In class we have hit a roadblock, we have been tasked with finding more information on our topics as a whole. This means trying to find more and more about the men we already know so little about. However, we came up with new ways to source our information, by calling upon other historians and library’s. With the search for the Brig Mercury still going on I had run into a rut, I was not sure where to find more information. That’s when I found that the Clemet’s library in Michigan had info on the ship. I began to reach out to them by email showing them my previous Hotlog. This way when they received my email they were able to see what I was researching. They responded promptly with ways we can access their documents on the Brig Mercury. Hopefully with these documents I will be able to dive deeper in to the ties that the Brig Mercury was connected to Suffield men. So far we know that the brig mercury had run for at least 10 years. There is proof of the ship working from the late 70s and late 80s, however we are still unsure how many people worked upon the ship, if they had slaves, and how big of a ship she was. What we do know is that traders from Suffield would ship goods to and from the carrabiean, Thaddeus Leavitt being one of those men.
However in a recent finding I was able to find that the brig mercury was Owned by Nathaniel Howard, Andrew Hilyer, Josiah Bissel and Thaddeus Leavitt. These men were known as the biggest traders within Suffield. However, this also helped me find information on how Squire Loomis, another Suffield trader, traded his goods. I was able to identify that Squire Loomis would unload and sell his goods right below the town of Suffield. This lead us to believed that he sold his goods near the Enfield Suffield Boarder. Squire Loomis was known as the “Suffield Merchant” within the East India Trade, making frequent trips to the Caribbean. this was mostly able to be done using Genaolgy.com as well as Ancestery.com. these sources have proven to be reliable and link up quite well with my other findings.