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Amasa Stevens Booth papers

Identifier: BC65


Wagon and carriage maker in Springfield, Illinois in partnership with his father, Albert, until his death in 1873, then in partnership with Alex McCosker (1835-1918) who was married to his sister, Mary Ester Booth (1840-1909). Born in Exeter, Maine in 1836, the son of Albert (1813-1873) and Hannah (Stevens) Booth. The family came to Illinois around 1840 and settled on a farm about seven miles from Springfield. In 1854, the family moved to Springfield and Albert started his carriage and wagon making business. Amasa and his younger brother, Wesley, also worked as carriage makers and their brother William as a blacksmith. Their business employed between 25 and 35 people and they made 300 to 500 vehicles annually in the 1870’s and 1880’s.

Amasa Booth married Matilda Arnold on November 11, 1858 and divorced her in 1860. On August 17, 1862, he married Harriott Richardson and they had six children. Mary Ester, John R., William D., Alexander, Amasa, Jr. and Jacob.

Albert Booth married Hannah Stevens Booth. They had 9 children: Amasa, Charles, Franklin, Leonard, Mary, Sarina, Timothy, Wesley and William. He was a wagon maker who in 1854 opened his own business in Springfield, IL. He remained in business with his sons until shortly before his death in 1873.

Account books and receipts. Account books of Albert Booth for 1848-1853, before starting manufacturing business, shows repair and blacksmith work done and fee. Account books for 1855-1856 and 1866-1867 for the manufacturing business. A practice account book, 1880. Receipts for goods and services for Amasa S. Booth’s home and family from 1870-1897, gives a map of the family’s life.


  • 1848 - 1897


1.25 Linear Feet (1 archival box and 4 BVs)

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