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Paterson New Jersey 1878 Personal Check
A. B. Woodruff to James Inglis Junior for $18.00
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History of an old check from Paterson, New Jersey.
A.B. Woodruff wrote the check to James Inglis Junior in 1878.
Absalom B. Woodruff was a lawyer who lived at 159 Main and had an office at 38 Market Street.
James Inglis Jr. was a judge, a Civil War veteran, and owned a store in Paterson.
 
Paper, 7-3/4 x 2-7/8 inches (19.7 x 7.2 cm)
Paterson New Jersey Check Front
1. Front
 
165 Market Street
No. 22, Paterson N.J. Feb 28 1878
Second National Bank of Paterson
Pay to the order of: James Inglis Junior
Eighteen Dollars
$18.00
(Signed by) A.B. Woodruff (Absalom B. Woodruff)
(Check printed by) Corlies, Macy & Co. Stationers, 39 Nassau St. N.Y.
 
Tax Stamp:
The US stamp is Scott catalog number R152:
Revenue 2c blue U.S. INTER. REV. / TWO 2 CENTS
Paterson New Jersey Check Back
2. Back
 
Check endorsement:
James Inglis Jr
The red oval stamp is hard to read but looks like "Mar 4 1878 Paterson"
A.B. Woodruff wrote the check to James Inglis Junior:
 
I found this old check and became curious about the payer A.B. Woodruff and payee James Inglis Junior.
Absalom B. Woodruff was a lawyer who lived at 159 Main and had an office at 38 Market. in Paterson.
James Inglis Jr. was a judge, a Civil War veteran, and owned a store in Paterson.
Thanks to the internet and some Paterson New Jersey historians who posted old city directories,
I found out who the people were.
Neither was a relative of mine.
The most interesting thing was that the US government charged a stamp tax to write a personal check.
 
James Inglis Jr.'s Union Civil War military record:
 
James Inglis Jr. twenty-fifth Regiment-Infantry-Volunteers, Rank Qr. Mr.
Enrolled Sept. 25, 62 Must'd in Sept. 26, 62 Must'd out June 20, 63
Capt. Co. H Sept. 18, 62: Qr. Mr. to fill original vacancy. Regiment.
He took part in Fredericksburg, VA. Dec. 13 and 14, 62:
Near Suffolk, VA., May 3, 63.
He was a judge and stationer in Paterson NJ.
Member of 2nd Presbyterian Church of Paterson NJ.
Died June 1, 1914.
He married Ella M. Field.
 
Paterson city directory:
 
Inglis, James carpenter r 165 Market ("r" = residence)
Inglis, James Jr. [Field & Inglis] books & Stationery 117 Main r 43 Main
Inglis, Jane wid Charles r 165 Market
Field & Inglis Jr, Samuel B. Field & Jas Inglis Jr.
books and stationery, musical instruments 117 Main
Woodruff, Absalom B. lawyer 159 Main r 38 Market
 
Market Street area now:
 
Paterson Market Street
3. Market Street area now, Google Maps, October 16, 2013
 
38 Market Street appears to be the vacant lot between 40 on the left and 36 on the right.
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