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Identifier: MC 319

John I. Beatty Account Books


  • Majority of material found in 1826-1886


Daybook entries, June 1, 1831-October 29, 1833, April 26, 1841-(October 1843) February 1, 1844 and April 2, 1846-1886, and related ledger A, June 1831-(1833) 1834 and 1841-1876, in which entries through 1868 pertain to a general store. Accompanying account books of David McKean: ledger, 1826-(1831) 1835 and daybook, April 18, 1826-April 1, 1830, pertaining largely to rentals of houses and stoves; general store daybooks D-K, February 4, 1829-March 31, 1846, and related ledgers [B-C], April 1829-(1844) 1850 (in part of McKean & Newell); "Pork Book," January-April 1831, 1834 and undated; and record of judgements obtained, 1831-(1846) 1859.


3.6 Cubic Feet (17 volumes)

Language of Materials


<emph render="bold">Administrative History</emph>

David McKean (1782-1846) and Samuel c. Newell (d. 1839), trading as McKean & Newell, ran a general store in Allentown, Monmouth County, New Jersey, from at least 1829 until their partnership was dissolved in 1831. For a brief period, June 1831-October 1833, the successor store was run by John I. Beatty (likely McKean's son-in-law, as in 1829 he married Susan McKean, born 1805).

In 1833 the general store was apparently resumed by McKean and conducted by him until his death in 1846. An examination of the surviving account books in MC 319 suggests that Beatty (1806-1885) again ran a general store in Allentown from 1841 until 1844 and subsequently, in 1846, succeeded to McKean's business which he then continued until at least 1868.

According to History of Allentown, New Jersey (1965) by F. Dean Storms, McKean and Newell conducted their business in a brick building which in 1965 was located at 18 South Main Street. storms further states that after the partnership was dissolved, McKean moved the business to 29 North Main Street, a location which was owned by John I. Beatty when the latter set up the town's first printing press there "about the middle of the last century."

Inventory to the John I. Beatty Account Books MC 319
Edited Full Draft
Albert C. King
February 1989
Language of description note
Finding aid is written in English.
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