Small oblong notebook, bound in full calf, with a metal clasp. 10 x 16 cm. approx. 164 pp. Spine perished, wear and soiling to boards, front board lettered by hand with Jacob Marsh's name. The entries, from March 15, 1821 to June 1, 1823, record the dates of Marsh's trips once or twice a month to New York City to deliver bricks to as many as a dozen customers each trip, plus the quantities of bricks purchased. Customers included: Henry Moore, Dominic Westerfield, Wm. Post, Samuel Parker, Gideon Peck, Henry Bullwinkle, John Scudder, Avery & Anderson, Vandenburgh & Freeman, etc., etc. Capt. Marsh also delivered bricks produced by Benjamin and Samuel Marsh, Aron Miller, Thomas Marsh, and Caleb Hotstedd. A few pages at the back of the ledger record, dos-a-dos, supplies for outfitting Capt. Marsh's sloop, the Essex, payments to crew, duane [sic- douane] slips, wharfage and repairs, etc. Item #65562
Rahway, New Jersey was founded by settlers of nearby Elizabethtown and Woodbridge in the early 18th century. The area around Woodbridge was known for its "easily accessible sedimentary clay that produced fire brick capable of withstanding extremely high temperatures" making them much in demand as building materials. A number of brick factories were located in this area. Rahway, on the Rahway River allowed for easy access to the markets of New York City and Brooklyn. These accounts are an example of that early trade. [see: Virginia Troeger's "Woodbridge: New Jersey's Oldest Township," (Arcadia Pub.: 2002), for further record]
The extended members of the Marsh family who settled in Rahway included John Marsh who built a saw mill and grist mill along the river in the early 1700s, and died at his home at Trembly Point on the Rahway River in 1744.
Capt. Jacob Marsh who kept these accounts is likely a member of this extended family. Presumably he is Jacob Marsh (1797-1832), son of John (1772-1830) and Mary (Hendricks) Marsh. Jacob married Mary Ann Coddington (1802-1877) in 1819. There is a small receipt pinned into the front of this ledger, dated May 8, 1843, recording that Mary Ann Marsh received $6.51 "in full of all demand up to this date for John Trembly."