Here are two diaries from 1869-70 and 1870-73. Charles' 1873 journal of his trip to England has its own page.

EGC-BIO-002 Charles Sutcliffe Diary 1869-70

Wm Coldwell 4.00 20 April 1871
Henry [?] .50 31 May 1870
Chas Lockwood 1.50 12 Oct 1869
Lever William 2.25 9 April 1869
Osof[?] Harleson 3.70 1 Jany 1871
John Lightenfrost 46.90 27 Decbr [?] 67
John Massesy 1.00 31 decbr on demand
Wm Coldwell 7.00 30 Oct 68
John M Wilson 222.20 March Debr 67
Samel Colby 25.88 27 Decbr 67
Jn Sanders 30.44 27 Decbr 67
Chas W Sutcliffe 327 on demand
Ed Bratt 300 Oct 14 68
Wm Blakey 300 Bonds on deposite
Willm Martha Ellise 200 20 Decbr 1869
Total Monies 3447.44



[17] Cow Died would not eate any longer Elected again Justice of Peace for 2 years. Lost 2 Belly of young pigs from a Snow Storm.

yearling Colt slipped her hip with falling on the Ice Box Bees died

two Calves got into a hole in the Straw (fast) yearlings froze to death

a great fire Stables burnt with three mare in them 3 Sets Harness &ec all our hay and Straw with many other things a little Calfe died

had a Bee to hawl 2000 feet lumber from Mazomanie to build us new Stables

had annother Bee to put up Stables Tho Wilson[22] and our Robert Carpenters

had annother Bee to hawl Hay 7 teams of Horses on eload Each Bot the Hay for 25 dollars Travelled 3 day hunting a team Bot a span 3 year Old gave 23[?] dollars for them got my insurance

Sent letters to Bro John Uncle Crowther Richd Bagot and Aunt Eliza[18]

got my Insurance money $400.00

a narrow escape of life of our George Dean Blakey and Charley[23] whilst takeing down Corn Crib


Plowed a little the ground to wet

Plowed a little

Sowed 2 acres on the hill by hand

Plowing a little every day the ground to wet Plowed till noon drilled one ½ acres afternoon 3 horses in drill finished the day plowing and drggin

Sunday Morning took sick

Snowing William Downs[24] with his team drilling in grain afternoon George and mother whent to town in the morning the ground covered 3 times this day with Snow John Plowing George dragin afternoon I am nearly all right again

Chopped the frozen dirt from the wheels of the drill this morning Snow on the ground awhile finished 15 acers this day Wm Downs Drilling all day Wheat put the New team to the Steed this day Commmenced a little for Aunt Eliza Cleaned seed for her

Drilling and Drgin froze hard till near 10 Oclock

Drilling and dragin 12 acers of A[unt] Elizas and commenced of 9 acers over the Creek Wm downs goes home to day 3½ days work with his team

Rayney till noon thousands of Pidgeons flying arround after dinner whent to town Eliza Ann[25] and me left her at Ant Elizas 2 wolves near the door in the night the dog ran them away

John finished the wheat over the Creek in the forenoon I whent to Arena to qualify for Justice Georg Plowing for Thomas Harrison[21] all day Robert home at night Brot Newspaper from our John[27]

dull morning whent to Church afternoon just got home again when a storm of hail Big as nurs[?] with Thunder and Ligntening

John took Robert to town and Brot Eliza Ann Back Changed dolls[26] collar

Commenced putting Corn ground in to wheater rather to wet Stud Horse here 2nd time fed his Horse Oates Hay and dinner for himself Colts took Horse 2nd time Drilled 6½ acers [19]

doll Colted a mare Colt dulling in the morning finished Sowing wheat George dragin in the afternoon John and Dean spreading manure Eliza Ann planting Onions

George finished dragin Wheat in the Morning John Cutting a ditch Eliza Ann planting Onions Mother washing me planting Pease a Windy day Thos Harrison Borrowed the drill the 4th time I have been to measure Calleyham Seed wheat

not verry well today Cleaned a little Wheat put a few peas in garden whent to measure wheat George dragin for Thos Harrison all day rather Cold verry windy

hawling manure ½ day whent to town George Mother and me Robert came home with us at night

whent to Sunday School Tom and Eliza[28] here Robert whent back with them at night heavy frost in the morning

commenced putting in Oates a drizly day Lent Robert Parkin[29] 10 Bushells Oates for Seed

fine morning putting in Oates Horse here feed for Man and and Horse T[?] took horse the 3rd time whent to Church Buisness meeting Sold 2 Hogs to Bush[?] for 20$

finished Oates at home

finished 6 acers for Aunt Eliza on shares

took the 2 hogs to the Butcher quit hawling manure


half day Playing Crickett[30]

whent to School morning afternoon Church Elizabath Anna her Husband and Robert and wife[31] at tea

whent to town for Cane Seed morning wife and me whent in the afternoon to Thos Hodkinsons Plowing for Corn

Plowing for Corn had a Law Suit for attempt at murder Settled by the parties Stud here feed for man and Hors verry hot

Plowing for Corn Tunderstorm to day Cold

a little warmer finished plowing for Corn marked and planted one acer Cane Seed Sold 6 Bushells Oates to H Linch

whent to town after dinner Boys Cutting Brush

Law Suit adjorned one week on a note

whent to School morning Church afternoon a warm day

Roling Corn ground warm and dry

marking for Corn Rain Close and warm fine growing day not much grass yet Stud here feed and dinner 5th time

Rainy day Issued a Search Warrant whent to town to fetch Eliza Ann and Mary from Aunt Elizas Wilsons or Rather Grandfather Blakeys being helping grandmother to Clean up Sent in a letter to Shellsburg $20 00

dull day plent fruit Bloom rather cold grass growing Slow finished planting corn a little rain at night wife and whent to see Mr Robins

Chooring & fixing up fences moved the Buggy shead, Issued a Warrant. Like frost in the Evening a fine day and warm planeted Pease Beets & Linseed

whent to town Early in the Morning got home before dinner had 2 Law Suites afternoon Rather Cold afternoon

whent to School Staid at Mr Hodkinsons to dinner whent to church afternoon

Planted our Pottatoes rathe Cold little frost not to hurt anything

frost did no hurth fine day rather cold wind took our Carpet to Weave

Thos Harrison and me hawling grain 2 loads apeice day warm 58 Wheate 97 cents per Bshell

Thos Harrison ½ day hawling Wheat Rainey a little Afternoon hawled a half day

Cleaning Aunt Elizas grain Law Suit for fellonay defendant accepted plaintiff pay the Costs Robt Parking and wife here afternoon

took a Load Wheate to Town

whent to School morning & to the Church afternoon

in the morning took a Load whet to Town Brot Grandfather and Mother Back Issued a summons in the morning one Team playing for this last 4 weeks on account of it a sore shoulder My Wife Called out at night to care for Thos Harrisons Wife she being confined

Before we were up I an Called washed the sheep John and me getting rock George hawling grain the rest at school Stud Horse here again, a verry stormey night Lightening & thunder & rain & wind

the ground soaking wet and verry Cold dug some rock on the Hill. Commenced Raining in the Night Rained nearly all night

Cold and mudy Cleaned up some wheat with the patent Seive whent to Town afternoon Robert home. got a letter from Aunt Eliza got $20 dollars I sent her, Roads Bad

Dull and Cold poor Corn weather Cleaning Wheate Grandfather & mother heare

found Boxes of Bees dead Cleaning Robts Wheat forenoon took Grandfather home afternoon, drizly

a little rainy whent to Church no preaching my Wife verry sick I had a Eye Bunged up with the sting of a Bee

whent to Town twice this day, made and put a gate against the stable Law Suit settled


whent to town with Wheat in the morning Stud Horse here Tan Took him wrote a Bond for deed for J Wilson Charged [?] whent to fetch Carpet, paid for it whent to Church at night no one there John & George working all day for T Harrison Planting corn E A whent to Elizas

took a load Wheat morning Sold 12 Bush Oates to Ed Borwele George & Deaan planting pumbkins in the corn John whent to Town with a load after dinner Brot E Ann home at night

I whent with a Load morning got the young team Shod helped put the Carpet down in the afternoon

John & Thos Harrison hawling again grain. Shearing sheep 21 in Nomber wheat down 4 Cents Whent with wife to see Ann Harrison[20] at night

Frank Wilson got a ¼ Peck Seed Corn Thos Harrison hawled 2 Loads Wheat I took one wife with me a Saloon Burnt down in town we whent to see it a Slight frost in the morning

not verry well did not go to School this morning. whent to Church in the afternoon

Cultivating Corn hoeing sugar cane Replanting corn Gofers and Birds takeing it up whent withe a load Wheat to Town got 94 Cents 58 lb Wheat Wife whent to see Martha Batty.

Crossing the corn frosty mornings cince the 5th Slight not to hurt much Settled with Lincoln for Wheat Sold to him Recd 400 dollars hawled in one load to day Baged up 30 Bags corn afternoon Looks like rain Stud heare T'ann[?] took horse a 2nd time

T Harrison took a Load Corn to Town Cultivating Corn fixing fences &cc

two hands working on the road with team of Horses and waggon all day eliza Ann & John whent to Mazomanie in the Evening a fine day

working on the roads John & George with Team and Waggon my road Tax[?]8.40 Elizas 9.50

whent to Mazomanie and Black earth Bot a Loung and 6 Chairs and a Rocking Chair Brot Robt home a nice shower afternoon till night Cows to get up to Night

Showery and Cold whent to Church in the afternoon

T Harrison here with Team Broke up a narrow strip of Land Before 10 Oclock Playing Cricket till noon whent with a grist afternoon Brot it Back ground and the Sopha where very Cold poor corn weather looks doubtfull for an Corn corn about 4 inches high

whent with a load Wheat Brot Chairs back Stud here

Black Earth fair all hands there Except E Ann and Maria & dean a fine day

whent to the fair again a verry wet day Rained all day till 4 Oclock PM

John George & Dean working for Thos Harrison all day showery at times through the day with heavy Rain at night Building a stove house acknowledged a Morgage for H Sonich[?] poor wether for Corn

Rainey nearly all the day

had a swarm of Bees got them in to a Box & whent to meeting afternoon to hear our New Minoster Mr. Hewitt

Rainey some John George & Dean working for Thos Harrison all day

Cleaning Cane and Corn out

whent to Town sold our Wool got 40c in trade had annother swarm of Bees hoeing Corn Mad out a Bond for a deed

whent to Town with a Load Wheat verry Cold rained Nearly all night hoeing Corn Made a Bond for deed

whent to town with a Load Wheate verry Cold rained all Night heavy

Raining all forenoon Bridge swam away before dinner time water Running Over the Corn [?] the Low ground Covered with water our Potatoes are nearly Covered femes[?] By the Creen gon a Turkey setting by the Creek her Eggs gon Sheep penned in on knoles surrounded with Water

Sprinkling yet the Creek gon down had to Swim the sheep accross the Creek a lamb killed in the Night by wolves and a Sheep tore some Showery all day and dull & looks like more rain no going to School or Church from here

nothing doing verry wet, that is the ground

verry sultery and warm forenoon a swarm of Beese put them in a patent hive, heavy rain a Supper time putting us off Cultivating Corn for a while

Fine and hot but sultery



Buried Capt Frank Wilson[1] whent to the feurnal 26 teams there a fine day but the roads verry Icey was called to sit on the Justice Bench in Mazomanie to day to agree on a suite pending for assult and Battry Squire Molson invited me to help him or assist him to make out is verdict no school

a fine day but verry cold in the morning lawsuit parties did not appear cost by Court awarded agst the plaintiffs, a warrant issued today to be executed on Thursday the ground covered with Icey

Law suite adjorned 3 days in the morning John hawled a cord of wood for Wm Boardman Georg whent to get his horses shod Could not get them done we whent in the afternoon to Mazomanie got one of Johns team sharpend and Georges shod new all arround 9 New shoes at Norwaglars[?] whent to Blackhearth got shoes for [?] and [?] did not pay for horses shoeing a fine days

a fine day John & George hawling cordwood out of the wood forenoone whilst I am putting the pace[?] into the bobslead afternoon John took a load wood while I am putting shoes onto the long slay George chooseing arround a young lam dead throug neglect Slay shoes cost me 475 at Tom Barbers & with 12 bolts and a [?] 555 cent paid him

finished my slay forenoon and settled a lawsuite George and John hawling John 2 and George one[?]

whent to Church afternoon Joah Knight and part of his family to tea Staid till near 10 Oclock learnt Mrs Knight Thos Byewaters[2] Book on [?]

John & George hawled 2 loads of wood today fixing up a wood rack &cc a verry fine day Slaying going away on the points[?] of the roads Bees Flyeing

made a wood rack fixed the sowing machine whent to town with Charles Lockwood Boys[3] hawling wood got home 4 Oclock single tree Broke boath teams at home come from the wood with a load fixed a singletree ready for morning a fine day slayeing nearly gon

Boys whent to hawl a Load Each in the morning home to dinner with a Single tree Broke one Trace and a Buckeye and 2 Brest strokes[?] Broke fixed them up when to Awl wood out of the Wood afternoon I whent to prayer meeting to George Boothes[4] At night a good house full, and a good meeting Children whent to a Singing School at night after that to Uncle Wm to a surprise party got home in the morning sometimes.

Boys whent to the wood to dover in the forenoone windy day from the SW Looks like some downfall whent again in the afternoon hawling wood out

Boys whent [?] to dover with wood fine wether for winter Will[?] & E Ann[5] and family here another Sprinkling of Snow Robert come home at Night.

a fine day Staying prety near done for heavy loads whent to the Church in the Afternoon with Georges Team and John Whent with his Team with Willm and E Ann home after Supper whent to See grandfather[6] who his very sick came home at Night ¼ past 11 Oclock when we got home

Boys in the c[?] hawling out till noon Stayed home afternoon went to See Grandfather afternoon he his some Better came home forenoon I took the Organ to peices and Cleaned a little and put it togather again, agreed to See a man a Colt for 68 dollars will come for it this week a 2 year old Colt, called Bidny[?]


a fine day but cold Boys hawling out of the wood got one load apeice afternoon commenced snowing for some time did not go again all the family well to this date the cold moderated before the snow fell quit Snowing before Night made a frame for Buck Saw today Looks like more snow in the Evening

Eliza Ann whent to Wash for Aunt Eliza[7] I whent to see Grandfather he is a little better John & George whent twice to dover with cordwood a fine day a little more Snow fell in the Night makeing Slaying good again Boys at the Lodge at night

a little more snow again in the night helping the Slaying good a verry fine Winter So far Boys gon with a Load Each this morning to dover whent again afternoon whent to meeting at night to Thos Harrisons[8] Sold the Colt to day for $60

Boys whent to dover twice each to day whent to see about some cows in the morning whent to Mazomanie to see Grandfather he is no better a fine day a little cold Issued an Execution this Evening.

Boys whent to Dover once apeice to day Jones fixed two shoos on George Horses whent to see Grandfather afternoon John & George cutting wood afternoon

whent to school and meeting afternoon a fine day Snowgg verry fast

whent wife and me to John Tiltons. Childs funeral Called to see Grandfather a little Better they think John & George hawling wood home a verry fine day Slaying gone up for hawling Bees flying like a summer day John & Eliza Ann at surprise party at Sam Coldwells[9].

a fine day whent up to Old Linches to see about Byeing a cow Boys hawling for John W. Wilson[10] hawling Bee John & Eliza Ann & George at a party tonight

a fine day to day Slaying nearly gone Whent to Seek some Cows asking from 35 to 75 dollars a head whent to see grandfather a little Better Boys and EA at Lodge tonight fine Winter weather whent with one team to the woods in the afternoon

whent to the woods in the forenoon with the Boys for firewood whent in the afternoon to looke at some Cows a verry fine day snow melting fast whent to the woods with the Teams afternoon found 2 Boxes Bees dead

Boys whent after wood today twice a verry fine day Bees flying by hundreds feeding them some from the dead Boxes a warm day

this morning a Better Cold day all day Boys whent to the woods one Load Each whent to get a Cow afternoon the ground to Slippy to get her home paid for her to W Harris 36 dollars at the grist mill in dover whent to Mazo Grandfather not so well

Morning verry Cold today and windy whent to Meeting afternoon Uncle Tom came at night and said Grandfather was worse we whent to see him staid with him all night and next day was a little better when we came away

on Monday morning a Covering fo Snow which made it dangerous walking so Slipy the [?] being covered so that one couldnt tell where it was came home at night with Uncle Wm Team the new Snow all gon a verry fine day Sent a letter to Aunt Eliza Bees flying

a fine day Bees flying whent to Mr Harrises to fetch home 2 Cows Owes him on account 14 dollars whent to S Coldwells to get 2 more Owes him for the 62 ½ dollars to be paid by the middle of March

whent at night Sarah Ann and me to stop the Night to wait on Grandfather all night verry poorly he is the doctor has no hopes of his recovery rained a little in the evening froze hard before morning

which made it verry slippy and verry Cold came home at night with Uncle Bills team Prayer meeting here at 7 Oclock after that we whent to Bed

Cold in the morning but got warmer towards night John Choping for John Telton[?] he Being Sick had a Bee My Wife whent again in the afternoon to See her father and stop till Sunday George rather Sick and a soar throat

whent to Mazomanie from dover on foot John took the Team to Sh[?] a Bitter Cold day had a toe froze whilst walking to town Grandfather Still worse had a letter from Sutcliffe Parking[11]

a Bitter Cold day to day Wife [?] at Mazomanie Grandfather verry Poorly the doctor gives no hopes

another Bitter Cold day all hopes for Grandfather gone I came home in the Morning whent Back in the afternoon

morning Cold Gradfather a little Better whent to hear the good temples[?] Speeches George and John up in town

Warmer today John & Eliza Ann up with Mary and Maria and a Gorst [or perhaps Guest] I came home with them 2 of the children not being well Boys and E Ann go to their Lodge to night and we go to Bed I being nearly used up for whant of Sleep Grandfather being a little Better to day again

a fine day Bees flying Mother came home at night hawling cordwood one load to Dover & mended a few shooes today and Cut a little straw for the Cattle &ec a fine day without Coat all day Mother came home to night Grandfather a little Better Recd a letter from Aunt Eliza Blakey[12]

annother fine day Bees flying rather dull John took a Load of Wood to dover Win in the East Chopping Wood in the Afternoon no School today Looks like a downfall near night all is tollarable well considering much Sickness is arround

a rainey day some the Water Running prety high whent to Stop with Grandfather found him no Better

Morning no better but getting worse all day till a quarter to five in the evening when he died My wifes Birthday Old Mr Wallace died the same hower Snowed some

I came home at night verry tired a weary yesterdays Snow nearly all gone Wife at Mazomanie


a fine day froze hard in the Morning verry soft in the Afternoon John whent to Middlebury for Bro Dewitt to Burey Grandfather George whent to Let Bobins and Ray know of the funeral I whent with 3 of the children to see Grandfather, & fetch Mother home at night Hewitt same

whent to Grandfathers Feuneral with the Buggy & Wagon a fine day but Cold 45 teams at the feuneral whent to Grandmothers the will was read which gave universal unsatesfaction came home at night all of us

whent to Town to Examine Grandfathers accounts Came home Snowing Boys Cutting fire Wood at dark stormy with snow

A little Snow on the ground when to see Marth Hodkinson[13] after dinner E Ann staid up all night with her she is very Sick a plesant day Boys Choping fire wood.

Cleaned 12 Bags wheat the first we have Sold Took to Town came home at night Robert with us Snowing at Night when we went to Bed

Still snowing snow in the morning 6 inches deep Robert & E Ann whent to see Martha Hodkinson on Horse Back this morning I whent to see John Wilson he being verry sick whent to Church afternoon Snowing most of the day

whent to Mazomanie Robert John & Eliza Ann and me whent to agree in some way about Grandfathers Will parted all in disorder and with Bad feelings one towards annother thawing some through the day Sent Aunt Eliza a Coppy of Grandfathers will today a young Calfe in the morning dows cow

Boys Chopping a fine day but Cold Wife John & one whent to visit the Sick Martha Hodkinson in the Evening She being on the improve freesing verry hard when we came home

a fine day thawing Some Bees flying Boys got a load Each of Wood in the forenoon Chopping afternoon Eli[?] an we left in Mazomanie on monday whent to see John Wilson he being Sick 6 young pigs this Evening

Boys Chopping whent to Town afternoon verry Cold wind in the [?] and N East 12 Months since our Big fire[15]

[16] a verry Cold day today Wind in the North Clearing up Oates today Snowing some in the afternoon freezing pretty hard Cleaned up 145 Bushells to day

the Stormyest day we have had this Winter Snowing Blowing & freesing all day Lost with the Cold two Bellys of young pigs nothing doing all day Bro Hewitt and wife Called her to Warm up from Middlebury

a fine day Snow about 8 inch deep whent to Mazomanie to the Funeral Servises of Grandfather Blakey held in the M E Church, for to have roome Enough a large Nomber present Bro Hewitt & Hodkinson Preached, sun shining

Cleaned up 2 loads Wheat took it to town Sold for 70 cents, 58lb Weight fine in the Morning got worse a finished up the day snowing and Blowing no sun to day paid Bulls 12 90 — paid Samll Coldwell 40 dollars Owes him yet 22,50 for Cows

a verry Stormy morning Snowing and blowing all over not many teams out Stormy all day Cleaning whent lawsuit[?] sesion[?] away to another Justice

fare to day but verry cold took 2 load of Wheat to dover to seel John Whent to town to fetch E Ann got a letter from Aunt Eliza Georg came home from Dover with his team

a fine morning Cleaning Wheat in the Morning to seel took it to dover

whent to Mazomanie Sarah ann and me to Settle about grandfathers Will verry gerievious affair hard feeling with much rash &c raveing nearly Crazey Talk got home My Wife greatly hurt in her feelings Slaying nearly gon

dull and some little rain Boys chopping fire wood one not well has not been verry well since grandfathers death verry much grief[?] no a days his my lot but says little so fare settled with Sam Coldwell for 2 Cows Robert got home about Bed time

a rainy morning Snow melting all our family at home and well whent to hear Mr Wallaces funeral Sermon to Stormy, few there put off till annother time verry wet underfoot Snow all but al water Snowing afternoon flora called this Evening

John took Robert home to day Brot the grist Back and Uncle Tom Cleaning [?] finished them a fine day but wet underfoot

annother Covering of Snow in the Night about 2 inches thick got a load of Wood on the Slay and cut it up Snow melting fast cleaned a lot of wheat

got annother Load of fire wood and did quite a lot of Choosing verry much whater on the ground have to fetch the Children from School water running so

Boys splitting Parts whent to Meeting at night to Bro Hodkinsons Roads verry Bad

Boys splitting posts and Chooring around a writ of attachment I freed this day Road awfull Bad water running fast a fine day thawing

rainig all the day I whent to Town with Thos Harrison offering[?] Cleaning Wheat forenoon road all mud and water Hewit here when I got home Staid all Night lernt him our Buggy to get home with left his Cutter here sent a letter to our John

fair but mudy whent to Church on horse Back

fare and warm Bees flying good feeding them Honey to keep them alive Cleaning Wheat forenoone trying to stop the gully washng afternoon Eliza Ann whent on horse Back to Hodkinsons afternoon Cut a row of Plumb trees down[?] to put in the gully

Cold and dull with sprinkling rain John & George and me putting in Brush into the gully hole Cleaning a little Wheat afternoon

George Cutting Brush John whent to Hewits for Buggy a Cold day Boys whent to lodge

a rather rainy day Cleaning wheat till noon Boys whent to fire the Straw Stacks over the Creek Wife verry Sick rainy all day no going to Meeting for me tonight


a rather wet day whent to town afternoon roads awfully mudy hard work to get allong with Empty Waggon April fool day Staid up all night Expecting a Colt did not come

Took fann Mill over to the Gra[?] and was Cleaning Wheat for Aunt Eliza all day John George Dean & me a good grown wheat in it so that we have to keep cleaning the Screens all the time a fine day Bees flying good

a fine day did not go to Church expecting a Cold did not come Bees are robing one annother for what of honey

a fine day Cleaning Wheat all day for Aunt Eliza John George Dean and myself

Election day a fine day roads are drying up prety good whent to the Election of town Officers and County Judge

commenced plowing with 2 teams plowed all dayy

Plowing all day accross the Gully I whent to Mazomanie walking some of the road Roads Mending Cate Called before we went to Bed whent to Prayer meeting tonight

John finished the 9 acre peice and commenced dragin it

John finished dragin and we whent to town afternoon Robert came home with us at night verry fine wether Elizabath Ann and family came in aftere we got home


  • [1] Son of Francis Wilson. Served in the Civil War, being promoted to captain in 1862. See Wolf, Frank E., Ghost Town Dover and the British Temperance Emigration Society, Dover Area Family CD Supplement, p.346, #96 Francis Wilson Family.

  • [2] Shoemaker. Born in England, came to America in 1851 and Dover about 1855. Served in the Civil War in 1864-5 before marrying Mary Copley, sister to Prudence Gorst and Sarah Hodkinson. ibid., p. 88, #18. Thomas Bywater Family.

  • [3] Born in March, 1840, Yorkshire Cty., England, Charles Lockwood emigrated to the Dover area in 1845. He married Elizabeth Hawley and, per the 1870 census, Charles was a farmer with four boys: George, 8, James, 7, John, 5, and Alfred, 2, and two daughters: Mary, 3, and Harriet, 3 months.

  • [4] George was born in 1826 in Sheffield, Yorkshire, England. In 1849 he married Eliza Coldwell, sister to William Coldwell who was husband to Sarah Ann's sister, Mary Hannah Blakey.

  • [5] William and "E Ann" are currently unidentified. Certainly it cannot be Charles' and Sarah's daughter, Eliza Ann, who would be about age 17 at this time.

  • [6] "Grandfather" throughout is Sarah Ann's father, William Blakely, born, per cemetery records, on 8 Feb 1798. This will be his final illness; he will pass away on Feb. 27, Sarah Ann's birthday.

  • [7] Sarah Ann's half-sister, Eliza Jane, married Thomas White Wilson, brother to Capt. Frank Wilson (see entry for Jan 17).

  • [8] A farmer, born in 1796, Thomas came with the BTES to Wisconsin in 1845 with his wife, Christianna and five children. He died in 1873.

  • [9] Probably Samuel James Coldwell, born in 1834, son of John and Harriet (Knight) Coldwell and brother to William Coldwell.

  • [10] Possibly John M Wilson (born in 1826), Son of Francis Wilson and brother to Capt. Frank Wilson (see Jan 17). John M. came with his father and siblings to Wisconsin in 1844 with the BTES.

  • [11] A nephew, third child of Charles' sister, Ann. Sutcliffe would be about 28 at this time. The Parkins were at various times in England, Ohio and Wisconsin. Though Sutcliffe's brother had married in Wisconsin in 1869, and Sutcliffe himself in 1873, apparently he is not at this time in Wisconsin.

  • [12] Aunt Eliza Blakey remains unidentified. Certainly Sarah Ann's half-sister Eliza Jane could not be intended, as she had married Thomas Wilson in 1859, and she was in any case back in Mazomanie (see entry in Charles' Journal for October 18). While back in England, Charles does meet "Uncle Sam" and "Aunt Blakey", in England on August 14 but they cannot be identified as Aunt Eliza.

  • [13] Daughter of Thomas and Sarah (Copley) Hodkinson. She would be about 18 years old now.

  • [14] A second entry for March 3. It appears Charles diaried March 3 here before realizing he had skipped a page in the diary.

  • [15] Certainly a reference to March 10, 1869.

  • [16] The three 1870 dates on this page together with the first on the next page, look originally to have been 11th-14th, altered to 12th-15th. The latter are preferred as they coincide with the corresponding weekdays for that week of March, 1870.

  • [17] Beginning with this entry and extending over the next several pages at least, the diary has two entries per day, one from 1869 and a second from the same date in 1870.

  • [18] Brother John is Charles' brother, father of Mary Ann, whom Thomas Hodkinson will marry. Richard Bagot is a nephew, son of Charle's sister, Mary, and William Bagot. Both are in England. Uncle Crowther and Aunt Eliza are unidentified, though there is mention in the Sutcliffe Genealogies of a Crowther Wolstenholme. This would then seem to suggest this Aunt Eliza is also in England, and thus not to be confused with the Aunt Eliza Jane (Blakey) Wilson who appears throughout these diaries and with whom Charles will dine on his return from England.

  • [19] Today's entry originally reads, "from the dot in the 19 to End should be here", with "Commenced … acers" recorded under yesterday.

  • [20] Ann Kay Coldwell, youngest of thirteen children of John and Harriet Coldwell, married the younger Thomas Harrison in 1858. She would be about 28 at this time, while the younger Thomas would be about 40. See Wolf, Frank, Ghost Town Dover, CD supplement, pp. 180ff, #40 Thomas Harrison Family.

  • [21] There were two Thomas Harrisons, father, born in 1796, and son, born in 1829. See Wolff, Frank, Ghost Town Dover, CD supplement, pp. 180ff, #40 Thomas Harrison Family. Throughout these diaries it is often unclear to which one Charles is referring.

  • [22] There are two Thomas Wilsons b. ca. 1835 buried in the Mazomanie cemetery (see Find-a-Grave memorials 141427837 and 86614080). One is the son of Francis Wilson and brother to Capt. Frank Wilson (see the entry for 17 January 1870). The second is Thomas White Wilson who married Eliza Jane ("Aunt Eliza") Blakey, half-sister to Sarah Ann. The latter is listed in the 1870 census as a carpenter. Note that many online sources confuse the two Thomases.

  • [23] Sons of Charles, at this time aged 15, 12 and 7 (Blakey and Charley being twins), respectively. George, together with brothers Robert, 19, and John, 17, makes frequent appearances throughout these diaries.

  • [24] Possibly William Mason Downs, son of Nathan Downs, a Dover storekeeper and postmaster. William would be about 26 years old at this time. See Wolff, Frank, Ghost Town Dover, CD Supplement, #29. Nathan Downs Family.

  • [25] Charles' daughter, who would be 17 at this time. Eliza makes frequent appearance in these diaries, often as E Ann or E A.

  • [26] "Doll" appears to be the name of one of Charles' horses.

  • [27] That is, Charles' brother John, in England. Charles habitually refers to his siblings as "our".

  • [28] That is, almost certainly, Aunt Eliza and Thomas Wilson.

  • [29] Second child of Charles' sister, Ann Henrietta, and Benjamin. The Parkins had emigrated to Ohio for a time before joining Charles in Dover.

  • [30] Charles' place had become a favored spot for community cricket matches.

  • [31] Charles dinner guests are currently unidentified. Certainly they cannot be Eliza Ann or son Robert, as they were as yet unmarried.

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