Thursday, August 1, 2019

5 Diaries and Account Book of John Foss & Isabelle (Huff) Foss, "Belle", of West Hollis, Maine (Under Construction)


1899-1904 diaries and a 1913 account book that belonged to John I. Foss (1860-1934) and Isabelle (Huff) Foss, "Belle" (1868-1929) of West Hollis, Maine.  

John made many entries, Belle made a larger share of them, and a few appeared to have been penned by the Foss's older daughter, Myra Helene Foss (1892-1976).


The 1902 diary also contains some entries for 1913.


See at the end of this post an alphabetical listing of people mentioned in the diaries, some many times and in multiple diaries.  


Surnames mentioned in the diaries - the number in parentheses represents what might be different individuals of that surname, not how many times that surname appears throughout the diaries:


?? [19]DD ? [2]MMaddox
AAbbott [3]Dearborn [2]Manson
BB ? [2]Deering [2]Mason [3]
BachelderDyer [2]Meserve
BennettEE ?Mill?
Benson [10]Edgecomb [2]NNelson
BerryFFellows [2]PPalmer [4]
Blunt [3]FletcherPartridge [2]
BohnsonFluent [4]RRicker [2]
Bolton [2]Foss [9]Ridlon
BoothbyGGilpatric(k) [5]SSawyer [2]
BowdoinGoughScribner [2]
BrackettGubtinallSmith [13]
Bradbury [5]GuptilStaples
BradeenHHaley [9]Swett [4]
BryantHamiltonTTarbox [5]
Burnham [5]Hanson [2]Taylor
BurpeeHarmon [2]Tompson/Thompson
CCarpenterHillTrafton
Chadbourn(e) [8]HobsonTufts
ChapmanHolmes [2]WWakefield [3]
Chase [2]HooperWarren [5]
Clark [2]Huff [6]Watson
CoffinJJellersonWebber
ColeJewett [2]White
Collins [3]Johnson [11]Woodward
CottonJohnstonYYork
LLinscott [4]
Littlefield [2]
Lord


From brief online research, hopefully correct - corrections and additions requested:

John I. Foss was born about September 1860 at Saco, Maine, the son of Silas H. Foss and Lucy H. (Briant or Bryant) Foss.  Isabelle (Huff) Foss was born about 5 December 1869 at Hollis, Maine, the daughter of George P. Huff and Sarah E. (Bean) Huff.  


John and Isabelle married at Hollis, Maine, on 8 December 1890 and had two daughters:

  1. Myra Helene Foss (1892-1976), who would marry George Woodbury McKenney 
  2. Annie Evelyn Foss (1900-1988), who would marry Lewis Isaac Woodman
John worked at farming and logging for himself and others, with occasional stints at blueberry picking, butter churning and livestock trading.  Belle also picked berries and churned butter, and it's implied that she had a soap making business.  Their work seemed never-ending.

John and Belle are buried in the Riverside Cemetery at Hollis, Maine. 

If you have corrections to the information above or if you have information on any of the people mentioned below, please leave a comment or contact me directly.

The Diaries - check back as more months are posted

1899
January    February    March    April    May    June    July     August     September     October  November     December

1900
January    February    March    April    May    June    July     August     September     October  November     December

1901- missing

1902 - with some entries from 1913
January    February    March    April    May    June    July     August     September     October  November     December

1903
January    February    March    April    May    June    July     August     September     October  November     December

1904
January    February    March    April    May    June    July     August     September     October  November     December

1913 - see 1902 above


People mentioned in the Diaries

Annie - not the Foss's daughter Annie Evelyn, who would not be born until April 4, 19001899
Little Nettie, born Saturday, August 19, 18991899
Will and Myra visited on September 10, 1899.1899; 1903
Katie - on September 14, 1899, diarist Belle carried Katie to the Mormon meeting.1899
Ben1900, 1902
Brad and his wife; possibly Brad or a nickname for Bradbury1902, 1903, 1904
Col or Coll - perhaps Collins William Haley (1862-1927)1903, 1904
Florodora at 4241 Folsom Avenue, St. Louis, MO; written on a back end paper1902
Had or Had; presumably a nickname; possibly Had Smith or Hod Smith1900
James, possibly James Benson1900
Jed - possibly Jed Benson1902
Joe; worked for diarist John Foss1903
Len - where John cut pileing - piling?1902
Leona or Leora - perhaps Leona Abbott, daughter of West Hollis Postmaster Elmer E. Abbott or Leona Mae Dearborn, daughter of Charles F. Dearborn and Elzada (Wakefield) Dearborn1903, 1904
Lock - not sure if given name, nickname or surname1904
Nellie1900
Sam and Kate visited on May 3, 19031903
Tean H? - entry of June 25, 1902 notes burial1902
Uncle George1900
Leora; presumably Leora Abbott, daughter of West Hollis Postmaster Elmer E. Abbott1900
Miss Abbott, who visited with Leona -presumably related to Leora Abbott, daughter of West Hollis Postmaster Elmer E. Abbott 1900
Elmer E. Abbott, postmaster of West Hollis, Maine. John built a fence for him and dug out a watering place for cattle in 1900; his cow died in 1902; John cut on the Abbott woodlot in 1904.1900, 1902, 1904
A. L. B.1899
L. B.1903
J. Bachelder whitewashed for the Foss family on April 20, 19031903
Mr. Bennett, mentioned in 1899; his barn suffered damage in a thunder shower on July 25, 1900; came to see John Foss while he was ill in May 1902; Bennett woodlot, 19041899, 1900, 1902
Bill Benson1899
F. Benson - possibly Frank Benson1899, 1900, 1903
Frank Benson1899
J. B. - perhaps Jim Benson or his brother Jeremiah Benson1899
Jed Benson1900
Jere Benson, or Jer Benson; presumably Jeremiah Benson, brother of James Benson1900, 1902
Jim Benson - occasional farmhand for the Foss family; James H. Benson (1863-1917), husband of Maud Winifred (Nelson) Benson Hoyt Whitten (1883-1970)1902
Maud; presumably Maud (Nelson) Benson Hoyt Whitten (1883-1970),then wife of the Foss neighbor and farmhand Jim Benson (1863-1917)1902, 1903, 1904
Olive Benson; her death mentioned in entry of March 25, 1900 and burial in entry of March 28, 1900. Olive (Gilpatrick) Benson, widow of Joseph L. Benson1903
W. Benson1904
Dan Berrie of Cornish - presumably Daniel Berry - sold John a pair of 3 year old steers1902
Blunt's sled - possibly sled of John C. Blunt. 1902
J. C. Blunt - entry of May 26, 1902 notes that diarist John Foss lent J. C. Blunt 20 dollars. Perhaps John C. Blunt. Also mentioned in 19041902, 1904
Cole Blunt1903, 1904
Dr. Bohnson; perhaps Dentist John C. Bohnson of Portland, Maine1903
F. Bolton - stayed at the Foss home for several nights in October 1902; possibly Frank O. Bolton (1852-1924); also mentioned in 1903 and 19041902, 1903, 1904
F. O. Bolton - perhaps Frank O. Bolton (1852-1924)1903
Boothby family - visited on August 26, 18991899
Bowdoin's woodlot1904
Frank Brackett1900
?? Bradbury - perhaps Lindley LaPierre Bradbury (1867-1935); possibly the ? Bradbury, either Sim or Sin or Lin or Lim Bradbury mentioned in 1903, 19041899, 1903, 1904
Bradbury lot1900
Burt Bradbury bought two boxes of butter on March 18, 19001900
H. Bradbury1902
Jim Bradbury1903
Bradeen1900
Annie Bryant1904
L. Burnham - to whom Belle sold 8 qts of blueberries1899
Aaron Burnham - entry mentions the September 23, 1899 reception of Aaron Burnham, presumably Hollis Center Postmaster Aaron B. Burnham (1841-1917), on the occasion of his 3rd marriage - to Martha F. Thomas - on September 17, 1899.1899
Lewis Burnham; presumably Lewis Elmer Burnham, future husband of Leonora Asenath Huff, sister of diarist Isabelle (Huff) Foss, "Belle"1900
Burnham1902, 1903
L. Burnham - bought 7-1/2 bushels of apples for $33.00 - perhaps Lewis Elmer Burnham, who would marry Leonora Asenath Huff, "Nora", sister of diarist Isabelle (Huff) Foss, "Belle", in 19061902
"Myra Benson Burpee buried today"; though this is the place for an entry for January 2, 1903, diarist Belle added a note for January 2, 1913, which is the date Myrna Benson Burpee was buried. [Myra (Benson) Burpee, wife of Nathaniel Burpee and daughter of Robert and Mary (Davis) Benson, died at Hollis, Maine, on December 31, 1912.)1902
R. Carpenter1903
Chadborn's - Chadbourn or Chadbourne1903
Cole Chadborn - presumably Chadbourn or Chadbourne1899
F. Chadbourn1899, 1900
Frank Chadbourn - perhaps Franklin Albert Chadbourne (1866-1930) of Waterboro, Maine1902
Fred Chadbourn1903
G. Chadbourne1904
Lucy Chadborn1903
Paul M. Chadbourne - his obituary tucked into the diary, but he died May 4, 1899. [Born 15 December 1872, son of Darling H. Chadbourne and Lizzie J. (Hamilton) Chadbourne, and husband of Bertha M. (Warren) Chadbourne, with whom he had a son born on October 1, 1896. Paul and Bertha married on November 27, 1895.]1904
F. Chapman1904
George Chase - perhaps George P. Chase (1851-1928) of Waterboro and Sanford, Maine; insurance agent1899
Mr. Chase, beef peddler1904
Charles Franklin Clark (1844-1917) and Mary Abbie (York) Clark (1851-1910; lumber dealer, storeowner; entries throughout the diaries1899, 1900, 1902, 1903, 1904
W. Clark - perhaps Walter Ellery Clark, son of Charles F. Clark; perhaps the W. Clark who went gunning with John Foss and Dearborn on December 25, 19001900, 1903
"John had Dr. Coffin" - entry of May 8, 1902. Another entry in 1903, Perhaps Dr. Martin Coffin of Buxton, Maine1902; 1903
F. Cole - bought oxen from diarist John Foss in 1899; bought cow from Collins in 1900; mentioned in 19041899
Collins; sold a cow to Frank Cole1900
Cotton home or building, where Belle and Myra attended a meeting1899
Cotton's oxen1902
John Furber Cotton, Waterboro, Maine, farmer - entry of June 25, 1902 notes his marriage to teacher Susie Emma Abbott, a native of Buxton, Maine, at Waterboro, Maine, on that date.1902
Leona D. - possibly Leona May Dearborn, daughter of Charles F. Dearborn and Elzada (Wakefield) Dearborn1904
C. D. - possibly Charles F. Dearborn, husband of Elzada (Wakefield) Dearborn1904
Dearborn1902, 1903
C. Dearborn - possibly Charles F. Dearborn, husband of Elzada (Wakefield) Dearborn1904
W. B. Deering - perhaps William Brooks Deering; mentioned in all diaries1899, 1900, 1902, 1903, 1904
Deering - store or farm that sold grain - possibly William Brooks Deering1904
Joseph Dyer visited1900
"Joe Dyer died in the night" - entry of Tuesday, July 19, 1904. Blacksmith Joseph A. Dyer (abt Aug 1850-July 19, 1904), son of Joseph A. Dyer and Jane (Gerry) Dyer and husband of Eldora (Gilpatrick) Dyer. His bural noted in entry of July 21, 1904.1904
C. D. E. - possibly a store owner1904
Edgecomb was taken sick1900
Sarah Edgecomb1902
Dr. Fellows - On December 21, 1899, John Foss went to get Dr. Fellows to see Clara Linscott. Presumably Dr. John A. Fellows1899
Fellows1903
Fletcher - John took a load of logs to Fletcher's1900
Mr. Fluent - diariest John Foss bought oxen from Mr. Fluent in August 1899; also mentioned in 1902, 1903, 19041899, 1900, 1903, 1904
Ed Fluent - perhaps Edwin Augustus Fluent or Edgar Roy Fluent1900, 1904
Fluent family1902
Hiram and Ella - presumably Hiram H. Fluent and wife Ella F. (Smith) Fluent1903
Myra, daughter of diarists John Foss and Isabelle (Huff) Foss, "Belle"; diary mentions her birthday on May 15; she was born in 18921899, 1900, 1902, 1903, 1904
Mrs. Foss - presumably diarist John Foss' mother, Lucy H. (Bryant) Foss (1837-1901)1899
John Foss and wife Isabelle (Huff) Foss, "Belle", diarists of West Hollis, Maine; John wrote his name on front end paper1900
Annie Evelyn Foss (1900-1988), daughter of diarists John Foss & Isabelle (Huff) Foss, "Belle'; Annie's birth noted in the entry of March 4, 19001900
Annie - the diarists' daughter Annie Evelyn Foss - went skating on January 14, 1913, an entry added to the entry of January 14, 19021902
"Father died today"; entry of April 29, 1902. Silas H. Foss (1819-1902), John Foss' father1902
"Henry went home"; entry of May 2, 1902. J. Henry Foss (1854-1924), Silas H. Foss' son and John Foss' brother. Henry lived in Massachusetts.1902
Myra - Myra Helene Foss, daughter of diarists John Foss & Isabelle (Huff) Foss, "Belle"1904
H. Foss - possibly John Foss's brother Henry Foss1904
Joe Gilpatric - perhaps Joseph Henry Gilpatrick (1874-1924)1899
W. Gilpatric1899
Joseph Gilpatric; perhaps Joseph Googins Gilpatrick (1832-1908)1900
Orin Gilpatric - John and Isabelle visited in the evening of December 2, 1900; perhaps Orin Gilpatrick (1835-1917) of Hollis, Maine1900
William Gilpatrick - John Foss visisted to see if Gilpatrick would sell timber, and they came to a deal; perhaps William Gilpatrick (1843-1920) of Hollis, Maine1900
Trafton and Gough1900
Mr. Gubtinall - entry of Friday, September 2, 1904 notes that Mr. Gubtinall was around with tin cart.1904
Mr. Guptil; came to dinner on April 29, 18991899
? Haley - possibly Annie Haley; perhaps the Annie B. (Mason) Haley married to Collins W. Haley of Hollis, Maine1899, 1903
C. H. - perhaps Charles Haley1899
Cecil - presumably Cecil Leighton Haley, who would marry Eva Mahala Smith in 19031900, 1902, 1903
Charles Haley1903
Charles Hally; presumably Charles Haley1904
Coll Haley - perhaps Collins William Haley (1862-1927) - diarist John Foss started cutting timber for Coll Haley in early December 19031904
Elmer Haley1904
Eva - Eva Mahala Smith, who married Cecil Leighton Haley in 19031904
Cecil; working on his Masonic degree; possibly Cecil Leighton Haley, who would marry Eva Mahala Smith in 19031900
G. Hamilton - either a butcher or someone who helped diarist John Foss kill a hog1899
Frank Hanson - perhaps the constable/collector for the town of Hollis1899
Hanson1903, 1904
E. Harmon1904
Ed Harmon1904
Mrs. Hill - presumably Hannah (Seavey) Hill, widow of Jeremiah Hill, Mrs. Hill would die on November 7, 1903, as noted in the 1903 diary. Daughter of James and Mary (Bean) Seaver and widow of Jeremiah Hill.1899, 1900, 1902, 1903
Will Hobson1899
"Aunt Asenath died in the morning" - entry of May 24, 1902. Asenath S. (Huff) Holmes (1826-1902), wife of John Holmes and sister of Belle's father George P. Huff. Another entry notes Asenath's burial on May 26, 19021899, 1902
Uncle John - Uncle John may have been John Holmes (1827-1906), widower of recently deceased Asenath S. (Huff) Holmes, Belle's paternal aunt.1902, 1903, 1904
N. Hooper1899
Almira Huff; possibly Almira (Hearl) Huff, wife of Eben S. Huff, a brother to diarist Belle's father George P. Huff1899
Aunt Mira; possibly Almira S. (Bean) Palmer, wife of Charles H. Palmer and sister of Belle's mother Sarah (Bean) Huff; or Almira or Elmira (Hearl) Huff, sister-in-law of diarist Belle's father George P. Huff1899, 1900, 1902, 1903, 1904
Carl Huff - entry of Monday, August 22, 1904 notes his funeral. Portland fireman Carle M. A. Huff (1887-1904), son of Frank A. Huff and Martha M. (Knight) Huff]1904
G. P. Huff - John lent hm $45 on September 9, 1902. Presumably Belle's father George P. Huff (1830-1913)1900, 1903, 1904
Mother; Sarah E. (Bean) Huff (1841-1909), mother of diarist Isabelle (Huff) Foss1902, 1904
Nora; presumably diarist Isabelle (Huff) Foss's sister Lenora Asenath Huff, "Nora", who would marry Lewis Elmer Burnham in 19061904
Sam and Lill Jellerson - possibly Samuel W. Jellison and sister Ida Lillian (Jellison) Jellison1899
Jewett's Brook1900
May Jewett1904
Charlie and Lena - presumably Charles Hiram Johnson and Elena S. (Tarbox) Johnson, "Lena"1899
Eva and Gracie Johnson1899
J. C. Johnson house burned; entry of February 11, 19021900, 1904
John visited the Johnson place.1900
Johnson boys - presumably from whom John bought stumpage1900
Johnson meadow1900
Johnson woods, where John Foss went to see about logging with Will Deering and C. E. Warren1902
Mrs. Johnson1903
S. Johnson1904
Seth Johnson - John Foss helped him get steer out of pasture; entry of October 11, 19001904
Sith Johnson - Seth Johnson ?1904
F. P. Johnston - presumably Freedom P. Johnston1902
Mrs. Linscott - accompanied Belle to the Center1899
Clara Linscott - On December 21, 1899, John Foss went to get Dr. Fellows to see Clara Linscott. Presumably Clara (Gilpatrick) Linscott (1867-1916), wife of Charles J. Linscott1899, 1900, 1903
Joseph Linscott chopped1900
Joe Linscott - went hunting with John Foss on November 29, 19001900, 1903, 1904
Byram Littlefield; presumably Byron S. Littlefield1900
Littlefield1903
Myra Lord, perhaps the daughter of John and Catherine Lord and future wife of Eugene Doe1902, 1903
Mrs. Maddox - her burial mentioned in entry of July 18, 1900, but her mention is crossed out. Possibly Emily Jane (Gowen) Maddox, who died on July 17, 1900 at Standish, Maine; wife of Daniel A. Maddox1900
C. Manson - came to see John Foss while he was ill in May 19021902
Mason place - a farm where John was often working1899, 1900, 1902, 1903, 1904
Mr. Mason and wife; perhaps owner or absentee owner of the Mason Place, where John Foss frequently farmed1900
Mason place1899, 1900, 1902, 1903, 1904
"Katie and Mrs. Meserve were here" - entry of May 25, 1902.1902
Evy Mill?1904
J. Nelson1900
Aunt Almira Palmer - Almira S. (Bean) Palmer, wife of Charles H. Palmer; sister of diarist Belle's mother Sarah (Bean) Huff; word of her death came on January 6, 1904. Daughter of Jeremiah Robinson Bean and Sarah (Cammett) Bean1902
C. Palmer - perhaps Charles Henry Palmer, Jr., stepson of Belle's maternal aunt Elmira or Almira S. (Bean) Palmer1903, 1904
John Palmer - perhaps stepson of Belle's maternal aunt Elmira or Almira S. (Bean) Palmer1904
Palmer's house burned on January 4, 1902 or January 5, 19021904
Mrs. Partridge1899
Partridge1899
Ricker family1899
Fanny Ricker1899
F. Ridlon - they bought a pig from him in July1899
Sawyer - owned a woodlot1904
Mr. Sawyer1904
B. Scribner - perhaps Bradford Scribner (1845-1910) of Hollis and Waterboro1899, 1900, 1903
Mrs. Scribner1904
C. Smith1899
C. W. Smith; presumably Charles W. Smith1899
Con Smith - perhaps storeowner Constine D. Smith (1851-1917)1899, 1900, 1902, 1903, 1904
H. Smith1899
H. Smith timber lot1899, 1900
Hod Smith or Had Smith - came to see John Foss while he was ill in May 19021900, 1902, 1903
L. D. Smith - possibly Lorenzo D. Smith - John got beef from him on February 26, 1902; and who killed his pig on April 14, 19021900
Laura Smith1900
Len Smith or Lin Smith - perhaps Linwood A. Smith1902
Melville Baxter Smith - his death noted in entry of September 10, 1899 death and funeral noted in entry of September 13, 1899. Melville Baxter Smith (1845-1899), died at Hollis, Maine; son of Clement M. Smith and Phoebe Blake (Whitney) Smith and husband of Sarah Josephine Johnston1902
Mrs. Smith - diarist John Foss hauled wood to her place1902
Smith place1904
Will Smith1904
L. T. Staples or S. T. Staples - John bought steers from him. Perhaps Loring T. Staples of Parsonsfield1902
Swett family - John and Isabelle Foss went to dinner at the Swetts' place1900
George Swett; went with John Foss to look for oxen for sale1899; 1904
Ida Swett - perhaps Ida May (Upright) Swett, wife of Moses Swett1903
Mrs. Swett1903
Ed Tarbox - presumably Edward A. Tarbox, husband of Jennie B. (Hooper) Tarbox1899
Diary mentions the September 25, 1899 reception of George Tarbox, presumably George Henry Tarbox (1856-1923) on the occasion of his marriage to second wife Marietta or Etta Davis on September 17, 18991899
Ed Tarbox - presumably Edward A. Tarbox, husband of Jennie B. (Hooper) Tarbox1900
J. B. Tarbox - his barn suffered damage in a thunder shower on July 25, 1900. Perhaps James Blaisdell Tarbox1900
"Mrs. J. B. Tarbox buried"; entry of January 29, presumably Mary J. (Saltmarsh) Tarbox (1848-1907), second wife of James B. Tarbox (1841-19171904
Frank Taylor of Cornish or Limington, Maine- John Foss bought a pair of oxen from him1904
"The Tompson house blowed tonight"; entry of Saturday, February 24, 19001900
Trafton and Gough1900
Elmer Tufts - perhaps Elmer E. Tufts of Limerick, Maine1899
Frank Wakefield - bought apples from the Foss farm on October 13, 19001900, 1903
J. E. Wakefield - perhaps South Hollis Postmaster John E. Wakefield1903
T. Wakefield1904
C. E. Warren - perhaps Charles E. Warren - and perhaps Charles Elmer Warren1899, 1900
Elmer Warren - perhaps Charles Elmer Warren1900
Frank Warren - John Foss fixed boots for Frank Warren1902
Mrs. Warren - her house burned on March 15, 18991903
Warren place1904
Ida Watson - entries note September 3, 1899 death and September 6, 1899 funeral. Ida (Deering) Watson (1860-1899), died at Waterboro, Maine. She was the daughter of Ezekiel Deering and Abby (Brooks) Deering and the wife of Roscoe Gilbert Watson1899
W. Webber1903
W. White1902
J. Woodward1903
J. York1904




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