November 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 October 1873 and December 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.
Friday, October 31, 1873: Fair. Rainy. The girls down. Went to School. Got a letter from Mother. Everett very sick. Suffers much.
Saturday, November 1, 1873: Fair. Washed the Floor and Stairs. Baked. Went to Hattie's. She here.
Sunday, November 2, 1873: Fair. Read. Went to Aunt Martha's with Father. Mr. Hilton and George Sherman here.
Monday, November 3, 1873: Fair. Washed. Went to School.
Tuesday, November 4, 1873: Fair. I went to School. Grandmother ironed.
Wednesday, November 5, 1873: Fair. Went to School. I am very lonesome since mother went away.
Thursday, November 6, 1873: Rainy. Went to School.
Friday, November 7, 1873: Fair. Went to School.
Saturday, November 8, 1873: Fair. Got a letter from Mother. Everett about the Same. Cora Hersom came here. No School.
Sunday, November 9, 1873: Fair. Cora and I went to George Prescott. Rainy. I am lonesome since Mother...
Monday, November 10, 1873: Fair. Washed. Cora went home. Aunt Martha and Aunt Asenith Reynolds up here.
Tuesday, November 11, 1873: Fair. Went to School.
Wednesday, November 12, 1873: Snowed. Went to School. Studied.
Thursday, November 13, 1873: Fair. Went to Hattie's. Willie Prescott and Charles Hilton here.
Friday, November 14, 1873: Fair. C and J Stevens in and Enoch. Father went up to the Mills. Got a letter from Aunt Lucy.
Saturday, November 15, 1873: Fair. Went to school. Got a letter from Mother and one for Everett from Joseph Hilton. Everett is worse. If the neuralgia strikes his kidneys he will die.
Sunday, November 16, 1873: Stormy. Father and Enoch went up to the Mills to put my letter in. I wrote one to Mother and one to Joseph Hilton.
Monday, November 17, 1873: Fair. Went to School.
Tuesday, November 18, 1873: Snowy. Did not go to School. It was So Stormy. Got a letter. Everett a little better.
Wednesday, November 19, 1873: Dull. Went to School.
Thursday, November 20, 1873: Fair. Went to Singing School. Got a letter. Everett very sick, a little worse.
Friday, November 21, 1873: Fair. Went to School.
Saturday, November 22, 1873: Fair. Went to School in forenoon. None in afternoon. Went to Singing School. Hattie here. Wrote my first Composition.
Sunday, November 23, 1873: Fair. Uncle Jacob came up. Everett not so well.
Sunday, November 30, 1873: Cold. Went to Hattie's. Sung.
Monday, December 1, 1873: Fair. Went to School. Went to Singing School.
Tuesday, December 2, 1873: Stormy. Went to School. Went to George Prescott's. Very Cold.
Wednesday, December 3, 1873: I went to School.
Thursday, December 4, 1873: I went to School. Got a letter. Everett very Sick.
Friday, December 5, 1873: Went to School.
People mentioned in order, first time, only. Readers are requested to provide more information.
- Mother - Rachel E. (Tupper) Reynolds (1833-1923)
- Everett - Ida's brother Edward Everett Reynolds (1855-1945)
- 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)
- 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)
- Father - Jonathan Prescott Reynolds (1820-1899)
- Mr. Hilton - presumably Andrew Hilton (1810-1873), husband of Eliza Ann (Paul) Hilton (1816-1891)
- George Sherman - George A. Sherman (1860-), son of Enoch Piper Sherman (1836-1922) and first wife Jane (Guptill) Sherman (1832-1861)
- Grandmother - Ann (Worster or Worcester) Reynolds or Runnells, widow of Rev. Paul Reynolds or Runnells (1790-1842)
- Cora Hersom - Cora Theodocia Hersom (1864-), daughter of Joel G. Hersom (1840-1900) and Emily Jane (Prescott) Hersom (1843-1901)
- George Prescott - possibly George Washington Prescott (1815-1886), husband of Eliza G. (Brackett) Prescott (1817-1898) and father of several of Ida's friends
- Aunt Asenath Reynolds - Asenath C. (Bean) Reynolds (1830-1891), wife of Ida’s paternal uncle William Worster Reynolds (1827-1857)
- Willie Prescott - perhaps Frank Willie Prescott (1858-1875)
- Charles Hilton - presumably Charles Albert Hilton (1856-1937), son of Andrew Hilton (1810-1873) and Eliza Ann (Paul) Hilton (1816-1891) and future husband of Ida's friend Sadie Noyes Prescott (1857-1879)
- C. & J. Stevens - Charlotte M. (Shapleigh) Stevens (1851-1917), "Lottie", and Jacob Brackett Stevens (1850-1917)
- Enoch - Enoch Piper Sherman (1836-1922), husband of Mary (Ricker) Sherman
- Aunt Lucy - Lucy Jane (Tupper) Sawyer (1837-1880), wife of Rev. Seth Sawyer (1808-1892)
- Joseph Hilton - perhaps Joseph Fullonton Hilton (1842-1926), son of Andrew Hilton (1810-1873) and Eliza Ann (Paul) Hilton (1816-1891)
- Uncle Jacob - Jacob Pickering Reynolds (1838-1914), youngest brother of Ida's father Jonathan Prescott Reynolds (1820-1899)
- Demp - another entry referred to a Dempster - may be a given name, a middle name, a nickname or a surname