Received of John Logan 716 pence in full of all demands to this 15th October 1808 James Bell
Also 4 Dollars for Ransom Egerton [?] balance Due to Mr. Bell 19 . 7½ October 15th 1808 James Bell From Ransom Egerton
I wish I knew what some of these receipts were for. I suppose that James Bell was some sort of merchant. 716 pence in 1808 would be worth almost $300 today. At the time of this receipt, John Logan was about 33 years old and wasn’t yet married. He was also paying off the account for his brother-in-law, Ransom Egerton, who was married to his sister Jemima “Mima” Logan. I’ve seen some sources that suggested that Ransom’s sister Nancy Egerton was married to this James Bell, so Ransom could have also been a brother-in-law to James. I have [?] in my transcription because I am not sure what the symbol is before the word “balance”.
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1808 in History
The importation of slaves in the United States is banned. The concept of coal as a fuel was discovered. A couple of weeks after this receipt was written, James Madison would defeat Charles C. Pinckney in the U.S. presidential election. In December, Beethoven would perform his 5th and 6th symphonies in Vienna.
About the Logan Project: I possess a box of 170 documents passed down 6 generations in the Logan family that originate from John Logan (1775-1841) of Rutherford County, NC. These documents are mainly receipts that show the various business and legal dealings of many different families from Rutherford County, NC. I will be posting these documents on this blog in chronological order. The scanned images of these documents are the copyright of Jonathan Medford. Do not redistribute these documents for the purpose of commercial gain without his expressed written permission.
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