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Early Muhlenbergers

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Re: Early Muhlenbergers

Posted: 14 Aug 2013 5:12PM GMT
Classification: Query
I can tell you a little about the lifestyle - No roads. (The Luces were surveyors - even back in Mass/NJ/LI - ) and when appointed County Surveyor, part of pay was forgivness of property taxes. Transporation was by foot, horseback, boat, and when a woods trail was blazed (marking trees with a hatchet) and somewhat cleared of undergrowth, a "sledge" - a platform on wooden or log skids was towed by oxen or hors - until wheeled carts could be used after roads were made. Dwellings were of hand-hewn logs and wooden "shrived" shingles - built while family camped under trees and "brush arbors" - or slept on pole-platforms in trees for safety from "varmints". Cooking on campfire until homes built, then a fire-place - cast iron pots and skillet-ovens (3-legged) with a convexed lid (with lift-eye) to hold coals. Clothing from animal hides and homespun yarns woven on hand-looms. Trapping for food, searching for "bee-trees" - air-drying fruits. bunkering root vegetables. Growing herbs and vegetables from seeds and bulbs brought from old homes, A one-room church served as school-room when a teacher could be found. No window glass. Drop-shutters, doors hinged with hide, barred on inside (a drop-bar) with a latch-string hanging outside for re-entry. That's just for starters.
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