Eastern Pequot Overseer Records from March 18, 1834 to June 11, 1835

  The Pequot Tribe of Indians in account current with Ezra Hewitt, March 30, 1834              Debitor  
      $ ¢
1834        
March 20 To cash paid Silas Cheesebrough as per bill   50 .49
     Articles furnished Phebe George for bedding   2 .00
  Paid John Hewitt for 3 days making wall   1 .50
  Boarding help while making wall and fence   2 .25
  Paid John Hewitt for mending fence     .50
  Paid Varnum Niles for 2 days at wall   1 .00
April 23 3 ½ yards stripes1 for Samuel Shantup2                                   .44    
       2 skeins3 thread .02,   ½ pound tobacco .06                        .08   .52
  1 pair shoes for Henry Shantup4 7/-   1 .17
April 25 7 yards cotton plaid for Margaret Fagins 9d     .88
  Paid Charles Wheeler for oxen and help on wall   3 .00
May 26 9 yards cotton plaid for Prue Fagins 9d   1 .13
June 2 Paid John Hewitt for mending fence     .34
  Paid Titus Denison for keeping John Poheage     .34
August 19 Articles furnished Hannah Shelly for child’s grave clothes     .78
  2 pounds candles at 1/     .08
  7 pounds rice for Prue Fagins at .04                               .28    
  2 quarts molasses at .40                                                   .20   .48
  Paid B. F. Sisson for coffin Hannah Shelly’s child   1 .00
September 2 1 quart molasses Prue Fagins                                                     .10    
  4 pounds pork at 6d                                                                          .34   .44
  4 yards cotton stripes Samuel Shantup 9d      .50
October 9 7 pounds pork  Prue Fagins 6d                                                    .58    
  1 quart molasses .10, 1 pound sugar .10                                 .20    
  ¼ pound ginger .04,  4 pounds flour .16                                                         .20   .98
October 15 To boards and shingles to repair Prue Fagin’s house   1 .00
  Paid carpenter 1.00,  3 pounds nails .25   1 .25
  Boarding carpenters     .25
October 28 1 pound candles Prue Fagins .17,    7 pounds flour .27         .44    
  ¼ pound tea .08,  3 pounds pork .25,   ½ pound butter .08              .41    
  5 yards sheeting at 9d                                                                              .63 1 .48
  Amount carried over   $   73 .36
         
October 30 Amount brought over  $   73 .36
  2 pounds nails Tyra Nedson     .17
  Cash paid John DeWitt, Clerk of Court   1 .00
  1 pair wool stockings for Samuel Shantup     .58
  1 cotton hose   1/     .17
November 2 8 yards calico for Tyra Nedson at .14                      1 .12
November 19 For Prue Fagins 1 quart molasses                               .10    
  1 pair shoes 1.34,  4 pounds pork .36 , ¼ pound snuff  .06 1.76    
  7 pounds flour .27, 1 pound candles .17                                .44    
November 25 1 pound sugar .10, ¼ pound tea  .10                                       .20    
November 28 10 yard 4 by 4 sheeting at .10  1.00,    ¼ at tea .10  1.10    
  Articles for bedding, etc.                                      1.00    
  1 quart lamp oil .25, 6 pounds flour .25                     .50 5 .10
  Paid B. F. Sisson for coffin for Fagin’s girl   1 .50
  ½ bushel corn Samuel Shantup 6/     .50
December 2 1 quart molasses     .10
  4 ½ yard calico5 Cyrus Shelly 9d                             .53    
  1 blue sheeting6 1/                                               .17   .70
 December  18      8 yards cotton plaid at 9d    1 .00
 December 25         Deducted from rent on account of damage done by geese   1 .00
  Paid Charles G. Hewitt for articles furnished Indians   5 .40
         
  1 pair shoes for Edward Nedson 9/   1 .50
  1 pair thick boots for Cyrus Shelly 12/   2 .00
  2 pair wool stockings 2/6                      5/     .84
1835 1 shawl for Tyra Nedson  7/6   1 .25
January 29 ½ pound tobacco for Samuel Shantup     .06
           Paid Peleg Hancox and Charles P. Williams for boarding Moses Brushel’s wife   3 .00
  Paid Titus Denison for keeping from March 12 to July 1 making in all 16 weeks at 6/   16 .00
      116 .35
         
  7 pounds mess pork7 .63,  cash .20 for Sarah Shantup     .83
February 15 1 pair shoes for Tyra Nedson 7/   1 .17
February 21 1 quart molasses for Paul Baker .10                            .10    
March 14 1 peck corn .25,   2 quarts molasses .20                         .45    
  ¼ pound tea .08,  3 pounds mess pork .27                                     .35   .90
 March 23 5 ¼ pounds mess pork for Sarah Shantup at .47,  1 quart molasses  .10     .57
  4 pounds rice for Tyra Nedson                                           16     .16
  1 quart molasses for P. Fagins                                          .10    
  3 yards sheeting 9d  .38,  ½ pound tobacco .06                    .44    
  3 pounds mess pork .27                                                        .27   .81
April 5 Paid Sampson Hoxie for digging grave     .50
  Paid David Holmes for making coffin for Bridget Fagins   2 .00
  Paid for horse and wagon     .50
April 23 Paid for a coffin Hannah Shelly’s Child   1 .00
May 1 Paid for coffin for Hannah Shelly   2 .00
May 4 4 pound pork  .34,   2 plates 6     .40
May 7 Paid postage on letter for Samuel Shantup .25,  3 yards nankeen8 .60,  thread .03     .88
May 19 Paid postage on letter Judy Tolberry     .19
May 27 1 ½ pound crackers H Shantup  .15,   3 pints molasses  .15      .30
June 4 5 ¼ pork Samuel Shantup .47,  1 ½ sheeting .18     .65
  Paid tailor for cutting jacket     .17
June 11 6 yards calico Sarah Pompey   1/6   1 .50
  2 skeins thread .02,  1 yard sheeting 9d     .14
  6 yards plaid for Nancy Skeesucks 9d     .75
  6 yards calico 9d  .75,   thread .05,  sheeting .13     .93
  1 yard cotton checks  .12     .12
  Interest on cash advanced to Silas Cheesebrough up to December 25, 1834   2 .50
         
  Paid Thomas P. Wattles for doctoring the tribe up to the first of April last per contract   10 0
  To sundry services rendered by myself up to  April 1 last   10 .00
         
                               Amount   155 .32
         
         
  Amount brought over debt  Supra 155 .32
         
         
      Credit  
  By cash received for rent of pasture for 1 year from the April 1, 1834 to the April 1, 1835 120 .00
      35 .32
         
         
Endorsement: Ezra Hewitt Account with the Pequot Indians, 1835  /  Ezra Hewitt Account, Conservator, Allowed, 302, J. DeWitt, Clerk  /  recorded      
         
         
  • 1. Striped fabric
  • 2. Samuel Shantup may have been one of the children of Jeremiah and Johanna Shon Shantup.
  • 3. A skein is a length of yarn or thread wound on a reel or into a coil. OED
  • 4. Henry Shantup may have been one of the children of Jeremiah and Johanna Shon Shantup.
  • 5. In the United States, calico is a generic term for a plain weave cotton or blended fabric that usually haa small busy printed pattern. The Fairchild Books Dictionary of Textiles.
  • 6. Sheeting is fabric used to make bedding, quilt backings, linings, and other items.
  • 7. Mess pork is barreled salt pork made from shoulders and sides of lightweight hogs cut in pieces of about 4 pounds each. Merriam-Webster.
  • 8. Nankeen is a kind of pale yellowish cloth, originally made at Nanking from a yellow variety of cotton, but subsequently manufactured from ordinary cotton which is then dyed; more fully nankeen cloth. OED