A Guide to the R. L. Davidson and Brother Business Records, 1889-1896 R. L. Davidson and Brother Business Records, 1889-1896 1093153, 1093172, 1138508, 1165181, 1165182, 1165183

A Guide to the R. L. Davidson and Brother Business Records, 1889-1896

A Collection in
the Library of Virginia
Barcode Numbers 1093153, 1093172, 1138508, 1165181, 1165182, 1165183


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Processed by: Greg Crawford

Repository
Library of Virginia
Barcode numbers
1093153, 1093172, 1138508, 1165181, 1165182, 1165183
Title
R. L. Davidson and Brother Business Records, 1889-1896
Physical Characteristics
7 vol. (1280 p.); The two ledgers are in poor condition due to damaged spines.
Language
English

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

COLLECTION IS CLOSED FOR DIGITAL REFORMATTING.

Use Restrictions

There are no restrictions.

Preferred Citation

R. L. Davidson and Brother Business Records, 1889-1896. Scott County Court Records, Local Government Records Collection, The Library of Virginia, Richmond, Virginia.

Acquisition Information

These items came to the Library of Virginia in a transfer of court papers from Scott County.

Historical Information

R. L. Davidson and Brother was a general store that conducted business in Scott County, Virginia during the late nineteenth century. The co-partnership was formed by Robert L. Davidson and his brother William D. Davidson on August 1, 1889, in the town of Estilleville, now Gate City, Virginia. The co-partnership was dissolved in July 6, 1896, due to a falling out between the two brothers over Robert's personal misconduct.

The volumes were used as exhibits as part of the deposition of W. D. Davidson in the chancery case R. L. Davidson versus W. D. Davidson, heard in the Circuit Court of Scott County. The two ledgers identified as Book 1 and Book 2 were labelled "Exhibit E" and "Exhibit F." The four daybooks were were assigned exhibit numbers "4," "7," "8," and "13." The bank and receipt book was labelled "Exhibit A."

Scope and Content

Two ledgers, 1889-1896, identified on the covers as Book 1, 1889-1895, and Book 2, 1889-1896, that record the individual accounts of customers. Each account lists transactions in chronological order. Information found in ledgers include date of transaction, items purchased, quantity of items purchased, form of payment, amount owed, and amount paid. Items sold include dry-goods, jars, spices, food, oysters, lamp oil, castor oil, and clothing. Forms of payments include cash, credit, labor, and barter of items such as cabbage, musk melons, chickens, and meal. Book 2 includes an index that lists in alphabetical order the names of customers and the page numbers where their accounts can be found in both books. Information entered in ledgers were transferred from corresponding daybooks.

Four daybooks, 1890-1894, records transactions as they occurred on a daily basis. Information found in each entry includes date of transaction, name of customer, items purchased, quantity of items purchased, form of payment, amount owed, and amount paid. Information in daybooks were transferred to corresponding ledgers.

Bank and receipt book, 1889-1894, records transactions made by R. L. Davidson and Brother with the Bank of Estillville, later renamed the Bank of Gate City. It lists in chronological order money deposited an withdrawn by R. L. Davidson and Brother. Information found in the transactions includes the names of individuals and businesses R. L. Davidson and Brother paid checks to. The first five pages of the volume records the accounts of individuals paying rent for housing and property to R. L. Davidson and Brother.

Related Material

For additional information see the Scott County Chancery Cause, R. L. Davidson versus W. D. Davidson. It can be found in the Chancery Records Index at the Library of Virginia web site. The index number is 1903-004.

Access Terms

  • Bankbooks - Virginia - Scott County
  • Barter - Virginia - Scott County
  • Business records - Virginia - Scott County
  • Consumer goods - Virginia - Scott County
  • Daybooks - Virginia - Scott County
  • Dry-goods - Virginia - Scott County
  • General stores - Virginia - Scott County
  • Ledgers (account books) - Virginia - Scott County
  • Local government records - Virginia - Scott County
  • R. L. Davidson and Brother - Scott County, Va.
  • Scott County (Va.) - History - 19th century

Contents List

1093172
Book 1, 1889-1895
1093153
Book 2, 1889-1896
1138508
Daybook, 1890 October 4 - 1890 December 12
1165181
Daybook, 1891 July 2 to 1891 October 7
1165182
Daybook, 1891 October 7 to 1891 February 13
1165183
Daybook, 1893 August 19 to 1894 February 9
1138508
Bank and receipt book, 1889-1894

Significant Places Associated With the Collection

  • Scott County (Va.) - History - 19th century