1901-1908 Handwritten Post Civil War Diary Richburg Allegany New York History For Sale
1901 - 1908
ThisWONDERFUL 112 YEAR OLD handwritten antique diary / journal / manuscript book
was written by a young man whose name was
ALBERT D.LAWRENCEand he lived in
RICHBURG, ALLEGANY COUNTY, NEW YORK.This diary was written by a man who may have fought in the
American Civil War.
With some research, I did find his CIVIL WAR DRAFT REGISTRATION RECORDS.
I didn't verify that he fought in the war, as I didn't have a lot of time to spend on this diary.
I'll include to the winning buyer, a copy of his Draft Registration,
and also a copies of his Census information from 1880 and 1910.
This information will be very helpful to aid in any additional research on Albert.Albert was born on August 14, 1840, and died in 1914.
His parents were Jane (Jessie) & Norman Lawrence,
and he had four siblings:
Andrew ~ Allen ~ Sally J. ~ Carlton L.Albert married Homeria Fransine Brown on January 14, 1873.
They had four children:
Edith Honora ~ Ivan B ~ Carl F ~ Vida A ~ Lena/Lena.
Albert writes of his daughter Lena's marriage in his diary entries!
And sadly, he also writes of the death of Ivan's wife
after having an operation to remove her dead baby from her ...
This is a VERY RARE
New York& American History !!!
I'm always excited when I find an early diary from a small American town,
as these pieces of history are so rare and precious!
Richburgis a small village, so this diary is a rare look into it's early history
as there probably aren't too many diaries from this town that still exist.There are7 1/2years of handwritten entries in this diary,
that is2726 entries !!!
for the years of 1901, 1902, 1903, 1904, 1905, 1906, 1907, and half of 1908.
The diary is large,it measures 6 1/4" x 15".
The entries fill 193 pages (keep in mind how large the pages are!)
So it's like actually getting a collection of 7 1/2 diaries for the price of one!Due to there being so many entries in it,
I didn't have the time to read through it all ...
But I did page through it and took a few excerpts from his entries.
Albert wove a lot of rugs for people in his community, and he writes of this -
I think in all my 25+ years of collecting,
this is the first diary I've had that was written by someone who wove rugs ona loom.
He writes of picking up the rags from his customers, coloring them, and then weaving the rug.
He writes of his daughter getting married,
andof his son going to a Buffalo Bill Show,
and of the boys "drilling".
He writes of people dying from Typhoid Fever,
and of accidents people in his community experienced.
He mentions many deaths & burials,
as well as Fires, polical meetings at school, elections, and voting Prohibition.
In 1905, he writes of the Roosevelt & Fairbanks inauguration,
And this is just the beginning ...
I only looked through it quickly, there is so much more than I've mentioned here.
It's a wonderful slice of Americana!
HERE ARE A FEW EXCERPTS TAKEN FROM ALBERT'S ENTRIES:
" .... Ivan and I at Wellsville, at E.H. Dimmicks, he is sick and I don't think he knew me .... We hear that Walter Rogers is sick with Tifoid Feaver, we heard J. Johnson's horse ran away, broke Mrs Johnsons arm, killed Miss Hines and hurt the children ..... Dark and rainy. D. I. Dodson killed by cars. Had a bottle of whiskey in his pocket, didn't break it ..... Wove some. We hear that Charley Johnson of Nile hung himself ..... Mr. Benjamin got killed last night by trolly car. He was full and laid on track .... Carl is selling Buffalo Times and newspapers. They came on railcars at 12:30 pm, sells about 40 at 1 cent ..... Ivan at Cuba Lake with Friars horse and buggy and girl. Several other couples there. Folks made ice cream .... Wife and Lina at Grant Woodards wifes funeral at Bolivar. She died at Olean hospital, bled to death with an operation .... 33 years ago today we was married. Mother died in her chair suden, heart disease. ___ and wife here to lay her out ..... Carl at Olean at a caravan circus, Ringling Brothers, The Worlds Greatest Shows ..... Fransine at Ivan's last night. The Dr. Hoffman and Dr. Witter took babe from Stella - She died at 8:30 pm. She had spasms from the first Saturday noon, it had been dead 3 or 4 weeks ..... Stella funeral at Brick Church. Elder Sherman preached - large turn out, lots of flowers. The young people gave a piece called gatespar (?), the woodman the harp. Neighbors the broken circle, others a filler & reath and bouquets - Ivan staid here over night. They buried Stella at West Genesee. Carl, Vida went, 15 teams in all ..... Benny Green found a dead man in woods on the ___ farm. He was hung in the crotch of a June berry tree about 6 feet from the ground, had been there since last spring. His name is ___(?), age 23. He left home last April 20, trouble with his wife made him crazy .... Theater burnt in Boyerstown PA. 173 lives lost. An oil lamp was tiped over and a stampeed or excitement caused many ......"
A great piece for anyone interested in researching the people or history of this area!
A few of the names mentioned in the diary include:
D. Millard ~ Lena Vreland ~ Frank Balard ~ Frank Tailer ~ Fred Lewis ~ Goodrich ~ Friar ~ Frank Lawrence ~ Lena Easton ~ Claud Beaumont ~ Dean Richmond ~ Lelia Pierce ~ Charley Decker ~ Frank Baker ~ B. Wightman ~ P. Green ~ Dr. Ayers ~ Lillian Hanchett ~ Emma Weatherbee ~ Hellen Vreeland ~ John Williams ~ J. Finch ~ Charles Bradford ~ John Wakeman ~ Westcott ~ George Jones~ and there are more.
The Cities/ Towns / Villages Located In Allegany County,New YorkAre:
Alfred ~ Allen ~ Alma ~ Almond ~ Amity ~ Andover ~ Angelica ~ Belfast ~ Belmont ~ Birdsall ~
Black Creek ~ Bolivar ~ Burns ~ Canaseraga ~ Caneadea ~ Centerville ~ Cuba ~ Fillmore ~
Friendship ~ Genesee ~ Granger ~ Grove ~ Houghton ~ Hume ~ Independence ~ New Hudson ~
Richburg ~ Rushford ~ Scio ~ Stannards ~ Swain ~ Ward ~ Wellsville ~ West Almond ~ Willing ~ Wirt
Adjacent Counties Are:
Livingston County ~ Steuben County ~ Potter County PA ~ McKean County PA ~
Cattaraugus County ~ Wyoming County
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