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Henry S. Shurtleff Justice of the Peace ledger

Undated and 1856-1861, 1863, 1876

MSS 191
1.5 linear inches (1 box)



Name of Creator(s):

Shurtleff, Henry S., 1816-1893

Languages:

English

Access:

There are no restrictions on the use of this collection.

Access points:

Legal documents.
Rapids City, Ill.--Politics and government.

Finding aid prepared by:

Rukmini Girish, 2013.

Repository:

Augustana College Special Collections
Thomas Tredway Library
639 38th Street
Rock Island, Illinois 61201
309-794-7643
specialcollections@augustana.edu




Custodial History
Historical Note
Scope and Content
System of Arrangement
Related Materials
Container List



CUSTODIAL HISTORY

The ledger was found in a box in Special Collections in 2012. 
 
HISTORICAL NOTE


Henry S. Shurtleff was one of the earliest settlers of Hampton Township, Illinois. Born in Farmington, New Hampshire, on February 27, 1816, he moved to Hampton Township in 1840, and bought and cultivated farmland, before selling out and buying farmland on the Rock River bottom.

He was in the mercantile business in Rapids City, Illinois, and served as Postmaster for ten years before moving out to his farm. He served as an Assessor before being elected Justice of the Peace in 1856. In 1885, he was appointed Notary Public. He remained a Justice of the Peace until his death on May 27, 1893.

Shurtleff married Emeline Williamson in 1840, and the couple had four children before her death in 1848. The next year, he married her sister, Elizabeth Williamson, and had four more children.  

 

SCOPE AND CONTENT


The Henry S. Shurtleff Justice of the Peace ledger dates from 1856-1861, with additional documents from 1863 and 1876. The bound ledger itself contains a handwritten record of all the cases over which Shurtleff presided from 1857 to 1861. These range from chattel mortgages to disputes over payment for services rendered.

Inserted into the ledger were repayment orders for mortgages, and records from additional cases.

The collection also contains five obituaries--two for Job A. Shurtleff, and one each for Henry S. Shurtleff, Charles A. Shurtleff and his wife.

 

SYSTEM OF ARRANGEMENT


The entries in the ledger are ordered chronologically. The materials inserted into the ledger have been refoldered for preservation purposes and are also ordered chronologically. As the obituaries are undated, they have been arranged alphabetically.

 

RELATED MATERIALS

None known. 

 

CONTAINER LIST

BOX 1

Henry S. Shurtleff Justice of the Peace ledger

Supplementary papers, 1856, 1859-1861, 1863, 1876

Obituaries, undated


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