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.