Timothy Meigs Younglove Diary
September, October, November 1841
8333 Pleasant Valley Road, Hammondsport, N.Y.
Great-Great Grandson of T. M. Younglove
Self & Thomas finished getting timber for shed & took up 25 doz oats.
Went up & cradled oats a little while came up a thunder shower about 10
o'clock & rained finely & we had a fine shower. The ground is wetter now
than it has been since the 6th day July. Self, wife & Julia went down
to Deloss Roses to see B. R. Streety & wife. Found them in fine spirits
as happy as any ones can be when enjoying the celebration of their own
Took up oats in forenoon, boys all day. D. Rose & wife, B. R. Streety
wife & wife's sister, Wm Randell & wife, J. Larrowe & wife here. Had a
pleasant visit. B. R. S. wife & sister staid all night. Thunder shower
in evening. Myra sick.
Thomas cut oats, Will threshed seed wheat & I helped some. Father & Julia
went to Bath.
John Baker from Ohio here in afternoon.
Company training. Thom cut oats.
Sowed 12 bushels wheat in front of Abbotts hill house.
Started for Michigan - Cornelius took (me) in buggy to Evalinas, Staid
at Liberty, took stage at 3 o'clock A.M. on the morning of the ninth.
Garret Rosenkrans got in at Patchinville, took breakfast at Dansville,
got to Geneseo a little before noon, took dinner at 3 P.M. Took stage
again through Peora, Attica & to Alexandria at 10 P.M. Waited for the
stage till 3 A.M. & then got J. S. Bartlett to take us to Buffalo. Stage
fare from Liberty to Buffalo $5.50 expenses $2.56. Took passage on board
the Steamer Constellation commanded by Capt. Hazzard, did not like him
at all. The Constellation left Buffalo on the 10 Sept. at 8 o'clock P.M.
There was a heavy wind all night but I slept well as had not slept since
leaving Liberty. Saturday morning got up late, was quite sick all day,
but not the worst off of any one aboard for there was many who were much
sicker than I was. The wind was aft & blew briskly all day, there was
much good company & although quite sick I enjoyed it pretty well for never
before had I seen the wind play with the wide waters. It was something
so new to me that I could but admire the scene while I reflected upon
the power & wisdom of him who formed & still cradles the wild waters in
the palm of his hand. How far beyond human comprehension are the works
of the most high god. The day was fine although some windy - landed at
Cleveland a little before night, unloaded some & took on some fuel & left
about 8 P.M. Touched at Huron and on Sabbath morning (12th) I awoke a
little before sunrise. We were between the 3 sisters. The spot was pointed
out to me where Perry fought the great battle of Lake Erie. Touched at
Walden at ¼ past 10 A.M. Saw for the first time in my life Her Majesties
Soldiers (Red coats truly) On the Canada side things do not look flourishing
as on our side. People going to church in one horse carts. Got to Detroit
at ½ past 11 A.M. Dinner with S. P. Wilcox, tea with Doctor Stebbins -
put up at the rail house and on Monday morning (13th) to stage for Monroe
about 5 miles south, decidedly the finest I ever saw. Saw Maj. Biddle's
establishment. Post Office at Tuaga (or true Aque) next at Gebralter,
then at Brest, There are as many as 12 to 15 houses unfinished and abandoned.
Some large & espensive. Got to Monroe about 1 P.M. got a ride with Mr.
Hoag to Uncle Sams, got there about 5 P.M. Found them well & glad to see
14 Tuesday & 15 Wednesday
Went to Monroe & to Bay settlement about 6 miles S.E. of Uncles. Very
level good land & much fine timber.
Went to Bedford to see Uncle Sams lot as pretty an 80 as ever was & were
it here would be worth any money. The timber is principally oak & hickory
openings some part pretty heavily timbered & some but little. There is
a sawmill within ½ a mile of it on muddy creek. Below the surface in many
places there is great quantities of lime stone. After got home from Bedford
went again to Monroe.
Friday & Saturday, 17 & 18
Helped Sam thresh with machine.
Sam & I went to the beach of the lake. A fine morning about 3 miles to
the lake & the ground so dry that we rode down to the beach. I got a quantity
of shells. In the afternoon went to the town of Ida to see Elizabeth McDolald
who has married a Mr Braynard. Braynards farm a part of it lies in prairie
& part in the openings. He had 5 acres of broom corn which he thought
would yield 600 brooms to the acre.
Started for Tecumseth on an indian pony. Stopped at Lewis Purses on the
Macom river. Found it a fine farming country the most of the way especially
in the vicinity of the great prairie for in many places the oak timber
hangs over the prairie & the line of destinction as plainly marked out
as land & water but in general where the heavy timber lies near the prairie
it is elm, basswood & such low land or swamp timber. The road from Dundee
to Ridgeway 10 miles is a strait course 14° N. of West & so level that
one can see the whole way. On the Macom is the heaviest timber I saw.
Got to Tecumseh at dark, found John Boyd in good health & spirits.
Viewed Tecumseh & the Globe Mill cost $12000.00. Came back and staid at
Purses on the Macom next day.
Came back to Uncle Sams.
Started for home. Got on board the Gen. W. H. Harrison at the pier at
Monroe at 7 P.M. touched at Sandusky & Huron, got to Cleveland ½ past
8 o'clock Friday Morning. Staid an hour saw Julia Cobbs, touched at Fairport
- Ashtabula - Erie (in the night) at Dunkirk at 6 A.M.
Rainy & a heavy head wind, landed at Buffalo at ½ past 10 A.M. Fare down
the lake $7.00 Left Buffalo at 5 P.M. in stage for Batavia fare $2.00
Left Batavia Sunday morning for Avon fare $1.75 Paid fare to Bath $3.00
dinner at Geneseo 3/ - got to Bath at ½ past 12 o'clock to stage at 2
o'clock & got home
—at ½ past 3 o'clock A.M. crawled in at the window & went to bed.
Found D. Hinsdale & wife & Mrs. J. O. Bennet & Enos Hopkins here. Sam's
wife very sick not expected to live. Went with Julia & Mrs. Bennet to
H.P. & in afternoon went to Reading after Matilda.
Came home from Reading, Myra quite unwell. Lydia better & J. Pulling here
& gave invitation to Nans wedding.
Threshed & spread the flax & in the evening went to Doctor Pullings to
wedding. The bride & groom appeared very well & particularly the bride
was dressed with much taste & splendor. The whole company were treated
with the greatest attention & enjoyed the evening very much. The table
was set in order "cost not spared" & really done much honor to the taste
of the cook as well as the consumer. Two years this evening I was married.
Hoed out the ciderhouse. Father went to Wheeler to Esq. Powers lawsuit
- not home.
Self quite sick last night with Coleramorbus, about house most all day.
Will & Cornelius began to pick winter apples. Tom finished cutting buckwheat.
Father got home about noon & worked on road. Sold 64 fat sheep to Clark
& J. Longwell for $1.50 per head - last night first frost.
Got load of boards from Angels mill & six plank from Malorys for road.
Boys picking winter apples. Cornelius took 105 ewes to Wheelers pasture.
Found 9 there.
Self & wife went to Sam's, Lydia quite sick yet.
Threshed corn & husked corn. Eve went to school meeting.
Fixed the cider mill. John Finch began to make Ira Read's cider. Will
drew wood. Eve party at M. H. Rose.
Drew the timber for the shed at Barrets Will threshed wheat. Mr. & Mrs.
Lanning, D. J. Pulling, F. M. Hammond, three of the Smith girls & B. R.
Streety & wife here. I did not know they were here until I came off of
the hill. Uncle & Aunt Aulls here all night.
Got out dung under the old barn on the hill. Boys gathered 10 bushels
peaches on the Loder place. Doc. J. Horn & Mary A. Brundage here.
Surveyed for Soloman Smith $2.50 and am to fill 2 deeds. Will finished
sowing Barrets follow.
At home all day writing
Dug some potatoes. Boys raked buckwheat & brot home load of apples & load
of potatoes - rainy tonight.
Husked corn in forenoon & in afternoon went to Bath with Aaron Rosenkrans
to get my chains measured found it correct. I attended the County Convention
- nomination for Assembly - F. Erwin - A.W. Beack & Z. A. Leland, for
County Clerk Wm. Hamilton.
Ellis & all hands at underpinning the barn at Barrets. Snow today for
Ellis, Father & self finished wall. Paid Ellis $2.50. Boys digging potatoes.
Letter from C. Hoyt.
Rainy day - Deroy Luther & Lewis McClean came here. I filled two deeds
Picked up apples. Father got load potatoes. Julia went to Wayne. J. Purdy
& wife here.
At home all day. For a few days the leaves have changed their appearance
& the change too shows rapid. I do not know that I ever saw the change
so rapid as it has been for the past week. It must have been at this season
when Pollock said "even silence has a tongue that ever said "Man! think
of God! think of thyself & think of Eternity" for if anything will make
a person think of the past or the future it is the fading and falling
of the forest leaves.
Husked corn. Greek & Will Barret helped.
Husked corn. Wm Barret helped. Aunt Elizabeth came.
Finished husking. Will drew wood - rainy.
Picked up the apples in hill orchard - 50 bushels & drew some corn stalks.
Finished drawing stalks & pumpkins & picked up some apples in lower orchard.
Went chestnuting. Cold & rainy.
Went to church & heard Mr. Whipple. Raw weather.
Underpined woodhouse. Went to H. P. snowy & cold.
Dug potatoes. A fine a day as ever was.
Threshed buckwheat - Greek, Bill & Hiram Barrett.
Went to Hornby to Charles Hoyts wedding. Quite a company. Next day went
to Corning, for a ride Saturday. Charles & wife, Asam Eddy & wife & self
& wife went to Reading.
Went to meeting & then came home. Weather warm & fine.
Went to election to James Brundages but few there & not much doing. Boys
drawing stone at Barretts. Mr. Rierson began school today (from Cherry
Drew stone to fill up barn yard at Barretts.
Plowed & scraped around the barn at Barretts.
Plowed & scraped about barn - Snow all day.
Plowed & scraped about barn. Elly Wells & wife here.
Self & Bill Barrett got out posts to put under the old barn & a sil for
shed. Father & boys leveled barn yard.
Went over to see Sam'l Baker & found him low.
Rainy, worked about the barn on hill. Tom began to get dung.
Bailey, Self & Father began the shed. on hill. Boys at dung.
Father, Self & Bill Bailey at shed. Greek & boys at dung.
Bailey, Father & Self on shed - Greek & boys at dung. Harry Higgins ram
got into our flock of ewes - rainy night.
Bailey, Father & self on shed. Boys at dung. Sacked wool in the evening.
Bailey, Tom, Greek, Old man Barrett, Hiram & Bill & self raised shed.
Father & Will sacked wool. Foddered cattle today for first.
At home resting all day.
Went up & brot home a flock of ewes & weathers. Ground the apples & laid
up the cheese. Took down the last of the wool & weighed it 1903 pounds
at 45 cts come to $856.35.
Sorted sheep & took up flax, pressed cider - cold.
Framed rafters for shed. Thomas drew rails on flat & Will drew load boards
& wood to school.
Worked at shed. Tom drew stone. Will threshed.
Worked at shed. Will drew load of boards. Greek helped ½ day. A heavy
snow storm from east.
Snow six inches deep. Will drew dung, I helped & fixed gate & stable.
Went to H.P. Thaw all day.
Went with Rierson to Mr. Bostwicks meeting. Snow going off & in the evening
Father & me worked on shed. Boys at dung.
Greek, Bill Barrett & Perry Stratton helped me shingle shed. Will got
load boards & Tom drew wood.
Surveyed for Kniffin & Perkins. Boys plowed potatoe patch.
Went in morning to H'port for nails & then went up & finished off the
top & outside of the shed. Began to snow about noon & snowed some three
inches. Father worked road. Boys plowing potatoe patch.
Turned out the buck. Rather unwell, went to H'port took down harness &
Cleaned up & brot down the rest of the buckwheat. 60 bushels in all. Prepare
to kill hogs.
Took a portion of Jallop, cause bad cold & a little unwell. Fever symptoms.
Killed 10 hogs. Bill Barrett helped.
Went up and fixed up around the barn. Th 32°.