Guide to the Lydia S. Hall Diary, 1872
Collection number: MS 248
About Lydia S. Hall
Not much is known about Lydia S. Hall. She was born sometime around 1823, probably in
either Maine or New Hampshire. At some point, likely around 1850, she married John
B. Hall, a farmer from Barrington, New Hampshire. The couple had at least six
children, though by 1880, at least two had died. They lived and attended church
meetings in Barrington and made frequent visits to friends and family throughout the
seacoast region of New Hampshire. It is not clear when Lydia died.
About the Lydia S. Hall Diary
The diary is a small, leather-bound daily notebook and spans the year 1872. Entries
are usually no more than a few lines long and mostly contain descriptions of farm
chores, planting, trips taken to Dover, Rochester, and Newmarket, and the sale and
purchase of livestock. Also recorded are the births, deaths, and funerals of Lydia
S. Hall's neighbors and friends. Other details include notes about church meetings,
socializing, and brief mentions of her husband's involvement in local politics as a
"delegate to [the] county convention."
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[Identification of item], Lydia S. Hall Diary, 1872, MS 248, Milne Special
Collections and Archives, University of New Hampshire Library, Durham, NH,
Purchase: Carmen Valentino, August 2014 (Accession number: 2014.18)