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Thomas Harry receipt book


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This receipt book was kept by Thomas Harry of Chester County, Pennsylvania, between 1785 and 1824. Harry was born in Pennsbury, Pennsylvania, on March 8, 1742, to Hugh Harry and Elizabeth Wickersham Harry. In 1769, he married Rachel Way at the Kennett Quaker Meeting in Kennett Township, Pennsylvania. In this receipt book, Harry occasionally made payments on behalf of his brothers Nathan and Evan, as well as on behalf of Jacob Way, likely a relative of his wife. There are several entries in the receipt book pertaining to schooling expenses for his sons Amos and Isaac. Thomas Harry died in Kennett Township on April 22, 1824.

Kennett Monthly Meeting, Births and Burials, 1706-1806, in U.S. Quaker Meeting Records, 1681-1935 (accessed via on June 6, 2018)Information derived from the collection.

This receipt book records payments for various goods and services by Thomas Harry of Chester County, Pennsylvania, between 1785 and 1824.

Many of entries in this receipt book record Harry's payment of taxes, both for himself and on behalf of several of his relatives. His tax assessments included a county, town, poor, and quota tax, as well as a road tax that he paid partly through labor on the road. Town and county tax assessments suggest that Harry was living in Chester County, Pennsylvania, while he kept this account book. It appears that Harry occasionally traveled to Wilmington, Delaware, to sell goods. In an entry from February 13, 1787, John Minkin recorded that he received a note from Harry for "seven hundred and sixty one flower casks to be delivered at Wilmington," an order that Harry fulfilled in 1789.

Harry transacted with many members of prominent families in the region, including Eli Mendenhall, William Ogle, and Caleb Foulke. While he usually paid his own debts, Samuel Temple received a payment from Harry "by the hand of his wife" on January 6, 1791. Harry also made payments related to the Kennett Township Quaker Meeting, of which he appears to have been a member. In 1807 and 1808, he paid schooling debts for his sons, Amos and Isaac, as well as for someone identified only as "black Jack."

This small volume is bound with brown leather over boards. It contains 172 pages of laid paper, many of which have handwritten notations in black ink.

Item 0013: Shelved in SPEC MSS 0096

Purchase, 1941

Processed by Marrette Pearsall, October 2012. Further processing and encoding by Elizabeth Jones-Minsinger, June 2018.

University of Delaware Library Special Collections
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University of Delaware Library, Special Collections
Finding Aid Date
2018 June 7
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Thomas Harry receipt book, 1785 November 10-1824 March 10.
Item 0013

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