Samuel Lander Ledgers, 1838-1865

Creator: Lander, Samuel, 1792-1865.
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Abstract: The Reverend Samuel Lander Sr. was born in Tipperary, Ireland, in 1792, the son of William Lander. He married Eliza Ann Miller (b. 1793) in 1812; the couple had at least four children. Lander, a Methodist minister and carriage maker, moved to Boston, Mass., in 1818 because of Catholic intolerance of Methodism in Ireland. The family first lived in Newark, N.J., before settling in Salisbury, N.C., where Lander became a United States citizen. He lived in Lincolnton, N.C., from 1828 until his death in 1865. The collection consists of two ledger books kept by Samuel Lander between 1838 and 1865. The books include records, often annotated with detailed information, of money received and expenditures for various household goods, his carriage making business, boarders, and land; records of deaths; and hours, terms of employment, agreements, and notes on various hired hands, apprentices, and slaves, some of whom may have been hired out by Lander’s son William. Notes on hands and apprentices include conditions of hire, reports of bad conduct, and discharges. The entry for 2 March 1847 records the sale of slaves.

Repository: Southern Historical Collection

Collection Highlights: The two ledgers contain information about the enslaved people belonging to Lander, as well as those that have been hired out. The entry for 2 March 1847 records the sale of enslaved individuals.