Timothy Meigs Younglove Diary
June, July, August 1841
8333 Pleasant Valley Road, Hammondsport, N.Y.
Great-Great Grandson of T. M. Younglove
Raised the underwork & sills of our barn & the corner where the ground
is the lowest the sil is eleven feet from the ground. Bailey on the ground.
This night I expected to hear from Matilda but Julia Ann & Miss Moore
have just returned from the village & nothing at the Post Office for me.
What the reason could be I am wholly at a loss to know unless she is gone
to Hornby & this must be the case for if she had got my last letter she
would have written certainly.
Father, Bailey, Thomas & self worked on barn frame. Wm & Cornelius sowing
& harrowing oats. We calculate to raise day after tomorrow.
Bailey & Thomas at work on frame all day. Self in forenoon & in afternoon
I invited the hands to help raise tomorrow. Went to Hamport got a letter
from Matilda & she & Myra are both well. Ira Clisbe here today.
Raised the barn, had a good lot of hands & everything in good order. The
building went up well & no accident whatever.
Went to Bath, saw H. Brother & Howell, got back by noon, in afternoon
went to Reading after Matilda, found her & Myra both quite well. Myra
improved very in walking & now runs all round although she cannot creep
or get up on her feet without help. Hoyts all well as usual. (warm & boys
Came home from Reading, very warm & thunder shower just night which cooled
the air & this is the first rain we have had since a week ago last Monday
& the ground has been dry.
Began to shear sheep, Isaac Cook, Thomas, Cornelius & self sheared 81.
Wm ploughing buckwheat ground on hill. Warm & dry. Weaning baby.
Isaac Cook, Thomas, Greek, Stoddard & Osterhout, Cornelius & self sheared
sheep & Wm ploughed on hill. Shower. O. Hoyt here on his way to Bath,
a witness on Sweezy's trial.
Cook, Greek, Stoddard, Osterhout, Thomas & self sheared. Will plowed on
Cook, Greek, Stoddard, Osterhout, Thomas & self shearing, Wm at work in
corn. O. Hoyt here, left the lawyers summing up the Sweezy trial. J. B.
Stevenson here & Dan Hedges. Th 67½.
Finished shearing just night, have not counted the fleeces but they are
generally heavy & in first rate order. Today a fine shower & very much
needed. Th 68½.
Father & Self went up & trimmed the lambs & Father & Cornelius took them
to the Wheeler pasture. I went in the afternoon to H'port & met H. Brother,
J. Bennet & L.C. Dunning & settled the Biteridge & Harried claim. Took
C. Dunnings note for $58.00.
At home all day, shot two woodchucks. The weather fine & cool. Julia came
home from Sams where she went yesterday.
Hoed corn — showery.
Hoed corn & potatoes, Greek helped — went to H'port bot chip hat
5/ & a pair of gambroon pants of King for $2.75.
Hoed potatoes & Will ploughed buckwheat. Watched with Saml Baker very
Went on the hill & drew stone to fill up by new barn door. Will ploughed.
Rain in afternoon. F. S. Hackley here all night.
Rainey, packed away the wool, in afternoon went up the hill & staked out
the summer follow in front of Bushes.
Drew boards, 3 loads from Angels & Clarks to the new barn on the hill,
went to H'port in evening. Boys fencing the summer fallow.
At home most of the day. Tried the thermometer in the spring, found it
to stand at 49½ precisely.
Drew boards to barn & one load house logs on summer follow. A. C. Younglove
Bailey came to finish barn but so lame that he could not work. Marked
out our gable end & I sawed it. He went home. Father & I went at the old
barn. Cor & Tom began the summer fallow & broke their plow. Will at buckwheat
Morning Father & me went to H'port bot Idea plough of Wm Randel for $6.50.
Jacob Willhelm here worked on barn. Will began to sow buckwheat. Rain
some just night.
Worked on barn. Cal Angel helped, Barret & Greek ploughing potatoes. Th
Surveyed road on South hill & then a 35 acre lot for Simmons & Orin Webster.
Willhelm at work at barn.
Self & Willhelm at work at barn, rainey & we did not do much. Wm ploughing
potatoes. Thomas unwell & did not work. Kill'd calf.
Sam & self went over the valley, Tom Baker & A. C. Younglove came back
with us. Sat up with Sam Baker, poorly.
Father & self went work at old barn, boys plowing summer follow.
P. Harrison, J. Peck & self all day & Charley Clark ¾ day shingling. Boys
on summer follow.
Bailey, P. Harrison & self all day & Perry Stratton ½ day shingled barn.
Most done. Th 78½.
Plowed potatoes & corn. Boys hoed potatoes. A. S. Gregory called in forenoon.
Corn tassels & corn quite large.
Finished hoeing corn.
Finished shingleing the barn. A. C. Younglove & self went to H'port in
afternoon. Father & boys worked on road. Tom unwell.
65 years ago today the United States declared themselves independent of
Great Britain & since that time the change on this side the great water
has been so great that it is beyond description. Even the great Atlantic
has tapered down to a 12 day journey.
Went up the hill, sorted out some sheep to sell. A small shower. Went
to H'port found the whole village almost out in the steamboat riding in
the evening — threw fireballs.
Went up & sowed some buckwheat. The State Geological Surveyor came up
on the hill, I went with him on the top of Squire Read's hill. The mercury
stood 27.3 & 6/1000 of ½ 0 inches while at tide water it stands at 30
inches & mercury in the barometer sinks one inch for every 1000 ft elevation.
Self & William ploughing on follow. William Barret moving fence & cutting
hedge. Thomas unwell yet.
Finished plowing follow and began at buckwheat. I went down to sawmill
& got ox yoke sticks. Wm Barret clearing away hedge.
Hoed potatoes, Cornelius finished harrowing in the buckwheat. Tom began
to work again.
10 Saturday Surveyed for Sam Simmons in Pulteney as road on South hill
& a road in the town of Bath by order of Judge Hammond. Father & boys
fixed going in place at new barn.
At home all day, fixed a board at my window to write on. Wrote a letter
to Rickey & another to Gillette.
Began to mow. Perry Stratton, Colwell Townsend, Will, Tom & self. Father
went to Obd. Wheelers to get the forks fixed. Ira Clizbee called here
this evening & told us of John Loders cutting his throat at about 12 o'clock
noon today. He had been down to H'port & had drank too much, went home
& began to quarrel with his wife, got the butcher knife & threatened her
life but she eluded his grasp, he then cut his own throat from ear to
ear but is not yet dead.
Mowed in forepart of day & in afternoon put up 320 cocks. Father went
to H'port & bot a new horserake for $8.00.
Greek began & Moses Wintchill came down, drew in 15 loads of hay & put
up 5 or 6 more. Aunt Lizzy came with Uncle & Aunt Aulls - wool buyers
At work at hay, got in four loads, a small shower just night. C. Townsend
unwell in afternoon.
At work at the hay, rain some in forenoon. Mr. & Mrs. Bostwick called
here last night. I paid my subscription $3.00, Father paid him $2.00 cash
& the rest in cider - $3.00.
At work at the hay all hands. Seven load of hay & about 200 cocks up.
Myra one year old today, fat & healthy.
At home, went down to the creek, cherries very good. Sam & Lydia down
today on horseback.
All hand at work at the hay, got in 14 loads.
Finished mowing the lower meadow & the little meadow. I cut my finger
pretty bad with the scythe. Edward Sweet brot my watch from the city.
I paid $3.00.
All hands at hay, got 9 loads.
All hands at hay, got 17 loads.
All hands at hay, got loads. Greek quit at noon. Thunder shower passed
to the south. Finished mowing at home.
Got through haying at home, 10 loads. Self grunting with the tooth-ache
down & saw Pulling, gave me a little medicine for a wash.
Very bad with the toothache all day. Showers went round but none came
Began to mow on the hill. Self poorly with the tooth. Saw Pulling says
it won't do to have it out.
Hands at work on hill. Self quite unwell, went over to Bakers. Prospect
All hands at hay. Self went to Sams, got some potatoes. Face broke & feel
pretty well. A. C. Younglove & wife here.
Self well, all hands at work on hill.
Self & Col. Townsend at work at wheat on the flat, rest on the hill at
Self & Col Townsend at work in wheat on flat, about 10 o'clock began to
rain & continued rainy nearly all day which is the first we have had since
the sixth & the dryst time I have ever know. Pasture all dryed up, potatoes
& corn suffering much.
Went to Bath with F. M. Hammond. Mr. Wisner here all night.
All hands up to Barrets except Tom mowing barley. Cor. taking up flax,
self & Col Townsend cut 19 doz wheat. A. C. Younglove went home.
Finished mowing on hill — two of L. Warners boys helped.
Wm & Thomas drew in the wheat down here — worked in wheat on hill
in forenoon — finished haying in afternoon.
Worked in wheat on hill, shower just night.
Went self & father to Waterloo factory, staid all night at Bologna, Saturday
went to factory with 33 fleeces 78½ pounds got $0.50 in cloth. Back to
Uncle Aarons staid the night.
Came home, while we were gone the boys finished chopping Drakes job. Rain
Self, Will, Tom & Greek worked in wheat. Father & Mother went to Bath.
I killed a rattlesnake.
Self, Will & Tom in wheat. Tom & Father stacked the barley in afternoon.
Drew in 44 doz wheat.
Self, Will & Tom all day in wheat & Greek ½ day.
Self, Will & Tom all day in Wheat & Greek half day. Wm Baker here in evening.
Self, Will, Tom & Cornelius worked in wheat, finished drawing in all 220
Went up & burned Rosses & Drakes job, Father & boys took the lambs from
the ewes. J. F. Andrews & wife here. Self & Matilda went to H'port.
Self & Matilda took Miss Moore to Kenneydaville, wrote to J. H. Hill.
Fishing day — all went but Will, Matilda & Julia went berrying,
got a fine mess & we got about 75 small lake fish.
Burned Barret's follow. Hosea Longwell & Garret Rosenkrans here all night.
Surveyed for Snider & Hustings $41/4. Nelson Clark began to lay barn floor.
All hands at work at barn. Nelt Clark helping.
Father went to Wayne hotel. Self, boys & Clark at work at barn. Finished
floor. J. H. Hill came here on his way to Kenneyadville.
Went with Hill to H'port in forenoon and in afternoon went to Kennedyville
to Hill's wedding. A fine company & pleasant time. Mr. Hosmore officiated.
Staid all night &
Came home Sabbath morn. Filled a deed. J. M. Brundage here, we made out
Miss Moores school bill, a small shower last night.
Went up & marked & sorted sheep, took 150 young ewes to Wheeler pasture.
Will got two loads wood.
Leveled up the old barn. Clark worked. Will began to plow on summer follow.
Tom began to cut oats.
Sorted some sheep in forenoon & went H'port. Boys at work on summer follow.
Father, Clark & self at barn. Will at follow & Tom at oats. Cold rain.
B. R. Streety came to town last night.
Father, Clark & self at barn. Will at follow & Tom cutting oats. Cold
no rain of amount.
Self sold Sam's & Palmer's wool to J. J. Poppino for 40 cents amt $116.40
— A good deal of company. Mrs. Hosmer all night.
Warm, the thermometer stood at 86 when it was cloudy, rained hard for
a few minutes, thundered & lightning — filed deed.
Self & Thomas got some timber for shed. Will at follow & Father at Bath.
Bot valisse for $5.00.
Self & Tom got out timber most of the day & began to take up oats. Rainy
thunder showers but not much water fell. John Finch came & got his deed,
paid me $1.75 — Miss Sherwood here — I paid Sam for his wool