The Pool family papers contain financial records and other material related to Joseph Pool of Abington, Massachusetts, and to his daughter Lydia.
0.25 linear feet
Collection processed and finding aid created by Meg Hixon, October 2011
Scope and Content:
The Pool family papers contain penmanship exercises, a shoemaker's account book, financial accounts, receipts, and other material related to Joseph Pool of Abington, Massachusetts, and to his daughter Lydia.
The Penmanship Exercises series is primarily made up of a small penmanship book that Lydia Pool kept in the early 19th century. The exercises on pages 1-28 repeat proverbs and simple phrases, and pages 29-44 have poems, including Lydia's lengthy narrative poem "The Four Indian Kings & A young Lady of England." The series also includes 2 ink sketches and an example of the penmanship of "A. B."
The primary item in the Receipts and Accounts series is a shoemaker's account book (1764-1791), which lists the amounts that clients paid for "shoes," "pumps," and "heels." Interspersed among these entries are accounts related to farm work, such as hoeing, mowing, and planting. Several members of the Pool and Dyer families are mentioned in the volume. The receipts (1743-1809) pertain to individual payments for goods and services. Many pertain to the finances of Jacob Pillsbury, for whom Joseph Pool served as estate executor, and to Benjamin Pool; Christopher Dyer signed several of the items.
The Ephemera series consists of an illustrated reward of merit and a blank calling card.
Biographical / Historical:
Lydia Pool was born in Abington, Massachusetts, on April 20, 1791, the daughter of Joseph Pool. She married Brackley Shaw (b. April 1790), a veteran of the War of 1812, in 1815; their children included Michigan legislator Brackley Shaw. In 1835, the Shaw family moved to Dover, Michigan, where Lydia Pool Shaw died on May 23, 1881.
1947. M-641 .
Cataloging funded by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC). This collection has been processed according to minimal processing procedures and may be revised, expanded, or updated in the future.
The collection is arranged in the following series:
Series I: Penmanship Exercises
Series II: Receipts and Accounts
Series: III: Ephemera
The Receipts and Accounts series is arranged chronologically.
Rules or Conventions:
Finding aid prepared using Describing Archives: A Content Standard (DACS)
Additional Descriptive Data:
Chapman Brothers. Portrait and Biographical Album of Lenawee County, Mich... Chicago: Chapman Brothers, 1888.
Whitney, W. A. and R. I. Bonner. History and Biographical Record of Lenawee County, Michigan... Volume 1. Adrian, Mich.: W. Stearns & Co., 1879.
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