Thomas Minor lived on a farm in the frontier of what is today Stonington, CT during the latter half of the 17th Century. Perhaps he is an ancestor of our very own Bob Minor? Anyhow, as many readers probably already know, Stonington, CT is filled to the gills with rock piles and stone structures.
Thomas Minor left a rather humble record of his life in the form of a diary. The Minor family cared for the diary until it was finally published in the late 19th century. It is a fascinating glimpse into the life of a contact period farmer in the years leading up to and immediately following King Philip's War.
More than 30 Indians are mentioned in the diary. Most were hired to do manual labor. One example had an Indian man working for 20 days to obtain a coat. Some of the tasks they performed included building stone and log fences, breaking the soil, carrying corn to the mill, carrying lumber from the mill, and gathering hay.
One fascinating entry has an Indian man delivering a letter to Thomas Minor. From what we know about how Indians carried news -- the fastest runners going from village to village -- it is possible that those early colonists utilized Indian news-carriers to deliver letters and packages.
But, by far, the most curious entry concerns Thomas Minor's primary Indian laborer named Agedouset. The entry is dated February 8, 1666.
"agedousets daughter was borne under a rocke the 8 day thursday"
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