HANDWRITTEN COBBLER LEDGER Shoe Making & Repair Account Book/Americana 1784

EXTRAORDINARY, ORIGINAL 18TH CENTURY MANUSCRIPT ACCOUNT BOOK OF A NEW ENGLAND YANKEE COBBLER. This important early volume dates from 1784-1814 and was kept by John Eills (1746-1803) of Rindge, Cheshire County, New Hampshire. Majority of entries date from the 1790s and pertain author's daily activities in and around Rindge, focusing mainly on his thriving shoe making and repair business. The few entries penned after Eills's death in 1803 pertain to the settling of his accounts along with other matters. (Scroll down for more pictures.)
"John Eills (Earle) was born May 16, 1746, in Boxford, MA, the son of William and the grandson of William. He came to Rindge, NH soon after the incorporation of the town. He married in Groton, MA, July 17, 1773, Rebecca Page, daughter of Joseph Page, then of Groton, subsequently of Rindge. In the Revolution he was a signatory of the 'Association Test' in Rindge in 1776, John served in Capt. William Tucker's company, Col. Jacob Gerrish's regiment in 1778 and was later was Ens. of militia in Rindge. John and Rebecca settled on the farm later occupied by Josiah Stratton. He was several years the tax collector and constable, during the Revolution the town's portion of the State tax was frequently paid by him. John and Rebecca had nine children." (see Find a Grave Memorial online).
Fascinating ledger
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