Sat 23d Aug The two Mr Lothrops went to the shop after
breakfast and I baked Cake & ginger snaps in
Mrs Witherells oven This afternoon I went with
them to Mothers to tea, called at Mr Seba Howard
and took Orinthia with us and brought her here
at night The Miss Tolmans are still at the
Howards Evening Mrs Mitchell came in. Pauline
passed the afternoon in the other part of the house
Even in the hot weather, baking had to be done. After breakfast, Evelina saw cousins Warren and Jerry Lothrop head off with the men to the shovel shop. Pauline Dean, another guest, didn’t accompany them, but neither did she hang around the kitchen with her hostess. She spent part of the day, at least, in the other part of the house. By herself, Evelina baked cake and ginger snaps.
In the afternoon, once again laden with company, Evelina went down to the Gilmore farm with the young Lothrop men to visit Evelina’s elderly mother. Hannah Lothrop Gilmore was probably pleased to get a visit from these two male relatives. How closely related Mrs. Gilmore was to Warren and Jerry is uncertain; the Lothrop clan was extensive, and had been settled in Plymouth and Bristol Counties (and on into Maine) for generations.
What is certain is that if “cousin” Jerry and Warren were related to Evelina through the Lothrop line, they were also probably related to Sarah Lothrop Ames, as the two women themselves were second cousins. Evelina’s grandmother, Hannah (Howard) Lothrop, and Sarah’s grandmother, Betty (Howard) Lothrop, were sisters.* They were descended from John Alden and Priscilla Mullins of Mayflower fame.
On the way home, Evelina picked up her young friend, Orinthia Foss, who ended up spending the night. Where did everyone fit? How did everyone sleep?
* Winthrop Ames, The Ames Family of Easton, 1937, pp. 230-231