A Guide to the Houston, Alexander, and Company Business Records, 1865-1870 Houston, Alexander, and Company Business Records, 1865-1870 Chancery Records Index - Rockbridge County Chancery Cause, 1885-001

A Guide to the Houston, Alexander, and Company Business Records, 1865-1870

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Chancery Records Index Rockbridge County Chancery Cause, 1885-001


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Repository
Library of Virginia
Chancery Records Index
Rockbridge County Chancery Cause, 1885-001
Title
Houston, Alexander, and Company Business Records, 1865-1870
Physical Characteristics
Digital images.
Language
English

Administrative Information

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Preferred Citation

Houston, Alexander, and Company Business Records, 1865-1870. Local Government Records Collection, Rockbridge County Court Records, The Library of Virginia, Richmond, Virginia.

Acquisition Information

Digital images were generated by Crowley Micrographics through the Library of Virginia's Circuit Court Records Preservation Program.There are no restrictions.

Historical Information

A. Alexander and Company was a mercantile partnership formed in 1865 between Archibald Alexander and Edward M. Houston. It was a commission company that received and forwarded merchandise on behalf of merchants and individuals. The company also operated a retail store at Clifton Warehouse near Lexington, Virginia. The partnership was mutually dissolved on July 15, 1868. The company was reorganized under the name of Houston, Alexander, and Company adding a third partner, James D. Anderson. It continued to function as commission business and retail store until June 10, 1869 when the three partners agreed to dissolve the company.

The business records of A. Alexander and Company and Houston, Alexander, and Company were used as evidence in the chancery case, Executor of Edward M. Houston versus A. Alexander and Company, heard in the Circuit Court of Rockbridge County.

Scope and Content

A collection of business records, 1865-1870, of Houston, Alexander, and Company that prior to mid-1868 was known as A. Alexander and Company. The collection consists of two ledgers, one journal, one account book, and one record book.

Journal, 1865-1868, of A. Alexander and Company that records transactions monthly and then alphabetically by customers' surnames within each month. Each entry includes name of customer, date of transaction, items purchased, quantity of items purchased, cost per item, amount owed, form of payment, and total amount paid. Items sold include soda, spices, dry-goods, axes, brooms, hatchets, chocolate, rope, and food. Forms of payment include cash, credit, and barter of items such as linsey, bacon, oats, and butter. Entries include page numbers where information was transferred to the customer's individual account in the corresponding ledger. The transactions recorded in journal come from the company's business activities at its Clifton Warehouse location.

Ledger, 1865-1868, of A. Alexander and Company that records the accounts of individual customers. Each account lists transactions in chronological order. Information found in each entry includes month of transaction, the total amount owed for items purchased that month, total amount paid for items purchased made that month, and amount paid. Entries include page numbers where information was transferred from the corresponding journal. The volume includes an index listing the names of customers in alphabetical order and the page number where their accounts can be found.

Ledger, 1868-1870, of Houston, Alexander, and Company that records the accounts of individual customers. Each account lists transactions in chronological order. Information found in each entry includes month of transaction, the total amount owed for items purchased that month, total amount paid for items purchased made that month, and amount paid. Entries include page numbers where information was transferred from a corresponding journal which is missing. The volume includes an index listing the names of customers in alphabetical order and the page number where their accounts can be found.

Storekeeper's record book, 1868, of a bonded warehouse owned by A. Alexander and Company. The warehouse was used for the storage of goods until duties or taxes are paid and the goods are properly released by Federal Customs officials. Information found in the record book includes the name of individual or company who placed items in the warehouse for storage or who withdrew the items from storage, date of receipt or withdrawal of items, names of items, quantity and weight of items, and the amount of tax to be paid on items. Items stored at the warehouse were primarily alcoholic beverages. The volume includes an index listing the names of customers in alphabetical order and the page number where their entries can be found.

Account book, 1866-1869, that records in chronological order the transactions of A. Alexander and Company from 1866 to 1868 and continues to record transactions after the company became Houston, Alexander, and Company from 1868 to 1869. The transactions involve the company's activities as a commission agent. Entries contain the following information: date of transaction; name of boat with whom the company conducted business; names of merchants, businesses, and individuals and the amount of freight charge and tolls owed to the company; and form of payment.

Related Material

For additional information see the Rockbridge County Chancery Cause, Executor of Edward M. Houston versus A. Alexander and Company. It can be found in the Chancery Records Index at the Library of Virginia web site. The index number is 1885-001.

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