Mss:1 1804-1881 D536
Dike family. Dike Family Business Records, 1804-1881 (inclusive): A Finding Aid
Baker Library Special Collections, Harvard Business School, Harvard University
Harvard Business School, Boston MA 02163.
© President and Fellows of Harvard College
Call No.: Mss:1 1804-1881 D536
Repository: Baker Library Special Collections, Harvard Business School, Harvard University
Creator: Dike family
Title: Dike family business records
Quantity: 1 linear feet (15 volumes, 1 box)
Language of materials: English
Abstract: Ledgers, daybooks, and bills of a Thompson, Connecticut, farming family.
Gift of Elizabeth A. Dike, 1946.
Appointment necessary to consult collection.
Cite as: Dike FamilyCollection. Baker Library Historical Collections. Harvard Business
James Dike of Dudley, Connecticut, moved to Thompson, Connecticut, in 1740, after buying land from his father-in-law, Samuel Narramore. The family
stayed in the area for generations, involving themselves in all aspects of the growth
of the town. During the 1820s, a number of manufacturing concerns sprung up around
the junction of the Quinebaug and French Rivers. During that decade, Thomas and James
Dike retained part ownership in a three-story woolen mill, a saw mill, and homes for
operatives. By the 1850s, Thompson was a prosperous town with the largest population
in Windham (later Pomfret) County.
Collection contains daybooks, ledgers, accounts, and bills for George, Thomas, Polly
and Samuel Dike. The bulk of the collection concerns George Dike. Majority of entries
are for agricultural labor and products and providing transportation to surrounding
towns. Volume 13 records accounts of George Dike with S. Slater and Sons, 1870-1874.
- Volume 1Ledger, Samuel Dike, August 1804-March 1837
Scope and Contents: Ledger contains an alphabetical index on first and second pages. Individual accounts
include Silas Stockwell, Widow Bixby, John Keith, Moses Bixby, Lydia Dike, Isaac Davis,
Charles Cady, James Wilson, Ezekel Rhoads, Joseph Green, Joseph Dike, Ebenezer Green,
Amos Cutler, Jacob Bixby, Jonathan Converse, Captain Carroll, and Israel Stockwell.
- Volume 2Daybook, Thomas Dike, September 1827-March 1829
Scope and Contents: Daybook contains entries including: Thomas Brown, Joseph Richardson, John Nicholas,
Amy Ballard, George Bixby, Stephen Harrington, James Bugaboo, Amy Ballou, Abel Jacobs,
Joseph Vicous, William Seavers, and Erastus Knight.
- Volume 3Ledger "No.1", November 1833-March 1839
Scope and Contents: Ledger contains accounts for Ezru Parker, John G. Morse, Erastus Bates, David Wilson,
George Bixby, Thomas Dike, Baxter Wood, Albert Whipple, H. N. Rhodes, Simon Davis,
Goodell & Budlong, Edward Lippitt, Simon Davis, Ebenezer Elliott, Oliver Goodell &
Company, Vernon Stiles, Charles Brown, Thompson Bank, Isaac Mills, Harvey Davis. Separate
accounts, 1838-1845, inserted at back of volume include house, grain and James Hill
- Volume 4Ledger, George Dike, January 1839-April 1844
Scope and Contents: Ledger contains accounts for Hezakiah Cady, Reverend Daniel Dow, Stephen Shumway,
Edward Shaw, Walter Bates, Erastus Knight, Comfort Star, Stockwell & Carroll, Stephen
Lewis, Erastus Sumner, Haley Bixby, Isaac Mills. Separate page of account for Stephen
- Volume 5Ledger, George Dike, May 1844-March 1851
Scope and Contents: Ledger contains accounts for Erastus Knight, Harvey Davis, Stephen Shumway, Simon
Davis, William Curtis, Ira Wood, Danforth Kinney, Abner Davis, Prudence Taylor, Jeremiah
Olney, Obadiah Stone, Hartley Goodell, James Hill, Samuel Robbins, Simeon Brown, Rufus
Coburn, William Tinney, Nathaniel Mills, Nathan Williams, Silvester Stone, Abner Perry,
Whitman Jacobs, Andrew Baldwin, and Nelson Aldrich. Separate accounts, 1846-1849,
inserted in volume.
- Volume 6Ledger, George Dike, April 1851-March 1858
Scope and Contents: Ledger contains accounts for Joseph D. Jacobs, Nathaniel Mills, Jonathan Porter, Clemens
& Co., Liberty Lamb & Co., Mary Bixby, Silas Lewis, James Cruff, Stephen Lewis, Rowland
Mills, Allen Bixby, Caleb Hall, Erastus Blackman, Ashley Mills, Andrew Dunning, Erastus
Knight, Mary L. Holman, Hannah Buckminster, Samuel Robbins, Joseph Jacobs, Shumway
& Alton, Nelson Aldrich, Allen Bixby, Andrew Baldwin, Franklin Brown and James Cranston.
Names of Assessors, Grand Jurors, Select Men pasted on inside cover. Separate material
included in volume: calculations, demand notes, accounts, Whig Ticket, letter to Hosea
Edmunds regarding pension.
- Volume 7Ledger, August 1849-October 1853
Scope and Contents: Ledger contains accounts for Lawson Snow, Hannah Robinson, Franklin Snow, District
No. 6, John Shumway, Pearson Tourtelott, Liberty Lamb & Co., Abner Perry, Amos Shumway,
Town of Thompson, Elisha Sayles, Welcome Daily, Harvey Bartlett, Prudence Taylor,
Simeon Burrill, Frederick Larned, Silas Lewis, Erastus Blackmar and Otis Dexter. List
of cattle owned included in volume.
- Volume 9Account, George Dike with L. Lamb Jr. & Co., January 1854-August 1855
Scope and Contents: Ledger accounts, September 1855-September 1859 also included. Account names mentioned
include Joseph Cutler, Erastus Knight, Estate of Hannah Robinson, Prudence Taylor,
Dr. D. A. Fox, Mr. Carpenter, Amasa Fisher, George Shaw and Ashley Mills.
- Volume 10Ledger, George Dike, December 1855-April 1866
Scope and Contents: Ledger includes accounts for Edward Shaw, Liberty Lamb & Co., Nathaniel Mills, Dr.
D. A. Fox, A. B. Baldwin & Co., Prudence Taylor, Betsey Phipps, Munroe Nichols, Hannah
Davis, Snow & Morgan, James D. Tourtelott, Lawson Snow, Sayles & Cook, Mrs. J. N.
Grainger, William Arnold, Thompson Bank, Henry Bixby, George Clapp, and Josiah Lamb.
First three pages contain cost of postage and newspapers.
- Volume 12Ledger, May 1858-November 1861
Scope and Contents: Ledger includes accounts of which the bulk is for the Town of Thompson, teacher examinations
at Center District, Pond District, and Jacobs School. Other accounts included are
for James M. Willson, Henry Parker, Edward Shaw, Erastus Knight and Marion Elliott.
- Box 16, Folder 1Samuel Dike accounts, 1804-1817
- Box 16, Folder 2Samuel, Polly, Thomas, W. D. Dike account, 1820-1829
- Box 16, Folder 3Polly, Thomas, George Dike accounts, 1830-1839
- Box 16, Folder 4George Dike accounts, 1840-1844
- Box 16, Folder 5George Dike accounts, 1845-1849
- Box 16, Folder 6George Dike accounts, 1850-1859
- Box 16, Folder 7George Dike accounts, 1860-1869
- Box 16, Folder 8George Dike accounts, 1870-1873
- Box 16, Folder 9Thomas and George Dike receipts, 1832-1858
Farms -- Connecticut.
S. Slater & Sons.