for documents on some of my Plymouth County Massachusetts ancestors and I
had some success.
I found Probate Court files for three of my Dunham ancestors on FamilySearch
and I'll be posting the transcriptions here soon.
On Ancestry.com I found Tax Rolls for several Barrows ancestors and for
my 6x great grandfather Ephraim Griffeth/Griffith. I'll probably be posting those
there as well.
But the most fascinating thing I found was also for Ephraim Griffeth on Ancestry.com
in a Massachusetts, Town and Vital Records, 1620-1988 for Carver, Massachusetts.
The event type was "Animal Ownership" and right away my curiosity was piqued.
It turned out it was a listing of residents and how they had marked their sheep as
being theirs by specific cuts to the ears and tails of the sheep. Here's the full image:
on the right hand page:
There's one word I can't quite make out so here's my transcription of the
entry that I have now:
"Ephraim griffeth, Sheep mark is a square crop off the right ear & a (I can't
decipher this word) in the same & a Swallows Tale in the left."
((The Source Information from Ancestry is Ancestry.com. Massachusetts, Town and Vital Records, 1620-1988 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2011.
Original data: Town and City Clerks of Massachusetts. Massachusetts Vital and Town Records. Provo, UT: Holbrook Research Institute (Jay and Delene Holbrook). ))
So, now I know at least one of my Plymouth County ancestors living in Carver kept
sheep. And after my last few posts about Ancestry, I thought I'd post a nicer one.