MRS. EMILY A MOULTON 1868 HANDWRITTEN MANUSCRIPT DIARY OF A POST CIVIL WAR ERA AKRON OHIO WOMAN
AKRON OHIO OH 1868 Good+ Manuscript
On offer is the original handwritten 1868 manuscript diary that originally belonged to Mrs. Emily A. Moulton somewhere near Akron Ohio. Historians and collectors of the post-Civil War era will find this diary a treasure trove full of great entries that depict life for a young woman living in Ohio during the mid 19th century. Here are snippets: "March 3rd, It is pleasant but very cold and they begin to go about some. They have broken paths. I went up to Cad's and oh, how deep the snow." "March 22nd, Miserable walking. Alice and I went to church to hear Mr. Fairchild's lecture to the young ladies. He had a crowded house. Mary Allen was baptized. I went to Cad's, carried my clothes to wash. Mrs. Summer's father was buried." "March 25th, A miserable rainy day. It is Shelton's exhibition day, he is in his glory I suppose. I have sewed on my shirt all day. Went to Cad's staid awhile. She is very unwell with a cold." "April 15th, The Erie Railroad disaster occurred. A pleasant but windy day. I went up to Cad's got on a quilt. Mr. M came to tea. After tea I called at Mrs. Yeoman's to ask Sam Compton, Loomis Byrne Sackett, Stephen Comstock and Sarah to invite them to Cad's to quilt." "April 16th, Cad came down this morning got a dispatch Comstock is hurt on the railroad. Mrs. Comstock and brother left this morn to go to him. A terrible windy day. I went up to Cad's to quilt. The ___ all came. We got it off." "April 20th, They got a dispatch Mr. Comstock is failing……" "April 30th, Joseph Wilbur Griswold married. Pleasant day. Have been up to Cad's helping her get done with carpet and G. L. came tonight with news that Mrs. Vandrusen died this morn very suddenly and that Jennie Dowd has a babe two weeks old has been married five months." "May 4th, A lovely morn. I attended Mrs. Vandrusen's funeral. Frank had a fit at the graveyard. We went to the grave. Cornelia was up. I stopped at Cad's……" "June 20th, A pleasant morn. We left home on the morning train. Got to Henderson. Found Mary, Ella and Howard going to the falls. We took the hack for Brickfield. Got Doc Pope to bring us to Huron. Rode with rain all the way from Tensula (?), a miserable rainy day. We are all at home here." "July 20th, Oh how hot it is. I have got three meals and fussed the rest of the time and helped Hattie on her work. I can run the machine. Sarah came in. The girls went up to Cad's and got butter. Shirley Dowd came yesterday." "August 6th (At this time she's very sick with blood in her bowels) Staid home on the bed all day. Cad slept with me down stairs. I fainted away. Mrs. Hadley called. Sarah has gone to Akron to spent the day." "September 27th, A lovely day. Have traced a little of that yoke (sewing). We all went down to the big falls and around by Cad's home. Got some pansies. L. went to Akron this morn. Says Joe Cornelia got home this eve." "October 17th, Have baked a leg of mutton, fixed doughnuts and ironed. Am tired almost to death. Went up street with Jarlin. Mrs. Brock brought me cloth. Doct came in…." "November 3rd, A bright day. Went to Mrs. Turner to ______. We had an illumination. Made a great display. H. Wm. Aaron left for Missouri. Nellie Knapp was married to day." "December 18th, A lovely day. We went to the school exhibition. Miss. Engle. We were highly entertained. We went up to church and worked til nine. Mrs. Bill brought my bonnet." Many names are mentioned: Turner, Hattie Mize, Fairchild, Hattie Brown, Stover, Charlie Raymond, Butler, Palmer, Peterson, Canfield, Brainerd, Hanford, Hitchcock, Loomis, Harrison, Waite, Lockwood, Comstock, Kellogg, Holbrook, Dr. Clark, Alice Whitley +++. The diary proper is a bit rough for the wear as it's had some water damage adversely affecting a half dozen or so entries. There are approximately 310 entries for the year starting February 1st. The diary measures about 2 ½" x 3 ¾" and also has a separate leather cover that snaps shut. Overall G-.