Saturday, 22 June 2013

A Farm Journal ~ April 1869 ...

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.]

John Bayliff Bowman is fourth from the left in the photo below ...
The Bowman family

 A Farm Journal continues :~
5 - 1 4 Mo[nth] Fine day bad luck - had to kill cow bo[ugh]t of Jon[atha]n Blore £17 - Inf[lammatio]n owing to drinking too much water - also sheep died Inf[lammatio]n before lamb[in]g - sold both to Biggin men
6 - 2 Ditto Very stormy night Thunder & lightning with snow
7 - 3 Fine day Truck of grains in - another sheep poorly pig dead at Cales £2 10 - 
1 - 4 to 6 - 9 Showery weather mild & dull very dirty lost another ewe makes 2 sow[e]d manure on Seed Piece SH & harrow[e]d too wet to work well - lambs doing pretty well - very showery time no sowing
15th began drilling oats in Far piece S.H. harrow[e]d & sow[e]d finished
There are no more entries for the rest of April 


  1. He is having a bad time,I wonder if it carried on the same way through April.Hope you are keeping well Charlie. Ann.

    1. It seems odd he didn't post during the second half of April ~ I wonder what happened. I don't suppose we will ever know. Yes, he did have a bad start to the month though.

  2. Seems he was losing a lot of livestock at this time. Perhaps it distracted him from making journal entries.