Creator

Date Original

1820 January 01

Description

This document is a list of specifications and supplies needed for constructing a building on the piazza in Davidsonville.

Biographical/Historical Note

Alexander Gifford was a carpenter commissioned to build a piazza and house in Davidsonville by Jacob Garrett in 1820. He completed the building according to specifications, however he wasn't paid for his work. In 1822, he brought a lawsuit for his wages against Jacob Garrett. The piazza building described by Gifford's specifications list is extremely similar in size and almost identical in model as the still standing Jacob Wolf House in modern day Izard County.

Transcription

For hewing six posts for piazza 16 1/2 feet long and
8 inches by 8 in width at 3 1/2 per foot - - - - $4..62
For framing piazza - 16 1/2 high x 48 feet
long - at 2 cents per foot - - - - $15..80
Sils for Piazza - 48 feet by inches 10 x 8 - - - - 2..52
Middle plates 48 feet by 8 inches x 4 - - - - 1..68
Garret plate 48 feet by 6 inches by 4 - - - - 1..40
24 Piazza joints 10 feet long by 9 inches x 2 1/2
at 33 3/4 [cents] per joint - - - - 7....9 3 3/4
8 hand rails - 12 feet long 4 inches by 3 wide
at 3 1/2 cents per foot - - - - 1...96
For puting[sic] on aplin box - 96 feet
at 25 cents per foot - - - - 24..00
46 rafters fpr jpise 12 1/2 feet long
x 4 inches wide by 3 . . at 3 1/2 cents per foot 13. 07 1/2
23 piazza rafters 15 feet long
x 4 inches by 3 wide - - - - 7..24 1/2
Framing rafters for house per foot 1 cent for 12 squares - - - - 12..00
For framing piazz[sic] rafters 48 feet
by 15 - - - - 3..60
For planeing[sic] weatherboarding for
house -------- 2..00
For puting[sic] in studs in gable ends 2 00
800 feet of lathing at 3 1/2 cents
per foot ------------- 28..00
9000 shingles at five dollars
per thousand - - - - 45..00
For framing Garret Joice----
for house -------- 6...62
For makeing[sic] Piazza posts
= 6 at 2 dollars per pos[t] - - - - 12 00
A Giffords account against $192.45
Jacob Garret- - - -

Physical Description

Document, 8.25" x 13.25"

Subjects

Building construction; Building materials; Buildings; Frontier and pioneer life; Contract laborers; Construction; Debt; Law; Woodwork; Woodworkers; Wooden buildings; Carpenters; Carpentry

Contributor

Alexander Gifford

Geographical Area

Lawrence County (Ark.)

Language

English

Identifier

MSNE.0070, Box 11, Folder 881

Resource Type

Text

Collection

Lawrence County (Ark.) Circuit Court records, MSNE.0070

Publisher

Arkansas State Archives

Contributing Entity

Northeast Arkansas Regional Archives

Recommended Citation

Court case, Alexander Gifford v. Jacob Garrett regarding construction on Davidsonville Piazza, Northeast Arkansas Regional Archives, Powhatan, Arkansas.

Rights

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United States History

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Court case, Alexander Gifford v. Jacob Garrett regarding construction on Davidsonville Piazza

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