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George D. Bourne Diary 1860

Diary: George D. Bourne
Township: Smithfield, Bradford County PA
Year: 1860
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DIARY OF GEO. D. BOURNE

1860

Transcribed FROM ORIGINAL DIARIES LOCATED AT THE BRADFORD COUNTY LIBRARY, BURLINGTON, PA

Typed By: Pat Smith Raymond

Sunday, January 1st, 1860 – a Series of meetings in progress at the Turnpike in Smithfield. Several converted I am among the number Which Desire to flee from the wrath to come and gain a home in heaven.

Jan 2 – Go to School to Miss Frank Sweeney, District School in Burlington.

Jan. 3, 4, 5, 6, -- Go to school

Jan. 7 – Work at home getting wood

Jan. 8 – Attend Church on the Turnpike. Preaching by Rev. H (?) Lankin.

Jan. 9, 10, -- Go to School

Jan. 11 – Not liking the teacher I leave School about ½ leave at the same time.

Jan 12 – Change works with A. W. Wheaton, get ready for cutting wood. Father gone to pine creek on Town business.

Jan. 13 – Cut drafts of wood.

Jan. 14 – Choring (?) and drawing wood.

Jan. 15 – Attend Church on the Turnpike. Preaching by Rev. H. Lanikin. Joined the Methodist E. Church on probation of 6 months to learn the rules of the Church.

Jan. 16, 17, 18 – Chop wood at the door, cut drafts of wood

Jan. 19 – drawing wood to door.

Jan. 20, 21 – Chop wood and chores.

Jan. 22 – quite cold. Stay at home.

Jan. 23, 24, 25 – Chop wood at door.

Jan. 26, 27, 28 – Chop wood and chores

Jan. 29 – Attend Church on the Turnpike. Preaching by Rev. H. Lamkin.

Jan. 30, 31 – Chop wood and chores.

Wednesday, February 1, 1860 – Cut drafts of wood.

Feb. 2, 3, -- draw out wood

Feb. 4 – Choring around house.

Feb. 5 – Attend Church on the Turnpike. Preaching by Rev. H. Lamkin.

Feb. 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11 – Chop wood and chores.

Feb. 12 – Attend Church on the Turnpike. Preaching by Rev. H. Lamkin.

Feb. 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18 – Chop wood and chores.

Feb. 19 – Attend Church on the Turnpike. Preaching by H. Lamkin.

Feb. 20, 21, 22, 23, 24 – Chop wood and chores.

Feb. 25 – Choring around house.

Feb. 26 – Attend Church on the Turnpike. Preaching by Rev. H. Lamkin.

Feb. 27 – Cut wood and chores.

Feb. 28, 29 – Chop wood and chores

March 1, 1860 – Chop wood and chores

Mar. 2 – Chop wood and chores

Mar. 3 – Choring around house

Mar. 4 – Attend Church on the Turnpike. Preaching by H. Lamkin.

Mar. 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10 – Chop wood and chores

Mar. 11 – Attend church on the Turnpike. Preaching by H. Lamkin.

Mar. 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17 – Chop wood and chores

Mar. 18 – Attend Church on the Turnpike. Preaching by H. Lamkin.

Mar. 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24 – Chopping wood and chores

Mar. 25 – Attend Church on the Turnpike. Preaching by H. Lamkin.

Mar. 26 – Chop wood and chores

Mar. 27 – Chop wood and chores, receive a present of a book from Rev. Wm. Armstrong "Title The young man" by John Todd.

Mar. 28, 29, 30, 31 – Chop wood and chores

April 1, 1860 – Attend church on the Turnpike. Preaching by H. Lamkin.

Apr. 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 – Chop wood and chores

Apr. 8 – Attend Church on the Turnpike preaching by H. Lamkin. Stormy Text Salms 122.9

Apr. 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14 – Chop wood and chores

Apr. 15 – Attend Quarterly meeting on the Turnpike Preaching by Rev. H. Lamkin.

Apr. 16 – Chop wood – rainy

Apr. 17, 18 – Chop wood and chores

Apr. 19 – help pull Stumps at Wm. Campbells.

Apr. 20 – Help draw out 3256 Shingles

Apr. 21 – Plow Garden & C.

Apr. 22 – Attend Church on the Turnpike. Preaching by Rev. H. Lamkin.

Apr. 23 – draw nails and C.

Apr. 24 – go to mill and pull stumps (cold)

Apr. 25 – pull stumps. Snowed part of day.

Apr. 26 – work at trimming stumps

Apr. 27, 28 – help pull Stumps

Apr. 29 – Attend Church on the Turnpike. Preaching by H. Lamkin.

Apr. 30 – help pull stumps.

May 1, 1860 – help pull Stumps for road

May 2, 3, 4, 5 – help pull stumps

May 6 – Sunday School Commenced. Father Superintendent. Preaching by H. Lamkins. Text Luke 4.22

May 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12 – Plowed the first 4 days then cold and rainy. Do chores. Fish (?) in the creek.

May 13 – Attend Sunday School and Church. Preaching by Rev. H. Lamkin psalms 14.18

May 14 – Showers go to mill in afternoon.

May 15 – pull stumps for road

May 16 – pull stumps for road & C.

May 17 – get in Spring Wheat

May 18, 19 – pickup wood

May 20 – Attend Sunday School and Prayer meeting on Turnpike.

May 21 – rainy

May 22, 23 – Sick with a cold

May 24, 25, 26 – pick up roots and plant corn

May 27—Attend Church and Sunday School at the Turnpike Preaching.

May 28, 29 – Plant corn

May 30 – Sorting potatoes

May 31 --- plant corn

June 1, 1860 – Finish planting corn.

June 2 – plant potatoes

June 3 – Attend church and Sunday School. Preaching by H. Lamkin.

June 4 – Plowed

June 5 – Stormy go to Burlington

June 6, 7, -- Plowing

June 8 – Receive a letter from E. C. Armstrong

June 9 – Plowing

June 10 – Attend Sunday School on the Turnpike and "Christians Conference" in Burlingame’s neighborhood of Smithfield. James Fivie married to a wife Farnsworth.

June 11, 12, 13 – watching (?) and planting our corn.

June 14 – hoeing corn with James Wheaton. Mary Smith married Charles Verneer (sp?)

June 15 – Chopping on fallow

June 16 – Visit with Barnard Kingsley

June 17 – Attend Sunday School and Church on the Turnpike preaching by Rev. H. Lamkin.

June 18 – help draw stumps

June 19 – hoeing in garden

June 20 – hoeing and graft 3 apple trees

June 21 – hoeing corn

June 22 – Cut timber for M. E. Parsonage on the Turnpike

June 23 – hoed in garden

June 24 – Attend funeral of B. Waldron child at 2 pm though S School at ½ past 9 a.m. in evening attend church at the Same place preaching by Rev. E. H. Cranmer P. E. of Troy Dist

June 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30 – hoeing corn (??? One hoe .50) ((Cannot read first word))

July 1, 1860 – Attend Church on the Turnpike Preaching by H. Lamkin. Several Baptized mostly by Sprinkling I am Sprinkled. I will "Be ye Sprinkled with clean water and ye Shall be Clean"

July 2, 3 – hoeing corn and commence haying and C.

July 4 – Go Troy afoot the first time I was ever there. Brass Band Fire Company we get catched in a thunderstorm coming home. Spend 29 cents.

July 5 – Cut logs for timber

July 6 – Build fence and C.

July 7 – hoeing corn and chores

July 8 – Attend Sunday School and Church on the Turnpike preaching by Rev. H. Lamkin.

July 9 – help mow lodged clover

July 10, 11, 12 – Sick with cold and sore throat

July 13 – Work at haying

July 14 – hoed Potatoes Father buys me a Sythe & Swath for 14/.

July 15 – Attend Church on the Turnpike and Sunday School preaching by Rev. H. Lamkin.

July 16 – hoed corn and help I. C. Tomkins Set his Fallow.

July 17 – Hoed corn

July 18 – Work at haying an eclipse of the Sun rainy at night.

July 19, 20 – Work at haying

July 21 – Stormy

July 22 – Attend Sunday School and Church on the Turnpike Preaching by the Rev. H. Lamkin text ???

July 23, 24, 25 – Work at haying

July 26 – work at haying, Birthday 16 years old today.

July 27, 28 – Work at haying.

July 29 – Stormy Stay at home write 2 letters.

July 30 – Shelled corn and went to mill

July 31 – Work at haying.

August 1, 2, 3 – work at haying

Aug. 4 – Stormy

Aug. 5 – Attend Sunday School and Church on Turnpike Preaching by Rev. H. Lamkin

Aug. 6 – Work at haying

Aug. 7 – Finish haying and cut logs

Aug. 8 – Cut logs go to Smithfield Center.

Aug. 9 – Cut logs on fallow

Aug. 10 – Cut logs and pick Black Berries

Aug. 11 – Choring. Uncle Amos Bourne and Family come visiting to our house.

Aug. 12 – Attend Sunday School and Church on the Turnpike Preaching by Rev. H. Larkin. 5 Baptized by Sprinkling

Aug. 13 – Stormy

Aug. 14, 15, 16 – Cut logs on fallow Uncle Amos goes home (16th?)

Aug. 17 – Cut logs on fallow

Aug. 18 – go to mill

Aug. 19 – Attend Church and Sunday School Preaching by Rev. H. Lamkin who preaches his farewell Sermon also am received into the M. E. Church in full communication after learning the rules of the M. E. Church. I think that church is the best. I Shall try and be a useful member of it.

Aug. 20 – Commence going to School at the Smithfield Academy in Smithfield Bradford Co., Penna. Teachers Rev. A. S. Hale and his wife. Board at home 4 miles each way …?…(can’t read word)

Aug. 21, 22, 23, 24 --- Go to school at Smithfield Academy

Aug. 25 – Choring around home.

Aug. 26 – Attend Sunday School at the Turnpike Rev. H. Lamkin gone to conference.

Aug. 27, 28, 29, 30, 31 – Go to School at Smithfield Academy

Sept. 1, 1860 – Choring around home.

Sept. 2 – Attend Church and Sunday School on the Turnpike Preaching by Rev. M. Coyl new preacher. H. Lamkin Stationed at Burlington Boro.

Sept. 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 – Go to school at Smithfield academy

Sept. 8 – Choring around home

Sept. 9 – Attend Church on the turnpike Preaching by Rev. M. Coyl

Sept. 10, 11, 12, 13, 14 – go to School at Smithfield

Sept. 15 – Choring around home

Sept. 16 – Attend Church on the Turnpike Preaching by Rev. M. Coyl.

Sept. 17, 18, 19, 20, 21 – go to School at Smithfield

Sept. 22 – Coring around home

Sept. 23 – Attend church on the Turnpike preaching by Rev. M. Coyl.

Sept. 24, 25, 26, 27, 28 – go to School at Smithfield

Sept. 29 – Work at home.

Sept. 30 – Attend church on the Turnpike Preaching by Rev. M. Coyl

October 1, 1860 – Go to School at Smithfield

Oct. 2, 3, 4, 5 – Go to School at Smithfield

Oct. 6 – Work at home

Oct. 7 – Attend church on the Turnpike Preaching by Rev. M. Coyl

Oct. 8, 9, 10, 11, 12 – go to School at Smithfield

Oct. 13 – Work at home

Oct. 14 – Attend Church on the Turnpike Preaching by Rev. M. Coyl

Oct. 15, 16, 17, 18, 19 – go to School at Smithfield

Oct. 20 – Work at home

Oct. 21 – Attend church at the Turnpike Preaching by Rev. M. Coyl.

Oct. 22, 23, 24, 25, 26 – go to School at Smithfield

Oct. 27 – Work at home

Oct. 28 – Attend church on the Turnpike Preaching by Rev. M. Coyl

Oct. 29, 30, 31 – Go to School at Smithfield

Nov. 1, 1860 – go to School at Smithfield

Nov. 2 – go to School at Smithfield

Nov. 3 – Work at home

Nov. 4 – attend church on the turnpike Preaching by Rev. M. Coyl

Nov. 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, – go to school at Smithfield

Nov. 10 – Work at home

Nov. 11 – Attend church on the Turnpike Preaching by Rev. M. Coyl

Nov. 12, 13, 14, 15, 16 – go to School at Smithfield

Nov. 17 – Work at home

Nov. 18 – Attend church on the Turnpike Preaching by Rev. M. Coyl

Nov. 19, 20, 21, 22 – go to School at Smithfield

Nov. 23 – The School at Smithfield closes today. Reading papers Speaking pieces and ?? Constitute the closing exercises.

Nov. 24 – Work at home

Nov. 25 – Attend Church on the Turnpike Preaching by Rev. M. Coyl.

Nov. 26, 27, 28, 29, 30 – Work at home

December 1, 1860 – Work at home

Dec. 2 – Attend Church on the Turnpike preaching by Rev. M. Coyl.

Dec. 3 – Commence going to District School Mr. C. W. Smith Teacher

Dec. 4, 5, 6, 7 – go to School

Dec. 8 – Work at home choring

Dec. 9 – Attend church on the Turnpike preaching by Rev. M. Coyl

Dec. 10, 11, 12, 13, 14 – go to School

Dec. 15 – work at home

Dec. 16 – Attend Church on the Turnpike Preaching by Rev. M. Coyl

Dec. 17 – go to School. Trouble ahead down South

Dec. 18, 19 – go to School

Dec. 20 – go to School, South Carolina Secedes from the union by an unanimous vote.

Dec. 21 – go to School

Dec. 22 – Work at home choring

Dec. 23 – attend Church on the Turnpike preaching by Rev. M. Coyl

Dec. 24, 25, 26, 27, 28 – go to School

Dec. 29 – Work at home

Dec. 30 – Attend church on the Turnpike Preaching by Rev. M. Coyl

Dec. 31, 1860 – School closed today. Work at Chopping Wood in the woods and at the door in the evening attend a watch meeting on the Turnpike. M. Coyl Sick the meeting conducted by Revs. Isaac Hibbard and Lucicus French, a large number Present.

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