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Retrieval Number: 0103
Sheep and cattle marks of Sackville sheep and cattle owners.
Mount Allison University Archives, Sackville townbook [transcription] 1748-1871.
May be reproduced only with permission of Mount Allison University Archives.

This listing, which is not dated, but which appears to be in the 1850s, documents the specific ways that farmers marked their sheep and cattle so as to distinguish ownership when these animals were on common pasture. This document identifies 457 farmers and this provides one measure of the number of farmers operating in the Sackville area at this time. Of interest is the fact that many of the entries involve the transfer of a mark from one farmer to another. In this sense the document must have been a living record that was updated as farmers came and went over a period of years.

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