Afro-American Agricultural Laborers
Account Book, 1797-1799

Mss: 1

Scope and Content:

Collection consists of small account book itemizing work of black laborers in Norwich, Connecticut from 1797 to 1799; unidentified author of volume owns a shop as well as farm lands. Included are tasks performed by Will, Simon, Susan, Pomp, Jason and Ark as well as date of work, cost of service and type of payment . Bulk of accounts are for Will; he gathers corn, hoes, loads wood, kills and butchers hogs, plants and weeds. At times, Jason assists him in these tasks. Susan works in the garden as well as spinning. Pomp is paid for mowing, cutting wood, hoeing and butchering hogs. Ark carts wood, pulls beans, works in the garden, butchers oxen and pigs in addition to mowing.

Other names mentioned in volume include Hannah Danforth, Mrs. Darrow, Philip Turner (a surgeon), Caleb Huntington, Captain Joseph Gale and Samuel Danforth.

Provenance : Purchase

Volume: 1 box

Container List:

B.1       f.1       Account, 1797-1799