Guide to the James Redding Grist Business Records, 1780-1920

Collection Overview

Correspondence, accounts, manifests, and other papers, of James Redding Grist, his father, Allen Grist, and of other members of the family. Materials relate to the operation of a general store, trade with the West Indies, Richard Grist's export business in New Bern, N.C., J. R. Grist's turpentine business near Wilmington, N.C., and his efforts to revive his trade in naval stores after the Civil War. Includes taxation lists, ca. 1815-1816, for Beaufort Co., N.C. Correspondents include Henry Toole Clark. A bound volume (shelved and cataloged separately) contains entries relating to the operation of a North Carolina general store and an earlier similar operation in the West Indies. The first half of the volume comprises the Thomas Dickinson ledger from St. Eustatius, West Indies, 1780-1781, with entries documenting payments for rum, madeira, slave clothing, cheese, flour, twine, nails, brown sugar, needles, and other sundries. His relation, if any, to the Grists is not known. The second half of the volume comprises the ledger of Allen Grist of Washington, Beaufort County, NC, 1813-1816, with entries for food, spirits, building material, and other sundries. A few entries in each section record slave transactions: money lent for the purchase of slaves, money paid for their labor, or money received for the actual sale of slaves.

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Collection Number
James Redding Grist Business records
Grist, James Redding, d. 1874
5 Linear Feet, 3,269 Items
David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library

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Contents of the Collection

Correspondence, 1796-1812 (Formerly John Kennedy folders)
Box 1
Financial and Legal papers, 1789-1826 (5 folders)(Formerly: Kennedy, John: Bills and Accounts folders)
Court Documents, 1790 folder
Box 1
Kennedy, John: Bills and Documents folders
Box 1
Bills and Documents of John Kennedy folders
Box 1
Tax Lists, 1784-1789 (Formerly Documents: Tax Lists folders)
Box 2

2. Correspondence Series

Formerly Richard Grist folders. (Includes correspondence of Allen, James R., and Richard Grist.)

Papers, 1814-1852
(4 folders)
Box 2
Papers, 1853-1860, June
(6 folders)
Box 3
Papers, 1860-1920 and undated
(4 folders)
Box 4

3. Financial and Legal Papers Series

Formerly Grist, James Redding and Richard: Bills and Documents folders)

Papers, 1812-1816
Box 4
List of Taxables, 1815-1816
Box 4
Papers, 1817-1819
Box 5
List of Taxables, 1819
Box 5
Papers, 1827-1849
(3 folders)
Box 5
Papers, 1850-1857
(5 folders)
Box 6
Papers, 1858-1860
(5 folders)
Box 7
Papers, 1861-1876 and undated
(3 folders)
Box 8
James R. Grist: Agricultural Memorandum Book, undated
Box 8
James R. Grist: Volume of Accounts and Memoranda, 1854-1856
Box 8
Account Book, 1838-1846
Box 8
Ledger, 1813-1816, F:1714

Also includes Thomas Dickinson Ledger, 1780-1781.

Box 8
Ledger, 1814-1825
Box 8
Daybook, 1821-1824
Box 9
Daybook, 1824-1827
Box 9
Ledger, 1818-1831
Box 10
Ledger, 1820-1826
Box 11

Historical Note

James Redding Grist was a merchant in Washington, N.C.

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