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“Yes sir – – – – Mr. George Parks Esquire – – – -, “ Epinetus continued, “prices sure have changed but please do not miss the point. Grandfather might not have been an educated man but he knew his crops, he was a good worker, and best of all he was a good man at knowing how to multiply a dollar. He now had this $151.65 plus the $250 owed to him by the new owner. That gave him over $400 minus the expenses he would incur for the move. Grandfather had the contract for the land. Now he could trade it with Esquire Garnsey for the $480 promissory note.”


George Parks smiled and nodded so that Epinetus would know that he understood how hard working and clever his grandfather was.


“That fall and winter Grandfather and Grandmother planned the move. Everything could not be hauled to Greene. It was painful for them to decide what to keep and what to sell. I do not remember everything they decided to keep. I believe that they kept the teams of oxen and horses. The wagon and two-wheeled ox cart was needed for hauling everything else.”


Esquire Parks thought to himself “What is Epinetus going to pull out of his box of treasures next. Another map? Another list of sales? The promissory note?”


However, Epinetus simply continued with his story; this time invoking his grandmother.


“Grandmother Abashaby told me that the two cows were needed for milk on the trip. Milk was needed for their own survival when they arrived. One female calf and one bull calf were needed for future breeding. The cows and calves had to walk alongside the wagon as did several ewe sheep and a ram. Crates of chickens, several bushels of seed rye, seed wheat and seed corn, plus several piglets rode in the wagons. The remaining space in, on, or around the wagons would be taken up with a plow, an adz, some bedding, a whetting grindstone, a small loom, hay forks, cast iron kettles and frying pans, chairs, benches and a butter churn.”


Epinetus’ mind was tired after dredging up what had been told to him about the family’s planned trip. He was quiet as he rested for a few minutes.


“Anything that was not sold during the fall or set aside for the spring trip would have to give the family sustenance throughout that winter of 1811 to 1812. The family remained in good health and in late March a sale was held. The items that could not be carried to Greene were sold to community members. Grandfather and his family departed with two full wagons, two teams of draft animals, and $506.60 in their pockets, or, secreted in a variety of places throughout both wagons.”


Epinetus thought it important to tell Mr. Parks about who rode and who walked.


“The children, who were allowed to ride in the wagons, chattered with excitement. They scrambled here and there over the chairs, bedding and crates of chickens. The older children and Grandfather walked beside and behind the wagons. Uncle Henry drove the team of oxen and Grandmother Abashaby controlled the team of horses.”


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