Monday, January 28, 2019

April Entries in the 1873 Diary of Ida Isadore Reynolds (1860-1946) of Acton, Maine; future Wife of John Jotham Shapleigh (1856-1923)

April entries in the 1873 diary of Ida Isadore Reynolds (1860-1946) of Acton, Maine.  Ida would marry John Jotham Shapleigh (1856-1923) in 1881.

Links to the months of March 1873 and May 1873 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.

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.

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.

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.

As you can see from the images below, Ida's physical address in 1873 was Acton, Maine, but the family received the mail through the North Lebanon, Maine, Post Office.

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

Following the images and transcriptions below is a list of the people mentioned, in order of appearance, only once, as some are mentioned multiple times.

Saturday, March 29, 1873:  For Saturday.  [Ida transposed her entries.  What shows is an entry for Friday. What I've transcribed shows what she meant to enter for Saturday.] Dull or Very Rainy. Uncle Sawyer finished shelling corn. Aunt finished her rug.

Sunday, March 30, 1873:  Very Windy.  Read.  Played on Organ.

Monday, March 31, 1873:  Snowed.  Father & Mother came over after me.  Came home.

Ida has returned to her home in Acton, Maine, after an extended stay with her maternal aunt Lucy Jane (Tupper) Sawyer (1837-1880) and husband Rev. Seth Sawyer (1808-1892)

Tuesday, April 1, 1873.  Fair.  Made 4 vests.  Sapped ? trees, get 10 Pails.  Went to Clara's and Mrs. Boston's.  She is sick.  Mother got a bite in her nose.

Wednesday, April 2, 1873:  Rainy.  Made 6 Vests.  Father went to Aunt Martha's.  She had gone to Boston.

Thursday, April 3, 1873:  Fair.  My birthday.  Got a dress.  Washed.  Churned.  Made Cheese.  I made 3 Beds.  Sugared off.  Got 1 1/2 pails sap.  Sapped 18 trees; 18 pails.

Friday, April 4, 1873:  Fair. Went to A? [Aphie's or Abbie's ?] Sherman. Got 5 pails [sap]. Callers, Enoch, Andrew F, Mr. Downes.

Saturday, April 5, 1873:  Fair. Went to Mrs. Boston, got her instrument. Went to Nell's to help, went in woods, get 21 Pails.  Sugared off. Clara here, hooked.

Sunday, April 6, 1873:  Cloudy. Read. Got 3 Pails.

Monday, April 7, 1873:  Misty. We hooked all day.  Caller, Mr. James Merrel. Visitor, Nellie Hilton, J. Steavens here and Mr. Downes.

Tuesday, April 8, 1873:  Foggy.

Wednesday, April 9, 1873:  Rained. Hooked.  Caller, Jacob S.

Thursday, April 10, 1873:  Fair. Hooked. Finished my rug.  Got _ Pail[s]. Callers, Nell, Mr. N. H., Enoch, Mr. James Merril.

Friday, April 11, 1873:  Fair. Got 15 Pails [sap]. Boiled it down. Callers, Walter & Leslie Jones. George Sherman & Nell. She stayed all night.  Went to Mrs. Boston ___

Saturday, April 12, 1873:  Cloudy. Snowed. E. A. Wentworth. Boot [bought ?] 1-1/2 Pound Sugar. Went to Hattie's. She came up, made me a chemise.

Sunday, April 13, 1873:  Snowed all day.  Read. A Great Snow Storm for this time of year.

Monday, April 14, 1873:  Snowed. Read. Made 1 yds tatting. Washed. Made a Chemise for myself.  Enoch here.

Tuesday, April 15, 1873:  Dull. Got 9-1/2 Pails of Sap. Made ? yds tatting.

Wednesday, April 16, 1873:  Fair. Father's birthday.  He is 53 years old.  He walked 12 miles to Town Meeting. Got 7 Pails Sap. Went to Mrs. B and to Clara's. Enoch here.

Thursday, April 17, 1873:  Cloudy.  Fast Day.  Went to Clara's. Mr. Hilton here.  Made 2 ___. I went to Bell's and to Lottie's.

Friday, April 18, 1873:  Cold. Snowed. Mr. Hilton here.  Father ______May made 3 baskets. Filled 3 baskets.

Saturday, April 19, 1873:  Fair. Edward E. came home. Got a letter from Hannah. Went to Hattie's. Mrs. Boston. Mrs. Hilton. Hattie Sherman here.

Sunday, April 20, 1873:  Fair. boiled down Sap. The Horned Sheep Lambed one Lamb.  
 Callers, Enoch, Mr. Hilton.

Monday, April 21, 1873:  Fair. Went to Mrs. B's and to Nellie's. Knit. We made Soap.  Walter, Hiram.

Tuesday, April 22, 1873:  Fair. Visitors, Mary, Sabrina Boston, Albert Downs.  Callers Enoch. Mother Finished making soap. got 13 Pails Sap.

Wednesday, April 23, 1873:  Fair. Knit. Callers, Mr. Nat ___, Mr. Andrew___ Mr. 
William Hilton. Got 12 Pails Sap. Father has worked 3 days for Enoch Sherman.

Thursday, April 24, 1873:  Fair. Caller, Mr. Boston.  Mother and Everett went to Clint [?]. Mother Father to Lock's, George, Mrs. Boston, Mr. Hilton

Friday, April 25, 1873:  Cloudy. Everett went to W. Lebanon on to get his trunk. I studied. Knit. Read a little.

Saturday, April 26, 1873:  Fair. Father went to Great Falls. Edward went to Aunt Martha's. Read. Sewed.

Sunday, April 27, 1873:  Fair. Read. Uncle Jacob came up. Luther Drew Hilton here. Wrote to Aunt Lucy.

 Monday, April 28, 1873:  Fair. Marked Edward's clothes. Knit a little. Mother washed. Caller, Georgie Sherman, Mr. Hilton.

Tuesday, April 29, 1873:  Fair. Knit. Went to Mr. Prescott's. ___ Read.

Wednesday, April 30, 1873:  Fair. Clinton & Sarah Ricker was up, stayed all day. Clara here.  Knit finished my stocking. Went to Mr. Hilton's, ____ Stevens. ["with Everett" is written at top of entry for May 1, but I believe it finishes this sentence, but there was no room]

Thursday, May 1, 1873:  Fair. Nell & Georgia here. We went to Mary Downes. Edward & Mother fixed our flower bed. May gave me a pink [pansy ?].  balsam, [Jerusalem sp ?] cherry tree.

Friday, May 2, 1873:  Cloudy. Mr. Weeks was here with vests. Mr. Cottle here with Tin [trim ?]. Got 32 vests. Father went to Corner. Made Mother an apron.

Saturday, May 3, 1873:  Snowed. Mother made Moses Cowell's pants. Mr. Hilton here. Edward did not go away.

People mentioned, in order, first time only.  Readers are requested to provide more information.

Again, if you have corrections and/or additional information on any of the people mentioned, please leave a comment or contact me directly.

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