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Blacksmith Ledgers of David Whipple 1829-1907

Identifier: SC MS 0178

Scope and Contents

This collection contains two small ledger books, a letter and three pieces of ephemera apparently used as bookmarks. All items relate directly to people living in Bradford County. The client accounts are not chronologically arranged and do not the usual column accounting.

Scope and Contents

There are two account books. One is bound with a brown leather spine and mottled brown book board cover, 6 ½” wide x 7 ½” tall x 5/8” thick with faintly blue lined and index notched pages. This book is inscribed three times David Whipple in crude ink and pencil handwriting on the free end paper along with a penciled note - Blacksmiths Ledger 1840’s, the paste down end paper has a series of numbers from 1 to 20 written in ink and cursive a to g in pencil, the notched pages are indexed A through Y with no pages D-E, I, Q,Z. The pages are used either for accounts naming many pioneering citizens of Bradford County such as the Benjamin family, the Bennet and Biles families, the Homets, LaPortes and the Vanderpools. There are several examples of practice handwriting. The examples for penmanship exercises list primarily the Whipple and Wheeler family names. An Erastus Wheeler is listed in the 1907 Bradford County Directory as a boarder on the Whipple farm. As a “bookmark” is an instructional guide for forming numbers. Dates of entries are as early as 1829 to 1907. Another “bookmark” is a scrap of paper listing a transaction between David Benjamin and Jacob Emery dated Aylum (Asylum) September 19, 1834.

The second book is bound with a dark brown buckram spine and marbled dark brown book board cover 4 ¼” wide x 11 ¾” tall x 5/8” thick with blue lined pages. As a “bookmark” is a letter dated Oct. 22 - 05 to Rastus (possibly Erastus Wheeler who is listed as a boarder on the Whipple farm) from John B Rogers (Monroeton Pa). John B. Rogers is listed in Bradford County Directory of 1907 as a farmer in Wilmot Township and a justice of the peace of Wyalusing Borough from 1905 to 1910. Another “bookmark” is a “Judgment Note” dated Wilmot Pa April 28 1908 naming Ira Wilber in the amount of $155. This book lists Charles and Charles Jr. Homet as David Whipple clients. Charles Homet was one of pioneering French to create a settlement in 1793as a refuge for the king (Louis XVI) and queen (Marie Antoinette) of France in Asylum, Bradford County. Charles Homet’s wife was a lady-in-waiting to Marie Antoinette. Charles and his wife married in New Jersey and their son, Charles Jr. was born there before the family moved on to Asylum. Later the family moved to Wilmot Township. The Homet family is listed several times as using David Whipple’s blacksmithing services. There appears to be two David Whipples involved with the ledgers.


  • 1829-1906


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Collection is open for research.

Biographical / Historical

A David Whipple appears to have lived in Wilmot Township, Bradford County, PA as indicated by the ledgers’s inscribed name and dates at least from 1829 to 1907. The county directory lists a David Whipple as a farmer but his ledgers list blacksmithing work. Among the many clients were many prominent pioneering families of Bradford Country such as Homet, LaPorte, Benjamin, Bennet, Biles and Vanderpool.


2 Volumes

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The collection contains two ledgers, one letter and two receipts connecting the families –Whipple, Wheeler and Rogers – all of Bradford County, PA. Each ledger is inscribed on the inside cover or front page with the name David Whipple, Wilmot, thereby, attributing the creator of the ledgers. Within the pages are assorted client names, types of blacksmithing services performed and service charges. In addition to the pages of the two booklets serving for business accounting, the blank areas of the pages seem to have served also for penmanship exercises. These penmanship examples introduce the names of the Wheeler family. With the letter, the Rogers family name is introduced. A letter from a John Rogers to a Rastus (Erastus Wheeler) relates a move of the Rogers family from Wyalusing, PA to Monroeton, PA both places in Bradford County. One receipt introduces Asylum, Bradford County, PA.


There are two small ledgers which contain a letter and three “bookmarks.” One ledger has a date of 1829 to the 1840s. The other ledger begins with a date of 1881 and ends 1907. The range of years indicates that perhaps the ledgers are two David Whipple’s blacksmithing business. The client accounts are not chronologically arranged nor alphabetical but rather haphazardly scattered among the pages.

Related Materials

Directory of Bradford County Pennsylvania with Rural Free Delivery Map, 1907, Bradford County Directory Company, Towanda, Penn’a, 1907. History of Bradford County Pennsylvania with Illustrations 1770-1878, Some of Its Prominent Men and Pioneers; L. H. Everts & Co., Philadelphia, 1878.

Blacksmith Ledgers of David Whipple 1829-1907
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