Timothy Meigs Younglove Diary
October, November, December 1842
January, February, March 1843
8333 Pleasant Valley Road, Hammondsport, N.Y.
Great-Great Grandson of T. M. Younglove
I sowed 5 bush. wheat & finish. Boys harrowing.
Went up to J.M.Brundages & fixed the report for
the annual school meeting.
I went to mill with 12 bush. wheat & some for Greek & Barrett.
Will finished harrowing - Self, Tom, Greek & Jo Cook picking
All of us picking apples.
Picking apples ˝ day.
Pick apples again - sold 74 bush.
Pick apples - went caucus.
At home all day.
Self & Tom finished clearing Greek follow & sowed 5 bushels.
Picked apples - Boys harrowing.
Self & Father got crotch for a stone boat - I
went to convention. Tom threshed beans.
I surveyed for Abm Palmer & Masten Clark got $3.50 cash.
Came home & found J.H.Luther & A.C.Younglove with their wives
Sold - sacked wool to Cheestra of Canandaiqua for the Boston
market - got 35 cents - visited - sold apples - Father worked road. Cornelius
finished harrowing. Mat. here.
All went to John Brundages a visiting. Matthew drawing potatoes. Wm got back from his fathers.
Went to hear Mr. Coe. Old Mr Pulling buried today. In afternoon Luther & C. went up valley to meeting. William started for Michigan well clad with $40. Tom took him as far as Uncle Aulls - He felt bad.
Self, Joseph Cook dug 100 bush potatoes. Tom drew potatoes from Greeks.
Self, Jo Cook, James Laughlin & Joseph Hemmen dug in forenoon & then rain.
Self, James & Frances Laughlin, Joseph Hemmen & Bill Barrett dug 300 bus.
Self, Joseph Hemmen & Bill Barrett finished digging & began to husk corn. Tom began to plow barley stubble at Barretts.
Self & Bill Barrett husked corn. Tom plowing, Father work on road & Julia & the two Corneliuss went to Ontario Co.
Self & Bill Barrett husked corn.
Went over to Texas. A.C.Y. & wife here.
Self & B. Barrett husked. C. Ellis helped in forenoon.
Rainy - Self & Tom cleaned buckwheat.
Father & Tom worked road. Bill Barrett picked up apples. I went up the hill among the sheep. Julia & Cornelius came home.
Went to Reading, found Mother Hoyt poorly but better than she had been. Visited at Weaver Andrews & called at Elder Sheds - Samuel Ross - Hilimans - Lees etc. Sabbath went to Hornby & found Eddys folks well but quite sickly about - Tuesday came home.
Agricultural fair of Steuben County - I took a basket of apples & I was much pleased with the result - Got an award of $3.00 - The admiration was generous & mingled with much astonishment. Was honored with a place on the committee on sheep.
Finished husking corn & drew the beans off of the flat. Bill Barrett husking.
Plowed & harrowed my nursery ground.
Furrowed & planted nursery. Matthews plowing on hill & Tom on flat.
Went to meeting - Mr Coe.
Plowed up the milking yard.
Election & on Governor - Urbana gave 73 Dem. majority for Wm Bouck.
9 Wednesday—Went up & cleaned wheat - rain.
Cleaned wheat at Greeks - snowy & cool - 192 bush.
Cold & rainy. I went to H’port.
I wrote letter to Uncle Clapp.
Self & Jacob Wilhelm got out the rest of the flooring for the new stable.
15 Tuesday—Finished laying floor & began to enclose.
Finished enclosing etc.
Boarded up the back end of woodhouse & put up the eve trough over the new stable.
Cold - I surveyed for Abraham Depew.
Surveyed for A.W. Snider, cold, Wilhelm not here.
Went to Mr Coe’s meeting all day.
Got out dung etc up to Barretts.
Self, Tom, Mat & McGuiggin dug ditch up at the Barrett barn.
I began to work at stable & got word that my trees had come from Long Island. Went down & brot up 14 trees 2/ apiece & paid $1.00 transportation making $4.50. Set them in the N.E. corner of hill orchard. Mr Holmes here at night.
Worked at stable - Wilhelm
Worked at stable – Wilhelm
At stable again - Commissioners lay out Spragues road.
Cold & snowy - I went over to Bakers. Old Judge quite sick
Father & Julia Bath. I went up & made a barn yard at Greeks.
Worked stable & I went over to the school in afternoon.
Finished stable - Snow about a foot deep & every prospect of a severe winter - Father & I went down to H’port and got my bureau - J. W. Taggart sent from New York - $1.92 cents freight, chair & all.
Cold & stormy. Old Judge Baker quite low - I went over & staid all night, he appeared very much as Saml did in his last moments.
I came home, went to H’port & bot stove etc for school house.
About half past 4 P.M. Mr. Baker breathed his last. I came home at 9 P.M.
Went to school house & took down partition & put up new stove. Then attended the funeral - sermon by Mr. Wipple of Bath, from the text “ And the body shall return to dust as it was & the soul to God who gave it” The weather was warm & the going sloppy. Some in waggons & some in sleighs. Uncle & Aunt Aulls here all night.
At home all day.
Went to see the Jury on Mr. Petersons road. Snow all afternoon.
Wm Bailey & I fixed barn door at Barretts - Mothers nose bled all night.
Bailey & I finished barn doors.
Killed beef pepper & salt - Snowy & rainy - Thanksgiving.
Took 2 quarters beef to H.P. & went to Greeks, took some plank over to Barretts to fix barn.
Went to Mud creek to see Dan Rowell & to Bath.
Took some step to get J.L. for P.O. - Charles Hoyt & wife came here to night.
I went to Bath with Charles Hoyt. Charles Mingos from Allegany came to get sheep to winter, agreed with him to keep 100 till the first of May for $0.50 per head, he to drive them there pick such as die & not charge for their keeping. We to fetch back.
Snow hard all day. Charles Hoyt went home. Father & I went to Greek & picked out some sheep to go to Allegany.
Father & I went over to Lem Blains & took oxen for pair Bobs. Snow deep & drifting.
Mingo’s started with his 100 sheep - 33 of them rams & 67 wethers - all in good - Father & I went up to Barretts & began to clean barley.
Father & I finished cleaning & brot home barley 32 bushels in all, came home & found Taggart & wife here. In evening went down & got salt & the black board. M.H. Rose & wife evening visit - good sleighing.
Father & C.S.Y. took some ewes to Barretts. Tom & I got some pine stumps.
Self, wife, Tom & C.S.Y. went to Sams.
I fixed for killing hogs & Father went to Bath & got Daniel Rowell to make shoes.
Killed hogs, 9 of them good pork - Greek, Bill Barrett & Jo
Conklin helped, got done & cut up before sunset - in evening went up to Coz.
Abrm Brundage with M.H.Rose & wife.
McQiggin & Hemmen began to thresh spring wheat for the tenth I went to H.P. & got the harness mended. (coldest day)
I went up & brot a load of wood & then went down & got Sawny shod - stuff sausage - Irishman threshing -(Christmas eve in the church)
At home all day Christmas.
Father, Mother & Edwin went to Ontario. I went to Ebinezer Ellis & got 47 rails & a load of wood from Greeks - H.P. in evening.
Took up the young cattle & brot home a load wood - in afternoon over to school. D. Rose & wife here in evening.
Surveyed for Campbell & Birdseye - Steam mill hollow.
I took 50˝ bushels wheat to Bakers mill for the county house & it held out by weight 48 55/60 bushels. J.M.Brundage came home with me & we went to H.P. Father & Mother came home & brot Uncle Aaron & Azubah.
Father, Uncle & I went to Barretts & Greeks & then round the valley, in evening Wm Baker & wife & Esq. Powers & wife here.
At Bath & then to Cousin Abrm Brundage visit & then to H.P. to meeting. Palmer & Evaline came from Bath with us. J.W.Taggart & wife all night.
Palmer & wife went home. The weather is as mild as it can be & not thaw. The sleighing is good & has been since about the 25th Nov & winter weather since the 18th.
I went up the hill & got a load wood & then went over to the school with M.H.Rose. Father & Mother went to Wheeler with Uncle Aaron & Azubah. Cold.
Father got back about noon & then I started to take Lucinda home. Matilda went to Evalines. Cold & high wind.
I started from Palmers & took Lucinda home & got back about 9 o’clock.
Came down to Clisbes & took dinner, came to Faulkners in evening & found Catherine & John down here but got home about 7 o’clock & told us that Tuesday after we were gone, Divan came & brot word that Mother Hoyt was dead in the sixty year of her age.
Father & I went up the hill & got oats, in all 26 bus. Matilda & I went to Reading & after we got there I found that Harvey was lame. The weather warm & thawing.
Father Hoyt harnessed his sleigh & brot me a few miles & then I came the rest of the way on foot. Horse so lame I could not fetch him & so I left Matilda & Myra. Quite rainy, very muddy & bad going - the inlet over the road so we had to cross in a skiff - Wm Goff came in company with me - The water is now uncommonly high & I think must do much damage. This evening I think the wind has changed from South to west & is freezing some. Mother Hoyt died on the morning of the 3rd Jany at about 4 o’clock. Mariah was up with & waited upon her & when she got into bed complained of pain at her breast & thought she had better have some wine - Mariah went to the pantry for it & when she returned saw a curl of the lip, she waked her father immediately but before he got to the bed she was dead. She sat up & ate at the table the day before although very feeble & much overcome with exertion.
McQuiggin & Hemmon came & we cleaned the wheat 33˝ bushels. They threshed 4˝ days each, to thresh it (by the tenth). Warm.
Cleaned wool room & granery & fixed the barn door.
Went up to Barretts & put hooks on the barn doors - Went to H.P. got my looking glass that M. Barns has been fixing. He said he would fix it for 9/ then charged me 11/ ( Also I got him to make a black board which he agreed to make for 12/ & after it was done charged me 16/ remember him). Warm.
Worked on road fixing bridge.
Bunched up tobacco 45 lbs. J.M.Brundage in the evening party roasting venison on a stick.
Went on horse back to Reading after Matilda. Cold & the ground froze.
Came from Reading, drove grey on ahead of Harvy in the cutter. Poor sleighing.
16 MondayvI made a broomcorn broom.
Drew some stone & began to underpin the old stable - Father bot lumber waggon of C.R.Disbrow $25 & 40 bush winter apples. Went to H.P. with Matilda.
Self & Greek drew in wheat stack. Warm.
Surveyed Stillhouse road.
Self, C.S.Y. & Tom drew 200 rails out of Petersons woods into the road in front of Spragues.
Drew some stone to underpin old stable & then plowed the milking yard west of house.
At home writing letters. Warm.
Went to Bath & met Mr Holmes. We began to settle with the Surrogate. Warm.
I began to plow S.E. corner of big meadow for corn - Snow squalls colder.
Plowed on flat - cold squall.
Froze to hard to plow.
Got two horse shoes set & visited at Esq Larrows in evening. Rainy night.
Ground covered with snow. Plowed all day - cold & squally.
I wrote in forenoon & heard Mr Coe & Mr Powers in after part of day.
I drew 2 loads wood from Greeks, in evening went over the valley to take an observation at the North star but it was cloudy.
I drew one load wood & then went to H.P. Rain all the afternoon & towards evening very hard. Emily Brown & Miss Armstrong here.
Cold & frozen hard. Staid in the house all day. Brown took Miss Armstrong home & left Emily.
I went to school in forenoon & to H.P. in afternoon. Miss Griswold here & John Rosenkrans - I bot a worsted cap of Cyrus Sill for $1.00.
I drew one load of wood from Greeks - Myra quite sick - cold.
Father & I went to Bath to see Surrogate. Got word that Abrm Brundage’s John died last night. Quite suddenly of inflamitory rheumatism.
Went to John Brundages funeral. Heard Mr Wipple preach from the text “It is well” a very able & comfortable sermon. Heavy storm from N.E. snow about 6 inches.
Cold & the windest day that I almost ever saw, I threshed a flooring of wheat with the horses - J.E.Gonsolus & wife here.
Still cold & windy. Father & I went to H.P. Com. of roads settling off etc.
Self & wife went to Dansville to see B.R.Streety. Found him very well situated keeping grocery & living in back part of the same building. (he is a Methodist)
I went to Burns & got Lucinda & started from Streetys at sunset & came to Palmers. Staid all night.
Came to Uncle Aulls & made a visit & got home just night. Calvin Luther & wife here while we were gone.
Killed spike & sold half for $8.76. J.T.Andrews & wife here to dinner. Blain brot our bob sleds, endorsed $26.00 on note. Iron & shoes $6.46 total $32.46. Matilda, Julia, C.S.Y. & Sam went to John Daniels to Nancy Hough & Tomy Gibsons wedding. I went to Caucus - Jacob cut his knee with the drawshave bad. Thomas got a letter from John Boyd with Williams deed enclosed to get the County Clerk Certificate.
At home until just night, went over to see Sal. Baker, quite poorly.
Went to Bath & met Holmes & Palmer, the day of final settlement of the estate of Aaron Younglove dec. Went out with M.H. Rose & Jacob Larrowe - cold & good sleighing.
Town meeting, snow from N.E. all day & hard. Democratic ticket elected all but S.S.Havins & M.H.Rose.
Self & Wm Hough drawed wood off hill. Snow about 12 to 18 inches but so drifted that it is hard to tell the depth. Benjamin Perry here to dinner.
Self & Hough drawed wood.
Self & Hough drawed wood.
Self & Hough drawing wood in the four days past we have drawn 12 cords. B.L.Hoyt & wife are here tonight. Glad to see them really.
Heard Mr. Wilson in forenoon & Mr Coe in afternoon - Warm & thaw a little.
Self & Matilda went to Chissoms at Italy Hill. Snow deep & banks troublesome.
Went Uncle Aarons, found them all well but Moses & wife out here.
Uncle & Azubah went with us to Capt. Perrys—Cold.
Self & John went to Canandaiqua. I got new fur hat of Chesebras on the wool trade. DeRoy Luther came to Uncles.
To Penn Yan & all night at Benj. Hoyt.
To L. Bunces & all night.
To Reading, visited Matthews farm. Harriet quite low but better. All night at Father Hoyts &
Self & Matthew Boyd drew wood from Barretts job. Matthew drew two loads yesterday. Thaw some.
Matthew & I drew wood. Cold, Matilda over to Widow Bakers.
Self & Matthew drew wood.
Drew wood. Abrm. Brundage & wife, J.W.Taggart & wife, Eunice Baker & Eliza Quick here visit.
Drawing wood - sixteen cords this week.
My Birthday 29 years old today Clear & cold but thaw in the roads & where the sun shines. Protracted meeting in H.P.
Self & Mat drawing wood - brot the sheep home from Greeks. Clear & cold. At Wm Bakers in evening - John Younglove here.
I went to Wheelers mill & got a 1000 feet of hemlock boards to pay for apples. Mat helped Conklin clean his wheat 56 bus. M.H.Rose & wife here in evening. Clear & cold.
8 WednesdayvDrew wood - warmer & cloudy.
I drew wood (Mat all day) then Dugald Cameron & wife, Self & wife went to Ed Knapps on visit.
Mat at wood. Father & I went to Bath. Doc Higgands & wife, Poppino & wife & Mrs D. Rose here evening visit. Snow in morning then rain.
Mat at wood. I finished cleaning spring wheat & went to mill. 71 cords this week & ˝ cord left - 39˝ in all Barretts job.
At home all day, comfortably warm & sun shiny. Sam here.
I went to Sam Hunts & got two shoes set then to Old Barretts & got 22 bushels oats which make 48 bushels he has threshed. Mat got the last wood. Snowed, damp & wet all day.
Went to Otis Reads for rails but he was not at home. Cold.
Done nothing but split a little wood. The windyest day we have had this winter. Ed Brundage here all night.
Went to Otis Reads & got 91 rails - Mat 45 & I 46.
Killed dutch steer. Sold nearly all of the forequarters for 11.50 in H.P. Snow about 4 inches last night & today blew away or into heaps. Mat choreing etc.
Went to quarterly meeting H.P. & heard Elder Babcock at 1 o’clock P.M. good serman & a smart one - cold.
Went to love feast at 9 A.M. & serman at 11, not so good as yesterday. The roads were never so blocked up with snow drifts as now from the inlet to J.S.Bronsons almost impassable & many of the hill roads quite so. - cold - cold.
Father & I went to Bath. I to see Rumsey but did nothing - agreed to go again Friday next.
Went up the hill & got an oak log & took to Bakers saw mill.
Went to Barretts & took 176 sheep wether flock & brot home 137 ewe flock, all doing well & in good order. In evening heard Mr Clisbe give a Temperance address & it was very good.
George Tilford & wife, Wm Baker & wife & John Brundage & wife here. About 3 inches snow fell last night & today it has been as windy a day as ever was & very cold. It has been about as hard a day as we have had this winter & this winter has been as hard a one as ever was I quess.
Went to Bath to see the surrogate & find we must go all over it again. Mr Clisbe went to Bath with me & found that the roads are impassable up the river & that there has been no sleigh through since the blow from above Kennedyville & the road from here to Bath is bad in places. Mr Finch came home with me.
Went to school in forenoon & to school meeting in afternoon. Darius was chairman & we resolved to build an octagonal house with four wings & passed a resolution to raise $400.00 for the purpose & parted with good feeling & unanimous.
At home all day. Matthew went home. We owe him $4.00 - girls to Bath to meeting.
Matilda & I went up to A. Raymonds made an afternoon visit & then to McQuiggs all night, strong south wind all day & rain all night.
Came back to S.Holmes & got some estate papers then to Bath & then home. J.H.Hill here. Quite rainy - cold night.
I done nothing all day. Cold.
Took cows to Greeks & went to M.H.Roses in afternoon - school meeting in eve.
Fixed sheep racks about barn. Cold. Went to John Randels in evening. Rainy night ( Myra sick )