Timothy Gerrish record books, 1804 - 1816Manuscript MS-1308

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Timothy Gerrish record books, 1804 - 1816

Call Number:

Manuscript MS-1308

Collection Dates:

1804 - 1816

Size of Collection:

1 box (.25 linear ft.)


Timothy Gerrish (1756-1815), sheriff and jail warden. The collection consists of two record books related to his service as sheriff and jail warden in Portsmouth, in the county of Rockingham, New Hampshire.

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Use & Access

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Use Restrictions

Permission from Dartmouth College required for publication or reproduction.

Introduction to the Collection

The record books of Timothy Gerrish contain lists of prison commitments during the time he served as jail warden at the Islington Street Jail in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, as well as several pages of mathematics problems related to "The Rule of Three Direct" an ancient mechanical method for solving proportions, and "Simple Interest." An additional account book contains lists of writs served by Daniel Webster, George W. Prescott, Charles Cutts, Edward Cutts, John P. Lord and Joseph Bartlett.


Timothy Gerrish was born on April 7, 1756. He was a gold and silversmith until 1800, when he became deputy sheriff and jail warden at the Islington Street Jail, in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. He remained in that position until his death in 1815.

Series, Box & Folder List

Series 1, Account Books, 1804-1816

Access Restrictions


Box: 1, Dates: 1805-1819

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Box Contents

  • Folder: 1, Account book: Jail commitments and mathematics problems, 1804-1809
  • Folder: 2, Account book: Jail commitments and writs served, 1809-1816

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