A hearty thank you to John Newmark at Transylvanian Dutch, creator of Amanuensis Monday, for the gentle nudge to keep transcribing those family documents.
From my Minor Satchel Collection I gently extract a scrap of paper. Another receipt. Sigh. I am bored with these receipts; I want letters, wills, newspaper clippings. Sigh. Diligently I begin the annotation which will tag the receipt’s storage sleeve.
Date: December 16, 1830
Names: John P. Minor
Now this scrap is piquing my interest! What would Greene County, Pennsylvania resident John P. Minor be doing in Baltimore?
This paper doesn’t detail how my great³ grandfather came by the money, but it does detail how he SPENT $11.92 at the wholesale grocers, Erskine and Eichelberger, at the southwest corner of Baltimore and Howard Streets in Baltimore, Maryland.¹ John P. Minor bot (sic) ½ barrel of Coffee for $9.30, 2 units of T. Y. C. tea for $2.00, 2 units of Black Pepper for 37 cents and 1 unit of allspice for 25 cents. I can’t help but wonder if my great³grandmother enjoyed the tea for Christmas!