Manuscripts Division
William L. Clements Library
University of Michigan

Finding aid for
Abraham P. Sherril Schoolbook and Daybooks, 1815-1818, 1837-1850

Finding aid created by
Phil Zaret and Meg Hixon, May 2013

Summary Information
Title: Abraham P. Sherril schoolbook and daybooks
Creator: Sherril, Abraham Parsons, 1803-1888
Inclusive dates: 1815-1818, 1837-1850
Extent: 5 volumes
This collection consists of a manuscript schoolbook that belonged to Abraham P. Sherril in the mid-1810s and 4 daybooks that Sherril kept between 1837 and 1850. The schoolbook contains rules and example problems in subjects such as mathematics, business finance, and surveying, as well as examples of a daybook and double-entry ledger. The daybooks concern sales of foodstuffs, cloth, and other items in Pike, New York, from the 1830s-1850s.
Language: The material is in English
Repository: William L. Clements Library, University of Michigan
909 S. University Ave.
The University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1190
Phone: 734-764-2347
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Access and Use
Acquisition Information:

Donated, 1935. M-253.

Access Restrictions:

The collection is open for research.


Copyright status is unknown

Processing Information:

Cataloging funded by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC). This collection has been processed according to minimal processing procedures and may be revised, expanded, or updated in the future.

Preferred Citation:

Abram P. Sherril Schoolbook and Daybooks, William L. Clements Library, The University of Michigan


Abraham (or Abram) Parsons Sherril (alternately spelled Sherrill) was born in East Hampton, New York, on September 3, 1803, the son of Abraham Sherril (ca. 1754-1844) and Anna Huntting (or Hunting) (1763-1847). He had two siblings, Stephen (1801-1892) and Nathaniel H. (1806-1884). After studying at the Clinton Academy in East Hampton, he spent 3 years as its assistant principal. He then taught in Quogue, New York, and Middletown, New Jersey, until moving to Smithtown, New York, in October 1828. On October 15, 1832, he married Elizabeth Saxton (b. 1811), and in 1835 they moved to Pike, New York, where he opened a general store and served as postmaster and town supervisor. Abraham Parsons and Elizabeth Saxton Sherril had six children: Anna (1833-1839), Mary Elizabeth (b. 1841), John Saxton (b. 1844), Eleanor W. (b. 1847), Abraham Parsons (b. 1850), and Edwin Stanton (b. 1854). Abraham Parsons Sherril died on January 4, 1888.

Collection Scope and Content Note

This collection consists of a manuscript schoolbook and 4 daybooks. The Schoolbook (145 pages) contains 118 pages of notes and example problems concerning mathematics, business finance, and surveying, dated at East Hampton, New York, from March 1815-March 1818. Many of the geometrical and surveying problems are illustrated, and financial problems pertain to subjects such as European currencies and calculation of interest. The schoolbook also includes a copied poem. The final 27 pages provide examples of a daybook (January 1, 1819-January 31, 1819, 11 pages) and double-entry ledger (January 1, 1819-May 29, 1819, 16 pages). The same accounts are represented in each of these sections, and most pertain to sales of foodstuffs and fabrics. The 4 Daybooks (June 22, 1837-May 29, 1850, 765 pages) record Sherril's accounts with customers in Pike, New York. He sold foodstuffs such as butter, spices, and tea; household goods such as brooms and nails; clothing and fabrics such as calico; and other items, such as tobacco and soap.

Subject Terms

    • Business enterprises--Finance--Problems, exercises, etc.
    • Business enterprises--Finance--Study and teaching.
    • East Hampton (N.Y.)
    • Education--United States--History--19th century.
    • General stores.
    • Geometry--Study and teaching.
    • Mathematics--Problems, exercises, etc.
    • Mathematics--Study and teaching.
    • New York (State)--Commerce.
    • Surveying--Study and teaching.
    • Wyoming County (N.Y.)
    Subjects - Visual Materials:
    • Geometry.
    • Surveying.
    Genre Terms:
    • Daybooks.
    • Instructional materials.
    • Poems.
    Contents List
    Container / Location Title
    Abraham P. Sherril Schoolbook and Daybooks [series]
    Volume   1  
    Abraham P. Sherril schoolbook,  March 10, 1815-March 27, 1818, and  January 1, 1819-May 29, 1819 (145 pages)
    Volume   2  
    Abraham P. Sherril daybook,  June 22, 1837-May 9, 1838 (96 pages)
    Volume   3  
    Abraham P. Sherril daybook,  September 19, 1840-November 10, 1841 (192 pages)
    Volume   4  
    Abraham P. Sherril daybook,  January 6, 1844-August 20, 1845 (192 pages)
    Volume   5  
    Abraham P. Sherril daybook,  February 8, 1849-May 29, 1850 (285 pages)
    Additional Descriptive Data

    History of Wyoming County, N.Y. with Illustrations, Biographical Sketches and Portraits of Some Pioneers and Prominent Residents. New York: F. W. Beers & Co., 1880.

    Sherrill, Charles H., Jr. The Descendants of Samuel Sherrill, of Easthampton, Long Island, New York. New York: 1894.