These are the first detailed records of East Pond Plantation (EPP). Beginning in 1821, these records document the life of EPP residents as they went about their daily chores. In 1821, EPP residents were a loosely organized group of people who most likely had no formal government. After being directed by Somerset County Treasurer Jonas Parlin and Justice of Peace William Allen Jr. on April 29, 1821, to carry out their civic duties (which included the payment of taxes), they began to hold regular meetings and function more like a town.
These documents can be difficult to decipher as the writing reflects a dialect unfamiliar to us today. Our book, The Making of Smithfield, includes a summary of these records. We highly recommend that you take the time to read these interesting and fascinating records of what life was like in EPP in the 1820s and 1830s.