Monday, November 27, 1843: We butchered our pork and Mr. Russel Palmer helped. [Read more…] about Butchering Time
Tuesday, November 21, 1843: Some rainy. I tended to chores and this afternoon I walked onto West Hill to look of Ezekiel Knapp’s colt but it would not mate mine. [Read more…] about Brother Wm’s Crazy Wife
Monday, October 30, 1843: We made cider and picked up apples. [Read more…] about Apple Time
George’s First Anti-Rent Meeting
Monday, October 9, 1843: Today Mr. John Matthews began to build a chimney in my cheese house and to set a kettle and build an oven and I tended mason. My boys tended mason part of the time and gathered apples. [Read more…] about George’s Holcomb
Wednesday, July 5, 1843: Today my two sons drew a load of sand from the Douglass sand bank. [Read more…] about A “Colored Man” Moves Into George’s Rental House
Monday, June 12, 1843: I hewed two long sills for to renew sill my cheese house and at night I walked over and engaged Westalo to come and help frame three new sills for the cheese house. [Read more…] about Finishing The Cheese House
Monday, May 15, 1843: We drew manure on the corn ground with the ox team and harrowed with the horses on the corn ground and towards night a gale of wind a little rain and some fences blew down. [Read more…] about Moving The Cheese House
Thursday, April 6, 1843: Today I walked over to my Rodgers Farm to my new tenant Mr. Daniel Brady. [Read more…] about A New Tenant, A Friend’s Death, A Wife’s Illness
Tuesday, March 21, 1843: Today I and my son Geo P. went up what is called Goodrich Hollow in Hancock to Vendue at the place of the late residence of Deacon Justice Goodrich. [Read more…] about Peeking Out Of The Nest At A Brave New World
Wednesday, March 8, 1843: This evening Hiram Newton and his mother came to have me give them a title of the half acre where they once lived. I told them I would when they paid me up the rent and taxes.
Thursday: Today I drove my colt with my old horse to Hosey W. Brown’s store to inquire of him what the taxes would average on the dollar for 20 years and his judgement was that six mills(?).
Friday: Today I took my cutter and my son Geo P. with me, we rode to Canaan. We went to look for a colt to match the one we had, but could not find any. Tonight we stayed to Calvin P. Sackett’s. Today quite a snow storm.
Saturday: Today Mr. Sackett paid me for the cheese he bought when he was to my house on a visit, it was one dol and 44 cts. We started for home at 12 o’clock and got home before night. Tonight the widow Clarissa Sheldon died.
Monday: Today a snow storm.
Tuesday: Today I walked and went over Sheldon Hill and got to Elder Smith’s and took dinner with him and he informed me the funeral of the widow Clarissa Sheldon was put off until Thursday on account of the road being drifted. Today quite blustering.
Wednesday: This afternoon my son Geo P. took the cutter and carried his two sisters to Hancock to Hiram Newton’s on a visit.
Thursday: Today I took my cutter and carried Charlotte E. to the Baptist meeting house to the funeral of the widow Clarissa Sheldon. Mr. Carlisle preached and I met Hiram Newton and Russel Palmer to Randall A. Brown’s. There we had a quick claim lease finished or interlined to specify the rent to Van Rensselaer excepted and then I went to Nicholas Gardner’s and I signed a quick claim to Russel Palmer of a half acre of land that is on my Rodgers farm on the southeast corner of the farm where Isaac Newton built a house in 1822 and lived and his children after his death until two years hence and then rents said place and now Aseneth Newton and her son Hiram signed the quick claim with me and we three acknowledge it before Squ Philander Woodard and then Hiram Newton paid me three dollars cash and said Russel Palmer gave me a note for three dollars payable on the first of June which pays up for the 21 years that I paid Stephen Van Rensselaer the rent and the taxes on said half acre that I gave said Isaac Newton possession by paying me 16 dollars at that time but the bargain with him at that time was to have said half acre no longer time than he or his children lived on said place.