Brass Token

Do you know anything about this trade token, the store owners, and store?


The token is brass and a little bit bigger than a penny. According to the internet, trade tokens were used a lot all over the country in the 1800’s and early 1900’s.

My husband, Todd Williams, called his aunt, Doris Cameron (maiden-Williams), who is quite old and lives in Daviess County, and asked her about this token that he found in his parents’ house. Aunt Doris told him that Mr. White Bayliss, who was her uncle, and his father ran a grocery store in Pattonsburg. She estimated it to have been in business in the early 1900’s but was not sure. White Bayliss’ wife was Della Bayliss (maiden-Cunningham). According to Aunt Doris, her Uncle White gave the token out to the public for promotional purposes, like a cents-off paper coupon we use today.

Do you know:

  • When the store was in business?
  • Specifically where it was located?
  • If there are any photographs of the store or White Bayliss and his father?
  • If White Bayliss and his father ever placed newspaper ads or distributed flyers, and if they are available on record anywhere?

If you know anything, feel free to email me at [email protected] We would appreciate any information you could provide. Thank you.

— Marcella Williams