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Historical Archaeology

, Volume 32, Issue 1, pp 20–33 | Cite as

Farm Journal: First person, four voices

  • Mary C. Beaudry
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Abstract

I weave together evidence archaeological, documentary, pictorial, and imagined to create first-person stories of the men and women who lived at the Spencer-Peirce-Little Farm, Newbury, Massachusetts, ca. 1780–1820. These are the stories of two merchants, Nathaniel Tracy, Esquire, and Captain Offin Boardman, and of their wives, Mary Lee Tracy, “the great beauty of her day,” and Sarah Tappan Boardman, ill and confined to her bed for much of the year. The sources uncover a mosaic of business success and business failure, of fortunes lost and social position scrupulously maintained.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Mary C. Beaudry
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of ArchaeologyBoston UniversityBostonUSA

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