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apple butter, diary, William B. Wilson, York County, George Hewitt, orchard, lightning rods, barns
A set of handwritten, copied excerpts from the diary of William B. Wilson of York County, Pennsylvania dated circa 1832 to 1836, transcribed by Alfred L. Shoemaker. The notes pertain to apple butter, barn raising and repair, orchard planting and lightning rods.
York County, Pennsylvania
Wm B. Wilson
Diary al PHi
Oct 9, 1832: Made apple butter
Nov. 16, 1832: Clock peddler here Aunt Polly got clock.
Oct. 15, 1835: Making apple butter
June 18, 1836: at G. Hewitt raising barn
Oct 24, 1836: Made apple butter6 mo 20 We have been busily engaged in repairing our barn and putting sheds around it these few weeks past. Jacob B. and George Hewitt does the carpenter work it was built in the year 1776 by Benj. Wilson.
3 month 27 Planted in young orchard … 2 smokehouse …
6 mo 19 Put up lightning rod on the east end of barn 82 feet long and one same time back on the west end 52 feet long with silver plated points which cost 1 $ a point.
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Shoemaker, Alfred L., "Excerpts From Diary of William B. Wilson, 1832-1836" (1950). Alfred L. Shoemaker Folk Cultural Documents. 91.
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