Apr 3 – Rainy. Finished sowing clover seed this morning. Went to town meeting. Mr Stevenson Died this morning. Paid James Jackson one dollar of my money.
Apr 5 – Gathered buckets and made molasses. Mart went to Mr Kings Auction. Scalded out buckets. Had a shower in Evening. Old Mrs McLary died to day.
Apr 6 – Came home. Mart came after Hannah. Brot home shugar. Warm day. Raked of garden. Made 550 lbs shugar.
Apr 7 – Warm morning. Worked round house and garden. Trimed some appletrees.
Apr 8 – Trimed some trees. Cows got on Allens wheat. Dry weather. Amos Rogers wife died to night.
Apr 9 – Pleasant and dry. Went down to Catharines after sis.
Apr 10 – Rainy morning, cool, rained all day. No work. School commenced.
Apr 11 – Cold and windy. Put poke on fan. Snowed some, cold night.
Apr 12 – Pleasant morning. Snow ¼ inch. Trimed some trees. Eberly and Nellie left for Iowa.
Apr 13 – Cloudy and cool. Drawed brush out of orchard. Trimed currant bushes. Mrs A. Brown here. Mart here to dinner and supper.
Apr 14 – Sick, not much done. Tool old wagon to pieces. Extracted tooth for Harvey. Sarah, Ethan and Nancy went over to Wisemans. Stranger bot bushel corn of Will Plank. Pleasant and cool. Drawed chip manure.
Apr 15 – Drawed chip manure. Ethan went to Kalamazoo. Carried Nancy and Ida up to Allens. Lois and Hannah came home. Young sleeper[?] called here to see Mr Plank.
Apr 16 – Turned out set mallets and balls for Ethan and Will Plank. At home all day. Wm and Alvin Lee here.
Apr 17 – Turned Balls and mallets. Gerome Chadwick Died in night.
Apr 18 – Chored round. Hat Taylor and Maud Adams here. Mart and Lucy called here.
Apr 19 – Went to Kalamazoo with Lois. She went to Ohio. Had a heavy shower. Wind blowed John Mills Barn roof of. Mr Chadwick Buried to day.
Apr 20 – Not much work to day round home. Cows bothered some.
Apr 21 – Finished turning balls. The boys painted them. Rainy.
Apr 22 – Went over to burg after tacks and screws for shades. Put up 3 shades in schoolhouse. Cold wind. Sate Skinner stayed here all night. R. Blackburn packed up to day.
Apr 23 – Pleasant morning, some frost. Went down to Charles Lees to pay Wm paid $31.84. Sate went home with us. Went to Jo Lees.
Apr 24 – Fine day. Sowed plaster on clover south and west of house. Drawed out some manure. Went over to Blackburns in Evening.
Apr 25 – Got out manure. Ethan drawed some wood and chips. Cloudy and warm. Heard the first Whipporwill this Evening.
Apr 26 – Cloudy morning, looks like rain. Gotout some manure.
Apr 27 – Rainy. Took manger and sleepers out of stable. Ethan painted Balls and Mallets.
Apr 28 – Ethan went over to mill. _____ called here. Mary Plank went down to Jo Lees to see Hannah.
Apr 29 – Worked in stable. Made manger for Bill. Ethan went to Kalamazoo. Hannah came home with him. Mary Plank came with them. Mrs Henry Clinton came home.
Apr 30 – Pleasant morning. Ethan went down to Charles Lees. R. Blackburn came over.
May 1 – Went up to Ed Corys and Mr Rights. Saw S Bristol. He paid 2.00. Went over to burg. Got shoes for Hannah. Went down to Jo Lees in Evening.
May 3 – Rainy day. Sick, no work. Traded cows with A. Brown.
May 4 – Some rain. Wm Plank plowed garden and commenced plowing corn ground. I got out some manure. Burnt brush in East lot and old Hubs. Stella Millham here this week.
May 5 – Cloudy and some rain in morning. Not very well. Will Plank plowing.
May 6 – Not well, lame, cant work. Pleasant day. Mr Taylor planting his corner lot.
May 7 – Fine day. At home all day. Ethan, Nancy and Ida Barber went down to Jo Lees to see Hannah.
May 8 – Went over to Burg after Oil Hemlock for Hannah. Went to Doc Wightmans. Got my Early potatoes. Pleasant day, cold East wind. Frost this morning.
May 9 – Cold East wind, some frost. Went down to Cataharines. Carried Bedstead and corn to Mart. Mart carried Bedstead down to Kalamazoo. Hard frost.
May 10 – Planted corn for Plank. Warm day. Jim droped for me. Tin pedler from Wakeshma called here Layton by name. Pedler from Leonidas stayed all night.
May 11 – Planted corn for Plank. Warm day. Finished west lot. No frost.
 His maternal first cousin
 Avery Martin Phelps, age 49, died in Charleston, Michigan, and is buried in Oak Grove Cemetery, Galesburg, Michigan
 A search of the Michigan Death Records at Ancestry.com shows that Gertrude McLary, age 82, died April 4, 1871 in Charleston, Michigan
 A search of FindAGrave.com shows that Julia Ann (McFarland) Rogers, age 27, died April 18, 1871 and is buried in the Galesburg City Cemetery, Galesburg, Michigan
 Ambrose Brown’s wife, Matilda (Allen) Brown
 Neighbors, Joseph & Caroline (Williams) Wiseman
 Believe he is referring to William H. Plank, the son of his neighbors, William & Harriet (Groat) Plank
 His paternal first cousins, William and Alvan Lee, the sons of Charles Lee (see April 23rd entry)
 A search of FindAGrave.com shows that Jerome C. Chadwick died April 17, 1871 and is buried in Indian Fields Cemetery, Portage, Michigan
 Lois had lived in Spring Hill (now Tedrow), Ohio, with her first husband, Byron Clark; however, after he died, she returned to Michigan. Apparently her in-laws convinced her to leave her son Charley with them (see the May 13, 1866 letter), so she was probably going back to visit
 His paternal first cousin. Charles Lee (1797-1878) was the son of Charles & Rhoda (Keith) Lee, the brother of Joseph W. Lee and the father of Charles Jedediah Lee
 Daughter of John Allen and sister of Ida and Libby Allen (see January 21st entry)
 Neighbor, daughter of Richard & Mary (Knowles) Barber
 Daughter of James Milham, Martin Milham’s half brother
 George Ransom Wightman
 Leonidas, St. Joseph County, Michigan