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Benjamin Reesor Diary, 1871-1878

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Jan 1876

13 I helped Br C Kill Beef AM I & boys to 14 bus Oats to Br S's to get Chopped Pm. Joe took 43 bus 35 lbs Peas to Toronto at 74 per bus. W. fine & Cler pretty Cold

14 I & Joe helped Br C saw wood with Machine W. Cold west wind some snow AM didnt amount to anything

15 I helped Br C saw AM Joe helped all day I chored Pm. W. milder

Sunday 16 at home all day Finlaws were here Br S's youngsters were here this evening W. mild

17 we sawed wood with Hoover's Machine W. fine & mild like April. thawing. Cloudy

18 Went to Cut logs. Cut 4 when it began to rain came home then Chored. W drissly rain from east all day

19 Cut logs Am. Joe Picked turnips in Cellar Pm I & Nancy went to Funeral of Old Mrs Isabel Purdy at 11th Con & then went to Cedar Grove W. mild roads very muddy Cold wind this evening

20 Cut logs. W. very Cold. frose hard. roads very rough

21 I had George Gunn with Br S's Oscar skidding logs we put up 59 W. pretty Cold a little snow Joe went to Funeral of Susan Bear

22 Joe threshed Peas W. snow from East all day didn fall very deep

Sunday 23 I & girls & boys went to Meeting at Cedar Grove remarks by R'd H Barkey sermon on St Mat part of 15 C by B. C. I came home boys & girls staid at Br N's W. mild Cloudy a few sleighs out today

24 Cut logs. W. Cloudy little squauls of snow

25 Cut logs Am Joe threshed Peas Pm. I & Nancy went to Br C's with Matty Shank she is married to E Cook & lives in the vicinity of Ingersoll. She & Abraham Hoover's wife & Elisabeth Nighswander were here at noon & went with us to Br C's W. some snow. mild

26 Cut logs. W. Cloudy pretty Cold

27 Finished Cutting all the Pines that were blown down about 18. W. some rain snow & sleet last night looked a little like sleighing this morning but the sun came out & this evening the roads are all mud again

28 Killed our beef Cow AM Joe took grist Chop for Cattle to Cedar Grove Mills Pm W. Mild Am some drissly rain Pm

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Jan 1876

29 Joe & Jim Skidded 63 logs being all the new cut ones I & little boys took beef head & pickings to Br S's for Russians then went to get chop it was not done I then went to Sparta Pm & got Chop coming back W. soft this morning getting Colder frose hard tonight windy

Sunday 30 Nancy & Children went to Meeting at Hebron brought me the mournful intelligence that our old and faithful Preacher Henry Barkey fell Dead this morning as he was preparing to come to Meeting. MN's were here Pm W. pretty Cold high wind last night

31 i went to Markham to get horses sharped on hind feet Adeline & Susanna went with me to JH Ramers Joe burnt apple brush. W. sharp this Morning. fine & mild today

Feb 1 I & Nancy went to Funeral of R'd H Barkey went to Finlaws after service. at the grave some Parties found that he was not dead, so the body was Carried into the meeting house & a doctor was sent for in the mean time Br C Preached on 39 Psalm 5-6 & 8 after service the Doctor pronounced him dead W. mild. soft snow nearly all day snowing yet Joe was away today

2 Chored. W. very very heavy wind last night & today Joe was away today. he Came home tonight & told me that there are 37 PInes blown down in our bush. Cold

3 went to cut a pine out of road that fell across 5th Con cut 4 logs out of it AM Joe threshed Peas Pm I & boys took Chop Oats to Cedar Grove Mills W. mild snowed roads running east & west are badly drifted

4 Joe helped Flavius saw wood I helped shovel road from 11th Con west. I & boys took grist wheat to Cedar Grove Mills Pm. W. Cler some snow Am

5 Joe took 2 loads pine wood to Fleurys in Markham I & boys went through Hoover's bush awhile AM saw nothing brought home grist Pm JB's were here awhile. W. pretty Cold

Sunday 6 at home JD's were here Br N's awhile Pm Br S's & Henry Boyer's tonight W. beginning to thaw

7 went to AB's Joe took 2 loads wood. sleighing gone

8 Joe split sawed wood I chored. W. sharp, getting milder

9 I & Joe helped Br S's thresh. W. snow from East am rain & sleet Pm freesing as it falls

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Name: Isabella Purdy Birth Date: 7 Jun 1806 Birth Place: County Armagh, Northern Ireland Death Date: 17 Jan 1876 Death Place: Markham, York Regional Municipality, Ontario, Canada Cemetery: Zion United Church Cemetery Burial or Cremation Place: Markham, York Regional Municipality, Ontario, Canada Has Bio?: Y Spouse: James Purdy Children: John Bell Purdy Mary Watson Elizabeth Anne Burrows Ellen Isabella Millard Elizabeth Frances Brough URL: https://www.findagrave.com/mem...

Name: Susan Bear Gender: Female Age: 20 Birth Date: abt 1856 Birth Place: Scarborough, Ontario Death Date: 19 Jan 1876 Death Place: York, Ontario, Canada Religion: Wesleyan Methodist Cause of Death: Typhoid Fever

Name: Rev Henry Blough Barkey Birth Date: 1 Aug 1804 Death Date: 30 Jan 1876 Cemetery: Wideman Mennonite Cemetery Burial or Cremation Place: Markham, York Regional Municipality, Ontario, Canada Has Bio?: N Father: Jacob Berkey Mother: Veronica Barkey Spouse: Veronica Barkey Children: Abraham Barkey Susannah Raymer Jacob Barkey Annie Barkey Frances Smith Henry Grove Barkey Sarah Kindy Samuel Grove Barkey Lucy Elizabeth Spiker