Financial and business papers, 1826-1890s

Scope and content:

This series includes a portion of Thomas's documentation regarding his business ventures and financial obligations. His account books and ledgers include a wide range of customer accounts, inventories, and store management records for stores he owned and operated in Murphy, Qualla Town, and Scott's Creek, North Carolina. There is also substantial additional material, including settlements of individual accounts, filed in the General Papers series and in the Cherokee Papers series.

The account books and ledgers are in varying condition. Account books specifically dealing with Thomas's Cherokee customers have been filed in the Cherokee Papers series; additional assorted records of Thomas's business transactions with Cherokee can be found in this series or in General Papers.

There is also a significant amount of receipts, some sorted loosely by date and some entirely unsorted. Though the bulk of these files are actually receipts, there are also invoices, bills, and other paper scraps related to financial exchanges of goods, labor, and products, including agricultural goods. There is some documentation of enslaved people being bought and sold.


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