A Revolutionary Era Record

Volume 8 Issue 1 Spring 2001

John Owen’s Seventh Account Book

In February 1767 John Owen, Esq., of Simsbury opened a new leather-bound ledger and set his quill on the first of its unlined pages, each elegantly watermarked with royal symbols paying tribute to King George III of England. By the time Owen died sixteen years later, he would record his business transactions during the years immediately preceding and during the Revolutionary War. These transactions reflect much that was happening in Simsbury during this crucial period of the town’s history.

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