A Guide to the Mordecai B. Sweeney Papers, 1830-1884 Sweeney, Mordecai B., Papers, 1830-1884 MS 31.22

A Guide to the Mordecai B. Sweeney Papers, 1830-1884

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the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation's
John D. Rockefeller, Jr. Library
Manuscript Number MS 31.22


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John D. Rockefeller, Jr. Library, Colonial Williamsburg Foundation
Manuscript number
MS 31.22
Mordecai B. Sweeney Papers, 1830-1884.
1 vol. (212 p.) and 55 items.
Mordecai B. Sweeney.

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Preferred Citation

Mordecai B. Sweeney Papers, Manuscript MS 31.22, John D. Rockefeller, Jr. Library, Colonial Williamsburg Foundation

Acquisition Information

Gift, 1931.

Alternative Form

Also available on microfilm M-1553.

Biographical/Historical Information

Mordecai B. Sweeney, tailor in Williamsburg, Va., ante 1830-1833, and Methodist minister in Richmond, Va., about 1837-1846 and 1855-1863, and in Baltimore, Md., ca. 1848-1852. According to a note in the papers, he moved to Austin, Tex., in May 1871.

Scope and Content Information

Included in the papers is a ledger volume of accounts for Sweeney's tailoring business, which also contains the accounts of Sweeney and Vanderslice of Norfolk; also included are Sweeney's book of personal expenses; lists of marriages performed in Richmond and Baltimore; accounts 1838-1884; marriage licenses, 1837-1860 and 1881; and recipes and other miscellany. The names in the Williamsburg accounts include Burwell Bassett, Augustine Deneufville, Goodrich Durfey, [Dr.] Alexander Galt, John Maupin, Philip Moody, George Morrison, George Newton, Robert Saunders, James Scott, Richard Taliaferro, and Benjamin Waller. Tailor's accounts have own rough index.



Each series is arranged chronologically. Loose pages from the account book come at the end of the financial series.


The collection is divided into two series. The first series consists of financial papers. The second series consists of marriage licenses and certificates with a few miscellaneous items at the end.

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Significant Persons Associated With the Collection

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Contents List

Series 1: Financial Papers:
Financial Papers, 1836-1884.
Folders 1-2.
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Series 2: Marriage Licenses:
Marriage Licenses, 1837-1881.
Folder 3-4.
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