Sketch on Abraham M. Phelps
Virginia L. Aldridge
On 1 October 1830 Abraham M. Phelps opened his store in Newburgh, Warrick County, Indiana. This is documented on page 98 of the Four Histories of Warrick County, Indiana, Evansville, Ind.: Unigraphic, 1976 . For several years I have had copies of a ledger for this store covering the time frame of 3 June 1841 to 25 April 1842. The pages of this ledger are badly damaged, edges are tattered and pages are water stained. I am placing this ledger online to assist folks in their research of this area of Southern Indiana. It appears that each man had an account number, as there is the same number listed by each purchase for a man and his family. Note: When wives, children or others made purchases or picked up purchases for the account holder, they are listed “by lady”; or “by son or by brother” in the ledger. Folks from surrounding areas made purchases at the store in Newburgh. These images are often of poor quality. I scanned the photocopies of the ledger. These pages are the result of those scans. I hope you find this a help in the research of your ancestors who may have lived in the Southern Indiana area.
I would recommend you read the biography of Abraham M. Phelps included in this file from the Four Histories of Warrick County, Indiana. His thriving business was not just the store represented in this ledger.