Lucy Middagh Diary & Transcription, 1884-1887

Title

Lucy Middagh Diary & Transcription, 1884-1887

Creator

Lucy Middagh

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Courtesy of Gail Spanier, Laure Jansen & Catharine Wilson

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19th century, Dundas County, Mountain Township, Ontario

Date Created

1884

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Lucy Middagh Diary Collection

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Scanned Manuscript & Typed Transcription

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Lucy Middagh (1822-1900)
1884-1887 Diary
Transcribed by Rural Diary Archive Volunteers
Mrs. John Middagh Comenced May the 1 1884
{The following is a newspaper clipping}
Obituary.
Lucy A. Rosseter, wife of the late John Middagh of Mountain Station, whose death occurred on the
21st inst., was born in the town of Lyous, N.Y., on Oct, 22, 1822. She was married Oct. 1st 1843 and
settled with her husband on part of lot 2, 6th concession of Mountain township, where she lived until
the time of her death. She was the mother of eleven children, namely, John H. of Jackson, Mich;
Mary, deceased, wife of Robt. Parker of Winchester; Charles H. of Mountain with whom she lived;
Sally; wife of Wm. Hyndman, Winchester, Lucy A., wife of J.C. Johnston, Winchester; Dinah E., wife
of Alex. Hyndman, now dead; Wm. A., Samuel and Ezra S. of Petaluma, Cal; Victoria A., wife of Dr.
Jamieson, Mountain Station, and one child that died in infancy. The deceased lady who was in her
78th year, had been a devoted member of the Methodist church for over forty years.
{Back to diary entry}
May 1, 1884 Thurs 1 A beautiful day Mrs. Smith and Mrs Fraser here in the after noon rained in the
evening
Friday 2 very nice Morning we went to Kemptville very high wind in the After noon
Saturday 3 Went to John McCargers
Sunday 4 John McCargers was Buried had a splendid sermon the text was from the first Epistle
General of John 3 Chapter 1 verse
Monday 5 rained a little a nice Growing day
Tuesday 6 cleaned the room and put down a new Carpet and Set out Strawberries a very nice day
all feel tired got a letter from Samy the third always glad to hear from the Children how I wish I could
see them all
Wednesday 7 a beautiful morning a nice rain in the afternoon John and me went to Mr Vanalens in
the After noon the Minister and his Wife was there and John Vanalen and Mrs Stanford and we all
took the Sacrement with Aunt Katie She was very poorly She is very old not likely she will see many
more days She will soon be 92 the 10 of May is she lives so long
Thursday 8 another nice day went to another Funeral to day a little child 7 months old it has made a
good exchange gone home to be for ever with the Lord
Friday 9 it rained a little all day they planted Potatoes this fore noon the Girls papered upstairs to day
Aunt Katy is very poorly I dont think she will last very long I go to See her most every day
Saturday 10 very dull and rainy went to see Aunt Katy she is 92 to day She is very poorly the air
put down a carpet upstairs to day
Sunday 11 a beautiful morning Charles and Min went to Church in the morning James and Lucy
came home with them Lucy and me went to see Aunt Katie She is faling all the time pa and me and
Tory went to the school house to Meeting heard a good Sermon from John 3 Chapter 14 and 15
verses Henry McCarger is no better
Monday 12 a nice day but cold I made soap to day the girls washed went to see Aunt Katy she is no
better she Coughs a great deal I feel tired to night old age is creping in may the Lord spare me to
see my Children that is away but his will be don
Thursday 13 Cleaned the Cubboard in the Seller and got a bad cold it is a nice day but rained in the
evening it is nice growing wether
Friday 14 it is very cold to day I am not feeling very well have a bad cold but am thankful I am no
worse the Lord is good to me I hope I am Thankful for all his mercies Mrs Beggs and Mrs John Peter
Smith was here to day Aunt Katy is no better Min was to see her we got a new pump to day Charles
is plowing Sod Henry McCarger is no better
Thursday 15 is a very nice day but rather cold for things to grow well was to see Henry McCarger he
is no better had Company to day John Vanalen Peter Sypes Albert Rose and Mr Cartner Aunt Katy
is no better getting weaker
Friday 16 very Cold all day John went to Kemptville to day Tory went to Mr Colmans to a quilting bee
it is raining to night we sent of 4 letters to day one each to one of the boys O that I could see them all
tonight but it cannot bee I must be content I will try
Saturday 17 a nice day but cold went in the Afternoon to help Mrs Colman quilt our girls had
company Amanda Smith and Miss Wiles we got a letter from our dear son William was so glad to
hear from him he is well we lost a Calf last night 5 weeks old it choked
Sunday 18 a nice warm day to day Charles and Min and Tory went to Church this morning the Sick
is about the same
Monday 19 a nice morning Cassie Castleman and me went to John Peter Smiths there was quite a
Shower in the After noon the first Thunder we had this Spring every thing looks so fresh after the
shower
Tuesday 20 nice warm morning it was a growing night but it rained all the after noon Tory and An
Clark went to Clarks in the morning and Jo brought them home to night Aunt Katy about the same
the Lord is good to us health and Strength to praise him O may I love him with all my heart
Wednesday 21 a nice growing day we are all in good health and Aunt Katy and Henry are about the
Same what a blessing is good health and how little we think about it when we are well
Thursday 22 a nice day I went to Mr Beggs in the fore noon and Mr Clarks in the after noon and Mrs
Colman and Miss Munroe and Rose McCarger was here and Rose staid the night we had a nice
warm rain last night we planted melons on wednesday and sat out 50 Cabage plants I forgot to put it
down that day and we lost a Calf last Friday it hung itself it was 5 weeks old and a big one the Sick
are no better Andrea Christy died this
Friday 23 May a very nice growing morning after the rain a very nice day and very warm we planted
some Potatoes corn to day Clint Pelton was here to day and left a Sewing Mashine he wants to trade
I don’t know whether we will trade or not the Sick is no better I hope they go the right Source for
Strength the Lord helps us all to be prepared when he sees fit to take us Comenced to use Ice to day
for the first
Saturday 24 May a nice morning pa and me went up to Jims Carsons and had a good visit we do not
go to see our Children as often as we should we dont know how long we will be here
Sunday 25 a nother nice day Charles and Min and Tory went up to the Baptist Church there was 3
Immersed in that Church and pa and me went to the School House to Preaching heard a splendid
Sermon the Text was in Luke the 16 Chapter and 2 verse give an acount of thy Steward Ship for
thou may be no longer Steward O when my Steward ship is ended may I hear the welcome words
well don good and faithful Servant come up higher
Monday 26 another nice day the Girls washed to day and I Caned 7 Cans of Rhubarb the Musketoes
are begining to come I hope they will no stay long Alec Hyndman was here today they are all well
Aunt Katy is sinking all the time Henry is no better
Tuesday 27 a cold day for the time of year this is Torys birthday 23 to day how the time flies Maggie
and Anna Martin are here and staid all day Tory went home with them to stay 2 or 3 days Tory is the
last girl and I dont know how long she will stay with us but it is the way of the world
Ana Hut gets married to day
Wednesday 28 very cold to day we planted Potatoes to day and Corn but if they don’t freese in the
hill they will do well I was to see Henry today he is worse today has got a new cold Aunt Katy is a
little better to day Ana and Marth Clark was here this evening it will Freese tonight if it dont get
warmer
Thursday 29 Frose hard last night there was lots of ice pa went to the Hall this Morning the boys is
cutting Shingle bolts Andrew Christy died this Morning will be Buried Saturday has been Sick a long
time had a Cancer in the Bowels suffered a great deal still keeps cold
Friday 30 still keeps very cold Mr Martin brought Tory home and staid for dinner we went to South
Mountain in the after noon Sick no better
Saturday 31 still keeps cold we went to Andrews Funeral to day was Burried at 11oclock a long
dusty ride a very large Funeral was very tired when we got home we went to see Mike Loux he is
very low the Doctor says he cant have but a few days the Lord prepare him for death the last of the
month another month gone never to return time speeds away
June 1884
Sunday 1June a butiful morning nice and warm Charles is lame the Hors steped on his foot
yesterday the Sick about the Same Alec and Tib came up in the evening and all the Children
Monday 2 a nice day the girls washed Sid Vanallan was here with a Sewing Machine Tib Christie
and Mrs Blair was here
Tuesday 3 a warm day they washed Sheep to day John Middagh and wife and Lucy Middagh was
here to day the Sick is no better Aunt Kate lingers so long I dont know how she stands it
Wednesday 4 a very warm day we were at the fair to day a great many people were there William
Middagh and wife and Joseph and Marry Middagh was her for supper Henry is no better Aunt Katy is
a little better looks like rain to night
Thursday 5 It is still very warm and dry looks like a drouth Pete Everts here for diner the girls went to
Mr Christies to help them make a carpet I went to see Henry he is no better
Friday 6 Still warm and dry My Mr Douglas Sheard our sheep today we had 23 and 24 lambs have
not heard from the Sick today what a great blessing health is and how lightly we prise it till we lose it
then it is to late
Saturday 7 a nice warm day Miss Thomson was here and staid all night till Sunday night
Sunday 8 a warm day they all went to Church this morning Miss Thomson went home to night the
Sick is no better
Monday 9 a nice warm morning turned very cold in the after noon we went to a funeral Albert
Richesons wife
Tuesday 10 a cold day Mr and Mrs Martin was here all day had a good visit Tory went to Kemptville
William Anderson was Maired to day
Wednesday 11 a nice warm day James and Lucy and Alec and Tib and their Children was here to
day the men went to South Mountain to the fair
Thursday 12 a nice warm day all at home and all well but my Self I am not very well these days
Friday 13 a butiful day Charles is away Jacob Vanalen is here to work to day
Saturday 14 another nice day went to see Mike Loux found him very poorly cant stir his legs atal they
are stif and swelled got a letter from my Sister her Son got killed on the Cars he got hurt the 20 and
died the 23 of May
Sunday 15 another nice day they all went to Church in the morning and I wrote 3 letters to my dear
Sons one to John one to William one to Samuel and pa wrote one to Ezra the Sick is no better how
hard it is to be Sick and yet it is all for the best
Monday 16 a very warm day we have 3 teams drawing Manure I have got a Cold
Tuesday 17 still have 3 teams drawing Manure the warmest day yet 90 Degrees in the Shade cold
no better Coughed a lot last night the Sick are about the same
Wednesday 18 Just as warm as yesterday Charles is plowing the faller I don’t know how the men
Stands it in the Sun Min and Mrs Vanallen went to Mrs Clarks yesterday I forgot to put it down
Thursday 19 a very warm day we are looking for rain but it don’t come every thing is so dry things
cant grow but the Lord knows best when to send it we must submit to his will
Friday 20 another warm day it is 90 above Zero for 3 or 4 days right along Hellen Smith was here to
day the Sick a little better
Saturday 21 another hot day no rain yet Min and Tory went to South Mountain to day and I done the
work O how little tires me now but then I am getting old
Sunday 22 another hot day no rain yet how much a good shower would do but we must be content
the Sick about the same went to Meting
Monday 23 another hot dry day but is looking like rain to night it would come very welcome I am not
feeling well these few days pain in my head and shoulders the New Ralga I think nothing like health
Charles went to the Hall today
Tuesday 24 a very nice warm morning but we got a good Shower at noon the men are working on
the Roads to day Henry is very poorly
Wednesday 26 they are working on the Roads yet Min and Tory went to Sid Shaws to day it is very
nice after the rain
Thursday 27 every thing looks good after the rain I am not feeling very well Tory went to Mrs Frasers
this after noon Alec and Tib went up to James Carsons to day I don’t go to see the Children as often
as I should
Friday 28 another warm day John and I went to Kemptville to day Stoped to Mr Martins coming
home and made a visit
Saturday 29 another hot day every thing is drying up for want of rain it looks as though it was going
to be hard times I got a letter from my dear Sister Abigail to day
Sunday 30 another hot day no rain yet John and Tory went to Church in the Morning and staid to
Hyndmans for dinner the Sick no better yet
Monday 31 this is the last day of the month and hot and dry as ever not feeling verry well but thank
God for his many mercies to me
July
Tuesday 1 this is another warm dry day
Wednesday 2 still warm and dry went to Mr Smiths and Mr Frasers pa came after me in the evening
Thursday 3 still warm and no rain pa and Min went to Kemptville in the after noon went after new
Suit of Clothes
Friday 4 cool and nice this morning we went to Winchester to day went to Sallys cool all day a nice
rain to night every thing looks nice after the rain found them all well
Saturday 5 a beautiful day after the rain Jim Middaghs wife and Lucy Middagh was at Sallys this
afternoon a visiting rained half the afternoon
Sunday 6 a nice morning went to Jim Irvins for dinner was going home in the after noon but it rained
again we had to Stay
Monday 7 very cold in the morning came home this morning and was neither of us well found them
all well at home Sylvester came home on Saturday don’t know how long he will stay Charles and him
went to Kemptville this after noon Tory and Tib Armstrong went Friday
Tuesday 8 Martha Clark and Tib Armstrong was here Thursday a visiting I forgot it then
Wednesday 9 Tib Armstrong here learning to paint a very nice day got a picture from William so glad
Thursday 10 Phil Hut and Adela Hut here visiting Charles commenced to cut Hay
Friday 11 drew in three loads of Hay Mrs Vanalen and Mrs Gid Smith here in the after noon and An
and Martha Clark and Jane Christie was here in the evening
Saturday 12 a nice rain in the morning Charles and Min went to Kemptville this after noon they had a
great fire at West Winchester Beaches Mills all burned down and other Buildings besides they had a
great loss Tory and Tib Armstrong went down to Dicks Beggs to night to stay all night
Sunday 13 pa and Tory and Tib Armstrong went down to Church this morning it rained before
they got home Charles and Min went up to James Carson he is not well has a bad Cough and is
spitting blood I pray to the Lord that he may get better his will be don
Monday 14 a nice morning but showry through the day
Tuesday 15 Tory and Tib Armstrong went to William John Hyndman to day Cachy Hay wether
Wednesday 16 very cool today I went to see Mrs Smith She is no better been Sick a long time
Thursday 17 the Sick is no better our men is working at their Hay it is showry wether the girles went
picking berries to day we got a letter from John he sent his babys picture it is a good one dear little
fellow I wish I could see him I hope they don’t make a idol of him they may have to give him up
Friday 18 a good hay day I went to Mr Christys to day the Sick no better
Saturday 19 rained a little in the morning but cleared off the girls went picking berries
Sunday 20 it is raining a little this morning but faired up Charles and Min went up to Church pa and
me went to the School house to Meting in the evening had a good Sermon
Monday 21 the girls went Tory went with Maggie and Anny Marton down to Mcyntires to pick berries
and got none
Tuesday 22 a nice day they had a Sosial Lawn Sosial at Clarks they all went but me saw Henry he
feels very Hapy now since he has found peace
Wednesday 23 the girls went to pick berries in the morning and we had a nice rain in the afternoon
got a letter from John
Thursday 24 the girls went picking berries again and got each a pail we have 2 galons any
{continued on the next page of the diary}
and ½ Canned. Tib Armstrong and Tory went to Mr Christies in the after noon
Friday 25 a nice Hay day the men are getting in their Hay a Tin Pedler here for Supper
Saturday 26 a nice morning pa and me went to see James Carson he is a little better but not able to
do any thing
Sunday 27 it rained most all day I was very sorry it was Sacrament Sunday at South Mountain and
we intended to go but we must put up with disapointments got a letter from Samy Saturday he has
had Sore Eyes but they are better now he has a good deal of bad luck
Monday 28 a nice growing morning it feels fresh after the rain went to see Henry he is very poorly
getting weaker
Tuesday 29 our last Cow Came in to day we have 10 now Charles Cut the faul Wheat today it is very
good
Wednesday 30 a nice Morning Mrs Vanallen and Min and me went up to Gid Smiths this afternoon
and we had a heavy Shower Stoped to see Henry he is no better got a letter from Samy his Eye is
very bad O how I wish he was home
Thursday 31 it has rained most all day Charles and Min went up to Sid Shaws this After noon Mrs
Johnstone died last night will be buried to morrow
August 1884
Friday 1 I was at the funeral to day there was 2 funerals to day at the same time Mrs Lenion was the
other one the Minister came with us to diner
Saturday 2 a nice morning Charles and Min went to Winchester to day they are coming {continued
on the next page of the diary}
home to morrow Elisa Beech came here to night and Staid all night went to see Henry he is no better
Sunday 3 a very warm day we all went to the Baptest Church this morning James and Lucy came
home with us Charles came home to night
Monday 4 showery all day am afraid our fall Wheat will grow but the Lord sends the rain and we
must Submit to his will Henry is no better pa was there today Charles and Sam has gone to
Kemptville to night Tory sent a letter to Samy
Tuesday 5 pa went went dow to Alec Hyndmans it is a very nice day
Wednesday 6 we all went to the Festival they had on the Camp ground a large gathering they made
144 dollars a good time
Thursday 7 Min and I went up to Sid Shaws his wife is poorly
Friday 8 a nice day I went to see Henry he is very poorly his feet and legs are sweeled very bad I
don’t think he will stand it very long but he is resigned and that is a great blessing Tory and Electa
Fraser went to Mr Furgisons to day I hope they will get home Safe they drove themselves I don’t like
it
Saturday 9 a very nice day they cut Spring Wheat to day it is very good Henry no better
Sunday 10 a very warm day we went down to the Hall Meting in the morning
Monday 11 a nice day we had Company to day for dinner Min and Tory went to Duncan Smiths in
the after noon
Tuesday 12 we had Thrashers to day they Thrashed the Faul Wheat and Rye James and
Lucy Came down last night and Stayd all night and went to Alec Hyndman to day Tory went with
them
Wednesday 13 they Cut the first Oats to day pa and Charles went to a Meting of the Scot act this
after noon Jin and Lucy came back here and Staid all night he is a little better
Thursday 14 James and Lucy went home this morning it is very warm 93 below zero cant work
Friday 15 the wether no Cooler how I wish it would rain to cool the air
Saturday 16 hotter still the men could not work in the After noon not feeling well
Sunday 17 Charles Min Sam and Tory went to Church in the Morning Sad news in the After noon
Sylvester was Drowned in Kemptville we got the word at 1 Oclock and went back O what a Sad blow
it was to us all we fetched him home at night and Buried him the next day at 2
Monday 18 there was a very large Funeral 3 Ministers here Sermon preached by the Reverend Mr
Furgison the Text was from the 2 Book of Kings 20 Chapter last clause of the 1 verse Set Thine
House in Order for thou shall Die and not live it is a Solem time O that all my Children would set their
House in Order
Tuesday 19 as warm as ever we all feel tired out to day went to see Henry is very bad
Wednesday 20 warm to day spent the fore noon with Henry faned and kept the flies off him I think he
has not long to live but he is prepared to go
Thursday 21 Spent the afternoon with Henry he is no better he is failing fast
Friday 22 Tib was here today coud not get Henry till to night found him very poorly
Saturday 23 pa and Charles birth day Sad news to day Henry Died this morning at 6 Oclock was
there all day Anne Martin went home today been here a week Minnie and Nellie has been here a
week going home to morrow
Sunday 24 at to Mrs McCargers all day Henry looks so Calm and peaceful he has gone home
Monday 25 went to the Funeral to day it was a large Funeral O what a Sad time for us
Tuesday 26 went up to Mrs McCargers to night they are very lonely there came a letter for Henry to
day from Samy it came to late a very good letter how Sad he will feel when he hears Henry and
Sylvester is no more
Wednesday 27 O these are lonesome days and nights we are having nice wether our Ice run out
yesterday and we had to put the milk in the Sellar Min went to Richard Beegs this Afternoon
Thursday 28 Mr Cumings took Sick to day is not Sensible don’t think he will get better Min went up to
see Alma
Friday 29 he is no better neither is Alma
Saturday 30 pa went to see him to day no better
Sunday 31 We all went to a Funeral to day and to Meting in the School House in the Evening
September
Monday 1 this is the first day of September {added in pencil: Sept 1884} Tory and me I went to
Kemptville to day we went to see Mr Cumings Sunday night
Tuesday 2 I went to see Mr Cumings no better
Wednesday 3 pa went to see him this fore noon and we the Camp Meting Started to day
Thursday 4 we went to the Camp ground this after noon had a good time stoped to see Alma
Friday 5 went to Mr Cumings this Morning he died at 6 Oclock was there all day
Saturday 6 Min went to see Almy a little better
Sunday 7 went to the Funeral it was very large Charles went to Camp Meting and Min Staid with
Alma William Wily Died very Suden this Morning with Heart disease
Monday 8 went to South Mountain this morning William Wily was Buried in the Afternoon
Tuesday 9 it is very warm today
Wednesday 10 Still warm they Sowed Ry to day Lissa McCarger was Married to day at 4 Oclock
Charles and Min and Tory went to Camp Meting to night got home at 11 Oclock
Thursday 11 another warm day went to see Aunt Katy she is no better she has lain 4 months
Friday 12 got a letter from Samy and Ezra to day how glad we are to hear from them we went to the
Camp Meting this Morning it is the last day had a good Meting it was very Solem at the last hour
Many was there last year that was not there this year and so it will be next year we went to Lucys for
diner
Saturday 13 it is very cold to day Charles has gone to Kemptville with a load of Hay James and Lucy
came down here to day James staid all night and Lucy went home and they all went up to the
Church Sunday Tib and the 2 Children was here this After noon James is poorly
Sunday 14 Charles and Min and pa and Tory James and Sam all went to Church today it is so cold
we have to have a fire
Monday 15 a nice day picked some Sweet Apples to day the Boys are in the Sugar Bush cutting
wood Min and Tory went to Kemptville this After noon pa is not well we had heavy frost Saturday
night
Tuesday 16 Charles and Min went to the fair at Winchester very heavy Wind pa not well
Wednesday 17 they came home from the Fair to night Charles got first prise on the Horses Sams
time is out to night
Thursday 18 pa and I went to Kemptville to day it is very cold to day
Friday 19 Still cold 2 Sewing Machines here to day did not by either one of them
Saturday 20 it rained all the forenoon but cleared of this Afternoon Aunt Katy is no better
Sunday 21 pa and Tory and I went Meting this morning it is a nice day Min and Charles went to Sids
this Afternoon the Sick no better
Monday 22 a nice day the girls washed this fore noon
Tuesday 23 a nice day went to a Wedding this evening Alec Christie was married to Maggy Martin at
seven Oclock we got home at 1 a very dark night Some Staid till morning there was about a Hundred
there
Wednesday 24 Charles and Tory went to the fair at Otawa to the Provincial raining a little Jane
Everets is here he went to the fair
Thursday 25 Charles came home it was very late 2 Oclock in the Morning had a nice time but very
tired
Friday 26 Lish and Jane went home today after diner Tory has not got home yet
Saturday 27 it is raining to day Tory has not got home yet Charles went to Kemptville this afternoon
took some Apples
Sunday 28 a nice day pa and Charles and me and Min went to Church this Morning
Monday 29 another nice day all are well
Tuesday 30 we went to see James Carson to day he is no better and I am afraid he never will be he
is failing fast John is 40 to day the last day of the month
October Wednesday 1 this the first day of October we have been Married 41 years to day how short
the time Seems I went to Mr Clarks this Afternoon they went to a paring bee to Mr Fraser
Thursday 2 they are diging potatoes Min went up to Sid Shaws to day she is a little better
Friday 3 it has rained all day today
Saturday 4 I went up all day and staid all day with Alma Shaw she is a little better
Sunday 5 we went to Church to day Charles and Min and Tory and me pa is not well
Monday 6 this is the first day of the Kemptville fair it will be 2 days Charles went this morning to take
some things
Tuesday 7 pa and me and Charles and Min went to the Fair they had a good day we took first prise
on a log Cabin First on a Calf and Second on the Horses and 2 on the Faul Wheat Tory went to the
Wedding Georgia Vanallen and Wm {Mils?}
Wednesday 8 it rained most all day
Thursday 9 the Min are di a nice day digging potatoes
Friday 10 pa and I went to Alec Hyndmans to day
Saturday 11 I went and Staid all day with Alma she is better
Sunday 12 pa and Tory and Charlie and Min went to the Baptist Church in the Morning
Monday 13 it rained some to day Aunt Katy is no better
Tuesday 14 they went to a paring bee at Gid Smiths
Wednesday 15 Charles is plowing he got a new plow February Min and Tory went up to James
Carsons to day Tory is going to Stay till Sunday
Thursday 16 Charles is plowing to day
Friday 17 they are drawing is the potatoes today
Saturday 18 it Snowed a little in the Morning but faired of they drew one load of potatoes
Sunday 19 pa and I and Charles and Min went up to the Baptist Church this Morning
Monday 20 Finished putting the potatoes in the cellar
Tuesday 21 we are having nice warm wether now we got a letter from Ezra to day how I prise a letter
from any of the boys he sent his picture O that I coud him
Wednesday 22 raining a little to day Tory has not come home yet how I miss her it will be lonesome
when she leaves for good
Thursday 23 a very nice day but cold pa and I went to Kemptville and got our photographs taken
Friday 24 a very nice day to day but colder to night my birthday was on Wednesday the 22 am 62 I
forgot to put it down that day
Saturday 25 it is a cold stormy morning but cleard of in the Afternoon and Charles went up to See
James Carson in the after he is failing all the time Tory came home with him
Sunday 26 Pa and me and Charles and Min went to Church to day a nice day but cold Alec and Tib
was here to day
Monday 27 a nice day to day Aunt Katy no better
Tuesday 28 Min went down to Mr Hyndmans to day and I went to Mr beggs this Afternoon
Wednesday 29 there was a Tea Meting in the Church to night I forgot it Charles and Min and Tory
was there
Thursday 30 Charles and Min went up to James Carsons to day they had a plowing bee he is no
better
Friday 31 Charles was at a bee at Mr Vanallens to day it is very Misty Weather thus ends another
Month
November {written in pencil: 1884}
Saturday 1 Charles went to Kemptville this Morning and to Mister Beggs to a Bee this Afternoon
Sunday 2 a bright beautiful Morning but very Muddy I am Sorry for it is our quarterly Meeting day and
I would liked to of went. had Pristhing {?} in the School house
Monday 3 a nice day Cass is here Tory and her went up to Gid Smiths we thrashed to day
Tuesday 4 thrashed to day till noon it is Tibs birth day {Myrtle Dougall, Tib's daughter, has written in
with blue ink "Nov 4th 1884 Mothers birthday" and underlined the words "till noon it is"} She is 30 to
day how time flies it Snowed and rained and was a wet day
Wednesday 5 a nice morning but it turned out to be a stormy day snowed again pa went to the Hall
to get Hog Feed ground
Thursday 6 it is cold to day Charles went up to see James to day he is a little better Dinah Middagh
and Rose McCarger was here to day
Friday 7 took up the carpet in the Dining Room Charles wen to the Hall for a Grist
Saturday 8 a nice day & they finished cleaning House to day Tory and I went to Mr Christies
Sunday 9 a beatiful morning but prety cold Charles and Min Tory and Miss Thomson went to Church
to night
Monday 10 went to J James Carsons this morning to stay a week he is no better
Saturday 15 I got home from Luchs to night was glad to get home poor Lucy has a hard row before
her she has far to much to do Maryan went to Tish Everets last Tuesday they have a yongue son
she will stay 2 weeks
Sunday 16 pa and me Charles and Troy and Cafs went to church to the Hall had a splendid Sermon
Monday 17 a nice day Tory washed to day Cafs is here
Tuesday 18 a nice day Cos went away to day Charles and Tory went to a Social to night
Wednesday 19 we are having nice weather Charles is at a Bee at Jo Ratherfords
Thursday 20 a nice day Charles is at a nother Bee at Mr Christies more Bees than Honey
Friday 21 O what a lovely day Charles went after Min to day Tory is at a Bee sewing Carpet rags at
Gid Smiths Alec and Tib and children were here yesterday and we got a letter form Samy how glad I
was to hear from him I like to get Letters
Saturday 22 a very nice day we went to se Mr Balkwell he and George are sick we got a new Sewing
Machine last Thursday it is the White
Sunday 23 a nice Morning but comenced to rain about 10 Oclock and rained all day Willia and Sally
came up went home in the rain
Monday 24 the girls washed to day and Tory went to Mr Clarks this afternoon
Tuesday 25 a cold stormy day Aunt Caty is very bad
Wednesday 26 pa has got a lame back Alec Hyndman Killed Hogs to day the sick no better I was
there all night
Thursday 27 we Killed Hogs to day it is a nice day
Friday 28 it snowed all day Charles went to Kemptville a sley and a Cutter went past to day for the
first this winter
Saturday 29 a beautiful day we finished up the killing to day Aunt Katy is no better
Sunday 30 it is storming to day Charles and Min went to see James Carson tis the last day of the
Month
December
{written in pencil: Dec 1884}
Monday 1 James Carson is worse I fear he will not stand it long Anne Martin and Tib Christy was
here to day
Tuesday 2 Charels and Min and Tory went to Kemptville to day pa and I went to a Funeral Mike
Lowe was buried to day we had a good sermon Teset -- the 16 Chapter of Luke 2 verse give an
account of thy Stewardship for thou Maist be no longer Steward Aunt Caty is no better we bought a
new stove to day price 30 Dollars
Wednesday 3 a nice day Charles went to the Fair Robert Parker and John Heist was here
Thursday 4 a nice day Tib Christie and Tory went down to Mr Armstrongs are going to stay all night
Friday 5 a nice day I went to William John Hyndmans in the forenoon and Dick Beggs in the
afternoon got a letter from Ezra last night so glad to hear from him snow is all gone Robert beggs
came home yesterday have not seen him
Saturday 6 a nice warm day it looks like rain
Sunday 7 it rained all day to day it is dreary
Monday 8 it snowed all day to day Charles and Tory went to a funeral to day Dinah Grant died on
Saturday the folks was up from Winchester some of them here for diner Robert beggs came home
on Saturday
Tuesday 9 Snowing to day Min and Tory went up to Sids Sid Shaws to day with a Cutter Charles is
helping Clarks thrash to day
Wednesday 10 pa and I went down to Alec Hyndsmans to day Aunt Caty is very low
Thursday 11 Min and Tory went down to Mr Clarks to day Charles went to Kemptville
Friday 12 we went up to James Carson to day he is a little better to day but failing
Saturday 13 a nice day got a letter from John and one from Aunt Aurilla last Thursday glad to hear
from them Aunt Caty is very low
Sunday 14 a very nice morning pa and Tory went to meting at the Hall Min and Charles went to
Heacton in the afternoon
Monday 15 it snowed in the morning we went to Alec Hyndmans they dressed 100 and 3 Turkeys
Tuesday 16 a nice day good sleighing Aunt Caty no better
Wednesday 17 a nice day Tory went down to Tibs will stay till Saturday we got a letter from Samy
and one from my sister Abigail how glad I was to hear from them I sat up last night with Aunt Caty
dont think she will live many days we are Thrashing to day have not heard from James
Thursday 18 Thrashing to day it is a nice day but cold
Friday 19 a very cold day 28 below zerow thrashed to day they could hardly keep warm
Saturday 20 it is a little warmer to night Tory is home
Sunday 21 it is snowing to day Charles and Min went to Church this afternoon
Monday 22 James Carson is no better it is a nice day
Tuesday 23 another nice day Aunt Caty no better
Wednesday 24 a very stormy day Tory went to a Wedding to night at 6 Oclock she staid all night
Thursday 25 a very nice day we had lots of company to day Willia and Sally and Miny and nelly and
Lucy Ervin and Hugh Martin and Anne Martin and Peter and Electa Fraser
Friday 26 a nice day Aunt Caty is very low
Saturday 27 another nice day Charles commenced to get up wood to day he cut 2 loads in the
forenoon and drew them in the afternoon Tory set up with Aunt Caty
Sunday 28 Charles and pa went to Church in the forenoon and Charles and Min went to see James
Carson in the afternoon he is no better
Monday 29 a very nice day Min Sat up with Aunt Caty to night and I sat up last night
Tuesday 30 the snow is all gone pa and I went to see Mr Balkwell they are poorly yet
Wednesday 31 this is the last day of the old year pa and I went to see Mr Pelton he is very low Min
and Tory went to Mr Begs Charles to Kemptville
Thursday 1 Jan 1885 the first day of the New Year it is a nice {written in pencil: Jan 1885} day
Charles and Min went down to Winchester to William Hyndmans the sick is no better how many will
go to their long home before the year is is gone God only knows
Friday 2 a beautiful day the sick no better Charles came home from Willias to day Tory sat up
Saturday 3 Aunt Caty is very low cant live long Sunday Min sat up to night
Sunday 4 Aunt Caty has got at rest at last She Died 10 minits to 8 I sat up all night and helped to lay
her out Charles and Tory went to the Baptist Church in the Morning James Carson is worse he is
Bleeding a good deal at the Lungs Tib and Alec was here to day they came after Charly
Monday 5 a nice day got a letter from Samy so glad
Tusday 6 to Mr Vanallen all day it rained all day
Wednesday 7 Aunt Caty was burried to day went to see mr Pelton he is very low
Thursday 8 Min and Tory went to see James Carson to day he is very low
Friday 9 we are thrashing yesterday and to day
Saturday 10 Mr Pelton was buried to day we went to the Funeral James is no better O who will be
the next to go
Sunday 11 this is Marys birth day had she lived she would of ben 34 to day how the time flies she
has ben Dead 5 years we was down to Alec Hyndmans for Diner to day they had a Roast Turkey for
Jaspers birth day he is 3 years old a big stout boy
Monday 12 the Girls washed this morning it rained all the forenoon then cleared off and I took Tory
up to James Carsons to stay a while he is a little better to day it is so flattering
Tuesday 13 a butiful day Robert Beggs is helping Charles in the woods it is hard to get a man
Wednesday 14 a nice morning Charles and Robert is helping Mr Vanalens thrash to day the sick is
no better they went to the woods in the afternoon
Thursday 15 Charles and Robert are in the woods to to day it is Snowing to day Frant Vanalen
Comenced his writing School to night
Friday 16 a nice morning Charles went to Kemptville
Saturday 17 a very Stormy day Snows and blows and is very Cold there is snow enough for
sleighing if it was in the roads
Sunday 18 a nice morning Charles and Min went down to Alec Hyndmans to day Tory is not home
yet
Monday 19 a Cold day Charles went to Kemptville with a load of Oats with a waggon
Tuesday 20 a nice morning but prety Cold Charles went to Kemptville with another load he went
witha Sleigh it is neither Sleighing nor yet wagoning James is no better
Wednesday 21 it is pre Cold this morning Charles went to the black smiths shop pa nor my self are
neither very well but we are getting old
Thursday 22 a Cold day Charles went after Tory to day James is no better Sally and Nelly Came up
to day going to stay till Sunday
Friday 23 Min and Sally went up to see James he is about the same Robert Beggs is helping
Charles to get wood he drew 5 loads to day
Saturday 24 it is showing some to day but is nice and warm Tory broke a dish and Cut her hand
Sally and Tory and Nelly went to John Peters Smiths this after noon Alec is going to take her home
Charles and Robert got 6 loads of wood to day
Sunday 25 it snowed very hard this morning but faired up and was a nice day Martha McCargar was
here to night and brought a letter from William he was Married the 7 of this month I am afraid I will
never see him now I hope he has got a good Wife and he will be a good Husband
Monday 26 a blustery Morning but faired up the Men Killed 9 sheep this forenoon and went down to
Alec Hyndmans he has 7 to kill and they are going to Otaway to Morrow
Tuesday 27 it has been a nice day to day but it is lonesome when Charles is away have not heard
from the sick
Wednesday 28 a Cold and stormy morning we expect Charles home to night pa is not very well
neither am I
Thursday 29 a nice day Charles and Min and Tory went to a Funeral James Peltons wife and Mr
Bolkwell {Balkwell?} died this morning and Cleland Workma {Workman?} got his foot in the logs
when they were Sawing wood and it was all Chewed up and the Doctors took it off below the nee
poor unfortunate boy
Friday 30 the Doctor was here to see pa to day he sais it will take all winter to prep him to rights God
grant that he may get better but he knows best Charles and Min and Tory went to see Cleland he is
quite easy Tory and me wend to see Mr Balkwell he is gets buried to Morrow {continued on the next
page of the diary}
James Middagh is hear to night
Saturday 31 a very nice day Charles and Min and Tory went to the Funeral to day he was buried in
Kemptville an old gray haired man stayed here all night he had been Maried 7 times and had 33
Children pa is no better yet he is poorly we got a letter from John thay have a young daughter and
we had a letter from Sams to day to
Febuary {written in pencil: 1885} Sunday 1 this is the first day of Febuary it is snowing and blowing
pa is no better Charles went to see the Doctor he sent more Medison
Monday 2 this is a beautiful day Cleland is doing well pa is no better the doctor is coming to morrow
Tuesday 3 a nice day Sam Vanalen is helping Charles get wood to day they got 4 loads the Doctor
was here to d pa is no better we have not heard from Sams
Wednesday 4 I had a very bad night last night was sick all night could not lay down pain in my breast
Thursday 5 a nice day but cold Charles went to Aleck Clarks bee drawing stones I am better to
day yesterday Robert B is helping him get wood got 4 loads Mrs Beggs and Mrs Christie here to day
Friday 6 a nice morning but cold Tory went down to see Cleland to day pa is a little better this
morning I hope it will last
Saturday 7 a very nice day Any Martin was here to day Willia {William?} Hyndman came up after a
load of dry Wood Charles is drawing logs to Hallville to day
Sunday 8 a very nice day the Doctor was here to day pa is not any better Lucy came down to see
him She has not been here since September she did not stay long James is failing fast Alec and Tib
was here and Sid Shaw it seemed good for lucy to get out
Monday 9 the girls washed to day pa is a little better Charles is drawing logs today I am not feeling
very well
Tuesday 10 it stormed all night last night
Wednesday 11 a nice day to day Tib came up to see pa he is a little better to day Charles is drawing
logs
Thursday 12 a nice day to day Charles is drawing shingle bolts to Kemptville pa is no worse I am no
better
Friday 13 a nice day Tib came to see us she is the only one that can come often Sally is so far away
Saturday 14 a splendid day we sawed wood to day Alec and Tib went to see James he is no better
the doctor was here Friday, pa has taken a lot of medison Miss Gernsey and Miss Beech was here
to day
Sunday 15 a beautiful morning pa feels some better Charles and Min and Tory went to Church this
morning the Doctor was here to day
Monday 16 a lovely morning Charles went to town with Shingle bolts it snowed all the after noon and
all night the roads are full.
Tuesday 17 it is blowing to day it is the biggest storm we have had this winter pa is some better
Wednesday 18 it has cleared off and is a lovely morning pa is still gaining a little and I feel better to
we have not heard from Cleland for 2 days
Thursday 19 a nice day Charles went for a load of Ice this morning I went to see Cleland this
afternoon Charles took me there he is gaining a little it is the first time I have been out for 3 weeks
the Doctor was here and I rode up with him to see Cass She is poorly pa is some better Ben
Tomkins was here to see pa James Carson is no better
Friday 20 a nice day but cold Charles went to Kemptville with Shingle bolts pa is about the same
{added in blue ink by another person at a later date: Grandpa} Mr Hyndman and Tib was here on
Wednesday to see pa
Saturday 21 a fine day Charles went to Kemptville with the last of his Shingle bolts Min and Tory
went to South Mountain a strange Man came here and wanted his Diner and then he wanted a job
and pa sat him splitting wood
Sunday 22 a nice morning Charles and Tory went up to Church this Morning Lisa Fraser is very
poorly pa is better Willia and Sally came up to see pa to day
Monday 23 a nice day Charles went to town with a load of wood Charles and Min went to Mishionary
Meting last night and 2 Ministers came home with them pa is gaining a little
Tuesday 24 this is a beautiful morning we had company to day Jany McCargar and Rose McCarger
Wednesday 25 this is a lovely day pa is not as well to day Charles and Min went to Town to day we
bargained for a stone for Sylvester to day with Mr Stubs and Willia Campbelle the lines are Take
Warning by this call of of Youth And Early Seek the God of Truth {a blue ballpoint pen line has been
drawn in the left margin beside the lines}
Thursday 26 a nother beautiful morning it has bee such nice weather all the week the Girls are
putting up the Curtains this is Ezras birth day he is 21 to day how I wish I could see him to day but it
canot be may the Lord sustain me through all the trials of this life and give me a Crown in Heaven pa
is a little better this morning {Feb 26th 1885 is written in blue ballpoint pen in the left margin
underneath Thursday 26}
Friday 27 a nice day Charles went to Town with a load of wood Robert Martin and Any was here last
night pa is a little better gains very Slow
Saturday 28 a nother nice day it has bee a splendid week Charles went to town to day with wood
Sunday 1 this is the first day of March and it is storming Charles and Min went to Sid Shaws Frank
and Tory went to see Lisa Fraser and went to Church {Mar 1885 is written in pencil in the left margin
underneath Sunday 1}
Monday 2 a lovely day Tory and Min went up to see James they are going to sit up with him Willia
Balkwell and Genie and Jane Raimond was here last night
Tuesday 3 Min and Tory came home at noon James is very low his feet and legs are swelled the say
he looks like death I don't think he can stand it much longer {continued on the next page of the diary}
the Lord prepare him for the great change and may she bear up under her great trouble Min and
Tory An and Martha went to Richerds Beggs to day
Wednesday 4 a nice day Charles went to the Fair to day Alec and Tib came up to see p to night he
does not gain very fast we had a little calf to day
Thursday 5 a nice day Charles went to Town to day with a load of wood and brought home a load of
Ice
Friday 6 a lovely Morning Charles and I went up to see James found him very low but trusting in the
Lord he suffers very much Jane Christy Lisa Loekwood Ana Beech was here
Saturday 7 a nother nice day Charles went to Inkerman Mrs Vanallen Mrs Stanford and Ana Beech
here
Sunday 8 a nice day but cold Tory and Ana Beech and Frank went to Henry Fosetons to day Charles
and Min went to Church we had plenty of callers to see p this afternoon Alec and Tib and John Jipes
Mr Christy And John Christy Mr Clark and Mr Vanalen pa is a little better
Monday 9 a nice morning the girls washed and then Charles and Tory went up to James Tory is
going to stay a week to help Lucy they have to set up with him all the time for 9 months I sent a letter
to Ezra to day got one from him Friday he has bee sick for the last 4 months is some better is he was
only home snowing
Tuesday 10 it snowed and blowed all night and is blowing to day no travil on the road Lib Graham
and George McCaughey gets Married to night at 8 Oclock they are going to New York on their
Weding tour
Wednesday 11 a nice morning Charles went to South Mountain Ada Armstrong and Ian McDugal
gets Married to night pa is gaining a little all the time the Doctor was here to day Phil beggs is sick
Congestiong of Lungs
Thursday 12 a rough day the wind blew hard Charles went to town go pa some Beer
Friday 13 a nice day John McCarger was here for dinner to day Charles and Min went to see
{Chile?} to night she is very bad she has got the Plurasy now {Cags} came here to night she will stay
all night Mr Furgison was here to day to see pa
Saturday 14 a splendid morning Mr Vanallen and Abe Vanallen was here to see pa he is gaining a
little Chil Beggs had a son this Morning she is very low Charles went after Troy to day James is
getting worse
Sunday 15 it snowed all the Morning I went to see Chill she is very bad I fear she will not get better
Monday 16 a nice Morning but more sad news mr Vanalen went to the woods with the boys and he
was struck down with Parallizses he is prety bad we had a prayer Meting to night had a good time
William John Hyndman tok bleeding of the Lungs on Sunday and again on Monday a Sickly time
Tuesday 17 Sim Workman is helping Charles in the Woods we had lots of compay to day Robert and
Ana Martin Sarah MrsMcShain and An Clark Mr Barclay and wife and the Doctor pa is not much
better Mr Vanallen is not any better his arm is paralised
Wednesday 18 a cold morning Min and Tory drove down to see Chil she is very low not expected to
live John Parker and wife was here for Dinner to day Mr Furgison here for Tea Alec and Tib here
Thursday 19 a very Cold morning James lays at the point of Death Min and Tory has gone up there
to day going to stay all night I never expect to see him again for I cant leave pa and I am not well
enough to go Charles drove down to see Chill she is Just alive Mr Vanallen is no better pa is about
the same Charles gone to Town with Potatoes it is a sickly time Lisa Fraser is no better
Friday 20 a cold stormy day James Carson has gone to his long home he Died Thursday at 8 Oclock
at {continued on the next page of the diary}
night and Chill Hut Died the same night at 6 Oclock it is solem times around here may we all be
prepared when death comes Robert Parker Came here to night
Saturday 21 James was Buried to day at 1 Oclock and Chil at 12 it is a cold day another Death Mr
Vanallen Died to day at half past 3 he had another stroke and Died in a Minit pa is no better thank
God Ezra is coming home
Sunday 22 a butiful Morning Charles went after the Coffins in the Morning and helped them dig the
grave in the after noon pa is a little better
Monday 23 a beatiful Morning Mr and Mrs Vanallen and Mrs Bowers staid here all night Mr Vanallen
was Buried to day at 1 Oclock it was a very large Funeral Funeral Sermon Preached by Mr Furgison
from Psalmes 37 Chapter and 37 verse
Tuesday 24 a nice Morning the Girls Washed this foor noon Mr and Mrs Bower was here this
Morning they went home Mr and Mrs Vanallen went home this Morning pa is a little better to day he
was very tiered last night Mrs Tomkins was here yesterday
Wednesday 25 a cold morning William Middagh and his wife was here to day pa is much the same
Thursday 26 a butiful day Charles went to Town with a Grist Hugh Carson and wife and old Mr
Carson and Lucy was here to day how glad I was to see her she has not been here but once Since
the 13 of September she came once to see pa
Friday 27 it rained last night and this morning but cleared off Charles went to Lucys cant say James
anymore pa is not feeling so well as he did yesterday
Saturday 28 a nice day John Middagh and wife and John Parker was here to day pa is about the
same
Sunday 29 a nice day Alec and Tib was here this Morning and James Irvin and his wife this after
noon {continued on the next page of the diary}
pa does not seem to gain any strength
Monday 30 a nice morning Charles went to the shop Martha Cummings came home with him and
staid all night the Doctor was here to day pa is a little better
Tuesday 31 a nice day Charles went to the Hallville with logs John Workman is here to day the time
seems long till Ezra comes home I want to see him so much Min went to Mr Blairs to day pa is
gaining some
Wednesday 1 this is the first day of April the snow is deep yet Charles went to Hallville after a load of
boards John Workman is here to day Charles went up to Lucys this afternoon pa is gaining a little
{Apr 1885 written in pencil under Wednesday 1}
Thursday 2 a nice morning Charles Min and Tory went to Town this morning it snowed all the
afternoon and rained in the evening and then it snowed all night pa is still gaining
Friday 3 it is snowing this morning it snowed all night pa is still gaining slowly it has snowed all day
Saturday 4 it is still snowing and blowing we have not had such a storm this winter the snow is
banked up as high as your head Charles Frank Sam and Mr Blair Shoveld the roads from Clarts to
the Town line
Sunday 5 a nice morning but snowed this afternoon Mrs Armstrong died last night I dont know how
they will bury her I dont see how they will get through it is so lonely no one been by to day
Monday 6 they went part way and had to turn round they could not get through to dig the Grave it
blowed all day it is the worst storm yet
Tuesday 7 a nice Morning the snow is piled higher than I ever saw it before they buried Mrs
Armstrong to day at 1 Oclock who will be next
Wednesday 8 a nice morning but it rained part of the day pa is about the same we have heard Lisa
from Thursday 9 Liza Fraser lately the roads is so bad to day is Samys birth day he is 26 to d how I
would like {continued on the next page of the diary}
to see him but it canot be pa still gaining
Thursday 9 a butiful day Charles went to Town to day I hope Ezra will be there but I am afraid he
wont Jo Clarks Babe died this morning Tory is up there it has escaped a world of Trouble and gone
to be forever with the Lord which is better
Friday 10 a nice morning Charles brought Lucy home with him last night She will stay 3 or 4 days Jo
Clarks baby was buried to day at 1 they all went but me and pa
Saturday 11 a nice morning Min Lucy Tory all went dow to Mr Hyndamans to day pa is still gaining a
little Ezra is not home yet
Sunday 12 a nice day Charles Min Lucy Tory all went up to the Baptist Church this morning Harry
Vanalen is sick they had the Doctor Saturday Charles taped to day the sap runs prety well
Monday 13 a nice morning Charles is in the bush pa is not quite so well to day William Middagh was
here to day Harry is no better
Tuesday 14 a cold morning Charles took Lucy home this morning I did not like to see her go to that
lonely house Ben Tomkins was here for tea came for Oats
Wednesday 15 a cold morning but a nice day Charles has gone to Town I hope Ezra will be there
William John and Mr Blair are in the bush pa is a little better Harry is no better
Thursday 16 a nice day the snow is gowing off very slow Charles is in the bush pa is gaining
Friday 17 a nice day Charles is in the bush I sowed Tomatoes to day Harry is a little better
Saturday 18 a nice morning Charles went to Town to day took back a Case of Butter and 3 Gallons
of syrup we thought Ezra would be there but he was not we are disapointed Mrs Thomson is here to
day pa is a little better
Sunday 19 a nice morning Mrs Thomson went up to Gids this morning we sugard of last night the
roads are very bad pa is not so well his face and Eyes are all swelled I dont know what it means
Monday 20 the bois is in the bush to day the sap is about done pa is no better he seems very dull
Mrs Stanford was here to day
Tuesday 21 a dul day the roads is very bad we got a letter from William to night Ezra started the 14
we think he will be here on Friday pa is a good deal worse
Wednesday 22 a nice warm day Charles went for the Doctor this morning pa is no better and I am
afraid he never will be his mind is very weak my the Lord Strengthen him in his great trial he alone
can Sustain him the Doctor came he does not give us any hopes he thinks Dropsy has set in
Thursday 23 good news Ezra came home last night O how glad I was to see him Ann and Martha
Clark and Mrs. Marlen was here when he came home it seems like old times to see him around pa is
no better it makes my heart ache to see him so helpless Charles and Ezra went to town after his
trunk Samy Sent Sylvesters Picture all fraimed to me it is splendid how much I will think of it
Friday 24 a nice day the Girls finshed cleaning house to day and put down the carpet in the Dining
room Charles pa is no better it seems good to see Ezra at home
Saturday 25 a nice morning pa is no better Mrs Beggs was here this after noon Mr and Mrs Smith
and Mrs Vanalen and Anne Clark and Mrs Marlen in the evening
Sunday 26 it is raining all the foorn forenoon pa is no better Jo Middagh was here Saturday my heart
is very heavy may the Lord sustain me in this affliction
Monday 27 a nice morning pa is no better the Doctor was here to day he says he is better one way
but worse another he suffers a good deal
Tuesday 28 it is snowing to day Alec Hyndman had a Raising Bee to day a very bad day for it Ezra
and Tory went down there and Charles went to Town Mr Raimond was here to day and James
Ervens man with a Horse pa is no better he is getting weaker all the time
Wednesday 29 a nice morning it is very warm it is taking the snow very fast pa is no better John
Middagh came up to see pa he will stay awhile
Thursday 30 Charles went up to Lucys John Middagh went with him pa is no better this ends the
month
Friday 1 {May 1885 written in pencil} this is the first day of the month and a nice day John Middagh
went home this morning pa is failing all the time
Saturday 2 it is a very nice day Charles went to town Sally and the girls came up to day to see pa he
is worse the Doctor was here to day
Sunday 3 a nice day Sally went home the Girls were all home to day to see p I am afraid they will not
see him many more times Doctor Stacy and Doctor Furgison was both here to day they say there is
no hopes they think he will not last very long but I hope our loss will be his gain
Monday 4 we expect the Doctor here to day it is raining this Afternoon pa is still getting worse he
lays all the time sowed Cabbage Seed to day John Parket was here to day for Potatoes a Colt
Tuesday 5 sad news to write to day pa is no more he Died about 11 Oclock he sufferd so much
no Tongue one could tell how much but he has got at rest and I know our loss will be his gain but we
will miss him so much but the Lords will be done God give me strength to say that
Wednesday 6 a nice day but O so lonely still there has been a great many people here but one more
night to keep my dear Companion
Thursday 7 it has been a rainy day but a large Funeral the sermon was Preached by the Reverand
Mr Furgison the Text was from Revelation the 14 Chapter the 13 verse we had a good sermon but it
seemed so hard to leave him up there all alone and come back to a lonely house
Friday 8 it is still raining how lonesome it seems they were all up from Winchester but went home
last night Lucy staid all night O how I miss my Dear Companion may the Lord give me strength to
bear up under my afliction and I know he will
Saturday 9 Charles and MIn went to Town to day O it is so lonely all over the house what shall we do
Sunday 10 Charles and Min went to Church and we were alone it seemed so hard to leave my dear
Companion up in the Buriing Ground all alone but it is nothing but a lump of Clay the Soul is with
God
Monday 11 got a letter from John he has moved to Mishigan how sorry I was he could not be here to
the Funeral
Tuesday 12 a nice day Ezra commenced to plow yesterday Mrs Crowbar and Mrs Christy was here
to day
Wednesday 13 Mr Higins and Mr Graham the 2 Ministers was here to day one read a Chapter and
the other Praid had a a splendid Prayr it fited our case So well Lord help me to look beyond this vale
of tears
Thursday 14 a nice day the girls washed the Buckets yesterday we cleaned part of the door yard to
day Charles plowed the garden to day Harry is some better McCoughy Mr McCoughy was Buried
Tuesday
Friday 15 a nice day the Girls cleaned the Parlor and the Bed rooms and I made garden did not
make much
Saturday 16 a warm day Ezra and Tory and Rose McCarger and myself went to Town was glad to
get home again
Sunday 17 we went to Church at Hallville this morning had a good meting the last time I was there
pa was with me we stoped to Alec Hyndmans for dinner have {continued on the next page of the
diary}
not been there for four months that was the last time pa was out it was the 11 of January am so
lonely
Monday 18 a nice day I went up to see Mrs McCarger She is poorly the Girls washed bed Clothes
Tuesday 19 {diarist had written 20 but then wrote 19 overtop} a nice day Harry is a little better
Wednesday 20 took very sick this morning with Inflation of the Bowels very bad all day the Doctor
was here got a letter from John
Thursday 21 some better the pain has stopped but am very sore the Doctor here to day put Mustard
on
Friday 22 am gaining a little very sore yet and weak
Saturday 23 sat up this Morning and had my bed made
Sunday 24 Charles and Min and Ezra went to Church Tory and I was all alone Thank God I am
better
Monday 25 a nice Morning feeling some better am prety weak
Tuesday 26 a nice Morning but things want rain but the Lord knows best when to send it am gaining
Wednesday 27 the Doctor was here last night am still gaining
Thursday 28 sad news to day Mary An McCarger was Buried to day she left a Baby 2 weeks old she
lived down near Montreal they brought her up in her Coffin
Friday 29 got a letter from my Sister and one from Samy wrote to John and Samy to day how glad to
get a letter
Saturday 30 they planted potatoes and Corn yesterday I am gaining a little I feel very weak they
washed to day
Sunday 31 Willia and Sally came to see me to day am not as well to day it rained most all day
Charles and Min went to Church to night I wrote to John and Samy
Monday 1 {June 1885 written under Monday 1} this is the 1 day of June we had a heavy Shour to
day and some Thunder they planted corn at the end of the house
Tuesday 2 a nice day am gaining Slowly Maggy Christie had a yong Son to day and John Loftier one
Monday
Wednesday 3 a nice morning Charles and Ezra went to the Fair Robert Parker came up to the Fair
the time seems so long I am so lonesome I wish I was well
Thursday 4 it rained to day it is a wet time I am gaining all the time
Friday 5 it rained all the forenoon the man up Sylvesters head stone Wednesday they say it is verry
nice I have not seen it it was 75
Saturday 6 a nice morning Charles got a peace of Cheese to day
Sunday 7 it rained in the morning but cleared of Charles and Min and Ezra went to Church Mrs
Beegs was here for Tea
Monday 8 it is raining this morning there was a dreatful storm last such sharp Lightning not very
heavy Thunder but it Haild I never saw larger Hail it was a dismal night not much sleeping by any
one
Tuesday 9 a cold day it feels like frost Charles sheared the sheep
Wednesday 10 a nice day Min and I went to see Maggy and her baby Mrs McCarger died to day at 5
Oclock this street is tating a great shaking am gaining
Thursday 11 I went up to Mrc McCargers to d she looks nice
Friday 12 went to the funeral to day a warm day Mr Furgison preached the sermon from John II
Chapter 28 verse Mr and Mrs Shaver here for diner
Saturday 13 a nice morning they are piling wood to day
Sunday 14 it is very winda to day Tory Cags and I went to Church this morning at Hallville and
Charles and Min went in the evening
Monday 15 the girls washed to day we have 5 men framing
Tuesday 16 a nice morning they are going to raise to day we all got invitations to William Clarks
Wedding last night but I shall not go I would not take any comfort Tib and the Children were here to
day
Wednesday 17 I went down to Tibs to day have not been there for a long time how I miss pa to go
with me
Saturday Alec brought me home to night had a good visit with Ezra and Tory went to Winchester to
day Charles and Min went to Kemptville
Sunday 21 we went to Church this morning I got a letter from John how glad I am to hear from him
he mises his Wife and Children so mich
Monday 22 Ezra and Tory came home last night
Tuesday 23 a nice day Min and I went to Lucys to day
Wednesday 24 William Clark gets Married to night at 1 Oclock Charles and Min and Ezra went Tory
aan I was invited but did not go I could not go and not have pa there
Sunday 28 came home to day Lucy Brought me home poor Lucy has a lonely time of it O how I feel
for her I went to see Rose to night she is poorly
Monday 29 the Girls washed this morning the Men are working on the road Sintha Farrel was buried
to day William Clarks Wife had a stroke last night it is feared she wont get better a sad thing only
been Married 5 days but such is the way of life
Tuesday 30 a cold day and high wind I went to Mr Beggs and Mr Clarks have not been there since
last Faul Maggy Clark is no better
Wednesday 1 {July 1885 written in pencil under} this is the first day of July the Girls and Clarks went
picking Strawberries got a pail we had 9 Cans Rose is no better
Thursday 2 Tory went to Aleck Hyndmans to day Mrs Thomson came here Tuesday night and staid
till this morning Sam H is helping at the Barn
Friday 3 a nice day Frank Sam and Jake is helping at the Barn to day we had Strawberries and
Cream for tea
Saturday 4 a nice day Charles and Min went out to Lisa Everets to day a year ago to day pa and I
went down to Willias Hyndmans how little I thought it would be the last time for him
Sunday 5 a nice morning Ezra and Tory went up to the Presbyterian Church to day I am not very well
Charles and Min came home to night
Monday 6 the Girles washed this Morning and picked the strawberries Rose is no better
Tuesday 7 it rained this forenoon verry hard Tib and Charles was here to night Charles took the
Doctor to town to get a tooth drew
Wednesay 8 a nice morning Charles and Ezra went to town to day I went to see Rose she is worse
and I am afraid she will not get better the Lord knows best James Middigh and John McCarger was
here last night Mr Higgins Ann and Marthe Clark here to day
Thursday 9 a nice day went to see Rose she is no better
Friday 10 Mrs Beggs here to day we went to see Rose she is very low I dont think she will live
Satury11 went to Winchester to day it is nice and cool
Sunday 12 Sally Min and I went to John McCargers to day
Monday 13 John took me to Jim Middaghs to night
Tuesday 14 wen it rained all day it made me homesick
Wednesday 15 Rose died Monday the 13 I forgot to put it down she was buried to day at 11 Charles
is not well
Thursday 16 John and Marget took me to Willias this morning
Friday 17 Sally and I went to George Huts to day
Saturday 18 a nice day but very warm went to Jim Irvins
Sunday 19 another warm day staid home all day
Monday 20 Sally took me to Robert Parkers to day
Tuesday 21 Mrs Parker and I went to Mr Huts in the forenoon and John Parters in the Afternoon
Wednesday 22 we went to William Parkers in the forenoon Lisa and I went to the Grave yard in the
Afternoon and stoped to Mr Fultons for Tea and Robert took me to Willias in the evening
Thursday 23 we went to Jo Middaghs in the forenoon and William Middaghs in the afternoon
Friday 24 went to Mr Allgates in the after noon
Saturday 25 a very warm day went to Mr Irvins this afternoon
Sunday 26 Willia and Minny brought me home to day I am tired visiting glad to get home
Monday 27 Min and I went to pick berries to day got 6 Cans full Tory was not well I like to pick
berries
Tuesday 28 the girls washed to day a nice day Robert here
Wednesday 29 the Girls went picking berries to day
Thursday 30 a nice day they got in a lot of Hay to day Sid Shaw and wife was here to day Robert
gone
Friday 31 the Girls went picking berries to day Ambrose Clother was Buried Tuesday the 28
Saturday 1 {Aug 1884 written in pencil under} this is the 1 day of August a nice day Willia Hyndman
was up to day for stacking poles I was up to see Mrs Mae they are very lonesome
Sunday 2 Tory and I went to South Mountain to quarterly Meting we had a splendid Meting Charles
and Min went to the Gower Church
Monday 3 I went to pick berries this Morning and the Girls washed Charles took 2 Hogs to town this
morning it rained this Afternoon
Tuesday 4 a nice morning Jade Smith and Cas Casleman was here to day
Wednesday 5 Robert Wallace and Laura Furgison here this Forenoon Min and I went to Mr Christies
Thursday 6 Min and I went to Mr Smiths to a bee to day a quilting been we got it of
Friday 7 Min went to Alec Hyndmans and I went to Bill Christies and Alec Christies
Saturday 8 a nice morning Min went to John Peter Smiths
Sunday 9 Tory and I went to Church Ezra and Frank went to Church and Min and Charles went to
Lucys in the morning and came down to Church
Monday 10 a nice day the Girls washed
Tuesday 11 Mrs Vanallen and I went to Mr Blairs this After noon Mr Stanford went to Osgood to day
Wednesday 12 Charles and Min Ezra and Tory went to the Harvest dinner on the Camp ground
Thursday 13 Charles Min and Tory went to Henry Foxtons to day Alec Gregory and wife was here to
day
Friday 14 Charles took his Lambs to Town to day I went to Duncan Smiths and Mr Frasiers to see
Lizie
Saturday 15 Charles went to Winchister to day he is going to stay a few days he is not well Ez and
Jam V {continued on the next page of the diary}
went to a picknick at South Mountain I am so lonesome sometimes I dont know what to do I miss my
dear Companion so much they are all good to me
Sunday 16 {August written in blue ballpoint under} a nice morning Tory and I went Hexton to Church
in the morning Alec Hyndman came after me in the afternoon Tib had a little girl the 16 {Lucy may
written in blue ballpoint over 16}
Sunday 23 O how lonesome I feel to day it is pas birth day and I am at Alec Hyndmans yet
Wednesay 2 {Sept 1885 written in pencil under} I am home at last it seems good to get home I have
been gone 2 weeks adn 3 days away
Thursday 3 it is a nice day mr Beggs was here yesterday
Friday 4 Tory went with Clarks to Mr Richardsons
Saturday 5 Mrs Kenion and her Daughter was here Thursday the Bois was drawing in all day
Sunday 6 Tory and I went to church in the morning and drove down to see Tib she is getting smart
Charles and Min went to Church in the Evening
Monday 7 the girls washed to day it is a nice day
Tuesday 8 a nice morning but rained at night
Wednesday 9 it rained all the forenoon we thrashed in the afternoon Leafy Mills was Married to night
at 7
Thursday 10 we thrashed this afternoon thrashed the Ry
Friday 11 a nice day Charles went to Hallville and Tory went down to Tibs I went to Mrs Vanelns this
afternoon
Saturday 12 a nice day Charles went to Kemptville to day
Sunday 13 Charles Min Ezra and Tory went up to Church Lucy came home with them staid till night
Monday 14 it rained very hard last night Ezra went to Hallville this Afternoon it is warm to day Min
and Mrs Vanalen went to Mr Clarks
Tuesday 15 Charles and I went up to the Burying Ground they put up James Carson Stone to day
and I went up to the Camp Meting with her
Thursday 24 the Camp Meting Closed yesterday and Lucy brought me home to day we had splendid
Metings Tory went to Winchester the 22
Friday 25 a nice day Charles came home to day they put up pas stone to day and Mr Vanallens
Saturday 26 Charles went to Kemptville to day he got my Bonet I went to Mr Colmans this afternoon
Sunday 27 I got a letter from Maggy on Friday all well Charles and Min went to church in the morning
Ezra and I went in the Afternoon
Monday 28 we thrashed this Afternoon Buckwheat
Tuesday 29 Ezra and I went to town this Afternoon we thrashed Buckwheat this Afternoon
Wednesday 30 Ezra went to a wedding to day Jane Sykes was Married to Alec Hyndman at 4
Oclock John is 41 to day I wish I could see him
Thursday 1 {Oct 1885 written in pencil under} it is 42 years to day since I was Married and now I am
left alone O so lonely they put up pas Stone Friday the 25 I forgot it it is very nice it is for him and me
I went to Mr Smiths to day
Friday 2 Charles and Min went to Alec Hyndmans
Saturday 3 a nice day Charles went to Kemptville
Sunday 4 Ezra and I went to Church this morning we Stoped at Alec H for dinner it rained
Monday 5 Tory is not home yet it is lonesome
Tuesday 6 Charles and Min went down to the Hall to practice for the Mishionary Meting
Wednesay 7 we had a Manure Bee to day there was 26 here besides ourselves that made 30 a
good bee Mr and Mrs Furgison was here yesterday
Thursday 8 Ezra went to John Coalmans to a pairing bee Charles and Min went to practice
Friday 9 we put up some Apples to dry to day
Saturday 10 a nice day Ezra went up to Mrs Tomkins
Sunday 11 Charles Min and I went down to Church this Morning Tory is not home yet it is very
Lomesome without her
Monday 12 a nice day we gather Apples to day
Tuesday 13 Min and I went to Lucys Maggy is poorly
Wednesday 14 a nice day it rained yesterday
Thursday 15 Min Cleand the Dining Roon and Blackened the Stove
Friday 16 Min went to Mr Beggs I went to see Mrs Cumings she is very sick Charles went to Otaway
to day
Saturday 17 I went to Jim Workmans to see their Children they are sick Min and Cas went to pick
Beechnuts
Sunday 18 Ezra and I went to Church this Morning Charles and Min went in the Afternoon Tory not
home
Monday 19 Min washed I went aand picked Beechnuts
Tuesday 20 Mrs Vanal and I went to Mrs Balkwels in the foorenoon and Mr Cumings in the
Afternoon
Wednesdy 21 Min and Charles went to Mr Conleys Minay Cumings and Cafs was here Ezra took her
home
Thursday 22 {October/85 written in blue ballpoint above} this is my birth day am 63 to day went down
to Clarks
Friday 23 it rained a little this Morning
Saturday 24 Charles and Min went to Town to day
Sunday 25 a nice day Sally and Min fetched Tory home to day I was glad to see them got a letter
from John he sent his Babys picture a nice Child Ezra Tory and I went to Church to night
Monday 26 the Girls washed to day Ezra went to Otawa
Tuesday 27 Min and Tory went to John Smiths to day Lucy Came home to day mrs Beggs was here
to day
Wednesay 28 the Girls Cleaned the Chamber to day Ezra went to Otaway last with Gid Smith and
Jacob V
Thursday 29 the Girls finished Cleaning down Stairs to day
Friday 30 it rained all day yesterday and frose to day and snow it rained to day Ezra came home to
day it snowed to day
Saturday 31 a cold day Charles and Min went to Town the Factory closed to day the last day of the
Month
Sunday 1 {Nov 1885 written in pencil underneath} this is the first day of November it is very cold Ezra
adn Tory went up to Church to day
Monday 2 it rained all day the Girls washed Mrs Vanallen came home to day
Tuesday 3 a nice day but the Roads are bad
Wednesday 4 we had Thrashers to day it is Tibs birth day to day She is 31 to day Time flies
Thursday 5 a rainy day Ezra went to Town with a load of Oats it is very mody
Friday 6 Charles went to Irayquois with a load of Cheese the roads is very bad I feel Lonely to day it
is Gloony weather William Clarks wife died to night at 6 Oclock
Saturday 7 it is raining to day Charles got home to night
Sunday 8 it is raining still Maggy Clark is Buried to day at 1 a sad ending to her Married life poor Will
will be lonely left so soon alone the all went to the Funeral but me Cas is here
Monday 9 a nice day the Girls washed to day
Tuesday 10 Ezra went up to Lucys to bid her good by he is going to California next Wednesday it
nearly breaks my heart to think about it I would rather he would not come home attal
Wednesday 11 Dick Beggs was here for Diner and Sid Shaw and Wife and her sister in the
Afternoon Tory went to Tibs Ezra came home to night
Thursday 12 Charles went to Hallville to Mill and Tory came home with him Charles and Ezra got
Vacinated to day at Mr Colmans
Friday 13 Ezra went to Town with Oats Tory got Vacinated and it rained all the Afternoon
Saturday 14 Andrew Christie and Ezra went to Town
Sunday 15 Lucy came down to see Ezra before he goes to California she staid all night poor Lucy
has hard times Ben Tomkins and Dick Raimond was here
Monday 16 Ezra and I went down to Tibs to day to bid her Good by Reil got Hung to day {underlined
in blue ballpoint, she is talking about Louis Riel} a sad fate
Tuesday 17 Mr Beggs was here to night and Dick and Ginny and John McCarger and Jake Vanallen
this is the last night for Ezra to sleep at home
Wednesay 18 Ezra started for California this morning O what a sad morning we had the sad
farewells and the last kiss O my heart is nearly broke but I will go to the Lord in Prayr it will be so
lonely now Tory will have no one to go with her now she will miss him so much but we must cling to
each other it is raining this Afternoon got Vaccinated the 16
Thursday 19 Charles Min and Tory went to Town to day Min got 14 Teeth out she took Gafs it has
been a lonesome day to me no one here alone with my grief
Friday 20 a nice day Charles was helping Mr Blair thrash
Saturday 21 a nice day Charles is helping Mr Blair thrash Tory went to the Office to Mail a letter to
John we got one from him on Friday Ezra is a good many miles from home now we miss him so
Sunday 22 it snowed last night and it Snowing to day Charles and Tory went to Alec Hyndmans
Monday 23 the Girls washed this forenoon Sid Shaw was here for Diner we killed 2 pigs in the
Afternoon
Tuesday 24 Charles helped Frank Vanallen kill Hogs and they took out bones in the Afternoon
Wednesday 25 Charles went to Ogdensburg to day it snowed all day 2 Sleighs went by to day poor
Sleighing
Thursday 26 a very nice day Charles went to the shop we cut our Cheese 71 pounds Vanalens got
half
Friday 27 a nice morning Charles went to Town with a load of Oats Ezra will get to the end of his
Journey to day poor boy he will be tired
Saturday 28 a nice day all at home and all well
Sunday 29 a warm morning Charles and Tory went to Church got a letter from Samy to day the my
dear Son how I wish I could see him but I must be content Cass Andrew and Sam was here to night
Monday 30 Tory and I went up to Lucys to day to see Magy Carson she is very low She cant live
many days she cant help her self atal
Tuesday 1 {December 1885 written in pencil under} this is the first day of December Charles helped
Frank thrash Alec and Tib and Jasper and baby {‘Lucy May died in Mar 1886’ written in blue ballpoint
in margin with line drawn to baby} were here to day she not been here since June fel I was so glad to
see her I wrote to Samy Sunday
Wednesday 2 this is fair day Charles went to the fair
Thursday 3 a nice day Charles helped Frank Thrash
Friday 4 Charles and Min went to Town with a load of Ry
Saturday 5 Charles went with another load of Ry it snowed all the forenoon it is good Sleighing now
Sunday 6 a cold Morning Charles and Tory went to church Min has not got her Teeth yet we got a
letter from John
Monday 7 the Girls washed Tory went to Alec Hyndmans in the evening with Charles to stay a few
days
Tuesday 8 Charles went to Town a Clear cold day
Wednesday 9 it rained most all day we killed 2 beaves and 10 Sheep Charles is going to Ottawa with
them
Thursday 10 Charles and Jimy Beggs started this morning at 6 Oclock the rain made the roads bad
Sam Vanallen is stoping here while he is gone
Friday 11 Tory is not home yet I got a letter from Ezra to day and wrote one to him to dr day a nice
day we Just got word that Maggy Carson D this morning at 3 Jo came home to night Charles got
home at 11 Oclock
Saturday 12 Maggy Carson was Buried at 1 to day Charles and Min and Tory went to the Funerel a
very nice day
Sunday 13 I sent a letter to Willia and Ezra Saturday Charles Tory and I went down to Church this
morning
Monday 14 Charles Min and Tory went to Town to day
Tuesday 15 a nice day Charles and Min went to Graynois Min is going to stay awhile at her sisters
Wednesday 16 Charles came home to day Tory went to practice
Thursday 17 Charles is helping Mr Workman Thrash to day
Friday 18 Charles helped Sim Workman this forenoon
Saturday 19 a nice warm day it is snowing it is colder to night
Sunday 20 Charles and Tory went to Church this morning
Monday 20 Tory washed to day had Thrashers in the Afternoon
Tuesday 22 Thrashed this forenoon had 10 men nice day
Wednesday 223 it rained last night and is raining to day the Sleighing is most done Sam and Tory
went to practice last night Charles and Tory went to a Tea Meeting
Thursday 234 Charles went to Town with a grist it is cold to day
Friday 25 {1885 written in blue ballpoint under} this is Christmas and a nice day the Children all
home with their families and Tom Hyndman was here but the main one is gone how I missed him to
day
Saturday 26 Tory went to Irayquois yesterday Lucy Staid and Min Staid it is a cold day but pleasant
Sunday 27 Charles and Lucy went down to Church She is going home this afternoon it is prety cold
Tory came home to night she saw Min
Monday 28 a nice day Mine h went up to Mr Colemans Sam and Tory went to the Hall to practice
Tuesday 29 a nice morning Min and Tory went to John Peter Smiths to day Min went from there to
Alecks Charles went to the social at Hyndmans Church
Wednesday 30 Dick and Bob Beggs is helping Charles get wood to day Mrs Coleman and Mifs
Munro was here to day
Thursday 31 it rained most all day the snow is most gone
Friday 1 {Jan 1886 written in pencil underneath } this is the first day of the New Year a nice warm
day Charles Tory and Min H went to the Hall to the arch
Saturday 2 Charles helped Alec Hyndman thrash a warm day
Sunday 3 Tory and Min went down to Church a nice day
Monday 4 it rained all day to day Tory washed this forenoon
Tuesday 5 it faired up to day the Sleighing all gone
Wednesday 6 a cold day Sally Hyndman and Ida Timins was here
Thursday 7 a very cold day Charles went to town for Min and she was not there missed the train
Friday 8 very cold Charles went for Min to day and got her
Saturday 9 another cold day Dick and Bob Beggs came this morning to help Charles the got one
load and it stormed so hard they did not go again but staid in the house all day
Sunday 10 a very cold day Charles and Tory went down to Church Miny H is here yet she has a cold
I dread the cold weather got a letter from Abigail
Monday 11 Dick and bob is here to day a nice day
Tuesday 12 Dick here to day another nice day but very cold
Wednesday 13 I went to Mr Beggs to day Chal Charles and Min went to Mishionary Meeting Min
here still
Thursday 14 we are sawing wood to day a nice day
Friday 15 sawing wood to day a nice warm day Sent a letter to Samy and my sister Abigail
Saturday 16 a nice day we thrashed with the big Machine had 14 Men not well to night
Sunday 17 Charles and Min went to Church to day
Monday 18 the girls washed to day Mr and Mrs Hut was here to day I was very sick last night a little
better to day Alec Hyndman got his foot hurt to day in Kemptville Min and Charles went to see him
Tuesday 19 a nice day a little better to day
Wednesday 20 Jane Christy is worse the Doctor is there to day Min went down in the forenoon and
Tory in the Afternoon
Thursday 21 it snowed last night it is snowing to day I am gaining a little Charles and Tory went to a
Social
Friday 22 Charles drew a load of Ice to day a letter from John and Ezra
Saturday 23 he drew another load of Ice it is very cold John and Alice Sheik and Mifs Kenion here to
day
Sunday 24 a cold morning Charles and Tory went to Church to day Lucy came down from Church
Staid all night
Monday 25 a cold day Lucy went home Charles got a load of Ice
Tuesday 26 a nice day Charles and Tory went down to Aleck Hyndman he is going to thrash Mr and
Mrs Furgison and Sid and William Shaw was here to day Charles got a load of Ice
Wednesday 27 a nice morning Charles went to help Alec thrash Jane Christy is a little better I am
not feeling well Willia H here and staid all night
Thursday 28 helped Aleck in the morning got a load of Ice in the afternoon I was to see Jane she is a
little better
Friday 29 a nice morning Charles went to Prescot to day Sent a letter to John and Ezra Min and I are
all alone
Saturday 30 a nice day Charles came home to night
Sunday 31 Charles and Min went down to Church Tory came home with them it snowed this
afternoon
Monday 1 {February written above, 1886 written below in pencil} this is the first day of February a
nice day Charles went to Jim Workmans wood bee the Girles washed and Tory went to Mr Clarks in
the Afternoon
Tuesday 2 Charles and Min went to Town with a grist Tory went with An Clark to get Money for the
bible society
Wednesday 3 Charles went to Town with a load of Wheat it is cold
Thursday 4 a cold day Tib Armstrong An and Martha Clark mr Higgins and Mr Christy were all here
for Tea
Friday 5 Tib Armstrong went home this Afternoon Charles went to Town it is very cold weather
Saturday 6 cold yet Charles went to Town to draw Shingle bolts Min and Tory went to Mrs
McCargers
Sunday 7 Charles and Min and Tory went to Lucys Tory will stay a week it is a nice warm day
Monday 8 a nice day Min took me down to Hyndsmans I am going to stay a week Charles went to
Town for saw dust
Thursday 11 Charles went to Prescot was gone all night Min sat up at Christys got a letter from Ezra
Saturday 13 Charles come after me to day John Smith got his Finger took off on Friday with the saw
Sunday 14 Charles and Min went to Church this morning
Monday 15 a nice day Tory came home to day Jane is worse
Tuesday 16 Sad news Jane Died to day at half past 11 I helped to lay her out it is a stormy day
Wednesday 17 I was down to Mr Christys all day nice day
Thursday 18 Jane was Buried at 2 Sermon Preached by the Reverand Mr Maederment 3 Months
Sind Ezra went away it seems like 6
Friday 19 Dick Beggs is helping Charles in the woods
Saturday 20 a stormy day snowed and blowed all night Mr Christy was here and staid all night
Sunday 21 the roads are all blocked up saw no one to day
Monday 22 Charles went to Town to day a nice day
Tuesday 23 Dick Beggs is helping Charles in the woods Tory and Clarks went down to Alec
Hyndmans to day
Wednesday 24 Mrs. Beggs and Mrs Jackson and Daughter here to day
Thursday 25 Tory went back to Mr Reids with Clarks Stormy
Friday 26 Charles went to Town with a load of saw logs very cold Tory went to hear a Woman
Lecture on faith Cure
Saturday 27 Charles went to Town with logs a week steady cold
Sunday 28 Tory went to Church at Hexton with Vanallens Charles and Min went below it is very cold
Charles Tory and Sam Van went in the Evening
Monday 1 {March 1886 written in pencil above} the first day of March a cold stormy day Tory went to
Town with Clarks Charls went with logs
Tuesday 2 Tory went with Clarks to Robert Hyndmans Mrs Bates was Buried to day a cold stormy
day
Wednesday 3 Robert Parker and Wife came up he and Charles went to the fair it is pleasent to day
Thursday 4 Robert and Wife staid all night Charles and Min went with them to Alec Hyndmans to day
Gorge Balkwell came here to work to day a nice day he went to Town with a load of logs
Friday 5 George went with 2 loads of logs to day a nice day
Saturday 6 a beautiful day Charles and Min went to Winchester to day George is Threshing at Mrs
McCargers
Sunday 7 a nice day Alec H came for me to day Baby is sick
Monday 8 Baby is very sick the Doctor has no hopes of her she has Congestion of the Lungs Baby
Died to night at 11 {‘Lucy May died March’ written in blue ballpoint with arrow pointing to ‘has
Congestion’}
Tuesday 9 a nice day Tory came down last night when Baby Died
Wednesday 10 Baby was Buried to day at 2 a large Funeral
Thursday 11 I am stoping with Tib this week she feels very bad
Friday 12 it rained and snowed all day we went to Church to night Mifs Scot is speaking every night
Saturday 13 a nice day it snowed a little
Sunday 14 John Workmans boy was Buried to day we went to the Funeral and then I came home
we all went to Church in the Evening the Church was Crowded Miss Scot Preached she is a nice
speaker
Monday 15 we got a Letter from Samy and one from Maggy last week O how I would like to see
them I went to Church this Evening a nice warm day
Tuesday 16 Charles went to Iriquois to day Min and I went up to Lucys and staid all night Mrs
Kirkwood and her 3 Daughters were here and Martha McCarger and a Woman selling Models she
staid all night
Wednesday 17 we came home to day and found lots of company Mrs Shaw and Sister Robert Martin
and Arry Martha Me and Sandy Christy Tory went to Church
Thursday 18 Charles went up to Lucys Min and Tory went up to Sid Shaws Jo Carson came home to
day and Ezra came with them O I was so glad so Thankful
Friday 19 Sally came here this morning Charles Min Tory and Sally went to Town and came around
by Lucys to get Ezras Trunk Mr and Mrs Furgison was here for diner it stormed to night
Saturday 20 it rained this forenoon William came after Sally Charles and Ezra went to Jim Beggs
Sunday 21 it Stormed all day it cleared of near night we went down to Church at Halville Charles and
Min to the Stone Church
Monday 22 it snowed all day the Girls washed it is blowing hard Tory and Ezra went with Clarks up
to Jo Clarks
Tuesday 23 still blowing Charles went to Winchester Ez to Church
Wednesday 24 Mrs Mondal was Buried yesterday I forgot to put it down Alec Rose and Wife and 2
Children were here to day
Thursday 25 Charles Min and I went to the stone Church Ezra helped Alec to saw wood and went to
the Stone Church
Friday 26 C Ezra and Tory Wend to Church Charles and Min went
Saturday 27 a warm day a prayr Meting at Mrs McCargers to night
Sunday 28 Ezra Tory and I went to Church Charles and Min went to the Stone Church I stayed to
Gina Shaws and went in the Evening and E and Tory came down Lucy and Alferd Tomkins came
down they all went to Church
and staid all night late when we got home
Monday 29 Alferd staid till night Charles Min and Lucy went to Church and Lucy staid at Alecks E
and Tory went to Church I did not go I do not feel well enough
Tuesday 30 it is Raining a little Charles and Min went to Town Mary Raimond and Cass came here
to day and they all went to Church at Halville
got 8 lambs {written up the side of the page with a line below as if it was an afterthought to Tuesday
30}
Wednesday 31 it Rained all day they could not go to Church
Thursday 1 {1886 April written in pencil below} this is the 1 day of April a very windy day Ezry and
Charles helped Clarks saw this afternoon Mary and Cas went up to Gid Smiths our Meting Closed
last night 2 baves last night
Friday 2 Ezry Min and Tory went to Church last night
Saturday 3 Ezry and Lucy went up to Jo Carsons to day
Sunday 4 Tory and I went down to Church to day
Monday 5 they taped part on Friday and the rest to day
Tuesday 6 boild in the bush to day had a good run
Wednesday 7 we boiled down the sirup in the house to day
Thursday 8 Charles went to Town to day took 8 Galons of Syrup
Friday 9 the sap is runing good to day they boiled till 4 Oclock
Saturday 10 it rained a little this morning alot of sap to day they boiled til 11 and left lots in the Bush
Sunday 11 a butiful day Mrs Vanalen and Rosie here Friday
Monday 12 a good sap day they are in the bush Lisa Fraser Died last to night Alexander H here to
day
Tuesday 13 Willia Hyndman and Wife and James Ervin and Wife and John Kirkup and Anny here to
day
Wednesday 14 went to the Funeral Mr Furgison Preached from First Samuel 3 Chapter 18 verse
Lucy and Mrs Carson came down Lucy staid down
Thursday 15 John and Anny Kirkup went home this Afternoon we sugard of twice to day a nice day
Friday 16 Charles went to Bateses Corners to day Tory Went to Mr Sykes Ezra helped Vanallens
saw wood yesterday
Saturday 17 Ezra boiled syrup I gess it will be the last it is so nice and warm
Sunday 18 Tory and I went to Church Mr Furgison Administered the Sacrement Charles Min and
Lucy went to the stone Church
Monday 19 Charles Lucy and Tory went to Town Ezra went to Hallville Mr Higins Anna and Martha
was here this Afternoon
Tuesday 20 Alec and Tib and Children here to day and Mrs Beggs and Willia Beggs from California
Wednesday 21 Ezra is plowing Min Lucy and Tory went to Vanalens to sew Carpet
Thursday 22 Min and Lucy went to Mr Christies a nice day
Friday 23 Lucy and I went to John Peters in the Forenoon and Mr Frasiers in the Afternoon a nice
day Cabage sowed
Saturday 24 Charles and Min went to Town Charles and Ez went to Raising Bees in the Afternoon a
nice day
Sunday 25 Charles Min Lucy Tory and I went to the Stone Church Ezra Tory and Vanalens went to
Halville at Night
Monday 26 the Girls washed and Lucy and Tory went to Clarks the boys pranted Potatoes and got
the Buckets
Tuesday 27 Charles sowed Wheat the Girls Cleaned 2 Rooms up Stairs Lucy and I Washed the
Buckets 3 Hundred
Wednesday 28 the Girls Cleaned 2 more Rooms up Stairs Charles and Lucy went up after her things
Rained yesterday
Thursday 29 the Girls papered the Parlour to day John H cut his nee
Friday 30 they put down the Carped to day Lucy and I went to Mr Beggs this Afternoon to see
George
Saturday 1 {May written above 1886 written below in pencil} this is the first day of May they papered
the Dining Room and put down the Carpet to day
Sunday 2 a lovely day Tory and I went down to Church
Monday 3 the Girls washed this forenoon I went to see Geny Workman after Diner we made Garden
after Tea Fany laid an Egg to day George B stated to day for Cal
Tuesday 4 a nice morning it Rained in the Afternoon Charles went to a Raising Bee at Mr Frasers
Wednesday 5 a year to night since Pa Died it has been a long year they went up and Fixed the
Graves this morning the Prayer Meting at Mrs Vanalens to night 2 Railroad Men Staid here last to
night Tory M went down to Tibs this Afternoon
1886 {written in pencil on top of page}
Thursday 6 a nice morning I went to Mrs Vanallens it Rained in the Afternoon
Friday 7 it Rained this morning Cleard up in the Afternoon
Saturday 8 Tory came home to day a nice day
Sunday 9 Tory and I went to quarterly Meting to day
Monday 10 the Girls Washed and cleaned the Cook house
Tuesday 11 it rained this morning the boys sorted the Potatoes
Wednesday 12 Min took Lucy up to Mrs Speneers this Morning
Thursday 13 I went up to Mr Colmans in the forenoon and to Gid Smiths in the Afternoon it Rained
Friday 14 a nice day we miss Lucy now
Saturday 15 Charles Min and Tory went to Town
Sunday 16 Ezra Tory and I went to Church Charles and Min went to Hexton
Monday 17 the Girls washed they planted potatoes to day
Tuesday 18 a nice day they are getting along very well with their work
Wednesday 19 I went down to see Sally Ratherford Alice Sheik and Lisa Henion was here
Thursday 20 the boys are plowing it is nice weather
Friday 21 the Minister was Inducted yesterday I forgot it
Saturday 22 Ezra went to Town after Supper with Sam Vanalen he went after Frank he is home now
Sunday 23 Charles Min Tory and I went down to the stone Church
Monday 24 very nice weather the Girls washed
Tuesday 25 another nice day the Bois are plowing
Wednesday 26 I went down to Alec Hyndmans to day the comenced work on the railroad yesterday
Thursday 27 we have got 2 men boarding since Wednesday
Friday 28 Tib and I went to Mr Louxes this Afternoon
Saturday 29 Ezra came after me to day Charles and Min went to Town
Sunday 30 Charles and Min went to Church in the morning Ezra and I in the Afternoon a nice day
Monday 31 there is any amount of Men on the road now they go past in droves 4 staid here last
night Ezra is helping Mr Christy plow to day
Tuesday 1 {June written above in blue ballpoint} this is the 1 day of June and a nice day
Wednesday 2 this is fair day a great many teams went {continued on the next page of the diary}
1886 {written in pencil at top of page}
past here Willia Hyndman came up this morning and Tom Ervin and his wife staid here
Thursday 3 I went home with Willia to day to stay awhile I am not feeling very well no appetite
Saturday 12 am glad to get home dont feel any better
Sunday 13 Tory and I went Church Charles and Min went to the stone Church Mr Furgison preached
his Farewell Sermon to day I am sorry he leaves
Monday 14 we have 10 men boarding here now
Tuesday 15 Charles and Tory went to Town to day
Wednesday 16 it rained to day lots of men
Thursday 17 Charles put up a place and moved the stove out we had a very heavy rain to day
Friday 18 a cold morning and very windy to day
Saturday 19 Charles went to Town they Killed a Calf
Sunday 20 Charles and Min went to Church
Monday 21 the Girls washed it is a busy time Tib and Alec was here after Tea
Tuesday 22 we had 11 men besides our own for breakfast
Wednesday 23 a nice day we have 11 men to day besides our own
Thursday 24 6 of our men left to day fell out with the boys
Friday 25 it rained to day it feels good to have some gone Tory got a letter from Aunt Aurilla to day
Saturday 26 a nice day Charles went to Town I went to Jo Clark
Sunday 27 Tory and Ezra and I went down to Church the new Minister Preached his name is Conly
Monday 28 the girls washed to day we have 4 Men
Tuesday 19 the Camp Meting commences to day a nice day
Wednesday 30 Charles and Min went to Hexton to a Festival
Thursay 1 {‘July’ written in blue ballpoint after} this is the first day of July a nice day
Friday 2 Tory and I went to Camp Meting I staid all night
Satury 3 Ezra went to the Burg I came home to night
Sundy 4 Charles Min and Tory went to Camp Meting to day Tory staid Ezra is going to night for Tory
Monday 5 a very warm day Ezra went to Camp meting to night
Tuesday 6 Dick Beggs got Married the 20 16 {written above scribbled date} of June Ezra and Tory
went up to meting to night Tory staid it closes to morrow
Wednesy 7 I went down to see Jane Workman to day she is poorly Tory is not home yet
Thursday 8 {Thursday written above} a nice cool morning I am not feeling well
Friday 9 Tory is not home yet it is nice weather
Saturday 10 Jo Carson and Daughter Lucy and Lisa Carson and Tory came down to day staid all
day
Sunday 11 they all went to Meting I kept house
Monday 12 the girls washed and went to see Jane Workman
Tuesday 13 Charles and Min went to Town to day John Mc is working here they drew in hay
yesterday
Wednesday 14 a nice day they are getting in Hay
Thursday 15 it rained last night very heavy
Friday 16 Mrs Loux and Tib came this morning it rained all the afternoon no more Haiing this week
Saturday 17 it rains every day a great deal of grass down
Sunday 18 it rained all the forenoon Sam Vanallen and Tory went to Inkerman to Church
Monday 19 the Girls washed it rained in the forenoon Tory took Lucy to Winchester in the Afternoon
Tuesday 20 a butiful morning I hope the rain is over
Wednesday 21 Nell came home with Tory last night
Thursday 22 I went to Mr Clarks to day
Friday 23 I went to Mr Frames to day Nell went to Martha
Saturday 24 they got in a lot of Hay to day
Sunday 25 Tory Nell and I went to Church this morning
Monday 26 the Girls washed it rained last night
Tuesday 27 Charles plowed for Strawberries
Wednesday 28 I went to see Jane Workman she is no better
Thursday 29 Charles Nell and Tory went to Town to day Charles took Nell home in the Afternoon
Friday 30 we had a big Hail storm last night
Saturday 31 they made a Stack of Hay to day
1886 {written in pencil at top of page} August {written in blue ballpoint beside year}
Sunday 1 this is the 1 day of August Tory and I went to South Mountain it was quarterly Meting a
good meting Charles Min went to the stone Church Ezra and Tory went in the evening
Monday 2 the Girls washed to day it is nice and cool
Tuesday 3 went to see Mr Clark he is poorly
Wednesay 4 a nice day Mr Clark is no better
Thursday 5 Tory went with Hyndmans to Winchester to day
Friday 6 Electa Fraser here to day had practice here to night
Saturday 7 Willia and Sally and Lucy came home to day they all went to Town in the after noon we
went to see the Men drive the piles on the rail road
Sunday 8 they all went to Church this morning but me
Monday 9 more Men one for Diner one for supper
Tuesday 10 4 more came this fore noon {blank space left on page} this afternoon
Wednesy 11 another came this Afternoon there was a great rain
Thursday 12 we have 8 Men Charles went to Town to day Lucy is at Alec Hyndmans it is a nice day
Friday 13 we got half a Calf of Alec Hyndman last night
Saturday 14 Mary An Richardson came up with Ezra to day
Sunday 15 Charles Min and Tory went to Church
Monday 16 it rained all the afternoon and a cold rain
Tuesday 17 Charles Tory and I went to Town to day Mrs Smith Mrs Frasier was here and Boby
Walace
Wednesdy 18 it is a nice morning we have 8 Men
Thursday 26 I went to see Jane Workman to day she is poorly
Friday 27 I am not well to day Mrs Beggs was here for {plwns?}
Saturday 28 Tom Smith was buried to day Ezra Tory and Lucy went to the Funeral our men went
home
Sunday 29 Lucy and Min went to Hexton to Church Ezra and Tory went to Hallville in the evening
Monday 30 it rained this afternoon John Mac is here
Tuesday 31 the last day of the Month We start to morrow for our visit I will write no more for a while
maby never so good by
October
Saturday 9 home again had a good visit left all well and found all well have gained since I went away
Mr Tomkins and Ben were here when we come and staid till sundy night Alec and Tib here
Sunday 10 they all went to Church it seems good to get home
Monday 11 the girls washed we picked our Snow Apples
Tuesday 12 Martha Clark and Martha Smith was here to day
Wednesday 13 Lucy Min and I went to Tibs to day Lucys last visit for a while she starts for Cal
Monday Charles came home to night went away Monday Lucy and Tory went to Frasers Tuesday
night
Thursday 14 Ezra has a sore throat I hope it wont be bad
Friday 15 Henry and Jane Tomkins and Electa and Peter and Alec Fraser was here to day its very
windy
Saturday 16 it is still windy Charles went to Town to day Mandy Smith was here to day and Willia
Graham and his 2 Sisters Alec and Tib Willia and Sally Alford Tomkins and Lisa Carson I sprained
my Foot
Sunday 17 they all went to Church to day Sally and Willy went home this Afternoon it is raining
Monday 18 Lucy started for Cal to day Alferd and Lisa and all ours went to town with her O what a
hard thing it is to part from them we love God knows whether we will ever meet again in this world
God grant we may meet in Heaven
Tuesday 19 the Girls washed we gathere the Apples
Wednesday 20 we had a manure bee a nice day sent a letter to John and Aby {‘and Aby’ was circled
and written on line above}
Thursday 21 Charles went to Osgood we gatherd the Cabbage to day Min and Tory went to Mr
Sheiks this Afternoon sent a letter to Aunt Aurilla to day
Friday 22 Min and I went to see Mr Fraser he is very poorly I feel so sorry for him he is a true and
tried friend pa thought so much of him and he is a good man Min and I went to Ack Christies this
Afternoon Charles went to Clarks to a bee {H?} corn
1886 {written in pencil at top of page}
Saturday 23 Ezra took me to Town this afternoon I got 2 Teeth drew I have no Teeth now Tory went
to Mr Clarks we got a letter from Willia to day
Sunday 24 Charles and Min went to Church this Morning Tory went to Sundy School Ezra went to
Church
Monday 25 the Girls washed and are Cleaning House
Tuesday 26 they are still Cleaning a nice day Charles and Sid came home to night they were at
Iraquois
Wednesday 27 they washed quilts to day and Ironed Tory went to Frasers
Thursday 28 Min and Tory went to Mr Christys to day
Friday 29 it rained to day I went to see Mr Fraser
Saturday 30 Min and Tory went to Town this Afternoon
Sunday 31 Tory and I went to Church Charles Min at night
Monday 1 {November written in blue ballpoint beneath} this is the 1 day of November a nice day
Charles and Min went to Town Ezra is on the RR
Tuesday 2 Tory painted the floor 2 coat I went to Mr Beggs
Wednesdy 3 the Girls went to Mr Christys to make Carpet
Thursday 4 I went to see Mr Fraser it is Tibs birthday
Friday 5 {Saturday 6 written beneath} Mary An has gone to see Jane she is sick Alec and Tib was
here this Afternoon got a letter from John on the 4 Thursday
Saturday 6 it snowed all day and Iv good news Samy came home this Afternoon we were so glad to
see him
Sunday 7 it snowed and bloweg all day not 1 person on the road
Monday 8 a nice morning Tory washed Charles Sam and Ezra went ot Town with a Sleigh
Tuesday 9 Sam went to Town to day {got a letter from Lucy written above} is going to prescot
Wednesday 10 Ezra went to Town for Sam and his Trunk
Thursday 11 it is raining a little Charles went to Halville Sam fetched our pictures pas is so good he
looks as though he could speak to me if he only coula Tory and Sam went to see Mr Martin he is no
better I went to see Mr Fraser he was very bad he Died at 8 Oclock I staid all night he has got home
at last
Friday 12 Sam and I went down to Alec Hyndmans
Saturday 13 Mr Fraser was Buried to day Sermon Preached by {continued on the next page of the
diary}
the Reverend Mr Conly From Jeremiah 12 Chapter 5 5 verse it has snowed all dy day an and Martha
and Jesse Cameron was here yesterday
Sunday 14 Charles and Tory went to Church in the Morning Ezra and Tory in the Afternoon
Monday 15 Tory washed Charles went to Town Mr Corbet took poisin in a mistake an Died in a few
minits Tory An and Martha and Jesse went to Mrs Vanalens
Tuesday 16 a nice day Samy Workman is here and Willa Cameron {sent a letter to Jo Lucy is written
above}
Wednesday 17 Charles got part of a Cheese to day snowing a little Charles got a letter from Min last
night
Thursday 18 it rained all forenoon Tory sent Letter to Aunt Abby
Friday 19 I got sick last night killed our hog to day
Saturday 20 no better to day Tory got a Letter from Lucy
Sunday 21 some better Alec and Tib John McCarger and wife were here to day the boys went to
Church
Monday 22 Charles went to Iraquoise to the Mill
Tuesday 23 Min came home with Charles I am a little better
Wednesay 24 Charles and Ezra are helping Alec Thrash to day
Thursday 25 Sam and Ezra are helping him to day Charles and Charley Hyndman are taking a ride
on the Train Tory went to see Minean Coleman I am gaining
Friday 26 we had the big Machine Thrashing to day it broke down
Saturday 27 Charles went to Town to day
Sunday 28 Sam and Tory went to Hallville it was Sacrement there to day Charles and Min went to
the stone Church
Monday 29 they Thrashed again to day we had 14 Men 12 on Friday Minian Coleman Died to day at
12 Oclock
Tuesday 30 Charles and Ezra helped Alec Hyndman Thrash to day Tory sat up at Mr Colmans last
night
Wednesday 1 {December written in blue ballpoint beneath} this is the 1 day of {underlined in blue
ballpoint} December Minyan Coleman was Buried to day at 10 Sam Sat up there last night they all
went to the Fair this Afternoon
Thursday 2 Ezra went for the Doctor to come and see me I have a sore on my Hip I dont know what
it will be yet Min and Mrs Vanalen went to Smiths and Frumes to day
Friday 3 the Doctor came to day says my hip will have to be lanced
Saturday 4 Samy got hurt to day the Horse threw him out of the buggy
Sunday 5 Charles and Min went to Church to day I am no better
Monday 6 they killed 2 Beeves to day it is very cold
Tuesday 7 Charles went to Town to day
Wednesdy 8 Charles went to Ogdensburg to day we got a letter from Lucy to day Ezra went for
Stacy to day was not at home
Thursday 9 Stacy was here to day says my hip will not have to be lanced it is scattered away it is
very sore yet
Friday 10 Samys foot is very sore it has been good sleighing for 2 weeks but is most gone now got a
letter from John
Saturday 11 it is warm Mrs William Christy was here to day and Mrs Blair
Sunday 12 Ezra and Tory went to Church to day with a buggy
Mondy 13 a stormy day the girls washed to day my sore no better
Tuesday 14 Any Martin came here to day a nice day very good slippery
Wednesay 15 Lyda Rose was here to day Frank Vanal in the Evening
Thursday 16 Alec and Tib here to day Any Martin went to Maggy Lyda Rose staid here all night Jim
Bower had his toe took off
Friday 17 Tory and Lyda Rose went to Frasers and Mr Frumes Sams Toes is prety sore the nail
came of one Tow
Saturday 18 Charles Sam and Tory went to Town Min sent a letter to Lucy my hip is not any better
nice weather {a letter from Lucy written down side of page}
Sunday 19 Ezra and Tory went to Church at Hallville Charles and Min went to Hexton the Church
was Dedicated
Monday 20 Robert Beegs is helping them get wood got 2 loads this After noon Charles and Min went
to the Tea Meeting
Tuesday 21 Sam and Tory went to the Church to practice they drew 6 loads Mrs Beggs and Tilda
Hutchison was here Tory has gone down to Mr Beggs to day my hip is no better
Wednesday 22 it is a nice day Ezra helped Vanalens thrash
Thursday 23 they drew 6 loads of wood got a Letter from Aunt Aurilla got Photoes from Aunt Abigail
Tory and Sam went to practice
Friday 24 Charles and Min went to Jo Carsons it snowed in the forenoon and rained in the Afternoon
Saturday 25 {Dec 25th written in blue ballpoint beneath} it is very cold for Christmas Alec and Family
6 Willia and Family 4 Sid Shaw and wife here for Dinner Ezra went to a Tea Meeting at night
Sunday 26 the Baptist Church was Dedicated to day they all went but Ezra and I and they all went
but Sam and I at night
Monday 27 Sam and Tory went to the Church this Morning and they 3 went to the Tea Meting at
night
Tuesday 28 Min and Nell went to Mr Hyndmans
Wednesday 29 Charles and Min went down to practice they all went to the Funeral but Sam and me
Mr Martin was Buried to day at 1 Oclock very cold
Thursday 30 they finished drawing wood to day got 26 load Frank and Tory went to Mr Bowers to
day very cold
Friday 31 it snowed all day and is very cold I am better
Saturday 1 {January written above 1887 written below in pencil} this is the first day of January it is
very cold it is Mins Birthday she is 15 to day
Sunday 2 it is still very cold Charles and Min went to Church
Monday 3 very cold 25 Degrees below zero Min washed to day
Tuesday 4 Charles Min Samy Minie Nelly went to Town Ezra is helping Blair thrash it was 25 below
zero this up to zero morning I am nearly well I am truly thankful
Wednesday 5 it is a good deal warmer it is up to zero Charles and Min went to the Lecture to night a
lovely night
Thursday 6 Frank and Tory came home to night they have been gone a week they had practice here
to night for Mishonary Meting
Friday 7 Charles and Ezra are helping Alec Hyndman bail Hay yesterday and to day it is a nice day
am feeling well
Saturday 8 Charles and Min and Minie and Nelly Hyndman went to Winchister to day Charles is
going to Morisburg Tory and Sam V went to Mrs Frasers to practice Sam and Ezra went to Town it is
a prety cold day Sent a letter to John and one to Aurilla Rose got a letter from Lucy Friday
Sunday 9 Sam Tory and Ezra went to to Church in the Afternoon Charles and Min came home to
night I got sick again to night Cold Chils pain in Head and Back prety bad
Friday 9 got a letter from Aunt Aurilla Thursday the Doctor was here to day my hip will have to be
lanced
Monday 10 Charles and Min went to practice to night
Tuesday 11 a cold stormy day Sam Ezra and Tory went to Misionary Meting
Wednesday 12 Mr Furgison was here to day I sent a letter to Aunt Abigail Tory went a letter to Lucy
to day the Boys are getting Ice this Afternoon I got my paper to day am some better to day it is
warmer to day
Thursday 13 the boys got Ice to day Ezra and Min to Mishionary Meting Sam went to Alec
Hyndmans I am getting better
Friday 14 a very stormy day the worst we had this winter {‘letter from John’ written across side of
page}
Saturday 15 we Sawed wood to day had 9 Men Alec and Tib came up to bid Ezra good by Sam
came with them got a letter from John
Sunday 16 a beautiful morning but bad roads Frank V and Jacob V and Tib Christy was here to night
comenced the jar of butter
Monday 17 a very stormy day Ezra started for Cal this Morning O what a sad parting I wonder will we
ever meet again in this world God alone knows it seems as if I could not stand many more partings
sent a letter to Willia
Tuesday 18 a cold stormy day they all went down to Mr Beggs
Wednesday 19 Sam Tory and Min went to the Convention this Afternoon Sam and Tory Joined gave
a Dollar and a half
Thursday 20 Sam and Tory was up all day Ane Coleman came home with them last night and to
night got a letter from Aby and one from Maggy to Ezra a cold stormy time
Friday 21 Sam and Tory up again to day John McCerchy came here this forenoon they all went to
the Concert but her and me
Saturday 22 they went home this Afternoon it has rained all day Charles went to Mr Kirkwoods
Auction went to Town
Sunday 23 it Rained all night is Raining this Morning Samy put on a Boot for the first time
Monday 24 the girls washed it rained to day Mrs Vanalen was here
Tuesday 25 it stormed to day Charles and Tory went to Town
Wednesday 26 Charles went to a wood bee at Carsons Min and Tory went to John Peter Smiths to a
quilting bee Sam went away alone to Kemptville to day
1887 {written in pencil at top of page}
An and Martha Clark and Mary Jane Brown was here
Thursday 27 a very nice day Charles went to the woods Samy came home to night Peter Fraser here
to night
Friday 28 a nice day Charles to two loads of logs to Town Min and Tory went to Mr Blairs Sam went
to the post Ofice
Saturday 29 Charles went to Town with logs Sam and Tory {‘a letter from Kate’ written above} went
to Tibs Tory Staid all night a nice day
Sunday 30 Charles Min and Sam went down to Church a beautiful day Charles and Min went to the
Baptist
Monday 31 Charles and Alec is Cutting and drawing logs to Town
Tuesday 1 {February written in blue ballpoint beneath} this is the 1 day of February they are drawing
logs Mrs Fraser and Mrs Smith was here this forenoon they and I went to Mrs Vanalens the first time
I have been out this winter it is a lovely day James Fraser brought me home
Wednesday 2 the Bois went with logs it is a dreadful stormy day the Sun never shone the Bears
could not see their Shaddows
Thursday 3 Charles Min and Sam went to Town to day Aunt Cloy came here on Tuesday night is
here yet went a paper to Ezra
Friday 4 the young people on this street and in the Hyndman Setelment there was 32 went to
Winchester to night
Saturday 5 Hugh Martin staid here all night Charles and Sam went to Town for lumber a nice day
Sunday 6 Charles Min Sam Tory all went to Church this morning
Monday 7 Tory got a letter from Aunt Aby it is a nice day
Tuesday 8 it rained all day to day Sid Shaw and wife and Mifs Gernsey were here Cloy is here yet
Wednesday 9 it is colder to day Sam went to Town with logs it is hard walking it a glare Ice all over
Thursday 10 Min and Mrs Vanalen went to John Peter Smiths and Mrs Frasers. Charles was at Mr
Frumes to an Auction Sam went to Town with logs it rained
Friday 11 it is a very stormy day snowing and blowing Charles went to the Ofice I got a letter from
Lucy
Saturday 12 a nice day but the roads are bad Charles is helping Vanallens saw wood I am feeling
well now
Sunday 13 Sam Min and Tory went down to Church this Morning Sam and Tory went this Evening it
is a nice day
Monday {Monday smudged above} 14 the girles washed Sam went to Prescot sent a letter to Lucy
Tuesday 15 Sam Vanalen and Tory went down to Vancamps to Church Our Sam went in the
Evening it is a nice day
Wednesday 16 Charles and Sam went to Town with a load of wood Charles took a loag load
yesterday another nice day Sam and Tory went to Salys to day Mrs Christy here to day
Thursday 17 Charles and Tim cut logs to day a very nice day
Friday 18 Charles took a load of logs this morning it is a very stormy day Sam and Tory came home
to night
Saturday 19 Sam and Tory went to Town this Afternoon Charles took Logs
Sunday 20 Sam Min and Tory went down to Church Ben and Alford Tomkins and Kirk Clark and Cas
was here this Evening
Monday 21 Samy Started for Cal this Morning Charles and Min took him to Town another sad parting
will we ever meet again in this world God alone knows my Heart is very Sad Father I look to the
alone for Strength in my Trouble Mr and Mrs Fruems and Nay and Ambrose Swartflager and Sister
were here they staid all night a nice day
Tuesday 22 they went home this Afternoon this is Ex Lection day
Wednesay 23 a very nice day I am not feeling very well to day
Thursday 24 a very stormy day the Girls went to Mr Frumes to a quilting bee to Mrs Frasers at night
to practice
Friday 25 a nice day Chloe and I went to Mr Christies sent a letter to Ezra
Saturday 26 Charles went to Town with a grist for the hogs we had practice here to night for the
Concert
Sunday 27 it is a very stormy day nobody went to Church
Monday 28 the worst storm we had this winter not cold but snowed and blowed all day and all night
Dreatful and it is blowing yet but not so bad
Tuesday 1 {March written above in ink, 1887 written in pencil} they shoveled roads to day they went
to Mrs Frasers to practice Sam brought Ane Shaver up she is here
Wednesday 2 Charles went to the Fair we had Prayr Meting here to night An and Martha Clark was
here this Afternoon nice day
1887 {written in pencil at top of page}
Thursday 3 a lovely day I am not feeling very well Chloe is here yet {Chloe was smudged and then
re-written above} they had practice here to night Mifs Gilroy staid all night
Friday 4 a lovely day they all went to the Concert this Afternoon Mr and Mrs Blair and Children were
here to night
Saturday 5 a lovely day Charles went for a load of Ice to day
Sunday 6 it snowed all day Charles and Tory went to the Baptist Church
Monday 7 the Girls washed it is a nice day it is Thawing
Tuesday 8 Charles went to Town Chloe went Min went to Jo Clarks
Wednesday 9 Gid Smiths Wife had a young Daughter to day at 12 we had company to night 4 from
Peltons Tib Christy Lisa Lockwood and Fran and Cas a nice day
Thursday 10 a nice morning Min and Tory went to John Smiths we had a Calf Tuesday night and
one Wednesday night {written above ‘Sid Shaw and wife here’}
Friday 11 a lovely morning Charles went to Winchester Tory went to Ruben Shavers till he came
back a butiful day
Saturday 12 a nice day Charles went to Town for lumber Tory got a letter from Lucy one from Aunt
Aurilla one from Carry Deval one from Tib Armstrong a nice day {written up side of page ‘a card from
Sam’}
Sunday 13 Charles and Min went down to Church it is sacrement Sunday Tory and Frank went up to
the Baptist Church Tory and Peter Fraser went to South Mountain
Monday 14 a nice day Mrs Beggs was here Charles went to an Auction they all went to Rasts
Peltons to night
Tuesday 15 a nice morning I am feeling very well
Wednesday 16 I went down to Tibs to day
Friday 18 we all went to Lieretias Hyndmans had a Turkey Diner
Sunday 20 went to Church 2 it is nice to live by a Church
Monday 21 was over to Mr Camersons for Tea had a nice time
Tuesday 22 went to John Sypes had a Turkey Diner a good visit
Thursday 24 Mrs Obrine was buried to day got a letter from Ezra
Saturday 26 Mr William Hyndman Died to day got a letter from Maggy
Sunday 27 went to Church 2 to day
Tuesday 29 Mr Hyndman was buried to day a very stormy day
Wednesday 30 it blowed all day to day the roads all blocked
Thursday 31 it is a nice day got a letter from Lucy
Friday 1 {April written in blue ballpoint above} this is the 1 day of April I got home to day
Tory and Frank went to Town a nice day
Saturday 2 Charles went to Town took a box of Butter Tory and Vanalens went to Mrs Frasers to
night Dick Beggs wife had a young Daughter Monday the 21 of March I sowed Tomatoes seed to
day the snow is deep
Sunday 3 Charles Min and Tory went to Church a nice day
Monday 4 Mr Shaver and Any here for Diner the girls washed a Letter from Sam
Tuesday 5 they started for Cal to day Charles ment to Town sent Letter to Sam and Ezra and Lucy
and Kate and Ella Christy Mr and Mrs Cameron and Elisa Lockwood was here
Wednesday 6 Charles Taped the bush to day I went to Mr Clarks Charles and Min went to Mr Woods
last night Tory went to Prayr Meeting to Mrs McCargers
Thursday 7 Charles killed a calf to day it is a lovely day the Cheese Men met here to night they want
this street
Friday 8 this is Samys birth day he is 28 to day Charles and Tory went to Town it looks like spring
saw a Robin and Black bird to day Sent a Letter to John to day it is a lovely day
Saturday 9 they Boiled the sap for the first to day the snow is very deep
Sunday 10 a lovely day this is Easter Sunday got a Calf to day roads bad
Monday 11 they boiled in the Hugh Martin staid here all night sugard of
Tuesday 12 the Train started to day had 1 pasinger Car the first one they did not run since February
Charles went to Town to day sold 8 Galons of Syrup it is a cold day sap not runing much Sent a
letter to Lucy sowd Cabage seed Saturday lisa Wood here
Wednesday 13 a cold morning the Boyss went to cut a Curly Maple
Thursday 14 a nice day Mrs Wood called here this evening
Friday 15 Jo Clark and Wife and Bert were this Afternoon we sugard of it snowed
Saturday 16 it rained to day Cass Caselman came here to day to stay awhile
Sunday 17 a nice morning Charles walked down to Church the roads are bad
Monday 18 Any Martha and Bella Wilson here in the Afternoon and Will and Jim Clark and Jimy
Beggs and Mr Christy from Winchester Sugared off I sent a letter to Lucy
Tuesday 12 a good sap day had a nice lot of syrup Cas is here yet
Wednesday 20 Tory and Cas went to Dick Beggs this Afternoon a good sap day another nice bach
of syrup Tory and Cas went Beggs
1887 {written in pencil at top of page}
Thursday 21 Charles and Cas went to Town Charles took 19 Gallons of Syrup and 70 pound of
Butter Min sowed Cabage Seed to day a bach of Syrup
Friday 22 got a letter from Aunt Aurilla and one from Lucy Charles went to Winchester to day
Saturday 23 got a little Syrup Charles went to the Shop James Clark got 2 Galons of Syrup to day
{Cas went away written up side of page}
Sunday 24 it is a cold raw wind to day roads bad Samy here
Monday 25 the Girls washed blankets to day Charles and Min went to Town in the Afternoon George
Commenced to plow this afternoon
Wednesday 27 Tory went to Ee Christys to day a nice day
Thursday 28 we raked off the door yard to day I called on Mrr Wood to day Tory and I were back to
see Mrs Cuming to day she is very low id got a Letter from John and one from Laury she wrote me
her first letter and a very nice one it was I think he has a good Wife I like to hear from my Children
Friday 29 it is raining to day we had more pigs wednesday night
Saturday 30 Sid Shaw and Wife were here to day a nice day
Sunday 1 {‘May’ written in pencil below} this is the first day of April {April is crossed out with blue
ballpoint and ‘May’ written above} Tory and I went to South Mountain to quarterly Meting had a good
Meting
Monday 2 the Girls washed the buckets to day I raked the bleach yard Min and Tory went to Clarks
this Afternoon
Tuesday 3 the Girls washed I went to Mr Colmans and Mr Blairs
Wednesday 4 Charles sowed Wheat to day Min Tory and I went to Prayrmting
Thursday 5 I dont feel very well sent a letter to John and one to Maggy to day
Friday 6 the Girls made Garden to day a nice day
Saturday 7 Charles and Tory went to Town I feel pretty Sick to day
Sunday 8 Charles and Min went down to Church this morning Tory and Min and Vanalens went to
Hallville to night
Monday 9 Jade Smith was here to day Charles planted Potatoes to day
Tuesday 10 the Girls washed Flanel Sheets and quilts to day
Wednesday 11 Tory went to Tibs Tuesday and came home to night
Thursday 12 we made Soap to day had the potash kittle full
Friday 13 I went to Mr Beggs to day the Girls cleaned the Caraige house
Saturday 14 a nice day we want rain very much it is very Smoky
Sunday 15 Tory and I went to Church Tory playd on the Organ for the first
Monday 16 Miss Shaver was here to give lesons I dont know whether she will get a class
Tuesday 17 we planted Corn and beans it rained a little to night Charles went to Winchester on the
Cars walked home Willia Vanallen and Miss Martin Married to night at 8
Wednesday 18 no rain yet it so dry things cant come up
Thursday 19 I went to see Mrs Cumings she is very low went to Mr Balkwells and Mr John Smiths
Mrs Cameron and Tib was here I was so sorry we had 7 Men for Diner
Friday 20 we had John Workman and Mr Woods Boy to day
Saturday 21 no rain yet every thing is so dry
Sunday 22 we had a little Colt last night it is a nice day Charles and Min went to Church this morning
George and Tory this Afternoon Tory went to Sundy School
Monday 23 Anne Shaver was here to day it is very warm
Tuesday 24 {May written in blue ballpoint above} the queens Birth Day held the Jubilee at Bishups
Mills
Wednesday 25 it rained last night we planted potatoes to day Sid Shaw and wife here to day
Thursday 26 we set cabage plants yesterday Alec Gibson Maried the 24
Friday 27 it rained to day every thing looks fresh and nice
Saturday 28 Min and Tory went to the Buriing Ground and then went to Sid Shaws Mr Peter Grant
and Rachel Proser was buried to day {‘had a calf’ is written above}
Sunday 29 Min and Tory went down to Church to day
Monday 30 James Middagh and Wife here to day we hag 2 men hewing timber
Tuesday 31 John Parker came up for the fair to night
Wednesy 1 {‘June’ written in blue ballpoint below} this is the 1 day of June it rained all the forenoon
Charles and George went in the afternoon
Thursday 2 it rained this afternoon Mr Griffin Died the 1 day of the Month
Friday 3 we tore down part of the Cookhouse Tory and I went to Mr blacks I got a letter from Ezra to
day Mrs black told me all about Willia and Maggy and Ezra she says they are doing well
Saturday 4 Mr and Mrs Vanallen came back Thursday went home to day
Sunday 5 Min and Charles went to Church in the morning Tory and I in the Evening it is a nice day
Monday 6 Charles and George drew sand this afternoon
Tuesday 7 they are moving the House to day got it back far anough to night had 7 Men they worked
very hard
1887 {written in pencil on top of page}
Wednesday 8 took all day to turn it around they worked very hard
Thursday 9 Clark Balkwell here to day George has gone to Mr Blairs to a plowing Bee it is a nice day
Andrew Rose here
Friday 10 Charles and Clark went to Otaway to day Mrs Louge here and staid all night last night
Saturday 11 Min went to Town for the Boys to day
Sunday 12 G we all went to Church this Morning Tory went to Hexton
Monday 13 the Mason came to day Tory went to Mr Armstrongs comenced the wall
Tuesday 14 Tory went to Prescot Charles went to Winchister
Wednesday had 2 Men besides our own they comenced the wall 13 {word the also written above
wall}
Thursday 16 I went to Mr Frauts and Mr Colmans Tory got a letter from Lucy
Friday 17 Charles went to Town I went to the Grave yard
Saturday 18 Min and I went to Town got a pair Boots and a dress Tory got a Letter from Ezra she is
not back yet
Sunday 19 Charles and MIn went to the Baptist Church Sid Shaw was here for Diner and Tea we
had Strawberries for Tea we had them Friday
Monday 20 Min washed the Baggs Mr Caning and Sid Shaw was here for Diner caned Strawberries
Tuesday 21 Robert Parker and Wife Hanah Lisa and 2 Children here to day Tory came home to
night
Wednesday 22 Charles went to Winchester for Doors and Windows
Thursday 23 Charles has 6 Teams drawing Lumber to day
Friday 24 Charles and George drew Lumber to day Mrs Balkwell Clark comenced work to day got a
letter from Laury and Magy and Sam and Aunt Aurillia to day had a social at Vanalens
Saturday 25 Min and I went to Alec Hyndmans this Afternoon
Sunday 26 Charles Min George and Troy all went to Church
Monday 27 the Girls are making me a dress to day
Tuesday 28 the Girls washed to day it is very warm Camp meting comced to day
Wednesday 29 Tory and I went to Camp Meting to day I staid she came home
Thursday 30 still at the Camp Meting went to Jo Carsons to night
Friday 31 this is the first day of July am not well got a pain in my breast Tory went to a picknick for
the Sundy School 4 Schooll
Saturday 2 {July written in pencil above and underlined in blue ballpoint} came home from the Camp
Ground to night good Metings
Sunday 3 Charles and George went to Camp Meting to day
Monday 4 the Girls washed Charles went to Winchester mr Sheik and Alec Hyndman here for Diner
Tuesday 5 a very warm day we are all very busy now
Wednesay 6 I went to Morisburg with Mrs Vanalen to day
Monday 11 got home to day had a good visit was very tired
Tuesday 12 the Girls went picking Berries to day dun well
Wednes 13 a very warm day Mr Homes and the painter here all night
Thursday 14 Anne Coleman Died Tory went down to Church
Friday 15 the Girls went picking berries got 17 pounds smashed my finger to day
Saturday 16 Anne Coleman was buried to day a heavy rain last night
Sunday 17 Charles and Min went to Church it rained to day
Monday 18 the Girls washed and went picking berries in the Afternoon
Tuesday 19 I went to Aleck Smiths and Mr Frasers to day
Wednesay 20 a very warm day the boys are in their Hay
Thursday 21 they are stacking Hay my finger is very sore went to Winchester to day good by to my
booke for a while
Wednesday 24 {August written in pencil above} of August Willia Campbell and Jane An Dougle was
married they had 2 Clowdy days
Saturday 27 I got home to day been gone 5 weeks glad to get home
Sunday 28 Min Tory and I went to Church in the morning
Monday 29 Sent a letter to sam and Ezra got 3 letter while away
Tuesday 30 Tory went to Vanalens we had company yesterday and to day
Wednesdy 31 we had company to day tore down the bedrooms
Thursday 1 {‘August’ written in blue ballpoint beneath ’September ?’ written in pencil beneath that}
this is the 1 day of August {‘September’ written in pencil above} put a new floor in the kitchen John
McCarger and wife here to day went to Martha {‘beg’ written above}
Friday 2 got sick to day the house is to cold for me
Saturday 3 a good deal better but I cant stand the noise
Sunday 4 Tory and I went to Church I staid at Tibs
Sunday 15 got home to day been gone 3 weeks glad to get home
Monday 16 Mary jane Brown came to help Tory make a Dress Jim Griffin came to day to give the
house the 2 Coat
Sunday 9 {October written in pencil above} this is the 9 of October was at Church this Morning he
finished painting the house on Friday the 6
Monday 10 Clark and Bob came back to day went last Friday
Thursday 13 Tory started to day for Johns how I did hate to see her go
Friday 14 it is very lonesome with out Tory hope she got there safe
Saturday 15 there was an excursion to Smiths falls price 50 cents
1887 {written in pencil at top of page}
Sunday 16 Charles Min and I went to the stone Church
Monday 17 Charles comenced to by Grain at the Station
Tuesday 18 Min went to Kemptville to day it rained last night
Friday 22 {Saturday is written above and below the struck out word Friday} I am 65 to day it is very
cold to day Charles went to Winchesters for the doors got but 1 Mr Carson was buried to day at 10
Oclock
Sunday 23 Mr Cook was buried to day at half past 10
Monday 24 John Tomson was buried to day at half past 10
Tuesday 25 Mrs Beggs was here to day a very cold day Sent a letter to Sam Tory and Ezra the 24
Thursday 27 Charles came home to day Mary Middagh and Lucy Ervin came here Alec Gregory and
wife here
Friday 28 went to Clarks with Mary and Mr Woods
Saturday 29 they went home to day painted the floor snowed
Friday 4 {‘November’ written in blue ballpoint above} this is the 4 of November Tibs birth day I staid
with her all night
Sunday 6 Charles and Min went to Church to day
Monday 7 Moved in the Stove to day
Tuesday 8 killed 4 pigs Mr Wood here the Boys got done to night
Wednesday 9 Mrs Cumings died this Morning Charles went to otawa George tore the kitchen down
got a letter from Lucy
Thursday 10 Min took me down to Tibs this Afternoon
Friday 11 Mr Hyndman and I went to the Funeral it Snowed
Saturday 12 got a letter from Tory O how I mis her
Tuesday 15 {‘Nov.’ written above} Tiby had a young Daughter {underlined in blue ballpoint with
‘Esther’ written beside} this morning
Saturay 19 got a letter from Lucy Laury Ezra and Tory Jo B Joseph Ratherford Died to day
Tuesday 29 I came home to day Tib is prety smart got a nice baby {underlined in blue ballpoint}
Wednesay 30 Charles went to the Corners to day for a Door
Thursay 1 {‘December written in pencil above} the first day of December it is very Cold finished
painting to night
Friday 2 took up a carpet to day begining the painter
Saturday 3 finished painting last nigh to night whitined and papered 2 rooms Saturday 3 to day he
Whitened and papered to rooms to day
Saturday 3 cleaned out some rooms to day Min Oiled a bed room
Sunday 4 it is raining to day Joseph Crouder Married the 25 of November
Monday 5 Washed a Carpet to day Sent 3 Letters A A V {continued on the next page of the diary}
Neil Macintires wife was Buried the 5 of December
Tuesday 6 put down my bed room Carpet to day
Wednesy 7 put a carpet on the spare bed room up stairs
Thursday 8 had the Big machine to day here 2 nights Mrs Martin here
Friday 9 put down a Carpet in the Parlour to day
Saturday 10 put down a carpet in the Dining room to day it is raining got a Letter from Lucy to day
Sent one to Laura and Ezra 1 Decem
Sunday 11 it is still raining we did not go to Church
Monday 12 fixed up Lucys and Torys room went to Hyndmans
Tuesday 13 Min Washed got a Letter from Tory sent 1 to W and John
Wednesday 14 Min and Alma went to see Jane Charles went to Town
Thursday 15 5 Men to day they are Diging a well
Friday 16 4 Men to day Min came home to Day
Saturday 17 they got watter to day went down 18 feet
Sunday 18 Charles and Min went to Church I wrote to Tory to day
Monday 19 they finished Stoning the well to day Jim Clark helped
Tuesday 20 a nice day got a letter from Tory and sint one Wednesay had Oysters Clarks and Beggs
Christys and Cas Mr Graham and Miss Martin Married to night at 5
Wednesday 21 killed a Beef Bob Black and Miss Pelton Married to night
Thursday 22 a nice day Charles and George went to the woods
Friday 23 Charles went to Otaway this Morning
Saturday 24 Charles came home to night brought me a book for Xmas present
Sunday 25 Min gave me a present of a Fur Jacket for a Xmas preasant a nice one it is cost 35
Dollars I spent Xmas with Tiby got a letter from Lucy and one from Tory Satury
Monday 26 was at Alecks they had a roast Turkey for Diner
Tuesday 27 came home to day found no one here dont know where they are they were at Kemptville
Wednesday 28 William Clark and Alace McCleaster was Married to day Charles and Min went to the
Meding they were Married at 5 Oclock it snowed all day
Thursday 29 it is blowing very hard to day and very cold
Friday 30 it is very cold Charles commenced to Draw wood to day 5 loads drew
Names of parents {‘married Oct. 1st 1843’ written in blue ballpoint}
John Middagh Born August 23 1813 Died May 5 1885
Lucy Arvilla Rosseter Born October 22 1822 {‘died 1900’ written in pencil beside with ‘Nov 21st

written in blue ballpoint}
Names of Children
John Harvey Born September 30 1844
Mary Middagh Born January 11 1846 Died October 22 1879
Charles Henry Born August 23 1847
Sally Middagh Born April 28 1849
Lucy Aurilla Born March 3 1851 Died August 10 1852
Lucy Aurilla Born December 2 1852
Dinah Elizabeth Born November 4 1854 {‘Died June 30th 1896’ written in blue ballpoint beside}
Willian Aubrose Born May 8 1857
Samuel Born April 8 1859
Victoria Abigail Born May 27 1861
Sylvester John Born July 18 1863 Died August 17 1884
Ezra Sipes Born February 26 1864
Parents Married
John Middagh & Lucy A Rosseter October 1 1843
Children Married
John Harvey & Florence P Prouty September 14 1881
Mary Middagh & Robert Parker October 27 1876
Charles Henry & Mary An Shaw September 24 1877
Sally Middagh & William Hyndman March 28 1871
Lucy A Middagh & James Carson June 10 1878
Dinah E Middagh & Alexander Hyndman June 11 1873
William A middagh & Maggie Belingham January 7 1884
Samuel Middagh & Laury Paus March 10 1887
Victoria A Middagh & Thomas Jamieson Married September 9 1891
Florence Arvilla Jamieson born Nov 18/93
Saw ye my Saviour Saw ye my Saviour
Saw ye my Saviour and God
O he Died on Calvery to Atone for you and me
And to purchase our pardon with Blood
He was Extended He was Extended
Shamefuly Nailed to the Tree
O he Bowed his Head and Died Thus my Lord was Crucified
To Atone for A World that was Lost
Jesus hung Bleeding Jesus Hung Bleeding
Three Dreatful Hours in pain
And the Solid Rocks were Bent Through Creations vast Extent
When the Jews Crucified the God Man
Darkness Prevailed Darkness Prevailed
Darkness Prevailed ore the Land
And the Sun refused to Shine when His Magesty Divine
Was Derided Insulted and Slain
When it was finished When it was finished
And the Atonement was made
He was taken by the Great And Embalmed in Spices Sweet
And wa in a New Sepulchre Laid
{Lucy written at bottom of page}
the 4 of October heard a Sermon in the Methodist Church from 2 Corinthens 5 Chapter 1 verse)
Sunday the 11 a Sermon in the Presbyterien Church from Corinthians 4 Chapter 4 verse Sunday the
18 heard a Sermon from 2 Corinthens 7 8 9 verses Sundy the 25 from Malachi 3 Chapter 8 verse
Sunday the 11 from Amos 4 Chapter 12 verse
1 verse 3 verse
The Sun of Man they did Betray Now Hung between
He was Condemed and led away The Earth and Skies
Think O my Soul on that dread day Behold in agony
Look on Mount Calvery He dies
Behold him Lamb like led along Hark Siners hear
Sorounded by a wicked Throng His mournful cries
Acused by each lying Tongue Come see how great
And thus the Lamb of God they Hung His pain
Upon the Shameful Tree A Soldier pierced
2 verse Him when he Died
Hark Men and Angels hear the Sun Then healing streams
He Cries for help but O theres none Came from his side
He treads the Wine press all alone Twas this the Lord
His Garments Stained with Blood Was Crucified
In lemintations hear him cry Stern Justice then
Elo Lamd saback tha ni Was Satisfied
Soon Death will close his langued Eyes When Christ
He soon will mount the upper Skies Their Lord
The Conquering Son of Man Was Slain
4 verse
Tis don the dreatful Debt is paid
The great atonement now is made
Siner on him your Guilt was laid
For you he spilt his Blood
For you he left the Courts Above
For you he left his Fathers Love
That you the Length and Breadth might prove
And Might and Depth of perfect love
Be swalowed up in God
Mrs John Middagh Lucy Middagh Lucy Middagh
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Lucy Middagh, “Lucy Middagh Diary & Transcription, 1884-1887,” Rural Diary Archive, accessed March 24, 2019, https://ruraldiaries.lib.uoguelph.ca/transcribe/items/show/82.