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Events in the Ann M. Hull Diary of 1857

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1 Jan 1857
Martin Taylor and Phebe Comfort marriage

“It has been a beautiful day and I have enjoyed it much. Have seen M. J. Taylor & P. Comfort joined in the holy bonds of matrimony. Attended the party in the evening.”

Ann. M. Hull, 1 Jan 1857

Martin Jones Taylor, the son of Jacob Taylor and Hannah Newman, and Phebe Ann Comfort, the daughter of John Comfort and Mary Ann McKune, were married on 1 Jan 1857 by Rev. John A. Wood, pastor of the Methodist Episcopal Church in Lanesboro.1

Ann M. Hull, Diary of 1857, (Susquehanna County, Pennsylvania), 1 Jan 1857 entry, privately held by Faulkner-Hull Collection.
Ann M. Hull, Diary of 1857, (Susquehanna County, Pennsylvania), 1 Jan 1857 entry, privately held by Faulkner-Hull Collection.
"Married, M. J. Taylor and Phebe A. Comfort," marriage announcement, Montrose Democrat (Montrose, Pennsylvania), 9 Jan 1857, p. 2, col. 6.
“Married, M. J. Taylor and Phebe A. Comfort,” marriage announcement, Montrose Democrat (Montrose, Pennsylvania), 9 Jan 1857, p. 2, col. 6.

18 Jan 1857
Mrs. Eldridge Funeral

“I have staid at home and taken care of Hattie. All of the rest have been to Mrs. Eldridge funeral.”

Ann M. Hull, 18 Jan 1857

Mrs. Eldridge, who died 16 Jan 1857, is buried in Grand Street Cemetery in Susquehanna Depot.2 In 1850, Hannah, age 45, was living in Harmony, near David and Amanda Lyons, with Lorinda Eldridge, age 26, and Elsie M., age 17.3

Ann M. Hull, Diary of 1857, (Susquehanna County, Pennsylvania), 18 Jan 1857 entry, privately held by Faulkner-Hull Collection.
Ann M. Hull, Diary of 1857, (Susquehanna County, Pennsylvania), 18 Jan 1857 entry, privately held by Faulkner-Hull Collection.

Elsie May Eldridge married Morris S. Sherman; both are buried in Grand Street Cemetery in Susquehanna Depot.4 It is possible Jerome Eldridge, age 27, who paid taxes in 1857 along with Mrs. Eldridge, was related to Hannah as well.5

Hannah Eldridge headstone, photo by Paul R
Hannah Eldridge headstone, photo by Paul R, Find A Grave memorial 104051454. Mother of / Mrs. M. S. Sherman / Died / Jan. 16, 1857 / Aged 56 yrs
Hannah Eldridge headstone top, photo by Paul R
Hannah Eldridge headstone top, photo by Paul R, Find A Grave memorial 104051454. Hannah Eldridge

3 Feb 1857
Almon Barnes and Maria Nicholson marriage

“Mr. A. Barnes and Miss M. Nicholson were married in the evening.”

Ann M. Hull, 3 Feb 1857

Ann M. Hull, Diary of 1857, (Susquehanna County, Pennsylvania), 3 Feb 1857 entry, privately held by Faulkner-Hull Collection.
Ann M. Hull, Diary of 1857, (Susquehanna County, Pennsylvania), 3 Feb 1857 entry, privately held by Faulkner-Hull Collection.
"Almon Barnes and Maria Nicholson," marriage announcement, Montrose Independent Republican (Montrose, Pennsylvania), 19 Feb 1857, p. 3, col. 1.
“Almon Barnes and Maria Nicholson,” marriage announcement, Montrose Independent Republican (Montrose, Pennsylvania), 19 Feb 1857, p. 3, col. 1.

8 Feb 1857
Bridge swept away

“This has been a terrible day The river bridge has been swept away by the breaking up of the ice.”

Ann M. Hull, 8 Feb 1857

Ann M. Hull, Diary of 1857, (Susquehanna County, Pennsylvania), 8 Feb 1857 entry, privately held by Faulkner-Hull Collection.
Ann M. Hull, Diary of 1857, (Susquehanna County, Pennsylvania), 8 Feb 1857 entry, privately held by Faulkner-Hull Collection.
"Bridges Swept Away," news article, Montrose Independent Republican (Montrose, Pennsylvania), 12 Feb 1857, p. 1, col. 1.
“Bridges Swept Away,” news article, Montrose Independent Republican (Montrose, Pennsylvania), 12 Feb 1857, p. 1, col. 1.

16 June 1857
Hot Corn by S. Robinson

Ann M. Hull, Diary of 1857, (Susquehanna County, Pennsylvania),16 June 1857 entry, privately held by Faulkner-Hull Collection
Ann M. Hull, Diary of 1857, (Susquehanna County, Pennsylvania),16 June 1857 entry, privately held by Faulkner-Hull Collection

“Very rainy morning. Felt quite smart. Worked on Marys skirt. Commenced reading Hot Corn by S. Robinson.”

Ann M. Robinson, 16 June 1857

Hot Corn: Life Scenes in New York Illustrated  was a collection of short stories, becoming a bestseller quickly following publishing in 1854.6

Solon Robinson, author, Hot Corn, Life Scenes in New York Illustrated (New York : De Witt and Davenport Publishers, 1854).
Solon Robinson, author, Hot Corn, Life Scenes in New York Illustrated (New York : De Witt and Davenport Publishers, 1854).

17 June 1857
Little girl drowned in the creek

Ann M. Hull, Diary of 1857, (Susquehanna County, Pennsylvania), 17 June 1857 entry, privately held by Faulkner-Hull Collection.
Ann M. Hull, Diary of 1857, (Susquehanna County, Pennsylvania), 17 June 1857 entry, privately held by Faulkner-Hull Collection.

“…A little girl drowned today in the crick.”

Ann M. Hull, 17 June 1857

Ann M. Hull, Diary of 1857, (Susquehanna County, Pennsylvania), 19 June 1857 entry, privately held by Faulkner-Hull Collection.
Ann M. Hull, Diary of 1857, (Susquehanna County, Pennsylvania), 19 June 1857 entry, privately held by Faulkner-Hull Collection.

“Pleasant in the A.M. Shower in the P.M. Funeral of the child that was drowned. Could not attend on account of the rain.”

Ann M. Hull, 19 June 1857

No reports of drownings were found in the Montrose newspapers, June 1857–July 1857.7

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Diary Transcription


  1. Rhamanthus Menville Stocker, Centennial History of Susquehanna County, Pennsylvania (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania : R. T. Peck & Co., 1887), p.607-608, Methodist Episcopal Church.
  2. Headstone reads: Mother of / Mrs. M. S. Sherman / Died / Jan. 16, 1857 / Aged 56 yrs. Top: Hannah Eldridge
    Find A Gravememorial 104051454, Hannah Eldridge (1801-1857), Grand Street Cemetery, Susquehanna Depot, Susquehanna County, Pennsylvania; headstone photo by Paul R, memorial created by Paul R (contributor 47317162).
  3. 1850 U.S. census, Harmony Township, Lanesboro, Susquehanna County, Pennsylvania, population schedule, p. 472, dwelling 237, family 252, Hannah Eldridge household.
    – Hannah Eldridge, age 45, born in Germany
    – Lorinda Eldridge, age 26, born in New York
    – Elsie M. Eldridge, age 17, born in Connecticut
    – Previous dwelling: David and Amanda Lyons household, dwelling 236.
  4. Headstone reads: M. S. Sherman / Died / Sept. 1, 1885 / Aged 59 Y’rs, 10 Mo’s / & 4 D’s / – / Elsie M. Eldridge / His Wife / Died / Feb. 21, 1919.
    Find A Gravememorial 72492423, Morris Stephen Sherman (1825-1885), Grand Street Cemetery, Susquehanna Depot, Susquehanna County, Pennsylvania; headstone photo by LeRoy Wilcox, memorial created by by LeRoy Wilcox (contributor 47233138). Also,
    Find A Gravememorial 103972872, Elsie M. Eldridge Sherman (1833-1919), Grand Street Cemetery, Susquehanna Depot, Susquehanna County, Pennsylvania; headstone photo by Paul R, memorial created by Paul R (contributor 47317162). Also, “Mrs. Elsie M. Sherman,” obituary, The Press and Sun-Bulletin (Binghamton, New York), 22 Feb 1919, p. 12, col. 1.
  5. Susquehanna County Court House, Montrose, Pennsylvania, Tax Assessment Record 1857, Harmony Township, Hannah Eldridge and Jerome Eldridge.
  6. Solon Robinson, author, Hot Corn, Life Scenes in New York Illustrated (New York : De Witt and Davenport Publishers, 1854). Also, Wikipedia, “Hot Corn,” (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hot_Corn), 2012), rev. 28 September 2019.
  7. Searches in Montrose Democrat (Montrose, Pennsylvania), 18 June 1857, 25 June 1857, 9 July 1857, 16 July 1857, 23 July 1857, 30 July 1857 and Montrose Independent Republican (Montrose, Pennsylvania), 25 June 1857, 2 July 1857, 9 July 1857, 16 July 1857, 23 July 1857, 30 July 1857.

Citing this page: Kimberli Faulkner Hull, author, “Events in the Ann M. Hull Diary of 1857,” Chasing Light Media, Cool Adventures ( https://cooladventures.com/genealogy/events-in-the-ann-m-hull-diary-of-1857/ : posted 2021).

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