Friday, February 26, 2016

1870s Account Book with a Connection to Bloomington, Illinois

Small account book, approximately 5-3/4" by 3-1/2", that apparently belonged to a homeowner or boarding home owner, as the supplies purchased were mostly related to kitchen and home.

Images of all pages with handwriting appear at the end of this post.

The front cover has some handwriting but is very difficult to decipher.  There appear to be two names, Mrs. Buelt or Buell or Bonelt or variant in account with J. Parker or Palmer or longer surname.

The inside front cover has another name, Mrs. C. A. B ?, in what appears to be a more contemporary hand, but not necessarily, perhaps that of the owner or relative or friend.   Whether or not the account book owner lived at Bloomington, Illinois, I don't know.  Nor do I know if the initials refer to herself or her husband.

Crowdsourced possibilities for her surname:  [and there are undoubtedly more]

BirchBrinkBuck or Buch

Interestingly, a fellow family historian has found that there were several men named C. A. Buck in Bloomington, Illinois during the time frame of the account book and after.

If any of these names, or attempts at names, rings a bell with you, please leave a comment or contact me directly.

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