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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