Manuscripts Division
William L. Clements Library
University of Michigan

Finding aid for
Pennsylvania Farm Journal, 1820-1822, 1902

Finding aid created by
Meg Hixon, October 2011

Summary Information
Title: Pennsylvania farm journal
Creator: Anonymous
Inclusive dates: 1820-1822, 1902
Bulk dates: 1820-1822
Extent: 1 volume
Abstract:
The Pennsylvania farm journal chronicles the life of a well-educated farmer near Norristown, Pennsylvania, in the early 19th century. The journal pertains to the farmer's agricultural interests and social and domestic activities.
Language: The material is in English
Repository: William L. Clements Library, University of Michigan
909 S. University Ave.
The University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1190
Phone: 734-764-2347
Web Site: www.clements.umich.edu


Access and Use
Acquisition Information:

2009. M-4721.2.

Access Restrictions:

The collection is open for research.

Copyright:

Copyright status is unknown

Processing Information:

Cataloging funded by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC). This collection has been processed according to minimal processing procedures and may be revised, expanded, or updated in the future.

Preferred Citation:

Pennsylvania Farm Journal, William L. Clements Library, The University of Michigan


Biography

The anonymous author of this journal was closely related to the Price and Walter families of Montgomery County, Pennsylvania. The Price family belonged to the Society of Friends and included several prominent citizens of Lower Marion, near Philadelphia. The author of this volume grew potatoes and wheat on a farm near Norristown, Pennsylvania, in the early 19th century.


Collection Scope and Content Note

The Pennsylvania farm journal chronicles the life of a well-educated farmer near Norristown, Pennsylvania, in the early 19th century. The journal pertains to the farmer's agricultural interests, interactions with neighbors and family members, and other social activities. The anonymous author, a close relation of the local Price and Walter families, composed daily entries between March 24, 1920-June 24, 1921, and from March 4, 1822-June 20, 1822. The journal's brief entries often relate to the weather and harvests, especially of potatoes and buckwheat, and other aspects of rural life such as getting horses shod, slaughtering hogs, and hauling wood. Though the author owned a farm of his own and took in boarders, he often travelled to nearby locales to assist family members or other acquaintances who required extra labor. The author's other activities included attending meetings of the Society of Friends, participating in a debating society, and organizing a "Polemic Society" (January 5, 1821).

A later owner, "[A. N.] Sharples," recorded his thoughts about the author's genealogy on March 20, 1902. The volume's inside covers have a geometrical ink drawing split in half by the binding. Overall, the journal presents a detailed portrayal of farm life in the early decades of the nineteenth century.

Subject Terms

    Subjects:
    • Agriculture--Pennsylvania.
    • Buckwheat--Harvesting.
    • Farm life.
    • Norristown (Pa.)
    • Pennsylvania--History--1775-1865.
    • Potatoes--Harvesting.
    Contributors:
    • Sharples, A. N.
    Genre Terms:
    • Diaries.
    Contents List
    Container / Location Title
    Volume   1  
    Pennsylvania farm journal,  March 24, 1820-June 24, 1921,  March 4, 1822-June 20, 1822, and  March 20, 1902 [series]
    Additional Descriptive Data
    Related Materials

    This item belonged to A. N. Sharples in 1902. His ancestor, Nathan Sharples, married into the Price family. The Clements Library also has the Nathan H. Sharples journal.