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Handwritten Manuscript~ledger~genealogy~winston-salem Nc~tobacco Rare Orig 1888 For Sale
FANTASTIC, 576 PAGE, ORIGINAL HANDWRITTEN MANUSCRIPT AND LEDGER FROM A WHOLESALESTORE IN WINSTON-SALEM, NORTH CAROLINA.MANY PROMINENT WINSTON-SALEM FAMILIESARE INCLUDED INTHIS ALPHABETICAL LIST OFCUSTOMERS TO INCLUDE R. J. REYNOLDS OF THE TOBACCO COMPANY FAMOUS FOR CAMEL CIGARETTES, 1888. This incredible 576 page manuscript is invaluable not only for its history but also for the genealogy of Winston-Salem, NC, as many prominent families purchased their needed items from Efird Brothers, Wholesale Grocers located in Winston; Forsyth County, North Carolina. This huge antique ledger has an alphabetical customer list at the very beginning of the account book and next to the name they have the page where this particular account or customer would be located in this ledger,along with alltheir purchases,which of course include tobacco and cigars in this "tobacco" town where in the 1800s there were 40 tobacco factories located in Winston.
Winston-Salem, North Carolina: The town established on the chosen site was given the name of Salem (from the Hebrew word Shalom for "peace") chosen for it by the Moravians' late patron, Count Zinzendorf. On January 6, 1766, the first tree was felled for the building of Salem. Salem was a typical Moravian settlement congregation with the public buildings of the congregation grouped around a central square, today Salem Square. These included the church, a Brethren's House and a Sisters' House for the unmarried members of the Congregation, which owned all the property in town. For many years only members of the Moravian Church were permitted to live in the settlement. This practice had ended by the American Civil War. Many of the original buildings in the settlement have been restored or rebuilt and are now part of Old Salem Museums & Gardens. Salem was incorporated as a town in 1854. Salem Square and "God's Acre", the Moravian Graveyard, since 1772 are the site each Easter morning of the world-famous Moravian sunrise service. This service, sponsored by all the Moravian church parishes in the City, attracts thousands of worshippers each year and has earned the name of "the Easter City" for Winston-Salem. In 1849, the Salem congregation sold land north of Salem to the newly formed Forsyth County for a county seat. The new town was called "the county town" or Salem until 1852 when it was named Winston for a local hero of the Revolutionary War, Joseph Winston. For its first two decades, Winston was a sleepy county town. In 1872, work began to connect the town to the North Carolina Railroad. That same year, Thomas Jethro Brown of Davie County rented a former livery stable and established the first tobacco warehouse in Winston. That same year, Pleasant Henderson Hanes, also of Davie, built his first tobacco factory a few feet from Brown's warehouse. In 1875, Richard Joshua Reynolds, of Patrick County, Virginia, built his first tobacco factory a few hundred feet from Hanes' factory. By the 1880s, there were almost 40 tobacco factories in the town of Winston. Hanes and Reynolds would compete fiercely for the next 25 years, each absorbing a number of the smaller manufacturers, until Hanes sold out to Reynolds in 1900 to begin a second career in textiles.
In the 1880s, the US Post Office began referring to the two towns as Winston-Salem. In 1899, after nearly a decade of contention, the United States Post Office Department established the Winston-Salem post office in Winston, with the former Salem office serving as a branch. After a referendum the towns were officially incorporated as "Winston-Salem" in 1913. The USPS Address Information System (AIS) does not recognize the hyphen.The Reynolds family, namesake of the R. J. Reynolds Tobacco Company, played a large role in the history and public life of Winston-Salem. By the 1940s, 60% of Winston-Salem workers worked either for Reynolds or in the Hanestextile factories. The Reynolds company imported so much French cigarette paper and Turkish tobacco for Camel cigarettes that Winston-Salem was designated by the United States federal government as an official port of entry for the United States, despite the city being 200 miles (320 km) inland. Winston-Salem was the eighth-largest port of entry in the United States by 1916.
Family names in this huge ledger include R. J. Reynolds, Hanes, Allen, Brown, Banhaus, Belo, Bevau, Bradford, Bailey, Black, Buford, Bobbitt, Bymer, Cooper, Crawford, Durham, Davis, Caugles, Carter, Cather, Eoleman, Coley, Crutchfield, Crumples, Chinard, Dodson, Davis, Edmans, Eabert, Ellis, Franklin, Fuller, Fogle, Fischischis, Frayley, Farmer, Failes, Hall, Harris, Holland, Hay, Hitt, Hestis, Hodgin, Hoskins, Hendru, Hoel, [to include Hotel St. James, Hotel Washington, etc.]. George, Glenn, Gray, Gallaway, Gibson, Grady, Grimes, Glenn, Griffith, Goodman, Henley, Heckerd, Hust, Haugh, Hubard, Himshaw, Hage, Histir, Johnson, James, Jacobs, Jennings, King, Kester, Kennedy, Leak, Lott, Ludlow, Leopold, Lang, Loyed, Levister, Line, Marlow, Mickey, Norfleet, Nissin, Norman, Miller, Mosley, Martin, Matlock, March, Pollard, Pitman, Patterson, Riggins, Rodgers, Robineau, Rose, Riggs, Rosenburkes, Rud, Revelle, Richmond, Reed, Rich, Roberts, etc., and the list goes on to cover 576 pages with merchandise purchased, the price, the amount, etc. in a huge manuscript full of family names of interest in an antique ledger that is a very worthy acquisition indeed. At the top of each patron's page their whole name is written; not just the last name.
Purchases included: Huge amounts of Tobacco, Cigars, Cigarettes, Bananas, Sugar, Matches, Oil, Candy, Apricots, Raisins, Cantaloupes, Cabbage, Tea, #1 Snowflakes, Chocolate, Cheese, grapes, Figs, Biscuits, Lemons, Coconut, Crackers, Vinegar, Bacon, Mince Meat, White Wine, Beef, Cakes, Rose Water, Butter, Grits, Cheese, Olives, Vanilla, Potatoes, Sardines, Salmon, Molasses, etc. These items were purchased inlarge amounts perhaps for many of the huge southern plantations. A veritable wealth of historical information in an antique volume that is internally fresh and tight.
Condition: Hardbound ledger is in very good condition, internally fresh and tight with bright legible handwritten entries on every page. The outside of this ledger [which is three quarters leather with cloth covers] has taken wear and tear over time, shows age, chipping, spotting, etc., however internally this ledger is in as good condition as the day these entries were posted, and remains tight. Measures approx. 9 x 13 /12, and has no odor what-so-ever.
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