Dear Readers…

“The pocket diary of Hattie E.F. D. Taunton, MA 1866” went on hiatus after the posting of November 25,1866, a drastic change in my schedule being the reason. Yesterday I posted the November 26, 1866  entry and am going to post the remainder of the diary on a daily basis (or almost daily, as time allows) to its completion. Upcoming features include photographic portraits of Hattie and John from a later time, images of the family gravestones (located after some sleuthing with family this summer), and an exploration of John Chace’s wallet and its contents. Stay tuned and feel free to comment.

Thank you for your patience, and thank you for following Hattie!

Amy

November 27, 1866

 

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“Pleasant. remained at home during the day. John passed the evening with me.” – Hattie E.F. D.

Notes: “John” is Hattie’s betrothed, John C. Chace.
Local advertisement from the GAR (Grand Army of the Republic) Benefit Program Book (year unspecified). See previous post (Nov 26, 1866) for more information on GAR.

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November 26, 1866

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“Pleasant. Mother and I have been to the green this morning. Passed the afternoon and evening at home.” – 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

Photo: Program from a GAR benefit held at the Wm. H. Bartlett (Veterans) Post on Patriots Day, April 19 (year unspecified).  “The GAR (Grand Army of the Republic) was a fraternal organization composed of veterans of the Union Army (United States Army), Union Navy (U.S. Navy), Marines and the U.S. Revenue Cutter Service who served in the American Civil War for the Northern/Federal forces.” https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grand_Army_of_the_Republic

John C. Chace, Hattie’s betrothed at the time of her 1866 diary, was a member of the GAR.

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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.

Advertisement from Taunton Directory, 1850.

 

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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.

Advertisement from the Taunton Directory, 1850.

 

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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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