Series No. 8

Ketchum family business and personal records [textual record]. -- 1825-1849, predominant 1825-1829. -- 13 cm of textual record

Biographical sketch: Richard Ketchum, son of James and Sarah (Burr) Ketchum was born at Long Island, New York in 1773. Following the American Revolutionary War, James Ketchum and his two brothers, John and Jonathan, emigrated to what is now New Brunswick. James settled in Woodstock where he and Sarah raised their two sons, Ralph and Richard. About 1795 son Richard married Charlotte Upham, the daughter of Jabez Upham, and they had ten children: James, George, Ralph, Randolph, Mary Ann, Elizabeth, Sarah Burr, Fanny, Charlotte, and Margaret.

Richard and Charlotte's son Ralph built a store in the Woodstock area, which was kept by his nephew George Randolph Ketchum. Eventually, George Randolph moved to Aroostook, Maine. Another son of Richard and Charlotte, George Ketchum, who was born in 1786, married Mary Ann Phillips, the daughter of Capt. T. Phillips. They raised two sons, Henry George Clopper and Charles.

While the evidence is sketchy, apparently a James Ketchum and a George E. Ketchum were operating a general store at Fredericton in May of 1825. The store which sold foodstuffs, household goods, clothing, and liquor among other items was still open for business in 1829. Customers who frequented the establishment resided in Fredericton and the Woodstock area. It is unclear if this George E. Ketchum was the father of Henry George Clopper Ketchum. The 1851 York County census, however, lists George Ketchum, merchant, living in Fredericton. Mary Ann, age 39, and Henry, age 11, were residing in the same household.


Scope and content: This series contains a journal and day book for a general merchandising business presumably operated by the Ketchum family at Fredericton. The journal lists merchandise purchased, names of suppliers, merchandise sold, names of customers and payments made on account. The day book records names of customers, type of merchandise sold, payments made, and balance owing on account. The series also contains a few personal items belonging to members of the Ketchum family other than H. G. C. Ketchum.


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Journal, May 1825-February 1829 OVERSIZE
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Day Book No. 10, 1 September 1828-31 January 1829
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An analytical system of conic sections designed for the use of students/ by H. P. Hamilton. - Cambridge : J. & J. Deighton; 1834). Note: The textbook is inscribed "Richd T. Ketchum Kings College, Lent Term, 1844". Richard T. Ketchum entered King's College from St. John, N. B. in 1842 (Arts).
Authorization granting Richard Ketchum permission to keep a school in the county of Carleton for the instruction of youth, 23 May 1849


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