In conformity with the Statute concerning Limited Partnerships, we the subscribers do certify that we have formed a limited partnership to be conducted under the name and firm of Hoskins & Evans for the purpose of conducting the business of buying and Selling watches, Jewelry and Fancy Goods and dealing in merchandise generally That the names of all the general partners interested therein are Watson L Hoskins and Thomas Evans Jr both residing in the village of Owego Tioga County and State of New York: that the name of the Special partner interested therein is Newell Matson also residing in the Same place: That such Special partner has contributed Three Thousand dollars of Capital to the common Stock actually paid in The said partnership is to commence on the Twenty fourth day of May AD 1858 and to terminate on the Twenty forty day of May AD 1860-
Made and Severally signed by the said parties at Owego the Twenty fourth day of May AD
Watson L Hoskins
Thomas Evans Jr
State of New York Tioga county: SS On the twelfth day of July in the year of our Lord one thousand Eight hundred and fifty Eight Watson L Hoskins Thomas Evans Jr and Newell Matson known to me to be the persons described in and who made and signed the preceding certificate before me and severally acknowledged that they had made and signed the same
Stephen Strong County Judge &c
State of New York Tioga County SS Watson L Hoskins of Owego in said County being sworn with that he is one of the general partners mentioned in the annexed certificate, and that the sum therein Specified to have been contributed by Newell Matson the Special partner therein named has been actually in good faith paid in by him in cash Watson L Hoskins
Subscribed & sworn before me
this 12 day of July A D 1858
Stephen Strong County Judge
of Tioga County
Recorded July 12, 1858
L S Kingman Clerk
Recorded from Miscellaneous Book 2, page 147
We’re confident that this document is referring to my ancestor Thomas Evans. Both Watson L Hoskins and Newell Matson were in the jewelry business – Mr Watson was a clerk in Mr Matson’s store in the late 1850s and Newell Watson who lived in Owego was later described as a “well-known Chicago wholesale jeweler” . Thomas Evans listed his occupation as a jeweler in the 1860 census and and was working for N. Matson in Chicago selling Waltham Watches in 1874.
We’re hoping to visit Tioga NY in the future to review earlier editions of the newspapers of the time to see if we can learn more about Thomas.
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1860 United States Federal Census, Tioga County, New York, population schedule, Oswego, page 190, dwelling 1671, Thomas Evans; digital images, Ancestry.com(http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 19 January 2014).
Andreas A. T., History of Chicago. From the Earliest Period to the Present Time in Three Volumes, Volume II. From 1857 Until the Fire of 1871(1885), page 698; digital images, Google Books(books.google.com : accessed 16 May 2018. [Refers to Newell Matson]
“State of New York, Tioga County, Miscellaneous records., v. 2-3 1851-1911 Misc rec., v. 2-3 1964 Misc,” digital image, FamilySearch(http://familysearch.org : accessed 14 May 2018), Partnership Thomas Evans Jr, Watson L Hoskins, and Newell Matson; page 78, Film # 007902165, Image 132, digital image no 132.
“U.S. City Directories, 1822-1995,” database, Ancestry.com(www/ancestry.com : accessed 8 June 2017), T. Evans, 1874, resided in Lombard.
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[Updated on May 16, 2018 to add first page of partnership agreement, jsp]