This day I am 21 years old. Sept.
1st. this summer I worked for father as usual, this fall I went
to the lakes and worked 2 months and then went to work for Cousin
Israel Parshall, in Spring Water, Ontario Co., N. Y. I
helped him some in building his grist mill. I
returned home the last of December. I
was all most determined on a mill somewhere as it had been my studdy,
some years. The next spring I made a choice of a cite on the south side of the
Chemung River and bought one acre of Betsy Warren, May 13th, 1820
for which I aggreed to give thirty dollars. This
summer I worked for father. Father
and me was to build the mill together and when we should get it
paid for, one half was mine. In
the fall, we got out the lumber and in the winter we drawd it.
This spring, Amzi Parshall went southard.
This spring and summer I worked for father and in the fall we laid
the foundation of the mill and raisd it, the next spring we covered
it and one run of country stone arunning in July. This
fall was very dry and done quite a good deal of business. The
next summer 1823 we put in 1 run more to country stone. I
have tended mill mostly alone ever since the mill went. In
April 13th. 1825 I
was married to Seraphina Luther. This
summer I had a house and store-house put up. In
the winter we got in our house. In
the fall of 1827, I had my barn build. In
1828, I bought 551/2 acres of land
in PA. In
the summer of 1828, I was taken sick--my blood was stagnated and
for want of a phisitcian that understood my case, my arms was drawd
up and useless. In
1828, I had a severe turn of which left me quite decriped and broke
down, this was the first sickness I ever had of any account, which
was caused no doubt by working too hard in the mill night and day. In
1829 I could not do much but see to business. In
the spring of 1830, I cut my ankle and in a few days I was taken
sick again and had a severe spell of sickness. Got
as well as usual by harvest. I
being sick so much and doctor bills to pay and the mill poorly
tended and out of order, I could hardly make my income meet my
is building his brick house and afflicted with sore eyes, didn't
see or feel willing to repare the mill as was necessary. I
in the fall went to Genesee to see if I could find a cituation,
providing I could sell. In
Dec. I proposed to Father that I would sell my part to him, or
I would buy his half of the mill, for as it now was it was no profit
to neighter. Isaac
and Saraphina was baptised Sunday, 4th of October 1829 in the Chemung
River N. Y.
This winter, I bought Father's rite
in the mill for which I agreed to pay him 700 dollars. I
borrowed some money and got timber for repareing the mill. In
the summer 1831 I built an addition to the mill of 20 by 35 feet
and put one run of Burr stones 4 1/2 feet for wich I paid 200 dollars
for and made a considerable repares cost in all, 1500 dollars for
mill wright work I done and the mill done good business and in
the fall 1832 bought another run of Burr stones. In
1833 the first day of March, George Luther arrived in Chemung to
live with me, he was in his 10th year. This
summer I got my 3 run of mill stones. In
May 1834, I bought 2 acres of land of Betsy Warren, for which I
paid her 50 dollors. This
summer I built my woodhouse and done some repareing to my mill. This
year I received $1000 besides what we eat and fed.
This spring I bought an ark with William
Snell and I put in 528 bushels of wheat and we went down to the
river and sold for 97 cents per bushel. This
summer I built a carriage house. This
season I paid the most of my debts. This
year my mill fetched me in 13 or 1400 dollors. Does
good business and grain is a good price
Samuel Beidelman, died April 16, 1836, 85 years.
Jeremiah Casoday, died Feb. 14th, 1837
Deacon Andros died
Melvin Griswold died May 1
Daniel Griswold's wife died May 2
Daniel Griswold died Jan 29
Amelia Price, Feb. 24, aged 8
Phebe Webber, March 6, aged 47
Jan. Caturah Brown
May 9, Orlando Snell
Lathrop Griswold, Died Oct. 23
Alvira Andrus Died Nov. 2
Daniel Andrus died Nov. 3
Stella Parshall, Feb. 4 - age 41
Asa Parshall, Mar 23, age 78 -- Text, Isaah, 3-10,7,11 verses
Leah Smith, April 13, 1848, age 50
Margaret Davison, August 25, 1848
Phebe Lamb, wife of elder Lamb, Dec 26, 1848
Martha Townley, Sept. 10, 1849
John I. Rice, Jan 7, 1850
Polly, wife of Wm. Griswold, Jan. 1850
Jeremiah Casoday, Feb. 1, 1850
Mary Ann, second wife of Amzi Parshall, Oct. 2, age 43
George Mapes, Nov. 7, 1851
Dr. F. Near, Nov. 16, 1851
Mary Davidson, June 1852
Wm. Smith, Dec. 20, 1852
Edward Secor, Aug. 14, 1853, age 25
Reuben Griswold, Dec. 17, 1853
Nancy Griswold, wife of Geor. Jan 29th, 1855
Polly Roberts Curdy, Sept. 29, 1856
Celesta Parshall, May 21, 1857
Dea. Dillis Dexter, July 23
Enoch Luther died June 15, 1859. Inflammation
of the brain, crazy an out of his head, had his sences but little
of the time, eat but little which he was sick. Roena
Luther died, June 10, 1858.
This morning it began to snow and
snowd four inches deep on the river flats and back on the hills
it fell 7 or 8 inches deep. It
was the deepest snow we had the past winter. This
snow went mostly off and on Monday the 27th. evening, it began
to rain and in the morning the snow was 4 inches deep and it
snowd till noon hard and then misted. This
snow was 2 inches deep on the river and in many places back,
it fell 18 inches deep. The
wether turned warm and the snow went off verry fast which, made
plenty of water. The
river was within 3 feet of the mill floor. Nelson
Roberts and Susanna started for Michigan May 6th, 1835. Thomas
Parshall and family went a few days before. This
summer is wet and cold, grain is scarce and high Wheat
is between one dollar and 12 shillings per bushel. Corn
was sold by some as high as one dollar. Harvest
came in verry late, not but a little cut before August.
August 5th., 1835
Some frost. August
22nd. we have had a week of wet, bad wether for geting grain
and hay. Some
grain growing in the scout. Wheat
and rye is coming in light. September
1st. I set out in the company of Henry Roberts for Michigan. Went
to Cassidy's corners, 50 miles, 2nd day we got to Ransom's and
3rd. we went to Amzi Parshall's on the Genesee River. Left
there the 4th day for Buffalo, past through Perry and Perry Center,
went on west and down an uncommon long and steep hill to Warsaw
Village, a pleasant place and mills. Went
on up hill and down another long hill to Davisburg, it looks
rather rusty. This
village is on Tontewanty Creek. Up
hills and down and on to Wale Hollow on Buffalo Creek, went on
through Univora, quite a lengthy village, went on and soon found
ourselves in the Indian settlement and night coming on and we
had 6 miles to go before we could stay over night. Saw
several Indians and squaws and past several Indian houses and
staid at tavern kept by a white man, 6 miles this side of Buffalo. Came
55 miles this day. Went
into Buffalo the next morning and took passage on the steam-boat
Michigan for Detroit, about 9 o'clock, the 5th day from home. The
wind was against us and the lake was quite ruf and we was both
some sea sick. Got
to Detroit in 36 hours from Buffalo on Sunday night, 6th. of
the morning we looked about some before breakfast, then went
to Thomas Comefor's, staid all night with him. In
the morning, we steamed west to Nelson's and Luther's. We
got there on Tuesday night, the 8th day from home. In
a few minutes Israel Parshall come in from Thomases and we spent
the 9th. and 10th days looking about Luther's. We
like the country verry well about Luther's. The 11th day, we
started for Thomas Parshall's, found a level and good road but
quite crooked and as we went, I guess it is all of twenty miles
from Luther's to Thomases. We
found them some sick. Saturday
the 12th, we went over on Oar Creek, 3 or 4 miles, found some
very good mill cites. We
saw some deer and in the afternoon it raind and we returned home
at night, hungary, wet and cold. Sunday
we staid at Thomases. Monday
the 14th, we went over to Oar Creek again. Tuesday
the 15, Henry Roberts, Israel and I started for the county cite
of Livingston. We
went 1 1/2 miles and Israel killed a deer, went on N. west and
saw a wild cat. Israel
shot it but it got away, we went on and crossed a small mill
stream by the name of Bogashering, continued N.W. to the Siwasse,
found it a stagnated stream in a great meadow 6 or 8 miles long,
1/2 miles wide. There
is no house from Thomases to the Shiwasse, we took up the river,
saw several deer and Israel wounded another. We
got belated and in a strange land and night come on and by chance
we heard a bell at quite a distance, and then by the barking
of a dog, we went through tammenrack swamps, at a late hour we
arrived at a house where we was kinkly treated and well pleased
was we. We
got our supper and breakfast. The
16th we went to the county cite, they had the first house raisd,
it was quite a large frame. We
looked about some and then took the turnpike and went east to
night staid 1 day with him and Nelson this
was the 17th.
October was a very pleasant month. About
the 25th of November, it snowed so it was quite good sleighing,
got mostly off and on the 7th of January 1836, it began to snow
and it snowd Friday, and Saturday and Sunday night it
stopt and the snow was between 2 1/2 and 3 feet deep and it drifted
and it was a serious job to shovel and make roads, and by the
time the roads got broke, it snowed 12 inces more and was severe
cold till Feb. 13th, it thawed a little and it snowd some and
turned verry cold and continued cold.
This morning, I started for home. Left
Henry at Nelson's to meet me at Detroit, steared south through
Salem, staid all night at Bradner's in Plimoth. The
19th, this day, went through North and South Nankin, on some
all night 12 miles from Detroit. Sunday
the 20th, went to a Roman Catholick meeting at Detroit. This
morning at 9 o'clock, went in the land office and bought me 180
acres of land, 80 for Father, 40 for Mr. Beidelman. Looked
about some and at 2 o'clock started for Drake McDowell's, went
13 mi. staid all night, the 22 went on through Ypsilanti, a pleasant
place, 30 miles west of Detroit, on Huron River. Got
to Drake's at 2 o'clock, found them in good health. The
23rd. day, went to Ann Arbor it is the county cite of Washtenaw
County, on Huron River, which affords excelant mill privileges
and there is an excelant flowering mill on it. I
about went for Detroit, went 20 miles and staid all night. The
24th day, went into Detroit the next morning, looked about this
afternood and at nite Henry come and the next morning, 25th of
Sept, we took passage on the Steamboat Genneral Porter for Buffalo
at 9 o'clock. We
had a verry pleasant time on the lake and got to Buffalo at 10
o'clock the second nite or Saturday the 26th. The
27th riged up our horse and waggeon and went on through Batavia
and staid all the night the 28th in Rochester, the 29th in Pittsford,
went through Palmyra, staid all night at Oakses. The
30th, this morning past through Geneva and I was taken unwell
and grew worse. Got
home 2nd day of Oct. 1835. My
sickness was as I supposed a bad cold but a feaver sat in and
I had severe sickness. I
was confined to the house 5 weeks and it was 3 weeks more before
I could do much. I
got as well as usual by New Years and heavyer than I ever was. Dec.
Guy Warren died.
This day is a little moderate but
the ice is in the river yet and is sollid and good crossing with
teams, on the ice. This
winter has been the coldest and severst winter I ever saw and
the most ice in the river. The
rift is froze so they cross on the ice with teams and have almost
The river is quite low and the ice
is getting rather soft, but I think it would bare a teem. It
is getting rather poor sleighing all though the snow is 1 1/2
to 3 feet deep yet and we have not had any snowfall in a month,
the wether is verry cold, we have not had a warm day.
The wether is geting warm and the
river is riseing and the ice is melting out without an ice frest. The
river will be clear of ice the 30th but the snow is 2 or 3 feet
deep yet, in the woods, but is off in spots and getting from
April 11, 1836 -
We have had a few warm days and
a little rain an it has raisd the river bank full, it is 8 inches
in the mill floor. The
snow is mostly off on the river. The
13th, the river has fell 7 or 8 feet, this forenoon it has snowed
6 inches and this afternoon it rains.
Some old snow yet in many places.
This day I started for Michigan
in the company with Israel Parshall and Jacob Snell. We
landed in Detoit the 2nd day of May, got to Luther Parshall's
the 4th day and found them all well. Went
to Thomas Parshall's the 5th day of May, staid in that part of
the country 5 days, then
started for home. Went
to Ann Arbor, bought 59 1/2 acres of land of William Chapman
for which I paid 300 dollars. I
then went to Detroit calculating to get 60 acres more, but could
not on account of my having bought 240 lots befor. I
staid one day and started for Buffalo on the Steam boat Michigan
and got home on the 19th day of May A.D. 1836. This
spring has been verry dry til the last of May, it raind every
day for 14 days and made quite high water. June
21st had heavy rains and the river is high, in 1 foot of the
mill floor. It
has injourd grass along the river and the corn looks poor. July
1st., corn is not more than half of it hoed yet the last time. August
1st, just commenced harvesting, it comes in light, the wether
continues wet and cold. August
the 29th and first of September, there was a severe frost which
destroied the buckwheat and corn verry much and in a short time
grain of all kinds was dear, wheat 10 and 12 shillings per bushell,
corn 6 and 8 shillings and other grain in proportion.
August 15th., 1836 -
About this time I sold my grist
mill to John G. McDowell for 3000 dolars and on the 10th of Sept.
I gave him possession and man packed up our things and got started
for Michigan, on Thurs. the 22nd of Sept. and we got to Buffalo
on the 27th and got part of our things on the Thomas Jefferson
and was so crowded we had to leave our horses and
part of our things to come on the Sandusky, the next morning. And
she broke her crank near Erie and our horses and things were
taken off and waite to get a passage on other boat and did not
get to Detroit until Monday, the 3rd. of October. We
got to Detroit 4 days, first and was obliged to wait for them. We
stored most of our things at Detroit. We
loaded a few things and started the road was wonderful muddy
and bad. We
got on our own place on Oar Creek 10th of October. We
then hired 3 teams to go to Detroit for our goods. It
was uncommon muddy and it took 7 days to perform the 50 miles
and carry 8 or 10 hundred. It
cost us to get to Buffalo 60 dollars and 60 to Detroit and 100
dollars to get our things to Oar Creek, making 220 dollars for
soon as we got our things we put up a small frame house and got
in it the 31st of October. The
14th of Nov. we commenced digging a tail race for my grist mill,
provision is very high, wheat 1.25 to 1.50 cents, corn 1.00,
oats 50 cents and everything proportion and it is costly doing
much business. This
winter there was no sleighing til the midle of Dec. about 5 or
6 inches more, and it is as good sleighing as I ever saw. January
commenced getting out mill timber. It
is fine wether but the snow rather deep for drawing.
Sunday, Feb. 5,
This day I am 39 years of age it
is a moderate day as we have had in six weeks. We
have been to a Baptist meeting at Mr. Webber's, this day April
winter has been cold but pleasant with fine sleighing.
This spring is cold and backward.
I have got me a shop put up 18 by 36. Nelson
and Sussana Roberts went or started with their son Isaac for
Chemung, N. Y. and returened the 7th. of July. I
had the lower part of my mill raised July 22nd. and raisd the
upper part August the 10th, 1837. Everything
has been verry high, port $25, flower 11 in Detroit, oats 1.25
cents per bushel, sows 35 and 40 dollars a piece. I
have had costly time build my mill, so far it has cost me out
in cash about 1800 dollars for expences and building.
December 1st, 1837
I have not got my mill agoing yet. Grain
is high, wheat 10 and 12 shillings, corn one dollar.
The mill started this day to grind corn and chop some
February 8th. -
We got the bolt to go by water,
we bolted 150 bushels of wheat by hand. I
have more to grind than I expected. March
is the finest and warmest March I ever seen. April
is rather cold and backward. I
have not done much to my mill this spring but have got a barn
This day Nelson and Susanna his
wife was baptised in North Oar Creek. The
4th of July, we had a temperance address in William Smith's barn. I
have been disapionted in geting my money from New York State
and as a consequence have not my mill fixed before harvest. July
24th, ground some new wheat. We
have had a warm growing season and summer crops looks good. Wheat
is generally good. In
Aug. I went to Chemung and got my money for J. G. McDowell.
Found our friends well. On
my return, I bought in Buffalo, a run of mill stones, screen
bolt, turning lathe, side saddle, got my things home safe. This
fall was verry sickly with fever and ague, my family was sick
but myself I did not get much done my mill this fall but repared
and put in gering to the run. I
had so it done good business. John
Roberts come in here with his family in Oct. Put
him up a store and live in part of it. I
bargained 10 acres of my south 30 to John Roberts. We
have had a little sleighing in Dec. and Jan. The
1st of Feb. the snow all went off. Since
it has been quite mild and no snow. Last
fall Edward Davidson went to Chemung and did not return. Nelson
Roberts has helped tend mill some this winter.
March 10th, 1839-
This morning as I was combing my
horse, he started back and took pole out of the fence that he
was tied to and catched me between the pole and rope and drew
me a rod against a trough and bruised me some and broke one of
my ribs. I
got well in 3 weeks. George
Luther left home Sunday 21st day of April and left Hartland,
April 23rd for his Father's.
I was taken sick and my mill all
had to stop. This
season was verry sickley. I
was sick 10 weeks, caused by bad doctoring.
This day Seraphina started for Chemung
in company with Elizabeth Griswold, they left me sick. They
had a pleasant journey and found their friends generally well. They
returned safe and well.
Found me gaining but quite miserable.
November the 1st.
I began to do some chores.
I am quite smart and work some at my mill. This
winter so far is mild and some sleighing.
The snow is nearly all gone off, the wether is verry warm. Wheat
is low 62 1/1/3 to 70.
The wether is verry warm for the season and some plowing done.
We have had some snow squalls and a week of cooler wether. Charles
Thayer come to live with me March 1st. Edward
Davidson started for home, June 13th.
July 4th 1840
We had a temperance address by Elder Post in the afternoon,
a church meeting.
This day 10 were baptised by Elder
Lamb, we had several other baptised the 2nd. day of August. Six
more was baptised and among them was Elizabeth Casoday. Seraphina
was taken sick the last of July and had the fever and ague all
summer and fall by spells. This season was not quite so sickley
as last year. Ransom
and Amzi were here in June This season I had a sawmill put up
and partly finished. I
sent to York State and got a smut machine and got it in operation
soon after harvest, it got business. This
winter (Jan, 1841) I had 4 pine logs drawd from Laper, 44 miles,
wich sawed in my mill for building me a house. Henry
W. Roberts and family went to Chemung the last of August. We
got our house partly finished this fall and moved in it the first
of Dec. 1841.
January 1st. 1842
The day so warm, no snow or sleighing yet, quite mild.
This winter has been uncommon mild
and but verry little snow, some flurries but not enough to make
any sleighing, not even to get wood Lake Erie was open nearly
March the 1st.
Steam boats run through to Buffalo. Grain
is plenty, wheat 75, corn 25, flower in Detroit 4.12 1/2.
Dr. Near got the appointment for P.M. I
have been Post Master 4 years and 8 mos. when he took it. May
was a verry dry, whet and grass suffered. the
last of May I went to Rochester and Amzi's, got home the 1st
of June, sold some flower in Detroit for 4.75, since I sold for
bought me another run of mill stones in Buffalo, this season
I put in a new pattern water wheel. Enoch
Luther come here about the 10th of June and began to work for
me the 20th. The
11th and 12th of June, we had a severe frost which destroyed
nearly all the corn and injoured the wheat and wheat was struck
with rust and srunk and verry poor, not more than a third of
a crop, and the price of wheat low, 50 cents and this country
verry much in debt and nothing to pay with.
This day I was 45 years old. This
winter we have had fine sleighing 2 months. This
winter Hiram Luther is boarding here and going to school.
March 18, 1843,
The weather is cold and good sleighing,
the cattle starving for want of hay or grain to eat. We
have had 4 months of severe wether and most good sleighing I
Enoch Luther left here Saturday
April 1st. the past cold with one foot more snow the snow is
now 2 and 3 feet deep and roads but little broke and little traveled. It
now begins to thaw a little days, but cold nights. The
wether continued warm days and cold nights and the snow went
off without rain but high water, there was some snow on the groung
April 21st. on
April 22nd it rained. This
summer was short, but good corn wheat verry good this fall it
is worth 50 cents, flower in Detroit 3.37 1/2.
This year put up my barn shed and
put in a new patent water wheel for my smut mashine. I
had 2 brakes in my dam this season. E.
Davidson tends mill this year.
This day it snowd 3 inches deep,
we have had a wet fall with bad roads. We
have plenty of flowering and business in the mill. I
have sold 200 dollars worth of flower.
January 1st.; 1844
We have had 3 weeks of warm and muddy. Jan
9th it is now froze up and I. Parshall has gone to Detroit.
I have 3 or 4 loads of flower and
1 load of pork, all by waggeons, not having any snow, I went
once to Flint on verry poor sleighing. About
the 10th of Feb. the little snow all went off and roads past
being traveled, it being warm til the midle of March. From
then it was some colder with flurrys of snow.
I have been confined to my house
for 2 weeks past with a severe cold, I did not get to do but
little in 5 weeks.
May 1st. 1844
This spring things are the forwardest,
I ever remember of seeing,.The clover is 3 or 4 inches high and
the white oaks are quite green. Cattle
could have got their living out, the midle of April.
We have had it wet and muddy for
2 weeks past. May
Smith's mill dam went off and took off mine and washed under
the mill and filled the race with gravel, at least 200 dollars
built the dam adjoining the mill with hewn timber, 30 feet, I
built an addition to my mill, got the 3rd run of stones going
and put in a merchent bolt, got it going Sept. 15th. It
all worked well and done good business. The
wheat crop come in rather light and shrunk the price of wheat
this fall is from 50 to 75 cents a bushel. H.
W. Roberts started for Chemung Sept., 23rd. Elizabeth
Casoday left us the same day. Wm
Vance worked here this summer, 3 months.
January 31st. 1845
This winter has been quite moderate and without any snow, but
The wether is warm and the groung settled in places.
This day the sun crossed the line
with verry cold N wind, the past few days has been verry cold
with 2 inches of snow. April
is warm and vegitation verry forward about as last spring, but
wheat is larger than I have ever seen at this season of the year
and bids fare for a good crop. The
7th and 8th of May there are some frosts the 16th of May. This
season was frosty and fruit scarce. Wheat
was injured in some places by the frost, but the wheat crop was
verry good and the most wheat ever raised in Michigan. I
and Seraphina went for a visit East, the 20th of May and returned
the last of June and found our friends generally well. On
my return home bought 40 acres of land below me. This
season I raised nearly 400 bushels of wheat.
I have sowed 30 acres with wheat
this fall. About
the midle of Sept. I sold one half of my mill to Israel and he
moved down here and the first of Oct., I gave him possession
and we built a house for him to live in for awhile. Flower
in Detroit, this fall, commenced at 3.25 and rose gradually and
about the close 4.75. This
fall we dug a race on the west side of the creek, which cost
us about 100 dollars. Jesse
Parshall was here with us this winter.
We have had 4 weeks tolerable sleighing, with about 4 inches
snow and now it is bare ground.
It is snowing some again, we now have some sleighing -- now
again, which lasted 3 weeks.
March 2nd and 3rd
The snow went off. I
went to Detroit with a sled and mostly bare ground to come home
day was cloudy and the Eclypse we could not see. Jesse
Parshall started for Chemung last Monday, the 20th of April. This
month is warm and growing wheat is forward and looks well. Flower
and wheat is lo, flower in Detroit 4.00.
I have raisd this day a wood house and Blacksmith Shop.
May 1st. 1846-
The season is early and wet and vegitation looks promising
and wheat on the ground looks good.
It continues verry wet and not much
sowd or planted yet. Isreal
Griswold come here April 29 and bought the Curtis place above
mine and sold same to me and moved back the last of July. Harvest
was midling, wheat a little shrunk, but large crop. The
summer is dry and hot. I
built a blacksmith shop this summer and Mathew Brock dug and
finished our lower tail race, Sept. 16. Cost
about 90 dollars in all., so far. In
Aug. Susanna Roberts and Margaret Davison went to Chemung and
Louisa and Asa Parshall came to Michigan with them and they started
back the 17th of Oct.1846. This
fall has been quite sickley, I was sick with the fever 4 or 5
have had it warm and wet this fall and verry bad roads.
It snowed about 1 inch deep for the first this fall and was
cold, the thermom. down to 12 degrees.
Made my garden June 1846
Rainy and warm.
January 1st. 1847
Warm and rainy, with some flakes
of snow. Jan.
6th, in the evening it snowd 6 inches deep. Friday
the 8th, is the coldest this season, down to 8 degrees below.
One foot of snow with good sleighing.
Febb 23rd and 24th.
Thermometer below zero with fine sleighing.
Rather poor sleighing but cold,
thermometer 6. May
wheat is winter kiled and looks poor. I
have made up my mind to sell the other half of my grist mill. I
have been engaged in the business 25 years, am tired of being
confined and working hard and
hope I can make a living without milling, but perhaps not get
rich so fast, for milling business is good at present, but the
mill being out of order or wanting a new water wheel and some
other reparing, we went to work and
made a first rate water wheel and done other repares to the value
of 600 dollars. I
worked hard all summer and got it arunning, Friday noon, August
20th, 1847 and went to the house sick and was confined to the
bed and house over 2 weeks. and
the 5th week I went to Detroit and was sick or not well while
September 26, 1847
The next day after I got home, I
was taken and had the doctor and was as sick as I was before,
and as long or longer, making in all 9 weeks, I was sick and
not able to do anything. Israel
went to Chemung Sept, 14th and Henry Roberts returned with him
in October. A
few days before I was taken sick, I made a verbal bargain for
one half my flowering mill, for 2600 dollars, 500 dollars down,
if he would make me secure for the remainder, which he aggreed
to do or said if he could not make me ample secur, he did not
want it. He
further said he had some obligations, he would like to let me
in a few days he showed me some and said I might take as few
or as many as I pleased. So
I examined them and did not find any that I thought woild answer
my purpose, but told him if he would bet 100 dollars endorsed,
on a mortage, he had against John Roberts, I would take that
and he said he would as John Roberts was owing that amount, but
instead of getting 100 dollars endorsed, he only got 50 dollars
endorse, which I could not accept, but when we came to draw the
writing, I was very sick and he denied most of the bargain and
insisted on my taking two mortagages against John Roberts, which
I told him I could not take. I
not being able to contend for my right, he and Whipple made writings
verry different from our bargain, and I lost on the mortgages
and when I made out the deed, he insisted on not rectifying it,
as it should have been to be honest.
July 4th 1848
H. W. and Isaac Roberts was married. This
summer I had my shop and waggeon houses built, my wheat is not
one third of a crop. This
summer we took a journey to Lansing and Jackson, was in the State
Prison, and the 4th of August we started for N.Y. by way of S.D.
McDowell's and Ypsilanti to Detroit and have a verry good time
down the lake. We
went to Niagaria Falls and saw the Suspension Bridge, which they
had just began to pass over it. We
left the 2nd day by way of Lockport and then took a packet to
Utica, staid all night and took the cars to Albany and a steam
boat to New York, we went over the Brookland and at the United
States navey yard and went to Cony Islands, ten miles down the
ocean for the first time and perhaps the last time. We
come by the way of the New York and Erie Railroad line, the most
of the way. By
stage, night and day which made me sick. We
landed in Chemung and found our friends well, generally. My
youngest sister Lemira come to Michigan with us. We
was gone 7 weeks from home. It
was sickley here while we was gone and Edwin's Davison's wife
died and several children. Our
hired men got sick and my wheat was not all sowd when we got
home which made late sowing. This
winter I have done most of my chores.
We have had 4 weeks of sleighing then come a thaw
2 inches of snow, I was sick 5 or
6 weeks with a cold. Lemira
started for Chemung, May 1849. Amzi
and his lady paid us a visit, July. Clark Carmen and Gleson Youngs
worked for me this summer. My
wheat was midling, 400 bushels. Sowd
26 acres of wheat this fall. Commenced
the 12th and finished the 25th.
Isaac D. Soper come here Sept 28
and left for PA, June 1850. Dec.
this fall has been warm and no snow yet. Jesse
Parshall come to Michigan and bought a farm of 98 acres of Ira
Parshall, paid him 500 dollars for it. G.
N. and A. Roberts got their grist mill agoing December 20th. I
helped them on their mill 25 days. This
fall was fine wether for business, wether moderate and no snow
yet, December 25th.
January 1st. 1850
Two inches of snow fell, thermom.
-- is 16. No
sleighing this winter and mild. April
was cold and backward.
Verry windy and cold, backward season.
Frosts, thermon 24. May
and June verry dry, the wheat oats and grass poor. Ransom
and wife and Richard Inscho and wife made us a visit, the 1st
of June. Wheat
come in better then we expected, an average crop, worth 62 1/2
fall I have sowed 45 acres of wheat. This
fall has been quite sickley. I
was not able to work for two months or more. Seraphina
had 3 fits of the ague. Gleson
Youngs worked for me this summer, 7 months for 100 dollars, a
big price. This
fall John to Elmira. This
fall I bought Israel's half of the saw mill for 200 dollars. The
last of Dec. and first of Jan. 1851 good sleighing for 3 weeks,
then mud and rain.
1851 and 1852
March verry mild, some plowing done, coldest 20.
Windy and cool. Eliphet
Luther and family, 11 in number, come here.
April 17th 1851
Cold and squalls of snow. June
cool and wet. Mother
Parshall paid us a visit in May and returned in June.
The mill dam went off, cost me 75
dollars to put in the bulk head and make the dam. And
I put in the floor to the sawmill anew, which cost me 75 dollars
generally is good, I raided 600 bushels.
I have been sick or not well for
3 weeks. Elipohet
Luther and family left Hartland for Bradford Co. P.A. November
February 5th 1852
This day I am 54 years old and at
preasent enjoying good health. This
winter has been verry unsteady, verry cold and then warm and
but little sleighing.
6 inches of snow.
Cold and backward for the season
This day myself and wife and Seraphina
Luther and Susanna Roberts started for Chemung and Pennsylvania
on a visit, found our folks generally well. Henry
Snell died while we was in Chemung. We
returned home by Genesee
Found earth dried and grass and
meadows not half a crop and wheat injured some, but a good buy. I
had 500 bushels of wheat this year worth 75 cents.
This fall I put up the addition to my sawmill. Gleason
Youngs left Dec 25th. I
was taken sick.
was sick 3 weeks
1853, January 1st
No snow yet but fine wether. This
winter has been quite mild and but verry little snow. I
was taken sick again the 14th of Mar. and was sick 3 weeks. Milton
Hodge worked for me this winter, was a poor hand.
We have had a wet spring and backward.
Ransom Parshall and wife and daughter come to visit us.
verry dry. Wheat
is midling good. I
had about 450 bushels of wheat, it is worth this fall, one dollar
a bushel. This
summer we have been verry busy, building our meeting house and
have neglected my other business. Frederick
Griswold worked for me the past summer, 9 months for 100 dollars. Jacob
Ulch worked this fall and winter for 10 dollars a month, Grain
is high. Wheat
1.25, corn 75 cents.
We have had verry good sleighing
through January but with little snow. I
went to the pinery 3 times with sleigh.
Warm, roads settled and quite good.
Clear and pleasant.
4 inches of snow
Cold and backward. Frederick
Griswold worked for me this summer, 16 per month. We
have had a verry dry season, poor corn, wheat some midling good,
1.50 per bushel.
sowed 23 acres of wheat this season. This
season, I worked the most of my time on the meeting house. I
and Mathew Brock done the most of the carpenter work and all
the steeple. I
done the highest part of the work and put on the tin ruff. We
got it finished the 20th of January 1855, it cost over 2000 dollars.
Elder Chase staid and held a protracted
meeting, 5 weeks, which resulted in the conversion of a large
number of our neighbors, who with us was made to rejoice in the
mercy of God and added to the Church.
Cold and clear with some sleighing.
Fine wether after a hard winter.
Seraphina Parshall left Hartland
for Chemung, N.Y. and returned the midle of June. Isaac
D. Soper come here the last of June and was married August 27th
season wheat was worth 2.00 dollars per bushel. Fredrick
worked this summer at 18.00 per month.
August 1st 1855
We have had 2 weeks of rainy wether
and all the wheat growd in the field and verry poor and nearly
all in the fields and about half standing and growd yet and all
grown more or less.
Isaac D. Soper was married to Sharlott Stewart.
J. G. McDowell and wife come for a visit, which we was verry
pleased to receive from them. Seraphina
Luther and John Roberts started from Chemung.
returned Nov. 3rd and Elder Grenell and wife come with them
and staid with us and visited 2 weeks. Benjamin
Davidson went to Elmira with his Grandfather. November
The mill dam went all off, caused
by the gloing off of the dam, did not get to do much til March
6 inches snow. Christmas
New Year's day, more snow and fine sleighing.
Asa Parshall come here for a visit, in company with Rosanna
Griswold and left here Mar. 11th.
Serphina Luther was married.
Fine growing wether, after a hard
winter Israel Parshall sold and left Hartland for Chesaning,
May about the 12th. This
summer is cold and verry dry and hard frost, the last of Aug. Wheat
Mrs. Soper and Charles Knap and wife come here for a visit,
left for home on the 20th.
1857 January 1st.
Quite good sleighing for a past month.
Good sleighing for 2 monts past and verry cold.
This day I am 59 years old ... getting quite warm.
May 1st. -
We've had a backward cold spring,
after a cold winter. Coarse
grain, high corn, 1 dollar, wheat 1.25 per bushel. I
have sold off one half my land to H. W. and William and John
Roberts and I. E. Thayer. This
spring I had my wind mill put up. We
have had a verry wet and rather cold summer, but verry good grain
Mr. Barney and lady from Elmira made us a visit. E.
Luther and family comd here from P.A.
I was sick with neuralgia in my face.
What follows was written by another.
Last of Nov. that which Bro. P.
took to be neuralgia proved to be a disease of the throat, which
affected the head by sympathy. He
still grows worse, treated by Dr. VanSickles.
Not yet confined to his bed but
suffers much from pain in the head and throat. Dr.
Nixon called, thinks he can be cured.
His throat broke on the inside,
discharges much, disease much the same but getting weaker constantly, Dr.
N. still thinks he may be cured. Confined
to his bed most of the time.
Still gets worse. Suffers
are alarmed and think his recovery doubtful. The
Dr. says the case is critial. The
last of January, much worse. Dr.
Pickering has been called, thinks that he may recover but has
done little, the practice of Dr. N. mainly continued. He
has made his will and attended to some other items of business. Says
that he is resigned and willing to depart.
During the last two weeks, has declined
fast and suffered much from pain in the throat and difficulty in
swallowing, but in possession of his faculities, seems perfectly
morning a blood vessel broke in his throat, thought
to be dying, has several spells of bleeding and choking. Connot
February 21, 1858
Seraphina Parshall, this summer Frank Parshall lives with me. We
are alone, ain't adoing anything on my farm this season only gather
Last Monday he was quite stupid all
day from the loss of blood. Tues.
he rallied a little but cannot see nor hear but little, mind wanders. Wed. He
did not know his friends, appeared to be in much pain but not conscious
of suffering. Thurs. Much
as the day before but apeared to recover his sight and hearing. Had
very bad spells. Fri.
was quite rational, talked some but very low. Sat.
Still rational, but had chills, followed by fever. Thought
to be dying, once or twice during the day. This
morning could just breathe, evidently in a dying condition, continued
to decline all day and at 15 minutes before 7 o'clock P.M. departed
his life without a tr strugle or groan. Sun. His
remains was deposited in their last resting place, on the 24th
day of Feb. 1858. A
discourse by the pastor was preached on the occassion from Proverbs
14, 32 "The
righteous hath hope in his death."
I went to Chemung, gone 4 months,
came back in February. Kept
house, some visits come and got along anyhow til spring, then I
commenced housekeeping alone, had company nights, staid alone daytimes
til May then went to Saginaw, on a visit, found friends all well. Staid
4 weeks, returned by Israel Parshall's found them all well, went
to Nelson Roberts, left them all well. Returned
home the 5th of July My
brother died while I was gone, he died the 25th of June at 10 o'clock
p.m. after an illness of just 5 weeks, crazy, part of the time. Began
to keep house again Miss Dubois stays with me. Ain't
adoin much on my farm this summer, it is quite frosty, a frost
every month this year so far. Wheat
good, corn por, potatoes not verry good, buckwheat good, Sat
up all night last night with a sick child. Today
peeled some apples for drying wrote 4 letters to my friends and
got 2. Sunday
went to a funeral. Monday
went to Fentonville, waggon wheel come off, nobody hirt put a rail
under the waggon and road holm safe that night. Was
taken sick with foul stomach, was sick 4 days, began to feel better.