A page from the Account Book of Thomas Lufkin dated 1775 - 1835. Call # AB Lufkin, Thomas
Thomas Lufkin was born in Ipswich but moved to Gloucester as a boy when his father bought land just over the town border, near Walker's Creek in West Gloucester. Thomas married Judith Choate in 1780 and they had seven children. Thomas Lufkin was primarily a shoe maker like most of his neighbors, but was not averse to trading a few commodities when asked - e.g. the coffee and flax bought by Mrs. Butler.
On this page his customers were: Elizabeth Haskell, who was the wife of Deacon Zebulon Haskell, neighbors of Thomas Lufkin. Samuel Procter, who lived in Ipswich just over the town line. William Lufkin, who was Thomas's older brother, born in 1751, and who was married to Judithâ€™s older sister Patience Choate. Father Lufkin was his father, also named Thomas. Note that he is exchanging pounds, shillings, and pence for dollars for both his father and brother. Mrs. Oxton, maiden name Mary Newcomb, who married William Oxton in 1771. Mrs. Newcum (Newcomb), maiden name Mary Coas, who was Mrs. Oxtonâ€™s mother. Mrs. Butler was either Phebe Lane wife of John Butler who died in West Parish in 1781, or Eliza Gott wife of Steven Butler, neither of whom have deaths registered here.