Alexander McMichael account book (1770-1800)

Collection processed and finding aid created by Meg Hixon, July 2011
Manuscripts Division, William L. Clements Library, University of Michigan

Summary Information

Title: Alexander McMichael account book
Creator: McMichael, Alexander, 1742-1850
Inclusive dates: 1770-1800
Extent: 1 volume
The Alexander McMichael account book contains copies of the Pennsylvania merchant's receipts, dated 1770-1800. McMichael purchased rum, molasses, and other goods and services. Some receipts reflect rent payments and estate finances.
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

2008. M-4701.1.

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

Alexander McMichael Account Book, William L. Clements Library, The University of Michigan


Alexander McMichael was born in Ireland around 1742 and later moved to Pennsylvania; he opened a general store near Philadelphia before 1770 and later lived in Berks County and Northumberland County. He served in the Revolutionary War. McMichael married Martha Johnson in Philadelphia in September 1766; they had at least eight children, including David M., John (ca. 1775-1843), Marmaduke (b. ca. 1770), and Mary (1776-1861). Alexander McMichael died in 1850, at the age of 108.

Marmaduke McMichael served as a lieutenant during the War of 1812 and later became the master of a Masonic lodge in Philadelphia. John McMichael moved to Indiana with his wife, Mary McAffee.

Collection Scope and Content Note

The Alexander McMichael account book contains copies of the Pennsylvania merchant's receipts, dated November 23, 1770-January 20, 1800. The accounts, written in multiple hands, pertain to McMichael's purchases of food and services. The volume documents 4 rent payments collected by John Oldden and William Zane on behalf of Mary Zane (July 20, 1782-April 21, 1783), as well as a collection made on behalf of her estate (February 10, 1783). Other individuals who held accounts with McMichael included Philadelphia banker Cadwalader Morris (1741-1795), Caleb and Amos Foulke, Daniel Benezet (1723-1797), and Joseph Whelan.

Subject Terms

  • Finance, Personal.
  • General stores--Pennsylvania.
  • Merchants--Pennsylvania.
  • Pennsylvania--Commerce.
  • Benezet, Daniel, 1723-1797.
  • Foulke, Caleb.
  • Morris, Cadwalader, 1741-1795.
Genre Terms:
  • Account books.

Contents List

Container / Location Title
Volume   1  
Alexander McMichael account book,  1770-1800 [series]

Additional Descriptive Data

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