1846-1870 journal of the Morrell farm of Eliot, Maine, which includes many mentions of John Morrell and his son Benning Morrell, especially, and also of John's sons Andrew Jackson Morrell; Franklin Jefferson Morrell; and daughter Henrietta Morrell, as well as of other area folk.
The journal, with covers and spine, measures nearly 8-1/2" by 7". A few smaller journal pages, measuring about 8" by 6-1/2" without the covers, are tucked in the journal and describe the farm's dealings in sheep, lambs and bees from the same time frame.
See images of the entire journal, and the pages tucked within, at the end of this post.
The first two pages are more narrative than the majority of pages. They describe the establishment and improvement of the farm. The majority of pages describe the weather and farm activities in a laconic fashion.
Sadly, no births, marriages or deaths are recorded, even of immediate family members. Holidays mentioned in the journal:
- Thanksgiving, mentioned each year, including during the Civil War Years, as "Thanksgiving in all Lincoln States". In 1865 Thanksgiving was on December 7; as per the proclamation by President Andrew Johnson of October 28, 1865.
- Lent, mentioned at least once,
- Fast Day
- White Sunday, by which I believe he meant Whit Sunday
- Mr. Joseph Farbush, presumably Joseph Furbush, lost an ox on August 29, 1859 when lightning hit the barn.
- Mr. James Jenkins lost his barn due to lightning on July 29, 1859.
- Sheep losses on the Morrell farm
- Eliot, Maine
- Dover, New Hampshire, site of the Fair, where in 1859, the horse Draco won in two minutes and 41 seconds
- Portsmouth, New Hampshire
- Rocky Hills
- River Pasture
- Portland, Maine
- Mr. Joseph Farbush, presumably Joseph Furbush - his ox was killed by lightning in the barn on August 29, 1859
- D. Hersey
- Levi Hersey; middle initial possibly T; who did sheep business with the Morrell farm
- Mr. Daniel Jenkins, who did sheep business with the Morrell farm
- Mr. James Jenkins; his barn burned on July 20, 1859
- Benning Morrell; son of John Morrell
- Franklin J. Morrell; Franklin Jefferson Morrell, son of John Morrell
- J. Morrell; referring to himself, John Morrell
- C. E. Morrell; Charles Edward Morrell, son of John Morrell
- Henrietta Morrell, daughter of John Morrell
- John Raitt
- Miss H. H. Shapleigh, teacher; perhaps Harriet H. Shapleigh, daughter of Dennis and Ruth (Chase) Shapleigh
John died November 26, 1881; and Sarah on November 13, 1865, unmarked in the journal. They are buried in the Morrell Cemtery at Eliot, Maine.
- Benning Morrell, born October 15, 1822 at Eliot, Maine; died April 7, 1879; buried there in the Morrell Cemetery. Mentioned many times in the journal.
- Mary Ann Morrell, born July 5, 1825 at Eliot, Maine; died May 31, 1909; buried in Morrell Cemetery
- Franklin Jefferson Morrell, born January 2, 1828 at Eliot, Maine; died January 10, 1891; buried in Morrell Cemetery. Mentioned several times in the journal.
- Charles Edward Morrell, born May 1832 in Eliot, Maine; died September 15, 1865 at Eliot, Maine, and buried there in Morrell Cemetery. Mentioned at least once in the journal, but no mention of his death.
- Andrew Jackson Morrell, born November 16, 1834; died February 6, 1882; buried in Morrell Cemetery
- Henrietta Morrell (twin of Horace), born November 2, 1838; died March 12, 1912; buried in Morrell Cemetery
- Horace Morrell (twin of Henrietta), born November 2, 1838; died January 10, 1871; buried in Morrell Cemetery