1804

January 1st 1804 Wind E. & begun to Snow & rain about 6 OC. Soon got to rain without Snow & had a wet day Molly at Meeting I a littl[e] while at Yerkus s Spent not aReading the history of England George

Jany. 2nd 1804 Wind S W & fine day to be shure very pleasant at Rees puting hand Rails up &c

3 Wind N E & Rainey Morn of[f] to Mothers to kill hogs So wet put it off, after at work at Rees, Quit about noon Raining

4 Wind N W & fine morn but blue up before noon & froze very hard before night at Mothers helpt to kill 9 fine hogs, Dun by Dinner 2 OC perhaps home and at Rees Prices

5th Wind N W & prety Cold at Rees all day at work at Stairs Cut the first myter of hand Rail too Short Distresst me much but Glud it & made it doo as well as If it had not happened–

6th Wind N W & fine day at Rees at work Jont. Jones their Came with him to Yerkus s & spent 11d. Seen Nice, one of Yerkus s Assignees, Showd him the artical of agreeament between Yerkus & Phillip a team he sold Phillip assinees [assignees] took it So Spent 1/4 day

7th Wind S W & a lovely day Dilbury [Disbury] & Felix moveing dung from barn door I helping part of day & at Rees s Atkenson Came for his Stair Case plain home & Dined with me he off & I at dung.

8th Wind N E & very wet day, Cold, at Meeting being first day afternoon at Yerkus mug beer 11d so home & Read history of England, the begining french war in America 1755 &c &c


January 9th 1804 Wind N E & Raind & Some hail till noon then wind to West & two or 3 snow showers at Rees s work at stairs Glude up the Rails & begun to put the Bannesters up Eat Dinner at Rees Prices Paid the old Painter 9s- for putt[ing] in Rees s Dormant Glass[e]s 2d per Light 54 Lights Like for Cold Star Light & is awindy Could [cold] night

10th. Wind N W & very high & Cold froze hard at Rees Price awhile work none, up to Jarvis’s to Get him Goo to town tomorrow back & over at turnpike See how they Come on with the well, bad Diging, blue one blast to day did much back & Calld to See Mother’s Stayd till near 9 OC–

11th Wind N W & high & Cold Dam froze hard the third time this winter, Schuylkill froze over at bridge & very full of Ice at Righters, Jarvis & I in town, Loaded Rees Price’s wagon 1100 feet boards [for] his new house, this Load makes 5000 perhaps 2 or 3 hundred feet boards besides as many nearly I Sawd for the 3 floors, I Bought 51/2 lb Tobacco 7s 111/2 & 2 Chisels & 2 plow Irons 4s5- fish 1s101/2, Spe[c]tacles 7s6 the first I Ever Bout. my Sight fails much at night but Must Exspect it turnd of 50 years 2 doz Glass 15s–Horse &c 3s– at Elliots, he has had alight Fitt of Polsey I am very [2 words obscured]


Jany. 11th 1804

Clever honest man, keep Tavern Several years in 4 st. Cross keys, I allways put up their, ferry 8 Cents pike 6 Cents Jarvis & me, paid Joe Evans 3 Dollars for work, Gave Molley 15 Dollars, got 57 Dolrs 68 Cents of Drake for Rent & [backward dollar sign] 17..32 Cents yet due for Last Quarter Rent due 1st Jany Spent 111/4 at Olivers where Sarah Dyer useed [used] to Live, & 1s101/2 at Yerkus So home about 8 OC [interlined:”1 D. 90 for Bords for Tobias’s Cupboard”]

12th Wind N W More Moderate fine day at Rees’s in Morn no work,[interlined:”Tom to Linsey to fullers”] then over at pike, Some Little appearance of water about 35 feet deep home to Dinner about 3 O’Clock, from thence at and about home

13th. Wind N W. & over Cast Snowd about 1/2 Inc[h] this Morn but Cleard off about noon fine Yerkus & I over turn pike, Got fine Spring water in the new well End of kitchen one John Drakes work’s it well from thence at Kuglars treated with 1 M Beer thence to Warners meet Henderson Elliot R Roberts & Severall their Spent 1s101/2 So home & sup or Drank tea with Yerkus So home work till noon at R. Prices home to Dinner, John Evans begun work for first time this week, we have Got the Bannesters most all up

14- Wind N W halld wood & at pike to Look at well they Coming on prety well water Strong afternoon at Yerkus Spent not & about home Snowd, in Evening from South

15th Wind N W. Snow not 1/2 I. deep fine to trac[k] Rabits, set of[f] for See Torbert on pike near 16 Milestone, Drank Coffee Spent 4s5 Starn along Yerkus’s horse


January 16th 1804 Wind Sout[h] white frost prety Sharp at Rees’s in Morn, then to pike they at work at well meet Jones Dine’d with him he down with me at Morris’s he pd his poor tax, he Drank Some Whiskey with me, at Yerkus’s Stayd & Drank tea their, he treated us with Gin &c &c Spent 111/4 home about 8 OC a Great dispute between J. Jones & Jarvis which was the Best Latten Scholar–

17th Wind S E & begun about 7 OC this Morn to Rain Very hard Till about 12 OC wind N W Raind no more 2 or 3 Shower of Snow Disbury & Washer tharsh’d [thrashed] about 8 Doz Rye, had 4 Bushels I help to Clean it at Rees mornin[g] & afternoon Work none, Starn at front doorsash, blue up hard & Cold freezing hard

18th Wind N W & very windy, blue a herrican & very Cold, at Rees Price’s back to Dinner then at Drakes, no well digers their too Cold went off back at Mothers, their heard of Joseph Davis’s wife’s death, She was a roades [Rhoades], I at their weding at Streaper or Yerkus 1 pint beer 51/2 So home wind fell But will fre[e]ze hard [interlined: “Disbury & Felix finished tharshing my Rye”]

19th Wind S.E & over Cast, then seem to brake of[f] & got warmer Disbury & Felix Cleand my Rye 11 B then Cuting wood, begun to Snow & keep at it till night 21/2 Deep Yerkus 3 teams halling Ice, perhaps 6 I thick


January 20th 1804 when it Comes Wind N.W & very Cold, Disbury helping Yerkus to hall Ice I am to pay him I off about 8 OC to Jos Davis’s wife burial, She was a Rhoades, I was at their Weding about 22 years ago, She has not had a Child this 7 years Viz her youngest 7 years old, She now was deliverd of a Son & she Livd but 3 days after She was 44 years old, a remarkable Circumstance, She Should [interlined;”be pregnant or Be fruitfull”] so old Buried at Spring feild had a good Sermon by Eli Yarnal, Dine’d at Joseph’s house, Lewis Davis Jos. Father alive in his 88[th year] & his wife 86 years, She Stout and about but he is took to his bead [bed] this few weeks home about dark

21st Wind N.W. Cold day at Rees till noon then meet the Society 8 Members Meet Spent not any thing at Society 51/2d after


January 22nd 1804 Wind N E & over Cast & all the appearance of snow being first day at home only at Morris’s alittle while, begun to Snow about Sunset very Cold & blue much Snowd very fast before bed time Reading history England about the french war in america in 1755.&–

23rd Wind N by E & Snowing very much Till near noon then seen the sun after Wind N. & Snowd all the afternoon Cleard after night, the snow in woods they say about 1 feet 3 I. but very drifted in the Clear feilds very Cold Starn & Evans at work at Rees s I & Moses their aWhile but work none for them Whet a Wood saw &c &c–

24. Wind N. fine Clear day Snow tho Melted or thawd but very little over at Drakes & fetch’d my slay runers home & halld 2 Little Jags of wood home put the Slay together, at Rees awhile at Yerkus Tobias Hoffman Gave me 4 partridge I treated him Glass Toddy 111/4


January 25th 1804 Wind N W and very sharp morning & very pleasant day, Disbury & Felix Cut 3 hickory trees bare 1/2 day, I Got Rees Price’s Oxen & widow’s sledge & halld 3 Load of wood all they Cut Except 2 Logs, Evening Titus Yerkus put his horses in my slay & we went to Lainhoofs Lane, Stop to See old Molley Streaper (so Calld) Bout. mug beer 111/4 & 51/2 for Cakes, Lent the Slay to Price’s boys; not been at the new house to Day, so Ended this day; & hope I went not much astray But spent it in a Reasonable way (Except the slay)

26th Wind N. & Sharp mor[n]ing white frost at the new Building awhile then over to Dam, Drake Sett 2 men to Quarry Stone for well, it so froze Could not make any out agreed with them to meet tomorrow & wall the Stone we have Got as far as they will goo, and at same [time] I was to Look out for more, Drake here in a great Passion, because I turn’d the men off we bouth Got prety high but Calmd down & made up after Titus Yerkes & Wife I and Do.[ditto] & George an[d] Ann in slay up to Bill Streapers Stopt not only Bout 51/2 worth of Cakes at old Molleys Turne pike Gate 7 Cents had Bulley rock my Large Gray horse first time he went very brave– Eclips the moon


January 27th.1803 [1804] Wind N & Sharp morn white frost Breakfasted & over to Drakes, She Drake’s wife affronted the well digers & they Gone before I got their, I of[f] to Isaac Roberts Quarry & Got Liberty to hall 20 perch of Stone for well at Jont Walters he Says he hall tomorrow so home to Dinner a painter by the name of Weaver Glassing 2 Cirkeler Sash for turnpike at the Grove– [JP is now calling the former William Penn the “Grove”.] afternoon at the new Building, Saml Star[n] [took] my horse to town to Get a Cornish plain for frontispeice Heard of the Death of Lewis Davis, Mothers Brother to be buried first day 29th he is or was in his 88[th] year; Bout 6 pains of Glass 10 by 12 Cost 75 Cents– two 1/2 Jills Gin 111/4d So we goo not at new house to day–

28th Wind N E & Snowd alittle but begun to rain about 6 OC after I Got up & sleated & froze on the trees, but Come so heavy before noon that It Could not all frees, made bad Gooing a very remarkable wet day till about 3 O’C– then begun to break & Cleard off & blue much, at Yerkus & the new house awhile


January 29th 1804 Wind N W & b[l]ue hard & froze, but not bare a horse where the water was deep, Set off about 9 OC- to Uncle Lewis Davis’s burial, Got their before he was Screwd up, stay meeting at Springfeild Eli Yarnal preached much & very Great back & Dine’d at the funeral house, of[f] Stop at Bittles to Jos Walter, Spent 111/4 So home about Dark, perhaps 40 slay at Burial

30th Wind N W. & very fine in Morn but Cloudy about noon & Snow Sharp from West afternight Cleard of[f] & frozed prety hard at Jont Walters, he Lent his horse so hall no stone

31 Wind S W & Large whitefrost, over at Jont. Walters he halld 5 Loads for well Roberts Stone, one Load quarried by pike Company Rest Phelix & Disbury dug, home to Dinner at Yerkes’s 1 qt Whis 1s6 & somthing before total 3s9 at new Building Spent 51/2 with Wagoner John [Wagoner] Overseer of poor

Feby. 1st Wind S.W. & a very fine day Like Spring if the snow had not been on the Ground Got the Widows horses shod & put them in slay I took her & 2 boys Mary & our 2 Childern to Uncle Cochrons in slay it has run away much to day slaying most dun they have had aGreat time for slaying & the the [repeated] people have made Great use of it home about dark


February 2nd 1804 Wind S & Got W before noon it was droping of[f] the house in Morn when I Got up, amost butifull day Jont. Walter hall’d 10 Loads of Stone for well at the Grove out of Isaac Roberts Quarry Felix & I dug & help to Load them Got no Dinner nor drink till about sun set Felix Came home with me & Got Dinner I in my shirt sleavs with them Rold up all day, very pleasant, Great wood halling to town Oake 8 Dolrs per Cord hickery 10 to 11 Dolrs. McDormants boys & Girls here in slay, must be bad I think

3rd Wind S.W. & fine day, halld a Small Load of hay from tanyard to barn, then went to Meeting John Torbert & Wife here before meeting She public freind, She Gave a good Lecter & two other woman freinds Spoke after at Mothers Some of them their Jos Hoskins their went with him to Buck Spent 51/2 at Curwens Sup their thence at Torrence to Get him make a pump– Spent 51/2, so home about 11 O’Clock-

4th Wind at Rees at the Build[ing], back to Dinner not doing Much, Sp[l]it[t]ing wood Evening at Rees’s again Spent 1s41/2 so home to tea frozeing prety hard


February 5th 1804 wind N W & Sharp whitefrost froze hard but fine day. of[f] about 8 OC. Calld on Jont. Jones & went to John Sellers Burial from his Late farm in Darby we went to Darby & drank a glass Ginn Sling back & dined at Jont Jones then him & I went to Judg Jones he been Layd up with the Gout, So home about 9 OClock atnight, it has been a fatal time with old people, Ellen Jones perhaps near 80 year Old Mordica Morgan near 90 Lewis Davis in his 88 year John Seller 76

6 Wind N W & fine day at and about home till noon Geting post for fence Tobias Huffman Came to make them afternoon Meet McClenechan at Yerkus, then up to schoolhouse, I Got alittle Gay, & affronted Brison, very much distresst at Such Conduct, & hope through the Lord[‘s] Mercy to Repent & Reform. Spent 1s101/2

7th Wind S W & avery fine day felix & Disbury Cuting wood I halling with Morris’s Sled yesterday was the first time the sheep went from the barn to Look for Grass Since the 22nd of Last month; the Snow Run of[f] Much to day the Sledging Gone, at Morris with the sled Old Young Morris & Jarvis Rode over on the Ice at Righters ferry, Sam [Jarvis] back they to Frankford


February 8th 1804 Wind. S by East over Cast but warm day at Rees new house framing a slate for Ned Walter, & so pottereing about– heard one of Schoolars [scholars] Swear much to day, at Yerkus Esqr Young Gave me an order on Saml. Evans for 35 Drs He high key I spent not so home– begun to rain about Dark rain all night I Beleive tho Easy

9th Wind E. but soon N. & seem to Clear but before Noon Snowd very fast from N.W. & Several Showers afternoon, Got Cold & begun to freeze beforenight at Rees s new house then at dam put anew Gate in, pot pye for Dinner then Geard up the Cart & halld 2 Loads of hay from the yard (tan) it blue a herrican almost had to Lay Rails in the barrack to prevent it blowing away Felix helpt me hall one Load. Isaac Price Got poney.

10th Wind N W & froze very hard & Cold day Disbury & Felix at flax I at Rees Prices makeing a tongue for his Light Wagon their at Dinner home before night


February 11th 1804 Wind N W. Sharp Morn tho fine day Settled with Samuel Starn for 81 days work at Rees Prices at 5s6 per day and one Dollar I was to Give him on acct. of first day diete, or Else he Stud out for 5s71/2 per So I Gaind but 35 Cents by his takeing 5s6 Got 30 Dollars of Rees & the Rest I made up, Sent Tommy With his [Starn’s] Tools to Righter ferry, they Cross’d over the Ice but it is Gone along Shore, & Say it brok[e] up about Spring Mill been a smart fresh afternoon at Mothers Drakes with a Circluer Sash for Gable End, after at Jont Jones with apair of Gloves he Lent Me he Came home about 7 OC– Ann & Martha two Maden sisters very Clever Martha Scenable [sensible] & very Gracefull very agreeable quite fond of her She’s Instructing & has keep or visited the best Familys,– Franklin’s Genr Washington’s &c– Ann is a woman of Business very Clever, home about 10 [O]Clock Drank tea with them, Jont. Gentleman


February 12th 1804 Wind S W & a very fine day being first day at home all day herad [heard] the Blue bird Chirping very Lively this Morning, Sundry people here, one qt.Whiskey 1s6 So my money goo.

13th Wind N E froze prety hard, our Court begins To day, very fine day at Drakes put in a Cirkeler sash in the Gable End at pike & one in hall home to Dinner up at Yerkus’s Jarvis their he sd General St Clear their, Said he staid all night I Shock [shook] my head aludeing not so Got in a great Rage wy [why] dount [don’t] you tell me I Lye, Said I heard he went to Dans his sons but I Lay you a Bottle wine, he was not their he then Calm’d down and it was Over I back fed & Read, & So, most Like Spring Robins about plenty Disbury & Felix Drest 14 lb Flax Felix broke James [Disbury] Swingle’d

14th. Wind N W soon after I Got up, tho smokey or foggy when I first Rose, two or 3 Snow showers from W & Got Cold & froze hard towards night at Rees Price’s finished puting in a toung [tongue] in his Light wagon Eat Dinner their so home & at Mothers, She gave me an almanack Made in the year 1721 Father was born old Jarmin 1721 [Old Style Calendar]


February 15th 1804 Wind N.E. & very Cold, froze very hard, tho fine day in the Sun, at Rees put one saddle under one door & Cut the washboards for garret, winding stairs, home to Dinner David Roberts at the new building & made me Call at Yerkus & treated me to Mug bear & I spent one Mug So home, agreed with one weaver [Weaver] to paint Rees Price’s house for 40 Dollars David Roberts gooing to build a barn & kitchen at the turnpike the place he Bout & wants me to buy saw his Scantlings; I much deprest for want of Money to pay 8 Dollars I Borr. of Polley Yerkus, & have agood Deal owing to me, If I Could Get it but poor Dunner, a Certain Diffidence about me that is wrong, for Every man ought to have his own, & the Labourer is worth his hire–

16th Wind S by W prety fine day mending plow plain & afternoon at McClenechans he 8 or 10 hands & Moses along Shingling his Lower Mill Moses broke a new hansaw of mine, then up to Saml. Evans with an order of L Youngs for 35 D he not at home met Saml. Jarvis at the Mill he went along at Torrence’s he Treated to 3 G– So home about Dark Invited to Lowrey Wisters funeral in town tomorrow


Feby 17th 1804 Wind E & begun to rain about day & Raind very Smart till noon Got my horse & Self ready to Go to Burial of Wister a sister of Jonat Jones’s the first of Owen Jones Childern that has died I heard them say he had 10 Childern & Raisd them all, the youngest I dare say is not under 45 yrs I suppose it was 60 yrs. that had not a funeral out of the family. Edw. Jones a brother wasthe first Old Bachelor & Owen himself in 93 I think with the fever, his widow in 1801 I Beleive But it Raind soo I did not goo, at sawmill to Clear the Ice, & at David Roberts So back

18 Wind W & White frost & very fine day at Saw Mill till noon Got it to Goo the first time since fall Late at Drakes so back to Dinner & Meet the Society Spent 51/2 Got the 10th history of England & So home, & Read till prety Late—

19th Wind S W & a fine day at Meeting afternoon at Yerkus awhile with Jarvis, then back & Reading the history of England, the Ice drove out at ferry the Morning of the 18th without any damage to peers or wings, tho it has been Long waisting, If it had went off with a Suden thaw, I think it would Give their wing walls a trial


Feby 20th 1804 Wind S W & fine day at Sawmill till noon Cleaning Race & other repairs home to Dinner about 3 OC Jont Jones Spent the afternoon I walk to Ree Drakes they walling the well at Mothers stayd till 9 OC

21 Wind N & Large white frost, went with R Lewis Simon Lutzenburg & others afox hunting Beat the Bush from Righters ferry to Matson and never put one up Spent 11d at McConkeys & 111/4d at Widow Warners so home–

22 Wind N E & fine forenoon Over Cast & not so fine; at the Mill & Sawd one Log for Rees Price, afternoon Saml. Evans here Looking & Stateing his Duplicate he was Colector for 1801 & has never Settled it he is about 50 Dollars back & Got 88 to Colect too Easey to be Colector at Yerkus’s with Saml. Evans no Stay, not froze at 9 OC-

23rd Wind N.E & blue very Cold & froze very hard, begun to Snow about 8 OClock at Rees Prices, puting wash board Garret Stairs home to Dinner then back to Rees’s Spent 51/2 half Glass Gin, Snow hard at night

24th Wind N W high & Cold Snow Drifted much, I suppose 5 or 6 Inches deep black Ewe Got 2 Lams, Rattleneck 2 a week or more Bell Ewe 2 but one Died not very well Caut Cold, with Disbury at the widows to make a bargain to farm her place


February 25th 1804 Wind N W & very Cold Day high wind Custered the fuller Brought home our Linsey Molley paid him 19s2 for it the Boys & I Split & Sawd up all the wood we had at home for Burning Felix helpt to Clean the big Stable not been Cleand this Winter I dare say 4 or 5 Cart Loads in it at Yerkus’s Spent 51/2 heard that Jacob Zell Badly hurt with the Wagon Gooing over him & Lays at the Tavern by the 2nd Gate–

26th Wind N W Clear & a Cold day thawd alittle in Sun, being first day at Meeting one Balding preached I used to know him he was superintendant on the pike road, afternoon Yerkus & I went to see Jacob Zell, he badly hurt his Ribs broke & Breast & face Much hurt, but I beleive he will Get up at Least I have hopes Spent Mug Beer 11d their & 2 pints at Yerkus s one before I went & the other when I came back, a Number of people to See him home to tee [tea] so so–


February 27th 1804 Wind about W. & Clear Morn appears as If it would be Somthing warmer it was afine day at the Mill & at Drakes they have done walling the Well, at David Roberts and at flag tavern 5 Mile Gate to See Jacob Zell he Rather Better so home to Dinner after at Rees Price’s at work a Little Spent 1 Pint Beer home & Read till 9 OC so bed

28 Wind N E & very Cold Snowd first then Raind & Cleard up with Snow Shower about 9 O’C at night at Rees at panneling a door Viz flat pannel Except it is Raise about 1/8 of Inch without a beed, old fashion Reviv’d Jacob Zell [Long] here & stayd till 9 OC- he has Got under way & Makeing Money by farming, he sold 400 Dollars worth of hogs 20 fat, & Got the Cash in hand, but he kept them till February

29 Wind N by W & avery fine day was yesterday Interduced’d to General St Clair by Saml Jarvis, he Quite an Old man very Goutty been a Great Soldier tho Counted unfortunat Jarvis Married his daughter tho they have Parted Some time he avery Triffeling young man, a most Detestable Lyer, which has Rendered So Odious that Every body Ridecule. & despise’s him, tho he dose not want for abilitys & has had fine Edication—


Feby. 29th 1804 Wind N W fine day tho Cold in the shade Sent for Poney horse from Rees Price’s he had a month or more & put in Cart & halld 3 Loads of wood & two Loads of hay from yard Felix Cut 2 Chesnut trees & I help to saw off for Rails

March the 1st Wind N E. at Rees Price’s at work till noon Dined their Snowd all day. & some Rain Roads Soft, afternoon up to John Bares & pick’d out 4 Chusnut [chestnut] trees on Janes Prices Land to Make abarrack, it Snowd very fast & hung to trees much, home about Dark Call not a Lit at no place till Returnd Got 10 Dollars of Rees Price & Gave them to the painter Weaver, that’s painting new house in presence of Moses James Viz Rees Prices new house after night hail & Rain & Got Cold

2nd- Wind N & had snowd 8 or 9 Inches deep & keep at till near noon Wind N W & Cleard off very Cold & Drove the Snow much, the old Black Ewe 2 black Lambs, Spent 1s101/2 with B Tunis, made a rowler for hand towall &c &c at new house


March 3rd. 1804 Wind N W & very Cold indeed high wind, Spent 51/2 at Yerkus, afternoon took Ann George & Janes two Sons and went to Joe Walters & Thomas’s Store in slay, 1 Gallon Molasses 7s- Sheose [shoes] for John 4s6, 4 lb Sugar 4s- Reasons [raisins] pins &c 2s61/2 the Lains very full hardly get along & the Snow drove amost anouff to Scear one, Some Low places woul[d] brake through, Cold night

4th Wind N W very Cold day with Snow Showers from W. being first day afternoon at Jacob Morris’s awhile Horatio here In Evening two Wagons was on the pike near my house on turnpike the wagon run over one of the Drivers a Lad about 17 & Kill him dead before the other Came up he Drove, for one Hover in Lancaster County I used to know His team, Come to Enoch Jones for the Coffin–

5th Wind about S W & Moderated alittle tho over Cast– yet keep up Sett of[f] to see the man that was killd & Spent 11d. I did not know him, attend to the funeral only 7 of us buryed him at our Strangers yard. Afternoon meet at School house Spent 2s4 so home


March 6th 1804 Wind N & Clear till noon & thawd over to see them Carry Jacob Zell home he hurt with a wagon above a week agoo & Layd at 5 Mile Tavern they Carryed him on a litter by men, Calld at Jont Jones he went along & seen him home then up buck Jones along Spent 51/2 then of[f] to John Horns to See Gravel about his old mare Calld at Cochrons Got dinner & some Cider 2 years this fall Coming he a fine generous harty old man in his 80 year, tho as Lively on foot as aboy So home before night freezing hard

7th Wind N Still & Cold hard frost this Morn Titus Bias Tunis & J Thomas to town in my Slay hand Drag broke & Lost the Soleing of one of the runers I at Rees Price’s till noon then at Drakes & Finance’s he Got White & one drakes [one of Drake’s men] Diging well on Holland Lot at pike home by Titus’s he presst me to Sup with them (Spen[t] 1s41/2) on fish

8th Wind N & hard frost Like for falling Wether Last Evening but Cleard off this Morn & Raw air at Rees awhile then Back and Geard the horses to hall wood, Leanhoff and McClenechan here to Get


March 8th 1804

me Meet on a Matter in dispute between Leanhoff & Bare his Tenant Mac & I at Morris’s & of then Back & Set off to Lanehoff, but Bare would not Come their adjournd to widow Warners, & their they Meet, heard the Parties and gave Orders for Bare to pay [backward dollar sign] 13.42 Cents, and he had not been a poor man & Some reasons we had to eleive that Lanhoff did not Intend to Charge him for many things we Should a brought Bare 40 Dolr in debpt [debt]. Got supper & we paid ourselves 1s101/2 apeice, they [the] parties pd for 3 mugs beer Left about 10 O Clock. Snowd fr[om] W as I Came home, It thawd more to day than it has done this 2 weeks

9th Wind N.W. & over Cast froze but Light Last night, Geard up Blind mare & off & Got 10 B. Rye of our old Thommy & took it Mill so home to Dinner afternoon


March 9th 1804

after Jos Price Hoskins & I at George Coulter to Look at Cow Morris has their, then at Paul Jones s, to Look at Cow Cloverseed 11 D 50 Jos Hoskins along the Sheep went from Barn to Look for Grass been hard on them above 2 weeks Since they have went from barn, thawd agood Much to Day

10th Wind N W a fine day & Snow run Much the feilds begin to Look prety Bare, Makeing a fead troff, till noon then of[f] to widow Savages vandue one Cow sold for I think 8L 12s- not very near Calfing & Old, very bad Riding, home Little after sunset Spent 51/2

11th Wind N & White frost Got over Cast very soon & Spit alit[t]le Snow about but held up from any of Concequence Bill Gravel here about his old Mare with him to See If the widow would Buy or keep her, She agreed to keep her a week I Back to Dinner, afternoon at Yerkus’s Finance their spent 1s41/2 with him & others & write Some Advertisements township meeting


11th 1804

Moon Change’s to Day perhaps better wether a Ewe we Calld Rattlekneck that had two Lambs perhaps a month Old Got on the Bottom of a barrack that Lay about 2 feet from ground with a little hay on, and She fell in & ketch her kneck on a rail that went the reverst way & She Jamb in & Could not tetch Ground & found her Dead this Morn, I pluck the wool off & undertook to feed the Lambs, this being first day– at Yerkes Spent 1s41/2 with Finance &c home to Tea Jacob Latch now Consta.[ble] here till 10 O’C. to Get me write adverts. for the Townsh to Elect new ones &c

12th Wind W. & avery fine day the Snow almost Gone of[f] the feilds, but the Lains prety full yet, over to Saw Mill, But Hugh Torrence Came to Make a top tree for my pump So home & Cut a tree & halld home & sawd none 1 Qutwhis 1s41/2 help him till night Bill Tunis here Tayloring–


March 13th 1804 Wind N E and had Snowd alittle in the night & then raind till near 12 OClock & wind Got N about to South & then near W. has not blue from the S this many weeks all North or Chi[e]fly So, it has been observd by many that had Everseen so much North Wind, Got to work in the afternoon at the pump & Got it board [bored] through with 1 auger & one bitt B. Tunis here Still One of the unfortunite Lambs died Last night old Stiffneck’s Lamb died to day and I fear Shee will not Survive it Long, Bought a Cow of Jacob Morris with a Calf & but 3 tits & had to Give 20 Dollars Cows very high

14th Wind N W & prety Cold a great Shower of Round Snow from W. Lasted 10 or 12 Minutes Got the pump finished & put it [omission] & it works Brave, at the Mill & put on alog for D. Roberts & sawd it into 3 by 5 home to Dinner & not back

15th Wind N W & Clear & Cold froze hard L[ast] N[ight] Torrance Moses & self over & Cut 2 trees to make a pump at Drakes Penns Grove Drake’s man & Oxen halld them I home Dinner. Jos Walter here Came Yesterday Spent the afternoon with him [in margin:”mug beer 111/4″]


March 16th 1804 Wind N & very Sharp Morn & hard frost this Morn But a fine day, at the Mill Sawd aporpler [poplar] 20 f[eet] L[ong] for David Roberts for his new kitchen Joists 280 feet did not Come home to Dinner at D R. a day an hour or 2 Spent 5 1/2 mug bear 111/4 Torrence & Moses make[ing] a pump at pike, my old mill most done

17th Wind N W & hard frost prety fine day at the mill awhile, up to the pike and help to put the pum[p] in 35 feet Deep & 6 feet above makes 41 f. & 4 feet water home to Dinner Torrence along, then to town Meeting to Elect Constables Overseers highway & Settlers, Yerkes & John Horn Roads men, Lainhoff & J. Thomas Const[ables] Algn Roberts Wm. Hagy G. McClenechan & Self Settlers Spent 111/4 mug bear so went the day–

18th Wind N W. hard frost & windy Cold day being first day Set off to see Zell MacClenechan along he in a dangerous way from the accident of the wagon Runing over him, Spent 11d. at Warners & Dinner at Kuglars &c 2s9. So home–

19th Wind N W & very hard frost, of[f] to Mill & Sawd 4 Cuts then home to dinner, & up to widow Warners, an arbratation [arbitration] between Fiss & Bare Holgate & John Fres they both behaved well but the parties bad, but they retired & we agreed Spent oats & Gin & Supper 2s71/2 So home about 10 OC- the parties paid 2s4 apeice


March 20th 1804 Wind N & hard frost Still over to Mill heard a peevee [peewee] at Dam & Seen one at Mill 4 Days agoo but no Chirping, the old Mill most Dun Over, home to Dinner, then at Rees Price’s Cut out some work for Moses, made a hander [handle] for spade & Spent 111/4d With Morris, help to feed & so Ended this day not quite in play–

21st. Wind S. & over Cast in part at the Mill Sawd but 5 Cuts today, home Dinner then back to Mill & turnd the water over the Meadow, & up to Drakes about the well Torrance finished the pump & it works very well 36 feet besides the [omission] to which makes it about 42 so home at Yerkes to See Tunis want him to Repair my Mill, Spent 9d So home meet with Hagy & others their– Great Curiosity to be Seen in town a Whale their that was taken Last week on Ready Island, it is 38 feet Long, Hagy Says it is assertied that the man has taken from 500 to 1000 Dollars per day, perhaps their their never was one at Phila before and I dare say their never was taken at Ready Island before & perhaps never will again [in margin:”Frogs Crying the only day Like Spring this Season”]


March the 22nd 1804 Wind S.W. in for[e] part, at Rees Price Cuting out pannels and Seting Tom to Make pins I home to Dinner, Then off to John Bares Vandue & to See Jacob Zell he rather Better, Calld at Warners Spent 111/4 John Thomas bought Lutzenbergs Covering horse 250 Dollars, Great heap to Venter on a horse, So home, after or About dark– wind N W a little rain blue prety high & got Cold

23rd. Wind about norW over Cast & part very fine afterbreakfast at the Mill and Sawd 9 Joists 375 & home before night no Dinner. I Som what Destresst, being agood deal in Debt, and in no way to make much and seems as If I Could not goo to work by day at my trade in my old days, therefore Seems to be agreat dificulty to know what to do, & Like to have a Large Family, Yerkus & Tunis finished the Powder Mill or Least Set 14 Stamper to Go. they in high Glee, Titus made me Sup with them, Coffee & a good beef Stake Frogs very Lively to day, Mosus & Tom at Rees’s to day Spent pint Beer 5 1/2 So home Direct.– Somt[h]ing I Cannot Compryhend this of Dreams, I dreamt night before Last, that the widow Fisher used to Live with Jont Paskel, when I work their in 1774 & I have not Seen her since 75 or 76 I think & dare Say She has been dead 20 years, & thought Some person told me She was Coming in, & She Came up & spoke to me I ask her If it was her or her Daughter Fanny She Said it was the widow then we Imbraced Each other & burst out in tears I weept so that it woke me, much Pesterd with other dreams that night, thought I was at Joshua As[h]bridges & Distincly Counted 13 horses he had


March the 24th 1804 Wind N. W and Rather Colder than pleasant at Yerkus’s 1/2 Glass Gin 51/2d, then off [to] the Mill & put on alarge log for D. Roberts and Sawd 5 Cuts then home to Dinner, and Meet the Society at Yerkes’s 7 Members attended, had a Conferance with afew of them about taxing the Young Men Road tax the first time we attemp[t]ed it, tax was Double the County, which makes the Young men Come high, I & some of them are for taking one half and I think the[y] will Generally agree to it, Spent 2 Cents, took out 11 Vo. history of England, So home,– agust of Wind & Smart Shower of Snow from W. about 9 Oc- at night

25th Wind N W and large white frost, & Some Snow along the house wall, very Clear & butiful day, at Meeting, afternoon at Yerkes spent Bear 51/2 Yerkus & I at Jont Jones till 8 OC- at night then back Pint Bear, 51/2 So home fine day-

26 Wind S W & fine day, Great appearance of Dry Moon & Sun Red & round, Meet Jos Walker from Jersey, has Iron wo[r]ks: Rifpen [?] [blot] but Cleaver Bias here at fence, Marks at Mill, Jane Prices son Rees very Ill, I off for Doct Vanleer found him at Andrew Linsey, he gave me so much some Medicen & promis me to Come next day but he did not appear


March 27th 1804 Wind N.E. and whitefrost, Smokee you would think it was going to rain, but Look up & sun appeard Red & Round appearance of Drouth Bias at fence, Marks all day at [blot] work at Mill Spliceing the Carriage Got man at work afternoon, Jont Walter killd the Calf Bout. of Morris weighed 17 lb per Quarter I at mill helping David Roberts halld 3 Logs two 18 f Long for boards for garden fence & one 10 f L. for Finance’s Curb for Well he has been Diging, I helping them at mill

28th Wind N E & Raind from Soon in Morn till about noon tho not much at the mill & finished, Tunis Came As we finished, home to Dinner, then puting up fence about the Orchard &c

29th. Wind N E fine day, held up off to Mill put alog on Left Tom to saw I back to Get more rails & post for Bias to Come up to Barn Evening Lightening and rain afternight

30. Wind N E & Raw, unpleasant thundered prety hard in Night & raind prety much, over Cast till night with Several Showers from N. Got to N W & blue up in night ver[y] hard, this is what they Church [people who are not Friends] Call good friday, but is [it] has been a bad one, disagreeabl[e] one


March the 31st (or Last) 1804 Wind N W & very high, blue up a Walnut tree in Orchard below the barn, Cold, froze Ground & Ice plenty, wore my Suttoot [surtout] to the Mill Sawing boards for my Garden fence, & Mosse [Moses] hewing Joists for Drakes well, Tobias threw a ditch from yard Gate to barn under a four Rail Ceder fence (the post young Chesnut Except 2 white oaks & 2, old Chestnuts that was Sleepers in Ice house 5 or 6 years [)], he did it from 5 OC- Evening by 12 to day, I was to Give him 7s6 for I thought it would take him 2 days, home to Dinner Tommy & I halld the Last of the hay from tanyd. a very small Jag indeed, it has held out well, for I was much Sceard it was Such a tite winter I thought It would been gone Long agoo, the Corse hay; over to Mill & then to Jont. Walters & Mosus, Drank tea their, & Carried home a hive of bees that he has Gave my wife on Shares, Sat up prety Late makeing a Calculation of ahouse that the freinds are agooing to build on alot Dickenson Gave to the Meeting & So– End my pilgrimage for this Day–

April fool day & wind N. & hard frost Eggs for breakfast of Course at Meeting old Parish preach a good Much for us so the vul so to Dinner all quiet; at Rees Price’s he Laid up with gar say a boyl on back of his neck Drank tea with .


April 2nd 1804 Wind N & froze prety hard Raw unpleasant day at Jont Jones, Boarding his Garden planted 42 Post & boarded near 3 sd. Dined & supt their Stopt at widows Walter Amos pd 12 D. Cash on Acct of Rent & so home about 10 OC

3rd Wind N to N W at the Mill Whet the saw put a loggon then off to Jones & nearly finished the garden, home at night Disbury movd to Mothers to farm for them on the 1/3 [for 1/3 share]

4th Wind E & over Cast at Rees Prices in Morn then at Mill sawd till noon, then of[f] to ferry to Look boards & Lath for Rees Price pike 3 Cents Reasons [raisins] 51/2 Raind prety Smart from about 4 OC. till I Got home,

5th Wind, N.W. at the Mill Sawing Boards for Garden fence Tom along, I Cut down a Chesnut tree for Posts home to Dinner B Tunis along with me to Mill & Layd out a rowler for Rees Price 2 [feet] 11/4 [inches] Diamiter Treated him to 2 Glasses of toddy 1s101/2 so So, home & Cut Straw & feed the Creators kecth’d [ketch’d] 2 Shad Morris Says he had one tho they caut 12 the 28 I think it of March, Got so Cold & froze so that they Caut none till night of the 4th

6th Wind E & begun to rain about 6 O’C- and raind very hard till about 2 OClock then Broke allittle but did not Clear of[f] at Mother[s] She unwell, I to the Mill, sawd 10 Boards D R halld me 2 Logs


April 7th. 1804 Wind N W & prety Cool, of[f] to the Mill about day & finishd the Log had on yesterday & put another 10 foot one [on], Moses & Tommy Come, Moses hewing a roller for R Price & Tom Sawing & I home to Breakfast & then of[f] with Alley Roberts to H. Torrance’s to Settle the Overseers acct of the Roads & poor acct J Taylor & Titus Yerkes, Road men & J. Morris & J. Wagoner poor men Settled (Dined their. hole acct for Expences 50s-[)] & Call at J. Jones, home about 9 OC So Spent 51/2– very Poor no Cash–

8th. Wind N W & prety fine day at Saml Gibson Sister Mary in avery Delerious State yet tho More Calm then She has been Spent 51/2d at the Orangtree home about Dark being first day

9th Wind. N W & prety fine day tho Cold at the Mill Sawing & Making a Cirb [curb] for Finances well & halling Joice & plank for Drakes well,

10th Wind W & fine day at Drakes Laying floor at the Well, home to Dinner then at Mill

11th. Wind N E & raind a little at the Mill sawing & planted 3 Lombardy poplar trees at Drakes Paul Jones their to Dun me for 200 Dollars Dog [set dog on] Rhudolph Sibley hogs She [Mrs. Jones] Came & mob me a great much & Told me pay them what I owd them, I much Deprest at Sundry Little debts, & not in my Power to pay them It is almost more than my mind can bare


April 12th 1804– Wind N.W. & high & Cold Set off for town, to See If I Could Get 30 Dol Owen Jones Owd me, but Could not find him Got 100 Dollar Note Chainged at bank of N America into Smaller notes Bout. pair Shoes for Ann 4s21/2, pink Root 111/4 Oil 111/4 vial 4d Spent 1s8 oats &c. 11 lb Nails for Garden 7s6 home by Gibson one Bushel flaxseed 7s6, ferry 4d so home with a heavy Low Spirret–

13th Wind N W Still at Rees Price in Morn Moses at Work I at Mill seting tommey to sawing posts for garden a Crucked [crooked] Chesnut I Got out of the Sawmill meadow, home by Mothers Eat Som their then home & Eat or finished Dinner then to Jont Jones to hang a garden gate Stayd their till 8 Oc- at night so home

14th Wind W. & the warmest day this Spring of[f] about Sun rise with Tommy Price to Get boards & Lath I to Look for Owen Jones, he ows me about 30 Dr Could not find him, so Loaded & set of[f] for home 2 Cents for ferriage, & 111/4 at Yerkes for Gin & 3 Cents for Gingerbread, the hole to day 9000 Lath & 3000 before & 105 Lath nails & 45 lb nails before Still poor for Cash & Low in Spirrets– 5000 Lath after Viz 17000 Lath

15th Wind W & very fine warm day being first day meeting while at R Price’s he been very ill with a boil on his back; back to Dinner the Dugel Cock fought with the Turkey Cock & blinded him so we Eat him to Dinner– McClenechan here at Yerkus Spent 1s101/2 [in margin: “Drank tea with him at Morris’s”]


April 16th 1804 Wind W & a butifull warm day nature begins to Look Gay, peachtrees begin to Blossom old Paul Jones Says he Could See but one this morning out & by night he supposes their was 1000, Solomon & Tommy planting Cherry trees, 3 Enoculated ones from barn to Gate & 14 or 15 from barn to Meadow I at Rees Price’s till near noon making a box to Make Morter 3 plasterers their & willey Moor begun to Make [mortar] Titus Yerkus Lent me 30 Dollars in half Eagles, I had 95 Do I Got of Drake 4 or 5 months agoo, I paid Paul Jones 3 years Intrest Viz 24 Dollars Cash & 12 Dollars for Scantling & Likewise 76 Dollars, part principal of a 200 Dol Bond he had against me Drank tea their Junior Paul’s wife in Straw as the Vulgar Say, 1/2 Glass Gin 51/2 1 qt whis 1s6 So Go I, the oney fly Tho much Distresst am I. this day Settled with Enoch Jones and he fell 25L 0s4d in my debt, 50L Rent for this place & 3L for Shop Last & 6L this year & 60 Dollars for my old mare, but he work me up in hay & some other way so that’s the hole he agrees to pay, without I try some other way Which I Cannot doo without I sue And that I am Shure I never shall doo


April 17th 1804 W. N.W & Rather Cold alittle rain from W. at Rees Price’s 3 plaster[er]s & boy their I their of[f] and on all day, put in Shelves Dresser &c old Solomon, Cut down a pine tree growd at the Corner of Garden. the top blue off 3 or 4 Years, it was a hansom tree before it Lost its top, it was planted for their was none of the kind about here, but I have no knowledg how Long agoo, it is near 2 feet over, ketch the Widows hogs in my Meadow, Gave some of them a Doging (with my Good dog Lion) and Sent them home, Disbury my poney horse plowing in Matsons Meadow

18 Wind N & Disagreeable too Cool tho fine in mid day, at Rees’s before breakfast, back & at Mill whet the saw, Sent curb up for Finance’s well & Jont Walter halld 3 Loads for boards, & Chesnut posts near 50 out one tree for the Garden fence put my young mare in Wagon the first time behavd prety well, Evening at Rees Prices

19th Wind N & plenty White frost fine day, help to plant posts back side Garden With Jont Jones to See Rees Price he Got better Spent. 51/2 with him at Yerkes’s afternoon at the mill Sawd near 4 Cuts 20 f Long home Stopt at Mothers Got Drink Spirrett water & some pye& Chees so–


April 20th 1804 Wind N white frost, boarding Garden nex[t] to house & made a windless [windlass] for Finances Well took over, & 7 Common Cherry trees Cerren [currant] Gossbury [gooseberry] & Rasbury bushes to Drakes, planted 4 or 5 Buttonwood trees one had a rute the others without at Drakes been out of the Ground Eversince the 16th at Mill put a log on so home-

21st Wind E. & over Cast finished the Garden Gate & Righted up the fence Round the yd. & rest of garden Dined on aboild Shad, not so Good then at Alley Roberts for papers Concerning Sheets Relative to Robeson place he bout Alley up with me & Meet the Society– 5 Members present, very Cold Smart rain from East, & a Great rain all night H.Torrence here wanting Money for makeing pump at Drakes here & top one here I Spent not Drank alittle Gin at Society Exspence, So home Hard rain, been very Dry some time high wind–

22nd Wind in Morn S. all day not been thir [there] so Long this 5 Months I think. N.E to N W broke of[f] Sun Shind before ten OC– with Morris to Schuylkill a great fresh broke up their fishing Cabbin over the banks & great Quantity of Rails trees &c driveing back & took a Drink with Morris So home Spent 51/2 at Yerkes Grass & trees Show Chearful to Day a light Shower about 5 OC. & Smart one after dark with Lightening


April 23rd 1804 Wind N. prety fine day not well sick headake about house, Jont Jones here took Ride with him to Schuylkill & spent aGlass Gin with him at Yerkus’s afternoon, at Mill, so back by Mothers Ballance wheel broke Down

24th Wind N.W. & Rather Cool whent [went] over to Jos Walters Store Bout 2 yd. Cloth 10 Dollars Buttens 11/2 Dozen 6s9- Silk 1s101/2 Sleave Linnen & silk 2s51/2 apair Sheos [shoes] 7s6 at Lobbs Eat Dinner their he promised to Come to Morrow & mend the Mill afternoon at home–

25th Wind N E & Rain at Rees s Driving hooks for Glasses &c– about house till noon over to Drake’s to Look for money but Got none Drove the sheep home & Stop at Mothers Drank a little Gin so home

26th Wind N W & fine day at work at Mill Lobb helping. turnd from Double Gear to Single as it was at first 1 qt Whis 1s6 So

27th Wind N W. of[f] soon at Rees’s back to breakfast, then of[f] to Mill & Got it to Go again it appears to Go very Slow but take’s much Less water & goo Strong, afternoon Holgate Runing Yerkus s Lot, and 2 acres for Sister Jane & Rebecca, he Run it over on me further than Ever it was before

28th Wind N.W & Rather Cool to be pleasant Disbury plowing with the Widows horses for me in Meadow geard up Bulley & Poney & plow them all Day or till we finished the first time he was tryd


April 29th 1804 Wind S W two or 3 Light Showers before noon with thunder to W, I at Rhudolph Sibleys the Elder, he very Ill Will dye Alley Roberts their Making his Will but they Left it too Late I think he did know me, I think he is dying or Cant Live but a few hours, he made his Mark & we witness it So home at Rees Price Eat & Drink their & so home, then with Morris to Jacob Latch he pd. him on Judgment against Saml. Jarvis 21L 9s9d So home Got Prety Cool, this being first day

30th Wind W fine day at Rees Morn Sanders their Turning Trimers I helping to fix the Centers, John Wilson here I sup with him, then back to Rees’s again, then of[f] at the request of Saml Evans to his house, Concerning Some Dispute between him & one hunt a Constibill [constable] that Lives in town they his wife had paid the Money & they had Gone or I would been his bail, I home by Youngs he not at home, Stopt to See Willson he very Sick, home spent 111/4Evening at Wilsons again Yerkus along back


May the 1st 1804 Wind W. at the Mill put Log on then back & paid Solomon 33s- for work Splitin posts &c. Evening up to Wilsons alittle Shower from W. & blue up Cool Sat up with Wilson all night,

2nd Wind N W & very Cool home by Rees Got 12 Battens of Straw, took alittle Sleep, up & went to Old Sibleys Burial the Minister preach Dutch & English, I som what Affected with So that made the tears flow, afternoon with McClenechan To Brooke & Lowreys, to Get them to Meet on a Differance between him and aman he had hired I Spent 1s41/2 not home till 12 OClock at night he terrible Creater for Staying. I not well

3rd Wind W. Makeing fence about the meadow all day Spent 1s41/2; at Rees Evening. So; paid Griff Smith 15s for blowing in well at Drakes paid Bill Tunis Order 13 Dollars to aboy & took his Rect– at Yerkes Evening prety warm to Day


May the 4th 1804 Wind S.W. and a very warm day at Mill put on alog, & then back at Rees, killd a Calf & Drest it then off to Buck Spent 1s41/2 at Zells for my Blind halter he has had this 12 Months Got it at Widow Warners, Spent 111/4 so home Moses pin[n]ing up Rees Doors paid Morris 2 Dollars for 3 B. Corn

5 Wind S W & avery fine day put the Cows & horses out to paster but it very Short, not much but Garlick put them wheir [where] I had Buck wheat Lion & I had a Great Chase after a Wesel they are very active & so made he his Escape afternoon Sold my Septic Colt 2 years old, (Lost one Eye Last Summer) for 32 Dollars Great bargain but he [Joseph Walter] has been very freindly to Me, I help him home with him he Live on West Chester Road, 1/4 Tobacco 51/2 Stop at Warners & 51/2- so home about Dusk–


May the 6th 1804 Wind W by S. at Meeting forenoon then up to Peter Wallowers Childs Burial Dyed with Small pox, been Enoculated by Norgrove a little Quack alittle Light Shower Just as the funeral Started Interd it in Bickens Yard– Calld to See Willson he on the Mend

7th Wind S W & over Cast till noon then Cleard very hot. Set off by the Buck on to Norris town; to Meet the troop paraded but 26 Equipt, Spent dinner & Sundries 7s6 So drank a Glass wine with Henderson, I Got Deceivd with takeing Spirrets & water for wine & water, Got very Disorderd & Sick home with Torrence paid D. St Clair 5 Dolrs on Jarvis Acct paid Torrance 21 Doll:& 25 Cents for pump at Drakes & Top Tree at Locust hill– home about 2 OC at night, Remorse more almost more than my weak mind or brain Could with Stand but The Lord will pardon me as I hope As I did not intentionally Err


May 8th 1804 Wind S.W. over Cast in Morn Cleard off about noon very warm Sisterinlaw & Yerkus & Self went to Wash Sheep Yerkus 1 the Widow 22 & I 9 Disbury Moses Tom & Yerkus’s Andrew Wash’d all B. Tunis Yerkus & I ketch & Carried to them, Spent 1s101/2 at Yerkus, this day 12 Months was that alarming and Memorable day of Snow killd all the fruite hay Grass Leaves of Trees & broke & bent down all before the it almost, Which we will be Long handed Down to Prosterty, I sawing forenoon, the Grass begins to pick up

9th Wind S.W. & very fine day, at Charles Bevans Runing out 70 Acres of his for John Leadom, afternoon to Look for Youn[g], did not See him so home before dark,– [interlined:”Seen 2 Torkles ingendering the Male Laying on his back he marked in 77, 27 yrs old”]

10th Wind N E & alittle rain before I Got up Sowd 3 pecks, Lacking about 2 Quarts of flaxseed at Mothers for hames to harrow it, but rain Came on so hard did not then meet G Grow & Hagy to Lay tax Dind at Yerkus, Grow paid, I paid Hagy 7s6 for helping me assess Last year– finishd about dark


May 11th 1804 Wind N.E. & Raind all day of[f] and on tho not hard, at the Mill put 2 or 3 New Cogs & box in the Crank back and Meet Freind at the Meeting house to Examin the Roof &c home to Dinner, then Set of[f] to Goo to the Bird in hand, on a referance Between McClenachan & black man, begun to wet fast turnd & went to J Zells for Collar & Chains, Spent at Warners 111/4 So home–

12th Wind N & over Cast but Cleard before noon, Set of[f] to town bout hat 4 Dollars Dinner &c 5s71/2 agreat parad[e] with the Demos on the Anniversity of Accuquisition of Lousiany, & the River Missipi, Disbury Harrow my flax Grownd that was sow[n] the 10th– ferry pike & gin & Tobaco 1s41/2 So home before night–

13 Wind N W & fine day Cool in Morn a little frost Hayworth at Saml Evans Says he Seen it, at Meeting Nickelaus Wall preachd & pray for us a very Great Sermon, afternoon at Saml. Evans Yerkus along. Saml Gooing of[f] to New York State back of Pensylvania, Drank tea with him then home


May 14th 1804 Wind S E & Sun Shind out very fine at the Mill very soon sawing Lath for D. Roberts, Tommy Came I home Got up the Sheep & Sheard them it begun to rain before noon & had avery wet afternoon hard Showers, a Great rain it is avery fine Spring tho not avery Early one the Vegetation has not been Rapid yet it has not Recd any Serious Checks Sold the horn’d Ram for 21/2 Dolr & the bell Ewes Lamb for 11/2 Dolrs it had got it[s] Leg hurt some time agoo of Course not very good, Cog wheel Broke Down

15. Wind– & over Cast, old Will Spliting Rails Disbury Mending fence between widow & I Titus & I at the Mill he agrees to Mend it I begun to work at it & Moses help Wilsons boys to wash Sheep, & I went in Evening help to finish the fence

16th Wind S.W & over Cast tho not Much Rain, over to Sibleys & Hagy & I Praised his property– home Evening at Rees awhile– so home

17th Wind N W of[f] to Norris [town] Summons on a Jury. did not Come on, about Sibleys Will Dinner horse &c 8s5 home in Evening


May 18th. 1804 Wind W. & fine day over at Mill put on Log & Tommy Sawd & I home & up to Norris town. Layd Sibleys will aside no Dinner- spent ferry 111/4 &c 1s41/2 Hagy & [I ] administerd on Sibleys Est– home about Dark

19 Wind S W & fine Sawing aWhile in Morn then home & Got 16 shad of Mother J. Walter brought from J. Johnson’s very fine one weighed 81/2 & 71/2 &c &c &c afternoon Society at Yerkus, & at Schoolhouse hearing a Man of Coler preach he is very Great in the Minesstre [ministry] paid 7s6 fine to Society; Jont Jones paid 3 Cents for Me–

20 Wind S.W. & very fine day, Set of[f] with Yerkus & his Negro preacher to Val[l]ey Baptis[t] Meet[ing] [Baptist Church in the Great Valley] about 10, or 11 Miles, he is aGreat preacher, wounderfull for an Illiteret man back & Dined at Isaac Abrams at 13 Mile Stone turnpike, I paid 41/2 Cents pike Gate & 111/4d at Buck So home & Drank tea at Titus s, had a Swarm of Bees to Day


May 21st. 1804 Wind S.W & fine day Set of[f] about 7 OClock to Winters Tavern to meet troop, the General meet us their, from thence we Joind Hendersons Ridgement, we ware [were] weak but 36 or 37 Paraded a good While, then took our Rations, Trumpettor 7 Dollars & bagpipes 6 Dollars wee paid 7s6 apeice & it Cleard all, I spent 2s7 at winters, 111/4 to tom.ferry 111/4 Brand[y] 111/4– home by Judg Jones put in their & Got a Good dish tea & some Good wine hard Shower whilst their one ketch us at the ferry when about 1/2 way over Spent 51/2 at Yerkus total 12s41/2 So much for Trooping

22nd Wind S.W. up Soon & Borrowd the Widows buck horse & begun to Mark out for Corn No.2 fine morn but Soon Clouded up & had avery Smart Shower about 10 O’C– & Several duering [during] the day Aaron Gardner & wife here biding farewell the[y] Gooing to Boston, Spent 1s21/2 So, all the town Seem heavy after Muster Moses fishing Caut near 2 doz


May 23rd 1804 Wind N.W. & Cool & over Cast & Light Showers at Intervals all Day, I Got the widows horse & finished marking out for Corn, a little before night, a great Gust of wind Rain & some hail Last Evening tho did no damage to Speak off [of] Moses & Tom fishing made not much

24 Wind I think N.W. & Looks as If no Rain to day Moses & Tom, Planting Corn finished before night 4111 hills [in] Buckwheat Stuble, I with Saml Evans son hunting County tax, at Sundryplaces home before night, at Rees’s new house plasters most dun; fine Clear day

25th Wind N. over Cast in Morn & Cool up Soon & Read a good while before the family arose, Breakfasted & Set off to the Mill finished a log of boards & put another on tho unfortunate run of[f] they [the] Skids & fell on it’s End which Gave an infanate troble to Rool [roll] it up one End on the Ground the other on the Skids at Drakes to Look Money, but Got none, So back & home a little Rain this Afternoon

26 Wind N by E & weting all most all day; at the Mill aWhile back & did not much afternoon; J Lippens Got Poney for [illegible] ketch a torkel R.H. in 1770 Viz 34 yrs old


May 27th 1804 Wind N. & Cloudy & Cold, at meeting old Parrish preached a Little for us, had a pig for Dinner afternoon at Hagy’s about Sibley’s affairs him & I Administerd on the Est a very foolish thing in me, home about Dark

28th Wind N W & fine day at the Mill w[h]et the Saw & put alog on, home & halling dung to Corn Spent 51/2 Jont. Jones along at Yerkus Starn here with him at Rees’s Building Gave Saml Evans Son an order on Elliot for 7 Dollars–

29th Wind N & very Cool up Soon & burn Some brush in Meadow, then at Sawmill put alog on back & Set off with Jos. Hoskins about Paul Jones to Look his Mare & Cart Run away from fishing place, he found her after we Left him all well, Yerkus & I kep[t] on to Judg Jones Raising his house 46/6 Deep by 37 front, amost sumtious Dinner & Entertainment, punch & &c & most Exceeding nice Glass of Maderia which we topt nice, Yerkus & I home with Jont. Jones & their Got a good dish of Coffee & 2 or 3 Glass’s so home, as big as bacco’s this high Life dont agree with my Constitution it may pass now & then but [edge of page missing]


May 30th 1804 Wind S. and warm day. Tommy & I halling dung, to Corn 9 Loads, Somewhat Gript not So well Bias here & begun the posts for a fence aRound the yard.–

31st Wind S.E & over Cast & Little rain in Morn then Broke off & hot. halld 87 Rails for the fence & help to Saw them afternoon at Willson Boys Going to Shingle his Spring house, I at Sibleys to See what Can [be] done with the person.[al] Est old woman is Governd by Kiser alittle Designing fellow & She wishes to keep all the things for a year 1qt whis 1s6

June 1st 1804 Wind N.E & over Cast & Raind forenoon Several little Scuds then Broke hot halling dung to the Corn 11 loads Disbury helping, at noon at Wilsons, looking out Sleepers for his barn floor, back & at the dung till night

2nd Wind E & over Cast been 2 Smart Showers in the night, & Several hard rains before noon at the Mill halld 2 Small Chesnut logs to Make abarrack top for Peter May, home to Dinner afternoon about home & fishing at Dam; ketch none boys at Schuylkill fishing ketch none Bias Hoffman bought 50 & Gave 25 [to me] 2s11/2–


June 3rd. 1804 Wind S- Dock my Colt, then of[f] with Titus Yerkus to Blockley. to Wirnels School house on Marshal Road to Baptis[t] Meeting they Constituteing anew Church that is to be Built on Supplees land– one Rutter a Shumaker a preacher that Lives about their, has made Converts of 12 and 5 has Join’d them, with Cirtivicates from other Meetings makes 17 So they had Doc. Rogers & 2 or 3 other Ministers, So they Contitu[t]ed them, & a Great deal of Cerimony about it. Rogers a great oriter, over Cast & Rain above & below us but none their thunder about much home in Evening & took a dish tea for my Dinner or instead of Dinner–

4th Wind. S W & prety Warm, at Wilsons to Set the boys to Shingle his Spring house with Chusnut, home & plowd 2 Rows in Corn feild, & then begun in the Ruff peice in Lowend in Meadow, so quit before night & took horse to feild & fetch the Cows home

5th Wind W & Cool morn as If Clear Wether might Last at Willsons, Laying Sleeper for barn floor Dined their &c home before night & took horse & went up to Look at White oak Log on Humphreys Land, at Colberts a while So home been a fine day


June 6th 1804 Wind S W. warm day, plowing in the Meadow, Come on asmart Shower from W. turnd out, afternoon finished they [the] peice in Meadow, & begun in the Orchard–

7th Wind S W. & warm, plowing in Orchard for buckwheat, plow till noon then killd a black Lamb, & pottered about house the boys finishd at Wilsons pint Whis 7d

8th Wind S by W. warm Tommy & I halling dung to the Corn Good yd. Dung put a good Shovel full on the side of the Corn it Come up 3 or 4 Inches Carried 9 Loads & 23 Loads before So dung it all their is 4420 hills, & hope throug[h] Gods blessing to have 100 Bushe[l]s or near it, not quite 3 Acres

9th Wind S W over Cast or Cloudy till noon plowing the Corn 36 Lands tommy put it up Moses [at] in sd. [inside] Shetter for Rees Price plow very bad Slows me much, Struck against a Rock & broke the nose of the Coulter of which made it Goo much worse

10th Wind S W & foggy morn a light Shower about day. Cleard of[f] very warm, at meeting Jos Walter here, at Yerkus, a Glass punch, home all day


June 11th 1804 Wind S W & warm day finished plowing Corn, afternoon put Log on & whet the Saw, at David Roberts, and at Drakes Got 15 Dollars Rent due Last April

12th. Wind E and over Cast Sun up & went to bed very soon a light shower in Morn & one about noon, afternoon but no rain. finished plowing for buck wheat in orchard pint whis 9d. Muley Cow Got a fine Calf this morn, She on about 2 years old, Tommy Sawing Moses at inside Shetters for Rees Price–

13th Wind N & remarkable Cool & Cleard off up soon & over for ponney gooing to plow & Clear new land No 5 feild took the Cart & plow over, burnt brush till [ noon] after Cut Briers & Grubs & Got Ready to plow, Jont. Jones haild me at Yerkus’s Spent 51/2 with him, Drank tea with Titus So Ended a prety Constant days work

14 Wind, S.E. & over cast Sun up & Soon to bed off to Rees & tore up his barn floor & Layd it Down again pind it fast, finis[h]ed at night Several Light showers forenoon & after

15th Wind I think about E & a fine Shower about day Light up, I so very poor Can Scarsley get Money to buy bread–


June 15th 1804

Wind E over Cast all day & Several Light mists, plowing in the new Land No. 5 Plow bad & Bully Mad which made it Sad the Stumps So thick & Coulter Stickt And me perplext Could take no Rest Thus weried out, I turnd them out Tommy to Mill 1 barrel Ryeflower of Levi Smith 20s– Rye Got very Scearse

16th Wind S E. & 2 or 3 Smart Shower in Morn not much, after, Evening the sun Shun out at Sawmill it out of tune, Meet the Society at Yerkus 6 Members Spent not

17 Wind S.W foggy morn & warm day at the mill in morn, after at Meeting. old Parrish preached a little for us, Lent Bully to a young man Boarding at Yerkus to Go to Buck, after at Hagy, Gust in Evening

18th Wind S W in the morn & fine till after noon then much thunder & hard rain plowing newland till about 4 OC- then too wet, So turnd out at Mothers a While

19th Wind E & over cast, up & plowing before Sun rise finished new land by 9 OC- home & got Breakfast & begun to Harrow the Corn, afternoon very hard rain– was to [go] with Hagy to Sibley but too wet


June 20th 1804 Wind N.E and avery Remarkable wet day, about home mending Rakes pitch forks &c amost tremendous time for hay, and a Great many has much down, afternoon at Drakes puting Some Sash Caseing up

21st Wind Still N E & rain, Some little appearance of Sun about noon but did not Shine out afternoon Wet again at Rees Price’s about his Celler Stair, Evening at Widow Warner’s Getting Sizes [scythes] of John Thomas make paid 7s6 & they Sell them for 11s3 insurd Spent a 111/4d So home wet–

22nd Wind N E & Still weting alittle at 4 OC-A.M. at Rees Price’s in Morn & him Moses at work Stairs till noon I hanging a Size, afternoon at Warners took Size back it had a Crack & Got another Yerkus along & Jont Jones drank Some Whiskey with him So home Evening Several Light Showers this afternoon

23rd Wind old Course N.E. & Lite Scuds the Sun Shind out before noon, but had a hard Shower about 5 OC- P M. Felix Bill Gill (Bill Fulerton 1/2 day) & Moses Mowing, agreat deal of hay Lost this week–


June 24th 1804 Wind Still about E. & N. but no Rain but avery Great fog or due hay very wet. Up with Charles Bevan, at Eliots Store about his deed, to Leadom home to Dinner. prety fine hay time this afternoon Molley Little John & I paid a visit to David Evans at Gate No. 2 turnpike, at David Roberts, they all makeing hay, being first day, those that have hay down most all at work; perhaps their was never Such a Serious time about hay Great quantitys will be & is Lost, R Jones halld a Great deal on (many others) on [repeated] the dung hill, I dare Say their never was so much hay Lost in one Season, Since the Settlement of the Provence, I think I Can Reme[m]ber 40 yrs back and never knowd my Father to Make hay on a first day I never Remember of him Loosing a 100 (hay)

[interlined:”25 Harrow Corn Smart rain, afternoon no day to hay”]

26 Wind S. in Morn About 3 OC- over Cast Jacob Morris here Soon & would have me Goo with him to Commons near Center to help board a yard of house he has, It was with Great reluctance I went, for fear it would be a hay day & to be Shure about 11 OC or before noon it Cleard with wind to West, I hurried much & Got home about 3 O’C– and Got to work at hay turnd 2 Swas [swaths] together, mine has not suffered yet So very wet under but Dryd very fine today we out [ought] to be very thankfull, for it may yet Save tons & tons of hay then [that] must agone in 2 or 3 days, for the people had generally mow for it is Such an oncommon thing to Last So Long


June 27th 1804 Wind W and very fine morn hard at hay Spread it all out, Jont Jones here awhile wanted to go & See the bridge but I so busy would [ not] goo, after Rack & Cock it all Got over Cast perhaps about 5 OC–as If rain I alarmd & Sent for Brison, Lippens & Lions the Sheomaker [shoemaker] & Andrew Yerkes Boy Came & we Soon Cock it Moses & Tom Got Poney & Cart & hall 3 Little Jags in, the sun Shun out after we got all down Great hopes of a good day, but a black C[l]oud I not much Like, it Dry’d ver[y] Cleaver [“Jag” is a small load of hay or wood.]

28th Wind N.W. fine Breas & Cool & a most Delightfull day to be Shure Spread all out & turnd it before Dinner one little Jag in hardly fitt, after dinner at it has Dry’d most Charming to be Sure, Even [Evan] Evans Came & we work poney hard & hall 10 Loads All we had Cut, Titus & boy, Old Lions, & Enochs Jim help 1 qt Whiskey 1s41/2 & one Yesterday & 4 when Mowd makes 6 hard on it, Retched Contry for it

29th Wind N W & very Cool., the Old Lion Little Split [drunk] Set of[f] in Evening for Yerkus’s this Morn he was Curld up under the Oven half froze I shoul[d] think but Rousd him up & Gave him 1/2 a jill & all seemd well


June 29 th 1804

Geard up Bully viz my Gray horse in the Corn harrow & finished the Corn then took him to plow & Run furrows to the Corn, Spent 51/2 at Yerkus Got Bulley Shod; Geard up Poney after noon & plowd the Corn with him the[y] Both went very Well, at Ress’s at noon Moses Makeing Celler door, Thomas & Jim Enoch[�s] Jim with me at Corn, fine hay day

30th Wind W. & very fine Cool morn I up Soon & Geard up the horses & plowd & finished the Corn about 5 OClock P M Cloudyed over & raind prety Smart from W. before I finished & Several Showers before night Moses James & Evan Evans under took to Mow my Swamp what was Left from seven day, I promis to pay them 11s3 on two days work, & the[y] finished by 4 OC- Spread all out they Mowd before noon, but the rain Came before we Got all Rake’d up, old John Roberts Cooper so Calld dead & Enoch Jones makeing the Coffin 4 Brothers of them I remember he the Last neither never married, the name Lost


July the 1st 1804 Wind S by W. misty in Morn, the Clouds Dispeling & the [sun] Shun out very hot much thunder & Little rain afternoon & 2 or 3 Showers afternight. prety hard rain Last night, at John Roberts Coopers Burial meet at 9 OC Come down to merion yd good Number of people Some to Meeting being first day. afternoon at Jos. Walters he very Ill with Spiting Blood he appears to be very Low Stayd good while a lite shower after dark I waited [for it] to be over, Set of[f] very dark & Raind Little all way as I Came, Got home at 11 OC– So to bed.

2nd Wind N or that way a little mist geard up & halld Dung 15 Loads for Potatoes in meadow wet heavy over Cast till noon 2 or 3 Little Showers after dinner & then Cleard off about 5 OC- very fine with Antoney Levering & Richard Blankley Overseers of Poor Laying poor tax at Lainhoof, Got a tavern, where the old Prince of Wales used to be keep [in Ardmore, intersection Anderson and Montgomery Avenues, North side] then or after to See Jos Walter he Ill with spiting blood


July 3rd 1804 Wind N W. & a fine day, Spread 8 Loads dung in Morn & then planted 4 or 5 Bushels potatoes plowd them under, & Spread the hay out, & Racke it up, Hagy here to goo with me to Sibleys to Get the Money that was in the house when Rhudolph Sibley died the Old Woman give it up Chearfull 140 Dollars 82 Cents, so I returnd home about Dark, Lippens & all of his & Moses Reaping at Jos. Carrs H Knox Reap yesterday–

4th Wind S W & a very fine warm hay day Got Drakes Oxen & halld all my hay 4 Loads & Stack’d it, he got poney to plow finish about 1 OC- took the Oxen home, & took then too a wash in the dam, at Widows a little finished Mowing Matson Meadow, & most got all the meadow by house in, I [blot] the hind Legs of a bull frog & Eat them very nice, never tasted them before. 1 qt Whis. viz 7 about my hay 9s11/2


July 4th 1804

& 31/2 hands 1 day mowing & 2 hands 1 day Makes 51/2 at 75 Cents is 4 Dolr. & 121/2 Cents but it might been done for one day Less, only I offered Moses & Evan 11s3 to Mow the Swamp- & they where [were] done Soon after dinner, I Spent the Anniversity of Independance without a frolick but it was a great day with them in City.

July 5th- Wind S W & very warm day, asmart Little Shower about 7 OC in Morn till it Run of[f] the Eves & another about afternoon Prety fine; Borrowd J- Morris’s Wagon & took Molly & all 3 the Childern to See Jos. Walter he Lays Ill at E. Lobbs, home to Dinner, afternoon about home Geting Rasbury &c. Bout 2 Gallons Whisy. at Walter & Thomas’s [Joseph Walter’s store] & 1 Gallon of Annisseed, Salt Shugar, tumblers 3 , & pitcher, &c 22s- paid J. Lions for Maken shoes 8s5, & Polly pd. him 71/2d before, pd Andrew 3s9 for helping to make hay, & 2s91/2 for 2 qt whisy, so it makes 5 Dollars, out of Sibleys Coffin money [in margin: “Isaac Thomas Reap to Day Lippens & forbes their”]

6th Wind S.W. & very warm day at Morris’s helping to Shock till noon, he had 20 hands, afternoon at David Roberts raising a fram[e] barn, at Nehemiah Evans old place on turnpike that he Bout.– finished after sunset, I off to Sit up with J. Walter Sat up till 3 OC- then Sleep alittle he So Ill Cant Lay down, very Ill–


July 7th 1804 Wind S.W & foggy morn Left Lobbs about 5 OC & Come home to Breakfast, after at Morris him & I Shocking, Dined their & Shock till most night, then at Charles Noble he had 16 Reapers Morris had 9 to day hot day.–

8th Wind S.W. thunder about day or before sun rise, all our hot morn at Meeting Just as Meeting Broke Come on to rain– 2 or 3 Showers along to the north & Smart here, detaind the meeting people Some of them an hour nearly, then about 3 OClock a very hard Gust to be shure from west, thunder but not Near heare, at home all day Except at Yerkes & J Morris’s alittle while & he walk up & took a dish tea & Cocumbers with us, had 3 or 4 to breakfast this morn first this Season, our own Raising, so passd this Sabath day

9th Wind S.W. & thunder Soon in Morn very hot wonderfull till noon, then over Cast Some but no rain till about 11 OClock at night then amost violent Gust of Wind & Smart rain, at Jacob Zells, Reaping & Shocking he had 26 Reapers besides 4 or 5 Sho[c]kers, Got done before night I reap all the afternoon, he [had] 4 Gallons of Rum they Say About a quart a man, it knoxd Several up not used to Rum


July 10th 1804 Wind S.W. & warm, raind a lite Shower about 2 O’C- & 2 in Evening, and after night As If going to be asettled rain till Midnight, Mothers Reaping with 5 hands I their but Reap none, afternoon at Rees Price’s helping to Measure the Plaster work, then home took horse & went to See Jos. Walter at David Roberts he Reaping a most wonderfull Crop of Straw but head not so good, it Raind all the way on me, Staid all night, Jos. he had a bad Spell of bleeding

11th Wind N. & overCast. Left their about 4 OC- home, my Reapers Gathered Viz J. Lippens, James Disbury, E. Evans, Moses Georg[e] Irishman, Wm. Fulerton, Bill & Saml McDormant, John Irishman & Tommy B. Tunis Gordon, J Morris Somtimes & Self. we made 10 hands & finish’d mine by noon after at the Mothers Cut 71 doz & they all Came to Supper with me but Disbury and her other man, made them a good Drink of Milk punch & they sung & was Merry, & good humer’d, I to bed soon havind [having] Sleep but Triffleing the night before 2 Gallons whisy pd S. Dormant 5s71/2– pay 8 at 5s7 is 45s– whis 9s– board say 16s–total say 70s– [in margin: “Cleard of(f) to be avery fine Clear Cool day, J Morris opened & got in about 60 Dozen took B Tunis from us to help him”]


July 12th. 1804 Wind N.W. & fine Clear harvest Morn up Soon, Lippen & forces Started to D. Roberts– I Started to Rees Price’s, they had 8 Reapers Charles Price & I Gatherd & Yerkus Come about 4 OC & help us to Shock 2 Lite Showers in afternoon, tho not so as to Stop Reaping, his Rye is prety Good, Large Crop wheat as to Straw but hurt with the wet Spell, Caused the Scab, Viz half the head & Some times the hole Blasted–

13th Wind N W & all the appearance of fine wether, but their is no Judging of a Wet time, for Every little Cloud will Spout, Lippens & forces at the the Widows, Prices, I after breakfast finished Rye about 11 O’C & begun the Wheat the Red Chaff much the [omission] tho that has Som of the Scab, I Reap from 11 O’C- till night hard but did not finish 8 hands & I made 9 old Will Shock after us; This day J Morris Whispered me that Susana Thomas Lost a Shawll, & Suspected Irish George, I hope he was Guilty because I wish to hire him by Month,


July 14th 1804 Wind S W fine pleasant day, Thomas, & I halld my Rye in Viz 30 Doz. in Barn & 30 in barrack all my Crop poor indeed of 5 Acres in orchard it never was half Tilld, Rees Price had 8 Reapers & Some halling in, I to Look at them before noon after meet the Society, 9 Meet Spent 3 Cents for we over Run the 1s- so Joind the over Discoverd the a Shall [shawl] in the Irishmans Coat pocket, took out & went Down to Isaac Thomas, & they Sd- it was the one they Lost so back, Judg Jones behav’d Improdent [impudent or imprudent?] to Ross about some boards the[y] Spard much; I beg them to be Done

15th Wind about South foggy or over Cast one might think it would rain very soon from appearance but I rather inCline to think it will Clear hot– So it did but about 3 or 4 OClock Come on a Great Shower from west, with hard Thunder made a prety Great fresh in Cricks but Cleard off before night, at Lobbs (Dined their) to See Jos. Walter he not much better B. Tunis & A. Thomas their home with them drank tea with Do. [Tunis & Thomas] So home about dusk


July 16th 1804 Wind W & fine day mowing weads [weeds] &c in Meadow where I am going to put buckwheat, Moses & Tommy went aguning Got a few birds at Yerkus Spent 111/4 with J Morris, so home Jane the Widow finished Reaping & halling in & Rees Price finished Reaping & halling in also.–

17th Wind N W & fine Cool Morn I plowing Meadow, General Hamilton was Buryed the 14th at New York died with a wound in duel with Burr Vice presedent of the U. States Savage Custom, Hamilton was a man of the first abillity in U.S & had, Escape through the war, was Secretary of State &c &c he is much Lamented, by all I should hope but as to politicks he was in the Monority opposed to Jefferson Politicks, he was to be a great man, & is said to be opposed to dueling & did not fire at bur [Burr]


July 18th 1804 W S.W. fine day Molly & Rebeca & tom went to town with Cart, killd a Calf from Cow Bout of Alloway for about 9 Dollars; the Calf weighed 21 lb pr Qt. [quarter] I Got the widows old Bold Mare & plowd in the Meadow for Buck wheat, Moses, halld the doors from our Shop to Rees begun to fitt in, Got the paper from Yerkus & Read, the Letters that pass’d between Burr & Hamilton, he Disaproved of Dueling but so pravailing is Custom over Right or Wrong that his honour at Stake, he Accep[t]ed but had Resolvd not to fire at him.

19th Wind S. & alight Shower about Sun rise begun to plow Soon, but raind so hard by 8 OC- had to turn out, & it Raind much till noon, & not Clear till Evening at Rees’s weighing his Sash to Get weights at Drakes to Get Money Seen him not, then at Jont. Jones, Drank tea with them So home this is my Birth day 51 years Old my Reflections on my Advanced time of Life & in a poor way for the maintaneance of my family & they all young, gives me great Concern & the Irreligious Life I have Lived is amost Serious Concern & great Remorse at times


July 20th 1804 Wind N W. & fine Clear Cool morn Took the Harrow & about 15 Bushels of Ashes to the Newland & Sowd one Bushel & a peck of Buckwheat only one plowing fall Grass Growd up prety much & Sod not well Rated, harrowed Both ways but [not] so fryable as I would Like– Evening at Rees Prices about hinges &c for his new house

21st Wind N W & very Cool this Morn, & very Pleasant day. Set off and Got to town about 8 OC Meet Tom Price about 9 OC- Bout Sash Weights hinges Locks &c &c 38:[dollars] 4 C[ents]– peice ankean [nankeen] 7s- 2 Oz. Turnip Seed 1s101/2 two Lock saws 1s101/2, Dinner oats & 1/2 Glass Gin 6s1, Glass punch at Hestons 1s101/2; fer[r]y & pike 7 cents So home, about sunset–, Great Lamentation & mourning for Alexander Hamilton, that Statesman & Soldier who declared he would throw away his first fire & thought of throwing the 2nd he has Concious of the it being wrong [was conscious of it being wrong]


July 22nd 1804 Wind S W. and before Meeting time & a wet day at Meeting two women preachers, I was Much Affected & the tears flowd, plentifully, hope I Never Should forget my duty to my God, at home all day, being first day–

23rd Wind N W fine Cool day, at Rees’s hanging doors &c. Dined their breakfasted & Sup at home

24th Wind N W, fine day Plowing in old Orchard, for buck Wheat finished about 11/2 Acre I Suppose–

25th Wind W & fine Coold [cool] Morn, Sowd 1 Busl. & about one peck in Orchard of Buck wheat & harrowd it in & harrowd the Potatoes, but the most of them are drow[n]ed out, not worth Leaving intend plowing up & try turnips had 5 Young Woman & my 2 boys & Evan Evans & Bill McDormant pulling flax Gave them a good Supper &c &c– Margret Rowlans & Mary Righter the Girl or Young woman that nursed Lippens wife, where [were] the promoters of it


July the 26th. 1804 Wind W & fine Cool day plowing the Roof [rough] peice in the Lower End of the meadow for buckwheat it is very Ruff & wett finished by noon, after halld the flax into the Orchard, no Seed on it worth attending to the Storms had knok it down So, I Conclude to Rate it Derect, Shavd & went to See Frd Drake If he has any Money aboard & So– & then after went to See Jos Walter he very feeble, took him 1/2 doz. harvest plumb a Deliceous fruite. Drank tea at Lobb’s Stayd till dark home about 11 O’C Remarkable Cool as I Come home–

27th Wind N.W. & fine Cool morn but warm day; help to Shock up the flax to Dry, for I finde their is, more Seed than I Expected therefore I have alter my Opinion & intend beating off the Seed– at David Roberts & Drakes & with Jacob Morris Cuting a tree to make apple mill plank home to Dinner, after at Wm. Hagy’s about Sibley Est. Drank tea their home about Dark–


July 28th. 1804 Wind S W & warm Bout 1 B Buckwheat of A Levering 5s71/2 Sowd it in Meadow all but about 4 qt Left, it is Ruff peice & Clay Stratum, halld one Load of dung on a little peice in new Land No5 & plowd it & Raked it over & sowd about 1/2 O[u]nce of Turnip Seed So home to Dinner then Meet at Yerkus’s Laying Road tax, the Same as County 650 Dollars Eat Supper Spent not so home–

29 Wind S W & warm day, Set [off] after breakfast, to Hagys & Sheets & him & I went to one Shepperds he had abond & Judgment against R. Sibleys Est. paid him 105 Dollars on acct. Dined their then to Hagy Tavern Drank 3 pints wine I Spent 3s41/2 back to Hagy & Drank tea then home, I Drank to[o] much wine home after Dark not intoxciated [intoxicated] but too much to feel pleasant, Hagy Clever he’s avery Clever fellow


July 30th 1804 Wind S.W warm day got the head ake to day alittle, at Rees Price’s Hanging Sash &c &c Afternoon at Saml Jarvis s he done almost. Meet Hagy & Shepperd with [regard] to Sibleys then home

31st. Wind S W. warm day at Rees till noon, Edw Lobb here to [ask me] Go See Jos Walter, Titus & I Set off, a fine Shower about 2 OC- & alite Scud or 2 before night Cool the Air much, Got home about 9 O’C at night Jos. verry Ill very antious [anxious] to Settle with me I promised to Goo to Morrow So

Augt. 1st. Wind N.W. & Cool at Rees at work their to breakfast, then of[f] to See Jos Walter & Settled with him fell 129 D 81 Cents in his debt but I Charge him nothing for his board at turnpike or We Should Come out about Square, he Gave me a bond for the remainder of 100L that I am bound for him to Alley Roberts home after dark he Cant Last many days


August 2nd. 1804 Wind N.W. at Rees Prices Hanging insd Shetters &c home to Dinner Evening at to See Jos Walter took 2 Chickens he wareing away fast; home about 12 O’C Spent 1s41/2 & Gave the painters 1s41/2 to buy whisy very Cool Comeing home from Jos. Walters

3rd Wind N W & over Cast Some part but no rain to Day, at Rees Price’s at work at insd Shetters &c painters at work– at Rees in Evening to Send for some things so home & Soon to bed very Cool Evenings & Mornings–

4th Wind N W. & fine day at Rees finished hanging Shetters. at Rees to Dinner work till about 4 OC- then home & went to See Jos. Walter he very Low Stayd till about 11 OClock at [omission] then home Drake pd me 91 Dollars Rent so–

5th Wind S.W. fine morn but over Cast in afternoon thunder far off few drops of Rain, at Meeting in Morn after about home, had a bad pain in bowels Spent 51/2 for Gin at Yerkus’s walk to back feilds Little John along


August 6th 1804 Wind S.E. & Rainney morn at Rees in Morn then at Saw Mill put a log on & Sawd it for Apple Mill plank for Jacob Morris, Got David Roberts Oxen & halld it home & took back apine Log from Garden very Much Rain to day, hard Shower in Evening–

7th Wind E & much wet in Night & till noon then rather Broke off at Rees Price altering Celler stairs & harths backwards & forwherd all day,

8th Wind N W & fine day Fulerton Disbury & Jos Evans begun to Get Stone at Darby lane for me for the house for freinds, John Holgate Run off another acre for them that John Dickenson Gave them tom Sawing & broke down the Cog wheel so. done I Suppose Solomon Spreading flax paid him 3s9 his Mother died yesterday to be Buried to Morrow She must be very old, Discourageing appearance of Stone paid Yerkes 1s6 for whisy & Gin– Jos. Evans paid Mow the flax patch


August 9th 1804 Wind S W & over Cast a few drops of rain at times at the Quarry off and on till noon then to See Jos Walter he very Low at the store pd John Thomas 10 Dollars on acct & paid Isaac Thomas on acct of Rye & Straw 10 D. one Eagle paid Polly Dean on hair [?] 4 Dollars 5 Cents for things out of the Store & Lions had 7s6 of it on my acct. So goos the money, home about 9 OC at night

10th Wind S W & very warm till noon then rather pleasanter at Edward Williams Burial at Merion yard, he was an old Stander, or among one of the first Settlers the hole of the Name is Extent [extinct] in these parts tho Left agood many Grand Childern but he had no Mail Childern nor his Brother Jos had but 3 daughters viz Hannah Williams & her daughters is turnd to Georges, without Daniel Williams has a son Left in back Country of his name at Enion, the hole of an Large family has Lost the name,– afternoon at Spring Mill Tavern Lewellen Youngs personal & Lifetime in Rale Est. was advertised to be Sold by Sherreff, but he had Stopt it Spent 111/4d So back to Youngs & stade & Supt with him home about 10 OC- at night he ows me about 100 Dolrs- & I hope he will be able to pay me yet, tho they run him hard–


August 11th 1804 Wind S W. at Rees Prices hung the Celler door, & finished all in & about the house after a long Jobb, home to Dinner Rake’d & Cock’d the flaxpatch Jos Evans Mowd at Mill & Dam took a swim at the widows so home drank tea & Read the papers & so to bed–

12th Wind in Morn W & Got to N E & over Cast afternoon broke of[f] without rain, at Meeting one Thomas Scattergood preach’d A great & good Serment to us, Lecter’d on the propiety of Parents or necessity of Parents being [doing] their duty to bring up their Childern in a Pious & Religious way & how first impressions where [were] Lasting would not be So Likely to Goo astray, which had a Great Effect on me for Mine, for I have had a good deal Concearn at times about them & have had thoughts about applying to have them Members with freinds beleiving it to be the Root and foundation that all religion out [ought] to Stand on attending to that within man, that will instruck him, waiting for that Comforter that our Lord & Master mention, it was needfull for him to Goo that the Comforter might [come], that Baptism of the holy Gost,


August 13th 1804 Wind N E & over Cast halld in the hay of the flax patch, & took some to plank [some plank] to Drakes to Lay athrashing floor back to Dinner afternoon at Rees’s back & attended an arbitration between S Jarvis & his Last years Tennant Pullenger they brought Jarvis 5L 10s in Debt & 2L 2s9d Cost this they Democrat 100 Dors act this Great Genious [meaning unclear] Holgate Sent his Constable out the County to Summon Arbitrators & he attended to Sware or Quallify them.

14th Wind S E. & over Cast, but broke off without rain, took horse & went in hunt of Jos found him at T. George, had been their A Great While, Jos Loth to Leave Mowing at Alley Roberts, paid him 16 Dollars that Jos Walter Left hear to pay Intrest on a 100L Bond and paid him 10s- Intrest on a note of mine for 8L 8s back to Dinner Fulerton work in Quarry

15 Wind S W & warm about noon Jos. Evans & Fullerton work in Quarry & plowing a peice wher[e] I planted potatoes for Turnip they all Drowned out, with them at Quarry Good part of day


Augt. 16th 1804 wind S. warm & over cast all Day I plowd up the remainder of Potatoes & harrowd it, old Will begun to Quarry Stone beyond the tanyard, at 2s- a perch a poor Prospect yet Evans & Fulerton in the old Quar[r]y in woods wher[e] Polly Streaper Dug for her Sheds, poor Luck their at Yerkes for newspaper 1 Jill Gin, Read them & So to bed–

17th Wind S E & over cast thunder before noon, & raind two Light Showers but not to Stop work, at J. Morris to Look at his new apple Mill B Tunis has made the Gudegions had ringe’d & tore very much nearly spilt [split] back & helping old Will awhil[e]— he done nearly 6 Quarrying by perch, halld 2 Loads of Ashe on the potatoe Ground & harrowd it well & sowd one ounce turnip seed, & help them in the quarry Got back to the road, turnd out 8 perch to day I beleive and wages 10s & board 4 Whis 1s41/2 total 15s41/2 is about 23 pence per perch


August 18th 1804 Wind S.W. & warm day & Cool Evenings & Mornings up Soon with Fulerton in quarry till about 9 OC then at Sawmill & patch the Wheel & put it in gear again it had ketch & Shuffed out, at Mothers aWhile So home to Dinner then in quarry a While, Dressd & meet the Society at Yerkus’s Able Thomas hear & Drank tea wants me to build a house for him or Adition to his old which I agree to Doo If all is well

19th Wind S.W. & warm day at Meeting & at Lobbs to See Jos Walter he very Low but knowd me & talk very Senable [sensible] at times, Said he was Gooing fast [blot] was Glad to See me, Left their about sun set, I think he will Last [blot] but a little while Titus news when I Got home Polly Yerkus Got a young son Great Joy with Titus–

20th Wind S W & Warm day 6 or 7 of the freinds Meet at 8 OC to fix & Lay out the house their [they] are gooing to build on the Lot Dickenson gave them about 10 OC- Jont Walter Come over with the news of Jos Death about 3 OClock this morning


Augt 20th 1804

after dinner Sent Tom [to] Buck &c to invite to Jos Burial to morrow 9 0C- I off to Able Thomas about a building or adition to his house from their to David Evans paid him 9 Cents tole I owd 6 before So by D Roberts home, at Rees Price’s to Borrow his Riding Wagon to Goo to funeral to Morrow–

21st Wind S.W & a very warm day Jont Walter Got the Wagon took Ann & George & his Mother & old Peter & Jane &c & I Rode with Titus in the Chair arivd about 9 OC,- Started about 10 OC- & arivd at Merion yard before 12 O’C- interd him avery Large & respectabl[e] Burial, home not any Stranger to Dine with us I took horse & went to Lobbs to dine Good provision & &c. he has made a Will & apointed B. Smith Exectr will not Read Drank tea So home about Dark, with a promis to Meet them to Morrow, my wife not in a Condit[i]on to go out so not a[t] Burial Except at Graveyard


22nd 1804 Wind S W & very warm Day Busy about at the Mill & set tom to Saw the pine Log, John Giger son of Jesse’s Came Prentice the 20th, begun to thunder to N W about 12 OC- & before one of the Clock, Come on a very Great Shower abated about or before 2 OC- Set off & raind again Stopt at Pratts John Thomas along then off, to the place that Lee did own on West Chester road that Father had a morgage on the man gave no incoragement that he could pay before next Spring a light Shower while their then on Stopt Baldins on the W. Chester road Spent 111/4 on to old Abner Evans Tavern Stopt Came on avery hard Gust abated Set off to Lobbs a meeting about Jos Walters affairs home Evening


August 23rd 1804 Wind N E & over Cast & raind alittle afternoon brok[e] off & prety fine, of[f] to ferry Bout 1000 Sap pine 15 Dolrs then to town 2 fore planes 15s2 Saw 12s6 files 4s6 handles for Rees draws 7s8 2 Jills of wine & 3qts oats 1s101/2 ferry pike & 1/2 Jill Gin 11d– So home Eat Some Corn & water Million at Elliots, they Done dinner or I would a dine’d–

24th Wind, S by E & over Cast all day Disbury begun the Celler for 5 Drs. Solomon begun the Clover over the Dam for 7s6 I set the boys to plain floor boards 1000 f Sap pine Able Thomas halld up for Freinds house

25th- Wind S by W. Cloudy Moses helping Yerkes Solomon finish’d Mowing & I pd him, 7s6, I off to ferry & Sent 1000 feet white pine boards up at 7L per 1000, Spent 1s101/2- & pike 3 Cents, so home to tea had no Dinner, Evening at Yerkus’s Bryson overset the Chair with Polly Saltbag in hurt her much and broke his arm


August 26th 1804 Wind S E & Rainbow in Morn Cloudy all day after, & Smart Shower in Evening at Meeting a Silent Sit[t]ing, afternoon at Jacob Morris’s he up with me, I off for Grows & Caut in the Shower above aluded to at Yerkus J. Lippens halld 2 Loads hay from Noble’s he Mowd their, I home & to bed we go

27th Wind N E a very wet Morn hard Shower till noon then abated I work at a Cider mill &c. Able Thomas fetch up the Load of boards 1000 white pine & we unloaded about house all day, yoke’d the Small Shotes & they tore them off as quick as on Disbury work alittle at Celler

28th Wind N E & Cloudy all day Borrowd Wilson’s Wagon & [blot] the Widows horse, & went to ferry Bout 260 feet pine Scantling for Window frames Got 7s6 of Lippens & Bout 6 lb Sugar-6s- one lb Coffee 2s4 Spent 2 Glass Gin 1s101/2 pike 111/2 Cents so home before night Got another saw McElwains at 12s6 John Lippens along–

29 Wind S E. & Dull Cloudy Cuting out windows &c- So over Cast that we did not Spread the hay Set Giger at the frames–


30th 1804 Wind S W & Cleard off Set to Spreading hay Jont Jones here with him at Yerkus s he Treated to Glass punch afternoon Raked & Cock’d all the hay not much damaged

30th [error in dating] Wind S W & alite Shower Geard up poney & Bully & halld 2 loads, then at Mothers they Start halling hay, help them all afternoon Swampt 3 of the horses Soon, hall 2 Loads before night

Sept 1st 31st Wind W & very warm at Mothers & halld 2 Loads all out of the Swamp back & Disbury fetch the Wagon & halld all I had mowd, most blinded with Sweat put on dry Linnens & attended to Shop with boys

Sept 1st .Wind S W & very warm Set off to S. Gibson & from their to Darby to Look for Masons to build Freinds house. Spent 51/2 home about Dark


September 2nd 1804 Wind S W and very remarkable hot Some say hotest day & others think 6 day, but their has been 3 it is hard to deside which was the warmest at Meeting after up Eeliots [Elliots] & Morgans then to king from prussia Drank tea their & Spent 11d for oats, & 51/2 boy Eliot Jur. along he wants to Run for Sherreff home about 10 OC–

3rd Wind S & very hot till noon thunder & Lightening, about but only a few drops here, at D Roberts for Heffer home to Dinner Georg[e] & John alons [along] Dined on Boild Corn, after about home Spent 51/2 for Gin antoy [Antony] Levering halld a walnut Log of mine for applemill & I Cut alog in orchard in [omission] & Sent back with him at Dark

4th Wind N E & the Air fine & Cool After Breakfast at Mill for white oake Scantling, Back at Rees Prices Tom for me Polly complaining Sent Tom for Grany Latch She abroad I off on Poney


Sept 4th 1804

and found her at Wm Dills on the place where Jont Supplee used to Live mounted her & back we Came in a hurry, all prety Calm till alittle before 4 OC- they broth [brought] forth a fine Boy very Stout fatt fellow. Dill’s wife had a girl I about alday had some fat Jokes between Grany Latch & Morris & Self, Fany was to Nurse but She So weekly that She declines all the Childern at GranMother Price’s, She [Fanny?] was here about 74 or their about quit[e] Stout, Mother Latch is 73 She says, Get on any Strange horse & Gallop hard, very active of her Age– pint Brandy 1s101/2 hannah Price pd me for Repairing her Old draws 3 Dollars

5th Wind N W fine Cool morn, Sleep bad alone, awoke very often boys Maken Window frames about house Cut out more frames & Sawd a log for Apple Mill &c Spent 1s10 with McClenechan


Septr 6th 1804 wind N W. Cool Morn but warm day, Set off about 11 O’C- to help Gibson to rais McElvains house & Stable at or near the ferry had agood pig Gammon &c &c punch &c water Millions &c very good provision we work till dark, not finish’d the barn, Bout 1 qt Brandy 3s9 1 lb Coffee 2s4 0ne qt. Bottle 111/4d- pike &c 111/4d- So home about 10 O’C-

7th W. S W. & foggy morn & very warm day, took my flax, it over Rated I think about home all day Tom, took the Cart Sadle to David Frees, at Jos. Walters Store; boys work in Shop

8th. Wind S W warm day Bill Gill mowing, paid him 7s6 & owes [owe] him 3s9 for he mowd one day first Crop, Moses & Giger mowd alittle Partrick [Patrick] Flings Child about 5 yrs old killd in paper mill, he Rented Bickens old Mill Enoch Maken Coffin


9th 1804 Wind S W. & avery warm day at Meeting Silent Sit[t]ing, after dinner, at Partrick Flings Childs Burial Bickens yd. Enoch Got a fitt of the ague & I had to goo & Screw it up. a great Many people their all foot but McClenechan & Self it amaising what anumber of people that Crick dose imploy, they will Rule or Give a Majorrity to our town, perhaps their is half of them I downt know; So many Imployd at the paper Mills their is 7 of them in Less than 3 Miles, Give bread to a number, & great many of they [the] Journeymen have wife & the hills Swarm with Childern– home to tea,–

10th Wind S W & over Cast & a few drops of Rain Soon in Morn & a shower afternoon with thunder, of[f] Soon, to Get Mordica Davis to build the house for freinds he promises to begin the 24 of this month So home about 10 OC- and heard that Felix Washers Son Jos. was dead about 5 yrs. old Spread out the hay & afternoon took the Childern & went to the Burial


Sept 11th 1804 Wind S. & blue brisk Leaves turnd up much & Look like for Rain, very warm day Set the boys & Jos Evans to Rake & Cock the hay & I off to Able Thomas, to help to pull Down his old house, warm & dusty, home before night

12th Wind E & Misting blue so Cool in night had to Get up & Shet the Sash, Jos. Evans at the quarry Flint afternoon Tom & I halld 7 Loads of Stone the[y] did not Dig aperch to Day, throwing the top off, wife Brave, Cut a fine parcel of apples Last night, I fear they will Spoile–

13th Wind S & Got to W. & very foggy no rain in Night Cloudy till noon then at the hay turnd the Cocks over & Spread the wet parts, much Discoraged about the quarry, it Looks bad, wife Layd in ten days & quite Brave–

14 Wind W & fine Morn up soon quarry & back till about 10 OC- then at hay Spread & halld one Load before noon 3 Loads in Barrack & 3 in Stack So Got it all up I had mowd, our Quarry very Bad,

15th Wind S W & fine day up soon & set off to town, Bout. 2 Jack plan[e]s 11s- Chees 163/4 at 1s3 Gave 2 dollars & 75 Cents Testament 371/2 Cents 1/2 lb Tea 6s3- Spent 1s41/2 at Davis & Watkins Dinner & horse 3s9 boy 5 1/2


Sept. 15th 1804

Spent ferry & pike 7 Cents at Tumblesons 121/2 Cents waiting for Miller at Hansels with Miller 121/2 So home Meet the Society, at Yerkus s a demoCrat Meeting they much Devided & Look Shie at one another, they Sent Krickbaum & Latch as Committee men to Meet a Conferance of the County, perhaps 10 or 12 their take out the 5 & the rest ant [ain’t] known Nothing to represent nor nothing to Loos, a reached [wretched] Dreadfull [omission] when our Town must be represented by such Creatours as the 2 Elected Neighther Can Scearsly write their name. Hagy is Cleaver Got in compy. with them & Spent 1s101/2 in punch Wrong for I ought not Spend one Cent I poor

16th Wind & warm fine day not very well great remorse, hope it will not be Ever arased at Morris at Evens [Evans] feild to Look stone there, then to Look at for Buckwheat & turnips home to Dinner Little John along, afternoon Neighbour Morris along drank tea here I at Titus Got the newspaper

17th Wind W warm hunting Quarries all day find none on my Land at Nehemiah Evans Childerns feild found one Come up a Great Storm of Wind & Smart rain


Septr 18th 1804 Wind N.W & a fine day halling Stone till noon & at Mothers & a load of wood after at the Quarry bargain’d with Fulerton & Jos Evans to quar[r]y 40 perch for 10 Dollars, they making great out

19th Wind W, & over Cast in Morn & rainbow had one very Smart Shower & 2 or 3 Liter [lighter] hall stone till noon then at Able Thomas’s & E George’s about abill for the house Drank Coffee Seen Hannah Williams 84 years old in her 85[th year] was very Glad to See me Cant walk Rumatic or [blank] but very Scenable [sensible] & Can hear very well- 1/2 barrel Rye flower 14s- of Watkins the air much Chaingd quite Cool Riding–

20th Wind N W & remark[able] Change in are [air] feels Like frost, pu[t]ing Spouts from pomp [pump] to Carry the water Cross the Road to Make Morter, Layd old p[l]um tree in the road & covered it at Rees in Evening–

21st Wind wind N W & very Cold, Mathew Roberts Say alarge frost with them but not any here as I Seen halling Stone all day hired a negro for 7 pr.


Sept 22nd 1804 Wind W by S & a fine pleasant Morn Set of[f] about 5 OC- to Town Bough[t] 2 barrel Rye flower at 3 Dollrs p[er] 6 D. paid for Deed Bond & Morgage to Bates for G. Bridson 7 Dollars, 1 Gallon Oile 10s-,14 lb Red potatoes 25 C 21/2 yd Rusha Linnen 4s2 per 10s5, Sand Shovel 7s6 Eliots 3s6 ferry &c 7,C at paston[?] 51/2; home before 3,O’C Disbury finishd the Celler & Gave them 1 qt Whis 25 C

23rd Wind W & fine day at Meeting in Morn at home all afternoon, Lobb & others here

24 Wind N W & fine day up Soon & dug out the foundation in Celler, Drake here & paid me 50L viz 35 Cash & 15L I had to allow him for Lime it being the Remainder of 200L bond, heard the Mason Mordica Davis did [not] Intend to Come to Work much Displeasd, Set of[f] to Ellis’s to Look for Brandywine Masons, not to [be] had So home Spent 121/2 Cents, so a very bad night they [the] disapointment prayed on me to Such a degree that I Could not Sleep, & I not well had to pray to Lord to Support my Mind, & by his Blessing I hope I shall be able to Stand

25th Wind N & over Cast Borrowd Mothers horse & set of[f] to Look for Mordica he not Come for 2 weeks, I much Distress Spent 111/4 So home, Aaron Smith, Says he will help all he Can but, will not Ingage to Stick


Septemr. 26th 1804 Wind W & fine day Lippens & I Set [off] to Look Mason at Poll Thomas s Powder & Shot 3s9- on to Otts thence to hansels Tavern Gin 111/4d then to Baptis Meeting Building by Hoffman, he Cannot help he has not near don[e] that. from thence to Mc— Tavern on turnpike David Roberts Tavern Spent 111/4 & a 1s101/2- I had to Give the tenders at the Baptis meeting home after dark, mind Pesterd & Got a bad Cold

27th Wind S W & fine day at Able Thomas s J. Holgate & his Newpew [nephew] Masoning their old John Says he help when they have done their, I Layd out the Chimney Line their then home (Stroke) Michal a number of Cows & Sheep, Lippens Got one Say the Inhabitants very Sickley in Berks Lancaster York Counties &c Jont. Jones, at Yerkus & haild me Spent 111/4 with him & Elliot, so past on

28 Wind N. W. & high took the Gun to Go to Ellis s to Look Mason. Ned Gill says Aquilla has not com[e] up yet back to Dinner, at the whee[l]wright Shop & here Comes Aquilla Lambert the Mason & is Glad to doo my work & Can bring 8 Masons but Cant Come till he is finished Darby Meeting house but I am Rejoist to have Some Certainty of Geting it up,–

29th Wind N W hung my applemill stick & begun to turn Sentfor & went to Able Thomas s & Lay the first floor of Joist Dined their then back to Elect Inspector Assessor, Yerkes Inspector, G- Grow assessor, John Righter & Self assistant, Spent 2s9 So home & sup on welsh Rabit

30th Wind W & fine day at Meeting after Jont Jones Brout his Carrage down & took Yerkus & me to See the new bridge, they have scaffeled all over hundred of people walking over, back & forwards


September 30th 1804 the[y] have got thee [the] 3 Sections aCross & the braces top Rail of one Arch up, this the Grand Bridge, but people pass on foot on the Scaffel for Raising, it was Advertised that they might pass, Jont Jones paid all but 51/2d I paid back & drank tea with Titus Jones would not stay [Refers to the Market Street Bridge.]

October 1st. Wind N & Prety Cold but no frost as I Could fined [find], Set off about 10 O’C- went by Buck meet John Thomas & Isaac Warner well Equipt for troop & meet them at Pritners Springtown, Spent 3s9 a pair Gloves 1s101/2 the hole 11s3 at Wm Hendersons he puting up for Sherreff, Pushed the wine I drank rather much, not so as to intoxacate but a Glass Extraornary hurts mee Drank tea John Elliot Jur. So home about 11 OC-

2nd. Wind W & alight frost not very well Caute Cold Last night turning apple mill for Self & at A. Thomas Seting door & window home in Evening to[o] Cool to be pleasant

3rd Wind W dry & Cool at work at Mill till noon then Michal Eholt up & Insisted so much on me to meet at Stadlemans to Settle between him & his partnor as drovers, a great Spot of work Such Confused acct perhaps never was advanst before Sat till Candle Light & only got throw [through] one Trip so home

4 Wind N W at work at mill all day Cut Cuting [repeated] buckwheat but not Ripe nor hurt with rust Michal here to day about his affairs I Got a bad Cold, but keep about


October 5th 1804 Wind fin N W fine weather for work work till Breakfast then at Stadlema[n]s on Michals & his partnors acct till one OC at night, got through the trips but not Settled the Money Matter, which I fear will be as difficulty [difficult] as the other, one Saml. Merklin was the other I beli[e]ve a Scrivnor from town butifull Clok [cloak] & very Clever on Business a good Idiea [idea] of arbitrating, he took much pains & interp[r]eted to me as the acct was all in dutch, we got through to both of our satisfactions I home about 2 OC in morn Drank not Dined & Supt at their Expence

6th Wind N.W feeling not so pleasant not Sleep aknuff Got a horse of Jont. Walter to plow & I of[f] to town, bout a bare skin for my Cap, trowser for Negro, Left my watch with Richard George to be Repaird then meet at Kuglar 4 & Race Street on Michal Eicholt & his partners Business Sat till afternight Michal pd 5s71/2 for me at Eliots & So Esqr Young & Michal & I Set of[f] home at Stadlemans pint wine I pd 111/4d home about 11 OC Young Stayd agood While with me then off & I to bed–

7th Wind W 2 or 3 Little Showers from w. & blue up Cool at Morris alittle while his hogs Distroyd my turnip patch & buck wheat Spent at Yerkus 111/4d about house all day being first day not at Meeting


October the 8th 1804 Wind N W & fine day Set of[f] about 11 OClock & Meet the Troop at Norris town parraded 25 at Brodes Treated us, Spent 7s6 home by Spring Mill Harry ferry home about 9 OC

9th Wind S. in morn & warm hard thunder & raind Smart from West before 8 O’C & begun to blow & blue a Herrican by noon, Set of[f] to Election at Norris town Voted for Henderson & Lowry for Sherreffs & Broad for Commiss[i]onor not voted for Assemble[y] & nor Congress, Such animals proposed that I would nor Could not vote for, true Republicans Mear Creatures, hardly any honest imparshal men would Trust them as Arbitrators on any triv[i]al business Dinner & Club 3s9 hors[e] & 2 Glass Gin 3s9 all my [change] Borrowd 51/2d of Hagy & Joind Richard Moore & Bout 1/2 peck fine peaches for 111/4 & Hagy & I Bout 111/4 of Oysters Hagy paid Set off for home about 4 OC back by Springmill, ferriage on trust had no Change Spent my Dollar so on to Judg Jones, Jonathan Jones along & pravaild on me to Stop at the Judges, Said he would not Stay but go with me, Stayd till 10 OC- & after he would not goo, I Set of[f] & Got home 1/2 after 11 OC- or ther abouts perhaps never was Such a night of wind at this Season Lims & twigs falling & trees very dangerous & alarming dreadfull night to be out but arivd safe prety Cold

10th Wind N W high & Cold, John & I over at sawmill geting tree for Girder home to dinner 3 Masons Came begun the house for Freinds


October 11th 1804 Wind N W & fine day at Able Thomas s awhile then meet at Upper ferry on Michals & his pardoners matters finish about 10 O’C so home perhaps near 12 OC 3 Mason Came

12th Wind N and about with Masons & triming for Stairs &c fine day Moderrated agood much, afternoon at Rees & Sibley, about their affairs Hagy & Several other[s] their, old woman very Stiff and Obstinet a[nd] Cant Get her to agree to Make a vandue went to See S Jarvis back about dark

13 W S.W & fine day Isaac Price halling Stone from Evans quarry 6 Loads amongst the Mason[s] all day E[x]cept alittle while at Yerkus at Society

14 Wind W. & fine day Lumps of Ice froze from due on the Levelboard and Large whitefrost, with Lambert the Mason to Look Willy More to tend he no Come, not at Meeting at Yerkus Evening 8 Masons & 1 tender all at board to day 27 Meals at 8d is 18s– So Come on far fetch dear bought Remember not go far for mason


October 15th 1804 Wind S by W over Cast in Morn about 9 Look favorable Set off Meet the troop at the Sweeds ford then march & Joind the Regement, in Holstains [Holsteins] feild begun to rain about 11 OC- wet the hole time whilst in feild but Just as we Got Discharged raind hard, Rode to Holstains barn where We had a Good Ration & p[l]enty Spirrets & Brandy a great number pertook with us, feild Officers & Straingers from delaver [Delaware] County, Expences 3s9 per Live Cheap Gave the boys 3s9 Spent 1s4 Powder 1s3 Brandy 111/2 Gin 111/2 [repeated] Spent in hole only 1 Dollar 44 Cents

16 Wind S W and remarkable fine day David Roberts ox team & horse team halling 12 Loads Stone from Evans quarry I help 2 Loads Got Scaffel poles & withs &c busy all day

17 Wind N E and wet day masons work none I at Morris’s old place to Look at his Celler he wanting a door through back to Dinner Got a bushel of wheat at J Walter


October 18th 1804 Wind. E. & Rain till noon then masons work 1/2 day James Ground apples & pulled 2 B. Corn Boys framing upper floor I diging Sand awhile and amongst them all day

19th Wind N W & Cleard off very fine Masons made agood days work to Day, at the quarry Mich Smith halling I put up one perch Got Yerkus s mare halld 6 poles from Rees Price’s, Jont Jones here awhile I about amongst the Masons all day the Powder Mill blue up yesterday morning & two men badly burnt dyed this morn & buried this Evening one was Little Werts, his Legs & thigh about half the Length of a tall man but his body as Long as Comening [common in] mens, he used to tend it but had been off Some time only their on arrant [errand] & went in & Started the mill for or with the other man that tended the morters he was a German not Long in, did not damage the MIll Much this is the 3 time I remember this mill to blow up & Every time One or More killd, Sowd 1/2 B’Wheat & 2 B Rye in Corn

20th Wind S W & a very fine day off about 10 OC & Raisd Able Thomas’s house Ben Tunis framed the Rafters & help us to Rais Good Dinner they Gave us, then back & Raisd second floor Joice on our house under took for Freinds, Spent 11d for Tunis he Came with us & help to Rais Joists


October 21st 1804 Wind South & fine day being first day my knee very weak I beleive Rumatic pains, at Meeting at home all afternoon

22nd Wind W. & fine day Masons Drove on fine Isaac Price halling Stone 14 Loads I help to Load all day only at Noon Sowd 1/2 Bushel Red Chaff Wheat & near 1 B. Rye in Meadow, Sowd Some where the hogs had Rooted the Bank, 1 qt whis & 2 yd bacco 2s-

23 Wind E in Morn & foggy Cleard of[f] before noon & fine day Isaac Price & I for 1000 Brick 9 Dollars pike & ferry 50 Cents Drink, 2s91/2 home before Night Richard Jones Drank tea with us, Mason not on So well as I Exspected–

24 Wind S.W. & over Cast Come on a Smart rain about 10 OC- Broke of[f] about 12 OC. & Cleard very fine & Calm about Sun Set, I. Price halld 7 Loads of Stone from Evans quarry I allow 11 perch Gave flint [Flint], 2 Dollars to goo Store Mason on fine to day If it had been not for the rain we would been nearly ready to rais

25th Wind N W & averry fine day, rather Cooler but no frost nor Ice, up Soon & hurryed about & Got ready for Raising Got ready at noon & raisd in the afternoon one Gallon whisy.. 5s71/2 at Morris Got 1/2 peck potatoes


26th 1804 Wind E & Cold & little snow then rain from about 10 OC- till midnight hard rain, I. Price here soon & we halld 4 Lite Loads Stone from Evans quarry, I a hunt for Joe Evans at his Mothers She had Movd to Latches Last Evening & they had a Caper, Joe not their I back & Loaded another Load then off to Poll Thomas s & their found him & he along to the quarry & work till the rain drove us off– met with George McClene[c]han, & Lippens Shop Spent 11d & at Yerkus 111/4 Masons no work to D after 10 OC

27th Wind N W & fine Clear morn Snow on Roofs fences & along the Sd of houses & Ground froze & Ice over the hogshead of water we had Planted for Morter too Cold for Masons to work I off to town Bout Shoes for tom one dollar 25 Cents for John 50 Cents Stockens for James 9s41/2 Ink powder & Sand 1s41/2 at Bank to See Wilson, at R. Tunis, Dinner &c 6s61/2 ferry & pike 7 Cents 1/2 Glass Gin 6 Cents So home Sleave Buttons 6 Cents, quite a warm day after ten OC- masons work without their Coats–

28th Wind W. & avery fine morn, first day no Work– I at Meeting afternoon [with] J. Morris at Hagys he not at home we back again– Molly & Fanny at Peter Mays with her young Son. [interlined: “payd Evan 3s9 I owd him for mowing pay Rebecca 7s6 I owd her pd negro 7s6”]

29th Wind N.W. & fine Morn, a most remarkable warm day Masons at work without their Coats. finished one Gable End & almost the other, I Price Came Late halld 7 Loads from Evans quarry 101/2s I hall 3 Loads from my quarry in Morn perhaps 2 perch


October the 30th 1804 Wind S.W. & foggy morn and a Lovly fine day, at Able Thomas Seting Cornish & Lathing my keen [knee] prety Sore this Evening walk home the Masons finished the Gable Ends & went off after breakfast, to George Ashtons to build a spinghouse, but Shall have them to pint [point] If the weather keeps good I shall make a bad Job without they allow me Somthing for their board for rainey wether & first days, Bad pollicy the to have masons so late

31st Wind N W & Rather Cooler, at Able Thomas Shingleing most finished home at Night

October [November] 1st. Wind N W & Cold plenty of Ice Ground froze took Poney in the Cart & went to town Got 242 Dollars of Edw George on acct of house I am Building Bout asaw 12s6 Tobacco 6 lb 9s- horse & 2 half Glasses Gin 1s101/2 mending old watch for mending 14s- ferry 111/4 pike 4 Cents 1 Jill wine & Jin 1s1 Nails & tin for Gutters 12 Do 44 Cents 1 peck Timothy Seed one Dollar So home at Dark on acct of Boards & Shingles 75 Dollars

2nd Wind N W. & avery fine day at work at the new house, & at Meeting Arther Howel preachd awhile for us, afternoon 5 Masons & a tender Came hall Sand to Make Morter to pint boy back from Thomas’s & begun to Set our Cornish–


-O- November 3rd 1804 Wind N W & avery fine day Seting Cornish &c till noon then of[f] to John Eliots, King from Prussia, Day of Appeal for our Troop, he at Valley forge Hughes Bija Stevens & I road up their, Staid & Drank Some Toddy their till Candle Light, then back to Eliots, their Stayd Supper, he would not take any pay but 4 Quarts of oats, Left their 1/2 after 9 OClock Stopt at Torrence but did not Light Spent 1s41/2 So on home about 12 OC– paid Eliot Jur 15s- I Borrowd on Bat[t]alion Day I forgot to take any with me so had to Borrowd, Spent in hole to day 3s3–

4th Wind S W & fine morn up soon & at Titus 1 pint Brandy 1s101/2 & 1/2 Glass Gin 51/2 not at our meeting, afternoo[n] put Bulley in Yerkes’s Chair & went to Tompsons Meeting to here Fleason preach, a blind Battis [Baptist] minister, back & Drank tea at Yerkes had Grace & prayer– [“Tompsons Meeting” is Lower Merion Baptist Church.]

5th. Wind S W & very fine day Seting Cornish &c Evening at Hagys about Sibleys affairs Titus along,– Masons p[o]inting

6 Wind W & very fine I of[f] with Poney in Cart & Bout 150 Brick 1 D 121/2 Cents ferry & pike 1s41/2 Spent 1s41/2 So home to Dinner Mason finished Chimney top .


November 7th 1804 Wind S W & very fine day at town on Michals affairs Dinner & horse 6s7 boy 51/2 pair Shoes Moses one Do 371/2 Cents Lamps Lit. So off home–

8 Wind N W & rather Cooler no frost at the Sawmill for yearlin[g] heffer. Mason finish pinting & away after dinner to Hansels I Settled & pd Joe Evans for Quarrying Stone & some other 20 Dolrs in full of all acct, Settled with Wm Fulerton & he fell 33s7 in my debt Settle with Mason & his bill 30L 10s- for Building the house for freind[s] I undertook for 800 Dollars Shall not Make a fortuin by it but I think I Shall [make] perhaps 75L including Carpenters work over Cast

9th. Wind N.E & Got Rain about 6 O’C very Cold rain but hard till Evening then very smart, I at Hagys about Sibley Gooing to Make Vendue—.

10th Wind N.W. & Cold, at Saw Mill, & Curwen here with acknowledg[ment of] 2 deeds & a Mortgage then meet the Society, Drake payd me 20 Dollars on Acct of Rent, So–

11th Wind N W & prety Cold Ice at Conrad Goodmans he dead, at his furnial [funeral] in afternoon & at buck drank tea at J. Jones hores [horse] run off


November 12th 1804 Wind N.W. & Cold windy day Calld on Jont Jones & he & I of[f] to Court, Quallify’d on the Grand Jury 18 of us Viz old Jonethan [Jonathan] Roberts foreman, Francis Wade, Jos Tyson T. Livezely, S. Henderson, Boyer, I Davis M. Holstein, J Elliot, Malsbey, I Bringest H Pawlin. Jont Jones, Markley, H. Sheets B Brooke D. Hitner & Jos. Price Dined as we pleased to day, I dined with the Judges 7s6 Left our horses at Holsteins viz Jont Jones & I, went their to Lodg–

13th Wind N W & hard frost Sup & Breakfasted at the ford & meet the Jury at 10 OC- dined as a Jury at Elisha Evans. at 15s- per man had Several bills before us, got Discharged about Sundown I back Holstein Charged nothing for Sup Eating only for Oats for our horses 6s1- I Gave the horsler 2s4 Spent besides besides [repeated] 1s41/2 So home about 9 OC- night

14 Wind E & over Cast Cold the dam most froze over, with Torrence at Mothers to Look astick for pump begun to Snow about noon & Snow very fast Got near 1 Inch deep. it Got to rain in night hard & blue up prety Cool Yerkus at Court all the week Came home through Snow & rain about midnight, hard Gust about the Chaing of wind–


Novr 15th 1804 Wind N W & hard frost, Set off after breakfast to Sibleys Vandue Hagy & I Administrors. old woman very much out of humour because we made it So Soon & we have been Waiting Ever since May for her Consent but we Got through & Sold all but what She took at praisment–

16th Wind N W & Still Cold over at Sibleys to Delever the Goods & Recd pay their amost all day Ground froze hard

17th Wind N.W. not very well Grate pain in my knee, about home all day or till noon then at Drakes alittle While So back much Ice in upper End of Dam [interlined; “widow Sowd her potatoe patch with wheat”]

18th Wind W. & avery fine day more Moderate at home till noon then at Jont Jones J Elliot & Mathias Holstein Cal[l]d on me & went along. I Stayd & Drank tea their

19th Wind W. & fine, at Rees Prices, altering the hang of a door &c till noon then at Able Thomas, Cuting out Sash &c home at night–

20t[h]. Wind W. & fine More Moderate about home not well Antoney Tunis here helpt to kill my Cow Bought of Mor[r]is for 20 D with a Calf in Spring, She weighed 455 lb & had 51 lb hide Jos George Got So, my knee bad & bad Cold Jill wine 6d


November 21st 1804 Wind W. & fine finished pulling Corn I at Michal Eholts & at Poll Thomas’s Got 1/2B. Salt 75 Cents paid her 2 Dollars 25 Cents for Willy More, he had Gave me 11s3 to Give her & Rest was my Money Jill wine 6d

22nd Wind W & a very fine day about home till noon then at Drakes & Jont Walters home in Evening I am much Better of the Cold than I was–

23r[d] Wind N W & fine day Calld on Jont Jones, and Meet at Torrences to Elect a Major, they [the] Demos beat us 20 votes, they Run Lowrey & we Eliot No Comparrison as to the fittness of the men; for Eliot has a turn but the other has none, but it matters not as to that parties so destract that would take Satin [Satan] If on their parties, I fear that will be the down fall of our republic 8 or 9 of us at Judg Jones, tea & Sup their, & playd till Midnight I Lost 25 Cents- So home, very agreeable time,


November 24th 1804 Wind W & a lovely fine day at Drakes, Mending Stable doors &c till noon after about home Spent 51/2

25th Wind S W & very foggy morn at Rees Prices, to See If Arch would Come to Me or Stay their, back to Breakfast– at home all day only walk’d in Evening to Jacob Morris, he not well, Gibson Jones very Ill with an [looks like “Arhtiney”]-Cleard off and very fine warm day

26th Wind S W & very foggy morn down to See neighbour Morris, rather better Set of[f] to town, Bout. velvet 3 yd & 3 yd Cloth for tom 5 D 33 Cents Jacket pattern 871/2 Cents plain bit 2s- Saw set file & brassbit 3s3 Stock lock for Celler 3s9 nails 3lb 4s6 wroght for Yerkus, horse & bear & a Jill wine 2s4 oysters & Gin 111/4 pair Shoes 10s3 ferry & pike 7 Cents, So home Eat not till I Come back; amost remarkable fine day warm

27th Wind S W. over Cast in morn been a lite rain in night Cleard of[f] fine day painting Sash, afternoon at McElroys vandue to See B H Smith, he rather Short I off Spent 11 OC


November 28th 1804 Wind N W & rather Cooler but a fine day Gibson Jones, Learnt his trade with me died yesterday about 9 OC- fine man at home paintin[g] Sash, at Jacob Morris he not well, with Zell Spent 111/4 So, hall the fragments of Lime Left from the house to Dun[g] hill, or Compost

29th Wind N & over Cast up Soon & shav’d, drest & set of[f] Gibson Jones burial, at Darby back to Dinner afternoon at Morris about home bout a Rock fish of Zachary Long weighed 5 lb for 3s- about 71/4d per lb, had about 10 of us husked all the Corn we had in barn, Cost me 3 qrts. whiskey 4s6 So, Ben Tunis in high Caper & Flint very drole, it Cleard of[f] to a fine day

30 Wind South & over Cast of[f] to town bought 1 box Glass 13 Dolrs whiting 50 Cents 1 G Oil 10s- Litterage 1s3, Shoes for Ann & George 11s3 pair for Negro James 11s3, two Little dutch boxes 121/2 Cents horse & Dinner 4s21/2 ferry & pike &c 191/2 Cents Cleard off very fine & warm, Rode without a Coat home Viz Great Coat tho afternight, a few Drops of Rain as I Come home–


December 1st. 1804 Wind N W. blue up in Night Clear & Cool after breakfast up to Widow Robeson Meet Wm Torbert their him & I Gaurdeans to 4 of her Childern & paid her 73 Dollars for keeping them, I of[f] Calld at C. Lentz at Zells & at old Molly Streapers Vendue She Got prety Much Stude & Sold but Little, I fed my horse at Kuglers 9d two Glasses Gin 1s101/2 5 Gingercakes 5 Cents, So home–

2nd Wind N W & prety smart frost, Set off With Rees Price to See his daughter Mary Maryed [married] to Thomas Levis’s Son Ned, they Live with their old Tommy tho 2 familys, him & I a dersertation on Politic[s] & Religion but he in the hole behavd prety Cleaver, Dined & tead their Rees & Wife & I home about Dark– found a Sadle bag full of paper took them to Biddles Tavern & Left them their; 1/2 Glass Gin 6 Cents I paid

3 Wind. N.W. & prety hard froze & whitefrost old Archche [Archie] begun to work this Morn I propose Giving him 40 D per year– went to Able Thomas & begun to Lay the floor, but Cloudy & begun to Snoo [snow] about 4 OC- P.M. home in Evening, Snowd till afternight, wind S W

4th Wind W & almost a Calm, Snowd near 1 Inch & not much Cold, John & Tom went to hunt Rabits Caut none very moderate day at Drakes Snow all Gone amost


December 5th 1804 Wind West & fine morn but wind Raisd & Got prety Cold painting Sash till noon after took Jos Walters Colt I Sold him to B.H.Smith his Executor, & Left him their at the Store & paid David Free 4 Dollars for Quiller [?] & bridle, & 21/2 dollars for two Blind halters, one very fine for Bullyrock home about Dark Spent 51/2– Calld at widow Goodman tel[l] her I would not goo to Norris town

6th Wind N W & fine Clear day at Able Thomas Layind [laying] floor, went Soon & home after dark

7th Wind N W & prety Cool a little Round snow in night Large frost & Red to E. Raind before noon, at Able Thomas till noon then home & at Hagys till 9 OC– Drank tea their he very Cleaver Gen[e]rous fellow, home

8th Wind N W & prety Cold painting Sash &c till noon then, then [repeated] off to Look Sibleys Vendue Money, Got none. Met Hagy at Sheets & paid his SisteringLaw 40 Dollars Intrest on abond of 333 & 331/3 Cents She had against Sibleys Est. home tho, Calld at Yerkus’s A Levering their, about a Servant of Stadlemans, that he Sold his time to the Servant & he Sick & he wants to throw on town, tho he under Indenter [indenture] to him, not any Person meet But A. Roberts


December 9th 1804 Wind N W & avery Large white frost Set of[f] to go B.H.Smiths, but Hailed by J. Jones & dined their after him & I to Smiths about Jos Walters, Est. from their to Buck to See Jont Miller about Widow Goodmans affairs, She wants to Administer on the Est & Request Miller & I to be her bondsmen [interlined: “Smart Snow Shower while at Smiths”]

10th Wind N.W. & very hard frost & very Cold off after breakfast to Meet the Sherreffs Jury to Value Rudolph Sibleys deceased Est. farm or Plantation Dined at Francis Sheets who’s wife is one of the Heirs, valued the 567 Acres at 2083 dollars 38 Cents. my Judgment was 30 Dollars but it avaraged 36.83 Drank coffee at Yerkus, So home–

11th Wind S.W. & fine Morn, took George with me & went to Rees Price’s to kill hogs, before sun rise, Got Breakfast & begun after 8 OC- killd 8 fine hogs & Got them done by one OC- Dined their So home Smart Snow shower from most west, quit about 1/2 hour, & Red Sun Set, tho not Cleard off, Cosen Rees Gave Little George W.E. Price 25 Cent he much Elated with it, made 2 Cow yokes to Stable for the first time this Winter been giving them afew tops, fine fall


December 12th 1804 Wind E & Snowing a little when got up at J. Morris’s before br[e]akfast, they killing hogs, him & wife unwell & Confinde to house, but Better than they have been Got to Snow very fast from 9 OC- till 12 then broke off near 3 I. deep, I at Morris’s & took Arch to help them, I puttyed 75 Lights of Glass for the new house over the way. Moses & John 1/2 day yesterday at Drakes I meet Hagy at Yerkus’s he treated 2 Glasses Gin he aman of Strong passions, but finde him to be a very honest Cleaver fellow, been on business & find him a Concientious man & Good Judgment

13th. Wind N.W. & Sun Shind, but thawd none, Got to N E towards Evening I Prophisied Snow, finished put[ty]ing Glass before Dinner, afterno[o]n, pull down & built up a Wall in Chamber Chimney, that the Stove Goos into from below, & widen it & wall it up Close & took the top of Stove off & Cleand it & set firer & Drew much Better quite Cured, & it was very Bad before Spent 51/2 George Crow [Grow] here assessing, I one of the assisting assessors he Dined with us paid Yerkus for 4 qt Whiskey had at husking Corn


December 14th 1804 Wind N.E, & Snowing fine & Slow when I got up Sent John for Brace bit & Glue pot to A. Thomas, I feel a little deprest at Winter Coming on for I have Little or no wood at home & the new house not Closed so as to Work, Evening at Rees Price’s, to See if Gooing to town in wagon I want Rye meal, not a lb to be had here, not Gooing Cosen Hannah Gave me two Long Links of blud pudding & 2 or 3 Links of Sausages home & Sent Tom to Morris’s & 5 Dolr note to buy Rye flower. Snowd all day but not gain much, afternight Rain & Sleited [sleeted]

15th Wind E & Misting & Sleating Gaind about 11/2 in night A very hard Crust on it wind Got more So[u]th & thawd & Run the Snow a good much afternoon took meet the Society at Yerkus Returnd 1st Vo history Genr Washington & took out 2 Vo & Read till near 12 OC- then bed Raind prety hard in night, Drank my tea too Strong Could not Sleep for Long while

16th Wind N W. & Cleard with black flying Clouds, & very high wind, Breakfasted on Cosen Hannah Price’s Sausages, & dined on a fine Spare Ribs She sent us very good they kind Viz Rees is very freindly to me & always has been, he is Generous in his house; at Meeting, afternoon at home as far as barn Got froze hard very Bo[i]sterous Cold after noon, I Reading history of Washington


December 17th 1804 Wind N W & very Cold, Say Schuylkill froze over at Righters ferry the 14th opend the 16th


July 10th 1804 Wind S.W. & warm, raind a lite Shower about 2 O’C- & 2 in Evening, and after night As If going to be asettled rain till Midnight, Mothers Reaping with 5 hands I their but Reap none, afternoon at Rees Price’s helping to Measure the Plaster work, then home took horse & went to See Jos. Walter at David Roberts he Reaping a most wonderfull Crop of Straw but head not so good, it Raind all the way on me, Staid all night, Jos. he had a bad Spell of bleeding

11th Wind N. & overCast. Left their about 4 OC- home, my Reapers Gathered Viz J. Lippens, James Disbury, E. Evans, Moses Georg[e] Irishman, Wm. Fulerton, Bill & Saml McDormant, John Irishman & Tommy B. Tunis Gordon, J Morris Somtimes & Self. we made 10 hands & finish’d mine by noon after at the Mothers Cut 71 doz & they all Came to Supper with me but Disbury and her other man, made them a good Drink of Milk punch & they sung & was Merry, & good humer’d, I to bed soon havind [having] Sleep but Triffleing the night before 2 Gallons whisy pd S. Dormant 5s71/2– pay 8 at 5s7 is 45s– whis 9s– board say 16s–total say 70s– [in margin: “Cleard of(f) to be avery fine Clear Cool day, J Morris opened & got in about 60 Dozen took B Tunis from us to help him”]


July 12th. 1804 Wind N.W. & fine Clear harvest Morn up Soon, Lippen & forces Started to D. Roberts– I Started to Rees Price’s, they had 8 Reapers Charles Price & I Gatherd & Yerkus Come about 4 OC & help us to Shock 2 Lite Showers in afternoon, tho not so as to Stop Reaping, his Rye is prety Good, Large Crop wheat as to Straw but hurt with the wet Spell, Caused the Scab, Viz half the head & Some times the hole Blasted–

13th Wind N W & all the appearance of fine wether, but their is no Judging of a Wet time, for Every little Cloud will Spout, Lippens & forces at the the Widows, Prices, I after breakfast finished Rye about 11 O’C & begun the Wheat the Red Chaff much the [omission] tho that has Som of the Scab, I Reap from 11 O’C- till night hard but did not finish 8 hands & I made 9 old Will Shock after us; This day J Morris Whispered me that Susana Thomas Lost a Shawll, & Suspected Irish George, I hope he was Guilty because I wish to hire him by Month,


July 14th 1804 Wind S W fine pleasant day, Thomas, & I halld my Rye in Viz 30 Doz. in Barn & 30 in barrack all my Crop poor indeed of 5 Acres in orchard it never was half Tilld, Rees Price had 8 Reapers & Some halling in, I to Look at them before noon after meet the Society, 9 Meet Spent 3 Cents for we over Run the 1s- so Joind the over Discoverd the a Shall [shawl] in the Irishmans Coat pocket, took out & went Down to Isaac Thomas, & they Sd- it was the one they Lost so back, Judg Jones behav’d Improdent [impudent or imprudent?] to Ross about some boards the[y] Spard much; I beg them to be Done

15th Wind about South foggy or over Cast one might think it would rain very soon from appearance but I rather inCline to think it will Clear hot– So it did but about 3 or 4 OClock Come on a Great Shower from west, with hard Thunder made a prety Great fresh in Cricks but Cleard off before night, at Lobbs (Dined their) to See Jos. Walter he not much better B. Tunis & A. Thomas their home with them drank tea with Do. [Tunis & Thomas] So home about dusk


July 16th 1804 Wind W & fine day mowing weads [weeds] &c in Meadow where I am going to put buckwheat, Moses & Tommy went aguning Got a few birds at Yerkus Spent 111/4 with J Morris, so home Jane the Widow finished Reaping & halling in & Rees Price finished Reaping & halling in also.–

17th Wind N W & fine Cool Morn I plowing Meadow, General Hamilton was Buryed the 14th at New York died with a wound in duel with Burr Vice presedent of the U. States Savage Custom, Hamilton was a man of the first abillity in U.S & had, Escape through the war, was Secretary of State &c &c he is much Lamented, by all I should hope but as to politicks he was in the Monority opposed to Jefferson Politicks, he was to be a great man, & is said to be opposed to dueling & did not fire at bur [Burr]


July 18th 1804 W S.W. fine day Molly & Rebeca & tom went to town with Cart, killd a Calf from Cow Bout of Alloway for about 9 Dollars; the Calf weighed 21 lb pr Qt. [quarter] I Got the widows old Bold Mare & plowd in the Meadow for Buck wheat, Moses, halld the doors from our Shop to Rees begun to fitt in, Got the paper from Yerkus & Read, the Letters that pass’d between Burr & Hamilton, he Disaproved of Dueling but so pravailing is Custom over Right or Wrong that his honour at Stake, he Accep[t]ed but had Resolvd not to fire at him.

19th Wind S. & alight Shower about Sun rise begun to plow Soon, but raind so hard by 8 OC- had to turn out, & it Raind much till noon, & not Clear till Evening at Rees’s weighing his Sash to Get weights at Drakes to Get Money Seen him not, then at Jont. Jones, Drank tea with them So home this is my Birth day 51 years Old my Reflections on my Advanced time of Life & in a poor way for the maintaneance of my family & they all young, gives me great Concern & the Irreligious Life I have Lived is amost Serious Concern & great Remorse at times


July 20th 1804 Wind N W. & fine Clear Cool morn Took the Harrow & about 15 Bushels of Ashes to the Newland & Sowd one Bushel & a peck of Buckwheat only one plowing fall Grass Growd up prety much & Sod not well Rated, harrowed Both ways but [not] so fryable as I would Like– Evening at Rees Prices about hinges &c for his new house

21st Wind N W & very Cool this Morn, & very Pleasant day. Set off and Got to town about 8 OC Meet Tom Price about 9 OC- Bout Sash Weights hinges Locks &c &c 38:[dollars] 4 C[ents]– peice ankean [nankeen] 7s- 2 Oz. Turnip Seed 1s101/2 two Lock saws 1s101/2, Dinner oats & 1/2 Glass Gin 6s1, Glass punch at Hestons 1s101/2; fer[r]y & pike 7 cents So home, about sunset–, Great Lamentation & mourning for Alexander Hamilton, that Statesman & Soldier who declared he would throw away his first fire & thought of throwing the 2nd he has Concious of the it being wrong [was conscious of it being wrong]


July 22nd 1804 Wind S W. and before Meeting time & a wet day at Meeting two women preachers, I was Much Affected & the tears flowd, plentifully, hope I Never Should forget my duty to my God, at home all day, being first day–

23rd Wind N W fine Cool day, at Rees’s hanging doors &c. Dined their breakfasted & Sup at home

24th Wind N W, fine day Plowing in old Orchard, for buck Wheat finished about 11/2 Acre I Suppose–

25th Wind W & fine Coold [cool] Morn, Sowd 1 Busl. & about one peck in Orchard of Buck wheat & harrowd it in & harrowd the Potatoes, but the most of them are drow[n]ed out, not worth Leaving intend plowing up & try turnips had 5 Young Woman & my 2 boys & Evan Evans & Bill McDormant pulling flax Gave them a good Supper &c &c– Margret Rowlans & Mary Righter the Girl or Young woman that nursed Lippens wife, where [were] the promoters of it


July the 26th. 1804 Wind W & fine Cool day plowing the Roof [rough] peice in the Lower End of the meadow for buckwheat it is very Ruff & wett finished by noon, after halld the flax into the Orchard, no Seed on it worth attending to the Storms had knok it down So, I Conclude to Rate it Derect, Shavd & went to See Frd Drake If he has any Money aboard & So– & then after went to See Jos Walter he very feeble, took him 1/2 doz. harvest plumb a Deliceous fruite. Drank tea at Lobb’s Stayd till dark home about 11 O’C Remarkable Cool as I Come home–

27th Wind N.W. & fine Cool morn but warm day; help to Shock up the flax to Dry, for I finde their is, more Seed than I Expected therefore I have alter my Opinion & intend beating off the Seed– at David Roberts & Drakes & with Jacob Morris Cuting a tree to make apple mill plank home to Dinner, after at Wm. Hagy’s about Sibley Est. Drank tea their home about Dark–


July 28th. 1804 Wind S W & warm Bout 1 B Buckwheat of A Levering 5s71/2 Sowd it in Meadow all but about 4 qt Left, it is Ruff peice & Clay Stratum, halld one Load of dung on a little peice in new Land No5 & plowd it & Raked it over & sowd about 1/2 O[u]nce of Turnip Seed So home to Dinner then Meet at Yerkus’s Laying Road tax, the Same as County 650 Dollars Eat Supper Spent not so home–

29 Wind S W & warm day, Set [off] after breakfast, to Hagys & Sheets & him & I went to one Shepperds he had abond & Judgment against R. Sibleys Est. paid him 105 Dollars on acct. Dined their then to Hagy Tavern Drank 3 pints wine I Spent 3s41/2 back to Hagy & Drank tea then home, I Drank to[o] much wine home after Dark not intoxciated [intoxicated] but too much to feel pleasant, Hagy Clever he’s avery Clever fellow


July 30th 1804 Wind S.W warm day got the head ake to day alittle, at Rees Price’s Hanging Sash &c &c Afternoon at Saml Jarvis s he done almost. Meet Hagy & Shepperd with [regard] to Sibleys then home

31st. Wind S W. warm day at Rees till noon, Edw Lobb here to [ask me] Go See Jos Walter, Titus & I Set off, a fine Shower about 2 OC- & alite Scud or 2 before night Cool the Air much, Got home about 9 O’C at night Jos. verry Ill very antious [anxious] to Settle with me I promised to Goo to Morrow So

Augt. 1st. Wind N.W. & Cool at Rees at work their to breakfast, then of[f] to See Jos Walter & Settled with him fell 129 D 81 Cents in his debt but I Charge him nothing for his board at turnpike or We Should Come out about Square, he Gave me a bond for the remainder of 100L that I am bound for him to Alley Roberts home after dark he Cant Last many days


August 2nd. 1804 Wind N.W. at Rees Prices Hanging insd Shetters &c home to Dinner Evening at to See Jos Walter took 2 Chickens he wareing away fast; home about 12 O’C Spent 1s41/2 & Gave the painters 1s41/2 to buy whisy very Cool Comeing home from Jos. Walters

3rd Wind N W & over Cast Some part but no rain to Day, at Rees Price’s at work at insd Shetters &c painters at work– at Rees in Evening to Send for some things so home & Soon to bed very Cool Evenings & Mornings–

4th Wind N W. & fine day at Rees finished hanging Shetters. at Rees to Dinner work till about 4 OC- then home & went to See Jos. Walter he very Low Stayd till about 11 OClock at [omission] then home Drake pd me 91 Dollars Rent so–

5th Wind S.W. fine morn but over Cast in afternoon thunder far off few drops of Rain, at Meeting in Morn after about home, had a bad pain in bowels Spent 51/2 for Gin at Yerkus’s walk to back feilds Little John along


August 6th 1804 Wind S.E. & Rainney morn at Rees in Morn then at Saw Mill put a log on & Sawd it for Apple Mill plank for Jacob Morris, Got David Roberts Oxen & halld it home & took back apine Log from Garden very Much Rain to day, hard Shower in Evening–

7th Wind E & much wet in Night & till noon then rather Broke off at Rees Price altering Celler stairs & harths backwards & forwherd all day,

8th Wind N W & fine day Fulerton Disbury & Jos Evans begun to Get Stone at Darby lane for me for the house for freinds, John Holgate Run off another acre for them that John Dickenson Gave them tom Sawing & broke down the Cog wheel so. done I Suppose Solomon Spreading flax paid him 3s9 his Mother died yesterday to be Buried to Morrow She must be very old, Discourageing appearance of Stone paid Yerkes 1s6 for whisy & Gin– Jos. Evans paid Mow the flax patch


August 9th 1804 Wind S W & over Cast a few drops of rain at times at the Quarry off and on till noon then to See Jos Walter he very Low at the store pd John Thomas 10 Dollars on acct & paid Isaac Thomas on acct of Rye & Straw 10 D. one Eagle paid Polly Dean on hair [?] 4 Dollars 5 Cents for things out of the Store & Lions had 7s6 of it on my acct. So goos the money, home about 9 OC at night

10th Wind S W & very warm till noon then rather pleasanter at Edward Williams Burial at Merion yard, he was an old Stander, or among one of the first Settlers the hole of the Name is Extent [extinct] in these parts tho Left agood many Grand Childern but he had no Mail Childern nor his Brother Jos had but 3 daughters viz Hannah Williams & her daughters is turnd to Georges, without Daniel Williams has a son Left in back Country of his name at Enion, the hole of an Large family has Lost the name,– afternoon at Spring Mill Tavern Lewellen Youngs personal & Lifetime in Rale Est. was advertised to be Sold by Sherreff, but he had Stopt it Spent 111/4d So back to Youngs & stade & Supt with him home about 10 OC- at night he ows me about 100 Dolrs- & I hope he will be able to pay me yet, tho they run him hard–


August 11th 1804 Wind S W. at Rees Prices hung the Celler door, & finished all in & about the house after a long Jobb, home to Dinner Rake’d & Cock’d the flaxpatch Jos Evans Mowd at Mill & Dam took a swim at the widows so home drank tea & Read the papers & so to bed–

12th Wind in Morn W & Got to N E & over Cast afternoon broke of[f] without rain, at Meeting one Thomas Scattergood preach’d A great & good Serment to us, Lecter’d on the propiety of Parents or necessity of Parents being [doing] their duty to bring up their Childern in a Pious & Religious way & how first impressions where [were] Lasting would not be So Likely to Goo astray, which had a Great Effect on me for Mine, for I have had a good deal Concearn at times about them & have had thoughts about applying to have them Members with freinds beleiving it to be the Root and foundation that all religion out [ought] to Stand on attending to that within man, that will instruck him, waiting for that Comforter that our Lord & Master mention, it was needfull for him to Goo that the Comforter might [come], that Baptism of the holy Gost,


August 13th 1804 Wind N E & over Cast halld in the hay of the flax patch, & took some to plank [some plank] to Drakes to Lay athrashing floor back to Dinner afternoon at Rees’s back & attended an arbitration between S Jarvis & his Last years Tennant Pullenger they brought Jarvis 5L 10s in Debt & 2L 2s9d Cost this they Democrat 100 Dors act this Great Genious [meaning unclear] Holgate Sent his Constable out the County to Summon Arbitrators & he attended to Sware or Quallify them.

14th Wind S E. & over Cast, but broke off without rain, took horse & went in hunt of Jos found him at T. George, had been their A Great While, Jos Loth to Leave Mowing at Alley Roberts, paid him 16 Dollars that Jos Walter Left hear to pay Intrest on a 100L Bond and paid him 10s- Intrest on a note of mine for 8L 8s back to Dinner Fulerton work in Quarry

15 Wind S W & warm about noon Jos. Evans & Fullerton work in Quarry & plowing a peice wher[e] I planted potatoes for Turnip they all Drowned out, with them at Quarry Good part of day


Augt. 16th 1804 wind S. warm & over cast all Day I plowd up the remainder of Potatoes & harrowd it, old Will begun to Quarry Stone beyond the tanyard, at 2s- a perch a poor Prospect yet Evans & Fulerton in the old Quar[r]y in woods wher[e] Polly Streaper Dug for her Sheds, poor Luck their at Yerkes for newspaper 1 Jill Gin, Read them & So to bed–

17th Wind S E & over cast thunder before noon, & raind two Light Showers but not to Stop work, at J. Morris to Look at his new apple Mill B Tunis has made the Gudegions had ringe’d & tore very much nearly spilt [split] back & helping old Will awhil[e]— he done nearly 6 Quarrying by perch, halld 2 Loads of Ashe on the potatoe Ground & harrowd it well & sowd one ounce turnip seed, & help them in the quarry Got back to the road, turnd out 8 perch to day I beleive and wages 10s & board 4 Whis 1s41/2 total 15s41/2 is about 23 pence per perch


August 18th 1804 Wind S.W. & warm day & Cool Evenings & Mornings up Soon with Fulerton in quarry till about 9 OC then at Sawmill & patch the Wheel & put it in gear again it had ketch & Shuffed out, at Mothers aWhile So home to Dinner then in quarry a While, Dressd & meet the Society at Yerkus’s Able Thomas hear & Drank tea wants me to build a house for him or Adition to his old which I agree to Doo If all is well

19th Wind S.W. & warm day at Meeting & at Lobbs to See Jos Walter he very Low but knowd me & talk very Senable [sensible] at times, Said he was Gooing fast [blot] was Glad to See me, Left their about sun set, I think he will Last [blot] but a little while Titus news when I Got home Polly Yerkus Got a young son Great Joy with Titus–

20th Wind S W & Warm day 6 or 7 of the freinds Meet at 8 OC to fix & Lay out the house their [they] are gooing to build on the Lot Dickenson gave them about 10 OC- Jont Walter Come over with the news of Jos Death about 3 OClock this morning


Augt 20th 1804

after dinner Sent Tom [to] Buck &c to invite to Jos Burial to morrow 9 0C- I off to Able Thomas about a building or adition to his house from their to David Evans paid him 9 Cents tole I owd 6 before So by D Roberts home, at Rees Price’s to Borrow his Riding Wagon to Goo to funeral to Morrow–

21st Wind S.W & a very warm day Jont Walter Got the Wagon took Ann & George & his Mother & old Peter & Jane &c & I Rode with Titus in the Chair arivd about 9 OC,- Started about 10 OC- & arivd at Merion yard before 12 O’C- interd him avery Large & respectabl[e] Burial, home not any Stranger to Dine with us I took horse & went to Lobbs to dine Good provision & &c. he has made a Will & apointed B. Smith Exectr will not Read Drank tea So home about Dark, with a promis to Meet them to Morrow, my wife not in a Condit[i]on to go out so not a[t] Burial Except at Graveyard


22nd 1804 Wind S W & very warm Day Busy about at the Mill & set tom to Saw the pine Log, John Giger son of Jesse’s Came Prentice the 20th, begun to thunder to N W about 12 OC- & before one of the Clock, Come on a very Great Shower abated about or before 2 OC- Set off & raind again Stopt at Pratts John Thomas along then off, to the place that Lee did own on West Chester road that Father had a morgage on the man gave no incoragement that he could pay before next Spring a light Shower while their then on Stopt Baldins on the W. Chester road Spent 111/4 on to old Abner Evans Tavern Stopt Came on avery hard Gust abated Set off to Lobbs a meeting about Jos Walters affairs home Evening


August 23rd 1804 Wind N E & over Cast & raind alittle afternoon brok[e] off & prety fine, of[f] to ferry Bout 1000 Sap pine 15 Dolrs then to town 2 fore planes 15s2 Saw 12s6 files 4s6 handles for Rees draws 7s8 2 Jills of wine & 3qts oats 1s101/2 ferry pike & 1/2 Jill Gin 11d– So home Eat Some Corn & water Million at Elliots, they Done dinner or I would a dine’d–

24th Wind, S by E & over Cast all day Disbury begun the Celler for 5 Drs. Solomon begun the Clover over the Dam for 7s6 I set the boys to plain floor boards 1000 f Sap pine Able Thomas halld up for Freinds house

25th- Wind S by W. Cloudy Moses helping Yerkes Solomon finish’d Mowing & I pd him, 7s6, I off to ferry & Sent 1000 feet white pine boards up at 7L per 1000, Spent 1s101/2- & pike 3 Cents, so home to tea had no Dinner, Evening at Yerkus’s Bryson overset the Chair with Polly Saltbag in hurt her much and broke his arm


August 26th 1804 Wind S E & Rainbow in Morn Cloudy all day after, & Smart Shower in Evening at Meeting a Silent Sit[t]ing, afternoon at Jacob Morris’s he up with me, I off for Grows & Caut in the Shower above aluded to at Yerkus J. Lippens halld 2 Loads hay from Noble’s he Mowd their, I home & to bed we go

27th Wind N E a very wet Morn hard Shower till noon then abated I work at a Cider mill &c. Able Thomas fetch up the Load of boards 1000 white pine & we unloaded about house all day, yoke’d the Small Shotes & they tore them off as quick as on Disbury work alittle at Celler

28th Wind N E & Cloudy all day Borrowd Wilson’s Wagon & [blot] the Widows horse, & went to ferry Bout 260 feet pine Scantling for Window frames Got 7s6 of Lippens & Bout 6 lb Sugar-6s- one lb Coffee 2s4 Spent 2 Glass Gin 1s101/2 pike 111/2 Cents so home before night Got another saw McElwains at 12s6 John Lippens along–

29 Wind S E. & Dull Cloudy Cuting out windows &c- So over Cast that we did not Spread the hay Set Giger at the frames–


30th 1804 Wind S W & Cleard off Set to Spreading hay Jont Jones here with him at Yerkus s he Treated to Glass punch afternoon Raked & Cock’d all the hay not much damaged

30th [error in dating] Wind S W & alite Shower Geard up poney & Bully & halld 2 loads, then at Mothers they Start halling hay, help them all afternoon Swampt 3 of the horses Soon, hall 2 Loads before night

Sept 1st 31st Wind W & very warm at Mothers & halld 2 Loads all out of the Swamp back & Disbury fetch the Wagon & halld all I had mowd, most blinded with Sweat put on dry Linnens & attended to Shop with boys

Sept 1st Wind S W & very warm Set off to S. Gibson & from their to Darby to Look for Masons to build Freinds house. Spent 51/2 home about Dark


September 2nd 1804 Wind S W and very remarkable hot Some say hotest day & others think 6 day, but their has been 3 it is hard to deside which was the warmest at Meeting after up Eeliots [Elliots] & Morgans then to king from prussia Drank tea their & Spent 11d for oats, & 51/2 boy Eliot Jur. along he wants to Run for Sherreff home about 10 OC–

3rd Wind S & very hot till noon thunder & Lightening, about but only a few drops here, at D Roberts for Heffer home to Dinner Georg[e] & John alons [along] Dined on Boild Corn, after about home Spent 51/2 for Gin antoy [Antony] Levering halld a walnut Log of mine for applemill & I Cut alog in orchard in [omission] & Sent back with him at Dark

4th Wind N E & the Air fine & Cool After Breakfast at Mill for white oake Scantling, Back at Rees Prices Tom for me Polly complaining Sent Tom for Grany Latch She abroad I off on Poney


Sept 4th 1804

and found her at Wm Dills on the place where Jont Supplee used to Live mounted her & back we Came in a hurry, all prety Calm till alittle before 4 OC- they broth [brought] forth a fine Boy very Stout fatt fellow. Dill’s wife had a girl I about alday had some fat Jokes between Grany Latch & Morris & Self, Fany was to Nurse but She So weekly that She declines all the Childern at GranMother Price’s, She [Fanny?] was here about 74 or their about quit[e] Stout, Mother Latch is 73 She says, Get on any Strange horse & Gallop hard, very active of her Age– pint Brandy 1s101/2 hannah Price pd me for Repairing her Old draws 3 Dollars

5th Wind N W fine Cool morn, Sleep bad alone, awoke very often boys Maken Window frames about house Cut out more frames & Sawd a log for Apple Mill &c Spent 1s10 with McClenechan


Septr 6th 1804 wind N W. Cool Morn but warm day, Set off about 11 O’C- to help Gibson to rais McElvains house & Stable at or near the ferry had agood pig Gammon &c &c punch &c water Millions &c very good provision we work till dark, not finish’d the barn, Bout 1 qt Brandy 3s9 1 lb Coffee 2s4 0ne qt. Bottle 111/4d- pike &c 111/4d- So home about 10 O’C-

7th W. S W. & foggy morn & very warm day, took my flax, it over Rated I think about home all day Tom, took the Cart Sadle to David Frees, at Jos. Walters Store; boys work in Shop

8th. Wind S W warm day Bill Gill mowing, paid him 7s6 & owes [owe] him 3s9 for he mowd one day first Crop, Moses & Giger mowd alittle Partrick [Patrick] Flings Child about 5 yrs old killd in paper mill, he Rented Bickens old Mill Enoch Maken Coffin


9th 1804 Wind S W. & avery warm day at Meeting Silent Sit[t]ing, after dinner, at Partrick Flings Childs Burial Bickens yd. Enoch Got a fitt of the ague & I had to goo & Screw it up. a great Many people their all foot but McClenechan & Self it amaising what anumber of people that Crick dose imploy, they will Rule or Give a Majorrity to our town, perhaps their is half of them I downt know; So many Imployd at the paper Mills their is 7 of them in Less than 3 Miles, Give bread to a number, & great many of they [the] Journeymen have wife & the hills Swarm with Childern– home to tea,–

10th Wind S W & over Cast & a few drops of Rain Soon in Morn & a shower afternoon with thunder, of[f] Soon, to Get Mordica Davis to build the house for freinds he promises to begin the 24 of this month So home about 10 OC- and heard that Felix Washers Son Jos. was dead about 5 yrs. old Spread out the hay & afternoon took the Childern & went to the Burial


Sept 11th 1804 Wind S. & blue brisk Leaves turnd up much & Look like for Rain, very warm day Set the boys & Jos Evans to Rake & Cock the hay & I off to Able Thomas, to help to pull Down his old house, warm & dusty, home before night

12th Wind E & Misting blue so Cool in night had to Get up & Shet the Sash, Jos. Evans at the quarry Flint afternoon Tom & I halld 7 Loads of Stone the[y] did not Dig aperch to Day, throwing the top off, wife Brave, Cut a fine parcel of apples Last night, I fear they will Spoile–

13th Wind S & Got to W. & very foggy no rain in Night Cloudy till noon then at the hay turnd the Cocks over & Spread the wet parts, much Discoraged about the quarry, it Looks bad, wife Layd in ten days & quite Brave–

14 Wind W & fine Morn up soon quarry & back till about 10 OC- then at hay Spread & halld one Load before noon 3 Loads in Barrack & 3 in Stack So Got it all up I had mowd, our Quarry very Bad,

15th Wind S W & fine day up soon & set off to town, Bout. 2 Jack plan[e]s 11s- Chees 163/4 at 1s3 Gave 2 dollars & 75 Cents Testament 371/2 Cents 1/2 lb Tea 6s3- Spent 1s41/2 at Davis & Watkins Dinner & horse 3s9 boy 51/2


Sept. 15th 1804

Spent ferry & pike 7 Cents at Tumblesons 121/2 Cents waiting for Miller at Hansels with Miller 121/2 So home Meet the Society, at Yerkus s a demoCrat Meeting they much Devided & Look Shie at one another, they Sent Krickbaum & Latch as Committee men to Meet a Conferance of the County, perhaps 10 or 12 their take out the 5 & the rest ant [ain’t] known Nothing to represent nor nothing to Loos, a reached [wretched] Dreadfull [omission] when our Town must be represented by such Creatours as the 2 Elected Neighther Can Scearsly write their name. Hagy is Cleaver Got in compy. with them & Spent 1s101/2 in punch Wrong for I ought not Spend one Cent I poor

16th Wind & warm fine day not very well great remorse, hope it will not be Ever arased at Morris at Evens [Evans] feild to Look stone there, then to Look at for Buckwheat & turnips home to Dinner Little John along, afternoon Neighbour Morris along drank tea here I at Titus Got the newspaper

17th Wind W warm hunting Quarries all day find none on my Land at Nehemiah Evans Childerns feild found one Come up a Great Storm of Wind & Smart rain


Septr 18th 1804 Wind N.W & a fine day halling Stone till noon & at Mothers & a load of wood after at the Quarry bargain’d with Fulerton & Jos Evans to quar[r]y 40 perch for 10 Dollars, they making great out

19th Wind W, & over Cast in Morn & rainbow had one very Smart Shower & 2 or 3 Liter [lighter] hall stone till noon then at Able Thomas’s & E George’s about abill for the house Drank Coffee Seen Hannah Williams 84 years old in her 85[th year] was very Glad to See me Cant walk Rumatic or [blank] but very Scenable [sensible] & Can hear very well- 1/2 barrel Rye flower 14s- of Watkins the air much Chaingd quite Cool Riding–

20th Wind N W & remark[able] Change in are [air] feels Like frost, pu[t]ing Spouts from pomp [pump] to Carry the water Cross the Road to Make Morter, Layd old p[l]um tree in the road & covered it at Rees in Evening–

21st Wind wind N W & very Cold, Mathew Roberts Say alarge frost with them but not any here as I Seen halling Stone all day hired a negro for 7 pr.


Sept 22nd 1804 Wind W by S & a fine pleasant Morn Set of[f] about 5 OC- to Town Bough[t] 2 barrel Rye flower at 3 Dollrs p[er] 6 D. paid for Deed Bond & Morgage to Bates for G. Bridson 7 Dollars, 1 Gallon Oile 10s-,14 lb Red potatoes 25 C 21/2 yd Rusha Linnen 4s2 per 10s5, Sand Shovel 7s6 Eliots 3s6 ferry &c 7,C at paston[?] 51/2; home before 3,O’C Disbury finishd the Celler & Gave them 1 qt Whis 25 C

23rd Wind W & fine day at Meeting in Morn at home all afternoon, Lobb & others here

24 Wind N W & fine day up Soon & dug out the foundation in Celler, Drake here & paid me 50L viz 35 Cash & 15L I had to allow him for Lime it being the Remainder of 200L bond, heard the Mason Mordica Davis did [not] Intend to Come to Work much Displeasd, Set of[f] to Ellis’s to Look for Brandywine Masons, not to [be] had So home Spent 121/2 Cents, so a very bad night they [the] disapointment prayed on me to Such a degree that I Could not Sleep, & I not well had to pray to Lord to Support my Mind, & by his Blessing I hope I shall be able to Stand

25th Wind N & over Cast Borrowd Mothers horse & set of[f] to Look for Mordica he not Come for 2 weeks, I much Distress Spent 111/4 So home, Aaron Smith, Says he will help all he Can but, will not Ingage to Stick


Septemr. 26th 1804 Wind W & fine day Lippens & I Set [off] to Look Mason at Poll Thomas s Powder & Shot 3s9- on to Otts thence to hansels Tavern Gin 111/4d then to Baptis Meeting Building by Hoffman, he Cannot help he has not near don[e] that. from thence to Mc— Tavern on turnpike David Roberts Tavern Spent 111/4 & a 1s101/2- I had to Give the tenders at the Baptis meeting home after dark, mind Pesterd & Got a bad Cold

27th Wind S W & fine day at Able Thomas s J. Holgate & his Newpew [nephew] Masoning their old John Says he help when they have done their, I Layd out the Chimney Line their then home (Stroke) Michal a number of Cows & Sheep, Lippens Got one Say the Inhabitants very Sickley in Berks Lancaster York Counties &c Jont. Jones, at Yerkus & haild me Spent 111/4 with him & Elliot, so past on

28 Wind N. W. & high took the Gun to Go to Ellis s to Look Mason. Ned Gill says Aquilla has not com[e] up yet back to Dinner, at the whee[l]wright Shop & here Comes Aquilla Lambert the Mason & is Glad to doo my work & Can bring 8 Masons but Cant Come till he is finished Darby Meeting house but I am Rejoist to have Some Certainty of Geting it up,–

29th Wind N W hung my applemill stick & begun to turn Sentfor & went to Able Thomas s & Lay the first floor of Joist Dined their then back to Elect Inspector Assessor, Yerkes Inspector, G- Grow assessor, John Righter & Self assistant, Spent 2s9 So home & sup on welsh Rabit

30th Wind W & fine day at Meeting after Jont Jones Brout his Carrage down & took Yerkus & me to See the new bridge, they have scaffeled all over hundred of people walking over, back & forwards


September 30th 1804 the[y] have got thee [the] 3 Sections aCross & the braces top Rail of one Arch up, this the Grand Bridge, but people pass on foot on the Scaffel for Raising, it was Advertised that they might pass, Jont Jones paid all but 51/2d I paid back & drank tea with Titus Jones would not stay [Refers to the Market Street Bridge.]

October 1st. Wind N & Prety Cold but no frost as I Could fined [find], Set off about 10 O’C- went by Buck meet John Thomas & Isaac Warner well Equipt for troop & meet them at Pritners Springtown, Spent 3s9 a pair Gloves 1s101/2 the hole 11s3 at Wm Hendersons he puting up for Sherreff, Pushed the wine I drank rather much, not so as to intoxacate but a Glass Extraornary hurts mee Drank tea John Elliot Jur. So home about 11 OC-

2nd. Wind W & alight frost not very well Caute Cold Last night turning apple mill for Self & at A. Thomas Seting door & window home in Evening to[o] Cool to be pleasant

3rd Wind W dry & Cool at work at Mill till noon then Michal Eholt up & Insisted so much on me to meet at Stadlemans to Settle between him & his partnor as drovers, a great Spot of work Such Confused acct perhaps never was advanst before Sat till Candle Light & only got throw [through] one Trip so home

4 Wind N W at work at mill all day Cut Cuting [repeated] buckwheat but not Ripe nor hurt with rust Michal here to day about his affairs I Got a bad Cold, but keep about


October 5th 1804 Wind fin N W fine weather for work work till Breakfast then at Stadlema[n]s on Michals & his partnors acct till one OC at night, got through the trips but not Settled the Money Matter, which I fear will be as difficulty [difficult] as the other, one Saml. Merklin was the other I beli[e]ve a Scrivnor from town butifull Clok [cloak] & very Clever on Business a good Idiea [idea] of arbitrating, he took much pains & interp[r]eted to me as the acct was all in dutch, we got through to both of our satisfactions I home about 2 OC in morn Drank not Dined & Supt at their Expence

6th Wind N.W feeling not so pleasant not Sleep aknuff Got a horse of Jont. Walter to plow & I of[f] to town, bout a bare skin for my Cap, trowser for Negro, Left my watch with Richard George to be Repaird then meet at Kuglar 4 & Race Street on Michal Eicholt & his partners Business Sat till afternight Michal pd 5s71/2 for me at Eliots & So Esqr Young & Michal & I Set of[f] home at Stadlemans pint wine I pd 111/4d home about 11 OC Young Stayd agood While with me then off & I to bed–

7th Wind W 2 or 3 Little Showers from w. & blue up Cool at Morris alittle while his hogs Distroyd my turnip patch & buck wheat Spent at Yerkus 111/4d about house all day being first day not at Meeting


October the 8th 1804 Wind N W & fine day Set of[f] about 11 OClock & Meet the Troop at Norris town parraded 25 at Brodes Treated us, Spent 7s6 home by Spring Mill Harry ferry home about 9 OC

9th Wind S. in morn & warm hard thunder & raind Smart from West before 8 O’C & begun to blow & blue a Herrican by noon, Set of[f] to Election at Norris town Voted for Henderson & Lowry for Sherreffs & Broad for Commiss[i]onor not voted for Assemble[y] & nor Congress, Such animals proposed that I would nor Could not vote for, true Republicans Mear Creatures, hardly any honest imparshal men would Trust them as Arbitrators on any triv[i]al business Dinner & Club 3s9 hors[e] & 2 Glass Gin 3s9 all my [change] Borrowd 51/2d of Hagy & Joind Richard Moore & Bout 1/2 peck fine peaches for 111/4 & Hagy & I Bout 111/4 of Oysters Hagy paid Set off for home about 4 OC back by Springmill, ferriage on trust had no Change Spent my Dollar so on to Judg Jones, Jonathan Jones along & pravaild on me to Stop at the Judges, Said he would not Stay but go with me, Stayd till 10 OC- & after he would not goo, I Set of[f] & Got home 1/2 after 11 OC- or ther abouts perhaps never was Such a night of wind at this Season Lims & twigs falling & trees very dangerous & alarming dreadfull night to be out but arivd safe prety Cold

10th Wind N W high & Cold, John & I over at sawmill geting tree for Girder home to dinner 3 Masons Came begun the house for Freinds


October 11th 1804 Wind N W & fine day at Able Thomas s awhile then meet at Upper ferry on Michals & his pardoners matters finish about 10 O’C so home perhaps near 12 OC 3 Mason Came

12th Wind N and about with Masons & triming for Stairs &c fine day Moderrated agood much, afternoon at Rees & Sibley, about their affairs Hagy & Several other[s] their, old woman very Stiff and Obstinet a[nd] Cant Get her to agree to Make a vandue went to See S Jarvis back about dark

13 W S.W & fine day Isaac Price halling Stone from Evans quarry 6 Loads amongst the Mason[s] all day E[x]cept alittle while at Yerkus at Society

14 Wind W. & fine day Lumps of Ice froze from due on the Levelboard and Large whitefrost, with Lambert the Mason to Look Willy More to tend he no Come, not at Meeting at Yerkus Evening 8 Masons & 1 tender all at board to day 27 Meals at 8d is 18s– So Come on far fetch dear bought Remember not go far for mason


October 15th 1804 Wind S by W over Cast in Morn about 9 Look favorable Set off Meet the troop at the Sweeds ford then march & Joind the Regement, in Holstains [Holsteins] feild begun to rain about 11 OC- wet the hole time whilst in feild but Just as we Got Discharged raind hard, Rode to Holstains barn where We had a Good Ration & p[l]enty Spirrets & Brandy a great number pertook with us, feild Officers & Straingers from delaver [Delaware] County, Expences 3s9 per Live Cheap Gave the boys 3s9 Spent 1s4 Powder 1s3 Brandy 111/2 Gin 111/2 [repeated] Spent in hole only 1 Dollar 44 Cents

16 Wind S W and remarkable fine day David Roberts ox team & horse team halling 12 Loads Stone from Evans quarry I help 2 Loads Got Scaffel poles & withs &c busy all day

17 Wind N E and wet day masons work none I at Morris’s old place to Look at his Celler he wanting a door through back to Dinner Got a bushel of wheat at J Walter


October 18th 1804 Wind. E. & Rain till noon then masons work 1/2 day James Ground apples & pulled 2 B. Corn Boys framing upper floor I diging Sand awhile and amongst them all day

19th Wind N W & Cleard off very fine Masons made agood days work to Day, at the quarry Mich Smith halling I put up one perch Got Yerkus s mare halld 6 poles from Rees Price’s, Jont Jones here awhile I about amongst the Masons all day the Powder Mill blue up yesterday morning & two men badly burnt dyed this morn & buried this Evening one was Little Werts, his Legs & thigh about half the Length of a tall man but his body as Long as Comening [common in] mens, he used to tend it but had been off Some time only their on arrant [errand] & went in & Started the mill for or with the other man that tended the morters he was a German not Long in, did not damage the MIll Much this is the 3 time I remember this mill to blow up & Every time One or More killd, Sowd 1/2 B’Wheat & 2 B Rye in Corn

20th Wind S W & a very fine day off about 10 OC & Raisd Able Thomas’s house Ben Tunis framed the Rafters & help us to Rais Good Dinner they Gave us, then back & Raisd second floor Joice on our house under took for Freinds, Spent 11d for Tunis he Came with us & help to Rais Joists


October 21st 1804 Wind South & fine day being first day my knee very weak I beleive Rumatic pains, at Meeting at home all afternoon

22nd Wind W. & fine day Masons Drove on fine Isaac Price halling Stone 14 Loads I help to Load all day only at Noon Sowd 1/2 Bushel Red Chaff Wheat & near 1 B. Rye in Meadow, Sowd Some where the hogs had Rooted the Bank, 1 qt whis & 2 yd bacco 2s-

23 Wind E in Morn & foggy Cleard of[f] before noon & fine day Isaac Price & I for 1000 Brick 9 Dollars pike & ferry 50 Cents Drink, 2s91/2 home before Night Richard Jones Drank tea with us, Mason not on So well as I Exspected–

24 Wind S.W. & over Cast Come on a Smart rain about 10 OC- Broke of[f] about 12 OC. & Cleard very fine & Calm about Sun Set, I. Price halld 7 Loads of Stone from Evans quarry I allow 11 perch Gave flint [Flint], 2 Dollars to goo Store Mason on fine to day If it had been not for the rain we would been nearly ready to rais

25th Wind N W & averry fine day, rather Cooler but no frost nor Ice, up Soon & hurryed about & Got ready for Raising Got ready at noon & raisd in the afternoon one Gallon whisy.. 5s71/2 at Morris Got 1/2 peck potatoes


26th 1804 Wind E & Cold & little snow then rain from about 10 OC- till midnight hard rain, I. Price here soon & we halld 4 Lite Loads Stone from Evans quarry, I a hunt for Joe Evans at his Mothers She had Movd to Latches Last Evening & they had a Caper, Joe not their I back & Loaded another Load then off to Poll Thomas s & their found him & he along to the quarry & work till the rain drove us off– met with George McClene[c]han, & Lippens Shop Spent 11d & at Yerkus 111/4 Masons no work to D after 10 OC

27th Wind N W & fine Clear morn Snow on Roofs fences & along the Sd of houses & Ground froze & Ice over the hogshead of water we had Planted for Morter too Cold for Masons to work I off to town Bout Shoes for tom one dollar 25 Cents for John 50 Cents Stockens for James 9s41/2 Ink powder & Sand 1s41/2 at Bank to See Wilson, at R. Tunis, Dinner &c 6s61/2 ferry & pike 7 Cents 1/2 Glass Gin 6 Cents So home Sleave Buttons 6 Cents, quite a warm day after ten OC- masons work without their Coats–

28th Wind W. & avery fine morn, first day no Work– I at Meeting afternoon [with] J. Morris at Hagys he not at home we back again– Molly & Fanny at Peter Mays with her young Son. [interlined: “payd Evan 3s9 I owd him for mowing pay Rebecca 7s6 I owd her pd negro 7s6”]

29th Wind N.W. & fine Morn, a most remarkable warm day Masons at work without their Coats. finished one Gable End & almost the other, I Price Came Late halld 7 Loads from Evans quarry 101/2s I hall 3 Loads from my quarry in Morn perhaps 2 perch


October the 30th 1804 Wind S.W. & foggy morn and a Lovly fine day, at Able Thomas Seting Cornish & Lathing my keen [knee] prety Sore this Evening walk home the Masons finished the Gable Ends & went off after breakfast, to George Ashtons to build a spinghouse, but Shall have them to pint [point] If the weather keeps good I shall make a bad Job without they allow me Somthing for their board for rainey wether & first days, Bad pollicy the to have masons so late

31st Wind N W & Rather Cooler, at Able Thomas Shingleing most finished home at Night

October [November] 1st. Wind N W & Cold plenty of Ice Ground froze took Poney in the Cart & went to town Got 242 Dollars of Edw George on acct of house I am Building Bout asaw 12s6 Tobacco 6 lb 9s- horse & 2 half Glasses Gin 1s101/2 mending old watch for mending 14s- ferry 111/4 pike 4 Cents 1 Jill wine & Jin 1s1 Nails & tin for Gutters 12 Do 44 Cents 1 peck Timothy Seed one Dollar So home at Dark on acct of Boards & Shingles 75 Dollars

2nd Wind N W. & avery fine day at work at the new house, & at Meeting Arther Howel preachd awhile for us, afternoon 5 Masons & a tender Came hall Sand to Make Morter to pint boy back from Thomas’s & begun to Set our Cornish–


O November 3rd 1804 Wind N W & avery fine day Seting Cornish &c till noon then of[f] to John Eliots, King from Prussia, Day of Appeal for our Troop, he at Valley forge Hughes Bija Stevens & I road up their, Staid & Drank Some Toddy their till Candle Light, then back to Eliots, their Stayd Supper, he would not take any pay but 4 Quarts of oats, Left their 1/2 after 9 OClock Stopt at Torrence but did not Light Spent 1s41/2 So on home about 12 OC– paid Eliot Jur 15s- I Borrowd on Bat[t]alion Day I forgot to take any with me so had to Borrowd, Spent in hole to day 3s3–

4th Wind S W & fine morn up soon & at Titus 1 pint Brandy 1s101/2 & 1/2 Glass Gin 51/2 not at our meeting, afternoo[n] put Bulley in Yerkes’s Chair & went to Tompsons Meeting to here Fleason preach, a blind Battis [Baptist] minister, back & Drank tea at Yerkes had Grace & prayer– [“Tompsons Meeting” is Lower Merion Baptist Church.]

5th. Wind S W & very fine day Seting Cornish &c Evening at Hagys about Sibleys affairs Titus along,– Masons p[o]inting

6 Wind W & very fine I of[f] with Poney in Cart & Bout 150 Brick 1 D 121/2 Cents ferry & pike 1s41/2 Spent 1s41/2 So home to Dinner Mason finished Chimney top .


November 7th 1804 Wind S W & very fine day at town on Michals affairs Dinner & horse 6s7 boy 51/2 pair Shoes Moses one Do 371/2 Cents Lamps Lit. So off home–

8 Wind N W & rather Cooler no frost at the Sawmill for yearlin[g] heffer. Mason finish pinting & away after dinner to Hansels I Settled & pd Joe Evans for Quarrying Stone & some other 20 Dolrs in full of all acct, Settled with Wm Fulerton & he fell 33s7 in my debt Settle with Mason & his bill 30L 10s- for Building the house for freind[s] I undertook for 800 Dollars Shall not Make a fortuin by it but I think I Shall [make] perhaps 75L including Carpenters work over Cast 9th. Wind N.E & Got Rain about 6 O’C very Cold rain but hard till Evening then very smart, I at Hagys about Sibley Gooing to Make Vendue—.

10th Wind N.W. & Cold, at Saw Mill, & Curwen here with acknowledg[ment of] 2 deeds & a Mortgage then meet the Society, Drake payd me 20 Dollars on Acct of Rent, So–

11th Wind N W & prety Cold Ice at Conrad Goodmans he dead, at his furnial [funeral] in afternoon & at buck drank tea at J. Jones hores [horse] run off


November 12th 1804 Wind N.W. & Cold windy day Calld on Jont Jones & he & I of[f] to Court, Quallify’d on the Grand Jury 18 of us Viz old Jonethan [Jonathan] Roberts foreman, Francis Wade, Jos Tyson T. Livezely, S. Henderson, Boyer, I Davis M. Holstein, J Elliot, Malsbey, I Bringest H Pawlin. Jont Jones, Markley, H. Sheets B Brooke D. Hitner & Jos. Price Dined as we pleased to day, I dined with the Judges 7s6 Left our horses at Holsteins viz Jont Jones & I, went their to Lodg–

13th Wind N W & hard frost Sup & Breakfasted at the ford & meet the Jury at 10 OC- dined as a Jury at Elisha Evans. at 15s- per man had Several bills before us, got Discharged about Sundown I back Holstein Charged nothing for Sup Eating only for Oats for our horses 6s1- I Gave the horsler 2s4 Spent besides besides [repeated] 1s41/2 So home about 9 OC- night

14 Wind E & over Cast Cold the dam most froze over, with Torrence at Mothers to Look astick for pump begun to Snow about noon & Snow very fast Got near 1 Inch deep. it Got to rain in night hard & blue up prety Cool Yerkus at Court all the week Came home through Snow & rain about midnight, hard Gust about the Chaing of wind–


Novr 15th 1804 Wind N W & hard frost, Set off after breakfast to Sibleys Vandue Hagy & I Administrors. old woman very much out of humour because we made it So Soon & we have been Waiting Ever since May for her Consent but we Got through & Sold all but what She took at praisment–

16th Wind N W & Still Cold over at Sibleys to Delever the Goods & Recd pay their amost all day Ground froze hard

17th Wind N.W. not very well Grate pain in my knee, about home all day or till noon then at Drakes alittle While So back much Ice in upper End of Dam [interlined; “widow Sowd her potatoe patch with wheat”]

18th Wind W. & avery fine day more Moderate at home till noon then at Jont Jones J Elliot & Mathias Holstein Cal[l]d on me & went along. I Stayd & Drank tea their

19th Wind W. & fine, at Rees Prices, altering the hang of a door &c till noon then at Able Thomas, Cuting out Sash &c home at night–

20t[h]. Wind W. & fine More Moderate about home not well Antoney Tunis here helpt to kill my Cow Bought of Mor[r]is for 20 D with a Calf in Spring, She weighed 455 lb & had 51 lb hide Jos George Got So, my knee bad & bad Cold Jill wine 6d


November 21st 1804 Wind W. & fine finished pulling Corn I at Michal Eholts & at Poll Thomas’s Got 1/2B. Salt 75 Cents paid her 2 Dollars 25 Cents for Willy More, he had Gave me 11s3 to Give her & Rest was my Money Jill wine 6d

22nd Wind W & a very fine day about home till noon then at Drakes & Jont Walters home in Evening I am much Better of the Cold than I was–

23r[d] Wind N W & fine day Calld on Jont Jones, and Meet at Torrences to Elect a Major, they [the] Demos beat us 20 votes, they Run Lowrey & we Eliot No Comparrison as to the fittness of the men; for Eliot has a turn but the other has none, but it matters not as to that parties so destract that would take Satin [Satan] If on their parties, I fear that will be the down fall of our republic 8 or 9 of us at Judg Jones, tea & Sup their, & playd till Midnight I Lost 25 Cents- So home, very agreeable time,


November 24th 1804 Wind W & a lovely fine day at Drakes, Mending Stable doors &c till noon after about home Spent 51/2

25th Wind S W & very foggy morn at Rees Prices, to See If Arch would Come to Me or Stay their, back to Breakfast– at home all day only walk’d in Evening to Jacob Morris, he not well, Gibson Jones very Ill with an [looks like “Arhtiney”]-Cleard off and very fine warm day

26th Wind S W & very foggy morn down to See neighbour Morris, rather better Set of[f] to town, Bout. velvet 3 yd & 3 yd Cloth for tom 5 D 33 Cents Jacket pattern 871/2 Cents plain bit 2s- Saw set file & brassbit 3s3 Stock lock for Celler 3s9 nails 3lb 4s6 wroght for Yerkus, horse & bear & a Jill wine 2s4 oysters & Gin 111/4 pair Shoes 10s3 ferry & pike 7 Cents, So home Eat not till I Come back; amost remarkable fine day warm

27th Wind S W. over Cast in morn been a lite rain in night Cleard of[f] fine day painting Sash, afternoon at McElroys vandue to See B H Smith, he rather Short I off Spent 11 OC


November 28th 1804 Wind N W & rather Cooler but a fine day Gibson Jones, Learnt his trade with me died yesterday about 9 OC- fine man at home paintin[g] Sash, at Jacob Morris he not well, with Zell Spent 111/4 So, hall the fragments of Lime Left from the house to Dun[g] hill, or Compost

29th Wind N & over Cast up Soon & shav’d, drest & set of[f] Gibson Jones burial, at Darby back to Dinner afternoon at Morris about home bout a Rock fish of Zachary Long weighed 5 lb for 3s- about 71/4d per lb, had about 10 of us husked all the Corn we had in barn, Cost me 3 qrts. whiskey 4s6 So, Ben Tunis in high Caper & Flint very drole, it Cleard of[f] to a fine day

30 Wind South & over Cast of[f] to town bought 1 box Glass 13 Dolrs whiting 50 Cents 1 G Oil 10s- Litterage 1s3, Shoes for Ann & George 11s3 pair for Negro James 11s3, two Little dutch boxes 121/2 Cents horse & Dinner 4s21/2 ferry & pike &c 191/2 Cents Cleard off very fine & warm, Rode without a Coat home Viz Great Coat tho afternight, a few Drops of Rain as I Come home–


December 1st. 1804 Wind N W. blue up in Night Clear & Cool after breakfast up to Widow Robeson Meet Wm Torbert their him & I Gaurdeans to 4 of her Childern & paid her 73 Dollars for keeping them, I of[f] Calld at C. Lentz at Zells & at old Molly Streapers Vendue She Got prety Much Stude & Sold but Little, I fed my horse at Kuglers 9d two Glasses Gin 1s101/2 5 Gingercakes 5 Cents, So home–

2nd Wind N W & prety smart frost, Set off With Rees Price to See his daughter Mary Maryed [married] to Thomas Levis’s Son Ned, they Live with their old Tommy tho 2 familys, him & I a dersertation on Politic[s] & Religion but he in the hole behavd prety Cleaver, Dined & tead their Rees & Wife & I home about Dark– found a Sadle bag full of paper took them to Biddles Tavern & Left them their; 1/2 Glass Gin 6 Cents I paid

3 Wind. N.W. & prety hard froze & whitefrost old Archche [Archie] begun to work this Morn I propose Giving him 40 D per year– went to Able Thomas & begun to Lay the floor, but Cloudy & begun to Snoo [snow] about 4 OC- P.M. home in Evening, Snowd till afternight, wind S W

4th Wind W & almost a Calm, Snowd near 1 Inch & not much Cold, John & Tom went to hunt Rabits Caut none very moderate day at Drakes Snow all Gone amost


December 5th 1804 Wind West & fine morn but wind Raisd & Got prety Cold painting Sash till noon after took Jos Walters Colt I Sold him to B.H.Smith his Executor, & Left him their at the Store & paid David Free 4 Dollars for Quiller [?] & bridle, & 21/2 dollars for two Blind halters, one very fine for Bullyrock home about Dark Spent 51/2– Calld at widow Goodman tel[l] her I would not goo to Norris town

6th Wind N W & fine Clear day at Able Thomas Layind [laying] floor, went Soon & home after dark

7th Wind N W & prety Cool a little Round snow in night Large frost & Red to E. Raind before noon, at Able Thomas till noon then home & at Hagys till 9 OC– Drank tea their he very Cleaver Gen[e]rous fellow, home

8th Wind N W & prety Cold painting Sash &c till noon then, then [repeated] off to Look Sibleys Vendue Money, Got none. Met Hagy at Sheets & paid his SisteringLaw 40 Dollars Intrest on abond of 333 & 331/3 Cents She had against Sibleys Est. home tho, Calld at Yerkus’s A Levering their, about a Servant of Stadlemans, that he Sold his time to the Servant & he Sick & he wants to throw on town, tho he under Indenter [indenture] to him, not any Person meet But A. Roberts


December 9th 1804 Wind N W & avery Large white frost Set of[f] to go B.H.Smiths, but Hailed by J. Jones & dined their after him & I to Smiths about Jos Walters, Est. from their to Buck to See Jont Miller about Widow Goodmans affairs, She wants to Administer on the Est & Request Miller & I to be her bondsmen [interlined: “Smart Snow Shower while at Smiths”]

10th Wind N.W. & very hard frost & very Cold off after breakfast to Meet the Sherreffs Jury to Value Rudolph Sibleys deceased Est. farm or Plantation Dined at Francis Sheets who’s wife is one of the Heirs, valued the 567 Acres at 2083 dollars 38 Cents. my Judgment was 30 Dollars but it avaraged 36.83 Drank coffee at Yerkus, So home–

11th Wind S.W. & fine Morn, took George with me & went to Rees Price’s to kill hogs, before sun rise, Got Breakfast & begun after 8 OC- killd 8 fine hogs & Got them done by one OC- Dined their So home Smart Snow shower from most west, quit about 1/2 hour, & Red Sun Set, tho not Cleard off, Cosen Rees Gave Little George W.E. Price 25 Cent he much Elated with it, made 2 Cow yokes to Stable for the first time this Winter been giving them afew tops, fine fall


December 12th 1804 Wind E & Snowing a little when got up at J. Morris’s before br[e]akfast, they killing hogs, him & wife unwell & Confinde to house, but Better than they have been Got to Snow very fast from 9 OC- till 12 then broke off near 3 I. deep, I at Morris’s & took Arch to help them, I puttyed 75 Lights of Glass for the new house over the way. Moses & John 1/2 day yesterday at Drakes I meet Hagy at Yerkus’s he treated 2 Glasses Gin he aman of Strong passions, but finde him to be a very honest Cleaver fellow, been on business & find him a Concientious man & Good Judgment

13th. Wind N.W. & Sun Shind, but thawd none, Got to N E towards Evening I Prophisied Snow, finished put[ty]ing Glass before Dinner, afterno[o]n, pull down & built up a Wall in Chamber Chimney, that the Stove Goos into from below, & widen it & wall it up Close & took the top of Stove off & Cleand it & set firer & Drew much Better quite Cured, & it was very Bad before Spent 51/2 George Crow [Grow] here assessing, I one of the assisting assessors he Dined with us paid Yerkus for 4 qt Whiskey had at husking Corn


December 14th 1804 Wind N.E, & Snowing fine & Slow when I got up Sent John for Brace bit & Glue pot to A. Thomas, I feel a little deprest at Winter Coming on for I have Little or no wood at home & the new house not Closed so as to Work, Evening at Rees Price’s, to See if Gooing to town in wagon I want Rye meal, not a lb to be had here, not Gooing Cosen Hannah Gave me two Long Links of blud pudding & 2 or 3 Links of Sausages home & Sent Tom to Morris’s & 5 Dolr note to buy Rye flower. Snowd all day but not gain much, afternight Rain & Sleited [sleeted]

15th Wind E & Misting & Sleating Gaind about 11/2 in night A very hard Crust on it wind Got more So[u]th & thawd & Run the Snow a good much afternoon took meet the Society at Yerkus Returnd 1st Vo history Genr Washington & took out 2 Vo & Read till near 12 OC- then bed Raind prety hard in night, Drank my tea too Strong Could not Sleep for Long while

16th Wind N W. & Cleard with black flying Clouds, & very high wind, Breakfasted on Cosen Hannah Price’s Sausages, & dined on a fine Spare Ribs She sent us very good they kind Viz Rees is very freindly to me & always has been, he is Generous in his house; at Meeting, afternoon at home as far as barn Got froze hard very Bo[i]sterous Cold after noon, I Reading history of Washington


December 17th 1804 Wind N W & very Cold, Say Schuylkill froze over at Righters ferry the 14th opend the 16th opened again at Jacob Morris s in morn Cuting out Celler doors, Moses & tom 1/2 day Each, Yerkus & I Set of[f] for Hagys about 11 OC- When Opposit the Powder Mill in Hagy’s road the Graining house blue up with between 4 & 50 barrel weight of Pow[d]er in it we between 2 & 300 yds. off, perhaps not much above a Minute before we where [were] their, two Men badly Burnt one Jumpt in Race, he not so bad to appearance the other’s belley privates face head nay almost all over burnt Crispt, he Cant Live, in most Excruciateing pain from his Complaint, wanted Some of us to kill him, I told him he must not talk So but pray for patians oh, Said he was in such pain. Titus work to Extingust the fire, I tore off burning & wet Rags & put them in bed, then to help Titus to out the fire, for the drying house was not more than 6 feet nay Joining with a Chimney with more than a ton of Powder in Cask &c we run a great Risk for had the drying house Caute house Mill & a Storehouse with a large quantity must agone, drank Coffee with Hagy of[f] for home by the Powder Mill to See the poor fellows, one must Goo before Long home very Cold

18th Wind N W & very Cold, boys Laying floor in new house I makeing Roof [rough] Coffin for the burnt Pow[d]er man, Tom of[f] for Solomon Titus help till Cam [Tom?] Came, not plaind only on Edges, 20 I wid[e] & 12 I. Deep, their Cart Came took Coffin & bro[u]ght him up in Evening & Buried him


December 19th 1804 Wind N W & Cold hard frost Schuylkill fast & delevar [Delaware] very full of Ice, They here Soon for a Coffin for the other Powder man Enoch away yesterday & today Buley Jones Gibson widow dead (help to make the Coffin for Powderman) Yerkus & I to Buleys furneral [funeral] went part of the way then turnd off & went to town, I bought Lock hinges Latches &c 15s9 Dinner &c 4s21/2- at Tumblesons 4s8 ferry 111/4d pike 31/2 Cents I pd all the Expences for horse &c because Yerkus took me in his Chare–

20th Wind N & white frost Colder yet as the dutchmas [Dutchman] Says, helpt the boys in new house till noon, then over to Drakes puting fastening on Shetters, then went Fornances’ paid him 20 D work & part of anote I gave him home to Supper not so Cold to day as has been

21st Wind N.W. and over Cast in part Got up poney & Yerkes s Mare & halld 8 Loads of wood afternoon at Neighbour Morris s Leathering his pump So [illegible] the[n] at work with the boys alittle, Morris & wife been very poorly some time but rather on the mend, Like for snown [snow] inevening Spit alittle–


Decemb 22nd 1804 Wind W & broke off & a prety fine day at work in new hous[e] awhile Isaac Bond here & paid me 16 Dollars for Mother atanner the name of Abia Phillips wanting to rent my tan yard, I offerd it & Shop for 12L a year for 3 yrs he’s to Let me know in 2 or 3 weeks, I about the yd. &c with him a good While, after at work in new house

23rd Win[d] N then E & thawd to day more than it has Since the 9th. tho so Cold as not to be Sloppy, at Meeting afternoon at dady Morris’s he better very Like for falling Whether, Enoch Jones here to Dinner he movd his wife &c the 21st to Gibson Jones Lot– begun to Snow very fine about 9 OC Gave Brison 15 for Coopering

24th Wind N. in Morn & Snow about 4 I deep hanging to trees good much up soon & prepaird to kill hogs wind Got to W & Cleard off very fine day Snow Melted much of[f] the house killd 4 Large hogs very Good weighed 847 & a Small one 76 lb Total 923 lb heav[i]est one 223 lb


December 23rd [24th] 1804 killd 2 for Yerkus one he Bot of R Sibley 214 lb killd 2 for Lippens 320 lb Disbury fetch 2 here weighed 376 his heaviest 210 lb 15 or 20 of us Colected Lost 2 Mugs bear on the wt. I Layd my 4 wo[u]ld not weigh 750 & they as Stated on the other page, pd two Mugs Jont Jones here, Molincolly [melancholy] thing happend in his family J. Whitemans Daughter that was hired with him was Delevered of a Child on the 21st & hey had no Idea of her being so, by a negro fellow that Livd with them Last winter & spring a Dreadfull thing to her parents begun to Snow about 10 OC- I to bed about 10

25th Wind W Calm & fine day thawd a good deal up to Judge Jones to Dine he Invited me to take a Chrismas dinner in his new house thee [the] first time he movd in to Sit the Company Consisted of R. Worton formily [formerly] mare [mayor] of the City Saml. Rutter & wife John Price neffew of Jont Jones’s one Reed J. Curwen & wife, Jont. Jones & 2 Sisters total Strangers 11 we had avery agreeable day & Excellent Entertainment, drank Several Glasses of Medara wine home about dark Gave the boy 25 Cents my boys hunting killd 2 Rabits , & one Partriage Snowd about 1/2 Inch deep Last night. Some Slays runing tho bad Sledging I always have received Grate Attention from Mr Jones


December 26th. 1804 Wind N.W. & avery fine day, a quart whis 1s6 at Cuting up the hogs till noon then of[f] to ferry & Bought 625 feet Sappine boards at 11s3 per & 133 feet 1/2 Inch Ceadar Krickbaums team hall them up paid him 7s6 he says 25 Cents more Salted the hogs after night. So Ended this falls killing Spent 51/2d & 3 Cents pike–

27th Wind S.E. & heavy fog & got to Smart rain till noon, after wind W & broke off I at Morris in Morn & Evening Rather better

28th Wind W & fine Morn tho froze prety hard, tho a fine day thawd til Slop[p]y a little, at work on new house Mosses [Moses] gone to forrest to Meeting & [I] must attend to the younger Boys, put up a Cupbord & dresser J Jones here Spent 11d with him a most butiful appearance at Sun Set

29th Wind E & Snowd near 1/2 Inch in night at the new house at work tho not wel[l] Eat no breakfast begun to Snow about 8 OC- very black to E I thought it was to rain but it Snowd oncoming [uncommon] fast till about 11 or near 12 OC then rain prety Smart till near night & thawd much the Snow 5 or 6 Inches about, but before night it Settled much Atkenson & Chapman are here drew a little memorandom of Lease for them–


December 30th 1804 Wind N W & high & Cold froze hard & very Icey & Slippery at Meeting being first day, Dined on pork Chine after at Jont Jones Yerkus along home to tea very Cold, wind fell in Evening,

31st Wind N W Cold day at work in new house all day, bridg Company Made an Entertainment for workmen & Such of the Stock holders as please to attend, & to Morrow the first of the year it is to be opened, Judg Peters & wife pass’d over it in Carriage about 4 Week agoo & She was Carried over it a Corps[e] the 24th being the first Crost alive & dead She was avery fine Woman much Esteemd by all that was acquainted with her. Moses been away ever since the 26th