Stewart Bell Jr. Archives
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Friday, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Saturday, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Stewart Bell Jr. Archives Room
Handley Regional Library
Winchester-Frederick County Historical Society
P.O. Box 58, Winchester, VA 22604
(540) 662-9041 ext. 17
Scope and Content: This ledger records the transactions of a gristmill owned and operated by John W. Earhart during the years 1855 to 1858.
(1 box) Last updated 10/04.
Biographical/Historical: This John W. Earhart is probably the one who married Emily V. Sappington on December 13, 1850 in Frederick County, VA. By August 1860, John and Emily appear in the U.S. Census records for 1860 for Hannibal township, Marion County, Missouri, occupation "miller," birth in VA.
Twenty-eight names "randomly" extracted from the ledger were compared against the U.S. Census records for 1850 and 1860. The majority was from Clarke and Frederick Counties. Although not all were listed as having occupations, they were obviously related to a mill, and the evidence strongly suggests a location in western Clarke/eastern Frederick Counties.
Bibliography: Cartmell, Thomas Kemp. Shenandoah Valley Pioneers & Their Descendants. Berryville, VA: Chesapeake Book Co., 1963.
Cecil O’Dell. Pioneers of Old Frederick Co., Virginia. Marceline, MO: Walsworth Pub. Co., 1995.
Johnston, Wilbur S. Weaving a Common Thread. Winchester, VA: Winchester-Frederick Co. Historical Society, 1990.
Kerns, Wilmer. Historical Records of Old Frederick & Hampshire Co., Bowie, MD: Heritage Books, 1992.
Cite As: John W. Earhart Papers, 1569 WFCHS, Stewart Bell Jr. Archives, Handley Regional Library, Winchester, VA, USA.
Account Book of John W. Earhart, 1836-1856