13 November 2009
It took me quite a while to figure out what this word was on John Lake's 1863 federal tax asssessment. The item he was taxed on (the actual heading it "occupation or article") is the one on the list between the line that starts with 13 and the line that starts with 18.
I'm pretty certain it says "stallion."
The tax due was $10.83--this would have been a nice piece of change in 1863.