Timothy Meigs Younglove Diary
February, March 1841
8333 Pleasant Valley Road, Hammondsport, N.Y.
Great-Great Grandson of T. M. Younglove
Father started to Allegany after Lucinda. Mother went to Mrs Bullards.
I drew two loads wood. About noon commenced snowing from N.E. quite fast.
This day is the middle of winter, we have foddered 5½ stacks of
hay & have 5½ left, the south hay in the barn & 1/3 of
the north hay left. The hay all gone at Drakes & 1/3 gone at Greeks
or more - Drew wood from the hill by J. Daniels. Father not yet home.
Snow 4 to 6 inches & sleighing good.
Cold windy. Henry Kingsbury & wife came here & made us a visit
& went back to Clizbe’s. Father & Mother came home brot
I drew two loads wood. Father went to H’port got the sleigh fixed.
I went down to the village in the evening & bot S.S.Havens note of
M. Brown $137.26 dated Dec 9, 1840 due Jan 1st 1842 gave him $131.50.
Wm Baker & wife, Sam Bakers wife & Cecelia here - Myra well.
Drew sawlogs, I drew 5 to Angels & Ross drew 3 to Clarks mill. Greek
& H. sawing logs & shingle stuff. Went to J. Larrows & made
an evening visit. Total eclipse on moon.
Drew sawlogs. I drew 5 to Angels & Ross drew 3 to Clarks brot home
a load of rails.
At home all day reading Argus & Rough Hewer. Gillette here.
Drew two logs to Angels & Ross & me drew 10 to Clarks, finished
all but one large one. Deacon Striker here with clover seed.
Town meeting. The Democrats made a regular nomination & some of the
dissatisfied ones went into the Whig caucas & got a nomination of
them. One prominent one was B. D. Malory merely for the sake of getting
the nomination for Town Clerk. The Whigs [had] a ticket throughout but
more than one half of them were Democrats - gave it the name of the Union
Went to Bath, saw H. Brother about the Josiah Bennet business says he
will attend to it soon. Pretty cold.
Went To Reading with Matilda, visited at W. S. Matthews, B. R. Hurds &
O. Hoyts. Went to Jefferson saw Dr. Wadkins mill. Reading in a great stir
about Sweezys awakening. Several of the respectable citizens have enlisted
& carried the business so far that the common practise was for a man
& woman to leave the room & be absent alone for some 10 or 15
minutes & a common practise in presence of the believers to salute
with a (holy) kiss & a few days ago Jane Calvart swore a rape on Sweezy
& he is now bound over under bonds of $1000. Very cold on the 11,
12, 13, & 14 returned home.
Took the weathers 230 up to Greeks & moved over six racks brot up
the last of the stack off of the flat. Wm Boyd helped me. Quite windy
but not very cold.
Father, Mother, Matilda & self went to Uncle Aarons via Penn Yan.
Called at Hoyts - Father bot a thermometer. I left my chronometer with
Scott to be fixed, stoped at Doc Chissoms, he gone to Herkimer Co. Got
tea & went to Uncles. Weather very comfortably.
Went to Bethel. Moses & wife, John & Azubah, Self & wife went
to Capt Perrys. Brot A.C.Y. & Margette down to Uncles.
Left there about ten o’clock A.M. & got home at 4 P.M. Sophia
Aulls died this afternoon. Warm. 10
I drew 12½ bush plaster up to Drakes & Father drew 4½
making 17 bushels in all.
Father sick, I went after the Doc early in morning, quite sick all day.
Took two portions of calomel & jallop early in the day & followed
it up with oil castor. Pulling came late in evening & found him no
better & the physick not sufficiently operated & I think he was
conciderably alarmed, but he repeated the medicine with two more heavy
doses which operated at intervals (though moderately) through the night
& in morning rather better. James M. Brundage & self set up.
Pulling came found Father on the mend & commenced giving Dover powders,
continues to be better through the day. Set up again with Gillette.
Father materially better, disease fairly cured. Isaac Ross & his mother
went home. I hung up the meat and built a fire under it. Greek got pair
taps. Ross order on Wm Randell for $1.00. Sam Brundage here in evening,
Sam Younglove all night. Weather warm & roads muddy.
Father got well has set up considerable & walked about the house some.
I fixed his chair & went to H’port got some brandy for him.
J. Larrowe & wife came up here in forenoon, she staid & he came
after her. I went to H’port after the buckwheat flour, got part
of it, got buttons e/c for my coat. Father well.
Helped Cornelius cypher algebra all day. Went with Julia & Matilda
to H.P. just night. M. Brown & Mr Smith got 1½ bush. apples.
Drew 5 loads of wood from the hill by John Daniels. Very warm. Gillette
here for the night.
Self & Wm Boyd went up the hill & got the cattle, took the sheep
over to the Jesse house. Went H’port got measured for coat.
Went to hear Mr. Wilson in forenoon & went with Gillette to see Wm
Hill in afternoon. Cyphered algebra compared different modes of doing
the 10# problem on 214 page of Davies first lessons. My way was thot to
be best - Let X = B’s dis & X = 18 A’s & y the time
x/y = B’s rate & x + 18/y A’s rate & B’s dis
x/15 5/4 at A’s dis x +18y = B’s rate then A first = his second
rate x + 18y = xd/15 ¾ = 63x + 1134 = 4xy B’s first = his
second rate x/y = x + 18/28 = 28x + 18y reduced gives X = 54 & X +
18 = 72 ans.
Went to John McCaslins to get him to come & hew timber for a new barn,
he lives some 4 miles above Bath on the turnpike. Very pleasant and muddy.
Court week in Bath. I got my Rough Hewer & Log Cabin from Underhill's
paid $1.00 for binding. Also got Nortons deed from the Clerk's office.
Rode Shawny. Th. 38½ [thermometer read 38.5 degrees].
Went to mill with some feed for old ox. Went H'port & got the buckwheat
flour, got my coat cut. Mr Wilson & wife here & Mr Wesner came here to
tea. D.P.Pulling, Mr Lanning, Nancy J and Mary J. Corkins spent the evening
here, Gillette here also. Th 28½
Went up the hill and got the bush hooks & ground them. Went to H'port
& took 20 bush. wheat to Mallorys mill & two bush. buckwheat for Sam Greek.
William Boyd began work for the summer. Th 26½.
Began cutting brush on the hill above Iras. Just night I went down and
got the grist. Th 23½
Butchered old Brik & he was fat, as much tallow as I could carry to the
house. About 1 o'clock the heavens presented the most singular phenomenon
I have ever yet witnessed. At noon I discovered several sundogs & again
when I looked at 1 o'clock the prospect was similar to the figure on the
following page. The circles B. C. Were elipses & S. the sun was in the
one faci of each elipse & where the periphery of the elipses crossed each
other at A. it formed a large bright luminous spot a little tinged with
the colors of the rainbow & ending in a bright silvery appearance on the
side farthest from the sun. D was a large luminous circle with the sun
in the Southern most extremity as represented in the cut - E. E. were
rainbows as perfect as if formed by an April shower except that they did
not extend to the horizon. This is my birthday 27 years old today. Went
to H'port just night.
Took both forequarters of old Brik down to H'port, sold Benton 70 P 4½
- S. Hunt 70 P 6 & 68 P 4½ T. White 35 P 6 d H. Ripley 79 P 5½ D. Rose
55 P 6d & A. Brundage 74 P 4½ Amounting to $22.77 — ground the broad
axe & 3 chopper axes. Snow a little all day & near night snowed hard &
10 o'clock P.M. snows fast from N.E
At home all day took Matilda, Julia, Lucinda, Mrs Taylor & Jane Cook down
to meeting. Wm Boyd took Aunt Lizzy over to Uncle Aull's. Snow very heavy
& 8 inches deep. J. M.Brundage & Gillette here.
Good sleighing, Self & Will drew 7 loads wood from hill & 23 bush. plaster
from Mallory's. Matilda, Julia, Gillette & self visit at M.H.Roses. Mr
Dunning & wife here on a visit. Paid up the mortgage $5.04 on the estate.
30½ — Went up the hill with the plaster we got yesterday & brot
home two loads poles. Went down to H'port & got 20 bush. plaster more
& took up. Riley's house took fire today but I have not learned the amt.
of the injury or the circumstances.
Freezing 32 ½ — Self drew wood & one log to Sam Bakers mill for
sheep racks. Julia went up to Evalines with Wm Holmes. Self & Matilda
took her to Bath. I went to see H. Brother, says he will do something
about the Bitteridge Slater business. Mr & Mrs Daniels & Uncle Benj. Eaton
here visit. Cecelia Higgands invited us to her wedding to be the 30th
Th 19½ — Self & Will drew up the last stack of hay off of the flat.
12 loads. Went in evening down to H'port, got stovepipe & crock for schoolhouse—paid
Th 31½ — Went over & put one joint of the pipe on the stove & carried
back two joints & the crock. Went down & helped M. Brown move a barn &
Neal a house. Come home & found John & A.C.Younglove here. Snow very hard.
Th. 32½ — John & Azariah here, went with them to H'port. Very stormy
& snow deep.
Self & Matilda went up to Evalines. Snowy & windy, the next day went on,
left Julia at Browns. Matilda & Self went to McQuiggs. Called on Alvah
& Phebe, found Mrs McQuiggs but himself not at home. She very pleasant
woman went with us to Uncle Tim Hills, young man there with the measles.
Aunt Harriet got in with us, went to Naples. Saw C. Luther, returned &
got to Browns about sunset. Staid all night & went to the theatre in evening.
Next morning very snowy but came home ( snow up the river is said to be
5 feet deep in woods.)
16 Tues evening
When got home found Gillette here & Augusta Hoyt.
Finished my map of H'port. Mr & Mrs Rose, Mr & Mrs Larrowe & Mrs Metcalf
here on visit. Evaline & Palmer came here today.
Th 28½ — Went to Bath with Osander Dunning to see about the Bitteridge
Slater affair. Josiah Bennet came here this morning & says he has nothing
to do with the affair & denies Aarons estate having any claim whatever.
Came home, went to H'port after Matilda & Julia visiting at Roses.
Th 43½ — Went with J.J.Poppino to Mr Dunnings to see those sheep
belonging to Aaron's estate. Came home & made a jack to saw wood on.
20 Saturday — Th 39½ Took Hovey home, Gillette went along & we
went through the county house. Saw fat Sally 18 years old & weighs 300
pounds. Came home found Mrs M.H.Rude & Mrs E.B.Pulling here, Martin &
Lanning came up in eve.
Home all day. Mother, Julia & Lucinda at meeting.
Went to Mr. Dunnings & picked out the sheep belonging to the estate of
A.Y. dec'd & took them to S.B.Younglove. C.S.Y. went with me. Staid all
Came home from Sams. Rainy in forenoon but cleared off in afternoon. Hard
south wind & snow pretty much gone.
Th 45½ — At home all day, put handle in old Dickeys peck. Father
went down & got the saws sharpened to begin trimming apples. Cornelius
gone to Prattsburg to exhibition at Academy.
Th. 45½ — Surveyed for David Kingsley in forenoon — got 10/
— am to fill a deed. Frank Baker here in evening. Father went to
Angels and Clarks mills. Drake move away.
Went to Angel's mill & piled 100 boards in one three cornered pile. Wm
Randell & wife here in eve.
Th 45½ — Trimmed apple trees in forenoon & afternoon went to J.M.
Gillette, his last day, settled with him & paid him off $90.00 for 4½
months. We hired him for $16.50 but as he has performed & done his duty
like a gentleman, we made an advance of $3.50 per month for his extra
diligence. Some thunder & lightning last night & tonight for first.
Th 42½ — Rain some but only a little. At home all day. William Smith
died this morning at 2 o'clock, funeral tomorrow at 2 P.M. This evening
James Monroe Gillett left for Ellicottville, D.J. Pulling & Lanning went
with him to Bath from there he will take stage in the morning.
Th 44½ — Rainy from N.E., about 9 o'clock D.J.Pulling and Lanning
came back from Bath & stop'd to get an umbrella, none at home, went up
& mended a hole in the road in forenoon. Went to William Smiths funeral
in afternoon. Thomas Boyd rode Sawney home & came back.
Th 23½ — Went over to Clark's mill & piled our lumber - 4312 feet.
Father & Thomas with me & at Angel's finished piling 3691 in all making
8003 feet, to pay $3.00 per thousand for sawing. Thomas began to work.
Th 40½ — Self & Thomas went up & took Ross & began to get out timber
for the barn, flatted 3 long sticks. Barnet Retan here after me to survey.