Received Nov 7th 1808 of John Logan Esq three dollars thirty one cents in full of all accounts
This is the first instance that I see John Logan with the Esquire distinction. In England, this term was used to denote someone’s social status. Esquire was used by the first son of a knight, holders of degrees from Oxford or Cambridge, or by designation of one’s office. In the United States, the term has been solely used by those in the legal profession. I am not sure if John Logan practiced law as an attorney but I know that he served as Justice of the Peace in Rutherford County, NC. Perhaps he was a Justice of the Peace as early as 1808.
John Logan labeled most of his notes on the back which usually gives me a clear idea of the individuals involved. This is how I know that A. M. Gilbert was Alexander M. Gilbert. Alexander was the son of Col. William Gilbert (1732-1790) and Sarah McCandless of Pennsylvania. The Gilberts settled in the middle of Rutherford County, NC in what was known as Gilbert Town. The small village of Gilbert Town consisted of a number of buildings and log homes: the log courthouse, William Gilbert’s house, a log tavern building, and small outbuildings. It was said that William Gilbert brought a group of Scotchmen to the area, where they manufactured furniture and other wood products. When Rutherfordton was granted a US Post Office on October 1, 1798, Alexander was named the first Postmaster. Visit this link for more information about the Gilberts.
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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. This receipt was written the day before election day in 1808, when 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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