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Elisha Parker's "Minutes"--An Eighteenth Century Record of the Parker Family

Anne Zimmer


Zimmer looks into "Minutes o£ Transactions Relating to the Estate of John Parker Beginning in March, 1748," Elisha Parker recorded his effort to straighten out the long-neglected estate of his deceased parents, John and Jennett Parker. He terminated it just a few months before his untimely death at twenty-seven.  Parker's journal of financial transactions provides a basis for a consideration of the problems of land-holding in colonial New Jersey, the acute currency shortage endemic to all the colonies, and the ingenious innovations of "barter-bookkeeping."

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