December and Memoranda entries in the 1876 diary of Ida Isadore Reynolds (1860-1946) of Acton, Maine. Ida would marry John Jotham Shapleigh (1856-1923) in 1881.
A link to entries for the month of November 1876 appears 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 (1858-1923), 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
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.
Thursday, November 30, 1876: Fair. Thanksgiving. Sewed. Uncle Sawyer and Aunt Lucy came and spent the day. We went to Hattie's in the evening. Elbridge was there. The girls were there, too.
Friday, December 1, 1876: Fair. Sewed on my dress. I went to George Prescott's a short time in the evening. Intended to have called on Laura's but she had gone up to the "Mills". When I got home I helped Mother tack a comforter. Sam went to the "Falls". Mr. Toothaker called here.
Saturday, December 2, 1876: Snow. Finished my brown dress. Fixed my drab dress. Trimmed my turban hat. Mother went to Mrs. Hilton's to sew for Charlie. He is going to Boston Monday. Going to work for Elisha Stacy in Quincy Market. He and Sadie called tonight.
Sunday, December 3, 1876: Fair. Read. Went to Mr. Stevens'. Emma came up. Charlie called. Did not even thank Mother for what she did.
Monday, December 4, 1876: Fair. School began. Emma J. Cowell's of West Lebanon, Teacher. Think we will like her very much.
Tuesday, December 5, 1876: Fair. Went to school. Studied in evening.
Wednesday, December 6, 1876: Fair. Went to School. Went to Singing School with Emma.
Thursday, December 7, 1876: Fair. Went to school. Went to Mrs. Stevens' to see if there was a meeting, but there was none. The com. came in. His name is Gersom Ricker.
Friday, December 8, 1876: Fair. Went to school. Emma went home. Studied in evening. Mother and I went to Enoch's.
Saturday, December 9, 1876: Snow and Wind. Baked some. Got a letter from Sam. He boards at Mr. Eben Tibbetts' now. Lock Prescott came home. Has been to Boston.
Sunday, December 10, 1876: Cold and windy. Read near all day. Wrote a letter. Do not think Emma came over today, it was so cold.
Monday, December 11, 1876: Cold & Windy. Went to school. Clara was not there.
Tuesday, December 12, 1876: Very cold. Went to school.
Wednesday, December 13, 1876: Fair and cold. Went to school. Mother went to J.B.S.'s in the afternoon. Father and I went after [very faint] _____school ___
Thursday, December 14, 1876: Fair and cold. Went to school. Went to Hattie's in the evening and studied.
Friday, December 15, 1876: Cold and windy. Went to school. Studied a very little. Rev. Charles Goodwin and his daughter Olive were here a short time in the evening. Hattie and Clara [not sure of either name, could be Walter and Charlie - very faint ink] were into school in the afternoon.
Saturday, December 16, 1876: Cold and squally. Washed and ironed a few things. Mrs. Plummer and Jennie came over. Hattie came up; we studied.
Sunday, December 17, 1876: Fair & Cold. Hattie stayed all night to read. Mother quite sick. I went to Hattie's after the mail. Got a letter from Everett; he is well.
Monday, December 18, 1876: Snow & wind. Could not get to school. Studied. Mother quite sick. Father went to the "corner".
Tuesday, December 19, 1876: Fair & Windy. Thimmed [?] over one of my hats. Mother better. She baked. The "folks" broke roads for the first time this year. No school today.
Wednesday, December 20, 1876: Quite cold and windy. They did not have a school today. Had to break roads again. I bound one of my quilts. Went up to George Prescott's awhile in the evening. Got a letter with picture from J. H. R. [possibly John Richardson, one of Ida's coworkers at Martha's Vineyard].
Thursday, December 21, 1876: Snow. Went to school. Hattie came up in the evening. We studied. Was tardy this morning. Called into Mrs. G. Prescott's with a paper.
Friday, December 22, 1876: Fair. Very bad Traveling. Went to school. Laura Prescott and Abbie Wentworth came into school. Got a letter from Jennie, Said "They got home all right".
Saturday, December 23, 1876: Fair in P.M. Sewed. Went to Hattie's in the evening. Studied some. Lotte and Emma came in a while in the afternoon.
Sunday, December 24, 1876: Fair & cold. Read. Hattie came in a while.
Monday, December 25, 1876: Christmas. Fair and cold. Sewed. Studied. Went to Hattie's to stay all night. Mother gave me $0.50 to get me a diary.
Tuesday, December 26, 1876: Fair. Went to school. Charles Ricker came to take me to Mr. Lord's to help them.
Wednesday, December 27, 1876: Fair. Ironed. Took care of baby and helped Mrs. Lord in other ways. Rev. S. Lord is some better but not much. Went to the corner. Jacob Stevens brought me home.
Thursday, December 28, 1876: Fair. Went to school. Georgia Hilton is quite sick. All broke out. Do not know what is the matter with her.
Friday, December 29, 1876: Cloudy in the A.M. Very stormy in the P.M. Went to school.
The doctor was at Georgia Hilton's. Said he could not tell what ailed her for twenty four hours.
Saturday, December 30, 1876: Snow & wind. Could not have a school. Sewed. Hattie came up and George Sherman came in.
Sunday, December 31, 1876: Fair & windy. Read. Lock and Georgie Sherman came in.
Georgia Hilton has got the Small Pox. Studied. [Georgia A. Hilton (1864-1826) survived this bout of Small Pox.]
Monday, January 24th, School began. Rev. Samuel Lord teacher. I paid Three dollars $3.00
Friday, March 3rd. School finished. Stuided National Arithmetic Algebra, Rhetoric and Parsing.
March 30. Thurs. 4, Sugared off; had 42 cakes.
Monday, April 17, Everett came home from Boston
Monday, May 8th. Began school at Milton Mills. Board at Mrs. Cowell's. Pay $2.00 per week.
Friday, June 2nd. Finished school at the Mills. Went four weeks.
June 22. Thursday.
Sam went to Mr. Tibbetts at Great Falls to work. Gets $___ the first year and boarded if he stays.
July 3rd. Monday. Came to Wesley's to be a waiter.
August 29. Tuesday. Came home from Wesley's.
Sept 4th. Monday. Began school in Dist. No. 10 Sanford. Get $3.75 per week.
Nov. 3rd. My school finished today. Taught nine weeks. Received $33.75.
Hemlock spills simmered in cream to an oil is good for sores. Sweet elder & plantain leaves boiled, then cream put in and boiled to an oil is also good for sores & poison.
Dec. 4th 1876. School began. Emma J. Cowell, Teacher of West Lebanon, Me
December 30, 1876
Georgia Hilton taken with the Small Pox
People mentioned in order, first time only. Readers are requested to provide more information.
- Uncle Sawyer and Aunt Lucy - Rev. Seth Sawyer (1808-1892) and Ida's maternal aunt Lucy Jane (Tupper) Sawyer (1837-1880) of Milton Mills, New Hampshire
- Hattie - Harriet Eldora Sherman (1859-1937), "Hattie", daughter of Thomas Sherman (1823-1893) and Abigail Elizabeth (Fox) Sherman (1822-1877), "Abbie"
- Elbridge - presumably Elbridge A. Goodwin (1857-1912), son of Joseph Goodwin and Catherine (Trafton) Goodwin
- George Prescott - presumably George Washington Prescott (1815-1886), husband of Eliza G. (Brackett) Prescott (1817-1898) and father of several of Ida's friends
- Laura - presumably Laura J. (Cowell) Prescott (1856-1892), wife of Oren Burbank Cheney Prescott (1850-1925), "Cheney" and mother of Frank H. Prescott (1871-1957). Laura was the daughter of John Brooks Cowell (1819-1893) and Susan Penny (Rankin) Cowell (1829-1911)
- Mother - 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.
- Mr. Toothaker
- Mrs. Hilton - presumably Eliza Ann (Paul) Hilton (1816-1891), widow of Andrew Hilton (1810-1873)
- 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)
- Eisha Stacy at Quincy Market
- Mr. Stevens - presumably Hubbard Stevens (1805-1882), husband of Harriet C. (Brackett) Stevens (1808-1883)
- Emma J. Cowell -
- Rev. Samuel Lord, also a teacher
- Everett - Ida's brother Edward Everett Reynolds (1855-1945)
- Mrs. Cowell's - In order to attend school at Milton, New Hampshire, Ida board with Mrs. Cowell from May 8, 1876 to June 2, 1876
- Sam - Ida's cousin 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.
- Mr. Tibbetts at Great Falls, with whom Samuel Muir Francis (1858-1928) is boarding
- Mr. and Mrs. Wesley - owners of an inn on Martha's Vineyard, where Ida worked from July 3 to August 29, 1876
- Emma J. Cowell - , teacher of the school that began at West Lebanon, Maine, on December 4, 1876; Emma Jane Cowell (1859-1941), Ida's friend and fellow teacher; daughter of Edmond Eustis Cowell (1825-1899) and Elizabeth Jane (Chamberlain) Cowell (1830-1923), "Jane"; would marry Fred P. Jones
- Georgia Hilton - taken with the smallpox in December of 1876; she survived; Georgia A. Hilton (1864-1926), daughter of Andrew F. Hilton (1836-1894), husband of Emeline A. (Hersom) Hilton (1838-1884)
If you have corrections to the information above, or information to share on any of the people mentioned, please leave a comment or contact me directly.
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