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New York State Court of Chancery Exhibits for Chancery and Vice-Chancery Cases

Held by the New York State Archives


Overview of the Records

Repository:

New York State Archives

New York State Education Department

Cultural Education Center

Albany, NY 12230

Summary:
This series consists of business account books and other documents submitted as evidence in Court of Chancery cases, mostly involving book accounts. Most of the records concern businesses in New York City.
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Quantity:
4.4 cubic feet (30 volumes, 3 folders)
Inclusive Dates:
1773-1849
Bulk Dates:
bulk 1811-1849
Series Number:
JN309

Arrangement

Roughly chronological; oversized volumes are at the end of the series.

Scope and Content Note

This series consists of business account books and other documents submitted as evidence in Court of Chancery cases, mostly involving book accounts. Most of the records concern businesses in New York City.

JN309-17: Detailed information about specialized businesses is found in the minute book of the New York Laboratory Association, paint manufacturer; and account books of the firm of Smith & Lowe (Samuel Smith and John Lowe), jewelers and watchmakers. Other exhibits include the inventory of the estate of Nicholas Cruger (died 1800), merchant on the island of St. Croix (1799-1808); minute books and stock certificate book of the New Jersey Stage and Steam Boat Association, operator of the Delaware River Steamboat "William Penn" (destroyed by fire 1834); and minute book of the New York Conference, Methodist Episcopal Church (1822-1825). One volume is a case register of John M. Mason, lawyer of New York City (1839-1849), with personal accounts of Mason and of James Mason, probably the executor of his estate. It may have been an exhibit in an appeal to the Supreme Court in Equity (New York County) from the New York County Surrogate's Court. Other exhibits include account books of a produce dealer, dry goods store, hardware store, grocery store, liquor store, insurance agent, and other businesses that cannot be identified from the information in the volume.

JN309-18: This accretion contains accounts of the estate of Joseph Hallett (died 1775), a merchant on St. Croix (1773-1775) and bonds to the Clerk of Supreme Court of Judicature in New York City (1836).

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Access Restrictions

Use and reproduction of fragile documents may be restricted.

Related Information

Related Materials

Series J2020 Exhibits of Chancery Cases, contains related records.

Custodial History

The exhibits were received and maintained by the Register and Assistant Register of the Court of Chancery, the Clerk of the Court of Equity (1st Circuit), the Clerk of the Court of Chancery (1st Circuit) and the clerk of the Supreme Court (New York County) in New York City.

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Contents Box

Accretion: JN309-17
1799-1822 (1826) 1
1821-1839 2
1840-1846 3
Ely vs. Cochrane, Grocer's Account Book, 1823-1826 (Volume) 4
Tailor's Account Book, 1823-1826 (Volume) 5
Account Book ("Bought Book"), 1826-1830 (Volume) 6
Day Book, 1826-1830 (Volume) 6.0
Smith and Lowes Cash Book, 1830 (Volume) 7
Account Book, 1836 (Volume) 8
Receipt and Stock Book ("Waste Book"), 1837-1838 (Volume) 9
Account Book of David Levy, 1837-1838 (1840) (Volume) 10
John P. Riele Account Book, 1839-1840 (Volume) 11
Case register, John M. Mason, lawyer, New York City (with personal accounts of Mason and the executor of his estate, James Mason) 12