May 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 April 1873 and June 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.
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.
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 - which is written at top of entry of Thursday, May 1, 1873]
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.
Sunday, May 4, 1873: Fair. Read. Callers: Hattie, Mr. Hilton. Zeke went after mail to Mr. Steavens & Mr. P., Charles A. Hilton here.
Monday, May 5, 1873: Fair. Everett went to Boston. Father went to Depot. I went to Mrs. Boston's. Caller: Hattie, John S. We made 4 vests.
Tuesday, May 6, 1873: Fair. Made 4 vests.
Wednesday, May 7, 1873: Fair. Made 4 Vests.
Thursday, May 8, 1873: Fair. Made 6 vests. Hattie here. Got Letter and Picture from Everett.
Friday, May 9, 1873: Rainy. Made 6 vests. Mr. Hilton here. Nell & Georgia here.
Saturday, May 10, 1873: Rained. Made 8 vests. made 32 this week. Went to Mrs. Boston's and Clara, Mr. Hilton here.
Sunday, May 11, 1873: Dull. Read. Went to Clara's.
Monday, May 12, 1873: Fair. Began Cleaning house. Moved __ upstairs, went to Hattie's. Mrs. Hilton here. Jo Walenford. Mother went ____.
Tuesday, May 13, 1873: Cloudy. Cleaned up house. Father went to Aunt Martha's. Mr. Sam Pray here to dinner.
Wednesday, May 14, 1873: Fair. Went to Mrs. Boston's, to Clara's.
Thursday, May 15, 1873: Fair. Went to Aunt Martha's, to Aunt Sarah's. Bell & baby here.
Friday, May 16, 1873: Fair. Mother came down to Aunt Martha. We came home.
Saturday, May 17, 1873: Windy. Planted corn, beans.
Sunday, May 18, 1873: Dull. Hailed a little. Read.
Monday, May 19, 1873: Fair. Mother went with Mrs. Hersom to the Falls. I went to Mrs. Boston's. Mr. Stevens, Prescott. Hannah sent me a Necktie. Cost $1.00.
Tuesday, May 20, 1873: Fair. Made 6 vests. Mother got me some cardboard, a flower pot. Hannah sent me a piece of every dress she made since she's been away.
Wednesday, May 21, 1873: Fair. Made 6 vests.
Thursday, May 22, 1873: Rainy. Made 8 vests. Hattie here. Mr. Hilton.
Friday, May 23, 1873: Fair. Washed. Made 4 vests. An old straggler called for Cider, did not give him any.
Saturday, May 24, 1873: Fair. Went down in John S's morn and with Father and Sammy picked 15 bushels cappers [capers ?] and Mr. Weeks, Miss Ra? [Raines ?]. Got vests or ___
Sunday, May 25, 1873: ____. Fair. Read. Wrote to Everett. Old Crazy Straggler went by.
Monday, May 26, 1873: Fair. Mother went to Great Falls. I went to Bell's, to Lottie's to Laurie's. Nell here & Georgia & Hattie. Father worked for John S. Hersom. Straggler went by.
Tuesday, May 27, 1873: Fair. Mother painted the floor. ___ held out 11-3/4 Bushels. Straggler round house in the evening. Mother went into Lock's.
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
People mentioned in order, first time, only. Readers are requested to provide more information.
- 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)
- Mother - Rachel E. (Tupper) Reynolds (1833-1923)
- Georgie Sherman - presumably George A. Sherman (1860-), son of Enoch Piper Sherman (1836-1922) and first wife Jane (Guptill) Sherman (1832-1861)
- Mr. Hilton - presumably Andrew Hilton (1810-1873), husband of Eliza Ann (Paul) Hilton (1816-1891)
- Mr. Prescott - perhaps Jonathan Prescott (1808-1887) [most records give his birth year as 1808, though FindaGrave memorial shows 1809]
- Clinton & Sarah Ricker - presumably Clinton and Sarah Ricker - presumably Clinton Atwood Ricker (1856-1926) and his mother Sarah E. (Guptill) Ricker (1834-1913)
- Clara - Clara Georgietta Prescott (1860-1921), future wife of Luther Drew Hilton (1858-1894)
- ? Stevens - presumably a member of the family of Hubbard Stevens (1805-1882) and wife Harriet C. (Brackett) Stevens (1808-1883)
- Everett - Ida's brother Edward Everett Reynolds (1855-1945)
- Nell - possibly Nellie Josephine Hilton (1861-1883), future wife of William T. Bradford
- Georgia - Georgia A. Hilton (1864-1926), daughter of Andrew F. Hilton (1836-1894) and Emeline A. (Hersom) Hilton (1838-1884), "Emma" [Note: FindaGrave Memorial shows Andrew's middle initial as E.]
- Mary Downs - possibly Mary Sophia (Hilton) Downs (1842-1896), wife of Albert Downs (1838-1895)
- Mr. Weeks - he brought the partially completed vests to Ida and her mother, for finishing
- Mr. Cottle - presumably a peddler of tin or trim
- Father - Jonathan Prescott Reynolds (1820-1899)
- Moses Cowell - perhaps Moses K. Cowell (1825-1905)
- Hattie - Harriet Eldora Sherman (1859-1937), "Hattie", daughter of Thomas Sherman (1823-1893) and Abigail Elizabeth (Fox) Sherman (1822-1877), "Abbie"
- Zeke - possibly Ezekiel Horace Adams Prescott (1858-1931)
- Mr. P. - perhaps Jonathan Prescott (1808-1887) [most records give his birth year as 1808, though FindaGrave memorial shows 1809]
- Charles A. Hilton - 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)
- Mrs. Boston - Sabina Emily (Runnels) Boston (1841-1914), wife of Gorham Parks Boston (1839-1910)
- John S. - presumably John S. Hersom (1834-1903)
- Mrs. Hilton - presumably Eliza Ann (Paul) Hilton (1816-1891), wife of Andrew Hilton (1810-1873)
- Jo Walenford - possibly Joseph Wallingford (1858-1936)
- Aunt Martha - Martha Ann (Reynolds) Hersom (1817-1879), widow of Lucius Hersom (1809-1867) and future wife of John Hanson; Martha was the older sister of Ida's father Jonathan Prescott Reynolds (1820-1899)
- Mr. Sam Pray
- Aunt Sarah - perhaps Sarah A. (Patterson) Hersom (1841-), wife of John W. Sherman (1838-1907)
- Bell & baby - presumably Isabelle G. (Churchill) Prescott (1845-1923) and her son Harry Lockwood Prescott (1872-1948)
- Mrs. Hersom - perhaps Martha A. (Jones) Hersom (1845-1912), wife of John S. Hersom (1834-1903)
- Mr. Stevens - presumably Hubbard Stevens (1805-1882), husband of Harriet C. (Brackett) Stevens (1808-1883) and father of Jacob Brackett Stevens (1850-1917)
- Prescott - possibly Jonathan Prescott (1808-1887) or George Washington Prescott (1815-1886), though I believe Ida usually called the latter George.
- Hannah - presumably Hannah Francis (1854-1923), daughter 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). Hannah/Annie would marry James Alexander Buchanan (1850-1906)
- Sammy - Samuel Muir Francis (1858-1928), son of Dr. Daniel Francis (1810-1867) and Ida's maternal aunt Christie Ann (Tupper) Francis (-1893)
- Miss Ra? [Raines ?]
- Bell - presumably either Mary Isabelle Prescott (1854-1932), "Belle", or her sister-in-law Isabelle G. (Churchill) Prescott (1845-1923), wife of George Lockwood Prescott (1845-1883), "Lock"
- Lottie - presumably Charlotte M. (Shapleigh) Stevens (1851-1917), "Lottie", wife of Jacob Brackett Stevens (1850-1917)
- Laurie - presumably Laura J. (Cowell) Prescott (1856-1892), wife of Oren Burbank Cheney Prescott (1850-1925), "Cheney"; Laura was the daughter of John Brooks Cowell (1819-1893) and Susan Penny (Rankin) Cowell (1829-1911)
- Lock - George Lockwood Prescott (1845-1883), "Lock", son of George Washington Prescott (1815-1886) and Eliza G. (Brackett) Prescott (1817-1898) and husband of Isabelle G. (Churchill) Prescott (1845-1923), "Belle"
- 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. S. - Ida's maternal aunt Lucy Jane (Tupper) Sawyer (1837-1880) and her husband Rev. Seth Sawyer (1808-1892)
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