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Ann M. Hull Diary, April 1857 with Transcription

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Transcribed by Kimberli Faulkner Hull © Chasing Light Media
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April entries from Ann M. Hull’s 1857 diary are transcribed below the images. Under each entry is a section labeled, People mentioned and/or Events mentioned. The first lists people in the diary entry and, if applicable, their probable/possible identities, with links to a brief profile of the person. Events mentioned link to research for the event.

Citing this page: Kimberli Faulkner Hull, transcriber and compiler, “Ann M. Hull Diary, April 1857 with Transcription,” Chasing Light Media, Cool Adventures 
(https://cooladventures.com/genealogy/ann-m-hull-diary-april-1857/ : published 2021); Ann M. Hull, Diary for 1857, April 1857 entries (Harmony, Susquehanna County, Pennsylvania, 1857); privately held by the Faulkner–Hull Collection.

April 1–3

Ann M. Hull, Diary of 1857, (Susquehanna County, Pennsylvania), 1-3 April 1857, privately held by Faulkner-Hull Collection
Ann M. Hull, Diary for 1857, (Harmony, Susquehanna County, Pennsylvania, 1857), 29 March-3 April 1857 entries; privately held by the Faulkner–Hull Collection.

April, Wednesday, 1, 1857

Felt much better. Visited at A. Lyons in the afternoon. C. Norton was at our house in the evening

People mentioned
– Seth Augustus Lyons
– C. Norton, most likely Catherine A. Norton

Thursday, 2

Worked about the house till two. Received a letter from Harriet and an April Fool one that says April Fool is passed And I am the biggest fool last.

People mentioned
– Harriet

Friday, 3

It has been a beautiful day. I have visited at Mr Comforts. Received a letter from Mother with good news.

People mentioned
– Mr. Comfort
– Lydia Chase Hull, Ann’s mother

April 4–8

Ann M. Hull, Diary of 1857, (Susquehanna County, Pennsylvania), 4-9 April 1857, privately held by Faulkner-Hull Collection
Ann M. Hull, Diary for 1857, (Harmony, Susquehanna County, Pennsylvania, 1857), 4-9 April 1857 entries; privately held by the Faulkner–Hull Collection.

April, Saturday, 4, 1857

Went over to see Mrs. Smith in the morning. Went to see the rafts. Visited at Mr Clarks together with F. Comfort.

People mentioned
– Mrs. Smith
– Mr. Clark
– Frank Comfort

Sunday, 5

The south wind blew very hard but I went to church. C. Norton called in the afternoon. Mr. H. in the evening.

People mentioned
– C. Norton, most likely Catherine A. Norton
– Mr. H.

Monday, 6

Helped Mary and called on Mrs Smith in the forenoon. In the afternoon embroidered

People mentioned
– Mary Hull Lyons, Ann’s sister
– Mrs. Smith

April, Tuesday, 7, 1857

Did not go out. It was very wet and muddy. Finished the skirt to Julia N’s dress.

People mentioned
– Julia Newell

Wednesday, 8

Did not feel very well. Called on Mrs Newell and Mrs Smith in the morning. Company in the evening

People mentioned
– Mrs. Newell, most likely Cynthia Smith Newell
– Mrs. Smith

Thursday, 9

Felt very bad all day Visited at Mr Morensons [?] in the afternoon. Company in the evening

People mentioned
– Mrs Morenson [?]

April 10–15

Ann M. Hull, Diary of 1857, (Susquehanna County, Pennsylvania), 10-15 April 1857, privately held by Faulkner-Hull Collection
Ann M. Hull, Diary for 1857, (Harmony, Susquehanna County, Pennsylvania, 1857), 10-15 April 1857 entries; privately held by the Faulkner–Hull Collection.

April, Friday 10, 1857

Felt better. Finished embroidering the sleeves to Julia’s dress. Mary Norton and J. Eldridge visited at Freds in the afternoon

People mentioned
– Julia Newell
– Mary Norton
– J. Eldridge, most likely Jerome Eldridge
– Fred D. Lyons, Ann’s brother-in-law, spouse of Mary Hull Lyons

Saturday, 11

My stomach pained me quite hard all day. Worked on my bedquilt in the forenoon.

Sunday, 12

Was taken about 4 o’clock with a severe pain in my eyes which grew worse till midnight when they felt easier, so I got some rest

April, Monday, 13, 1857

Helped Mary some in the forenoon. Eyes no better. Charles Lyons wife and Cousin came here in the afternoon

People mentioned 
– Mary Hull Lyons, Ann’s sister
– Prudence, Prudence Smith Lyons, spouse of Dr. Charles T. Lyons
– Mrs. Charles Lyons’ cousin

Tuesday, 14

Staid at Freds alone all day. Mrs Lyons and Smith with Mary went to Davids visiting. Eyes felt very bad. Truman went and got me some spectacles.

People mentioned
– Fred D. Lyons, Ann’s brother-in-law, spouse of Mary Hull Lyons
– Mrs. Lyons, most likely Amelia Lyons Lyons, Amanda Smith Lyons or Esther McKune Lyons
– Mrs. Smith
– Mary Hull Lyons, Ann’s sister
– Cousin David
– Truman M. Hubbard

Wednesday, 15

Snow squalls all day. I staid in house all day. Eyes better – ½ past 7 P.M. commenced coughing. 1 hour called Dr. Crazy most all night. Mrs Comfort, Frank and Truman watched

People mentioned
– Mrs. Comfort
– Frank Comfort
– Truman M. Hubbard

April 16–21

Ann M. Hull, Diary of 1857, (Susquehanna County, Pennsylvania), 16-21 April 1857, privately held by Faulkner-Hull Collection
Ann M. Hull, Diary for 1857, (Harmony, Susquehanna County, Pennsylvania, 1857), 16-21 April 1857 entries; privately held by the Faulkner–Hull Collection.

April, Thursday, 16, 1857

Wednesday night she was taken coughing on [?] till she [?] them she was [?] most all night. Mrs A Lyons, Fred, [?] and [?] T. M. H.
[Entry appears to have been written by someone else; not Ann]

People mentioned
– Amanda Smith Lyons
– Fred D. Lyons
– Truman M. Hubbard

Friday, 17

She was more quiet this morning. She was quite comfortable through the day. Mrs Sparks and Truman watched.
[Entry appears to have been written by someone else; not Ann]

People mentioned
– Mrs. Sparks
– Truman M. Hubbard

Saturday, 18

She rested very well last night. She was quite comfortable through the day but was very much filled up at night. Thought she about blew to the [?] last night.
[on side] Mrs. C, Frank, and Truman watched
[Entry appears to have been written by someone else; not Ann]

People mentioned
– Mrs. C, most likely Mrs. Comfort
– Frank Comfort
– Truman M. Hubbard

April, Sunday, 19, 1857

She is a little better this morning. Went to sleep and they could not wake her. I [?] and came and woke her. Mrs. Purdie and T. M. H. watched.
[Entry appears to have been written by someone else; not Ann]

People mentioned
– Ann Purdie
– Truman M. Hubbard

Monday, 20

She rested very well last nights but got to sleep in the morning [?] not wake her sent for T. he woke her had two [?] fits did not think she’d live
[on side] Mrs. Lyons, Fred and [?] watched
[Entry appears to have been written by someone else; not Ann]

People mentioned
– T., Truman M. Hubbard
– Mrs. Lyons, most likely Amelia Lyons Lyons, Amanda Smith Lyons or Esther McKune Lyons
– Fred D. Lyons, Ann’s brother-in-law

Tuesday, 21

Did not rest very well the first part of the night very well later part of the night. Mrs. Amelia Lyons and Truman watched.
[Entry appears to have been written by someone else; not Ann]

People mentioned
– Amelia Lyons Lyons
– Truman M. Hubbard

April 22–27

Ann M. Hull, Diary of 1857, (Susquehanna County, Pennsylvania), 22-27 April 1857, privately held by Faulkner-Hull Collection
Ann M. Hull, Diary for 1857, (Harmony, Susquehanna County, Pennsylvania, 1857), 22-27 April 1857 entries; privately held by the Faulkner–Hull Collection.

April, Wednesday, 22, 1857

Felt much better so I could talk and laugh as loud as ever. Was taken in the evening with a pain in my back and limbs. Mrs. Stam, Fred and Truman watched.

People mentioned
– Mrs. Stam
– Fred D. Lyons
– Truman M. Hubbard

Thursday, 23

Quite comfortable through the day. Got very tired in the evening. Frank C. and T. Hubbard watched

People mentioned
– Frank Comfort
– Truman M. Hubbard

Friday, 24

Fred took me in his arms and laid me in the cradle that I might have my food made Continued quite comfortable till I went to sleep and they hurt my side waking me. Fred, Mary and Truman watched.

People mentioned
– Fred D. Lyons
– Mary Hull Lyons
– Truman M. Hubbard

April, Saturday, 25, 1857

Better all day. Sarah Lyons and Rachel Van Volkenburg watched with me. Did not sleep much till twelve.

People mentioned
– Sarah Lyons
– Rachel Van Volkenburg

Sunday, 26

Felt quite comfortable through the day, sat up about an hour in the morning. Mr. A Lyons and wife watched. Truman got up at three.

People mentioned
– Seth Augustus Lyons
– Esther McKune Lyons

Monday, 27

Better. Read some in course of the day. Fred and Truman watched.

People mentioned
– Fred D. Lyons
– Truman M. Hubbard

April 28–30

Ann M. Hull, Diary of 1857, (Susquehanna County, Pennsylvania), 28-30 April 1857, privately held by Faulkner-Hull Collection
Ann M. Hull, Diary for 1857, (Harmony, Susquehanna County, Pennsylvania, 1857), 28 April-3 May 1857 entries; privately held by the Faulkner–Hull Collection.

April, Tuesday, 28, 1857

Have been writing some today. Sat up 1 ¼ hour. Mary slept with me and took care of me.

People mentioned
– Mary Hull Lyons

Wednesday, 29

Felt quite smart in the forenoon, worse in P.M. Mrs. J. Taylor watched with me

People mentioned
– Phebe Comfort Taylor

Thursday, 30

Better but very sore and lame. Truman and Frederick watched with me.

People mentioned
– Fred D. Lyons
– Truman M. Hubbard

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