Amanuensis Monday: The Expense Account of Two 1830′s Cattle Drovers

A hearty thank you to John Newmark at Transylvanian Dutch, creator of Amanuensis Monday, for the gentle nudge to keep transcribing those family documents.

The yellowed paper was creased and worn, but the 179 year old ink was as black as the note I penned last week to my daughter.

20th of September 1832
 
John P Minor has Money on hand
of the 2nd drove————————————————————–$2118.50
 
out of this sum we owe to Bank
       now ———————————————————$800.00 
      To Wm Gray————————————————-$103.00
      To Coburn —————————————————$74.00 
      To Brown } Sandy Creek ——————————–$485.00
………………………………………………………………………..$1462.00  $1462.00
………………………………………………………………………………………..$656.00

Minor shoes and whip $243…
and a settlement with D South may change the
matter a little there items to  ?  hereafter.  
 
Lot Lantz (signature)
                                                                         
John P Minor (signature)
 
 
 
 
 A note in the margin was added on 21st September 1832 declaring the debts paid. 
The author turned the paper upside down to further document his accounting:
 
 
 
Sale of 145 hed (sic) cattle to Rogers
2nd drove 10th Sept 1832 for—————————$2125.00
3 sold on the road———————————————-45.00
1 ditto ————————————————————13.00
2 ditto sold that were left out of the first drove and 2 left again and drove which equals the 2 first————————————————21.00
—————————————————————–$2204.00
money counted $2118.50
had when started—20.00
———————$2138.60
 
money owe to bank————————————$800
To Brown————————————————–485
To Wm Gray———————————————-103
To Coburn————————————————-74
…………………………………………………………….$1462
 
 
 
 
The settling up of affairs was continued on the back of the document:
 
 
 
 
Preston County V_a  at Wm Browns
 
 
September 27th 1832
     This day the within amount has been examined and settled and the partner shift money on hands stands thus. John P. Minor pays Wm Gray $3 and has fifty three dollars and 43 1/2 cents Lot Lantz has five hundred dollars. 
 
Lot Lantz (signature)
John P Minor (signature)
 
15th of October 1832 at Cases tavern in the Evening out of the above $500 Lot Lantz has paid for cattle at and near Bull Town 22 head and expense in all ——$190.62 1/2
Paid bills up untill this evening including all expenc since at Bull Town and to Walter Lurees paid by L Lantz—————————————————-$19.06 1/4
$209.68 3/4  taken from the above $500———leaves…………….$209.68 3/4
Lot Lantz indebted———————————————————-290.31 3/4
at Caremont taven John P Minor put into the expence funds the above $53.43 3/4 and Lot Lantz has put in to the expence funds $40.31 1/4 cents which leaves Lantz indebted $250.00
and Minor is square on this paper 
 
Lot Lantz (signature)
John P Minor (signature)*
 
 
*The signature of John P Minor is consistent with the handwriting of the name within the document, leading this researcher to conclude that the author of The Expence Account of Two Cattle Drovers is none other than John P. Minor.