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2 Journals, 10 x 35cm. Approx 300 Handwritten full pages. Silas B. Gaskill (Born April 18th 1824) Married on 18th Feb 1846 to Christiana Shaft (Born May 19th 1825) Journal 1 Commences Aug 17th 1847 to March 11th 1848 Journal 2 Commences March 12th 1848 to Nov 1853. The journal begins in Silas’s copperplate handwriting, and later Christiana’s hand, with the writing & spelling complete different. The 23 year old Silas paints a vivid picture of life in Lockport & Ransomville, near Buffalo in the New York State. He runs a General Store in Lockport, writes much Poetry & keeps a daily Weather Report. ‘Johny Cake Ridge’ blocked, heavy snow, unable to pass on horseback. He drives a horse & trap, which is exchanged for a sledge in the snow. Silas writes about his anxieties about health & his expenses being greater than his income. He votes ‘The straight democratic ticket’. Christiana is very ill for many weeks & is attended by Dr Schuler & Dr McCullum. He is friendly with the Ransom family, who together with the Curtis family established the town of Ransomville in 1842. They move to a stone house, attend the Universalist Church twice on Sundays. Goes to Wilson to hear Mr Gough lecture on temperance. Help ‘getting up a division of the Sons of Temperance Society’ 1849. The ladies make collars for them & Christiana rosettes. Move from Lockport to Ransomville in June 1849, Cholera reported in Lockport. Their first child, Nette, born 26th Jan 1851. Silas travels to New York often & bought sis (Nette) a ring, & Christiana a new pair of Gaiters & Scarf. May 1852, move with horse & buggy to Michigan, near Pontiac. Mentions the Railroad, close friends with the Hemingways. Builds a new house & starts farming.
Dealer Notes
A wonderful evocative account of daily life in New York State, during a period of change in the mid 19th Century.
Beautifully written, plenty more to discover, worthy of further research.
Author Gaskill, Silas B. And Christiana
Date 1847
Binding Original Thick Paper
Publisher -
Illustrator -
Condition Very Good
Pages 300

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