MG 860 - Cox, Cornelius Collection

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Scope and Content

Handwritten account ledger for a store in Estherton from February, 1767 to November, 1770, identified by the donors as "Cornelius Cox's Daybook." Entries include purchases of sugar, salt, butter, rum, molasses, buttons, shoes, stockings, sheeting, tea, oats, tobacco, etc. which indicate it was a general store which handled all types of merchandise.


Cornelius Cox was a son of John and Esther Cox born about 1750 in Philadelphia where he received his education. Prior to the Revolution he was in Estherton in the management of the estate left him by his father. He was involved very early in the cause of the Colonies and was commissioned a major in Colonel James Burd's battalion of Lancaster county associators. He was actively engaged in the war and in 1792 he was chosen one of the state electors for president in favor of General Washington. He was appointed an associate judge of the courts of Dauphin County, but declined the honor. He died in 1803 at Estherton at the age of fifty-three. He was married to Mary Foster, daughter of John Foster and Cathrine Dickey.

Date(s): 1767-1770

Extent: 1 enclosure