1840: Elizabeth Cole & Isaac Newton Dearing to Isaac Dearing

Isaac Newton Dearing in later years

This letter was written by 14 year-old Elizabeth Cole Dearing (1826-1860) and her 9 year-old brother, Isaac Newton Dearing (1831-1895) to their parents, Isaac Dearing (1793-1872) and Clarissa (Harper) Dearing (1792-1873). The “Uncle Jonathan” mentioned is Jonathan Dearing (1778-1868).

Described as a man with an “iron constitution,” Isaac Dearing was one of the first farmers to introduce the mowing machine into this part of Maine and the first to erect a silo for grain storage.  He married Almira Guptill (1830-1908) in 1856.

Note: Isaac and Elizabeth clearly signed their surname as “Dearing” but numerous on-line genealogical records have the name as “Deering.”

Stampless Letter

TRANSCRIPTION
Addressed to Isaac Dearing, Esq., Augusta, Maine

Waterborough [Waterboro, York County, Maine]
September 20th 1840

Dear Par,

I write to you for the first time. We are all well as usual now. Abigail and I have got most well. Albert got home about 12 o’clock that day. Met with no trouble at all. Harper called for that money Wednesday night. I paid him ten dollars and give him the note.

John finished getting in that piece of corn Thursday in the forenoon and in the afternoon they went down to Mr. Cluff’s to husking. Got home about 11 o’clock that evening. Uncle Jonathan’s folks and Uncle Dearing’s boys come down Friday night and helped us husk. We got our corn husked out before dinner Saturday. They have not got it all sorted out yet.  Mr. Bennet is going up after Aunt Sally to keep school in two or three weeks.

Mr. Benson and wife came up last Monday, was to Uncle Dearing’s on Wednesday. They said Gardner was coming up but I do not known when. Lydia went home the morning you started. Marn let Noah Smith have 8 bushels of apples for ninepence a bushel. He said he would come up and work two days any time when John wanted him to pay for them. There has not been anybody here to pay you any money since you went away nor to get any apples. Marn is agoing over to the corner this forenoon and Newton to carry this note over, &c. &c.

— Elizabeth C. Dearing

Monday 21st 1840

Dear Par,

We have sorted our corn out today and moved it to the cider house. We had eighty bushels of ears and good too. Uncle Jonathan was in here the other night [and] said that he heard that Kent was selected Governor with a thousand majority &c. &c.

— Isaac N. Dearing


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