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Ann M. Hull Diary, January 1857 with Transcription

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

January 1–3

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

January, Thursday, 1, 1857

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.

Friday, 2

Feeling quite tired today but am not sick. Received a letter from F. Clark. Called at Mr. N’s in the afternoon. Mary went to meeting in the evening.

People mentioned
F. Clark
Mary Hull Lyons, Ann’s sister
Mr. N.

Saturday, 3

It has been a very stormy day. Have staid at home and rest. Mary has been to singing school.

People mentioned
Mary Hull Lyons, Ann’s sister

January 4–9

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

January, Sunday, 4, 1857

Went to church then to Fannies and then home. Wrote to Lucinda. Mary and Fred went up to A. Lyons in the evening.

People mentioned
Fannie Hull Holdridge, Ann’s sister
Lucinda Tarbell Chase, Ann’s aunt by marriage; Lucinda was the spouse of Minor Chase
Mary Hull Lyons, Ann’s sister
Frederick Denison Lyons, Ann’s brother-in-law.
– A. Lyons, most likely Seth Augustus Lyons. When Ann spoke of a residence, she typically used the male head of household and later, it is believed she referred to Seth Augustus Lyons as “Augustus.”

Monday, 5

It has been a cold day. Have been up to take care of Hattie. Mrs. Lyons called in the afternoon. Ellen and I called at Mr. N.

People mentioned
Hattie Holdrige, Ann’s niece, daughter of Fannie Hull Holdridge
– Mrs. Lyons, most likely Amelia Lyons Lyons, Amanda Smith Lyons or Esther McKune Lyons
– Ellen, most likely Ellen R. Newell
Mr. N.

Tuesday, 6

Had the toothache in the morning. Had one extracted by Dr. Shtets [?] about ten. Did nothing all day.

People mentioned
– Dr. Shtets, possibly Dr Shutts

January, Wednesday, 7, 1857

Helped Mary bake in the forenoon. In the afternoon called at Mr. Newells. Visited at Mr. Nortons in the evening.

People mentioned
Mary Hull Lyons, Ann’s sister
– Mr. Newell, most likely Jacob S. Newell, Almer G. Newell, or Gilbert Newell
Mr. Norton

Thursday, 8

Knit in the forenoon. In the afternoon visited at D. Lyons. In the evening went to hear Mr. Smith preach.

People mentioned
– D. Lyons, most likely David A. Lyons, Fred Lyons’ brother
Mr. Smith, preacher

Friday, 9

It has been a beautiful day. Mrs. Hubbard has spent the day here. I have been to meeting this evening.

People mentioned
– Mrs. Hubbard, most likely Olive Chapman Hubbard, spouse of William Hubbard, mother of Truman

January 10–15

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

January, Saturday, 10, 1857

Went up to Fannies in the morning staid full afternoon & Mary went to singing school and I staid at home.

People mentioned
Fannie Hull Holdridge, Ann’s sister
Mary Hull Lyons, Ann’s sister

Sunday, 11

I have not been to church today. Have been to the Depot to ride this evening.

Monday, 12

It has been a very cold day and I have coughed a great deal. Have worked but little

January, Tuesday, 13, 1857

Have been to take care of Hattie that Frankie might wash Called at A. Lyons in the afternoon

People mentioned
Hattie Holdridge, Ann’s niece
– Frankie, possibly Frank Comfort
– A. Lyons, most likely Seth Augustus Lyons.

Wednesday, 14

Staid at home in the forenoon. In the afternoon visited at Cousin Davids, Mrs. Stam and Miss Nortons were here on the evening

People mentioned
Cousin David
Mrs. Stam
– Miss Norton, most likely Catherine A. Norton

Thursday, 15

My side has pained one very much all day. Frank Comfort visited here in the afternoon. Mary went to Fannies in the evening.

People mentioned
Frank Comfort
Mary Hull Lyons, Ann’s sister

January 16–21

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

January, Friday, 16, 1857

Went up to Harveys in the forenoon. Made me a black collar in the afternoon Knit and read in the evening.

People mentioned
Harvey Holdridge, Ann’s brother-in-law, spouse of Fannie Hull Holdridge

Saturday, 17

It has been very cold all day. I have been at work on one nightdress. Mary has been to singing school this evening.

People mentioned
Mary Hull Lyons, Ann’s sister

Sunday, 18

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

People mentioned

Hattie Holdridge, Ann’s niece
– Mrs. Eldridge, most likely Hannah Eldridge

Event mentioned

Hannah Eldridge burial

January, Monday, 19, 1857

It has been a very stormy day. I have staid in the house and embroidered on Fannies skirt.

People mentioned
Fannie Hull Holdridge, Ann’s sister

Tuesday, 20

Have coughed a great deal today.  The committee met here this evening to see about getting Mrs. L. a shawl.

People mentioned
– Mrs. L.

Wednesday, 21

I have finished Fannies skirt to day. Mrs. Stam visited here in the afternoon. I have not felt very well today.

People mentioned
Fannie Hull Holdridge, Ann’s sister
Mrs. Stam

January 22–27

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

January, Thursday, 22, 1857

Have made me a gingham apron today, put some ruffles on it. Had an ulcer break the evening. Feel very tired.

Friday, 23

It has been very cold today. F. Comfort spent this afternoon with me. C. Norton this evening.

People mentioned
– F. Comfort, most likely Frank Comfort
– C. Norton, possibly Catherine A. Norton

Saturday 24

Have had sore eyes today so that I have done nothing but knit. There is a lonation [?] for Mr. Leech this evening.

People mentioned
Mr. Leech

January, Sunday, 25, 1857

Have been to church today and up to Hardings to eat chicken. A. Lyons and wife spent the evening with us.

People mentioned
The Hardings
– A. Lyons and wife, most likely Seth Augustus Lyons and Esther McKune Lyons

Monday, 26

Mary washed in the [unreadable] in the afternoon then Mrs. Taylors and Miss Davenport visited here.

People mentioned
Mary Hull Lyons, Ann’s sister
– Mrs. Taylor, possibly Phebe Comfort Taylor
Miss Davenport

Tuesday, 27

I have had a pain on my side all day. Have done nothing but fret and scold. Coughed all the evening.

January 28–31

Ann M. Hull, Diary of 1857, (Susquehanna County, Pennsylvania), 28-31 January 1857, privately held by Faulkner-Hull Collection.
Ann M. Hull, Diary for 1857, (Harmony, Susquehanna County, Pennsylvania, 1857), 28 January-2 February 1857 entries; privately held by the Faulkner–Hull Collection.

January, Wednesday, 28, 1857

Started this morning together with F. Comfort for the purpose of soliciting aid in precuring Mrs. Stevens a dress. Mrs. A. Newell visited here in the afternoon.

People mentioned
Frank Comfort
Mrs. Stevens
– Theda A. Hubbard Newell, spouse of Almer G. Newell, sister of Truman Hubbard

Thursday, 29

Have not felt very well through the day. Have made Mary a headdress and knit some.

People mentioned
Mary Hull Lyons, Ann’s sister

Friday, 30

It has been a beautiful day. Visited at L. Lyons in the afternoon. Had company in the evening.

People mentioned
L. Lyons

January, Saturday, 31, 1857

It has been quite a stormy day. Mrs. N. and Mrs. Stam visited here in the afternoon.

People mentioned
Mrs. Stam
– Mrs. N.

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