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

Author Occom, Samson

Date21 July, 1750

ms number750421

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

Persistent Identifier

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

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Thirdſday June ye 21[illegible]th 1750

I Sot out from Montauk for Eaſthampton and got there Some time before Night, and taried at Revd Mr Buel's that Night,

Fryday June ye 2518 ^22^th

John Aſhpo Came to me from Montauk, about 10 in the morng and we Emediately Sot out from thence for South Hampton, and got there About 4 in the after N– and taried at Dea– Tuts, and we Stayd there amongſt our Country Men till Monday June ye 25, and then we Return'd from thence to wards Montauk, and we got there Some time before Night Safe & Sound —

Saturday Auguſt ye 4 AD 1750

I Sot out from montk for Eaſt– and got there before Night and Lo^d^ged at Mr W: Hedge's that — and Monday Juſt at Night I Came a way from Eaſt and got to Montk Juſt after Sun Set —

Mongday Sepr ye 10 AD: 1750

I Left my School and to Napeeg, and got there Juſt after Sun[illegible] Set and we went further in the Night

Saturday Sepr ye 15:

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

Thriday Sepr ye 20 AD: 1750

I Sot out from Mohegan for Lebanon and [illegible]Got to Mr Williams Juſt before Su[illegible]n Set and Lodg'd there and was kindly entain'd.

and Fryday Sepr ye 21

Early in the Morning, I Sot out from thence to Crank and got to Mr we' before Noon and found madam and Theodora very Sick. and I Stay'd there till [illegible] after Noon, and then I Sot out from thence for Hebron, and got there Juſt after Sun Set and found moſt of 'em Well, and Monday Sepr the 24th I Sot out from Hebron for Mohegan, and got there Some time in the Night, — and Fr^[below]^^yday Sepr ye 28th I Sot out from Mohegan for Nawyyonuk and got there Juſt before Sun Set and tary'd with one Lemuel Burrows & Satur Day morning Sot out from thence for Naroganſet
and got there Some time after in the Night ^&^ Lodg'd with one James Simon, & was kindly Entertain by my Friends &c &c —

Thirſday octr ye 4th AD: 1750

I Sot out from Naroganſet for Nawauyounk and got there Some time in the Night and Lodg'd at Toowiſ's Wig‐wam and Fryday morning Sot from thence for New London, and got there about 9 in ye morning, and from thence Strait up to Mohegan — and

Monday ocr ye 8

wen Down to New London in order [illegible] to go over to Long-Iſland &c &c

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

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

Saturday Ocr ye 13

I went from Montauk for Eaſt & taried there Sabbath and

Monday Ocr ye 15th

I return'd to Montauk [illegible] again —

Thirſday Octr ye 18

we Sot out from Montauk, for Eaſt and taried that Night and Friday Morning we Sot a way from thence for Shene‐
Shenecock and we got there at ^mr Ho[illegible]^ a bout 9, a bout 11 we went the Indian Town, there we heard Mr White Preach a thankſgiv ing Sermon to the Indians, & we taried there till Monday fol‐lowing Octr ye 22 then we retur^nd^ to Montauk again and we got there about 7 at Night &c —

NovWedenſday November ye 14 ^1750^

I Sot out from Montauk for Eaſt to thankſgiving and Fryday Novr ye 16 I re turnd again to Montauk and got there Juſt before S[illegible][guess: ot]un Sit and So forth

Saturday December ye 1: 1750

I Sot out from Montauk for Sagg to [illegible]See Mr Maltby and I got there Juſt before Sun Sit and Lodg'd at Mr Ruſſil's
was kindly Entertain'd, and Next Day I heard Mr Maltby preach, and was with him in the after Noon, at Mr Gulſon's, and taryd at Night with Mr Maltby, And Monday I part with him at Mr. Gulſon[illegible][guess: 's] and Came a way home towards home to Montauk & got there at Night, &c

Saturday Fabruary ye 9 1750

[illegible: [guess: — 1]] I went to E Ham and participate with 'em the Sacrament of the Lds– S– and Tueſday February ye 12 I returnd to Montauk
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