John Young Merrill diary, Leeds, 1860

Contributed by Leeds Historical Society


This is one of 11 diaries kept by John Young Merrill of Leeds between 1855 and 1865. His daily entries discuss chores he carried out around his farm, the seasonal rhythm of life, and his many other activities.

Although he was listed as a farmer on the 1860 census, he was involved in a variety of other occupations, including peddling fish, building and moving barns, digging wells, and making and selling herbal salves.

The diary also provides a glimpse into the politics of the era and depicts the decline and eventual death of his wife, Nancy, presumably from TB.

In the months following Nancy's death, John writes repeatedly about visiting Spriitualists who traveled to the Leeds, Greene and Turner area at that time.

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About This Item

  • Title: John Young Merrill diary, Leeds, 1860
  • Creator: John Young Merrill
  • Creation Date: 1860–1861
  • Subject Date: 1860–1861
  • Location: Leeds, Androscoggin County, ME
  • Media: Ink on paper
  • Dimensions: 12.5 cm x 8 cm cm
  • Object Type: Text

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Leeds Historical Society
553 North Road, Leeds, ME 04263
(207) 524-2324

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