Monday, April 4, 2011

April 1901 entries in diary of James Moore, Lakewood area of Ellsworth, Maine

Diary of James Moore of the Lakewood area of Ellsworth, Maine.  He kept his diary very intermittently until 1901 when he became more conscientious about keeping it up.  If you look closely at the above image of the front cover, you will see his name, twice.

This post contains the entries James Moore made for April 1901.   Other posts contain entries for:
 May 1901
June 1901
July 1901
August 1901

From online research, hopefully correct:
James Moore was born 30 May 1837 in Maine, the son of Gary Townsend Moore and wife Miriam (Garland) Moore. His paternal grandparents were John, Jr. and Polly (Townsend) Moore. His maternal grandparents were Josiah and Sarah "Sally" (Swett) Garland.
On 21 August 1858 he married Laura Ann Garland, who was born 5 February 1838, at Ellsworth, Maine, the daughter of Leonard Jarvis Garland and wife Azuba A. "Zuby" (Moore) Garland. Her paternal grandparents were Josiah and Sarah "Sally" (Swett) Garland. Her maternal grandparents were Edward and Elizabeth B. "Betsey" (Maddocks) Moore.
James and Laura A. (Garland) Moore had four children that I could find, perhaps more. They and their children were:
  • John R. Moore, born 29 May 1959; m. Lois Anna Boynton; children: Lettie B. Moore; Howard G. Moore; Cecil E. Moore; Wesley Moore; Philip Moore
  • Winfield Scott Moore, born 12 May 1862; m. Vesta Estella Garland; children: Nora Nettie Moore; Gary Townsend Moore
  • Ellen Elvira Moore, born 11 March 1866; m. Francis Jeremiah Boynton; children: Leon; Lillian; Minnie; Laura; Rosamund
  • Lorenda Ann Moore, born 23 September 1872; m. George Whitmore "Whit" Garland; children: Ambrose Winfield Garland; Viola May Garland; Mansell Rowe Garland; Delmar Alton Garland; Fannie Irene Garland; Mercy Beryl Garland; David Philander Garland; Betsey Garland
James Moore died 27 March 1903, an event that a reader of the diary knows, sadly, is coming. His wife Laura Ann (Garland) Moore died 22 May 1921.
The diary described above was found with four other diaries that were kept by James' daughter-in-law Vesta Estella (Garland) Moore.

For more information on the Moore and Garland families, see the page for James and Laura A. (Garland) Moore at the Maine and Maritime Canada Genealogy network.

If you have any corrections, additions or insights regarding the information provided here, please leave a comment or contact me directly. Thanks!


March 31, 1901  I went down to John R. Moore’s today and carried him some pain celery compound [I think he is referring to Paine's Celery Compound, an elixir from Vermont.].  He has got a bad cold.

April 2, 1901  Whitmore Garland had a sawing bee today sawing firewood.  Laura A. Moore went up and rode part way back with George Garland and Aunt Betsey in a wagon and got in a snow drift and broke his trace chain and Laura walked home.

April 3.  Scott Moore and I finished yarding cord wood down to the new road this forenoon.  Nothing but rocks, mud and water.  We have got 40 cords of wood on the new road.  Letty Moore stopped to our house last night and she and Nora been [? carrying, carousing?] this forenoon.  Nora has gone down with Lettie to stay tonight.

April 4, 1901.  Rainy day.  Scott put the horse in the wagon and went down to John R. Moore’s to get Nora Moore.  The first time we have used the wagon this spring.

April 5.  Rainy day.  Water real high.  I took the [boat? bow?] away from the house.

April 6.  Scott Moore went down with both horses and cart and got 4 bags of grain and brought me up and read letter testament.  Nora Moore went down to the Chapel this evening, Easter concert, and I went down to Simon Garland’s with the lantern and waited for her.  Frank Wilber and wife was there. I stopped there till they come up.  Simon Garland took his lantern and went to the Chapel.

Sunday, April 7, 1901. John R. Moore carried Letty Moore down to Ellsworth High School. His reins broke while crossing Brimmer Bridge and come near drowned his horse, and Alben Carlisle and others helped him out and they carried Letty ashore.  Narrow escape for them.  The hand of God was with them.

Monday, April 8.  Mary Garland commenced teaching school in District #1 today.

Tuesday, April 9, 1901.  Water very high.  One end of Brimmer Bridge is raised up 8”.  They got it steady with ropes.  No teams been cross it.

Wednesday, April 10.  The water was as high on Union River within 3 inches as it was in May the first, 1887, fourteen years ago.
Thursday, April 11.  Scott and I been cutting firewood in the Abner Frazier [Weston or western] field.

Friday, April 12.  Scott Moore been down to Lizzy Frost this afternoon sawing wood for her.  Been a crew of ten men there.
Saturday April 13.  Scott Moore been down town brought his horse up to Alben Carlisle and Alben set him acrost the river in a boat and he walked down town and carried his butter.

Sunday April 14.  I went down to John R. Moore’s.  Whitmore Garland and wife and [?] gone down to his father’s this afternoon. The rest of the children is to our house.  Mrs. Jellison of Mariaville was drowned today, crossing Union River at Jordan Bridge in Mariaville.  She and 3 others was in a boat.  It was high water and they could not cross on the bridge.  [I believe the unfortunate woman was Florence (Oakes) Jellison, wife of Eugene.  Her father was Daniel Oakes.]

Monday, April 29. Scott Moore and I sowed 8 [?] of peas today, the first farming we have done.

Tuesday, April 30.  Mary A. Garland went to Bangor to have her eyes seen to.

A map of Ellsworth, Maine; look for the area around Graham Lake:

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