Sunday, 3 February 2013

A Farm Journal ~ from the 1st to the 18th March 1868

My great great great uncle John Bayliff Bowman lived at Summer Hill, near Monyash in the County of Derby.
The Bowman family, who were Quakers, had three farms, One Ash Grange [which John Bayliff Bowman often referred to as O.A.], Cales and Summer Hill [which he usually referred to as S.Hill or S.H.]

JBB's Farm Journal

A Farm Journal continues :~
3rd Mo[nth] 1st day 1st Very snowy wet day W.N.W.
2 - 2 B[akewe]ll market Fine morn[in]g wet aft[ernoo]n bo[ugh]t 4 y[ea]r old calf Jos[eph] Smith in calf for April £12 10/- one in market heifer £12 2/6 2 of G.Allsop B[akewe]ll 1 in calf Ladyday £16 1 for 12 May £9 - 6 y[ea]r[s] old
3 - 3 stormy morn[in]g fine aft[ernoo]n self to Longnor Market sold 12 gr [?] old Bl[ac]k oats 27/- for 22 stone ddr [?]
4 - 4 Fine day
5 - 5 Ditto 4 ton cake from P[arsley] Hay to Cales 2 ton L-Amer £10 15/- 2 ton Cott £7 - Wm & I join
6 - 6 Fine to Longnor 7 gr [?] old bl[ac]k oats self to Nott[ingha]m
7 - 7 Fine morn[in]g wet even[in]g plough[in]g turnip gr[oun]d with paring plough
1 - 8 Stormy day
2 - 2 Fine at Nott[ingha]m Self to Norm[anto]n with co[u]s[in] H[enr]y looked sound his & Woodruffs stock & on to Derby to meet S[arah] A[nn] & lad ret[urnin]g home - found all well
4 - 4 to 4 -18 changeable weather wind snow storms & frost & rain plough[e]d part of turnip gr[oun]d with paring plough - [next word indecipherable] some walls - calves doing well 17 Cales 11 S.H. 
John Bayliff Bowman lost me once or twice in this section of journal ... sorry.  


  1. You do well to read any of it Charlie,the writing is neat but very small It's still interesting to read about their lives.Ann

    1. Have just had a quick look at the Beresford Society website and I see they're saying that they think it was Thomas's father John who fought at Agincourt ... or another Thomas ! Ah well, it was *probably* a distant ancestor or relative of mine.

  2. I went to your Flickr page and looked at the entry at full-size and even then I had trouble following his writing. You do a very good job deciphering his handwriting!!

    He was getting very changeable weather, very much like we're getting now.

    1. I have spent a working lifetime reading legal documents Mitch so to some extent that helps with the flow of the language and then there's the family tree work I've done. It's just through experience I suppose ...

  3. This must be a satisfying hobby for your retirement. I enjoy your efforts and they aren't even about anybody in my family, as far as I know. Do you have any Sutton relatives? They were from Epsom and were Methodists I believe.

    1. I'm glad a handful of you are still enjoying these postings Karyn ... there is another handful of more local contacts who follow them on Facebook too.

      As for the Suttons ... I have nothing to report so far. Things are going to change though in John Bayliff Bowman's household ...