By the way, the subject header with "Nine Points" is a misnomer.Jonathan Dan lived in the area of Dutchess (then spelled "Duchess") County called the Great Nine Partners Patent in Stanford Township. It dated back to a 1697 land grant from the crown. Most farmers could only lease the land from them. In speaking with a historian from there, he reminded me that everyone who was a subsistence farmer at that time could only move during the winter, because they needed to grow and harvest their food supply during the summer. So, Jonathan's journey, while long and arduous, was not unusual. The Chenango County History of 1880 tells how he and his 2 oldest sons went up there the preceding autumn to clear some land for crops and build a basic shelter before bringing up the entire family in the winter. It probably took 10 to 14 days for that trip. Realize that there werewolves and panthers common throughout that area until the 1820s.Pretty scary to spend the night in those woods, eh?
The transcript of the letter is coming to you separately. Ray