Catharine Hayward Copeland Ames and Frank Morton Ames*
July 3d Sat Was about house the greater part of the
forenoon. Made cake Mrs Ames Tumbler rule
After dinner helped do up the work for Hannah
to go to Bridgewater afterwards mending Susans
dresses. Was expecting Augustus wife here & Orinthia
but they did not come. About 5 Oclock went
into Mrs Witherells & stoped to tea. Frank has
gone a ride to Middleboro with Cate Copeland
The bad news today was that “this was a fair cold day wind verry high a verry bad day to git in hay.”** Evelina’s father-in-law, Old Oliver, was clearly not pleased with this year’s haymaking, at least not to date. Not enough rain in the beginning to have the hay grow well and, today, too much cold wind to bring it in properly.
The regular news today included mending and baking. Evelina evidently tried a new cake recipe, using the “Tumbler rule” that she got from Mrs. Ames – probably Almira Ames, who was visiting. A tumbler was a common word for a drinking glass, which suggests that at least one of the cake’s ingredients – flour, perhaps – was measured by filling a tumbler. Hard to say, but it must have been fun to try a new recipe for an old standard.
We get a peek into the family’s future with Evelina’s notation that her 18-year-old son, Frank Morton, went “a ride” with a girl named Cate Copeland. Cate was Catharine Hayward Copeland, daughter of Hiram Copeland, a farmer, and his wife Lurana – and a future daughter-in-law to Evelina. Cate was all of 15, but not too young to be of interest to Frank. Four years later, the couple would marry. Over the course of their lives together, in North Easton, Canton, and Boston, they would produce seven children, six of whom would survive to adulthood.
* Image of Catharine Hayward Copeland Ames and Frank Morton Ames courtesy of ancestry.com
**Oliver Ames, Journal, Stonehill College Archives, Arnold Tofias Collection