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Title William Henry Jr. Papers
Creator Henry, William Jr., 1760-1845
Dates of Creation 1792-1848
Scope & Content Sixty-one letters to Bennington merchant William Henry, Jr. from 1792-1827, the bulk from 1815-1819. Topics are market information (current prices for goods in New York), personal, various store related business topics (store accounts, salt shortage, effects of the British blockade in 1814, missing goods from shipments, moldy tobacco shipments, paper order) and personal business (the sale of land in Virginia, the availability or sale of his paper mill), receipts, an 1833 letter to David Crawford, paper work on and 1834 court case, and an 1848 letter to G. W. Hariman, and two that may be related to his role as justice of the peace or judge.
Administrative/Biographical History William Henry Jr. was born in Colrain, Massachusetts and moved to Bennington with his family before 1770. They lived in northwestern Bennington in an area known as Irish Corners. The Henry bridge and house refer to the home built by Williams father. Henry, like his father before him, was a local Bennington merchant who owned a general store. He apparently started the business with Solomon Henderson about 1791. In 1797 the partnership was dissolved and Henry became the sole owner. There are two items in the papers that specifically refer to Henry as "Paper Mill Owner" or "Paper Manufacturer" in 1825. Young William dissolved a partnership with Solomon Henderson in 1797, and he was a town representative from 1805-1811. He was elected justice of the peace and served from 1801 to 1840, thirty-nine years, and served as Probate Judge from 1821-24.
Related People Henry, William Jr. (1760-1845)
Brownson, Eli
Prince, Lucy
Credit line Bequest of Hall Park McCullough
Catalog Number 2009.163.112
Containers William Henry Jr., 1792-1809
William Henry Jr., 1792-1809
William Henry Jr., 1792-1809