Collection number: MS 247
About Franklin and Lydia Buss
Franklin Buss (Feb 5, 1792-Jan 22, 1812) was the son of Samuel and Lydia Buss (née
Lincoln) of Jaffrey, NH. He was the youngest of eight children. Buss began an
apprenticeship in the J. Parker and Co. store in Keene, NH in June of 1809 at the
age of seventeen. The apprenticeship was to continue until he was twenty-one, but
was cut short due to his death just before his twentieth birthday.
Lydia Buss (Aug 19, 1787-Aug 1, 1836) was Franklin Buss’s older sister, second to
youngest of the children of Samuel and Lydia. She was a school teacher in Potsdam,
ME for at least one academic year (1821-1822). She married Aaron E. Glasier (Feb 8,
1825), concurrently moving from Jaffrey, NH to Vergennes, VT, where she became a
member of that town’s Congregationalist church. She died in Vergennes, eleven years
after her wedding and at the age of forty-nine. As for her personality, the poem
found near the back of this journal, perhaps written by Aaron Glasier, says the
following of her:
Ah happy they supremely blest
Above what proudest purs have known
Who finds a friend in Lydia’s breast
And calls that lovely plant his own.
About the the Buss Family Record Book and Journal
This book, written mostly by Franklin and Lydia Buss, has several distinct parts. In
order from front to back, they are: Franklin Buss’s account records (about 12
pages); Lydia Buss’s journal (21 pages); a record book of family births and deaths
(about 4 pages); and Lydia’s account records (1 page). Also included in various
places throughout the book are notes in memory of Franklin after his death (one
written by one of his parents), a poem about Lydia, and a letter draft to an aunt
that appears to be in Lydia’s handwriting. There is also a small paper cutout that
was found loose in the journal. Franklin’s account records include an introductory
note explaining the terms of his apprenticeship agreement and are detailed enough to
give us some picture of common life at that time for a young man in his position.
Lydia’s journal includes frequent entries from February 9, 1821 to February 24,
1822, plus one entry on February 14, 1825. In these twenty-one pages, she tells of
travel in New Hampshire and Maine, a visit to her brother and sister-in-law, her
experience with various accomodations during her travel, her health and sickness as
well as doctors’ attempts at helping her, her own daily life, two weddings she
attends, a number of sermons she hears, and much more.
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[Identification of item], Buss Family Record Book and Journal, 1809-1840, MS 247,
Milne Special Collections and Archives, University of New Hampshire Library,
Durham, NH, USA.
Purchased: Charles Apfelbaum, Watchung, N.J., 2010 (Accession number: 2011.31)