Habitan meaning

1862, The Bankers' magazine: Volume 22 (page 347)

The paper offered by the Yankee speculator in exchange for colts, or cows, or grain, or butter, might please in New England or New York, but the habitan preferred silver dollars or gold doubloons, and would sell for nothing else.

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1901, Henrietta Channing Dana Skinner, Heart and soul.

[…] not an habitan from Hamtramck to l'Anse Creuse had closed an eye the livelong night for the baying of the Huntsman's Hound […]

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