George Kunkel, a merchant in Harrisburgh, Pennsylvania, kept this daybook between 1814 and 1817. He sold a variety of items, including alcohol, food, fabrics, and nonperishable goods.
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George Kunkel, a merchant in Harrisburgh, Pennsylvania, kept this daybook between 1814 and 1817. He sold a variety of items, including alcohol, food, fabrics, and nonperishable goods. Several accounts charged to "Widow Kunkel" relate to monthly and annual housekeeping expenses. Kunkel began his fiscal year on August 1, 1816, with the statement "I George Kunkel do commence keeping my accounts in dollars and cents This Day," accompanied by an ink drawing of two faces and a bird.
Biographical / Historical:
George Kunkel was born in York, Pennsylvania, on December 15, 1784. His father, German immigrant Christian Kunkel, served in the Revolutionary War. Kunkel later moved to Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, where he became a merchant. He married Catherine Ziegler on November 20, 1814, and they had six children, including Judge George Ziegler Kunkel. George Kunkel died on July 29, 1850.
1991. M-2623k .
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Additional Descriptive Data:
Eastman, Frank M. Courts and Lawyers of Pennsylvania: A History, 1623-1923. Volume 4. New York: The American Historical Society, 1922.
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