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Robert Adams Daybook

A description of the item at Syracuse University

Finding aid created by: JTE
Date: 1969

Biographical History

Robert Adams (d. 1793) was the proprietor of a general store in Johnstown, New York.

Sir William Johnson (1715-1774), son Sir John Johnson (1741-1830), nephew and son-in-law Guy Johnson (circa 1740-1788), and son-in-law Daniel Claus (1727-1787) were Loyalists, officers in the British Army, superintendents of Indian affairs in the northern colonies and in Canada, and landed gentlemen of Johnstown.

Joseph Brant (1742-1807), also known as Thayendanegea, was a Mohawk chief and leader of his people against the French and their Indian allies during the French and Indian wars. Joseph Brant's sister Mary (Molly) was Sir William's common-law wife and mother of eight of his children.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The Robert Adams Daybook consists of "Day Book Number 4" of Robert Adams' general store in Johnstown, New York. The book includes transactions with a number of notable individuals, among them Sir William Johnson, his son Sir John Johnson, his nephew and son-in-law Guy Johnson, and his son-in-law Daniel Claus. There are also purchases by Joseph Brant, also known as the Mohawk chief Thayendanegea.

Arrangement of the Collection

Single volume.


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Subject Headings


Adams, Robert, d. 1793.
Brant, Joseph, 1742-1807.
Claus, Daniel, 1727-1787.
Johnson, Guy, approximately 1740-1788.
Johnson, John, Sir, 1742-1830.
Johnson, William, 1715-1774.


Business enterprises -- New York (State) -- 18th century.
Businessmen -- New York (State) -- 18th century.
Merchants -- New York (State) -- 18th century.


Johnstown (N.Y.) -- Commerce -- 18th century.
New York (State) -- Commerce -- 18th century.

Genres and Forms




Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Preferred citation for this material is as follows:

Robert Adams Daybook,
Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Libraries

Acquisition Information

Gift of William H. Van Voast, 1962.

Table of Contents

Financial papers


Note on alternate formats:

The entire volume is also available on microfilm in Special Collections Research Center.