Casefile Clues

30 June 2014

Old Tender, Skep of Bees, and Some Orchards

The first portion of the inventory of the estate of Ephraim Puffer from Stowe, Massachusetts, in 1756 contained three items that may appear confusing at first. Here's our take on what they mean.

"in old Ten" 

This really seems to be a reference to "old tender," indicating the currency in which the items were valued.

"Som Orcharding"

This appears to indicate that there were some orchards or fruit bearing trees of some type on the property.

"Scip of bees"

This reference seems to be to a skep of bees--a beehive.


Thanks to all who submitted responses--both publicly and privately.

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