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Thomas Bennett account book, 1792-1831, bulk 1793-1820
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Mss:11 1792-1831 B472

Thomas Bennett (or Bennitt) of Newtown, Fairfield Co., Connecticut, was a farmer, cider maker, toll bridge owner, carter, and a manufacturer of building supplies such as bricks, tile and lumber. Bennett kept the account book from December 1792 to June 1831. It contains financial accounts that Bennett kept with approximately 120 individuals, including his wife and members of his family. Bennett's records include accounts with several women. He appears to have hired the women to weave cloth for him; payment was made via cash or goods. Bennett also kept "memorandum accounts", or diary entries, dating from March 26, 1795 to April 25, 1820, that recorded the activities of various members of his family and other members of his community. He also documented his own business activities not otherwise mentioned elsewhere in the account book.

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