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An assortment of ledgers and account books


Record No: mha00000513
Title: Burden Family fonds
Dates: 1882-1928
Location: Bank 71, shelf 6
Provenance: Burden family
Extent: 9 cm of textual records
Organization: Arranged in three series: 1. Ledgers, 1882-1891; 2. Miscellaneous Items, 1885-1928; 3. Published Materials, 1917-1928.
Restrictions: No restrictions.
Adm. Hist/Bio. Sketch: James Burden (1817-1894) of Salvage, Bonavista Bay, Newfoundland, was the principal merchant-trader in the central Bonavista Bay area from the 1850s until the 1890s. Burden supplied the inshore fishery around Salvage including Flat Island, the Gooseberry Islands, Happy Adventure, Damnable Harbour (St. Chad’s), Squid Tickle (Burnside), Broomclose, Sailor’s Island and Barrow Harbour and fitted out schooners from these places for the Labrador floater fishery.
    Upon his death in 1894, sons Henry and Kenneth operated the premises on “The Point” in Salvage, while sons James Jr. (1844-1928) and John (1853-1908) operated the other premises at the “upper end of Salvage.” The former operated for a decade or so and was then sold. The latter was active for several generations of Burdens up until the 1960s.
    Source:  Biographical Profile - James Burden of Salvage, written by W. Gordon Handcock
Scope and Content: This fonds consists of merchant ledgers, post office and customs accounts, official government publications and other miscellaneous material for the Burden family business at Salvage. The ledgers, covering 1882-1896, relate to the Burden family business at the “upper end of Salvage,” Bonavista Bay, Newfoundland, and detail purchases of goods and payment by dealers with the Burden firm. Additional accounts relate to painting the church in 1886, church decorations, customs imports and refunds. A post office account lists registered letters received or mailed at Salvage, 1903-1907. Fonds also consists of four items published by the Newfoundland Government.
     The fonds is arranged in three series: Ledgers, 1882-1891; Miscellaneous Items, 1885-1928; and Published Materials, 1917-1928.
Terms Governing Use: Copyright expired.
Custodial History: Dr. Gordon Handcock arranged to have the Burden records donated to the Maritime History Archive on behalf of Eldon Moss. Mr. Moss acquired the records through his wife Delphine Jane Burden, daughter of Edward Burden, son of Owen Burden, son of James Burden, Jr.
Finding Aids: MHA finding aid 133
Subject: Burden, James, 1817-1894
Subject: Burden, James, Jr., 1844-1928
Subject: Burden, John, 1853-1908
Subject: Burden Family
Subject: Account books
Subject: Ledgers
Subject: Merchants--Newfoundland and Labrador
Subject: Salvage (N.L.)





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