William L. Clements Library
University of Michigan
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Joseph Clift Account Book, 1765-1812
Meg Hixon, January 2012
Joseph Clift account book
Clift, Joseph, 1736-1828
The Joseph Clift account book contains Clift’s financial accounts for a variety of goods and services traded in Marshfield, Massachusetts, throughout the late 18th century. During the Revolutionary War, Clift recorded notes from several town meetings regarding the contribution of local men to the Continental Army.
The material is in English
William L. Clements Library, University of Michigan
909 S. University Ave.
The University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1190
Web Site: www.clements.umich.edu
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Joseph Clift Account Book, William L. Clements Library, The University of Michigan
Joseph Clift was born on June 22, 1736, the son of Deacon William Clift (d. 1750) and his wife Judith (d. 1782); he had 6 surviving siblings. During the Revolutionary War, he served as a captain of the local militia, and accompanied a regiment to Rhode Island. He and his wife, Mary, had at least one son, also named Joseph. He died in 1828.
Collection Scope and Content Note
The Joseph Clift account book contains Clift's financial accounts for a variety of goods and services traded in Marshfield, Massachusetts, throughout the late 18th century. The double entry account book (308 pages, or 154 pages of double entry accounts) records for purchases and payments in cash and in kind for many types of goods, including foods, tobacco, draft animals, skins, manufactured items, and labor. The index is alphabetically arranged by first names of persons who did business with Clift.
During the Revolutionary War, Clift recorded notes from several town meetings regarding the contribution of local militia members to the Continental Army. Following the accounts and a gap of blank pages are a list of men hired to join George Washington, as well as additional lists providing the names of men who served during the war, including several who traveled to Rhode Island.
Also at the back of the book are a few notes related to the settlement of "mother Clift's" estate following her death on January 4, 1782; William Clift and Peleg Rogers were the executors (p. 98).
Three items are laid into the volume, including an order to pay Joseph Clift (December 4, 1812), Clift's accounts with George Louis (1812), and accounts written on the back of a letter fragment.
- Marshfield (Mass.)--Commerce.
- Massachusetts--History--Colonial period, ca. 1600-1775.
- Massachusetts--History--Revolution, 1775-1783.
- Massachusetts. Militia--Registers.
- United States. Continental Army.
- United States--History--Revolution, 1775-1783.
- Account books.
Additional Descriptive Data
Richards, Lysander Salmon. History of Marshfield. Volume 2. Plymouth, Massachusetts: The Memorial Press, 1905.