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1866 Diary of Luman Putnam of Granville
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1854 Diary and Introduction. Also access to many more LumanPutnam Diaries

Luman Putnam Jerusha Bailey, his first wife

L. Putnam’s Diary

Granville Penn’a.

1866

January

Monday, 1

Day cloudy and weather mild. Visited with our friends at Smiley’s till towards night and then returned home. The Doctor came back from Troy, & Azor & Eliza came there to meet us. We had an excellent entertainment of oysters and other good things in abundence.

Tuesday, 2

Weather similar to yesterday. Chopped some wood and kept the fire, fed the pigs, and went up to the P.O. and got the Tribune. Harvey & Lizzie came home from Allen Woodin’s wedding some time in the night or morning and Luman was away all day.

Wednesday, 3

Weather cloudy and mild. Remained about home. Chopped a little wood, attended to the pigs, & spent some time reading. Br. Wells chopped some, read some & wrote some. Harvey and Lizzie went over to Drake’s. Luman about part of the time.

Thursday, 4

Weather cold and squally. Spent the principal part of the time in the library reading. Chopped a little wood, attended to the pigs and the fire, and went up to the P.O. and got the Tribune. The boys engaged about nothing in particular.

Friday, 5

Very cold and blustering. Chopped a little wood and Br. Wells also chopped some. Harvey & Lizzie went away a visiting. Luman was at home about? home a part of the time. At night George and Amy came to visit with us, and staid over night.

Saturday, 6

Weather a little more moderate. Chopped some wood, and in the afternoon, went with wife and Br. Wells, over to Elon’s to visit with Geo. and Amy. Laythan and Urania were also there. Luman went to Leroy. Harvey at home. Burton & Mary came & staid over.

Sunday, 7

Weather very cold. Attended meeting at the Center and heard Br. Wells. Azor and Eliza were there & came home with me. George & Amy came in after meeting, and Amanda & Lucella were here. Azor & Eliza went over to Drake’s at night.

Monday, 8

Weather extremely cold. Azor and Eliza came along in the morning and wife wife, went with them up to Laythan’s to visit with George & Amy, who are on the eve of their departure. At night we went home with Azor, intending to make a visit of a week.

Tuesday, 9

Weather continues cold. Spent my time indoors principally, attending to the fire and reading the most of the time. Azor was employed at hauling out cordwood to the road, and attending to his stock & affairs at the barn.

Wednesday, 10

Weather a little moderate. Remained about the house and continued my employment of tending the fire and reading old newspapers. Azor, besides attending to his chores, went to the village, and made preparation to haul load oats to Wellsburg.

Thursday, 11

Weather more mild. In addition to my usual employment, I attended to Azor’s pig today, he having started with Hiram, before daylight, with each of them a load of oats to market at Wellsburg N. Y., returning in the evening, at 8 o’clock.

Friday, 12

Quite mild. Thawing considerably. Did not go out much but in addition to my former employment took the latch off Azor’s chamber door and put it on again in a different place. Azor was employed at hauling oat cordwood and also went to the village.

Saturday, 13

Thaw continues. Colder at night. Went with wife and Eliza to make a visit at Hiram’s Azor conveyed us up there in the morning and brought us back at night, he being engaged in hauling out wood through the day.

Sunday, 14

Weather very cold again. Remained about the house during the day and spent the principal part of the time at reading. Azor and Eliza also remained at home, he only going out to his chores and affairs at the barn.

Monday, 15

Day quite cold. Went in the morning to Pomeroy’s & sold my coupons, receiving $20.90, did a little shopping, called on Delos, & then walked home, calling at Valentine’s & the P. O. Wife rode home with Azor who came down to Drake’s.

Tuesday, 16

Milder with a light fall of snow. Did nothing more than to feed the pigs and keep fire. Boys did but little besides chores. Br. Wells spent some time at writing. Elon called in the afternoon and spent some time. Ed. came in the evening.

Wednesday, 17

Fair & pleasant till towards night. Read the papers, chopped some wood and attended to the pigs and the fire. Luman went over on the mountain hunting with Uriah, Harvey & Lizzie are away a visiting, and Br. Wells went over to Elon’s. Elon made a call this forenoon.

Thursday, 18

Fair and mild, thawing considerably. Attended to the pigs and went to the P.O. and got the tribune and bot some letter stamps. Br. Wells chopped some wood and went down to the Corners in the evening. Luman came home. Harvey attended to the chores.

Friday, 19

Day fair & warm. Roads muddy. Did nothing more than common except to attend the township election towards night. Luman attended the election. Harvey and Lizzie went to Burlington. Br. Wells cut some wood & went up to the Center.

Saturday, 20

Cloudy warm and rainy. Attended to my chores as usual & spent considerable time at reading. Luman went to Troy. Harvey worked at splitting stumps at Jack Drake’s, & in the afternoon hung the kitchen door that was broken off. Elon called in the morning.

Sunday, 21

Clear and very cold and windy. Attended meeting at the Center, Br. Wells officiating. He has not returned. Elon called towards night. Ed. and Osmara with Caplphernaria? were here in the afternoon. Luman returned from Troy in the evening.

Monday, 22

Day fair & weather moderated. Besides my ordinary chores, wrote a letter to P. Allen & Son enclosing $20.00 on account of the Pittsfield Sun, carried it to the P.O. & got the Tribune. Boys ground axes, chopped some wood & helped Valentine catch 6 sheep.

Tuesday, 23

Weather quite cold, snowing some. Sent a letter to the Tribune with 20 cents, ordering the Tribune Almanac for 1866. Isaac and Abby were here in the afternoon. Towards night went up to Luther’s and staid over calling at P.O. & Valentine’s on the way.

Wednesday, 24

Weather continues cold. Left Luther’s about noon and walked over to Smiley’s. Found Azor and Eliza with her aunt Eliza and Mrs. Stenebeak? there. After their departure, Mr. Chubbuck came. He & I staid there over night.

Thursday, 25

A little more snow. Weather milder. Started towards noon and walked home, calling on the way at Mary’s a short time, and at the P.O. and got the Tribune. Wife was over to Drake’s to warp a piece, Luman was away to Leroy, and Harvey fixing horse blankets.

Friday, 26

Weather cloudy and mild. Attended to my chores about the house, and after having solved a question in arithmetic for Fanny Smiley, enclosed the solution to her. Luman attended a sheriff’s sale at Burlingame’s and Harvey & Lizzie went home with her sister.

Saturday, 27

Day cloudy and weather moderate. Went, in the afternoon, over to see Drake who continues quite unwell. Staid with him till nearly night. The boys went over the creek, and chopped and hauled several drags of wood. Br. Wells chopped at the house.

Sunday, 28

Cloudy mild weather continues. Remained at home today. Took care of the pigs &c. as usual. Br. Wells attended meeting at the Center and had an appointment this evening near Harrison? Ross’. Elon called towards night. Amanda & Lucella here in the afternoon.

Monday, 29

Weather continues mild and cloudy. Waited till afternoon and then started off on foot to go over to Smiley’s again. called at the P.O. and got the Tribune and carried along with me. Arrived there before night. Found Smiley quite sick. Staid all night.

Tuesday, 30

Weather similar to last preceeding day. Smiley considerably better in the morning. Remained till the middle of the day and then started off for West Burlington to visit Hiram Stevens. Arrived there early in the afternoon & found Hiram had gone to Troy. Staid over night.

Wednesday, 31

A little colder than yesterday. Started, in the middle of the day to walk home. Called on Alanson on my way and spent about a couple of hours with him. Found that Br. Wells had not yet returned. Harvey & Lizzie absent. Luman, at night, brought me letter from P. Allen & Son.

February

Thursday, 1

Weather continues moderate. Staid about the house during the day except to go to the P.O. for the Tribune, but did not get it. Luman went to Troy and Harvey remained about home. In the middle of the day Luther called with Daniel Bruce. Daniel staid. He brot letter from Lydia?.

Friday, 2

Moderate with little flurries of snow. Remained about the house during the day, doing nothing except to feed the pigs & chop a little wood. Br. Wells returned. Harvey & Lizzie went up to Valentine’s towards night, staying in the evening. Luman was around with Daniel, & towards night, went with him to his uncle Isaac’s.

Saturday, 3

Temperate winter weather, mostly clear. Remained about the house during the day, attending only to my usual chores. Br. Wells chopped some wood. Harvey got a stick & made an axe helm. Luman went to Leroy. Elon called in the afternoon. Br. Rockwell called and staid all night.

Sunday, 4

Partially fair and quite cold. Attended meeting at the Center in the forenoon and heard a discourse from Br. Wells. Br. Rockwell attended with us. In the afternoon Elon made a call staying till night. Ed. came in with Luman towards night.

Monday, 5

Weather about the same as yesterday. Did nothing more than to chop some wood and feed the pigs. Harvey attended to affairs at the barn and went up to the post office for the Tribune. Luman went to mill at Troy. Smiley & Lurenda were here. She stops at Drake’s.

Tuesday, 6

Fair cold weather continues. Went over to see the Doctor in the morning. He is very feeble. Lurenda is there. Chopped some wood and fed the pigs as usual. Luman went to Burlington. Harvey fixed a horse Blanket. Br. Wells has not returned yet.

Wednesday, 7

Cold. Partially cloudy. South wind. Besides my usual business at home, went over to see the Doctor again, and found him a little more comfortable. Met Smiley there, who had come to take Lurenda home. Luman returned from Burlington. Harvey went to blacksmith’s.

Thursday, 8

Cloudy & mild, snowing at night. Could not lie in bed last night, in consequence of a severe cold. Remained indoors during the day. Harvey and Lizzie went to Burlington. Luman attended to the chores & went to the P.O. Mr. Bunyan was here in the afternoon.

Friday, 9

Cloudy and mild. Continue quite unwell with a cold. Did not go out today. Luman about home but did nothing more than chores. Harvey & Lizzie do not return yet. Br. Wells chopped some wood. Rec’d. letter from Geo. & Amy & Lucina’s picture.

Saturday, 10

Mild & partially fair. Some better but remained indoors. Br. Wells chopped the wood for Lurenda. Luman was abroad a part of the day. Harvey & Lizzie went away at night and returned with Allen Woodin & his wife. Azor & Eliza came. Elon called. Rec’d letter from Atkins.

Sunday, 11

Cloudy & mild. Roads, quite muddy. Attended meeting at the Center. Br. Wells discoursed. Wife went with Azor & Eliza over to see the Doctor. Allen & his wife remained till towards night. Fanny Smiley came, after meeting, with Burton & Mary. Ed. was here also.

Monday, 12

Stormy day – rain and snow. Nearly recovered from my cold. Did nothing more than to attend to the pigs and the fire. Br. Wells chopped a little wood. Harvey threshed the flax, and Luman was away from home the principal part of the time.

Tuesday, 13

Partially clear and thaw continues. Br. Churchill called in the forenoon. Rode with him over to the Doctor’s, he calling with me to see him. Staid with him till towards night. Boys cut and hauled up some wood. Br. Wells went up the road. Elon called.

Wednesday, 14

Partially fair. Some colder. Remained about the house & did nothing more than to chop a little wood and feed the pigs. Luman went to the Bridge letting. Harvey about house. Wife went over to Drake’s. Br. Wells does not return. Elon called at eve.

Thursday, 15

Weather cold and blustering. Chopped some wood, attended to the fire and the pigs and went up to the P.O. and got the Tribune. The boys were about home a part of the time. Sam. called at night & Elon came in. Br. Spindler preached at the Center.

Friday, 16

Clear and cold. Did nothing today more than to attend to the fire, and feed the pigs. Br. Wells, having gone to attend an appointment at Leroy last night, has? not returned yet. Boys engaged at nothing in particular. Br. Spindler called.

Saturday, 17

Fair and pleasant, thawing some. Chopped some wood, attended to my fire and pigs, and went over to see the Doctor, who remains feeble. Luman went to Troy. Harvey attended to affairs at home. Br. Wells went meeting in the evening. John & Emily came after meeting & staid.

Sunday, 18

Cloudy & mild, snowing some at night. Went up to meeting with wife, and John & Emily, & heard Br. Spindler. Br. Wells attended at Leroy. Wife went home with Burton and Mary, intending to come back with them to the meeting in the evening.

Monday, 19

Cloudy with flurries of snow. Went over to see the Doctor in the forenoon. He remains quite feeble. In the afternoon went up to Luther’s to visit them and remained there over night. Called at the P.O. on the way and got the Tribune.

Tuesday, 20

Most of day fair and mild. Remained with Luther till after dinner, then started for home, calling at Valentine’s, at Malvina’s and at the store on the way. On arrival, found Br. Rockwell waiting for me. Harvey & Lizzie had gone to Smiley’s and Azor’s visiting.

Wednesday, 21

Day fair and weather mild. Attended to the pigs and the fire & wrote a letter to Br. and Sr. Brigham. Luman was about home and attended to the chores at the barn & chopped the wood. Harvey & Lizzie have not returned. Br. Rockwell called in forenoon & Valentine in afternoon.

Thursday, 22

Fair and warm. Thawing rapidly Wrote a letter to my sister Lydia carried the two letters to the P.O. & got Tribune. Put handle on auger & tapped a dozen maple trees. Harvey & Lizzie returned. Br. Wells & Luman went away at night. Miss Wilcox the school mistress here.

Friday, 23

Weather like that of yesterday. Went with Harvey over the creek to prepare for sugarmaking. He made some sap troughs & I tapped 30 trees. Sap did not run well. Luther & Sally called & wife went with them to see Doctor. Br. Wells & Luman abroad.

Saturday, 24

South wind continues & rainy day. Chopped some wood, attended to the pigs and wrote a letter to Mr. Atkins. Harvey went over the creek in the morning and gathered four pails of sap. Luman was absent most of the time. Elon made two calls and Alva one.

Sunday, 25

Day fair & cold with brisk west wind. Attended meeting at the Center and heard Br. Spindler. Fourteen taken into the church. Harvey and Lizzie went over to see the Doctor who remains about the same. At night all the family went to meeting leaving me to see to the house.

Monday, 26

Fair and considerably cold. Went over the creek and made some spoils and from thence across the fields to see the Doctor who continues very feeble. Went next up to the P.O. and got the Tribune and chopped some wood for night. Elon called in the morning.

Tuesday, 27

Fair and more mild. Went over the creek in the middle of the day and tapped a few more trees, but the sap did not start much. Harvey made a few troughs. Smiley & Lurenda called in the forenoon and Daniel Bruce in the afternoon.

Wednesday, 28

Weather similar to yesterday. Went over the creek and tapped about thirty trees. Sap ran but little. At night gathered seven pails. Harvey made a few troughs & then went away visiting. Valentine called & left Polly Ann, & at night called again. Azor & Eliza called in morn.

March

Thursday, 1

Same sort of weather continues. In the morning went over to see the Doctor and from thence went across to sugar bush and tapped 32 trees, gathered ten pails of sap, and started a fire and commenced boiling. Letty went to the P.O. & got the Tribune.

Friday, 2

Morning cloudy, afternoon fair. Warm. Went over the creek and gathered 30 pails of sap, started a fire and boiled in about 40. Very tired at night. Wife went up to Mary’s, intending to stay over night. Br. Wells went over to Leroy yesterday. Received a letter from Dan.

Saturday, 3

Day fair and warm. Went over the creek and started the fire again, gathered 12 pails of sap and boiled in 21.Syruped down and did not leave till 8 o’clock in the eve. Wife returned at night. Br. Wells came home in the morn. Elon called.

Sunday, 4

Morning fair. Bal. of day cold & squally. Did not attend meeting today, but remained at home to rest. In the evening, went over to see the Doctor who remains in his feeble state. Sylvester came home with Luman from meeting, and Elon called towards night.

Monday, 5

Fair, with cold, blustering N. W. wind. Went over the creek in the morning to sugar off the syrup. Family all came over to eat sugar. The boys chopped a pretty good supply of wood to boil sap with. Made about lbs. Luman went up to the P.O. and got the Tribune.

Tuesday, 6

Fair and considerably cold. Did not go to the sugar works today but remained about the house, attending only to my ordinary chores. They boys worked part of the day at chopping over the creek. Towards night Luman started for Troy. Wife went with him.

Wednesday, 7

Weather similar to that of yesterday. Remained about the house during the day, attending to my particular chores and writing a letter to Daniel. Harvey went over in the woods and worked a part of the day. Wife and Luman do not return. Orlando Taylor called.

Thursday, 8

Cold, blustering day. Besides attending to my ordinary chores, went over to see the Doctor and staid some time, then went across the fields, up to the P.O., mailed letter & a paper to Mr. Atkins & got the Tribune. Wife & Luman returned at night. Valentine called in the evening. Mrs. Lane here.

Friday, 9

Cold snowy day. Remained indoors through the day except to feed the pigs and chop some wood. Harvey and Lizzie went to Burlington. Luman went to Leroy. Benjamin and Lurenda came in the middle of the day and at night, went over to the Doctor’s.

Saturday, 10

Day fair and more mild. Attended to my ordinary chores, having wood to chop for Sunday, in addition. Harvey chopped some wood for the kitchen and hauled up a drag besides. Luman went to Troy again. Br. Wells has not been at home since last sunday. Amanda Shepard came.

Sunday, 11

A little snow and rain. Attended meeting at the Center in the forenoon. Br. Wells officiated. He came home at bed time last night, and returned from meeting this afternoon, but soon went away again. Harvey and Lizzie went over to see the Doctor.

Monday, 12

Cloudy, smoky and warmer. Went over to see the Doctor, from thence across the fields to the P.O. and after supper went over the creek and gathered 16 pails of sap after putting up a new lug pole. The boys went with their machine to move some buildings for Smith May.

Tuesday, 13

Cloudy & warm, raining a little. Went over to the sugar bush, gathered 24 pails of sap & boiled it in. Boys at work for May. Salathiel Bailey came this afternoon to work & do chores. Mary Paterson? here. Br. Rockwell came last night, & went away this morning.

Wednesday, 14

Weather fair and warm. Went to the sugar bush in the morning, gathered 7 pails of sap, boiled it in and syruped down the whole. Salathiel chopped in the woods. Azor stopped at night, on his way from Monroeton and staid over night. Luman returned in the evening.

Thursday, 15

Cloudy and some cooler. Afternoon rainy. Went over the creek and sugared off my syrup, making 24 lbs. sugar. The Doctor being worse, sent for us to come over there, and wife having gone, after coming to the house, went over and found him failing very fast. We staid there over night.

Friday, 16

Cloudy, cold and windy at night. Came home in the morning, but soon returned. Elon went over to inform Smiley & Lurenda. They came over. We all remained through the night. The Dr. continues to fail. Lincoln & Fremont went over & turned the water out of my safe troughs. Rec’d. letters from Atkins & Bruce.

Saturday, 17

Cold, windy, rough weather. Came home a short time and then returned to Drake’s. Smiley went home & returned at night. Eliza came. The Dr. continued to fail till 9 o’clock in the evening, when he breathed his last. After he was laid out, I returned home.

Sunday, 18

Cold, blustering weather continues. Wife came home. Smiley & Lurenda went home & so did Eliza. I went over and staid with Amanda through the day, & till bed time in the evening. There were a considerable number of neighbors there in the course of the day and evening.

Monday, 19

Weather continues cold & windy. Went over the creek and boiled to syrup12 pails of sap, which was gathered last thursday, and brought it to the house to be made into molasses. In the evening went over to Amanda’s a little while. Eliza had returned with Lincoln.

Tuesday, 20

Cold, uncomfortable weather. Attended, with family the funeral of the Doctor. Mr. Alden spoke & the Masons took charge. Great number of people there. Luther and Sally and Daniel stopped with us. Allen Bovier was here. Perry Pratt & daughter called.

Wednesday, 21

More mild, thawing some. Smiley and Lurenda came over from Amanda’s. Wrote a renunciation and carried it over for Amanda to sign, took dinner there, and then, with Smiley, started for Towanda to take letters of administration. We staid with Thos.

Thursday, 22

Morning cold, afternoon mild. After breakfast we went on to Towanda, called at the Register’s office, procured bail, and were appointed Administrators. We then called at Chamberlin’s shop and at Put’s office and started for home, calling at Thomas Smiley’s for supper on the way.

Friday, 23

Weather cool, thawing but little. Went up to the P.O. and got the Tribune and a letter from Br. Brigham. Did nothing more except my ordinary chores. Amanda and Eliza were here. Eliza and Lizzie went down to Jack Drake’s. Boys hauled some wood.

Saturday, 24

Partially fair and weather mild Went over to Bunyan’s to engage him to attend on Monday to appraise property of Drake’s estate. Towards night went over the creek and gathered 34 pails of sap, started a fire and boiled it in during the night, coming home at 2 in morn.

Sunday, 25

Snow in the morning. Very cold. Remained at home. Eliza came last night and Azor came down today to take her home. Boys remained about home. Br. Wells returned from meeting towards night. Towards night went over to see if my syrup was safe.

Monday, 26

Weather continues cold. Smiley having come in the morning, and Mr. Bunyan and John Sayles having appeared, as appraisers, we went over to Amanda’s and attended to that business completing it before night. Smiley staid. Robert came up. Valentine called.

Tuesday, 27

Day fair and more mild. After Smiley went away in the morning, went over to the sugar bush and syruped down the sap that was boiled last Saturday night. The boys hauled some wood with their oxen and horses. Br. Wells went to Leroy.

Wednesday, 28

More fair. Eve. cold and stormy. In the made a copy of the Inventory. In the afternoon went over the creek and sugared off the sirup which made 21 lbs sugar. Luman went to Troy to mill. Calvin called to borrow the broadaxe. Amanda here in the morning.

Thursday, 29

Partially fair. Continues cold. Started in the afternoon to post up notices of sale of Drake’s property, and to engage a crier. left at P.O. a letter to the Register, enclosing Inventory. Called at Luther’s and Daniel carried me in waggon up to Stephen’s. Staid there.

Friday, 30

Weather similar to yesterday. After breakfast, Stephen went with buggy down to East Canton with me and brought me back to his house. Called at Vesta’s to dinner. Walked down to Luther’s & rode home with Uriah Baxter. Engaged Elisha Andrus to sell the property.

Saturday, 31

Some warmer & afternoon rainy. Went over the creek and gathered 14 pails of sap, started a fire and boiled some besides doing some other things there. Came up to the house towards night, very tired. Boys hauled some hay from Chattle barn.

April

Sunday, 1

Day cloudy and weather mild. Did not attend meeting today, but remained in the house till afternoon, & then went to see the condition of affairs there. Found some sap wasting and gathered 10 pails of it. After meeting Burton & Mary called.

Monday, 2

Cloudy and stormy – sleet and rain. Went over to the sugar bush, gathered five pails of sap in the forenoon, then started a fire, boiled in the sap on hand and siruped it down, there being about 34 pails of sap in the whole Br. Wells chopped wood at the house.

Tuesday, 3

Day fair and warmer. Went over the creek and suared off the sirup and gathered about 10 pails of sap – Made 21 lbs. sugar. Amanda and Lizzie were there and afterward Br. Churchill came over there to see me. Br. Wells chopped stove wood.

Wednesday, 4

Day fair, pleasant and warm. Worked in the sugar bush again today. Bored the trees over, gathered 10 pails of sap and boiled some. Came up to the house towards night very tired. Br. Wells chopped stove wood a spell and then went away.

Thursday, 5

Weather similar to that of yesterday. Spent the day in the sugar bush as usual. Gathered 5 pails of sap in the morning, boiled it in & siruped down. Gather 7 pails more at night besides chopping my wood. Br. Wells returned at night, from Alanson’s.

Friday, 6

Cloudy through the day. Went over the creek and sugared off the syrup, making 15 lbs of sugar. Gathered two pails of sap and quit, coming up to the house about noon. Spent the afternoon in the library.

Saturday, 7

Cloudy, with snow storm thro the day. Went over to the sugar bush, gathered 3 pails of sap, boiled 13 to sirup and brot it up to the house. Afternoon made two iron hoops and put them on to a large earthen jar that was cracked. Elon called in the evening.

Sunday, 8

Storm closed at noon, then fair. Did not attend meeting to day. When the storm subsided went over the creek and finding the sap running, went to work and turned the snow & water out of the troughs and pans. Harvey & Lizzie went to West Burlington.

Monday, 9

Day fair and pleasant. In the morning put up a Reporter & Hand Bill, directed to Mr. Atkins, & another of same to Mr. Bruce. Went over to the sugar bush, chopped some wood, gathered 19 pails of sap and boiled some. Elon called on me over there.

Tuesday, 10

Day fair and pleasant. Attended the sale of the personal property of the Doctor’s Estate. Smiley came over in the morning, and Mr. Andrus attended as Auctioneer. At night went over to the sugar bush & gathered 8 pails of sap. Recd. letter J. McKean.

Wednesday, 11

Fine weather. Partially cloudy. Went over to the sugar bush, gathered 5 pails of sap, boiled it all down to sirup and put it to settle. Smiley came over there, in the morning to see me, & Jeff. also came. At night went to to see Rodman who has his leg broken.

Thursday, 12

Weather fair and pleasant. Went over the creek in the morning and sugared off the sirup on hand, making about 20 lbs. of sugar. Afternoon went up to the P.O. and got two numbers of the Tribune. Br. Wells commenced in the garden.

Friday, 13

Pleasant weather continues. Went over to the sugar bush in the morning, gathered about 3 pails of sap, boiled it down to sirup and brought it up to the house. Afternoon went down & put up some fence to prevent the sheep from going over the creek.

Saturday, 14

Slight showers in the afternoon. Borrowed a gun of Elon, and went over to the woods to kill a partridge, but killed nothing more than a red squirrel. Afternoon went over to Amanda’s to see Rodman. Wife was there. At night Smiley and Lurenda came & staid over.

Sunday, 15

Pleasant weather again. Attended meeting at the Center at which Br. Wells officiated. Harvey & Lizzie went away somewhere, returning in the evening. Smiley and Lurenda staid till after breakfast and then they departed for home.

Monday, 16

Day cloudy and rainy. Employed till afternoon at copying & arranging the papers &c in relation to the sale of property belonging to the Doctor’s estate. Went up to the P.O. and got the Tribune & Sun(?). Br. Wells returned and went away again. Samuel was here in the afternoon.

Tuesday, 17

Morning cloudy, afternoon fair. Made a bed for strawberry’s, repaired fences and bars and turned the sheep above the road, and repaired the trough in the pig pen. Br. Wells planted some more onions and spread manure on the garden which Luman hauled.

Wednesday, 18

Day partially cloudy. Went over to Amanda’s to assist in measuring lumber for John Cole. Luman finished hauling manure on to the garden & plowed it. Harvey grubbed up pear tree & Br. Wells cut up the timber. Valentine called, & Elon in the evening.

Thursday, 19

Warm and mainly fair. Took Harvey’s gun and went over in the woods to see if I could find a partridge, but did not succeed. In the afternoon went up to the P.O. and got the Tribune, and from thence went up to Luther’s and staid over night.

Friday, 20

Day fair and quite warm. Came home in the middle of the day, calling at the store and getting some coffee &c. In the afternoon fixed up my fishing tackle and went down to the creek, succeeding in catching a mess of small fish.

Saturday, 21

Day partially cloudy raining a little. After breakfast went over in to the woods with the gun to hunt for a partridge again but did not find any. Worked some at regulating things about the dooryard. Br. Wells chopped up the body of the pear tree. Br. Rockwell called & staid over.

Sunday, 22

Day fair, pleasant and warm. Attended meeting at the Center in the forenoon and heard a discourse by Br. Wells. Burton and Mary were here after meeting. Made a call at Elon’s towards night. Found Amanda and Lucella here on my return. Lettie went up to Stephen’s to see her mother.

Monday, 23

Heavy rain. Cleared off towards night. Afternoon went up to the P.O. & got my papers then went up to Mr. Griffin’s, calling at Burton’s & Isaac’s on my return. A portion of the cellar wall fell in. Levi Taylor called toward night and paid me $90.00 on his note, to the Doctor’s Estate.

Tuesday, 24

Day cloudy and cool. Did not go out to do anything today except to feed the hogs. Spent most of the day in reading and looking over Drake’s accounts. Amanda and Lucella were here in the afternoon and Elon called towards night. Lettie returned.

Wednesday, 25

Black frost. Day fair and quite cool. Dennis Perry called in the morning. Went with him over to Amanda’s and measured his boards. Afternoon went up to Griffin’s and helped him finish ironing the wheelbarrow & brought it home. Boys pulled stumps for John Wilcox. Br. Wells finished cutting up pear tree.

Thursday, 26

Day cold. Sprinkling of snow. Worked some at making a box for the wheel barrow. Elon called and spent some time. Loaned him $100.00 of money belonging to Drake’s estate. Jeff. made a call. Paid him $28.00 for Amanda’s storm(?) Boys pulled stumps for Wilcox.

Friday, 27

Day fair and weather cool. Put out my strawberry plants & spent some time with Ed. who called. Stephen & Lander with Harriet & Isidore came. After dinner Luther with Sally & Daniel came also. Harvey at Wilcox’ & Luman commenced plowing on the flat.

Saturday, 28

Frosty morning. Day fair and warm. Went over in the woods with the gun before breakfast. Killed a partridge and a squirrel. Finished the wheelbarrow box & repaired some fence. Luman plowed Harvey with machine, & Br. Wells in garden. Elon called in the evening.

Sunday, 29

Fair, windy and cooler. Did not attend meeting today. In morning Smiley and Lurenda, who staid at Amanda’s last night, came over and staid till afternoon, and after they left Azor and Eliza came and staid with us over night.

Monday, 30

Weather continues fair and cool. Looker after the sheep, found a lamb in the morning & another at night. Wrote letter & sent $37.50 to P. Allen & son & another to Dr. UpDeGraff . Went to P.O. & got the papers. Luman plowed & Harvey went with machine to Philander’s.

May

Tuesday, 1

Cloudy and cool. Afternoon rainy. Before breakfast in the morning went up on the hill to see to the sheep, and over into the woods with the gun, but found no game. At night found another lamb. Lost one that came yesterday.

Wednesday, 2

Forenoon cloudy, afternoon fair. Cool. Looked after the sheep in the morning and at night. Lost one lamb and found another. Repaired some fence went up to the Center, and bought a butter tub. Luman went to Troy and Harvey pulled stumps for McFalen.

Thursday, 3

Day cloudy and cold. Went up in the morning to see to the sheep. After breakfast went over the creek and repaired the brush fence. Worked till afternoon and became very tired. Luman plowed on the hill north. Harvey is away with machine.

Friday, 4

Partially fair. Cool weather continues. Attended to the hogs and sheep, and went over to Amanda’s to examine the the Doctor’s papers. Orlando called. Paid him my County tax, $4.93. Boys barley on the flat and dragged it in. Afternoon Luman plowed on the hill.

Saturday, 5

Day fair and weather cool. Attended to my usual chores and took up and transplanted the dwarf Pear tree, besides making some other alterations in the front door yard. Harvey dragged the potato ground. Luman finished plowing on the hill.

Sunday, 6

Day fair and some warmer. Attended meeting at the Center in the forenoon, and afternoon with wife down to Robert’s to see Eliza who is quite unwell. Harvey and Lizzie went to Burlington. Br. Wells went home with Br. Laurent(?).

Monday, 7

Frosts continue yet. Day fair. Found six lambs today. Have now 9 living and have lost 9 – 18 in all. Worked about the door yard some. Luman furrowed out the potato ground and sowed & dragged in oats. Harvey planted potatoes.

Tuesday, 8

Frost again. Weather growing warmer. Worked some in the door yard and prepared the ground and transplanted some asparagus. Found two more lambs this morning. Luman finished sowing and dragging the oats on the hill. Harvey manured and plowed the lower garden.

Wednesday, 9

No frost. Fair and warm. Hung the kettle for making soap. Worked about the dooryard some and looked after the sheep and lambs. Found 6 more today. Luman went to Troy to mill. Harvey was away. Br. Wells returned from Troy.

Thursday, 10

Day fair and warm. Worked at excavating and grading east of the house, went up to the P.O. got Tribune & letter from P. Allen & son and attended to the sheep & lambs. Found two more lambs. Boys hauled manure on to the orchard. Br. Wells finished potatoes.

Friday, 11

Fair & warm. Cloudy at night. In the morning set out a balsam tree that Mr. Jones sent me last night & worked some at excavating & grading. Found two more lambs. Br. Wells spread manure

on orchard. Boys plowed & dragged the ground & marked it for corn. Elon called.

 

Saturday, 12

Fair, warm weather continues. Worked at excavating & grading around the house, Afternoon went fishing & set 10 hooks for eels. One more lamb today. Luman plowed for Amanda. Harvey went on the mountain fishing. Subscribed for "American Conflict"

Sunday, 13

Thunder shower afternoon. Cooler. Went to my hooks early, found two turtles, then went to look after the sheep and found 5 more lambs. Went over to see Amanda, she & the children came over & dressed the turtles. Burton & Mary were here. Elon made a call. Harvey returned.

Monday, 14

Day fair and quite cool. Frost. Put up fences on the flat which had been blown down yesterday and went up to the P.O. and got the Tribune, Reporter and a letter from Mr. Atkins. Boys pulled stumps for Uriah Baxter Fremont planted the orchard to corn.

Tuesday, 15

Fair cool weather continues. Frost. Started to walk over to Smiley’s in the forenoon and rode part of the way with Mr. Innas. Carried over the Doctor’s notes and accounts in order to make some arrangements for their settlement. Staid overnight.

Wednesday, 16

Cloudy, raining some. Went with Smiley to see Esq. Loomis, leaving the notes with him and the books with Smiley in order to have those interested, notified. Left Smiley’s and walked over to Luther’s, remaining there overnight.

Thursday, 17

Day fair and cool again. Started from Luther’s after breakfast, calling at Valentine’s on the way, and stopping at the P.O. for the Tribune, and brot home a packet of articles sent to Br. Wells. The boys continue to pull stumps for Baxter.

Friday, 18

Cloudy with sprinkling of rain. Looked after the sheep, put up a little fence and hoed the strawberries. The boys continue their work for Uriah Baxter, having taken a job of him. Br. Wells went away in the morning intending to go to Mr. Bunyan’s.

Saturday, 19

Day fair and warm. Besides looking after the sheep & lambs, worked some at digging and making a strawberry mound. Set out some dahlias. Boys finished their job at Baxter’s. Br. Wells worked some in the garden. Elon called towards night.

Sunday, 20

Fair & warm. Thunder shower at night. Attended meeting at the Center in the forenoon Br. Wells officiating. Harvey and went away in the morning returning late in the evening. Miss Pratt came home with them. Elon called in the afternoon.

Monday, 21

Thunder & hail in the morn. Showery. Did a little of my work around the house and went up to the P.O. in the middle of the day and got the papers. Spent the afternoon reading. Br. Wells chopped some wood and set out some cabbage.

Tuesday, 22

Day cloudy and cold. spent most of time in the library reading. Luman went to mill and carried tub of butter to Troy. Family all gone but Letty. Br. Wells made slippers at Percival’s.

Wednesday, 23

Weather fair and cool. Worked, most of the day at grading in front of the mound. Br. Wells spent a considerable portion of his time in the garden hoeing onions &c. Harvey broke up a little more ground to plant potatoes.

Thursday, 24

Frost. Day fair and pleasant. Went up on the hill and after letting the sheep into the Chestnut field went to work and repaired the fence. Br. Wells helped me grind an axe then went away. The boys commenced pulling stumps for Valentine.

Friday, 25

Day cloudy raining a little at night. Besides my chores, worked some at my grading around the mound. The boys worked at stump pulling for Valentine. Br. Wells chopped some fire wood. Smiley and Lurenda called on their way to Monroeton.

Saturday, 26

Day fair with slight showers at night. Worked part of the day at grading in front of the mound. Harvey worked at Valentine’s with the Machine, Luman being unwell. Br. Wells chopped some wood. Mason Wattles and Mr. Johnson called and took supper with us.

Sunday, 27

Copious rain in morn. Thunder showers, night. Did not attend meeting today; having the sheep and lambs to see to. Found one young lamb. Azor and Eliza and Burton and Mary were here in the afternoon, returning at night. Smiley called a moment, returning from Monroe.

Monday, 28

Day cloudy and cool. Went up on the hill and drove the sheep off Roby’s oats and put up the fence, it having been blown down. Went up to the P.O. and got the Tribune. Boys worked at Valentine’s. Br. Wells set some cabbage.

Tuesday, 29

Weather similar to yesterday. Found a pair of young twin lambs this morning. Went over the creek and got a couple of poles & made a trellis for climbing rose. Went over again & put up some fence. Boys at Valentine’s. Br. Wells worked some in garden.

Wednesday, 30

Partially cloudy & a little warmer. Spent the day in going over the district to inspect the condition of the roads, and to call out the taxables to work on them next week. The boys continue their work at Valentine’s. Br. Wells hoed some in the garden.

Thursday, 31

Fair, and considerably warmer. Went up to the P.O. and got the Tribune and bought two lbs. of coffee. Called at Percival’s shop and had my boots toed. The boys worked at Valentine’s. Uriah left $31.00 for them. Br. Wells bushed some peas.

June

Friday, 1

Forenoon clear, afternoon cloudy. Did nothing in the forenoon except my chores. Afternoon went over the creek and burnt some brush heaps and caught some fish. Luman and Delos Bailey went up to Smith May’s with machine to move his barn. Elon called.

Saturday, 2

Fair and moderately warm. Looked after the sheep and lambs and did a little at grading Balance of the day spent with Mr. Gilman, who came for his first visit. He staid over. Luman and Delos at May’s. Harvey at John Vroman’s shearing sheep.

Sunday, 3

Cloudy & rainy most of the day. Did not attend meeting but remained at home with Mr. Gilman who departed in the middle of the day with Harvey and Lizzie who went with the buggy and took him home, returning before dark.

Monday, 4

Day fair and warm. In the morning drove the sheep out of the meadow and put up the fence. Went to work on the road beginning at the lower end of the district. The boys washed the sheep & then went off to pulling stumps.

Tuesday, 5

Partially cloudy & quite warm. Worked on the road again today. Finished down by Jack Drake’s and repaired a piece below Elon’s. Luman commenced plowing the ground for buckwheat and Harvey sheared sheep for Mr. Newland.

Wednesday, 6

Warm. Two heavy showers afternoon. Worked on the road up south of the tannery. Took dinner at Samuel’s. The boys went in the afternoon up to Adolphus Saxton’s and moved his barn. Smiley & Lurenda, and Azor & Eliza went down to Franklin.

Thursday, 7

Warm with light showers. Worked on the road above the tannery again today. Went up & took dinner with Horace. Luman plowed in the forenoon. Harvey & Lizzie went to Burlington in the afternoon.

Friday, 8

Fair, warm and pleasant. Attended the Teacher’s Association at the Center. Mr. Bunyan came down & took dinner with me. Luman went to Troy. Some young poeple from West Burlington stopped with us & at night Wm. McKean put up with us.

Saturday, 9

Day cloudy & temperate. Went over to Esq. Loomis’ at East Troy to attend to settlement of the Doctor’s accounts. Met a considerable number of persons who came for that purpose. At night went home with Smiley.

Sunday, 10

Day partially cloudy. Remained at Smiley’s till after breakfast and then rode on with him and Lurenda, who went over to see Amanda. Wife went over with them. I remained to take care of the house.

Monday, 11

Day fair and warm. Worked on the road at the west end of the district, along by Malvina’s and Horace’s. Took dinner with Horace. Luman plowed some. Harvey sheared sheep for Lee(?). Rec’d. letter from Lydia. Lizzie sick.

Tuesday, 12

Weather same as yesterday. Went up to the tannery in the morning and had the scraper brot home. Wrote a letter to Mr. Bruce and another to Mr. Meylert, & carried them to the P.O. Luman plowed some & Harvey sheared sheep for Fowler. Elon called.

Wednesday, 13

Very warm with thunder showers. Worked on the road today in front of my house. Luman worked on the road with the oxen and scraper. Br. Wells worked on the road with us. Harvery went away in the morning to shear sheep for Mr. Fowler.

Thursday, 14

Warm with showers. Worked on the road between my house and Elon’s. At noon went up to the P.O. and got the the Tribune and Reporter. Luman worked on the road with the Oxen. Harvey went to Burlington.

Friday, 15

Day fair and temperate. Hoed the strawberrys and some potatoes and went a fishing. Brot home a pretty good string of fish. Luman went to Alba to get buggy repaired. Harvey worked a little cutting some fence posts.

Saturday, 16

Fair and not quite so warm. Hoed potatoes east of the lawn and put a handle in the old corn plow and put on a new point. Luman not yet returned from Alba. Harvey absent. Br. Wells hoed in the lower garden.

Sunday, 17

Rainy. Rained hard at night. Attended meeting at the Center Br. Wells delivered a discourse. Luman returned late at night having been away since Friday morning. Burton and Mary here after meeting.

Monday, 18

Partially cloudy and cooler. Worked at repairing the barnyard fence and went to the P.O. for the papers. Harvey cut come fence posts. Luman plowed some corn. Br. Wells hoed in the lower garden. Elon called. Br. Reynolds made a call.

Tuesday, 19

Principally fair. Light showers & cool. Helped get up the sheep for Harvey to shear. Went up to Luther’s catching some fish on the way. Staid there over night. Brother Wells hoed in the lower garden. Luman finished plowing the corn & plowed some potatoes.

Wednesday, 20

Day fair, pleasant and warm. Returning from Luther’s, called at the store & sold L. D. Taylor my sheep at $2.50 per head, to be delivered the first of Nov. next. Sold Ed. the wool at 50 cts per lb. Levi called & paid up his note $101.02. Harvey sheared sheep. Elon called.

Thursday, 21

Very fine pleasant day. Helped get up the sheep for Harvey to finish shearing; making 69 in all. Went up to the P.O. & got the papers & delivered to Ed. 112 lbs. of wool from Drake’s Est. & 182 1/4 lbs. of my own. Lent Ed $100. Smiley & Fanny were here. Wife up to Burton’s.

Friday, 22

Partially cloudy. Shower afternoon. Did nothing of any consequence today, except to go a fishing in the afternoon. Luman went to Alba with Bill Vroman. Harvey was away from home most of the time. Br. Wells chopped some wood. VanDyke called.

Saturday, 23

Day fair and warm. Put up a trellis for the grape vine and went up on the hill and drove the sheep off the oats and put up the fence. Luman has not returned home yet from his trip to Alba. Harvey put up a little fence.

Sunday, 24

Day fair and extremely warm. Attended meeting at the Center in the forenoon, Br. Wells officiating. Wife went down to see her sister Eliza who is very poorly. Allen Bovier came home with Luman. Ed. was here. L. D. Taylor came down with Br. Wells at night.

Monday, 25

Very hot. Thunder in the afternoon. Fixed up the yard below the calfshed. Went up to the P.O. and towards night hoed some potatoes. The boys finished the corn in the forenoon and plowed & hoed some potatoes in the afternoon. Br. Wells worked some in the garden.

Tuesday, 26

Weather continues very warm. Helped Luman hoe some potatoes in the forenoon. Afternoon went up to the P.O. in the afternoon & got the Tribune and helped Ed. carry away the balance of the wool & weigh it. Br. Wells worked some in the garden. Elon called.

Wednesday, 27

More temperate. Thunder & a little rain. Hoed potatoes east of the house. Went on to the south hill & put up some fence, & on to the north hill twice for the same purpose & to drive the sheep off the oats. Luman went to Troy to mill & to carry wool to machine. Br. Wells sick.

Thursday, 28

A little more rain, & cooler weather. Attended to marking the sheep and castrating the lambs, the boys assisting. Turned the sheep over the creek. Went after the Tribune. Br. Wells a little better. Mr. Dunbar a Methodist clergyman, called.

Friday, 29

Weather fair & continues cool. Employed a considerable portion of the day hoeing potatoes. Went up to P.O. & got the Reporter. Went over the creek and found some lambs poisoned. Brot up the cows & bull & turned them on north hill. Br. Wells continues unwell.

Saturday, 30

Weather similar to yesterday. Worked at hoeing potatoes a part of the day and went up to the store and bought 2 lbs. of coffee. Luman went to Troy to get the grist from mill. Rev. & Mrs. Dunbar called again and staid over night. Br. Wells improving some.

July

Sunday, 1

Weather continues fair. Attended meeting at the Center in the forenoon and heard a discourse by Br. Delmont, Brs. Wells and Dunbar being present. They attended meeting in the afternoon at the Corners. Br. Dunbar put up with us again tonight.

Monday, 2

Fair and warm. Hoed potatoes, helped the boys castrate the calves, went up to the store and over the creek to see the sheep. Found the lambs all doing well. Harvey went up to Luther’s and got five bushels of rye.

Tuesday, 3

Day fair and warm. Finished hoeing the potatoes & went up to the P.O. and got the Tribune. Towards night went down to the creek and caught a few fish. Br. Wells worked some in the garden. The boys were away from home.

Wednesday, 4

Cloudy with rain in middle of day. Staid at home and kept Independence with wife and Br. Wells and Letty. Went twice to drive the sheep off Amanda’s oats. She came over towards night. Luman went to Elmira, Harvey & wife to East Troy.

Thursday, 5

Warm with slight showers. Went over to Amanda’s in the morning and in the middle of the day went up to the P.O. for the Tribune. Took dinner with Samuel. Harvey went away to shear sheep for Charles Kenyon. Elon called.

Friday, 6

Fair & very warm. Thunder at night. Worked over on the south hill at laying over and repairing the partition fence. Luman sowed the buckwheat and also sowed the same ground to rye. Roby’s boys dragged. Harvey remains away. Luman is sick tonight. McFalin paid note.

Saturday, 7

Hot and dry. Thunder clouds in the distance. In the forenoon sowed the buckwheat, Luman having sown only the rye yesterday. Afternoon worked at the fence on the south hill. Luman is better, called Sam. to see him last night & this morning. Truman Roby dragged buckwheat. Harvey came home tonight.

Sunday, 8

Warm with shower at night. Attended meeting at the Center in the afternoon and heard Br. Sweet. Br. Wells went to Leroy. After meeting went over to Amanda’s. Harvey & Lizzie went to West Burlington. Luman remains unwell. Mrs. Lane came to see us & staid over night.

Monday, 9

Partially cloudy, & cooler. Worked over the creek at making and repairing partition fences & burning stumps. Luman continues unwell. Br. Wells worked in the garden transplanting tobacco. Elon called at night.

Tuesday, 10

Day fair and warm. Worked all day at making fences over the creek. Had Fremont to haul rails with the oxen. Luman went away with Ed. over to Sullivan county to buy sheep. Br. Wells worked in the garden. Harvey helped me in the afternoon.

Wednesday, 11

Fair and warm. Spent the day over the creek, at work at the fence and burning stumps. Harvey worked a spell in the forenoon at cutting and hauling out some poles. Br. Wells worked in the garden a part of the time.

Thursday, 12

Fair, warm and dry. Worked at the fence over the creek again today. Finished the rail fence & burned some stumps. Luman came home this morning but is not able to work. Harvey helped Fremont haul some rails & fix some fence.

Friday, 13

Hot & dry. Worked in forenoon at pole fence over the creek, afternoon got ready and started with Br. Wells for meeting at Leroy. Rode with Alon. Br. Delmont preached. We staid at Orator’s. Harvey brought home mowing machine & used it over at Amanda’s.

Saturday, 14

Continues hot. Shower in afternoon. Attended meeting in forenoon & heard Elder Sweet, and again in the evening hearing a very interesting discourse by Br. Hurlburt from Smithfield. We took dinner with Albert and also put up with him.

Sunday, 15

Fair, hot weather continues. Attended conference meeting in the morning, and then heard another discourse by Br. Delmont. Br. Wells did not attend on account of the heat. Azor & Eliza being there, rode home with them taking wife along.

Monday, 16

Weather same as yesterday. After breakfast went over to the village, paid Peirce for Drake’s coffin, sold my coupons, bought some cloaths, returned to Azor’s, & after supper came home having a chance to ride with Sam. Wife remained at Azor’s.

Tuesday, 17

Very hot. Light shower afternoon. Went up to Center after Tribune, brought home firkin & put it to soak, ground axe, & went over creek & worked some at fence. Harvey having broken the machine spent the day in getting it in order again. Luman continues unwell.

Wednesday, 18

Afternoon showery with rain at night. Worked over the creek at repairing the pole fence next the meadow. Harvey finished mowing at Amanda’s & brot the machine across to meadow over the creek & made beginning there. Luman unable to work. Elon called at night.

Thursday, 19

Fair and considerably cooler. Worked in the forenoon at repairing pole fence. Afternoon went up to the P.O. for the Tribune & carried pair boots to be mended. Harvey mowed in the forenoon & with Delos & Roby boy got up hay in the afternoon. Br. Wells worked in the garden.

Friday, 20

Rained from 11 a.m. constantly. Repaired brush fence, and turned the cattle on the north hill to keep them off the flat. Harvey mowed in forenoon above the house. Delos & Roby boy hauled two loads hay from over the creek. Luman went to Troy. Wife came home with Eliza.

Saturday, 21

Rainy night. Day cloudy & cooler. Worked over the creek again at repairing pole fence and attending to the Sheep. They have become very troublesome. Luman returned from Troy. Harvey spent the day with his gun. Eliza returned home.

Sunday, 22

Warm. Shower in afternoon. Attended meeting at the Center and heard a discourse by Br. Wells . Alva called before meeting. Afternoon had to attend to the sheep, being out in the shower. Harvey & Lizzie went away returning at night.

Monday, 23

Fair. Slight shower at 1 o’clock. Pulled the weeds from among the strawberry plants and hoed them. Harvey mowed with machine for Al. Baxter. Delos & Roby’s boys got up & hauled the hay, Luman helped a little. Elon called at close of day.

Tuesday, 24

Day fair and warm. Went over the creek to see about the sheep and fixed some bars at the head of the lower lane. Luman’s eyes are very bad. Harvey mowed with machine for Delos on Amanda’s meadow. Br. Wells worked in the garden.

Wednesday, 25

Weather same as yesterday. Repaired fence and bars in the lower lane and let the hogs out of the pen. Towards night went up to Luther’s and staid over. Harvey continued his mowing for Delos. Br. Wells worked in the garden.

Thursday, 26

Fair, warm weather continues. After breakfast returned from Luther’s, calling at the P.O. for my mail matter. Mr. & Mrs. Stockwell called and made a short stay. Har- mowed with machine for Roby’s boys. Luman no better.

Friday, 27

Shower in forenoon & evening. Pulled some weeds from among the potatoes and went a fishing, besides attending to the sheep. Harvey mowed for Roby’s boys in the forenoon and helped them get up hay in the afternoon. Luman about the same.

Saturday, 28

Light shower in the afternoon. Went up to Taylor’s in the morning and made arrangements with him to take away the sheep. Got them into the yard, and at night delivered to him go. Luman some better, & went to Troy. Br. Wells chopped some wood.

Sunday, 29

Fair and warm. Attended meeting at the Center in the forenoon, Br. Wells being the officiating minister. After meeting Br. Rockwell came down and took tea with us. Burton & Mary were here. Harvey & Lizzie went away.

Monday, 30

Partially cloudy, with a little rain. Worked with Harvey and Roby’s boys in the forenoon at making fence on the flat between the woods and the Chattle meadow. Afternoon went up to the P.O. and got the Tribune. Harvey & the boys, after finishing the fence, mowed some.

Tuesday, 31

Day fair and warm. In the forenoon fixed some bars by the creek between the pasture & the woods. Harvey with Delos & Roby’s boys worked at mowing & getting up hay. At night went with wife up to Luther’s he having come after us.

August

Wednesday, 1

Forenoon fair, Afternoon rainy. Went with Luther & Sally, in the morning, up to Stephen’s for a visit. After dinner we went over to make a visit at William Bates. At night we returned with Luther and Sally and staid with them again.

Thursday, 2

Partially cloudy, raining a little. After breakfast, Luther came and bought us home. In the middle of the day went up to the P.O. and got the Tribune and a letter from Mr. Meylert. Harvey raked some hay before the rain. Luman’s eye is not so well.

Friday, 3

Fair and moderately warm. Did nothing all day except to assist in unloading a load of hay. Harvey with Truman Roby hauled in the hay and raked the barley that was cut, hauling in one load of it. Luman’s eye was better today.

Saturday, 4

Cloudy and forenoon rainy. Did nothing in the forenoon, and afternoon went a fishing. Luman and Harvey were away collecting and attending to sheep that Luman and Ed. have bought together. Br. Wells worked in the garden. Elon called at night.

Sunday, 5

Cloudy and cool. Attended meeting at the Center in the forenoon and heard Elder Sweet deliver a discourse, Br. Wells being in attendence and assisting in the exercises. Luman’s eye continues better. Br. Wells went away.

Monday, 6

Fair and temperate. Went a fishing in the forenoon and in the afternoon, did nothing in particular but to read the Tribune. Harvey and Delos worked at mowing and getting in hay. Luman away on his sheep business. Jim Gee called.

Tuesday, 7

Weather same as yesterday. Worked a little at repairing fences on the flat. Harvey had Gib. Baxter and Delos to help him. They cradled a small piece of oats, and cut and hauled in five loads of hay. Luman attending to his sheep speculations.

Wednesday, 8

Fair. Cloudy at night. Put the calves in the meadow over the creek. Spread hay in the forenoon. Harvey with Delos & Gib. finished mowing & hauled in 3 loads. Fremont helped some. Luman went away to buy sheep. Br. Wells returned.

Thursday, 9

Rainy night & cloudy day. Went with wife & Luther and Sally over to East Troy to attend a dedication meeting at the new Free Will Baptist house. Went to Smiley’s & staid overnight, attending meeting in the evening.

Friday, 10

Day fair and temperate. After breakfast we all went up to Azor’s. Went with Smiley & Luther to the village where we found Azor. Afternoon we returned to Luther’s and then he came down & brought us home.

Saturday, 11

Weather like that of yesterday. Went a fishing in the middle of the day. Did nothing else of consequence. Harvey went to help drive sheep to Troy for drover. Luman returned from his tour with a flock of sheep. Br. Wells chopped some wood & set out some tobacco.

Sunday, 12

Fair weather continues. Attended meeting at the center in the forenoon, Br. Wells the officiating minister. Afternoon went over the creek to see to the stock. Harvey & Lizzie went away, returning at night. Elon called in the evening.

Monday, 13

Day cloudy with a little rain. Went over to Amanda’s in the morning calling at Robert’s & buying a calf of Eliza. Went over the creek & repaired some fence, afternoon attended Jacob Avery’s funeral. Br. Wells officiated. The boys were engaged assisting drovers collect their sheep.

Tuesday, 14

Cloudy and rainy. Went down to Robert’s, and brot home the calf, paying Eliza $7.00 for it, cut up some elders by the road, & repaired the fence below the garden. Bill Vroman called and paid his note in favor of Drake’s estate.

Wednesday, 15

Cloudy most of the day. Went with Harvey in the morning to the store & got barrel of flour & some fish & a firkin of Larcum. Smiley & Lurenda came & with wife & Br. Wells went with them to visit at Bunyan’s. Harvey & Lizzie & Lettie went after blackberries. Luman went to Leroy.

Thursday, 16

Fair but not very warm. Repaired two sets of bars in the lower lane, and went up to the P.O. and got papers, also a letter from Capt. Manville. Luman returned from Leroy in evening. Br. Wells also returned from Bunyan’s.

Friday, 17

A little frost in the morning. Day fair. Went a fishing in the afternoon, did nothing else of consequence except a few chores. Luman went to Leroy again. Harvey & Lizzie to West Burlington in the afternoon, Daniel Bruce called in the forenoon.

Saturday, 18

Day fair and weather warmer. Went in the morning, down to Bill Vroman’s & bought a calf of him for $5.00, and at night and brought it home. Gathered some top onion seed and pulled some weeds from among the potatoes. Luman went to Troy.

Sunday, 19

Cloudy and rainy. Intended going to meeting today but on account of the rain about that hour, concluded to give it up. Remained about the house during the day, reading and attending to some chores. Br. Wells away in the evening.

Monday, 20

Day fair and pleasant. Fixed a little fence, went to the P.O. for the Tribune & wrote a letter to Mr. Manville. Daniel Bruce came to work for boys. They made preparation for pulling stumps for Amanda. Isaac & Burton called & took supper with us.

Tuesday, 21

Weather like yesterday. Did some chores, repaired a little fence and spent some time reading. Luman went to Leroy in the morning and has not returned. Harvey & Daniel worked at the oats getting in two loads.

Wednesday, 22

Partially cloudy, raining some. Went over on Amanda’s hill to see the boys pull stumps. Harvey & Daniel worked at that business. Luman returned this afternoon with William Cross. Eliza called in the morning. She was going after blackberries.

Thursday, 23

Weather similar to yesterday. Finished gathering the top onions for seed, doing but little besides. Received a a letter from Mr. Pect concerning Dr. Drake’s insurance claim. Harvey & Daniel pulled stumps in the forenoon. Luman went away with Cross, returning at night.

Friday, 24

Thunder shower in the afternoon. Chopped down a cherry tree on the flat, repaired some bars there & went up to the store & bought some coffee & some nails, & got my papers & a letter from Lydia. Harvey & Daniel raked the balance of the oats.

Saturday, 25

Cloudy, cool, dull weather. Employed a considerable part of the day in writing a letter to my sister Lydia. Smiley and Lurenda came over. Boys did not do much today. Went home with Smiley at night with a view of going to Troy on Monday.

Sunday, 26

Principal part of the day fair. Spent the principal part of the forenoon with Smiley and Lurenda and towards the middle of the day started on foot to go up to Azor’s. Found them at home and staid with them over night.

Monday, 27

Day fair and some warmer. Smiley calling in the morning went with him to the village. Bought a coat for $12.50. We called Delos’ office, and on Drs. Axtell & Rockwell on business of Dr. Drake’s Est. Returned & took dinner with Smiley & then came home.

Tuesday, 28

Clear & cloudy, raining some. Spent a part of the forenoon over on the hill where the boys were pulling stumps. Repaired some fence towards night. Harvey and Daniel took the machine over to John Wilcox’s towards night.

Wednesday, 29

Warm. Thunder showers around. Did but little except attending to several matters relating to the hogs and calves. Harvey and Daniel pulled stumps for John Wilcox. Luman was absent from home most of the time.

Thursday, 30

Partially cloudy, springlings of rain. Spent a considerable portion of the day writing a letter to Mr. Atkins and carried it up to the P.O. and got the Tribune. Went over the creek a short time with gun to hunt for squirrels. Harvey & Daniel at Wilcox’s.

Friday, 31

Weather about the same as yesterday. Worked about half the day over the creek at picking up and burning brush &c. Br. Wells worked with me a part of the time. Harvey and Daniel pulled stumps for Wilcox in the forenoon & got the machine repaired afternoon.

September

Saturday, 1

Warm, with light showers. Attended the primary election at the Center in the afternoon, and at night went with Luman up to Warren Smith’s to look at some calves with a view of buying. Harvey & Daniel at Wilcox’s.

Sunday, 2

Same sort of weather continues. Did not attend meeting today on account of having to go over the creek to drive some sheep out of mischief, and a call by Jack Drake. Amanda and Mrs. Tice made a call in the afternoon.

Monday, 3

Weather similar to preceeding. Started with Smiley and Esq. Loomis, in the morning for Towanda to do some business for Drake’s Estate. Came up at night to Thomas Smiley’s and staid all night. Bunyan was with us.

Tuesday, 4

Day principally fair. After breakfast started for home. Smiley and Mr. Bunyan took dinner with me. In the afternoon rode home with Smiley, and then walked up to Azor’s and remained there over night. Called at the factory.

Wednesday, 5

Day fair and warm. Went over to the village in the afternoon, called at Paine’s and some other places, walked homeward as far as Luther’s, took supper with them, & Valentine coming along, rode home & staid with him overnight.

Thursday, 6

Weather same as yesterday. After breakfast, in the morning started for home, calling at the store on the way. Harvey commenced pulling stumps for Levi, Daniel being away. Luman sold his oxen. Burton and Mary were here.

Friday, 7

Day cloudy and rainy. Went over the creek in the forenoon and repaired some fence. Harvey & Daniel pulled stumps in the forenoon for Levi, quitting at noon on account of the rain. C. D. Ross called and paid his note. Amanda was here.

Saturday, 8

Principally fair, Sprinklings of rain. Went over on the hill & staked out the line where the boys are to make stump fence for Amanda, & went up to the store calling at Percival’s shop & got my boots mended. Harvey & Daniel at Levi’s in the forenoon. Uriah Baxter called.

Sunday, 9

Cloudy dull weather. Attended meeting at the Center in the forenoon, Br. Wells the speaker. Azor & Eliza came down in the morning, & at night I rode home with them in order to proceed with them tomorrow as far as Rochester, on my way to Wayne Co. N.Y.

Monday, 10

Cloudy weather continues. Took the cars at Troy at half past 10 A. M. with Azor and Eliza and Alvord and his wife for Rochester, arriving there at 5 P. M. We found Mr. Anderson, their uncle, waiting for us at the Depot. and proceeded with him to his house.

Tuesday, 11

Cloudy. Afternoon rainy. At 6 A. M. I took the cars for Clyde, and from thence, started on foot for Rose – 5 miles – getting a chance to ride part of the way – arriving at Mr. Silas Town’s to dinner. Made a call at Amos Marsh’s, returning to Mr. Town’s.

Wednesday, 12

Morning rainy. Afternoon cloudy. After breakfast Mr. Town’s son, Eugene went with buggy & carried me to Benham Andrus’ in Huron, 6 miles. Afternoon rode with his son David Henry, to Wolcott village, calling on his brother Luman at Daguerrian room.

Thursday, 13

Day fair with heavy wind. Rode with Benham in the morning, 4 miles, to the lake shore. Had a fine view of the lake for the first time. Afternoon walked 2 miles to Wolcott village, made some purchases at store, and returning took tea at Hiram’s.

Friday, 14

Fair with thunder showers at night. Walked with Benham over to Hiram’s where we made a call. The balance of the day was spent in visiting with the family, and walking over and viewing his farm and situation.

Saturday, 15

Cloudy threatening rain. Forenoon went to village with Benham sat for Luman to take my picture. Afternoon Benham took me to the Valley, walked to Mr. Town’s & took tea, thence to Mr. Marsh’s where I found Lydia, on a visit from Michigan she having lost her husband there.

Sunday, 16

Cloudy with a little rain. Rode out with Roswell Marsh to his sister’s – Mrs. Saxton – who lives in Butler. Towards night took a walk down south & around east. Spent the rest of the day with Lydia & Mr. Marsh’s family.

Monday, 17

Weather similar to yesterday. After an early breakfast, Roswell took me down to Clyde in his buggy, proceeded thence to Rochester, called at Mr. Anderson’s, then took the cars for home, arriving at Azor’s about dark, finding them at home.

Tuesday, 18

Rainy weather continues. Came with Azor & Eliza down to Smiley’s, after dinner, came on home, stopping at Burton’s & Isaac’s on the way. Found a letter from D. R. Manley & one from H. N. Williams notifying appointment to damage view.

Wednesday, 19

Cloudy and rainy. Spent most of the day in the library reading the newspapers – wrote a letter to D. R. Manley and carried it to the P.O. Harvey pulling stumps at Leroy – Luman away from home. Kenyon boys called, wanting to rent Amanda’s farm.

Thursday, 20

A cloudy, rainy day. Spent the day in the library reading, doing nothing except a few chores. Luman returned from Troy, and Harvey returned from his work on account of the rain. Ed. made a call, and Jeff. and Steve Baxter came in.

Friday, 21

Rainy day. High water. Staid about the house untill towards night, and got ready and walked up as far as Luther’s in the rain, calling at the store and buying an umbrella on the way, being on my way to Canton to attend the yearly meeting.

Saturday, 22

Day fair and pleasant. Started after breakfast, from Luther’s and walked up to the Summit, and thence up to Stephen’s, calling there to dinner, and towards night went on to Stockwell’s. Attended meeting in the evening and heard Br. Backber a baptist. Staid at Stockwell’s.

Sunday, 23

Severe frost. Day fair. Attended meeting in the forenoon with Mr. Stockwell’s family, and heard a discourse by Br. Mitchell of Centre county. In the evening we attended again and heard Br. Horner of Buffalo, who was assisted by Br. Cleaveland of Philadelphia.

Monday, 24

Fair, pleasant weather continues. In the morning attended the immersion of two young ladies by Br. Mitchell. Afternoon, with Messrs. Manley & Thomas, viewed & appraised damages by a road. Evening attended meeting at Alba. Discourse by Br. Mitchell. Staid over night with Br. Wilson.

Tuesday, 25

Day fair and pleasant. In the morning, after breakfast, started in company with Br. Rockwell, for home. We called and took dinner with Luther, Br. Rockwell stopping at Laythan Andrews. In the evening, attended meeting at the Center and heard Br. Cleaveland.

Wednesday, 26

Day cloudy and rainy afternoon. Br. Wells went away, in the morning to meet Br. Cleaveland, and attend a meeting with him this evening at Leroy. Smiley having come over today, wife & I went home with him, taking along two firkins of butter to sell at Troy.

Thursday, 27

Fair and pleasant again. Went to Troy with Smiley, he taking along a load of butter. Wife went along and stopped at Azor’s. Failing to sell our butter, we left it with Redington, to be disposed of another day. Stopped & staid overnight with Azor.

Friday, 28

Weather fair and pleasant. Went in the forenoon with wife and Azor and Eliza over to the village. Called on Delos at his office for counsel concerning Drake’s affairs. Wife did some trading. Azor having returned with his team, we walked back to the house.

Saturday, 29

Pleasant weather continues. Walked down to Smiley’s. Wife came down with Azor & Eliza soon after. Attended to some suits and settlements at Esq. Loomis’, relating to Drake’s affairs. Bought a calf of Loomis for $12.00, & agreed with Smiley for three at $10.00 a piece.

Sunday, 30

Weather same as yesterday. Towards the middle of the day Smiley and Lurenda came over home with us. Called at Elon’s with Smiley to see Sarah who is sick. He and Lurenda went over to stay with Amanda. In the evening wrote letter to Tribune. Put in $5.

October

Monday, 1

Fair, pleasant weather. Carried letter to P.O. in the morning. Wrote letter to Daniel Bush and one to Mr. Meylert, and carried them to P.O. in the afternoon. Gave note for $100.00 for threshing machine. Assisted Amanda to make bargain with Kenyon to let farm.

Tuesday, 2

Fair Weather continues, & warm. Spent the fore part of the day about the house reading and doing some writing. Towards night went over to Smiley’s, riding part of the way with Luman, intending to stay overnight and drive home the calves, which I bought, in the morning.

Wednesday, 3

Morning rainy, Fair at night. Drove home my calves in the forenoon. Br. Rockwell called and took dinner with us. Chopped some wood and picked up a basket of apples. Valentine called at night & paid his note $171.30.

Thursday, 4

Heavy frost. Day fair. Prepared the strawberry bed and chopped some wood, and also went up to the store and bought stuff for shirt and got the Tribune and other mail matter, including a letter from my sister Lydia.

Friday, 5

Very heavy frost & fair day. Chopped a little wood and planted about half of the strawberry bed. Br. Wells returned from Union. Bunyan made a call. Harvey and Truman Roby at work with the stump machine for Levi Taylor.

Saturday, 6

Another hard frost and fair. Finished putting out strawberry plants, helped Luman haul the corn, & went a fishing. Br. Wells husked some corn and chopped some wood. Harvey and Truman pulled stumps for Levi. Percival called and paid his note.

Sunday, 7

No frost. Day fair and warmer. Attended meeting at the Center in the forenoon Br. Wells being the officiating minister. After meeting Br. Rockwell made a call and took supper with us. Doctor Pepper called in the morning. Br. Wells called at Elon’s in the evening.

Monday, 8

Day fair and warm. Wrote a long letter to Lydia and after dinner carried it up to the P.O. and got a letter from Dan. Bush and the Tribune. Towards night went over the creek and helped the boys pull stumps. They hauled in the buckwheat.

Tuesday, 9

Cloudy, threatening rain. Attended the election after dinner having dug a few potatoes in the forenoon. Dennis Perry and Steve. Baxter paid up their Drake notes. Towards night, went over to Smiley’s, in order to go with him tomorrow to settle with Redington.

Wednesday, 10

Rainy morning. Day cloudy. Rode with Smiley up to the village where we settled Drake’s affairs with Mr. Reddington, paying him $525.17. Returned and took dinner with Smiley and then walked over to Luther’s and remained there over night.

Thursday, 11

Cloudy, dull weather continues. Came home from Luther’s in the course of the forenoon, calling to see Mary on the way, and also at the P.O. where I waited some time for the mail. Br. Wells finished husking the corn. Harvey pulled stumps for Robert.

Friday, 12

Rainy day and evening. No business carried on today. In the afternoon went up to the P.O. and got the Tribune and the Reporter. Mr. Being there, came home with me, and on account of the rain and darkness, stayed over night.

Saturday, 13

Day principally fair. Chopped a little wood in the forenoon, and in the afternoon had a tramp to find the calves over the creek, finding them finally in the field. Luman went home with Mr. Bunyan, and Harvey to his stump pulling.

Sunday, 14

Day fair and pleasant. Failing to get ready in season, did not attend meeting today, but remained at home with wife, the rest of the family being absent a portion of the time. In the evening Amanda and Lucella made a call. Br. Wells staid away.

Monday, 15

Pleasant weather continues. Dug six bushels of potatoes, in the forenoon & put them in the cellar. Afternoon went up to the P.O. & got the Tribune and brought the calves from over the creek, and put them in the north meadow with the others.

Tuesday, 16

Weather continues pleasant & warm. Went over the creek and repaired some fence to keep Taylor’s sheep out of mischief. Dug 4 bushels potatoes and sorted some in the cellar. Br. Wells finished digging potatoes in the garden having 10 bu. in all.

Wednesday, 17

Warm, pleasant weather. Dug 12 bushels of potatoes and Br. Wells dug two and a half and helped pick them up and put them in the cellar. Luman went to Troy & Harvey pulled stumps for Elisha Bailey. Amanda here in the evening.

Thursday, 18

Same sort of weather continues. Dug potatoes again today, Br. Wells assisting a little. Made out about the same as yesterday. Have 50 bu. in the cellar now. Went up to the P.O. and got the Tribune after dinner. Luman attending to his apple business. Harvey at Elisha’s pulling stumps.

Friday, 19

Weather continues fair and warm. Dug what we suppose to be 20 bushels of potatoes today, Br. Wells assisting some, and left them on the ground. Letty picking up 6 bu. only. Harvey continues at Elisha’s. Luman at his own business.

Saturday, 20

Weather same as yesterday. Dug about 15 bushels of potatoes and with Br. Wells help put 26 bushels into the cellar. Azor and Eliza came in the forenoon and returned at night. Smiley and Lurenda came in the afternoon and went to Leroy.

Sunday, 21

Warm & fair. Cloudy at night. Went over the creek to drive some sheep out of the meadow into Amanda’s pasture, went across to see her, and on my way home called at Robert’s to see Eliza, returning too late for meeting. Wife spent the day with Eliza.

Monday, 22

South wind & cloudy. Afternoon fair. Finished digging the potatoes by the house, and Br. Wells and Letty picked up and put them in the cellar, 22 bu. making 104 bushels in all. Went up to the P.O. and got the Tribune and a letter from Mr. Atkins.

Tuesday, 23

Frost. Day fair. In the morning went down and got a calf I had bought of Robert. Sorted and put away some potatoes in the cellar. Harvey hauled some wood helped move the loom. Amanda had her corn & potatoes brought over here and stored.

Wednesday, 24

Frost. Afternoon cloudy, snowed at night. Worked in the cellar at repairing bins & sorting and putting away the potatoes. Harvey went away with the stump machine to work for Philander. Luman has been abroad during the day. Br. Wells worked part of the time chopping wood.

Thursday, 25

Day cloudy and cool. Worked at sorting and storing the potatoes in the cellar. Finished with the exception of a very few. Br. Wells went to the P.O. and got the Tribune, and brought me a letter from A. N. Meylert.

Friday, 26

Cool & cloudy, snowing some. Went over the creek & turned some sheep out of the meadow, putting up the fence, & piled & burned some stumps; finished storing the potatoes in the cellar, & moved the old iron from the south chamber to the chamber over the woodhouse.

Saturday, 27

Partially fair. Continues cool. Worked in the cellar removing the fallen wall and clearing out the debris, preparing to build the wall anew. Br. Wells assisted. Put a pane of glass in of the cellar windows also. Harvey & Lizzie at Burlington.

Sunday, 28

Day principally fair. Went over the creek in the morning regulate matters concerning the cattle and sheep and did not return in season to get ready for meeting, so remained at home with wife, the rest of the family being absent most of the time.

Monday, 29

Cloudy day & rainy afternoon. Finished clearing away & commenced laying the cellar wall in the forenoon, and in the afternoon assisted Amanda who is moving into the south part of the house. Went up to the P.O. & got the Tribune & some coffee.

Tuesday, 30

Rainy night & forenoon. High water. Worked some at the cellar wall and assisted Amanda some at carrying in and arranging her things. The boys, among other things, butchered a sheep. Wife returned from Burton’s, having gone up there yesterday morning.

Wednesday, 31

Occasional clouds and squalls. Spent the principal part of the day at work at the cellar wall. Bought two calves of Amanda and had them brought home tonight. Luman and Harvey pulled stumps for Valentine. Br. Wells chopped some wood.

November

Thursday, 1

Day cold & partially cloudy. Worked at the cellar wall again today. Towards night went up to the P.O. and got the Tribune and Sun. Br. Wells pulled and brought in four bushels of Turnips from the garden. The boys had machine & threshed the grain.

Friday, 2

Fair and warm. Worked a part of the time, at the cellar wall and procured & marked 13 bags to sent up to Long’s mill for buckwheat bran bought of Ed. Took them up to Orlando Taylor’s. Boys at Valentine’s pulling stumps.

Saturday, 3

Weather like that of yesterday. Employment same as yesterday, working at the cellar wall. Luman went to Alba and Harvey continued his business at Valentine’s. Br. Wells brought stones on the wheelbarrow and also chopped some wood.

Sunday, 4

Day cloudy and cool. Attended meeting at the Center in the forenoon and heard a discourse delivered by Br. Wells. Remained about the house the balance of the day. Wife went down to see her sister towards night. No company today.

Monday, 5

Cold. Forenoon cloudy. Ground Frozen. Employed at the cellar wall a part of the day as usual. The boys continue to pull stumps for Valentine. Br. Wells pulled some cabbage and Swedish turnips in the garden, chopped some wood, & went to the P.O. for the papers.

Tuesday, 6

Most of the day fair. A little warmer. Worked at the cellar wall. Finished laying the stones, and made some mortar and commenced to plaster it. Br. Wells brought in to the cellar a part of the cabbage. Luman with stump Machine at Valentine’s.

Wednesday, 7

Hard freeze. Day fair. Dug a trench, gathered stone and commenced a wing wall from the cellar way to support the end of an embankment. Luman brought home some apples. Harvey repaired the roof of old part.

Thursday, 8

Day similar to yesterday. Finished the wing wall and commenced embanking. Went up to Taylor’s and got the Tribune, my note given for mowing machine and his check for $78. Rec’d. letter from A. N. Meylert.

Friday, 9

Fair, warm and pleasant. Finished the embankment commenced yesterday and worked in the afternoon at stripping the stems out of some tobacco. Br. Wells went up to Bunyan’s yesterday & returned this evening. Sam. called.

Saturday, 10

Warm indian summer day. Went with the boys, in the forenoon to take the Alanson Bailey house to pieces. Luman hauled home two loads of the old lumber. Afternoon they went away. In the evening Smiley and Lurenda came and staid all night.

Sunday, 11

Rain latter part of the day. Remained at home during the day. Smiley and Lurenda staid till towards night and then they departed for home. Br. Wells left for an absence of ten days or a fortnight on a visiting tour.

Monday, 12

Morning rainy. Day fair. Tinkered Amanda’s clock, put up a shelf for it and set it running. At noon went up to Taylor’s and got the Tribune. Mr. Bunyan and Mr. Innas made a call in the afternoon. Luman got 12 Bu. barley ground.

Tuesday, 13

Another Indian Summer day. Worked, a part of the day at the underpinning of the east end of the house which had never been finished. Chopped a little wood, and spent the balance of the time in the library. The boys were away most of the time.

Wednesday, 14

Indian Summer continues. Went, in the morning, over to Smiley’s, and in the afternoon, rode with him and Lurenda to Troy. After doing some business there, rode back with him as far as the mill & then went up to Azor’s & staid all night.

Thursday, 15

Rained all day & continues. After breakfast in the morning, started from Azor’s in the rain to walk home. Came through to Luther’s, calling there and taking dinner with them. Towards night came on home, calling at P.O. for Tribune.

Friday, 16

Cloudy & dull. Weather colder. Cleaned out and repaired the hog pen, shutting in the hogs. Went up to the Center, met the Road Commissioners there and returned my Road duplicate. Towards night worked a little at the underpinning.

Saturday, 17

Day much like yesterday. Worked at the underpinning at the east end of the house besides attending to the hogs and calves. The worked in the forenoon, with their horses and oxen, at hauling some wood. Wife has gone to stay with Eliza tonight.

Sunday, 18

Squalls of sleet & sprinklings of rain. Did not attend meeting today, Br. Wells being away. Attended to the hogs and calves. Went over to Elon’s to drive home a cow of his that had broken into the house lot. Wife came home in the morning.

Monday, 19

Clear & cloudy. Weather warm. Finished the underpinning at the east end of the house and plastered and embanked it. spent some time with Sam, who called with a book which he is obtaining subscriptions for. Luman brot my ton of bran.

Tuesday, 20

Rainy night. Day warm. Worked at plastering the underpinning north side of the house, & embanking, or grading the ground along the wall, to turn the water from it. Luther & Sally, and Orson Cole & Harriet were here for a visit.

Wednesday, 21

Cloudy and colder. Worked on the north side of the house at the same business engaged in yesterday. Luman commenced plowing on the flat. Harvey worked, in the forenoon, on the hill at clearing away to make Amanda’s stump fence.

Thursday, 22

Snow in the morning. Weather mild. Put down a loose floor in the north stoop and worked some at repairing the back kitchen, and also attended to the calves and hogs. Ira Williams called. Dr. Bates also called and staid overnight.

Friday, 23

Cold, snowing a little. Finished plastering the underpinning, and repaired and put in some of the cellar windows besides the care of the hogs and calves. Luman plowed some on the flat, & Harvey hauled some manure there.

Saturday, 24

Cloudy and cool. Went over, in the morning, to see Kenyon concerning the hay in the barn, on Amanda’s account. Cut some wood and repaired the outside cellar door. Luman finished plowing the barley stubble. Br. Wells returned. Letter from Dan.

Sunday, 25

Weather like yesterday. Attended meeting at the Center in the forenoon and heard a discourse by Br. Wells. Attended to the hogs and calves as usual. Towards night wife went down to see her sister Eliza and stay with her.

Monday, 26

Fair and not so cold. Besides chores, worked some at repairing calf stable and yard fence. Went up to the store and got the Tribune and some sugar. Luman carried to Long’s mill & Harvey hauled manure.

Tuesday, 27

Day quite mild and pleasant. Employed at repairing the calf stable and yard fence, same as yesterday. Harvey continued his work of hauling manure on to the flat. Br. Wells chopped a little wood. Br. Nelson Reynolds & his son called.

Wednesday, 28

Cloudy, raining some. Worked a little about the stable and calf yard, and went over to the sugar bush and turned over the sap troughs, bringing up some planks to use about the stable. Harvey went to help raise building for Levi Taylor.

Thursday, 29

Cloudy with considerable rain. With the help of the boys, carried the work bench down to the calf shead, and with the help of Br. Wells, ground the plane irons and some other tools. Worked a little at the calf stable.

Friday, 30

Very high water. Cloudy & rainy. Attended to the calves and hogs, chopped a little wood, and spent some time stripping stems out of tobacco. Rec’d. 3rd Vol. Victor’s History of Rebellion. Smiley & Lurenda came & staid over night.

December

Saturday, 1

Rain tipped of with snow. Cold & dull. Worked some at the calf stable besides chores. Smiley & Lurenda went away in the morning, & towards night Azor & Eliza came. They went down to Jack’s to spend the night. Electa Holcomb came and spent the night with us.

Sunday, 2

Day fair and warmer. Remained at home today and wife went to meeting with Electa. Afternoon, Azor and Eliza, Valentine and Polly Ann, Lura, and Samuel’s girls were here. Electa remains with us over night again.

Monday, 3

Hard freeze. Day fair. Attended to the calves and spent part of the day at work at the stable. The boys butchered the hogs today, including Amanda’s. Fremont assisting. Electa went away in the middle of the day. Mrs. Chattle called.

Tuesday, 4

Another big rain and big freshet. Cleaned out the hog pen, put the pigs into it, and stripped some tobacco. Did nothing more except to take care of the calves. Harvey cut up the pork and cut some wood. Wife packed the meat. Dorr Kenyon called.

Wednesday, 5

Day warm and pleasant. Worked, most of the time at finishing and preparing the calf stables for use. The boys worked on the south hill at clearing away the rubbish and commenced making Amanda’s stump fence on my south line.

Thursday, 6

Warm. Cloudy afternoon. Attended to the calves and worked some at their stable. Read the President’s Message in the Tribune which Br. Wells brought from P.O. Harvey & Ezra Smith worked at stump fence. Cobb pd. Drake’s acc’t. Wife gone to stay with Eliza.

Friday, 7

Continues Cloudy morning. Warm day. Continued my work at the calf stables, and attended to the calves, having to bring hay from the barn to feed them in the meadow north of the house. Mr. Bunyan hauled my siding. Boys worked at stump fence.

Saturday, 8

Day rainy & warm. Eve. clear. Worked some at the calf stable and made a set of harness shafts for Amanda. Smiley sent me the money for butter, $50.70, by Willis. Br. Rockwell called in the afternoon and took supper with us.

Sunday, 9

Day fair and cooler. Attended meeting at the Center, Br. Wells officiating. He has not returned to night. Br. Rockwell called in the morning and went up to the meeting with us. Harvey & Lizzie went to Burlington and returned at night.

Monday, 10

Considerably cloudy and cold. Moved some hay over the calfstable, took 40 lbs butter on the wheelbarrow up to the store & sold it, bought some more sugar, coffee and other things and got the Tribune. Luman went away. Harvey chopped some wood.

Tuesday, 11

Continues cloudy and cold. Besides attending to the calves, prepared the material and whitewashed the ceilings in the northeast room and the dining room. Luman getting ready to go away with team to lumber woods. Harvey assisting.

Wednesday, 12

Cold freezing weather. Besides attending to the calves, prepared the material and whitewashed the ceilings in the northeast room and the dining room. Luman getting ready to go away with team to lumber woods. Harvey assisting him. [Entry matches Tuesday, 11 - ed.]

Thursday, 13

Weather continues quite cold. Whitewashed the library ceiling and commenced papering the wall. Took the calves down to the yard below the waggon house. Harvey chopped & hauled wood. Luman got his horses shod. Wife went down to stay with Eliza.

Friday, 14

Weather a little more fair & mild. Finished papering the Library. Luman started away this morning in company with Mr. Cobb & Hollis Taylor, intending to haul logs for McClellan this winter. Harvey chopped some wood at the house.

Saturday, 15

Fair, and continues cold. Went to Troy with Harvey, having Levi Taylor’s horses & waggon. Took up stove oven & had it lined, got two sets of chairs, one of them for Amanda, a sack of flour, some wall paper, groceries, & other things. Sister Eliza died today.

Sunday, 16

Heavy snowstorm & yet continues. Did not attend meeting today, but remained at home to take care of the calves and attend to some matters made necessary by the storm. Philander’s wife, who staid with us last night, left in the morn.

Monday, 17

Snow a foot deep. Day unpleasant. Attended to the stock at the barn & chopped some wood, Harvey being unwell. Attended with wife, Eliza’s funeral, Br. Wells officiating. Commenced papering the north east room, Amanda assisting in the evening.

Tuesday, 18

Cloudy and cold. Attended to the chores and continued my work at papering until bedtime. Harvey, feeling a little better, cut some wood for the fires. Amanda is quite unwell today, having a very bad cold.

Wednesday, 19

Weather mild & more pleasant. Attended to chores, chopped some wood, finished papering, & went up to the store & got some candles &c. Afternoon Mr. & Mrs. Bunyan were here, & evening a large number, it being a donation party for Br. Wells. Azor & Eliza staid over.

Thursday, 20

Weather pleasant but colder. Attended to the chores and chopped some wood. Harvey continuing unwell. Azor and Eliza departed in the course of the forenoon. Sent Rodman after the Tribune and spent some time reading it.

Friday, 21

Very cold night. Day fair but cold. Did nothing more than chores today. Harvey better. He chopped some wood & went abroad on some business of his own. Warren Smith came with a bill for witness fees against Dr. Drake’s Estate. Paid him $7.25.

Saturday, 22

Partially fair & a little more mild. Attended to the calves and chopped some wood for the library. Spent some time at opening a place in the calf yard in order for them to obtain warer. Harvey hauled several drags of wood and chopped some.

Sunday, 23

Warm, cloudy, & rainy at night. Attended meeting at the Center in the forenoon and heard a discourse by Br. Wells. He has not returned home from meeting. Attended to the calves and cleaned out their stable. No one called in to day.

Monday, 24

Cloudy & warm. Snow disappearing. Attended to the calves, chopped some wood, went up to the store to get mail matter and to make some purchases for the Christmas Tree and in the evening remained at home alone, family all attending the distribution at Meeting house.

Tuesday, 25

Cloudy most of the day & colder. Did nothing more than to take care of the calves and the fire in the library. Harvey chopped some wood and then went away. Amanda Shepard was here on a visit. Br. Wells has not returned.

Wednesday, 26

Weather same as yesterday. Took care of the calves and wrote a letter to my friend Atkins. Lizzie went up to the Post Office and got the Tribune and other mail matter. Harvey went to Leroy in the afternoon.

Thursday, 27

More snow. Blustering and cold. Attended to the calves, cut some wood, and wrote a letter to Dan. and also one to Tribune for the Almanac. Smiley came after wife to go home with him and stay with Lurenda a few days. She is quite unwell with a severe cold.

Friday, 28

Partially fair. Cold and blustering. Attended to the calves as usual. Wrote a letter to Benham Andrus and also one to my sister Lydia. Harvey chopped some wood for Amanda and some for ourselves, and worked some at breaking the steers.

Saturday, 29

Day a little more pleasant. Attended to my outdoor affairs as usual and spent the balance of the time in the library writing. Wrote letters to Lydia Caywood, Hon. U. Mercur, and Rhoda A. Bailey. Harvey chopped some wood and repaired the barn doors. Ed. called. Sent some letters by him to P.O.

Sunday, 30

Partially fair. Continues cold. Remained at home today, being too late for meeting after attending to my chores. Sent three letters to P.O. by Br. Wells . Smiley’s boy brought wife home in the afternoon. She says Lurenda is considerable better.

Monday, 31

Cloudy and not quite so cold. Attended to the chores and helped the women some. Sent Rodman up to the Post Office for the Tribune and spent some time reading it. In the evening read the fifth Book of Cowper’s Tash & some other of his poems. Br. Wells whose term for preaching here has expired, has engaged for a term of six months longer. He has ceased to live with us any longer, and will board at some other place. Harvey went to Troy today returning night.

Bradford County PA
Chemung County NY
Tioga County PA
Published On Tri-Counties Site On 03 December 2010
By Joyce M. Tice
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