Manuscripts Division
William L. Clements Library
University of Michigan

Finding aid for
Abel Hyde Account Book, 1800-1822

Finding aid created by
Meg Hixon, June 2012

Summary Information
Title: Abel Hyde account book
Creator: Hyde, Abel, b. 1767
Inclusive dates: 1800-1822
Extent: 1 volume
Abstract:
The Abel Hyde account book contains 41 pages of double-entry bookkeeping records for Hyde's carpentry work for, and transactions with, individuals in Lebanon and Franklin, Connecticut, between 1800 and 1822. The volume also includes a 22-page narrative entitled "Chronicles of Agawam," about theological disagreements in Massachusetts among the followers of John Calvin, Roger Williams, and Emanuel Swedenborg.

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
Web Site: www.clements.umich.edu


Access and Use
Acquisition Information:

1994. M-4231.

Access Restrictions:

The collection is open for research.

Copyright:

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:

Abel Hyde account book, William L. Clements Library, The University of Michigan


Biography

Abel Hyde was born in Lebanon, Connecticut, on May 8, 1767, the son of Captain Eliphalet Hyde and Naoma Flint. He and his wife Chloe (d. 1799) lived in Franklin, Connecticut, where he worked as a wheelwright. They had two daughters: Sarah (b. 1795) and Chloe Melinda (b. 1798).


Collection Scope and Content Note

The Abel Hyde account book contains 41 pages of double-entry bookkeeping records for Hyde's carpentry work for, and transactions with, individuals in Lebanon and Franklin, Connecticut, between 1800 and 1822. The volume also includes a 22-page narrative entitled "Chronicles of Agawam," about theological disagreements in Massachusetts among the followers of John Calvin, Roger Williams, and Emanuel Swedenborg.

Abel Hyde's account book documents his financial affairs throughout the early 19th century, with most records dated between 1800 and 1821. As a wheelwright, he often repaired or made wagon wheels, though he built other wooden items, such as plows and a "cheese press" (p. 41). Hyde also performed manual labor tasks, such as haying and other farm work, and he often traded his services for food items, including potatoes, meal, apples, fish, meats, and alcohol. Two pages of additional financial accounts are laid into the volume. Abel Hyde's accounts appear on facing pages numbered 18-58; the first pages are absent. Three later pages at the back of the volume document Charles Pettis's work on Abel Hyde's barn.

The final 22 pages are comprised of an undated narrative entitled "Chronicles of Agawam," composed in a chapter/verse format. It concerns theological disagreements among Christian sects in Massachusetts during America's colonial period. John Calvin, Roger Williams, and Emanuel Swedenborg feature prominently.

Subject Terms

    Subjects:
    • Agawam (Mass.)
    • Calvin, Jean, 1509-1564.
    • Franklin (Conn.)
    • Lebanon (Conn.)
    • Swedenborg, Emanuel, 1688-1772.
    • United States--History--Colonial period, ca. 1600-1775.
    • United States--Religion--To 1800.
    • Wheelwrights.
    • Williams, Roger, 1604?-1683.
    Genre Terms:
    • Account books.
    • Essays.
    Contents List
       Container / Location    Title
    Volume   1  
    Abel Hyde account book,  1800-1822 [series]:
    Additional Descriptive Data
    Bibliography

    Walworth, Reuben H. Hyde Genealogy: or the Descendants, in the Female as Well as in the Male Lines, from William Hyde, of Norwich... Volume I. Albany: J. Munsell, 1864.