Protecting the Farm

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100th Anniversary
A 1739 bounty list for squirrels, crows, blackbirds, and wolves. These animals preyed on crops and livestock of the Delaware colonists.

Protecting the Farm

Squirrels, blackbirds, crows and wolves were the enemies of the farmer. The county decided it would offer a bounty to people for killing these animals. Each year the Levy Court would pay the bounty according to how many of each animal was killed. Squirrels were the most killed for 1739 with no wolves on the list. Wolves must have been on their way out in Kent County since only one wolf was killed in 1736 and in 1735 there were two puppies and a wolf killed.
This document is found in The Kent County Levy Court Minutes. The collection includes proceedings concerning appointments, road and bridge construction, maintenance, general expenses and the levying of taxes