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Posey account books

Identifier: MS 0665


This collection contains the account books of the Posey family from 1824-1902.


  • 1824-1902


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1 Linear Feet (1 flat box containing 3 volumes)

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Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Mrs. William C. Turner in 1958.

Scope and Contents

The Posey account books details the operation of Homestead Farm and the Mill Farm and Mill, possibly of Baltimore County on evidence in the volume of taxes paid there. A companion volume, which has not been included as it dates 1900-1905, indicates that the Poseys could have been located in Charles County, Maryland, as it details the Posey administration of a colored school in La Plata, Maryland. The Poseys had as many as 17 slave hands and 7 slave children in 1849. Records include annual sales of tobacco, wheat, corn, slaves, butter, livestock, middlings, and flour. Purchases included: clover, timothy, and orchard grass seeds; plaster; fertilizer; lime; excelsior; plough parts; and labor. Yearly inventories to 1864 show appraisals of their wealth. The second half of the book takes the form of a ledger with a surname index at the end. These accounts are mostly for the milling business of W.A. Posey.

Guide to the Posey account books
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Revision Statements

  • 2019-09-06: Manually entered into ArchivesSpace by Mallory Herberger.

Repository Details

Part of the H. Furlong Baldwin Library Repository

H. Furlong Baldwin Library
Maryland Center for History and Culture
610 Park Avenue
Baltimore MD 21201 United States