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Collection TitleCL 104 Early Regional Commerce CollectionCreatorBooth Library
Processed ByKatie Button
Date Completed:April 2010
Provenance:The items in this collection were donated to the Booth Library by various individuals.

Chemung Canal; Commerce - History; Elmira (N.Y.); General stores 

Historical:Early Regional Commerce - The earliest trading post in Chemung County appeared in 1784 and was a place for farmers and hunters to sell their products in exchange for processed goods.  One of the earliest traders in the Twin Tiers was Matthias Hollenback (1752-1829) of Wilkes-Barre.  Along with his partners, Stephen Tuttle (1772-1851) and Thomas M. Perry (1777-1836), he established a series of stores and trading posts at Tioga Point, Lackawanna and Wysok in Pennsylvania and Newtown (now Elmira) in New York. Other prominent early traders included the brothers Robert and Lyman Covell, Benjamin Perry, Archibald Campbell, John Arnot and Guy Maxwell. 
Scope:The Early Regional Commerce Collection includes ledgers, letters, invoices, receipts and assorted records concerning business transactions in the Twin Tiers from 1783 to 1835. 
Notes:Shares a box with CL 108.
Extent.5 Linear Feet
Date Span1783-1835
AbstractThis collection contains records relating to commerce in the Twin Tiers from 1783 to 1835. 

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Legal document in the case of Ebenezer Horton vs John Hollenback, November 1, 1814.Document 011902
Article of agreement between John Hollenback and Ebenezer Horton, April 21, 1815.Document012001
Receipt for monies paid to William Reynolds by Captain James Sloan, September 14, 1915.Document012002
Business letter from Stephen Tuttle, June 27, 1815.Letter012003
List of items received of Stephen Tuttle, August 4, 1815.Document012004
Plea of damages in the case of Ebenezer Horton vs John Hollenback, February 11, 1815.Document012005
Promisory note for monies owed by Burr Ridgway Matthias Hollenback, February 12, 1816.Document012101
Business letter from Matthew W. Reynolds to George Hollenback, October 22, 1816.Letter012102
Letter to E. Baldwin from Matthias Hollenback regarding a law suit, September 12, 1817.Letter012201
Letter to Matthias Hollenback from George Hollenback regarding a judgement against Frederick Lidley, September 26, 1817.Letter012202
Letter from Matthias Hollenback to Joel Barnes regarding a judgement against him, December 27, 1817.Letter012203
Letter to Matthais Hollenback from Joel Barnes regarding payment of a debt, December 31, 1817.Letter012204
Notes regarding a sale of wheat between Stephen Tuttle and George Hollenback, August 11, 1818.Document012301
Legal bill from attorney Burr Ridgeway to Matthias Hollenback for costs of the Matthias Hollenback vs Ebenzer Tuttle case, 1822.Document012501
Receipt for payment of debt between Matthias Hollenback and William Cowell, September 23, 1822.Document012502
Receipt for payment of debt between Matthias Hollenback and William Cowell, December 16, 1822.Document012503
Ledger - Inventory at Matthias Hollenback's Newtown store, August 16, 1820-August 16, 1823.Ledger012601
Bill of lading for goods sent to Sam Johnson by Alfred Graham, January 5, 1824.Document012701
Receipt for wheat given to Stephen Tuttle by David Van Klinpersen, February 16, 1825.Document012801
Receipt for money paid by Samuel Colbaugh to Matthias Hollenback, May 17, 1825.Document012802
Elmira & Southport Bridge Company stock certificate issued to Elisha Briggs, May 11, 1827. Document012901
Measurement of rye carried for W.C. Durant aboard the Boat Urbana by Captain Wolcott out of Albany, October 7, 1834.Document013001
Measure of wheat carried for William Ring on canal Boat Urbana, Captain Wolcott, October 10, 1834. Listing of wheat sold by Joel Rowley of Big Flats, October 6, 1834.Document013002
Document, Wheat measured for W. Ring out Canal Boat Urbana Captain Wolcott October 10, 1834. Sale of wheat and rye on account of Joel Rowley of Big Flats, Tioga County. October 11, 1834.Document013002
List of wheat carried on the canal boat Urbana, Captain Wolcott, September 2, 1834Document013003
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