June 25th Wednesday Worked awhile in the garden and
then sit down to sewing with mother
After dinner Francis came after mother […]
John & wife and Miss Wait (Otis Howards lady)
arrived there about nine I went home with
mother and Mr Ames came after me Had
a very pleasant visit By what they say I
should judge the west point students had rather
a hard time
Beyond today’s normal work load of gardening and sewing lay a very special event. Evelina traveled south to the family farm where she had grown up, something she often did. The farm was now owned and worked by her older brother, Alson; it was there that her mother usually resided. But today, another brother, John, came to visit and joined her there. The three siblings, John, Alson, and Evelina, were the only survivors of a brood of eight. It was a rare family reunion for them and their mother.
Most historical accounts place John and his wife, Huldah Alger Gilmore, in South Leeds, Maine. This was probably accurate, as no evidence exists otherwise. Gilmore is not an uncommon name, however, and the postmaster John Gilmore in Leeds, Maine may not be Evelina’s brother. Evelina’s reference to a discussion about West Point suggests a possibility that John and his wife could have lived there.
Regardless, Evelina seemed very happy to see her two brothers. Her husband, Oakes, came along eventually to see his in-laws and fetch his wife back home to North Easton.
* Currier & Ives, Farm Yard, ca. 1853