March 15, 1882

1882 03 15

Registry Treceipt

Post Office at Norwood, NC

Registered Letter No  48 Rec’d Mar 15, 1882

of D.J. Allen

addressed to Southern Methodist Pub House

Nashville TN

P.W. Melton PM

 

This post is part of a series of transcriptions of letters, papers, receipts, and other ephemera that are held in the Smith Family Collection.  All originals are held in this collection, unless otherwise stated.

A Specimen

Allen David Jones Writing Sample 1882 02 25

Feb 25th 1882

This is a Specimen of my Writing after Writing

Ten days at Swaringens School House Stanly Co

Norwood N.C.                         D.J. Allen

 

So, perhaps after his first class at Zoar church, DJ participated in a second class?  He was still a rather young man, having just turned 23.  Why such interest in good penmanship?  This is the first signature, perhaps only, I have for young Jones, as he is listed on the 1880 census.

I can find nothing on Swaringen’s School House in Norwood.  I don’t have a Stanly County History Book in my possession, so I’ll check that the next time I’m at the library.

This post is part of a series of transcriptions of letters, papers, receipts, and other ephemera that are held in the Smith Family Collection.  All originals are held in this collection, unless otherwise stated.

December 8, 1881

1881 12 08

Rec’d of D.J. Allen fifty seven 95/100 dollars

amt ?? to date Dec 8th 1881

J. A. Tyson

 

Here we have J. A. Tyson again.  The John Tyson I find living in Center, Stanly County, NC in 1880 is indexed as John H, but I think the H could actually be an A.  John Tyson was a physician in Center.

This post is part of a series of transcriptions of letters, papers, receipts, and other ephemera that are held in the Smith Family Collection.  All originals are held in this collection, unless otherwise stated.

 

November 24, 1881

1881 11 24

Registry Receipt

Post Office at Norwood, NC

Registered Letter No 24, Rec’d Nov 24, 1881

of D. J. Allen

addressed to International Committee

New York, NY

PW Melton, PM

 

I am unsure of whether the International Committee is of the Young Christian Men’s Association, the Red Cross, or what.  I haven’t been able to find out anything definitive.

October 28, 1881

1881 10 28

This is to certify that I am to pay ??

Melton eight Dollars for D. J. Allen &

this is to be his receipt against his (Melton’s)

Books

10/28/81

John A. Tyson

 

Again, I’m not sure of the initials, whether it’s PW Melton (I’m pretty sure that’s what the earlier initials are) or something else entirely.  I can really only find the one Melton family in the area.

John A. Tyson also has me a little stumped.  I can find a John H. Tyson in Centre, Stanly County, NC on the 1880 census.  He was a physician.  I can also find a John Tyson of Ansonville, Anson County, NC which is fairly close.  I don’t have enough information, at this time, to made make a judgement call.

This post is part of a series of transcriptions of letters, papers, receipts, and other ephemera that are held in the Smith Family Collection.  All originals are held in this collection, unless otherwise stated.

November 27, 1880

1880 11 27Registry Receipt

Post Office at Norwood, NC

Registered Letter No 26. Rec’d Nov 27 1880

of D J Allen

addressed to Benjamin Whitmore

New York, NY

PW Melton, PM

 

Evidently PW Melton was not only a saddler but also Post Master?  I have found a Benjamin Whitmore in Bronx, New York in 1880 but have not found a connection between DJ Allen and him.  Looking forward to finding out more.

This post is part of a series of transcriptions of letters, papers, receipts, and other ephemera that are held in the Smith Family Collection.  All originals are held in this collection, unless otherwise stated.

October 21, 1879

1879 10 21

Rec’d of D J Allen $5.00 dollars

in full of all demands up to

date this Oct 21st 79

T. W. Melton?

 

Possibilities for the signature are Melton or Williams?  I have found a P. T. Melton on the 1880 census.  He is a saddler.   Looking back at the first receipt, the bottom name/signature on that receipt appears to be a Melton/Milton as well.

1879 03 01

1879 03 01

3-111    Norwood NC Mar 1st 1879

One day after date I promise to pay to

the order of DN Bennett

Five Dollars

at Eight per cent

Value received

No    Due     (Signature torn out) (Seal)

 

In looking through these receipts, I’ve seen the signature removed more than once.  I find it interesting and wonder why my 2nd great-grandfather’s signatures had been torn away.

Original receipt is a part of the Smith Family Collection.

1879 01 01

1879 01 01

 

Rec’d of D. J. Allen One and 05/100

dollars in full of acct to date

Jan’y 1st 1879 D. N. Bennett

Ben Milton

 

I’m unsure of the last name, or even if it is a name.  I wonder what account D.J. Allen had.  In a quick google search, I found the following picture with the caption.

DN Bennett Ferry in Norwood, operated by Jim Dusi circa unk

A scene from the D. N. Bennett Ferry in Norwood, operated by Jim Dusi. The time period is unknown.  SNAP online.  

http://www.thesnaponline.com/archive/x1896269063

Original receipt is a part of the Smith Family Collection.

A Reward of Merit

allen david jones a reward of merit

A Reward of Merit

Presented to Mr. Jones Allen

by ?. ?. Wright for most improvement in Writing

At a School taught at Zoar Church begun Jan 30th

and ended Feb 10th A.D. 1882