CAPTAIN JAMES M. SHERBURN 1864 HANDWRITTEN MANUSCRIPT DIARY OF PIONEER NEW HAMPSHIRE MAN
Epsom, New Hampshire 1864 Very Good Manuscript
James M. Sherburn's name when googled immediately brings up a site regarding the "James Sherburne Cemetery, where besides others, is buried the wife of James M. Sherburn, James himself and as the following list shows many if not all their children: Capt. James M. Sherburne DIED Nov. 10, 1867 age 56 ys. 11 ms. Betsey C. (Blake), wife of James M. Sherburn, DIED April 20, 1854 ae 41 y’rs 6 mo & 20 d’s. Adele, Dau. of Capt. James M. & Betsey C. Sherburne DIED Apr. 9, 1869 ae 19 yrs. 22 dys. Charles H., son of Capt. James M. & Betsey C. Sherburn, DIED Sept. 14, 1855 ae 9 y’rs 9 mo. & 9 d’s. Emeline P., dau.of Capt. James M. & Betsey C. Sherburn DIED Feb. 20, 1853 ae 8 y’rs 9 m0. & 10 d’s. Mary E. dau. of Capt. James M. & Betsey C. Sherburn DIED July 16, 1853 ae 1 y’r 3 mo. & 23 d’s. Charles H., son of Capt. James M. & Betsey C. Sherburn , DIED Aug. 9, 1854 ae 4 mo’s. Charles H., son of James M. & Lucy C. d 1861 ae 1 mo. (not found). This information is not mine and as such we cannot 100% gurantee that it is the same due to the slight discrepancy in spelling with the "e" present at times and missing at others. All that stated this diary is a journeyman's trade diary more than anything alse. James seldomly writes of personal matters though he does mention having Christmas "up Mother Sherburn to diner...supper boiled Mother Bickford." Other observations include people falling down wells and breaking arms type thing but moreso this is a super economic detailing of 1864 New Hampshire. Prices of items, costs of work, 100s of names of people worked for and on and with. James was involved in many pursuits; lumber, butchering, hauling, milling, plowing, picking apples, curing and salting, making cider+++. This diary also includes James' weather observations nearly every single day.