I was contemplating Ralph and Samuel Dayton’s occupational pursuits the other day when a comment that usually makes me chuckle came to mind.
Back in 2010, Richard Barons, Executive Director of the East Hampton Historical Society, and I were discussing the many skills that were necessary for the early Long Island farmer to possess. He was making the point that it was very common for a farmer to practice a trade as well, especially in winter when farming didn’t demand the same amount of work.
Among their various activities, Barons said,
“…the majority of weaving would have been males during the wintertime…the majority of textiles made wouldn’t be for the household, but for barter. So they mostly made diaper cloth. It was very easy. You could hardly mess it up.”
I can’t see Samuel having the patience for such work.