Timothy Meigs Younglove Diary
April - September, 1843
8333 Pleasant Valley Road, Hammondsport, N.Y.
Great-Great Grandson of T. M. Younglove
Went to draw stone for foundation to school house, in all we drew 35
loads from Abbot's flats. The stones were piled & the only difficulty
was the depth of snow. Cattle came home from Greeks.
At home all day. Cut grafts.
Took cattle to Greeks again. Self & Joe, Willhelm got in a hole of potatoes.
Went a fishing for salmon trout on lake, the ice is about a foot thick & very solid but so cold I could not stand it.
Mended a bridle & cut some grafts. This is the first day since January that
a person could sit outdoors comfortably & today a coat is no burden but it is
much warmer than it has been & there is some prospect of winters breaking which
will be very acceptable —- rainy to night.
Dressed a little flax, done but little. Took Harvey to J. M. Brundage. Cold & snow
squall just dark.
Last day of F. Larrows school. I was there all day. J. M. Brundage & Amos
Stone & I fixing out the assessment for building the new school house.
Hew’d posts for new dooryard fence — Allen Dunning & mother here. Sally
Holladays lost a child about a year old name John Holliday. Very warm, sun shiny & pleasant & the
snow has thawed off more today than any other day. Dunnings folks came in a sleigh.
Went to the funeral of John Holladay aged one year, ill one week of “Colera Infantile”. Sermon by Reverand Mr. Whipple. Cold day with raw north wind.
Thomas began to work. We began to build dooryard fence.
At fence — Warm sunny April day but wind felt as if it blews over snow. I set
cherry & apricot grafts.
Set out apple, plumb, sherry & pear trees. Fine warm day.
Sowed grass seed on the Rowel field & began to tag sheep - Warm.
Tom & C. S. Y. tagged sheep at Barretts - Self, C. Y. E. & Ed tagged 265
at home. I 150 — warm & rain night.
Boys took potatoes out of hole. Father & I fixed dooryard fence. The warmest day we have had. Snow all gone but the banks & they going fast.
To Texas to hear Mr. Malory preach.
I fixed dooryard fence. Boys brot down oats. I went to Poppinos & got fruit.
Rainy all day - snow on hill. I went to H.P.
Still rainy, heavy freshet, made grafting wax & set some cherry.
I went to Barretts & put up some fence & then put out my grapes. Set up
all night with Mr. Hammond — sick of billious diarreah.
Finished tagging ewes & set some pear grafts. Sam Dusenburg come on.
Set 170 grafts. C. S. Y. let the horses run away.
A fine April day with pleasant showers through the day. Self & wife went up to see Grandfather Harrison, quite sick & much dispirited. The old man says he has done all for his country he could & that he has been amply repaid for all he has ever done. That his neighbors are very kind & that he is about to learn all & blesses the name of American Liberty.
Grafted set about 200 — Tom & C. S. Y. put up fence on hill about Dousenbury.
Began plowing in little field beyond barn with oxen & horses. Mr. Boyd & Matthews
came here 1st night. I set some grafts. Tom reset fence above the hill orchard.
Matthews began to work for the season for $9.00 per month. I finished grafting at home & began to grub the trees.
Rainy day — plowed a little.
I grafted at Barretts. C. S. Y. & Mat finished plowing beyond the barn.
Self & C. S. Younglove started for the town of Independence, Allegany
Co. to get the sheep from C. Mingos —Got to Levi Davis 10 miles up Bennetts
creek. Roads bad & showery today.
Got a shoe set on Sawney & some fixing to the old waggon & went on to Independence.
Whole distance 46 miles — rain hard.
Started for home with 88 sheep. Mingos lost 12 poor & weak — cold & snowy
—Drove 15 miles & put up at Mr. Thomas.
Drove 15 miles to Rowels — good day.
Got home, broke the axle tree to old waggon. I was disappointed
in the land in the west part of this county for I was not favourably impressed
— but it is certainly good land & I think will be valuable for
other purposes than grazing. At present grazing is almost the entire business.
The land is light & very easily worked & produces enormous oats, good
potatoes & tolerable spring wheat. The timber is beach & maple on the
dry up ground & hemlock, pine & some oak on the streams. The face of
the land is uneven & in some places quite hilly. The roads were bad & traveling
Self, Tom & C. S. Y. went up & began to reset the fence before Wm. Spragues
Matthew harrowing corn ground on the flat.
I worked in the orchard grubbing & grafting. C. S. Y. & Tom at work at fence & tagging
the Allegany sheep. Mat harrowing & plowing on flat.
Self grubbing apple trees. Mat plowed a furrow on each side of each row of trees. The trees are very grubby & in bad condition.
The first cherry blows this morning. Showery, went to meeting to hear Mr. Coe.
Grub’d apple trees in forenoon & planted corn field beyond barn in afternoon.
Grub’d apple trees in forenoon & planted on flat in afternoon. J. H.
Hill & wife came.
Finished planting on flat & sowed 3 bushels spring wheat on S.W. corner of flat. Plowed garden.
Surveyed for P. A. Harrison — rainy.
I went up hill & got some grass seed, filled a deed & etc. Mat began to plow on hill for the first.
I went up the Cohocton to settle up with Mr. Holmes. Paid him his share of the
percentage of the estate which was $16.50.
Came home from Palmers & brot Mrs. Moore with me. Fine day.
Mat & I plowed or finished plowing the little field above the Barrett orchard
—I put up the fence round the Wheeler field.
Sowed 7˝ bushels oats on the little field. Came home & sowed 2 bushel barley on flat.
Grubbed apple trees. C. S. Y. harrowing on flat & Mat plowing on hill.
Got ready & planted potatoes, in afternoon sowed the shrubery with peas. A. C.
Younglove & F. Perry
came on grafting trees.
Planted potatoes all day. Dry weather.
Finished planting potatoes & washed sheep.
Went to hear Mr. Malory up to Texas & after he finished Mr. Brown of Dundee,
J. M. & Geo. Brundage & self went to Kennedyville & got school house boards -
1000 feet apiece. Warm, dry & dusty. A. C. Younglove & man left.
I working in the nursery. A fine thundershower about 3 o’clock P.M. very acceptable.
Went up to factory took 103˝ pounds tag wool & 72˝ pulled wool. Up to P.
Harrisons, got my pay for surveying $2.50. Worked in garden until just night.
Went to H. P.
bot Shultz note of M. H. Ross for $45.
Surveyed for S. W. Barrett, S. L. Bailey & J. H. Peterson - am to fill four
Rainy — laid out the ground for new school house.
Heard the Bishop preach. Boys drew gravel to the dooryard & grubbed apple trees.
Wm. Neally here.
Heard Mr. Dezeng preach & filled 4 deeds.
Worked on the road. Mr. Waterous pathmaster.
Worked on road again, cold & rainy all night.
Boys on hill & I up to Kennydville for boards - very cold.
Boys began the summer follow up to Jesse place. I cleaned barn in the
forenoon & went to H.P. in afternoon. Got the appointment of Town Superintendent
of Common Schools - resigned the office of Trustee of School District No 7 -
Appointed Wm. Hastings to the office of Trustee of District 11 to fill the vacancy
of S. Watrous — resigned. Very cold.
Reset the fence along the road in front of Greeks job - Frost cut corn.
I took Matilda home to her fathers in afternoon, in forenoon surveyed for Hammond.
Came home, stopped at Jo. Kingsleys got my dinner, tea at Hills - Heavy thundershower just night.
I finished grubbing the hill orchard then went over to J. M. Brundages & bot
library books. Rainy afternoon. Talking of buying a piece of land of Ira Read.
I went to H.P. to see if we could raise some money.
Went to Bath via Wheeler to see O. F. Marschall court week. Circus etc
in Bath - cold & rainy. I should think to judge from appearances that there
was a great many people in Bath to but little purpose. 90 at the dinner table.
I got up early & went up to Cousin Abrm. Brundages to breakfast with
the avowed purpose of seeing Durham about our school house, but more particularly
to make a raise of money to buy Ira's place. Abrm. can lend us $50 & then I
went over to see Jesse Brundage to swap O. P.Marschall's note for one against
Mary Brundage. Succeeded, came home went to H.P. & got Mr Elmendorf to set 4
front teeth for me. Extracted two - filled four (one on both sides) & cleaned
the rest - charged $12. Examined J. H. Hill, gave a certificate - got of Wm.
on his & Dan Chils notes $164.13 in full pay. Went over to Wm Baker's & got Abm.
Tom & Geo. M. Stone began to shear sheep. Father, C. S. Y., self, Ira & Alfred
Brundage surveyed the 35 acres — then went to H.P. & got the dentist to
up my teeth & paid him $12. Came back and filled Fathers & Iras deed.*
*-Ed:- The 35 acres bought from Ira Read is the piece of property where the
T. M. Y. octagon house was built in 1859.
Ira & Ethalinda signed & acknowledged the deed. Paid him $275 cash, J. C. Longwells
note $106.90, Ira & Marys note $101.33 & Fathers note for $416.77 - I lent
father $160 - Tom, Geo. M. Stone (& Jo Barrett ˝ day) shearing. I doing up
wool & father when he could, all that they sheared yesterday behind —
finished the Allegany & ewe flocks. Heavy thunder shower just night.
Dull heavy weather, wind from N. E. G. M. S., Tom & Isaac Cook shearing. I
some & done up some wool. Finished what we had dry little after 4 o’clock P.M.
rainy bad day - In afternoon I went to Jesse Brundages & got Mary Brundages
notes from Reynard St. Huntley - D. Horton & wife here all night.
Mr & Mrs Whorton started for home. Cool, misty & unpleasant. Reading , writing etc.
Sheared in the afternoon. Geo. M. Stone helped.
Ebinezer & J. Barrett, Isaac Cook, Geo, Tom & I shearing.
Geo helped finished shearing at noon, in afternoon we began hoeing corn.
Wm Hough helped hoe corn, finished the field by the barn & began on the flat.
Rainy day. Set cabbage, planted tomatoes, selling etc. I set some grafts in crab along the line fence & some grafts in hill orchard.
Hoed in the nursery in forenoon & survey for Widow Black in the afternoon.
At home. F. J. Kingsley & Jna. Randel came here most all day. J.H. Hill & wife
here. Fine pleasant day but cool for the season.
Hoed corn, Hough helped, Tom sick.
I surveyed for Wm Bailey etc - boys & Hough hoeing corn. Aunt Elizza went to Uncle Aulls with John Daniels - Tom sick.
I went through the potatoes both ways with the culivator. Hough & boys hoed them. Tom worked in forenoon & then quite sick. I began to sow buckwheat in hill orchard. Abel Patchen here all night from Michigan.
I finished sowing orchard 5˝ bushels. Abel took stage for Ontario. Tom not
able to work. I hoed apple trees a spell & then went to H’port got two plow
points. Jn Randel came home with me. Very warm for two days. Now a prospect
of rain. Got a letter from Matilda & very glad to hear that she & Myra both well.
All hands worked on the road on the hill. S. Duzenbury helped, rained at noon and all quit. Came home & hoed in garden.
Father & Mother went to Uncle Aarons. Tom, Mat, C.Y.E. & self loggin and drawing rails off of summer follow. Showery & warm.
Began to make school report to County Clerk. Went over to Texas found Jim Blank there.
Tom, Mat, C.Y.E. & self worked on summer follow. Thundershowers all the afternoon but only one small one touched us.
All of us on summer follow. Father & Mother got home from Uncle Aarons.
On follow again. Chesebra came up to where we were to buy our wool. Showery.
I went with Mr. Dunning to Oak Hill & surveyed two fifty acre lots & came back.
All hands on summer follow, very warm.
This I think has been the warmest day I ever saw. I surveyed for
John Bailey & then went to Reading after Matilda.
Started early & got to Wayne meeting house just in time to hear
Wm Andrews preach two excellent sermons.
Went to Wheeler field & got the sheep & then hoed the garden. At H.P.
in evening - Mat. plowing, Tom plowing corn.
Self, Wife & Julia Ann went to Bath to hear Mr Adams of Penn Yan deliver an oration which he done with much honor to himself & satisfaction to a large audience in attendance. The day was fine & the celebration went with sorbriety & unison
to all appearances - Hough hoed.
Rain in forenoon, hoed corn in afternoon.
Hoed corn on flat. Hough helped. I helped put on the foundation
of school house. Tom unwell & did not work in afternoon.
Finished corn & potatoes. Ellis & Hough worked. Tom sick yet. Rainy
Self, Clark Ellis & Mat on summer follow. Tom sick yet. Matilda
sick tonight - Church came.
Matilda confined to bed all day - C.S.Y. unwell.
C.S.Y. quite sick - got Doc Church, gave an emetick & physick very sick all day. Matilda better but yet quite ill. Mat plowing, Tom & I
hoeing in nursery.
Mat plowing, Tom & I began to mow. Cool, prospect of rain, wind
Tom, Hough & self mowed. G.M.Stone came at 9 o’clock A.M. & S.
Dusinberry at noon. Mowing in clover field. Mother sick with influenza, Matilda
smart so that she went down stairs for first. C.S.Y. better but still quite
unwell. Mat plow.
All hands at hay. Clark Ellis came so that we drove 7 scythes.
Finished mowing the clover field & began in the little meadow below. Drew 2
loads - Influenza better.
All hands at hay again, finished mowing the little meadow. Drew
in 6 loads. Mother & C.S.Y. better, Matilda about house.
All hoed nursery till 9 o’clock then rain & all quit. Rain in the
Good hay day. Worked about ˝ the day & got up the hay that we had
down. Warm looked like rain but none.
Sprague began to work one month for $17 - Showery all day - Julia & Lucinda sick with the influenza. Mother & C.S.Y. better. Showery & very
warm. Myra 3 year old today.
Mat plowed in follow. I went to mill in forenoon & drew hay in
afternoon. All rest in the hay all day.
All hands in hay. Cloudy wind N.
All in hay. A.S.Gregory came into the hayfield just night. Frost
All in hay but Sprague. James Laughlin 2/3 day. (frost again this
All hands in hay (clear & warm)
At home all day. Warm today.
All in hay but me. I went to Bath to the Convention of Town Superintendents
of Common Schools. Only 14 of the 28 Superintendents present, after a short
session adjourned to first Tuesday of October. Showery but little rain. A.S.Gregory
went with me.
All hands mowing, finished the big meadow & began in Iras meadow
Mowed in forenoon & raked & drew in afternoon, prospect of
Drawing hay all day - Warm very. A.S.Gregory & wife visit here
today. Wm McCaslin Jun. came to hire for a short time.
All in hay - McCaslin helped. Thunder shower at night. Warm & dry.
All in hay but Hough, he hoeing his potatoes, put the culivator
through the nursery early in the morning - rainy night.
Cool, I went over to see Amos S. Gregory.
All in hay but Mat (sick). Gen. Kernan & Mr Matthews of Troy came
here to see some maps.
All in hay except myself. In afternoon visited J.H.Hills school
in company with Mr. Finch - Julia & Matilda went to Cousin Abm Brundages visiting.
Showery so they did not return.
Sprague & Dusinbury went on the hill, all the rest in hay at home. J.H.Hill & wife
here all night. Cool.
Tom & Mat on the hill, Self & Wm McCaslin finished at home.
All in hay on hill. Grass good.
All in hay on hill. Lowery weather.
At home all day.
Self, Tom, Bill McCaslin & O.H. Read in wheat on hill & the rest
Rain in forenoon but did not amount to anything. Very dry weather.
In afternoon drove 3 cradles.
Finished cutting the harvest by John Daniels. Otis Read had worked
2˝ days. Sprague & Dusinbury at hay in afternoon.
All at hay & finished at Dusinburys & moved over to the Daniels
place began to mow. Tom at the barley at home.
Tom & I began at the wheat in the Rowell field. The rest at hay
Drawed in the hay from orchard 9 loads. Geo M. Stone helped in
the harvest. Cut & put up 80 doz. All hands raked & bound from 4 o’clock till
I went to hear Mr. Spaulding, Episcopal Minister. Saw Mr Davis & Mather
the claimants of lands in Tp No 5 in 2nd range - Got letter from Pierson.
Began to stack wheat by John Daniels. Otis Read, John Sprague & Levi Barrett in addition to our hands. Dusinbury quit & began his own, began to rain at noon. Hough quit then I went to H’port in afternoon. Got my maps & a letter from Messrs Davis & Mather
of Troy requesting me to send them the boundry of every mans farm in N.W. corner
of Tp No 5 in 2nd range comprising 40 lots or something over 7000 acres. Not
Finished stacking wheat 180 doz - the rest in hay on hill & Barretts in afternoon & own
All hands in hay. John Sprague & I cut wheat half of the forenoon.
Otis helped, got in 12 loads of hay.
Finished drawing hay 8 loads & got 745 doz wheat & 15 doz barley. Otis ˝ day but only Wm Sprague finished the hay & barley & all
the wheat that is cut.
I went to Bath, got my tooth reset & went to the land office to get the allottments of the N.W. corner of Tp 5 in 2 for Messrs Davis & Mather. Tom, Mat & Bill
McCaslin cutting wheat, a fine rain today.
Went to put the plates on the school house. Wm Andrews & wife came here, staid all night. Mrs Bunts here also P. Marselle & Kasiah
Wygant. Rainy - This is quite the most of a rain that we have had in six weeks.
The drouth was severe.
I went with Andrews to Tyrone as he had an appointment there to
preach - very rainy.
Wm McCaslin began to work two months for $10 per month. Boys all
went into the summer follow. I went through Pulteney to get the situation of
the farms for Messrs Mather & Davis.
Boys in summer follow. I at work at Davis & Mathers map in forenoon & raising
the roof to the schoolhouse in afternoon. Heavy rain at night.
I at work at my map, finished it up & sent it to Troy with my charge $10.00. John Faulkner & wife Catherine & Sally Ann here visiting. I went to H’port got some peach buds - Marselle came home with me to help me bud. Hill, wife & Elias
here in evening.
George M. Stone cutting spring wheat. Bill raking & binding. Marselle & I buding peaches. I in barley in afternoon. Tom in wheat on hill & Mat
Tom & Dusinberry finished getting in wheat out of Rowell field. I setting buds & cradling
spring wheat. Bill at work in wheat. Mat plowing.
Took down our wool 1514 pounds at 40˘ - got some buds from Hastings
garden. Budded in the afternoon. J.H.Hill help me in evening. Went to caucus
- elected a delagate.
At home, wrote letter to H.R.Pierson. Rode round the valley just
night - showery.
Boys on follow. Self & two Corneliuses in nursery budding. James Laughlin began to work ˝ month for $5.50 at ditching. Began on the new line between us & Ira.
I budded in forenoon & stacked the spring wheat in afternoon. 64 doz. Tom & Dusinbury
finished drawing in winter wheat on hill.
Went to H.P. got some buds then budded the rest of day -
Examined Rachel Pickett to teach in district No 3.
Went over to the school house in morning & then up on the hill. Laughlin not here - picked out 325 ewes, came home & went
to H.P. Mat laid up with a bile on his ancle.
County convention I was a delegate & attended - The convention was very full as there was but a single delegate absent & he
from Caton. Esq. Lybolt President - the court house was full - all county nominations
were made. Mr Hough threshing, Otis Read cutting spring wheat - boys plowing.
Sorted sheep & took 250 weathers to Wheeler. Hough threshing. J. Laughlin ditching. Boys plowing. Wm McCaslin gone home. I sowed 2˝ bush
Very warm & a little showery. Went over to see the school house. Wm Andrews & F.
Company training conducted by Capt M.J.Barns & the rifle by Capt Amos Stone. Miserable, Boys on follow & James
in ditch. Tom sowed 3 bushels on 2 acres at the upper end of the grass plot.
I sowed 5 bushels & finished the lower field & then Tom & I got in 23 doz oats. Mat & Bill drawing stumps & roots.
Very rainy all day, a fine heavy rain. Tom cut wood. Jimy cleaned
the well under the barn. Mat, Bill & I threshed 20 doz wheat for seed with
the horses - cleaned Houghs (19 in all).
Rainy, boys began to dig a cistern. Jimy not here. I went to Pulteney
as a witness between Stratton & Clark. Gillett went with me, got home 12 o’clock
Tom & Bill cut oats. C.S.Y. & Mat threshed 10 doz wheat & then
began to harrow. Ground very wet, Jim not here. I came home sick, Colera Morbus
quite sick all night.
Better today but still quite unwell. Boys on hill at work harrowing
wheat, sown first of the week. I inspected Mrs Stone.
Cool, Julia & Matilda at meeting. I grunting but then I am on the
bed. Cold. F. Larrowe here all night.
Self quite unwell, went in afternoon & saw Doc McGregor, got some
pills. Boys on hill - Jimy here in afternoon only.
I took pills, very sick but better just night. Boys on hill, C.S.Y. & Tom took up oats. Jimy not here. Eunice & Grandma
Baker here in afternoon.
I went to H.P. got some pins made to survey with - compass
box fixed & left it for Barns to varnish. Boys on hill. Tom began to cut buckwheat
in hill orchard. Jimy here all day.
Very rainy all day. Cleaned the grass seed at Dusinburys - Bill & Mat threshing seed. Jimy here. Frank Laughlin began this morning to work ˝ month
Drawing stone & filling the ditches west of the spring. Jimy & Frank
not here. This morning ended a heavy rain. Tom cut buckwheat.
Jimy & Frank in ditch. Bill finished cradling the buckwheat. Tom, Mat & I
resetting the fence east side hill orchard. Father to Bath.
Wrote to Rickey - went over the valley - warm.
Frank & Jimy both here - Jimy ˝ month finished - Tom & Bill cut corn, began at the wheat but a heavy shower in afternoon drove us off & we
came home after dinner.
Tom & Bill cut corn. Mat, boys & I filling the ditch beyond the
swamp with stone. Frank in the ditch again.
I sowed 8 bushels of wheat on the ridge field. Mat & C.S.Y. harrowing. Tom & Bill
cut corn, Frank in ditch. Very hot weather.
I budded. Mat & C.S.Y. harrowed. Tom & Bill finished cutting corn,
Frank in ditch. Very hot weather.
Self & C.S.Y. at general training. Mat & C.Y.E. finished harrowing the ridge field. Tom & Bill
at work on Browns line fence. Frank in ditch.
Mat & Bill plowing. I went up & fixed the harness for the boys & then got in the oats at the Daniels place. Came home, budded some & hoed nursery. David Divan & wife here to tea. Tom & C.S.Y.
raked the buckwheat. Frank not here.
Wrote to Pierson and road around the valley. Warm.
Rain’d last night, too wet to plow. All hands drawing rails & making
line fence at lower side of the big N.W. field on the Daniels place. A very
heavy shower today at noon - still very warm. Frank not here.
Tom & Bill at fence. Mat, C.S.Y. & self filling in the ditch beyond the spring. Frank in ditch. Misty & a little cool. Hill & wife
here all night.
Tom & Bill finished the line fence. Boys & I filling & leveling
the ditch. Frank here. Father went to see Bill Bailey about shingles. Cool.
I went to Wheelers sawmill & got 1300 feet of lath for school house.
Boys husked corn. Frank here. Cold - the first frost this morning quite heavy.
Husked corn. Mat & Bill plowed on hill. Frank in ditch. Heavy frost. Uncle & Aunt
Husked in forenoon & threshed buckwheat in afternoon. Mat & Bill
finished plowing on hill. Frank here all day.