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41 Josiah Winslow 1660-1759
Ledger-daybook
Manuscript, 270 p., 1690-1759
Born in Plymouth Colony and a resident of Freetown, Bristol County, Massachusetts, Josiah Winslow was a clothier, a part owner of the Freetown forge and an active public servant, holding a variety of offices, including that of town assessor and moderator of the town meeting; he was the nephew of Edward Winslow (1595-1655), a member of the Mayflower company and the first governor of the colony. Josiah Winslow's ledger-daybook contains an informal record of settlements, in both cash and by barter, of his debits and credits in several chronological sequences. The accounts for 1690-1699 deal almost entirely with the sale and mending of shoes; other entries record transactions pertaining to payments in kind. In addition to the various accounts which span the years 1690-1726, Josiah recorded the births of his children and those of one of his sons, James (1712-1777), whose last child was born in 1759, the latest dated entry.
Gift of Robert H. Montgomery

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