on the fifteenth day of September in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred twenty five before Thomas Clowes Esquire Surrogate of our said county the Last Will & testament of Hosea Moffit late of the town of Stephentown
District Attorney Colby stated some of the facts developed on the part of the prosecution – that there was a woman in the case who had lived both with the deceased and the prisoner – that there were spots of blood on the ground between Jenks’ house and his barn, giving rise to the theory that he had been deliberately killed at the former place
For the early settlers the necessities of life were food, shelter and clothing. They had to seek services of various kinds to fill these needs. As the population of colonial America was small and labor was in short supply, most communities were anxious to attract men skilled in mill building to provide worksaving machines.