Lemuel Durfee account book

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Lemuel Durfee account book

Dates: 1817-1829

Lemuel Durfee’s account book is 46 pages long (two pages are on each photocopied sheet). It covers transactions from May 10, 1817 to December 29, 1829. Transactions involve calf hides, cider, apples, beef, butter, cheese and corn. Lemuel Durfee was very generous with the poor of the Palmyra, New York. There is a typescript of the book’s contents from August 3, 1825 - July 10, 1829. Joseph, Hyrum and Harrison Smith work for Lemuel Durfee; they mow, bind wheat, hoe, and do other farm work. Durfee pays the Smiths in cider. The typescript is 13 pages long. The collection also contains lyrics to a song about cider. Handwritten, 1 page.

  • Extent: 1 folder (0.1 linear ft.)
  • Creator: Durfee, Lemuel, 1801-1871
  • Call Number: MSS 3943
  • Repository: L. Tom Perry Special Collections; 19th Century Western & Mormon Manuscripts; 1130 Harold B. Lee Library; Brigham Young University; Provo, Utah 84606; http://sc.lib.byu.edu/
  • Access Restrictions: Open for public research.
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Conditions of Use
It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from the Lemuel Durfee account book must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.
Preferred Citation
Initial citation: MSS 3943; Lemuel Durfee account book; 19th Century Western and Mormon Manuscripts; L. Tom Perry Special Collections, Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University. Following citations: MSS 3943, LTPSC.
Custodial History
A letter by this account book’s donor, Rev. Wesley P. Walters, October 23, 1988, explains that he made this photocopy from the book in the early 1970s, in the Library at Palmyra, New York. He returned the next year to make a better photocopy but the library had accidentally discarded the original. Reverend Walters writes, "Someone took the wrong boxes to the landfill, much to the regret of the [Historical] Society. . .Consequently I have been generous in allowing copies to be made from my copy in the hope that this piece of local color which mentions the Smith’s employment by Durfee and their payment in 'cider the liquor' might prove of some historical value". Donated by Reverend Wesley P. Walters in 2007.
Acquisition Information
Donated; Reverend Wesley P. Walters; 2007.
Subject Terms
Smith, Joseph, 1805-1844; City and Town Life; Palmyra (N.Y.)--History; Social Life and Customs
Genre / Form
Account books
Processing Information
Processed; H. Christine Broomhead; 24 May 2007.
Appraisal Information
LDS cultural, social, and religious history (Collection development policy of 19th Century Western and Mormon Manuscripts, August 2007).
Finding Aid ID Number
Finding Aid Title
Durfee (Lemuel) account book
Finding Aid Author
Finding aid prepared by Karen Glenn and H. Christine Broomhead, student processors and John Murphy, curator
Finding Aid Creator
This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit 2010-10-07T15:37-0600
Finding Aid Language
Finding aid written in English in Latin script.
Biographical Info:

Biographical History

Lemuel Durfeen (1801-1871) married Amanda M. Smith.

Lemuel Durfee was born to Lemuel Durfee and Prudence Hathaway on March 1, 1801, in Palmyra, New York. He married Amanda M. Smith on June 4, 1823, in Farmington, Ontario County, New York. On major genealogy web sites, no children are recorded for Lemuel and Amanda. He was living in Macedon, Wayne County, New York, by 1840. In 1860, the census shows that he and Amanda had an 18 year old named Cate Goggin in their household, possibly a maid. Durfee passed away in Macedon on April 7, 1871.

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