The Resource James P. Elam Journal and Chesterfield County (Va.) Estate Records

James P. Elam Journal and Chesterfield County (Va.) Estate Records

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James P. Elam Journal and Chesterfield County (Va.) Estate Records, 1835-1848
Title
James P. Elam Journal and Chesterfield County (Va.) Estate Records
Inclusive dates
1835-1848
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Language
eng
Summary
  • James P. Elam Journal, 1835-1836, records the financial activities of Elam's general store on an almost daily basis. The volume was primarily used as a daybook to document customer purchases. Information found in those entries includes customer name, name and quantity of items purchased, and monies debited or credited to the customer's account. The account book was also used to record business expenses such as merchandise purchases, freighting fees, and the costs of building a new store. Occasionally family expenses were noted in the volume for travel expenses and purchases of items such as food, clothing, and furniture
  • From 1844 to 1848 the volume was repurposed and used to document Chesterfield County estate cases in which Silas Cheatham served as administrator. Before becoming a circuit court clerk in 1847, Cheatham served as sheriff in Chesterfield County. Entries in the account book and numerous loose papers included in the volume relate to the appraisal and settlement of estates. Prior to the abolition of slavery in Virginia in 1865 slaves were considered property and appeared in estate accounts
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Biographical or historical data
  • James P. Elam operated a general store in Clarksville, Va., during the 1830s.
  • Chesterfield County was named for Philip Dormer Stanhope, fourth earl of Chesterfield, British statesman and diplomat, and was formed from Henrico County in 1749. Silas Cheatham was a sheriff in Chesterfield County and later served as clerk to the circuit court from 1847 to 1865.
Cataloging source
Vi
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James P. Elam Journal and Chesterfield County (Va.) Estate Records
Note
  • This item came to the Library of Virginia in shipments of court papers from Richmond under accession number 37368
  • This collection is located at the State Records Center. Contact Archives Research Services for access information, directions, and hours
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  • The Library of Virginia
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1
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There are no restrictions
Immediate source of acquisition
Richmond (Va.) Circuit Court
http://library.link/vocab/recordID
001633111
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Type of unit
v.

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