Wednesday 18 Feb Augusta Emily Susan & self have
spent the day at Rachels. Mother Henrietta & Lavinia
were there Had a pleasant visit. Went to
carry mother home with Charley had some trouble
with him about starting it was so cold. Mrs Solomon
Lothrop & son Willard came to Alsons this afternoon
Made two dickeys for Mr Ames and cut out two more
Just like the day before,”this was a fair day wind north west + cold”* as Old Oliver, family patriarch, noted in his daily journal. It was so cold that one of the family horses, Charley, didn’t want to leave the premises. But Evelina needed to take her elderly mother, Hannah Lothrop Gilmore, back to the family farm, so Charley was harnessed up and made to trot out. Evelina and her mother probably didn’t enjoy the frigid temperatures, either, but at least they could cover themselves with blankets or robes.
Evelina spent most of the day in the company of female relatives at the home of her niece, Rachel Gilmore Pool, who lived near the Gilmore farm. Her daughter, Susan, and niece, Emily Witherell, were with her, as was new bride Augusta Pool Gilmore.** Rachel’s unmarried sister, Lavinia, was there, along with their mother, Henrietta. It was a multi-generational gathering of women from ages 9 to 79.
The women must have spent some time sewing as they all sat together, for Evelina managed to complete two dickeys, or shirt fronts, for her husband. The companionship would have made the handiwork fun to do.
*Oliver Ames, Journal, Stonehill College Archives, Arnold Tofias Collection
**Rachel Gilmore Pool was married to Augusta’s brother, John Pool, while Augusta Pool Gilmore was married to Rachel’s brother, Edwin Gilmore. One family’s sister and brother married a neighboring family’s brother and sister.