November 9, 1866

“O that the time may come when I can prove to him my fruitfulness..”

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“Pleasant.. Called on Augusta this afternoon. Remained at home during the evening. I think I never had such an earnest desire to see and be in John’s presence as I have this evening  is this love still increaseing (sic)  does he realize how true the love which is his alone. O that the time may come when I can prove to him my fruitfulness..” – Hattie E.F. D.

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August 31, 1866

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“Pleasant  Took Breakfast at Mrs Bandcrofts  started for the boat about half past six. arrived home about half past eleven  took tea with Mr & Mrs P.  John passed the evening with me  it is truly very pleasant to be with him alone once more.  Mr Barrows died.”  – Hattie E.F. D.

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August 26, 1866

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“Pleasant and quite warm.. being no services at our church.. I attended the freewill p(b)aptist at the green. took tea with Mrs Alex Presbrey  John passed the evening with me.”  – Hattie E.F. D.

Notes: The “green” Hattie refers to is Taunton Green, the center of town. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Taunton_Green_Historic_District
Free Will Baptists: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Free_Will_Baptist
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/North_Taunton_Baptist_Church
Portrait from family album

 

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August 25, 1866

“…but the ties of love are strong..”

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“Pleasant. Have been up to the depot  met John. but how changed my feelings when I found after nearly a weeks separation he had a desire to be with those he left and found it hard to tear himself from them  but the ties of love are strong.. John passed the evening with me.. have I judged him right  time will determine..”  – Hattie E.F. D.

Notes: John is Hattie’s betrothed
Portrait from family album; reverse side

 

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July 10, 1866

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“Mrs Allen Williams was buried…”

“Pleasant and cool. Ella Forbes and Robert passed the day here. Mrs Allen Williams was buried. attended the evening prayer meeting  quite a number present. John accompanied me home and remained a short time with me.”  – Hattie E.F. D.

Notes: Mrs Allen Williams, nee Mary Fairbanks, drowned on July 7 (which Hattie gives brief mention to in her entry of that day). See image from Death Register below (“#120 Mary H. Williams”). It is to be noted that she was 19 years old at the time of her death and she was a newlywed. The register of her marriage to L. Allen Williams (see also below) is dated May 21, 1866. I call attention to this document as it lists Mr William’s profession as “Mariner,” which could be a relevant factor in her death. Perhaps she was on the water with her new husband when she drowned.
Documents courtesy of Ancestry.com

Mrs Allen Wms death

Allen Wms marriage

And here is the gravestone of Mary H. Fairbanks Williams in the Caswell Burying Ground in Taunton. Courtesy of Findagrave.com

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June 26, 1866

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“Pleasant and very warm. Mary went up to Mrs Seavers. I went up to the green in the afternoon. attended the evening prayer meeting. John waited me home and passed a short time with me. Mary passed the night with Miss Mary Abby Whitimore.”  – Hattie E.F. D.

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June 14, 1866

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“Cloudy all day. Have remained at home alone during the day. Mother went to Boston with Mr Padelford.  attended class meeting but few present. after meeting John passed a few hours with me  a very nice time.”  – Hattie E.F. D.

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