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Ann M. Hull Diary, December 1857 and Additional Entries with Transcription

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Transcribed by Kimberli Faulkner Hull © Chasing Light Media
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December 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, December 1857 with Transcription,” Chasing Light Media, Cool Adventures 
(https://cooladventures.com/genealogy/ann-m-hull-diary-december-1857/ : published 2021); Ann M. Hull, Diary for 1857, December 1857 entries (Harmony, Susquehanna County, Pennsylvania, 1857); privately held by the Faulkner–Hull Collection.

December 1–5

Ann M. Hull, Diary of 1857, (Susquehanna County, Pennsylvania), 1-5 December 1857, privately held by Faulkner-Hull Collection
Ann M. Hull, Diary for 1857, (Harmony, Susquehanna County, Pennsylvania, 1857), 30 November-5 December 1857 entries; privately held by the Faulkner–Hull Collection.

December, Tuesday, 1

Worked on my scarf. Mrs Benedict and Mrs Lyons visited at Harveys. I was quite sick that night

People mentioned
– Mrs. Benedict, most likely Anise White Benedict
– Mrs. Lyons, most likely Amelia Lyons Lyons, Amanda Smith Lyons or Esther McKune Lyons
– Harvey Holdridge, Ann’s brother-in-law

Wednesday, 2

Felt better. Truman carried my down to Freds. There was a sewing party at Mrs Munsons. Was not able to go. Had a letter from Lute.

People mentioned
– Truman M. Hubbard
– Fred D. Lyons, Ann’s brother-in-law
– Mrs. Munson
– Lucy “Lute” Hull Hall

December, Thursday, 3, 1857

Rode up to Mr H in the morning, stopped at J. Taylors and spent the day. Staid at Harveys that night

People mentioned
– Mr. H
– J. Taylor, most likely Jacob Taylor or Martin Jones Taylor
– Harvey Holdridge, Ann’s brother-in-law

Friday, 4

Felt quite smart in the forenoon. Had the headache in the afternoon

Saturday, 5

Went down to Freds in the morning Finished my scarf with Fannies help

People mentioned
– Fred D. Lyons, Ann’s brother-in-law
– Fannie Hull Holdridge, Ann’s sister

December 6–11

Ann M. Hull, Diary of 1857, (Susquehanna County, Pennsylvania), 6-11 December 1857, privately held by Faulkner-Hull Collection
Ann M. Hull, Diary for 1857, (Harmony, Susquehanna County, Pennsylvania, 1857), 6-11 December 1857 entries; privately held by the Faulkner–Hull Collection.

December, Sunday, 6, 1857

Went to church Staid to communion Was very tired. Trumans cabin was burnt in the evening and everything in it

People mentioned
– Truman M. Hubbard

Event mentioned
– Truman Hubbard’s cabin burned down

Monday, 7

Felt some better through the day. Right side pains me almost beyond endurance. Truman has got another cabin rained

People mentioned
– Truman M. Hubbard

Tuesday, 8

Felt very bad. Did not sit up but little

December, Wednesday, 9, 1857

Some better. Sat up about half of the time Read a little. Mrs Purdie spent the evening here

People mentioned
– Ann Purdie

Thursday, 10

Side does not pain me but little this forenoon Sat up most of the time Frank Comfort was here in the evening

People mentioned
– Frank Comfort

Friday, 11

Better. Rained some Received a letter from Minor with five dollars.

People mentioned
– Minor Chase

December 12–17

Ann M. Hull, Diary of 1857, (Susquehanna County, Pennsylvania), 12-17 December 1857, privately held by Faulkner-Hull Collection
Ann M. Hull, Diary for 1857, (Harmony, Susquehanna County, Pennsylvania, 1857), 12-17 December 1857 entries; privately held by the Faulkner–Hull Collection.

December, Saturday, 12, 1857

Felt quite smart

Sunday, 13

Did not attend church Fred and Mary went down to Dr Smiths Harvey and Fannie went to Jones Taylors

People mentioned
– Fred D. Lyons, Ann’s brother-in-law
– Mary Hull Lyons, Ann’s sister
– Dr. Smith
– Harvey Holdridge, Ann’s brother-in-law
– Fannie Hull Holdridge, Ann’s sister
– Martin Jones Taylor

Monday, 14

Worked on Mrs Lyons drawer bottoms and knit some

People mentioned
– Esther McKune Lyons

December, Tuesday, 15, 1857

Worked on my embroidery in the forenoon. In the afternoon we to Mr Munsons to a sewing party

People mentioned
– Mr. Munson

Wednesday, 16

Fred went to the Depot all day Mary went to Jones Taylors to a quilting. Went to a meeting in the evening. Frank Comfort staid with me

People mentioned
– Mary Hull Lyons, Ann’s sister
– Martin Jones Taylor
– Frank Comfort

Thursday, 17

Fred went to meeting had company to dinner Truman had the teethache all day.

People mentioned
– Fred D. Lyons, Ann’s brother-in-law
– Truman M. Hubbard

December 18–23

Ann M. Hull, Diary of 1857, (Susquehanna County, Pennsylvania), 18-23 December 1857, privately held by Faulkner-Hull Collection
Ann M. Hull, Diary for 1857, (Harmony, Susquehanna County, Pennsylvania, 1857), 18-23 December 1857 entries; privately held by the Faulkner–Hull Collection.

December, Friday, 18, 1857

Ellen came here last night and staid all day

People mentioned
– Ellen, possibly Ellen Newell Hubbard

Saturday, 19

Went over to Mr Purdies and spent the day

People mentioned
– William Purdie

Sunday, 20

Went to Universalist church Rode up and back

December, Monday, 21, 1857

Finished Esther drawers and helped Mary some Truman had this tooth extracted.

People mentioned
Esther McKune Lyons
– Mary Hull Lyons
– Truman M. Hubbard

Tuesday, 22

Knit on Maria’s stockings Dr Crandall called to see me Mrs Norton and Mrs Brige spent the morning here

People mentioned
– Marie Augustus Lyons, daughter of Joel and Sarah Hubbard Lyons
– Dr. Crandall
– Mrs. Norton
– Mrs Brige

Wednesday, 23

Did nothing but knit Finished Maria stockings

People mentioned
– Marie Augustus Lyons, daughter of Joel and Sarah Hubbard Lyons

December 24–29

Ann M. Hull, Diary of 1857, (Susquehanna County, Pennsylvania), 24-29 December 1857, privately held by Faulkner-Hull Collection
Ann M. Hull, Diary for 1857, (Harmony, Susquehanna County, Pennsylvania, 1857), 24-29 December 1857 entries; privately held by the Faulkner–Hull Collection.

December, Thursday, 24, 1857

Made Fannie a lining collar

People mentioned
– Fannie Hull Holdridge, Ann’s sister

Friday, 25

Made some calls Mary & Fannie with Mrs Taylors help quilted Hattie a quilt. I sent Velomy a pair of shell stockings. She gave me a [bova?]

People mentioned
– Mary Hull Lyons, Ann’s sister
– Fannie Hull Holdridge, Ann’s sister
– Mrs. Taylor, most likely Phebe Comfort Taylor or Hannah Newman Taylor
– Hattie Holdridge, Ann’s niece
– Velomy

Saturday, 26

Cold and stormy. Did not feel very well Knit on my shell stockings Mary wet to the singing school

People mentioned
– Mary Hull Lyons, Ann’s sister

December, Sunday, 27, 1857

Mary went to church. It was pleasant but cold I did not feel very well.

People mentioned
– Mary Hull Lyons, Ann’s sister

Monday, 28

Went over to Mr C’s and staid a little while

People mentioned
– Mr. C, most likely Mr. Comfort

Tuesday, 29

Felt almost sick

December 30–31

Ann M. Hull, Diary of 1857, (Susquehanna County, Pennsylvania), 30-31 December 1857, privately held by Faulkner-Hull Collection
Ann M. Hull, Diary for 1857, (Harmony, Susquehanna County, Pennsylvania, 1857), 30-31 December 1857 entries; privately held by the Faulkner–Hull Collection.

December, Wednesday, 30, 1857

Did not feel any better Was choked up very much. Hard work to breathe

Thursday, 31

Felt a little better Had a beautiful work box for a New Years Present

Memoranda

Aunt Jane Chapin

People mentioned
– Aunt Jane Chapin

Pages in back of diary: 1-6 January 1858

Ann M. Hull, Diary of 1857, (Susquehanna County, Pennsylvania), 1-6 Jan 1858, privately held by Faulkner-Hull Collection
Ann M. Hull, Diary for 1857, (Harmony, Susquehanna County, Pennsylvania, 1857), memoranda entries; privately held by the Faulkner–Hull Collection.

Memoranda

Christmas Day
Very pleasant

26th
Snowy and Blustering most part of the day

27th
Quite pleasant but very cold

28th
Quite pleasant

29th
Snowy all ay but very pleasant in the evening

30th
Cloudy damp & snowy

31st
Warm to rainy in the AM. Cool in the evening

Memoranda

Jan 1st 1858
Pleasant till M. Weather very changeable in the PM.

2nd
Cool but pleasant

3rd
Beautiful day

4th
Pleasant

5th
Warm cloudy

6th

Pages in back of diary: Recipes

Ann M. Hull, Diary of 1857, (Susquehanna County, Pennsylvania), Sponge Cake recipe in back, privately held by Faulkner-Hull Collection
Ann M. Hull, Diary for 1857, (Harmony, Susquehanna County, Pennsylvania, 1857), recipe entries; privately held by the Faulkner–Hull Collection.

Memoranda

Sponge Cake

1 cup sugar, 1 cup flour
3 eggs, 1 tea spoonful cream tartar
½ teaspoonful saleratus dissolved in tablespoon sweet milk

Soda Biscuit

4 cups flower 2 tea-spoonful cream tartar butter size of hens egg both to be rull[?] in the flour
1 tea-spoonful saleratus dissolved
Mix with milk or cold water

Cup Cake

4 eggs 2 cups sugar 1 cup butter
2/3 cup mile 1 teaspoon saleratus dissolved in the milk

1/2 [?] 1 cup chopped raisins

Loaf Cake

2 cups sugar 1 of butter
2 of flour and 4 eggs
1/2 cup of sour milk 1 tea saleratus

Frosting

The whites of two eggs beat till you can turn the plate bottom upwards and sifted loaf sugar or crushed stirred till it is hick 1 tea spoonful powdered starch with lemon juice or vinegar

Jelly Cake

1 cup flour 1 cup white sugar 3 eggs 1 tea spoon cream tartar ½ teaspoon soda dissolved in a great spoonful of boiling water. Soda put in jelly before baking

Pages in back of diary: “Cure for Dysentery”

Ann M. Hull, Diary of 1857, (Susquehanna County, Pennsylvania), Cure of Dysentery in back of diary, privately held by Faulkner-Hull Collection
Ann M. Hull, Diary for 1857, (Harmony, Susquehanna County, Pennsylvania, 1857), dysentery cure entry; privately held by the Faulkner–Hull Collection.

Memoranda

Cure for Dysentery

Coarse Indian Meal burned and made like coffee. To be drank three times a day or more

Back page of diary: Birthdays

Ann M. Hull, Diary of 1857, (Susquehanna County, Pennsylvania), Births in back of diary, privately held by Faulkner-Hull Collection
Ann M. Hull, Diary for 1857, (Harmony, Susquehanna County, Pennsylvania, 1857), births, back page; privately held by the Faulkner–Hull Collection.

Hattie E. Holdridge
Born April 22nd 1855

Frank N. Hull
Born Nov 3rd 1857

People mentioned
– Hattie E. Holdridge
– Frank N. Hull

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