1873 DIARY OF HENRY A. BROWN
Jan 1x – I have taken 2 gems to day, 3 groop, 3 Gems of Clark Wheeler. Got a pair of Suspenders. Nancy is sick to day. Went over to father Browns and stayed all night. Took our bird over there. It was a very pleasant day. Hannah was to our house to day.
Jan 2x – Started for Benton Harbor to day. Took dinner at Grand Junction and had to wait until 8 oclock so went all over the City. We arrived in Benton H about ½ past 9 o’clock. Put up at the American House. It has been a very bad stormy day and I am tired now and sleepy to.
Jan 3 – It is an awful unpleasant day, rains and friezes as fast as it falls. Went up to St Joseph this forenoon, came back to Benton about 11 oclock. Made arangements with H. C. Morton (Nem). Left Benton 1 oclock and 10 minutes, arived at Grand Junction 3 oclock (min) /2.
Jan 4 – Pleasant day to day. I had to sleep alone last night. I have taken 4 gems and 2 neg’s. Nancy is over to Father Browns yet and I go over there to night. Subscribed 50 cts for Lecture course to day. I choped mince meat and apples this evening for Mother.
Jan 5x – Paid Aunt Julia 50 cts and have paid her 5.00 besides which makes 5.50. Will brought us down to Father Keiths to day. Ethan came and brought us home in the evening. Nancy was sick and we went to bed about 7 oclock. Pleasant.
Jan 6x – Pleasant. Nancy was sick this morning, did not get up until ten oclock, and then she was up and down all day. Took one negative to day. Byron came up to day and I paid him 35 cts for team use.
Jan 7 – Pleasant. I went to Kalamazoo to day on Accomidation, came back on Mail. Nancy was sick all day to day. Took more baby pictures to day than I ever took in one day before. Met Cousin Oscar Yates at Kalamazoo.
Jan 8x – Tryed to be pleasant to day but made out to be most awful cold and blustering. Nancy was sick again to day, is better now so that she is stringing beads. Printed to day. Making molasses candy to night.
Jan 9 – Very Blustering to day and cold. Have not taken any pictures to day except One Neg. Nancy was sick to day. Ethan and Henry were here to day. Father drew me a load of wood.
Jan 10x – Very Cold and Blustering again to day, worse than yesterday. Did not take any pictures to day. Nancy sick. Mr Van Buren Lectures to night. Subject “Labor.”
Jan 11x – Wether modarate. Took a negative of Ma to day, she was here a visiting to day. Did not take any pictures to day. Father and Will were here.
Jan 12 – Pleasant. Stayed at home all day, no one here to day. I went down to the depo and saw two new palace cars. Nancy took a napp.
Jan 13x – Stormy and warm. Have been busy all day. Opened Arthurs box and took out a frame and mat and Looking glass and hung them up. Put some pictures in the mat.
Jan 14 – Pleasant but cloudy. Printed to day. We went to Mr Barbers this evening, had a circle. Mr Bailey and wife were there, Pa and Ma, Father & Mother, Mr & Mrs Streator were there. Pa went to Howlands burg to mill to day.
Jan 15 – Very unpleasant to day, rainy and icey. Hannah came up here this morning and stayed all day. Ida came this afternoon. Dalenbeck is haveing a Law sute about stolen wheat. J Shafter, G & J Strubal and another man are arested.
Jan 16x – Snowed all day, there was about one foot of snow fell to day, cleared off about four oclock. Ida Allen was here to day. Nancy was sick abed part of the time.
Jan 17x – Pleasant to day. I printed to day. Father, Pa & Ma have been here, did not stay any. We went to the Lecture this evening, a Mr. Frazer, Supt of Kalamazoo Schools.
Jan 18 – Quincy Streator came this (home) morning. It has been a pleasant day to day but cold. Have taken one picture to day. Nancy went over home with Pa to day and I went over at night. Nancy is sick with the headache. Will Plank came home to day.
Jan 19x – Stormy and cold. At Pa’s to day. Henry & Ethan were at home to day. Ethan is stopping at Aunt Kates. We all ate at Mr. Planks. Mrs Plank and me had a very lively discussion on religion this evening. Fred Allerton ate at Planks to day. Will went home with him.
Jan 20x – Pleasant but cold. Will Plank and Carrie & Mary came over and got a groop taken. Carrie, Mary & Hannah visited at our house to day. Will went back to day. Nancy did not get home until one oclock.
 Inscription on the front cover: H. A. Brown, Photographer, Muir, Galesburg, Mich. Henry is known better, and referred to, as Hank
 The X’s, which were placed under the date, are not explained
 A gem was a small tintype photograph. Tintypes were printed on iron, but called tintype because the metal resembled tin
 His wife, Nancy (Keith) Brown. They were married October 5, 1872
 Ambrose Brown
 Nancy’s sister, Hannah Keith
 According to both Luke Keith’s and Nancy Brown’s diaries, he went with his brother-in-law, Henry Keith
 Matilda (Allen) Brown
 His mother’s sister, Julia Allen, who lived with Ambrose & Matilda Brown
 His brother, Willis Brown
 Nancy’s father, Charles Luke Keith Jr. Both Nancy & Hank refer to her parents, Sarah (Crawford) & Charles Luke Keith Jr., as Ma and Pa, and to Hank’s parents, Matilda (Allen) & Ambrose Brown, as Mother and Father
 Nancy’s brother, Ethan Keith
 Believe he is referring to Byron Allen, the son of neighbor, John S. & Amanda Louisa (Worden) Allen. Any possible relationship between them and Matilda (Allen) Brown is unknown at this time
 The stepson of his uncle, John Wood Allen; he was the son of John Wood Allen’s second wife, Mary Stephenson, and her first husband, John Yates
 Nancy’s half-brother, Henry Keith, the son of Charles Luke Keith Jr. by his first wife Minerva (Payson) Keith
 Nancy’s mother, Sarah (Crawford) Keith
 Believe he is referring to his paternal first cousin, Arthur Arms
 Neighbor, Richard Barber
 A seance
 Neighbors, John & Eliza Ann (Young) Bailey
 Neighbors, Marius O. & Laura (Rawson) Streator
 Neighbor, Ida Barber, the daughter of Richard & Mary (Knowles) Barber
 Neighbors, Byron, Cora, Ida, Libbie and Emma Allen are mentioned throughout the diary. They are the children of John S. & Amanda Louise (Worden) Allen
 John Quincy Streator, the son of Marius O. & Laura (Rawson) Streator
 The son of neighbors, William & Harriet (Groat) Plank
 Nancy’s aunt, Catharine (Keith) Bradley Lee
 Neighbor, William Plank
 Neighbor, Harriet (Groat) Plank
 Neighbor, the son of John & Caroline (Rapelje) Allerton
 Carrie and Mary Plank, the daughters of William & Harriet (Groat) Plank