Nahum Fay, son of Paul and Rebakah, was born in Northborough, Massachusetts on July 27, 1757. As a farmer, he sold beef, veal, rye, butter, potatoes, and corn to his neighbors. He also engaged in agricultural labor such as plowing, haying, harrowing, threshing, hoeing, butchering and chopping for hire as well as providing his horses, wagons and sleigh for those who needed transportation. In addition, Fay worked as a bricklayer and carpenter in the construction of new buildings.
Fay married Lucy Warren on August 6, 1779. He died in the town of his birth on November 16, 1841 at age 84.
Scope and Content:
This collection consists of two volumes. The first dated 1788-1832 has a cover inscribed "Nahum Fay's Account Book, Northborough January 1, 1788". Inside the front cover contains an advertisement for "Union Singing School, Prof. O. Collester…" as well as a list of expenses for the school. The first few pages include an alphabetical index of accounts contained in the volume. These include Henry Gasset, Reuben Babcock, John Clark, Adam Fay, Nathan Green, John Gates, Levi Gasset, Isaac David, Jesse Wood, Solomon Bouker, Captain Gideon Tenney, Jeremiah Hunt, The Town of Northborough, Luther Hawes, Calvin Bruce, Andrew Bigelow, Joel Gassel, Winslow Gassett, Silas Keyes, Abraham Munroe, Oliver Eager, Nathan Green, Jonas Bartlet, Jr., Rev. Samuel A. Fay, Seth Grout, Thomas Temple, Gardner Goddard, Stephen Newton, William Fay, Joseph Seaver, Daniel Holbrok, Asa Fay, Abel Allen, John F. Fay, Benjamin Rice and Samson Keyes.
The second volume, 1800-1832, consists of twenty pages of daybook and ledger entries. The first five pages contain a chronological listing of transactions. The remainder are accounts for Flavel Fay, Benjamin Rice and John F. Fay.
Provenance : Purchase.
Amount: 1 box.