Posted in Logan, McEntire, Miller, Ripley & Co., Weller

Miller Receipt December 6, 1827

Miller Receipt December 6, 1827
Miller Receipt December 6, 1827

Received Charleston Dec 6 1827 from Mr. McEntire Fifty Dollars on a/c of John Logan

Miller Ripley & Co.

P Jn Weller

First off, Them Medfords Blog had over 100 page views yesterday! Pretty cool! I started working on this receipt yesterday and I could not find any information on Ripleys and Wellers in Rutherford County, NC. I also had a hard time deciphering the second word in this document. I started thinking about who this Mr. McEntire could be and so I did a search on my blog and came across the profile I did on Dr. John McEntire. Then it hit me that Dr. McEntire studied in Charleston, SC and that second word looked an awful lot like Charleston. That’s why the Ripley and Weller names were elusive to me.

This would suggest to me that Dr. McEntire was in Charleston, SC for a period of time around 1827. Being owed a considerable sum from Mr. McEntire, John Logan likely would have hired an attorney or other agent in SC to collect this from him.

Almost all of these receipts are labeled on the back and I try to use this same label in the title. That’s why I call this the Miller Receipt. I thought he named this after one of the possible attorneys “Miller Ripley”. After all, there appears to be some kind of title at the end of his name.

It turns out that Miller Ripley isn’t a person after all. It is the Miller, Ripley & Co. which is a dry goods merchant with operations in Charleston and New York. This company was owned by Horatio Miller, Samuel P. Ripley, George N. Miller and Henry C. Bissell). They bought a site on 290-292 King St. in 1833-34 and had a double building erected by John Gordon in 1834. lt was destroyed in the great fire of 1838. The double building was immediately rebuilt, reusing the common wall from the burned structure. The two halves were subsequently remodeled from their original Greek Revival appearance. (source: Charles County Public Library)

So here I was thinking that Dr. McEntire was skipping town without settling his debts with John Logan, and here he is on a trip to Charleston and buying some dry goods on John Logans behalf! You really have to think these things through!

I assume what appears to be P. Jn. Weller is an employee of Miller, Ripley & Company. I haven’t been able to find any information on him. Weller is not a popular name in South Carolina but it is in New York. Perhaps he is an employee with a connection with their New York office.

Please leave a comment below if you have any additional info on Miller, Ripley & Co., P. Jn. Weller or Dr. McEntire.

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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Dr. John McEntire Medicine Receipt January 13, 1816

Dr. John McEntire receipt from 1816.
Dr. John McEntire receipt from 1816.

Recd of Ransom Egerton Jany 13th 1816 Twenty Dollars in full for Medicine & attendance

McEntire

Wow, I think this might make two whole receipts where we actually know what was purchased. You may recall a previous post that involved Ransom Egerton. I am not sure why this receipt would be in the hands of John Logan unless he paid this receipt on Ransom’s behalf (like he did in the other receipt involving Ransom). Ransom Egerton was married to John’s sister Jemima Logan. I am not sure if Ransom and Jemima ever had any kids. There was a child in their household in 1820 between 10-15. They were married in 1808 so they very well could have had an 11 or 12 year old at that time.

McEntire is most certainly Dr. John McEntire.

The following is from the 1892 book titled “The Eminent and Representative Men of the Carolinas of the Nineteenth Century” which can be found in its entirety on Google Books.

“DR. JOHN McENTIRE

was born in Burke county, N. C., in 1791. He was the youngest son of James McEntire who came from Ireland to the United States at an early day. John McEntire spent his early days in Morgantown, N. C. He chose the medical profession for his life work and attended two terms of medical lectures at Charleston, S. C,, after which he completed his studies at Philadelphia.

His medical training being perfected, he located at Rutherfordton, and began the practice of his profession. In those early days his territory was extensive, reaching south as far as the South Carolina line. The result of his wide practice was the accumulation of a large fortune, but in 1830 failing health compelled him to retire from his laborious practice.

About this date he was elected to the legislature in which he served his state with great dignity and efficiency, and with great credit to himself. During his legislative career he made the acquaintance of Miss Mary Jane Lancaster, of Franklin county, daughter of Rev. William Lancaster, a prominent Baptist divine. The acquaintance ripened into an engagement, and Dr. McEntire and Miss Lancaster were married in 1832.

The young wife of that period still survives her husband at the ripe age of ninety-two years, with a mind fresh and unimpaired by the lapse of this unusual extension of her physical and intellectual faculties. She is still remarkable sprightly for a lady of her years and the charm and vivacity of her mind are in keeping with this physical healthfullness and strength.

She is the honored mother of two sons. William T., and John J., both of whom were gallant soldiers in the Confederate army, and both of whom bore marks of their valor in the shape of honorable wounds. The eldest son died of his wounds a sacrifice to his patriotism and chivalry.

Mrs. McEntire was also the mother of Mrs. Martha Ann Morris, who is still living in Rutherfordton; of Mrs. Jane Eliza Shotwell, whose heroic husband fell in the engagement around Richmond; and of Mrs. Laura Eugenia Hicks, wife of Dr. Hicks of Rutherfordton.

William Thomas McEntire left two daughters, who since his death have married. Dr. McEntire died in December, 1856. He was greatly beloved by all who knew him, and his days were spent in rendering himself useful to the community in which he lived. In all his acts he was charitable, and humane and the memory of his noble characteristics and of his exemplary life is a perpetual solace to his well preserved and lovable surviving widow.”

If you have additional information on Ransom Egerton or Dr. John McEntire, please leave a comment below.

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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