From Phoenix to Montezuma
Childs, Thomas, Diary, 1826-1834.
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This volume served as both an account book and a diary for Thomas Childs of Bakersfield, Vermont. In the diary portion, Childs describes his travels from his home in Bakersfield to Ohio and Detroit. One entry describes a leg of his journey - “left Burlington to W. Hall cold and snowy night went on to Phenix, fare 1.50…came to Syracuse bought a case of instruments. Friday came to Montezuma a woman came on board bound for Rochester told my fortune dark and rainy night…” The ledger portion shows Childs’ work in agriculture and surveying, as well as his use of a tannery, grocer, and selling bushels of apples and cider.
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