July entries in the 1874 diary of Ida Isadore Reynolds (1860-1946) of Acton, Maine. Ida would marry John Jotham Shapleigh (1856-1923) in 1881.
This post also includes the pages in the back of the diary, including memoranda, cash account and notes, which list what Ida considered the most important events of the year.
Links to the months of June 1874 and August 1874 appear here and at the end of this post.
This diary is one of three known: 1873, 1874 and 1876. If a reader knows of the existence of any other diaries of Ida, please contact me.
See an overview post for a description of Ida's 1873, 1874 and 1876 diaries, which also contains combined alphabetical lists of surnames and people, with descriptive information where known.
Shown below are images and transcriptions of the entries and a description of the people mentioned, in order of appearance, first time only. Your comments noting errors and sharing information are requested.
Ida was the daughter of Jonathan Prescott Reynolds (1820-1899) and Rachel E. (Tupper) Reynolds (1833-1923), who were natives of Maine and Nova Scotia, respectively.
Other members of the Reynolds household, at times, were Ida's older brother Edward Everett Reynolds (1855-1945) and a Samuel/Sam/Sammy, presumably Ida's maternal cousin Samuel Muir Francis (1858-1928), son of Dr. Daniel Francis (1810-1867) and Christie Ann (Tupper) Francis (-1893).
In 1881 Ida married John Jotham Shapleigh (1856-1923), a native of Lebanon, Maine. After the death of their son Ernest in 1882, they moved to Rochester, New Hampshire, where they had a daughter Doris, born in 1898.
Although Ida's home was in Acton, Maine, it was on the border of Lebanon, Maine. As you can see from the image shown below, from Ida's 1873 diary, the Reynolds family got their mail through the North Lebanon, Maine, Post Office.
Below, the J. P. Reynolds farm along the southern border of Acton, Maine; with Lebanon, Maine, to the south; from an 1872 map of Acton, Maine, held by the Digital Maine Repository
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Wednesday, July 1, 1874: Fair. Mother not very well. Father and Sam worked up to Mrs. H's.
Thursday, July 2, 1874: Rainy. We baked for the fourth of July.
Friday, July 3, 1874: Fair. I went up to Lock's in the afternoon. Bell, Sadie and ___ [possibly Lute] came down to see about tomorrow.
Saturday, July 4, 1874: Fair. Bell, Sadie, Sam, Clara, Hattie, Charlie, Luther, George, Harvey Winchell, Elmer Bracket and myself went down in George Prescott's woods in the afternoon, had a Glorious time. Lute, Clara, and I went down to the corner and bought $.60 worth of candy.
Sunday, July 5, 1874: Rainy. I read.
Monday, July 6, 1874: Fair. Mother Washed. Aunt Fie and Aunt Jane Hilton came down here.
Tuesday, July 7, 1874: Fair. Father, Mother and Sadie and I went over to Aunt Lucy's. Sadie and I went in the burying ground up there, had a nice time.
Wednesday, July 8, 1874: Showers. Did not do a great deal. Ironed in forenoon. Sent our Vests in. received $6.75.
Thursday, July 9, 1874: Fair. Clara and I went down to Mr. Wentworth's to Prayer Meeting. Rode up in the back part of Mr. Stevens' wagon. Lock brought us 44 Vests. Mary Sherman in. Mother spun. I went up to Mrs. Robert's.
Friday, July 10, 1874: Showers. I made most three Vests. Mother spun Ten skeins of yarn. Georgia Hilton came down. Father went a fishing. I got a letter from Hannah. She is very Sad and lonesome.
Saturday, July 11, 1874: Cloudy. I am not very well today. Mother went up to Mrs. Roberts'
Sunday, July 12, 1874: Rainy. There was no Meeting. I read.
Monday, July 13, 1874: Dull. Worked on Vests.
Tuesday, July 14, 1874: Fair. Worked on Vests.
Wednesday, July 15, 1874: Fair. I made Four Vests.
Thursday, July 16, 1874: Fair. I went over to Thomas Sherman's to prayer Meeting. We made four Vests.
Friday, July 17, 1874: Fair. I worked on vests. Carlos came down. Went out and stood [?] before the cattle.
Saturday, July 18, 1874: Fair. I worked on Vests. Made four.
Sunday, July 19, 1874: Fair. Sick with head ache and ear-ache. Could not go to Meeting.
Monday, July 20, 1874: Rainy. Worked on Vests. Nellie Hubbard down here. Sick, so I could not do much.
Tuesday, July 21, 1874: Fair. Clara taken sick with pneumonia. She is pretty sick. Worked on vests. Aunt Nell Reed and Alice and Fred Wentworth came from Boston. They came down here. I worked on Vests.
Wednesday, July 22, 1874: Fair. I worked on Vests. Alice and Fred, Aunt Nell and Maude down here.
Thursday, July 23, 1874: Fair. Not very well. Alice came down and stayed all night and part of the forenoon. Fred came down here a while.
Friday, July 24, 1874: Fair. Went up to Enoch's. Alice Reed down here and Fred Wentworth.
Mother, Aunt Nell, Alice and Fred went a raspberrying.
Saturday, July 25, 1874: Fair. Hattie, Alice and I went a blueberrying in the forenoon, got two qts a piece. Hattie and I in afternoon Three qts apiece. Clara Prescott very Sick. She had to have her hair all cut off, fear she won't get better. Fred, George and Alice and Hattie here.
Sunday, July 26, 1874: Fair. I went to Sunday School.
Monday, July 27, 1874: Fair. Washed. Picked berries.
Tuesday, July 28, 1874: Fair. Went to the Falls. Got me a pair of Slippers, paid 1.25, pair Shoes, pair rubbers, pair Gloves.
Wednesday, July 29, 1874: Fair. Sewed.
Thursday, July 30, 1874: Fair. Alice, Aunt Nell and Mr. Reed here.
Saturday, August 1, 1874: Fair. Alice came down.
People mentioned in order, first time, only. Readers are requested to provide more information.
- Father and Mother - Jonathan Prescott Reynolds (1820-1899) and Rachel E. (Tupper) Reynolds (1833-1923)
- Sam - Samuel Muir Francis (1858-1928), son of Dr. Daniel Francis (1810-1867) and wife Christie Ann (Tupper) Francis (-1893), who was a sister to Ida's mother Rachel E. (Tupper) Reynolds (1833-1923). Samuel may have been the Sam or Sammy mentioned often in Ida's diary and apparently living with the family at times.
- Lock - George Lockwood Prescott (1845-1883), "Lock", son of George Washington Prescott (1815-1886) and Eliza G. (Brackett) Prescott (1817-1898) and wife of Isabelle G. (Churchill) Prescott (1845-1923), "Belle"
- Bell - presumably Mary Isabelle Prescott (1854-1932), "Belle", but possibly her sister-in-law Isabelle G. (Churchill) Prescott (1845-1923), "Belle", wife of George Lockwood Prescott (1845-1883), "Lock"
- Sadie - Sadie Noyes Prescott (1857-1879), "Say", future wife of Charles Albert Hilton (1856-1937)
- Lute/Luther - Luther Drew Hilton (1858-1894), son of Andrew Hilton (1810-1873) and Eliza Ann (Paul) Hilton (1816-1891) and future husband of Ida's friend Clara Georgietta Prescott (1860-1921)
- Clara - Clara Georgietta Prescott (1860-1921), daughter of George Washington Prescott (1815-1886) and Eliza G. (Brackett) Prescott (1817-1898) and future wife of Luther Drew Hilton (1858-1894)
- Hattie - Harriet Eldora Sherman (1859-1937), "Hattie", daughter of Thomas Sherman (1823-1893) and Abigail Elizabeth (Fox) Sherman (1822-1877), "Abbie", and future wife of George Walter Chamberlain (1859-1942)
- Charlie - presumably Charles Albert Hilton (1856-1937), son of Andrew Hilton (1810-1873) and Eliza Ann (Paul) Hilton (1816-1891) and future husband of Sadie Noyes Prescott (1857-1879)
- George - perhaps George A. Sherman (1860-), son of Enoch Piper Sherman (1836-1922) and first wife Jane (Guptill) Sherman (1832-1861)
- Harvey Winchell - presumably Harvey Winchell (1865-1937), son of Harriet Miranda (Prescott) Winchell (1844-1898) and Frank Boothby Winchell (1835-1903)
- Elmer Brackett - presumably Elmer Henry Brackett (1860-1936)
- George Prescott - presumably George Washington Prescott (1815-1886), husband of Eliza G. (Brackett) Prescott (1817-1898) and father of several of Ida's friends
- Aunt Fie -
- Aunt Jane Hilton - possibly Jane H. (Bickford) Downs Hilton (1806-1886), widow of Joseph Hilton (1803-1861); her first husband was Nathaniel Downs (1799-1826).
- Mr. Wentworth - hosted Prayer Meeting
- Mr. Stevens - presumably Hubbard Stevens (1805-1882), husband of Harriet C. (Brackett) Stevens (1808-1883)
- Mary Sherman - Mary (Ricker) Sherman (1837-1889), second wife of Enoch Piper Sherman (1836-1922)
- Mrs. Roberts, possibly the Mrs. Roberts who was a weaver
- Georgia Hilton - Georgia A. Hilton (1864-1926), daughter of and Emeline A. (Hersom) Hilton (1838-1884)
- Hannah - presumably Ida's maternal cousin Hannah Francis (1854-1923), daughter of Dr. Daniel Francis (1810-1867) and wife Christie Ann (Tupper) Francis (-1893), who was a sister to Ida's mother Rachel E. (Tupper) Reynolds (1833-1923); also known as Annie; she would marry James Alexander Buchanan (abt 1850-1906)
- Thomas Sherman - Thomas Sherman (1823-1893), husband of Abigail Elizabeth (Fox) Sherman (1822-1877) and father of Ida's friend Harriet Eldora Sherman (1859-1937), "Hattie
- Carlos - Carlos Walter Sherman (1869-1943), son of Enoch Piper Sherman (1836-1922) and second wife Mary (Ricker) Sherman (1837-1889)
- Nellie Hubbard - possibly Ellen M. Hubbard, “Nellie” (1857-1906), daughter of Aaron Hubbard and Sophia (Littlefield) Hubbard of South Berwick
- Aunt Nell Reed - Eleanor (Sherman) Reed (1834-1916), second wife of Eliab Grimes Reed (1825-1882)
- Alice - Alice R. Reed (1856-1897): Boston Street, Somerville, Massachusetts, care E. G. Reed. Alice was the daughter of Eliab Grimes Reed (1825-1882) and his first wife Abigail (Blanchard) Reed (1828-1862), and stepdaughter of Eleanor (Sherman) Reed (1834-1916)
- Fred Wentworth - Possibly Frederick Wentworth (abt 1860-), son of Thomas Millett Wentworth and Melissa (Goin) Wentworth of Great Falls, New Hampshire
- Maude - Violetta Maude Reed (1873-1946),"Maude", daughter of Eliab Grimes Reed (1825-1882) and Eleanor (Sherman) Reed (1834-1916)
- Enoch - Enoch Piper Sherman (1836-1922), husband of Mary (Ricker) Sherman (1837-1889)
- Mr. Reed - presumably Eliab Grimes Reed (1825-1882), husband of Eleanor (Sherman) Reed (1834-1916)
If you have corrections to anything above or information to share on any of the people mentioned, please leave a comment or contact me directly.