April 27th, 2012 by Tracey Kry and Tom Knoles
Parsons, Aaron. Daybook, 1848-1851.
Aaron Parsons was a blacksmith and tinsmith in Stafford Springs, CT. His daybook chronologically records his business transactions from February 1848 through November 1851. Most concern the repair and restoration of metal ware, including items such as tea kettles, coffee pots, lead pipes, pumps, cylinders, milk pans, lamps, oven, and boilers, to name a few. The daybook also shows entries for material bought and sold, some for the business, others not, including coal, pipes, lime, lead and tin, as well as coffee, nutmeg and raisins. This daybook is filled with entries for both individuals and companies as customers, always listing multiple transactions on a single day, indicating that Parsons ran a thriving business.