A Guide to the William H. Reynolds Account Book, 1873-1874 William H. Reynolds Account Book, 1873-1874 1097508

A Guide to the William H. Reynolds Account Book, 1873-1874

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William H. Reynolds Account Book, 1873-1874
Physical Characteristics
1 v.
Lynchburg (Va.) Circuit Court
Library of Virginia

Administrative Information

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Preferred Citation

William H. Reynolds Account Book, 1873-1874. Local government records collection, Lynchburg (Va.) Court Records. The Library of Virginia, Richmond, Va. 23219.

Acquisition Information

This item came to the Library of Virginia in shipments of court papers from Lynchburg.

Historical Information

William H. Reynolds was a merchant and grocer in Lynchburg, Va., during the late nineteenth century. In June 1874 Reynolds entered into a partnership with Rothwell Ellsworth and M. N. Fleming, tanners in Lynchburg, to operate a bark mill in Bethel, Va.

Scope and Content

William H. Reynolds Account Book, 1873-1874, documents Reynolds's daily financial activities. The first half of the volume, with entries from October 1873 to June 1874, was used as a daybook to record the sales of Reynolds's grocery business. Information found in each entry includes the name of the customer, name and quantity of item purchased, and the amounts paid for the purchase. Customers bought such items as sugar, cheese, bacon, butter, eggs, tobacco, coffee, candy, and candles. Beginning in June 1874, the volume was used to document William Reynolds's participation in the firm of Reynolds & Ellsworth, a bark mill located in Lynchburg. Reynolds recorded the amounts of bark he purchased and the freight bills he paid having the bark shipped to the mill. A copy of the contract between William Reynolds and Rothwell Ellsworth forming the partnership of Reynolds & Ellsworth is also included in the account book.

Related Material

For additional information see the Lynchburg (Va.) Chancery Cause, William H. Reynolds versus R. Ellsworth and others. It can be found in the Local Records Collection at the Library of Virginia. The index number is 1876-050.

Index Terms


  • Reynolds, William H.
  • Subjects:

  • Barkmills--Virginia--Lynchburg.
  • Ellsworth, Rothwell.
  • Fleming, M. N.
  • Groceries--Virginia--Lynchburg.
  • Grocery trade--Virginia--Lynchburg.
  • Merchants--Virginia--Lynchburg.
  • Geographical Names:

  • Lynchburg (Va.)--History--19th century.
  • Genre and Form Terms:

  • Account books--Virginia--Lynchburg.
  • Business records--Virginia--Lynchburg.
  • Daybooks--Virginia--Lynchburg.
  • Local government records--Virginia--Lynchburg.
  • Added Entry - Corporate Name:

  • Reynolds & Ellsworth.

Significant Places Associated With the Collection

  • Lynchburg (Va.)--History--19th century.