Samson Occom, journal, 1750 June 21 to 1751 February 9

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abstractOccom details his travels along the East Coast from the autumn of 1750 to the late winter of 1751.

handwritingHandwriting is largely clear and legible. As is common with Occom, there are some uncrossed t’s and crossed l’s; they have been corrected by the transcriber.

paperSmall sheets folded into a booklet are in fair-to-poor condition, with heavy staining and wear that results in some loss of text.

inkBrown ink sustains varying degrees of fading.

noteworthyOn one recto, Occom has written random words, some possibly in Mohegan, many illegible. The word "Sarah" (Occom’s mother) is written backwards. Also on one recto, an editor, likely 19th-century, has written: "June 21, 1750 to Saty Feb. 9. 1751. [at Montauk] Tuesd. Feb. 12]". This same editor has made underlinings and overwrites throughout the document; these have not been transcribed. When Occom mentions an "Indian Town" he is likely referring to the Indian villages associated with each place that he visits.

EventsOccom’s Mission to the Montauketts

Modernized Version Deletions removed; additions added in; modern spelling and capitalization added; unfamiliar abbreviations expanded.

[illegible]  Nnaunwuqus  Beer-lahai-roi  orchard  Samson Sarah  Mohegan  [illegible] 

Handkerchief 1 - 5 - 0  a Quire of Paper - 0 - 11 - 0  a pair of Stockings - 1 - 12 - 0 
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Thursday June the 21st 1750

  I set out from Montauk for  East Hampton and got there  Some time before Night, and  tarried at Rev. Mr. Buell's that  Night,

Friday June the 18 22th 

John Ashpo Came to me from  Montauk, about 10 in the morning  and we immediately set out from  thence for South Hampton, and  got there About 4 in the afternoon  and tarried at Deacon Tuttles, and we  stayed there amongst our Country  Men 'til Monday June the 25, and  then we returned from thence to  wards Montauk, and we got there  Some time before Night Safe and  Sound —   

Saturday August the 4 AD 1750

  I set out from Montauk for East Hampton  and got there before Night and  Lodged at Mr. William Hedge's that —  and Monday just at Night  I Came a way from East and got  to Montauk just after sunset — 

Monday September the 10 AD: 1750

I Left  my School and to Napeague, and  got there just after sunset  and we went further in the Night 

Saturday September the 15:

we set  Sail from Long Island  for main, and got over a  bout 1 o'Clock in the after  Noon [illegible] , and I was Landed  at Stonington and  I set out from thence  for mohegan and got  there Some time in the  Night and found most  of my [illegible]Relations well 

Thursday September the 20 AD: 1750

 
I set out from Mohegan for  Lebanon and Got to Mr. Williams  just before sunset and lodged  there and was kindly entertained.
 

and Friday September the 21

Early in  the Morning, I set out from  thence to Crank and got to Mr. Wheelock  before Noon and found madam  and Theodora very Sick. and I  stayed there 'til after Noon,  and then I set out from thence  for Hebron, and got there just  after sunset and found most  of them Well, and Monday September  the 24th I set out from Hebron for  Mohegan, and got there Some time  in the Night, — and Friday  September the 28th I set out from  Mohegan for Noank  and got there just before  sunset and tarried with  one Lemuel Burrows and Satur day morning set out from  thence for Narragansett   
and got there Some time  in the Night and lodged  with one James Simon, and  was kindly Entertain by my  Friends etc. etc. — 

Thursday October the 4th AD: 1750

  I set out from Narragansett  for Noank and got  there Some time in the Night  and lodged at Toowis's Wig‐ wam and Friday morning set  from thence for New London,  and got there about 9 in the  morning, and from thence  straight up to Mohegan — and 

Monday October the 8

went Down to  New London in order to go  over to Long-Island etc. etc. 

and Tuesday [gap: stain][guess: October] the 9th

was  at New London all the   Day   
and at Night about 1 or 2  o' C[gap: stain] set-Sail from New‐  London for Montauk, and  got ashore just before Sun  rise at fort pond and I set  from there Directly for the  Indian Town, and went a  mong the People to get Some  Sweet Corn, and then I went  to Napeague, and back again  to Indian Town and got there  in the Evening etc. — 

Saturday October the 13

I went  from Montauk for East and  tarried there Sabbath and 

Monday October the 15th

I returned  to Montauk again — 

Thursday October the 18

we set  out from Montauk, for East  and tarried that Night and  Friday Morning we set a  way from thence for Shinne‐   
Shinnecock and we got there at mr Ho[illegible]  about 9, about 11 we went  the Indian Town, there we heard  Mr. White Preach a thanksgiv ing Sermon to the Indians, and  we tarried there 'til Monday fol‐ lowing October the 22 then we returned  to Montauk again and we got  there about 7 at Night etc. — 

Wednesday November the 14 1750

  I set out from Montauk  for East to thanksgiving  and Friday November the 16 I re turned again to Montauk  and got there just before  sunset and So forth 

Saturday December the 1: 1750

  I set out from Montauk for  Sag to See Mr. Maltby  and I got there just before  sunset and lodged at Mr.  Russil's   
was kindly entertained, and  Next Day I heard Mr. Maltby  preach, and was with him  in the afternoon, at Mr.  Gulson's, and tarried at Night  with Mr. Maltby, And Monday  I part with him at Mr. Gulson[illegible][guess: 's]  and Came away towards  home to Montauk and got there  at Night, etc. 

Saturday February the  9 1750

[illegible: [guess: — 1]] I went to East Hampton  and participate with them  the Sacrament of the Lord's Supper  and Tuesday February the  12 I returned to Montauk 
 
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[illegible] to John Ashpo  from Hannabel, 8 5 Due to  Cyrus from John Ashpo 

Mary George  Mary Ashpo  Theatre Thessalonians  Thessalonians  Thessalonias  [illegible] 12 Samson Occom     
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