Benjamin Reesor Diary & Transcription, 1866-1870

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Benjamin Reesor Diary & Transcription, 1866-1870

Creator

Benjamin Reesor

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Courtesy of Markham Museum

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19th Century, York County, Markham Township, Ontario

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1866

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Benjamin Reesor Diary Collection

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Scanned Manuscript & Typed Transcription

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Benjamin Reesor (1836-1917)
1866-1870 Diary
Transcribed by Rural Diary Archive volunteers
April 1866
Sunday March April 8 went to Meeting at Hebron. {illegible} by Rev H Barkey Sermon on
{space he left blank space to fill in later } by Br C Visitors after diner inc Br inlaw A B & family
W {W = shortform for weather} clear
9 Drew out limbs & I went to mill after supper W clear
10 I helped J D split rails W & RW chopped wood W clear roads getting dry
11 Helped to chop AM Went to F Mans try for plaster did not get any PM W. warm clear
12 Went to Dr Mc with Nancy she has some sore throat AM Finlaws & J H Rs {Ramer's} wife
& family were here PM W. very warm clear roads dry
13 Took in potatoes well saved. ground frozen about 3 feet this winter. Drew a load of slabs
for RW after supper W. fine showers last night fine today.
14 Drew home 5 loads of chips for us and 1 for my mother. Drew in 2 logs at SM and went to
Bss {Bss = blacksmith shop} after supper. W. Fine clear
Sunday 15 at home Br N's and Flavius & wife were here W. clear
16 Drew dung into garden & chored W. began to plow in Old Meadow. W. fine clear.
{17} Went to Markham for new cooking stove @$21 {cleaned} seed barley after we got home
W warm clear
{18} plowed. I plowed in sod AM behind barn PM Went to J. Clark's after supper W. warm
clear never saw ground in better order at this time of year roads like plank. it has been a very
dry winter.
19 Plowed Am Went fishing to Br. S's JWM. Isaac Br. S. Davis his man and W Clod. Caught
260 suckers PM PM, Water warm. Splendid sport. W. clear.
20 Plowed W very warm fine shower this evening
21 W finished plowing sod this morning then helped me finish behind barn except fall plowed
Which I intend to cultivate W. fine clear
Sunday 22 Started to go to Br. S's not at home then went to Br N's W fine Clear Cooler
23 Started at 3 Oclock AM to fish with RW and JD at Br. S's Too many fishermen, turned
back. Sowed barley in field {illegiblebelow garden. W. strong east wind Commenced to rain
at 3 PM didn't get done cultivating
April May 1866
April 24 Oiled harness AM drew some turnips for RW from WMs & brought plow from B s s
PM W. a few inches of snow last night cold blustery today
25 Split some rails AM Sawed & Split Cedar posts on hill on townline PM W. cool clear
26 Plowed in field east of dam for barley W Cool wind
27 I finished Cultivating barley that I sowed on Monday then helped W to plow went to SM
after supper W. fine Clear
28 Sowed peas on Sod AM I went to Markham PM W Warm, high Cold wind this evening.
John Purdy died of inflammation on the lungs this Morning
Sunday 29 Went to meeting at Cedar Grove Remarks by Br.C. Sermon on St. Luke 18C 1st
to 15th N {or V for verses} went to Br S's after Service then I went with him to take Coffin to
Purdy's. W. windy clear cool
30 Sowed some Peas behind barn & went to J Purdy's funeral W. Cool windy clear
May 1 finished cultivating in peas W. Cool {clear} {page torn}
2 finished sowing & harrowing peas behind barn & I commenced to roll barley W. Cool
43 rolled barley & Commenced peas W. Cool wind
54 Finished rolling & helped W finish plowing for barley PM W. Cool Clear
65 Sowed field east of dam with barley W fine clear
Sunday 76 went to Meeting at Hebron remarks by Rd H Barkey Sermon on {blank space} by
R O [Wideman?] Visiting Br inlaw D. Sikmare & wife H Barkey & D {or S} Hoovers from
Altona were here to tea W. fine clear
87 Plowed for barley in field back of garden W. clear warm
8 Sowed barley & I went to Major Mills PM W Clear AM Cloudy PM WM plowed in Corner
field for Oats
9 both Plowed sowed grass seed on barley field this PM fine shower last night evening W.
clear
Ascension day 10 Went to QB & then to CB's nobody at home W. fine warm clear
11 I rolled barley W plowed W. warm Clear
12 both plowed W. warm clear windy
May 1866 June
Sunday May 13 1866 Went to CB's W. rainy AM Cloudy Cool PM
14 both plowed W warm clear
15 both plowed W warm Clear
16 Sowed 20 bus oats Isaac helped to harrow PM W clear
17 Finished Sowing & harrowing Oats which finishes our seeding. W Clear ground in very
fine condition
18 I plowed RW's garden W warm clear
19 Planted about 4 bus potatoes below garden W warm clear
Whitsunday 20 Went to meeting at Wideman's, Sacrement day Revd's T Moyer Jas. Hagey
& John Sapp were present. Went to Uncle Joe's after service. W. warm cool {or clear?} a
little rain tonight.
Whit Monday 21 Went to meeting at Hebron Sacrament day Rvd T Moyer & J. Sapp present
W. Clear pretty cool
22 Went to Br inlaw S Lehmans my Mother went with us as far as JB's she intends to visit
with her friends awhile W. very windy Cold
23 planted shares potatoes for RW W. Cold clear
24 Plowed in turnip ground AM Washed sheep PM W. clear
25 I rolled Oats W finished plowing & harrowing turnip ground W warm clear
26 planted Corn & helped RW plant his he had rented 1/2 an acre from me for Corn & turnip.
AM W finished rolling oats & Corn potatoes & turnip ground & I planted pop corn & {came?}
PM W. fine clear
Sunday 27 at home Went to Br C's a while PM then DB brought my Mother home. W. fine
rain nearly all day.
{2}8 Went to JD's with my Mother W got horses shod AM Commenced plowing fallow awhile
PM W. rain AM cloudy PM
{29} Plowed AM W split Cordwood & I helped Robert {page folded} clip sheep PM W. Clear
AM. Showery PM
{30} Went fishing to little rouge with JB & his man started at {folded} this morning got 3
suckers plenty of fishers {folded} few mullets. didn't do much today W. showery
May 31 {folded} white beans. put lines on corn patch & chored AM
{folded} ...ine scantling {or scantily?} for myself & some lumber for RW {folded} ...dging for
ovenwood PM W. Clear warm
June 1 Drew Chips W. warm Clear Sold fat sheep at $4.50
June 1866
2 Drew 1 load chips for us & 2 for RW AM went to BS for new wooden plow PM W fine warm
clear Rumoured Fenian Invasion from American side to on Fort Erie on Canadian side
yesterday. Great Excitement
Sunday 3 Went to Meeting at Hebron remarks by Br. C Sermon on St. Mat. 24 C by Rvd H
Barkey Went to Br inlaw AB's this PM W fine Clear. Rumours of a fight between the Fenians
& the Canadian Volunteers
4 Done nothing AM W washed light buggy harness Uncle D Burkholder's were here at
dinner. Fixed bars at Scarboro pasture & chored PM W oiled harness PM W. rained AM
Cloudy PM Confirmed news of the fight at Fort Erie the Queen's Own ridgement 400 strong
fought & partly defeated the whole Fenian force from 1000 to 1500 strong.
5 Chored AM Drew 2 loads Edgings & Catched a few suckers PM W. rain AM cloudy PM
6 Went to M Neighswander's to Claremont to the Tailor & Oat Mill & then to Simon Hoover's
to Supper W. Clear a little drissly tonight
7 Went to Br S's AM & Took my Mother to Br. N's AM Helped RW build a milk house PM W.
fine clear
8 Went to Funeral of Mrs Hutchinson at Lawson's AM Helped WM draw softwood out of
Markham fallow PM W. fine warm clear
9 Helped RW stump in fallow Took 16 bus chop to Cedar Grove Mills After supper. W warm
clear
Sunday 10 at home Br. N & CB's were here W. Clear
11 Went to Finlaw's {father-in-law's} W. fine clear warm Fenians all quiet Patrol of Home
Guards every night in Markham Village
12 Went to Cedar Grove Mills for Chop & helped RW dig stumps in fallow AM killed a calf for
RW's harrowed potatoes PM W. fine Clear
13 Went to AB's this morning & then helped W in fallow W. very warm, sultry, fine shower
thunder last night
14 both plowed finished fallow W. warm fine clear
15 Worked on road in Scarboro. W. fine warm clear
16 Finished Scarboro Road work AM W pulled Weeds chored I {folded} to Cedar Grove PM
W. fine Clear AM Thunder Showers PM
Sunday 17 Went to CB's W cloudy AM Showery PM raine last {folded}
18 Went to J. Bear's {possibly Beare's} for 2 pigs @ $1.00 each. AM sawed some oak wood
PM W. Cloudy rainy all day very {gorge?} weather
June 1866 July
19 Went to T Woods with my Mother AM I & Nancy went to see her Grandfather's & {I?} went
to Markham PM W. Cloudy AM Clear warm PM growing weather some barley lodged already
20 Pulled Weeds in Wheat Isaac helped PM W. went fishing for Mullets PM Caught 60 or 15
for his share hundreds are being caught W. warm clear
21 Plowed in turnip ground W. warm
22 Worked on Road in Markham W warm clear
23 Finished road work AM Finished plowing turnip ground PM W. very warn clear growing
Sunday 24 Went to meeting at Cedar Grove. Remarks by Br.C. Sermon on St. Mat. 22 C by
Rvd H. Barkey J D's were here PM W very warm clear
25 W harrowed turnip ground then we both drilled Finlaws {father-in-law's} were here PM W
very warm. Warmest this season
26 Sowed turnips W. Clear. Warm. Shower at noon & one this evening. heavy thunder round
north.
27 Went to Cedar Grove with Nancy AM Chored & plowed a few potatoes & fixed fence PM
W fine shower this morning clear later
28 Went to Frys for Celery plants & finished plowing potatoes AM planted Celery & hoed pop
corn & sowed Orchard with Buckwheat PM Went hook fishing to big rouge with RW & J
Davis this Evening Caught a few Catfish W Cool
29 Killed a calf took skin to C Raymers & some veal to AB's AM hoed Corn & burned roots in
fallow PM W. clear
30 W drew stone of fallow I didn't do much JB was here awhile & G Brillinger & wife were
here W. fine Clear Cool
Sunday July 1 Went to Meeting at Hebron Remarks by Br. C Sermon on {blank space} Rev J
Widman Went to JDs PM W. fine warm clear
2 Went to David Burkholder's on a visit W. Clear
3 Harrowed fallow I went to BS's after supper W. warm
4 Chored AM Fixed road at dam & cut thistles in Oats PM W rained AM Clear PM Thunder
Shower this evening
5 I went to Major Mills with 8 Chop & 4 bus wheat AM Plowed a few potatoes PM W clear
AM rained awhile PM
6 Drew dung I plowed potatoes & Corn helped to draw dung with Cart after Supper W
warmest this Summer
July 1866
7 Drew dung W as warm as yesterday I & Nancy went to Cedar Grove yes tonight
Sunday 8 Went to Br. S's PM W rained AM Clear PM Cooler
9 I & RW finished drawing dung except some in sheds, behind barn in heap W. fine clear RW
Commenced work today 2 months at $18.00 per month
10 I & Nancy went to JB's to visit & got some oats W. clear
11 G & RW helped Br C hoe turnips AM topped thistles in Oats PM W. Plowed in fallow W
fine warm
July 12th 1866 Chored & hoed corn AM Took horse to BS PM Went rouge hill for RW's sister
inlaw - Mrs Purvis & daughter this evening W. Clear Very warm
13 I & RW finished hoeing corn & Mowed thistles in Oats AM I & W helped Br C hoe turnips
PM W very warm looks like rain this evening
14 Went to Major Mills & to Porter's Store with Nancy AM RW & W Mowed I helped PM W.
Cooler
Sunday 15 I & Nancy JD & wife went to Meeting at Altona to J Widemans after Service
remarks & sermon on St Mark {8?} C 1st to 9th V Called at Finlaws for Supper W. very very
warm
16 W. plowed AM RW Mowed all day I turned hay AM I raked & W Cocked PM W. as warm
as yesterday
17 I scuffed some turnips & W hoed some & turned hay AM raked & cocked after dinner
awhile W. very very hot & sultry AM heavy thunder storm & rain PM air cool & pleasant
tonight
18 Chored made Levi a waggon R mowed at spells finished old meadow W. rainy until
supper cool pleasant
19 Chored AM helped W plow in fallow PM W. clear
20 Turned hay cocks AM Drew in 5 loads PM & I cut some thistles in peas W. fine Cool Clear
21 Cut Thistles awhile this morning then I & R hoed turnips W plowed AM raked a little hay
until it rained then we all hoed turnips PM I went to Cedar Grove this evening W. Cloudy &
Clear AM shower after dinner & another this evening
Sunday 22 I my Mother & Levi went to meeting at Cedar Grove remarks by Br. C Sermon
{blank} by Rev H. Barkey Br. N's family Flavius & wife were here for supper W. Clear until
supper heavy thunder shower this evening
July 1866 Aug
23 I & RW helped JD to mow W fine Clear W cut thistles & turned hay very heavy rain north
yesterday little rouge higher than it has been in sixteen years very high last Wednesday
24 I scuffled turnips & turned some hay AM I & W Drew in 3 loads & raked & Cocked in
Orchard PM R helped Br N Draw in PM W fine clear
25 I & Nancy went to Markham AM hoed turnips & raked & hay in swale back of garden PM
W fine Clear. mild.
26 Cut barley for Br C with reaper W. warm clear
27 I & W Drew in 3 loads of hay out of Orchard & Swale & cut road round part of wheat field
& I went to Br N's after supper W fine warm clear
28 Cut 4 or 5 Acres of fall wheat with reaper Br. N Drove W. fine warm clear
Sunday 29 Went to Meeting at Hebron. remarks by Br C Sermon on St. Mat 18C 1st to 12 V
by Rev J Barkey Visitors after Service Br S & family & old D {or S?} Nighswander. Menno
Burkholder & wife & A Burkholder & family were here for supper W. warm
30 Finished Cutting fall wheat Br C & boy helped W. fair cool clear
31 Cradled road round big barley field & cut below garden. very badly lodged & {heavy?} AM
I & Br C cut in big field with reaper PM W. Clear fine Cuts very well three ways R & W
mowed below garden.
August 1 I went to BS's with Dick {horse} shop full Went again PM got him Shod W. & R
hoed turnips AM & R cut roads in big barley field PM W. rainy this morning Clear PM
2 Cut barley AM Pm C. drove. had to quit at noon Cracked down too much. Cut with Cradles
PM W. Cool
3 I & W Drew in 2 loads wheat & 2 loads barley Commenced to rain about 3 PM raining yet 9
PM R nearly finished cutting big barley field
4 Chored in barn & hoed turnips R finished big barley field I went to Cedar Grove after
supper W. rainy AM Clear PM Atlantic Cable Successfully laid
5 Went to Meeting at Widemans Remarks by Br C Sermon on St Mark 13C by Rev H Barkey
Went to JH Ramers after Service W fine Cool Clear
Aug. 1866
6 I & W Drew in 7 loads barley R Cut a little barley in turnip field & then pulled sod peas while
we loaded & then helped to unload W. windy cool clear
7 Drew in 4 loads barley out of little field which finished it AM drew 4 loads out of big field PM
W Clear
8 Drew in 6 loads barley W. Commenced to rain slowly at 6 PM RW helped JD PM
9 Helped CB kill a calf & hoed turnips AM Cut 3 acres of wheat for Br C with reaper PM W
Clear
10 Drew in 7 loads barley it is a very heavy crop this year we draw it all loose W. fine clear
11 Drew in 6 loads barley I went to BS's this morning W. cool
Sunday 12 Went to J Cober's they were not at home came home again W. Cloudy rainy this
evening
13 Chored AM Went to Major Mills PM W Cloudy rainy. Heavy rain last night
14 Went to W. Burkholder's to engage Machine & set up Wheat shocks AM Went to BS's &
finished setting up shocks PM W. Cloudy barley in stooks beginning to grow some wheat
growing too
15 Chored & turned some barley AM turned barley & some peas I went to Br S's PM I & Br.
C mended {a?} barn roof after supper R finished cutting barley W. Cool wind, drying day
16 Drew in 18 loads barley with 2 teams Br. C Br. N and C Stover helped W. fine clear
17 Drew in 4 loads barley which finished it. & drew 17 loads wheat Br. S & Isaac helped W
fine clear
18 I & RW Finished drawing in Wheat 2 loads & 4 loads of peas out of sod raked & cocked
swale & fence corners in big barley field W. helped CB to thresh with team W. Cloudy looks
like rain
Sunday 19 at home. AB & family were here & JD's for supper W. Cloudy. a little rainy
20 Chored helped Br. C cut oats with reaper RW helped D Hoover to thresh W. fine Clear
21 I & My Mother Went to Uncle D Burkholders this morning. He was very sick but is better.
Went to Uncle Joe's for dinner. Called at JB's nobody at home. Came home & I & RW drew
in 4 loads Peas W. Clear, a few drops of rain
Aug. Sept 1866
August 22 Chored AM I took 3 bus wheat to Major Mills PM & Drew in 3 loads sod peas after
supper which finishes them W shower last night Clear today
23 Pulled peas I & W drew in 3 loads barley rakings & 1 load hay PM W. Cool a slight squall
PM
24 I & RW helped Br. N at threshing W was at Br. C's We all helped Br. C thresh after supper
W. quite cool
25 I did not do much cut road round oats AM went to Whitevale PM bought a rifle of P
Hoover for $16.00 one he got from P Diller R & W. helped Br. C thresh I did not feel well W.
very cool for the season of the year
Sunday 26 Went to Meeting at Hebron Remarks by Br C Sermon on St Luke 14 C by Rev H
Barkey. Br inlaw Simon Hoover's and D. {or S} Lehman's were here at supper W clear
27 Had threshing machine threshed 240 bus barley & 78 bus Wheat broke down near night
W. Clear
28 Finished threshing this morning 25 bus Wheat. Drew in a small load of hay AM Cut Oats
PM Br.N drove R & W drew in 6 loads of peas W. Clear
29 I cut oats alone with reaper W. fine clear had a small binding bee tonight
30 Helped Br S at threshing & shocked oats W. cloudy a little rain
31 Chored AM R & W pulled peas I cut oats with reaper & boys bound PM W. Cloudy AM
Clear PM
September 1 bound Oats AM Br. N helped. shocked up PM R & W pulled a few peas and
bound a few Oats after supper & I went to Cedar Grove W. fine AM, Shower at noon
Sunday 2 We all went to JD's. W. warm clear
3 bound Oats Br. N helped AM W. fine warm
4 bound Oats Br. N helped AM I tried to burn brush in Markham fallow PM did not go well W.
fine clear
5 I & W Cleaned a grist AM R pulled a few peas I went to BS to get Tom shod did not get it
done then we all shocked Oats I & W turned peas after supper W. rainy AM Clear PM
6 finished cutting lodged spots of Oats & drew in 17 loads of Peas JD & Isaac helped W. fine
clear
7 Drew in 6 loads Oats until 10 AM then it rained all day JD Br. C & Isaac helped
Sept 1866
8 I & Nancy Went to J {or T?} Halls AM I & RW pulled peas PM Went shooting with JB awhile
PM. W. helped W Lapp thresh yesterday forenoon and today W. wet AM Clear PM
Sunday 9 Went to Br. N's W. fine Clear Br. N's were here at supper
10 I went to BS AM Drew in 9 {or 7?} loads of peas PM W. fine clear
11 Drew in 8 loads Oats with 2 teams AM Br. N & Isaac helped Chored PM W. Cloudy misty
AM heavy rain PM
12 I R & W. finished pulling peas AM W. drew some wood PM I chored. W. Cloudy AM. Clear
PM very very heavy rain after supper
13 Went to B'S & brought Copper Kettle from Br.S's AM killed pig & turned peas & went to
JD's after supper W. drew wood AM Commenced to ridge up PM W. fine clear
14 Drew in 7 loads peas W. Clear rain at supper
15 drew in 13 loads of oats & 2 loads of peas which finished our harvest at last. CB & his
man helped PM with team W. fine clear
Sunday 16 Went to Meeting at Widemans Services Conducted by Revd T Moyar of Clinton
Revd George Rupp of Cumberland County & --- Moyer of Lancaster County P.A. US. this
was Sacrement day Went to Finlaws W. rainy Cool
17 Went to B'S AM Shot 5 squirrels PM W. ridged up PM W. fine clear pretty wet plowing
18 both ridged up W. cloudy all day
19 both ridged up. Subscribed 2 shares $20 in a proposed Joint Stock Company to be
erected at Cedar Grove for the Manufacture of Cheese W. cloudy a little drissly AM Clear PM
20 both plowed until about 10 OC AM when it commenced to rain. rainy all day I & Nancy
went to Cedar Grove PM
21 Chored AM W plowed in little field below Orchard PM & I brought 12 bus seed wheat from
Br. N's PM W. rainy cloudy AM fair PM cool
22 I chored AM W plowed below Orchard both finished ridging up PM W. Clear Cool I & W
{illegible} Father inlaws boys went coon hunting tonight killed two coons & tried a few more at
J. Diller's
Sunday 23 went to Meeting at Hebron remarks by Br C Sermon on St John 5C {blank space}
by Revd H Barkey Visitors after service Michael Frets & family Br. S's family at supper W.
fine clear
24 Sowed & harrowed 6 or 7 acres fall wheat W. clear a little rain tonight
Sept Oct 1866
25 Chored AM W threshed a few peas Cleaned some peas and a load of barley PM W
rained all day, very wet Went to Cedar Grove tonight there was to be a Cheese Meeting very
few there. Postponed until Monday night next
26 Took 37 bus 32 lbs barley to F Man's bay {likely Frenchmans Bay} @.59 cts per bus
{59cts} W fine clear
27 Took 37 bus barley to do do {ditto, Frenchmans Bay} @ 60 ct. per bus. W. clear this is my
30th Birthday. W fine clear the roads have been very bad for the season of the year
28 Took 36 bus 28lbs barley do do @ 62cts per bu W. clear
29 Took 36 bus 7 lbs do do @ 64 cts. per bus W fine
30 at home all day took dinner at Mother's CBs were here at Supper JD & family too W. fine
clear
Oct 1 Took 39 bus 18lbs barley do @ 64 cts W. clear fine roads good. Went to Cheese
Meeting at Cedar Grove tonight appointed five directors to conduct the business Vise Joseph
Lapp James {Tran?} Simeon Reesor John Milroy and TW Renny
2 Sowed little field below Orchard with rye & went to W. Burkoholer's to engage threshing
Machine AM Chored PM Samuel Hare & Mrs. Goode from Ohio were here a while PM &
Father inlaw's for dinner W. fine clear
3 Went to Mr. Phillip's near Brougham to see Machine AM Drew dung PM Mrs Good & Mr
Hare {are} here tonight W. Cool, fine. Clear
4 Went to Duffins Creek for Dr Tucker for R Wallace's wife AM Brought home new roller from
Pilkeys PM W. Cool clear roads good W. went to Markham Fair
5 Both drew dung on Oats Stubble. W. Cool Clear
6 Drew a load of lumber to bay for Br. S he had a bee W. clear
Sunday 7 Went to Br in law AB's W. fine clear
8 Dug a few potatoes below garden about 9-10ths rotten I took 18 bus chop to Cedar Grove
Mills AM brought it home PM W. fine Clear
9 drew dung W. Close Cloudy, heavy thunder shower this evening
10 Cleaned some peas & Oats & spread dung AM W commenced to plow down dung on Oat
stubble PM I chored W. Cloudy
11 I & my Mother went to Markham gathered our Grapes when we came home W. rather
Cloudy Mild
12 Both plowed W. fine Clear
13 I helped Br inlaw AB thresh with team W. plowed AM W. fine clear
Oct Nov 1866
Sunday 14 at home AM we all went to CB's PM W. fine clear
15 Went to BSS AM Drew shingle bolts to Pilkeys & a load of slabs to RW's PM W. finished
plowing down dung AM & {or I} went to J Clark's raising PM W. fine clear
16 I chored & cleaned grist AM Took it to Major Mills PM W. helped RW dig potatoes W. fine
clear
17 I went to BSs AM fixed old barn ready for Machine PM W. plowed in wheat stubble PM W.
fine clear beautiful
18 Had threshing machine. threshed 278 bus barley. Most of it badly sprouted W. fine clear
19 Had machine. threshed 93 bus Wheat & 200 bus Oats W. clear
20 Both helped JD at threshing W. rainy this morning. Clear PM
Sunday 21 Went to meeting at Hebron remarks by Br C sermon on St Luke 5 C {blank
space} by Revd H Barkey John Reesor & wife were here after service Christ. Ramer & wife
for supper. W. Cloudy mild.
22 Helped JD finish threshing W. Cloudy very high wind
23 Picked Apples Made some cider PM W. Cool Clear
24 Thanksgiving day. shot some squirrels W. Cool clear
25 Boiled Sauce. & JB Picked Apples & Made Water Cider W. Clear
26 Chored W. about 2 in Snow last night rainy all day snow all away
27 Picked apples & went shooting with JB W. cloudy, cool
Sunday 28 at {illegible}home all day W. rough, rainy Squally
29 Cleaned Peas tailings, & some wheat, W. rained all day
30 Killed pig AM Took Dr. Justice home to Unionville PM he has been to see R Wallace's
wife W. Cloudy roads bad
31 Bought 4 year Old Mare off Br. C at $120.00 & Plowed with her until noon. Heard that R
Wallace's wife died at noon. went down and staid awhile then Took 15 bus apples to Pilkeys,
& took the Measure to BrS for Coffin W. Cold squalls. a little snow
Nov 1 West to RW's cut some fire wood for {him?} then went to W Morrison's to get him to
help to dig Mrs Wallaces grave Then I Wm Cephas & Simeon Stover dug the grave PM W.
Cold wind Cloudy
2 Went to Funeral of R Wallace's wife at Zion Church 11th Con. Markham. Sermon by Rvd
Fletcher on Rev 7C 9th V Picked some apples after service W. Cold wind, cloudy
3 Took Grist for RW & 15 bus 45 lbs Midge proof Wheat to Major Mills @ $1.35 per bus W.
Cold Windy. RW commenced pulling turnips.
Nov 1866
Sunday Nov 4 Went to Br. S's W. Cold Cloudy frose last night.
5 I & W underbrushed AM Drew in Some Corn & W went to Major Mills for RW's grist PM W.
Cold hard frost last night
6 Drew in some Corn & beans & picked Apples for Cider RW pulled some turnips W. frost
last night
7 Made Cider. W. mild warm R & W pulled some turnips PM.
8 Took 100 gallons cider to T Hulls @ 10 cts per gallon AM Cleaned some barly PM W. fine
clear
9 Took 37{bus}. 33 lbs barley to F. Mans bay {Frenchmans Bay} @ 45 cts per bus W. clear
10 I drew in 7 loads turnips W. plowed for {@ illegible numbers} {or CB?} R pulled turnips W.
fine warm clear
Sunday 11 Went to Meeting at Cedar Grove Sermon on St John 1st C by Br. C Went to
Uncle Sam's after Service W. rain last night cool windy.
12 I & W drew in 14 loads turnips W. fine clear
13 Drew in 17 loads turnips W. fine clear
14 Drew in 15 loads turnips I went to O Brands with JD AM to help him bring a cow that he
bought at his sale yesterday W. East wind looks a little like rain sprinkling rainy
15 Chored Drew some wood for RW. PM W rainy all day
16 I & RW Picked Cider Apples & ground some W. rainy & soft snow all day
17 Made Cider I went to Cedar Grove Mills with chop & drew some wood & RW pulled
turnips PM W. Cloudy cool
Sunday 18 Went to Meeting at Hebron Remarks by Br C Sermon on St Mat 20C 1 to 16 V by
Rev H Barkey Visitors after service F inlaws Br inlaws AB's & Miss Matty Shank. W fine clear
19 I made some Cider AM Chored PM W. Cloudy AM rain warm
20 Went to Cedar Grove Mills AM helped RW Clean the mouth of drains & R pulled a few
turnips PM W. rainy AM drissly PM
21 Drew turnips into pits on the ground very wet & muddy. Isaac helped & RW. we drew with
2 teams WM has left W. Cold freesing looks like Clearing up
22 Drew a few loads of turnips then covered 3 pits Drew 2 loads & Br C 1 for RW this
evening out of our field W. Cold Snowed a few inches looks like winter
23 Isaac Drew wood AM Drew turnips into pits PM & drew 2 loads for RW CB & Br C drew a
load apiece W. Cold Clear snow thawed some
24 Finished drawing turnips AM Isaac plowed PM & I & RW Covered turnip pit & cleaned a
few Peas W. Cold
Nov Dec 1866
Sunday 25 I went to Meeting at J Cober's AM Br N's were here when I came home W.
Warmer, Snow thawing some
26 I went to Cedar Grove & to WM's AM plowed awhile PM Isaac plowed All day W. warm
clear thawing
27 Took a load of Shingle timber to Pilkeys AM both plowed PM W. Mild, Cloudy & Clear AM
28 Made Pumpkin Cider for RW. W. rained nearly all day
29 Went to JD's AM. Cleaned grist PM. W. Cloudy a little rain
30 Took a grist 12 bus to Major Mills W. Cold blustery
Decr 1 look in Potatoes pits. pretty good. W. frose hard last night.
Sunday 2 Went to Br. C's W. fine. Cold, Clear
3 Took a load of Shingle timber to Pilkeys AM helped Isaac plow PM W. Clear frose last
night
4 Went to Br.C's to kill hogs done nothing. rained all day
5 Went to My Mothers feast Turkeys & geese whole family & CB's and Flavius' were here
JB's did not Come I helped W Morrison make some Cider AM Went shooting with Br. N. JD.
Flavius & Isaac PM Took load of shingle timber to Pilkeys this evening W. fine clear beautiful
6 I & Nancy & Adeline helped Br. inlaw A B's to kill hogs W. Mild. some drissly rain. dark
coming home heard this evening that JG Reesor's wife, former widow of CG Reesor, died
last night
7 Helped Br C kill hogs W beautiful. fine. Clear, like October
8 Chored AM Went to Cedar Grove PM W very heavy rain AM high water. heavy wind. Clear
PM
Sunday 9 at home all day. Nancy walked to Cedar Grove Meeting W. Clear Cold frose last
night this is Nancy's 27th birthday
10 Helped RW. kill a pig AM chored PM W. very cold strong west wind
11 Killed six pigs Br S. J.D. & AB's [helper?] W. fine
12 Helped Br S's kill pigs W. pretty Cold. roads awful
13 {illegible}I & Nancy helped CB's kill pigs W. pretty cold
14 Chored & drew home some wood W Cold roads very rough
15 Drew 2 loads of Shingle bolts to Pilkeys W. Cold Clear
Sunday 16 Went to Meeting at Hebron remarks by Br C Sermon on St Mat 15 C 21 V to end
of Chap. W. Commenced to storm & snow from East at 8 am stormy all day snowing tonight
17 Chored took a load of straw for RW. W. mild clear
Dec 1866 Jan 1867
Dec 18 helped JD kill hogs W. Mild {Big L shape} a little sleighing
19 Drew 2 loads shingle timber to Pilkeys, W snowed some
20 I & Nancy went to Markham Village with cutter roads heavy W. last night Coldest this
season Cold today
21 Drew some bolts onto road AM drew 1 load to Pilkeys & some wood home PM W. Milder
Clear
22 Went to JD's & Chored AM drew wood for RW PM W. mild
23 At home. I & Nancy Went to RW's awhile AM CB's were here when we Came home W.
Soft Cloudy rain last night
24 Cleaned Peas AM Took a load of shingle timber to Pilkeys with waggon PM roads muddy
snow this evening
Christmas day 25 Went to Meeting at Hebron remarks & Sermon on St Luke 2 C1 to 20 V by
Br C JD and family were here after Service. I went to Br S's after supper. W. cold {or mild?} a
little sleighing {or snow?}
26 Went to Br inlaw S Hoover W. mild pretty fair wheeling snow tonight
27 Drew a load of Bolts AM Helped Flavius Reesor get on a load of Straw & I & RW Cleaned
a little barley PM W. fine AM high wind PM
28 Helped WM kill Hogs. W. Very high wind {illegible} drifting cold
29 Helped JD kill a beef AM took some barley to Br S's & went to Cedar Grove PM W. windy
AM {cool?} PM pretty cold
Sunday 30 at home. D. Hoover's were here W. mild
31 Went to Markham AM S Lehman's were here PM I took a load of bolts to Pilkeys this
evening W. Mild
January 1. 1867 Went to JB's were not at home there went to S. Lehmans. W pretty cold
sleighing. poorly
2 Helped F Reesor saw shingle timber AM helped Br C kill a beef PM W. pretty Cold, clear
4 Cleaned barley W. pretty Cold
5 Finished cleaning barley AM drew a load of bolts PM W. Mild cloudy
6 Sunday 6 Went to Meeting at Cedar Grove remarks by Br C Sermon on St Luke 2nd C by
Rev H Barkey Went to F Reesor's after service W. mild cloudy
7 Went to JB. & to Municipal Election at Mongolia (late California) Voted for HP Crosby for
Reeve WM Button & J Robinson for Deputy Reeves & W Eakin & P Wilmot for Councillors
W. Mild Clear Sleighing not very good
8 Helped CB kill Beef & hog W. pretty Cold Clear
9 Went to School Meeting in Scarboro AM in Markham PM W mild.
10 Went to Finlaw's W. Some snow, sleighing pretty fair. W. mild
11 Killed pig & beef W. Mild a little snow PM
12 drew wood for RW AM. I & RW cut some Lim {limb} wood PM W. Cold
Jan Feb 1867
Sunday 13 Went to Meeting at Hebron remarks by Rd H Barkey sermon on {blank space} by
Br. C Visitors after service Br inlaw M. Neighswander & family W. stormy this morning pretty
Cold today
14 took straw for RW AM drew shingle timber PM
15 drew 3 shingle logs W. very Cold frose my toe
16 drew 2 do do & 1 sawlog W. Milder Flavius here tonight RW. helped thresh at Hoover's
for me yesterday & Isaac today
17 Went to Michael Frets & I got mare shod in village W. stormy snow
18 drew 2 shingle logs W. very Cold Sleighing good
19 Drew some wood & brought home some shavings from Pilkey's W. very Cold, Clear
Sunday 20 Went to Meeting at Widemans Remarks by Br C Sermon on St John 3rd C by Re
H Barkey went to J Stover's after Service. W. Milder .AM strong East wind coming home.
very unpleasant
21 Shoveled snow AM Went for Dr. Mc PM Flavius is sick Dr says he has Croup & Diptheria
W. snowy about 15 inches fell last night Roads heavy
22 chored Dr was here this evening baby is better W. cooler
23 Chored. F inlaw's were here. I went to JD's PM JH Ramer & family were here this evening
W. mild clear {or cloudy} Daniel Lehman died last night of Cancer on the face
24 I went to funeral of Daniel Lehman with Br C Sermon on 7 C Rev. 13 V to end of chap. in
German by Rev H Barkey. in English by Rd P Cober W. Mild
25 Drew a load of bolts JB & wife were here W mild Commenced to snow from East about 3
PM
26 Chored AM I & Nancy went to Cedar Grove PM W. mild a little soft
Sunday 27 at home Br S's were here W. mild. windy tonight
28 Helped Br. C thresh W. Mild
29 Helped Br. C thresh AM & awhile PM & drew a load of wood W. Mild
30 Took family to JD's & drew wood brought them home this evening W. pretty cold
31 drew some wood AM Helped Br S kill a beef PM W. mild
February 1 Helped RW Clean Oats AM Chored PM W. Some rain. & heavy thaw last night
snow soft
2 Candlemas day Cleaned Oats AM & some peas PM & I went to Cedar Grove Mills this
evening W. Mild Cloudy AM Snowstorm from East PM. sleet this evening
Feb 1867
Sunday 3 at home J Stover & wife were here W. mild, snow this evening
4 Went to Cedar Grove Mills this morning & to Meeting house to appoint trustees AM. Simon
Hoover & wife were here took some straw for RW. this evening W. mild snow from east
tonight
5 Helped CB to thresh W. Mild, a little snowy
6 Took 38.10 lbs peas to duffins Creek Station @ 68 per bus. Went to AB's tonight. were not
at home W. Clear
7 Took my Mother to Br. S's this morning. Sorted some turnips in Cellar AM. Commenced to
rot took a load of bolts & brought Mother home PM W. fine clear
8 Chored Took Mother & Sissy {or Lissy?} to Br C's AM Split wood at Meeting house & CB
sprayed pigs PM Went to AB's PThis evening W. very fine clear
9 Chored. W. Mild Storm of snow from north
Sunday 10 Went to Meeting at Hebron Remarks by Br C Sermon on St Mat 15C 21 V to end
of Chapter by Rev H Barkey. W wind from north roads drifted
11 Drew 2 loads bolts W. Cold
12 Drew 1 load bolts & 1 shingle log W. thawing went to JN Raymer's cheese Meeting at
Peters Church this evening
13 Went to Br S's to help to thresh Machine did not come until noon rained PM did not thresh
14 I & RW Cleaned 86 1/2 bus peas. W. warm cloudy Rev T Moyer was here awhile this
evening
15 Went to Meeting at Widemans Remarks by Rv H Barkey Sermon on {blank space} by Rv
T Moyer Went to F inlaws after service W. Cloudy Mild
16 Chored & went to Funeral of R Burrows at Scotch Church on 11th Con W. rainy AM Clear
PM
17 Went to Br N's W. Mild. Clear thawing sleighing going
18 Helped to dig grave for Lucy Stover at Hebron & attended funeral Sermon in German by
H Barkey & Revd T Moyer & in English by A Ramer W. fine clear
19 Helped Br. S thresh AM Took 12 bus grist to Major Mills PM W. Clear Old Cris Stover &
wife {Teamy or Teany?} and {Ulrey?} and Matty Shank were here tonight
20 Drew a Shingle log AM Went to Major Mills PM W Cold
21 Didnt do much got bad cold W. Wind & some snow from East
22 I & Br S took 85 bus peas to Fmans bay @ 65cts per b W. pretty Cold Clear
Feb March 1867
23 Cleaned Wheat for Mother & RW. AM took it to Major Mills PM. W. Cloudy AM heavy
squals of snow PM Br inlaw Saml. Hoover & wife were here to stay over night.
Sunday 24 at home JB & wife were here today We all went to CB's tonight W. pretty Cold
Clear
25 Went to Br inlaw MN.'s & to Oat Mill at Claremont & Tailor, but he was not at home W.
Sharp. Clear
26 Chored & drew wood. AB's were here tonight W clear
27 I & my Mother went to JB's then I & JB went to Stouffville for my watch & a clock for My
Mother W. Clear fine
28 Helped Br C draw shingle bolts W. warm Clear sleighing going
March 1 1867 Helped Br C draw bolts am killed a calf PM Went to Br S's this evening W.
warm roads going. Some lightning illegible& rain this evening
2 Helped Br N draw sawlogs & went to Duncan's & to AB's in the evening W. very cold windy
Sunday 3 Went to Meeting at Cedar Grove remarks by Br C. Sermon on St John 3 Chap by
Rev H Barkey W. very Cold snow from east this PM
4 Didn't do much AM Cleaned some tailings PM Flavius was taken sick yesterday afternoon
had fits last night Doctor was here this morning. was bad again this evening J H R & wife
were here awhile this evening. Mrs Burkholder was here all night a little snow last night W.
clear
5 Went to Cedar Grove Mills AM I & RW. sawed some logs PM W. fine clear
6 Went to Cedar Grove Mills AM I & RW Cut some logs & took him some straw PM W. pretty
cold
7 Cleaned Peas. W. Snow from east nearly all day
8 Had small bee to draw Sawlogs. drew 13 & 1 shingle log W. Clear thawing
9 I & Br. S took 77 bus 40 lbs peas to F mans bay @ 66cts per bus W. clear roads going
10 Sunday My Mother & little girls went to meeting at Hebron I & Nancy could not go Flavius
was not well yet. visitors Br inlaw John Hoover S Lehman's Rvd Jas Barkey & wife were here
awhile W. Mild rained awhile PM
11 Went to Br S's AM drew home 3 cords of wood for my Mother PM W. Cool Clear
12 Helped Flavius Reesor to Move on his farm where Lawson lived My son Levi took sick
with croup this evening. sent for Doctor this evening. W. Mild a little snow this morning
March April 1867
March 13. helped Isaac Davis put up his Shanty on CB's Corner he moved it from JD's W.
Cool squally Levi a great deal better today
14 I & RW. Cleaned 87 bus Oats W. squally. pretty Cold
15 Cleaned some wheat for Br. N & Chored AM drew in 2 loads turnips out of pit PM W. Cold
Clear
16 Went to J B Millers Sale Lot 21 9th Con Markham W. cold east wind snow from East
tonight
Sunday 17 at home all day Brinlaw MN's were here W heavy fall of snow last night snowed
some today. cold
18 Drew a load of bolts AM 1 sawlog PM got horse shod at Copelands (late Bainbridges)
Cedar Grove W cold sleighing good
19 Helped Br. S draw sand W. Cold. clear
20 I & RW drew in Some turnips W. Cold nights, clear
21 Helped Br S's Saw up an Oak tree W. Strong east Cold Wind Commenced to snow from
east at 4 PM
22 Shoveled out lane & hitched up Colt & went to Cedar Grove AM {transcribers note: he is
driving the colt today because there has been a heavy snow fall. as the colt is just being
broken to drive, the heavy snow helps to slow down movement and softens any potential
accidents, making it a safer learning environment} Went to Flavius to visit & shoot {or shot}
rats PM W heavy snow last night Mild today
23 I & Br C Went to C Stovers AM I & Nancy went to Cedar Grove PM. W. Mild Clear
Sunday 24 at home F inlaws were here. I started for Dr MC at 5 Oclock this evening CB is
sick W. Drissly Snow & rain nearly all day very soft
25 Chored. got Cold. W. pretty Cold
26 I & Br C went to Finlaws for spring wheat for seed W. Clear sleighing bad
27 I & RW. Cleaned Oats. We all went to JD's awhile PM. W. snowed nearly all day
28 Took RW some Straw AM Took 25 bus. Chop to Cedar Grove Mills PM W. Clear Cold
Wind
29 Chored AM I & RW drew in 3 loads of turnips PM W. pretty cold
30 Drew some wood AM I hitched up colt & took a drive to JD's PM. W. thawing Sleighing
about done
Sunday 31 At home. got dinner at Mothers JD & family were here AB & family were here at
supper W. warm clear thawing
April1 Chored. Sold Heifer to J Davis @ $30.00 W rainy all day W. Morrison Junr.
Commenced at noon Work @ $12.00 per Month or 8 months
2 Drew home wood & drew out to pine logs for kindling wood at Br C's bush AM threshed
oats with horses PM W Cool {Note did not use threshing machine like usual, so likely used a
horse powered treadmill threshing machine or "sweeps" big horse power to drive machine.}
3 threshed Oats AM I drew some wood for RW & went to JD's PM W. Clear
4 threshed Oats W. Cloudy AM rain PM
April 1867
April 5 threshed Oats with horses untill 3 PM W. soft snow AM Cloudy PM
6 Made door in colt stable went to B S S & store this evening W. Mild Clear roads bad
Sunday 7 Went to Meeting at Hebron remarks & sermon on {blank space} by Br. C W. warm
clear
8 Drew in 3 loads of turnips AM Finished threshing Oats 100 sheaves & cleaned some
tailings PM. W. rainy
9 Helped to move John Dillers on lot 21 9th Con Markham W. fine Clear. roads, awful. about
the hardest days driving I ever done
10 Cleaned tailings & oats AM I & Nancy went to Flavius' after dinner. his Motherinlaw
Widow Barkey died suddenly about 11 oc AM. I started PM & went to tell the Friends W.
Cloudy mild
11 Was at Finlaws last night. started for home this morning. got home at 10 was back & forth
at Flavius PM W. Cold this morning warm today
12 Went to funeral of Widow Barkey at Widemans sermon on Rev 14 C & 13 V by J Macklin
& J Wideman remarks by Br. C Went to JH Ramers after Service W. clear
13 Drew in Some turnips AM Finished Cleaning Oats PM W. clear
Sunday 14 at home. Br. C & family were here W. fine Clear
15 Fixed some fence along north lane AM brought home some pine wood PM. W. cloudy
drissly rain. nearly all day heavy this evening
16 Got Dick shod & put in some sawlogs at SM W. clear
17 Piled lumber & took wooden plow to BSS W. fine Clear
17 Chored, didn't feel well W. helped RW chop fallen timber, W. fine clear
18 Piled lumber & took wooden plow to BSS W. fine clear
Good Friday 19 Went to AB's. W. Cloudy AM fine clear PM
20 Drew in a few turnips & Chored AM I & Br. S fixed cellar door PM & I went to BSS for
plow W. cloudy showery
21 At home all day. W. fine Clear. Easter Sunday
Easter Monday 22. Went to W Morrison's AM. at home PM JD & family were here. gave Colt
a drive in waggon this evening W. Soft snow nearly all day Cold tonight
23 Went to S Lehmans. My mother went a far as JD's & we Called for her going home W.
pretty Cold sharp frost last night
24 I & Br. N Commenced to put new rails into tight board fence south of grave yard.
Commenced to snow at noon snowed all day brought some potatoes from D Hammonds
(JDs) (farm) after supper
April May 1867
25 Went to Br. S's AM Worked at fence PM W. clear
26 Went to Mill with Chop AM I & Br. N worked at fence PM W. Clear, windy PM W. went
fishing this morning got 9 for his share
27 Chored & Cleaned seed peas AM I & W. went to Cedar Grove Mills twice PM with Colt W.
cold wind
Sunday 28 Went to Funeral of Daniel Shanks Child at Hebron Sermon by R A Reemer on St
Mat 18C 1st to 4th V Flavius and Br N's were here at noon and CB's at supper W. cool clear
29 Finished board fence & Drew home some wood W. cloudy
30 Sowed Plaster on new meadow & drew some turnips AM drew 3 loads turnips & then W
Commenced to plow behind Cider house & I went to Br S's bought a set of chain trace
Harness off him at $18.00 PM W. Cloudy all day rained after supper
May 1 Chored AM Went to CB's to help him to ring some pigs & went to Cedar Grove Mills
after supper W. rain AM cloudy PM
2 I Nancy & Flavius Went to Markham AM Plowed with Colt PM W. Cold squall of snow AM
3 Plowed. I chored PM W. Cold. Froze hard last night
4 Both plowed in field behind barn W. Squall of rain AM. & after supper
Sunday 5 Went to Meeting at Hebron remarks by Rvd Jos Barkey Sermon on ST Mat 18 C
by Br. C Brinlaw AB & Br S's were here after Service W. rather cloudy showery
6 Took RW. to Stage Office at Rouge Hill this morning. he is going to the township of
Egremont to his sisters' chored & went to BSS. W plowed this Morning & after supper I made
a milk stand at end of lane this evening. W. Cloudy rain through middle of the day
1867
May 7th 1867 Commenced to sell Milk to Cedar Grove Cheese factory @ 10cts per ga
plowed behind barn W. Cool clear
8 Sowed about 6 bus peas behind Cider House AM I & Nancy went to raising of AB's driving
house PM W. Cool. Windy tonight a little rain
9 I went to BSS AM rolled peas PM brought home Iron plow from BSS after supper W
plowed behind barn W. Cool Clear
10 both plowed W. pretty Warm . Clear
11 Sowed field behind barn with barley Isaac helped to harrow he is working for flavius this
Summer W. warm Clear
12 Went to J Cobers. W. fine Clear. rather Cool
13 Sowed grasseed on barley until about 9 AM when it commenced to drissle. drissly all day
W plowed PM in big field I & Nancy went to Cedar Grove after supper
14 I chored W plowed some in big field W. some drissly
15 Plowed in last years turnip ground W drew in turnips PM RW levelled pits W. Cool.
Cloudy, some drissly
16 W drew turnips AM plowed PM I cultivated in big field W Clear pretty warm
17 I plowed W. Cultivated PM W. Cool Clear
18 I rolled barley & sowed 10 1/2 bus peas in big field W Cultivated W. Cool Clear
Sunday 19 Went to Br N's W. fine, Clear, Warm
20 Finished Sowing big field with peas & 4 bus oats in hollow W. fine clear
21 both plowed in last years root field . W strong East wind Commenced to rain at supper,
rain heavy
22 Fixed Some fence along Markham bush & I & Nancy went to Whitevale AM G.W. Isaac, &
Flavius went fishing to big Rouge PM Caught 37 Suckers PM. W Cloudy rainy
23 Chored AM fixed fence & I went to Cedar Grove Mills PM W. Drissly Cool Cloudy
May June 1867
24 Queens Birthday, fine Clear heavy rain at supper finished plowing last years root field &
commenced a little in field near hoovers. G.W. Sim Stover & S Spence Caught 45 sucker's at
Br S's tonight
25 Plowed AM. Cut seed potatoes PM W. Clear AM rained PM. ground very wet
Sunday 26 Went to Meeting at Cedar Grove. Remarks by Br C. Sermon on St Luke 15 C 1st
to 11th by Rev H Barkey W. fine. Clear. Cool. roads muddy
27 I went fishing with Simon Hoover Martin & Menno Neighswander about 3 oclock this
morning to the little rouge Caught 2 suckers. Water too clear for fishing got home about 10
AM Sowed about 3 1/2 bus spring wheat W. Clear
28 Sowed about 12 bus Oats in field back of garden Commenced to rain about 10 AM cloudy
drissly all day
29 Went fishing to Big Rouge with JB. JD & his boy A Stover & WM. Caught 139 Suckers W.
Clear fine
Ascension day 30 at home. W fine, shower at supper
31 Chored AM, W plowed in Wheat field in Corner Sowed Oats back of garden finished field
PM W. fine warm
June 1 Sowed barley for Flavius. A.M. planted Some Corn & potatoes & went to
P.O. PM after supper W. warm clear Bush turned green this past week
Sunday 2 Went to Meeting at Hebron. remarks & Sermon on {blank space} by Br. C. JD &
family Came about noon W. rained nearly all day. very wet. Uncle C Burkholder has a slight
stroke of Palsy this evening
3 Went to BSS & to Cedar Grove Cheese factory AM received pay for Milk from May 7
amounts to $12.16 cts I & W. drew rails from Scarboro bush to north lane PM W. Clear warm
4 Drew rails AM Sowed 4 bus oats in field at 11th Con Cleaned wheat after supper. Finished
our seeding at last W. clear
5 Took 10 bus Wheat grist to Major Mills. Nancy went with me AM. Helped women wash
Meeting house PM. W. fine warm clear Uncle Dan's were here PM
June 1867 1867 {year appears twice}
June 6 Went to Markham with Br. C AM. Marked out Post holes for RW to dig along
Scarboro townline West of lane PM. sowed some t{rees?} after supper below garden W. very
warm. Clear
7 Sowed barley for Flavius AM Uncle John Burkholder was here PM planted some Corn &
potatoes below garden after Supper W. very warm
8 Overhauled fence on north end of farm from Pickering townline to 11 Con put in mostly
new rails 8 rails high Flavius and RW helped Meeting at 8 Con today W. fine clear
9 Went to meeting at Widemans Revd's T Moyer & J Hager officiated to nominate
Candidates for a Bishop & Deacon. All our Ministers were nominated Vise Br. Christian H &
Jos Barkey & Jac. {or Jno} Wideman for Bishop & Jacob Grove A {or CL? -- see who was
chosen below} Hoover C Wideman David Raymer J Koch Abraham Barkey & Uncle Sam
Reesor for Deacon Went to Br inlaws Isaac {or Saml?} Hoovers at Father inlaws they are
living in part of the house. Lords supper was Celebrated today. W. fine clear
10 Meeting & Sacrament at Hebron today same ministers as yesterday. Visitors Simon
Hoover's, Abraham Moyers from Clinton M Neighswander Abraham Doner's & Uncle CB's
awhile this evening W. fine clear CB is better again
11 Meeting at Widemans. Decided by Lots today that my Br. Christian be Bishop & Christian
L. Hoover be Deacon Went to Little Chris Hoovers after Service W. fine Clear
12 I & My Mother went to Uncle Joe's Aunt Susan is very sick with inflammation went to JDs
for supper W. very warm, some rain last night. thunder showers on our way home W. and Br
C & his man washed our and Br C's sheep AM W pulled weeds out of wheat PM
13 Planted potatoes W. warm Clear
14 I plowed RW's garden AM Sowed it with Oats PM W. pulled weeds W. very warm. a little
rain tonight Br. C's daughter Elisabeth broke her arm above the wrist this evening
June 1867
15 I Commenced to Shear sheep this morning when JB. JD's & his boy Anthony Stover
Came at 10 AM to go fishing. went with them to little rouge Caught a horn Chub Came home
about 1/2 past 3 Oc, finished Sheep. W. Clear warm
16 Went to Br. S's Mother & Lizzy went to Br C's W. warm clear
17 I & W. worked on road in Scarboro with team W. clear
18 Took Wool to Whitevale Carding Mills AM Drew old rails off fallow PM W. Commenced
plowing fallow in field near Hoover's W. Clear fine shower this Morning Cool this evening
19 Went to BSS AM I & Br. N set 35 posts PM on Scarboro townline west of lane W. Clear
20 drew 2 loads of fence boards from SM AM Went to funeral of Michael Burkholders Child
at Hebron PM Burned some brush in Markham fallow PM & this evening W. Clear
21 I & RW set some posts & finished burning brush in Markham fallow W. fine clear
22 I drew rails to make a fence between peas & pasture in field behind Cider house AM I &
Br S nailed boards on as far as posts are set on Scarboro townline PM Jacob Widemans
were here awhile this evening W. fine clear
Sunday 23 Went to Meeting at Cedar Grove remarks by Br C Sermon on St Luke 16th C 19
v to end of C by Rvd J Wideman Visitors F inlaws. JH Ramer & family were here too W.
warm. Clear
24 Rolled turnip ground & plowed some in fallow AM Took Milk Can to Markham to get
repaired & went to Town Clerks office Unionville for my Road List PM W. very warm
25 {Warned?} hands on road for Friday Morning & went to WM Buttons AM Plowed in fallow,
PM W. very warm
26 Went to Cedar Grove AM drew home old rail pieces & fixed fence between peas &
pasture behind Cider house PM W. drissly AM. Cloudy PM. Cooler looks a little like rain
tonight.
June July 1867 {this actually appears below entry for 27}
27 Harrowed Turnip ground AM W. finished plowing fallow I hoed some Corn & potatoes PM
W. Commenced Making turnip drills PM W. Warm
28 Worked on roads. W. finished drills. Sowed some tonight. W. cool a little rain tonight
28 Worked on roads. W. finished sowing turnips. {Sim? him?} & RW Finished pulling weeds
in Wheat W. Clear fine
Sunday 29 Went to Meeting at Hebron remarks by Br C. Sermon on St. Luke 10 C 30 V to
end of C by Rev H Barkey. Visitors after service S Lehman & wife. JB's were here after for
supper W. warm
Confederation Holiday July 1 Drew some soft Wood out of Scarboro fallow AM. W went to
Circus in Markham PM. I Chored went eel fishing at Br S's with Isaac & {John?} Davis this
evening John caught a large one W. Warm. Clear
2 Went to Cheese factory 4 Weeks income $20.39cts hoed potatoes PM. R & W drew dung
on pile. W warm, sultry, very dry
3 Finished hoeing potatoes AM Chored & helped to draw Some dung PM W. very warm
4 I & Nancy went to Markham. W. very warm I went eel fishing with I and J Davis I caught a
Small one the first one I ever caught
5 Helped Br N weed carrots hoed Some corn this evening Old Martin Neighswander's were
here at dinner W. shower AM, another this evening
6 Chored AM Harrowed fallow PM W. rained fine shower AM Clear PM Went eel fishing. I
Davis Caught one
Sunday 7 Went to Flavius Br. N's were here at Supper W. very warm clear
8 R & W drew dung on heap AM on fallow PM Br. C Cut hay for us with his Combined
Patterson Machine in Meadow east of dam I moved fence Corners W. fine pretty Cool
July 1867
9 Drew dung on fallow W. slight shower AM Clear warm PM
10 Drew dung on heap & shook out hay I cut some thistles in Oats, & helped Br. N put some
beans on his overlay in barn W. Cool Some Cloudy. bad hay weather
11 Drew some dung on fallow & turned hay AM Raked & Cocked a lot PM W. rather Cloudy
looked like rain AM Clear PM JD brought my Mother and Lizzy home today
12 July. Raked & Cocked all the hay that was cut on Monday Br. C finished Cutting meadow
W. fine Cool rather cloudy
13 W. helped Br C stack hay I planted Celery and turned some hay AM took Dick & {Sent?}
to Walkeys to get shod PM turned some hay after supper W. fine Clear
14 Went to Meeting at Altona remarks by Br C Sermon on St. Mat 15. C 21st to 30th V by
Rev Jas Barkey Went to M Neighswanders {Jas?} after Service W. fair warm Cool Breeze
15 Finished raking & Cocking Meadow W. fine untill Supper when it Commenced to rain a
fine shower
16 I & my Mother went to Uncle Joe's to see Aunt Susannah W. fine Cool, Aunt is very
poorly. I & Nancy took rolls to Chris Stovers this evening RW. went to raising at Garlands
17 Drew in 12 loads hay W. fine Clear
18 Drew in 25 loads hay which finishes meadow except a little swail. W. fine, warm Clear
Flavius boys, Ceph & Isaac, helped
19 We all went to F inlaws for dinner & to JD's for supper. W. warm fine Clear
20 Drew a load of lumber to bay for Br S. he had a bee. W. very warm. Clear
21 Went to Meeting at Cedar Grove remarks by Br. C. Sermon on St Luke 18 C by Rev H
Barkey Went to AB's after dinner W. heavy squall of wind tonight
July 1867
July 22 I scuffled turnips AM Went with my Mother to see my Aunt Susanna PM she is about
the same W. very warm
23 Plowed potatoes this morning Plowed in fallow Br N helped today I & RW drew in swail
hay out of meadow this evening then went to Br. S's to {service?} W. very warm dry
24 Both plowed RW helped Br. C. W. very warm
25 Finished Plowing fallow AM & brought a load of shingle bolts to lane I took it to Pilkeys &
Chored PM W. Cut thistles in Markham fallow PM I went to Mrs Mitchels for a new hat this
evening W. very warm
26 All cut thistles AM I took Mare to Walkeys PM. R cut in swail in oat field PM. I & RW went
to Jesse Reesors this evening W. not quite so warm. I helped Flavius kill a sheep after
supper
27 I & W finished thistles AM I went to Duncans & Majorville PM R & W. finished swail &
Orchard W. very warm
Sunday 28 Family went to Meeting at Hebron I staid at home watching fire at Markham
fallow. very high west wind, very hot, pulled down a lot of fence on East Side JDs were here
& James Duncan at supper
29 Helped Br. C. cut 5 1/2 acres barley, & 4 acres wheat for James Craigie W. very windy
fence Catched again at Markham fallow
30 Cut barley for us W. fine clear Cut with Br. C's reaper we are not binding it put it in Cocks
31 Finished Cutting barley & began wheat AM Finished Wheat PM W. fine Clear fine shower
tonight I was at Br. C's awhile his daughter Elisabeth broke her right arm this evening at near
the same place she done about 7 weeks ago
1867 Aug 1867
August 1 Helped Br. C to try to Cut rye & barley awhile this morning would not work to wet
Commenced to drissle about 10 AM R & W shocked wheat. Cleaned some wheat & chop PM
fine shower PM I went to WM's after supper boys hoed turnips
2 I took 28 bus chop to Major Mills AM W was at Flavius AM & RW thinned turnips Flavius
Cut our rye with his reaper PM W. fine clear
3 Finished hoeing turnips Br. N & Isaac helped R helped Flavius fill dung W went to Major
Mils after supper W. fine clear
Sunday 4 Went to Meeting at Widemans remarks by Rev J Wideman Sermon on St Mat 18C
23 V to end of C by Rev H Barkey. Went to JB's after service & to Menno Burkholders for
supper W. warm clear
5 I & W drew in 3 loads barley AM Chored PM W. warm AM drissly PM RW was at Br N's
6 Drew in 3 loads Wheat AM & 2 loads barley PM began to rain little shower about 2 PM
Cloudy until evening R pulled a few Peas while we loaded AM behind cider house
7 I went to Cedar Grove & drew in 1 load wheat & W harrowed in fallow AM Drew in 5 loads
PM W. very warm Clear thunder Clouds in North
8 drew in 8 loads barley R was at Br C's PM W. very warm
9 drew in 5 loads barley till supper which finishes it. when W started for Dr. Mc. My Mother
was taken sick with with Cholera Morbus this PM. W very warm thunder Clouds in north
tonight
10 I didn't do much but went to Cedar Grove AM J & W drew in rye 4 loads & 1 load swail
hay out of Oat field PM W. Cool, nice shower last night My mother is getting better. our
Susanna is sick too the Dr. didn't say what was wrong with her
Sunday 11 at home JDs JB's & Br S's were here Mother & Susanna are getting better W.
Warm I & W drove home John Davis Cow after dark she got with our cattle today
Aug Aug 1867
Sunday 11 continued When we got back I didn't feel well. went to bed, got up & vomited
occasionally through the night
12 Done nothing. pretty sick. went to B smith PM. very Weak. no appetite. pretty {sluir?}
{slim?} W. clear
13 Chored AM. Went to Chris Stovers & AB's PM W. fine rain this Morning. Uncle Jacob
Burkholder's wife died on Sunday & was buried today. Was buried at Wideman's
14 Chored AM W. Commenced plowing fallow third time. R & W helped Br C bind oats PM I
turned peas, W. fine Clear Warm
15 I & R drew in peas behind Cider house 5 loads & 1 load hay out of Oat field & rackful
barley rakings W. clear
16 I & My Mother went to Uncle Joseph's & to JDs got home about 3 PM I then went to D
Hoovers to get his horse rake to pull peas did not go well My Aunt Susanna is very poorly W.
warm clear
17 Pulled peas AM All helped Flavius cut his Oats with reaper PM W. very warm
Sunday 18 Went to Meeting at Cedar Grove remarks by Rev H Barkey Sermon on St Luke
{blank space} by Br C W. very warm
19 All pulled peas W. Warm clear
20 I & W helped CB thresh with team W. warm
21 I & W drew in 8 loads peas out of big field R helped Br. C thresh W. warmer Clear
22 Drew in 8 loads peas R pulled while we loaded W. very warm Clear I killed a sheep after
supper & I & Nancy went to Cedar Grove after supper. I forgot to mention that I was at a
meeting at Cedar Grove on Saturday evening Called by Mr J Metcalfe Candidate for the
Commons of Canada. & HP Crosby. Candidate for the Legislature of Ontario (formerly Upper
Canada) Meeting in favor of both Candidates. they being opposed to T. A Milne & John
Bowman
23 Had threshing Machine. threshed 187 bus barley 65 Wheat. W. very warm. Commenced
to rain stormy {or slowly or stormily?} at dark tonight
Aug Sept 1867
24 I helped Br. C draw in Oats AM I & Nancy took Can to Markham to get mended & went to
J H Rennies for supper R & W pulled peas W. cooler rained up north last night. none here
Sunday 25 Went to Meeting at Hebron. Remarks by Br. C Sermon on {blank space} by Rev
H Barkey Visitors after service M. Neighswander JD. & family Sam Hoover & wife John &
their girl {Teeny?} David Burkholder & family W. warm Clear Jesse Reesor & family were
here for supper
26 Started about Midnight with AB's team & buggy to Dr Mcs & to F. inlaws for Mother inlaw
got home about breakfast AB's have a daughter born this morning. All pulled peas today W.
clear
27 I & R pulled peas. W. helped W Lapp thresh W. Cooler. Sharp lightning & thunder last
night fine shower
28 Finished pulling peas AM. W. plowed in fallow PM. I & R helped Br C. cut his spring
{wheat?} PM. fine shower last night. Cool today
29 Cut Oat field back of Garden Br. C drove Tailor from {belford?} helped W. fine clear
30 finished binding oats & Cut oats in middle of pea field Br. N helped PM. W. Cool Clear
31 Drew in {blank space} loads of peas untill supper time W drissly from 2 o clock got to wet
had to quit Isaac helped
Sunday Sept 1 We all & Mother & Lizzy went to CB's JDs were here for supper W. Cool.
rained all last night
2 Cut last Oats 2 acres in Wheat field & 2 acres spring wheat in fallow AM Cut oats for Br N
AM W helped to bind W. fine Clear
3 Drew in last peas 2 loads & 3 loads Oats untill about 4 Oc PM When it Commenced to rain
JB helped W. plowed
4 I went to Markham with My Mother AM Chored PM W finished plowing fallow 3d time W.
Clear
5 I & WRW Drew in Oats of of field behind garden W. harrowed fallow W. fine clear
1867 Sept
6 I & Nancy Went to S Lehman's they were not at home then went to JB's I went to election
voted for James Metcalfe for the Commons of Canada & M P Crosby for the Legislature of
Ontario. W. short shower this morning very heavy shower at Mongolia (late California) about
noon none here
7 Finished harvest by drawing in a few loads of Oats & 2 loads spring wheat W. Commenced
to ridge up RW helped Br N PM, great news this evening. Mrs. {plural} Metcalfe and Crosby
triumphantly returned with great majorities W. fine Clear
Sunday 8 Went to AB's W. fine clear
9 I, W. & Br N ridged up W. fine. Nice shower tonight
10 Plowed a little & then sowed fall wheat 7 1/2 acres W. fine cool
11 Drew Duncans hay he bought a swail from me W furrowed out wheat AM W. fine clear
12 Thanksgiving day. Went to meeting at Wideman's remarks by R Jas Barkey Sermon on
{blank space} by Br C Went to F in laws after service W. fine clear
13 Went to C Stovers for yarn AM Cleaned a load of Wheat PM W. showery . all day
14 Took 44 bus 8 lbs Midge Proof Wheat to Major Mills @ $1.30 cts per bus AM Drew a load
bolts to Pilkey's PM. Went Coon hunting tonight with 8 Markham boys. Caught nothing W.
fine Clear
Sunday 15 at home all day Flavius & family were here W. fine clear
16 Went to See Aunt Susanna with My Mother she is very low yet W. rather Cloudy warm
17 got horses shod at Walkeys AM I & Nancy went to Markham PM. W. very warm, sultry,
Close
18 went to Weaver at Mongolia & to S. Lehman's for dinner W. very very warm rained fine
shower coming home W Finished plowing spring Wheat stubble
19 went to Simon Hoover's & I went to Watson Tailor at Claremont W drew dung out of pile
on Pea ground behind Cider house W. fine clear Cooler
20 Took 44 bus 3 lbs barley to F mans bay @ 78.cts W. fine Clear
Sept Oct 1867
21 I dragged new land for Br. N AM W went in my place PM I chored at home PM W. fine
clear Went to Cedar Grove tonight
Sunday 22 at home. Meeting Hebron W cool clear
23 Took 45 {blank space} barley to Fmans buy {likely bay} @75 cts per by W clear
24 Took 43 bus 36 lbs barley to Fmans bay @75 W clear
25 Chored & Went to Cedar Grove AM fixed {fired?} Scarboro brush @11 oc AM had
splendid burn Nancy had quilting today W. fine clear.
26 Took 42 bus 14lb Barley to Fmans buy {bay} @75ct W. Cooler Some cloudy
27 Helped Flavius draw earth on his swamp road awhile this morning when Finlaws came & I
came home W. helped him all day JH Ramers were here for supper W. fine clear this is my
31st Birthday
28 Chored AM Helped Br C cut his clover seed PM Took Pea & barley chop to Cedar Grove
Mills this evening. W. plowed in Oat field W. fine clear
Sunday 29 at home all day Sacrement at Widemans W. clear
30 Cut clover seed Br C Helped. Plate on sickle bar got loose, had to get it fixed. W. fine
Cool. Clear
Oct 1 Went to Cedar Grove for Chop for Hogs & Nancy went along to store AM chored & cut
a little Clover this evening W watched fire PM it broke out Hard frost last night. grape vines
frose. W. fine clear
2 Chored AM tried to Cut a little clover this morning. too damp. Cohoned {chored} PM W.
rained some AM clear Pm. Made a new hog trough
3 Picked apples AM I & W {nearly or C nearly} finished cutting clover seed PM when the
small bolt in Boxing of Pitman broke. W. fine Clear
4 Drove in 4 loads seed. W. Cool Clear Br C helped & R W. W has gone to Markham Fair
5 Cleaned few Oats AM I went to Dimmas {they live nearby on map} & Cedar Grove PM W.
fine soaking rain last night & AM cloudy cool PM
Sunday 6 I & my Mother & Lizzy went to Br S's Nancy & children went to Br C's W. Cool
Clear
Oct 1867
Oct 7 Made 2 brls Cider at Jonas Raymers W. fine Clear
8 Boiled Sauce AM finished Cutting & drawing in Clover seed 2 small boads W. Cool clear
9 killed a lamb & chored AM didnt do much PM S Lehmans were here a while W Cloudy AM
fine rain PM
10 I & W Cut logs & fallow AM chored PM W cloudy AM rained PM
11 Chored AM I went to drew a load of bolts to Pilkey {lives nearby on township map} & went
to store PM W plowed W. rained AM cloudy PM
12 Made small bedstead this Morning Commenced to log in Scarboro fallow about 10 AM
finished it & made a few heaps in the Markham one J Davis helped with Br S's oxen I Davis
& S Spence helped W. rained this morning slight drissles today
Sunday 13 at Home A Bs were here W. Clear
14 Went to Cedar Grove & to Br Ss this morning Plowed until noon Picked apples PM JB
was here PM & Picked some PM W. plowed W. very fine Clear
15 Dug potatoes W. fine Clear
16 I went to Claremont for my Clothes & W helped Br C dig potatoes AM. finished our
potatoes PM W. Fine Clear
17 Drew dung on field below house Uncle Jacob Burkholder was here PM. W. very fine Clear
18 Finished drawing dung AM Fixed fence that was burnt along Scarboro fallow PM W. very
fine Clear fine rain in leaves in Scarboro bush {took from stone? or alone oro hours} {like fire
done no illegible?}
19 I went to Major Mills with 10 bus grist wheat AM I & RW took in winter apples PM W.
finished plowing oat stubble & commenced pea stubble behind Cider house PM W very
warm distant thunder tonight
Sunday 20 at home. Meeting & Sacrement at Hebron J Stovers & family were here this
evening. W. warm fine Clear
21 Chored & shot 2 squirrels AM Went to Major Mills for Grist PM W. plowed W. fine warm
clear raining tonight. J D McPhee died today
Oct Nov 1867
Oct 22 Helped Flavius kill pig and chored AM Went to Markham for landside for Iron plow PM
W cool clear
23 Drew 2 loads (1000) 2 in tiles from Petty W. Cool Clear
24 Drew home 4 loads wood A M watched fire in Scarboro bush & brought plow from
Walkeys shop 3 d Con Pickering PM W fine clear W plowed in rye stubble
25 dug a few potatoes in field below garden & cut & drew in some trees. W fine Clear
remarkable fine weather for the seasons I & W shot 3 black squirrels at noon
26 killed pig & chored A M Picked apples PM W. clear Fire bad in bush tonight. I & W down
at it near 12 o clc {oclock}
Sunday 27 at home all day. W. fine clear
28 Picked apples. Susanna {his daughter c 6 years of age} was scalded very bad on the
neck & breast with hot coffee at noon rests very well tonight. W Cloudy, raining tonight
29 Commenced a drain in NW corner field I R Gourley & R W worked at it A M. W. plowed I
had to stay in the house PM Susanna was restless W. went to Br Ss {his brother Simeon}
raising of shed PM W fine very little rain last night
30 Travelled around looking for a girl today Nancy gave birth to a son last night. Can find no
girl W. very fine roads good
31 Went to Jacob Reesors. Brought his Daughter Anne to work AM. Went Chored PM W fine
clear Finlaws were here
Nov 1 Helped to lay tiles & filled part of drain Fire broke out PM fought until night W clear
2 finished filling drain w fire broke out worse fought all PM. W. heavy wind. We hear of fires
in the woods in all directions
Sunday 3 at home AB's JHRs & S Lehman's {these names may be incorrect. He often uses
ABr to refer to his brother-in-law] were here Br N's {Br N = his brother Noah} awhile PM W. a
little rain last night fine shower PM some thunder. raining very fast this evening 9 oclock
4 Pulled turnips R W helped. M Neighswanders were here W Clear
5 Finished turnips J Bs were here W. ground frose this morning a little snow squall today the
first this season
Nov 1867
Nov 6 Chored in barn AM Drew 6 loads turnips PM JDs were here. W ground white with
snow this morning
7 Drew 14 loads turnips with 2 waggons. W ground frose this morning Strong east wind all
day, Cold
8 Drew 2 loads turnips which finishes them. very light Crop with us & a great many this year
drew 2 loads wood & fixed fences that were burnt in Scarboro W. warmer clear Finlaws
{Father-in-laws} were here awhile PM
9 fixed fences AM W Harrowed spring wheat stubble PM & I went to Cedar Grove PM W fine
clear
Sunday 10 at home. Simon Hoovers were here PM W clear
11 took 32 bus 40 lbs Peas to Fmans bay @70 cts per bus W. Cool. Cloudy AM Clear PM
W. plowed
12 Chored. Took 10 ewes to Flavius AM. Made about 120 gallons Cider at Bice's Mill 6th
Con Pickering PM. W. Cold. Windy. Clear
13 Boiled Sauce. W. Milder a little snow last night
14 Boiled Sauce. Milder heavy snow squalls PM W. Picked some apples PM
15 Went to Walkeys B S AM Made about 4 brls Cider at Bice's PM. W. pretty Cold Clear
16 Went to Special School Meeting in Markham AM to Consider the Propriety of building a
new School house. Decided against it. Went to Peter's sale P.M. W. very Cold north wind
squall of snow tonight
Sunday 17 Went to Meeting at Hebron Remarks by Br C {Br C = his brother Christian}
Sermon on {blank space} by Rev H Barky Martha Shank was here after service W. ground
white with snow this morning. Cold wind a little squally today
18 Boiled Cider W. & Br N set some cedar posts along townline PM W. Cold frose too hard
to plow
19 drew home some wood & water. very dry weather Cold very Cold. got ready for
butchering
20 killed 4 hogs W Clear. getting very mild
21 Salted meat & Chored AM Went to Cedar Grove Mill with 4 bus grist & brought home a brl
of water from rouge PM Water very scarce W. Mild Clear
22 I & W helped Br S thresh W. cloudy foggy
Nov Dec 1867
23 I & Br S went to toronto. got new Sausage cutter &c {=etc.} W. foggy. bad coming home.
dark as dungeon. roads good as July. mild weather
Sunday 24 at home AB's Br Ns & Flavius were here W. Mild, foggy. raining this evening
25 Cleaned Peas awhile AM Went Rabbit Shooting with Br inlaws Saml John & Jesse
Hoover W M & Isaac. Shot one Rabbit & a few Squirrels W Cloudy some rain this evening
26 Helped Br C kill hogs W. fine
27 Went to Uncle Joes with My Mothers Aunt is still the same. W. Cloudy mild
28 helped Br N kill hogs W fair Mild Clear
29 Helped AB kill hogs W rain all day heavy blow & snow from north tonight
30 Chored & went to James Burrows PM my year old Comet Colt got badly hurt at Br Cs
Pasture the first of the week shoulder badly bruised doing pretty well. W hard frost very cold
Sunday Dec 1 at home all day. W like winter
2 Chored AM I & Nancy went to Markham & to Cheese Factory PM. W. snowed awhile AM
Mild PM
3 Went to David Barkeys to See D Strickler he was not there went to JDs for my dinner then
went to Strickler's house and engaged him to bore our well to find water very dry time yet. W
Cold roads pretty good
4 Helped Br S kill hogs W. Pretty cold
5 Helped Flavius Kill hogs W. Milder Clear
6 Chored AM Took 8 bus Wheat to Cedar Grove Mills PM. W Cold. some snow squalls thaw
PM
7 I & RW Cleaned 87 1/2 {or 8 1/2?} bus Peas W. windy Cold
Sunday 8 at home. W. Some snow squalls, a few inches on the ground
9 I & RW Cleaned about 80 bus Oats & I went to Cedar Grove Mills PM W. very Cold.
Coldest this season
10 Helped C B kill 4 hogs & beef W Milder
11 Brought Sheep home from Flavious & Chored all went to Br S's tonight W. Milder
Dec 1867
12 Chored. W. Strong east wind very Cold about coldest day this season
13 Some milder drew some wood for my Mother a little thin sleighing
14 Drew Some wood & Chored W. milder
Sunday 15 Went to Meeting at Hebron remarks by Br C Sermon on St Luke 10 ! {?} C 57 V
to end of Chap by Rvd H Barky W. snowed a few inches last night showing nearly all day
mild tonight
16 got mare shod at Walkeys AM Chored PM W. pretty fair sleighing mild
17 At home JDs were here. drissly rain from east frose where it fell. didn't amount to much
18 JB was here AM. I went to Majorville PM to show a receipt of payment of a bill presented
by the assignee to the Estate of Robert Porters {Porteus?} an Insolvent
19 We all went to Finlaws. I went to David Ramer's sale PM. bought Pidgeon net @$10.55ct
W. pretty Cold sleighing fair
20 Went to Unionville to return road list W. Mild drissly like rain. CB's & Br Cs were all here
tonight
21 Killed beef Br S Br C & CB helped W mild snow tonight
Sunday 22 at home Br Ss were here all went to Br Ns tonight W. snowed about 5 in last night
Commenced to rain towards morning rained untill about 8 AM thawed all day snow nearly all
away. Cistern nearly full of water
23 Went to ask AB's to help kill hogs tomorrow drew some wood & I & Nancy went to Cedar
Grove PM W very windy last night & today
24 killed 5 hogs W a little snow this morning. mild cloudy
Christmas day 25 at home all day. W. Mild drissly rain from East AM ice frose on trees
Commenced to rain faster PM raining fast tonight
26 I & Nancy went to AB's to help to kill a beef W. Mild heavy rain last night Plenty of water
Creek running full sleighing all gone except some ice.
27 Chored. didn't feel well. W rained some mild
28 Went to Cedar Grove AM & to R Carters sale PM W. Colder clear sleighing gone
Dec 1867 Jan 1868
Sunday 29 Went to Old Daniel Hoovers W. pretty Cold.
30 Drew fence out of bush Where WM is chopping AM Went to his bee PM. W. pretty cold
clear
January 1st 1868 at home all day sitting in the house snow storm from east last night and all
day. about 1 foot fell drifted some mild
2 Chored. Hoover's youngsters were here tonight W. mild
3 We all went to JD's & awhile to JB's W fine mild
4 drew home some wood & went to Cedar Grove W some few inches snow last night & this
morning mild today
Sunday 5 I & Nancy went to Meeting at Cedar Grove remarks by Br C Sermon on St Luke
2nd C By Rvd H Barky JB's were here a little while PM & JD's this evening W fine mild
6 Chored AM Went to Municipal Election in Markham PM Voted for W Eakin for Reeve Mr
Lane & W Flamersfelt for Deputy Reeves & Jesse Reesor & W Padget for Councillors Went
to Flavius tonight W mild clear
7 Went to Flavius Chopping bee W. a little rain & sleet AM cloudy & mild
8 Went to S Lehmans & a little while to Uncle Joes Aunt is about the same W mild cloudy a
little snow tonight
9 Chored. Isaac Reesor helped me saw a few cuts of pine for kindling wood in Br Cs field PM
W. very cold wind from west all day
10 Went to Duncans with little boys boots AM Chored PM W very cold Mrs Sewell died
yesterday
11 drew home 2 loads pine {or fire} wood AM Went to Duncans for boots & to Cedar Grove
PM. W. Milder
Sunday 12 Went to Meeting at Hebron remarks by H Barky Sermon on St John 4 C by Br C
JH Ramer's were here when we got home W. pretty Cold
13 Helped WM chop awhile this morning when Finlaws Came ABs were here for dinner &
Jac {or Jas?} Reesors Anne {or AM?} W. fine pretty Cold I drew 2 loads wood this evening
14 Took Nancy & Susanna to Dr Mc for sore throats AM Helped Br C kill a Beef PM Cold,
East wind
1868
Jan 15 Chored AM drew some wood PM W. milder
16 Went to Uncle Joe's with my Mother. Aunt is poorly Called at JB's they Came home with
us Br Ns were here tonight W. pretty Cold
17 Chored Made a Black ash handsleigh for my boys W. Milder Clear
18 Chored AM Went to Geo Taits with C Burkholder PM. W Clear AM a little snowy PM. Mild
Sunday 19 at home all day W. mild
20 I & boys cleaned some tailings AM I took it to Cedar Gove Mills & brought home a load of
edgings PM. W Milder looks like a thaw
21 Dillers were here. I & Diller went shooting squirs {squirrels} with my rifle I shot 2 & he shot
1 W. fine clear
22 Chored & Went to Cedar Grove Mills PM W Mild white frost this morning
23 Chored AM Went to C Raymers tannery with Beef Hide & one for Br C PM. W. thawing, a
little rain am
24 Chored AM Got Charley shod all round at Walkeys PM. W. Colder. roads a little bare
25 Went to Flavius AM Drew some wood PM. W. Mild {&} cloudy
Sunday 26 at home. I went to Burkholders awhile AM W. a little snow last night & this
forenoon
27 Drew home wood for My Mother & some for myself & I & Nancy went to Cedar Grove W.
pretty Cold Clear
28 I & RW cleaned rye 40 bus AM Made barn ready for Clover Machine PM W some light
Snow AM getting Milder
29 Had Jonas Millers Clover Mill. Threshed 13 bus seed & 3 1/2 for Br C. W. pretty Cold
Clear
30 Done nothing. got bad Cold. W. pretty cold
Feb 1 Went to Markham & to Finlaws for dinner W. clear cold west wind
Sunday 2 Candlemas day at home Simon Hoovers were here W. Cloudy a little sun this
evening very cold tonight
3 at the Annual Meeting at Hebron to appoint trustees, not many attended no Meeting held
W. very cold last night & today windy mild tonight
4 Went to Simon Hoovers W. fine mild clear
5 S Lehmans were here I took chop to Cedar Grove Mills this evening. W. mild clear
Feb 1868
Feb 6 I went for Dr Mc for Jane AM she has something like Rhumatic fever Chored PM W.
fine this morning strong west wind PM & tonight a little snow last night
7 Chored W very Cold clear
8 Went to Cedar Grove Mills AM Took Jane home PM W. milder. snowing from East tonight
Sunday 9 Went to Meeting at Hebron remarks by Br C Sermon on St John 3rd C by Revd H
Barkey JD's were here after service S G Reesor from {Hay?} was in meeting. he is appointed
a Deacon W. soft snow & rain AM very Cold tonight
10 Chored AM brought Jane home PM W. very Cold. very Cold last night
11 Went to JH Ramers W. some milder AB's were here tonight
12 Drew wood AM Went to Duncan's & to Belford PM. Went to Saml Shanks this evening.
W. Milder
13 drew some wood AM Uncle Saml Reesors were here PM W Mild west wind PM heavy
tonight
14 Valentines day. Went to JB's W. very Cold this morning snow squall coming home, mild
tonight. Br Ns & Flavius were here tonight
15 Chored. W. mild snowed about 5 in last night & am
16 Sunday Went to Meeting at Widemans remarks by Br C Sermon on {he leaves a blank
space} by Revd J Wideman went to Br inlaw Saml Hoover after Service W. mild clear
17 Chored. W. Snowed about 4 in last night & AM. Soft. blowed up cold this evening
18 I & Pilkey cut shingle timber ABs Solomon Burkholder & Daniel Shaver's were here
awhile PM. W. very cold this morning milder today
19 Went to M Neighswanders {Jur. or Jnr.} W. fine warm, thawing some Old Aunt Susanna
Burkholder Died this morning
20 Chored AM I & Nancy went to Cedar Grove PM W. warm thawing
21 Chored & drew some wood Mother went to funeral with CB's we did not go Levi has some
thing like Croup W. Colder clear
Feb 1868
Feb 22 Chored. Dr Mc was here with Levi he says he has Influensa I went for him {?} last
night about 10 oclock W. pretty sharp all day
Sunday 23 at home all day JD's were here at Mothers Mary Duncan & her Man Matthew
Dyke were here this evening W. pretty cold
24 Helped R W. thresh Oats W. Severe snow storm from East all day & tonight drifting all
day
25 threshed a few Oats great storm continuing untill after dinner Continued to blow a slight
drissling rain W. mild
26 Never saw such drifts on Pickering townline warned out hands. shoveled all day till dark.
got it open from our Corner till Hoover's lane. our lane is full made a road through field W.
mild cloudy
27 Went to see about opening out 11 Con {concession} AM Done nothing PM W. mild
28 Walked to 11 Con AM James Milroy shovelled awhile AM I & Nancy went to Cedar Grove
PM I put mustard on back of my neck last night feel sore today W. light snow today blows
from North west
29 Chored AM Took Jane home PM. W. Colder clear Wm Little's house was on fire AM was
put out again
March 1st at home JB's & JD were here & Jesse & Enos Hoover I went to AB's this evening
W. pretty Cold clear
2 Chored AM Went to sale at TH Halls Cedar Grove PM W. Snow from East AM Cold
blowing PM
3 I & RW Cleaned Oats W. very very Cold wind from north
4 Finished Cleaning Oats AM Went to TH Halls sale PM stayed this evening bought about
$1.00 worth of sundries W. Milder Clear
5 Cleaned seed barley AM JD was here got 15 bus seed Peas & 4 bus barley W. Milder
Clear
6 Chored W. rained all day snow going fast
7 Chored & Went to D Hoover's AM Shovelled snow at Meeting house PM W. rained nearly
all day Mild
Sunday 8 Went to Meeting at Hebron remarks & sermon on {he doesn't finish sentence}
Mar 1868
JB's Br N's & Menno Burkholders were here after service CB's were here PM W. warm
thawing
9 I went to Markham AM Chored PM Br C's & Br S's were here tonight. W. fine Clear thawing
roads bad
10 Chored & hung up pork to smoke JH Ramers were here for 20 bus seed Peas. W. fine
clear
11 Went to Cedar Grove Mills this morning with Grist & Chop Fatherinlaws were here JDs
were at Mothers brought home Grist tonight W. fine
12 Drew wood AM Cleaned clover seed PM W. Cloudy AM. rained PM
13 Chored Uncle Joe's were here W. very warm Close
14 Went to JB's & to Mongolia for Cloth W. Clear heavy rain tonight
Sunday 15 at home all day W. warm snow going fast sleighing done
16 Chored W. Cloudy AM rainy PM
17 Went to Hoover's AM to See Samuel Stover he is very poorly drove through lane awhile
PM W thawing very fast snow very near all gone
18 Chored W. Cooler frose a little last night
19 Chored Went to Cedar Grove with Nancy to D Lapps store he is keeping at Halls old
stand W. Cool
20 Chored dont feel well got a few powders from Dr Mc he called to see My Mother she is
better W clear
21 Chored. Went to Coxworths PM to see W Burkhoders about threshing W. Cold north wind
frose hard last night
Sunday 22 at home. S Lehman's were here W Cool clear
23 Chored I & Mother went to Cedar Grove PM W. fine Clear
24 Br inlaw M N's were here I helped WM weigh a ton of hay W. fine Clear
25 had threshing Machine. Threshed 137 bus Oats & 14 bus spring wheat & 28 fall wheat W.
fine Clear
26 Went to J Burrows for blister for Comet Colt AM Burned log heaps in Scarboro fallow W.
fine dry clear, roads dusty in places
27 I & Nancy went to Markham Took My Mother & Lizzy to Br C's W. fine clear
28 Went to Walkeys Bss {Bss = Blacksmith Shop} AM chored PM W warm clear may
weather very warm for the season
April Mar 1868
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Sunday 29 Went to meeting at Cedar Grove remarks by Br C Sermon on St Mat 7 by Rvd H
Barky went to Br I's {or S's} after Service W. fine warm clear
30 Went to AB's & got Jess shod at Walkeys W. clear
31 Took My Mother & Lizzy to Br S's & N's W. {word too faint} Clear Heard today that there
are suckers Caught in big rouge I & Br N caught a lot of chubs today bit well
April 1 Took My Mother to JDs Called at JB's they were not at home W. fine clear looks a
little like rain W Morrison Commenced to work for me on Monday morning at $14.00 per
month & for 8 months
2 Cut wood in shed AM Fixed some fences PM W. snow squall AM clear cold PM
3 I & W sawed some rail Cuts. W Cold raw My Mother was taken sick about Midnight W
{hired man} went for Dr Mc he said she has something like appoplexy {stroke}
4 Went to Tell Dr that my Mother is some better AM Took my last Clover seed 8 bus 53 lbs to
R Willson @$4.50 per bus & 6 bus Oats to Burk in exchange for an army gun W. Cold AM
snow storm from north PM got very Cold
Sunday 5 Went to Meeting at Hebron remarks by Br C Sermon on St John 3d C 1st to 20v by
Rvd H Barkey Michael Frets & family & JD's were here after service W. Cold
6 I went to BSS for new Iron Harrows @$22.00 AM JB's were here PM plowed sod behind
Cider house after supper W plowed on Saturday & this PM W. snow squall AM. cold wind
clear, need rain. ground pretty dry
7 both plowed snow squall AM, cloudy PM
8 Finished Plowing sod. I took Nancy to Br S's to get sewing done on machine T D McGee
{Thomas D'Arcy McGee} was shot at Ottawa yesterday Morning by an assassin. W snow
Squalls very windy
April 1868
9 I went for Dr AM my Mother is worse Chored PM W took & brought home 13 bus Chop at
Cedar Grove Mills W. frose too hard to plow last night
Good Friday 10 at home all day CB's were here JD's Came this evening to stay all night W.
Cold. Cloudy
11 Chopped some wood for my Mother & brought home a load of edgings AM brought home
a load & killed a calf PM W. clear rained a little PM
East Sunday 12 at home Br S's Flavius's & AB's were here. My Mother is not quite so well.
W. Clear pretty Cold
Easter Monday 13 at home JD's JB's & Br N's were here W. fine Clear My Mother a little
better
14 Fixed Bridge & fence at dam AM Plowed in N West corner field PM a little frost yet W.
Cloudy a little rain PM
15 I went to Fmans bay for 3 lbls {lbs or barrels} Plaster @ $1.20 pck W Plowed Uncle D
Burkholder's came to say all night W. warm clear
16 Plowed. W. warm clear windy
17 Fixed fence through fallow AM W plowed & I took grist to Major Mills PM. W very windy
rain squalls PM
18 both plowed AM W began to plow for barley in field behind garden & I went to Meeting at
Cedar Grove factory PM W. clear rather Cold wind PM
Sunday 19 Went to Meeting at Altona remarks & Sermon on {he leaves a blank space} by
Rvd Jas Barky went to S Hoover's after service & awhile PM to MN's PM W fine clear
20 went fishing to big rouge with I Davis RW & M Dyke Caught 13 suckers water too clear.
sowed 4 bus spring wheat below garden PM W. plowed W. fine clear
April 1868 May
Tuesday April 21st 1868 I finished Cultivating & harrowing spring wheat AM helped W plow
for barley PM W clear
22 both plowed behind garden finished field except headlands W. cold raw wind clear
23 I & Nancy went to Markham & to J H Ramer W fetched grist from Major Mills & Cut a tree
that fell on sod behind Cider house. W about 3 in of snow last night all thawed today
24 Sowed about 4 1/2 acres barley on last years turnip & spring wheat ground W. fine clear.
Finlaws & JD's were here
25 Sowed about 8 acres barley in field behind garden AM I went to Menno Burkholders for a
pig PM. W. fine Clear
Sunday 26 Weall & My Mother went to Br C's Br S's & N's were there W. fine Clear I &
Nancy went to D Hoovers awhile this evening. Sam Stover is very poorly
27 Sowed knoll in N West Corner field with barley & sowed 8 drills Carrots below garden W.
fine Clear
28 Sowed sod with peas W. fine Clear I & Nancy went to Cedar Grove to night
29 Rolled awhile AM began to rain about 9 cloudy till noon. fine rain PM W plowed in NW
corner field AM
30 I went to Bss AM Both plowed in NW field finished it this evening W. Drissly & Cloudy at
times. had my Buildings Insured in the Middlesex Company today for 3 years
May 1 both plowed in west end of big field AM I rolled PM went to Cedar Grove Mills after
supper W. a little rain tonight
2 both plowed AM I rolled PM W. fine pretty Cold
Sunday 3 Went to Meeting at Hebron remarks by Br C Sermon on St Mat 18 C by Rvd H
Barkey J Stover & family were here after service W fine Clear warm
4 Sowed peas & Oats in NW Corner field W. Warm Clear Anthony Stover Commenced to
work this morning @ 7 $7.00 per Month for 6 months Sowed some Plaster in field behind
barn I & Nancy went to JDs about 10 AM W finished plaster & A Picked stones of the field W.
heavy thunder Stormy last night. another today things growing fast . warm
May 1868
6 both finished plowing half of big field Anthony plowed awhile. W. Cold wind
7 sowed Oats on west half of big field W. Cool
8 Fixed fence along 11 Con AM went fishing at Br S's PM Caught 30 suckers W Cold wind
9 I went to Bss AM boys turned sods at Br Cs & fixed fence awhile AM I rolled barley & boys
drew stones off meadow PM. W. cool clear
Sunday 10 went to Br Ns W fine Clear
11 I rolled in barley & Oats in west half of big field W {W Morrison} drew stones off summer
fallow A {Anthony Stover} dug garden W. clear
12 Cut rye straw with Hoover's Cutting box am boys helpful Flavius make dam & I chored
PM W. cool wind clear
13 Took 20 bus Chop to Cedar Grove Mills & Nancy to Br S's to sew on Machine AM brought
her home this evening. W. Commenced to rain about 10 AM from East rained fast all day
14 Cleaned wheat AM Went to Cedar Grove Mills for Chop PM W. rainy AM heavy rain PM
15 Drew off sail Cuts on Scarboro fallow AM Sowed plaster on upper Meadow & brought
home some hay from CB's after supper W. Cloudy
16 I & Anthony drew 3 loads edgings W. is not well W. Clear warm
Sunday 17 at home AM Went to CB's PM W Clear AM Boys both sick with bad Cold shower
{?} PM
18 I AB. Br N & RW went fishing at Br S's at 3 oclock AM. Caught 82 suckers W Cloudy Cool
rain last night I & Nancy started for Markham PM turned back at Cheese factory Mare Jess
got sick, is better again
19 I went to Bss & brought Mr Duncan to Mr Dykes AM I & Nancy went to Markham PM. W.
fine clear W Drew Stones off fallow
20 Both plowed in fallow. Br inlaw S Hoovers were here at supper W. fine Clear
Ascension day 21 We all & Br Ns 15 of us went to JDs in our big waggon to see their little
girl. W. Cloudy rain Coming home rain tonight Dominion plowing match at Brooklin Whitby
May June 1868
May 22 Chored. got sore eye W. helped Flavius draw dung W. Drissly rain all day
23 Didn't do much Went for Henry Barkey this evening Br Cs wife is very bad W. Cloudy AM
fine Clear PM roads very muddy
Sunday 24 at Br Cs most of the time his wife is very poorly, W. warm a little Cloudy
25 W plowed in fallow I didn't do much W warm Clear
26 I went to Major Mills with grist of wheat AM & to Markham after supper to get some things
for Br C his wife is about the same W. warm Clear
27 Planted Corn below garden W. warm slight thunder Shower PM
28 Planted potatoes behind Cider house W a little shower
29 I went to Belford & Whitevale {Pickering Township} AM Helped W. finish plowing turnip
ground PM W. fine clear Joseph Hagey & wife came here tonight. Yearly Conference was
held at Widemans today
30 I took Rvd Joseph Hagey & wife to Altona to Meeting today got dinner at M Neighswander
{there is a Nighswander in York County Historical Atlas, Markham Township} W. Cloudy AM
Clear PM Cool tonight
Whitsunday 31 Went to Meeting at Widemans Lords Supper was Celebrated a great Many
Ministers & Deacons were present. Went to S Lehmans after Service W. Cool this Morning,
warm today
June 1 Meeting at Hebron. Sacrement. A great many visiting Brethren out & in with us today
W. Clear
2 Took John Brubaker to Port Union Station AM Washed sheep at Flavius PM Went fishing
at Br S's with Flavius & his boys this evening Catched about a dozen to put in his dam W.
fine Clear
3 Went to Bss AM Jacob Reesor & wife & B Lehman from Lancaster P.A. US. John G
Reesor & daughter Uncle Josephs {Josephus?} & wife were here for Dinner. W. Clear
4 I & Nancy went to Markham AM Finlaws were here PM I went Eel fishing tonight, got none.
W. Cloudy warm
June 1868
June 5 Worked at hand Cart AM I & W plowed in fallow till supper W. rain AM & this evening
6 I & CB went to Uncle Joe's to get some Furniture that he & my Mother got at the dividing of
Aunt Susanna's effects W. rained nearly all day
Sunday 7 Went to Flavius. were not at home Came back Br. S's were here. At Mothers for
dinner with us for supper. W. fine Clear
8 I sheared sheep W helped Br. C plant potatoes showers this evening W. clear
9 Went fishing this morning with W. AB Br S & N J Davis Flavius Jim. Caught 12 Mullets & 7
suckers Made some fence through Clover behind barn Anthony helped to plant corn for W.
Clod. W. fine Clear
10 Took some wool to get Carded at Altona Went to MNs fished some W. Clear Warm
11 Finished fence through Clover AM. C and I took some wool to Whitevale factory to get
spun PM W. finished plowing fallow & harrowed turnip ground
12 Took my Mother to Uncle Sams then I went to Markham & Unionville for road list. & to
JD's for dinner. Worked at Milk Cart after supper. W. very warm. warmest day this season
13 Chored. Anthony harrowed fallow W. finished plowing turnip ground harrowed & rolled it
W. warm clear
Sunday 14 at home. JD's were all at Mothers W. Clear
15 Went to BSS & split some Cedar near BrC's AM boys split Cedar & I warned road hands
PM W. very warm today. rained fine after supper
16 I & Nancy went to Markham AM I went to Whitevale for a Milk Can PM Commenced to
send milk to Whitevale factory this morning to get manufactured W. very warm about the
warmest day this season
17 Commenced to sow turnips west of lane Then set Anthony at sowing & I went to help
Flavius to raise up his barn to put new foundation under it Finished sowing turnips this
evening W. very warm
18 Put big roller over turnips & potatoes. Sowed knoll behind back garden in barley field with
turnips after had large feed corn on it and missed W. very warm
June 1868 July
June 19 1868 Worked on road in Markham W. not so warm as yesterday
20 Finished roads W. fine & Cool. attended letting of Job of Cutting down hill at Craigies W.
fine Cool
21 Sunday Went to Meeting at Cedar Grove Remarks by Br C Sermon on St Luke 14 by Rev
J Wideman. Went to Flavius PM. W fine Cool. Clear
22 Commenced to draw dung. I went eel fishing tonight at Br S's with J Davis W came for me
about 9 oclock to go to Hoover's Samuel Stover died this evening I went & staid till Morning
W. fine Clear
23 went to W Clod's & Fugard's to tell them about Samuel's death AM Chored PM & brought
Nancy home from Br S's she was there sewing W. warm Clear
24 Was at Hoover's last night Chored AM Helped to dig Samuel's grave PM W. fine Shower
last night Clear today
25 Went to funeral of Samuel Stover Sermon on 1st Peter 1st Chap 23-24 & 25 V by H
Barkey Br C & John Stakley in the English language Samuel Hoover's from Altona were here
for dinner, JB's were with Mother W. fine Clear
26 all went with team & put in Scarboro road work W. fine Clear. Went eel fishing tonight. got
nothing
27 Drew dung AM Went to Whitevale Cheese factory Meeting PM To appoint a Committee of
5 Patrons to Manage the business of this Season Viz. Mr's J White Smon Reesor Jesse
Reesor Mr Major & M{illegible} Fretz. W. fine Clear
Sunday 28 Went to Meeting at Hebron remarks by Rev H Barkey sermon on {blank space}
by Br C JD's & H Barkeys were here W. warm Clear
29 We all went to Finlaws W. very warm Clear
30 Made better fence through Clover behind barn W. warm
July 1, 1868 I cut part of Clover behind barn W very warm about the warmest day this
summer
2 Finished Cutting Clover. W. very warm thunder n{illegible - page folded}
3 turned hay AM. Commenced to rake & cock PM shower {about} {page folded} oclock. tried
steel took wheel horse rake goes pretty well
July 1868
July 4 raked & Cocked hay W. Very Warm close
Sunday 5 Went to Meeting at Wideman's remarks by Rev H Barkey Sermon on {blank
space} by Rev J Wideman Went to JB's for dinner & to JD's for Supper W.Cooler
6 Finished raking & Cocking meadow behind barn & drew in 8 loads W. Cooler Clear J H
Ramers were here at supper
7 I & Nancy Went to Markham to get things for Funeral Brother Christian's wife Esther died
this morning about 8 o clock. W fine shower this morning heavy thunder very warm today
8 Was at Br Cs & g went to see Flavius & Cober to help RW & M Dyke to dig grave Took
Nancy to Br S's to sew PM. W. pretty warm
9 Went to funeral of B Christians Wife Remarks by R Jos Barkey Sermon on 2nd Crinthians
5 C 1st & 2nd V a great many People there. Plowed potatoes after supper W. pretty warm
10 I & W. helped Br C stack a field of hay with team W. pretty warm, Clear Anthony hoed
turnips
11 Finished drawing in hay behind barn 7 loads I went to Whitevale with Br N after supper he
brought 50 {gals?} Whey for me W. very warm
Saturday 12 at home all day. Br S's were here W. warm
13 hoed turnips. Anthony raked over Meadow behind barn after supper W. very warm
14 I mowed in big Meadow. lost nuts off pitman after dinner had to go to shop. Anthony
finished turnips behind Cider house W. mowed fence corners & swale in Meadow W. very
warm. hot
15 I mowed. boys scuffled & hoed turnip on knoll behind back garden W. very warm
16 I finished Mowing W. Cocked A. raked & hoed turnips at Br Cs awhile Pm. W Cooler
17 A Finished raking Meadow except little Swale I & W drew in 5 loads I & Nancy went to Dr
after {supper} Nancy is not well boys drew in 3 loads after {supper} W. very warm
{18 corner folded} drew in 23 loads. Flavius boys helped W. very warm
July 1868 Aug
Sunday July 19 Went to Meeting at Cedar Grove Remarks & Sermon on St Luke 19 C 1st to
26 V by Rev H Barkey Went to John Stovers at Sparta after Service. W very warm sultry, dry
20 All helped Br. C Cut barley W. pretty warm
21 Finished drawing in hay 7 loads boys cut road round barley after supper I went to Cedar
Grove this is my son Levi's 8th birthday. pretty warm
22 Cut barley in Wheat field & part back of garden Br C & his two men helped. W Clear
pretty warm
23 I & Br C cut barley W helped at Br Cs. Sickle bar broke twice. W. fine Clear Cooler
24 I & Br C Finished Cutting barley AM Cocked all up PM. W. very warm AM Cooler PM we
have had very hot weather a great many cases of sun stroke through the Country
25 Cut roads round Wheat AM. Cut some with machine PM. W. pretty warm
Sunday 26 Went to Meeting at Hebron remarks by Br C Sermon on St Mat 15 C 21 V to end
of C by Rev H Barkey. JH Ramers were here for dinner JB's at supper. I & Nancy went to
ABs awhile after supper. W. Cooler
27 Cut Wheat Sickle bar broke again. W. pretty Cool
28 Cut Wheat finished Midge Proof W. pretty warm
29 Drew in 10 loads Wheat all Midge proof. W. fine
30 Finished Cutting Wheat. Mediterranean. W. pretty warm I & Nancy went to Dr. Mc after
supper
31 Drew in barley with 2 teams. got in field back of garden except 2 loads. W. a few drops of
rain this morning a few slight showers PM not enough to stop us long
August 1 I went to B.SS boys shocked Wheat that was Cut on thursday Anthony took grist
old wheat to Major Mills after supper & I & W took his Colt to JB's to pasture after supper W.
a little rain last night fine shower today at noon
Sunday 2 Went to Jesse Reesor's this PM W. fine Cool
3 Finished drawing in barley 2 teams about 20 loads W. fine Cool{er} {page corner folded}
Aug 1868 August 4 Drew in 9 loads Meditteranean Wheat W. fine
5 Finished drawing wheat 3 loads AM. W. plowed. A raked stubble & I helped Br S pull peas
PM. W. Clear
6. I helped Br. S. AM. A finished raking stubble drew in Wheat rakings PM. W. fine Clear
7 drew in barley rakings AM Cut spring wheat PM. W fine. looks like rain tonight
8 I went to Major Mills for Grist & helped boys bind rest of Spring Wheat AM. Pulled 5 acres
peas behind Cider house with A McCreights rake till supper Shocked Spring Wheat after
supper W. slight shower last night. raining a little this evening
Sunday 9 I went to Meeting in Vaughn with Br C remarks & sermon on St John 14 C by Br C
Went to Abraham Smiths after Service. W. fine Cool some Cloudy
10 Pulled peas in NW Corner field AM I & Nancy went to Markham PM. W. Cool
11 I went to BSS AM. Went to Cheese factory for Whey with Br N & cradled road round Oats
in big field PM. boys helped Br C thresh. W. Cool.
12 Cut Oats 6 acres in big field Br N drove boys helped Br C finish threshing until 3 PM. W.
Cool windy.
13 Bound Oats W. Cool Windy Sam Neighswanders were here at noon.
14 I & A helped CB thresh W. plowed W. a little showery
15 All helped Br S thresh Br C plowed with our team W. helped thresh in his place. W. Cool a
little showery
Sunday 16 at home all day. W. fine Cool
17 W finished plowing fallow AM. I & A bound Oats. Drew in Spring Wheat 4 loads PM. W.
Cool Clear
18 I & W Cleaned out Mow & drew in 1 load peas AM hoed turnips PM A helped hoover's
thresh W. Showry PM
19 I took yarn to Carnagie's the Weaver & boys hoed turnips AM I & W drew in 5 loads peas
from about 3 PM A bound & shocked Oats W. Cool windy
20 Boys bound Oats I went to W Morrisons to see W Burkholder about threshing AM drew 1
load peas PM W. Clear AM heavy shower PM I & Nancy went to Cedar Grove PM {page
corner folded} boys drew dung on heap behind barn
Aug 1868
August 21 I & Nancy went to Dr Mc & to JH Ramers AM boys Shocked oats & drew dung.
Drew in 5 loads peas PM W. Clear pretty warm
22 Finished drawing in Peas 5 loads Greig the Tailor finished binding Oats in big field AM I &
W Cut oats in NW corner field with Cradles too short & ground to rough for Machine Greig &
Anthony bound. W. pretty warm Clear
Sunday 23 Went to Meeting at Hebron remarks by Rev H Barkey on {blank space} by Br C
Visitors after Service Finlaws AB's & S Lehman's. J Stover's & Uncl D Burkholders for
supper Uncle D's staid over night W. fine Clear
24 I chored AM Helped W finish Cutting oats PM Went to BSS after supper W. Clear
25 Chored AM Helped W draw dung on heap back of barn A Cocked Oats W. warm clear
26 I & Nancy went to Simon Hoover's & awhile to JB's W. Warm Clear. dry.
27 Both plowed in barley stubble in field near Hoovers Br C helped AM W. fine Clear
28 All helped Br C thresh AM had Machine PM threshed 132 bus barley W. pretty warm
29 Had Machine threshed 190 bus barley 42 bus spring Wheat & 60 bus fall Wheat W. warm
Sunday 30 All went to AB's W. fine Clear warm
31 I & W drew in 1 load loose Oats AM. rained a fine Shower I & Nancy went to Whitevale
Cheese factory for a large cheese PM were at Peter Hoovers for supper very heavy thunder
storm about 6 PM Anthony Helped Br N thresh
September 1 I helped Br N thresh A harrowed fallow W finished barley stubble & harrowed it
once I chored PM went Coon hunting with Simon & John Hoover this evening killed 2 skunks
W. fine
2 W struck out fallow. W. fine Clear
3 I & Nancy went to Mc's AM boys drew in 3 loads Oats I & A drew in 4 PM W. ridged up W.
fine
Sept 1868
Sept 4 didnt do Much AM ridged up PM Br C helped W. Shower last night fine clear today
5 Rided up AM Br C helped W finished fallow PM Struck out in barley stubble PM I & A
finished drawing in Oats 3 loads. W. fine Clear
Sunday 6 At home D Hoovers & CB's were here W fine Commenced to rain about 3 PM
showery till night Commenced raining heavy about 7 oclock raining heavy yet
7 Cleaned 8 bus seed Soules Wheat at Br C's & 4 bus Treadwell Wheat at J Cober's AM
Sowed the Soules in fallow PM. W. fine rain last night Clear today
8 I shot 3 Pidgeons at Br C's new land stubble this morning then sowed & Plowed in some
Treadwell wheat in barley stubble W. fine Clear
9 Finished Plowing in & sowing barley stubble Br C helped AM Anthony plowed I didnt feel
well had bowel complaint W. heavy rain last night Clear today
10 Thanksgiving day. Went shooting a while got 1 Pidgeon Went to CB's PM. W. Cloudy rain
PM
11 I sowed furrows in barley ground & A harrowed AM drew a load of Edgings PM W. went
to W Burkholder's Plowing bee W. warm Clear
12 W. furrowed out wheat & I & A Cleaned barley AM I & W drew 2 loads wheat to Whitevale
for Br N PM W. very warm Close Wheat 81.23
Sunday 13 at home AM Went to Christian Stovers on a visit PM. W. fine Cool Clear
14 I helped Br C log AM I & A drew Duncan's hay PM W made a swail in NW Corner field W
was sick W. fine clear cool
15 I took 43 bus barley to F.Mans bay @ 95cts per bus it was as high a $1.10 cts in Toronto
early in the season Cleaned some more PM. W. warm
16 I, W. & Br N took 3 loads barley to FMan's bay for me about 130 bus @ 96cts per bus W.
Cold NW wind heavy shower last night
Sept 1868
Septr 17 I & W took 87 bus 8 lbs barley to bay @ $1.00 per bus W. Cool. Sharp frost last
night
18 Took 22 bus 10 lbs barley to FMans bay @ 98 cts per bus brought home 1/2 ton Bran
from Whitevale @ $12.00 per ton W. Cool Clear
19 Went to Cober's & Flavius AM Chored & went to BSS PM W helped W Lapp thresh
yesterday & him & Anthony helped today W. fine Clear shower tonight
Sunday 20 Went to Meeting at Hebron Sacrement appropriate texts & remarks by Rev H
Barkey & Br C Visitors John & Jesse Hoover James Duncan was here W. rained nearly all
last night & this morning till about 9 oclock Cool windy
21 Went to JD's on a visit took rifle along Shot a large Crane in McNeely's old dam on
Pickering townline went out with JD shot a few squirrels W. fine Clear
22 I & W Commenced to plow in wheat stubble Anthony Plowed with our team PM W. fine
Clear
23 Went to Br's S & N's with My Mother went fishing PM Caught large lake sucker with hook
& line & a lot of chub bit well W. Cloudy AM. fine Clear beautiful PM. boys plowed
24 I & Nancy went to Markham AM Put in a lot of Posts above Townline in holes that were
dug last year Br N helped PM. W. fine Clear Cool
25 Chored Plowed awhile. I & W went to BSS this evening W. Cloudy Cool
26 Boys Plowed AM I Partly made a gate I & W drew in Corn & some wood Anthony went
home PM Old Mr Fugord is dead W. fine Clear
Sunday 27 Went to Meeting at Wideman's Appropriate remarks & Sermon's by Br C Rev H
Barkey & J Wideman for the Celebration of the Lords Supper Went to Finlaw's after Service
& Called at JH Ramer's PM he is very Sick again W. rain AM Cloudy PM. This is my 32nd
Birthday
28 Drew 3 loads Shingle bolts to Pilkey's & went to Cheese meeting tonight W. Cool Clear
29 Drew 4 loads bolds W. fine Cool
30 Chored Cleaned grist of Chop & took it to Cedar Grove Mills. W. Cool cloudy
Oct 1868
Oct 1 1868 I & W Made a little more than 2 lbls {barrels?} Cider at Jonas Raymer's Nancy
went along to JH Ramer's W pretty cold Clear hard frost last night ground frose a little
2 Boiled Sauce I drew some bolts & brought home chop AM W. plowed in N West field A
helped PM. W. fine warm. Clear
3 Plowed awhile AM Fixed Bridge near Craigie's James Milroy helped W. fine Clear
Sunday 4 Went to Br S's W. fine Clear white frost
5 Drew a load of bolts AM Went to M Dyke's plowing bee PM W. Cloudy. mild
6 Made 130 gals Cider at Ramers JB came & took some apples & got 44 gals Cider W. fine
Clear
7 I & W finished plowing knoll in NW field A plowed while Fetched a load of slabs this
evening W. Cloudy & clear
8 I boiled Sauce boys went to Markham Fair. W. Cold wind
9 Threshed & Cleaned peas & Took about 26 bus Mixed rye & Peas to Cedar Grove Mills
Anthony harrowed Pea ground behind Cider house W. Cool clear
10 I & Nancy went to Dr Mc for Br C he has got a Carbuncle on his lip Then went to Dr
Musselman Nancy got 6 teeth extracted W. Clear Anna Hoover widow of Samuel Stover fell
Dead today at noon W Clear Cool wind
Sunday 11 Went to Dr Mc to tell him that Br C's lip is improving AM Went to Hoover's a few
times PM. {illegible} M Bowman & wife Deacon {Eschleman?} & wife are here tonight from
Wilmot County of Waterloo W. fine Clear
12 Went to Funeral of Anna Stover Sermon on Rev {Revelations} 14C 13 v by Rev A Weber
from Waterloo & Sinclair Holder {or Holden} w. fine Clear helped to dig grave AM Rev A
Weber & wife are here all night
13 Took Rev A Weber & wife to Port Union AM Went to TH Hall's Sale PM W. fine clear AM
{Clear?} PM
14 I went to BS. and Chored Boys drew dung AM I & W drew shingle bolts PM W. fine Clear
15 drew dung with 2 teams. W beautiful Clear
16 {Finished?} dung in west end of big field I went to Cedar Grove PM W clear Oct 1868
Oct 17/68 Boys dug potatoes I killed a sheep AM went to weaver at Carnegies in Pickering
PM W. Cold very Cold wind hard frost last night asked hands to thresh on Monday
Sunday 18 Went to Meeting at Hebron Remarks by Rev H Barkey Sermon on {blank space}
by Rev C Gehman from near Cayuga JDs were here after Service W. hard frost last night
clear today
19 Had threshing Machine threshed 91 bus Oats & 30 bus wheat in new barn & 30 bus
wheat in old barn W. Cloudy mild
20 Finished threshing 60 bus wheat & 18 bus barley in old barn AM I brought 500 tiles from
Pettys & boys carried illegible straw? straw in Sheds. Stack fell down in middle of yard PM
W. Cloudy Mild
21 Threshed Peas AM I & A Brought a load of edgings PM W Brought home his Cold from
JBs PM W soft snow & rainy all day
22 Chored W Took grist 10 bus to Whitevale AM & Brought it home PM I went to P Lapps
Sale PM. W. Cold ground white with snow this morning look like winter
23 I & My Mother went to JDs boys spread dung & W plowed PM in west end of big field W.
snow about all away getting milder
24 I & W plowed AM dug potatoes PM I Took Nancy to W Burkholder's this evening to get
Operated on to Cure liver complaint W. Cold this morning mild today
Sunday 25 Went to W Burkholder's. AB's were there W. rainy all day roads muddy heavy
Oct : Nov 1868
Oct 26 Finished digging potatoes I went to WB's W fine clear
27 Picked apples Br C gathered some into our cellar W brought 500 tiles. J Jarvis is putting
in a lot in pea stubble behind Cider house W. fine Clear
28 I & Nancy went to Markham & I went to Unionville with road list A picked apples W pulled
Carrots W. Cold North wind Clear roads pretty good Deacon Daniel Hoover Died last night of
Typhoid fever funeral tomorrow at Wideman's
29 I & Isaac Davis Cleaned out well at door AM boys pulled turnips I helped CB's Pull
Carrots & killed a pig & boys pulled our Carrots PM. W fine Clear
30 I & Nancy went to W Burkholders & Picked Apples AM I & boys went to D Hammonds
Sale PM. I & Nancy went to WB's this evening W. Cold E Wind
31 Chored boys threshed peas & cut wood W rain from east heavy all day I & Nancy Went to
M Dyke's this evening
Novr 1 Sunday Went to W Burkholders Staid awhile. W. Cold blustery windy
2 Pulled turnips I & W drew in Carrots PM 2 loads I helped Jarvis measure the drains he lay
for me in field behind Cider house 79 rods W. fine Clear
3 I made about 75 gals Cider at Raymer's boys drew in 12 loads turnips W fine Clear had
small {illegible} bee tonight
4 I boiled Sauce. boys helped Flavius to thresh W fine clear beautiful Commenced to rain
from east at 4 PM raining hard this evening had to quit boiling after supper
Nov 1868
Nov 5 finished Sauce AM W drew 3 loads turnips A helped Flavius thresh AM. boys pulled
turnips I took 15 bu chop to Cedar Grove Mills PM. W. Cloudy. windy
6 Finished pulling turnips W. fine Cool
7 Finished drawing turnips W. Cold. frost last night east wind PM. Some snow from east
tonight Had 37 loads or about 1100 bus altogether
Sunday 8 Went to Br N's. W. rain last night and today until nearly noon Cloudy all day warm
9 Chored & boys Chopped wood AM. Anthony went away to go to Toronto & I & W. plowed
in Oat stubble PM W. rained all AM. drissly Cloudy PM
10 W plowed. I Chored. W. heavy rain last night. Cloudy drissly all day. getting wet. Creek
running.
11 W plowed. I & Nancy went to WB's AM I & A Plowed in drains PM. W. Cloudy & clear
12 I went to Jonas Raymer's with about 9 bus apples left them to get Made into Cider Isabel
went with me to Village I & Nancy went to WB's this evening W. hard frost last night Cold air
today Clear
13 I & Br C nailed on bottom boards on posts as far as corner of bush on Markham side of
townline AM I & little boys nailed on boards PM I & Nancy went to WB's this evening W. fine
like Indian Summer
14 I & little boys finished nailing on boards & I Chored W. beautiful Clear warm Anthony
Plowed in pea ground behind Cider house second time W finished Oat Stubble &
Commenced to help Anthony
Nov 1868
Sunday Nov 15 Went to Meeting at Hebron remarks by Br C Sermon on St John 1st C by
Rev H Barkey Visitors after Service Br S & family Uncle Sam's Finlaws W Mild rather Cloudy
16 W drew home wood I Chored Anthony Chopped W Strong wind, cold
17 I helped W Lapp Cut Meat & Make Sausages boys cut wood in Shed. W. heavy rain from
east all day
18 I & W drew a load of bolts & brought home a load of edgings AM W chopped wood in
bush & I & Nancy went to Cedar Grove PM Anthony Picked stones off Meadow W mild clear
19 I drew a load of Cheese from Whitevale factory to Dunbarton. boys chopped wood in
bush W Cloudy AM Clear PM
20 Killed Pigs. {slash mark? 7?} W. slight storm of snow this morning fine mild today. boys
plowed.
21 I {salted?} Meat didn't feel well boys plowed W. {illegible} some squalls of snow thawing
as it falls
Sunday 22 at Home all day W. Cold {illegible wintry?}
23 Covered potatoe pit & I took 5 bus wheat to Cedar Grove Mills for {D?} Spence @ $1.00
AM boys Plowed & I chored PM W. hard frost AM fine warm clear PM
24 I Took Adeline to Dr Mc she has sore {illegible throat?} Boys plowed PM W. frost this
morning fine like Indian summer
25 Boys finished field behind Cider house & plowed spot below garden where Corn &
Carrots were & Commenced {ribbing?} in barley stubble field W east wind. rain this evening
26 I helped Flavius Butcher boys chopped wood W went to raising at Br S's PM W. rain this
morning. Clear today
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1868
Nov 27 I & Nancy helped AB's butcher W. fine {page torn}
28 I helped JD's Butcher W. Clear AM Some {page torn}
Sunday 29 at home Br N's & CB's were here. W {mild? page torn} a few inches snow
towards night. rather soft
30 helped Br N Butcher. W. about 4 in snow last night a little snow today. looks like winter
rather cold
Decr 1 Helped Br S Butcher W. pretty Cold a little snowy
2 Chored. W. pretty cold
3 Helped Br C Butcher W pretty cold AM Milder PM
4 I didn't do much have a lame wrist W. Cold East wind. snowing from east tonight W drew
wood today
5 Chored W went for Dr Mc Br Cs little boy is sick. then we cut some Oat Sheaves with straw
cutter PM W about six inches snow last night & AM tolerable sleighing W mild
Nov Dec 1868
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{Sunday} 6 at home all day Flavius were here {W mild?} rough seleighing
7 Chored I & little boys cut some sheaves W some snow from east PM mild
8 I & Nancy went to S Lehmans W. pretty Cold I went to Uncle D Burkholders to see if Susan
could come to work for My Mother. Lizzy is poorly
9 All went to Finlaws W. heavy wind from north sleighing good W. Calmer this evening some
milder Mrs Coxworth died this morning
10 Chored Uncle Joe & his daughter were at Mothers awhile W. pretty cold
11 Went to Funeral at Coxworth's AM W. very cold last night
12 Chored. I & Nancy went to Cedar Grove PM. W. Milder
13 Went to Meeting at Hebron remarks by Rev H Barkey Sermon on {blank space} by Br C
Dec 1868 1869 Jan
Sunday 13 Dec Continued JH Ramer's were here when we came home W. fine Clear Milder
14 I went to Belford & to Whitevale brought home a large Cheese from factory W. Mild a little
snow during the day
15 I & little boys drew 2 loads of edgings W. softer fine
16 Took Isabel Duncan home AM Went to Br S's to help him to thresh PM Machine did not
come W. rather milder Clear
17 helped Br S's thresh W Soft Cloudy
18 helped Br S finish threshing W. Cold windy
19 I went to Dr Mc Lissy is worse. W. very cold
20 Sunday 20 at home all day Br. S's youngsters were here W. mild thawing
21 Chored & went to Cedar Grove. W. Mild sleighing bad
22 Chored I & Nancy went to Whitevale PM W. mild a little snow. sleighing rough & thin
23 I went to Flavius to see WM & Anthony Stover AM Went to Cedar Grove PM. & cut some
axe handle timber PM. W. very cold windy
24 Chored W. very very Cold. Coldest day this season
Christmas day 25 At home I went to Cedar Grove PM Nancy & children went with me as far
as Br C's W. very Cold west wind Milder to night
26 Chored W pretty Cold. Cloudy a little snow last night
Sunday 27 at home all day W Mild a little light snow
28 Went to Cedar Grove AM JD's were at Mothers PM. W. Clear
29 Helped Br C kill a beef AM & Br N's PM W Mild a little snow last night Sleighing pretty
good
30 Chored W. Mild foggy this morning
31 had RW to help to cut sheaves AM I & Nancy went to Cedar Grove PM I didn't feel well
today W. pretty Cold
Jan 1st 1869 at home JB's were here eating goose W. Mild some snow from east about quit
this evening
2 had RW to cut sheaves AM & Clean wheat in old barn PM. W snowed some all day from
East Mild
Sunday 3 Went to Meeting at Cedar Grove remarks by Br C Sermon on St Mat 2nd C by R H
Barkey AB's were here PM W. good sleighing soft this evening
Jan 1869
Jan 4 Helped Flavius kill a cow AM Chored PM All went to Br Ss this evening W. thawing
sleighing thin
5 RW helped Finish Cleaning wheat in old barn AM Chored PM W. thawing. rather Cold
windy tonight
6 didn't do much Catched Cold W. rather windy
7 Went to shoemaker's below J Bears AM helped Flavius saw wood with machine PM S
Burkholders were here at noon W. fine Clear thawing
8 helped Flavius saw AM went to shoemaker's PM. W sleighing about gone snow from East
tonight
9 Chored & brought home sow from illegible Creights tonight W. rain last night & some today.
sleighing gone
Sunday 10 Went to Meeting at Heborn remarks by Rev H Barkey Sermon on St John 1st C
by Br C. J G Reesor & wife were here after Service W. fine Clear like March
11 Chored & Cleaned out Middle Stable W Mild. Clear
12 Went to Cedar Grove AM. Chored PM W. rather Colder AM. Clear Mild PM
13 Chored AM I & Nancy went to AB's awhile PM I tried to get Mare shod. Couldnt. Shop
was full W. Clear fine
14 Got mare shod AM. Chored PM all went to Br Cs tonight W. Clear
15 Chored AM Cow Choked on turnip Went for CB. was not at home. brought Flavius. When
we got home she had it swallowed I & Levi got horse. Cent shod & went to Weaver PM W.
fine roads pretty good
16 Drew 3 loads wood AM. Went to Markham & Nancy went as far as her Grandfather's PM
W. like April roads fine & level
Sunday 17 Went to Meeting at Cobers to Flavius for dinner W. pretty Cold Clear
18 Chored AM Oiled buggy harness PM. W pretty Cold
19 Chored Br inlaw Simon Hoovers were here W Clear
20 Went to Dr MC for Lissy AM Killed Cow PM Br N. & C & Flavius helped. JH Ramer's are
here for tonight W. Colder pretty windy PM
21 At home Chris Stover's & {Ulny?} & {Teeny} were here PM & this evening. W. pretty cold
windy
22 Helped Flavius cut sheaves with Cutting Box & {horse power?} W. very cold Flavius frose
his fingers.
Jan Feb 1869
23 Went to Old A Burkholders to see about hiring a girl she is coming 1st Feb Chored PM
JB's were here awhile PM W. Milder
Sunday 24 Started to go to Meeting at Altona got late went to MN's {seen?} young son few
days old. Smart. W. fine Cloudy Mild Colder tonight
25 Chored AM Took 10 bus grist to Whitevale PM W. Stinging Cold. Clear. roads like {Jan?}
26 Brought home grist AM Chored PM. W. Cold Cloudy
27 Had Br S to help fix Cow Manger JD's were here awhile PM W. Mild. Cloudy
28 Chored & went to Cedar Grove Finlaws were here W Mild
29 Went for Dr to get some Medicine for Levi this morning at 4. Had RW to help to cut down
stack AM Drew some wood & Chored PM W like April
30 Chored AM Went to Cedar Grove PM little Herman is sick W. rainy AM a little flurry of
snow PM
Sunday 31 RW went for Dr this Morning early baby is worse. Dr Came to see him W. Cold
west wind
Feb 1 Went to Old AB's for Margaret to Commence to work AM Chored JD's were here PM
W Chilly Simon Hoover was here this Morning to say that M N's baby was dead & heard that
Jacob Raymer was dead. son. of Old Abraham Raymer
Candlemas day 2 Went to Funeral of MN's Child Took Adeline & Levi with me Nancy couldn't
go on account of baby W. Cold east wind. Cloudy all day. Sermon on {blank space} by Rev H
Barkey
3 Chored AM asked a few hands to Chop on Friday PM W. Snowed last night & AM about 6
inches snow fell. W. Mild
4 Chored & went to Cedar Grove PM W very Cold. N or West wind
5 had small Chopping bee I & Nancy went to Markham PM to get some Medicine for Lissy
W. very Cold last night & AM strong north wind. mild PM & tonight
6 Drew wood AM Chored PM. W. Milder
Sunday 7 All went to Meeting at Hebron remarks by Br C Sermon on St Mat 5 C by Rev H
Barkey All went to Br N's tonight W. Mild. fine. Clear
Feb 1869
Feb 8 all went to AB's W. soft snow AM. Mild PM
9 went to JB's. W. Mild Cloudy. trees covered with frost this morning
10 At home Ulrick & Teany were here last night & AM. Went to Br Cs with them PM. I went to
John McCreights with Ulry AM. W. Mild thawing
11 Chored took My Mother to Br C's All went to CB tonight Patrick James Whelan, Executed
at Ottawa today for the Murder of Thos D'Arcy McGee. W. fine. sleighing just gone. thawed
very fast today
12 Chored. W. like April. roads muddy & black
13 Hodgins put a new pump in back well AM Helped RW. Clean Peas PM W. Cloudy a little
rain AM raining this evening. Mild
Sunday 14 At home all day. W. East storm. sleet & rain all day
15 Asked all Brothers to draw sawlogs. Drew 9 this PM W. Mild. Soft snow at noon. roads
slushy, soft
16 drew 3 logs. W. Colder. roads hard. pretty good
17 drew load of wood to F man's bay for Br N AM Chored & drew home kindlings PM W.
Some soft snow roads {pretty?} though {tough?} thawing
18 Took Margaret home AM. She has sore throat. I & Nancy went to Cedar Grove PM W.
Cold
19 Helped RW Clean some Oats AM Chored PM. W Strong wind from north. few inches
snow last night. drifting today
20 Drew 2 sawlogs AM some wood PM W Clear
Sunday 21 at home all day Br C & family were here Br N's PM. W. snow nearly all day about
6 inches fell, mild. Calm
22 Chored. went to store & brought Mary Dyke to sew PM. W. Clear sharp. roads good
23 Chored & Oiled Harness W. Som of snow about a foot deep now
24 brought Mary Dyke to wash. W. fine Clear I & RW Cleaned 69 bus Oats he is threshing
them
25 Chored. Isaac Shank was buried at Hebron today he died on Monday night of smallpox
the most of Jacob Shank's family here got them they have also broken out in Peter Brook's
family. Shanks got them in Montreal
Feb Mar 1869
Feb 26 Helped RW Clean 35 bus Oats. AB's were here Flavius tonight. W snow last night &
today. soft
27 Went to Cedar Grove Mills with 4 bus Chop AM Chored PM W very Cold. heavy north
wind a little snow last night. drifting today
Sunday 28. at home all day. W. Calm. pretty Cold
March 1. Chored. drew wood went to Br Ss PM. W. Mild. sleighing good
2 Helped Br C thresh W. Mild
3 Helped CB thresh with team W. warm thawing Nancy went to AB's quilting JDs were here
at Mother's
4 I brought Mary Dyke to wash. I & Nancy went to Cedar Grove PM W. very. Cold. Strong
NW wind Old A Burkholder's brought Margaret this evening
5 Chored. I went for Dr. last night at 11oc got back at 2 this morning AB's stayed till I came
back Mother has a carbuncle on her back {Dr?} Came this morning & lanced it W. Milder
6 Had RW AM to help get home some wood I shoveled snow at Meeting house PM W Cold
very windy PM
Sunday 7 I & little girls & Margaret went to Meeting at Hebron remarks by Rev H Barkey
Sermon on {blank space} by Br C. Uncl Joe's were here after Service Br. S's & Uncle Sam's
youngsters with David Lehman from Lancaster, Penn. PM. W. Milder
8 Chored. Went to Cedar Grove PM My son Levi is pretty sick with. Congestion of the brain.
W. Mild
9 Brought Martha Shank from Cober's to wait on Mother AM Took home Mary Dyke PM Levi
is worse. & Nancy has sore throat. W. warm thawing.
10 I & W Cleaned barley & some wheat AM I waited on Levi. PM. he is no better W. N or
East snow storm drifting about six inches fell. W. Mild.
11 In the house. Levi is no better W went breaking roads & drew wood. I have hired him
again for 8 months at $15.00 per month Commencing March 8th/69
12 Helped W. saw a little pine for oven wood this morning Levi no better W fine mild. S
Lehman's & Finlaws were here today W. fine clear
Mar 1869
March 13 In the house. Levi no better. W Clear
Sunday 14 at home Levi worse sent for CB's they came J Cober's & Old AB's were here Levi
better PM W. rather windy AM Mild
15 W took 35 bus 9 lbs Peas to F Mans bay @ 75 cts. per bus AM. he took 10 bus grist to
Whitevale PM I went to Cedar Grove AM Waited on Levi PM. no better Br inlaw S Hoover's
Jacob Reesors & John Stovers were here W. fine Sleighing very good
16 Waited on Levi. Mannase Frets' were here W. M Neighswander Came here to stay all
night. W. pretty Cold
17 Waited on Levi. Simeon Hoover's Came to stay all night Levi no better. W. very Cold
18 Levi worse. quite deranged at times. Finlaw's & AB's are here for tonight W. milder
19 Waited on Levi. no better Friends in and out 20 Levi got very low about 5 Oclock this PM
20 Levi lying in {blank space} all day. W. thawing
Sunday 21 Levi rallied this AM. Took worse at noon went into Convulsions at intervals of
about 30 minutes this PM. Gods will be done. W. pretty Cold.
22 Levi very low. Death seems to be approaching.
23 Dear Levi! died this Morning at 30 min past Six!
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25 Buried My Son at Hebron Rvd Barkey preached Sermon on St Mat 18 C 1st 4 Verses.
very fine day. Clear
Good Friday 26 All went to C's W. rainy all day
27 I & Nancy went to Cedar Grove AM I brought home sap buckets from Flavius this evening
to use this Season W cut & drew out a lot of drags for fire wood in Scarboro fallow. W very
warm snow going fast
Sunday 28 All went to Meeting at Cedar Grove Remarks by Rev H Barkey Sermon on St
Mark 16 C by B. C Went to Br S's after Service. W. thawing
Easter Monday I took Martha Shank to Saml. Shank's this morning & brought her this
evening W raining all day
30 W. drew home logs PM I & Nancy went to Br C awhile W. drissly Cloudy water very high
Mar 1869
March 31 1869. I done nothing have boil on nose & sore face W drew home logs W. mild
April 1 sore face W. drew home some wood & took Cent {or Curt?} to shop PM. W. Mild
2 I & W. Cleaned wheat I & Nancy went to Cedar Grove PM. W. a little snow last night all
thawed today. roads very muddy. Ordered a harpoon horse fork with Raymer's agent today.
Price $8.00.
3 I & W Cut Sheaves AM Diller was here at noon he took Cutting Box to Br. S's on his way
home I went with him. PM. W Cut wood. W Cold frose hard
Sunday 4 Went to Meeting at Hebron remarks & sermon on St. Mat 5C by Br C Br Ns were
here after Service W. Cold Cloudy
5 I & W Sawed of tops of posts along Scarboro townline fence awhile this morning then W
went to his fathers Chopping bee W. Cold North wind
6 I tapped 40 spiles in Markham bush sap flowed fine W. west wind Mild W helped Br. N at
Sawing Machine
7 I boiled Sugar. W. helped Br N split wood W mild clear
8 I & Flavius went to Pattersons Factory with his reaper. W. pretty Cold in the Morning
9 I Boiled Sugar W drew out wood. W fine C{lear?} sap ran well
10 I Boiled Sugar W. fine Clear Sap ran well we have made 42 lbs of Sugar & a crock of
molasses Since Tuesday out of 40 Spiles & 16 put in yesterday
Sunday 11 All went to Meeting at Widemans to Finlaws after service remarks by Br C
Sermon on {blank space} by Rev H Barkey Called a few minutes at JH Ramers Coming
home to see young son W. fine Clear roads pretty dry
12 I Boiled Sap. W drew out limbs PM. W. Mild not much Sap today
13 I & Nancy Sugared of 30 lbs sugar AM W helped to Move JDs on their Old place in
Scarboro. I & Nancy went down PM. W. fine Clear warm. Sideroads down to JD's very bad
Picking {Pickering} townline & Markham Concession Pretty good
April 1869
April 14 Went to Simon Hoover's for dinner & to H Barkeys for supper. W. fine Clear beautiful
15 I boiled 15 lbs sugar W. finished drawing out wood. W. Clear
16 I & W sawed summer wood out of drags that he drew into lane & into Orchard AM helped
Br C log up some Oak logs awhile PM & I went to Cedar Grove PM. W. Warm. Clear
17 I boiled Molasses AM. W picked in Scarboro fallow. sawed wood awhile PM. W. Warm
AM. a little showry PM
Sunday 18 started to go to J Stover's met Br S's Coming here. turned again. W heavy rain
last night, warm today, roads muddy
19 Finished sawing logs & opened drain from barnyard into Orchard. W. very heavy rain last
night. high water today. warm. foggy this evening
20 Split wood & chored W. heavy rain, muddy. high water
21 W went to BSS this morning then we finished splitting wood W. Cloudy, Cold wind PM
22 I boiled molasses W. Chopped in bush. W. Cool
23 I & My Mother went to Br S's & N's W. Cool east wind
24 Took My Mother to JD's then went to BSS brought Mother home this evening & Cut some
grape at Flavius W. Cool. Clear windy tonight
Sunday 25 at home tending on sick Cow W. fine Clear
26 Helped JD Clean some barley that he had stored in our Granry AM Put on 35 grafts PM
Went to see Old WM about some seed barley this evening. W warm clear
27 I & Nancy went to Markham & to JB's he is not well. W plowed piece below garden I
sowed it with 2 bus Oats after we came home W. Clear thunder shower's went round this
evening
28 W harrowed ribbed ground back of garden & I fetched 8 bus seed barley at WM's AM
both plowed PM went fishing at Br Ss with Isaac & W Clod this evening Caught 15 about
1000 were catched there on Monday & a great many since
1869
April 29 both plowed W. Cool. Clear
30 I gang plowed in field behind Cider house & W plowed in field near Hoover's AM I plowed
& W ganged PM. W. fine Cool Clear. P Wideman put up a Headstone for My Dear Son Levi
that is the last that we can do for our dear boy
May 1 I plowed & W ganged AM Chored PM W Cool East Wind AM rain PM
Sunday 2 We all went to Meeting at Hebron appropriate remarks & Sermon by Rev H Barkey
& Br C Lords Supper was Celebrated W. rainy from East AM. pretty Clear PM
3 I W & Isaac went fishing to Br S's after midnight staid till daylight Caught 2 suckers W
ganged AM plowed PM I took home {illegible} utensils AM Took home Flavius gang &
Cultivated a little in field behind Cider house PM. W. very Cold north wind frose last night
{4} I plowed & sowed knoll back of garden with spring wheat W. plowed near Hoover's W.
Cold north wind Whitevale planing Mills burnt last night
5 I went to Markham for 22 apple trees ordered with D Reesor Junr AM took in potatoe pit
PM W plowed W. fine some east wind
Ascension day 6 Went to Br Ns. W fine Clear Over 200 suckers Caught in bush below S's
mill today brought 36 off Bill Clod @ 25 cts per doz
7 Was called up about 1 oclock this morning by MN Simon Hoover & John Neighswander to
go fishing at Br S's Caught 6 Came home at 6 AM Sowed field behind Cider house with
barley & spring wheat Jim Morrison harrowed for Me W finished plowing near Hoover's
except one headland W. fine warm Clear
8 Sowed barley near Hoovers about 7 1/2 acres W. fine Clear I Planted some potatoes PM
Sunday 9 Went to Meeting at Widemans appropriate remarks & sermon for the Celebration
of Lords supper. Went to JH Ramer's after service W Clear
May 1869
May 10 Sowed grass seed on barly near Hoovers AM I finished rolling behind Cider house &
Planted young orchard on Knoll back of garden & we plowed in same field. D Lehman came
this evening to stop with JH Ramer's Coach house W Clear
11 I rolled barly near Hoovers & helped W plow awhile PM W very warm strong west wind
12 Sowed field back of garden with peas W warm clear
13 Both plowed in N West Corner field until about 4 PM When it rained a fine shower Bush
just about green this evening.
14 finished plowing south half west of Creek in N West field. about 5 PM. W warm. looks
showery
15 Sowed 10 bus Oats in N W field W. drissly rain I & Nancy went to Cedar Grove PM I & Br
S went to Cheese Meeting at Whitevale this evening
Sunday 16 at home all day. W. rainy all AM Clear Cool PM JD's were here & at My Mother's
WhitMonday 17 Went to AB's W. Cool north wind. Clear
18 W went to Mr Pallister's plowing bee on J Reesor's old farm. I sowed & Cultivated knoll in
NW field with Oats & went to Old James Purdy's funeral he died on Sunday W. fine Clear
19 I harrowed knoll & sowed 4 bus Oats in swale in big field W. Cultivated it & root ground in
west end of big field I & little boys went to JD's this evening W. Cool slight shower shot a
large ground hog at Diller's
20 I chored & I & Nancy went to Cedar Grove this evening W clear
21 I rolled peas & some of Oats W. sowed plaster & drew stones off Meadow W. Cool Clear
22 I finished rolling & Helped W finish stones AM Went to Markham PM W. Cool Clear
Sunday 23 Went to Meeting at Cedar Grove remarks by Br C Sermon on St Luke 10 C 23 V
to end of Chap by Rev H Barkey Br Ns were here PM W. Warmer Clear
Queens Birthday 24 went to MN's W fine Clear
May June 1869
May 25 I chored AM Planted Corn PM W. warm looked like rain this morning rained few
drops have a sore arm. Nancy Vaccinated me last Monday when she done Our little boys I
was done when I was about 4 or 5 years old
26 Went to S Lehman's. Called at JB's. Were not at home W. a little showry
27 W finished drawing dung on potatoe ground AM Cut seed potatoes & fixed gate post &
fence at old willow tree PM. W. Cool Clear
28 I took grist 10 bus wheat & some Chop to Cedar Grove Mills AM Cut potatoes & Chored
PM W. Cloudy AM rain PM
29 Staked & Capped fence round Calf pasture behind Cider house AM W drew rails to fix
Orchard fence & I brought home grist PM Commenced to lay up Orchard fence after supper
W. drissly AM Clear PM
Sunday 30 Went to Meeting at Hebron remarks & Sermon on St {blank space} by Br C Br S's
were here at supper & S Lehman's W. Clear AM shower PM
31 Washed Sheep AM Spread dung on potatoe ground PM. W warm. Clear AM shower this
evening
June 1st Planted potatoes W warm. Clear I went eel fishing this evening. got nothing
2 Plowed turnip ground. I went to B S tonight W. very warm, clear
3 Finished turnip ground W went to BSS PM We helped M Dykes Pry stumps in fallow this
evening W. very warm
4 Worked on roads in Scarboro I went to Clerks Office for my Road list PM. W Clear AM.
heavy rain this evening. Wet Coming home
5 Warned hands to work on roads next Wednesday AM. took wool to Whitevale factory PM
W. rainy AM cool PM
Sunday 6 at home AB's were here. W. fine clear cool
7 I & Nancy went to barn raising at Finlaws on back end of farm for his son Samuel. W. Clear
AM Shower PM
8 both plowed in fallow W. very Cool
9 Had hands working on road drawing gravel on townline. W. Clear. very Cool this evening
10 I & Nancy went to Cedar Grove AM Worked on road PM W rainy AM {heavy?}
June 1869
June 11 Finished road work W Cool
12 Chored. I & little boys started to go to JD's. saw him on the road Shot a ground hog
coming home. I & little boys went to Cedar Grove & fished at Br S's Caught about 50 PM W
fine. Clear. Cloudy this evening
Sunday 13 At home all day W. rainy AM Cloudy PM
14 Drew posts along townline opposite Br C's where M Dykes is digging holes AM I & little
boys brought a load of edgings PM W harrowed & Cultivated turnip ground W. fine Clear
shower's went north
15 Chored AM had Br N to help put in posts PM. W. Commenced to drill ground for turnips
W. Cold wind
16 I & Nancy went to R {Monney's?} funeral to Duffin's Creek sowed a few turnips PM W.
showry at noon
17 Asked hands for Br C's barn raising & nearly finished sowing turnips W. fine warm
18 I & W hoed the Corn & put in posts behind barn W. fine & warm strong west wind PM
19 Went to Br Cs barnraising. didn't get the Purloin {purlin?} works finished W. warm Clear
20 Sunday at home all day. W rain in the night foggy AM, warm Clear PM
21 helped finish raising Br C's barn AM all went well. finished sowing turnip PM W finished
harrowing of fallow. W. fine warm Clear
22 I & Br N put in posts AM I & Nancy Went to Markham & awhile to JH Ramer's PM. W.
warm shower PM
23 I Br N & his boys went fishing to Dead Water of rouge didn't bite well caught 4. W Picked
in fallow we burned this evening W rather windy for fishing Just right for burning fallow
24 Drew dung on fallow & heap in lane by dam JD & Br Cs team helped W. Warm. Clear
25 Pulled Pidgeon weed. W. fine Clear
26 Picked in fallow. W Clear AM looks like rain PM
Sunday 27 Funeral sermon of the late Isaac Shank at Hebron today remarks by Br C
sermon's by Jos Barkey & A Ramer on 2 Cor 5C 1, 2 & 3 V W rainy all day
1869
June 28 Cut thistles & drew brands off fallow W. foggy & rainy this morning Clear PM water
pretty high heavy rain last night. warm today
29 Called up at 3 oclock to go fishing with MN Simon & John Hoover & young Sam Wideman
went down little rouge Caught 3 Catfish plenty of mullets Caught at Mouth of rouge with
{Service?} I & Nancy went to JB's PM. W. very warm W. Commenced to plow fallow
30 Both plowed in new fallow W Commenced yesterday W. Warm. heavy Shower early this
morning
July 1st 1869 Finished plowing hard scrabble. I & Nancy went fishing to Br S's awhile this
evening Caught 40 W. pretty warm. W got Jess & Curt shod.
2 I & Nancy went to Markham AM I got a little medicine from Dr MC dont feel well. I & Nancy
went to Whitevale factory this evening got wool exchanged for cloth. W Commenced plow
down Manure in fallow W. warm Clear
3 W plowed awhile AM then we topped {thistles} I & Nancy went to W Burkholders this
evening to get Cure for her Complaint W. warmest day this season
Sunday 4 at home Br S's were here PM I & Nancy went to WB's this evening. W. warm
today. Cool windy tonight
5 drew 2 loads Midge proof wheat to Whitevale @ 90cts per bus. 85 bus 5 lbs. W. Clear fine.
Sold fat heifer to I Burton @ $24.50cts I & Nancy went to W Bs tonight
6. Drew 1 load 38 bus 10 lbs wheat to Whitevale AM JB's were here. W. fine warm
7 W finished Plowing in Manure in fallow & I went to Markham this PM. I & Nancy went to
Markham & to JH Ramer's to dung bee & quilting W. fine
8 Cleaned grist & Chored. W rain last night Showry today
9 Piled Pea straw Manure behind Old barn I took grist to Whitevale PM W scuffled potatoes
after supper I & Nancy went to WB's this morning & this evening W. warm clear
July 1869
July 10 I & Nancy went to WB's this morning I & W Scuffled turnips AM hoed PM, W warm
Sunday 11 Went to Meeting at Altona remarks & Sermon on St Luke 2 C. 1 32 V by Rd H
Barkey went to S Hoover's after Service W fine, Cool heavy rain & wind last night
July 12 I brought home grist from Whitevale AM Helped J Boyd fix kitchen floor & brought
Planks for road from Mill PM W. fine Clear
13 hoed turnips. W. fine Clear. some east wind
14 hoed turnips I Scuffled PM W drew in old Steeles hay after Supper he lives in R Wallace's
house I took My Mother & Lissy to Br C's & brought them home again W. fine looks like rain
15 Went to Markham & to Finlaws to get early {illegible} & strawberries. W. very hot. hottest
day so far rain last night
16 Mowed Clover below garden W. Cut round fence & thinned a few turnips W. very warm
rain last night
17 thinned turnips I & Nancy went to Cedar Grove tonight W. warm
Sunday 18 Went to JD's W. Warm Clear
19 turned hay & hoed turnips AM Drew in 4 loads PM Old Steele Commenced today @
$1.00 per day he cut a road round big Meadow AM. W. fine warm Clear
20 Drew in 1 load of hay & then began to rain about 10 OClock fine Shower. heavy rain this
evening & Nancy went to WB's W. harrowed in new fallow
21 Took Cutter bar to BSS AM to get {guards?} straightened I & Br C ground knives PM W
went to Cooks raising Steele hoed potatoes I & Nancy went to WB's this evening
22 I mowed in big Meadow W & Steele Cleaned potatoes & some corn. W. fine pretty warm
Nancy went to WB's with Diller's.
23 I & Nancy Went to See her Grandmother AM. found that she Died this morning. turned,
raked & cocked some hay in big meadow PM. I went to ABs to tell about funeral on Sunday.
July 1869
July 24 I & W hoed Corn AM W plowed potatoes & Corn with Shovel plow PM I made stand
for Picking cherries W. heavy rain last night rather cloudy today
Sunday 25 Went to Funeral of Grandmother at Widemans. Sermon by Rd H Barkey on Rev
14 C 13 V. & by Rd S Holder on Acts 9 C 39 40 & 41 V's a great many People assembled.
Went to Br inlaw S Hoover's after service W. warm
26 Raked & Cocked what was cut in big meadow Old Steele Cut awhile in Orchard I mowed
in big meadow after supper W. warm heavy shower went north PM. a few drops here
27 Fixed up horse fork in new barn & went to funeral of Henry Peter's Daughter at 11th Con
AM W & Steele drew in last load of hay in little meadow. W harrowed fallow & Stille {Steele}
mowed in Orchard I & Nancy went to AB's I got {Sent?} Shod PM W. warm AM heavy
Shower at noon Pretty warm PM
28 I & Nancy went to Markham W finished harrowing fallow & thinned turnips helped Br C put
up beams over floor this evening. W wet showery
29 I & little boys went to BSS AM W. drew old rails for firewood turned & raked hay PM I &
Nancy went to Br Ss this evening his wife is very sick W. Cloudy cool
30 Drew in 8 loads hay out of big Meadow broke fork. Went to Raymer's, got another. W. fine
Clear Received a short visit from C J Van der {SMissen?} late from Germany
31 Drew in 10 loads hay I Took Mr {Smissen} to Uncle Saml's this morning W. fine Clear
Horse fork works well
Augt 1. 1869 At home AB's MN's & Simon Hoover's were here. All went to Br Cs for Supper
W. fine Clear
2 Drew all hay that was cut out of big Meadow 8 loads & Cocked Orchard Commenced to
rain about 7 oclock
3 Steele hoed turnips second time. W. Scuffled & helped him. I & Nancy went to Cedar
Grove AM & I finished mowing big meadow Fixed hog pen & hen house to shut up hens after
supper W. heavy rain last night | clear today
August 1869
August 4 1869 Chored. W. rainy all day
5 I took reaper table to BNs to get a bolt in it AM raked last of Meadow & drew in 3 loads PM
W Cut a road round barley behind Cider house & Steele bound. received a visit from {Mr's?
Mrs? Miss} HP Crosby & Uncle {Iver?} White W. fine clear
6 Finished drawing in Meadow 2 loads & Orchard 2 loads AM all helped Br C. draw PM W.
fine Clear
7 Had Br. C to help to cut barley behind Cider house AM. Cut part of Soules Wheat PM him
& his Men helped PM. W. fine Clear
Sunday 8 W I & Nancy went to Meeting at Elmira with Br. C. & Susan Burkholder his hired
girl remarks by Rev J Wideman Sermon on {blank space} by Br C. Went to J Widemans after
Service W. fine clear
9 Finished Cutting Wheat & Commenced Cutting barley in field near Hoover's Br. C & his
men helped W clear
10 Finished our barley about 3 PM Commenced Br. Cs. W & Steele Cocked some of our's
W. Clear
11 I & Br C. Cut Wheat & barley for Br S. W & Steele finished Cocking & drew 4 loads out of
field behind Cider house. W. fine warm. clear
12 Drew all barley out of field behind Cider house 9 loads I helped Br C cut PM W fine Clear
13 Chored AM. I & W. drew 5 leads wheat out of field near Hoover's W. Shower last night
fine today
14 drew 2 loads out of field near Hoover which finished it & 8 out of big field W. fine Cool
raining tonight. I shot a Crane at dam tonight
Sunday 15 Nancy & little girls went to Meeting at Cedar Grove. Br. N's were here PM. W
Clear heavy rain last night
16 Drew in 14 loads barley out of field near Hoover's which finished it & 1 load of Wheat. W.
rather cloudy
17 Finished drawing in Wheat 3 loads. AM I & Nancy went to weaver in Sparta PM W. fine
clear
18 I & My Mother went to JD's AM. I finished raking stubble PM. W. & Steele helped Br. C
draw in barley. W. Clear
Aug 1869 Sept
August 19 I & Steele drew in 2 {jags?} Wheat rakings & one of barly till supper. rained a little.
W. plowed in fallow W. warm
20 I & Steele drew in last load barly rakings & a load of fence corner hay for him AM. I went
to Whitevale mills PM & I & Nancy went to Cedar Grove this evening W. Shower PM. the
warmest day this summer
21 Chored. AM. I went to Dr for Medicine for Lissy PM. W. rainy AM. Clear PM
Sunday 22 Went to Meeting at Hebron remarks by Br C Sermon on {blank space} by Rev H
Barkey S Lehmans & Little Chris Hoover were here PM W fine clear
23 I helped M Dykes thresh with team AM helped W finish plowing fallow PM. W. warm Clear
24 I helped Br C draw in Wheat W. Cradled oats below garden & road round Spring Wheat
behind Cider house W. warm clear
25 W helped C B thresh I made {bars?} at Corner of bush to get in big field AM. I & family
went to JDs PM to see if I could Shoot Pidgeons. got none. dont feel well. have cold in back
of neck. W. warm slight shower at noon
26 Cut spring wheat behind Cider house AM Br. C drove AM. W. fine Clear
27 I & W finished bind & shocked spring wheat & cut Spring Wheat in little Orchard. Old
Steele helped thresh at Flavius. W. warm. slight Shower PM Old Uncle John Burkholder was
here
28 W helped Br N thresh. I got JDs rake to pull peas & went to Cedar Grove & to Dimma's
with a tub to get hoops on W. heavy rain last night warm today
Sunday 29. at home JD's & Br. S's were here. W. fine clear
30 Pulled Peas with rake. W. fine Clear
31 Finished Pulling Peas. W. fine. Cool. Clear
Sept 1 I & Steele drew swale hay that he made on {illegible} in Pea field 2 small loads
apiece. I & Nancy went to Markham after supper. W. cut oats with Scythe & Cradle. very
much down. W. very Cool. for the season
2 Cut Oats with Cradle. W. fine Clear
3 Drew in spring wheat 8 loads. & Oats below garden W. Clear
4 Cut Oats I went to BS this morning. W. fine clear
Sept 1869
Sunday Sept 5 Went to Flavius. W. fine Clear
56 Finished Cutting Oats with Cradle & reaper Br. N drove W. Clear
67 Chored. Cleaned up barn floors W. rain all day
78 Chored. Threshed a few Oats. I & Nancy went to Cedar Grove PM. W. rained nearly all
day. very wet
Thanksgiving day 9 Went to Meeting at Widemans Saml Smith & his wife from Vaughan
were Baptised by Br C today. Went to Finlaws after service. W. Cloudy W. plowed in new
fallow
10 Chored & W plowed AM. I & W turned Peas & Shocked Oats PM. W. fine warm Clear
11 Sowed 4 bus Soules Wheat in new fallow W. fine
Sunday 12 Went to Meeting at Cedar Grove remarks & sermon by Rvd H Barkey on {blank
space} W fine Clear
13 Bound Oats. W. fine Clear
14 Drew in 10 loads peas. W. fine Clear
15 Drew in 10 loads peas. W. fine Clear. looks like rain tonight
16 Finished Peas 6 loads which we stacked in field against the lane fence. & drew in 2 loads
of Oats W. Clear
17 Chored & Fenced Pea stack this morning then harrowed fallow & W struck lands & we
Commenced to ridge up. W. rain last night clear
18 Both ridged. W. Warm. Clear
Sunday 19 Went to Meeting at Hebron. remarks & Sermon on St Mat 18 C by Rvd H Barkey.
Visitors Rev H Barkey & wife. W. very warm Clear R Wallace & Matty Shenk were here at
super
20 Drew in 4 loads Oats. Chored PM. W. Clear AM. heavy rain PM
21 I went to Dr Mc for Lizzy AM. W. & Old Steele drew dung on Wheat Stubble near
Hoover's with 2 wggons {illegible} I helped PM. W. Clear warm
22 Sowed about 4 acres Treadwell Wheat. fallow in NW corner field. W. Warm Clear
23 Finished drawing in Oats 12 loads which finishes our harvest R Wallace helped PM with
Br C's team & D Munro. CB's Man W. foggy this Morning Clear PM Br C & Br N & wife Came
home this evening they were on at visit in the township of Hay. Stephen & Stanley & at
Cayuga & Clinton
Sept 1869
24 W helped Br. C draw dung & I Chored AM drew Duncan's hay PM. W foggy this morning
warm clear PM
25 Drew dung. W. warm heavy rain PM. & this evening
Sunday 26 Went to ABs W. rain this morning. Cool Cloudy
27 Took a grist to Whitevale I & Nancy went to Cedar Grove PM. I asked some hands to
thresh. W helped Br C to thresh. W. Cool Clear
28 Cut a lot of Burrs around the place. Machine Came about 4 OC PM. threshed 55 bus
Oats W Clear
29 threshed 68 bus Oats & 285 bus barly. W. fine Clear
30 threshed 147 bus barley & 70 bus Spring Wheat & 28 bus Midge Proof & rakings. W.
Warm Clear
Oct 1 W helped Br N dig Potatoes I Commenced to fall plow in Wheat Stubble in big field. W
warm. Clear
2 W plowed. I went to with JD to his old place to help to Clean his wheat W. Warm rain this
evening
Sunday 3 at home all day RW & Jane Duncan were here PM. James Duncan & wife were
here awhile this evening W. Clear
4 I & W. Cut & Sawed rail timber along Scarboro fallow Cut down an old elm stub with 3
Coons in it. Hurrah Johnny & {Flavy? - Benjamin's son Flavius?}! What fun for the little boys.
but they were badly hurt with the fall of the tree and were easy killed. W fine Clear
5 Sawed a few rail cuts this morning. then plowed till noon. M Dyke is splitting the rails. W
dragged the cuts round the fallow PM I drew some wood PM W. Clear
6 Both helped Br S thresh. W. hard frost this morning. Clear today
7 W went to Markham Fair. I laid up new fence along south end of new land wheat & through
bush to join the old fence about 30 rods. W. very fine, warm, Clear beautiful
8 Both helped Br. S thresh AM. Plowed PM. W. very warm clear Finlaws were here awhile
9 I Plowed. W helped T Saunders thresh he lives on W Lapps farm I Plowed out one drill of
potatoes & Children picked them they are badly rotted. W warm. looks like rain tonight
Sunday 10 Went to Meeting at Wideman's. Appropriate sermon's by Rd H Barkey & Br C.
Lords supper was Celebrated Went to Michael Fret's after Service. W. Cool, Cloudy AM
1869
Oct 11 1869 Both plowed. W cool a little squally PM
12 I went to Whitevale this morning for some beef for My Mother. Then Commenced to draw
in Pea stack about 9 Oclock finished about 3 then Plowed till night. W fine Cler. pretty Cool
13 I & W went to Flavius this morning to help to thresh. the Coupling ring in the Tumbling rod
broke at starting. then W plowed. I & Nancy went to Markham & I & Johnny went to
Unionville with my Road list. JH Ramer's were here this evening. W. Cold wind from north
14 Helped Flavius thresh. W. rather showry awhile at noon
15 Helped Flavius finish threshing & W. took Charly to get shod this evening. W. Cool windy
16 W. dug potatoes I Chored with boil on my left hand. Jacob Widemans were here this
evening W. Clear ground frose last night
Sunday 17 Meeting & Sacrement at Hebron. I & Nancy staid at home. My Mother went. JDs
& we were at Mother's PM. W. Clear Cool
18 I chored. brought 500 tiles from Pettys & got Curt shod. hand very sore Spence helped W
dug potatoes W. cold wind clear
19 Went to Markham for Medicine for Lizzie AM & got Dick shod & brought 3 little pigs from
W Burkholder's PM W. very cold west wind. boys finished Potatoes
20 Done nothing hand very sore W. {Cleaned?} a load of barley AM finished wheat stubble in
Big field & Commenced behind Cider house PM W. Cold. Clear Boil broke last night. very
sore yet
21 Went to Cedar Grove Mills with grist Corn AM Took 64 bus 36 lbs barley there PM. @
65cts per bus W. Cool clear
22 Chored. W. Mild Clear. hand getting better
23 Br C helped to kill a pig AM I & W went to Markham PM. I Paid my Taxes met Collector at
Hall's Inn. W. rained all AM rain PM {not sure about order of these words}
Sunday 24. We all went to S Lehman's W. squalls of snow
25 Drew home wood AM. & Cleaned a load of Barley both Plowed PM. W. Cold raw wind.
Clear
26 I took 47 bus 5 lbs barley to Fmans bay @ 57cts W plowed a little & drew wood. W.
Snowed all AM, looks like winter
1869 Nov
Oct 27 I helped JD thresh W split wood in bush W Cold
28 I went to Whitevale AM. Plowed PM. Snow nearly all gone tonight. JB's were here for
some apples W. some milder
29 W took 45 bus barley to Fmans bay @ 55cts. I & Children Cleaned a load of spring
wheat. & a load of barly after W Came home. W. Cold windy from north. snow nearly {gone}
30 W took about 43 bus barly to Fmans bay @ 55cts & I took 32 bus 55 lbs spring wheat to
Major Mills @ 95 cts. I went to raising of driving house at Flavius PM. Took in a lot of winter
apples this evening W. roads frose up tight. Cold all day Apples frose pretty bad
Sunday 31 at home all day JDs were here W some milder
Nov 1 Cleaned a load of barly & the last of Spring Wheat & I took Spring Wheat to Major
Mills@ 90 cts W Picked apples. W. fine warm Clear roads better
2 I Took 46 bus 18 lbs barley to Fman's bay @ 55cts W Plowed AM Picked apples PM W.
Mild Clear
3 I made 83 gallons Cider at {Resters?} Mill on Pickering Townline Nancy went along to
Simon Hoover's I got there about sunset. W. fine Mild Clear
4 Boiled Sauce W drew 8 loads turnips S Spence & Old Steele are pulling them for the 11th
drill W beautiful Clear
5 I boiled awhile, got too windy. had to quit & began drawing turnips 5 loads. W 8. W very
windy cold
6 Drew 9 loads turnips & finished Sauce AM Spence helped draw. Both plowed PM W snowy
AM thawing PM
Sunday 7 Went to Br S's awhile W cold. hard frost windy
8 I went round to sell some beef. AM. Intend to kill a small one tomorrow. Chored PM. W.
very cold. windy
9 killed small beef this Morning. then went to Plowing Match at James Trans {Tran's} AM.
Peddled Beef PM W. milder
10 Went to Markham & to Finlaws. W. Cold. Windy from west
11 Drew in 11 loads turnips I brought home 120 lbs Cheese from Whitevale factory we sent
Milk a few weeks to get Cheese for our use W. pretty Cold. thawed a little today W. Cold
12 Drew in 18 bags potatoes & 2 loads turnips for Spence PM. W. Cold
13 Drew 1 load for Spence & 13 bags potatoes AM. & 2 loads Corn PM W. cold a little snow
this morning
Nov 1869
Sunday 14 Went to Meeting at Hebron Remarks by B.C sermon on St Mat 20 C by Rvd H
Barkey Visitors Uncle Joes Youngster's Br inlaw John Hoover & hired gir Girl Emmelin
Ramer & the Burkholder Girls from Pickering. W. Cold
15 Went to Miles Sale on B.G. Reesor's Old Place W. pretty cold
16 had quilting & roast Goose. W drew dung AM helped Flavius Cut Sheaves with horse
power PM. I didnt do anything. W. pretty Cold. real snow storm from East Commenced this
evening
17 Chored. Great storm of snow & rain from east last night & this morning 4 in of snow. high
wind today intended to have {paring?} & husking bee tonight. very few came.
18 I took a load of turnips down for Old Steele that we left Standing in the driving house on
tuesday. AM. Went to Markham to get a pair of boots for Jhon {John} my son W. wintry. a
few sleighs in the village
19 Took grist to Cedar Grove Mills & brought home a load of Edgings AM. I & Br C fixed old
Sleigh PM. W. more snow. looks like winter
20 Brought home grist AM. Chored PM. W snow again went to Mill with Sleigh. thawing this
PM.
Sunday 21 at home. Br S's & Flavius were here. W. pretty cold
22 Drew a load of edgings AM I went to JB's PM Sleighing pretty fair great snow storm from
east all PM. storming yet. pretty mild
23 Started for BD with Jess to get her Shod. She took sick on the road, sent for Burrows. she
is better again. Took family to Br Cs. & borrowed Br Ns market sleigh to go to MNs tomorrow
W. mild about 8 in of snow. sleighing good
24 All went to M N's W fine Clear. sleighing good
25 Took home Br Ns sleigh & brought a load of edgings AM Went to R Stovers for Matty
Shank to stay with My Mother PM W. clear
26 Helped M Dykes kill large hog & fat sheep AM Chored PM. W. milder. Clear Br C & family
were here tonight
27 Drew home some wood JB was here at Dinner W. mild a little snow PM
{Sunday} 28 All went to JD's & to Br N's this evening W. Mild. fine
Nov Dec 1869
Nov 29 Went to JB's W. mild sleighing getting thin thawing tonight
30 Cleaned Peas. brought Cutting box from Br S's & filled beds W. warm. thawing. sleighing
about gone. raining tonight
Decr 1 Helped Br. C kill pigs. W. Cold again. pretty icy
2 Got horses shod AM Drew Jag of turnips for Steele with Sleigh PM W. snow from East
nearly all day rough sleighing
3 helped Br N kill pigs W. Cold. Clear
4 Drew home Pine log for kindling. Took tub to Br. N's to get hoop on & Cleaned up shop
ready for Butchering PM W. a little snow last night. W soft today. mild
Sunday 5 I, the Children, Margaret & Matty Shank went to Meeting at Cedar Grove remarks
by Br C sermon on St Luke 6 C by Rvd H Barky W. mild
6 Helped Flavius kill pigs. W. Cold. Clear. about Coldest this season
7 Helped Br. S kill pigs W Very Cold this morning. Snowed AM. Milder PM
8 Helped JD kill pigs W. Mild. Clear
9 killed Our 7 pigs W. fine. Mild.
10 Drew some wood John McGaw has been here since the 3 1st Inst Choring & Cutting
wood brought a load of Edgings PM. W. mild thawing sleighing about gone
11 Split some wood that W cut in the spring AM helped RW Clean Oats PM. W. drissly
thawing heavy rain tonight
Sunday 12 at home. drove My Mother to Meeting at Hebron John Stover was here after
service. W. a little rainy soft sleighing done
13 Drew 8 sleigh loads of turnips out of heap behind barn into Cellar they have been laying
there Covered with pea straw since we drew {the rest?} in. W. Cold. frost again
14 J# McGaw went shooting. I went with him about a half hour shot 2 black squirrels &
Chored AM I went to Markham PM to see Mc. My son John has a bad stomach. Dr was not
at home. W. Cold. Cler
15 I & Jhon {John} my son went to Markham AM Dr was not at home. Chored PM. sold 2
year old Colt to Johnston for $75.00 W. Mider {Milder} AM. {real?} East rain PM & tonight
16 Chored. W. rained am. Cleared up PM. Water very high
17 Split rest of wood in bush that W cut in spring AM. Went shooting awhile at noon with
Isaac & J McGaw. got one squirrel Chored PM. W. Clear mild
Dec 1869 Jan
Dec 18 Went to Dr again AM was not at home Helped Br N kill a beef PM. W. Cold Clear
Sunday 19 at home all day. W. Cold. Cloudy
20 Took 5 bus Wheat to Cedar Grove Mills for M Dykes AM. Helped Br C kill a beef PM. W.
Cold Clear
21 Drew in last load of Corn & Picked some apples for Cider AM. I & J McGaw & little girls
Picked about a gallon of Beechnuts in Flavius' Common for about an hour & a half PM
Picked some apples when we Came home. W. pretty Cold Commenced to snow from East
this evening
22 Cut wood. & went to Cedar Grove Mills PM. W. rain all AM windy PM. very windy tonight.
snow that fell nearly all gone
23 I husked corn AM Drew wood PM I dont feel well W. Cold west wind thin sleighing. S
Moyer & wife & Sisterinlaw from Clinton were here. J G Reesor & My Br C brought them
24 I drew home some dry Pine from Br C's bush for kindling. W. Cold clear
25 Christmas day. Had Goose dinner at My Mothers JD's & Br C & family were there. W. fine
mild. rough sleighing
Sunday 26 at home all day. JB's were at My Mothers Br S's & AB's were here. W. fine
beautiful. thawing
27 Went through Scarboro bush to show Old WM to cut fallen pine logs. AM. Chored PM. W.
foggy. rain tonight
28 George Brillinger & wife from Nottawasaga were here AM. I helped JD kill a beef PM. W.
Mild Cloudy sleighing gone
29 Went to Markham AM Took sow to Flavius PM. W. Mild windy tonight
30 Drew Oats out of Old barn into new & brought a load of edgings sold fat Muley Cow to
Sparta Billy @ $35.00 I went for Dr Mc. about 5 PM Nancy gave birth to a son about 11
oclock. doing well. W. Mild Cloudy
31 around the house. W. Mild
January 1st 1870. at home. Finlaws & S Lehmans were here CB's & A Doner's from
Nottawasaga were here awhile PM W. mild Cloudy
2 Sunday At home all day W. Snow from east last night rain today. soft. mild & slushy
3 Chored. J McGaw Commenced to go to School on 3rd {Pickering} and boards with us. W
heavy west wind drifting {snow} about six inches snow fell last night
Jan 1870
Jan 5 Went to Michael Fret's for horse power AM cut Sheaves PM W. fine clear pretty good
sleigh A B's & M Neighswander's were here this evening
5 Chored AM. helped Flavius Cut Sheaves PM. W. pretty cold
6 Drew Jag of turnips for Steele AM. Chored PM. {Manose? Manasseh?} Fret's were her
PM. & J Cober's this evening. w. Cler
7 brought home Pig from Flavius' & Chored AM Cut hole through barn floor & made chaff bin
behind Centre stabe {stable} & put Chaff down into it PM. W. Clear Cold. pretty frosty
8 Drew home wood & Cleaned som Wheat W. Some snow last night pretty cold today
Sunday 9 at home Meeting at Hebron Visitors. JB & wife Old Abraham Burkholder's & W.
Burkholders were here this evening. sleighing good
10 I helped WM kill his pigs. W. Milder. some stormy AM
11 Went to Cedar Grove this Morning Br inlaw Simon & Saml Hoover's & JH Ramer's were
here today. & Old D Hoover's this evening W. Celear {Clear}. Mild today. a little snow this
evening
12 Chored. Uncle Joe's were here awhile PM W. rain all day
13 Fixed Wheelbarrow AM Helped Flavius kill a beef PM. W snow pretty heavy AM. Cold
Clear PM
14 helped RW Clean 29 bus Peas AM. Chored PM. W very Cold
15 Cut wood & husked Corn W. rained all day. mild
Sunday 16 at home Br. N's JD's & CB's were here W. mild Clear rain from East tonight. W
Burkholder's youngster's & illegibleIsaac Resor were here tonight
17 Chored. rain last night & today Finished husking Corn AM
18 Intended to go to Markham AM. didnt go water very high. Cutter floated crossing road at
our Corner. I & McGaw shot squirrels PM. I. two & he one. W. Cold. Clear high wind last
night
19 Went to Markham to Dr got some Medicine for Nancy She has a bad Cough. Margaret
went with m {me?} Finlaws were here. W. Cold. Clear
20 Took grist to Whitevale. & shot 3 squirrels in Scarboro bush in about half an hour at 3
shots with my Bully rifle AM Went to Cedar Grove PM. W. Clear. sharp
21 Drew some Wood AM Chored PM. Simon Hoover was here {a}while from Br C's PM W.
Clear. Sharp
22 Drew wood for Mother AM Chopped some PM. W. Cloudy rain after dark
Jan 1870
Sunday 23 at home Michael Fret's were here W. Clear Sharp
24 Went to Major Mills AM Chored PM. W Clear Sharp. Snow this evening.
25 Chored. shot a squirrel PM. W Snow AM Clear PM
26 Got horses shod & shot 2 squirrels AM Chored PM S Lehmans came here about 3 PM &
staid for supper W. mild
27 Went to Flavius & brought home a few tiles that were left in new fallow in the fall. AM
Went to Cedar Grove & brought beef poles from Br S's PM. Br S's youngsters were here this
evening W. Clear mild
28 Helped Br C thresh with team. W. Clear Sharp
29 Helped CB thresh with team. W. Mild Clear
30 Sunday. at home. W. fine Mild
31 Chored AM. killed bull PM. W. Mild fine
Feb 1 I & McGaw went to Raymer's Tannery with beef hide 3 Coon skins & 18 black squirrel
skins then came through Markham village. I brought Matty Shank from Cober's to My
Mother's this morning W. Clear Sharp sleighing fair
2 At home Uncle Joe's were here awhile I cut up beef AM. All went to AB's this evening W.
snowed all AM. Sun Came out about 3 PM
3 Went to JB's Sale. bought. Pail. washstand. Pitchfork. & 3 Cowchains. W. Clear Sharp.
John is leaving his farm at the request of his Father. he is going to Move to D
Neighswander's. {line]
4 Went to Dr. for Medicine for Lissy AM & to J H Ramer's for some Cider for Vinegar AM
Chored & went to CB's PM W. very Cold. Clear
5 Cut & drew home Pine {or Peas?} AM Fixed washing machine PM W. cold clear
Sunday 6 All went to Meeting at Hebron Remarks by Br C. Sermon on St John 1st C by Rvd
J Barkey John Stover's were here after Service. W. fine Clear
7 Took 23 bus 6 lbs Peas to Clark's Mills @ 50 cts per {bus illegible} AM I & R W Cleaned
Peas PM. W fine Clear
8 Finished Cleaning Peas AM. Took 32 bus 26 lbs to Clarks Mills PM W. Clear
9 All went to F inlaws. W. mild thawing some
10 Took my Mother to JD's brought her home again their {boy? baby?} is sick with
Inflammation. W. Cold, blustering north {wind} {page folded}
11 Took 33 bus 37 lbs Peas to Clarks @ 50 cts per bus AM Helped RW. Clean last Peast
PM. W. Pretty Cold windy
Feb 1870 Mar
Feb 12 Drew home & cut wood. W. Cold Squally & windy I & Nancy went to JD's this
morning. their baby is better {illegible ly?}
Sunday 13 All went to CB's W. pretty Cold
14 Chored AM. Helped Br. S. kill a beef PM. Sold 2 Cows to Mr Bush drover of Pickering @
$75.00 W. mild. looks like a thaw
15 Took RW's share of Peas to Clarks AM Went to JDs with my Mother PM. went to Flavius
this evening W. Clear fine
16 All went to JH Ramer's W. beautiful Clear
17 Helped Br S thresh. W. Cold this morning. Snow PM rain tonight
18 Chored AM. Went to help Br S thresh PM was too late they Finished AM. then I went to
Cedar Grove & to JD's. W. Cold & windy from north all day
19 Chored. I went to Cedar Grove PM. W. very Cold AM Milder PM. Snow from East this
evening
Sunday 20 at home. Br. C's hired man J Gehman & C Honsberger were here PM. W. Cold
21 Chored. W. very very Cold
22 thawed back pump & cut wood Uncle John Burkholder was here W. rather milder Clear
23 Took my Mother & Nancy to Br. S's & N's on a visit W. Milder
24 Went D Reesor Junr's Sale of 65 head of Cattle. he bought them in the County of Grey on
Speculation. W. very Cold
25 Went to JB's on a visit. W. milder
26 Drew home wood. W. pretty mild. Clear
Sunday 27 at home all day. W. real old fashioned east storm of snow
28 Shoveled out lane & Chored AM helped RW Clean Oats PM. W. rather damp looks like a
thaw
March 1 helped RW finish Cleaning Oats 122 1/2 bus Shot a squirrel PM. W. rather Colder.
Clear
2 Went to Whitevale & bought Some Chairs AM. Went to JD's & to all Brothers' PM. to tell
them to meet at my Mother's tomorrow to transact some business W. very cold north wind
3 Chored. Finlaws & Br inlaw Sam's were here a little while PM. W. pretty Cold. Clear
4 Took my Mother to JD's AM to see little girl baby Went to Cedar Grove PM. W. pretty Cold
5 Went for Dr. for Br C. AM. he hs a bad Cold in his head Helped WM Cut some Cordwood
for me PM. W Clear
Mar 1879
Sunday March 6 Went to Meeting at Hebron Remarks & Sermon on {blank space} by Rev H
Barkey visitors Dav Burkholders JBs & Br inlaw J Hoover & Susan Burkholder. W. fine Clear.
Br C is getting better
7 All went to JD's. W. Pretty Cold. a little snowy
8 helped Br C's man Jake hang up their Pork this morning then he helped to hang ours after
dinner then I went to Duncan's & BSS & Nancy went to AB's AB's were here tonight. W.
pretty Mild
9 I & WM Chopped Cord wood. W Clear pretty Cold
10 Chored AM Went to Cedar Grove PM. W snow storm AM Clear Mild PM. Br C was here
today he is getting better
11 {Starded} to go to Funeral of David Boyer's daughter found dead in her bed on
Wednesday morning. got too late & stormed. Went to Br inlaw Saml Hoover's W. snow AM.
Cloudy PM
12 Helped RW Clean last Oats 95 bus W. Clear AM snow some PM
Sunday 13 at home all day W. heavy storm of snow from east all night & this morning lane
pretty well filled up. mild
14 Shoveled out lane AM. Cut Cord wood PM WM helped. W. warm. Clear. roads not very
much {drifted?}
15 Started to go to Simon Hoover's. Called at JB's they live at D Neighswander's. then went
to Simon's. their Children have Whooping Cough so we didn't stay. went to Br inlaw MN's
JB's were here when we Came home. W Stormy East. wind. roads drifting. had a fine time
coming up our lane Coming home
16 at home. JB's here yet looking at the Storm snowed all night & today. blow from Norwest
not very heavy
17 I & JB shoveled road out through field & helped Flavius break Pickering townline snowed
some AM. turned rather soft PM
18 Went to Belford with Br N & JB AM I & Br N his wife, Nancy & My Mother Divided a few of
her Bedding & Chairs PM JB's went home after dinner the roads are getting Passable. the
snow is between 2 & 3 feet deep on the level. but not drifted as bad as 2 years ago
Mar 1870
19 Chored & went to Cedar Grove W. fine Clear
Sunday 20 at home. Flavius' were here PM W. a little rain
21 Went to Flavius' to help to saw wood. Sawyer's didn't Come. Came home. Finlaws were
here at noon. then helped Flavius' PM W. Cloudy mild. heavy rain last night. My son Flavius
got his left eye & face burned this evening with fire falling onto him out of the fire shovel
which Adeline was carrying
22 Went to H Booths Whitevale for new table helped Hoover's to shovel out some of townline
north of Anthonys so that I could through had visitors when I came home Abraham Saml &
Solomon Burkholder with their families & Christian Gehman's from Cayuga & their sons John
& Jacob & S Lehman & family W. rather Colder. Clear
23 Helped Flavius saw wood W. real March day Cold raw. NW. wind
24 Chored AM Oiled Single harness PM. W. Cool Clear
25 Took Nancy to Br. S's & I went to Dr for Medicine for Lizzy & to AB Ramer's for Bedstead
AM Went to JD's to Meet Dr to see Nancy she does not feel well. PM. W. Cold wind. Clear
thawing
26 Took my Mother to Br S's W. raw East Wind
Sunday 27 at home all day. W very heavy snow storm from East all day Commenced some
time last night. Storming yet. 9 ocl PM
28 Commenced to open roads. didnt get done W. some snow AM soft. Clear PM. S Shank
helped PM
29 Had Shank Craigie & James Milroy to finish opening roads AM. WM Commenced work for
me PM @ $16.00 per Month for a term of six Months Sawed big elm for fire wood south of
Markham bush W. warm Clear
30 I took Margaret home with sore throat AM Chored. M Neighswanders Called PM W. Clear
31 I & Nancy went to Cedar Grove. AM I went to Geo Cooks Sale on D Lapps farm PM. East
wind. Snow going fast
April 1870
April 1st Cut some drags of wood in edge of Markham bush. snow is so deep and soft that
we cant get into Scarboro bush. AM. Shoveled snow from between old & new barns to keep
soakedge out of shed PM W. warm clear
2 I went to Cedar Grove Mills with Chop shovelled snow at Meeting house & drew home
drags of wood PM. W. warm clear sleighing about gone
Sunday 3 I & little girls went to Meeting at Hebron Nancy has sore throat. remarks by Rvd H
Barkey sermon on St. Mat 18 C by Br C. W. warm Clear M N's were here for supper
4 Chored & helped some to split Cordwood J McGaw Commenced to work today at noon @
$18.25 cts per month for a term of 7 months. W. mild, a little storm PM
5 Took M Neighswander's daughter Elisabeth home she was here Since last Wednesday.
Went to Simon Hoover's for Some Potatoes. W. Cloudy some soft snow
6 all cut wood. W. Clear warm. Barbara Barkey came to work
7 I went to Henry Stovers on 4th Con of Pickering to look for a girl to work. AM. Chored PM
M Neighswanders were here PM. I bought his horse Frank for $110. sold horse Charley to
W.M. Junr for $100. about 3 weeks ago he is here yet. W. Clear warm thawing sleighing
done some large banks of snow yet
8 I & W Sawed of fence posts on Scarboro townline & opened a drain to let wet out under
Stable AM all chopped dead trees in Markham bush PM. W Clear
9 All Chopped. W. beautiful. warm. Clear
Sunday 10 at home all day Brs S & N were here. W. Clear
Monday 11 Sawed Cordwood in two in old bush with Crosscut AM. I went to Markham
Village on foot PM W. Clear roads very bad
12 Sawed Cordwood. W. Cooler. Clear
13 I took Frank to get shod. & went to see about getting threshing Machine AM. Shovelled
some snow in lane & I & Nancy went to Cedar Grove PM boys sawed wood roads very very
bad. W. warm Clear looks like rain
14 All the Burkholders brought a little threshing Machine (that Nathaniel made) tried it. it blew
over rather much grain. they brought the large one to thresh on Saturday
April 1870
April 14 W. very heavy thunder storm & some rain last night about midnight. very close &
warm today. heard about different buildings struck by the lightings
Good Friday 15. at home CB's & Br Cs were here. W clear Cooler
16 had Machine. threshed 106 bus Soules wheat & 50 bus Treadwell. W. looked like rain this
morning. Cleared up again
Easter Sunday 17 at home JD's were here W. East rain PM. raining yet
Easter Monday 18 at home. W. rain nearly all day
19 Oiled tug harness & Cut wood in Shed rain nearly all day
20 Oiled chain harness. And fixed up some fence & cut some wood PM. W. Drissly rain until
about 2 PM water high
21 I went to Markham on foot for Medicine for Lizzie AM fixed garden fences & some board
fences PM W. {clear?} rather cloudy
22 I went to J Burrow's AM. my horse Cent is not well. Went to C Stover's PM to see for a girl
to work Margaret is not well yet. W. fine Clear
23 tore down north side of back garden fence & W. dug new post holes & I helped Flavius
weigh some hay he bought about 2 1/2 tons @ $10.00 per ton. W. fine Clear. roads getting
better
Sunday 24 at home. Br N's were here. W fine Clear. began to rain this evening. a little
thunder
25 I went to Br S's this morning to try to get some Sucker's there were some 500 Caught
there last night & this morning the first for this season. got 12 from W Clod. Went to BSS PM
Nancy went to AB's boys sawed & split old oaks for firewood. W. Cool Clear roads getting
better
26 Drew home some stove wood & fixed fences W. Clear was up nearly all last night with
Lizzie. she is better again
27 Drew a few rails & 500 hay for Steele AM I & Nancy & Barbara Barky went to Markham
PM. I bought a new Patterson No 11 Plow @ $17.00. W. Clear roads getting Pretty good.
Some hills were impassable
28 Trimmed apple trees. W helped CB at sawing Machine W. cool clear
29 Went to Dr Mc for AB W drew some hay for M Dyke from Old WMs & Took some seed
barly to J Duncan PM. W. Clear
30 Helped dig a grave for AB's stillborn child AM Chored PM & Planted 18 cherry trees in
little Orchard. W commenced to plow in East half of meadow W. cool. Clear
May 1870
May 1st at home with Lizzie to let Mother & Nancy go to Meeting & Sacrement at Hebron
Joseph Barkeys were here after Service. W. fine Cool Clear
2 Went to BSS AM & brought Br S's old mare PM to Work until Cent gets better W. fine Clear
I & Br S's boys Caught 20 suckers
3 Helped J McGaw Commence Plowing in south end of field behind Cider house. dug some
garden & chored W. clear
4 Had Br C to work at back fence of back garden AM Sowed 4 acres of barly for Br C PM. W.
Warm Clear
5 Chored. & Sowed 1 1/2 acres barly for Br C. W. Clear
6 Took Br S's old mare home AM. Put on some Grafts PM. W. Cool. Cloudy
7 Boys Commened {Commenced} to plow in big field about 9 AM I sowed about 11 bus Oats
behind Cider house in Southe part of field the rest is for roots J harrowed them PM. W.
rained awhile this morning Clear today
Sunday 8 Went Meeting at Widemans Appropriate remarks & Sermons for the Celebration of
the Lords supper Went to Finlaws after Service. W. fine Cler roads good
9 I sowed 4 acres barley for Br N. AM J finished harrowing & rolling Oats & Took wooden
plow to BSS PM. W. Clear warm AM. Cloudy. a little drissly PM
10 Carried Potatoes out of Cellar AM had BN awhile PM to put {illegible Scarotting?} of on
posts back of new barn to make tight board fence. W showry
11 finished fence north side of back garden AM Sowed 12 bus barly in big field & went to
Cedar Grove PM W. warm clear
12 Chored AM dug in back garden PM. W. Mild Cloudy at times
13 Finished Plowing & sowing big field. W went to Garlands raining PM J got it harrowed
once W. fine Clear
14 I got some Timothy & Alsike seed at Uncle Sam's AM Chored PM I & W. sowed Part of
west half of big field with it this evening W Plowed small piece below garden & I sowed it with
barley AM W fine warm Clear
Sunday 15. I & Nancy went to D Hoovers W. warm Clear
16 I finished sowing grass seed & J finished harrowing big field this morning. then I rolled it &
{DJ?} dug in garden W. fine Clear JB came this evening & stayed all night
May 1870
May 17 I chored & dug in garden AM. Cleared Coulter of stubble for W. PM he is Plowing in
N West field where the Oat stubble are very long. W. warm Clear Put Cows in pasture today
the bush has been in full leaf about a week or more
18 Cleaned Coulter awhile this morning. Fixed drain in west end of field near Hoover's AM
dug garden & went to Flavius' PM. boys finished Plowing in N West Corner field W. very
warm Clear
19 Sowed Peas in N West Corner field I went to get Burrows. heifer had difficulty in Calving.
J harrowed W began plowing in field near Hoover's I spread dung PM. we drew some on in
the fall intending it for roots but did not get it Plowed in W. Clear
20 I spread dung AM Went to Uncle Sam's to see about some black seed Oats PM. boys
plowed W. very warm. Clear
21 I brought seed oats this morning & helped W. finish plowing AM Sowed it PM. W. a little
rain at noon
Sunday 22 Went to Meeting at Cedar Grove remarks & Sermon on {blank space} by Br C. W.
Cooler Clear
23 Drew dung on young Orchard. AM J finished harrowing Oats I went to B.S. & boys drew
dung on Corn ground behind Cider house out near bush. W. Shower this morning & at
supper
24 I Cultivated potatoe ground. W plowed Corn ground AM. I sowed for Flavius PM & boys
planted some Potatoes & W. plowed young Orchard PM. W. Clear
25 Sowed young Orchard with Prussian blue peas & some black oats & I went to Flavius & to
AB's to tell them that A Hoover's wife on 8th Con Pickering died sudden last night. I & W
Planted Corn 1/2 {acre?} PM. J rolled Peas & Oats. W. Cooler Clear.
26 Went to Funeral of A Hoover's wife sermon by J Stakely in German & J Tatton in english.
Went to Finlaws & to Saml Hoover's W. fine Clear
27 Drew some rails to fence little Orchard AM washed sheep PM. W. warm Clear
28 I went to Markham AM helped W draw dung on Potatoe ground PM. W. fine Clear
May 1870 June
Sunday 29 All went to Meeting at Hebron remarks & sermon on st John 5C 1st till 20 V by
Rev Jos Barkey visitors Jesse Reesor & family S Lehman & family JBs & ABs W Clear
30 I to 12 bus grist to Cedar Grove Mills & Cut potatoes & boys spread dung on potatoe
ground AM Planted some PM W Clear
31 Finished Planting potatoes AM I sheared sheep PM W drew stones off meadow & brought
grist home PM W Clear
June 1 Worked at Bell post. bought a bell off GT Bainbridge {or Bambridge?} on Saturday for
$10.00 payable in soft wood next winter fis boys laid up fence round little orchard & I made
bars to go into fallow field back of garden PM. raised bell post tonight W. Clear
2 I didnt do much. didnt feel well to Physic W drew stones off fallow J harrowed sod fallow
East half of big meadow that W broke up this spring W warm rained a little at noon
3 Took my Mother to JDs & brought her home W sowed some Plaster on new Clover then
began to draw dung on fallow J Pulled weeds in wheat W. warm clear
4 I Cultivated harrowed & rolled turnip ground boys drew dung W. very warm Clear
Whit Sunday 5 I went to JDs this morning to see how {Ruhannah?} is She had scarlet fever
but is better then we went to Flavius. W. some fine showers today & a heavy one tonight
Whit Monday 6 I & Flavius went to dead water of Rouge to fish with hook & line I caught 14 &
Flavius 11 a nice mess apiece W. warm Clear
7 Cleaned 45 bus 34 lbs Wheat AM I took it to Cedar Grove Mills PM @ $1.08 cts boys drew
dung on turnip ground PM Cleaned another load Wheat after supper W. wam looks like a
shower tonight
8 Took 46 bus 45 lbs Wheat to Cedar Grove AM Finlaws were here today. I & Nancy went to
Mrs Davies' Funeral at Cedar Grove PM. W. warm Clear
9 Took 24 bus 17 lbs Wheat to Cedar Grove AM. I & little girls & boys Cleaned some Wheat
for Grist PM. W. fine Shower last night warm today. a little shower at supper
10 Cleaned tailings AM. W. Commenced to plow turnip ground & J spread dung on it & I &
Nancy went to Cedar Grove PM I went to JDs after supper W. heavy rain AM Cloudy PM
1870
June 11 brought home about 75 Cedar trees from Taits Swamp & Planted about half of them
along east side of lane W. rain this morning & very heavy shower's PM
Sunday 12 at home Br S's N's & CB's were here W. Clear
13 Planted the rest of the Cedar trees & Cleaned chips out of wood shed I went to BSS PM
W heavy rain last night & this morning Clear today. things growing fine the spring Crops
looked pretty small before the rains
14 boys plowed turnip ground I spread dung & shot a black squirrel & a pidgeon in old bush
there are a good few pidgeons around. Cleaned away trash & plowed 3 furrows along board
fence along Scarboro board fence this evening W. Clear
15 boys drew dung. I worked on Markham roads T Sanderson Pathmaster. W. fine. warm
{16 I} & W worked on road with team drawing gravel J harrowed turnip ground & sod fallow
W Clear
17 I & W worked on road with team AM W finished with shovel loading gravel PM & I went to
Markham PM. W. warm Clear
18 Finished drawing dung on fallow & W Commenced to plow W. Clear
Sunday 19 at home. AB's were here PM W. very warm
20 W made about half of turnip drills AM J Plowed W Plowed PM I went to Dr on foot AM
sowed turnips PM W very warm
21 I chored rolled turnip drills & spread dung JB's were here PM W. Cooler Clear
22 Went to Br inlaw Simon Hoover's & to JB's W. warmer
23 Spread dung & Chored AM. Made a stone boat brought some 5 in tile for {to?} cross end
of line {I?} brought turnip drill from McCreights PM boys finished fallow & W made some drills
W. very warm clear
24 Finished sowing turnips went the Jesse Reesors after with Petition for grant of money for
11th Con boys went to Party on 3rd Con of Pickering PM W about the warmest day this
season
25 W drew out Cordwood J is sick I chored my son John is Pretty sick with bad stomach W.
slight shower this morning very warm
June July 1870
Sunday 26 Meeting at Hebron & went to Dr this AM. My son John is worse. W. very warm
(July 1870)
27 W Cut road round Clover near Hoovers. boys drew Out wood & I Chored & went to BSS
PM John is some better W. very very warm
28 I mowed near Hoover's until supper. boys piled pea straw back of Old barn & Scuffled
Corn & some Potatoes. W very warm. fine shower after supper
29 Finished Mowing until about 3 PM W banked new board fence west of lane AM Scuffled
Potatoes & hilled some Corn PM. W fine Cooler
30 raked & Cocked Meadow light Crop Finlaws were here hoed some Corn until Supper fine
rain after supper. rainy yet
July 1 boys Crossed Sod fallow I chored went to Cedar Grove PM. AB's were here for
Supper W. fine Clear
2 Stacked Meadow. Steele built stack Flavius man helped AM. I & little boys fetched Chop
from Cedar Grove Mills after supper & Catched some Catfish at S.M. W. fine Cool Clear
Sunday 3 at home Nancy went to Meeting at Widemans with Br C W. fine Clear
4 Went to Old John Stovers to see for a girl for My Mother AM Plowed potatoes with Shovel
plow PM W. fine clear rain l last night
5 went to Dr Mc. AM & to J Stovers for Sarah Ann PM. W. pretty warm rain last night
6 Mowed little meadow & finished plowing potatoes & some of Corn. W. pretty warm
7 Chored brought load of edgings after supper W. Shower last night rainy today MN's were
here last night setting up with Lizzie. we have to sit up with her every night this good while
8 Went to S Lehmans J harrowed big fallow W Cut thistles in Scarboro. raked part of little
meadow after supper. W. fine Clear
9 I mowed 5 acres big meadow in less than 5 hours boys drew in little meadow 5 loads. W.
Clear {fine}
{left edge of paper is torn}
July 1870
July 10 at home AB's were here at supper W. clear
cocked last of hay W. Cloudy AM rain PM. heavy tonight
fixed end of lane put big tiles through it & turnpikes
W Commenced to Cross big fallow I & children went {to Br} S's to Pick a few berries PM. J
thinned turnips W. pretty warm
boys Plowed AM I chored Drew in 5 loads hay {page torn} Simon Hoovers were here PM. W.
Clear, heavy {rain} after supper
Scuffled & hoed turnips AM I & J Drew in 3 loads PM & W helped Br C's Uncle D
Burkholders were {here} at noon W. fine Clear. Finished haying today
{page torn} turnips took in few rakings W. fine. few drops rain PM
{page torn} hoeing turnips except headlands Took 19 bus 35 lbs {page torn} {illegible} to
Cedar Grove Mills after supper W. very slight shower {page torn} through the day
{right edge of page torn}
July 1870
Sunday 17 at home all day JD's were here awhile this evening W. pretty warm
18 Boys Plowed AM I took Nancy to Dillers to {illegible Piecing? page torn} I & Boys helped
Br N draw in hay PM I went {to} Meeting at Whitevale this evening. W. very warm
19 Cut new land Soules Wheat W. very warm
20 Boys Plowed. I chored. W. very sultry. Heavy thunder & wind storm this {evening?}
21 Helped Br C cut his fall wheat & some barley J Plowed PM. W. fine. Clear
22 Finished one piece barly for Br C AM. Cut our Treadwell wheat PM. W. warm slight
shower {PM? page torn}
23 Went to Dr Mc for Lizzie AM she is worse. {illegible, page torn} JD this evening W. very
warm
July Aug 1870
Sunday July 24 at home. Meeting at Hebron. Visitors Rev H Barkey's JD's & S Lehman's W.
warm
25 boy Plowed awhile J finished scuffling turnips I chored & killed a sheep W. mild
26 Drew in Soules Wheat new land 3 loads AM W plowed & I brought home grist PM W.
warm showers at noon
27 I & Nancy went to Br inlaw M Ns W. Shower last night warm today
28 I & Br C cut nearly all west half of big barly field Boy finished hoeing turnps second time J
harrowed sod fallow PM. W. foggy this morning very warm shower this evening
29 Chored made trough in hogpen boys cut thistles & drew out wood W. Cool
30 Drew in Treadwell Wheat 5 good loads & Cut a little barly after supper I went to Uncle JS
Reesor & got a tooth pulled this evening W. Clear fine
3 Sunday 31 at home all day W. fine Warm
August 1 Drew in 4 loads barly rained at 3 PM I & Nancy & little boys went to JDs boys
brought another load barly this evening
2 I & W cut barley nearly finished big field J harrowed Sod fallow. W. pretty warm. Clear
3 Chored AM boys harrowed in fallow PM I went to BSS. after supper W. Drissly AM heavy
shower at supper time Uncle Joe's were here last night
4 Boys finished harrowing fallow & we {turned?} some barly & boys helped Br C Draw in
barly after supper. Poor Lizzy Died today at noon I went to Cedar Grove PM. W. fine Clear
5 Buried Lizzie. Sermon by Rvd H Barkey on St Mat. 18 C 1st to 5th V. W. Shower PM Boys
drew in a load of barly this evening. too wet
6 helped Flavius draw dung AM. I & J cut the last of barly. Drew in 10 loads barly PM Br Cs
men helped with team. W. Clear
Sunday 9 We all & Mother went to Br Ns W Clear
8 I & Nancy went to Markham AM turned barly & finished drawing in PM 4 loads. Br C's men
helped after supper. W. heavy rain last night. warm today
Aug 1870
August 9 W helped CB thresh J Raked Some stubble I & Br C cut part of Oats in field back of
Cider house W. some slight showers warm
10 Finished Cutting & binding Oats behind Cider house. W. fine Clear
11 J finished raking barly stubble then we drew it in 2 big loads. also a few loads of Oak
Cordwood out of Scarboro Pasture I went to Cedar Grove this evening War has been
declared between France & Prussia a few engagements have taken place in which Prussia
has been victorious. W. very warm Clear
12 Pulled Foxtail out of Potatoes AM. J cut thistles I & W. Drew out big stones in fallow &
Started some drains with Plow. W. fine Clear
13 I helped Flavius thresh boys Plowed shobl shoveled drains W. fine Cool. drissly rain
awhile AM
Sunday 14 Went to Meeting at Widemans Remarks by Rev H Barkey Sermon on {blank
space} by Br C. Went to Jos Barkeys after Service & to Finlaws for tea W. fine. Cool. Clear
15 Drew in Oats back of Cider house 7 big loads. W. Clear
16 Commenced to pull peas with horse rake Nancy & my Mother went to Old Samuel
Hoover's he is very Poorly W. fine warm Clear
17 Finished Pulling peas till supper W. very heavy wind warm
18 I & Nancy went to Markham to Dr Nancy is not very well W. Drew in Peas for his Father
with our team I & J turned our Peas & Drew in 2 loads PM W. very warm
19 Drew in 8 loads of Peas. W. light rain after supper last load was very small
20 Drew in 6 loads of Peas which finishes them W. Cool clear boys drew stones off fallow
this morning
Sunday 21 All went to Meeting at Hebron Remarks by Br C Sermon on St Mat 5 C 20 to 28 V
by Rev Jos Barkey Visitors after Service Br inlaw Saml Hoover & family JB's at supper. W.
pretty warm. Clear
22 M Dyke dug drain I helped him W helped Br C draw Peas AM helped drain PM J helped
Br C PM. W. cool rather Cloudy like rain
23 All drained AM. rainy PM I, Nancy & little boys Went to AB's & I went to BSS PM. W.
Cloudy AM rain PM
24 Chored AM Drained PM. W. rain AM Cloudy PM Great Prussian Victory reported
Aug 1870 Sept
August 25 I brought reaper from Br C's Cut a few rounds AM Shower at noon drained PM.
W. warm
26 Cut Oats. W. Just about Cold. north wind
27 Finished binding & Shocking Oats & Finished drains Put in about 1000 tiles. W. warmer.
Clear
Sunday 28 All went to Meeting at Widemans 14 Converts were Baptised today Viz Saml
Hoover & wife on 7th con Markham John Hoover & wife Altona. Joseph Grove & wife Saml
Lehman & wife Mongolia. Saml Brownspringer & wife. Menno Burkholder & wife John Ramer
Ringwood & Susan Burkholder. Revd T Moyer was there today. we went to S Lehmans after
service W. a little showry coming home
29 Drew off stones. AM boys began ridging up PM W. windy cool
30 I helped JD thresh. boys plowed w. fine cool
31 I & Nancy went to Dr AM I went to Duncans PM boys plowed. W pretty warm
Sept 1 I Plowed. boys helped Br S thresh with team. W fine
2 I & J finished Plowing AM threshed {floor?} of Peas with horses W helped Br C log. W
warm AM heavy Showers PM
3 Sowed fallow with Wheat. 8 acres. half Treadwell & half Soules. W. Cloudy AM heavy rain
PM
Sunday 4 ST Moyer & wife D Hoover & wife & CB's were here awhile AM. Then we went to
Br S's Flavius were here at supper. W Cool. Clear roads Muddy News came That the
Prussians have taken the French Emperor Napoleon Prisoner & defeated his Armies &
wounded General McMahon
5 Drew W furrowed out wheat AM Drew in 6 loads Oats PM. W. fine Clear
6 Drew last Oats 5 loads & a load of Prussian Peas & a few Oats out of young Orchard
which finishes our harvest. W. fine Clear
7 Chored AM I shot 3 squirrels & 1 yesterday I & Nancy went to Whitevale factory &
exchanged our wood for Cloth boys Drew home wood PM W rainy AM clear warm PM
8 Chored & shot 3 squirrels with 3 bullets AM I & Br C Cut Clover seed awhile PM W helped
T Sanderson thresh J Drew stones of young Clover in barly stubble W. Clear
9 I & J Cut Cut Clover seed & W helped Sanderson thresh AM I nearly finished Cutting seed
PM when heavy splashing rain came about 4 {oclock} {page corner folded}
Sept 1870
Septr 10 I & Nancy went to Markham AM Boys drew dung on Oats Stubble behind Cider
house I & W finished Cutting seed after supper I & Isaac Reesor went shooting squirrels
about an hour PM I shot a squirrel & a Pidgeon W. fine Clear roads muddy
Sunday 11 Went to Old A Burkholders W. fine Clear
12 I & J Drew Duncans hay W drew dung. W fine Clear
13 Drew in Clover seed 6 loads W. fine Clear
14 W Drew a load of lumber to Fmans bay for Br C J Commenced to plow in Oat stubble
Behind Cider house I chored & brought some planks for bridge at our Corner. it broke down
today. W. fine Clear
15 I & Br N fixed bridge AM Spread dung PM boys Plowed. W. warm. rained this evening
16 Chored AM Boys Plowed PM. & I & A Purdy drew out railcuts & sawlogs in Scarboro bush
W heavy rain last night. & drissly AM
17 I went to see N Burkholder to thresh AM Went shooting squirrels awhile PM with Colon
Reesor. I shot three W finished Plowing behind Cider house & Commenced in East end of
barly stubble J Commenced in sod fallow W. fine a little cloudy
Sunday 18 Went to Meeting appropriate Sermon by Rev J {illegible Web?} & Br C for the
Celebration of the Lords supper Visitors after Service. Finlaws. M Neighswander's JH
Ramer's AB's S Lehmans D Neighswanders JBs & Simon Hoover's & G Lehman's at supper
W. fine Clear Beautiful
19 I shot a black squirrel & Chored AM Took 48 bus 45 lbs old barly to Fmans bay @ 78cts
per bus PM W. Clear
20 Took 53 bus 45 lbs Old barly @ 78 cts W. fine Clear
21 Chored AM. Went to Whitevale PM W. fine Clear
22 I & Nancy went to Markham AM & loaded waggon with Cider apples PM W. fine Clear
23 I & J & little boys made 2 1/2 barrels Cider at P Lapps new Cider Press AM boiled PM. W
helped Br N thresh AM & Br C PM W. fine AM rainy PM
24 Boiled Sauce. boys helped Br C thresh. W. rainy warm
Sunday 25 All went to CB's & to JD's PM they {have gone?} to Ohio & my Mother is there
keeping house. W {rain AM?}
26 boys Plowed. I asked hands to thresh & chored. W. clear
{illegible, corner folded} machine Burkholder threshed 30 bus Oats & 133 Barly {then they
illegible}
Sept
Sept 27, 1870 This is my 34th birthday W. fine Clear
28 I & little boys John & Flavius went to Fmanbay seen the Cars running & the lake & bay &
Schooners. a great sight for the boys. Chored PM. Started about 6 oclock PM went to M
Neighswanders Junr to stay all night W. Clear
29 I & Nancy & Martin & his wife started about 4 AM for the Township of Scott went through
Garibaldi & Goodwood up the 4 con of Uxbridge to Sandford in Scott {&?} to Rudolph Moyers
at dinner. a fine Country then started at 1 PM by way of East Gwillimbury by Mount Albert
Ballintrae {Ballantrae} Lake Musselman & Stouffville to MNs & staid all night W fine untill
sunset when it Commenced to rain from east
30 went home. machine just ready to start when we Came threshed 233 bus barly W. east
rain all day
Oct 1 Chored & went to Cedar Grove AM & to AB's went to Job letting on 11th Con PM W
Cleared up
{Oct 1870}
5 I & AB went to Conrad Swalms AM to get our boots repaired AM then walked to John
Shinks {or Shirks} on the 8th Con of the same Township then he (Mr Shenk {or Shirk}) went
with his buggy & brought the women & we staid all night W. fine Cleared up
6 a whole waggon load of us went to the town of Collingwood on the Georgian bay 5 miles
from Mr Shirks it is a beautiful place with Considerable business large sawmill Grist mills &
{Tanneries?} returned with Brillingers who took us to Abraham Doners where we staid all
night W. fine. Clear
7 Abraham Doner Took us to Stayner Station this morning where we took the Cars for
Thornhill Where we arrived about 10 AM Where after some waiting Old AB met us & brought
us home where we found all our family well. Blessed be God for the same. & we enjoyed our
short trip very much. W. fine Clear warm
8 boys Finished digging Potatoes they dug some & plowed wheat stubble while I was away.
W. Clear
Sunday 9 we all went to Meeting at Cedar Grove remark by Br C Sermon on {blank space}
by Rd H Barky went to John {illegible, page folded} after service W. fine warm Clear
{Oct} 1870
10 I & W drew in hay stack J helped Br N dig potatoes W got Frank & Dick Shod PM W. fine
Clear
11 Went to Finlaws to a quilting W. rain AM Clear PM
12 Thanksgiving day. W went to Toronto I & J Cleaned a load of barly AM. Picked a few
partly rotted potatoes for Pig feed & I went to Br S's PM W. rain at noon
13 I took 45 bus 22 lbs barly to Fmans bay @ 79 cts Per Bus boys Picked Potatoes & apples
& Cleaned a load of barly W. cool a shower PM
14 I took 56 bus 11 lbs barley to FMans bay at 70 cts per bus boys went to Markham Fair W.
fine Clear
15 W Took 47 bus 40 lbs barly to Fmans bay at 70 cts per bus I went to Duncans with
Adeline to get her foot measured AM went to Br S's to see Circular cut logs PM he got a
Leffle Turbine Wheel in it works pretty well. W. fine warm sold a 2 yr old & a 1 yr old heifer to
A Wideman for $50.00 six months credit
Sunday 16 Went to Meeting at Hebron remarks by Br C Sermon on St Mat 22nd Chap 1st to
15th V by Rd H Barkey Deacon Jas Hoover from Cayuga was there John & Jesse Hoover
were here after service & Br N's at supper W. fine Clear
17 I took 48 bus 24 lbs barley to bay. stored it W rainy AM
18 Picked winter apples. W high Cold NW wind Deacon Jas Hoover from Cayuga was here
with his daughter AM
Oct 1870
Oct 19 I & little boys went to Markham for new boots for them AM Picked apples for Cider
PM W Commenced Plowing sod west half of Old Meadow W. Cler Cool raining some this
evening
20 I & J made about 70 gals cider at P Lapps AM I boiled & J Picked apples PM W. Cloudy,
shower PM
21 I finished boiling Sauce W. a little showry AM
22 I helped Josephus Stover & D Hoover Junr dig a grave at Hebron for Jacob Shank Junr
AM went to his funeral PM Sermon by Rev H Barkey & Rvd Mr Kennedy Br C officiated at
the house W. Cold wind west
Sunday 23 We all & my Mother went to ABs W. cold East wind. Clear PM
24 Made 53 gals Cider at P Lapps AM S Lehman's were here when we came home Then I &
him went to bay with my horse PM W fine Clear. J Pulled turnips PM
25 I went to F {Baldries?} for Thresher I my Brother C & Flavius Reesor bought a threshing
machine out & out from {Baldrie?} for $100 Cash W. Cloudy. Drissly rain AM. pretty heavy
PM
26 I & little boys took home Baldrie's trucks we had them to bring thresher home. I went to
Old John Stovers PM. W. Clear. fine. Cool
27 Finished Cleaning barly & boys threshed some peas W plowed awhile PM. W rainy until
about 2 PM
28 boys Pulled turnips I chored AM Went to Michael Burkholders sale PM. bot Grindstone &
Irons @ 30 cts W. Clear
29 All Pulled turnips. nearly finished. W. fine Clear
Oct 1870
Sunday Oct 30 at home Br S's & JD's were here W Clear blow from east Commenced to rain
about 4 PM heavy tonight
31 I killed pig & boys threshed Peas finished turnips PM W windy & cool
Novr 1 I & J helped Flavius thresh. W drew in 12 loads turnips W. fine. Clear. West wind
2 I & J helped Flavius finish threshing until about 2 PM Then helped W draw turnips W very
fine. Clear drew in 14 loads
3 Finished drawing turnips 10 loads Drew in Pumpkin 1 load & brought in Cabbage & a few
apples W. fine clear. but heavy wind
4 I, Nancy & My Mother went to Markham & to J H Raymers W very fine Cloudy this evening
5 I & J McGaw drew in potatoes & I went to Whitevale AM. W. Clear. cool air
Sunday 6 all went to Meeting at Cedar Grove remarks by Rev H Barkey sermon on St John
3rd C by Br C. went to Br Ns after service W. Clear. Cool Ground froze last night
7 I helped M Dyke kill a hog this morning then I & J finished drawing in potatoes. W. finished
sod fallow & commenced Plowing root ground W. fine. Clear. Beautiful
8 boys Plowed root ground I Cleaned some Peas I went to Cober's to see for Matty Shank
{or Shenk} to work for us PM W. rainy. AM Cloudy PM
9 I brought Matty Shenk this morning I & Nancy went to Cedar Grove PM. W. rainy AM Cold
wind M N's were here at supper boys threshed AM Plowed PM
10 I went to B.S.S AM & to Cedar Grove Mills PM W. a little snow last night. Clear today. J
McGaw left at noon
11 Went to Mill AM brought home thresher from Flavius
Nov 1870
Nov 11 & I & W put in some sawlogs at SM PM W. fine clear
12 I & W finished putting in logs AM I Piled some lumber & W brought home 500 tiles PM
Dyke is draining new Orchard W. beautiful
Sunday 13 went to Meeting at Hebron. remarks & sermon on {blank space} by Br C. Br Ss
youngsters were here after service W fine Clear
14 I & W took away lumber AM I & Nancy went to AB's for dinner then I went to W
Burkholder sale bought steer calf @ $10.00 & Fanning Mill @ $1.00 W. Drissly rain AM soft
snow until about 2 PM Cloudy {until?} night
15 brought home Calf & mill AM. Went to Hebron to Meeting to see about fixing fence around
graveyard W. cool a little squally
16 Didnt feel well AM helped to Pick 7 1/2 bus Cider apples for S Shank @ 10 cts per bus &
helped Flavius kill a pig this evening W. Cool Clear
17 Drew home a load of lumber AM helped Br C draw in turnips PM W. Cool windy, raining
this evening
18 I drew home wood AM drew posts & Poles to Meeting house from Flavius PM. we intend
to fix the fence & Poles to tie horses on Tuesday next. W finished plowing field behind Cider
house. brought in Calves from Wheat field today I had them on it a few weeks it was very
{rank?} & heavy & a little lodged W. cold windy
19 All went to Br C's raising of stables W. very Cold N wind. froze up hard last night
20 I went to Meeting at J Cober's remarks by S Snider of Vaughan on 1st Peter 3 C Br Ns &
Br C were here at noon & Flavius at supper W. cold wind clear
{Nov} 1870
21 I & W. worked on Scarboro roads with team AM I worked PM & W. deepened ditch south
of graveyard W. fine. Clear. pretty Cold
22 I & W helped at Bee to make new fence along front of Hebron Graveyard W. Cold East
wind. Sleet storm tonight
23 Chored tied up Cattle to feed brought in Sheep went to Cedar Grove PM. W. about 8
inches snow last night. pretty good sleighing. Cler today
24 Helped AB kill hogs W. Mild. Cloudy snow getting soft
25 Went to AB's & Walkeys with Br C to give his Colt a drive AM Drew home wood PM. W
thawing
26 I went to Duffin's Creek AM W threshed Peas Took away some lumber PM. W. soft. Clear
Sunday 27 All went to JD's with Sleigh. snow about gone this evening clear
29 helped Br. S's Butcher. W. mild cler roads bad
30 helped Br C. Butcher. W. mild Cler
Decr 1 helped Flavius Butcher. W. mild. Cler
2 helped JD's Butcher. W. fine Cler
3 I went to Flavius & to AB's AM Chored PM W. fine. Indian summer
Sunday 4 at home. AB's were here W. mild cloudy
5 helped Br N's Butcher W. Cloudy rainy PM
6 Went to Cedar Grove & Chored W. heavy rain last night windy today water high
7 killed our hogs 6. 5 for use & one for Packing for sale W. cloudy mild
8 Salted meat AM. Took some Peas to Br Ns PM W cold wind
9 Chored. helped RW Clean some Peas. W. froze pretty hard
10 had RW to saw pine stub for Oven wood AM Went to Cedar Grove PM. W. Cold frose
hard
Sunday 11 at home. Meeting at Hebron I & Nancy had to stay with Baby. he is not well.
Ruhannah Diller was here after Service W. Cold. Clear
12 Chored. W. about six inches snow last night soft snow AM. rain & snow PM thawing pretty
fast. mild
13 Went to Markham & to JH Ramer's to get Emmaline to work. she is not well. Couldnt
come W. Cler thawing soft
14 Took sow to Flavius AM brought home a load of {corner of page folded or missing} PM
tough sleighing
15 {illegible, page folded} a load of lumber AM Chored PM
Dec 1870 1871
16 Chored. & Made mangers for Calves Br C helped W pretty cold
17 Got Frank & Jess Shod. all round. W. Cold thin sleighing
Sunday 18 at home Br S's & JD's were here W. mild. Cler AB's were here awhile PM
19 Went to H Longs this morning to see for Janet McGaw to work. Chored today W. mild.
snow from East & storm tonight Commenced about 7 OC
20 brought Janet McGaw to work at $4.00 per Month Then had RW Br N. & Flavius & his
man Ceph Stover with team to draw Oats out of old barn into new W. fine Clear
21 threshed with our Machine went first rate threshed 196 bus Oats & 127 wheat W. pretty
cold clear
22 I & Nancy went to Br S's I was to help to kill a beef didnt kill it. then went to C Cook's sale
W. Coldest of the season
23 helped Flavius kill a beef AM Took 30 bus 53 lbs Soules Wheat to Cedar Grove Mills @
$1.15ct per bus PM W. Cold had Oyster supper with Isaac Reesor tonight
24 helped Br S kill a beef AM Drew some wood PM W. very cold
Sunday 25 Christmas day. at home all day Br N was here awhile PM. W. Cold. Commenced
to snow this evening
26 helped Br S thresh with team W. very Cold
27 helped Br S thresh W. very Cold Finlaws were here this evening
28 Took Nancy to Dykes AM & went to Br S's Took chop to Cedar Grove Mills & brought
Nancy home PM. W very cold
29 Took timber to M. Burkholders for a new sleigh AM brought home chop PM. W. very very
Cold last night coldest of the season
30 Drew a load of wood to Walkey AM. Chored PM W. snow from East all day
31 Chored AM. Helped Br N cut sheaves PM. W. mild some snow AM. good sleighing. about
a foot of snow
January 1st 1871 I & Nancy went to Meeeting at Cedar Grove left family at Br Cs remarks by
Rev H Barkey sermon on St Luke {blank space} by Br C. W. mild. Clear
2 Went to Simon Hoover's. W. heavy west wind. Clear
3 Simon Hoover's were here went Rabbit Shooting {in} Flavius' Swamp seen plenty. guns
missed fire & {illegible, corner of page folded} the shots missed. didnt get any W. heavy
{illegible, corner of page folded} {from} west all day. pretty Cold
{4 illegible, corner of page folded} our beef AM & Br C's PM W. pretty Cold
{5 illegible, corner of page folded} to Markham AM Drew a load of wood PM {illegible stars?}
this evening W milder
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