Mss:77 1827-1849 B366
Joel Beaman and Son. Joel Beaman and Son Records, 1827-1849 (inclusive): A Finding
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Call No.: Mss:77 1827-1849 B366
Repository: Baker Library Special Collections, Harvard Business School, Harvard University
Title: Joel Beaman and Son records
Quantity: 1 linear feet (12 volumes)
Language of materials: English
Abstract: Account books of Joel Beaman and Son, a general store in West Poultney, Vermont, and
also of a stagecoach line running to Albany, Rutland, and other towns, 1827-1849.
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Joel Beaman was an inn keeper in West Poultney, Vermont, in 1828. In addition, he
sold general merchandise from the same location, as well as arranging for stage coach
travel from his inn to Albany, Whitehall, Rutland and other towns. During the 1830s,
he continued making arrangements for stage coach transportation as well as starting
a woolen mill in Hampton prior to 1838. Joel Beaman died in 1848 and his son, John
D. Beaman, carried on his father's various business interests under the name "J. Beaman & Son". Eventually the son gave up store keeping to practice law.
The records of Joel Beaman and Son consist of twelve volumes of day books, journals,
ledgers, invoice books and an expense book for some of Joel Beaman's many business
ventures. The collection dates from 1827 to 1849.
- Volume 1-2, Volume 1Stage coach accounts, 1828-1830
Scope and Contents: Volume 1 begins as an account book from January 1, 1827 to April 1828, listing charges
for livery, hauling, hay, oats, straw and board bills. The book changes to "J. Beaman & Son Cash Book, February 25, 1843" and ends March 1850. Following these entries is the "Account of Sales" January 16, 1849 listing groceries, oil and other items commonly found in a general
- Volume 3Stage coach accounts, 1830-1831
Scope and Contents: Volume 3 contains abstracts of waybills from Albany to Poultney, Cambridge, Salem,
Castleton from March 1, 1830 until July 31, 1842.
- Volume 4Stage coach accounts, 1841-1848
Scope and Contents: Volume 4 contains fares on the Albany and Castleton stage coach beginning September
23, 1841 and ending in 1848; accounts are for individuals and include stage fare,
livery, cigars and feed for horses.
- Volume 7General store journals, 1838-1840
Scope and Contents: Volume 7, marked "Journal," begins October 26, 1838 and ends May 31, 1839.
- Volume 8General store journals, 1841-1843
Scope and Contents: Volume 8, marked "Journal," October 25, 1841 and contains records of daily sales and charges to individuals to
November 1844. Toward the end of the volume, contents change to reflect shipments
of cloth to New York City, purchases of wool, sales of cloth. This volume also shows
that a considerable business was done in the selling of liquor with references made
to the export of cider brandy to New York.
- Volume 10General store invoice books, 1824-1841
Scope and Contents: Volume 10, an invoice book, begins June 1, 1833 with prices paid for general store
items as well as for the woolen factory.
- Volume 11-12, Volume 12Expense book for stage coach and general store, 1841-1848
Scope and Contents: Volume 12, an expense book, begins with items for the stage coach from June 1, 1841
to December 27, 1848. Following those entries are a statement of wool purchased from
1846-1847 and a daily journal of sales from 1844-1848.