Summary Information

Repository
George J. Mitchell Department of Special Collections & Archives, Bowdoin College Library, Brunswick, Maine 04011
Creator
Hamlin, John, 1800-1875
Title
John Hamlin diaries
ID
M137
Date [inclusive]
1846-1871
Extent
0.8 linear feet
Language
Abstract
Diaries, dating from 1846 to 1871, chronicle the life of a farming family in the Raymond, Sweden, and Harrison, Maine area.

Preferred Citation

John Hamlin Diaries, George J. Mitchell Department of Special Collections & Archives, Bowdoin College Library, Brunswick, Maine


Biographical/Historical Note

John Hamlin, son of Eleazer and Sally (Bancroft) Hamlin, was born in Waterford, Maine, on March 15, 1800, and spent most of his life farming around Raymond and Sweden, Maine. He was married three times, first to Mary Evans (1800-1839), then to Mary's sister, Caroline Evans (1813-1850), and finally to Mary Rich (1810-18??), and had nine children, most of whom died in childhood. Hamlin died on September 30, 1875, shortly after settling on land that had once been owned by his father. Additional information on the Hamlin family is available in the Cyrus Hamlin Collection and the Cyrus Hamlin and Hannibal Hamlin series in the Abbott Memorial Collection.


Scope and Content

These diaries, dating from 1846 to 1871, chronicle the life of a farming family in the Raymond, Sweden, and Harrison, Maine area. They detail local agricultural practices, listing the types of crops planted; personal finances; daily chores; and the family's social life. There are also accounts of weather conditions, trips to town, and the medical history of the family. Attendance at Sabbath day services, weekly prayer meetings, and funerals are listed faithfully. The collection also includes diaries and school papers written in 1856 by an unidentified family member at the Kents Hill Preparatory School, and some miscellaneous notes.


Administrative Information

Publication Information

 George J. Mitchell Department of Special Collections & Archives, Bowdoin College Library, Brunswick, Maine 04011

3000 College Station
Brunswick, Maine, 04011
(207) 725-3288
scaref@bowdoin.edu

Collection Inventory

Box Folder
1 1-40

1846 Jan 1 - 1862 Oct 9 

    2 1-23

    1862 Oct 10 - 1871 May 8 

      2 24

      Notes, etc. of a young member of the family [1856?, possibly while at Kents Hill Preparatory School] 

        2 25

        Lists of deaths, 1847-1860 [miscellaneous notes on reverse side] 

          2 26

          Miscellaneous notes