Friday, September 2, 2011

September 1901 Entries in the Diary of James Moore, Lakewood District of Ellsworth, Maine



Diary of farmer 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 September 1901.   

Other posts contain entries for:


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!







Transcript of the September 1901 section of the diary:


Sunday, Ellsworth, September 1.  Whitmore Garland and family has gone out to the sand beach to Ridge Pond where the Valentines is.

Sep. 6.  Scott Moore and I got the horse he had of John R. Moore up to our house.  Lorenda and Garland went down to the Ellsworth Falls and got Ellen Boynton.  She come home from New Gloucester and her baby Laura Boynton.  Laura Boynton was three years old the 9th of Sep.  

Sep. 10.  The Moores Reunion was held to Maddocks Beach today, the first reunion.  Laura and I and Ellen Boynton and baby was there.  Frederick Frazier and family, William Graves and wife and grandson.  One hundred 26 people.  I had a letter from out Montana from Alfonso Frazier.  He sent us a Indian arrow head that he found, one the Indian used to have to kill buffalo and pale faces.

September 14.  President McKinley died at 2 o’clock this morning at Buffalo, New York from two bullets fired into his body Friday afternoon.  By Leon Czolgosz, September 7, 1901.

Ellsworth, Me.  September 14, 1901.  We lost one of or cows.  She was sick about one week.  I knocked her in the head.  Wellington Moore commenced to saw up 12 cord of wood for Scott Moore on the new road.  He is to have seven dollars for the job.

Sep. 17.  Scott Moore hauled his first load of wood to Charles Hawes to Ellsworth Falls today.

Sep. 19.  Pres. McKinley was buried today.

Sep. 19.  Scott Moore and Whitmore Garland went up to George Warren in Otis and got them a pig.  Gave two dollars apiece.

Ellsworth, Sunday, Sep 22, 1901.  A boy was borned to Scott and Vesta Moore today, and his name is Gary T. Moore.  Ada Garland came up here.  Scott Moore carried Ada Galand home tonight and got James Garland’s horse to put with his to haul wood.

Tuesday, 24.  Commenced digging potatoes.

Wednesday, 25.  Whitmore Garland and I went to Amherst to the fair today.

Saturday, Sep. 28.  Whitmore Garland got his 2 months old bull calf from New Gloucester and gave 20 dollars for him.

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