LYMAN O. GUNN The 1891 and 1892 Handwritten Manuscript Diaries of Civil War Veteran Lyman O. Gunn
Miller Falls, Massachusetts 1891 Good Manuscript
On offer are two (2) 110+ year old diaries / journals / manuscripts, handwritten by Lyman O. Gunn who lived in the Deerfield / Millers Falls Massachusetts area with his wife and children. Lyman was born December 27, 1834, and he died December 14, 1912. At the age of 27, he enlisted in the Civil War on September 4, 1862. He served in the 16th Vermont Infantry Regiment. He married Mary Almira Nims on January 2, 1866 in Montague Massachusetts. Mary was born September 7, 1836, and died March 5, 1923. They had one child together, Carrie May Gunn, who died at a young age. They also seem to have adopted children. Mr. Gunn wrote his name & where he lived in the front of this diary. This diary measures 3" x 4.75". There are about 260 days that have handwritten entries in pencil. Here are a few excepts from the diary: " ..... Mr. Oliver died today. Went up to help lay him out .... Mr Wheeler was struck by the engine this morning and badly brused up but not fataly I think ... Mary went to Montague after a new buggie that we bought of Davis .... Swaped horses with Ed Hunter .... Julia was taken bleeding from the stomach about 11 oc. last night, think she bled 3 pts, Dr does not think she will live till morning .... Julia is very low again today, but is liable to bleed again at any time, but has not bled any since 5 oc. this morning. She cannot eat anything her food distresses her so .... Drawed 6 loads of ice. Albert Holmes sawed ice 1/2 day ..... Went to town meeting, old board of officers were all reelected ... Sent for Dr Dean for Rodney, he is not well .... Went in persuit of a hired man .... Went to Severett and hired Western Grant for 7 or 8 months .... Mrs Brown and her 2 children came to spend a few days with us until the diptheria abates at home in Orange .... Helped Mr Briggs move his corn house in forenoon, got accrost the road before noon ..... Went to Dr Litch funeral. He was burried by the Sir Night Masons .... The committee to make arrangements for Memorial Day met in the engine hall this eve, decided not to hold camp fire at Millers Falls this year .... We went to cousin Laura Clapps funeral. She left 4 boys and two girls ..... Went down and got carpet looking glass bought of L.A. Holton .... Rodneys ox died while plowing for me .... Jim the Irishmen worked 2 days and left .... Went down to Reubens to work on carriage top. Anthony went with me .... We started with Reuben & family about 9:00 for Vermont. drove as far as Putner and stayed over night .... sstayed during a shower with Mr Washburn & sister. He was 81, she 86. Had a pleasant visit with them ... Very hard traveling, drove to Downers Hotel in Wethersfield. Saw the skin of a cat a mount killed nearby, said to be second one killed in the state ..... " There are many names mentioned in the diary, some of them are: ~ Oliver Dressser ~ Edwards ~ Warren Dresser ~ Flagg ~ Koss ~ Adkins ~ E Gunn ~ F. Webster ~ James Dresser ~ Reubin Bell ~ J. Harris ~ Frank Severence ~ Albert Holmes ~ Geo. Gould ~ Luke Fisher ~ M. Gardners ~ Dr Weeks ~ Carl Farington ~ Brown ~ Wells Clark ~ Eli Stone ~ Hiram Aiken ~ Walter Perry ~ George Wood ~ Mike Cronen ~ Bert Burbank ~ W.H. Nims ~ Frank Edwards ~ Warren Ball ~ Hildrith Hanshaw ~ C.W. Lymen ~ B. Kimball ~ Barllett ~ Charles Nims ~ Joseph Harris ~ Russell ~ Mastin ~ Crowley ~ Wheeler ~ Davis ~ Mason ~ Dan Rojers ~ Kinly ~ Julia Gardner ~ Jerome Aiken ~ and many others. Deerfield, Massachusetts is located in Franklin County. The communities in Franklin County include: Ashfield, Bernardston, Buckland, Charlemont, Colrain, Conway, Deerfield, Erving, Gill, Greenfield, Hawley, Heath, Lake Pleasant, Leverett, Leyden, Millers Falls, Monroe, Monroe Bridge, Montague, Mount Hermon, New Salem, Northfield, Orange, Rowe, Shattuckville, Shelburne, Shelburne Falls, Shutesbury, Sunderland, Turners Falls, Warwick, Wendell, Wendell Depot, and Whately . In this the 1892 diary Mr. Gunn wrote his name & where he lived in the front. This diary measures 3" x 4.75". There are about 268 days that have handwritten entries in pencil. " ..... Went to river side to attend the funeral ___ Briggs at his son-in-laws, E. Morgan .... Rodney taken sick. Peddeled his milk for him .... Boys chopped walnut. Made James Dresser a butter wacker .... Sold fat cow to Murdock for 58 dollars .... Noah Renkin, Fred Woodard & Dennis Farley were chosen selectmen today also assessors & overseers of the poor ..... Went down to Reubens, changed horses with him on trial .... Bought fur cape for Mary .... Memorial services passed off very nicely & the camp fire was the best we have ever had ..... Charles Nims came up, is lame. Stuck a manure fork in his foot .... Lizzie A. Borden trial for murder commenced today for the murder of her father & stepmother .... Started for Washington. had a very pleasant Journey. Saw a great many beautiful on the Hudson .... Arrived at Washington 3:40 a.m. Went over the capital and to the Methodis church where Grant & some of the other Presidents went to church .... Went to Mount Vernon by boat & felt well paid .... Marched in the grand proccession, was out 7 hours. Went to Col. W.G. ____ reception. Passed a very pleasant evening. Went through the White House .... Went through United States Treasury & other buildings. Saw them printing money. each individual printed certain parts of bills .... Went to Gettiesburg to a reunion of the 16th Vermont Regiment & the dedication of the reg. monument .... Left Gettiesburg for home .... Rodney & family, Walters & family, myself wife and dog had pictures taken in a group .... Had Rover killed today .... Worked with team on school house yard .... Georgia carried me to Mr Wills today. Had a good visit with her & cousin Harriett. Found Mr Willses folks better than I expected. She has 2 large cansers ..... Voted straight Republican ticket .... Got a letter from cousin H___ saying that Julia could live but few days .... Went to Orange, bought suit of clothes & an overcoat of dexter. Also cuff boots of C.W. Lyment .... went to Walden Vermont to see Julia but she died before I got there. Died at 11 a.m. .... Rodney came up. Went to Cabot with Anthony to get casket and rope ..... " There are many names mentioned in the diary, some of them are: John Gould (Goold?) ~ James Dresser ~ Mrs. A. Goldthwait ~ Charlie Nims ~ Murdock ~ S.W. Aiken ~ Briggs ~ King ~ A. Ross ~ Wheeler ~ Miss Straton ~ Afams ~ Noah Renkin ~ Fred Woodard ~ Dennis Farly ~ Mrs Booker ~ R.H. Nims ~ Hattie Dresser ~ Holton ~ J.K. Nevens ~ Wm Merriman ~ Ed Hunter ~ W. Dresser ~ Truman Bartlett ~ W. Davenport ~ Mr Crowly ~ James riffin ~ A. Coolidge ~ J.B. Hunt ~ W.S. Davis ~ Flagg ~ Waits ~ Haskell ~ Joseph Felix ~ Perly & Rosy Brown ~ Nutting ~ Haskins ~ Walter Perry ~ Barnards ~ Gardner ~ Luther Edwards ~ Caldwell ~ Griffen ~ John Walbridge ~ Wells ~ and many others. Deerfield, Massachusetts is located in Franklin County. The communities in Franklin County include: Ashfield, Bernardston, Buckland, Charlemont, Colrain, Conway, Deerfield, Erving, Gill, Greenfield, Hawley, Heath, Lake Pleasant, Leverett, Leyden, Millers Falls, Monroe, Monroe Bridge, Montague, Mount Hermon.