Ledger 1784 Culpeper Virginia Revolutionary War Plank Germanna Mills
George Stubblefield Charles Bruce Burgess Ball Henry Lee
This is a wonderful original piece of Virginia history. It is an early ledger from the Culpeper/Orange area from 1784 to 1787. It belonged to either Charles Bruce or Burgess Ball, both officers in the Revolutionary War and both mentioned several times in the ledger. It is all handwritten and over 130 pages long. There is a great Section in the back for Plank sold in town from Germanna Mills from Captain Charles Bruce and George Stubblefield both well-known officers during the Revolutionary War. There are 9 pages dedicated to the mills in the back but there are other entries related to plank including sales to General George Weedon, who served under George Washington in the French and Indian War and then as an officer during the Revolutionary War. There is also an entry for Henry Lee Jr, the father of Henry Light Horse Harry Lee.
The rest of the ledger seems to be from a general store selling wheat, sugar, coffee, molasses, paper pins, shoe buckles, buttons, hinges and other similarly items denominated in pounds. Col. Burges Ball of Loudoun County, in Virginia, who married Frances Washington (1763-1815) in 1781. Ball’s wife, Frances Washington, was the daughter of George Washington’s brother Charles Washington, making Burges Ball George Washington’s nephew in law. Burges Ball began the Revolutionary War as a Captain and rose to the rank of Lt.-Colonel. After the war, Burges Ball ran into financial problems largely as a result of lavish entertaining of guests at his home, Traveler’s Rest, in Spotsylvania County, Virginia, and moved back to Loudoun in 1795.
The names include: 1. Mrs. Ann Jackson. 2. Mr. James Gordon Jun. 3. William Pound. 4. John Brown. 5. James Brown. 6. Henry Martin. 7. Cash Accompt. 8. Aaron Watts. 9. Robert Watts. 10. Benjn. Bragg. 11. Richard Hackley. 12. Burges Ball. 13-16 removed. 17. Ezechiah Brown. 18. Mrs. Sarah Oneal. 19. William Hume. 20. Peter Talliaferro. 21. Garfield Brown. 22. Joseph Davidson. 23. Benjn. Coopwood. 24. William Carter. 25. Elijah Lynch. 26. Mr. Wiley 27. Joseph Stanford. 28. Reuben Timmerman. 29. Henry Rumsey and Richard Rumsey 30. William Chissum. 31. John Barns. 32. Joseph Homes and Obediah Houston 33. John Wallace. 34. William Hawkins. 35. Capt. William Ball. 36-37 removed. 38. Thomas Chissum. 39. Removed. 40. James Raines. 41. Thomas Brown. 42. Mrs. Lucy Grady. 43. John Strode. 44. Thomas Mitchell. 45. Black Smiths Shop. 46. Robert Brown. 47. Benjn. Grimes. 48. Joseph Lewis. 49. Daniel Fields. 50. Nicholas Leather and Joseph Stratton. 51. Thomas Landrum and James Cameron 52. Joseph M.Curdy. 53. Majr. John Spotwood. 54. Capt. William Stanton and Major John H: Willis. 55. Thomas. 56 removed. 57. Cash Accompt. 58. Roger Beckwith. 59. John Fleeton. 60. Richard Long. 61. William Long. 62. Enoch Dawson. 63. George Haywood. 64. Store 65 removed. 66. Henry Elley. 67. Dr. Horace Buckner. 68. Armistead Barns and Capt. Charles Bruce 69. Robert Slaughter. 70. Brumfield Long. 71. Cash Accompt. 72. Mr. Brecklove. 73. Capt. William Gray. 74. Gabriel Gray. 75. Benjn. Long. 76. Rueben Garrat. 77. Robert Smith. 78. William Sisson Jun. 79. Thomas Morris and Joseph Morris 80. Mrs. Turner. 81. Francis Hume. 82. Burges Ball. 83. William Bailey. 84. William Chilton. 85. Frederick Timmerman. 86. John Holloday and Colonel William M.Williams 87. Capt. William Bradley. 88. John Fields. 89. George Dawes and Robert Long 90. Cash Accompt. 91. Tavern. 92. Thomas Norman and Benjn. Long 93. John Asher and Charles Asher 94. Leonard Barns. 95. Henry Fields. 96. Wiatt Mitchell. 97. Henry Taliaferro. 98. Thomas Shale and William Cardwell 99. Churchill Gordon. 100. Thomas Rumzy. 101. William Abbott and John Abbott 102. Mrs. Wiley. 103. Thomas Morrison. 104. Thomas Dee. 105. Alexander Toms and Genl. Geo: Weedon 106. Joseph Stephens. 107. William Powell. 108. Archilus Dawson. 109. James Humes Jun. 110. Benjn. Modisrett and Thomas Slaughter 111. Ausley Abbott 112-113. Removed. 114. Benjn. Head. 115. David Kennard. 116. John Barrow and William Buckner 117. Arculus Hawkins. 118. Reuben Hawkins and Elisha Hawkins 119. Joshua Buchanan. 120. Mr. Armistead and Francis Thornton Esq. . 121. Cash Accompt. 122 left blank. 123. Capt. George Gray. 124. Doctor Gusten 125. Burges Ball. 126. James Gordon. 127 left blank. 128. Henry Lee Junr. Esquire. 129. Robert Brooke Esquire and Peter Conway Esquire
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