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Study of James Noxon Acount Book
Why I am interested in this Family.
Much is known about the Noxon family and the account book of James Noxon is the main focus of his inclusion here. This account book dates from 1800 to the 1850’s and details his business life.
Pam and Court Noxon are thanked for permitting the transcription and the material below.
|1. James Noxon's family
James Noxon came from
JAMES NOXON was born 8 April 1765 in
Child of JAMES NOXON and LANOR DELONG is:
i. MARIA2 NOXON, b. 12 January 1791; d. 21 October 1824; m. JOHN D HAIGHT, 1818.
Children of JAMES NOXON and ELIZABETH DORLAND are:
ii. GILBERT2 NOXON, b. 25 February 1796; d. 4 July 1805.
iii. JAMES NOXON, b. 1 August 1797; m. CATHERINE MORDEN.
iv. JOHNATHAN NOXON, b. 9 May 1799; m.
v. SAMUEL NOXON, b. 13 March 1801,
vi. LANOR NOXON, b. 19 January 1803.
vii. LYDIA NOXON, b. 5 February 1805.
viii. DORLAND NOXON, b. 8 April 1807.
ix. ISSAC NOXON, b. 11 March 1809.
x. SARAH NOXON, b. 28 January 1811; m. CALEB STICKNEY, 1838.
2. The story behind the Account Book
© Copyright: Pam & Court Noxon, 16 Oct 2006
Provenance of James Noxon's journal
As seen in the later pages, the journal passed from James Noxon to his son Isaac D. Noxon who took over the family farm at
She had the journal with her and wondered if any one would be interested in it . We convinced her that it would be a valuable resource at the Prince Edward County Archives and so it came to us.
The ledger part of the journal contains a wide range of items in the trading. One that impressed us was the reference to substantial yardages of fabric. We had assumed that James bought this elsewhere, possibly in
Pam & Court Noxon
The following is a note included with the ledger when we received it:
"TO WHOM IT MAY CONCERN:
The aged account book to which I attach this statement of explanation---as I understand it---is far more than it may seem to be to the casual reader on first unreflected reading. Factually it is the ledger-like business accounts ---beyond and independent of the day-to-day "cash over the counter" dealings of my great grandfather James Noxon (1765-1842) and the insertions of rather dull and intermittent diary-like notations of my grandfather, Isaac D. Noxon (1809 - 1896). It covers a period of time -1803 to 1849.
It contains very little ---if any-- of concrete family history. The reconstruction and romantic story has to be read "between the lines" and by projected reflection. But that does not indicate that the substance of the notations are anything but true and factual life experiences.
These business dealings and personal relationships took place in pioneering times in a locale of only the early stages of the development of virgin lands. These accounts are a "sort of" artifact of a period of localized civilization and the portrait of a man. I believe James Noxon (1765-1842) was a man of perceptive vision and dynamic energy; he was constructively motivated, industrious and successful.
With the help of men that he hired, as merchant he furnished the stalwart men and women of the district with the tools and materials, in great diversity, that they needed to hew out their developments and to sustain them in their rugged and simple life style. He furnished the community with the services of many crafts and products - black-smithing; shoe cobbling; flour and feed milling; cider pressing --and he owned some rental properties.
If this is a prejudicial translation, I don't apologize for it --I choose to be very proud of my heritage. You read it your way.
James I. Noxon Columbus,
On his death James Noxon left 1400 acres of land distributed among his children, male and female, plus a house and a lot in Demorestville . (This is even more remarkable in the light of his activity in the Quaker church not only in the County but in frequent trips to
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