July 5, 1851


July 5 Saturday  My finger is better and I have been

trying to do some mending  A robe for Miss Burr

was brought to me to make  but I cannot sew

on any thing nice and Mrs Witherell & Ames

made it.  Mr Norris came unexpectedly in the 

stage tonight with Mr Ames & Oliver.

The robe that Evelina was asked to sew was a shroud for Miss Burr for her coffin. Evelina and her sisters-in-law were often asked to sew such robes for the deceased, especially if the deceased had no family with the means or ability to make the robe themselves.  We don’t know who Miss Burr was, but we can infer that she might have been poor and possibly alone.

Sarah Witherell and Sarah Ames sewed the robe, as Evelina’s finger was still too sensitive to push a needle around.  Her finger was getting better, though, or she would have been unable to do any mending.

Oakes Ames and, probably, his middle son Oliver (as opposed to Oliver Jr.) returned from Boston tonight by way of stage coach. The train did not yet go to Easton and wouldn’t until 1855. Accompanying Oakes and Oliver (3) was Caleb Norris, an in-law of the Orr family in Boston.  Caleb had recently married Melinda, one of the Orr daughters. Caleb worked in retail in the city.  His purpose in traveling to Easton was unplanned and remains unclear. Possibly he was just making a visit; he was probably close in age to Oakes Angier and Oliver (3) and may have been friends with them.








7 thoughts on “July 5, 1851

  1. Just wondering if “Miss Burr” could in any way be related to the John Burr family ? John Burr married Joan Ames (Winthrop’s second daughter).

    • Hmm, don’t know about that. Certainly could be a connection there. Didn’t some of the Burrs live in Milton?

    • Being nosy helps. I snoop around the internet, old census records, family diaries, business ledgers and more until the pieces of this puzzle, whose overall image I won’t know until I finish, come together. My goal is to bring to life the people of North Easton in the years before the Civil War.
      Someone recently said that the best histories are the ones that find the familiar in the foreign. What I want to do is make Evelina and her circle of family and friends familiar to us. Despite changes in costume, communication and dentistry, we are so much the same people as they were. Isn’t it interesting to know that?

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