Thursday, June 2, 2011

June 1901 Entries in Diary of James Moore, Lakewood District of Ellsworth, Maine

Diary of James Moore of the Lakewood area of Ellsworth, Maine. He kept his diary very intermittently until 1901 when he became more conscientious about keeping it up. If you look closely at the above image of the front cover, you will see his name, twice.

This diary was found with four other diaries that were kept by James' daughter-in-law Vesta Estella (Garland) Moore.
This post contains the entries James Moore made for June 1901. Other posts contain entries for
From brief online research, hopefully correct:  [corrections and additions welcome!]
James Moore was born 30 May 1837 in Maine, the son of Gary Townsend Moore and wife Miriam (Garland) Moore. His paternal grandparents were John, Jr. and Polly (Townsend) Moore. His maternal grandparents were Josiah and Sarah "Sally" (Swett) Garland.

On 21 August 1858 James married Laura Ann Garland, who was born 5 February 1838, at Ellsworth, Maine, the daughter of Leonard Jarvis Garland and wife Azuba A. "Zuby" (Moore) Garland. Her paternal grandparents were Josiah and Sarah "Sally" (Swett) Garland. Her maternal grandparents were Edward and Elizabeth B. "Betsey" (Maddocks) Moore.

James and Laura had four children that I could find, perhaps more. They and their children were:
  • John R. Moore, born 29 May 1959; m. Lois Anna Boynton; children: Lettie B. Moore; Howard G. Moore; Cecil E. Moore; Wesley Moore; Philip Moore 
  • Winfield Scott Moore, born 12 May 1862; m. Vesta Estella Garland; children: Nora Nettie Moore; Gary Townsend Moore 
  • Ellen Elvira Moore, born 11 March 1866; m. Francis Jeremiah Boynton; children: Leon; Lillian; Minnie; Laura; Rosamund 
  • Lorenda Ann Moore, born 23 September 1872; m. George Whitmore "Whit" Garland; children: Ambrose Winfield Garland; Viola May Garland; Mansell Rowe Garland; Delmar Alton Garland; Fannie Irene Garland; Mercy Beryl Garland; David Philander Garland; Betsey Garland 
James Moore died 27 March 1903, an event that a reader of the diary knows, sadly, is coming. His wife Laura Ann (Garland) Moore died 22 May 1921.

If you have any corrections and/or additions to the information presented here, please leave a comment or contact me directly.

People mentioned in the entries, in alphabetical order by surname, not necessarily by given name:
  • Leonora
  • ? Fletcher
  • Fred Frazier
  • Abi Garland
  • Whitmore Garland; George Whitmore Garland, husband of James Moore's daughter Lorenda Ann (Moore) Garland
  • James S. Garland
  • Ada Garland
  • Mary Garland
  • Aunt Edie Garland
  • Mrs. Giles
  • Jellison; presumably Florence (Oakes) Jellison of Mariaville, who had drowned in April 1901
  • Alanson Jordan
  • Joseph Mercer
  • Scott; Winfield Scott Moore, son of James Moore
  • John D. Moore
  • Jamie Moore
  • Cecil Moore; son of James Moore's son John Roland Moore
  • Wesley Moore; son of James Moore's son John Roland Moore
  • Nora; daughter of Winfield Scott Moore, James Moore's son
  • Laura; presumably Laura Ann (Garland) Moore, wife of James Moore
  • Lettie Moore; daughter of James Moore's son John Roland Moore
  • John R. Moore; John Roland Moore, son of James Moore
  • Vesta Moore; Vesta Estella (Garland) Moore, wife of James Moore's son Winfield Scott Moore
  • Aunt Thankful Moore;  Thankful (Garland) Rowe, James' maternal aunt, wife of John Moore
  • Hosy Phillips
  • Steven Rankin
  • John Richardson
  • Almer Row
  • Charles Silsbury

Wednesday, June 5, 1901. I have planted our beans today. Scott is to work on the new road by Joseph Mercer’s putting in a bridge. All the [?] is on the old road. John D. Moore is farming for Abi Garland today. I drove Chary, our red cow, down to Jamie Moore’s to his Holstein bull.
Tuesday, June 11, 1901. Sowed our Hungarian and grass seed in the [Weston or western] field.
Saturday, June 15, 1901. We sowed corn fodder.
Sunday, June 16, 1901.  Laura and I went to Jordan Bridge in Mariaville where Jellison woman was drowned. Then went up to Trout Brook to Charles Silsbury and got dinner. Then went to the Tilden Schoolhouse to the Sunday School and prayer meeting.
June 17, 1901. We sowed a [? piece?] of Hungarian in the upper field. Whitmore Garland fetched Leonora and two of the children down home and come down and got them tonight.
Tuesday, Ellsworth. June 18, 1901.  We sowed some a piece of Hungarian. Finished farming. Only our turnip. Cecil and Wesley Moore come up here today and Cecil went to school all day with Nora. Wesley went half day, then went home. Cecil carried Whitmore Garland’s seed sower down to his father tonight.
Sunday, June 23, 1901. The free Christians Conference closed here today. John Richardson and Mrs. Giles and Steven Rankins and wife stopped with us through the meeting. James S. Garland is quite sick. Laura and I called to see him. Alanson Jordan and wife was there.
Monday, June 24, 1901. I sowed our turnips today.
Ellsworth, June 25, 1901.  Tuesday. Nora Moore went down to the high school with Letty Moore and [? Linda? Lawler?] Fletcher. John R. Moore fetched Nora home tonight. I have been mowing beside the road. Scott been hauling kill wood to Hosy Phillips.
Wednesday June 26, 1901. Very warm day. 112 in the shade. I been to work on hay. Scott Moore has been down town with a load of kill wood. Ada Garland come up to our house with the horse and wagon and got Laura and Vesta Moore and carried them down to the Schoolhouse. Mary Garland and Aunt Edie Garland and Aunt Thankful Moore was there. Mary Garland was taking count of the books.
June 28, 1901. Quite warm. Circus in town today. I went down town today. Laura went down to Fred Frazier with me. Almer Row gave me a pair of forward wheels to make me a hand cart. Scott Moore been to work on the new road this forenoon. The heat took holt of him. He had to go to bed.

Gary Moore Road might indicate the area in which James Moore lived and farmed.

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