Transcribe-a-Thon

Images and transcriptions of documents from Williams College Special Collections created as part of our Transcribe-a-Thon events.


Abigail Dwight letter on the death of Ephraim Williams and the Battle of Lake George
Abigail Dwight letter on the death of Ephraim Williams and the Battle of Lake George
Letter from Abigail Dwight to an unknown correspondent, possibly Abraham Booker, concerning the deaths and events at the Battle of Lake George. Dwight, the sister of Col. Ephraim Williams, recounts in detail the events leading to his death. Dwight also describes the serious wounding of another brother, Josiah Williams, who survived the battle thanks to a young Mohawk Indian man who carried him safely from the battlefield and into the care of the doctor Thomas Williams. She describes the desperate circumstances of the soldiers overwintering at Crown Point and comments at length on military strategy.
Account of the killed, wounded and missing in the late Col. Ephraim Williams' regiment, Lake George
Account of the killed, wounded and missing in the late Col. Ephraim Williams' regiment, Lake George
Account of the killed, wounded, and missing at Lake George in Col. Ephraim Williams' regiment. Includes Ephraim Williams' fatality record.
Bill of sale for Carolina (John Black), an enslaved Indian
Bill of sale for Carolina (John Black), an enslaved Indian
Document, signed, New York. The sale of an enslaved Indian man, named Carolina (also known as John Black), to Thomas Eckeson of Schoharie in the County of Albany. The selling price is three pounds.
Deed of land in Fort Hunter to Rebekea, daughter of John Scott, signed by eight Mohawk individuals
Deed of land in Fort Hunter to Rebekea, daughter of John Scott, signed by eight Mohawk individuals
An early deed for land granted to the commander of Fort Hunter, which had been built at the request of the Mohawk ambassadors to Queen Anne. The transaction took place four years after the construction of Fort Hunter, which was situated on the banks of the Mohawk River at the mouth of the Schoharie Creek. Herein, eight Mohawk tribesmen gave a tract of land "unto Rebekea," the daughter of Captain John Scott (d. 1725), the first commander of Fort Hunter. The Mohawks granted the land only "in Consideration of the Great love, favour & affection which we have and do bear toward our great friend and Loving Acquaintance Capt John Scott." The land in question was located "opposite Over Against the Land we have given to the Wife of Capt John Colins and her son." The document is signed by eight Mohawk leaders with their pictograph signatures. The individuals are identified as "Craine" or "Crane," "Tequoinhunt," "Thanusskeesacke" or "Thanusskesack," "Johanis" or "Joharis," "Sander," "Cornelius," "Asross" or "Asras," and "Thowinoduchtow" or "Thawinadichtow." The document is dated: "In the Mohaughs Cuntry," May 14, 1716. [Abstract largely from dealer description.]
Deed of land in Stockbridge from Mary Whtummaunumch to John Sergeant
Deed of land in Stockbridge from Mary Whtummaunumch to John Sergeant
Mary Whtummaunumch, a spinster of Stockbridge in Berkshire County, grants "in consideration of the sum of twenty eight pounds lawfull money" a tract of land in Stockbridge to John Sergeant. The land borders the town of Lee. The seller's name is also spelled "Wh tum maun nu muh" and "Whtummaunnumuh" elsewhere in the document.
Deed of land in Stockbridge from the Indian Proprietors of Stockbridge to John Sergeant
Deed of land in Stockbridge from the Indian Proprietors of Stockbridge to John Sergeant
A deed granting land in Stockbridge to John Sergeant, signed by Joseph Shauquithquaut and Jehoiakim Mhtocksin, appointed representatives of the "Indian Proprietors of Stockbridge." The deed notes that the land was formerly assigned to Timothy Woodbridge in 1762, and remitted by him to John Sergeant in 1771. The name of Jehoiakim Mhtocksin is also spelled Jehoiakim Mtohksin within the document; also spelled Metoxon and Metoxen in other historical records.
Deed of land in West Hoosuck from Ephraim Williams Jr. to Micah Harrington
Deed of land in West Hoosuck from Ephraim Williams Jr. to Micah Harrington
Docketed: "Mr Harringtons Bond to Settle No. 7: in the Township."
Ephraim Williams Jr. early will
Ephraim Williams Jr. early will
The handwritten early will of Ephraim Williams with typed transcript.
Ephraim Williams Jr. final will
Ephraim Williams Jr. final will
The final will of Ephraim Williams Jr., providing for the "support and maintenance of a free school in a township west of Fort Massachusetts," a township later named Williamstown., The original will was returned to the Probate Court of Massachusetts in 2015. Williams College Special Collections retains high resolution scans.
Ephraim Williams Jr. to Elisha Williams on the death of his daughter
Ephraim Williams Jr. to Elisha Williams on the death of his daughter
Handwritten letter from Ephraim Williams Jr. to Elisha Williams on the death of Elisha's daughter Anna. Accompanied by an early typed transcription.