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.
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.
Wednesday, May 28, 1873: Fair. Mother painted the floor over the second time. got a letter from Edward.
Thursday, May 29, 1873: Fair. Made 4 Vests
Friday, May 30, 1873: Fair. Made most 8 Vests. Went to Mrs. Boston's. Mary & Carlos here.
Saturday, May 31, 1873: Fair. Aunt Lucy & Rev. S. came over. Went to Mrs. Boston's & Clara's. Hattie here.
Sunday, June 1, 1873: Fair. Read
Monday, June 2, 1873: Fair. Made 4 vests
Tuesday, June 3, 1873: Fair. Made 6 vests. Almon James & his Girl Jennie Pall came up.
Wednesday, June 4, 1873: Dull. Almon, Father & Sammy went Fishing. Finished the rest of my stocking. finished them both.
Thursday, June 5, 1873: Showers. They went to ride. Mother, Almon, Jennie & I went to walk.
Friday, June 6, 1873: Showers. Went ___. they went away. Went to Hattie's. Went Plumming.
Saturday, June 7, 1873: Fair. We Baked.
Sunday, June 8, 1873: Fair. Read. Mr. Downs here and Hattie.
Monday, June 9, 1873: Fair. Washed.
Tuesday, June 10, 1873: Fair. Mother made a pair of pants and I went to Nell's, Hannah Mudgett's and Mrs. B. Nell here & Georgie & Hattie. Ironed.
Wednesday, June 11, 1873: Fair. Mr. Fisk here for me to take Music Lessons. Guess I shall take. Hattie here. Made 4 Vests.
Thursday, June 12, 1873: Fair. We made 8 Vests. Mr. Downs and his wife went to Aunt Lucy.
Friday, June 13, 1873: Rainy. Made 6 Vests.
Saturday, June 14, 1873: Fair. Mother went to Aunt Lucy's. I Baked. Went to Hattie's ___ here. Made 4 Vests.
Sunday, June 15, 1873: Fair. Went to Milton Mills to meeting with Clara. Walked. Mr. Machelon [McClellan ?] preached. Went to Hattie's, she here. Clara here.
Monday, June 16, 1873: Fair. Mother came home. Look below for further particulars.
Tuesday, June 17, 1873: Fair. Mother came home. Uncle Sawyer came over. Mother went to Mrs. Boston's, to Aunt ___. Mr. Fellows here with ___. he gave me a piece of his ___ it was one year ago.
Wednesday, June 18, 1873: Fair. Went to Clara's to take a music lesson of Mr. Fisk. Went to Hattie's. She here. Mr. Fisk here. Mother went to ___. Frank Winchell here.
Thursday, June 19, 1873: Fair. Made 4 Vests. Mr. Fisk asks .40 cts. a lesson. Went to Clara's.
Friday, June 20, 1873: Fair. Made 4 vests. Went on the ridge to Hannah Fox and Bill Fox, Ira Fox & Mary Fox to Hannah Fich? ___ to Merrill
June 21, 1873: Fair. Hattie here. Baked. Made 4 vests. Went to Clara's.
Sunday, June 22, 1873: Fair. Went to Hattie's. Read.
Monday, June 23, 1873: Fair. Washed. Went to Clara's. Made 4 vests.
Tuesday, June 24, 1873: Fair. Went to the River strawberrying. Got 10 qts. ____ 4 vests.
Wednesday, June 25, 1873: Fair. Went to Clara's to take Music lesson of Mr. Fisk. Bill Fox & Hattie here. I was very sick in Morning. Vomited (3) times. 4 vests.
Thursday, June 26, 1873: Fair. made 4 vests.
Saturday, June 28, 1873: Fair. baked. ___ made 4 vests. Cherries ripe____[partly ?]
Sunday June 29, 1873: Fair. Read. Went to Enoch's to see John &. Sarah Hersom and baby.
Monday, June 30, 1873: Fair. Mother sent her ___[wool over ?] by George L. Prescott. ___ went to Clara's; she and Myra and Hattie here.
Tuesday, July 1, 1873: Rainy. Broke our Needle to our Machine. Made 1 Vest could not do any more. I ironed.
Wednesday, July 2, 1873: Fair. Mother went to Great Falls. Mr. Fisk here. Paid him for 3 lessons, all I have taken. Went to Clara's. Hattie here.
- Mother - Rachel E. (Tupper) Reynolds (1833-1923)
- Edward - Edward Francis (1850-1931), son of Dr. Daniel Francis (1810-1867) and Christie Ann (Tupper) Francis (-1893), who was a sister to Ida's mother Rachel E. (Tupper) Reynolds (1833-1923)
- Mary & Carlos - Mary (Ricker) Sherman (1837-1889), second wife of Enoch Piper Sherman (1836-1922) and their son Carlos Walter Sherman (1869-1943)
- Aunt Lucy & Rev. Sawyer - Ida's maternal aunt Lucy Jane (Tupper) Sawyer (1837-1880) and her husband Rev. Seth Sawyer (1808-1892)
- Clara - Clara Georgietta Prescott (1860-1921), 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) and future wife of George Walter Chamberlain (1859-1942)
- Almon James & his Girl Jennie Pall - presumably Almon H. James (1850-1899), son of Samuel James (1823-1904) and Carolie (Blaisdell) James (1826-1901), and Jennie E. Joy, whom Almon married in 1875 - or another Jennie, perhaps a Jennie Paul. Almon was or became a grocer in Somersworth, New Hampshire.
- Father - Jonathan Prescott Reynolds (1820-1899)
- Sammy - Samuel Muir Francis (1858-1928), son of Dr. Daniel Francis (1810-1867) and Christie Ann (Tupper) Francis (-1893), who was a sister to Ida's mother Rachel E. (Tupper) Reynolds (1833-1923)
- Mr. Downs
- Nell - possibly Nellie Josephine Hilton (1861-1883), who would marry William T. Bradford
- Hannah Mudgett - presumably Hannah (Stevens) Mudgett (1832-1905), daughter of Hubbard Stevens (1805-1882) and Harriet C. (Brackett) Stevens (1808-1883) and wife of James H. Mudgett (1830-1905)
- Mrs. B - presumably Sabina Emily (Runnels) Boston (1841-1914), wife of Gorham Parks Boston (1839-1910)
- Georgie - either Georgia A. Hilton (1864-1926), daughter of Andrew F. Hilton (1836-1894) and Emeline A. (Hersom) Hilton (1838-1884); or George A. Sherman (1860), son of Enoch Piper Sherman (1836-1922) and first wife Jane (Guptill) Sherman (1832-1861)
- Mr. Fisk, the music teacher
- Mr. Machelon - McClellan ?
- Mrs. Boston - Sabina Emily (Runnels) Boston (1841-1914), wife of Gorham Parks Boston (1839-1910)
- Mr. Fellows
- Frank Winchell - Frank Boothby Winchell (1835-1903), husband of Harriet Miranda (Prescott) Winchell (1844-1898)
- Hannah Fox - perhaps the Hannah (Fox) Titcomb (1828-1877), wife of Benjamin F. Titcomb (1825-1897), in case Ida was calling her by her maiden name
- Bill Fox
- Ira Fox - perhaps Ira Fox (1817-1892), brother of Hannah (Fox) Titcomb (1828-1877) and Abigail Elizabeth (Fox) Sherman (1822-1877)
- Mary Fox - perhaps Mary B. (Fox) Fox (1818-1892), wife of Andrew W. Fox; or her sister-in-law Meribeh Emeline (Dore) Fox (1830-1905), wife of Ira Fox (1817-1892)
- Hannah Fich?
- Merrill - possibly the James Merrill mentioned earlier in the diary; perhaps James Merrill (1832-1894)
- Zeke - presumably Ezekiel Horace Adams Prescott (1858-1931)
- Walter - Walter Herbert Sherman (1856-1888), son of Thomas Sherman (1823-1893) and Abigail Elizabeth (Fox) Sherman (1822-1877)
- Hiram - presumably Hiram Burrows (1855-1938)
- Enoch - Enoch Piper Sherman (1836-1922), husband of Mary (Ricker) Sherman (1837-1889) and father of Carlos Walter Sherman (1869-1943)
- John & Sarah Hersom and baby - presumably John Wason Sherman (1838-1907) and wife Sarah A. (Patterson) Sherman (1841-) and child, perhaps daughter Lillian, who would marry Fred M. Moore
- George L. Prescott - George Lockwood Prescott (1845-1883), "Lock", husband of Isabelle G. (Churchill) Prescott (1845-1923)
- Myra - possibly Elmira Sophia Prescott (1846-1911), "Myra", wife of Oliver Waldron Shapleigh (1844-1879) and, later, Daniel Young
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