Michael Dennis account book

Michael Dennis account book

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Hargrett Manuscripts
Creator: Dennis, Michael
Title: Michael Dennis account book
Dates: 1855-1867
Quantity: 0.3 Linear feet (1 volume housed with minor collections MS 164 - MS 167)
Abstract:The collection consists of an account book of Michael Dennis for his general store, saw mill, and grist mill in Eatonton, Georgia from 1855-1867. The ledger entries contain customer's name, item purchased, and price for items such as lumber, household goods, food, and clothing. Additional entries pertain to Dennis' diversified business interests and include hiring out of slaves for defense fortifications at Savannah during the Civil War, the sale of beef cattle to the Confederate government, and later repurchase of the hides. After the Civil War, Dennis hired freedmen and entries for their accounts list days worked, wages paid, and deductions for sickness, purchases, and cash paid toward the account.
Coll. Number: ms165(m)

Biographical/Historical Note

Michael Dennis was a merchant, planter, slave owner, saw and grist mill operator, who resided and worked in Eatonton, Putnam County, Georgia.


Arranged by customer's name, then in chronological order.

Index Terms

Account books
Business records.
Eatonton (Ga.)
Flour mills--Georgia.
General stores--Georgia.
Georgia--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--African Americans.
Lumber trade--Georgia.
Putnam County (Ga.)
Reconstruction (U.S. history, 1865-1877)--Georgia.
Savannah (Ga.)--History--Civil War, 1861-1865.
Slave labor--Georgia.
Stores, Retail--Georgia.

General Notes

Forms part of: Georgia mercantile records.

Cataloged as part of the Georgia Archives and Manuscripts Automated Access Project: A Special Collections Gateway Program of the University Center in Georgia.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Michael Dennis account book, MS 165. Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, University of Georgia Libraries.

Series Descriptions and Folder Listing

OS BoxVolume
11Account book