Monday, 26 August 2013

A Farm Journal ~ 8th November to 4th December 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 - 8 Very windy indeed B[akewe]ll merket - 6 cows down for Jos[eph] Lee - sold him 7 heifers £10 10/-& 2 calving cows £37 - Ashford to tea & home - beasts selling well & sheep & pigs
3 - 9 to 2 -15 Wet & windy weather sharp frost mid last week & snow gone on 6th day 15 B[akewe]ll Fair took beasts down for Jos[eph] Lee - sold cheese to Etches 71/- pigs 8/- very brisk fair for all classes
to 7 - 27 Pitted corn turnips in Ridge piece & cut swedes except a few at S.H. good crops plough[e]d & sow[e]d swede gr[oun]d at Cales with Rye 
to 7th - 4th 12 Mo[nth] very stormy week 6 in[ches] of snow[e]d [sic] to Chesterf[iel]d on 4th day M[onthly] M[eeting] very heavy travelling W & E* with me Self to Nott[ingha]m & Norm[an]t[o]n & home on 6th day
7 -4th thaw[in]g very sloppy 11 pigs sold to J. Skidmore of Sheffield took to B[akewe]ll to truck one tippled over in lane & had to Kill - dress[e]d & sent by coach in even[in]g  
* I assume W & E are his brothers, William and Ebenezer 


  1. Six inches of snow and they went to Chesterfield!! these days everything would grind to a halt. Have seen on the web Yesterdays Journeys,on their home page if you click on Red Tape there is a Quaker marriage of Ebenezer Bowman and Mary Whitlow in 1789.Ann

    1. They obviously didn't go via the Slack (Slack Hill). It shows remarkable resilience doesn't it Ann. Thanks for mentioning the marriage certificate ~ Ebenezer was a grandfather of mine (times 6, 7 or 8) though I'm not sure whether Mary Whitlow was a grandmother. This Ebenezer (it's not the one mentioned in the journal) married three times. I have a few Quaker papers which I must look out sometime.

    2. I know he isn't the one in the journal but as he lived at at One Ash I knew he must be your ancestor,I thought the writing was lovely wish I could do it.Ann

    3. Yes, I would like to write nicely ... I think it's a bit too late to 'unlearn' my scribble. Since I retired it has got worse too.

  2. A busy time for JBB, despite the really bad weather.

    1. He always seemed to be busy though ~ and what about having to slaughter the pig in the lane. Just imagine if you saw that sort of thing if you were driving along nowadays.