The Diary of Thomas Minor, Stonington, Connecticut

1653/4

These months are from the beginning pages of the diary. The missing words that were on the damaged edges are reconstructed within parenthises where possible.


  • The ninth month November (30 days)
  • Tusday the first
    wensday the 2 it snowed and
    thursday the 3 it rained and
  • tusday the 8 was at mill
    the wensday being the () was a day of thanksgiving and
  • tusday the 15 I gathered turneps (and) pasneps and
  • tusday the 22 I was about fensing of my hay at Poquatucke and
  • tusday the 29 John cam home and it was a storm
    and wensday the 30
the 2 of December Mr Haynes his cattel was delivered unto me being friday
  • The tenth month december 31 days
  • thursday the first
  • thursday the 8 and
    wensday the 14 Captin masons man Came for one yoke of oxen and
  • thursday the 15 &
  • thursday the 22 I had plowed two days crose the (la)nd and this same day I begun to () timber at the mill We-(que-te-quoc)
  • (thursday) the 29 I plowed a littell and
    friday the 30 it rained and I () 500 of pales Clover and
    ()day my Brothers brought () from Poquatucke and
    (Saturday) 31
  • (The) Eleventh month Januarie 31 (days)
  • (saba)th day the first
    (mo)nday (the 2 ... deliver)ed 2 oxen to Aron Starke for the yuse of major mason
    satterday the (7) theare was a greate snow
  • sabath day (the 8)
    monday the 9 we fetched the mare I could not find the swine &
  • sabath the 15 ther was aded another great snow the () came whome
    thursday the 19 the snow all melted &
    friday the 20 I made an end Cleaving of pals at the mill br(ooke) the was aleven hundred pals and
  • sabath day the 22
    the 26 and 27 I ()
  • sabath the 29
    and tusday the (31)
  • The twelvth month februarie 28 days the second yeare after the leape yeare
  • wensday the first
    and monday the (6) made an end of cross plowing and
  • wensday the 8 I had 9 peeces to hew 3 seventeen foot () 14 foot loung 9 ynches and 6
    the ()day I looked for the mare
  • wensday the 15
    thursday the 16 I came from (Conet)icut &
  • wensday the 22 it was (ver)ie darke storme and did snow
    (tus)day 28 I fetched the catell (Poqu)atuck




The last will of Thomas Minor m(ade) the 8 of februarie 1653: if I die or com no more I doe bequeath and give all that I have house and lands goods and cattell To my wife grace minor and do leave the whole disposing of my children to her for any debts that I ow to be paid by her and then the rest to be hers for her own maintainance and our Childrens and this I do witness by setting To my hand the 8 of februarie 1653.
Thomas Minor

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