“2½ Thousand Short Shingles & 4500 Long” Two 1820s lumber company account books from mills in the Brocton-Bridgewater region of Massachusetts
Brocton-Bridgewater, Massachusetts: 1823-1828. String. Brocton and Bridgewater, Massachusetts, were located within about seven miles of each other, about 25 miles south of Boston and 35 miles east of Providence, Rhode Island. Both of these manuscript account books were kept between 1823 and 1828.
One is for Sylvanus Keith & Company, who, based on the entries, operated a lumber mill in or near Brocton. It contains eighteen pages with a total of over 300 entries. The entries are for
“Sales of lumber, wood, chips, logs, boards, and shingles,
“Services to include cutting and hewing wood, and
“Purchases of coal and labor
“ Another account book from this company is held by the Winterthur with entries for rum, coffee, sugar, and other household staples.
The other is for Clifford Carver & Company, whose lumber mill was located near Bridgewater. It contains 49 pages with a approximately 600 entries. The entries are for
“Sales of timber, wood, and boards,
“Services, to include surveying timber, cutting lumber, and carting wood, and
“Purchases to include coal and labor
“Goodenough’s Legends, Loves, and Loyalties of Old New England notes that Clifford Carver & Company operated a “nailshop” at Nipenicket Farm.. Good to Very Good. Item #009814