Saturday, 13 April 2013

A Farm Journal ~ from the 1st to the 15th September 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.]

Lucy Ann Bowman

A Farm Journal continues :~

3 - 1st 9 Mo[nth] Fine day lead[in]g manure at Cales sold Large Mountney 11 fat sheep off rape £2 each

4 - 2 Fine & hot self to B[akewe]ll early to join Father Lucy Ann & Co[u]s[in] Eliza to Chest[er]f[iel]d M[onthly] M[eeting] & home even[in]g

5 - 3 Ditto weather  John Kirkam [sic] to look at lambs but not sold - sold 4 fat pigs Jim Harrison - F[ather] & M[other] came to tea & stayed till 7 day even[in]g

6 - 4 Fine & hot F[ather] & I went round the farm in morn[in]g

7 - 5 Ditto Dipped 93 lambs on the rape so pested [sic] with fly dip[pe]d as a protection - the turnips & rape are up but advance slowly frosty nights & hot days - want rain along with the hot weather -

to 3 - 15 Mostly cold N.E. winds filling pudding pie in Willow field & lighted Self to Nott[ingha]m Q[uarterly] M[eeting] and back

The photograph shows Lucy Ann Bowman. She was born on the 19th December 1849 at One Ash Grange. She would have been 18 years of age when she travelled to Chesterfield Monthly Meeting with her grandfather , her Uncle ... and Eliza. 


  1. I wonder what Lucy would have thought of the 18 year old girls now,what a difference in life styles.Ann

    1. It does make you think Ann ... and being a Quaker I dare say she might have been even more shocked than others of her age or would she have been more open-minded I wonder.

  2. My answer to Ann's comment would be........probably shock and outrage!!

    Charlie, I am off to the US for a holiday with Joanne tomorrow (Sunday 14th), in case you wonder why I don't comment on any of your posts for the next two weeks. Will see you when I return.

    1. What will 18 year old girls be like in another hundred years ?

      Thanks for letting me know you're going to be away Mitch. I hope you have a great fortnight ~ and I hope the weather is much better than it is here !