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John Case of the Fourth Generation in Simsbury #3

Volume 20 Issues 3-4, Fall-Winter 2013

Part 3: Farming for Self-Sufficiency and Profit

John Case’s first account book, in which he recorded transactions from 1739 into the 1760s, reveals the bounty of his fields, garden, orchard, pasture lands and woodlots. His farm produced most of the food that his family and their animals needed, fuel to heat their home, and lumber for building. Since grains often served as a medium of financial exchange, they figure prominently in his business record. Indian corn got the most mention, followed by rye, wheat, oats, barley and buckwheat.

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Memories of the Ketchins of Tariffville #2

Volume 18 Issues 1 & 2, Spring & Summer 2011

Part 2: The Early Years of A. J. Ketchin & Son

In Part 1, excerpts from William Mansfield Ketchin’s memoirs told the Ketchin family history from their arrival from Paisley, Scotland, in 1821 to their eventual founding of stone masonry and monument businesses in the Tariffville section of Simsbury, Connecticut. The article ended with a confrontation between young Will and his eighth grade teacher at the Tariffville Grammar School. At the end of the winter term Will left the school and worked in his father’s marble shop until the beginning of the next school year, when his family enrolled him in the Simsbury Academy run by Rev. John Bunyan McLean.

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