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Author: Henry family.
Edition/Format:   Archival material : English
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The records of the Henry family document the line leading from the first William to Granville, with some records of William, III.
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Genre/Form: Deeds
Dockets
Drawings
Payrolls
Sketchbooks
Named Person: John Armstrong; John Jacob Astor; William B Astor; George Bomford; Pierre Chouteau; Tench Coxe; Ramsay Crooks; Henry Dearborn; William Eustis; Horatio Gates; Abraham Henry; Ann Wood Henry; Benjamin West Henry; Granville Henry; James Henry; John Joseph Henry; John Joseph Henry; Mathew Schropp Henry; William Henry; William Henry; William Henry; Henry family.; Callender Irvine; John Jordan; John Nicholson; Richard Peters; Timothy Pickering; Joseph Reed; David Rittenhouse; George W Scranton; Joseph Simon; Anthony Wayne
Document Type: Archival Material
All Authors / Contributors: Henry family.
OCLC Number: 86123507
Description: 12 linear ft.

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The records of the Henry family document the line leading from the first William to Granville, with some records of William, III.

The main body of records deals with the operation of the Boulton Gun Works, its predecessor operation at Nazareth and the associated gun shop and store in Philadelphia. There are fragmentary account books (1807-1881), including day books, price books, sales ledgers, receipt books, factory rules, Boulton farm accounts and company store records. There are also wage books (1832-1839), day work and boarders' accounts (1817-1842), and workmen's ledgers (1833-1881), which include production lists and lists of grinders, welders and laborers.

There are scattered financial papers and correspondence of William Henry, Sr. (1760-1784). Correspondence of William Henry, Jr., is fragmentary, with the best coverage on the operation of the Gun Works and the contract dispute with the federal government. There is no material on his outside activities with the Lehigh Coal Mine Company. Correspondence increases with John Joseph Henry, including exchanges with the American Fur Company, with orders, specifications and details of shipments. Also included is correspondence from sales agents in Nebraska, Texas and Ohio, particularly with George W. Ewing in the last named state. Other letters detail the Henrys' efforts to lobby Washington for a higher tariff on imported firearms. Sketchbooks of John Joseph and William Henry, Jr., include designs for firearms including decorative cartouches and other markings.

There are three account books of William Henry, III, documenting the operations of Oxford Furnace by Henry, Jordan & Company. One volume contains drawings of the iron mines at Oxford and Port Colden, N.J.

Henry family personal papers (1758-1902) include private accounts, correspondence, deeds, indentures and miscellany of the five generations of the family.

There is a separate series of volumes and papers documenting William Henry's role as Treasurer of Lancaster County (1777-1810). He was succeeded in office by his wife, Ann Wood Henry, who served until 1796. Her papers include official records as county treasurer and well receipts for personal goods and services and the inventory of her estate.

Another special series is William Henry's Revolutionary War papers, when he served as Assistant Commissary General and also Superintendent of Arms and Accoutrements, a position in which he established workshops in various parts of Pennsylvania and directed the making of boots, shoes, hats and firearms. The records include correspondence, accounts, and receipts concerning weapons, shoes, leather, tallow, clothing and recruits.

The final series consists of Lancaster County Court papers (1770-1795), consisting of court record books and dockets.

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