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1876 Diary of Mary J. WILSON "Squires" of Sullivan Township

The 1876 Diary of 

Mary WILSON Squires of Sullivan Township, 
Tioga County PA

Photo: Mary J. WILSON Squires
Township: Sullivan Township, Tioga County PA
Gray Valley
Year:  1876
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Mary WILSON Squires - 1876 Diary
Mary J. WILSON was born 31 AUG 1845 in Rutland Township and she died 14 FEB 1926 in Sullivan Township, Gray Valley. She is buried in Gray Valley Cemetery. In October 1863, she married Lafayette Squires of Sullivan Township. Her parents were John Wilson and Emily Burton. Daniel Burton, her uncle, is represented in this collection with his 1873 diary already published on this site. We are very fortunate to have diaries both of Mary and of her husband Lafe. This 1876 diary is not complete and we do not have another of hers until 1887.

Sunday, January 16, 1876 - I done the work all up nice got redy and went to meating a foot and road back with georges folks. It was a nice day.

Monday, January 17, 1876 - I made the beds and washed the dishes and commenced washing twenty minets before eight. I done two weeks washing and done the work up nice. Isac was here the doctor ate supper here. I put thre hams to soke.

Tuesday January 18, 1876 - I made a stird cake. I done the wash all up nice and cut carpit rags. Lafe and Isac and george and William Brient went to Wellsborough conserning the afairs of David Edgent.(1) It reained and was warn and verry mudy.

Wellsboro Gazette Feb 1876
Executors’ Notice.  Letters testamentary of the last will and testament of David C. Edgeton, late of Sullivan township, Tioga county, Pa.,  deceased, having been granted to Isaac Squires and W. W. Bryant, all persons indebted to said estate are requested to make payment, and those having claims or demands will make known the same without delay.
Isaac Squires,
W. W. Bryant,
Executors. Feb. 1, 1878-81.*

Wednesday, January 19, 1876 - I done the work all up nice and cut carpet rags the teacher came up here and just as she got here george robins came after her to go to the oister supper on the ruggals farm for the organ. Lafe went to troy to mill it was very mudy and warm. I turned a sheet in the eavening.

Thursday January 20, 1876 - I done the work all up nice and sewed carpit rags. James burton and wesley burton was here. The teacher stayed all night here. Lafe went to billies(2) and to mainesburg.

Friday, January 21, 1876 - I washed the dishes and maid 4 stired Aple pies. James birton and wesley birton went away this forenoon. I tuck ema's sack th lining and maid her a scirt in the eavening. Emy and I did two weeks irening

Saturday January 22, 1876 - I maid the beds and swept the chambers. Emmyand I washed the dishes. I ceaned the stair steps, I patched lafe's overcoat and emmy dress and sack and I in the avening I put the pockets on my rapper and I tuck the outside of emmy sack and maid her a scirt.

Sunday, January 23, 1876 - I done the work up maid the bed in the square rome cleaned lafe's nice clothes. The doctor was here it thawed some.

Monday, January 24, 1876 - I washed the dishes and commenced working at nine o'clock and done a big washing. I then in the eavening sowed the braid on my lite calico dress. Frose up

Tuesday, January 25, 1876 - I done the wash all up nice washed the windows maid a ruffle on the neck of my rapper went over to georges and sowed carpit rags lafe went to troy it is frose up I maid a stird cake

Wednesday, January 26, 1876 - I washed the dishes maid the beds and swept out then went over to georges and sowed carpit rags. Lafe went to troy with george in the eavening. Jorg and liddy hill and rubin was here

Thursday, January 27, 1876 - I washed the dishes maid the beds and maid two loves of bred. I then comenced to strain some hunny when uncle Jedson and his wife came here and maid a visit. I then in the eavening finished the huny. It is warm and mudy. I irned in the eavening.

Friday, January 28, 1876 - I washed the dishes lafe and I tuck the carpit up. I moped and washed the lower part of the sealing. I then brushed and mended the carpit. Lafe wesley and I put three strips down in the eavening.

Saturday, January 29, 1876 - I cleaned the butry some maid 5 stird apple pies. I moped and washed the windows I maid the beds and moped the bedroom. I swept the chamber and cleaned the steps. I fixed some beat and cucumber pickles, sarah(3) and wilson hall came here to night. I patched emmis over scirt rained in the morning warm and mudy

Sunday, January 30, 1876 - I done the work all up sarah and wilson hall went away to night. Frose up.

Monday, January 31, 1876 - I washed the dishes and maid the beds and commenced washing at nine o'clock I got done by noon I maid two berry and two stird apple pies and two loves of bred I then moped and done the work all up nice.

Tuesday, February 1, 1876 - I done the work all up nice and pa and ma came over and we went to canton. We started about ten. I tuck some dried apples and stoped to troy and got some carpet warp. I got seven cents a pound and two bunches of warp at twelve shiling(4) a bunch. We got to canton about fore o'clock.

Wednesday February 2, 1876 - I helped marshy do the work. I maid 4 beds I swept out I helped wash the dishes. We had chicken for dinner. I hemed pocket hankerchief for myself I then done a big ironing.i irned 4 fine shirts it was a verry cold and blustering day.

Thursday February 3, 1876 - we started for home abut nine o'clock. We got to troy about 11 o'clock. We then got home a but one o'clock I brought home some close bars. We had a nice visit. Pa & ma went home.

Friday February 4, 1876 - I maid the bed in the squair room and straitned it all up nice. Uncle hoby(5) ate diner here. I then sowed carpet rags in the after noon and eavening. Lafe helped george butcher his hogs.

Saturday February 5, 1876 - I washed the dishes and moped and emmy swept the chamber and maid the bed and done most of the irening and in the afternoon and in the eavening I and emma sowed carpet rags.

Sunday February 6, 1876 - Emma and lafe and I went down to williams Squires this morning and stayed till night.

Monday February 7, 1876 - I washed the dishes and maid 5 stird apple pies and 3 kinds of cake. Jel cake, raison cake, and gold cake. Lafe went to troy and got the trimings for my dress. It is verry warm and mudy wind in the South.

Tuesday February 8, 1876 - I maid 3 loves of bred realed the carpet warp. It is clear and warm and verry mudy. Lafe has gone to the grange. Rubin was here tonight.

Wednesday February 9, 1876 - I done the work all up nice and moped and lafe went after liddy hill to work on my dress, they got here about noon it is warm and mudy rained in the afternoon.

Thursday February 10, 1876 - I maid the beds and washed the dishes and william johnson and aunt Elsey came here and ate dinner and stayed all night. It is warm and verry mudy.

Friday February 11, 1876 - I washed the dishes and Isac and hulda was here today it was warm and mudy rained some

Saturday February 12, 1876 - I moped and washed the dishes all up nice and maid 2 cherry pies and 3 loves of bred. Lidy hill finished my dress all but the buttins and butten holes and cut emmys pink dress then about 4 we went to mainesburg for sack ?? and to see her house. It is verry mudy. ?? was here to ??

Sunday February 13, 1876 - I washed the dishes and emmy and liddy and lafe and I went to meatting. The doctor ate here just at night. Lidy went to georges to sow for gurty. It is clear and warm and verry mudy.

Monday February 14, 1876- I dont to weeks washing and maid 4 slised apple pies. The teacher came and stayed all night. It rained some. It was verry mudy.

Tuesday February 15, 1876 - I washed the dishes and aunt hanner and uncle lewis hall came here about noon and stayed all night. It snowed about 8 inches deep I maid a jell cake and a stird cake

Wednesday February 16, 1876 - I mais the beds and washed the dishes and moped and done the work all up nice, loyd and wesley burton ate dinner here I sowed some on emmy pink dress the teacher came here and stayed all night.

Thursday February 17, 1876 - I washed the dishes and wesley and loyd and rubin and doctor ate dinner here. Rubin and net(6) stayed all night. I sowed on emmy pink dress I sent for the triming for my sack by mary jane.

Friday February 18, 1876 - I washed the dishes and moped and wesley burton went away this morning. Clark burton(7) and mr burton ate dinner here. Lidy came over from georges about noon to sow. I maid 4 slised apple pies and a jell cake. i bought a carpet hammer of deaf tator 35 cts.

Saturday February 19, 1876 - I done the work all up nice and moped. Lidy hill cut and maid my sack and sowed some on emmy pink jacket and some on mine. ?? was here(8). I done the ironing in the eavening. I sowed some on emmys pink dress.

Sunday February 20, 1876 -I washed the dishes all up nice and lafe went and tuck liddy hill home. docter ate dinner here. Clark burton and mr burton and henry ate supper here and stayed all night.

Monday February 21, 1876 - I cut and maid me a sunbonnet all but the buttons and strings. Lafe went to mansfield to mill. I put thre hams to soke.

Tuesday February 22, 1876 - lafe went to clintons(9) to hall wood and I went with him. I maid 2 towels and a sheet. I cut emmy grean and white sunbonit and cut and maid her grean and white apron in the eavening. Lafe went to the grange.

Wednesday February 23, 1876 - I washed the dishes all up nice and moped and maid 4 stired apple pies and a stird cake. clinton and rubin worked here I maid the cape to emmy bonit.

Thursday February 24, 1876 - I maid the top part to emmy bonet and finished hern and mine.

Friday February 25, 1876 - I maid the bed in the squ

Emily Burton (1820-1895) was Mary's Mother
Emily Charlotte Squires (1866-1929) was Mary's only daughter
air room and straitond it all up nice. I then sowed the velvit on emmy dress all but two rows I maid 2 loves of bred and 3 pies and a jell cake. lafe went to mainesburg and then up to parmer(10) hill and got a bushel of onions. I turned a ?? in the eavening.

Saturday February 26, 1876 - I washed the dishes and maid the beds and moped and done the work all up nice and lewis beech and ann and john and charly came and ate dinner and stayed all night and phose(11) ate dinner here. Lafe and john and lew went to troy.

Sunday February 27, 1896 - I maid the bed in the squair room and swept it out it rained and hailed all day

Monday February 28, 1876 - I pickled 10 cans of sweet appels and 4 with lemon in. william and reubin cut wood and maryan was here. Pa and ma and mr burton and johns wife and cary and lymon shiely ate dinner here and supper here and the docter ate supper. I maid a stird cake and a jell cake and johns wife a cherry pie and buiscit.

Tuesday February 29, 1876 - I moped and maid 4 stird apple pies. lymon and carry is here. lafe and lymon went to troy and phose and clinton george Smith went up to our folkes after mr. Burton and johns wife and john came after her. Lafe and I and carry and lyman went to lonso morrison(12) a visiting in the eavening and jerry smith and wife alva gray and wife was there.

Wednesday March 1, 1876 - I washed the dishes and moped and maid 3 loves of bred. Lymon and carry is here. henry and mr. burton went to george smith and henry went home and after a while mr burton went by a foot.

Thursday March 2, 1876 - William and reubin and Clinton cut wood. Phose and lidy Smith and bradford edgetent and unice(13) and the doctor ate dinner here and William reubin clinton lidy phose ate supper here and in the eavening we went and tuck lymon and carry up on the hill I maid 4 cherry pies and a jell cake, stird cake.

Friday March 3, 1876 - I maid 2 stired apple pies and a jell cake and a stird cake and 2 loves of bred and sowed some on my dress, cut and patched the carpit in the eavening.

Saturday March 4, 1876 - I swept the Squair room and washed the dishes and maid the beds and moped and washed the windows and done the work all up nice and in the after noon I sowed on my dark calico dress.

Sunday March 5, 1876 - I maid the beds and washed the dishes and done the work all up nice.

Monday March 6, 1876 - I done 3 weeks washing william and reubin came up and fixed the tubs and taped the sugar bush and ate dinner here. I moped and the teacher came here and stayed all night. It is warm and mudy.

Tuesday March 7, 1876 - I put away the lard and emptyed some pans to put in the sugar bush. I tryed the beas wax out and had 3 pound and I strained some honey. It is warm and verry mudy we sugared off in the eavening.

Wednesday March 8, 1876 - I washed the dishes and moped and sowed on my dark calico dress and maid 1 loaf of bread. It snowed and rained some it is warm and mudy. clinton and oscar stayed here all night.

Thursday March 9, 1876 - I washed the dishes and moped and lafe went and moved clinton(14) a load of goods. I cut and sowed on emmy dark dress with a bir?? Piece of pink on one edge. It is warm and mudy.

Friday March 10, 1876 - lafe went to osten ville I finished emmy dress all but the binding on the apron and the pocket we sugared of in the eavening it is warm and verry mudy.

Saturday, March 11, 1876 - I maid the beds and washed the dishes and done the work up nice and in the afternoon I ironed and about 5 o'clock we wenu up to wilses(15) and stayed all night. It is verry mudy.

Sunday March 12, 1876 - I helped sate do the work up and I maid 4 stired apple pies and a stird cake it is verry mudy.

Monday March 13, 1876 - I washed the dishes all up nice and sowed some I maid two loves of bread.

Tuesday March 14, 1876 - I washed the dishes and maid the beds and moped and done the work all up nice and in the afternoon lafe and I went to garwood hill wife funeral. the big rone heifer has found a bossy.

Wednesday March 15, 1876 - I washed the dishes and swept out and in the afternoon lafe and wesley and I went to philetus hager funeral. clinton stayed all night and we sugared off,. I put a ?? and a new hem in my bell ?? scirt.

Thursday March 16, 1876 - I washed the dishes and moped nd boyds girl came down and she and rubin ate dinner here and emma went home with her and stayed till saterday. It was the last day of school. The loyd cow found a bossy.

Friday March 17, 1876 - I cand 4 quarts of molases. Lafe and wesley wood went to troy and I let the hem down in my light calico dress to make it longer and I cut emmy pink apron and maid it all but the binding I maid 1 loaf of bread. The little rone heifer found a bossy.

Saturday March 18, 1876 - I washed the dishes and moped and loyd and jim burton ate dinner here and jim stayed all nitht. I finished emmys pink apron and put a ruffle on her gingham apron.

Sunday March 19, 1876 - frank wilson and henry and the docter ate dinner here. the docter tuck away the beas wax 30 cents a pound. Sleying

Monday March 20, 1876 - emma washed the dishes and maid 3 beds and got dinner and washed the dishes and I done 2 weeks washing and a big one and I maid 4 sliced apple pies and fixed some beat pickels and maid 2 loves of bread. The george cow found a bossy. It snowed all the afternoon.

Tuesday March 21, 1876 - I moped and cut emma a sunbonet out and maid the cape part the one that I changed with phose.(16)

Wednesday March 22, 1876 - lafe went to ostinville and I finished emma bonet . I chirned for the first time rubin ate dinner here. it is sleying

Thursday March 23, 1876 - I maid the beds and washed the dishes and moped and about 9 o'clock. John hunt and wife and little girl and mary ann came and maid a visit. I maid a jell cake and a stird cake and 1 cherry pie and we sugared of some in a cittle for them. I chirned. Sleying.

Friday March 24, 1875 - I cut lafe a pait of over halls and in the after noon I maid them. I packed a double of butter chirning for the first. I chirned.

Saturday March 25 1876 - I maid the beds and washed the dishes and moped and emmy and I ironed. I saived the first milkins and chirned it to greas lafe harness. I then washed the chirn and chirned again. I cut lafe a pair of over halls in the after noon and maid them in the after noon and eavening. Sleying.

Sunday, March 26, 1876 - I washed the dishes and naid the beds and maid 2 custard pies and chirned.

Monday March 27, 1876 - I washed and maid some cuckis(17) and chirned and packed a double chirning of butter.

Tuesday March 28, 1876 - lafe went to troy and I done the work up and moped and cur carpit rags. I chirned and packed a double chirning of butter.

Wednesday March 29, 1876 - I cut carpit rags and chirned

Thursday March 30, 1876 - I moped and cut carpit rags and chirned and packed a double chirning of butter

Friday March 31, 1876 - lafe and I went to mansfield to uncle daniel birton a visiting

Saturday April 1, 1876 - I moped and maid 2 loves of bread and cut carpit rags and hemed 2 sheets. Line back found a calf.

Sunday April 2, 1876 - the docter and wesley birton ate dinner here. I packed a double chirning of butter.

Monday April 3, 1876 - I washed and moped the bedroom and tuck the carpit up and washed the sealing and windown and cleaned the chairs and chirned. The beach cow found a bossy

Tuesday April 4, 1876 - I washed the dishes and maid the beds and moped and william came up and got most three pound of butter. I packed one chirning of butter. I sowed carpit rags.

Wednesday April 5, 1876 - I washed the dishes and maid the beds and cleaned the chamber and sowed carpit rags. Cherry found a bossy.

Thursday April 6, 1876 - I washed the dishes and maid the beds and moped and sowed carpit rags and we sugared off in the eavening I sowed carpit rags.

Friday April 7, 1876 - I packed 3 chirnings of butter and lafe tuck it to the birg(18). We got 28 cents a pound. It weighed 50 pound. David brown ate dinner here and stayed all night. I sowed carpit rags.

Saturday April 8, 1876 - I maid the beds and washed the dishes and moped and maid 2 custard pies and 1 cake and 2 loves of bread. William worked here to day. Frank wilson come here and stayed all night. I sowed carpit rags.

Sunday April 9, 1876 - frank and the docter ate dinner here. we sugared off. I packed a double chirning of butter in the seckond tub for the first.

Monday April 10, 1876 - I got done a washing betixt nine and then I sowed carpit rags. Brin found a bossy. I maid a cake

Tuesday April 11, 1876 - I moped and ironed yesteay and to day I maid a cake we sugared of uncle daniel burton(19) was cilled by the cars.

Wednesday April 12, 1876 - lafe went and tuck clark(20) home to day. I cleaned the squair room . lewis beech and martin lewis ate dinner here. I paid mary jane 7 pound of carpit rags. I sugared off. I maid 1 loaf of bread.

Thursday April 13, 1876 - lafe and I went to uncle daniel burtons funeral at mansfield. we went to aarons

Friday April 14, 1876 - I moped and done the work all up nice and francelly Smith and mary jane ate dinner here. we sowed some tomatoes and cabige seed.

Saturday April 15, 1876 - I moped and done the work all up nice and william and mary ann ate dinner here. I patched in the afternoon.

Sunday, April 16, 1876 - lafe and I and emmy went to our fathers

Sunday May 14, 1876 - lafe and I and emma went to our folkes and brought the carpet home with us. We had forty yards.

Monday May 15, 1876 - I commenced papering the bedrooms.

Tuesday May 16, 1876 - I papered today

Wednesday May 17, 1876 - I finished papering it tuck 6 double rolls.

Saturday May 20, 1876 - we put the bedrooms carpet down. We put the milk down seller.

Monday, September 11, 1876 - I commenced drying peaches.

Poem on page for December 11, 1876:

A wish for a friend Is often given My wish for you Is a home in heaven

1. 1 David C. Edgeton [SRGP 14886] - 1795-1875, buried Ames Hill Cemetery

2. 2 Blacksmith and gunsmith, William Robbins, was frequently called Billie.

3. 3 Sarah WILSON, sister of Mary and her husband Wilson HALL

4. 4 My father, born 1921, says that some of the old people when he was a child used shilling for quarter (25 cents). They also still used the word farthing.

5. 5 Hobby Austin is the only one of this name I am aware of.

6. 6 Probably Reuben Squires, nephew of Lafe, and brother of Net SQUIRES Smith, niece of Lafe and wife of Will Harrison Smith.

7. 7 Clark Burton, son of Daniel Burton and Eliza Sweet. Mr. Burton may refer to Daniel, although she refers to Daniel as uncle later in the diary.

8. 8 This is the same person as on Feb 12. Looks like phose, could be jhose .

9. 9 Possibly Clinton Mudge whom she mentions another time in the diary and who Lafe mentions in his.

10. 10 I have not heard of Palmer Hill in the present era, but if I have read this correctly this is what it said with it spelled the way the Sullivan Township Palmers pronounced their name even into the early part of this century. That is as Parmer.

11. 11 This is the third time I have seen this name and it still appears to be phose although I do not recognize who it might be. Possibly Tryphosa - surname unknown - who later married Clinton Reynolds.

12. 12 Isabella, niece of Lafe was married to A.M. Morrison. If the name was Alonzo then Lonso would the short name for that. They lived just down the hill from where Alvah Gray and Caroline McConnel lived. Only the lilac bush remains the house having burned when my father was young. This is just south of the bridge on the Elk Run road; just north of the road where my parents live.

13. 13 Eunice SQUIRES was married first to Thomas HULSLANDER and moved to Nebraska with others of the neighborhood families. She returned after Thomas' death in the Civil War and married Bradford Edgeton.

14. 14 Lafe's diary of the same day indicates that this is Clinton Reynolds.

15. 15 Wilse is apparently Wilson Hall, husband of Mary's sister Sarah (Sate or Satey)

16. 16 Could be jhose for josie?? Possibly Josephine SQUIRES d. of George SQUIRES and Mary Jane SMITH b. 1861.

17. 17 cookies

18. 18 This refers to Mainesburg, called by many, 'the burg.'

19. 19 See Daniel Burton 1873 diary

20. 20 Assumedly Clark Burton, son of Daniel.
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