Guide to the David Bush Expense Journal, 1878-1899

Summary Information

Title: David Bush Expense Journal, 1878-1899
Collection: AC.839
Extent: 0.75 linear feetĀ (1 ledger book)

This David Bush Expense Journal is a fragile ledger detailing the daily expenses of Bush and his family for the years of 1878 to 1899. A loose 1883 list of charges for Mr. J.C. Terry is also part of this collection.

Creator: Bush, David

Biographical/Historical Note

No biographical information could be found on David Bush aside from what could be extrapolated from the expense journal. From his entries, he may have been a minister who traveled a lot. Several entries show contributions to missions, Sunday School offerings, purchases of Bibles and commentaries, and purchases of conference minutes. He traveled to a camp meeting in August 1884. David was married and had children. His origination points of travels were always Virginia towns. He may have lived in or near Mt. Jackson, Virginia. His first year's entries suggest he may have lived in Sykesville, Virginia.

No biographical information was found on J.C. Terry.

Scope and Contents

This collection is David Bush's Expense Journal, 1878-1899, for family, travel and other expenses. In it he gives what he purchased, dates and costs. He may have been a Methodist minister. He traveled often by rail, sometimes monthly, most often to towns/cities in Virginia. From his entries, we can know that Bush was married with children, he purchased a lot of sugar, he made contributions to missions and Sunday School frequently, and in 1884, he paid a corporation tax in addition to his state and county taxes, so he may have been a businessman. There were also many purchases of "liver regulator."


This is a ledger with a loose 1883 list of charges for Mr. J.C. Terry to Dr. Watts and Sublett, and a separate greeting card with name of Randy Whittle, Jr. All items are in single box.

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for use in the Dougherty Reading Room. An appointment for research is recommended. The Dougherty Reading Room is located on the 4th floor of Belk Library in Special Collections.

Acquisitions Information

This collection was purchased from Bookworm and Silverfish in 2011 and accessioned as AC.2011.024.

Processing Information

Processed by Anita Elliott, March 2014. This collection was processed as part of a grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission. The grant funded extensive processing of the backlog within the W. L. Eury Appalachian Collection between 2012 and 2014.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], AC.839: David Bush Expense Journal, W.L. Eury Appalachian Collection, Appalachian State University, Boone, North Carolina, USA.