Wood, Kasey, and Wood Account Books
Scope and Content
The Wood, Kasey, and Wood Account Books document the transactions of a general store and zinc distributor in Max Meadows, Virginia, during the mid- to late nineteenth century. Materials include two detailed ledgers, three day books, and one cash book. Customers and suppliers named in these account books include (but are not limited to): Lehigh Zinc Company, Mercer Zinc Works, Union Lead Mines, a school house, Virginia and Tennessee Railroad Co., Palmer Hartsook & Co. (commission merchants), Ogelsby & Robinson, Jolen Rhodes, Columbus Smithers, Polley Hubbard, Charles Holliday, Robert H. Crockett, and J. M. Brower and Bro. Cotton. The proprietors' names, Thomas Wood and sons, along with A. M. Kasey, also appear in accounts. Examples of common transacted items include: coffee, eggs, tobacco, sugar, oil, butter, a pack of cards, soap, perfume, cotton, candy, potatoes, shoes, whiskey, zinc, and "sundries." Some loose letters to Thomas Wood concerning business also appear, affixed within the ledgers.
- 1864 - 1891
- Wood, Kasey, and Wood (Max Meadows, Va.) (Organization)
- Wood, Thomas, 1812-1891 (Person)
Language of Materials
The materials in the collection are in English.
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Wood, Kasey, and Wood Company (sometimes referred to as Wood Kasey and Co.) served Max Meadows, Virginia, as a general store during the mid- to late nineteenth century. While dealing largely in foodstuffs, clothing, alcohol and common household items, Wood, Kasey, and Wood also shipped zinc ore from local mines to the Lehigh Zinc Company of Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, and Mercer Zinc Works of Trenton, New Jersey. According to Wythe County Virginia, A Bicentennial History, iodized zinc ore was hauled to Max Meadows from local lead mines because it was the closest shipping point.
Thomas Wood, the elder proprietor of Wood, Kasey, and Wood, appears in the 1880: Wythe County Virginia Census as a 67-year-old merchant-placing his birth year around 1813. Born in England, Wood immigrated to Virginia and married Margaret Elizabeth Crockett in November 26, 1841. This union produced many children: William, Robert, Grafton, Bamford, Mary Agnes, Margaret Louise, Elizabeth Graham, John, Ann, and Josie Wood.
Wood is likely the Thomas Wood (June 20, 1812-March 29, 189[1?]) buried in Crockett Cemetery in Wytheville, Wythe County, Virginia. His tombstone states "Born in Cumberland Co. Eng."
Several of Thomas's sons appear in the ledger books and G. C. (Grafton) and William Wood sometimes appear as Thomas's partners. Daughter Margaret Louise Wood married Alexander Marion Kasey, likely her father's business partner.
U.S. Census, 1850-1880
"Thomas Wood", Virginia Compiled Marriages, 1740-1850, Ancestry.com, https://www.ancestrylibrary.com/discoveryui-content/view/144572:3723, accessed March 29, 2023.
Findagrave.com, https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/70982170/thomas-wood, accessed March 29, 2023.
0.7 Cubic Feet (2 boxes)
The Wood, Kasey, and Wood Account Books document the transactions of a general store and zinc distributor in Max Meadows, Virginia, during the mid- to late nineteenth century. Materials include two detailed ledgers, three day books, and one cash book.
The collection is arranged by material type.
Source of Acquisition
The Wood, Kasey, and Wood Account Books were purchased by Special Collections in 1985.
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The processing, arrangement, and description of the Wood, Kasey, and Wood Account Books commenced in June 2008 and was completed in July 2008.
- Wood, Kasey, and Wood Account Books, 1864-1891
- Emily Cook, Student Assistant
- 2008 (CC0 1.0)
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