Creator

Date Original

1789-1792

Description

This collection contains an arithmetic book made by Robert Ricks during the years of 1789 through 1792. It showcases word problems, weight and measurement conversions, money conversions, wine measurements, dry measurements, cloth measurement, avoirdupois measurements, troy measurements, land measurements, etc.

Biographical/Historical Note

The owner of this arithmetic book was Robert Ricks who was born in Edgecombe, North Carolina, in 1773 to Phoebe Horn and James Ricks. Robert owned a plantation in Edgecombe that was given to him upon the death of his father James. Robert married Katherine Horn in 1792, and they had three children: Jethro, James, and Catherine. Robert and Katherine's son James was born in Nash County, North Carolina, and moved to Calhoun County, Arkansas, sometime before his death in December of 1859. He is buried in the Ricks Cemetery in Harrell, Arkansas. The measurements written in this book showcase the troy measurement system, avoirdupois measurements, wine measurements, dry measurements, cloth measurement, and land measurements. The troy measurement system was primarily used for measuring precious metals and gemstones. The avoirdupois measurement system, using pounds and ounces, was and still is used in a wide variety of environments.

Physical Description

Document, 8.5" x 11"

Geographical Area

Arkansas

Language

English

Identifier

MS.000852

Resource Type

Text

Collection

Robert Ricks arithmetic book, MS.000852

Publisher

Arkansas State Archives

Contributing Entity

Arkansas State Archives

Recommended Citation

Robert Ricks arithmetic book, Arkansas State Archives, Little Rock, Arkansas.

Rights

Use and reproduction of images held by the Arkansas State Archives without prior written permission is prohibited. For information on reproducing images held by the Arkansas State Archives, please call 501-682-6900 or email at state.archives@arkansas.gov.

Disciplines

United States History

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