Diary of James Denison Spaulding, Sudbury, Vermont 1874 – 1876


 

January 1, 1874: Sudbury, [VT]

A. D. Smith and wife went home from hear [sic) today, we went to Mr Buells to see his sheep. Warm and Pleasant.


January 2

Seneca [Seneca Bucklin Spaulding, his son] and I cleaned up some Oats. Julian Smead called hear this P.M. Aaron Ketcham and Mrs. Culver was hear [sic] to tea. Arthur Hawkins and his Mother spent the evening hear [sic]. Recd a Paper from Augusta [his sister). Mr & Mrs (?) call hear [sic] on their way home. Verry [sic] warm it is thawing this evening.


January 3

Verry warm all day warm in the P.M. Clark Morton came hear after his mail. Jenny Barber came and played with Jessie Jessie Bucklin, a niece). Went to the p.o. in the eve. Was a horse trot on the Horton Pond. Jessie stayed all night with Jenny Barber.


January 4

Verry warm went to church with a sleigh had the sick headache today snow mostly gone.


January 5

Cold this morning. froze all day ben [sic] to Mr Don Buell after the rest of my sheep. Clark Morton has been here and got his Paper.


January 6

Cold, stormed all day. Sent a Paper to W. H. Babcock [his brother-in-law in Union City, PA] Went to the P. O. this evening.



January 7

Warm and rain all day. Went to Mr. Barbers with my hog. Mr Selleck was their after his hog. Chandler Johnson and Clark Morton stoped [sic] hear [sic].


January 8

It rained all night last night. Went to D. Wheelers to see his sheep. Wrote a letter to A. D. Smith. Has been very warm all day. A donation at the Royal House for Preast Havens. [A donation is a party at which some gift is given to the host by each guest.]


January 9

Donation posponed [sic] until the 20th. Verry [sic] warm and Pleasant. Mr. Barber brought our turky [sic] home. Mr. Hart has ben here and got some timber for ax helves [axe handles, ed.]. Jessie fell and hurt her side, is sick to night. Old Tige run and then James A. [fell?] off and hurt his leg some. [James A. was his second son. He was also known as Jay Albert.]


January 10

Snowed all the forenoon. Went to the funeral of Smith Germonds little boy. Went to the P. Office this evening. C. A. Morton was here and got his mail.


January 11, Sunday

All went to the meeting today except Mother. Went in a wagon. There was 26 there today. Mrs Barret has ben hear this evening. Ben cold and cloudy all day.


January 12

Cold. The wind has blowed hard from the North. Ben chopping in the woods. Verry cold.


January 13

Cold and Pleasant. Had Mr. Needhams horse to draw wood. Seneca stayed home from School and helped me. Mr. and Mrs. Barber have ben hear this evening. Seneca has ben to the P. O. and black smith shop.


January 14  

Snowed all day. Went to the P. O. Paid my Taxes $20.90.


January 15

Verry cold and Pleasant. Ben thrashing Oats. Mrs Wyman Worton died this morning at 1 oclock [sic].


January 16

Verry cold all day and Pleasant. Have ben thrashing Oats today.


January 17

Verry cold and Pleasant. Mr. Barber helped me clean up some Oats then I helped him. Mrs. Wyam Horton is buried to day. Got a letter from Mother. [his Mother Louisa Augusta Smith Spaulding, who was living with his sister Augusta Louisa Babcock in Union City, Pa.]. Seneca has ben to East Sudbury to visit the school.


January 18, Sunday

A verry Pleasant day not verry cold. Seneca has ben to Meeting. Louisa [his wife Louisa Catherine Bucklin] is a bout sick. Wrote a letter to Mother.


January 19

Warm and rained all day. Am about sick today. Clark Morton and Mr. Barber have ben here to help me fix my calf eye.


January 20

Verry cold and slipperry [sic]. Cold north wind. Ben and got Tige shod [Tige was a horse,] one shoe set on Dan. Thrashed a frin [?] Oats.


January 21

Snowed most all day. Thrashed some Oats. D. E. Ketcham has ben here. We went over to his Fathers. Ben to the P. O. this evening. Call at Mr. Smeads


January 22

Warm and Pleasant. Went to Brandon. Had the sick head ache. Put $70.00 in the bank today.


January 23

Verry changeable weather. It has rain two or three times, then the sun would shine. The old lady got verry mad to day [not his wife? ed.]. Louisa and Jessie call at Mr. Silhi ? to day. Mr. Barber filed my saw to day.


January 24

Cold. It froze hard last t night. Is verry rough to day. Ben Thrashing Oats. C. A. Morton has ben hear this evening after his Paper. Louisa is sick with a pain in her lungs.


January 25 Sunday

Verry cold and Pleasant. Seneca and James A. went to meeting. Mr Fay came hear to suppris [sic]. Rev Rusted call hear this afternoon.


January 26

One of the coldest days we have had this winter. Ben thrashing Oats. Jessie got a letter from home.


January 27

Not verry cold. Seneca helped me clean up some Oats. Sent a Paper to Wm. H. Babcock. [his brother-in law in Pennsylvania.] Louisa, Jessie and I went to D. C. Ketcham. Louisa call to see Adda Abbot and to Mrs Wheelers.


January 28

Warm. Commenced to rain about 9 oclock [sic] and rained most of the day. The wind has got into the north . It is freezing and snowing. Have ben to Hortonville to milk.


January 29

Cold north wind in the morning. Wind changed into the south in the P M. Commenced to snow. Went to the P 0 in the evening. Have ben thrashing Oats.


January 30

One of the coldest days we have had this winter. Clark Morton has ben hear this evening after his Papers. Have ben thrashing Oats. Seneca has ben to the P O.


January 31

Cold and snowed most all day. Mr Hart and his brother have ben hear to day. Ben Thrashing Oats. Got most done.


February 1, Sunday

Verry cold to day. Went to meeting afoot and alone. There was (14) fourteen there to day.


February 2

Not quite as cold as it was yesterday. Finished thrashing Oats to day. Went to the blacksmith shop. Got one shoe sat. Louisa is about sick to night. The Brink had a calf to day.


February 3

Quite warm. Snowed in the forenoon. Took J. Duttons calf home to day. Mr Ketcham went to Castleton with me. Drove Mr Ketchams horse with Tige.


February 4

Cold wind in the South East. Seneca and I finished cleaning up our Oats. He went to school in the afternoon.


February 5

Verry cold. Wind in the North. Carried the old lady [Not sure if he is referring to his Mother Louisa Augusta Smith Spaulding or his wife Louisa Catherine Bucklin. By this time, his mother is probably living in Pennsylvania with his sister, but she may have been visiting. He later says he got a letter from her, and them wrote to her Jan. 16 & 17. He also later refers to his wife as Louisa--Jan. 18. He might have been talking about his wife’s mother Laura Bourn ed.]

and Jessie over to Thans. Went to the Post Office. Got a letter from H. A. Bourn [Probably a cousin of Louisa's--her mother was Laura Bourn of Wallingford, VT. ed.]. Called to Mr Barbers coming home.


February 6

Cold and Pleasant. Went to the Swamp after a load of Cedars [Cedar was used as fence posts.]. Mrs John and Albert Smead have ben a visiting here this afternoon. Mrs John Smead stayed hear all night. There is a Donation at the Royal house for Preast Havens.


February 7

Verry cold. Mr. Ketcham, Seneca and I went to Brandon. Seneca got him a Pair of fine boots and Rubbers. A. Smead carried his Mother home. Got a Postal Card from Augusta [His sister Augusta Louisa, who married William H. Babcock and was living in Pennsylvania. ed.].


February 8, Sunday

Cold and Pleasant. Louisa and the boys went to meeting.


February 9

Cold and frosty in the forenoon, warm and Pleasant in the P M. Drew two loads of Cedar.


February 10

Warm and Pleasant. Drew two loads of Cedar. Saw Mr & Mrs Henville? and Mr & Mrs Chambers. Seneca and I have ben over to Mr Ketchams this evening. Clark Morton got a letter for Jessie.


February 11

Colder to day than it was yesterday. Have ben drawing ice to day. Filled Mr Needham’s Ice house for our own use. Mr Ketcham and I have packed about half of the Ice to night. Mrs Fay the School Teacher is hear to night. [Ice was cut into blocks from ponds and lakes and was stored, insulated with sawdust in ice houses for use in ice boxes in homes to keep milk and perishables cool during the warmer months. This writer remembers ice men coming to the house as late as the early 1940s.]

  

February 12

Warm and Pleasant. Helped A. W. Hyde pack Ice.


February 13

Verry warm in the forenoon. Rain in the afternoon. Helped A. W. Hyde pack Ice half a day. Went to Hortonville this afternoon after saw dust. Did not get any. Got a sack of Flourr [sic]. Seneca and I have ben packing Ice for? this evening. Mr Ketcham helped us.



February 14

The snow is all gone. It has ben warm and Pleasant all day. Mr Barber and Clyde have ben hear this afternoon. Seneca has ben over to Thans [Nathaniel Bucklin, Louisa's brother e d ; ] this afternoon after the old Lady and Jessie. C. A. Morton has ben hear and got his Papers.


February 15, Sunday

The snow is all gone. We went to meeting in a wagon. It is freezing some to night.


February 16

Snowed in the forenoon then in the afternoon the sun shone out warm. I went to Mr Knowltons this morning. Came back and went to Sudbury Hill. D. C. Ketcham has ben hear this afternoon.


February 17

Cold Snowed some in the forenoon. Got Jenny shod and the buggy fixed. Mr Isaac Ketcham was hear a little while. Louisa and I went to Clark Mortons this afternoon. Carried home his Oats. I ?


February 18

Cold and Pleasant. Went over to Thans with a load of hay. D. C. Ketcham and Wife, Louisa, Jessie and I went up to Mr Jim and Aaron Ketchams. Had a good visit.


February 19

Cold and Pleasant in the forenoon. Cloudy in the afternoon. Snowed in the evening. Got two Shoes set on Tige. Drew a load of hay for Than. D. C. Ketcham and Wife have ben hear this evening.


February 20

Warm and rainy in the forenoon. Got old Tige Shod. Went with a load of hay for Than. Bought a Guinney Roster [Guinea rooster?] of Norris Le Graves for fifty cents.


February 21

Went with a load of hay to Thans. Snowed verry hard in the forenoon and rained in the afternoon. Stayed Thans till about three Oclock [sic]. Had a bad headache. Seneca went to the Post Office.


February 22

Cold and verry Icy. Snowed this afternoon a little. We did not go to meeting to day. Wrote a letter to Mother. It storm this evening.


February 23

Rained in the forenoon. Went to Brandon in the afternoon. Got Jessie a Pair of shoes. See Than and E. O. Coal? Verry Slipperry [sic]. The wind blows verry hard.


February 24

Cold and verry Slipperry. Seneca and I went to Mr Abbotts. Dr. Campbell pulled a tooth for Seneca. I went to D. C. Ketchams a little while.


February 25

Cold and verry Icy. Drew a load of hay to Thans. Louisa got a letter from Frank. I got three Papers from Wi11 [Probab1y William Babcock, sister Augusta's husband. ed.].


February 26

Cold and pleasant. Went to Mr Needham in the morning. Mr Hart came hear in the afternoon with some Ax helves [axe handles.] Went to the horse Trot, they did not have any. Louisa and I went to D. C. Ketchams in the evening.


Willey Mallory stayed with the boys. Came home with Seneca from the horse race.


February 27

Pleasant and verry comfortable. Drew hay for Mr Needham. Mr Ketcham helped me. Mrs Potts made us a vissit [sic] this afternoon and evening. Uncle Orson and Malinda [don’t know whose these people are.] came hear this evening. They are agoing [sic] to stay all night.


February 28

Warm and Pleasant. Am about sick with a cold. Tommy Hyde has ben hear to day to play with the boys. Uncle Orson and Malinda went home this afternoon.


March 1, Sunday

Warm and Pleasant. The old Lady and I went to church. There was thirty out to day.


March 2

Verry warm and pleasant. Drew a load of hay to Thans. Charley came home with me.


March 3

Warm plesant [sic] and verry muddy. Went to the East part of the town and got a load of Cedar rails. Went at Town Meeting.


March 4

Warm and rained most all. Mr Barber came down hear a little while, then I went home with him. He filed my saw. At dark it begin a freeze. The wind has got in to the North. Am about Sick with cold.


March 5

Cold. It froze verry hard last night. It is verry rough [The roads? ed.]. Ben to Brandon with a load of Potatoes.


March 6

Cold and verry rough hard going. Have ben to Brandon with a load of Potatoes.


March 7

Cold. Snowed in the forenoon. Rained and hailed some in the afternoon. Seneca and I have ben to Brandon with a load of Potatoes.


March 8, Sunday

Mother, Jessie and I went to Meeting. Mr Severance from Orwell Preached. Cold and rough. Some snow squalls. Louisa and I have been over to Thans the Sick and Lame brother. [He was Nathaniel Bucklin, J.D.’s brother-in-law.]


March 9

Cold. It has snowed most all day. Have ben cutting wood at the house. Mr & Mrs John Smead came hear this afternoon.



March 10

Snowed a little most all day. Mr & Mrs Smead stayed hear all night. Went home this afternoon about 4 oclock [sic]. Drew three loads of Ice for Mr Barber. Recd a letter from Will and Augusta.


March 11

Cold. Snowed most all day. Finished drawing Mr Barbers Ice this morning. Have ben cutting wood at the door. Seneca is going to stay with Clyde Barter to night. Jay and I have ben to Clark Mortons this Evening.


March 12

Verry Cold and Pleasant. Cut wood in the forenoon. Went to see Zamora Howard in the afternoon. Found him better. Stoped [sic] and see Mrs Harrington. Went to the Post Office in the evening.


March 13

Verry Cold. Seneca and I went to Brandon. Sold a fat calf to mr [sic] Seager. 180 pounds at 7 cents. Jessie Bucklin is 10 years old today. Jenny Barber & Hatty Barhan came hear this afternoon to visit with Jessie.


March 14

Cold and pleasant. Seneca and I went to D. C. Ketcham and called then we went to Mr Barbers and spent the Evening.


March 15, Sunday

Warm and pleasant. Did not go to church. Wrote a letter [to] Brother Will. [Actually brother-in-law. e d , ]


March 16

Warm and verry pleasant. The snow is most all gone. Seneca and I have ben over to the East part of the Town drawing Cedar rails out of the Swamp. Charles Morton cut my hair to night. Went to the Post Office.


March 17

Warm. It has rained all day. Clark Morton brung an Ax for me to day. Seneca went to the Pond afishing . He and Het Mallory caught twelve Pickerel. Than came hear a little before dark.


March 18

Warm and Cloudy. Carried some milk down to Mr Knowltons. Went to Frank Billings. Was there to Dinner. Mrs B. is verry feeble. The roads are verry muddy.


March 19

Verry warm and foggy. Seneca and I have ben a chopping in the woods. Herbert Bucklin has ben hear. Seneca has gone to Mr Barbers to stay to night.


March 20

Cold North wind. We have taped [tapped. ed.] 51 [maple] Trees. Sap has not run much. Went to Elerays Wheelers. Had some warm Sugar. Mrs Wheeler sent some ? syrup [perhaps maple syrup] to Louisa. It was verry nice. [Most farmers in those days had what was know as a ‘sugar bush” a grove of hard maples (acer saccharum) from which they gathering the rising sap in March and early April. This sap was then boiled down at a nominal ratio of forty gallons of sap to one gallon of syrup. The syrup was used as a universal sweetener in lieu of cane sugar, which was very expensive. To this day, (May 2009) this writer still loves maple syrup on his pancakes, even though it now costs more that forty dollars a gallon.]


March 21

Cold and rough in the forenoon. Thawed some in the P M. Have ben to Hortonville _____?_____ [perhaps bought] Seneca Boots and my own. Went down to Uncle Orsons. Stayed there to Dinner. Had a good visit. Came home. Gathered our Sap. Than Bucklin is hear.


March 22, Sunday

Went to Church to day. Was 17 there to day. Cold and pleasant in the morning. Had a Squall of Snow when we was going to Church.


March 23

Verry cold. The [wind] has blowed hard all day. Mr Lilly set a shoe on Jenny. Drew some wood to boil Sap in the A M. Sharpened Stakes [cedar fence posts] in the P M.


March 24

Verry Cold and Wind in the North. The water frozeup [sic] at the house last night. Sharpened Stakes in the A M. Seneca and I cut wood in the woods in the P M. In the evening I went to Mr Hart. Wm Mallosa went with me.


March 25

Warm and pleasant. I have ben Sharpening Stakes. Went to the Post Office this evening.


March 26

Warm. The wind in the South. Rained a little. Seneca and I have ben Boiling Sap. Went to the Post Office


March 27

Cold and pleasant. Went to Brandon my horses Shod. To Mr Dennish to Dinner. Then drew a load of Cedar rails home. C. A. Morton has ben hear this eve.


March 28

Cold and frozen in the morning. Sammy? Bucklin went home this morning. I have drawn two loads of Cedar rails. C a Morton has ben hear this evening. I got a letter from Augusta. The winds blows hard.


March 29, Sunday

It is a pleasant morning. Mr Barber call hear this morning. Was going over to Mr Ketcham. The old Lady , Jessie, Jamie and I went to Meeting. There was 23 there to day.


March 30

Verry pleasant in the forenoon. Cloudy in the P M. Some squalls of Snow. Got two loads of rails. I am (43) forty three years old today. Have ben to Mr Barbers this evening.


March 31

Verry Cold. Wind in the North. Drew two loads of rails. Went to Thans. D. C. Ketcham was hear this evening. Seneca has gone to School Meeting.


April 1

Cold and pleasant. Finished drawing rails. Seneca has ben boiling Sap. Angeline Ketcham was hear to Supper. Miss Root of Hubbardton was buried to day. Went Thans Paid him some mony [sic].


April 2

Mild and pleasant. Took down the old privy. [A privy is a small building that was used as a toilet. A hole was dug in the ground and human waste went into it. Every so often, the privy had to be moved because the hole was full. This writer remembers living in a house without indoor plumbing in about 1942. I remember going outside in the dark and hearing an owl hooting “Who, Who.” I would reply with my name – I was six years old at the time.] Drew a load of Stone and a load of boards to build a new house. The old lady and Jessie have ben to Mr Barbers a visiting. Betsey Foot has ben hear to day.


April 3

Cold. Had a Snow Squall in the morning. Pleasant in the rest of the day. Wind in the North. Mr Barber has ben helping me build a privy. Have ben to the Post Office. C. A. Morton has ben hear after his Papers.


April 4

Verry Cold. Wind in the North. Mr Barber worked a little in the forenoon. We burned some brush in the afternoon. Seneca and I went over to Mr Feltons in the evening. I went to Mr Ketchams. Seneca went to the Post Office.


April 5, Sunday

The old lady, Jessie and I went to Meeting to day. There were 24 there to day. Cold and pleasant, Wind in the South East.


April 6

Snowed all night. The sun shines warm. Wrote a letter to Mother. Got the wagon fixed. Drew some Stakes onto the meadow. Drew two loads of wood [firewood.]


April 7

Warm and pleasant. Snow is almost all gone. Than, Jane and two children have ben hear to day. Than is verry unwell. Mrs Selleck and Herbert call hear a little while. Went to the Post Office.


April 8

Warm and Cloudy. Mr Barber helped me this forenoon our Building. Jessie stayed with Jenny Barber last night.


April 9

The Snow is about three inches deep this morning. Sharpened Stakes in the forenoon. Louisa has ben to Mrs Wheelers this afternoon. Jessie visited to Mr R W Pitts. Went to the P. O. in the eve.


April 10

Snowed fast most all day. It is quite warm. Cut wood under the shed. Drew a load of wood for boiling Sap. C. A. Morton got my Paper.


April 11

Snowed most all day. Seneca and I have ben boiling Sap. Went to the Post Office in the evening. We Sugared off this evening.


April 12, Sunday

Cold. The wind in the North. Went to Meeting in a Sleigh. Jessie and I went. There was (14) fourteen there.


April 13

Warm. The snow is going off verry fast. The Sun shines verry warm. Went to Mr Barbers this morning to see Will Mallory. He is some better. I have ben to D. C Ketchams. Stoped [sic] to the Post Office.


April 14

Warm and Pleasant. Seneca and I have ben Chopping in the woods. Sap has run verry well to day.


April 15

Warm and Cloudy. Louisa and Seneca have ben to Brandon. Jessie went to Thans. I have ben to C. E Hewitts. Rained in the afternoon. Went to Post Office.


April 16

Pleasant. Boiled Sap this forenoon]. Cut wood in the afternoon. C. A Morton has ben hear this eve after his Paper. Seneca has ben to D. C. Ketchams and got his hair cut.


April 17

Cold and Cloudy in the forenoon. Snowed in the afternoon. James and I went to Hortonville to Mill. Snowed all the way home.


April 18

Cold and pleasant. The snow is all gone. Went to C. A Mortons and got a calf. Helped Mr Barber build some wall. C. A. Morton has ben hear and got his mail.


April 19, Sunday

Warm and pleasant. The old lady, Jessie, Louisa and I went to Meeting to day. Saw Than and Jane. They stayed to Mr Selleck last night.


April 20

Snowed and rained most all day. Seneca and I have boiled Sap to day. Had a nasty time. Sold a fat calf to E Wheeler 135 # [pounds ed.] at .06 [six cents a pound ed.] 8.1 v [$8.10 value ed.]. He came hear about four Oclock after the calf.


April 21

Cold Cloudy unpleasant day. Rained a little in the forenoon. Worked for Mr Barber laying Stone wall. Charley Bucklin [a relative of his wife] came hear to day.


April 22

Verry pleasant to day. Mr Barber has ben hear to day helping me build cedar fence. Went to Elera? Wheelers and to the P. O.


April 23

Not verry cold. Cloudy in the forenoon. It snowed and rained in the afternoon. Mr Barber helped me build fence this forenoon.


Tomey Smith came hear and got Mr Barbers hog and drove it to Mr Pitts.


April 24

Pleasant. Not verry cold. Mr Barber and I have ben building fence. Jenny Barber is hear to stay with Jessie.


April 25

Cold and Cloudy. Mr Barber and I finished building fence. Went to the Post Office. Snowed when I came home.


April 26, Sunday

Snowed and blowed all day. Snow is about (10) ten inches deep. Clark Morton has ben hear and got his Paper.


April 27

Warm and pleasant. The Snow has gone off verry fast to day. Ben to Mr Barbers and planed and sawed some boards. Seneca has ben to Mr Libertys and got his boots fixed.


Borrowed Mr Sellecks old sander.


April 28

It is frozen hard this morning. The boys and I have ben boiling Sap. Had 71# of Syrup. Went to Mr Barbers this evening.


April 29

Cold and Snowed all day. The wind in the North. We Sugared off to day. [Boiling maple syrup down to granulated sugar] Seneca has ben to C. A Mortons.


April 30

Not verry Cold. The Snow fell about (6) six inches. Went to the Post Office and Mailed a Paper to W. H. Babcock. Stoped [sic] to the Blacksmith. In the P. M. Louisa, Jessie and I went over to Thans. Jessie stayed. The Snow was drifted bad. Some of them was (Six) feet deep.


May 1

Cold and Cloudy. Louisa, Seneca and I went to Brandon. The Snow was verry deep in some places. Got Seneca a Coat and Cap. Have got the Sick headache.


May 2

Cold and Cloudy. Sap has run well to day. Gathered (30) thirty pails. Have had the Sick headache. Mr Barber has ben hear and filed my hand saw.


Wm. Mallory has ben hear this afternoon. Seneca has ben to the Post Office


May 3, Sunday

Warm & pleasant. The folks went to Meeting, but the old Lady and I had the Sick headache. Mr Barber came hear this afternoon.


May 4

Warm and pleasant. The boys have finished boiling Sap to day. Gathered the buckets. Turned the Cows out in the pasture for the first time. Mrs Styles and Willy Hyde call hear to day.


May 5

Not verry warm and pleasant. Helped Mr Barber build wall. Got a letter from Augusta. Seneca plowed the garden and planted some Potatoes.


May 6

Cold and pleasant in the forenoon, Cloudy and rained a little in the afternoon. Helped Mr Barber lay wall. Seneca and James have been ditching.


May 7

Froze verry hard last night. Seneca and I fixed fence around the pasture in the forenoon. In the afternoon we drew stone. Commenced to plow after supper. Mrs James K Hyde and Willy call hear this afternoon.


May 8

Cold and Cloudy. Have ben plowing. Seneca and James finished ditching on the fins? this forenoon. Mr Harvey Ketchum was hear this forenoon.


May 9

Warm. Had a nice time. Seneca went to Hortonville to Mill and to Uncle arsons [sic] [Orson?]. I have ben to the Post Office for Mail. Seneca has gone to stay with Willy Mallory.


May 10, Sunday

Warm and pleasant. Seneca and James went to Meeting, but verry few there. Wrote a letter to Mother.


May 11

Warm and pleasant. Finished Plowing for Potatoes this forenoon. Commenced drawing manure [for fertilizing fields.] The boy and I have ben this evening to Mr Knowlton a fishing. Got a nice lot of them.


May 12

Warm and pleasant. We have ben drawing Manure. Seneca has ben to Mr Lilleys a visiting this afternoon. I have ben to the P. O. Got a letter and Paper for Jessie. Got a Paper for Seneca.


May 13

Verry warm and pleasant. Fitting our Potato ground. Commenced to Plant Potatoes this afternoon. Mrs Basset and Julia have ben hear to day visiting. George Rusted and Anna Ketcham call hear this evening.


May 14

Cold North wind and pleasant. The boys and I Planted Potatoes. Seneca and I went to C E Hewitts this eve. I bought two bushell [sic] Wheat at $1.75 .


May 15

Warm and pleasant. Finished planting an Early Rose.

          

May 16

Rained in the forenoon. George Rusted Sheared Sheep for us this afternoon. Mr Barber helped us little while. Seneca Sheared some.


May 17, Sunday

Warm and pleasant. The family went to Meeting to day. I stayed home.


May 18

Warm all day. Rained just at night. Sowed our Wheat this afternoon. John Smead and Wife came up and [drawd Waiting?] Bought Mr Lilly Place. Went at the Post Office.


May 19

Warm and Rained in the forenoon. Went to C. A Mortons. He made me a whiffle tree [part of the harness for draft horses.] This afternoon have ben drawing manure. Frank Bressel has ben hear and got Thans Saddles, big Kettle, and Fanning Mill. Mr and Mrs Smead have gone home.


May 20

Warm. Rained some in the afternoon. We Plowed the garden then began to Plow for Corn. Went to C. C. Selleck in the eve and got some Seed Corn.


May 21

Warm. Rained most all day. Went to Brandon in the afternoon. Sent two Tubs Butter to Boston. Sent a Paper to Mother. Wrote a letter to Mr C. Bannson.


May 22

Warm. Cloudy. Plowed in the forenoon. Sowed in the afternoon til five. Plowed til night. Clark Morton has ben hear after his Papers.


May 23

Warm and Verry pleasant. Finished plowing for Potatoes. Am Verry tired to night.


May 24, Sunday

Warm and pleasant. The boys and I went to Church. To day there was forty seven.


May 25

Verry warm. Began to rain about Eleven and rained most of the day. Went to Jeddy Hyde in the afternoon. C. A. Morton came hear this evening. Seneca has gone to Charlie Mortons to get some hen Eggs. The boys and I got a letter from Mother Spaulding. [Louisa Augusta Smith Spaulding ed.]


May 26

Warm and Cloudy. Sowed the South Orchard to Oats. Mr Bashan helped me kill a fat calf.


May 27

Verry Warm and pleasant. Began to Plant Corn. Mr & Mrs Needham have ben hear this afternoon a visiting. Went to Mr Selleck and some more Seed Corn.


May 28

Verry Warm and pleasant. The boy and I planted 1 ½ acres of Potatoes. Louisa and I have ben to Thans this evening.


May 29

Pleasant and Warm. Sowed a piece of Oats on the Meadow in the forenoon. Drew Manure in the afternoon.


May 30

Finished drawing Manure in the forenoon. Commenced to plow for Corn in the afternoon. James A went over to Thans. Verry Warm and pleasant.


May 31, Sunday

I stayed at home. The rest of the family went to Meeting. Warm and pleasant. Mr Barber came hear this evening .. It is raining verry nice.


June 1

Verry Cold North wind. Finished plowing and dragging our Corn ground. Marked it one way.


June 2

Warm and pleasant. Boys planting corn. Ben sick. Not able to work.


June 3

Am still sick. Have had the Dr. D. C. Ketcham & Wife to see me.


No further entry until

December 22, 1874

Ellora Wheeler Died this morning. Buried the 24th.


Smith Germonds Wife Fanny Died Dec 27th. Buried 29th.


John D. Smead Died Jan 2nd, 1875. Buried 6th. Funeral at Hydeville. Buried at Fairhaven.


January 12, 1875

Mrs R. W. Wills had a canser [sic] cut out of left brest [sic]. Louisa has ben their [sic] all day.


January 22

Mr John F Goodell Died Jan 22. Buried Sunday 24, Aged 68.


March 15

Ruth Gage Died March 15. Buried 17. Died at Mr. Mongers


March 28

Mr David Sawyer Died this Morning. Buried the 30th William Eddy Hyde Died this Morning at Rutland.


July 5

Old Mr. Anderson Died this Morning.


September 20

Old Mrs R Hall Died this Morning. Buried the 22nd.


November 19

Mrs James German Died to day. The funeral was the 21.


December 12

Mr Lyman Hawkins Died to night. Buried the 16th


February 20, 1876

Oscar Groves Died Feb 20. Buried 22.


Carline Cool Died Feb 23. Buried 25. February 27


Mrs Hulda Lester (Clark) Died to day. Funeral the 29th.


March 23

William Wheeler Died to day. Buried Sunday the 26th.


April 7

Wm Clark Died to day. Buried Sunday the 9th.


April 12

Wm Cocks little boy Died this Morning. Buried the 13th.


There are no further diary entries, only account books until 1887.



Transcribed and annotated from the original hand-written diary on 14 May 2009 by John Roger Wood. As of 9 Aug 2014, the original diary is in the possession of J. R. Wood in Roswell, Georgia. However, since J. R. Wood is, as of this date, 78 years of age, the diary will probably be sent to the New England Historic Genealogical Society, in Boston, Massachusetts, for safe keeping.