Eastern Pequot Overseer Account from July 5, 1848 to May 5, 1849


The Pequot Tribe of Indians in account with Elias Hewitt           






July 5

To this sum due me on settlement with County court              


July 5

To cotton shirt for Henry Shantup 50 cents, tobacco 6 cents, thread 4 cents



To supplies furnished and supporting Molly Gardner from July 5 to September 2 [when] she was sick at the time


September 2

To three yards cotton shirting for Thankful Nedson                                            


September 10 

To three pounds pork 27 cents and four 4 quarts meal 16 cents for Henry Shantup                        


October 6

To three and a half pounds pork 9 cents, four quarts meal 16 cents, tobacco 4 cents for Henry Shantup    


October 11

To flannel1 shirt 1 dollar and pair pants, part worn, $1.50 for Henry Shantup


October 11          

To pair boots, part worn, for Henry Shantup               


December 28

To calico2 dress for Thankful                                                            


December 28

To supplies furnished for Molly Gardner from September 2 to December 28 [when] she was confined to her bed the most of the times.  Took two persons to take care of her, including lights3 and firewood, making fifteen weeks at 3 dollars per week        





January 2

To cloth coat 4 dollars and satinet4 pantaloons5 $2.50 for Henry Shantup


January 2

To vest 50 cents, stockings 42 cents, pair thick boots, 2 dollars, and tobacco 6 cents for Henry Shantup                    


January 2

To one pair brogans6 for S. Shantup7 at Wheeler Hakes                         


January 4

To six pounds flour 24 cents, two pounds cheese 16 cents, one pound candles, and one and a half pounds crackers, one half pound tea, and three pounds sugar 21 cents for Molly when she was at Harry's    



January 15

To six pounds pork 48 cents, peck meal 25 cents, and iron kettle 34 cents for Henry Shantup               


January 15

To basins, plates, etc. 34 cents, bed tick 60 cents, old bed quilt 50 cents, pillow 50 cents, one sheet 34 cents for Henry Shantup


January 15

To team and man to move Molly and her things to Harry's         


January 15        

To paid Harry Gardner in cash over and above her things for what time she was there              


February 7

To twelve pounds of pork for Harry Gardner at the time Molly died          


February 7

To coffin for Molly Gardner                                                                                  


February 7

To grave cloths, shroud cap, handkerchief 2 pence. and stockings for Molly                   


February 7        

To horse, wagon and man to deliver coffin and assist in burying                


February 7

To paid for digging grave                                                                                     



To this sum paid Benjamin T. Park, Esq., taking care of Philena in last sickness and assistance in burying as per bill     


March 9

To six quarts meal 24 cents, four pounds pork 34 cents, and peck  potatoes for 25 cents, Henry Shantup                    


May 10    

To twilled8 cotton shirt 75 cents and pair satinet pants 2 dollars for Henry Shantup        


May 10    

To four quarts meal 16 cents and three pounds codfish 9 cents    



To this sum paid Doctor Walker  for doctoring the year                         



To interest on amount due me on last settlement                                        



To one pair of shoes at William R. Wheeler's for cornmeal



To this day to New London and expense to settle account with the County Court             



To this sum paid clerk of court                                                                               



To this sum for attending to the concerns of the Indians, letting land, etc., it being the sum formerly allowed                                                                                               







Contra    Credit                                        





By cash received of N. Barnes for keeping oxen                                          



By cash received of John W. Hull for rent of the Indians' land from April 10 1849 to April 1, 1850, paid in advance





Due Elias Hewitt                                                                                                                         



Judicial Action:

R / Elias Hewitt account with Indians.  Accepted and approved,  J. Stedman9, clerk.  Paid 1849




  • 1. From the Welsh word for wool, gwlan, lannel is a light or medium weight fabric of plain or twill weave with a slightly napped surface. The Fairchild Books Dictionary of Textiles, 235
  • 2. In the United States, calico is a generic term for a plain weave cotton or blended fabric that usually having small busy printed pattern. The Fairchild Books Dictionary of Textiles.
  • 3. Candles
  • 4. One of the important textile manufactures of New England in the early industrial period was satinet, a satin-like fabric made largely from cotton. Hayward's New England Gazetteer recorded satinet factories in the following towns in the 1830s. "New England Satinet," NewEnglandTowns.org
  • 5. Pantaloons, or ankle-length trousers, became fashionable in early 19th-century England. By mid-century pantaloons had supplanted breeches as fashionable street-wear. Wikipedia (Trousers).
  • 6. From the Irish word for shoe, bróc, a brogan is a coarse untanned leather lace-up shoe reaching to the ankle.  It was used as work boots in the wet bogs of Ireland and Scotland as early as the 16th Century.  It became the military footwear during the American Revolution and Civil War. While the brogan later became a fashion trend after Thomas Jefferson wore a pair to his inauguration, it remained a mainstay as a heavy work-shoe.  Because they were manufactured on straight lasts, brogans did not have a left or right version, making them inexpensive to make but uncomfortable to wear, causing blisters until the leather was broken in. Wikipedia.  OED.
  • 7. Samuel Shantup
  • 8. A basic weave in which the fabrics are constructed by interlacing warp and filling yarns in a progressive alternation which creates a diagonal effect on the face, or right side, of the fabric. Fabric Dictionary some twill weave fabrics, the diagonal effect may also be seen clearly on the back side of the fabric.
  • 9. James Stedman