expenses of the voyages are noted. In a miscellaneous daybook, trade with New York, Boston, and the West Indies (1848-1850) includes names of captains, departure and return dates, merchandise, and computations. The brig EDWARD TILLETT and schooners MARION, MELVILLE, WASHINGTON, PAMLICO, and NORTH CAROLINA are frequently mentioned. A miscellaneous daybook lists contacts in the West Indies and records labor costs in the lumber trade for 1852.

  • Administrative Information
     
    Accessions Information

    July 19, 1977, 3 reels mf., ledgers (1799-1841) of Samuel R. Fowle Company of Washington, N.C.

    September 13, 1977 (addition), 5 reels mf., ledgers (1837-1861, 1911-1917) of the Samuel R. Fowle Company of Washington, N.C. Loaned for copying by Mr. Charles L. Morton, Washington, N.C.

    Acquisition Information

    Gift of Mr. Charles L. Morton

    Access Restrictions

    No restrictions

    Copyright Notice

    Literary rights to specific documents are retained by the authors or their descendants in accordance with U.S. copyright law.

    Preferred Citation

    Fowle Family Papers (#MF0029), East Carolina Manuscript Collection, J. Y. Joyner Library, East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina, USA.

    Processing Information

    Processed by L. Briley, October 1988

    Encoded by Apex Data Services

Container List

Ledgers, 1799-1801, 1826-1829, 1831-1833, 1835-1836
Ledgers, 1833-1842
Ledgers, 1838-1842
Ledgers, 1841-1845, 1837-1838
Ledgers, 1838-1840, 1842-1847
Ledgers, 1847-1851, 1858-1861, 1911-1917, 1842-1847
Daybook, miscellaneous

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Container List

Ledgers, 1799-1801, 1826-1829, 1831-1833, 1835-1836
Ledgers, 1833-1842
Ledgers, 1838-1842
Ledgers, 1841-1845, 1837-1838
Ledgers, 1838-1840, 1842-1847
Ledgers, 1847-1851, 1858-1861, 1911-1917, 1842-1847
Daybook, miscellaneous


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