1864 DIARY OF CHARLES LUKE KEITH JR.
Jan 1 – Verry cold 14 degrees below zero verry freesing. No work to day stayed in the house most of the day. Verry windy.
Jan 4 – Went over to Fathers. Worked in shop some. Hung ax in Evening for D Lamkins in Wesley here in Evening.
Jan 5 – Extracted tooth for John Scramlins boy 25¢. Let Lois Tyler have timber for raves & thills 50¢. Piled Mrs Betts wood. Bot thread 20¢ Bot alcohol 5¢ salt 25. T. Flanders here to night. Put bearing on Wesleys bob. Hat Burdick paid 10¢.
Jan 6 – Work on Lymans bob. T. Flanders left. Finished Harmon Smiths violin. Mrs Peterson Mrs Davis & Celia Newman here.
Jan 7 – Filed saw for Hunting 15¢. Worked on L. T. Earls bob. Ground T. Corys ax ground P. Johnsons ax. L. T. Earl brot 108½ Beef 4.34¢.
Jan 8 – Hunting paid 30¢. Finished L. T. Earls bob.
 Known better, and referred to, as Luke
 Charles Luke Keith Sr., who was also referred to as Luke
 A bobsleigh, or bobsled
 His daughter, Lois (Keith) Clark
 Lois’ husband, Byron Clark
 His daughter, Hannah Keith
 His brother, John Wesley Keith, who, according to the family Bible, was adopted
 The raves are the vertical side pieces to a wagon body and the thills are the long shafts between which an animal is fastened when pulling a wagon
 His mother-in-law, Nancy (Comfort) Crawford Betts