June entries in the 1876 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 July 1876 and May 1876 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.
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 (1858-1928), 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.
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.
Tuesday, May 30, 1876: Fair. Went to school. Sewed. Dr. Yeaton came over again.
Wednesday, May 31, 1876: Fair. Went to school. Sewed. Expected Mr. Dillon & C. Hanscom Over; did not come. Mr. Collins sent word for me to go into the Tailor Shop; did not go.
Thursday, June 1, 1876: Fair. Went to school. Sewed. The Dr. Came over.
Friday, June 2, 1876: Fair. Went to school. Closed up. Expected to come home but father did not come after me. "The Dr" came over; stayed til about 11 O'clock.
Saturday, June 3, 1876: Fair. Helped Mrs. Cowell Bake. Emma & I walked down. Feel pretty tired.
Sunday, June 4, 1876: Foggy. Read. Wrote to Aunt Lucy.
Monday, June 5, 1876: Rainy. Sewed. Cut my calico dress.
Tuesday, June 6, 1876: Fair. Sewed. Went to Laura's to spend the afternoon. Never was there to stop before. Emma came down with me to stay all night.
Wednesday, June 7, 1876: Fair. Cut my sacque out. Emma went to Laura's. I went to Sadie's. Took home her sacque.
Thursday, June 8, 1876: Fair. Began to shingle the house. Enoch helped. Sewed some. Went to Laura's, Mrs. Stevens & Enoch's. Asked Emma to come down; says she will be down tomorrow. Georgia H. down here.
Friday, June 9, 1874: Fair. Very Warm. Sewed. Finished my sacque. Finished shingling the house. Enoch & Andrew helped. Emma came down & spent the afternoon. Laura & Frank and Mrs. Noyes here.
Saturday, June 10, 1876: Fair. Showers. Washed & Ironed a few things. Mother cleaned up stairs.
Went to Hattie's. Said they thought I was mad with them, I had not been there for so long.
Charlie & Sadie here.
Sunday, June 11, 1876: Foggy. Read. Went to Laura's. Belle came down with me.
Monday, June 12, 1876: Fair. Went to George P.'s. Do not think I shall go to Boston Thursday.
Emma went home.
Tuesday, June 13, 1876: Fair Sewed.
Wednesday, June 14, 1876: Fair. Foggy. Did some examples.
Thursday, June 15, 1876: Fair. Sewed. Did examples. Sadie went to Boston.
Friday, June 16, 1876: Fair. Did over my dress or part of it; made the overskirt. Went to Lock's, to Enoch's & Tom's.
Saturday, June 17, 1876: Fair. Did examples. Clara & Hattie in here. Finished my dress.
Sunday, June 18, 1876: Showers. Read. Sung. Went to Hattie's. Elbridge came while I was there.
Ab. Downes and Al here.
Monday, June 19, 1876: Rain. Did Examples.
Tuesday, June 20, 1876: Showers. Hailed. Did some examples. Washed. Washed floors. Mother is nicely for her.
Wednesday, June 21, 1876: Foggy. Churned. Sammy went to Great Falls to Mr. Tibbetts and got him a place to work. Lottie & Hattie came in here. I did some examples.
Thursday, June 22, 1876: Fair & cool. Did examples. Sam went to Great Falls to work.
Friday, June 23, 1876: Fair. Heard from Sam. He likes well for what time he has been there.
Saturday, June 24, 1876: Fair. Baked.
Sunday, June 25, 1876: Fair. Lonesome enough. Went to Hattie's.
Monday, June 26, 1876: Fair. Washed & sewed.
Tuesday, June 27, 1876: Fair. Preparing to go away Saturday.
Wednesday, June 28, 1876: Fair. Sewed and packed some of my things.
Thursday, June 29, 1876: Fair. Will go Saturday I expect. Sewed some and packed some.
Friday, June 30, 1876: Fair. Went to George Prescott's. Got a box of flowers to take away with me.
Also went to Mrs. Stevens'.
- Dr. Yeaton - presumably Dr. George A. Yeaton (1848-1893); FindaGrave memorial has birth year as 1849; other records shows 1848
- Mr. Dillon - presumably of Sanford, Maine Maine
- C. Hanscom - presumably Charles Hanscom (1846-)
- Mr. Collins, Tailor - presumably of the Sanford, Maine area.
- Mrs. Cowell - because she was mentioned with Emma, presumably Elizabeth Jane (Chamberlain) Cowell (1830-1923), wife of Edmond Eustis Cowell (1825-1899)
- Emma - Emma Jane Cowell (1859-1941), daughter of Edmond Eustis Cowell (1825-1899) and Elizabeth Jane (Chamberlain) Cowell (1830-1923)
- Aunt Lucy - Ida's maternal aunt Lucy Jane (Tupper) Sawyer (1837-1880), wife of Rev. Seth Sawyer (1808-1892)
- Laura - 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)
- Mrs. Noyes - perhaps Marcia C. (Spaulding) Noyes (abt 1835-1908), wife of Rev. Eli Pierce Noyes (1835-1883)
- Sadie - Sadie Noyes Prescott (1857-1879), daughter of George Washington Prescott (1815-1886) and Eliza G. (Brackett) Prescott (1817-1898); future wife of Charles Albert Hilton (1856-1937)
- Enoch - Enoch Piper Sherman (1836-1922), husband of Mary (Ricker) Sherman (1837-1889)
- Mrs. Stevens - presumably Harriet C. (Brackett) Stevens (1808-1883), wife of Hubbard Stevens (1805-1882)
- Georgia H. - Georgia A. Hilton (1864-1926), daughter of Andrew F. Hilton (1836-1894) and Emeline A. (Hersom) Hilton (1838-1884)
- Andrew - presumably Andrew F. Hilton (1836-1894), husband of Emeline A. (Hersom) Hilton (1838-1884) and father of Ida's friend Georgia A. Hilton (1864-1926)
- Frank - Frank H. Prescott (1871-1957), son of Oren Burbank Cheney Prescott (1850-1925), "Cheney", and Laura J. (Cowell) Prescott (1856-1892)
- Mrs. Noyes -
- Mother - Rachel E. (Tupper) Reynolds (1833-1923)
- Hattie - Harriet Eldora Sherman (1859-1937), "Hattie", daughter of Thomas Sherman (1823-1893) and Abigail Elizabeth (Fox) Sherman (1822-1877), "Abbie"
- Charles & Sadie - Charles Albert Hilton (1856-1937), son of Andrew Hilton (1810-1873) and Eliza Ann (Paul) Hilton (1816-1891); and Charles' future wife Sadie Noyes Prescott (1857-1879), daughter of George Washington Prescott (1815-1886) and Eliza G. (Brackett) Prescott (1817-1898)
- Belle - presumably Mary Isabelle Prescott (1854-1932), "Belle", or her sister-in-law Isabelle G. (Churchill) Prescott (1845-1923), "Belle", wife of George Lockwood Prescott (1845-1883)
- George P. - presumably George Washington Prescott (1815-1886), husband of Eliza G. (Brackett) Prescott (1817-1898) and father of several of Ida's friends.
- Tom - Thomas Sherman (1823-1893), husband of Abigail Elizabeth (Fox) Sherman (1822-1877), "Abbie"
- Clara - Clara Georgietta Prescott (1860-1921), daughter of George Washington Prescott (1815-1886), husband of Eliza G. (Brackett) Prescott (1817-1898) and future wife of Luther Drew Hilton (1858-1894)
- Elbridge - presumably Elbridge A. Goodwin (1857-1912), son of Joseph Goodwin and Catherine (Trafton) Goodwin
- Ab Downes - perhaps Abbie Frances Downs (1849-1937); who would marry Orrin Edgar Nason
- Sammy - 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 - Sam's employer at Great Falls [Somersworth, New Hampshire ?], possibly Eben Tibbetts.
- Lottie - presumably Charlotte M. (Shapleigh) Stevens (1851-1917), “Lottie”, wife of Jacob Brackett Stevens (1850-1917)
- George Prescott - presumably George Washington Prescott (1815-1886), husband of Eliza G. (Brackett) Prescott (1817-1898) and father of several of Ida's friends.