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Newton Day Book 1864 and 1870

This entry was posted on Tuesday, September 4th, 2012

It’s amazing to see the accountancy skills of the managers or owners of this plantation back in the day. They left no stone (or on this case, no cent) unaccounted for.
It still blows my mind the meticulous way in which they documented every single transaction.  They even made extra notes, which may be considered mental notes, to themselves. E.g.  the intention to Shift a worker from one area to another and the poor  performance of worker.   
Everything on this plantation seems to have been documented, even something as simple as where tools are to be kept.
I still cannot get over those triplets (the three boys) that were born to Mary Carmichael and baptized Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.  This made me wonder about her life and the lives of her children.  What provisions were available for childbirth? Did her occupation change?  How were the boys raised?  How were they educated?  Did they end up working on the plantation? 

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