Thursday, 13 June 2013

A Farm Journal ~ from the 1st to the 15th March 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 :~
2 - 1st 3 Mo[nth] Very cold snow on gr[oun]d filling up a grove hole in Angle B[akewe]ll market calved cow [18.10/-] from Furniss Birchill & calf from here  to them 25/- bo[ugh]t 7 pigs Robinson 35/- very dear Self at Savings Bank
3 - 2 Very coarse day most snow gone to Birchill for 5qr Freez [sic] land oats 35/-
4 - 3 Fine very sharp frost M[onthly] M[eeting] at Bakewell Self to Ashford & walked on & back stayed dinner & tea - bro[ther] Eben[eze]r admitted into Membership again* - 4 ton cake from Hull
5 - 4 to 5 - 11 Frosty with little snow - met Travis at B[akewe]ll & agreed to send milk twice a day till 1st of 5th mo[nth] at 2/- p[e]r doz[en] pure
to 2 day 15 Fine but frosty lead[in]g soil onto poor places in Over Intake plough[in]g Watricle etc at B[akewe]ll Union about Vagrancy
* I assume by admitting my great great grandfather Ebenezer "into Membership again" John Bayliff Bowman is referring to the Society of Friends. Whether Ebenezer left by choice or whether he was forced out, I don't know.


  1. Difficult to understand what he is referring to in some of his comments,I guess it made sense to him.I wonder why he was sending milk twice a day.It's still interesting to read Charlie.Ann

    1. I'm not sure why he's sending milk twice a day. It must have involved a lot of work though.

      If you have any queries about what he's written let me know Ann and I will try and put my interpretation on it.

  2. Any idea what a 'grove hole' is, as mentioned in the first entry?

    1. I asked a friend [Keith] on Facebook Mitch. He wrote :~ "A "grove hole" is a mine, sometimes called a groove (hole). Church registers will contain comments like "killed in a groove" to record a mining death."

      I thought that's what it was but Keith knows more than I do.